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Israel's Thug at the UN

by Jonathan Cook

August 25, 2015, © Counterpunch

The appointment by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu of one of his most hawkish and outspoken rivals as Israel's new ambassador to the United Nations has prompted widespread consternation.

As one Israeli analyst noted last week, Danny Danon's appointment amounts to a "cruel joke" on the international community. The new envoy "lacks even the slightest level of finesse and subtlety required of a senior diplomat".   full article>


I came to poetry through the urgent need to denounce injustice, exploitation, humiliation. I know that's not enough to change the world. But to remain silent would have been a kind of intolerable complicity.

Tahar Ben Jelloun


The Economics of Exploitation: Indigenous Peoples and the Impact of Resource Extraction

by Mark Kernan

August 20, 2015, © Counterpunch

In 1937 George Orwell said that coal mining was the 'metabolism' of western civilisation. What he meant by this striking metaphor was that coal was the catalyst for an earlier industrial revolution, just as enzymes act as the life-sustaining catalyst within the cells of living organisms to maintain life. If Orwell were alive today however he would have good cause to reformulate his perceptive observation. For modern mining-the extraction of oil, gas and rich minerals, including, again, coal-is now the alchemic catalyst driving the metabolism of 21st century economic globalisation. Unfortunately however the consequences and effects of modern mining take on a very grim symbolism in relation to the chemical metaphor referenced above. For rather than sustaining life on the planet, instead, much of 21st century resource extraction now acts as the catalyst in obliterating unique and diverse life systems- in particular, traditional peoples and societies- by harmful extractive processes and practices, and the cumulative social, environmental and cultural impact of those processes.   full article>


The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.

Bertolt Brecht


You cannot share your life with a dog, as I had done in Bournemouth, or a cat, and not know perfectly well that animals have personalities and minds and feelings.

Jane Goodall


Boston Police unveil name of new K9

Aug 21, 2015, ©

Boston Police welcomed their newest member to the force on Friday.

The community came together to hear the name of the Belgian shepherd puppy unveiled at a ceremony: Viggo.  full article>


The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend.

Lord Byron


Julian Bond, Colleague and Inspiration

Clarence Lusane, © The Progressive

I had the great fortune to have had Julian Bond as a colleague at American University.

On a number of occasions, I sat in on his lectures or talks. These were mostly small, intimate gatherings away from cameras and the media. That is when Julian Bond the agitator became Julian Bond the educator, effortlessly mesmerizing young minds eager for his knowledge and experience.  full article>


A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?

Albert Einstein


Iran Is Not the Greatest Threat to World Peace

By Noam Chomsky

August 20, 2015, © The Nation

Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the US Arms Control Association that "the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action establishes a strong and effective formula for blocking all of the pathways by which Iran could acquire material for nuclear weapons for more than a generation and a verification system to promptly detect and deter possible efforts by Iran to covertly pursue nuclear weapons that will last indefinitely."  full article>


The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

Albert Einstein


Why Is Israel's Nuclear Arsenal Not Mentioned in Iran Deal Debate?

By Jonathan S. Landay

Thursday, 20 August, 2015 © truthout

There's one major issue that President Barack Obama, his supporters and his critics assiduously have avoided as they battle over the deal designed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons: Israel's own nuclear arsenal.

An open secret for decades, the Israeli stockpile is estimated at some 80-100 warheads, though Israel refuses to confirm or deny its existence under a policy of deliberate ambiguity. The arsenal was developed as the ultimate guarantor of the Jewish state's survival against threats from its hostile neighborhood.  full article>


The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.

Albert Einstein


South Africa's Russian nuclear dream boat

Dominique Doyle

August 17, 2015, © Greenworld

The South African government is forging ahead with its plan to procure 9600 MW of nuclear power, even though the idea is extremely unpopular in most sectors of South African society. So far, several vendors have paraded their technology and Intergovernmental Framework Agreements have been signed with Russia, China, France, the United States and South Korea. The contents of which were kept secret from the South African public up until very recently–except for the Russian one which was leaked by Vladimir Slivyak of Ecodefense to the South African based environmental justice organization, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg. The agreements with the United States, France and China were finally tabled at Parliament last week where the Minister of Energy announced that the nuclear procurement will proceed as soon as next month. The contents of the agreements show that Russia's Rosatom is clearly leading the pack.  full article>


Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Albert Einstein


Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.

Bill Vaughan


The Apache vs. Rio Tinto

Nick Kimbrell

July 31, 2015, © The Nation

The tribal drums began beating outside the Capitol at noon. Dozens of activists from the San Carlos Apache tribe were gathered on the West Lawn, flanked by hundreds of supporters, with a clear message for Congress: Our sacred land is not for sale.

For many it was the last stop on a weeks-long cross-country journey to save a stretch of land in southeastern Arizona, revered by the Apache, from a massive mining project. One by one, Apache, Navajo and other tribal representatives took the stage, many of them in ceremonial camp dress. The procession was punctuated by calls to "Warrior up Apache," and "Save Oak Flat!"   full article>


Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Abraham Lincoln


Neocons Falsify Iraq War 'Lessons'

By Paul R. Pillar

August 15, 2015, ©

It really rankles some people that Barack Obama was correct from the outset, before any unfolding of the history confirming he was right, that the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a huge mistake. And one can understand how to some ears Mr. Obama's subsequent references to the Iraq War may have a grating "I told you so" quality.  full article>


A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Greek Proverb


The Water is Filled with Tears: River Guardian Carlos Chen

Thursday, July 30, 2015, © International Rivers

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we're devoting a new series to the people who have shaped, and are still shaping, river movements around the world. This month, we profile one of the world's most inspiring River Guardians: a humble farmer-turned-activist from Guatemala named Carlos Chen.  full article>


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.


A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;


A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;


A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;


Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.


Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.


Joyce Kilmer


This Is the Real Cost of Coal

By Robinson Meyer

Fri Aug. 14, 2015, © Mother Jones

Hundred-million year-old sunlight has heated our homes and powered our factories for decades. Today, that energy is delivered less often by the friendly neighborhood coal man and more by the ubiquitous electrical grid: About 39 percent of US electricity is generated by burning coal. All that combustion carries a cost, though, as the carbon previously trapped underground in long-dead plants becomes greenhousing carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere.  full article>


"God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, "Ah!" "

Joseph Campbell


See Photos of Black Bear Illegally Hunted by Dentist Walter Palmer Who Killed Cecil the Lion


Aug 13, 2015, ©

Photos recently obtained by ABC News' "20/20" show Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer posing with the large black bear he illegally killed while hunting in Wisconsin in 2006.  full article>




Exposing Nixon's Vietnam Lies

By James DiEugenio

August 10, 2015, ©

Richard Nixon spent years rebuilding his tattered reputation after he resigned from office in disgrace on Aug. 9, 1974. The rehabilitation project was codenamed "The Wizard." The idea was to position himself as an elder statesman of foreign policy, a Wise Man. And to a remarkable degree – through the sale of his memoirs, his appearance with David Frost in a series of highly rated interviews, and the publication of at least eight books after that – Nixon largely succeeded in his goal.  full article>


Unlike Iran, Israel refuses to allow inspections at all, refuses to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty, has hundreds of nuclear weapons, has advanced delivery systems.

Noam Chomsky


American Democracy Has to Do Better Than This

By William Greider

August 6, 2015, © The Nation

The horse race started earlier this time, and political reporters are having a good time keeping up with the goofiness. On the right, sixteen wannabes are prancing around the paddock. On the left, the Clinton dynasty claims the throne as rightful inheritance of primogeniture. The media mob, meanwhile, gets to play racetrack tout nearly every day, scolding flawed performances and concocting what-if scenarios about how various miscues and errors might affect the election returns in 2016.  full article>


I do not think psychoanalysis has a scientific basis. If we can't explain why a cockroach decides to turn left, how can we explain why a human being decides to do something?

Noam Chomsky


Our "Merciful" Ending to the "Good War": Or, How Patriotism Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

By Christian Appy

Tuesday, 04 August 2015, © TomDispatch

Here we are, 70 years after the nuclear obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I'm wondering if we've come even one step closer to a moral reckoning with our status as the world's only country to use atomic weapons to slaughter human beings. Will an American president ever offer a formal apology? Will our country ever regret the dropping of "Little Boy" and "Fat Man," those two bombs that burned hotter than the sun? Will it absorb the way they instantly vaporized thousands of victims, incinerated tens of thousands more, and created unimaginably powerful shockwaves and firestorms that ravaged everything for miles beyond ground zero? Will it finally come to grips with the "black rain" that spread radiation and killed even more people - slowly and painfully - leading in the end to a death toll for the two cities conservatively estimated at more than 250,000?  full article>


Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.

