In the News

Terrorism, Violence, and the Culture of Madness


MARCH 30, 2015, © Counterpunch

George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society casts a dark shadow over the United States. The consequences can be seen clearly in the ongoing and ruthless assault on the social state, workers, unions, higher education, students, poor minorities and any vestige of the social contract. Free market policies, values, and practices with their emphasis on the privatization of public wealth, the elimination of social protections, and the deregulation of economic activity now shape practically every commanding political and economic institution in the United States. Public spheres that once offered at least the glimmer of progressive ideas, enlightened social policies, non-commodified values, and critical dialogue and exchange have been increasingly militarized-or replaced by private spaces and corporate settings whose ultimate fidelity is to increasing profit margins. Citizenship is now subsumed by the national security state and a cult of secrecy, organized and reinforced by the constant mobilization of fear and insecurity designed to produce a form of ethical tranquilization and a paralyzing level of social infantilism.  full article>


Pence defends religious freedom law: 'Absolutely not' a mistake

By Anna Brand

03/29/15, ©

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Sunday defended his decision to sign a religious freedom bill into law, saying that it was "absolutely not" a mistake.

In an interview on ABC's "This Week" the Republican governor repeatedly dodged questions on whether the law would legally allow people of Indiana to refuse service to gay and lesbians, saying that residents of the state are "nice" and don't discriminate and that "this is about protecting the religious liberty of people of faith and families of faith."  full article>


The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations.

Noam Chomsky


Media Ignores Scott Walker's Dark Money Controversy


March 27, 2015, © MediaMatters

The press has almost entirely ignored the revelation that after the "richest man in Wisconsin" made secret donations benefitting Republican Governor Scott Walker, his company received special tax credits for that same donor's company.

By contrast, the media have frequently invoked donations to the Clinton Foundation in their coverage of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, baselessly suggesting that those donations create conflicts of interest.  full article>


No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent.

Abraham Lincoln


Body Count Report Reveals At Least 1.3 Million Lives Lost to US-Led War on Terror

Sarah Lazare

March 26, 2015, © Common Dreams

How do you calculate the human costs of the U.S.-led War on Terror?

On the 12th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, groups of physicians attempted to arrive at a partial answer to this question by counting the dead.

In their joint report— Body Count: Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the 'War on Terror—Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival, and the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War concluded that this number is staggering, with at least 1.3 million lives lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan alone since the onset of the war following September 11, 2001.

However, the report notes, this is a conservative estimate, and the total number killed in the three countries "could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely."  full article>


No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.

Susan B. Anthony


Colombian Report on US Military's Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets

By Adam Johnson

March 26, 2015, © FAIR

An 800-page independent report commissioned by the US-friendly Colombian government and the radical left rebel group FARC found that US military soldiers and contractors had sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007 and, in all cases, the rapists were never punished–either in Colombia or stateside–due to American military personnel being immune from prosecution under diplomatic immunity agreements between the two countries.  full article>


A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities.

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama


Neocons: the Echo of German Fascism

By Todd E. Pierce

March 27, 2015, ©

With the Likud Party electoral victory in Israel, the Republican Party is on a roll, having won two major elections in a row. The first was winning control of the U.S. Congress last fall. The second is the victory by the Republicans' de facto party leader Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel's recent election. As the Israeli Prime Minister puts together a coalition with other parties "in the national camp," as he describes them, meaning the ultra-nationalist parties of Israel, it will be a coalition that today's Republicans would feel right at home in.  full article>


The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

Thomas Jefferson


The Tangle of US-Israeli Double Standards

By Marjorie Cohn

March 26, 2015, ©

As Israeli voters went to the polls, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared he would oppose the creation of a Palestinian state. In what The New York Times called a "racist rant," he also proclaimed, "right-wing rule is in danger" because "Arab voters are streaming in huge quantities to the polling stations."  full article>


Now my friends, I am opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment to do for myself but because I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable knowing that there are thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest necessities of life. We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked; 'Am I my brother's keeper?' That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society.

Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death.

Eugene V. Debs


I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.

Coretta Scott King


Apple CEO slams Indiana "religious freedom" law seen as anti-gay

by Phil Wahba

March 27, 2015, ©

Apple CEO Tim Cook, the most prominent openly gay executive, assailed a new Indiana law that critics say could make it legal for businesses there to discriminate against gays and lesbians. But he stopped short of saying his company would boycott the state as some of his peers have.  full article>


We cannot use a double standard for measuring our own and other people's policies. Our demands for democratic practices in other lands will be no more effective than the guarantees of those practiced in our own country.

Hubert H. Humphrey


A Conversation With CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou


March 27-29, 2015, © Counterpunch

John Kiriakou is widely known as the former CIA case officer who, in an interview with ABC News in late 2007, confirmed that the CIA had tortured prisoner Abu Zubaydah, an alleged member of al Qaeda, on the waterboard.  full article>


America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.

Jimmy Carter


Walmart, Lowe's, Safeway, and Nordstrom Are Bankrolling a Nationwide Campaign to Gut Workers' Comp

by Molly Redden

Thu Mar. 26, 2015, © Mother Jones

Nearly two dozen major corporations, including Walmart, Nordstrom, and Safeway, are bankrolling a quiet, multistate lobbying effort to make it harder for workers hurt on the job to access lost wages and medical care—the benefits collectively known as workers' compensation.  full article>


A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.

Aldous Huxley


Denmark 3-2 USA: Bendtner hat-trick wins it for the Danes

Mar 26, 2015, ©

The striker levelled twice for his side after they fell behind to strikes from Jozy Altidore and Aron Johannsson before netting the winning goal

Nicklas Bendtner netted his first international hat-trick as Denmark twice came from behind to beat the United States 3-2 in Aarhus on Wednesday.  full article>


La cámara de un alemán desgarbado

Mario Trigo, © Altaïr Magazine

Está empezando el siglo XX y entre la espesura del Alto Xingu, en el estado brasileño del Mato Grosso, vemos aparecer, junto al río, a un alemán alto, pálido y flaco acompañado de dos muchachos, tres burros y una mula. Están completamente perdidos. Expresando el espíritu del momento mejor que cualquier diálogo posible, la mula sale desbocada y se echa al agua y el más joven de los dos guías, apenas un niño, se echa a llorar desconsolado.  full article>


The superior man seeks what is right; the inferior one, what is profitable.



Arctic sea ice extent hits record low for winter maximum

Karl Mathiesen

Thursday 19 March 2015, © The Guardian

Arctic sea ice has hit a record low for its maximum extent in winter, which scientists said was a result of climate change and abnormal weather patterns.

The US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) said on Thursday that at its peak the ice covered just over 14.5m sq km of the northern seas. This was 130,000 sq km smaller than the previous lowest maximum in 2011.  full article>


Men argue. Nature acts.



This Year's Climate Talks Are Our Last (and Best) Chance to Slow Global Warming

David Kortava

February 24, 2015, © The Nation

In December 2015, world leaders will gather in Paris to negotiate a binding agreement to reduce global carbon emissions. It will be the twenty-first major UN climate summit since 1992. Two decades of conferences have coincided with mounting emissions and rising temperatures. Indeed, the World Meteorological Organization has pronounced 2014 as the warmest year on record for the planet. And the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warns that—short of a "substantial and sustained" reduction in greenhouse gas emissions—we will experience more frequent heat waves, droughts, storm surges, shocks to the world food supply and other extreme weather-related events.  full article>


Climate is always evolving, and natural disaster have always existed.

Marco Rubio


Scientists: Ted Cruz's Climate Theories Are a "Load of Claptrap"

By Tim McDonnell

Wed Mar. 18, 2015, © Mother Jones

Last night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a probable candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, shared his thoughts about climate change with late-night host Seth Meyers. Here's what he said:  full article>


The warming effect of carbon dioxide is strongest where the air is cold and dry;
mainly in the arctic rather than in the tropics;
mainly in winter rather than in summer, and mainly at night rather than in daytime.
The warming is real, but it is mostly making cold places warmer rather than making hot places hotter.
To represent this local warming by a global average is grossly misleading.

Physicist Freeman Dyson


In United Nations Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the United States to address the pro-Israeli lobby group AIPAC and Congress, we feature Noam Chomsky's United Nations address on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.


Man Moves Huge Blocks By Himself Using Simple Tools & Ancient Knowledge

Is this how Stonehenge and the pyramids were made? This Michigan man uses simple levers and stones to move massive blocks weighing as much as 21,000 pounds.




Yemen: Unas 140 personas rezando en una mezquita voladas al aire por suicidas nefastos. Añadido a lo ocurrido en Túnez, esta ha sido una semana increíblemente sangrienta.


(Muertos en Yemen por atentado suicida)


En el mundo que nos rodea, como dijo el escritor anti-belicista Kurt Vonnegut, no existe el orden y debemos adaptarnos al caos. Adaptarnos, sobrevivir e intentar buscar el entendimiento. No es fácil ver estas barbaridades y seguir pensando que los responsables son seres humanos, que empezaron sus vidas como niños inocentes, pero ahí es donde hay que ir si queremos perdurar como especie. Los políticos casi siempre, por instinto de supervivencia y ambición personal, se aprovechan del dolor, la frustración y la furia de los ciudadanos -y los llevan ciegamente hacia la violencia inconsciente en vez de intentar entenderla y desarmarla.


(Muertos en Yemen por un Drone de Obama)


No tengo una respuesta clara, pero pregunto: ¿qué diferencia hay entre los inocentes asesinados en Yemen por terroristas suicidas y los inocentes asesinados en Yemen por los Drones de Obama?


