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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, ©

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


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





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, ©

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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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.



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.



The Mideast's Humpty Dumpty Problem

By Graham E. Fuller

October 22, 2015, ©

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




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.



Las lecciones del Holocausto


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


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.



Pasión y muerte de Companys


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, ©

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, ©

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?



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


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, ©

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


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.



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



Schumer's Troubling Mideast Record

By Jonathan Marshall

August 31, 2015, ©

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, ©

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

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


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

Lord Byron


Julian Bond, Colleague and Inspiration

Clarence Lusane, © The Progressive

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

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


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

Albert Einstein


Iran Is Not the Greatest Threat to World Peace

By Noam Chomsky

August 20, 2015, © The Nation

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


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

Albert Einstein


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

By Jonathan S. Landay

Thursday, 20 August, 2015 © truthout

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

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


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

Albert Einstein


South Africa's Russian nuclear dream boat

Dominique Doyle

August 17, 2015, © Greenworld

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


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

Albert Einstein


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

Bill Vaughan


The Apache vs. Rio Tinto

Nick Kimbrell

July 31, 2015, © The Nation

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

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


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

Abraham Lincoln


Neocons Falsify Iraq War 'Lessons'

By Paul R. Pillar

August 15, 2015, ©

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


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

Greek Proverb


The Water is Filled with Tears: River Guardian Carlos Chen

Thursday, July 30, 2015, © International Rivers

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Joyce Kilmer


This Is the Real Cost of Coal

By Robinson Meyer

Fri Aug. 14, 2015, © Mother Jones

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


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

Joseph Campbell


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


Aug 13, 2015, ©

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




Exposing Nixon's Vietnam Lies

By James DiEugenio

August 10, 2015, ©

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


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

Noam Chomsky


American Democracy Has to Do Better Than This

By William Greider

August 6, 2015, © The Nation

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


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

Noam Chomsky


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

By Christian Appy

Tuesday, 04 August 2015, © TomDispatch

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


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

T. S. Eliot


El río Colorado se tiñe de amarillo

Rosa Jiménez Cano

10 AGO 2015, © El País

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


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

Noam Chomsky


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

Aldrich Ames


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

by John Pilger

July 31, 2015, © Counterpunch

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


Is it possible to succeed without any act of betrayal?

Jean Renoir


Fox Stacked The

Deck For Walker In Debate, Walker Still Lost

8/09/15, © Crooks and Liars

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

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


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

Albert Einstein


Lessons on the 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Amitabh Pal, © The Progressive

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

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


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

John le Carre


The Disastrous Neocon Mindset

By Paul R. Pillar

August 6, 2015, ©

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


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

Pope Francis


Otra agrupación exige a Macri una respuesta

04/08/2015, © Mundo Azulgrana

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


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

By Julia Lurie

Mon Aug. 3, 2015, © MotherJones

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


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

Kurt Vonnegut


Proud "partners" corporatize our parks

July 30, 2015, © Jim Hightower

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


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

Theodore Roosevelt


Don't TPP on me

Monday, August 3, 2015, © Jim Hightower

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


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

Henry David Thoreau


30 Things You Didn't Know About Rivers

By Peter Bosshard

Thu, 07/16/2015, © International Rivers

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

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

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


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

Edward O. Wilson


Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem

19 August 2012, © The Guardian

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


Plans to Destroy a Palestinian Village

July 31, 2015, ©

By Alon Ben-Meir

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


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

by James Marc Leas

July 23, 2015, © Counterpunch

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


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


JULY 29, 2015, © The New York Times

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




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

Milan Kundera


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

Ellen DeGeneres


Organic Valley at the Crossroads

Marc Eisen

July, 2015 © The Progressive

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


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

By Natalie Tejeda

Jun 26, 2015, ©

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


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

Abraham Lincoln


Magdeline Norwood Arrested for Cruelty to Animals

July 7, 2015, ©

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


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

January 29, 2015, © The Enquirer

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


When man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.

Lakota proverb


Police arrest suspect in animal cruelty case

June 2, 2015, ©

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


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

JULY 23, 2015, © Democracy Now


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


Mas sólo estoy aquí para matar.


Ibn Al-Arrafat

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


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

George Orwell


Seeking War to the End of the World

By Robert Parry

July 19, 2015

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


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

George Orwell


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


JULY 16, 2015, © Counterpunch

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


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

Miguel Hernández


No fue el demonio, fue Blaquier

Por Alejandra Dandan

Domingo, 19 de julio de 2015, Página/12

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


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

George Orwell


Elizabeth Warren Just Issued a Major Challenge to All Presidential Contenders

By George Zornick

JULY 17, 2015, © The Nation

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


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

Horacio Quiroga


Xavi Hernández: "Tranquilo, Luis, está Iker"

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

14/07/2015, © La Vanguardia

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


Olimpiadas contra la discriminación


14 JUL 2015, © El País

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


When Giving Is All We Have


(One river gives

Its journey to the next.)



