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Is the Cold War against Cuba over?
In December, the U.S. and Cuban governments announced plans to re-establish diplomatic relations, an enormous shift after more than 50 years of now-hidden, now-open warfare that included U.S. invasions, naval blockades, sabotage, assassination attempts and economic strangulation. Sam Farber, the author of numerous books on Cuba, including Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment, was interviewed by Lance Selfa about these developments and what their consequences will be...
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Jan 27, 2015, 5:14pm
Still Misunderstanding Auschwitz
Martin LeFevre: Auschwitz, a name synonymous with evil, was liberated 70 years ago, on January 27, 1945. It's fitting to reflect not only on the industrialized slaughter of 11 million people under the Nazis (1.1 million at Auschwitz), but the nature and presence of evil in our world today. Darkness cannot be dispelled if we comfortably distance ourselves from it...
Jan 26, 2015, 4:49pm
Dave Zirin: The NFL, a league that has covered up instances of massive brain trauma; homophobic, racist bullying; and violence against women; is said according to ESPN to be "disappointed...angry...distraught." Yes, if you really want to disturb the moral compass of the NFL leadership hierarchy, deflate their balls....
Jan 26, 2015, 2:33pm
Can Meditative Dialogue Save Humanity?
Martin LeFevre: ... Wherever you are in the world, experiment with enquiry. Sit down with a friend or two, and ask questions pertaining to the whole of humanity. Don't deny or diminish one's individuality and personal life, but try to see them in the context of something larger...
Jan 25, 2015, 2:00pm
Contradiction in Action: The Eulogies for King Abdullah
Binoy Kampmark: It did not take long for various news agencies to pick up that Saudi Arabia, prior to a 2013 law banning terrorist financing, had been at the forefront of Sunni funding for a colourful assortment of so-called enemies of the free world... The Pan-Arabia Enquirer (January 23) noted the similarity between the official statements of both the US and ISIS... Unnamed sources claim that ISIS has requested that its representative not be seated next to Joe Biden...
Jan 24, 2015, 3:01pm
Speaking Out Against an Illegal War was the True "Noble Cause"
Memo to Jane Fonda: Will You Please Stop Apologizing?: Some of the veterans in Maryland who protested Fonda's presence called her a traitor because of her appearance in North Vietnam during the war. However, Fonda served the peace movement well during the war and her years of agonizing over her role in the antiwar movement and apologizing to vets has outlived any useful purpose...
Jan 23, 2015, 5:10pm
Casey vs. Kyle: On Bloodlust, Loss, and Wars of Choice
Cindy Sheehan: Most citizens of this nation are without a doubt addicted to wars and war "heroes" without stopping for more than a few cursory seconds to count the costs or evaluate the propaganda. I despair that a movie like American Sniper grossed over 105 million at the box office over the weekend where we are supposed to be commemorating the birth of a man of peace, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr...
Jan 22, 2015, 2:06pm
Israeli State Terror the Root Cause of Palestinian Blowback
Stephen Lendman: Israeli state terror is longstanding. Palestinians are ruthlessly persecuted. Terrorized for praying to the wrong God... Assaulted, beaten, arrested, imprisoned, tortured and murdered in cold blood. For daring to resist Israeli barbarism. Demanding fundamental rights everyone deserves.... Violence begets more of it...
Jan 21, 2015, 12:45pm
SNCC's Lesson: "Power Yields Nothing Without Demand"
Clancy Sigal: We tend to neuter our best history, like MLK Day... Of all the various coalitions, organizations and individuals who fought to win civil rights laws, I've only heard John Lewis point to the crucial part the very young played. Without southern teenagers the Movement would have stalled...
Jan 21, 2015, 12:36pm
The Anti-Empire Report #136 - Published January 20th, 2015
William Blum: Where has all this Islamic fundamentalism come from in this modern age? Most of it comes - trained, armed, financed, indoctrinated - from Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. During various periods from the 1970s to the present, these four countries had been the most secular, modern, educated, welfare states in the Middle East region. And what had happened to these secular, modern, educated, welfare states?...
Jan 20, 2015, 2:54pm
Redefining (The) Enlightenment
Martin LeFevre: "We are all Greeks," the saying goes. It means that the Western mind was stamped in ancient Athens, and we cannot escape our heritage. Only by understanding its present movement within one can we move beyond it and bring about a new mind...
Jan 19, 2015, 5:19pm
Why the US is the Biggest Threat to World Peace - Disassembling the Empire
Benjamin Dangl: Washington's torture, war crimes and military industrial complex are consistently propped up by the concept of U.S. exceptionalism. These bullets and beliefs make the U.S. the biggest threat to world peace... An empire relies on mindless patriotism and uncritical support.. Understanding this web of complicity is a key part of disassembling the empire from the inside out...
Jan 19, 2015, 2:02pm
Dulling Down Dr. King's Message
Gary G. Kohls: "In life, Martin Luther King Jr. was often demeaned for his radical vision of peace and justice - and not just by crude racists and warmongers but by well-spoken members of the elite. Then, in death, King became a national icon but with his sharpest criticisms dulled down or forgotten... (From 2013)
Jan 19, 2015, 11:12am
Climbing the Wall Within
Martin LeFevre: You probably have to stand in the meadow and look up at El Capitan to have some sense of how incredible the feat of free climbing the Dawn Wall is. Just staring up at the immense, sheer slab of granite gives you a sense of vertigo, especially when you can see specks of people on its white surface...
Jan 17, 2015, 4:36pm
Anatomy of the Deep State
"There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power...
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Jan 17, 2015, 11:36am