America the Beautiful: A Fire Sale for Foreign Corporations
Dr Brian Moench
Tuesday, 10 July 2012, © Truthout
This may be one of the most important stories ever ignored by the so-called "lame-stream, liberal" media. It's unlikely you're losing sleep over US trade negotiations, but the unfolding business agreement among the US and eight Pacific nations -the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - should cause every US citizen, from the Sierra Club to the Tea Party to get their pitch forks and torches out of the closet and prepare to "storm the Bastille." . . .

The Silence on Global Warming
By Robert Parry
July 9, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
Something called a "derecho" – a fast-moving line of thunderstorms – strikes the Washington area knocking out power for days. Massive forest fires ravage Colorado. A record heat wave covers much of the country. The U.S. press treats these events as major stories, but two words are rarely mentioned: "global warming." . . .

Nichita Stanescu's "Wheel with a Single Spoke and Other Poems"
Reviewed by Andrew Seguin
© Words without borders
Part physicist and part naturalist, Romanian poet Nichita Stănescu was always a consonant lyricist. He had created an extraordinary body of work before his death in 1983. Just fifty years old when he died, he had published over a book a year between 1965 and 1971. . . .

Gaming An Iran War: How Washington Plans For Aggression
Posted by Danny Schechter
July 9, 2012, © disinfo.com
When we hear that the United States government is announcing a new policy, it is usually the result of a detailed process, a calculated weighing of options and scenarios in which planners seek to calculate the likely impact and reaction to policies they are advocating. . . .

Why George Will Is Wrong About Weather And Climate
JOCELYN FONG
July 10, 2012, © Media Matters
In December 2008 the Washington Post reported that AT&T and DuPont planned to lay off a combined 14,500 employees. The lead of the story said: "Need more proof that the recession is real? An onslaught of grim unemployment and layoff reports yesterday should dispel any lingering doubts." . . .

Nuclear Weapons Lab Underestimates Risk of Radiation Leak, Study Finds
By MIA STEINLE
Jul 10, 2012, © POGO
One of the nation's main nuclear weapons labs has sharply underestimated the amount of radiation that could leak from the facility as a result of an earthquake, according to a federal advisory panel. . . .

Un futbolista de la CAI es asesinado a sangre fría
Domingo 8 de Julio de 2012, © Patagónico
Andrés Gabriel Epul tenía 17 años y entrenaba con el plantel profesional de la Comisión de Actividades Infantiles. Jugaba de volante central y por sus condiciones personales era considerado un chico extraordinario, "muy centrado y respetuoso, de esos chicos que saben lo que quieren y que no tienen maldad para nada", resumió un allegado a la institución. . . .

Not having been given or been able to come up with a satisfactory response to the question I asked on this page on 24 November of 2008, I repost it below. If anyone has a good answer, I'm all ears:

Citizen's Question:
With the numerous individuals that Barack Obama has already brought onboard to be part of his presidential governing team clearly being either directly responsible for or permissive of outrageous financial fraud in banking and other institutions - including his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel - or active supporters of the war in Iraq and an approach no less "hawkish" than that of the current Republican administration with regard to Pakistan, Iran, and foreign policy in general - including his Vice-President Joe Biden and his probable Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - how can we possibly expect anything other than a continuation of the U. S. government's pursuit of ultra-violent imperialism and rapacious, class-warfare capitalism?

Thanks,
Viggo Mortensen.

Theo Francos, 68 años con una bala pegada al corazón
Natalia Junquera
5 JUL 2012, © El País
Theo Francos vivió 98 años, los últimos 68 con una bala alojada en el tórax, a escasos milímetros del corazón, que le dispararon en la II Guerra Mundial, en Holanda, en un pelotón de fusilamiento. "Oí el comienzo del tableteo de las metralletas y me dejé caer. Todo se volvió negro. Entonces se produjo el milagro. La bala que debía haberme tocado el corazón fue amortiguada y desviada por una insignia metálica de paracaidista que llevaba en el uniforme. Gravemente herido, caí en la fosa con mis compañeros muertos", relató a la fotógrafa Sofía Moro en su libro Ellos y nosotros. "Los alemanes no nos remataron ni nos cubrieron de tierra y cal, sino que decidieron dejarlo para el día siguiente. Segundo milagro. Antes de su llegada, al alba, se produjo el tercer milagro. Una pareja de campesinos holandeses pasó por delante de la fosa para empezar su jornada de trabajo en el campo. Eran de la Resistencia. Sorprendidos, descubrieron la carnicería y observando los cuerpos vieron que uno entre ellos se movía todavía un poco. Era yo". . . .

Argentina close to verdict on junta's alleged theft of death-camp babies
Uki Goni, in Buenos Aires
Wednesday 4 July 2012, © The Guardian
After 12 years and hundreds of hours of testimony an Argentine court is finally poised to pass judgment on former dictators accused of orchestrating the "theft" of hundreds of babies born to political prisoners in the 1970s. . . .

Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir dies at 96
By Jonathan Lis
Jun.30, 2012, © Haaretz
Yitzhak Shamir, the prime minister who opposed compromise with the Palestinians in the 1980s and '90s, died Saturday at 96. Shamir, a militant against British rule in the prestate period, was the country's second longest-serving prime minster after David Ben-Gurion. . . .

Yitzhak Shamir, Former Israeli Prime Minister, Dies at 96
By JOEL BRINKLEY
June 30, 2012, © New York Times
Yitzhak Shamir, who emerged from the militant wing of a Jewish militia and served as Israel's prime minister longer than anyone but David Ben-Gurion, promoting a muscular Zionism and expansive settlement in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, died Saturday at a nursing home in Tel Aviv. He was 96. . . .

Yitzhak Shamir: the Well-Liked Terrorist
By Nima Shirazi
July 2, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
Sometimes terrible people live long lives. Such is the case with Icchak Yezernitsky, a Russian-born racist, terrorist and eager ethnic cleanser who is better known to the world as former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. Shamir died on June 30 at a Tel Aviv nursing home from Alzheimer's Disease at the ripe old age of 96. One can only wonder if he had forgotten all the war crimes he committed. . . .

When Corporations Are Answerable Only to Themselves
by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
July 02, 2012, © Counterpunch
Information has been leaked about the Trans Pacific Partnership, which is being negotiated in secret by US Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Six hundred corporate "advisors" are in on the know, but not Congress or the media. Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate trade subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the TPP, has not been permitted to see the text or to know the content. . . .

The Economy of Blood
What the Market Does to Our Souls
by ALAN NASSER
June 28, 2012, © Counterpunch
We live in new times. For about thirty years American capitalism featured a small but not insignificant concession to social democracy, what we are taught to call "the welfare state", in which government contributed to the provision of a degree of material security which the market alone cannot provide. Watered-down quasi-Keynesian economic policy provided social benefits that gave most Americans a standard of living higher than ever before. That arrangement has been under severe attack since the Carter administration as the social has been drastically reduced and material insecurity has soared. We are promised more of the same into the future. . . .

A un naranjo y a un limonero

Naranjo en maceta, ¡qué triste es tu suerte!
Medrosas tiritan tus hojas menguadas.
Naranjo en la corte, ¡qué pena da verte
con tus naranjitas secas y arrugadas!.

Pobre limonero de fruto amarillo
cual pomo pulido de pálida cera,
¡qué pena mirarte, mísero arbolillo
criado en mezquino tonel de madera!

De los claros bosques de la Andalucía,
¿quién os trajo a esta castellana tierra
que barren los vientos de la adusta sierra,
hijos de los campos de la tierra mía?

¡Gloria de los huertos, árbol limonero,
que enciendes los frutos de pálido oro,
y alumbras del negro cipresal austero
las quietas plegarias erguidas en coro;

y fresco naranjo del patio querido,
del campo risueño y el huerto soñado,
siempre en mi recuerdo maduro o florido
de frondas y aromas y frutos cargado!

Antonio Machado

How the US Rendered, Tortured and Discarded One Innocent Man
Clara Gutteridge
June 27, 2012, © The Nation
In fall 2009, I found myself in a Tanzanian hotel lobby, sitting across from Suleiman Abdallah, a lanky man with a goofy smile and a broken tooth. Over the next few days, he would describe in excruciating detail how he had been captured in Mogadishu in 2003 by a Somali warlord and handed over to American officials, who had him rendered via Kenya and Djibouti to Afghanistan for five years of detention and torture. Imprisoned in three different US facilities, Suleiman had been unceremoniously released from Bagram Air Force Base the year before, with a piece of paper confirming his detention as well as his innocence. By the time I met him, he was a free man, living with his mother and attempting to rebuild his life. . . .

Could I but ride indefinite,
As doth the meadow-bee,
And visit only where I liked,
And no man visit me,

And flirt all day with buttercups,
And marry whom I may,
And dwell a little everywhere,
Or better, run away

With no police to follow,
Or chase me if I do,
Till I should jump peninsulas
To get away from you,—

I said, but just to be a bee
Upon a raft of air,
And row in nowhere all day long,
And anchor off the bar,—
What liberty! So captives deem
Who tight in dungeons are.

Emily Dickinson

___________________

CAGONES DE OROcristiano ronaldo

El comportamiento arrogante y resentido de Cristiano Ronaldo en la Eurocopa 2012 no es nuevo. Le hemos visto pasear su narcisismo casi sin parar desde que vino al Real Madrid. Los hinchas merengues que prefieren las tradiciones más nobles con respecto a la manera de jugar, ganar y perder han tenido que aguantar cada vez más la altivez y los pataleos infantiles de este jugador. A muchos simpatizantes del equipo de Casillas, Zidane, Raúl, Juanito, Hierro, Puskas, DiStefano, etc. -- y me incluyo entre estos -- nos da asco el comportamiento egoísta y vanidoso de Cristiano. Cuando él jugaba para el Manchester United, Ferguson lo manejaba con correa bien corta, pero el maestro escocés no siempre pudo controlar al niño mimado. Véase, por ejemplo, la falta de respeto (y ayuda) a sus compañeros de Cristiano en la final de la Champions de 2009 que perdió el Manchester United contra el soberbio Barcelona de Messi. Ahí también, como siempre, el portugués mostró ser muy mal perdedor.

cristiano ronaldo

Su compatriota Mourinho, que lo dirige en el Real Madrid, le permite infinitas tonterías y una consistente falta de esfuerzo colectivo. Parece que no se empeña en hacer más que mirarse en el espejo, quejarse, pedir atención mediática y premios - pedir en general que todas las miradas y los elogios sean para él. Es un gran ejemplo de preparación y condición física, eso sí. Es veloz, es ágil, es fuerte, sabe regatear, es capaz de pasar la pelota bien. Podría ganar ese segundo Balón de Oro del que tanto habla, podría ganarlo sin la más mínima auto-promoción si fuera un verdadero jugador de equipo y más deportivo en su conducta personal en la cancha. Para que esos cambios sucedan algún adulto responsable tendrá que hacer un gran esfuerzo para enseñarle a comportarse como un jugador grande y un caballero, si es que ya no es demasiado tarde. Mourinho no lo hará porque es igual de egoísta y mal perdedor que Cristiano Ronaldo. Mourinho no es un caballero, y no busca caballeros. Los rehuye.

En el partido de semifinales entre Portugal y España, Cristiano se portó con el egoísmo y las chulerías que lo caracterizan, y no supo mostrar ni un poco de humildad o dignidad al perder. No me sorprendería si fuera un poco menos frustrante para él la derrota de Portugal que no poder lanzar el último penalti de su equipo como había exigido para chupar foco e intentar ser el héroe mediático de la noche. Fracasada su estrategia, este Cagón De Oro abandona la cancha sin adiós ni gracia, como le ha enseñado Mourinho a él y al Real Madrid (contagiando hasta el equipo de baloncesto del club, cuya falta de nobleza se vio hace poco cuando fueron derrotados por el Barcelona). Con tantos compañeros "merengues" supuestamente amigos en el equipo contrario, lo correcto hubiera sido saludar, felicitar y despedirse bien de los españoles después del intenso partido. Como la gran mayoría del equipo de Portugal se portó casi tan mal como él, no se notó tanto como en otras ocasiones la notable falta de educación de Cristiano Ronaldo. Hubo una excepción para destacar: Pepe, compañero de Cristiano en el Real Madrid, sorprendió al no seguir el pésimo ejemplo del 7 y el resto de los portugueses cuando cruzó la cancha para a felicitarlo a Casillas y a otros del equipo español por la sufrida victoria. Pepe jugó muy duro, como suele hacerlo, haciendo bastante "teatro" para compensar por sus entradas fuertes como siempre, pero luchó y perdió muy bien. Para Cristiano ese sería un ejemplo a seguir.

También sería un ejemplo a seguir para Paulo Bento, el técnico de Portugal, y su selección. Casi les salió la estrategia "Mourinhana" de acosar al árbitro todo el partido (y toda la semana en los medios de comunicación) para así conseguir una leve ventaja psicológica sobre el referí turco que les permitiría dar patadas y jugar a lo burro casi todo el partido. Casi.

Esto no era necesario, como no lo es para el Real Madrid. Es una actitud, una ideología muy fea - de tramposos, de paranoicos amargados , de malos perdedores - que a veces trae victorias pero nunca te puede llevar a ser un digno campeón. Tanto la selección de Portugal en la Eurocopa 2012 como el Real Madrid de los últimos dos años (o la Holanda de las mil patadas que vimos en la final del último mundial) han tenido de sobra el talento para jugar bien y limpio. Los técnicos de estos equipos y los que los contrataron han elegido el fútbol feo y tramposo, y se lo exigen a sus jugadores. Es bastante evidente que a veces la conducta machiavelica da resultados y copas. Lo cierto es que siempre da vergüenza.

Felicitaciones a Vicente Del Bosque y a su selección por el gran torneo que están haciendo como deportistas y como personas educadas en la Eurocopa 2012.

vicente del bosque

—Viggo Mortensen

La foto que no fue
Avanzaba la tanda y empecé a sospechar que algo raro ocurría. El mejor pateador, el mejor futbolista y el máximo protagonista no era el primero de la lista
Santiago Solari
28 JUN 2012, © El País
La segunda vez que vi The Shining (El Resplandor), de Stanley Kubrick, no tuvo el mismo efecto la famosa escena en la que la protagonista, Wendy, encuentra primero en una hoja sobre la máquina de escribir y luego en los cientos de páginas de la novela que supuestamente escribía su marido la misma frase repetida maniáticamente una y otra vez. El horror psicológico ya no era tal. . . .

Return to Freedom: Action Alert
(202) 224-3121 an ask to be connected to your representative.
Calls Needed Today!
On Tuesday, June 26th, the US House of Representatives will be voting on the FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Please call your representatives in the House today and urge him or her to KEEP the Moran Amendment, which restores the ban on horse slaughter in the US. . . .

The Snakes Of September
All summer I heard them
rustling in the shrubbery,
outracing me from tier
to tier in my garden,
a whisper among the viburnums,
a signal flashed from the hedgerow,
a shadow pulsing
in the barberry thicket.
Now that the nights are chill
and the annuals spent,
I should have thought them gone,
in a torpor of blood
slipped to the nether world
before the sickle frost.
Not so. In the deceptive balm
of noon, as if defiant of the curse
that spoiled another garden,
these two appear on show
through a narrow slit
in the dense green brocade
of a north-country spruce,
dangling head-down, entwined
in a brazen love-knot.
I put out my hand and stroke
the fine, dry grit of their skins.
After all,
we are partners in this land,
co-signers of a covenant.
At my touch the wild
braid of creation
trembles.
Stanley Kunitz

Caruso preserva a Romagnoli
21 de junio de 2012, © Espndeportes
BUENOS AIRES -- El director técnico de San Lorenzo, Ricardo Caruso Lombardi, ensayó sin el mediocampista Leandro Romagnoli en el equipo titular de una práctica formal de fútbol, desarrollada en el Nuevo Gasómetro, de cara al partido del domingo próximo con San Martín de San Juan, por la última fecha del torneo Clausura 2012. . . .

"Sé que muchos quieren a San Lorenzo en la B, como periodistas o algunos dirigentes de la AFA"
Por: Ezequiel Rivero
20/06/2012, © mundoazulgrana
San Lorenzo entrenó en Ezeiza a puertas cerradas, pero luego de la práctica Leandro Romagnoli se prestó al diálogo en TyC Sports donde apuntó con munición gruesa aunque sin dar nombres: "Sé que muchos quieren a San Lorenzo en la B, como periodistas o algunos dirigentes de la AFA". . . .

LeBron James 3.0
El alero del Heat ha demostrado en las Finales que su juego ha evolucionado
Por Bruno Altieri
20 de junio de 2012 , © ESPNdeportes.com
El Heat ganó el cuarto partido de las Finales y la estadística anima a la sentencia: ningún equipo en la historia de la NBA que se puso 3-1 arriba perdió luego el campeonato (30-0). . . .

Admissions on Nixon's 'Treason'
By Robert Parry
June 14, 2012, © Consortiumnews
Republicans have long bristled at allegations that Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign helped sink Vietnam peace talks to win the election, but Nixon's Asian counterparts – both in Saigon and Washington – have been much more open about the collaboration, what President Lyndon Johnson privately called "treason." . . .

Teófilo Stevenson, Cuban Boxing Great, Dies at 60
By RICHARD GOLDSTEIN
June 12, 2012, © New York Times
Teófilo Stevenson, one of the greatest amateurs in boxing history, the winner of three Olympic gold medals for Cuba and a national hero who shunned the prospect of turning pro, possibly fighting Muhammad Ali and becoming rich in the United States, died on Monday in Havana. He was 60. . . .

American Horror Story
By MAUREEN DOWD
June 12, 2012, © New York Times
Standing a few feet away from Jerry Sandusky, as he laughed and reminisced with friends in the front row of the courtroom, made me want to take a shower. . . .

Fallece el cubano Teófilo Stevenson
11 de junio de 2012, © Espn Deportes
LA HABANA -- Teófilo Stevenson, el hombre que una vez dijo que prefería el cariño de sus compatriotas cubanos que recibir millones de dólares para saltar al boxeo profesional, ha fallecido. . . .

