I’ ve memed & am sharing this quote from Ben Taub, http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/aleppos-evacuation-is-a-crime-against-humanity, today, not because I’m unhappy that the UN Security Council passed the resolution (which some have already rightly described as toothless [1, 2, 3) condemning the Zionist State’s settlements in the West Bank of occupied Palestine: toothless or not, it may well have some resonances that may bring more strength & encouragement to ‘activists living in other repressive parts of the world’ (& in those parts that don’t seem to be repressive but continue to support & be complicit in all the repression & oppression, etc). & I’m sharing it mainly because I feel it’s important for all who seek solidarity worldwide against all these repressions & oppressions to always remember that the international community really is satisfied with what’s going on.

‘The international communityprofits from it. ‘The international community’ is a company of self-interested nations. ‘Inter-national’ activities are either competitions or collaborations, alliances or confrontations, etc etc. Good for World Cups, Olympics,war coalitions, peace-keeping interventions, sporadic humanitarian actions. No  real hope that this ‘community’ would put an end to repressions & oppressions that bring the repressors & oppressors profits & power. Just as there is no real hope that this ‘community’ will do anything really substantial about climate change. So what could be a way for a worldwide solidarity, a worldwide resistance to oppression & repression that is simultaneously committed to preserving life on our perilously warming planet, to circumvent & transcend the national structures & strictures, to become the force that is necessary to make the necessary changes? Something to meditate about…


In my 81st year … [still] imagining a better world …


This meme stems from a meditation after I posted two other memes today on Facebook. The first two were of quotations:

Both were triggered by posts shared by friends. Yesterday Rip Van Hippy shared a recent article about Elon Musk proposing the idea of a universal basic income (although without suggestions about how this could be achieved):

What Musk said reminded me of Marx’s words, which already inspired me when I was in my late teens — & while googling for the quotation in English I found heaps of articles going back to January 2015 saying that the idea has been spreading in & from Silicon Valley for some time… But see also http://marxistworld.net/2016/07/universal-basic-income-or-the-great-capital-labour-swindle/

& the second was triggered by Rachel Elior’s post today,  as I explained in my note.

(& for anyone who has read this far, & who may also have noticed the change of venue i’m posting from: I’m in John Flynn Hospital for some tests, since yesterday, probably until Tuesday — nothing to worry about, just a couple of things to maybe find out…)



No, I’m not an Arab / la, ana la 3arabi / لا، أنا لأ عربي / לא, אני לא ערבי