FREE SPEECH ZONE | Marv Davidov remembered in video

On May 9, 1991 KTCA Channel 2’s “Portrait” series featured Marv Davidov “[Who] considers voluntary poverty the best way to remain honest and sympathetic to the grassroots issues. He’s a committed life-long peace activist and founder of the nationally known peace organization The Honeywell Project.” KTCA Channel 2 (TPT 2-1) is now one of Twin Cities Public Television’s digital channels. Marv’s “Portrait” interview has more recently aired on the statewide MN Channel (TPT 2-2). It runs 27:07 and can be streamed via the MN Video Vault at http://www.mnvideovault.org/search_results.php?q=davidov>.Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | The “RNC 8” “criminalizing dissent” conspiracy: A blatant case of ends-justify-the-means anarchy

“Certainly, lawsuits should be filed against law enforcement and other officials to determine if they unlawfully suppressed dissent. But they didn’t conspire to “‘crash the convention’ and foment a ‘train wreck.'”[1]Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. Indeed, if the sociopathic logic of using “force and violence” to “shut down and disrupt” the Constitutionally protected 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC) were to prevail, then Karl Rove and his cohorts could concoct a “criminalizing dissent” defense to justify Molotov cocktails, fireworks throwings, human waste dousings, freeway overpass droppings, slingshot hurlings, store and bank window smashings, squad car and media van disablings, delegate bus tire slashings, street and bridge blockings, marching permit violations, security perimeter penetrations, assaults on delegates and bystanders, assaults on police, arrestee escapes, and other “direct actions” to “shut down and disrupt” the Constitutionally protected conventions of the Democratic Party, Green Party US, Socialist Party USA, Communist Party USA or any other party.[1,2]This is a revised and updated version of my 8/28/10 “The ‘RNC 8’. . Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Honduras’ Constitutional crisis: Will the rule of law prevail?

And if it does it should enhance civil and human rights, basic standards of living, participatory democracy, and respect for the rule of law in Honduras. The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. To stress the importance of the rule and those criteria, this is my reply to a 7/18/09 commentary, “Compromising Democracy in Honduras,” athttp://waronyou.com/topics/compromising-democracy-in-honduras/comment-page-1/#comment-4268. It is similar to many commentaries on this crisis. Continue Reading

Barack Obama and a bag full of memories

Today on Twin Cities Public Television I watched former General and Secretary of State Colin Powell address the 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center.The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. Given his career-advancing role in covering-up the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, his senseless slaughter of Iraqi soldiers and civilians on the “Highway of Death” in Gulf War I, and his deceptive UN address that enabled Bush to disastrously invade and occupy Iraq, I felt he shouldn’t have been invited by the United Negro College Fund and others to speak. Nevertheless, he gave a superb address in which he recalled his first days in the Army after Harry Truman officially desegregated the military and racial hostility was still rampant. During the Korean War in June of 1952, I and a handful of other airmen were in a temporary barrack waiting to be shipped after completing basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Continue Reading

Israel and Gaza: Holding members of Congress legally accountable

In legalistic terms, based on what I’ve observed, there is “probable cause” to believe the current members of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation have violated their “oath of office” by “aiding or abetting” the international “war crimes” the State of Israel has apparently committed in Gaza.(1,2) The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. They also appear to be violating their oath by failing to enforce the U.S. Arms Export Control Act (AECA). Unlike Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), none of them has to my knowledge implored Secretary of State Rice to submit a required Presidential report on possible AECA violations.(3)
Instead, all but Rep’s. Ellison and McCollum have supported the largely one-sided House and Senate resolutions that essentially gave Israel a “green light” to escalate military and other operations in Gaza.(3,4) And all but newly elected GOP Rep. Eric Paulsen have apparently voted for military and other aid to Israel despite its apparent history of AECA violations. Continue Reading

The end of biological life

As I wrote a few months ago, and as I suggested in my 2007 TC Daily Planet op-ed piece,(1) the escalating destruction of biological life on our planet is by far the most serious problem that confronts our nation and all other nations. Therefore, as we begin a new year with a new American administration, all other problems must be addressed in that end-of-life context. The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. Two recent publications that highlight the problem are “Obama Left With Little Time to Curb Global Warming,”(2) and the Center for Global Development’s 2008 Commitment to Development Index,, which shows that among 22 of the world’s wealthiest nations, the U.S. ranks 21st on the Index’s Environment Component and 17th on all seven of its policy components.(3)
Thankfully, 2009 will begin in just 17 days.———–
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Election eve in Europe

Three months before I attended my daughter’s wonderful Sept. 11 wedding at a 16th-century chateau castle in southern France, I subscribed to the online English journal Expatica, which caters to Americans who work and live in that country. The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.Today’s edition lists the election eve parties and events in several European nations. Most of them are being held for Democrats, including the “Bye Bye Bush” show in Amsterdam and the Caves Ouvertes for Obama in Geneva. Continue Reading