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Deborah Menkart: New HowardZinn.org Website Launches

In August 2014, a new version of HowardZinn.org launched to provide greater online access to articles, interviews, and other works by and about Howard Zinn. The new website also offers a comprehensive list of books by Howard Zinn and announcements about events based on Zinn’s work. Before his death in 2010, Zinn was a regular Read more…

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The Polemicist: Israel’s “Human Shield” Hypocrisy: The Early Days

Go to source Down those meme streets In 2001, Edward Said called Leon Uris’s 1958 novel Exodus: “The main narrative model that [still] dominates American thinking” about Israel.1 As a Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston put it more recently (2012), in an article entitled “The ‘Exodus’ effect: The monumentally fictional Israel that remade American Jewry,” Uris’s narrative “Tailor[ed], alter[ed] and radically sanitize[ed] Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: What Type of Redevelopment?

Redevelopment is going to happen. But how will it occur and who will make decisions about it? October 2014 episodes of Green Time TV explore development of north St. Louis, developments around the West Lake Landfill and development of how people treat horses. The first October Green Time show features Romona Taylor Williams, of Metro Read more…

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Ira Woodward: Reporting Abuse — Does It Help?

Reporting Abuse — Does It Help? As I listened to stories this morning on ESPN radio about domestic violence and child abuse in the NFL, I tried to convince myself that this discussion will lead somewhere good. That this new attention toward the pain and violence would provide some security for the victims, some restraining Read more…

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The Polemicist: The Dogs of Hell: An Original Jihadi Trashes ISIS

Go to source In my last post, I treated ISIS as a phenomenon that serves imperial interests—the latest character in an ongoing tragedy of the opportunist use of jihadi players by hegemonic powers, which went into production in Afghanistan in 1979, and which has been on the road throughout the Middle East since, with the script Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Scotland: ‘the opportunity for real people power’

In this post from the People & Nature blog, CATHERINE MILLIGAN, a socialist and community activist who lives in the Castlemilk housing scheme in Glasgow, explains how she has changed her view of the referendum on Scottish independence I am voting Yes to Scottish independence, and I haven’t come to that decision easily – because Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Discussing Imperialist Wars on Facebook

Nasir Khan, September 9, 2014 In the history of the world over the last two hundred years or so the colonial and imperial powers unleashed many wars, including two world wars. Their main objectives were taking possession of the resources of weaker nations abroad and profit-making for the weapon industries and corporate interests at home. Read more…

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The Polemicist: America, ISIS, and Syria: We have to bomb the jihadis in order to save them

Go to source Artelligence Inc.   Does it take more than one full minute of thought to see what’s going on here? The short version:   ISIS is the product of years of American military intervention in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. ISIS is the creature of an imperial enterprise—a global effort to bring down the Syrian state using jihadi Read more…

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Bob Simpson: The corporate attack on public education: A threat to human survival?

“The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.” ― Rachel Carson About 70,000 years ago humanity appears to have faced its greatest challenge up to that time. According to genetic studies, the human population, never very numerous, may have Read more…

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Chris Wright: Random thoughts on the Holocaust

Even seventy years later, having learned nothing, Western intellectuals still love to proclaim with the ponderous air of authority that the Holocaust was “thoroughly at odds with the great traditions of Western civilization,” as Richard Rubenstein paraphrases in his book The Cunning of History: The Holocaust and the American Future (1975). It was contrary to Read more…

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