White Terrorists and Others

Top Ten Differences Between White Terrorists and Others By Juan Cole, Informed Comment 10 August 12 White terrorists are called “gunmen.” What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, “terrorists.” White terrorists are “troubled loners.” Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners. Doing … Read more White Terrorists and Others

Alice Walker’s position on Israeli Boycott

This just in via the Electronic Intifada: JTA and Haaretz distort Alice Walker’s position on boycott of Israeli publisher Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Tue, 06/19/2012 – 11:31 Alice Walker speaks in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. (Lazar Simeonov / TEDxRamallah) A JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) report that was carried by Haaretz, accuses Pulitzer prize-winning author Alice Walker of refusing to allow her iconic book The Color Purpleto be translated into Hebrew: Alice Walker, author of “The Color … Read more Alice Walker’s position on Israeli Boycott

The Creeping Fascism of American Politics

I have been a regular reader of Juan Cole’s excellent political analysis & commentary (Check out his Informed Comment site). Here the opening paragraphs of his latest piece: 20 May 12  The Creeping Fascism of American Politics wo congressmen are attempting to insert a provision in the National Defense Authorization act that would allow the Department of Defense to subject the US domestic public to propaganda. The bipartisan amendment was introduced … Read more The Creeping Fascism of American Politics

The death of American Secularism

Last night’s analysis via reductio ad absurdum by Jon Stewart of the Greek elections results (how two dead & defeated ideologies, Nazism & Communism, are making major comebacks in 2012), made me think that a similar take on the dead & defeated ideology Christianity represents (well, in Europe at least, where it is not in power except for the Vatican enclave) is much needed in view of its current absurd advances in … Read more The death of American Secularism

A Change of Underwear

News from Trier, Germany, home of a major Catholic Cathedral & birthplace of Karl Marx: From 13 April to 13 May a highly publicized mise-en-scene by the catholic church will propose a pilgrimage to the “Holy Dress,” a historically dubious piece of vestment (see below) the church claims to be Jesus’ own, that will be on show in the cathedral. To counter this piece of middle age metaphysical propaganda, … Read more A Change of Underwear

300 Arrested at Occupy Oakland

via Retort & Alternet: 300 Arrested at Occupy Oakland Corporate Media Dutifully Report City Officials’ Version of Events Joshua Holland [Read the original version here]. January 29, 2012 – Downtown Oakland turned ugly once again on Saturday, as Occupy activists attempting to squat in a long-abandoned city building were met by lines of heavily-armored riot police. Police officials said that 300 arrests followed – a number that may represent … Read more 300 Arrested at Occupy Oakland

Simon Ortiz: Shocked at banning of Native books in Arizona

Photo: Ethnic Studies students march in honor of Martin Luther King today, Monday, in Tucson, protesting the decision by Tucson schools to forbid Mexican American Studies and ban books by Chicano and Native American authors. Photo Brenda Norrell Update: Video interviews with students in the forbidden classes, during today’s Martin Luther King Day rally in Tucson: http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com TUCSON — Simon Ortiz, world acclaimed poet, author and professor, responded to the … Read more Simon Ortiz: Shocked at banning of Native books in Arizona

Colombian Poet Angye Gaona on Trial

This just in by email from Séamas Cain: The poet Angye Gaona has been charged formally by the Colombian government prosecutors.  She is accused of “Rebellion” and “drug trafficking.”  The prosecutors have indicated that this frame-up trial will begin on 23 January 2012 at the special criminal court in Cartagena de Indias. Angye Gaona is completely innocent of these charges!  But she is considered a nuisance by the ultra-conservative government because her writings, interviews, and … Read more Colombian Poet Angye Gaona on Trial

Syria, Ten Months Later

Today the Syrian revolution enters into its 10th month; 15 December is the 276th day on which blood has flowed.  الثورة السورية دخلت شهرها العاشر اليوم/ 15/12/2011 = هو اليوم الـ 276 الدمويّ  Statistics until 14/12/2011 إحصائيات الضحايا لغاية Syrians killed: + 5,198 Children killed: 332 Injured: +25,000 Missing: + 50,000 Protestors killed under torture: + 177 Protestors currently incarcerated: + 59,000 Syrian refugees since March: + +17,727 ضحايا الثورة … Read more Syria, Ten Months Later