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[Photo: Police march masked in support of coup. EFE/Juan Carlos Terrejon (Left Voice] By Rowan Wolf Evo Morales, democratically elected President of Bolivia, has resigned in an effort to avoid the threatened violence of a military coup. Morales ran on the voice of workers and indigenous people and was the first indigenous P

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By Charles Orloski Charles Orloski Yes, long ago somebody let a Jewish couple harbor a King babe, not named Julian Assange, in an Inn nobody wanted in, including a raped Wiki-maid. Tonight and along a lonely road with a snoopy Wise Man and the new female Mayor of Scranton,* I tried to post with Julian […]

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By Rowan Wolf I am providing an alternate site for the Trump Impeachment Inquiry materials. I hope that all citizens will at least read through the excerpts that have been provided. From what I can tell, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has done and honest job with the excerpts. Please share with others,

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[Photo: Practicing loading (simulated) nuclear missiles (Benjamin Faske, U.S. Army)] By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler “Everyone wants to play with the big boys, and the only way to become one of the big boys is to have nuclear toys.” Attention Planet Earth! Attention Planet Earth! It is tim

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By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Counterpunch Henry A. Giroux The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic. —Philip Roth, The Plot Against America Talk of a fascist politics emerging in the United States and in the rise of right-wing populist movements across the globe is

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[Photo: Samsara depiction. Public Domain] By William T. Hathaway William T. Hathaway In the early 1950s, as the newly developed hydrogen bomb cast its mushroom-shaped shadow of megadeath over the world, an aged Indian monk gave his young assistant a mission: create world peace and enlightenment by restoring the ancient glob

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By Gaither Stewart Gaither Stewart “The sun of Rome is set. Our day is gone. Clouds, dews and dangers come; our deeds are done.” Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar” Cane spears, rat poison, BB guns, M191 8A2 machine guns. Such were the moments of Sinclair Sherrill’s life. His mother told reporters that she always knew it

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By Rowan Wolf Over the last couple of weeks, the nation has watched a spectacle of epic proportions. The epicenter has been the revelation of a conspiracy by the President of the United States and a cadre of co-conspirators to coerce the President of Ukraine to assist in promoting lies directly benefiting Donald Trump in [&

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By Rowan Wolf Dear Friends and Supporters, Please forgive the long silence without explanation. I have been quite ill over the last several weeks. After spending two weeks in the hospital, I am now home recovering and trying to get back on my feet. I hope to be feeling well enough soon to begin publishing […]

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[Photo: Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump at the UN in New York Sept. 25, 2019 (Website of the Ukrainian President)] By Rowan Wolf I wanted to make the complaint of the whistleblower available as quickly as possible. I will add to this as information becomes available. Here is a copy of the redacted complaint regarding [&

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[Graphic: Rowan Wolf 9/23/2019] By Patricia Callahan Source:  ProPublica Patricia Callahan When she added Gabrielle’s name to the chart in her kitchen, Judy Kennedy could picture the annual ritual. At birthdays she would ask her newest grandchild to stand up straight, heels against the door frame, so she could mark G

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By Rowan Wolf Greta Thunberg spoke truth to power with the anger of a generation lifting her up. There is no need for summary or context here. This video is also available here. The transcript follows … Thanks to NPR for providing a transcript. Greta Thunberg to UN “My message is that we’ll be watching [&#

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[Graphic: “Philosophical Question”(R.J. Matson, CQ Roll Call)] By Rowan Wolf There is lots of discussions and guessing going on about the whistleblower on Trump (or someone very near him) and what the issue is that caused her or him to risk career and reputation. I just want to get my wild guess out there before

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[Photo: Refugee camp of people waiting to enter the U.S. in Tijuana. (Unicorn Riot).] By David L. Wilson Source: Truthout David L. Wilson “Remain in Mexico,” allows the U.S. government to push most non-Mexican asylum seekers into Mexico once immigration officials have cleared them to make an asylum claim. As of early Se

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[Photo: Welcome to Paradise, Ca. – the Camp Fire (ASLE)] By Rowan Wolf Never have I wished more that I was still teaching as children across the planet left schools for the streets demanding action on the climate crisis. I am tremendously grateful that something has awakened the youth. I can only hope that their [R

