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The affirmative action that the U.S.A. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems about to undertake early in 2016 in order that the ethnic composition of its membership might more accurately reflect the racial diversity of that country’s population is commendable. Hopefully, it will also be at least a small step in the direction of more fairly recognising the best work of artists and technicians in the movies, regardless of whether they are Native Americans, or of African, Indo-European, Asian or of any other ethno-racial origin that anyone cares to define. People are people. People who make movies are people, first and foremost. Talent contests, beauty contests, or any sort of competition purporting to determine pecking orders of artistic merit, are necessarily divisive, in the long run. They do not, in and of themselves, improve, negate, or justify anyone’s work. Art is about communication, not about winning and losing. These competitions are very popular and often quite lucrative for the chosen few, however, so they will never disappear. As in almost any instance of racial, class, or ideological discrimination, it bears keeping in mind that the underlying problem of discrimination in the arts, politics, or in any other sphere is one of misinformation, censorship, and the promotion of disunity of human beings based on economic interests. Follow the money. In any case, the best righteous positions, with or without prizes given, are lived, regardless of the consequences, not preached.

Viggo Mortensen

 

Red Horse: Native American drawings shed new light on Battle of Little Bighorn

Jordan Riefe

Friday 29 January 2016, © The Guardian

The concept of manifest destiny began to show cracks the day Lt Col George A Custer met his end at Little Bighorn, outnumbered by Lakota Sioux and other warriors by an estimated 10 to one. Like all self-deluding notions, both he and it were bound to fail, and did so on an operatic scale. Walt Whitman wrote of Custer‚Äôs tawny flowing hair in battle, despite the fact he had shorn his famous locks days earlier in preparation for what he knew would be a bloody campaign.  full article>

 

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

Nelson Mandela

 

The 94-Year-Old Civil-Rights Pioneer Who Is Now Challenging North Carolina's Voter-ID Law

By Ari Berman

January 25, 2016, © The Nation

On Monday, January 25, a federal court will hear a challenge to North Carolina's voter-ID law. Ninety-four-year-old Rosanell Eaton will be a key witness against the law.

In 1942, the 21-year-old Eaton took a two-hour mule ride to the Franklin County courthouse in eastern North Carolina to register to vote. The three white male registrars told her to stand up straight, with her arms at her side, look straight ahead and recite the preamble to the Constitution from memory. After she did that word for word, they gave her a written literacy test, which she also passed. Eaton was one of the few blacks to pass a literacy test and make it on the voting rolls in the Jim Crow era.  full article>

 

Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.

Arthur Schopenhauer

 

Denmark's selfish stance does nothing to help the global refugee crisis

Michala Bendixen

Wednesday 27 January 2016, © The Guardian

Last August I wrote an article for The Guardian under the headline: "Refugees should head for Denmark – here are five reasons why". It created a media storm here in Denmark; within 24 hours I had appeared on every national broadcast media. On the political TV programme Deadline I was confronted by the host: "Do you not acknowledge that a majority of the Danish voters are in favour of a strict asylum policy?"

I received emails and Facebook messages accusing me of being "a traitor" for listing the advantages of my country, and mentioning the fact that many refugees have told me how they have met welcoming, open-minded and helpful Danes. Inviting people to come to your country and praising your country's benefits is usually called patriotism. But things have been turned upside down and Denmark is now in competition for the title to be the least attractive country for asylum seekers.  full article>

 

"Aferim!" Explores the Cross-Generational Transmission of Cultural Bigotry

By Eleanor J. Bader

Saturday, 23 January 2016, © Truthout

Aferim! - winner of the Silver Bear prize for best direction at the Berlin International Film Festival, grand prize winner at the City of Lisboa Film Festival and an official selection at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival - is a brutal look at the ways hateful attitudes become ingrained as truth.

Shot in black and white and set in 1835, the film charts the multiday search of Constable Costandin and his teenaged son, Ionita, as they traverse the Wallachia region of what is now Romania in search of a runaway slave named Carfin. As father and son move from village to village, forest to forest, they encounter a wide array of people and their conversations and interrogations give both Costandin and the people he questions an opportunity to vent, rant and rave about the perceived cause of their oppression. For the most part, Ionita simply listens and is quickly schooled in the invectives reserved for Romani people (sometimes spelled Romany or referred to as Roma or Gypsies), Jews, women and anyone from outside their ethnic and racial fold.  full article>

 

Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.

Muhammad Ali

 

Ted Cruz Trumpets Endorsement From a Man Who Thinks God Sent Hitler to Hunt the Jews

By Miles E. Johnson

Jan. 26, 2016,© Mother Jones

Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas proudly announced the latest endorsement of his presidential bid. It came from Mike Bickle, the founder and director of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City. Bickle is a controversial pastor who has attacked same-sex marriage as a sign of the End Times and seemingly blamed the Jews for the Holocaust.  full article>

 

El fascismo se cura leyendo y el racismo se cura viajando.

Miguel de Unamuno

 

The Five Lamest Excuses for Hillary Clinton's Vote to Invade Iraq

By Stephen Zunes, January 26, 2016, © Foreign Policy in Focus

Former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is the only candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination who supported the invasion of Iraq.

That war not only resulted in 4,500 American soldiers being killed and thousands more permanently disabled, but also hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, the destabilization of the region with the rise of the Islamic State and other extremists, and a dramatic increase in the federal deficit, resulting in major cutbacks to important social programs. Moreover, the primary reasons Clinton gave for supporting President George W. Bush's request for authorizing that illegal and unnecessary war have long been proven false.   full article>

 

Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist... There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.

Moshe Dayan

 

The Chilling Rise of Islamophobia in Our Schools

By Kristina Rizga

Tue Jan. 26, 2016, © MotherJones

"WHAT DO YOU MISS about Syria the most?" I ask Nour on a rainy December afternoon in 2015, as we board a train after school. The soft-spoken 17-year old has invited me to join her at "I Stand with Arabs and Muslims," a rally in San Francisco organized in the wake of the biggest spike in anti-Muslim violence in a decade, following deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.  full article>

 

People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one's soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you.

Samuel L. Jackson

 

Bernie Sanders' Underappreciated Interview With Ebony Magazine

Isaiah J. Poole

January 28, 2016, © Campaign for America's Future

Given the importance of the African-American vote in the Democratic primary and the questions around whether Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders – a self-styled "Democratic socialist" in a state that is 1 percent black – can effectively compete for the black vote, it's surprising that a recent Ebony magazine interview with Sanders has remained under the radar.  full article>

 

Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor.

Henry Rollins

 

Politics of Fear Devouring Human Rights Worldwide

Posted By: Nadia Prupis Jan 28, 2016, © Disinfo.com

The politics of fear has consumed the world.

Fear of terrorism and fear of refugees, which have grown alongside ongoing global conflicts, fueled many of the biggest human rights developments—and failings—worldwide in 2015, including in the U.S. and Europe, according to a new report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW).  full article>

 

Defeating racism, tribalism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all, victim and perpetrator alike.

Ban Ki-moon

 

Seeking Justice for Guatemalan Slaughter

By Dennis J Bernstein

January 27, 2016, © Consortiumnews.com

Comedian-turned-politician Jimmy Morales, who was sworn in as Guatemala's president on Jan. 14, appears to have close ties to some of the country's most notorious death squad leaders responsible for killing thousands and uprooting tens of thousands of indigenous people from the Guatemalan highlands and the rest of the country in the 1980s.  full article>

 

Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.

Black Elk

 

The Guardian: UN whistleblower who exposed sexual abuse by peacekeepers is exonerated

January 19, 2016, © Whistleblower.org

The UN whistleblower who exposed the sexual abuse of children by peacekeepers in Central African Republic has been completely exonerated after an internal investigation.

Anders Kompass, the director of field operations for the office of the high commissioner for human rights in Geneva, was suspended and faced dismissal after he passed confidential documents detailing the abuse of children by French troops in CAR to the authorities in Paris because of the UN's failure to stop the exploitation.  full article>

 

Since the time of Homer every European, in what he could say about the Orient, was a racist, an imperialist, and almost totally ethnocentric.

Edward Said

 

The Invisible Asian

By George Yancy and David Haekwon Kim

October 8, 2015, © The New York Times

This is the latest in a series of interviews about philosophy of race that I am conducting for The Stone. This week's conversation is with David Haekwon Kim, an associate professor of philosophy and the director of the Global Humanities initiative at the University of San Francisco and the author of several essays on Asian-American identity. — George Yancy

George Yancy: A great deal of philosophical work on race begins with the white/black binary. As a Korean-American, in what ways does race mediate or impact your philosophical identity?

