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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Land Grab in Africa



A must watch......


Pushing for War with Russia in the Senate

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) has introduced a bill to arm the U.S. puppet regime in Kiev with offensive weapons.  This would expand the war along Russia's border and likely help in the neo-con plan to draw Moscow into a direct shooting match with US-NATO.  Now is the time to send a message to your U.S. senator.



S. 452  -  Defense of Ukraine Act of 2015


  • Authorization to provide lethal weapons to the Government of Ukraine. The President is authorized to provide lethal weapons to the Government of Ukraine in order to defend itself against Russian-backed rebel separatists in eastern Ukraine.
  • Reports to Congress
Not later than 15 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit to Congress a written report setting forth a comprehensive strategy of the United States to provide lethal weapons to the Government of Ukraine so that it may effectively defend itself from Russian-back rebel aggression.
Your action is urgently needed to stop this dangerous, provocative, and expensive bill that is only intended to make more chaos in Ukraine along the Russian border.  The US does not give a damn about the people of Ukraine.  Instead the US-NATO are acting as military agents of corporate capital who want control of Ukraine for the following reasons:

1)  GMO outfits want the excellent farming soil in Ukraine
2)  Oil corporations want to drill for fracked gas in Ukraine
3)  The US-NATO want a "missile defense" base in Ukraine
4)  The US-EU want to break up (Balkanize) Russia in order to have an easier time of regime change that would allow western energy corporations to take control of Russia's "largest supply of natural gas" on the planet
5)  As Arctic ice melts the western energy corporations want control of the Arctic Ocean but Russia has the largest land border with that body of water.  Thus Russia must be Balkanized and returned to the previous state under former President Yeltsin where that drunken 'leader' handed their nation's economy over to the west.

The 'crime' of Putin is that he has tried to reestablish Russia as a sovereign nation and refuses to turn over their vast natural resources to western corporations.  Thus like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yugoslavia, and Syria the US-NATO intend to try to take Russia down to its knees. 

Russia refuses to submit and so the new Cold War, that could get very hot quite quickly, is on.  Now is the time for peace activists and other sane persons to act.  Stop being frozen by recycled red baiting.  Russia is not out to take over the world.  They just want a secure neighborhood and will not give in to western corporate globalization. 

An EU-Greece Deal?



Dr. Heiner Flassbeck: Graduated in April 1976 in economics from Saarland University, Germany, concentrating on money and credit, business cycle theory and general philosophy of science; obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the Free University, Berlin, Germany in July 1987. 2005 he was appointed honorary professor at the University of Hamburg. Employment started at the German Council of Economic Experts, Wiesbaden between 1976 and 1980, followed by the Federal Ministry of Economics, Bonn until January 1986; chief macroeconomist in the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin between 1988 and 1998, and State Secretary (Vice Minister) from October 1998 to April 1999 at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Bonn, responsible for international affairs, the EU and IMF. Worked at UNCTAD since 2000; from 2003 to December 2012 he was Director of the Division on Globalisation and Development Strategies. He was the principal author of the team preparing UNCTAD's Trade and Development Report, with specialization in macroeconomics, exchange rate policies, and international finance. Since January 2013 he is Director of Flassbeck-Economics, a consultancy for global macroeconomic questions (www.flassbeck-economics.de). ). Co-authored ACT NOW! The Global Manifesto for Economic Policy published 2013 in Germany.

The Difference is Real



A small prisoner of war exchange in Ukraine gives us a taste of how each side treats their captives.

In the east the soldiers captured from Kiev's fascist Army are treated with dignity and great care.  I've seen this over and over as the east tries to show the neo-Nazi troops that they are wrong about their fellow citizens who live near the Russian border.

Those self-defense forces who were captured by Kiev's forces are returned looking beaten, haggard, and obviously suffering severe emotional trauma.

Remember which side the US-NATO are supporting.  Just this short clip should tell us alot.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Planning the Global Heist


These maps were leaked to the public in 2006 from inside the Bush administration.  They reveal the plan to re-draw the Middle East to benefit the US-British oil corporations agenda.





