Accountability? We don't need no steenkeen accountability!
Satirists of the brilliance expressed by
“cartoonist”) tower above the
pedestrian level of puerile infotainment pundit-commentators, providing incisive
critical analysis of actual reality transpiring on the world scene. It
was refreshing to see Mike’s March 27 “Forebears” printed
as the daily cartoon in Friday’s Boston Globe
(rest in peace
liked to point out how, ‘You don’t need to read the news
– you can get a much more accurate depiction of world events by
simply reading the cartoons!’
“In the frontier wars between 1607 and 1814, Americans forged two
elements – unlimited war and irregular war – into their first
way of war which is still their way of war. I make throughout the book,
connections between the U.S. military today and its foundation in these
unrelenting wars that actually went up through 1890 and then moved overseas
to the Philippines and the Caribbean with the same generals in the
Philippines who had been fighting the Sioux and the Cheyenne in the Northern
From the Author’s Note (page xiii):
“I’ve come to realize that a new periodization of US history is
needed that traces the Indigenous experience as opposed to the following
standard division: Colonial, Revolutionary, Jacksonian, Civil War and
Reconstruction, Industrial Revolution and Gilded Age, Overseas Imperialism,
Progressivism, World War I, Depression, New Deal, World War II, Cold War,
and Vietnam War, followed by contemporary decades. I altered this
periodization to better reflect Indigenous experience but not as radically
as needs to be done. This is an issue much discussed in current Native
“I also wanted to set aside the rhetoric of race, not because race and
racism are unimportant but to emphasize that Native peoples were colonized
and deposed of their territories as distinct peoples - hundreds of nations
- not as a racial or ethnic group. "Colonization," "dispossession,"
"settler colonialism," "genocide" - these are the terms that drill to the
core of US history, to the very source of the country’s existence.
“The charge of genocide, once unacceptable by establishment academic and
political classes when applied to the United States, has gained currency as
evidence of it has mounted, but it is too often accompanied by an
assumption of disappearance. So I realized it was crucial to make the
reality and significance of Indigenous peoples’ survival clear throughout
the book. Indigenous survival as peoples is due to centuries of resistance
and storytelling passed through the generations, and I sought to
demonstrate that this survival is dynamic, not passive. Surviving genocide,
by whatever means, is resistance: non-Indians must know this in order to
more accurately understand the history of the United States.
“My hope is that this book will be a springboard to dialogue about
history, the present reality of Indigenous peoples’ experience, and
the meaning and future of the United States itself.”
p r e s e n t s
How the West Caused the Crisis in Ukraine
Summary: On January 10, 2015 Evanston
Neighbors for Peace
organized an event with two eminent speakers,
Professor at the University of Chicago and Rick Rozoff the foremost
investigator of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
In part one Prof. Mearsheimer spoke about the origins of the crisis
and how to avert the ever heightening risk of war between the United States
and Russia. He gave an update of his acclaimed article in the
magazine Foreign Affairs
the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault
It is widely acknowledged that the expansion eastward of NATO is
a major provocation of Russia and a
huge and under-reported factor in the origins and the conduct of the war
Few investigative journalists follow the day to day politics of NATO
- that are directed largely by the US - as closely as Rick Rozoff.
He is the manager of
Stop NATO International
and has been an active opponent of war, militarism and intervention for over
40 years. He writes on the threat of international militarization and
the globalization of NATO.
This is an urgent appeal to pay attention to the crisis in Ukraine
where the two largest nuclear powers, the US and Russia are in
direct and escalating confrontation.
Mearsheimer states emphatically that in the prevailing wisdom in the
West, the Ukraine crisis is blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression.
But this account is wrong says Mearsheimer: The United States and its
European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis.
Questions in this Q & A period range from who engineered the
February 2014 Coup in Ukraine, to what role the Neo-Nazis play.
Credits: Thanks to Dale Lehman, WZRD Chicago, for the recording
founder of the nonprofit organization
Music & Memory
confronts a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s
ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to
those suffering from it.
The political system we find ourselves navigating our lives within
cannot make life healthier because all such agendas as so-called
health care are based on profit, not human needs.
p r e s e n t s
Symposium: The Dynamics
of Possible Nuclear Extinction
February 28 to March 1, 2015
at The New York Academy of Medicine
A unique, two-day symposium will be held featuring an international
panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential
risk, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear
issues. The public is welcome.
Russia and the U.S. possess 94% of the 16,400 nuclear weapons
in the global nuclear arsenal. The U.S. maintains its first
strike winnable nuclear war policy, and both countries have
raised their nuclear arsenals to a higher state of alert
because of the situation in the Ukraine. Furthermore it has
just been announced that the administration has plans to
replace every nuclear warhead and their delivery systems via
ship, submarine, missile and plane, at a cost of one trillion
dollars over the next thirty years. This symposium will address
the following issues:
What are the human and technological factors that could precipitate
a nuclear war between Russia and the U.S.; how many times have we
come close to nuclear war and how long will our luck hold?
What are the ongoing technological and financial developments
relevant to the nuclear weapons arsenals of the US and Russia?
