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JFK Had Ordered Full Withdrawal from Vietnam: Solid Evidence
James K. Galbraith: In National Security Action Memorandum 263, dated October 11, 1963, Kennedy articulated his decision to withdraw all US military forces from Vietnam by the end of 1965 — with the withdrawal to be completed after the 1964 election. This was the formal policy of the United States government on the day he died. ... The evidence is massive and categorical. It includes: Robert McNamara’s instructions to the May 1963 SecDef Conference in Honolulu to develop the withdrawal plan. ... The precise instructions for withdrawal delivered by Maxwell Taylor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to his fellow Chiefs on October 4, 1963, in a memorandum that remained classified until 1997.... Visit Website ]
Sep 26, 2017, 12:48pm

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Working for peanuts: Detained immigrants paid $1 a day
Aimee Picchi: If there's one aspect in a new battle over the treatment of immigrant detainees that both sides agree on, it's this: They're paid just $1 a day. ... But whether that meager pay is legal is now a contested issue, with the Washington state attorney general's office suing private prison operator GEO Group (GEO) over the detainees' work pay. The lawsuit alleges the $1 a day payment violates the state's minimum wage laws; it also claims the detainees sometimes don't even earn cash, but rather are paid in chips and candy. ... The legal dispute, which appears to be the first of its kind, poses a host of questions about the treatment of detainees in the U.S. at a time when arrests of suspected undocumented immigrants is on the rise... Visit Website ]
Sep 23, 2017, 11:25am

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How Dick Gregory Forced the FBI to Find the Bodies of Three Civil Rights Workers Slain in Mississippi
David Dennis, Jr: The real story of how Dick Gregory helped find the bodies of three brave men killed during Mississippi’s Freedom Summer. For 44 whole days, a country speculated on the whereabouts of the three slain workers. ... Dick Gregory was on a tour for ... disarmament efforts traveling through Europe and Asia, and was in Moscow when he heard the news that Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner were missing. He canceled the rest of his trip and was in Jackson, MS the same night. ... It became clear this was a government-sponsored lynching perpetrated by Neshoba County law enforcement. ... Gregory drove to Meridian and announced a $25,000 reward for any information on the location of Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner. The next day, the FBI put out their own $30,000 reward. However it was Gregory who would receive a tip. “I received a letter quite some time ago that practically pinpointed the spot where the bodies were found,” ... As far as many civil rights activists are concerned, it was the pressure Dick Gregory put on the FBI that led to the discovery of the three workers’ bodies... Visit Website ]
Sep 14, 2017, 4:50pm

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Politicians are using the Nazi “Big Lie” to cheat American Workers out of their Social Security
Dr. Nayvin Gordon: For decades billionaire Foundations and conservative politicians have been spreading the big lie that Social Security is broke. ... The fact is that the US Government has borrowed some $3 Trillion from the Social Security Trust Fund—money now owed by Uncle Sam to millions of working Americans. Social Security is only broke if Uncle Sam defaults on its debts to us!! ... The politicians borrowed because instead of taxing the rich banks and corporations, they cut their taxes. As a result, workers taxes and Social Security payments provide almost 90% of the federal government’s revenues...
Sep 6, 2017, 3:35pm

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“Happiest Place on Earth” Seeks Wage Hikes
David Macaray: The locals that represent approximately 36,000 unionized workers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, are set to begin negotiations on August 28, with the express purpose of raising the hourly wage. ... According to what’s been reported, the unions ... covering everything from custodial work, to drivers, to servers, to ride operators) will be looking to achieve, by degrees, parity with the $15/hour paid by Southern California’s Disneyland. The stated goal is to reach that $15/hour rate by 2022. Per the 2014 contract, the majority of Orlando workers currently make $10.00/hour... Visit Website ]
Aug 8, 2017, 10:44am

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Eugene Debs Got 1 Million Votes For President — As Convict Number 9653
Brandon Weber: Eugene Debs: "Those who produce should have, but we know that those who produce the most — that is, those who work hardest, and at the most difficult and most menial tasks, have the least." (1927) ... “... Every human being is entitled to sunlight and air, to what his labor produces, and to an equal chance with every other human being to unfold and ripen and give to the world the riches of his mind and soul. (1912) ... "I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth; I am a citizen of the world." (1915) ... Visit Website ]
Nov 3, 2016, 3:09pm

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Germany Deals Blow to GM Crops
World Changing: "Germany has thrown its weight behind a growing European mutiny over genetically modified crops by banning the planting of a widely grown pest-resistant corn variety. Agriculture minister Ilse Aigner said there was enough evidence to support arguments that MON 810...posed a danger.
Apr 18, 2009, 3:26pm

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Only Peace Protects Freedoms in Post-9/11 World
The post-9/11 world is now clearly drawn. Destabilized and on the defensive, the leading democracies are gradually eroding the space for freedoms. The economically most powerful dictatorships are "exploiting the international community's divisions and the ravages of the wars carried out in the name of the fight against terrorism." (From Reporters Without Borders)
Mar 28, 2009, 3:05pm

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Is Coal As Unhealthy As Nuclear, or Close?
George Monbiot: "The odd and widely ignored truth is that routine radioactive discharges from coal-burning are greater than those produced by nuclear plants. Coal contains trace amounts of uranium and thorium. Though these are present at much lower levels than in nuclear fuel a lot more coal is burned, which means - total emissions are greater.
Aug 12, 2008, 4:15pm

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Longshore union strikes against war
On Thursday, May Day, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will declare an eight-hour strike to protest the war in Iraq...What few Americans know is that the tradition of a May Day strike originated not in the Soviet Union in the 1950s but the United States of the 1880s.
Apr 30, 2008, 2:53pm

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Italian Officials in Washington to Oppose New Base
David Swanson: "Did you know that our nation, the land of the free and the home of the brave, has permanent military bases in other countries? And I don't just mean in Iraq. In fact the United States maintains over 725 bases that our military admits to, with over a half million personnel.
Apr 16, 2007, 4:27pm

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America Loses Another War
Mark Morford: "Sure, you sort of sensed from the beginning that we couldn't possibly win a bogus war launched by a nasty slew of corrupt pseudo-cowboys against both a bitterly contorted Islamic nation and a vague and ill-defined concept that has no center and no boundaries
Dec 13, 2006, 2:05pm

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Research Confirms "Mystical Effects" of Magic Mushrooms
Johns Hopkins University: Nearly two-thirds of the volunteers said they achieved a "mystical experience" with "substantial personal meaning." One-third rated the psilocybin experience as "the single most spiritually significant experience of his or her life"
Aug 7, 2006, 2:53pm

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MP casts doubt on David Kelly suicide
LONDON (AFP) - An opposition member of parliament has alleged that a government scientist who cast doubt on intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction may not have taken his own life. ("The medical evidence available simply cannot sustain it...")
Jul 23, 2006, 3:00pm

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Columbus exposed as iron-fisted tyrant who tortured his slaves
Graham Keeley: "Christopher Columbus was a despot who ruled his subjects with an iron fist, according to documents which have emerged 500 years after his death...(He)routinely tortured slaves and starved his subjects in colonies on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.
Jul 21, 2006, 11:57am


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