Still looking for a good explanation of the current dynamics of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia? Hasan Minhaj has you covered; facts and biting humor make it real. [NSFW: language] [Read more…]
This year we have looked back on the U.S. of 1968, including the assassinations of Dr. King and presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy. However, for hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops overseas or on the seas, we were not here. Those of us trained for combat were serving in the major duty areas of Vietnam, Germany, and South Korea for 12-month assignments or longer.
The lack of the internet, cell phones, or even U.S. television disconnected us from these events. We were immersed in military life, which was and is very structured, with defined duties and daily accountability to one’s superiors and fellow soldiers. 1968 was the height of the Vietnam War and there was a military machine operating 24/7 with equipment to run, planes to fly, ships to sail, communications to process and with millions of people coming in, being trained, getting out. [Read more…]
As thousands of Honduras camp outside the border of San Diego, their desperation is clearly evident. We’re told they are fleeing their country because of the harsh conditions there.
But isn’t Honduras a tropical paradise somewhere out there in Central America? Don’t they have a lot of neat old Spanish churches and stuff? And all those crazy and wonderful Mayan ruins. Why would anyone want to flee beautiful Honduras?
So, we have to wonder why any person would travel by foot thousands of miles through jungle, desert, towns, large cities and wilderness to reach our borders when they have plenty of nice beaches there. [Read more…]
The inimitable Joan Baez presenting her plaintive interpretation of the Waits/Brennan anti-war song “The Day After Tomorrow”. (h/t to mic) [Read more…]
Kurt Vonnegut’s experience of surviving the fire-bombing of Dresden as a prisoner of war provided a fundamental component of the raw material for his novel “Slaughterhouse Five”. In this video Vonnegut reads a passage from the novel accompanied by remarkable imagery using archival footage in an unconventional way and suggests how Vonnegut may have longed for that history to have been rewritten.
(BTW, today, November 11th, is Vonnegut’s birthday. He would have been 96.) [Read more…]
From the Nidd Chorale YouTube web page:
Nidd Chorale commissioned this anthem from the renowned composer Philip Wilby, to commemorate the centenary of the ending of World War I. The words were specially written by choir member, and former Master of the Royal Armouries, Guy Wilson who has had much of his poetry set by Phil, including the choir’s last commission Spring Madrigals. The inspiration for the words came from soldiers’ letters written from the front to family members in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire where the choir is based.
By Gil Field / San Diego Veterans for Peace
On Saturday, November 10th, 2018 (Veterans Day), the San Diego Veterans For Peace will be setting up its respected “Hometown Arlington West Memorial” on the front lawn of the USS Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Drive, near the corner of Broadway, in downtown San Diego. Chapter veterans from all five services will be honoring our 300+ fallen brothers and sisters from Southern California who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with special memorial markers. The public is asked to stop by, read their names, honor the ultimate sacrifice made by these local fallen veterans, and to reflect on the overall costs of these two ongoing wars. [Read more…]
From the MSNBC YouTube website:
14 million people are on the brink of starvation in Yemen, but the U.S. can avert disaster if it stops supporting the Saudi war atrocities in Yemen.
One would be hard pressed
to uncover an adventure with beginnings more humble than that of a formerly unlovely wreckage
resting on a sandy sea bottom
embryo of destiny, unrealized at the discovery moment,
to morph into the planet-navigating boat of peace,
“Golden Rule” [Read more…]
By Mark Sumner / Daily Kos
It’s not unusual for governments to cooperate in investigating an international crime. It’s a little less common for governments to put their heads together in an attempt to dream up an acceptable alibi for why a Washington Post journalist was literally taken apart one finger at a time.
With the Turkish government releasing grisly information on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, the US government should be pressuring the Saudi leadership for the facts about the brutal murder of a US resident journalist. And according to a report from the Washington Post, the US and Saudi governments are cooperating … but to cover up a crime, not find the truth. [Read more…]
A columnist for the Washington Post was apparently murdered in Istanbul, Turkey. This was no robbery, not a drive-by shooting. Officially, Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi is a missing person.
This is a story with implications going beyond the unbridled cruelty of the Saudi regime. It goes beyond the 11 journalists currently being detained in Saudi Arabia and the rising tide of violence aimed at the news media worldwide. It should come as no surprise that there are threads back to the Trump administration woven into this story.
There is security cam footage of him walking into the Saudi Consulate, but no evidence that he left. His fiance waited outside the building for 10 hours. [Read more…]
I’ve been seeing ghosts lately. Ghosts of people I’ve known and never known. They rise from visions of pure white teeth climbing the mouths of rolling hills, erupting in rows along grassy plains. Teeth, in a mouth that grows bigger with each passing year, teeth more numerous with each generation.
Out of these teeth rise the spirits of men and women, young and old, all colors, races, all religions and origins. These spirits once lived in a sharecropper’s shack in Kentucky, a brownstone in New York, a mobile home in Lancaster, a walk-up in Chicago. They once picked fruit in California, harvested grain in Kansas, mined coal in Virginia, raised cattle in Texas. In more recent years, they babysat a neighbor’s children in Arizona, graduated from a community college in Colorado, clerked in a grocery store in Hawaii, cleaned rooms at a resort in Alaska.
These spirits evaporated from the arms of their mothers and fathers, watched their spouses and children slip away while waving to them across the growing gap of land or water, swallowed their tears of loneliness and grasped onto their fellows as a lifeline of family. [Read more…]