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TERRORISM in America, in Europe and The WORLD

TERRORISM in America, in Europe and The WORLD 
Dateline Thursday March 23rd 2016   By J.A. TRILIEGI for BUREAU News   Terrorist attacks are happening at an alarming rate and we, here in America, having experienced The 911 attacks in New York City, know exactly what its like. Unfortunately, we did not have a leader, at that time, that had many of the skills, which could unify this country. In fact, we were sent into a fear based state of shock and it took a decade to recover.  Since that time, we have watched, in total horror as LONDON, PARIS and most recently BELGIUM has experienced a Similar Tragedy and our Hearts are with you. We know what you are feeling and we ask you to be strong, stay unified and stay clear minded. More people have died, attempting to travel to Europe from SYRIA, in the past year, [ 5000+ ] than died on September 11th, here in America. Terrorism is a disgusting act, like a sucker-punch, a cowardice act, that no worthy opponent would put forth. These are people not strong enough to fight, out in the open, to declare a challenge, a duel, a war, on terms that can be respected by anyone.  And so, it is difficult to direct ones anger. We in America, entered into a war shortly after the 911 attack, and on reflection, most in power, now agree, that the war, had no direct connection with our attackers. We suggest for the great European Countries, currently under pressure, to respond cautiously, carefully and calculated.    " There will always be acts of violence, stupidity and strife in this world, but those acts do not have to define who we are, what we do and where we go. Nor should these violent acts lead policy, programs or pedagogy."   We in America, and especially those in the Arts and Sciences have a deep and enduring relationship with your European history, with your style, with your groundwork, in the artistic fields of Fine Art, Literature, Social as well the Sciences and Theology. Let us band together, in spirit, in strength and in support of You, Your Country and your special contribution to the Unity of Europe at this time. Let us be stronger TOGETHER. Travel to and from each others homes, cities, states and countries is integral, to a world economy, and a future of solidarity, among the great peoples of this world.  Let us put aside whatever differences we may have and or had, at this time, to join together as ONE. There will always be acts of violence, stupidity and strife in this world, but those acts do not have to define who we are, what we do and where we go. Nor should these violent acts lead policy, programs or pedagogy. Everyone and everything has its effects in this world. We can be more cautious without losing casualness. We can be more learned while still loose-limbed. We can be more aware while avoiding avarice. We can still be One World while accepting that those who wish to divide us up, are not as powerful, as they would hope to be, nor will they drive us to any level of reaction, that would make us think, act or be, all that different, towards one another. We the people, of this great planet, have much to gain, privately and publicly, by standing together, in times of war, and in time of woe. And Today, let this be one of those times.

Dateline Thursday March 23rd 2016   By J.A. TRILIEGI for BUREAU News


Terrorist attacks are happening at an alarming rate and we, here in America, having experienced The 911 attacks in New York City, know exactly what its like. Unfortunately, we did not have a leader, at that time, that had many of the skills, which could unify this country. In fact, we were sent into a fear based state of shock and it took a decade to recover.  Since that time, we have watched, in total horror as LONDON, PARIS and most recently BELGIUM has experienced a Similar Tragedy and our Hearts are with you. We know what you are feeling and we ask you to be strong, stay unified and stay clear minded. More people have died, attempting to travel to Europe from SYRIA, in the past year, [ 5000+ ] than died on September 11th, here in America. Terrorism is a disgusting act, like a sucker-punch, a cowardice act, that no worthy opponent would put forth. These are people not strong enough to fight, out in the open, to declare a challenge, a duel, a war, on terms that can be respected by anyone.  And so, it is difficult to direct ones anger. We in America, entered into a war shortly after the 911 attack, and on reflection, most in power, now agree, that the war, had no direct connection with our attackers. We suggest for the great European Countries, currently under pressure, to respond cautiously, carefully and calculated. 


There will always be acts of violence, stupidity and strife in this world, but those acts do not have to define who we are, what we do and where we go. Nor should these violent acts lead policy, programs or pedagogy."


We in America, and especially those in the Arts and Sciences have a deep and enduring relationship with your European history, with your style, with your groundwork, in the artistic fields of Fine Art, Literature, Social as well the Sciences and Theology. Let us band together, in spirit, in strength and in support of You, Your Country and your special contribution to the Unity of Europe at this time. Let us be stronger TOGETHER. Travel to and from each others homes, cities, states and countries is integral, to a world economy, and a future of solidarity, among the great peoples of this world.  Let us put aside whatever differences we may have and or had, at this time, to join together as ONE. There will always be acts of violence, stupidity and strife in this world, but those acts do not have to define who we are, what we do and where we go. Nor should these violent acts lead policy, programs or pedagogy. Everyone and everything has its effects in this world. We can be more cautious without losing casualness. We can be more learned while still loose-limbed. We can be more aware while avoiding avarice. We can still be One World while accepting that those who wish to divide us up, are not as powerful, as they would hope to be, nor will they drive us to any level of reaction, that would make us think, act or be, all that different, towards one another. We the people, of this great planet, have much to gain, privately and publicly, by standing together, in times of war, and in time of woe. And Today, let this be one of those times. 





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President Obama's "End of The Cold War," Speech in Cuba  



Dateline March 22nd 2016 


President Obama announced The End of The Cold War between CUBA and The United States of America. As American Corporations move into Cuba, we, at the BUREAU of Arts and Culture, wish to remind these large profit seeking entities that CUBA is a Socialist system and it will need a few perks before you entirely and swiftly EXPECT to gain a profit. 

We suggest you negotiate and provide FREE Services for at least 33 percent of your expected contracts at the beginning of these terms. For instance, allow the Children and Families to have FREE Wi-FI for 120 days, before they even sign up for an extended contract for a YEAR. The same goes for cable providers, cell phones, etc… We here in Los Angeles know very well, what it is like, to live in a city, that offers much for those with finances, and delivers much less for those who do not. 

CUBA and the 11 and a Half MILLION people Need to receive FREE Services. The last thing they need, is to be offered products, objects and imaginary ideologies that will harbor feelings of, "The Haves and The Have Nots." The economy in Cuba is based on an entirely different and overall foreign island stratagem. A word to the wise. Do not expect to move into CUBA with the same force and fierce take over ideas that have failed in the past. 

And while your at it: Consider offering poor Americans a few perks, since you have not reasonably paid any AMERICAN TAXES as Corporate Entities for longer than any of us AMERICANS Can Actually Remember. Americans utilize and enjoy Your Services now we ask that you buy less billboard and radio space, from the companies you actually OWN and offer better Prices to Everyday Americans : ATT, COCA-COLA, GENERAL MOTORS,  HEWLITT-PACKARD, GE, DODGE, HONDA, MERCEDE-BENZ, VOLKSWAGON, PEPSI-COLA, FEDERAL EXPRESS, UPS, RALPHS, NESTLES, SUBWAY,STP, CHILIS, CASTROL, CHEVRON, LIPTON, VIRGIN,ZIPPO,AL MART, TOC TAC, SWISS AIR, DOMINOS, DELL, HEINEKEN, K MART, FLOWMASTER, IKEA, JACK IN THE BOX, HANES, MC DONALDS, KOOL-AID, VISA, OREO, LAYS, OCEAN SPRAY, ORAL-B, GATORADE, TORO, MITSUBISHI, NBC, FRUIT OF THE LOOM, OLD NAVY, QUAKER STATE, TACO BELL, LAND ROVER, POWER BAR, ESPN, COLGATE, CIRRUS, DIRECT TV, KODAK, to name a FEW ... Some of The Corporations have Their Employees Playing THE GAME, rather than, offering fast delivery, quality product and sustainable sales. Boooooooooo-Boooooooooo-Boooooooooo, Says WE.  


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Raúl CASTRO HAS ASKED FOR A LIST OF CUBAN POLITICAL PRISONERS : WILL SOMEBODY HAND HIM THE ENVELOPE PLEASE ... ?

Dateline MARCH 21 2016 11:42 PM Pacific Standard Time

We hate to Rock the Boat, Just When things were getting so cozy, but apparently VOC has provided a list which Raúl Castro has requested: We would  like to bring it to his attention before midnight tonight, in case he wishes to display that he is indeed, a man of his word. PLUS Links to other Lists in The Press. We would implore the Brothers Castro to Trust in the Revolution, Trust in The Cuban people, as they once did You. I recall reading a bumper sticker that stated, "CUBA LIBRE' : Its Not Just The Name of a Cocktail," Now I understand everything. Viva Cuba and Viva CUBANOS! 

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RAOUL Castro pidió una lista de Los Presos Políticos, ¿Alguien Mano lo del Sobre Por Favor ...

Dateline DE MARZO DE 21 de el año 2016

No nos gusta mover el bote, justo cuando las cosas estaban tan acogedor, pero al parecer COV ha proporcionado una lista que ha solicitado Raoul Castro: Nos gustaría traer a su atención antes de la medianoche de hoy, en caso de que desea mostrar que él es de hecho, un hombre de palabra. Viva Cuba y Viva CUBANOS! Y enlaces a otras listas en la prensa. Queremos implorar a los hermanos Castro a la confianza en la Revolución, la confianza en el pueblo cubano, como lo hicieron Usted. Una vez vi una calcomanía que decía, "CUBA LIBRE No es sólo el nombre de un cóctel," Ahora lo entiendo todo.


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ACCORDING TO: VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM . ORG CUBA’S FORGOTTEN 51 PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE BY VOC STAFF  DATED MARCH 19, 2016


Since Fidel Castro’s 1959 Revolution, the communist regime of Cuba has deliberately sought to silence those who criticize or threaten the status quo of their dictatorship.  Some of these prisoners of conscience have been in jail for over 20 years. Others are continuously arrested detained, released, and rearrested as part of a cycle of intimidation and coercion intended to punish dissidents. During their detainment they are not given access to adequate medical care or family visitation, nor do they receive due process and a fair trial.

The Castro regime insists they hold no political prisoners. They attribute these detentions to common crimes and violations of Cuban law. Yet in 2015 alone, over 8,000 Cubans were detained for “political reasons.”  And in January of this year, 1,474 people were detained.

While no one knows the exact number of Cuba’s prisoners of conscience, the following list of 51 prisoners compiled by Directorio represents thousands more who are oppressed and silenced by the repressive Cuban regime. Please take the time to sign and share this Change.org petition calling on the media to cover those who continue to suffer under the oppressive yoke of communism.


Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez. On June 5, 2014, Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez, a political dissident and activist organized and participated in a demonstration in the streets of Placetas, Santa Clara Province, in central Cuba. He displayed a banner which stated “Student Revolutionary Directorate” (Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil, DRE) and shouted slogans against the government such as “Down with the revolution!” (Abajo la Revolución); “Down with Fidel, down with Raúl Castro!” (Abajo Fidel, abajo Raúl). Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez was arrested and subsequently released on the same day; however, on June 12, 2014, the District Attorney of Villa Clara placed him under house arrest on accusations of “public disorder.” On June 15, in order to visit his father on Father’s Day, Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez called the local police station to request temporary permission to leave his house. Although the officer in charge gave him verbal authorization, Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez was arrested by a police patrol while on the way to his father’s house. In September 2014, the Attorney General’s office charged him with “public disorder,” “public disorder of a continuous nature,” and “disrespect,” and demanded he be given four years imprisonment. Ciro Alexis Peréz Casanova was tried in November 2014 at the Popular Municipal Court of Placetas, which convicted and sentenced him on December 30, 2014 to one year’s imprisonment. Amnesty International considers this sentence to be politically motivated, relating to his peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression, and that it is intended to send a message of intimidation to other government critics.[1],[2] The Court rejected the accusations of “disrespect” and of “public disorder of a continuous nature,” and only found Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez guilty of “public disorder.” He was serving his sentence at El Pendiente prison until he was moved to Manaca prison in February of 2015. Both are situated in Villa Clara province.[3] Amnesty International recognized him a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression. After almost one year in detention, prisoner of conscience Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez was unconditionally released on June 10, 2015 from Manaca prison.[4]


Hugo Damián Prieto Blanco. Human rights defender Hugo Damián Prieto Blanco was detained on October 25, 2015 when he was arrested while on his way to participate in the demonstration “Todas Marchamos” (We all March), organized by the Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) movement. He is being detained at the Fifth Unit of the Municipality Playa (Quinta Unidad del Municipio Playa), in Havana. The human rights defender is facing charges of public disorder linked to his participation in a demonstration at the premises of the Attorney General’s office on October 22, 2015 demanding that all human rights defenders detained during the Pope’s visit to Cuba should be released.[5] Iván Hernández Carrillo reported over Twitter on January 21, 2016 that Hugo had been released.[6] He was apparently freed on January 20, 2016.


Geovanys Izaguirre Hernandez. “Geovanys Izaguirre Hernandez and Laudelino Rodriguez Mendoza were arbitrarily arrested on November 5, 2015, taken to the police station in the city of Palma Soriano where in the morning both received summary judgments and were sentenced to six months in political prison, according to information the military gave to the wife of Geovanys Hernandez Izaguirre. This case comes as a result of failing to pay a fine imposed on both activists when they were blamed for anti-government graffiti that appeared in Palma Soriano. In the past both activists were brutally beaten by Cuban agents when they were defending families that were being unjustly evicted from their homes.”[7] On January 22, 2016, Geovanys wife, Isora Torres Bicet, claimed that “her husband had called the guard, who said that he should stay there.” Geovanys defended the jailed man, so that he would die there, but the guard beat Geovanys, and smashed his head, poked his eye, broke his finger and his arm. “They didn’t tell me who beat him up, they only said that he had been attacked because he defended the convict.”[8]

Laudelino Rodriguez Mendoza. “Geovanys Izaguirre Hernandez and Laudelino Rodriguez Mendoza were arbitrarily arrested on November 5, 2015, taken to the police station in the city of Palma Soriano where in the morning both received summary judgments and sentenced to six months in political prison, according to information the military gave to the wife of Geovanys Hernandez Izaguirre. This case comes as a result of failing to pay a fine imposed on both activists when they were blamed for anti-government graffiti that appeared in Palma Soriano. In the past both activists were brutally beaten by Cuban agents when they were defending families that were being unjustly evicted from their homes.”[9]

Yosvani Melchor Rodriguez Gil. On June 24, 2015, Rosa María Rodríguez Gil addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva and called for the release of her son, Yosvani Melchor Rodriguez, unjustly imprisoned since March 19, 2010. He was freed on probation on August 30, 2015. He was jailed in order to make his mother suffer for her not agreeing to become an informant for the Cuban government’s state security services against the Christian Liberation Movement of which Rosa is a valued member.[10] He was released under parole in August 2015.

Vladimir Morera Bacallao. Vladimir Morera Bacallao was sentenced to four years in prison in case 404 of 2015, accused of the crime of “injuries.” The basis of this accusation, according to his family members who attended the trial, was a blow to the head received by Ivis Herrera, second secretary of the Communist Party in the municipality of Manicaragua, in the province of Villa Clara. Witnesses confirmed that the injury occurred when the official fell to the ground while sliding on melted asphalt that had been thrown down in front of and around Bacallao’s home. The dumping of the material was part of the aggressions of the area’s “rapid response brigades” against the dissident, instigated by Ivis Herrera herself. The events, classified as “public disorder,” happened on April 19, 2015, on the eve of the elections for the People’s Power. The opponent decided to put a sign on the door of his house where he proclaimed, “I vote for my freedom and not in some elections where I cannot elect my president.” The text unleashed the fury of the town’s government rulers. From the moment he fell into prison, the dissident declared himself on a hunger strike and only abandoned it in June, 40 days later, when he was hospitalized and they promised they would review his case. As the authorities did not fulfill their promise, on October 9 he resumed his hunger strike in the Guamajal prison hospital on the outskirts of Santa Clara. There he lost more than 88 pounds, according to Arsenio Lopez Roa, an inmate who provided the information.[11]

Danilo Maldonado Machado. Danilo Maldonado Machado was arrested by agents of the political police (Seguridad del Estado) in Havana while travelling in a taxi on December 25, 2014 on his way to carrying out a performance art piece critical of the Castro brothers. He was in prison until October 20, 2015.[12] “Danilo is a prisoner of conscience who should have never been put in prison in the first place. He must be released immediately and unconditionally,” said Carolina Jiménez of Amnesty International. He had recently started a hunger strike and had been moved to an isolation cell.[13] He was released this year after spending 10 months in prison.

Jorge Ramirez Calderon. Jorge Ramirez Calderon was one of the 53 political prisoners released as a result of the accord with Washington to restore diplomatic relations.[14] An opposing syndicalist, Jorge Ramírez Calderón was detained on December 18, 2015 by state security, according to sources familiar with the situation who informed the newspaper Diario de Cuba (DDC). “They took him and said that he was under an investigation process, and did not give any other explanations,” said his wife Nelida Lima Conde. Iván Hernández Carrillo told the DDC that it is possible that he was detained because of the recent protest by divers in Manicaragua.[15] His wife, Nelida Lima Conde, reported on January 10, 2016 that Jorge Ramírez Calderón—who was jailed on December 18 and had been on a hunger strike for 23 days—was transferred from the Manacas jail to an unknown place.[16] On January 14, 2016, his family reported that he had been transferred to the Pre jail, close to Santa Clara.[17]

Carlos Manuel Figueroa. On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Carlos Manuel Figueroa, a former Cuban political prisoner released earlier this year, made news over social media. Beginning at 3:28 pm, Ivan Hernandez Carrillo tweeted: “A man jumped the fence of the US embassy in Havana this morning with cries of Down With Raul!!!” A few minutes later, thanks to Ivan, the identity and fate of the man was known: “the citizen was identified as Carlos Manuel Figueroa, who protection authorities handed over to police immediately.” Three hours later at 6:21pm, the news took an ominous turn with the same Cuban journalist reporting that while in custody Carlos Manuel was beaten up by the military. EFE news wire is reporting that the Cuban dissident is missing. The US embassy is refusing to confirm what transpired, citing security concerns.[18]According to the Associated Press, Figueroa was held on charges of violating a diplomatic site.[19] He was released on January 20, 2016.[20]

Andres Fidel Alfondo Rodriguez. Political Prisoner Andrés Fidel Alfonso Rodríguez from Catalina de Güines, Mayabeque province, is a member of the Human Rights of Cuba party, affiliated with the Adrei Sajarov Foundation and the National Resistance Front Orlando Zapata Tamayo. He was sentenced to four and a half years at the Melena del Sur prison, Mayabeque province, for the crime of assault. The address is Calle 30 # 2708 e/ 27 y Final Catalina de Güines, Porvincia Mayabeque. His ID # 98113009626. His wife is Margarita Gil Salguero. He was detained on December 24, 2013. He has been denied all of the rights that are offered to inmates because of his refusal to wear the appropriate clothing and to take part in the regimes rehabilitation programs. This information was given by Ricardo Lazaro Fiallo e Iliam Marrero.[21]

Mario Alberto Hernández Leyva. A veteran activist, he was beaten and arrested by police on May 26, 2014, during a peaceful protest. As of late June, his whereabouts were unknown, according to a report in Primavera Digital.[22] He was released following the announcement of the resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. Mario Alberto Hernández Leyva, from the Opposition Movement for a New Republic, was detained on November 1, 2015 and was transferred from the 6th police unit to the Valle Grande prison.[23],[24] The reason for his detainment is yet to be released.

Silverio Portal Contreras. Silverio Portal Contraras was sentenced to two years of deprivation of liberty for offending the figure of the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, where he stated that Fidel was starving the Cuban people, and that the articles that Fidel published in the newspaper Granma were only useful to “wipe your ass.” The incidents occurred on the morning of June 12, 2011, when in the P11 bus line, coming from east Havana, Silverio started yelling what he thought about the Cuban Revolution. He was arrested then and there, and was beaten by two uniformed agents. The municipal tribunal of Old Havana took into account the “danger to society” his crime posed and the bad behavior that he had during the trial, at which he yelled “Long live human rights.” Due to all of this, he was assigned to serve his sentenced at the 1580 prison of the Guanabacoa county. Silverio Portal Contreras is 44 years old, and he is an active member of the opposition movement Alternative Republic, as well as a participant of “the Dissident” in the Central Park; he is also a devout Catholic and a businessman.[25],[26] After his release, he is still being threatened by state security. He was arbitrarily detained on October 19, 2015 “by police agents who suspected his activities to be against the government.”[27] Lourdes Esquivel Vieyto—secretary of the Opposition Movement for a New Republic and of the national executive of the Ladies in White—claimed that the political prisoners Mario Alberto Hernández Leyva and Silverio Portal Contreras have been transferred to punishment cells and are in isolation. She also added that both activists have been denied medical assistance. The Opposition Movement for a New Republic, along with the National Front of Civic Resistance “Orlando Zapata Tamayo,” blame the regime for the physical integrity of both fighters.

