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[Photo: HF Lee coal ash breach from Hurricane Florence (Waterkeeper Alliance)] By James Brugger Source:  Inside Climate News James Brugger orrential rainfall from Hurricane Florence, a storm described as “epic” by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, is showing how ill-prepared large parts of the Carolinas are for e

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[Photo: “Liar” by Hekoto.] By Arnold R. Isaacs Source:  TomDispatch Arnold R. Isaacs t’s easy — and not wrong — to think that truth is in dire danger in the era of Donald Trump. His own record of issuing breathtaking falsehoods from the exalted platform of the White House is unprecedented in American hist

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[Photo: Israeli army destroys Naqab, Bedouin village for 114th time. (Gaza Post] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud ike vultures, Israeli soldiers descended on Khan Al-Ahmar, on Sep. 14, recreating a menacing scene with which the residents of this small Palestinian village, located East of Jerusalem, are all-too familiar. The s

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[Photo: Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria (El Dictamen).] By Stephanie Ruhle Source:  MSNBC 3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. […]

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[Photo:  (Public Domain).] By Todd Miller Source:  Z Magazine Todd Miller t first, I thought I had inadvertently entered an active war zone. I was on a lonely two-lane road in southern New Mexico heading for El Paso, Texas. Off to the side of the road, hardly concealed behind some desert shrubs, I suddenly noticed […

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[Photo: South Vietnamese stretcher bearer on a Michelin rubber plantation – Nov. 27, 1965 (Manhai)] By Andy Piascik Andy Piascik t has been more than 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War. At least that’s what it’s called in the United States, the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, it’s called the American War to [

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[Graphic: “Army researchers and their academic partners find artificial intelligence techniques that allows U.S. Soldiers to learn 13 times faster.” (U.S. Army illustration) ] By Chuck Orloski The Presumption of Artificial Intelligence A star overhead led a “Best and Brightest” trio to the birthplace

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[Photo: The Eraser (Emad Hajjaj, Alaraby Aljadeed newspaper, London).] By Richard Falk Source:  Global Justice in the 21st Century Richard Falk ou didn’t have to be a ‘never Trump’ loyalist to have qualms about proposing to bring peace to Palestinians and Jews by creating conditions that would produce ‘The Deal of

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[Photo: Free Press (David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Start, Tucson, Az.)] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout Henry A. Giroux onald Trump’s increasingly dangerous, incendiary attacks on the media, his willingness to separate children from their parents at the southern border, his efforts to strip citizenship from naturaliz

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By Juan Cole Source:  Informed Comment Juan Cole hite nationalist terrorist Dylann Roof, who murdered nine African-Americans in a church, including a sitting state senator, confessed himself deeply disturbed by various white grievances. Before murdering his hosts, he accused them of “taking over our country” and “rap

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[Photo: Jewish-Polish underground resistance fighters. (Polish Resistance Photo Gallery)] By Stanislaw Aronson Source:  The Guardian I’m 93, and, as extremism sweeps across Europe, I fear we are doomed to repeat the mistakes which created the Holocaust. Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel stated this summer that “when

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[Photo: Predator Priests Pennsylvania (Sean Delonas, CagleCartoons.com)] By Lindy Morelli Source: New Oxford Review   Lindy Morelli n July 1988, I was a naive 23-year-old. Having been blind since birth, I was also extremely vulnerable. I’d been sent to a school for the blind at four years old and saw my family infreq

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[Photo: Family outside their home following 2013 floods, (OXFAM, Deir al Balah, Gaza)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD srael wants to change the rules of the game entirely. With unconditional support from the Trump Administration, Tel Aviv sees a golden opportunity to redefine what has, for decades, constituted the legal and political fo

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[Photo: Trump the King, (Bruce Plante)] By Rowan Wolf This article focuses on the ‘unitary executive’ concept and was written in the context of the George W. Bush administration in March 25, 2006. ohn Conyers (Congress, D-MI) has called for censure of George W. Bush, as well as for an investigation into impeacha

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[Photo: Dukovany nuclear power (PubDom)] By John M. LaForge Source: Znet he World Nuclear Association says its goal is “to increase global support for nuclear energy” and it repeatedly claims on its website: “There have only been three major accidents across 16,000 cumulative reactor-years of operation in 32 countries

