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[Photo: Family overcrowding at McAllen (June 2019). DHS OIG report.] By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler “They were quiet, and just staring, blankly,” she said. “There were just blank stares and no expressions on their faces.” Welcome to hell, as presided over by U.S. Customs and Border Pr

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[Photo: NASA Climate Change Site] By Julia Conley Source: CommonDreams Julia Conley The continuous accumulation of carbon dioxide in the planet’s oceans—which shows no sign of stopping due to humanity’s relentless consumption of fossil fuels—is likely to trigger a chemical reaction in Earth’s carbon cy

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Tom Athanasiou Something has changed, as most everyone in the climate movement agrees, and we have plenty of signposts that track the shift, from David Wallace-Well’s 2017 New York Magazine piece, The Uninhabitable Earth, to last year’s Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy, a paper downloaded by the hun

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[Photo: Israeli settlement in West Bank near Jerusalem with barrier wall. (Antoine Taveneaux).] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud Calls for the annexation of the Occupied West Bank are gaining momentum in both Tel Aviv and Washington. But Israel and its American allies should be careful what they wish for. Annexing the Occupie

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By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. Today’s Political World at a Glance Global politics is overwhelmingly becoming robotic when question of safeguard of the mankind comes up. Global political leaders are fast becoming actors on stage – issuing abstract statements of outrage and phony sense of grief when t

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[Graphic: 1888 painting by Uroš Predić, Orphan at His Mother’s Grave, later used in Serbian propaganda. ] By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler Yes, we have a serious problem at the border — indeed, at every border we create and defend with force of arms and bureaucratic indifference. “

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[Photo: by Ashutosh Sonwani on Pexels.] By Edward Curtin Edward Curtin “He wears a mask and his face grows to fit it.” George Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant” The lobby of the temple of time travel called the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts was suffused with a nostalgic vibe tinged wi

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[Photo: DHS OIG report, 7/2019.] By A.C. Thompson Source:  Propublica A.C. Thompson The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has opened an investigation into vulgar and misogynistic social media posts made by members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents. On Monday, “U.S. Customs and

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By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler “These aren’t people. These are animals.” These words alone set off the alarm — the fascism alarm, you might say. Donald Trump is by no means the sole source of America’s democracy nosedive, but he’s its current, deeply troubling manifestation. Shou

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By William Rivers Pitt Source:  Truthout William Rivers Pitt “All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.” — Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye On Tuesday, after Donald Trump blew kisses at North Korea when it was revealed the regime had

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By Rowan Wolf Dear UT community, we have lost one of our own, an author who accepted the mantle of UT Historian, Murray Polner. Murray was a life long warrior fighting for the goals we share and seem so hard to reach. He was a Veteran of the Korean War who became a vocal pacifist […]

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[Photo: Trump nuke button by Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle, GA. ] By William T. Hathaway Trumped-up Wars William T. Hathaway “Obey me or die!” the orange-haired man threatens the world. “My drones know you’re home, and my missiles don’t miss. I’m Commander in Chief, CinC for short. I&

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[Photo: Mohammad Momin Khawaja once lived free]By Mohammad Momin Khawaja Mohammad Momin Khawaja “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you…if they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you…But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him Who [

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[Photo: Guarding the Hen House, Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune, UT] By John Buell Source:  Informed Comment John Buell While Trump’s xenophobic and protectionist agenda, thankfully often blocked by the courts, has received the lion’s share of media attention, his henchmen have enacted a whole series of game changing

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[Photo: Trump hosts conservative Christian leaders as White House (Sept. 2017, whitehouse.gov)] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: – Henry A. Giroux “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we can’t have both.” — Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brand

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[Photo: Bary Dahl] Suzanne LaGrande interviews Henry A. Giroux Source: KBOO Henry A. Giroux Hosted by: Suzanne LaGrande Produced by: KBOO Program:: Our Broken Education System: What Happened and What We Can Do About it? Air date: 12:00am -12:30am< An interview with Henry A. Giroux Suzanne talks with internationally reno

