“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”
The American Atheists billboard near the Lincoln Tunnel: Got more than its money’s worth of publicity over the past month
Corporations take millions of acres in Africa, displacing farmers: In countries throughout Africa, farmers are being displaced at an increasing pace as their land is being bought by or leased to multinational corporations at nominal prices. The United Nations and World Bank support the large-scale land acquisitions , arguing that, if done “equitably,” the practice could help boost worldwide food security by increasing productivity.
Editors behaving badly: The worsening journalistic disgrace at Wired – For more than six months, Wired‘s Senior Editor Kevin Poulsen has possessed — but refuses to publish — the key evidence in one of the year’s most significant political stories: the arrest of U.S. Army PFC Bradley Manning for allegedly acting as WikiLeaks’ source.
Embarrassed TSA goes after whistle-blowing pilot: He posts YouTube videos of security loopholes at SFO, and instead of remedying them, the agency attacks him.
Freedom of Expression must be respected in Wikileaks debate: In the wake of Wikileaks’ recent publications of U.S. diplomatic cables, some lawmakers have attacked newspapers’ rights to report on the information in those documents. Other government officials have cast doubt on Americans’ right to download, read, or discuss documents published by Wikileaks and even the news reporting based on those documents. Rash legislation was proposed that could limit the free speech of news reporting organizations well beyond Wikileaks. In the open letter sent Wednesday, 30 groups, including New Media Rights, urged lawmakers to remember and respect constitutional rights as Congress continues to discuss the issues at stake.
World Has Had Enough Of U.S. Imperialism: Michael Hudson concludes here with the observation that “Now that foreigners are essentially saying, we don’t want any more dollars, we’re not going to fund your deficit, all of a sudden they think: who’s going to fund the deficit if not foreign central banks? The answer is: American labor, the American middle class and working families are going to fund it, not the military.” The rest of the world has had enough of financing it’s own encirclement and subjugation by the U.S. military.
Old Fat White Conservative Christian acting like Royalty, nothing new: Corpulent unreconstructed good ol’ boy Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour apparently has a “state plane” that he uses to fly to football games with corporate executives, Politco reports today.
Internal security documents show the situation in Afghanistan deteriorating: Despite Obama’s claims to the contrary.
Education for We, the People or For Private Profit? Progressives believe that a We, the People economy works best when we act as a community where “we are all in this together,” and watch out and take care of each other. We mutually benefit from this approach: the better off we all are, the better off we all are. Conservatives, on the other hand, believe we should all be on our own, looking out for only ourselves and our families, and it is up to each of us, alone, to take “personal responsibility” for our own success.
U.S. Approved Business With Blacklisted Nations: Despite sanctions and trade embargoes, over the past decade the United States government has allowed American companies to do billions of dollars in business with Iran and other countries blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism, an examination by The New York Times has found.
Prison Populism? Tea Party Populists Keep the Races Divided for the Benefit of the Rich: Glen Beck and other right-wing manipulators are great at inflaming Tea Party-types against natural alliances across skin-color-lines thus sacrificing their self-interest in furtherance of economic interests sought by the wealthy who hold all outside their class strata with contempt. Since 99 percent of Tea Party faithful are not wealthy, they are targeted for contempt by the wealthy as surely as are the blacks and other minorities that many Tea Party members hold in contempt.
Repeal the USA Patriot Act:This is a six-part series of articles on the USA Patriot Act [Also known as House Resolution 3162, a local copy is available on ratical]: “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.” This Act, passed in response to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on our country, was passed hastily and in a time of fear. It affects all of us in some very basic and important ways.