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Teens Sue Government for Failing to Address Climate Change for Future Generations

Cole Mellino

February 23, 2015, © EcoWatch

Many young people feel they have too much at stake to wait for our leaders to get their act together and take meaningful action on climate change. In the words of one young climate activist, Alec Loorz, we need to demand our political leaders "govern as if our future matters." With their future at stake, many youth have taken their case to the courts in the hopes that the judiciary will require the legislature to take action.  full article>

 

The Gaza Test for World Justice

By Lawrence Davidson

February 25, 2015, © Counterpunch

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was designed as a vehicle for the prosecution of the most heinous of crimes committed by individuals in positions of state authority – those military officers and politicians at the top of a national chain of command. Until recently ICC prosecutions have been limited to leaders of small and weak states. This is not because the leaders of powerful nations are not sometimes culpable, but rather because no member state of the ICC has yet brought a relevant complaint.  full article>

 

All Rudy Giuliani Loves Is Himself - and a Dangerous Mythical Notion of the United States

MARK KARLIN

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, © BuzzFlash

At BuzzFlash, we have long been critical of many of the key neoliberal policies of the Obama administration. The white House's positions on foreign policy and Wall Street, for example, have always embodied the consensus conventional wisdom of the duopoly - and that is not an expression of praise.  full article>

 

Saudis Said to Aid Israeli Plan to Bomb Iran

By Robert Parry

February 25, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

According to an Israeli media report, Saudi Arabia has agreed to let Israeli warplanes fly over Saudi territory to save fuel while attacking Iranian nuclear sites, the latest indication of how the two former enemies have developed a behind-the-scenes alliance that is reshaping geopolitics in the Middle East.  full article>

 

Egypt coup: Leaked tape proves defence minister tried to conceal Morsi's true location in military prison, say forensic scientists

Robert Fisk

Monday 23 February 2015, © The Independent

Leaked tapes of Egyptian generals apparently plotting to persuade the world that arrested Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was in a civilian rather than a military prison – and thus not the victim of an army coup – have been sent by British lawyers to the UN, the African Commission on Human Rights and the UK police.  full article>

 

Why Is Big Pharma Financing a Conservative Group Trying to Destroy Obamacare?

Stephanie Mencimer

Feb. 18, 2015, © MotherJones

During the contentious battle to pass the Affordable Care Act, the pharmaceutical industry was a crucial partner of President Barack Obama. Big Pharma sank $150 million into an ad blitz promoting the Obamacare bill and spent millions lobbying for its passage. Backing health care reform was a no-brainer for the drug manufacturers; they stood to reap billions in revenues as a result of expanded health care coverage. Yet all of this makes one of Big Pharma's alliances highly curious: It has bankrolled the libertarian think tank trying to demolish Obamacare.  full article>

 

Den største fare lige nu er, at angst og mistro breder sig mellem borgerne

16. feb. 2015, © Politiken

Der er ingen tvivl om, at vi befinder os i en ny politisk virkelighed, på grund af det terror-angreb vi oplevede i denne weekend. Vi vidste, at det højst sandsynligt ville komme. At det kun var et spørgsmål om tid, før det skete. Men ét er formodninger om mulig terror, noget andet er konkret morderisk handling.   full article>

 

Police and Plunder

by PETER LINEBAUGH

February 13-15, 2015, © Counterpunch

In December 2014 the discussion of "police" began to look at the roots of the institution. Peter Gelderloos concluded a three part study in CounterPunch flatly stating, "The police are a racist, authoritarian institution that exists to protect the powerful in an unequal system." Sam Mitrani, a scholar of the Chicago police, concluded similarly, "The police were not created to protect and serve the population. They were not created to stop crime, at least not as most people understand it." Yet a physician in Ann Arbor, Catherine Wilkerson, caused a local stir when she stated "that neither racism nor racist police violence can be abolished under this economic system, i.e. under capitalism".  full article>

 

As Public Pensions Shift to Risky Wall Street, Local Politicians Rake in Political Cash

We look at a Wall Street scandal that has generated little attention but impacts millions of American public workers. In recent years, cities and states have been increasingly investing worker pensions in risky hedge funds, private equity and other so-called "alternative investments." Many of the investments are being done in secret while politically connected Wall Streets firms — including Blackstone, the Carlyle Group and Elliott Management — earn millions in investment fees from taxpayers.

 

 

Julio Llamazares: "La memoria histórica de un país es su literatura"

Javier Rodríguez Marcos

14 FEB 2015, © El País

"Todavía existe". La vida de Julio Llamazares está tan unida a lugares desaparecidos que cuando habla del pueblo en el que pasó casi toda su infancia —Olleros de Sabero— aclara sin darse cuenta de que todavía existe. Los que no existen, o no del todo, son Vegamián —el lugar en el que nació en 1955, hoy anegado por un pantano— y Ainielle, la aldea deshabitada del Pirineo aragonés en la que situó la acción de La lluvia amarilla,su segunda novela, que lo consagró en 1988.  full article>

 

NYT Whites Out Ukraine's Brown Shirts

By Robert Parry

February 11, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

In covering the Ukraine crisis, the New York Times continues its descent into becoming little more than a propaganda organ for the U.S. State Department and the Kiev regime, again refusing to acknowledge the role of neo-Nazi militias in the civil war against ethnic Russians in the east.  full article>

 

Lies

Lying to the young is wrong.

Proving to them that lies are true is wrong.

Telling them

that God's in his heaven

and all's well with the world

is wrong.

They know what you mean.

They are people too.

Tell them the difficulties

can't be counted,

and let them see

not only

what will be

but see

with clarity

these present times.

Say obstacles exist they must encounter,

sorrow comes,

hardship happens.

The hell with it.

Who never knew

the price of happiness

will not be happy.

Forgive no error

you recognize,

it will repeat itself,

a hundredfold

and afterward

our pupils

will not forgive in us

what we forgave.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 1952

(Translated by Robin Milner-Gulland and Peter Levi)

 

From 'Victim' to 'Threat': James Baldwin and the Demands of Self-Respect

Mychal Denzel Smith

February 10, 2015, © The Nation

If you wish to be taken seriously, there are a few things you need to do before speaking critically of the police. Suggesting that such a vaunted American institution may be fallible is a sin only mitigated by pre-emptively issuing certain caveats. If you're going to talk about police brutality, for example, you must first say, "The police have a very dangerous job." If you're going to talk about unjust laws, you first have to acknowledge that "the police are here to protect us." If you want to talk about racist profiling tactics, you have to note that "most police officers aren't racist." And if you wish to talk about how aggressive policing disproportionately affects black, brown and poor people, subjecting them to daily harassment in addition to pushing them into our nation's prison system, which has consequences on their economic, political, and social futures, you must first reassure your audience that "not all cops are bad."  full article>

 

People

 

No people are uninteresting.

Their fate is like the chronicle of planets.

 

Nothing in them in not particular,

and planet is dissimilar from planet.

 

And if a man lived in obscurity

making his friends in that obscurity

obscurity is not uninteresting.

 

To each his world is private

and in that world one excellent minute.

 

And in that world one tragic minute

These are private.

 

In any man who dies there dies with him

his first snow and kiss and fight

it goes with him.

 

There are left books and bridges

and painted canvas and machinery

Whose fate is to survive.

 

But what has gone is also not nothing:

by the rule of the game something has gone.

Not people die but worlds die in them.

 

Whom we knew as faulty, the earth's creatures

Of whom, essentially, what did we know?

 

Brother of a brother? Friend of friends?

Lover of lover?

 

We who knew our fathers

in everything, in nothing.

 

They perish. They cannot be brought back.

The secret worlds are not regenerated.

 

And every time again and again

I make my lament against destruction.

 

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

 

Why Islamic Reform is Delayed

by ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH

February 09, 2015, © Counterpunch

Recent geopolitical turmoil in the Arab/Muslim World, and the resulting proliferation of radical movements and groupings such as Al-Qaeda and ISIL, seems to have provide plenty of incendiary fodder for the propaganda mill of the proponents of the theory of "the clash of civilizations," according to which the roots of conflicts in the Muslim world must be sought in Islam itself, in its alleged "incompatibility" with modernization and Western values.  full article>

 

To generalize is to be an idiot.

William Blake

 

The Nonthreatening Muslim: Navigating Immigration to the USA

By Aaminah Khan

February 09, 2015, © The Progressive

"Miss . . . Khan?"

The customs official stops, looks up at me, looks back down at my passport, and hesitates. That's always how it starts.

I am an Australian citizen of mixed Turkish and Pakistani descent. I have brown skin and non-Anglo-European features. I'm also Muslim, and when I was younger, I wore a hijab. As a result, I've experienced all the usual kinds of Islamophobic bigotry and ignorance—the yelled death threats from strangers driving past me, the "go back to where you came from" chants as I walk down the street, the "jokes" about me being a terrorist, the questions about arranged marriages and dowries of camels (for some reason, it's always camels). Part of the reason I chose to stop wearing the hijab was that I was tired of not being able to walk through a shopping center without people either whispering behind my back or yelling in my face.   full article>

 

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.

William Blake

 

Camus Redux

Alice Kaplan

February 3, 2015, © The Nation

Albert Camus, once decried as the symbol of reactionary French Algeria by Jean-Paul Sartre and other grands hommes of the mid-century French left, has been the subject of increasingly positive revaluations since the posthumous publication of his unfinished autobiographical novel, The First Man, in 1994. Camus's account of his threadbare beginnings, his love for his deaf mother and his ambivalence about success and exile gave readers reasons to think that, thirty-four years after his death, they finally knew something about him. Meanwhile, Sartre's devotion to violent revolution had lost much of its allure during the 1990s, when a civil war in Algeria between radical Islamists and the Algerian army threatened the survival of secular intellectual life itself. The centenary of Camus's birth in 2013 was welcomed in France with an array of new work, including a fascinating documentary by Joël Calmettes about Camus's readers in the far corners of the globe. In the United States, Robert Zaretsky's fine intellectual biography and the Harvard translation of Camus's Algerian Chronicles were widely reviewed. Now, in the wake of the centenary, two bold and original new works swap criticism for art: a film, Loin des hommes, or Far From Men, and a novel, Meursault, contre-enquête, remain faithful to the moral and aesthetic spirit of Camus's fictions while setting his themes and preoccupations in the geopolitical present.  full article>

 

 

À Libération:

 

"La censure, quelle qu'elle soit, me paraît une monstruosité, une pire chose que l'homicide.
L'attentat contre la pensée est un crime de lèse-âme."

—Gustave Flaubert

 

Libération, dont la marque traditionnelle de fabrique est l'ouverture d'esprit et la curiosité, a eu un traitement pour le moins minimaliste du film "Loin des hommes", qui est une adaptation libre de la nouvelle d'Albert Camus intitulée l'Hôte. Il fallait en effet être extrêmement attentif pour avoir une chance, en tant que lecteur de votre quotidien, de savoir que ce film sortait sur les écrans français le 14 janvier dernier. Après quelques lignes lors de la Mostra de Venise où le film était en compétition, quelques lignes neutres au fond de la colonne "Vite vu" de vos pages Cinéma. Tant pis si ma démarche paraît auto-centrée ou intéressée, étant acteur et coproducteur de cette adaptation par David Oelhoffen d'une nouvelle d'Albert Camus. Mais je vous écris car mon sentiment est que c'est Camus qui est maltraité à travers le mépris avec lequel Libération vous avez abordé ce film.

