Monday, July 28, 2014



I've started working with Paul Buhle and Milton Knight on a C.L.R. James comic.
It's a wonderful project in need of support.
We're looking for a publisher. Spread the word.

See link:

A dead raccoon

 (I thought)

asleep outside ( my door)

I discover on (my way)
to discard (my trash).

A blue
recycle bin

in (my hands).

  -  E. Ethelbert Miller




Sunday, July 27, 2014

I went to the movies and saw Lucy.
It's a movie with a good beginning and then you want to turn your mind off to the rest of it.
When is Morgan Freeman going to turn down scripts like this?

Furious Love
(for Ethelbert Miller, who coined the phrase)

my friend said,
now is the time for furious love,
I agree,
what could be better
than to make love furiously,
or to have furious love,
not just for one person,
but for all of mankind

as for me,
I’d opt for both

© sam hamod, 7.27.14

The cease fire ends and the bombs fall again
If we desire peace now is the time for furious love.

  - E. Ethelbert Miller

Saturday, July 26, 2014


The world falls apart
losing its buttons.

War undresses citizens
and soldiers alike.

Everyone is wounded
by hatred

and bleeding
from love.

We are Adam
and Eve thinking

about that
last fuck

wishing we could 
start all over again.

   - E. Ethelbert Miller
Found Poem # 1


had lunch
with Vatican

workers on 

He walked
into the cafeteria

and lined up

tray in hand.

(New York Times/7-26-2014)
Yes, that was Kate (Damon)  and I eating our muffins yesterday at the Uprising Muffin Company (1817 7th Street, NW). This is a cool place located right next to the HU Metro Station (Green Line). Kate is cool too.


Thursday, July 24, 2014



It looks like I will be returning to the UDC television studio in late November or early December. Upgrades and renovations are taking place at the station. This will give me additional time to do research and prepare for my guests.

JULY 24, 2014 
John Feffer

The immigration debate has exploded again in the United States, this time around the tens of thousands of minors detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. 
More than half of these children are fleeing violence and threats at home in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. As FPIF columnist Laura Carlsen explains in Blowback on the Border, many families have concluded that the children are safer making the journey to the United States than staying at home.
And, as Nathalie Baptiste points out, the United States is partly responsible for the conditions of poverty and violence that serve as the push factors for the migration.
The refugee crisis in Syria is reaching cataclysmic proportions. Farrah Hassan, who visited refugee camps in Syria back in 2003, notes that over the last five years, the country has gone from the second largest host of refugees to the second largest producer of them.
Meanwhile, Hillary Margolis provides snapshots of five courageous women activists from Syria, several of whom have already been forced to leave the country.
Also this week at FPIF, Didier Jacobs urges a reset of relations with Iran, Phyllis Bennis provides an update from Gaza, and Ved Singh reviews a book on the challenges of exiting from state-building operations. 
Finally, in this week's World Beat column, I look at the crossfire of accusations and counter-accusations surrounding the downing of Malaysian jet liner MH17 in Ukraine and compare the situation to the war that nearly took place in 1983 between the United States and Soviet Union. In our Focal Points blog, Latifah Azlan looks at how the Malaysian government is respondingand Russ Wellen asks questions about Ukraine's fateful decision not to close off its airspace.
John Feffer
Director, Foreign Policy In Focus

World Beat


MH17: Cold War Replay?

John Feffer
Unless a plane completely disappears—a truly unlikely scenario until it happened to another Malaysian airliner back in March—it’s usually possible to get to the bottom of air disasters with the help of black box recordings, satellite data, and the scraps of wreckage. But it takes time to sift through the evidence. And during that time, all manner of wild speculation can take place.
Sometimes that speculation is idle and produces only flame wars on the Internet. But sometimes it can lead to a very dangerous escalation in tensions between armed combatants.

FPIF Features

Syria RefugeeRefugee Crisis: The Stunning Collapse of Syria’s Safe Spaces
Farrah Hassen
In just five years, Syria has gone from being the world’s second-largest host of refugees to the second-largest producer of them.
Syrian WomanWomen and the War In Syria
Hillary Margolis
Meet five women who are bearing the burden of conflict in Syria and persevering in spite of it.
Iranian menReset Relations with Iran
Didier Jacobs
If President Obama wants his legacy to be as a peacemaker, Iran must be the place to start.
Central American child migrantChild Migrants Are Refugees the U.S. Helped Create
Nathalie Baptiste
Central American children fleeing poverty and gang violence are refugees—often from situations U.S. policies have helped to create—and they should be treated as such.
U.S. border patrolBlowback on the Border: America’s Child Refugee Crisis
Laura Carlsen
Decades of short-sighted, inhumane U.S. policies have brought a child refugee crisis to America's door.
Ayman MohyeldinNBC Pulls Its Best Journalist from Gaza Just as Israel Invades
Phyllis Bennis
With Israeli tanks rolling into Gaza, NBC has pulled the reporter who has done more than any other to show the human costs of the conflict there.
U.S. paratroopersWhen and How to End a Foreign Intervention
Ved Singh
Oxford professor Richard Caplan examines the challenges of exiting from state-building operations.
U.S. customs and border patrol helicopterAmerica’s Border Fascism
Todd Miller
Border Patrol practices have created extensive "constitution-free zones" where civil liberties are routinely infringed.

