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[Photo: NYETO Summit by RJ Matson, CQ Roll Call, ] By John Feffer Source:  Foreign Policy in Focus John Feffer onald Trump didn’t fly to Europe to meet with NATO, European leaders, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He got there by stepping through the looking glass. Once on the other side, Trump made a series […

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[Photo: Compilation from the US Army and Bud.] By Murray Polner t could very well have been my home country had my parents immigrated to Winnipeg in 1920 to join their cousins who, like my folks, had also fled Eastern Europe in 1921 and the bloodletting and savagery of a three-year civil war between Poles, […]

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Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud recent European Council summit in Brussels was meant to articulate a united policy on the burgeoning refugees and migrant crisis. Instead, it served to highlight the bitter divisions among various European countries. Considering the gravity of the matter, Europe’s self-serving policies are

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[Photo: Migrant women in detention from Social News Daily] By Emma O’Connor and Nidhi Prakash Source:  BuzzFeed Two weeks after arriving in the US seeking asylum, E, 23, found herself in a detention cell in San Luis, Arizona, bleeding profusely and begging for help from staff at the facility. She was four months preg

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By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout Henry A. Giroux he Marxist cultural critic Walter Benjamin once argued that every rise of fascism bears witness to a failed revolution. Benjamin was not only addressing elements of a failed political revolution, but also the failure of language, values, courage, vision and a critical con

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[Photo: Narwaz Sharif (right end of row) at the kickoff of a USAID rural water project (WAPDA) in Pakistan.] By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. Are the Pakistanis Living In A Fantasy World? he logic of the July 25th parliamentary elections in Pakistan is questionable for being a ceremonial stunt to undermine the

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By Ariel Dorfman Source:  TomDispatch Ariel Dorfman hen Donald Trump recently accused “illegal immigrants” of wanting to “pour into and infest our country,” there was an immediate outcry. After all, that verb, infest, had been used by the Nazis as a way of dehumanizing Jews and communists as rats, vermin, or ins

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[Photo: Palestinian activists and residents of Khan al-Ahmar block the path of Israeli security forces and bulldozers, as the latter tried to pave an access road to allow for the village’s imminent demolition, July 4, 2018. (Oren Ziv) 972Mag] By Jonathan Cook Source:  ZNet srael finally built an access road to the West B

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[Photo: Sessions- Keeper of the Flame (Donkey Hotey).] By Laura Flanders Source:  Grit TV Excerpt from Laura Flanders Grit TV program of 7/06/2018 follows. Pay no attention to what the media says about how undermined Jeff Sessions is. POTUS may bait him publicly via tweet, but in private, at the DOJ, Sessions is a man [

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[Photo: Escaping the violence in the Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador) of Central America. UNHCR.] By Edward Murphy Source:  NAACLA Editor’s Note: Some of the specific names and details in this article have been changed to protect the sources’ security.   ast September, Alejandra Contreras was

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[Photo: Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria (El Dictamen).] By Basav Sen Source:  Foreign Policy in Focus with In These Times Basav Sen esidents of Puerto Rico are confronting the prospect of a fresh hurricane season, which will likely bring five to nine hurricanes, including one to four major hurricanes. The island, badly

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[Photo: Fred Korematsu (VCU CNS)] By Southern Poverty Law Center Source:  SPLC Newsletter red Korematsu was 23 when he defied the order sending him to an internment camp. He was one of 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Americans detained by the federal government under Executive Order 9066. He fought his case all the way to

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[Photo: From Immigration Reform] By Fatma Marouf Source:  The Conversation How Immigration Court Works Fatma Marouf hen Attorney General Jeff Sessions on June 11 overruled the decision in a controversial immigration case called Matter of A-B-, he made it harder for women escaping sexual and physical abuse to qualify for as

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[Photo: Immigrant Rights demonstration in Portland, Or. June 17, 2018 from Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition.] By Shane Burley Source:  WagingNonviolence t was about 3:30 a.m. on the morning of Monday, June 25 when armed Federal Protective Service officers returned to the Portland, Oregon office for Immigration and Custo

