Sunday, January 30, 2011

Revolution In Egypt Continues
Israel Looks On "Anxiously"

This is a screen grab from the Al Jazeerah English Live stream from the square in downtown Cairo where tens of thousands of Egyptians are calling for the resignation of Hosni Mubarek.  (8 a.m. Mountain Time-5 p.m. Cairo time - I had to download Real player and then configure it to get the Al Jazeerah live stream on my Apple).

Al Jazeerah commentators are debating what US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meant when she said today the US expects a "peaceful, orderly transition". To what, isn't known. The US so far has continued to back Mubarak.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Egypt Is In Flames And So Is My Life

 Friday, January 28, 2011

When I took that picture I wondered if some young pilot had decided to rebel against laying out Chemtrails in straight lines. Stranger things have happened. Pilots in the US military are officers, and an officer, you would think, is about as scripted and controlled as they come. But sometimes even someone like that breaks free, as people are doing right now in Egypt, where every effort known to modern social control has been made to script and control and co-opt a people but where the headquarters of the ruling party are on fire.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

No. No more.

The Tunisian uprising continues. Some on the Left are preaching caution. Don't read too much into Tunisia. It's an isolated event. The same thing can't happen in, say, Egypt, where the mechanisms of oppression are well established and millions depend on the government for  paychecks. But protests against oppressive regimes continue, and continue to spread to more countries, across the Middle East and beyond.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

                     Houghton Road, Tuscon

Fear In The Near Term

Corning, CA

Tucson looked like it always has, when I went through there the other day; a big brown, red tinged desert valley bordered by light gray and tan colored mountains, looking devoid of settlement as you come down the 20 mile slope from the east on I-10, with then, as you get closer, the buildings beginning to materialize from gaps in the sage brush, poking up above the cactus plants.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Revolution In Our Time, continued

Continuing pressure from the Tunisian people has caused the transitional, so-called Unity Government, which consisted primarily of members of the former dictator Ben Ali's RCD Party in all the important posts, to collapse today, one day after being formed, when four members of the tepid opposition Ben Ali had permitted to exist in the country resigned from the government. Later, in an effort to quell ongoing protests, the new prime minister and president, both members of RCD, quit the party but have remained in their posts. Demonstrators are demanding the RCD be disbanded and that the government be opened up to all parties, including those that had been banned by Ben Ali, who fled the country on Friday. Meanwhile exiled dissident Moncef Marzouk returned to the country promising to run for president.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Revolution In Our Time

Revolution Tunisian style continues to unfold. After the US/European/Israel backed dictator Ben-Ami fled the country on Friday, jockeying for position commenced among members of his regime and the political and economic establishment, and continues. Members of Ben-Ami's security forces have been trying to create mayhem by roaming the streets randomly shooting and beating civilians and looting, in order to divide the people by creating the desire for security. But the people are aware of this and remain united. They have organized themselves into self defense committees and are patrolling the streets to safeguard the citizens. It is being reported that alongside the Tunisian security forces trying to create mayhem, Israeli and Libyan secret services are in the country taking part in the destabilization efforts. This is not a new role for Israel's Mossad.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

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Book Review

Breakthrough: Transforming Fear Into Compassion - A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict
by Richard Forer

Ever wonder what goes on inside the head of a Zionist? Anyone who is concerned about the Palestine-Israel conflict, about the Middle East, who has heard about the influence of the Zionist lobby on US politics, has probably wondered why so many people support Israel unconditionally.

And if the way to achieve peace in the Middle East is to convince people who think Israel can do no wrong to take a hard look at the facts, to convince them to learn what happened during the bloody formation of Israel, to make them see what is still happening to the Palestinian people today, you might want to know what makes a Zionist tick.