A veces no hay palabras, a veces hay que recular, sentir lo que se siente antes de actuar, antes de atacar. Según el maestro Zhuangzi, "Las palabras deben siempre detenerse ante lo que el entendimiento ignora".


Viggo Mortensen


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Let us go forth,the teller of tales,and seize whatever prey the heart long for and have no fear.
Everything exists,everything is true,and the Earth is only a little dust under our feet.

W.B. Yeats


Which superpower will win the battle of hypocrisy?

Robert Fisk

Sunday 15 March 2015, © The Independent

Strange, isn't it, how every time we have a "crisis" in the Middle East, the Russians step in to take advantage of it? Or so it looks. No sooner have we identified Isis/the Islamic Caliphate/Daesh as the most apocalyptic, end-of-the-world antagonist since Hitler/Napoleon/Nero/Genghis Khan, than old Mother Russia stretches out her bear's claws and tickles a former Soviet Republic, namely Ukraine.  full article>


Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise.

W.B. Yeats


At Five Years Old, Obamacare Is Uneven and Incomplete—But It's Working

By Orson Aguilar

March 19, 2015, © The Progressive

On its fifth anniversary, the secret of Obamacare is that it's working.

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, 2010, is doing precisely what it was supposed to do: provide health coverage to millions of Americans who didn't have it and couldn't afford it.  full article>


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

W.B. Yeats


When Torturers Walk


March 20-22, 2015, © Counterpunch

Here's what we learned from the release of the Senate's report on the CIA's use of torture: the Agency tortured some people, in the President's flippant phrase. More than a few people it turns out, though we probably will never know exactly how many. The techniques of torture were brutal, even sadistic. Though, again, the most barbarous measures have been redacted from public disclosure. The CIA learned almost nothing of value from these heinous crimes. More strikingly, the Agency didn't expect to pry out any fresh intelligence. Instead, what the torturers wanted most desperately was to extract false confessions, writhing accounts of fantastical ties between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, linking Iraq to the 9/11 attacks, that could be used retroactively to justify a phony war. Thus does one crime feast on another.  full article>


The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

W.B. Yeats


GOP's Corporate Lackies Block Climate Change Science At Every Turn

By Susie Madrak

3/19/15, © Crooks and Liars

Do these Republican morons think we don't notice the severe weather changes? That by stopping government validation of what we already understand will somehow protect them from a public mandate to do something about it? Republicans are the original party of "see no evil." Like toddlers, they think if they close their eyes, "You can't see me!" Can't wait to see how that philosophy works out! Steve Benen:  full article>


Mock mockers after that
That would not lift a hand maybe
To help good, wise or great
To bar that foul storm out, for we
Traffic in mockery.

W.B. Yeats


Netanyahu has a big mess to clean up

By Alan Elsner

03/18/15, © msnbc

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled out all the stops to win Tuesday's election - but his victory has come at a tremendous cost to him and, more importantly, to Israel.

In the final days of the campaign, Netanyahu renounced the two-state solution and whipped up nationalist sentiment. On Election Day, he resorted to fear tactics that crossed the line into racism, exhorting his followers to get to the polls because "the Arabs are voting in droves."  full article>


I am Yusuf, O father

I am Yusuf, O father.
O father, my brothers do not love me nor want me among them.
They assault me and throw stones and words at me.
They want me to die so they can eulogize me.
They closed the door of your home and left me outside.
They expelled me from the field.
They poisoned my vineyards.
They destroyed my toys, O father.
When the gentle breeze passed by the played with my hair they became jealous
And flamed up with rage against me and flamed up in rage against you, What did I ever do to them O father?
Butterflies perched on my shoulders, Stalks of wheat swayed toward me, And birds rested in my palms.
What did I do O father? And why me?
You named me Yusuf, And they threw me into the well, And accused the wolf, The wolf is more merciful than my brothers.
O father! Did I ever wrong anyone when I said: 'I saw eleven stars, and the sun and moon, I saw them prostrating before me?'.

Mahmoud Darwish


Lia Van Leer, grand dame of Israeli cinema, dies at 90

By Nirit Anderman

Mar. 14, 2015, © Haaretz

Lia Van Leer, a pioneer in Israel's film industry, died at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on Friday at the age of 90.  full article>


Be curious, not judgmental.

Walt Whitman


What About Israel's Nuclear Bomb?

William Greider

March 12, 2015, © The Nation

After Bibi Netanyahu's provocative speech to Congress, The New York Times provided helpful clarifications in an article headlined "What Iran Won't Say About the Bomb." Written by two superbly expert reporters, William Broad and David Sanger, the piece walked through the technical complexities for non-experts (myself included) and explained key questions Iranians have failed to answer.  full article>


Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.

Kurt Vonnegut


Jon Stewart labeled 'most disgusting Jew on planet' by Pamela Geller

Mar. 14, 2015, © Haaretz

Comedian Jon Stewart, a perennial critic of both the American political establishment and the current Israeli government, has been named "the most disgusting Jew on the planet" by Jewish far-right activist Pamela Geller, the Huffington Post reported.  full article>


As long as you say
because it's the end, because there's no more
not yes, no, no
enough war. There's
someone saying
I hear the voice
of someone, there is plenty
All is well, there's someone saying
Therefore: there is someone
who breathes now

Tuvya Ruebner


Who's Afraid of the Israel Lobby?


MARCH 13-15, 2015, © Counterpunch

Congress is the last place to look for "the brightest and the best" or the most knowledgeable. Still, most Senators and Representatives are at least somewhat better informed than people whose window on the world is Fox News.  full article>


It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.

William Carlos Williams


How to Die of Dumb

By William Rivers Pitt

Sunday, 08 March 2015, © Truthout

Sen. James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma since 1994, took to the floor of the Senate the other day with a snowball in a bag. Because it was cold in Washington DC, he said, because there was snow on the ground, that proves climate change is a hoax. "In case we had forgotten," he said, pulling the snowball from the sack, "because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, do you know what this is? It's a snowball, just from outside here. It's very, very cold out." He went on to denounce what he called the "hysteria on global warming," and then threw the snowball at the presiding officer.  full article>


In Florida, Officials Ban Term 'Climate Change'

By Tristram Korten

March 8, 2015, © Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

The state of Florida is the region most susceptible to the effects of global warming in this country, according to scientists. Sea-level rise alone threatens 30 percent of the state's beaches over the next 85 years. But you would not know that by talking to officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the state agency on the front lines of studying and planning for these changes.  full article>


Remember, Kill Chain


March 6-8, 2015, © Counterpunch

In a cold February dawn in 2010, two small SUVs and a four-door pickup truck headed down a dirt road in the mountains of southern Afghanistan. They had set out soon after midnight, traveling cross-country to reach Highway 1, the country's principal paved road, which would lead them to Kandahar and north to Kabul. Crammed inside were more than thirty men, women, and children, four of them younger than six. Everyone knew one another, for they all came from the same cluster of mountain villages roughly two hundred miles southwest of Kabul. Many of the men, unemployed and destitute, were on their way to Iran in hopes of work. Others were shopkeepers heading to the capital to buy supplies, or students returning to school. The women carried turkeys, gifts for the relatives they would stay with in Kabul. A number were Hazaras, an ethnic minority of Shia Muslims whom the Taliban treated with unremitting cruelty whenever they had the opportunity. Now they were in western Uruzgan Province, Taliban country and therefore very dangerous for them, but they risked the shortcut because they were short on gas.  full article>


Every empire, however, tells itself and the world that it is unlike all other empires, that its mission is not to plunder and control but to educate and liberate.

Edward W. Said


El etnógrafo

Ulises Rosell

Retomando algunos de los lineamientos con los que construyó Bonanza en el 2001, Rosell cuenta la cotidianeidad de una comunidad wichi. De la mano del etnógrafo, se adentra en la Salta profunda y, desde Tartagal, hace hablar a los wichis en su propia lengua. Pero también, como en el cuento de Borges, el etnógrafo americano "llega a soñar en un idioma que no es el de sus padres". Así, Rosell pone en escena multiplicidad de lenguas –las maternas y las que se aprenden, las que nos son propias y las ajenas– para proponer que el lenguaje es lo que nos define y nos identifica. Este extranjero, antropólogo de profesión, llega para observar e investigar las prácticas sociales de una comunidad, se queda a vivir allí y se vuelve la voz cantante (hablando de voces) de la resistencia de los wichis por defender sus tierras, sus tradiciones; en definitiva, su identidad.  full article>




Teens Sue Government for Failing to Address Climate Change for Future Generations

Cole Mellino

February 23, 2015, © EcoWatch

Many young people feel they have too much at stake to wait for our leaders to get their act together and take meaningful action on climate change. In the words of one young climate activist, Alec Loorz, we need to demand our political leaders "govern as if our future matters." With their future at stake, many youth have taken their case to the courts in the hopes that the judiciary will require the legislature to take action.  full article>


The Gaza Test for World Justice

By Lawrence Davidson

February 25, 2015, © Counterpunch

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was designed as a vehicle for the prosecution of the most heinous of crimes committed by individuals in positions of state authority – those military officers and politicians at the top of a national chain of command. Until recently ICC prosecutions have been limited to leaders of small and weak states. This is not because the leaders of powerful nations are not sometimes culpable, but rather because no member state of the ICC has yet brought a relevant complaint.  full article>


All Rudy Giuliani Loves Is Himself - and a Dangerous Mythical Notion of the United States


Wednesday, 25 February 2015, © BuzzFlash

At BuzzFlash, we have long been critical of many of the key neoliberal policies of the Obama administration. The white House's positions on foreign policy and Wall Street, for example, have always embodied the consensus conventional wisdom of the duopoly - and that is not an expression of praise.  full article>


Saudis Said to Aid Israeli Plan to Bomb Iran

By Robert Parry

February 25, 2015, ©

According to an Israeli media report, Saudi Arabia has agreed to let Israeli warplanes fly over Saudi territory to save fuel while attacking Iranian nuclear sites, the latest indication of how the two former enemies have developed a behind-the-scenes alliance that is reshaping geopolitics in the Middle East.  full article>


Egypt coup: Leaked tape proves defence minister tried to conceal Morsi's true location in military prison, say forensic scientists

Robert Fisk

Monday 23 February 2015, © The Independent

Leaked tapes of Egyptian generals apparently plotting to persuade the world that arrested Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was in a civilian rather than a military prison – and thus not the victim of an army coup – have been sent by British lawyers to the UN, the African Commission on Human Rights and the UK police.  full article>


Why Is Big Pharma Financing a Conservative Group Trying to Destroy Obamacare?

