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The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
by RAMZY BAROUD
APRIL 19, 2018, © Counterpunch.org
The term 'media bias' does not do justice to the western corporate media's relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, aimed at guarding Israel and demonizing Palestinians. full article>
Human beings are not machines, and however powerful the pressure to conform, they sometimes are so moved by what they see as injustice that they dare to declare their independence. In that historical possibility lies hope.
By Donna Minkowitz
April 18, 2018, © The Nation
"Jews...commit a disproportionate number of mass shootings," Wisconsin Republican congressional candidate Paul Nehlen lied on Facebook recently. Earlier, he had tweeted: "Poop, incest, and pedophilia. Why are those common themes repeated so often with Jews?" Another GOP House hopeful, Pennsylvania's Sean Donahue, recently told me, "The United States was intended to be white.... I don't see why we had to have the Fair Housing Act." full article>
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
by Reese Erlich
April 19, 2018, © The Progressive
In 1998, al Qaeda killed 224 people when it attacked U.S. embassies in east Africa. In retaliation, President Bill Clinton ordered a missile strike against what he described as an al Qaeda nerve gas factory in Sudan. For years, he insisted that the attack had dealt a tough blow against terrorists.
Turns out the chemical weapons factory was a pharmaceutical plant. Journalists who arrived at the scene in protective clothing expected nerve gas fallout. They found aspirin scattered among the wreckage instead. full article>
Control in modern times requires more than force, more than law. It requires that a population dangerously concentrated in cities and factories, whose lives are filled with cause for rebellion, be taught that all is right as it is.
APRIL 18, 2018, © FAIR
A survey by FAIR of the top 100 papers in the US by circulation found not a single editorial board opposed to Trump's April 13 airstrikes on Syria. Twenty supported the strikes, while six were ambiguous as to whether or not the bombing was advisable. The remaining 74 issued no opinion about Trump's latest escalation of the Syrian war. full article>
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
Sean Hannity probably thought he'd be able to continually needle and interrupt Koppel and then have Koppel water down any criticisms he has. Koppel did not play along. full article>
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and PETER BAKER
APRIL 15, 2018, © The New York Times
If there was any chance that President Trump and James B. Comey could have avoided all-out war, it ended Sunday night.
That was when ABC News aired an interview with Mr. Comey, the president's fired F.B.I. director, as he uses a publicity blitz for his searing tell-all memoir, "A Higher Loyalty," to raise the alarm about the dangers he says Mr. Trump poses to the country. full article>
by Mike Doherty
Sep 21, 2017, © Maclean's
Eighty-five years after his birth, and 35 years after his death, Glenn Gould is still Canada's biggest classical musician. Sure, the very term "classical music" invokes reverence for the past, but are we too fixated on our most famous pianist? And to what extent is Gould, an iconoclast back in the 1950s, truly relevant now? full article>
I believe that the only excuse we have for being musicians and for making music in any fashion, is to make it differently, to perform it differently, to establish the music's difference, vis-a-vis our own difference.
By Francis Boyle
Historically the latest eruption of American militarism in the 21st Century is akin to that of America opening the 20th Century by means of the U.S.-instigated Spanish-American War in 1898.
The then Republican administration of President William McKinley grabbed their colonial empire from Spain in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines; inflicted a near genocidal war against the Filipino people; while at the same time illegally annexing the Kingdom of Hawaii and subjecting the Native Hawaiian people (who call themselves the Kanaka Maoli) to genocidal conditions. full article>
Whenever one honestly defies a tradition, one becomes, in reality, the more responsible to it.
11/04/2018, © Clarín
Al partido le quedaba casi nada bajo el cielo de un Santiago Bernabéu que asistía a uno de los peores cachetazos de su vida repleta de éxitos. Llegó un centro de Toni Kroos, la bajó de cabeza Cristiano Ronaldo para Lucas Vázquez y, desde atrás, Mehdi Benatia procuró rechazar la pelota. El árbitro Michael Oliver, quien había dirigido sin traumas el partido, vio una presunta infracción al número 17 del Real Madrid y sancionó penal. El equipo de la Casa Blanca, que perdía 3-0 tras su victoria por idéntico resultado en el encuentro de ida en Turín, tenía la chance de dar el golpe final. Entonces, de la mano de la decisión polémica, nació el escándalo. full article>
The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but rather the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.
by Stephen Zunes
April 11, 2018, © The Progressive
Reasonable people can disagree about how the international community should respond to the latest apparent atrocity by the Syrian government involving chemical weapons. The repeated use of these horrific and illegal weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's repressive regime deserves a strong international response. Unfortunately, given its history of politicizing the issue, the United States is in no position to lead. full article>
I don't approve of people who watch television, but I am one of them.
JACKIE FLYNN MOGENSEN
APR. 11, 2018, © Mother Jones
Trump's Department of the Interior is seeking to "revise" key, 40-year-old regulations which currently protect more than 300 threatened plant and animal species listed under the 1973 Endangered Species Act, according to a draft document that quietly leaked last week. full article>
A record is a concert without halls and a museum whose curator is the owner.
by PATRICK COCKBURN
APRIL 11, 2018, © Counterpunch.org
The crises in the Middle East are beginning to join up and cross-infect each other. Israeli aircraft fired missiles at Syria's T4 military airbase east of Homs early on Monday, just as other Israeli jets were making attacks on Gaza. President Donald Trump must decide whether or not he will order air strikes targeting Syrian government forces as a punishment for the alleged dropping of bombs filled with chlorine gas on a rebel-held part of the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta that killed at least 40 civilians on Saturday night. full article>
There is a craft and a power in listening.
When he ran for president, he was ridiculed and dismissed. It turns out he was the future of American politics.
by David Montgomery
April 9, 2018, © The Washington Post
Talk show host Larry King was peering down a long table in an auditorium at the University of Southern California. It was February 2004, and the candidates contending for the Democratic presidential nomination had assembled for a debate. At the far end, fixed in King's gaze, was Dennis Kucinich, then a member of Congress from Cleveland. full article>
By Ryan Holiday
April 2, 2018, © The New York Times
In the ancient world, as is true today, navigating political chaos was a pressing dilemma. Philosophers were forced to decide whether to participate in, resist or simply endure the political rulers of their time. Socrates, the incorrigible free spirit, was a soldier in the Peloponnesian War and a citizen who lived through Athens of the Thirty Tyrants. Aristotle, who wrote brilliant works on justice, happiness and government, worked for Alexander the Great, a murderous warmonger.
Or consider the case of Seneca, a man whose political life mirrors much of the chaos of the Trump administration. In A.D. 49, the well-known writer and Stoic philosopher was recalled from exile to tutor the successor of the emperor Claudius, a promising teenager named Nero. Like many people today, Seneca entered public service with ideals mitigated by a pragmatic understanding of the reality of the politics of his time. full article>
Nazi War Criminal of the Day:
Aribert Ferdinand Heim (28 June 1914 – 10 August 1992) was an Austrian SS doctor, also known as "Dr Death". He was born in Bad Radkersburg, Austria-Hungary, the son of a policeman and a housewife. He studied medicine in Graz, and received his diploma in Vienna. Heim joined the SS after the Anschluss. He volunteered for the Waffen-SS in the spring of 1940, rising to the rank of Hauptsturmf√ºhrer(Captain). During World War II he served at the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in Mauthausen, killing and torturing inmates by various methods, such as direct injections of toxic compounds into the hearts of his victims.
After the war, Heim lived for many years in Cairo, Egypt, under the alias of Tarek Farid Hussein after his conversion to Islam, and died there on 10 August 1992, according to the testimony by his son and lawyer. In 2009, a BBC documentary stated that German police had found no evidence of Heim's death on their recent visit to Cairo; nevertheless, three years later, a court in Baden-Baden confirmed again that Heim had died in 1992, based on new evidence provided by his family and lawyer.
Aribert Heim worked in Mauthausen for six weeks as a doctor starting in October 1941 at the age of 26. Prisoners at Mauthausen called Heim "Dr. Death", or the "Butcher of Mauthausen" for his cruelty. He was known for performing operations without anaesthesia. For about two months (October to December 1941), Heim was stationed at the Ebensee concentration camp near Linz, Austria, where he carried out experiments on Jews and others similar to those performed at Auschwitz by Josef Mengele. According to Holocaust survivors, Jewish prisoners were poisoned with various injections directly into the heart, including petrol, phenol, available poisons or even water, to induce death.
Heim reportedly removed organs from living prisoners without anesthesia, killing hundreds. A prisoner by the name of Karl Lotter, who also worked in the Mauthausen hospital at the time Aribert Heim was there, testified that in 1941 he witnessed Heim butcher a prisoner who came to him with an inflamed foot. Lotter provided gruesome details about how Aribert butchered the 18-year-old prisoner. Lotter stated that Aribert gave the prisoner anesthetic and then proceeded to cut him open, castrate him, and take out one of his kidneys. The prisoner died, and his head was cut off, boiled and stripped of its flesh. Heim then allegedly used this young man's skull as a paperweight on his desk. In a sworn statement that was given eight years after the incident Lotter stated that Heim "wanted the head because of its perfect teeth". Other survivors of the Holocaust referred to Aribert removing tattooed flesh from prisoners and using the skin to make seat coverings, which he gave to the commandant of the camp.
Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
The latter part of a wise man's life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.
By Edith Sheffer
March 31, 2018, © The New York Times
PALO ALTO, Calif. — My son's school, David Starr Jordan Middle School, is being renamed. A seventh grader exposed the honoree, Stanford University's first president, as a prominent eugenicist of the early 20th century who championed sterilization of the "unfit."
This sort of debate is happening all over the country, as communities fight over whether to tear down Confederate monuments and whether Andrew Jackson deserves to remain on the $20 bill. How do we decide whom to honor and whom to disavow? full article>
There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake, though all the World sees them to be in downright nonsense.
By Marjorie Cohn
March 31, 2018, © Consortiumnews.com
Nothing Donald Trump has done since his inauguration 14 months ago is more dangerous – to the United States, and indeed, to the world – than his selection of John Bolton for National Security Adviser. It is not surprising the president would feel most comfortable receiving advice from a fellow bully.
Trump bullies people on a nearly daily basis, directing his ire at immigrants, Muslims, women, LBGTQ people, the poor and the environment. He hurls Twitter attacks at those who disagree with him. full article>
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want.
A civilization which leaves so large a number of its participants unsatisfied and drives them into revolt neither has nor deserves the prospect of a lasting existence.
