COVID-19

Image courtesy Pixabay

First off, let me stress that I’m vaccinated myself, and that I support vaccination as a vital component of COVID response in the US.

That being said, US COVID policies⁠ — which at this point are centered on vaccination⁠ — have not been very successful to say the very least…


DECOLONIZATION

On February 26th, I interviewed Ajamu Baraka for my podcast. Baraka is a veteran grassroots organizer whose roots are in the Black Liberation Movement and anti-apartheid and Central American solidarity struggles. He is an internationally recognized leader of the emerging human rights movement in the U.S. and has been at…


DIRECT ACTION

Photo courtesy Max Wilbert

On Friday, January 15th, two activists drove eight hours from Eugene, Oregon, to a remote corner of public land in Nevada, where they pitched a tent in below-freezing temperatures and unfurled a banner declaring: “Protect Thacker Pass.” …


DEMOCRACY

Road sign photo public domain, modified by author

The last few days I’ve been reminded of the period immediately after 9/11. That too was a media spectacle that fired up fevered emotions and over-heated rhetoric. …


SUSTAINABILITY

Bobby Fossek and daughter, Meadow, harvest Great Basin Ryegrass for a Camas Bake [Photo by Jaishri Spencer]

“Restoration of habitats and regenerative, localized food production need to be foundational in our economies moving forward. We should be turning resources towards these efforts with the same vigor the destruction and depletion was carried out with. Sucking the life out of our lands while polluting the water to grow…


2020

“Castle Ruin” by Harold Broadfield Warren, 1896 [public domain]

2020, with its pandemic and its protests, was many things to many people: a hardship for those who lost homes, livelihoods and people they loved to COVID and insufficient government support; an inspiration for activists who have been working for years to call attention to police brutality; and an imposition…


COVID-19

Asian countries have been far more successful than the US in responding to the COVID pandemic, but you’d never know that from the US media. Even most alternative media has been largely US- & Euro-centric. …


COVID-19

What most surprised me about 2020 was the eruption of partisan warfare over wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID. Metaphorically, it was like making a political issue of covering your mouth when you cough. WTF?

Was this inevitable? It’s not like this particular topic has been a hot…


2020 ELECTION

I don’t see Republicans and Democrats… I see European civilization killing everything. ~Conrad Justice Kiczenski

Here we are again, in the post-Convention frenzy of a presidential election year in the USA. All sense, reason and proportion go out the window as both sides hurl their invective and sling their spin…


POLICE REFORM

Undemocratic bureaucracy rejects City Council proposal

Activist Robin Wonsley (Eric Mueller Photography)

In mid-July, Counterpunch published, “Minneapolis Ballot Measure to Dismantle the Police Will Test the Strength of Our Movement,” authored by Robin Wonsley & Ty Moore. Intrigued by this article, I contacted Robin, and less than a month later, I interviewed her for my podcast…

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume

Writer, photographer, tree-hugger, animal-lover, dissident.

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