In the News

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


Selv så kan man leve lidt
Med alt sit fut
der går det gik
det går
vist går det
siger man og svinger døren op
for dér er stationen hvor man skal af
i fred og ro.

Klaus Rifbjerg

(fra Fut Fut Fut)


Klaus Rifbjerg er død

Kristian Corfixen Journalist

5. apr. 2015, © Politiken

Den danske forfatter Klaus Rifbjerg er død, 83 år gammel.  full article>


Klaus Rifberg


"Klaus Rifbjergs forfatterskab vil først og fremmest komme til at stå for en fornyelse af det danske sprog med stor vitalitet og opfindsomhed. Og det gør sig gældende i alle hans genrer. Det er også forklaringen på, at han aldrig fik samme anerkendelse i udlandet. Han har også ageret pr√ºgelknabe og blev skældt voldsomt ud, men bed også fra sig. Også her med sproglig opfindsomhed.

Det var en fin oplevelse at kende ham. Jeg har kendt ham siden 1960'erne, hvor jeg var begyndt at skrive selv.

Han har altid været stimulerende selskab på grund af en anden evne – både privat og i forfatterskabet – nemlig hans absolutte hukommelse. Han kunne huske alt. Derfor er hans erindringsprosa så unik.

Jeg sidder og læser hans endnu ikke udkomne bog om besættelsestiden. Der er det ene udtryk efter det andet, hvor jeg tænker gud ja, det er rigtigt. Sådan sagde man. Det har alle andre glemt. Men når han sætter de udtryk på tryk, dukker det op igen.

Det samme gjorde han i den seneste digtsamling 'Fut fut fut', som er baseret på togminder, men som er fuldt af livsminder.

Og hans beskrivelse af at blive kropsvisiteret på storebæltsfærgen, som man blev under besættelsen – som var det islamisk stat. Det kan han huske ned i små detaljer som duften af det hørlærred, man gik ind bag, når man skulle visiteres."

—Thomas Bredsdorff




Klaus Rifberg


Klaus Rifbjerg

Den Store Danske

Klaus Rifbjerg, 15.12.1931-4.4.2015, dansk forfatter, den mest synlige og produktive i anden halvdel af 1900-t. Han arbejdede som journalist 1957-71, var medredaktør af Vindrosen 1959-63 og litterær direktør for Gyldendal 1984-91.  full article>




At blive voksen betyder jo ikke bare, at man bliver højere og tykkere og måske får job og en familie. Det betyder også, at man udvikler sig og bliver en anden.

Klaus Rifbjerg


Klaus Rifberg




Klaus Rifbjerg

b.1931, one of the principal figures in Danish post-war literature and cultural criticism, a rejuvenator especially of lyric poetry, in which he was a pioneer of Danish modernism at the beginning of the 1960s.  full article>


Ethvert langvarigt forhold er give-and-take. Der må være en vis modenhed, fordi tingene ikke kan være det samme fra det sekund, man forelsker sig, til man har været gift i 60 år. Der vokser en indbyrdes forståelse og solidaritet frem, som ikke kan knækkes.

Klaus Rifbjerg om sit ægteskab gennem 57 år med Inge Rifbjerg



Han var en herlig legekammerat, som altid var tilstede, altid havde fantasien med, og så kunne han udtrykke sig, allerede fra han var meget, meget lille. Og det synes jeg, er noget af det største ved ham; Der var ikke noget filter. Han talte i virkeligheden altid direkte, og det gjorde han også når han skrev.

Niels Barfoed


Klaus Rifberg




Hvis man ikke har hjemve en gang imellem, er det fordi man aldrig har flyttet sig en tomme...

