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La conversion éclair de Mickaël Dos Santos

Par Soren Seelow

20.11.2014, © LE MONDE

Maria Dos Santos a 71 ans. Elle a quitté la région de Lisbonne à l'âge de 25 ans pour "faire des ménages" en France. Après une vie de labeur, elle est aujourd'hui à la retraite. Elle regardait tranquillement "Antenne 2", mercredi 19 novembre, quand elle a vu la photo de Mickaël s'afficher sur l'écran. Malgré son bonnet noir et sa longue barbe, elle a immédiatement reconnu son petit-fils. Dans le poste de télévision, le journaliste a prononcé les mots "décapitation", "djihad", "Syrie"... Elle a aussitôt appelé sa fille Ana, 49 ans, la mère de Mickaël.  full article>

 

"Lo blando es más fuerte que lo duro; el agua es más fuerte que la roca, el amor es más fuerte que la violencia."

Hermann Hesse

 

Into the Woods, With Sketchpad

By ROBERTA SMITH

NOV. 20, 2014,© The New York Times

Nearly a century and a half after his death, the 19th-century French landscape painter Théodore Rousseau is having his first retrospective in the United States. "The Untamed Landscape: Théodore Rousseau and the Path to Barbizon," at the Morgan Library & Museum, features only drawings and oil studies — a total of 65 — but it's an incisive prism for examining his sensibility and achievement. Rousseau (1812-67) could overwork his paintings, but he rarely missed on paper.  full article>

 

"L'être que je serai après la mort n'a pas plus de raisons de se souvenir de l'homme que je suis depuis ma naissance que ce dernier ne se souvient de ce que j'ai été avant elle."

Marcel Proust

 

Behind the Urbane Wit, a Crackling Fervor for His Art

By BEN BRANTLEY

NOV. 20, 2014,© The New York Times

When the lights are dimmed on Broadway Friday night in honor of the director Mike Nichols, who died on Wednesday at 83, the neighborhood where he plied his trade for half a century will feel even darker than usual. Mr. Nichols emanated a luminous glamour that was once commonplace in the theater, but now flickers only fitfully in an increasingly corporate, profit-driven, financially anxious world.  full article>

 

Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

November 20, 2014, © NPR.org

When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) first entered politics in the 1960s, he started out as moderate — pro-abortion rights, pro-union, in support of the civil rights movement. With time, McConnell shifted to the right as the Republican Party shifted.

"I was just really startled by this when I started looking into it," Alec MacGillis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I knew that he had started out as somewhat more moderate — but I didn't realize just how moderate he really was."  full article>

 

El caos de la Liga argentina

Juan Morenilla

16 NOV 2014, © El País

La "locura" ha echado raíces en la Liga argentina, desnortada por los continuos cambios de formato, perdida en busca de una identidad. La Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA) aprobó la semana pasada el aumento de 20 a 30 equipos para la competición en 2015, pero todavía debe decidir cómo hará digerible ese bocado tan pesado: si en un torneo largo a una vuelta de febrero a diciembre o a la europea, a partir de mitad del año. La confusión se ha multiplicado desde el fallecimiento hace casi cuatro meses de Julio Grondona, el presidente que marcaba el camino del fútbol argentino desde hace 35 años. Su último capricho fue una Liga de 30 equipos, y nadie osó rechistar. Pero, ausente el jefe, todos gritan ahora en las reuniones, y los propios dirigentes ya piensan cómo deshacer el entuerto.  full article>

 

"It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream."

Edgar Allan Poe

 

Thalidomide: how men who blighted lives of thousands evaded justice

Harold Evans

Friday 14 November 2014, © The Guardian

The dark shadow of thalidomide is still with us. The original catastrophe maimed 20,000 babies and killed 80,000: it remains the greatest manmade global disaster. Now evidence has been uncovered that the pharmaceutical outrage – it is nothing less – was compounded by a judicial scandal that has suppurated all these years.   full article>

 

"But as, in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so, in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been."

Edgar Allan Poe

 

First Snowden. Then tracking you on wheels. Now spies on a plane. Yes, surveillance is everywhere

Trevor Timm

Saturday 15 November 2014, © The Guardian

US government-owned airplanes that can cover most of the continental United States are covertly flying around the country, spying on tens of thousands of innocent people's cellphones. It sounds like a movie plot, but in a remarkable report published on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal exposed that these spy planes are part of an actual mass surveillance program overseen by the Justice Department (DOJ). And it's been kept secret from the public for years.   full article>

 

"Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant."

Edgar Allan Poe

 

"Man is a dog's ideal of what God should be."

André Malraux

 

The Political Duopoly Must be Smashed

by ANDREW LEVINE

November 14-16, 2014, © Counterpunch

The midterms went badly for Democrats; they deserved it. Because American politics suffers under a duopoly party system, the election went well for Republicans.

The Republicans did not deserve it. Many, maybe most, of the people who voted for them would agree.  full article>

 

"The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our nothingness."

André Malraux

 

The Bases of War in the Middle East

David Vine

November 13, 2014, © The Nation

With the launch of a new US-led war in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State (IS), the United States has engaged in aggressive military action in at least thirteen countries in the Greater Middle East since 1980. In that time, every American president has invaded, occupied, bombed or gone to war in at least one country in the region. The total number of invasions, occupations, bombing operations, drone assassination campaigns and cruise missile attacks easily runs into the dozens.  full article>

 

"An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please."

André Malraux

 

Stephen Colbert Mocks Conservative Media Campaign To Scandalize Gruber's Obamacare Comments

From the November 13 edition of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report:

 

"Un homme est la somme de ses actes, de ce qu'il fait, de ce qu'il peut faire. Rien d'autre."

André Malraux

 

El juego del tobogán

NICOLAS BERARDO

Martes, 11 de Noviembre 2014, © Olé

Parece mentira, pero es más verdad de lo que pensamos, o de lo que queremos creer. Cuervos, cuando parece que llegamos arriba y nos animamos al festejo, de golpe estamos de nuevo en el tobogán, bajando a mil por hora, pidiéndole a Francisco no estrellarnos contra la arena. Entonces, sólo deseamos aterrizar lo más suave posible para tratar de pararnos como podemos y seguir en el juego, de alguna manera, como venga. Pero, mientras el protocolo desgastante se repite una, y otra, y otra vez, el countdown para Marruecos va perdiendo decimales y los errores son casi siempre los mismos: un desajuste en el fondo y patapúfete, al piso, gol rival y a sacar del medio.

El catálogo de fallas exhibe variedad: desde la sombra sin marca de Cavallaro en el 1-0 (una ingenuidad), pasando por los déficit para controlar a los habilidosos ajenos. Maxi Rodríguez es crack, nadie lo discute, pero no se compara con lo que nos puede tocar enfrentar en diciembre: si nos toca cruzarnos con ese portugués de jopo del que tanto habla el mundo (el verdadero Ronaldo es el gordo, con todo respeto a Cristiano), la vamos a pasar un poquito mal. Sin embargo, tampoco debemos apagar nuestras ilusiones como si apretáramos un pucho consumido contra el piso. Todavía nos quedan cuatro partidos antes del Mundial. Y anoche no estuvieron Ortigoza, ni Barrientos (ponete bien, crack, que te necesitamos), ni Romagnoli. Además, Cauteruccio, por suerte, está encendido. Con todos, esperemos, será otra cosa. Nosotros, Cuervos, vamos a alentar. De eso nunca quedan dudas...  full article>

 

Climate Crisis, the Deindustrialization Imperative and the Jobs vs. Environment Dilemma

By Richard Smith

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, © Truthout

Since the 1990s, climate scientists have been telling us that unless we suppress the rise of carbon dioxide emissions, we run the risk of crossing critical tipping points that could unleash runaway global warming, and precipitate the collapse of civilization and perhaps even our own extinction. To suppress those growing emissions, climate scientists and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have called on industrialized nations to slash their carbon dioxide emissions by 80 to 90 percent by 2050.  full article>

 

 

Extremo

 

o extremo
da generosidade
e da arrogância
faz
com que
cada
um
seja
benditamente
mais estúpido
do que
o
outro

 

seja,
um,
cada um,
benditamente,
mais
tonto
que
o outro

 

Carla Queiroz, Angola, 2001

 

 

La policía no detendrá a los 20 cargos franquistas como pide Interpol

Natalia Junquera / Jesús Duva Madrid

12 NOV 2014, © El País

La policía española no tiene previsto detener a los 19 excargos franquistas reclamados desde Argentina e imputados por crímenes de lesa humanidad y torturas, a pesar de la orden de Interpol que ha recibido este miércoles. Tras recibir la orden, la Policía se ha limitado a trasladarla a la Fiscalía de la Audiencia Nacional pese a que a lo largo de la tarde un portavoz había asegurado, por error, que también habían presentado una alegación ante la Secretaria General de Interpol, con sede en Lyon, en base a una resolución de 2010 de ese organismo que permite paralizar órdenes de arresto relacionadas con delitos de genocidio, crímenes contra la humanidad y de guerra si el país al que pertenece el reclamado protesta. La policía no ha dado tal paso, según aclaró más tarde, aunque tampoco piensa detener a los 19 reclamados por Argentina de momento.  full article>

 

 

L'HOMME OUVERT

 

Cet homme portait son enfance
sur son visage comme un bestiaire
il aimait ses amis
l'ortie et le lierre l'aimaient

 

Cet homme avait la vérité
enfoncée dans ses deux mains jointes
et il saignait

 

À la mère qui voulut enlever son couteau
à la fille qui voulut laver sa plaie
il dit n'empêchez pas mon soleil de marcher

 

Cet homme était juste comme une main ouverte
on se précipita sur lui
pour le guérir pour le fermer
alors il s'ouvrit davantage
il fit entrer la terre en lui

 

Comme on l'empêchait de vivre
il se fit poème et se tut

 

Comme on voulait le dessiner
il se fit arbre et se tut

 

Comme on arrachait ses branches
il se fit houille et se tut

 

Comme on creusait dans ses veines
il se fit flamme et se tut

 

Alors ses cendres dans la ville
portèrent son défi

 

Cet homme était grand comme une main ouverte.

 

Jean Sénac, Paris, 21 avril 1952

 

 

Shrinking the Empire

A Session on the Imperial Couch

By Tom Engelhardt, © Tomdispatch

(What follows is a transcript of a therapy session between the American Empire and a psychiatrist whose name we at TomDispatch have agreed not to disclose. Normally, even in an age in which privacy means ever less to anyone, we wouldn't consider publishing such a private encounter, but the probative news value of the exchange is so obvious that we decided to make an exception. The transcript has been edited only for obvious repetitions and the usual set of "ums" and "uhs." Tom)

Doctor: Would you like to tell me why you're here?

American Empire: Well, Doc, I'm feeling a little off. To tell you the truth, I'm kind of confused, even a little dizzy some of the time.

Doctor: When did you first experience symptoms of dizziness?

AE: I think it was all the pivoting that did it. First I was pivoting out of Iraq. Then I was pivoting out of Afghanistan. Then I was pivoting to Asia. Then I was secretly pivoting to Africa. Then all of a sudden I was pivoting into Iraq again, and Syria, and Afghanistan, and... well, you get the picture.

Doctor: And this left you...?

AE: Depressed. But Doc, there's a little background you need to know about the dizzying nature of my life. For almost 50 years -- this was in the last century -- I was in the marriage from hell. My partner, the Soviet Union, was a nightmare. I mean, we had a brief sunny courtship when we were more or less in love, but that only lasted the length of World War II. The minute I got home from the front, it was hell, and I'm hardly exaggerating if I tell you that, when we got to fighting, it was scorched Earth all the way. We regularly threatened to annihilate each other. It was one of those stormy relationships you could never predict in advance where this planet just isn't big enough for the two of you.

In our worst moments, I used to fantasize about the Soviet Union being obliterated, simply disappearing from the face of the Earth, but it was a fantasy, nothing more. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be free. Not in my lifetime. Then one day as 1990 ended, like some unexpected miracle, it happened. Poof! The Soviet Union was gone. I was alone and the Earth was my playground -- or so it seemed.

Doctor: Do you feel that it went to your head?

