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Critical Race Theory Is Dangerous. That’s Why It Should Be Mandatory in American Schools
Dan Siegel: The right-wing leadership is correct that critical race theory could change our country permanently—just not in the way they claim. ... The critical race hobgoblin demands that our children remain uneducated and ignorant to keep them from feeling guilty about the ingrained nature of racism in America. Or the genocide committed by our brave forefathers against the Indigenous people who lived here before Columbus arrived. Or sexism. Or the destruction of the planet... Visit Website ]
Jan 22, 2022, 12:35pm

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Did J. Edgar Hoover Order the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr?
Jeremy Kuzmarov: Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg swore in an affidavit that, during a 1978 conversation with Brady Tyson, then an aide to UN Ambassador Andrew Young, Tyson said that a group of off-duty and retired FBI officers, including a sharpshooter, working under the personal direction of J. Edgar Hoover, killed King and then covered it up ... The FBI enjoyed very close connections with the Memphis PD. ... After King’s death, the FBI took charge of the investigation from the MPD, even though the murder was a state and not federal crime... Visit Website ]
Jan 17, 2022, 3:24pm

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Why Do We Let Psychopaths In Suits Get Away With Murder?
Thom Hartmann: In America if you kill your spouse you'll end up in prison - but - if you kill millions of people, you can laugh at the law & buy a new yacht ... Ever since our nation’s founding, capitalism in America has been played in ways that protect stone cold killers. Psychopaths in suits. But it’s gotten particularly bad since Big Tobacco was outed in the 1990s. ... a massive lobbying campaign by some of America’s most powerful CEOs to insert “mens rea” (Latin for “state of mind”) language into the recent criminal justice reform act, so it would become almost impossible to convict a senior executive of a crime he directed his company to do... Visit Website ]
Jan 11, 2022, 11:59am

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When Debts Become Unpayable, They Should Be Forgiven
An interview with Michael Hudson: For centuries, debt and indebtedness have had profoundly destabilizing effects on human societies. In the ancient world, rulers and their subjects had a solution: known as a debt jubilee, it involved a periodic, unconditional wiping out of debt. We need such a jubilee today. ... When he (Jesus) went to the synagogue and unrolled the scroll of Isaiah the prophet and said, “I’ve come to proclaim the year of the Lord,” which was the debt cancellation — the Jubilee year — that was brought in from Babylonia into Judaism, as it was done all through the Near East.... Visit Website ]
Jan 3, 2022, 5:10pm

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California Forms a State-Level Reparations Task Force
Sonali Kolhatkar: The first of its kind, the nine-member task force will study and develop reparations proposals in order to start repairing the harm done to African American families and communities by U.S. policies. ... The group is charged with three tasks: to propose what reparations could look like, to educate the public about the task force’s study of reparations, and to make specific recommendations to the state on how to implement them. ... the reparations task force will make “evidence-based recommendations” drawn from two years of gathering testimony and documenting the harms arising from “the original systems of oppression, like slavery and Jim Crow segregation, and the continuing and ongoing systems of oppression... Visit Website ]
Dec 21, 2021, 2:45pm

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How the USA Could Lead a Global Green New Deal
Kevin Danaher: More than 800 U.S. military bases around the world are a massive expense that diverts money from desperate needs at home ... The conversion of these military bases into models of eco-development ... would help transform the United States from a dominating empire into a global partner ... by helping countries develop more sustainable practices and cutting-edge green technology it will have a positive impact on the planet we all share ... Regain respect for America after the damage done by aggressive foreign policies of the past ... Create collaborative spaces where international youth brigades could come together to learn nonviolence and sustainable development practices... Visit Website ]
Dec 14, 2021, 12:46pm

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The Age of Imperialism is Not Over—But We Can End It
Jason Hickel: The ecological crisis is being driven by capitalist growth, which is tearing through the living world at a staggering pace, with the rich states and corporations of the global North responsible for the vast majority of the damage. ... under capitalism, “growth” is not about increasing production in order to meet human needs. It is about increasing production in order to extract and accumulate profit ... the “core” of the world economy (Western Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan) has always depended on the sabotage of labor and resources in the “periphery” ... Imperialism was the mechanism of capitalist expansion... Visit Website ]
Dec 7, 2021, 2:29pm

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How Some European Prisons Are Based On Dignity Instead Of Dehumanization
Ram Subramanian: Prisons in Northern Europe are actually supportive, and they see lower rates of violence and recidivism. ... Halden Prison in southern Norway, a maximum security facility that has received much international attention for being the “most humane prison in the world.” ... the conditions of confinement were organized around the normalization principle, which recognizes the inherent harms of incarceration and requires that life in prison approximate the positive aspects of life in the community ... Under this principle, punishment is restricted to the separation from society mandated by the custodial sentence itself. ... the incarceration experience is to enable smooth reintegration of people upon release and to lead a life of social responsibility... Visit Website ]
Dec 2, 2021, 2:25pm