Klaus Rifbjerg


Fuego en la piedra (antología poética)

de Klaus Rifbjerg

Klaus Rifbjerg, eterno aspirante al Nobel, es una de las personalidades literarias más polifacéticas e interesantes del ámbito danés. De su amplia obra poética, Francisco Uriz, excelente traductor, ha llevado a cabo una inteligente y rigurosa selección, donde se aprecian todas sus épocas y estilos, síntesis del enorme talento de quien es, sin duda, uno de los grandes poetas de la hora actual.  full article>




Allerede hans debut var forbavsende, men især med digtsamlingerne 'Konfrontation' og 'Kamouflage' skabte han et lyrisk sprog, som man ikke havde kendt eller hørt før. Jeg vil ikke tøve med at placere hans indsats som sproglig fornyer på linje med Oehlenschl√§gers gennembrudsdigte eller med Johannes V. Jensen og andre store digtere. Rifbjerg har sat sit præg på sproget. Han havde en kolossal udtrykslyst og en observationsevne uden lige – og en fantastisk hukommelse og erindringsevne. Hans sanser kunne være så forfinede, at han kunne få en til at fornemme, at virkeligheden er større end den, man selv går rundt i og ser. Der har han betydet kolossalt meget for nutids- og samtidsfølelsen.

Han var utroligt produktiv, og jeg husker engang, hvor vi sad i hver sit værelse og skrev. Jeg hørte hans skrivemaskine rase af sted, mens jeg selv sad med kuglepen eller pen og blæk og skrev om ham. Og så sad og fortsatte sit forfatterskab i naboværelset til stor frustration ... Og midt i det hele kommer så et udrykningshold af fotografer fra Danmarks Radio for at fortælle, at han har fået Nordisk Råds litteraturpris. Så vi afbrød og gik på kro. Og fortsatte dagen efter. Og jeg husker hans replik meget tydeligt: 'Sådan skulle man egentlig altid have det'."

Torben Brostrøm


Klaus Rifberg






Seksten år før jeg blev født
Trådte en flok herrer ind
I det følsomt sort-hvide billede
Med en naturligt velfriseret arrogance
Cigaret i munden eller mellem to fingre
Blanke støvler blanke knapper
En lille moustache
Men først og fremmest en opmærksomhed
Rettet mod noget udenfor billedet


Charmerende junkeragtigt
Som var rollen noget naturgivent
Deres bevægelse fra højre mod venstre
I billedet aftalt spil
Slet ikke skabt af øjeblikket
I hvert fald ikke udelukkende
Men rakt ned gennem generationer og generationer
Af vekslende skylag
Pludselige stålglimt
Flydende guld
Buldrende okklusioner
Og en skarlagensfarvet absurditet


Et knepperi fuldt af blodig tilfældighed
Modvilligt eller frivilligt som det faldt
Men happenstance og først senere
Forsynet med historiens og konveniensens
Udhamrede halsbånd
Tåbelige privilegier og såkaldt god smag
Skocreme og påsyede galloner
Mandlig seksualitet for dværghøns
Og drømmen om endelig at få udleveret
Skarpladt ammunition til pikken.
Fint vejr, fint flyvervejr
Uendeligt sigt over land og hav, ja
De skal sgu nok klare den.
Skoddet flyver gennem luften
Og ingen aner om det var sådan ordene faldt
Og der går ikke ild i græsset
Der er altid en støvlenæse
Der er i det hele taget ikke andet end en håndfuld
Officerer fra Hærens flyverkorps
Som samler sig foran hangaren
For at bevidne et særligt stunt:
Verdens første fotografering af København
Fra luften!


Seksten år før jeg blev født
Ligner byen sig selv i den klare, lette luft.
Det er der jo alt sammen: Langelinie,
Kastellet, Søerne, Kongens Have
Havnen, Volden og Kløvermarken
Hvor det hele begynder og ender
Midt i den mest uafviselige modernitet med
En mand fra Nordisk Film i det forreste
Af maskinens to sæder, en Farman dobbeltdækker
Med propellen agter
Et stykke imponerende, velpudset og ferniseret
Og resten stivere og barduner og ror og struts
Og lærred


Et flyvende hønsehus men langtfra i tidens øje
Et livsfarligt skrummel
Og slet ikke for herrerne med tangorabat og disse
Ovalt rejste kasketter som var À la mode i
Hæren på netop det tidspunkt og helt op til
Anden Verdenskrig
Som ingen anede det hele var forspillet til
Hverken G. Brandes som stadig gik levende rundt
Eller J. Aakjær der skrev om puslinglandet
Der hygged' sig i smug eller jeg
Som fra et punkt i det ydre rum muligvis
Muligvis ikke spejdede efter det tilfældige samleje
Der skulle lægge køl til en bevidsthed som
Tusind andre eller titusind eller hundredemillioner
Billioner blot med den lille skævhed eller
Sygdom man kunne kalde pælen i kødet eller
Splinten i øjet