Daniel José Camacho
If a Muslim man planted bombs in predominately white neighborhoods before blowing himself up, you could bet that the White House and various media outlets would label him a terrorist and draw some connection between his religion and his violent acts. But the case of the Austin bomber reveals an enduring double standard: white Christian terrorists continue to get a free pass.
According to a Buzzfeed report, 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt – the one responsible for the recent bombings in Austin – was part of conservative survivalist circles. An acquaintance of Conditt confirmed he was involved in a group called Righteous Invasion of Truth, "a Bible study and outdoors group for homeschooled kids, created and named by the kids and their families that included monthly activities such as archery, gun skills and water balloon fights." full article>
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
23/03/2018, © ara.cat
El jutge ha processat per rebellió Puigdemont i Junqueras i set exconsellers (Forn, que ja és a la presó; Turull, Rull, Romeva i Bassa, que ja van ser a la presó; Ponsatí, que després d'uns mesos a Bèlgica se n'ha anat a Escòcia, i Comín, que continua a Bèlgica). També per rebellió ha processat Carme Forcadell, Jordi Cuixart i Jordi Sànchez, així com la número dos d'ERC, Marta Rovira. full article>
The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: my own government. I cannot be silent.
—Martin Luther King Jr.
By Inder Comar
March 22, 2018, © Consortiumnews.com
Democracy is dying. As we convene to remember the 15th year anniversary of the Iraq War, the fundamental lesson of that war is that our democratic norms are at grave risk when judges and courts fail to hold government leaders accountable for a patently illegal war.
It is impossible to understand the lack of accountability over the Iraq War without understanding the defining crisis of our time. And that is the crisis of Empire; of a disintegrating global order where the rule of law is now being replaced with the rule of might. full article>
Pensar es el mayor acto de rebelión.
Kavous Seyed is dead. We do not know if those responsible for his unlawful detention and murder will ever be held responsible. His work remains, however, and his compassion and brave work on behalf of endangered species in Iran will be continued by other activists, including scientists and artists like Naeemeh Naeemaei. In his honour, we offer the book of Naeemeh's remarkable paintings, Dreams Before Extinction, which includes a foreword by Kavous Seyed, free of any charge other than shipping cost, until our supply runs out (one per customer please).
Thank you for supporting his legacy and the animals he sought to protect.
Eel of the Day
The American eel (Anguilla rostrata) is a facultative catadromous fish found on the eastern coast of North America. Eels (Anguilla spp.) are fish belonging to the elopomorph superorder, a group of phylogenetically ancient teleosts. The American eel has a slender snakelike body that is covered with a mucous layer, which makes the eel appear to be naked and slimy despite the presence of minute scales. A long dorsal fin runs from the middle of the back and is continuous with a similar ventral fin. Pelvic fins are absent, and relatively small pectoral fin can be found near the midline, followed by the head and gill-covers. Variations exist in coloration, from olive green, brown shading to greenish-yellow and light gray or white on the belly. Eels from clear water are often lighter than those from dark, tannic acid streams.
The eel lives in fresh water and estuaries and only leaves these habitats to enter the Atlantic Ocean to start its spawning migration to the Sargasso Sea. Spawning takes place far offshore where the eggs hatch. The female can lay up to 4 million buoyant eggs a year, and dies after egg-laying. After the eggs hatch and the early-stage larvae develop into leptocephali, the young eels move toward North America where they metamorphose into glass eels and enter freshwater systems where they grow as yellow eels until they begin to mature.
By Jada Thacker
March 16, 2018, © Consortiumnews
A theatrical poster for the recent American Western movie "Hostiles" depicts its principal characters – a Frontier widow, a hardboiled Indian fighter, and an Indian chief – with a helpful blurb stating the story's theme with the subtlety of a striking rattlesnake: "We are all hostiles." full article>
Totalitarianism is patriotism institutionalized.
I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind — that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.
I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious.
I believe that the evidence for immortality is no better than the evidence of witches, and deserves no more respect.
I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech — alike for the humblest man and the mightiest, and in the utmost freedom of conduct that is consistent with living in organized society.
I believe in the capacity of man to conquer his world, and to find out what it is made of, and how it is run.
I believe in the reality of progress.
I —But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant.
—H.L. Mencken, The Artist: A Drama Without Words
By SINAN ANTOON
MARCH 19, 2018, © The New York Times
When I was 12, Saddam Hussein, vice president of Iraq at the time, carried out a huge purge and officially usurped total power. I was living in Baghdad then, and I developed an intuitive, visceral hatred of the dictator early on. That feeling only intensified and matured as I did. In the late 1990s, I wrote my first novel, "I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody," about daily life under Saddam's authoritarian regime. Furat, the narrator, was a young college student studying English literature at Baghdad University, as I had. He ends up in prison for cracking a joke about the dictator. Furat hallucinates and imagines Saddam's fall, just as I often did. I hoped I would witness that moment, whether in Iraq or from afar. full article>
Since the narrower or wider community of the peoples of the earth has developed so far that a violationof rights in one place is felt throughout the world, the idea of a cosmopolitan right is not fantastical, high-flown or exaggerated notion. It is a complement to the unwritten code of the civil and international law, necessary for the public rights of mankind in general and thus for the realization of perpetual peace.
—Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch, 1795
by JONATHAN COOK
MARCH 20, 2018, © Counterpunch
Seemingly unrelated events all point to a tectonic shift in which Israel has begun preparing the ground to annex the occupied Palestinian territories.
Last week, during an address to students in New York, Israel's education minister Naftali Bennett publicly disavowed even the notion of a Palestinian state. "We are done with that," he said. "They have a Palestinian state in Gaza." full article>
By Eugene Robinson
March 19, 2018, © The Washington Post
It's not your imagination. Donald Trump's occupancy of the White House is every bit as insane, corrupt and dangerous as you might fear. Witness this jaw-dropping message to the sitting president of the United States from the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency:
"When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America . . . America will triumph over you." full article>
Just as being nice to the arrogant is no better than being arrogant toward the nice, being accommodating toward anyone committing a nefarious action condones it.
—Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Middle East is still suffering from the consequences of the US invasion 15 years ago.
By Phyllis Bennis
FEBRUARY 22, 2018, © The Nation
Fifteen years ago, on February 15, 2003, the world said "No to War": Some 10 million to 15 million people, in hundreds of cities and dozens of countries all over the world, embraced the same slogan, made the same demand, in scores of different languages. A war against Iraq was looming, with Washington and London standing virtually alone in their false claims that Baghdad had amassed stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. full article>
That atomic energy though harnessed by American scientists and army men for destructive purposes may be utilised by other scientists for humanitarian purposes is undoubtedly within the realm of possibility. ...An incendiary uses fire for his destructive and nefarious purpose, a housewife makes daily use of it in preparing nourishing food for mankind.
17 March 2018, © BBC
Ireland thumped England on St Patrick's Day to win only the third Grand Slam in their history in thrilling fashion.
First-half tries from Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and Jacob Stockdale lit up a snowy Twickenham as Joe Schmidt's men opened up a 21-5 lead despite having Peter O'Mahony in the sin bin. full article>
When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?
by MEL GOODMAN
MARCH 16, 2018, © Counterpunch.org
MSNBC prides itself for progressive reporting on national security issues but continues to use apologists for the Central Intelligence Agency in reporting on key intelligence issues. The network's reliance on former deputy director of the CIA John McLaughlin is an excellent example of the skewed and tailored information that it offers to viewers on matters dealing with CIA. McLaughlin, a former colleague of mine at the CIA who I remember as an amateur magician, regularly pulls the wool over the eyes of such MSNBC veterans as Andrea Mitchell. full article>
We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.
by MICHAEL UHL
MARCH 16, 2018, © Counterpunch.org
On March 17th, 1968, The New York Times ran a brief front page lede headed, "G.I.s''' in Pincer Movement Kill 128 in Daylong Battle;" the action took place the previous day roughly eight miles from Quang Ngai City, a provincial capital in the northern coastal quadrant of South Vietnam. Heavy artillery and helicopter gunships had been "called in to pound the North Vietnamese soldiers." By three in the afternoon the battle had ceased, and "the remaining North Vietnamese had slipped out and fled." The American side lost only two killed and several wounded. The article, datelined Saigon, had no byline. Its source was an American military command's communique," a virtual press release hurried into print and unfiltered by additional digging. full article>
In war, truth is the first casualty.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
FROM THE COLLECTION: VIETNAM WAR, © PBS.org
The story of the My Lai Massacre, its cover up, and the subsequent investigation involves hundreds of people. Not all the men of Charlie Company participated in the Massacre, and even fewer were ever charged. Read short descriptions of select individuals and the critical roles they played. full article>
April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.
—T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land"
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
MARCH 13, 2018, © The New York Times
President Trump has displayed enthusiasm for brutality over the past year. He has told the police to treat suspects roughly, praised President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines for murdering people suspected of drug ties and called for the execution of drug dealers.
But one of his most unsettling beliefs is still his acceptance of the value of torture. "In my opinion, it works," he told Sean Hannity of Fox News early last year. full article>
Wed 14 Mar 2018, © The Guardian
Tributes poured in on Wednesday to , the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions. He died at the age of 76 in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
In a statement that confirmed his death at home in Cambridge, Hawking's children said: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. full article>
Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.
By Hilton Als
February 28, 2018, © The New Yorker
We're in Virginia, where the photographer Sally Mann was born, in 1951, and where she still lives, making work so rooted in place that it is inseparable from history, from lore, and from the effects of slavery. Like Janus, she looks forward as she looks back, at all those bodies that made her and her place in Virginia, and into the landscape, filled with rutted earth, big or low clouds, storybook fantastic vegetation, and the Southern light that reminds so many of photography itself—dark, as Joan Didion wrote, and glowing "with a morbid luminescence." That entire vision is a part of Mann's photographs, as she asks in these images of family members, roads, rivers, churches, and the effects of blackness on whiteness and whiteness on itself: Abide with me. And it all does—voices, sounds, the invisible things that Mann's haunted and haunting photographs allow us to see. full article>
Blessed is he who has been able to win knowledge of the causes of things.
By THOMAS ERDBRINK
FEB. 10, 2018, © The New York Times
TEHRAN — A well-known Iranian-Canadian professor has died in prison in Tehran, a statement posted on his son's Instagram page revealed on Saturday, and his family is seeking an independent autopsy.
The professor, Kavous Seyed Emami, was one of the founders of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Iran's most prominent nongovernmental organization focused on the environment.full article>
Women belong in all places where decisions are being made... It shouldn't be that women are the exception.
