“We have to stop wars. We have to stop this war and we have to get out of the habit of war. It’s more than a habit; it’s an addiction. We have to get out of thinking that we must be a military superpower. We must get out of thinking that we must have military bases, as we have, in 100 countries. Is it possible that having military bases in 100 countries arouses a lot of antagonism? Is it possible that it provokes terrorism when your soldiers and your sailors are all over the world, occupying this country and occupying that country? Is it possible?
Why do we have to be a military superpower? Why can’t we be the humanitarian superpower? Instead of sending plans to bomb, why don’t we send planes with food and medicine?” – Howard Zinn (1922-2010), American historian, academic, author, playwright, and social activist.
On February 14, 2012, I sat down with Dr. Noam Chomsky at MIT to discuss some of today’s important events including the 2012 Presidential race, Syria and Iran. There are two parts to the interview. Please let me know your thoughts in a comment.
Part ONE: Noam Chomsky on Iran, the 2012 Presidential candidates, Anonymous, and the Internet
Part TWO: Noam Chomsky on Syria, Bahrain, Turkey, the Security Council and Education
It surprised me that Obama bragged about all the good things to come from ending America’s wars and threatened to invade Iran, in the same speech. My tweet below quickly received 50+ retweets; it seems others have the same though.
Did Obama just mention ending America’s wars and threaten to invade Iran in the same speech? #sotu
— John B. McGrane (@jmcgrane) January 25, 2012
Help stop the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). If law, SOPA would “create a “blacklist” of websites that infringe on copyrights. Private companies who allege that a site is unlawfully publishing their copyrighted content could, with a judge’s signature, demand that ad networks and companies such as PayPal and Visa stop doing business with such sites. Internet service providers would need to prevent Americans from visiting them.” – Mashable
Leading internet companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia have all petitioned the U.S. Congress to stop the bill from passing. It is coming up for a vote shortly.
The State Department constantly speaks out about internet censorship in other countries.
Pressure them to speak out about America’s new domestic censorship system.
CLICK on the inforgraphic to visit americancensorship.org and get involved.
I didn’t check the numbers on this but it is still a cool concept. Created by Icaro Doria, a 25-year-old Brazilian designer, the Meet the World campaign ran in the Portuguese magazine Grande Reportagem a few years ago. I found this campaign interesting because nations often use their flags as symbols of great pride.