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Archives from 2014
Making Liberation
In 1863, the US Civil War was raging and Black men were finally being encouraged to join the fight. Abolitionist and freed slave Frederick Douglass published a broadside titled ...
The Call of the Cicadas
Even though I first witnessed this miraculous phenomenon of nature 21 years ago this month, the memory of that anachronistic metamorphosis still lingers in my mind and was relived, albeit very briefly, just a few days ago. I...
Nisour Square Revisited
Because of the jury finding of guilty for four Blackwater contractors responsible for 17 civilian deaths in Nisour Square, Baghdad on September 16, 2007, a window has been opened—never closed in the first place, but now a useful reminder—to the widening concentric cir...
Bibi Harper’s Moment in the Sun is Already Setting
Okay, I waited a day to say this, but I can’t hold off any longer. I need to ask a simple question: Am I missing something here? What’s the story? Okay, certainly for the family and immediate friends and colleagues of Nathan Cirillo his murder is a tragedy, he...
The Problem with ‘Recognizing’ Palestine
The latest move by Britain and France to ‘recognize’ Palestine is another fabrication by the two colonial powers that perpetuates the travesty of justice in relation to Palestine committed by the same two – the Nakba of the Palestinian people. Fol...
Histories of Illusion
It is an old debate on fictions. St. Augustine, in his lengthy and at times revealing scribbles, proposed that humans were placed on this earth for a purpose. Disappointing it must be to then discover that humans have no purpose at all, the sort of accidental matter that ...
Will Seif al Islam Lead the Expulsion of the ISIS Affiliate, Al Fajr Libya?
With the Abu Baker al-Siddiq Brigade, Zintan, Libya A second interview by this observer with Seif al Islam Gadhafi, formerly the heir apparent to his father Moammar, was sought and finally arranged as a follow up to an earlier one focusing of my interest i...
Are Environmental Groups Paid Off by Big Meat?
It is often joked that even paranoids have real enemies and a case in point is the alarming new documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.  It may be paranoid to suggest that environmental groups ignore the leading cause of deforestation, methan...
The Case of the Missing Alfalfa Sprouts
“If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble. . . “the law is an ass, an idiot.” — Charles Dickens,  Oliver Twist As a reward for those who read my musings faithfully, I am always pleased when I can give them inf...
When Monsanto Owns Your Sperm
Should have learned by now but how were you supposed to know you should always read the fine print on your cereal box. You sit down at the kitchen table. Pour breakfast kibble into a bowl, add milk, and eat. That’s how it’s done. Maybe you take a glance at some...
MOM Madness Amidst Astronomical Poverty
In a macho violation of common sense and the needs of hundreds of millions of people living in crushing poverty, the ruling elite of India (that’s the government and multinational corporations who own the country) recently launched a satellite that “after a journey o...
The Return of Occupy London
Occupy is back in London, UK, with a renewed focus on politics and an ambitious vision: to galvanise a mass movement for real democracy and establish a huge People’s Assembly to debate a list of specific demands for radical political reform. This wee...
The Tell-Tale “Art”
“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?” — Macbeth I heard an odd story the other day. It’s about a man down in Texas, and I’d like to share it with you. It seems this fellow is retired, no...
Three Middle Eastern Novels
America’s destabilization of the Middle East after 9/1 has had an increasing impact on the area’s writers. I suspect that we are merely at the beginning of what we will see (and read) about what we did to the area, that the floodgates have only recently been opened. T...
Qat, Coffee & Qambus
One of the most widespread platitudes about music is that it is a universal language: thus the golden LP of the Voyager spacecraft launched in the 1970s and since last year gliding effortlessly beyond the solar system contains greetings in human languages (and the songs o...
The Forgotten Coup
Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements are recognised, if grudgingly, his mistakes noted in false sorrow. But a critical reason for his e...
Happy Black Thursday
“Frankly, we are so far off the economic rails, the locomotive is stuck in a swamp and the trailing cars are piling up around it.” Anonymous, Comments line, Naked Capitalism Since the end of the recession in 2009, investors have...
Democracy in Hong Kong
Current agitation in Hong Kong is not just about students.  It represents the culmination of years of struggle against encroaching PRC control by liberal, pro-democracy, and anti-Beijing activists, many of them adults and quite a few of them members of Hong Kong’s prof...
Dispatch From Guerrero
Acapulco. Shops are closed, with metal shutters pulled tight over the storefronts.  Government employees have be18. en given the day off and warned to stay inside. Schools are out for the day, to the delight of the children. The new car agency has e...
Police-State Rhetoric and the Ottawa Attack
Powell River, British Columbia. I expect that the reaction of most Canadians to the deadly attack on Parliament Hill (the home of our Parliament Buildings which house both the Senate and the Commons) was similar to mine: a sick feeling in the pit of my sto...
Britain’s Real Promise to Israel
The text of the letter was short and precise, leaving no room for any misinterpretation in the “promise” made by Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour to a powerful representative of the Jewish community in Britain, Lord Rothschild on a fateful day of 2 ...
Why Pro-War Pundits Are Always Wrong
There is no shortage of men and women – but mostly men, typically white – willing to write 800- to 1,000-word editorials on the need for Decisive Action or Continued Resolve in Whereverthehellistan. Some of these people are historians, some are journalists, but all ha...
How I Became Radicalized
I’m not exactly sure when I became radicalized, but it was sometime in the mid 1980s. I purposely use the term radicalize because, with the rise of globalized insurgency in general and al Qaeda and now ISIS in particular, the word has become a favorite in the media, esp...
The Dark Secrets of Appendix M
We really should be used to this by now. After almost six years in office, President Obama is far more like George W. Bush in national-security matters than he led the American people to believe. For example, the New York Times’ Charlie Savage ...
Australia and the Passing of Gough Whitlam
The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race. Gough Whitlam, Daily Telegraph, Oct 19, 1989 Hagiography is the curse of the Australian Labor movem...