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[Photo: Joe Biden, LBJ Library photo by Jay Godwin (10/03/17)] By Paul Street Source:  __ Paul Street The corporate media talking-head commentary on the third Democratic presidential debate last Thursday night focused on two things: Beto O’Rourke’s call for a federal confiscation of the nation’s assault weapons and J

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[Photo: “Israeli spy devices near White House”, Dave Granlund, PoliticalCartoons.com] By Juan Cole Source:  Informed Comment Juan Cole Daniel Lipmann at Politico dropped the bombshell that mysterious electronic spying devices placed throughout Washington, D.C. and close to the White House and the Capitol were t

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[Photo: Aramco refinery fires from VOA video (9/14/2019).] By Al Jazeera Al Jazeera Drone attacks claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels have caused fires at two major facilities run by Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia‘s state-owned oil giant, disrupting output and exports. Citing an interior ministry spokesperson, the off

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[Photo: March supporting immigrants, January 2018, Minneapolis, MN, Fibonacci Blue.] By Abby Zimet Source:  CommonDreams Abby Zimet Sweet mother of God. Racist and cruel doesn’t begin to cover the ongoing atrocities now daily committed – coincidentally, virtually entirely against brown and black people –

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[Photo: Extreme weather, Ottawa Ontario Canada (Douglas Sprott, July 2011). ] By John Buell Source:  Informed Comment John Buell Many of us rely on daily reports, often presented by local TV weatherpersons, to get through our daily routines. How do I dress, do I need to take an umbrella to work, must I come home […]

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[Graphic: “Trump, Justice, Liberty” by Osmani Simanca, A Tarde, Brazil.] By: Henry A. Giroux Source: Truthout Henry A. Giroux We have entered an ominous age of political conformity. Support is growing for a right-wing populism that views liberal democracy as both an anachronism and a curse. Meanwhile, many of th

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[Photo: “Netanyahu Trump” by Osama Hajjaj, Jordan] Ramzy Baroud, PhD Ramzy Baroud, PhD On September 1, the Lebanese group Hezbollah, struck an Israeli military base near the border town of Avivim. The Lebanese attack came as an inevitable response to a series of Israeli strikes that targeted four different Arab

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By Edward Curtin Get To It Edward Curtin From an ignorant child you’d never learn it. Yet the sophisticated know it is work That is the secret of the good life. God forbid, Not labor that breaks your back, picking Vegetables, cleaning toilets, laying down That steaming hot blacktop on summer days. Nothing that crushes [&#

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Banner at base from Kings Bay Plowshare’s 7. By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler “. . . and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” These lost words — Isaiah

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[Photo: “A 1918 demonstration in Bellvuestrasse, Berlin. The visible sign reads ‘We shall fight against any illegal seizure of power by Right or by Left.'” (Imperial War Museum).] By Gaither Stewart Gaither Stewart “…every shadow is, in the final analysis, a child of light, and only he who experiences

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[Photo: Migrant children at a West Texas detention center (Womens News Network).] By Ginger Thompson Source: ProPublica … Leer en Español. Ginger Thompson The Border Patrol agent, a veteran with 13 years on the job, had been assigned to the agency’s detention center in McAllen, Texas, for close to a month when the

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[Photo: Image by RJA1988 from Pixabay] Ramzy Baroud, Ph.D. Ramzy Baroud, Ph.D. Israel’s decision to bar two United States Democratic Representatives, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from entering Israel and visiting Palestine has further exposed the belligerent, racist nature of the Israeli government. But our understan

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[Photo: The Iron Front flag has been a regular presence by both Portland and Seattle soccer fans. (Shawn Wheeler @zag08). ] By Darin Zinn & Jules Boykoff Source:  The Nation via Znet Darin Zinn & Jules Boykoff The silence was stunning. Portland Timbers soccer matches are renowned for their raucousness, but the firs

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[Photo: Events at the 8/15/2019 protest at the Wyatt Detention Facility, taken by a Never Again member.(TurnTo10)] By Robert C. Koehler Source:  CommonWonders Robert C. Koehler The big black pickup truck plunged into the protesters blocking the parking lot and I cringed, viscerally, as though I could feel it myself — thi

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