Syria 2013 by David Rovics

Another timely ditty from David Rovics.

Syria, 2013 By David Rovics
There’s an uncivil war in Syria, one hundred thousand dead
Millions of refugees without a roof over their heads
Proxy armies flowing in to a country open wide
You got Al-Qaeda and America fighting side by side
You got Saudi monarchs and French socialists on one team
You got Russia and Iran backing the regime
You got the Arab League having another meaningless debate
Saying let’s just see what happens if we wait
But now the west says gloves are off, it’s all become too real
Now Cameron and Obama are dictating the deal
Now red lines have been crossed, now it’s time to act
Now it’s time to have a few million tons of impact
Now it’s time to do the thing that the west does best
Time to step in the hornet’s nest
We don’t know who did it, but there has been a war crime
So we’ll bomb an Arab country one more time
What we know is this: there was a chemical attack
Kinda like the ones that happened in Iraq
Like the white phosphorous we used on the people of Falluja
Or the chemicals we sold to Saddam for Halabja
But this time it’s a different story, this poison gas in Gouta
Our allies would never do this, those foreign fighters in Al-Qaeda
We don’t know who did it, but there has been a war crime
So we’ll bomb an Arab country one more time
We don’t know who did it, but we know who to blame
The Baathists are the party, Bashar Asad is the name
We don’t know who did it, we can figure that out later
Meanwhile we’ll turn Damascus into a smart bomb crater
We’ll fix them with Cruise missiles, like in Baghdad and Mosul
Where they now have peace, prosperity and democratic rule
We don’t know who did it, but there has been a war crime
So we’ll bomb an Arab country one more time

Authored by Chris Hall

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Sacco and Vanzetti

August 22nd or 23rd of August 1927 the US State murdered Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.

“Did you see what I did to those anarchist bastards?”

– Presiding Judge Webster Thayer

Read more at libcom.org, and also at http://saccoandvanzetti.org

And here’s a great version of the song Sacco and Vanzetti by David Rovics.

Authored by Chris Hall

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Corporate Intolerance and Starbucks

The company that I work for is very much committed to tolerance amongst it’s workforce and strives to ensure it doesn’t come across as some kind of political or moral arbiter. Which I think is perhaps the most sensible route for any company to take. So I’m surprised to see that the Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is using the Starbucks company to wade into such political waters.

Why does he have to take such an aggressively intolerant stance towards a large section of his customers, and even his shareholders? If Howard Schulz wants to project Starbucks as being generally supportive of gay ‘marriage’ then surely he could do that without taking up arms against those who don’t support such legislation?

He has crossed a line, not by using Starbucks to actively promote such an agenda but by opening up on those who don’t agree with such a move. He told shareholders at the annual shareholders meeting that Starbucks wants to “embrace diversity of all kinds,” he then moved on to tell a shareholder who personally supports traditional marriage that he should sell his shares and invest in some other company.

Credit: Dumpstarbucks.com

What message does that make Starbucks send to a large portion of it’s customer base? It’s certainly spawned a movement to boycott Starbucks, caused some to set up a Dump Starbucks website and led to a loss of revenue. A Ratners moment perhaps?

Anyways, time to whip the intolerance card out methinks.

Authored by Chris Hall

The human cost of unemployment

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Having spent a few years unemployed under Thatcher and Major I can really feel for the people featured in this BBC article.

The quote from Ben Gillet sums up how it can be when you’re in such a situation, it shows how alien this sort of existence is and how far away it is from what man needs.

“I have no routine, I have nothing to set my day by,” he says. “It’s sometimes light, it’s sometimes dark, that’s the passage of time as far as I’m concerned now.”

Go read the article. Pray for change to their circumstance and for a change to the system that dumped them there.

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