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[Photo: 2014 Detroit water turn-off protest. (Environmental Justice Atlas)] By Valerie Burris Source:  Zocalo Public Square Valerie Burris never considered myself a politically active type. In fact, I abhorred politics for three decades. But about 25 years ago, I realized that I couldn’t fight my personal health insuranc

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[Photo: Ray McGovern (Jennifer Hasagawa).] By Chuck Orloski Source: The Times-Tribune Tolerance gets ruffed up Editor: Everybody wants to be on the moral “high ground,” including syndicated columnist Thomas L. Friedman and — presumably — pole-climber Stormy Daniels. Atop The New York Times’ lofty peak, Friedman op

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[Photo: Prison labor – textiles. From Brandy Cavalli] By Azadeh Shahshahani Source: Guardian via ZNet n 2017, officials at the Stewart immigration detention center in Georgia placed Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, in solitary confinement for encouraging fellow workers to stop working. Ahmed, who

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[Photo: Right wing march in Germany. (FAZ, 2016)] By William T. Hathaway ince parliamentary democracy was restored in Germany after World War Two, several right-wing parties have sought to get the required 5% of the popular vote to be represented in parliament. They all failed until 2017. In that election a new right-wing p

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[Photo: Anti-war bumper sticker collection by Alex Steffler] By Gary Corseri I write for the men of a thousand years hence— and the women—and their healthy children. And…, if you are suffering, if night is day and day is night, I will drink the cup of despair with you, for I have tasted of despair. […]

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[Photo: “The Hand That Will Rule The World—One Big Union” – Ralph Chaplin – Industrial Workers of the World journal “Solidarity” (June 30, 1917 issue)] By Gary Brumback, PhD Gary Brumback merica’s corpocracy, or what I call the Devil’s marriage between dominant corporate and subord

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[Photo: Voltaire on dissent via The Greanville Post.] By Jérémie Gilbert Source:  The Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics Blog ver the last few years, more and more corporations have used litigation as a tool to attack the credibility of human rights and environmental defenders. This phenomenon is part of what has

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[Photo: Students protest in Morristown, New Jersey – March 24, 2018. (Tom W Sulcer).] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Boston Review Henry A. Giroux ince Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, there have been few occasions to feel hopeful about politics. But now we are witnessing a proliferation of causes for hope, as

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[Photo: What a Glorious Day (Stephanie Peray, Thailand).] By Saree Makdisi Source:  Counterpunch wo spectacles unfolded in Palestine on Monday.  In Gaza, Israeli army snipers shot and killed 58 Palestinians—including six children—and injured almost three thousand others amid scenes of smoke, fire, teargas, dust, agony

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[Photo: Bankster Get Out of Jail Free card (Mike Licht).] By Gary Brumback, PhD he financial industry is but one of many industries in the modern world. Besides whatever their stated purposes may be, every one of their modus operandi can be “unmasked” to reveal some degree and form of wrongdoing and harm done, as I [&#

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[Photo: East of the al-Bureij refugee camp, the centre of the Gaza Strip. Photo by Khaled al-‘Azayzeh, on the 13th of April, 2018.] Ramzy Baroud, PhD hen Google Earth was initially released in 2001, I immediately rushed to locate a village that no longer exists on a map, which now delineates a whole different reality.

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[Photo: Immigrant children in detention in Arizona. (Arizona Central)] By Rowan Wolf Today is Mother’s Day, a day presented as a cheerful holiday when folks give their Moms cards and maybe even take her out to dinner – so she doesn’t have to cook on this day. It is a day for recognizing a special […]

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[Photo: Korean War refugee with infant. (US Navy photo).] By Murray Polner “War Hath No Fury Like a Non-Combatant” ~Charles Edward Montague “Mr. Truman, “As you have been directly responsible for the loss of our son’s life in Korea, you might just as well keep this emblem [his son’s Purpl

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[Photo: Protest at INS office (Joe Brusky).] By Tina Vasquez Source:  Rewire Tina Vasquez In February, I visited Minerva García, an undocumented immigrant originally from Mexico who has quietly lived and worked in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for almost 20 years. She is the mother of two young children who are U.S. cit

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[Photo: Gazan protestors near Kami Crossing, May 4, 2018 (IDF Spokesperson)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD The Gaza border protests must be understood in the context of the Israeli Occupation, the siege and the long-delayed ‘Right of Return’ for Palestinian refugees. However, they should also be appreciated in a parallel context:

