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[Photo: “Israeli spy devices near White House”, Dave Granlund, PoliticalCartoons.com] By Juan Cole Source:  Informed Comment Juan Cole Daniel Lipmann at Politico dropped the bombshell that mysterious electronic spying devices placed throughout Washington, D.C. and close to the White House and the Capitol were t

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[Photo: Aramco refinery fires from VOA video (9/14/2019).] By Al Jazeera Al Jazeera Drone attacks claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels have caused fires at two major facilities run by Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia‘s state-owned oil giant, disrupting output and exports. Citing an interior ministry spokesperson, the off

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[Photo: March supporting immigrants, January 2018, Minneapolis, MN, Fibonacci Blue.] By Abby Zimet Source:  CommonDreams Abby Zimet Sweet mother of God. Racist and cruel doesn’t begin to cover the ongoing atrocities now daily committed – coincidentally, virtually entirely against brown and black people –

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[Photo: Extreme weather, Ottawa Ontario Canada (Douglas Sprott, July 2011). ] By John Buell Source:  Informed Comment John Buell Many of us rely on daily reports, often presented by local TV weatherpersons, to get through our daily routines. How do I dress, do I need to take an umbrella to work, must I come home […]

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[Graphic: “Trump, Justice, Liberty” by Osmani Simanca, A Tarde, Brazil.] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout Henry A. Giroux We have entered an ominous age of political conformity. Support is growing for a right-wing populism that views liberal democracy as both an anachronism and a curse. Meanwhile, many of th

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[Photo: “Netanyahu Trump” by Osama Hajjaj, Jordan] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD On September 1, the Lebanese group Hezbollah, struck an Israeli military base near the border town of Avivim. The Lebanese attack came as an inevitable response to a series of Israeli strikes that targeted four different Arab

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By Edward Curtin Get To It Edward Curtin From an ignorant child you’d never learn it. Yet the sophisticated know it is work That is the secret of the good life. God forbid, Not labor that breaks your back, picking Vegetables, cleaning toilets, laying down That steaming hot blacktop on summer days. Nothing that crushes [&#

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Banner at base from Kings Bay Plowshare’s 7. By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler “. . . and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” These lost words — Isaiah

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[Photo: “A 1918 demonstration in Bellvuestrasse, Berlin. The visible sign reads ‘We shall fight against any illegal seizure of power by Right or by Left.'” (Imperial War Museum).] By Gaither Stewart Gaither Stewart “…every shadow is, in the final analysis, a child of light, and only he who experiences

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[Photo: Migrant children at a West Texas detention center (Womens News Network).] By Ginger Thompson Source: ProPublica … Leer en Español. Ginger Thompson The Border Patrol agent, a veteran with 13 years on the job, had been assigned to the agency’s detention center in McAllen, Texas, for close to a month when the

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[Photo: Image by RJA1988 from Pixabay] Ramzy Baroud, Ph.D. Ramzy Baroud, Ph.D. Israel’s decision to bar two United States Democratic Representatives, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from entering Israel and visiting Palestine has further exposed the belligerent, racist nature of the Israeli government. But our understan

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[Photo: The Iron Front flag has been a regular presence by both Portland and Seattle soccer fans. (Shawn Wheeler @zag08). ] By Darin Zinn & Jules Boykoff Source:  The Nation via Znet Darin Zinn & Jules Boykoff The silence was stunning. Portland Timbers soccer matches are renowned for their raucousness, but the firs

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[Photo: Events at the 8/15/2019 protest at the Wyatt Detention Facility, taken by a Never Again member.(TurnTo10)] By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler The big black pickup truck plunged into the protesters blocking the parking lot and I cringed, viscerally, as though I could feel it myself — thi

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[Photo: Slash and burn agriculture in the Amazon by Matt Zimmerman.] By Rowan Wolf I’m sure you know by now that there are massive fires in the Brazilian Amazon. In fact, there are 85% MORE fires burning than last year (prior to Bolsinoraro). This destruction is probably the single biggest environmental disaster happe

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[Photo: Dolores Huerta by Gage Skidmore.] By Rowan Wolf Lawrence O’Donnell had an interview with labor activist Dolores Huerta, who was recently arrested (again) for standing with home care workers trying to negotiate for better wages. Huerta, then a single mother with seven children, was tapped by Ceasar Chavez to he