The climate change deniers: influence out of all proportion to science
The Heartland Institute's recent shaming has put the denialist camp on the defensive. But they've already done massive harm
Bill McKibben
Monday 4 June 2012, © The Guardian
It's been a tough few weeks for the forces of climate change denial.
First came the giant billboard with Unabomber Ted Kacynzki's face plastered across it: "I Still Believe in Global Warming. Do You?" Sponsored by the Heartland Institute, the nerve center of climate change denial, it was supposed to draw attention to the fact that "the most prominent advocates of global warming aren't scientists. They are murderers, tyrants, and madmen." Instead, it drew attention to the fact that these guys had over-reached, and with predictable consequences. . . .

Qué Dicen
02-06-2012, © Mundoazulgrana
Los guardianes
Romeo, Romagnoli y Migliore apoyan el proyecto para volver a Boedo. Y ya se apuntan para el fideicomiso. . . .

No-han! Santana twirls first no-no in Mets history
Ace lefty dominates Cardinals while throwing career-high 134 pitches
By Steven Miller
6/2/2012, © MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Even before history was made at Citi Field on Friday, Terry Collins knew that Johan Santana was his hero. . . .

The Moral Challenge of 'Kill Lists'
By Ray McGovern
May 30, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
In an extraordinary article in Tuesday's New York Times, "Secret 'Kill List' Proves a Test of Obama's Principles and Will," authors Jo Becker and Scott Shane throw macabre light on the consigliere-cum-priestly role that counterterrorist adviser John Brennan provides President Barack Obama. . . .

Obama's Wisconsin Betrayal
by ANDREW LEVINE
May 30, 2012, © Counterpunch
When all else fails, Obama apologists conjure up what FDR is supposed to have said to some of his liberal supporters: "I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it." In the early days of the Obama presidency, this was a call to action. It quickly degenerated into a blame-the-victims excuse. . . .

San Lorenzo, no hay nada igual a vos
El periodista e hincha de San Lorenzo Eduardo Bejuk expresó en un artículo dirigido a su padre sus emociones luego de la histórica victoria ante Newells
29/05/2012, © Mundo Azulgrana
Soy un niño, soy un loco. Mirá cómo lloro, mirá cómo corro, y me abrazo, me arrodillo, rezo, vuelo, beso el CASLA transpirado de angustia y perfumado de amor y me trepo, puteo, lloro, lloro, lloro tanto y como un niño, como un loco, y de repente camiseta de piqué, mi vieja, su sonrisa mirando cómo juego a la pelota todos los santos días con la misma camiseta rota, gastada, azulgrana, y los posters que pegué, los escudos que dibujé, las bufandas que me tejieron, los gorritos que arrugué por amor a vos, Ciclón de mi vida, y vos llorás, no sé quién sos pero llorás, cuervo y loco, me abrazás, me besás, rodás conmigo y sos mi hermano, sos un loco, testigo apostólico de la enésima resurrección del San Lorenzo de todos los milagros de mi corazón, . . .

New Voice for Jailing Bank Execs
In a new book, Predator Nation, Charles Ferguson (who directed the Oscar-winning film "Inside Job") says banking executives implicated in the fraud that devastated the economy in 2008 should go to jail, a position applauded by Danny Schechter, who has long advocated the same.
By Danny Schechter
May 29, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
The circle of those of us crusading for a jail-out of banksters – and not another bailout for them – is widening. Our newest member is Charles Ferguson, director of the film "Inside Job," who is out with a new must-read book, Predator Nation, documenting and detailing how the financial elite and its values took over our culture and country. . . .

"The thoughts we choose to act upon define us to others, the ones we do not define us to ourselves."
Yahia Lababidi

Robert Fisk: The West is horrified by children's slaughter now. Soon we'll forget
Tuesday 29 May 2012, © The Independent
Bashar al-Assad will get away with it. He got away with Deraa. He got away with Homs. And he'll get away with Houla. So will the armed opposition to the regime, along with al-Qa'ida and any other outfits joining in Syria's tragedy. Yes, this may be the critical moment, the "tipping point" of horror, when Baathist collapse becomes inevitable rather than probable. And dear Mr Hague may be "absolutely" appalled. The UN, too. We all are. . . .

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

_____________________

Freedom

And an orator said, "Speak to us of Freedom."

And he answered:

At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom,

Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them.

Ay, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.

And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment.

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief,

But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.

And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour?

In truth that which you call freedom is the strongest of these chains, though its links glitter in the sun and dazzle the eyes.

And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?

If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.

You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them.

And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their won pride?

And if it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you.

And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.

Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.

These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling.

And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light.

And thus your freedom when it loses its fetters becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom.

Khalil Gibran

_____________________

"Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire."
Abbie Hoffman

Nuits blanches à Montréal
Par Perrine Leblanc
28.05.2012, © LE MONDE
Je suis de nature prudente. Sans vouer un culte au consensus, je n'aime pas la confrontation et l'ardeur des débats. Il me faut davantage de temps pour trouver les mots justes. Le roman me convient, j'aime moins décrire le monde qui m'entoure que le refaire dans la solitude de l'écriture, dans le confort du temps élastique de la fiction. . . .

"Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be."
Jose Ortega y Gasset

Haneen Zoabi La pasionaria arabe israélienne
Laurent Zecchini, dimanche 27 mai 2012
© Le Monde
Elle est une écharde dans le corps poli­tique d'Israël - cer­tains diraient même une tique -, indé­cro­chable, ancrée à la Knesset, le Par­lement. Ce n'est pourtant pas faute de tenter de l'en extirper, par des motions, des votes et des recours en justice, parfois même manu militari. Les Juifs disent d'elle que c'est une teigne et une ter­ro­riste, et les Arabes israé­liens, les Pales­ti­niens, la regardent avec un mélange d'admiration et de jalousie : Haneen Zoabi incarne un courage poli­tique et une pug­nacité rares. . . .

Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it.
Noam Chomsky

Les pervers narcissiques, prédateurs impitoyables
Par Martine Laronche
26.05.2012, © LE MONDE
Il avance toujours masqué. Il repère sa proie et ne la lâche plus. Enjôleur, compréhensif, attentif, il est à l'écoute de sa bien-aimée, qui, dit-il, est tout pour lui. Il la séduit, se rend indispensable, propose le mariage. La victime est comblée. Prise au piège, elle ne va pas tarder à déchanter. Le masque tombe, plus ou moins vite. L'homme qu'elle a épousé se révèle être un prédateur de l'amour. Docteur Jekyll et Mr. Hyde. Il humilie sa proie, la dévalorise, la culpabilise, la harcèle, provoquant les disputes, mais jamais en public. C'est un champion de la manipulation. Elle craint ses sautes d'humeur, ses colères. Elle fait tout pour arranger les choses. Mais rien n'y fait. Ce scénario est typique du "pervers narcissique". . . .

"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."
Emile Zola

It's Back to 1980, With the JCS Auctioning Off the Presidency From the Pentagon Battlements
by ALEXANDER COCKBURN
May 25-27, 2012, © Counterpunch
Let me whisk you to 1980 on one of Obama's miracle drones.
In the right-center we had incumbent President Jimmy Carter, derided as a man of peace, el wimpo. . . .

With Control of Drone Strikes, Is Counterterror Chief John Brennan the U.S. "Assassination Czar"?
Thursday, May 24, 2012, © Democracy Now
President Obama's counterterrorism chief John Brennan is heading up a new team to determine who should be targeted by armed U.S. drones overseas. The newly revealed procedure for drone attacks means Brennan's staff consults the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies before ultimately deciding who will be targeted. One official said there is growing concern over "how easy it has become to kill someone" under the administration's drone strike policy. We speak with investigative blogger Marcy Wheeler of the website, "Empty Wheel." "I think we're now calling Brennan the 'assassination czar,'" she says. Wheeler disputes the government's assertion the drone attacks are finely targeted, noting that it is unclear who the targets really are and that civilians have been killed. . . .

Our Silent Spring
Fifty years after Rachel Carson's warning call, have we learned anything?
BY Molly Bennet
May 21, 2012, © In These Times
Fifty years ago, America was on its way to being the kind of place few species would want to inhabit. Toxic waste flowed into rivers, soot floated out of smokestacks and pesticides were driving some species to the brink of extinction. Then, amid the turbulence of the 1960s and early 1970s, people began to realize that the earth might be something worth protecting. The result was our modern framework of environmental advocacy and regulation: Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency and passed landmark legislation like the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act; advocacy groups like Greenpeace, Environmental Defense Fund and the National Resources Defense Council were born; and older organizations like the Sierra Club were reinvigorated. On April 22, 1970, about 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day. The healing began. . . .

Senate Advances Expanded, "Orwellian" Gov't Surveillance with FISA Amendments, CISPA
May 24, 2012, © Democracy Now
The Senate is closer to renewing controversial measures that critics say would allow the emails and phone calls of U.S. citizens to be monitored without a warrant. The Select Committee on Intelligence has voted to extend controversial amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that were set to expire at the end of this year. "What we’re asking is that they slow down this process and start first with the question: What type of information are they picking up? How many Americans are being affected? What is the government doing with it?," says Michelle Richardson of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has sued over the U.S. government’s surveillance practices, saying agencies would be able to tap their communications with clients and sources overseas. . . .

Israël : la tentation du statu quo
Par Gérard Chaliand
21.05.2012, © Le Monde
Il n'est pas sans risque de dresser un état des lieux dans le conflit qui oppose, depuis les lendemains de la guerre de 1967, Israël et les Palestiniens, chargé par l'hostilité constitutive de pays arabes ne reconnaissant pas l'Etat juif et celle de l'Iran des mollahs qui prétend vouloir sa disparition. . . .

El riesgo del fútbol roto
MARCOS BALFAGÓN
22 MAY 2012, © El País
A los que creen que el fútbol es un arte ahora por el azar, pero sobre todo por el dinero, no les ha podido extrañar que al final de la Champions más rara de la historia reciente se hubiera impuesto el fútbol roto, o rompedor, del Chelsea. De esa manera, rompiendo el fútbol donde este nace, el equipo inglés que ahora ha batido al Bayern en la tanda de penaltis, derrotó en la semifinal al Barcelona. Y el Bayern acabó con el Real Madrid también gracias al más azaroso de los avatares del balompié. Frente al imponderable del catenaccio, que la modernidad no ha podido arrinconar, y ante la evidencia de que un penalti depende hasta del ruido en un estadio, no importan ni la estrategia, ni la táctica, ni siquiera el humor de entrenadores o de futbolistas. . . .

Aquí los verdugos, aquí las víctimas
José María Izquierdo
18 MAY 2012, © El País
Hay quien asegura que las películas de terror más angustiosas no son aquellas en las que el espectador se ve amenazado por un violento y viscoso monstruo, repleto de dientes, garras y otros atributos igual de agresivos. Mayores tormentos causan las que saben reflejar cómo un intangible pero decidido espíritu maligno impregna la historia que carcome poco a poco la estabilidad de los protagonistas, que al final apenas si tienen fuerzas para mostrar su desesperación con un grito aterrador. The end. . . .

Qué Dicen
19-05-2012, © Mundoazulgrana
San Lorenzo No Afloja . . .

Brave New World, Brave New Majority
by ALEXANDER COCKBURN
May 18-20, 2012, © CounterPunch
The news is in. White births are no longer a majority in the United States. The Bureau of the Census confirms that non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 of all births in the year ending July, 2011, while minorities including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race — reached 50.4 percent. . . .

Process of Extermination
'The Spanish Holocaust,' by Paul Preston
By ADAM HOCHSCHILD
Published: May 11, 2012, © The New York Times
In "Homage to Catalonia," his memoir of the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell remarks that Francisco Franco's military uprising against Spain's elected government "was an attempt not so much to impose fascism as to restore feudalism." Paul Preston's magisterial account of the bloodshed of that era bears this out. Fascism may belong to the 20th century, but Franco's grab for power evokes earlier times: the parading soldiers who flourished enemy ears and noses on their bayonets, the mass public executions carried out in bullrings or with band music and onlookers dancing in the victims' blood. . . .

Human Rights, Not So Pure Anymore
By SAMUEL MOYN
Published: May 12, 2012, © The New York Times
THE international commotion around the blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng aroused memories of earlier dissidents like Andrei D. Sakharov and Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, the Eastern bloc heroes of another age who first made "international human rights" a rallying cry for activists across the globe and a high-profile item on Western governments' agendas. . . .

Gay Marriage – It May Destroy Western Civilization, But It Sure is a Wonderful Fundraiser
by ALEXANDER COCKBURN
May 11-13, 2012, © Counterpunch
It started with lesbian couples in Vermont in the mid-90s, freaked out they'd lose their babies. Vermont Freedom to Marry was born, and is now the most powerful Democratic organization in the state, most certainly responsible for the victory of Gov. Peter Shumlin, elected in Nov 2010 and, nine months later, the first sitting governor in the United States to preside over a same-sex wedding ceremony. . . .

Ganar y pedir disculpas
9 de mayo de 2012, © Espn deportes
El boxeo olímpico nunca estuvo tan en peligro como cuando finalizaron los Juegos de Seúl. El disparador fue un fallo absurdo que escandalizó a todos. Ocurrió en la final por la medalla dorada de la categoría mediano junior, entre el norteamericano Roy Jones Junior y el local Park-Si-Hun. Cuando el combate terminó, no cabía duda alguna de la superioridad de Jones, pero el fallo fue en su contra. Tanto, que el entonces presidente del comité Olímpico Internacional, Juan Antonio Samaranch, proyectó eliminar al boxeo de las competencias. . . .

ExxonMobil's Dirty Secrets, from Indonesia to Nigeria to Washington: Steve Coll on "Private Empire"
Monday, May 7, 2012, © Democracy Now
We continue our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Steve Coll, author of the exhaustive book, "Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power." He examines the controversial role ExxonMobil has played in Afghanistan and Indonesia, where it operated lucrative gas fields amidst a bloody war for independence. Coll also discusses the corporate giant's involvement in the controversial natural gas drilling process known as "fracking" and the role its lobbyists could play in the upcoming U.S. election. Click here to see part one of this interview. . . .

 

Valdano: "No alabar al Barcelona es de mediocres"
07/05/12, © Marca.com
Jorge Valdano ha tildado de "mediocre" a aquellas personas del mundo del fútbol que "no" se dignan a "alabar al Barcelona", a la vez que no ha tenido problema alguno en reconocer que su 'verdugo' en el Real Madrid, José Mourinho, "es pragmático y tiene una relación indiscutible con el éxito". . . .

Last Reactor of 50 in Japan Is Shut Down
By MARTIN FACKLER
May 5, 2012, © The New York Times
TOKYO — Japan's last operating reactor was taken offline Saturday, as public distrust created by last year's nuclear disaster forced the nation to at least temporarily do without atomic power for the first time in 42 years. . . .

"La Inquisición del siglo XXI"
-Henry Kamen
(El Mundo, 25/4/2012)
El mes pasado tuvieron lugar las celebraciones por el bicentenario de la primera Constitución española, la de 1812. Sin embargo, apenas se ha recordado un tema muy controvertido que ocupó a las Cortes de Cádiz en las semanas posteriores. En abril de aquel año, una violenta polémica estalló y terminó en la abolición de la Inquisición unos meses más tarde. Este año de 2012 se cumple el bicentenario de la publicación de las obras históricas que hicieron posible aquello. Me refiero al trabajo del canónigo Juan Antonio Llorente, quien publicó en Madrid en 1812 sus Anales de la Inquisición de España, en dos volúmenes, y Memoria Histórica sobre cuál ha sido la opinión nacional de España acerca de la Inquisición. Éste último sirvió como principal fuente de información para los diputados en las Cortes cuando llevaron a cabo la abolición. . . .

How US Hubris Baited Afghan Trap
By Robert Parry
May 3, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
President Barack Obama's decision to extend the U.S.-Afghan strategic relationship through 2024 was driven, in part, by one of Official Washington's most cherished myths – that the United States abruptly abandoned Afghanistan in 1989 and must not make that mistake again. . . .

Testamento de Sabato, año 99 + 1
Winston Manrique Sabogal Madrid
1 MAY 2012, © El País
"De tanto representar pensamientos de importancia, la larga carrera de Sabato tiene, a lo que parecieran años luz una de la otra, pocas novelas: El túnel, Sobre héroes y tumbas y Abaddón el exterminador. No más. Tiene demasiadas cosas que ser y pensar y representar para conformarse con ser sólo un novelista", escribió José Donoso de Ernesto Sabato. . . .

Tucson Schools Slam Door on Ana Castillo
By Matthew Rothschild
April 30, 2012, © The Progressive
The public school administrators in Tucson have taken censorship to new heights. . . .

Robert Fisk: The Children of Fallujah - families fight back
Friday 27 April 2012, © The Independent
"He needs multiple surgery outside Iraq. It's a dysfunctional problem. He has no hearing in his left ear. They told me he has to be six before they can remove cartilage from his chest wall to put in his ear. All operations have to be outside Iraq to beautify the ear and give him his hearing." . . .

Whistleblower: The NSA is Lying–U.S. Government Has Copies of Most of Your Emails
Friday, April 20, 2012, © Democracy Now
National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reveals he believes domestic surveillance has become more expansive under President Obama than President George W. Bush. He estimates the NSA has assembled 20 trillion "transactions" — phone calls, emails and other forms of data — from Americans. . . .

Robert Fisk: The Children of Fallujah - the hospital of horrors
Thursday 26 April 2012, © The Independent
The pictures flash up on a screen on an upper floor of the Fallujah General Hospital. And all at once, Nadhem Shokr al-Hadidi's administration office becomes a little chamber of horrors. A baby with a hugely deformed mouth. A child with a defect of the spinal cord, material from the spine outside the body. A baby with a terrible, vast Cyclopean eye. Another baby with only half a head, stillborn like the rest, date of birth 17 June, 2009. Yet another picture flicks onto the screen: date of birth 6 July 2009, it shows a tiny child with half a right arm, no left leg, no genitalia. . . .

As Obama Expands Drone War, Activists & Victims' Advocates Join D.C. Summit on Growing Civilian Toll
Friday, April 27, 2012, © Democracy Now
Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar, who represents families of civilians killed in U.S. drone strikes, was finally granted a visa to enter the U.S. this week after a long effort by the State Department to block his visit. He has just arrived in Washington, D.C., to attend the "Drone Summit: Killing and Spying by Remote Control," organized by human rights groups to call attention to the lethal rise in the number of drone strikes under the Obama administration. Obama argues U.S. drone strikes are focused effort at people who are on a list of active terrorists and have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties. . . .

