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 2015
Volume 28
Number 1

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Commentary
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The conclusions of the study are: “These data show very strong and highly significant correlations between the increasing use of glyphosate, GE crop growth, and the increase in a multitude of diseases.

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There is no doubt that there is a cancer epidemic in the U.S. Cancer is rapidly gaining on cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death. Cancer is also a major public health problem worldwide.

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The better news is that the U.S. right wing has become so crazy that it has re-energized women’s activism, and two new publications have raised the campaign to defend birth control onto a higher level of bravery.

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Recently, the nations of the world—with two exceptions—instructed their emissaries at the UN General Assembly to tell the world’s self-designated “indispensable” country to end its 54-year-long trade embargo against Cuba.

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Betsy Ward, president and CEO of the USA Rice Federation, was fuming recently when the Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) neglected, once again, to purchase American rice from corporate behemoth Archer Daniels Midland and opted instead for more expensive varieties from Brazil, Uruguay, and Thailand.

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While NATO regimes celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall as the highest expression of freedom, these same political leaders support, finance, and promote the construction of oppressive walls throughout world

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The total amount of U.S. bombings during the Vietnam War was more than twice the size of all the bombings in WWII. Twelve million acres of forest and twenty-five million acres of farmland, at the bare minimum, were destroyed by U.S. saturation bombing. The U.S. also sprayed over 70 million liters of herbicidal agents on Vietnam.

Activism
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Recently, thousands of students marched from Tlatelolco Square, site of the notorious student massacre of 1968, to Zocalo in Mexico City in solidarity with the 43 disappeared students of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero

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In order to justify its global assassination program, the Obama administration has had to stretch words beyond their natural breaking point. For instance, any male 14 years or older found dead in a drone strike zone is a “combatant,” unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving him innocent.... The one word most degraded and twisted these days, to the goriest ends, is the word “imminent.”

Features
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the white supremacist policing practices behind the murder-by-cop epidemic is really a capitalist, white supremacist, hetero-patriarchal policing system that must be analyzed and fought as such.

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Whatever is actually happening in Ukraine nowadays, reporting on the struggle remains remarkably unreliable and seemingly biased from all directions. Reports like one from Bloomberg typically treat mysterious military convoys spotted in the region as greater threats to peace than the Ukraine government’s actual killing of 200 people by bombarding Donetsk.

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“A long strike is usually a losing strike,” observes the noted labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein. Yet the longest strike in U.S. history—the United Auto Workers’ seven-year battle with the Kohler Corporation from 1954 to 1961—turned into a remarkable victory for the union.

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How accurate are GDP and unemployment rates when assessing the overall economic well-being of a country? Why are such macroeconomic indicators used so frequently in mainstream analyses? Let’s take a look.

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Throughout its coverage of the dramas sparked by the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City—and by the Grand Jury non-indictments of their killers—U.S. corporate media has framed the racial issue at stake as about how police carry out their tasks, how they police.

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The mostly Sunni Arab population of western and northern Iraq is faced with a diabolical choice between the brutal rule of ISIS and the even more murderous rule of their own government. Their life and death predicament is the direct result of past and present U.S. policy in Iraq.

Reviews
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Edward S. Herman Reviews a book on the "Unbalanced Scales of International Criminal Justice

Zaps
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BLACK LIVES MATTER - Events and actions are being planned all over the U.S. for justice for Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and many others, and to demand that Black Lives Matter.

Contact: http://fergusonaction.com/; http://fergusonresponse.tumblr.com/.

HEALTH CARE - On January 8, people will fill the Vermont statehouse, demanding elected and appointed officials follow through with their mandate to build a healthcare system which recognizes healthcare as a public good and a human right.

Contact: 294 N Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401; 802-861- 4VWC; [email protected]; http://www.workerscenter.org/.

AFRICAN/ANTI-WAR - African People’s Solidarity Committee National Conference will be January 11-12, in St. Petersburg, FL, under the theme Stop Obama’s Imperialist Wars at Home and Abroad!

Contact: APSC ORED, P.O. Box 705, St. Petersburg, FL 33731; [email protected]; http:// apscuhuru.org/.

GUANTANAMO - January 11, 2015 marks 14 years of torture and indefinite detention at Guantanamo.  Groups,  including Witness For Torture, will be gathering from January 5-13 to fast for justice and for a week of actions.

Contact: WitnessTorture@ gmail.com; http://www. witnesstorture.org/; http://www .worldcantwait.net/; http://www. closeguantanamo.org/; http:// www.codepink4peace.org/.

PEACE WALK/MLK - The monks from the Nipponzan Myohoji Bainbridge Island Dojo will lead their annual Peace Walk from January 12 to January 17, arriving at Ground Zero Center in time to join with us in our day honoring Dr. King. The walk will pass through Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle.

Contact: Nipponzan Myohoji Bainbridge Island Dojo, 6154 Lynwood Center Rd. NE Bainbridge Island, WA 98110; 206-780-6739; senji@nipponzan. net; http://www.gzcenter.org.

TORTURE/JOURNALISM - World Can’t Wait is sponsoring the U.S. tour of Andy Worthington, a leading UK journalist covering Guan- tanamo, to discuss the current situation and how we can act to find justice for its victims. He will speak in Chicago on January 15.

