I read this letter to the editor in today’s paper, amazed and angry at its profound ignorance, its bigotry, and its proud paranoia. And then I started thinking about that moment in June 2015, when our President, my President, paused for a full thirteen seconds, during his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney at “Mother Emanuel” in Charleston, South Carolina. Thirteen seconds of silence as Obama looked out over the congregation, then down at his notes, shook his … [more]
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December 15, 2016
It was bizarre to watch Samantha Power at the UN conveniently forget to mention all the massacres done in America’s name
By Robert Fisk, Thursday 15 December 2016 10:00 BST
So there was Samantha Power doing her “shame” bit in the UN. “Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin, that just creeps you out a little bit?”, America’s ambassador to the UN asked the Russians and Syrians and … [more]
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The Observer’s weekly column in the November 24 2016 CE edition of the Arkansas Times
The Observer’s grandfather on our mother’s side was a crackerjack fella. Grew up in the sandy hills north of Conway. County boy, through and through. During hog-killing time in December 1941, the story in our family goes, when word of Pearl Harbor reached his little community, he and his friends loaded into his T-model truck and made the rough journey to the first speck … [more]
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I have heard, on more than one occasion, progressives postulate that Hillary Clinton is a trigger-happy, corporate shill who will not take America forward. Some of these folks are actually considering voting for Donald Trump, hoping that the dark days of his presidency will bring about a progressive awakening to forever end the stranglehold a two-party system has on Americans, and usher in a new age of enlightened, peaceful coexistence, at home and abroad.
But there’s a problem with such … [more]
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Growing Cotton in Iowa
The Economist, Oct 15th 2016
AS THE election of 2016 lurches to an unmourned end, it feels cruel to report that the presidential race of 2020 is already under way. This haste makes sense, at least on the Republican side. If voters on November 8th consign Donald Trump to a life of brooding defeat, filled with cable TV interviews, restless travel and insomniac tweeting, he will leave a party primed for civil strife. For a … [more]
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Another Deadly Drone Mistake: At What Point Do We Say Enough?
By Ted Gup, October 3, 2016
It was an obscure item last week that drew little media attention. An apartment building in Afghanistan’s remote Nangarhar province was apparently hit by an American drone strike, killing at least fifteen civilians and injuring thirteen more. The villagers were gathered to welcome a returning tribal leader.
Such stories are easy to ignore as inevitable errors of war. But the tally … [more]
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Shimon Peres was no peacemaker. I’ll never forget the sight of pouring blood and burning bodies at Qana
By Robert Fisk, Wednesday 28 September 2016 11:00 BST
When the world heard that Shimon Peres had died, it shouted “Peacemaker!” But when I heard that Peres was dead, I thought of blood and fire and slaughter.
I saw the results: babies torn apart, shrieking refugees, smouldering bodies. It was a place called Qana and most of the 106 … [more]
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