What problems are associated with lateral proliferation of
nuclear weapons via strenuous corporate marketing of nuclear technology?
What are the medical and environmental consequences of either a small or large scale nuclear war?
What are the underlying philosophical, political, and ideological dynamics that have brought life on earth to the brink of extinction?
How can we assess this situation from an anthropological perspective?
What is the pathology within the present political situation that could lead us to extinction?
How can this nuclear pathology be cured?
8 December 2014
Fifteenth Anniversary of Verdict in the Martin Luther King Murder Trial
THE Trial of the 20th Century
the jury reached its verdict in the only trial
ever held for the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The trial was
conducted in the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Memphis, Tennessee.
It began on November 15 and lasted fourteen days. The Plaintiffs were Coretta
Scott King, Martin Luther King, III, Bernice King, Dexter Scott King and
Yolanda King. The Defendants were Loyd Jowers and Other Unknown Conspirators.
This is the most important trial of the 20th century, and yet most people
have never heard of it.
The German freelance journalist/solidarity activist Martin Lejeune is now in
Gaza writing a diary named
Days of Oil and Za’atar - Live Blog from Gaza Under Attack”
beginning on July 22. Entries are in German, English, with some being
translated to Arabic. Recent addition: August 2 -
fighter of the Hamas are our heroes.”
A Tribute To Mae Brussell
an exemplar and the most prolific anti-fascist political researcher of the latter half of the 20th Century.
“Our weapons dictate what we are to do.
They force us into awful corners.
They give us our living, they sustain our economy,
they bolster up our politicians,
they sell our mass media, in short we live by them.
But if they continue to rule us we will also most
surely die by them.”
War Letters (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2006), p. 65.
10 June 2013:
Fifty years ago President Kennedy gave the commencement
address to the graduating class at American University. In his book,
The Improbable Triumvirate: John F. Kennedy, Pope John, Nikita
Khrushchev, Saturday Review editor Norman Cousins summed
up the significance of that remarkable speech: “At American
University on June 10, 1963, President Kennedy proposed an end to the
Cold War.” Khrushchev called the American University Address
“the greatest speech by any American President since
Roosevelt.” This is the real jubilee of 2013, not 22 November.
“We are truly human when we act responsibly to restore
harmony and act with love and compassion
to restore truth,
transparency and the equitable distribution of
the resources endowed by our common Creator.”
—Sister Megan Rice
“We were fulfilling our right and duty according to the US-signed
Nuremberg Charter that if one knows of one’s government committing a
war crime, one has a right and a duty to take steps to try to stop that
“In heaven Jesus has no arsenal of nuclear weapons. And as we pray
in the Our Father prayer:
‘Here on Earth as it is in
heaven.’ ... Nuclear weapons are a product of hell and we need to
send them back there.”
“Letters from a Georgia Jail: Anti-Nuclear Activists Await Sentencing,”
by David Cook, Religion & Politics, January 22, 2014
handful of NSA documents,
Edward Snowden has
given us a glimpse of future U.S. global policy and the changing
architecture of power on this planet.”
AND must listen:
35 min. 7/24/13
McCoy I-view on Jeff Blankfort’s
on the World prog
broadcast quality production of same
But then it must be asked if we can remove cultural value from one
part of our lives without destroying it also in the other parts. Can
we justify secrecy, lying, and burglary in our so-called intelligence
organizations and yet preserve openness, honesty, and devotion to
principle in the rest of our government? Can we subsidize mayhem in
the military establishment and yet have peace, order, and respect
for human life in the streets? Can we degrade all forms of essential
work and yet expect arts and graces to flourish on weekends? And can
we ignore all questions of value on the farm and yet have them
answered affirmatively in the grocery store and the household?
answer is that, though such distinctions can be made theoretically,
they cannot be preserved in practice. Values may be corrupted or
abolished in only one discipline at the start, but the damage must
sooner or later spread to all; it can no more be confined than air
pollution. If we corrupt agriculture we corrupt culture, for in
nature and within certain invariable social necessities we are one
body, and what afflicts the hand will afflict the brain.
I’m just another guy who sits there, day to day, in the office, watches
what’s happening, and goes, “This is something that’s not
our place to decide. The public needs to decide whether these [surveillance]
programs and policies are right or wrong.” And I’m willing to go
on the record to defend the authenticity of them and say, “I didn’t
change these. I didn’t modify the story. This is the truth. This is
what’s happening. You should decide whether we need to be doing
Yeah, I could be, you know, rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after
me or any of their third-party partners.... And that’s a fear I’ll
live under for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be. You
can’t come forward against the world’s most powerful intelligence
agencies and be completely free from risk, because they’re such powerful
adversaries that no one can meaningfully oppose them. If they want to get you,
they’ll get you, in time.
We forget ... that violence is so securely founded among us—in war,
in forms of land use, in various methods of economic “growth” and
“development”—because it is immensely profitable. People
do not become wealthy by treating one another or the world kindly and with
respect. Do we not need to remember this? Do we have a single eminent
leader who would dare to remind us?