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Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:40:25 UTC

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Gallipoli, Has Australia Learned Anything?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:40:23 UTC

Australian sycophantic Foreign Policy works against the interests of Australia

We May Be Headed to War. Thank the Media.

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:35:57 UTC

The media has boxed President Trump into a corner and his only way out may be through war.

Trump Threats to WikiLeaks "Nuclear Option" Against the First Amendment

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:40:51 UTC

an indictment of Assange is a 'first use' of 'the nuclear option' against the First Amendment protection of a free press.

Israeli And Palestinian Women Must Raise The Banner Of Revolt

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:14:04 UTC

Historically, women have played a critical role in solving major violent conflicts that have lasted for years, if not decades. Although Israeli and Palestinian women have protested in the past against the occupation, it was on a small scale and their voices were drowned by the intense resistance of the powerful settlement movement.

Reality TV Trump

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:08:42 UTC

There's never a shortage of topics these days, eh Truthseekers?

Giving a Voice to the Real Targets of Crime vs. Silencing and Demonizing Immigrants

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:48:00 UTC

On Wednesday, the Office of Homeland Security opened VOICE -- an office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement -- to give "people victimized by illegal aliens for the first time a voice of their own. Unfortunately, the context & framing of this initiative deserve more sober consideration, as the new initiative brings to mind the Nazi-era policy of providing the German public with lists of crimes committed by Jews.

Obama's New Job: Guardian of Official Lies

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:09:58 UTC

Having spent eight years telling lies about who the U.S. was fighting in its so-called "War on Terror"...

Muslim profiling at US borders escalates during President Trump's first 100 days

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:23:18 UTC

President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office were a frightening experience for the seven-million strong Muslim American community. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest American Muslim civil advocacy group, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) profiling of Muslims accounted for 23 percent of cases in the first three months of 2017.

Wall St. soars as Economy tanks: how Trump will respond to economic collapse

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:17:08 UTC

I argue that a rising stock market and a sinking economy spells out economic collapse and discuss how Trump is likely to react and how progressives must be prepared to take advantage of this coming crisis.

Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take? -- David Swanson in Vermont

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:11:58 UTC

Here is a video from last week in Burlington, Vermont:

What could you have been thinking of, Nuclear Regulatory Commission?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:03:30 UTC

To the Nuclear Regulatory Commission What could you be thinking of in transporting high level radioactive waste, the most toxic substance in the universe, across many miles in many states? What could you be thinking of in wanting to bury this high level radioactive waste in low income communities? This is not environmental justice,in fact - just the opposite. Bury it in your own yards instead of theirs.

Ashutosh, check your facts on Hindutva

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:15:59 UTC

There's been a persistent attempt to play on minorities fear and cast ruling BJP and their parent organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as communal. Such propagandists have scant regard for facts and twist quotes to suit their agenda.

Syria: Evidence-Based Analysis Versus Mainstream Propaganda Narratives

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:52:38 UTC

Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, is not a brutal dictator. He is a soft-spoken, trilingual, ophthalmologist, elected by the Syrian people.

Part II - How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:43:30 UTC

The use of corrupt intelligence to justify endless war today became official in 1976 when C.I.A. Director George Bush created the first Team B, the concept of "competitive analysis" regarding the Soviet threat done by an alternative team based on ideology instead of facts. To understand America's drift into despotism over the last 40 years, we must de-encrypt the evolution of its secret "double government."

The Trump presidency: it should generate a thunderous WAKE UP call for all Americans

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:11:05 UTC

As we witness the Trump presidency continue to rapidly accelerate down the wrong road, here's a message to send out all across America: Never, ever, make this same kind of monumental mistake again; allowing someone like the current totally incompetent, irrational occupant of the White House to assume this degree of power.

The Phantom Menace of NATO

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:50:29 UTC

The Turkish president strongly contributes to ISIS. He contradicts the NATO basic principles of fight against terrorism and does not coordinate his actions with the leadership of NATO.