David Haekwon Kim: In doing philosophy, I often approach normative issues with concerns about lived experience, cultural difference, political subordination, and social movements changing conditions of agency. I think these sensibilities are due in large part to my experience of growing up bicultural, raced, and gendered in the U.S., a country that has never really faced up to its exclusionary and often violent anti-Asian practices. In fact, I am sometimes amazed that I have left so many tense racialized encounters with both my life and all my teeth. In other contexts, life and limb were not at issue, but I did not emerge with my self-respect intact.  full article>

 

Mislike me not for my complexion,
The shadowed livery of the burnished sun,
To whom I am a neighbor and near bred.
Bring me the fairest creature northward born,
Where Phoebus' fire scarce thaws the icicles,
And let us make incision for your love
To prove whose blood is reddest, his or mine.

William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

 

Esclavas para solaz del guerrero por la gracia de Alá

Milagros Pérez Oliva

27 ENE 2016, © El País

Hacía tiempo que los indicios estaban ahí, pero ahora hay documentación y testimonios que lo acreditan: allí donde el Ejército Islámico pone su bota, resurge el cautiverio y la esclavitud sexual para disfrute y solaz del guerrero. Una vuelta atrás de siglos al más oscuro e ignominioso de los pasados. Amnistía Internacional ha recogido el testimonio de varias jóvenes yazidíes esclavizadas que fueron liberadas en la operación liderada por Estados Unidos en Siria para capturar a Abu Sayaf, uno de los dirigentes del Estado Islámico, que murió en el enfrentamiento. Poco después, la agencia Reuters difundió un edicto emitido por el denominado Departamento de Investigaciones y Fetuas del EI, en el que se detallan las condiciones del cautiverio y las normas de utilización de las esclavas. Resulta esperpéntico, alucinógeno, pero es real. En la sociedad reglamentista y absolutamente controlada que impone el EI allí donde gobierna, todo está regulado. También quién y cómo, "por la generosidad y misericordia de Dios" puede "disfrutar" de una cautiva.  full article>

 

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.

Chief Seattle

 

The Volcanic Core Fueling the 2016 Election

Robert Reich

MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016, © Robert Reich

Not a day passes that I don't get a call from the media asking me to compare Bernie Sanders's and Hillary Clinton's tax plans, or bank plans, or health-care plans.

I don't mind. I've been teaching public policy for much of the last thirty-five years. I'm a policy wonk.

But detailed policy proposals are as relevant to the election of 2016 as is that gaseous planet beyond Pluto. They don't have a chance of making it, as things are now.  full article>

 

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Who will watch the watchers?

Juvenal

 

Threats to Whom? The Insider Threat Program's Chilling Effect on Whistleblowers

Matt Fuller, January 15, 2016, © Whistleblower.org

Foreword

In the aftermath of classified disclosures to Wikileaks, the Obama administration created an Insider Threat Program tasked with identifying the "malicious insiders." In practice, however, we have found that the Insider Threat Program is really a threat to insiders who commit the truth – whistleblowers.

According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, "An insider threat arises when a person with authorized access to U.S. Government resources... uses that access to harm the security of the United States. Malicious insiders can inflict incalculable damage. They enable the enemy to plant boots behind our lines and can compromise our nation's most important endeavors."  full article>

 

It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what.

Stephen Fry

 

Turkey Detains Academics as Chomsky Takes Aim at Erdoğan's Hypocrisy

January 16, 2016, © Disinformation

Global outcry over academic freedom and human rights has erupted following news on Friday that the Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has arrested at least 18 academics and scholars for signing an open letter last week calling for the end of Turkey's brutal treatment of the country's Kurdish people.  full article>

 

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.

Noam Chomsky

 

A US Media Lost in Propaganda

By William Blum

January 9, 2016, © Consortiumnews.com

There was once a time – perhaps just a brief moment in time – when American journalists were cynical and responsible enough to resist being jerked around by U.S. government propaganda, but that time has long since passed if it ever existed, a reality that William Blum describes.

Vulgar, crude, racist and ultra-sexist though he is, Donald Trump can still see how awful the American mainstream media is.

I think one of the main reasons for Donald Trump's popularity is that he says what's on his mind and he means what he says, something rather rare amongst American politicians, or politicians perhaps anywhere in the world. The American public is sick and tired of the phony, hypocritical answers given by office-holders of all kinds.  full article>

 

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.

Salman Rushdie

 

Where the Oregon Militias Came From

Spencer Sunshine

January 7, 2016, © The Progressive

Contrary to the impression you may get from recent media coverage, the occupation of the Oregon Malheur Wildlife Refuge is not led by ranchers who are tired of being pushed around by the federal government. Instead, the armed occupiers are self-selected militants from the Patriot movement's paramilitary network—known for invading rural communities and staging armed protests that distract from local attempts to fix real economic problems.  full article>

 

Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.

Dick Cavett

 

Ben Carson: The World Was Created in 6 Days. Literally

By David Corn

Thu Sep. 24, 2015, © MotherJones

Ben Carson, one of the top-tier contenders in the GOP presidential primary, has long been known as an ardent creationist. He has debated prominent scientists who defend evolution, and it's no secret that his advocacy of creationism springs from his deep faith in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a Christian religion established in the mid-1800s. Creationism is a core belief for many Seventh-day Adventists, and one of the religion's founders, Ellen White, was one of the first purveyors of the notion that the Earth is merely 6,000 years old.  full article>

 

The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw

 

Why the GOP's fence fantasy is a farce

Friday, January 15, 2016, © Jim Hightower

A proper wall, we're told, makes good neighbors, But an 18-foot high, 2000-mile long wall goes way beyond proper, antagonizes your neighbor, and shows your own fear and weakness.

Yet, this is what self-described conservatives running for president propose to build to stop migrants from coming across our country's southern border. Simple, right? Just fence 'em out!   full article>

 

If you can't say "Fuck" you can't say, "Fuck the government.

Lenny Bruce

 

Response by Jason Cone, MSF-USA Executive Director, to President Obama's State of the Union Address

January 12, 2016, © Doctors Without Borders

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is gravely concerned about the impact that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will have on access to medicines around the world. In his comments on the TPP tonight, the President continued to promote a trade deal that will export the policies that have made medicines unaffordable in the US to close to half a billion people around the world.  full article>

 

There is no such thing as a dirty word. Nor is there a word so powerful, that it's going to send the listener to the lake of fire upon hearing it.

Frank Zappa

 

Guantánamo is entering its fifteenth year. Here are 5 people waiting for President Obama to keep his promise to close it.

By Elizabeth Beavers

January 8, 2016, © Amnesty International

On January 11, 2016, the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay will enter its fifteenth year of existence. The "forever prison" is perhaps the most infamous icon of the human rights abuses resulting from the global war on terror. Instead of justice for the September 11 attacks, Guantánamo has given the world torture, indefinite detention and unfair trials.  full article>

 

Why did they devise censorship? To show a world which doesn't exist, an ideal world, or what they envisaged as the ideal world. And we wanted to depict the world as it was.

Krzysztof Kie≈õlowski

 

A Year of Bloody Repression in Saudi Arabia Since Flogging of Raif Badawi

January 8, 2016, © Amnesty International

The human rights situation in Saudi Arabia has steadily deteriorated over the year since blogger Raif Badawi was publicly flogged for exercising his right to free expression, said Amnesty International the day before the first anniversary of the flogging.

The past year has seen the kingdom's human rights record go from bad to worse. Most recently the mass execution of 47 people in a single day, including Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, sent shockwaves across the region.  full article>

 

Censorship of anything, at any time, in any place, on whatever pretense, has always been and always will be the last resort of the boob and the bigot.

Eugene O'Neill

 

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2014/15: THE STATE OF THE WORLD'S HUMAN RIGHTS

The Amnesty International Report 2014/15 documents the state of human rights in 160 countries and territories during 2014. Some key events from 2013 are also reported. While 2014 saw violent conflict and the failure of many governments to safeguard the rights and safety of civilians, significant progress was also witnessed in the safeguarding and securing of certain human rights. Key anniversaries, including the commemoration of the Bhopal gas leak in 1984 and the Rwanda genocide in 1994, as well as reflections on 30 years since the adoption of the UN Convention against Torture, reminded us that while leaps forward have been made, there is still work to be done to ensure justice for victims and survivors of grave abuses. This report also celebrates those who stand up for human rights across the world, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances. It represents Amnesty International's key concerns throughout the world, and is essential reading for policy- makers, activists and anyone with an interest in human rights.  full article>

 

"We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil."

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Wounded Knee, 1890 – 1973 in photos

Posted Jan 02, 2014, © Denverpost.com

On December 29, 1890 members of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment opened fire on hundreds of Lakota men, women and children, killing over 150 people.

