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Memo to CBS on George W. Bush: Dan Rather Got It (Mostly) Right
Russ Baker: The real problem with Rather was not — as CBS would have us believe — that he failed to properly vet a fake document during an investigation into whether George W. Bush pulled strings to avoid combat duty in Vietnam. ... (In fact, the documentation for Bush’s self-serving actions is clear and compelling.) ... The core issue is what CBS left unsaid. Rather’s producers were poking into an authentic story that powerful political forces had long been trying to suppress: how the then-President of the United States, who had taken the country into war in Iraq under false pretenses, resulting in untold unnecessary deaths, himself had gone AWOL from military service years earlier — and covered it up... Visit Website ]
Dec 14, 2017, 4:02pm

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How Monsanto's GM Cotton Sowed Trouble in Africa
Joe Bavier: When America’s biotech giant tried to export its know-how to small cotton farmers in Burkina Faso, there was a problem: The quality sank. ... In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa’s top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality fibre lent a luxurious sheen to clothing and bedsheets. But pests – bollworms – were threatening the crop. ... U.S. seeds and pesticide company Monsanto proposed an answer: a genetically modified strain of cotton called Bollgard II, which it had already introduced in America and was marketing worldwide. ... The Burkina farmers agreed to a trial and the country introduced seeds with the gene in 2008. ... But there was a problem. While the bug-resistant genes produced more volume, the quality fell. Last season, the cotton farmers of Burkina Faso abandoned the GM varieties.... Visit Website ]
Dec 11, 2017, 3:47pm

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if it takes 100 years - Poetry by Raymond Nat Turner
I am the North Star—
Hope; Never wavering, organizing,
burning thorough bars, walls, wire—
I am consciousness of all
creatures, crystalline water,
clean, sweet air, black soil
From forgotten reservations
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Dec 8, 2017, 10:39am

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Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists
The Intercept: The private security firm TigerSwan, hired by Energy Transfer Partners to protect the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, was paid to gather information for what would become a sprawling conspiracy lawsuit accusing environmentalist groups of inciting the anti-pipeline protests in an effort to increase donations, three former TigerSwan contractors told The Intercept. ... “It grossly distorts the law and facts at Standing Rock,” said Greenpeace general counsel Tom Wetterer. “We’ll win the lawsuit, but it’s not really what this is about for ETP. What they’re really trying to do is silence future protests and advocacy work against the company and other corporations.”... Visit Website ]
Nov 15, 2017, 1:05pm

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A New Report Sheds Light on the Plot to Murder Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres
Lauren Carasik: In Honduras, the United States willfully ignores institutional rot and buttresses crooked strongmen. ... The assassination of Cáceres ignited a global groundswell of outrage. Now an independent investigation has confirmed that powerful interests are trying to suppress the truth of the sprawling murder plot. In the report, titled “Dam Violence: The Plan That Killed Berta Cáceres,” five international human-rights experts reveal evidence that state agents, high-ranking executives, and employees of the company whose dam she resisted had participated in planning, executing, and covering up her murder. The report slams the Honduran government’s poor job of investigating and prosecuting those involved... Visit Website ]
Nov 15, 2017, 11:31am

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Drugged: The Military’s Pill Problem
Dave Lindorff: The U.S. military is drugging its own soldiers to keep them in the combat zone, with little regard for the consequences. ... Today, the pharmacopeia of war is much vaster, encompassing not just amphetamines, but also stimulants like Ritalin, antipsychotics like Risperdal, and anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax and Librium, as well as antidepressants like Zoloft and Lexapro. There are the drugs used to “treat” soldiers on the battlefield—antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs for post-traumatic stress, opioids for pain, a variety of amphetamines to keep soldiers awake... Visit Website ]
Nov 9, 2017, 10:35am

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The 15th-Century Doctrine That Let Columbus 'Discover America' Is Now the Basis of Indian Policy in the US
Rebecca Nagle: The Supreme Court turned a backwards, racist papal bull into American law. It’s preventing this country from confronting a genocide. ... The Doctrine of Christian Discovery asserted simply that Christian Nations became the rightful owner of any land they found occupied by non-Christian people. Europeans used this international law, grounded in the racist presumption of European superiority, to colonize most of the earth. ... As recently as 2005, Justice Ginsberg — a liberal icon of the left — cited the Doctrine of Discovery in City of Sherrill v. Oneida Nation of Indians, stating that the Oneida Indian Nation could not exert sovereignty over land within their 1794 treaty territory the tribe had bought back. ... The attack on tribal sovereignty and the diminishment of the rights of Native Nations has real and current consequences for the lives of Native people... Visit Website ]
Oct 10, 2017, 11:51am

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Wombward
Linh Dinh: I’m back in Hanoi. Noi Bai Airport was sparkling after its recent upgrade, and I rode into town on a wide, well-landscaped freeway named after general Vo Nguyen Giap. On both sides were shops and restaurants. ... A typical Vietnamese street is lined with shops and restaurants, with commerce often spilling onto the sidewalk, and until very recently, there were no Vietnamese neighborhoods that were strictly residential. ... Though you’ll find images of the hammer and sickle, Marx, Lenin and, of course, Ho Chi Minh throughout this country, there is nothing Communist or internationalist about Vietnam... Visit Website ]
Oct 7, 2017, 3:35pm