 

Une partie de la gauche française, héritière de la pensée de Jean-Paul Sartre et Simone de Beauvoir, qui faisaient régner sur la vie intellectuelle française leur vision stalinienne de l'Histoire, n'a eu de cesse de combattre - parfois avec l'arme du mensonge et de la diffamation - l'humanisme d'Albert Camus, et d'attaquer l'homme.

 

Cette entreprise de marginalisation a malheureusement porté ses fruits, Albert Camus étant beaucoup mieux considéré en dehors de l'hexagone que dedans. Serait-elle encore à l'œuvre en France ? Expliquerait-elle le mépris que vous portez pour cette adaptation portant les contradictions et la compassion de l'œuvre de Camus ?

 

Viggo Mortensen

 

 

To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

Emily Dickinson

 

How India Is Assassinating Gandhi's legacy

By Arun Gandhi

January 30, 2015, © The Progressive

On Jan. 30, 1948, my grandfather Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the great Indian leader and champion of nonviolence, fell to an assassin's bullets. Indian society has recently faced a sustained assault by people of the same ideological ilk as the man who fired those fatal shots.  full article>

 

How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!

Emily Dickinson

 

Shoveling America's wealth to the top

Monday, February 2, 2015, © Jim Hightower

As an old country saying puts it, "Money is like manure – it does no good unless you spread it around."

Yet, America's corporate and political leaders have intentionally been shoveling wealth into an ever-bigger pile for those at the top. They've gotten away with this by lying to the great majority, which has seen its share of America's prosperity steadily disappear. Yes, they've told us, the rich are getting richer, but that's just the natural workings of the new global economy, in which financial elites are rewarded for their exceptional talents, innovation, and bold risk-taking.  full article>

 

I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.

Emily Dickinson

 

United Nations in Haiti: When Protectors Turn Predators

by Kathie Klarreich

A United Nations presence in Haiti has become as familiar as the country's barren hillsides. Troops of some sort have been there almost continuously since 1993, including five peacekeeping missions. The most recent, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, arrived in 2004 to provide a peaceful transition following months of armed conflict. Like its predecessors and most of the UN's 16 peacekeeping missions worldwide, MINUSTAH, composed of troops from dozens of countries, is also charged with the protection of local citizens.  full article>

 

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

Emily Dickinson

 

Liberté d'expression : Reporters sans frontières met la pression sur le monde religieux

Bernadette SAUVAGET

3 février 2015 à 17:49, © Libération

En leur demandant de signer sa "Proclamation", l'organisation embarrasse les responsables de culte, irrités d'être pointés du doigt.

De l'art de créer l'embarras... Lancée mardi, la campagne de Reporters sans frontières (RSF) de soutien à la liberté d'expression, a jeté un certain froid dans les rangs des principaux responsables religieux en France, d'accord sur les principes mais plutôt réservés sur la méthode.  full article>

 

A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.

Emily Dickinson

 

A whining Wall Street banker pleads for pity

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, © Jim Hightower

Jamie is PO'd. He's fed up with all of this populistic attitude that's sweeping the country, and he's not going to take it anymore!

Jamie Dimon recently bleated to reporters that, "Banks are under assault." Well, not most banks, but JPMorgan Chase, America's largest Wall Street empire, which Jamie heads. Government regulators, snarls Jamie, are pandering to grassroots populist anger at Wall Street excesses by squeezing the life of JP Morgan casino.  full article>

 

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.

Emily Dickinson

 

The Super-Rich Can't Hide From the Rest of Us

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

Tuesday, 03 February 2015, © Truthout

My friend Craig Zobel just premiered his new movie at the Sundance Film Festival. Z for Zachariah is based on a young adult novel from the seventies about a post-apocalyptic world and a woman who lives on a farm in a remote valley. A geographic anomaly, the valley has been isolated and protected from the nuclear radiation that devastated the rest of humanity. But then a man arrives and, a while later, another. You'll have to see it.  full article>

 

I'm nobody, who are you?

Emily Dickinson

 

A Just Cause ≠ A Just War

By Howard Zinn

January 27, 2015, © The Progressive

I want to talk about three holy wars. They aren't religious wars, but they're the three wars in American history that are sacrosanct, that you can't say anything bad about: the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II.

Let's look carefully at these three idealized, three romanticized wars.

It's important to at least be willing to raise the possibility that you could criticize something that everybody has accepted as uncriticizable.

We're supposed to be thinking people. We're supposed to be able to question everything.

There are things that happen in the world that are bad, and you want to do something about them. You have a just cause. But our culture is so war prone that we immediately jump from "This is a good cause" to "This deserves a war."  full article>

 

Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned.

Emily Dickinson

 

For Mule Deer, an Incredible Journey

By JAMES GORMAN

FEB. 2, 2015, © The New York Times

THE RED DESERT, WYO. – As a small group of scientists and volunteers waits by the side of a gravel road here, a helicopter swoops down, carrying two blindfolded mule deer in slings. It hovers for a moment in a furious swirl of rotor-blown snow, detaching the deer slings. As it lifts and turns, the team runs into the stinging cloud.  full article>

 

I dwell in possibility.

Emily Dickinson

 

Australian Uranium Mining Company Accused of Contaminating Lake Malawi

by Mayu Chang

January 28th, 2015, © CorpWatch Blog

Paladin Energy, an Australian mining company, has been accused of discharging uranium-contaminated sludge into Lake Malawi, which supports 1.7 million people in three countries - Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The company began uranium mining operations in Malawi in 2009 although it suspended operations last year after ore prices fell.  full article>

 

Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.

Emily Dickinson

 

Lifeline for Over 1 Million in Mali Under Threat by World Bank Dam Plans

Josh Klemm

Mon, 01/26/2015, © International Rivers

The Inner Niger Delta in Mali is one of Africa's largest wetlands, a verdant and biologically rich area bordering the Sahara Desert. In addition to hosting millions of migratory birds from Europe, the delta serves as a lifeline for anywhere between 1 and 2 million people who depend on its bounty for pastureland, flood recession agriculture and fishing. The unique ecosystems of the Inner Niger Delta are in turn sustained by the beneficial annual flooding of the Niger River that inundates up to 30,000 km2 - an area the size of Belgium. The future of this key ecological site, however, is in jeopardy as the World Bank revives plans to construct the Fomi Dam near the river's source in neighboring Guinea.  full article>

 

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.

Emily Dickinson

 

The Sanctions of Mass Destruction

by GARIKAI CHENGU

February 03, 2015, © Counterpunch

Under the late King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia played a role most treacherous in world affairs: its oil fueled U.S. militarism and its money funded Islamic extremists.

Saudi Arabia is perhaps the greatest inherent contradiction of U.S. foreign policy.  full article>

 

That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.

Emily Dickinson

 

Four Bogus Attacks On The Obama Budget, Debunked

Bill Scher

February 3, 2015, © Ourfuture

A favorite maxim of Vice-President Joe Biden's is: "Don't tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value." President Obama proposed a budget that is a reflection of his values today. This puts considerable pressure on Republicans.  full article>

 

Forever is composed of nows.

Emily Dickinson

 

Lobbying Database

In addition to campaign contributions to elected officials and candidates, companies, labor unions, and other organizations spend billions of dollars each year to lobby Congress and federal agencies. Some special interests retain lobbying firms, many of them located along Washington's legendary K Street; others have lobbyists working in-house. We've got totals spent on lobbying, beginning in 1998, for everyone from AAI Corp. to Zurich Financial.  full article>

 

The brain is wider than the sky.

Emily Dickinson

 

If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

George Washington

 

Google, Gag Orders and the WikiLeaks Investigation

By Binoy Kampmark

January 31, 2015, © Global Research

Google took almost over two and a half years to disclose that it has handed emails and various forms of digital data belonging to three WikiLeaks staffers to the US government. On December 23, 2014, investigations editor Sarah Harrison, section editor Joseph Farrell, and spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson were told by the company that contents from their subscriber accounts had been handed over to US authorities. The letter to Google, authored by Michael Ratner, counsel from the Center for Constitutional Rights representing WikiLeaks, expresses astonishment and a degree of disturbance at the fact.  full article>

 

The relative freedom which we enjoy depends of public opinion. The law is no protection. Governments make laws, but whether they are carried out, and how the police behave, depends on the general temper in the country. If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.

George Orwell

 

 

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.

Noam Chomsky

 

Assange on Charlie Hebdo: A Conspicuous Failure

10 January 2015, © Telesur

Wikileaks published a text Saturday that appears to be written by its founder, Julian Assange, which says the failure of the French authorities in the Charlie Hebdo massacre is so conspicuous, that questions about government links to the killers must be asked.  full article>

 

I am no bird, no net ensnares me.

Charlotte Brontë

 

 

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Søren Kierkegaard

 

 

The only security of all is in a free press.

Thomas Jefferson

 

Why FDR Matters Now More Than Ever

By Beverly Bandler

January 30, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was on his way to his first inauguration on March 4, 1933, in the fourth dark winter of the Great Depression. Amid widespread public fear and distress, there were machine-gun nests at the corners of the great government buildings in Washington, a city that hadn't had such a look of an armed camp since the Civil War.  full article>

 

Dios sabe lo que hace, por qué lo hace y para qué lo hace. Yo acepto la voluntad de Dios. Creo que Dios nunca me soltó la mano

Jorge Rafael Videla, asesino en serie y el mayor sociópata en la historia argentina.

 

Crazy Horse: leader, warrior, martyr... artist?

Henry Adams

January 14 2015

More than a century after he died, the Lakota warrior Crazy Horse, who famously fought General Custer in the Battle of Little Bighorn, is thought of as transcendent force - attuned to the universe in a special way - though he's often commemorated in ways that are somewhat odd. He's the subject, for example, of a gargantuan (and controversial) mountain-top sculpture in South Dakota which - if ever finished - will be bigger than Mount Rushmore. And his name is the inspiration for a strip joint in Montmartre that has billed itself as "the most sophisticated cabaret in Paris."

It's easy to forget that Crazy Horse was once actually a real person, even if the historical record is often frustratingly incomplete. But Castle McLaughlin's latest publication brings readers into the world of the real Crazy Horse. Her book, titled A Lakota War Book from the Little Bighorn, also delves into one of the more intriguing art historical "Who-Done-Its" in recent memory.  full article>

 

EL TEMPS

No més incerta de tan vehement
la sorpresa amb què aculls la llum que esclata
rera el mirall opac i els cortinatges
angoixants i feixucs d'aquest llarg temps de prova.
és així com la vida expressa el seu
misteri i en referma la bellesa.
L'entreteixit del temps no mostra cap
fissura, flueix sempre, ineluctable.
Tot és perfecte i just dins el seu àmbit.

Miquel Martí i Pol

 

A Congress that Disdains Science

By Lawrence Davidson

January 26, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

On Jan. 17, the New York Times reported on a scientific study that showed 2014 to be "the hottest on earth since record-keeping began in 1880." The report went on to explain that "records were set across large areas of every inhabited continent."