We give because someone gave to us.

We give because nobody gave to us.


We give because giving has changed us.

We give because giving could have changed us.


We have been better for it,

We have been wounded by it-


Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,

Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.


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

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


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

Mine to yours, yours to mine.


You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.

Together we are simple green. You gave me


What you did not have, and I gave you

What I had to give-together, we made


Something greater from the difference.


Alberto Ríos, 1952



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


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


Omar Sharif


Omar Sharif

Goodbye, dear friend.


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


JULY 10, 2015, © The New York Times

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


Help Billy Zoom Kick Cancers Butt

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

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

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

It's the punk rock thing to do.

Exene, John, DJ, and Mike


Maldita vergüenza


09/07/15, © El País

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



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

Perceval Press will be closed from 3-12 July.


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

Herschel Walker


America's Denial of Its Own History


JUNE 26-28, 2015, © Counterpunch

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


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


Saturday 20 June 2015, © The Independent

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


And As It's Going


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


Anna Akhmatova


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

Tom Engelhardt

June 21, 2015, © TomDispatch

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


I Murder Hate


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


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


Robert Burns


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


15 MAI 2015, © Libération

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


The Young Soldier

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


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


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


Wilfred Owen


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

Otto von Bismarck


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

June 22, 2015

by Bill Moyers and Bernard Weisberger

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


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

George Bernard Shaw


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

by Juan Cole

June 1, 2015,

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


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

Noam Chomsky


Nuevas escuchas sobre el oscuro manejo del fútbol

22/06/2015, ©

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


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

Pope Francis


Pope Francis Calls for Urgent Action to Fight Climate Change

By Jaweed Kaleem

Thu Jun. 18, 2015, © Mother Jones

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


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

Pope Francis


Francisco, el nuevo teólogo de la Tierra

Juan Arias

18 JUN 2015, © El País

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


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

Pope Francis


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

Stephanie Kirchgaessner

Thursday 18 June 2015, © The Guardian

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


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

Pope Francis





Dear Christopher,

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

With love and admiration,
Lille Viggo

 Christopher Lee


Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93

Benjamin Lee and Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Thursday 11 June 2015, © The Guardian

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

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


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

Andrew Griffin Author Biography

June 8, 2015, © The Independent

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

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


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

Thomas Hobbes


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

June 8, 2015, © Disinformation

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


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

Bertrand Russell


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

Bryan Schatz

Tue Jun. 9, 2015, © Mother Jones

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


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

George Bernard Shaw


Samso, l'île danoise aux énergies vertes

Par Pierre Le Hir

15.05.2015, © LE MONDE

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


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



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


June 5-7, 2015, © Counterpunch

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

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


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

Melina Mercouri


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

Robert Fisk

Friday 05 June 2015, © The Independent

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


Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

William Shakespeare


Se pasan la pelota

Por Gustavo Veiga

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

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


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

Marcus Aurelius


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

Friedrich Nietzsche


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

May 27, 2015, © Democracy Now

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




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

Katherine Mansfield, (Miss Brill)


Blocking a Nuclear-Free Mideast

By Paul R. Pillar

May 25, 2015, ©

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


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

Julian Assange


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

By David Corn

May 19, 2015, © Mother Jones

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


Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?


May 25, 2015, © Counterpunch

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

Permanent War

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


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

Sun Tzu


How the right is kiiling the humanities

May 24, 2015, © Undernews

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


In war, truth is the first casualty.



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


May 20, 2015, © Media Matters

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


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

—Polish proverb


Watch: Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love

By Mark Fiore

May 22, 2015, © The Progressive

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


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

Oscar Wilde


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

Mark Hertsgaard

May 21, 2015, © The Nation

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



Our latest release



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


Many cultures converge and challenge each other in the poetry of Hinemoana Baker-most obviously, her parents' Maori and Pakeha ancestries. The need to belong-to the extended and nuclear family-is at odds with the equally pressing need to be an individual in the world.

Back in stock!

In Other Words


Nothing in life is to be feared.

It is only to be understood.



Nothing is easier than to

denounce the evildoer;

nothing is more difficult

than to understand him.



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



We must make haste then,

not only because we are daily

nearer to death, but also

because the conception of

things and the understanding

of them cease first.


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



Words are like days:

coloring books or pickpockets,

signposts or scratching posts,

fakirs over hot coals.


Certain words must be earned

just as emotions are suffered

before they can be uttered

- clean as a kept promise.


Words as witnesses

testifying their truths

squalid or rarefied

inevitable, irrefutable.


But, words must not carry

more than they can

it's not good for their backs

or their reputations.


For, whether they dance alone

or with an invisible partner,

every word is a cosmos

dissolving the inarticulate


Yahia Lababidi

Conquered people tend to

be witty.

Saul Bellow

Hijos de la Selva

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

Scott Wannberg

Poetry, edited by S.A. Griffin