National Security After 9/11

Two words in the American lexicon that I genuinely despise are national security. I wonder how many honest people have been intimidated, silenced, or even assassinated in order to “protect” national security. I also wonder how often judicial and due process has been completely abandoned so as to “maintain” national security-and how many walls, fences, and borders have been built for the sake of this insidious abstraction.

National security is an extremely dangerous euphemism for unchecked power. When someone- or some group- resorts to using this justification, they are almost certainly masking a severe crime.

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Some Thoughts on Islam and the Barbaric Hordes

This is a response to a rather backhanded compliment to Islam that recently passed through my email, presented as an expression of tolerance focused on Iran.   Sometimes tolerance can be misleading because it focuses on the presumed negative rather than the experience of that which is ‘other’.   So, there is no room for a positive experience to develop. Christians […]

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All Flags Must Come Down

Please do not misinterpret what I am about to say. I believe that the Confederate flag is disgraceful. It represents a corrupted heritage that is fundamentally rooted in chauvinism, bigotry, segregation, and militarism. Furthermore, I believe that it should be torn down from every monument, hallway, rooftop, and courthouse in our nation. . . . . . .

. . . . . . .Let me be clear. I am not calling for a universal human flag to replace the numerous flags in existence today. I do not want to see the United Nations emblem on every uniform and municipal building from Chicago to Cairo. What we need is a flagless world. No more oaths, and no more pledges of allegiance! To paraphrase Gandhi, “the only tyrant in this world that we should obey is the still small voice within.”

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Afghanistan and the Arena of Ideas

by Dr. Hakim / Dr. Wee Tek Young, cross posted from “You didn’t know about the decision of the Singapore government to join the fight against ISIS ?” she asked. I was catching up with another Singaporean, Lynette ( a pseudonym to respect her privacy ), who had previously worked in Kabul and who was back in Afghanistan to […]

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The aggressive spread of ISIS through Iraq and Syria has been a game changer in the region.   In all of the Arabic countries, ISIS is referred to as DAISH, which is short for ‘Dawlat al-Islamiyah f’al-Iraq wa al-Sham’, Arabic for the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (Syria).  What makes the Arabic acronym interesting is that the Arabic word  […]

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To Commemorate The 2014 Election in Afghanistan

Introduction followed by reprint of post by Sherif Samir on Our Journey to Smile.  After months of wrangling, and a runoff between feuding candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who  represent different regions and ethnic groups of the country, Ashraf Ghani was declared the new president of Afghanistan.    The numeric results were apparently too sensitive to release, and were […]

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Netanyahu Says Hamas’ Rockets are ‘Nothing’

Today I thought I might take a break from the atrocities of imperialism and skip the news.  But I found myself drawn, perhaps by habit, and turned on Democracy Now! at 8:00.   And there he was, Benjamin Netanyahu, standing in Tel Aviv airport complaining bitterly about one small U.S. restraint in an atmosphere of overwhelming support. He’s mad because the […]

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Education for Dummys

Today David Swanson posted to his blog under the title “War for Dummys”.   I don’t want to offend anyone, but I once used a ‘UNIX for Dummys’ book to beat a co-worker at solving a mysterious problem.   It was kind of humiliating, but it was only 1 problem, and “I Won!”.   Learning ‘for Dummys’ is more a reference […]

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