The Forgotten Country

The Forgotten Country
The Sudan as long been a region of Africa torn by conflict and civil war. A study of history reveals that the names and faces may change, but the heart of the matter remains the same. Hate, greed and sectarianism stains the ground red with the blood of the innocents.

The past two decades brought the plight of the Sudanese people onto the world stage. The government forces from the North mercilessly bombarded the civilian population and rebel forces in the South. The army invaded the villages in the South the North where they were forced to study the Koran, and in many cases were pressed into military service. The women were raped, mutilated or killed.
The world watched in horror as these events unfolded. The armies of the Islamic North Sudan were committing genocide against the civilian populations of the Christian and Animist populations of the South Sudan. Many people fled to refugee camps in the Darfur region of West Sudan, only to come under attack once again.

Once the death toll and suffering had become unfathomable, and the world had seen enough, there was enough pressure placed upon Khartoum to agree to a cease fire, and finally to a peace treaty. This culminated in the creation of a new nation—South Sudan—the world’s newest country. Which would soon become the forgotten country.

The world was so happy with the victory they now saw as their own. The truth is, the victory belonged to the people of the South Sudan who had suffered at the hands of the North.

But not long after all the foreign dignitaries and all the reporters and all the cameras had left…the bullets and the bombs began to fly again. But the world has forgotten about South Sudan.

Why is this happening? South Sudan is sitting on top of oil fields and the greedy government in the North is willing to do anything to get it. So they continue to drop bombs, and rape the women, and kill, and mutilate, and destroy…
The world must stand up to this evil again, and this time we must not walk away. Bring the guilty to justice for their war crimes.

Jack Bass—Founder of The Peace Initiative

John Bass
PO Box 14 MCN 2C6
Concord, NH. 03302


Transfered to San Quentin: An Update from Thaddeus


Greetings my fellow
Blgrs. and my wonderful
Friend Sophie.

I am terribly ashamed that it has taken me so long in hitting the site. But don’t fret I’m getting situated here in the infamous, legendary, and noted prison: San Quentin. Yep, after twenty-six years of incarceration, I finally made [it]. This must be the end!

First off, we are being housed in West block, which, presently, is the reception. This is where those that are new coming into the system get classified. And then, in time will be transferred to their final destinations. Now, the problem comes when, before general population got here reception was suppose to be gone and the block fitted for housing main-line convicts. Here’s the clincher! We have no electricity to use our appliances. There’s only lights in the cell! This person who was supposed to have solved this situation felt the need to squander the financed and do it her way. Mind you, this was a woman that a man felt the need to put in charge of a major blunder. Not saying that she couldn’t handle the situation, but merely noting that a male passed a disaster into a females lap.

From the mouth of an [sic] sergeant its unconstitutional to have us housed in an unlivable situation. The convicts here have taken the iniative [sic] to clean-up the building, which was beyond filth. But now its really opened my eyes to further deepen my understanding of those who are less fortunate than the present situation I find myself in.

But Sophie, truth be told I’d rather be in this situation than my previous one. I’m not complaining only stating the real. Unfortunately, I’m enjoying myself Sophie. I’m working on another novel, but I’m going to gather some tales about the ghost who lurks behind these walls. Please, please have a wonderful Christman and an even happier New Year. Sophie, Continue in struggle.

San Quentin, CA.

Working for Better Legal Services and Finding Some Grains of Hope

Dear Sophie,


I am now back at the prison after spending 4 days at the [name omitted].  I’m glad to be out of there.  It was kind of funny though scaring the hell out of my cellmate by saying I killed three people and loved every minute of it.  I further led him on by saying, “if I ever got out of prison, I would kill again, but before I did, I would call the DA first and make a plea-bargin [sic] with them.  The dumb basterd [sic] believed all of my bullshit.  I told him the truth after awhile.


I have been busy working, writing letters, and working on my appeal.  My lawyer walked out on me the other day when he told me about the DA telling the judge about my case.  I yelled at him, he should not of let that happen.  I have found some case law that may help me and found a law book so I can study and have a better idea of what is happening.  I’m tired of attronies [sic] taking advantage of me.


I found out something that will really help our purpose.  It’s the American Correctional Association.  This is the association that sets all the standards for prisoners.  My friend stubled [sic] on to some numbers next to each policy here at the prison.  He asked the librarian what they were.  She takes out this book that has all the information about the policies here at the prison.  This is where all the policies derive from.  You need to get this book, it may be free if you tell them your [sic] and advocate.  These people perform a big inspection on the prison every year.  Last time they were here the prison had the inmates do all kinds of extra work to make it look like everything is okay.  I believe they can issue fines or not acredidate [sic] prison if they are not on the up and up, I have included a copy of the mail policy from their book.


