Sunday, July 20, 2014

Who shot down the Malaysian jet over Ukraine?

From Voltaire Network  18 July 2014
What happened today is hardly the first case of “errant shooting” of the Ukrainian military on civilian air targets. On October 4, 2001 the Russian Siberia Airline flight #1812 Tel-Aviv-Novosibirsk carrying 66 passengers and 12 crew members was erroneously hit by a Ukrainian missile over the Black Sea during military exercises, which was eventually admitted by the Ukrainian side. No one on board survived.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Military Briefings from Donbass and Lugansk: Ukraine Regime Forces in Retreat, Experience Substantial Losses

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Poems Of Shape And Motion

Poem by Martin Carter
Performed by Linton Kwesi Johnson 

I was wondering if I could shape this passion
Just as I wanted in solid fire.
I was wondering if the strange combustion of my days
The tension of the world inside of me
And the strength of my heart were enough.
I was wondering if I could stand as tall,
While the tide of the sea rose and fell.
If the sky would recede as I went,
Or the earth would emerge as I came
To the door of the morning, locked against the sun.

I was wondering if I could make myself
Nothing but fire, pure and incorruptible.
The wound of the wind on my face
Would be healed by the work of my life
Or the growth of the pain in my sleep
Would be stopped in the strife of my days.

I am wondering if the agony of years
Could be traced to the seed of an hour.
If the roots that spread out in the swamp
Ran too deep for the issuing flower.
I was wondering if I could find myself
All that I am in all that I could be.
If all the population of stars
Would be less than the things I could utter
And the challenge of space in my soul
Be filled by the shape I become.

I walk slowly in the wind,
Watching myself in things I did not make;
In jumping shadows and in limping cripples
Dust on earth and houses tight with sickness
Deep constant pain, the dream without sleep.

I walk slowly in the wind,
Hearing myself in the loneliness of a child
In woman's grief, which is not understood
In coughing dogs when midnight lingers long
On stones, on streets and then on echoing stars,
That burn all night and suddenly go out.

I walk slowly in the wind
Knowing myself in every moving thing
In years and days and words that mean so much
Strong hands that shake, long roads that walk
And deeds that do themselves.
And all this world and all these lives to live.

I walk slowly in the wind,
Remembering scorn and naked men in darkness
And huts of iron rivetted to earth.
Cold huts of iron stand upon this earth
Like rusting prisons
Each is well marked and each wide roof is spread
Like some dark wing
Casting a shadow or living a curse.

I walk slowly in the wind
To lifted sunset red and gold and dim
A long brown river slanting to an ocean
A fishing boat, a man who cannot drown.

I walk slowly in the wind
And birds are swift, the sky is blue like silk.
From the big sweeping ocean of water
An iron ship rusted and brown achors itself.
And the long river runs like a snake
Silent and smooth.

I walk slowly in the wind.
I hear my footsteps echoing down the tide
Echoing like a wave on the sand or a wing on the wind
Echoing echoing
A voice in the soul, a laugh in the funny silence.

I walk slowly in the wind
I walk because I cannot crawl or fly.

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

NYPD Brutalize and Arrest Black Subway Passenger For Falling Asleep Returning Home From Work

When I was growing up in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, the subway was considered unsafe because of the numbers of muggings and robberies. Starting with Rudy Giuliani in 1994 through Micheal Bloomberg and finally through the Liberal Political Correct icon Bill DeBlasion the subway and streets of New York are dangerous because of the police.
In this video, the NYPD brutalize and arrest a Black man for sleeping on the train. He repeatedly states that he's heading home from work. In the old New York, sleeping on the subway wasn't safe mostly due to pickpockets. Today, sleeping, walking, riding and simply existing for being Black allows for the police to arrest, brutalize and kill anyone they like. The only criminals left on the streets of New York are the police. As a matter of fact, the NYPD are more dangerous than the crackheads would would kill for $1. Crackheads maimed and killed driven by addiction. Today's police maim and kill just for thrills. So much for Bill DeBlasio and the return to civil and human rights being respected. But afterall, is it any wonder since DeBlasio brought back Giuliani's first fascist police commissioner William Bratton.