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Unwrapping the Russia Enigma
Ernest Partridge: Issue One: Did Donald Trump and his surrogates “collude” with the Russians? Which Russians? And what is the nature of this “collusion”? ... Yes ... It is doubtful that Trump is deliberately “colluding” to serve the economic or strategic interests of the Russian Federation – or of the United States for that matter. ... the only “interests” that he cares about are Trump interests ... Trump, it seems, has dug himself into a deep hole with his Russian investments and loans, and with his association with a few shady characters both at home and abroad. ... Because of his numerous bankruptcies, law suits and contract violations, Trump is unable to obtain loans in the United States. He has found willing creditors in Russia... Visit Website ]
Oct 5, 2017, 2:20pm

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Police Used Private Security Aircraft for Surveillance in Standing Rock No-Fly Zone
Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, Alice Speri: The FAA’s no-fly zone barred indigenous drone pilots from documenting the NoDAPL struggle, but private security aircraft continued surveillance. ... Documents obtained via open records requests, as well as material from court cases, reveal new details about how the FAA and state agencies helped police and private security companies wrest control of the airspace above the NoDAPL resistance from indigenous water protectors. ... Court documents confirm that DAPL security personnel were coordinating their flights with state agencies... Visit Website ]
Sep 29, 2017, 3:09pm

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There Is No Rehabilitating the Vietnam War
Robert Freeman: The Vietnam War is beyond redemption and must be remembered and condemned for the calamity that it was. The Vietnam War was “one of the greatest American foreign policy disasters of the twentieth century.” ... In March 1965 ... a Pentagon briefing for Johnson stated that the true goals in the War were, “...70% to avoid a humiliating U.S. defeat; 20% to keep South Vietnam (and adjacent territories) from Chinese hands; and 10% to permit the people of Vietnam a better, freer way of life.” ... Forgetting that lesson, or, worse, laundering it out of our memory so that we might go forward with cleansed consciences and fortified zeal for still more predation, would be a betrayal of itself that only the American people can resist... Visit Website ]
Sep 26, 2017, 12:21pm

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Ken Burns’s War Stories
Bob Buzzanco: It’s a series of stories, but not really a history of the war. That’s the Burns-Novick trademark and it’s worked for a long time, making them famous and I suspect wealthy. But it substitutes vignettes for ideas, personal anecdotes for larger structural factors, bathos for analysis. And it ends up providing a misguided view of the war, one that has politically conservative consequences (ironic because Burns himself is openly liberal) by shifting attention away from the historical, material reasons for American intervention and focusing on 79 people interviewed who were directly involved in Vietnam. Instead of an exposé of aggressive militarism, they give us sentimental stories of survival and perseverance... Visit Website ]
Sep 22, 2017, 3:41pm

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Buried Alive: Stories From Inside Solitary Confinement
Nathaniel Penn: It is brutal. It is torture by definition. It destroys the mind, body, and soul, making rehabilitation next to impossible. It is also outrageously expensive, and it doesn't work. Yet at the end of the Obama era, and the dawn of Trump's, isolation is as widely used as ever in the American penal system. And this is what it feels like. ... Nelson: The rule was nobody could be there with a [previously diagnosed] mental illness. What happens when you develop a mental illness while you're there? There was a guy who was there because he'd smoked marijuana while he was on probation; he cut off part of one of his testicles, and he also cut off some of his fingers. Another guy stood on top of the cement bunk and dove headfirst into the toilet, over and over, until he crushed his skull in... Visit Website ]
Sep 18, 2017, 10:14am

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The lessons of Katrina that haven't been learned
MANY IMAGES coming out of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey conjure up images of Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans ... One critical parallel between Hurricanes Harvey and Katrina is that, at their root, both were human-made disasters. Of course, each calamity was triggered by weather event ... After each of Houston's successive disastrous floods, experts devised flood mitigation and control systems, most of which were shelved because they conflicted with Houston's "grow fast, ask questions later" policies. ... For the past 40 years, both Democrats and Republicans have promoted neoliberal tenets that include austerity, a profound underfunding of the public sector and tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations... Visit Website ]
Sep 12, 2017, 10:34am

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The fury of the oppressed at Attica
The Attica prison uprising of 1971 took place against the backdrop of atrocious conditions and the impact of the Black Power movement. Luke Pickrell tells the story. ... Given the horrendous conditions in Attica and the larger social and political context of the time, the uprising was less than a surprise for all involved. ... Torture, whether through solitary confinement or more traditional methods, was rampant. The plumbing was broken, and cells routinely flooded with feces. Showers were allowed once a week, and there wasn't enough food and water. The prison itself--designed for 1,600--was bursting with some 2,250 bodies. The guards were poorly trained and underpaid, with many working a second job ... ON SEPTEMBER 13, state troopers and guards retook the prison using state-issued and personal guns, including hunting rifles. Tear gas was dropped from a helicopter, and for six minutes, uniformed men shot blindly, eventually killing 28 prisoners and nine hostages... Visit Website ]
Sep 8, 2017, 11:26am


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