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May 2017
Volume 30
Number 5

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Peter Phillips: Propaganda, Fake News, and Media Lies

Both PR and propaganda seek to change behaviors and ideas among the masses in support of the agendas of public and private institutions.

Jim Warren: Averting Climate Chaos

The incredible rate of recent warming is largely due not to the usual suspect, carbon dioxide, but to the build-up of super-potent methane, which traps 80 to 100 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

William Boardman: What Really Happened in Syria?

The U.S. continues to use DU weapons in the region, at least in attacks on ISIS. Tomahawk missiles, a Raytheon profit center, have long been suspected of delivering a DU payload. So President Trump’s loosing of 59 Tomahawk missiles on Al Shayrat Airfield was answering a chemical weapons attack with a chemical weapons attack. And an act of war against a sovereign nation

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Bill Moyers: The GOP in Sickness and Ill Health

Two days later, Trump was at it again, beating his chest and tweeting like a vengeful god who bruises easily, this time directing his tirades at the real villains—his fellow Republicans, right-wing think tanks and especially the roughly three dozen members of the so-called “Freedom Caucus,” the most extreme conservatives in the House.

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Allie Yee: Targeting Southern Sanctuary Cities

As the national debate around sanctuary cities has become increasingly fraught and political, the term “sanctuary” has largely lost its meaning and has come to be used or rejected by various actors for their own purposes

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Kathy Kelly: U.S.-Made Famine

In 2016, the U.S. admitted 84,995 refugees, but Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, took in 117,000 new refugees and migrants in 2016, and hosts more than 255,000 refugees from Somalia

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Bill Berkowitz: Criminalizing Immigrants Belies The Facts

Despite Trump’s claims, “major law enforcement groups and leaders have argued that intensifying immigration enforce- ment interferes with public safety goals

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Marjorie Cohn: Deconstruction of the State

When Donald Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus addressed the Conservative Political Action Committee in February, he identified two priorities of the administration: the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and deregulation

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Noam Chomsky: Undermining Our Survival

As I mentioned, the policies being formulated and enacted are drawn from the playbook of the most reactionary fringe of the Republican establishment. The abject service to private wealth and power is accompanied with an authoritarian and fundamentalist program to transform U.S. society

Allan C. Brownfeld: Suppressing the UN Report On Israel’s Move Toward Apartheid

A UN commission report says that Israel practices apartheid against Palestinians

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Marjorie Cohn: Trump’s War Crimes

Just two and a half months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already distinguished himself as a war criminal. His administration is killing unusually large numbers of civilians, in violation of U.S. and international law.

Suzanne Simon: Trump’s Mexico High: Drugs, Migration, and NAFTA

Mexican society and its people needed no primer on democracy and advocacy. The Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920 was the first socialist-populist revolution of the western hemisphere and, arguably, of the world

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

Events MAY DAY – May 1. Workers of the world will celebrate the anniversary of International Worker’ 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 as well as to renew the call for labor rights. Contact: http://www.may1.info/. Read more…

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Justin Podur: Women Rise Up

imagine when women in such a society decide that they are going to change this. Even some victims will oppose them—there is serious internalization of sexism as there is with racism.

Pete Dolack: Public-Private Partnerships

Public-private partnerships are one of the surest ways of shoveling money into the gaping maws of corporate wallets, used, with varying names, by neoliberal governments around the world, particularly in Europe and North America

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Jeremy Brecher: Climate Kids v. Trump

Two days after the election of Donald Trump, 21 plaintiffs aged 9-20 won a court ruling that may be just as important as that election in determining our future.

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Ron Daniels: A Third Force

An independent Third Force must be multifaceted with the capacity to utilize community organizing, campaigns around issues, protests, marches, demonstrations, boycotts, elections and policy advocacy to advance a vision/mission and agenda for transformative change

Chris Williams: Scientists and Politics

To talk of a supposedly apolitical science is wrongheaded to begin with. Science has been political since its modern inception with the Scientific Revolution, which began in part with Galileo’s experiments on projectile motion

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Jeremy Brecher: Social Self Defense, Part Two

Social Self-Defense is not an organization—it is a set of practices to be engaged in by myriad organizations, hopefully in close coordination with each other. It draws both on established and newly emerging organizations. The community assemblies in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Montpelier, and many other locations illustrate how new organizations can arise for Social Self-Defen

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Edward S. Herman: The New Anti-Russian Hysteria

It is sad to see the liberals carried away on the wave of hysteria about the supposed Russian information warfare menace and possible influence over or even capture of the Trump presidency. It is also very dangerous to human welfare as it helps consolidate the power of the military-industrial complex

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Listings of Progressive Events

IRAQ/FICTION – Iraq + 100 poses a question to contemporary Iraqi writers: what might your home city look like in the year 2103, exactly 100 years after the disastrous American and British-led invasion of Iraq?

Don Monkerud: Just Say No

The GOP had a memory loss when it came to the millions of emails erased by Dick Cheney, who claimed to hide rogue operations in the vice-president’s office, and to hide what may have been his illegal activities from the public.

