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I am a student of history, religion, exoteric and esoteric, the Humanities in general and a tempered advocate for the ultimate manifestation of peace, justice and the unity of humankind through self-realization and mutual respect, although I am not a pacifist, nor do I believe in peace at any price, which is no peace at all but only delays inevitable conflict. There are times when the world must act. Planetary consciousness is evolving, but there are many retrograde forces that would drag us back down.
I have also written one book, a combination of poetry, photography and essays entitled "Post Katrina Blues", my reflections on the Gulf Coast and New Orleans two years after Katrina struck. Go to the store at http://sanfranciscobaypress.com/ to purchase. And I also have a blog called Plutonian Mac.
"Thomas Jefferson" Strongly Supports Occupy Wall Street
Our third president, Thomas Jefferson, through his most famous interpreter, the scholar and actor Clay Jenkinson, devotes an hour podcast to expound upon the Occupy Wall Street movement. You may be quite surprised as to his thoughts on protests, the elite and confronting corrupted government.
Saturday, October 15, 2011(2 comments)
Occupy Protests Go Global: 951 Protests Worldwide and Counting
Although it took American protesters awhile to catch up with protesters in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe this past year, now their own Occupy Wall Street movement has spread like a wave around the globe. There are some 950 plus reported protests going on around the world today, Saturday, Oct 15th.
Friday, September 30, 2011(3 comments)
Would You Buy a Used Car from Tony Blair?
Senior political analyst Marwan Bishara of Al Jazeera ponders whether it is time for the world to punt Tony Blair into Outer Mongolia, far away from anything having to do with peace and justice in the Middle East.
Gaddafi Family Values (Updated)
The storming of the Gaddafi family compound in Tripoli as well as the seizure of some of their other houses and properties by revolutionary forces have brought to light more than ever the opulence and decadence of their lifestyles, but now another term often used in reference to at least some of the Gaddafis is finding new emphasis: sadism.
Thursday, August 25, 2011(15 comments)
The Hidden Things of Muammar Gaddafi
For someone whose core vocabulary in public speeches and broadcasts often consists of nouns like "rats, vermin, snakes and cockroaches", all of whom hide in dark places or burrow underground, it is not surprising that Muammar Gaddafi and his regime have had a propensity for doing the same during his 42-year reign, both literally and figuratively.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Democracy Now on the Battle for Tripoli and the Collapse of the Gaddafi Regime
Most of Amy Goodman's Monday, August 22, 2011 Democracy Now broadcast was devoted to news and discussion on the dramatic events in Tripoli and the end of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, including interviews with Robin Waudo, an International Red Cross spokesperson in Tripoli, Khaled Mattawa, an acclaimed Libyan poet and scholar, Fred Abrahams of Human Rights Watch and Professor Juan Cole, well-known blogger on the Arab World.
The Youth of Libya, Finally Free to Speak Out
As the suffocating era of Gaddafi in Libyan history continues toward its fiery denouement, the youth generation in Libya is now finding its own voice, music, ideas and art, freed from the chains of ideological conformity and political and social servility to an Orwellian state.
Thursday, July 14, 2011(17 comments)
Rally/Demonstration Wars in Libya
Although much has been said lately about pro-Gaddafi rallies in Tripoli, not much has said about pro-rebel rallies in the rest of Libya. What we have here are the "Rally Wars" of Summer.
The Indignant: Why Spain's Young People Took to the Streets * UPDATE
In May a TV crew from Televisio de Catalunya filmed the vast social movement now taking place in Spain called, in English, the Indignants. Here is their look inside the movement, as well as some breaking news on a new marathon protest March walking from Barcelona to Madrid.
Kucinich and Turner Debate the War Powers Act, Amy Goodman Refs
Today's June 16th Democracy Now! program took on a new hot item in the news, the debate as to whether Obama is in defiance of the War Powers Act regarding his decision to take part in implementing UN Chapter 7 Security Council Resolution 1973. Amy Goodman hosted an actual debate between Dennis Kucinich and Robert Turner.
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi and the Tragedy of Iraq, Part 2: We've Got Problems, We've Got Problems
After various delays since my first article on prominent peace activist for Iraq, Dahlia Wasfi, I finally am in a position to share more of my interview with her to you as she explains the background that allowed the invasion of Iraq to happen: decades of stereotyping and dehumanizing Arabs and Moslems in America, something we are only now beginning to rise above against the backdrop of the Arab Spring.
Friday, June 10, 2011(21 comments)
Brutal Gaddafi Army Bombardment of Misrata Outskirts: Scores Dead and Injured
Gaddafi forces have launched their second heavy bombardment and ground assault on the outskirts of Misrata in only three days, resulting in heavy casualties with horrific injuries that have field clinics and Misrata's main hospital overflowing. Although Gaddafi's army is still able to inflict brutal casualties, in combat on the ground they lack the morale of rebel fighters, who have again repelled yet another assault.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
UN Seeks Probe after Torture and Slaying of Syrian Boy
UNICEF called on Syria on Tuesday to investigate reports of "horrific acts" of violence against children detained during the current wave of unrest in the Arab country.
The call came after The New York Times reported on Monday that an online video showed a 13-year-old boy, arrested at a protest on April 29, who it said had been tortured, mutilated and killed before his body was returned to his family.
Aftermath of the Worst of the Misrata Siege
The Siege of Misrata is waning finally after Gaddafi forces have been driven West, block by block and acre by acre in the last few weeks. But the regime has left behind a legacy of destruction against this major Libyan city hard to phantom.
