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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.
Jesse Ventura Exposes the JFK Assassination Conspiracy Nationally
Jesse Ventura's Episode 5 of his wildly popular Conspiracy Theory TV series takes a hard look at the JFK assassination, providing yet more logic and proof that there was indeed a conspiracy to take out Kennedy, and that it emanated from the bowels of the Shadow side of the U.S. Government.
Saturday, November 22, 2008(2 comments)
The Voice of the Wetlands Festival, Part 5: Brad Pitt and the Color Pink
Give me 50 Brad Pitts and I will transform the world. As the great architect Gaudi used to say, architecture reflects the soul of a people, and if Brad Pitt's Make It Right Project, in conjunction with powerful community efforts in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans are any indication of this, then the people of this ward are now experiencing a spiritual transformation and cultural renaissance.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Is Osama bin Laden Dead? Part 4: Deeper into the Confession Tape
The linch-pin of the War on Terror has been 9/11, and the pin itself has always been Osama bin Laden. However, this pin is not made of stainless steel, but smoke and mirrors. In Part 3 we looked further into the video tapes right after 9/11 up to our first glimpse of the pivotal bin Laden Confession Tape. Now we will explore that tape further. Was it a legitimate revelation or a fraud, or even some of both?
Is Osama bin Laden Dead? Part 2: the First Tapes
The linch-pin of the War on Terror has been 9/11, and the pin itself has always been Osama bin Laden. However, this pin is not made of stainless steel, but smoke and mirrors. In Part 1 I point out how there was a rather broad consensus that he had died sometime in Dec. 2001. Has he been seen since? Not in any public instances, always just on videotape, or heard on audiotape. But what if these tapes are not really genuine?
Saturday, April 4, 2009(2 comments)
A History of the FARC and Reviewing The FARC Revolutionist by Renate Vanegas
For most governments, revolutionary forces are guilty of committing acts of violence against civilians and igniting social turmoil. But for these groups, principle is their only weapon to achieve their much-desired goals, for their belief is that they are freedom fighters in search of peace in their respective community and justice for their countrymen. Such is the case in Colombia, where the FARC has struggled for decades.
Saturday, December 18, 2010(149 comments)
Jesse Ventura Hammers The 9/11 Official Pentagon Attack Scenario
Episode 8 of Conspiracy Theory with Jess Ventura takes a hard look at the sacred myth of the 9/11 assault on the Pentagon by al Qaeda. I call it a sacred myth for 2 reasons, because to question it is considered blasphemy in official circles, while the facts the myth are built upon are as solid as the images from a hall of distorted mirrors in an amusement park, each mirror designed to give you a false view of reality.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Images of the French Revolution: Liberté, égalité, fraternité
Images of the upheaval of the common people against the ancien régime, as the French Revolution began to rage.
The ideals of this revolution helped inspire Haitian slaves, as well as other sectors of Haitian society (Saint-Domingue was the island's French colonial name) to struggle for the very freedoms that French revolutionaries began struggling for in 1789, liberty, fraternity, equality.
Monday, August 16, 2010(7 comments)
Et Tu Obami, Stabbing the Gulf Coast in the Back?
Obama had a George Bush Katrina-like Potemkin Village photo-op this weekend swimming in a sheltered Northern Florida bay with his daughter, then went on to declare that the beaches of the Gulf are safe to swim in, embellishing the ongoing fiction that the Gulf of Mexico is magically mended.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Biloxi, Madmen and the Dixie Mafia
Step into the contradictory world of Biloxi, Mississippi, one of the great gambling centers of the South (even legally since the 90s) despite being nearly wiped out in '05. Biloxi, like one of its most famous native sons of the past, George Ohr, the Father of American pottery, keeps bouncing back from adversity. But not without a price, literally, because in Biloxi, only money really talks, as you will see in this photo essay.
Is Osama bin Laden Dead? Part 1: December is for Dying
The linch-pin of the War on Terror has always 9/11, and the pin itself has always been Osama bin Laden. However, this pin is not made of stainless steel, but smoke and mirrors. There are just too many contradictions in the storyline that he was and is the Grand Vizier of the Forces of Evil arrayed against us. The biggest problem is that bin Laden may have been dead since Dec 2001, which means we have been suckered BIG TIME.