Orlando Contreras Aguilar.Orlando Contreras Aguilar was arrested in February 2014. He was accused of stealing a car that was bought by his uncle. When he was arrested he was traveling with his uncle and his cousin, all of whom were also arrested. His uncle and nephew were released, but Orlando was taken to Valle Grande prison. Orlando claims his arrest was due to his political activism and the charges he was accused of were trumped up. He belongs to National Resistance Front “Orlando Zapata Tamayo.”

Misael Canel Velazquez. Arrested on December 17, 2015 and taken to the Third Police Precinct better known as “Monte Carlo” for taking part in protest demanding freedom for Javier Jouz Varona. He initiated a hunger strike on December 17, was held for 96 hours, then briefly freed on December 21, 2015. He was taken into custody again that same day, and this time taken to Ceramica Roja prison. He re-started the hunger strike on December 22, 2015 and was transferred to Kilo 8 prison.[28],[29] Prison: Kilo 8, better known as “The 26.” Sentence: not yet defined. Accused of: attempt, resistance, disobedience, illegal business, and damaging state property. Date of birth: June 27, 1973. Family member in charge: His brother, Alexander Canet Velázquez. 2do pasaje de Vazque Numero 11 B entre callejón de Vazque y 1ra Reparto Cerdeira Camagüey. Personal Address: Edificio 19 Apartamento 7 Micro Distrito Ignacio Agramontés Camagüey. Illness: none. Contact phone number: Teléf. 53966244. Organization: National Resistance Front “Orlando Zapata Tamayo” and Commanding Chief in Action and Propaganda: Aniceto Cuesta González en la provincia de Camagüey. Age: 42.

Felipe Martin Companioni. On December 7, 2015, Felipe Martin Companioni was arrested along with Alexander Palacio Reyes after distributing fliers on a horse drawn cart demanding the freedom of political prisoners. He is being held at Ceramica Roja prison in Cuba.[30],[31],[32] Sentence: for attempt, seven years of deprivation of liberties and for each crime of threats, one year of deprivation of liberties, as well eight years of deprivation of liberties. Charges: attempt and threats. Date of birth: June 6, 1970. Family member in charge: Felipe Martin Machado. Calle Madame Curie Edificio 2 Apartamento 9 entre B y C Reparto Previsora Camagüey. Personal Address: Calle Madame Curie Edificio 2 Apartamento 9 entre B y C Reparto Previsora Camagüey. Date of arrest: December 10, 2015. Illness: None. Contact phone number: Through Alexander Pérez Aguilar, 54036598. Organization: Pro-Democratic Movement Pedro Luis Boitel, Camagüey province. Age: 45 years old.

Juan Antonio Torres Fernández. Former member of the Communist Party of Cuba, and former correspondent of the official newspaper Granma in Santiago de Cuba. Sentence: 14 years.

Alexander Palacio Reyes. On December 7, 2015 was arrested along with Felipe Martin Companioni after distributing fliers on a horse drawn cart demanding the freedom of political prisoners. He is being held at Ceramica Roja prison in Cuba.[33] Sentence: For the crime of attempt, five years of deprivation of liberties, and for each crime of threat, 10 months of deprivation of liberties, as well as an overall sentence of five year of deprivation of liberties. Accused of: attempt and threats. Date of birth: March 16, 1973. Family member in charge: his wife Yunisleisi Soto García. Personal Address: Calle Madame Curie entre C y Rio Numero 427 fondo. Reparto Sánchez Soto Camagüey Date of arrest: December 10, 2015. Illness: high blood pressure and a hernia. Contact phone number: Through Alexander Pérez Aguilar, 54036598. Organization: Pro-Democratic Movement Pedro Luis Boitel, Camagüey province. Age: 42.

Javier Jouz Varona.Detained and physically assaulted by the political police over a period of ten hours due to his opposition activities along with Ediyersis Santana Jouz (both of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Civic Resistance Front).[34]Javier was charged with “social dangerousness” and sentenced to three years in prison by the Provincial Tribunal of Camaguey on December 17, 2015.[35] Prison: Kilo 9. Sanction: 3 years of deprivation of liberties. Accused of: danger to society. Date of birth: April 9, 1987. Family member in charge: Dayami Rivero Soler. Calle B Número 18 entre 2da y 3ra reparto Imán Camagüey. Personal Address: Calle B Número 18 entre 2da y 3ra reparto Imán Camagüey. Date of arrest: December 14, 2015. Illness: high blood pressure. Contact phone number: wife, 54180923. Organization: Frente Nacional de Resistencia “Orlando Zapata Tamayo.” Age: 28.


Maikel Castillo Pérez. “The Cuban rapper Maikel Castillo Pérez, known as The Dkano, was sentenced to a year in prison after being accused of being a danger to society on January 28, 2015 in Havana, informed the newspaper Diario de Cuba. Castillo Pérez, who lives in the Belén neighborhood was judged at the Municipal Tribunal of Old Havana. Among the irregularities found in his case include how the trial was to be held in the morning, was moved to the next day, and then again was moved to the same afternoon, when no one was left. During the trial he didn’t have a real defending lawyer; the lawyer who did attend the tribunal attended only as part of an administrative gesture and fought with the defendant.”[36]


Rolando Erismelio Jaco García. Rolando Erismelio Jaco García was detained in the same events as Alexander Palacio Reyes and Felipe Martínez Companiones for recording them. Prison: Cerámica Roja. Sanction: under investigation. Accused of: under investigation. Date of birth: 1969. Family member in charge: Yamilka La O García. Calle 5ta entre 4ta y San Miguelito Numero 203 Reparto El Porvenir Camagüey. Personal Address: Calle 5ta entre 4ta y San Miguelito Numero 203 Reparto El Porvenir Camagüey. Date of arrest: January 12, 2016. Illness: None. Contact phone number: Alexander Pérez Aguilar, 5403659. Organization: Movimiento Pro-Democrático Pedro Luis Boitel Provincia de Camagüey. Age: 47.


Roberto Hernandez Barrios. Roberto Hernandez Barrioswas arrested on March 30, 2013, and sentenced to five years in prison for distributing copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.[37]On January 8, 2015, Barrios was summoned out of his cell at Combinado del Este, Havana’s main prison. That morning, “I was surprised, I didn’t know anything,” Barrios recalls, and a colonel handed him a piece of paper saying he was free.[38] He was detained again on November 8, 2015 when he tried to march on a Sunday, but for a short period of time.[39] He was also detained on December 6, 2015 for four to six hours by the political police when demonstrating his solidarity with the Ladies in White.[40] He was released on January 2015.


Wilberto Parada Milán. Activist with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, Parada was arrested on March 30, 2013, after a protest near the Old Capitol building in Havana. Almost a year later, on February 4, 2014, he was tried and convicted of charges of “assault,” “disrespect,” and “resistance.” The human rights commission said that the punishment for Parada was listed as “pending.”[41]He was freed in January of 2015 under the Obama administration’s new Cuba policy initiative.[42] He continued his human rights activism and was re-arrested on October 22, 2015 for participating in a peaceful protest at the Prosecutor’s headquarters in Havana.[43],[44],[45] He was released on January 20, 2016.[46],[47]


Harold Alcalá Aramburu. Charges: Terrorism. He tried to divert a boat full of passengers on their way to the US. No one was hurt. He was detained, processed, and sentenced in an “exemplary” trial that lasted a week and was ordered by Fidel Castro.

Claro Fernando Alonso Hernández. Sentence: 30 years. Charges: Revealing secrets concerning state security. He was detained even though he was an intelligence officer at the Interior Ministry. He was sentenced in a military trial.

Miguel Álvarez. Sentence: 25 years. Charges: Unspecified crime against the state. Former diplomat. When he was detained he was the Senior Advisor of Ricardo Alarcón, President of the National Assembly. He was tried in a secret trial.

Lewis Arce Romero. Charges: Terrorism. He was detained outside the New Gerona airport, along with several other people, for trying to divert a plane to illegally fly to the US.
Lázaro Avila Sierra. Sentence: Life imprisonment. Charges: Terrorism. He was detained outside the New Gerona airport, along with several other people, for trying to divert a plane to illegally fly to the US.

Ernesto Borges Pérez. Charges: Spying. He was the captain of the secret police of the Ministry of Interior when he was arrested. He was tried at a military trial.

Alieski Calderín Acosta. Sentence: 20 years in prison. Charges: Sabotage. He was sentenced for throwing a Molotov cocktail at a state shopping center, protesting of the decaying economic situation.

Cerezo Sirut Leandro. Sentence: Life imprisonment. Charges: Rebel military man, who along with three others, deserted the army with combat weapons to try to leave the country illegally. The two others who escaped with him died.

Cornel de la Rosa Raúl Manuel. Sentence: 30 years. Charges: He is accused of trying to divert a cruise yacht to illegally enter the US.

Karel de Miranda Rubio. Sentence: 30 years. Charges: Rebel military man, who along with three others, deserted the army with combat weapons to try to leave the country illegally. The two others who escaped with him died.

Maikel Delgado Aramburo. Sentence: Life imprisonment. Charges: He tried to divert a passenger ship to try to reach the US. None were injured. He was detained, processed, and sentenced in an “exemplary” trial that lasted a week and was ordered by Fidel Castro. In this short time, three of his friends were executed.

José Ángel Díaz Ortíz. Sentence: Life imprisonment. Charges: He was detained outside the New Gerona airport, along with several other people, for trying to divert a plane to illegally fly to the US.
Alain Forbes Lamorú. Sentence: 25 years. Charges: Rebel military man, who along with three others, deserted the army with combat weapons to try to leave the country illegally. The two other who escaped with him died.

Ramón Henry Grillo. Sentence: Life imprisonment. Charges: He tried to divert a passenger ship to try to reach the US. None were injured. He was detained, processed, and sentenced in an “exemplary” trial that lasted a week and was ordered by Fidel Castro. In this short time, three of his friends were executed.

José David Hermán Aguilera. Sentence: 30 years. Charges: He tried to divert a yacht to try to reach the US.

Wilmer Ledea Pérez. Sentence: 30 years. Charges: He tried to divert a passenger ship to try to reach the US. None were injured. He was detained, processed, and sentenced in an “exemplary” trial that lasted a week and was ordered by Fidel Castro. In this short time, three of his friends were executed.
Ríder Lescay Veloz. Sentence: 15 years. Charges: Accused and sentenced unjustly for his supposedly helping four military men defect in April 2007.

Santiago Padrón Quintero. Sentence: 30 years. Charges: Anti-Castro military. He came from the US as part of an infiltration team.

Jorge Luis Pérez Puentes. Sentence: Life imprisonment. Charges: He was detained outside the New Gerona airport, along with several other people, for trying to divert a plane to illegally fly to the US.
Máximo Pradera Valdéz. Sentence: 30 years. Charges: Anti-Castro military. He came from the US as part of an infiltration team.

Humberto Eladio Real Suarez. Sentence: 30 years. Charges: Anti-Castro military. He came from the US as part of an infiltration team.

Francisco Reyes Rodríguez. Sentence: Life imprisonment. Charges: He was detained outside the New Gerona airport, along with several other people, for trying to divert a plane to illegally fly to the US.
Erick Salmerón Mendoza. Sentence: 25 years. Charges: He was not part of the opposition when he tried, as part of a group, to steal a yacht with weapons to try to travel to the US. Two of the group were executed, and several police died.

Daniel Candelario Santovenia Fernández. Sentence: 30 years. Charges: Anti-Castro military. He came from the US with two others to infiltrate Cuba. One of the two men was executed.

Rubén Sintes Rodríguez. Sentence: 20 years. Charges: He set state property on fire as sign of protest.

Armando Sosa Fortuny. Sentence: 30 years. Charges: Anti-Castro military. He came from the US with two others to infiltrate Cuba (October 15, 1994 PUND).

Ihosvani Surís de la Torre. Sentence: Life imprisonment. Charges: Anti-Castro military. He came from the US with two others to infiltrate Cuba.

Yoanny Thomas González. Sentence: Life imprisonment. 30 years. Charges: He tried to divert a passenger ship and to reach the US. None were injured during the attempt. He was detained, processed, and sentenced in an “exemplary” trial that lasted a week and was ordered by Fidel Castro. In this short time, three of his friends were executed.

Yoan Torres Martínez. Sentence: Life imprisonment. Charges: Tried to desert the army with weapons, and to leave the country illegally. Two men died during the attempt.

Please take the time to sign and share this Change.org petition calling on the media to cover those who continue to suffer under the oppressive yoke of communism.

[1] Amnesty International. Urgent Action April 2, 2015 https://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/uaa07715.pdf

[2] Cuba: Political dissident must be released: Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez By Amnesty International, 2 April 2015, Index number: AMR 25/1379/2015 https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr25/1379/2015/en/

[3] Urgent Action Prisoner Of Conscience Released: Cuban prisoner of conscience Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez was released from prison in Villa Clara province on 10 June / Amnesty International https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/AMR2525232015ENGLISH.pdf

[4] Cuba: Further information: Prisoner of conscience released: Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr25/2523/2015/en/

[5] 2015/11/18 Cuba: Ongoing arbitrary detention of human rights defender Hugo Damián Prieto Blanco amidst arbitrary arrests and judicial harassment of peaceful demonstrators / Frontline Defenders https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/30115

[6] https://twitter.com/ivanlibre/status/690126072126541826

[7] Cuban Resistance Assembly Denounces Summary Judgment And Political Prison Sentence Of Two Cuban Resitance Activists Of Frente Nacional De Resistencia Cívica Orlando Zapata Tamayo And Alianza Democrática Oriental https://web.archive.org/web/20151127055905/http://www.directorio.org/pressreleases/note.php?note_id=4592

[8] Golpean Violentamente Preso Politico Geovanys Izaguirre Hernándezhttp://directorio.org/news/3780096

[9] Cuban Resistance Assembly Denounces Summary Judgment And Political Prison Sentence Of Two Cuban Resitance Activists Of Frente Nacional De Resistencia Cívica Orlando Zapata Tamayo And Alianza Democrática ORIENTALhttps://web.archive.org/web/20151127055905/http://www.directorio.org/pressreleases/note.php?note_id=4592

[10] Yosvani Melchor Rodriguez on conditonal release after 1991 days of arbitrary detention http://cubanexilequarter.blogspot.com/2015/08/finally-with-his-family-after-5-years.html

[11] Help save the life of a Cuban political prisoner by calling on Cuban government to free him now http://cubanexilequarter.blogspot.com/2015/12/help-save-life-of-cuban-political.html

[12] Good News! – Cuba: Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) Released (214/15) http://www.amnestyusa.org/get-involved/take-action-now/good-news-cuba-danilo-maldonado-machado-%E2%80%98el-sexto-released-21415

[13] Cuba must release graffiti artist jailed for painting Castros’ names on pigs’ back /Amnesty https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/09/cuba-must-release-graffiti-artist-jailed-for-painting-castros-names-on-pigs-back/

[14] Cuba Frees 53 Prisoners, US Says by Elisabeth Malkin and Victoria Burnett. January 12, 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/13/world/americas/cuba-frees-53-prisoners-in-deal-to-restore-us-relations.html?_r=0

[15] Detenido el opositor Jorge Ramírez Calderón por causa indeterminada / Diario de Cuba http://www.diariodecuba.com/derechos-humanos/1450480008_18949.html

[16] Las autoridades penitenciarias esconden el paradero del opositor Jorge Ramírez Calderón a su familia / DDC http://www.diariodecuba.com/derechos-humanos/1452448660_19377.html

[17] Denuncian la ‘brutal golpiza’ a un preso político declarado en huelga de hambre en Guantánamo / DDC http://www.diariodecuba.com/derechos-humanos/1452798714_19490.html

[18] Detienen a un opositor que saltó verja de embajada de EE.UU. https://www.cubanet.org/noticias/detienen-a-un-opositor-que-salto-verja-de-embajada-de-ee-uu/

[19] Cuban dissidents leaving country amid shift in US policy http://www.wral.com/cuban-dissidents-leaving-country-amid-shift-in-us-policy/15221476/

[20] Opositores excarcelados relatan tormentos de la cárcel en Cuba http://www.martinoticias.com/content/opositores-excarcekados-testimonian-el-horror-de-la-carcel-en-cuba/113652.html

[21] Directorio Democrático Cubano (January 12, 2015 and February 9, 2015)

[22] http://marcmasferrer.typepad.com/uncommon_sense/2014/08/cuban-political-prisoner-of-the-day-mario-alberto-hernandez-leyva-aug-10-2014.html

[23] Informe del vigésimo noveno (29) domingo represivo del DSE contra el Movimiento Damas de Blanco, y de Resistencia http://www.damasdeblanco.org/index.php/derechos-humanos/2146-informe-del-vigesimo-noveno-29-domingo-represivo-del-dse-contra-el-movimiento-damas-de-blanco-y-de-resistencia

[24] Devuelto a la cárcel otro preso de la lista de 53 excarcelados en enero

Published November 7, 2015 | By Cubaverdad http://www.cubaverdad.net/weblog/2015/11/devuelto-a-la-carcel-otro-preso-de-la-lista-de-53-excarcelados-en-enero/

[25] Sancionado un opositor en Cuba por gritar en un Ómnibus en contra del Dictador y sus reflexiones. Sancionado por Desacato. Por: Mario Hechavarria Driggs. http://buenavistavcuba.blogspot.com/2011/12/sancionado-un-opositor-en-cuba-por.html

[26] [26] Protesta cívica en el Poder Popular de Centro Habana martes, enero 27, 2015 http://www.cihpress.com/2015/01/protesta-civica-en-el-poder-popular-de.html#.Vp7FL1lJNVo

[27] Comision Cubana De Derechos Humanos Y Reconciliacion Nacional “Cuba: Algunos Actos De Represion Politica En El Mes De Octubre DE 2015 http://www.14ymedio.com/nacional/Informe-CCDHRN-Octubre_CYMFIL20151102_0001.pdf

[28] Por qué está preso el activista de derechos humanos Misael Canet Velazquez https://youtu.be/8F_VO9UCRIE

[29] Activista político se declara en huelga de hambre https://youtu.be/G2cD_kQALnc

[30] Directorio Democrático Cubano.

[31] Diciembre 14 de 2015, Juan Carlos González Leiva. Colegio de Abogados Cubanos.

[32] Diciembre 14 de 2015, Juan Carlos González Leiva. Colegio de Abogados Cubanos.

[33] Directorio Democrático Cubano.

[34] Comision Cubana De Derechos Humanos Y Reconciliacion Nacional “Cuba: Algunos Actos De Represion Politica En El Mes De Diciembre De 2015” http://www.14ymedio.com/nacional/Comision_Cubana_de_Derechos_Humanos_y_Reconciliacion_Nacional-diciembre-2015_CYMFIL20160104_0001.pdf

[35] Activista político se declara en huelga de hambre / December 29, 2015 https://youtu.be/G2cD_kQALnc

[36] Un año de cárcel para rapero que cantó con Silvio Rodríguez por “peligrosidad social pre-delictiva” Diario de las Americas 1 de Feb 2015http://www.diariolasamericas.com/4847_cuba/2927728_ano-carcel-rapero-canto-silvio-rodriguez.html

[37] Cuban Political Prisoners of the Day, Roberto Hernandez & Wilberto Parada, Aug. 8, 2014 http://marcmasferrer.typepad.com/uncommon_sense/2014/08/cuban-political-prisoners-of-the-day-roberto-hernandez-wilberto-parada-aug-8-2014.html

[38] Liberated Cuban prisoners to Obama: No more deals like the one that freed us! Patrick Symmes for Yahoo News March 27, 2015 https://www.yahoo.com/politics/liberated-cuban-prisoners-to-obama-no-more-deals-114592521866.html

[39] https://twitter.com/ArcelioMolina/status/663512432871084032

[40] http://www.14ymedio.com/nacional/Comision_Cubana_de_Derechos_Humanos_y_Reconciliacion_Nacional-diciembre-2015_CYMFIL20160104_0001.pdf

[41] Cuban Political Prisoners of the Day, Roberto Hernandez & Wilberto Parada, Aug. 8, 2014 http://marcmasferrer.typepad.com/uncommon_sense/2014/08/cuban-political-prisoners-of-the-day-roberto-hernandez-wilberto-parada-aug-8-2014.html

[42] Opositores excarcelados relatan tormentos de la cárcel en Cuba http://www.martinoticias.com/content/opositores-excarcekados-testimonian-el-horror-de-la-carcel-en-cuba/113652.html

[43] https://youtu.be/kQaLKgaEED4

[44] https://youtu.be/XjYlICJBOqI

[45] Liberados los opositores Hugo Damián Prieto Blanco y Wilberto Parada Milán DDC | La Habana | 21 Ene 2016 http://www.diariodecuba.com/derechos-humanos/1453373750_19636.html

[46] Opositores excarcelados relatan tormentos de la cárcel en Cuba http://www.martinoticias.com/content/opositores-excarcekados-testimonian-el-horror-de-la-carcel-en-cuba/113652.html

[47] ¿Quiénes son los presos políticos que quedan por liberar en Cuba? Diario Las Américas. Fuente: Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional (CCDHRN). http://www.diariolasamericas.com/5133_cambio-historico/2880967_organizacion-ddhh-cuba-menciona-otros-presos-deberian-ser-excarcelados.html





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THE ROLLING STONES, BARACK OBAMA and The NEW CUBAN REVOLUTION

Dateline Sunday March 20 2016 / J. A. TRILIEGI / BUREAU OF ARTS AND CULTURE NEWS



The door to CUBA has opened up and the leading band in Rock and Roll will be the First to play: THE ROLLING STONES. President Obama and his family have already arrived and The Stones are slated to play this Friday. The people of CUBA have gone without assistance from America for far too long, due to policy, politics and pettiness. Why punish the people, when often their leaders are lacking in the trust a free society depends on ? The everyday people of CUBA deserve to have the resources and respect, the support and supplies, the opportunities and offerings we now take for granted, here in America. Due to many of these policies, the Cuban people have suffered, on the other hand, their Island, is a geological wonder, with many of the natural, plant and animal life intact beyond compare. Most Cubans are not running around on their cellphones, playing games, like many of Americans today. They are not waisting precious foods, resources, time and money, as many Americans are. 

