Refugees of the Bosphorus


Istanbul, 1944: A Bloomingdale’s executive and a future Pope teamed with Jewish intelligence agents to save hundreds of Eastern European Jews.  http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history/2014/09/how_ira_hirschmann_and_the_future_pope_john_xxiii_ushered_jewish_refugees.html

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“It’s very painful when you are attached to somebody like a brother or family, and you see that person on his last days,” McCollum said. “A lot of them don’t really want to die. … And it hurt me the most to see the state take somebody’s life, when they are committing murder their own self. But they don’t see it that way.”

~ Henry McCollum, released from NC prison after decades on death row

In Defense of Drones


English: Official work by the Central Intellig...

CIA Headquarters, Virginia

 

They’re the worst form of war, except for all the others.

 

Over the years, I’ve shared many worries about the rise of drones: the illusion of withdrawal, the militarization of the CIA, the corruption of law, the evasion of congressional restraint, the risk of mission creep, and the proliferation of signature strikes. But civilian casualties? That’s not an argument against drones. It’s the best thing about them.
– William Salatan

 

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/human_nature/2013/02/drones_war_and_civilian_casualties_how_unmanned_aircraft_reduce_collateral.single.html

 

SHOULD THE WORLD CONTINUE TO PUT UP WITH THESE ASSHOLES?


If we are to keep up the pretense that we really give a rat’s ass about the poor people in Syria who are  being murdered by their own government, then we have to stop such ridiculous things as “strongly condemning” the shoot-down of a Turkish jet, and considering sanctions for the murders of innocent civilians.  Among other things, indiscriminate shelling of civilian populations is a clear-cut violation of the Geneva conventions.  Are we concerned about humanitarian rights, or are we just concerned with political posturing?

On the other hand, the last time we got deeply involved in this sort of thing, we managed to trash a modern, industrialized country and kill hundreds of thousands of civilians as “collateral damage.”  

Maybe the only thing worse than political posturing is the idea that NATO might actually do something.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/nato-condemns-downing-of-turkish-jet-by-syria/2012/06/26/gJQAjZqs3V_story.html?wpisrc=al_comboNP

Why Should I Trust Power-Hungry Strangers To Make Choices For My Kids?


I’d give a lot to have written this, but the author did a better job than I would have.  Please read it, and pass it on via Twitter, Facebook and so forth if you agree.  If you don’t agree — at least please think about it a little.  Thanks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-kieschnick/a-fathers-perspective-on_b_1291065.html

New drone has no pilot anywhere, so who’s accountable?


The X-47B is an experimental jet — that’s what the X stands for — and is designed to demonstrate new technology, such as automated takeoffs, landings and refueling. The drone also has a fully capable weapons bay with a payload capacity of 4,500 pounds, but the Navy said it has no plans to arm it.

Yeah. Right.

Police to investigate MI6 over rendition and torture of Libyans


The Guardian: Police to investigate MI6 over rendition and torture of Libyans http://goo.gl/mag/bk2m4