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By Sarita Gupta and Erica Smiley Source:  The Nation Sarita Gupta and Erica Smiley aving just endured the longest shutdown of the federal government in history, we are now threatened with another when the current stopgap spending measure expires at midnight on February 15. President Donald J. Trump says that the chances Co

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[Photo: Indigenous Peoples March Jan. 2019 (Lakota People’s Law Project, Indian Country Today)] By Nick Pemberton Source:  Counterpunch The U.S. ruling class wants desperately to put its electoral duopoly back together again, with both parties serving corporate interests, interchangeably. They are betting that Donald

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[Photo:Oil drums (Carsten ten Brink).] By William Walter Kay Source:  Global Research William Walter Kay Heavy Oil and Tar Sands While much is heard of “fracking” these days; steam-injection may, in the long run, prove to be the petroleum industry game-changer. Steam aids in harvesting heavy oils from sprawling oil-ric

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[Photo: A mural celebrating President Árbenz and his landmark agrarian reform, which benefited 500,000 people. Arbenz was removed by the U.S. (Soman)] By Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research Tricontinental n 15 September 1970, US President Richard Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger authorised the

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By Robert C. Koehler Source: Common Wonders Robert Koehler istory in blackface slaps the present moment awake. What? The governor put that picture on his yearbook page? In 1984? The wave of outrage, the demand for his resignation — from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s own party, the Democrats — can’t be dismissed with

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[Photo: Sec. of State Pompeo announces selection of Abrams to lead Venezuela “transition” effort. (State Department photo).] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD undreds of Palestinians took to the streets of besieged Gaza to show their support of the democratically-elected government of Venezuela and it’s legi

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[Photo: Women and children migrants at a Texas detention center. Centre for Immigration Studies via IRIN.] By Kristen Torres Source:  Chronicle of Social Change Kristen Torres he January report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reveals a significant lack of ov

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[Graph: Wealth distribution in the as of 2013 (Stephen Ewen).] By Bob Lord Source: Counterpunch Bob Lord ant an impossible task? Try identifying the most disturbing trend in America today. Consider the choices: Climate change denial, extreme political polarization, gun violence, etc. Those are just the ones on the national

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[Cartoon: Voter Suppression Crime Scene. (DonkeyHotey)] By Julia Conley Source:  CommonDreams Julia Conley oting rights groups and Democratic lawmakers looked on in alarm Wednesday as Republican leaders broadcast open hostility toward policies that would curb corruption and make it easier for Americans to vote. Speaking on

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By Murray Polner “Nowhere in the elite establishment newspapers could you find regular, sustained, and well-informed criticism of an aggressive and overly militarized American foreign policy.” —- Scott McConnell, The American Conservative Magazine. Murray Polner 1. ‘ve always been a newspaper junkie.

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Dear Folks, Please forgive my absence. I have been fighting a bad case of the ICK and it has been winning. I am trying to get my feet back under me, but things may be a bit slow out of the gate. I am sure that many of you may be fighting similar issues. Tis […]

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[Photo: “Connective Financing: Chinese Infrastructure Projects.” Bluhm, et al, 9/2018, AIDDATA.] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD orget the hype. Israel’s ‘security technology’ has nothing to do with why some African countries are eager to normalize relations with Israel. What is it that Israel is able

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[Photo: Chicago teachers’ strike sign (Firedog Lake)] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout Henry A. Giroux “People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.” —Jame

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[Photo: Speaker Boehner at the AIPAC policy conference. May 23, 2011. The imagery of the AIPAC logo hodge-podge through the U.S. flag speaks volumes.] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD. he Israeli-US war declared on the Palestinian boycott movement (BDS – Boycott Divestment Sanctions)  is coming to a head, culminat

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[Graphic: Federal Workers. Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle, GA] By Chuck Collins Source:  Other Words Chuck Collins s the government shutdown drags on, the image of federal workers lining up at food pantries has dramatized just how many workers live financially close to the edge. By one estimate, almost 80 percent of U.S