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Women are always saying, "We can do anything that men can do", but men should be saying, "We can do anything that women can do."‚Ä¨
When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch.
¡Feliz Día de la Mujer!
"Organize, agitate, educate" must be our war cry.
—Susan B. Anthony
MARCH 2, 2018 © The New York Times
RAKHINE STATE, Myanmar — Sono Wara spent the day crying. And even after her tear ducts emptied, her shirt was still wet from leaking milk.
Her newborn twins had died the previous day, and she squatted in her grass-roof hut, shattered by pain and grief. She is 18 and this was her first pregnancy, but as a member of the Rohingya ethnic minority she could not get a doctor's help. So after a difficult delivery, her twins lie buried in the ground. full article>
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
In an unprecedented move, the bipartisan group introduces a joint resolution to halt US involvement in the war on Yemen.
By James Carden
March 1, 2018, © The Nation
The three-year, Saudi-UAE-led war on Yemen has, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council, resulted in what is currently "the worst humanitarian crisis in the world." The blockade on imports to Yemen has, according to a senior UN official, brought 8.4 million Yemenis "a step away from famine," while UNICEF reports that Yemeni children are dying at the rate of one every ten minutes from preventable diseases. full article>
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
By Michelle Boorstein
February 28, 2018, © The Washington Post
For seven hours Wednesday, the remains of the Rev. Billy Graham lay in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as hundreds of Americans streamed past, many with tales of how the iconic pastor brought them closer to Jesus Christ. The day began with the three most powerful American politicians — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and President Trump — speaking at a private, televised memorial at the Rotunda of Graham's great gift to America: His evangelism. full article>
by MICHAEL WELTON
FEBRUARY 28, 2018, © Counterpunch
In his melancholic book, Age of Extremes: the Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991 (1995), British historian Eric Hobsbawm states: "The history of the twenty years after 1973 is that of a world which lost its bearings and slid into instability and crisis" (p. 403). American historian Tony Judt (Postwar: a History of Europe Since 1945 (2005) captures a widely expressed sentiment: "After 1945-75, Western Europe's 'thirty glorious years' gave way to an age of monetary inflation and declining growth rates, accompanied by widespread unemployment and social discontent (p. 455). Hobsbawm thinks that it was only in the 1980s that it became clear that the "golden age" of the social welfare state had crumbled and disintegrated. full article>
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.
Feb. 23, 2018, © The Independent
Syria continues to mass its armed forces around the east Ghouta enclave of Damascus, including army units commanded by President Bashar al-Assad's brother Maher and by Colonel Soheil Hassan, the "Tiger" whose military victories across the country have made him legendary among Assad's supporters. full article>
Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
February 23, 2018, © Brookings
Cape Town has become the latest poster child of drought in the Southern African region. The dramatic declaration of Day Zero—the date on which the taps are turned off—has caught the attention of the world. Indeed, in light of this looming deadline, now set for July 7 of this year, the city is facing the implementation of unprecedented water restrictions, such as a daily limit of 50 liters of water per person; severe, mandatory decreases in water usage by agricultural users and commercial properties; and complete bans of unnecessary water usage, such as filling pools and washing cars. full article>
Even the government understands that the environmental challenge is so big that no single agency can handle it. It needs collaboration among all the stakeholders - companies, governments, NGOs and the public. Public accountability will be the ultimate driving force.
By C. J. CHIVERS, LARRY BUCHANAN, DENISE LU and KAREN YOURISH
FEB. 28, 2018, © The New York Times
When a gunman walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, he was carrying an AR-15-style rifle that allowed him to fire upon people in much the same way that many American soldiers and Marines would fire their M16 and M4 rifles in combat.
Since 2007, at least 173 people have been killed in mass shootings in the United States involving AR-15s, according to a New York Times analysis. The grim list includes crimes in Newtown, Conn.; Las Vegas; San Bernardino, Calif.; and now Parkland, Fla. full article>
Presumably all obsessions are extreme metaphors waiting to be born. That whole private mythology, in which I believe totally, is a collaboration between one's conscious mind and those obsessions that, one by one, present themselves as stepping-stones.
—J. G. Ballard
HERE'S WISHING CHIEF MEL LONE HILL MANY MORE GREAT ADVENTURES AND NEW FRIENDSHIPS AS HE CONTINUES HIS RIDE. WE THANK HIM FOR ALL HE HAS DONE FOR PEOPLE, FOR HORSES, AND FOR PEACE.
DOKSA AKE WAUNKTE, MEL.
I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am at that place within me, we shall be one.
—Tasunke Witko (Crazy Horse)
David Fernàndez / August Gil Matamala
22/02/2018, © eldiaro.es
El miedo es una tecnología del poder. La excepción es una tecnología de gobierno. Ambas dos convergen hoy para vulnerar y violentar la libre voluntad democrática mayoritaria de la sociedad catalana. Desde ayer, sí, sabemos que nuestra amiga y compañera Anna Gabriel Sabaté se quedará en Ginebra. Refugiada en 2018. Considera, con todas las razones de su parte, que sus derechos fundamentales y procesales ya no están garantizados ante un tribunal especial que pedirá hasta penas de 30 años de cárcel. Por haber convocado un referéndum de autodeterminación, aprobado por mayoría democrática en sede parlamentaria, y por respetar los resultados. Ese es, dicen, el extraño delito de rebelión y sedición que les atribuyen: dar la palabra a la ciudadanía. En un extrañísimo golpe de estado que en vez de secuestrar urnas, las pone. El mundo al revés de la excepción. full article>
Let us put our minds together to see what life we can make for our children.
—Tatanka Yotanka (Sitting Bull)
By DAVID LEONHARDT, IAN PRASAD PHILBRICK and STUART A. THOMPSON
OCT. 4, 2017, © The New York Times
Most Americans support stronger gun laws — laws that would reduce deaths. But Republicans in Congress stand in the way. They fear alienating their primary voters and the National Rifle Association. full article>
Grown men may learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure, and, therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.
—Hehaka Sapa (Black Elk)
By George Zornick
Feb. 21, 2018, © The Nation
The Parkland shooting unfolded with a grim familiarity. News alerts that shots had been fired at a Florida high school quickly gave way to reports of multiple casualties and then a final, horrible number: 17 dead, students and teachers. Republicans offered their thoughts and prayers as ambulances pulled away from the school, and they also warned against any "knee-jerk" reactions to the killings, in the words of House Speaker Paul Ryan. full article>
I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.
—Isna-la-wica (Lone Man)
FEB. 22, 2018, © Mother Jones
For all of last year's talk about drastically reworking our health insurance system, and despite all the failed Republican attempts to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, new evidence suggests that little has changed in terms of how many Americans are insured. A new report out today from the National Center for Health Statistics found no significant change in the insured rate for the first nine months of 2017 compared with the previous year. full article>
Treat the earth well, it was not given to you by your parents; it was loaned to you by your children.
—Tasunke Witko (Crazy Horse)
Wednesday 21 February 2018, © The Independent
Here are some cruel facts about the siege of Ghouta. They have become buried in the real rubble and blood and the sham and apocalyptic expressions of horror from the West. The first and most important dimension to the siege was a remark by Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, who said on Monday that Moscow and the Syrian government "could deploy (in Ghouta) our experience of freeing Aleppo". This single phrase – otherwise translated from the Russian as "draw from the lessons of Aleppo" – was regarded, when it was heeded at all, as a warning that Ghouta would be destroyed. full article>
I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love.
— Makhipiya-Luta (Red Cloud)
By Marjorie Cohn
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, © Truthout
Pressure is mounting as the Trump administration continues to refuse to reveal its legal justification for bombing Syria in April 2017, despite increased scrutiny from Democratic senators and a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on February 8, 2018, requesting a copy of the State Department memo containing the Trump administration's legal justification for the US attack against Syria on April 6, 2017, when it bombed the Shayrat military airbase with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles. full article>
Praise, flattery, exaggerated manners, and fine, high-sounding words were no part of Lakota politeness. Excessive manners were put down as insincere, and the constant talker was considered rude and thoughtless. Conversation was never begun at once, or in a hurried manner. No one was quick with a question, no matter how important, and no one was pressed for an answer. A pause giving time for thought was the truly courteous way of beginning and conducting a conversation.
—Ota Kte (Plenty Kills), also known as Mochunozhin (Standing Bear)
Thu 22 Feb 2018, © The Guardian
The Spanish artist at the centre of a censorship row has attacked the lack of freedom of expression in the country, saying the current legal and political climate means "you have to choose your words very carefully or end up explaining yourself" in court.
Santiago Sierra's piece, Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain, consists of 24 pixellated photographs, including images of the deposed Catalan vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, and two leading figures in influential Catalan pro-independence groups, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sánchez. full article>
When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.
By THOMAS ERDBRINK
FEB. 10, 2018, © The New York Times
TEHRAN — A well-known Iranian-Canadian professor has died in prison in Tehran, a statement posted on his son's Instagram page revealed on Saturday, and his family is seeking an independent autopsy.
The professor, Kavous Seyed Emami, was one of the founders of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Iran's most prominent nongovernmental organization focused on the environment. full article>
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
—George Bernard Shaw
Sat 10 Feb 2018, © The Guardian
Even on a clear day, history hangs over Warsaw like smog. Flattened during the Nazi German wartime occupation and rebuilt during communist rule, what Poland's capital may lack in architectural charm it makes up for with a litany of monuments, statues, plaques and shrines dedicated to collective suffering and individual sacrifice. full article>
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
by ROHULLAH NADERI
FEBRUARY 9, 2018, © Counterounch
One of the stated objectives of coalition forces led by the U.S. to invade Afghanistan in 2001 was to overthrow the Taliban from power and help Afghans form a democratic and relatively stable government. The main objective of getting rid of the extremist group – the Taliban, was to defeat terrorism spearheaded by Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, blamed for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Al-Qaeda was purported to have bases in Afghanistan. full article>
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
FEB. 9, 2018, © Mother Jones
"He says that he's innocent. I think you have to remember that."
"He did a very good job while he was in the White House, and we hope that he has a wonderful career."
These were President Donald Trump's first public remarks addressing the resignation of Rob Porter, the White House aide who is facing public allegations of domestic abuse from his two former wives. The president on Friday did not express sympathy for the women, nor did he take a stand against domestic violence. Instead, Trump reminded reporters that Porter has denied the accusations. full article>
Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves need, and clamor for, a leader.
Sun 11 Feb 2018, © The Guardian
Over a barbecue grill last summer in a park in Springfield, Missouri, Jonathan Herbert and his friend Marlin Barber fell to ruminating about the challenges they faced as African Americans when driving across the country.