T. S. Eliot


El río Colorado se tiñe de amarillo

Rosa Jiménez Cano

10 AGO 2015, © El País

Un accidente provocado por un derrame de residuos ha teñido de amarillo las aguas del río Colorado, cuyo nombre, puesto por el explorador español Melchor Díaz en 1540, obedece a su característico color arcilloso. El pasado miércoles, un equipo federal de limpieza de minas vertió por accidente casi cuatro millones de litros de residuos al suroeste del estado de Colorado. El arroyo Ánimas, afluente del Colorado, recibió el vertido el pasado miércoles y los efectos en el cauce general se pueden contemplar desde el sábado por la tarde. Las autoridades locales aseguran que el accidente no amenaza el suministro de agua potable, pero sí puede ser peligroso para la flora y la fauna de la zona.  full article>


The Oslo Accords in 1993 determined that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank are a single territorial entity which cannot be divided. Immediately, the United States and Israel set about separating the two and making sure that they would not be united.

Noam Chomsky


Espionage, for the most part, involves finding a person who knows something or has something that you can induce them secretly to give to you. That almost always involves a betrayal of trust.

Aldrich Ames


Julian Assange: the Untold Story of an Epic Struggle for Justice

by John Pilger

July 31, 2015, © Counterpunch

The siege of Knightsbridge is both an emblem of gross injustice and a gruelling farce. For three years, a police cordon around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state. It has cost ¬£12 million. The quarry is an Australian charged with no crime, a refugee whose only security is the room given him by a brave South American country. His "crime" is to have initiated a wave of truth-telling in an era of lies, cynicism and war.  full article>


Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal?

Jean Renoir


Fox Stacked The

Deck For Walker In Debate, Walker Still Lost

8/09/15, © Crooks and Liars

Yes, yes, I know that the first GOP debate was days ago and is old news, but this was just too important not to share, IMHO.

Fox News had apparently stacked the deck to favor Scott Walker in the debate.  full article>


Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

Albert Einstein


Lessons on the 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Amitabh Pal, © The Progressive

On the seventieth anniversary of the U.S. use of the atom bomb against Japan, Gar Alperovitz believes the most important lessons have not been learned.

The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6, 1945, and August 9, 1945, respectively, "opened the way to entrusting frail human beings-indeed, one human being, whoever happens to be President-with the power to literally destroy the world," he tells me. "Such trust is not warranted."  full article>


Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love.

John le Carre


The Disastrous Neocon Mindset

By Paul R. Pillar

August 6, 2015, ©

President Barack Obama's speech at American University was a thorough enough review of the issues that have come to surround the agreement to restrict Iran's nuclear program that any fair-minded listener who focuses on merits rather than politics would reach the conclusion, as Mr. Obama has, that completion of this agreement as being in U.S. interests was not a difficult decision or even close to being one.  full article>


Even today we raise our hand against our brother... We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death.

Pope Francis


Otra agrupación exige a Macri una respuesta

04/08/2015, © Mundo Azulgrana

La Agrupación Volver A San Lorenzo, solicitará por intermedio el Dr. César Francis, Vocal en Comisión Directiva, que el club a traves de sus autoridades, le requiera al Jefe de Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, una retractación y disculpas públicas por sus dichos sobre las nulas posibilidades de concretar la Vuelta a Boedo por parte de nuestra entidad.  full article>


Here's How Much Water Golf Courses, Ski Resorts, and Pools Are Using in California

By Julia Lurie

Mon Aug. 3, 2015, © MotherJones

California residents have gotten used to gentle coaxing to save water: ads urging residents to "Make It a Quickie" when showering and restaurants withholding water unless it's ordered, for example.  full article>


I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.

Kurt Vonnegut


Proud "partners" corporatize our parks

July 30, 2015, © Jim Hightower

While we Americans celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service, America's so-called "leaders" are aggressively commercializing our parks, converting these jewels of the common good into just another corporate cash cow.  full article>


Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.

Theodore Roosevelt


Don't TPP on me

Monday, August 3, 2015, © Jim Hightower

Like some Vaudeville shtick, Barack Obama keeps blathering that a huge flaw in his global trade scam doesn't exist - but then the flaw hits him in the face like a big cream pie.  full article>


If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a spectulator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

Henry David Thoreau


30 Things You Didn't Know About Rivers

By Peter Bosshard

Thu, 07/16/2015, © International Rivers

1. Rivers are some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Rivers and lakes sustain more fish species than the sea even though they contain 600 times less water.

2. Rivers feed us. Freshwater fisheries currently sustain up to 550 million people on a fish-based diet.

3. Rivers are the cradles of our civilizations. Our most ancient cultures sprang up along rivers, such as the Tigris and Euphrates, the Nile, the Indus, and the Yellow.  full article>


Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.

Edward O. Wilson




Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem

19 August 2012, © The Guardian

Violence by Jewish settlers has been cited for the first time in a US state department list of "terrorist incidents", as Israeli political leaders condemned a string of recent attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.  full article>


Plans to Destroy a Palestinian Village

July 31, 2015, ©

By Alon Ben-Meir

The pending order to demolish the small Palestinian village of Susiya in the southern Judean Mountains in the occupied West Bank represents a most blatant violation of human rights. The order calls for the forcible removal of several hundred Palestinians who have been living on their land from the time of the Ottoman Empire and still have the ownership deeds to prove their claim.  full article>


Wrong on the Facts, Wrong on the Law: Israel's False Claims of "Self-Defense" in Gaza War

by James Marc Leas

July 23, 2015, © Counterpunch

Although the facts, the law, and admissions by Israeli government officials all pointed otherwise, during the July-August 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza, the Israeli government was successful in promoting its self-defense claim with western news media and in persuading certain U.S. politicians that Israel was implementing its right to defend itself.  full article>


Killer of Cecil the Lion Finds Out That He Is a Target Now, of Internet Vigilantism


JULY 29, 2015, © The New York Times

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Two signs posted on the door of a nondescript dental office here asked passers-by to mourn the death of Cecil, a lion who was lured off his sanctuary and killed during a game hunt this month in Zimbabwe.  full article>




Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test...consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.

Milan Kundera


I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.

Ellen DeGeneres


Organic Valley at the Crossroads

Marc Eisen

July, 2015 © The Progressive

In early 1988, American farming was reaching a turning point. A small group of southwestern Wisconsin farmers—an improbable mix of back-to-the-land homesteaders (hippies!) and salt-of-the-earth family farmers—banded together to form a co-op to sell organic vegetables. Desperation does that.  full article>


You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Woman arrested for animal cruelty. The horrific thing police say she did.

By Natalie Tejeda

Jun 26, 2015, ©

A 54-year-old Hiram woman is now facing three counts of animal cruelty in Paulding County. This after police said she was spotted throwing kittens from her SUV on Wednesday.   full article>


I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.

Abraham Lincoln


Magdeline Norwood Arrested for Cruelty to Animals

July 7, 2015, ©

In May of 2015, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office detectives initiated an animal cruelty investigation after receiving information that numerous dogs were housed in deplorable conditions in a residence in the 500 block of Greenwood Drive in LaPlace. Detectives obtained a judicial court authorized search warrant for the residence.  full article>


Horse farm 'worst case of animal cruelty I've seen'

January 29, 2015, © The Enquirer

Some of the horse skeletons on Larry Browning's Pendleton County farm were found still wearing halters. Some were so starved their ribs showed through their skin.  full article>


When man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.

Lakota proverb


Police arrest suspect in animal cruelty case

June 2, 2015, ©

North Charleston Police have made an arrest in the animal cruelty case that has been spread worldwide.William Leonard Dodson, 41, is being charged with ill treatment of animals and torture. He was found in the area of Quitman Street and Calvert Street. He is expected to be in bond court on Tuesday.  full article>


Lola Montes


Lola Montes

Akashic records: July 31 - August 17, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, July 31, 6 - 8pm

Tripoli Gallery

87 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11968



Theodore Bikel Remembered: Fiddler on the Roof Actor and Activist Speaks Out on Israel and Palestine

JULY 23, 2015, © Democracy Now


Y si soy, ¿quién soy?
Nadie lo sabe. ¿Cantan las piedras
como si fuesen viento?
Creo que sí. No. No canta nadie.
Todo está oscuro.
Pero tengo hambre, Noemí.
Hambre de ti, pero hambre sin más,
hambre sola, roedora.
Comerte poco a poco,
empezando por los labios,
comerte poco a poco
continuando por la lengua,
comerte dormido, dormida.


