A Flâneur On the Road

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Recently I learned from my colleague here on ITMF, John Grant, a new term -- flâneur. Since the mid-19th Century, a flâneur is known as a wanderer throughout urban landscapes, who leisurely takes it all in from a somewhat detached point of view, while musing upon the vagaries and ironies of one’s life and experience. From August 25th through October 10th of this year, I was a flâneur on the road in my Miata … [Read more...]

Where the Real Dangers Lie

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By W. D. Ehrhart The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is violent, fanatical, barbaric, brutal, intolerant, and . . . add whatever other adjectives you’d like to throw in.  I won’t argue that these characterizations are not true.  But over the summer and into the fall, I have watched and listened with increasing dismay to the shifting sands of the US approach to the situation. Not so many months ago, we were … [Read more...]

The Arrogance—and Ignorance—of Power

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As I watch events unfolding in Iraq over the last weeks, I find myself wondering if Iraq War veterans are feeling the way I felt in March and April of 1975 when the fiction that was South Vietnam collapsed like a house of cards. Eight years earlier, I had arrived in Vietnam as an 18-year-old Marine, convinced of the rightness of our cause, and eager to save the Vietnamese from the scourge of communism. I left … [Read more...]

Guantanamo Poem

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  GUANTANAMO POEM (Second Poem For the Veterans Peace Teams, wherever they are) By DOUG RAWLINGS It is legal, you know The state even grants permits Of course there are limits And you do need the landowner's permission Here's how he does it up in Maine: He cuts a good sized sapling Then he augurs a hole through the ice Sticks the steel trap on to one end And lowers it to the pond floor The … [Read more...]

The Case of the Dead Brazilian Torturer Gets Murkier

They haven’t killed him yet. Paulo Malhaes, the confessed Brazilian torturer whose death I recently reported on this site may not have been murdered after all.  At least that’s what police investigating the case have been loudly proclaiming for the past week. The former Army officer who had been an active agent of repression during Brazil’s military dictatorship in the nineteen seventies was found dead in his … [Read more...]

Brazil’s 1964 Coup: What ‘Communist Conspiracy’?

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It all began with Cuba in 1959. That was a line in the sand for Tio Sam. Kennedy launched the Alliance for Progress in ‘61, and caudillos throughout South and Central America lined up for lessons on how to prevent their own homegrown communists from reproducing what Fidel and El Che had brought down from the Sierra Maestras. The School of the Americas’ manual of torture, originally drafted in Scotland and likely … [Read more...]