AE: It would have gone to anybody's head. I mean, people were saying the most complimentary things about me all the time. They were calling me the "sole superpower," or the planet's only "hyperpower," or its "global policeman," or... well, I don't want to go on about it, but sure, it went to my head. How would you feel if you overheard people sayingthat there had never been an empire like yours in all of history, that the Romans and the Brits were pikers by comparison?

And to make matters worse, along came George W. ("bring 'em on") Bush, Dick ("the dark side") Cheney, Donald ("sweep it all up") Rumsfeld, Condi ("mushroom cloud") Rice, and the rest of that crew. It was like being in Rome and hearing the announcer call out, "Batting cleanup, number four, Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus." I should have felt a shiver of fear. But when they explained their plans to me, they seemed so damn convincing. Loosing the U.S. military to create a Pax Americana in the Greater Middle East, and then globally -- how could any of it have gone wrong?

If you don't think I feel bitter lying here on this couch, you're no shrink. You wouldn't wish what's happened to me on some two-bit rogue state.

Doctor: It might be worth exploring that feeling of bitterness.

AE: Explore it? That's a no-brainer. One day you're on top of the world. You've just created the sort of surveillance state that would have left Joe Stalin drooling in his grave. You can listen in on a bunch of jihadis in the backlands of Yemen or the German Chancellor(which, by the way, isn't as thrilling you might imagine) or any American you want. You cansend your drones anywhere and there's no one to stop you. You can rewrite the laws to suit yourself. You're this town's only sheriff, numero uno, the Big Dog.

And ten minutes later, nothing you do -- I mean nothing, nada, zilch -- works, not an invasion, not an intervention, not an occupation, not even the simplest of helping hands, and suddenly you realize that you're down in the dumps and feeling kinda nostalgic for the old days when it was just you and the Soviet Union growling at each other.  full article>

 

VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY 10TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE-NEW YORK

A special evening of music and readings to celebrate the tenth-anniversary edition of Voices of a People's History of the United States and launch the third - and updated - edition of this acclaimed book by Howard Zinn (1922-2010) and Anthony Arnove.

VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY 10TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE-LOS ANGELES

 

A Changing Omo River Valley

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, © International Rivers

"People of our village and other villages, we don't want to lose this river, to lose our land, our forests. This is our original place. What would you think if someone came to your home area and said, 'You go, I want to take your home and land for my own project?' Would you like that if someone came and just moved you from your home, from your land? Would you like that? That is what is waiting us. What we know is we just have to wait and see what is going to happen with this river. If the government comes, they should just kill us, here, next to our river."

- Kara woman from Lower Omo Valley, interviewed by Jane Baldwin

Since 2005, photographer Jane Baldwin has been making annual trips to the Omo River Valley to document the lives of women in this remote part of Ethiopia. Her multimedia project about the Omo River cultures from the women's point of view, Kara Women Speak, documents the human rights and environmental issues that now threaten their way of life. Baldwin's Notes from the Field report documents her impressions about the industrialization of the Omo Valley and its dramatic impacts on local women, as well as the voices of the Kara women she's come to know and respect in the past decade.  full article>

 

The Dying Israeli-Palestinian 'Peace Process'

By Lawrence Davidson

November 7, 2014, © Contsortiumnews.com

An intractable process, one that never seems to resolve itself, is either no process at all or a fraudulent one contrived to hide an ulterior motive. The so-called Israeli-Palestinian (at one time the Israeli-Arab) "peace process," now in its sixth decade (counting from 1948) or fourth decade (counting from 1967), is and probably always has been just such a fraud.  full article>

 

Network News Silent On Climate Change In Election Coverage

DENISE ROBBINS

November 9, 2014, © Media Matters

This year's midterm election campaigns were filled with promises to dismantle climate change policies, at a time when climate action is more important than ever. But even against the backdrop of record-breaking temperatures, recent landmark climate reports, and candidates denying climate change, the broadcast networks ignored the implications of climate change in their evening news coverage of the midterms.  full article>

 

The Mystery of Ray McGovern's Arrest

By Ray McGovern

November 8, 2014, © Contsortiumnews.com

Why, I asked myself, would the New York City police arrest me and put me in The Tombs overnight, simply because a security officer at the 92nd Street Y told them I was "not welcome" and should be denied entry to a talk by retired General David Petraeus? In my hand was a ticket for which I had reluctantly shelled out $50.

I had hoped to hear the photogenic but inept Petraeus explain why the Iraqi troops, which he claimed to have trained so well, had fled northern Iraq leaving their weapons behind at the first whiff of Islamic State militants earlier this year. I even harbored some slight hope that the advertised Q & A might afford hoi polloi like me the chance to ask him a real question.  full article>

 

"LOIN DES HOMMES", 8/11/2014-

Message pour Les Journées Cinématographiques d'Alger:

 

 

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

By Matt Taibbi

November 6, 2014, © RollingStone

She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it anymore.

"It was like watching an old lady get mugged on the street," she says. "I thought, 'I can't sit by any longer.'"

Fleischmann is a tall, thin, quick-witted securities lawyer in her late thirties, with long blond hair, pale-blue eyes and an infectious sense of humor that has survived some very tough times. She's had to struggle to find work despite some striking skills and qualifications, a common symptom of a not-so-common condition called being a whistle-blower.  full article>

 

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Republicans, Meet Science

Frank Bruni

NOV. 4, 2014, © The New York Times

Just days before the midterm elections, we got the latest alarm: The globe is heating up like a griddle, and we're just lolling here like eggs.

This happened on Sunday, when a United Nations panel issued what The Times called its "starkest warning yet." But while the report made headlines, it didn't make the campaign. Like other big issues being shelved for some later, scarier day, climate change wasn't high on the agenda, especially for Republicans.  full article>

 

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

Albert Camus

 

Edward Snowden: A 'Nation' Interview

Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen

October 28, 2014, © The Nation

On October 6, Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen (professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University and Princeton) sat down in Moscow for a wide-ranging discussion with Edward Snowden. Throughout their nearly four-hour conversation, which lasted considerably longer than planned (see below for audio excerpts), the youthful-appearing Snowden was affable, forthcoming, thoughtful and occasionally humorous. Among other issues, he discussed the price he has paid for speaking truth to power, his definition of patriotism and accountability, and his frustration with America's media and political system. The interview has been edited and abridged for publication, compressing lengthy conversations about technological issues that Snowden has discussed elsewhere.  full article>

 

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.

Albert Camus

 

Kobani Kurds Expose the Hypocrisy of the Coalition Against ISIS
ISIS: the Useful Enemy

by ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH

OCT 31-NOV 02, 2014, © Counterpunch

The dark force of ISIS is apparently an invincible and unstoppable war juggernaut that is mercilessly killing and conquering in pursuit of establishing an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In reality, however, it is not as out of control as it appears. It is, indeed, carefully controlled and managed by its creators and supporters, that is, by the United States and its allies in the regions—those who now pretend to have established a coalition to fight it! The U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and other allies in the region do not really need to fight ISIS to (allegedly) destroy it; all they need to do to extinguish its hellish flames is stop supplying fuel for its fire, that is, stop supplying it with funds, mercenaries, military training and armaments.

There are many ways to show the fact that, in subtle ways, ISIS benefactors control its operations and direct its activities in accordance with their own geopolitical interests. One way is to pay attention to its purported mission: to dismantle the corrupt and illegitimate regimes in Iraq and Syria and replace them with a "pure" Islamic state under the rule of a "pious caliphate." Despite this professed mission to fight the dictatorial regimes that have tarnished Islam, however, ISIS does not question the most corrupt, dictatorial and illegitimate regimes in the region—such as the Saudi, Qatari, Kuwaiti and Jordanian regimes that fund and arm its operations.

Another way is to compare ISIS's attack (in early August) on the Iraqi Kurds in Irbil with its current attack on the Syrian Kurds in Kobani. When Irbil came under attack by ISIS, the U.S. unleashed the full force of its air power in concert with the Kurdish peshmerga fighters to repel the attack.

By contrast, while the Kurdish city of Kobani in Northern Syria is being attacked by the disproportionately better armed forces of ISIS, and thousands of its besieged residents face certain mass killings if it falls, the forces of the "coalition to fight ISIS" are watching—in effect, playing a game of hide-and-seek, or perhaps trick-or-treat, with ISIS—as the outgunned and outmanned Kurdish forces are valiantly fighting to death against the attackers. Only occasionally the coalition forces carry out bombing missions that seem to be essentially theatrical, or just for the record.  full article>

 

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.

Albert Camus

 

US Sends Planes Armed With Depleted Uranium to Middle East

By David Swanson

Thursday, 30 October 2014, © Truthout

The US Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them.

A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the Middle East by the US Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing, is responsible for more Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination than any other platform, according to the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). "Weight for weight and by number of rounds more 30mm PGU-14B ammo has been used than any other round," said ICBUW coordinator Doug Weir, referring to ammunition used by A-10s, as compared to DU ammunition used by tanks.  full article>

 

No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people.

Albert Camus

 

The National Security State Has Filled Us With Fear but Not Improved Our Well-Being

By Tom Engelhardt

Sunday, 02 November 2014, © Truthout

The Shadow Government's Secret Religion

In a 1950s civics textbook of mine, I can remember a Martian landing on Main Street, USA, to be instructed in the glories of our political system. You know, our tripartite government, checks and balances, a miraculous set of rights, and vibrant democracy. There was, Americans then thought, much to be proud of, and so for that generation of schoolchildren, many Martians were instructed in the American way of life. These days, I suspect, not so many.  full article>

 

Mexico's 43 missing students are victims of America's war on drugs

Amanda Taub

October 30, 2014, © Vox

The United States' war on drugs isn't just doing damage within the US: it's helping to drive appalling atrocities in Mexico and Central America. Torture, forced disappearances, violence used to silence and punish dissent — these are crimes most commonly associated with civil wars, brutal dictatorships, or terrorist insurgencies. But drug cartels and criminal gangs are using those same tactics throughout much of Central America today, as a direct result of American policies in the war on drugs.  full article>

 

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.

Albert Camus

 

Freedom of the Press

Petition by Baylan Hefferman

© MoveOn.org

To be delivered to The Colorado State House, The Colorado State Senate, Governor John Hickenlooper, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama

Larimer County Clerk Angelea Myers, a Republican, ordered that copies of the Rocky Mountain Collegian, the student newspaper for Colorado State University, be removed from newsstands at the school's student center. This is all due to the fact that the Rocky Mountain Collegian is running a story on incumbent Senator Mark Udall - Democrat, Colorado.  full article>

 

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.

Albert Camus

 

Why is there such an explosion of violence across the Middle East? Here's an alternative view...

Robert Fisk

Friday 31 October 2014, © The Independent

Why such an epic explosion of violence? It feels strange to ask these questions of Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, one of President Bashar al-Assad's close advisers and former translator to his father, Hafez. Her office is spotless, flowers on the table, her female secretary preparing a morning round-up of the world's press on the Middle East, the coffee hot and sweet. At one point, when she spoke of the destruction in Syria and the mass attacks on the region's Arab armies, it was difficult to believe that this was Damascus and that a few hundred miles to the east Isis have been cutting the throats of their hostages. Indeed, Shaaban finds it difficult even to define what Isis really is.  full article>

 

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

Albert Camus

 

Republicans Smear Mary Burke, Sneer at Minimum Wage

By Ruth Conniff

October 31, 2014, © The Progressive

Silly season is almost over.

But in these waning days before the November 4 election, Republicans are getting in their last shots at Democrats, voters, and workers who must survive on the minimum wage.

In Wisconsin, the rightwing news outlet Wisconsin Reporter ran a story this week claiming that Scott Walker's opponent Mary Burke was fired for incompetence from her job at her family business, the Trek bicycle company.  full article>

 

Integrity has no need of rules.

Albert Camus

 

49 Orgs Call on Congress to Restore Whistleblower Rights for Intelligence Contractors

Sarah Damian

Oct. 30, 2014, © Whistleblower.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress should quickly restore whistleblower rights for government contractors who work in the intelligence community (IC), 49 ideologically diverse organizations and the Make It Safe Coalition told lawmakers in a letter today.

