The U.S. announced last week that Syria had crossed the line it had set about chemical weapons being used, claiming that the Syrian government was using chemical weapons. I had been anticipating this announcement ever since the U.S. stated that it would start providing arms to the rebels in Syria if chemical weapons were used. It struck me at the time as a foolhardy approach to the situation in Syria, especially considering the many mercenaries fighting in the beleaguered country. Continue reading →
“Blood Strawberries”: A Roundup of Media Reporting on Bangladeshi Workers Being Shot by Foremen in Greece When They Demanded Back Wages
At the village of Nea Manolada, a farming area west of Athens where thousands of migrant workers are employed, there is a history of exploiting migrants, but nothing like the Greek tragedy that occurred there April 17 when 29 Bangladeshi workers were shot by three foremen with two shotguns and a handgun. A photo of one of the victims showed him with bloody bandages over his groin, which leads one to believe that these foremen were vicious.
The Earth Council of Women declares the end to all wars of any kind: hot or cold, declared war on another country or people, undeclared war, military, cyberspace, space command, economic or psychological, and most certainly, planned wars, in particular, WWIII.
The absurdity of a preemptive war is quite clear to me, if not to everyone. First of all, even the phrase is an oxymoron — how can you describe a war as preemptive? War is war, and it’s always destructive, chaotic, and horrible. It brings out the worst in people. It doesn’t matter what reason or excuse is made to start it. And most certainly, you can’t start a war to prevent it. I think that’s obvious to anyone who pauses a moment to think about it.
If you are angry at what the bank executives are getting away with in the banks too big to fail, and think that Wall Street is corrupt, you may wonder if our government is also entirely corrupt because it would seem they’re letting these sharpsters get off scot-free.
But everyone in government isn’t corrupt, nor even everyone who works for a bank or Wall Street… well, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.
A friend of mine, Sung-Hee Choi, a sister peace activist in South Korea, was recently arrested May 17, along with seven other leaders protesting construction of a navy base on Jeju Island. I have linked my heart in solidarity with her in this struggle because I understand that a line has to be drawn in the sand at Jeju Island, stopping further construction of military bases for the U.S. to threaten Asia.
Despite all the hype about the U.S. economy still being the largest in the world, and certainly too big to fail without dragging the rest of the world along with it, a close analysis of several factors reveal that it does indeed appear to be failing. I’m writing this because every once in a while, I just seem to enjoy mucking around in doom and gloom.
Like William Bowles in his article, “The Imperial Mindset”, I think the collapse of a once great nation can happen rather suddenly, just as the usual glacial pace of changes in the natural world can also happen suddenly (think volcanoes erupting, tornadoes slamming homes apart, typhoons destroying buildings, earthquakes collapsing billions of dollars of property in minutes, floods submerging streets and whole cities near rivers, and tsunamis crashing into coastlines, destroying life and property on a massive scale in seconds).
So many wonderful writers at Dandelion Salad, so much truth revealed, such a great community forming! But it’s time to take it to another level and for every reader to start becoming more responsive to what’s posted. This is a challenge to readers – take the time and garner the courage to respond to the writing when it hits a chord in you. Trust your own unique voice and inner self and what you have to contribute to the community. If we just all start becoming more responsive, that will lead us to taking more responsibility for what’s happening, not just being an audience to major actors on the stage. “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” Who said that? We’re all actors in this play.
Support Jeju Islanders of South Korea in Resisting Construction of a Military Base and Support the International Activists on the MV Rachel Corrie Still Running the Israeli Blockade to Bring Aid to Gazans
Sylvia Earle, acclaimed oceanographer and aquanaut, testified May 19 before the U.S. Congress Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as an expert on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Earle told the panel that “just about everybody on earth will be affected, one way or another, by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.” Earle’s expertise on oil spills comes from her stint as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency responding to the Exxon Valdez and Mega Borg oil spills, as well as extensive involvement with evaluation of the environmental consequences of the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf spill.
We need to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan. The U.S. has already spent $227,000,000,000 on military operations in Afghanistan since 2001. I want everyone who reads this to stop a moment and digest this fact, to connect it with the present state of the U.S. economy and what that kind of money could have accomplished to improve people’s lives, both in Afghanistan and the U.S.
And what has it achieved? Most Afghanis just want us out of their country. A recent ICOS (International Council on Security and Development) report, “Operation Moshtarak: Lessons Learned” based on interviews conducted last month with over 400 Afghanis, found that 71% of Afghanis said they just wanted foreign troops to leave Afghanistan entirely.
What kind of year will 2010 be? If we tune into the energy of this year, it’s readily apparent that 2010 is a year of new beginnings, of the end of disillusionment. It’s a time of becoming, of growing as a global community, of peace and healing, of sharp endings, and gentle beginnings where the ground is ready for new shoots to come forth.
2010 is a time of potentiality. The tide of growing spirituality among common people will rise like a tsunami and overcome the nefarious plans of the ruling elites with all of the money. Money will no longer have such a hold on people as they begin to make heaven on earth by sharing and caring for each other.