Syrian President "Papa Doc" Assad's Torture State
The reactionary Syrian regime of Bashar Assad has embraced torture whole-heartedly in its attempt to crush the Arab Awakening in Syria. The rest of the world must take a stronger stand against this or live with the sordid consequences.
Human Rights Watch to Gaddafi Regime: End Indiscriminate Attacks in Western Mountain Towns
Libyan government forces have launched what appear to be repeated indiscriminate attacks on mountain towns in western Libya, Human Rights Watch said today.
Accounts from refugees who fled the conflict say the attacks are killing and injuring civilians and damaging civilian objects, including homes, mosques, and a school. Human Rights Watch called on Libyan forces to cease their indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas.
Representatives of 61 Tribes from across Libya Call for Gaddafi to Step Down
While trying to tell the world that all Lybians (except for the "rats", he decries) love him while simultaneously slaughtering thousands of them thus far, now we have yet another monkey wrench thrown into his propaganda machine: chiefs or reps from 61 Lybian tribes have signed a document asking him to step down, although some tribes are 100% behind their rep, others only partially, to be exact.
Not so Happy First BP Oil Disaster Anniversary for the Gulf (Videos)
This week is the anniversary of the worst environmental disaster in history, the BP oil catastrophe and coverup. BP, from the very moment disaster struck the Deepwater Horizon, began to act like a hit and run driver, and what they couldn't run from, they tried to cover up and buy out with all their billions, simultaneously launching a PR campaign to create a Potemkin Gulf, which, however, has nothing to do with reality.
Monday, April 18, 2011(4 comments)
The Libyan "Stasi" of Muammar Gaddafi: Revolutionary Committee Files Recovered in Benghazi
In Jan 1990 protesting Berliners recovered vast quantities of the Stasi secret police files revealing the grim realities within East Germany before they could all be destroyed. In late February of this year, protesters in Benghazi also recovered a good portion of the Revolutionary Committee secret files for Eastern Libya while THEY were in the process of being destroyed, revealing the grim realities of the Libyan state.
Sunday, April 17, 2011(2 comments)
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi and the Tragedy of Iraq, Part 1: Interviewing Ross Caputi, a Marine in Fallujah
Dahlia Wasfi MD, international speaker, author and human rights advocate on and for Iraq, was in Norfolk during the commemoration of the 8th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq, along with her associate Ross Caputi, ex-Marine who had been in the Nov 2004 assault on Fallujah and later turned peace activist to protest the criminal nature of that war. By providence, one might say, I was able to interview them both.
Who are the Rebels of Benghazi? An Interview with Reporter Jihan Hafiz
Just who are Libyan rebels? To hear ideologues of both the Left and Right, they are tools of al Qaeda, a propaganda smear that Gaddafi also uses 24/7. Yet conspiracists and much of the Left also damn them as tools of the CIA and Western Imperialism, failing to note the contradiction of branding them as pawns of the West and enemies of the West at the same time. Meanwhile, reporter Jihan Hafiz, sheds real light on the rebels.
Sunday, April 3, 2011(3 comments)
Misrata, a Sea of Misery at Gaddafi's Hands (Video Updates)
The ancient city of Misrata, home to over half a million people when revolution in Libya broke out, is suffering grievously at the hands of the Gaddafi regime for going over to the rebel side, as Gaddafi continues to try to brutally subdue the population. The Turkish government, under cover of its own military contingent, has just brought scores of wounded out of the city on a makeshift hospital ship, the Ankara.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Chess Games in Libya and London while Rebel Gov't and Army Solidify
What is clear lately is that the Gaddafi regime is showing fissures, with more defections and a state or paranoia setting in against its own officials, while the rebel government is gaining more international recognition as, also, the rebel army, despite setbacks militarily, is slowly overcoming their lack of discipline and training.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
American Boots ARE on the Ground in Libya, Libyan-American Boots that is.
Some Libyan Americans, not to mention Libyans in other countries, after seeing the horrors Muammar Gaddafi has been inflicting upon his own people, are returning to their homeland to join up with the rebels to liberate their country before it is too late, acts of real courage against a regime known to beat, torture and/or execute prisoners.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
More Defections from Gaddafi Inner Circle after Moussa Koussa - Plus, Secret Talks
Not all Libyan officials are Mafia-type thugs. Some are smart and well-educated, indeed apparently smart enough to jump off a runaway freight-train heading for a cliff. Moussa Koussa is the biggest name to flee Gadafi, and now, apparently, there are more. Meanwhile, the Guardian UK states that there are secret talks going on between the Gaddafi regime and London, so what does that portend? Will the train divert itself?
Ongoing Victims of the Ongoing Gaddafi War Machine (Videos)
We are now seeing the strange phenomenon of some of the so-called Left and so-called Peace Movement both evade or even deny the ongoing slaughter of civilians by Gaddafi's brutal forces, some, furthermore, parroting his 24/7 propaganda machine with the frenzy of true believers, a propaganda mill on the level of the North Korean State if not actually much worse.
LATEST UPDATE: Aristide has Landed! - Jean-Bertrande Aristide is in-Flight for Port-au-Prince
Despite ongoing efforts by the White House and State Department to obstruct his return, exiled former president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, overthrown in a US-backed coup in 2004 and arguably still the most popular man in Haiti, is airborne and headed back to Port-au-Prince, accompanied by his wife Mildred, Hollywood star Danny Glover, Amy Goodman, co-producer and host of Democracy Now and other notable individuals.