Jun 30, 2010
By Noam Chomsky
Monday, June 28, 2010
The dire threat of Iran is widely recognized to be the most serious foreign policy crisis facing the Obama administration. Congress has just strengthened the sanctions against Iran, with even more severe penalties against foreign companies. The Obama administration has been rapidly expanding its offensive capacity in the African island of Diego Garcia, claimed by Britain, which had expelled the population so that the US could build the massive base it uses for attacking the Middle East and Central Asia. The Navy reports sending a submarine tender to the island to service nuclear-powered guided-missile submarines with Tomahawk missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads. Each submarine is reported to have the striking power of a typical carrier battle group. According to a US Navy cargo manifest obtained by the Sunday Herald (Glasgow), the substantial military equipment Obama has dispatched includes 387 “bunker busters” used for blasting hardened underground structures. Planning for these “massive ordnance penetrators,” the most powerful bombs in the arsenal short of nuclear weapons, was initiated in the Bush administration, but languished. On taking office, Obama immediately accelerated the plans, and they are to be deployed several years ahead of schedule, aiming specifically at Iran
“They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran,” according to Dan Plesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London. “US bombers and long range missiles are ready today to destroy 10,000 targets in Iran in a few hours,” he said. “The firepower of US forces has quadrupled since 2003,” accelerating under Obama.
The Arab press reports that an American fleet (with an Israeli vessel) passed through the Suez Canal on the way to the Persian Gulf, where its task is “to implement the sanctions against Iran and supervise the ships going to and from Iran.” British and Israeli media report that Saudi Arabia is providing a corridor for Israeli bombing of Iran (denied by Saudi Arabia). On his return from Afghanistan to reassure NATO allies that the US will stay the course after the replacement of General McChrystal by his superior, General Petraeus, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen visited Israel to meet Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and senior Israeli military staff along with intelligence and planning units, continuing the annual strategic dialogue between Israel and the U.S. in Tel Aviv. The meeting focused “on the preparation by both Israel and the U.S. for the possibility of a nuclear capable Iran,” according to Haaretz, which reports further that Mullen emphasized that “I always try to see challenges from Israeli perspective.” Mullen and Ashkenazi are in regular contact on a secure line.
The increasing threats of military action against Iran are of course in violation of the UN Charter, and in specific violation of Security Council resolution 1887 of September 2009 which reaffirmed the call to all states to resolve disputes related to nuclear issues peacefully, in accordance with the Charter, which bans the use or threat of force.
Jun 23, 2010
This post comes courtesy of art historian calypsospots, who educates the masses with her formidable Czech art archive. More images by Hoffmeister (1902-1973) can be seen in a set devoted to the artist.
see the full post on A Journey Round My Skull: The Strange World of Adolf Hoffmeister
"and do not forgive truly it is not in your power
to forgive in the name of those betrayed at dawn
beware however of unnecessary pride
keep looking at your clown's face in the mirror
repeat: I was called - weren't there better ones than I
beware of dryness of heart love the morning spring
the bird with an unknown name the winter oak
light on a wall the splendour of the sky
they don't need your warm breath
they are there to say: no one will console you
be vigilant - when the light on the mountains gives the sign- arise and go
as long as blood turns in the breast your dark star"
Jun 22, 2010
Is the short version of the documentary by Ali Samadi Ahadi. It will be aired tonight June 22, 2010 on Arte @ 8:30 p.m GMT +1 -- don’t miss it. The long version titled “The Green Wave” will be released by Nordmedia this fall. nordmedia
Jun 16, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
Saša Stanišić, March 9, 2010
“Heralded as a “sorcerer of narrative” (Foreign Policy) with an instinct for “poetic and intoxicating language” (Freie Presse), twenty-nine-year-old Saša Stanišić bounded onto the international literary scene to great fanfare and acclaim. How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone—the tale of a boy who experiences the war in Bosnia and finds the secret to survival in language and stories—was the only debut novel to be short-listed for the top literary prize when it was published in Germany, and indeed every page of this glittering, exuberant tale thrums with the joy of storytelling.”
The Yellow Book, Vol. II.
Scanned from the book "Best Works of Aubrey Beardsley". Click image for 1027 x 1342 size.
Jun 5, 2010
Jun 3, 2010
Many Australians will be familiar with Paul’s work through the annual Archibald Prize for Portraiture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has been a finalist on many occasions and was awarded the People’s Choice award three times. In 2009 his….
Read more: Paul Jackson | Escape Into Life
Jun 2, 2010
Soviet Union’s forbidden art unveiled
St Petersburg’s first private art museum opens, showing Soviet underground and Russian contemporary art
Anti-fascist fantasy: Yalta Conference: the Judgement of Paris, by Komar and Melamid, 1985-86
st petersburg. A private Russian collector is due to open St Petersburg’s first private art museum on 4 June. Novy Museum, the brainchild of Aslan Chekhoev and his wife Irina, is devoted to Soviet underground and Russian contemporary art. The museum is centred on the Chekhoevs’ collection of nearly 300 paintings, works on paper and photographs assembled over the past five years.
Jun 1, 2010
Adolf Wolf once said, “Man Ray is a youthful alchemist forever in quest of the painter’s philosopher’s stone. May he never find it, as that would bring an end to his experimentations which are the very condition of living art expression.”
Only in the last several decades have we come to realize the achievements of Man Ray. Set to opera music, this is a gorgeous tribute to the artist whose work ranged from photography, painting, drawing, collage, performance art, sculpture, and film. Man Ray stands as a model for artists to veer into the unknown and try many different types of mediums and methods. Perhaps the artist’s name says it all, as Marcel Duchamp writes as the opening epigram for Man Ray’s memoir Self-Portrait in 1963: MAN RAY, masculine noun, synonymous with joy, to play, to enjoy.
Thanks to Kat Ostrow for finding this video!
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