Particularly hard hit in 2014 was the western portion of the United States: Alaska, Arizona, California and Nevada all experienced "extreme warmth." Temperatures in parts of California "sometimes (ran) 10 to 15 degrees above normal for the season."  full article>

 

"What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible."

Theodore Roethke

 

Neocons Dig in to Bomb-Bomb Iran

By Paul R. Pillar

January 26, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

It has not been a smooth month for those who want to keep Iran in pariahdom forever and thus seek to kill any international agreement on Iran's nuclear program. The sanctions bill that is the deal-killers' principal vehicle at the moment and is in the Senate Banking Committee has not been attracting the hoped-for Democratic co-sponsors.  full article>

 

The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

 

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

 

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

 

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

 

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me, so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

 

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

 

Theodore Roethke

 

Worn down by Alzheimer's, some work to close 'care gap'

By Robin Erb

January 26, 2015, © Detroit Free Press

Fred Haynes has once again wandered into the empty spaces of Alzheimer's.

On this wintry morning, the retired Realtor is laughing at something only he can see outside the living-room window of his Port Huron home, his lips moving nearly imperceptibly. His gaze moves toward his visitors, then to his wife, seeking reaction.  full article>

 

"La moindre chose contient un peu d'inconnu. Trouvons-le."

Guy de Maupassant

 

Disillusioned by War, Israeli Soldiers Muted in 1967 Are Given Fuller Voice

By JODI RUDOREN

JAN. 25, 2015, © The New York Times

TEL AVIV - A young Israeli soldier, fresh from the front, bluntly recounts the orders from above. "They never said, 'Leave no one alive,' but they said, 'Show no mercy,'" he explains. "The brigade commander said to kill as many as possible."  full article>

 

La liberté d'aimer n'est pas moins sacrée que la liberté de penser.

Victor Hugo

 

Un homme qui marche vite ne dit-il pas déjà la moitié de son secret? Il est pressé.

Honoré de Balzac

 

El disparo fue efectuado sobre la sien

Por Raúl Kollmann

Domingo, 25 de enero de 2015, © Página/12

La fiscal Viviana Fein terminó ayer con parte de las especulaciones. A primera hora de la tarde habló en forma pública para dejar en claro que la autopsia dice que "el disparo que mató al doctor Nisman fue efectuado sobre la sien, con la pistola prácticamente apoyada en la cabeza, es decir, a menos de un centímetro". Fein también confirmó que el proyectil sacado de la cabeza del fiscal se corresponde con la vaina encontrada en el lugar y con la pistola calibre 22 que le prestó a Nisman su extraño empleado Diego Lagomarsino. La jornada de ayer había comenzado con una versión del diario Clarín de que el disparo se efectuó a 15 o 20 centímetros, lo que daba a entender que otra persona le disparó al fiscal. La fuente de semejante dato fue un supuesto informe de la Policía Federal, que esa fuerza desmintió ya a media mañana de ayer.   full article>

 

Calls to Action: Noam Chomsky On Standardized Testing

By Julia Burke

January 15, 2015, © The Progressive

Legendary scholar and philosopher Noam Chomsky turns his biting wit toward education ranking systems and the increasing pressure on teachers to "teach to the test," reducing schools and students to empty numbers, in this interview. "The assessment itself is completely artificial," he says. "It's not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential. You're giving some kind of a rank, but it's a rank that's mostly meaningless, and the very ranking itself is harmful. It's turning us into individuals who devote our lives to achieving a rank."  full article>

 

 

 

As Fox News Apologizes, Jeremy Scahill on Fake "Terror Experts"
& Challenges of Real War Reporting

January 20, 2015, © Democracy Now

 

 

Who robbed the woods,

The trusting woods?

The unsuspecting trees

Brought out their burrs and mosses

His fantasy to please.

He scanned their trinkets, curious,

He grasped, he bore away.

What will the solemn hemlock,

What will the fir-tree say?

Emily Dickinson

 

De escritores y cómicas

Elvira Lindo

18 ENE 2015, © El País

La otra tarde, sin venir a cuento, me colé en el Teatro Español. Tengo una devoción infantil por los oficios manuales y quise pasar un rato en la peluquería del teatro para ver a Antoñita, viuda de Ruiz, ponerle la peluca al actor Juan Diego, que andaba estos días pasados encarnando a Ricardo III. Un cómico español no puede decir que haya sido bautizado en su oficio si no ha dejado su cabeza en manos de Antoñita, viuda de Ruiz, que así quiere que la nombren, con ese título nobiliario que recuerda a su difunto, maestro de posticería, prendas de cabeza y maquillaje teatral.  full article>

 

France Under the Influence

by DIANA JOHNSTONE

January 20, 2015, © Counterpunch

The Charlie Hebdo terrorist assassinations struck France at a moment when it has an unpopular government and a weak President, when factories are closing and jobs are being lost, when French economic policy is determined by Germany via the European Union and its foreign policy is determined by the United States via NATO. Except for the therapeutic moment of togetherness on January 11, the country feels buffeted by winds of conflict it cannot resist.  full article>

 

       

I Will Wade Out

 

i will wade out

           

till my thighs are steeped in burning flowers

I will take the sun in my mouth

and leap into the ripe air

               

Alive

                    with closed eyes

to dash against darkness

                in the sleeping curves of my body

Shall enter fingers of smooth mastery

with chasteness of sea-girls

                  Will i complete the mystery

                  of my flesh

I will rise

        After a thousand years

lipping

flowers

      And set my teeth in the silver of the moon

 

E. E. Cummings

 

The CIA's Prosecutorial Defense

By Norman Solomon

January 20, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

In the trial of alleged CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, the U.S. government appears more intent on burnishing the CIA's tarnished reputation than proving Sterling's guilt. The defendant almost looks to be collateral damage in this PR process, as Norman Solomon observes.

Midway through the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, one comment stands out: "A criminal case," defense attorney Edward MacMahon told the jury at the outset, "is not a place where the CIA goes to get its reputation back."  full article>

 

Palabras a no dudarlo, palabras, no otra cosa. Palabras en lugares, las mismas en diferentes textos, palabras vueltas del revés desde la primera letra. A punto de poema. Halladas en ocasiones, en lindes de un olvido, en manos aún torpes de aprendices de sol y de sombra, ¿poesía qué, cuándo, poesía cómo? Acentos tales. Palabras que quieren decirnos algo oculto desde siempre por las parcas de los sueños, escondido entre los pliegues.

Arnaldo Calveyra

 

US Special Forces Are Operating in More Countries Than You Can Imagine

Nick Turse

January 20, 2015, © The Nation

In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight. It was the second time in two weeks that elite U.S. Navy SEALs had attempted to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers. And it was the second time they failed.  full article>

 

Soy

 

Soy el que sabe que no es menos vano
que el vano observador que en el espejo
de silencio y cristal sigue el reflejo
o el cuerpo (da lo mismo) del hermano.

 

Soy, tácitos amigos, el que sabe
que no hay otra venganza que el olvido
ni otro perdón. Un dios ha concedido
al odio humano esta curiosa llave.

 

Soy el que pese a tan ilustres modos
de errar, no ha descifrado el laberinto
singular y plural, arduo y distinto,

 

del tiempo, que es uno y es de todos.
Soy el que es nadie, el que no fue una espada
en la guerra. Soy eco, olvido, nada.

 

Jorge Luis Borges

 

Jane Wilson, Artist of the Ethereal, Dies at 90

By BRUCE WEBER

JAN. 19, 2015, © The New York Times

Jane Wilson, a painter whose best-known works were landscapes that occupied a niche nestled between representation and abstraction, died on Jan. 13 in Manhattan. She was 90.  full article>

 

"If the earth must lose that great portion of its pleasantness which it owes to things that the unlimited increase of wealth and population would extirpate from it, for the mere purpose of enabling it to support a larger, but not a happier or a better population, I sincerely hope, for the sake of posterity, that they will be content to be stationary, long before necessity compels them to it."

John Stuart Mill (1857)

 

U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit

By MICHAEL MOSS

JAN. 19, 2015, © The New York Times

At a remote research center on the Nebraska plains, scientists are using surgery and breeding techniques to re-engineer the farm animal to fit the needs of the 21st-century meat industry. The potential benefits are huge: animals that produce more offspring, yield more meat and cost less to raise.  full article>

 

Guantánamo Diary exposes brutality of US rendition and torture

Spencer Ackerman in New York and Ian Cobain in London

Friday 16 January 2015, © The Guardian

The groundbreaking memoir of a current Guantánamo inmate that lays bare the harrowing details of the US rendition and torture programme from the perspective of one of its victims is to be published next week after a six-year battle for the manuscript to be declassified.  full article>

 

We're Destroying the Planet in Ways That Are Even Worse Than Global Warming

By Oliver Milman

Fri Jan. 16, 2015, © MotherJones

Humans are "eating away at our own life support systems" at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found.  full article>

 

Neocons: The 'Anti-Realists'

By Robert Parry

January 17, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

Historically, one of the main threads of U.S. foreign policy was called "realism," that is the measured application of American power on behalf of definable national interests, with U.S. principles preached to others but not imposed.  full article>

 

No te dije de la luna. La luna es lo más alto. Cuando la mirábamos, ¿por qué hacíamos retemblar el índice sobre el labio hasta provocar un beruberu de acompañarla? ¿Nos lo enseñaste tú o papá? ¿Y qué era su despabilarse en niño Jesús subido al burrito sobre esa lumbre de peligro? Dame esas noticias. Nos quedábamos hasta bien tarde en enero para mirar. Ahí la tengo en el patio ahora, es lo más alto. La dejé atada del pino, mi cometa plateada y mi compaña, y me entré luna arriba para que muchos niños.

Arnaldo Calveyra

 

France's Wavy Line on 'Free Speech'

By Lawrence Davidson

January 17, 2015, © Consortiumnews.com

On Jan. 7, two heavily armed men walked into the Paris offices of a satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) and methodically murdered 12 people, including the magazine's editor Stephane Charbonnier (aka Charb), four cartoonists, a columnist, a proofreader, a maintenance worker, two policemen stationed inside the building, and one outside.  full article>

 

La caricature, art brûlant

Par Philippe Dagen

15.01.2015, © Le Monde

Le dessin, un simple dessin, pour -exprimer et transmettre une idée, un sentiment, une colère, une peur, un amour : dans l'inventaire de ce qui est le propre de l'homme depuis que l'espèce existe, le dessin se tient aux premières places. Il est l'une des seules langues que l'on puisse dire universelle, parce qu'elle se passe des mots, comme la -musique. Si Charlie Hebdo est devenu si vite une tragédie mondiale, c'est aussi pour cette raison. Le plus vieux mode d'expression est désormais relayé par le moyen de diffusion le plus moderne : alliance de l'Internet et du dessin.  full article>

 

Wrong Responses to Charlie Hebdo

JAN. 15, 2015, © The New York Times

Leaders in Europe are justifiably trying to figure out what they should be doing to prevent terrorist attacks like the recent massacre at the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Regrettably, some politicians are proposing the kind of Internet censorship and surveillance that would do little to protect their citizens but do a lot to infringe on civil liberties.  full article>

 

Quand la mer monte... plus vite

Sylvestre HUET

15 janvier 2015, © Libération

Alors que 2014 va détenir le nouveau record de températures moyennes sur la planète, les océanographes découvrent qu'ils ont sous-estimé l'accélération récente de la hausse du niveau marin.  full article>

 

The Republican Governors Thank You for Your Donation

Your retirement account is bankrolling politicians to whom you'd never dream of sending a check.

