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[Photo: Like this bus, public education may be wrecked by Trump and DeVos (Reuters & Metro).] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Salon with author’s permission onald Trump’s ascendancy in American politics has made visible a plague of deep-seated civic illiteracy, a corrupt political system and a contempt for reason th

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[Photo: Water Protectors holding their ground at Standing Rock.] By Indian Country Media Network Staff Source:  Indian Country Today he U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the law in its fast-tracked approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a U.S. District Court Judge in Washington D.C. has ruled. Judge James Boasb

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[Photo: Disabled citizens attempt to meet with Mitch McConnell regarding the proposed Trumpcare. They were forcibly removed. (Video clip)] By Rowan Wolf On Friday June 23, 2017, Ari Melber, sitting in for Lawrence O’Donnell on, facilitated the best and most extensive examination of Medicaid and the potential consequen

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[Photo: Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh turned away from Thailand.] By Robert J. Burrowes t is a tragic measure of the depravity of human existence that genocide is a continuing and prevalent manifestation of violence in the international system, despite the effort following World War II to abolish it through negotiation

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[Photo: Nikki Haley at the UN (3/18/2017), by Rabbi Danyiel /twitter)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD he United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion.  Ra

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Fight Back! Silence = Death By Rowan Wolf I know that you are likely tired. I certainly am. And I know that many of you are suffering with anxiety and depression at the repeated hammer blows from the Trump agenda – I am, and reports say that many of you are as well. We are […]

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[Photo: Jon Ossoff and Karen Handle, candidates for the Georgia 6th district Congressional seat.] By Greg Palast Source:  GregPalast This DemocracyNow! video shares and extract of Palast’s coverage of the voting issues in the Georgia race. aren Handel took a break from beating up Democrat John Ossoff to attack a repo

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[Photo: Oil train derailed in 2016 near Mosier, Or. (Courtesy Sean Aiken of Columbia Riverkeeper)] By Richard Walker Source: Indian Country Today. pring chinook were journeying up the Columbia River, returning to their natal streams to spawn. Lamprey were returning too, as Native leaders, elected officials and environmenta

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[Photo: Xi Jinping and Donald Trump at Mira Lago (Resumen del Sur)] By John Feffer Source:  Foreign Policy in Focus orget RussiaGate for the moment. Forget James Comey’s upcoming testimony before the Senate intelligence committee. Forget all the conspiratorial speculation that Donald Trump is the plaything of Russian Pre

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[Photo courtesy The Real News.] By Conn Hallinan Source:  Foreign Policy In Focus he good news out of Europe is that Marine Le Pen’s neo-Nazi National Front took a beating in the May 7 French presidential election. The bad news is that the program of the winner, Emmanuel Macron, might put Le Pen back in […]

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[Photo: The International Reporter.] By Binu Mathew & Colin Todhunter Source:  Global Research. Background Washington’s long-term plan has been to restructure indigenous agriculture across the world and tie it to an international system of trade based on export-oriented mono-cropping, commodity production for the i

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[Photo: Homeless Afghan refugees are reflected in the window of a bus in Paris, France. Zoriah] Ramzy Baroud, PhD he typical newsroom set-up, where journalists chase after news headlines dictated by some centralized news gathering agency – often based in some western capital – does not suffice any more. In the case of t

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[Photo: Kochyderm by Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons (164382)] By Richard Eskow Source: People’s Action Blog via CommonDreams hen he withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, Donald Trump gave a speech so filled with falsehoods that it triggered detailed rebuttals by publications ranging from Politifact to Scientific Ameri

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[Photo: Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche – go fund me.] By Robert Koehler Source:  Common Wonders “Tell them, I want everybody to know, I want everybody on the train to know, I love them . . .” hese words are also part of the geopolitics of murder — these words of light and hope, alive and pulsing […]

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[Photo: “The First Person”, John Cole, PoliticalCartoons.com (196586)] By Naomi Klein Source:  The Intercept. During the presidential campaign, some imagined that the more overtly racist elements of Donald Trump’s platform were just talk designed to rile up the base, not anything he seriously intended to act