Auditions for Mother Jones
Child-labor, even child-slavery are rampant in Africa and other areas. The rights of women and workers are under siege everywhere, while exploiters are devouring the entire planet. Robber barons and elitists are having a field day at the expense of the living. Just as the excesses of the 19th and 20th Century gave rise to fearless heroines who would fight like Hell for the living, so will today's excesses do the same.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011(8 comments)
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.
Russell Means on the Great Paradigm Shift: the Rise of Matriarchy and Collapse of Patriarchy (w/Videos)
Nature abhors imbalance, and what the world has been going through for the last six thousand years has been increasing imbalance at the hands of Patriarchy, culminating in the Matrix-like machine cultures of alienation and annihilation that we have today. But, as the great Lakota Sioux Indian leader Russell Means points out, balance will be restored as women get to know their power, get reacquainted with their power.
Saturday, March 14, 2009(6 comments)
Ellis, a "Be Here Now" Folk Singer
Who is Ellis, this Texan/Minnesotan with the contagious laugh, big smile and beautiful voice? Is she becoming a leading light in a new generation of folk singers?
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.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009(15 comments)
Stopping a Flu Pandemic: Is King Xerxes Thrashing the Waves?
As headlines get more and more shrill about the spreading new influenza strain, it is time to step back and take a sober look at this through the eys of a physician. What is an antigenic shift or a cytokine storm? How strong are the chances that this will become a pandemic, and are politicians, starting with Obama, and health officials blowing smoke when they tell us that they have things under control?
Thursday, June 24, 2010(5 comments)
PROFILES IN COURAGE: Forget Sarah Palin. Run The Gulf's Kindra Arnesen for President!
Right now we need people willing to speak out about all the lies, cover-ups and crimes going on in the Gulf at the hands of BP and their countless collaborators inside and outside of government. As Tab Benoit told me and a few others a couple of weeks ago, we need people to jump into the fire and take action, to help out those of us already in the battle. Well meet one who has already answered the call, Kindra Arnesan.
Saturday, February 12, 2011(1 comments)
Haitian Winter, Part 1: Fire and Ice, How Not to Return to Haiti
How a theoretically uneventful flight to Miami, 1st leg of a new trip to Haiti, became a nightmare in the hyperborean wilds of the snow-bound North, better known as Kennedy Airport in NYC, and how I went from ice to fire (metaphorically speaking) to reach Port-au-Prince.
Sunday, March 13, 2011(11 comments)
The Women of the Libyan Revolution and Why aren't American Women Supporting Them?
The Libyan Revolution is not just a men's revolution but a women's revolution as well, despite the wretched attempts by some on the Left, not to mention certain conspiracists, to misrepresent their common struggle as a Western-controlled proxy-operation. Meanwhile, for Gaddafi to actually triumph will send a message to the remaining tyrannies in the Middle East that the bludgeon, whip, slaughter and torture still work.
The Face of Cholera in Mirebalais, Haiti, a Photo-Essay by Leah Millis
Haiti is in the throes of another crisis, the horrors of a growing cholera epidemic that much of the world seems oh so blase about, if not downright condescending, some cynics invoking sordid Malthusian theories or even subtle eugenics. But funny how the universe responds in kind sometimes, as a young photographer, Leah Millis, puts a human face right before your eyes to challenge your own humanity, or lack thereof.
Friday, July 22, 2011(30 comments)
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.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Life Imitating Art in Haiti? Pontecorvo's Movie Queimada (Burn!) as Presage for What May Go Down Next
Is life imitating art in Haiti right now with the return of Baby Doc Duvalier to Port-au-Prince? Is a plan underway to sweep him or, more likely, his faction of the Haitian oligarchy back into back into power on the wings of revolutionary upheaval. It wouldn't be the first time, a fact that did not escape the attention of Gillo Pontecorvo when he made his unsung and underrated movie Burn! or Queimada.
Iceland and Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Tip of the Spear against Global Orwellian Kleptocracy
Time to take a good look at Birgitta Jónsdóttir, famous for helping to rally the people of Iceland against the depredations of the International Bankers (Banksters) who were bankrupting Iceland through their sleazy derivatives and other Ponzi schemes. She is also in the global spotlight as one of the five people whose Twitter accounts have been subpoenaed by the US Gov't as it goes after Julian Assange.