10 Gun Victims Killed on the day of JFK Assassination--Book Review

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:03:42 UTC

What if you didn't grow up amid America's gun culture but are still a member of the race which suffers the most from it? As Gary Younge, a black reporter who grew up in England, demonstrates in a moving new book, it might cause you to ask hard questions other reporters duck.

Berkeley Gets Trolled

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:32:17 UTC

"What's happening to Berkeley? Are you safe?" our friends ask. National headlines scream: "Riots in Berkeley!" "The Death of Free Speech!" Yes, something is happening in Berkeley. We've been trolled by the hard right. And our "leaders" haven't responded effectively. Now it's time for the true defenders of free speech to step forward.

Terrorizing the Vulnerable

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:11:08 UTC

Undocumented people are living in fear as the Trump administration accelerates arrests under a brutal policy whose "family values" call for ripping families apart.

Trump's Unconstitutional Assault on the Judiciary)

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:03:22 UTC

One way dictators take over democracies is by threatening the independence of a nation's courts. Donald Trump is doing just this. Connect the following dots:

Why Don't We Hear This Question: What Does Kim Jong-un, North Korea's Supreme Commander, Want?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:55:44 UTC

The article asks a series of fundamental questions, as a replacement for current sabre rattling. The situation is too dangerous. Why don't we look for the common good?

Victoria Tuzlukova: "How many of you weren't born in the 21st Century?" (Part2)

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:52:05 UTC

The framework for 21st century learning is discussed around the globe but seldom haave most Middle East countires taen leadership in this area. Can Oman? or its neighbors? This is the second of a multipart series on this topic and what it involves. The paraphrase of the speeches and discussion at a recent conference in Salalah Oman is shared here.

Victoria Tuzlukova on the Needs of Oman and Arab World "How many of you weren't born in the 21st Century?" (Part2)

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:51:44 UTC

The framework for 21st century learning is discussed around the globe but seldom haave most Middle East countires taen leadership in this area. Can Oman? or its neighbors? This is the second of a multipart series on this topic and what it involves. The paraphrase of the speeches and discussion at a recent conference in Salalah Oman is shared here.

Trump's Tax Plan Bleeds Red Ink and Does Not Focus on Job Creation

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:49:52 UTC

Article criticizes Trump tax plan as unfair to individuals without creating jobs

Trump's fired National Security Adviser lied: the Tip of the Iceberg

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:47:17 UTC

I discuss the lies of the Trump organization regarding ties to Russia and financial dealings as the tip of the iceberg of the links between the Trump campaign and Russian and pro-Russian interests.

The Lame Response of Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Obama's $400,000 Wall Street Speaking Fee

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:46:41 UTC

Senator Warren pretends, but does not actually, challenge the power of Wall Street.

The First 100 Days: Trump Builds His Wall

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:46:13 UTC

Truth has been the victim as political discourse has shifted from competing ideologies to alternate versions of reality.

The Age of Stupidity - I Know Nothing

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:45:48 UTC

People will usually buy the next flashy, digital, larger whatever, and stare at it in wonder all the while confusing it for innovation and 'evolution'. Swipe swipe, dr

A Better Human Story (First in a Series)

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:54:16 UTC

Would you be interested in hearing about a way of understanding our humanity, and the story of our species on this planet, that " Explains much about the overall trajectory of human history; and, " Offers insight into why our history has been as tormented and destructive as it has been; " Presents a plausible way of comprehending the nature, source, and modus operandi of what has tradtionally been called evil?(And more)

Earth Day Denial that War Causes Climate Change

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:22 UTC

Earth Day and the March for Science were more hypocrisy and feel good faux solidarity of concern for the Earth. Earth Day was carefully stage-managed to not offend or affect any change.