" The everyday people of CUBA 
         deserve to have the resources 
               and respect, the support and 
                    supplies, the opportunities 
                       and offerings we now take
                            for granted, here in America. "


The Cuban people have survived without much support from America and they have come out the other end, independent, while somewhat hungry, strong while still sensitive, soulful while still struggling and through it all, they are still beautiful, respected and islanders, with that special magic, that only islanders contain : Sicily, Bali, Hawaii, Jamaica, to name a few. Having gone to school, grown up with, and worked closely with Cuban Americans, I have learned much and still have so much more to learn about Cuba, it's history and it's people. We hope that those on both sides of the political divide, will realize that, it is the people who suffer, when their leaders, who set policy, are confused with the actual populist of any place, be it, Israel, Cuba or even America.  Viva CUBA and VIVA Cubanos! The way to Liberty is through an open door. The door is now open, lets begin a dialogue, that can transform it's leaders, liberate its people and create new policy for the next generation of Cuban people: A Salute'.


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LINKS TO CUBA: 

The Rolling Stone to Play in CUBA 
The Miami Herald: 

The President Arrives in CUBA 
VOA NEWS: 

Hey NOW 
CUBAAmerican Relations :

French artist JR and Cuban American artist José Parlá  
THNKR

Cuba Unlocked Documentary:
ABC 25 WPBF :

Early Cuban Revolution Film: 

Che Guevera Documentary : 

CUBA Documentary 
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TENT CITY IN DURANGO : IS IT A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION ?

Dateline Saturday March 19th 2016

Hello, This is Joshua A. Triliegi, some of you may have read my Literature, some of you may have read the BUREAU of Arts and Culture Magazine, others have collected my Artworks and others still, read us on-line. . There has been much talk about TENT CITY in The News over the past decades. Recently, I was surprised to see Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Discussing his Pride at Operating a Facility at 120 degrees. [ The link is provided below ]. There are a lot of Tent Cities across the world. The one in Durango, Arizona is operated by Joe Arpaio and is said to be one of the worst Human Rights tragedies around. I want my readers to know that I have offered to stay at Tent City for a Week and I will raise the money to pay for the stay, by my own supporters. Bernie Sanders and human rights activists and protesters, around the world, have their opinions of what is going on there. I would like to stay there and find out for myself, what it is like. This is not a joke, this is not a belittlement of Human Rights or Prisoners suffering, this is a serious offer. 


So then, here is The Challenge, and for those of you who watch television, lets frame it like this : WHO WANTS TO BE A PRISONER ? : One lucky Winner will get to spend 7 Days and Six Nights in Beautiful Durango County, Arizona:  2939 W. Durango Street Phoenix, AZ 85009 Phone: (602) 876-5551. I am The Winner. For those of My Many Readers in the ART World, lets consider this a Guggenheim Performance Project not unlike Joseph Beuys and his many students of thought ie: Matthew Barney.  For those of you in the media, my fellow reporters, this would be a non imbedded situation, one in which I am allowed to freely observe the situation. For those of you in law enforcement, this would be considered the ultimate, Ride Along. I am serious about the offer.



" Hot Chili Peppers in the Blistering Sun, Dust on my face and my cape. Me and Magdalena on the run, I think this Time we shall Escape… "   
                                                          - Bob Dylan / Romance in Durango


The Tents Jail was begun in 1993 when Sheriff Joe Arpaio was able to obtain some surplus military tents. These tents were set up in an area adjacent to one of the existing Maricopa County Jails in Phoenix, Arizona. Sheriff Arpaio had previously decided that he would not release any inmates due to jail overcrowding, and housing sentenced inmates in the tents seemed a good solution. Funding for the project was minimal, and included the cost for cement necessary for base pads, secure fencing, and electric costs for heating, cooling and lights. The Tents Jail can currently hold up to 2,126 inmates. This According to The Official Website. 


"At the corrida we'll sit in the shade, And watch the young torero stand alone, We'll drink tequila where our grandfathers stayed, When they rode with Villa into Torreon… "
                                                 - Bob Dylan / Romance in Durango


Arpaio styles himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff." He has been accused of abuse of power, misuse of funds, failure to investigate sex crimes, improper clearance of cases, unlawful enforcement of immigration laws, and election law violations, amongst others. He has been found guilty of racial profiling in federal court, with a monitor appointed to oversee his office's operations. His jails have twice been ruled unconstitutional. The U.S. Department of Justice concluded that Arpaio oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling in U.S. history, and subsequently filed suit against him for unlawful discriminatory police conduct. As of September 2015, cases involving Arpaio or his office have cost Maricopa County taxpayers $142 million in legal expenses, settlements and court awards. This According to Wiki-Pedia. 


"The way is long but the end is near, Already the fiesta has begun, The face of God will appear, With His serpent eyes of obsidian… " 
                                         - Bob Dylan / Romance in Durango


Help me to raise the money, the support and the Political Cooperation to make this dream come true. I will be allowed to write about the adventure, and share with you, my great and many readers around the World, what It Actually is like. I have already Officially requested to do so, with the Sheriff's office and will soon begin filing whatever paperwork may be needed to make this unusual event occur. Although tours are given, twice a day regularly, this particular request will take the full cooperation of many of the federal, state and local agencies. As the offer trails up the chains of command, the BUREAU of Arts and Culture Magazine will begin to accept donations to make this event a reality. Stay tuned for more on this and other matters of import at all 12 BUREAU OF ARTS AND CULTURE WEBSITES. Thank You. 






LINKS TO THE TENTS and MORE: 


" THE 120 degrees … Thats the Way I Operate the Tents. "










 THE EUROPEAN REFUGEE CRISIS : 
WHERES THE LEADERSHIP ?



"EXODUS : Movement Of Jah People …  So we Gonna walk, all right,  Through the Roads of Creation. We the generation, Tell me why, Trod through Great Tribulation ? " 
                                 
                               -   Sung By BOB MARLEY / Co Written By Ernest GOLD


Dateline March 18th 2016

Are Wealthy Actors, Political Dissidents Artists and Independent Writers the only People who actually Care about the Woes of the World ?  Thousand and thousands of people are pushed out of their country, with no where to go, on boats, through mountains and valleys, across borders, dying, hungry, broken , and the only people who seem to be coming to their aid, are those of us in the Creative Realm: Film, Art and Literature. What would Kant, Hugo and Nobel make of this ? And What is the F*ing point of a Unified Europe, if none of the European Leaders are actually willing to mobilize their military muscle and change whatever situation is pushing these thousands and thousands of people away from their homes ? Germany, France, Belgium and it's twenty-something EU leaders seem to be EGO-ing out over ways in which they will convince the great Island of the United Kingdom to join the E.U.  Why don't they show how powerful the EU actually is, by Doing Something Immediately about this refugee dilemma ?  Or Do We Have to Wait for my compadre, Spielberg to make a film about it in Fifty years ?

Sitting around board meetings, playing games, while tens of thousands of people are without homes. This is insane. Show us your leadership, show us why your Big Strong Unified Group is worth being a part of, and FIX whatever shoved these innocent people off their property. If it were happening in Paris or Berlin or London, we all know damn well that everybody would be up in arms. So then, where is the HUMANITY ?  Stop whoever and whatever has pushed these people. Stop toying with the lives of others. A Unified Europe has to show more maturity, more solidarity and instead of arguing about where the people should go, trading humans like pawns in a royal chess game: Get Your Unified Lives Together and DO SOMETHING, NOW. 


"Move! Move! Move! Move! Move! Move… Open your eyes and look within, Are you satisfied with the life you're living? We know where we're going, We know where we're from. We're leaving Babylon, y'all, We're going to our Father's land. " 

          -   Sung By BOB MARLEY / Co Written By Ernest GOLD


Why should Ai Wei Wei, the highly respected Chinese Artist, who has put his own life on the line, against a fascist dictatorship, Angelina Jolie, who has undergone extreme health issues and a writer such as myself, have to remind The responsible leaders of the Worlds wealthiest and most powerful Countries in Europe, a place we all love, respect and honor, to fix the problem and stop blaming these people, who need homes, food, shelter, but most of all, they need someone strong enough, smart enough, unified enough to actually let them GO Back HOME. Nobody is talking about that simple answer to the problem. So then, get on it. Show the world that you can do more than sit around tables playing games for the cameras in your cute little suits and outfits: Be Leaders and lead. Englanders are very concerned about losing their individual voice as a culture, and no wonder ? Who wants to sit around a table with 28 egoists, who can't even figure out how to get these people back home to a safe zone ? This is obvious what you commonly call an OPINION Piece. I don't do a lot of these, but, I just can't simply watch my fellow Artists, Actors and Writers have to carry the brunt of the load. It's time for European Leaders to make the change necessary, even if it means, Military Intervention. Then you won't have to sit around and ponder who will accept how many and for how long ?


"Jah come to break down Oppression, Rule equality, Wipe away transgression, Set the captives free. Exodus, all right, all right! Movement of Jah people! Oh, yeah! Exodus, movement of Jah people! Oh, now, now, now, now!  " 

            -   Sung By BOB MARLEY / Co Written By Ernest GOLD



Is this a future HOLOCAUST ? Is This Another ARARAT ? It's time for The EU to actually do some Unifying. Surely, if IRAN can purchase millions of dollars worth of products from France and Italy, which might have seemed unheard of a few years ago, than maybe, if The EU actually shows some leadership, some diplomacy and some Might, maybe they can bring peace to the Homeland of These Refugees and show us how great a Unified Europe really is ? Than, maybe The UK and its great people, might actually see Why, they should hold hands across the water. Who knows what history has in store for us as a human species ? Is it not time to open our hearts, our minds and our military might and level the playing field, so these people can simply Go HOME.  Meanwhile, the Actors, the Artists, the Writers will continue to force your hands, your hearts and your Leadership in the correct direction.  We are watching YOU, don't worry about watching US ! We are simple servants in the ARTS, You are actually World LEADERS. So Then, Lets Actually See You LEAD. Oh, By the Way, To The PRESS and French Government: The Encampment in Calais is NOT a JUNGLE: Its a GHETTO. 


                                       - J. A. TRILIEGI / Writer 

                                         BUREAU OF ARTS AND CULTURE


AI WEI WEI :

ANGELINA JOLIE: 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpNd9-BCUqc 




BUREAU NEWS NOW: Are Washington Senators Gambling with a Nominee, or are they actually gambling with Our Lives ? Donald TRUMP, The EPA, Orrin Hatch and Toxic America are All Elements that make up Today's Observations in The BUREAU NEWS


Dateline March 17th 2016  BY J. A. TRILIEGI  


PBS News Hour Speaks to Both obstructionists and the willing in regard to The Vacant seat currently effecting US Law via The Less than complete Line up here in The United States' highest Law of The Land. But There is more to this philosophy and rhetoric as well as Issues pertaining to the Safety of AMERICANS in Their Own States, such as UTAH, For Instance. Mr Orrin Hatch, The Republican from The great State of UTAH, who opposes The Supreme Court nominee process, until AFTER The Election has a history, that many in his own State, regard as TOXIC Ignorant, Take a look … 

The Full Interview: 

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) Democrat MINN. :

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)  Republican UTAH : 

In the related matter, Senator Hatch uses the word, "TOXIC," more than a few times, during the Interview, maybe he needs to look at what's happening in his great State of UTAH, regarding its policy on toxic waste. It is The Second Highest Ranking TOXICITY STATE IN THE ENTIRE UNION:  525,457,493 Pounds of Toxic Chemicals, to be exact, according to: 

Marc Weinreich Reports in THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE:


Since Donald Trump has recently announced that he would shut down The EPA, the agency responsible for Protecting Americans from Corporate and Governmental policy that KILLS everyday Americans. Maybe Mister Hatch is  sitting on a few eggs, in hopes that the disastrous aspects of his party, the  Republicans/GOP, and its recent and complete, utter disarray with its populist membership, will somehow, Win an election, Nominate a Supreme Court and then steadfastly dismantle the great programs, that make America Great, ALREADY. 


Even when Hatch created a bill to provide Compensation for victims, those left behind after a TOXIC death, had this to say, according to The Deseret News article dated,   Feb. 12 2001 Entitled, "Toxic Utah: A land littered with poisons / Utah has paid high price for U.S. military might, " By Lee Davidson and Joe Bauman : 


"No amount of money will restore one hair to her head at this point. The government murdered my wife."  Obtaining money for people such as Isaac Nelson may be difficult the next few years. The Justice Department ran out of money for claims last spring — and has approved $20 million worth of claims since then that it has been unable to pay. To make matters worse, the department only requested $13.9 million worth of funding for claims this year — not enough to cover even those claims already approved. On top of that, changes that Hatch made to allow more people to qualify are expected to bring $70 million worth of claims a year, beginning in 2001. That means the Justice Department will likely be $76 million short of money to fund all claims this year."


The Deseret News Full Article:


Going back even further, to 1991 under the headline, " GARN AND HATCH DON'T HELP UTAH By Fred Engelbrecht : 

As usual, Garn and Hatch are on the wrong side, giving in to special interest groups and going against the environment. Neither of them has looked out for Utah or the majority of its people.Garn helped Utah become the "toxic waste dumping grounds." He was instrumental in bringing chemical gas to Utah. He stated, "Denver is too highly populated, and the gas should be shipped to Utah." You would think he was a Colorado senator. Both men are zero on environmental issues. The greatest devastation to our land and wildlife is through sheep and cattle grazing. Every year, hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands are turned into a moonscape. The stockmen also brought back cyanide poisoning for predators and also "predation control." Soon there won't be enough food for our wildlife. Their future couldn't be in worse hands, the Wildlife Bureau, which is controlled by stockmen and hunters. The grazing fees should be raised, and raised good. Now, the stockmen are grazing our lands for peanuts. If Garn and Hatch were really conscientious, they too would be looking out for the land and its wildlife. It was a black day for Utah when they were elected.


GARN AND HATCH DON'T HELP UTAH : 

USA Today 
Heres More on the Toxic Issue in UTAH :

Salt Lake Tribune:






The Party is OVER: Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been a CONSERVATIVE ?

by J. A. TRILIEGI  For BUREAU OF ARTS AND CULTURE MAGAZINE NETWORKS

Dateline March 6th 2016


The American Conservative Party is currently going through a transformation, to say the least. Some would blame current front runners in the 2016 Presidential Campaign. Others blame those on Capitol Hill, others still will blame the current democratic President and his party members. Who is to blame for the dissolving unification ? How far back does this splintered situation go ? When was the last time a United States president actually conserved, while claiming to do so ? Will there be a backlash within the everyday populist or are what we witnessing that backlash now ?  How long will it be before we will be asking Conservatives : Are You Now, Or have You Ever Been a CONSERVATIVE ? What values did they originally espouse and when did they first lose those values ? 


Some would say that it all started after the failed assassination of Ronald Reagan. The Iran-Contra Situation and the unravelling of Conservative values exposed through other events, in the background. Others might say that Richard Nixon alone, ruined the republican party and it's conservative values by using the FBI, the CIA and other governmental devices for his own personal and paranoid ideas of culture in America.  



"How far back do we have to go, to find a Republican President who had something to offer all American's ? " 



Theodore Roosevelt, The Nobel prize winning, 26th President, gave us The National Parks, which are currently being scrutinized by certain Governor's for the drilling of oil, the exact opposite of Theodore Roosevelt's idea of preserving the beauty of America for those Americans who are not yet born. His Anti-trust laws would today, have most so-called conservatives up in arms. Including many in power today. These are some of the reasons why current so-called Conservative representatives are finding their party in total turmoil and disarray.  The average so-called American Conservative has not been properly represented since Ronald Reagan, and even then, many of his polices and those of his administration were extremely hurtful to our International allies. 



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Certainly Eisenhower, The U.S. General and 34th President, in his final speech as president, warning us all of the growing, "Military Industrial Complex," gave us something very important to ponder. His final speech as President talked of the warnings of power, he spoke of loving one another and he warned us of many things which have now come to light. His fear of the growing, "Business of War," may have been a warning that future wars, such as the then, unforeseen madness of Vietnam, would be based on the selling and destruction of expensive machinery, weaponry and blatant misuses of American Soldiers lives and indeed, that is exactly what occurred. The same paradigm was repeated with George Bush Junior and his relationship with Donald Rumsfeld, who was a carry over from Richard Nixon's Administration. We saw policies such as Over-time pay taken away from everyday soldiers, just prior to our engagement in The Middle East /Weapons of Mass Destruction debacle and many families of American Soldiers were in a panic to support their extended family members overseas and abroad. We also saw a lack of protective equipment, to the extent that many seriously aware military families actually purchased and sent protective equipment, such as night seeing goggles and other action oriented gear to their sons and daughters overseas. There were more mortgage related issues and lost homes for soldiers working overseas, than there had been in decades during that time. We also saw, relatives of Bush's cabinet members investing in overseas shipping and freight companies, thus profiting from the policies of his administration's war. During World War II, in the 1940s, regular Americans received job opportunities, fifty years later, by the 1990s, only those in power seemed to profit from the war machine. 


"We are finding ourselves truly and nakedly no longer able to simply argue over abortion, religion and immigration and still get anything done in America. "


Now we are hearing a lot of rhetoric, a lack of compassion, a reality television campaign style that has real Conservatives confused, angry, looking for a candidate that will represent them and their core values. What are those values ? Are they based on an America from 1963, an America that no longer exists ? Is it time for everyday Americans to rethink the labels ? Have we been duped, a question I often ask and always answer : YES ? The duality and opposition paradigm is shifting to the center. We are finding ourselves truly and nakedly no longer able to simply argue over abortion, religion and immigration and still get anything done in America. It may be time to rethink the entire opposition arguments that are presented to us by: The Press, The Candidates and Our Own History. It may be time to, "…Tear down That Wall," to quote Ronald Reagan. The ideological wall that keeps us as Americans, UNITED. The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, It's such a lovely idea. And yet, our water is poisoned, our kids are being molested, our schools are being shut down, our infrastructure is falling apart, jobs for ethnic and urban youth are nil, and the celebrity celebration of banal facts regarding the 1% is simply all that Americans are being told matters. The disney-fication and sexualization of everything in our lives has almost gotten to an embarrassing level of intellect. Even the average American knows that this game has gone too far. 



Randall Hill, writing from REUTERS, explained in a recent article that, "Maybe what we’ll find is that the Reagan revolution and the last few years of tea-party orthodoxy were just a phase in which the GOP was transitioning back to an ideologically broader party, a la the days when Nelson Rockefeller and Barry Goldwater were both contenders to land at the top of the ticket, except this new party may be even ideologically messier than the old one."  Yes that is very possible. 

Joe Scarborough declared recently, on his, Morning Joe Show that “I think Haley Barbour and a lot of the Republican leaders would much rather Hillary Clinton be President of the United States than have Donald Trump represent them as a Republican.” And it is hard to imagine any die-hard Bush loyalists supporting Trump after his attacks on Jeb and George. Indeed, it is easy to imagine them delighting in denying Trump the White House.


