Oct 272016
 
2016-10-27   First Nations & Conservation Groups Sue to Block Massive LNG Project in BC

  ‘They couldn’t have chosen a worse place for an industrial facility’ by Nika Knight, staff writer (NOTE:  Search this blog on “Skeena”.  We joined others as long ago as 2007 to protect this River.) The Skeena River, where Canada’s second largest salmon run occurs each year, is to be the site of a liquefied […]

Oct 272016
 
2016-10-27  Armed With Riot Gear, Militarized Police Begin Forcibly Clearing DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) Protest Camp. (Common Dreams)

Media Blackout as Militarized Police Begin Clearing DAPL Protest Camp by Deirdre Fulton ‘We will be peaceful, we will be prayerful, we will not retreat’   There are a number of videos for viewing at the above link (Media Blackout).   The text of the article appears below. There are 2,000 people in solidarity, now at the […]

Oct 202016
 

The Police Officer will do a good job.  But at the root?   it’s not actually his job.   The growth of gangs is a symptom that tells us we are failing.  So how do we get a passing grade? A fundamental responsibility of our communities is to provide the stew to nourish our individual toddlers into […]

Oct 162016
 
2016-10-14   This is a chiller.  Journalists Amy Goodman, Deia Schlosberg and actor Shailene Woodley face criminal charges over filming of Dakota Access Pipeline protests

I’ve followed developments in North Dakota starting back when oil spills did a number on the water that these people are dependent upon.   They came together to try and stop events that make their homes uninhabitable.   Excellent and dedicated people doing what you or I might do under similar circumstances. The story is a repeated one.  The oil and gas […]

Oct 062016
 

“Things Fall Apart”, a novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe given to me 35 years ago. Chinua Achebe died in 2013, in Boston. I hate to offer only two insights from his impressive legacy.   Maybe the links will compensate. On the subject of violence in our communities,  wherever in the world they may be: from   […]

Oct 032016
 
2016-10-02   Excerpt from interview with winner of 2016 Pulitzer Prize, Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen. his book "The Sympathizer".

The interview by Eleanor Wachtel is far-ranging and informative. I transcribed the short portion (appears below) in which Vietnamese-American author,  Viet Thanh Nguyen,  discusses a perception of American wars that is not universal.   I think this other perception with its variations is spreading.  (Ref  2016-03-22 There are two sides to the story. Why do we hear only one? (Terrorists & Context: CIA […]

Sep 082016
 
2016-09-08  U.S. veterans support legal fight by Yemeni man whose relatives were killed in drone strike,  L.A. Times

by W.J. Hennigan Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images Yemeni engineer Faisal bin Ali Jaber, whose brother-in-law and nephew were killed in a 2012 drone strike, speaks at a news conference in November 2013 in Washington. Three military veterans once involved in the U.S. drone program have thrown their support behind a Yemeni man’s legal fight to obtain details about […]

Sep 052016
 
2016-09-04  Iraqi Woman Uses Chilcot Report in War Crimes Lawsuit Against George W Bush,     Truthout

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/37484-iraqi-woman-uses-chilcot-report-in-war-crimes-lawsuit-against-george-w-bush Marjorie Cohn President George W. Bush discusses the Iraq war in Washington, May 24, 2007. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times)   Sundus Saleh, an Iraqi woman, first filed her lawsuit against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz in September 2013. Alleging that the Iraq War […]

Aug 152016
 

RELATED POSTINGS:  (This posting)   2015-09-24 Urgent action needed to combat online (“cyber”) violence against women and girls, UN report 2015-09-30 Cyberbullying, an issue of free speech. Salman Rushdie, a guiding light.  2016-07-29 ‘What law am I breaking?’  How a Facebook troll came undone = = = = = = = = = = = = […]

Aug 152016
 

I am impressed by the G&M’s work on this issue.    Kudos to journalist Geoffrey York. At the G&M page:   short video, Stephane Dion’s  (Minister Responsible) reply to Reporter’s questions.   Rubbish. Also, links to related articles. – – – – – – –  – – – – – – — by  Geoffrey York JOHANNESBURG — The Globe and Mail […]