Og som uden nogen anede det sad indbygget
I kameraet hin blanke og ekstremt tiltrækkende
Formiddag hvor Farman-flyet gik på vingerne fra
Kløvermarken og efter et blidt sving til venstre
Satte kursen ind over byens tage for at vise
Hvordan de så ud og ikke ret meget andet.
Måske lige undtagen den mand jeg så springe op
Lige før maskinen igen rørte jorden og vinke og
Vinke som en rasende men også ivrigt begejstret
Både over det han så og måske ved tanken om
At han kom med på billedet selvom han næppe
I det øjeblik anede at han blev filmet.


Det er den dobbelthed som skaber appetitten
Og den blinde længsel efter at komme ind under
Ind i ikke kun for at se og måske forstå men også
For at være del af og med på holdet
En af drengene en af herrerne en af stiverne
En af støvlerne en af stenene der for længst
Er faldet ned og hviler i slumrende fortrolighed
Mod låret eller løftes en anelse ved skridtet
Fra den faste grund til det transportable sprinkelværk
Som ved aerodynamikkens hjælp mod al fornuft


Skal gøre det hele muligt inklusive mødet
Med den hvidklædte entusiast og hans rørende
Men dybest set idiotiske entusiasme for noget
Han ikke forstår noget naturstridigt
Som tiden påtvinger ham eller historien eller
Udviklingen eller fremskridtet der på vej ind i
Det næste og det næste og det næste
Æder sig selv op med rasende fart og kun efterlader
Billedet af en elskværdig tåbe som dig og mig
Med svingende arme indstøbt i øjeblikkets
Uventede eufori og en murrende længsel
Efter at gå tilbage og finde det forsvundne og
Forstå det og være del af det i stedet for
Hovedløst og med blinde øjne at blive hængende
Som en mulighed mellem iskolde galakser
Et nummer der måske måske ikke kommer ud
En tilfældighed blandt utallige og utællelige
Tilfældigheder en distraktion som søvn i øjet
Let fjernet med pegefingeren i en elegant
Og næsten usynlig bevægelse før den næste cigaret.


Officer eller officiant
I det perfekte flyvevejr og under indtrykket af
Begivenhedens særegne blanding af videnskab
Og underholdning opstår en stemning af noget
Man kunne kalde lunt demokrati eller én for alle
Og alle for én uden at man af den grund skal tage
Fejl af hakkeordenen og hvem der er over- og
Hvem der er undermand den hierarkiske opbygning
Er på plads også nu hvor blikket er rettet mod
Himlen eller i det mindste et apparat som kan bringe
Mennesket et stykke nærmere den femstjernede
General som man gennem et par årtusinder har lært
Styrer alt og har blik for den mindste detalje
Olien omkring stemplerne olien omkring stemplet
I bukserne ved siden af de to kugler
Som nu bæres bekvemt i en slags somnambul
Dvale overbevist om egen magt og evne til
At gå videre i tilsyneladende uendelig skaben
Eller det stik modsatte uanset hvad kussen siger
Men den har jo heller ikke noget at skulle have sagt
I solskinnet på Kløvermarken 1915.


Hvor det er langsomheden der tæller
Åh, denne skønne, glemte langsomhed
Man fra århundredets start havde gjort alt for at
Komme til livs og nu syntes at have fået has på
Det kunne jo overhovedet ikke lykkes at
Få hønseburet i luften hvis accelerationen
Ikke hele tiden øgedes og hvem fanden var dum nok
Til at tro at en oksekærre med to stude foran
Nogensinde ville være i stand til at flyve?


