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[Photo: Fracking waste pit in Pennsylvania (Ari Evergreen)] By Derrick Z. Jackson Source:  CommonDreams Derrick Z. Jackson With the Environmental Protection Agency’s own data showing that nearly half of our rivers and streams and a third of our wetlands are in “poor biological condition,” and with millions of Ameri

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[Graphic: Impeachment Starts (Bob Englehart, Middletown, CT.)] By Rowan Wolf This is no long analysis, just a stark picture that explains Republican recalcitrance in checking Trump’s power. The following chart is from a Pew Research Center study.  

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Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD On Monday, January  20, Clarity Press, Inc. of Atlanta announced the launch of These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons, by Palestinian author and journalist, Ramzy Baroud, and The Palestine Chronicle Editorial Team. Bookended by a For

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By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Salon Henry A. Giroux The impeachment of Donald Trump appears to be a crisis without a history, at least a history that illuminates, not just comparisons with other presidential impeachments, but a history that provides historical lessons regarding its relationship to a previous age of tyranny th

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[Graphic: Tax Cut Pass (Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune, UT)] By Joseph Stiglitz Source:  CommonDreams Joseph Stiglitz As the world’s business elites trek to Davos for their annual gathering, people should be asking a simple question: Have they overcome their infatuation with US President Donald Trump? Two years ago, a few

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[Photo: Pictoscribe, 2007] Gaither Stewart Gaither Stewart At thirty-six years I’m on record as the youngest Operations Director in the history of the international cultural organization where I’ve worked for the last nine years. Now as my best friends know, I’m not overjoyed about my promotion to this position. And m

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[Photo: Israel demolishing homes in Al-Halawah hamlet- Masafer Yatta area in 2017 (Land Research Center).] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD A seemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called “firing zo

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By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler “The people do not want war!” These were the words that did it, that knocked the composure out of me. I was standing at what felt like the heart of Chicago on a January afternoon, corner of Wabash and Wacker, next to the river and beneath […]

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[Graphic: Flim Flam Man, Wolf.] By Rowan Wolf Flim Flam Man PC (Political Cartoon). The metronome of Trump’s voice chanting “It’s a Hoax! It’s a Scam!” demands a response and a statement, and divine inspiration responded. For those unfamiliar with Flim Flam man as a moniker, flim flam means che

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[Photo: The funeral crowd at the burial of Qassem Soleimani Jan 6, 2020. MEHR News Agency] By Juan Cole Source:  Informed Comment Juan Cole Since the US political establishment and press has been demonizing Gen. Qasem Soleimani since he was rubbed out by Trump, it is perhaps worth complicating the story– especially now t

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[Graphic: ‘Trump Speaks on Iran.” (Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Obser, NC.)] By: Chauncey DeVega interviews Henry A. Giroux Source: Salon Chauncey DeVega interview with Henry A. Giroux Like other authoritarians and fascists, Donald Trump is an expert practitioner of the shock doctrine. This strategy involves assau

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[Photo: BND logo.] Gaither Stewart Gaither Stewart In February 2019 Germany opened a brand new intelligence complex in the city of Berlin. The new headquarters of the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst or Federal Intelligence Service) occupies a huge space—by the way, much as STASI or State Security Service once did in East Ber

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[Photo: The view of Iraq. Baghdad after US bombing. BAGHDAD, Iraq. (Capt. Roger Burdette)] By Rowan Wolf The United States put the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on the terrorist organization list. Problematically, the IRGC is part of the formal military and intelligence structure of Iran – kind of like the SEALS and CIA

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[Photo: US Fighter Jets over burning Kuwait oil field, 1991.] Ramzy Baroud, PhD and Romana Rubeo Ramzy Baroud, PhD By killing top Iranian military commander, Qasem Soleimani, American and Israeli leaders demonstrated the idiom ‘out of the frying pan into the fire.’ US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Be

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[Photo: Children in the rubble of Fallujah] By David Lindorff Source:  Counterpunch David Lindorff As far back as at least the American Revolution, there was an unwritten rule among combatants that you don’t kill the commander in the field of battle. That’s why generals could be seen directing their troops while sittin

