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[Photo: Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta, by Romanov (DeviantArt)] By Nick Turse Source:  TomDispatch “We don’t know exactly where we’re at in the world, militarily, and what we’re doing,”  said Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in October. That was in the wake

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[Photo: Kamal Assar and Mother at Nuseirat Refugee Camp.] Ramzy Baroud, PhD hen I learned of the death of Kamal al-Assar, a few years ago, I was baffled. He was only in his 40s. I remember him in his prime, a young rebel, leading the neighborhood youth, armed with rocks and slingshots, in a hopeless […]

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[Photo: Neandrathal Trump by Marian Kamensky, Austria ] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: The Conversation Henry A. Giroux ascism is all too often relegated to the history books. The word conjures up a period in which civilized societies treated democracy with contempt, engaged in acts of systemic violence, practiced exterminatio

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By Paul Street Source:  Counterpunch atching the first ten minutes of the “Public” (Petroleum and/or Pentagon?) Broadcasting System (“P”BS)’s NewsHour two nights ago, I was overcome by a sense of the surreal. The first news item was the Insane Clown President’s (ICP) idiotic (if base-pleasing) announcement that

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[Photo: Courtesy of American Herald Tribune.] By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. Across the globe, voices of reason are loud and clear that on peacemaking and the issues of Jerusalem, America and Israeli both have lost the opportunities for peacemaking process and the establishment of an independent State of Palestine to balance the

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[Graphic: “End of the Rainbow” by Dave Granlund. PoliticalCartoons.com.] Mark Karlin interviews Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout   Confronted with the rise of an authoritarian society affecting all institutions and individuals, there is a need for resistance based on radical transformation, says Henry A. Gi

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[Cartoon: Birdman in Jerusalem by Rodriguez..] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud ow that US President Donald Trump has fully adopted the Israeli rightwing political discourse on Palestine, the Palestinian Authority is in a very tough spot. “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capita

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[Photo: Darwin’s Natural Selection Duck and Turkey] By Dog Food Advisor Following is straight from Dog Food Advisor December 8, 2017 — Darwin’s Natural Pet Products of Tukwila, Washington, has notified distributors that it is recalling select lots of its Darwin’s Natural Selections dog food due to possible co

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[Photo: “US Hires Mercenaries …” by Gary Latuff.] By Jefferson Morley Source:  Alternet   resident Trump is maneuvering to establish his own intelligence service to do what the CIA cannot or will not do for him. According to BuzzFeed, Trump is considering a proposal for a private company, the Amynto

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[Photo: Rohingya sit in gray zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh and watch their village burn. Courtesy AFP.] Ramzy Baroud, PhD ope Francis lost a historical opportunity to truly set his legacy apart from previous Popes. Alas, for him, too, political expediency trumped all else. In his visit to Burma (Myanmar) on November 2

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[Graphic: “Government of the Rich People” by RJ Matson, Caglecartoons.com.] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Salon ust one year into the Donald Trump presidency, not only have the failures of American democracy become clear, but many of the darkest elements of its history have been catapulted to the center of power.

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[Graphic: “I left you half!” by Darkow at Down With Tyranny.] By Nick Buffe Source: Talk Poverty   hen political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson released Winner-Take-All Politics in March 2011, it made headlines. The book’s vivid descriptions of how moneyed interests had come to dominate the

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[Graphic: Racial segregation persists. Cartoon by Benson.] By Richard Rothstein Source:  Zinn Education Project acial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the United States and bears responsibility for our most serious social and economic problems — it corrupts our criminal justice system, exacerbates eco

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[Graphic: ‘Sinclair News’ by Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons.] By Kevin Drum Source: Mother Jones AM radio is already the exclusive preserve of right-wing agit-prop. Is broadcast TV next? The New York Times reports today on the coziness between Sinclair Media and President Trump’s new head of the FCC. Their fi

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[Photo: Courtesy Transcend Media Service] By Carla Stea Source:  Center for Global Research n October 13, the DPRK sent another emergency letter to United Nations Secretary-General Guterres; this was the third letter sent to the UN since November 20, three letters in 23 days attempting to alert the United Nations to the