Robert Fisk: The Children of Fallujah - Sayef's story
Wednesday 25 April 2012, © The Independent
For little Sayef, there will be no Arab Spring. He lies, just 14 months old, on a small red blanket cushioned by a cheap mattress on the floor, occasionally crying, his head twice the size it should be, blind and paralysed. Sayeffedin Abdulaziz Mohamed – his full name – has a kind face in his outsized head and they say he smiles when other children visit and when Iraqi families and neighbours come into the room. . . .

 

MOURINHO: MALÍSIMO PERDEDOR Y COBARDE.
AL FINAL NO SE QUEDÓ EN LA CANCHA PARA AGUANTAR LA DERROTA CON SU EQUIPO COMO UN HOMBRE.
NI UN SEGUNDO.
FALTA DE HONOR PERSONAL Y FALTA DE RESPETO
A SUS JUGADORES Y A LA HINCHADA.
UN CAGÓN COMPLETÍSIMO.
CASILLAS, EN CAMBIO, HA DADO LA CARA.
ES UN GRANDE Y UN CABALLERO,
DIGNO DEL ESCUDO QUE REPRESENTA.
FELICIDADES AL BAYERN Y AL MADRID
POR EL PARTIDO EMOCIONANTE.

Death on the Border: Shocking Video Shows Mexican Immigrant Beaten and Tased by Border Patrol Agents
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, © Democracy Now
A new PBS documentary exposes the tasing and beating death of a Mexican immigrant by U.S. border agents in California and has renewed scrutiny of what critics call a culture of impunity. In May 2010, 32-year-old Anastasio Hernández-Rojas was caught trying to enter the United States from Mexico near San Diego. He had previously lived in the United States for 25 years and was the father of five U.S.-born children. But instead of deportation, Hernández-Rojas's detention ended in his death. A number of border officers were seen beating him, before one tasered him at least five times. He died shortly afterward. . . .

The War on Women: Sex-Trafficking Edition
By Stephanie Mencimer
May/June 2012, © Mother Jones
Last December, at a contentious hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a group consisting almost entirely of men weighed in on women's health care. Millions of federal dollars were at stake. Two Obama officials were facing an inquisition. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.)—who wasn't even a member of the committee but was invited by chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to speak—was red-faced and practically shouting as he delivered his opening remarks: "The Obama administration's bias against Catholics is an affront to religious freedom and a threat to all people," he inveighed. . . .

The Largest, Most Important, Anti-Nuclear Protest You Don't Know About is in Southern India
Take action: Tell Indian officials to leave the protesters alone and to stop Kudankulam!
April 23 press release now posted below. Hunger strike to resume May 1.
© Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Dr. S.P. Udayakumar (Kumar to his friends) is a longtime leader in the peaceful resistance to nuclear power in India, as well as a leader in the NIRS/WISE international network. The Indian government has threatened to charge him with terrorism and "waging war" for his role in leading the nonviolent citizens movement against operation of the nearly-completed Kudankulam nuclear reactors in the Tamil Nadu section of India. . . .

Obama's failed relationship with Latin America
By Teo Ballve
April 23, 2012, © The Progressive
President Obama left the summit in Latin America with Washington more isolated than ever before.
The reason: The stubborn positions the United States takes on the drug war and on Cuba. . . .

US to defend Afghanistan for decade after drawdown
By AMIR SHAH and HEIDI VOGT
Mon, Apr 23, 2012, © Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington has pledged in a newly agreed strategic pact to help defend Afghanistan militarily for at least a decade after the country formally takes control of its own security, an Afghan official said Monday. . . .

Self-Dealing and the War Service Industry, Part III: The Payoff
By Charles M Smith and Dina Rasor
Thursday, 19 April 2012, © Truthout
Ben Franklin suit(Image: Lance Page / Truthout)For the past two weeks, this column has outlined two scandals that took place early in the Iraq war concerning the now well-known Army contractor, Kellogg, Brown and Root, also known as KBR. Two government employees, Charles M. Smith (a co-author of this series of articles) and Bunny Greenhouse, both worked to prevent KBR, one of the largest war service industry contractors, from manipulating their government contracts to gain more money than what they earned. Both Smith and Greenhouse, long-term government employees, were thwarted in their efforts to make sure that KBR did their job for the troops and the taxpayers; in repayment for their work on the matter, their careers were stymied. . . .

El fútbol castiga al Barça con la eliminación más injusta
FC Barcelona, 2 - Chelsea, 2
Ricard López
24.04.2012, © Sport.es
Resulta difícil explicar cómo el Barça pudo tirar por la borda una eliminatoria en la que fue tan infinitamente mejor que su adversario. El Chelsea del Camp Nou fue igual que el de la ida en Stamford Bridge. Un equipo rácano, cobarde, mísero. Su táctica ultraconservadora le llevó a defenderse con todos sus futbolistas dentro, o bien al borde, del área de Cech. Así, sin reparos. Es increíble cómo, haciendo tan poco, pudo marcar tres goles en 180 minutos. Y, para hacer más doloroso el castigo, los tres con el tiempo casi cumplido. El Barça se complicó la vida de mala manera después de haber remontado el 1-0 de la ida poniéndose 2-0 en el marcador. Pero, como ocurrió el sábado ante el Madrid, la alegría duró muy poco. El Barça fue de regalo en regalo, perdonó en el peor momento y le dio vida a un rival que estaba, literalmente, contra las cuerdas. . . .

_________________________________

Como dijo el "Niño" Torres,

"el fútbol es así, no siempre gana el mejor".

Torres

No cabe duda que el Barça era el mejor dotado para estar en la final de la Champions. Hubiera sido justo verle defender su título en el último partido del torneo. Pero la vida no es justa muchas veces. Hay que destacar la nobleza de Pep Guardiola después del partido, como saludó al equipo técnico del Chelsea, y también a la gran hinchada Culé aplaudiendo a su equipo. Terry es un pelotudo y mereció la roja y perderse la final y todos los partidos de sanción que se le quiera dar.

Petr Cech, sos un grande.

Lío, vos no tenés la culpa de nada. Lindísimo tu pase para el gol de Iniesta, y las muchas otras muestras de tu gran talento en este partido. Dale, "Pulga", dale - te queremos más que nunca.

GRACIAS AL FÚTBOL CLUB BARCELONA POR SU CORAJE Y SU DIGNIDAD.

FCB

Robert Fisk: The Baghdad street of books that refuses to die
Saturday 14 April 2012, , © The Independent
Saad Tahr Hussein rushes me through the narrow alleyway towards Mutanabbi Street, where the concrete wall in front of the central bank hems in the pedestrians. About a thousand Iraqis briefly see – or don't notice – the sly shade of a Brit as he stumbles down the alley. Then, in the square where the statue of old Marouf al-Rasafi, poet and history-debunker under British colonial rule, glares at the crowds, we turn left into the street of books. . . .

Why Paul Krugman is Full of Shit
by ROB URIE
April 23, 2012, © Counterpunch
Late last week Princeton University economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote a piece on his NY Times blog that history will view as the best evidence to appear in at least several decades of the utter irrelevance of mainstream economics. The piece purported to respond to a Wall Street Journal editorial by Mark Spitznagel in which Mr. Spitznagel argued broadly the Austrian economists' line that all government spending favors one group over another and more specifically that the Fed's Quantitative Easing (QE) programs of recent years favor banks and the rich. . . .

Koch Brothers Exposed
Katrina vanden Heuvel
April 23, 2012, © The Nation
With an unflinching investigative look at the Koch brothers' money and power, Brave New Films has once again created a film full of rollicking and rigorous facts that informs and challenges corporate media with the truth. The latest in a series of tough and sharp social justice films—check out Rethink Afghanistan, WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price and Sick for Profit—Koch Brothers Exposed should be a wake-up call for people across the political spectrum to take action to halt the selling off of our democracy. . . .

Robert Fisk: Iraq's road back from oblivion
Memories of sectarian war, kidnapping and child killing are fading. It is safer. But nine years since Saddam's fall, Robert Fisk meets many who feel they have lost their homeland
Tuesday 24 April 2012, © The Independent
"Al-Qa'ida killed two of our men here two days ago," the cop said. "Then they called us up to tell us the name of their operation – on a police radio!" We were standing in rebuilt Fallujah, where the police request all foreigners to call by for an escort. We got six, one wearing a ski mask. You get the idea. As a police colonel said later: "Al-Qa'ida (is) still here, they are a nuisance, to me personally when I have to move around the city. But they are not what they were." . . .

 

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Falleció José María Martínez
23/04/2012, © mundoazulgrana
En la noche del domingo el Departamento de Prensa de San Lorenzo de Almagro informó que falleció José María Martínez, entrenador de la novena división de Fútbol Juvenil y coordinador de infantiles. . . .

La 9ª, de diez
SAN LORENZO
© Olé
La categoría más chica de Inferiores del CASLA goleó ¡10-0! a Independiente Rivadavia de visita.
En su cruce ante Independiente Rivadavia, cinco de las seis categorías del Ciclón vencieron (sólo perdió la Séptima, 2-0). Pero el triunfo más rimbombante lo consiguió la Novena, en Mendoza. El equipo que dirige José María Martínez goleó ¡10-0! a la Lepra. Germán Berterame y Mariano Peralta convirtieron tres tantos cada uno, Maximiliano Méndez clavó un doblete, y Ortiz y Kevin Daneri culminaron la gran faena. Otras galletas: la Cuarta ganó 4-2 (Medina, Torres, Navarro y Catalán) y la Quinta venció 4-0 (Prieto, Franco Martínez, Montoya y Héctor Villalba). La Sexta logró un 3-1 y la Octava festejó 1-0. . . .

 

Crow

SOBREVUELOS
"Lo que el viento no se llevó"*
(5/4-14/4)

*(ESTA ENTREGA SE CUELGA ACÁ EN PERCEVAL PRESS PORQUE LA PÁGINA WEB DEL CASLA ESTÁ SIENDO RECALIBRADA. DISCULPAS A LOS CUERVOS POR LA DEMORA -- ESPERO QUE LLEGUEN A VER ESTO. LA PRÓXIMA SE COLGARÁ EN SANLORENZO.COM.AR)


VIGGO:
Querido hermano cuervo, te escribo después de la partida de Madelón, y después del fuerte temporal que pasó por la ciudad deportiva. Algunos se preguntan (yendo a lo fácil con total falta de respeto a las familias de los argentinos que murieron a causa de la tormenta) si esto no es simplemente más mala suerte de un sufrido San Lorenzo de Almagro. Para mí que estos vientos son la suerte de todos, y la parte buena la tenemos que buscar juntos. No somos el único club ni la única casa que han sido afectados por el temporal, pero los que se fueron al Bajo Flores para ayudar a limpiar y arreglar lo que podían en nuestra ciudad deportiva representan lo mejor del hincha cuervo, y de los socios de nuestro club. Esa es la pasión que llevamos adentro, la que nos va a sacar de este y cualquier otro mal momento. Como sabrás, a pesar de los vientos que sacudieron a la ciudad deportiva, a la estatua tallada en madera de Lorenzo Massa que vigila la capilla no le pasó nada. También quedó intacto el moño azulgrana que se le había pegado al corazón el 1 de abril. Hay ciclones y ciclones...

Statue

Agradezco a los cuervos que han ayudado a limpiar los vidrios rotos y otros destrozos causados a la capilla Lorenzo Massa por la tormenta. Aunque no puedo estar con ellos ahora mismo, haré lo que pueda para asegurar que se arreglen los vidrios, bancos, etc.

Hablamos frecuentemente de nuestra pasión azulgrana, ese sentimiento que parece diferenciar a los cuervos de otros hinchas -- para mí es como un hilo de lucha quijotesca, un interminable drama existencial que forma parte de nuestras vidas. Para los que no saben lo que es San Lorenzo -- o que no les importa -- seguro sue les parece algo absurdo, infantil la pasión azulgrana. Para vos ¿qué es? ¿de donde viene? Leonardo Carol Madelón como jugador, al igual que sus compañeros "Camboyanos" jugaron con una intensidad que era una pesadilla para los equipos contrarios, y que levantó contínuamente los ánimos de la hinchada de San Lorenzo. Se le recuerdan a él y a sus compañeros como campeones del aguante y la tenacidad. ¿Es esa la pasión azulgrana? Como técnico, él ha trabajado, en mi opinión, con iguales medidas de templanza y tosudez, especialmente al insistir en la grandeza histórica de San Lorenzo y el honor que es para cualquier jugador salir a la cancha con la remera del CASLA. ¿Esa es la pasión? Ahora nos hemos tenido que despedir de él como técnico del CASLA, pero para mí sigue siendo una referencia muy positiva. No fue afortunado en los últimos partidos que dirigió, pero siempre tuvo ganas y paciencia en una situación bastante jodida, con un equipo que no cuenta con tantos jugadores sobresalientes como en otros tiempos. Todos han dado lo mejor de si, pero la suerte no los va acompañando en este torneo. Es lo que hay ahora. Cambiará, y para eso hay que ser positivos y seguir, como siempre, apoyando al equipo.

Durante la época de los "camboyanos" la cosa también era durísima para los jugadores y para la hinchada. Más dura y a veces más deprimente que ahora. Pero lo que se recuerda es el coraje, el esfuerzo colectivo. Cuando llegaron a la semifinal de la Copa Libertadores en 1988 fue una hazaña casi tan impresionante como la campaña de San Lorenzo en 1982 para volver a la primera división. Los jugadores e hinchas cuervos de la segunda mitad de los '80 formaban juntos una tribu nómada, sin cancha, sin los medios adecuados para entrenar y jugar bajo las condiciones adecuadas de las que disfrutaban los otros equipos grandes. Como dijo Luis Malvárez, nuestro lateral derecho uruguayo de entonces, el que inventó el apodo "los camboyanos":

"Hoy jugamos para comprarle yogur a los pibes y el churrasco a la señora"

El futuro del Ciclón siempre será apasionado. De eso no cabe duda. Sabemos que la pasión no muere nunca en el cuervo de ley, pase lo que pase, sufra lo que sufra, pero ¿qué es eso? ¿De qué estamos hablando? ¿Del amor incondicional, de algo más allá de cualquier patriotismo o lealtad personal?

El profesor Ramón Carrillo (1906-1956) dijo algo interesante sobre la lealtad que me parece apto con respecto a los cuervos de todas las épocas:

"La Lealtad es cosa de la que todo el mundo habla y muy pocos la practican, por la sencilla razón de que no es una posición espiritual al alcance de todo el mundo, ni todo el mundo está preparado para ser leal."

También dijo estas cosas:

"Se requiere saber mucho, y conocer muchas cosas para ser leal; dentro del grupo de hombres inteligentes es donde cuesta más esfuerzo."

y

"La naturaleza humana no es buena ni mala; es neutra y está condicionada al grupo, al desarrollo mental, a las circunstancias, al medio y a las oportunidades."

carrillo
(Ramón Carrillo)

Un tipo interesante, el señor Carrillo, de Santiago del Estero. Te paso un poco de información biográfica que encontré en la web:

"Profesor, médico sanitarista, neurocirujano, neurobiólogo y político argentino, primer Ministro de Salud Pública que tuvo la Argentina e impulsor de una innovadora y valiosa labor en el campo de la medicina. Ramón Carrillo nació en el seno de una familia de clase media, siendo el mayor de los once hermanos que componían la familia, de padre de nombre homónimo, profesor, periodista y político y madre María Salomé Gómez. Curso sus estudios primarios en la Escuela Normal "Manuel Belgrano" y tras finalizarlos ingresó en el Colegio Nacional de Santiago del Estero, finalizando sus estudios en 1923 y recibiendo una medalla de oro por su desempeño. En 1924 Ramón Carrillo se trasladó a Buenos Aires para ingresar en la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas de Buenos Aires, obteniendo por concurso el cargo de practicante en el Hospital Nacional de Clínicas en 1927 y recibiéndose en 1929 con una nueva medalla de oro por su desempeño. Entre 1930 y 1933 realizó estudios de posgrado en Ámsterdam (Países Bajos), París (Francia) y Berlín (Alemania), volviendo a la Argentina en plena Década Infame (período que en 1930 con el golpe de Estado cívico-militar que derrocó al Presidente Hipólito Yrigoyen y finaliza en 1943 con el golpe de Estado militar que derrocó al presidente Ramón S. Castillo). En 1937, Ramón Carrillo ingresó como profesor en la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas de Buenos Aires y tiempo después fundó y a partir de 1944 dirigió el Instituto Nacional de Neurocirugía. En 1944 fue elegido Consejero de la Facultad de Medicina y luego Decano Interino en 1945, además creó, organizó y fue el primer presidente de la Escuela de Posgraduados en la Facultad de Medicina, con orientación hacia la medicina social y preventiva. Ramón Carrillo fue además el fundador de la Sociedad Argentina de Historia de la Medicina e impulsor junto a colegas de Uruguay, Brasil y Chile, de los congresos Latinoamericanos de Neurocirugía. Trabajando en el Hospital Militar conoció al Coronel Juan Domingo Perón, paciente con quien compartía largas conversaciones y quien le insistía en involucrarse en política. Con la llegada a la presidencia de Juan Domingo Perón (1946-1952), Ramón Carrillo fue confirmado al frente de la Secretaría de Salud Pública, que posteriormente se transformaría en el Ministerio de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social de la Nación. Entre las numerosas contribuciones de Ramón Carrillo como servidor público, se destacan la erradicación de enfermedades endémicas como paludismo, la creación de hospitales y policlínicos, disminución notable de índices de mortalidad por tuberculosis y enfermedades venéreas y reducción drástica del índice de mortalidad infantil. En julio de 1954, Ramón Carrillo renunció a su cargo antes de que el segundo gobierno de Juan Domingo Perón fuera derrocado (1955), debiéndose exiliar tiempo después a Brasil y muriendo en la pobreza."