Jamie Raskin

January 14, 2015, © The Nation

Like tens of millions of baby boomers, I have a retirement fund, and like over 4 million of us, I am building my nest egg with the venerable Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America - College Retirement Equities Fund. Heeding the TIAA-CREF newsletter's recommendation to "diversify" my holdings, I have dutifully directed my savings into mutual funds, which invest that money with large and medium-size corporations spread across the economy.  full article>

 

Maximum Horror

by TARIQ ALI

January 9-11, 2015, © Counterpunch

It was a horrific event. It was condemned in most parts of the world and most poignantly by many cartoonists. Those who planned the atrocity chose their target carefully. They knew that such an act would create the maximum horror. It was quality, not quantity they were after. The response will not have surprised or displeased them. They don't care a damn for the world of unbelievers. Unlike the medieval inquisitors of the Sorbonne they do not have the legal and theological authority to harass booksellers or printers, ban books and torture authors, so they go one step further and order executions.  full article>

 

Why We Must Resist Simple Explanations of the 'Charlie Hebdo' Massacre

Laila Lalami

January 10, 2015, © The Nation

Two men in balaclavas burst into Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris and opened fire on the editorial staff, killing five cartoonists, a columnist, a maintenance worker, an economist, a visitor, a copy-editor and two police officers.  full article>

 

Greed and Resistance in Sarawak's Rainforest

Peter Bosshard

12/18/2014, © International Rivers

Sarawak, the Malaysian province on the island of Borneo, has long been one of the six world regions with the highest biodiversity. An average hectare of Sarawak rainforest contains more tree species than all of Europe. The local Penan communities have names for more than 1300 of the plants they live with. The forest is also home to orang utans and tree leopards, hundreds of bird species, and frogs that can glide up to 20 meters through the air.  full article>

 

The Pope Thinks Climate Change Is a Major Threat. So Do American Catholics.

By James West

Tue Dec. 30, 2014, © MotherJones

Pope Francis, the leader the Catholic Church, is closing out 2014 in his typically headline-grabbing fashion. He used a traditional Christmas address to issue a scathing takedown of the political squabbling that infects Vatican bureaucracy, and he was also credited as a key backroom player in the thawing of US-Cuba relations.

Next on his list? Climate change.  full article>

 

Who Was Behind the Cyberattack on Sony?

by GREGORY ELICH

December 30, 2014, © Counterpunch

The cyberattack on Sony Pictures unleashed a torrent of alarmist media reports, evoking the image of North Korean perfidy. Within a month, the FBI issued a statement declaring the North Korean government "responsible for these actions." Amid the media frenzy, several senators and congresspersons called for tough action. Arizona Senator John McCain blustered, "It's a new form of warfare that we're involved in, and we need to react and react vigorously." President Barack Obama announced his administration planned to review the possibility of placing North Korea on the list of states sponsoring terrorism, a move that would further tighten the already harsh sanctions on North Korea. "They caused a lot of damage, and we will respond," Obama warned darkly. "We will respond proportionally, and we'll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose."  full article>

 

No civilization would tolerate what America has done

David Masciotra

Monday, Dec 29, 2014, © Salon.com

It seems police can get away with anything: choking men who have surrendered; shooting unarmed teens; knocking pregnant women to the ground. While the issues involving race, civil rights and the relationship between law enforcement and communities are essential for examination and correction, few are talking about how all of this fits into the larger pattern of America's cultural decline and decay. America has become a society addicted to violence and indifferent to the suffering of people without power. Whenever there is a combination of a culture of violence and an ethic of heartlessness, fatal abuse of authority will escalate, and the legal system will fail to address it.  full article>

 

Here's wishing one and all an easy year-end holiday sprinkled with good laughs, happy encounters and zero arguments or injuries.

—Perceval Press

 

How Facebook Killed the Internet

by DAVID ROVICS

December 24, 2014, © Counterpunch

Facebook killed the internet, and I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of people didn't even notice.

I can see the look on many of your faces, and hear the thoughts. Someone's complaining about Facebook again. Yes, I know it's a massive corporation, but it's the platform we're all using. It's like complaining about Starbucks. After all the independent cafes have been driven out of town and you're an espresso addict, what to do? What do you mean "killed"? What was killed?  full article>

 

Torture, Drones, and Hollywood: A Former CIA Operative Talks

By Ed Rampell on December 23, 2014, © The Progreassive

Robert Baer, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative who was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal, has a new book out, The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins (Blue Rider Press). His previous book, See No Evil, was adapted for the screen in 2005, and George Clooney won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for portraying Baer.

Since leaving the CIA Baer has become an outspoken commentator on intelligence-related matters in various venues, including CNN as its national security affairs analyst. The prescient Baer spoke with The Progressive on Dec. 18, the same day WikiLeaks disclosed a secret CIA 2009 counterinsurgency report assessing the effectiveness of "High-Value Targeting" -- an Orwellian euphemism for assassination.

In this interview, Baer candidly discusses the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report, drones, Cuba, SONY, the CIA's Hollywood influence, and his new book.  full article>

 

El ciervo que cazaban los neandertales

TERESA GUERRERO

22/12/2014, © El Mundo

Hienas, lobos, corzos, elefantes, uros (toros salvajes gigantes), jabalíes, zorros, caballos y leones habitaban el territorio que hoy es la Comunidad de Madrid hace 100.000 años. Entre los animales que probablemente convivieron con los neandertales en el Valle del Manzanares se encuentra una especie de ciervo ya extinta cuyo esqueleto completo ha sido desenterrado por primera vez en un yacimiento de Getafe.  full article>

 

Memòria amputada

Xavier Antich

22/12/2014, © La Vanguardia en català

Fa tot just un mes i mig, la justícia argentina, a través de la jutgessa María Servini, va dictar ordre de detenció, amb solicitud d'extradició, contra divuit dirigents i alts funcionaris franquistes. Entre ells, ministres com Martín Villa, Utrera Molina, Licinio de la Fuente, Carro Martínez, Sánchez-Ventura o Fernando Suárez, i jutges, militars i policies, acusats de "fets atroços de lesa humanitat" com crims, desaparicions, sostracció de menors i tortures.  full article>

 

LO INACABABLE

 

No tienes tú la culpa si en tus manos
mi amor se deshojó como una rosa:
Vendrá la primavera y habrá flores...
El tronco seco dará nuevas hojas.

 

Las lágrimas vertidas se harán perlas
de un collar nuevo; romperá la sombra
un sol precioso que dará a las venas
la savia fresca, loca y bullidora.

 

Tú seguirás tu ruta; yo la mía
y ambos, libertos, como mariposas
perderemos el polen de las alas
y hallaremos más polen en la flora.

 

Las palabras se secan como ríos
y los besos se secan como rosas,
pero por cada muerte siete vidas
buscan los labios demandando aurora.

 

Mas... ¿lo que fue? ¡Jamás se recupera!
¡Y toda primavera que se esboza
es un cadáver más que adquiere vida
y es un capullo más que se deshoja!

 

Alfonsina Storni

 

FELICITACIONES AL REAL MADRID CLUB DE FÚTBOL POR GANAR EL MUNDIAL DE CLUBES.

Merecido el triunfo, imparable el equipo dirigido por Carlo Ancelotti. Grande Sergio Ramos, salvándole las papas a una delantera neutralizada por un rival muy luchador. ¡Hala Madrid!

 

 

 

SAN LORENZO juega hoy la Final del Mundial de Clubes en Marrakech, contra el REAL MADRID, y lo hará con todo el corazón. El rival, que no puede perder este partido sin que eso sea visto como un desastre anímico y mediático, lo hará con su ego. Así es la situación. Uno jugará al fútbol, y el otro a no perder. Voy a disfrutar cada instante con miles de Cuervos en la cancha del Grande Stade.

¡Aguante Ciclón!

 

Alzheimer's, Awareness and 'Still Alice'

Frank Bruni

DEC. 16, 2014, © The New York Times

My maternal grandmother lives in my memory as two distinct images. Two distinct people, really.

The first: She's coming off a plane, and she's in a pillbox hat, a tailored suit and white gloves. That was how she dressed to fly, back in the days when people actually dressed to fly. We'd meet her at the airport, then drive home in a car suffused with Jungle Gardenia, which wasn't just her scent. It was her armor and ecosystem, the way she told the world and reassured herself that she was a proper lady.  full article>

 

The Most Absurd Anti-Immigrant Myths Of 2014

CRISTINA LOPEZ & JESSICA TORRES

December 17, 2014, ©: MediaMatters

In 2014, right-wing media attacked immigrants and immigration reform by pushing baseless claims, relying on debunked research, and using misleading statistics about immigrants and the impact of immigration on the United States. Here is a look back at the most absurd anti-immigrant myths of 2014.   full article>

 

Cruz Attacks Obama's New Cuba Policy As 'Tragic Mistake'

 

Jeb Bush on Climate Change: "I'm a Skeptic"

By James West

Tue Dec. 16, 2014, © MotherJones

Today, Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, announced that he would "actively explore" running for president in 2016. If elected, he'd have control over much of the US response to global warming. So how would Bush address the global climate crisis? With a mixture of skepticism, avoidance, and downright denial of the science - if his track record is anything to go by. Above is a quick sample of his views climate change.  full article>

 

Howard Zinn and the Joy of a Political Life

Frances Fox Piven

December 15, 2014, © The Nation

The essays of Howard Zinn collected here remind me sharply of the living man, who was my friend for many decades. Each commentary is written much as he spoke: straight-forward and to the point, invariably penetrating and well-informed, never cluttered with needless complexity or intellectual pretension. What is most distinctive about Zinn's writing is his moral passion and indignation at the corruptions and deceptions and bloodiness of the powerful; his deep empathy for the travails of ordinary people, especially people engaged in struggle. As Eric Foner comments in the final essay here, Zinn was not afraid to speak out about the difference between right and wrong.  full article>

 

Carlos Barral, editor por casualidad

Malcolm Otero Barral

18 DIC 2014, © El País

España ha sido cuna de grandes editores. Muchos han tenido que sortear escollos como la ausencia de papel en la posguerra o la censura franquista. En las situaciones más adversas siempre han estado allí, con más vocación que voluntad de negocio. A Jaume Vallcorba, José Janés o Javier Pradera no se les rendirá nunca homenaje suficiente ni ocuparán el lugar que merecen en la cultura de nuestro país.  full article>

 

Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown

Nafeez Ahmed

Thursday 12 June 2014, © The Guardian

A US Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies. The multi-million dollar programme is designed to develop immediate and long-term "warfighter-relevant insights" for senior officials and decision makers in "the defense policy community," and to inform policy implemented by "combatant commands."   full article>

 

Queridos Cuervos de la delegación que viaja a Marrakech el 11 de diciembre de 2014,

Hace un año, una semana antes de jugar el último partido del torneo local en la cancha de Vélez, pudimos alzar una bandera del CASLA en lo más alto de las montañas Atlas de Marruecos. Y se dio: San Lorenzo Campeón.

