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South African church leaders have seen this all before

South African church leaders have seen this all before

by Patrick Devlin Christian church leaders in South Africa have extended their support for the upcoming Israel Apartheid Week, an effort to publicize the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The South African Council of Churches urged its member churches to “campaign for greater awareness on all Palestinian struggles in general and the plight of Palestinian Christians in particular,” and requested that member congregations “dedicate Sunday services on March 16th during the upcoming Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) campaign to reflect and pray for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel.” The ecumenical group made the […]

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All I could think of is running

All I could think of is running

by Patrick Devlin About five real people were there when he was describing the thin blue air. A normally perfect day, the kind of day you may see that a kid could have drawn with crayons in that universal.kid.artwork way. Puffy lines as clouds, a ball with radiant lines our sun, the normal trees gigantic in kid perspective to the family home drawn from memory and with love. They knew the sound they heard again, they were no longer alone. There is no need to speak its name. In fact, that’s really unspeakable anyway. And the 13 year old’s story […]

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Patriotism, marketism, exceptionalism – destinyism? : The prison of the isms

Patriotism, marketism, exceptionalism – destinyism? : The prison of the isms

by Patrick Devlin Columbus day can be a warm day or a cold day (and this year was spectacular autumn falling through cool sunshine) but it always provides an opportunity to reflect on the day as a holiday representing as it does a kind of anachronistic celebration of manifest destiny – and we know that we have grown beyond all that…shameful as it is as a part of our history. It had to be someone, and it was Columbus who ‘discovered America’ and, among other accomplishments, initiated the Euro-American human trafficking biz. We are reminded of both the inhuman brutality […]

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verbatim 38.2

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The profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives

The profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives

by Patrick Devlin “War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives…” -Major General Smedley Butler, War is a Racket pamphlet, 1935 Herman Göring, Founder of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany : “Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can […]

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verbatim number 37.1

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President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Into Law – American Civil Liberties Union : President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today, allowing indefinite detention to be codified into law. As you know, the White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA but reversed course shortly before Congress voted on the final bill… Science News : Groundwater dropping globally – Satellites find supply falling mostly due to agriculture. Groundwater levels have dropped in many places across the globe over the past nine years, a pair of gravity-monitoring satellites finds. This trend raises concerns that farmers […]

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‘US deploys military drones to monitor historic decline in illegal border crossings

‘US deploys military drones to monitor historic decline in illegal border crossings

by Patrick Devlin In the wake of government reporting that reveals that illegal cross border immigration between the US and Mexico is at its lowest level in 40 years voices from both sides of the American political spectrum have responded. The Democratic administration’s answer to the dramatic reduction in unauthorized border crossings is to implement an increase in military operations on the border, and Republican presidential contenders and state’s legislatures have responded by instituting regulations that are historically analogous to measures enacted by regimes that have been described by our own leaders as totalitarian and threatening to further garrison the […]

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