…aylan, who worried that his father might drown…

…love and caring amid unremitting malevolence…

Pepe Escobar in a post at RT demonstrates the power of prose in his analysis of the US, Nato, and followers and their adventures in the Middle East and elsewhere. His post, Blowback on a NATO beach,

Little did Nilufer Demir, 29, the female photojournalist of the Turkish Dogan News agency know that the moment she saw little Aylan Kurdi, 3, washed ashore at the Ali Hoca Burnu beach near Bodrum, she would be making history.

Aylan is alone, as if suspended by the immense solitude of death, just as his family’s dream of offering him a new life in a new continent away from death and destruction was about to be fulfilled. It’s as if his lone lifeless body at the shores of a NATO beach was also about to prefigure the death of Europe – or the death of a once pan-European dream of solidarity and compassion.

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…mayday! mayday! peacekeepers to third world city!…

…no holiday, this… it is just that, the shoe, sort of is on the other foot…

The Independent, certainly not of the mold of the corporate US MSM, has a laugh at itself, and a jeer at the sanctimoniousness of the US media. The ‘third world’, and worse, has been present for decades in the US, it is just that ignoring its existence would make it ‘go away’ – until the ‘thugs’, the ‘savages’,. the ‘Apaches leave the reservation’, that is. Yes, aside the drivel of ‘post-racial’, ‘post-partisan’, the US is in a severe state of deinial, just one big, happy, racist, exceptionalist country, if not racist, elitist and confused. A fact that no ‘USA! USA! USA!’ can dispel. Read the rest of this entry »


…a long way to tipperary…

…but a mere few weeks to go for the Great Event…

The event will be remembered, ruefully, on 28 June 2014, its centenary. That was the spark that would set Europe ablaze on 28 July 1914, drawing in the rest of the world, innocent and guilty alike.

The print media

The Independent has a series of articles that should pique the interest as they highlight the obvious – the madness of war and the arrogance and criminality of those responsible. Millions killed and wounded. Countries destroyed. New national borders created. Read the rest of this entry »


…wapo, desperately seeking fallujah…

…as one of the principal buglers (and bunglers) in the charge into Iraq, WaPo starts almost tabula rasa on this sophomoric report thing…

Al-Qaeda-linked force captures Fallujah amid rise in violence in Iraq.  From that come couple excerpts,

Militants raise their flag over government buildings and declare an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that American troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago.

[snip]

In Fallujah, where Marines fought the bloodiest battle of the Iraq war in 2004, the militants appeared to have the upper hand, underscoring the extent to which the Iraqi security forces have struggled to sustain the gains made by U.S. troops before they withdrew in December 2011.

Missing in all this is that thing called context. Yes, context. The reporter chooses to conveniently gloss over the context: the vengeful, wanton destruction and slaughter unleashed by the US on especially Fallujah. This was no heroic endeavour. Also missing is any mention of the continuing effects of that onslaught on the health of its inhabitants – which should trigger unwanted memories of the Vietnam Legacy of all that Agent Orange and all that napalm and all that unexploded ordnance. The Bush and Blair Crusade reduced a fairly advanced secular state in the Middle East to utter rack and ruin, from which it still struggles to recover — and still no one held to account.

Just a few of these sources, and there are many more, could have allowed for less cynical superficiality in the WaPo reporting.  Read the rest of this entry »