Win the Debate, Don't Shut It Down

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:59:16 UTC

UC Berkeley's successful attempt to shut down an appearance by Ann Coulter this week is just the latest example of college campuses - and liberals as a whole - attempting to stifle free speech by acting as society's morality police. As an antiwar activist.....

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The U.S. Military Moves Deeper into Africa

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:07:11 UTC

General Thomas Waldhauser sounded a little uneasy. "I would just say, they are on the ground. They are trying to influence the action," commented the chief of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) at a Pentagon press briefing in March, when asked about Russian military personnel operating in North Africa. "We watch what they do with great concern."

What Happened to Compassion?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:54:37 UTC

I read a quote some time ago, and I can't give credit to who said it. But to paraphrase, if we are going to keep pulling drowning people out down-river, we should figure out how to stop throwing them in up-river.

Nuclear Breakthrough Endangers the World

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:09:38 UTC

At a time of growing tensions between nuclear powers--Russia and NATO in Europe, and the U.S., North Korea and China in Asia--Washington has quietly upgraded its nuclear weapons arsenal to create, according to three leading American scientists, "exactly what one would expect"

Bipartisan Russophobia is a dangerous distortion

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:59:01 UTC

The ongoing Ukraine crisis which has done so much to poison US-Russia relations must be seen in the context of the rapid march of NATO to the border of Russia, including efforts to add Ukraine to NATO. How would we have responded if the Warsaw Pact still existed and Mexico joined it? The Monroe Doctrine states that the U.S. regards as hostile any European government's attempt to control countries in our hemisphere.

Victoria Tuzlukova on the Needs of Oman and Arab World Education in 21st Century

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:52:22 UTC

The following paraphrase is concerning the reception of keynote address by participants from dozens of countries to a symposium on improving TEACHING QUALITY, held on 10 April in Salalah, Oman. WHY DO WE NEED 21st CENTURY SKILLS IN OMAN? Actually, the entire Arab world sees the need already. However, petroleum based economies, like Oman's and most lands in the Arabian peninsula are more and more aware of needs for change.

Hybrid War: Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold War Propaganda (Part 4)

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:51:26 UTC

Fourth part of a series on a recent propaganda article in The New Yorker.

Trump says sanctuary cities breed crime but they are the safest cities in the nation

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:50:19 UTC

This essay examines the implementation of Trump's Big Lie about "criminal aliens" in terms of defunding Sanctuary Cities.

Eight Years of Suffering for Joey

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:49:31 UTC

I can't understand why states in the U.S. allow people to run puppy mills. Something so evidently cruel has no reason to exist anywhere in our country or, for that matter, in any country as well.

A Millionaire by Age 30? Here's How

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:49:10 UTC

Like weight loss, there's a difference between wanting to reach a goal and following through on the steps to get there. This millennial was a millionaire by 30. Would you do what he did for a million $$?

mark! Lopez Fights for East Los Angeles, Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:48:03 UTC

mark! Lopez is a winner of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Award. He was chosen for his on-the-ground work to get justice for his community, poisoned by lead.

What's it mean to be a good American today?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:03:22 UTC

What's it mean to be a good American today? Be conservative, liberal, belief in God, a flag waving "patriot", extol our military? How about individuals & alternative web sites refusing to accept the conventional wisdom or jump on the bandwagon & reject the "official" versions of events? Are they good Americans? The US provokes country's refusing US hegemony. What about those who oppose such policies. Are they good Americans?

I've Been Watching How the Ol' Cookie Crumbles

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:01:13 UTC

That distant crepitation is the rumbling of history.

Trump's Hundred Days of Rage and Rapacity

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:10:58 UTC

The Lawless-loving corporatists have worked overtime to besmirch the word "regulation" (or law and order for corporations) and edify the word "deregulation," to help bring about their dream state of dismantled or weakened regulation.

