These poems depict a journey through a dark landscape, where the political and personal are fused into a geography of disinformation, sex, betrayal and deadly technology. Phelan has produced verbal "snapshots" of a subterranean war-- with fronts in Los Angeles as well as Fallujah-- where the only defense is one's integrity and the stakes may be life itself.
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US: No Place for Old Men
Most wars are fought in public, amidst much fanfare and invocations of national pride, intended to rally the support of citizens and other sovereign states. Debates, stirring speeches, and then the trumpet call signifying battle all are hallmarks of public wars.
The United States, however, has also launched secret wars. These wars may only be brought to public attention by a maverick, who may be embedded in a system he finds indefensible, or by independent and non-embedded media.
But how many times in history has the United States launched a secret war against a portion of its own populace?
And when has such a war taken place in courtrooms?
Last Updated (Friday, 14 February 2014 14:56)
What do the suicides know
Just as it was/Just as it is
The solstice night
could not contain us
barreling out of the bedroom
at five--five-thirty--maybe, as we got older
and slightly more restrained--at six a.m.
into the half-light of the living room
where magic had transformed
the bare pine tree
(just acquired at the YMCA Christmas Tree lot)
into the Tree of Life, itself
bedecked with shiny rainbow bells
and dangling cloth elves
and feather fairies
and peppermint colored wreaths
and glittering snow-cicles
while under the tree
the magnificence poured out
halfway across the living room floor
We would fall upon the tree
and its offerings like young savages
plundering, ripping, shredding
squealing, until all was revealed
and we fell back
breathless and spent
among rent paper and broken bows
and piles of books, knitted gloves,
stuffed leopards and elephants and Barbie clothes
and lifted our eyes
to the two of you
sitting on the edge of the overstuffed couch
at the two of us
half buried in booty
We would lumber into the kitchen
where Dad would fry up flapjacks
and little fat sausage links
sizzling in butter
while Mom would putter in the living room
salvaging reusable bows and bits of string
for next year's extravaganza
I know, as a matter of fact
it never rained on Christmas day
And I never told them
what happened then
as I sat on the big blue chintz chair
my feet dangling inches above the floor
I would gaze out the picture window
at the perfect, cloudless December day
which now yawned ahead
like empty denouement
a day of fidgeting with toys
and constructing piles of books and clothes
to put away in an already bursting closet
and it would open itself to me
just as it was/
just as it is
and it would speak to me
only I didn't understand it then
I mistook it for emptiness
I mistook it for meaninglessness
I mistook it for the laughter
of entirely absent gods
scorning the liturgy of human ritual
but it was
just as it was/
just as it is
Did the Nazis Actually Win WWII?
The ramping up of hostilities in the Middle East may have another tributary. This show aired on 12/22 on Feet to the Fire.
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Persecution of 1st World Journalists Ignored by Human Rights Agencies
The banner for the Committee to Protect Journalists proclaims: “Defending Journalists Worldwide.” A more accurate motto would include: “First World Journalists Excepted.”
The increasing incidence of persecution of reporters in the First World goes largely unaddressed by CPJ, Reporters without Borders, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. In fact, the subject appears to be taboo. The agencies pledged to protect press freedoms trumpet their universality while methodically ignoring both physical and “blackbag” legal attacks on First World reporters. U.S. media also generally declines to report on this issue.
Back in 2005, Counterpunch published an article by Diana Barahona revealing CIA connections to the press freedom group, Reporters Without Borders. The actions by Committee to Protect Journalists raise questions as to its political ties and agenda.