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[Photo: Palestinian Nakba 1948, Man sits above the Jaramana Refugee Camp near Damascus, Syria (Hanini.org)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD he game is afoot. Israel, believe it or not, is demanding that seven Arab countries and Iran pay $250 billion as compensation for what it claims was the forceful exodus of Jews fr

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[Photo: Black and Hispanic children are 40% of the school population but 70% of school arrests. (CIDH).] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout Henry A. Giroux e live in an age in which the welfare of children is no longer a measure of the degree to which a society lives up to its democratic ideals. […]

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[Photo: A young girl stands amid the freshly made graves of 70 children many of whom died of malnutrition. Dadaab refugee camp. Andy Hall/Oxfam.).] By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. “The road to hell is paved with good conventions.” ~Bert Rolling, The Law of War and National Jurisdiction since 1945 Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. The Glob

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[Photo: Monopoly Man graffiti (Montreal street art, photo by Gone Coastal)] By Rowan Wolf This is not the first time in this nation’s history when there has been a battle, effectively a class war, for the United States and who will control it. This is at least the third time things have reached a critical […]

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[Photo: Trump’s first Oval Office address fund raising effort. (WhiteHouse.gov)] By Rowan Wolf n January 8, 2019, Donald Trump made his first address from the Oval Office, purportedly to make his case for the “humanitarian” and “national security” crisis at the U.S. – Mexican border, that

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[Photo: Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, India (Anjana Menon).] By Vijay Prashad Source:  ZNet Vijay Prashad here is more happening in the world in the struggle for life, justice, and freedom than we know (or are allowed to know) so take heart and join the Women’s Wall. On Jan. 1, 5.5 million women in the Indian state [

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By Rowan Wolf Hi All, This is one of those rare times in  a western Oregon winter when things dry out enough to hit those outdoor projects that have been delayed. In this case, clean up from construction and the last several storms that have come through. So I’m trying hard to make the best […]

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[Photo: Liberian vacation destination with “rustic” decor. (blk24ga)] By Tamara Pearson Source:  Global Research Tamara Pearson f you want to find out what’s happening in a poor country, be sure to add -tourists to your Google News search. “Canadian and Italian tourists feared kidnapped in Burkina Faso,”

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[Photo: Trump and the GOP, Patrick Chappatte, The New York Times, 10/28/2018] By Rowan Wolf We are watching the disintegration of a nation – the United States. Trump started his campaign rooted in racism and xenophobia, and has hammered that them repeatedly throughout his tenure thus far. He has operated from the poli

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[Photo: Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil) and Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel) (PalestineChronicle)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD ewly-inaugurated Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, is set to be the arch-enemy of the environment and of indigenous and disadvantaged communities in his country. He also promises to be a friend of lik

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[Photo: Paulus in Southern Russia (Bundesarchiv)] By Gaither Stewart Gaither Stewart have wondered if the German Field-Marshal Friedrich Paulus after his defeat and capture by Russians at Stalingrad in February 1943 really changed when as a prisoner of war in Soviet Russia he joined the National Committee For A Free Germany

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[Photo: Ron Paul and bi-partisan support for war (Pinterest)] By Murray Polner “Try to calm down, America. Whatever RussiaGate (and the Greater Middle East] ultimately turns out to be, it won’t be anything worth a single drop of American or Russian blood”–or anyone else’s.” –Thomas

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[Photo: Nazi Anti-Semitic Propaganda from at Yad Vashem, public domain)] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout Henry A. Giroux he ruthless ideologies and policies of a fascist past are with us once again, and the warning signs can be seen in the emergence of the normalizing discourses of pollution and disposability. As a cen

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[Photo: Soviet soldiers in Afghanistan in 1984 or 85 (Soviet Airborne trooper Sergey Novikov)] By Chris Floyd Source:  Empire Burlesque Chris Floyd aking the social media rounds at the moment is a transcription of Rachel Maddow’s “utterly terrifying” and “deeply chilling” take on one tidbit from Trump’s surreal

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[Photo: Caution sign on Hi-way 5 north of Tijuana (Jonathan McIntosh] By Joseph Nevins Source:  NACLA Joseph Nevins n December 11, President Donald Trump hosted an Oval Office sit-down with incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY). Among the many noteworthy li

