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?