Author Archives: kkrahel

Die-In

4,000 US troops dead

$341.1 million per day

5 years of war

49 Iraqi civilians dead per day

PEACE NOW!

Advertisements

The ‘Clean’ Black

No comment…

The original speech (also notice that Obama scrapes the shit right off his shoes for the Joe Bidens that missed the Jay-Z):

Continue reading

Just Doin’ My Part…

for the vast left-wing conspiracy:

Do yours, click here –> Expelled

Have a nice day!

Free Speech At Harvard?

Hat tip to our friend Markus over at Dem Apples.

The Harvard Crimson is reporting that the American Civil Liberties Union has discovered that Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) runs a political spying unit. Aside from the meta-concerns like the fact that such a unit would presumably be reading this blog, this is a disturbing though not very surprising revelation.

I have heard stories from people who were involved in the 2001 Living Wage Campaign that corroborate such activity. During the time of the sit-in, campaigners had planned an action that was coordinated partially over email but not advertised publicly at all. When they showed up to the location of the action, HUPD was waiting for them. It seemed that the only way that HUPD could have known the action was taking place was if the authorities had been spying on the group, either electronically or by other means.

More shadiness of this kind took place during the Stand For Security Campaign last year. During the hunger strike and the daily actions that accompanied it, a plainclothes man with a nice camera was taking pictures of us almost every day. I went up to him one day to see what he was taking the pictures for and he told me that they were for the Harvard Gazette. I am sure the Harvard Gazette has photographers, but this guy was there almost every day and he was not taking pictures of things that you would really put into a magazine.

Whether these things are all connected or not, the fact remains that there is a dangerous culture here at Harvard around political speech. From HUPD’s political intelligence unit to arrests of activists (including last year’s arrest of students protesting FBI Director Mueller), Harvard is not a welcoming place for dissent outside of the prescribed (and controlled) “rational discourse.”

At the heart of the American academy there should be the widest latitude given to political dialogue, unfortunately most evidence shows that this is not the case. A group of students here at Harvard are beginning a campaign to broaden the range of free speech and democracy on campus. If you would like to get involved, email HarvardSDS@gmail.com (but you might not want to use an Harvard email account lest HUPD and the FBI find out that you are a terrorist).

Let The Sadrists Play Too

Muqtada al-Sadr, the (at least nominal) leader of the Mahdi Army and the Sadrist Movement, is denounced as a thug by American and Iraqi government officials. This radical cleric and the Sadrist Movement in general, however, are legitimate political actors in Iraq and should be accepted into the political process as such.

Recognizing that this is armchair (or to use a more accurate term, laptop) foreign policy, I am going to argue for this proposal because I think it is important to possible political reconciliation and peace in Iraq. I also want to add the disclaimer that I think the occupation of Iraq is illegal, immoral, and unjust; it must end immediately and American imperialism in the country and region should cease.

Continue reading

5 Years Too Long

Today, President Bush once again declared mission accomplished in Iraq. Here at Harvard, we demanded peace!

Despite the cold and rain, an energetic group of us displayed our opposition to this war, right at the feet of John Harvard. Here are videos of two amazing students speaking to the crowd:

Continue reading

Messed Up Priorities

Don't choose this.Hello! My name is Kyle and I am so excited to be taking up residence here at Cambridge Common! I hope to bring the perspective of a male feminist, an insider and outsider of political action at Harvard, and much more to this vibrant community.

 

I come from a background of white, male privilege (among many others). As such, I am constantly striving to recognize my invisible benefits and to break the wall of silence about them. Many times I will say things that display my ignorance of my own special rights and I hope you will be patient with me and maybe even help point out that ignorance.

 

As an opening post, I want to be a little meta. Many people question the legitimacy of political/current events blogs. That is a big debate, and it is useful for informing how we invest time and energy online. Within this debate, Cambridge Common exists in a special environment.

 

Harvard is commonly referred to as being in a “bubble.” Within this bubble, there are certain institutions that posses a large amount of information capital. These institutions tend to adhere to a strange perspective on the Harvard universe and beyond. I will not try to characterize this perspective myself (Markus Kolic does a good job of it here). This situation plays itself out by molding the conversation on campus into one which is almost absurd.

Continue reading