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[Photo: “Mourning Our Dead”, Irit Shitrit (Israeli) died 2009 of Hamas bomb, and Mustafa Tamimi (Palestinian) killed during protests 2011.] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups.

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[Photo: The smaller Buddha of Bamiyan before and after its destruction (various).] By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler “Over these last few years, given the wars it has waged and the international treaties it has arbitrarily reneged on, the U.S. government perfectly fits its own definition of a

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[Photo: Social change mural by Joel Artista Bergner] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout Henry A. Giroux A disconcerting number of academics and teachers in the current moment continue to join forces with right-wing politicians and conservative government agencies to argue that classrooms should be free of politics. Their

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[Photo: Trump, Pompeo, and Bolton] By Rowan Wolf Today’s news is that the US is clearing its embassies in Iran. This occurs after the leak of the possibility of sending 120,000 troops to Iran. There are rumors that this is a precursor for a much larger invasion force as happened with Desert Storm. The Trump […]

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[Photo: Contemplating human extinction. (Melinda Young).] By Pepe Escobar Source: Asis Times Pepe Escobar There’s nothing like a wake-up howl from nature to freeze the sound and fury convulsing the geopolitical chessboard – and drown dreams of regime change, accusations of “aggressive behavior”, and petty power play

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By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Counterpunch Henry A. Giroux The dark times that haunt the current age are epitomized by the barbarians who echo the politics of a fascist past and have come to rule the United States, Hungary, Turkey, Poland, Brazil, the Philippines, and elsewhere. [1] The designers of a new breed of fascism in

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[Photo: Rival Palestinian groups rally for unity in 2011. This man represents one image of that unity (Mustaffa Hassona).] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud The International Conference on Palestine held in Istanbul between April 27-29 brought together many speakers and hundreds of academics, journalists, activists and stude

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[Photo: “Coup in Venezuela” (Randall Enos, Easton, CT).] By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert Koehler Mix a little socialism in with the oil and war may be unavoidable. Thus, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, talking about Venezuela: “The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent

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[Photo: CBP finds 128 refugees outside Tucson, turned them over for removal. Youngest was 4 (8/2018)] By Michael Grabell Source:  ProPublica Michael Grabell Inside a weathered green group home in southern New Jersey, Yosary grew weaker and weaker. She felt tired all the time, and when she got out of bed in the morning, she

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[Photo: “Amazon’s Low-Paid Employees Need Food Stamps” (Mike Licht).] By Jack Rasmus Source:  Jack Rasmus Jack Rasmus The just released report on April jobs on first appearance, heavily reported by the media, shows a record low 3.6% unemployment rate and another month of 263,000 new jobs created. But there ar

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[Photo: Nurse log (Ruth Hartnup).] By Kenn Orphan Source:  Counterpunch Kenn Orphan To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.  What we choose to emphasize in this complex his

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[Photo: “Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares“, sculpture by Yevgeny Vuchetich – 1959 gift of the Soviet Union to the UN. ] By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler The day before he died, Martin Luther King said these words at a packed church in Memphis: “Men for years now have bee

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[Photo by Michael Gaida] By Gaither Stewart Gaither Stewart On their return home the Hartmanns had not expected to find the same Munich they had fled from two decades earlier. Nonetheless, they were surprised to find what seemed another city altogether. But then, as Helmut reminded them, they had been gone twenty years. Tho

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[Photo: May Day 2019 North Carolina education rally and teachers’ march (VOA).] By Justin Parmenter Source: Education Week Justin Parmenter [April 26, 2019] Dear students, No doubt you’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately about North Carolina schools closing on May 1. An unexpected day off is always big news. But on

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[Photo:Israeli barrier wall art @ Bethlehem. (Photo by Markus Ortner, 2005).] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud A recent statement made by the outgoing French Ambassador to the US regarding the nature of Israeli apartheid accentuates a larger ailment that has afflicted the European Union foreign policy. The EU is simply gutles

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[Photo: March for Our Lives. Students demand gun control. Twin Cities Pride Parade, 2018 Minneapolis, MN. (Tony Webster).] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout Henry A. Giroux “We must believe in the Principle of Hope. A Marxist does not have the right to be a pessimist.” —Ernst Bloch Something sinister and horrifying

