Stephen Roblin

Stephen Roblin

Stephen Roblin is a Baltimore-based activist and writer. He is a member of the Indypendent Reader collective and the International Organization for a Participation Society (IOPS). He also teaches a bi-weekly writing workshop for Baltimore's new street paper, Word on the Street. Roblin's writing focuses on US foreign policy towards the Horn of Africa. He has written for ZNet, ZMagazine, Truthout, and other publications.

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Source: Oxfam 2013, all figures in US$. See: "Remittances: how much Britain sends, and where the cash goes – get the data" in the Guardian (Aug 9, 2013)

The continued functioning of the remittance pipeline is “essential for Somalia's immediate survival and long-term development,” concludes a new Oxfam report, which emphasizes the “crucial role” of Somali-Americans and the money-transfer institutions they rely on to send life-saving funds back home. Despite its importance, “the Somalia remittance pipeline is under serious threat,” the report warns. Its precarious state is a result of a Washington-led effort to prevent Somalis in the diaspora from providing aid to their home country, one of the lesser-known developments that have come out of the “war on terror.”

Glenn Greenwald. Image source: https://www.nytexaminer.com

Recently, the journalistic integrity of the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald has been called into question. The reason: he has stepped "outside that framework" through his impressive and highly valuable journalistic work on the Edward Snowden NSA leaks, which revealed a "worldwide, ubiquitous electronic surveillance apparatus" that Washington has erected in near total secret. Unsurprisingly, some proponents of elite media doctrine have felt compelled to defend the boundaries of the narrow framework that Greenwald crossed, as he has consistently done during his career. Below, Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer critically respond to one of the proponents and in doing so draw our attention to the actual difference between journalists who stay in-bounds and those who feel a duty to go out-of-bounds, like Greenwald and the writers featured on Indy Reader.

President Barack Obama meeting with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia January, 2013. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

When readers of the “paper of record” come across historical themes that concern Somalia, they should assume the opposite is true and then investigate for themselves. Last week confirmed the reliability of this heuristic device, which very well may have wider application.

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This article originally appeared on NYTExaminer.

“Unscandals” are events that resemble scandals, but deviate in at least two crucial respects: the victims of scandalous acts lack sufficient influence to publicly defend themselves, and those with influence lack the concern to advocate on their behalf. Accordingly, new revelations about their victimization fail to sound any alarm.

On Sunday, April 7, 2013, H. Candace Gorman esq. spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Gorman participated on a panel called "Indefinite Detention and War Against Iran: How Are These Strands of US Foreign Policy Connected?"

On Sunday, April 7, 2013, Thomas Drake, former National Security Administration executive and whistleblower, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Drake participated on a panel called "Indefinite Detention and War Against Iran: How Are These Strands of US Foreign Policy Connected?"

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Tim Bagwell, a Vietnam war veteran and anti-war poet, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Bagwell participated on a panel called "U.S. Soldiers and the Vietnam War Experience." This video was produced by Stephen Roblin and Spencer Compton.

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Jerry Lembcke, Associate Professor of Sociology College of the Holy Cross, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Lembcke participated on a panel called "U.S. Soldiers and the Vietnam War Experience."

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On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Hyun Lee spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Lee, who is affiliated with Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, participated on a panel called "Understanding and Responding to the Asia-Pacific Pivot." Lee examines the North Korean crisis from an historical perspective and then discusses potential ways out of the crisis.

Pages

AFRICOM IN CONTEXT
Interview with Maria Allwine, 2010 Gubernatorial Candidate of the Green Party
The Terror of Somali Piracy
Arab Unrest Spreads to the Horn
Protesters Call for Bombings to Stop in Libya
A New Frontier for Peace and the Environment
Ugandan Spring?: "Instability" Spreads to East Africa
City Council Passes Resolution Calling For Reduction In War Spending
"We Will Never Forget"
Local Activists Make Their Voices Heard at US Mayors Conference
Interview with Yotam Marom, a lead organizer of "Bloombergville"
What is independent media independent of?
Interview with David Marty on Spain's "Indignado" Movement
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
Interview with Maria Allwine about October 2011
War and famine, the only option? Parts I and II
A Spark in Baltimore
Hope Inside DC's Dual Occupations
Kenya's Criminal Assault on Famine-Stricken Somalia
Occupations: Theirs and Ours, An Introduction to the Issue
Activists Celebrate May Day, March From Lexington Market to Inner Harbor
Interview: David Marty on the State of Spain's 15M and Revolutionary Organization, Part I
Review: "America Beyond Capitalism" After the Rise of Occupy
Interview: David Marty on the State of Spain's 15M and Revolutionary Organization, Part II
Somalia’s “Climate of Impunity” Enjoyed by More Than Just Pirates
The Maury Levy Method of Journalism
Israel, Provoked by Peace?
Dovetail: An interview with Kalima Young from the Baltimore Art + Justice Project
Bin Laden Assassination, In the Defense of Freedom?
Dovetail: An interview with Kate Khatib from Red Emma's
Drones, Dissent, and the Obama-MLK Divergence
Dante Simbulan - Understanding and Responding to the Asia-Pacific Pivot
War, Illegal for 85 Years, Now Illegal in New Ways
Going to Court as a Civil Resister to Uphold the Law
New Study Claims Over 250,000 Died From 2011 Somalia Famine, U.S.-Al Shabaab Savagery To Blame
U.S.-North Korea Relations in Historical Perspective
Targeted Killings, Drones, and International Law
Like Sisyphus: Defending Men in Guantanamo
Perversion of Power: Perfect Storm
Attack Iran? Who Dares Quibble?
A Baltimore Veteran Talks About His Experience in Vietnam
An Old Face of the War Talks Softly to the Choir
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Historical Antecedents and Social Construction
Aboveground and The Ally: Soldier Opposition to the Vietnam War
Understanding and Responding to the Asia-Pacific Pivot
Dada Maheshvarananda presents After Capitalism
The “Unscandal” of Mass Famine Deaths in Somalia
Reading the Mainstream Press, A Helpful Heuristic
Editor's Pick: Who Is An Objective Journalist?
Dismantling Somalia's Remittance Pipeline