Tag Archives: Boston Marathon

Henry A. Giroux | Lockdown, USA: Lessons From the Boston Marathon Manhunt

“In a society where critical analysis and explanation of violent attacks of this nature are dismissed as terrorist sympathizing, there is a stultifying logic that assumes that contextualizing an event is tantamount to justifying it. This crippling impediment to public dialogue may be why the militarized response to the Boston Marathon bombings, infused with the […]

Nygaard Notes> Death, Danger, Fear and Media

Nygaard Notes Independent Periodic News and Analysis Number 531, May 17, 2013 On the Web at http://www.nygaardnotes.org/ This Week: Death, Danger, Fear, and Media ****** 1.  “Quote” of the Week: “Seen as Accidental and Therefore Easily Forgotten.” 2.  “Not Simply about Watching Something Unfold” 3.  Death, Danger, Fear, and Media 4.  Crime?  Accident?  Or Something Else Entirely? 5.  Ethical […]

5 Weapons of Mass Destruction the U.S. Military Uses Every Day – Forbes

Are we preparing to fight a war with Iran because they have grenades and anti-tank rockets? Michael Peck, Contributor  4/29/2013  Forbes When most of us think of weapons of mass destruction, we think of nuclear bombs, or nerve gas, or biological agents. So it was surprising to see accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarn aev charged […]

Steve Clemens> Our military-backed exceptionalism

“Who was I to rain on their parade?” By Steve Clemens  May 09, 2013  Mennonista  TC Daily Planet One would be hard-pressed not to see the enormous fetishizing of the U.S. Military since the attacks of 9/11/01. Whether it is at professional sports events, airports, political rallies, or even at local restaurants, it seems almost impossible to […]

Glenn Greenwald: Would Boston Marathon Suspects Be Called “Terrorists” If They Weren’t Muslim?

democracynow Published on Apr 22, 2013 Watch the full interview with Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now! at http://owl.li/kjcWU. Constitutional lawyer and Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald compares the widespread labeling of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev as “terrorists,” to the reaction to other recent acts of mass violence such as the shootings in Newtown and […]

“Mother Theresa of Somalia” Hawa Abdi and Daughter Deqo Mohamed on Healing Decades of War, Tragedy

 democracynowPublished on Apr 16, 2013 http://www.democracynow.org – As the twin bombings hit the Boston Marathon, deadlier blasts also ripped through the densely populated Somali capital of Mogadishu. Hours after car bombs and suicide bombers killed at least 16 people outside a court complex on Sunday, another car bomb detonated and killed Turkish nationals. In Somalia, unlike Boston, […]

Norman Solomon> The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink

After the bombings that killed and maimed so horribly at the Boston Marathon, our country’s politics and mass media are awash in heartfelt compassion — and reflexive “doublethink,” which George Orwell described as willingness “to forget any fact that has become inconvenient.” by Norman Solomon  Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Common Dreams People react as an explosion […]

Coleen Rowley> Chechen Terrorists and the Neocons

Chechen Terrorists and the Neocons By Coleen Rowley  April 19, 2013  ConsortiumNews.com The revelation that the family of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings was from Chechnya prompted new speculation about the attack as Islamic terrorism. Less discussed was the history of U.S. neocons supporting Chechen terrorists as a strategy to weaken Russia, as ex-FBI […]

Glenn Greenwald> The Boston bombing produces familiar and revealing reactions

As usual, the limits of selective empathy, the rush to blame Muslims, and the exploitation of fear all instantly emerge Glenn Greenwald  guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 April 2013 09.52 EDT Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race Photograph: Stringer/REUTERS There’s not much […]