Top executives at Blackwater Worldwide authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support after a September 2007 episode in which Blackwater security guards fatally shot 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, according to former company officials.
They hold the competition every year in partnership with Youtube. It’s open to all but you have to be 18 to claim the prize of a trip into the field to witness the work that’s being done to help chronically hungry people. (Last year 3 girls travelled to Ethiopia and visited one of the agency’s largest food assistance operations.
If you feel you can create a hard hitting, provocative youtube video that makes people think about hunger issues, check out the information at: Hungerbytes! to enter.
This year, for the first time ever, the number of chronically hungry people crossed the 1 billion marker. The chronically hungry have stunted growth of both the body and the mind. Many will die.
If you don’t feel like entering why not just spread the word? I think this is a great use of social media to raise awareness of Hungerbytes! and ultimately, hopefully change lives for the better.
A wind is ruffling the tawny pelt Of Africa, Kikuyu, quick as flies, Batten upon the bloodstreams of the veldt. Corpses are scattered through a paradise. Only the worm, colonel of carrion, cries: "Waste no compassion on these separate dead!" Statistics justify and scholars seize The salients of colonial policy. What is that to the white child hacked in bed? To savages, expendable as Jews?
Threshed out by beaters, the long rushes break In a white dust of ibises whose cries Have wheeled since civilizations dawn From the parched river or beast-teeming plain. The violence of beast on beast is read As natural law, but upright man Seeks his divinity by inflicting pain. Delirious as these worried beasts, his wars Dance to the tightened carcass of a drum, While he calls courage still that native dread Of the white peace contracted by the dead.
Again brutish necessity wipes its hands Upon the napkin of a dirty cause, again A waste of our compassion, as with Spain, The gorilla wrestles with the superman. I who am poisoned with the blood of both, Where shall I turn, divided to the vein? I who have cursed The drunken officer of British rule, how choose Between this Africa and the English tongue I love? Betray them both, or give back what they give? How can I face such slaughter and be cool? How can I turn from Africa and live?
“We are destabilizing the world by violating international law. International law is built on a couple of pillars and the most important one is the concept of sovereignty. And what we’re doing is saying we can unilaterally violate sovereignty. Now, were probably doing that with the silent consent of Pakistan, they haven’t notably not made any objections in the UN while they make political statements. But what are we going to do when North Korea or Iran takes the same types measures across the board? we will likely say “well, that’s just not the same thing”, and we’ll be once again saying it’s not the same thing because its not us.”—Jonathan Turley, professor of Constitutional Law, George Washington University Law School, on whether the Drone Attacks in Pakistan are legal in international law (they’re not.) [on the Rachel Maddow Show]
The latest Haaretz column by the outstanding and courageous Israeli columnist, Gideon Levy, is entitled “America, Stop Sucking Up to Israel,” and it highlights one of the most bizarre political facts: criticism of Israeli actions is far more tolerated and permitted in Israeli political discourse than it is in America’s. […]
Even worse, the U.S. Congress appears poised — yet again — to enact a meaningless though odious Resolution that has no purpose other than to shield Israel from criticism; place ourselves squarely on Israel’s side no matter what it does; and once again obstruct war crimes investigations. That Resolution — co-sponsored by two members of Congress from each party, including supreme AIPAC loyalist Howard Berman, the Democratic Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee — would advance the repellent through all-too-familiar personal smears against U.N. investigator Richard Goldstone by urging that the U.S. ”oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration” of Goldstone’s report — which found both Israel and Hamas likely guilty of “war crimes” in the war in Gaza — on the ground that the Report was biased, flawed, one-sided, pre-ordained and false.
"During the 1960 Christmas season, Americans flocked to the theaters to see Exodus, a 3-1/2 hour epic featuring romance, handsome freedom fighters and the triumph of Jewish destiny over Arab evil—all set against a Yuletide backdrop of Biblical prophecy as heroic Jews returned to their promised land.
Many moviegoers failed to realize that Exodus was not fact but fiction adapted from a 1958 Leon Uris novel, the biggest bestseller since Gone with the Wind. Directed by Otto Preminger and starring a young Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint, the film featured Lee J. Cobb, Rat Pack member Peter Lawford and Italian crooner Sal Mineo, a teen heartthrob who received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a Jewish émigré.
Then as now, Americans are easily swayed by sympathetic portrayals of an extremist enclave granted nation-state recognition by Harry Truman. A Christian-Zionist who had famously read the Bible cover-to-cover five times by age 15, Truman was a True Believer in the prophecy that the Messiah could not return until the Israelites returned to their ancestral home.”
“Top 10: Influential Men Of The 1960s
No.7 - Muhammad Ali
A three-time World Heavyweight Champion known as much for his boxing dominance as his self-aggrandizing persona (which was, in fact, a public image constructed on the advice of pro wrestler “Gorgeous George” Wagner), Ali won a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics, then beat 7-to-1 favorite Sonny Liston for his championship in ‘64. Boxing was soon overshadowed by the social issues of the decade — Ali declared himself a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, and was arrested, convicted of draft evasion and stripped of his title in 1967.”—(via madadmen)