Stephanie Mencimer

Feb. 18, 2015, © MotherJones

During the contentious battle to pass the Affordable Care Act, the pharmaceutical industry was a crucial partner of President Barack Obama. Big Pharma sank $150 million into an ad blitz promoting the Obamacare bill and spent millions lobbying for its passage. Backing health care reform was a no-brainer for the drug manufacturers; they stood to reap billions in revenues as a result of expanded health care coverage. Yet all of this makes one of Big Pharma's alliances highly curious: It has bankrolled the libertarian think tank trying to demolish Obamacare.  full article>


Den største fare lige nu er, at angst og mistro breder sig mellem borgerne

16. feb. 2015, © Politiken

Der er ingen tvivl om, at vi befinder os i en ny politisk virkelighed, på grund af det terror-angreb vi oplevede i denne weekend. Vi vidste, at det højst sandsynligt ville komme. At det kun var et spørgsmål om tid, før det skete. Men ét er formodninger om mulig terror, noget andet er konkret morderisk handling.   full article>


Police and Plunder


February 13-15, 2015, © Counterpunch

In December 2014 the discussion of "police" began to look at the roots of the institution. Peter Gelderloos concluded a three part study in CounterPunch flatly stating, "The police are a racist, authoritarian institution that exists to protect the powerful in an unequal system." Sam Mitrani, a scholar of the Chicago police, concluded similarly, "The police were not created to protect and serve the population. They were not created to stop crime, at least not as most people understand it." Yet a physician in Ann Arbor, Catherine Wilkerson, caused a local stir when she stated "that neither racism nor racist police violence can be abolished under this economic system, i.e. under capitalism".  full article>


As Public Pensions Shift to Risky Wall Street, Local Politicians Rake in Political Cash

We look at a Wall Street scandal that has generated little attention but impacts millions of American public workers. In recent years, cities and states have been increasingly investing worker pensions in risky hedge funds, private equity and other so-called "alternative investments." Many of the investments are being done in secret while politically connected Wall Streets firms — including Blackstone, the Carlyle Group and Elliott Management — earn millions in investment fees from taxpayers.



Julio Llamazares: "La memoria histórica de un país es su literatura"

Javier Rodríguez Marcos

14 FEB 2015, © El País

"Todavía existe". La vida de Julio Llamazares está tan unida a lugares desaparecidos que cuando habla del pueblo en el que pasó casi toda su infancia —Olleros de Sabero— aclara sin darse cuenta de que todavía existe. Los que no existen, o no del todo, son Vegamián —el lugar en el que nació en 1955, hoy anegado por un pantano— y Ainielle, la aldea deshabitada del Pirineo aragonés en la que situó la acción de La lluvia amarilla,su segunda novela, que lo consagró en 1988.  full article>


NYT Whites Out Ukraine's Brown Shirts

By Robert Parry

February 11, 2015, ©

In covering the Ukraine crisis, the New York Times continues its descent into becoming little more than a propaganda organ for the U.S. State Department and the Kiev regime, again refusing to acknowledge the role of neo-Nazi militias in the civil war against ethnic Russians in the east.  full article>



Lying to the young is wrong.

Proving to them that lies are true is wrong.

Telling them

that God's in his heaven

and all's well with the world

is wrong.

They know what you mean.

They are people too.

Tell them the difficulties

can't be counted,

and let them see

not only

what will be

but see

with clarity

these present times.

Say obstacles exist they must encounter,

sorrow comes,

hardship happens.

The hell with it.

Who never knew

the price of happiness

will not be happy.

Forgive no error

you recognize,

it will repeat itself,

a hundredfold

and afterward

our pupils

will not forgive in us

what we forgave.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 1952

(Translated by Robin Milner-Gulland and Peter Levi)


From 'Victim' to 'Threat': James Baldwin and the Demands of Self-Respect

Mychal Denzel Smith

February 10, 2015, © The Nation

If you wish to be taken seriously, there are a few things you need to do before speaking critically of the police. Suggesting that such a vaunted American institution may be fallible is a sin only mitigated by pre-emptively issuing certain caveats. If you're going to talk about police brutality, for example, you must first say, "The police have a very dangerous job." If you're going to talk about unjust laws, you first have to acknowledge that "the police are here to protect us." If you want to talk about racist profiling tactics, you have to note that "most police officers aren't racist." And if you wish to talk about how aggressive policing disproportionately affects black, brown and poor people, subjecting them to daily harassment in addition to pushing them into our nation's prison system, which has consequences on their economic, political, and social futures, you must first reassure your audience that "not all cops are bad."  full article>




No people are uninteresting.

Their fate is like the chronicle of planets.


Nothing in them in not particular,

and planet is dissimilar from planet.


And if a man lived in obscurity

making his friends in that obscurity

obscurity is not uninteresting.


To each his world is private

and in that world one excellent minute.


And in that world one tragic minute

These are private.


In any man who dies there dies with him

his first snow and kiss and fight

it goes with him.


There are left books and bridges

and painted canvas and machinery

Whose fate is to survive.


But what has gone is also not nothing:

by the rule of the game something has gone.

Not people die but worlds die in them.


Whom we knew as faulty, the earth's creatures

Of whom, essentially, what did we know?


Brother of a brother? Friend of friends?

Lover of lover?


We who knew our fathers

in everything, in nothing.


They perish. They cannot be brought back.

The secret worlds are not regenerated.


And every time again and again

I make my lament against destruction.


Yevgeny Yevtushenko


Why Islamic Reform is Delayed


February 09, 2015, © Counterpunch

Recent geopolitical turmoil in the Arab/Muslim World, and the resulting proliferation of radical movements and groupings such as Al-Qaeda and ISIL, seems to have provide plenty of incendiary fodder for the propaganda mill of the proponents of the theory of "the clash of civilizations," according to which the roots of conflicts in the Muslim world must be sought in Islam itself, in its alleged "incompatibility" with modernization and Western values.  full article>


To generalize is to be an idiot.

William Blake


The Nonthreatening Muslim: Navigating Immigration to the USA

By Aaminah Khan

February 09, 2015, © The Progressive

"Miss . . . Khan?"

The customs official stops, looks up at me, looks back down at my passport, and hesitates. That's always how it starts.

I am an Australian citizen of mixed Turkish and Pakistani descent. I have brown skin and non-Anglo-European features. I'm also Muslim, and when I was younger, I wore a hijab. As a result, I've experienced all the usual kinds of Islamophobic bigotry and ignorance—the yelled death threats from strangers driving past me, the "go back to where you came from" chants as I walk down the street, the "jokes" about me being a terrorist, the questions about arranged marriages and dowries of camels (for some reason, it's always camels). Part of the reason I chose to stop wearing the hijab was that I was tired of not being able to walk through a shopping center without people either whispering behind my back or yelling in my face.   full article>


The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.

William Blake


Camus Redux

Alice Kaplan

February 3, 2015, © The Nation

Albert Camus, once decried as the symbol of reactionary French Algeria by Jean-Paul Sartre and other grands hommes of the mid-century French left, has been the subject of increasingly positive revaluations since the posthumous publication of his unfinished autobiographical novel, The First Man, in 1994. Camus's account of his threadbare beginnings, his love for his deaf mother and his ambivalence about success and exile gave readers reasons to think that, thirty-four years after his death, they finally knew something about him. Meanwhile, Sartre's devotion to violent revolution had lost much of its allure during the 1990s, when a civil war in Algeria between radical Islamists and the Algerian army threatened the survival of secular intellectual life itself. The centenary of Camus's birth in 2013 was welcomed in France with an array of new work, including a fascinating documentary by Joël Calmettes about Camus's readers in the far corners of the globe. In the United States, Robert Zaretsky's fine intellectual biography and the Harvard translation of Camus's Algerian Chronicles were widely reviewed. Now, in the wake of the centenary, two bold and original new works swap criticism for art: a film, Loin des hommes, or Far From Men, and a novel, Meursault, contre-enquête, remain faithful to the moral and aesthetic spirit of Camus's fictions while setting his themes and preoccupations in the geopolitical present.  full article>



À Libération:


"La censure, quelle qu'elle soit, me paraît une monstruosité, une pire chose que l'homicide.
L'attentat contre la pensée est un crime de lèse-âme."

