The Joe Blow Report 2

Everything Is About Something Different

The NEW Meaning for “Second-Class Citizen”

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[UPDATE Below]

America redefines the meaning of being a Second Class Citizen.

US Kills Anwar al-Awlaki, a US Citizen

The “Rule of Law” ?

[UPDATE :: Tuesday, October 18, 2011]

Joe Blow and the Unpeople

Noam Chomsky connects the dots and identifies the root cause of war. Here is an excerpt posted on Democracy Now:

MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky, the world renewed linguist and political dissident, spoke Monday night at Barnard College in New York City about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, just hours before Israel and Hamas completed a historic prisoner exchange. “I think [Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit] should have been released a long time ago, but there’s something missing from this whole story. There are no pictures of Palestinian women, no discussion, in fact, in the story of, what about the Palestinian prisoners being released? Where do they come from?” Chomsky says. “There is a lot to say about that. For example, we do not know — at least I do not read it in The Times — whether the release includes the elected officials who were kidnapped and imprisoned by Israel in 2007 when the United States, the European Union, and Israel decided to dissolve the only freely elected legislature in the Arab world.” Chomsky also discussed the recent U.S. assassination of U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. “Almost all of the critics, of whom there were not many, criticized the action or qualified it because of the fact that al-Awlaki was an American citizen,” Chomksy says. “That is, he was a person, unlike suspects who are intentionally murdered or collateral damage, meaning we treat them kind of like the ants we step on when we walk down the street — they’re not American citizens. They are unpeople, therefore, they can be freely murdered.”

Then there’s this: U.S. Accused of Killing 16-Year-Old American Citizen in Yemen Drone Strike – More Unpeople.

In news from Yemen, the U.S. government is being accused of killing a 16-year-old U.S. citizen in a drone strike last week. The teenager — Abdulrahman al-Awlaki — become the third American killed in Yemen in a U.S. drone strike in the past three weeks. He was the son of Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born cleric assassinated in a separate drone strike last month. Initial news accounts reported Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was 21 years-old, but his family says he was only 16. They said he was born in Denver in 1995. Nasser al-Awlaki, the boy’s grandfather said, “To kill a teenager is just unbelievable, really, and they claim that he is an al-Qaeda militant. It’s nonsense. They want to justify his killing, that’s all.”


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  1. I love big business including financial organizations. I think we should make the writer of this article work in a ten person business for the rest of his life. Maybe he can be both coffee guy and the IT tech? In most of the world big business is the only thing functioning with any regularity; McDonalds, IBM, Gap, there is nothing wrong with highy successful businesses. Also international financial organizations have helped more than a few countries avoid economic disaster including Europe after WWII and more recently Poland changing from communism to a free market system, which would have been virtually impossible otherwise.
    Big business is not the problem. The problem is that our system is great at creating wealth but has been less successful about redistributing it although the USA democracy does better than the majority of the world. In the next 50 years the USA is expected to grow to 500 million people from 300 million mostly by legal immigration. My guess is that we will only get better and better at both protecting business activity but learn how to more effectively develop and guide this process along with so much energy and hands to do this with. In fact I would even guess that the writer of this article is a Republican trying to create trouble. As they seem to excel at finding low level causes to whine about to manipulate the general public to vote for them and keeping this status quo of non-redistribution and low regulations for future economic developement. For me what I see we need is a strong energy policy to keep costs low that includes nuclear and investment in public transport and also strong policies to support big business staying here and not going to Mexico where they can pay 1.57 an hour and no incentive by local leaders can beat that. So we really need to befriend big business and believe me mom and pops are great but theyare not strong enough to go to international markets because the market is just not the USA anymore.

    chris coonen

    November 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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