Mas sólo estoy aquí para matar.


Ibn Al-Arrafat

(Edición de Pascual Mas i Usó Ed. Visor 2008)


We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.

George Orwell


Seeking War to the End of the World

By Robert Parry

July 19, 2015

If the neoconservatives have their way again, U.S. ground troops will reoccupy Iraq, the U.S. military will take out Syria's secular government (likely helping Al Qaeda and the Islamic State take over), and the U.S. Congress will not only kill the Iran nuclear deal but follow that with a massive increase in military spending.  full article>


There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.

George Orwell


Why Palestinians Fight Back: The Logic of Life and Death in Gaza


JULY 16, 2015, © Counterpunch

Another row is brewing between Israel and the Palestinian Resistance Movement, Hamas, over the release of Avraham Mengitsu, an Israeli citizen who, according to Israeli military sources, 'slipped into Gaza' on September 7, 2014.  full article>


El hambre es el primero de los conocimientos: tener hambre es la cosa primera que se aprende.

Miguel Hernández


No fue el demonio, fue Blaquier

Por Alejandra Dandan

Domingo, 19 de julio de 2015, Página/12

En Libertador General San Martín todos le dicen doña Rita. A los 53 años, Eublogia Cordero de Garnica declaró en el Juicio a las Juntas. Cuando le preguntaron por las generales de la ley ella dijo sin dudar "enemigos". Doña Rita, de quien todavía se ríen por su respuesta, aclaró: "¿Pero cómo iba a decir que eran amigos?  full article>


In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell


Elizabeth Warren Just Issued a Major Challenge to All Presidential Contenders

By George Zornick

JULY 17, 2015, © The Nation

When Senator Elizabeth Warren took the stage at Netroots Nation in Phoenix on Friday, many of the assembled activists hoped she would be coming to them as a presidential candidate—in fact, more than a few of them operated campaigns to convince her to run.  full article>


Resiste cuanto puedas a la imitación, pero imita si el influjo es demasiado fuerte. Más que ninguna otra cosa, el desarrollo de la personalidad es una larga paciencia.

Horacio Quiroga


Xavi Hernández: "Tranquilo, Luis, está Iker"

El exjugador del Barça describe en una carta abierta en 'La Vanguardia' su relación con Casillas desde que se conocieron en la adolescencia

14/07/2015, © La Vanguardia

Conocí a Iker en el Mundial de Egipto sub-17 y congeniamos enseguida. Éramos unos críos, pero ya nos parecíamos. Nos gustaba vacilarnos y yo siempre he tenido debilidad por la gente rápida de mente. El paso de los años no ha cambiado a Iker, siempre que me preguntan por él contesto lo mismo: "Este es muy buena gente".  full article>


Olimpiadas contra la discriminación


14 JUL 2015, © El País

En su poblado, a Baba ni siquiera la llamaban por su nombre. La conocían como la Subnormal. Debido a su discapacidad mental severa, acentuada por un habla gangosa que la convertía en el hazmerreír de la localidad, era apartada y discriminada. Pero su vida dio un vuelco cuando se convirtió en una de las primeras integrantes del equipo que la Fundación Vicente Ferrer forma desde 2010 en la ciudad india de Anantapur para competir en las Special Olympics, los Juegos Olímpicos en los que participan discapacitados intelectuales. Sólo un año después consiguió clasificarse para viajar a Atenas, donde cosechó una medalla de oro y otra de plata. A su regreso fue recibida como una heroína, y ahora sirve de ejemplo para los 34 adolescentes y jóvenes —todos con discapacidad intelectual media— matriculados en esta peculiar escuela, la más cercana a un centro de alto rendimiento en el sureño estado de Andhra Pradesh. Pero, sin duda, el mayor premio para ella es que dejó de ser la subnormal para convertirse en Baba.  full article>


When Giving Is All We Have


(One river gives

Its journey to the next.)



We give because someone gave to us.

We give because nobody gave to us.


We give because giving has changed us.

We give because giving could have changed us.


We have been better for it,

We have been wounded by it-


Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,

Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.


Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,

But we read this book, anyway, over and again:


Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,

Mine to yours, yours to mine.


You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.

Together we are simple green. You gave me


What you did not have, and I gave you

What I had to give-together, we made


Something greater from the difference.


Alberto Ríos, 1952



One famous band. One huge secret. Many lives destroyed.


In 1974, when she was only 14, Jackie Fuchs would wake up way before her parents and catch a ride with friends from her house in the San Fernando Valley across the Santa Monica Mountains and into Malibu. She'd hit the beach and paddle out in the quiet, pre-dawn dark.  full article>


Omar Sharif


Omar Sharif

Goodbye, dear friend.


Omar Sharif, 83, a Star in 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Doctor Zhivago,' Dies


JULY 10, 2015, © The New York Times

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor who rode out of the desert in the 1962 screen epic "Lawrence of Arabia" into a glamorous if brief reign as an international star in films like "Doctor Zhivago" and "The Night of the Generals," died on Friday in Cairo. He was 83.  full article>


Help Billy Zoom Kick Cancers Butt

In the music community, we all take turns helping each other & have since the beginning. Punk rock and benefits always went hand in hand: you name the cause, and the bands and fans will be there. Now it's our turn to help Billy Zoom, the wittiest, smartest, nicest, best guitar player & friend I know. I would do anything to help him get better, help take care of his family, and lessen his woes. Billy has begun chemo treatment at Cedars Sinai for Bladder cancer. He has a long road ahead of him but we are confident he's beat cancer once and he'll do it again!

Please keep Billy in your prayers and send some positive energy his way!

Donating a few bucks will help take away some of his financial stress and worry.

It's the punk rock thing to do.

Exene, John, DJ, and Mike


Maldita vergüenza


09/07/15, © El País

No creo que sean discutibles ni mi madridismo ni mi independencia a la hora de opinar sobre algo que afecta a mi equipo.  full article>



Have fun, be safe, don't burn down the forest or your house, or anyone else's.

Perceval Press will be closed from 3-12 July.


The hardest thing I had to overcome in life? I think racism. That's so difficult because I don't think anyone can ever understand it. It's not that people don't want to understand it, but they don't want to touch it.

Herschel Walker


America's Denial of Its Own History


JUNE 26-28, 2015, © Counterpunch

The American capacity to deny history might be heroic if it weren't so persistently in the direction of social repression. The port of Charleston, South Carolina was the major entry and distribution point for kidnapped Africans forced into slavery in the American colonies. Slaves built the city of Charleston and were the force that drove the colonial economy of South Carolina. By 1709 South Carolina had the first slave patrols in the colonies, self-appointed groups that policed the movements of Blacks. By 1837 the Charleston slave patrols became the first official municipal police department in the U.S. Today Charleston's role in the horrors of slavery has been sanitized through the storyline of the 'progress' of history. But with the blood of nine Black innocents freshly spilled, this history doesn't wash away so easily.  full article>


Earth enters sixth extinction phase with many species – including our own – labelled 'the walking dead'


Saturday 20 June 2015, © The Independent

The planet is entering a new period of extinction with top scientists warning that species all over the world are "essentially the walking dead" – including our own.  full article>


And As It's Going


And as it's going often at love's breaking,
The ghost of first days came again to us,
The silver willow through window then stretched in,
The silver beauty of her gentle branches.
The bird began to sing the song of light and pleasure
To us, who fears to lift looks from the earth,
Who are so lofty, bitter and intense,
About days when we were saved together.


Anna Akhmatova


Our Jihadis and Theirs: The Real (Armed) Dangers of American Life

Tom Engelhardt

June 21, 2015, © TomDispatch

Consider this paragraph a holding action on the subject of getting blown away in America. While I write this dispatch, I'm waiting patiently for the next set of dispiriting killings in this country. And I have faith. Before I'm done, some angry -- or simply mentally disturbed -- and well-armed American "lone wolf" (or lone wolves) will gun down someone (or a number of people) somewhere and possibly himself (or themselves) as well. Count on that. It'll be my last paragraph. Think of it as, in a grim way, something to look forward to as you read this piece on American armed mayhem.  full article>


I Murder Hate


I murder hate by flood or field,
Tho' glory's name may screen us;
In wars at home I'll spend my blood—
Life-giving wars of Venus.
The deities that I adore
Are social Peace and Plenty;
I'm better pleas'd to make one more,
Than be the death of twenty.


I would not die like Socrates,
For all the fuss of Plato;
Nor would I with Leonidas,
Nor yet would I with Cato:
The zealots of the Church and State
Shall ne'er my mortal foes be;
But let me have bold Zimri's fate,
Within the arms of Cozbi!


