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A Man in Tunisia, a Movement on Wall Street, and the Soldier Who Ignited the Fuse

World  (tags: 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', 'HUMANRIGHTS!', Bradley Manning, conflict, corruption, death, ethics, freedoms, OWS )

- 2740 days ago -
One year ago today (December 17th), Mohamed Bouazizi, a man who had a simple produce stand in Tunisia, set himself on fire to protest his government's repression.


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William K (308)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 11:42 am
Happy belated birthday, Bradley Manning. May history redeem you if the military kangaroo court does not.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 3:56 pm
A coward dies a thousand deaths.

A brave man dies but one.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Monday December 19, 2011, 2:35 am

Arielle S (313)
Monday December 19, 2011, 7:17 am
How like us to kill the messenger - Manning should be given a medal for exposing what our government is doing in our name....

Kit B (276)
Monday December 19, 2011, 8:25 am

Neither the US nor any government likes whistle blowers, so we call it treason. The penalty of for treason is death. Sadly, we as a nation have learned nothing from the efforts of Julian Assange or Bradley Manning. We continue on our path of destruction, and claim to have a real and tangible enemy out there, so it looks like we are going to attack Iran. Because as in any war, we are right and they are wrong. If Iran is intent on having nuclear weapons, they will have them. The science is now known, the materials available. War is still a great way to have most of the population distracted, generate jobs in the munitions industry, and win over the hearts and minds of many.

Bradley Manning is only a pawn in the larger chess-game.

Vallee R (280)
Monday December 19, 2011, 1:25 pm
Kit - so true - "Bradley manning is only a pawn in the larger chess-game" And I disagree with Mr Moore when he says Manning doesn't deserve the "un-American" treatment - What the H**L are we doing to the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 2:56 pm
a man who had a simple produce stand in Tunisia, set himself on fire to protest his government's repression.

It wouldn't work here either.


Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 2:57 pm
Whew! got through the Caturday list.

I'm going on break.


Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 12:33 am
Michael Moore --- ". . . U.S. Army Spc. Bradley Manning was born. He has now spent 570 days in a military prison without a trial -- simply because he allegedly blew the whistle on the illegal and immoral war in Iraq. . . ." --- And I thought that the NDAA had only just been signed, or do military personnel come under a special category of another previous act because they swear to protect the country and faithfully follow the orders of their commander-in-chief (and his designates)?

Michael Moore --- ". . . He exposed what the Pentagon and the Bush administration did in creating this evil and he did so by allegedly leaking documents and footage to Wikileaks. Many of these documents dealt not only with Iraq but with how we prop up dictators around the world and how our corporations exploit the poor on this planet. (There were even cables . . . " --- So, we know of comments (and probably more) by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld regarding the use of torture, particularly waterboarding. We have the Convention Against Torture which Canada has signed and ratified under which it has an obligation to arrest Cheney and Bush when in Canada, but it didn't honour it's obligation! Now we have young Bradley Manning, in jail without trial for 18 months because he alledgedly dared to expose the bilious side of the US government and its corporate puppeteers.

Is it any wonder that people around the globe are rising up? Are they rising up against the US? Yes but it is the US government and its corporate puppeteers that they should be targeting, not the American people who are caught by the very same forces. They are rising up against their own governments and 1% because of their lack of freedom, but also because of their leader's complicity with the world's 1% and the inequalities that have been generated over decades and more. Where does it all stop and things get put right?

In skating there is a move in pairs skating called the death spiral. Well it sure feels like we are spiralling out of control and about to fall on our collective heads! It is going to take one hell of a lot of coming together and hard work to put things right, and it won't happen over night. I just hope we can do enough to stay at least one step ahead.
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