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Friday, July 04, 2014

The Coup - "The Guillotine" A Declaration of War Against Capitalism

Oakland based hip-hop group The Coup and this song "The Guillotine" are inspired by Lucy Parsons and The Wiz. Lucy Parsons was the widow of one of the Haymarket police riot victims of State Repression. Do not be fooled into mistaken the references to L. Frank Baum's novel The Wizard of Oz to the 1939 film. The references are to the 1978 film The Wiz starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. The Wiz is a revolutionary critique of capitalism. Lucy Parsons was the first Anarchist cum Socialist cum Communist anti-cpaitalist revolutionary in the United States. Parsons was quoted to say:
"That's my religion"--to run the machine that will guillotine the
capitalist. This video is a declaration of war against American capitalism.
Charlie has been put on notice. 

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Introducing Sparks

Most of the music produced today has its genealogy tracing back to three key years: 1977, 1979 and 1982.
Though I had heard of Sparks, I had never heard any of their music. They were quite underground. I only heard this for the first time last summer in Montreal. I was house-sitting for an Acadian woman with a very eclectic collection of vinyl albums. One of them was a Sparks album "No. 1 in Heaven".(1979) The most influential track is "My Other Voice". The bass line influenced Bauhaus and The Cure. Produced by electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder.

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133 G77 Nations Vow to Destroy America’s New World Order

From American Outrage
and White Out Press

June 17, 2014. Bolivia. The American and European media are doing everything they can to black this news out. But it’s not going to stay a secret for long. As of this weekend, there’s a new New World Order on Earth and its enemy is the United States, the EU, the UN Security Council and the world’s shadow government led by the IMF and WTO. This new alliance of poor countries wouldn’t be much of a threat, except it includes two-thirds of the world’s nations including China and India.
It’s a sad day for the American people when their government and state-sponsored news industry blacks out such an important news story. Americans actually have to rely on outlets like the Havana Times in Cuba, The Times of India, and United Nations press releases. There’s a reason this news is being censored across the West. And it’s only the latest global news story over the past two weeks on this subject blacked out from the American people.  Read on to find out why.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Sport and Drama

By Ljubodrag Duci Simonović
Sports stadiums were not built for the well-to-do (petty) bourgeois, as is the case with the theatre, which has an elitist following, but for the working “masses” deprived of their rights and for their children who are reduced to “hooligans”. The modern stadium appeared along with the modern industrial proletariat, at a time when workers had managed to obtain the eight-hour work-day – an era when the bourgeoisie was trying to “colonize the leisure time” of workers and thus prevent their political organization and integration into the ruling order. Stadiums are not designed to advance the “cultural education” of the oppressed, but to “pacify” (depolitization) them and to soothe their idiocy. “Sport is the cheapest spiritual food for the (working) masses and keeps them under control.” - is the most accurate sociological (political) definition of sport. It was pronounced after the First World War, and at the height of the revolutionary movements in Europe, by the “father” of modern Olympism, Pierre de Coubertin. Sport is becoming a way of destroying class-consciousness and shifting the fight from the political to the sports arena. Stadiums are not the temples of culture but the brush-fires that purge the oppressed of their discontent. 
Symbols and slogans under which the youth gather do not speak of freedom, brotherhood, peace, cooperation, love: they are of a fascist character. “Patriotism” without culture is barbarism.

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Stay Hungry-Talking Heads 1975 Demo

Talking Heads was originally a trio consisting of David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. Jerry Harrison, the keyboardist, lead guitarist and sometimes co-songwriter hadn't joined the band yet. This version is very different from the studio album More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978) with Harrison on keyboards and Brian Eno's production. In 1975, no one was ready for a white funk and soul group. Blacks would have been offended thinking that the band was making fun of Soul music. Whites would not have have tolerated this "Black" sound. Alas, CBS rejected the band and Sire Records along with Brian Eno turned it into rock. However, Harrison's eerie keys were not a bad substitute for Byrne's eerie soul vocalizations in the original demo

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