Department of the Missing Media Critique
Robert Parry in “Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?” writes:
You have a senior Ukrainian official [Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko] saying that the world should risk nuclear war over a civil conflict in Ukraine between its west, which favors closer ties to Europe, and its east, which wants to maintain its historic relationship with Russia.
Fred Reed in “Cometh the Censor” has some grave predictions about eventual and total internet censorship:
I see with no surprise that Washington is stepping up its campaign to censor the internet. It had to come, and will succeed. It will put paid forever to America’s flirtation with freedom.
The country was never really a democracy, meaning a polity in which final power rested with the people. The voters have always been too remote from the levers of power to have much influence.
Monday’s predicted blizzard for NYC caused me more than a little cognitive dissonance over the state/city executive decision to shut down the subway system from between 11pm and 8am. It interfered with my own transportation needs for getting to and from work so I opted to lose a night’s pay in a work situation that was thankfully reasonable enough to grant me that. (Not generous enough to compensate me for such a formidable transportation challenge, mind you.) Read more about Why Subway Shutdown on NYC Supposed Blizzard Nite?
Christopher Brauchli in “With Friends Like These... Intolerance, Saudi-Style” chronicles some seriously unpleasant prosecutions from one of the USA’s closest allies, Saudi Arabia: Read more about Not Enuf Ado About US Ignoble Ally Saudi Arabia
James Petras recently published “Looking Backward, Looking Forward: 2014-2015”. What follows are my distillations of his positive and negative lists of events of 2014 and his 2015 speculations.
Positive Developments in 2014 Read more about James Petras on the Good, Bad & Ugly of 2014
Mychal Denzel Smith in "No Indictment for Darren Wilson, No Justice for Black Lives":
Protesters in Ferguson should not be calm, as they have been admonished by everyone from the president on down. Michael Brown doesn’t need calm. Black boys and girls who grow up in America need their lives to be respected. They need justice.
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Brian J. Foley in “Dissident Thoughts Upon Learning of the ‘Latte Salute’ Scandal” writes:
Obama-haters are hopping mad that Obama saluted troops while holding a cup of café latte in his saluting hand.
Obama supporters (saluters?) and others who just like pointing out hypocrisy have responded by showing that George W. Bush was equally guilty, because he once saluted troops … while holding a dog.
Byran K. Bullock in "Historically, Black Leaders Supported Palestinians; Why Less So Now?"
“The congressional black caucus, the so-called ‘conscience of the congress,’ has not shown an ounce of righteous indignation at the massacre of the Palestinians.”
Fida Qishta was another of the powerful speakers last Thursday night in the Great Hall of NYC's Cooper Union for World Can’t Wait’s consciousness-raising forum (and webcast) over the present Israeli war criminality going on in Gaza. Qishta is a journalist, camerawoman and filmmaker from Rafah City in southern Gaza. She documented the attack and invasion, Operation Cast Lead, by Israel of Gaza at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009. Read more about 8-14 NYC Gaza Forum Part 2: Fida Qishta & Anees Mansour
I entered the Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City last Thursday night for yet another consciousness-raising forum sponsored and organized by World Can’t Wait under the leadership of its national coordinator, Debra Sweet. This one was focused on Israeli war crimes in Gaza.
I was relieved to see that a huge crowd had turned out. Read more about 8-14 NYC Gaza Forum Part 1: Intro, Marlowe, & Kuttab
“Gaza Is Transforming American Jews: Words from an Overflowing Inbox” by David Harris-Gershon
... what's happening right now is like nothing I've ever experienced. It is a stunning anecdotal phenomenon which reveals the way American Jews in particular, and Americans in general, are being affected by the incredible suffering in Gaza. Read more about A Mighty Moral Challenge for Jewish Americans
It’s hard to fight for human and social justice when one recognizes that the communication of horrifying truths has little chance of penetrating -- SERIOUSLY -- the hearts and minds of so many, many of those still dedicated to crony “truthiness” and the status quo -- hearts and minds of so many low-information and dead-conscienced but stubbornly self-labeled “progressives” of America. Read more about Evil No Longer ‘Lesser’, Even from Ostrich Stance