"The regrettable and tragic clash of arms at this site on December 29, 1890, the last significant engagement between Indians and soldiers on the North American Continent, ended nearly four centuries of warfare between westward-wending Americans and the indigenous peoples. Although the majority of the participants on both sides had not intended to use their arms—precipitated by individual indiscretion in a tense and confused situation rather than by organized premeditation—and although the haze of gunsmoke that hung over the battlefield has obscured some of the facts, the action more resembles a massacre than a battle. For 20th-century America, it serves as an example of national guilt for the mistreatment of the Indians." – National Park Service.  full article>

 

"We preferred our own way of living. We were no expense to the government. All we wanted was peace and to be left alone."

Crazy Horse

 

Era of climate science denial is not over, study finds

Graham Readfearn

Thursday 7 January 2016, © The Guardian

Is organised climate science denial finished?

After global heat records were continually broken over the last decade, and as sea levels rose and scientists reported the accelerated melting of polar ice sheets, you might be forgiven for thinking the debate over climate change had shifted.  full article>

 

Think of how it all started: America was founded by slave owners who informed us, "All men are created equal." All "men," except Indians, niggers, and women. Remember, the founders were a small group of unelected, white, male, land-holding slave owners who also, by the way, suggested their class be the only one allowed to vote. To my mind, that is what's known as being stunningly--and embarrassingly--full of shit.

George Carlin

 

The Many Hypocrisies of the Oregon Standoff

by Pete Dolack

January 6, 2016, © Counterpunch

When an environmentalist takes action to defend a forest in the United States, she risks being labeled a "terrorist." When an armed right-wing militia member commandeers a forest for his personal profit, he is "standing up to tyranny." The Oregon standoff that began over the weekend demonstrates this hypocrisy, and not only that hypocrisy.  full article>

 

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.

Sigmund Freud

 

Tearful Obama tightens gun control and tells inactive Congress: 'We can't wait'

Dan Roberts, David Smith and Ben Jacobs

Tuesday 5 January 201, © The Guardian

A tear-stained Barack Obama marked his final year in office with a last-ditch call for US gun control on Tuesday as he outlined new rules that will close important background check loopholes but leave much of the political heavy lifting to his successor.  full article>

 

Freedom is the right to one's dignity as a man.

Archibald MacLeish

 

Benítez: "Gracias por todo, ha sido un honor"

05/01/2016, © Marca.com

Rafael Benítez quiso despedirse del Real Madrid y del madridismo tras ser destituido por Florentino Pérez este lunes. "Quiero que todos los que forman esa entidad, desde su junta directiva al último de sus aficionados, pasando por dirigentes, trabajadores, seguidores y simpatizantes, sepan que para mí ha sido un honor ocupar ese cargo en el club que me vio crecer como futbolista, como persona y como entrenador de las categorías inferiores hasta llegar al primer equipo", aseguró.  full article>

 

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.

Aristotle

 

El Real Florentino

José Sámano

4 ENE 2016, © El País

El conspiranoico Real Madrid de estos tiempos ha despedido a su último acusador de campañas ajenas. No ha quedado claro por cuál de ese presunto sinfín de conchabanzas se ha producido la cesantía de Rafa Benítez. Según el técnico, existía una cruzada contra él y el presidente, Florentino Pérez. Para el dirigente, como denunció el pasado 23 de noviembre, la víctima de la conjura era él. Por lo tanto, si se atiende al entrenador, el mandatario se ha rendido al complot contra el propio Benítez. Un señalado más para evitar que prospere la supuesta confabulación contra el empresario que ha desatado los gritos de la hinchada contra la autoridad. ¡Qué galimatías!  full article>

 

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.

Benjamin Franklin

 

Palestine's Lost Present

by Vijay Prashad

January 4, 2016, © Counterpunch

Magic hangs in the air above the Jordan Valley.

It is here that the ancient prophets went mad in the desert. They spun their yarns of encounters with God, and produced stories that calmed the fears of people at the mercy of nature.

If you squint your eyes, you can imagine John the Baptist, shrouded in camel hair, walking towards the Jordan River, followed by a swarm of locusts. Roads slice the landscape now, but the mystery of the rock and the shrub remains.  full article>

 

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.

Leo Tolstoy

 

Evading Death and Immigration Checkpoints

Timmy Matlock

December 31, 2015, © DSSK Press

Crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is only the beginning for the estimated half a million immigrants that enter the United States illegally every year. Once inside the U.S., there is still a 100-mile trek to be made through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's "constitution-free zones" in which their law reigns supreme. The majority of major U.S cities are all located within this 100-mile no rights technicality. Detailed in this article are a few methods for avoiding checkpoints, not dying, and an account of our idiocy in the venture to discover these things within the eighty miles of the Texas-Mexico border.  full article>

 

Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.

James A. Baldwin

 

Sacrificing Human Rights for Development on Lake Turkana

By Narissa Allibhai

Tue, 12/15/2015, © International Rivers

The hot sun rises on another long day in scorching Turkana county. Meanwhile the rays graze over the greener, but also marginalized, Marsabit county. These two counties sandwich Lake Turkana, the world's largest desert lake, nestled in the Cradle of Mankind and containing three national parks that are World Heritage Sites. The lake is a sparkling gem and source of life in the dry northern deserts of the beautiful country of Kenya.  full article>

 

Rare is the union of beauty and purity.

Juvenal

 

Spain's ancient olive trees under threat from market for garden ornaments

Ashifa Kassam

Thursday 31 December, © The Guardian

They have witnessed - and withstood - much of Spain's rich history; their thick, gnarled branches steadily supplying olives to a changing roster of Romans, Moors and Christians. But recent years have seen Spain's thousand-year-old olive trees face one of their biggest threats to date: a growing demand for unique garden ornaments that has led to the trees being uprooted and transported around the world, from northern Europe to the US and the United Arab Emirates.  full article>

 

Colonies are the outhouses of the European soul, where a fellow can let his pants down and relax, enjoy the smell of his own shit.

Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

 

Middle East still rocking from first world war pacts made 100 years ago

Ian Black

Wednesday 30 December 2015, © The Guardian

In an idle moment between cocktail parties in the Arab capital where they served, a British and French diplomat were chatting recently about their respective countries' legacies in the Middle East: why not commemorate them with a new rock band? And they could call it Sykes-Picot and the Balfour Declaration.

It was just a joke. These first world war agreements cooked up in London and Paris in the dying days of the Ottoman empire paved the way for new Arab nation states, the creation of Israel and the continuing plight of the Palestinians. And if their memory has faded in the west as their centenaries approach, they are still widely blamed for the problems of the region at an unusually violent and troubled time.  full article>

 

Security is not a license for people in authority to hide the tactics they would never openly admit to using.

Jack Campbell

 

I revealed the truth about President Erdogan and Syria. For that, he had me jailed

Can Dündar

Monday 28 December 2015, © The Guardian

In Turkey, a debate as old as government itself is on the agenda again. This time, it is the Turkish government's secret arms transfer to Syria that has revitalised the subject.  full article>

 

There are no secrets that time does not reveal.

Jean Racine

 

Turning human misery into corporate profits

Monday, December 28, 2015, © Jim Hightower

Good news, people: The "boom" is back! Good times are here again, thanks to an economic boom generated by (of all things) bad times.

Tens of millions of Americans have been knocked down and held down in recent years by the collapse of jobs and wages. This calamity has led to a second blow for millions of the same families who now find themselves buried in overdue bills for credit card charges, student loans, and other consumer debt.  full article>

 

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

Lewis Carroll

 

U.S. Air Force Hires Private Companies To Fly Drones In War Zones

by Chris Thompson, CorpWatch Blog

December 16th, 2015

U.S. Air Force officials has begun to hire private companies to fly drone aircraft operating over Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The unprecedented move is in response to demands from the Obama administration to dramatically expand the drone war just as the Pentagon faces a critical shortage of military pilots.  full article>

 

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human.

Desiderius Erasmus

 

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be."

Voltaire

 

Navidad con Assange

Por Santiago O'Donnell

Domingo, 27 de diciembre de 2015, © Página/12

Navidad en la embajada de Ecuador con Julian Assange, que lleva más de tres años de encierro en ese lugar. Navidad discreta, cálida, con risas pero sin algarabía, alcohol pero sin excesos, amigos y familia pero no todos, ni siquiera muchos. Nochebuena con su padre John, arquitecto exitoso y australiano como su hijo. También están un documentalista australiano, con un cineasta greco-francés, con una abogada de derechos humanos guatemalteca. Y este cronista que pidió y obtuvo permiso para venir, estar y contar la historia, la de cómo pasa Navidad un hombre que lleva tres años casi sin ver la luz del día ni respirar aire fresco ni sentir una brisa ni alcanzar con su mirada la línea que forma el horizonte. Salmón relleno con mascarpone y verduras, cocinado por la abogada con la receta que la madre le dicta por teléfono desde el otro lado del Atlántico.  full article>

 

"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."