 

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FABIÁN:

Querido Viggo: me acordé anoche de una propaganda que salió hace unos años en Brasil y causó polémica. No me acuerdo qué se promocionaba pero sí que la protagonizaba Diego Maradona. En la tanda en cuestión, Maradona estaba soñando que tenía puesta la camiseta de la Selección Brasileña, y se despertaba horrorizado: entonces, cuando se daba cuenta que sólo era un sueño, decía: qué pesadilla! Lo mismo dije yo anoche cuando vi que el que entraba con los jugadores del CASLA a la cancha era Caruso Lombardi. Mirá, Viggo, hace cuatro noches atrás a eso de las tres de la mañana sonó el teléfono. Guadalupe y yo dormíamos y ella atendió asustada. Una voz horrible le dijo: Hola Guadalupe. ¿Quién es?, dijo Guada. ¿No sabés quién soy? Guada cortó y me despertó. Llamé a la policía y la telefonista me preguntó si mi mujer era la que estaba en la guía. Le dije que sí. No te preocupes, son tipos que buscan por la guía y te llaman para extorsionarte. Si querés podés hacer la denuncia, pero aunque busquen el teléfono desde donde se hizo la llamada, seguro que es de un celular robado. Corté. Nuestra casa se había convertido, por la sugestión, en una casa de terror. La noche se volvió policial, paranoica. Uno no piensa bien en esos casos, son los momentos en que los pueblos buscando seguridad caen en el fascismo, y en los que los dirigentes, asustados, llaman a Caruso Lombardi. A diferencia de Thomas Pynchon, el escritor yanqui que nadie conoce ya que no permite que le saquen fotos y sólo apareció en un reportaje público por la t.v. con la condición que se le hiciera un efecto en la cara para que no se la viera, Caruso Lombardi desde que asumió, y aún antes, parece vivir dentro del aparato del televisor. Lo vi en los televisores del pasaje subterráneo de la línea D a las tres de la tarde, a la nochecita en la tele de un estacionamiento y por la noche en la tele de mi trabajo y en la esquina de Santa Fe y Callao en las enormes pantallas de una casa que vende televisores. Habla, habla, habla.

Pynchon
(Thomas Pynchon hace medio siglo)

El sábado por la noche, en mi cumpleaños, un íntimo amigo cuervo me decía que él pensaba que Caruso le iba a sacar la presión a los jugadores y que eso nos iba a favorecer. Después me explicó la teoría de los trece años ¿la sabés? Parece que San Lorenzo viene - desde el campeonato de Veira - saliendo champion cada trece años, lo que daría que el campeonato que viene, si nos salvamos del fantasma de la B, seríamos campeones, con Caruso, claro.

Lombardi
(Lombardi la semana pasada)

Caruso, en estas apariciones televisivas que casi lo convierten en un DT de reality, viene diciendo que le apuesta a los jugadores minicomponentes, plasmas, y demás objetos de confort. A mí eso me da vergüenza. Los jugadores son profesionales, cobran un sueldo y tienen que jugar por la lealtad al club y a la camiseta que se ponen. Pero Caruso parece que necesita hacer asistencialismo, como algunos políticos, para lograr apoyo y consenso. Ayer San Lorenzo jugó como un equipo chico, chiquito, pero la gran masa azulgrana aplaudió el punto. Recuerden que Caruso es el tipo que dijo que, de tener a Messi, lo ponía sólo en el segundo tiempo. ¿El fútbol no es un juego para arriesgar, ganar y divertirse? Besos, Viggo.

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VIGGO:

Hola Fabián,

Entiendo que Caruso Lombardi es un tipo controversial, que ha dicho y hecho cosas raras, a veces tontas. Como todos, qué se yo. La vida nos enfrenta con el supuesto enemigo una y otra vez. Frecuentemente nos encontramos cara a cara, inesperadamente, con los que no deseamos ver ni escuchar. Algunas veces las cosas cambian y llegamos a respetarlos. Otras veces no. Veremos si al final Lombardi es, parafraseando lo que dice el personaje de Gabriel Byrne en la mediocre película Enemigo Público de Tony Scott (1998), "increíblemente listo o increíblemente estúpido". Lo cierto es que él es nuestro nuevo técnico, así que tle deseo lo mejor en su faena con San Lorenzo para que trabaje bien. Lo que diga en los medios y lo que haga en su vida y en relación a otros equipos no me importa. Hablando de enemigos, hay otra cita genial de otra película bastante mediocre, El Padrino III (1990) de Francis Ford Coppola, dicha por el personaje de Al Pacino: "Nunca odies a tu enemigo. Afecta tu juicio". Suena como algo prestado de la cultura samurai. No digo que no sea un boludo Lombardi, pero a ver si tiene suerte.

Tenés razón -- Thomas Pynchon es uno de los pocos genios literarios que parece vivir completamente libre de los medios informativos y los críticos, y de la imagen pública que le han inventado. No parece interesarle en lo más mínimo. Capaz que en otra charla podemos hablar más de él y sus obras, si querés. Encontré esto en la web sobre Pynchon. Es bastante interesante. Creo que fue colgado por alguien que se llama Axel Lewis en 2010:


El decálogo de Thomas Pynchon

Hay escritores que detestan ejercer de escritores. Creen que la obra literaria se explica por sí misma, que todo lo que tienen que decir está contenido en sus novelas o en sus poemas, y rechazan entrevistas, premios, homenajes y cualquiera de las sevicias que impone la vida literaria. Desdeñan venderse a sí mismos como peponas de feria, el arduo self-marketing, la laboriosa producción de la propia presencia que forma parte enojosa e inevitable del oficio de escritor y que a menudo exige más tiempo, energía y determinación que la construcción de la obra artística.

Si hay escritores que no escriben (los bartlebys), también hay escritores que sólo escriben; no se hacen fotografías, no opinan en la prensa, no acuden a universidades de verano, no presentan libros de otros, no forman parte de jurados ni comités ni academias. Los grados de este rechazo van desde el huraño y misántropo (Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio) al misterioso (Maurice Blanchot) o al tímido (Julien Gracq).

Este rechazo a ejercer de personaje público tiene ejemplos extremadamente coherentes y espectaculares (hay quien los llama "patológicos"): Cormac McCarthy, J. D. Salinger, Thomas Pynchon.

De Pynchon no se conoce ninguna fotografía en los últimos cuarenta años. Sus editores no le han visto nunca la cara, y si le han dado premios ha mandado a falsos pynchon a recogerlos. Dicen que vive en Long Island y que está casado con una agente literaria de Nueva York. Que adora México. Pynchon se ha convertido en un pesonaje de culto, y el misterio que lo envuelve da lugar constantemente a numerosos bulos y rumores.

Pynchon

Marketing paradójico: cuanto más ocultas tu presencia más expectación creas en torno a ella.
En el prólogo a su libro de cuentos Un lento aprendizaje, Pynchon desgrana algunas reflexiones sobre el arte de escribir a propósito de estos cuentos de juventud que el Pynchon maduro cree cargados de defectos; una suerte de breve y lúcida poética que condenso en forma de decálogo:

Decálogo de Pynchon

1. Es erróneo comenzar con un tema, símbolo u otro agente unificador abstracto, y luego intentar que los personajes y acontecimientos se le adapten a la fuerza.

2. Sé demasiado conceptual, demasiado listo y remoto y tus personajes se morirán en la página.

3. Me guiaba por el lema "hazlo literario": un mal consejo.
4. Sin algún anclaje en la realidad humana, lo más probable es que uno se quede sólo con otro ejercicio de aprendiz.

5. Es una mala manera de escribir un relato: empezar con una acuñación termodinámica, los datos de una guía, y solo entonces intentar el desarrollo del argumento y los personajes. Esto es entenderlo todo al revés.

6. Entonces era joven, y me interesaba más confiar al papel una variedad de abusos, como el de escribir en un estilo recargado... Lo que puede ocurrir cuando uno emplea demasiado tiempo y energía sólo en las palabras.

7. Escribir sobre lo que se conoce. El problema es que en la juventud creemos saberlo todo, o mejor, desconocemos el alcance y estructura de nuestra ignorancia. Familiaricémonos con nuestra ignorancia, para no tener que echar a perder un buen relato.

8. Los aprendices, en todos los campos y épocas, desean ansiosamente ser viajeros.

9. El aprendizaje avanza continuamente.

10. Ya has practicado bastante. ¡Ahora escribe!

(THOMAS PYNCHON, Un lento aprendizaje, Barcelona, Tusquets, 1992. Traducción de Jordi Fibla)

-El escritor argentino Rodrigo Fresán tiene un magnífico artículo sobre Pynchon en el suplemento de libros del diario Página 12:

http://www.pagina12.com.ar/2000/suple/libros/00-09/00-09-03/nota.htm

Otra cosa, muy seria, es lo que les pasó a ustedes con la llamada telefónica. No solamente hay gente desgraciada que hace eso para aprovecharse y robar, pero también hay los "inocentes" o "buenos" que tienen el jodido trabajo de hacer llamadas a todo el mundo para venderles teléfonos, tarjetas de crédito y cualquier otra cosa. Si no venden cierta cantidad de productos o estafas, los echan nomás, así que insisten. Pero es malísimo con los ancianos y otras personas que a lo mejor no pueden defenderse. Yo me vuelvo loco cuando llaman a la casa de mi madre, pero trato de no insultar. Les digo que no llamen más, que no queremos nada de lo que quieren vender. Pero estas llamadas son fruto de una listas de llamadas que se hacen automáticamente, que se van renovando día a día como yuyos. Otra cosa para aguantar, y supongo que no es de las peores en esta vida. Como voy refiriéndome a películas, también pensé en Barabara Stanwyck en Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) de Anatole Litvak. No sé como se llama en castellano. Es buena. También está Burt Lancaster. ¿La viste? Bueno, como le pasó a Guadalupe el otro día, a Stanwyck le llega el miedo por teléfono. La mujer escucha una llamada que no tendría que haber escuchado entre dos hombres que están preparando un asesinato, incluso hablando de como se van a deshacer del cadáver después del crimen. Y, claro, termina metiéndose en un lío bárbaro. Resulta que estaban hablando de ella. Como padece de un parálisis y está sola, no puede hacer nada, solo esperar a que vengan por ella. Llama a la policía, a operadoras, y nadie le hace caso. Antes de ser película este cuento fue presentado en la radio en 1943 en el programa "Suspense", con la genial interpretación de Agnes Moorehead en el papel de Stanwyck. Me encanta Stanwyck como actríz. En Double Indemnity (1944) (creo que se llama "Perdición" en castellano) de Billy wilder, ella está sensacional y le ayuda a Fred MacMurray a dar la que probablemente es la mejor actuación de su carrera.

Stanwyck
(Barbara Stanwyck en Sorry, Wrong Number)

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FABIÁN:

Dear V: mirá, miré el partido con Racing extremadamente nervioso. Grité el gol como loco y me entusiasmé cuando casi lo ganamos en una de las últimas jugadas. Y no tengo ánimos golpistas. Pero no me gusta el dt y no puedo ocultarlo. No me gusta lo que el tipo hace, dice y representa. Y creo que es muy probable que el equipo zafe de la promoción. Pensaba lo mismo cuando lo dirigía Madelón, que lo iba a sacar de la promoción. A mí me dolió que Madelón decidiera bajar a Nereo Champagne y pusiera a Migliore cuando el primero realmente no había perdido el puesto en la cancha. ¿Entonces por qué lo hizo? Uno no está en la interna del plantel y realmente es difícil saber cosas que pueden haber hecho que Madelón se decidiera por uno y no por otro. Pero, Viggo, yo sentí ahí que el DT perdía piso, que a él le iba a terminar sucediendo lo mismo que le hizo a Champagne, que lo iban a correr motorizados por el miedo. A mí la vida íntima de Lombardi me importa tres pepinos, pero sí opino sobre sus apariciones públicas justo porque soy un hincha fanático del CASLA, de ese tipo de hincha más idiota que existe, el que no tiene más interés que ver a su equipo jugando con coraje y al ataque, como lo manda su tradición. La verdad, no me importa irme a la B si me voy, como decía Hemingway, con elegancia en el sufrimiento y, como decían los viejos legionarios romanos, "firmes y dignos". Yo no me hice de San Lorenzo porque salía campeón, me hice porque eran los colores del barrio donde nací y porque mi viejo (un tipo que me marcó profundamente) me llevaba a la cancha y me transmitía la pasión azulgrana.

Este sábado vi por la tele Volver al futuro, una película genial que me hizo llorrar. ¿por qué estaba llorando? Porque en la película el personaje que interpreta Michel Fox viaja al pasado por accidente y se inmiscuye en la vida íntima de sus padres cuando todavía no se conocían. El misterio de los padres es algo imposible de develar. Sólo conocemos la fábula que ellos nos cuentan y la experiencia de nuestra convivencia con ellos, pero cómo eran antes de nosotros, que anhelos tenían y que cosas lograron cumplir es difícil de descubrir. Esta película habla de la vida secreta de nuestros viejos y eso me mató. Encima, cuando la peli está terminando, el científico loco lo llama a Michael Fox y le dice que se va al futuro, Fox le pregunta ¿cuánto tiempo hacia adelante? Treinta años le dice el Doc. Entonces búsqueme, voy a tener cuarenta y siete años, le dice Fox. Eso me mató. Era la edad que yo estaba cumpliendo ese sábado mientras veía la película. Gastón Olmos, un gran amigo ilustrador y baterista de la banda platense 107 faunos me regaló un retrato de Jorge Rinaldi vestido con la ropa CASLA del Ciclón del Bambino recién ascendido. un cuadro hermoso. Un jugador descomunal la Chancha, algo que no se volvió a ver. Bueno Viggo, ojalá nos veamos pronto. si podés y los tiempos te dan, llamame al celular y la seguimos en privado. Gran abrazo!

 

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VIGGO:

Bueno, tenés toda la razón en lo de Madelón, me parece. No me gustó el pánico de esa partida. Aunque los blogs y gran cantidad de la hinchada lo quería echar, me parece que el club tendría que saber aguantado y pedido que Madelón se quedara. Podría haber seguido y creo como vos que hubiéramos zafado de la Promoción con él. Capaz que aflojo y me pongo demasiado manso con la llegada de Lombardi. No tengo ningún problema en decir las cosas como son desde mi punto de vista con respecto a la conducta de nuestros técnicos. A pesar de todo el fervor por Ramón Díaz, yo no quise verlo de nuevo como técnico de San Lorenzo. Como dije entonces, se va a portar mal y se va a ir mal como lo hizo la primera vez. Es lo que hizo. No me gusta nada la prepotencia y la falta de humildad que demostró cuando era nuestro técnico. Si Lombardi hace lo mismo voy a ser el primero en criticarlo. Me hubiera gustado que se quedará Madelón, pero estoy tratando de confiar en lo que puede hacer el equipo con (o sin) este técnico nuevo. La verdad es que me cuesta un poco entusiasmarme con él, pero no sé que otra cosa puedo hacer.Sé que vos también vas a hinchar como el cuervo que naciste y siempre vas a ser, pase lo que pase, y que hablás con el corazón.

Son hermosas las cosas que venís diciendo de San Lorenzo y de tu padre. Sabés quien sos, y eso es lo más importante y lindo a lo que uno puede aspirar. Si no sabemos quiénes somos, no servimos para nada ni a nadie. Hablando de eso: Recién leí la primera autobiografía de Leonard Nimoy, el que encarnó el personaje icónico de la serie Star Trek, el famoso 'Dr. Spock'. El libro se llama "I Am Not Spock" (1977). En él Nimoy cuenta que le costó aceptar la fama del personaje, que la gente lo identificaba tanto con 'Spock'. Hace unos diez años leí en un diario su confesión que a veces sufriá mucho con esa crisis de identidad mientras rodaba la serie en los '60, y que se hizo alcohólico a causa de eso. Después escribió otra autobiografía, una continuación, llamada "I Am Spock" (1995). Esa no la leí, pero parece que en ese libro dijo que finalmente había aceptado la metamorfosis, que él y 'Spock' se habían unido para siempre. Parece que está contentísimo conviviendo con su alter ego teatral. Lo cierto es que no nació sabiendo que iba a ser 'Spock/Nimoy'. Solamente sabía que se llamaba Leonard Simon Nimoy, un pibe nacido en Boston en 1931 de Max y Dora, padres ucraniános que eran judíos ortodoxos y hablaban en Yiddish. Vos y yo nacimos en sitios diferentes, y somos cuervos por razones algo diferentes. Mi papá no es hincha del ciclón, aunque simpatiza con mi amor por San Lorenzo. Pero al final no importa como ocurrió, los dos sabemos desde nuestra infancia que el CASLA es nuestro y que nosotros somos del CASLA. Lo tenemos asumido, como Nimoy finalmente pudo hacerlo con su 'Spock', pero desde el principio y sin la menor duda.

Spock

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FABIÁN:

Increíble la historia del Señor Spock, Viggo. A veces la ficción construye a la realidad. Y no al revés. En verdad nuestra vida, nuestros destinos, son sólo versiones que quedan en los ojos y en el espíritu de nuestros seres queridos, de las personas con quienes nos cruzamos, de la gente a la que amamos o con la que nos peleamos. Mirá, desde hace varios meses vengo escuchando música en el auto, cuando voy al trabajo. Y un disco que me gusta por su simpleza es el de Vicentico, un cantante argentino que se llama Gabriel Fernández Capello y que es hincha del CASLA. Este disco, tiene, entre sus temas, un cover genial de Franco Simone. El tema se llama "Paisaje" porque en un momento unos versos dicen algo así como: " Tu, no podrás faltarme cuando falte todo a mi alrededor/ tu, aire que respiro en aquel paisaje donde vivo yo". Es una de esas canciones populares que uno repite y canta en la ducha, en la calle y en cualquier lado, una canción sin pretensiones pero inmensa en su humildad. Bueno, este tema tiene un verso maravilloso que dice : "jamás la lógica del mundo nos ha dividido". Y con eso me quiero quedar. Qué hermosos versos. Sea quien sea el que dirija al CASLA, uno es hincha del club y no de los técnicos ocasionales. Uno es cuervo, nazca donde nazca y esté dónde esté. Jamás la lógica del mundo nos va a dividir. Gran abrazo y abrazo también al cuervo de tu hijo a quien espero conocer acá!

Vicentico
(Vicentico)

"Paisaje":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DByIomklS4

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VIGGO:

Querido Fabián,

Podemos ponerle el punto final a esta charla gritando una muy merecida victoria de San Lorenzo. Le ganamos a Godoy Cruz 3 a 0, y a Gigliotti le salió otro partido lindo. Menos mal. Lástima que Ortigoza falló el penal, pero como no nos costó el partido no importa. Ya empezará otra buena racha para él. Nos alejamos del fondo de la zona de la Promoción, pero obviamente hay que ganar todos los partidos de los 9 que nos quedan para zafar. Jugaron como un equipo, peleándola todo el rato, y la suerte también los acompañó. Felicidades a Lombardi y al Ciclón. Así nomás. Ganar otra vez en la cancha de los bosteros tampoco estuvo mal. Como canta nuestra hinchada:

"... los capos de la Boca, son los Gauchos de Boedo..."


