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Moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal

At the height of the Detroit rebellion, on July 28, 1967, President Johnson appointed a National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders to answer three basic questions about the riots: What happened? Why did it happen? What can be done to prevent it from happening again and again? Mounting civil unrest since 1965 had spawned riots …

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Gun Control: Three Unorthodox Arguments in Support of a Better World

It's time to throw my hat into the gun-control debate. Truthfully, I'm not keen on the arguments from either side of the debate. The pro-gun reform advocates have some very good and  logical points; however, they usually land on deaf ears or are defeated by the experience of the opposing camp. I'd like to present …

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On Heroism: Forced Troop Worship & Compulsory Patriotism

Hi, The day before the 2014 Veteran's Day, Salon published an articled titled "You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy". Below are some key takeaways: Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly …

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Refugees and the Presumption of Innocence

Hi, For many months now, we've all heard/read on TV and the Internet the notion that if we were to allow refugees into our societies, we would expose ourselves to terrorists who mask themselves as refugees. This sentiment is shared across multiple continents, but primarily by persons with a strong sense of nationalism. Let's remove …

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“The Occupation of the American Mind” – Documentary Looks at Israel’s PR War in the United States

Democracy Now Article >>  Transcript This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. As we continue our conversation, we go now to an excerpt of—we are speaking with Roger Waters, the famous British musician, founding member of the iconic …

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10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power

“Requiem for the American Dream” is a timely 75-minute teach-in by Noam Chomsky, the M.I.T. linguistics professor who has been a leading leftist political analyst, critic and writer for six decades. Mr. Chomsky, already the subject of several documentaries, focuses here on an election-season theme: financial inequality in America and what he calls its corrosive …

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U.S. News: What do ESPN, Reality TV, and CNN have in common?

Came across this wonderful article in the NY Times: CNN Had a Problem. Donald Trump Solved It - Inside the strange symbiosis between Jeff Zucker and the president he helped create -- The New York Times, By Jonathan Mahler, April 4, 2017 Jeff Zucker is the President of arguably one of the nation's largest and most respected news media outlet, CNN. …

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The Long History of US Meddling in Foreign Elections

Noam Chomsky on the Long History of US Meddling in Foreign Elections Noam Chomsky interviewed by C.J. Polychroniou January 19, 2017, Truthout A wide range of politicians and media outlets have described the alleged Russian interference in the last US presidential election (by way of hacking) as representing a direct threat to American democracy and …

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The United States and the ICC: An Alarming Declaration to the World

Imagine this: an institution which includes the US, China, and India - that can prosecute Joseph Kony as well as Private Lynndie England of the Abu Ghraib infamy. In Rome on July 17, 1998, 120 nations voted to create a permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) to try war crimes, crimes against humanity, crime of aggression, …

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