 

(7 de diciembre, 2013)

 

Después apareció esta bandera en el Festival de Cine de Cannes, en mayo, con nuestros ojos puestos en la Copa Libertadores. Y también se dio.

 

(17 de mayo, 2014)

 

Hace unos días la misma bandera fue vista en la histórica plaza de Djema el Fnaa, y unas 15 mil personas pudieron oír que los Cuervos esperábamos celebrar en el mismo lugar, el 20 de diciembre, un campeonato mundial.

 

(7 de diciembre, 2014)

 

O sea que los colores del Ciclón ya llegaron a la cima desde donde se puede ver toda Marrakech. Pase lo que pase la semana que viene en la semifinal y la final del Mundial, ustedes los jugadores y el equipo técnico que representan el orgullo y las esperanzas de todos los hinchas Cuervos, van a llegar este jueves a una tierra que ya conoce a San Lorenzo, que sabe que se viene el Campeón de América, y que:

 

¡Buen viaje!

 

Un fuerte abrazo.

Viggo

 

 

(Jean Béliveau)

 

Jean Béliveau, beloved Canadiens hockey legend, dead at 83

Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau has passed away at the age of 83, the NHL team announced Tuesday night.

He won 10 Stanley Cups as a player and earned the nickname Le Gros Bill (after a Quebec folk hero), but both on and off the ice Béliveau was better known for his skill, sportsmanship and a gentlemanly air that very nearly made him Canada's Governor General in 1994.  full article>

 

Yo al presidente del Celta no tengo nada que decirle.

Sergio Ramos, preguntado por el tema Mourinho, 29/11/2014

 

Tikhonov, extinction d'un ours colère

Grégory SCHNEIDER

25 novembre 2014, © Libération

Dix ans après la mort du directeur musical de l'orchestre philharmonique de Cleveland George Szell, ses anciens musiciens s'étaient réunis, revêtant leur frac de concert pour... savourer une coupe de champagne ensemble, fêtant ainsi la détestation d'un chef d'orchestre considéré par eux comme un être exécrable et un tyran. Tyran dont le legs musical comprend pourtant d'innombrables merveilles et qui fit de l'orchestre l'un des meilleurs du monde au fil des vingt-quatre années de son règne intransigeant.  full article>

 

Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.

David Cronenberg

 

El horror que quedó filmado

Jueves, 27 de noviembre de 2014, © Página/12

Las imágenes impresionan. Nancy Chamula se encuentra en un local, su lugar de trabajo, cuando su ex marido ingresa, rodea un mostrador y comienza a increparla en forma verbal. El hombre camina hacia la puerta como si fuera a retirarse, pero regresa a los gritos. Enseguida, la arrincona y comienza a darle patadas y golpes de puño de manera salvaje. Cuando intuye que la mujer intenta llegar a un teléfono que tiene cerca, vuelve a golpearla. La grabación es parte de los registros que efectuaron las cámaras de videovigilancia del negocio hace un año y medio. El martes, la víctima, oriunda de la ciudad de Oberá, Misiones, decidió subirlas a YouTube, luego de volver a ser atacada el fin de semana pasado. El agresor es un reconocido empresario local que tiene al menos tres causas de violencia de género.  full article>

 

Do you remember when you found out you wouldn't live forever? People don't talk about this, but everybody had to go through it because you're not born with that knowledge.

David Cronenberg

 

The Final Indian War in America About to Begin

By Tim Giago

November 17, 2014, © Red Power Media

South Dakota's Republican leadership of John Thune and Kristi Noem always march lockstep with the other Republican robots. Neither of them care that South Dakota's largest minority, the people of the Great Sioux Nation, diametrically oppose the Pipeline and they also fail to understand the determination of the Indian people to stop it.  full article>

 

Las barras bravas sangran por dentro

Rodolfo Chisleanschi

27 NOV 2014, © El País

River Plate y Boca Juniors definirán esta madrugada (20.45, hora argentina) un puesto en la final de la Copa Sudamericana, en la enésima versión de un clásico ancestral. Pero a la tensión habitual de estos duelos, ya de por sí exacerbada tras el bronco 0-0 de la ida, se le ha sumado otro factor de preocupación: los ecos del brutal choque entre las dos facciones internas de la barra brava del River, el martes por la tarde dentro de las propias instalaciones del club.  full article>

 

La conversion éclair de Mickaël Dos Santos

Par Soren Seelow

20.11.2014, © LE MONDE

Maria Dos Santos a 71 ans. Elle a quitté la région de Lisbonne à l'âge de 25 ans pour "faire des ménages" en France. Après une vie de labeur, elle est aujourd'hui à la retraite. Elle regardait tranquillement "Antenne 2", mercredi 19 novembre, quand elle a vu la photo de Mickaël s'afficher sur l'écran. Malgré son bonnet noir et sa longue barbe, elle a immédiatement reconnu son petit-fils. Dans le poste de télévision, le journaliste a prononcé les mots "décapitation", "djihad", "Syrie"... Elle a aussitôt appelé sa fille Ana, 49 ans, la mère de Mickaël.  full article>

 

"Lo blando es más fuerte que lo duro; el agua es más fuerte que la roca, el amor es más fuerte que la violencia."

Hermann Hesse

 

Into the Woods, With Sketchpad

By ROBERTA SMITH

NOV. 20, 2014,© The New York Times

Nearly a century and a half after his death, the 19th-century French landscape painter Théodore Rousseau is having his first retrospective in the United States. "The Untamed Landscape: Théodore Rousseau and the Path to Barbizon," at the Morgan Library & Museum, features only drawings and oil studies — a total of 65 — but it's an incisive prism for examining his sensibility and achievement. Rousseau (1812-67) could overwork his paintings, but he rarely missed on paper.  full article>

 

"L'être que je serai après la mort n'a pas plus de raisons de se souvenir de l'homme que je suis depuis ma naissance que ce dernier ne se souvient de ce que j'ai été avant elle."

Marcel Proust

 

Behind the Urbane Wit, a Crackling Fervor for His Art

By BEN BRANTLEY

NOV. 20, 2014,© The New York Times

When the lights are dimmed on Broadway Friday night in honor of the director Mike Nichols, who died on Wednesday at 83, the neighborhood where he plied his trade for half a century will feel even darker than usual. Mr. Nichols emanated a luminous glamour that was once commonplace in the theater, but now flickers only fitfully in an increasingly corporate, profit-driven, financially anxious world.  full article>

 

Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

November 20, 2014, © NPR.org

When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) first entered politics in the 1960s, he started out as moderate — pro-abortion rights, pro-union, in support of the civil rights movement. With time, McConnell shifted to the right as the Republican Party shifted.

"I was just really startled by this when I started looking into it," Alec MacGillis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I knew that he had started out as somewhat more moderate — but I didn't realize just how moderate he really was."  full article>

 

El caos de la Liga argentina

Juan Morenilla

16 NOV 2014, © El País

La "locura" ha echado raíces en la Liga argentina, desnortada por los continuos cambios de formato, perdida en busca de una identidad. La Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA) aprobó la semana pasada el aumento de 20 a 30 equipos para la competición en 2015, pero todavía debe decidir cómo hará digerible ese bocado tan pesado: si en un torneo largo a una vuelta de febrero a diciembre o a la europea, a partir de mitad del año. La confusión se ha multiplicado desde el fallecimiento hace casi cuatro meses de Julio Grondona, el presidente que marcaba el camino del fútbol argentino desde hace 35 años. Su último capricho fue una Liga de 30 equipos, y nadie osó rechistar. Pero, ausente el jefe, todos gritan ahora en las reuniones, y los propios dirigentes ya piensan cómo deshacer el entuerto.  full article>

 

"It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream."

Edgar Allan Poe

 

Thalidomide: how men who blighted lives of thousands evaded justice

Harold Evans

Friday 14 November 2014, © The Guardian

The dark shadow of thalidomide is still with us. The original catastrophe maimed 20,000 babies and killed 80,000: it remains the greatest manmade global disaster. Now evidence has been uncovered that the pharmaceutical outrage – it is nothing less – was compounded by a judicial scandal that has suppurated all these years.   full article>

 

"But as, in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so, in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been."

Edgar Allan Poe

 

First Snowden. Then tracking you on wheels. Now spies on a plane. Yes, surveillance is everywhere

Trevor Timm

Saturday 15 November 2014, © The Guardian

US government-owned airplanes that can cover most of the continental United States are covertly flying around the country, spying on tens of thousands of innocent people's cellphones. It sounds like a movie plot, but in a remarkable report published on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal exposed that these spy planes are part of an actual mass surveillance program overseen by the Justice Department (DOJ). And it's been kept secret from the public for years.   full article>

 

"Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant."

Edgar Allan Poe

 

"Man is a dog's ideal of what God should be."

André Malraux

 

The Political Duopoly Must be Smashed

by ANDREW LEVINE

November 14-16, 2014, © Counterpunch

The midterms went badly for Democrats; they deserved it. Because American politics suffers under a duopoly party system, the election went well for Republicans.

The Republicans did not deserve it. Many, maybe most, of the people who voted for them would agree.  full article>

 

"The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our nothingness."

André Malraux

 

The Bases of War in the Middle East

David Vine

November 13, 2014, © The Nation

With the launch of a new US-led war in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State (IS), the United States has engaged in aggressive military action in at least thirteen countries in the Greater Middle East since 1980. In that time, every American president has invaded, occupied, bombed or gone to war in at least one country in the region. The total number of invasions, occupations, bombing operations, drone assassination campaigns and cruise missile attacks easily runs into the dozens.  full article>

 

"An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please."

André Malraux

 

Stephen Colbert Mocks Conservative Media Campaign To Scandalize Gruber's Obamacare Comments

From the November 13 edition of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report:

 

"Un homme est la somme de ses actes, de ce qu'il fait, de ce qu'il peut faire. Rien d'autre."

André Malraux

 

El juego del tobogán

NICOLAS BERARDO

Martes, 11 de Noviembre 2014, © Olé

Parece mentira, pero es más verdad de lo que pensamos, o de lo que queremos creer. Cuervos, cuando parece que llegamos arriba y nos animamos al festejo, de golpe estamos de nuevo en el tobogán, bajando a mil por hora, pidiéndole a Francisco no estrellarnos contra la arena. Entonces, sólo deseamos aterrizar lo más suave posible para tratar de pararnos como podemos y seguir en el juego, de alguna manera, como venga. Pero, mientras el protocolo desgastante se repite una, y otra, y otra vez, el countdown para Marruecos va perdiendo decimales y los errores son casi siempre los mismos: un desajuste en el fondo y patapúfete, al piso, gol rival y a sacar del medio.

