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Radha Surya: PM Modi re-invents himself

Prime Minister Modi’s Independence Day address could well represent the apogee of his spectacular re-invention of himself as a statesman of national stature.  His speech of August 15, 2014 ‘Let’s put a moratorium on Communalism, Casteism’ ( http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Lets-Put-A-Moratorium-on-Communalism-Casteism/291697) may be viewed in retrospect as the apotheosis of a process that has been under way ever Read more…

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Ira Woodward: Ferguson could be my Home

I want to live in Ferguson, Missouri. To know what it’s like to have confidence that the police will protect me from my neighbors, killing them if necessary should they seek to do me harm. To know that my neighbors will protect me from the police, standing at my side to face down the guns Read more…

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Brad Wilson: The Farm Subsidy Myth: Scientifically Invalid, Subverting Food Day

SYNOPSIS:  THREE MAJOR FARM SUBSIDY MYTHS DEBUNKED Because I’m criticizing great people acting in good faith on critical issues, I like to try to include qualifications and clear explanations to be sufficiently fair.  This then makes for long answers.  This synopsis skips that, to save time. This blog explains three major parts of the farm Read more…

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Joe H: Activists plan to Resist NATO summit

On the 4th and 5th of September, NATO will come to Wales for what is said to be “the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain”. Attendees will include President Obama, Chancellor Merkel, and President Hollande, who “are expected to attend along with leaders and senior ministers from around 60 other Read more…

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Kim Scipes: Big victory in Oakland today (8-16-14): Israeli ship didn’t even try to enter San Francisco Bay

Somewhere between 5-10,000 people mobilized today in Oakland, California, USA, trying to keep an Israeli ship from the Zim Lines from being unloaded today. Mobilization was so good that they didn’t even enter San Francisco Bay! Big victory–spirited march, many people, not going to take this shit any more! One of the best things about Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Smashing the Illusion ‘Farmer Clout:’ A White Paper

A Personal Introduction As a farmer from Iowa, a top corn and soybean growing state with two Senators and recently two representatives on the Agriculture Committees, I’m supposed to have a lot of clout, clout that, I’m now told, has recently been reduced.1  That’s the news.  As a farmer with the “farm” interest, I’m told Read more…

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Burkely Hermann: Obama’s new Mesopotamian quagmire

Note: This article was originally written on August 9, and submitted to an unnamed publication, and there was no response, so I am publishing it here. Some specifics like the number of bombings done by the US and the increasing presence of drones in the conflict (more than just one attack), but much of the Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Food Crisis PRIMER

Food Crisis 101 (The Farm Bill, Trade, Strategic Reserves and Related Issues) KEY IATP:  Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy APAC:  Agricultural Policy Analysis Center NFFC:  National Family Farm Coalition CIDSE:  “Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité” (International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity) Ritchie:  Mark Ritchie, Former President of IATP Brad:  That’s me. Read more…

Stefan Monnier: Changing the US constitution wouldn’t “de-incapacitate”

Paul Street’s article about the 99% being incapacitated was very interesting.  But I can’t resist pointing out that, while it’s ludicrous that the US constituion be so hard to change, making it easier to change wouldn’t necessarily make much of a difference: the swiss constitution can be changed easily enough (50% majority of both the Read more…

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The Polemicist: Gaza, Israel, and America: Crime and Demolishment

Go to source Shejaiya  Neighborhood in Gaza/Mahmoud Hams (AFP)/Getty Images The Israeli army is one of the most powerful in the world, usually ranked around fourth in firepower. It can deploy a half a million troops with a panoply of state-of-the-art weaponry—from body armor, integrated electronic communications and control, and sniper rifles, to tanks, artillery, Read more…

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