April 25, 2015

Gerry Rose: Greek Tragedy and Statecraft

Video Title: Gerry Rose: Greek Tragedy and Statecraft. Source: OaklandLYM. Date Published: July 28, 2012. Description: 
March 5th, 1996 Chicago Il. Gerry Rose lectures on Greek tragedy and statecraft, demonstrating why Shelley claimed that "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world". It is entirely lawful that Shakespeare should accomplish in four plays of some hundred pages, what the two most prominent historians of Rome, Edward Gibbon and Theodor Mommsen, could not do in several thousands. For, from its very inception, Classical tragedy took its impulse from the question of statecraft: What kind of government is best to increase the happiness of the population? And so, beginning with Homer, Classical tragedy has always been "political."

April 23, 2015

Juan Cole: The Crisis in Yemen

Title: Juan Cole: The Crisis in Yemen. Source: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Date Published: April 23, 2015. Description: 
University of Michigan’s Juan Cole says the situation in Yemen is a “humanitarian catastrophe” and that the United States is “poorly advised” to get itself involved in the Saudi-led bombing campaign against the Houthi rebels.

This Carnegie Council event took place on April 13, 2015.

This Is Why Saudi Arabia Will Lose In Yemen

Civilized humanity is on the side of Yemen. Evil barbarians are on the side of Saudi Arabia.

The Houthis and Yemenis as a whole are fighting desperate. They're fighting for their existence, while the Saudis are fighting for Bentleys.

Title: Saudi Royal offers Bentleys to fighter pilots bombing Yemen, then deletes the tweet. Source: In The Now. Date Published: April 23, 2015.

April 22, 2015

Ukraine Violence Flare-up Explained - Joaquin

An excerpt from, "‘Maidan snipers trained in Poland’: Polish MP alleges special op in Ukraine to provoke riot" RT, April 22, 2015:
Snipers who are thought to have operated in Kiev’s Independence Square amidst events that led to a coup in February 2014 were trained in Poland and sent to Ukraine to “do a favor” for the US, a Polish Euro-MP claimed in an interview.

On February 20, 2014, riot police trying to restrain anti-government demonstrators on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kiev suddenly retreated up the street from whence they had come. As the protesters rushed forward, gunfire suddenly broke out, with many witnesses saying it was a sniper attack. In some two hours, 46 people were killed.
Video Title:  Ukraine Violence Flare-up Explained - Joaquin. Source: 108Morris108. Date Published: April 18, 2015.

Video Title: Ukraine: Hundreds call for end to American interference outside US Embassy. Source: RuptlyTV. Date Published: April 22, 2015.

Saudi Rulers Watch Too Many Trashy Hollywood Films


Operation Decisive Storm? Operation Renewal of Hope? Where do they get these ideas and words from? Are Hollywood and Pentagon script writers behind Saudi Arabia's war rhetoric? Most likely. Somebody needs to tell these stupid Arab princes that they are not Americans, however much they want to be.

Washington can get away with that kind of cheesy language when it goes to war because it has the most powerful military in the world. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, will have difficulties holding its own territories in the coming years. Its army is worse than its propaganda. Its criminal war against Yemen will not end on its terms, so it doesn't really matter if it changes strategies mid-war.

April 21, 2015

Sophocles As Educator, a lecture by Jamey Hecht, PhD

 The photo is from the 1957 film version of Oedipus Rex.

From www.jameyhecht.com:
A translator of Sophocles and Plato, Jamey Hecht has written on the disaster of 11-22-63 in the pages of Counterpunch, Media Monitors Network, Global Outlook, The Kennedy Assassination Chronicles, and www.fromthewilderness.com, where he was Senior Staff Writer from 2003 to 2006.  Hecht has spoken at conferences of both J.F.K. Lancer and C.O.P.A. (the Coalition on Political Assassinations), and edited the books Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil by Michael C. Ruppert, and Someone Would Have Talked: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Conspiracy to Mislead History by Larry Hancock. Hecht has taught world literature at various universities on both coasts, and his poetry and prose have been published in a wide variety of scholarly journals and literary magazines. He earned his Ph.D. in literature at Brandeis University (1995), where he studied poetry with Frank Bidart, Allen Grossman, and Mary Baine Campbell. Dr. Hecht’s position regarding 11-22 is essentially that of theologian James W. Douglass in his heartbreaking, insightful, and well-documented recent book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters (Orbis Books, 2008).
Video Title: Sophocles As Educator, a lecture by Jamey Hecht, PhD. Source: Jamey Hecht. Date Published: August 22, 2013. Description: 
Lecture on Greek Tragedy in general, Sophocles and the Theban Plays in particular. Presented in 2004 as part of a NYC Hellenic Festival at the NY Public Library, under the auspices of the NY Council for the Humanities.

Judith Butler on Demonstrating Precarity

Title: Judith Butler on Demonstrating Precarity. Source: LA Review of Books. Date Published: March 23, 2015. Description: 
LARB's Philosophy & Critical Theory editor Arne De Boever interviews Judith Butler about her 2015 CalArts lecture series, Demonstrating Precarity: Demonstrating Precarity: Vulnerability, Embodiment, and Resistance.