The letter, which was sent to the chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Committees on Armed Services, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, cautioned that IC contractors are defenseless against retaliation when they disclose government waste, fraud, abuse, gross mismanagement or a violation of law. Passage of an amendment (SA 3711) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2015 put forth by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) would fix that.  full article>

 

There is no love of life without despair of life.

Albert Camus

 

Cultura de la libertad, cultura del sometimiento

Por José Pablo Feinmann

Domingo, 02 de noviembre de 2014, Página/12

Sería perder el tiempo indagar en Tinelli como persona. No sé cuál fue el año –éste o el anterior– en que abrió su temporada con un rating que conmovió a todos. El número del éxito abrumador rondaba o se acercaba (como resultado de un milagro que nadie había previsto) al 50 por ciento. Se instaló una certeza: la mitad del país miraba a Tinelli. ¿Qué ofrecía? Basura. He analizado programas suyos buscando algo, un más allá de la pavada, de lo guaso, lo soez, lo ridículo o lo pornográfico. Nunca lo encontré. Su aspecto es agradable. Tiene una sonrisa que podría lucir en otro contexto. Pero se empeña en ser –cada vez con mayor convicción– lo que viene siendo desde dos largas décadas. Fruto de la devastación cultural del menemismo, sigue ejerciendo esa estética con las permisividades que los tiempos le abren. Su torpeza como conductor lo lleva al exceso de casi meterse el micrófono cerca de alguna muela y además gritar.  full article>

 

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.

Albert Camus

 

Chaque être est détruit quand nous cessons de le voir; puis son apparition suivante est une création nouvelle, différente de celle qui l'a immédiatement précédée, sinon de toutes.

Marcel Proust

 

En Cisjordanie, le spectre de l'Intifada

par Olivier Pironet,

Octobre 2014, © Le Monde diplomatique

En arrivant à Naplouse, dans le nord de la Cisjordanie, une odeur âcre de pneus brûlés envahit les narines. Les volutes de fumée noire dégagées par le caoutchouc en flammes et les pierres jonchant le sol obligent le chauffeur du taxi collectif à ralentir. Plusieurs dizaines de Palestiniens, en majorité des chebab ("jeunes"), se sont rassemblés pour protester contre le meurtre, deux jours auparavant, d'Alaa Awad, un commerçant de 30 ans. Ce père de deux enfants a été abattu par des soldats israéliens alors qu'il passait à pied devant le poste militaire de Zaatara — un des fortins installés par Israël aux abords de Naplouse pour "protéger" les colonies juives qui entourent la ville —, près duquel il devait aller récupérer une livraison de téléphones portables.  full article>

 

On ne connaît pas son bonheur. On n'est jamais aussi malheureux qu'on croit.

Marcel Proust

 

A Hayange, les tristes cochonnailles du FN

Abdelkader Djemaï

26.10.2014, © LE MONDE

A l'ombre des hauts-fourneaux aujourd'hui éteints dans une ville frappée par la crise qui a facilité son élection, Fabien Engelmann, le maire FN d'Hayange, a tenté dernièrement de raviver avec des allumettes mouillées le feu de la discorde et de la haine. Mais cet écran de fumée, qui ne trompe que ses partisans, est destiné à masquer les accusations d'irrégularités sur le financement de sa campagne portées contre lui par son ancienne première adjointe.  full article>

 

La vie est semée de ces miracles que peuvent toujours espérer les personnes qui aiment.

Marcel Proust

 

"Guerre contre le terrorisme", acte III

par Alain Gresh

Octobre 2014, © Le Monde diplomatique

Qu'on ne s'y trompe pas. C'est à une relance de la "guerre contre le terrorisme" que l'on assiste au Proche-Orient, dans la droite ligne de la croisade déclenchée par le président George W. Bush au lendemain des attentats du 11 septembre 2001. Lors de son accession à la Maison Blanche, M. Barack Obama avait procédé à des révisions indispensables après les échecs cuisants subis en Irak et en Afghanistan. Son administration avait banni l'expression "guerre contre le terrorisme" et, surtout, s'était engagée à extirper les Etats-Unis de ces deux bourbiers. Ces évolutions reflétaient aussi une fatigue de l'opinion américaine devant des interventions aussi coûteuses en vies humaines qu'onéreuses.  full article>

 

Savoir qu'on n'a plus rien à espérer n'empêche pas de continuer à attendre.

Marcel Proust

 

Israel planea ampliar con mil casas más las colonias de Jerusalén Este

Carmen Rengel

27 OCT 2014, © El País

El Gobierno de Israel ha ordenado planificar 1.060 viviendas más en los territorios ocupados por Israel. Con ello, el primer ministro busca contentar a los ultranacionalistas de Casa Judía —socios en el Gobierno—, si bien los ministros más centristas de la coalición critican la medida. Benjamín Netanyahu da este paso frente a las críticas internacionales. "Lucharemos contra cualquiera que nos dicte condiciones", advirtió ayer en un claro mensaje a Estados Unidos, que, junto con la UE y la ONU, han criticado la ampliación de las colonias. Desde Bruselas, una portavoz de la jefa de la diplomacia comunitaria, Catherine Ashton, pidió a Israel que dé marcha atrás "urgentemente" en la decisión, "poco juiciosa e inoportuna".  full article>

 

Du star-système au système D par Carlos Pardo

Octobre 2014, © Le Monde diplomatique

Il y a comme une tendance à la morosité dans le paysage cinématographique français. Le bilan de l'année 2013 enregistrait certes un nombre constant de films produits : deux cent neuf, dont cent cinquante-quatre intégralement financés par des sources nationales. En revanche, il soulignait une baisse de la part de marché du cinéma hexagonal, avec seulement soixante-quatre millions et demi d'entrées en France, soit 33,8 % du total — le taux le plus bas des dix dernières années — contre une moyenne de 39 % entre 2004 et 2013. Les investissements connaissent un net recul de 4,3 %, alors qu'ils progressaient à un rythme annuel de 1,5 % depuis 2004. L'année 2014 n'incite pas davantage à l'optimisme : le nombre de tournages déclarés au premier semestre est en baisse de 32 % par rapport à la même période en 2013.  full article>

 

Le souvenir d'une certaine image n'est que le regret d'un certain instant.

Marcel Proust

 

Book Review: 'My Grandfather's Galler' by Anne Sinclair

Hugh Eakin

Oct. 10, 2014, © The Wall Street Journal

In November 2013, German tax authorities revealed that they had found more than 1,200 works of art, many of them looted from Jewish collections during World War II, in the Munich apartment of an elderly recluse named Cornelius Gurlitt. The discovery of a fresh trove of Holocaust-era art, years after Germany was supposed to have addressed the issue, was shocking, and the story riveted the international media for weeks. Less noted, however, were Mr. Gurlitt's aesthetic predilections: His collection included works by such leading figures of the Modern avant-garde as Picasso, Max Beckmann, Marc Chagall, Max Liebermann and Emil Nolde.   full article>

 

En memoria de Roberto Telch

19/10/2014, © Mundoazulgrana

En el acto estuvieron presentes el presidente Matías Lammens, el secretario Miguel Mastrosimone y el vocal César Francis en representación de la Comisión Directiva; y el manager Bernardo Romeo en nombre del plantel profesional.

Además se hicieron presentes miembros del Departamento de Relaciones Institucionales; autoridades de la capilla y referentes de las Subcomisiones de Fútbol Juvenil y del Fútbol Recreativo quienes con la mayoría de todos sus chicos participaron respetuosamente de la ceremonia.

La esposa, hija y nieta del recordado Roberto Telch recibieron el profundo pesar de algunos de sus compañeros presentes como Alberto Rendo, Sergio Villar, Héctor Scotta, Oscar Ortiz, Juan Carlos Carotti, Enrique Chazarreta y Antonio García Ameijenda.

El aplauso cerrado y respetuoso, tras finalizar la misa, cerró el homenaje a uno de los más queridos jugadores que vistió la camiseta azulgrana.   full article>

 

Una insólita amistad

Rocío Montes

19 OCT 2014, © El País

Resulta desconcertante mirado desde nuestra época, pero nunca fue un secreto: la dictadura de Francisco Franco en España y la democracia marxista de Salvador Allende en Chile gozaron de estupendas relaciones entre 1970 y 1973, hasta que el golpe de Estado acabó con el Gobierno socialista de la Unidad Popular (UP). "Es un momento en el que se unen los opuestos radicales. Esta historia se produjo en un periodo absolutamente vertiginoso de Chile y de España y entraña una contradicción que es muy difícil de digerir, tanto para la izquierda como para la derecha. Por tanto, se impuso la amnesia, el olvido", señala la historiadora chilena María José Henríquez, que acaba de publicar en Chile el libro ¡Viva la verdadera amistad! Franco y Allende, 1970-1973 (Editorial Universitaria), una investigación extensa en la que relata pasajes incómodos y exquisitos de esta extraña cofradía.  full article>

 

Why You Can Hardly Believe a Word of What You Read About ISIS

by WILLIAM BLUM

OCTOBER 17-19, 2014, © Counterpunch

You can't believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS).

You can't believe a word France or the United Kingdom say about ISIS.

You can't believe a word Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, or the United Arab Emirates say about ISIS. Can you say for sure which side of the conflict any of these mideast countries actually finances, arms, or trains, if in fact it's only one side? Why do they allow their angry young men to join Islamic extremists? Why has NATO-member Turkey allowed so many Islamic extremists to cross into Syria? Is Turkey more concerned with wiping out the Islamic State or the Kurds under siege by ISIS? Are these countries, or the Western powers, more concerned with overthrowing ISIS or overthrowing the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad?

You can't believe the so-called "moderate" Syrian rebels. You can't even believe that they are moderate. They have their hands in everything, and everyone has their hands in them.

Iran, Hezbollah and Syria have been fighting ISIS or its precursors for years, but the United States refuses to join forces with any of these entities in the struggle. Nor does Washington impose sanctions on any country for supporting ISIS as it quickly did against Russia for its alleged role in Ukraine.

The groundwork for this awful mess of political and religious horrors sweeping through the Middle East was laid – laid deeply – by the United States during 35 years (1979-2014) of overthrowing the secular governments of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. (Adding to the mess in the same period we should not forget the US endlessly bombing Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.) You cannot destroy modern, relatively developed and educated societies, ripping apart the social, political, economic and legal fabric, torturing thousands, killing millions, and expect civilization and human decency to survive.   full article>

 

Dan Mills | George Billis Gallery

October-28th-November 22, 2014

George Billis Gallery is pleased to welcome Dan Mills and his work to the New York location. The exhibition will run from October 28th through November 22nd, 2014. The opening reception will be held at the gallery located at 525 West 26th Street between 10th and 11th avenues on Thursday, October 30th, from 6-8 pm.

Dan Mills' work is a direct reflection of what interests him. Currently, his work has included cartography and abstract ways of codifying information while including history, humour, political and cartoon portraits, and abstraction. Mills uses maps and transforms them to create something new. The abstractions and colors are eye-catching, and they remind the viewer of the deception of mapping systems.    more info...

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Se fue Roberto "El Oveja" Telch, una leyenda del Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro. Un caballero dentro y fuera de la cancha, y sin duda el mejor volante de la historia del club. Nuestro "cinco" por excelencia fue cuatro veces campeón con el CASLA, y también jugó para Argentina en el Mundial de 1974.

 

(Con Babington en el Mundial de 1974)

 

También jugó para Argentina en 1964, durante la Copa de las Naciones. Entro por Agustín Mesiano en el once inicial después de que este jugador sufriera un violento cabezazo en un partido contra Brasil jugado en São Paulo. Mesiano lo marcaba tan bien a Pelé que el "10" de la Canarinha se frustró y le destrozó el tabique nasal con un testarazo descomunal. ¿La FIFA lo sancionó y lo echó del fútbol por unos meses al delantero brasileño, como hicieron con Luis Suárez por su mordisquito en el reciente Mundial? No, señor. En todo caso, ahí en Brasil hace cincuenta años, Telch tuvo su oportunidad con la Albiceleste, y en la final metió dos goles en la victoria por 3-0 al equipo de Pelé. En ese momento el Oveja era uno de los Carasucias de Boedo, jugando con leyendas como el Loco Doval y el Bambino Veira. Luego salió campeón como miembro de los inolvidables Matadores en 1968, 1972 y 1974.