Barber, who teaches history at Missouri State University, was planning a road trip to Arkansas with his white wife and two young children, and was apprehensive about what they might encounter in the rural backwaters. Herbert had an idea – why not float the dilemma to friends on Facebook and see what came back? full article>
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
February 06, 2018, ©Doctors Without Borders
In 2016, MSF teams vaccinated refugee children in Greece against several deadly diseases, including pneumonia. Pfizer's monopoly on PCV13 limits access to affordable versions of the pneumonia vaccine for children worldwide.
Doctors Without Borders urges Pfizer to drop unmerited patents that hinder access to lifesaving childhood vaccine worldwide NEW YORK/SEOUL, FEBRUARY 6, 2018—The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has filed a legal petition at the Supreme Court of South Korea requesting that the court review Pfizer's patent to for its pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). On November 29, 2017, the Patent Court of Korea upheld the patent granted to Pfizer for its PCV13 product, marketed as Prevnar13. Unmerited patents like this are a barrier for people, governments, and treatment providers, such as MSF, trying to protect children against pneumonia—a disease that kills almost one million kids every year, or 2,500 per day. full article>
Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
by James Goodman
February 6, 2018, ©The Progressive
Even the judge who presided over Macario Gilberto Reyes-Herrera's case considered the outcome unfair.
Despite accepting a guilty plea, U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa praised Reyes-Herrera for living the "American Dream" and then added, "I hope, by some miracle, you can be allowed to stay." full article>
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Zach Hagadone
February 01, 2018, ©Inlander
Given that national outrage now operates on pace with the heartbeat of a hummingbird, it already feels like a lifetime ago that President Donald Trump dismissed immigrants from places like Haiti as infectants from "shithole countries." The crassness of his remarks notwithstanding — it was hard to miss the barely contained glee with which expertly coiffed TV news people deadpanned the word "shithole" for the better part of 72 hours — Trump's dismissal is less shocking in the context of early American history. full article>
We do not remember days, we remember moments.
Originally posted on January 10, 2017, ©Buzzfeed
A dossier making explosive — but unverified — allegations that the Russian government has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" President-elect Donald Trump for years and gained compromising information about him has been circulating among elected officials, intelligence agents, and journalists for weeks. full article>
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
By William J. Astore
February 5, 2018, ©Consortiumnews.com
Whether the rationale is the need to wage a war on terror involving 76 countries or renewed preparations for a struggle against peer competitors Russia and China (as Defense Secretary James Mattis suggested recently while introducing America's new National Defense Strategy), the U.S. military is engaged globally. A network of 800 military bases spread across 172 countries helps enable its wars and interventions. By the count of the Pentagon, at the end of the last fiscal year about 291,000 personnel (including reserves and Department of Defense civilians) were deployed in 183 countries worldwide, which is the functional definition of a military uncontained. Lady Liberty may temporarily close when the U.S. government grinds to a halt, but the country's foreign military commitments, especially its wars, just keep humming along. full article>
Opening up Atlantic and Arctic waters to drilling would lock the next generation into burning oil and gas in a way that only makes climate change that much worse, fueling ever rising seas, widening deserts, withering drought, blistering heat, raging storms, wildfires, floods and other hallmarks of climate chaos.
by JONATHAN COOK
FEBRUARY 6, 2018, ©Counterpunch.org
How did a 14-year-old Palestinian girl who has never set foot in the open-air prison of Gaza find herself being dumped there by Israeli officials – alone, at night and without her parents being informed?
The terrifying ordeal – a child realising she had not been taken home but discarded in a place where she knew no one – is hard to contemplate for any parent. full article>
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government.
By Greg Sargent
January 30, 2018, © The Washington Post
Last night, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted to release to the public the now-notorious memo created by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). At the same time, they have not said whether they will allow the public release of the rebuttal to that memo authored by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the committee's ranking Democrat, though they have agreed to release it to all members of the House to read. full article>
My whole life is about winning. I don't lose often. I almost never lose.
By NADJA POPOVICH, LIVIA ALBECK-RIPKA and KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS
Jan. 29, 2018, © The New York Times
Since taking office last year, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration — with help from Republicans in Congress — has often targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including major Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change. full article>
I actually don't have a bad hairline.
By MEREDITH MENDELSOHN
JAN. 19, 2018, © The New York Times
On a recent wintry morning, the multimedia artist Derrick Adams was sitting in his cozy basement studio in Brooklyn talking about distant cities and faraway times. "It's like reading a fairy tale book. I see the names of beauty schools and men's clubs and taverns, and I think, 'What does that place look like?'" full article>
Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.
Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you - gently, with love, and hand your life back to you.
JACKIE FLYNN MOGENSEN
JAN. 22, 2018, © Mother Jones
In 1969, 22-year-old Norma McCorvey was living in Dallas, Texas, when she discovered she was pregnant with her third child. As a poor, single mother struggling with alcohol addiction, McCorvey felt she wasn't prepared to take on raising another child. full article>
Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.
January 21, 2018, © Media Matters
The day after the start of the second annual series of Women's Marches all over the world, the major Sunday political talk shows were nearly silent on the historic protests, only briefly mentioning the topic across all five shows. full article>
Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
By Eli Rosenberg
January 18, 2018, © The Washington Post
An appointee of President Trump has resigned from the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps and other service programs after remarks he made disparaging blacks, Muslims, gays, women, veterans with PTSD and undocumented immigrants surfaced in the news media. full article>
By Philip Kennicott
January 12, 2018, © The Washington Post
Over the past year, as our political culture has grown more coarse and corrupt, I've felt different things: sometimes, anger; often, bitter resignation; and occasionally, a bemused sense of pure absurdity. But the past two nights I have actually wept. Why now? Why in response to these particular prompts? A confused and ailing woman in a thin medical gown was tossed to the roadside in freezing weather by security guards from the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus in Baltimore. Who orders such a thing, and why would anyone carry out that order? Then, the president of the United States calls Haiti, El Salvador and African nations "shithole" countries. Who says that kind of thing? Who thinks it? Who listens to it without reflexive outrage? full article>
The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.
10 ENE 2018, © El País
Una de las primeras decisiones judiciales de 2018 fue conceder el beneficio del arresto domiciliario al expolicía Miguel Osvaldo Etchecolatz, condenado a cuatro cadenas perpetuas por delitos de lesa humanidad. El represor fijó su domicilio en la zona sur de Mar del Plata, donde se levanta el frondoso bosque Peralta Ramos, un barrio que nació con 50 hectáreas y que hoy supera las 450. Un entorno tranquilo, natural y con calles que viran según los caprichos de eucaliptos, pinos y cipreses. La llegada del inesperado vecino atrajo la atención general sobre un lugar donde pasaban inadvertidos desde hace años muchos de los hombres que marcaron la época más oscura de Argentina. Y volvió un repudio que estaba enterrado desde los 90. full article>
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
By Devlin Barrett and Tom Hamburger
January 10, 2018, © The Washington Post
The political battle over the FBI and its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election intensified Tuesday with the release of an interview with the head of the firm behind a dossier of allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump.
The transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn R. Simpson's interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee was released by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the panel's senior Democrat, over the objections of Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). full article>
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
January 4, 2018, © The Independent
Most of us know the extremely rare but slightly creepy feeling of driving down a road or seeing a hill or listening to a conversation and being overcome by the absolute conviction that we've seen it or heard it before. Perhaps in an earlier incarnation. Or maybe just a few years ago, though we may not be able to place the experience in a time frame. It took me quite a while before a trusted friend was able to pinpoint why I found Iran's latest miniature street revolution so weird. And so familiar. And so chilling. full article>
Monkey of the Day
The Japanese macaque (/mə'kɑːk/; Macaca fuscata), also known as the snow monkey, is a terrestrial Old World monkey species that is native to Japan. They get their name "snow monkey" because they live in areas where snow covers the ground for months each year – no other nonhuman primate is more northern-living, nor lives in a colder climate. Individuals have brown-grey fur, red faces, and short tails. Two subspecies are known.
In Japan, the species is known as Nihonzaru (Nihon 日本 "Japan" + saru 猿 "monkey") to distinguish it from other primates, but the Japanese macaque is very familiar in Japan, so when Japanese people simply say saru, they usually have in mind the Japanese macaque.
When we grow old, there can only be one regret - not to have given enough of ourselves.
by PAUL STREET
JANUARY 5, 2018, © Counterpunch.org
Most of the media's attention on journalist Michael Wolff's "explosive" new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has focused on the disclosure that Trump's former political strategist Steve Bannon used the words "treasonous" and "unpatriotic" to describe Donald Trump, Jr. and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner's infamous June 2016 meeting with Russians claiming to possess damaging information on Hillary Clinton. full article>
I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret both.
January 4, 2018, © The Washington Post
By Richard Morgan
Woody Allen is wrapping up a new movie. Just kidding: He doesn't make new movies. What he's editing now, "A Rainy Day in New York," about a college-age love triangle, could, like any of his movies, instead be titled "A Woman Gets Objectified by a Man." This, in his view, is the pinnacle of art, its truest calling and highest purpose. Especially when it involves young women who are compelled to lackluster men merely by the gravity of the men's obsession. full article>
If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.
JAN. 5, 2018, © Mother Jones
Christopher Steele is not the issue. Yet the former British intelligence official who wrote a series of unconfirmed reports on Trump-Russia connections during the 2016 campaign seems to have become the main target of congressional Republicans. On Friday, two Republican senators—Charles Grassley of Iowa and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina—released a letter they had sent the previous day to the Justice Department and the FBI requesting a criminal investigation of Steele. There have been no other known congressional criminal referrals related to the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election or to interactions between Trump associates and Russians during the campaign. full article>
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
—Thomas A. Edison
By Juliet Eilperin
December 23, 2017, © The Washington Post
The Trump administration moved Friday to renew leases for a copper and nickel mining operation on the border of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, reversing a decision made in the final weeks of Barack Obama's tenure in office. full article>
I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.