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[Photo: Donald Trump and Recep Erdogan at the UN Oct. 2, 2017. White House photo.] By Juan Cole Source:  Informed Comment Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, began his legitimate political career at the turn of this century with a push for more political pluralism in a Turkey that had long been dominated by [

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By Murray Polner Murray Polner he more I read about Hillary Clinton’s disappointment and her loyalists’ accusations leveled against Russia’s “meddling” in the 2016 election that supposedly cost her the presidency, the more I think of an editor I knew slightly and a journalist. The first is Jimm

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[Photo: U.S. Army Special Forces with Panamanian security prepare to clear buildings Feb. 1, 2018, during a simulated operation to rescue hostages in Colon, Panama. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Osvaldo Equite/RELEASED)] By John Buell Source: CommonDreams via Informed Comment John Buell ttorney General Sessions didn’t lo

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By Chuck Orloski The Love Song and Acapulco Honeymoon of Hurricane Hugo Chuck Orloski Though bride Carolina by now has forgotten, September 23rd, 1989 was the day when bells rang, husband Carlos pushed shoulder against St. Nicholas Church heavy wood door and Hurricane Hugo’s gusty wind and rain. At the conclusion, no

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[Graphic: Barcode Evolution by RG Dart.] By Ed Curtin Source:  OpEd News   “The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one’s mind, is the condition of the normal man. Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd,

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Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud urope is facing the most significant refugee crisis since World War II. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because they have ignored the root causes of the problem. On June 11, Italy’s new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, blocked the Aquarius rescue ship, carrying 629

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By Rowan Wolf Like so many of you, I watch the news of what is happening with refugees and asylum seekers entering through our southern border and elsewhere (for this is not only happening to those attempting to cross from Mexico). However, I watch this with a very personal pain, but a pain that is […]

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[Photo: Immigrant youth detention via US Customs and Border Protection] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: The Conversation tate terrorism comes in many forms, but one of its most cruel and revolting expressions is when it is aimed at children. Separating children from their parents is indeed a form of terrorism and it points not

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By Beverly Gologorsky Source:  TomDispatch.com Beverly Gologorsky magine this: every year during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 there were nearly four million home foreclosures. In that period, with job losses mounting, nearly 15% of American households were categorized as “food insecure.” To many of those who weren

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[Photo: Neotown Port-Louis Maruitius.] By François Vergès Source:  The Hindu hree hundred people live on the small Mauritian archipelago of Agaléga. They watch as their home is turned slowly into an Indian naval base. There is little that they can do. The government of Mauritius knows that there is far more to be gained

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[Photo: Matteo Salvini in 2013 head of the far right LEGA NORD party. (Fabio Visconti) ] By Gaither Stewart Originally published by The Greanville Post As shown in the permissive attitude of Italians toward Fascism last century, also contemporary Italians perceive of a strong and charismatic leader as a shield against disor

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[Photo: Faris Odeh, a 15 year old Palestinian was shot an killed by Israeli .soldiers for throwing rocks. (Samer, flickr)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD hat is taking place in Palestine is not a ‘conflict’.  We readily utilize the term but, in fact, the word ‘conflict’ is misleading. It equates oppressed Palestinians with Isra

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[Photo: Destruction by Cole Thomas, 1836] By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. “Certain forms of modern life lead directly to degeneration…. in the poor as well the rich, leisure engenders degeneration. Cinemas, concerts, radios, automobiles and athletics are no substitute for intelligent work. We are far from having solved this mo

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By Ed Curtin Source:  OpEd News “Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves — or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honor, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who li

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[Photo: McKinley campaign poster.] By Gary Brumback, PhD Gary Brumback, PhD Part 10. The Peoples’ Capitalism Introduction America began as a plutocracy and rather quickly evolved into a corpocracy, or an unequal partnership between Corporate America and Government America, with the former controlling the latter. We now c

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[Photo: Two Pinocchios in Singapore. Marian Kamensky, Austria.] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: The Conversation Henry A. Giroux U.S. President Donald Trump is a serial liar who appears to exult, if not take pride, in every petty deceit, particularly if it casts him into the glare of publicity. With Trump preparing to meet with

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