John Adams

 

America's Dying Democracy

By Bill Moyers

December 23, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

In the fall of 2001, in the aftermath of 9/11, as families grieved and the nation mourned, Washington swarmed with locusts of the human kind: wartime opportunists, lobbyists, lawyers, ex-members of Congress, bagmen for big donors: all of them determined to grab what they could for their corporate clients and rich donors while no one was looking.  full article>

 

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?"

Mahatma Gandhi

 

What Will Become of the Wild Horses?

John Fine

December 22, 2015, © Epoch Times

There are few places on Earth that are truly free. Those wilderness areas that remain are so isolated or inhospitable that the land will not sustain life. Where visionaries have set aside natural reserves they have been beset by poachers, pollution, and human entry for economic gain. In a world of economy competing for natural resources, what will become of public lands in the United States that are now home to wild horses?  full article>

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ONE AND ALL!

 

 

 

De Boedo vengo...

23-12-2015, © Olé

Hay fechas imposibles de olvidar para el hincha de San Lorenzo si de su cancha se trata. El 7 de mayo de 1916 se inauguró el Viejo Gasómetro con un triunfo por 2 a 1 ante Estudiantes. El 2 de diciembre de 1979, en un 0 a 0 contra Boca, se disputó allí el último partido. En 1981 comenzó la demolición. El 28 de febrero de 1994 se inauguró oficialmente el Nuevo Gasómetro, en el Bajo Flores. Y este 23 de diciembre de 2015 quedará en la historia como el día de la vuelta a Boedo. La empresa Carrefour decidió aceptar finalmente la oferta realizada por el club para adquirir esos metros cuadrados que le pertenecían originalmente. Un día de gloria...  full article>

 

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Los sirios que escapan del infierno

David Grossman

14 DIC 2015, © El País

Estos días, en un café de Jerusalén, con un televisor sin sonido colgado de la pared, escucho a una mujer detrás de mí decirle a su amiga: "Esta oleada de refugiados, estos sirios, no sé yo...".  full article>

 

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.

Aristotle

 

Chelsea sack José Mourinho and line up Guus Hiddink to replace him

David Hytner

Thursday 17 December 2015, © The Guardian

José Mourinho has been sacked by Chelsea, with the club's former caretaker manager Guus Hiddink lined up to take over for the rest of the season. The Portuguese has paid the price for the team's dismal Premier League form and he has become the latest casualty of the Roman Abramovich era.  full article>

 

To be a good loser is to learn how to win.

Carl Sandburg

 

Why Chelsea's players have a right to feel betrayed by José Mourinho

Daniel Taylor

Tuesday 15 December 2015, © The Guardian

Inside the entrance to Chelsea's training ground there is a framed photograph, going back to the evening of 19 May 2012, of the G8 summit at Camp David as the world's leaders interrupted their talks on Syria, at the request of Angela Merkel, to gather round a television in the Laurel Lodge because she had just been told the Champions League final had gone to a penalty shootout.  full article>

 

What Orwell can teach us about the language of terror and war

Rowan Williams

Saturday 12 December 2015, © The Guardian

At first sight, it seems hard to imagine a more unlikely pairing than George Orwell and Thomas Merton. Orwell had a profound dislike of Roman Catholic writers (though he accorded a grudging respect to Evelyn Waugh as a literary craftsman), and, had he encountered Merton – especially his earlier work – he would undoubtedly have recoiled. Not that Merton, whose centenary is this year, was a conventional religious writer. He became a Catholic in 1938 after a distinctly rackety youth, and spent most of the rest of his life as a Trappist monk in the US. But he wrote copiously, corresponding with a wide range of literary figures, including Henry Miller, James Baldwin, Czesław Miłosz, Boris Pasternak and several Latin American poets, some of whose work he also translated; another surprising friend was Joan Baez. He left behind him, in addition to a huge amount of journal material and many books on prayer and monasticism, a couple of incomplete drafts for novels and a fair quantity of poetry, published and unpublished, some of it dramatically "experimental" in style. By the mid 1960s, he was vocal in his criticisms of the Vietnam war, of the stockpiling of nuclear arms and of racial segregation and injustice in the US. And a central element in his critique of militarism was a stinging analysis of the language of war and weaponry.  full article>

 

"The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship."

George Bernard Shaw

 

"Un tema de derechos humanos"

Sábado, 12 de diciembre de 2015, © Página|12

Dos importantes especialistas en libertad de expresión resaltan la gravedad del ataque informático sufrido por este diario. Alertan sobre el momento en que se produce y reclaman respuestas sociales y judiciales. Telefónica se sumó a los trabajos de mitigación.

El bloqueo a la edición digital de Página/12 "es un tema de derechos humanos ya que a través de una interferencia técnica se restringe la libertad de expresión, es como si se interfiriera el acceso al papel en un medio impreso", señaló Luis Lozano. "Ninguno de estos acontecimientos pueden ser evaluados fuera de contexto. Es llamativo que suceda en la semana del cambio de gobierno", opinó Santiago Marino. Lozano y Marino son dos destacados especialistas en derecho a la información que alertan sobre las implicancias de los ataques informáticos contra este diario.  full article>

 

Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of North Face, dies after Chile kayak accident

Jonathan Franklin

Tuesday 8 December 2015, © The Guardian

Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of the North Face outdoor company who poured millions into conservation, has died after falling into near-freezing waters during a kayak accident in southern Chile.  full article>

 

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

John Muir

 

How Climate Change Deniers Are Trying to Derail the Paris Talks

By Jonathan M. Katz

Tue Dec. 8, 2015< © Mother Jones

Monday began what's supposed to be the final week of the climate talks, the one where top-level negotiators hammer out an accord to stop the deadly march of global warming. To troll this momentous event, the climate change deniers at the Heartland Institute came all the way from Chicago to stage a "counter-conference" at a central Paris venue called, seriously, the Hotel California.  full article>

 

The battle we have fought, and are still fighting for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong, and we cannot expect to see the end of it. ... So we must count on watching and striving for these trees, and should always be glad to find anything so surely good and noble to strive for.

John Muir (speech at Sierra Club, 1895)

 

Watch This Navy Admiral Destroy Ted Cruz's Climate Myths

By Jeremy Schulman

Tue Dec. 8, 2015, © Mother Jones

Ted Cruz is certain that global warming stopped 18 years ago. He said that repeatedly during a Senate hearing he chaired Tuesday afternoon devoted to examining what he described as "the science behind claims of global warming." Satellite data, insisted Cruz, shows that "there has been no significant global warming for the past 18 years."  full article>

 

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

Henry David Thoreau

 

This is a Dumb War

by Serge Halimi

December 4, 2015, © Counterpunch

A little-known US senator named Barack Obama said in 2002: "I don't oppose all wars. (...) What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. (...) A war based not on reason but on passion." Americans were angry after 9/11 and President George Bush Jr chose to channel their anger not against Saudi Arabia (most of the Al-Qaida terrorists involved came from there), but against Iraq, which the US invaded six months later. The media wanted the war and most Democratic senators, including Hillary Clinton, favoured it too. But the invasion of Iraq created the chaos that produced so-called Islamic State (ISIS).  full article>

 

 

 

Walls

 

With no consideration, no pity, no shame,
they have built walls around me, thick and high.
And now I sit here feeling hopeless.
I can't think of anything else: this fate gnaws my mind -
because I had so much to do outside.
When they were building the walls, how could I not have noticed!
But I never heard the builders, not a sound.
Imperceptibly they have closed me off from the outside world.

Constantine P. Cavafy

 

Somaliland: A parched earth

Ashley Hamer

02 Dec 2015, © AlJazeera.com

Swaths of Somaliland, a fragile, internationally unrecognised nation-state in the Horn of Africa, have been racked by one of the harshest droughts in two decades which is destroying livelihoods and pushing families into destitution.  full article>

 

Where The Mind is Without Fear

 

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

 

Rabindranath Tagore

 

Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say

Oliver Milman

Wednesday 2 December 2015, © The Guardian

The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution in the past 40 years, with potentially disastrous consequences as global demand for food soars, scientists have warned.

New research has calculated that nearly 33% of the world's adequate or high-quality food-producing land has been lost at a rate that far outstrips the pace of natural processes to replace diminished soil.  full article>

 

When I Love

 

When I love
I feel that I am the king of time
I possess the earth and everything on it
and ride into the sun upon my horse.

 

When I love
I become liquid light
invisible to the eye
and the poems in my notebooks
become fields of mimosa and poppy.

 

When I love
the water gushes from my fingers
grass grows on my tongue
when I love
I become time outside all time.

 

When I love a woman
all the trees
run barefoot toward me...

