Dead Wild Roses: 6 Minutes for Syria – A Look into the Crisis

Our corporate news media is very good at keeping inconvenient facts away from the public eye.  A six minute video, by definition, cannot provide many startling revelations, but rather a starting point to become informed and hopefully take action. Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: Humanity, refugee crisis, Syria

Dead Wild Roses: More on the Free Investor Agreement or the TTP –

Paul Street writes a foreboding analysis of what the TPP is on Counterpunch. “Lawyers and lobbyists for giant multinational corporations have been working up the TPP and promoting it for nearly a decade. The measure would join the United States along with 11 other nations along the Pacific Rim (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Toxic Geopolitics of the Middle East – Richard Falk

Taken from his essay on Counterpunch called Slouching Toward Global Disaster. “Toxic Geopolitics It is impossible to understand and explain such a disastrous failure of military interventionism without considering the effects of two toxic ‘special relationships’ formed by the United States, with Israel and Saudi Arabia. The basic feature of such special relationships is an ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Interlude: for Paris, and Beirut, and Baghdad

(I’m writing this early in the week, for publication Friday.  I’m dreading coming back and editing this list…) and Garissa, Kenya; Yola, Nigeria and all the places being terrorized by “our” side… Gustav Mahler wrote his song cycle Kindertotenlieder, Songs on the Death of Children, over a century ago, a setting of five (out of over ...

Dead Wild Roses: No Room at the Inn

Sham, 1 year oldRoszke/Horgos. In the very front, just alongside the border between Serbia and Hungary by the 4-meter-high iron gate, Sham is laying in his mother’s arms. Just a few decimeters behind them is the Europe they so desperately are trying to reach. Only one day before, the last refugees were allowed through and ...

Dead Wild Roses: Blowing up other countries, for dummies

Even before the terror attacks in Paris last week, the possibility of terrorists was the reason the Harper government gave for being so incredibly slow to accept Syrian refugees.  When the news of the attacks broke Friday afternoon my time, it was literally minutes before I heard it in the office water cooler talk: “No ...

Dead Wild Roses: Iraq in State of Higgledy-Piggledy – United States Perplexed as to Why.

Great mysteries of empire are always shrouded in mystery.  One idea that I have lifted from terrible military fiction is the concept of the 6P’s. They are: Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Can you guess which imperialistic nation didn’t do their homework? “Sky said the United States led the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to ...

Dead Wild Roses: Greece – Will The People Accept the Dismantling of Civil Society (Austerity)?

    Here at DWR we’ve been keeping an eye on the Greek economic situation.  As early as 2010 we commented that the IMF had been working its magic on the Greek economy: “Did you ever want to see a society remade into the corporatist mode?  Greece is going down that path right now.  The IMF ...

Dead Wild Roses: Climate Summit of the America’s – Nice idea.

Well you know it is important when Al Gore is in the house: “Al Gore says there’s a “powerful voice” speaking out about climate change: Mother Nature. Gore, citing “striking” examples of extreme climate-related conditions, said while scientists have long agreed climate change is real, the real environmental challenges facing people will drive change.” What ...

Dead Wild Roses: I missed International National Torture Day?

No one tells me ‘nuthin anymore.  We missed the UN international torture day, it happened on June 26th and of course I hear about it after it happens.  Our media coverage was, underwhelming, as torture must not bring us down from the elation felt in the US for the SCOTUS SSM decision. I’m not even ...

Dead Wild Roses: Racism and the Media – When will enough be enough?

    The recent terrorist shooting in South Carolina have brought the issue of racism back to the top of the heap in the mainstream media.  I’m sure there will be deep introspective think pieces in all of the major dailies and magazines.  Then, like any story the media deigns “having being milked enough”, the racist ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why is ISIL so Darned Effective?

One retired general’s opinion on why ISIS such a force in the world. A quick yet still interesting interview tagging social media and the media cycle as contributors to the success of ISIL. Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: ISIL, social media

Dead Wild Roses: No Good Men Among The Living – Dispelling The Imperial Narrative

    We tell ourselves the stories we need to hear.  This is excerpt details American involvement in Afghanistan, but from a non-embedded reporters point of view and analysis.   “The central thesis of the American failure in Afghanistan — the one you’ll hear from politicians and pundits and even scholars — was succinctly propounded by ...

