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Sriram Ananth: Bal Narendra and Captain Israel: when fascism turns into (even more dangerous) farce

A couple of weeks back, my cousin forwarded me a link that had me rolling on the ground laughing, while simultaneously injecting my soul with a chilling fear. The source of this scatter-brained experience was a link to this children’s picture book entitled Bal Narendra. You see, “Bal” means “boy” in Hindi, while “Narendra” is the Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Your Doctors Are Worried

Your doctors are worried about your health―in fact, about your very survival. No, they’re not necessarily your own personal physicians, but, rather, medical doctors around the world, represented by groups like International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).  As you might recall, that organization, composed of many thousands of medical professionals from all Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Robert Musil’s “Rachel Carson and Her Sisters”

Despite the central role of women in environmental activism, surprisingly little is known about them.  Furthermore, what is known is usually limited to the work of Rachel Carson, whose powerful call to action, Silent Spring (1962), is widely credited with jump-starting the modern environmental movement.  Fortunately, Robert Musil’s new book, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters Read more…

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Aaron Leonard: The Horrible Secrets of Operation Paperclip

The Horrible Secrets of Operation Paperclip: An Interview with Annie Jacobsen About Her Stunning Account by Aaron Leonard History New Network (hnn.us) 4/14/2014 Aaron Leonard is a writer and journalist currently completing, “Heavy Radicals – The FBI’s Secret War Against America’s Maoists: The Revolutionary Union/Revolutionary Communist Party 1968-1980,” with Conor Gallagher, to be published in Read more…

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Don Fitz: Assaults on the Environment in Missouri and the World

Green Time TV Assaults on the Environment in Missouri and the World  by Don Fitz May 2014 welcomes the first shows produced by the Sierra Club for Green Time TV.  This month’s series include Sierra shows on dangers of coal ash and problems facing the Missouri River along with episodes on environmental threats of genetically Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: America’s Peace Ship: The Golden Rule

Is there an emotional connection between the oceans and the pursuit of peace?  For whatever reason, peace ships have been increasing in number over the past century. Probably the first of these maritime vessels was the notorious Ford Peace Ship of 1915, which stirred up more ridicule than peace during World War I. Almost forty Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch Keeps the Distortions Coming about Venezuela UPDATED

In a blog post for the New York Review of Books, Daniel Wilkenson of Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote “Supporters of Chávez and Maduro often seek to downplay concerns about press freedoms in Venezuela by pointing to reporting critical of the government in the country’s newspapers. It is true that the government has not targeted Read more…

David Dobereiner: Organicity

CORE PRINCIPLES OF ORGANICITY Nature is all there is, was, or ever will be. A fundamental attribute of nature is life. A fundamental attribute of life is self optimization. The distinction between animate and inanimate is a false one. Life pervades all of nature in varying degrees of potentiality. The distinction between humans and animals Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: The Indian elections and religious fascism in South Asia: troubling times ahead

The Indian elections are around the corner, and with it comes the high (and blood-curdling) likelihood of a dyed-in-the-wool religious fascist, Narendra Modi, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, becoming the Prime Minister of India. It’s not a certainty – the Indian electorate has surprised us with remarkable independence of thought on numerous Read more…

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Bob Simpson: High Stakes Testing: The New Child Labor

“Exploited without regard to their tender years, countless youngsters were working under conditions constantly fraught with danger to life and limb…The blight of child labor was widely prevalent, in dust-laden textile mills and pitch-black coal mines, in sweltering glass factories and fetid sweat-shop lofts, in filthy canneries and blazing hot tobacco fields. No industry, no Read more…

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