Student Protest Stops CIA at NYU

From an article from

A planned CIA recruiting event at New York University (NYU) was canceled after the Campus Antiwar Network (CAN) called a protest demanding the CIA abandon its recruiting program at NYU… The [original] event—which was scheduled to include speakers from the CIA, a dinner, and a raffle for prizes such as an iPod Shuffle—was organized by students in an NYU marketing class whose classwork for the semester is to market the CIA to their peers at NYU.

Students plan to keep fighting the CIA presence and opposing the U.S. occupation in Iraq, which they see as intimately connected. “Bush says we’re bringing democracy to Iraq,” Wrigley-Field said. “But the history of the CIA shows the U.S. is the last country that can bring democracy anywhere.”

Is this how we view war?

Just thought I’d put this comment out in light of recent American military action (and media reporting) on Afghanistan and Iraq.

“We [North] Americans claim to be a peace-loving people. We hate bloodshed; we are opposed to violence. Yet we go into spasms of joy over the possibility of projecting dynamite bombs from flying machines upon helpless citizens.”

Emma Goldman

The Mad Philosopher gets political

During my year’s time in China, I’ve struggled with how to express myself politically while living in a country where it isn’t safe to do so. For example, people in China generally hate the American government. They talk about the U.S. invasion of Iraq (2003), but are quite isolated from the discussion and dissent going on around the world. Yes, there were anti-war protests in Hong Kong, but it would surprise me if the media in China reported this. Protests are illegal in the rest of China.

So I am left wondering how I can join and contribute to the discussion going on elsewhere in the world. Well, I listen to CJSR, a community-based radio station in Edmonton, the BBC news, and I read some of the independent media columnists on the Internet.

Here, I give the following two audio clips which were taken from the “Jay and Penny Show” on CJSR, and I encourage you to give them a listen as these are things you won’t hear elsewhere in the media.

The Worst President Ever (1.5 MB)

Howard Zinn on Just and Unjust Wars (3.4 MB)