Resistance to oppression is a human right!
Barack Obama, the obsequious errand boy for the financial and corporate plutocrats who own the U.S. government, made a pathetic appearance on national television to try to persuade the “natives” to remain peaceful in response to the non-indictment of the Ferguson killer-cop. His inane comments extolling the value of non-violence and the rule of law seemed strangely incongruent with the militaristic rhetoric and policies of his administration over the last few years.
Yet, Obama’s positions on law and violence are not as contradictory as they might appear when these positions are resituated within the context of imperial logic and the framework …
The rise and fall of Palestine’s socialists
When news reports alleged that the two cousins behind the Jerusalem synagogue attack on 18 November were affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a level of confusion reigned. Why the PFLP? Why now?
The attack killed five Israelis and wounded others. It was, to a degree, an expected addition to a violent episode caused by police-sanctioned right-wing violence and abuse targeting the Palestinian population of the illegally occupied East Jerusalem. Much of the violence targeting Palestinians is systematic, involving severe restrictions on Palestinian movement, targeting houses of worship, and nightly attacks by Jewish mobs assailing Arabs, or …
The American people tend to view the Republican and Democratic parties as near polar opposites, but this is far from true. Indeed, they are clearly more united on the fundamentals underpinning U.S. society than they are at odds.
The heated legislative and political battles that characterize both parties, which are fought bitterly every two and four years in national elections and throughout the 50 states, are taking place within a much larger context of agreement between the right/far right Republicans and the center right Democrats.
We will touch upon this matter after discussing the recent trouncing of the Democratic Party in the …
Where do They (you know: Them) get such chutzpah? You can’t buy that kind of
chutzpah. Not even Amazon sells that kind of chutzpah…
“So simple, even an American can do it…” (a running joke throughout)
And coming soon:
The Droned Stranger and his Double-agent Injun’ companion, Running Joke
an fer da inllectshulls:
The Coffin Factory, a Modern Urban Drama, based on the novel, by Dostoevsky, as
adapted for the stage by Samuel Beckett and Lenny Bruce (later adapted for the
screen by Richard Pryor and directed by David Lynch).
Yeah, it’s the Two Minute Warning, but Maybe we’re not the losing team. I mean,
every person alive on earth …
Relations between Israelis and Palestinians have descended into a dangerous melee of tit-for-tat attacks and killings, with the violence of the past few weeks centred on Jerusalem. The city, claimed by Israel as its “undivided capital”, has been torn apart by clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian residents since the summer, when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by Jewish extremists.
Subsequent attacks by Palestinians culminated last week in a shooting and stabbing spree by two cousins at a synagogue that killed four Jews and an Israeli policeman. In this atmosphere, both sides have warned that the political conflict is …
In the White City, all the days are beautiful days. The weather is temperate and mild. The parks are spacious and gleam with care. People stroll with elegant animals, talking on the latest devices, filling the cafes at all hours of the day. In the coffeehouses where the best coffee in the world is brewed cup-by-cup for them, they sit in parallel rows like they did as children in school, seeing no one else now, gazing intently into the white screens of their gleaming devices.
There are hardly any old people or school-aged children left in the White City. Everyone is …
President Barack Obama has always been quick to censure detractors when it comes to his regime spying on the public. His common retort always involves some sort of no-nonsense, Freudian super-ego-ish condescension, like, “I’m sure the NSA doesn’t care about what you’re doing on your computer.” And then he drones on, indulging himself in his awfully homiletic and providential presidential address.
Really? The government isn’t at all worried about what the anarcho-socialist workers and students do on their laptops in their homes, or what they’re reading in local libraries? Could Obama really be telling the truth when he says that he …
Šešelj Rides Again
The trial is essentially a series of unfolding disasters.”
— Marko Milanovic, Radio Free Europe, Nov 20, 2014
He has been released, at least temporarily. Vojislav Šešelj found a warm welcome in the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) headquarters in Zemun after the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) had tired of him. As he boarded a plane to Serbia on November 12, he proclaimed that he would first deal with politics, then health. It was a sound assessment. Politics seems to be shoring up his health.
His treatment at the hands of officials in The Hague …
In this age of pseudo GOP austerity, in which Republicans are eager to demonize government at all levels, public investment in our future suffers mightily. In effect, decrying public spending has become a Republican crusade, which reflects not just an anti-government doctrine but also a strategy to vanquish Democrats, especially Barack Obama. Perhaps the exception is looking after the military sector and the private elite.
In the private sector, today’s competitive global markets exert powerful pressure to improve return on investment (ROI), but concentrating on capital assets from a strictly financial viewpoint. Too little attention is paid to measuring and improving …
For all of Brand’s joking and braggadocio, a sagacious theme runs through his new book: that a peaceful revolution must bring about a fairer sharing of the world’s resources, which depends upon a revelation about our true spiritual nature.
The political conversation on sharing is growing by the day, sometimes from the unlikeliest of quarters. And at the present time, there is perhaps no-one calling louder for a new society to be based on sharing than Russell Brand, the comedian-cum-activist and revolutionary. It is easy to dismiss much of Brand’s polysyllabic and self-referential meanderings, as do most of the …
“Eternal, Undivided Jewish Capital”?
