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The Peace Symbol at Sixty
Bill Berkowitz: The peace symbol, now ubiquitous throughout the world, was created on February 21, 1958, and was first seen in public on Good Friday of that year – which fell on April 4 -- when thousands of British anti-nuclear campaigners – organized by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) -- marched 52 miles from London's Trafalgar Square to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in Berkshire. ... Gerald Holtom, a British artists and designer, and World War II conscientious objector, created the peace symbol out of feelings of deep despair. In an interview with Peace News, Holtom said: "I was in despair. Deep despair. I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, with hands palm outstretched outwards and downwards in the manner of Goya’s peasant before the firing squad. I formalized the drawing into a line and put a circle round it." ... Visit Website ]
Feb 21, 2018, 12:30pm

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Yes, Deniers, Millions of Americans are Among the Poorest People in the World
Paul Buchheit: In 2015 it was reported that up to 50 million American adults had negative wealth and thus numbered among the poorest 10% of the world's adults. ... Our poorest citizens may not be living in a farming village where they eat millet soup and walk a mile for water. But they have to deal with homelessness, alcoholism, mental health disease, opioid addiction, stress-inducing indebtedness and inequality, and pollution levels that are the highest in the developed world. All of that makes for rock-bottom living standards. ... Poverty is the stress of overwhelming debt; the inability to pay for medical treatment during years of declining health; the lack of community support as part of a true safety net; the near-absence of retirement savings for over half the population; the steady decline of jobs that pay enough to support a family; the well-documented impact of America's inequality on its citizens' physical and mental well-being... Visit Website ]
Feb 13, 2018, 11:56am

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How Cannabis Cleans Up Nuclear Radiation And Toxic Soil
Chris Roberts: Industrial hemp has been used to clean up deadly pollutants before, perhaps most famously near the site of the deadly nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl in what is now Ukraine (and where, it should not go unstated, thousands of people are still at work at the power station, which produces six percent of the nation’s electricity). In the mid-1990s, a company called Phytotech worked with researchers and a Ukraine-based seed bank to plant thousands of hemp plants in and around Chernobyl. ... hemp is extremely effective in removing from soils the toxic element cadmium—which is convenient, because cadmium contamination is everywhere. It’s seen in fossil fuels, old-school pesticides and many other byproducts of human civilization... Visit Website ]
Feb 10, 2018, 2:37pm

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Will Trump’s Judges Set Back Voting Rights?
Sean Steinberg: Democracy in the US is facing a relentless assault from state governments intent on staying in power by redrawing districts and suppressing the vote. In many cases, the only thing that stands in their way are federal courts fairly applying the law. But that could soon change. ... President Donald Trump, with an assist from the GOP-controlled Senate, has been highly effective in stacking federal courts with conservative judges. ... In his first year alone, he added nearly two dozen judges with lifetime appointments to the nation’s highest courts — one to the Supreme Court, 12 to appellate courts, and 10 to district courts. ... This came about because of an unusually large number of openings on the federal bench — a direct result of the Republican-led Senate blocking many of President Barack Obama’s nominees... Visit Website ]
Feb 8, 2018, 3:32pm

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No, Big Corporations Shouldn’t Get Tax Breaks to Create Jobs
Jim Hightower: Governors and mayors insist that giving our tax dollars to corporations to lure them to move to our cities is good public policy. The corporations create jobs, those workers pay taxes, and — voila! — the giveaway pays for itself! ... Does it really work that way? Unfortunately, no. ... Good Jobs First tracked the 386 incentive deals since 1976 that gave at least $50 million to a corporation, then tallied the number of jobs created. The average cost per job was $658,427 — each! ... The rosy job-creation claims by incentive dealmakers also tend to be bogus, because they don’t subtract the number of jobs lost as a result of these deals.... Visit Website ]
Feb 2, 2018, 1:27pm

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Remember the Bear River Massacre, Climax of the American Holocaust
Sarah Sunshine Manning: On Jan. 29, 1863, United States Col. Patrick Connor and California volunteers attacked approximately 500 Northwestern Shoshone Indians, leaving them bloodied and frozen in the snow, or floating down the crimson red and half-frozen Bear River in southeastern Idaho. ... The American Holocaust is forgotten, and forgotten by design. ... You see, hunting down human beings—men, women, children and infants—at dawn, and because they were Indian and less worthy of life, because they were an obstacle to settler colonialism, simply does not fit into the lily-white narrative of Manifest Destiny and American exceptionalism. Acknowledging its own genocide of indigenous peoples just does not sit well with America, overall... Visit Website ]
Jan 30, 2018, 4:04pm

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Meet the CIA: Guns, Drugs and Money
Jeffrey St. Clair - Alexander Cockburn: The Central Intelligence Agency is exactly what one would expect of an organization with a mandate stretching from the collection and analysis of intelligence data to the undertaking of subversion, manipulation of elections, assassination and the running of secret wars. Lying is part of the job description at the CIA, where falsehoods are regularly peddled to allies, the press, other federal agencies and Congress. “We’d go down and lie to them consistently,” says former CIA officer Ralph McGehee. “In my 25 years, I have never seen the agency tell the truth to a congressional committee.” ... Organizations such as the CIA require immersion in criminal milieus, virtually unlimited supplies of “black” or laundered money and a long-term cadre of entirely ruthless executives (some of them not averse to making personal fortunes from their covert activities). The drug trade is an integral part of such a world... Visit Website ]
Jan 27, 2018, 1:11pm

