January 2013, Week 3


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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons


Quote of the Day
January 13, 2012

'... the people who need to leave are the settlers who
have taken over the land, because the Palestinians have
the right to stay on their land.'

Mustafa Barghouthi. secretary general of the
Palestinian National Initiative and  member of the
Palestinian Parliament, one of some 200 Palestinians and
international peace activists who set up 21 tents at a
site near Jerusalem Friday in protest of the Israeli
demolition and settlement plans.

Haaretz (Israel)
January 12, 2012

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Toon of the Day
Brian McFadden
New York Times


Quote of the Day
January 14, 2012

'It is disturbing - to say the least - how [Prime
Minister David] Cameron has led Britain into Mali's
conflict without even a pretence at consultation.
Troops will not be sent, we are told; but the term
"mission creep" exists for a reason, and an
escalation could surely trigger deeper British
involvement. The West has a terrible record of
aligning itself with the most dubious of allies: the
side we have picked are far from human-rights-
loving democrats... It is the responsibility of all of us
to scrutinise what our governments do in our name;
if we cannot learn that from Iraq, Afghanistan and
Libya, then it is hopeless.'

Owen Jones
The Independent (UK)
January 14, 2013

Toon of the Day
Tom Toles - Washington Post


Quote of the Day
January 15, 2012

'There's a battle going on right now, a battle to
define everything that happens on the Internet in
terms of traditional things that the law understands.
Is sharing a video on BitTorrent like shoplifting from
a movie store? Or is it like loaning a videotape to a
friend? Is reloading a webpage over and over again
like a peaceful virtual sit-in or a violent smashing of
shop windows? Is the freedom to connect like
freedom of speech or like the freedom to murder?'

Pioneering computer programmer
and cyber activist Aaron Swartz, who
took his own life Friday at the age of 26
Quoted by Amy Goodman on Democracy
Now! Interview with Harvard Law School
Professor Lawrence Lessig, a founding
board member of Creative Commons.

January 13, 2012

Toon of the Day
Who Elected Him?
Jeff Stahler


Quote of the Day
January 16, 2012

'... Today's globalization is characterized by two
massively transformative forces: first, the free flow of
capital and second, the global sourcing of goods and
services, both of which play a key role in opening up
the world. And, in their wake, globalization is being
defined by a third force: our capacity to
communicate instantaneously with anyone,
anywhere in the world. Of course, there is a huge
and as-yet-inconclusive debate about the difference
new media made to the Arab Spring-but what is
undeniable is that, with the Internet, mobile
phones, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube unlocking
an infinite set of opportunities for people on one
continent to talk to people on another, we can never
return to the times a decade ago when, in many
countries, sentries stood over fax machines to
prevent outside influences from infiltrating their

'And it is this, our ability to know, share, and
compare knowledge and experience across old
barriers and all frontiers, that is now showing it has
the potential to radicalize a new generation.'

Former British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown MP, co-convenor
of the High Level Panel for Education
and the United Nations Special
Envoy for Global Education

The Daily Beast
January 14, 2012

Tooon of the Day
The Roadblock
David Horsey - Los Angeles Times


Quote of the Day
January 17, 2012

'The policies that made the global monarchs so rich
are the policies squeezing everyone else. This is not
what the theory predicted. Friedrich Hayek, Milton
Friedman and their disciples - in a thousand
business schools, the IMF, the World Bank, the
OECD and just about every modern government -
have argued that the less governments tax the rich,
defend workers and redistribute wealth, the more
prosperous everyone will be. Any attempt to reduce
inequality would damage the efficiency of the
market, impeding the rising tide that lifts all boats.
The apostles have conducted a 30-year global
experiment, and the results are now in. Total

George Monbiot
The Guardian (UK)
January 16, 2013

Toon of the Day
Gary Trudeau


Quote of the Day
January 18, 2013

'In an interview with NPR, Whole Foods CEO and
self-professed libertarian John Mackey revived his
previous criticism of Obamacare - but this time,
with a new twist. While Mackey incorrectly
denounced the landmark health reform law as
"socialism" in a controversial 2009 Wall Street
Journal op-ed, the multimillionaire CEO has revised
his assessment and now considers Obamacare -
also incorrectly - to be closer to "fascism":

     "Technically speaking, it's more like fascism.
     Socialism is where the government owns the
     means of production. In fascism, the government
     doesn't own the means of production, but they
     do control it, and that's what's happening with
     our healthcare programs and these reforms."

'Although fascist nations do often control their
"means of production," Mackey seems to have
forgotten that they usually utilize warfare, forced
mass mobilization of the public, and politically-
motivated violence against their own peoples to
achieve their ends. By contrast, Obamacare
regulates some of the insurance industry's shoddiest
practices and imposes a small tax penalty on
Americans who refuse to purchase government-
subsidized private insurance.'

Sy Mukherjee
Think Progress
January 17, 2013

Toon of the Day
Master's Voice
Ben Sargent


Quote of the Day
January 19, 2012

'... the administration's willingness to limit cost-of-
living increases for Social Security recipients will
have a far greater impact on black and Latino senior
citizens, boosting poverty. After a lifetime of what
are often lower wages, higher-cost borrowing and a
limited ability to save, 26 percent of black seniors
and 25 percent of Latino seniors depend on Social
Security for 100 percent of their income, compared
to about 14 percent of white retirees, a December
2012 Economic Policy Institute analysis found. '

Janell Ross
'Obama Needs A Plan To Help Black
America, Say Activists, Economists'
Huffington Post
January 18, 2012

Toon of the Day
Matt Wuerker - Politico


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