 

Nizar Qabbani

 

Near Boiling Point on Global Warming

By Nat Parry

December 1, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

With more than 40,000 negotiators from 196 governments descending on Paris this week to negotiate a comprehensive accord to tackle climate change, it is hard to imagine that they could possibly reach an agreement that will satisfy everybody.  full article>

 

Nothing, nothing justifies terrorism.

Mahmoud Darwish

 

Carta de Adolfo Pérez Esquivel a La Nación

Buenos Aires, 23 de noviembre de 2015.

Señor, Director de La Nación

Dr. Bartolomé Mitre

El diario que usted dirige publica el día 23 de noviembre una editorial con el título "No más venganza", que es una ofensa al pueblo argentino, a su memoria y a las víctimas del terrorismo de Estado.

Ningún organismo de DDHH, ni familiares buscan venganza, sí, el derecho de Verdad y Justicia frente a los crímenes cometidos de lesa humanidad que deben ser juzgados, que Ud. no puede ignorar no prescriben en el tiempo.  full article>

 

I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.

William Stafford

 

A 'See-No-Evil' Drone War

By John Hanrahan

November 23, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

The mainstream U.S. news media has failed miserably in holding the U.S. government to account for the killing of civilians in its drone strikes during the 14-year-old "war on terror," rarely supplying such unpleasant facts even when they become available, writes John Hanrahan.

By now you know the drill: The CIA or U.S. military forces unleash a drone strike or other aerial bombardment in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia or any other country that the United States claims the right to attack.  full article>

 

Grief is a hole you walk around in the daytime and at night you fall into it.

Denise Levertov

 

Jihadism Among Us: Terror Is a Modern, Political Phenomenon

Look for the roots of Islamic terror not in medieval Arabia but in the romantic, murderous atmosphere of revolutionary France, beheadings and all.

Ofri Ilany

Nov 19, 2015, © Haaretz

Several months ago The New Yorker dedicated a long article to Ahlam al-Nasr, a young female poet from Syria. Profile pieces about  full article>

 

The death of a single human being is too heavy a price for the vindication of any principle, however sacred.

Daniel Berrigan

 

Bert Olmstead, Member of Canadiens Dynasty, Dies at 89

By RICHARD GOLDSTEIN

NOV. 21, 2015, © The New York Times

Bert Olmstead, a Hockey Hall of Fame wing who played on five Stanley Cup championship teams, four times with the Montreal Canadiens of the 1950s, died on Tuesday in High River, Alberta. He was 89.  full article>

 

 

"later that night

i held an atlas in my lap

ran my fingers across the whole world

and whispered

where does it hurt?

 

it answered

everywhere

everywhere

everywhere"

 

Warsan Shire

 

 

Any kind of bombing, shooting, or other means of murder or attempted murder of non-combatant civilians anywhere, no matter who does it, is a heinous crime against all humanity.

 

 

"Laugh, and the world laughs with you;

Weep, and you weep alone,

For sad old earth must borrow its mirth,

But has trouble enough of its own."

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

Police Torture and the Real Militarization of Society

by Steve Martinot

November 11, 2015, © Counterpunch

The Structure of Obedience

Consider the following scenario. A police officer tells a person to stay in one place, or to sit down, or to lie down on the ground face down. The person starts to walk away, and gets arrested. Though that may be a brief journalistic description, it has enormous political ramifications.  full article>

 

"Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."

Bertrand Russell

 

Not the Word, but the Thing Itself

By Ava Kofman

November 5, 2015, ©: The Nation

In the summer of 1963, Elizabeth Bishop was translating three short stories from Portuguese, which she described in a letter to Robert Lowell as the work of "the most non-literary writer I've ever known." "She's never read anything that I can discover," Bishop said of the Brazilian writer's "self-taught" approach, "and 'never cracks a book' as we used to say." If Clarice Lispector, the author of the stories, had overheard Bishop's remarks, she likely would have agreed with them, because she had so often spoken similarly of herself. "This is not a book," she announced at the beginning of her 1973 work Àgua Viva, "because this is not how one writes."  full article>

 

"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes"

Mark Twain

 

The Empire of Chaos: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

By C.J. Polychroniou|

Thursday, 05 November 2015, ©: Truthout

US foreign policy in the 21st century has little to offer other than massive military power. Indeed, gone are the days when military might was used in order to "recreate the world in America's image." In the post-Cold War era, US military interventions take place in the absence of an overall strategic vision and with ideological justifications lacking force and conviction even among the United States' traditional allies. Little wonder then that military interventions, always illegal and unjustifiable, end up accomplishing nothing more than the creation of black holes, while giving rise in turn to new and ever increasing violent terrorist organizations bent on spreading their own vision of social and political order.  full article>

 

"There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse."

John Locke

 

Guess who's pushing for prison reform?

Thursday, November 5, 2015, © Posted by Jim Hightower

"Too many people are behind bars that don't belong there," declared a group demanding major reforms to America's throw-'em-all-in-jail, mass imprisonment policies.

For nearly 50 years, politicians and prosecutors have pushed a no-mercy, "tough on crime" mantra, which has proven to be grossly unjust, exorbitantly expensive, counterproductive, and needlessly destructive to families and whole communities.  full article>

 

I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.

Mahatma Gandhi

 

Israel's Endless Cycles of Violence

By Alon Ben-Meir

October 30, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

The Netanyahu government has conveniently and consistently separated the occupation of the West Bank from the repeated eruption of violence, insisting that the Palestinians' unrest is a result of incitement by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, when in fact he has been attempting to reduce the tension.  full article>

 

Brought into right relationships with the wilderness, man would see that his appropriation of Earth's resourcesbeyond his personal needs would only bring imbalance and begat ultimate loss and poverty by all.

John Muir

 

Chileans Stand to Defend the Maipo River

Wed, 10/28/2015, © International Rivers

From the high, icy glaciers of the Andes Mountains, the waters of three rivers – the Colorado, Yeso and El Volcán – descend to form Chile's Maipo River. The river is an extraordinary resource for the country, nurturing both wildlife and humans alike.  full article>

 

It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.

Henry David Thoreau

 

Bringing it back home
Why state comparisons are more useful than international comparisons for improving U.S. education policy

By Martin Carnoy, Emma García, and Tatiana Khavenson

October 30, 2015, © Economic Policy Institute

Introduction and key findings

Since its inception in 2000, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)—an international test of reading, math, and science—has shown that American 15-year-olds perform more poorly, on average, than 15-year-olds in many other developed countries. This finding is generally consistent with results from another international assessment of 8th graders, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).  full article>

 

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

TWILIGHT OF EMPIRE: An Evening with Amy Goodman, Anthony Arnove, and Viggo Mortensen

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

McNally Jackson Books

52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Join Amy Goodman, Anthony Arnove, and Viggo Mortensen for a discussion of the newly reprinted 12th Anniversary Edition of TWILIGHT OF EMPIRE: RESPONSES TO OCCUPATION from Perceval Press, an incisive collection of essays from renowned critics and journalists on the American occupation of Iraq.
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TWILIGHT OF EMPIRE

 

 

Culture of Cruelty: the Age of Neoliberal Authoritarianism

by Henry Giroux

October 23, 2015, © Counterpunch

George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society casts a dark shadow over the United States. As American society has moved from a welfare to a warfare state, the institutions that were once meant to limit human suffering and misfortune and protect the public from the excesses of the market have been either weakened or abolished. With the withering, if not evisceration, of the social contract, the discourse of social responsibility has been removed from the principles of democratic reform. Relegated to an object of disdain by right-wing extremists, the legacy of democratic principles now withers under a social order marked by a hardening of the culture and the emergence of an unprecedented survival-of-the fittest ethos. This is a mean-spirited ethos that rails against any notion of solidarity and compassion that embraces a respect for others. The consequences of this emerging authoritarianism speak to a different experience of total terror in the 21st century.   full article>

 

The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it.

Adolf Hitler

 

Words worth keeping in mind today, spoken by then-Congressman Dennis Kucinich in a 2012 House Committee hearing one month after the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate and C.I.A. Annex in Benghazi:

"We owe it to the diplomatic corps, who serves our nation, to start at the beginning. And that's what I shall do. The security threats in Libya, including the unchecked extremist groups who are armed to the teeth, exist because our nation spurred on a civil war, destroying the security and stability of Libya. And, you know, no one defends Gaddafi. Libya was not in a meltdown before the war. In 2003, Gaddafi reconciled with the community of nations by giving up his nation's pursuit of nuclear weapons. At the time, President Bush said Gaddafi's actions made our country and our world safer.

Now, during the Arab Spring, uprisings across the Middle East occurred, and Gaddafi made ludicrous threats against Benghazi. Based on those verbal threats, we intervened—absent constitutional authority, I might add. We bombed Libya. We destroyed their army. We obliterated their police stations. Lacking any civil authority, armed brigades control security. Al-Qaeda expanded its presence. Weapons are everywhere. Thousands of shoulder-to-air missiles are on the loose. Our military intervention led to greater instability in Libya.