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By Dog Food Advisor November 28, 2017 — he U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning regarding the purchase and use of store-bought “bone treats”. The FDA claims the danger goes beyond the risk of regular bones.   What’s a ‘Bone Treat’? The FDA reports it has received about 68 reports of pet [&

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[Map: Peel Partition map of 1937 courtesy Jewish Virtual Library] Ramzy Baroud, PhD n a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective. Before we think of establishing a Palestinian state, he mus

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[Photo: City of Gardendale (city site).] By Edwin Rios Source: Mother Jones. or the past few years, residents in the city of Gardendale, Alabama, have been pushing to take over a county high school, a middle school and two elementary schools from the greater Jefferson County school system, one of several districts still

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[Photo: _] By William Hathaway Then There’s Only One Choice By Wolfgang Borchert Translated from the German by William T. Hathaway You. Man at the machine in the factory. When they tell you tomorrow to stop making pots and pans and instead make helmets and machine guns, then there’s only one choice: Say NO! You.

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Dear Friends and Readers, Please forgive my long silence. I have been caring for my best friend and spouse for the last two months as she succumbed to terminal brain cancer. She was diagnosed on September 11, 2017 and passed quietly in the early hours of November 9, 2017. This has been the most intense […]

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[Photo: Funding the war machine Activist Post] By William Hartung Source:  TomDispatch   ere’s a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle? The answer (in case you didn’t already know): P-e-n-t-a-g-o-n. Hawks on Capitol Hill and in the US military routinely justify increases in the Defense Department&#

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[Photo: GOP Nightmare by Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE.] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: The Hamilton Spectator onald Trump is the high-priest of caustic rants. He appears to revel in a politics of humiliation both as a tool to insult his critics and as a way to discredit policies he dislikes. In part, his […]

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[Photo: Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria, 2017 (capture from ABC video clip).] By Rowan Wolf he U.S. federal response in both situations is anemic to the point of criminal. These are U.S. citizens, and as deserving of rapid and complete response  as Texas or Florida. Instead, we see a response that falls far below even

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[Photo: Palestinians cry for unity (Anja Meulenbelt)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD he reconciliation agreement signed between rival Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, in Cairo on October 12 was not a national unity accord – at least, not yet. For the latter to be achieved, the agreement would have to make the interests of the

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[Photo: Who is the terrorist? Water protector under attack at for protesting against DAPL – Standing Rock (By Tomas Alejo)] By Timothy Gardner Source:  Reuters U.S. representatives from both parties asked the Department of Justice on Monday whether the domestic terrorism law would cover actions by protesters that sh

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[Photo: “America’s Pride” by Joep Bertrams, The Netherlands.] By Charles Hugh Smith Source:  Of Two Minds If you want to understand why the status quo is unraveling, start by examining the feudal structure of our society, politics and economy. The revelations coming to light about Hollywood Oligarch Harve

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[Photo: Sauds laud Trump with ceremonial sword and slam Iran Mystery Vault.] By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD. merica under President Trump continues to foster an agenda of extreme perplexity, triviality and confusion in dealing with urgent global affairs. If the administration is to learn from the history, it must be candid, focuse

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(Photo: U of Mo (Columbia) celebrates president’s resignation over racism. (Brian Davidson, Getty).) By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Bill Moyers any of the great peace activists of the 20th century, extending from Mahatma Gandhi and Paulo Freire to Jane Addams and Martin Luther King Jr., shared a passion for education as

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[Graphic: Courtesy ProPublica] By Justin Elliot, Jessica Huseman and Decca Muldowney Source:  ProPublica and The Texas Tribune This story was co-published with The Texas Tribune. The Red Cross’ anemic response to Hurricane Harvey left officials in several Texas counties seething, emails obtained by ProPublica show. In so

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By: Henry A. Giroux Source: The Conversation onald Trump seems addicted to violence. It shapes his language, politics and policies. He revels in a public discourse that threatens, humiliates and bullies. He has used language as a weapon to humiliate women, a reporter with a disability, Pope Francis and any political opponen

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