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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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The Real Roots of the Worldwide Ransomware Outbreak: Militarism and Greed
Sam Biddle: Every software weakness the NSA (or CIA, or FBI) decides to use for itself in total secrecy is necessarily one it won’t share with a company like Microsoft so that it can write and release a software update to keep its customers safe. ... Some of the NSA’s defenders are quick to blame computer owners and IT administrators for not keeping their software current, but less likely to blame Microsoft for writing insecure code, alienating customers with shoddy operating systems and planned obsolescence, or dropping support for older OSes still in wide use... It can’t be overstated that the choice to let older versions of Windows lapse into a condition of permanent insecurity is as much a business strategy as an engineering decision... Visit Website ]
May 16, 2017, 3:28pm

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Misery Industry: How Global Insurers Hijacked US 'Criminal Justice' Through Bail Bonds
teleSUR: A report reveals how global insurance companies have dominated the bail bonds industry, profiting from the mass incarceration of pretrial detainees. ... The process plays out in local or state jails 11 million times per year: sitting behind bars for a nonviolent drug offense, a DUI charge, failing to pay child support or even more serious charges, working-class people are forced to pay exorbitant cash bail or face a life-disrupting spell of pretrial incarceration – sometimes lasting months, if not years. ... Why do these shadowy corporations exercise so much power? In many cases, the industry directly drafts laws which are then pushed by elected officials who are in their pockets due to campaign funding... Visit Website ]
May 15, 2017, 12:39pm

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Do Climate Activists Have a Legal Justification for Civil Disobedience?
Bill Quigley: Looking back on the history of the necessity defense and its use in political cases — and considering the state of climate change politics — there’s good reason to think that the climate necessity defense’s moment has come. ... The common law — the collection of precedents, norms, and legal traditions that originated in medieval England and which forms the fabric of our legal system today — has long allowed for some wiggle room to justify lawbreaking. ... in light of the impending threat of global warming and recent developments in the law, climate activists may have an especially strong case for having their justification arguments heard... Visit Website ]
May 5, 2017, 12:59pm

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The Existential Question of Whom to Trust
Robert Parry: The looming threat of World War III, a potential extermination event for the human species, is made more likely because the world’s public can’t count on supposedly objective experts to ascertain and evaluate facts. Instead, careerism is the order of the day among journalists, intelligence analysts and international monitors – meaning that almost no one who might normally be relied on to tell the truth can be trusted. ... The dangerous reality is that this careerism, which often is expressed by a smug certainty about whatever the prevailing groupthink is, pervades not just the political world, where lies seem to be the common currency, but also the worlds of journalism, intelligence and international oversight... Visit Website ]
Apr 30, 2017, 4:19pm

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Trump, A Symptom Of What? A Radical Message From a Half-Century Ago
Ira Chernus; The Sixties spawned many analyses of the ills of the American system. The ones that marked that era as revolutionary concluded that the heart of the problem was a distinctive mode of consciousness -- a way of seeing, experiencing, interpreting, and being in the world. ... “The end of domination [is] the only truly revolutionary exigency,” Marcuse wrote. True freedom, he thought, means freeing humanity from the hierarchical system that locks us into the daily struggle to earn a living by selling our labor. Freedom means liberating our consciousness ... Visit Website ]
Apr 17, 2017, 10:27am

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Spotlight on the FBI: The Bureau’s Checkered Past and Present
The fact is, the FBI has a long history of incompetence and worse: falsifying evidence; framing innocent people ... and even shooting people for what appears to be no justifiable reason. With the shootings, the Bureau “reviews” the situation, then, it almost always absolves itself. ... When its employees try to work within the system to improve it, quietly blowing an internal whistle, they are subjected to severe retaliation ... They have endangered national security, harmed our civil liberties, harmed innocent people, and appear to have put out false narratives, misleading the government, the media, and the public... Visit Website ]
Apr 13, 2017, 11:14am

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Gil-Scott Heron and the Black Radical Tradition
Norman Richmond: Gil Scott-Heron would have been 68 years old on April 1st. ... At our first meeting, we were interrupted by a visit from Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael). Many in the movement, however, knew him as Chaka Zulu at that time. I can remember Scott-Heron’s entourage castigating Ture when he mentioned that he had just come from McDonald’s, having had a bite to eat. He attempted to justify his actions, saying it was a necessity due to time constraints. Scott-Heron’s people would not cut Ture any slack... Visit Website ]
Apr 4, 2017, 11:32am

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How Bush Jr Quashed the Movement for Korean Reunification
Stuart Jeanne Bramhall: I suspect most Americans have never heard of of Korea’s “Sunshine Policy” (1998-2008), aimed at eventual reunification of North and South Korea. ... North Korea moved from active engagement in 1998 in nuclear disarmament and negotiations towards Korean reunification to announcing the their first nuclear weapons test in 2006. They also have no idea of the deliberate steps the Bush/Cheney administration took to sink the Sunshine Policy, nor their devious motives for doing so... Visit Website ]
Apr 3, 2017, 11:27am

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Budget Goes Military
Dave Lindorff: No wonder Americans aren’t freaking out about how much of their tax dollar goes to the military. They think it’s 16 cents of each dollar, when it’s really the percentage of the discretionary budget, which is that 63 cents on the dollar. ... As tax day rapidly approaches, remember this figure and tell your friends and neighbors about it, and remind them that President Trump is calling for giving the Pentagon another $54 billion in this year’s budget.... Visit Website ]
Mar 27, 2017, 12:45pm

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Why are there still famines?
Tyler Zimmer: At this very moment, more than 20 million people stand on the brink of starvation in regions of the Middle East and Africa. And this is to say nothing of the close to 800 million people in the world who are undernourished due to a lack of access to food. ... The specific crisis that the UN is warning about is centered in four countries: Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and the northeastern region of Nigeria. ... all are gripped by civil warfare, but with the U.S. and other imperialist powers contributing to the violence ... Famine occurs under capitalism because decisions about the production and allocation of food are made by shortsighted capitalists all competing against one another for profit... Visit Website ]
Mar 21, 2017, 12:33pm

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The U.S. Deep State Rules – On Behalf of the Ruling Class
Glen Ford, BAR: The various organs of the Deep State, including the corporate media, work hard to convince the public that the Deep State does not exist. (Kind of like that story about the Devil.) In fact, the Deep State runs the show. “The truth is that an oligarchy rules, and makes war on whomever it chooses -- internationally and domestically -- for the benefit of corporate capital.” ... Visit Website ]
Mar 17, 2017, 1:12pm

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From Holland to Finland to Scotland, Basic Income Could Be a Reality Across Europe
Steve Rushton: Universal basic income is emerging as a realistic policy position across Europe. As we reported in late 2015, local authorities across the Netherlands are currently running trials to award every citizen unconditional money from the state. And this year, Finland started an experiment of 2,000 randomly selected people, all of whom currently receive out of work benefits. ... The first monthly payments of ($590) were paid into those people's accounts within the last week, and the trial will examine the impact of that money on overall employment... Visit Website ]
Jan 31, 2017, 9:36am


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