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[Photo: Saudi Military] By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Arab Leadership Puzzle Western political dinner tables spare not a day without hollow laughter about what the Arab leaders say and do underpinning obsessed human follies. For too long, the oil exporting Arab leaders ignored the newly educated ge

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[Photo: James Comey portrait by thierry ehrmann] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Ragazine. Reprinted with author’s permission. onald Trump’s firing of James Comey as the director of the FBI has caused a firestorm around the country, but for the wrong reasons. Rather than see Trump’s actions as another example of the u

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[Photo: Yousef Rabeh from the “Palestine in Motion” series.] By: Romana Rubeo interviews Ramzy Baroud, PhD Palestinian-American historian, journalist and author, Dr. Ramzy Baroud, speaks on his upcoming book, just-released digital media project – Palestine in Motion – and why Palestinian history has to b

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[Photo: Henry Giroux on CTV regarding Comey Senate testimony (6/9/2017)] By Henry A. Giroux This video is presented with permission of Henry Giroux. You may also view the original version (with comments) at the CTV Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CTVNewsChannel/videos/1450983094963017/   Henry A. Giroux current

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[Photo: Radical Islamists] By Caleb Maupin t is foolish to think that being raised by parents who have participated in terrorism cannot play a role in influencing a child to eventually become a terrorist. Yet, one of the most important details about the terrorist who killed 22 innocent concert goers in Manchester, just a

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By Ben Manski f we want to universalize justice, we best begin with the recognition that social systems are systems of power. Different systems favor and subordinate different groups of people, creating systemic injustice. Capitalism is a system that empowers those who own capital and that constrains the possibilities for t

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[Photo: “Federal Defense Budget”. RJ Matson, Roll Call. 194880)] By Benjamin Dangl t is fitting that while President Trump is traveling the world, sealing a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, he would drop his own kind of bomb on the American people: his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, titled, of cou

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[Photo: Detention facility in Raymondville, TX. A facility like this can be erected in 24 hours if needed. (Subtopia).] By Samuel Gilbert arlier this month, Daniel Ragsdale, the second-in-command at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), confirmed he will be leaving his position to work at GEO Group, the nat

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[Photo: Income Stagnation (John Darkow Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri 121198)] By Pete Dolack o, you can’t really make this stuff up: orthodox economists continue to tell us that the reason for ongoing economic stagnation is that wages and unemployment benefits are too high. Yes, that’s right. You haven’t suffered

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By Naomi Klein ow that it seems virtually certain that Donald Trump will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, and the climate movement is quite rightly mobilizing in the face of this latest dystopian lurch, it’s time to get real about something: Pretty much everything that is weak, disappointing, an

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[Photo: Shehid Radhe.] Ramzy Baroud, PhD here is a saying that goes: “Be careful what you wish for, for you may get it.” This has been Israel’s dilemma from the very beginning. The Zionist movement, which held its first conference in Basel, Switzerland 120 years ago, wanted Palestine but not the Palestinians. They ach

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[Photo: “Netanyahu Trump” by Osama Hajjaj, Jordan] Ramzy Baroud, PhD s if he has, overnight, been transformed into a master politician, Donald Trump’s 27-hour trip to Israel has left many analysts mystified. Quoting former Israeli political adviser, Mitchell Barack, the New York Times referred to Trump a

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[Photo: Oil spill in Ecuador shared by J Lynn.] By Cecilia Olivet n 16 May, Ecuador became the fifth country to terminate all its Bilateral investment treaties (BIT). Why did it make this decision? TNI researcher Cecilia Olivet, and president of the Ecuadorian Citizens Commission that audited the country’s investment pro

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[Photo: courtesy Mocha Manual.] By Name he Commons is a concept and practice that has been steadily gathering increased attention and advocates. Deeply rooted in human history, it’s difficult to settle on a single definition that covers its broad potential for social, economic, cultural and political change. The Commons i

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[Photo: Trump in Saudi Arabia. Courtesy Ruben Luengas.] By Ben Dangl t is fitting that while President Trump is traveling the world, sealing a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, he would drop his own kind of bomb on the American people: his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, titled, of course, “The New Foundation

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