Archive for September 26th, 2013

by lizard

Over at Counterpunch, David Swanson documents 45 lies featured in president Obama’s UN speech.

As Democrats got all apoplectic over the vacuous antics of Ted Cruz, their guy was on the global stage lying his ass off.

Now, it’s an established fact that the necessary characteristics of a politician includes the capacity for deceit, but Obama does it on an impressively brazen level when he says things like “together we have worked to end a decade of war” and “we have limited the use of drones.


It’s not like there’s much credibility left for Obama to destroy. But the sheer audacity of his UN performance may in fact bolster the credible threat of US force in the eyes of the world’s population, because it shows how totally unhinged America has become, to be able to just take this level of deceit in stride, like it doesn’t matter.

Well, it does matter, so take a few minutes from Clown Cruz coverage, and read the list of lies that comprises the slick surface of America’s global PR. It’s astounding.

by lizard

Kofi Awoonor, a Ghanaian poet, is among the casualties of the mall massacre in Nairobi:

Prof Kofi Awoonor, a former diplomat, was killed in the attack in Nairobi. He was in the city attending the Storymoja Hay literary festival, a celebration of pan-African writing and storytelling.

His fellow Ghanaian poet Nii Ayikewei Parkes said people attending the festival had realised something was wrong when Awoonor, known affectionately by many in Ghana as “Prof”, failed to turn up for a session at which poets from west Africa and east Africa were due to perform a reading.

“Professor Awoonor and I and two other poets were representing west Africa, and there were four poets from east Africa,” said Parkes, author of Tail of the Blue Bird, who is also Awoonor’s nephew.

“The high commissioner had phoned to say that [Awoonor’s] son Afetsi was injured in an attack at the mall, and that they had lost track of [Awoonor].

“Later that night the high commissioner phoned and said that his body had been found.”

If you click continue, you can read a portion of a poem titled ACROSS A NEW DAWN. The full poem can be read here. To read more of Awoonor’s poetry, the poetry foundation features 13 poems here. Continue Reading »

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