"And I think, in the end, that is the best definition of journalism I have heard; to challenge authority - all authority - especially so when governments and politicians take us to war, when they have decided that they will kill and others will die."
~ Robert Fisk
David's Current Maxim: 'No mother and child should be in the least harmed anywhere in our still beautiful world.'
A Selection of Poetry
Instructions for Isaiah at the Wall, Qalandia Checkpoint - By Dan Marlin
You must remove the bracelets from your wrist,
rings from your fingers,
the furious tongue from your mouth,
and place them on the
table for inspection.
Erase impatience from your gaze,
the visions behind your eyes.
Silence the omens in your throat
before facing the camera.
Do not step forward until directed.
If you find this demeaning
go outside and
traverse the wall by other means.
Become the rich, bitter
tea of field fire smoke
drifting over the rampart
on the breath of the western wind.
Grow a pair of grasshopper legs
and leap its height in a high-
Glide above its twisted wire on the
hawk’s amber wings.
Make the passage
underground— as a black
or in a caravan of ants.
If all else fails
find a ram’s horn
like Joshua used.
Blow into it until the wall
comes crashing down.
When you reach the other side,
they will be waiting
with shackles and
burning air to make you weep.
(Previously published in Isaiah at the Wall, Palestine Poems)
"Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude. In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side."
A Quotation From: The NHS Dismantled
In his report to the Conservative Party’s Economic Reconstruction Group in 1977, Nicholas Ridley wrote that:
"...denationalisation should not be attempted by frontal attack but by preparation for return to the private sector by stealth. We should first pass legislation to destroy the public sector monopolies. We might also need to take power to sell assets. Secondly, we should fragment the industries as far as possible and set up the units as separate profit centres."