Hill went on to add that, 'In December, GOP campaign veteran Dan Schnur told Politico, “It's impossible to conceive that Republican leaders would simply forfeit their party. Even without the formal party apparatus, they'd need to fly their flag behind an alternative, if only to keep the GOP brand somewhat viable for the future. Otherwise, it would be toxic for a long, long time.” It doesn’t really matter if that assessment is correct or incorrect, so long as enough powerful Republicans feel that it is correct. I’ll stop short of predicting that a third-party insurgency will ultimately happen. But it seems obvious that it could deny Trump the White House. And for that reason, the threat of a third-party challenge may be the conservative movement’s strongest piece of leverage over a man who seems to be thwarting them at every turn. As long as Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz could still win the nomination, a third-party plot might cause Trump to reverse his own loyalty pledge in the event he loses. But if and when Trump has the nomination clinched, I expect, at the very least, that movement conservatives will make a lot of noise about a third-party challenge. It may be their last best chance to wrest concessions from the billionaire. "


Just two years ago, Ramesh Ponnuru, writing for BLOOMBERG, began to discuss and explain what had happened to The Conservative base, before and after Bush Junior's reign:  

"The dedication of Bush’s presidential library last week reheated this long-simmering debate, which the party is no closer to settling than it was when Bush left office in January 2009. Veterans of the Bush administration shouldn’t get carried away celebrating his recovery in the polls. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has been asking people for years which party they trust most to handle various issues. It shows that voters trust Republicans less on taxes, the economy, controlling spending and reducing the deficit than they did before Bush became the leader of the Republican Party. The only issue on which Republicans do better than they did in the late 1990s is health care, and that improvement is entirely the result of the post-Bush debate over President Barack Obama’s health-care plan. 

Bush’s critics forget something, too: The Republican Party was already in poor shape when he took control. It had lost two presidential elections in a row to Bill Clinton. Republicans had taken Congress in 1994 because the public didn’t want unified Democratic control of the government. But the defeat of Congress’s attempts, under House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to restrain Medicare spending and shut down Cabinet departments had left the party without any clear direction. Democrats outnumbered Republicans by almost as much as they do now."
Source link to The Ramesh Ponnuru Article: 

David Greenberg writing for The Washington Monthly wrote back in 2007 about this same early deterioration of Conservative values as such : 

" No complaint against Bush is more popular on the right—or gets a freer pass in the mainstream media—than the notion that he somehow abandoned the philosophy that guides today's Republican Party. And the most recent insiders to turn on Bush for his impurities come from high stations. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who declined to contest Bush's disastrous tax cut plan back in 2001 when he might have derailed it, used his September memoir to blame Bush for failing to cut spending—a cardinal sin among conservatives. Weeks before, the law professor and Bush White House veteran Jack Goldsmith published a memoir disclosing his dismay with the administration's policies on torturing suspected terrorists, even though he could have denounced the president years ago. Before that, another ex-Bush aide, David Kuo of the euphemistically titled "faith-based" office, purported in his book to expose the hollowness of Bush's program for aiding religious institutions that do social work. Was he really expecting that the church-state wall would be demolished, not just eroded?

Greenspan, Goldsmith, and Kuo have, of course, merely joined a long train of right-wing officials, operatives, and journalists who once genuflected before Bush but are now charging him with abandoning the true path. Consider the comments of a few stars of the conservative firmament. Former Bush speechwriter David Frum laments that Bush never adopted a sufficiently robust neoconservative worldview. "I always believed as a speechwriter that if you could persuade the president to commit himself to certain words, he would feel himself committed to the ideas that underlay those words," he told Vanity Fair in 2006. "And the big shock to me has been that, although the president said the words, he just did not absorb the ideas." This from the author of the 2003 paean The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich these days deplores the "absurdly bloated, undisciplined federal budget." During the 2004 presidential race, interestingly, Gingrich told Fox News that "Abraham Lincoln didn't have a balanced budget. He was fighting a civil war. Franklin Delano Roosevelt didn't have a balanced budget. He was fighting the Second World War. We are in a real war." Pundit Ann Coulter complains of "really stupid Americans like George Bush"—the man she labeled a "magnificent wartime leader" in 2004. And radio host Laura Ingraham wondered this summer if Bush is "too stupid" to understand that his base is angry for "turn[ing] his back on them"—an uncharacteristic move, surely, for the "real man" who "stands by his word" whom she rhapsodized about in 2003. And so it goes. " 

Greenberg goes onto excoriate The Conservative base by explaining that : 

"Indeed, Bush's presidency, far from being a subversion of modern American conservatism, represents its fulfillment. For most of the president's tenure, many of the same folks who now brand him as an incompetent or an impostor happily backed his agenda. Republicans controlled the Senate and the House with iron discipline. They populated the federal court system, built a powerful media apparatus, and, for years after 9/11, benefited from a public climate of reflexive deference to the powers that be. From 2001 to 2007, the conservative movement had as free a hand as it could have hoped for in setting the agenda. The fruits of its efforts are Bush's policies.

So while conservatives may be disillusioned with Bush, they can't seriously claim it's over his policies. Another explanation seems more likely: When the Iraq War really turned sour in 2005 and the domestic catastrophes piled up, the appeal of being linked with Bush's legacy dimmed. Like mobsters turning state's evidence before they're sent up the river, former Bushies began to testify, throwing themselves on the mercy of the court of public opinion. The reason isn't that Bush is an imperfect conservative. It's that he's an unsuccessful one.

One clue that right-wingers might be acting a bit opportunistically in turning on Bush is the sloppy nature of so many of their arguments that he's left conservatism. In seeking to salvage a pure doctrine from the flotsam of the Bush years, for example, his onetime boosters will often say that he forsook a core conservative principle such as "tradition," "humility," or "small government"—or, more vapidly, "adherence to the Constitution," "the wisdom of the Founders," or "honesty in government." But general concepts like these are so elastic as to encompass any grounds for disowning a failed course of action—or so generic as to be useless as defining traits of conservatism. (Don't liberals preach adherence to the Constitution?) It may be fashionable now to deride Bush's Iraq policy as insufficiently humble, but on the eve of the invasion, when Bush flouted world opinion, how many conservatives warned that he was jettisoning principle? And, for that matter, how does the failure to prepare for and address Hurricane Katrina's damage stem from a dearth of humility? Even the oft-heard conceit that Bush has become a "big government" conservative—breaking from postwar conservatism's anti statist foundations—doesn't withstand scrutiny. After all, practically everyone on the right backed his tax cuts, corporate giveaways, and military and security expenditures, which, along with health care cuts, have busted the budget. On inspection, buzzwords like "big government" and "humility" appear to be supple rhetorical tools, used inconsistently and opportunistically, for polemical force or political positioning—not as the basis of serious intellectual critiques. "
  
Source link to David Greenberg's Washington Monthly Article :
David Greenberg, a historian at Rutgers University and columnist for Slate.

Will we see another situation with Donald TRUMP ? Or will this particular Political Distraction end up being another ROSS PEROT Situation. You remember him don't YOU ? Heres a reminder of that situation, back in 1992. Bill Pascoe writes for THE SPECTATOR on The BUSH / PEROT / CLINTON Election as such : 

"Ever since that loss to Bill Clinton, it has been the standard operating procedure of Bush supporters everywhere to blame the loss on Perot’s independent run, and the 19 percent of the electorate he won that November — “a majority of those voters would probably have gone Republican in a two-party race,” wrote Bush’s vice president, Dan Quayle, in this Washington Post piece from April, 2010, before concluding, “Speaking on behalf of the Bush-Quayle campaign, to this day we firmly believe that Perot cost the Republican Party the White House.”

Barbour replayed this canard as recently as Sunday’s episode of CNN’s “State of the Union,” when, commenting on the possibility of an independent run by Donald Trump, Barbour said, “But the big question for me is, most important question, will Donald Trump say to the Republican audience, I will not run as a third party candidate. I will not run as an independent. I understand what happened in 1992, that Ross Perot gave the Clintons the White House.”   First, Perot’s campaign was not the cause of the malady that afflicted the 1992 Bush-Quayle campaign, it was but a symptom. Perot didn’t even appear on Larry King’s CNN show declaring that he would consider running (if the American people put him on 50 state ballots!) until February 20, two days after Pat Buchanan had scared the bejeebers out of the Bush operation by holding Bush to just 53 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary.

Second, the polling data at the time simply does not support the contention that Perot’s 19 percent of the vote came largely out of Bush’s hide. In fact, it shows just the opposite. The 1992 Battleground Survey — conducted and analyzed on a bipartisan basis by The Tarrance Group (a fabled GOP firm) and Lake Research Partners (a storied Democratic firm) — shows the following: On September 30 — the last day before Perot re-entered the race — Clinton led Bush by an 11-point margin, at 49-38 percent, with Perot taking six percent. One day later — the day Perot re-entered the race — Clinton’s lead shrank to nine points, 47-38 percent, with Perot nudging up a point to seven percent. Thirty days later, on November 1 — the last day the survey was fielded — Clinton’s lead had shrunk further, to just four points, at 40-36 percent over Bush, with Perot polling at 19 percent. So, during the course of Perot’s late-season charge, Clinton’s support dropped from 49 percent to 40 percent (a significant nine-point drop), while Bush’s support dropped from 38 percent to 36 percent (a mere two-point drop, inside the margin of error of the survey).  Meanwhile, Perot was gaining 13 points on the ballot — nine points of which came from Clinton, two points of which came from Bush, and two points of which came from previously undecided voters. In other words, to the extent voters left Bush and Clinton for Perot, those who left Clinton for Perot outnumbered those who left Bush for Perot by more than 4-to-1" 


Source link to Bill Pascoe's Article in The Spectator : 


Daniel Larison writing for The American Conservative expresses his observations on the issue in this way : 

"The New York Times reviews the Republican candidates’ foreign policy pitches. I was struck by this passage in Sanger’s report:

In speeches, town-hall-style meetings and interviews, many align themselves with the spirit (but not the arms control agreements) of President Ronald Reagan, knowing it is a sure pathway to applause. Except for his son Jeb, they usually avoid talking about the first President George Bush, now considered, despite his victory in the Persian Gulf war, as far too internationalist for current Republican tastes. I understand what Sanger is trying to say here, but a better way to understand this is that Republican hawks avoid mentioning the elder Bush’s record primarily because they regard his internationalism as insufficiently aggressive and not meddlesome enough. They prefer their “internationalism” to be heavy on intervention, bluster, and hectoring with as little diplomatic engagement and multilateral cooperation as possible. In their view, the elder Bush is a bad example to follow because he put too much pressure on Israel (which was barely any at all), was too cautious in his response at the end of the Cold War, didn’t ostracize China enough after 1989, didn’t plunge headlong into the Balkan wars, and didn’t march on Baghdad. In other words, they reject much of what the elder Bush got right as president, and in the second Bush presidency the party’s hard-liners sought to do the opposite of what the elder Bush likely would have done under similar circumstances.

It is also not a coincidence that a field of candidates with virtually no foreign policy experience is unwilling to refer to the one recent Republican nominee that already had some before being elected. Invoking Reagan is better for candidates with no foreign policy experience, while calling the elder Bush to mind will highlight just how unprepared they are. In addition to all this, the elder Bush came from the relatively moderate wing of the party, so one scores no points with movement conservative activists by referring to him. Besides, praising his record on foreign policy would require the candidates to acknowledge that the party’s hard-liners can be and have been wrong on important questions in the past, and that will hardly help them as they call for hard-line policies today. The neglect of the elder Bush in Republican rhetoric on foreign policy is nonetheless remarkable. Bush’s foreign policy record was by far the most successful of the last thirty-five years, and it was certainly far less harmful than his son’s administration. If a Republican candidate wanted to show voters that he intends to conduct a competent and successful foreign policy, the example he would cite is that of the elder Bush, but because Bush and his advisers are now perceived as too realist that never happens. Indeed, because the second Bush presidency has made the first seem even more competent and effective than it was, the party’s hawks don’t want to mention the latter because it reminds everyone of their own terrible judgment. "  

Link Source to Daniel Larison at The AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE : 

So Then, There IT IS. A somewhat vast and detailed look at what has happened and Why and Where We are now…   But wait, thats not all, if you order now, you also receive a hate mongering candidate who has forced The Republicans in power to make sharp lefts on policies such as Immigration: 

Steve Peoples and Laurie Kellman offer this Observation from ENTERPRISE NEWS:  

" Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States is shoving the Republican Party to the edge of chaos, abruptly pitting GOP leaders against their own presidential front-runner and jeopardizing the party’s longtime drive to attract minorities. Unbowed, Trump fired a searing warning Tuesday via Twitter to fellow Republicans carping about his proposal. A majority of his supporters, he tweeted, “would vote for me if I departed the GOP & ran as an independent.”   The crossfire between Trump and frustrated Republicans became a furious blur the day after the billionaire businessman announced his plan. Beleaguered 2016 rivals condemned his proposal and complained that his divisive positions were dominating attention in the crowded Republican contest. Party elders, meanwhile, warned that too much criticism might indeed push him to abandon the GOP and launch a third-party bid that could hand the presidential election to the Democrats. And Republicans up for re-election in the Senate grew terse in the Capitol hallways as they were asked again and again to respond to Trump’s remarks – a glimpse of their political futures if the former reality show star captures the GOP nomination.  

“This is not conservatism,” declared House Speaker Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s top elected leader. “What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for. And more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for.”  One by one, Republican officials across the country lashed out at Trump’s plan, announced the night before, which calls for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” to help quell the threat of terrorism.  But party leaders are well aware of the possibility that he could end up running against the GOP nominee next year if it’s not him, a threat they have long feared.  The Republican Party, said Jeb Bush adviser Ana Navarro, is stuck between “a rock and a jerk” less than eight weeks before the first primary-season votes are cast in Iowa. In New Hampshire, Republican National Committeeman Steve Duprey called Trump’s idea “abhorrent.” At the same time, he reminded Trump of his Republican loyalty pledge, saying, “I know him to be a man of his word.”  And in Mississippi, RNC member Henry Barbour said Trump’s comments “aren’t worthy of someone who wants to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.” He said Trump would be a “disaster politically for the GOP if he won the nomination.” “It’s embarrassing at best,” Barbour said of Trump’s impact on his party.


SOURCE LINK to Steve Peoples + Laurie Kellman ENTERPRISE NEWS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
And the Most recent debacle for CONSERVATIVES Waits just around the corner as reported by Issie Lapowsky at WIRED Magazine just a few days ago : 

" A cardboard cutout of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands in the CPAC Hub room at the American Conservative Union's CPAC conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on March 3, 2016.  CONSERVATIVES ARE …are confused right now. After Barack Obama won reelection in 2012, Republican leaders thought they knew the path forward: Invest in tech. Reach beyond the base. Take back the White House. That strategy didn’t quite work out as planned, and now, Donald Trump’s resounding Super Tuesday victory has left the core of the party panicked, like so many anxious carnival goers on a Tilt-a-Whirl gone haywire. They’re stuck, slightly nauseated, and spinning.  So what do conservative activists do when they want to try to revive the party, or, at the very least, collectively prepare for the Doomsday scenario of a Trump nomination? Why, they head to CPAC—and completely freak out. The fact is, in a room full of elephants, Trump is the biggest one of all. CPAC, short for the Conservative Political Action Conference, is an annual conference where party leaders, presidential candidates, and activists gather to galvanize supporters. It’s where the GOP’s tailored-suit-wearing consultant class, its cowboy-hat-and-camouflage-suspenders rural faction, and a new generation of libertarian-leaning college kids in matching red T-shirts come together to lay out their vision for the future of the conservative movement. That vision has never been so cloudy. " 

Source LINK to Issie Lapowsky at WIRED MAGAZINE: 

Why The Clouds ? Because Donald TRUMP has refused to attend The Annual Event and instead has vowed to continue his campaign instead. Leaving Conservatives in power wondering what exactly has happened to their party, their base and their values ? We hope that after reading this article, they have a better idea. 



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REPLACING SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SCALIA and The POWER of AVERAGE AMERICANS 

Dateline February 24, 2016                                   J.A. Triliegi for BUREAU NEWS NOW


Republican and Former US Attorney For George BUSH, Alberto R. Gonzales, a Man who played Hard Ball for The Republicans From 2001 to 2007, Says President OBAMA has Every Right to Replace SCALIA and that if there was a Republican president, currently in Office, he would indeed appoint the next Supreme Court Justice. Senator James Lankford, a Republican, from Oklahoma said he would meet with any nominee who came knocking. "I wouldn't have a problem with that. The President's going to do his job and I'll do mine." But Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and John Cornyn, who all have sway, have held firm, breaking a long standing tradition and dragging their heels on this issue. This could indeed back fire on these gentlemen.


Historically speaking, Democrats win elections when Americans are mobilized, and this little issue, is definitely going to mobilize a youth vote, a female vote and an ethnic vote, creating possibly a historical turnout for this years election. Already, all across the nation, people are being inspired by the type of exchanges happening with what we might call untraditional and extreme or radical ideologies, when it comes to candidates. Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton all come with a cache of exotic ideas that have grabbed the interest of non political or traditional voters. Trump for his shear audacity, Sanders for his keen ideas on transforming the system and Hillary, a woman, who was once a First Lady.  

One can't help but wonder if this type of refusal to serve the people of America will also send a backlash to the very people who voted for many of the heel draggers. It's one thing to side with your constituency, its one thing to vote with your ideals, its one thing to weigh-in on the issues that concern your state, your city, your town, your district: but it's another thing all together, to simply oppose doing your job.  We have seen this time and time again throughout the past seven years. No doubt, these men are telling their voters, that this is what must be done. But, I personally, get a sneaking suspicion, that the average American is getting tired of all the in-fighting, the polarization, the cat fights and dare I say, bitching and moaning. All this has got me thinking.  

Isn't time, wether you are a democrat or a republican or something on either side, that we as Americans, as Soldiers, as College Students, as Construction Workers, as Immigrants and original Americans, as working class and even the elitist, isn't time we actually made these guys work for that position ? They know how to raise money, but are they serving us ?We are so willing to criticize police officers for not serving and protecting, yet we seldom call our highest politicians on their lack to do so.  Even in my business, we have these divisions. If you work for the FOX Network, you criticize the Left. If you work for Democracy Now, you criticize The Right. O.K. thats a generalization, sort of. But you get the idea. Hey, its never going to be a Love Fest, we know that. But do we have to escalate this situation into a cultural civil war ?  

I think the average person in America probably cares a little more about his fellow American in another state, than many of our representatives would not only, care to believe, but more than they would actually like. We all want good jobs, fresh water, affordable gasoline, safe housing, the chance for our children to buy homes, in other words: The American Dream.  We can't even think of getting close to that dream, if we don't hold these Senators, Congress persons, City Council Members and other representatives more responsible,  AFTER The Election Cycles.  


We all get emails urging us to send money for this, send money for that. So and so said and did this, I need you to send money. Are we are all being manipulated, by fear, by ideology, by issue related beliefs which we differ on, by religious values and daily events ? Your damn correct we are. As the editor of this magazine, I look for good Art, Music, Literature and talented people all across the country, if its good, I am interested. This process has transformed my idea of America and Americans. I have never been more proud, when I discover someone who has got something special. I personally do not care if they are religious or not, if they are ethnic or not, if they have a different lifestyle than I, in fact, I hope they do, than maybe, the conversation we have, may shed some light on my own life and in doing so teach me something about their America. Because everyone here has an America. When I listen to Charlie Daniels or Patsy Cline or Waylon Jennings, I hear an American story. When I listen to Grand Master Flash or George Clinton or Ice Cube, I hear an American story. When I listen to West Side Story or Appalachian Spring or Jimi Hendricks playing The National Anthem, I hear an American Story.  

So then, is there a way for us to share this great land and have our representatives take care of our business properly ? Our water is polluted, medication is too high, roads and infrastructure are in dire straits and thousand of teachers were laid off in the past six years. It's almost maddening, if not overwhelming. We all have cell phones, we all have the new toys and technology, but many of us are still out of touch. Where is the power ? Is it by trusting in a representative, or is it in transforming them into something different than what we have been given, for most of our entire lifetimes. Tall order ?  Maybe.  Impossible ?  I don't think so. So then, lets vote for our candidates, but lets all remember, WE Are The AMERICANS. We Choose Policy. We hold the strings, they do not. And yet, we are constantly yanked, this way and that. Why do we only mobilize with those who look like us, act like us, believe like us ? They say that's human nature. 