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[Photo: Palestinian mother protects her children (FREEPAL)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD anan al-Khoudari resorted to Facebook in a cry for help when Israeli authorities rejected her request to accompany her three-year-old son, Louay, to his chemotherapy treatment in East Jerusalem. The boy is suffering from an ‘aggressive soft tiss

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[Photo: ‘Fascist Test’ (Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune)] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Salon Henry A. Giroux n the face of a nauseating and poisonous election cycle that ended with Donald Trump’s presidential victory, many commentators are quick to argue that Americans have fallen prey to a culture of incivil

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[Photo: ‘Home River’ by Paul Schullery.] By Edward Curtin Source: OpEdNews “And the sun pours down like honey on our lady of the harbor And she shows you where to look among the garbage and the flowers There are heroes in the seaweed, there are children in the morning They are leaning out for love […

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[Photo: West Virginia coal miner spraying rock dust 900 feet below ground to decrease the combustibility of coal dust in the air. (NIOSH] By Basav Sen Source:  OtherWords n August 1921, sheriff’s deputies in West Virginia — later joined by federal troops — massacred striking mineworkers using machine guns and aerial

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[Photo: Hands in Solidarity, Hands of Freedom mural on the United Electrical Workers trade union building in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Terence Faircloth on flickr] By Andy Piascik Source:  ZNet Jane LaTour has been active in the labor movement since the 1960s. She has worked in factories and on staff for several unions i

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[Photo: Custodial workers at Vandenberg Air Base (Public Domain)] By Jim Hightower Source:  Alternet orkers of America, rejoice! As our nation of working stiffs celebrates Labor Day with backyard cookouts, an afternoon at the beach, rounds of golf, special sales at the mall or simply kicking back in a La-Z-Boy and doing se

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By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. “….Human nature is at least in part wicked and in part foolish, how can human beings be prevented from suffering from the results of their wickedness and folly? …. Men simply do not see that war is foolish and useless and wicked. They think on occasion that it is necessary and […]

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[Photo: M. C. Eschler’s “Relativity“.] By Murray Polner think blaming the Russians for hacking our 2016 elections may well be legitimate though I still find it hard to believe that Trump “colluded” politically with Russians for any other reason than to make more and more money. As the renowned

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[Photo: Trivandrum, Kerala flooding (India Water Portal).] By Vandana Shiva Source:  Asian Age he images of floods and mudslides in Kerala, known as “God’s own country”, should be a wake-up call — we should ask ourselves if we are on a sustainable development path. In the 1970s deforestation was leading to landslid

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[Photo: British National Party (BNP) 2009 campaign poster (Mia).] By May Robson Source:  Redpepper.org ounder of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson has been seen by many over the years as an outsider. However, support for Robinson has soared following his recent conviction for contempt of court after he filmed defen

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[Photo: John McCain at town hall in Phoenix. (Gage Skidmore)] By Rowan Wolf I did not support or like John McCain. I felt that he was the worst of the hawks. He fought for and supported a number of policies that I strongly opposed, but frankly those are issues that I have with Republicans as […]

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[Photo: Houseless Vet (Houseless Veteran.] By Kevin Surin Source:  ZMagazine ollowing his U.S. fact-finding mission, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights concluded extreme poverty in the U.S. “is a political choice made by those in power. With political will, it could readily be elimi

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[Photo: “Altslavery” by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake City Tribune, UT.] By Jessica Corbett Source:  CommonDreams Jessica Corbett n what could become the largest prison strike in American history, prisoners in at least 17 states on Tuesday launched a series of protests that are slated to continue through Sept. 9—the

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[Photo: Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address – White House Photo.] By Gary Olson Source: Counterpunch “You need to indoctrinate empathy out of people to arrive at extreme capitalist positions.” – Frans de Waal y question is prompted by the recent Senate vote (unanimous as far as I can determine) for a $

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[Photo: V.S. Naipaul speaking in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2016 (Faizul Latif Chowdhury) ] By Edward Curtin Source:  OpEdNews V. S. Naipaul, the Nobel winning author who just died, was, like so many people, an enigma, at least in his writing. Lauded for his prose style and exquisite way with words, he was seriously criticized f

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