Politics

Comparing Bias Media Coverage of “Terrorism” in Light of Denmark and Craig Hicks Attack

The top 2 images are from yesterday’s attack in Denmark. CNN and FOX were quick to jump on the “terror” label in order to manipulate how people think about “terrorists,” i.e. to think of them as Muslims and in light of the “war on terror” threat around the “Muslim world.” The bottom 2 images are from…… Continue reading Comparing Bias Media Coverage of “Terrorism” in Light of Denmark and Craig Hicks Attack

Islamic State

First Civilians Killed in “War on Islamic State” – Expect More in Future

US missiles “targeting IS” in the town of Kafr Diryan destroyed two residential areas, killing 27 people, most of whom were civilians. According to a report by Al Jazeera (from Truth Revolt): “The locals say that this is the first time that they were attacked by missiles since the outbreak of Syrian revolution. The paradox,…… Continue reading First Civilians Killed in “War on Islamic State” – Expect More in Future

Politics

“Washington is a War Capital … the US is a War State”

A few passages from Kirt Nimmo at Global Research “The Real Network of Death – ISIS Atrocities Pale When Compared to those of the U.S. Masters of War” As Tom Engelhardt notes, “Washington is a war capital” and “the United States is a war state.” It is the “norm for us is to be at war…… Continue reading “Washington is a War Capital … the US is a War State”

Politics

Obama Takes a Commanding Lead Over Bush in Countries Bombed

Politics

Forget their Different Methods of Madness, ISIS and US Military Can Both be Brutal

Don’t let the coverage of the media trick you into thinking that ISIS is somehow more brutal than the US military. Who cares about their different methods of madness, whether it’s an “execution style” gun to the head or a bomb which drops depleted uranium on civilians. All of these acts are outrageous. Both ISIS rebels and American military…… Continue reading Forget their Different Methods of Madness, ISIS and US Military Can Both be Brutal

Religion

US Catholics Question America’s Assent to Militarism

Long overdue in the American church is a reasoned and deep discussion of U.S. militarism, the proper use of force, the state’s responsibility to protect and defend, and the role of people of faith in all of this. To this point, Catholic teaching has had little effect in distinguishing us from any other segment of…… Continue reading US Catholics Question America’s Assent to Militarism

Film-work

Video: War is stupid

I have read the news over the last few days with frustration and a bit of angst. The situation in Syria is spiraling out of control and threatens to become a wider war, perhaps even a world war. Over the course of these events, I have contemplated writing an article about my thoughts, but I…… Continue reading Video: War is stupid

Quoted

Why is War Stupid?

“Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it compromises and develops the germ of every other. As the parent of armies, war encourages debts and taxes, the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of…… Continue reading Why is War Stupid?

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Wrong War, Wrong Methods, Wrong Enemy

Renowned scholar Akbar Ahmed discusses his new book The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam and elaborates on the devastating consequences of the U.S.’s drone bombing campaign in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Politics

Comparing American and North Korean mad men

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Film-work

Film-work: Dubliners demonstrate in solidarity with Gaza

Thanks to Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign for organizing this demonstration.

Commentary

My Few Words on the :atest Crisis in Gaza

I’ve watched the news. I’ve read all kinds of news sources.  I’m disgusted, upset, and frustrated. I can’t even stomach the hate and ignorance I see in people. It’s not easy to bite my tongue, but I do it anyways. On several occasions,  I’ve written entire posts on how I feel about the situation, but every…… Continue reading My Few Words on the :atest Crisis in Gaza

Work

Reason Behind American Fear-Mongering Campaign Against Iran

Important passage from Glenn Greenwald’s article on the real reason why the U.S. fears a nuclear Iran: No rational person takes seriously the claim that Iran, even if it did obtain a nuclear weapon, would commit instant and guaranteed national suicide by using it to attack a nation that has a huge nuclear stockpile, which happens…… Continue reading Reason Behind American Fear-Mongering Campaign Against Iran

Politics

Commentary: The truth behind U.S. drone campaign coming to light

It was 2009 and I was shocked at what I was reading: Obama was actually increasing strikes in a highly controversial, if not downright illegal drone bombing campaign in Pakistan that began under the Bush administration. When Obama started rocking-and-rolling in his foreign policy adventures, the press gave his global drone bombing campaign hardly any attention,…… Continue reading Commentary: The truth behind U.S. drone campaign coming to light

Politics

Politics: The deficit as another example of the ‘alternative universe’ of the Republican Party