Retired NATO Commander Gen. Wesley Clark shares the following important story in this video:


In 1991 I had a meeting with Paul Wolfowitz [former president of the World Bank and at that time the second deputy of US Department of Defense] and I told him that he must surely be satisfied with Operation Desert Storm (Kuwait). And he answered: Well, yeah, but not quite, because the truth is that we wanted to get rid of Saddam Hussein and we failed. But there is one thing we have learned - we found out that we can use our military in the Middle East, and the Soviets will not stop us. We now have about five to ten years, to clean up the area from the old Soviet influence before an appearance of a new big superpower that we will be able to challenge us. 

Clark's comments help to clarify the bigger picture for us.  It's always good to know where your ruling oligarchy is going with the money they are stealing from the public these days.  Now we can think about, discuss, and begin to deeply understand that Washington has become a central nesting place for the global pirate class of killers, tramps and thieves.  London, Brussels, Bonn, Tokyo, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Kiev, and other capitals work in collaboration with the US in this ultimate heist.  

We are all called to be fighters against organized crime.

Find much more on this topic here

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Real Threat to Washington


A central fear of the corporate government in Washington is the 'modern silk road' that runs between China and Europe.  One reason for the Ukraine war on Russia's border is the American attempt to throw a monkey wrench into the middle of this new economic zone.

Read more about all this in this article by Brazilian international correspondent Pepe Escobar here


From the Front Lines in Ukraine



Best part of this is the interview at 2:56 into the video.




This man is a former-musician and three days ago was put on the EU's sanctions list.  Many believe because of words like these in the video.

Make up your own mind

Make up your own mind
about Ukraine
World War III
now under way
proxy war
Ukraine
against
Russia...

NATO
against
Russia

U.S.
against
Russia

Why?
How could
that ever be so?

Pentagon
now
the 'primary resource
extraction service'
for corporate
globalization
anybody that gets
in the way
gets run over

Ukraine's crime
location, location, location
border with Russia
GMO growers
want land
in eastern Ukraine
frackers want to drill
in eastern Ukraine
Pentagon wants
'missile defense' base
in eastern Ukraine

Russia sits on
#1 global supply
of natural gas
big supplies of oil
Russia has
biggest border
with Arctic Ocean
vast fossil fuel
under melting ice

Russia
and their alliance
with China
(and other nations
unwilling to fully
submit to corporate
capital)
must be
taken down

When you try that
with Russia & China
they can actually
defend
themselves

Usually the U.S.
only goes
after the weak
law of the jungle
so direct attack
on Russia
not so easy
best to destabilize
them first
with chaos
along their borders

CIA has a plan
and it's being
implemented

Stacking the Corporate Fiscal Deck in Kiev

Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko (center) listens to Christine Lagarde (left) Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.  Jaresko, born in Chicago, received Ukrainian citizenship in December 2014, the day of her appointment as Minister of Finance of Ukraine.




Ukraine Finance Minister’s American ‘Values’

Special Report: Among the arguments for why Americans should risk nuclear war with Russia over Ukraine is that the regime that took power in a coup last year “shares our values.” But one of those “values” – personified by Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko – may be the skill of using insider connections.

By Robert Parry

Ukraine’s new Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, who has become the face of reform for the U.S.-backed regime in Kiev and will be a key figure handling billions of dollars in Western financial aid, was at the center of insider deals and other questionable activities when she ran a $150 million U.S.-taxpayer-financed investment fund.

Prior to taking Ukrainian citizenship and becoming Finance Minister last December, Jaresko was a former U.S. diplomat who served as chief executive officer of the Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), which was created by Congress in the 1990s and overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development (U.S. AID) to help jumpstart an investment economy in Ukraine.

But Jaresko, who was limited to making $150,000 a year at WNISEF under the U.S. AID grant agreement, managed to earn more than that amount, reporting in 2004 that she was paid $383,259 along with $67,415 in expenses, according to WNISEF’s public filing with the Internal Revenue Service.

Later, Jaresko’s compensation was removed from public disclosure altogether after she co-founded two entities in 2006: Horizon Capital Associates (HCA) to manage WNISEF’s investments (and collect around $1 million a year in fees) and Emerging Europe Growth Fund (EEGF) to collaborate with WNISEF on investment deals.