—Gustave Flaubert


Libération, dont la marque traditionnelle de fabrique est l'ouverture d'esprit et la curiosité, a eu un traitement pour le moins minimaliste du film "Loin des hommes", qui est une adaptation libre de la nouvelle d'Albert Camus intitulée l'Hôte. Il fallait en effet être extrêmement attentif pour avoir une chance, en tant que lecteur de votre quotidien, de savoir que ce film sortait sur les écrans français le 14 janvier dernier. Après quelques lignes lors de la Mostra de Venise où le film était en compétition, quelques lignes neutres au fond de la colonne "Vite vu" de vos pages Cinéma. Tant pis si ma démarche paraît auto-centrée ou intéressée, étant acteur et coproducteur de cette adaptation par David Oelhoffen d'une nouvelle d'Albert Camus. Mais je vous écris car mon sentiment est que c'est Camus qui est maltraité à travers le mépris avec lequel Libération vous avez abordé ce film.


Une partie de la gauche française, héritière de la pensée de Jean-Paul Sartre et Simone de Beauvoir, qui faisaient régner sur la vie intellectuelle française leur vision stalinienne de l'Histoire, n'a eu de cesse de combattre - parfois avec l'arme du mensonge et de la diffamation - l'humanisme d'Albert Camus, et d'attaquer l'homme.


Cette entreprise de marginalisation a malheureusement porté ses fruits, Albert Camus étant beaucoup mieux considéré en dehors de l'hexagone que dedans. Serait-elle encore à l'œuvre en France ? Expliquerait-elle le mépris que vous portez pour cette adaptation portant les contradictions et la compassion de l'œuvre de Camus ?


Viggo Mortensen



To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

Emily Dickinson


How India Is Assassinating Gandhi's legacy

By Arun Gandhi

January 30, 2015, © The Progressive

On Jan. 30, 1948, my grandfather Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the great Indian leader and champion of nonviolence, fell to an assassin's bullets. Indian society has recently faced a sustained assault by people of the same ideological ilk as the man who fired those fatal shots.  full article>


How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!

Emily Dickinson


Shoveling America's wealth to the top

Monday, February 2, 2015, © Jim Hightower

As an old country saying puts it, "Money is like manure – it does no good unless you spread it around."

Yet, America's corporate and political leaders have intentionally been shoveling wealth into an ever-bigger pile for those at the top. They've gotten away with this by lying to the great majority, which has seen its share of America's prosperity steadily disappear. Yes, they've told us, the rich are getting richer, but that's just the natural workings of the new global economy, in which financial elites are rewarded for their exceptional talents, innovation, and bold risk-taking.  full article>


I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.

Emily Dickinson


United Nations in Haiti: When Protectors Turn Predators

by Kathie Klarreich

A United Nations presence in Haiti has become as familiar as the country's barren hillsides. Troops of some sort have been there almost continuously since 1993, including five peacekeeping missions. The most recent, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, arrived in 2004 to provide a peaceful transition following months of armed conflict. Like its predecessors and most of the UN's 16 peacekeeping missions worldwide, MINUSTAH, composed of troops from dozens of countries, is also charged with the protection of local citizens.  full article>


To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

Emily Dickinson


Liberté d'expression : Reporters sans frontières met la pression sur le monde religieux

Bernadette SAUVAGET

3 février 2015 à 17:49, © Libération

En leur demandant de signer sa "Proclamation", l'organisation embarrasse les responsables de culte, irrités d'être pointés du doigt.

De l'art de créer l'embarras... Lancée mardi, la campagne de Reporters sans frontières (RSF) de soutien à la liberté d'expression, a jeté un certain froid dans les rangs des principaux responsables religieux en France, d'accord sur les principes mais plutôt réservés sur la méthode.  full article>


A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.

Emily Dickinson


A whining Wall Street banker pleads for pity

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, © Jim Hightower

Jamie is PO'd. He's fed up with all of this populistic attitude that's sweeping the country, and he's not going to take it anymore!

Jamie Dimon recently bleated to reporters that, "Banks are under assault." Well, not most banks, but JPMorgan Chase, America's largest Wall Street empire, which Jamie heads. Government regulators, snarls Jamie, are pandering to grassroots populist anger at Wall Street excesses by squeezing the life of JP Morgan casino.  full article>


Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.

Emily Dickinson


The Super-Rich Can't Hide From the Rest of Us

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

Tuesday, 03 February 2015, © Truthout

My friend Craig Zobel just premiered his new movie at the Sundance Film Festival. Z for Zachariah is based on a young adult novel from the seventies about a post-apocalyptic world and a woman who lives on a farm in a remote valley. A geographic anomaly, the valley has been isolated and protected from the nuclear radiation that devastated the rest of humanity. But then a man arrives and, a while later, another. You'll have to see it.  full article>


I'm nobody, who are you?

Emily Dickinson


A Just Cause ≠ A Just War

By Howard Zinn

January 27, 2015, © The Progressive

I want to talk about three holy wars. They aren't religious wars, but they're the three wars in American history that are sacrosanct, that you can't say anything bad about: the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II.

Let's look carefully at these three idealized, three romanticized wars.

It's important to at least be willing to raise the possibility that you could criticize something that everybody has accepted as uncriticizable.

We're supposed to be thinking people. We're supposed to be able to question everything.

There are things that happen in the world that are bad, and you want to do something about them. You have a just cause. But our culture is so war prone that we immediately jump from "This is a good cause" to "This deserves a war."  full article>


Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned.

Emily Dickinson


For Mule Deer, an Incredible Journey


FEB. 2, 2015, © The New York Times

THE RED DESERT, WYO. – As a small group of scientists and volunteers waits by the side of a gravel road here, a helicopter swoops down, carrying two blindfolded mule deer in slings. It hovers for a moment in a furious swirl of rotor-blown snow, detaching the deer slings. As it lifts and turns, the team runs into the stinging cloud.  full article>


I dwell in possibility.

Emily Dickinson


Australian Uranium Mining Company Accused of Contaminating Lake Malawi

by Mayu Chang

January 28th, 2015, © CorpWatch Blog

Paladin Energy, an Australian mining company, has been accused of discharging uranium-contaminated sludge into Lake Malawi, which supports 1.7 million people in three countries - Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The company began uranium mining operations in Malawi in 2009 although it suspended operations last year after ore prices fell.  full article>


Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.

Emily Dickinson


Lifeline for Over 1 Million in Mali Under Threat by World Bank Dam Plans

Josh Klemm

Mon, 01/26/2015, © International Rivers

The Inner Niger Delta in Mali is one of Africa's largest wetlands, a verdant and biologically rich area bordering the Sahara Desert. In addition to hosting millions of migratory birds from Europe, the delta serves as a lifeline for anywhere between 1 and 2 million people who depend on its bounty for pastureland, flood recession agriculture and fishing. The unique ecosystems of the Inner Niger Delta are in turn sustained by the beneficial annual flooding of the Niger River that inundates up to 30,000 km2 - an area the size of Belgium. The future of this key ecological site, however, is in jeopardy as the World Bank revives plans to construct the Fomi Dam near the river's source in neighboring Guinea.  full article>


Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.

Emily Dickinson


The Sanctions of Mass Destruction


February 03, 2015, © Counterpunch

Under the late King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia played a role most treacherous in world affairs: its oil fueled U.S. militarism and its money funded Islamic extremists.

Saudi Arabia is perhaps the greatest inherent contradiction of U.S. foreign policy.  full article>


That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.

Emily Dickinson


Four Bogus Attacks On The Obama Budget, Debunked

Bill Scher

February 3, 2015, © Ourfuture

A favorite maxim of Vice-President Joe Biden's is: "Don't tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value." President Obama proposed a budget that is a reflection of his values today. This puts considerable pressure on Republicans.  full article>


Forever is composed of nows.

Emily Dickinson


Lobbying Database

In addition to campaign contributions to elected officials and candidates, companies, labor unions, and other organizations spend billions of dollars each year to lobby Congress and federal agencies. Some special interests retain lobbying firms, many of them located along Washington's legendary K Street; others have lobbyists working in-house. We've got totals spent on lobbying, beginning in 1998, for everyone from AAI Corp. to Zurich Financial.  full article>


The brain is wider than the sky.

Emily Dickinson


If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

George Washington


Google, Gag Orders and the WikiLeaks Investigation

By Binoy Kampmark

January 31, 2015, © Global Research

Google took almost over two and a half years to disclose that it has handed emails and various forms of digital data belonging to three WikiLeaks staffers to the US government. On December 23, 2014, investigations editor Sarah Harrison, section editor Joseph Farrell, and spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson were told by the company that contents from their subscriber accounts had been handed over to US authorities. The letter to Google, authored by Michael Ratner, counsel from the Center for Constitutional Rights representing WikiLeaks, expresses astonishment and a degree of disturbance at the fact.  full article>


The relative freedom which we enjoy depends of public opinion. The law is no protection. Governments make laws, but whether they are carried out, and how the police behave, depends on the general temper in the country. If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.

George Orwell



If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.

Noam Chomsky


Assange on Charlie Hebdo: A Conspicuous Failure

10 January 2015, © Telesur

Wikileaks published a text Saturday that appears to be written by its founder, Julian Assange, which says the failure of the French authorities in the Charlie Hebdo massacre is so conspicuous, that questions about government links to the killers must be asked.  full article>


I am no bird, no net ensnares me.

Charlotte Brontë



People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Søren Kierkegaard



The only security of all is in a free press.

Thomas Jefferson


Why FDR Matters Now More Than Ever

By Beverly Bandler

January 30, 2015, ©

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was on his way to his first inauguration on March 4, 1933, in the fourth dark winter of the Great Depression. Amid widespread public fear and distress, there were machine-gun nests at the corners of the great government buildings in Washington, a city that hadn't had such a look of an armed camp since the Civil War.  full article>


Dios sabe lo que hace, por qué lo hace y para qué lo hace. Yo acepto la voluntad de Dios. Creo que Dios nunca me soltó la mano

Jorge Rafael Videla, asesino en serie y el mayor sociópata en la historia argentina.


