Living in Sweden and the meaning of 'subhuman'
FALUN, Sweden-This winter, the temperatures here were sometimes below minus
twenty (Celsius), but that's relatively warm compared to some aspects of what
everyday life has become. With the accompanying photo shouting forcefully
against what indeed seems to exist for many, accepting its message means that
illusions about Swedish justice and integrity fade, uneasily being replaced
by haunting questions. Of these, by far the biggest question revolves ever
more unsettlingly around the security of one's life and property, not to
mention concerns regarding what Sweden's future may hold for those of foreign
Are drugs causing the dementia epidemic?
Gary G. Kohls, MD
Since the introduction of major tranquilizers like Thorazine and Haldol,
minor tranquilizers like Miltown, Librium and Valium and the dozens of
so-called antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, tens of millions
of unsuspecting Americans have become mired deeply, to the point of permanent
disability, in the American mental health system.
The logic of unintended consequences: The 'mess in Mali'
Resisting palliatives in an age of oligarchic excess and Anthropocene Age
Wall Street is again flush with the electronic facsimile of the stuff once
known as money. But this is a Botox Recovery: A superficial procedure,
accomplished with a nerve paralyzing poison, reserved for the wealthy whose
vanity has driven them to transform their faces into caricatures of
corruption . . . to acquiring a countenance, frozen as a creepy doll,
incapable of showing emotion-a grotesque simulacrum of the human face.
Supreme Court approves humiliating strip-searches for even minor offenses
Growing up in the post-war era (after the Second World War), I never expected
to live in the strange Kafkaesque world that exists today. The US government
can assassinate any US citizen that the executive branch thinks could
possibly be a threat to the US government, or throw the hapless citizen
into a dungeon for the rest of his or her life without presenting any
evidence to a court or obtaining a conviction of any crime, or send the
threat to a puppet foreign state to be tortured until the threat
confesses to a crime that never occurred or dies at the hands of freedom and
democracy while professing innocence.
Reality, news perception, and accuracy
Rollo: Peak oil already wreaking economic disaster
City councilman says honest reckoning needed for transition to future
Peak oil production is at a crisis point but also is an opportunity to better
the planet, Bloomington City Councilman David Rollo said in a talk, Evidence
and Consequences of Peak Oil, sponsored by Green Drinks at the Upland
Brewery banquet hall on March 28.
The rich are different from you and me-they pay less taxes
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
Benjamin Franklin, who used his many talents to become a wealthy man,
famously said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. But
if you're a corporate CEO in America today, even they can be put on the back
burner-death held at bay by the best medical care money can buy and the
latest in surgical and life extension techniques, taxes conveniently shunted
aside courtesy of loopholes, overseas investment and governments that
conveniently look the other way.
Saudi Arabia: Dancing to Israel's tune
The fact that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has joined the vicious triangle of
the United States, Israel and Britain to destabilize the Islamic Republic of
Iran and put pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program is not a secret
anymore. The Saudi officials have openly stated their opposition to Iran's
access to peaceful nuclear energy and even have boastfully promised to make
up for the amount of crude oil which the EU member states will be losing
after imposing a multilateral oil embargo against Iran, which is seen as an
effort to force Iran into giving up its nuclear rights.
Egypt's presidential election in disarray
Linda S. Heard
So-called newly democratic Egypt is suffering from too many cooks. Even so,
whatever meal they are likely to produce will ultimately be seasoned by the
Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) that has appointed itself as the
country's interior and exterior protector.
Washington leads the world into lawlessness
Paul Craig Roberts
The US government pretends to live under the rule of law, to respect human
rights, and to provide freedom and democracy to citizens. Washington's
pretense and the stark reality are diametrically opposed.
Ms. Rousseff Goes to the White House
Barack Obama recently visited with current Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff. President Obama didn't receive her, however, with the kind of pomp
and circumstance, that has been given to nations like Indian and China.
President Rousseff only met with Obama in a brief meeting, she did not
receive a state dinner, and Obama spent most of the day rolling Easter eggs
on the South Lawn.
UN's World Food Program in Ethiopia: Feeding death squads
Thomas C. Mountain
While southern Ethiopia and the Ogaden continues to suffer from the worst
drought and famine in 60 years, the UN's World Food Program (WFP) has been
turning over all its food aid for the region to the Ethiopian military which
uses it to feed the paramilitary death squads conducting a counterinsurgency
in the region.
The Secret Service and the girls from Cartagena
(WMR <http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/>)-The White House and the U.S.
Intelligence Community are not treating as benign infractions the events
surrounding the calling back from the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena,
Colombia of at least eleven, and possibly up to twenty Secret Service agents
with the White House's advance security team for cavorting with prostitutes
in Cartagena just prior to President Obama's visit to the city. In addition,
at least five members of the U.S. Special Operations forces-who are
reportedly assigned to the U.S. Southern Command headquartered in Miami-are
being confined to their quarters as a result of their involvement in parties
Michael Vick, Katrina were turning points in animal welfare
NEW ORLEANS-Is it possible to deal on a daily basis with dog fighting, puppy
mills, horse slaughter, baby seal clubbing, homeless pets, leghold-trapped
wildlife, animal research, cockfighting and factory farming and still spread
a message of hope and not despair? Yes, if you are Wayne Pacelle, the
charismatic and indefatigable president of the Humane Society of the United
The other 1936-1939 war
April 15 marks for me an anniversary of another April 15 of 44 years ago, two
months short of getting my MBA from UCLA. It was a Monday after Easter and I
had just returned from one of those junkets that some of us were invited to
for in situ job interviews . . . this time I recall, it had been Rochester,
NY, courtesy of Xerox Corporation.
Whatever happened to the Arab Spring? Revolution vs. counterrevolution
Within the first few months of 2011, the U.S. and its allies lost three loyal
friends: Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Zine el-Abbidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and
Saad Hariri in Lebanon. While Mubarak and Ali were driven out of power by
widespread popular uprisings, Hariri was ousted by the parliament.
AfPak: Mutiny on the Bounty
Kabul was cast into chaos Sunday as the Taliban began their spring offensive
with attacks on US, British, German and Russian embassies, NATO headquarters,
Camp Eggers, a hotel, President Karzai's palace compound and parliament.
Jailing Americans for profit: The rise of the prison industrial complex
John W. Whitehead
In an age when freedom is fast becoming the exception rather than the rule,
imprisoning Americans in private prisons run by mega-corporations has turned
into a cash cow for big business. At one time, the American penal system
operated under the idea that dangerous criminals needed to be put under lock
and key in order to protect society. Today, as states attempt to save money
by outsourcing prisons to private corporations, the flawed yet retributive
American system of justice is being replaced by an even more flawed and
insidious form of mass punishment based upon profit and expediency.
The rest is hasbara: Jenny Tonge's victory over the lobby
My Lords, I was in Gaza six weeks ago, began Baroness Tonge, when she spoke
at the House of Lords in January 2009. Now, as a result of the impotence of
the international community, not just in Gaza, but . . . over 40 years of
occupation of Palestine by Israel, those institutions that I visited are
rubble and many of the children with whom I played are dead.