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How an Ancient Irrigation Method Makes Sustainable Life Possible in the U.S. Southwest
Erika Schelby: In the midst of unsettling weather events like these, it is good to look at something that works in the Southwest: the homegrown water management acequias. .... The ancient acequia irrigation system—a “community-controlled irrigation system”—has proven to be a lifeline for small-scale farmers in the Southwest. ... The acequia method appears to be simple, but it is, in fact, quite sophisticated. A superb engineering feat, it works with the help of “gravity-fed ditches” that utilize the lay of the land and depend on various other factors such as season changes and the melting of the snow. ... The earthen ditches enhance water seepage into the soil, refill the aquifer, create lush narrow wetlands, and boost biodiversity... Visit Website ]
Sep 26, 2021, 2:55pm

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The Twenty Year Shadow of 9/11 (Part 2): Why Did Key U.S. Officials Protect the Alleged 9/11 Plotters?
Aaron Good, Ben Howard and Peter Dale Scott: Before examining the details of the 9/11 plot, it is worth noting the extent to which the CIA, FBI, and NSA have acted to protect members of al Qaeda in the past. ... “something apparently was dropped somewhere, and we don’t know where that was.” ... In the early weeks of what would become a decades-long coverup, Wilshire (CIA Bin Laden Issue Station Deputy Chief) was attempting to protect himself and his colleagues by asserting that incompetence, not protection of a joint CIA-Saudi operation, was responsible for the CIA’s failures. .... over the past decade, a number of researchers have identified a pattern of deception and obfuscation... links between Saudi (GID) intelligence agents, Prince Bandar, and the alleged 9/11 hijackers are strongly suggestive of a GID role in the handling of the hijackers... Visit Website ]
Sep 13, 2021, 4:07pm

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The Twenty Year Shadow of 9/11: U.S. Complicity in the Terror Spectacle and the Urgent Need to End It
Aaron Good, Ben Howard and Peter Dale Scott: Outside of the U.S., the consequences of the 2001 terror attacks were even more dramatic. ... The invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq have killed over a million people, displaced tens of millions, and cost trillions of dollars—all with no discernable improvement to U.S. national security. ... Furthermore, both wars were launched on very dubious grounds ... it should be noted that both of the 9/11 Wars were long in planning within the deep state—or if one prefers, within the U.S. foreign policy establishment or foreign policy blob. ... the 9/11 Wars were both prescribed by the U.S. hegemonic grand strategy consensus that was emerging throughout the 1990s... Visit Website ]
Sep 12, 2021, 4:33pm

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Russia and the United States: The Forgotten History of a Brotherhood
Cynthia Chung: It is a sad reality that most Americans have forgotten that the Russians were their brothers during the American Civil War, a union that was not only based from a geopolitical stratagem but much more importantly was based on a common view of humankind ... However, nothing would attest to the solidarity between Russia and the United States further than the confirmed assurance from Russia that it would actively interfere if Britain and France were to take military action against the Union and for the side of the Confederacy. ... President Lincoln was given the go ahead to publicise Russia’s support for the Union and this was sufficient to cause Britain and France to step back... Visit Website ]
Sep 5, 2021, 12:41pm

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New Evidence Implicates CIA, LAPD, FBI and Mafia as Plotters in Elaborate “Hit” Plan to Prevent RFK From Ever Reaching White House
Jeremy Kuzmarov: The case against Sirhan being the lone gunman can be summarized in six key points: ... 1. More Bullets Were Fired Than Were in Sirhan’s Gun ... 2. Kennedy’s Killer Shot Him from the Back, Not the Front ... (L.A. County Coroner Thomas Noguchi’s report ... hit by three bullets from the rear, including one in his head behind his right ear) ... 3. Kennedy’s Killer Shot Him from Close Range—Sirhan Was Too Far Away ... 4. Two Guns and Two Shooters (William Harper ... before a grand jury investigating the handling of firearms evidence, concluded that two .22 caliber guns were involved in the assassination) ... 5. Karl Uecker (the first one to grab Sirhan during the shooting ... “Sirhan at no time was firing from behind Senator Robert Kennedy") ... 6. Kennedy Was Killed from an Elevated Position... Visit Website ]
Sep 2, 2021, 4:40pm

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I Awakened Here When the Earth Was New
I am a child of the Dreamtime People
Part of this land, like the gnarled gumtree
I am the river, softly singing
Chanting our songs on my way to the sea
My spirit is the dust-devils
Mirages, that dance on the plain
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Aug 27, 2021, 4:10pm

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The Emerging Eurasian Alliance as an Opportunity not a Threat
Cynthia Chung: Where are we now? ... We need to grow up, and grow up fast. We cannot afford to be led by childish stories of the boogeyman and be governed by fear so easily any longer ... It is time we, the West, recognise our faults and hypocrisy. The western hegemony over the world is coming to an end and we should be happy for our brothers and sisters who have a renewed hope for a better life ... We need to correct this monstrous inability to be able to trust and love those outside the western sphere. ... It is time the West, and its people, have the humility to admit that they have something to learn from the rest of the world... Visit Website ]
Aug 23, 2021, 4:22pm

