A Nation Commits Suicide: Why We Should Care About Syria

A boy is treated after he sustained injuries from an airstrike in the Sha'ar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Friday, August 24, 2012. Photo by Near East Observatory

An Interview with Mindy BelzBy Wendy MurrayIf you are anything like I am, the ongoing struggles with various countries in the Middle East generally and the suffering country of Syria particularly, become too taxing and complicated to get my head around. Feeling helpless and confused, I am tempted to stop listening. Yet I am summoned to try. I hope you feel similar conviction.Thankfully, my friend and colleague, fellow journalist Mindy Belz, not only understands this part of world … [Read more...]

Why I Support Edward Snowden

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The first and foremost reason that I support Edward Snowden is that I have lost faith in all others who demonize him. In this regard I think primarily of our government, but not exclusively. Time and again those who claim to be "looking out for us" (meaning, us citizens) have been shown to be liars and manipulators. In that regard I continue to be shocked by the collective shrug this has elicited on the part of the general population. I have written elsewhere about how our (and Snowden's) … [Read more...]

The Religion of Extreme Surveillance in America

Dostoevsky predicted The Religion of the Surveillance State

Julian Assange said in a recent interview (below) that the state of extreme surveillance has become the new religion in the U.S.Oxford Dictionary defines religion:  noun [mass noun]: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods, such as: "ideas about the relationship between science and religion"; [as a count noun] a particular system of faith and worship: the world’s great religions; a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion, such as … [Read more...]

Why We Need Julian Assange

Julian Assange at the center of the storm of our time

 Nancy. Ben. Suzanne. Carol. Chris. Larry. Jon. Aleesha. And Matt. These are the people I have spoken with on my Verizon phone in the past two weeks -- the last two being a representatives from Verizon. I called Aleesha, who referred me to Matt,  to try and determine if my phone number and its associated records was among the tens of millions that have been surveilled by court order by the National Security Agency (NSA). (Aleesha and Matt had no information about it and asked if I was … [Read more...]

Be Careful of Each Other

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I saved in my "poetry file" a wonderful poem by a well-known poet that was short, powerful, helpful and reminiscent of the coming of the (so-called) spring. (I live in New England; as I write, I look out my window to see my street flanked by 3-foot snow banks.) The poem involved a hedgehog and seemed a good fit for today's post.Yet I am a hopeless copyright partisan. Before posting I wanted to clarify whether or not I would be violating copyright laws by posting a piece of intellectual … [Read more...]


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