Crazy Horse: leader, warrior, martyr... artist?

Henry Adams

January 14 2015

More than a century after he died, the Lakota warrior Crazy Horse, who famously fought General Custer in the Battle of Little Bighorn, is thought of as transcendent force - attuned to the universe in a special way - though he's often commemorated in ways that are somewhat odd. He's the subject, for example, of a gargantuan (and controversial) mountain-top sculpture in South Dakota which - if ever finished - will be bigger than Mount Rushmore. And his name is the inspiration for a strip joint in Montmartre that has billed itself as "the most sophisticated cabaret in Paris."

It's easy to forget that Crazy Horse was once actually a real person, even if the historical record is often frustratingly incomplete. But Castle McLaughlin's latest publication brings readers into the world of the real Crazy Horse. Her book, titled A Lakota War Book from the Little Bighorn, also delves into one of the more intriguing art historical "Who-Done-Its" in recent memory.  full article>



No més incerta de tan vehement
la sorpresa amb què aculls la llum que esclata
rera el mirall opac i els cortinatges
angoixants i feixucs d'aquest llarg temps de prova.
és així com la vida expressa el seu
misteri i en referma la bellesa.
L'entreteixit del temps no mostra cap
fissura, flueix sempre, ineluctable.
Tot és perfecte i just dins el seu àmbit.

Miquel Martí i Pol


A Congress that Disdains Science

By Lawrence Davidson

January 26, 2015, ©

On Jan. 17, the New York Times reported on a scientific study that showed 2014 to be "the hottest on earth since record-keeping began in 1880." The report went on to explain that "records were set across large areas of every inhabited continent."

Particularly hard hit in 2014 was the western portion of the United States: Alaska, Arizona, California and Nevada all experienced "extreme warmth." Temperatures in parts of California "sometimes (ran) 10 to 15 degrees above normal for the season."  full article>


"What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible."

Theodore Roethke


Neocons Dig in to Bomb-Bomb Iran

By Paul R. Pillar

January 26, 2015, ©

It has not been a smooth month for those who want to keep Iran in pariahdom forever and thus seek to kill any international agreement on Iran's nuclear program. The sanctions bill that is the deal-killers' principal vehicle at the moment and is in the Senate Banking Committee has not been attracting the hoped-for Democratic co-sponsors.  full article>


The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.


We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.


Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.


Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.


Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me, so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.


This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.


Theodore Roethke


Worn down by Alzheimer's, some work to close 'care gap'

By Robin Erb

January 26, 2015, © Detroit Free Press

Fred Haynes has once again wandered into the empty spaces of Alzheimer's.

On this wintry morning, the retired Realtor is laughing at something only he can see outside the living-room window of his Port Huron home, his lips moving nearly imperceptibly. His gaze moves toward his visitors, then to his wife, seeking reaction.  full article>


"La moindre chose contient un peu d'inconnu. Trouvons-le."

Guy de Maupassant


Disillusioned by War, Israeli Soldiers Muted in 1967 Are Given Fuller Voice


JAN. 25, 2015, © The New York Times

TEL AVIV - A young Israeli soldier, fresh from the front, bluntly recounts the orders from above. "They never said, 'Leave no one alive,' but they said, 'Show no mercy,'" he explains. "The brigade commander said to kill as many as possible."  full article>


La liberté d'aimer n'est pas moins sacrée que la liberté de penser.

Victor Hugo


Un homme qui marche vite ne dit-il pas déjà la moitié de son secret? Il est pressé.

Honoré de Balzac


El disparo fue efectuado sobre la sien

Por Raúl Kollmann

Domingo, 25 de enero de 2015, © Página/12

La fiscal Viviana Fein terminó ayer con parte de las especulaciones. A primera hora de la tarde habló en forma pública para dejar en claro que la autopsia dice que "el disparo que mató al doctor Nisman fue efectuado sobre la sien, con la pistola prácticamente apoyada en la cabeza, es decir, a menos de un centímetro". Fein también confirmó que el proyectil sacado de la cabeza del fiscal se corresponde con la vaina encontrada en el lugar y con la pistola calibre 22 que le prestó a Nisman su extraño empleado Diego Lagomarsino. La jornada de ayer había comenzado con una versión del diario Clarín de que el disparo se efectuó a 15 o 20 centímetros, lo que daba a entender que otra persona le disparó al fiscal. La fuente de semejante dato fue un supuesto informe de la Policía Federal, que esa fuerza desmintió ya a media mañana de ayer.   full article>


Calls to Action: Noam Chomsky On Standardized Testing

By Julia Burke

January 15, 2015, © The Progressive

Legendary scholar and philosopher Noam Chomsky turns his biting wit toward education ranking systems and the increasing pressure on teachers to "teach to the test," reducing schools and students to empty numbers, in this interview. "The assessment itself is completely artificial," he says. "It's not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential. You're giving some kind of a rank, but it's a rank that's mostly meaningless, and the very ranking itself is harmful. It's turning us into individuals who devote our lives to achieving a rank."  full article>




As Fox News Apologizes, Jeremy Scahill on Fake "Terror Experts"
& Challenges of Real War Reporting

January 20, 2015, © Democracy Now



Who robbed the woods,

The trusting woods?

The unsuspecting trees

Brought out their burrs and mosses

His fantasy to please.

He scanned their trinkets, curious,

He grasped, he bore away.

What will the solemn hemlock,

What will the fir-tree say?

Emily Dickinson


De escritores y cómicas

Elvira Lindo

18 ENE 2015, © El País

La otra tarde, sin venir a cuento, me colé en el Teatro Español. Tengo una devoción infantil por los oficios manuales y quise pasar un rato en la peluquería del teatro para ver a Antoñita, viuda de Ruiz, ponerle la peluca al actor Juan Diego, que andaba estos días pasados encarnando a Ricardo III. Un cómico español no puede decir que haya sido bautizado en su oficio si no ha dejado su cabeza en manos de Antoñita, viuda de Ruiz, que así quiere que la nombren, con ese título nobiliario que recuerda a su difunto, maestro de posticería, prendas de cabeza y maquillaje teatral.  full article>


France Under the Influence


January 20, 2015, © Counterpunch

The Charlie Hebdo terrorist assassinations struck France at a moment when it has an unpopular government and a weak President, when factories are closing and jobs are being lost, when French economic policy is determined by Germany via the European Union and its foreign policy is determined by the United States via NATO. Except for the therapeutic moment of togetherness on January 11, the country feels buffeted by winds of conflict it cannot resist.  full article>



I Will Wade Out


i will wade out


till my thighs are steeped in burning flowers

I will take the sun in my mouth

and leap into the ripe air



                    with closed eyes

to dash against darkness

                in the sleeping curves of my body

Shall enter fingers of smooth mastery

with chasteness of sea-girls

                  Will i complete the mystery

                  of my flesh

I will rise

        After a thousand years



      And set my teeth in the silver of the moon


E. E. Cummings


The CIA's Prosecutorial Defense

By Norman Solomon

January 20, 2015, ©

In the trial of alleged CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, the U.S. government appears more intent on burnishing the CIA's tarnished reputation than proving Sterling's guilt. The defendant almost looks to be collateral damage in this PR process, as Norman Solomon observes.

Midway through the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, one comment stands out: "A criminal case," defense attorney Edward MacMahon told the jury at the outset, "is not a place where the CIA goes to get its reputation back."  full article>


Palabras a no dudarlo, palabras, no otra cosa. Palabras en lugares, las mismas en diferentes textos, palabras vueltas del revés desde la primera letra. A punto de poema. Halladas en ocasiones, en lindes de un olvido, en manos aún torpes de aprendices de sol y de sombra, ¿poesía qué, cuándo, poesía cómo? Acentos tales. Palabras que quieren decirnos algo oculto desde siempre por las parcas de los sueños, escondido entre los pliegues.

Arnaldo Calveyra


US Special Forces Are Operating in More Countries Than You Can Imagine

Nick Turse

January 20, 2015, © The Nation

In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight. It was the second time in two weeks that elite U.S. Navy SEALs had attempted to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers. And it was the second time they failed.  full article>




Soy el que sabe que no es menos vano
que el vano observador que en el espejo
de silencio y cristal sigue el reflejo
o el cuerpo (da lo mismo) del hermano.


Soy, tácitos amigos, el que sabe
que no hay otra venganza que el olvido
ni otro perdón. Un dios ha concedido
al odio humano esta curiosa llave.


Soy el que pese a tan ilustres modos
de errar, no ha descifrado el laberinto
singular y plural, arduo y distinto,


del tiempo, que es uno y es de todos.
Soy el que es nadie, el que no fue una espada
en la guerra. Soy eco, olvido, nada.


Jorge Luis Borges


Jane Wilson, Artist of the Ethereal, Dies at 90


JAN. 19, 2015, © The New York Times

Jane Wilson, a painter whose best-known works were landscapes that occupied a niche nestled between representation and abstraction, died on Jan. 13 in Manhattan. She was 90.  full article>


"If the earth must lose that great portion of its pleasantness which it owes to things that the unlimited increase of wealth and population would extirpate from it, for the mere purpose of enabling it to support a larger, but not a happier or a better population, I sincerely hope, for the sake of posterity, that they will be content to be stationary, long before necessity compels them to it."