 

(El "5" Matador, 1968)

 

Una de las últimas veces que lo vi fue cuando lo llevé en auto a él y al Sapo Villar, su gran amigo y compañero en el equipo de los Matadores, y a Marcela Nicolau, la jefa de prensa del CASLA, a Lanús para ver un partido entre el Ciclón y el Granate. Fue un verdadero placer escucharlos hablar del San Lorenzo actual y de sus experiencias con el club durante los años '60 y '70. No lo conocí muy bien al Oveja -solamente pude hablar con él en cuatro o cinco ocasiones- pero me di cuenta enseguida que era una persona especial, muy atento a los demás y con buen sentido del humor. Era un hombre de aguante, valiente y discreto. Como tantos Cuervos, lo voy a extrañar muchísimo. A ver si San Lorenzo gana el Mundialito en diciembre y se lo dedica a Roberto Telch.

 

(El Sapo y el Oveja)

 

Te mandamos un fuerte y eterno abrazo, Oveja.

Viggo.

P.D.:

Acá, con comentario del mismísimo Telch, junto a su compañero el Toscano Rendo, un video de esa gran victoria argentina de 1964:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ers0ON0q4h0

 

(Rendo y Telch en 1968)

 

P.P.D.:

Esta es una nota interesante sobre La Oveja que apareció en La Nación hace unos quince años:

 

Telch: "Del fútbol no me quedó nada"

Durante 13 años fue uno de los símbolos de San Lorenzo, en una de las épocas más gloriosas del club de Boedo; a los 55 años, alejado del deporte al que dedicó gran parte de su vida, ahora atiende un comercio para poder vivir

© La Nacion

El hombre, de unos 50 años, entra al negocio y sus ojos delatan curiosidad y excitación. Pasan unos minutos hasta que se anima a preguntar: "¿Usted es Telch, el verdadero?". "Sí, el mismo", contesta Roberto del otro lado del mostrador de la granja-carnicería que posee a unas cuadras de la estación de tren de Villa Adelina. "Pasa muy seguido, ven el cartel y entran para ver si soy yo, son personas que me vieron jugar y les cuesta creer que ahora esté acá", dice La Oveja.  full article>

 

Un homme qui a oublié les belles nuits passées au clair de lune dans les bois souffre encore des rhumatismes qu'il y a pris.

Marcel Proust

 

The Five Worst Things Republicans Have Promised To Do To Americans

October 10, 2014, © Campaign for America's Future

Terrance Heath

The GOP is rolling out a list of "principles and pretending to have a "positive agenda, because Republicans can't tell Americans what they really want to do.

Twenty years after Newt Gingrich launched the "Contract With America, Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus presented a pablum of 11 vague "principles. There's a reason Republicans have gone milquetoast. It's not that Republican's aren't for anything. It's that Republicans can't tell Americans what they are for — not if they want to have a shot at governing.  full article>

 

Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

By Dan Falcone and Saul Isaacson

Thursday, 09 October 2014, © Truthout

History teacher Dan Falcone and English teacher Saul Isaacson spoke with Noam Chomsky in his Cambridge office on September 16, 2014, about education and indoctrination, the 1960s, the Powell memorandum, democracy, the creation of ISIS, the media and the way "capitalism" actually works in the United States.  full article>

 

War against Isis: US strategy in tatters as militants march on

Patrick Cockburn

Sunday 12 October 2014, © The Independent

America's plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group's fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad.

The US-led air attacks launched against Islamic State (also known as Isis) on 8 August in Iraq and 23 September in Syria have not worked. President Obama's plan to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. In both Syria and Iraq, Isis is expanding its control rather than contracting.  full article>

 

Obama Is Supposedly Getting Ready to Close Gitmo. Here Are 9 Other Times We've Heard That.

By Patrick Caldwell

Fri Oct. 10, 2014, © Mother Jones

Rejoice! President Barack Obama intends to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay...seven years after he initially promised to do so. Per the Wall Street Journal: "The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding a congressional ban on bringing detainees to the U.S., senior administration officials said."  full article>

 

Israel and the G-Word

by JONATHAN COOK

October 10-12, 2014, © Counterpunch

Israeli officials were caught in a revealing lie late last month as the country celebrated the Jewish New Year. Shortly after declaring the most popular boy's name in Israel to be "Yosef, the interior ministry was forced to concede that the top slot was actually filled by "Mohammed.  full article>

 

Here's How Nigeria Beat Ebola

By Alex Park

Fri Oct. 10, 2014, © MotherJones

Ebola first arrived in Lagos, Nigeria—one of the largest cities in the world—on July 20. Global health officials feared the worst, warning that the disease could wreak untold havoc in the country.

But it hasn't turned out that way. To date, Nigeria has reported only 20 confirmed or probable Ebola cases in a nation of 174 million people. Equally remarkable, there have only been eight deaths—about half the fatality rate experienced by other countries involved in the current outbreak. In fact, Nigeria could be declared Ebola-free as early as October 12. (That date would be 42 days after the last case was diagnosed, or double the maximum amount of time needed for the disease to incubate in a human body-the standard used by global health authorities.)  full article>

 

El antisemitismo en el ámbito hispánico

Enrique Krauze

5 OCT 2014, © El País

La guerra de Gaza volvió a despertar al monstruo dormido del antisemitismo europeo. No ocurre lo mismo en América Latina. Cierto, los Gobiernos de Chile y Brasil llamaron a sus embajadores en Israel, Fidel Castro lo acusó de genocidio y los gobernantes fieles a la revolución bolivariana hicieron público su repudio. Pero este rechazo no implica antisemitismo. Otra cosa ocurre en las redes sociales en español, utilizadas sobre todo por los jóvenes y donde el veredicto condenatorio viene acompañado de los consabidos temas antisemitas. La región se ha comportado como parece sugerir el Global Index on Antisemitism de la Anti-Defamation League (ADL): no es (aún) particularmente antisemita, pero comienza a serlo.  full article>

 

The Diversity of Islam

Nicholas Kristof

OCT. 8, 2014, © The New York Times

A few days ago, I was on a panel on Bill Maher's television show on HBO that became a religious war.

Whether or not Islam itself inspires conflict, debates about it certainly do. Our conversation degenerated into something close to a shouting match and went viral on the web. Maher and a guest, Sam Harris, argued that Islam is dangerous yet gets a pass from politically correct liberals, while the actor Ben Affleck denounced their comments as "gross" and "racist." I sided with Affleck.  full article>

 

CARTA DE UN ENFERMERO. EXISTE UN RIESGO MAYOR QUE EL ÉBOLA Y ESTÁ TRAS EL CRISTAL.

© amenfermerianoticias

Soy un enfermero de la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos (UCI) del Hospital La Paz. El motivo de dirigirme a Ud. Es poner en conocimiento de la opinión pública los hechos que han ocurrido recientemente en relación con la "Crisis del virus Ebola". No quiero con ello crear alarma social, pero si narrar lo que está siendo una realidad en el día a día desde hace unos meses del personal de enfermería de dicha UCI entre los que me incluyo.  full article>

 

The Community of Expulsion

Roger Cohen

OCT. 6, 2014, © The New York Times

LONDON - Attending services at a Reform synagogue during the High Holy Days in London I heard sermons of great worthiness from British rabbis. One was about Alzheimer's and dementia among the elderly and the need to honor the "fragment of the divine in everyone." Another was about changes to the prayer book, including the dropping of the term "Lord," with its male overtones.  full article>

 

Before You the Rain

Before you the ancient rain

warmth on your back, you stand and think

how few the words

a man needs in life

You think of him who sees all this, and him

whose face is the wind, and the falling of the leaves, and rain

tapping the glass

 

Tuvya Ruebner

(translation from Poetry Translation Centre)

 

Israel Protests a Move to Recognize Palestinian State

By ISABEL KERSHNER

OCT. 6, 2014, © The New York Times

JERUSALEM - Israel summoned the Swedish ambassador to the Foreign Affairs Ministry here on Monday to protest the announcement by the new center-left government in Stockholm that it intended to recognize a state of Palestine.  full article>

 

Rita and the Rifle

 

Between Rita and my eyes
There is a rifle
And whoever knows Rita
Kneels and prays
To the divinity in those honey-colored eyes.
And I kissed Rita
When she was young
And I remember how she approached
And how my arm covered the loveliest of braids.
And I remember Rita
The way a sparrow remembers its stream
Ah, Rita
Between us there are a million sparrows and images
And many a rendezvous
Fired at by a rifle.
Rita's name was a feast in my mouth
Rita's body was a wedding in my blood
And I was lost in Rita for two years
And for two years she slept on my arm
And we made promises
Over the most beautiful of cups
And we burned in the wine of our lips
And we were born again
Ah, Rita!
What before this rifle could have turned my eyes from yours
Except a nap or two or honey-colored clouds?
Once upon a time
Oh, the silence of dusk
In the morning my moon migrated to a far place
Towards those honey-colored eyes
And the city swept away all the singers
And Rita.
Between Rita and my eyes—
A rifle.

 

Mahmoud Darwish

(translation found on PoemHunter.com)

 

America's "Terrorist Academy" in Iraq Produced ISIS Leaders

by MIKE WHITNEY

October 06, 2014, © Counterpunch

The Obama administration's determination to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is pushing the Middle East towards a regional war that could lead to a confrontation between the two nuclear-armed rivals, Russia and the United States..  full article>

 

Fading

 

Imagine
where this dove will go
when her wings turn grey
when her call grows old.
Will she turn to the mirrors of young sparrows
to slide into delusion,
or will a deaf window offer her a perch to sing?
How will she apologise to a traveller
wanting to stroke her feathers
when the flock scatters?
How will she strut through the courtyard
or impress the grass?
Will she look for a kind boy
to grind her a grain of wheat
or an old flame
to relight ageing passions?
Perhaps she will divide her sadness
between a window and a metal cage.
Perhaps she'll become a professional mourner
at the funerals of birds.
Imagine
where this dove will go
when the trees donate her their lowest branch
and when neighbours are indifferent to her past.

 

Abboud al Jabiri

(The literal translation of this poem was made by Worod Musawi
The final translated version of the poem is by The Poetry Translation Workshop)

 

Le coup de gueule de Ben Affleck contre l'islamophobie

François-Luc DOYEZ

6 octobre 2014, © Libération

L'acteur s'est énervé sur le plateau de 'Real Time With Bill Mayer', en rappelant qu'"un milliard de musulmans ne sont pas fanatiques".

Ben Affleck n'a pas réussi à garder son calme vendredi soir sur le plateau de Real Time With Bill Maher sur HBO, un talk-show avec Bill Maher, animateur marqué à gauche. Invité pour l'émission, l'auteur Sam Harris expliquait que les critiques contre la doctrine musulmane étaient trop souvent considérées comme de l'islamophobie. Le prochain interprète de Batman a alors pris la parole en dénonçant des propos "dégoûtants et racistes".  full article>

 

Lebanon faces Isis and Nusra incursions – and an influx of refugees

Robert Fisk

Monday 06 October 2014, © Independent

The shooting went on for hours, heard even in the centre of ancient Baalbek as Hezbollah and the Jabhat al-Nusra/Isis insurgents from Syria fought it out on the ridgeline above the Roman city.

