Government of Bahrain declares state of emergency.
Mixture of Saudi, UAE, and other GCC troops enter Bahrain upon invitation. [more inside]
- Given Saddam Hussein's central place in the American Consciousness over the last couple decades and particularly in recent years, I found 60 minutes' interview with FBI interrogator
George Piro pretty fascinating.
So Much Fire To Roast Human Flesh
from Arthur Magazine
--an 18-track, multi-artist compilation CD curated by Foster featuring exclusive contributions from some of the more outspoken members of the nation's burgeoning psychedelic folk scene, ... All profits will be distributed to specific counter-military recruitment and pacifist organizations and programs who effectively advise high school students and other Americans at risk of being taken advantage of ...
(and you can listen here
). Some might remember Arthur vs. Godsmack
--their music is heavily featured in recruiting ads.
Weapons that can incapacitate crowds
of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them are being readied for sale to military and police forces in the US and Europe. From guns that shoot streams of conductive fibers to plasma that will stop a truck, the military and the police are getting whole new ways
to deal with protestors.
Camilo Mejia is the first US soldier serving in Iraq to run away and proclaim himself a conscientious objector.
The Pentagon says another 600 people have done the same, and for the same reasons: they find this war immoral and illegal.
The prison diary
of Scottish Parliament MP (and successful self-publicist
) Tommy Sheridan
, jailed for seven days
(not for the first time
) for refusing to pay a fine imposed after he was found guilty of a breach of the peace while demonstrating at Faslane
against nuclear weapons.
Another reason why we can't win.
If we stay, we are labeled as imperialist agressors, keeping the two Koreas apart. If we leave, the South Korean economy will collapse as investors flee (and the North might well take the opportunity to invade again); we will then be blamed for causing South Korea to collapse.
The only winning move is not to play.
I say leave them to it and shrug when they come crying back to us for help.