Many of us, Democrats and Republicans alike, made that argument to try to stop the war. It's not surprising, given the inflated threat and the grandiose expectations inherent in our nation building in Libya, that the State Department was not able to adequately protect our diplomats from this predictable threat. It's not surprising, and it's also not acceptable. ...

We want to stop the attacks on our embassies? Let's stop trying to overthrow governments. This should not be a partisan issue. Let's avoid the hype. Let's look at the real situation here. Interventions do not make us safer. They do not protect our nations They are themselves a threat to America."

 

____________________

 

"I do not hesitate one second to state clearly and unmistakably: I belong to the American resistance movement which fights against American imperialism, just as the resistance movement fought against Hitler."

Paul Robeson

 

Ignoring U.S. Destabilization of Libya, GOP Benghazi Hearing Asks Clinton All the Wrong Questions

October 23, 2015, © Democracy Now

 

 

One thing you can't hide - is when you're crippled inside.

John Lennon

 

Si sos Cuervo habrás leído o escuchado la más reciente boludez de Angelici, diciendo que "El hincha de Boca no quiere uno de San Lorenzo en la AFA. Y yo tengo que interpretar al hincha porque represento al socio de Boca, que no quiere que esté Tinelli. ". ¿Interpretar al hincha? Tampoco habrá querido el hincha de Boca que lo vacunara la semana pasada la Academia, pero así fue y su presidente amargo no pudo prohibirlo. A veces es de lo más soberbio la Bosta.

Guido

 

Hillary Clinton deflects conservative jabs in 11-hour House Benghazi hearing

Dan Roberts, Lauren Gambino and Ben Jacobs in Washington

Thursday 22 October 2015, © The Guardian

Hillary Clinton put the controversy over terrorist attacks in Benghazi firmly behind her on Thursday after eleven hours of frequently meandering questions from conservative critics failed to dent the former secretary of state's campaign for president.   full article>

 

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

Frederick Douglass

 

Matar a un animal y dar con los huesos en la cárcel

A. Manresa / M. Planelles

22 OCT 2015, © El País

El caballista Eugenio Sánchez María, de 41 años de edad, que trabaja como repartidor de una empresa de bebidas, es la primera persona en España que entra en prisión— para cumplir una condena de ocho meses— por un delito de maltrato animal con resultado de muerte, según fuentes de la Fiscalía General. El rechazo social a estas conductas ha aumentado y, paralelamente, las sentencias condenatorias por delitos de maltrato animal en España se han multiplicado. Pero el caso de Sánchez es distinto: él ha entrado en la cárcel para cumplir la pena.  full article>

 

At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

Aristotle

 

The Mideast's Humpty Dumpty Problem

By Graham E. Fuller

October 22, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

As mayhem and anarchy spread like a contagion across the Middle East, can the Middle East, like Humpty Dumpty, be put back together again? Some pundits say no. Yet, for a variety of admittedly highly debatable reasons, I still believe that yes, it can be salvaged. The status quo may not be viable, but what alternatives are there? Here are a few — conflicting ones.  full article>

 

There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.

Mahatma Gandhi

 

The Violence, Crisis and Tragedy of Israeli Propaganda

by Yoav Litvin

October 22, 2015, © Counterpunch

In recent weeks the world is witnessing another round of violence in Israel/Palestine. Though we are accustomed to seeing the same tragic and violent scenario repeat itself, this time it is different. The current wave of resistance stems from a new generation of Palestinian activists who are not affiliated with a particular organization or faction. Protests include violent and nonviolent demonstrations as well as attacks on Israeli civilians in both the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and Israel.  full article>

 

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

Saint Augustine

 

The Drone Papers

© The Intercept

The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military's assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama's drone wars.  full article>

 

Drone War Exposed: Jeremy Scahill on U.S. Kill Program's Secrets & the Whistleblower Who Leaked Them

OCTOBER 16, 2015, © DEMOCRACY NOW!

 

 

Aleix Albareda 365

 

 

US Dispatched a Murderous AC-130 Airborne Gunship to Attack a Hospital

by Dave Lindorff

October 13, 2015, © Counterpunch

Evidence continues to mount that the US committed a monstrous war crime in attacking and destroying a fully operational hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on the night of Oct. 3, killing at least 22 people including at least 12 members of the volunteer medical staff of Medicine Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), the French based international aid organization that operated the hospital.   full article>

 

Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.

Homer

 

Las lecciones del Holocausto

TIMOTHY SNYDER

11 OCT 2015, © El País

Describir a Hitler como un antisemita o un racista antieslavo es subestimar el potencial de las ideas nazis: no eran prejuicios extremistas por casualidad, sino más bien emanaciones de una cosmovisión coherente que contenía el potencial para cambiar el mundo. Su refundición de la política y la ciencia le permitía plantear los problemas políticos como si fuesen científicos y los científicos, como políticos. De ese modo se situaba en el centro del círculo e interpretaba todos los datos en función de su proyecto de un mundo perfecto de derramamiento de sangre racial que sólo se veía corrompido por la influencia humanizadora de los judíos.   full article>

 

Cuando nuestro odio es demasiado profundo, nos coloca por debajo de aquellos a quienes odiamos.

François de la Rochefoucauld

 

Sobrevivir a Hiroshima

KUNIKO KIMURA

Domingo, 11 de octubre del 2015

Es extraño decirlo así, pero aquel 6 de agosto de 1945 nos libramos de morir abrasados bajo el hongo nuclear porque mi madre tenía dolor de cabeza. ¿Increíble, verdad? En verano, en Hiroshima hace tanto calor que, entonces, los niños salíamos a jugar a la calle a primera hora de la mañana y al anochecer.   full article>

 

El odio no disminuye con el odio. El odio disminuye con el amor.

Buda

 

Pasión y muerte de Companys

ANDREU FARRÀS

Domingo, 11 de octubre del 2015, El Periódico

La cuenta atrás de Lluís Companys Jover empezó en febrero de 1939, cuando las tropas franquistas alcanzaron sus últimos objetivos en Catalunya y llegaron hasta la frontera francesa, en El Pertús. Ante el avance de los rebeldes, Companys tenía la intención inicial de esperar su llegada a Barcelona en el despacho presidencial del Palau de la Generalitat. Eso habría acabado con su muerte segura y sus asesores le recomendaron que se exiliara como otros muchos mandatarios de la Segunda República. Al igual que Manuel Azaña, Juan Negrín y el lendakari José Antonio Aguirre, el president huyó a Francia a través de la collada de Lli, cerca de La Vajol, en el Alt Empordà.  full article>

 

Cuando odias a una persona, odias algo de ella que forma parte de ti mismo. Lo que no forma parte de nosotros no nos molesta.

Hermann Hesse

 

El fútbol, la otra gran industria exportadora argentina

Alejandro Rebossio / Carlos E. Cué

10 OCT 2015, © El País

El viento frío de media tarde corta la cara, pero ninguno de los 150 niños en pantalón corto y camiseta de fútbol mueve un músculo en el club Renato Cesarini, a las afueras de Rosario. Todos aguantan con estoicismo un gran rapapolvo. "¡No pueden ser que falten tanto! ¡Si quieren ser futbolistas, tienen que venir a jugar cuatro veces por semana! ¡Acá hay 150 y faltan 100!", se enfada Jorge Solari, El Indio, tío de Santiago y de Fernando Redondo. Tiene 73 años, y hace 40 fue uno de los fundadores del Renato Cesarini, que forma a jugadores de 11 a 18 años, después de una carrera de delantero que lo llevó al River Plate y al Mundial de Inglaterra 1966. Como entrenador llegó a consagrar campeón argentino a Independiente, dirigió al Tenerife y logró que Arabia Saudí llegara a los octavos de final de EE UU 1994.  full article>

 

Se dominer mais souffrir l'humiliation, c'est comme ça que naît la haine.

Albert Camus

 

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.