—Thomas A. Edison
By Jonathan Marshall
December 21, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com
Political charlatans like Donald Trump often employ an essential trick from stage magic: misdirecting the audience. By taking the public's eye off the real issues and channeling discussion toward made-up controversies, they can keep working their agenda in the shadows. full article>
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
—Thomas A. Edison
By John Nichols
December 22, 2017, © The Nation
Virginia Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, delivered a powerful warning to the Trump administration and its Republican allies this week, when he declared on the Senate floor that a move by the president to fire special counsel Robert Mueller or to undermine Mueller's inquiry would cross one of the "red lines" that Congress must maintain. full article>
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
—Thomas A. Edison
23 DIC 2017, © El País
Dos agentes de la policía de Grand Rapids (Michigan) rastreaban a principios de mes una urbanización en busca de una sospechosa de asesinato. Buscaban a una mujer blanca de 40 años. Por motivos que aún se desconocen, los agentes detuvieron a punta de pistola a Honestie Hodges, sobrina de la sospechosa. La niña, afroamericana y de 11 años, fue esposada y forzada a entrar en el coche patrulla. Pese a que el incidente ha provocado el revuelo de los vecinos, la policía afirmó esta semana que no tomará medidas disciplinarias contra los agentes. full article>
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.
22/12/2017, © ara.cat
"L'única proposta de la monarquia per a Catalunya es diu Inés Arrimadas". Ho va dir Pablo Iglesias dimecres a Santa Coloma de Gramenet, i l'endemà, com si els seus eslògans fossin ordres, l' Abc va dedicar la portada de la jornada de reflexió a un primeríssim i agraïdíssim primer pla de la guanyadora de les eleccions. full article>
The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable.
by WILLIAM HAWES
DECEMBER 22, 2017, © Counterpunch.org
Our civilization is headed for a downfall, to be sure, in part due to the massive gulf between our hopes for the future and the omnipresent inertia regarding social change in mainstream politics, though a more apt analogy for our society might be circling the drain. The dark, shadow side of our industrial farming practices in the US has resulted in the hypoxic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately the size of New Jersey and growing every year. Caused by excess nitrates, phosphates, and various chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides draining from farmland into the Mississippi river basin, toxic algal blooms kill millions of fish, shrimp, shellfish, and, almost certainly, thousands of marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico every year. There are hundreds of these dead zones around the world's oceans, caused by agribusiness and sewage runoff from the world's largest cities. There are also garbage patches in the Pacific (actually diffuse swathes of ocean littered mainly by microplastics) comparable to the size of Mexico. full article>
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
21 DIC 2017, © El País
En 1959, la agencia Magnum encargó al fotógrafo chileno Sergio Larraín una misión casi imposible: fotografiar al temido capo mafioso Giuseppe Genco Russo. Larraín viajó a Sicilia con su cámara Leica en el bolsillo y recorrió todos los rincones de la isla a lo largo de tres meses sin encontrar al prófugo. Durante la búsqueda, registró a niñas jugando en corro, niños subidos a árboles, una viuda que se cubre el rostro con un velo negro en un funeral, calles de piedra cruzadas por hombres en burro. Esas imágenes están expuestas hoy en el Centro Cultural Borges de Buenos Aires, pero también, protegida detrás de una vitrina, destaca una de las fotografías que sacó al Don mientras descansaba en un diván. full article>
What created democracy was Thomas Paine and Shays' Rebellion, the suffragists and the abolitionists and on down through the populists and the labor movement, including the Wobblies. Tough, in your face people... Mother Jones, Woody Guthrie... Martin Luther King and Caesar Chavez. And now it's down to us.
By Lawrence Davidson
December 21, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com
It is not easy to write anything new about President Trump's Dec. 6 announcement that he (and thus supposedly the U.S. as a nation) was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. After all, plenty of very smart and attentive people have already commented on this decision. I particularly like those who pointed out that Trump's move replicated that of Arthur Balfour. full article>
The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for a peaceful world.
—J. William Fulbright
Tuesday 12 December 2017, © The Nation
One hundred years ago, on 11 December 1917, the British army occupied Jerusalem. As General Allenby's troops marched through Bab al-Khalil, launching a century of settler colonialism across Palestine, prime minister David Lloyd George heralded the city's capture as "a Christmas present for the British people".
In a few months' time, we mark another such anniversary: 70 years since the Palestinian Nakba of 1948, the catastrophic destruction of the Palestinian polity; the violent dispossession of most of its people with their forced conversion into disenfranchised refugees; the colonial occupation, annexation and control of their land; and the imposition of martial law over those who managed to remain. full article><
The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity.
By Dennis J Bernstein
December 12, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com
Protests have broken out across the Middle East against President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital — and Western critics complain that the move adds one more brick in the wall against the prospects for peace.
Professor Francis Boyle, who teaches international law at the University of Illinois College of Law and served as a long-time legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), calls Trump's announcement a "symbolic but still critical step in Israeli designs to control not just Jerusalem, but all of historic Palestine." I spoke with Boyle on Dec. 6. full article>
The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity.
Dec. 12, 2017, © Mother Jones
The Arctic is warming faster than at any point in the past 1,500 years, according to a federal government report released Tuesday. The report, led by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also found that maximum winter sea ice coverage in the Arctic was the smallest ever recorded. full article>
Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.
By Robert L. Borosage
December 12, 2017, © The Nation
The Pentagon wants a lot more money, and Donald Trump is eager to meet the demand. He has promised the largest military spending binge since Ronald Reagan and recently told soldiers they would soon enjoy "beautiful new planes and beautiful new equipment." full article>
By a lie, a man... annihilates his dignity as a man.
By Derek Hawkins
December 13, 2017, © The Washington Post
Democrat Doug Jones made history Tuesday with his stunning upset over Republican Roy Moore in the Senate election in Alabama, but one of the most memorable moments of the day came during several seconds of dead air on CNN. full article>
The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.
by Erik Ness
December 1, 2017, © The Progressive
Candidate Donald Trump never made a secret of his contempt for the Environmental Protection Agency. Asked by Fox News what he would cut from government, Trump responded, "Environmental Protection. What they do is a disgrace."
Trump's pick to head the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, had sued the agency fourteen times before taking the helm. The President called for cutting the EPA's 2017 funding by $3 billion and trimming staff by 3,500. Congress balked, mostly funded the EPA, and restored full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an ambitious long- term regional agenda with roots in the second Bush Administration. full article>
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
—Henry David Thoreau
By Eleanor Cummins
Nov. 20 2017, © Slate
There are thought to be about 10 million distinct species of plants and animals on Earth. That number is incomprehensibly large, not least because most species are still undiscovered. But now the Biodiversity Heritage Library, an open-access repository for some of the most stunning images collected of life on Earth, is helping to make these ecological wonders all the more real: It's made more than 2 million images of our planet's biodiversity available online for free. Anyone can explore the expansive collections, study the digitized materials, and even download the images for whatever scientific—or artistic—project you have in mind. full article>
My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.
November 22, 2017, © Amnesty International
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the sustained and systemic attacks on the Rohingya population by the Myanmar military "ethnic cleansing" today in an acknowledgment of the nature of the humanitarian crisis. He also called for an independent probe into north Rakhine State. The announcement comes a week after promising an additional $47 million in humanitarian aid. full article>
To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.
By BRENDAN JONES
NOV. 24, 2017, © The New York Times
It is almost winter again here. The days shorten and the furrows of the volcano that looms over our town steadily fill with snow. At night my daughters and I watch northern lights dance green across a mountain ridge as we wait for our salmon to thaw for dinner. In the courts there is a case in which the defendant, a fisherman, claims his cloth measuring tape constricted in the cold, causing him to mismeasure his halibut. In another case a fisherman blames his freezer for shrinking a king salmon. Alaska state troopers disagree. Life continues apace.
When I'm not working on our tugboat, I fish with Eric Jordan, a second-generation troller whose parents, like those of so many seasoned fishermen around here, fought for Alaskan statehood so salmon could be better managed. We work the winter line, stretching between Cape Edgecumbe Light and Point Woodhouse. The salmon, chromatic shifts of light prowling the kelp forests, have slowed down by this time of year. Smoked, canned, stacked in the freezer like cordwood, their pumpkin-orange meat sustains us, as it has sustained the Tlingit community on this island for 10,000 years. full article>
On Thanksgiving Night, 1942, when I was fifteen years old, white racists burned our house to the ground.
—Coretta Scott King
Nov. 23, 2017, © Mother Jones
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office issues hundreds of pedestrian citations a year, drawing on an array of 28 separate statutes governing how people get around on foot in Florida's most populous city. There is, of course, the straightforward jaywalking statute, barring people from crossing against a red light. But in Jacksonville, pedestrians can also be ticketed for crossing against a yellow light, for "failing to cross a street at a right angle," for not walking on the left side of a road when there are no sidewalks, or alternatively for not walking on a sidewalk when one is available. full article>
From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives for ever; That dead men rise up never; That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne
22/11/2017, © The Huffington Post
Vehemently anti-gay conservative organization MassResistance opened a conference last week with an interpretive flag dance that has us all wondering ... Are we being trolled? full article>
By Randall Balmer
November 17, 2017 © The Washington Post
I first encountered Roy Moore in 2002 in a Montgomery, Ala., courtroom, where I was an expert witness on the separation of church and state in what came to be known as the Alabama Ten Commandments case. Moore, then the state's chief justice, was the defendant. He had installed a granite block emblazoned with the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Judicial Building in Montgomery, declared that the event marked "the restoration of the moral foundation of law to our people and the return to the knowledge of God in our land" and then refused to allow any other religious representations in that public space. full article>
The work of woman is not to lessen the severity or the certainty of the penalty for the violation of the moral law, but to prevent this violation by the removal of the causes which lead to it.
—Susan B. Anthony
Thursday 16 November 2017, © The Guardian
Spot the difference. The allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama politician Roy Moore, who is running for the US Senate, have revived interest in the allegations of sexual misconduct made against Donald Trump. full article>
The sexual abuse and exploitation of children is one of the most vicious crimes conceivable, a violation of mankind's most basic duty to protect the innocent.
—James T. Walsh
By Adam Federman
November 17, 2017, © The Nation
One day in Mid-March, James Cason, the associate deputy secretary at the Department of the Interior, convened an impromptu meeting of the senior staff of the Bureau of Land Management. Cason, whose office is on the sixth floor, rarely wandered the halls, and some career civil servants still had never met him. A soft-spoken and unassuming man, Cason has cycled in and out of Republican administrations since the early 1980s and has largely avoided public attention. But people who have worked with him know him as a highly effective administrator and a disciple of some of the department's most notorious anti-environment leaders in previous years—a "hatchet man," in the words of one former DOI employee who worked with him during the George W. Bush administration. full article>
Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.
