Archive for the 'International' Category

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

August 29th, 2015

Racism in America… Global Warming… Raif Badawi…

WHY INVESTING IN CARBON IS A BAD MOVE…

August 20th, 2015

Not a bad idea for your family, your community, your nation or the planet (well those too) but a bad idea for your investment portfolio. This email hit my desk this morning. Dear Jeff, What has the Wellcome Trust gained from its investments in coal, oil and gas? The answer is that they have nose-dived […]

THIS IS THE VERY NATURE OF CORPORATIONS…

August 19th, 2015

I had no idea that a prosecution of the private corporation tasked with vetting employees of private corporations conducting the most sensitive of public work—dealing with our nation’s security—was going on. The firm involved has agreed to pay a fine of $30 but there is no mention of how many millions the company received from […]

CREATING MYTHS, THE REPUBLICAN WAY…

August 16th, 2015

We were this close to winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, achieving lasting peace in our time, bringing all the peoples of the Middle East to accept Jesus Christ as their personal lord and savior and losing 10 pounds in just 10 days. That’s the fantasy Republicans in general and the clown-car brigade in […]

MILITARIZED POLICE HOPE ACOUSTIC CANNON’S SHRIEK WILL DROWN OUT BLACK LIVES MATTER

August 15th, 2015

So, images crowds of protesters engulfed in clouds of tear gas result in uncomfortable images of militarized police earning their Michael Brown Bonus. Sound waves, however, are invisible and military contractor LRAD is cashing in on that fact with police forces across America. Lee Fang, writing in Acoustic Cannon Sales to Police Surge After Black […]

THIS BETTER BE THE LAST BONUS HE EVER GETS…

August 15th, 2015

Every time I think that we’ve seen the last stupid police officer, that we’re turning a corner on institutional racism in America, along comes another clueless cop to burst my bubble. This is the reason why we need Black Lives Matter, because to people like Todd J Bakula, Black lives are just a way to […]

THIS IS REQUIRED READING…

August 9th, 2015

I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between The World And Me, like Coates’ journey, is visceral, eloquent and beautifully redemptive. And it’s examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it […]

MICHAEL BROWN WAS MURDERED ONE YEAR AGO…

August 9th, 2015

Last Tuesday, I marked the anniversary of the murder of John Crawford III for the crime of shopping while black at a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio. Today I mark another tragic police murder, that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Terrence Heath, in One Year After Ferguson: Making Black Lives Matter writes: Some things have […]

CLEVELAND IS AN EXPLOSION WAITING TO HAPPEN…

July 27th, 2015

Here in Cleveland we have the Cleveland Police Force, the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Force, the Regional Transit Authority Police Force, the, well, you get the idea. Why do we have so many police forces? I have no feckin’ idea, but the plethora of authority figures, all reporting to and trained by disparate hierarchies […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON FROM GLENVILLE’S STREETS
TO THE STREETS OF TEXAS’—POLICE FAILURE…

July 22nd, 2015

Another police car video of the arrest of a black woman that led eventually to her death, supposedly a suicide days later in a Texas jail, once again dramatizes the lack of professionalism in police departments throughout the nation. Sandra Bland, a 28-year old woman in Texas to start a dream job at a black […]

GLANVILLE ADDRESSES PARLIAMENT ON BADAWI…

July 17th, 2015

In other Badawi news: This could be Raif’s chance – ask for his freedom.

SHOPLIFTING A CAPITAL OFFENSE IN LOUISIANNA…?

July 15th, 2015

Two days after I wrote about the kind heart of Roeland Park, Kansas, police officer Mark Engravelle and his actions in a Walmart parking lot, we get this story about Engravelle’s evil and unqualified brother, Deputy Frank Serio and his actions in a Walmart parking lot. An Orleans Parish sheriff’s deputy shot at a suspected […]

A GOOD POLICE STORY FOR A CHANGE…

July 13th, 2015

If all you knew about police officers in my country was what you saw and heard in the past year or so in our media (including Have Coffee Will Write), you would be convinced that they were a bad lot. Yes, plenty of problems exist, many of them deeply systematic, but most police officers are […]

JOHN OLIVER ON THE SENATE’S TORTURE REPORT…

July 12th, 2015

Our house guest, a cousin from Wales, thinks having John Oliver’s job—telling Americans how fucked up we are—would be his dream job. Senate Intelligence Committee Report On Torture.

ROB PORTMAN SELLING OUT OHIOANS AGAIN…

July 12th, 2015

Mano Singham has written again and again that members of Congress are perfectly capable of coming together in harmony and bipartisan harmony when the issue at hand rises from the needs of their billionaire corporate masters. Our own Rob Portman is more than happy to co-sponsor a bill with the dark side when our Oligarchy […]

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 […]

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 […]

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