Archive for the 'Everwar' Category

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 […]

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

July 1st, 2015

Racism in America… Global Warming… Raif Badawi…

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

THE BOSS* WANTS YOU MEEK AND TERRIFIED…

May 29th, 2015

Writing in Anonymous Fearmongering About the Patriot Act from the White House and NYT Glenn Greenwald says: Several of the most extremist provisions of the 2001 Patriot Act are going to expire on June 1 unless Congress reauthorizes them in some form. Obama officials such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and new Attorney […]

TELL SENATORS: ALLOW SECTION 215 TO SUNSET…

May 28th, 2015

From the transcript: JAFFER: There are presumably negotiations going on right now between some of the big players – Senator Mitch McConnell, for example, Senator Diane Feinstein, Rand Paul, Ron Wyden, Senator Leahy, and maybe something will get wrapped up in a neat bow and presented to us on Sunday when the Senate comes back. […]

THE CLEVELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MOTTO…

May 27th, 2015

Check the whole show, above, or just watch The Cleveland Show and Felonious Munk.

KILL THE UNPATRIOTIC ACT AND START OVER…

May 25th, 2015

I have to wonder how much blowback Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) faces for his grandstanding on the floor of the Senate in opposition to legislation continuing one of the worst, and most grossly misinterpreted, sections of the U.S. Patriot Unpatriotic Act. Edward Snowden had this to say about Paul’s filibuster. It represents a sea change […]

SOMEONE IS ALWAYS LISTENING…

May 24th, 2015

For the better part of twenty years, I was a regular coffeehouse denizen in and around Cleveland Heights’ various caffeine shoting galleries. When I would find a table at Arabica, Caribou, Phoenix, Stone Oven or Brews Brothers and get to work I was often amazed at the conversations—both in person and over cell phones—that I […]

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