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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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[Photo: Smoke rises from Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on August 21, 2014. (Mohammad Othman – Anadolu Agency)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD here is a great irony in the fact that Israel is seeking a seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Since its establishment atop the ruins of Palestinian cities and vi

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[Photo: Famine (Call of the Land).] By Baher Kamal Source: Towards Freedom xacerbated by climate-related shocks, increasing conflicts have been a key driver of severe food crisis and recently re-emerged famines, a major United Nations joint report has just revealed. Hunger and under nutrition are significantly worse where c

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[Photo: Unfair Advantage (Board 2 Tears).] By Doctor Cleaveland Source: Doctor Cleaveland’s Blog ‘m not a big proponent of bringing back customs and manners from hundreds of years back. The centuries I study were much worse to live in than this one. But there is one concept from Ye Olden Days that (suitably ret

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[Photo: “Ignited Nations” by John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune.] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Bill Moyers onald Trump is addicted to violence. It is the principal force that shapes his language, politics and policies. He revels in a public discourse that threatens, humiliates, bullies and inflicts violence. H

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[Photo: No Right Turn (Ministry Best Practices).] By Public Citizen n organization set up to save puppies, support the homeless or provide a safe space to worship wasn’t designed to become a dark money super PAC. But that’s what will happen if far-right lawmakers successfully repeal the Johnson Amendment — a longstand

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[Photo: Spanish tanks moving into Catalonia, (RedPepper)] By  Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte  Source: RedPepper.org cross Barcelona and the towns and cities of Catalonia, spontaneous demonstrations are breaking out, with people chanting ‘No Pasaran’, ‘We are not afraid’ and singing anti-Francoist resistance hymn

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[Photo: Houthis and supporters of ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh gather to protest Saudi-led operations rally on second anniversary of the Operation Decisive Storm 26.3.2017 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]] By Khalil Dewan Source: Middle East Monitor hree years ago today the Ansar Allah armed group – otherwise known a

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Dear Friends, Readers, and Passers bye, Please forgive the sudden change in post frequency. My spouse of 20 years is rapidly dying of an aggressive brain cancer called a glioblastoma. It grows exponentially at an average rate of about 1.4% a day. Bottom line, the love of my life likely has less than 3 weeks […]

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[Photo: Rohingya genocide (Bamikhan).] Ramzy Baroud, PhD o a certain extent, Aung San Suu Kyi is a false prophet. Glorified by the west for many years, she was made a ‘democracy icon’ because she opposed the same forces in her country, Burma, at the time that the US-led western coalition isolated Rangoon for its

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[Photo: Sessions- Keeper of the Flame (Donkey Hotey).] By Emmanuel Felton Source:  Bill Moyers. n weekends, North Smithfield Manor smells like freshly cut grass, as men venture out under the Alabama sun to tend to their lawns. Kids race their bikes up and down the neighborhood’s hilly streets. Leslie Williams, a 34-year-

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[Photo: ‘Working Conditions’ by Kap, Spain, 140111] By Alexander Kolokotronis Source: RoarMag.org. Alexander Kolokotronis municipalist revolution is impossible without the support and cooperation of labor unions. In some cases, labor unions might themselves take the lead in promulgating a municipalist shift. To

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[Photo: Internet Giants (Univ. of Calgary wiki.] By Beth Kotz s the Internet has extended its reach into almost every segment of society and sector of business, the “gatekeepers” that control it have amassed considerable power. These technology firms continue to brand themselves as edgy, innovative, social-good entities

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[Photo: Fleeing South Vietnamese troops left uniforms behind as they fled Saigon 1975. (Manh Hai)] By Murray Polner ere I reprint my 2008 article in anticipation of Ken Burns’ forthcoming multi-series TV documentary about the Vietnam War. I hope he and his collaborator will not whitewash the American role. “Our gove

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[Photo: Irma destroyed 90% of Barbuda. What will it do to Florida (ABS News)] By Paul Street Source:  PaulStreet. In the late summer of 2017, the United States was hit by two epic hurricanes, each of which took lives and caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage.  Record-setting wildfires raged on the nation’s We

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[Photo: Trump speaking on Charlottesville for the third time from Trump Tower. Screen grab from “Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN).] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: The Conversation. Henry A. Giroux he march in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this summer by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists

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[Photo: Dady Chery] By Dady Chery Source: News Junkie Post All photos by Dady Chery unless otherwise indicated.] Part I Water for Profit: Haiti’s Thirsty Season here is no shortage of water in Haiti. Yet, everywhere on the island, Haitians travel for miles to get water, pay dearly for it if they can find it, […]

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[Photo: Moath Alhaj, a young artist from a Gaza refugee camp, passed away in his sleep. (Photo: via Social Media)] Ramzy Baroud, PhD “At bedtime, I am afraid to turn the lights off. I am not a coward, it is just that I worry that this bulb hanging from the ceiling is the last light […]

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JP Miler reviews Gaither Stewart’s new book Source: The Greanville Post. e are reminded that transformation, accomplished by Russia after the revolution in 1917 is not only rare but non-existent today. And no, reform is not real change, only a realignment of the status quo. “Any transformation requires commitment”

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[Photo: Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey (1950), Courtesy Waitsel’s Blog.] By Murray Polner “Surely God must have been with me when I picked Jackie,” Branch Rickey said after he looked back at his unprecedented signing of Jackie Robinson to a baseball contract in 1947. When Robinson died in 1972 of diabet

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[Photo: Aldo Moro] By Gaither Stewart oday, four decades since Moro’s murder the US government has declassified or opened to the public a mere 372 cables between the US Embassy in Rome and the State Department in Washington  on the subject, a small number for a case of such relevance. Moreover of those 372 cables only [

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[Photo: Escaping the flood – Sagacious News Network.] By Gary Corseri Please help the people in Houston, Lord. And, while You’re at it, in Palestine, too! Though worlds apart, they are kindred, as all suffering creatures are kindred.   Is the child who is crying black or white? Do I speak the same tongue as […

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[Graphic: Sharing Economy – Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons, 173456] By W. Harry Fortuna Source: Portside W. Harry Fortuna hen I was in my mid-20s, I left a corporate nine-to-five job to move to San Francisco and work on a movie called Darwin Awards. I spent the next decade bouncing from project to project, deep in the tre

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[Photo: Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 (NOAA).] By Robert Hunziker Source: CounterPunch   Robert Hunziker Is Harvey a force of nature or something more? learly, Harvey is a natural disaster of monstrous proportions. Its destructiveness is the hottest topic on TV coast-to-coast and around the world. Still, cynics

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[Photo: Houston and Harvey. (Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez,, Air National Guard)] By Whitney Webb Source: Mint Press News. s the “apocalyptic” floodwaters in Houston and other parts of east Texas have been rising thanks to Hurricane Harvey, media attention has been largely focused on the immediate human impact, such

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[Photo: Village being burned in West Papua. (Darius Shahtahmasebi)] By Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson Source: RedPepper. he occupation of West Papua receives little attention in the UK. This is, in no small part, due to Indonesia’s ban on foreign journalists and its outlawing of West Papuan social movements who try to spea

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[Photo: Robert E. Lee monument in Lee Park, Charlottesville. (Bill McChesney / flickr)] By Mumia Abu-Jamal Source: CounterPunch. he events surrounding Charlottesville, Virginia have a resonance far beyond the borders of Old Dominion. Even though they began as a strictly local affair, they quickly assumed a national characte

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