Archive for the 'International' Category

FREE SPEECH…? FREE RAIF BADAWI…!

January 28th, 2015

Note: newer, but less vital stories do appear lower down. Updates: Q&A: Jailed Saudi blogger’s wife calls for his release Saudi blogger ‘moved to tears by campaign to free him’, wife reveals Jesuit Priest Thomas Reese Says ‘No Thanks’ to Whipping in Place of Raif Badawi Blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes: Saudi Arabia’s often-brutal pact […]

I AM NOT CORN…

January 21st, 2015

FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY…

January 19th, 2015

16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would […]

ANA RAIF BADAWI…*

January 17th, 2015

Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes [50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, JH] for setting up a website that championed free speech in the autocratic kingdom. His blog, the Saudi Free Liberals Forum, was shut down after his arrest in 2012. Cartoonist around the world, under the banner […]

HOW MORE SPEECH ADDRESSES OFFENSIVE SPEECH…

January 16th, 2015

SHIELD OFFENSIVE SPEECH OR SHIELD NO SPEECH…

January 15th, 2015

As pernicious as this arrest and related “crackdown” on some speech obviously is, it provides a critical value: namely, it underscores the utter scam that was this week’s celebration of free speech in the west. The day before the Charlie Hebdo attack, I coincidentally documented the multiple cases in the west—including in the U.S. – […]

KEEP TALKING, KEEP BUILDING…

January 13th, 2015

I have said, many, many times, just ask any of my friends, that the proper response to offensive speech must not be censorship, but rather more speech. I would now make and addendum to that maxim: the proper response to offensive speech must be neither censorship nor violence, but rather more speech. When any confrontation […]

WHAT A CULTURE OF AGGRESSION GETS US…

January 1st, 2015

In one of the two, weekly newspapers that arrive in my mailbox each week, retired police officer Mark Petrus had this to say in a guest column. It is difficult these days to open a newspaper, listen to the electronic media, or scan the Internet without encountering a story or commentary dealing with what some […]

FERGUSON, CLEVELAND, NEW YORK…
WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON…?

December 31st, 2014

With gracious thanks to Florence Reece and Peter Seeger… Nearly five months have passed since Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown and while the vital conversation in our nation surrounding the events of 9 August continues, I have decided to no longer keep this internal thread stuck to the top of Have Coffee Will […]

HINT: NOT BECAUSE THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM…

November 7th, 2014

To get a full scope of American violence in the world, it is worth asking a broader question: how many countries in the Islamic world has the U.S. bombed or occupied since 1980? That answer was provided in a recent Washington Post op-ed by the military historian and former U.S. Army Col. Andrew Bacevich: As […]

THE 19TH CENTURY IS THE NEW 21ST CENTURY…

November 5th, 2014

In the wake of the violent upheavals of the French Revolution, European monarchies came together in 1791 at the Pillnitz Conference to declare their support for the embattled Louis XVI and warn the burgeoning revolutionaries of the dangers of toppling a fellow monarch. Far from stifling the ambitions of the insurgents however, this declaration was […]

VISITING THE WHITENESS PROJECT

October 16th, 2014

The Whiteness Project is a multiplatform investigation into how Americans who identify as “white” experience their ethnicity. The project is conducting 1,000 interviews with white people from all walks of life and localities in which they are asked about their relationship to, and their understanding of, their own whiteness. It also includes data drawn from […]

EDWARD SNOWDEN IS NOT UNIQUE OR ALONE…

October 11th, 2014

The investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald has found a second leaker inside the US intelligence agencies, according to a new documentary about Edward Snowden that premiered in New York on Friday night. Towards the end of filmmaker Laura Poitras’s portrait of Snowden – titled Citizenfour, the label he used when he first contacted her – Greenwald […]

THE FACES OF THOSE WE TORTURED…

September 19th, 2014

EDWARD SNOWDEN IS NOT OUR PROBLEM…

September 17th, 2014

“Well prior to Edward Snowden, online jihadists were already aware that law enforcement and intelligence agencies were attempting to monitor them.” This point would seem obvious in light of the fact that terrorist groups have been employing tactics to evade digital surveillance for years. Indeed, such concerns about their use of sophisticated encryption technology predate […]

OUR MORAL STANDING IN THE WORLD…

September 16th, 2014

Watching the president describing IS Wednesday night, (former U.S. Air Force drone pilot Brandon) Bryant saw the extension of what he now considers an uncountable, global killing machine. “He calls them ‘unique in their brutality,’ but we’ve got prisoners in Guantanamo Bay that haven’t seen the light of fucking day,” Bryant says. “We’ve killed children. […]

THE WAY OUT FROM THE BOSS’ EVERWAR…

September 16th, 2014

POLITICAL PARTY EMERGES IN NEW ZEALAND…

September 15th, 2014

New Zealand’s national election will be held on September 20. Over the last several weeks, Key has been embroiled in a scandal that saw a top minister resign, after independent journalist Nicky Hager published a book, Dirty Politics, documenting ties between Key officials and a right-wing blogger known for attacking public figures and showing that […]

TRACKING, TRACKING, TRRAAACCCCKKKKKING…

September 15th, 2014

Chokepoint from The Intercept on Vimeo. Via Map of the Stars: The NSA and GCHQ Campaign Against German Satellite Companies.

SNOWDEN SPEAKS TO NEW ZEALANDERS…

September 15th, 2014

The GCSB provides mass surveillance data into XKEYSCORE. They also provide access to the communications of millions of New Zealanders to the NSA at facilities such as the GCSB station at Waihopai, and the Prime Minister is personally aware of this fact. Importantly, they do not merely use XKEYSCORE, but also actively and directly develop […]

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