Trump Now A Captive Of The Deep State

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:57:36 UTC

Not only insouciant Americans, but much of the world accepts any statement out of Washington as the truth despite the evidence. If Washington said it, Washington's vassals in Germany, France, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Belgium, and Japan assent to the obvious lie as if it were the obvious truth. So do the CIA purchased media of these vassal states, a collection of whores who prefer CIA subsidies to truth

Women Beware: Saudi Arabia Charged With Shaping Global Standards For Women's Equality

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:36:45 UTC

It's hard to sink to a greater depth of hypocrisy than voting Saudi Arabia onto a UN Commission charged with promoting women's equality and empowerment. And yet, on April 23rd, that is precisely what the UN Economic and Social Council did.

Sagarika Ghose, which history books are you reading?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:25:19 UTC

Communal fires are being fanned in India by the same Left-Liberal-Media nexus which is determined that Hindus don't gain their identity. It was a project in which British excelled during their 200-year reign over "colony" India. The plot is to show Hindus as aggressive and a threat to minorities and reap a harvest from the consequent turmoil.

The Weakness and Limits of a Jacksonian Foreign Policy

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:56:42 UTC

Is Donald Trump's foreign policy best described as Jacksonian?

North Korea and Venezuela: case studies in how Starvation Propaganda is War Propaganda

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:56:02 UTC

I examine the propaganda about starvation in North Korea and Venezuela, two nations targeted for regime change, which is being rationalized by starvation propaganda, serving to justify military intervention(ie death and destruction).

Hey Ireland, Your Ambassador Just Told Me You'll Do Anything Trump Wants

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:41:26 UTC

Dear brothers and sisters of Ireland, your ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson spoke at the University of Virginia Tuesday afternoon.

Will the "Political Correctness" Crowd Ever Change Their Tune? (BIBLIOGRAPHIC ESSAY)

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:36:25 UTC

Over the last half century, the "political correctness" crowd has provided a target for conservatives to attack. In the 2016 presidential election, Donald J. Trump, the Republican Party's candidate, effectively campaigned against "political correctness." His decisive electoral victory should be a wake-up call for the "political correctness" crowd -- the time has come for them to revisit their glib critiques of Western culture.

The Serialization of The 15% Solution: How the Repub. Relig. Right Took Control of the US: 1981-2022, Section 1: Chap. 2

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:33:48 UTC

This is chap. 2 of "The 15% Solution." Among other things, the real 15% Solution, as it was developed in the late 1980s by a now defunct organization called "The Christian Coalition," is spelled out in detail. It was the original blueprint for the Voter Suppression operation that the Repubs. have been carrying out with a vengeance in this century.

NYC Gun Permit Scandal: Graft is Inevitable in a Corrupt System

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:04:45 UTC

The US Constitution is crystal clear on the subject at hand: "[T]he right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Legally conditioning exercise of that right on possession of a permit is most manifestly an infringement. Additionally, leaving issuance of permits under the clearly unconstitutional scheme to the discretion of bureaucrats is a recipe for both tyranny and corruption.

The Difference between Activity, Action and Expiration Dates: Trump

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:35:53 UTC

For too many Americans, ignoring from the sidelines is only comfort zone. However, when the contest between activity and action holds the rivalry of reason and denial in the balance of life and death.

In Search of a Human-Centric Economy

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:22:53 UTC

Why is the only economy we have predatory to the majority of Americans? Is there anything else?

The Iron Jaws of the Police State: Trump's America Is a Constitution-Free Zone

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:16:49 UTC

Please. Somebody give Attorney General Jeff Sessions a copy of the Constitution. And while you're at it, get a copy to President Trump, too. In fact, you might want to share a copy with the nation's police officers, as well. I have my doubts that any of these individuals--all of whom swore to uphold and defend the Constitution--have ever read any of the nation's founding documents.

Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, The Criminalization of Immigrants From Clinton to Trump

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:45:59 UTC

Ever since he rode a Trump Tower escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and swore to build his "great wall" and stop Mexican "rapists" from entering the country, undocumented immigrants have been the focus of Donald Trump's ire.

