On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny, Appearing on Daily Show

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
Daily Show
Don Michael Hudson, PhD
“Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.”
― Timothy Snyder,


Netflix Presents a Mysterious Hollywood mission in the Iraqi city of Mosul

Mosul Film Critique

Mosul Film Critique by Safaa Al-Saleh 

(You can open this link in Chrome and read in English)
If you get a chance, watch the film “Mosul” streaming on Netflix. I really liked the film and found it interesting. Below you can find an Iraqi (I think he is Iraqi) critic’s review, which I think important. I don’t quite fully understand what he is writing, but he gives the film a positive review and yet critiques the usual “Western” portrayal of binary heroes or villains, and especially the simplistic way most of us in the West view the complexities of another culture(s). You can click on the link in Chrome and translate it to English. Do watch “Mosul” if you get a chance and see a different perspective on the battle against Da’esh.
“In the movie “Mosul”, we were faced with a reality of violence, devastation and betrayal, interspersed with the story of a group that finds itself carrying out justice in its own way that resembles the style of the criminal himself. We see them being slaughtered and killed in the same way, despite their belonging to what is supposed to be official regular forces, and the film’s producers try to provide the logical justification for their actions with the magnitude of violence and horrific horror in a reality in which trenches overlap, positions are mixed and the lines between good and evil are blurred and right and wrong.” Safaa Al-Saleh

Moria migrants: Fire destroys Greek camp leaving 13,000 without shelter

Moria migrants: Fire destroys Greek camp leaving 13,000 without shelter
Christina and I have visited this camp and seen these refugees with our own eyes. These were people in limbo, purgatory, between Asia and Europe. It would notsurprise me that the Greeks on Lesvos island committed arson against this intractable problem. But as far as I know, there is no evidence yet. The Greeks despised the immigrants, and the immigrants despised the residents of Mytilini–the major city on the island. This whole situation was a tinder box from the beginning. Remember all the life vests on the beach? This is Lesvos nine miles from Turkey. Lesvos is literally an island between Asia and Europe.
America is to blame for this also. In our lust for dismembering Syria and Iraq on behalf of the Zionists in Israel and the UK, we displaced human beings and scattered them to the wind. These were people who could not go back home but also couldn’t move on to Europe. The residents of Lesvos were literally stuck with the situation, and the refugees were stranded with nowhere to go. Thus the inferno. We must wake up to the damage the American government and the military are causing in the Middle East. Most Americans think our military is there to promote “democracy” and bring “freedom” to the “oppressed.” No, not at all. We are there to deconstruct Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen–Rumsfeld admitted to this under the Bush administration. This is about oil and the Zionists’ insatiable appetite for more land, more water, more natural resources. But, in reality, it is more death, more destruction, more displacement on behalf of a particular ideology. Lesvos is Paradise–it’s my favorite place in the world. Truly. Our senseless military and political actions from America have turned a paradise into a literal inferno for millions of human beings.