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Tribes Get Creative in Teaching Tradition and Community
Stephanie Woodard: Today, Native nations are creating vibrant children’s programs, using the most up-to-date and culturally appropriate means to keep their youngsters involved in tradition and community—while still ensuring their safety in these dangerous pandemic times. ... Young tribal members have virtual links with top-notch artists and teachers; distanced heritage activities such as running, archery, dancing, and storytelling; and much more. ... Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members honked their car horns and cheered as they drove past vibrant new murals ... art was the work of 12 nationally acclaimed graffiti artists whom the Cheyenne River Youth Project invited to its RedCan Graffiti Jam in July... Visit Website ]
Aug 17, 2021, 4:09pm

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Mythmaking and the Atomic Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Jacques R. Pauwels: Reality: Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed to prevent the Soviets from making a contribution to the victory against Japan, which would have forced Washington to allow Moscow to participate in the postwar occupation and reconstruction of the country. ... It was also the intention to intimidate the Soviet leadership and thus to wrest concessions from it with respect to the postwar arrangements in Germany and Eastern Europe. ... Finally, it was not the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the Soviet entry into the war against Japan, which caused Tokyo to surrender... Visit Website ]
Aug 7, 2021, 12:29pm

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After 100 Years, Nez Perce People Celebrate Reclaimed Land
Dianne Lugo: On Thursday, more than 150 Nez Perce (Niimiipuu) people returned and blessed part of their homeland, a hundred years after the U.S Army drove them from the Wallowa Valley in eastern Oregon. ... In direct violation of the 1855 Treaty of Walla Walla, the Nez Perce in 1877 were forced from their 7.5 million-acre homeland to a 750,000-acre reservation in Idaho. ... The Nez Perce tribe purchased a 148-acre property in Joseph, known as Am’sáaxpa, or Place of Boulders, in December but could not formally perform a blessing ceremony until Thursday due to COVID-19 concerns ... It also includes the ridge where Chief Joseph once held council.... Visit Website ]
Aug 2, 2021, 2:21pm

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Failure of Umpires: The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
Anthony Cherry : One of the worst racial pogroms in U.S. history might have been prevented if city and state leaders had done their jobs responsibly ... Instead of trying to protect the Black community, Tulsa law enforcement and city officials, along with state authorities and the U.S. Army, gave carte blanche to, and even assisted, white vigilantes as they attacked and destroyed Black Tulsa. ... The perpetrators of the mob violence were subsequently granted impunity: not one white person was ever prosecuted for murder, torture, looting or arson, even though those crimes were amply documented. ... The implications of the failure of government officials—whether liberal or conservative—to serve as arbiters of justice is ultimately as significant today as it was in 1921... Visit Website ]
Jul 17, 2021, 2:24pm

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Black Women and American Freedom in Revolutionary America
Karen Cook Bell: What is the price of freedom? Is it worth the cost if failure means a return to slavery or death? This was a question many enslaved women asked themselves as they struggled with leaving behind family and friends to gain freedom. During the American Revolution, one-third of fugitives were enslaved women. ... Women ran away more frequently during the Revolutionary Era than at any time before or after the war due to the breakdown of oversight and state authority. ... Dunmore’s Proclamation ... offered freedom to slaves who would aid the Loyalist cause ... Black women, in fact, played an integral role in the expansion of abolitionism during the American Revolution... Visit Website ]
Jul 13, 2021, 2:46pm

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100 years since the founding of the Chinese Communist Party
Peter Symonds: The revolutionary conceptions that guided the founding of the CCP 100 years ago stand in stark contradiction to the hypocrisy and falsifications that characterise the official centenary celebrations ... The whole official celebration is built on the transparent lie that the party has remained true to its founding principles. In reality, the CCP long ago renounced the program of socialist internationalism on which it was established. ... The CCP is not a party of the proletariat but of the bureaucratic apparatus that rules China. ... The aim of the CCP today is not the overthrow of imperialism but for a prominent place in the world capitalist order... Visit Website ]
Jul 1, 2021, 2:04pm

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Distraction from Climate Action: Article 6 False Solutions (VIDEO)
Indigenous Environmental Network: When Indigenous Peoples and organizers are kicked out of the UNFCCC COP 25, the people rise up and find a vehicle for expression shown in this 15-minute documentary. The UNFCCC COP 25 in Madrid aimed to finalize the rules for Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, a set of guidelines under which global carbon pricing systems will operate. ... The film demonstrates the stark contrast between the privileged corporate and government elites and those of Indigenous Peoples and organizers resisting Article 6 and other false solutions. ... the film warns us of the rebranding tactics used by corporations to commodify life and proliferate carbon pricing systems for the purpose of continuing business as usual... Visit Website ]
Jun 30, 2021, 3:17pm

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How The CIA Turned Afghanistan Into A Failed Narco-State
Alan Macleod: The war in Afghanistan has looked a lot like the war on drugs in Latin America ... Last year saw Afghan opium poppy cultivation grow by over a third while counter-narcotics operations dropped off a cliff. The country is said to be the source of over 90% of all the world’s illicit opium from which heroin and other opioids are made ... The U.S. government has a long history of directly involving itself with the worldwide narcotics trade ... In Colombia, it worked with President Alvaro Uribe ... one of the nation’s most important drug traffickers ... investigative journalist Gary Webb exposed how the CIA helped fund its dirty war against Nicaragua’s leftist government through sales of crack cocaine to black neighborhoods across the United States... Visit Website ]
Jun 27, 2021, 3:01pm


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