Alan Watts

 

Pinochet directly ordered killing on US soil of Chilean diplomat, papers reveal

Jonathan Franklin

Thursday 8 October 2015, © The Guardian

General Augusto Pinochet directly ordered the 1976 assassination of a Chilean diplomat who was killed in a car bomb in Washington DC, according top secret US intelligence documents declassified by the Obama administration.  full article>

 

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Rupert Murdoch: Propaganda Recruit

By Robert Parry

October 5, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

In February 1983, global media magnate Rupert Murdoch volunteered to help the Reagan administration's propaganda strategy for deploying U.S. mid-range nuclear missiles in Europe by using his newspapers to exacerbate public fears about the Soviet Union, according to a recently declassified "secret" letter.  full article>

 

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

Albert Camus

 

Why is the US Aiding and Enabling Saudi Arabia's Genocidal War in Yemen?

by Michael Horton

October 8, 2015, © Counterpunch

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen rivals the crisis in Syria. After six months of war and the imposition of a naval blockade designed to starve the country into submission, 90% of Yemen's population of more than 24 million are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. More than 6000 people, nearly 90% of which are civilians, are dead and most of Yemen's already limited infrastructure is in ruins. Sana'a, the capital of Yemen and home to 3 million, is under continuous aerial bombardment by Saudi Arabia and its partners who have targeted schools, hospitals, and homes in densely populated urban areas.  full article>

 

With all my soul I wished to be good, but I was young, passionate and alone, completely alone when I sought goodness. Every time I tried to express my most sincere desire, which was to be morally good, I met with contempt and ridicule, but as soon as I yielded to low passions I was praised and encouraged.

Leo Tolstoy

 

Noam Chomsky: The United States, Not Iran, Poses Greatest Threat to World Peace

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, © Democracy Now

 

 

 

'Never be ashamed': Pope forcefully defends immigrants in Philadelphia

Rory Carroll and Alan Yuhas in Philadelphia and Angela Bruno in New York

Saturday 26 September 2015, © The Guardian

Pope Francis has channelled the spirit of America's founding fathers to make an impassioned embrace of immigrants and cultural diversity, insisting that newcomers to the United States must not be ashamed of their traditions.  full article>

 

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

Frederick Douglass

 

How the World Views US 'Clown Show'

By Paul R. Pillar

September 26, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

The U.S. political class and political system in effect grant a lot of leeway and a lot of tolerance to excesses of American politicians, including excesses exhibited during election campaigns. There is little consistency and almost no principle in determining which comments by candidates come to be considered as campaign-crippling gaffes and which do not. Much gets said that does not cripple a campaign but which a majority of decent Americans, if they carefully thought about it, would probably agree is unreasonable, untrue, mean, inflammatory, bigoted, or extreme.  full article>

 

So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

 

Rainwater Harvesting Pioneer Wins International Water Prize

By Peter Bosshard

Wed, 08/26/2015, © International Rivers

Today, Sweden's King Carl Gustav presents the highly reputed Stockholm Water Prize to rainwater harvesting pioneer Rajendra Singh.

Singh, a longtime ally of International Rivers, has spent 30 years reviving traditional knowledge and building small rainwater ponds across his home state of Rajasthan in northern India. Because of his work, five Rajasthani rivers have sprung back to life, and over a thousand villages now have reliable access to clean drinking water again.  full article>

 

El verdadero poder es el servicio

Papa Francisco

 

The Other Refugee Crisis, from Central America to the U.S.

Clara Long

© The Progressive

While the news is full of reports about the crisis of migrants and asylum seekers from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia arriving in Europe, the plight of Central Americans desperate to escape violence and poverty by fleeing to the U.S., remains an under-told story.  full article>

 

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.

Thomas Merton

 

La barbarie de la frontera

Jacinto Antón Roma

19 SEP 2015, © El País

En un solar en via Mocenigo, muy cerca del Vaticano, una corneja desmembraba a una paloma gris que, tendida en el suelo con las alas abiertas, remedaba sin pretenderlo el signum de las legiones, el águila. El lugar era bastante passoliniano pero la imagen hacía pensar en la batalla de Adrianópolis –ese gran desastre militar-, el ascenso de los godos y la caída del imperio romano. Probablemente era el efecto de viajar a Roma con Santiago Castellanos, doctor en Historia por la Universidad de Salamanca, profesor de Historia Antigua en la de León y novelista autor de la reciente Barbarus (Ediciones B, 2015), en la que se relatan los dramáticos sucesos que condujeron al asedio y saqueo de la gran urbe, caput mundi, por Alarico y sus visigodos en el 410.  full article>

 

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

Psalm 82:3-4 (NIV)

 

September 21, 1976: Chilean Exile Orlando Letelier Is Assassinated in Washington, DC

By Richard Kreitner

September 20, 2015, © The Nation

On this day in 1976 former foreign minister of Chile Orlando Letelier was assassinated by a car bomb, along with one of his assistants, in Washington, DC. Letelier had served as one of the principal advisers to ousted Chilean President Salvadore Allende. He was killed by the Chilean secret police with potentially crucial assistance, as subsequently reported in The Nation by the late Saul Landau, from US intelligence. Just a month before he was killed, Letelier—then a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies—published a remarkably prescient article in The Nation titled "Economic 'Freedom's' Awful Toll: The Chicago Boys in Chile," which described the interlocking political and economic tendencies of what we now know as neoliberalism as it was propagated in his home country, after the General Augusto Pinochet's 1973 coup, by American economists and "technical advisers."  full article>

 

I did not join the resistance movement to kill people, to kill the nation. Look at me now. Am I a savage person? My conscience is clear.

Pol Pot

 

Pol Pot

Who Was Pol Pot?

As head of the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot oversaw an unprecedented and extremely brutal attempt to remove Cambodia from the modern world and establish an agrarian utopia. While attempting to create this utopia, Pol Pot created the Cambodian Genocide, which lasted from 1975 to 1979 and caused the deaths of at least 1.5 million Cambodians out of a population of approximately 8 million.  full article>

 

It's not surprising to me that in a country born of racial genocide, the issue of race is still an open wound on the American soul. We haven't dealt with it.

Michael Moore

 

Israel Up in Arms Over the Corbyn Threat

by Neve Gordon

September 18, 2015, © Counterpunch

Following Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour's new leader, the news in Israel was bleak. "New Labor Leader in Britain: Anti-Zionist" read the headline of Yisrael Hayom, the most widely read newspaper in Israel, which is owned by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's longtime supporter, casino king Sheldon Adelson. The subtitle explained: "Bad Surprise: The newly elected head of opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, who in the past called for a dialogue with 'friends' from Hamas and Hezbollah, is known as a radical lefty, an admirer of Karl Marx."  full article>

 

The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity.

Lord Byron

 

No Indictments for New Jersey Officers Who Shot Black Man With Hands Up

By AJ Vicens

Aug. 20, 2015, © MotherJones

A New Jersey grand jury has decided not to indict two Bridgeton, New Jersey, police officers who shot and killed Jerame Reid in December 2014. Reid's death sparked protests in the town, about an hour south of Philadelphia, as the national conversation about police shootings of black men intensified in the months after Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri.  full article>

 

What atonement is there for blood spilt upon the earth?

Aeschylus

 

The Met, the Myth: Searching for Noah Syndergaard's Viking Roots in Denmark

By SAM BORDEN and TIM ROHAN

SEPT. 18, 2015, © The New York Times

HADERSLEV, Denmark — More than 120 years ago, Simon Hansen Sondergaard left this town in southwest Denmark for the United States. He settled in Iowa, along with four of his five siblings, where he farmed and raised a family.  full article>

 

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.

Mark Twain

 

Mia Couto's "Pensativities: Essays and Provocations"

Reviewed by Kristine Rabberman

Couto's life and his oeuvre speak to the power of a widened understanding of the world, one that revels in connections between modes of thought and states of being, one that illustrates the power of a life lived across boundaries. He's a biologist and conservationist who publishes widely across genres, including journalism and lectures, children's literature and short stories, award-winning novels and scientific reports. Since winning the 2014 Neustadt Prize and being named a finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize, Couto's international exposure has aided his goal to build bridges between communities through literature.  full article>

 

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Oscar Wilde

 

Why Is the 'Radical Pope' About to Canonize a Priest Who Helped Enslave and Murder Native Americans?

By Richard Kreitner

September 18, 2015, © The Nation

Earlier this summer, to great fanfare, Pope Francis apologized for the Catholic Church's role in the colonial invasion of the Western Hemisphere and the violent subjugation of its indigenous inhabitants. "Many grave sins were committed against the Native people of America in the name of God," he told a gathering in Bolivia. "I humbly ask forgiveness, not only for the offense of the church herself, but also for crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America."  full article>

 

Fortunately, the time has long passed when people liked to regard the United States as some kind of melting pot, taking men and women from every part of the world and converting them into standardized, homogenized Americans. We are, I think, much more mature and wise today. Just as we welcome a world of diversity, so we glory in an America of diversity -- an America all the richer for the many different and distinctive strands of which it is woven.

Hubert Humphrey

 

Donald Trump and the Ghosts of Totalitarianism

by Henry Giroux

September 18, 2015, © Counterpunch

In the current historical moment in the United States, the emptying out of language is nourished by the assault on the civic imagination. One example of this can be found in the rise of Donald Trump on the political scene. Donald Trump's popular appeal speaks to not just the boldness of what he says and the shock it provokes, but the inability to respond to shock with informed judgement rather than titillation.   full article>

 

There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100 % Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.