Dead Wild Roses: What is happening in Venezuela?

A historical digest of where Venezuela has been and perhaps where it is going. Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: Background Information, Turmoil, Venezuela

Dead Wild Roses: 5000 Dollars and One Goat.

Murder, by the numbers.   “Matters were moving toward a climax. Reliant on bulletins from the Predator crew, the captain commanding the raiding party on the ground had interpreted the news that the convoy was now heading away from the Americans on the ground as confirmation not only that the enemy was “maneuvering” but that ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Burnt in a Cage – Why We Need the UN.

The BBC gives a little more background – ” Islamic State has become synonymous with viciousness – beheadings, crucifixions, stonings, massacres, burying victims alive and religious and ethnic cleansing. While such savagery might seem senseless to the vast majority of civilised human beings, for IS it is a rational choice. It is a conscious decision ...

Dead Wild Roses: A look into Sam Harris and Islam – Liberal Viewer

    Some beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them.  –  Sam Harris. This is a dangerous quote from Mr.Harris because it muddles the line between action and intent.  How can there be any sort of dialogue when one faction can be singled out for death for nothing ...

Dead Wild Roses: Tariq Ali on the Upcoming Greek Election

*Update – The election results are in. There might be hope for the people of Greece in their upcoming elections.  Excerpts of an interview of Tariq Ali hosted by Kostas Vlahopoulos and Thomas Giourgas. “3. What is your view of the current sociopolitical situation in Greece? Tariq Ali: The situation is polarised. The fascists of ...

Dead Wild Roses: Excerpts from “Letter to a Young Army Ranger” – Rory Fanning

A brief note.  I think that this essay should be required reading for all those who consider joining the armed forces and participating in the cycle of terrorism and destruction that currently dominates our foreign policy and geo-political goals here in the West.   Many thanks to Tom’s Dispatch for hosting the essay. “Why The War ...

Dead Wild Roses: Trumpeting the Nordic Model – How Socialism Wins the Day

Damn, Ólafur Grímsson, President of Iceland, is getting cocky.   For good reason of course.  Keeping the people that run your country and businesses educated and healthy = productivity and innovation.   Shocked I am.  Positively aghast.  🙂   Filed under: Education, International Affairs, Politics Tagged: Neo-Liberal Troll Bait., Nordic Countries, Socialism, Welfare State

Dead Wild Roses: Noam Chomsky Spoke at the UN in October – I Didn’t Hear About it Either.

Ah, the joy of the free press down in the US.  Let’s catch up with Noam as takes us through some possible solutions to the Palestine/Israel conflict.   Filed under: Education, International Affairs, Media Tagged: Israel, Noam Chomsky, Palestine, UN

Dead Wild Roses: Canada Versus ISIS – Don’t Buy The Imitation Soundwave Steven Harper!

Canada has sent CF-18’s to participate in the bombing of ISIS.  I think this is a very bad idea and I need to tell you a story from my childhood to illustrate why. This whole sending planes overseas to bomb people reminds me of one Christmas I had the pleasure of spending in Hawaii.  Oh ...

Dead Wild Roses: Sousse Tunisia – Fun in the Sun and ISIS Recruitment Hotbed

Who could ask for anything more.  A great beach, a good discotheque and an opportunity for martyrdom for the win!   Over a million tourists from around the world visit Sousse, Tunisia every year. And, while the coastal city boasts pristine beaches and world class hotels, recently, hordes of local young men have been leaving ...

Dead Wild Roses: US Support of Fundamental Islam – The Alternative is Worse.

In the crazy fun house world of imperial politics nationalist regimes are less preferable than radical religious ones.   Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek discuss the motivations of empire in the Middle East in this selection from the book: On Western Terrorism – From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare. “Noam Chomsky: “Anyhow, going back to the Middle ...

Dead Wild Roses: Some Recent History in the Middle East – ISIS and US.

Fascinating reading about some of the circular nature of events that are playing out in the Middle East as of late.  This excerpt from the Counterpunch article titled Once More, Into the Quagmire.   The Middle East Needs Our Military Might One can hear, in the reverberating noise of mainstream justifications, a series of claims. ...