The Worst Presidential 100 Days Ever

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:14:13 UTC

#45 Trump got one thing right about the media hyped first 100 days measuring stick of a new president. It's a silly measure. In fact, presidents from John F. Kennedy to Obama have derided the 100-day fetish and correctly noted that the far better to gauge how effective or bumbling an incoming president is the first 1000 days.

The Looting Machine Called Capitalism

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:34:57 UTC

I have come to the conclusion that capitalism is successful primarily because it can impose the majority of the costs associated with its economic activities on outside parties and on the environment. In other words, capitalists make profits because their costs are externalized and born by others. In the US, society and the environment have to pick up the tab produced by capitalist activity.

Talk Nation Radio: Deirdre Enright on Freeing Innocent People from Prison

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:18:17 UTC

Deirdre Enright is director of investigation for the University of Virginia Law School's Innocence Project Clinic. Enright previously worked at the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, where she represented clients and consulted on cases in all stages of capital litigation, with primary focus on federal and state post-conviction proceedings and Supreme Court certiorari review. After graduating from the University o

Trump Is Creating an Authoritarian Dictatorship - Here's Why

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:12:25 UTC

By almost every act, Trump is building an oligarchic authoritarian dictatorship. If there is an overarching pattern in the Trump regime's first months, it is a steady move toward oligarchy verging on authoritarian dictatorship.

Filmmaker Laura Poitras Doesn't Know If Military Is Done Investigating Her

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:54:33 UTC

Documents suggest filmmaker Laura Poitras was stopped routinely by airport security because she was falsely accused of involvement in an ambush in Iraq.

Trump Didn't Change. We Did!

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:42:35 UTC

I examine the myth that Trump has "shifted" positions by examining his pattern of telling the truth, out of hubris, after his lies have worked.

Amid human rights violation: Egyptian kangaroo court sentences 20 people to death

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:40:07 UTC

A court of Egyptian military leader, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who assumed the title of Field Marshal after overthrowing the elected President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Monday sentenced 20 supporters of Morsi to death.

A Dilemma For the Intelligence Agencies - An Analysis

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:21:33 UTC

Can Western intelligence agencies still retain an ability to speak-out to power." Can they still, effectively, convince their governments not to assume that mainstream media information is accurate, but "rather to await careful investigation" before "rushing to judgment" on important issues?

First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the Presidency

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:24:44 UTC

Trump's failure to accomplish little or any of his agenda during his first 100 days is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time -- especially his degradation of the presidency.

TRAPPED IN THE CUCKOO'S NEST: Donald Trump's 'Deep State' of Denial

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:56:48 UTC

It seems remarkable that America has somehow managed to make it through the first 100 days of donald trump's hair-raising "presidency." But now, all layers of speculation about trump's character have been removed. It's fairly well established that expedient mendacity -- lying out of convenience -- is the prevailing focus of any donald trump strategy for handling personal and personal and presidential responsibilities.

Some Airline Issues

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:21:11 UTC

The airlines have had a tough couple of weeks -- their passengers even more so. There are a number of issues they, and we, need to address.

Mobilizing Progressive Resistance

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:05:25 UTC

The progressive vision for America -- to make life better for all families, not just the privileged elite at the top -- has suffered setbacks.

Pontifications About Health Care Reform Written by Insiders Who Benefit from the Status Quo - Worse Than We Think

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:49:32 UTC

Perceptions that the US health care system is dysfunctional and needs major reform go way back. A timeline from the Tampa Bay Times noted President Theodore Roosevelt's proposal for a national health service in 1912. Nonetheless, as we have discussed endlessly, most attempts at reform failed, and health care dysfunction seems to be getting worse.

The Bizarre Experience of Watching Cable News in America on Earth Day

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:48:12 UTC

Nobody's Talking About How People Are Getting Rich by Destroying the Planet Just exactly what the hell are they afraid of? Are the fossil fuel billionaires, corporations, and lobby really so strong that they can cow entire television networks and newspapers? Not to mention politicians?