That is all the people of Baalbek could say on Monday after Hezbollah announced – after rather a long time – that the jihadis had been sent packing back up towards Syrian Qalamoun. But it was another shock to the body politic of Lebanon.  full article>

 

La derecha que "roba pero hace"

Por Carlos Noriega

Martes, 07 de octubre de 2014, © Página/12

El centroizquierda perdió el gobierno de Lima. Las elecciones de ayer marcaron el regreso de la derecha a la administración de la capital del país, una derecha identificada con la frase "roba pero hace obras". Después de una gestión de cuatro años, la alcaldesa Susana Villarán, una izquierdista moderada que enfrentó una activa campaña mediática para descreditarla y un frustrado intento por revocarla a mitad de su gestión, fue derrotada ampliamente por el ex alcalde Luis Castañeda, del derechista Partido Solidaridad Nacional. A pesar de las graves acusaciones de corrupción en su contra y de una parquedad que lo ha hecho conocido como "El Mudo", Castañeda ganó holgadamente, con una votación entre 45,5 y 50,3 por ciento, según tres encuestas a boca de urna.  full article>

 

Ben Affleck Slams Bill Maher's Anti-Muslim Sentiment As 'Gross' And 'Racist'

by Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

October 4, 2014, © ThinkProgress

In a testy ten-minute exchange on "Real Time" with television host Bill Maher and author Sam Harris, Hollywood actor Ben Affleck slammed the host for commenting that Islam is the only religion that acts like the "mafia." Along with journalist Nicholas Kristof, Affleck argued that ascribing an entire religion based on the actions of the terrorist group Islamic State, was "gross" and "racist," while Maher and Harris shot back that criticizing Islam "gets conflated with bigotry towards Muslims as people," a ploy that others have used to build on anti-Muslim sentiment in the country.  full article>

 

Part of Being An Artist: The Dennis Hopper Collection, Selected Artwork and Ephemera is made possible by the generosity of the Hopper Art Trust, which has donated an extensive assembly of the actor's scripts, awards, film posters, photography, and personal letters to the USC School of Cinematic Arts Library Collection. This is the first time the donation will be on view.

The exhibit will be open to the public through Wednesday, November 26, 2014. The exhibition also features Hopper's iconic black and white photographs taken from 1961 - 67, featuring a range of subjects from Hollywood actors to the bullfights in Mexico to the Civil Rights Movement.

 

 

 

The British Soldier Who Killed Nazis with a Sword and a Longbow

By Mark Hay

May 20 2014, © Vice

The first thing the Nazi garrison on Vågsøy Island, Norway, would have heard when the British No. 3 Commando battalion landed on December 27, 1941 was the sudden blaring drone of bagpipes. One commando stood at the fore of the landing craft, facing the impending battle and playing the peppy, martial "March of the Cameron Men." Upon coming to a halt onshore, the soldier jumped from the craft, hucked a grenade at the Germans, then drew a full sword and ran screaming into the fray.  full article>

 

As a poet I hold the most archaic values on earth . . . the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth, the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe. I try to hold both history and the wilderness in mind, that my poems may approach the true measure of things and stand against the unbalance and ignorance of our times.

Gary Snyder

 

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the 'Universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.

Albert Einstein

 

"What's Possible," a New Film for World Leaders on the Urgency of Global Warming

By Bill Moyers

Friday, 26 September 2014, © truthout

More than 120 world leaders - including President Barack Obama - kicked off a one-day United Nations' summit on climate change in New York City by viewing What's Possible, a short film on the urgency of global warming.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the film's images, some disturbing and some magnificent, are meant to remind them of what's at stake: global warming will place our planet and all its inhabitants at destruction's door unless our governments take immediate action.  full article>

 

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.

Immanuel Kant

 

Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats

Damian Carrington

Monday 29 September 2014, © The Guardian

The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.  full article>

 

The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.

Arthur Schopenhauer

 

This Poet From a Tiny Island Nation Just Shamed The World's Leaders

"We've seen waves crashing into our homes."

By Jeremy Schulman

Tue Sep. 23, 2014, © MotherJones

Presidents and diplomats aren't the only ones calling for climate action at the United Nations. During the opening ceremony of today's climate summit, ‚ÄãKathy Jetnil-Kijiner—a 26-year-old poet from the Marshall Islands—spoke eloquently about the threat that rising seas pose to her country.  full article>

 

I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.

Leonardo da Vinci

 

Naomi Klein's Climate Manifesto

by Matthew Rothschild

September 19, 2014, © The Progressive

Here is the long-awaited book on climate change by one of the leading lights of the left. Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine (my pick for the most important book of the last decade), is back with another urgent work. In This Changes Everything, she not only synthesizes the science on global climate change in accessible language and highlights the horrific hazards. She also gets right to the roots of the crisis, and then tells us what needs to be done about it.  full article>

 

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.

Albert Einstein

 

How Australia Became the Dirtiest Polluter in the Developed World

By Will Oremus and Ariel Bogle

Fri Sep. 26, 2014, © MotherJones

Australians like to think of themselves as green. Their island country boasts some 3 million square miles of breathtaking landscape. They were an early global leader in solar power. They've had environmental regulations on the books since colonial times. And in 2007 they elected a party and a prime minister running on a "pro-climate" platform, with promises to sign the Kyoto Protocol and pass sweeping environmental reforms. All of which makes sense for a country that is already suffering the early effects of global warming.  full article>

 

Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventure, and for hides and furs is a phenomena which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging is such acts of brutality.

The Dalai Lama

 

The Poet Cannot Stand Aside: Arabic Literature and Exile

© 2014 by M. Lynx Qualey

Fourteen hundred years ago and more, the poet-prince Imru' al-Qais was banished by his father. The king exiled his son, or so the legend goes, in part because of the prince's poetry. Thus it was that, when the king was killed by a group of his subjects, al-Qais was traveling with friends. Al-Qais returned to avenge his father's death, but afterward spent the rest of his life in exile, fleeing from place to place, writing poetry and seeking support to regain his father's throne.  full article>

 

Washington's Secret Agendas

by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

September 29, 2014, © Counterpunch

One might think that by now even Americans would have caught on to the constant stream of false alarms that Washington sounds in order to deceive the people into supporting its hidden agendas.

The public fell for the lie that the Taliban in Afghanistan are terrorists allied with al Qaeda. Americans fought a war for 13 years that enriched Dick Cheney's firm, Halliburton, and other private interests only to end in another Washington failure.  full article>

 

El mundo íntimo de Onetti

Víctor Núñez Jaime

25 SEP 2014, © El País

En la cabecera de su cama, Juan Carlos Onetti (1909-1994) tenía pegado un cartel plastificado con los estatutos del Club de los que Nacieron Cansados: "Se nace cansado y se vive para descansar. Ama a tu cama como a ti mismo. Descansa de día para dormir de noche." No era sólo la pereza, sin embargo, la que mantuvo al escritor de los ojos desolados en la comodidad de su cama los últimos años de su vida. "Tenía disminuida la movilidad de una pierna porque le habían puesto una serie de inyecciones en el mismo lado. Eso influyó. Bueno, eso y también que le encantaba leer en la cama y estar ahí todo el tiempo, es verdad", dice con media sonrisa Dorothea Muhr, Dolly, viuda del autor de El Astillero. Esa cama y numerosos objetos personales y fotografías de Juan Carlos Onetti pueden verse, a partir de hoy y hasta el próximo 15 de noviembre, en la Casa de América de Madrid.  full article>

 

Raed Jarrar on Iraq & ISIS, Robert Weissman on Democracy for All

Sep 19, 2014, © FAIR

This week on CounterSpin: "We have no choice," CBS's Bob Schieffer told viewers, calling for US military attacks on the extremist group ISIS, because "this evil must be eradicated." Though the shouts of warmongers may make them hard to hear, we do have choices--choices more likely to lead to long-term peace in Iraq and Syria than dropping bombs. We'll hear from Raed Jarrar, policy impact coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee.  full article>

 

Into the Unknown

Lisandro Alonso travels back in time to find a way forward with Jauja

By Quintín

© filmcomment

Jauja, the latest film by Lisandro Alonso, was a surprise for many critics. That's not because it's so different from his four previous features, but because it demonstrates that his cinema has a much broader range of possibilities than many previously assumed, and obliges you to look at the entirety of his work, as you would the work of any filmmaker of grand aesthetic ambitions.  full article>

 

Gaza and the Threat of World War

by JOHN PILGER

September 12-14, 2014, © Counterpunch

"There is a taboo," said the visionary Edward Said, "on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free."

For many people, the truth is out now. At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can't look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the collusion of others, such as Canada and Australia, in this epic crime.

The attack on Gaza was an attack on all of us. The siege of Gaza is a siege of all of us. The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity under siege and a warning that the threat of a new world war is growing by the day.

When Nelson Mandela called the struggle of Palestine "the greatest moral issue of our time", he spoke on behalf of true civilisation, not that which empires invent. In Latin America, the governments of Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Bolivia, El Salvador, Peru and Ecuador have made their stand on Gaza. Each of these countries has known its own dark silence when immunity for mass murder was sponsored by the same godfather in Washington that answered the cries of children in Gaza with more ammunition to kill them.  full article>

 

 

Vi la segunda pelea entre el Chino Maidana y Floyd Mayweather. Para mí que Maidana había ganado la primera pelea, así que deseaba ver una revancha que hiciera un poco de justicia. No pudo ser. Para quitarle el cinturón a un campeón, especialmente cuando este lucha en casa, agarrando y esquivando al retador, metiéndole el dedo en los ojos todo el rato -y con un referí muy parcial al boxeador local- hay que ganar por knock-out sí o sí. A pesar de dar pelea, le faltó un poco de agresión al Chino, más movimiento lateral y de cintura. No pudo aprovechar el momentum que había generado en su brillante cuarto round. Mayweather es muy piola. Sabe distraer y agarrar, hacer tiempo. El punto que le descontó el referí a Maidana no fue justo, y después tenía que haberle quitado uno a Mayweather por un clarísimo golpe bajo intencional. Es un gran boxeador Mayweather, pero también es muy tramposo. Por eso el Chino necesitaba dejarlo en la lona, pero no pudo. Me dio rabia la parcialidad arbitral del paisano gringo, pero así es el boxeo. Y Floyd supo defenderse. Como dijo Sun Tzu, "Los buenos guerreros hacen que los adversarios vengan a ellos, y de ningún modo se dejan atraer fuera de su fortaleza". Eso es lo que consiguió en esta pelea Mayweather, pero dudo que se atreva a darle otra oportunidad al toro santafesino. El chino se puede sentir orgulloso. No hizo trampa y atacó sin parar. En mi opinión los recursos defensivos de Mayweather, lícitos como ilícitos, no le bastarían en una tercera pelea entre estos dos boxeadores, especialmente si fuera en territorio neutral. A ver si ahora para de esquivarlo a Paquiao. Probablemente no querrá arriesgar sus cinturones y su reino económico el campeón. Creo que el filipino lo liquidaría ahora si tuviera la oportunidad de enfrentarse al norteamericano.

-V.M.

 

 

"Une vie ne vaut rien, mais rien ne vaut une vie."

André Malraux

 

Human Rights Watch acusa a Israel de crímenes de guerra

Jueves, 11 de septiembre de 2014, © Página/12

La organización internacional de derechos humanos afirmó que dos de los bombardeos contra escuelas de Naciones Unidas en la Fraja de Gaza fueron "sin motivo", mientras que en un tercero "se puso en riesgo desproporcionadamente a civiles". En esos ataques murieron 45 personas -entre ellos 17 niños- que intentaban refugiarse del conflicto.  full article>

 

"La muerte es un espejo que refleja las vanas gesticulaciones de la vida. Toda esa abigarrada confusión de actos, omisiones, arrepentimientos y tentativas —obras y sobras— que es cada vida, encuentran en la muerte, ya que no sentido o explicación, fin."

Octavio Paz (de El Laberinto de la soledad)

 

Buddhist Activist Delivers Strong Message on 9/11 Anniversary

By Amitabh Pal

September 12, 2014, © The Progressive

An "Aternative Nobel"-winning Buddhist activist delivered a message with a cutting edge at the University of Wisconsin on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

"The 9/11 attacks were so much of a shock to Americans," said Sulak Sivaraksa, dressed in traditional Thai robes, with a jacket to shield him from the nip of an early Madison fall. Most Americans have not grappled with the damage the United States has done abroad, he said.  full article>

 

"Perder nuestro nombre es como perder nuestra sombra; ser sólo nuestro nombre es reducirnos a ser sombra."

Octavio Paz

 

 

San Isidro, Septiembre, 10 de 2014.

ENCUENTRO DE FILIALES Y PEÑAS DE SAN ISIDRO

 

Argentina, Marzo 13 de 2013.

Día de la asunción del Papa Francisco I.

(Hincha y socio de San Lorenzo).

 

En el día de ayer, Martes 9 de Septiembre, en el recinto de sesiones del Honorable Concejo Deliberante de San Isidro, se llevó a cabo una jornada de debate, dialogo y consenso entre todas las filiales y/o peñas de los clubes de fútbol que se encuentran oficializadas en el Partido de San Isidro.