Robert Burns


Elle avait 17 ans et elle a été violée par 40 soldats


15 MAI 2015, © Libération

"Ils m'ont tout fait... Ils m'ont tout fait." Le vieux paysan referme la main sur son pantalon en velours côtelé. Le regard est vide, la voix sûre, mais les doigts broient le tissu à s'en tordre les phalanges. Pour le rassurer, Marina, sa petite-fille de 20 ans, lui parle à l'oreille. Mais Pietro, 86 ans, ne faiblit pas : "Ils m'ont pris comme une femme... Ils m'ont tout fait, comme des bêtes, et puis ils m'ont tiré dessus." Et de montrer la cicatrice de la balle qui l'a frappé à l'arrière du cou.  full article>


The Young Soldier

It is not death
Without hereafter
To one in dearth
Of life and its laughter,


Nor the sweet murder
Dealt slow and even
Unto the martyr
Smiling at heaven:


It is the smile
Faint as a (waning) myth,
Faint, and exceeding small
On a boy's murdered mouth.


Wilfred Owen


People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.

Otto von Bismarck


Congress's Cat Burglars Are Pulling a Fast One on TPP

June 22, 2015

by Bill Moyers and Bernard Weisberger

"With cat-like tread upon our foes we steal." So boasted Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance as they decided to try a little burglary for a change. And "steal" is the appropriate word.  full article>


Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw


Despite What Corporate Media Tells You, Bernie Sanders' Positions Are Mainstream

by Juan Cole

June 1, 2015,

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination, has trouble being taken seriously by the corporate media, what with him being a democratic socialist and all.  full article>


There's a lot of fuss on the Left about election irregularities, like, you know, the voting machines were tampered with, they didn't count the votes right, and so on. That's all accurate and of some importance, but of far more importance is the fact that elections just don't take place, not in any meaningful sense of the term 'election.'

Noam Chomsky


Nuevas escuchas sobre el oscuro manejo del fútbol

22/06/2015, ©

El intento de Julio Grondona de eludir el pago de impuestos, la tentativa de incentivación al equipo de Colón para ganarle a Argentino Juniors y evitar así el descenso de Independiente, la designación irregular de árbitros para torneos locales e internacionales, la manipulación de los horarios de los partidos televisados y la prueba de la estrecha relación entre el expresidente de AFA y Alejandro Burzaco son solo algunas de las revelaciones que contienen los diálogos secretos que fueron dadas a conocer anoche por La Cornisa TV, bajo el título de "Las escuchas de la mafia del Futbol Argentino".  full article>


We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.

Pope Francis


Pope Francis Calls for Urgent Action to Fight Climate Change

By Jaweed Kaleem

Thu Jun. 18, 2015, © Mother Jones

In a highly anticipated papal letter released Thursday, Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to make safeguarding the environment and battling climate change an urgent and top priority of the 21st century.  full article>


Nobody is suggesting a return to the Stone Age, but we do need to slow down and look at reality in a different way.

Pope Francis


Francisco, el nuevo teólogo de la Tierra

Juan Arias

18 JUN 2015, © El País

La primera encíclica de Francisco, Laudato si', dedicada a la "deuda ecológica" contraída con nuestro planeta, ha confirmado, si es que era necesario, que la Iglesia tiene hoy a su frente a un Papa que se escapa a todos los esquemas del pasado. Nos hallamos, en efecto, ante el obispo de Roma más diferente desde los tiempos del apóstol Pedro.  full article>


Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.

Pope Francis


Pope's climate change encyclical tells rich nations: pay your debt to the poor

Stephanie Kirchgaessner

Thursday 18 June 2015, © The Guardian

Pope Francis has called on the world's rich nations to begin paying their "grave social debt" to the poor and take concrete steps on climate change, saying failure to do so presents an undeniable risk to a "common home" that is beginning to resemble a "pile of filth".  full article>


The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology ... is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth's goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry at every limit.

Pope Francis





Dear Christopher,

It has been an honour to have spent time with you in this world. Not just acting together in New Zealand, but especially during those unforgettable sessions in your London home with your lovely wife Gitte. No matter what time of the day I came by, a nice glass of Danish aquavit was served, along with a good cigar or two. These were not needed to stimulate the illuminating conversations and humorous anecdotes you so generously shared, but they certainly were welcome treats. I'm so glad I got to know you a little, and will sorely miss your voice and your glittering gaze. I'll seek out recordings to accompany my memory of your singular, imposing presence and of that deeply melodious baritone known to millions the world over. Travel well and continue to rumble and shine, my friend.

With love and admiration,
Lille Viggo

 Christopher Lee


Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93

Benjamin Lee and Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Thursday 11 June 2015, © The Guardian

Sir Christopher Lee, known as the master of horror, has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.

The veteran actor, immortalised in films from Dracula to The Wicker Man, and via James Bond villainy to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, died at 8.30am on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.  full article>


Reality doesn't exist until you look at it, pioneering quantum physics experiment finds

Andrew Griffin Author Biography

June 8, 2015, © The Independent

Reality doesn't exist until it's measured, at least for very small things, new research has found.

By replicating a famous experiment where an object is given a choice for how to behave, physicists found that the object doesn't actually make its decision until it is seen. The finding proves one of the central parts of quantum theory, a branch of science that has been applied to make much of our modern technology.  full article>


There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.

Thomas Hobbes


Death Is The Road To Awe: The Art of Joseph McVetty.

June 8, 2015, © Disinformation

Joseph McVetty is an artist and illustrator living and working in Portland, Oregon. The masked participants of these drawings are acting out communal rituals involving new age occult signifiers such as crystals, chakras, energy fields, levitation, and conjuring. Each drawing aims to evoke the feelings associated with the cultish, drop-out supernaturalism, and homespun magic.  full article>


Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

Bertrand Russell


How US Cluster Bombs Banned by Most Countries Ended Up in Yemen

Bryan Schatz

Tue Jun. 9, 2015, © Mother Jones

On April 29, three adults and a child came across some fist-sized canisters on the ground outside of Baqim, a Yemeni town controlled by Houthi rebels. To the 10-year-old boy among them, they "looked like toys." Out of curiosity, they picked up the cannisters, which then exploded. All four were injured; a nurse told Human Rights Watch that the child was wounded in the stomach, and one of the adults received injuries to his face, torso, thigh, and crotch. Considering the kind of damage that cluster-bomb submunitions can cause, they're lucky to still be alive.  full article>


Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

George Bernard Shaw


Samso, l'île danoise aux énergies vertes

Par Pierre Le Hir

15.05.2015, © LE MONDE

Les Vikings, maîtres des vents, avaient fait de cette petite île perdue au centre du Danemark une place stratégique. Ils y avaient creusé un chenal et bâti un château, d'où ils contrôlaient la course des drakkars vers les contrées lointaines. Leurs descendants, eux, ont planté les mâts de leurs éoliennes sur la terre et sur les flots. Samso fait aujourd'hui claquer le pavillon des énergies vertes. Elle tire toute son électricité du vent qui la fouette sans relâche, et sa chaleur du soleil, du bois ou de la paille. Elle veut désormais aller plus loin, en éliminant les carburants fossiles de ses transports.  full article>


Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.



The Big Lie at the Heart of the Myth of the Creation of Israel


June 5-7, 2015, © Counterpunch

Lia Tarachansky's heart-wrenching documentary, On the Side of the Road, reveals the Big Lie at the heart of the myth of the creation of Israel.

Tarachansky had to break through a lot of personal and social barriers to produce this often infuriating film about the Nakba, the "catastrophe" of 1948, when approximately 750,000 Palestinians (a number that has grown to 1.5 million refugees living in camps over the ensuing 67 years) were expelled from their homes and forced into squalid camps, where they are denied basic human rights.  full article>


We say to the British government: you have kept those sculptures for almost two centuries. You have cared for them as well as you could, for which we thank you. But now in the name of fairness and morality, please give them back.

