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[Photo: Liars and Traitors, Milt Priggee, Oak Harbor, Wa.] By Denise Clifton Source:  Mother Jones Denise Clifton very day, the roughly 600 Kremlin-linked accounts tracked in real time on the Hamilton 68 dashboard dive into the hot Twitter topics of the moment. They have fanned rancor over the NFL’s #TakeAKnee protests,

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[Photo: Geoengineering to solve climate chaos? (Explain That Stuff)] By Alycee Lane Source:  CounterPunch Alycee Lane s panic starts to set in about what little time we have to avert catastrophic climate change, elites have begun in earnest to drum up support for geoengineering fixes – including the fix of injecting sulf

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[Photo: Cemetery in western Mosul (Chrnov).] By Jessica Corbett Source:  CommonDreams he United States’ so-called War on Terror has killed about half a million people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, according to a new estimate from the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute. “This

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[Photo: DC March for Racial Justice 35 (2017). Stephen Melkisethian.] By Bob Wing Source:  Znet Bob Wing This piece provides an overview of the bitterly polarized and consequential political moment in which the United States, along with many other countries, is embroiled in. It also suggests a strategic approach for U.S. p

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[Photo: Khalida Jarrar with Mk Ayman Odeh (wikimedia)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud hen Israeli troops stormed the house of Palestinian parliamentarian and lawyer, Khalida Jarrar, on April 2, 2015, she was engrossed in her research. For months, Jarrar had been leading a Palestinian effort to take Israel to the Internation

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[Photo: Brazilian rainforest destruction 2000-2012 (NASA)] By Kenn Orphan Source:  Kennorphan.com “We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art

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[Photo: Rose Garden celebration of ACHA and “death” of Obamacare. (White House)] By Noam Chomsky Source: DemocracyNow! Transcript This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman. With the U.S. midterm elections a day away, we continue our conver

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[Graphic: “Trump Through the Looking Glass”, Milt Priggee, Oak Harbor, Wa.] By Rowan Wolf am not a victimologist, though I have a fair amount of personal experience as both a victim and working with victims. Being a victim is can range from unpleasant to life changing. It is also a mixed bag in terms of […

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[Photo: China loves Israel – Chinese delegation Jerusalem march. wikicommone)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud lthough ties between Washington and Tel Aviv are stronger than ever, Israeli leaders are aware of a vastly changing political landscape. The US’ own political turmoil and the global power realignment 

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[Photo: Visuals from Talkaoke at White Heat, part of Brighton Science Festival. 17th Feb 2018 The People Speak] By CommonDreams Staff Source:  CommonDreams ffering a stark warning that humanity may have even less time to drastically cut carbon emissions than the United Nations suggested in its latest alarming report on the

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[Photo: Homeless Veteran in Boston. Matthew Woitunsski] By Edward Curtin Source:  OpEdNews Edward Curtin t was balmy and breezy by the bench where I sat outside a public library east of Atlanta, Georgia, brooding about the state of the world. It seemed like the end times, and I had just attended a fire and brimstone [̷

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[Photo: Trump the Demagogue, Patrick Chappatte, The NY Times.] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout ascism first begins with linguistic violence and then gains momentum as an organizing force for shaping a culture that legitimates indiscriminate violence against entire groups — Black people, immigrants, Jews, Muslims and

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[Photo: Silent Witness by The Naked Ape. See poem at end of post] By Rowan Wolf n years of teaching I heard repeated times “Why are crimes against some people special? A crime is a crime and they shouldn’t get special treatment.” So I am sure that across this nation, in the wake of a […]

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[Photo: Just A Storm – populism, authoritarianism. (Barabeke, Flickr).] By Rowan Wolf Trump (other than promoting the death penalty) sees no connection to himself, nor the people he (and almost everyone else) writes off as “wackos.” I fear they are not wackos, but the tip of a spear. There has been a long