9/11 Destroyed America

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:07:26 UTC

The events on September 11, 2001, changed the world. It was the excuse for the US government to launch military attacks on seven Middle Eastern countries, causing civilian casualties in the millions and sending waves of Muslim refugees into the Western world. The US government wasted trillions of dollars destroying countries and murdering women and children, while public infrastructure in the US deteriorated...

Giving NY's Governor a $783,000 Bribe Is Business as Usual for Rupert Murdoch

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:55:40 UTC

Murdoch has long made a practice of funneling large payments to influential politicians via HarperCollins book contracts.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Chameleon Presidency

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:51:38 UTC

MOAB sounds more like an incestuous, war-torn biblical kingdom than the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, aka "the mother of all bombs." Still, give Donald Trump credit. Only the really, really big bombs, whether North Korean nukes or those 21,600 pounds of MOAB, truly get his attention.

A WWII Veteran Observes: The Choice Is Ours

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:46:04 UTC

This article attempts to suggest how a relatively good American public can allow the combined forces of the neocons of the United States and the Zionists of Israel to dictate a ruinous foreign policy.

The Rainbow Warrior

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:34:56 UTC

What is it about the term Rainbow Warrior? Rainbows are of clarity and all colors.

Is The Lady A Tyger? On the Energetic Roots of the Phenomenon of War

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:24:48 UTC

This is the way our culture automatically and unconsciously works: any interpretation we give to our feelings must fall into a two-slot dualistic framework: we are either for or against one side or the other, either for Good or for Evil.

"Trump: The 'Shift' and the Ruling Class"

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:01:08 UTC

Since he became the minority President, Trump has clearly changed course, on many of his important issues, especially those central to the interests of the economically dominant sector of the ruling class. This column outlines the essential elements of the "Trump Shift."

What is "white supremacy"? A brief history of a term, and a movement, that continues to haunt America -

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:56:51 UTC

First in a series: The term gets thrown around carelessly, but the history of this ideology is long and tangled

Science in Defiance: Marches go Global on Earth Day

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:51:14 UTC

There were over 600 marches around the US on Earth Day, with over 170 organizations partnering with March for Science. Additional marches covered the globe from the North Pole to Antarctica. Clever signs included "Facts trump fiction!"

U.S. and Turkey Have Long been Aware of ISIS' Chemical Weapons

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:56:03 UTC

Recently, Syria and Iraq have witnessed increased chemical weapon usage. In Khan Sheikhoun, a performance was staged to accuse the Syrian government while in Iraq's Mosul, the situation is quite contrary -- the besieged ISIS militants used chemical agents chlorine and mustard gasagainst the Iraqi troops.

Sanders Live on Facebook 04.24.17., 2 pm ET at People's Action Conference

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:21:23 UTC

Bernie Sanders' speech to be livestreamed on Facebook, Monday April 25, 2:20 pm ET, as part of People's Action's "Rise Up: From Protest to Power" convention.

March For Science Open Thread

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:18:18 UTC

Where the rain didn't diminish turnout, crowds supporting the March for Science were great. Even with rain covering a lot of cities there were still intrepid marchers with some great signs. Talk about your take on the march for science . Upload your photos in your comments.

Federal Prison Wardens' Absurd Mismanagement Bonuses

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:06:55 UTC

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) doled out more than $2 million in "performance bonuses" to wardens and its most senior administrators over the past three years, even as it was dealing unsuccessfully with issues of overcrowding, terrible health care for prisoners, and a major sexual harassment lawsuit.

