Archive for the 'International' Category

ALLOWING THE GOVERNMENT TO FUCK US AT WILL…

May 6th, 2016

I graduated from Ohio University in 1984. The knowledge of the irony that I would do so in the year randomly made prophetic by George Orwell was not lost on me or my classmates. There was a certain badness inherent in earning our degrees in that particular year. We believed that we had come out […]

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

May 6th, 2016

End Racism in America… Stop Global Warming… Free Raif Badawi…

YOU’RE NOT PARANOID IF THEY ARE AFTER YOU…

May 4th, 2016

Bill McKibben writes: Late last week, I got the interesting news that right wing operatives from the fossil fuel industry are mounting an impressive campaign against me (as well as a handful of other high-profile climate activists). Apparently I’ll now have video trackers following me wherever I go; hired researchers are digging through fifty cartons […]

RALPH NADER ON BREAKING THROUGH POWER

April 22nd, 2016

Ralph Nader writes: Ever wonder why Presidential and Congressional election campaigns fail to meaningfully connect with civil society? Candidate rhetoric is designed to attract voters and campaign contributions. Candidates go out of their way to ingratiate themselves to their corporate paymasters, whose monetized minds want nothing to do with the civil society. Civil society leaders […]

WE DO NOT FORGET TO COUNT THE COUNTED…

April 12th, 2016

Jon Swaine, reporting in The Counted so far: you ask, we answer for The Guardian, writes: Guardian US is continuing in 2016 to record every death caused by law enforcement officers—something that no government agency has done, even as unrest has rocked several American cities following controversial fatal encounters with police. This award-winning investigation, titled […]

BERNIE WARNED US ABOUT PANAMA IN 2011…

April 6th, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders told us on 12 October 2011 what was going on with the United States-Panama free trade agreement. Bernie opposed the 2011 Panama Free Trade Agreement because he was worried it would increasingly allow wealthy Americans and large corporations to evade U.S. taxes by stashing their cash in offshore tax havens. Now with […]

THE SPIRIT OF FATHER TED CRILLY LIVES ON…

April 5th, 2016

As global protests over the obscenity revealed by the Panama Papers swell, one protester channels Father Ted who stood with Father McGuire to protest the showing of The Passion of Saint Tibulus on Craggy Island. Seriously though, Glenn Greenwald (with the help of Matt Yglesis) explains why the papers are vital in A Key Similarity […]

SNOWDEN, CHOMSKY AND GREENWALD TALK…

April 3rd, 2016

[Update @ 0637] So, I’ve just finished watching the discussion and while I found the entire conversation fascinating, I would make note of three bits. First, beginning at about time mark 1:26:10, Edward Snowden points to the single greatest flaw in our present security state when he says, “When you collect everything, you understand nothing.” […]

FOR FI ON INDEPENDENCE DAY….

March 27th, 2016

“Black and tans” (not to be confused with a pint that is half Guinness and half Bass)… were a group of ex-soldiers put into service ostensibly to help protect the English police, but in reality were state sponsored terrorists who brutalized the Irish people. The song was originally written by Dominic Behan in reference to […]

ALL SAVE IRELAND…

March 27th, 2016

Ed Vulliamy, reporting in 100 years on, the Irish lay to rest the ghosts of the Easter Rising for The Guardian writes: As the lights finally dimmed at Dublin’s famous Abbey Theatre last night, the audience rose to its feet through air thick with emotion, and cheered in a way – with an intensity – […]

RALPH NADER ON CLINTON’S AIPAC SPEECH…

March 26th, 2016

So, Hillary Clinton spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual meeting and Ralph Nader has a hard time keeping down all that she said. (Bernie offered to speak from the road via video link, as Republicans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich did in 2012, but AIPAC said no thanks. Here’s the speech he […]

FRONTLINE LIFTS THE ROBES OF SAUDI ARABIA…

March 26th, 2016

Scott Hough, writing in ‘Saudi Arabia Uncovered:’ PBS ‘Frontline’ Examines Public Floggings, Beheadings, Violence By Religious Police for The Inquisitr, reports: “Saudi Arabia Uncovered” follows the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, the imprisonment and possibly pending execution of his 17-year-old nephew Ali al-Nimr, and the plight of blogger Raif […]

TIME NOW TO BREAK FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS…

January 23rd, 2016

Will Bates of 350.org writes: Dear friend, It’s official: this week NASA confirmed that 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded. And it’s not just warmer weather that people have been feeling. The impacts of a climate being cooked by a reckless fossil fuel industry are being felt right around the world. From devastating flooding […]

TAMIR GRAND JURY RULING HARD TO SWALLOW

December 29th, 2015

It’s difficult to determine if County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s handling of the Tamir Rice grand jury was a fix, or just badly botched. But the smell isn’t pleasant in this holiday-conveniently released decision. The prosecution was marked by paid but seemingly biased “reports” to McGinty’s unprecedented allowance of the police officers to read statements to […]

SEVENTY-FOUR YEARS LATER, FEWER REMEMBER…

December 7th, 2015

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet […]

WHAT TO BELIEVE—YOUR EYES OR POLICE WORDS?

December 2nd, 2015

Are we expected to believe that the Cleveland police—responding to the call that someone with a gun was near the children’s swings—were looking for a gunman to still be there when they arrived? Responding to the call and driving to the site, Officer Frank Garmback, in a letter (first public statement) says the call said […]

RAIF BADAWI SENTENCE SUSPENDED,
ROYAL PARDON FOR BLOGGER IMMINENT…

November 29th, 2015

Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi’s 10-years and 1,000 lashes sentence for apostasy has been suspended and a royal pardon by King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is imminent according to Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously…

WE’VE BECOME A NATION OF FEAR-DRIVEN MICE…

November 24th, 2015

Occasionally I come across a comment on the Internet that is cogent, intelligent and spot on. This comment from lorn on the current hysteria surrounding allowing refugees from the Middle East into the United States is one of those. As is so typical the right has a bit of a point, but they 1) vastly […]

BERNIE: DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM, FOREIGN POLICY…

November 19th, 2015

Transcript of Bernie Sanders on Democratic Socialism and Foreign Policy.

BERNIE COMES TO CLEVELAND…!

November 17th, 2015

Bernie came to Cleveland last night, and, as Henry Gomez ledes for The Plain Dealer: So this is what a Bernie Sanders rally is like. Writing in Feel the Bern? Bernie Sanders storms into Cleveland with a pitch for ‘revolution’ Gomez continues: An ear-splittingly-loud crowd that eggs on the Democratic presidential hopeful’s barbed attacks on […]

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