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[Photo: School Climate Strike 2019] By Rowan Wolf Welcome to 2020. We had better rest today because this is going to be a year that will demand much of us as citizens of our nations and the world. Politically, more is on the line than at almost any time in our history. Part of the […]

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[Map: “The Disputed Territory”, Shown in green is the Kashmiri region under Pakistani control. The orange-brown region represents Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir while the Aksai Chin is under Chinese control. (From the CIA Factbook via Wikipedia)] Interview of  Sanjay Kak by David Barsamian Source: Znet San

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By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD “We have let the government’s evil-doing, its abuses, power grabs, brutality, meanness, inhumanity, immorality, greed, corruption, debauchery, and tyranny go on for too long. We are approaching a reckoning. This is the point, as the poet W. B. Yeats warned, when things fall apart and anarchy is l

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[Graphic: “Race to the Bottom” (Rowan Wolf, 12/26/2019)] By Jake Johnson Source: CommonDreams Jake Johnson The 500 richest people in the world, all of whom are billionaires, gained a combined $1.2 trillion in wealth in 2019, further exacerbating inequities that have not been seen since the late 1920s. That’

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By Rowan Wolf There are all kinds of speculation about Nancy Pelosi’s strategy in not immediately sending the Articles of Impeachment (H. Res. 755) to the Senate. I freely admit that I don’t have a clue about her “strategy”, but I do know a window of opportunity when I see it and this is a […]

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Gaither Stewart Gaither Stewart In times past, the German sculptor, Paul Schatz, related his experience at the woodcarving school in Warmbrunn in north-east Germany where accomplished students were finally allowed to copy a statue. Schatz chose a medieval Mater Dolorosa. After making the first cut, he said he worked in a mo

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[Photo: Walls and colonization (Ted Swedenburg)>] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD Three years ago, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334. With fourteen members voting in favor and one abstention, the Resolution was the equivalent of a political earthquake. Indeed, it was the first time in man

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[Photo: Global warming by Roberto Rizzato. (CC BY-NC 2.0)] By H. Patricia Hynes Source:  Informed Comment Recognizing the power of the visual, the bulk of my commentary is portrayed below. The 4 minute video below -“Home” – is a 2020 campaign ad for Andrew Romanoff, Democrat from Colorado, (D) who is runn

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[Photo: ‘The Dastardly Duo’ by DonkeyHotey] By Jake Johnson Source:  CommonDreams Jake Johnson Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News Thursday night that while he has “no choice” but to hold a trial if the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump, that does not mean the process wi

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[Photo: “GOP Impeachment Immunity”, Monte Wolverton, Battleground, WA.] By John Feffer Source:  Forign Policy In Focus John Feffer Coups have been one of the greatest threats to democracy. The people elect a daring leader willing to take on the status quo. And then, as in Iran in 1953 or Chile in 1973, the mili

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[Photo: Border Wall near the Calexico Port of Entry (Customs and Border Protection] By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler Let’s bomb Iowa! Or maybe Texas or Michigan or Nebraska . . . Oh wait, I got confused for a second. Those places are part of America and we love them. We would […]

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By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout Henry A. Giroux This week in the United States, the impeachment hearings made clear that President Trump abused his office and committed a crime against the Constitution. Not only did he attempt to pressure the Ukrainian government into investigating his presidential political rival Joe

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[Photo: The rubble of Azaz, Syria from bombing during the civil war.] By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD Mahboob Khawaja, PhD Once the Arabs were leaders in knowledge, creativity, science and human manifestation, progress and future-making – the Islamic civilization lasted for eight hundred years in Al-Andalucía- Spain. But whe

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[Photo: “Impeachment GOP” by Bob Englehart, Middletown, CT.] By Jake Johnson Source:  CommonDreams Jake Johnson In an apparent effort to preempt an imminent Democratic impeachment report that is expected to outline evidence of President Donald Trump’s misconduct in office, House Republicans have prepared

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[Photo: Russell Desmond is a California dialysis patient dramatically impacted by new legislation, demonstating the tangled nature of healthcare provision, costs, and payment. (Ana Ibarra/Ca Healthline)] By Ana B. Ibarra Source:  Kaiser Health News Ana B. Ibarra Russell Desmond received a letter a few weeks ago from the Am

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