An Irish Writer and a US Scholar Walk Into a Bar

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:58:58 UTC

The Irish writer is Eimear McBride. The scholar is a fellow named Chas Freeman. They did not actually walk into a bar together. Most likely they have never met. But they are soul-mates. Chas and Eimear have each recently offered readers a deeper look into the evils of Israel's occupation. The old "walk"

Tax Reform: Two Places to Start

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:36:44 UTC

If Trump, his administration, and congressional Republicans were serious about real tax reform (they aren't, but if they were), I'd expect to see two major initial proposals: A measure increasing the "personal exemption" to the federal income tax once a year, every year, automatically, and a "FICA floor" that likewise increases each year.

World Betterment Begins with Workplace Democracy

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:35:12 UTC

Seven things are needed to create the betterment of the world: democracy in the workplace, public ownership of radio and television stations, neighborhood control of neighborhood schools, the empowerment of 7 political parties, the restructuring of state governments, a new national constitution and a democratic world government, and a spiritual paradigm shift through meditation to attain the next stage in our human evolution.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science in America

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:31:05 UTC

astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson posted this video on his Facebook page, with the following words: "Dear Facebook Universe, I offer this four-minute video on "Science in America" containing what may be the most important words I have ever spoken. As always, but especially these days, keep looking up."

Why Turkish President Erdogan is Against US interests in the Middle East?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:26:47 UTC

Turkish President Erdogan wants to be remembered among Islamic Sunni extremist as an equivalent to the Ayatollah Khomeini as the founder of the Islamic Shi'a extremist of Iran.

The Modern Distinction between Capitalism and Socialism

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:25:10 UTC

This article makes a distinction between capitalism, state capitalism, and socialism. The political economies stemming from the Russian and Chinese revolutions were not expressions of socialism. They were expressions of state capitalism.

]The People's Plan For Transformation

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:24:22 UTC

In the face of multiple crises and kleptocratic governments that refuse to take appropriate actions, movements are rising in the United States and around the world. This is reminiscent of the uprising in the 1960s and 1970s when social movements were active on a number of fronts of struggle from civil rights to women's rights to war to the environment, poverty and more.

Experts Offer SOS Immediate GA6 Verifiable Election Help

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:58:10 UTC

Ironically, current 6th District candidate Karen Handel produced a 2006 report that explained how the voting equipment, audit procedures and ballot recording must be changed. However, after being elected SOS, she reversed her position while receiving $25,000 in donations from family members and partners of the voting machine vendor lobbyist, Massey Bowers LLC.

Easter Sunday for Refugee Children of Syria

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:08:27 UTC

Here at the "Meals for Syrian Refugee Children, Lebanon" (MSRCL) our volunteers work tirelessly to help feed the hungry refugee children from war-torn Syria.

Shutting Down American-Style Authoritarianism

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:45:44 UTC

The horrors unfolding under the Trump administration are abetted by liberals who still believe that capitalism and democracy are synonymous.

The F-35 and the Incinerating Ski Slope

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:18:24 UTC

Unless resisting madness becomes mainstream, the madmen will decide our fate.

What all the Hullaballoo is About

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:05:10 UTC

Calls to impeach the new president will grow louder as various pundits make their case, filling the coffers of mainstream publishers. But it would be surprising if they led anywhere, as I show in three examples of the new normal. Hopefully, fascism 2017 is less about making war than about making money.

The EPA Mission

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:30:04 UTC

The policies of the current Republican administration demonstrate blatant disregard or ignorance of the crucial environmental threats to the health and welfare of the American people and the world.

Department of Justice goes after Assange: from traitor to hero to traitor

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:29:48 UTC

I examine the twisted fate of Julian Assange, who has gone from a hero of the left to a hero of he right to target for arrest by those most recently who embraced him.

The Peace Commandment

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:08:38 UTC

Imperialism: "the policy, practice, or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas; broadly: the extension or imposition of power, authority, or influence."

March for Science

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:54:22 UTC

Scientists and supporters of science will March for Science on April 22, Earth Day. America is lagging behind in graduating science majors and is too far ahead on climate deniers!