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[Photo:Toxic waste- deaf, blind, and mum (suju @ Pixabay)] By Jessica Corbett Source:  CommonDreams Jessica Corbett For more than three decades, the U.S. government has mismanaged toxic oil and gas waste containing carcinogens, heavy metals, and radioactive materials, according to a new Earthworks report—and with the cou

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[Graphic: Trump image derived from photo by Michael Vadon.] By Tom Englehardt Source:  TomDispatch Tom Englehardt Don’t try to deny it! The political temperature of this country is rising fast. Call it Trump change or Trump warming, if you want, but grasp one thing: increasingly, you’re in a different land and, whateve

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[Graphic: Inequality (Wolf)] By Jake Johnson Source:  CommonDreams Jake Johnson Adding to the mountain of statistical evidence showing the severity of U.S. inequality, an analysis published Friday found that the top one percent of Americans gained $21 trillion in wealth since 1989 while the bottom 50 percent lost $900 bill

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[Graphic: “Jared Kushner Brokers Mideast Peace”, Monte Wolverton, Battle Ground, WA.] Ramzy Baroud, Ph,D. Ramzy Baroud, Ph.D. In a TV interview on June 2, on the news docuseries “Axios” on the HBO channel, Jared Kushner opened up regarding many issues, in which his ‘Deal of the Century’ was a prime focus

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[Photo: Police sharpshooter at Ferguson, Mo. protests. Jamelle Bouie.] By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler “Sooner or later they end up in a cage, where (they) belong.” This is hardly a surprise: A recent study by the Missouri attorney general’s office shows that black drivers are at least t

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[“Lost 2” – 2010 Ryota Kuwakubo, photo: KIOKU Keizo, photo courtesy: NTT Inter Communication Center (ICC), via Ars Electronica] By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. There are lies of omission and lies of commission, and the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy D-Day included both. What mak

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[Photo by: Marcela McGreal via Pxhere] By Connie Hassett-Walker Source:  The Conversation Connie Hassett-Walker Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. But tensions between the police and black

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[Painted portrait of Julian Assange, wikileaks, at the Abode of Chaos by Thierry Ehrmann By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler The U.S. government protects itself, not democracy. That’s what is most apparent about its 18-count indictment of Julian Assange, not to mention the ongoing imprisonment o

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[Photo by: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker] By Charles Orloski We are living in chaotic times, when crisis is so common that it passes as normal, with a President who is well rehearsed with using chaos as a mechanism of both avoidance and control. His speeches are a stream […]

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[Image by Gerd Altman from Pixabay] By Dennis Parker Source: The Washington Spectator Dennis Parker The president’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal is yet another attack on poor families. The administration has proposed slashing funding for critical programs that help low- and moderate-income individuals access healthy and nu

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[Graphic: Biased Justice (Open Clipart Vectors from Pixabay] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD The Chief Military Advocate General of the Israeli army, Sharon Afek, and the US Department of Defense General Counsel, Paul Ney, shared a platform at the ‘International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict’, which took p

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[Poster: WWI enlistment poster, by Harry Hopps, 1917.] By Alex Evans Source:  Open Democracy Alex Evans It’s a hundred years since WB Yeats wrote “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold…The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” He might have been talking about today. All ove

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[Image by Bronislaw Dróżka from Pixabay. Click HERE for larger image.] C.J. Polychroniou interviews Noam Chomsky Source:  Truthout Interview with introduction by C.J. Polychroniou Donald Trump ran a campaign — and won the 2016 presidential election — based on unorthodox tactics, whereby he used irrational provocation

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[Photo: Game of Jenga Derek Mawhinney, 10/23/2005)] By Rowan Wolf I am not a lawyer by any stretch of the imagination, but I fear that much of our population does not understand law, which I guess is a damned good reason to have folks who specialize in understanding and applying it (and yes creating it), […]

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