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.
Friday, May 21, 2010(1 comments)
Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 3: Camp Corail
As I continue with my series of photo-essays on Haiti, we move now to a joint Haitian government/NGO-run camp, Camp Corail, which in many ways is an improvement over those camps left to fend for themselves with little money or support, but at the same time this camp has its own challenges to deal with, from mundane problems like flooding to more psychological ones like frustration with lack of work and productivity.
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.
Red Alert: Has Santorum Let the Cat Out of the Bag?
Has ex-Senator Rick Santorum inadvertantly let the cat out of the bag about new Black Ops emanating from the bowels of Dick Cheney's office, the Pentagon, the CIA and other covert entities to hit America with staged terrorist attacks this year or next to regenerate their global drive for hegemony? Anything is possible with these criminals, so is this a Paul Revere moment?
Reviving the Embers of Guernica, a Poem
The world watches in anguish about Gaza as some of those who supposedly understand best the horrors of war and pogroms against civilian populations perpetrate a brutal pogrom themselves. While some governments work to end this nightmare and the United States works to heighten it, those of us with only our voices should realize we also have our hands, minds, feet and tongues to protest this outrage through all the arts.
Sunday, April 29, 2007(3 comments)
Friday the 13th on Orleans Ave, Where America is Forsaking its Citizens
My third photo-essay (with 42 linked photos) takes us to the harsh reality of Orleans Ave, New Orleans, where there's a shameful lack of progress in recovery from Katrina, and a general callousness, if not outright malice toward this neighborhood's citizens, many of whom are still scattered to the winds. This is symptomatic of the halliburtonization of recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast, a modern term for carpetbagging.
The Voice of the Wetlands Festival, Part 3: The Cajun and the Lake
Continuing with my series on the 5th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival that took place from Oct 10 thru 12 in Houma, Louisiana, that not only entertained us, but warned us about the crisis of the wetlands in southern Louisiana, now let us look at what is happening to a typical lake in the region, as well as meet Lee Richoux.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Inside Gaddafi's Torture Chambers - in Tandem with the al Qaeda Canard
Al Jazeera has just released a video documenting Gaddafi's torture chambers, while, meanwhile, Gaddafi tries to pull a propaganda rabbit out of his swollen hat with the same al Qaeda canard that the US has used to justify its endless "War on Terror". So now we have a unique moment to observe and ponder the parallels between the delusional propaganda of Gaddafi and that of the American Warfare State.
Monday, December 27, 2010(3 comments)
Photo Essay: Christmas Snow Storm Hits Norfolk, Virginia
Many of us wanted a White Christmas, but Norfolk and much of the South got it in spades on Christmas weekend. What is going on with the weather, not just here but in Europe and elsewhere? Is it global warming, global cooling, the BP oil spill, even all three, leading to the slowdown, shutdown or diversion of the Gulf Loop Current, the Northern Atlantic Stream, the Gulf Stream? There is much speculation out there.
PHOTO ESSAY: The Anti-War March in DC, Mar 20, 2010, Part 1
A renewed and energized, multi-faceted peace movement that understands the intimate connection between America's social, economic, even spiritual woes and the toxic effects of Washington's imperialist wars, occupations, injustices as well as alliances with reactionary forces globally, came together on Saturday, March 20 to speak out for peace with justice. This is my first photo essay, up through the rally, of that day.
Waveland, the Hurricane and the Rainbow
This is the fifth in my series of articles on post-Katrina conditions along the Gulf Coast, this time focusing on Waveland, which was as close to Ground Zero as it gets, and the lingering destruction shows it. But how many of you know that a rainbow began shining in Waveland after the hurricane, helping victims to recover.
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.
Set/Mubarak: Attack! Attack! My children of the Night
Dictator Hosni Mubarak really is deciding to end his thirty year reign of repression, tyranny and torture with a grim finale evocative not only of a Grade-B horror movie, but of an ancient Egyptian myth. Which myth, you may wonder? Read on.
Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 7: a Tour of Haiti's University and Educational Hospital
HUEH is similar to a public general hospital in an American city. Imagine if every private hospital in Los Angeles was destroyed or shut down in a massive earthquake, and the only thing left halfway standing was the general hospital, with thousands of citizens to treat while some of its own personnel were buried in the rubble. Well, this is what happened to HUEH, and yet they carried on anyway, aided by the global community.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010(7 comments)
Science and Islam: How Islamic Culture Advanced Science and Civilization
As we read about jaded, so-called "security experts" giving our police departments training lectures extolling the murder of Islamic "militants" AND their children, it is time to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH to the hate-mongers and propagandists before we slide into a national Fascist nightmare. One of the first things we can do is educate ourselves about the many positive contributions of Islam to the world.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 14: Not Your Hollywood Movie Bel Air
Follow us to Bel Air, Haiti that is. It was the most heavily damaged area of Port-au-Prince after the earthquake. And it had been "red-zoned" by the authorities in the past for too much "violence". Or was that insurrection against the power structure that overthrew President Bertrand Aristide? You never know for sure in Haiti because authorities skew semantics to suit their purposes.
Sunday, October 17, 2010(3 comments)
Eyewitnesses to BP's Handiwork Who Won't Stay Silent
Check out these eyewitness videos and podcasts from real, everyday citizens from the Gulf Coast, not advertisers, government zombies hoodooed by BP Voodoo, or Amity-style mayors (from the movie Jaws, remember) who will feed you to the sharks to make tourist bucks. Their stories are riveting and painful.
The Murder of Christ
The abuse of children, those least able to defend themselves, is epidemic on this planet. And children are the closest to pure innocence, spontaneity and love, at least until the adults begin to pervert their characters. In fact, Christ said that we must become again as little children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. But instead of heeding Christ's advice, so-called civilized nations murder and abuse children in torrents.
Earth-Shaker Cable Leaks: the Palestine Papers (Updated)
Over the last several months, Al Jazeera has been given unhindered access to the largest-ever leak of confidential documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are nearly 1,700 files, thousands of pages of diplomatic correspondence detailing the inner workings of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Gerald Celente Gets Down and Dirty on Coast to Coast AM about our Economy
Gerald Celente, the best known trends forecaster in America and head of Trends Research Institute, fields questions from listeners on Coast to Coast AM Radio with host George Noory. Gerald, with his blunt tell-it-like-it-is world view and Bronx humor, comments on the tottering global economy.
The KingFish Schemes to Reignite the National Psychosis
How should we treat Congressman King and his McCarthyite-redux House Committee on Homeland Security, as angst-producing, racist threat to American Moslems or as farce? Or perhaps, as both. Johnathan Swift certainly knew that one of the greatest swords against injustice is political satire.
Thursday, June 16, 2011(3 comments)
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.
Thursday, December 9, 2010(1 comments)
PHOTO-POEM: If Tiger Woods Lived in Sweden
Imagine if Tiger Woods had been sowing his wild oats in Sweden. Not only would he not get to swing any big phallic golf clubs for quite a while, but he might never even get out of prison if the same level of severity were to be applied to him as to Julian Assange!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010(1 comments)
Time to HOWL Again: A Movie Review
A new movie about Allen Ginsberg, named after his most famous poem, Howl, is out, and it is attracting kudos and making waves wherever it opens. Starring James Franco in the title role, this movie will educate and open the minds of a new generation, if enough people see it, in the search for self-expression, freedom and a higher vision of humanity in a world rapidly degenerating into an Orwellian nightmare.
Saturday, February 17, 2007(12 comments)
Jack Bauer, Wilhelm Reich and Confronting Fascism
It is time to resurrect the teachings of Wilhelm Reich regarding Fascism and the unnatural, mechanistic societies that generate Fascism by alienating us from our bodies, natural love and the universe, while entertaining us with psychotic, paranoid screeds such as Fox's "24", not unlike the bread and circuses of the Romans.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011(3 comments)
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.
Confronting the National Myth: The Elephant in the Room
In case you missed it, the 2008 award-winning documentary "Elephant in the Room", produced and directed by Englishman Dean Puckett, a street level, critical look at the myths and deceptions of 911, as well as a spotlight on the 911 Truth Movement, can now be watched in its entirety on the Internet.
