Human rights violations at home and abroad.
Submitted by libbyliberal on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 4:56am
Ludwig Watzal in “U.S. Military Casualty Statistics Not the Senators’ Main Concern” calls out the Senate Armed Services' Committee hearing vetting former Republican Chuck Hagel for U.S. Secretary of Defense: Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 7:19pm
Why is this question even being honored in America?
Apparently it will be posed seductively soon in a theater near you.
Torture is wrong. It is evil.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
The Golden Rule.
The Geneva Conventions.
Basic human decency.
A while back when I read Jacob Weisberg’s book, The Bush Tragedy, I learned that the main ego-armature for George W. Bush during his Yale University years was his participation in the fraternity culture. Read below the fold...
Submitted by chicago dyke on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 7:49am
Submitted by libbyliberal on Thu, 11/22/2012 - 11:52pm
I read an interesting article by Jean Shaoul at wsws entitled “US and Egypt announce ceasefire in Israeli assault on Gaza”.
Shaoul asks within the article why the Israel/Gazan ceasefire co-sponsored by the United States (along with Egypt and Turkey) happened.
But she persisted.
Why did it happen, especially since Obama himself had given a rather robust “green-light” to Israel as Obama exclusively focused on Israel’s “anti-rocket” self-defense rationalization, ignoring so many short-run and long-run pre-emptive and sadistic provocations from Israel. Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Sat, 11/03/2012 - 1:32am
According to Merriam Webster: “disposition -- “final settlement or arrangement of a matter.”
According to wikipedia: “In mathematics, a matrix (plural matrices) is a rectangular array of numbers, symbols, or expressions, arranged in rows and columns.”
I can’t help connecting the connotations of the above definitions in context of Obama's ever-escalating assassination program to the chilling “final solution” euphemism used by the Nazis.
Especially after reading these words by Arthur Silber: Read below the fold...
Submitted by twig on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 12:05pm
A simple kill list apparently wasn't enough for this administration. Welcome to v. 2.0, aka the "disposition matrix," a bland term for the creation of a permanent policy for annihilating even more people the president doesn't like, as Glenn Greenwald explains. Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Thu, 08/30/2012 - 1:27pm
Submitted by Randall Kohn on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 3:36am
Of course the artist, Scott Stantis, is a Republican whose editorial work appears in the Chicago Tribune, so he's most likely a stinking hypocrite. Still, it's a shock to see a GOPer swerving left of "our" "Democratic" President - especially on civil liberties. Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 10:03pm
Paul Craig Roberts recently suggested an archly apt bumper sticker: “Be nice to America or we will bring democracy to your country.”
Our government does not bring democracy to countries. Raise your hand if you are naive enough to believe it does. Especially after the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were launched (still ongoing). Those two countries are two of the five most corrupt countries in the world thanks to our craven "involvement" -- involvement a profoundly understating word. Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 8:00pm
Patrick Martin of wsws has posted a provocative article on Barack Obama’s campaign use of the “take out” of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Martin:
There is something particularly degrading about the use of a state killing—in which dozens of heavily armed special ops troops mowed down the fugitive in front of his wives and children—to promote a political campaign. Obama presents himself, not so much even as commander-in-chief, but as “hitman-in-chief,” appealing to the worst social instincts.
snip Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Fri, 04/13/2012 - 1:03am
The nation’s first Black President has taken us on the final descent into international barbarity with his drone offensive. It is a joy stick to Hell. Glen Ford
How can Obamacrats continue to ignore, minimize or even justify Obama’s ever escalating ILLEGITIMATE drone warfare?
Illegitimate war waging is the HIGHEST war crime. Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Sat, 04/07/2012 - 3:33am
It may seem insensitive to blog about the evil savagery of war (called out profoundly in a recent article by Pepe Escobar) on Easter weekend, when millions of Christians are celebrating the death and resurrection of the extraordinary unconditionally open-hearted historical figure of Jesus Christ. However, to me it seems particularly appropriate considering most American citizens' (reflecting their amoral leadership’s) capacity to talk the talk of religious sentimentality and their incapacity to walk the spiritual walk role modeled by Jesus.
Commitment to promoting universal love, cooperation and partnership? Little evidence of such commitment in the United States. Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Wed, 04/04/2012 - 3:37pm
Manning’s case has become a waning sideshow, kept alive only at the periphery of our mainstream attention span by a very vocal support network, and not surprisingly, the foreign audience. But as Madar points out, "ignorance is not just a matter of information supply, but of demand." Today’s Americans care less about "the truth," much preferring celluloid rebels and the formulaic black and white tension of The Lorax and The Hunger Games to the ethical and moral complexities associated with flesh ’n blood risk takers and truth-seekers. Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Sat, 03/24/2012 - 2:02pm
Linn Washington, Jr. writes:
The mass disenfranchisement of thousands of blacks by Florida election officials during the 2000 presidential election allegedly won but actually stolen by George W. Bush remains a stinging point among blacks.
Florida’s then Governor Jeb Bush, George’s brother, later acknowledged his role in the voter suppression that handed the White House to his brother. Jeb Bush enthusiastically backed passage of the “Stand Your Ground “ law, calling it a “good, common-sense anti-crime measure.” Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 3:21pm
RE-POST from 5-25-10
If you think the new world order Obama alluded to in his 5-22-10 9th-crop-of-cadets-as-MidEast-cannon fodder-for-the-new-world-order-(hegemony)-killing-fields speech at West Point this past Saturday has any remote benefits for those of us not in the top 1% of global income holders, there is an oil well in the Gulf I’d like to sell you. Read below the fold...