Melina Mercouri


Isis slaughter in the sacred Syrian city of Palmyra: The survivors' stories

Robert Fisk

Friday 05 June 2015, © The Independent

When the black-cowled gunmen of the 'Islamic State' infiltrated the suburbs of Palmyra on 20 May, half of Assad Sulieman's oil and gas processing plant crews – 50 men in all - were manning their 12-hour shift at the Hayan oil field 28 miles away. They were the lucky ones. Their 50 off-duty colleagues were sleeping at their homes next to the ancient Roman city. Twenty-five of them would soon be dead, among up to 400 civilians – including women and children – who would die in the coming hours at the hands of the Islamist militia which every Syrian now calls by its self-styled acronym 'Daesh'.  full article>


Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

William Shakespeare


Se pasan la pelota

Por Gustavo Veiga

Domingo, 07 de junio de 2015, © Página/12

La hija adolescente de uno de los presos octogenarios de la FIFA, Eugenio Figueredo (foto), le dijo a su padrino –un ex dirigente de la Conmebol–, cuando se enteró de la detención: "¿Mi papá está en cana? El que debería estarlo es Blatter". La anécdota remite a otras anécdotas, en un sinfín de historias donde desfilan prófugos, acusaciones, sospechas de enriquecimiento ilícito, coimas y un futuro incierto para la organización del fútbol mundial. La investigación judicial en Estados Unidos va dejando preguntas abiertas que se multiplican a medida que pasan los días.  full article>


Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Marcus Aurelius


There is nothing we like to communicate to others as much as the seal of secrecy together with what lies under it.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Julian Assange: Despite Congressional Standoff, NSA Has Secret Authority to Continue Spying Unabated

May 27, 2015, © Democracy Now

The Obama administration's authority to collect Americans' phone records in bulk will likely expire next week after senators from both parties rejected attempts to extend it. First, the Republican-led Senate rejected a House-passed measure to curb bulk spying by keeping the records with phone companies instead of the government. The Senate then rejected a bid by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to extend the current bulk spying program for two months. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene May 31, the day before the program expires. In an exclusive interview from his place of refuge inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange weighs in on the NSA standoff.  full article>




She had become really quite expert, she thought, at listening as though she didn't listen, at sitting in other people's lives just for a minute while they talked round her.

Katherine Mansfield, (Miss Brill)


Blocking a Nuclear-Free Mideast

By Paul R. Pillar

May 25, 2015, ©

Last week, the latest quinquennial review conference for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) ended as a failure, without issuing a formal statement or report. The single biggest snag concerned whether to call for the convening of a conference on a Middle Eastern nuclear weapons free zone (MENWFZ).  full article>


In the history of Wikileaks, nobody has claimed that the material being put out is not authentic.

Julian Assange


Jeb Bush Says His Brother Was Misled Into War by Faulty Intelligence. That's Not What Happened.

By David Corn

May 19, 2015, © Mother Jones

Last week, Jeb Bush stepped in it. It took the all-but-announced Republican presidential candidate several attempts to answer the most obvious question: Knowing what we know now, would you have launched the Iraq War? Yes, I would have, he initially declared, noting he would not dump on his brother for initiating the unpopular war.  full article>


Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?


May 25, 2015, © Counterpunch

Memorial Day is, by federal law, a day of prayer for permanent peace. But is it possible to honestly pray for peace while our country is far and away number one in the world in waging war, military presence, military spending and the sale of weapons around the world?

Permanent War

Since 1980 the US has engaged in aggressive military action in 14 countries in the Islamic world alone, according to research published in the Washington Post: Iran (1980, 1987-1988), Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011), Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991), Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-), Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-), Bosnia (1995), Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996), Afghanistan (1998, 2001-), Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999), Yemen (2000, 2002-), Pakistan (2004-) and now Syria. In this hemisphere, US military forces invaded Grenada (1983) and Panama (1989), and landed 20,000 military forces in Haiti (1994).  full article>


The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

Sun Tzu


How the right is kiiling the humanities

May 24, 2015, © Undernews

In These Times - In early February, Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker drafted a draconian state budget that proposed to decrease the state's contribution to the University of Wisconsin system by over $300 million over the next two years. Beyond simply slashing spending, Walker was also attempting to alter the language that has guided the core mission of the University of Wisconsin over the last 100 years or more, known as the "Wisconsin Idea." Apparently Walker's ideal university would no longer "extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses" and would thus cease its "search for truth" and its efforts to "improve the human condition," as his proposed language changes scrapped these ideas entirely; the governor's scaled-back objective was for the university to merely "meet the state's workforce needs."  full article>


In war, truth is the first casualty.



Fox Attacks Obama For Calling Climate Change An Immediate National Security Threat


May 20, 2015, © Media Matters

Fox personalities criticized President Obama for calling climate change "an immediate risk to our national security" during his U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement address. But security experts agree with the president that global climate change does threaten U.S. national security.  full article>


When opportunity knocks, some people are in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.

—Polish proverb


Watch: Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love

By Mark Fiore

May 22, 2015, © The Progressive

Jeb Bush has performed a valuable service with his recent missteps and flubs, he's reminded the world of the baggage he willingly carries. I'm not tarring him with the same brush as George W. Bush just because they are brothers. Jeb has voluntarily staffed his foreign policy team with 17 people from his brother's administration. (This is out of a foreign policy team of 21, mind you.)  full article>


Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

Oscar Wilde


World Governments Subsidize the Burning of Fossil Fuels to the Tune of $10 Million a Minute

Mark Hertsgaard

May 21, 2015, © The Nation

Ten million dollars a minute. According to the comprehensive account in The Guardian that broke the story of a new IMF study, $10 million a minute is how much the world's governments are spending to subsidize the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas. That amounts to $5.3 trillion a year in taxpayer money that is intensifying climate change at the very time humanity needs to be reversing it. This $5.3 trillion is also contributing to millions of deaths, heart attacks, asthma cases, and other health effects of local air pollution in the United States and countries around the world. Through the wrongheaded policies of our political "leaders," we humans are subsidizing the digging of our own graves.  full article>


The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets.

Al McGuire


How the Saudis Wag the Dog


May 22-24, 2015, © Counterpunch

American diplomacy favors (majority) white, English-speaking countries (the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and non-Hispanic European settler states (Canada, Australia and New Zealand again, but also Apartheid South Africa and, of course, Israel).  full article>


If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

Flip Wilson


What happened to Doug Hughes' letters to Congress

Friday, May 15, 2015, © Jim Hightower

When mailman Doug Hughes delivered a powerful message to Congress in April, he drew saturation coverage from the mass media.

Not coverage of his message, mind you, but a ridiculous spasm of media scaremongering over the non-existent terrorist threat that our self-absorbed members of Congress say his visit posed to them. Hughes is the plucky rural letter carrier who piloted his little, one-person gyrocopter undetected through Washington's no-fly airspace, landing in Congress' front yard. He was "special-delivering" letters he'd composed to all 535 lawmakers, dramatically conveying to them that We the People are fed up with legislators who're routinely bought at auction by corporate powers.  full article>


I intend to live forever. So far, so good.

Steven Wright


Bill Kristol Makes A Funny

5/23/15, © Crooks and Liars

And what will the outline for Neocon U's required "Introduction to Modern American History" freshman seminar look like?

I'm glad you asked. From USA today, one of the many, many media outlets where Bill Kristol is still given a national platform and you and I are not:  full article>


Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Marilyn Monroe


Israel Seeks International Law Rewrite

By Lawrence Davidson

May 23, 2015, ©

The promulgation of International law addressing crimes against humanity was one of the major legal achievements resulting from World War II. As Robert Jackson, the lead American prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials put it, the crimes bred by that conflict were "so malignant, and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated."  full article>


Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

José María de de Eça de Queiroz


Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.

Wallace Stegner, from Angle of Repose


Israel's Plan to Kill Lebanese Civilians

By Jonathan Marshall

May 20, 2015, ©

It's a rare and remarkable event when a government broadcasts ahead of time its intent to commit war crimes. Yet that's just what senior Israeli military officials recently did in the pages of The New York Times.

Israeli military officials gave friendly Times correspondent Isabel Kershner a provocative briefing, warning (in her words) that in the "almost inevitable next battle with Hezbollah . . . many Lebanese civilians will probably be killed, and that it should not be considered Israel's fault."  full article>


Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.

James Baldwin, from Giovanni's Room


Canada's plan to make boycotting Israel a 'hate crime' is stupid and counterproductive

Robert Fisk

Sunday 17 May 2015, © The Independent

I've never been keen on boycotts. The one against Italy for invading Abyssinia didn't work. Nor did the arms blockade on Spain. I'm still not sure that boycotting South Africa really brought down apartheid. I rather suspect that the old racists simply realised they were hopelessly outnumbered by the blacks of South Africa and that the game was up.  full article>


The more there is of mine, the less there is of yours

Lewis Carroll, from Alice in Wonderland


I Went to Prison for Exposing the CIA's Torture Program. Why Are the People Responsible for It Walking Free?

John Kiriakou

May 20, 2015, © The Nation

After I blew the whistle on the CIA's torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest.   full article>





Aged 28, but a timeless presence in the minds of those who had the honour of knowing this proud, handsome, and supremely intelligent being, mighty Uraeus has finally come to rest on the physical plane. Thank you, Jane and Ray, for helping him do so with dignity. Dearest friend and teacher, I hold you and keep you.







