Saturday, September 29, 2007

UN – This just in: the Earth is Round!

The UN Human Rights Council comes to the conclusion all intelligent people did a long time ago: that the UN has unfairly criticized Israel.

“The United Nations Human Rights Council has not managed to deal fairly with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the council's president Doru-Romulus Costea told a Spanish newspaper on Saturday, according to Israel Radio.

“The body which I head must examine the actions of both sides equally, and we have not done that," said Costea. "Clearly, from now on things need to change.”

Friday, September 28, 2007

Václav Havel on Burma

Heads up to Harry's Place for this great piece by ex Czech President, Vaclav Havel.

Read it all here:

For dozens of years, the international community has been arguing over how it should reform the United Nations so that it can better secure civic and human dignity in the face of conflicts such as those now taking place in Burma or Darfur, Sudan. It is not the innocent victims of repression who are losing their dignity, but rather the international community, whose failure to act means watching helplessly as the victims are consigned to their fate.

The world's dictators, of course, know exactly what to make of the international community's failure of will and inability to coordinate effective measures. How else can they explain it than as a complete confirmation of the status quo and of their own ability to act with impunity?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

La Llorna

La Llorna...the greatest Mexican folk song, and what may be the greatest song ever created by humankind(I know I say that a lot, but I mean it this time!). I have nearly 30 versions of this very song on my ipod, and I am sure there are others out there that I have not heard.

La Llorona is a popular myth and Mexican folk song that I was familiar with growing up. Wikipedia says:
“Weeping Woman is the ghost of a woman crying for her dead children that she drowned. Her appearances are sometimes held to presage death. There is much variation in tales of La Llorona, which are popular in Mexico, the United States (especially in Mexican-American communities), and to an extent the rest of the Americas.”

There is no song like it. Sad, haunting, passionate: it is the quintessential Mexican folk song. Here are but a few video renditions of this classic.

Adelita y Moises

Chavela Vargas


La cantante Holandés Carolina de Hola

Monday, September 24, 2007

Daily Kos: We love you Ahmadinejad!

The fact that anyone takes these clowns seriously is beyond me.

I am sure there are plenty of Kosacks that love Castro as well, since he speaks “some blunt truths” about the Bush administration.


Update – And there aint no gays in Iran either! Who would have thought? This guy truly is a progressive hero!

(Hat tip to LGF.)