Focal Points Blog

Malaysia Regains Its Footing Amid Intensifying Hostilities in Ukraine
Latifah AzlanAfter learning airline crisis management the hard way, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has quickly taken control of the investigation of MH17.
Israel’s Operation in Gaza: Terrorism by Any Other Name
Adil E. ShamooIsrael is obviously determined to subjugate Gazans by instilling fear.
Scotland Deserves to Be Independent
Sufyan bin UzayrScotland has a chance to obtain what’s been denied its people: sustainable economic growth, social justice, and, most of all, a Scotland-first approach.
Red Carpet Into Harm’s Way Rolled Out for Flight MH17
Russ Wellen
Between Ukraine airline officials keeping planes flying too low and the pilot diverting his plane into the vicinity of the military transport, MH17’s fate was sealed.
Suddenly Putin Blaming Ukraine for Flight 17 Makes a Shred of Sense
Russ Wellen
The Russian prime minister may still bear some of the blame, though.
Hungary’s U-Turn
John FefferHungary, once a liberal democracy, regressed to a semi-autocratic regime.
The Most Obvious Way for Iraq to Fend Off ISIS
Russ WellenIraq President Nouri al-Maliki’s attention remains divided.

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This morning you wake to bombs
as if your nightmares were not enough.
Sleep knows what it means to be a refugee.

In the next room your children play 
like Innocence walking along the beach
discovering broken seashells.

  - E. Ethelbert Miller

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


What do the living do?  Many times I've found myself outside conflicts and war zones. What I have found is that we view things as if they were baseball or football games. We can't and shouldn't reduce things down to winners and losers. The problem with this Middle East World Cup is that we've suddenly have two nations playing like Brazil. It's so disappointing looking at Hamas and Israel throwing rockets and bombs back and forth. One could see this coming after the first Palestinian threw a stone. Now everyday is a sad day and one fears the world is now filled with tunnels and darkness ready to emerge everywhere. What will happen if Israel loses it's soul? I fear a world in which Jews are attacked for simply being Jews. I fear a world in which every Palestinian is born invisible.  Oh, this terribleness descends and there is no where to flee. Run Love run.


DICEE - An organization before its time?

This week I pulled some files that took me back to 1991.  I found the Articles of Incorporation for The District of Columbia Interracial Coalition For Environmental Equity (DICEE). This organization was an outgrowth of my work with Neil Seldman and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Other people involved were Damu Smith, Lisa Moscynski, Charles Tate, Charles Wilburn and Norris McDonald..

The purpose of DICEE was to work on environmental problems facing the District. Raise the consciousness of District residents. Take environmental issues which are adversely affecting the minority community in D.C. and do something about it. DICEE was created to put pressure on the Mayor's office and District Council to implement environmentally sound legislation.

We wanted to provide an interracial forum on environmental  issues.


I attended a special screening of Get on Up  at the Newseum last night. The funk is back. This is an excellent movie about James Brown. The reason is mainly the acting of Chadwick Boseman. This picture has to bring him an Oscar nomination. Nuff said. Don't miss it.


Diane Rehm to Receive National Humanities Medal from President Obama

Washington—Diane Rehm, host of WAMU 88.5’s and NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, has been named a recipient of the 2013 National Humanities Medal, to be presented by President Barack Obama at the White House on July 28, 2014.

The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities. Recipients are selected by the President of the United States in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“It is a great privilege to be among those selected to receive the National Humanities Medal. To receive this award from President Obama and the National Endowment for the Humanities—and to be in the company of recipients who have inspired us through work that captures the human spirit—is an incredible honor,” Rehm said.

“For nearly 35 years, Diane Rehm has brought thoughtful conversations to millions of public radio listeners worldwide, and her careful and curious exploration of literature, the arts and the broader humanities has long been one of her distinguishing qualities,” said WAMU 88.5 Programming Director Mark McDonald. “We congratulate Diane on this esteemed and richly deserved recognition conferred upon her by President Obama and the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

Diane Rehm is a native Washingtonian who began her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer for WAMU 88.5. In 1979, she was selected to host WAMU 88.5’s local morning talk show,Kaleidoscope, which was renamed The Diane Rehm Show in 1984. The program has grown from a local morning talk show to a public broadcasting powerhouse, and is distributed by NPR, NPR Worldwide and SIRIUS XM to nearly 2.6 million listeners weekly. In 2010, Rehm was awarded a Personal Peabody Award for nearly in public broadcasting.

WAMU 88.5 is licensed to American University and began broadcasting in 1961. It is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington, D.C., area, providing programming to a total audience of more than 838,000 listeners on air and online. In addition to its flagship frequency, WAMU 88.5 operates WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, Intersection, 88.3 Ocean City, and the digital platform


Tuesday, July 22, 2014



Breaking from
Obama Opens Eastern Seaboard to Oil Exploration
The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.
The move, which stands to create thousands of jobs to support a new energy infrastructure, dismayed environmentalists and people who owe their livelihoods to fisheries and tourism.
Read More Here

Whether this earth comes to an end or not, we'll slog over this endless road.

   - Mahmoud Darwish
Excerpt from a letter to a friend in Israel:

This is also a clash of historical victims fighting historical martyrs. It's a cultural prison. The past is the big bomb that keeps exploding. We have leaders who have decided to embrace chaos before peace

  - E. Ethelbert Miller

Monday, July 21, 2014


Below is an article I found interesting. However I read the print version that was in the express. That one mentions how these shipping containers could be used to house Georgetown's homeless. This needs to be monitored. It might be a clever way to move the poor and homeless off DC land and place them in "containers." So Sci-Fi it makes you believe in UFOs. The reality is that DC residents could disappear or simply become invisible. I could see Ralph Ellison beginning his novel by describing how a person is living in a container; this time without the 1,369 lights.