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By Bruce Levine Source:  Counterpunch Bruce Levine “Ignored Truths in Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Studies” sychologist Stanley Milgram (1933–1984) was deeply affected by Nazi atrocities, so when his early 1960s research on Americans revealed an unexpectedly high rate of obedience to authority commandin

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[Photo: the video “Violence in America’s Youth“] By Rowan Wolf ncreasingly since the Reagan tenure there has been the construction of an “us” and “them” mentality that operates on both a political and social level. In fact, it is the deliberate actions of the “right” as

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[Photo: Palestinian children in bomb damaged school in Gaza. (OXFAM, 2014)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD everal Palestinian students, along with teachers and officials, were wounded in the Israeli army attack on a school south of Nablus in the West Bank on October 15. The students of Al- Sawiya Al-Lebban Mixed School were challenging

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[Photo: US military convoy from Iraq to Kuwait in 2011. (U.S. DOD)] By Robert Koehler Source:  Znet Robert Koehler hat would it take for everyone’s life to matter as much as Jamal Khashoggi’s? I ask this question over at the edge of the news, looking for a doorway into the human conscience. Consider: “The U.S. [̷

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By: Henry A. Giroux Source: CounterPunch arx was certainly right in arguing that the point is not to understand the world but to change it, but what he underemphasized was that the world cannot be transformed if one does not understand what is to be changed. As Terry Eagleton rightly notes “Nobody can change a […]

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[Photo: Protesting Trump’s 2017 ban on transgender people in the military. (Ted Eytan, White House 7/26/2017)] By Jessica Corbett Source:  CommonDreams Sparking immediate outrage among LGBTQ Americans and allies on Sunday, the New York Times reported on a memo revealing that “the Trump administration is conside

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[Photo: Nikki Haley with Benjamin Netanyahu at the opening of the U,S, embassy in Jerusalem. (U.S. Embassy, Jerusalem)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD S Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has made her post a “more glamorous” position than her predecessors – as President Donald Trump described Haley’s 2-year term at the UN,

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[Photo: Affluenza by Dave Granlund, Minnesota] By Naomi Klein Source:  The Intercept via Znet   Naomi Klein “Boring.” That was Donald Trump’s instant verdict on the New York Times blockbuster investigation into the rampant tax fraud and nepotism that undergirds his fortune. Sarah Huckabee Sanders heartil

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[Photo: Syrian and Palestinian refugees now pack Yarmouk as this picture of people queuing up for food distribution shows. (EPA/UN)] By Conn Hallinan Source:  Dispatches from the Edge Conn Hallinan he Syrian civil war has always been devilishly complex, with multiple actors following different scripts, but in the past few

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[Photo: Gianni Agnelli (Gorupdebesanez] By Name Gaither Stewart t was raining in Torino. A North European rain. The kind that lasts. Through the restaurant’s great windows the wide avenue lined by plane trees points in the direction of the whitened Alps on the horizon. The rain, the trees, the distant mountains, and the s

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[Photo: Children in Gaza walk past a mural of Mohammad al-Durrah and his father (from the Palestine Chronicle).] Ramzy Baroud, PhD s the frail body of 12-year-old Nassir Al-Mosabeh fell to the ground on Friday, September 28, history was repeating itself in a most tragic way. Little Nassir was not just another number, a &#

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[Photo: “Fascist Test” by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune, UT.] By Walden Bello Source: Foreign Policy in Focus ust a few years ago, the idea that the extreme right would come to power in what were regarded as stable liberal democracies would have been dismissed not only by liberals but by more left-wing progressi

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[Photo: Kavanaugh and Trump at swearing in ceremony at the White House (Oct. 9, 2018)] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Salon (with author’s permission) he threads of a general political and ideological crisis run deep in American history, and with each tweet and policy decision Donald Trump pushes the United States closer

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[Photo: American Nightmare by Henry A. Giroux] By Rowan Wolf “American Nightmare” should be near the top of your reading list. Giroux deciphers the mechanisms and impacts of the destruction that is occurring. There are details and insights in American Nightmare that make my blood run cold. Henry A. Giroux is one

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