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Freedom Rider: When Police Kill White People
Margaret Kimberley: ...a black person is killed by police, security and vigilantes once every 28 hours. On average there is a yearly tally of more than 1,000 deaths at the hands of American police. It turns out that at least one white person is also killed by the police on an average day, with a grim total of 574 in 2016 alone. ... If police killing became a punishable offense, even for a white victim, they would have to examine the basis of allowing all police to carry guns. The United States is unique among the nations that considers it civilized to have cops armed to the teeth. ... The imperative to control black bodies began during the period of enslavement, continued through the days of Jim Crow and even intensified when American legal apartheid ended. The vortex can catch white people too, but by and large their group is committed to maintaining their racist system... Visit Website ]
Dec 14, 2017, 3:14pm

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Freedom Rider: Barbuda and Disaster Capitalism
Margaret Kimberley: The Caribbean island of Barbuda was a paradise before hurricane Irma struck in September. Not only was it a place of scenic beauty but the system of government for its 1,800 people gave it a measure of equality that is rare in the world. There is no private land ownership in Barbuda. All property is held in common and one local leader explains the result. “There’s no great inequality in Barbuda.” ... Barbuda is governed by the nearby island of Antigua, and prime minister Gaston Browne sees an opportunity to up-end a system that he and others have long wanted to do away with. ... Antigua claims that it cannot rebuild unless Barbudans accept the proposal for private ownership. ... Barbuda is also a haven of equality and the people’s resolve is proof that most of humanity do not want to live amid dog eat dog competition... Visit Website ]
Dec 6, 2017, 3:18pm

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Another way Trump will get us Killed: to move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
Juan Cole: Jerusalem is extremely important and holy (just after Mecca and Medina) to the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. ... One of the three major motivations for Usama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda to attack the United States in 2001 was the Israeli occupation of the Muslim parts of Jerusalem. (The other two were the US sanctions on Iraq in the 1990s that were thought to have killed 500,000 children, and the presence of US troops at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia). ... The national security elites in Washington and Tel Aviv have dealt with Muslim anger over the impoverishment of the Palestinians and the Israeli threat to the Muslim holy places of Jerusalem by covering up these actions, denying them, obfuscating them, and then crushing any Muslims who dare complain about them... Visit Website ]
Dec 6, 2017, 3:10pm

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World’s Cheapest Solar Power in Mexico a Coal-Killer
Juan Cole: Not only is the sheer amount of solar power generation increasing at blinding speed but the cost is plummeting in unrigged markets, as well. Mexico just accepted bids of 1.77 cents per kilowatt hour. ... In most states in the US it would now cost you 8 cents to 22 cents, if the electricity were generated by coal and natural gas. ... Moreover, in Mexico the cost of a kilowatt hour from solar is expected to fall yet again by 2019 to only 1 cent a KWh. Coal is generally estimated to generate electricity for 5 cents a kilowatt hour ... Nuclear costs 12 cents a kilowatt hour. Of course those prices don’t count externalities. If you count the damage coal does to the environment... Visit Website ]
Nov 21, 2017, 4:53pm

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The Saudi-US war on Yemen is killing 130 Children a Day & Other Bleak Statistics
Juan Cole: The Saudi-led coalition is waging total war on Yemen in a bid to defeat the guerrilla group, the Houthis or the Helpers of God. The Houthis took power in Sanaa in fall of 2014 and consolidated it in early 2015. By March-April, Saudi Arabia’s Muhammad Bin Salman, now the crown prince, had ordered air strikes on the country that have continued to this day. These strikes have been indiscriminate, hitting schools, hospitals, apartment buildings and key civilian infrastructure like ports, bridges and roads. Any one of these strikes is a war crime ... In the aggregate they become crimes against humanity... Visit Website ]
Nov 19, 2017, 4:47pm

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Freedom Rider: Defending RT
Margaret Kimberley: “The 21st century McCarthyite campaign has succeeded in convincing otherwise intelligent people that Russia is an enemy.” ... RT is the focus of attack precisely because it provides a means of information gathering outside the bounds of corporate media. RT viewers can access a wide variety of viewpoints, including those in opposition to United States and NATO foreign policy. ... The journalists who work at RT and their guests are paying a high price for asserting their rights to work and to freely express their opinions. ... Americans who think themselves progressive are equally guilty in promoting this attack... Visit Website ]
Nov 15, 2017, 12:51pm

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Freedom Rider: Putin, Trump and Manafort
margaret Kimberley: As the old saying goes, the fix is in. Manafort is just the first notch on former FBI director Robert Mueller’s gun. He will go after other Trump connected cronies and relatives who have done shady business but that won’t be the reason for the pursuit. There are many sleazy American lobbyists and business people but no one cares until there is a moment when their downfall is politically useful. ... Free speech is being undermined, the left are losing their access to media and prosecutors are going after crooks, but not because they want justice to be done. If Putin was trying to destroy America he couldn’t do a better job than the media, crooked politicians and the deluded liberals who all work together... Visit Website ]
Nov 2, 2017, 11:31am