Theodore Roosevelt

 

Ellsberg Seeks Justice for Vanunu

September 12, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

Famed Defense Department whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says Israel should cease its nearly three-decade-old persecution of Mordechai Vanunu, the former nuclear technician who exposed the existence of Israel's clandestine nuclear program in 1986 and was jailed for 18 years.   full article>

 

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

 

How George W. Bush Destroyed the Temple of Baal

by GARY LEUPP

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015, © Counterpunch

First he bombed mercilessly, cruelly grinning throughout. Costumed in a flight suit, he proclaimed a "Mission Accomplished" after he had, with what they call "bipartisan support" (as though this lends some sort of legitimacy), destroyed the modern country of Iraq.

George W. Bush destroyed Iraq's infrastructure, its institutions, its ruling party and its army. Then he destroyed its social fabric, which had permitted widespread Sunni-Shiite intermarriage and religiously integrated neighborhoods.   full article>

 

Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it... Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.

Will Rogers

 

West 'ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria's Assad step aside'

Julian Borger and Bastien Inzaurralde

Tuesday 15 September 2015, © The Guardian

Russia proposed more than three years ago that Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, could step down as part of a peace deal, according to a senior negotiator involved in back-channel discussions at the time.

Former Finnish president and Nobel peace prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari said western powers failed to seize on the proposal. Since it was made, in 2012, tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions uprooted, causing the world's gravest refugee crisis since the second world war.  full article>

 

We must take positions. Our weakness in the West is born of the fact of so-called 'objectivity.' Objectivity does not exist - it cannot exist!... The word is a hypocrisy which is sustained by the lie that the truth stays in the middle. No, sir: Sometimes truth stays on one side only.

Oriana Fallaci

 

 

(Relator Enojado) Boca 0 San Lorenzo 1 (Boca de Seleccion) Torneo de Primera Division 2015

El gol y el final con relato de Daniel Mollo Boca de Seleccion Radio Cooperativa

 

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

Abraham Lincoln

 

Mentir o morir

David Trueba

8 SEP 2015, © El País

No estamos habituados a mirar la vida desde la perspectiva de la desesperación. Pero estar tocados por la suerte no nos tiene que hacer olvidar que ese lugar existe y está muy poblado. Cuando el escritor Céline, en su relato del naufragio humano titulado Viaje al fin de la noche,escribió aquello de que la verdad es una agonía que nunca termina, se colocaba en esa perspectiva y concluía que la única opción de supervivencia se resumía en mentir o morir.   full article>

 

A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.

Pope Francis

 

Wall Street and the Military are Draining Americans High and Dry

by William Edstrom

September 2, 2015, © Counterpunch

The United States (US) government often cites $18 trillion as the amount of money that they owe, but their actual debts are higher. Much higher.  full article>

 

Common sense is not so common.

Voltaire

 

The ruling class rules by purchasing politicians

Posted by Jim Hightower

September 8, 2015, © Jim Hightower

Congratulations, Mr. & Ms. Middle Class America – you're all the rage in the present presidential contest!

Jeb, Hillary, and all the rest – even The Donald – say their campaigns are all about YOU. Well, don't look now, but after each one promises that they'll do the most for the Great Mass of the Middle Class –sshhhhh – they disappear into to the shadows and scurry off to schmooze with the little group of Americans they truly love: The super-rich, who're shoveling the big bucks into nearly every presidential pretender.  full article>

 

We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction

Aesop

 

Schumer's Troubling Mideast Record

By Jonathan Marshall

August 31, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

If Congress derails the hard-won "P+5" nuclear deal with Iran, much blame will fall to powerful New York Sen. Charles Schumer, the first Senate Democrat to join the partisan Republican congressional majority in opposing President Obama's landmark foreign policy achievement.  full article>

 

We are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our own body, which is doomed to decay and dissolution and which cannot even do without pain and anxiety as warning signals; from the external world, which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless forces of destruction; and finally from our relations to other men. The suffering which comes from this last source is perhaps more painful than any other.

Sigmund Freud

 

La primera en llegar a la Plaza

Martes, 1 de septiembre de 2015, © Página/12

Pepa Noia, una de las fundadoras de Madres de Plaza de Mayo, murió a los 94 años. El 13 de octubre de 1976 su hija María Lourdes –de 29 años– fue secuestrada junto con su marido en Constitución. Pepa fue una de las catorce mujeres que se reunieron el sábado 30 de abril de 1977 a las cuatro y media de la tarde en la Plaza de Mayo para reclamar por sus hijos desaparecidos.  full article>

 

The discovery of nuclear reactions need not bring about the destruction of mankind any more than the discovery of matches

Albert Einstein

 

Smokey the Climate Scientist

Mark Fiore, © The Progressive

It always amazes me that climate deniers can still call global warming a hoax when looking at hotter temperatures, dying forests and increasing wildfires. Millions of burning acres are a little more obvious to most than calving glaciers or seas rising by centimeters.  full article>

 

Israel's Thug at the UN

by Jonathan Cook

August 25, 2015, © Counterpunch

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

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

 

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

Tahar Ben Jelloun

 

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

by Mark Kernan

August 20, 2015, © Counterpunch

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

 

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

Bertolt Brecht

 

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

Jane Goodall

 

Boston Police unveil name of new K9

Aug 21, 2015, © WHDH.com

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

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

 

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

Lord Byron

 

Julian Bond, Colleague and Inspiration

Clarence Lusane, © The Progressive

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

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

 

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

Albert Einstein

 

Iran Is Not the Greatest Threat to World Peace

By Noam Chomsky

August 20, 2015, © The Nation

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

 

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

Albert Einstein

 

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

By Jonathan S. Landay

Thursday, 20 August, 2015 © truthout

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

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

 

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

Albert Einstein

 

South Africa's Russian nuclear dream boat

Dominique Doyle

August 17, 2015, © Greenworld

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

 

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

Albert Einstein

 

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

Bill Vaughan

 

The Apache vs. Rio Tinto

Nick Kimbrell

July 31, 2015, © The Nation

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

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

 

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

Abraham Lincoln

 

Neocons Falsify Iraq War 'Lessons'

By Paul R. Pillar

August 15, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

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

 

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

Greek Proverb

 

The Water is Filled with Tears: River Guardian Carlos Chen

Thursday, July 30, 2015, © International Rivers

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Joyce Kilmer

 

This Is the Real Cost of Coal

By Robinson Meyer

Fri Aug. 14, 2015, © Mother Jones

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

 

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

Joseph Campbell

 

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

By TAMI SHEHERI, TOM BERMAN and ALEXA VALIENTE

Aug 13, 2015, © abcnews.com

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

 

PiPi

 

Exposing Nixon's Vietnam Lies

By James DiEugenio

August 10, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

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

 

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

Noam Chomsky

 

American Democracy Has to Do Better Than This

By William Greider

August 6, 2015, © The Nation

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

 

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

Noam Chomsky

 

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

By Christian Appy

Tuesday, 04 August 2015, © TomDispatch

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

 

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

T. S. Eliot

 

El río Colorado se tiñe de amarillo

Rosa Jiménez Cano

10 AGO 2015, © El País

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

 

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

Noam Chomsky

 

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

Aldrich Ames

 

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

by John Pilger

July 31, 2015, © Counterpunch

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

 

Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal?

Jean Renoir

 

Fox Stacked The

Deck For Walker In Debate, Walker Still Lost

8/09/15, © Crooks and Liars

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

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

 

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

Albert Einstein

 

Lessons on the 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Amitabh Pal, © The Progressive

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

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

 

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

John le Carre

 

 

Our latest release

SPRING 2016

$4 MONTHLY SPECIAL

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

 

Mike Davis's tale of teenage teamwork and discovery is filled with scientific wonder, coming-of-age intrigue, and potent lessons on the fruits of collaboration and friendship.

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In Other Words

 

Nothing in life is to be feared.

It is only to be understood.

—MARIE CURIE

 

Nothing is easier than to

denounce the evildoer;

nothing is more difficult

than to understand him.

—FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

 

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

—SOR JUANA INÉS DE LA CRUZ

 

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.

—MARCUS AURELIUS

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

Words

 

Words are like days:

coloring books or pickpockets,

signposts or scratching posts,

fakirs over hot coals.

 

Certain words must be earned

just as emotions are suffered

before they can be uttered

- clean as a kept promise.

 

Words as witnesses

testifying their truths

squalid or rarefied

inevitable, irrefutable.

 

But, words must not carry

more than they can

it's not good for their backs

or their reputations.

 

For, whether they dance alone

or with an invisible partner,

every word is a cosmos

dissolving the inarticulate

 

Yahia Lababidi

Conquered people tend to

be witty.

Saul Bellow

Hijos de la Selva

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

Alix Lambert

© PERCEVAL PRESS