When disaster hits, when there is an Earthquake, when there is a Hurricane, when people die in large numbers, we let our guards down, and we, as Americans, tend to be pretty damn beautiful, brave and bold. Lets not wait for another disaster to take Control of Our Country.  Lets do that now, by reminding these gentlemen and ladies that winning an election is not the end all goal, nor is reelection, this is not a game, as they would have us believe, this is Our Damn Lives. And Every American Deserves Representation. There is no Superbowl ring for the soldier. There is no Grammy for the Construction worker. There is no Oscar for ME or YOU. What we get is a non participation game. Well, you know what?  F-That!  We want to participate in the American process. 


We, as individuals, must find a way, to communicate, beyond beliefs, beyond borders, beyond states, beyond cities and counties. This magazine has given me an excuse to do so, but I have a feeling that we all need to reach out beyond our favorite baseball team, our favorite celebrity on television, our favorite religion and lifestyle. All of America is great. Why should we only hear this from our Representatives, every four, six and two years ?  Lets look at the records and not the rhetoric, lets look critically, at each and every representative and ask ourselves, beyond republican and democrat, if they are actually doing what we ask, what we want and most of all What We NEED ? Who am I to say, My Grandmother's Cousin was Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, that's who. Although, Supreme Court Judges are meant to serve throughout their lifetime, Arthur was asked to step down, in a very rare instance, which I will save for another time. I was born the same week in 1965. Hey, you must take the good with the bad. 



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Contributing Photographers: Norman Seef, Herb Ritts, Jack English, Alex Harris, Gered Mankowitz, Bohnchang Koo, Natsumi Hayashi, Raymond Depardon, T. Enami, Dennis Stock, Dina Litovsky, Guillermo Cervera, Moises Saman, Cathleen Naundorf, Terry Richardson, Phil Stern, Dennis Morris, Henry Diltz, Steve Schapiro, Yousuf Karsh, Ellen Von Unwerth, William Claxton,  Robin Holland, Andrew Moore,  James Gabbard, Mary Ellen Mark, John Robert Rowlands, Brian Duffy, Robert Frank, Jon Lewis, Sven Hans, David Levinthal,  Joshua White, Brian Forrest, Lorna Stovall,  Elliott Erwitt,  Rene Burri,  Susan Wright,  David Leventhal, Peter Van Agtmael & The Bureau Editor Joshua Triliegi.   

Contributing Guest Artists: Irby Pace, Jon Swihart, F. Scott Hess, Ho Ryon Lee, Andy Moses, Kahn & Selesnick, Jules Engel,  Patrick Lee, David Palumbo, Tom Gregg, Tony Fitzpatrick, Gary Lang, Fabrizio Casetta, DJ Hall, David FeBland, Eric Zener, Seeroon Yeretzian, Dawn Jackson, Charles Dickson, Ernesto DeLaLoza, Diana Wong, Gustavo Godoy, John Weston,  Kris Kuksi,  Bomonster,  Hiroshi Ariyama,  Linda Stark,  Kota Ezawa,  Russell  Nachman,  Katsushika  Hokusai and  Xuan Chen



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OBAMA + GUANTANAMO + AMERICANS + SECTION 1021 + The NATIONAL DEFENSE MILITARY COMPLEX Plus CUBA

Dateline February 23rd 2016

President Obama intends to shut down GUANTANAMO, which makes a lot of sense, as this is Costing Americans a whole lot of Money. We also suggest he turn back the absurd and Constitutionally Questionable SECTION 1021 of The NDAA Bill which Allows GOOD OLD FASHIONED AMERICANS to BE DETAINED without ANY REASON !  Commonly Known as The “Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus.”  

Our Country was actually partly Inspired by this dilemma when The British  Infringed on The Rights of Early American Colonists and British Citizens alike. But will the Powers that be, actually let him ? Could it be that it's not just Congress holding him back, that the National Defense Military Complex Team that took over America after 911, really hold the cards here ?  And how does All of This Tie In with the Opening of CUBA ? We'll find out in the Next Exciting Episode of The Story of Our LIVES... Stay TUNED.

Watch the Video Links and decide for yourselves what WE Should DO. It's AMERICA Afterall and We Have RIGHTS... Even though they have obviously been eroded. 


SECTION 1021 of The NDAA 2013 BILL
Tenth Amendement Center LINK:

AP LINK: 
In 2009 President Obama Declares his Intentions to Close Guantanamo 

Democracy NOW LINK: 
Bush Opened Guantánamo Without Congress, So Why Can't Obama Close It?

Feb 23 2016 Up Take LINK: 
Obama’s New Plan To Close Guantanamo - Full Statement

Congressman Smith Testifies on Need to Close Guantanamo

BBC News LINK: 
Guantanamo Bay: Shaker Aamer (FULL INTERVIEW) 


Film LINK:
CLOSING GUANTANAMO Documentary

Democracy Now LINK:
Obama Signed NDAA Bill Barring Transfer of Its Prisoners?

UNHRC LINK:
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: 

HASC Republicans LINK:
Rep. Mary Fallin - Statement on Guantanamo Detainees

RT NEWS LINK:
USA: 'Close Guantanamo' Protests hit the White House, Washington D.C

Queen of CUBA Celia CRUZ  Singing, "Guantanamera" 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js0rKmv-0Iw     

The Story of My LIFE By Social Distortion : 



IS JOHN KASICH WILLING TO SPEND 8.5 MILLION ON A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, BUT NOT WILLING TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF WOMEN IN HIS STATE for 1.3 MILLION ?


Unfortunately, The Answer is : YES. 

In a recent Article Entitled, "Governor John Kasich Signs Ohio Bill to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding," by Reporter  KAILANI KOENIG at ABC News with a link to the Article provided below.


Excerpted in brackets from the ABC Article : 

[ Republican presidential hopeful and Ohio Governor John Kasich on Sunday signed a bill that aims to strip funding from Planned Parenthood in the state.That money helps support screenings for breast cancer, STD testing, programs working to prevent violence against women, and more. State and federal laws already prohibit taxpayer dollars from going to fund abortions, with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother.Although the legislation does not specifically name the organization — it cites "any entity that performs or promotes nontherapeutic abortions" — and it's believed that Planned Parenthood will be most affected.Planned Parenthood immediately fired back to the news, as the organization's president Cecile Richards claimed the bill will "have devastating consequences for women across Ohio." "It's clear Kasich has no regard for women's health or lives, and will stop at nothing to block health care for the tens of thousands of Ohioans who rely on Planned Parenthood," she said in a statement. ]

Link to The ABC Article: 



But He's willing to spend over 8 Million Dollars to attempt a bid at Being The PRESIDENT of The United States of AMERICA. According to Open Secrets . org

Link To Open Secrets Article:


Is This the same man that told us in a recent debate that he had concerns for his two daughters ? Many of us are having concerns about his ability to lead. Could it be that his six years at The FOX Network and his Employment Time at The Now Defunct, LEHMAN BROTHERS Investment Bankers, which was responsible for Millions of Americans loss of personal values, tell us enough about this man's own track record ?  Is he out of touch with Young and Female Americans of Today ? Or will he do whatever his party tells him to do ?  Where's the Presidential record ? Where's the Leadership ?   Maybe it's time for him to walk away.  Fix OHIO before you try to fix My COUNTRY, Sir.

Link to Lehman Brothers Tragedy:
  






IS IT TIME TO PRAY THAT TED CRUZ DOES NOT BECOME PRESIDENT ?




If you were, a victim of a Hurricane, or a battered Wife, or a Low Income Worker seeking minimum wage, or an Agricultural Individual with some income problems, The answer May well be: YES.




Ted CRUZ, whose Campaign uses the Term TRUST TED, a term that my father explained to me, long ago: "Son, never trust a man who starts his sentence with a statement about TRUSTING Him." ie "Trust me on this...,"  "In God We Trust," Etc...  

TED CRUZ has a VOTING Record that should scare Americans who have troubles and, We as Americans, well at least 99% of us, every now and then, have a few Troubles. 

Will TED CRUZ be there, if a Hurricane Hits our Country ? Will Ted Cruz be there, when women are abused? Will Ted Cruz be there when low income Texans or Americans need a fair wage?  His record is Clear and he voted consistently against these bills, and furthermore, long after ,'Nay,' Votes he had the AUDACITY to show up on MAY DAY and ask us to PRAY for the Very ISSUES he voted against, months earlier!

Lets clear the Air, We as AMERICANS Already KNOW How to Pray. We Pray in over a hundred Languages. We Pray to over a dozen Gods, each with a different name and process and heritage. We want LEADERSHIP, We Want SUPPORT when We NEED IT. We don't want a PRESIDENT Who OFFERS PRAYERS, SIR. We Want POLICY and If YOU Want Our VOTES, You Should have BEEN THERE When IT Mattered. 


CRUZ VOTED AGAINST HR 152 Which helped American Victims of HURRICANE SANDY and then, much later, Ted CRUZ Actually suggested that we, "Remember in our prayers today those who are suffering from the deadly storms that have struck the nation. Pray for our first responders and the members of our Armed Forces who rush to danger to keep us safe. "  [ Statement By CRUZ May 1, 2014 ] 


CRUZ VOTED AGAINST S47 The Violence Against Women Act of 2013  which helped Women deal with Abuses of themselves in times of deep trouble and Violence.  

CRUZ Voted Against HR 2642  Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 which was designed to help Food, Agriculture and low income individuals  and later suggested that we, " …Pray for all those who face daily struggles in finding work and providing for themselves and their families."  [ Statement By CRUZ  May 1, 2014 ]


CRUZ GIVES SPEECH ABOUT PRAYING on National Prayer Day : 





image: Sugar Cane Workers in CUBA By Guggenheim Fellow and Bureau Contributing Photographer Andrew Moore       Visit Andrew Moore www.andrewlmoore.com  or listen to the live, in Gallery Audio Interview at The Bureau Magazine       Archive page, Tap, Choose and Listen  at http://www.bureauofartsandculture.com/BUREAU-AUDIO-ARCHIVES.html
     image: Sugar Cane Workers in CUBA By Guggenheim Fellow and Bureau Contributing Photographer Andrew Moore 
     Visit Andrew Moore www.andrewlmoore.com  or listen to the live, in Gallery Audio Interview at The Bureau Magazine 
     Archive page, Tap, Choose and Listen  at http://www.bureauofartsandculture.com/BUREAU-AUDIO-ARCHIVES.html 

" IS MARCO RUBIO'S RHETORIC GOING TOO FAR or Is HE Just A LIAR ?"

Dateline February 20th 2016


In This Clip, He Claims to be Helping Single Women and Working Class People : 


But his voting records is absurdly in the exact opposite of this statement. In a link provided below from American Bridge 21st Century explains that RUBIO Consistently Voted to leave Poor Families, in the cold and without support, time and time again. 

Mr Rubio even Voted against his Own Conservative Parties Extension of Unemployment benefits that would indeed have effected, 'The Single Mothers,' he claims to help. 

He also said, according to the Washington Post, that, “I Don’t Think A Minimum Wage Law Works.”  This will hurt almost everyone he is claiming to want to support as president. Rubio also voted to cut 4.6 Trillion Dollars over the next decade or so, but The Amendment was rejected. 

Rubio went along with a Sequester, even though he knew in his heart of hearts that, "“This is not the best way to do it but it’s better than raising taxes as an alternative and it’s better than doing nothing." Well, if you talk to the 300,000 poor families who went without heat or cooling, they would probably say, next time, Mr Rubio, please, do nothing.  [ NEADA.org, 11/14/13] 

The same sequester effected 57,000 children's head-start program according to USA Today. But here he stands on a stage with his children, who no doubt went to head start without issue.   [ USA Today, 8/20/13 ] This Sequester also effected 40% of the meals on Wheels programs for the Elderly in The United States.

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This publication recently compared Rubio to Ronald Reagan, meaning, was he just a puppet for The Big Republican machine ? Let me clarify that earlier statement: This man, not only, does not have the charisma, of a U. S. President such as Ronald Reagan, he does not contain the true Cuban ethnic flavor that we all love so much in people such as all the great Cuban Writers, Musicians, and Activists who have, what we commonly call : Sabrosa'.  He won't even open the doors to his own country! 

As a reporter I simply present his record. As a man who personally worked hand in hand with Cuban blue collar workers, for over ten years, I cannot accept that he would help those workers or their families or their children or their children's children. No way pal, sorry. 

I Live, I work, I walk and I talk with Latino Americans of a very, very, wide variety, and after doing so for almost 45 of my fifty years on this planet, I cannot even look in your direction without wincing. You are Not Our President, Sir. I don't know who is, but I know who is not, and that is YOU. 

Many of you originally came aboard to read about Art, Film, Music, Literature, Surfing, Photography and Culture. I implore my younger readers, my Latino readers to check out this Political Situation that YOU are embroiled in, you all have phones, you have computers, you know how to play the game. This is now the time to get Involved with that, 'playful,' energy and BE AN AMERICAN on The Political Front. I do not want you to agree with me. I do not want you to  follow me. I want you to read the facts from your Representatives and Play Them, If indeed they Are PLAYING YOU. 



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BUREAU NEWS UK: Prime Minister David Cameron fends off the EU Madness and sings, "Our House," to The House of Commons. 

Dateline Feb 22 2016 

After much preparation, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron finally takes his deal to The House of Commons, who have until June 2016, just before their Summer vacations, either in or out of Europe, to decide the future of their affiliations with the broader neighbors throughout Europe and beyond. Many seemed amicable, though, time will tell what happens next.




The Mayor of LONDON, Boris Johnson Says, "NO to The EU"
Dateline February 21, 2016

"This is not about wether you love Europe. This is about the ability for people to control their lives." He sited that 500 Million People are being ruled by a Supreme Group.  " It's my view that after 30 years of writing about this, I would like to see a new relationship based on trade… and much less on … control. The last thing I wanted was to go against David and the Government."  He went onto say that, " Because I want a better deal for this Country.  I would like to be in a [ more ] Reformed EU, based on fundamental change …   I don't think that that has been offered. " The Mayor of London concluded that he would not go on television with extensive debates, neither would he join forces with rivaling party members, but, he feels that too much control would be given to an outside group of Individuals that would disempower England's ability to govern itself.  

Video link: https://youtu.be/7dAW-WtVBxI   

BUREAU Twitter: https://twitter.com/bureauNewsNow 

More on This : John Rentoul of the Independent on Sunday, suggests that the Mayor's of London's Wife, Marina Wheeler's Views, a sample, as seen on The UK Humans Rights Site, link provided below, may have influenced his recent decisions...




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WELCOME to Spring 2016 Edition of BUREAU of ARTS and CULTURE MAGAZINE. 200 Pages of FREE Arts + Culture. This New Edition Contains The BUREAU ICON Essay: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . The BUREAU GUEST Artist from CANADA Painter and Sculptor Mr. Erik OLSON  .  NEW  Interviews + Photographic Essays  with  Three from The United Kingdom: Street Photographers  Craig REILLY,  Steve COLEMAN and  Walter ROTHWELL.  BUREAU Dance: Martha GRAHAM,  Plus  Mathilde GRAFSTROM : CENSORED   German Muralist: Hendrik BEIKIRCH, The CLASSICAL Genius: Daniil TRIFONOV. BUREAU NEWS: David GANS on SUPREME COURT, Plus Mexico's DR. LAKRA  Daniel GEORGAKAS on HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST,  The OSCARS WHITEOUT, PHOTO ESSAYS: Stephen SOMERSTEIN at The  FREEDOM MARCH of 1965, Alex HARRIS showcasing The Afro AMERICANS in North Carolina in The 1970s Artist Tristan EATON + The Post Modern Paintings . BUREAU Film: TRUMBO Plus Film Reviews & New Online Articles All Year Round at The New BUREAU CITY SITES Across America and The World Through The Internet . BUREAU is an Official MEDIA Partner for The  ITALIAN  Film  Festival  Plus Our Own  BUREAU  PHOTOGRAPHIC Essays …




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WELCOME to Spring 2016 Edition of BUREAU of ARTS and CULTURE MAGAZINE. 200 Pages of FREE Arts + Culture. This New Edition Contains The BUREAU ICON Essay: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . The BUREAU GUEST Artist from CANADA Painter and Sculptor Mr. Erik OLSON  .  NEW  Interviews + Photographic Essays  with  Three from The United Kingdom: Street Photographers  Craig REILLY,  Steve COLEMAN and  Walter ROTHWELL.  BUREAU Dance: Martha GRAHAM,  Plus  Mathilde GRAFSTROM : CENSORED   German Muralist: Hendrik BEIKIRCH, The CLASSICAL Genius: Daniil TRIFONOV. BUREAU NEWS: David GANS on SUPREME COURT, Plus Mexico's DR. LAKRA  Daniel GEORGAKAS on HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST,  The OSCARS WHITEOUT, PHOTO ESSAYS: Stephen SOMERSTEIN at The  FREEDOM MARCH of 1965, Alex HARRIS showcasing The Afro AMERICANS in North Carolina in The 1970s Artist Tristan EATON + The Post Modern Paintings . BUREAU Film: TRUMBO Plus Film Reviews & New Online Articles All Year Round at The New BUREAU CITY SITES Across America and The World Through The Internet . BUREAU is an Official MEDIA Partner for The  ITALIAN  Film  Festival  Plus Our Own  BUREAU  PHOTOGRAPHIC Essays …


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We Thank: Da Capo Press, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Pace/MacGill Gallery, National Gallery of Art, Georgia O'Keefe Museum of Art, Fine Arts Center Colorado Springs, Duke University, Andy Warhol Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Crystal Bridges,  United Artists, Spot Photo Works, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Art Huston Texas,  Gallerie Urbane, Mary Boone Gallery, Pace Gallery, Asian Art Museum, Magnum Photo, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Fahey/Klein, Tobey C. Moss, Sandra Gehring, George Billis, Martin - Gropius - Bau Berlin, San Jose Museum of Art, First Run Features, Downtown Records, Koplin Del Rio, Robert Berman, Indie Printing, American Film Institute, SFMOMA, Palm Beverly Hills, KM Fine Arts, LA Art Show, Photo LA,  Jewish Contemporary Museum, Cultural Affairs, Yale Collection of Rare Books & Manuscript and  Richard Levy.

Contributing Photographers: Norman Seef, Herb Ritts, Jack English, Alex Harris, Gered Mankowitz, Bohnchang Koo, Natsumi Hayashi, Raymond Depardon, T. Enami, Dennis Stock, Dina Litovsky, Guillermo Cervera, Moises Saman, Cathleen Naundorf, Terry Richardson, Phil Stern, Dennis Morris, Henry Diltz, Steve Schapiro, Yousuf Karsh, Ellen Von Unwerth, William Claxton,  Robin Holland, Andrew Moore,  James Gabbard, Mary Ellen Mark, John Robert Rowlands, Brian Duffy, Robert Frank, Jon Lewis, Sven Hans, David Levinthal,  Joshua White, Brian Forrest, Lorna Stovall,  Elliott Erwitt,  Rene Burri,  Susan Wright,  David Leventhal, Peter Van Agtmael & The Bureau Editor Joshua Triliegi.   

Contributing Guest Artists: Irby Pace, Jon Swihart, F. Scott Hess, Ho Ryon Lee, Andy Moses, Kahn & Selesnick, Jules Engel,  Patrick Lee, David Palumbo, Tom Gregg, Tony Fitzpatrick, Gary Lang, Fabrizio Casetta, DJ Hall, David FeBland, Eric Zener, Seeroon Yeretzian, Dawn Jackson, Charles Dickson, Ernesto DeLaLoza, Diana Wong, Gustavo Godoy, John Weston,  Kris Kuksi,  Bomonster,  Hiroshi Ariyama,  Linda Stark,  Kota Ezawa,  Russell  Nachman,  Katsushika  Hokusai and  Xuan Chen



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Julian Assange, The Editor of Wiki-Leaks has been exonerated of all charges By The United Nations. The U.K. said it will formally contest the panel's decision. "This changes nothing. We completely reject any claim that Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention," the British government said in a statement. The United Nations ruled Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" by the United Kingdom and Sweden since he was arrested in 2010 and that he should be allowed to leave Ecuador's Embassy in London without facing arrest. Philip Hammond, Britain's top diplomat indicated Friday that nothing has changed for the Australian national. "Assange is a fugitive from justice, voluntarily hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy," UK Foreign Minister Philip Hammond tweeted. "I reject the report from #UNWGAD."   According to The Guardian, The panel’s findings were disclosed to the Swedish and British governments on 22 January, and will be published on Friday morning. Their judgment is not legally binding but can be used to apply pressure on states in human rights cases.

Anna Ekberg, spokesperson for the Swedish foreign ministry, said: “The UN working group on arbitrary detention has concluded that Mr Assange is arbitrarily detained. The working group’s view differs from that of the Swedish authorities. We will forward a reply to the working group tomorrow. It will be more clear tomorrow why we reject the working group’s conclusions.”

