Archive for June, 2011

Somalia Joins America’s Remote Hit List

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Add Somalia to the lengthening list of country’s currently under attack by the United States.

Of course the US won’t officially say they’re at war with Somalia, but Americans are flying remote controlled planes that drop bombs on Somalian soil – an act most countries would consider a declaration of war.

With Yemen added earlier this month, Somalia brings the total to at least six nations counting themselves amongst those green-lighted for remote attacks. Remotely detonated bombs, all sanctioned by the United States of Warmerica.

Washington must be finding it easier to snuff out human life when the pilot is sitting a few thousand miles away from where the killing is done.

Fortunately for our planet, killing people is getting more difficult to do all the time. Right now, the deaths of these militants might pass without seeing the global spotlight.

But the more interconnected our world becomes, the more atrocities and injustices – like those that happen in war zones -  will be dragged out into the open to where they cannot survive.

So don’t let this new arm to war dissuade you… the whole beast will soon come to an end.

Neat Innovation: Virtual Grocery Store

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

When grocery chain Tesco wanted to expand their market share in South Korea, they came up with a brilliant idea: put a virtual store in the subway so busy consumers can buy stuff with their cell phones while they wait for the train.

Now, instead of relying on a brick-and-mortar storefront, businesses can just put life-size pictures of their wares in high-traffic public spaces. Sure, it doesn’t solve issues like rampant consumerism, wasteful food transport practices, or obesity, but it’s an interesting innovation nevertheless.

Athens On Fire

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Hundreds of thousands of protesters are taking to the streets in Greece’s capital to voice their opposition to the austerity measures going through parliament.

While some of the protesters have been peaceful, many frustrations have boiled over into violence, with angry Greeks trashing property, lighting stuff on fire, and attacking security forces.

Frankly, I don’t blame them for being upset. Their government is about to take on another bailout from the global loan-sharks known as the IMF, complete with many deep-reaching strings attached, in response to a crisis many say was caused by bankers and politicians.

But throwing petrol bombs at police officers won’t help anything. This just tarnishes the image of the demonstrators while making it harder for peaceful activists to get their voice heard.

Obama’s Broken Promises

Monday, June 27th, 2011

It’s got to be tough being President. Especially when your agenda of perpetuating the status quo strays so far from the platform of change that got you elected.

But it’s not Obama’s fault. He’s just one guy, and no matter how liberal he might be at heart, the game is rigged against him. The Left is consistently losing ground to the Right, because the Right tends to have the money needed to buy political clout.

The result is kind of like this cartoon:

The political system in the US, and to a greater extent the entire world, is structured to give people the illusion of choice, when the most important decisions are made in without consulting, or often in opposition to, the voice of the people.

So what hope is there? Well, if all the leading political parties are corrupted, then the solution lies outside the mainstream democratic channels. And what does this mean, exactly?

It means that the change we need will have to come from us, from the regular people. We can’t wait for elected officials to save us, because they’re already lost. It is up to you and me and everyone who wants a brighter future to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

And right now, it seems the establishment could use a good shaking up. It is time for elected officials to be held accountable, and for governments to maintain a healthy dose of fear-based respect for the general population.

Distraction Politics

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

I was planning to write another piece about how Democrats and Republicans both toe the same line for many key issues, be it armed conflict, pro-corporatist legislation, or a widening of the gap between the super-rich and everyone else.

The post would have highlighted how comparatively trivial issues, like same-sex marriage, illegal immigration, or Anthony Weiner’s penis, dominate the political sphere while actually significantly issues, like reforming Wall St. or slashing defense spending, remain mostly untouched by both politicians and the mainstream media alike.

But rather than write this piece, which I’m sure would have been timely and eloquent, I found the following picture which sums up what I’m trying to say quite nicely. So we’ll go with that instead:

 

 

Hillary Clinton OKs Attack on Humanitarian Flotilla

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

When it comes to attacking the humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza, it’s green lights go, says US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Here’s what Clinton said in remarks at the State Department on 23 June:

We think that it’s not helpful for there to be flotillas that try to provoke actions by entering into Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves.

Of course, few nations consider Gaza or its waters to be sovereign Israeli territory, not that it would stop the Israeli Defense Force. Last May, the IDF attacked a similar Gaza-bound flotilla in INTERNATIONAL WATERS, killing 9 activists and imprisoning hundreds more.

Apparently, it’s an act of war just to try and help the people being held captive by the State of Israel. So, regardless of whether or not the freedom flotilla enters Israeli space, they’re likely to meet with heavy resistance.

Best of luck to these brave freedom fighters. Here’s hoping for no casualties and that the world hears of their courage.

 

The Zionist Story

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The Zionist Story is a full length, independent film by Ronen Berelovich, telling the story of ethnic cleansing, colonialism and apartheid in Israel to produce a demographically Jewish State.

If you’re looking for an alternative viewpoint to the one portrayed by the mainstream media, this film makes an excellent starting point.

US unmanned aircraft hit 1 million combat hours

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The US Air Force just announced a milestone in modern warfare 14 years in the making – remote controlled drones have logged over 1 million combat hours.

Man, just think about all the lives snuffed out by some soldier sitting behind a computer screen. No wait, don’t do that! That’s just awful.

Plus, if you start thinking about the real-world repercussions of remote controlled warfare – like how these bombs don’t differentiate between babies and bad guys – then you’ve negated the entire dehumanizing process so vital to institutionalized violence.

And where would we be if armed combatants started viewing their targets as real people with families and loved ones? Oh right… we’d have world peace.

Robert Reich Rocks

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Robert Reich, political economist and Secretary of Labor for the Clinton administration, enlightens us with two concise and compelling videos.

In the first, Reich describes the intricate collusion between the government and the defense industry, and how taxpayer money is being used by the war industry to secure even larger government contracts:

And for this video, Reich analyzes in detail how the super-rich have been running away with the economy, and in turn, the political system:

Two well-delivered and professionally produced clips, giving myself (along with many other film-makers) something to aspire to.

US Leaving Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

(“Exit strategy? I dunno… maybe try rocking it.”)

President Obama is expected to deliver a highly anticipated speech on the troop drawdown, where plans to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan will be announced.

Great! Way to earn that Nobel Peace prize, Barack.

The US has also begun negotiating a peace agreement with the Taliban for the first time.

Amazing! All it took was a bankrupt economy and hundreds of thousands of deaths, and the diplomatic process has neared the point it could have been at 10 years ago.