Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

A beautiful poem by a new friend that puts the immigration issue into perspective, Please read!!

 

Source: We Can All Hear The Voices

Read Full Post »

I found this article this morning while surfing the dreaded but unavoidable Facebook and it struck a chord with me. I remember the nights  directly after Obama won his first term as President. I was in Stockholm and everywhere there was a sense of enormous relief. Not only did it mean the imminent departure of Bush and Cheney, but we all wanted to believe it would bring about changes the likes of which we hadn’t seen for some time. The types of changes that we had been longing for, the types of changes that people were fighting and dying for. A government,  with a considerable amount of power, might turn back  to diplomacy as the first course of action. A government that might actually keep its promises, closing gitmo, ending the illegal and immoral wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A government that finally would repair perhaps the biggest wrong in the 20th century, and force Israel to return to its 1967 borders, one that would force Israel to rethink the nakba and allow the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes. A government that would free its political prisoners both those inside their own prisons and those illegally kept in prisons throughout europe. etc etc etc

 

Did we expect too much?   How much IS too much? What do we have the right to expect from our governments and from those who proclaim to be the world leaders?

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts after reading this article..

 

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/10/obama-europe-s-biggestdisappointment.html

 

 

Read Full Post »

http://aje.me/1sKXMBz

Read Full Post »

Well well, today is the 4th of July and unless you live on another planet, I’m sure you all know, it’s the day Americans celebrate their independence. Truly a worthwhile thing to celebrate, But I want to look a little deeper at this, let’s scrape away the red white and blue varnish shall we?

Let’s get rid of the tired GOP rhetoric and get down to the business of where are my 40 acres and my mule? What happened at Wounded Knee?  The 504 who died in just four hours at My Lai, the 4 protestors killed at Kent State, the more than 200 years of violent oppression based upon race, creed, sexual preference, marital status, gender, place of national origin, religion, education, economic status, class,  and so many other forms all supposedly illegal, finally, under the US Constitution, (If you doubt this, I’ll be more than happy, dear reader, to enlighten you), the secret military actions against governments that are not on the weekly revised BFF list,  How many legitimately elected governments has the CIA illegally overthrown only seeking economic or political favour or colonial domination in a geopolitical arena?  Do you realize that Al Queda and the Taliban were armed, trained and funded by the American Government? They grew out of the Mujahedin, which was armed and funded by the CIA and Reagan in response to the Soviet Unions invasion of Afghanistan. That short sightedness lead directly to where we are now, in a war in Afghanistan, where everyone in the military knew the Soviets had no chance, what made them think the US would fare better?  Arrogant fools!

How about a cigar?  Not if your name is Fidel Castro and the person handing it to you works for the CIA!!  We all know about the CIA attempts to assassinate Castro with exploding cigars, but how many other leaders have they tried to kill that we don’t know about? Costa Rican President Jose Figueres twice!! Che Guevara? Michael Manley of Jamaica? Ahmed Dlimi? Mohammed Mossadegh of Iran? Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala? Sukarno of Indonesia? Patrice Lumumba of the Congo? General Abdel Karim Qasim of Iraq? The CIA helped establish Saddam Hussein’s bloody regime. It backed his Ba’ath party’s overthrow of General Abdel Karim Qasim’s military government, though it tried to kill Qasim first. He had overthrown the monarchy, exposed CIA ties to the royals and became friendly with communists. When the Ba’ath party initially failed to assassinate Qasim in a gunfight, the CIA’s so-called Health Alteration Committee mailed a monogrammed, poisoned handkerchief to Qasim, as detailed in a 1975 report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Qasim apparently didn’t need to blow his nose, so it took a bloody coup to unseat and kill him.Salvador Allende of Chile? Sadam Hussein? The list continues almost ad infinitum. For a greatest hits list, have a look at this website, which I cannot vouch for the accuracy, but i do believe most of them to be correct.   http://www.trutv.com/conspiracy/assassinations/cia-hits-misses/gallery.all.html

It’s a bloody history that we celebrate today, dear reader, a sad desolate evil arrogant self-righteous demeaning violent racist sexist ruthless way of life, and the worst is that now it has turned on it’s own citizenry in the form of Homeland Security.

