Loud and Clear

June 21, 2018
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WAKE UP! Now is not the time to yawn!

June 19, 2018

The opposite of moral is not immoral, but indifferent. To open your eyes, to pay attention, to be astonished and then to act is to affirm your own humanity. To look away at a time like this—to willfully blind yourself to what is happening right in front of your eyes— is to scar yourself as well as the larger human family. How will you prove in years to come that you were alive at this critical moment? Wake up! Now is not the time to yawn.


Come and Meet Medea Benjamin

June 19, 2018

https://www.semcoop.com/event/fresh-ayers-medea-benjamin-inside-iran-bill-ayershttps://www.facebook.com/events/634525453553549/


From a dear old friend of Bob Tomashevsky’s, Marjorie Hornik…

June 18, 2018
A message for my FaceBook friends, all 11 of you:
As I learn of the thousands of families being torn apart at our borders – babies, toddlers and young children being ripped from the arms (and the breasts) of their parents, sent thousands of miles away or put in wire cages and warehouses – my rage and nausea are growing. As a mother, I find the horror of it beyond my capacity to express in words. As a psychotherapist, I would like to try to find words to speak about it and share with you.
I have read the accurate, powerful yet measured words of some of my professional community as they speak out against these atrocities. They speak of the lifelong psychological harm suffered by children who undergo forced separation. What do they mean by this? One way to understand it is to understand the human attachment system – the capacity that our nervous systems have, from the moment of birth, to keep us connected and cared for by our parents. It is a SURVIVAL system – without it, we would not survive, as individuals or as a species. Humans are wired to respond powerfully to attachment signals – think of how a parent responds to an infant’s cry, or a baby’s smile. As babies, we depend on our parent for protection, to mediate and explain contact with the world and with other people. We come to know ourselves, our feelings and emotions, most powerfully by how we see and feel them reflected back to us from the adults that know us and love us. Again, this is a SURVIVAL need.
Every day in my office, I work with courageous clients who are trying to live better lives – to feel better, to connect more deeply and reliably with the important people in their lives, to love and care for their children in ways that they themselves were not loved and cared for. So many of them are working to heal the traumas of their early lives – separation, loss or abandonment by a parent, abuse, all sorts of traumas. Often in our work, we find ourselves in the realm of multi-generational trauma: clients learn how their own parents’ (and grandparents’) traumatic experiences still echo in their lives: think, Holocaust, combat in wars, pervasive racism, the dislocation of immigration.
Do you see where I’m going with this? Picture a young child, having made the harrowing trip with his or her parent, finally arriving at the US border, only to be torn physically from their parent (or to have the parent unexpectedly disappear, when the parent is led off for a “photograph” or the child is taken “for a bath”). This child is experiencing a fear of ANNIHILATION. Nothing less. And who is there to comfort this child? A stranger, who may not even speak her language, who doesn’t know anything of the child’s history. A trauma of this magnitude, even if righted in a matter of days or weeks, may affect that child for his or her entire life, and beyond that, reverberate into the next – and next and next – generations.
As a country, we’ve done this before – think slavery, think Indian Schools. That it is going on, in my name, paid for by my tax dollars, is beyond intolerable. I’m writing this as a first response – I don’t have any idea where this will lead. I have never posted a personal message to FaceBook before. I know I’m preaching to the choir here. Maybe I will share it also with my larger professional community. If you think it offers any new perspective that you would like to share, please feel free to do so. And of course, let us continue to protest and advocate in any way we can, so this atrocity does not continue in our names.

OVERTHROWING OTHER PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENTS: THE MASTER LIST

June 17, 2018
By William Blum – Published February 2013

Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)
Original Post 

  • China 1949 to early 1960s
  • Albania 1949-53
  • East Germany 1950s
  • Iran 1953 *
  • Guatemala 1954 *
  • Costa Rica mid-1950s
  • Syria 1956-7
  • Egypt 1957
  • Indonesia 1957-8
  • British Guiana 1953-64 *
  • Iraq 1963 *
  • North Vietnam 1945-73
  • Cambodia 1955-70 *
  • Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
  • Ecuador 1960-63 *
  • Congo 1960 *
  • France 1965
  • Brazil 1962-64 *
  • Dominican Republic 1963 *
  • Cuba 1959 to present
  • Bolivia 1964 *
  • Indonesia 1965 *
  • Ghana 1966 *
  • Chile 1964-73 *
  • Greece 1967 *
  • Costa Rica 1970-71
  • Bolivia 1971 *
  • Australia 1973-75 *
  • Angola 1975, 1980s
  • Zaire 1975
  • Portugal 1974-76 *
  • Jamaica 1976-80 *
  • Seychelles 1979-81
  • Chad 1981-82 *
  • Grenada 1983 *
  • South Yemen 1982-84
  • Suriname 1982-84
  • Fiji 1987 *
  • Libya 1980s
  • Nicaragua 1981-90 *
  • Panama 1989 *
  • Bulgaria 1990 *
  • Albania 1991 *
  • Iraq 1991
  • Afghanistan 1980s *
  • Somalia 1993
  • Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
  • Ecuador 2000 *
  • Afghanistan 2001 *
  • Venezuela 2002 *
  • Iraq 2003 *
  • Haiti 2004 *
  • Somalia 2007 to present
  • Honduras 2009
  • Libya 2011 *
  • Syria 2012
  • Ukraine 2014 *
  • Syria

Annual TRILLION dollar war budget…(not billion)

June 15, 2018

Liberal Hawks—for Shame!

June 15, 2018

We live in the command center of empire, the mother-country of imperialism, and the terrifying modern-day Sparta. With an annual billion dollar war budget, the US is the biggest threat to world peace and the largest force for war, destruction, and “fire and fury” ever assembled on earth.

The current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already cost hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and 6,800 American soldiers their lives with a price tag of $5.6 trillion. The true cost in human terms is incalculable and ongoing. On top of that the US spends 20-plus times more on militarism annually than on diplomacy, and it consistently chooses war as its default position (see Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and on and on).

And this is one more reason the Democratic Party establishment and their liberal talking-head enablers can’t mount an effective opposition to the rising fascist threat: they agree that the US is the “exceptional” nation, that it should have the exclusive right to stride across the earth like Colossus, threatening, invading, and occupying other nations at will.

In Singapore Donald Trump promised to suspend joint War Games on the Korean peninsula (we shall see), admitting that they represent a provocation to North Korea. Anti-war forces in the US and around the world have called these exercises a provocation for decades, and we’ve demanded their cessation.

So we won?

Not according to the liberal hawks. Rachel Maddow called the suspension “an absolute jackpot for the North Korean dictator,” “one of the things he wants most on earth,” something Trump “has just given [him] for free, for nothing.” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof  said “the cancellation of military exercises will raise questions among our allies,” and that Trump was snookered into using the word “provocative.”

Pathetic.

If you’re against war, then supporting inter-Korean efforts to officially end the stalemated Korean War, and to advance (slow-motion) toward reunification is a good thing. Yes, also moving toward  denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, including getting US nuclear weapons and all troops out.

Korea has the right to self-determination, to decide its own fate without meddling by the US, Japan or any other aspiring imperialist. Mother country peace activists and revolutionaries stand for peace and justice, and against war and militarism. We fight for a world at peace and in balance, powered by love.

Sorry that the liberal hawks won’t join us.