Assange’s Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, said earlier that if the working group found in his favor, “there is only one solution for Marianne Ny [the Swedish prosecutor seeking Assange’s extradition], and that is to immediately release him and drop the case”. Samuelson added: “If he is regarded as detained, that means he has served his time, so I see no other option for Sweden but to close the case.”

According to The Guardian: Assange and WikiLeaks have been the subject of a secret grand jury investigation in Virginia that has been looking into whether to prosecute them over the US cable disclosures, and the Australian fears that he could become immediately subject to a second extradition process even if Sweden drops its inquiry.

“If one of the orders is that he should be released and his liberty should be assured, we would obviously look to the UK to make sure that it is effective and not illusory, that it’s not just liberty for five seconds, but liberty that is meaningful,” Taylor said.






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The Committee for Oversight in WASHINGTON D.C. is Currently grilling The Pharmaceutical Industry for price gouging, but when we follow the MONEY, It appears to be going directly into The Pockets of The Congresspersons via CONTRIBUTIONS. The Vilification of Individuals is all too easy. The real problem is, these are the same companies that put them into office.  OpenSecrest . org , link below, describes the situation like this, 

"The industry's political generosity increased in the years leading up to Congress' passage in 2003 of a Medicare prescription drug benefit. Since then, industry spending levels have fluctuated, though they have usually hovered around the $30 million range, including during the 2014 cycle when that number was nearly $32 million. 2012 was the cycle when the industry contributed the most -- over $50.7 million. The pharmaceutical industry has traditionally supported Republican candidates, with the 2008 and 2010 cycles serving as the only exceptions. During the 2014 cycle, Republicans received 58 percent of industry contributions whereas Democrats received only 42 percent... "  


At TRUTH-OUT we find that :


"The committee's chair, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), had not responded to a letter from the Democrats requesting that Valeant be subpoenaed to provide Congress with documents related to the drastic price hikes. The pharmaceutical industry has contributed $198,000 to Chaffetz's campaign war chest during the course of his career, more than any other special interest group, although none of the contributions came directly from Valeant, which has focused its political resources on lobbying instead of direct contributions. Industry giant Pfizer was the top spender among drug companies during the 2014 elections with $1.5 million in federal campaign contributions, followed closely by Amgen with $1.3 million and McKesson Corp with $1.1 million. All three companies spent more on Republicans than Democrats that year.

One million dollars plus is a lot of money, but it pales in comparison to the annual salaries of the CEOs at some of these companies. Pfizer CEO Ian Read, for example, raked in more than $23 million in 2014, and Amgen CEO Robert Bradway made a cool $14 million, according to the industry publication FiercePharma." It turns out that the pharmaceutical industry did not become one for the most powerful interests on Capitol Hill with campaign contributions alone. For every $1 the industry spent on contributions during the last election cycle, $7 were spent on lobbying in 2014."

Here is The Truth - OUT Link :



Is this just another posturing hypocrisy ? Can they really make change when they accept this kind of Lobbyism and Contribution?

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Tap The Link The Committee Hearings :





From The Archives:


The FLINT WATER CRISIS



REPRESENTATIVES in WASHINGTON D.C. Are Currently Discussing The FLINT Water CRISIS. 


Is Partisan Politics going to stop AMERICA from improving it's infrastructure, protecting it's citizen's and making life livable in The United States of America ?  We want Democrats and Republicans, who have been at each others heals to Understand that We The People are not at all happy with the way things are being handled on The Hill. Finger pointing,  and name blaming are ruining our Country. You folks need to get over the cold civil war which you have gotten us into and improve your own ability to stay UNITED. 


For Our readers, check out exemplary work by many on The Committee, a few highlighted below: 

Be Sure to view: U.S. Representative for Maryland's 7th congressional district, Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Tap The LINK: 


Be Sure to view: U.S. Representative Serving Georgia's 10th District, Republican Jody Hice. Tap The LINK: 



Here is The New York Times Article on the developments Reported By By JENNIFER STEINHAUER and ABBY GOODNOUGH




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The BUREAU OPINION : The WAR Machine


By Joshua A. TRILIEGI for BUREAU of ARTS and CULTURE 
Images by Peter VanAgtmael Courtesy of MAGNUM Photo


It would be unfair for me, an American, who has never visited Israel or Palestine, to speak with authority on the subject of Prime Minister Netanyahu's opinion's directly. What I can speak to is, first, an understanding that his generation has experienced tragedy, secondly, that those events, shaped his world view and that thirdly, those views may be out of step with both Palestinian's and Israeli's : When it comes to violent resolution.



Yes, we will always remember The Holocaust. My African American friends will always remember Slavery. My Japanese American friends will always remember the Internment Camps of World War II. My Korean American friends will always remember what happened to their country, when two ways of thinking, were so polarized, their entire country was split into two. The list of historical events is endless. Maybe, nothing quite compares to the atrocious acts experienced in the Holocaust.




Yes, we must stand up to prejudice, to hatred, to people who have been categorically taught to dislike a particular person, be that person Jewish or any other race. What concerns me is the vast amount of Jewish intellectuals who have found it impossible to support the policies of Israel because of it's leadership. What of the people of Israel who no longer want the war to continue ? I hear from my sources, on the ground, that living in their basement's / bunker's for days on end, is not what they wish for their children or themselves. A Call for peace will take years to implement. Or is the war machine so ingrained in society, that this goal is impossible ?





The Geopolitical situation is advancing forward on a daily basis. The leader of Iran is currently visiting Paris and countries around the world, unprecedented change, wether it be on the surface or in policy, is now happening. Who will make peace in the Middle East ? War is a money maker. We not only need to create a plan to peace, we need to rethink an economy where peace can prevail and both sides can profit from a resolution. It's not just up to Israel and Palestine, ultimately, the United States and what President Eisenhower called the, "The Military Industrial Complex," has some rethinking to do.


Is there a peacetime economy in existence ? If not, we could all use some new views, concerning a better future. We hear so much about the current refugee crisis in Europe and few explanations as to why these people have no home. Economic, political and other forces at work. The Jewish people, wether Israeli or otherwise, live in locations all around the world, in France, in Cuba, in America. There is indeed something very special enveloped in this particular faith and lineage. A tradition which has been unbroken for thousands and thousands of years. Who can argue with that ?  What concerns most people, Jewish and otherwise is living a life of peace.




The hype of war, the adrenaline of reactionary violence, the deeply ingrained ideology of opposition and the actual objects, the machinery of hatred, are what truly lies in our path. Leaders who cannot find peaceful ways to lead, must reconsider the consequences of creating a military state. All of this has already been spoken by better, more educated more experienced writers than I. Call me naive. While you do so, be alerted that I grew up in Southern California during a tumultuous time in our history. I know what crossing a boundary, etched by invisible territorial lines, that do indeed exist, is like.





I found life easier by attempting to reach out, to understand, to accept and to befriend opposing parties, opposing members, opposing factions of all sorts. Not the easy route, the difficult one. When people in my area were forced to affiliate, I did not. When people decided to take sides, I did not. And all these years later, those inclusive actions, those small, but significant steps, even though often manipulated by others, made a difference in my life. To this day, I do not live in fear of, 'The Other," whatever that other is. I still believe in a UNITED States. I still believe in the support of the People of Israel. I also believe that peace can be attained.



How much of this situation is channeled by self professed prophecy ? Religion, the great belief that something higher than one's self exist's and yet, we see only division. If you are only praying for your place in this world, your success in this world, your domination in this world, or in the next, I'm pretty sure that, if indeed, the higher being you communicate with, is hearing your part of the conversation, that maybe your singing, maybe your chanting, maybe your gunfire, maybe your thoughts of morality have gotten so out of balance : That you can not hear what that higher being is saying back to you. When we hear someone exclaim the tired old phrase, "Lets have a moment of silence." It often lasts a moment. I suggest we take more than a moment.

   




This WEEK in The NEWS : January 29, 2016

Talkin Bout' Their Generation, Why The Kids are More Than All Right. The New York Times story by Sewell Chan explains How Student Activism all around the World is Changing views on Our History, Our Symbolic Representation and Our PAST.

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  THE ACADEMY AWARDS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR  By Joshua A. TRILIEGI  for  BUREAU OF ARTS AND CULTURE      Film lovers, film critics, film goers, film makers and film aficionados all seem to be giving their opinions, dissertations and criticisms on the lack of diversity at this years Academy Awards. Anyone who is familiar with this publication knows how much we have been influenced by African American Artists, Filmmakers, Musicians and everyday people. From John Coltrane to Spike Lee, from Ice-T to Malcolm X, from Interviews and Essays on Compton Sculptor Charles Dickson, Oakland's JAHI, Leimert Park's Barbara Morrison, Poet Sabreen Shabazz or Baltimore photographer Kanayo Adibe, who is actually from Africa, we at this publication are more diverse than anyone in this publishing game. If you really want to talk about diversity, at least from us, one need only look at my personal commitment to Los Angeles and it's incredible array of nationalities represented in the three year Fiction project entitled, "They Call It They City of ANGELS." I have been watching this controversy unfold and as it unravels, find it is time to join in the conversation.
THE ACADEMY AWARDS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR By Joshua A. TRILIEGI  for  BUREAU OF ARTS AND CULTURE NEWS SITE  
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THE ACADEMY AWARDS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR

By Joshua A. TRILIEGI  for  BUREAU OF ARTS AND CULTURE   


Film lovers, film critics, film goers, film makers and film aficionados all seem to be giving their opinions, dissertations and criticisms on the lack of diversity at this years Academy Awards. Anyone who is familiar with this publication knows how much we have been influenced by African American Artists, Filmmakers, Musicians and everyday people. From John Coltrane to Spike Lee, from Ice-T to Malcolm X, from Interviews and Essays on Compton Sculptor Charles Dickson, Oakland's JAHI, Leimert Park's Barbara Morrison, Poet Sabreen Shabazz or Baltimore photographer Kanayo Adibe, who is actually from Africa, we at this publication are more diverse than anyone in this publishing game. If you really want to talk about diversity, at least from us, one need only look at my personal commitment to Los Angeles and it's incredible array of nationalities represented in the three year Fiction project entitled, "They Call It They City of ANGELS." I have been watching this controversy unfold and as it unravels, find it is time to join in the conversation. 


This is a tough one. For starters, I am from Los Angeles, so  I don't have that chip on the shoulder towards the Hollywood elite that taints so much of the National and International dialogue. Nor am I overly impressed with celebrity, we see it everyday,  grew up with it,  even work with it on occasion. The East Coast film critic's, like A.O. Scott, whom I have always admired and many others, have found it easy to slam, dismiss and criticize the Academy. A simple assessment is any easy way out of actually thinking about and truly wondering what all this is really about. I think this issue deserves more than that. Let's see if we can take this further. Spike Lee has taught many of us, who are not of African dissent what it is like to be, 'Of Color.'  Spike has given us some of the best moments ever. To me personally, these are not black moments, these are simply human experiences, but to many, Spike Lee explained what was up. The humor, the sadness, the beauty, the irony, the struggle, the defiance, the pride and the poverty, all personified, in his many films. I should explain that Spike, for many of us looking to make films in the early Eighties, us without money, was very important. How important ? Well, he was so significant to me, that on my first trip to New York City, the first thing I did, was take a cab from the airport directly to his newly opened store and purchased the Forty Acres and a Mule, his production companies name, sweatshirt, which I still own to this day. We studied his books and we knew that, maybe, we too could make films, without much money. Okay, my personal biases have been exposed, you know how long I've been in this, we got that out of the way. 



Spike Lee's catalogue is a glossary of life as he knows it with many great moments. I even remember the day, the very day that I saw the film trailer for his first movie, "She's Gotta have IT."  Spike is standing on the corner selling, "Three tube socks for five dollars, three tube socks for five dollars, If you don't come and see my movie, I will still be here selling three tube socks for five dollars."  I knew then and there, that this dude was someone I wanted to check out. Same feeling when I saw Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise, I thought, this cat is going to do something interesting and I am going to be there when he does, and, he did. When you are part of a community, wether it is film or art or music or design or photography or surfing or architecture or literature, something happens to you, you are drawn to a particular medium and you either, A. Go to School or B. Seek Knowledge, there are other options, I did a little of both. The point is, if you really, really love the medium, as Quentin Tarantino will tell you, "Than, you can become a filmmaker."  Same rule applies for other arts, to a certain extent. Most writers of note agree that good writing can't be taught, it can be honed, but you have to have something, to begin with: experience. When I was first drawn to the Art World, I was very naive, in my mind, I pictured a world of artists and galleries and writers and thought they would all be waiting to welcome me, like a long lost family. I had no idea how treacherous, lecherous and venomous the experience could be. We all go through this experience. Spike Lee talks about waiting for the calls to come in after his first film, an after school special, anything, but the phone did not ring. I went through that with my art, with my films, with this magazine, and I'm what is commonly known as, "A white dude."  So, we persevere and the work gets better and we continue to offer it to this thing we call a community, but, after all, it's a business and so, we straddle the monster and somehow squeeze moments, images, ideas into something coherently transformative, entertaining, sometimes educational and other times simply something that feels correct, it has a flow, an authenticity and a lasting result of some sort. It could be a film, it could be a book, it could be an image. Filmmaking in particular is an odd mixture of literature, theatre and science. There are levels of excellence and levels of experience and every now and then, even a newcomer can totally blow away those who have been in the game for decades, like Paul Thomas Anderson did with his epic entry into the big leagues with, "Boogie Nights." Speaking of discovering new levels of performing, I will never forget how brave Mark Whalberg's performance was in that film. We knew we were witnessing something very rare. 


As far as Spike's journey goes, it has been harrowing actually, and right from the get go, controversy has been a part of his work, on and off the screen. He was a man of color entering what was considered a white mans medium. John Ford, Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, Cecil B. DeMille, George Stevens, John Huston, to name a few, all great filmmakers, telling great stories about what they knew, and what they knew, was mostly what they experienced, which was mostly from an Anglo viewpoint. Now, you should also know that Italian filmmakers, such as Martin Scorsese also faced extremely harsh experiences when dealing with, not only the Academy and West Coast film studios, but the public's reaction to the films that he had made. Many people forget that his life was actually threatened when the nomination for a young Jody Foster in his epic film Taxi Driver, came to the fore. Eventually, the studios realized that, the public wanted to see these films and the Academy honored their originality and their craft: breakthroughs were made. Francis Ford Coppola, Brian DePalma and John Cassavettes, took what DeSica, Fellini and Visconti had going back in Italy and rejuvenated the tradition. If you were a Swedish American, you had Ingmar Bergman. If you were a German American, you had Fritz Lang. If you were a French American, you had Truffaut. If you were an African American, you did not have a reference point per se, in Africa. You had Melvin Van Peebles, when it came to directing, but most of the time, you had, a white director, a white producer, a white writer, telling a black story. 



The black director working with the black actor, and a black writer was rare, actually, it still is rare. I am sure, through the years, from the personification of the maids in Gone With The Wind, to the criminals in The French Connection, to the entire black-xploitation films of the Nineteen Seventies that African Americans got sick and tired of seeing shit on the screen that did not, could not and would not properly represent who they were, who they are and what they were really experiencing.  Imagine a young Spike Lee watching, for the first time, "Birth of a Nation," with it's blatant viewpoints. That's some motivation to tell it like it is.  The so-called, 'black man,' which is a label that irks the hell out of me every time I hear it. Why do I have to use this label to discuss another human being ? Check out the speeches of Malcolm X on this subject. The very fact that young people today have to REMIND America and Universities and Politicians that BLACK LIVES MATTER is a real sign of where we are at today. The fact that the Supreme Court is swaying so far as to deny the rights of African Americans is simply absurd. Black people are being shot down all across America and here we are with one of the smartest, most patient, charismatic and open minded Presidents in the history of this great land, and, oh yeah, he just happens to Not Be WHITE. So, is all of this a backlash ? Maybe it is. Are we still in denial of our history ? Maybe we are. Is boycotting the Academy Awards going to make a difference ? Maybe it will. But most likely, it will simply start a dialogue and, I imagine, that is what Spike Lee is doing. What many don't know is that Spike Lee was actually given an honorary Oscar Award at the Governor's Ball earlier this year and so, his defiance has a particularly stinging effect. Already the Academy is exclaiming to now expand it's membership in some new and diverse way. Okay, that's a beginning. 


Here is where things get tricky. Will Smith, who is really a progeny of the Hollywood entertainment industry, having started on television with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, forays into pop music and eventually taking on controversial and brave film roles such as, "Six Degrees of Separation," which was a particularly dangerous career choice that payed off well and led to his stellar performance as the Greatest Boxer, Poet and Anti War activist ever in, "ALI," has made a film this year, "Concussion," with a phenomenal performance, as an African doctor, who takes on, of all powerful entities, the National Football League, also known as the NFL. It just so happens that the SuperBowl, presented by the NFL and The Oscar Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, are the two largest advertising events of the entire year. The money to be made selling automobiles, beverages and entertainment products is unfathomable to the average person. The politics of which films gets nominated is much deeper, and complicated than any one of us can imagine. Both media events happen in February. Will Smith, who has done very well with big Hollywood, big entertainment and big advertising was not nominated for an award this year. Will Smith's lovely and articulate wife, Jada, was one of the first West Coast personalities, to come out for the boycott. Unfortunately, it appeared to many, and even to me, that Mr. Smith, having been snubbed, possibly sulking around the house wondering what more he had to do to get some recognition for outstanding work in his chosen business, complained privately and in confidence to his life mate, who then came out against the lack of diversity at this years awards. People in the industry began to dismiss her objection. Reactions came quick and harsh, from former cast members to just about anyone. Lets face it, people are jealous of those who get the big bucks, those who get the accolades, those at the top of the pyramid. What I would like to remind both Will and Jada is that, first, you made a great film, secondly, and most importantly, the real reason you did not get nominated was not at all that you are a person with some color. Most likely, the reason you did not get nominated is clearly because you took on the National Football League in your film. It's the equivalent of my magazine writing an in depth article about how bad for your health drinking Coca Cola and eating at McDonalds is and then calling them for advertising. You made a brave film about the NFL and the entertainment industry sacked you. That is to be expected. These people play hard ball, this is big business in America folks. But, it was a brave move, so, like ALI, you gotta float like a butterfly 'cause you already stung like a bee.  


But wait, that's not all, ye old plot thickens. Conscientious white actors, such as the extremely socially active and aware Mark Ruffalo has now decided that he may not attend. Amazing since he is actually a Nominated Actor in what people call, a "Main Category." First of all people, ALL CATEGORIES at The Academy Awards are MAIN CATEGORIES. The first thing you learn as an actor or a technician in the world of Theatre and Film is the tired, but true maxim that, "There are no small parts, only small actors," The same is true for categories and awards. The fact that Mr. Ruffalo announced his concerns, prior to the Academy actually voting on a final winner is amazing. So then, Spike Lee has made a difference. But here's the problem, do we really want to have this award or that award go to someone of color because there was a boycott ? What will that do to the process over a long period of time ? Will the Academy then be forced to give a person of color a slot because we made them do it ?  The token award, like the token cast member who brings in a demographic ? That could get very convoluted. And then we have to ask ourselves, where are the Latino Actors ? Where are the Asian Actors ? The fact of the matter is, many of the actors in nominated and winning slots have been from England and Australia ? Some media personalities have joked that American White Actors should be up in arms about the Academy's policies and choices. I would like to see powerful celebrities like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett stand up to the Supreme Court who are currently about to gut the rights of African Americans and women across the nation. Who cares about the gold at the top, when the people who watch your films are so damn poor, they have to watch bootlegged versions of your films on the internet ? 


The Songwriter, Actor and Producer, IceCube, who has done very well with his film franchise, starting with the breakthrough, "Friday," which my, 'white,' nephew turned me onto years ago, has received a nomination via his screenwriters in this years film, "Straight Outta Compton." When asked recently on BBC Television, what he thought of the recent upheaval, he simply replied, in that no nonsense style, that we have come to love and respect, that he doesn't make films for awards, he makes them for the fans, he makes them for the curious, he makes them to tell a story, and if they don't get awards, maybe it's time to walk away. Then he added, "How can you boycott something that you never attended to begin with ? "  Which does put a lot of this in perspective. My office is not far from South Central. I see the real problems facing my African American friends and neighbors. My work takes me into areas of Downtown where thousands of African American people live on the streets. I watch whats happening across the country. I read newspapers in almost every state of the union. The real problems of unity, diversity and justice won't necessarily happen through the entertainment industry. We as Americans need to deal with our past. We need a return to manufacturing and jobs. We need to deal with the Corporate takeover that happened years ago. We need to embrace our differences and unify through those variations. If they don't give us awards, and if Coca-Cola and McDonalds doesn't advertise in our magazine, then, we have simply got to do, what we have always done and always will do, in the words of the late great Curtis Mayfield, we've got to, "Keep on Pushin." 