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It’s time for Americans to buy less stuff
Terry Nguyen: We know that our collective consumption of consumer goods, from the creation of plastic toys to the fossil fuels that ship them to our homes, isn’t good for the environment. ... “We can’t buy our way to an ethical world.” ... Making the active choice to think twice before we buy could improve both our happiness and quality of life. ... It could help shape social norms and influence others toward more-sustainable choices.... Visit Website ]
Nov 23, 2021, 3:26pm

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The Original Inconvenient Truth
Jeff Schechtman: Interview with Josiah Thompson,author of Last Second in Dallas ... a “clearing” of all the bad information, and a reaffirmation of the simplicity of what we actually know (about JFK murder) ... We now can say that what happened was that Kennedy was hit above the right temple by a shot fired from about 8 to 10 feet west of the corner of the stockade fence, that that shot killed him without any question. ... three-quarters of a second later, Kennedy is hit a second time in the head by a shot that clearly came from the depository window ... One guy didn’t do it ... What this also means is that Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill the president... Published earlier this year! Visit Website ]
Nov 22, 2021, 3:33pm

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Is the Saintly World Wildlife Fund Really a Stalking Horse in the Global South Colluding with Transnational Corporate Interests?
Michael Molitch-Hou: It has been more than two years since Buzzfeed News published an in-depth series that revealed the use of paramilitary anti-poaching squads by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) to evict Indigenous peoples from their lands to make room for conservation parks ... Like something out of the CIA’s Operation Condor or Phoenix Program, these units used violent force, torturing, raping, and murdering poor natives in a purported attempt to root out wildlife traffickers in the community. ... WWF has a long history of deception, secret societies, and connections to U.S. and British intelligence—that, in fact, the WWF’s anti-poaching schemes might not be that different from Condor and Phoenix after all... Visit Website ]
Nov 16, 2021, 11:57am

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Dismantling Racism and Militarism in U.S. Foreign Policy
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL): The prevailing, militaristic conception of “national security” is steeped in racism and perpetuates white supremacy. ... The U.S. quest for global military supremacy causes immense harm at home and abroad, particularly to people of color. ... Racism and militarism are deeply embedded in the U.S. economy. ... Political, legal, and constitutional structures keep the current paradigm entrenched. ... An array of foundational myths undergirds America’s addiction to war and anti-Black racism. ... Only a mass movement for change, uniting a wide variety of organizations and activists, will be able to overcome these obstacles. ... Dismantling entrenched racism and militarism—and the political and economic structures that reflect and reinforce them—will require new ways of working together... Visit Website ]
Nov 11, 2021, 12:21pm

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Murder, Rape, and Torture: Fortress Conservation on Trial
Subhankar Banerjee: Fortress conservation originated in the United States with the establishment of the Yellowstone National Park in 1872. ... And thus began the ignominious era of conservation colonialism. ... “Drawing upon a familiar vocabulary of discovery and exploration, the authors of the early accounts of the Yellowstone region literally wrote Indians out of the landscape, erasing Indian claims by reclassifying inhabited territory as empty wilderness,” ... Subsistence hunters were denounced as “poachers,” inhabitants ridiculed as “squatters,” and subsistence gatherers branded as “thieves,” charges that criminalized the age-old cultural activities of the land’s original inhabitants... Visit Website ]
Nov 6, 2021, 12:33pm

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Planting a Life—and a Future—After Prison
Stephanie Parker: “Women will be released from state prisons, but they are not guaranteed safe and secure housing,” says Kristen Powers, the executive director of Benevolence Farm. ... As a result, in North Carolina alone, more than 2,000 women are released from state prisons each year without the infrastructure in place to adequately support them ... Benevolence was created as a place where the principles of horticultural therapy could be applied to help women readjust to life outside of prison. ... A few yards from the house is a greenhouse where bundles of herbs hang to dry ... There is also a chicken coop, and underneath the house is a large workshop where the residents turn the herbs and flowers into lotion, soap, and candles... Visit Website ]
Oct 27, 2021, 2:49pm

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The Four Layers of Reality — and Why We’re Only Allowed to Talk About One
Lee Camp: No matter which mainstream media segment you’re currently watching, I can promise you it’s not getting to the heart of any issue. By definition they only participate in surface level analysis. ... So, using this past presidential election as an example: Layer one was — Who’s going to win? Biden or Trump? That’s the surface layer. ... Layer two is the slightly deeper understanding that American oligarchs win each election no matter what. ... Layer three: Capitalism and environmental collapse. ... It’s talking about the economic system and its global impact. ... Level four is the true analysis of our reality. ... It’s getting pretty deep into the philosophical realm... Visit Website ]
Oct 22, 2021, 2:46pm


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