July 2009


31 July

31 July 2009 'They did such a fine job that the military dictatorship in Indonesia, to which the plane was to be delivered the next day, has demanded a completely new one.' John Pilger

30 July

30 July 2009 'Because when a grave and detestable crime is committed by some members of a given group it is reasonable that the group be dissolved or annihilated'

29 July

29 July 2009 'The consumer boycott is the only open door in the dark corridor of nothingness down which farm workers have had to walk for many years. It is a gate of hope through which they expect to find the sunlight of a better life for themselves and their families.' Cesar Chavez

28 July

28 July 2009 'Songs like Revolution don't mean a pair of sneakers, they mean Revolution.' Paul McCartney

27 July

27 July 2009 'I'm sick of hearing about the wounded. What about all the thousands of wonderful guys who are fighting this war without any of the credit or the glory that always goes to those lucky few who just happen to get shot' _ Frank, M*A*S*H

26 July

26 July 2009 'As in every revolution, the price was high. Half of the rebels died, not in combat, but under torture ... The irate tyranny could not conceive that the near-defeat it suffered had been inflicted by a group of ill-equipped youthful civilians with no ties whatsoever to disgruntled politicians, army chiefs, or an exotic ideology.' _ The Twelve, Carlos Franqui, Random House

25 July

25 July 2009 'The devil, it's a woman ... a woman who has had a child' _ Sophie Buckley

24 July

24 July 2009 Today in 1974, Richard Nixon was ordered by the US supreme court to surrender the Watergate tapes. Chief justice Warren E Burger rejected Nixon’s claims of executive privilege, saying he ‘must yield to the demonstrated, specific need for evidence in a pending criminal trial’. When the tapes were released, more than 18 crucial minutes were […]

W H Auden

23 July 2009 ‘Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after, And the poetry he invented was easy to understand; He knew human folly like the back of his hand, And was greatly interested in armies and fleets; When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter, And when he cried the little children died in the streets.’ […]

23 July

23 July 2009 'Ya know, the Motor City is burning, babe There ain't a thing in the world they can do Ya know, the Motor City is burning, people There ain't a thing that white society can do' _ John Lee Hooker, 'The Motor City is Burning'

22 July

22 July 2009 'In those seven weeks, a total of 265,000 Jews were sent by train for 'resettlement in the East'. Their actual destination was Treblinka and its three gas chambers. Death, not slave labour, was their fate. It was the largest slaughter of a single community, Jewish or non-Jewish, in the Second World War.' Martin Gilbert, The Holocaust

21 July

21 July 2009 'Eight hours for work, Eight hours for rest; Eight hours for what we will'

20 July

20 July 2009 'There is only one solution: kill him'

19 July

19 July 2009 It didn't happen on this day

George Orwell

18 July 2009 ‘Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. ‘ George Orwell, Animal Farm

18 July

18 July 2009 '21 years in captivity _ Shoes too small to fit his feet _ His body abused, but his mind is still free _ You're so blind that you cannot see'

17 July

17 July 2009 'The government and the people of Kenya hold the view that principles are more precious than medals.' _ Kenya foreign minister, James Osogo

Nancy Astor

16 July 2009 ‘In passing, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on a woman.’ Nancy Astor

16 July

16 July 2009 'The whole country was lighted by a searing light with the intensity many times that of the midday sun ...

Clare Boothe Luce

15 July 2009 ‘Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes”; They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes”‘ Clare Boothe Luce

15 July

15 July 2009 'We, the undersigned, are scientists of different countries, different creeds, different political persuasions. Outwardly, we are bound together only by the Nobel Prize, which we have been favored to receive ...'

Joseph Conrad

14 July 2009 ‘Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.’ Joseph Conrad

14 July

14 July 2009 'I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what colour, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work. And the songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you.'

Abbie Hoffman

13 July 2009 ‘I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.’ Abbie Hoffman

13 July

13 July 2009 'God save the sex pistols they're a bunch of wholesome blokes _ They just like wearing filthy clothes and swapping filthy jokes _ God save television keep the programmes pure _ God save William Grundy from falling in manure'

Susan Sontag

12 July 2009 ‘It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades.’ Susan Sontag

12 July

12 July 2009 'For many years I was the self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms and did my duty faithfully, though I never received one cent for it.'

