2015: What Cannot Be Written in the USA

At the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), in Los Angeles, a gigantic, carnivorous flag with torn ends was waving in an artificial wind created by enormous propellers. There were no visitors at the exhibition. For a while, I thought that in all this huge space I was totally alone. But soon I noticed two figures in black torn dresses, moving slowly, in semi-darkness, desperately clinging to the walls. Backs bent, they passed by the bookstore right near the place where someone had put a small sign on the wall that said, “I cannot breathe!” Most likely it was a performance, a desperate protest action of one man and one woman, a performance against this giant all-devouring flag. “I cannot breath!” a man shouted before he died before he was murdered by the regime. “I cannot write!” I thought. Which to me was almost the same as not being able […] Read More

2014: 14-Year-Old Bindi Irwin Stands Up To Hillary Clinton For Freedom Of Speech

Bindi Irwin was asked by Hillary Clinton to write a 1000-word essay on conservation as part of Secretary Clinton’s endangered species initiative. The piece was to be published in the December issue titled Go Wild Coming Together for Conservation, but Clinton didn’t like what Bindi had to say on population and the environment and wanted it changed. A not so happy, Bindi wrote to Hillary Clinton’s organization and said “What happened to freedom of speech?”  “This is my opinion and I don’t want that edited out.” Fourteen-year-old Bindi was asked to write for US Secretary of State Clinton’s e-journal about why she had chosen to work in wildlife conservation. Her essay largely focused on the issue of overpopulation but the piece was returned, heavily censored with all references to overpopulation removed. She is understandably upset. To See Bindi’s Unedited Speech See Below Bindi Irwin’s original (un-edited) essay regarding overpopulation See Bindi Irwin read […] Read More

2013: MOCKINGBIRD – The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA

“You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.” – CIA operative discussing with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories. “Katherine The Great,” by Deborah Davis (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1991) As terrible as it is to live in a nation where the press in known to be controlled by the government, at least one has the advantage of knowing the bias is present, and to adjust for it. In the United States of America, we are taught from birth that our press is free from such government meddling. This is an insideous lie about the very nature of the news institution in this country. One that allows the government to lie to us while denying the very fact of the lie itself. The Alex […] Read More