Jaresko formed HCA and EEGF with two other WNISEF officers, Mark Iwashko and Lenna Koszarny. They also started a third firm, Horizon Capital Advisors, which “serves as a sub-advisor to the Investment Manager, HCA,” according to WNISEF’s IRS filing for 2006.

U.S. AID apparently found nothing suspicious about these tangled business relationships – and even allowed WNISEF to spend millions of dollars helping EEGF become a follow-on private investment firm – despite the potential conflicts of interest involving Jaresko, the other WNISEF officers and their affiliated companies.

For instance, WNISEF’s 2012 annual report devoted two pages to “related party transactions,” including the management fees to Jaresko’s Horizon Capital ($1,037,603 in 2011 and $1,023,689 in 2012) and WNISEF’s co-investments in projects with the EEGF, where Jaresko was founding partner and chief executive officer. Jaresko’s Horizon Capital managed the investments of both WNISEF and EEGF.

From 2007 to 2011, WNISEF co-invested $4.25 million with EEGF in Kerameya LLC, a Ukrainian brick manufacturer, and WNISEF sold EEGF 15.63 percent of Moldova’s Fincombank for $5 million, the report said. It also listed extensive exchanges of personnel and equipment between WNISEF and Horizon Capital. But it’s difficult for an outsider to ascertain the relative merits of these insider deals and the transactions apparently raised no red flags for U.S. AID officials.

See the rest of this story here

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lenten Vigils Began Today at BIW


Today I joined a dozen others at Bath Iron Works here in Maine for the Ash Wednesday peace vigil.  This event began the Lenten season vigils that will happen each Saturday from this weekend on through April 4.  We'll gather from 11:30 am to 12:30 each Saturday on Washington Street in front of the BIW administration building.

Each Saturday at noon there is a shift change and we'll have a chance to directly interact with hundreds of shipyard workers.  Most of our signs and banners call for the conversion of the shipyard, where Navy destroyers are now made, to peaceful production.  Why can't we build wind turbines and commuter rail in Bath?  In fact a study done by UMASS-Amherst Economics Department reports that we'd get more jobs building alternative energy systems.  See the study here

Lent is a time to fast from our culture of excess by resisting the temptation of militarism.  We need to stand together to express our opposition to this ongoing crime against peace which is the building of these guided missile warships here in Bath.

On March 21 our regular Lenten event at BIW will be larger than usual as it will be the designated Maine protest site for the national spring mobilization for peace.  (See info above)

With us that day will be two activist leaders from Jeju Island, South Korea where a Navy base is being built that will port the destroyers built at BIW.  Rarely do people in Maine think about where these warships go after they are launched and just how they impact local communities like Gangjeong village on Jeju Island.  That 500-year old fishing and farming village is being torn to pieces as part of Obama's provocative 'pivot' into the Asia-Pacific in order to encircle China.

Please join us at the Lenten BIW vigils.  Take a stand for peace......

Kiev Withdraws and Declares Victory



Kiev troops surrounded in the city of Debalstevo have started to surrender by the hundreds to the self-defense forces.

US puppet President Poroshenko declares victory as he pulls some of his troops out of their encirclement in eastern Ukraine.  Several thousand more are said to still be there.

What does Obama do next to save his Kiev Nazi project?  Does he send in NATO war planes or drones to start bombing like he has done everywhere else - Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and Yemen?

Will the Europeans finally find some courage to stand up to Washington and tell them ENOUGH is ENOUGH!  Leave Ukraine alone.  We can only hope.

Resisting NATO in Montenegro



Military Neutral Montenegro as a Stability Factor in the Balkans


Yes, it is a vision of the Peace Movement “No to war – No to NATO”!

The idea of the presentation is primarily to present our efforts to English speaking interested subjects, and to expand and strengthen anti-NATO network globally. This all aims at the world peace, safer future and general welfare for the mankind. Because there was ENOUGH wars and shedding innocent blood! There was ENOUGH occupation of sovereign countries and confiscation of territories and mining wealth on behalf of a global super power! Our objective is to “awaken” unjustifiable “sleepers” in order to recognise the ultimate goal of the aggressor alliance!