Benjamin Franklin wrote that if a people willingly surrender their freedom in the name of security then they deserve neither. Sadly this is what Americans have done. While most of Black America has never been allowed inside the hallowed halls of the American equality, neither have Native Americans, women, gays, transgender, Jews, Islamists, Muslims or almost any other group you might chose to mention if one were inclined to, (and I for one am not, we are either all free or none of us are is my belief)

Having said that, it’s time to bring this rant to a close as I am rapidly approaching the midnight deadline. I suppose what I want to say is that you MUST be aware, it is the price of freedom, you MUST question your leaders, or they will continue to lie and operate behind closed doors and continue to break the laws, you MUST be involved, demand your voice, it IS the birthright of every person on earth.

I will not celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, but will say a silent prayer for the freedom of us all. I would love to see it in my lifetime.

Read Full Post »

I found this wonderful poem after almost forgetting about it,, I’m sending it out the the brave people of Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Gaza, Tunisia, Tibet, Burma, and the Occupy movements all around the world.

Freedom does indeed come at a price, and the cost of freedom should never be death, but it is always vigillance. As the current events in the US and many other places prove, it is far too easy for governments to become corrupt, and it is the duty of the citizens to stand up for their rights.

 

My Generation Reading the Newspapers by Kenneth Patchen : The Poetry Foundation.

Read Full Post »

In Pictures: Guantanamo, a decade later – In Pictures – Al Jazeera English.

Read Full Post »

Thoughts:

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, “Mother, what was war?”
Eve Merriam

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
– John Lennon

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
– Lao Tzu

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
– Harriet Tubman

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
– Helen Keller

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
– John F. Kennedy

Most people see things as they are and ask why… i dream things as they could be and i ask why not.”
– George Bernard Shaw

The best soldier does not attack. The superior fighter succeeds without violence. The greatest conqueror wins without struggle. The most successful manager leads without dictating. This is intelligent non aggressiveness.
– Lao Tse (Lao Tzu)

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
– Buddha (560-483 B.C.)

Please post “I Declare World Peace” on the wall of your favorite social medium.

Read Full Post »

Obama’s ‘Arab Problem’ – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

This brilliant article from Al Jazeera English stirs things in me. Enormous anger at the GOP, how in the name of all that is holy can they continue their racist diatribes against Muslims and Islam? I am not Islamic by faith but have learned a great deal since 9/11 about the Middle East in general and the “Arab World” in particular and my respect for them and their world and culture has grown enormously.  I  have realized among other things that the US is directly to blame for a great deal of the continued hostility in the Middle East and I am more convinced that Israel  is an Apartheid State and that Palestine, while not entirely innocent in all of this either, is a land that simply must be freed!

I was pleased when the Obama administration admonished Netanyahu shortly after the fall of Mubarak, telling him in what seemed no uncertain terms that they wanted Israel to return to the 1967 borders. I wish they had meant it. Or at least if they did, then I have to say that I think they are going about proving their point in a very odd way. Wouldn’t you think, as I did, that if they meant it, they would support the Palestinian move for statehood? But no, here they are smack in Israels corner yet again.

Even in his so-called support for the “Arab Spring” Obama has been strong in his pursuit of the status quo, including of course unfettered access to the oil, which makes him seem like a huge hypocrite in my view. Remember that both Obama and Biden, when asked if they viewed Mubarak as a dictator responded negatively, saying that he couldn’t be a dictator due only to the fact that he was an ally of the US. (1930s  Germany was an ally too, Mr. President.)

