I was looking back over my files on Colombia for the past year, trying to put together an article about it. Just write some straight history. Colombia’s seen a mixed year. Brutal paramilitary violence, to be sure. Ongoing massacres, assassinations, neoliberal restructuring, an outbreak of yellow fever. But also the indigenous Minga for life, the […]
Got this one via a well-informed Iraq commentator . Turns out that Canada’s OGI Group (an oil company based in Western Canada) has won a contract to ‘develop’ an Iraqi oil field (the Himrin oil field). It’s one of those upbeat business everything-is-rosy sorts of stories.
Aceh was hit hard by the Tsunamis and is also under Indonesian occupation. This could make a deadly situation still more catastrophic. Here’s a media release. Media Release U.S. Groups Urge Indonesian Government to Put People over Politics Humanitarian Catastrophe Adds to Human-Created Destruction in Aceh Contacts: Michael Beer, NI, 202-244-0951 (w), 703-875-9482 (h) Karen […]
I don’t know whether I am contributing to the problem by reproducing these things. My first reaction when large numbers of people die – as readers have probably figured out by now – is not to start political analysis. Lots of radicals never turn that button off and that’s fine. But it doesn’t take long, […]
Everytime I refresh my browser window, the death toll from the tsunami grows by a couple of thousand. The New York Times reports that at least a third of the dead are children. Even as we mourn, it is easy to detach ourselves from the reality of a number as large as 44,000. It is […]
My hope that the comments section of the blog would become as interesting as the things I post is coming to fruition. In case folks didn’t check the comments section of yesterday’s post, there were perceptive comments by frequent guest blogger C.P. Pandya, activist Troy Cochrane, and ZNet’s Cynthia Peters. Below is Pandya’s comment: “Unfortunately […]
It is hard to say something about something so terrible. It’s not really a moment for a political blog. If I was around there I would just try to find some way to join the aid effort. I have heard on the news that cash is the best way to help from far away. I […]
Sorry for returning to Christmas musings so soon, but I have been hearing that Live Aid/Band Aid song far too often recently. You know the one with George Michael, Boy George, Bono, etc., from the 1980s? Bono’s line in it is: “Well, tonight thank god it’s them, instead of you…” I don’t know the whole […]
Let’s get a little personal.
Sorry for the missed days. For yesterday at least I have an excuse – I share a computer, and another user of my computer downloaded enough pop-up programs and viruses to destroy my computer. That problem still isn’t fixed, so I’m blogging from elsewhere.