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Another Jail Cell Murder in America
Stephen Lendman: While family, friends, civil rights activists and good people everywhere mourn Sandra Bland's death at the hands of Waller County, TX killer cops, Native American Rexdale Henry's likely murder in Neshoba County, Mississippi jail needs more nationwide attention... Henry an activist community member for Native American rights and equal justice, an announced candidate for the Choctaw Tribal Council days before his arrest on July 9...
Jul 28, 2015, 5:08pm
Bleeding California dry
Ragina Johnson reports on the latest developments in California's drought crisis--and why individual conservation alone isn't enough to repair the damage... HOW CORPORATIONS and the rich consume this vital resource in order to make a profit at the expense of ecosystems and ordinary people points toward the much bigger systematic and structural changes that need to be made if we are going to stop California from being bled dry...
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Jul 28, 2015, 4:48pm
Right Action Flows From Non-action
Martin LeFevre: The one thing that's essential to change the disastrous course of humankind is the one thing ruled out by the left and right, by secularists and religionists alike---psychological revolution... So what needs to radically change within us, and how can we bring it about? It begins with and boils down to our relationship to nature, with seeing that we aren't actually separate from the earth, and that within us is all of humanity in microcosm...
Jul 27, 2015, 4:38pm
Working Class War Fodder
Colin Todhunter: Who in their right mind would be prepared to fight and die for Shell, Chevron or Coca Cola? Who with half a brain would choose to put their life on the line for Goldman Sachs, Bank of America or General Electric? Any volunteers? I'm guessing there wouldn't be many... Forget about blurry-eyed patriotism or idealism. These young men are spilling their own blood and the blood of countless others on behalf of corporate interests...
Jul 27, 2015, 3:17pm
Sandra Bland's Death Is Part of White America's Killing Spree
White America is on a killing spree. White cops across the country are killing black men, women, and children at an obscene rate for obscene reasons. White America's designated executioners-in-uniform wield arbitrary and unpredictable lethal force on behalf of a state that rarely holds them accountable for their killings. That's because it is white America that is on the killing spree...
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Jul 27, 2015, 3:02pm
Tradition and Transmutation
Martin LeFevre: In ancient times, and not so long ago in many parts of the world, cultures and traditions were completely distinct and whole. Tradition wasn't something that a people had; it was the total way of life in which people were completely immersed... We have become unmoored as a species, and must find our anchor in another source, beyond tradition...
Jul 25, 2015, 5:04pm
Iran's Longstanding US-Inflicted Nightmare
Stephen Lendman: It began in August 1953 - replacing democratically elected Mohammad Mossadeq (Iran's most popular politician at the time) with a generation of brutal US-installed Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi dictatorship... A 2013 declassified CIA document (marking the coup's 60th anniversary) publicly acknowledged the agency's involvement (Operation TPAJAX) - what's been well-known for decades...
Jul 24, 2015, 5:04pm
From Unist’ot’en Camp to Mauna Kea: This is What Civilization Does
Oppression is always connected to resource extraction. Those in power seek to destroy the Unist'ot'en Camp because the Unist'ot'en clan stands in the way of tar sands oil extraction. Those in power seek to violently remove Kanaka Maoli from Mauna Kea because they dare to stop the Thirty Meter Telescope. The TMT views Mauna Kea as a resource – the world's perfect night sky...
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Jul 24, 2015, 4:54pm
The Iran Deal Reality
Margaret Kimberley: The U.S. deal with Iran – based on assumptions about an Iranian nuclear weapons program that American intelligence agencies have twice concluded does not exist – allows the U.S. to concentrate on provoking Russia and China while continuing to threaten Iran with destruction... Global peace is no closer than before...
Jul 23, 2015, 10:46am
Oak Flat: The Latest Land Grab From Native Americans
A "sneak law" attachment to a "must-pass" bill gives sacred Native American land to a foreign mining company. How did this happen?... National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015: On page 1,103 of the 1,648-page bill is a provision giving more than 2400 acres of land in Arizona's Tonto National Forest to Resolution Copper, which is part of London-based Rio Tinto and Melbourn-based BHP Billiton, giant mining companies...
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Jul 23, 2015, 10:29am
A Truly American Experience
Martin LeFevre: In a meditative state, without the filter of knowledge and the flood of the known, one's senses are sharp and attuned, and the mind is quiet and present. So I found myself standing face to face with a full-grown coyote in the prime of its life, its gray bushy tail held out straight, its ears up, and its eyes piercingly alert. The encounter was both completely incongruous, and completely fitting...
Jul 22, 2015, 4:51pm
Police, Racism and Progressives
Ron Jacobs: Progressives, like liberals, tend to believe that the police in the United States' capitalist society can be fair in their enforcement of the laws... They do not accept the more radical analysis which understands that the role of the police is to protect the white wealthy and middle classes from the rest of the nation...
Jul 22, 2015, 4:39pm
SPIEGEL Interview with Julian Assange: "We Are Drowning in Material"
(Recorded July 20, 2015) - In an interview, Julian Assange, 44, talks about the comeback of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing platform and his desire to provide assistance to a German parliamentary committee that is investigating mass NSA spying.
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Jul 21, 2015, 12:32pm
A Real and Ready Solution for Climate Change
Joyce Nelson: Using organic farming practices like cover crops, residue mulching, composting, crop rotation, and reduced tillage would "ensure that land will not be left bare and that soil carbon will be fixed, rather than lost" into the atmosphere. ..."As is so often the case with ecology, the science confirms what our hearts tell us. The organic gardener's mantra is 'Feed the Soil, Not the Plants'."...
Jul 21, 2015, 10:23am
The Real Reasons Behind the Iran Nuke Deal
Paul Craig Roberts: Despite its gigantic hubris, Washington has figured out that the US cannot simultaneously take on Russia, China, Iran, and the Islamic State. This realization is one reason for the nuclear agreement with Iran. It removes Iran from the mix... 2 - is that Iran is opposed to the Islamic State and can be employed as an American proxy against the Islamic State..3 - is Washington's concern with Europe's energy dependence on Russia...
Jul 20, 2015, 9:42am