William Blake

11 July 2009 ‘A Robin Redbreast in a cage Puts all Heaven in a rage.’ William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

11 July

11 July 2009 'I'm rejoicing because I saw the possibility of our Lord being vilified. Now it's been shown that it won't be.' _ Mary Whitehouse

Robin Tyler

10 July 2009 ‘If homosexuality is a disease, let’s all call in queer to work: “Hello. Can’t work today, still queer.'” Robin Tyler

10 July

10 July 2009 'Your honor, I feel that I have been convicted of violating an unjust statute. I will continue in the future, as I have in the past, to oppose this law in any way I can. Any other action would be in violation of my ideal of academic freedom - that is, to teach the truth as guaranteed in our constitution, of personal and religious freedom.' John Scopes

9 July

9 July 2009 '"I have a warrant for your arrest," Marshal McCarthy said to Emma Goldman. _ "I am not surprised, yet I would like to know what the warrant is based on,"' _ The New York Times, July 1917

Chrissie Hynde

8 July 2009 ‘The so-called feminist writers were disgusted with me. I did my thing, and so I guess by feminist standards I’m a feminist. That suits me fine.’ Chrissie Hynde

8 July

8 July 2009 'In Rass El-Naqoura our vehicle stood beside many similar vehicles. The men began to hand in their weapons to the policemen who were there for that purpose. Then it was our turn.'

7 July

7 July 2009 'Fifty years ago there was a cry against slavery and men gave up their lives to stop the selling of black children on the block. Today the white child is sold for two dollars a week to the manufacturers.' Mother Jones

6 July

6 July 2009 'A voice within me is sobbing, "You see, that's what has become of you. You're surrounded by negative opinions, dismayed looks and mocking faces, people who dislike you, and all because you don't listen to the advice on your own better half. "Believe me, I'd like to listen, but it doesn't work, because if I'm quiet and serious, everyone thinks I am putting on new act and I have to save myself with a joke'. Anne Frank

OAS meeting concludes and Zelaya plans his return

5 July 2009 James Wilde reports from Honduras

5 July

5 July 2009 'I thought using the Ayatollah's money to support the Nicaraguan resistance was a neat idea.' Oliver North

4 July

4 July 2009 'Ev'rybody's talking about _ Bagism, Madism, Dragism, Shagism, Ragism, Tagism _ This-ism, that-ism _ ism ism ism _ All we are saying is give peace a chance'

Elizabeth Wurtzel

3 July 2009 ‘Feminism is a good venue for getting yourself across as much as for getting your point across.’ Elizabeth Wurtzel

3 July

3 July 2009 'I was in a cell and people kept shouting to me about the way the riots were growing more and more violent, supposedly in my name. I was being held up as a kind of martyr by the rioters while the authorities wanted to use me as a scapegoat. It was a terrible responsibility for a 19-year-old and I wanted none of it.' Leroy Cooper

An Irishman in Honduras

2 July 2009 Peace worker James Wilde describes the situation in Honduras

Honduras: A coup with no future

2 July 2009 If Obama's government wants to send a powerful message about the sincerity behind the US rhetoric on liberty, democracy, and respect for the rule of law, it needs to accompany words with actions says Victor Figueroa-Clark and Pablo Navarrete

Rebecca West

2 July 2009 ‘A strong hatred is the best lamp to bear in our hands as we go over the dark places of life, cutting away the dead things men tell us to revere.’ Rebecca West

2 July

2 July 2009 'We have just lost the South for a generation' Lyndon B Johnson to an aide after signing the Civil Rights Act

Camille Paglia

1 July 2009 ‘Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west’s stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art’s assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth.’ Camille Paglia

1 July

1 July 2009 'Whatever was gained, it wasn't worth the price the men had to paid to gain that advantage. It was no advantage to anybody. It was just sheer bloody murder. That's the only words you can use for it.' _ Corporal Harry Shaw, Royal Welsh Fusiliers