—Michel de Montaigne
November 16, 2017, © Media Matters
Steve Bannon would have you believe that he stands at the crossroads of history, directing traffic. Ever since he emerged as a national political figure in the latter stages of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the Breitbart.com chairman has cultivated a reputation as a wily tactician, the leader of a nascent nationalist revolution, and a visionary whose dreams of a new political order are just beginning to come to fruition. During his brief tenure as chief adviser to President Trump, his various power grabs and heavy-handed policy maneuvers led to the perception that "President Bannon" was the real power in the White House. full article>
At a time when opportunism is everything, when hope seems lost, when everything boils down to a cynical business deal, we must find the courage to dream. To reclaim romance. The romance of believing in justice, in freedom, and in dignity. For everybody.
Thursday 16 November 2017, © The Guardian
Harry Truman once demanded to be given one-handed economists because he became so frustrated with his advisers meeting every demand for answers with "on the one hand, on the other hand".
Truman would have liked Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel prize-winning economist who worked for a later Democratic president, Bill Clinton, and who does not mince words when talking about the current incumbent of the White House, Donald Trump. full article>
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
By Nicolas J S Davies
November 16, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com
Seventy-seven million people in North and South Korea find themselves directly in the line of fire from the threat of a Second Korean War. The rest of the world is recoiling in horror from the scale of civilian casualties such a war would cause and the unthinkable prospect that either side might actually use nuclear weapons. full article>
Sadistic brutality and mystical feeling go always hand in hand when the normal capacity for orgastic experience is lacking. This was as true of the inquisitors of the medieval church, of the cruel and mystical Philip II of Spain, as it is of any modern mass murderer.
—Wilhelm Reich (The Mass Psychology of Fascism)
14.11.2017, © Jyllands-Posten
Aldrig har 50.000 irere været mere stille. Korslagte arme, lange ansigter, ikke en lyd. Deres blik rettet mod en 25-årig fynbo ved navn Eriksen, der midt i sin 75. landskamp blev opslugt af ni holdkammerater i en stor rød-hvid klynge i det ene hjørne af Aviva Stadium. full article>
October 10, 2017, © The Globe and Mail
After every horrific mass shooting and disturbing terrorist attack, the reflex is the same: The attacker(s) must be mentally ill.
The shocking randomness of these acts is destabilizing, so simplistic conclusions may provide comfort, but you can't explain away violence by saying the perpetrators are "nuts."
Doing so does a grave disservice to those who do suffer from mental illness – the vast majority of whom are not violent – and it prevents us from discussing the complex personal, political and social drivers that create angry, young (for the most part) men. full article>
To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something very important about the condition of the ethical life: that it is based on a trust in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a plant than like a jewel, something rather fragile, but whose very particular beauty is inseparable from that fragility.
—Martha C. Nussbaum
November 7, 2017, © Democracy Now
Estas son mis últimas palabras y tengo la certeza de que mi sacrificio no será en vano, tengo la certeza de que por lo menos será una lección moral que castigará la felonía, la cobardía y la traición.
—Salavador Allende, 11 de septiembre, 1973
© Amnesty International
Violence against women is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses. It is also one of the most hidden. It takes place in intimate relationships, within the family and at the hands of strangers and it affects women in every country in the world.
This report focuses on sexual violence against Indigenous women in the USA. Governments have a responsibility to ensure that women are able to enjoy their right to freedom from sexual violence. As citizens of particular tribal nations, the welfare and safety of American Indian and Alaska Native women are directly linked to the authority and capacity of their nations to address such violence. full article>
By John Nichols
November 8, 2017, © The Nation
If there is an American elected official who is the opposite of Donald Trump, it could well be Ravinder Bhalla. A Sikh-American lawyer with a record of fighting discrimination, Bhalla says, "I'm everything that Trump hates. A brown man wearing a turban, and a proud American with the know-how to stop his assaults on our country's values."
And while Trump is losing, Bhalla is winning. On Tuesday, when voters across the country rejected the president's Republican allies in what political analysts referred to as "nothing less than a stinging repudiation of Trump on the first anniversary of his election," Ravi Bhalla was elected mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey. The win in the city of 55,000, located just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, was celebrated by the Sikh community in the United States, which has frequently been targeted by racists who know little about the 500-year-old religion that has produced many political leaders in India and Canada. full article>
Cada nueva esperanza que sentimos nos hace ver de manera distinta el pasado.
By JESSICA BENNETT
NOV. 5, 2017, © The New York Times
Forty years ago this month, Ms. magazine put sexual harassment on its cover for the first time. Understanding the sensitivity of the topic, the editors used puppets for the cover image — a male hand reaching into a woman's blouse — rather than a photograph. It was banned from some supermarkets nonetheless.
In 1977, the term sexual harassment had not been defined in the law and had barely entered the public lexicon. And yet, to read that Ms. article today, amid a profound shift in discourse, is to feel haunted by its familiarity. full article>
Las especies que sobreviven no son las más fuertes, ni las más rápidas, ni las más inteligentes; sino aquellas que se adaptan mejor al cambio
November 03, 2017, © Democracy Now
President Trump and House Republicans have unveiled their long-promised proposal to reform America's tax code, with Trump calling it a "big, beautiful Christmas present" for the American people. Critics say the gift is a tax cut for the richest Americans. We discuss the proposal with economist and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who argues, "It's an out-and-out class war waged against the poorest, the weakest, the disenfranchised—the very same people that Donald Trump appealed to in order to get elected." full article>
A light here required a shadow there.
—Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse)
At a press conference Tuesday, Donald Trump doubled down on his vile refusal to condemn white supremacist terrorism in Charlottesville, VA. He said that there were "fine people" in the white supremacist rally and blamed "both sides" for the violence and hate witnessed on all of our TV screens. full article>
LA FERIA DE LOS PÁJAROS
Sentí que se desgajaba tu corazón lentamente como la rama que al peso de la nevada se vence,
y vi un instante en tus ojos aquella locura alegre de los pájaros que viven su feria sobre la nieve.
By Norman Eisen and Fred Wertheimer
November 4, 2017, © cnn.com
In recent weeks, President Trump and his allies have been desperately seeking to divert attention away from the Russia/Trump investigation by ginning up an alternative review of a Democratic scandal. The latest effort came in response to reports that Hillary Clinton had gained control over the Democratic National Committee during the primaries by entering into a joint fundraising agreement with it. full article>
Acepta perderlo todo.
Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Mark Berman
November 1, 2017, © The Washington Post
President Trump's lawyers argued in a new court filing late Tuesday that he was expressing a political opinion last year when he called accusations of sexual misconduct against him as false and the accusers "liars," seeking to dismiss a defamation complaint by a woman who said he groped her.
Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump's reality television show "The Apprentice" and now a California restaurant owner, filed her lawsuit against Trump in January, three days before his inauguration. full article>
Naces solo y mueres solo, y en el paréntesis la soledad es tan grande que necesitas compartir la vida para olvidarlo.
By C.J. Polychroniou
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, © Truthout
In an increasingly unequal country, the stakes are high for debates over student debt and the prospect of free higher education. Driven by neoliberal politics, our current educational system is both a product of and a driver of deep social inequities. In this interview, world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin take on the question of who should pay for education -- and how a radical reshaping of our educational system could be undertaken in the US. full article>
Lo que de raíz se aprende nunca del todo se olvida.
October 31, 2017, © Whistleblower.org
Last week, the Trump Administration's sustained attack on federal scientists studying climate change science and impacts escalated when US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued last-minute gag orders preventing several EPA research staff from giving planned presentations at a workshop about the overall health of the Narragansett Bay. This is the first such documented incident of speech censorship at the EPA of which we are aware. It is possible, if not likely, that there have been other similar instances that have gone unreported and relatively unnoticed. full article>
The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.
—George Orwell (Politics and the English Language)
by Jeffrey St. Clair
October 27, 2017, © Counterpunch.org
Nobody knows anything. Trump can't recall the names of the slain soldiers. Mad Dog Mattis can't explain what the soldiers were doing when they were killed. Lindsay Graham and Chuck Schumer had no idea the US had 800 boots on the ground in Niger, even though they had both repeatedly voted to appropriate money for Africom's operations in the Lake Chad Basin and in the Saharan Region, allegedly to target ISIS and Boko Haram. full article>
Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating.
—Carl von Clausewitz
Oct. 26, 2017, © MotherJones
About a year ago, I met a man named Christopher David Steele. It was unusual for him to be speaking with a journalist. He had spent most of his adult life in the shadows, as a counterintelligence officer for MI6, the British foreign intelligence service. His specialty was Russia.
More recently, he had been something of a spy-for-hire, running a corporate intelligence business based in London that did hush-hush work for private clients. He was, he told me, not accustomed to chatting with outsiders. But Steele was worried. He had spent several months, as the world now knows, researching connections between Donald Trump and Russia, and he had unearthed information (which was then unconfirmed) indicating that Russia had been trying to co-opt and cultivate Trump for years, that the Trump camp had been trading information with the Russians, and that Vladimir Putin's regime had gathered compromising material on Trump. (Yes, including the infamous supposed "pee tape.") full article>
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
29/10/2017, © La Vanguardia
El que tenía que ser el primer día de la República catalana amaneció tranquilo y soleado. La bandera española seguía ondeando en el Palau de la Generalitat, y Girona, cuna del presidente que había proclamado la independencia el día anterior, se lanzaba a las calles a disfrutar de las fiestas de Sant Narcís. Salvo en las redes sociales, es evidente que Catalunya no forma parte desde ayer del concierto de estados del mundo. El reconocimiento internacional ha sido nulo. Entre los cuadros políticos intermedios más confiados cundía el estupor por la escasa eficacia de la labor desarrollada por el conseller Raül Romeva, el Diplocat y las embajadas en el exterior. full article>
One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer.
Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.
—Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass)
G.PRUNA / N.ORRIOLS / M.TORO / M.ROGER / X.TEDÓ
27/10/2017, © ara.cat
La República Catalana ja camina. El Parlament ha aprovat aquest divendres amb 70 vots a favor, 10 en contra i 2 en blanc la proposta de resolució que assumeix la declaració d'independència signada el 10 d'octubre pels diputats independentistes i que afirma que "la República Catalana es constitueix com a estat independent i sobirà". full article>
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.
—Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)
LA MEJOR OPCIÓN PARA SAN LORENZO ES
Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.
by Andrew Levine
October 27, 2017, © Counterpunch.org
The Republican Party is home to many a vile reactionary, but its principal function is, and long has been, to serve the most odious wing of the American ruling class.
