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India’s ‘Open Prisons’ Are a Marvel of Trust-Based Incarceration
Kavitha Yarlagadda: Though the people held at Sanganer open prison are technically incarcerated, they can leave the facility during the day and travel within the city limits. ... According to the country’s National Crime Records Bureau, there are about 88 open prisons in India, the largest share of which are in the state of Rajasthan, where the model is being pioneered. ... At Sanganer, the prison is open for up to 12 hours each day. Every evening, prisoners must return to be counted at an end-of-day roll call. .. On a practical level, letting incarcerated folks go to work also allows them to earn money for themselves and their families, build skills, and maintain contacts in the outside world that can help them once they’re released... Visit Website ]
May 13, 2022, 4:23pm

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The abortion provider that Republicans are struggling to stop
Rachel M. Cohen: In 2018, more than two decades after Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts first became an activist to deliver abortion pills around the world, she turned to the United States. ... Aid Access says it has delivered abortion medication — mifepristone and misoprostol — to more than 30,000 Americans across all 50 states, including the 19 conservative states that currently ban telemedicine abortion ... The pills, when shipped from overseas, can take two to three weeks to arrive, and Aid Access prescribes the two medications up to the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. ... The catch: ... Aid Access says it has been penalized by search engines and social media... Visit Website ]
May 10, 2022, 4:07pm

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Kenyans Petition British Prince
Phil Miller: Their families were brutally evicted by the British empire to make way for tea plantations ... Now they want the crown to apologize and make reparations. ... For decades from 1902, half a million people from the Kipsigis and Talai indigenous groups were violently evicted from the Kericho region of western Kenya. ... Foreign settlers seized their highly fertile land and turned it into tea plantations, some of which are now owned by British beverage brands ... a letter to Prince William - “suffering as a result of this period has been entirely ignored by your family and successive British Governments... Visit Website ]
May 5, 2022, 5:03pm

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Playing With Fire at Chornobyl: After 36 Years the Nuclear Site is Again in Danger
Linda Pentz Gunter: For 36 years things had been quiet at Chornobyl. Not uneventful. Not safe. But no one was warning of “another Chornobyl” until Russian forces took over the site on February 24 of this year. ... The fuel lump from Unit 4, sitting inaccessible on a basement floor, remains unstable. In May 2021, there was a sudden and baffling escalation of activity there and a rise in neutrons, evoking fears of a chain reaction or even another explosion. ... the entire region, known as the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, is a tinderbox ... possibly now more radioactive than in the immediate past, sits like a ticking time bomb... Visit Website ]
Apr 26, 2022, 12:32pm

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Is America a Sacrifice Zone?
Evaggelos Vallianatos: More than 40 years later, the cancer alleys, sacrifice zones and hot spots continue to proliferate. A nonprofit newsroom, ProPublica, investigated these hazardous places and counted about 1,000 of them all over the country. The air in most of them is laced with plumes of poisons, certainly unhealthy to breathe. ... Many of these fence-line communities are sacrifice spots. ... They are in the South, and, like animal farms, they are primarily in the midst of black neighborhoods. ... Black people live with filthy air, leaks, explosions, and fires... Visit Website ]
Apr 21, 2022, 11:58am

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The Coming Global Financial Revolution: Russia Is Following the American Playbook
Ellen Brown: No country has successfully challenged the U.S. dollar’s global hegemony—until now. How did this happen and what will it mean? ... The U.S. dollar was adopted as the global reserve currency at the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944 ... The first challenge by a major power to what became known as the petrodollar has come in 2022 ... On March 23, Putin announced that Russia’s natural gas would be sold to “unfriendly countries” only in Russian rubles, rather than the euros or dollars ... Russia may expand the list of commodities for which it demands payment from the West in rubles (or gold) to include grain, oil, metals and more... Visit Website ]
Apr 6, 2022, 11:06am

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How Food Prices Are Affected by Fossil Fuels
Lloyd Alter: We don't just drive or heat with fossil fuels—we are eating them. ... Michael Pollan says corn is the SUV of plants, writing: "Growing it the way we do requires it to guzzle fuel in the form of fertilizer, about a quarter to a third of a gallon of petroleum for each bushel." ... Fertilizer is made from ammonia, which is made from hydrogen, which is made from natural gas. ... when we eat food made with nitrogen fertilizers, we are essentially eating fossil fuels... Visit Website ]
Mar 16, 2022, 10:27am

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Regarding war crimes, Russian and American
Joseph Scalice: United States Vice President Kamala Harris ... “We are clear that any intentional attack or targeting of civilians is a war crime. Period.” ... There should be no objection to the investigation of war crimes charges against Russia, on one condition: that this apply not only to war crimes by opponents of the United States but also to those committed by the United States itself. ... Washington has deliberately attacked and targeted innocent civilians the world over. ... On February 13, 1991, the US Air Force targeted two smart bombs at an air raid shelter in the Amiriyah suburb of Baghdad. ... On October 3, 2015, US aircraft bombarded a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz for over an hour... Visit Website ]
Mar 12, 2022, 12:00pm