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[Photo: Former Magic Johnson theater closed (Nicholas Eckhart).] By Charles Orloski Charles Orloski Late afternoon, Friday, June 21, 2013, final day of Spring, I left work ultra-aware that it was my dreaded “off-week” for getting paid – as a salaried-employee, I get paid bi-weekly.   My 250-cc Suzuki motorcycle nee

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[Photo: LA traffic (Jeff Turner).] By Steven Earl Salmony, Ph.D., M.P.A. Steven Earl Salmony, Ph.D., M.P.A. Homo sapiens is a creature of the earth. Understand that food is the tap root of life for the human species. There may be other factors that help sustain human life, but food is the ‘tap root’ for the [

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[Photo: by Mabel Amber] By Gaither Stewart Gaither Stewart On the day their love affair began Wally and Dietrich were sitting on Rome’s flower-garlanded Spanish Steps. And unlike any other day in either of their lives, their meeting was indelibly stamped in their memories because of the erotic manner in which it all began

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[Photo: Global Records (Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star).] By David Suzuki Source:  Desmog David Suzuki Climate science deniers are becoming desperate as their numbers diminish in the face of incontrovertible evidence that human-caused global warming is putting our future at risk. Although most people with basic education

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[Photo: Based on image by aytuguluturk.] A Dialogue with Gary Corseri, Pilar Viviente and some esteemed friends  Gary Corseri and Pilar Viviente “Life can certainly throw us some hardballs, that’s for sure!  But that is the thing about life—unfathomable, mysterious, beautiful and ugly all on one plate, one sitting,

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[Photo: Trump and American fascism. (Occupy)] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: The Hamilton Spectator Henry A. Giroux Under the presidency of Donald Trump, the nightmare drumbeat of a fascist and racist tinged politics is getting louder and more consistent. Trump has unleashed a number of toxic policies that point not only to a

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[Photo: Brazilian rainforest destruction 2000-2012 (NASA)] By Robert Burrowes Source: Global Research Forests are disappearing across the planet – both rainforests and boreal forests. By and large they are succumbing to the same processes: cleared for agriculture, cleared for resource extraction, cleared for developm

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[Photo: Trump the Demagogue, Patrick Chappatte, The NY Times.] By Kelly Mitchell-Feiner   Moiety Kelly Mitchell- Feiner (aka Stratofrog) The heavy weight a politics of whim Where might is Right and reason is benign A counterfeit is riven there within An orange sham where flying monkeys shine Beneath the gaslight, Washi

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By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler “Many people think that the fight for America is already lost. They couldn’t be more wrong. This is just the beginning of the fight for America and Europe. I am honored to head the fight to reclaim my country from destruction.” This is how the El […]

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[Photo:J Just A Storm (Barabeke, Flickr).] By Rowan Wolf A note for those unfamiliar with white supremacist organizations, RAHOWA stands for RAcial HOly WAr and is commonly found on signs, literature, and tattoos. “W” is signed multiple ways for “white power” as was signaled by the New Zealand mass m

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[Photo: Hopper College Courtyard, Yale (wikipedia).] Brad Evans interviews Henry A. Giroux Source: Los Angeles Review of Books Interview BRAD EVANS: Henry, it’s wonderful to once again be in your intellectual company and have the opportunity to discuss your important work. I’d like to also congratulate you on another bo

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[Photo: Kashmir, India, Pakistan from CIA World Factbook via wikimedia] By Mahboob Khawaja, Ph.D. Mahboob Khawaja, Ph.D. “Has civilization taught us to be more friendly towards one another?” asked Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher and intellectual. Russell responded to the rhetorical question with: …Wi

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[Photo: Kreuzberg street art. (Montecruz Foto)] By Rowan Wolf This is a painful time in American history, punctuated by extreme violence with extreme weapons. Hate violence is rapidly increasing, but it also seems that public anger is increasing. At the same time, basic courtesy and politeness norms are decreasing (or perha

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[Photo:Toni Morrison receiving Nobel Prize – 1993. (wikiquote).] By Rowan Wolf We have lost a sage, a seer, a mentor. Toni Morrison, who spoke so much truth, whose eyes saw beyond the lies, and whose heart brought courage and strength to those beat down, has passed at the age of 88. News is still coming […]

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[Photo: Sherwood Country Club gated community, Thousand Oaks, CA. (Le Grand Maison)] By Edward Curtin Edward Curtin As I sit on the small balcony on the top floor of an old house in the working class neighborhood of Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal, it is early evening, the time for wine and voices wafting on the […]

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