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Pacem, Libertatem, Justitiam

July 10, 2016  Vol. 8 No. 41

Rockwell cops and kids


Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Well, it certainly has not been a fun week for America.  Many of you seem to feel this is the worst it has ever been.  As one of you expressed it, ““We’ve got men and women dying overseas for us and we’re killing ourselves here at home

Unfortunately, this is not the worst it has ever been.  During the Sixties and Seventies, it was a lot worse than this.  American servicemen were returning to a nation in conflagration from Newark to Watts during one particularly long hot summer.

It was no picnic either during Operation Desert Storm and subsequent engagements in that theater.  Remember Rodney King?  How about the WTO Riots in Seattle, which I experienced personally because I worked downtown back then?

The ironic thing about it is that, according to YES magazine,  We Already Know How to Reduce Police Racism and Violence   if we have not done that and choose not to do that, then we have accepted violence as a way of life.  If that’s the case, then what is the point of decrying it in the first place?

Have a great week, gang, and be nice to one another.  And thank you!



This was good news but it was not surprising news.  F.B.I. Director James Comey Recommends No Charges for Hillary Clinton on Email

This may be tough to take but I think we all need to read it.  What White America Fails To See

This is sad and we need to do something about it.  Like maybe giving peace another chance.   Suicide Rate Among Veterans Has Risen Sharply Since 2001



A South Korean Copy Of Snapchat Takes Off In Asia

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Returns Home After Heart Surgery In London

Raid On Indonesian Food Stall Prompts Fears Of Fundamentalism

Inside China’s Secret 23-Day Detention Of A Foreign Nonprofit Chief

US Expert: China’s Economic Transformation Breathtaking

China Consumer Prices Up 1.9 Pct In June

Tibet through the eyes of a western scholar

Indian Forces Kill 10 During Kashmir Protests Over Separatist’s Death


Dozens Reported Dead In South Sudan Capital After Rival Forces Battle

‘This Has Pushed A Button’: Killings In Kenya Ignite National Outcry

In Africa, Benjamin Netanyahu Looks For Friends, And U.N. Votes, For Israel

Strikes And Protests Bring Zimbabwe’s Capital To A Halt


Baghdad Bomb Blast Toll Reaches 165

Family Of Marie Colvin, Slain U.S. Journalist, Sues Syria

If A Carrot For Jordan Works, Syrian Refugees Will Stay Put


Short Circuit To Blame For Moscow Metro Fire

Bridge Linking Crimea To Russia Pushed Back Another Year

Contest For British Premier Flares Over Claims On Motherhood

‘I Will Be With You, Whatever’: Read Blair’s 2002 Note To Bush


Unemployment’s Curse To Linger In Canada, OECD Warns

A Mayor Fluent In Twitter Embodies A New Canadian Diversity


Video: F.B.I. Recommends No Charges for Clinton

Video ‘Shows Black Man Shot By US Police’

Video: Pinned Down And Shot In Louisiana

5 Dallas Officers Killed At Protest Against Police Shootings

After Philando Castile’s Killing, Obama Calls Police Shootings ‘an American Issue’

Video: Deadly Police Shooting in Minnesota

Video: Police Shoot Man In Baton Rouge

A Struggle for Common Ground, Amid Fears of a National Fracture  


Eduardo Cunha, Who Helped Oust Dilma Rousseff, Resigns Brazil House Post

Brazil Is Confronting An Epidemic Of Anti-Gay Violence

15 Killed, Including 11 Members Of A Family, In North Mexico
Argentina’s Macri Defends Energy Rate Hikes After Court Injunction
Gunmen Kill 14 In Gang-Plagued Mexican State On U.S. Border
Daughter Of Chile’s Allende Eyes Presidential Bid In 2017
Venezuela Detains Suspect Linked To Panama Papers Law Firm


Malcolm Turnbull Claims Victory In Australia Election After Rival Concedes



Despite Brexit Vote, Key EU Powers Vow To Ratify CETA Deal

What Will Happen To The UK’s European Farm Workers?