 

Bajo el lema "NO A LA VIOLENCIA EN EL FÚTBOL" estuvieron presentes el Club Atlético Acassuso, la Peña de San Isidro CARLOS LUNA del Club Atlético Tigre, la Peña de Zona Norte HERNAN PAGÉS del Club Chacarita Juniors, la Filial de San Isidro del Club Atlético River Plate, la Peña de San Isidro LOS CARASUCIAS del Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro, la Filial Zona Norte del Club Atlético All Boys, la Filial San Isidro del Club Atlético Estudiantes de La Plata, la Filial Zona Norte del Racing Club y representantes de la Filial en formación del Club Atlético Boca Juniors.

 

En la sesión, representantes de cada una de estas entidades ocuparon las diversas bancas cual concejales, y presentaron proyectos y propuestas para trabajar en conjunto; y debatieron acerca de la necesidad de llevar acciones en conjunto, ya sean sociales, culturales y/o deportivas, en torno a la temática planteada, dentro del ámbito del Partido, a los efectos de dar un mensaje a la sociedad de tolerancia y respeto, en el deporte en general y en el fútbol en particular.

 

La misma dio inicio con las palabras del Sr. Presidente del Honorable Concejo Deliberante Dr. Carlos Castellano, quien presentó los tres proyectos elaborados por las Peñas y Filiales los que serían el temario de la reunión; y fue presidida por un invitado especial, el Sr. Juan Carr, responsable de la Ong's RED SOLIDARIA, quien resalto la importancia del evento, rescatando que este tipo de acciones no se ven a menudo, felicitando a los integrantes de cada entidad.

 

Seguido, el Vicepresidente de la Peña de San Lorenzo Sr. Daniel Matos, dio lectura al primero de los proyectos, de Comunicación, por el cual las peñas y/o filiales asentadas oficialmente en el Partido de San Isidro, adhieren al lema "En San Isidro le decimos NO A LA VIOLENCIA EN EL FÚTBOL", el cual es aprobado por unanimidad. A continuación, el Vicepresidente de la Filial de Estudiantes de La Plata Sr. Eduardo Lagroteria, dio lectura al segundo de los proyectos, de Resolución, por el cual peñas y/o filiales asentadas oficialmente en el Partido de San Isidro se comprometieron a realizar actividades en conjunto que lleven como mensaje la clara demostración que se puede convivir en una sociedad en paz, con respeto y tolerancia. Así, propuso la realización de una "bicicleteada" en conjunto, para un domingo, en el mismo espacio donde se desarrolla en denominado "Paseo de Bicicletas", sobre la Avenida de la Unidad Nacional. Luego, a propuesta del Presidente de la Peña de San Lorenzo Sr. Leonardo Granucci, se llevará a cabo una jornada de competencia entre integrantes de las peñas y/o filiales en una "Olimpiadas de juegos de mesa". Luego, a propuesta del Presidente de la Filial Zona Norte de All Boys Sr. Enrique Dellisola, se llevará a cabo a través del grupo "Arte Urbano" por intermedio de la Presidencia del Concejo Deliberante, la realización de un mural en los paredones del Arsenal 601 Esteban de Luca, ubicado en la Ciudad de Boulogne, en relación a la temática de la no violencia en el fútbol. Las tres propuestas fueron incorporadas al proyecto, el cual en consideración fue también aprobado por unanimidad.

 

A continuación, el Presidente de la Peña de Tigre, Sr. Jorge Semino, hizo lectura del tercer proyecto, también de Resolución, por el cual solicita al Honorable Concejo Deliberante que por su intermedio se proceda a dar la mayor difusión posible a todo evento desarrollado por las peñas y/o filiales asentadas oficialmente en el Partido de San Isidro peñas y/o filiales. Tomada la palabra por el Presidente de la Filial Zona Norte de Chacarita Juniors Sr. Pablo Sukarevicius, hizo hincapié en idéntico sentido, agregando que podría realizarse una intensa campaña publicitaria en razón de la temática planteada. Las propuestas del proyecto aludido fueron aprobadas por unanimidad.

 

Por último, y cerrando el evento, el Presidente del Club Atlético Acassuso (único club local en AFA) Sr. Francisco "Pipo" Marín, resaltó la importancia del evento, agradeciendo a la Presidencia del cuerpo haber permitido utilizar el espacio de dialogo por excelencia como lo es la Legislatura local, comprometiéndose a realizar en cuanto pueda todas las acciones a favor de llevar el mensaje emanado a la casa mayor del fútbol argentino. En razón de ello, dio lectura al Acta Compromiso en tal sentido, la cual fue ratificada por los titulares de cada una de las peñas y/o filiales.

 

Es dable destacar que se encontraron presentes una veintena jugadores y exjugadores de las distintas instituciones tales como Matías Pisano, Norberto Ortega Sánchez, Pablo Dundo, Javier Baena, Oscar "Cacho" Gutierrez, "Japonés Perez, "Bocha Metini, y muchos más.

 

Las imágenes del evento dan cuenta de la enorme repercusión que ha tenido la actividad, toda vez que se pudo mostrar nuevamente el porque del slogan "San Isidro es Distinto".

 

Por todo lo expuesto, en la seguridad de saber que nuestro aporte redundará en beneficios para la comunidad, y convencidos del rol social que nuestra Peña cumple en nuestro ámbito, agradecemos a a todos los que de una u otra forma colaboraron en la realización de tan importante hecho, demostrando una vez que, como decimos siempre, San Lorenzo es mucho más que noventa minutos de cancha.

 

Departamento de Prensa

Peña de San Isidro "LOS CARASUCIAS".

 

 

Behind the Rise of ISIS

By Uri Avnery

September 05, 2014, © The Progressive

For six decades my friends and I have warned our people: if we don't make peace with the nationalist Arab forces, we shall be faced with Islamic Arab forces.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will turn into a Jewish-Muslim conflict. The national war will become a religious war.  full article>

 

"U.S. Militarism Brings Chaos": As Obama Plans a War on ISIS, a Call for a Middle East-Led Response

Monday, September 8, 2014, © Democracy Now

President Obama has launched an effort to rally Congress and the public behind a sustained offensive against the militant group, Islamic State. Obama is set to meet with Congress on Tuesday followed by a national address Wednesday. The United States says it will lead the offensive against the Islamic State with a so-called "core coalition" of 10 countries. The White House says the fight could last beyond the end of President Obama's term in early 2017. Meanwhile on Sunday, Arab League foreign ministers met in Cairo and announced they would cooperate with efforts to combat militants who have overrun parts of Iraq and Syria. Their resolution did not explicitly support the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State, but suggested it would back the effort.  full article>

 

 

 

The Socialist Alternative to a World of Injustice

By Danny Katch

Sunday, 07 September 2014, © truthout

Before you get to socialism, you first have to ask yourself a more basic question: Which side am I on? As I was writing this article at the end of August, Israel was raining bombs on Gaza, and Black people were staring down the police in the streets of Ferguson, Mo. In these conflicts and others, some will identity with the oppressors and others with the oppressed. (And then there are those who carefully criticize both sides to justify sitting on their gentle neutral butts.)  full article>

 

Labor Day lesson: there's no such thing as a "consumer"

Posted by Jim Hightower

Monday, September 1, 2014

In the run-up to this Labor Day, I've noticed several CEOs, political pundits, and so-called economic experts saying they're confused as to why Americans are so down. Consumers should be out buying stuff, they say, for the economy is humming again. Just look at the key indicators: GDP is growing, corporate profits are high, the stock market is soaring, jobs are being created, the unemployment rate is steadily dropping, and people's disposable income is up. Yet, as the CEO of The Container Store recently grumped, consumers are in "a retail funk."  full article>

 

Top Gun Rights Group Backs White Supremacist's Supreme Court Case

By Stephanie Mencimer

Tue Sep. 2, 2014, © Mother Jones

Samuel Johnson isn't exactly a lawyer's dream client. He's a white supremacist with a lengthy rap sheet who a couple years ago was accused of plotting an attack on a Mexican consulate. He ended up drawing a 15-year prison term on a gun charge, and his case is now on his way to the US Supreme Court, which has agreed to hear a challenge to his sentence. Johnson has won the vocal backing of a top gun rights group, but as his case moves forward, it may eventually draw support from some liberals and civil libertarians who oppose harsh mandatory minimum sentences.  full article>

 

The U.S. and ISIS

By Stephen Zunes

August 26, 2014, © The Progressive

At the start of classes one year ago, I was having to explain to my students why the United States appeared to be on the verge of going to war against the Syrian government. At the beginning of this semester, exactly one year later, I'm having to explain to my students why the United States may be on the verge of going to war against Syrian rebels.  full article>

 

Challenge to Perceval Press and sobrevueloscuervos.com followers:

 

Please participate in the "Ice Bucket Challenge" if you like, enduring a bucket of cold water poured onto your head, but ALSO send what money you can to help cure ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Doing both, as I have, is not illegal, and will help more than you know. Thank you!

 

Por favor participen en el "Ice Bucket Challenge" si quieren, aguantando un balde de agua helada a la cabeza, pero TAMBIÉN envíen el dinero que puedan para ayudar a curar la ELA (Esclerosis Lateral Amiotrófica). No es ilegal hacer las dos cosas, como hice yo, y ayudará más de lo que se dan cuenta. ¡Gracias!

 

 

 

The world's failure to address the root causes of al-Qaida led to Isis

Hassan Hassan

Saturday 23 August 2014, © The Observer

The Islamic State released a video earlier this month showing a group of Arab jihadists on a slaughtering frenzy in eastern Syria. On the floor were several tied-up Syrian rebels, prepared for the knife. "The best thing about what you did is that you started with the Military Council, no question about this one," says an Egyptian member in jest, referring to the killing of a fighter affiliated to the Free Syrian Army, deemed by Isis as apostates for working with the west. A Tunisian member then raises the head of his next victim and tells him: "Brother, you will be slaughtered now, brother." The Egyptian then tells his colleagues that the videos should not be uploaded to the internet, to which the Tunisian replies: "Brother, I like these scenes. I like to watch them at night."  full article>

 

"As a poet I hold the most archaic values on earth . . . the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth, the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe. I try to hold both history and the wilderness in mind, that my poems may approach the true measure of things and stand against the unbalance and ignorance of our times."

Gary Snyder

 

The New Authoritarianism in an Age of Manufactured Crises

By Henry A. Giroux, City Lights | Book Excerpt

Sunday, 24 August 2014, © Truthout

"A society consisting of the sum of its vanity and greed is not a society at all but a state of war."
—Lewis Lapham

Ongoing debates in Washington and the mainstream media over austerity measures, the realities of a fiscal cliff, and the ever deepening national debt have produced what the late sociologist C. Wright Mills once called "a politics of organized irresponsibility" - not least of all by obscuring the authoritarian pressures that are intensifying efforts to subvert American democracy. For Mills, authoritarian politics developed by making the operations of power invisible, while weaving a network of lies and deceptions in which isolated issues became disconnected from the broader relations and historical contexts that gave them meaning. Today these isolated issues have become flashpoints in a cultural and political discourse that conceals not merely the operations of power but also the resurgence of authoritarian ideologies, modes of social control, policies, and social formations that put any viable notion of democracy at risk. Decontextualized ideas and issues coupled with an overflow of information produced by new electronic media make it more difficult to create coherent narratives that offer historical understanding, relational connections, and developmental sequences. The fragmentation of ideas and corresponding cascade of information reinforce new modes of depoliticization and authoritarianism.  full article>

 

"The size of the place that one becomes a member of is limited only by the size of one's heart."

Gary Snyder

 

Ruling on Nuclear Waste Storage Could Create a "Catastrophic Risk"

By Josh Harkinson

Fri Aug. 22, 2014, © MotherJones

Strict safety controls sought by environmental groups for the storage of radioactive waste at dozens of nuclear power plants may fall to the wayside under a rule that's expected be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission next week. According to a congressional source who does not wish to be identified, the NRC is rushing to vote on the rule before the September retirement of Commissioner William Magwood, an ally of the nuclear power industry.  full article>

 

"Nature is orderly. That which appears to be chaotic in nature is only a more complex kind of order."