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By Maresi Starzmann Source:  Roarmag.org Maresi Starzmann itting in a coffee shop in a typical American college town, I overhear a conversation between two twenty-somethings. They lament, in educated and self-critical fashion, the failure of the academic system. Reflecting on their dedication and work ethic, they keep retu

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[Photo: Pile of bison skulls waiting to be ground for fertilizer (1870). Part of the government policies to eliminate the tribes.] By Courtney Parker Source:  Intercontinental Cry ative Americans have long existed in a legal and cultural limbo, surviving the devastating impacts of a trail of broken treaties by the U.S. gov

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[Photo: Dioceses of the Syrian Orthodox Church.] By Chuck Orloski Hemophiliac Damascus, those eyes, those eyes, Rasputin’s eyes, like Russian S-300’s activated at abyss. Seducer, Gregory can’t get close to Czar Putin’s Alexandra, she doesn’t like beards & hooligans. Those eyes, RasputinR

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[Photo: Protest outside the secret corporate seed conference sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates. (Jeff Hurd)] By Vandana Shiva Source:  Asian Age eeds are the first link in the food chain and the repository of life’s future evolution. As such, it is our inherent duty and responsibility to protect them and to pass them o

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[Photo: Fracking wells in Wyoming] By Michael Klare Source:  ZMagazine he new U.S. energy policy of the Trump era is, in some ways, the oldest energy policy on Earth. Every great power has sought to mobilize the energy resources at its command, whether those be slaves, wind-power, coal, or oil, to further its hegemonic amb

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[Photo: Palestinians take part in the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Abdallah Aljamal, the Palestine Chronicle)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD hree more Palestinians were killed and 611 wounded last Friday, when tens of thousands of Gazans continued their largely non-violent protests at the Gaza-Israel border. Yet as

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[Photo: Miami and sea level rising (James Willamor, 2007).] By Dahr Jamal and Janine Jackson Source:  Fair.org Janine Jackson: Antarctic glaciers are melting at dramatic rates, scientists are finding. Antarctica is of course a continent of ice, roughly twice the size of Australia. The retreat of its oceanfront glaciers rai

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[Photo: Joseph Wambaugh] By Chuck Orloski Source: Hollywood Progressive uite natural for a 1952 West Scranton-born fellow like me, and years afterward, working as a Teamster dock-worker throughout mid-1970s, and exercising passions for the “good life,” I became intrigued to learn author Joesph Wambaugh was born in Pitts

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[Photo: Puerto Rico, September 30, 2017 – Aerial view shows homes that were left roofless in Puerto Rico, due to the strong winds brought by Hurricane Maria. Yuisa Rios/FEMA] Audie Cornish interviews Laura Sullivan, Cate Long, and Sergio Marxauch Source:  Combined project of OPB and NPR Transcript: AUDIE CORNISH, H

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[Graphic: Commercialization infographic from Energy.gov] By Gary Brumback, PhD his article is an adaptation of my review of Oliver F. Wiliam’s Commerce: Responsible Corporate Citizenship and the Ideals of the United Nations Global Compact. I am adapting it for this venue because I want to share far and wide with read

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[Graphic: Quote from from Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Counterpunch adeleine Albright, without irony, has written a book on resisting Fascism. She has also published an op-ed in the New York Times pushing the same argument. Albright is alarmed and wants

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By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. Is There a UNO to Protect the Beleaguered Humanity? ver the seventy years of its existence, the United Nations Organization (UNO) should have been enriched with systematic excellence to safeguard humanity from protracted agony, deaths and deliberate destruction. Not so, the record is otherwise fille

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[Photo: After firing tear gas, National Guard troops advance on crowd at Taylor Hall. (Kent State University. News Service May 4 photographs. KSU News Service)] By Murray Polner t’s been 48 years since Ohio National Guardsmen on May 4, 1970 aimed their M-1 rifles at unarmed Kent State College students and killed four and

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[Photo: London protest over Israel’s massacre of 10 Palestinians at a rally on 4/6. By Alisdare Hickson (April 7, 2018).] Ramzy Baroud, PhD lbert Einstein, along with other Jewish luminaries, including Hannah Arendt, published a letter in the New York Times on December 4, 1948. That was only a few months after Israel

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[Photo: Weeping Liberty via DC Clothesline] By Simon Davis-Cohen and Sarah Lazare Source:  In These Times inneapolis police union president Lt. Bob Kroll told In These Times that he lobbied Minnesota lawmakers to advance a statewide law clamping down on protests—legislation that civil liberties advocates say targets Blac

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