Hedges writes a weekly column for Truthdig and has been very involved in the Occupy Wall Street Movement and was arrested with others in New York this past November as part of a demonstration.
Author and journalist Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for the Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, the Dallas Morning News and the New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years. He has authored 11 books, including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. He writes a weekly column for Truthdig and has been very involved in the Occupy Wall Street Movement and was arrested with others in New York this past November as part of a demonstration. Hedges talk is sponsored by the Humanistic Studies Department.
“ … she becomes the endless scream in the breaking news,
which was no longer breaking news, when the aircraft returned to bomb a house with two windows and a door.”
(The Girl/The Scream, Mahmoud Darwish, 1941-2008)
March was another month of tragic, needless lives lost, the searing grief of mother’s and father’s for lost son’s and daughters.
Andrea Mantegna’s Agony in the Garden, circa 1460, depicts Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Some call him the son of God. Others think of him as a profit, or an avatar. Still others deny he ever existed… rather just a myth. I say that regardless of whatever many may feel or think about him, Jesus of Nazareth told a story that is beautiful… and so very misconstrued by so many. He spoke of peace. He spoke of the fact that each of us was nothing more than our brother’s keeper. He told the rich man who wished to follow him ‘Go and give all your riches to the poor and follow me.’ Alas, the man could not do it, and walked away embarrassed. According to the New Testament, or to the myth, the night he was betrayed in the garden, Jesus took some time to be alone before the guards arrived to arrest him.
Love or Enmity in Afghanistan? Are Pushtoons, Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks and other ethnic groups in Afghanistan doomed by geopolitics to hate one another? Is non-violence an ‘obsolete’ concept for Afghans? Can economic self-reliance be built out of a globally dominant capitalism? Is genuine love possible in Afghanistan? Can the Afghan Peace Volunteers find peace in Afghanistan?
An act of genocide on the East-Timorese people carried out by Indeonesian Troops with the backing of Western Nations ie., Australia. East-Timor is a country with substantial resources such as oil, which naturally, sparked controversy on the intentions behind the brutal genocide of its people.
The Holy Triumvirate — The United States, NATO, and the European Union — or an approved segment thereof, can usually get what they want. They wanted Saddam Hussein out, and soon he was swinging from a rope. They wanted the Taliban ousted from power, and, using overwhelming force, that was achieved rather quickly. They wanted Moammar Gaddafi’s rule to come to an end, and before very long he suffered a horrible death. Jean-Bertrand Aristide was democratically elected, but this black man who didn’t know his place was sent into distant exile by the United States and France in 2004. Iraq and Libya were the two most modern, educated and secular states in the Middle East; now all four of these countries could qualify as failed states.
You’d think after such a calamitous economic fall, there’d be a strong consensus on reinforcing the protections that keep us out of harm’s way. But in some powerful corners, the opposite is happening. Business and political forces, including hordes of lobbyists, are working hard to diminish or destroy these protections. One of the biggest bull’s-eyes is on the Volcker Rule, a section of the Dodd-Frank Act that aims to keep the banks in which you deposit your money from gambling it on their own — sometimes risky — investments.