Archive for the 'International' Category

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 […]

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

July 5th, 2015

Racism in America… Global Warming… Raif Badawi…

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BUT, BUT THEY’RE WHITE…! OH, NEVER MIND…

June 8th, 2015

[Update on 9 June from The Guardian: “Unlike Ferguson, North Charleston or Baltimore, no one was killed or injured here. This is an affluent, mostly white area without a history of serious racial tension. But the expressions of anger and the demands for change on Monday night in McKinney, Texas, recalled scenes from elsewhere in […]

WE ARE AND WE REMAIN RAIF BADAWI

June 8th, 2015

I am in total agreement with the editorial writer for The Guardian who declared that Mr. Badawi’s sentence is a brutal exercise in public intimidation. We are focused on Badawi, however, because of the publicness of his punishment for speaking out about human rights. We do not need to go back too far in our […]

USA FREEDOM ORWELL ACT PASSES…

June 3rd, 2015

So, a few odious provisions of the Orwellian named Patriot Act, particularly section 215 used to illegally justify the bulk collection of the phone records of law-abiding U.S. citizens, was forced to sunset only to be replaced by a slightly less odious, and just as Orwellian named USA Freedom Act. I expected to find a […]

FLEEING POLICE IS NOT A CAPITAL CRIME, DAMN IT…

June 3rd, 2015

I left the following comment on the story in reply to Rhodan 1970 who made the repugnant You run from the law, you end up with a good chance of having an entry wound on the back side lame excuse: We do not allow summary executions here and fleeing from the police is not a […]

BLACK AND WHITE, STROKES OF RESISTANCE…

June 1st, 2015

When art becomes a death defying act, then there is much more at stake than art. Bravery is doing that which terrifies you because you realize that what you do is more important than your self. Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi fully understands the concept. In January this year, Trivedi announced he planned to launch a magazine […]

CARBON BOMB NO. 2—THE ALBERTA TAR SANDS…

May 31st, 2015

Two weeks ago I wrote about the first installment of The Guardian’s Carbon Bombs in the Galilee basin in Queensland, Australia. Here in Southern North America we’re fighting over building a pipeline through our largest source of food and water to move petroleum from Canada to Texas. A failure anywhere along that pipeline would threaten […]

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