At der skulle et oxymoron til skænkede ingen en tanke
At den fastholdte tid sagde: »Skynd dig langsomt!«
Faldt ingen ind. Monsieur Farmans konstruktion
Ligefrem rasede af sted det kunne enhver se
Selv den dumme officiant der nu stod skulder
Ved skulder med sekondløjtnanten for slet ikke at
Tale om den arme fotograf som i maskinens
Forreste hul klamrede sig til sit apparat og drejede
Og drejede på håndtaget som var hans sidste time
Kommet og han absolut måtte have den med
På sin vildt brændbare celluloidstrimmel
Der senere skulle afsløre hvor henrivende langsomt
Det hele gik for sig


Også Dr. Brandes lever hvor den gamle herre
Forsøgte at svinge benene ud over sengekanten
For at komme op men måtte tage en tur tilbage i
Dynerne og sunde sig lidt før næste forsøg
Hvad med årebetændelse og alle de hundrede glas
Med Kloral han måtte nedsvælge hver eneste
Aften for at kunne falde i søvn efter dagens dynger
Af ord avisartiklerne polemikken brevene
Nok til at give enhver åndenød ikke mindst den
Der er vant til at et andet tempo og er født
Længe før automobilet og flyvemaskinen blev
Opfundet og telefonen som han hadede
Og interviewet som han foragtede
Og menneskene som blev ham mere og mere
Vederstyggelige i deres tilsyneladende uhelbredelige
Og aggressive dumhed.


Set fra det ydre rums hundredeogsyttende
Kartoffelrække tog det sig ganske mærkeligt ud.
Set fra det ydre rums uendelige række af
Uindfriede muligheder eller evighedens kølige
Nihil var det komplet uforståeligt men alligevel
Så rørende svøbt i længsel en længsel
Uden køl sejl eller retning årer eller motor
Vinger eller propel men hjertegribende i al sin naivitet
Med fornemmelsen af at noget måtte kunne
Lade sig gøre noget stod til forandring noget
Kunne blive bedre skønt enhver indså
At det kunne det ikke bevægelsen fra ydre til
Indre rum fra tag til stue kun en fødsel og ikke
Noget som helst andet
Et knald med konsekvenser som under evighedens
Synsvinkel eller fem hundrede fods højde en
Solbeskinnet formiddag er fuldkommen tilfældig
Meningsløs og i sidste ende


Men det var dog trods stanken af varm olie
Og den hårde vind i ansigtet
Og den halvhjertede forpligtelse til at skabe noget
Enestående et sving op under herrens himle
Som fik hjertet til at banke hurtigere
Mens håndsvinget drejede og drejede og meter
Efter meter kom i kassen
Der var dog om end i beskedent format tale
Om en overvindelse ja ligefrem en bekræftelse
På at det umulige kan lade sig gøre
Leonardos og Hieronimus Boschs og H.C.
Andersens drøm gjort til virkelighed
Mennesket løftet over jordens overflade ikke af
En slasket og upålidelig ballon men af en
Driftssikker maskine langt tungere end den
Omgivende luft et apparat med en propel i røven
Og en spruttende og hostende motor
Der bekræftede teorien i lun praksis og naturligvis
Rummede muligheden for katastrofe og pludselig
Død men hvad pyt der skete jo ikke noget
Sådan som der næsten aldrig sker noget
Og dernede under tagene var det fuldstændig umuligt
At se hvad der skete


Åh, Farman, hvor havde du dog ikke bragt det vidt
Og Fokker og Curtiss og Douglas og Lockheed
Og Dornier og Messerschmitt og Junkers og Heinkel
Som senere fik det hele sat i system og fra større
Højder kunne betragte verden og alle de tusinder
Og tusinder af hustage hvor der måske måske
Ikke skete noget og som man derfor ligeså godt kunne
Smadre så man var helt sikker på der ikke skete
Noget i hvert fald ikke noget af det de som havde sat
Det hele i system brød sig om


De stod jo ude i Kløvermarken ganske uskyldige
Men elegante som bare satan
Og lige den lyse dag 1915 var bevidstheden om
Hvad der var sluppet løs over hovedet på dem
Kun en termik i hjernen en varm løftelse ja
Ligefrem en stolthed i sekundet fjernet så
Langt fra enhver form for strategisk tænkning at
Alene tanken ville have virket bizar og næsten
Fornærmende hvis man havde haft den dristighed
At formulere den det hele lå jo lige for
Det var byen det gjaldt byen set fra oven og filmet
Fra et aeroplan og skulle man endelig tale om
Noget så banalt som den dybere mening med det
Hele var nøgleordet historie man ikke alene
Skabte historie man var selv historie
Man var historie og havde klædt sig på til lejligheden
Så der ikke var noget at tage fejl af