The Young People Hit Hardest By Brexit

How Britain Voted in the E.U. Referendum


Climate Change Claims A Lake, And An Identity

Typhoon Nepartak Batters China’s Coast, Killing At Least 2


ISIS Has Lost Many Of The Key Places It Once Controlled

ISIS Shoots Down Helicopter In Syria, Killing 2 Russians


Video: From Refugee Chefs, A Taste Of Home


These Korean mothers are a very common sight in Moscow and other Russian cities.  Photo

These Korean mothers are a very common sight in Moscow and other Russian cities. Photo courtesy of The Moscow Times


Hi Mishka:

This week I would like to share with all of you a conversation I recently had with a young man from Seoul, South Korea.  He’s studying now in Moscow, Russia, and becoming acquainted there with students from North Korea with whom he is becoming good friends.

It was interesting to observe that whenever their conversation turned to politics neither could see the world from point of view of their counterpart  I had the feeling that there is still a possibility that even after completing education, they will still meet on opposite sides of frontline. But at least they saw people in each other, not just enemies.

That has me wondering how much every person is influenced by local narration or in other words propaganda.  It’s very hard and requires a wide worldview and experience to make a step back from the usual for respective region templates and stereotypes in mind that everyone has due to their own background and established beliefs and try to see bigger picture.  It’s like national pride is maybe a good thing but to a certain extent.

There is great ironic quote by English writer Terry Pratchett:

“It was funny how people were people everywhere you went, even if the people concerned weren’t the people the people who made up the phrase “people are people everywhere” had traditionally thought of as people.”

Education and communication are first steps ahead to come towards each other so I’d like to share this article, Working Together, We Have A Real Chance Making Global Education Reality”

From the European news this week, the scandalous Chilcot Report got the most attention.  It dealt with, of course, the United Kingdom’s former prime minister Tony Blair’s decision to support US invasion of Iraq.    Key points stated there included: flawed information,  invasion before peaceful options had been exhausted and no  post-invasion strategy.

In commentary Mr. Corbyn, the leader of the UK Labour party says his party has learned lessons and that he wants a “different” type of foreign policy, where war is the absolute last resort.

That’s it for this week.  Stay safe, my cousin.

Olya Bereza, European Editor


Where has one of North America’s foremost kayaking photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting?  Everybody Loves Yosemite


The Wild Pilot With No Rules

The 8 Rules of Booking a Wildlife Vacation

Britain’s Most Remote Pub

Sara’s Fulbright Year: Taichung, Taiwan

Friday, July 1, 2016 — It is July once again.  Transitions have always been hard for me. As I sit here in the airport, suspended between two worlds, I am trying to come up with the words to express my thoughts in a meaningful way that isn’t cliché! It’s hard. And so, to follow in the pattern of my blog this year, I will let the pictures speak for themselves.  For more of Sara’s farewell, please go here.


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Why am I somehow not surprised?  A Model for ‘Clean Coal’ Runs Off the Tracks

Good!  Pistorius Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison For Girlfriend’s Murder


I don’t care what road they take as long as it does not end in my drive way.  Tesla and Google Take Different Roads to Self-Driving Car

This is awesome.  University Of Washington Scientists Transform Books And Music Into DNA

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The Explosion That Came From Nowhere

OceanOne, A Mer-Bot Dive Buddy With A ‘Friendly Face’

Piles Of Dirty Secrets Behind A Model ‘Clean Coal’ Project


Ride With Juno Into Jupiter Orbit

Now Orbiting Jupiter, NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Is Poised For ‘Tantalizing’ Data

The Toughest Spaceship We’ve Ever Built


The Big Chinese Warehouse Run By Robots

You Can Build A Bionic Bicycle

A Tiny Robot That Can Fly and, Amazingly, Rest


Why Big Solar Is Now Cheaper Than Residential Rooftop Solar

These Animations Tell The Story Of The Noise Pollution That’s Killing Marine Life

The Surprising Health Benefits of an Electric Bike


Seven Foods A Nutritionist Would Never Eat

Colon Cancer Warning Signs

3 Healthy Snacks to Tame Hunger

Fight & Heal Autoimmune Diseases With These 5 Foods


9 Things That Can Make You Less Attractive, According To Science

After Bitter Decades, a Wounded Vietnam Veteran Handcycles Back to Hope

In the Turmoil Over Race and Policing, Children Pay a Steep Emotional Price


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The Dustbowl Revival – Featuring Dick Van Dyke – “Never Had To Go”







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