The most recent Zionist reiterations of the claim to “eternal” Jewish ownership of East Jerusalem—as part of an “undivided, eternal capital of Israel” as specified by a “Basic Law” passed by the Israeli Knesset in 1980–make me want to review the Bible tales about Israel and specifically the city of Jerusalem.
I find those stories of more than mere literary and religious interest; they carry profound contemporary political meanings. And having first encountered them as a child, and having sincerely believed them (as I was taught to do at the time), they still retain for me a childlike charm. …
Did you really believe Darren Wilson was going to be indicted for murdering Michael Brown? Did you think a cop was going to face a trial for gunning down a young man he thought should be arrested? Do you think the law treats all people equally-civilian and cop, rich and poor, black and white? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have been watching too much television. From the crime drama Law and Order to FoxNews and CNN the viewer is fed a constant storyline that portrays cops as heroes in a system that is …
When Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, they don’t know what they are celebrating.
In American folklore, Thanksgiving is a holiday that originated in 1621 with the Pilgrims celebrating a good harvest. Some historians say that this event is poorly documented, and others believe that the Thanksgiving tradition travelled to the New World with the Pilgrims and Puritans who brought with them the English Days of Thanksgiving. Other historians think the Pilgrims associated their relief from hunger with their observance of the relief of the siege of Leiden.
The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving, if it happened, might not have been the first in the New World. Historians …
Be thankful for your family.
Be thankful for your friends.
Be thankful for your tribe.
Be thankful for your community.
Be thankful for every nightfall.
Be thankful for every sunrise.
Be thankful for every heavy cloud.
Be thankful for every clear sky.
Be thankful for the young innocence.
Be thankful for the aged wisdom.
Be thankful for the pure air we breathe.
Be thankful for the clean water of the Tao River.
Be thankful for the flow of the process through which life ebbs.
Be thankful for the wave pulled in by the tide.
Be thankful for the sand carried out to sea.
Be thankful for the honey stored in the hive by the bee.
Author’s note: This article was first published 20 years ago (October of 1994), during Marion Barry’s triumphant return from drug abuse, prison, and electoral oblivion. I reprint it now in light of his untimely death.
Marion Barry’s landslide victory in Washington, D.C.’s mayoral primary signals a sea change in black political culture nationwide. Barry’s supporters, most of whom were between 18 and 26, sent an unmistakably clear message to those whites who cling to their whiteness as a shield against the surging Black masses and to the increasingly distant Black middle class: “Cut us in or cut it out!” Coming …
The Global Warming Bubble is prodigious and growing exponentially. It makes the 2007-08 Financial Bubble look like child’s play. And, here’s the basic issue: Bubbles are not recognized until after they pop. Then, it’s too late, witness the U.S. Financial Panic of 2007-08.
When compared to other bubble phenomena, the Global Warming Bubble is one of the most obscure events in human history because it happens where nobody sees it. This article sees it.
In 2008, the Financial Bubble burst when Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers could no longer access the overnight Repo market for short-term funds to carry their heavy …
This week we bring you an exclusive report on the pandemic that’s infecting the globe. Insurrecto-Riotosis. The first wave of the pandemic was reported in the city of Nantes in France following the police murder of 21 year old eco-defender Rémi Fraisse.
This contagion quickly spread to Belgium where 100,000 peeps hit the streets in Brussels to show their anger to a proposed package of austerity cuts.
In Mexico, insurrecto-riotisis is quickly turning into a full-fledged pandemic, as protests demanding the safe return of 43 students kidnapped on September 26th continue to escalate dramatically.
Also, Wal-Mart employees in Los …
One of this writer’s earliest articles was titled “The US Gulag Prison System: The Shame of the Nation and Crime Against Humanity”.
Around half of all inmates are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses. Half of those are drug related, mostly simple possession. Just societies call these offenses misdemeanors, punishable by warnings and/or small fines. Imprisonments are rare and never long term.
America’s gulag is world’s largest, one of its harshest. Blacks and Latinos suffer most. So do Muslims. Guilty of being in America at the wrong time. Scapegoated unjustly.
Thousands of political prisoners are wrongfully incarcerated. Others endure long term solitary confinement. Barbaric by …
This past week, the Toronto media reported on two new studies relating to racial discrimination or racism perpetrated against African Canadians by persons, agencies and institutions that are central to the supposed equal application and benefit of the law pursuant to section 15 of the Charter and related sections of the Ontario Human Rights Code, without discrimination on the basis of race and other grounds. The racial discrimination and racism perpetrated by the practices of these law administration and enforcement persons, agencies and institutions violate also sections 8, 9 and 27 of the Charter and related sections of the Ontario …
News agencies reported this morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year. The order authorizes U.S. airstrikes “to support Afghan military operations in the country” and U.S. ground troops to continue normal operations, which is to say, to “occasionally accompany Afghan troops” on operations against the Taliban.
The administration, in its leak to the New York Times, affirmed that there had been “heated debate” between Pentagon advisers and others in Obama’s cabinet chiefly concerned not to lose soldiers in combat. Oil strategy …