The Peace Movement “No to war – No to NATO” is a network of over 50 non-governmental organisations and other legal entities in Montenegro. We were established in April 2010. How did we appear? It had all started from individual efforts of members of the editorial board of the IN4S portal (www.in4s.net) as the founders of the Movement – until the full membership of our Movement into the global anti-NATO alliance, starting from sporadic poster sticking activities to an entity that has to be seriously taken into account regarding the possible Montenegro’s entry into military alliances.

From establishing the network until mid-summer 2013, our Movement organised a number of peace international events, with speakers from Scotland at the west to Russia at the east and Norway at the north. Numerous intellectuals, political leaders from the region, “penitent” NATO officers and well reputed Russian generals either participated in or were guests of our events. We believe that we can do more and perform better! This presentation will help you judge our results.

By organising international and regional conferences, lectures given by reputed experts and media campaigns organised by us, our mission is to practically inform our citizens on the results of possible Montenegro’s entry into the NATO alliance, with a reputation of military, offensive and fully occupational machinery . And finally – to obtain the referendum at which the citizens (and not public authorities) shall pass a decision on (non) entry into NATO in a democratic way.

The Montenegro’s NGO network “No to war – No to NATO” became a full member of the international network “No to war - No to NATO” at its annual assembly held in March 2013 in Gent, Belgium.

The international network peace movement “No to war - No to NATO” was established in Stuttgart in October 2009. More than 650 organisations from over thirty (30) countries signed the declaration, which meant formal start of the peace initiative called “Not to war – No to NATO”.

Our network was established in April 2010, in Murino, a small place in the poor Montenegro’s north, and it became a member of the global peace network...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lest We Forget - Corporate Support for Fascism in the U.S. & Around the World



Smedley Darlington Butler (1881-1940) was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps, an outspoken critic of U.S. military adventurism, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.

In his 1935 book War is a Racket, he described the workings of the military-industrial complex and, after retiring from service, became a popular speaker at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists and church groups in the 1930s.

In November 1934, Butler alleged the existence of a political conspiracy of Wall Street interests to overthrow President Roosevelt, a series of allegations that came to be known in the media as the Business Plot.

Disclosure of Long U.S. Control of Poroshenko



It is sad that the US corporate run media won't report any real news anymore.  But I am determined to keep searching for any truths I can get my hands on.

I'm tired of seeing the crap we get ladled each day from the likes of 'war hero' Brian Williams and his ilk - including National Public Radio (NPR).  Quite a commentary when more people are watching Jon Stewart for news than the slimy networks.  I guess though it's a good sign.... means more folks are figuring things out at last. 

I keep seeing stories about German mainstream media in trouble as their lies about Ukraine and Russia are exposed.  I read that one major media outlet there had to lay-off 200 journalists due to collapsing profits..  The latest is shared by Sputnik:

The German federal television channel ZDF got into a bit of trouble recently after a citizens' media monitoring group called them out over false reporting on the presence of Russian tanks in eastern Ukraine.

A German media monitoring organization has filed a complaint against federal channel ZDF over false reporting on the situation in eastern Ukraine, Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten has reported.
About 8,000 Kiev troops have been surrounded for the past week by the self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine.  The US puppet President Poroshenko keeps denying this fact but his soldiers are calling home to momma on their cell phones and saying they are out of ammo, food, fuel, etc.  Some mothers took to the streets blocking traffic with banners to bring this truth to the public.  The self-defense forces in Donbass offered a 'green corridor' to leave what is called the Debaltsevo cauldron. The self-defense forces only demanded that Kiev's Army leave their weapons and walk toward home.

Senior Poroshenko though has refused to allow his troops to leave this mess he got them in.  Instead he forces his Army to die or surrender.  Many are indeed waving the white flag and choosing to live.  They are beginning to understand that the US-NATO war in Ukraine is not their fight.  Their mothers are telling them to walk away from the Kiev-Washington war.

Here is a joke going around about Kiev's Army which is losing to eastern self-defense forces which are made up of ordinary citizens just trying to protect their families and land:  "To lose is always painful. It’s a hardship especially when you lose to yesterday’s miners and tractor drivers. But life is life."

