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MURDEROUS IMPUNITY, CENSORIOUS IMMUNITY—ISRAEL
In the impunity with immunity department, where the martial mayhem and murderous brutality of Israeli assault reigns as undisputed champion of depredation, a report from Rabble.ca about the sailboat that was crossing the Mediterranean under the guidance of its thirteen women crew members in order to deliver a small load of medicines and other supplies to Palestinians in Gaza, which as Electronic Intifada also reports the Israelis have intercepted, in “clear violation” of international law, disallowing the blockaded peoples of the supposedly ‘independent’ Gaza Strip any access to the outside world except through Israeli checkpoints, the seized women’s fate to be detention and deportation, apparently, one in a series of such attempts that the Israeli Navy has crushed for the past nine years, after agreements to permit Gazans more leeway in conducting trade came to pieces amid accusations of smuggling arms and support of Hamas from the sea, all of which point to matters that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens should investigate and act upon if they have any hope for a world that does not teeter on the edge of an apocalyptic cliff as a result of battles over turf that, literally, are thousands of years old.
This Day in History
Today in the United States is German American Day; inducing its martial reorganization, the military forces of Rome two thousand one hundred twenty-one years ago suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Germanic fighters who had originated near modern day Denmark; thirty-six years hence, in 69 BCE, another Republican legion overcame Armenian forces at the battle of Tigranocerta, in so doing effectively annexing that portion of Western Asia to Rome; ninety-two years subsequently, in 23 CE, more or less to the day, a peasant rebellion captured and decapitated a Chinese Xin Dynasty emperor; fifteen hundred sixteen years later, in 1539, Hernando de Soto captured the Apalachee capitol near the site of present-day Tallahassee, Florida;four hundred sixteen years prior to the present, the world’s first opera, Euridice premiered in Florence and helped to inaugurate the Baroque period; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Patience certainly manifests as a prime paradox, inasmuch as, on the one hand, delay often seems not only inconvenient and more than slightly unpleasant but also positively lethal to achieving the ends that we hope to attain with our actions, while, on the other hand, even the most modest experience of how plans and processes unfold in the real workaday world reveals that little worthwhile happens instantaneously or even easily, that in fact painstaking focus and care, diligent attention and constant effort, accompany any path to prosperous outcomes: thus, the resolution of this omnipresent conundrum can only be recognizing the necessities of a given situation and acting accordingly, either with the insistent quick strike of a master of the ring or the quiet watchful attentive aplomb of an actor who knows how to wait for his cue.
“God of our weary years, god of our silent tears, thou, who has brought us thus far along the way, thou, who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path we pray, lest our feet stray from the places, our god, where we met thee, lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee.
Shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand true to thee, oh God, and true to our native land.
We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we’ve shared this day. MORE HERE from Joseph Lowery Benediction for Barack Obama’s First Inauguration
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A blog post by a courageous correspondent that looks at the terrors of police brutality, and how these evils await the non guilty as well as anyone else: “As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, “we the people” are now at the mercy of law enforcement officers who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to “serve and protect.”
Sad, isn’t it, how quickly we have gone from a nation of laws—where the least among us had just as much right to be treated with dignity and respect as the next person (in principle, at least)—to a nation of law enforcers (revenue collectors with weapons) who treat us all like suspects and criminals?”
A Guardian post that looks at the celebration of a literary giant: “The site of Bellaghy station is to become Seamus Heaney HomePlace, an important arts and literary centre exploring the life, literature and inspirations of the Nobel prize-winning poet who died in 2013 and is buried in the nearby church graveyard.
As well as being a tourist draw it will be an important community resource and the symbolism of it being a former RUC station, from division to unity, is important, said Heaney’s son Michael.”
A Poynter article that points to resources that are becoming available to journalists and citizens alike: “A new tool launched on Monday seeks to work as both a resource and a collaborative space for people using the Freedom of Information Act.
FOIA Wiki, from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, includes details on FOIA exemptions and fees, contact information for federal agencies and an open forum for questions. There’s also a page with FOIA basics.”
An Independent post that looks at the shady deals occurring in Texas pointing to generalized overreach and corruption: “Why so many Pentagon officials and their relatives were working on the side as sheriff’s deputies in Texas has not been explained in court, where much of the evidence has been sealed to protect national security. What a training base would have been used for there is just as murky.”
A World Socialist Web Site review of a book that addresses the history of the Spanish Civil War and deconstructs some of its ideological errors: “It is not surprising that in many circles the Spanish Civil War has been, and remains to this day, shrouded in confusion and outright falsification, containing as it does in concentrated form virtually every fundamental political lesson of the period following the Russian Revolution.”