Dead Wild Roses: My New Favourite Journalist – Caitlin Johnstone

  Much has happened in the world in the past few months. Especially since November 8, when the “left” or the “progressives” in the USA and indeed the world have been crapping their pants about some orange skinned person with homunculus like hands winning the seat of most powerful person in the world. While as concerning ...

Dead Wild Roses: Noam Chomsky – Media Priorities…

Where do elite priorities lie?  Follow the coverage. “Q: Moving on, has the media changed landscape since you wrote ‘Manufacturing Consent’ in 1989? Is the media manufacturing consent now? A: Well, we didn’t actually say that media is manufacturing consent; we said that -that is what they are trying to do. We discussed the nature ...

Dead Wild Roses: UN Women – Zap Tharwat ft. Amina Khalil – Nour

Nice to see more people who get it. “Nour-The latest songs for the famous Egyptian rapper Zap Tharwat featuring for the first time the renowned Actress Amina Khlail. The song was developed under the leadership of the National Council for Women in collaboration with UN Women Egypt Country Office with the generous support of the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Media Complicity – The Wars We Fight

John Pilger does what a journalist is supposed to do.  He questions decisions made by those who are in charge and hold them to account for their decisions.  As witnessed during the lead up to the Iraq war in 2003 most of the easily accessible media in the West is, for the most part uncritical ...

Dead Wild Roses: U.N. Picks Powerful Feminist (Wonder Woman) for Visible Job (Mascot)

    Well, time for a different sort of cringe-worthy news item. The United Nations has made an Onion worthy press release. Unfortunately, this isn’t satire. “The United Nations just rejected seven female candidates vying to lead the global organization. Now, to promote women and girls, it is picking a cartoon character as its mascot: Wonder ...

Dead Wild Roses: Lives and Matters – Systemic Racism – What the hell is it?

The CBC wrote an article about the misunderstanding of people who benefit from systemic racism have when it comes to Black Lives Matter versus All Lives Matter. What Black Lives Matter is: “Frank Leon Roberts, a professor-lecturer specializing in race and social movements at New York University, says Black Lives Matter is an “anti-violence movement ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Did Allah Take The Wheel?

The West’s policies and actions in the Middle East have set the stage for tragedy.  The destruction and destabilization of states and the creation of a new Cold War flash-point in Syrian (and one upcoming in the Ukraine) are spreading chaos in the world.  The mass murder in Nice, France is an example, par excellence, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth – Dilip Hiro on India and Pakistan

Getting stuck on the US election race?  Tired of hearing about how the authoritarian left is, yet again, stifling free speech?  How about some Nuclear Armageddon to cleanse the palate?  Dilip Hiro takes us to South East Asia and the conflict between India and Pakistan. “Undoubtedly, for nearly two decades, the most dangerous place on ...

Dead Wild Roses: The USA – Fascism and the Failure of (neo)Liberalism.

Chris Hedges occasionally has some good ideas when it comes to the American body politic.  Consider what we are seeing on the news, and is it really that far off from what is being stated here? “As Arendt noted, the fascist and communist movements in Europe in the 1930s “… recruited their members from this ...

Dead Wild Roses: 6 Minutes for Syria – A Look into the Crisis

Our corporate news media is very good at keeping inconvenient facts away from the public eye.  A six minute video, by definition, cannot provide many startling revelations, but rather a starting point to become informed and hopefully take action. Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: Humanity, refugee crisis, Syria

Dead Wild Roses: More on the Free Investor Agreement or the TTP –

Paul Street writes a foreboding analysis of what the TPP is on Counterpunch. “Lawyers and lobbyists for giant multinational corporations have been working up the TPP and promoting it for nearly a decade. The measure would join the United States along with 11 other nations along the Pacific Rim (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Toxic Geopolitics of the Middle East – Richard Falk

Taken from his essay on Counterpunch called Slouching Toward Global Disaster. “Toxic Geopolitics It is impossible to understand and explain such a disastrous failure of military interventionism without considering the effects of two toxic ‘special relationships’ formed by the United States, with Israel and Saudi Arabia. The basic feature of such special relationships is an ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Interlude: for Paris, and Beirut, and Baghdad

(I’m writing this early in the week, for publication Friday.  I’m dreading coming back and editing this list…) and Garissa, Kenya; Yola, Nigeria and all the places being terrorized by “our” side… Gustav Mahler wrote his song cycle Kindertotenlieder, Songs on the Death of Children, over a century ago, a setting of five (out of over ...