Contact: 305 West Broadway, #185, New York NY, 10013; [email protected]; 866- 973-4463; http://www.world cantwait.net/.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING - The 6th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day will be January 15, at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.

Contact: http://www.columbu speacenetwork.org.

MLK/LABOR - The AFL- CIO’s Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department will host the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference, January 15-19, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Contact: http://www.aflcio.org/Issues/Civil-and-Workplace- Rights/MLK-Civil-and-Human-Rights-Conference.

WORKERS - United Workers’ Fair Development Strategic Dialogue will be held January 17, in Baltimore, MD. Connect with people to explore positive Fair Development alternatives to the crises in healthcare, the workplace, environment, and housing.

Contact: http://united workers.org/.

LEONARD PELTIER - Amnesty International is currently promoting an action to urge President Obama to free political prisoner Leonard Peltier from prison. February 4 is the International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier.

Contact: http://blog.amnestyusa. org/americas/5-reasons-president-obama-should-release-leonard-peltier/;http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/.

PROGRESSIVES - The sixth annual Pennsylvania Progressive Summit will be held February 6-7, in Harrisburg. Hundreds of social justice advocates, labor organizers, legislators, and grassroots activists will come together to build the progressive movement.

Contact: http://m64644.wix.com/ paprogressivesummit_1.

PEACE - The Massachusetts Peace Action 2015 Annual Meeting will be February 7, in Boston, MA. Keynote speakers are Dennis Kucinich, and Rev. Osagyefo Sekou.

Contact: United for Justice with Peace, PO Box 390449, Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139; 617-383-4857; info@j ustice withpeace.org;http://justicewith peace.org.

MUSIC - The 27th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp will be held February 18-22, in Kansas City, MO.

Contact: 509 Delaware St. #101, Kansas City, MO 64105; 816-221-3655; [email protected]; http://www.folkalliance.org/.

conference -  The 20th Annual Black Solidarity Conference at Yale University will be held February 19-22. The theme is, The Ties That Bind: Unique In Our Blackness, One In Our Struggle.

Contact: PO Box 206471, New Haven, CT 06520; http:// www.yale.edu/bsc.

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH - The Take Root Conference will be held February 20-21, in Norman, OK. The conference aim is to fight for reproductive health, rights, and dignity in the struggle for social, racial, political, and economic justice.

Contact: 509 Delaware St. #101, Kansas City, MO 64105; 816-221-3655; [email protected]; http://www.folkalliance.org/.

ECONOMICS - The Union For Radical Political Economics at the Eastern Economic Association will hold its annual conference February 26-March 1 in New York City.

Contact: [email protected]; http://urpe.org.

DRONES - March 4-6, a national mobilization is planned at Creech Drone Base in Nevada, to shut down assassin drone operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. Sponsored by CODEPINK,  Women for Peace, Nevada Desert Experience, Veterans for Peace and Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Contact: 216 South Meramec Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63105; 314-725-6005; bfp@veteransfor peace.org; http://www.veteransfor peace.org/.

LABOR - The Southern Labor Studies Association invites academics, activists, students, attorneys, public historians, archivists, and others interested in the experiences of working people in the early American  South to propose sessions for our next conference from March 5-8, 2015. at the University of Maryland, College Park and in Washington, DC.

Contact: Southern Labor Studies Association, c/o Scott R. Nelson, President, Lyon G. Department of History, P. O. Box 8795, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795; http://southernlaborstudies.org/.

TRANSGENDER - Cindy Sheehan and the Soapbox People’s Network will hold its anti-war reenactment, March 13-17, in Washington, DC.

Contact: http://cindysheehans soapbox.blogspot.com/.

TRANSGENDER - The Keystone Conference: A Celebration of Gender Diversity, will be held March 18-22, in Harrisburg, PA.

Contact: [email protected]; http:// transcentralpa.org/keystone.htm.

SOFTWARE - The Libre Planet conference will be held March 21-22, in Cambridge, MA. The annual conference brings together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and face challenges to software freedom.

Contact: https://www.libreplanet. org/2015/.

YOUNG FEMINIST - The 11th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference will be held March 21-23, in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Contact: 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 801, Arlington, VA 22209; 866- 444-3652; [email protected]; http://www.feministcampus.org/.

RIGHTS - The RightsCon convention will be held March 24-25, in Manila, Philippines. The event features leaders, highlights emerging voices, host strategy and implementation sessions, and provide opportunities to showcase new initiatives.

Contact: 888-414-0100; [email protected]; https://www.rightscon.org/.

FEMINIST/WOMEN OF COLOR - INCITE! Color of Violence 4 Conference, Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities, will be March 26-29, in Chicago, IL

Contact: [email protected]; http://www.colorofviolence.org/.

HAITI - Other Worlds is fundraising for the Haiti Land Rights Campaign, to help Haitian peasant farmers keep their land and grow their food.

Contact: Other Worlds, 398 60th St., Oakland, CA 94618; 504-684- 4895; info.otherworlds @gmail.com; http://www.other worldsarepossible.org/. 

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