George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language" →
A favorite of mine and always inspirational, George Orwell’s 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language”.
Direct Misdirection: California
California’s budget and economic problems aren’t news to anyone. The state is broke and one of the reasons why is the ballot initiative; the process that allows people to vote on laws. California began using the initiative during the “progressive” era as a way to check politicians. However, over the last few decades, special interest influence has put many poor initiatives on the ballot and they...
Connecticut House votes to repeal death penalty →
Mohammed Nasheed, the "Mandela of the Maldives" →
We're still "pro-democracy" right?
Not really. U.S. foreign policy over the last half century has been to support right wing dictatorships as long as it is in our strategic and economic interest. This has happened regardless of whether the president is Democrat or Republican. The latest example of this is Honduras. In summer 2009, a military coup in Honduras ousted the democratically elected president Jose Manuel Zelaya. Now under...
"Elephants Down Under" →
Thomas Friedman illuminates the rightward shift of our political spectrum by comparing it to Australia and New Zealand.
war, the indescribable, the pleasure of the mad, the final argument of...– Charles Bukowski
A lot happening lately...
- Jeremy Scahill on the Obama administration’s role in keeping Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye in prison. - Less freedom for journalists reporting on food scandals in Iowa, more freedom for journalists in Mexico. - And more on Kony 2012, the discovery of minerals in Uganda and the suspicious funding of Invisible Children.
I’m late on this, but I just got around to seeing this bit on The Daily Show from last week. A humorous look at the “activism” and awareness of Kony 2012.
Kony 2012: A Literary Perspective
Joseph Kony is a war criminal and he should be brought to justice. However, the “Kony 2012” campaign that has caught fire over the last week is problematic propaganda. If Invisible Children considers itself to be a charitable organization, then it should focus on charity and goodwill, not diluting a nuanced regional conflict to good vs. evil. A great Foreign Affairs article from last November...
Whether terrorism occurs in Manhattan, Madrid, London, Riyadh, or La Paz, it is...– John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
To the East: The Rightward March of American...
Senator Olympia Snowe’s refusal to run for re-election in 2012 is a sign of the times. Republicans that are more moderate are finding it increasingly difficult to run in a party veering to the right. Senator Snowe has stated that gridlock and partisanship have left her exhausted. Of course, the rigid and strange rules of the Senate (primarily the filibuster) have also changed the Senate from a...
When the newspapers were full of alarms about Iran possibly developing a nuclear...– Howard Zinn on Kurt Vonnegut (via axelgonz08)