Bahraini police opened fire on thousands of anti-government protesters yesterday as they made their way to the Royal Court in Riffa, injuring over 100. There were unconfirmed reports of live rounds being used, with two injured, and the deployment of nerve gas by the state security forces. Dozens of the injured taken to a nearby hospital appeared to be unconscious, not showing the usual symptoms of exposure to teargas – coughing and streaming eyes. Continue reading
“Liberation”: Beware the Ides of March (Part Two.*)
”Do not hold the delusion that your advancement is accomplished by crushing others.”: (Marcus Tullius Cicero,106-43 B.C. Roman Statesman, Philosopher.)
Even by the standards of a near bancrupt island off Europe, run currently, largely, by a bunch of seemingly gung-ho, out of out of touch millionaires, the gun boat diplomacy of Messrs Cameron, Fox and Hague (Prime Minister, Defense Minister and Foreign Minister respectively) was a monumental farce of historic proportions.
(for Bradley Manning)
“In another world they do not put a man to death for asking questions: assuredly not. … When my sons grow up…, O my friends…, I would have you trouble them, as I have troubled you, if they seem to care about riches, or anything, more than about virtue; or if they pretend to be something when they are really nothing. …” –Socrates (from Plato’s Apologia)
For speaking truth to power… a cold cell.
Naked now…, and yet, they fear you!
The Century of Social Engineering, Part 1
In Part 1 of this series, “The Century of Social Engineering,” I briefly document the economic, political and social background to the 20th century in America, by taking a brief look at the major social upheavals of the 19th century. For an excellent and detailed examination of this history, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States (which provided much of the research for this article) is perhaps the most expansive and detailed examination. I am not attempting to serve it justice here, as there is much left out of this historically examination than there is included. Continue reading
RussiaToday on Mar 12, 2011
Japanese state tv has showed pictures of an apparent explosion at the Fukushima nuclear powerplant. Radiation levels there are said to have increased rapidly. The plant has been facing a meltdown after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the country on Friday. RT’s Ivor Bennet reports from Tokyo
As the old phrase states: Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures. These are indeed extraordinary times in Wisconsin. The Budget Repair Bill that was passed by Governor Scott Walker and State Republicans will strip public employees of the right to collectively bargain and threaten the very existence of unions in the state.
Despite the severity of these measures, Democrats and sections of the Trade Union leadership have chosen to pour resources and direct energy into a campaign to recall Walker and other Republicans. Continue reading