Stil var ordet der var tale om stil en rolle
Kan ikke gennemspilles med held uden stil
En situation er ikke overbevisende uden iscenesættelse
Et historisk øjeblik er meningsløst hvis det ikke
På en eller anden måde er sig sin historie bevidst
Sin egen private historie som matrice for den
Store ikke nødvendigvis udspillet for fuldt orkester
Men gerne lagt synligt frem i detaljen som
Udover signalværdien også kan være rent praktisk
Modebestemt men aldrig tilfældig vorherrebevares
Det skulle bare lige mangle og når chakoen blev fjernet ville man finde spor af og kunne lugte den
Hårpomade som tidligt om morgenen var applikeret
Og måske også fornemme et pust af talkum der
Steg op fra skrævet hvor et skrabsår fra de alt for
Snævre uniformsbukser forsøgtes helbredt
Så de blødt-elastiske kugler ind imellem kunne
Få lov til at dingle i fred og stige op og falde ned
Alt efter forholdene


Intet måtte gribe forstyrrende ind i den koncentration
Som var forudsætningen for succes
Ingen idiosynkratisk fornemmelse måtte stille sig
I vejen for det rent ud sagt storslåede som her
Udspillede sig ganske vist på et beskedent plan
Men alligevel i forhold til ideen enestående og
Enestående agtværdigt nobelt menneskevenligt
Optimistisk fremskridtsorienteret og hvis det skal med
Livsfarligt og stumt fuldkommen stumt og lydløst
Ikke en knirken ikke en sprutten ikke en klapren
Ikke et udbrud ikke en lyd ikke engang fra manden
I hvidt der stadig vinker sødt og idiotisk med armene
Mens han hopper op og ned og maskinen
Lydløst drøner hen over hovedet på ham i sin søgen
Efter jorden i sin længsel mod overlevelsen og
Måske efter noget af det der sker under tagene som
Man ikke har set en skid til hvordan skulle det
Kunne lade sig gøre


Når de to stivnakkede figurer i deres stivnakkede
Insisteren på for første gang i verdenshistorien
at fastholde billedet af den danske
Hovedstad set fra oven og egentlig kun har mulighed
For at vise deres egen blødhed deres egen sårbare bug
Og hvad der hænger længere nede ved at piloten
Går ind i et blidt venstresving som må være observeret
Af et andet aeroplan i luften samtidig og også
Forsynet med en fotograf hvis det da ikke forholder
Sig sådan at den oprindelige flyvemaskines fotograf
Har observeret en anden maskine i luften og pr.
Næsten guddommelig inspiration har vendt sit
Kamera mod den og fanget venstredrejet i al
Dets skønne nærmest feminine ynde og er
Sprunget op og faldet ned på forholdsordren om kun
At filme byens tage


En flot konfundering der på en overraskende måde
Åbner muligheden for at se andet end hvad
Øjet ser og komme ind under de satans tage og
Måske få et glimt af et køkken i en meget beskeden
Lejlighed hvor en sølvfisk netop i det øjeblik
Prøver at finde skjul i en revne i det noget forslidte
Køkkenbord mens et Waterbury-ur i den lille
Stue ved siden af med en billig raslen fortæller hvad
Klokken er eller hvad den ikke er for uret går
Altid forkert i modsætning til det på Rådhustårnet
Der nu i elve år har meddelt borgerne tiden
forholdsvis præcist hvis der da ikke har været tale om
Reparationer og tilfældigt indkøringsbesvær
Men det er småting det er småting i forhold til
Det mirakel at kvinderne nu har fået valgret og
Sophus Claussen har skrivebesvær og maler dårlige
Billeder i stedet for at digte mens Vilhelm
Lundstrøm ser sit første pakkassebillede for sig
Og en psykiatrisk overlæge bliver mere og
Mere sindssyg fordi han synes kunsten er
Sindssyg og G. Brandes lægger sig ud med
Clemenceau fordi G. Brandes synes franskmændene
Er ligeså meget skyld i den sindssyge krig
Som nu raser som tyskerne og Farman
Nedlægger sin produktion af håndbyggede
Flyvemaskiner fordi krigen har brug for masser
Masser af fly masser af døde masser af masser
Masser af Massemensch