Here’s a brilliant idea… let’s go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan even though we don’t have the money to pay for it.  We can just put the tab on our credit cards.  $3,000,000,000,000 isn’t that much money anyways.  No worries.  Here’s another good idea.  While we’re at war, let’s give tax breaks to the…… Continue reading Politics: The deficit as another example of the ‘alternative universe’ of the Republican Party

Politics

Politics: On these issues, there’s little difference between Obama and Bush

Think back to the election of 2008. Do you remember how one candidate had it easy?  He had eight years of abject failure to run against.  Eight years that included the launching of two dismal wars, the creation of a torture gulag with its crown jewel at Guantánamo Bay, the ushering in of a program of robotic assassination missions and secret spying…… Continue reading Politics: On these issues, there’s little difference between Obama and Bush

Commentary

Politics: What Romney said behind closed doors in Jerusalem

Dear my Israeli donor friends, I have some ideas.  Don’t tell ANYONE what I’m about to propose. Donate $10 million to my campaign and the US will strike Iranian nuclear sites with missiles by February 2013. Of course that’s if I’m elected President. Donate $40 million to my campaign and the US will invade Iran…… Continue reading Politics: What Romney said behind closed doors in Jerusalem

Politics

Video: ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Place’ (Pakistan) speech by Akbar Ahmed

Professor Akbar Ahmed speaks about the difficult quandary in present day Pakistan, especially in the Tribal Areas.  Be on the lookout for his forthcoming book The Thistle and the Drone (to be published by Brookings Institution Press in the spring of 2013).

Politics

Important quote on the Pashtuns

‘These are the Pashtun Tribes… The Afghans have never been defeated in history — they will destroy themselves. You blow up their villages, destroy their families, but they are very much like the Americans — they believe in independence and freedom… Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, once said, ‘Waziristan is beyond control. What they need…… Continue reading Important quote on the Pashtuns

Film-work

Can a Muslim Be a Good American?

The Twittersphere is overflowing with Tweeters that have dedicated what seems like their entire existence to ragging on Muslims in the U.S.  I want to hear what the jingoists think about a Muslim scholar who walks through Arlington National Cemetery with an American Colonel as they pay respect to fallen Muslim Americans.

Creativity

Graph that puts the ‘threat’ of terrorism in perspective

WE SHOULD THEREFORE… Declare war on Heart Disease Attack McDonald’s and then all fast food chains Declare war on Cancer Attack Marlboro and then all cigarette companies Declare war on Air Safety Attack Boeing Declare war on Automobiles Attack Ford, Mercedes, and Honda so to make sure we are fighting around the world Declare war…… Continue reading Graph that puts the ‘threat’ of terrorism in perspective

Politics

Time to Go Green in American elections

I have actually never voted in an American election, whether it be local, state, or national.  I am not even registered to vote, but this is not stopping me from commenting on the state of American democracy and the 2012 elections. Democrats and Republicans: Two ‘different’ parties with essentially the same fundamental principles and entities…… Continue reading Time to Go Green in American elections

Politics

Politics: Demographics of religiously volatile areas

The population in some of the world’s most destructive and fragile areas are overwhelmingly young.  Some of these areas – Kashmir and the Palestinian occupied territories as two examples – have religious conflict ingrained in their history and everyday life psyche.  Here are a few figures for you to think about: 1.  75% of India’s…… Continue reading Politics: Demographics of religiously volatile areas

Politics

In relation to China

From Eric Margolis’ latest article ‘US trains its guns on China’: America has been at war for decades. Its aircraft and warships are aging rapidly. Equally threatening, Congress may force deep military spending cuts as deficits worsen – at a time when the US military is being ordered to keep China bottled up on the…… Continue reading In relation to China

Sociology

Fascinating and timely forthcoming book: ‘The Thistle and the Drone’ by Akbar Ahmed

My intellectual/spiritual/academic mentor, Professor Akbar Ahmed, has done it again.  And it’s sheer brilliance! Brookings Institution Press has just released an e-mail highlighting their forthcoming Fall publications.  Showcased in this e-mail is Professor Ahmed’s latest book ‘The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam’: The United…… Continue reading Fascinating and timely forthcoming book: ‘The Thistle and the Drone’ by Akbar Ahmed

Commentary

Drones over the ‘suspected militants’ in Pakistan

According to the BBC, a US drone strike has killed at least eight people in a volatile tribal area of north-west Pakistan.  This is the second strike in the area in 24 hours. At least four suspected militants were killed on Wednesday. US drone strikes in Pakistan are highly controversial.  Are they legal?  What about the…… Continue reading Drones over the ‘suspected militants’ in Pakistan