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Past articles by Valleria:

Another Kind of "Troubles" – Countercurrents

“Why do so few educational institutions make use of authentically independent journalists who really risk their lives daily to provide us with details which are intentionally ignored by the mainstream media outlets?” — Richard Martin Oxman The Troubles of Northern Ireland lasted — by most accounts — about three decades. Another kind of “Troubles” was spread over approximately the same[Read… → Read More

Two Worthy Questions for Earth Day – Countercurrents

“…if every aspect of the non-military sector instantly stopped generating greenhouse gases, the military’s carbon footprint alone will propel the world toward catastrophe.” — Barry Sanders When Jimmy Carter occupied the White House, sun panels were installed. They were promptly removed when Ronald Reagan took over the executive office. That was slightly over a decade had passed since the first… → Read More

How Masochistic – Countercurrents

“When Occupy was chanting ‘99%’ they weren’t accounting for how many folks were drugged coast to coast…on what. What the cost of that was.” — Rachel Oxman There’s a gladiatorial competition as spectacle motif found in a number of popular dystopian narratives, ranging from The Hunger Games to Battle Royale and The Maze Runner to Rollerball. And Stephen King’s writing[Read More...] → Read More

Some Of Our Children Who Can't Appreciate Hitchcock – Countercurrents

“Gramsci and Hedges underscore the fact that learning must be directed by a strong moral and ethical framework.” — from Pedological Advice for Perilous Times Adapted from Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel, The Secret Agent, Hitchcock’s Sabotage was released during a time of mounting unease and fear of war on the international scene. A good part of its expressive power[Read More...] → Read More

Hitting from Outside the Box with Japan in Mind – Countercurrents

“My understanding is that the elderly demographic has increased dramatically in Japan, and that many old folks are so desperately lonely because of the radical social changes which have taken place that some have resorted to getting themselves arrested and put in jail in order to have human contact. They’re going to have to really think outside the box in[Read More...] → Read More

Festooned With Broad Flat Blades of All Kinds – Countercurrents

“Toddlers drugged with psychiatric medication?” — Martha Rosenberg in a very good article Pfizer, Merck, Celgene, and GlaxoSmithKline are major league drug dealers responsible for lots of citizens descending into homelessness, many vets committing suicide, loads of teens contemplating patricide and/or matricide, more than a few housewives and their spouses resorting to adultery, a significant… → Read More

Mothers Moving Menacingly.... – Countercurrents

It doesn’t do much good to point out that mothers are going to keep crying their souls out — losing their lovely children — unless those mothers themselves are willing to die to keep a horror of horrors like the U,.S. Military from twisting the minds of their youngsters… and propagandizing parents to the point of their, then, willingly handing[Read More...] → Read More

Without Shakespeare In The Social Sphere.... – Countercurrents

“We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought.” — Oliver Sacks According to Talk Talk Mobile (London), the percentage of Britons aged 18 to 25 who find it easier to express themselves in emoji than in words is 72. Let’s say that they’re off by[Read More...] → Read More

Of Rats & Men – Countercurrents

John Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men midway through the 1930s, the most creative decade of his career. During that time he was becoming increasingly concerned, it seems, about social and economic problems in California, what Upton Sinclair was focusing on in his End Poverty in California movement. In fact, he published three successive novels about farm workers during that[Read More...] → Read More

Cape Rape – Countercurrents

“In some sections of South Africa 38% of men, two in five, admit to having forced a woman to have sex, but what’s going on in Cape Town right now is at least just as bad as that kind of widespread violation, worse than the coltan slavery.” — one of the author’s home schooled teenage students In the most[Read More...] → Read More

Go Talking "Too Loud"... You'll Cause A Landslide – Countercurrents

“Do you know what it’s like on the outside?” — from the Bee Gees’ New York Mining Disaster 1941 The mudslides in Montecito and elsewhere throughout southern California are far more horrifying than anything being reported in the press. The devastation is simply one of those things that not only goes beyond words but exceeds what is possible to[Read More...] → Read More

Theresa May And The Snail Going Away – Countercurrents

“Ay, of a snail, for though he comes slowly, he carries his house on his head—a better jointure, I think, than you make a woman. Besides, he brings his destiny with him.” — lines from Act IV, Scene 1 of As You Like It, which remind the author of what all shelled gastropods have to offer us, and what our fate[Read More...] → Read More

Expose Our Guernicas – Countercurrents

“I know I am going to have terrible problems with this painting, but I am determined to do it….” Picasso to Dora Maar in anticipation of creating his now world famous mural-sized oil painting, one of the most moving anti-war artworks in history… not well-received initially, and not appreciated in many quarters for a very long time. In 1962 John[Read More...] → Read More

The Slug Factor – Countercurrents

“You don’t want to be a spiritual slug.” — Howard Zinn, speaking at the University of California-Santa Cruz, 2004 “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” — from Shakespeare’s Hamlet Right after my partner and I put on a free three-day cultural/social/political event in Santa Cruz, California in 2004, which[Read More...] → Read More

Spinning The Ricochet: Brief Commentary On The Steinle Verdict For Teachers – Countercurrents

“Trump campaigned significantly using Garcia Zarate as a scapegoat in 2016.” — one of the author’s home schooled teens This article is important because it underscore… → Read More

Following The Money: Respecting Saad Hariri’s “Resignation” – Countercurrents

“…the crown prince has broken forever the great compromise that exists in the kingdom: between the royal family and the clergy, and between the tribes.” — Robert Fisk… → Read More

What U.S. Third Parties Don’t Do, But Must Do – Countercurrents

by Valleria Ruselli and the Oxman Collective “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” — Emma Goldman “If voting made a difference, they wouldn’t let… → Read More

Give Them Cause To Fire You While Rhyming – Countercurrents

“Too many educators have pigeon-holed their disciplines. This or that does or doesn’t fit in my classroom. Old school nonsense, particularly with the way in which high tech utili… → Read More

No One Dies For Their Country

"The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori." — Wilfred Owen drawing upon Horace's Odes Kipling's Plain Tales from the Hills, Forster's Passage → Read More

Children As Songbirds

“We live in one global environment with a huge number of ecological, economic, social, and political pressures tearing at its only dimly perceived, → Read More