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ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

February 11th, 2016

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

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 […]

1,000 DEAD AT POLICE HANDS IN 2015…

November 16th, 2015

I’ve been watching the counter roll closer and closer to 1,000 over the past few days. Yes, I realize that numbers 999 and 1001 are no less important, but we have a fascination for round numbers and artificial milestones. Today, The Guardian added the 1,000th death at the hands of police in the United States. […]

MILITARY DOLLARS WILL NOT DESTROY ISIS…

October 28th, 2015

I first posted this video back in June of last year. Listen very carefully to Francis Marion’s words (as interpreted by Walt Disney in 1959) beginning at the 7:25 minute mark and you’ll understand why all imperial adventurism and colonialism ultimately fails. The situation has not improved. Roldo Bartimole sent me a copy of Ralph […]

WILL THE GOP LEARN FROM MYANMAR…?

October 14th, 2015

I’ve written a lot, no, seriously, I’ve written a shitload, about Myanmar. After Aung San Suu Kyi was finally relased and the National League for Democracy came to power, my writing tailed off. I still, however return to the odd story like Oliver Holmes piece for The Guardian: Myanmar commission proposes delaying election. He writes: […]

TAMIR TO WALTER TO SANDY HOOK TO TRAYVON…?

October 12th, 2015

A prosecutor and an FBI agent—two people obviously without bias in the matter of a shooting by Cleveland police officer Tim Loehmann—found that Loehmann acted reasonably in deciding last year to shoot when he confronted the 12-year-old boy carrying what turned out to be a replica gun. No amount of sarcasm or snark can be […]

RAIF BADAWI AWARDED PEN PINTER PRIZE…

October 7th, 2015

The PEN Pinter Prize for 2015 has gone to Raif Badawi and James Fenton. The prize, named for 2005 Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, is awarded annually to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon […]

BERNIE ON GUNS, VIOLENCE AND POLICE…

October 3rd, 2015

Alan Yuhas, writing in Bernie Sanders thrills Boston with call to fight racism and reform gun law for The Guardian, reports: Bernie Sanders decried “an institutional racism that allows and continues to allow unarmed African Americans to be killed by police” on Saturday night, as he preached to a huge crowd in Boston that welcomed […]

ENGLAND’S BERNIE SANDERS: JEREMY CORBYN…

September 25th, 2015

When we look back at 2015 I doubt we will think of favorable comparisons to 1789, 1848 or 1917, but I do think the “R” word will be included. Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt deliver something on this topic in this morning’s long-read for The Guardian in: The Corbyn earthquake—how Labour was shaken to its […]

UPDATE II: ATTENTION TO RAIF BADAWI FLARES…

September 25th, 2015

[Update on 25 September—After Beheading 100 People This Year, Saudi Arabia Joins U.N. Human Rights Council With U.S. Support.] [Update on 24 September—Add The Jewish Voice to the mix with this headline: Saudi Arabia to Select Experts for UN Human Rights Council] [Update on 23 September—More stories about the appointment of Faisal bin Hassan Trad […]

GLENN GREENWALD ON FAISAL BIN HASSAN TRAD…

September 24th, 2015

The moral standing of the federal and various state governments of the United States on matters of execution are iffy at best—beheading is cleaner and less painful than strapping someone to a horizontal cross and then pumping poisons into their body in a manner that causes pain for more than 30 minutes before they finally […]

CARBON DIVESTMENT STEAMROLLERING…

September 23rd, 2015

The Guardian emails: Dear Jeff, This is an incredible news! The worldwide divestment movement that you have supported through your backing for the Guardian’s Keep it in the Ground campaign has now grown to over 400 organisations—worth a colossal $2.6 trillion (£1.68 trillion). The movement that started on American university campuses has now spread to […]

UPDATE: ATTENTION TO RAIF BADAWI FLARES…

September 23rd, 2015

[Update on 24 September—Add The Jewish Voice to the mix with this headline: Saudi Arabia to Select Experts for UN Human Rights Council] [Update on 23 September—More stories about the appointment of Faisal bin Hassan Trad are showing up: Why Is Saudi Arabia Heading the U.N. Human Rights Council? Anger as Saudi gets key United […]

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