(Gigliotti marca en la Bombonera)

Otra cosa: sé que nuestra obsesión como cuervos ahora es el promedio, evitar la Promoción, la Promoción, la Promoción… Creo que no hay que pensar en la Promoción -- ni en la palabra ni en lo sue representa. Hay que pensar en ganar el campeonato. Eso todavía es posible. Un partido a la vez, así nomás se ganan los campeonatos -- o al menos así se pelean. No hay que dejarse llevar por lo que escriben en los medios ni en lo que nos tiran a la cara las otras hinchadas. Claro que me preocupan la Promoción y el fantasma del Descenso (sí, he dicho la palabra que empieza con "D", casi tan temida como la "C" de cáncer), pero NO ME DAN MIEDO. Mejor pensar de verdad en los partidos, uno por uno. La idea es ganar todos los que nos quedan por jugar, porque ninguno se ha empatado o perdido todavía. No tiene sentido rendirse antes de jugarlos. Eso, nada más. Adelante San Lorenzo.

 

 

SEÑOR MOURINHO,

HAY QUE METERLE GANAS Y ATACAR EN CUALQUIER PARTIDO, PERO ESPECIALMENTE EN UNA SEMIFINAL DE CHAMPIONS CONTRA EL BAYERN MÜNCHEN. ¿CÚANDO ENTENDERÁ USTED QUE HAY QUE SER VALIENTE Y DEJARLE JUGAR AL REAL MADRID COMO MERECE Y PUEDE? NO TIENE GOYETE LO QUE HACE, MAESTRO, POR FAVOR NO SEA TAN CAGÓN. ¿NO APRENDIÓ NADA EL AÑO PASADO? PARECE QUE SI EL MADRID GANA LA CHAMPIONS LO HARÁ A PESAR DE LOS TITUBEOS DE SU DIRECTOR TÉCNICO.

 

Real Madrid

 

Beneath That Beguiling Smile, Seeing What Leonardo Saw
By SUZANNE DALEY
April 13, 2012, © The New York Times
UNTIL recently, the Prado's copy of the Mona Lisa — one of dozens made over the centuries — was not much of a draw.
Then, Ana González Mozo took an interest.
Over the last two years, Ms. González, a researcher in the museum's technical documentation department, has used all manner of modern-day techniques — X-rays, infrared reflectography and high-resolution digital images, among others — to make, and then document, an unlikely finding. . . .

Gomez resucita al Bayern para el partido del Bernabéu
Bayern Múnich 2 - 1 Real Madrid
17 abril, 2012, © smooply
Partido muy intenso, de poder a poder entre dos de los equipos grandes de europa. El Allianz Arena se había engalanado como en sus mejores citas, con un ambiente ensordecedor que no cesó en ningun momento del encuentro. Mención aparte el actor principal de la película, nominado a mejor gesticulador y pacificador a la par, llamado Howard Webb que no paró de llamar la atención del público y extraños en cada momento que tenía oportunidad. . . .

Nuclear Titanics
The Perils of Technological Hubris
by KARL GROSSMAN
April 16, 2012, © Counterpunch
On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, The Japan Times yesterday ran an editorial titled "The Titanic and the Nuclear Fiasco" which stated: "Presenting technology as completely safe, trustworthy or miraculous may seem to be a thing of the past, but the parallels between the Titanic and Japan's nuclear power industry could not be clearer." . . .

MI5 warns of plot to assassinate Chechen refugee in UK
Sam Jones
Sunday 1 April 2012, © The Guardian
The home secretary is fighting a legal battle to deport a Russian man described as a danger to national security and suspected of involvement in an apparent plot to murder a British-based Chechen separatist. . . .

MI5 warns of assassination plot against Vanessa Redgrave friend
A dramatic plot to assassinate a Russian politician on the streets of London has been uncovered by MI5.
By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent
31 Mar 2012, © The Telegraph
The security services have issued an unprecedented public warning that Akhmed Zakayev — an exile who is a friend of Vanessa Redgrave, the actress — is the target of a murder plot. . . .

Günter Grass: Thinking About Israel
April 9, 2012, © open salon
Günter Grass, the 1999 Nobel Prize winning German writer, sculptor, playwright and illustrator has now been officially made an official persona non grata in Israel. He is not welcome to visit. In fact, he has been banned from entering the country at all by Israel's ultra-orthodox Interior Minister Eli Yishai. Why? . . .

Günter Grass, Noam Chomsky y los problemas para entrar en Israel
10 de abril de 2012, © Radio del Mar
Grass denunciaba en el poema, publicado en un diario alemán, que Israel estudiaba atacar las centrales nucleares iraníes para «la erradicación del pueblo iraní porque se sospecha que sus dirigentes construyen una bomba atómica». . . .

Serrat y Sabina causan polémica por concierto
POR: Ana Cárdenes
04/11/2012, © La Opinión
JERUSALÉN, Israel/ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay.– ONG españolas e israelíes mostraron su enorme decepción al conocerse que Joan Manuel Serrat y Joaquín Sabina tocarán el 21 de junio en Tel Aviv y les pidieron que sean coherentes con sus décadas de canto a la libertad y no actúen en un país que, según sus representantes, ocupa y oprime a otro. . . .

The Assault on Public Education
One of America's greatest achievements is being defunded and degraded by the dictates of the marketplace.
BY Noam Chomsky
Public education is under attack around the world, and in response, student protests have recently been held in Britain, Canada, Chile, Taiwan and elsewhere. . . .

Buscan dar a conocer vidas de braceros
POR: Araceli Martinez Ortega
04/12/2012, © LaRaza
SACRAMENTO, California.- Mientras que en otras partes del país, en especial en Arizona, este año se eliminaron las clases de estudios étnicos, particularmente la de los méxicoamericanos, en California avanza en la legislatura estatal un proyecto de ley para enseñar la historia de los braceros en las escuelas públicas. . . .

Buffett Rule Bores, Annoys Washington Post Reporters
by Peter Hart
04/12/2012, © FAIR
The "Buffett rule"–as in Warren Buffett–suggests that super-rich should pay a tax rate comparable to middle-income earners. In Buffett's case, this grew out of his observation that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. . . .

Lines For A Prologue

These alternate nights and days, these seasons
Somehow fail to convince me. It seems
I have the sense of infinity!

(In your dreams, O crew of Columbus,
O listeners over the sea
For the surf that breaks upon Nothing—)

Once I was waked by the nightingales in the garden.
I thought, What time is it? I thought,
Time—Is it Time still?—Now is it Time?

(Tell me your dreams, O sailors:
Tell me, in sleep did you climb
The tall masts, and before you—)

At night the stillness of old trees
Is a leaning over and the inertness
Of hills is a kind of waiting.

(In sleep, in a dream, did you see
The world's end? Did the water
Break—and no shore—Did you see?)

Strange faces come through the streets to me
Like messengers: and I have been warned
By the moving slowly of hands at a window.

Oh, I have the sense of infinity—
But the world, sailors, is round.
They say there is no end to it.

Archibald MacLeish

Rubes' Gold in Sacks
The very public resignation of a Goldman Sachs executive exposes what most already new: The firm is morally bankrupt.
BY Chris Lehmann
April 14, 2012, © In These Times
America has finally learned just what it takes to wound the vanity of Goldman Sachs: attack its vaunted leadership culture. . . .

Wandering WaysWandering Ways
Jorge Luis Álvarez Pupo
Exhibition from 10 May to 10 June 2012
Union Árabe de Cuba, Havana, Cuba

Chris Kyle. Le plaisir de tuer
Par LORRAINE MILLOT
Dimanche dernier à 19h28, © Libération
Son métier était de tuer, et il «adorait ça». Le record personnel de Chris Kyle se mesure en nombre d'Irakiens, ou plutôt de «salopards» comme il appelle ses victimes, abattus du bout de son fusil de précision. 160 selon le décompte officiel de la Navy, qui ne retient que les tirs authentifiés par un officier sur le terrain. Sans doute plus en réalité . . .

José Guardiola, la voz que desafió la oscuridad franquista
El 'crooner' de España, la emblemática voz de 'Dieciséis toneladas' o del tierno 'Di, papá'
Miquel Jurado
9 ABR 2012, © El País
José Guardiola falleció ayer en la ciudad de Barcelona a los 82 años. Con su desaparición se cierra un capítulo importante de la historia musical española, aquel que aglutinaba a un grupo de músicos serios que con su saber hacer intentaban contagiar las altas dosis de optimismo suficientes para capear con una sonrisa las carencias del franquismo. . . .

Las angustias de Mourinho
9 ABR 2012, © El País
Hay partidos que se atascan, sin más. Partidos en los que un equipo, el Madrid, remata 33 veces, 10 de ellas a puerta, y no consigue marcar un gol porque el portero rival lo para todo. Hay partidos, como el Madrid-Valencia, en el que el guardameta, Guaita, se convierte en el protagonista. Como lo fue el sevillista Javi Varas, en el Camp Nou. . . .

Mike Wallace obituary
Veteran CBS television journalist and broadcaster best known for his tough interviews on 60 Minutes
Sunday 8 April 2012, © The Guardian
As one of the first two reporters on the US television news magazine show 60 Minutes, Mike Wallace, who has died aged 93, became one of the longest serving and oldest interviewers in the medium. He was also one of the toughest. Even at his first appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes screen, on 24 September 1968, he was middle aged and had already held numerous broadcasting jobs. His most astonishing feat was to remain a top television correspondent into the next century, when he was approaching 90 – and looking like 60. . . .

Stellan Skarsgård: 'I'm a castrated bull'
The actor on why he's really known as a calming influence on film sets
Ryan Gilbey
Thursday 5 April 2012, © The Guardian
Hi Stellan, where are you? I'm in Stockholm in my office. I just got here after seeing my eighth child on an ultrasound, so I'm in a good mood. It's beautiful: an energetic little skeleton. . . .

El Obispo de Alcalá de Henares arremete contra los gais
M. R. S. Madrid
7 ABR 2012, © El País
Juan Antonio Reig Pla, Obispo de Alcalá de Henares, ha vuelto a arremeter contra los homosexuales y contra el aborto. Esta vez ha sido en su intervención el oficio de Viernes Santo, emitida ayer en directo por La 2 de Televisión Española. Una homilía en que asoció homosexualidad con prostitución y con determinadas ideologías que "corrompen a las personas". "Quisiera decir una palabra a aquellas personas que hoy, llevados por tantas ideologías, acaban por no orientar bien lo que es la sexualidad human, piensan ya desde niños que tienen atracción hacia las parejas del mismo sexo", dijo. "Y a veces para comprobarlo se corrompen y se prostituyen. O van a clubes de hombres. Os aseguro que encuentran en infierno", proclamó. . . .

Trololo Sing Along!

Palestine-Israel: Peace Process Fulfilled
by Gregory Harms
Tuesday, April 3, 2012, (Originally published by CounterPunch, Apr. 3, 2012.)
It was recently noted, correctly, by Al Jazeera and the New York Times that the Palestinians and their situation have been "sidelined" and moved off the "world agenda." On account of factors including US-Israeli tensions with Iran, unfolding Arab Spring developments, and the US election year, things have indeed been quiet, but more by a matter of degree. At the moment, the Palestinian national movement is simply further off the agenda, with the status quo firmly intact. . . .

You Really Think the Killers of Trayvon Martin and Those 16 Afghan Villagers Will Ever Do Time?
by ALEXANDER COCKBURN
MAR 30-APR 01, 2012, © CounterPunch Diary
I'd say the chances of George Zimmerman spending time behind bars for killing Trayvon Martin are about the same as Sergeant Robert Bales doing time for killing those 16 Afghan villagers the night of March 11. Zero.
Like most things that happen in America these days, the Trayvon Martin case is turning into yet another hearse trundling the Republican Party to its doom in November. . . .

San Lorenzo Festival
Galería de fotos
FUTBOL PROFESIONAL, Festejos 104 Años. . .

A Judicial War on Democracy
By Robert Parry
March 29, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
James Madison and other Framers of the Constitution had their concerns about the potential excesses of democracy – thus explaining the six-year Senate terms and the intricate system of checks and balances – but they also trusted in democracy and the ability of the people's government to fashion national solutions to serious problems. . . .

"As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities."
Voltaire

Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki (born 11 July 1990) is a Danish professional tennis player. She is a former world no. 1 on the WTA Tour. As of 23 January 2012, she held this position for 67 weeks. She is the first Scandinavian woman to hold the top ranking position and 20th overall.
Since her WTA debut in 2005, she has improved her year-end ranking each year until finishing on top in both 2010 and 2011. She has won 18 WTA singles titles as of August 2011, three in 2008, three in 2009, six in 2010 (the most since Justine Henin's ten in 2007), and six in 2011. She was runner-up at the 2009 US Open and the 2010 WTA Tour Championships in Doha to Kim Clijsters. She won the 2006 Wimbledon Girls' Singles title but has yet to win a women's Grand Slam title. She also holds two WTA titles in doubles. . . .

cristiano ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
, el goleador que siempre se queda esperando a que los demás vengan a felictarlo cuando marca: ¿porqué no vas a felicitarles a tus compañeros cuando ellos meten un gol? El fútbol es un juego de equipo, guapo.

"¡Lo que tenemos que hacer es jugar mejor!"
Diego Torres
24 MAR 2012, © El País
Hasta hace un año, cuando José Mourinho hablaba en el vestuario, los jugadores interrumpían sus actividades y escuchaban sin atreverse a pronunciar palabra. El miércoles, en El Madrigal, cuando después del 1-1 el entrenador del Madrid esperó a sus jugadores en el túnel de vestuarios, estaba sumamente agitado. En el bullicio del vestidor su voz se elevó sobre los demás ruidos. Uno de los testigos le escuchó clamar: "Ahora tenéis que salir y decir a la prensa que el árbitro nos ha robado dos puntos". . . .

90 Degrees in Winter: This Is What Climate Change Looks Like
Bill McKibben
March 20, 2012
The National Weather Service is kind of the anti–Mike Daisey, a just-the-facts operation that grinds on hour after hour, day after day. It's collected billions of records (I've seen the vast vaults where early handwritten weather reports from observers across the country are stored in endless rows of ledgers and files) on countless rainstorms, blizzards and pleasant summer days. So the odds that you could shock the NWS are pretty slim. . . .

"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places – and there are so many – where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
Howard Zinn

Bank of America: Too Crooked to Fail
By Matt Taibbi
March 14, 2012, © Rolling Stone
At least Bank of America got its name right. The ultimate Too Big to Fail bank really is America, a hypergluttonous ward of the state whose limitless fraud and criminal conspiracies we'll all be paying for until the end of time. Did you hear about the plot to rig global interest rates? The $137 million fine for bilking needy schools and cities? The ingenious plan to suck multiple fees out of the unemployment checks of jobless workers? Take your eyes off them for 10 seconds and guaranteed, they'll be into some shit again: This bank is like the world's worst-behaved teenager, taking your car and running over kittens and fire hydrants on the way to Vegas for the weekend, maxing out your credit cards in the three days you spend at your aunt's funeral. They're out of control, yet they'll never do time or go out of business, because the government remains creepily committed to their survival, like overindulgent parents who refuse to believe their 40-year-old live-at-home son could possibly be responsible for those dead hookers in the backyard. . . .

"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves."
Howard Zinn

Génération Algérie
18.03.2012, © LE MONDE
On ne fait pas taire facilement Fadela M'Rabet. Invitée à Alger en décembre 2011, cette intellectuelle algérienne exilée en France sidère la salle par son audace : l'écrivain critique de façon véhémente le régime, fustigeant la "caste" au pouvoir et les "nouveaux pilleurs de l'Algérie". C'est sa façon toute personnelle de rendre hommage à Frantz Fanon, l'auteur des Damnés de la terre (Maspero, 1961), l'un des fondateurs du tiers-mondisme, dont on commémore le cinquantenaire de la mort. "Je me suis dit qu'il aurait été fier de moi, dit-elle dans un sourire, il a été tellement important. Il disait exactement ce que nous avions l'impression de vivre, nous les colonisés." . . .

Camus en las trincheras de la prensa
MIGUEL MORA
17 mar 2012, © El País
El 25 de noviembre de 1939, cuando Francia empezaba a gangrenarse por el miedo a la invasión alemana y sus élites políticas y periodísticas se disponían a entregarse sin pudor al Tercer Reich, Albert Camus (Mondovi, Argelia, 1917-Villeblevin, Francia, 1960) escribió un artículo para Le Soir républicaine, el periódico de una sola página a dos caras del que era codirector en Argel. En Francia regía la censura, y el texto no llegó a publicarse nunca. Lógico, porque en apenas tres folios el autor de El extranjero bordaba un alegato por la libertad de prensa. Al defender la utilidad del periodismo libre en tiempos de guerra, Camus sostuvo el derecho de cada ciudadano a elevarse sobre el colectivo para construir su propia libertad, y definió los cuatro mandamientos del periodismo libre: lucidez, desobediencia, ironía y obstinación. Son, casualmente, los puntos cardinales que inspiraron su obra novelesca y filosófica. . . .