1915 hvor det alt sammen trods alt er temmelig
fjernt og solen som man aldrig ser direkte lyser
det hele op med sin diskrete munterhed
og man såmænd glæder sig til et ubesværet
og forholdsvis skyldfrit knald både i hytte og
på slottet hvor kronprins Frederik efter en lang
nat i byen skrår over Amalienborg slotsplads med
en våd plet i underbukserne og irriteres af
en flyvemaskines brummen mens den krænger ind
over residensen og udfordrer det der for hans
Vedkommende er ved at udvikle sig til rasende
Og meget støjende tømmermænd
Åh, tak for tag og tøj og sko og skjorter
Seler strømper hofteholdere og alt det man
Ikke taler om men bare har alt det moden byder
Og man går med hvis der er råd og hvis der
Ikke er blot stikker i eller tager om sig for
At holde kulden ude eller blot for at skjule det
Man ikke ønsker andre ser det helt private
Det sære selv alle er forsynet med
Men ikke tænker på hemmeligheden man af
Al magt værner om og bærer på fra vugge og til grav
Det uforklarligt skjulte et lille fimrehår som
Det i bronchietræet der kalder hosten frem
Når det er mindst belejligt og kommer ligesom
Døden rundt om hjørnet tager kasketten af og
Nikker, se her er jeg


En leg som den i barndommen
Hvor mutter gemte sig bag dynevåret og sagde
Borte borte til spændingen var næsten kvælende
Og hun kom frem igen og sagde tit tit
Ansigtet altædende med sit smil og samtidig blindt
Svajende som ballonerne på fælleden
Drejende i vinden på en blød og kluntet måde
Halvt tilfældig halvt iscenesat og styret af
De rørende artillerister som var kommanderet op i
Kurven for at se hvor granatens nedslag lå
Til højre til venstre midt i i plet
Måske i hjertet


Som ingen ser men alle taler om
Skønt alle ved det kun er det man ser
Der tæller som hin skønne dag i
1915 hvor alt var sol og tag og træer og vand og
Park og hospital og rådhus og befalingsmænd
Jeg gentager befalingsmænd så skønne som
Den slags nu kan blive og det er ikke lidt
Med stramme bukser og lange støvler og flotte
Hatte hver eneste med navnet Henry eller
I det mindste én som med raske skridt går ind
I billedet bliver stående og iført grå øjne stålsat
Ser alt og går ud igen må man formode når
Scenen er forbi og det man havde sat sig for er
Gennemført med held som alle bombetogter
Der fra dette uskyldens øjeblik blev norm


Op al den ting, som gud har gjort up up and away
Fra Guerníca til Warszawa Rotterdam og Coventry
Og Dresden Berlin og London Liverpool og
København titusind her en skole dér og med
Hiroshima-Nagasaki en hel befolkning i lyset
Af den store hævnens kerte der brænder klart
For enden af hver teknologisk landvinding
Hvert tryk på speederen hvert knæfald for det
Ny og smarte hver skudsikker vest hver uniform
Hver hjernevasket Henry der forveksler sex
Med krig og omvendt hver nødstedt djævel
Hvis hemmelige fimrehår er hostet op i
Historiens store spyttebakke fortrængt forkastet og
Forpulet som de dråber spyt der rammer
Rekruttens ansigt når sergenten brøler for at
Gøre ham til mand


Mens den næste gøres klar til affyring i
Den yderste galakses syvtusinde kartoffelrække
Hvor tilfældigheden under den lille døds
Respit forlader pikken og skydes ind i kussen
Og kussens store tælleapparat der fløjtende
Og i ganske godt humør skiller bukkene fra fårene
I millionvis for til sidst at satse på én celle
En lille sjover og sandsynligvis en Henry og forener
Ham med fruens eget æg hvor han får lov at
Vokse og blive stor og hvis der er held i sprøjten
Og alt går som det skal til sidst kommer frem
Og siger bøh
f.eks. et jeg hvordan siger man jeg jeg prøver igen
Jeg jeg jeg jeg seksten år efter 1915
Og allerede langt inde i katastroferne der som bekendt
Er konstante men i løbet af århundredet får en særlig
Accent ved den umage man gør sig for at
Gøre klarsprog til doubletalk og bilder hinanden ind
At ragnarok er det normale og verdens undergang
En sød selvfølge og Anden Verdenskrig en god krig
Hvor man fik has på ondskaben og det lykkedes
At fremstille KZ-lejrenes rædsler som meget meget
Værre end døden fra luften hvor man i hævnrus
Kogte stegte kvalte knuste så mange civile at
Ingen i dag har været i stand til at regne ud
Hvor mange det drejede sig om


