Archive for the 'International' Category

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

September 27th, 2016

End Racism Xenophobia in America… Stop Global Warming… Free Raif Badawi… There are a number of stories and themes that I come back to again and again. My friend Eric Vessels once wrote that I do a consistently good job of following up, and Scene Magazine said that my daily posts remind the public of […]

DARREN SEALS MURDERED IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI…

September 9th, 2016

Lois Beckett, writing from New York in Ferguson protest leader Darren Seals shot and found dead in a burning car for The Guardian, reports: Ferguson protest leader Darren Seals was found dead early Tuesday morning in a car that had been set on fire. Seals had been shot, and St Louis County police said they […]

DID CLEVELAND BUY THESE FOR THE RNC SHOW…?

September 3rd, 2016

For hosting the Republican National Convention, Cleveland received $50 million (as did Philadelphia for hosting the Democratic National Convention) from the federal coffers for the purposes of providing security during the convention. Setting aside why $100 million in tax payer dollars went to funding two private freak shows parties we have to ask where all […]

IN SAUDI ARABIA, ATHEISM EQUALS TERRORISM…

September 1st, 2016

I’ve written about Saudi Arabia’s injustice toward Raif Badawi before and I continue to follow the story. I’ve known that the House of Saud, long aligned with Wahhabism, views Badawi as a dangerous threat to Islam. I did not know that in 2014, two years after Badawi was first arrested and later sentenced to 10 […]

I’M ONE OF THE #VETERANSFORKAEPERNICK…

September 1st, 2016

On Monday, in MEET THE NOT SO STAR-SPANGLED, MERIKINS…, I wrote: So, I am reminded, once again, of my woeful ignorance of the world around me. This morning I began reading about Colin Kaepernick refusal to rise and sing The Star Spangled Banner. Kaepernick said: I am not going to stand up to show pride […]

SECRETS OF A GLOBAL SUPER COURT: PART I
WHEN A FEW ARE MORE EQUAL BEFORE THE LAW…

August 31st, 2016

Corporate society takes care of everything. And all it asks of anyone, all it’s ever asked of anyone ever, is not to interfere with management decisions. —Bartholomew What happens when real multi-national corporations aspire to the level of dominance voiced by the character of Bartholomew (played by John Houseman in the 1974 film, Rollerball? You […]

SEVENTY YEARS AGO TODAY…

August 31st, 2016

In August 1945, humanity generally, and particularly The United States stepped and Japan was dragged, across a line that miraculously, we were able to recross and stay safely, so far, on the other side of. On 6 August, the bombardier of an American B-29 dropped the world’s second atomic bomb (the first, a test weapon, […]

WHEN HACKERS HACK THE NSA, THEN WHAT…?

August 20th, 2016

Way back on 7 January 2005 (ARMOR CAN NO LONGER BE AN ISSUE…) I wrote a story about reports that insurgents in Iraq had successfully destroyed a heavily armored M2 Bradley fighting vehicle with an improvised explosive device. This, for me, was the turning point in the Iraq war. When irregulars can take out the […]

A RARE SKIDMARK MOMENT WITH WCPN…

August 10th, 2016

I listen to WCPN’s Sound of Ideas when I can and every few weeks I call in to make a comment. I had not planned on making the call yesterday to the show but then that all changed. You can watch (or listen) to the part of the program that grabbed me beginning at timemark […]

TURKISH DRONE COMING FOR 1857 MT. EATON RD…?

July 20th, 2016

The Everwar is a single drone strike away from 1857 Mt. Eaton Road in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. For decades both Republican and Democratic governments have engaged in extra-judicial executions of the suspected enemies of the United States in other sovereign nations by drones. Why shouldn’t other democratically governments do the same? Glenn Greenwald, in Would Turkey […]

CCPC MARCHING TO END POVERTY TOMORROW…

July 17th, 2016

The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus emails: Tomorrow, Monday, 18 July, a group of us will be joining End Poverty Now, NEOCH, LMM, United Workers and many other groups, to march across the east side of Cleveland. JOIN US!!! The purpose is to show solidarity in the fight against poverty. This is a properly permitted event, […]

SUMMARY EXECUTION BY ROBOT DRONE IS HERE…

July 13th, 2016

The discussion regarding the use of a drone on American soil to summarily execute a suspected criminal is gaining traction. Noel Sharkey, writing in Are we prepared for more killer police robots? for The Guardian, makes his case: When a police robot is used to kill, one has to ask if we are at a […]

I GUESS SHERIFF NUTT HAD NO DRONES…

July 12th, 2016

Meet John Joe Gray of Trinidad, Texas. Gray is what is called a Sovereign, a particularly nasty individual who takes “the position that they are answerable only to their particular interpretation of the common law and are not subject to any statutes or proceedings at the federal, state, or municipal levels.” I came across Gray, […]

WHEN NATIONAL TRAGEDY BECOMES BORING…

July 11th, 2016

Just another average boring day in America… Via Mano Singham.

AS A LAST RESORT MY ASS…!

July 10th, 2016

We now know that the drone used to summarily execute Micah Xavier Johnson was manufactured by Northrup Grumman. According to an official statement from the Dallas Police: When all attempts to negotiate with the suspect, Micah Johnson, failed under the exchange of gunfire, the department utilized the mechanical tactical robot, as a last resort, to […]

JULY 8TH, A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY…

July 9th, 2016

The date, 8 July 2016, as the day drone warfare came for a citizen of the United States, living on American soil, now takes a place alongside 4 July 1776, 12 April 1861, 16 July 1945 and 11 September 2001 as a day my country fundamentally changed. The summary execution of Micah Xavier Johnson in […]

THE SUMMARY EXECUTION BY DRONE IN DALLAS…

July 8th, 2016

[Update: 9 July @ 0700—I have changed the word robot in this piece to drone because that was what was used in the summary execution of Micah Xavier Johnson. (I have also added Johnson’s name, as well as the five officers slain, in the text below.] As my friend Mano Singham wisely wrote a few […]

DEMAND OUR OWN VERSION OF CHILCOT’S REPORT…

July 7th, 2016

On Monday I lamented that the United States lacked the laws (and the will) to charge President George W. Bush (and his advisors) with crimes against humanity for engineering the invasion of Iraq and the tragedies that have flowed from that decision. Trevor Timm, writing in The US needs its own Chilcot report for The […]

OF COURSE…! NOW I UNDERSTAND BREXIT…

July 5th, 2016

IF ONLY WE HAD THIS LAW IN THE UNITED STATES…

July 4th, 2016

[Update: 6 July @ 2000: Trevor Timm agrees…] President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld are, in my book, all war criminals unlikely to ever be charged or punished for their wars of adventurism in Afghanistan and Iraq. There is a co-conspirator, however, who may be brought task […]

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