Friday, July 30, 2010(1 comments)
Is BP Playing TWO WELL MONTE?
Has BP pulled yet another fast one on us, the ever-gullible American public? There are two wells down there, the one abandoned in early 2010, and the subsequent rushed drill well that blew out. The problem is that the roving cameras are showcasing the successful capping of, as well as displaying the coordinates of the FIRST WELL, at least according to the official MMS document BP was supposed to drill by.
"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.
Welcome to the Lower Ninth Ward, Where Tragedy and Hope Meet
This photo essay takes you to the scene of some of the worst flooding in New Orleans during Katrina, the Lower Ninth Ward, where today, 20 months later, despite the heroic efforts of residents and volunteers, the challenge to rebuild still looms like Mt. Everest, with the Feds and city government more of an obstacle to recovery efforts than a source of inspiration and support. So groups like Common Ground have taken the helm.
Bringing Karl Rove to Trial, Test Run
Karl Rove, who has left a wake of destruction throughout the planet by helping to usher in the most reactionary regime the United States has ever seen, has yet to be brought to justice for his many outrages, the latest of which is his arrogant refusal to testify before Congress. However, in Virginia Beach on Friday, July 18, some 40 protestors gave us an example of how that just might be accomplished.
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.
Photo-Essay: Homage to Mother Earth on Earth Day
Let's celebrate our gorgeous, infinitely creative and intelligent Mother, Grandmother to the Sioux, Gaia to the Greeks, who sustains us all despite how our species mistreats Her, but who, however, really does appreciate our love and respect when we give it to her.
This photo album is my homage to Earth Day. Take the time to offer Her something yourself if you can.
Friday, April 2, 2010(4 comments)
Humans of the World Unite! You have Nothing to Lose But Your Chains
DUMÉNIL: Well, you see, what's happening now--I explained before what neoliberalism is about, which is a restoration, the tremendous increase of the income of the richest fractions of population. Okay? Now, this mechanism led to a major crash, to a major crisis. And what are they doing? They are trying to transfer the costs of the crisis to the people;
Is Osama bin Laden Dead? Part 3: Confession as Theater
The linch-pin of the War on Terror has been 9/11, and the pin itself has always been Osama bin Laden. However, this pin is not made of stainless steel, but smoke and mirrors. In Part 2 we looked at videotapes that surfaced right after 9/11 and now in Part 3 we will continue to focus on those tapes up thru Dec 2001, including the confession tapes, yes, plural, because there was one, allegedly, that never quite made it to press.
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.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Exploring Western anti-Moslem Bigotry
Moslems, since 9/11, if not before, have become the new "Jews" of a bigoted and benighted West which has never risen above militarism, prejudice and the need for scapegoats to project their dark sides upon. But just how did this come about? Jay Paul and two scholars explore this question.
Sunday, February 25, 2007(4 comments)
Army Veteran Arrested Trying to Petition Rep. Thelma Drake
The First Amendment was denied to an Army Vet on Thurs, Feb 22 thru the machinations of the office of Rep. Thelma Drake, Virginia. He was trying to deliver citizens' letters to her, but was arrested instead. This is a shot across the bow of American Democracy. If Drake gets away with this, what will the authoritarians think of next on the road to tyranny. It is time for us to take action.
PHOTO ESSAY: The Anti-War March in DC, Mar 20, 2010, Part 2
A renewed and energized, multi-faceted peace movement that understands the intimate connection between America's social, economic, even spiritual woes and the toxic effects of Washington's imperialist wars, occupations, injustices as well as alliances with reactionary forces globally, came together on Saturday, March 20 to speak out for peace with justice. This is Part 2 of my photo essay, the march itself after the rally.
Breaking News from FOXX News: Yet Another bin Laden Tape
In the past 24 hours al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, apparently not content with just one new message to the American people, has now released another videotape, which this time heavily attacks Americans' social habits, singling out Michael Vick for special criticism as a terrible role model for our youth.
Thursday, March 17, 2011(7 comments)
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.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010(4 comments)
Still Hidden in the Bayous: BP Does Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
The jaded powers-that-be who are interested only in the bottom line and covering their own rears in the ongoing BP disaster in and along the Gulf of Mexico depend upon the remoteness of the bayous and marshes from the public eye to maintain the fiction and myth that everything is suddenly OK in the Gulf. But they hadn't counted on everyday people like Lorrie Williams and many others exposing the awful truth.
