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"Hell no! you can't put flies on my ass" said Barak in response.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
“Communism for Everybody”: An Interview with Bini Adamczak, author of 'Communism for Kids'

www.viewpointmag.com/2017/05/16/communism-for-everybody-an-interview-with-bini-adamczak-author-of-communism-for-kids/

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Burner Burner (@Burner) on Pinned comment
... and this is why Tool is my favorite band.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Dancing In the Dark
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
"Cooper shows his hand with his title. He is determined to focus on what was heavenly in imperial Iran, while glossing over the grievances that led to the political revolt: the shah’s aversion to even peaceful resistance to his regime, the enduring resentment at his restoration to power in 1953 by the United States and the lingering view of his rule as an enabler of American imperialism."

Had the author lived under the Shah's regime and SAVAK's tyranny, he wouldn't have glossed over the harm he did to the country. It was the Shah who cleared the way for the Islamic regime by destroying all democratic movements.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Anyone likes a FREE EBOOK?
You could down load it here:
www.versobooks.com/books/2352-the-brexit-crisis
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The Crying of Lot 49
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In My Life
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Riot. Strike. Riot.: A New Era of Uprisings
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Guernica [continued]

she sinks again into the darkness. Power is a form
of narcissism; totalitarianism corrupts even as it informs
those who destroy and those who create, both Franco and Picasso.
In a century in which devastation has given its true form
Guernica is an elemental dispensation, a document formed
in the name of humanity to denounce the nightmare of war.
Against chaos, against canvas and truth takes the form
of Leningrad, of Nanking, of Hiroshima, of Guernica.
The name of the burning world is Guernica.


a vigil a vessel a fist a pyre a form
a plum a banner a vision a trope a painting
a veil a scream a wound the world in flames Picasso
a tyrant an elegy a lamp a dove a war
a dream a ruin a teardrop the eye of god Guernica


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From "XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century"
By: Campbell McGrath

toptopic.com/posts/xx-poems-for-the-twentieth-century-9070
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Guernica (1937)

The canvas that yawns against a wall as blank as Guernica.
The hand that guides the brush that seeks a form.
The name of the town toward which the bombers dove: Guernica.
Cattle on green hillside, sheep in flocks above Guernica.
a wall a city a ruin a trope a painting
For the fist and sickle, for the brotherhood of the republic: Guernica
Against the triumph of lies, against the darkness: Guernica.
What painter, what artists, what other man than I, Picasso,
could create such a work, duly signed by my hand: Picasso.
As for Spain, as for politics, I have stood mute until Guernica,
watching from the safety of exiles the tragedy of civil war.
Now, with paints and brushes, I march to war.


a flag a tyrant a lamp the eye of god a war
The name the lightning burns into our hearts: Guernica.
Let it stand as admonition and animadversion to all war.
Let it serve as totem and reproof to the idiocy of war
as the painting I so name bears witness to its modern form,
to Franco;s savagery, the death of innocence, to war
in its ruthless, mechanical guise, twentieth century war, total war.
Against the bombs of Fascists I counterpose my painting.
Against the destruction of Spain and its people. let this painting
embody the tribute and testament of Pablo Picasso.
The name of the matador and the name of the bull: Picasso.



The name of the Minotaur, the name of the tauromachist: Picasso
The name of the enemy and his implement: war.
Against which, like the thunderbolts of Zeus, Picasso
hurls paint against canvas, creation against death: ¡yo, Picasso!
From the blue sky, by the hundreds, bombs falling on Guernica.
oil paint the eye of god a sword a scream Picasso
a candle a memory a dream the world in flames Picasso
Mothers bearing dead children are anguish given form.
Stink of burned flesh and wool is obliteration in animal form.
In the eye of the bull, in the scream of the horse: Picasso.
In art there can be no compromise; only while painting
can I perceive what transcends the historical act of painting.


a lance a banner a template an annunciation a painting
A brush is a weapon of vengeance in the hand of Picasso,
to strike down death-merchants, haters of modern painting,
Franco, Mussolini, Hitler with his sentimental flower painting,
" If cities are destroyed from the air, the enemy cannot carry on the war.
The annihilation of Guernica resembles a victorious painting."
From failure. from breakage, from silence, from loss: Guernica.
The name of the dove in the burning dovecote: Guernica.
a vision a wound a flame a teardrop a painting
With pencil, with chalk, with a brush I shall seek its form-
with my hands I shall remodel what tyranny deforms.



As for Spain, lost to medieval slumber, to a violent form
of self-abnegation, like an apparition from a Goya painting
she sinks again into the darkness. Power is a form
of narcissism; totalitarianism corrupts even as it informs
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
'It Was Torture': An Abu Ghraib Interrogator Acknowledges 'Horrible Mistakes'

Editor's note: The following interview contains descriptions that some may find disturbing.

Forget "enhanced interrogation techniques" — Eric Fair says what he did as an interrogator in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was torture.

"The idea that there's interrogation, and then enhanced interrogation, and then torture — there is no middle ground," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "Torture is an enhanced interrogation."

www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/04/04/472964974/it-was-torture-an-abu-ghraib-interrogator-acknowledges-horrible-mistakes




Relatives of Iraqi prisoners being held at Abu Ghraib denounce detainee treatment as they hold local newspapers featuring photos of U.S. soldiers abusing the prisoners inside the jail in May 2004.
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The Case Against Henry Kissinger

Part One

The making of a war criminal

by Christopher Hitchens

THE 1968 ELECTION * INDOCHINA * CHILE

"It will become clear, and may as well be stated at the outset, that this is written by a political opponent of Henry Kissinger. Nonetheless, I have found myself continually amazed at how much hostile and discreditable material I have felt compelled to omit. I am concerned only with those Kissingerian offenses that might or should form the basis of a legal prosecution: for war crimes, for crimes against humanity, and for offenses against common or customary or international law, including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, and torture."
www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Kissinger/CaseAgainst1_Hitchens.html

Christopher Hitchens on the crimes of Henry Kissinger
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Guerilla Days in Ireland - Tom Barry
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
A great read! If I was still in the classroom, I would have my students read it.
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