Privatization of education in Oaxaca, Mexico

16 February, 2017

The Editor,  The Progressive Magazine,  Madison, Wisconsin,  USA

Dear Ruth;

Writer Jeff Abbott (Feb ’17) says proposed Mexican education privatization, in particular in Oaxaca state, “are meant more for cutting costs than for the improvement of education”. But that is more the means than the end of the privatization push.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mobile Phones, Media, and reality

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

07 February, 2017

Dear Editor:

Thanks to Rosemary McLeod (Tuesday, 2 Feb) for describing a common reliance on social media to attempt to find meaning, “as if only by filming it does it make it real.”   Read the rest of this entry »

“Nuclear-Free” and “Anti-Nuclear”

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

16 November, 2016

Dear Editor:

Kate Shuttleworth (Focus – Under Fire, 13 Nov) implies the visit by the USA warship USS Sampson allowed under the terms of New Zealand’s nuclear free law entrenches the country’s anti-nuclear sentiment.  But just how far does that law go in being anti-nuclear?  Read the rest of this entry »

response to Gordon Campbell’s Werewolf column of 18/11/16

“Making America great again” is something Trump repeated often but didn’t elucidate that I heard. Read the rest of this entry »

E-mail to Kathryn Ryan, Nine-to-noon on ‘language of politics’ today.

Hello Nine-to-Noon,
To understand the disconnect in ‘language of politics’ the USA, UK, etc we must understand the broader cultural / historical flow in which that is taking place.  The fundamental changes required to address the challenge of climate change, on top of the challenge of nuclear weapons, is now understood widely and is terrifying.  The type of political rhetoric you are worried about is a desperate attempt to deny this known reality.  And the conservative mainstream neo-liberal language is evidence of the same desperation.
Richard Keller

Clemency for Leonard Peltier

29 October, 2016

Honorable Robert A. Zauzmer,  Acting Pardon Attorney,  US Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Ave.,  Washington DC,  USA    20530

Hello Mr Zauzmer:

Prisoner Leonard Peltier (#89637-132) has applied for clemency (dated Feb 17, 2016). Read the rest of this entry »

George Monbiot – “lies, fearmongering, and fables”

The Editor,  The Guardian Weekly,  London

27 October, 2016

Dear Editor:

George Monbiot observes weaknesses in representational democracy (“lies, fearmongering and fables”, 14-20 Oct 2016). These have been evident in numerous situations across the years in the US and other places he points out.  Read the rest of this entry »