I can’t help but wonder how Obama plans on gaining peace with the new governments of the Arab nations while continuing to support the apartheid in Palestine and the Gaza Strip. He has almost no credibility there at all and it’s going to take more than his strong skills as an orator to eliminate all the years of American imperialism. America’s track record of selling arms to dictators contains such luminaries as Noriega, Duvalier, Botha, Mubarak, Gaddafi, Hussein, Khalifat, the Taliban and many more, and are still supporting many of them. If  Obama wants to earn that Noble Peace Prize he got so prematurely, then stopping that is a good place to start!

But having said all that, I should get back to the topic at hand. The Grand Old Nitwit Party has been having a field day with Obama and his last name since he first announced his candidacy for President. Now, since he’s been bombing the hell out of Afghanistan and Iraq, they seem to feel that perhaps that card has been played out and are now trying to blame the Arab Spring, which they see as a major threat, on him and to claim it is a failure and that he is responsible!! Gimme some of those drugs guys!! These are two quotes from the article:

“On September 29, presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann told supporters, “You want to know why we have Arab Spring? Barack Obama has laid the table for the Arab Spring by demonstrating weakness from the United States of America.”

Just last week, another Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, pronounced the Arab Spring to be the result of the Obama foreign policy‘s “grotesque failure”. Gingrich went so far as to call it an “anti-Christian spring”, apparently believing that longstanding authoritarian rule was the only thing protecting religious minorities in the Arab world from unbridled persecution.”

(Now, of course no one with half a brain takes either Bachman or Gingrich seriously, but as long as we have the wonder known as Fox News you can’t entirely discount them as the fools they are either. As disgusting as it sounds, Americans still listen to Fox News in droves.)

Anyway,  dear reader, back to Dear Old Newt, One important thing is missing in all of his inane rhetoric, the truth, and as usual with him  it’s what he never quite seems to figure out. In this instance what he can’t connect with is the heart of the brave people of Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Iran, and the entire Arab Spring movement. They were the ones who were so desperate for freedom they fearlessly faced bullets, bombs, dictators and the armies they commanded, and in some countries still do, and DEMANDED their freedom. Obama, even with his flowery tributes and pledge of 100 million US Dollars can’t take that away. Newt and his GOP fools would love to!

Read Full Post »

With all the amazing changes going on in the world, I’m drawn to this wonderful but sad poem by one of my absolute poets. I’m dedicating this to the Arab Spring, to Palestine and to the Occupy Wall Street movements spreading across the U.S.

For Eli Jacobson,, by Kenneth Rexroth

 

December 1952

There are few of us now, soon
There will be none. We were comrades
Together, we believed we
Would see with our own eyes the new
World where man was no longer
Wolf to man, but men and women
Were all brothers and lovers
Together. We will not see it.
We will not see it, none of us.
It is farther off than we thought.
In our young days we believed
That as we grew old and fell
Out of rank, new recruits, young
And with the wisdom of youth,
Would take our places and they
Surely would grow old in the
Golden Age. They have not come.
They will not come. There are not
Many of us left. Once we
Marched in closed ranks, today each
Of us fights off the enemy,
A lonely isolated guerrilla.
All this has happened before,
Many times. It does not matter.
We were comrades together.
Life was good for us. It is
Good to be brave — nothing is
Better. Food tastes better. Wine
Is more brilliant. Girls are more
Beautiful. The sky is bluer
For the brave — for the brave and
Happy comrades and for the
Lonely brave retreating warriors.
You had a good life. Even all
Its sorrows and defeats and
Disillusionments were good,
Met with courage and a gay heart.
You are gone and we are that
Much more alone. We are one fewer,
Soon we shall be none. We know now
We have failed for a long time.
And we do not care. We few will
Remember as long as we can,
Our children may remember,
Some day the world will remember.
Then they will say, “They lived in
The days of the good comrades.
It must have been wonderful
To have been alive then, though it
Is very beautiful now.”
We will be remembered, all
Of us, always, by all men,
In the good days now so far away.
If the good days never come,
We will not know. We will not care.
Our lives were the best. We were the
Happiest men alive in our day

Read Full Post »

U.S. Navy Vet Sues Donald Rumsfeld for Torture in Iraq, Court Allows Case to Move Forward.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: