Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 2:00pm
Hampton -- Recently, while selecting the appropriate worn and muddy clothes for yard work, I chose a mostly-broken belt that a sensible person would have tossed long ago. To me, however, there was still a shred of usefulness in it so I kept it to occupy the lowest rung of...
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 8:28am
(This is the first of seven articles on the reality of Scandinavia’s “socialism”)
I first met Denmark’s last truly Social Democratic Prime Minister, Anker Joergensen in his state office, unannounced, in late 1980.
Grethe and I had just been...
Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 10:38am
The so-called music in this café would be very good for murdering giant lizards in hell. Then gutting them and eating their organs raw, and smearing yourself with their cold reptilian blood. While being flogged by Satan.
Other than that, it’s okay.
Which is to...
Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 11:55am
The latest in a series of troubling mishaps at the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant a week ago Saturday prompted a shutdown or “trip” of one of the two operating reactor units on the site and the dispatch of inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 1:00pm
We have to admit that most of our readers are failing to take up our modest proposal that everyone who reads us should commit to sending us $5 a year to support out work. It's just not happening. We do get generous support from some of you, but most readers just read us and then move on.
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 12:44pm
ThisCantBeHappening! is happy to welcome Jess Guh to our news collective. Jess brings a passion for justice and equality, especially in the medical profession and in the delivery of health care, to our group, as well as a talent for making medical issues clear to the lay reader.
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 5:48pm
The Last Mexican of Venice is gone. The flippers got her. Yanked her like a rotten, smelly tooth. Sent L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies to do it.
Jeannine Mendoza grew up in Venice. She and her four siblings waded in the marshes before there was a...
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 4:04am
Republican presidential aspirants Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum all describe themselves as devout Catholics and, like most Republican candidates, they argue that religion should play an expanded role in American politics and government. However, on matters related to...
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 3:47am
The Los Angeles Times sent one of its managing editors to Cuba a few months ago, to report on the status of the society, culture, etc. Good that they sent a big gun, instead of just a run-of-the-mill reporter. Here are two of the stunning findings from...
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 11:35am
In a remote place in the desert of West Texas, outside the small town of Andrews, something dirty has been going on which threatens the water supply of nearly a third of America’s farmland (and perhaps the millions of people who eat the food grown using that water).
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 9:33am
Afghan Brigadier General Abdul Sama was accused recently of smuggling over 40 pounds of heroin.
It should come as no surprise that an Afghan general was caught smuggling heroin...
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 12:15pm
How many days has it been
Since I was born?
How many days
'Til I die?
Do I know any ways
I can make you laugh?
Or do I only know how
To make you cry?
― Leon Russell, Stranger in a Strange Land...
Monday, January 19, 2015 - 6:05pm
Something about how life or God or who ever is behind the curtain of
all things pulling all our strings,
the strings that jerk us up out of the void and into the light and
heat and cold and make us put on
our boots and start walking and talking and eating...
Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 2:46pm
Bellevue, WA -- Yesterday marked the third annual Black Friday protests and strikes at Walmart, the largest private employer in this country. The Walton family, controlling owners of the company, is America’s richest family, with holdings valued at almost $150 billion...
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:41am
North Jefferson County, Kansas -- The Sept. 6, 2014 Kansas State Fair debates in Hutchinson, with a maximum arena crowd of 2500, had satellite trucks linked to MSNBC, CNN and reporters from as far away as New York. Certainly proof something was happening in Kansas, but for...
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:46pm
Santa Barbara, CA -- What can we learn from the medieval church about biometric identification? Quite a lot it turns out, at least according to Santa Barbara city officials.
Biometrics is the science of human identification based upon an individual’s unique...
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 1:29pm
They haven't killed him yet.
Paulo Malhaes, the confessed Brazilian torturer whose death I recently reported on this site may not have been murdered after all. At least that’s what police investigating the case have been loudly proclaiming for the past week.
Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 1:47pm
At approximately four o’clock this past Thursday afternoon, Paulo Malhaes, a retired officer who served in the ‘70s during the years of Brazil’s military dictatorship, was murdered at his small farm outside of Rio de Janeiro.
Malhaes had become...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:24am
“The Face of Evil,” flashed the eye catching headline in Brazil’s major daily on a morning late this March, and the accompanying photo of Army lieutenant-colonel Paulo Malhaes, retired, could not have portrayed a more convincing ogre had it been photoshopped by central casting....
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:13pm
A big reason why Philadelphia State Representative Mark Cohen keeps pushing for the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is reality: many people need the substance for treatment of their illnesses and other states have already approved medical use of marijuana.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:05pm
State Senator Daylin Leach knows he is fighting an uphill battle to win legalization of marijuana for adult use in Pennsylvania. But Leach is confident that the need for new state revenue will convince his colleagues in the state legislature that the time is ripe to change...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:00pm
State Sen. Daylin Leach is leading the fight to legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania.
But will the reward outweigh the risk if he succeeds and cannabis is legalized in the state?
Senator Leach clearly thinks the rewards from increased state revenues and decreased...
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 9:13pm
It all began with Cuba in 1959. That was a line in the sand for Tio Sam. Kennedy launched the Alliance for Progress in ‘61, and caudillos throughout South and Central America lined up for lessons on how to prevent their own homegrown communists from reproducing what Fidel and El...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:10am
There is a man reporting on how bad the smog is in China.
He is saying,
“See, right there,
at the end of this street that you don’t see
is the second tallest building in China.”
I squint. . . I don’t see anything!
“In fact”, he’s saying,
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 11:43am
Rio de Janeiro in 1964 remained the de facto seat of the Brazilian government and home to its corps of international diplomats. Despite the fact that Brasilia, the modernist architectural ghost town erected in the scrublands of the country’s isolated interior was designated Brazil’s new capital...
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 5:20pm
Panchimalco, El Salvador -- Thirty years ago, on a miserably hot and humid July day in 1983, I went to Washington DC with my wife and two-year-old son in his stroller. We were there with tens of thousands to protest US involvement in civil wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador...
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 1:27pm
In brutish, crass, profanity-spitting L.A., in developer-ravaged $2500-a-month “elegant density” L.A., in have-and-have-not ethnically separated L.A., in get-out-of-my-way-asshole, hit-and-run texting-and-primping-while-driving L.A. . . .
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 10:17am
For a timely explanation of the crisis of the militarization of America, days after popular opposition, in a historic first, blocked a US war -- in this case against the sovereign nation of Syria -- check out this film by Lanny Cotler and Paul Edwards of...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 5:43pm
“If people can't trust not only the executive branch but also don't trust Congress, and don't trust federal judges, to make sure that we're abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we're going to have some problems here.”
Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 2:17pm
This week, the government began their assault against private Bradley Manning. Even though he has already plead guilty to misusing classified documents and faces twenty years in prison, prosecutors want him branded as having aided the enemy, with a life sentence to go along.
Monday, May 20, 2013 - 6:33am
Point of No Return, a mixture of novel and autobiography, is an engaging story of an intrepid war correspondent who resembles a saucy crime detective. It is superb story-telling.
Andre Vltchek’s just re-released Point of No Return is a revised third...
Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 11:21am
Has the "land of the free and home of the brave" decided to roll over and concede defeat to terrorism?
George Bush's “war on terror,” supinely backed by a cowed Congress of Democrats and Republicans, re-introduced torture to the American playbook, finished what Bill Clinton...
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 11:44am
Occupy Wall Street’s dynamic grass roots movement is quiescent and may or may not return. Its respite or demise is due to a combination of deliberate and apparently nationally directed police violence and federal, state and local government spying, as well as to its own lack of...
Monday, March 25, 2013 - 2:01pm
I am a Los Angeles resident who has spent most of my life on the west side of the city. After leaving Long Island, New York in 1963 and moving to San Diego for a year, I’ve lived in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades and Westwood with six months off for good behavior...
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 4:32pm
Corporate America just received the confirmation that they've been waiting for.
The attorney general of the United States has now admitted that the biggest American financial corporations have created such a labyrinth of their structures and practices that the Justice...
Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 9:42am
Yes, I mean it: the worst ever!
We’ve had James Monroe and his doctrine of supremacy over Latin America. We’ve had Theodore Roosevelt and his invasion of Cuba; Nixon, Reagan, Bush-Bush and their mass murder, and all the war crimes and genocide committed by most presidents....
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 11:24am
‘If the President Does It, It Isn’t Illegal’
-- Richard M. Nixon
Drones are finally coming out of the closet. During John Brennan's confirmation hearings for C.I.A. director, we started to learn a little more about the use of deadly...
Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 10:42am
Class War Films, the brainchild of three filmmakers, Lanny Cotler, and Paul and Jason Edwards, has offered to provide ThisCantBeHappening! with occasional short videos on topics like this, military...
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 1:17pm
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 1:22pm
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been trying to convince the public that the BLM does not sell wild horses to slaughter, but the Wild Horse Freedom Federation has obtained proof that a BLM Long Term Holding contractor...
Friday, February 1, 2013 - 6:55pm
Class War Films, the brainchild of three filmmakers, Lanny Cotler, and Paul and Jason Edwards, have offered to provide ThisCantBeHappening! with occasional short videos on topics like this, military spending,...
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 12:52am
Jonathan Schell‘s probing review of Nick Turse’s new book Kill Anything That Moves originated on Tom Dispatch and migrated to Salon, where it appeared under the head...
Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 6:45pm
This interview of TCBH! founder and collective member Dave Lindorff was published in the Tehran Times on Jan. 9, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013 - 8:16pm
The TCBH! Crew on Radio Free Kansas
Note: This show starts off with some music and news before the actual free-ranging interview with TCBH! members John Grant, Dave Lindorff, Lori Spencer, Linn...
Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 9:28pm
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 7:33pm
… [Dr. Ann Kristin] Neuhaus wishes that she'd skipped the hearing.
"[Assistant Kansas Attorney General] Maxwell lied to me," she says. "That's how he got the records. And that's how the charges were filed. And that's how the trial happened. And...
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 9:38pm
Tuesday's Presidential debate spoke volumes about the sorry state of politics today. Granted, both contenders gave a good show: Obama was back on his game and Romney did his best to sound like Ronald Reagan. The pundits have been given a lovely hopper of fodder to hold them for a...
Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 1:49pm
The internet is full of videos exposing police officers' use of excessive physical force when trying to apprehend or detain "potential criminals". Every year in fact there seems to be an increase in YouTube video uploads, video views, and news stories depicting this type of...
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 2:22pm
Wichita -- One of four Wichita museums is facing a $100,000 cutback in funding which may force its closure. It is called “Cowtown,” a tribute to the glory days of white settler expansion and of cattle. A distant cry is heard from the editorial board of the city’s single...
Friday, May 25, 2012 - 7:58am
Lahore -- US Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ), the chair and ranking minority member respectively of the Senate Armed Services Committee, say the US must not pay $5000 per truck as demanded by Pakistan, for supplies being shipped through this country to...
Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 10:59am
“This is not a reflection of who we are or what we stand for.”
-- Jeff Gearhart, Wall-Mart general counsel, on the firm’s Mexico bribery
[Torture] “is not the norm.”
-- Mike Pannek, Abu Ghraib prison warden.
Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 2:49pm
India’s successful test of a ballistic missile with a range of more than 5,000 km, was
was uncriticised by the US.
Contrast this lack of concern with the America’s obsessive concern about a suspected or potential
nuclear programme by Iran, or to US threats over...
Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 12:07pm
I believe that absolutely nothing happens in a vacuum.
There is always a connection between why things happen and the something (or someone) that made it happen. All too frequently that connection is not easily apparent, and that creates problems.
Friday, February 10, 2012 - 7:24pm
Newfane--Entergy Nuclear of Louisiana, which operates the Vermont Yankee (VY) nuclear reactor in Vernon Vermont has launched an attack on the state of Vermont with the help of the federal courts.
Vermont state law gives the state the power to decide whether to allow...
Friday, February 10, 2012 - 9:40am
Lahore -- Pakistan parliamentarians should promptly table a resolution calling for efforts to carve the state of New Mexico away from the United States and to either make it independent, or restore it to its status prior to the Mexican-American War (1846-48), when it was a...
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 7:34pm
Nancy Goodman Brinker, a pioneer of “cause marketing”, founded Susan G. Komen For the Cure in 1982, reportedly as the fulfillment of a deathbed promise made to her sister, a victim of breast cancer. In 1994, Brinker founded In Your Corner, Inc., a for-profit company that markets...
Monday, January 30, 2012 - 9:00pm
R&B pioneer Johnny Otis discovered Etta James when she was still a teenager, launching her nearly 60-year career. The two lifelong friends both died last week -- just days apart -- at the ages of 90 and 73, respectively.
From their first meeting in 1953, the fates of...
Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 11:52am
Having spent the better part of two months as an embedded reporter with Occupy OKC's camp in Kerr Park (aka Poet's Park) I have often praised both the city and police department. Oklahoma City's occupation has so far managed to avoid the mass arrests and police brutality seen in...
Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2:16am
Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 1:56pm
Predator Odrona is about to sign a military authorization bill [Carl Levin's S-1867] that puts every one of us at risk of being detained by our own military. If the government decides that you are a terrorist threat, the military will be able to kidnap you and deny you the right to...
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 11:38am
Lahore -- Ever since 9/11 and the subsequent 2001 invasion of Afghanistan by the US, Pakistan’s world has been in turmoil.
Officially America’s ally in the so-called War on Terror, Pakstan has actually been one of its biggest victims. Just recently, Pakistan was...
Monday, December 19, 2011 - 2:07pm
Islamabad -- This past June I posted an article by Anatol Lieven on Facebook. For those who are not familiar with his name, Anatol is from the UK and numbers among the few journalists whom I always enjoy reading. I have met Anatol a few times and he is the kind of person...
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 3:38pm
At the beginning of the twentieth century the United States was engaged in a long and brutal war of aggression against the Philippines, which led to between 200,000 and 1.5 million civilian deaths. It was a colonial war against independence fought by the US with patriotic zeal and...
Friday, December 9, 2011 - 10:22am
This article originally appeared in The Pitch, a Kansas City alternative newspaper. ThisCantBeHappening! normally does not reprint other publications' material, but this story about Kristi Neuhaus, a heroic doctor who has fought for women...
Friday, December 2, 2011 - 9:37am
This is Part II of a series of reports from our traveling correspondent in the American heartland. Part I covered the arrest of 10 Occupy OKC protesters as they “mic checked” a local Walmart on Black Friday. Part II...
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 12:23am
Oklahoma City – In the early morning hours of Black Friday, 10 members of Occupy OKC discovered that chanting “Buy local!” in a crowded Walmart is an arrestable offense in the United States...
Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 9:28am
The mainstream media likes to claim that Occupy Movement is comprised of aimless activists without concrete goals. They should go ask Martha and Lorena Reyes, two recently fired Hyatt housekeepers who know exactly why the 1% who run everything need to be occupied and what the 99%...
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 12:48pm
You say you feel my pain
You don't even know what pain is.
– Untitled final poem by Street Poet
Oklahoma City -- After spending the last three weeks in Oklahoma City covering...
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 10:18pm
"There are combustibles in every state which a spark might set fire to."
-- George Washington's letter to General Henry Knox concerning the
Shay's Rebellion, 1786
One month ago, a group of some 1000 demonstrators...
Friday, October 7, 2011 - 1:51pm
Check out this cartoon by Portland, Ore. film company Softbox of Dave Lindorff being interviewed by Flashpoints host Dennis Bernstein on how the US spends 53% of the annual budget on war...
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 1:37pm
Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 4:20pm
Friday, September 23, 2011 - 7:50pm
(Third in a series of Rediscovering America)
“How are you?” a perky, young female clerk asked me as I walked through the front door of the odds and ends shop in Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia.
I was taken aback by her forthright...
Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 2:21pm
Hvalsoe, Denmark--It was with joy that I watched television coverage of election day, September 15. According to all the nine political parties running, and the mass media, there were no wars in the world and Denmark no longer was involved in three wars—Iraq, Afghanistan...
Monday, August 29, 2011 - 9:01am
Newfane, VT -- A classic David vs. Goliath battle is taking shape in the courtroom and in the streets and fields of Vermont as Entergy Nuclear of Louisiana tries to overturn Vermont law in the federal courts.
The state has thoughtfully and repeatedly voted no to...
Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 6:54pm
Second in a series: "Rediscovering America"
Leading black-skinned representatives of the “hegemon”, as Cynthia McKinney calls President Barak Obama and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, could hardly expect to win any votes from the standing-room-only...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 6:09pm
Journalists from ThisCantBeHappening! took on the Philadelphia Inquirer. the nation's third-oldest surviving daily, this morning, conducting a leafletting “happening” in front of the paper’s soon-to-be-sold headquarters building on Broad Street.
Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 10:41pm
(This is the first of a series of impressions of Ron’s return to the Belly of the Beast)
“We’re making a killing” read signs held in front of the permanent war profiteer, Lockheed-Martin, overlooking the King of Prussia Mall.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 9:00am
Fifty-eight years ago, on July 26, 1953, 160 Cuban rebels attacked Moncada Barracks near Santiago de Cuba. Had the rebels been able to take the fort with 1,000 troops—a good possibility—it would have started a revolution that might well have defeated the dictatorial regime of...
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:30am
Years ago while studying in Zurich to be a Jungian analyst, I was exposed to an aura of this great person, Hearing the recounting of some of the exotic dreams of my fellow students only made me more awestruck. It therefore came as a shock when in that setting I dreamt of...
Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:36pm
You learn many interesting things traveling on public lands following the wild horse issue in the American West.
You learn that after standing in sub-zero temperatures, attempting to document winter roundups, that returning to the relative warmth of your parked vehicle can...
Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 9:29pm
(This article is Part III of journalist Ridenour’s political autobiography, Solidarity and Resistance: 50 Years With Che. Click here for Part I and here...
Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 10:22am
“Pakistan must do more.”
That statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has become a laugh line in Pakistani drawing rooms.
The 9/11 attacks resulted in 2,996 deaths -- 246 on the planes,2606 in towers and on ground, 126 at the Pentagon. The attacks justified an...
Monday, June 13, 2011 - 11:33am
As a boy I knew old Lonnie Chase, who clammed for a living in the waters of Cape Cod. Not known for his erudition, his words were short and pithy. I remember his response to my question regarding the weather. After gazing skyward, seeming to be pondering the clouds, he would...
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 8:49am
Cupar, Scotland--This county town of Fife, is not exactly a news hot spot. Probably the last big story here was the landing of Italian balloonist Vincenzo Lunardi nearby in 1785 at the end of a 43-mile flight from Edinburgh.
However the small town’s sleepy Sheriff...
Monday, May 23, 2011 - 11:12am
Forty-seven governments on the Untied Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) will discuss and decide, beginning at its May 30th session, what to do about an unusually candid and truthful report in the world of international politics.
The Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel...
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 11:59am
Beware of Americans...Bearing Gifts
By Shaukat Qadir
I am sure everyone knows this but merely to ensure we are on the same grid, a policy has one or more aims to be achieved in a specified period and spells out how...
Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 12:44pm
The stunning victory in last week’s elections by the pro-independence
Scottish National Party was a result which was supposed to be
Scotland, after all, ceased to be an independent country in 1707, when it was
Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 5:40pm
Berlin -- The debate continues: Was the killing of Osama bin Laden justified? Perhaps a rather useless debate since he is now most certainly dead. But despite their distance in time and space some flashbacks insist on recurring, right next to terrible images of those two planes...
Saturday, May 7, 2011 - 5:29pm
Back in the 1980s, before the Cold War gave way to the War on Terror, American money and supplies helped Osama Bin Laden create Al Qaeda and build it into one of the world’s most successful terrorist organizations. And without the close alliances between Al Qaeda and our “allies”...
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 1:40pm
Lahore, Pakistan -- I am incredulous!
I’ll say one thing: this US Special Forces operation deserves a standing ovation for immaculate execution. Except that some details do get confusing.
Maybe I’m just slow, but truly, viewing the still pictures of the...
Monday, May 2, 2011 - 9:53am
THEY say he’s dead, that they killed him for justice yet they do not release photographs or any evidence of his death.
THEY say they buried him after Islam custom by dumping him in the open sea. But Islam says a body must be buried in the ground if the person did not die at sea.
Friday, April 29, 2011 - 11:36am
(This article is Part II of journalist Ridenour’s political autobiography, Solidarity and Resistance: 50 Years With Che. Click here for Part I)
Wilfred Burchett was a key...
Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 1:38pm
When it was suggested the war in Iraq was about oil, Tony Blair,then the British prime minister, had this to say on February 6,2003
“Let me just deal with the oil thing because… the oil conspiracy theory is honestly one of the most absurd when you analyse it. The...
Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 8:20pm
(This article is the first of seven pieces dedicated to the Cuban revolution and its defeat of the US imperialist invasion 50 years ago, April 17-19, 1961, and embraces my half-century struggle.)
I. Sharing Che’s Activism
Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 10:56pm
Bukowski loved the idea of poetry wars. Even at the lowest level of mimeo magazines, when he was co-editing Laugh Literary & Man the Humping Guns with Neeli Cherry, he jumped in guns blazing ready to take on the world. “Poetry,” he always said, “is a poor country...
Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 2:57pm
We are now on the brink of the mother of all meltdowns in more ways than one.
Last weekend, The Times quoted Alan Hansen, a nuclear engineer and executive vice president of Areva NC, a unit of Areva, a French group that supplied reactor fuel to the Fukushima...
Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 1:46pm
Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 1:11pm
Isabel Wilkerson’s first book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, couldn’t have come out at a better time for black New Orleanians, who as 2010 statistics confirmed, but our own hearts knew, lost more than a third of our community in...
Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 10:32am
Seated one day at the organ,
I was weary and ill at ease,
And my fingers wandered idly
Over the noisy keys.
I know not what I was playing
Or what I was dreaming then,
But I struck one chord of music
Like the sound of a great Amen....
Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 1:38pm
The Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) has set April 2011, the 50th anniversary of the revolution’s victory over the US-Cuban exile mercenary force at the Bay of Pigs, for its 6th Congress. I follow this process with special attention, in part, because I participated in the PCC’s 4th...
Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 11:18am
(Exclusive to ThisCantBeHappening!)
Islamabad--By now journalists everywhere (except in the US) have come to the conclusion that there is far, far more to Raymond Davis than is being revealed by the US or by Pakistani officials. That he was...
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 11:53am
Lahore, Pakistan--You cannot open the TV, or read a paper here without more and more news about Raymond Davis and his murderous act. His killing on Jan. 27 of two young Pakistanis has created international waves, too, plunging the Pakistan-America relationship into stormy...
Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 6:11pm
As things now stand, the United States appears ready to have Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak tossed out in exchange for his newly-named Vice President, Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian spy master. That is, maintain the status quo by swapping one dictator for another.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 4:20pm
One of my grandsons recently asked me, “What is wisdom?” After some discussion, we together concluded that wisdom comes only with experience.
When it comes to war, though, living in a country that has not experienced a war on its own soil since 1865, Americans, other than...
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 11:44am
Long time in the making! Long time suffering poverty, inequality, official murder-torture-imprisonment, despotism, fundamentalism, and governments lackeyed to US/Western powers.
I am no expert on Arabic/Middle East history or politics, other than knowing that US/Israel-led...
Friday, January 28, 2011 - 8:15am
Woodrow Tom Thompson was once a big player in the LA news scene . He began
in Yuma, Arizona at KBLU, doing sports radio and TV. After a stint at CBS station KOOL in Phoenix, he reinvented himself with a career in print journalism as news editor for the LA Free Press...
Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 12:17pm
“Pariah” Makes Friends
Hearty applause, cheers, and a standing ovation met the team of “Pariah” following this morning’s 8:30 a.m. showing at the Sundance Film Festival. A product of the Sundance Institute’s screenwriting and directorial labs, with...
Monday, January 24, 2011 - 12:08pm
By an historical coincidence, both Julian Assange and Luis Posada Carriles were brought before Western courts around the same time in late 2010 and early 2011—Assange in Britain and Posada in the United States. The contrast in their treatment by the U.S.-Anglo system of justice...
Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 11:39am
(NOTE: A copy of this letter to the commandant of the Quantico Marine base where Army Specialist Bradley Manning is being held in conditions of torture on orders of the Pentagon and the White House, first ran on David Swanson's ...
Monday, January 17, 2011 - 12:10pm
It's all too appropriate that on the day that we celebrate the birthday of one of history’s most notable civil rights leaders, Arizona is in the national news spotlight. Arizona,one of the last states to recognize Martin Luther King Jr's birthday as a federal holiday only began doing in 1992...
Monday, January 3, 2011 - 7:12pm
Performed at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center, New York
One of the biggest challenges for modern people trying to understand history is to conceive of the past beyond stereotypes. When we use Martin Luther King Jr. as an example of Civil Rights resistance, we must also...
Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 7:33pm
Am I the only queer person in the country that is sad about the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"? I know the long-delayed bill just signed into law has destroyed my plan to avoid any future military conscription.
Let me explain. Many of my male friends in college photodocumented their...
Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 4:34pm
As Christmas is celebrated in Incarceration Nation, it’s worth remembering certain things about the two figures who dominate this holiday.
As more than 3,000 American sit on death row, we revere the birth of a...
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 10:13pm
One and a half years of medical school has at least taught me one thing: medicine is all about getting the right diagnosis. Sure, there are important things like treatment, but honestly, evidence based treatment guidelines and experiential wisdom can all be looked up. And as people realize...
Friday, December 17, 2010 - 9:56am
Julian Assange, key initiator of Wikileaks, has been granted bail despite the British government’s appeal made in behalf of the Swedish government. A British district court judge had waited two days before approving bail in the amount of $ 316,000, on the condition that Assange wear an...
Monday, November 1, 2010 - 4:40pm
Santa Cruz -- “Are you planning to vote on Tuesday?” I asked. The food checker at our local natural food store was cheerful and friendly. But she was a little befuddled by the question.
“I don’t know where to vote,” she confessed.
“Have you gotten your sample...
Monday, November 1, 2010 - 2:42pm
Oh, what to do about unemployment?
Try as it might to pump money into the economy and spur hiring, the Fed’s policy ain’t working. Don’t blame Keynes. For the stim to be effective, the cash needs to get to small businesses: the primary source of jobs in our country. Trouble...
Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 10:29pm
In 1945, as World War Two was winding down, Edmund Wilson wrote two
critical pieces dealing with the mystery novel. He was troubled by the rise in sales of a
form he thought commercial and crude. Indeed, in an earlier article writer about west
coast writers’ “The Boys in the...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 8:20am
Berlin -- What do the USA, China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and North Korea have in common?
The answer may surprise you.
The European Parliament answered this question on October 2nd with passage of a resolution singling out that seemingly disparate list for criticism....
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 10:11am
Jefferson County, KS -- It’s too late for Mr. Goldsmith, for former Kansas City, KS Police Detective Max Seifert and hundreds of thousands.
Bank of America and several other giant banks last week announced they are halting foreclosures across many states.
But we have...
Monday, October 4, 2010 - 2:11pm
The Democrats keep calling me. They’re asking for money. It’s understandable, I guess. Ever since voting for Dick Gregory’s Freedom and Peace Party presidential campaign in 1968, I’ve pulled the Democratic lever and even actively campaigned for Gore, Kerry, and especially for Obama.
Friday, September 24, 2010 - 6:23pm
The Republican right’s Pledge to America is widely being compared with Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America. But for those of us with long enough memories, it more clearly harkens back a decade further, to the early days...
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 3:25pm
Friday, September 3, 2010 - 10:04am
Dirty Jews and Ragheads:
If Modern America Resembles Weimar, the Tea Party Resembles...
By Betsy Rossinsky
I learned I was Jewish the hard way. Soon after my mother died, her ex-husband (my father) took me away to live with him. I was seven at the...
Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 11:22pm
Can a song played at rush hour over the Islands of Hawaii cause car crashes?
Can a song make you suddenly sob and shake and weep and completely lose control of
your automobile while you are driving from Honoka’a to Kona on the Big Island of
Monday, August 23, 2010 - 11:10am
President Obama’s Deficit Commission is all smoke and mirrors. Its members are making a big show of laboring over ”painful” choices and considering all options in their quest to bring down the deficit. But inside the Beltway everyone knows what’s going to happen: The commission will reduce the...
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 9:34pm
Have you ever, like me, found yourself wondering, while watching or listening to politicians on what passes for the news these days, “Who are these people?” Have you ever found yourself wondering what makes them tick?
Trust me, you're not alone. Inquiring minds want to know.
Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 10:25pm
I'm a 1K flyer, meaning I fly over 100,000 miles a year with United, and consider myself fairly inured to the indignities of travel by now. But, going through my first Whole Body Back-Scatter X-ray at the Denver airport recently took frequent flying to a whole new level of creepiness.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 11:40am
The way the Washington Post reported the story, Congress has finally pushed through “tougher” off-shore drilling regulations for oil companies.
Two key Senate committees approved...
Friday, June 18, 2010 - 8:54am
Yahoo News points out that more recently, McClatchy Newspapers reported that this last year, Agence France Presse has written about it and Afghan President Hamid Karzai himself has boasted of the nation’s wealth . Afghanistan’s mineral reserves were mapped by the Soviets during their occupation...
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 11:48am
General Fonseka quit the military after the May 2009 defeat of the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and ran for the presidency in January, 2010. He came in second, losing to the incumbent, Rajapakse. The former war hero was then promptly arrested and remains in military detention,...
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 11:12am
From Unsilent Generation
On June 5, 1944, the eve of the largest invasion in history, General Dwight Eisenhower visited the English airfield where paratroopers were...
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 9:28am