I’m Off to WOMAD, Back on Monday: Lee Perry and Seun Kuti on the Bill!


Since 2002, my family and I, along with a crew of friends, including our kids, have been regulars visitors at the WOMAD festival (World of Music Art and Dance), originally in Reading but, since 2007, at Charlton Park in north Wiltshire, where my wife runs children’s workshops, and we get backstage passes to mingle with […]

The holiday starts here …


OK, so I’m away for two weeks, on my annual family holiday — this year to Italy, and, specifically, to Rome for a week, and then Abruzzo for a second week. It will be good to get away. I’ve been finding Guantánamo weighing heavily on me, and the state of Britain under the Tories has […]

On Holiday for Two Weeks!


Well, my friends, it has been quite a year so far, with the death of my father in February and my own rather severe illness in March and April, which had me suffering sleep deprivation at home for two weeks, then hospitalized for another two weeks, and then largely housebound for another month. I’m glad […]

Juan Cole and Robert Fisk on 9/11


As an accompaniment to my article examining the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, “On the 9th Anniversary of 9/11, A Call to Close Guantánamo and to Hold Accountable Those Who Authorized Torture,” I’m cross-posting two other articles that provide important perspectives on the horrendous events of that day, and their bitter […]

Disgraceful: The Ground Zero Mosque Controversy


I don’t want to spend much time discussing the opposition to the building of the Park51 Project, a $100 million mosque and cultural center two blocks from the site of the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001, as such a response to an assault on the First Amendment to the US Constitution […]

Apparently, they don’t have wireless broadband in this corner of Puglia …


So that’s it, I’ll be out of touch until I tire of the pre-21st century isolation, and head into town for un caffé (o due), some dolci and somewhere with internet access. I’m away in Italy –- a remote location in Puglia the first week, a rooftop apartment in Napoli the second — so contact […]

I’m Off, Then; I’ll See You on Monday


So I hope I left enough food in the cupboards and the fridge. And don’t forget to water the plants, please. I certainly left enough reading material. If you missed any of it, there’s the latest in the case of Omar Khadr, the “child soldier” that Obama, of all people, wants to try for invented […]

Noam Chomsky Delivers Warning to the US About the Perils of Fascism + Video


I’m cross-posting an article about Noam Chomsky by Chris Hedges, originally published on Truthdig, because I was struck by the power of his statement, “I have never seen anything like this in my lifetime,” referring to the current state of politics in the US, and his warning, “It is very similar to late Weimar Germany,” […]

Never Forget: The Bombing Of Hiroshima, 64 Years Ago Today


I developed a lifelong opposition to war at the age of ten, when “The World At War” was broadcast by ITV, and today’s anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima has brought those feelings back. To mark this most distressing of anniversaries, I’m posting a commentary from the Boston Globe’s “Big Picture,” plus a few […]


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