Before Hillary Clinton threw away a sure victory last November, Donald Trump was well on the way to blowing that dreadful party apart. full article>
He says that there can be no high civilization without enslavement of the masses, either nominal or real. There must, he says, be a lower class, given up to physical toil and confined to an animal nature; and a higher one thereby acquires leisure and wealth for a more expanded intelligence and improvement, and becomes the directing soul of the lower. So he reasons, because, as I said, he is born an aristocrat;—so I don't believe, because I was born a democrat.
—Harriet Beecher Stowe, (Uncle Tom's Cabin)
By Paul R. Pillar
October 25, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com
The newest issue of Foreign Affairs features the theme of "America's Forgotten Wars," with a cover illustration that juxtaposes a carefree scene of Americans enjoying a picnic with a scene of American soldiers fighting and incurring casualties in some sandy and desolate battle space.
The picture depicts truthfully the detachment between, on one hand, the daily interests and attitudes of most Americans and, on the other hand, the disturbing reality of the United States being engaged continuously in a variety of lethal military operations in multiple lands overseas. full article>
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Elective Affinities)
By Samantha Schmidt
October 25, 2017, © The Washington Post
About three years ago, a married Portuguese woman began seeing another man. The affair was brief — and after two months, the woman wanted to end it.
In response, the woman's former lover turned to her husband, telling him his wife had been unfaithful, according to Portuguese media outlets. The couple divorced. But the two men, both enraged, worked together to plan an attack on the woman. full article>
Mental ghettos are not mirages; they actually exist in palpable reality: being "open" inside one's mental or intellectual ghetto does not open its door but simply allows one to harbour the illusion that there is no ghetto and no door. The most dangerous prisons are those with invisible bars.
October 24, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com
By Phil Rockstroh
Human sexuality mirrors human culture. Mating dances of seduction and refusal, and acts of non-consensual aggression cannot be separated from traits witnessed, practiced and internalized by the people of a particular society. It is impossible to close the bedroom door to the culture at large. Eros not only inhabits the genitals and the heart but Anima mundi as well.
Sexuality is not going to go away because its nature, which is sublime in the sense of the beautiful and the monstrous, makes people uncomfortable. The phenomenon brings all things human to the fore of consciousness. Therefore, it is imperative we talk about it all, and without mind-negating shame and heart-freezing hysteria. full article>
Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape.
By Andrew Roth
October 23, 2017, © The Washington Post
MOSCOW — An assailant stabbed a senior editor at Russia's Echo of Moscow radio Monday in a brazen break-in and attack at one of Russia's most prominent and politically outspoken talk stations. The assault was the latest in a series of attacks, some with political motives, on prominent journalists in Russia. full article>
The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.
—Otto von Bismarck
By E.J. Dionne Jr.
October 22, 2017 © The Washington Post
The United States is in the middle of a very unfortunate experiment in how disoriented a great nation can become before it loses its moorings entirely.
At times, politics seems fairly conventional with Republicans and Democrats arguing about health care and tax cuts, as they long have done. But former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama reminded us last week that there is nothing normal about this moment. They issued searing, overlapping condemnations of Trumpism without naming President Trump. Former commanders in chief of opposing parties don't do this sort of thing unless the country faces an emergency. full article>
The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.
by Farhang Jahanpour
October 19, 2017, © Counterpunch.org
As was expected, President Trump has decertified Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal or, to give it its full name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite the fact that he certified it twice before. As recently as 14 September 2017, Trump also waived certain sanctions against Iran as required under the terms of the deal. Yet, in an extremely belligerent and hostile speech he put out his new policy towards Iran. full article>
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.
19/10/2017, © ara.cat
Assegura que no va sentir cap dolor mentre rebia violents cops de porra per tot el cos, ni quan els agents de la Guàrdia Civil el van tirar a terra i el van arrossegar uns metres, ni quan el trepitjaven deliberadament amb les seves botes, ni quan, sense forces per aixecar-se, es va quedar blanc i s'ofegava. Josep Maria Nadal, exrector de la Universitat de Girona, professor i catedràtic de filologia catalana, explica que el dolor el va sentir just quan els guàrdies civils abandonaven el collegi electoral d'Aiguaviva amb crits de "¡Viva España!" De l'1 d'octubre encara li queden marques al cos, però no li dol tant el mal físic que va patir sinó el dany moral que li provoquen les veus que neguen o justifiquen les brutals càrregues policials d'aquell dia, com ara la de l'escriptor Javier Cercas, exprofessor de la UdG. full article>
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday October 31, 2017
Just imagine – the audience screamed or fainted at the now-famous unmasking of the Phantom (Lon Chaney in his ghastly, self-created makeup). The 1925 thriller remains one of the most unforgettable horror films of the silent era. full article>
I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.
17/10/2017, © ara.cat
Té 88 anys, és alemanya i va estar casada amb un funcionari nazi. Ursula Haverbeck, coneguda com 'l'àvia nazi' ha tornat a ser condemnada per haver negat l'Holocaust i l'existència de les cambres de gas al camp d'extermini nazi d'Auschwitz. La dona ja compta amb altres sentències inculpatòries per delictes similars que no s'han executat, a l'espera que es resolguin els recursos plantejats per la seva defensa. full article>
Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
16/10/2017, © ara.cat
El camí de la llibertat no és sempre fàcil. Però quan es fa amb tanta gent és sempre agradable. L'actuació de l'Audiència Nacional ha arribat en un moment on algú potser ha pensat que podria ser determinant per capgirar la voluntat d'un poble expressada a les urnes. full article>
October 15, 2017, © Los Angeles Times
I'm probably not the only one who may find it a bit disconcerting — albeit thoroughly engaging — to wander through the Grammy Museum's newest exhibition, which is devoted to the 40-year career of L.A. punk band X.
I've seen the group in all manner of dive clubs over the years and have been a long admirer of songs that question many forms of institutional conformity. full article>
The New World
(lyrics by Exene Cervenka and John Doe)
"Honest to goodness The bars weren't open this morning They must have been voting for a new president or something Do you have a quarter?"
I said yes because I did,
"Honest to goodness The tears have been falling All over the country's face."
It was better before Before they voted for what's-his-name This was supposed to be the new world
Flint, Ford, Auto, Mobile, Alabama, Windshield wipers, Buffalo, New York, Gary, Indiana Don't forget the Motor City This was supposed to be the new world
All we need is money Just give us what you can spare Twenty or thirty pounds of potatoes Or 20 or 30 beers A turkey on Thanksgiving Like alms for the poor All we need are the necessities and more
It was better before before they voted for what's-his-name This was supposed to be the new world
Don't forget the Motor City This was supposed to be the new world (REPEAT)
Lluís Companys i Jovernota nació en Tarrós el 21 de junio de 1882 y fue asesinado por el gobierno del dictator fascista Francisco Franco en Barcelona el 15 de octubre de 1940. Fue un político y abogado español, de ideología catalanista y republicana, líder de Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, ministro de Marina de España durante 1933, y presidente de la Generalitat de Catalunya desde 1934 hasta 1940.
Exiliado tras la Guerra Civil, fue capturado en Francia por la Gestapo, a petición de la policía franquista, y trasladado a España, donde fue torturado, sometido a un consejo de guerra y finalmente fusilado en el castillo de Montjuic.
(Ficha policial de Companys de 1940)
La entrega al gobierno del general Franco la realizó el policía español Pedro Urraca Rendueles a través de la frontera de Irún. Fue trasladado a la Dirección General de Seguridad en Madrid, donde permaneció hasta el 3 de octubre de 1940, siendo torturado. Desde ahí fue enviado al castillo de Montjuic, que servía de prisión. Allí fue juzgado en consejo de guerra el 14 de octubre. Su defensor de oficio fue el capitán de Artillería Ramón de Colubí. Como había sido juzgado en rebeldía en aplicación retroactiva de la Ley de Responsabilidades Políticas por un tribunal especial de Barcelona, sólo fue juzgado y sentenciado por "Adhesión a la rebelión militar", en una única jornada por un tribunal militar sumarísimo sin garantías. Tras un juicio que duró unas pocas horas, fue sentenciado a morir fusilado. El dictador Franco dio el "enterado", ‚Äãpor lo que el fusilamiento tuvo lugar al alba del día siguiente, 15 de octubre de 1940, en el foso de santa Eulalia del castillo de Montjuic. No quiso que se le pusiera una venda en los ojos y murió diciendo: "Per Catalunya!".
En la década de los noventa, el alemán Helmut Kohl y el francés François Mitterrand pidieron perdón en nombre de sus respectivos países por haber colaborado en la detención y deportación de Lluís Companys. En junio de 2013 Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya se querelló en Argentina contra el Estado español, con motivo de los crímenes del bando franquista contra cargos republicanos.
JORDI GUIXÉ COROMINES
14 OCT 2015, © El País
Els serveis secrets dels estats no s'improvisen. Darrera les accions novel¬∑lesques de vigilància, persecució i transmissió d'informació o secrets hi ha macrobjectius, geoestratègies i planejaments molt ben estudiats. La vigilància i seguiment de líders polítics és una pràctica habitual. També ho era en la època d'entreguerres i ja no cal citar l'augment d'agències d'espionatge i d'informació a partir de la Guerra Civil i la Segona Guerra Mundial. full article>
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
—G. K. Chesterton
I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room, which was very common. When I arrived, reception told me to go to his room. He opened the door in his bathrobe. I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him. After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed. A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not. I had what I thought were boundaries - I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh "Kate lives to say no to me ." It speaks to the status-quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things, while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself, undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family. I would like to applaud the women who have come forward, and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers, managers, executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said "well, that's just Harvey (/Mr X/insert name here)" will realize that we in numbers can affect real change. For every moment like this there have been thousands where a vulnerable person has confided outrageous unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in. I had a male friend who, based on my experience, warned a young actress who said she was going to dinner with Harvey to be careful. He received a phone call the next day saying he would never work in another Miramax film ; the girl was already sleeping with Harvey and had told him that my friend had warned her off. Let's stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder, and let's remember that Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick, and that we have work to do.
One always dies too soon - or too late. And yet one's whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are - your life, and nothing else.
VIETNAM '67 OCT. 13, 2017, © The New York Times
"So where do these stories come from?"
The reporter was asking about accounts that soldiers returning from Vietnam had been spat on by antiwar activists. I had told her the stories were not true. I told her that, on the contrary, opponents of the war had actually tried to recruit returning veterans. I told her about a 1971 Harris Poll survey that found that 99 percent of veterans said their reception from friends and family had been friendly, and 94 percent said their reception from age-group peers, the population most likely to have included the spitters, was friendly. full article>
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.
