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libbyliberal: Savage Sentences for Test-Altering Atlanta Teachers

In mid-April a Florida superior court judge handed down harsh prison sentences to 10 former school administrators, principals and elementary school teachers because of a citywide test cheating scandal within the Atlanta public school system. What these educators did was inflate 2008 test scores. The Obama administration and both corporate Democratic and Republican parties are Read more…

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libbyliberal: Time to Play Lucy and the Football with Sanders, Progressives?

Patrick Martin in “Bernie Sanders to seek Democratic presidential nomination” takes a much needed CLOSE look at the history and realpolitik behind Bernie Sanders. In the kabuki that is America’s corporate-captured political establishment’s and corporate media’s greased slide to fascism, US Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont has stepped onto the stage to do his bit for Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Dear Reuters: Don’t you have access to Youtube?

Reuters does its bit support alarmist claims about Venezuela’s economy in an article by Andrew Cawthorne and Brian Ellsworth: “Venezuela foreign reserves fall to lowest since 2003”  screams the headline. It looks only at liquid reserves of Venezuela’s Central Bank. It so happens a few months ago, during a debate at Harvard, Francisco Rodriguez (not Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Make up your own PDVSA data? What are Reuters’ folks smoking in the USA?

Plenty of international media have pushed claims that the Venezuelan government is on the brink of default, but how many have done so AND provided readers with an interactive calculator so they can make up their own data about Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA? That’s what Reuters did in this article by Marianna Parraga and Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Commemorating the Saur Revolution in Afghanistan

Nasir Khan, April 27, 2015 Today is the anniversary of the Saur Revolution in Afghanistan. On 27 April 1978, the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan took over power. The socialist friends of Afghanistan are aware of the historic significance of this revolution in Afghanistan and for the people of the neighbouring countries. What happened to Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: Trinity of Trifectas: an anti-oppressive mental health template for healing and liberation

by Sriram Ananth ([email protected]) Blog: https://loveliberationstruggle.wordpress.com/     An article I recently wrote on anti-oppressive listening and solidarity-based therapy was one of the more widely read pieces on my blog (which meant that it had a fighting chance of cracking three figures in unique views, but likely remained a solid two figures, which a writer Read more…

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Bob Simpson: The Chicago election: the electoral revolution that didn’t happen

It was one helluva an election season on the shores of Lake Michigan. Last summer I was brimming with optimism. The Chicago Teachers Union(CTU) had people out canvassing the neighborhoods. CTU President Karen Lewis was polling well in a possible mayoral bid and it looked like Mayor Rahm Emanuel  was on the run. I foresaw an electoral revolution Read more…

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Suki Venkat: A critique on the immutability of word order in a language and science in general

First I must declare I am no expert both in linguistics, science or politics. I have lived long in the cozy camp of Kantian idealism for many years and have only moved slightly from it to Hegelian and Marxian dialectical materialistic positions. I do not posses the precision or clarity of Vladimir Lenin, Christopher Caudwell Read more…

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libbyliberal: A Litmus Test on Empathy

The victims of the shooting spree included a 9 year old, a 20 year old aspiring medical student and his mother, a 46 year old dermatologist, a 52 year old car dealer, a 47 year old truck driver, a 12 year old, a 52 year old businessman, a 77 year old gardener, a passenger on Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Oliver Kamm Slanders Media Lens – again

Media Lens never engaged in “sexist abuse” of Emma Brockes, or anyone else, and never made threats against Bronwen Maddox. Unsurprisingly, the Murdochs appear fine with having this kind of extravagant liar on staff. Kamm obviously feels confident that he’ll never be held legally to account for being such a sleazebag. Norman Finkelstein responded effectively, Read more…

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