Gary Snyder

 

Global warming slowdown answer lies in depths of Atlantic, study finds

Adam Vaughan

Thursday 21 August 2014, © The Guardian

The key to the slowdown in global warming in recent years could lie in the depths of the Atlantic and Southern Oceans where excess heat is being stored – not the Pacific Ocean as has previously been suggested, according to new research.  full article>

 

Poema

 

De todo esto yo soy el único que parte.
De este banco me voy, de mis calzones,
de mi gran situación, de mis acciones,
de mi número hendido parte a parte,
de todo esto yo soy el único que parte.
De los Campos Elíseos o al dar vuelta
la extraña callejuela de la Luna,
mi defunción se va, parte mi cuna,
y, rodeada de gente, sola, suelta,
mi semejanza humana dase vuelta
y despacha sus sombras una a una.
Y me alejo de todo, porque todo
se queda para hacer la coartada:
mi zapato, su ojal, también su lodo
y hasta el doblez del codo
de mi propia camisa abotonada.

 

César Vallejo

 

Six pieds sur Terre

24/07/2014, © Libération

Trois jours en immersion au cœur du négationnisme climatique

C'est la ville la plus artificielle du monde avec ses avenues saturées d'écrans, ses hôtels stupéfiants, ses 4x4 stretch limousines, ses casinos, sa folie et sa vulgarité: Las Vegas. C'est ici qu'au début du mois de juillet, l'Institut Heartland a organisé sa neuvième Conférence annuelle sur les changements climatiques (ICCC9). "Where else" pouvait-on organiser une telle conférence ? Car il ne faut pas se fier à son intitulé, la ICCC9 est le royaume du négationnisme climatique, un lieu où les partisans écolos sont traités de "pastèques" et les scientifiques du Giec (Groupe d'experts intergouvernemental sur l'évolution du climat) de "mafieux". En somme, j'ai vécu trois jours d'une rare violence intellectuelle assénée dans un décor démoniaque.   full article>

 

Verano

 

Verano, ya me voy. Y me dan pena
las manitas sumisas de tus tardes.
Llegas devotamente; llegas viejo;
y ya no encontrarás en mi alma a nadie.

 

Verano! Y pasarás por mis balcones
con gran rosario de amatistas y oros,
como un obispo triste que llegara
de lejos a buscar y bendecir
los rotos aros de unos muertos novios.

 

Verano, ya me voy. Allá, en setiembre
tengo una rosa que te encargo mucho;
la regarás de agua bendita todos
los días de pecado y de sepulcro.

 

Si a fuerza de llorar el mausoleo,
con luz de fe su mármol aletea,
levanta en alto tu responso, y pide
a Dios que siga para siempre muerta.
Todo ha de ser ya tarde;
y tú no encontrarás en mi alma a nadie.

 

Ya no llores, Verano! En aquel surco
muere una rosa que renace mucho...

 

César Vallejo

 

La búsqueda de la identidad no tiene límites ni fronteras

Por Victoria Ginzberg

Sábado, 23 de agosto de 2014, © Página/12

"Sus padres le pusieron Ana Libertad. Hoy ella logró adquirir ese bien tan preciado que sus padres le desearon con su nombre: bienvenida Ana a tu libertad", leyó Estela de Carlotto ayer, al anunciar que una nueva hija de desaparecidos, en este caso nacida en cautiverio, recuperó su identidad. Se trata de la hija de Elena de la Cuadra y Héctor Baratti, nieta de la primera presidenta de Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, Alicia Zubasnabar de De la Cuadra. "Licha" no podrá encontrarse con su nieta, falleció en 2008. El caso número 115 resuelto por Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo involucró a la Comisión Nacional por el Derecho a la Identidad (Conadi), la Unidad Especializada en casos de Apropiación de Niños durante el Terrorismo de Estado de la Procuración, los abogados de las Abuelas y la Cancillería, ya que la joven vive actualmente en Europa y su muestra de ADN llegó a través de una valija diplomática.   full article>

 

Espergesia

 

Yo nací un día
que Dios estuvo enfermo.

 

Todos saben que vivo,
que soy malo; y no saben
del diciembre de ese enero.
Pues yo nací un día
que Dios estuvo enfermo.

 

Hay un vacío
en mi aire metafísico
que nadie ha de palpar:
el claustro de un silencio
que habló a flor de fuego.

 

Yo nací un día
que Dios estuvo enfermo.

 

Hermano, escucha, escucha...
Bueno. Y que no me vaya
sin llevar diciembres,
sin dejar eneros.
Pues yo nací un día
que Dios estuvo enfermo.

 

Todos saben que vivo,
que mastico... y no saben
por qué en mi verso chirrían,
oscuro sinsabor de ferétro,
luyidos vientos
desenroscados de la Esfinge
preguntona del Desierto.

 

Todos saben... Y no saben
que la Luz es tísica,
y la Sombra gorda...
Y no saben que el misterio sintetiza...
que él es la joroba
musical y triste que a distancia denuncia
el paso meridiano de las lindes a las Lindes.

 

Yo nací un día
que Dios estuvo enfermo,
grave.

 

César Vallejo

 

Militarized Police and the Threat to Democracy

Dennis J. Kucinich

08/18/2014, © The Huffington Post

As a former big city mayor of a racially diverse city, Cleveland, Ohio, I can understand the cross currents sweeping through Ferguson, Missouri.

We are at a moment of national crisis in the way our domestic law enforcement is being conducted. The killing of an unarmed civilian by a law enforcement officer is, sadly, not unique. But the police response to the protests has provided a powerful cautionary moment for America. The militarization of local police has led to the arrival today in Ferguson of the actual military, the National Guard.  full article>

 

 

Wasn't He Supposed to be the Smart One?
Stupidity Obama-Style

by ANDREW LEVINE

AUGUST 15-17, 2014, © Counterpunch

 

Wasn't Barack Obama supposed to be the smart one? When all other reasons failed, wasn't that why he was better than Bush?

 

That thought came to mind when W showed up in Washington at Obama's "summit" meeting with African leaders, the one called to shill for American corporations and banks and to quash opposition to American military and espionage activities in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Bush was there to tout the one estimable deed of his presidency - his underfunded, but still significant, effort to combat AIDS on the African continent. His spiel was self-serving, but otherwise unobjectionable.

 

Obama's intentions were more nefarious, but he sounded high-minded; Bush, as always, sounded stupid. Except to Americans who revel in anti-intellectualism, Bush was a national embarrassment for eight long years.

 

Seeming stupid served Bush well in the nether-regions of American politics, where anti-intellectualism is a way of life. Amazingly too, his class brothers and sisters didn't seem to mind. Maybe they thought he was just the one to keep the useful idiots on board.

 

Is it an act? Maybe; it is hard to see how he could have come by his demeanor honestly.

 

Bush did spend his formative years in an enclave of wealthy Texas oilmen, a milieu not known for refinement. But he prepped at Phillips Academy, graduated from Yale, and got a MBA from the Harvard Business School.

 

He was admitted to those places because of family connections, and he was a miserable student. Still, something should have rubbed off.

 

Born and raised in a gilded world, with family fixers always at the ready to keep him on track, he ought to have picked up a little polish. The rest of his family did. They may not be smarter or more articulate, but George W was the only bumpkin.

 

Since even before the days of W's grandfather, Connecticut Senator Prescott Bush, the Bush family has reeked with gentility. Yet W sounds like a character on "The Beverly Hillbillies." Go figure!

 

It isn't just his accent either; it is what he says.

 

The contrast with Obama is extreme.   full article>

 

 

Humanism is a philosophy of joyous service for the greater good of all humanity, of application of new ideas of scientific progress for the benefit of all.

Linus Pauling

  ________

 

As a Zionist youth leader in the 1940s, I was among those who called for a binational state in Mandatory Palestine. When a Jewish state was declared, I felt that it should have the rights of other states - no more, no less.

Noam Chomsky

 

The Moral Universe Will Swing Palestine's Way

by Andrew Levine

1-3 August, 2014, © Counterpunch

Benjamin Netanyahu isn't the brightest bulb on the Hanukkah bush, but that doesn't explain why he concluded that he could benefit himself and Israel by launching another assault on Gaza, the third in six years.

From any remotely plausible point of view, this was a colossal mistake. It is as if resistance fighters in Gaza snookered him into it.

Perhaps they did; they seem shrewd enough, and he seems dumb enough. But "the dead weight of history" and American politics played a role too.

Israel has gotten away with murder – and worse — before; many times.

Also Netanyahu knew that he could count on influential media in the United States and other enabling countries to mislead, misinform and generally promote the Israeli line. He knew too that he has 535 profiles in pusillanimity in his pocket – 100 in the Senate, and 435 more in the House.

Therefore if it seems politically expedient, why wouldn't he kill again? It was a win-win situation. He would benefit politically and every little bit helps advance the long-term goal he and many other Zionists share — ridding the land of Israel of all but its Jewish inhabitants.

Netanyahu may also have decided that the time is right, now that so many calamitous consequences of the Bush-Obama wars are falling due, and now that the failures (temporary or permanent) of the Arab Spring have destabilized the region.

He may have figured that, with the Near East in turmoil, powers friendly to the Hamas government in Gaza — Qatar, Turkey, Iran, Hezbollah – would be unlikely to lift a finger in Gaza's defense; while others, hostile to Hamas, could be counted on discreetly to help Israel. This would include Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The temptation to launch another massacre must therefore have been irresistible.  full article>

 

Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.

Noam Chomsky

 

Amnesty International: U.S. Should Stop Arming Israel Amid "Growing Evidence of War Crimes in Gaza"

Friday, August 1, 2014, © Democracy Now

On the same day Israeli forces killed 20 Palestinians at a U.N. school this week, the U.S. confirmed it had provided Israel with fresh supplies of munitions, including mortar rounds for tanks and ammo for grenade launchers. Now, one of the nation's leading human rights organizations has called on the United States to stop arms transfers to Israel amid "growing evidence of war crimes in Gaza." On Thursday, Amnesty International said the U.S. government must immediately end its ongoing deliveries of large quantities of arms to Israel, which are providing the tools to commit further serious violations of international law in Gaza.   full article>

 

 

It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere.... Science has been charged with undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

Albert Einstein

  ________

 

You cannot control your own population by force, but it can be distracted by consumption.

Noam Chomsky

 

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NBC Reporter Ayman Mohyeldin Returns To Gaza

July 20, 2014, © crooksandliars.com

It did not take NBC News long to reverse their decision to pull reporter Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza just days after he covered the Israeli missile attack on a beach that killed four young boys playing soccer. I don't know whether this decision was due to public pressure to allow Mohyeldin to continue reporting from the region, but it's welcome news.  full article>

 

Under Siege

 

Here on the slopes of hills, facing the dusk and the cannon of time
Close to the gardens of broken shadows,
We do what prisoners do,
And what the jobless do:
We cultivate hope.

 

***

A country preparing for dawn. We grow less intelligent
For we closely watch the hour of victory:
No night in our night lit up by the shelling
Our enemies are watchful and light the light for us
In the darkness of cellars.

 

***

Here there is no "I".
Here Adam remembers the dust of his clay.

 

***

On the verge of death, he says:
I have no trace left to lose:
Free I am so close to my liberty. My future lies in my own hand.
Soon I shall penetrate my life,
I shall be born free and parentless,
And as my name I shall choose azure letters...

 

***

You who stand in the doorway, come in,
Drink Arabic coffee with us
And you will sense that you are men like us
You who stand in the doorways of houses
Come out of our morningtimes,
We shall feel reassured to be
Men like you!

 

***

When the planes disappear, the white, white doves
Fly off and wash the cheeks of heaven
With unbound wings taking radiance back again, taking possession
Of the ether and of play. Higher, higher still, the white, white doves
Fly off. Ah, if only the sky
Were real (a man passing between two bombs said to me).

 

***

Cypresses behind the soldiers, minarets protecting
The sky from collapse. Behind the hedge of steel
Soldiers piss—under the watchful eye of a tank—
And the autumnal day ends its golden wandering in
A street as wide as a church after Sunday mass...