Check it out.


[Last line omitted]


Thanks Henry

Solidarity with the 99% from Soledad

My Fellow Blgrs.


Oh.  My.  God.  Did the 99 just go viral around the world?


First off, if anyone is spiritually in tuned person may God forever bless you and keep you safe.  Secondly, did my ‘blogs’ mention what’s going on right now?  We the people are rising to a level that’s been needed for such a longtime I am so happy to see the conscious re-awakened.  Whatever you want to call it movement, revolution, or 99 the present system has neglected the ‘People’.  Now I’m listening to these so-called economist analyze and dissect the problems and yet will not provide a solution, isn’t that terrible?  And then you have the representing the establishment who voices its opinion about their not being a cohesive collective ideology articulating the movements cause.  But we know that the mis-trust [sic], neglect, and lack of jobs for the people are the main issues.  There’s nothing scientific about this global phenomena!  The people are tired of the corporations bribing, buying, and manipulating the so-called government of the people.


The last-time something this drastic happened was the civil rights movement.  Think on this, what if all the people withdrew all of their funds from the banks?  What if all the people began to practice the behavior of being very thrift?  What if the people built their own economic base in which to operate from?


Professional politicians has already screwed the people so what other evidence is there?  Two, seven-hundred dollar bail-outs for the establishment?  I don’t know the answers, but I’m quite sure that “we the people” can enumerate some ideas.  If this is a Christian nation God forbid we act accordingly.  People continue to stand white, black, other all ethnic groups-shoulder to shoulder in our quest to take care of each other.


Please, continue the struggle.



What Comes Next?


Hello fellow Blgrs.

Yeah, its me again, the bald shiny-head black guy.  First, I give props to my friend Sophie!  Once again, I have to delve into race one of the most boring subjects there is.  Now, understand me, this countries track record on the subject past behavior was ruthless and yet in the twenty-first century, we haven’t progressed much.  Lets look at the word-American-what comes to mind: one people moving in one direction concerned only with the upward mobility of all its citizens.  Tell me this, can an organism function without all its parts?  Can it merely move separately from its whole self?  can it fight off diseases in pieces?  These are fundamental questions that need answering without making it seem so scientific, which keeps this country from reaching its full potential.  Until we, as one people, solve these simple questions we’ll never solve the global issue that plagues us today.


Look at China, you might not like them, but look how they move in one direction.  The entire organism moving for a common cause, being the best as a whole Chinese Nation, Germany, Russia and many others nations not fragmented, but pushing forward for the whole cause.


Now, I’m no scholar now scientist only a mere layman doing prison time.  So, how long will it take for this-once great nation-to assemble its fragmented pieces?  Will we continue to express American as a fragmented society or will we rise to the occasion and practice the true idealism America truly stands for.  Over a twenty year period America has went from first to almost last.  How do we account for that?  What is the excuse?  Whose to blame?  But most importantly, what is our solution?  If we don’t find out quickly we might end up seeing this once great nation succumb to vassalage.


People!  Lets find the answers!




To my friend



in struggle

The Future Of America? Does it have One?


Fellow Blgrs.

Something appeared on television the other night where bullying was the issue, but something else caught my attention this past Sunday.  On This Week-Christiane Amanpour-the topic was “Bringing America Back”.  I did not watch it due to my commitment to be in church.  But I do have an opinion if I’m running my mouth too much, hopefully, you my cyber friends will nudge me back in my place.  Now that America’s short coming are at critical mass the media buckled the government responded, again when car dealerships buckled who responded, yep the good ole government.  Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae almost crumbled and since the government represents “you the people” your whatever you want to call them, out.  And now, that you the people are at critical mass in losing your homes, life-savings and dignity where is your bail-out?  Un-employment checks, please! And guess who’s up there playing with your lives?  Right!  Your elected officials.

That isn’t saying much, but there you have it.  Both sides of the aisle sitting there like over-grown children pouting while the rest of the working people in the United States are getting poorer.  The United States is rapidly turning into a two-tiered society, those with wealth and the have-nots.  I’m an innocent black man sitting in prison and the white so-called-middle-class is being decimated.  WE are worse off than some other countries we were previously ahead of in terms of technology, the social upward mobility and truly grasping the “American dream”.

I’ve stated once before-no government has ever withstood the test of time!  SO, where does America stand?  Will we wither away into oblivion or will we rise as a collective nation looking out for all Americans or will we continue on the path of self preservation?



Love you all