Dateline Tuesday January 19th, 2016

This WEEK CNN Reporters Share with Readers and Viewers The Persons Who Changed Their Lives. Link provided below ... BUREAU Editor Joshua TRILIEGI Chimes In.


THE PERSON WHO CHANGED MY LIFE
By BUREAU Editor Joshua A. TRILIEGI


CNN Reporters are currently sharing 'feel good' stories about how their lives were changed by a person of import. Do We Really need to know who changed the lives of privileged reporters ?  If so, here's a little story that changed my life. 


From the time I was 6 months old, till the day he left the planet, my father, Richard Joseph Flynn, was always there for me. He raised me, my sister, my brother. We bought a modest home and, like most Americans, we enjoyed a middle-ish class lifestyle. My parents worked hard to keep us together, to get us through school and they sent me to college. Both my parents were, culturally speaking, ahead of their time. Sometimes, that was a challenge and other times, it was a very beautiful experience. We were introduced to an extremely wide range of cultures, diverse lifestyles and cutting edge art, music, fashion and the like. My dad had the heart of a lion, the charm of any movie star, the diligence of any father and he had the luck of the Irish. He was born in 1945, exactly twenty years before me. He experienced an incredible time in America, the invention of Rock & Roll, the rise of a powerful youth culture and the tragedies of politics, with the killing of John F. Kennedy. An event that, to this day, neither he, nor I, nor anyone, has truly understood, recovered from or accepted. But, we went on, because, we had to. Something was indeed stolen from America that day, and yet, we learned something too, about loss, about power, about politics and about reporting the truth. I wish I could say that the person who changed my life was my father. Unfortunately, it was his brothers Dennis and David Flynn who did that, the day they stoled our family home from us.  


As stated earlier, my father, lived the life of his generation, no holds barred. That lifestyle, took it's toll and like many, the years on this planet were decidedly about quality, not quantity. The day he died, I received a phone call from his brother Dave, who informed me that my father had died, that he had asked for me late into the night, that he had been dropped off at the hospital and without accompaniment, without notification of me, my mother or my siblings, he had died, alone. "I think I made a mistake by dropping him off at the hospital," I was told by what sounded like a guilt ridden brother, asking for forgiveness, asking for support, asking for a partner, in me. Then I was told that my father had expressed that I was to be an heir to his property. This was no surprise. My father, whom had worked so hard to own a piece of America, had, like many fathers, stated the now cliche' phrase, "Someday, this will all be yours," and my consistent and steadfast response, " I don't want to think about that right now." Who wants to ever imagine the loss of a father?  I couldn't fathom living on a planet without my dad and I sure as hell didn't want to think about or visualize the day when his property would become my property. In the months to follow, the lawyers and liars changed my life forever. They gutted the house, they threw away the valuables, the photos, the artworks, the books, the memories of MY life. A home we purchased as a family, for some 40,000 dollars was sold to total strangers for some 500,000 dollars. Talk about an American success story, looking at the numbers, clearly my father had made decisions that were spot on: I had to admire him as I looked back on his investment. When word got out that David Flynn and Dennis Flynn had stolen the home and neglected my father's dying request, our neighbors, our childhood friends, our witnesses were aghast. People came forward, volunteering to make official statements, on the record on our behalf. I was devastated, blindsided, and down for the count. Unprepared for this type of loss, I called some old friends in the real estate business, to no avail. The houses were sold, the brothers disappeared and the city of Los Angeles accepted half of the 500,000 dollars as my fathers casual will and last dying testament was ignored. 


Don't bust out the violins too soon here, the story gets even worse. Around this same time, I delivered by registered mail, a work of Art, that was my most valuable creation to date: A 100 foot long Artwork which was a tribute to Jack Kerouac's Novel, "On The Road," to one of the world's most powerful and influential Art Gallery owners in the world. Within a few days, I received a letter, stating that the gallery was not currently accepting submissions. There was no mention of the artwork. When I called the gallery with shipping and billing instructions to return the work, I was given the run around. When I called the Art Publications and Newspapers of record explaining the incident, I was met with total silence. Why would the worlds most powerful art media advertiser's side with an unknown artist and lose millions of dollars of advertising from the worlds most powerful art dealer, to support me ?  The answer is, they wouldn't, and, they didn't. I don't need to name name's here, I'm not the type of guy. The fact of the matter is, this happened. This was long before I officially stepped into the publishing game and it's one of the reason why I did establish the current Arts publication that has millions of readers around the world reading interviews and viewing photographic essays, reviews and a fresh dissertation on the arts in America and the world. I learned that if I wanted a voice in my community, I would have to create my own platform and that is what I did. It should be noted the publication did not seek revenge on those who stole, those who oppressed, those who lied, those who ignored, those who watched, as an individual artist rose from the ashes and somehow, with the help of family, friends and philanthropist's, helped to transform a silly little blog into a free, glossy, paper edition magazine, that I personally hand delivered to thousands and thousands of residents throughout California and eventually, an electronic edition that is currently being read by millions of people around the entire world. This might be a good time to thank those who helped and those who opposed, those who participated and those who watched from the sidelines, as far as I am concerned, everything and everyone has had an effect and I thank you all. 


Again, hold off on the violins, theres more. Also around this same time, I was given a film grant by the Actor Ben Stiller for five thousand dollars to create a film program at a local Los Angeles Film Festival, where I was the director of Development, having worked my way up over a seven year period, from a volunteer at the festivals premiere, to the creative producer of a film series based on the letters of artists of note. The film became a creative hit for the community and a group of New Directors, each with a bold and original style. That year, I personally raised fifty - thousand dollars worth of in-kind trades, created the feature film with the help of fifteen tenacious and talented directors and producers and generated an immense interest in the project via local radio, newspapers and my prior supporters through the years. Paramount Pictures presented the film to a packed house and double screening, MTV, David Geffen and Dreamworks were taking my calls and, I would like to thank them for being so open to the rough diamond that I was. Loss is a powerful entity. It makes for good drama, it is the kernel of all great comedy, it is the only guarantee in life and if you can survive, it makes for some very interesting and empathetic energy that no amount of money or success or worldly accolades can provide. I regret nothing of this journey. Unfortunately, due to conditions beyond my control, the film festival did not survive. But I did. 


No violins just yet, this gets even more absurd when my grandfather leaves the planet. Now I'm totally gone. The powerful and mythological shadow that I had spent years studying and documenting, visiting and researching, speculating and honoring, was now gone, and so was I. The party was over. My dad, our home, the artwork, the festival, my grandfather, no longer existed. I missed a day of work the day my father died, at a new job with a film company, during my first thirty days, and was let go. Now you can bust out the violins. Since then, things have changed. With donations, I completely reproduced the 100 foot artwork. I accepted the losses, I forgave those in power, who abused it, I became, according to my peers and the public at large, a writer, with an original voice. I accept that compliment and again, I thank our readers and those who contributed to the end result. So who is the person who changed my life ? My dad ? His brother ? My Grandfather ?  Ben Stiller ?  The Gallery Owner ? The Festival Founder ? Or the only person who stood by me, every single step of the way back up ? I will leave that for you to decide, or guess.  The point is this, if there is a point at all. When you lose like I did, life becomes too important to play games, too valuable to depreciate, too beautiful to make ugly, too incredible to belittle and too damn important to bother with the millions and millions of people, who have not figured this out yet.  So, if I didn't notice the game you played, or the ugly thing you said, or the belittling thing you did, or the fact that you still own a house, have a dad, a job, and or are currently abusing your power: at least you now know Why











Dateline Sunday January 10, 2016
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This Week: SEAN PENN and Rolling Stone Magazine scoop The Rest of The Entire World's NEWS SOURCES by bring us an Inside Interview and a clandestine journalist's journey into the private world of one the continent's most wanted men : EL CHAPO.

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Dateline Friday January 8, 2016

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This Week : Warren Olney and his Producers : Sarah Sweeney, Christine Detz and Evan George have presented through interview and debate a very concise and interesting take on What is really happening in The Current Oregon federal standoff, regarding ranchers, grazing and property issues. Possibly the best coverage on this issue to date.


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Dateline Wednesday January 6, 2016



WHO OWNS AMERICA ?

Native American tribal members step into the federal stand off in Oregon to remind All AMERICANS that if anyone has a right to Property in America: It is The Native Americans. In a story this week by JONATHAN ALLEN at REUTERS entitled, " Oregon Native Tribe uneasy with armed standoff over land rights "  Tribal members explain that History is a book with many back pages, especially in AMERICA. 


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Are Politicians Today Abusing their power by dividing this country into little States with big Issues with one another, VOTERS might start taking a good look at these ploys...

How The Republicans and The Democrats disagree on Climate Issues that are still being considered, "A Debate." Check out the New York Times Article By JOHN SCHWARTZ Dated December 4, 2015. Entitled : Chief of House Science Panel Picks Battle Over Climate Paper. Representative Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas, who is chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is going toe to toe with Kathryn D. Sullivan, the administrator of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, making The US Government look like anyone wearing a light blue shirt can claim scientific authority. The only thing less interesting is the debate between Mr Snow and The Heat MISER in the Famous 1970s X-mas animation film [ links provided below].

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The Democratic Presidential Debate 

By J. A. Triliegi

Dateline Saturday November 14, 2015 


In comparison to the most recent Republican Presidential debate, the Democrats had a love fest, set an agenda, clarified their differences and, it seems to me, are starting to create a cabinet ideology for the American people, before they even win the election, which, if they continue as such, may very well do so. 

O.K. So, no one onstage has the charisma, the excitement and energy that President Barack Obama brought to the elections seven years ago. What many do have is an intelligence, a concern and clearly a compassion for working class people that could entirely mobilize a young, ethnic and elderly crowd who care about the future of America. That is not to say that Republicans do not care about the future, obviously, they do, in their own ' special way.'  

The Democrats have, to their credit, a program of inclusivity for the New America, the young America, the first and second generation America and Americans. It's way to soon to say, who, will get the nominations on either side. Obviously, their are front runners, it's a horse race, but the conditions of the track, have not been identified: I would not lay bets just yet. Looking at how Mr. Obama stacked his cabinet and appointments after his victory some years ago, gives us an idea of how the Democratic National team, does their thing. It appears that they will most likely do the same and, if they do, this could be good news for working class, the middle class, students and a wave of much needed compassion in America. Hey, lets not get carried away, it's politics we are talking about here, not rocket science or brain surgery, this is a Nation.  One thing for sure, it would be beautiful if America realized that UNITED is a big part of our name and UNITED is how we make life better for real Americans, All Americans, in the New America, the America of tomorrow : Today.


Bernie SANDERS : Who would have thought this little dude with the very Big Spirit could overcome all the obvious concerns and send a strong message to people who sold us out long ago. If America can hear his message, if he can convince middle America that he can actually do what he will set out to do, he will make a great Vice President. Yeah, I know, it's still to soon to say and yet…


Hillary CLINTON : Obviously, she's got it going on. Can she clarify how her White House will work ? With Bill, it was daily running, trips to McDonalds and one incredible economy boosting machine, that put America back to work. What will a second CLINTON go round be ? We are wondering and she has wanted it for a very long time. I hope we don't have to turn this into the first woman thing all year long. She would do well to shy away from that type of storyline and deal with some of the things Sanders is dealing with: Minimum Wage, Banks and Campaign Finance Reform.  


Martin O'MALLEY : Yes, he's young, he's straight as an arrow and squeaky clean behind the ears, but hey: he's very honest. Who knew how great the State of Maryland is ? Makes we want to move there tomorrow. He's what we can be proud of in America, and that's always a good thing and he's representing that state and his record with the utmost of straight forwardness, although, lets face it: Baltimore is in trouble and we all know it. 


Which brings up an interesting issue, no matter how great any President is, America, Authority, Government and Technology are at an all time LOW, when it comes to Respecting, Serving and Honoring The People. That said, Bernie SANDERS' call for a Political Revolution will probably be the most energizing aspect of this election cycle for issues that concern America today, and to counter that argument, you will always have The Republicans, who are going to turn this horse race into a World Wrestling Federation match, all the way down the line. 



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The Republican Presidential Debate NOV 10 2015 

By Bureau Editor J. A. Triliegi

Dateline Tuesday November 10, 2015



A Quick look at the Republican Debate has this writer and sometime director of films wondering: Whose coaching these candidates ? As a complete outsider of politics with a few distant family ties to strong and influential politicians in my lineage: Here is my advice. And, this comes from neither a Rep or a Dem viewpoint, just a viewer of the Circus we now call politics in America. 


First of all, its time to admit the your party is in trouble. You went so far to the right that many Americans find it hard to relate to the artifice. You were the party that had at its center: Abraham Lincoln. Your last president conserved nothing at all. Even your hero Ronald Reagan, de-unionized America and made it very difficult for young people to enter Junior Colleges across America. O.K. You gave us Yosemite, that was amazing. But now you are denying global warming, come on folks, your better than that. Stop polarizing and demonizing to get what you want. 


America is hurting because your party and the democrats can't work together to get things done and We The PEOPLE are hurting and we are hurting bad. Maybe its time for a new approach, on both sides, to simply Serve The People ? Besides the fact that your party just lost a speaker, who publicly admitted that he left because his party demanded too much of him in an unrealistic fashion. Get real and get real quick. Here are a few notes as this reporter sees your performance.



Ben Carson : Find more energy pal. Try a double espresso or maybe some gingko biloba, more oxygen to the brain. Also the mic in the ear thing after a debate, makes us wonder who is feeding you answers ? 


Carly Fiorina : Probably, the smartest person on stage. Strong articulation of ideas. I would suggest to talk about your family more. It's O.k. to be a woman up there.



Jeb Bush : The family legacy is dragging you down a bit. Find your center, believe in yourself more. We don't want to know about cute names, we want a leader. Dude, your a Bush, might as well act like one. Toughen up.





Rand Paul : You've come a long way. Command the stage a bit more. Find your inner - President. Send flowers to someone at Fox. O.K. Your fiscally responsible, now what ? 



Ted Cruz : Forget the sweeping arm movements, it's not working. Forget about the boat and the salt air, get on with it. Stick to the short, exacting statements. Loosen up just a little bit. Take three steps toward the center. Your not Joe McCarthy or are you ?




The Trump : Always a pleasure. You cooled down the crazy antics, way to go. Yes, you don't need to mention a website, but you do need to find some compassion. You hosted Saturday Night Live, is it all downhill from here ? 




Marco Rubio : Get Large and get large quick. Watch Tom Cruise movies all this week, the guy is small, but you wouldn't know it on the screen. O.k. your a family man, we got it.  





The other guy : Forget about it. Hey, you had your fun. Your daughters will be fine no matter who is President. Who are you kidding ?


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UNACCOMPANIED MONORS FLEEING TO THE UNITED STATES

Hari Sreenivason and Yvette Feliciano Report from PBS News on Nov 8th 2015 

The Argument: Un Accompanied Children of Dangerous Countries who flee that country to enter America are and should be given Refugee status, instead, many are being represented in court without a lawyer and without proper translation. The ACLU is currently attempting to take Government Policy and departments to task in Court. 

Statistics: 62% of just under 20,000 Children from other countries, many who have fled due to dangerous or precarious situations at home, are currently not represented by lawyers. Although, they are currently being prosecuted by lawyers payed by the U. S. Government. 

The ACLU: Ahilan Arulanantham, a fifteen year veteran of Immigration law Policy is representing The American Civil Liberties Union and calls the Immigration laws in place a labyrinth or a maze. He argues that if the U.S. Government is willing to prosecute, they should also be willing to pay US lawyers to represent the children and or refugees properly.  

Center for Immigration Studies: Mark Krikorian  calls the lawsuit frivolous.

US Senate Sub Committee : Richard Shelby ( R ) from Alabama explains, "We Can't Take everyone in the World." and  "If We don't protect our borders… were going to have a nation of Chaos." He adds, "The sooner we process them and send them back home, the better off we are."  What Mr. Krikorian is unaware of or simply not willing to admit, is that he is actually sending many of these children into situations that include prostitution, gang related opportunities and sometimes, because of family histories and or their relatives previous experience: Death. 


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In a related Story Michael D. Shear on Nov 5th noted in an article in the New York Times that not a single child in the past 365 days has been admitted by Obama's new immigration entry program. heres The link :






This Week: Read in Elder BUSH's BIO by Jon Meacham Exactly Why America needs leadership with a 20/20 foresight and not clarified hindsight in The New York Times Article of Nov 4th 2015 entitled, "Elder Bush Says His Son Was Served Badly by Aides." By Peter Baker.

This Week: Read in Elder BUSH's BIO by Jon Meacham Exactly Why America needs leadership with a 20/20 foresight and not clarified hindsight in The New York Times Article of Nov 4th 2015 entitled, "Elder Bush Says His Son Was Served Badly by Aides." By Peter Baker.


ALSO: Take a Look at The Apparatus Called Homeland Security which George Bush Jr. allowed to be installed by men that George Bush Senior, [ Cheney + Rumsfeld ] now calls out, way after the fact.

Recent Washington Hearing: A Review of Progress by the Department of Homeland Security 

Live Stream Oct 27th 2015   https://youtu.be/M5_deH-8esI?t=1h24m49s

Mr. Lahood : "… On The inspector generals report that found the failure of TSA to find the mock explosives and the band weapons over 95% of the time, So since that occurred and the analysis that was generated from that, if another, say, mock test was done, today, what would be different ? 

Dr. Brothers : " I believe the results would be different, but, I think this type, It would be good to get back to the classified discussion of some of the changes if you like, that have been made.  "

Mr Lahood : " Are you confident there would be a different outcome if that were done today. "

Dr. Brothers " I believe there would be a different outcome. Yes."

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BUREAU EDITORIAL: DIS-organization[s]

By Joshua A. TRILIEGI  Archived and Originally Published June 2015 Summer Edition

What has happened to today's organizations ? There was a time when being 'organized' meant doing something that improved life for the group of people you were associating with. Is today's society embroiled in a power struggle that allows Members Only to be favored exponentially ? Are organizations and associations wielding their power in a manner that could be abusive ? Have you noticed that individuals and heads of particular departments, including the mouthpieces in media outlets and those in the public eye are using their platforms in a disingenuous manner ? If you have answered, 'Yes' to any of these questions, you are not alone. From Churches to Non - Profits, from Television networks to Newspaper publishers, from Markets to Corporations, from Neighborhood to Region, from States to Cities & Counties: we are now experiencing  a shift in the ideology of a Group vs The Individual.
 BUREAU OF ARTS AND CULTURE MAGAZINE /  BUREAU EDITORIAL: DIS-Organization[s] By Joshua Triliegi

What has happened to today's organizations ? There was a time when being 'organized' meant doing something that improved life for the group of people you were associating with. Is today's society embroiled in a power struggle that allows Members Only to be favored exponentially ? Are organizations and associations wielding their power in a manner that could be abusive ? Have you noticed that individuals and heads of particular departments, including the mouthpieces in media outlets and those in the public eye are using their platforms in a disingenuous manner ? If you have answered, 'Yes' to any of these questions, you are not alone. From Churches to Non - Profits, from Television networks to Newspaper publishers, from Markets to Corporations, from Neighborhood to Region, from States to Cities & Counties: we are now experiencing  a shift in the ideology of a Group vs The Individual.    


Of course there are the exceptions, sometimes within an organization, one will find a partial, fair and exemplary individual & even the occasional entire organization as a whole. Though, we should always remember that many clubs, schools, religions and membership style affiliations are exactly created for the sake of empowering that particular group and sometimes rewarding it's members for their behavior within the group. A membership radio station will reward it's listeners with occasional gifts, a membership film festival will rewards its members with discounts to events, a membership museum will allow priority access to its members and a membership religion will go as far as offering jobs, counseling, a social activity and sometimes even life after death. The membership markets offer admission and discounts to products, all sounds fair, yes ? Well, maybe. What happens when non members wish to participate in a related event ? What happens when non members wish to promote or interview or even celebrate something related to this group, be it, radio or museum or marketplace or film festival or even religious ? There is room for abuses of power here and often times exclusive privileges depend on the very rejection of outsiders, non members and 'interlopers.' There are times when actually making an example of an individual is all part of the membership and organization game.  Either on the grand scale, for instance, when someone like Edward Snowden is admonished for sharing secrets, he is made to no longer freely live in America as an American, he is forced to make choices which drive him away from his country of origin.  