En 'meningsmodig' dansker fra Beirut

Sanni Jensen

16. maj 2015, © Berlingske

Menneskerettighedsforkæmper og mellemøstforsker Hanna Ziadeh har det meste af livet kæmpet for at skabe forandringer i især den arabiske verden. Vejen har ikke været let, og i kampens hede har han oplevet at blive kidnappet som barn og forsøgt solgt til halshugning som voksen.  full article>


Exene Cervenka

Exene Cervenka


Sloan Projects is pleased to present The Dust of Sunlight: Exene Cervenka, Journals and Collage 1974-2015, curated by Kristine McKenna. On view June 6 through July 04, 2015. A reception for the artist and book signing will be held Saturday, June 6 from 5-8pm more information>


Wake Up the Earth!


May 18, 2015, © Counterpunch

On 17 April it was more than 70 degrees Fahrenheit in Ann Arbor. The daffodills were in full bloom. As usual on Wednesdays at the court house we were protesting the police shooting of Aura Roser last November and the prosecutor who refused to indict the policeman for that crime. Suddenly, such a racket of bird song poured out from the tree above us as a robin red breast sang his heart out and circled hysterically around a female! Spring had arrived at last. It has come so suddenly after an aching long winter.  full article>


In Cambodia, Along the Path to Something Profound


MAY 13, 2015, © The New York Times

I tiptoed across the wood planks of a wobbly orange boat heading from the riverside town Kampot to the Gulf of Thailand. I burned my bare feet on the shiny outdoor tiles surrounding a Buddhist stupa at Udong, the old capital of Cambodia. Across the country, at the 11th-century ruins of Phnom Banan, I spelunked through deep, damp caverns steeped in legends of magic and superstition. All the way, I followed a Frenchman named Henri. For 16 years and more than 20 trips, he has led me through the heart of this beautiful but knotty country.  full article>


"A pesar de los avances, la ciencia no va a resolver el sentido de la vida"

Ignacio Vidal-Folch

26 ABR 2015, © El País

Profesor de filosofía en la Universidad de Barcelona y autor de varios ensayos, Josep Maria Esquirol (Sant Joan de Mediona, Barcelona, 1963) acaba de publicar La resistencia íntima. Ensayo de una filosofía de la proximidad, (Acantilado en español y Quaderns Crema en catalán) donde propone la vuelta a casa, el elogio de la cotidianidad y la resistencia al "dogmatismo de la actualidad", con la casa, el hogar, como metáfora central.  full article>


Farewell to the United Kingdom


May 8-10, 2015, © Counterpunch

The British General election was dramatic. On the superficial level because three party leaders- Miliband (Labour), Nick Clegg (Liberal-Democrat) and Nigel Farage (UKIP-a racist, right-wing populist outfit)...resigned on the day following the Conservative victory. On a more fundamental level because the Scottish National Party took virtually all the Scottish seats (56 of 59) wiping out Labour as a political force in the region where it had dominated politics for over a century. Scotland was where the Labour Party was founded. Scotland it was that gave Labour its first leaders and Prime Minster (as well as the last one). Scottish working class culture was in most cases much more radical than its English equivalent.  full article>


Statistics are like lamp posts: they are good to lean on, but they don't shed much light.

Storm P


Nothing in the world can be compared to the human face. It is a land one can never tire of exploring. There is no greater experience in a studio than to witness the expression of a sensitive face under the mysterious power of inspiration. To see it animated from inside, and turning into poetry.

Carl Theodor Dreyer


Uncle Sam the Hand Holder

Paul Pillar

Sometimes it seems that a major part of the U.S. role in the world is to assuage the anxieties, fears, and hurt feelings of other nations. Parents do this with children, and clinical psychologists do this with patients; should the world's superpower be expected to do this with foreign states? Evidently it is. This month, for example, there will be a summit meeting at Camp David with Gulf Arab states, and the purpose is summed up in the headline of a newspaper article about preparations for the meeting: the gathering is intended to "ease fears" of Arabs in connection with the agreement on limiting Iran's nuclear program. Such U.S. hand-holding with putative allies in the Middle East is not limited to matters related to the Iranian nuclear deal, and such salving of feelings is not limited to the Middle East.  full article>


America's God Complex


May 05, 2015, © Counterpunch

American presidents reverently end their speeches with the audience-approving Benediction, "God bless America." What they are really communicating is that God favors America. That, today, America is God's chosen people. Even more! They are equating America with God. Which— in the magical twinkle of a rationalizing mind's eye—means that America is God—white America, that is. As political leaders like to assert: America is today's embodiment of Jesus' teaching that "a city set on a hill cannot be hidden," and by inference, his followers, "are the light of the world." (Matthew 5: 14-16) With a "manifest destiny" that swept our white forefathers across the American continent, over the bones of indigenous people and on the backs of black persons forced into slavery—today's continuation of which includes a trail of bodies, citizens killed by police "while being black."  full article>


It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

Bertrand Russell


La dérive morale de l'armée israélienne à Gaza

Piotr Smolar

04.05.2015, © LE MONDE

Eté 2014, bande de Gaza. Un vieux Palestinien gît à terre. Il marchait non loin d'un poste de reconnaissance de l'armée israélienne. Un soldat a décidé de le viser. Il est grièvement blessé à la jambe, ne bouge plus. Est-il vivant ? Les soldats se disputent. L'un d'eux décide de mettre fin à la discussion. Il abat le vieillard.  full article>


The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rébellion.

Albert Camus


A Chajaya, " ils ont anéanti 90 % des maisons "

Piotr Smolar

04.05.2015, © LE MONDE

S'asseoir n'importe où. Par exemple, sur ce monticule de pierres et de bouts de parpaing difformes. Ou bien au bord de ce cratère, creusé par un F16 israélien, où se dressait autrefois une maison. S'asseoir et regarder, ébahi, la désolation urbaine. Quêter les bruits distinctifs qui témoigneraient du reflux de la vie, neuf mois plus tard, dans ces artères de Chajaya suppliciées au cours de l'opération " Bordure protectrice ". A quelques kilomètres de là, la ville de Gaza a été plutôt épargnée par l'artillerie et l'aviation. Elle claudique, elle manque de tout, mais elle s'ébroue. Ici, en revanche, dans cette large zone à l'est du territoire palestinien, à quelques centaines de mètres d'Israël, on traverse un décor de séisme. C'est la main armée des hommes qui a fait de Chajaya une ruine.   full article>


Those who lack courage will always find a philosophy to justify that.

Albert Camus


Israël a une vision singulière du droit de la guerre

Piotr Smolar

04.05.2015, © LE MONDE

Israël possède " l'armée la plus morale du monde ". La formule a été employée par Benyamin Nétanyahou fin septembre 2014. L'opération " Bordure protectrice " s'était achevée un mois plus tôt, et les critiques se multipliaient. Au-delà des allégations de crimes de guerre commis à Gaza, la question de la doctrine militaire est fondamentale. Elle délimite les règles d'engagement des soldats.  full article>


War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

Bertrand Russell



Børge Outze

5. maj 2015, ©

Vi levede livet mangefold i de susende togter og sparede ikke os selv hverken godt eller ondt. Men da sejren var nær, og den nye dag gryede, kom de gamle mænd frem igen og tog os sejren ud af hænderne. Sådan skriver Informations stifter Børge Outze i et essay, som ikke tidligere har været bragt i Information  full article>


Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

Carl Jung


Michael Blake


Michael Blake, or "Rides Alone" as he sometimes referred to himself among friends, has left the building. He leaves a family and the many people who got to know and love him to keep sorting their way through the Big Mystery, as he called our shared existence on this earth. To the countless admirers he gained throughout the world for his novels, including Dances With Wolves and its very popular film adaptation from 1990, he is a singular voice in the Western and Native American story-telling genres. To defenders of the buffalo, the mountain lion, the wild horse, and other four-leggeds of North America he has long been a champion advocate. To those who knew him well, he was an eternal optimist who approached death smiling and unafraid, grateful for his time in the sun. To see him off with the kind of courage he showed us, we offer these two Lakota Ghost Dance songs:


Wana' yan ma' niye

Wana' yan ma' niye


Tatanka wan ma' niya

Tatanka wan ma' niya


Ate heye lo

Ate heye lo


Now he is walking

Now he is walking


There is a buffalo walking

There is a buffalo walking


Says the father

Says the father








Tunkasila heya ca

Cewakiya ca namahun yelo


It is I

It is I

It is I


Grandfather says so

I pray to him and he hears me


Michael Blake



All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.