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[Image by: Swatchzwc] By Gary Brumback, PhD Gary Brumback, PhD merica’s power elite are a tiny but very mighty fraction of America’s total population. The power elite belong to America’s corpocracy, the “Devil’s” marriage between corporate America and government America, with the former firmly in the driver’s

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[Photo: Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) demonstration in Paris January 12, 2019. (Olivier Ortelpa)] By Gaither Stewart Gaither Stewart (Rome) n What Is To Be Done of 1902 Lenin opposed revolutionary spontaneity because it “strips away the disciplined nature of the Marxists idea of revolution, leaving it arbitrary and ineffec

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[Photo: Palestinian Nakba 1948, Man sits above the Jaramana Refugee Camp near Damascus, Syria (Hanini.org)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD he game is afoot. Israel, believe it or not, is demanding that seven Arab countries and Iran pay $250 billion as compensation for what it claims was the forceful exodus of Jews fr

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[Photo: Black and Hispanic children are 40% of the school population but 70% of school arrests. (CIDH).] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout Henry A. Giroux e live in an age in which the welfare of children is no longer a measure of the degree to which a society lives up to its democratic ideals. […]

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[Photo: A young girl stands amid the freshly made graves of 70 children many of whom died of malnutrition. Dadaab refugee camp. Andy Hall/Oxfam.).] By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. “The road to hell is paved with good conventions.” ~Bert Rolling, The Law of War and National Jurisdiction since 1945 Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. The Glob

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[Photo: Monopoly Man graffiti (Montreal street art, photo by Gone Coastal)] By Rowan Wolf This is not the first time in this nation’s history when there has been a battle, effectively a class war, for the United States and who will control it. This is at least the third time things have reached a critical […]

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[Photo: Trump’s first Oval Office address fund raising effort. (WhiteHouse.gov)] By Rowan Wolf n January 8, 2019, Donald Trump made his first address from the Oval Office, purportedly to make his case for the “humanitarian” and “national security” crisis at the U.S. – Mexican border, that

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[Photo: Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, India (Anjana Menon).] By Vijay Prashad Source:  ZNet Vijay Prashad here is more happening in the world in the struggle for life, justice, and freedom than we know (or are allowed to know) so take heart and join the Women’s Wall. On Jan. 1, 5.5 million women in the Indian state [

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By Rowan Wolf Hi All, This is one of those rare times in  a western Oregon winter when things dry out enough to hit those outdoor projects that have been delayed. In this case, clean up from construction and the last several storms that have come through. So I’m trying hard to make the best […]

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[Photo: Liberian vacation destination with “rustic” decor. (blk24ga)] By Tamara Pearson Source:  Global Research Tamara Pearson f you want to find out what’s happening in a poor country, be sure to add -tourists to your Google News search. “Canadian and Italian tourists feared kidnapped in Burkina Faso,”

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[Photo: Trump and the GOP, Patrick Chappatte, The New York Times, 10/28/2018] By Rowan Wolf We are watching the disintegration of a nation – the United States. Trump started his campaign rooted in racism and xenophobia, and has hammered that them repeatedly throughout his tenure thus far. He has operated from the poli

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[Photo: Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil) and Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel) (PalestineChronicle)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD ewly-inaugurated Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, is set to be the arch-enemy of the environment and of indigenous and disadvantaged communities in his country. He also promises to be a friend of lik

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[Photo: Paulus in Southern Russia (Bundesarchiv)] By Gaither Stewart Gaither Stewart have wondered if the German Field-Marshal Friedrich Paulus after his defeat and capture by Russians at Stalingrad in February 1943 really changed when as a prisoner of war in Soviet Russia he joined the National Committee For A Free Germany

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[Photo: Ron Paul and bi-partisan support for war (Pinterest)] By Murray Polner “Try to calm down, America. Whatever RussiaGate (and the Greater Middle East] ultimately turns out to be, it won’t be anything worth a single drop of American or Russian blood”–or anyone else’s.” –Thomas

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[Photo: Nazi Anti-Semitic Propaganda from at Yad Vashem, public domain)] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout Henry A. Giroux he ruthless ideologies and policies of a fascist past are with us once again, and the warning signs can be seen in the emergence of the normalizing discourses of pollution and disposability. As a cen

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