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Despite the cuts to traditional aspects of the military, the DoD has no plans to shrink or limit programs that would undermine America’s ever-growing hegemonic objectives


The role played by former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan in creating the conditions that led to the 2008 global financial meltdown is known to many. What is less known is that Greenspan is a former member of the Group of Thirty.


After World War II, the U.S. military hired 1,600 former Nazi scientists and doctors, including some of Adolf Hitler’s closest collaborators.


Although a majority of U.S. citizens believe in the scientific evidence of climate change, a number of powerful individuals and corporations are determined to undermine public faith in the scientific evidence for climate change.


While post-U.S. invasion Iraq was not a heaven for democracy and human rights, the “new Iraq” has solidified a culture of impunity that holds nothing sacred.


Putting people in jail for failure to pay their private probation handlers is part of what is called the “‘offender-funded’ model of privatized probation”

Forum on Ukraine and Venezuela

They call President Yanukovych a dictator but, curiously, there was no outcry against the governor of Michigan when he engineered the passage of an anti-democratic piece of legislation.


If Ukraine is on the brink of a catastrophe, it is mainly because the present regime in Kiev and its supporters, backed by certain Western powers, had violated a fundamental principle of democratic governance.


Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama.


The purpose of this piece is to help illuminate the role that wealthy expatriates play in propagating a narrative conducive to their own and, by extension, U.S. interests in Venezuela.


What is occurring in Venezuela is a critical battle in the struggle for national sovereignty and 21st century socialism.


As protests have been taking place in Venezuela the last months, it is always good to check on what the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has been up to in Venezuela.


When is it considered legitimate to try and overthrow a democratically-elected government? In Washington, the answer has always been: when the U.S. government says it is.


It is in these once-liberal states where the Republicans have advanced astonishingly anti-working class measures and pro-corporate subsidies—to the delight of their donors—and enacted major cuts in education and environmental protections.


Any discussion involving American militarism must include the underpinnings of white supremacy

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Those at the top of the U.S. economic pyramid continue to benefit from the economic and social exclusion of disabled people.


Journalist-scholar Gareth Porter has published another fine book on U.S. aggression, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, which follows in the footsteps of his 2005 study, The Perils of Dominance.

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Zap-human rightsHUMAN RIGHTS - The Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center and the U.S. Human Rights Network will present the 9th Annual Human Rights Institute, April 2-4.

Contact: 123 William Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10038; 646-459-3031; [email protected];

TRANSGENDER - The 2014 Transcending Boundaries Conference will be held April 4-6, near Hartford, CT. The annual conference brings together sexuality, relationship and gender minorities for three days of education, activism and community building.The weekend event includes workshops, discussion groups, social events and a community meal with a keynote address.

Contact: Transcending Boundaries, Inc., PO Box 30171, Springfield, MA 01103; info@transcending; http://www. transcending

LABOR - The 2014 Labor Notes Conference will be held April 4-6, in Chicago.

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

CANNABIS - The 2nd annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference will be held April 5-7, in Washington, DC, hosted by Americans For Safe Access and others.

Contact: 202-857-4272; [email protected];

ABORTION - The 28th annual conference, From Abortion to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, will be held April 11-13 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

Contact: Civil Liberties and Public Policy, 893 West Street, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002; 413-559-6976; [email protected];

OAXAQUEÑO YOUTH - Oaxaqueño Youth Encuentro will host an event for youth, April 12, in Santa Maria, CA.

Contact: 559-512-0797; [email protected];

MILITARY SPENDING - April 14 is a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. Events are planned worldwide.


SURVEILLANCE - Brooklyn For Peace and World Can’t Wait will co-host ICU: Snowden Surveillance You Me, a panel event about how surveillance affects different populations and communities. Panelists include Debra Sweet from World Can’t Wait, Carl Dix from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, and Faiza N. Ali from the Arab American Association of NY.

Contact: 41 Schermerhorn Street, PMB 106, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-624-5921; [email protected];

EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP - The 28th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference will be held April 24 in Akron, OH. The Conference is directed towards business owners, current employee owners, and economic & community development professionals.

Contact: 330-672-3028; [email protected];

VetsVIETNAM WAR - Veterans For Peace will host Full Disclosure: An Honest Commemoration of the American War in Viet Nam, April 26, at Judson Memorial Church in New York City.

Contact: http://www.stop; http://www. vietnam

DRONES - Know Drones has issued an international call for Spring Days of Action, a coordinated campaign in April and May to End Drones Killing, Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization.

