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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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Brad Wilson: Farm Justice for Beginning Farmers

We’re Missing the Biggest Part  (Subtitle, optional)  INTRODUCTION This was written on the occasion of a Post on the “GOAT” (4 coalitions “getting our act together,”) list about a Report from the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota on the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The report is important, and shows the kind of policy Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Will Americans Vote for a Democratic Socialist?

The recent announcement by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed “democratic socialist,” that he is running for the Democratic nomination for President raises the question of whether Americans will vote for a candidate with that political orientation. During the first two decades of the twentieth century, the idea of democratic socialism — democratic control of Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Activists imprisoned in Azerbaijan, the house BP built

A protest against Azerbaijan’s crackdown on political dissent will be staged in London this Friday, 12 June, as the first European Games open in Baku. At least 33 human rights defenders, youth movement activists, bloggers, journalists and others have been jailed in the last year in Azerbaijan – where the UK-based oil group BP is Read more…

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Faramarz Farbod: It’s capitalism, Stupid!

Global capitalism is the 800-pound gorilla.  The twin ecological and economic crises, militarism, the rise of the surveillance state, and a dysfunctional political system can all be traced to its normal operations. We need a transformative politics from below that can challenge the fundamentals of capitalism instead of today’s politics that is content to treat Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Are Farmers Commodified ‘Excess Resources’ to Food Progressives

A new article that has been circulating argues that “more than 90 percent of [the] U.S. could eat food grown or raised withing 100 miles of their homes.” ( https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/ecampbell3/Locafoodpressrelease.docx ) This is then cited as good for the economy and for sustainability. It’s supported by a map showing where this could happen, with blue Read more…

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