Monday, August 18, 2014

Poordjeli

"By assimilating something, you have the sense of being someone, or you imagine yourself as someone (an ego or self), who was accomplished a certain difficult task: you picture yourself as a thinker. 'True understanding,' on the other hand [...] is actually a process which goes beyond the automatic functioning of the symbolic order and involves an incursion of the symbolic into the real: the signifier brings forth something new in the real or drains off more of the real into the symbolic." - Bruce Fink, The Lacanian Subject

 "There is, in fact, no more barefaced lie than the one that consists in asserting, even - and above all - when faced with an irretrievable situation, that rebellion is good for nothing. Rebellion is its own justification, completely independent of the chance it has to modify the state of affairs that gives rise to it. It's a spark in the wind, but a spark in search of a powder keg." - André Breton, Arcanum 17

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"Ahead of a possible presidential run, Hillary Clinton appears to be distancing herself from what she called President Barack Obama's foreign policy 'failure': the decision not to intervene during the early stages of the Syrian civil war. [...]

"Commenting on another Middle East conflict — the war in Gaza between Hamas and Israel — Clinton strongly defended Israel.

"'I think Israel did what it had to do to respond to the rockets,' Clinton said. 'Israel has a right to defend itself. The steps Hamas has taken to embed rockets and command-and-control facilities and tunnel entrances in civilian areas, this makes a response by Israel difficult.'

"She called the deaths of civilians, including Palestinian children, 'dreadful,' but said, 'Ultimately the responsibility rests with Hamas.'

"'It’s impossible to know what happens in the fog of war,' Clinton said. 'Some reports say, maybe it wasn’t the exact U.N. school that was bombed, but it was the annex to the school next door where they were firing the rockets. And I do think oftentimes that the anguish you are privy to because of the coverage, and the women and the children and all the rest of that, makes it very difficult to sort through to get to the truth.

"'There’s no doubt in my mind that Hamas initiated this conflict,' she added. 'So the ultimate responsibility has to rest on Hamas and the decisions it made.'"