John Stuart Mill (1857)


U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit


JAN. 19, 2015, © The New York Times

At a remote research center on the Nebraska plains, scientists are using surgery and breeding techniques to re-engineer the farm animal to fit the needs of the 21st-century meat industry. The potential benefits are huge: animals that produce more offspring, yield more meat and cost less to raise.  full article>


Guantánamo Diary exposes brutality of US rendition and torture

Spencer Ackerman in New York and Ian Cobain in London

Friday 16 January 2015, © The Guardian

The groundbreaking memoir of a current Guantánamo inmate that lays bare the harrowing details of the US rendition and torture programme from the perspective of one of its victims is to be published next week after a six-year battle for the manuscript to be declassified.  full article>


We're Destroying the Planet in Ways That Are Even Worse Than Global Warming

By Oliver Milman

Fri Jan. 16, 2015, © MotherJones

Humans are "eating away at our own life support systems" at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found.  full article>


Neocons: The 'Anti-Realists'

By Robert Parry

January 17, 2015, ©

Historically, one of the main threads of U.S. foreign policy was called "realism," that is the measured application of American power on behalf of definable national interests, with U.S. principles preached to others but not imposed.  full article>


No te dije de la luna. La luna es lo más alto. Cuando la mirábamos, ¿por qué hacíamos retemblar el índice sobre el labio hasta provocar un beruberu de acompañarla? ¿Nos lo enseñaste tú o papá? ¿Y qué era su despabilarse en niño Jesús subido al burrito sobre esa lumbre de peligro? Dame esas noticias. Nos quedábamos hasta bien tarde en enero para mirar. Ahí la tengo en el patio ahora, es lo más alto. La dejé atada del pino, mi cometa plateada y mi compaña, y me entré luna arriba para que muchos niños.

Arnaldo Calveyra


France's Wavy Line on 'Free Speech'

By Lawrence Davidson

January 17, 2015, ©

On Jan. 7, two heavily armed men walked into the Paris offices of a satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) and methodically murdered 12 people, including the magazine's editor Stephane Charbonnier (aka Charb), four cartoonists, a columnist, a proofreader, a maintenance worker, two policemen stationed inside the building, and one outside.  full article>


La caricature, art brûlant

Par Philippe Dagen

15.01.2015, © Le Monde

Le dessin, un simple dessin, pour -exprimer et transmettre une idée, un sentiment, une colère, une peur, un amour : dans l'inventaire de ce qui est le propre de l'homme depuis que l'espèce existe, le dessin se tient aux premières places. Il est l'une des seules langues que l'on puisse dire universelle, parce qu'elle se passe des mots, comme la -musique. Si Charlie Hebdo est devenu si vite une tragédie mondiale, c'est aussi pour cette raison. Le plus vieux mode d'expression est désormais relayé par le moyen de diffusion le plus moderne : alliance de l'Internet et du dessin.  full article>


Wrong Responses to Charlie Hebdo

JAN. 15, 2015, © The New York Times

Leaders in Europe are justifiably trying to figure out what they should be doing to prevent terrorist attacks like the recent massacre at the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Regrettably, some politicians are proposing the kind of Internet censorship and surveillance that would do little to protect their citizens but do a lot to infringe on civil liberties.  full article>


Quand la mer monte... plus vite

Sylvestre HUET

15 janvier 2015, © Libération

Alors que 2014 va détenir le nouveau record de températures moyennes sur la planète, les océanographes découvrent qu'ils ont sous-estimé l'accélération récente de la hausse du niveau marin.  full article>


The Republican Governors Thank You for Your Donation

Your retirement account is bankrolling politicians to whom you'd never dream of sending a check.

Jamie Raskin

January 14, 2015, © The Nation

Like tens of millions of baby boomers, I have a retirement fund, and like over 4 million of us, I am building my nest egg with the venerable Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America - College Retirement Equities Fund. Heeding the TIAA-CREF newsletter's recommendation to "diversify" my holdings, I have dutifully directed my savings into mutual funds, which invest that money with large and medium-size corporations spread across the economy.  full article>


Maximum Horror


January 9-11, 2015, © Counterpunch

It was a horrific event. It was condemned in most parts of the world and most poignantly by many cartoonists. Those who planned the atrocity chose their target carefully. They knew that such an act would create the maximum horror. It was quality, not quantity they were after. The response will not have surprised or displeased them. They don't care a damn for the world of unbelievers. Unlike the medieval inquisitors of the Sorbonne they do not have the legal and theological authority to harass booksellers or printers, ban books and torture authors, so they go one step further and order executions.  full article>


Why We Must Resist Simple Explanations of the 'Charlie Hebdo' Massacre

Laila Lalami

January 10, 2015, © The Nation

Two men in balaclavas burst into Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris and opened fire on the editorial staff, killing five cartoonists, a columnist, a maintenance worker, an economist, a visitor, a copy-editor and two police officers.  full article>


Greed and Resistance in Sarawak's Rainforest

Peter Bosshard

12/18/2014, © International Rivers

Sarawak, the Malaysian province on the island of Borneo, has long been one of the six world regions with the highest biodiversity. An average hectare of Sarawak rainforest contains more tree species than all of Europe. The local Penan communities have names for more than 1300 of the plants they live with. The forest is also home to orang utans and tree leopards, hundreds of bird species, and frogs that can glide up to 20 meters through the air.  full article>


The Pope Thinks Climate Change Is a Major Threat. So Do American Catholics.

By James West

Tue Dec. 30, 2014, © MotherJones

Pope Francis, the leader the Catholic Church, is closing out 2014 in his typically headline-grabbing fashion. He used a traditional Christmas address to issue a scathing takedown of the political squabbling that infects Vatican bureaucracy, and he was also credited as a key backroom player in the thawing of US-Cuba relations.

Next on his list? Climate change.  full article>


Who Was Behind the Cyberattack on Sony?


December 30, 2014, © Counterpunch

The cyberattack on Sony Pictures unleashed a torrent of alarmist media reports, evoking the image of North Korean perfidy. Within a month, the FBI issued a statement declaring the North Korean government "responsible for these actions." Amid the media frenzy, several senators and congresspersons called for tough action. Arizona Senator John McCain blustered, "It's a new form of warfare that we're involved in, and we need to react and react vigorously." President Barack Obama announced his administration planned to review the possibility of placing North Korea on the list of states sponsoring terrorism, a move that would further tighten the already harsh sanctions on North Korea. "They caused a lot of damage, and we will respond," Obama warned darkly. "We will respond proportionally, and we'll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose."  full article>


No civilization would tolerate what America has done

David Masciotra

Monday, Dec 29, 2014, ©

It seems police can get away with anything: choking men who have surrendered; shooting unarmed teens; knocking pregnant women to the ground. While the issues involving race, civil rights and the relationship between law enforcement and communities are essential for examination and correction, few are talking about how all of this fits into the larger pattern of America's cultural decline and decay. America has become a society addicted to violence and indifferent to the suffering of people without power. Whenever there is a combination of a culture of violence and an ethic of heartlessness, fatal abuse of authority will escalate, and the legal system will fail to address it.  full article>


Here's wishing one and all an easy year-end holiday sprinkled with good laughs, happy encounters and zero arguments or injuries.

—Perceval Press


How Facebook Killed the Internet


December 24, 2014, © Counterpunch

Facebook killed the internet, and I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of people didn't even notice.

I can see the look on many of your faces, and hear the thoughts. Someone's complaining about Facebook again. Yes, I know it's a massive corporation, but it's the platform we're all using. It's like complaining about Starbucks. After all the independent cafes have been driven out of town and you're an espresso addict, what to do? What do you mean "killed"? What was killed?  full article>


Torture, Drones, and Hollywood: A Former CIA Operative Talks

By Ed Rampell on December 23, 2014, © The Progreassive

Robert Baer, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative who was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal, has a new book out, The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins (Blue Rider Press). His previous book, See No Evil, was adapted for the screen in 2005, and George Clooney won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for portraying Baer.

Since leaving the CIA Baer has become an outspoken commentator on intelligence-related matters in various venues, including CNN as its national security affairs analyst. The prescient Baer spoke with The Progressive on Dec. 18, the same day WikiLeaks disclosed a secret CIA 2009 counterinsurgency report assessing the effectiveness of "High-Value Targeting" -- an Orwellian euphemism for assassination.

In this interview, Baer candidly discusses the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report, drones, Cuba, SONY, the CIA's Hollywood influence, and his new book.  full article>


El ciervo que cazaban los neandertales


22/12/2014, © El Mundo

Hienas, lobos, corzos, elefantes, uros (toros salvajes gigantes), jabalíes, zorros, caballos y leones habitaban el territorio que hoy es la Comunidad de Madrid hace 100.000 años. Entre los animales que probablemente convivieron con los neandertales en el Valle del Manzanares se encuentra una especie de ciervo ya extinta cuyo esqueleto completo ha sido desenterrado por primera vez en un yacimiento de Getafe.  full article>


Memòria amputada

Xavier Antich

22/12/2014, © La Vanguardia en català

Fa tot just un mes i mig, la justícia argentina, a través de la jutgessa María Servini, va dictar ordre de detenció, amb solicitud d'extradició, contra divuit dirigents i alts funcionaris franquistes. Entre ells, ministres com Martín Villa, Utrera Molina, Licinio de la Fuente, Carro Martínez, Sánchez-Ventura o Fernando Suárez, i jutges, militars i policies, acusats de "fets atroços de lesa humanitat" com crims, desaparicions, sostracció de menors i tortures.  full article>




No tienes tú la culpa si en tus manos
mi amor se deshojó como una rosa:
Vendrá la primavera y habrá flores...
El tronco seco dará nuevas hojas.


Las lágrimas vertidas se harán perlas
de un collar nuevo; romperá la sombra
un sol precioso que dará a las venas
la savia fresca, loca y bullidora.


Tú seguirás tu ruta; yo la mía
y ambos, libertos, como mariposas
perderemos el polen de las alas
y hallaremos más polen en la flora.


