Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi/Palestinian now living in America, publishes Raed in the Middle, which strongly advocates for the US to leave Iraq immediately.
He is rough around all the edges, writes with passion, and gives you a glimpse of the non-American, non-Western world living here looking at us through different lenses.
Here's what he has to say about Moveon.org
we have a proverb in Arabic that says: "after a difficult labor, the mountain gave birth to a mouse". After years of working to help "concerned citizens to find their political voice in a system dominated by big money and big media", moveon.org chooses to endorse Obama !!!!
what a shame! what a joke!
obama is as awful as clinton, and they're as bad as the rest of the so-called "main steam" republicans and democrats. The two ruling parties have the same interventionist foreign policy, and different versions of a horrible domestic policy.
Choosing the "least worse" and "least evil" is not a good enough for me.
moveon.org, I'm moving on.
Here's Raed on his conflict with the TSA over boarding an American airplane:
I had a life-changing incident in 2006, when I was stopped at an airport in New York and prevented from boarding to my airplane because my T-shirt had the words "we will not be silent" in both Arabic and English printed on it.
A TSA [transportation security officer] told me that coming to a US airport with Arabic words on my T-shirt was equivalent to visiting a bank while wearing a shirt that read "I'm a robber".
After making me cover my shirt, the officers changed my seat from the front to the back of the airplane.
This incident opened my eyes and led me to learn more about the long history of racial discrimination and about the shrinking space for individual freedom in the US.
I came to realise that the same government that had bombed my neighbourhood and destroyed my freedom in Baghdad was now attacking my freedom in New York City.
He is almost as cynical about our never-ending series of presidential debates as I am:
I learned a lot of other new things about the US political system during the last two years and, the more I learn about this system, the more I realised how closed and exclusive it is.
For example, millions of US tax payers - including myself - spend long hours watching the presidential candidates' debates.
We then watch yet more hours of media pundits debating the debates, then spend even more hours with friends and colleagues debating the media debates on the debates!
But not everyone knows that the US presidential debates are administrated by a corporation called the Commission on Presidential Candidates, which is led by former leaders from the two ruling parties.
And they make sure no third party candidates can ever be admitted to use their megaphone.
They even try their best to exclude Republicans and Democrats who are not parroting the establishment's line.
But even after understanding these and other unfair limitations, I still followed the primaries' debates hoping to find decent candidate.
So who does he like for President?
As it stands now, all the "frontrunners" or "mainstream" and "electable" candidates from the two ruling parties have exactly the same interventionist foreign policy and different versions of horrible domestic policies.
They fight over different tactics of the same strategy. Some of them want to stay in Iraq to "kill the bad guys", and others want to stay there to "save Iraqis from themselves".
There is not even minor discussion about restoring the US's deteriorating individual freedoms.
Unfortunately, the 2008 presidential elections will not bring anything new to US foreign or domestic policy.
We will see a continuation of the old strategies, with some minor differences in marketing them.
Someone like me who was in Baghdad while the first Bush, then Clinton, then the second Bush dropped bombs on our neighborhoods realises that there is not a "dime's worth of difference" between the two ruling parties and their one foreign policy.
But in the middle of my frustration, the last few weeks gave me hope that a better future is still possible - should a third party emerge.
The growing support for principled leaders such as Ron Paul and Ralph Nader is a great sign that non-interventionists from the "right" and "left" do exist, and a sign that changing the US regime through a strong third party is possible.
I see light at the end of the tunnel and I see an achievable goal of getting five per cent of the general vote that would qualify the third party for federally distributed public funds in the next general elections.
That way, a third party can have a foothold that might be the space for a political revolution to take place, one day in the future.
Sonofabitch... is he actually a Libertarian?
1- listen to this great speech by dr. king. This was exactly one year before his assassination.
2- I'm sure you've heard of the breaking new about Ron Paul coming second in the Nevada primaries, but have you heard of Paul's plans for another "money bomb" on Monday, which is MLK's day?
We need to learn how to listen to different voices.