Dear Friend,
Thank you. Thank you for support throughout the primary election and the redistricting period which preceded it. Thanks to each and every one of you for your assistance in the campaign, your contributions, your endorsements, your volunteer work, your sacrifices, your advice, for strengthening not just our campaign, but for encouraging me personally. I would particularly like to thank those of you who contributed even though you are yourself experiencing hard times.
I went back to work in Congress the day after the primary, completed voting in Washington, DC and then Elizabeth and I took a week to rest, to reflect and to renew. I returned to Congress this week to continue my duties and to plan my work for the remainder of the term.
I could not let another day to go by without sharing with you my deep gratitude and my awareness of your role throughout my public service. I am especially grateful to the people of the greater Cleveland area who have been exceptionally supportive of me through the years. In this past primary election I achieved close to three out of every four votes from that part of my old district which was included in the new district. I am sure this was a resounding note of appreciation for the constituent service performed by my staff over the past sixteen years. I am also aware that I have I connected with the hearts of millions whose concerns transcend district lines.
It is important to put a political defeat into perspective, so may I share some thoughts? Since the March 6 Primary Election results, I have thought about others who have suffered real loss, people who have lost their homes, lost their jobs, lost their investments, lost their health care coverage, lost their educational opportunities, lost their retirement security, lost a loved one to the violence of war abroad or conflict domestically. Put alongside the struggle of so many people just to survive, the loss I experienced is much less consequential.
Redistricting? Political defeat? Indeed, but it is OK. I have not a shred of regret for the campaign we ran, a campaign of integrity standing up for progressive values and truth. I accept the outcome with equanimity but have concern for the direction of our Congress and our country. As for the methods used to win the election? Well, Spring has just begun. Life is bursting forth and cherry blossoms crown Washington, DC. Truth telling will have its season. Tomorrow's victories will be built from the embers of defeat. Of this I have no doubt.
How do I know this? I started my career in 1967 and since then, I have lost a total of eight times. Indeed, when I was elected to Congress in 1996, it was on my FIFTH try. When I was first sworn in January 3, 1997, it was the culmination of a campaign for Congress which started in December of 1971. Today I have had the honor of sixteen years of service in the United States House of Representatives. I tell you that our victory is inevitable. As it is for anyone who ceaselessly strives to make this a better world. This is not simply about elections. This is about how we stand up for humanity and our world by speaking and acting for the truth.
My education in losing and then winning has empowered me never to fear defeat, instead to cast votes and to take strong positions without regard as to how I may be affected politically. For me, truth is the highest consequence and I am committed to defend the cause of peace, economic and social justice. So, today I feel lighter, joyful, liberated by a familiar sense of onrushing possibilities as embodied in these lines from one of Elizabeth's and my favorite films, lines that Elizabeth spoke as vows to me when we married almost seven years ago:
"Knowing love, I will allow all things to come and go. To be as supple as the wind, and take everything that comes with great courage. My heart is as open as the sky. Life is right in any case."
With love and appreciation,
Dennis Kucinich

Robert Fisk: Madness is not the reason for this massacre
Saturday 17 March 2012, © The Independent
I'm getting a bit tired of the "deranged" soldier story. It was predictable, of course. The 38-year-old staff sergeant who massacred 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, near Kandahar this week had no sooner returned to base than the defence experts and the think-tank boys and girls announced that he was "deranged". Not an evil, wicked, mindless terrorist – which he would be, of course, if he had been an Afghan, especially a Taliban – but merely a guy who went crazy. . . .

Terrorismo en Toulouse
Francia debe abogar por la convivencia y evitar a toda costa la xenofobia y el populismo
21 MAR 2012, © El País
Francia ha sufrido el trágico embate del terrorismo yihadista. Aunque aparentemente se trate de un lobo solitario, el supuesto criminal, el francés de origen argelino Mohamed Merah, había pasado según el Ministerio del Interior por campos de entrenamiento en Pakistán y combatido en Afganistán con los talibanes, reclamándose de Al Qaeda. La organización terrorista no está muerta en Occidente, pese a la caída de su fundador, Osama bin Laden, sino que puede haberse convertido en una banda más escurridiza, con activistas sueltos, como parece ser el caso de Toulouse. Es una transformación sobre la que hace tiempo que alertan los servicios policiales, desde el último atentado yihadista coordinado en Europa, en Londres en julio de 2005. . . .

From My Lai to Kandahar
by JEFF SPARROW
March 21, 2012, © Counterpunch

My name is William Calley,
I'm a soldier of this land,
I've tried to do my duty and to gain the upper hand,
But they've made me out a villain,
They have stamped me with a brand …

The massacre of 16 Afghan men, women and children in Kandahar has, inevitably, recalled the My Lai incident in Vietnam.
But it's worth thinking through what the comparison tells us.
In 1971, a military court found Lieutenant William Calley guilty of murdering Vietnamese civilians, a decision generally recalled by liberals as a tipping point in domestic opinion, a moment that Americans turned against the conflict. . . .

Which is worse? Homophobic bullying at university or on the national political stage?
Hadley Freeman
Tuesday 20 March 2012, © The Guardian
In an ideal world one would not need to ask this question but – no, wait a minute. Let's start that again. In a halfway decent world one wouldn't need to ask this question but, sadly, one must, this week more than ever. . . .

Kony's Deleted Christian Fanaticism
By Mamoon Alabbasi
March 21, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
There is no doubt that the 30-minute video "Kony 2012" by the advocacy group Invisible Children has raised much awareness regarding the relatively under-reported atrocities committed by the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). . . .

'Three Amigos' Eager for More War
By Paul R. Pillar
March 20, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
The tendentious and careless use of historical comparisons and analogies has long contributed to some of the biggest foreign-policy follies, such as the Vietnam War. Seeing a reincarnated Hitler in a two-bit dictator or a reenacted Munich in a decision to avoid a war has perhaps been the most frequent such misuse of history. . . .

President Obama's 'Defense Strategic Review' is old sauce in a new bottle—and the country's worse for it.
Gregory D. Foster
March 13, 2012, © In These Times
If you blinked at 11 a.m. on January 5, you may have missed the unveiling of a new, post-Iraq, post-Afghanistan strategic posture for the United States. Speaking from the Pentagon and surrounded by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the civilian armed service secretaries and the uniformed service chiefs of staff, President Obama introduced the "Defense Strategic Review." . . .

We have the best government that money can buy.
Mark Twain

Jeremy Scahill: Why is President Obama Keeping Yemeni Journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye in Prison?
March 15, 2012, © Democracy Now
The Obama administration is facing scrutiny for its role in the imprisonment of a Yemeni journalist who exposed how the United States was behind a 2009 bombing in Yemen that killed 14 women and 21 children. In January 2011, a Yemeni state security court gave the journalist, Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a five-year jail sentence on terrorism-related charges following a disputed trial that was condemned by several human rights and press freedom groups. Within a month of Shaye's sentencing, then-Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced he was going to pardon the journalist. But Saleh changed his mind after a phone call from President Obama. Thirteen months later, Shaye remains behind bars. We speak to Mohamed Abdel Dayem of the Committee to Protect Journalists and award-winning investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill. . . .

Fusillade de Toulouse : "Il est venu pour tuer des enfants juifs"
19/03/12, © France Soir
Dans l'avion qui relie Paris à Toulouse lundi, en milieu de journée, l'atmosphère est lourde. Parmi les passagers se trouvent des responsables de la communauté juive, la mine grave, et des parents dont les enfants sont scolarisés dans le collège Ozar Hatorah, où s'est déroulée la fusillade. Un jeune adolescent, une kippa sur la tête, est effondré sur son siège. . . .

Toute secte, en quelque genre que ce puisse être, est le ralliement du douteet de l'erreur.
Voltaire

Abal, acá te enseñamos el reglamento
19/03/2012, © mundoazulgrana
Iban 22 minutos del segundo tiempo cuando se desató el escándalo por culpa del mal accionar de Diego Abal. Una clara posición adelantada que el juez de línea cobró no le alcanzó al árbitro, quien quiso hacerse cargo de una jugada que debió ser invalidada. . . .

Il faut toujours que ce qui est grand soit attaqué par les petits esprits.
Voltaire

The 'Surge' Myth's Deadly Result
By Robert Parry
March 17, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
As the Afghan War grinds toward another U.S. military defeat – on the heels of the forced departure from Iraq – Official Washington remains in denial about these failed neocon strategies, still preferring to embrace happy myths about "successful surges" and ignoring the actual outcomes. . . .

Massacre Fatigue in Afghanistan
by ALEXANDER COCKBURN
March 16-18, 2012, © CounterPunch Diary
In the wake of the lethal rampage by a US sergeant who killed 16 Afghans in the early hours of March 11, the Taliban have put a halt to talks with the Americans and President Hamid Karzai has demanded that NATO troops pull out of the villages and return to their camps. . . .

San Lorenzo sacó pecho y ganó un partido importantísimo ante Belgrano en CórdobaSan Lorenzo
Marzo 10, 2012, © Espn deportes
CÓRDOBA -- San Lorenzo, en zona de promoción y amenazado por el descenso, jugó el mejor partido del torneo Clausura de fútbol y se quedó con un justo triunfo, de visitante, por 2 a 1 sobre Belgrano de Córdoba, que había ganado sus dos últimos cotejos, por la quinta fecha del certamen. . . .

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
Oscar Wilde

Robert Fisk: Condemn me, but get your facts right first
Saturday 10 March 2012, © The Independent
Here we go again. This libellous and racist quotation comes from an email sent to The Independent by "Bernadette", a member of a pro-Israeli lobby group in Australia. . . .

Speaking out: The heavy price of telling the truth
By Peggy Curran, Postmedia News
March 8, 2012, © Ottawa Citizen
MONTREAL — He knows the truth about a dirty cop. She can name a doctor who'll happily take cash from a desperate patient seeking a speedy referral. . . .

San Lorenzo

Qué Dicen
Una multitud para reclamar el histórico regreso a Boedo
Matias Bustos Milla
Nahuel Lanzillotta
9/3/12, © Mundoazulgrana
Esa plaza que conversa en tierra un pedazo importante de la historia argentina. Esa plaza que fue testigo de momentos de gloria y de de otros tristementes recordados. . . .

No hay nada más lindo que ser de San Lorenzo
Por: Ezequiel Rivero
09/03/2012, © Mundoazulgrana
Si sos hincha de San Lorenzo sabés bien que lo ocurrido en Plaza de Mayo es histórico. Que nunca nadie te va a poder decir "no llevan gente" porque las 110.000 personas que fueron a apoyar la ley de Restitución Histórica un día de semana sin ningún partido para ver o título que festejar inhabilitan comentarios estúpidos como el anteriormente mencionado. . . .

Higuaín, dispuesto a hablar con Juve
7 de marzo de 2012, © Espndeportes
BUENOS AIRES -- El atacante argentino del Real Madrid Gonzalo Higuaín podría continuar su carrera en el fútbol italiano, según reconoció su padre, el ex defensor Jorge Higuaín, al señalar que en mayo evaluarán un ofrecimiento de la Juventus. . . .

What's Ahead for Rep. Dennis Kucinich?
Wednesday 7 March 2012
by: Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
In a newly drawn district in Ohio, outspoken antiwar Rep. Dennis Kucinich suffered a defeat against Rep. Marcy Kaptur. The two were forced to square off in a Democratic primary after Republicans redrew Ohio's congressional map. Kaptur now faces Samuel Wurzelbacher, "Joe the Plumber," winner of the district's Republican primary. Kucinich has said he may establish residency in Washington state, where there is a June filing deadline to run for a new congressional seat in the Seattle area."I think there would be an awfully lot of people, even on the ground in Washington state, who would be more welcoming to him than to most candidates," says reporter John Nichols of The Nation. . . .

Gouged at the Pump
by RALPH NADER
March 07, 2012, © Counterpunch
Gasoline and heating oil prices are ratcheting up. In California, some motorists are paying over $5 per gallon. President Obama declared that "there is no quick fix" for this problem. Meanwhile, the hapless but howling Republicans are blaming him for the fuel surge as if he is a price control czar. . . .

Netanyahu and Obama's prickly alliance against Iran
There was less antipathy than at Aipac 2011, but the Israeli PM is maximising his leverage in the US president's re-election year
Jonathan Freedland
Tuesday 6 March 2012, © The Guardian
If Barack Obama and Bibi Netanyahu liked each other more, you might almost think they'd worked it out. If the two men were pals, you could guess that the little performance the two of them laid on in Washington over the last few days had been carefully choreographed, a "good cop, bad cop" routine staged for the benefit of the only audience that matters: the regime in Iran. . . .

Riquelme elogia a Messi e Iniesta
Télam
5 de marzo de 2012, © Espndeportes
BUENOS AIRES -- El capitán y máxima estrella de Boca Juniors, Juan Román Riquelme, aseguró que Lionel Messi es "un genio que está pensando en la madre y de repente hace un gol", y volvió a calificar al volante del Barcelona Andrés Iniesta como "el que mejor juega al fútbol, no hay otro igual". . . .

That This

Day is a type when visible
objects change then put

on form but the anti-type
That thing not shadowed

The way music is formed of
cloud and fire once actually

concrete now accidental as
half truth or as whole truth

Is light anything like this
stray pencil commonplace

copy as to one aberrant
onward-gliding mystery

A secular arietta variation
Grass angels perish in this

harmonic collision because
non-being cannot be 'this'

Not spirit not space finite
Not infinite to those fixed—

That this millstone as such
Quiet which side on which—

Is one mind put into another
in us unknown to ourselves
by going about among trees
and fields in moonlight or in
a garden to ease distance to
fetch home spiritual things

That a solitary person bears
witness to law in the ark to

an altar of snow and every
age or century for a day is

Susan Howe

In the Constitution, "security" means protection from our law enforcers, not by them
February 2012, Volume 14, Number 2, © Hightower Lowdown
The earth's core, consisting largely of iron, helps balance our spinning planet. On the other hand, the core of too many of today's prominent political leaders consists almost entirely of unintended irony, which tends to make them go all wobbly on their political stands. This might be comical were it not so destructive for our nation. . . .

No Regrets

just wrap it up in plain paper, please.
nothing fancy.
Regrets should never be fanciful.
just ordinary clothes hanging from a barely alive line.
No Regrets, the paychecks sing in unison.
Learn to adapt, said the boulder rolling downhill,
nobody judges anybody tonight.
The hotel lobby is long and wide.
You could disappear in it.
Maybe it's not a hotel, but a heart.
Growing larger every second with
the pain of loving life.
if you truly love being alive, the pain
doesn't hurt that much, eventually, it
becomes something that connects you up
to yourself.
just give me a few more seconds to hear the end
of this tune.I am trying to remember it's name.
It does have a name, I think. It's not one of those
untitled jobs.
just hold off from slamming the door
for another minute.
don't cut me off, or yourself.
leave us both open, somehow.
leave us both able to feel.
don't try to disappear in me,
and i will always try to find you.

Scott Wannberg

What Are Iran's Intentions?
by Noam Chomsky
March 3, 2012, © Common Dreams
The January/February issue of Foreign Affairs featured the article "Time to Attack Iran: Why a Strike Is the Least Bad Option," by Matthew Kroenig, along with commentary about other ways to contain the Iranian threat.
The media resound with warnings about a likely Israeli attack on Iran while the U.S. hesitates, keeping open the option of aggression—thus again routinely violating the U.N. Charter, the foundation of international law. . . .

Rückenfigur

Iseult stands at Tintagel
on the mid stairs between
light and dark symbolism
Does she stand for phonic
human overtone for outlaw
love the dread pull lothly
for weariness actual brute
predestined fact for phobic
falling no one talking too
Tintagel ruin of philosophy
here is known change here
is come crude change wave
wave determinist caparison
Your soul your separation

But the counterfeit Iseult
Iseult aux Blanches Mains
stands by the wall to listen
Phobic thought of openness
a soul also has two faces
Iseult's mother and double
Iseult the Queen later in T
Even Tros echoes Tristan's
infirmity through spurious
etymology the Tintagel of Fo
not the dead city of night
Wall in the element of Logic
here is a door and beyond
here is the sail she spies

Tristran Tristan Tristrant
Tristram Trystan Trystram
Tristrem Tristanz Drust
Drystan these names concoct
a little wreathe of victory
dreaming over the landscape
Tintagel font icon twilight
Grove bough dark wind cove
brine testimony Iseult salt
Iseut Isolde Ysolt Essyllt
bride of March Marc Mark in
the old French commentaries
your secret correspondence
Soft Iseut two Iseults one

The third of Tristan's overt
identities is a double one
his disguise as nightingale
in Tros then wild man in Fo
Level and beautiful La Blanche
Lande of disguise episodes
the nocturnal garden of Tros
Fo recalls the scene in Ovid
Orpheus grief stricken over
the loss of Eurydice sits by
the bank of a river seven days
I see Mark's shadow in water
Mark's moral right to Iseult
David's relationship to Saul

Lean on handrail river below
Sense of depth focus motion
of chaos in Schlegel only as
visual progress into depth its
harsh curb estrangement logic
Realism still exists is part
of the realist dual hypothesis
Dual on verso as one who has
obeyed acceleration velocity
killing frost regenerative thaw
you other rowing forward face
backward Hesperides messenger
into the pastness of landscape
inarticulate scrawl awash air

Insufferably pale the icy
limit pulls and pulls no
kindness free against you
Deep quietness never to be
gathered no blind threat
Assuredly I see division
can never be weighed once
pale anguish breathes free
to be unhallowed empty what
in thought or other sign
roof and lintel remember
Searching shall I know is
some sense deepest moment
What is and what appears

The way light is broken
To splinter color blue
the color of day yellow
near night the color of
passion red by morning
His name of grief being
red sound to sense sense
in place of the slaying
Tristram must be caught
Saw the mind otherwise
in thought or other sign
because we are not free
Saw the mind otherwise
Two thoughts in strife

Separation requires an
other quest for union
I use a white thread
half of the same paper
and in the sun's light
I place a lens so that
the sea reflects back
violet and blue making
rays easily more freely
your nativity and you
of light from that of
memory when eyelids close
so in dream sensation
Mind's trajected light

It is precision we have
to deal with we can pre-
scind space from color if
Thomas was only using a
metaphor and metaphysics
professes to be metaphor
There is a way back to the
misinterpretation of her
message TheseusTristan is
on the ship AegeusIseut
is a land watcher she is
a mastermind her frailty
turned to the light her
single vision twin soul half

Dilemma of dead loyalty
Mark's speeches are sham
Gottfried shows Tristan
only hunting for pleasure
Emerald jacinth sapphire
chalcedony lovely Isolt
Topaz sardonyx chrysolite
ruby sir Tristan the Court
sees only the beauty of
their persons that they
appear to be represented
Isolt sings for your eyes
Surveillance is a constant
theme in lyric poetry

Le Page disgracié his attempt
to buy a linnet for his master
from a birdcatcher he hoped
to comfort him with bird song
but gambled the money away
and in desperation bought a
wild linnet that didn't sing
His first words occur in the
linnet episode the young master's
perplexity about the bird's
silence so just the linnet's
silence provokes Tristan's je
hero his shared identity the
remarkable bird list in L'Orphée

L'Orphée--the lanner falcon
takes pigeons the sparrow-
hawk sparrows the goshawk
partridge when Tristan was
young he would have watched
hawks being flown his own
little hunting falcon his
observation of the way in
which other birds refrain
from their characteristic
habit of "mobbing the owl"
Vignette of the birdcatcher
in the street that day the
linnet's mimic reputation

Parasite and liar of genius
even emptiness is something
not nothingness of negation
having been born Not born
wrapped in protective long
cloak power of the woodland
No burrowing deep for warmth
The eagle of Prometheus is a
vulture the vulture passions
go to a predator tricked up
forever unexpressed in half-
effaced ambiguous butterfly
disguises authentic regional
avifauna an arsenal of stories

Ysolt that for naught might
carry them as they coasting
past strange land past haven
ruin garland effigy figment
sensible nature blue silver
orange yellow different lake
effect of the death-rebirth
eternal rush-return fragment
I cannot separate in thought
You cannot be separate from
perception everything draws
toward autumn distant tumult
See that long row of folios
Surely Ysolt remembers Itylus

Antigone bears her secret in
her heart like an arrow she is
sent twice over into our dark
social as if real life as if real
person proceeding into self-
knowledge as if there were no
proof just blind right reason
to assuage our violent earth
Ysolt's single vision of union
Precursor shadow self by self
in open place or on an acting
platform two personae meeting
Strophe antistrophe which is
which dual unspeakable cohesion

Day binds the wide Sound
Bitter sound as truth is
silent as silent tomorrow
Motif of retreating figure
arrayed beyond expression
huddled unintelligible air
Theomimesis divinity message
I have loved come veiling
Lyrist come veil come lure
echo remnant sentence spar
never never form wherefor
Wait some recognition you
Lyric over us love unclothe
Never forever whoso move

Susan Howe

Robert Fisk: The heroic myth and the uncomfortable truth of war reporting
Saturday 03 March 2012, © The Independent
It took a lot of courage to get into Homs; Sky News, then the BBC, then a few brave men and women who went to tell the world of the city's anguish and, in at least two cases, suffered themselves. I could only reflect this week, however, how well we got to know the name of the indomitable and wounded British photographer Paul Conroy, and yet how little we know about the 13 Syrian volunteers who were apparently killed by snipers and shellfire while rescuing him. No fault of Conroy, of course. But I wonder if we know the names of these martyrs – or whether we intend to discover their names? . . .