Julio Cortazar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds


Armenian genocide: Turkey's day of denial amid remembrance for a genocide in all but name

Robert Fisk

Friday 24 April 2015, © The Independent

They were brave Turks and they were brave Armenians, the descendants of the murderers of 1915 and the descendants of their victims.

They stood together outside the old Istanbul prison where the first 250 Armenians – intellectuals, lawyers, teachers, journalists – were imprisoned by the Ottoman Turks exactly 100 years ago, and they travelled across the Bosphorus to sit next to each other outside the gaunt pseudo-Gothic hulk of what was once the Anatolia Station.  full article>


Memory is a mirror that scandalously lies.

Julio Cortazar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds


Obama's 'Openness' and Deceit

By Robert Parry

April 24, 2015, ©

In disclosing the deaths of two Western hostages in a U.S. drone strike on an Al-Qaeda compound, President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he had ordered the declassification of the secret operation because "the United States is a democracy committed to openness in good times and in bad."  full article>


And do you accept the idea that there is no explanation?

Julio Cortazar


Australia Day Thought


First Nation people of this land
Belong to deserts and coastline sands


For millenniums of Dreamtime places
Respecting country with black faces


The second nation to reach these shores
On ships with flags to conquer all,


A third nation to cross the waves
Of migrants, refugees and slaves


Australia's first millennium
A nation built by British men


A nation with its mines and farms
A nation born from bearing arms


Australia's nation of today
Whose generations number 8?


Australians merge to form new moulds
200 years is not that old...


First nation Australians are still here today
No boats have taken us away


From where our forefathers feet touched ground
First nation Aussies stand strong and proud,


Not for the White Australia Day
It brought us way too much dismay


We stand tall for what's here today
Another millennium? We will stay...


Zelda Quakawoot


The Secret Country Again Wages War on Its Own People


April 24-26, 2015, © Counterpunch

Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state government says it can no longer afford to "support" the homelands.  full article>


The Australian


I come from Australia
where we do not wear a shirt


We walk around bare footed,
dancing in the dirt.


And we make them feel welcome,
the people overseas


To our mother country
we make them feel at ease.


Because this land belongs to us
and it always will


So remember that along the track
or even better still


Take off your shoe and your shirt
as you walk upon the sand,


And come and sit down in the dirt
with the owners of this land.


Aaron Richardson


World War One's forgotten Anzacs: The Indigenous Army

23 April 2015, © BBC News

This year marks the centenary of that first bloody battle on the shores of Gallipoli and will be remembered across the country and in Turkey with special ceremonies and exhibitions. In the third feature in our series on Gallipoli, Saffron Howden for BBC News tells some of the stories of Indigenous Australian soldiers.  full article>


Saltwater Mourning




Of heart
Of mind
Of steel


Unable to


Grandfather the Wind
Grandmother the Rain,
Their lilting cadence, gentle
Dialect of spirit becoming


Torrid surge
Of anger, of sorrow
Magnified in reverberating
Echo through hollow void


Of cell
And soul.


Sunken eyes
'Neath heavy brow,
Summon half-forgotten apparitions
Look hard, just may


Father the Saltwater
Mother the Red-dust,
He the strong
She the elegant,


He who shapes by grains
She who bears, sustains
Sodden heat, humid embrace
Held by country, swathed in grace


No longer!
Nay, no longer


Brother the Turtle
Sister the Dugong,
Weeping saltwater
Sing lament of flesh and bone,


Of lost men


Removed from sanctuary
And briny womb
Of refuge, only bricks
And mortar here


And bars...


Of heart
Of mind
Of steel


Samuel McKechnie


Now That the Justice Department Has Struck Out, It's Time to Put Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame

Dave Zirin

April 23, 2015, © The Nation

55 million dollars. In sports terms that's not a great deal of money. It's a healthy NBA contract or the kind of deal a Major League Baseball team would hand to a quality third baseman. But in the real world as opposed to the sports world 55 million dollars is one hell of a stack. In governmental terms $55 million builds a new school. It reopens a public hospital. It repairs miles of roads. It saves lives. $55 million is also what the US Justice Department—mostly spent under Bush but finished under Obama—has wasted on what we can now officially call the failed prosecution of Barry Lamar Bonds. The Major League Baseball home run king, assumed steroid user and Hall of Fame pariah on Wednesday had the government's last thread holding him down—an obstruction of justice conviction—finally snipped on appeal.  full article>


Hombre libro

David Trueba

22 ABR 2015, © El País

El Día del Libro cobra a ratos un carácter subversivo. Convertido en un objeto sospechoso, anclado a una tecnología del pasado, no es raro que muchos se sientan miembros de una cofradía secreta por más que hoy se festeje a cielo abierto. Si en aquella distopía imaginada por Ray Bradbury, los libros estaban perseguidos por las fuerzas del orden y solo sobrevivían en la memoria obstinada, hoy planea el miedo de que nosotros seamos capaces de autodestruirnos con mucha más naturalidad de la que imaginaban nuestros profetas.   full article>




O poeta é um fingidor.
Finge tão completamente
Que chega a fingir que é dor
A dor que deveras sente.


E os que leem o que escreve,
Na dor lida sentem bem,
Não as duas que ele teve,
Mas só a que eles não têm.


E assim nas calhas de roda
Gira, a entreter a razão,
Esse comboio de corda
Que se chama coração.


Fernado Pessoa




El poeta es un fingidor.
Finge tan completamente
que llega a fingir que es dolor
el dolor que de veras siente.

Y los que leen lo que escribe,
en el dolor leído sienten bien,
no los dos que él tuvo
mas sólo el que ellos no tienen.

Y así en los raíles
gira, entreteniendo la razón,
ese tren de cuerda
que se llama el corazón.


Fernado Pessoa

(traducción de Miguel Ángel Sepúlveda Espinoza)




The poet is a fake.
His faking seems so real
That he will fake the ache
Which he can really feel.


And those who read his cries
Feel in the paper tears
Not two aches that are his
But one that is not theirs.


And so in its ring
Giving the mind a game
Goes this train on a string
And the heart is its name.


Fernado Pessoa

(translated by Keith Bosley)


Settled Wanderers: Poetry and Protest from Western Sahara

Tue 12 May 7.30pm

2015 marks 40 years since Morocco's invasion and occupation of Western Sahara. Poet Sam Berkson, recounts his experiences among the Saharawi refugees in Algeria, bringing back poems from the some of the Saharawi greats, translated for the first time into English.  full article>


Fighting Is Long Over, but Western Sahara Still Lacks Peace


FEB. 22, 2015, © The New York Times

TIFARITI, Western Sahara — Ghalla Sid Ahmed and her mother eke out a living in this isolated desert settlement, subsisting on five goats and a war pension. For 40 years they have lived in exile, barred from their land by a heavily patrolled sand berm that runs like a scar for 1,600 miles through this remote corner of the Sahara.  full article>


Why I'm a Moroccan Standing with the Sahrawi People

10/3/2013, © Nadir Bouhmouch

My first encounter with the Sahrawi-Moroccan conflict also happens to be one of the first and most striking memories of my life. Only three years after the ceasefire, I was four years old when my mother, my grandfather and grandmother were on a vacation in Merzouga, a small desert town in south-eastern Morocco just a few kilometers from the Algerian border. During our stay in Merzouga, my mother-- a fan of adventure, wanted to go off-roading in the desert.  full article>


Obama Ignores Morocco's Illegal Occupation and Human Rights Abuses

Stephen Zunes

12/22/2013, © Huffington Post

Late last month, President Barack Obama met with Morocco's King Mohammed VI in Washington for their first face-to-face meeting. The result was a bitter disappointment for supporters of human rights and international law.  full article>


Sahrawi Realities: Space, Architecture, and Mobility of Displacement (Part 1)

by Samia Errazzouki

May 18 2014, © Jadaliyya

A benign online search for a map that outlines the geographical area between southern Morocco, southwestern Algeria, and the Western Sahara will yield a number of results. Some maps will have solid borders between Morocco, Algeria, and the Western Sahara; some will display a dotted line between Morocco and the Western Sahara; some will extend the borders of Morocco to the North of Mauritania, completely erasing the Western Sahara. The different variations of these maps can be read as geographical representations of the contentious political conceptions of the Western Saharan conflict. These maps, however, obscure the nuanced nature of this space, its tenuous borders, and mobility within and beyond them.   full article>


Sahrawi Realities: The Remembrance of Gdeim Izik (Part 2)

by Samia Errazzouki

Aug 12 2014, © Jadaliyya

The first part of this series examined Morocco's use of space and architecture to exert force and reify the regime's conception of the national borders in the south. The 1,600-mile sand berm Morocco constructed in the 1980s initially served to curtail the expansion and activities of the Polisario Front. While the armed conflict between the Moroccan army and the Polisario Front came to an end in 1991 after the signing of a treaty, the berm continued to exist and not only remains today, but is also reinforced with the presence of soldiers and an estimated seven million landmines.  full article>


Hillary: a Disaster in the Making


April 17-19, 2015, © Counterpunch

One longs for a candidate for president of the United States possessing those rare traits of statesmanship, honesty and integrity. One looks back in vain to see such an example, and the near and far horizons offer no such hope, either.  full article>


Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

Mark Twain


The New World Disorder


April 17-19, 2015, © Counterpunch

Three decades ago, with the end of the Cold War and the dismantling of the South American dictatorships, many hoped that the much talked about 'peace dividend' promised by Bush senior and Thatcher would actually materialise. No such luck. Instead, we have experienced continuous wars, upheavals, intolerance and fundamentalisms of every sort – religious, ethnic and imperial. The exposure of the Western world's surveillance networks has heightened the feeling that democratic institutions aren't functioning as they should, that, like it or not, we are living in the twilight period of democracy itself.  full article>


When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.

