"What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment & death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment ... inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose."
––Thomas Jefferson

From the Middle East to Northern Ireland, western states are all too happy to avoid culpability for war crimes
Robert Fisk, © The Independent
May 16, 2019

When is a war crime not a war crime? When it’s committed by us, of course.

But this truism is taking on a new and sinister meaning today – and not just because Trump and his crackpots may be planning another clutch of atrocities in the Middle East.

For there is now a dangerous slippage becoming apparent in which western states are more ready than ever to countenance military crimes against humanity, to accept them, approve of them and to expect us to connive at these gross and sickening breaches of international law.

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"It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world."
––Mary Wollstonecraft

April 17, 2019

¿Los medios hablamos demasiado de Vox?

Depende. En octubre pasado, cuando la encuesta del barómetro del CIS indicó que Vox obtendría un 1,2%, sí se habló demasiado de ellos. En la misma encuesta salió que el PACMA tendría un 1,4%; pero, sin embargo, todos los medios hablaron de Vox. Hay una inercia informativa que beneficia Vox y el entorno de extrema derecha. Un ejemplo claro es el bus de Hazte Oír, que consiguió mucha presencia mediática. Pero, sí que tiene más lógica hablar de Vox desde las elecciones andaluzas y sabiendo que Vox está marcando el espacio político de la derecha. Si no se tiene en cuenta Vox como actor político, es difícil entender algunas maniobras del resto de los partidos de derechas.

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"It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion."
––William Inge

Plea to save the wild ponies of Dartmoor
Tom Whipple, © The Times
May 18, 2019

On a spring morning in Dartmoor, the ponies grazing beneath Corndon Tor cast shadows across a Bronze Age roundhouse.

Ponies grazed here when the mossy foundation stones of this ruined settlement were still upright. They grazed when the house still had walls and the sacred purpose of the monuments its residents built were still understood. Soon, they may graze here no longer.

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"Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearences."
––Søren Kierkegaard

Trump and Bolton Are Putting War With Iran on a Hair Trigger
By Bob Dreyfuss, © The Nation
May 7, 2019

Is it Iraq all over again? Is President Donald Trump, egged on by two ultra-hawkish advisers in National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, seeking to launch an illegal, unauthorized war against a country in the Middle East after demonizing its leaders and making bogus charges about weapons of mass destruction? Just as President George W. Bush, led on by Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, invaded Iraq using false charges that Baghdad had a secret stash of nuclear and chemical arms, over the past few weeks the White House has taken a series of provocative, unwarranted steps that have brought the United States and Iran to the brink of war.

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