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Joe Emersberger: Do I have psychic powers about Venezuela?

At the very end of this blog post, from almost four months ago, I said that Venezuela’s legislative elections “will not take place until December of 2015” Nearly four months later, a date of December 6, 2015 has been announced. Psychic powers on my part? No, it has long been obvious for anyone has been Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Why U.S. Farmers Oppose ‘Free’ Trade

FARM WASHING ‘FREE’ TRADE There seems to be a lot of “farm washing” of the new ‘free’ trade agreements, the Trans Pacific Partnership, (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).  For example, the public radio program, Here and Now, in a story about how the United Auto Workers oppose TPP, quoted sources claiming that “it’s Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Anti-Austerity Song posted on the Media Lens site

Anti-Austerity Song posted on the Media Lens site Here is the Youtube link UPDATE The singer / songwriter comments: “Thanks to everyone who listened, commented on and/or shared the song I posted. The song is from an album that I’ve spent over two years putting together in my spare time and the whole thing was Read more…

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tim: My experience as a student at ZSchool

Hi! I wanted to write about my experience of being a student in the first set of courses for ZSchool, which have just finished. ZSchool had 14 online courses, which ran for 2 months for April and May. It has now joined with other partner organisations to become the World Institute for Social Change (WISC), Read more…

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Mina Khanlarzadeh: Rachel Dolezal’s story

I wrote this comment on Rachel Dolezal’s story a few days ago (before learning the more recent news on her case): The story of Rachel Dolezal reminded me of Seyyed Jamal al-Afghani (1838–1897)—even though in totally different contexts. Al-Afghani claimed to be Afghan and Sunni most of his life, probably to escape anti-Shia hostility. He Read more…

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The Polemicist: Mad Cow Disease Blights Human Rights Festival

Go to source Je Suis Elsie Goldie The Wanted 18 is a funny and serious documentary by Canadian filmmaker Paul Cowan and Palestinian multimedia artist Amer Shomali. It’s showing today at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York. The film is about an episode of creative, constructive, and non-violent resistance in Beit Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Growing Against Racism

Green Time TV: Growing Against Racism   by Don Fitz   Do organic farms have a part in growing a world without racist intimidation? Would developing our own non-violent life styles mean that we should not call for the arrest of police who kill young black people? July Green Time episodes explore the complex interaction Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: TPP and Stakeholders

So luckily the Democrats defeated the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement fast track authority today. The treaty is being staunchly opposed by damn near everyone left of Rush Limbaugh. I’ve gotten messages from the Feminist Majority Foundation, Noam Chomsky views it as a neo-liberal assault… I’ve been asked by a few people to explain TPP, and the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters does much worse than bury the lead on TPP

This article by Reuters on a crucial vote in the US House of Representatives regarding the TPP (the Trans Pacific Partnership) was flagged by AOL as a top story. The reporters, Richard Howard and Krista Hughes, never get around to telling readers in this lengthy article that TPP is a secret. Here is a list Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: What’s the matter (Colonel) Bernie Sanders…chicken?

This was originally posted on HermannView and has been reprinted here. Progressive after progressive has supported the candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders for President, acting like he is a savior who will “rescue” us from the brutal corporate masters who rule over the United States. As readers may or may not know, I have tried my best to Read more…

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