There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.
Mahatma Gandhi

Drone Strikes? What's To Feel Bad About?
Really Sorry We Burned the Korans
by LAURA FLANDERS
March 01, 2012, © Counterpunch
"Three major investigations were under way on Wednesday into the Koran burning at Bagram Air Base by the American military last week, the event that plunged Afghanistan into days of deadly protests…" So begins a New York Times report.
To read the New York Times you'd think the only American offence that truly riles people up after ten years of war is book burning. It's certainly the only offense that's so far merited "three major investigations." . . .

"In an era when all societies must come together to respond to the common challenges facing humankind, such as poverty and environmental destruction, military spending has absorbed far too much of the world's limited human and economic resources. Nuclear weapons, in particular, are a fundamental evil that cannot resolve in any way the complex of global issues, but only exacerbate them."
Daisaku Ikeda

"Italians have not been able to protect Renaissance art treasures for even as long as one thousand years. Egyptians have not been able to protect the tombs of the Pharaohs for even as long as four thousand years, and some of the graves were looted within centuries. Yet, we in this generation have an obligation to protect our nuclear wastes for more than ten thousand years—a period longer than recorded history."
K. S. Shrader-Frechette, from 'Burying Uncertainty: Risk and the Case Against Geological Disposal of Nuclear Waste'

Right-Wing Racism: Past, Present—and Future
Eric Alterman
February 29, 2012, © The Nation
Does Barack Obama look like a "skinny ghetto crackhead" to you? Did Whitney Houston's death inspire the thought that Representative Maxine Waters needs to "step away from the crack pipe?" If so, then Fox is the cable network for you. (The quotes belong to Media Research Center president Brent Bozell and Fox News host Eric Bolling, respectively.) But if you prefer your news by radio, then perhaps you'd best stick with Rush Limbaugh, who explains that President Obama "talks honky" around white folk, while his wife feels entitled to abuse public funds as payback for centuries of white oppression of black people. And finally, if you like your racism live and in person, then no doubt you would have been right at home at the recent CPAC convention, where Ann Coulter told the assembled crowd, "Voters with forty years of politically correct education are ecstatic to have the first black president. They just love the idea of it, even if we did get Flavor Flav instead of Thomas Sowell." . . .

You can never reach the promised land. You can march towards it.
James Callaghan

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.
Walt Whitman

Child Advocates Slam Greenwashing of Seuss' Beloved 'Lorax'
I Am the Lorax, and I Speak for the... Corporations?
February 28, 2012, © Common Dreams
Environmentalists and child advocates are raising warning flags this week over the consumer-driven, corporate-sponsored ad campaigns and product tie-ins surrounding the movie version of Dr. Suess' 'The Lorax'. One of the most beloved children's book authors of all time, Dr. Seuss published his environmental parable in 1971. . . .

Patriotism is nationalism, and always leads to war.
Helen Caldicott

Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything
Publilius Syrus

Argentina's Pulp Fiction: Grupo Clarín and Freedom of the Press
A new law aiming to end a media monopoly is condemned by international news outlets.
BY Julie Turkewitz
February 21, 2012, © In These Times
BUENOS AIRES–In June 2002, hundreds of Argentines swept through this city in protest, calling for the government's help in the wake of an economic crisis that had devastated the nation. In a fit of violence, police officers fatally shot two young men. The following day, Clarín, the nation's largest newspaper, ran the following headline:"The crisis causes two new deaths." The tone of the headline–implicitly abdicating the police and government of any responsibility – symbolizes what Clarín has done for decades: let corrupt, bloody governments off the hook for their crimes. . . .

As political theorist Michael Parenti points out, historians often overlook Fascism's economic agenda--the partnership between Big Capital and Big Government--in their analysis of its authoritarian social program. Indeed, according to Bertram Gross in his startlingly prescient Friendly Fascism (1980), it is possible to achieve fascist goals within an ostensibly democratic society.
Richard Heinberg

Attack of the billionaires
Posted by Jim Hightower
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, © JimHightower.com
It was a total lockdown. As jet after jet swept in surreptitiously with top brass and political decision-makers on board, every entrance to the site of the super-secrete Coachella Valley planning summit was secured and patrolled by armed guards and helicopters. . . .

Tom Friedman Is Waiting For Afghans to Shape Up
by Peter Hart
02/29/2012, © FAIR
I think most sensible people understand that the current uproar in Afghanistan over the desecration of the Quran isn't really just about the defiling of a holy book. . . .

Robert Fisk: The new Cold War has already started – in Syria
Saturday 25 February 2012, © The Independent
If Iran obtains nuclear weapons capability, "I think other nations across the Middle East will want to develop nuclear weapons".
Thus thundered our beloved Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in one of the silliest pronouncements he has ever made. Hague seems to spend much of his time impersonating himself, so I'm not really certain which of Mr Hague-Hague's personas made this statement. . . .

Neither Perceval Press, Perceval Pictures, nor Viggo Mortensen has ever had a "Twitter" account nor any plans to ever be involved in "Twitter" or anything like it.

Noam Chomsky - The Purpose of Education
Learning Without Frontiers
Noam Chomsky discusses the purpose of education, impact of technology, whether education should be perceived as a cost or an investment and the value of standardised assessment. Presented at the Learning Without Frontiers Conference - Jan 25th 2012- London (LWF 12) . . .

A lie does not consist in the indirect position of words, but in the desire and intention, by false speaking, to deceive and injure your neighbour.
Jonathan Swift

American Decline: Causes and Consequences
Noam Chomsky
al-Akhbar, August 24, 2011
In the 2011 summer issue of the journal of the American Academy of Political Science, we read that it is "a common theme" that the United States, which "only a few years ago was hailed to stride the world as a colossus with unparalleled power and unmatched appeal -- is in decline, ominously facing the prospect of its final decay." It is indeed a common theme, widely believed, and with some reason. But an appraisal of US foreign policy and influence abroad and the strength of its domestic economy and political institutions at home suggests that a number of qualifications are in order. To begin with, the decline has in fact been proceeding since the high point of US power shortly after World War II, and the remarkable rhetoric of the several years of triumphalism in the 1990s was mostly self-delusion. Furthermore, the commonly drawn corollary -- that power will shift to China and India -- is highly dubious. They are poor countries with severe internal problems. The world is surely becoming more diverse, but despite America's decline, in the foreseeable future there is no competitor for global hegemonic power. . . .

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.
Jonathan Swift

Alarming Discussion with Professor Noam Chomsky Regarding Our Nation and World
Recorded at Professor Chomsky's office on Dec. 06, 2011.

 

Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
Jonathan Swift

"Losing" the World: American Decline in Perspective, Part 1
Noam Chomsky
Tomdispatch.com, February 14, 2012
Significant anniversaries are solemnly commemorated -- Japan's attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, for example. Others are ignored, and we can often learn valuable lessons from them about what is likely to lie ahead. Right now, in fact.
At the moment, we are failing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's decision to launch the most destructive and murderous act of aggression of the post-World War II period: the invasion of South Vietnam, later all of Indochina, leaving millions dead and four countries devastated, with casualties still mounting from the long-term effects of drenching South Vietnam with some of the most lethal carcinogens known, undertaken to destroy ground cover and food crops. . . .

When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.
Jonathan Swift

The Imperial Way: American Decline in Perspective, Part 2
Noam Chomsky
Tomdispatch.com, February 15, 2012
In the years of conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, "losses" continued to mount elsewhere. In the past decade, for the first time in 500 years, South America has taken successful steps to free itself from western domination, another serious loss. The region has moved towards integration, and has begun to address some of the terrible internal problems of societies ruled by mostly Europeanized elites, tiny islands of extreme wealth in a sea of misery. They have also rid themselves of all U.S. military bases and of IMF controls. A newly formed organization, CELAC, includes all countries of the hemisphere apart from the U.S. and Canada. If it actually functions, that would be another step in American decline, in this case in what has always been regarded as "the backyard." . . .

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
Jonathan Swift

Anthony Arnove and Noam Chomsky Honor Howard Zinn 12-4-2011
A presentation at SUNY New Paltz entitled "Honoring Howard Zinn: An Historian Who Made History" that was given 12-4-2011. Part one contains the speakers' tribute to the Great American, Howard Zinn

 

4/3/2012:
Bienvenido a casa, hijo mío.
¿Jugamos un ratito?

San Lorenzo

I love men, not for what unites them, but for what divides them, and I want to know most of all what gnaws at their hearts.
Guillaume Apollinaire

Time on the Cross With Rick Santorum
by ALEXANDER COCKBURN
FEBRUARY 24-26, 2012, © CounterPunch
Surely Rick Santorum is the most fanatical Christian to run for the Republican nomination in the modern era, maybe any era. Next to him Pat Robertson, billionaire founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, who ran for the nomination in 1988, has the tolerant, glassy-eyed bonhomie of the late Dean Martin. Robertson has always been in show business. Four years ago we had Mike Huckabee, the evangelist and former governor of Arkansas, one of the boys, shacked up with Mrs Huckabee in his doublewide on the grounds of the Arkansas gubernatorial mansion. He has always been in show business too. . . .

Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature's monotony. The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed. The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at once vanish. Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons, no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give way, and the impotent void would reign everywhere.
Guillaume Apollinaire

Onward-Marching Christian Soldiers
February 23, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
By Frederick Clarkson (Originally published in 1998)
Most attorneys who ascend into the rarefied atmosphere of media celebrity-hood are either dashing courtroom warriors, like O.J. Simpson's Johnnie Cochran, or inside-the-Beltway power types, like Bill Clinton's Robert Bennett. The Monica Lewinsky case broke that mold with the unlikely emergence of the family's Los Angeles-based lawyer, the garrulous William Ginsburg, as a five-talk-shows-per-Sunday phenomenon. . . .

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded.
W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915

No acato ni respeto un escándalo supremo
La condena anunciada del Tribunal Supremo al juez Garzón pone en evidencia la politización corporativa del poder judicial
Gaspar Llamazares Trigo
22 FEB 2012, © El País
El linchamiento o juicio inquisitorial a Garzón resume, como pocos, nuestros males nacionales, en este caso, las aberraciones del poder que se convierten en afrentas a la ética civil y la justicia. . . .

Washington's War in Yemen Backfires
Jeremy Scahill
February 14, 2012, © The Nation
Gen. Mohammed al-Sumali sits in the passenger seat of his armored Toyota Land Cruiser as it whizzes down the deserted highway connecting the Yemeni port city of Aden to Abyan province, where Islamist militants have overrun the provincial capital of Zinjibar. Sumali, a heavy-set man with glasses and a mustache, is the commander of the 25th Mechanized Brigade of the Yemeni armed forces and the man charged with cleansing Zinjibar of the militants. Sumali's task carries international significance: retaking Zinjibar is seen by many as a final test of the flailing regime of Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, the unpopular ruler who has deftly exploited the US government's perception of him as an ally in the fight against terrorism to maintain his grip on power. . . .

Hypocrisy and Syria
by ALEXANDER COCKBURN
FEBRUARY 17-19, 2012, © CounterPunch
Few spectacles have been more surreal than senior US officials – starting with the President, the Secretary of State and the US ambassador to the UN – solemnly lecturing Assad and his beleaguered Syrian government on the need to accommodate rebel forces whose GCC sponsors are intent on slaughtering the ruling Alawite minority or driving them into the sea.
At one grimly hilarious moment last Friday, these worthy sermons were buttressed by a message from Ayman al-Zwahiri, the head of al-Qaeda, therefore presumably the number one target on President Obama's hit list, similarly praising the 'Lions of Syria' for rising up against the Assad regime. Al-Qaeda and the White House in sync! . . .

Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich was a voice of sanity after 9/11, cautioning against lashing out at the world. He led the effort in Congress opposing George Bush's Iraq War. His October 2002 analysis of the call for war against Iraq stands today as a statement of clarity of vision and courage which, if heeded, would have spared the lives of US soldiers and Iraqi citizens alike. His was a relentless challenge to the rationale for the war and a call for accountability for those who lied to drag us into the war. You may remember that it was Kucinich who led the effort to try to impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney for their fabrications, prevarications, and other misstatements. When others were promising 'permanent war for permanent peace' Kucinich was the one who pointed out the idiocy and the hypocrisy.

In the past decade, Kucinich opposed not only the war in Iraq, he voted against every single funding bill for war, whether Iraq or Afghanistan. It was Kucinich who again rose up to create a rare bipartisan coalition to thwart the war against Libya for a time. As the fundamentalists now take hold there, once again the question arises, why did we go into Libya? What was that really about?

Today, the neocons again are attempting to rush America into a war against Iran. It was Kucinich who took to the floor of the House in debate to knock down again and again the false claims that were being made to try to justify sanctions which could lead to still another war.

I am writing to urge your financial support for the re-election campaign of Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who has been our nation's most consistent voice for peace, economic and social justice. Months ago, Congressman Kucinich's district was dramatically altered by the Republican state legislature and the primary election is in only 19 days with mail-in balloting well underway. As a result, he is facing a highly competitive primary with a majority of new territory.This champion of peace obviously cannot rely on war profiteers for funds necessary to gain re-election. He must rely on those of us who are peace profiteers, our friends and family, to be his support and his voice as he has been ours over the past decade and more.

I urge you today to go to www.kucinich.us/donate and contribute to Dennis Kucinich's re-election. We must protect Congress' most consistent, most courageous voice for peace and for civil liberties which peace protects. Please contribute generously to his reelection. Please help preserve his voice, his vote in the United States Congress.

Thank you,

Gore Vidal
Vidal Quote

Robert Fisk: I've lost a good, brave, honourable friend
Saturday 18 February 2012, © The Independent
Tewfik Mishlawi was the first Palestinian to report for The Times.
I was the paper's Middle East correspondent in the early 1980s and had come to admire this tall, humorous man with his giant eyes and deep voice, able to interpret civil war Lebanese politics like a seer. When I signed him up as my "stringer" in Beirut – a "stringer" is the reporter who covers for the full-time correspondent when he's away – The Times was attacked by readers who, in some cases, declared themselves friends of Israel, all of whom told us that a Palestinian would only be writing on behalf of "terrorists". The readers were told to get stuffed. . . .

Lieberman Edges US to War with Iran
By Robert Parry
February 18, 2012, Consortiumnews.com
Sen. Joe Lieberman is leading a group of nearly one-third of the U.S. Senate urging that the red line on war with Iran be shifted from building a nuclear weapon to the vague notion of Iran having the "capability" to build one. The neoconservative senator from Connecticut has introduced a "Sense of the Senate" resolution that would put the body on record as rejecting a situation that arguably already exists, in which Iran has the know-how to build a bomb even if it has no intention to do so. . . .

There's a special stamp on the Venice post office
Budget cuts could close Venice's historic post office. Appreciative residents won't hear of it.
Hector Tobar
November 11, 2011, © Los Angeles Times
The Venice post office is a gem with a tile roof and a beautiful work of art inside.
It was built by the federal government's Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. That New Deal program also paid an artist to paint the mural that still graces the lobby 70 years later. . . .

Standing Up to War and Hillary Clinton
By Ray McGovern
February 15, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
It was not until Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walked to the George Washington University podium on Feb. 15 to enthusiastic applause that I decided I had to dissociate myself from the obsequious adulation of a person responsible for so much death, suffering and destruction. . . .

Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.
Noam Chomsky

Newsweek and the 'War on Christians'
by Peter Hart
02/15/2012, © FAIR
A cover that declares a "War on Christians" is bound to get some attention.
Writing in the February 12 issue of Newsweek, author Ayaan Hirsi Ali's argument is just as blunt. Enough with all this talk "about Muslims as victims of abuse," because really it's the other way around:
A wholly different kind of war is underway--an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm. . . .

Brisa
David Trueba
15 FEB 2012, © El País
El caso de Hamza Kashgari, el periodista saudí detenido y deportado por la policía de Kuala Lumpur a su país de origen tras haber hecho algo parecido a apostatar del Islam en twitter, tiene ramificaciones geopolíticas. La comunidad de tuiteros no parece darse por aludida ante la posible condena a muerte de quien escribió sus dudas religiosas dirigidas retóricamente hacia el profeta. La capacidad de movilizarse emocionalmente choca siempre con la prudencia y el miedo. La conmoción por la muerte de una cantante concita un masivo chorreo de correo rápido, pero en cambio en este caso se echa de menos una respuesta solidaria global. El sistema al completo debería ofrecer refugio y colocar su mirada escrutadora sobre la desmesura de la ley religiosa. . . .