Contact: http://www.know

HEALTHCARE - Drive For Universal Healthcare (DUH) is a “rolling” demonstration promoting HR 676 and single-payer legislation, and will be touring the west coast through May.

Contact: driveforduh@; http://

MAY DAY - May 1 is May Day. Workers of the world will celebrate the 125th anniversary of International Worker’s Day. Born out of a call for an eight-hour workday in the United States, this day is an opportunity for all workers to show their solidarity and to renew the call for labor rights.

JOURNALISM - The Berkeley School of Journalism will hold The Changing Face of America: Immigration and the Politics of Reform, An Intensive Institute for Journalists, May 1-4.

Contact: University of California, Berkeley, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, 121 North Gate Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-5860; 510-642-3383; immigration/.

MOTHER’S DAY - The 18th Annual Mother’s Day Walk For Peace will be May 11, in Dorchester, MA.

Contact: http://mothersday

IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES - Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) will host the GCIR’s 2014 National Convening, Immigrants, Philanthropy, and America’s Future: Learning from the U.S. South, May 20-22 in Nashville, TN.

Contact: PO Box 1100, Sebastopol, CA 95473-1100; 707-824-4374; https://www.

FEMINISM/SCI-FI - The feminist science fiction convention WisCon 37 is scheduled for May 23-26 in Madison, WI.

Contact: WisCon, SF3, PO Box 1624, Madison, WI 53701; concom37@wiscon. info; http://www.wiscon. info/.

FARM CONFERENCE - The Farm Conference on Community and Sustainability will be held May 23-25 in Summertown, TN, in partnership with the Fellowship of Intentional Communities. Tour green homes, see sustainable food production, learn about solar installations, alternative education, midwifery and more.

Contact: Douglas@thefarm; http://www.

MICHIGAN/RACISM - A mass demonstration will be held in Benton Harbor, MI on May 24, organized by Occupy the PGA and Rev. Edward Pinkney, to protest the murder of Benton Harbor residents, gentrification by Whirlpool and Governor Snyder with the Emergency Manager.

Contact: Rev. Edward Pinkney, 269-925-0001; [email protected];

ANARCHY FEST - The Anarchist Bookfair will take place May 24-25 in Montreal.

Contact: http://www.anarchist; http://

MULTICULTURE- The 27th annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) will take place May 27-31, in New Orleans. Student scholarships are available.

Contact: SWCHRS, 3200 Marshall Avenue, Suite 290, Norman, OK 73072; 405- 325-3694; ncore@ou. edu;

RADIO - The 39th Annual Community Radio Conference is scheduled for May 28-31, in Reston, VA, with discussions and workshops.

Contact: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004; 202-756-2268; comments; http://www.

LEFT FORUM - The 2014 Left Forum will be held May 30-June 1, at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Contact: 212-817-2003; [email protected];

VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 7. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.

Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; madcityveganfest; http://vegan

bikesBIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 25th annual Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 8, with several bike rides scheduled, music, exhibitors and more.

Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522- 0222; mail@bikesnot; www.bikesnot

MEDIA - The 16th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 19-22, in Detroit.

Contact: Allied Media Projects, 4126 Third St., Detroit, MI 48201; 313-718-2267;

SOCIALISM - The Socialism 2014 Conference is scheduled for June 26-29 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions.

Contact: [email protected]; http://www.socialism

NATIVE MEDIA - The Native American Journalists Association will co- host the National Native Media Conference July 10-13, in Santa Clara, CA. Other co-hosts include Native Public Media and Vision Maker Media. 

Contact: NAJA, OU-Gaylord College, 395 W. Lindsey St., Norman, OK 73019-4201; 405-325-1649; http://

INDIE PUBLISHING - The Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo (RIP Expo) will be held August 2-3, at the Providence Public Library.

Contact: ripepvd@gmail. com; http://ripexpo.

HISTORY/WWI - Georgian Court University and the Peace History Society will hold a conference on the theme: World War I: Dissent, Activism, & Transformation, October 17-18. A call for papers for the conference has been issued.

Contact: Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701; 800-458-8422; bennetts; http://www.

WWI CENTENARY - Stop the War, No Glory, and a range of peace organizations are organizing meetings, debates, and cultural events to mark the First World War centenary, opposing attempts to use the centenary to “celebrate” a slaughter that killed 15 million people as a “just” and “noble” cause.

Contact: 020-7561-4830; [email protected]; http://

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