Open letter to the BBC
July 9, 2014
….to the Director General of the BBC, Lord Hall.
Once again Gaza is under massive aerial bombardment from Israeli warplanes and drones, and, once again, the BBC’s reporting of these assaults is entirely devoid of context or background.
By Noam Chomsky
July 12, 2014 “ICH" - At 3am Gaza time, July 9, in the midst of Israel’s latest exercise in savagery, I received a phone call from a young Palestinian journalist in Gaza. In the background, I could hear his infant child wailing, amidst the sounds of explosions and jet planes,…
"There is a way of telling stories. A red pen. A teacher to move it.
Instead you have hands, and a Light inside you, and Bones.
Instead you have ideas, which ricochet, and an anger that won’t sit still,
and dogs from outside which come to die in the quiet spots inside of you."
- From How to Tell a Story by Shira Erlichman (via hush-syrup)
"You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion… . Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough."
- Aldous Huxley (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
"It’s life that matters, nothing but life—the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky (via likeafieldmouse)
The world lost a tremendous writer and activist today, and right now we’re thinking of Nadine Gordimer at Guernica. Here she is in our pages.