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[Photo: Heart attack. visualphotos.com] By Rowan Wolf This was shared by former student and current friend Glendora Claybrooks. This is information that could save lives, so please share. Let’s set the scene. You are driving home after a hard day’s work; tired and frustrated with traffic. Suddenly you start exp

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[Photo: Korean girl and her brother at Haengju, Korea. June 9, 1951. Maj. R.V. Spencer, UAF. (Navy)] By John LaForge Source: Information Clearinghouse. “We went over there and fought the war and eventually burned down every town in North Korea anyway, some way or another… Over a period of three years or so, we killed [&

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[Photo: Biggest arms sales in 2013 by country (SIPRI).] By Paul Rogers Source: OpenDemocracy. t seems to be business as usual in the worldwide “war on terror”. The United States military is currently embroiled in many hot spots where violence, fear, and the ever present reality or threat of high explosive are th

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[Photo: “Democratic Accident”, Rayna Suprani, CagleCartoons.com] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Reprinted with author’s permission here is a certain duplicity in the Democratic Party’s attempts to remake itself as the enemy of the corporate establishment and a leader in a movement to resist Trump and hi

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[Photo: No more Charlottesvilles (Sorgente) Nuova Resistenza] By Colleen Flaherty Source: Inside Higher Ed. iven that college campuses have been central to activism by the so-called alt-right, is it time for a campus-based countermovement? Scholars behind the proposed Campus Antifascist Network, or CAN, think so. “The ele

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[Photo: Bridge pier deteriorates. (Partenrship Border Study)] By Gerald Epstein Source: Triple Crisis. nfrastructure investment: it’s that economic policy sweet spot that everyone loves to love. Fixing bridges, building roads, modernizing airports, improving mass transportation, keeping lead out of our water: nearly every

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[Graphic: Alt-Right by David Donar.] By Rowan Wolf You don’t have to follow UncommonThought for long to realize that I have a fondness for political art and cartoons. They bring together two things that are critical – art and a message. A good political cartoonist can capture the heart of an issue and present it

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[Photo: African migrants fleeing to Libya. (iRefugee)] By Vijay Prashad Source: Alternet. aoul Peck, the Haitian filmmaker, opens his new film – Der Junge Karl Marx (2017) – in the forests of Prussia. Peasants gather fallen wood. They look cold and hungry. We hear horses in the distance. The guards and the aristocrats a

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[Photo: The Panderer’s Box. Mike Keefe, Cagle Cartoons – 199195] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout. he recent “Unite the Right” march by a couple of hundred white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists across the University of Virginia campus offered a glimpse of the growing dange

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[Photo: Israeli soldiers drive residents of Al-Araqeeb out of their village. (Photo: Oren Ziv, ActiveStills.org, file) ] Ramzy Baroud, PhD n August 1, the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb was destroyed for the 116th time. As soon as Israeli bulldozers finished their ugly deed and soldiers began evacuating the prem

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[Photo: Milo Yiannopoulos, photographed at the Palihouse Hotel, West Hollywood. (Bambinoides)] By Phillip Oehmke Source: Bambinoides (Translated from the June 22, 2017 der Spiegel f course he’s staying in a Trump hotel – if only for the message it sends. In his room on the 35th floor of the Trump Soho in New York City,

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[Photo: Previously unreleased photo of four neo-Nazis attacking black school teacher De’Andre Harris with iron bars and lumber in a parking garage in Charlottesville on Saturday, Aug 12. © Zach D Roberts, 2017.] By Greg Palast Source: GregPalast.com on’t look away. Four white neo-Nazis are beating a Black man, crawlin

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[Photo: Pakistan Independence Day. Aleem Yousef.] By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. hen on August 14, 1947, the nation achieved the freedom from the British colonial subjugation; it inherited a history of neo-colonial systems of thinking and governance. Ironically, the national freedom movement was the outcome of a long democratic p

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[Photo: The Rise of Hate. Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News, 188184] By Bill Fletcher Source:  BillFletcher.com. sat here listening to Trump’s remarks in connection with the violence carried out by neofascists in Charlottesville this afternoon, violence which has resulted in the death of at least one anti-fascist. He condemn

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[Photo: ‘The War Menace’ – Arcadio Esquivel, Costa Rica, CagleCartoons.com] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthdig. gnorance is a terrible wound when it is self-inflicted, but it becomes a dangerous plague when the active refusal to know combines with power. President Trump’s lies, lack of credibility, woe

