Grace Lee Boggs: People are aware that they cannot continue in the same old way but are immobilized because they cannot imagine an alternative. We need a vision that recognizes that we are at one of the great turning points in human history when the survival of our planet and the restoration of our humanity require a great sea change in our ecological, economic, political, and spiritual values.
Ben Norton: The humanitarian organization [Medecins Sans Frontières or MSF] indicated multiple times—and in bold capital letters—that “all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location (GPS Coordinates) of the MSF facilities in Kunduz, including the hospital, guesthouse, office and an outreach stabilization unit.” MSF says the US “repeatedly and precisely” hit the hospital. Morever, the aid group explained that the “bombing in Kunduz continued for more than 30 minutes after American and Afghan military officials in Kabul and Washington were first informed by MSF that its hospital was struck.” That is to say, the US persisted in bombing a hospital that it explicitly knew before and during the attack was a hospital. If you read US corporate media coverage of this incident, however, US culpability would likely not be evident. Instead, readers would learn that a hospital was bombed in Afghanistan, and that people died. Who exactly carried out the bombing would not be clear. […] The Wall Street Journal boldly steered clear of any posturing and openly justified the US bombing of the hospital. The unsigned editorial justified the mass killing of MSF aid workers by shifting the blame onto the Taliban insurgents. It even brought up the specter of Hamas, writing, “Like Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, the terrorists hide near civilians. These Taliban tactics put the medical personnel and patients at risk.” The piece waxes poetic, and hagiographic; in a moment of undiluted American exceptionalism on blast, the Journal claimed that “no force in the history of warfare has done more to avoid civilian casualties than the American military.” Remove references to the US and the Taliban in such media coverage, replace it with blanks, and you have a template media can use any time a US ally bombs civilians—A Guide to Defending War Crimes Committed by US Allies: “[Ally] did not actually want to bomb [civilian area], but [enemy] forced it to.” More here.
Henry Giroux : Gun violence in America is inextricably tied to economic violence and the violence reproduced by politicians who would rather support the military-industrial-gun complex than address the most basic needs and social problems faced by the American people. When violence becomes an organizing principle of society, the fabric of a democracy begins to unravel suggesting that America is at war with itself. When politicians refuse out of narrow self and financial interests to confront the conditions that create such violence, they have blood on their hands. More here.
some context for american msm’s talk of escalating palestinian violence and fears of a third intifada: in the first nine months of 2015, israeli occupation forces killed 26 palestinians and injured another 1,740. here’s the UN report.
cornell vs army on oct 3, 2015: we didn’t win but it was a good game. it was cold and rainy so hot soup with bread was most welcome during halftime – thx to the football parents’ tailgate party. first loss for cornell this season but we’re expecting great things for their upcoming games.
This was my favorite, favorite song when I was 10-12 years old or so… Played it 100’s of times… It may sound strange, but it helped me a lot as a child. I learned from it!
what did u learn from it? it’s a beautifully written song. to me it’s about the vastness, the thrill, the possibility of the unknown – the limitlessness of time and space captured in a paper cup, a letterbox. the divine and mundane are one and the same…
I think, basically, just a deep sense that the universe might not simply be an endlessly vast, empty, uncaring, unfeeling, expanse of Cartesian space, but could instead be seen as something that’s alive, something that we are connected to, involved in, and participate in. Ultimately, personally, this sort of perspective eventually led me to Zen Buddhism; but back then, it was enough of a start for me simply to feel that I wasn’t utterly alone, as I often felt in school back then…
yes, that’s what i meant by the divine and mundane being the same. it makes the universe, the future, less intimidating. we can make it our own, capture it, connect to it, thrill to it. it’s amazing that u could understand that, even abstractly, at such a young age smile emoticon
Well, I probably couldn’t have put it into words very well back then–it was more of a feeling, and it was something I was looking for (needing), and not finding anywhere else around me… Good old mainstream U.S. Midwest culture… smile emoticon
miss u ryan. good luck on meeting the vastness of the universe. u were too fine for this world. may u find peace in the comforting arms of galaxies, in the generosity of infinite time and space.
heartbroken this morning. the world has lost a beautiful human being, an incredible mind and an even more incredible heart and soul. blessed to have known u dear ryan. may u rest in peace my dear friend. ur kindness and generosity, ur calm intelligence, ur love of justice and beauty, ur ability to connect with warmth and honesty, ur stunning humility, ur fine presence in the world will continue to shine. may ur family find strength and solace in that harmonious light. it has been an extraordinary honor.
Although you appear in earthly form
Your essence is pure Consciousness.
You are the fearless guardian
of Divine Light.
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.
Speaking on behalf of the Steering Committee, UCCPIN Chairperson Gay Harter stated “the intimidation of individuals and groups seeking justice for Palestinians is a disgrace, but it will not succeed in silencing a prophetic voice that seeks a just peace for all.”
“Rev. Hagler is a highly respected pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC and has held important national leadership positions in the denomination,” the Steering Committee noted.
“As a civil rights leader and a champion for low wage workers, Rev. Hagler understands the relationship of racism and power that is relevant to the injustices faced by Palestinians,” Chairperson Harter said. “His reflections on how these dynamics affect people of color in the United States as well as in Palestine and Israel are important for us to hear,” she added.
UCCPIN played an important role in drafting and eventually passing a resolution that calls on the United Church of Christ (UCC) to divest from and boycott companies profiting from Israel’s illegal occupation. The resolution was passed in June, at the 30th General Synod, an assembly of church members and officials.
The UCC, which has described itself as “an extremely pluralistic and diverse denomination,” is known for its progressive views and its support of civil, LGBTQ, and women’s rights. It is just one of numerous US churches that are taking action for Palestinian human rights. More here.