On a smaller scale, due to the many facets of groups and group thinking that have slowly but steadily spread into industries such as entertainment and publishing, being a member, is now being offered as entry into an industry, acceptance as an artist and eventually: success. Thats a very dangerous game. I recall visiting a small community on a tropical island, where the original group of natives had been, for many, many 100s of years affiliated with a particular religion. Because I was a visiting person with business contacts in the West, many of the people I met exclaimed how they had converted to a religion which is very popular in the West. I saw how there was a connection between business opportunities for converts and it startled me. Since that time, I have become more and more aware of this dilemma and must confess that I would personally prefer failure to success due to affiliation through a group of members of some sort. There are entire Arts Publications whose only contributors are members, graduates and teachers and or students of that school of thinking. There are entire theaters that exist solely to exhibit the talents and works by graduates of a certain school where people have studied art or film or music. 

  
So then, the financial aspects of this debate now creep into the room. If your parents can pay for your entry into a school or a University, then, talent allowing, you may have a chance. The problem with this dilemma is that, eventually, it sets up a much larger paradigm wherein a whole other group is conversely created, one in which non whites or non asians or non mexicans or non _________ [ Fill - in - the - blank ]  are excluded.  Thus creating a world of clubs, cliques and collectives without respect, regard or reward for non members. Unfortunately, I believe we have now arrived at this particular destination and within the very borders of each city, state and country, the infantile philosophies surrounding this way of thinking are handicapping our ability to progress as a society, a country a planet: we are in trouble people. Had I not been raised in Los Angeles or travelled throughout the world or even been respectful, curious and a learned student of International films, art and music, maybe I would not even be fully aware of this dilemma. Editing and creating a magazine that seeks to speak with the best artists, actors, filmmakers, culturally aware individuals has indeed been an education in this regard. 


"Every now and then, I meet an incredible individual 
          who seeks only to offer the beautiful thing that 
                                   their institute is actually there to offer…"


As was mentioned, every now and then, I meet an incredible individual who seeks only to offer the beautiful thing that their institute is actually there to offer. An example of that would be every image you see in this edition of the magazine from a gallery or museum. Though, unfortunately, more often than not, we receive a cold reception or worse a manipulated, contrived and down right embarrassingly false set of circumstances that include denial of full access, a series of bureaucratic levels which hinder the goal or simply being lied to or delayed or ignored, resulting in a particular due date having since than expired, thus creating the inability to sponsor, participate or include a contribution of some sort. Sometimes, non members are offered some form of limited access, which is than manipulated to show the 'non-member,' how great life could be, if only they joined the club of conformists, believers, non-believers, etc… Playing the game to get what you want. 

These social traps are set on a daily basis. More often than not, walking away is the best bet, though, as a publication, with a goal oriented schedule to promote, affiliate and sponsor social events that surround art, music, film, science, culture and eventually receive advertising dollars to provide a service to the institutes, organizations and companies or non profits, my concerns sometime lead me down the path to investigative journalism: where I am often aghast at the quote un-quote 'members' of some of these organizations. Sometimes this includes a local market or a non profit or an art gallery or even a member of my own government. How far will all of this member versus non member go before it blows up in our faces ? Or is that the point ? Look around at your world. Look around at your organizations. Look around at your own religion, your own so - called group. If you like what you see. Cool. But, if you notice that your superiority is based on the fact that you are a so-called 'member' of a group, that is either based on belief, income, non-belief or lack of income, race, color, age, sex, education, admission fee, a particular lifestyle or some other in-crowd superficial aspect, it may be that you are not superior at all. Quite possibly the exact opposite may be true. 






The HATE CRIMES Essays
The First in a Series By Joshua A. TRILIEGI  Archived and Originally Published 2012 / 2013

  
How they happen, where they happen, how often they happen. Motivation. Locations. Statistics. Why hate crimes happen is a more educating question to delve into.  How does hate start ?


Usually there is a form of history involved. A person or a group of people have a history. Everybody has a history. An event or a series of events is interpreted by a person or a group of people and a reaction is created or a response is activated either without thinking about it or by planning that reaction accordingly. Being true to a certain code, to a certain religion or to a certain value is every single persons choice. We do have a variety of belief systems on this planet, in this country, this state, this city, this neighborhood, this house, this room, this wall, this etc ... 


"Forgiveness Is An Island We Rarely Visit In Todays Society.  Even The Most Religious Of People Have Yet To Learn How To Truly Forgive. How To Forgive When So Much Pain, Loss, Suffering And Injustice Inflames Our Daily World ? "  



The world has gotten so small that forgiving one another for our histories as a people may be the first step in moving towards a resolution beyond these limitations. Hate is understandable when we look closer at those whom hate and those whom are hated. Any group of people or any individual who has endured oppression, slavery, ridicule is going to have some serious and justified feelings about the things that have happened either to them or their ancestors. There is a cliche' which goes something to the effect that, 'The oppressed become the oppressors.' There is some truth in this human condition & yet breaking through a cliche' such as this one is the answer to healing. Forgiveness is an island we rarely visit in todays society.                                                                    


Even the most religious of people have yet to learn how to truly forgive. How to forgive when so much pain, loss, suffering and injustice inflames our daily world ? And what of the forgiveness' s of the past ? Forgive a holocaust ? Forgive years of slavery ? Forgive genocide ? Once a person or a people have experienced tragedy, how indeed do they move forward ? The events of the past tend to shape our current beliefs. Our experience, our parents and grandparents as well as our various countries and continents all carry a history that educates us all. The individual person has to begin to step up for what is correct in today's new society. To do that, to see things with a new eye, will mean that first we must digest our history and re look at what has happened to us through this experience. How did it change our way of seeing the world and each other and how will we transform this experience into a better world for ourselves as well as our oppressors or those whom have enslaved or ridiculed either us or our ancestors. 



" The States All Have Different Values. Different Ways Of Living. We Have Different Challenges. Different Everything And Yet, We Are All United. " 


In some case both. It starts with knowing our history as group of human beings with a multitude of colors, faiths & origins. Clearly we have a diversity of individuals & groups whom share some of the most basic concerns. In America, there is the most basic right as a human to life liberty & the pursuit of happiness. We have a special arrangement which is built into the Bill of Rights, The Constitution and a whole variety of laws which were set in place by a group of very oppressed individuals whom got on ships to create a colony that they decided needed independence. The Declaration of Independence is an awesome document to behold. Many of the founders of the United States of America were being told which religion to believe in by their former country. Many of the early settlers and colonizers were from other countries. France, Russia, Spain & England all had a hand in creating this country.One of the secrets of our founding is the contribution made by Native Americans. Many of the most interesting and American structures of our government were taken from the belief systems of the Tribes, Chiefs and people whom had governed and lived on this continent for thousand of years prior to the forming of this incredible, young and interesting experiment we call The United States of America. United is a key word. We have got to stay united. 
                   


The States all have different values. Different ways of living. We have different challenges. Different everything and yet we are all United. Hate has no place in our society. Hate crimes are happening because some individuals and groups would want others to live by their rules, by their religion, by their belief system. Its downright wrong to carry hate. Any person could find a reason to do so. That same person could also choose to live life in whatever way they see fit to do so. Americans have often been the leaders in progressive ways of thinking, living & working. Los Angeles is a special city. It represents the entire world in many ways. So too is New York City and more and more, the world.



" In the real world, we all lose when hate crimes take over where common sense and respect for one another take a back seat to regions, ideas or differences among us. It  may  be  time  to rethink how our political statements, our religious beliefs  and  our perceptions of one another  as  human  beings  effect  us. " 



We have a responsibility to show the world how to work together without divisive ideas such as how different we all are. In the sports world, there are winners and losers, there are teams and players. In the real world, we all lose when hate crimes take over where common sense and respect for one another take a back seat to regions, ideas or differences among us. It may be time to rethink how our political statements, our religious beliefs and our perceptions of one another as human beings effect us. How do they effect others ? Are you hurting someone else ? Are you creating an atmosphere where only you or your group are correct in your actions ? If so, it may be time to open your mind, your heart and maybe even your pocketbook. At least ponder the questions which are raised here.





TODAY'S RADIO PERSONALITIES : 
Emasculation of The American Male Today

What has happened to today's Male Voices in Radio ?  This does not include your local pop station, or favorite AM/FM Talk reporter. We're talking about National Radio, which includes shows with hosts such as This American Life's Ira Glass, Adam Felber and television reviewer David Bianculli. Vocally speaking, these guys are eunuch's. Now you ask, "What's a eunuch ?" According to Webster's dictionary : eunuch / ˈyonək / noun / a man who has been castrated, esp. (in the past) one employed to guard the women's living areas at an oriental court. / an ineffectual person: a nation of political eunuchs. ORIGIN Old English, via Latin from Greek eunoukhos, literally ‘bedroom guard,’ from eunē ‘bed’ + a second element related to ekhein ‘to hold.’ and there you have it.  So, why did I have to explain to you, my dear reader, what a eunuch is, and not to Glass, Felber or Bianculli ? For one, all these guys were forced to go to college, they all know very well the meaning of words. But can they walk home, in the dark, from one city to another, without calling a cab, finding a bus or hitching a ride in the back of a truck, train or eighteen wheeler ?   Robert Mitchum, the late great actor, whose voice was indeed in touch with what writer Robert Bly might call his, 'Inner - Man,' certainly knew how. He struggled from the time he was just a boy, went hungry, was arrested for vagrancy and eventually landed in Los Angeles and became the man we now know, love and respect. Just because your voice is deep doesn't mean you have a pair. Take a look at Prairie Home Companion, which is cute and harmless, like a good husband should be. It's a midwest celebration of life in simpler times hosted and created by Garrison Keilor. Nothing bad ever happens in Lake Wobegon, where the show takes place, "Where, the women are strong and the men are handsome …" something to that effect. Keilor's private detective routine deflates the Humphrey Bogart model and myth into one in which even Keilor could seem tough. One would be hard pressed to imagine him holding his own with the likes of John Huston, Lauren Bacall or even Sydney Greenstreet for that matter. Let alone marching on Washington for the rights of fellow writers being blacklisted. Even if Bogie recanted his testimony, he had the guts to at least attempt to 'do something' for fellow writers during a time of struggle in America. 


Today's radio personalities are funded by the very powers that they should be able to criticize constructively and accurately or some semblance thereof. Ira Glass's,  This American Life is a brilliant show, but if anybody in America actually believes that the FBI would ever allow a story on this show to 'reveal' anything pertinent to the American public, you are  dreaming. The Federal Government actually regulates, at almost every level, what is being said on national radio. Not only that, but the public may be unaware that everything that is stated on radio is a matter of public record, the same as a statement made in a court of law. Recently, Ira Glass sent me, as well as millions of Americans a request to send in their most interesting, 'DRUG' stories. Now here is a real entrapment opportunity. Some people, no doubt, sent in stories about taking drugs that would indeed be alerted by the authorities, every transmission of communication in this country is indeed suspect from one department to another. Ever since the attack of September 11th, a new system of tracking & documenting individuals was put into place. If the government and sometimes anyone else, wants to know what you ate, what you watched, what you said, where you went and certainly what you wrote to an individual connected with being overseen by the federal communications commission, its a no brainer. Cameras now cover America, almost every store, every street, every eatery, every highway, taxi, bus, has the eye in the sky. Many of these cameras are live and being transmitted to other locations for the sake of publicity or in the name of promoting your business via companies such as google. On the one hand, its for security, on the other its simply 'Un- American'. Question: So, What does all this have to do with the American Male Voice in radio today ? 




Answer: Quite a bit. The war on drugs, which was a total failed approach has creeped into new and creative ways of finding out what Americans are doing for recreation, clearly Ira Glass has a pretty big file on folks who once, inhaled, dropped, snorted and puffed. Everyday for decades, people of color, who are often portrayed on radio as uneducated, overly accented and foolish, were arrested daily for having miniscule amounts of substances, while college students and executives were simply slapped on the back of the hand for posessing major amounts of similar substances. People of color have been abused by the press, the authorities, the media and the general white populist so much that even when a white writer, reporter, magazine editor such as myself attempts to explain, write about or befriend a community other than my own, I am held suspect. As a novelist, my job is to portray life with an authenticity and a, 'No holds Barred' attitude. As an essayist, in this case, the idea is to ponder a question and see where it leads. So then, what happened to the American male Voice in America ? The answer is, I don't know. What happened to America itself ?  


Well, we became scared of our own government after September 11th, then we became scared for our jobs, our future and in the mix, we were willing to give up our freedoms, our privacy and for some, willing to give up manhood. Of course were also talking about a generation of men whom many were raised by a single parent, often times a mother. Orson Welles was raised by his mother and he was no eunuch, lets look at what they did to him. When he made what is commonly called one of the best films ever made in America, CITIZEN KANE, he was blackballed from the industry, demonized by the right wing press, made a personal enemy of one of the most powerful media moguls in America. Before that, he took the great white hope, Shakespeare, and had the audacity to reset the play Macbeth in Haiti with an all black cast. The show was an out & out hit and it travelled throughout the country to great fanfare & review. Of course his biggest mistake was being so convincing on the page as well as on the air that during his famous War of The WORLDS presentation, naive Americans having been hyped by an already sensationalized news wave of information, regarding a possible war, were fooled into thinking that martians from another planet were actually invading America, first in New Jersey and later throughout the country. Some people, it was reported, jumped out of windows. Someone in the government was surely paying attention to that fiasco and asking, "How could we repeat that ?" A scared America, is an easily controlled America. 

So then, the question is not really about the over proliferation of emasculated male radio voices as much as the out - wind - ing of everyday Americans. Have we all been turned into eunuchs ? There is actually a word in the dictionary that is spelled, 'Eunochoid', it means, resembling or 'having been reduced to indeterminate sexual characteristics.' Which I should qualify, my argument has nothing whatsoever to do with sexual orientation. I have known many a tough gay person in my time and indeed witnessed physical feats of bravery on both sides of the great divide, male and female. What we are talking about here is empowering a nation of sheep to beware the wolf, by becoming the wolf again, in one way or another, lest ye be eaten by one. The term, "They've got us by the cross hairs," has always opened my imagination in this regard, it implies a certain back alley fist fight, no holds barred attitude in which we as a society must grapple with. If men are allowed to be men, Orson Welles, Robert Mitchum, Humphrey Bogart, for instance and women are allowed to be women, Agnes Moorhead, Roselyn Russel, Lauren Bacall for example, and Americans are allowed to be free to do what they will, at their will, without having to write an early will, than all will be well in America. But until that time, I listen, very dubiously, to the voices on the radio and pay much more attention to those very sane and original voices circulating and commiserating inside my very own beautiful mind.

  BUREAU OF ARTS AND CULTURE EDITORIAL PAGE: The HATE CRIMES 
The Second in a Series By Joshua A. TRILIEGI  Originally Published between 2012 - 2013 



HATE CRIMES  PART TWO : When Symbols of Good are used for Bad and the Militarization of Race and Belief 

by Joshua A. TRILIEGI

To understand how hate starts, is perpetuated and fueled for purposes of control and an attempt to influence, let's think about Immigrant Issues. America in its entirety is an immigrant Country. We were originally created by a mass exodus of people, some working class, some noblemen, some royalty, others simply looking for gold or a safe place to believe in their own idea of a god, others for a place to raise their families or to create a business which might flourish. Some were bent on creating a new country where a person could have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Native Americans inhabited this continent for thousands of years prior to the founding of this great land. Early on, settlers were taught how to grow food, where to place one's home, safe places to hunt, etc... 


" Many significant contributions were made by Native Americans in the forming of our government structure. A mix of parliamentary and tribal structures make up the systems that we hold dear to this day. " 



Many significant contributions were made by Native Americans in the forming of our government structure. A mix of parliamentary and tribal structures make up the systems that we hold dear to this day. Ben Franklin, one of the founders who was born in this country, was indeed a secretary early on, taking notes at original meetings between the tribal Chiefs and those forming the U S of A. Together, a fusion of systems was adopted to create what is still one of the most interesting government structures that exists on the planet today. Its a gift, a special and on going idea of freedom for all involved. Freedom to believe what one wishes, to express freely, to allow for differences within the community, to live. 


Immigrant issues have always been controversial, transformative, generational and indeed affected property values, job opportunities and the general landscape of America, it's people and their beliefs. For instance, in the midwest, German immigrants settled early on, they set up shop, brought new traditions of food, technology and craftsmanship and they flourished. Later, the Irish followed suit, after that Italians were given an opportunity. Each group was given a chance to contribute to this new land of opportunity. Enhancing our idea of what it is to be an American. They brought their economic ideas, their recipes, their medicine, their craft, their workmanship and yes, they brought their belief systems. Italian, Chinese and African Americans worked hard in building the railroads, earning places along the way, and settling foundations where and when those Railways ended. 


" Every person has the right to believe what they wish to believe, that is the American way. The real problems occur when a group of people begin to enforce their beliefs onto any individual or onto another group or onto our society as a whole. " 


Chinatown in both Los Angeles and San Francisco are a symbol of those periods of hard work. Of course the issue of slavery is something that still effects the changes and progress that are a part of our daily life in America. We fought that battle long ago, but on some levels, we still have yet to overcome the scars, the ideas, the troublesome patterns of color divisions which some would wish to perpetuate to this day. Flashing forward several hundred years, the xenophobia, the struggle to accept others, the fear of what is different is a two fold situation. A persons belief system is a persons belief system. Every person has the right to believe what they wish to believe, that is the American way. The real problems occur when a group of people begin to enforce their beliefs onto any individual or onto another group or onto our society as a whole. The use of symbols, be it a cross ( burning or otherwise ) , be it a color, be it a fetus, be it a flag ( burning or otherwise ) , be it a word, be it a letter or color ( Scarlet for instance ), be it a T-Shirt, be it a Poster, or in the case of current events in Egypt, be it a Film. Re-watch Birth of a Nation to understand how far back this goes. Any image which is used to hurt, coerce, exploit another human being only ends in sorrow, sadness and tragedy for both parties. 


Those whom use a symbol for hate are often treated with a natural backlash that often sets their entire group back. Impeding progress. In understanding hate, delving into these delicate societal issues that are indeed being employed in todays modern world is one way to reveal ways in which we may overcome such hatred. Young African Americans have taken a word that was meant to hurt their ancestors and flipped the script. Using it as a form of friendship, a form of greeting and even of affection. Thats one way to deal. There are other ways that have yet to be invented. The word WOP was meant as a slur to those With - Out - Papers . Even though my grandfather was born in this country, he was called ' Johnny the Wop ' and because of his charm , hard work and veracity, gained the respect of many people within his community and beyond.  


"Young African Americans and public personalities such as Richard Pryor have taken a word that was meant to hurt their ancestors and flipped the script. Using it as a form of friendship, a form of greeting and even of affection. Thats one way to deal . " 


Every single immigrant group through the centuries has been blasphamized [ that is a new word ] There are negative names for every one and everything you can think of. Usually, hate it is taught by a rather small minded, inexperienced or uneducated person or group of people. What we don't need is a negative stereotyping of folks whom come from a place that American as a government may be at war with. During World War II , both Japanese and German Americans and immigrants were often unjustly treated. At the same time, the last thing America needs is a group of people importing aspects of a belief system which hinders the progress, growth and freedoms which America holds near and dear at its very core: The basic human right to believe what you want to believe, to love whom you want to love , how you want to love, when and where you want to love. 



A real family value is not one enforced on a neighbor, or cat called by harassment, or spray painted on a sidewalk. A real family value is for you and your family alone. Anything else is a platform, a platitude or just a performance that generally is meant to hurt someone else, but ultimately only hurts the person or group employing such a ploy. The militarization of religions, politics, ideas and other aspects of economy as well as opportunity are tearing apart the fabric of our society. Technology is a gift which is being misused to hurt, surveil and coerce. Enforcing a belief system onto another human being who is happy, contented and independent or different than ones own is a wrong headed approach. Celebrating ones religion, ones political ideas, ones freedoms does not mean that a person or group needs to bully, prove wrong or simply denigrate others. 



"In the new America, there is no room, no time, no place for the kind of small and large messages which are being sent through commentary, through dialogue, through coercion or simply through hateful ideas of color, race, religion, sex or any other way of living." 


In the new America, there is no room, no time, no place for the kind of small and large messages which are being sent through commentary, through dialogue, through coercion or simply through hateful ideas of color, race, religion, sex or any other way of living. America is a land which offers safety, opportunity and a place to believe whatever one wishes to believe. Believers, non - believers, married, single, catholic, jewish, buddhist, scientist, muslim, christian, gay, straight, carnivore, vegetarian, and any country of origin one can imagine. No one group, religion, people or place owns America. The individual person in America owns America. Those who wish to abuse their power because of their population, their goals, their ideas, their religion, their political causes are only going to set us back again. It is time for everyone to prove to their fellow Americans that , " We The people ... " is not just a phrase, but a living document. 

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