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 February 2016
Volume 29
Number 2

 

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Commentary

The U.S. invaders of Iraq in 2003 proudly announced a “shock and awe” purpose in their opening assault, clearly designed to instill fear; that is, to terrorize the victim population along with the target security forces

When the late Chalmers Johnson introduced the word “blowback” to the analysis of Washington’s relations with the rest of the world...he saw as the most dangerous blowback the destabilization of American democratic processes by the multiple consequences of Washington’s adventures abroad.

When I was stationed in Iraq with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines from 2003-2005, I didn’t know what the repercussions of the war would be, but I knew there would be a reckoning.

Republican candidates for president Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, as well as other bigots on the far right are nothing new in American history. Rather, they remind us of the worst and most shameful detours of the American Republic in the past.

A study released at the beginning of December by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) reported that America’s 20 wealthiest individuals own more wealth than roughly half the American population combined—152 million people.

Theresa May, the British Home Secretary, offers the solution of pouring “hundreds of millions in additional aid into Africa to try to discourage hundreds of thousands of people from heading to the EU.”

Just as police violence is epidemic, so is the cover up of such violence. It took more than a year for a video to surface showing how Chicago police brutally murdered African-American 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, shooting him 16 times

The second round of the French regional elections in December 2015 ended with a defeat for the National Front. Nevertheless,...
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The Big Short provides the narrative for how Wall Street keeps that growth going, with little increase in real value, but lots of high salaries and high living that all count towards GDP.

Features

The world the diplomats inhabit couldn’t be farther removed from the places where the impacts of continuing climate chaos are felt the most. In that world, people are working harder year by year to grow food and sustain their lives in the face of an increasingly unstable global climate.

I have a number of interesting stories, but will just recount two here, the first involving a French student, and the second Dwight D. (“Ike”) Eisenhower, Allen Dulles and Harry S. Truman.

For advocates of women’s reproductive rights, 2015 was the definition of “annus horribilis”: marked by tough new limits on abortion, a debilitating Planned Parenthood scandal, and a shooting at a Colorado clinic that left three people dead.

Having absolute authority to take ameliorative steps on their own initiative, the plunderers swamp the credulous media with claims that an unwieldy conference with a track record of 23 years of failure is the only possible way to find a solution to the dangers of climate change.

Kevin Zeese has long amazed me because of the number of things he does to make a better world

Tens of thousands of young Americans were inspired by the lunch counter sit-ins that began in Greensboro, North Carolina and spread throughout the South. NSM Students at Yale University were no exception and some of them got together in the Fall of 1961 to form the NSM.

Street medic groups have been on the front line of many groundbreaking movements, from the Civil Rights and New Left movements, to modern day movements such as Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring

Reviews

Vine’s book brings up to date the work of the late Chalmers Johnson, who exposed the extent of the military base network and its contribution to “blowback” in his trilogy on the American empire.

The story of how southerners flouted Brown v. Board of Education is familiar, but the disregard that white residents and community leaders in Prince Edward County had for black children is breathtaking

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Events

MEDIA - The Media Consortium Conference will be held February 11, in Philadelphia. The conference brings together over 100 leaders of independent news.

Contact: http://www.tmcmedia2016.org/.

BLACK SOLIDARITY - The 21st Annual Black Solidarity Conference at Yale University will be held February 11-14. The theme is, The Miseducation: Changing History As We Know It.

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

EVOLUTION/RELIGION - February 12-14 will be the 10th annual celebration of Evolution Weekend, intended to demonstrate that religious people from many faiths and locations understand that evolution is sound science and poses no problems for their faith. The Clergy Letter Project's theme for 2014 is Exploring Ways to Engage in Complex Discussions in a Civil Manner.

Contact: http://www.theclergyletterproject.org/.

INDIGENOUS WOMEN - The 10th Strawberry Ceremony for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls will be held February 14, in Toronto, to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners' offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.

Contact: http://womencan.ca.

MUSIC - The 28th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp will be held February 17-21, in Kansas City, MO.

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

PROGRESSIVES - The 7th annual Pennsylvania Progressive Summit will be held February 19-21, in Harrisburg. Hundreds of social justice advocates, labor organizers, legislators, bloggers and grassroots activists will come together to advance progressive policy and build the progressive movement.

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

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH - The Take Root Conference will be held February 26-27, in Norman, OK. The conference aim is to root the fight for reproductive health, rights, and dignity in the struggle for social, racial, political, and economic justice.

Contact: http://take-root.org.

LGBTQ - Rainbow Health Ontario hosts Canada’s largest LGBTQ health conference, March 9-11, in London, Ontario.

Contact: Rainbow Health Ontario, Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne Street, Toronto ON M5A 2S5; 416.324.4100; http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/conference/.

LABOR - The 2016 Labor Notes Conference will be held April 1-3, in Chicago.

Contact: Labor Notes, 7435 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI, 48210; 313-842-6262; [email protected]; www.labornotes.org.

POETRY - The annual Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2016 will be held April 14-17, in Washington, DC. This year's theme is Poems of Provocation & Witness.

Contact: Split This Rock, 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036; 202-787-5210; [email protected]; http://www.splitthisrock.org/.

DIGITAL BLACKNESS - The Digital Blackness Conference will be held April 22-23, 2016 in New Brunswick, NJ at Rutgers University. and will bring together scholars, students, activists, and artists from a range of fields and disciplines to interrogate the many new modes, customs, and arrangements of racial identity as they are mediated through digital technologies. Proposals are being accepted through November 15.

Contact: Digital Blackness Conference Coordinator, Rutgers University, Department of History, 111 Van Duck Hall, 16 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901; [email protected]; http://www.rutgersdigitalblackness.com.

 

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