Mark Twain


How Ukraine Commemorates the Holocaust

By Robert Parry

April 17, 2015, © Consortiumnews

The U.S.-backed Ukrainian government came up with a curious way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust being brought to an end. The parliament in Kiev voted to extend official recognition to Ukrainian fascists who collaborated with the Nazis in killing Jews.  full article>


When in doubt tell the truth.

Mark Twain


The secret corporate congress inside the US Congress

Friday, April 17, 2015, © Jim Hightower

My dictionary defines a "staff" as a walking stick, used either for balance – or as a weapon.

So how are today's congressional staffs used? At one time, they were behind-the-scenes people hired to walk lawmakers through the complexities of legislation, or to help find some balance between competing viewpoints. These days, though, top staffers tend to be a specific type of high-profile operative: Corporate lobbyists.  full article>


Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

Mark Twain


Anti-Islam Hate in City of Brotherly Love

By Lawrence Davidson

April 16, 2015, © Consortiumnews

On April 1, an anti-Muslim advertisement started appearing on 84 municipal buses in the Philadelphia regional area. The ad space was purchased for a four-week period by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), which paid $30,000 to run its message: a picture from the early 1940s of Adolf Hitler speaking to Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti (chief Muslim religious authority) of Jerusalem, with an accompanying text, "Islamic Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran" and a call to "end all aid to Islamic countries."  full article>


It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.

Mark Twain


What Does Gun Violence Cost?

May/June 2015, © Mother Jones

It was a mild, crystal clear desert evening on November 15, 2004, when Jennifer Longdon and her fiance, David Rueckert, closed up his martial-arts studio and headed out to grab some carnitas tortas from a nearby taqueria. They were joking and chatting about wedding plans—the local Japanese garden seemed perfect—as Rueckert turned their pickup into the parking lot of a strip mall in suburban north Phoenix. A red truck with oversize tires and tinted windows sideswiped theirs, and as they stopped to get out, Rueckert's window exploded. He told Longdon to get down and reached for the handgun he had inside a cooler on the cab floor. As he threw the truck into gear, there were two more shots. His words turned to gibberish and he slumped forward, his foot on the gas. A bullet hit Longdon's back like a bolt of lightning, her whole body a live wire as they accelerated toward the row of palm trees in the concrete divider.  full article>


Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

Mark Twain





Reasons for the Mideast's Despair

By Alon Ben-Meir

April 10, 2015, ©

The intensified public discussion about the root causes of violent extremism among some Muslims has focused mainly on the socio-economic and political conditions that exist in Arab countries and among Arab communities in Europe and the U.S., which provide a breeding ground for extremism.  full article>


It is much easier to condemn Islam and 'oppressive Muslim men' than to unpack the intricate relationships between global politics related to empire building and capitalist expansion as well as regional and national struggles revolving around political and economic power and resources.

Nadje Al-Ali


Ralph Nader's Unanswered Letters to the President

April 7, 2015, © The Nation


January 2, 2014


Dear President Bush,


A few days ago I received a personalized letter from your Presidential Center that included a solicitation card for donations that actually provided words for my reply. They included "I'm honored to help tell the story of the Bush Presidency" and "I'm thrilled that the Bush Institute is advancing timeless principles and practical solutions to the challenges facing our world." (Below were categories of "tax deductible contributions" starting with $25 and going upward.)

Did you mean the "timeless principles" that drove you and Mr. Cheney to invade the country of Iraq, which, contrary to your fabrications, deceptions and cover-ups, never threatened the United States? Nor could Iraq, under its dictator and his dilapidated military, threaten its far more powerful neighbors, even if the Iraqi regime wanted to do so.

Today, Iraq remains a country (roughly the size and population of Texas) you destroyed, a country where over a million Iraqis, including many children and infants (remember Fallujah?) lost their lives, millions more were sickened or injured, and millions more were forced to become refugees, including most of the Iraqi Christians. Iraq is a country rife with sectarian strife that your prolonged invasion provoked into what is now open warfare. Iraq is a country where Al Qaeda is spreading with explosions taking twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or sixty lives per day. Just this week, it was reported that the US has sent Hellfire air-to-ground missiles to Iraq's air force to be used against encampments of "the country's branch of al-Qaeda." There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq before your invasion. Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein were mortal enemies.

The Bush/Cheney sociocide of Iraq, together with the loss of tens of thousands of US soldiers' lives, injuries and illnesses, registers, with the passage of time, no recognition by you that you did anything wrong, nor have you accepted responsibility for the illegality of your military actions without a congressional declaration of war. You even turned your back on Iraqis who worked with US military occupation forces as drivers, translators, etc. at great risk to themselves and their families and were desperately requesting visas to the US, often with the backing of US military personnel. Your administration allowed fewer Iraqis into the US than did Sweden in that same period and far, far fewer than Vietnamese refugees coming to the US during the 1970s.

When you were a candidate, I called you a corporation running for the presidency masquerading as a human being. In time you turned a metaphor into a reality. As a corporation, you express no remorse, no shame, no compassion and resistance admitting anything other than that you have done nothing wrong.  full article>


As British and French imperialism ebbed following the end of the Second World War, America became the main outside player in Arab affairs.

Stephen Kinzer


Globalization and Its Discontents

By Amitabh Pal

March 17, 2015, © The Progressive

Writer Mohsin Hamid's life has straddled three continents. His new collection of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches From Lahore, New York, and London, taps his uniquely internationalist perspective.  full article>


Imperialism is capitalism at that stage of development at which the dominance of monopolies and finance capitalism is established; in which the export of capital has acquired pronounced importance; in which the division of the world among the international trusts has begun, in which the division of all territories of the globe among the biggest capitalist powers has been completed.

Vladimir Iliych Lenin


Klaus Rifbjerg is gone for now. His extensive body of work as a novelist, poet, playwright, social commentator and in other fields of writing remains, as does his sharp wit and his gift with the Danish language, to remind us of his enormous contribution to Scandinavian culture during the last sixty years. One has to wonder why he never came close (as far as I know) to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. He would have certainly been more deserving, in my opinion, than some who have been given that award. These things are mysterious, however, and prizes certainly do not make an artist better or worse.

About thirty-five years ago I sent him a short novel I had written, and he was kind enough to reply with a hand-written letter of constructive criticism and encouragement. He certainly did not need to take the time and effort to read or comment on what was a very raw piece of writing by a twenty year-old. But that is the kind of person he was, someone who inspired and encouraged others. Recently, through the good agency of actress Ghita Nørby, Klaus agreed to help me with the translation into Danish of some of the dialogue originally written in Spanish by Fabián Casas and Lisandro Alonso for the movie "Jauja". He took the assignment on even though he was not well physically. For this last favour, but mostly for his life's work as one of Danish literature's greatest artists, I am most grateful. Wherever he goes, out of body and time, I'm sure he'll find a way to write more stories and poems. Maybe they will reach us one day in an unexpected gust of inspiration that blows through the mind of some unsuspecting, lucky author. Fortsat god rejse, Klaus!

Med kærlig hilsen og en stor tak,



Klaus Rifberg


Our latest release



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This month the selection is

The fruit of another Buckethead/Viggo collaboration

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.


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The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come.



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

Conquered people tend to

be witty.

Saul Bellow

Hijos de la Selva

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.

Scott Wannberg

Poetry, edited by S.A. Griffin