Ukrainian Nazi Leader Coming to Washington to Ask for Weapons

Andriy Parubiy (on left) from Ukraine's Svoboda Nazi party, pictured with NATO official, is coming to Washington to request weapons for their civil war
Stepan Bandera (center) was a Ukrainian nationalist leader who supported the WW II Nazi invasion of the former Soviet Union.

Today Stepan Bandera remains the ideological hero of current Nazi's in Ukraine who are waging war against their fellow citizens in eastern Ukraine who live near the Russian border. 


Andriy Parubiy was a founder of the Social-National Party of Ukraine, or Svoboda, which the CIA renamed the “Freedom” Party in order to hide its origin as Ukraine’s Nazi party.  Parubiy is the former Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, appointed after leading the 2014 anti-government coup d'etat in Kiev.

Parubiy announced on February 15 that, “Next week I'm off to the United States to speak about this very subject” of getting Washington to supply the weapons necessary to finish the job of killing legions of Russian speaking Ukrainian citizens in the eastern part of the country - what is usually referred to as the Donbass region.

According to German intelligence sources, about 50,000 people have been killed so far in the operation and more than a million have fled. A retired Ukrainian general who supports the military operation said, “The shelling there [of civilians in eastern Ukraine] is done as intimidation, … not just object destruction, but [also as] intimidation [to get the population to flee to nearby Russia]. The civilian population is intimidated by a chaotic bombardment.” 

That constant bombardment requires lots of bombs and bullets, which is why Parubiy is heading to Washington.

Crimea's Chief Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya, who lived in Kiev and was a criminal prosecutor in Ukraine’s national government until the 2014 coup, quit her former post because she didn’t want to serve in what she called a “Nazi” government which was being established after the coup.  She says that Parubiy “was the leader of the armed part of Maidan” --  he was the key organizer of the masked snipers who dressed as government forces and shot both the police and the Maidan demonstrators during the coup and so brought down the sitting President of Ukraine. 

Some history is important here.  The western capitalist countries wanted to take down the former Soviet Union because of their ideological opposition to Communism.  Early on many western industrialists and bankers saw Hitler's rise to power as a bulwark against Communism and helped arm the German Nazi leader. (Sen. Prescott Bush from Connecticut was one such American who supported the creation of Hitler's war machine.  Sen. Bush was the father of George H. W. Bush and grandfather of George W. Bush and Jeb Bush.)

But Hitler turned on his western backers, got greedy, and went for the whole ball of wax.  In the end Nazi Germany did invade the former Soviet Union but also attacked the capitalist countries in Europe.  The rest is history.

The western capitalist countries, today led by the US and a hyper aggressive NATO military machine, still long to take down Russia even though that nation itself has become capitalist.  But Russia sits on the world's largest supply of natural gas and significant supplies of oil.  Russia also has the largest land border with the Arctic Ocean and due to the melting ice, as a result of climate change, the US and western oil corporations are drooling over the prospects of controlling that entire region.  But Moscow, and a resistant Putin, stand in the way.

Thus we see this ugly alliance with Nazi's in Ukraine that has become the current strategy to create instability along the Russian border in hopes of destabilizing the government in Moscow.  This of course is being done in conjunction with major expansion of NATO military operations into eastern Europe and the Baltic states that also border Russia.  Missile defense deployments in many of these NATO outposts are an attempt to give the US the hope of a successful first-strike attack capability on Russia.

It is indeed hard for the American people to wrap their heads around the fact that the US is actively collaborating with Nazi's today.  It is even harder for people in the US to contemplate that our nation's current program of endless war and 'Full Spectrum Dominance' are so similar to the Nazi slogans of 'blitzkrieg' and 'Deutschland über alles'.  The truth is always hard to swallow.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Remembering Philip Agee



I stayed up quite late last night rereading a book by former CIA agent Philip Agee.  I had the great fortune to meet Agee twice - the first time organizing a speaking event for him in Orlando in the 1990's that drew folks from across Florida.  The second time I visited his home in Hamburg, Germany in 1995 while on a speaking tour against NASA's Cassini plutonium launch.

Agee is one of my heroes - he was a man of true conscience who left the CIA after serving for about a dozen years in Latin America.  He was determined to publish a book exposing the wicked work of the CIA and after a difficult four-year period he was able in 1974 to release his book entitled Inside the Company

From that day on, Agee was marked by the CIA as its enemy.  He was hunted, arrested, threatened, expelled from country after country (often illegally) and sometimes prosecuted.  He tells this riveting story in the 1987 book entitled On the Run.  This is the book Agee gave me when I visited him in 1995 and began rereading last night.