El catálogo de fallas exhibe variedad: desde la sombra sin marca de Cavallaro en el 1-0 (una ingenuidad), pasando por los déficit para controlar a los habilidosos ajenos. Maxi Rodríguez es crack, nadie lo discute, pero no se compara con lo que nos puede tocar enfrentar en diciembre: si nos toca cruzarnos con ese portugués de jopo del que tanto habla el mundo (el verdadero Ronaldo es el gordo, con todo respeto a Cristiano), la vamos a pasar un poquito mal. Sin embargo, tampoco debemos apagar nuestras ilusiones como si apretáramos un pucho consumido contra el piso. Todavía nos quedan cuatro partidos antes del Mundial. Y anoche no estuvieron Ortigoza, ni Barrientos (ponete bien, crack, que te necesitamos), ni Romagnoli. Además, Cauteruccio, por suerte, está encendido. Con todos, esperemos, será otra cosa. Nosotros, Cuervos, vamos a alentar. De eso nunca quedan dudas...  full article>

 

Climate Crisis, the Deindustrialization Imperative and the Jobs vs. Environment Dilemma

By Richard Smith

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, © Truthout

Since the 1990s, climate scientists have been telling us that unless we suppress the rise of carbon dioxide emissions, we run the risk of crossing critical tipping points that could unleash runaway global warming, and precipitate the collapse of civilization and perhaps even our own extinction. To suppress those growing emissions, climate scientists and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have called on industrialized nations to slash their carbon dioxide emissions by 80 to 90 percent by 2050.  full article>

 

 

Extremo

 

o extremo
da generosidade
e da arrogância
faz
com que
cada
um
seja
benditamente
mais estúpido
do que
o
outro

 

seja,
um,
cada um,
benditamente,
mais
tonto
que
o outro

 

Carla Queiroz, Angola, 2001

 

 

La policía no detendrá a los 20 cargos franquistas como pide Interpol

Natalia Junquera / Jesús Duva Madrid

12 NOV 2014, © El País

La policía española no tiene previsto detener a los 19 excargos franquistas reclamados desde Argentina e imputados por crímenes de lesa humanidad y torturas, a pesar de la orden de Interpol que ha recibido este miércoles. Tras recibir la orden, la Policía se ha limitado a trasladarla a la Fiscalía de la Audiencia Nacional pese a que a lo largo de la tarde un portavoz había asegurado, por error, que también habían presentado una alegación ante la Secretaria General de Interpol, con sede en Lyon, en base a una resolución de 2010 de ese organismo que permite paralizar órdenes de arresto relacionadas con delitos de genocidio, crímenes contra la humanidad y de guerra si el país al que pertenece el reclamado protesta. La policía no ha dado tal paso, según aclaró más tarde, aunque tampoco piensa detener a los 19 reclamados por Argentina de momento.  full article>

 

 

L'HOMME OUVERT

 

Cet homme portait son enfance
sur son visage comme un bestiaire
il aimait ses amis
l'ortie et le lierre l'aimaient

 

Cet homme avait la vérité
enfoncée dans ses deux mains jointes
et il saignait

 

À la mère qui voulut enlever son couteau
à la fille qui voulut laver sa plaie
il dit n'empêchez pas mon soleil de marcher

 

Cet homme était juste comme une main ouverte
on se précipita sur lui
pour le guérir pour le fermer
alors il s'ouvrit davantage
il fit entrer la terre en lui

 

Comme on l'empêchait de vivre
il se fit poème et se tut

 

Comme on voulait le dessiner
il se fit arbre et se tut

 

Comme on arrachait ses branches
il se fit houille et se tut

 

Comme on creusait dans ses veines
il se fit flamme et se tut

 

Alors ses cendres dans la ville
portèrent son défi

 

Cet homme était grand comme une main ouverte.

 

Jean Sénac, Paris, 21 avril 1952

 

 

Shrinking the Empire

A Session on the Imperial Couch

By Tom Engelhardt, © Tomdispatch

(What follows is a transcript of a therapy session between the American Empire and a psychiatrist whose name we at TomDispatch have agreed not to disclose. Normally, even in an age in which privacy means ever less to anyone, we wouldn't consider publishing such a private encounter, but the probative news value of the exchange is so obvious that we decided to make an exception. The transcript has been edited only for obvious repetitions and the usual set of "ums" and "uhs." Tom)

Doctor: Would you like to tell me why you're here?

American Empire: Well, Doc, I'm feeling a little off. To tell you the truth, I'm kind of confused, even a little dizzy some of the time.

Doctor: When did you first experience symptoms of dizziness?

AE: I think it was all the pivoting that did it. First I was pivoting out of Iraq. Then I was pivoting out of Afghanistan. Then I was pivoting to Asia. Then I was secretly pivoting to Africa. Then all of a sudden I was pivoting into Iraq again, and Syria, and Afghanistan, and... well, you get the picture.

Doctor: And this left you...?

AE: Depressed. But Doc, there's a little background you need to know about the dizzying nature of my life. For almost 50 years -- this was in the last century -- I was in the marriage from hell. My partner, the Soviet Union, was a nightmare. I mean, we had a brief sunny courtship when we were more or less in love, but that only lasted the length of World War II. The minute I got home from the front, it was hell, and I'm hardly exaggerating if I tell you that, when we got to fighting, it was scorched Earth all the way. We regularly threatened to annihilate each other. It was one of those stormy relationships you could never predict in advance where this planet just isn't big enough for the two of you.

In our worst moments, I used to fantasize about the Soviet Union being obliterated, simply disappearing from the face of the Earth, but it was a fantasy, nothing more. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be free. Not in my lifetime. Then one day as 1990 ended, like some unexpected miracle, it happened. Poof! The Soviet Union was gone. I was alone and the Earth was my playground -- or so it seemed.

Doctor: Do you feel that it went to your head?

AE: It would have gone to anybody's head. I mean, people were saying the most complimentary things about me all the time. They were calling me the "sole superpower," or the planet's only "hyperpower," or its "global policeman," or... well, I don't want to go on about it, but sure, it went to my head. How would you feel if you overheard people sayingthat there had never been an empire like yours in all of history, that the Romans and the Brits were pikers by comparison?

And to make matters worse, along came George W. ("bring 'em on") Bush, Dick ("the dark side") Cheney, Donald ("sweep it all up") Rumsfeld, Condi ("mushroom cloud") Rice, and the rest of that crew. It was like being in Rome and hearing the announcer call out, "Batting cleanup, number four, Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus." I should have felt a shiver of fear. But when they explained their plans to me, they seemed so damn convincing. Loosing the U.S. military to create a Pax Americana in the Greater Middle East, and then globally -- how could any of it have gone wrong?

If you don't think I feel bitter lying here on this couch, you're no shrink. You wouldn't wish what's happened to me on some two-bit rogue state.

Doctor: It might be worth exploring that feeling of bitterness.

AE: Explore it? That's a no-brainer. One day you're on top of the world. You've just created the sort of surveillance state that would have left Joe Stalin drooling in his grave. You can listen in on a bunch of jihadis in the backlands of Yemen or the German Chancellor(which, by the way, isn't as thrilling you might imagine) or any American you want. You cansend your drones anywhere and there's no one to stop you. You can rewrite the laws to suit yourself. You're this town's only sheriff, numero uno, the Big Dog.

And ten minutes later, nothing you do -- I mean nothing, nada, zilch -- works, not an invasion, not an intervention, not an occupation, not even the simplest of helping hands, and suddenly you realize that you're down in the dumps and feeling kinda nostalgic for the old days when it was just you and the Soviet Union growling at each other.  full article>

 

VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY 10TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE-NEW YORK

A special evening of music and readings to celebrate the tenth-anniversary edition of Voices of a People's History of the United States and launch the third - and updated - edition of this acclaimed book by Howard Zinn (1922-2010) and Anthony Arnove.

VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY 10TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE-LOS ANGELES

 

A Changing Omo River Valley

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, © International Rivers

"People of our village and other villages, we don't want to lose this river, to lose our land, our forests. This is our original place. What would you think if someone came to your home area and said, 'You go, I want to take your home and land for my own project?' Would you like that if someone came and just moved you from your home, from your land? Would you like that? That is what is waiting us. What we know is we just have to wait and see what is going to happen with this river. If the government comes, they should just kill us, here, next to our river."

- Kara woman from Lower Omo Valley, interviewed by Jane Baldwin

Since 2005, photographer Jane Baldwin has been making annual trips to the Omo River Valley to document the lives of women in this remote part of Ethiopia. Her multimedia project about the Omo River cultures from the women's point of view, Kara Women Speak, documents the human rights and environmental issues that now threaten their way of life. Baldwin's Notes from the Field report documents her impressions about the industrialization of the Omo Valley and its dramatic impacts on local women, as well as the voices of the Kara women she's come to know and respect in the past decade.  full article>

 

The Dying Israeli-Palestinian 'Peace Process'

By Lawrence Davidson

November 7, 2014, © Contsortiumnews.com

An intractable process, one that never seems to resolve itself, is either no process at all or a fraudulent one contrived to hide an ulterior motive. The so-called Israeli-Palestinian (at one time the Israeli-Arab) "peace process," now in its sixth decade (counting from 1948) or fourth decade (counting from 1967), is and probably always has been just such a fraud.  full article>

 

Network News Silent On Climate Change In Election Coverage

DENISE ROBBINS

November 9, 2014, © Media Matters

This year's midterm election campaigns were filled with promises to dismantle climate change policies, at a time when climate action is more important than ever. But even against the backdrop of record-breaking temperatures, recent landmark climate reports, and candidates denying climate change, the broadcast networks ignored the implications of climate change in their evening news coverage of the midterms.  full article>

 

The Mystery of Ray McGovern's Arrest

By Ray McGovern

November 8, 2014, © Contsortiumnews.com

Why, I asked myself, would the New York City police arrest me and put me in The Tombs overnight, simply because a security officer at the 92nd Street Y told them I was "not welcome" and should be denied entry to a talk by retired General David Petraeus? In my hand was a ticket for which I had reluctantly shelled out $50.

I had hoped to hear the photogenic but inept Petraeus explain why the Iraqi troops, which he claimed to have trained so well, had fled northern Iraq leaving their weapons behind at the first whiff of Islamic State militants earlier this year. I even harbored some slight hope that the advertised Q & A might afford hoi polloi like me the chance to ask him a real question.  full article>

 

"LOIN DES HOMMES", 8/11/2014-

Message pour Les Journées Cinématographiques d'Alger:

 

 

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

By Matt Taibbi

November 6, 2014, © RollingStone

She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it anymore.

"It was like watching an old lady get mugged on the street," she says. "I thought, 'I can't sit by any longer.'"

Fleischmann is a tall, thin, quick-witted securities lawyer in her late thirties, with long blond hair, pale-blue eyes and an infectious sense of humor that has survived some very tough times. She's had to struggle to find work despite some striking skills and qualifications, a common symptom of a not-so-common condition called being a whistle-blower.  full article>

 

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Republicans, Meet Science

Frank Bruni

NOV. 4, 2014, © The New York Times

Just days before the midterm elections, we got the latest alarm: The globe is heating up like a griddle, and we're just lolling here like eggs.

This happened on Sunday, when a United Nations panel issued what The Times called its "starkest warning yet." But while the report made headlines, it didn't make the campaign. Like other big issues being shelved for some later, scarier day, climate change wasn't high on the agenda, especially for Republicans.  full article>

 

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

Albert Camus

 

Edward Snowden: A 'Nation' Interview

Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen

October 28, 2014, © The Nation

On October 6, Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen (professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University and Princeton) sat down in Moscow for a wide-ranging discussion with Edward Snowden. Throughout their nearly four-hour conversation, which lasted considerably longer than planned (see below for audio excerpts), the youthful-appearing Snowden was affable, forthcoming, thoughtful and occasionally humorous. Among other issues, he discussed the price he has paid for speaking truth to power, his definition of patriotism and accountability, and his frustration with America's media and political system. The interview has been edited and abridged for publication, compressing lengthy conversations about technological issues that Snowden has discussed elsewhere.  full article>

 

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.

