Saturday, 16 November 2013

Reading links for people in search of the truth Hooray for The Guardian - Not perfect but a cut above!

Questions, questions, questions!

Reading links for people in search of the truth
Hooray for The Guardian - Not perfect but a cut above!

All articles of substance should raise more questions about ourselves, our own situation, and prompt us to make comparisons.

“Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel”- Max Blumenthal Essential reading Chris Hedges' review my favourite.  Try to see how this affects us in this part of the world.  Find out about Jewish people who are grieving for the loss of the things they dreamed of in their world because of the slaughter and apartheid in their country, Israel.  If people are asking where Israel exists then we should also ask whether Kenya really exists or is it just a figment of a collective imagination and/ or dream... and can it be fulfilled?  Why and why not?

Don't let the media brainwash you.  Think for yourself.

Dan Gilmore
The Guardian
What is the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) and how does it affect us in Kenya and Africa?  Please send your opinions to me.  Clue:  Think about a marriage between the big corporates and the government, where the government plays the feminine and submissive role.

Who influences your thinking?  How do you know that the approach you are taking towards the solutions being touted for you by those whom you respect in authority is a suitable one for you and the future?  Do they really know what they are doing?

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek
meet in an extraordinary exchange of letters

The Guardian

Why is Pussy Riot a very important group?  What actually happened to them?  One of them was sent to prison for singing that the blind are leading are blind.  She got hospitalised because she went on a hunger strike.  She has a child out there whom she is separated from, and is dealing with the challenges of holding to her sanity (because she is being punished simply for following the logic of she is led to by her intellect).  Here she is conversing by letter from the prison with a philosopher.  What are they talking about?  The disaffection of a population forced to live in accordance with a system that doesn't work beyond mediocrity, forced not to think beyond what they are allowed to think?  Does this compare with the way we are in our part of the world?

The Independent
An article on Mahinda Rajapaksa, accused of War Crimes. Is this the level of hate we want to take it to in Africa?

Frances Harrison (Expert on the destruction of the Tamils in Sri Lanka)
Did you know that 40,000 people have been killed or have gone missing in Sri Lanka?  Are aware of the kinds of tortures members of the Tamil Tigers suffered after they lost the war there?  It's gory reading.  There's one story of a man (look up Frances Harrison on Google and find some videos there - there was a recent BBC docu about what has happened to these men) where an object of (sc)raping him was made from a pipe and barbed wire.  What is it about men that they allow themselves to be reduced to a level below animals and resort to torture?  Why is there no proof?  Why is it so silent when questions are asked.  David Cameron was there recently at the Commonwealth Conference and he became quite a hero.  But what sacrifices would he be willing to make in order to find some answers?

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