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A Proposed Solution to the Ukraine War
Greg Mello, Los Alamos Study Group: An end to the invasion and war in Ukraine can only be guaranteed if Russia’s security is itself guaranteed. Security is largely indivisible. Security for one state requires security for others ... Russia’s view is that of existential dangers to its very existence. ... The fundamental cause of the current conflict is the desire of the U.S. to weaken or “break”Russia. ... NATO should disband. ... NATO consumes more resources than all the world’s militaries combined... Visit Website ]
Mar 7, 2022, 4:06pm

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We Only Want the Earth
Bridget Meehan: “Our demands most moderate are: we only want the earth.” These are the words of James Connolly, an Irish revolutionary who took part in the Easter Rising of 1916. ... Connolly understood that Ireland had first to rid itself of the British before it could deal with all other injustices, especially those caused by capitalism. ... What Connolly wanted was to win. ... Not believing we can win, not believing there is an alternative is the biggest obstacle we face. ... Vision helps us identify our destination, that place we want to be after capitalism. ... Strategy gives us a roadmap for getting there... Visit Website ]
Mar 3, 2022, 3:45pm

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Chernobyl 2.0
Harvey Wasserman: How Russia’s attack on Ukraine could release nuclear fallout across the globe. ... As home to Chernobyl, the world’s deadliest atomic reactor disaster, Ukraine depends for more than half of its electricity on fifteen nuclear reactors. All but two were built by the Soviet Union. Until now, they’ve been mostly serviced and fueled by Russia. ... Any military action, whether targeted or accidental, could affect the control mechanisms, back-up power, spent fuel pools, or emergency cooling systems and potentially yield another Chernobyl-level catastrophe with unspeakable health, ecological, and financial impacts... Visit Website ]
Feb 24, 2022, 3:56pm

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Today's Emergencies Act, and Anti-Russian False Flags Echo the Gouzenko Hoax That Unleashed the Cold War
Matthew Ehret: Today, a new coordinated psychological operation has been sprung to convince every living patriot across the Five Eyes sphere of influence that the enemy of the free world who lurks behind every conspiracy to overthrow governments, and western values are Russia and China. ... The reality is that both Russia and China together have a bond of principled survival upon which the entire multipolar order is based. ... It is this alliance which the actual controllers of today’s empire wish to both destroy and ensure no western nation joins ... especially not the USA. ... Among the most destructive of these conspiracies orchestrated by British Intelligence during the past century was the artificial creation of the Cold War... Visit Website ]
Feb 23, 2022, 11:27am

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1 in 3 Big Defense Contractors Profit from US Prisoner Suffering
Alan Macleod: There exists a situation whereby prisoners earning pennies per hour are making multimillion-dollar weapons fired by individuals being paid barely $20,000 per year at civilians who might not make that much in their lifetimes. ... America’s largest arms companies are increasingly finding lucrative new ways of profiting from the prison industrial complex ... The fabric of the defense industry, the carceral state, the intelligence industry, it is all interwoven. ... Prisoners are coerced into working for as little as 23 cents per hour (minus taxes and other fees) for subcontractors who manufacture parts for Patriot missiles... Visit Website ]
Feb 17, 2022, 12:42pm

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The Polis Administration Proposes Amnesty for Big Oil Deadbeats in Colorado
Philip Doe: Last week Colorado’s political elite and their camp followers proclaimed the new $4.7 billion federal bailout for the oil industry to plug its old wells a “win-win” for the taxpayers. ... It is not. ... Colorado is going to get $79 million, perhaps $39 million in the near term ... Governor Polis’s new 5-person professional commission picked to oversee oil and gas activity in the state has a plan for your money. They’re hell bent on creating an ”amnesty program” for the owners of the 19,000 zombie wells in the state spewing methane and toxins into the air. ... Some may think that amnesty is a thing granted criminals... Visit Website ]
Feb 12, 2022, 12:24pm

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Abortion: What a Complex Web They Weave
H. Patricia Hynes: Abortion has been legal for a large part of US history and was significant in the history of women's reproductive health care: Not a single state banned abortion in our country's first century. ... Not until the 1860s, with the end of the Civil War and the rise of Jim Crow laws did some states pass anti-abortion laws, forcing women to seek covert abortions. ... The Catholic Church's teaching on abortion reversed its historical position in that same period, the late 1860s ... Today, a majority of US adults ... both women and men, agree that abortion should be legal in all or most cases... Visit Website ]
Feb 2, 2022, 11:54am


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