Albert Camus

 

Kobani Kurds Expose the Hypocrisy of the Coalition Against ISIS
ISIS: the Useful Enemy

by ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH

OCT 31-NOV 02, 2014, © Counterpunch

The dark force of ISIS is apparently an invincible and unstoppable war juggernaut that is mercilessly killing and conquering in pursuit of establishing an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In reality, however, it is not as out of control as it appears. It is, indeed, carefully controlled and managed by its creators and supporters, that is, by the United States and its allies in the regions—those who now pretend to have established a coalition to fight it! The U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and other allies in the region do not really need to fight ISIS to (allegedly) destroy it; all they need to do to extinguish its hellish flames is stop supplying fuel for its fire, that is, stop supplying it with funds, mercenaries, military training and armaments.

There are many ways to show the fact that, in subtle ways, ISIS benefactors control its operations and direct its activities in accordance with their own geopolitical interests. One way is to pay attention to its purported mission: to dismantle the corrupt and illegitimate regimes in Iraq and Syria and replace them with a "pure" Islamic state under the rule of a "pious caliphate." Despite this professed mission to fight the dictatorial regimes that have tarnished Islam, however, ISIS does not question the most corrupt, dictatorial and illegitimate regimes in the region—such as the Saudi, Qatari, Kuwaiti and Jordanian regimes that fund and arm its operations.

Another way is to compare ISIS's attack (in early August) on the Iraqi Kurds in Irbil with its current attack on the Syrian Kurds in Kobani. When Irbil came under attack by ISIS, the U.S. unleashed the full force of its air power in concert with the Kurdish peshmerga fighters to repel the attack.

By contrast, while the Kurdish city of Kobani in Northern Syria is being attacked by the disproportionately better armed forces of ISIS, and thousands of its besieged residents face certain mass killings if it falls, the forces of the "coalition to fight ISIS" are watching—in effect, playing a game of hide-and-seek, or perhaps trick-or-treat, with ISIS—as the outgunned and outmanned Kurdish forces are valiantly fighting to death against the attackers. Only occasionally the coalition forces carry out bombing missions that seem to be essentially theatrical, or just for the record.  full article>

 

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.

Albert Camus

 

US Sends Planes Armed With Depleted Uranium to Middle East

By David Swanson

Thursday, 30 October 2014, © Truthout

The US Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them.

A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the Middle East by the US Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing, is responsible for more Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination than any other platform, according to the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). "Weight for weight and by number of rounds more 30mm PGU-14B ammo has been used than any other round," said ICBUW coordinator Doug Weir, referring to ammunition used by A-10s, as compared to DU ammunition used by tanks.  full article>

 

No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people.

Albert Camus

 

The National Security State Has Filled Us With Fear but Not Improved Our Well-Being

By Tom Engelhardt

Sunday, 02 November 2014, © Truthout

The Shadow Government's Secret Religion

In a 1950s civics textbook of mine, I can remember a Martian landing on Main Street, USA, to be instructed in the glories of our political system. You know, our tripartite government, checks and balances, a miraculous set of rights, and vibrant democracy. There was, Americans then thought, much to be proud of, and so for that generation of schoolchildren, many Martians were instructed in the American way of life. These days, I suspect, not so many.  full article>

 

Mexico's 43 missing students are victims of America's war on drugs

Amanda Taub

October 30, 2014, © Vox

The United States' war on drugs isn't just doing damage within the US: it's helping to drive appalling atrocities in Mexico and Central America. Torture, forced disappearances, violence used to silence and punish dissent — these are crimes most commonly associated with civil wars, brutal dictatorships, or terrorist insurgencies. But drug cartels and criminal gangs are using those same tactics throughout much of Central America today, as a direct result of American policies in the war on drugs.  full article>

 

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.

Albert Camus

 

Freedom of the Press

Petition by Baylan Hefferman

© MoveOn.org

To be delivered to The Colorado State House, The Colorado State Senate, Governor John Hickenlooper, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama

Larimer County Clerk Angelea Myers, a Republican, ordered that copies of the Rocky Mountain Collegian, the student newspaper for Colorado State University, be removed from newsstands at the school's student center. This is all due to the fact that the Rocky Mountain Collegian is running a story on incumbent Senator Mark Udall - Democrat, Colorado.  full article>

 

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.

Albert Camus

 

Why is there such an explosion of violence across the Middle East? Here's an alternative view...

Robert Fisk

Friday 31 October 2014, © The Independent

Why such an epic explosion of violence? It feels strange to ask these questions of Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, one of President Bashar al-Assad's close advisers and former translator to his father, Hafez. Her office is spotless, flowers on the table, her female secretary preparing a morning round-up of the world's press on the Middle East, the coffee hot and sweet. At one point, when she spoke of the destruction in Syria and the mass attacks on the region's Arab armies, it was difficult to believe that this was Damascus and that a few hundred miles to the east Isis have been cutting the throats of their hostages. Indeed, Shaaban finds it difficult even to define what Isis really is.  full article>

 

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

Albert Camus

 

Republicans Smear Mary Burke, Sneer at Minimum Wage

By Ruth Conniff

October 31, 2014, © The Progressive

Silly season is almost over.

But in these waning days before the November 4 election, Republicans are getting in their last shots at Democrats, voters, and workers who must survive on the minimum wage.

In Wisconsin, the rightwing news outlet Wisconsin Reporter ran a story this week claiming that Scott Walker's opponent Mary Burke was fired for incompetence from her job at her family business, the Trek bicycle company.  full article>

 

Integrity has no need of rules.

Albert Camus

 

49 Orgs Call on Congress to Restore Whistleblower Rights for Intelligence Contractors

Sarah Damian

Oct. 30, 2014, © Whistleblower.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress should quickly restore whistleblower rights for government contractors who work in the intelligence community (IC), 49 ideologically diverse organizations and the Make It Safe Coalition told lawmakers in a letter today.

The letter, which was sent to the chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Committees on Armed Services, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, cautioned that IC contractors are defenseless against retaliation when they disclose government waste, fraud, abuse, gross mismanagement or a violation of law. Passage of an amendment (SA 3711) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2015 put forth by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) would fix that.  full article>

 

There is no love of life without despair of life.

Albert Camus

 

Cultura de la libertad, cultura del sometimiento

Por José Pablo Feinmann

Domingo, 02 de noviembre de 2014, Página/12

Sería perder el tiempo indagar en Tinelli como persona. No sé cuál fue el año –éste o el anterior– en que abrió su temporada con un rating que conmovió a todos. El número del éxito abrumador rondaba o se acercaba (como resultado de un milagro que nadie había previsto) al 50 por ciento. Se instaló una certeza: la mitad del país miraba a Tinelli. ¿Qué ofrecía? Basura. He analizado programas suyos buscando algo, un más allá de la pavada, de lo guaso, lo soez, lo ridículo o lo pornográfico. Nunca lo encontré. Su aspecto es agradable. Tiene una sonrisa que podría lucir en otro contexto. Pero se empeña en ser –cada vez con mayor convicción– lo que viene siendo desde dos largas décadas. Fruto de la devastación cultural del menemismo, sigue ejerciendo esa estética con las permisividades que los tiempos le abren. Su torpeza como conductor lo lleva al exceso de casi meterse el micrófono cerca de alguna muela y además gritar.  full article>

 

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.

Albert Camus

 

Chaque être est détruit quand nous cessons de le voir; puis son apparition suivante est une création nouvelle, différente de celle qui l'a immédiatement précédée, sinon de toutes.

Marcel Proust

 

En Cisjordanie, le spectre de l'Intifada

par Olivier Pironet,

Octobre 2014, © Le Monde diplomatique

En arrivant à Naplouse, dans le nord de la Cisjordanie, une odeur âcre de pneus brûlés envahit les narines. Les volutes de fumée noire dégagées par le caoutchouc en flammes et les pierres jonchant le sol obligent le chauffeur du taxi collectif à ralentir. Plusieurs dizaines de Palestiniens, en majorité des chebab ("jeunes"), se sont rassemblés pour protester contre le meurtre, deux jours auparavant, d'Alaa Awad, un commerçant de 30 ans. Ce père de deux enfants a été abattu par des soldats israéliens alors qu'il passait à pied devant le poste militaire de Zaatara — un des fortins installés par Israël aux abords de Naplouse pour "protéger" les colonies juives qui entourent la ville —, près duquel il devait aller récupérer une livraison de téléphones portables.  full article>

 

On ne connaît pas son bonheur. On n'est jamais aussi malheureux qu'on croit.

Marcel Proust

 

A Hayange, les tristes cochonnailles du FN

Abdelkader Djemaï

26.10.2014, © LE MONDE

A l'ombre des hauts-fourneaux aujourd'hui éteints dans une ville frappée par la crise qui a facilité son élection, Fabien Engelmann, le maire FN d'Hayange, a tenté dernièrement de raviver avec des allumettes mouillées le feu de la discorde et de la haine. Mais cet écran de fumée, qui ne trompe que ses partisans, est destiné à masquer les accusations d'irrégularités sur le financement de sa campagne portées contre lui par son ancienne première adjointe.  full article>

 

La vie est semée de ces miracles que peuvent toujours espérer les personnes qui aiment.

Marcel Proust

 

"Guerre contre le terrorisme", acte III

par Alain Gresh

Octobre 2014, © Le Monde diplomatique

Qu'on ne s'y trompe pas. C'est à une relance de la "guerre contre le terrorisme" que l'on assiste au Proche-Orient, dans la droite ligne de la croisade déclenchée par le président George W. Bush au lendemain des attentats du 11 septembre 2001. Lors de son accession à la Maison Blanche, M. Barack Obama avait procédé à des révisions indispensables après les échecs cuisants subis en Irak et en Afghanistan. Son administration avait banni l'expression "guerre contre le terrorisme" et, surtout, s'était engagée à extirper les Etats-Unis de ces deux bourbiers. Ces évolutions reflétaient aussi une fatigue de l'opinion américaine devant des interventions aussi coûteuses en vies humaines qu'onéreuses.  full article>

 

Savoir qu'on n'a plus rien à espérer n'empêche pas de continuer à attendre.