Friday, February 15, 2008(1 comments)
Saul Williams - When The Clock Strikes Me
As C.L. Pagano recently wrote: "I don't know about you, but I lived through the 60s and I just know they're back! It's a feeling, it's the similarities of social unrest and it's something more cosmic".
She's not alone with this feeling. Many of us, such as Saul Williams, welcome this energy of transformation's arrival and are eager to channel it's healing power into the contracting veins of our dying civilization.
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.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007(3 comments)
Hitler, Propaganda and Recycling Iraq as Iran
How many of you know that the very propaganda techniques employed with devastating effect by the White House and worldwide Neocon apparatus were first articulated by Adolf Hitler back in 1925 in his autobiography, Mein Kampf? His spiritual heirs are employing them today to manipulate us into war against Iran.
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.
Photo Essay: Thoughts for the Fourth of July: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk for Peace
With 2 wars going, let us look at some people who feel very strongly that war in general is not only wrong but horribly threatening and destructive to all sentient life on the planet, particularly at this stage in the planet's evolution, where resources for survival are dwindling and social problems magnifying exponentially. Let us look at people who not only talk the talk about a peaceful world, but walk the walk to create it
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.
Seeing through the Modus Operandi: Don't Fall for Israeli Propaganda
The Israelis are master propagandists. They know the value of muddying the waters when whatever is floating beneath the surface is not to their advantage for the world to see, be it assassinations or invasions. So now is the time to go diving, with a dive light if need be, to get to the truth.
Reel Bad Arabs - Confronting Stereotypes
Media critic Jack Shaheen wrote a book that has now become a just-released film exploring Hollywood's decades-long history of stereotyping Arabs, a history with disturbing similarities to anti-Semitic and other racist caricatures throughout history. And these stereotypes have had a lethal effect on the collective American consciousness, not to mention foreign policy.
Friday, November 17, 2006
WILLY PETE DOES FALLUJAH - Fallujah, the Guernica of our Times, Part 8
This is the last of a series detailing the destruction of Fallujah by the American military culminating in November of 2004. This article focuses on the horrific use of white phophorus against humans in the final assault, despite initial Pentagon denials. It also explores the concept of the Fascist Plague, a term first coined by Wilhelm Reich against the Nazis some seventy or so years ago. It is perhaps time to resurrect it.
Sunday, March 6, 2011(1 comments)
Gaddafi's Libya: A State of Terror and Breaking the Silence
For decades, Colonel Gaddafi has been able to keep the lid on the horrors that his death squad/torture-state repressive apparatus has visited on the Libyan people so that he can maintain de facto absolute power and full access to the wealth of the Libyan people. But now Libyans around the world have found the courage to expose Gaddafi's lies and tell the shocking truth.
Friday, November 19, 2010(1 comments)
Why Haitians Don't Like UN "Peacekeepers" (UN MINUSTAH) in their Country: Video Testimonies
There is a common misconception among a great many people in the world that the UN military presence is benign, selfless and humanitarian, but in reality MINUSTAH was sent in to "stabilize" the Haitian people shortly after a coup d'etat against popular and progressive President Bertrand Aristide in 2004 that Aristide says the US abetted. In otherwords, the defacto UN Mission was to solidify a Right-wing coup d'etat!
Saturday, April 21, 2007(14 comments)
Along the Gulf coast, Post-Katrina, Part 1: Pascagoula
While endless billions of dollars disappear down the black hole of destruction and profiteering that is Iraq, the real needs of the American people are being grossly ignored along the Gulf Coast, which is still reeling from the vast destruction caused by Katrina. Here is the first of a series of photo albums that highlight the lingering devastation.
Photo Americana: The Manatees of Crystal River
One of the tresures of Florida is its natural wildlife, particularly the Florida manatee, which is loved by millions. Thousands have had the opportunity to actually swim with the manatees, and here's your chance too, at least virtually, so if you are feeling froggy, come with me.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Gaddafi Pulling a Fallujah on Zawiya: Tanks and Planes Reportedly Hammering Everything (with VIDEO)
From the BBC, Sky News and the Guardian UK: Gaddafi has launched a ruthless assault on rebel-held Zawiya, according to eyewitnesses, with one saying it had been reduced to ashes.
