July 12, 2017
Ray will be in Court Wednesday and Thursday in Syracuse to face the music. He and his Catholic Worker, Jewish mother, and other friends twice blocked the main entrance and exit to Hancock drone base to call attention to the push-of-the-computer-button cowardly killings done in our name. Those of you who, like our Quaker friends, are in the practice of holding Justice people in the Light, please do.
Here is a link to a piece Ray wrote a few years ago on the moral imperative of activism; even more necessary now.
Pasted in below are a couple of links. Ray is grateful to have fallen in with the very best people to be in trouble with, witnessing at Hancock Drone Base, Syracuse, New York
Jerry Berrigan Brigade, January 28, 2016
Crucified by Drones: Good Friday, April 14, 2017
(includes 5-minute video of Nativity Scene Action at Hancock Drone Base:
If Herod Had Drones, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Would Have Been Incinerated)
July 10, 2017 (five minutes)
What’s the difference between a hack and a leak? And why can’t Trump find out the truth about the celebrated “Russian hack” that screwed up by leaving Cyrillic traces behind? The deep state is real.
Tucker Carlson welcomes Russian historian Stephen Cohen for some sanity on Russia. Cohen hits a home run, exposing the neo-McCarthy campaign about the “evil Russians” and all those who dare speak to them
July 8, 2017 (five minutes)
Even better, here’s a 27-minute clip titled “Professor Stephen Cohen Intellectually Destroys Russophobia.” Not clear who provided the title, but it is not far off the mark. Cohen is speaking at the AJC Global Forum five weeks ago.
Here is what Mosul, which used to be one of Iraq’s most populous cities, looks like now, after “coalition” forces destroyed the city in order to save it.
Looking back, bombs, rockets and napalm obliterated much of the South Vietnamese town of Ben Tre — killing hundreds of civilians who lived there, on February 7, 1968. (The U.S. military, you see, had to destroy the town in order to save it from the terrorists, err, I mean Communists…whatever.)
Later that day, an unidentified American officer gave Associated Press reporter Peter Arnett a memorable explanation for the destruction. Arnett used it in the opening of the story he wrote:
“It became necessary to destroy the town to save it,” a U.S. major said Wednesday.
He was talking about the grim decision that allied commanders made when Viet Cong attackers overran most of this Mekong Delta city 45 miles southwest of Saigon. They decided that regardless of civilian casualties they must bomb and shell the once placid river city of 35,000 to rout the Viet Cong forces.
Trump and Putin Agree on Syria, But Will Pentagon Go Along? This is the title Brian Becker of RadioSputnik gave on July 7 to an hour-long discussion he moderated on the Trump-Putin summit in Hamburg earlier in the day.
Ray was joined by Ben Norton and Jane Cutter for a lively sharing of views.
On July 7, Ray commented on the Trump-Putin two-hour, “constructive” discussion that had just ended, on the margins of the G20 meeting in Hamburg. The two presidents were accompanied only by Secretary of State Tillerson, Foreign Minister Lavrov, and interpreters.
Much will be learned from what happens with the newly agreed-upon cease-fire scheduled to go into effect in southern Syria on July 9. Putin will be watching very closely to see if, this time, Trump – unlike Obama – is able to make a cease-fire stick. Or whether – like Obama – he (Trump) will let it be sabotaged by Washington’s deep state actors.
The proof is now in the pudding. A lot hangs on the outcome. Former Secretary of State John Kerry and Lavrov saw earlier puddings trod upon by U.S.-supported rebels – “moderate” and immoderate alike – and last September by the U.S. Air Force. It will take a leap of faith on Putin’s part to expect to see the ceasefire hold this time around.
Last fall Lavrov’s foreign ministry spokeswoman actually expressed sympathy for Kerry, giving him an “A” for effort, after then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sent his Air Force to sabotage the cease-fire that Kerry and Lavrov had labored for 11 months to produce.
For his part, Kerry expressed regret – in words reflecting hubris so well becoming the chief envoy of the world’s “only indispensible” country – that he was unable to “align” all the forces at work. With the ceasefire in tatters, on September 29, 2016 Kerry complained:
“Syria is as complicated as anything I’ve ever seen in public life, in the sense that there are probably about six wars or so going on at the same time – Kurd against Kurd, Kurd against Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sunni, Shia, everybody against ISIL, people against Assad, Nusrah. This is as mixed-up sectarian and civil war and strategic and proxies, so it’s very, very difficult to be able to align forces.”
Only in December 2016, in an interview with Matt Viser of the Boston Globe, did Kerry admit that his efforts to deal with the Russians had been thwarted by then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter – as well as all those forces he found so difficult to align.
“Unfortunately we had divisions within our own ranks that made the implementation [of the ceasefire agreement] extremely hard to accomplish,” Kerry said. “But it … could have worked. … The fact is we had an agreement with Russia … a joint cooperative effort.
“Now we had people in our government who were bitterly opposed to doing that,” he said. “I regret that. I think that was a mistake. I think you’d have a different situation there conceivably now if we’d been able to do that.”
The Globe’s Viser described Kerry as frustrated. Indeed, it was a tough way to end nearly 34 years in public office.
The moral of this story: after Friday’s discussions with President Trump, Kremlin eyes will be on Secretary of State Tillerson, watching to see if he has any better luck with Ashton Carter’s successor, James “Mad-Dog” Mattis.