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[Photo: Hands Off Venezuela protest (1/18/2019, Socialist Appeal).] By Charles Orloski Charles Orloski May Day, 2019. 50 nations rejoice as John Bolton’s N.S.A. cultivated flower sprouts in Caracas, while “evildoer” Cubans & Russians want to kill the sulphur smelling weed. (Sigh) Please don’t ask

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[Photo:The vision of Divine Mercy received by Sister Faustina in 1934.] By Charles Orloski God grant me the serenity to duck the bullet trajectories which I cannot change; the courage to sing one more “kyrie’  eleison” for a gunman who wounded me. “Pft, pft, pft,” went automatic rounds, and th

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[Photo: Screen capture from video of waste left behind by the Navy.] By Lawrence Wittner Source: Znet Lawrence Wittner Vieques is a small Puerto Rican island with some 9,000 inhabitants.  Fringed by palm trees and lovely beaches, it attracts substantial numbers of tourists.  But, for about six decades, Vieques served a

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[Photo: Peace Window in Chicago for 5 Black Children violently murdered. (Bernie Tafoya on Flipboard and WBBM)] By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler I don’t know if words can transform the world — I know they can’t bring back a murdered child — but I have a few of them to scatter […]

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[Photo: Police sharpshooter at protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Aug 13, 2014 (Jamelle Bouie).] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: A Public Affair, WORT via SoundCloud Humans are a herd animal and we largely conform to the rules of the herd. We have enhanced those with written rules and even laws, but most are informal rules with [&

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By Max Richtman Source:  CommonDreams The media’s reporting on the Social Security Trustees’ annual reports has fallen into an unfortunate pattern: No matter what the Trustees actually report, journalists tend to describe Social Security and Medicare’s future in the gravest terms possible – topped by alarmist head

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[Photo: Israeli settlement of Neve Danyal in the West Bank (TrickyH)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD So, what have we learned from the Israeli legislative elections on April 9? A whole lot. To start with, don’t let such references as the “tight race” between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his main

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[Photo: Quasimodo Gilets Jaunes. May Monsieur Wiertz forgive me for borrowing his work.] By Charles Orloski The Shallow State lay empty, vacuous, and I am prisoner to The Deep State. Reflecting upon the Mueller Report, I, Quasimodo, Jr., a mystical “Deplorable,” I colluded with The Bern, voted Jill Stein, and la

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[Photo: The Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre. Historical photo via Nav Bharat Times] By Vijay Prashad Source:  Znet Vijay Prashad On 13 April 1919, a hundred years ago, the British officer General Dyer had his troops open fire on thousands of unarmed Indians in Jallianwalla Bagh (Amritsar). That massacre galvanised the Indian pe

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[Photo: Mari Ana] By Rowan Wolf Today is Earth Day and it is my (and the planet’s) 49th. I was at the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, but for that arose out of growing alarm at what was happening to our planet. Now, almost 5 decades later, we have some modest wins (rapidly slipping […]

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[Photo: WWII ship launch from Kaiser Shipyards (NPS). Quote: Eisenhower, “Chance for Peace” (4/16/1953)] By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler Oh, the normalcy of militarism! Our annual financial hemorrhage to this complex menagerie of institutions — from the Pentagon to Homeland Secur

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[Photo:Observing the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral. (World News Observer).] By Rowan Wolf Monday (4/15) the world watched as the 850+ year old Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in a blazing fire. Most of that early coverage was brought to the world by bystanders with cell phones. It seemed there was no shortage of folks [

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[Photo: Clipped from White House flyer on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act] By Kathryn Kranhold Source:  Center for Public Integrity Kathryn Kranhold *This story was published in partnership with NBC News. Introduction Taxpayers are scrambling to make last-minute payments due to the Internal Revenue Service in just four days, but

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[Photo: Gilets Jaunes / Yellow Vests Revolution. ] By Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) Source:  Roar Magazine Gilets Jaunes Call of the second Assembly of Assemblies of the Gilets Jaunes, St. Nazaire, April 5-7, 2019 We, the Gilets Jaunes, organized in local assemblies […], are addressing the general public. Following the fi

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