Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President (from the archives)

By Ray McGovern, March 28, 2009 (from the archives)

As President Trump faces strong opposition from generals, war profiteers, “mainstream media,” and — not least — Israel to pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, here’s a look back to a similar fix another president had gotten himself into — and how he lacked the courage to act as if he were the actual commander in chief.

50 years after Dr. King’s assassination: Ray on White Supremacy (from the archive)

White Supremacy and Military Bases: a Short Talk by Ray on “The White Man’s Burden” — the bloody burden on people of color, and other “others” like the young Palestinian woman, Ahed Tamimi — that is.
January 14, 2018 (17 minutes)

As Assange Remains Isolated, Real-Time Heroes Stand In Solidarity Vigil Outside Embassy

By Elizabeth Vos, April 3, 2018

Long-time activist and organizer Ciaron O’Reilly and others have been keeping vigil outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London ever since Julian Assange sought political asylum there more than seven years ago.  Elizabeth Vos, Editor-in-Chief of Disobedient Media, recently interviewed O’Reilly, who explained:

“In Catholic tradition “to vigil ” is to stay awake. Sometimes to danger as society slumbers. In this case in solidarity with someone under threat — Julian Assange.”

O’Reilly is a member of the Catholic Worker movement founded by Dorothy Day. He told Vos that he was mentored by non-violent, anti-war priests Daniel and Philip Berrigan and, on the eve of the first Gulf War, was jailed for 13 months for disabling a B52 Bomber at an Air Force Base in upstate New York. A decade later he and four others disabled a U.S. Navy aircraft at Shannon Airport before it could fly off to bomb Iraq. “We were charged with $2.5 million criminal damage and were put on trial three times in Dublin and found not guilty unanimously by an Irish jury.

“In 2010 I co-founded a Catholic Worker house for homeless refugees in London. Julian Assange was arrested in London in December 2010, and I attended his first and all other court appearances. Along with my godson, a SAS special forces veteran of the Iraq War, I got the gig of getting Julian in and out of court safely and securely.

O’Reilly described some of the loyal activists who regularly vigil outside the Ecuadorian embassy:

“The embassy solidarity vigil is primarily sustained by a Chilean woman who survived the Pinochet coup, an Irish activist, a Colombian who survived being shot by a death squad, another Colombian torture survivor, and a Greek activist.”

Elizabeth Vos’s entire article is worth a read.

Silencing of Assange Sparks Historic Ten-Hour Online Vigil To #ReconnectJulian

By Elizabeth Vos, Editor-in-Chief at Disobedient Media
March 29, 2018

Right after it became known on March 28 that Ecuador had silenced Julian Assange by cutting off his Internet access, phone, and ability to have visitors at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, friends of Julian orchestrated an online conversation/vigil under the banner #ReconnectJulian, while supporters in London gathered in front of the embassy.

The live-streamed expression of solidarity stretched to over ten hours, and is embedded in Elizabeth Vos’s article. Ray welcomed being asked to take part and spent five of those hours as a panelist. The particular segment in which he was asked to talk about Julian in general and his current predicament runs from 2:49:30 to 3:55:55 (including Q & A).

Two reports on latest indignity visited upon Julian Assange

1 —
Do Not Hold Julian Assange Incommunicado

Chomsky, Brian Eno, et al. Demand Ecuador #ReconnectJulian Assange
March 30, 2018


2 —
Silencing Julian Assange

Elizabeth Lea Vos, Editor-in-Chief of Disobedient Media and panelist for WednesdayThursday’s vigil, Is Interviewed by Eresh Omar Jamal

March 31, 2018
(Ray spent a delightful five hours with other panelists/supporters of Julian for the on-line vigil.)

Lower rate of postings this week

Joe McGovern, Ray’s son and Webmeister of raymcgovern.com (which, btw, is SEARCHable – see the SEARCH widget just below the photos on the homepage), will be somewhat distracted over the next few days.  He is taking time out to get married.

We call your attention to the SEARCH functionality because many comments we receive reflect an unfortunate lack of awareness of it. Those of you who have been unaware may wish to take advantage of this week’s lower rate of postings to use the SEARCH widget.  You will find it helpful in digging more deeply into issues on the front — or back — burner, in which you may have particular interest.  And there are 12 years of postings eager to be noticed.