Richard Forer is one of those people who is very reflective, very self analytical. In telling the story of how he himself went from being a die hard supporter of Israel, from someone raised in a Reform Jewish household who saw Israel as that plucky little democracy trying to provide a secure home for the long-beleaguered Jews, to someone who now supports the Palestinians in their struggle for justice, he provides us with an inside look into the mind of a Zionist -- his own -- and how being confronted with the more grim reality changed his mind.

Forer may have had in mind as one of his main audiences Jews like himself, or rather, like he was, whose uncritical loyalty to Israel has come to be a liability for Israel, since the rest of the world is slowly but surely learning the truth about Israel.

But the book goes beyond that.

As someone who has followed the Palestinian struggle myself for several years now, I have come across many stories of the different tragedies that happened to the Palestinians, the massacres, the dispossessions, the theft of water resources, the home demolitions, and the different propaganda techniques Israel and its supporters use to cover up Israel's actions, to divert attention, to delay the peace process while more Israeli settlements are built and more land is confiscated.

In Forer's book I have found a concise and inclusive account of all it. In describing the succession of injustices done to the Palestinians, he provides a comprehensive history of the formation of Israel, and a vivid description of the Palestinians plight up to the current moment. It's all here in one place.

In laying out this story, in explaining the deep, emotionally rooted motivations behind Zionism, in explaining how Israeli propaganda works, Forer actually points the way toward a resolution. But as part of that resolution, Zionism and its myths must be confronted, and here are the all facts you'd need to counter any Zionist's argument. It's the best argument against Zionism I have ever read.

The book can be purchased directly from the author's web site or from Amazon.

Friday, January 14, 2011


An unprecedented event in the Arab world. An uprising of the people, the overthrow of an oppressive government. The US backed dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has fled the country. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Blueprint For Change

The uprising in Tunisia continues. The western mainstream media isn't sure what's going on there, because of news blackouts, and so they revert to calling it "rioting" and as the New York Times does this morning, "mayhem." Their confusion is heightened because the regime under fire in Tunisia is the US backed oppressive regime of Zine al-Abidine Bin Ami, and the media has not received clear directions from the US government on which side to back and which to attack, as they have, for instance, in countries the US considers to be enemies of Capital, and US hegemony, like Iran, Venezuela and Cuba. The US State Department seems so far conflicted about Tunisia, and perhaps confused. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is quoted this morning in AFP, the French Associated Press, as saying the US takes no position on the conflict, but earlier the state department spokesman PJ Crowley said we recognize the right of the regime to "protect its citizens" by closing down all Tunisian schools and universities.

Monday, January 10, 2011


David, from Texas, with the Coke bottle bottom glasses and the I don't kiss no ass attitude, who says he's a new driver with the company I work for, came up to my truck in Lexington and pounded on the door.

"Did I wake you up man, sorry."

David had that little grin. I never know whether that little grin is one of embarrassment or whether they're filled with glee knowing that they are the cause of your annoyance, like when you walk into a place of business and someone says, "Sorry we're closed," and they have that same little grin.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

From left to right: Martin Luther King, Bayard Rustin, Barry McGuire, William Kuntzler.

Click to hear McGuire's Eve Of Destruction.

Still There. Lest We Forget.

Friday, January 7, 2011

    Transmountain Road, El Paso

The Truth Leaks Out

As young Bradley Manning rots in prison under conditions that are now being called torture, debate continues over whether it's right for WikiLeaks to release the secret documents Manning is suspected of having handed over to the whistle blowing web site.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Port of Houston

Truth, Justice, And The Anarcho-Syndicalist Way

 Anyway. 9:29 p.m.

Just woke up from a post run nap. I say nap. I laid down on the bunk to recover and fell asleep in wet sweats. My hair has dried in the form of a torch, the upswept look becomes me!

I delivered here at the Port of Houston, coming down from Maine with lumber. There was the snowstorm, but I stayed ahead of it. In Maine there are a lot of little lumber mills, way out in the country, the hills or mountains. I picked up some kind of specialty lumber, several kinds of fruit wood. It's going to Malaysia, they told me up in Maine.