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Solar: Elon Musk already got a San Juan Hospital running & more to Come
Juan Cole: Elon Musk has already put up a solar power generating facility at the Hospital del Nino in San Juan, with a Powerwall storage capacity so that the electricity will still be there at night. ... Musk is certainly correct that Puerto Rico is crazy not to go solar. First, a Caribbean island gets lots of sunshine. Second, islands are unwise to feed the global heating beast of climate change, since they will suffer most ... Even now, Musk’s project in Puerto Rico makes economic sense. But it will make more and more economic sense as batteries get cheaper and panels fall in price and rise in efficiency... Visit Website ]
Oct 26, 2017, 11:35am

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Deadly Lac-Mégantic Oil Train Disaster Was Avoidable Corporate Crime
Justin Mikulka: Damning new testimony from an engineer of the locomotive involved in the deadly 2013 oil train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Canada, reveals several ways corporate cost-cutting directly led to the accident, which claimed 47 lives. ... Daigle (the Engineer) said he asked Demaître (the Supervisor) to change the lead locomotive because of the repair issues. (Answer No) ... A second factor in the accident was related to its braking system. Once the fire department shut off the locomotive's brakes, the train was only held in place by manual handbrakes, which proved insufficient for the train's weight. ... the train was almost 50 percent heavier than regulations allowed. ... Visit Website ]
Oct 25, 2017, 3:11pm

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Freedom Rider: AFRICOM is the Question
Margaret Kimberley: The desire to be affirmed by American society has dangerous consequences for black people. This pernicious dynamic creates the inclination to worship any black face in a high place or to defend questionable activity. The death of special forces Sergeant La David Johnson in Niger is a case in point. ... Almost no one is asking about the fact that American troops are stationed in Africa at all. Few people realize that such a thing as the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM ) exists and that the military forces of most African nations have been under the de facto control of this country since the George W. Bush administration... Visit Website ]
Oct 25, 2017, 2:43pm

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Freedom Rider: Russiagate Brings Black Caucus to a New Low
Margaret Kimberley: The so-called Russiagate scandal is a fiction. The hapless Democrats see it as a means of doing what they failed to do on election day in 2016, defeat Donald Trump. The fear mongering also makes the case for waging war by other means against Russia and supporting American imperialism. But this worst of all fake news stories fell apart. The only way to continue the dubious cause was to ratchet it up with more lies. Enter the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). ... The members of the CBC were once known as the conscience of the Congress. But they have been beaten down by corporate interests which threaten them with political defeat should they step out of line. Fear and cynical self-interest turned them into useless party hacks. They are only committed to keeping themselves in office... Visit Website ]
Oct 18, 2017, 10:55am

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Freedom Rider: True Conspiracies
Margaret Kimberley: The most effective lies are the biggest, the ones created by influential people who insist on having their way in the world. They want to keep us distracted and frightened. They want to intimidate other nations, or take their resources, or keep their own people incarcerated. So they tell us to be afraid of crime or WMD or North Korean rockets. ... We are most likely to be correct if we assume that these assertions from the corporate media and politicians are themselves meant to create dissension. A distracted and hypnotized public won’t ask questions, make demands, or build movements... Visit Website ]
Oct 12, 2017, 3:23pm

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How to Succeed in Western Media Without Really Trying
Stephen Lendman: Most important is loyalty to monied interests, war-profiteers, and the imperial state – serving as their press agents, abandoning fundamental journalistic principles, learning how to lie well, along with leaving honesty and integrity at home when heading for work. ... Julian Assange offered his own recommended strategy for success. It’s simple, he said. Blame Russia for everything. .... During pre-television days, noted journalist and author AJ Liebling once said “(p)eople everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.”... Visit Website ]
Oct 9, 2017, 12:40pm

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Jimmy Carter Explains What North Korean Leaders Told Him
Stephen Lendman: Carter met earlier with Kim Il-sung (North Korea’s founder), Kim Jong-nam (his eldest son and successor), and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly. ... He found them and other DPRK officials “completely rational and dedicated to the preservation of their” country. They’re not madmen, as falsely portrayed by US and other Western hardliners ... Their demands are entirely legitimate, Carter explaining they want direct talks with Washington, a peace treaty ending decades of an uneasy armistice. ... They want sanctions lifted and guarantees they’ll be no naked aggression on their country like during the 1950s war... Visit Website ]
Oct 6, 2017, 3:31pm

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Freedom Rider: Russiagate Targets Black People
Margaret Kimberley: There is no last refuge for the scoundrels intent on stoking cold and possibly hot war against Russia. Neocons in both parties and the corporate media have all spent years demonizing Russia’s president even as they commit and abet horrific crimes against humanity at home and abroad. Every charge leveled against Vladimir Putin is a sinister projection of the American rap sheet. ... The latest and most shameful charge is that Russia has targeted black Americans in an effort to “sow division” in the United States via social media. ... There is no American democracy left to undermine anyway. America is not a democracy and nothing proves it like the police killing three people every day or the fact that one million black people are held behind bars in this country... Visit Website ]
Oct 4, 2017, 5:00pm


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