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[Photo: Four B-1 Lancer bombers on way to base in Guam, Feb 2017. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger )] By Nicholas J.S. Davies Source:  Znet Nicholas J.S. Davies y father was a doctor in the British Royal Navy, and I grew up traveling by troop-ship between the last outposts of the […]

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[Photo: New Chinese imperial flag signifying the reunion of Taiwan and China (OREN).] By Jimmy Carter Source:  Washington Post via CommonDreams Jimmy Carter orty years ago, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and I normalized diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States, putting an end to

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[Photo: The Great Trumpkin (RJ Matson, Portland, ME).] By Chris Floyd Source: Empire Burlesque Chris Floyd As the Trumps Dodged Taxes, Their Tenants Paid a Price (NYT) A cheap, greedy crook damaging the lives of ordinary people: that’s what Trump always was, that’s what he is today — albeit on a monstrous

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[Photo: Sunrise at my house January 1, 2019. (Rowan Wolf)] By Rowan Wolf It is unlikely that 2019 is going to see a decrease in the fulminations and resulting division and chaos emanating from Washington, and frankly the power elite. In the United States and across the world there seems to be a tide of […]

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By Jason Hirthler Source:  Counterpunch Jason Hirthler he overhyped but underrated 2006 Christopher Nolan film Inception developed the idea of deliberately seeding ideas in the minds of powerful people in an effort to anticipate, control, and profit by their subsequent behavior. Compelling concept, and applicable to–or d

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[Graphic: Wal-Mart meets Mars] By Rowan Wolf ational Geographic’s, Mars, is well worth your time. As a sci-fi geek, I looked forward to watching the series not really knowing what I was getting into. I was not disappointed though it was far different than I expected. Mars is a combination of a sci-fi story about [R

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[Photo: Pfulgerville City Hall; a town that has an unfortunate overuse of Pf whenever ‘f’ is needed (twitter feed).] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD ahia Amawai is a US citizen and Texas-based language specialist who helps autistic and speech-impaired children overcome their impairment. Despite the essential

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[Photo: Fighting corporate influence in higher education (Transparent Indiana University] Mitja Sardoč Henry A. Giroux Source: Counterpunch This interview with Henry Giroux was conducted by Mitja Sardoč, of the Educational Research Institute, in the Faculty of the Social Sciences, at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Mi

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[Photo: North bound lines at the San Ysidro checkpoint. (Matt H. Wade)] By Rowan Wolf The situation that Trump and his henchman are creating at our southern border is obscene. We could say that the chaos and its consequences are “self-inflicted wounds”, but others are the one’s bleeding and dying. Trump ca

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[Photo: Chickens raised at factory farm. (Farm Sanctuary)] By Leah Douglas Source:  The Fern and Mother Jones Factory Farms No Longer Have to Report Their Air Emissions. That’s Dangerous for Their Neighbors …. And bad news for the climate. Leah Douglas osemary Partridge has lived in Sac County, Iowa, for 40 years.

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[Photo: Indonesia, Sunda strait tsunami concert site (Indonesian National Armed Services).] By Rowan Wolf The search for survivors continues in the Sunda strait in the aftermath of the Anak Krakatau volcanic collapse the set off a tsunami on December 22, 2018. Coming out of nowhere, and with no warning, the death toll is of

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[Photo: The flag hung upside down is the signal of extreme distress or danger.] By Jessica Corbett Source: CommonDreams Jessica Corbett exas officials are facing an onslaught of criticism after a speech pathologist lost her job at an elementary school for refusing to sign a pro-Israel pledge mandated by state law—a case t

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[Photo: One of thousands of emergency food drives in the bread basket of the world. (Carmichael Library).] By Rowan Wolf he social safety net has been on the GOP hit list virtually since its inception. I have never understood why except that it apparently redirects tax dollars from serving the people to lining the pockets [

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By Michael Winship Source:  CommonDreams Michael Winship s the hero croons in that classic old musical Brigadoon, what a day this has been, what a rare mood I’m in. But that guy was singing that his mood was almost like being in love. On Thursday night, the mood I was in was almost like being […]

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[Photo: Prescott and George H.W. Bush] By Greg Palast Source:  GregPalast.com Greg Palast hile pundits are falling all over themselves spewing about the “civility” of the patrician George H. W. Bush, l must honor the memory of those 50 men who were buried alive in a gold field in Africa so Bush Sr. could cash […]

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