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[Photo: Trump and American Nihilism. By Benjamin New] By Benjamin E. News, Esq. Source: Without Shoes. “Nihilism stands at the door,” wrote Nietzsche.  “Whence comes this uncanniest of all guests?” There has been nothing like the Trump campaign in American political history and perhaps not in history, period, which

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[Photo: Southern Strong (Huck Magazine)] By Murray Polner only spent less than a year in the Bible Belts of Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi in the early fifties and seventies, alien places for non-southerners. I first went South with the US Army before heading overseas, then as a writer, and finally as a tourist. Ea

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[Photo: US citizens protest the influence of the Israeli Lobby AIPAC on US foreign policy. (Nicole Hanhan, PC) ] Ramzy Baroud, PhD here is something immoral in Washington D.C., and its consequences can be dire for many people, particularly for the health of US democracy. The US government is declaring war on the Palestinian

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[Photo: Munitions disposal site at Clean Harbors Environmental in Colfax, Louisiana.] By Abraham Lustgarten Source: ProPublica — COLFAX, Louisiana — Two years ago, the U.S. military had an embarrassment on its hands: A stockpile of aging explosives blew up at a former Army ammunition plant in Minden, Louisiana, send

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[Photo: Artis Allan] By Richard Falk Source:  RichardFalk.com [Prefatory Note: The text below is drawn from a talk given at the Spring Festival of the Arts in Beirut, Lebanon on 15 June 2017. Comments welcome] ow can we understand the present unfolding world order, with special reference to its relevance for developments i

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[Photo: The guard towers at Rikers Island (Facing South).] By Brian Dolinar Source:  Truthout. he appointment of retired Army General Mark S. Inch to head the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is a major blow to those working for prison reform under Trump. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on August 1, 2017 that Inch

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[Photo: Wisconsin unions fight Walker’s efforts to destroy collective bargaining. (CUNY] By Pete Dolack Source: Systemic Disorder. here is no country on Earth in which violations of labor rights do not occur. The best rating is for those which are merely “irregular violators of rights,” and only 12 countries manag

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[Photo: Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro] By Paul Street Source:  CounterPunch. t takes a lot for anything anybody in the Insane Clown Trump administration says to get my attention these days. The longtime Exxon-Mobil CEO and current United State Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did the trick with these 48 words two day

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[Photo: A teen raising the flag of Palestine in Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound. (Photo: Quds Press, file)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD either Fatah nor Hamas have been of much relevance to the mass protests staged around Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Neither have American pressure, half-hearted European ‘concern about the situ

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[Graphic: Past Memories (Piri Tanyay] By Barbara Millar Motes of morning light pour through Belgian lace and make the freckles on her face shine like fragile wings of dragonflies dipped in silver rain.   He notices the topographic maps across her cheeks, the diminished elevations of their terrain. The gentle slopes tha

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[Photo: Sheriff Oddie J. Shoupe of the White County.”] By Southern Poverty Law Center ince May, people who have been convicted of a crime in Sparta, Tennessee, can reduce the length of their sentence on one condition: They must agree to be sterilized.“I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility,” said

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[Photo: How would you feel if this was your home? (Ted Nace / wikimedia)] By Sarah Lazare n 2015, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton released a bombshell study that revealed a dramatic rise in mortality among non-Hispanic, middle-aged white people in the United States. Published in the Proceedings of the Natio

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By Edward Curtin Source: EdwardCurtin.com “since grasping the present from within is the most problematic task the mind can face.”—Frederic Jameson ave you ever seen a photograph of yourself from the past and laughed or grimaced at the way you were dressed or your hair style? It’s a common experience

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[Photo: Anti-war sit-in, Lisner Auditorium, Maury Hall takeover at George Washington University (1969) (GWU special collection)] By Carl Boggs Source: CounterPunch. istory often follows something of a dialectical pattern – power begets resistance, war generates blowback, and so forth.  In 1960s America, it was a brutal i

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[Photo: Venezuelan workers rally for Maduro. (TeleSur] By Sujatha Fernandes Source: NACLA here have recently been a number of pieces featured in NACLA and the progressive media outlet Jacobin evaluating the Nicolás Maduro government in Venezuela and questioning the ongoing viability of Chavismo. Leftist commentators have p

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