1. Quotes Of The Month — Albert Einstein
|The pivot to Asia includes a U.S. ring of firepower surrounding China on land, sea and air.|
By Jack A. Smith, editor, Activist Newsletter
overlord. And look how these other key countries have changed: Russia from 1991 to 2001 was prostrate and subservient to the United States. China until the mid-1990s was not considered a major industrial society. India, until somewhat later was in the same category. Brazil’s rise was even more recent. At the same time it appears that the U.S. economy has become stagnant, boosted by periodic financial bubbles that eventually burst in the face of the deteriorating working class, lower middle and portions of the middle class.
|A light moment at 2013 summit.|
|Says China: Japan's Shinzo Abe brought a friend to meet|
with Obama — the ghost of Japanese militarism.
|Okinawans frequently protest U.S. military bases.|
words that can’t be said in a country committed to a military-first approach to the world, a continual build-up of its forces, an emphasis on pioneering work in the development and deployment of the latest destructive technology, and a repetitious cycling through styles of war from full-scale invasions and occupations to counterinsurgency, proxy wars, and back again.
|Pakistan: Aftermath of stoning of pregnant women.|
for marrying the man she loved. Widespread rape in many war zones. And in California, a murderous rampage by a disturbed young man who had depicted sorority members as a prime target.
|India: Cousins raped and hung. Crowd awaits police.|
|Debritu, 14, seven months pregnant, escaped from her |
husband after months of abuse. She is now homeless
and uncertain of the future. (UNFPA photo)
7. THE PEOPLE’S COMMUNES OF VENEZUELA
On May 24-25 May, over 600 commune activists representing dozens on communes
in the state of Mérida in the Venezuelan Andes met to build greater links between themselves
and to advance “people’s self government.”
|Traditional dances took place at the gathering.|
representative from the India Caribay commune |
in Mérida state, Neris Mendez, holds up the commune’s
new land title awarded by the National Land Institute.
Civilians hold rocks as they stand on a government armored vehicle near Chang'an
Boulevard in Beijing, early June 4, 1989. Violence escalated between pro-democracy
protesters and Chinese troops, leaving hundreds dead overnight.
that it is distorted. Near the end he expresses his views on the Chinese Communist Party, noting
that it is “divided into pro-U.S. and pro-socialist factions and tendencies.”]
|Huge crowd in Tiananmen days before confrontation.|
not a massacre of peaceful students but a battle between PLA soldiers and armed detachments from the so-called pro-democracy movement.
guarding Communist Party headquarters|
in Tiananmen Square, June 1, 1989, days before strife.
| The then Chinese leader |
Russia-China gas deal was clinched only at the last minute in Shanghai, on May 21 (in addition to the June 2013, 25-year, $270 billion oil deal between Rosneft and China's CNPC.)
|President Putin at forum with German's Angela Merkel.|
|Taliban troops: "Why did the battle against the Afghan Taliabn went so wrong for so long?"|
By Matthew Yglesias, April 8, 2014
the decade. It's also 696 pages long, translated from French, filled with methodological asides and in-depth looks at unique data, packed with allusions to 19th century novels, and generally a bit of a slog.
cooperation is desirable to prevent the wealthy from simply shifting assets into other jurisdictions. But short of intense global cooperation, he thinks larger economic units-the United States, say, or the European Union-should move ahead with wealth taxes, estate taxes, and other efforts to curb the power of wealth.
|Plaintiffs Susan Galloway (left) and Linda Stephens.|
State town board's practice of opening its meetings with Christian prayers.
By Stephanie Simon, Politico, May 14
|Model of zones for facial recognition.|
scans — to augment its fingerprint collection.
|The poet's own sef-portrait.|
|Climate change probably contributed to a monster dust storm that hit Phoenix, Arizona.|
tracks have shifted northward over the United States. Other trends in severe storms, including the intensity and frequency of tornadoes, hail, and damaging thunderstorm winds, are uncertain and are being studied intensively.” (NCA Highlights: Climate Trends)
increases greater than the national average, and some areas have had decreases. More winter and spring precipitation is projected for the northern United States, and less for the Southwest, over this century.” (NCA Highlights: Climate Trends)
|An American road to nowhere, due to flooding.|
|Sit-in protest in the mayor's office in Albuquerque.|