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A Voiceless Left Faces History’s Monster
Phil Rockstroh: The mere existence of vast arrays of weapons, deployed or not, does great harm to the soul of a nation. U.S. Americans are fearful, day and night. We would not feel secure even if we ensconced ourselves in an armory. ... An empire, built on the backs of slaves, both actual and de facto, with its expansion across the continent expedited by genocide, has conjured internal Furies — raging apparitions, borne of the nation’s collective soul and of nature’s fury, that cannot be repelled by weapons of any make. ... What appears to be an all-powerful system is but a group hallucination, a joint dream of interior phantoms... Visit Website ]
Oct 28, 2017, 12:21pm

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I went to School with the Vegas Shooter
Greg Palast: Some of you can and some of you can’t imagine a life where you just weren’t give a fair chance. Where the smarter you are, the more painful it gets, because you have your face pressed against the window, watching THEM. THEY got the connections to Stanford. THEY get the gold mine. WE get the shaft. ... This is where Paddock and Palast were bred: Sun Valley, the anus of Los Angeles. Literally. It’s where the sewerage plant is. It’s in a trench below the Hollywood Hills, where the smog settles into a kind of puke yellow soup. Here’s where LA dumps its urine and the losers they only remember when they need cheap labor and cheap soldiers when the gusanos don’t supply enough from Mexico... Visit Website ]
Oct 13, 2017, 2:18pm

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Why the US Lost the Vietnam War
Robert Freeman: But the U.S. approach to the War—all parts of it, political, intelligence, and military—were deeply, fundamentally, irretrievably flawed. It could not win the support of the local population. It could not win on the ground. ... The U.S was not simply outfought. It was out-thought. ... But steeped as they are in the still more deadly elixir of arrogance, profiteering, and denial, they all but assure that the U.S. will continue to lose its major wars. Iraq and Afghanistan stand as examples. There’s no way to know when or how the losing ends, but until we come to grips with the lessons of Vietnam the suspicion must be that it won’t. That is the true tragedy of Vietnam... Visit Website ]
Oct 10, 2017, 11:08am

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US Provides Military Aid To More Than 70 Percent Of World’s Dictatorships
Whitney Webb: About three-quarters of the world’s dictatorships currently receive military assistance from the United States. This is a strange record for a nation that consistently justifies its sweeping foreign interventions as aimed at “promoting democracy” and “thwarting evil dictatorships.” ... In the Cold War it was “He may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” Current analysis shows the U.S. militarily assisting dictators the world over, calling it “promoting democracy,” and disingenuously wondering why it’s all going so badly. ... Ultimately, “democracy promotion” was never the true intent, but instead the disguise to mask the imperial conquest of nations that refused to acquiesce to U.S. government demands... Visit Website ]
Sep 28, 2017, 4:51pm

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The Other 9/11: Unremembered and Unatoned
Steve Brown: ... Another 9/11 tragedy, one that took place 28 years earlier, in 1973 — not in America, but in Chile — and which caused the death – not of thousands, but of tens of thousands — while torturing and exiling 200,000 more. ... I refer to the brutal coup d’état that overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende, and replaced it with nearly two decades of murderous dictatorship under Generalissimo Augusto Pinochet. ... there is a very good reason why Americans should remember it – our government caused it. The coup was strategized, funded, and abetted by President Richard Nixon, by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger... Visit Website ]
Sep 13, 2017, 4:07pm

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Why Does War Exist?
Manuel Garcia Jr.: War exists because aggressors, exploiters and oppressors, who have the advantage given an imbalance of power, will see no restraint to acting as they please; and their disadvantaged victims will find force to be their most effective defense. ... The purpose of aggressive war is to forcefully take property, treasure, natural resources, sex and slaves from societies that are relatively weak, as well as gaining domination over them. ... The necessary conditions for the elimination of war are: (1) a balance of power; and, (2) the absence of oppression... Visit Website ]
Sep 5, 2017, 10:57am

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Blame the Media for Creating a World Dumb Enough for Trump
Matt Taibbi: The Trump presidency is like a diabolical combination of every schlock eyeball-grabbing formula the networks have ever deployed. It's Battle of the Network Stars meets Wrestlemania meets Survivor meets the Kursk disaster. It's got the immediacy of a breaking news crash, with themes of impending doom, conflict, celebrity meltdown, anger, racism, gender war, everything. ... We learned long ago in this business that dumber and more alarmist always beats complex and nuanced. ... We spent years selling the lowest common denominator. Now the lowest common denominator is president. How can it be anything but self-deception to pretend this is an innocent coincidence? ... Visit Website ]
Aug 26, 2017, 11:51am

