Archive for the 'Politics' Category

BERNIE SANDERS, FOR ALL AMERICANS IN 2016…

July 6th, 2015

Bernie Sanders draws crowd of 10,000 at Wisconsin rally I gave Bernie $100 today (24 June). How about you?

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

July 6th, 2015

Racism in America… Global Warming… Raif Badawi…

THE SCOTS KNOW ABOUT OPPRESSION…

July 5th, 2015

As citizens of a conquered and occupied nation, Scots understand the realities of being silenced, imprisoned and executed for opposing the will of a foreign religion and royal house. “We believe that every human being has a fundamental right to express their opinion which is also enshrined in the United Nations Article 18. Everyone has […]

OUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE…

July 4th, 2015

The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on National Public Radio… When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of […]

PROGRESSIVE PIPE DREAM MY ASS…!

July 3rd, 2015

Objects in the mirror are closer than they seem. Take that to the bank! What began as a progressive pipe dream—that a rabble-rousing senator from the nation’s second least populous state could wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from one of the most well-known politicians in recent history—is starting to seem plausible. By way of massive […]

THE SUMMER OF [ADD BLACK MAN’S NAME HERE]…

July 1st, 2015

We are now 11 days into summer and Gary Younge is not hopeful. For the past couple of years the summers, like hurricanes, have had names. Not single names like Katrina or Floyd—but full names like Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown. Like hurricanes, their arrival was both predictable and predicted, and yet somehow, when they […]

BADAWI GETS COMPANY (NOT THE GOOD KIND)…

July 1st, 2015

The House of Saud really, really likes the number 1,000. Ludovica Iaccino, in Pakistan’s controversial Zaid Hamid faces 1,000 lashes and 8 years in jail for criticising kingdom, writes: A Pakistani political commentator has been reportedly sentenced to eight years in jail with 1,000 lashes after allegedly delivering a speech criticising Saudi Arabia’s regime. Pakistan […]

THE POUNDS-TO-LASHES CONVERSION RATE IS…?

June 29th, 2015

Expressing moral indignation when human rights are violated is all well and good, taking the high ground should never interfere with profits, or at least Britain’s Ministry of Justice seems to think so. The legality of a bid by the commercial arm of the Ministry of Justice to provide services for Saudi Arabia’s prisons is […]

HOW THE FBI MANUFACTURERS FAKE THREATS…

June 29th, 2015

Here in Cleveland we have our own five victims of FBI entrapment, but they are far from alone. In Entrapped, a film produced for The//Intercept In 2007, five men were arrested and accused of plotting to attack the Fort Dix military base near Trenton, New Jersey. Among them were the brothers Dritan, Shain and Eljvir […]

SO MUCH BETTER THAN NO CELLPHONES SIGNS…

June 29th, 2015

Like the famous Burma Shave signs of the last century, the road signs use humor to make important points about safe driving. Would 21st century Americans respond to this approach?

CAN RELIGION SAVE THE WORLD…?

June 29th, 2015

Alan Rushbridger chose Naomi Klein to kick-off his last hurrah as editor of The Guardian, his Keep Carbon In The Ground campaign. Now, arguably the single most influential religious leader on the planet, Pope Francis, has also turned to Klein, described by The Guardian as one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON A RUST IN RUST-BELT REVIVAL…

June 26th, 2015

Roldo Bartimole writes: If you don’t believe that the city that has for years been the butt of TV late Night jokes is making a big comeback you haven’t been reading national news outlets about Cleveland’s resurgence. Yes, we’re talking that old rust belt, river-on-fire, shrinking city on Lake Erie once self-boasted “The Best Location […]

1000 LASHES: BECAUSE I SAY WHAT I THINK

June 21st, 2015

Raif Badawi’s book 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think is available in French and pre-orders are being taken on Amazon. Raif Badawi’s is an important voice for all of us to hear, mild, nuanced, but clear. His examination of his culture is perceptive and rigorous. Of course he must be saved from the […]

OWNING OUR FAUX TWO-PARTY DEMOCRACY…

June 13th, 2015

Our pseudo two-party political system works so well, other oligarchs want to duplicate our success. Jon Schwarz writes in Russian Oligarch Wanted to Turn My Joke Into Reality: One of my core political beliefs is that there would still be a Soviet Union if they’d been smart enough to have two communist parties that agreed […]

TIME FOR MOTHERS AGAINST POLICE MURDER

June 12th, 2015

There was an amazing power in the images of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. In the United States, there is no official accounting of the people killed by police. To address that void in information, non-governmental and news organizations have been collecting data on such incidents. Intercept data artist Josh Begley’s new project, […]

CLEVELAND JUST WANTS TO FEEL GOOD…?

June 12th, 2015

I know the sentiment of Jim Chase is just the expressions of one person’s emotions at one moment, but Jesus wept, I really wish I hadn’t read the news this morning. Outside the basketball arena Jim Chase, a marketing executive, said he was pleased with the ruling but added: “I don’t think people in Cleveland […]

HOLDING HANDS WITH BARBARIANS…

June 11th, 2015

We are guilty by association of imprisoning blogger Raif Badawi. We bear responsibility for each of the 50 lashes he received on 9 January of this year. We will take on further shame if Badawi’s beatings continue tomorrow. To do nothing is to agree to the barbarism of the House of Saud. A Saudi Arabian […]

WE ARE NOT LIVING IN A WAR ZONE…

June 10th, 2015

Yes, I know that most of these shootings were justified, but what happened to the days when police officers could go their entire lives without pulling their weapon? The number of people killed by police in the United States during 2015 reached 500 on Wednesday, according to a Guardian investigation, after two young black men […]

BERNIE SANDERS ON THE DIANE REHM SHOW…

June 10th, 2015

Transcript here…

SWEDEN’S MARGOT WALLSTRÖM IS STILL RIGHT…

June 9th, 2015

Back in April I noted the courage of Margot Wallström, Sweden’s foreign minister who told the House of Saud to take 37 million Euros in money-for-arms and, well, you know. Two months later, she still thinks (as do I) that she acted appropriately. Sweden’s foreign minister has said she stands by her denunciation of a […]

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