My latest article has come up on Huffington Post. Appreaciate your consideration, comments, and critiques!


“A New United nations of Human Rights Countries,” Huffington Post

The ten most successful nations on earth, in terms of well-known categories of human rights adherence, as well as other quality of life metrics, such as equal pay, women’s equality, the basic freedoms, environmental sustainability, should form a union that will come with very clear and enviable privileges and for the governments and peoples of said states… 

The goal of such a union is simple: incentivized expansion, the creation of a club that aspires to include more and more member states, as those states reach the appointed threshold metrics of human rights adherence. This will create incentives, from both top down and bottom up, to improve a human rights record. This will revitalize a global movement in a better direction for many nations, and it



Kurds call to arms as Islamic State closes in on Syrian town.
There is going to be a massacre in the large city of Kobani in Syria, and ISIS is closing in with tanks. Tanks! Hard to spot those with stealth fighters??? Someone please explain.

Kurds Call to Arms as Islamic State Closes in on Syrian Town, Reuters

A statement issued by the YPG, the main Kurdish armed group, vowed “never ending” resistance to Islamic State in its advance on Kobani. “Every street and house will be a grave for them.”

“Our call to all the young men and women of Kurdistan … is to come to be part of this resistance.”

YPG Syria

(Photo: Basnews)

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Artificial Dangers / Oil Spills

by mgopin on October 3, 2014 · 3 comments



Artificial sweeteners
are dangerous to your health,
whether they come
in the form of chemicals,
or disingenuous smiles
from artificial people


Islamaphobia and jihadhysteria has become an excellent cover for the oil industry. Kill on the surface, cover up the toxic bedrock.


ISIS Iraq attack


(Photo: Prophecy Tracker)…


Analysts Where Art Thou: A sad look at media

by mgopin on September 30, 2014 · 0 comments


This is not the first time in history that jihadi armies destroyed by their own funders. Analysts!! Think! Look into conquest of Arabia at the beginning of the 20th century.

It is amazing how enthralled analysts become with trees when paid not to look at forests.

Analysts are so enthralled with all the jet toys Gulfies are throwing at ISIS they forgot to ask who financed such extremism to begin with.

I am just amazed and appalled at the lack of questions being asked about the coalition and I for one want to do anything to protect Syrians in any way possible from ISIS. And I understand what Obama is doing, but if we do not name the problem with the Gulf, we cannot escape this insanity.



(Photo: Los Angeles Times)



Read every word. This is the dark truth about why the United States is on the wrong side of the Gulf. Why its allies have destroyed the democrats of the Arab Spring, deliberately, turned it into an Islamist and jihadi nightmare, and why we must completely rethink our allies and adversaries. Someday the story will be told of the decline of America at the hands of its despotic and repressive allies who made this country die on the altar of military and oil sales. And I include right-wing led Israel and Pakistan in this disaster of allies. yes, Iran must give up or neutralize Assad, but that is impossible as long it faces an American armed coalition surrounding it on all sides. We have solutions here, and the greatest victims, are Sunni peoples, held hostage by desperately insane Wahhabi regimes.

The New Yorker, Iran and the ‘Coalition of Repenters’


Men and Women in War

by mgopin on September 26, 2014 · 1 comment

“Force protection”. A clean phrase, and its cousin “collateral damage”, that actually mean together that today, men don’t get killed in war much. The vast majority of the dead and wounded are women and children. From Syria to Gaza, from Afghanistan to Congo. The luckier women escape the bombs aimed at them, the luckier ones escape the rape aimed at them. They are merely left to care for abandoned children who have lost their food and lost their minds. People think that ISIS and Boko Haram are the great evil of the world against women, formerly it was the Taliban as the great embodiment of evil against women. But in truth, they are just the caricatures, the showpiece cowards, who flaunt their insanity. The truth is that the entire modern construct of male war is an act of cowardice, where the majority of victims are women and children. Men have …

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To Washington


Don’t go to a drug dealer for a cure,
When the drug addict is deteriorating.
Don’t go to funders of extremism for a cure,
When their victims are deteriorating.


Being a majority is no excuse for amnesia,
Being a minority is no excuse for paranoia,
If you are both, then you are screwed.
Destined to ignore the past,
But be suspicious about why everyone hates you.


Do not ever retire,
From the purpose
Of your life.…


Of Gods, Tribes, and Battles

by mgopin on September 16, 2014 · 6 comments

If you cannot find God,
Find the persecuted,
Then you are home.

Tribalism is an infectious disease
Human rights is the antidote
But force feeding can kill the patient

Some battles that you want to win,
Will defeat you if you win.
Some battles if you lose,
Then you will win.
Blessed be reason.



(Photo: A Different Angle)



Thoughts on Our War World

by mgopin on September 8, 2014 · 0 comments



How can we listen to sad love songs,
When there are so many starving for love?
Who the hell do we think we are?
What rights for pity do we think we have,
When outside our doorstep,
Is a cosmos of love-starved beings?


We, we are the Higgs boson,
We are elusive,
Impossible to discover,
Yet everywhere.…


Reflections, August 2014 vol.2

by mgopin on September 2, 2014 · 6 comments

The stoics, the Epicurians, Taoists, Sufis, the Buddhists, all feel that the real prison is the human mind. I am still thinking.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannibal_Directive The question now facing #Jews is how many #Palestinian lives should be sacrificed for one #Israeli soldier? 10? 100?
With children of #Syria#crdc and project Amal ou Salam
AmalouSalam pic
A budding #Syrian artist, generously giving his paintings away
A message of the children of #Syria
Message from Syrian kids
To be with victims in a time of war is to be @loss for words but not to be with them even one victim is to be @loss of your soul
#Syrians and #Turks deep in negotiations
kids negotiation
The beginning and end of conflict prevention is gratitude. #peacebuilding
https://marcgopin.com/2014/08/23/urgent-on-syria/ please Share widely.  It is essential to both save #Syria from #ISIS and to use all parties for immediate ceasefire.
http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/.premium-1.611395?v=680CA1F8707230AE49358F9E70E58220 Only by facing the death of #democracy in #Israel can you fight for


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