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For Want of a Dollar - The consequences of our lack of basic income
Scott Santens: Not having enough money is expensive, and not just to the person in need, but everyone. For example, all over the US, there are people in jail simply because they can't afford not to be. According to a study by the Vera Institute of Justice, 730,000 people around the US are locked up in jails right now, 75% of whom are nonviolent, presumed innocent, and simply awaiting trials. Many of these people are there simply because they can't afford to pay bail or court-imposed fines. The total cost to taxpayers is $22 billion per year... Visit Website ]
Aug 24, 2017, 9:52am

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Human Connectedness and the Disconnected Power Elite of America
Gary Brumback: If all human beings had the same positive sense of connectedness the world would not be what it is, a place inhabited by countless human beings living in misery and subjugated and terrorized by evil regimes. As it is, there probably have been few if any cultures or countries throughout history that have not been plagued by a certain tiny percentage of people I will call the power elite. ... America’s power elite alone is directly responsible for wars, violent regime changes to install puppet rulers, and for human suffering of all kinds on a large scale... Visit Website ]
Aug 22, 2017, 3:30pm

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GOP Plan to Suppress the Rising Millennial Vote: How Will They Do It?
Max Skidelsky: Unanimously, the election integrity experts ... believe that Republicans will try to put in place measures that make it more difficult for young people to vote. ... Clues on how millennials might be shut out of the process can be found in how Republicans have successfully managed to suppress the votes of other groups. In addition to supporting voter ID laws, GOP governors and lawmakers have taken actions that prohibit or limit pre-registration, same-day registration, early voting, and provisional ballots — which are the preferred voting methods of loyal Democratic constituencies, such as minorities and young voters. ... Reports, studies, and papers ... found nearly non-existent levels of voter fraud... Visit Website ]
Aug 7, 2017, 12:02pm

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Making America Great, Again? Racism, Poverty, Violence...
Kim Petersen: In the case of America, to become genuinely great a first step is demanded. Since America exists as a nation state through its denationalization of Indigenous nations, it must first address and atone for this longstanding injustice. Second, America must sincerely address the historial wrongs committed against African-Americans. And should that day arrive — and hopefully soon — when America has ridden itself of racism, poverty as well as resolutely disavowing violence, then it may be considered to have genuinely attained greatness... Visit Website ]
Jul 24, 2017, 10:47am

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Lies that Capitalists Tell Us
William Hawes and Jason Holland: While supporters of our two-party system wring their hands over the sensationalist nonsense reported by the mainstream media, we thought it might be worth touching on the most dangerous lie of all-time: capitalism. It’s an all-encompassing delusion, including: the myth of continual technological progress, the mendacious assumptions of endless economic growth, the lie that constant bombardments of media and consumer goods make us happy, and the omissions of our involvement in the exploitation of the planet and the resources of distant, poorer nations, among other things... Visit Website ]
Jun 27, 2017, 3:23pm

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A Psychedelic Spin on “National Security”: The Summer of Surprisingly Political Love
Ira Chernus: Charles Perry, the historian of Haight-Ashbury, recalled one hippie who summed up the difference between his tribe and the more political types this way: “They talk about peace. We are peace.”... Perhaps it’s time to take a retrospective look at that Summer of Love moment, half a century ago, and reacquaint ourselves with the two kinds of radicalism of the time, one promoting a more humane idea of security and the other aimed at building a new kind of life that transcended the question of security altogether. Perhaps between them they might spark some truly new thinking... Visit Website ]
Jun 19, 2017, 11:04am

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Confederate Statues Are Down in New Orleans, but Structural Racism Still Stands Tall in Our Schools
Ashana Bigard: Many New Orleanians celebrated at the removal of confederate monuments around the city in recent weeks. But on the same day that Robert E. Lee’s bronzed image came down from Lee Circle, two black boys (like hundreds of boys throughout the city and state of Louisiana) were not allowed to graduate for arbitrary, punitive, and potentially illegal reasons. ... The monuments may be gone, but structural racism continues to create barriers for students of color in New Orleans schools... Visit Website ]
Jun 12, 2017, 12:00pm

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American Darkness Vs. Bhutan Brightness
Robert Hunziker: As Donald Trump axes America’s commitment to the Paris Climate Accord, the Kingdom of Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay finalizes Bhutan for Life, a fund that will give the country the funding required, meeting its commitment to remain carbon neutral forever. ... The PM explains Bhutan’s commitment to remain carbon neutral. Correspondingly and initiated in 1970s, the country declares its commitment to GNH or Gross National Happiness as a substitute for GNP or Gross National Product. Effectively, Bhutan’s people have turned economic progress into a planet friendly endeavor. All development in Bhutan is driven by GNH. Education is free. Health care is free. Economic activity is based upon “development with value” for the environment... Visit Website ]
Jun 5, 2017, 11:41am


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