Gaddafi's tanks, planes, artillery are pounding Zawiya, as trapped residents cower from the onslaught.
A witness told BBC News that it seemed every building was being hit by a shower of bullets. Mosques and hospitals have reportedly been hit.
Nancy Pelosi's Lady MacBeth, Anti-Impeachment Oration (Satirical Poem)
Why is it that Nancy Pelosi continuously protects George Bush from impeachment? One can only speculate about what hidden thoughts course through her mind, but perhaps by contemplating the works of Shakespeare we can come to some sort of intuition. Is Speaker Pelosi perhaps really a cross between a xenophobic Lady MacBeth and patrician Marc Antony, plotting for and defending, against all comers, her favorite would-be emperor?
Update: We Need New Lyrics for the Battle of New Orleans - Well, Here Are Some!
At then end of May I wrote:
"Who wants to rewrite and perform a new and timely version of the Battle of New Orleans", one that will reflect the struggle against Big Oil and corrupt government in the Gulf?
Well, I got some replies from viewers. Here they are, sometimes just lyrics, sometimes with music, not always exactly what I asked for, but, hey, artistic freedom at work.
Thursday, March 24, 2011(2 comments)
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.
Monday, May 9, 2011(2 comments)
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.
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.
Set Your Intention to Stop an Attack on Iran
It is time for progressives to focus their energies collectively on stopping an attack on Iran before it starts, as well as rejecting the demonization of 70 million of our brothers and sisters on our planet.
Hidden in the Bayous
As I continue my series about the Gulf Coast, we take a look at lingering hurricane destruction in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, a typical city where much of the damage is really hidden from the casual tourist. You have to go off the beaten path, so to speak.
Art Photography: Autumn Leaves, Trees and Flowers
My present to all of you at OpEdNews and beyond this Thanksgiving, folks. No wishes that you eat well (which usually just means you will have extra calories and sugar rushes to worry about) or that you remember Plymouth Rock, which has been commercialized ad nauseum, just that you get in rhythm with the season, which, when you take the time TO LOOK, is astoundingly beautiful.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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, May 23, 2011
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.
Zen and the War on Terror
As Obama makes the fateful decision to escalate an already horrific, convoluted war in a tortured and haunted land cursed with the specters of countless soldiers and warriors since ancient times, perhaps a poem would be useful to add a deeper perspective to the sounds and furies of our current crop of politicians and generals uttering tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury signifying nothing other than profound folly.
Gaddafi Depravity of the Day: Libya BBC Staff Arrested and Tortured by his Forces
Muammar Gaddafi has crossed so many lines defining civilized bahavior and human rights that he and his regime are capable of almost anything now, including beating and mock-executing foreign journalists. What will be the next barbaric outrage from this demented despot who apparently thinks he can con and brutalize the entire world?
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.
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.
Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 6
This is the 6th in a series of articles on the destruction of Fallujah, Iraq by the American military. This November is the 2nd anniversay of the final assault on that luckless city, which commenced, amazingly, with attacks on the hospitals. This article focuses on what happened to Fallujah General Hospital in particular in the first few days of Operation Phantom Fury.
(Satire) MARIE SAYS: LET THEM EAT CAKE!
Senator Jim Bunning, who has no problem with voting for billions for mindless wars, suddenly waxes fiscally indignant at the thought of spending money on unemployed workers struggling to feed their families and pay the rent. Is he descended from French Bluebloods I wonder?
Open Letter to the Presidents of Russia and China
All the storm warnings are there that the White House is poised to attack Iran on utterly specious grounds, with a clear ulterior motive, to carry out the Neocon agenda of turning the Middle East into an American super-colony. Gulag might be a better term. Moreover, this could profoundly damage the world economy, given the instability of oil prices and resources. What, then, are Russia and China doing to stop this?
