Will Greeks Stand Firm?

Greece is about to ask its citizens to vote on a referendum: Knuckle under to the European money-lenders and worsen Greek austerity?  Or tell the EU to go to hell?

While Greece has been the recipient of billions of dollars in aid, most of that money has actually gone to the banks — to pay off debts.  Greece itself has been forced to implement harsh austerity measures.  The unemployment rate for Greek youth is now 60%. Jobs have been cut, pensions severely cut, social welfare programs cut.  The Greeks are living in conditions comparable to the U.S. Depression.

Banks have been closed, and all eyes are on what happens next.  If Greece tells the EU bankers and IMF to go to hell, some wonder if other eu countries might not be far behind.

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Bree Newsome Speaks About Her Takedown of the SC Confederate Flag

An excerpt:

As you are admiring my courage in that moment, please remember that this is not, never has been and never should be just about one woman. This action required collective courage just as this movement requires collective courage. Not everyone who participated in the strategizing for this non-violent direct action volunteered to have their names in the news so I will respect their privacy. Nonetheless, I’m honored to be counted among the many freedom fighters, both living and dead.

I see no greater moral cause than liberation, equality and justice f­­or all God’s people. What better reason to risk your own freedom than to fight for the freedom of others? That’s the moral courage demonstrated yesterday by James Ian Tyson who helped me across the fence and stood guard as I climbed. History will rightly remember him alongside the many white allies who, over the centuries, have risked their own safety in defense of black life and in the name of racial equality.

Read her entire commentary at Blue Nation Review

Don’t Expect Southerners To Surrender Their Battle Flag

By virtue of employment, I was trapped in the south (Alabama) for 25 years. I never got over the culture shock.  Yes, there’s that “southern politeness”, but it’s a veneer.  Beneath it you’ll often find anger, prejudice, hypocrisy.  And the civil war still lives in the [defeated] south, where it’s almost universally called “the war of northern aggression” — they deny it was about slavery.

They don’t hate Obama because of his politics.  They hate him because he’s black.

The rednecks in pickup trucks held together with bumper stickers (“I have to work to support someone on welfare”) will refuse to equate their revered battle flag with racial prejudice.

In fact, I expect that Republican politicians will wrap themselves in the confederate battle flag to get votes from the southern sect.

A few politicians and elected officials have said the confederate flag must be recognized for what it is — a symbol of racism.  But they are the few.  The vast majority of southerners will, in my opinion, exhibit the same attitude toward the confederate flag that they have about guns: “When they pry it from my cold dead hands”.

Watch for the confederate flag to become a significant political issue in the south.

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And don’t expect bible-belt southerners to benignly accept gay marriage, either. I fully expect they will attempt to adopt the same strategy they’ve used to shut down abortion clinics: continuously nibble around the edges and impose restrictions.

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Mother Jones provides some history regarding the confederate flag, those who tore it down or opposed it, and those who revere it (mostly arrogant southerners, white supremacists and klansmen).

Misery and Suffering: The Shithole We Created in Iraq

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After 4,493 U.S. soldiers lost their lives, after at least 150,000 Iraqis were killed, and after U.S. taxpayers paid a trillion dollars or so (never budgeted by the Republicans — who instead cut taxes), Iraq is a shithole.

Here’s a letter from a doctor in Baghdad to an American friend, giving some insight into what life is like in Iraq today. An excerpt:

“In fact we are the same if not worse. Our hearts are broken at the organized ruining of our country. We are targeted by those criminals and gangs coming from everywhere, even from the west who are all witnessing this drama and, if not supporting it, are keeping silent. We wonder what sin we committed to face this gloomy black fate. In fact, what is going on is beyond words. “

It’s not much different from other U.S. interventions. Such actions by the U.S. often end up fucking up countries and the lives of their citizens.

Isn’t it time to wake up and stop funding the U.S. military-industrial complex and to tell the war hawks to STFU?

Bree Newsome Removes SC Confederate Flag

Bree Newsome climbed over a fence, climbed up a flagpole, and removed the confederate flag flying in front of the South Carolina statehouse, ignoring demands by security police that she come down.

She and a man who accompanied her were arrested and charged with defacing monuments, a misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to $5,000 and a prison term of up to 3 years, or both.

Let’s hope it’s a jury trial and the jury includes a number of blacks.

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