Dead Wild Roses: No Room at the Inn

Sham, 1 year oldRoszke/Horgos. In the very front, just alongside the border between Serbia and Hungary by the 4-meter-high iron gate, Sham is laying in his mother’s arms. Just a few decimeters behind them is the Europe they so desperately are trying to reach. Only one day before, the last refugees were allowed through and ...

Dead Wild Roses: Blowing up other countries, for dummies

Even before the terror attacks in Paris last week, the possibility of terrorists was the reason the Harper government gave for being so incredibly slow to accept Syrian refugees.  When the news of the attacks broke Friday afternoon my time, it was literally minutes before I heard it in the office water cooler talk: “No ...

Dead Wild Roses: Iraq in State of Higgledy-Piggledy – United States Perplexed as to Why.

Great mysteries of empire are always shrouded in mystery.  One idea that I have lifted from terrible military fiction is the concept of the 6P’s. They are: Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Can you guess which imperialistic nation didn’t do their homework? “Sky said the United States led the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to ...

Dead Wild Roses: Greece – Will The People Accept the Dismantling of Civil Society (Austerity)?

    Here at DWR we’ve been keeping an eye on the Greek economic situation.  As early as 2010 we commented that the IMF had been working its magic on the Greek economy: “Did you ever want to see a society remade into the corporatist mode?  Greece is going down that path right now.  The IMF ...

Dead Wild Roses: Climate Summit of the America’s – Nice idea.

Well you know it is important when Al Gore is in the house: “Al Gore says there’s a “powerful voice” speaking out about climate change: Mother Nature. Gore, citing “striking” examples of extreme climate-related conditions, said while scientists have long agreed climate change is real, the real environmental challenges facing people will drive change.” What ...

Dead Wild Roses: I missed International National Torture Day?

No one tells me ‘nuthin anymore.  We missed the UN international torture day, it happened on June 26th and of course I hear about it after it happens.  Our media coverage was, underwhelming, as torture must not bring us down from the elation felt in the US for the SCOTUS SSM decision. I’m not even ...

Dead Wild Roses: Racism and the Media – When will enough be enough?

    The recent terrorist shooting in South Carolina have brought the issue of racism back to the top of the heap in the mainstream media.  I’m sure there will be deep introspective think pieces in all of the major dailies and magazines.  Then, like any story the media deigns “having being milked enough”, the racist ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why is ISIL so Darned Effective?

One retired general’s opinion on why ISIS such a force in the world. A quick yet still interesting interview tagging social media and the media cycle as contributors to the success of ISIL. Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: ISIL, social media

Dead Wild Roses: No Good Men Among The Living – Dispelling The Imperial Narrative

    We tell ourselves the stories we need to hear.  This is excerpt details American involvement in Afghanistan, but from a non-embedded reporters point of view and analysis.   “The central thesis of the American failure in Afghanistan — the one you’ll hear from politicians and pundits and even scholars — was succinctly propounded by ...

Dead Wild Roses: What is happening in Venezuela?

A historical digest of where Venezuela has been and perhaps where it is going. Filed under: International Affairs Tagged: Background Information, Turmoil, Venezuela

Dead Wild Roses: 5000 Dollars and One Goat.

Murder, by the numbers.   “Matters were moving toward a climax. Reliant on bulletins from the Predator crew, the captain commanding the raiding party on the ground had interpreted the news that the convoy was now heading away from the Americans on the ground as confirmation not only that the enemy was “maneuvering” but that ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Burnt in a Cage – Why We Need the UN.

The BBC gives a little more background – ” Islamic State has become synonymous with viciousness – beheadings, crucifixions, stonings, massacres, burying victims alive and religious and ethnic cleansing. While such savagery might seem senseless to the vast majority of civilised human beings, for IS it is a rational choice. It is a conscious decision ...