By Dennis J Bernstein
October 11, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com
More than two-and-a-half weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory continues to face a humanitarian crisis with people lacking basic needs, such as food, clean water, electricity and medical supplies. Doctors say they don't have what they need to save lives, with unnecessary deaths occurring especially among the elderly, the infirm and those on respirators and other kinds of electronic life support systems. full article>
A society in which women are taught anything but the management of a family, the care of men, and the creation of the future generation is a society which is on its way out. ... The historian can peg the point where a society begins its sharpest decline at the instant when women begin to take part.
—L. Ron Hubbard
By Pepe Escobar
October 9, 2017, © Asia Times
What a difference a year – an eternity in geopolitics – makes. No one could see this coming; the ideological matrix of all strands of Salafi-jihadi terror – which Russia fights no holds barred, from ISIS/Daesh to the Caucasus Emirate – beating a path to the Kremlin and about to embrace Russia as a strategic ally. full article>
Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.
By John Nichols
October 11, 2017, © The Nation
Donald Trump has decried, derided, and dismissed reporters and news outlets since he emerged as a presidential contender in 2015. Even after he swore an inaugural oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" that guarantees a free press, this president has continued to attack major newspapers, magazines, cable news networks, and the major broadcasters of the United States. full article>
Wednesday 11 October 2017, © The Guardian
Somehow this is where we find ourselves in America in 2017: the president of the United States uses race to drive a wedge between football players and their fans while the world's most-lucrative sports league caves to his tweets.
NFL players are sacrificing their brains for a league that will make at least $14bn off them this year. Many are shorting their memories, breaking their bodies and forgoing any hope of walking normally past the age of 45. The majority of them do not have guaranteed contracts and while the very best are paid well for the tiny window that is their professional career, they remain among the most exploited of American professional athletes – their sports lives dangling by the sturdiness of their ACLs. full article>
Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.
By Lawrence Davidson
October 8, 2017, © Consortiumnews.com
If you go to the Wikipedia page that gives a timeline of U.S. foreign military operations between 1775 and 2010, you are likely to come away in shock. It seems that ever since the founding of the country, the United States has been at war. It is as if Americans just could not (and still cannot) sit still, but had to (and still have to) force themselves on others through military action.
Often this is aimed at controlling foreign resources, thus forcing upon others the consequences of their own capitalist avarice. At other times the violence is spurred on by an ideology that confuses U.S. interests with civilization and freedom. Only very rarely is Washington out there on the side of the angels. Regardless, the bottom line seems to be that peace has never been a deeply ingrained cultural value for the citizens of the United States. As pertains to foreign policy, America's national culture is a war culture. full article>
A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths.
By Heather Digby Parton
September 21, 2017, © Alternet
After torch-bearing white nationalists marched in Charlottesville last month and a peaceful counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was murdered by a neo-Nazi, the leaders of the black, Hispanic, Asian and progressive caucuses in Congress sent a letter to President Trump. They asked that he fire White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. full article>
It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
For which taxpayers picked up the tab.
By Dave Zirin
October 8, 2017, © The Nation
Vice President John Nance Garner once said that being the vice president was "not worth a bucket of warm piss." (Many know this quote as "bucket of warm spit." It's "piss".) The current holder of that office, Mike Pence showed on Sunday that Garner, if alive, would owe an apology to piss buckets everywhere.
Pence used the NFL to star in a cheap, transparent political stunt. The narrative Pence tried—and failed—to sell was that he showed up at the Colts-49ers game in Indianapolis and then supposedly left in a huff after being shocked—SHOCKED!—at seeing the San Francisco 49ers kneel. After assumedly taking a whiff of his personal smelling salts, he immediately released a statement that magically was already prepared, which read in part, "I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem." full article>
In a false quarrel there is no true valor.
There is no war scenario that ends in victory.
By HAN KANG
OCT. 7, 2017, © The New York Times
SEOUL, South Korea — I cannot turn my thoughts from the news article I happened to see a few days ago. A man in his 70s accidentally dropped two thick wads of cash in the street. Two people who happened upon this bundle of money and shared it between them were caught by the police, made to give up the money and charged with theft.
Up until here, it is still an ordinary story. But there was a special reason this man was carrying so much cash on him. "I'm worried that a war might be coming," he told the police, "so I'd just taken my savings out of the bank and was on my way home." He said that it was money he had saved — a little bit each month — for four years, intended to send his grandchildren to college. Since the Korean War broke out in 1950, war would have been the enduring experience of this man's adolescence. I imagine what he would have been feeling, a man who has lived an ordinary middle-class life ever since, on his way to the bank to take out his savings. The terror, the unease, the impotence, the nervousness. full article>
나무를 심는데 가장 좋았던 때는 20년 전이었다. 두 번째로 좋은 때는 지금이다.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
El ánimo que piensa en lo que puede temer, empieza a temer en lo que puede pensar.
—Francisco de Quevedo
DANI SÁNCHEZ UGART Madrid Actualitzada el
03/10/2017, © ara.cate
La Zarzuela surt de la inacció. El rei d'Espanya, Felip VI, ha dirigit aquest dimarts al vespre un discurs als espanyols en el qual s'ha situat sense embuts al costat de l'estratègia del govern espanyol de Mariano Rajoy i ha obviat demanar diàleg per resoldre el conflicte, com han fet diversos actors internacionals. full article>
People love me. And you know what, I have been very successful. Everybody loves me.
By Jenna Johnson and Ashley Parker
October 3, 2017, © The Washington Post
President Trump arrived in Puerto Rico on Tuesday as the territory struggled to recover from Hurricane Maria, which has left nearly all the island without power and most residents without water nearly two weeks later. full article>
My whole life is about winning. I don't lose often. I almost never lose.
Tuesday 3 October 2017, © The Guardian
On Sunday, I watched innocent people being beaten up, pulled by their hair and thrown down stairs – just for trying to express their opinion in a ballot – people back home in Catalonia who could easily have been neighbours or school friends. I was glued to my screen for 12 hours with tears in my eyes, sitting in my room in London. full article>
Cuanto peor mejor para todos y cuanto peor para todos mejor, mejor para mí el suyo, beneficio político.
—Mariano Rajoy (13/6/2017)
Strictest possible G-U-N C-O-N-T-R-O-L.
"Nevada state law does not require the registration of firearms. Following the passage of SB 175, handgun registration (or registration of any kind), is no longer required in Clark County or anywhere in the state of Nevada for handguns or long-arms (which already did not require registration). Governor Brian Sandoval signed this bill into law on June 2, 2015."
By RAPHAEL MINDER and ELLEN BARRY
OCT. 1, 2017, © The New York Times
BARCELONA — Catalonia's defiant attempt to stage an independence referendum descended into chaos on Sunday, with hundreds injured in clashes with police in one of the gravest tests of Spain's democracy since the end of the Franco dictatorship in the 1970s.
National police officers in riot gear, sent by the central government in Madrid from other parts of Spain, used rubber bullets and truncheons in some places as they fanned out across Catalonia, the restive northeastern region, to shut down polling stations and seize ballot boxes. full article>
What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.
—Marcus Tullius Cicero
They cannot take away our self respect if we do not give it to them.
by Miguel A. Cruz-Díaz
September 29, 2017, © Counterpunch
Puerto Rico is not large enough to stand alone. We must govern it wisely and well, primarily in the interest of its own people. –Theodore Roosevelt
Puerto Rico is dying.
Let those words sink in.
Three and a half million people are without power, water, fuel, food, and support. This isn't some uninhabited atoll. This is where I grew up. This is where my family lives. This is my home.
And my home is dying. full article>
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
—Harriet Beecher Stowe
30/09/2017, © ara.cat
Com totes les dates marcades en vermell en el calendari, l'1 d'octubre ha arribat lentament. Culmina una fase de la política catalana, i la lectura que se'n pugui fer dependrà del que cadascú íntimament decideixi avui i com s'interpreti a l'Estat i a la Unió Europea. Tothom ha de ser conscient que el món està mirant, i que potser trigarà a tornar-ho a fer per la volatilitat de l'agenda mediàtica. El procés sobiranista es juga ara al carrer i la lectura de la jornada d'aquest diumenge condicionarà el futur del país per als propers anys o dècades. full article>g
To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.
—Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Crime and Punishment)
29/09/2017, © Público
Es difícil darse cuenta. El mensaje llega a nosotros envuelto en una bandera rojigualda con toques de sentimentalismo. Apela a tus emociones. Trata de noquear tu razón. Se camufla entre datos, cruces de acusaciones y expresiones grandilocuentes como 'golpe de Estado' o "sediciosos catalanes'. El 'España se rompe', la AntiEspaña y el discurso de los enemigos de la patria. Otra vez. La idea que se desprende de ese mensaje es que, por un lado, aquel que defiende la celebración de un referéndum en Catalunya es antiespañol, rojo, separatista. Sea de Madrid, de Huelva o de Vic. Por otro, que la única manera de entender España y de sentirse español es la negación a ultranza de una España plural y diversa. Te lo venden como sentido común, como la normalidad, pero es el mensaje de la extrema derecha. Y lo tienes ahí, delante de ti, envuelto en la bandera de España. full article>
Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
—Pearl S. Buck
Thursday 28 September 2017, © The Independent
I like the idea of war crimes trials. Make an example of the monsters, is what I say. "Collar the lot," as Churchill demanded in a somewhat different context. And if Nuremberg was victors' justice, I'd prefer the imperfect trials they did hold than the version we would have got if Hitler had won and Roland Freisler, State Secretary of the Reich Ministry of Justice, was still running the Nazi People's Court. full article>
Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.
Saturday 30 September 2017, © The Guardian
Donald Trump lashed out at the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city on Saturday as the row over his administration's response to a hurricane and humanitarian crisis escalated. full article>
I compose most of my tweets with care, as if they were aphorisms - they are not usually dashed-off. Sometimes I'm surprised by the high, poetic quality of Twitter - it lends itself to a surreal sort of self-expression.
—Joyce Carol Oates
by Geoff West
September 29, 2017, © The Guardian
Another Obamacare repeal bill is dead, and wealthy conservative donors aren't happy.
On Tuesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) canned a Senate vote on health care legislation drafted by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.
"It still lies ahead of us," McConnell told reporters. Just not this week. full article>
Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can offer with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
In Other Words
Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
Nothing is easier than to
denounce the evildoer;
nothing is more difficult
than to understand him.
I do not study in order to know more, rather to be less ignorant.
—SOR JUANA INÉS DE LA CRUZ
We must make haste then,
not only because we are daily
nearer to death, but also
because the conception of
things and the understanding
of them cease first.
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
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
Conquered people tend to
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