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There is not one single giant of letters presently working in the United States. Full stop. Culturally, the country has collapsed. It is exporting garbage all over the world, lowering the standards of our humanity, awarding mediocrity at home and in all corners of the globe.
Jim W. Dean - Andre has given us a stream of consciousness report on his gut reactions that he has being seeing all year on his 2019 magical mystery tour.
Is it wrong to abandon the city of Jakarta and build some Potemkin village in the middle of Borneo?
Jim W. Dean - I have visited Lebanon while passing through to Syria. I was lucky on my first trip, going to the Syrian election as a monitor, to have been in Beirut for a weekend.
Jim W. Dean - Andre Vltchek gives us a combat journalist view from the front lines in the Golan Heights, as the world waits to see if the IDF is willing to risk a major conflict with Lebanon after its drone assassination attack in Beirut triggered a harsh Hezbollah retaliation.
It is sad being a writer in New York City or in London, and just as it is frightening to be poor, or different. All over the world, the roles are being reversed.
Iran, the country that has been giving countless cultural treasures to the world for millennia, is standing against the mightiest nation on earth. Iran is facing tremendous danger; of annihilation even, if the world does not wake up fast, and rush to its rescue.
“We are terribly scared of Uyghurs; of their crimes. I don’t even want to remember what has happened. I had to flee with my four children, on a motorbike, like in some crazy movie…”
Jim W. Dean - The US rightfully does not want to maintain the large China balance of payments deficit and has strong bipartisan political support.
Does it pay ‘to be good’? Is it still possible to play by the rules in this mad world, governed by brigands?
Jim W. Dean - Andre is out in the field in Syria, getting out more than Gordon and I do. He is younger, and we have been there and done that, but it brings up all the memories of faces and places long past.