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GI Coffeehouses Recalled
Fred Gardner: The New York Times has published an op-ed piece by historian David Parsons about the coffeehouses started near US bases during the War in Vietnam. Parsons had interviewed me and I must have been the source of the details he got wrong. (He got the big picture right.) ... Most of all, he wanted to find a way to reach out to disaffected young G.I.s, to show them that there was a whole community of antiwar activists and organizers who were on their side. He finally settled on an idea: opening a network of youth-culture-oriented coffeehouses, just like the ones in North Beach, in towns outside military bases around the country. ... The unprecedented eruption of resistance and activism by American troops is critical to understanding the history of the Vietnam War. The G.I. movement and related phenomenon created a significant crisis for the American military... Visit Website ]
Jan 16, 2018, 11:32am

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Ahed Tamimi Offers Israelis a Lesson Worthy of Gandhi
Jonathan Cook: Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi may not be what Israelis had in mind when, over many years, they criticised Palestinians for not producing a Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela. ... She was charged last week with assault and incitement after she slapped two heavily armed Israeli soldiers as they refused to leave the courtyard of her family home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah. Her mother, Nariman, is in detention for filming the incident. The video quickly went viral. ... Ahed lashed out shortly after soldiers nearby shot her 15-year-old cousin in the face, seriously injuring him. ... For years, she and other villagers have held a weekly confrontation with the Israeli army as it enforces the rule of Jewish settlers over Nabi Saleh. These settlers have forcibly taken over the village’s lands and ancient spring, a vital water source for a community that depends on farming... Visit Website ]
Jan 10, 2018, 12:07pm

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What Happened to the 40-Hour Workweek?
David Rosen: As 2017 winds down, it’s important to remember that this year marks the 200th anniversary for the call for a 40-hr workweek for laboring people. The 8-hour day movement involves not only changes in the workweek, but the struggle over class power. ... Today, no one seems to know how long Americans work on the job each week. In 2016, the BLS pegged it at 43 hours per week; a 2014 Gallup poll sites 47 hrs per week (9.4 hours per day) as the average, with many saying they work 50 hrs per week. ... Everyone knows the workday has two parts, the actual job and its impact on the rest of one’s life... Visit Website ]
Dec 29, 2017, 4:45pm

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The Big Business of Prisoner Care Packages
Taylor Elizabeth Eldridge, The Marshall Project: To stop drugs and weapons from entering jails and prisons, many corrections agencies bar family members from mailing packages or bringing them during visits. Those who want to send food, clothing and other gifts to incarcerated relatives — at any time of year — often must go through private vendors. ... Here’s how it works: Families shop from print and online catalogs supplied by care package companies. Every item is prison- and jail-approved. In some facilities, that can mean no glass or metal containers or no personal hygiene products containing alcohol. Items are often contraband-proof, from sealed food pouches to clear electronics to pocketless sweatpants. ... Prisoner care packages are part of a lucrative industry that provides a range of services to incarcerated people and their families... Visit Website ]
Dec 26, 2017, 4:00pm

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Automatic Voter Registration: One Antidote to Voter Suppression?
Glenn Daigon: “Today the single biggest barrier to voting in the US is our antiquated voting system ... Under our current system, many voters follow cumbersome and needlessly complex registration rules,” former Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this year. ... “Compared to any other democracy in the world, we have some of the lowest numbers in terms of participation and turnout” ... In 2008, three million people wanted to vote but could not due to registration problems... Automatic Voter Registration is not a silver bullet. Other measures are needed to expand voting rights such as online registration, expanded early voting, and same day registration.”... Visit Website ]
Dec 21, 2017, 2:51pm

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A Century Later, a Little-Known Mass Hanging of Black Soldiers Still Haunts Us
James Jeffrey: After Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston in September, recovery and clean-up workers discovered that vandals had smeared red paint over a historical marker at the one-time location of Camp Logan, recently rededicated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Houston “riot” of 1917. ... Beneath the paint, the words read: “The Black Soldiers’ August 23, 1917, armed revolt in response to Houston’s Jim Crow Laws and police harassment resulted in the camps most publicized incident, the ‘Houston Mutiny and Riot of 1917.’ ” The Houston riot grew out of a confrontation between the soldiers and Houston city police, at the end of which sixteen white people were dead, including five policemen, with four soldiers also killed... Visit Website ]
Dec 11, 2017, 3:53pm

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Will San Francisco be the first city to launch a Public Bank?
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors released a new report last week that puts SF strongly in the running for the first city in the nation to launch a Public Bank. As the San Francisco Examiner explains, Supervisors Malia Cohen and Sandra Fewer are advancing the idea of establishing a municipal bank, which would end The City’s use of profit-driven large national commercial banks for banking services. ... As Wall Street financial institutions come under increasing fire for their continued stream of fraud scandals and perpetual investments in dirty fuel, Public Banks are rapidly gaining traction as an ethical and profitable solution... Visit Website ]
Dec 7, 2017, 2:41pm

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Maggots on Prison Food Is Crime on Crime
John Kiriakou: Three state prisoners in Oregon have filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court against four of the state’s prisons, saying that they were forced to eat fish and chicken intended to be animal feed or “bait food,” as well as spoiled milk and other moldy, rotten or inedible food. The suit accuses the Department of Corrections of civil rights violations and “deliberate indifference to health and safety.” ... One of the prisoners said she witnessed the delivery of food marked “not for human consumption” being prepared and served to her and her fellow prisoners. In stark contrast, she said, she was ordered to prepare “prime beef roasts” for prison staff... Visit Website ]
Nov 27, 2017, 3:27pm


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