Marcel Proust

 

Israel planea ampliar con mil casas más las colonias de Jerusalén Este

Carmen Rengel

27 OCT 2014, © El País

El Gobierno de Israel ha ordenado planificar 1.060 viviendas más en los territorios ocupados por Israel. Con ello, el primer ministro busca contentar a los ultranacionalistas de Casa Judía —socios en el Gobierno—, si bien los ministros más centristas de la coalición critican la medida. Benjamín Netanyahu da este paso frente a las críticas internacionales. "Lucharemos contra cualquiera que nos dicte condiciones", advirtió ayer en un claro mensaje a Estados Unidos, que, junto con la UE y la ONU, han criticado la ampliación de las colonias. Desde Bruselas, una portavoz de la jefa de la diplomacia comunitaria, Catherine Ashton, pidió a Israel que dé marcha atrás "urgentemente" en la decisión, "poco juiciosa e inoportuna".  full article>

 

Du star-système au système D par Carlos Pardo

Octobre 2014, © Le Monde diplomatique

Il y a comme une tendance à la morosité dans le paysage cinématographique français. Le bilan de l'année 2013 enregistrait certes un nombre constant de films produits : deux cent neuf, dont cent cinquante-quatre intégralement financés par des sources nationales. En revanche, il soulignait une baisse de la part de marché du cinéma hexagonal, avec seulement soixante-quatre millions et demi d'entrées en France, soit 33,8 % du total — le taux le plus bas des dix dernières années — contre une moyenne de 39 % entre 2004 et 2013. Les investissements connaissent un net recul de 4,3 %, alors qu'ils progressaient à un rythme annuel de 1,5 % depuis 2004. L'année 2014 n'incite pas davantage à l'optimisme : le nombre de tournages déclarés au premier semestre est en baisse de 32 % par rapport à la même période en 2013.  full article>

 

Le souvenir d'une certaine image n'est que le regret d'un certain instant.

Marcel Proust

 

Book Review: 'My Grandfather's Galler' by Anne Sinclair

Hugh Eakin

Oct. 10, 2014, © The Wall Street Journal

In November 2013, German tax authorities revealed that they had found more than 1,200 works of art, many of them looted from Jewish collections during World War II, in the Munich apartment of an elderly recluse named Cornelius Gurlitt. The discovery of a fresh trove of Holocaust-era art, years after Germany was supposed to have addressed the issue, was shocking, and the story riveted the international media for weeks. Less noted, however, were Mr. Gurlitt's aesthetic predilections: His collection included works by such leading figures of the Modern avant-garde as Picasso, Max Beckmann, Marc Chagall, Max Liebermann and Emil Nolde.   full article>

 

En memoria de Roberto Telch

19/10/2014, © Mundoazulgrana

En el acto estuvieron presentes el presidente Matías Lammens, el secretario Miguel Mastrosimone y el vocal César Francis en representación de la Comisión Directiva; y el manager Bernardo Romeo en nombre del plantel profesional.

Además se hicieron presentes miembros del Departamento de Relaciones Institucionales; autoridades de la capilla y referentes de las Subcomisiones de Fútbol Juvenil y del Fútbol Recreativo quienes con la mayoría de todos sus chicos participaron respetuosamente de la ceremonia.

La esposa, hija y nieta del recordado Roberto Telch recibieron el profundo pesar de algunos de sus compañeros presentes como Alberto Rendo, Sergio Villar, Héctor Scotta, Oscar Ortiz, Juan Carlos Carotti, Enrique Chazarreta y Antonio García Ameijenda.

El aplauso cerrado y respetuoso, tras finalizar la misa, cerró el homenaje a uno de los más queridos jugadores que vistió la camiseta azulgrana.   full article>

 

Una insólita amistad

Rocío Montes

19 OCT 2014, © El País

Resulta desconcertante mirado desde nuestra época, pero nunca fue un secreto: la dictadura de Francisco Franco en España y la democracia marxista de Salvador Allende en Chile gozaron de estupendas relaciones entre 1970 y 1973, hasta que el golpe de Estado acabó con el Gobierno socialista de la Unidad Popular (UP). "Es un momento en el que se unen los opuestos radicales. Esta historia se produjo en un periodo absolutamente vertiginoso de Chile y de España y entraña una contradicción que es muy difícil de digerir, tanto para la izquierda como para la derecha. Por tanto, se impuso la amnesia, el olvido", señala la historiadora chilena María José Henríquez, que acaba de publicar en Chile el libro ¡Viva la verdadera amistad! Franco y Allende, 1970-1973 (Editorial Universitaria), una investigación extensa en la que relata pasajes incómodos y exquisitos de esta extraña cofradía.  full article>

 

Why You Can Hardly Believe a Word of What You Read About ISIS

by WILLIAM BLUM

OCTOBER 17-19, 2014, © Counterpunch

You can't believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS).

You can't believe a word France or the United Kingdom say about ISIS.

You can't believe a word Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, or the United Arab Emirates say about ISIS. Can you say for sure which side of the conflict any of these mideast countries actually finances, arms, or trains, if in fact it's only one side? Why do they allow their angry young men to join Islamic extremists? Why has NATO-member Turkey allowed so many Islamic extremists to cross into Syria? Is Turkey more concerned with wiping out the Islamic State or the Kurds under siege by ISIS? Are these countries, or the Western powers, more concerned with overthrowing ISIS or overthrowing the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad?

You can't believe the so-called "moderate" Syrian rebels. You can't even believe that they are moderate. They have their hands in everything, and everyone has their hands in them.

Iran, Hezbollah and Syria have been fighting ISIS or its precursors for years, but the United States refuses to join forces with any of these entities in the struggle. Nor does Washington impose sanctions on any country for supporting ISIS as it quickly did against Russia for its alleged role in Ukraine.

The groundwork for this awful mess of political and religious horrors sweeping through the Middle East was laid – laid deeply – by the United States during 35 years (1979-2014) of overthrowing the secular governments of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. (Adding to the mess in the same period we should not forget the US endlessly bombing Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.) You cannot destroy modern, relatively developed and educated societies, ripping apart the social, political, economic and legal fabric, torturing thousands, killing millions, and expect civilization and human decency to survive.   full article>

 

Dan Mills | George Billis Gallery

October-28th-November 22, 2014

George Billis Gallery is pleased to welcome Dan Mills and his work to the New York location. The exhibition will run from October 28th through November 22nd, 2014. The opening reception will be held at the gallery located at 525 West 26th Street between 10th and 11th avenues on Thursday, October 30th, from 6-8 pm.

Dan Mills' work is a direct reflection of what interests him. Currently, his work has included cartography and abstract ways of codifying information while including history, humour, political and cartoon portraits, and abstraction. Mills uses maps and transforms them to create something new. The abstractions and colors are eye-catching, and they remind the viewer of the deception of mapping systems.    more info...

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Se fue Roberto "El Oveja" Telch, una leyenda del Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro. Un caballero dentro y fuera de la cancha, y sin duda el mejor volante de la historia del club. Nuestro "cinco" por excelencia fue cuatro veces campeón con el CASLA, y también jugó para Argentina en el Mundial de 1974.

 

(Con Babington en el Mundial de 1974)

 

También jugó para Argentina en 1964, durante la Copa de las Naciones. Entro por Agustín Mesiano en el once inicial después de que este jugador sufriera un violento cabezazo en un partido contra Brasil jugado en São Paulo. Mesiano lo marcaba tan bien a Pelé que el "10" de la Canarinha se frustró y le destrozó el tabique nasal con un testarazo descomunal. ¿La FIFA lo sancionó y lo echó del fútbol por unos meses al delantero brasileño, como hicieron con Luis Suárez por su mordisquito en el reciente Mundial? No, señor. En todo caso, ahí en Brasil hace cincuenta años, Telch tuvo su oportunidad con la Albiceleste, y en la final metió dos goles en la victoria por 3-0 al equipo de Pelé. En ese momento el Oveja era uno de los Carasucias de Boedo, jugando con leyendas como el Loco Doval y el Bambino Veira. Luego salió campeón como miembro de los inolvidables Matadores en 1968, 1972 y 1974.

 

(El "5" Matador, 1968)

 

Una de las últimas veces que lo vi fue cuando lo llevé en auto a él y al Sapo Villar, su gran amigo y compañero en el equipo de los Matadores, y a Marcela Nicolau, la jefa de prensa del CASLA, a Lanús para ver un partido entre el Ciclón y el Granate. Fue un verdadero placer escucharlos hablar del San Lorenzo actual y de sus experiencias con el club durante los años '60 y '70. No lo conocí muy bien al Oveja -solamente pude hablar con él en cuatro o cinco ocasiones- pero me di cuenta enseguida que era una persona especial, muy atento a los demás y con buen sentido del humor. Era un hombre de aguante, valiente y discreto. Como tantos Cuervos, lo voy a extrañar muchísimo. A ver si San Lorenzo gana el Mundialito en diciembre y se lo dedica a Roberto Telch.

 

(El Sapo y el Oveja)

 

Te mandamos un fuerte y eterno abrazo, Oveja.

Viggo.

P.D.:

Acá, con comentario del mismísimo Telch, junto a su compañero el Toscano Rendo, un video de esa gran victoria argentina de 1964:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ers0ON0q4h0

 

(Rendo y Telch en 1968)

 

P.P.D.:

Esta es una nota interesante sobre La Oveja que apareció en La Nación hace unos quince años:

 

Telch: "Del fútbol no me quedó nada"

Durante 13 años fue uno de los símbolos de San Lorenzo, en una de las épocas más gloriosas del club de Boedo; a los 55 años, alejado del deporte al que dedicó gran parte de su vida, ahora atiende un comercio para poder vivir

© La Nacion

El hombre, de unos 50 años, entra al negocio y sus ojos delatan curiosidad y excitación. Pasan unos minutos hasta que se anima a preguntar: "¿Usted es Telch, el verdadero?". "Sí, el mismo", contesta Roberto del otro lado del mostrador de la granja-carnicería que posee a unas cuadras de la estación de tren de Villa Adelina. "Pasa muy seguido, ven el cartel y entran para ver si soy yo, son personas que me vieron jugar y les cuesta creer que ahora esté acá", dice La Oveja.  full article>

 

Un homme qui a oublié les belles nuits passées au clair de lune dans les bois souffre encore des rhumatismes qu'il y a pris.

Marcel Proust

 

 

In Other Words

 

Nothing in life is to be feared.

It is only to be understood.

—MARIE CURIE

 

Nothing is easier than to

denounce the evildoer;

nothing is more difficult

than to understand him.

—FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

 

I do not study in order to know more, rather to be less ignorant.

—SOR JUANA INÉS DE LA CRUZ

 

We must make haste then,

not only because we are daily

nearer to death, but also

because the conception of

things and the understanding

of them cease first.

—MARCUS AURELIUS

MARCH 2015

$4 MONTHLY SPECIAL

In our effort to publish and distribute texts that otherwise might not be presented we are offering a monthly book selection available for $4.

This month the selection is

On The Border of Snow and Melt, Selected Poems from Georgy Ivanov. A bilingual Russian/English edition.

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Conquered people tend to

be witty.

Saul Bellow

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Words

 

Words are like days:

coloring books or pickpockets,

signposts or scratching posts,

fakirs over hot coals.

 

Certain words must be earned

just as emotions are suffered

before they can be uttered

- clean as a kept promise.

 

Words as witnesses

testifying their truths

squalid or rarefied

inevitable, irrefutable.

 

But, words must not carry

more than they can

it's not good for their backs

or their reputations.

 

For, whether they dance alone

or with an invisible partner,

every word is a cosmos

dissolving the inarticulate

 

Yahia Lababidi

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Canciones de Invierno/Winter Song Skovbo

New titles

Perceval Press is pleased to announce the release of HIJOS DE LA SELVA/SONS OF THE FOREST. The book outlines the story of German Ethnographer and explorer Max Schmidt, and includes many of the remarkable photographs that he made in the field while studying the cultures of the Mato Grosso region of Brazil and remote areas of Paraguay between 1900 and 1935.

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