Og hvor man nu er nået dertil at selv intelligente
Mennesker ønsker radikale indgreb mod de landes
Befolkninger som har lagt navn til etnisk udrensning
Og slår flere ihjel af dem der hygger sig i smug
Og værner om det indre fimrehår end dem
Der begår forbrydelserne eller man går så vidt
I ytringsfrihedens og demokratiets navn at man
Kommer udefra og slår dem ihjel der sandsynligvis
Aldrig har hørt om demokrati eller ytringsfrihed
Eller ligeberettigelse eller har nogen anelse om
Hvad det er for at indføre demokrati og ytringsfrihed
For de overlevende


Som bestemt ikke er de fem mennesker
Sigtemekanismen har udpeget og som man kan se
På TV inden de om få sekunder er kogt til lava
Og fjernet fra jordens overflade hvor de indbildt
Sunde hersker over de påstået syge som
Absolut må frelses og omvendes selvom de
Måske dør under processen som andre satans
Simulanter for blot at knopskydes i sytten
Gange syttentusindfemhundredeniogtredive
Såkaldte terrorister der er så dødssyge at de
Ikke har andet i hovedet end at komme efter
Den store satan in casu U.S.A. og alle hans
Vasaller inklusive Danmark der aldrig
Nogen sinde vil finde på
At gøre andre fortræd bare de lover at holde hænderne
Over dynen og ikke brænde Dannebrog og blive ligeså
Fromme og fine og
Velfriserede som den globale kapitalismes
Forvaltere der aldrig på noget tidspunkt har
Haft ondt i sinde men tværtimod har taget alle
I favn blot de afleverer deres naturlige resurser
På børsen og sørger for at råolieprisen er nogenlunde
Stabil og der er nok petroleum til jetflyene
Som døgnet rundt åbenlyst og mere clandestint


Krydser himmelrummet for at se om alt går
Rigtigt til og hvis ikke sørger for at affyre
Det nødvendige antal missiler der udløses
Ved et ganske let tryk på en knap og næsten altid
Rammer målet og hvis ikke blot fjerner et antal
Ligegyldige halenegre eller en flok kvinder og børn
Og gamle skæggede idioter hvis afrevne lemmer
Eller blod med garanti aldrig når op i tyve eller
Tredive tusind fods højde og sviner plexiglasruden
I bombeflyet til så man ikke kan se en hånd
For sig


I modsætning til dengang hvor alt var klart og
Solen skinnede og jeg stod midt på ruten
Født og ufødt og rakte begge hænder op og
Viftede med armene og skreg min uskyld ud
Fordi jeg næsten kunne nå op til det der svævede og
Brummede og strøg forbi med to mænd i
Stivnakkede, modige og stolte som tiden selv
Fremtidens bestyrere indkapslet i en drøm
Om evig progression til filmen knækker
Eller fader ud i stumhed og det eneste der står
På lærredet er SLUT.


Skrevet med fimrehårets skælven
Før det definitivt er hostet op.

Klaus Rifbjerg


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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GOOD MORNING!!! YES, IT IS A GOOD MORNING!!! Thanks to all of you, yesterday about 100 dogs were brought to the new shelter and they were welcomed by clean houses, fresh water and food, to make up for the stress from the transport...  full article>


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



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


In our effort to publish and distribute texts that otherwise might not be presented we are offering a monthly book selection available for $4.

This month the selection is

by Dan Mills.

Our latest release:

Conquered people tend to

be witty.

Saul Bellow

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

New titles

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.

Back in stock!

Canciones de Invierno/Winter Song Skovbo