Las palabras se secan como ríos
y los besos se secan como rosas,
pero por cada muerte siete vidas
buscan los labios demandando aurora.


Mas... ¿lo que fue? ¡Jamás se recupera!
¡Y toda primavera que se esboza
es un cadáver más que adquiere vida
y es un capullo más que se deshoja!


Alfonsina Storni



Merecido el triunfo, imparable el equipo dirigido por Carlo Ancelotti. Grande Sergio Ramos, salvándole las papas a una delantera neutralizada por un rival muy luchador. ¡Hala Madrid!




SAN LORENZO juega hoy la Final del Mundial de Clubes en Marrakech, contra el REAL MADRID, y lo hará con todo el corazón. El rival, que no puede perder este partido sin que eso sea visto como un desastre anímico y mediático, lo hará con su ego. Así es la situación. Uno jugará al fútbol, y el otro a no perder. Voy a disfrutar cada instante con miles de Cuervos en la cancha del Grande Stade.

¡Aguante Ciclón!


Alzheimer's, Awareness and 'Still Alice'

Frank Bruni

DEC. 16, 2014, © The New York Times

My maternal grandmother lives in my memory as two distinct images. Two distinct people, really.

The first: She's coming off a plane, and she's in a pillbox hat, a tailored suit and white gloves. That was how she dressed to fly, back in the days when people actually dressed to fly. We'd meet her at the airport, then drive home in a car suffused with Jungle Gardenia, which wasn't just her scent. It was her armor and ecosystem, the way she told the world and reassured herself that she was a proper lady.  full article>


The Most Absurd Anti-Immigrant Myths Of 2014


December 17, 2014, ©: MediaMatters

In 2014, right-wing media attacked immigrants and immigration reform by pushing baseless claims, relying on debunked research, and using misleading statistics about immigrants and the impact of immigration on the United States. Here is a look back at the most absurd anti-immigrant myths of 2014.   full article>


Cruz Attacks Obama's New Cuba Policy As 'Tragic Mistake'


Jeb Bush on Climate Change: "I'm a Skeptic"

By James West

Tue Dec. 16, 2014, © MotherJones

Today, Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, announced that he would "actively explore" running for president in 2016. If elected, he'd have control over much of the US response to global warming. So how would Bush address the global climate crisis? With a mixture of skepticism, avoidance, and downright denial of the science - if his track record is anything to go by. Above is a quick sample of his views climate change.  full article>


Howard Zinn and the Joy of a Political Life

Frances Fox Piven

December 15, 2014, © The Nation

The essays of Howard Zinn collected here remind me sharply of the living man, who was my friend for many decades. Each commentary is written much as he spoke: straight-forward and to the point, invariably penetrating and well-informed, never cluttered with needless complexity or intellectual pretension. What is most distinctive about Zinn's writing is his moral passion and indignation at the corruptions and deceptions and bloodiness of the powerful; his deep empathy for the travails of ordinary people, especially people engaged in struggle. As Eric Foner comments in the final essay here, Zinn was not afraid to speak out about the difference between right and wrong.  full article>


Carlos Barral, editor por casualidad

Malcolm Otero Barral

18 DIC 2014, © El País

España ha sido cuna de grandes editores. Muchos han tenido que sortear escollos como la ausencia de papel en la posguerra o la censura franquista. En las situaciones más adversas siempre han estado allí, con más vocación que voluntad de negocio. A Jaume Vallcorba, José Janés o Javier Pradera no se les rendirá nunca homenaje suficiente ni ocuparán el lugar que merecen en la cultura de nuestro país.  full article>


Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown

Nafeez Ahmed

Thursday 12 June 2014, © The Guardian

A US Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies. The multi-million dollar programme is designed to develop immediate and long-term "warfighter-relevant insights" for senior officials and decision makers in "the defense policy community," and to inform policy implemented by "combatant commands."   full article>


Queridos Cuervos de la delegación que viaja a Marrakech el 11 de diciembre de 2014,

Hace un año, una semana antes de jugar el último partido del torneo local en la cancha de Vélez, pudimos alzar una bandera del CASLA en lo más alto de las montañas Atlas de Marruecos. Y se dio: San Lorenzo Campeón.


(7 de diciembre, 2013)


Después apareció esta bandera en el Festival de Cine de Cannes, en mayo, con nuestros ojos puestos en la Copa Libertadores. Y también se dio.


(17 de mayo, 2014)


Hace unos días la misma bandera fue vista en la histórica plaza de Djema el Fnaa, y unas 15 mil personas pudieron oír que los Cuervos esperábamos celebrar en el mismo lugar, el 20 de diciembre, un campeonato mundial.


(7 de diciembre, 2014)


O sea que los colores del Ciclón ya llegaron a la cima desde donde se puede ver toda Marrakech. Pase lo que pase la semana que viene en la semifinal y la final del Mundial, ustedes los jugadores y el equipo técnico que representan el orgullo y las esperanzas de todos los hinchas Cuervos, van a llegar este jueves a una tierra que ya conoce a San Lorenzo, que sabe que se viene el Campeón de América, y que:


¡Buen viaje!


Un fuerte abrazo.




(Jean Béliveau)


Jean Béliveau, beloved Canadiens hockey legend, dead at 83

Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau has passed away at the age of 83, the NHL team announced Tuesday night.

He won 10 Stanley Cups as a player and earned the nickname Le Gros Bill (after a Quebec folk hero), but both on and off the ice Béliveau was better known for his skill, sportsmanship and a gentlemanly air that very nearly made him Canada's Governor General in 1994.  full article>


Yo al presidente del Celta no tengo nada que decirle.

Sergio Ramos, preguntado por el tema Mourinho, 29/11/2014


Tikhonov, extinction d'un ours colère


25 novembre 2014, © Libération

Dix ans après la mort du directeur musical de l'orchestre philharmonique de Cleveland George Szell, ses anciens musiciens s'étaient réunis, revêtant leur frac de concert pour... savourer une coupe de champagne ensemble, fêtant ainsi la détestation d'un chef d'orchestre considéré par eux comme un être exécrable et un tyran. Tyran dont le legs musical comprend pourtant d'innombrables merveilles et qui fit de l'orchestre l'un des meilleurs du monde au fil des vingt-quatre années de son règne intransigeant.  full article>


Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.

David Cronenberg


El horror que quedó filmado

Jueves, 27 de noviembre de 2014, © Página/12

Las imágenes impresionan. Nancy Chamula se encuentra en un local, su lugar de trabajo, cuando su ex marido ingresa, rodea un mostrador y comienza a increparla en forma verbal. El hombre camina hacia la puerta como si fuera a retirarse, pero regresa a los gritos. Enseguida, la arrincona y comienza a darle patadas y golpes de puño de manera salvaje. Cuando intuye que la mujer intenta llegar a un teléfono que tiene cerca, vuelve a golpearla. La grabación es parte de los registros que efectuaron las cámaras de videovigilancia del negocio hace un año y medio. El martes, la víctima, oriunda de la ciudad de Oberá, Misiones, decidió subirlas a YouTube, luego de volver a ser atacada el fin de semana pasado. El agresor es un reconocido empresario local que tiene al menos tres causas de violencia de género.  full article>


Do you remember when you found out you wouldn't live forever? People don't talk about this, but everybody had to go through it because you're not born with that knowledge.

David Cronenberg


The Final Indian War in America About to Begin

By Tim Giago

November 17, 2014, © Red Power Media

South Dakota's Republican leadership of John Thune and Kristi Noem always march lockstep with the other Republican robots. Neither of them care that South Dakota's largest minority, the people of the Great Sioux Nation, diametrically oppose the Pipeline and they also fail to understand the determination of the Indian people to stop it.  full article>


Las barras bravas sangran por dentro

Rodolfo Chisleanschi

27 NOV 2014, © El País

River Plate y Boca Juniors definirán esta madrugada (20.45, hora argentina) un puesto en la final de la Copa Sudamericana, en la enésima versión de un clásico ancestral. Pero a la tensión habitual de estos duelos, ya de por sí exacerbada tras el bronco 0-0 de la ida, se le ha sumado otro factor de preocupación: los ecos del brutal choque entre las dos facciones internas de la barra brava del River, el martes por la tarde dentro de las propias instalaciones del club.  full article>


La conversion éclair de Mickaël Dos Santos

Par Soren Seelow

20.11.2014, © LE MONDE

Maria Dos Santos a 71 ans. Elle a quitté la région de Lisbonne à l'âge de 25 ans pour "faire des ménages" en France. Après une vie de labeur, elle est aujourd'hui à la retraite. Elle regardait tranquillement "Antenne 2", mercredi 19 novembre, quand elle a vu la photo de Mickaël s'afficher sur l'écran. Malgré son bonnet noir et sa longue barbe, elle a immédiatement reconnu son petit-fils. Dans le poste de télévision, le journaliste a prononcé les mots "décapitation", "djihad", "Syrie"... Elle a aussitôt appelé sa fille Ana, 49 ans, la mère de Mickaël.  full article>


"Lo blando es más fuerte que lo duro; el agua es más fuerte que la roca, el amor es más fuerte que la violencia."

Hermann Hesse


Into the Woods, With Sketchpad


NOV. 20, 2014,© The New York Times

Nearly a century and a half after his death, the 19th-century French landscape painter Théodore Rousseau is having his first retrospective in the United States. "The Untamed Landscape: Théodore Rousseau and the Path to Barbizon," at the Morgan Library & Museum, features only drawings and oil studies — a total of 65 — but it's an incisive prism for examining his sensibility and achievement. Rousseau (1812-67) could overwork his paintings, but he rarely missed on paper.  full article>


"L'être que je serai après la mort n'a pas plus de raisons de se souvenir de l'homme que je suis depuis ma naissance que ce dernier ne se souvient de ce que j'ai été avant elle."

