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In Praise of Russell Brand’s Sharing Revolution

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. 
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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 …

A Brief History of Jerusalem

“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. …

The Masters Make the Rules

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 …

What Americans Celebrate on Thanksgiving Day

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 …

Happy Holy Days or a Little American Cheer from an Otherwise Incorrigible Grinch

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.
Be …

The Redemption of Marion Barry

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

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.

Enigmatic Bubbles

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 …

Insurrecto-Riotosis

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 …

Albert Woodfox: 41 Years in Solitary Unjustly

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 …

Carding, Racial Profiling and Racial Discrimination in Ontario

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 …

Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

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 …

Tony Blair, Infanticide Endorser is Rewarded by Save The Children

At Save The Children we want to delight and surpass your expectations.

— Save The Children website, complaints page

When the Orwellianly name “Middle East Peace Envoy” Tony Blair was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by GQ Magazine in September for “his tireless charitable work” (tell that to the dismembered, dispossessed, traumatized of Iraq, Afghanistan) there was widespread disbelief. Mind stretching, though, it was hardly a heavyweight accolade, coming from a publication with seemingly a strange fetish for David Beckham’s knickers and little grounding in reality.

The magazine’s Editor lauding Blair’s “achievements” surreally included “reconciling the three Abrahamic faiths.” He may know about …

Some of Us Still Remember

In the wake of the recent events in the synagogue at Har Nof, Uri Avnery has written an article. Like all his work, Avnery’s article is informative, original and beautifully written. But it has a glaring omission.

Har Nof from Yad Vashem

Here, Dan McGowan fills him in:

Dear Uri:

I know that you realize that the Har Nof neighborhood in West Jerusalem, where four rabbis and a police officer were recently murdered, is built on the lands of Deir Yassin, the Arab village which no longer …

Russia Bans GMOs

Genetically engineered foods and ingredients harm human health. Russia banned them. Wants more organic food produced. More on this below.

GMO expert Jeffrey Smith calls GMO foods and ingredients “inherently unsafe. The GM process creates collateral damage in the plant, which can cause (disturbing) side effects.”

Independent studies prove it. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) reported “animal studies indicat(ing) health risks associated with GM foods.”

Including numerous illnesses, infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, gastrointestinal abnormalities, and major organ changes.

AAEM urged physicians to tell patients to avoid GMOs. Unlike clinical drug evaluations, none are conducted for these products.

The only …

Why is this Cruel and Ill-Conceived Charity Still Around?

Just in time for Halloween, Heifer International’s new catalogue arrived in the mail. Heifer International is a Little Rock-based Christian charity that “ends hunger and poverty” through sending live animals to poor people overseas. The charity is known for its Unicef style photos of cute kids hugging their cute animals which will soon be dinner.

In a recent documentary, Cowspiracy, even CEOs and feedlot managers say animal agriculture is too resource and land intensive to feed the world. Yet Heifer thinks it is a great idea to send live animals to countries without veterinarians, paved roads, health systems, education (to …

Christendom isn’t the Victim, Prince Charles

In a video on November 4, Prince Charles decried the plight of Christians, arguing that they had to contend with the “spread” of Islam in the Middle East. From the Prince’s statement, we are reminded how a false and archaic image of Christendom as the innocent victim of Islam pervades public opinion in the United Kingdom, and is perpetuated by top public figures.

Since Prince Charles’ video, I have written this essay to respond to the spreading notion that Christianity is somehow more civilized than Islam and is less responsible for violence in the modern world. It isn’t.

It is …

Mark Udall and the Unspeakable

President Obama, who is just now un-ending again the ending of the endless war on Afghanistan, has never made a secret of taking direction from the military, CIA, and NSA. He’s escalated wars that generals had publicly insisted he escalate. He’s committed to not prosecuting torturers after seven former heads of the CIA publicly told him not to. He’s gone after whistleblowers with a vengeance and is struggling to keep this Bush-era torture report, or parts of it, secret in a manner that should confuse his partisan supporters.

But the depth of elected officials’ obedience to a permanent war machine is …

The Donkey in Rehab

(Transcript of Therapy Session Number 3)

First one’s always free. As universal a rule as you’re going to find.

That’s what they say.

When did you start? Was the first taste so attractive? So irresistible?

You don’t get it. It was always this way. Somebody makes a donation. You do them a favor. And if somebody owned you, well, that’s the way it is.

So, you think being bought is a good thing?

Listen, it’s like anything else. It’s like drinking. A couple of cocktails now and then. Nobody cares. Some people can drink like fish and not stumble. Others, a few belts and they’re butt …

Let Them Eat Hors D’oeuvres

Detroit car workers have it in the form of the unionized pact — or had; Wall Street shysters have it in the form of lust for filthy lucre; competitive sport has it in the form of glorified accomplishments rewarded with accolades; Australian aboriginals had it before the power of the Anglosphere removed their right to identify with their land; religious extremists have it by virtue of their pathological belief systems; the British Royal Family have it in the blueness of their blood — or so the narrative goes; the untouchables of India have a unique form of it, because they have long forgotten why they were disenfranchised in the …

Rogue Capitalism Running Rabid on the World’s Playground

Oh say can you see by the star spangled machine, with modern weapons in hand it conquers foreign lands. If uninhabited, these lands would be up for the taking. And while the U.S. Declaration of Independence says “all men are created equal” with “inalienable rights”, the U.S. has a history of internal conflicts arising from violating those principles domestically and through foreign policy. Since the event of 9/11 the U.S. government has become the undisputed champion bully unleashed on the world as though it was a children’s playground – while they decide who lives and dies to enhance their personal …