Saturday, November 11, 2006
You want to know about WAR CRIMES? Falluah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 7
This day, two years ago, the final assault on Fallujah by the American military had just begun. By the middle of that fateful November, 2004, most of the city would lie in ruins, a testament to modern barbarity. Ironically, the insurgency that this extreme operation was meant to decapitate would only spread, Hydra-like, to the rest of Iraq, while in Fallujah today, there are still insurgent activities.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 3
This is the 3rd in a series of articles first published in print-form only for the Southern (((I))) of Hampton Roads, Virginia this year, a series covering the tragedy of Fallujah, all but destroyed in two major assaults by US-led forces in 2004, the second assault in November of that year. As we approach the second anniversary of that final destruction, I am now submitting them online for the first time to help us remember.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Obama, Manichaeism and the Shadow
Today, Dec 9, 2009, President Obama justified brutal war as the path to peace by retreating into Manichaeism and skipping around the psychological reality of America's collective Shadow, ignoring the vast destruction that this has wrought in the world to maintain the fiction that we are the chosen ones to advance civilization.
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.
Thursday, November 29, 2007(4 comments)
Gaza's Reality - from Occupation 101
Americans continue to know very little about conditions in occupied Palestine, where some 4,255,000 plus Palestinians live in pathetic to horrific conditions. This short video takes you inside a refugee zone in Gaza.
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?
Thursday, November 19, 2009(6 comments)
Art Photography: Night Zinnias
If Dracula had been a little more sensitive, instead of waxing euphoric over his howling wolves as his "children of the night", he might have gone on a moonlight walk (or flight) and admired some of the beautiful flowers of the night.
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.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 5
This is the 5th in the Fallujah series, detailing the political and military situation inside Falluah between the first American assault in April, 2004 and the second offensive in November of that year. A formerly diverse, secular city was now transformed into a hunkered down, desperate enclave run by Sharia Law and the Mujahedeen.
Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 4
This is the 4th of a series of articles recounting the destruction of Fallujah, Iraq by the American military during two assaults in 2004. This article brings us to the end of the 1st siege, examining civilian suffering and the role of independent journalists in telling the whole, brutal story, not the corporate media's sanitized version of events.
We are indebted to those who risk their lives in pursuit of the truth.
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.
Friday, September 11, 2009
A Poetic Reflection on 9/11: Zen and the War on Terror
There are, to simplify, two pathways one can follow in this world, two paradigms one can choose from to try to survive and prosper with. One is the path of Fear, the other the path of Love. Thus far America has been following the pathway of Fear. And look to what sorry state it has led us. Time to try the other approach.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 2
This is the 2nd in a series of articles first published in print-form only for the Southern (((I))) of Hampton Roads, Virginia this year, a series covering the tragedy of Fallujah, all but destroyed in two major assaults by US-led forces in 2004, the second assault in November of that year. As we approach the second anniversary of that final destruction, I am now submitting them online for the first time to help us remember.
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.
Monday, October 9, 2006
Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 1
This is the first in a series of articles first published in print-form only for the Southern (((I))) of Hampton Roads, Virginia this year, a series covering the tragedy of Fallujah, all but destroyed in two major assaults by US-led forces in 2004, the second assault in November of that year. As we approach the second anniversary of that final destruction, I am now submitting them online for the first time to help us remember.
The Frat Boys and Their Holocaust - Is it One Million Now?
A new report by an Australian scientist is now putting the Iraqi death toll at one million. What will it take for Pelosi to enlarge her compassion beyond just the American dead to care about the Iraqi dead, or is that just collateral damage to her? America is now overseeing a Holocaust. Is that how we want History to rememeber us?
Monday, January 22, 2007
The Appeal for Redress from the War in Iraq
Members of the Armed Forces should be aware that they have a legitimate right through the Appeal for Redress mechanism to register their opposition to the war in Iraq, as well as the right in general to criticize the war, so long as they follow military protocol.
OPERATION IRAQI GENOCIDE
Let's start dismantling our Orwellian government's Double Speak one cliche at a time, starting with one of the most odious. Their thought-forms must be neutralized and exposed for the negative energies and realities they hide.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Confronting the Propaganda War Against Iran
The big lies are continuing to mount to demonize Iran. The White House and its faithful sidekick, Israel, are already engaged in low-level warfare against Iran and are setting the stage for a direct attack. It is time for progressives to escalate our own efforts to stop this insane rush toward mindless, massive destruction on yet another front.