 

***

(To a killer) If you had contemplated the victim's face
And thought it through, you would have remembered your mother in the
Gas chamber, you would have been freed from the reason for the rifle
And you would have changed your mind: this is not the way
to find one's identity again.

 

***

The siege is a waiting period
Waiting on the tilted ladder in the middle of the storm.

 

***

Alone, we are alone as far down as the sediment
Were it not for the visits of the rainbows.

 

***

We have brothers behind this expanse.
Excellent brothers. They love us. They watch us and weep.
Then, in secret, they tell each other:
"Ah! if this siege had been declared..." They do not finish their sentence:
"Don't abandon us, don't leave us."

 

***

Our losses: between two and eight martyrs each day.
And ten wounded.
And twenty homes.
And fifty olive trees...
Added to this the structural flaw that
Will arrive at the poem, the play, and the unfinished canvas.

 

***

A woman told the cloud: cover my beloved
For my clothing is drenched with his blood.

 

***

If you are not rain, my love
Be tree
Sated with fertility, be tree
If you are not tree, my love
Be stone
Saturated with humidity, be stone
If you are not stone, my love
Be moon
In the dream of the beloved woman, be moon
(So spoke a woman
to her son at his funeral)

 

***

Oh watchmen! Are you not weary
Of lying in wait for the light in our salt
And of the incandescence of the rose in our wound
Are you not weary, oh watchmen?

 

***

A little of this absolute and blue infinity
Would be enough
To lighten the burden of these times
And to cleanse the mire of this place.

 

***

It is up to the soul to come down from its mount
And on its silken feet walk
By my side, hand in hand, like two longtime
Friends who share the ancient bread
And the antique glass of wine
May we walk this road together
And then our days will take different directions:
I, beyond nature, which in turn
Will choose to squat on a high-up rock.

 

***

On my rubble the shadow grows green,
And the wolf is dozing on the skin of my goat
He dreams as I do, as the angel does
That life is here...not over there.

 

***

In the state of siege, time becomes space
Transfixed in its eternity
In the state of siege, space becomes time
That has missed its yesterday and its tomorrow.

 

***

The martyr encircles me every time I live a new day
And questions me: Where were you? Take every word
You have given me back to the dictionaries
And relieve the sleepers from the echo's buzz.

 

***

The martyr enlightens me: beyond the expanse
I did not look
For the virgins of immortality for I love life
On earth, amid fig trees and pines,
But I cannot reach it, and then, too, I took aim at it
With my last possession: the blood in the body of azure.

 

***

The martyr warned me: Do not believe their ululations
Believe my father when, weeping, he looks at my photograph
How did we trade roles, my son, how did you precede me.
I first, I the first one!

 

***

The martyr encircles me: my place and my crude furniture are all that I have changed.
I put a gazelle on my bed,
And a crescent of moon on my finger
To appease my sorrow.

 

***

The siege will last in order to convince us we must choose an enslavement that does no harm, in fullest liberty!

 

***

Resisting means assuring oneself of the heart's health,
The health of the testicles and of your tenacious disease:
The disease of hope.

 

***

And in what remains of the dawn, I walk toward my exterior
And in what remains of the night, I hear the sound of footsteps inside me.

 

***

Greetings to the one who shares with me an attention to
The drunkenness of light, the light of the butterfly, in the
Blackness of this tunnel!

 

***

Greetings to the one who shares my glass with me
In the denseness of a night outflanking the two spaces:
Greetings to my apparition.

 

***

My friends are always preparing a farewell feast for me,
A soothing grave in the shade of oak trees
A marble epitaph of time
And always I anticipate them at the funeral:
Who then has died...who?

 

***

Writing is a puppy biting nothingness
Writing wounds without a trace of blood.

 

***

Our cups of coffee. Birds green trees
In the blue shade, the sun gambols from one wall
To another like a gazelle
The water in the clouds has the unlimited shape of what is left to us
Of the sky. And other things of suspended memories
Reveal that this morning is powerful and splendid,
And that we are the guests of eternity.

 

Mahmoud Darwish

Ramallah, January 2002

(translated by Marjolijn De Jager)

 

Why do television producers think a grey blob over a dead person's face shows respect?

Robert Fisk

Sunday 20 July 2014, © The Independent

To die is one thing – to be turned into a blob quite another matter. The blob is the weird, mystical "cloud" which weak-kneed television producers place over the image of a dead human face. They are not worried that the Israelis will complain that a dead Palestinian face demonstrates Israeli brutality. Nor that a dead Israeli face will make a beast of the Palestinian who killed the dead Israeli. No. They are worried about Ofcom. They are worried about rules. They are worried about good taste – something these TV chappies know all about – because they are fearful that someone will scream if they see a real dead human being on the news. 
 full article>

 

"Gaza is a ghetto. The Israeli army are LAPD. Palestinians are my sisters.

 

Gaza is a prison. The Israeli army is the warden. Palestinians are my family.

 

Israelis are my family. We are all family, all peoples of the book. Hebrew is Arabic with more sarcasm. A hijab is a babushka with more flavor. I am not anti-Semitic, because we are all Semites. I love my people. I love all people. I love justice. This is not justice.

 

This is a war crime. This is premeditated murder. Gaza is a shtetl. This is a pogrom.

 

I am a Jew. The Palestinians are my family. Israel, you are murdering your own blood."

 

Josh Healey

 

 

Dreams Before Extinction

An exhibition of prints from paintings on endangered species by the Iranian artist Naeemeh Naeemaei

 

JULY 15-AUGUST 9, 2014

 

RAVEN Frame Works Gallery

325 West 4th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon

 

RECEPTION: 4-6 PM, Saturday, July 19th

Celebrating publication of the bilingual book Dreams Before Extinction

GALLERY HOURS: TUESDAY--FRIDAY 10-6; SATURDAY 10-4

 

 

Making a New Whole: The Art of Collage

June 26 - Sept. 28, 2014

Collage, from the French 'coller (to glue),' has been with us since the Chinese invented paper in 200 BCE, through the middle ages, into 17th century Venice when découpage (from découper, to cut out') became fashionable, right on through to the present day. But modern collage as a formal artistic technique is considered to have begun with Pablo Picasso and Georges Bracque in 1912, and has flourished ever since as a distinctive component in the making of modern art. Virtually all mediums have been engaged – paper, wood, photomontage, assemblages of stones and glass, tiles, marble, mosaics, 3-dimensional constructions as well as digital creations.

The UNE Art Gallery presents a wonderful collection of The Art of of Collage by fine artists working in our region today in many different media.

The list of artists includes: Daniel Anselmi, Sharon Arnold, Veronica Benning, Robin Brooks, Kate Chappell, Avy Claire, Gabriellla D'Italia, David Driskell, Ken Greenleaf, Annette Kearney, Michael Kolster, Karen MacDonald, Dan Mills, Stew Henderson, Penelope Jones, Nancy Gibson Nash, Margaret Nomentana, Shannon Rankin, Abbie Read, Noriko Sakanishi, Gail Skudera, Carolyn Heasly, and Brad Woodworth. 
 full article>

 

La selección que creó una nación

Miguel Ángel Lara. Belo Horizonte

29/06/14, © marca.com

En 1958, la Francia de Kopa, Piantoni y los aún intocables 13 goles de Jules Fontaine hizo historia en el Mundial de Suecia, el mismo para el que el seleccionador francés, Albert Batteaux, contaba con Rachid Mekhloufi (Saint-Étienne), Mustapha Zitouni (Monaco) y Said Brahimi (Toulouse), tres jugadores nacidos en Argelia.  full article>

 

Boston Globe: Stop printing letters to the editor denying Climate Change

Petition by Joshua May

To be delivered to Peter S. Canellos, Editor of the Editorials Page

We ask that you join the L.A. Times editorial board in no longer printing letters to the editor that state factual inaccuracies such as the claim that there is no conclusive evidence that man-made Climate Change exists.  full article>

 

China and Nepal agree to cooperate on mountain science

19 Jun 2014, © PositiveNews

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) signed memorandums of understanding in April with Nepalese research institutions the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Tribhuvan University.  full article>

 

The Folly of Making Iran an Enemy

By Paul R. Pillar

June 24, 2014, © Consortiumnews.com

Alarm about the advance in Iraq by the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has led even as inveterate a hawk as Sen. Lindsey Graham to see some advantage in cooperating with Iran. The United States and Iran may indeed seem like the ultimate in strange bedfellows, but that is only because of rigid thinking that divides the world into allies and adversaries and rejects having anything to do with the adversaries.  full article>

 

Chimes of Freedom

The Songs of Bob Dylan

Chimes of Freedom features a stellar and diverse group of artists across the generational and musical spectrum. The performers, including many of Amnesty International's longtime supporters, range in age from Miley Cyrus, 19, to folk music legend Pete Seeger, who, at 92, records Dylan's poignant "Forever Young," with a children's chorus.  full article>

 

Dear Conservatives, You Are 100 Percent Wrong That Climate Action Will Kill the Economy

by Suzanne Goldenberg

Tue Jun. 24, 2014, © MotherJones

Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6 trillion a year to global GDP in the coming decades.  full article>

 

Conservation is a broken record that needs changing

24 Jun 2014, © PositiveNews

I awoke to my usual routine: with the sun shining and a cup of tea in hand I set to reading the news. Immediately I came across the headline: World 'on the verge of next mass extinction.' And it's humankind that's to blame, according to the Duke University study the article cites. It was the kind of story that could really ruin someone's day. But stories like this no longer have much of an impact on me. I began reading, but by the third paragraph I was quickly losing interest. It's not that I don't care, it's that I've heard it all before.  full article>

 

Reaping the Seeds of Iraqi Hatred

By Danny Schechter

June 26, 2014, © Consortiumnews.com

"The barbarians are at the gates," says the headline of an article about the Iraq crisis by Patrick Cockburn, the veteran Middle East correspondent for the UK Independent. A fierce critic of the U.S.-British war on Iraq, Cockburn is now urging the U.S. and Iran to collaborate in stopping the forces of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) that are sweeping through Iraq, a country that Cockburn loves more than the despotic politicians who have run it now or then.  full article>

 

Telecom giants aim to dictate what can go through their wires and on what terms

June 2014, © JimHightower.com

Imagine my surprise when Robert Marcus, COO of Time Warner Cable, reached out to me in March. I don't get a lot of personal communiques from Fortune 500 chieftains, so I perked up when Bob indicated he had a piece of hot, inside-the-corporation news that he felt I should know about. "Dear Valued Customer," his letter began, reflecting that corporate warmth and camaraderie I feel when I phone TWC's service center and am told--again and again... and again--to please hold, for "Your call is important to us."  full article>

 

Journalist Allan Nairn Threatened for Exposing Indonesian Pres. Candidate's Role in Mass Killings

Friday, June 27, 2014, © Democracy Now

A former military strongman is running for president in Indonesia. The U.S.-trained Prabowo Subianto has been accused of extensive human rights abuses that took place in the 1990s when he was head of the country's special forces.  full article>

 

 

In Other Words

 

Nothing in life is to be feared.

It is only to be understood.

—MARIE CURIE

 

Nothing is easier than to

denounce the evildoer;

nothing is more difficult

than to understand him.

—FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

 

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

—SOR JUANA INÉS DE LA CRUZ

 

We must make haste then,

not only because we are daily

nearer to death, but also

because the conception of

things and the understanding

of them cease first.

—MARCUS AURELIUS

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Canciones de Invierno/Winter Song

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Conquered people tend to

be witty.

Saul Bellow

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Words

 

Words are like days:

coloring books or pickpockets,

signposts or scratching posts,

fakirs over hot coals.

 

Certain words must be earned

just as emotions are suffered

before they can be uttered

- clean as a kept promise.

 

Words as witnesses

testifying their truths

squalid or rarefied

inevitable, irrefutable.

 

But, words must not carry

more than they can

it's not good for their backs

or their reputations.

 

For, whether they dance alone

or with an invisible partner,

every word is a cosmos

dissolving the inarticulate

 

Yahia Lababidi

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Up the river, through the woods, over the mountains, and into the sky. Buckethead, Henry, Travis and Viggo watch the ice break up and the wind move the clouds. Nine songs in all kinds of weather, just to have a good look at the world before it gets dark.

 

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