Vietnam War Memorials

I recently came upon the link for the virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall which replicates the Wall on the National Mall in D.C. The memorial is familiar to many of us; it uses a spare design that abjures political commentary. It’s nice. Of course, it is narrow in scope. In particular, it only lists the…

Caterpillar Bulldozes Human Rights Globally

The AP reports today (“NY comptroller pushes Caterpillar to avoid Sudan”) that: “The official who oversees New York state’s huge public pension fund wants Caterpillar Inc. to do more to ensure that its foreign subsidiaries aren’t doing business with the government of Sudan, which has been criticized for human rights abuses.” The news demonstrates once…

Racism in Fashion – Betwixt Capitalism and Democracy

A Daily Mail article (“’We have one black girl, we don’t need you’: Victoria’s Secret Angel Chanel Iman reveals racist attitudes from the fashion industry”, 21 March 2013) has the following passage from a photographer: “I’ve asked my advertising clients so many times, “Can we use a black girl?” They say no. Advertisers say black models…

Swift Fallout From #Kony2012 Campaign – 5,000 New Troops

Western powers are moving swiftly to implement a major ongoing military campaign in East-Central Africa. The European Union, for instance, on Saturday, committed €9m for military operations against LRA. The money is going toward a United Nations/African Union-supported military strategy against the rebels. The new strategy was launched in Juba with South Sudan vice-president, Riek Machar, in attendance. Machar is the…

Stifling Dissent in East Africa

(written November 10, 2011) Amnesty International USA released a new report last week (Stifling Dissent: Restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Uganda, 1 Nov. 2011) detailing the deterioration of human rights in Uganda. Uganda should be on the radar of American citizens because it is a key ally of…

Washington and the Israel Lobby

Foreign Policy In Focus-affiliated Scott Charney noted on Friday that Washington’s recently finalized $30 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia will modernize the kingdom’s military capabilities.  While the deal is in keeping with the longstanding relationship between the global superpower and one of the world’s most repressive regimes, Charney believes it signals Israel losing its military…