Agee was from Tampa, Florida and had a sister in the Orlando area.  He put me in touch with her and she began coming to our office at the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice in the 1990's to help put out bulk mailings.  She was the one who arranged for her brother to speak in Orlando at the statewide event that I organized that filled a huge downtown Methodist Church.  Then when I went to Germany on my speaking tour in 1995 Agee's sister made it possible for me to stay with her brother.

When I visited Agee in Hamburg he took me on a walking tour of parts of the city.  That evening he took me to a wonderful Italian restaurant that had a spaghetti sauce that I'll always remember.  We had fascinating discussions about his life-long efforts to expose the crimes of the CIA. He was a very humble and ordinary guy and I really grew to admire him tremendously.

In his later years Agee moved to Cuba and started a travel business to help people make the trip to that 'forbidden nation'.  He died there in 2008.

Agee was truly in the mold of Ellsberg, Snowden, Manning and other such remarkable whistle blowers.

In On the Run Agee wrote:

I would try to show how our [CIA] operations help sustain favorable operating conditions for US-based multi-national corporations.  These conditions, together with political hegemony, were our real goals.  So-called liberal democracy and pluralism were only means to those ends.  "Free elections" really meant freedom for us to intervene with secret funds for our candidates.  "Free trade unions" meant freedom for us to establish our unions.  "Freedom of the press" meant freedom for us to pay journalists to publish our material as if it were the journalists' own.  When an elected government threatened US economic and political interests, it had to go.  Social and economic justice were fine concepts for public relations, but only for that.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The News is Twisted


Who Are You to Challenge Me?

I heard a story the other day
about a Bangor Daily News (BDN) media official
telling peaceniks they had not covered their recent protest
because it was old news.
Redundant...old hat...
stuff like that

One peacenik thought about it
and wrote the guy back
and wondered if the BDN
was going to judge car crash stories
and murder and fires
by the same journalistic standards.
I'm certain the BDN scribe was insulted by such audacity.
How dare you say such things to me he must have thought.
I am the creator of the community reality
I am the maker of fortunes and careers
I am the breaker of hearts and lives
I am the one who does as his corporate bosses tell him
I am the chief lackey around here
Who are you to challenge me?

I remember many years ago
a media gatekeeper telling a friend and me
not to worry our pretty little heads
about informing the public on a particular concern
The newspaper, the Orlando Sentinel, had a plan
They were on the case and had it under control.
The media was the message
the media the god
A democratic debate was not needed
activism was not needed
agitation was not needed
ideas from the great unwashed were not needed
the media boys were on the case...
Go home and find something useful to do
with your otherwise wasted lives.

And so it goes today
from Iraq to Bangor.
The pages are filled with all the news that is fit to be printed.
Whole sections of the paper are left blank for me now
as I rustle through the daily rag
passing the big adverts,
the color pictures of men in orange suits
in handcuffs
on their way to trial
for another sensational murder
or driving under the influence
of a crazy society.
Pages of stories about oranges looking like grapefruit
and birds singing in winter
while Baghdad blows up again
and people cry invisible tears
and Washington burns our health care money
and politicians tell us they are almost there.

The news is twisted
and turned
and flattened out
and squeezed
and bled
and contorted
and changed
and shortened
to fit the tiny spaces
between the ads for women's underwear
and cars
and SUV's
and hummers
and big stories about violent video games
and returning heroes from a war far away.

A letter here and an announcement there
keep alive the illusion
that all is well here at home.
That democracy and the old ways are sound.
But the truth lies with the rusty scissors
as fewer pages are clipped
and stored
in our scrapbooks
where the stories of our lives
used to be collected
to pass on to our children
so we could teach them
about the good work that was done
the keep the fires burning.

Somehow the spirit rages on.
The Soviets learned to read between the lines
of Pravda
and today we turn the New York Times upside down
trying to learn the same lesson
so we can be free again.

Bruce K. Gagnon
(3/11/2007)

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