Marcel Proust


Behind the Urbane Wit, a Crackling Fervor for His Art


NOV. 20, 2014,© The New York Times

When the lights are dimmed on Broadway Friday night in honor of the director Mike Nichols, who died on Wednesday at 83, the neighborhood where he plied his trade for half a century will feel even darker than usual. Mr. Nichols emanated a luminous glamour that was once commonplace in the theater, but now flickers only fitfully in an increasingly corporate, profit-driven, financially anxious world.  full article>


Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

November 20, 2014, ©

When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) first entered politics in the 1960s, he started out as moderate — pro-abortion rights, pro-union, in support of the civil rights movement. With time, McConnell shifted to the right as the Republican Party shifted.

"I was just really startled by this when I started looking into it," Alec MacGillis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I knew that he had started out as somewhat more moderate — but I didn't realize just how moderate he really was."  full article>


El caos de la Liga argentina

Juan Morenilla

16 NOV 2014, © El País

La "locura" ha echado raíces en la Liga argentina, desnortada por los continuos cambios de formato, perdida en busca de una identidad. La Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA) aprobó la semana pasada el aumento de 20 a 30 equipos para la competición en 2015, pero todavía debe decidir cómo hará digerible ese bocado tan pesado: si en un torneo largo a una vuelta de febrero a diciembre o a la europea, a partir de mitad del año. La confusión se ha multiplicado desde el fallecimiento hace casi cuatro meses de Julio Grondona, el presidente que marcaba el camino del fútbol argentino desde hace 35 años. Su último capricho fue una Liga de 30 equipos, y nadie osó rechistar. Pero, ausente el jefe, todos gritan ahora en las reuniones, y los propios dirigentes ya piensan cómo deshacer el entuerto.  full article>


"It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream."

Edgar Allan Poe


Thalidomide: how men who blighted lives of thousands evaded justice

Harold Evans

Friday 14 November 2014, © The Guardian

The dark shadow of thalidomide is still with us. The original catastrophe maimed 20,000 babies and killed 80,000: it remains the greatest manmade global disaster. Now evidence has been uncovered that the pharmaceutical outrage – it is nothing less – was compounded by a judicial scandal that has suppurated all these years.   full article>


"But as, in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so, in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been."

Edgar Allan Poe


First Snowden. Then tracking you on wheels. Now spies on a plane. Yes, surveillance is everywhere

Trevor Timm

Saturday 15 November 2014, © The Guardian

US government-owned airplanes that can cover most of the continental United States are covertly flying around the country, spying on tens of thousands of innocent people's cellphones. It sounds like a movie plot, but in a remarkable report published on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal exposed that these spy planes are part of an actual mass surveillance program overseen by the Justice Department (DOJ). And it's been kept secret from the public for years.   full article>


"Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant."

Edgar Allan Poe


"Man is a dog's ideal of what God should be."

André Malraux


The Political Duopoly Must be Smashed


November 14-16, 2014, © Counterpunch

The midterms went badly for Democrats; they deserved it. Because American politics suffers under a duopoly party system, the election went well for Republicans.

The Republicans did not deserve it. Many, maybe most, of the people who voted for them would agree.  full article>


"The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our nothingness."

André Malraux


The Bases of War in the Middle East

David Vine

November 13, 2014, © The Nation

With the launch of a new US-led war in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State (IS), the United States has engaged in aggressive military action in at least thirteen countries in the Greater Middle East since 1980. In that time, every American president has invaded, occupied, bombed or gone to war in at least one country in the region. The total number of invasions, occupations, bombing operations, drone assassination campaigns and cruise missile attacks easily runs into the dozens.  full article>


"An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please."

André Malraux


Stephen Colbert Mocks Conservative Media Campaign To Scandalize Gruber's Obamacare Comments

From the November 13 edition of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report:


"Un homme est la somme de ses actes, de ce qu'il fait, de ce qu'il peut faire. Rien d'autre."

André Malraux


El juego del tobogán


Martes, 11 de Noviembre 2014, © Olé

Parece mentira, pero es más verdad de lo que pensamos, o de lo que queremos creer. Cuervos, cuando parece que llegamos arriba y nos animamos al festejo, de golpe estamos de nuevo en el tobogán, bajando a mil por hora, pidiéndole a Francisco no estrellarnos contra la arena. Entonces, sólo deseamos aterrizar lo más suave posible para tratar de pararnos como podemos y seguir en el juego, de alguna manera, como venga. Pero, mientras el protocolo desgastante se repite una, y otra, y otra vez, el countdown para Marruecos va perdiendo decimales y los errores son casi siempre los mismos: un desajuste en el fondo y patapúfete, al piso, gol rival y a sacar del medio.

El catálogo de fallas exhibe variedad: desde la sombra sin marca de Cavallaro en el 1-0 (una ingenuidad), pasando por los déficit para controlar a los habilidosos ajenos. Maxi Rodríguez es crack, nadie lo discute, pero no se compara con lo que nos puede tocar enfrentar en diciembre: si nos toca cruzarnos con ese portugués de jopo del que tanto habla el mundo (el verdadero Ronaldo es el gordo, con todo respeto a Cristiano), la vamos a pasar un poquito mal. Sin embargo, tampoco debemos apagar nuestras ilusiones como si apretáramos un pucho consumido contra el piso. Todavía nos quedan cuatro partidos antes del Mundial. Y anoche no estuvieron Ortigoza, ni Barrientos (ponete bien, crack, que te necesitamos), ni Romagnoli. Además, Cauteruccio, por suerte, está encendido. Con todos, esperemos, será otra cosa. Nosotros, Cuervos, vamos a alentar. De eso nunca quedan dudas...  full article>


Climate Crisis, the Deindustrialization Imperative and the Jobs vs. Environment Dilemma

By Richard Smith

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, © Truthout

Since the 1990s, climate scientists have been telling us that unless we suppress the rise of carbon dioxide emissions, we run the risk of crossing critical tipping points that could unleash runaway global warming, and precipitate the collapse of civilization and perhaps even our own extinction. To suppress those growing emissions, climate scientists and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have called on industrialized nations to slash their carbon dioxide emissions by 80 to 90 percent by 2050.  full article>





o extremo
da generosidade
e da arrogância
com que
mais estúpido
do que


cada um,
o outro


Carla Queiroz, Angola, 2001



La policía no detendrá a los 20 cargos franquistas como pide Interpol

Natalia Junquera / Jesús Duva Madrid

12 NOV 2014, © El País

La policía española no tiene previsto detener a los 19 excargos franquistas reclamados desde Argentina e imputados por crímenes de lesa humanidad y torturas, a pesar de la orden de Interpol que ha recibido este miércoles. Tras recibir la orden, la Policía se ha limitado a trasladarla a la Fiscalía de la Audiencia Nacional pese a que a lo largo de la tarde un portavoz había asegurado, por error, que también habían presentado una alegación ante la Secretaria General de Interpol, con sede en Lyon, en base a una resolución de 2010 de ese organismo que permite paralizar órdenes de arresto relacionadas con delitos de genocidio, crímenes contra la humanidad y de guerra si el país al que pertenece el reclamado protesta. La policía no ha dado tal paso, según aclaró más tarde, aunque tampoco piensa detener a los 19 reclamados por Argentina de momento.  full article>





Cet homme portait son enfance
sur son visage comme un bestiaire
il aimait ses amis
l'ortie et le lierre l'aimaient


Cet homme avait la vérité
enfoncée dans ses deux mains jointes
et il saignait


À la mère qui voulut enlever son couteau
à la fille qui voulut laver sa plaie
il dit n'empêchez pas mon soleil de marcher


Cet homme était juste comme une main ouverte
on se précipita sur lui
pour le guérir pour le fermer
alors il s'ouvrit davantage
il fit entrer la terre en lui


Comme on l'empêchait de vivre
il se fit poème et se tut


Comme on voulait le dessiner
il se fit arbre et se tut


Comme on arrachait ses branches
il se fit houille et se tut


Comme on creusait dans ses veines
il se fit flamme et se tut


Alors ses cendres dans la ville
portèrent son défi


Cet homme était grand comme une main ouverte.


Jean Sénac, Paris, 21 avril 1952



In Other Words


Nothing in life is to be feared.

It is only to be understood.



Nothing is easier than to

denounce the evildoer;

nothing is more difficult

than to understand him.



I do not study in order to know more, rather to be less ignorant.



We must make haste then,

not only because we are daily

nearer to death, but also

because the conception of

things and the understanding

of them cease first.


APRIL 2015


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Words are like days:

coloring books or pickpockets,

signposts or scratching posts,

fakirs over hot coals.


Certain words must be earned

just as emotions are suffered

before they can be uttered

- clean as a kept promise.


Words as witnesses

testifying their truths

squalid or rarefied

inevitable, irrefutable.


But, words must not carry

more than they can

it's not good for their backs

or their reputations.


For, whether they dance alone

or with an invisible partner,

every word is a cosmos

dissolving the inarticulate


Yahia Lababidi

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Perceval Press is pleased to announce the release of HIJOS DE LA SELVA/SONS OF THE FOREST. The book outlines the story of German Ethnographer and explorer Max Schmidt, and includes many of the remarkable photographs that he made in the field while studying the cultures of the Mato Grosso region of Brazil and remote areas of Paraguay between 1900 and 1935.

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Canciones de Invierno/Winter Song Skovbo