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The recent actions taken by the administration of Northeastern University against Students for Justice in Palestine extends far beyond the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and makes one question the democratic nature, role and responsibilities of our universities. When does it become acceptable for American Universities to exact retribution on student groups that question and protest the Israeli narrative?  The most recent incident involved Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) who; in pursuit of protesting the Israeli house demolition program perpetuated upon Palestinians, served mocked "eviction notices" upon other students. I want to make it abundantly clear that the "eviction" notices in question were clearly marked in bold and provided the disclaimer, "This is not a real eviction notice #BostonMockEviction", taking care to ensure they were not perceived to be real eviction notifications.

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Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 05:15 PM PST

Mandela and the Palestinian Cause

by mmayer


"The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” - Nelson Mandela
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While we were sleeping, we were stripped of our civil liberties, constitutional rights, personal wealth and political power.  While in a stupor induced by frenzied conspicuous consumption, we allowed our government to sell out our interests to global corporatocracy.  We reveled in the lower prices that followed free trade without the realization the devastating cost was our livelihood.  No noise of  protest, nor a mere whimper was heard when  they stripped us of our rights and liberties in the name of security.  While they kept us afraid with colour coded threat levels, civil disobedience and protest manifested with movements such as Occupy Wall Street were quashed with the new powers they anointed themselves.

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Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 03:39 AM PDT

The Party of Magical Thought

by mmayer

We have been having great fun mocking Senator Ted Cruz.  We have dismissed him, ignored him, and certainly underestimated him and what he represents.  We didn't need Jon Stewartor Stephen Colbert give Ted Cruz star role as a punchline of yet another joke, it was so easy for us to hold him in contempt and and roll our eyes at his windbaggery.  We didn't take his insanologues serious.  We believed him to be posturing, a rooster strutting around showing off his stuff.

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Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 08:36 PM PDT

Government Douche-baggery

by mmayer

The lengths of douche-baggery governments will descend to astounds me.  David Miranda, partner of investigative journalist was detained at London's Heathrow Airport  for almost 9 hours (the maximum time one can be held without being charged) under Schedule 7 of the UK’s  Terrorist Act.  It isn’t much of a leap to assume that the US’s long arm of intimidation had a hand in this most recent harassment of journalists.  This administration, the one recently caught with their hand in the proverbial privacy/freedom of the press cookie jar when it was revealed that it collected the hone records of Associated Press editors and journalists, has clearly demonstrated that it has no respect for the Constitutional rights and civil liberties of the American population.

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After listening to your recent press conference on the NSA scandal (yes, it is a scandal) I am more offended and outraged than if you would have kept quiet.  The patronizing manner in which you addressed this shit storm; yes, it is a shit storm; addressing the nation and answering reporters’ questions as if they were not too bright children shows your true character, or lack thereof.  

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Israel and Palestine go to Washington.  This certainly looks familiar.   I believe that it is Ground Hog Day once again.  I would love to be wrong.  I would welcome peace between the Palestinians and Israelis and would gladly be more than willing to eat my share of crow.

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"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin

The havoc wreaked in the immediate aftermath following the  George Zimmerman acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin may be more damaging to race relations than the acquittal itself.  Since the acquittal, many have denied of the existence of racism in America, have discounted racism as a contributory factor in Martin's death leading to the extraordinary increase  in blatant, inflammatory, race baiting rhetoric.  It is almost as if the acquittal gave every racist license to state their mind with no fear of societal reprisal.

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“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.
Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.
Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children.
Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”

-Martin Luther King Jr., August 28, 1963

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Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:08 PM PDT

Detroit: The First Domino

by mmayer

I live 10 minutes away from Detroit. Hop, skip and jump across the pond and there I am.  Other than the city I live in, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, there is no city that I am spent more time in while living in North America than Detroit.  I love Detroit, always have, always will.

The view from  work has given me front row seats to witness the collapse of one of the greatest cities in the United States.  Detroit was a testament to the middle class it created, it stood for the Union, it stood for the Auto Industry, it stood for the golden era of manufacturing.  

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Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:46 PM PDT

Crossing the Rubicon: NSA Scandal

by mmayer

I have been airing my litany of complaints since Ed Snowden disclosed NSA programs under the auspices of the Obama Administration.  None of it is pretty.  The media circus has come to town and they seem to have no intention of leaving. Ed Snowden’s detailed disclosure of NSA programs demonstrated America not only allows for spying on its  “enemies” (I have to wonder though if things played out differently post WWII, how many enemies would we actually have), it also allows for spying on our allies and of course, their own population.  In other words, we spy on everyone.  No one is exempt. Like a bottom feeding algae eater, they suck up everything in its wake. Email, search histories, cellular data, phone, chat; every conceivable no method of communication in the digital age is untouched and they store it.  It doesn’t target anyone; it targets everyone.  It does discern whether the subjects are Johnnie Rotton or if they a Dudley Do-Righteous kind of guys, no on is left unscathed.  It seems that in the age of the "war on terror", we now are all enemies of the state.

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Dear Amy Ephron:

I must say I am a tad offended and surprised that Huffington Post published your shallow, simplistic piece of fluff.  Before addressing the Ed Snowden debacle, I must admit that your inclusion of yourself amongst "left leaning Journalists" made me almost fall to the floor in gales of laughter.  A screenwriter/"novelist" a journalist does not make.  The insertion of "left" made it even funnier.  Blogging for Huff-Po also does a journalist not make.

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