Untitled Poem for Gaza

by Clarence James

do you know why
only innocents cry

neither do i man
neither do i

then youll tell me
who let killers go free

its a mystery see
such a mystery

so at least wont you say
when the wise get their day

i hear that they may
but hey

because where will we go
and what will we do

now how
thats the question

but the answer
no clue

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Killing in Lieu of Surveilling

by Jim Bovard

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Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles deserves another Pulitzer Prize for this superb cartoon.  Some people are singing hallelujahs over the Supreme Court’s recent decision that police cannot automatically search people’s cell phones.  However, the Supreme Court has done nothing to negate the government’s prerogative to kill people based on secret memos, secret evidence, and utter bunk.

I started ragging on the U.S. government’s assassination policy long ago when Obama was a presidential candidate who pledged to obey the Constitution. A 2011 story I wrote for the Christian Science Monitor (“Assassination nation: Are there any limits on President Obama’s license to kill?”) evoked a torrent of testy online comments:

* “Hopefully there will soon be enough to add James Bovard to the [targeted killing] list.”

* “We need to send Bovard and the ACLU to Iran. You shoot traders and the ACLU are a bunch of traders.”

* “Now if we can only convince [Obama] to use this [assassination] authority on the media, who have done more harm than any single terror target could ever dream of…”

* “James bovard… We would all be better off if bigots like you stopped writing crap.”

* “You guys who are against killing these guys are going to be the death of all of us.”

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Antiwar Animation: A Lost Art?

By Joe Scarry, originally posted on Scarry Thoughts

I’m just back from a retrospective of the animations produced by John and Faith Hubley at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

I’m breathless over the short animation from 1964 called “The Hat.”

“I … must … have … my … HAT!”

It’s a pitch-perfect antiwar tale — timeless.  You can read about it on the Michael Sporn Animation blog, and watch it in two parts on Youtube. I don’t know what part of “The Hat” I like best: the totally convincing dialogue (spoken by Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore)? the original soundtrack they created?  the mythic arc of the story? the exquisite drawings?

“The Hat” – Part 1

“The Hat” – Part 2

Where are we going to get more of this kind of work to power the movement to abolish war?

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Cindy Sheehan: Compassion, Courage, Conviction and Controversy

By Joanna Perry-Folino

The loss of a child is perhaps the most devastating loss a human being can suffer. The short and long term effects of the pain which affects a parent after the death of a son or daughter are unfathomable. There are legendary stories in both fact and fiction depicting the shock, denial, rage and eventual coming to terms in some manner with the reality that a child, tenderly, lovingly raised from birth, has been removed from a parent’s world forever. Never again to be touched, held, listened to, conversed with, wrestled or engaged with in the here and now. Never again.

Read more at Huffington Post.

 

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Get up, stand up! For a cause. In perpetuity …

by Doug Champeau

For an hour on Wednesday evenings, Wanda joins a small cadre of protesters on the sidewalk of the busy Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge. They hold signs insisting that the United States get out.

Get out Afghanistan. Get out of Syria. Get out of Ukraine. Get out of Iraq (again). Get out of Libya, Germany, Japan, Korea and the dozens of other foreign countries where the United States has military bases.

She parades up and down the bridge, holding signs: “Funds for Housing and Jobs!” “No New Wars!” “Bring all the Troops and War Dollars Home!” “No Drones!” “No Barrel Bombs!” and “Peace!”

An antiwar protest; it’s so anachronistic. Even the 8½-by-11-inch fliers for the event look like they’ve been mimeographed.

Read more here.

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Don’t Get too Excited over the Ex-Im Debate and the “Reform Conservative” Crowd

by Chad Nelson

Bipartisan criticism of the Export-Import Bank is all the rage these days, after new Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy spoke publicly about his intention to end its very existence.  From the standpoint of a libertarian, the criticism and the shedding of light on such a blatant corporate welfare scheme should be welcome news.  Even a lot of mainstream media outlets have latched on to this populist issue du jour.  Fox Business’s Stossel devoted an entire hour-long segment to the topic, presenting guests on both sides of the debate, with John Stossel attempting to rebut the ones who favor reauthorization of the bank.  I repeat: all of this new anti-Ex-Im fervor is extremely pleasing, but it leaves this libertarian, and should leave truly reform-minded Americans, hungry for much bigger fish in need of frying.

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29 Organizations Support Lee-Rigell Letter on Iraq

From Just Foreign Policy:

“Virginia Republican Scott Rigell and California Democrat Barbara Lee are leading a bipartisan letter to President Obama, urging the President to respect the Constitutional requirement to seek Congressional authorization before using military force in Iraq.”

Read the letter below, and consider signing Just Foreign Policy’s MoveOn petition here.

Below is the letter to Congress listing the supporting organizations:

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