Replacing History With Fiction in Arizona
Gary Younge
February 8, 2012, © The Nation
In 1997 black America gained a new hero when Tiger Woods putted himself into history at the US Masters. Within a few weeks, it had lost him in an unlikely fashion—to a bespoke racial identity articulated on Oprah's couch.
Does it bother you being termed "African-American"? Oprah asked him. . . .

El juicio no es un sainete
Juan Goytisolo
12 FEB 2012, © El País
Hace exactamente dos siglos, nuestro mejor escritor de la primera mitad del siglo XIX escribía a propósito de la Constitución debatida en las Cortes de Cádiz: "Lo que necesita gran miramiento y tino son los principios constitucionales del Poder Judicial; de ese poder del que depende cuánto es y cuánto tiene el ciudadano; de ese poder que es el origen, el propagador y la defensa del espíritu público; el conservador de las leyes que constituyen la verdadera patria; ese poder que bien establecido corrige o hace insensibles las faltas de constitución de los otros; y mal organizado se convierte en instrumento de opresión y tiranía, en propagador de la corrupción pública". . . .

All government, of course, is against liberty.
H. L. Mencken

Behind the Saul Alinsky Smear
February 7, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
And now, a word about a good American being demonized, despite being long dead. Saul Alinsky is not around to defend himself, but that hasn't kept Newt Gingrich from using his name to whip up the froth and frenzy of his followers, whose ignorance of the man is no deterrence to their eagerness, at Gingrich's behest, to tar and feather him posthumously. . . .

The job is to ask questions-it always was-and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility.
Arthur Miller

Ducking Climate Warming Evidence
February 6, 2012
By Sam Parry, © Consortiumnews.com
The U.S. mainstream news media does not seem to have the foggiest idea how serious the climate crisis is (or at least many journalists pretend not to). That is the only conclusion one can infer based on the abysmal track record of climate-related news reporting.
A recent eight-paragraph story in The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, helps illuminate the point. It cites what is called "a new tactic" among Republicans for scuttling the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas rules – demanding that the White House to block them. . . .

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 days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Henry David Thoreau

Obama's Super-Bowl Fumble on Iran
February 7, 2012, © Consortiumnews.com
By Ray McGovern
Before President Barack Obama's interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, aired before the Super Bowl on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu probably hoped that, if Obama discussed Iran, he would give him the strong backing that Israeli leaders crave, freeing them to lash out at Iran — militarily, if they so choose. . . .

There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.
Niels Bohr

Justicia a cualquier precio
SOLEDAD GALLEGO-DÍAZ
11 FEB 2012, © El País
La justicia obtenida a cualquier precio termina no siendo justicia. Lo afirma la sentencia del Tribunal Supremo que ha condenado al juez Baltasar Garzón a una pena de inhabilitación de 11 años y a su expulsión de la carrera judicial, y ciertamente muchos ciudadanos, en España y en Latinoamérica, pueden alimentar en estos momentos la misma convicción, aunque por motivos diferentes. Habrá que suponer que el Tribunal Supremo ha emitido su fallo sin que mediara animadversión personal ni enojo corporativo, pero lo cierto es que esta decisión ha acabado con uno de los pocos símbolos de la justicia en el que confiaba una parte notable de esos ciudadanos y que esa es una noticia pésima, con un precio muy alto. . . .

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Goodbye to Afghanistan
by ALEXANDER COCKBURN
February 4-5, 2012, © CounterPunch
The day after the Florida primary, when all eyes were fixed in astonishment on the victorious Gov. Romney expressing his indifference to the sufferings of the poor, the Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, gave a speech in Brussels. He said that as early as mid-2013 American forces in Afghanistan will step back from a combat role. . . .

On Death, without Exaggeration

It can't take a joke,
find a star, make a bridge.
It knows nothing about weaving, mining, farming,
building ships, or baking cakes.

In our planning for tomorrow,
it has the final word,
which is always beside the point.

It can't even get the things done
that are part of its trade:
dig a grave,
make a coffin,
clean up after itself.

Preoccupied with killing,
it does the job awkwardly,
without system or skill.
As though each of us were its first kill.

Oh, it has its triumphs,
but look at its countless defeats,
missed blows,
and repeat attempts!

Sometimes it isn't strong enough
to swat a fly from the air.
Many are the caterpillars
that have outcrawled it.

All those bulbs, pods,
tentacles, fins, tracheae,
nuptial plumage, and winter fur
show that it has fallen behind
with its halfhearted work.

Ill will won't help
and even our lending a hand with wars and coups d'etat
is so far not enough.

Hearts beat inside eggs.
Babies' skeletons grow.
Seeds, hard at work, sprout their first tiny pair of leaves
and sometimes even tall trees fall away.

Whoever claims that it's omnipotent
is himself living proof
that it's not.

There's no life
that couldn't be immortal
if only for a moment.

Death
always arrives by that very moment too late.

In vain it tugs at the knob
of the invisible door.
As far as you've come
can't be undone.

By Wislawa Szymborska
From "The People on the Bridge", 1986
Translated by S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh

Lovesick wolf's lonely journey
by: Rhys Blakely
February 02, 2012, © The Times
NEVER has a wolf been more lonesome. On December 28, California received a new resident - a lovesick grey wolf. He is the first of his species to enter the Golden State since it was hunted to extinction there nearly 90 years ago and his border crossing was part of a lupine odyssey that has America gripped. OR7, as the wolf is known to scientists, left his pack in northeastern Oregon on September 10, just days before state officials issued orders to have his family shot for killing cattle. . . .

Wislawa Szymborska, sonrisa y agonía en la poesía
Javier Rodriguez Marcos
1 FEB 2012, © El País
Los que se preguntan para qué sirve el premio Nobel encontraron una respuesta en octubre de 1996. Ese año el secretario de la Academia Sueca nombró a una poeta polaca cuyo apellido todavía estamos aprendiendo a pronunciar. Wislawa Szymborska falleció este miércoles a los 88 años de edad en su casa de Cracovia. Los que suelen dudar del olfato de los académicos de Estocolmo tuvieron que darles la razón cuando leyeron a una autora cuya poesía está hecha de una mezcla de emoción e ironía, metafísica y cotidianidad: "Lee a Jaspers y revistas de mujeres", escribió en un poema. Un ejemplo: "Alma se tiene a veces. / Nadie la posee sin pausa / y para siempre. / Día tras día, / año tras año / pueden transcurrir sin ella. / A veces solo en el arrobo / y los miedos de la infancia / anida por más tiempo. / A veces nada más en el asombro / de haber envejecido". . . .

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
Sigmund Freud

Robert Fisk: We've been here before – and it suits Israel that we never forget 'Nuclear Iran'
Wednesday 25 January 2012, © The Independent
Turning round a story is one of the most difficult tasks in journalism – and rarely more so than in the case of Iran. Iran, the dark revolutionary Islamist menace. Shia Iran, protector and manipulator of World Terror, of Syria and Lebanon and Hamas and Hezbollah. Ahmadinejad, the Mad Caliph. And, of course, Nuclear Iran, preparing to destroy Israel in a mushroom cloud of anti-Semitic hatred, ready to close the Strait of Hormuz – the moment the West's (or Israel's) forces attack. . . .

The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.
Sigmund Freud

Robert Fisk: The present stands no chance against the past
Saturday 28 January 2012
The Palestinians are not only, it seems, an "invented people" – courtesy of Newt Gingrich – but the only Arabs on the Mediterranean not to enjoy a Spring or an Awakening or even a Winter. . . .

"La toga sucia y el culpable limpio"
Unas 6.000 personas se manifiestan en Madrid en apoyo al juez Garzón
NATALIA JUNQUERA
30/01/2012, © El País
"Estamos perplejos, aterrados, indignados, avergonzados", resumió el poeta Luis García Montero al término de la manifestación de apoyo al juez Baltasar Garzón que ayer sacó a la calle a unas 6.000 personas en Madrid. "Es una vergüenza que en España, que fue pionera en la oposición a los genocidas, representantes del viejo fascismo español hayan sentado en el banquillo al juez que quiso investigar los crímenes del franquismo", dijo. El poeta leyó un poema que había escrito para la ocasión, La farsa. "Son malos tiempos para la justicia. Vengan a ver la farsa, el decorado roto, la peluca mal puesta...", empezaba. "Vengan aquí y observen, es el tinglado de la nueva farsa, la toga sucia y el culpable limpio", decían sus últimas líneas. . . .

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Allan Rodenkam Simonsen (born 15 December 1952) is a former Danish footballer and manager. He most prominently played for German team Borussia Mönchengladbach, winning the 1975 and 1979 UEFA Cups, as well as for Barcelona from Spain, winning the 1982 Cup WInners' Cup. Allan Simonsen is the only footballer to have scored in the European Cup, UEFA Cup, and Cup Winners' Cup finals, and he was named 1977 European Footballer of the Year. . . .

Psychologists' Collusion in Ongoing Illegal Detentions
by TRUDY BOND, ROY EIDELSON, BRAD OLSON AND STEPHEN SOLDZ
January 10, 2012, © Counterpunch
As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first prisoners at Guantánamo Detention Center, several thousand miles away sits another United States detention facility, less well-known but with a history perhaps even more gruesome. Obscured throughout the decade-long "global war on terror," the detention center at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan is where two detainees died in December 2002. Initial autopsies at the time ruled both deaths homicides, according to a 2,000-page confidential Army file obtained by the New York Times. Autopsies of the two dead detainees found severe trauma to both prisoners' legs. The coroner for one of the dead noted, "I've seen similar injuries in an individual run over by a bus." . . .

Beware of turning into the enemy you most fear. All it takes is to lash out violently at someone who has done you some grievous harm, proclaiming that only your pain matters in this world. More than against that person's body, you will then, at that moment, be committing a crime against your own imagination.
Ariel Dorfman

The U.S., Indonesia & the New York Times
by CONN HALLINAN
January 24, 2012, © Counterpunch
Why is the New York Times concealing the key role that the United States played in the 1965 coup in Indonesia that ended up killing somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million people? In a story Jan. 19—"Indonesia Chips Away At the Enforced Silence Around a Dark History"—the Times writes that the coup was "one of the darkest periods in modern Indonesian history, and the least discussed, until now.". . .

El dilema de Mourinho
El técnico portugués, cuestionado por primera vez por la hinchada, discutido en el vestuario y sin coartadas arbitrales, acude al Camp Nou sin otro remedio que cambiar su táctica y arriesgar
DIEGO TORRES
24/01/2012, © El País
La erosión provocada por la victoria del Barça la semana pasada (1-2) ha cambiado el paisaje entorno al Madrid y su líder José Mourinho. La vuelta de los cuartos de final de la Copa sorprende al entrenador-mánager más debilitado que nunca. Cuestionado por un sector de la prensa que antes le apoyaba, sin el respaldo casi fanático que le brindó una hinchada que ahora le pita y cada vez más resistido por sus futbolistas. En los últimos tiempos, además, ha dado varios volantazos a la táctica y a las alineaciones, con hombres que aparecen y desaparecen de forma repentina, como Carvalho y Granero. . . .

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Arizona's 'banned' Mexican American books
First, the Tucson school district came for the Mexican American studies program. Now, it's come for its books
Roberto Cintli Rodriguez
Wednesday 18 January 2012, © The Guardian
In the aftermath of the suspension of the Tucson Unified School District's Mexican American studies department, TUSD has confiscated and continues to confiscate MAS teaching materials. Besides artwork and posters etc, that includes books. This move came in response to an unconstitutional measure, HB 2281, which was specifically created to dismantle the highly successful MAS-TUSD department. . . .

Historia repetida en el Clásico
Más allá de una excesiva agresividad, Real Madrid sigue sin respuestas ante Barcelona
Por Carlos Bianchi
19 de enero de 2012 , © ESPNdeportes.com
BUENOS AIRES -- El Clásico que pasó mostró un poco más de lo mismo a lo que nos venimos acostumbrando, y que de hecho mencionamos en la columna previa: el Barcelona sigue plasmando una superioridad aplastante sobre un Real Madrid que no encuentra respuestas. . . .

Robert Fisk: The 'invented people' stand little chance
Saturday 14 January 2012, © The Independent
Thank goodness we don't have to hear Newt Gingrich for a while.
His statement that the Palestinians were an "invented people" marked about the lowest point in the Republican-Christian Right-Likudist/Israel relationship. So deep has this pact now become that you can deny the existence of an entire people if you want to become US president. It's time, surely, to take a look at this extraordinary movement, to remind ourselves – since US "statesmen" cannot – just what its implications really are. . . .

How Not to Celebrate an Anniversary
From the Declaration of Independence to the NDAA
by WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
January 17, 2012, © Counterpunch
As 2011 ended the U.S. Senate voted 92 to 6 for the McCain-Levin amendments (S 1867) to the National Defense Authorization Act, and President Obama signed it. In the name of fighting terrorism, an astounding majority of Democratic and Republican leaders granted unlimited authority to the President (and future Presidents) and the Army to arrest anyone, citizen or foreigner, here or abroad, and imprison them in Poland, Pennsylvania, or Guantanamo or anywhere else — indefinitely. 92 of our Senators agreed the detained could be denied access to attorneys and loved ones, and "enhanced interrogation" rather than legal procedures would determine if they are guilty of terrorist plots. True, some rigid Constitutionalists and Libertarians from Senator Rand Paul on the right to the ACLU on the left have condemned S 1867 as a threat to our core beliefs and democratic system. But S 1867 swept through with the President's signature on the 135th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. . . .

 

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Guantánamo at 10: the defeat of liberty by fear
The unprecedented executive powers assumed by both presidents since 9/11 have crippled America's body politic
Michael Ratner
Wednesday 11 January 2012, © The Guardian
On 11 January 2002, the United States began showing major signs of what I call "Guantánamo syndrome", after one of the ailment's first and most enduring symptoms. That was the day when the Bush administration transferred the first 20 detainees to Camp X-Ray at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, after being assured by its Department of Justice that the location placed detainees outside of US legal jurisdiction. . . .

Ex-Marine testifies at squad leader's court-martial in Iraqi deaths
By Tony Perry
January 11, 2012, © Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Camp Pendleton—
A former Marine testified Tuesday that he and other Marines were justified in breaking into a home in Iraq and killing everyone inside after their squad leader told them the house was to be treated as "hostile.". . .

Guantánamo: still a part of America's conscience, a decade on
• Some 171 inmates remain, despite Obama's promises
• Only six detainees ever convicted; around 600 released

Ed Pilkington
Tuesday 10 January 2012, © The Guardian
The photograph was one of the most poignant images of the aftermath of 9/11. Twenty men dressed in lurid orange jumpsuits, eyes obscured behind blackened goggles, hands and legs shackled, cower behind chainlink fences as US soldiers stand over them. . . .

A good sword is the one left in its scabbard.
—Japanese proverb

Bob Anderson obituary
'Swordmaster' and stunt double who fenced with Errol Flynn and swung the lightsaber for Darth Vader
Ronald Bergan
Wednesday 4 January 2012, © The Guardian
As a stunt double, Bob Anderson, who has died aged 89, was among the many unsung, unknown, uncredited and partially unseen performers of motion pictures whose purpose is to remain anonymous while making the star look athletic, acrobatic, courageous or devil-may-care. For those in the business, Anderson reigned supreme in the fencing department, earning the title of "swordmaster". Given the partly Japanese genesis of the Star Wars franchise, it was an apt description of the man who wielded the lightsaber for Darth Vader in his duels in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). . . .

Sword fighting in film is not about how good the fighter is, but how good the actor receiving the blows is.
Takeshi Kitano

Fallece Bob Anderson, maestro de armas de Hollywood
ÁLVARO P. RUIZ DE ELVIRA
02/01/2012, © El País
Bob Anderson es uno de esos mitos de Hollywood que nadie conoce por su nombre y sí por su trabajo. Con sus coreografías de esgrima, Darth Vader le cortó la mano a Luke Skywalker en Star Wars, en la trilogía de El señor de los anillos cada 'cultura' tiene su estilo de lucha y en La princesa prometida se pudo ver uno de los mejores duelos de la historia del cine, entre dos espadachines diestros que se hacen pasar por zurdos. Esgrimista -participó en los Juegos Olímpicos de 1952- y actor, Anderson falleció el 1 de enero a los 89 años. . . .

Hora de despertar
may 20, 2011, © antoniomuñozmolina.es
He pensado desde hace muchos años, y lo he escrito de vez en cuando, que España vivía en un estado de irrealidad parcial, incluso de delirio, sobre todo en la esfera pública, pero no solo en ella. Un delirio inducido por la clase política, alimentado por los medios, consentido por la ciudadanía, que aceptaba sin mucha dificultad la irrelevancia a cambio del halago, casi siempre de tipo identitario o festivo, o una mezcla de los dos. . . .

Unalaska, Alaska
© Wikipedia
Unalaska is a city in the Aleutians West Census Area of the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. Unalaska is located on Unalaska Island and neighboring Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Islands off of mainland Alaska.
The population was 4,283 at the 2000 census. Almost all of the community's port facilities are on Amaknak Island, better known as Dutch Harbor or just "Dutch". It is the largest fisheries port in the U.S. by volume caught. It includes Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base and Fort Mears, U.S. Army, a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
Dutch Harbor lies within the city limits of Unalaska and is connected to Unalaska by a bridge. Amaknak Island is home to almost 59 percent of the city's population, although it has less than 3 percent of its land area. . . .

Quotes from those amazing Aleutians
A few thought provoking quotes from Bridge to Russia - Those Amazing Aleutians
By Murray Morgan
"The explosions were violent. A hundred miles away they riffled the clouds and shuddered the earth. Four hundred miles away they were mistaken for blasting in nearby hills. Seven hundred miles away people heard thunder from a cloudless sky, and wondered. A mountain had just disappeared" . . .

Aleutian Cultural Heritage in the Permanent Exhibition
© Museum of the Aleutians
Our exhibits depict cultural heritage of Unangan people in prehistoric times, evoke the profound shifts that began when Unangan people first encountered newcomers from outside the region, tell the story of Russian fur traders and the history of the Russian Orthodox Church and its influence on developing the cultural identity of Native people.
Archival and present-day imagery, graphics, and heirloom objects tell the ongoing story of this historic place.
Unique artifacts, quotes, and historic photographs convey how the United States' purchase of Alaska Territory in 1867 has shaped the lives of Unangan people through many generations. . . .

Conquered people tend to be witty.
Saul Bellow


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L'une des clés d'une relation amoureuse est de respecter la maladie que l'autre porte en lui.

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