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Obama in Hiroshima: Time to Say “Sorry” and “Ban the Bomb”
Linda Pentz Gunter: What became of ‘to err is human, to forgive divine?’ For a country that professes to be 75% Christian, what happened to the notion of humility and forgiveness? Imagine the nobility in apologizing for the US atrocities while forgiving the Japanese theirs?... This could all be done without the politically unpalatable admission of the now widely held view that the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki weren’t necessary at all since the Japanese were already beaten and poised to surrender... Visit Website ]
May 27, 2016, 4:29pm

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Georgetown Should Pay for Slavery
Margaret Kimberley, BAR: If ever there was a clear path to reparations for the descendants of slaves, it is in compensation to the progeny of the 272 men and women sold South to save the Jesuit school that became Georgetown University... In 1838 what was then a struggling Jesuit college chose to sell 272 enslaved people to toil on Louisiana sugar plantations... Visit Website ]
May 27, 2016, 4:19pm

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Eerie Silence about a New World War
John Pilger: As the U.S. government plunges toward war with nuclear-armed Russia and/or China, there is an unsettling silence — or unnerving consensus — regarding the potential extinction of human existence... The 2016 election campaign is remarkable not only for the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders but also for the resilience of an enduring silence about a murderous self-bestowed divinity. A third of the members of the United Nations have felt Washington’s boot, overturning governments, subverting democracy, imposing blockades and boycotts... Visit Website ]
May 27, 2016, 4:10pm

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Energy and Matter Are Conscious
Martin LeFevre: The negation of consciousness as we know it requires undivided, undirected attention to the movement of thought and emotion within oneself. That quiets the brain of the mechanisms of thought, and ends psychological time, allowing an order of consciousness we do not know and cannot ever know through the intellect to emerge... The old consciousness of man, based on symbol and memory, the consciousness of self and tradition, is finished. It has come to a disordered, dark end...
May 26, 2016, 8:12am

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Leaked Telephone Shows Removal Of Dilma Was A Coup
BRAZIL TODAY AWOKE to stunning news of secret, genuinely shocking conversations involving a key minister in Brazil’s newly installed government, which shine a bright light on the actual motives and participants driving the impeachment of the country’s democratically elected president, Dilma Rousseff... The crux of this plot is what Juca calls “a national pact” — involving all of Brazil’s most powerful institutions — to leave Michel Temer in place as president (notwithstanding his multiple corruption scandals) and to kill the corruption investigation once Dilma is removed... Visit Website ]
May 24, 2016, 5:30pm

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Unsafe at Any Dose: Chemical Safety Failures from DDT to Glyphosate to BPA
Jonathan Latham: So the big and urgent question is this: if chemical bans are ineffective (or worse), what should anyone who wants to protect themselves and everyone else from flame retardants, pesticides, herbicides, endocrine disruptors, plastics and so on – but who doesn’t expect much help from their government or the polluters themselves – do?... It is time to learn the lessons of the past and move chemical safety campaigning outside of the comfort zone of the chemical industry, which is where it belongs... Visit Website ]
May 24, 2016, 5:23pm

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US, UK, and EU, Are Now Dictatorships
Eric Zuesse: A dictatorship is a national government that rules the public, instead of being ruled by the public... In the United States, the only scientific study of whether the U.S. is a democracy found it’s not. It examined 1,779 separate pieces of proposed national legislation since the year 1980, and found that only the concerns of rich people (“oligarchs”) affected a bill’s fate; the concerns of the public (as had been reflected in public-opinion polls regarding the given matter) did not... Visit Website ]
May 23, 2016, 4:34pm

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Inner Learning Is Based On Unlearning
Martin LeFevre: Knowledge is accumulative, and can be passed on to succeeding generations. But insight and understanding depend on continually unlearning what we know and think we know... To learn the art of meditation is to realize, each time, that there is nothing to learn, no goal to attain. The intent is not to add more knowledge, but to free the mind from the grip of knowledge, both useful and useless...
May 21, 2016, 4:34pm

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Rethinking Criminal Justice
Robert C. Koehler: Restorative Justice, a healing-based, multifaceted approach to dealing with crime — social harm — that seeks first of all to repair the damage that has occurred and, profoundly, to restore the wholeness within a community that has been shattered. RJ, as it is known, seeks to create and expand trust between people, not just pass judgment on wrongdoers and shrug as neighborhoods go to hell... Visit Website ]
May 20, 2016, 2:54pm

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Fukushima Flunks Decontamination
Robert Hunziker: Japan’s Abe administration is pushing very hard to decontaminate land, roads, and buildings throughout Fukushima Prefecture, 105 cities, towns, and villages... Here’s the big push: PM Abe committed to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics... especially with Olympic events held within Fukushima... The Greenpeace report of March 4, 2016: “Radiation Reloaded – Impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident 5 Years Later”, exposes deeply flawed assumptions by the IAEA and the Abe government in terms of both decontamination and ecosystem risks... Visit Website ]
May 20, 2016, 2:46pm

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How To Provide Medicare For All
Marcia Angell: Other advanced countries spend on average less than half as much per capita on health care as we do, provide truly universal care, and get generally better results, because they have either a single-payer financing system or tightly regulated multiple payers, plus a largely nonprofit provider system... By eliminating the two drivers of health cost inflation in the United States – private insurers and a profit-oriented provider system – we would bring the United States into line with the rest of the advanced world... Visit Website ]
May 19, 2016, 4:32pm

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Slouching Toward Washington
James McEnteer: The corrupt, interminable 2016 presidential primary process has revealed terrible flaws in United States democracy. The biggest takeaway is that our two-party monopoly system is outmoded and inadequate to represent our diverse U.S. population. We need a fresh start, with more — and more open — parties, more closely resembling other western democracies. Too many Americans are now excluded for various reasons, with no say in their own governance... Visit Website ]
May 19, 2016, 4:16pm

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The Triad of Global Governance
Martin LeFevre: No group of nations, operating in their separate self-interests, can act in the interests of humankind. Therefore the principal of the sovereignty of humanity must be put forth to philosophically supersede and politically complement the UN in the form of a new, authentically global, non-power-holding body... Effective global governance is a triad, and the emergence of a third component is indispensable...
May 18, 2016, 5:06pm

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In Sweden, Children are Citizens… Not Overheads
Christian Christensen: We all know about the obvious examples of Swedish social democracy in relation to kids, such as the generous parental leave and the subsidized daycare... Rarely, however, do we think of how these programs send a long-term message to children that they are valuable members of society who, at this precise moment in time, simply cannot fend for themselves. So, the state steps in to make sure that their rights and well-being are respected, just as the rights and well-being of their larger fellow citizens are respected... Visit Website ]
May 18, 2016, 4:02pm

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Transgender Rights but No Rights for Black People
Margaret Kimberley, BAR: While other groups can count on media attention and public policy to address their needs and rights, black people languish at the bottom of American society, victimized physically, politically and economically and without any redress. White supremacy is the constant in the United States. Groups ranging from the LGBT community to the obese to the disabled can count on sympathy and official action to address their needs. Black people find themselves in the opposite position. There is no amount of injustice which triggers official action on their behalf... Visit Website ]
May 18, 2016, 3:39pm


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