Michael Winship: A Fish Called Bannon

Bannon seems to believe in everything and nothing; one moment an economic libertarian, the next a white nationalist, then a worldwide conspiracy guy, but ultimately, perhaps, just someone who enjoys the rush of having power

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Ramzy Baroud: Israel’s Vision of the Future Is Terrifying

Empirical historical evidence combined with little common sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a mix of both.

Mel Gurtov: While Our Attention is Elsewhere, Climate Change Worsens

James Hansen, the indefatigable former NASA official (he retired in 2013) who first brought the threat of climate change to our attention, believes that a carbon tax and a new kind of nuclear technology represent the last chance to thwart devastating climate change.

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Lawrence Wittner: Why Should Trump, Or Anyone, Be Able to Launch A Nuclear War?

In an apparent attempt to rein in America’s new, erratic White House occupant, Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) recently introduced federal legislation to require Congress to declare war before a U.S. president could authorize nuclear weapons strikes.

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David Swanson: The Choice Trump’s Budget Creates

Trump proposes to increase U.S. military spending by $54 billion, and to take that $54 billion out of the other portions of the budget, including, in particular, he says, foreign aid

William Boardman: Lies The White House Tells Us

Fake news as a denunciation peddled by Republican and Trump apparatchiks is an old-fashioned, fascist-style Big Lie with a neat capitalist twist.

Ni Una Menos Collective: The International Women’s Strike

The October 19 strike was the first women’s strike in the history of Argentina and Latin America. A strike was called for one hour, in all possible spaces: workplaces, educational spaces, domestic spaces, neighborhood ones, etc. The following mobilization was truly enormous: more than 250,000 people in Buenos Aires and more marches all over the country

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Listings of Activist Events

Events MEDIA – The Transformative Media conference will be held March 1-4 in Washington, DC. Contact: http://tmcmedia.org/. LABOR – The Southern Labor Studies Association conference will take place from March 2-5 in Tampa, FL. Contact: Southern Labor Studies Association, c/o Department of History, P. O. Box 8795, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA Read more…

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Liam Barrington-Bush: Solidarity Ecosystems

Over time, you notice that beneath VIO.ME’s sometimes mundane veneer, a series of radical changes are taking place. These are changes that offer alternatives to how we organize work, community and society at large.

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Jack Rasmus: Despite Scrapping TPP, Donald Trump is a Dedicated Free Trader

Trump is a dedicated free trader. He just rejects multilateral, multi-country free trade deals like TPP and NAFTA. He wants even stronger, pro-U.S. business free trade deals and intends to renegotiate the existing multilateral treaties—to the benefit of U.S. multinational corporations and at the expense of the U.S. trading partners

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Noam Chomsky: U.S. Health System

Article 25 of the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) states that the right to health care is indeed a human right. Yet, it is estimated that close to 30 million Americans remain uninsured even with the ACA in place.

Marienna Pope-Weidemann: Cities of Sanctuary

Racial justice activist Marienna Pope-Weidemann speaks to Peter Pedemonti, co-founder and director of the New Sanctuary Movement in Philadelphia. The City of Sanctuary movement in the U.S. goes back to 1979, when Los Angeles introduced a policy banning police officers from asking arrestees about their immigration status. Throughout the 1980s this was replicated in many Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Social Self Defense, Part One

Trump’s presidency threatens immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, workers, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and many others. Indeed, it threatens all that holds us together as a society. We the people—society—need to defend ourselves against this threat

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David Bacon: What Trump Can and Can’t Do to Immigrants

Immigrant labor is more vital to many industries than it’s ever been before. Immigrants have always made up most of the country’s farm workers in the West and Southwest. Today, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 57 percent of the country’s entire agricultural workforce is undocumented. But the list of other industries dependent on immigrant labor is long—meatpacking, some construction trades, building services, healthcare, restaurant and retail service, and more

William Boardman: Trump Inaugural “This American Carnage” Annotated

Is there any possible truth in this promise from a candidate who lost the popular vote, the vote of the people? What mechanism has Trump even hinted at that would provide for greater local government control anywhere? Trump’s determination to cut back on regulations is designed to empower corporations, not local governments, and certainly not individuals

Michael Winship: Donald Trump’s Mission Creep Just Took A Giant Leap Forward

You can see in the chaos a pattern: the political, religious and financial right collaborating to move America further from the norms of democracy with the triumph of one-party, one-man rule. There’s never been anything like it in our history.

Pete Dolack: Owning Half the World

The Oxfam report, in its conclusions, advocates a switch to a “human economy,” one in which governments are “accountable to the 99 percent,” businesses would be oriented toward policies that “increase prosperity for all,”

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Juan Cole: Trump’s Plan for Women

The Hill reports that the Trump budget may well slash Federal funding for the 25 programs that grew out of the Violence against Women Act.

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Marjorie Cohn: Manning’s Ordeal

After overseeing the aggressive prosecution and near-seven- year incarceration of Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, President Obama—in one of his last acts in office—commuted all but four months of her remaining sentence but ignored the fact that he had taken no action on the war crimes that Manning revealed

Tom Clifford: China’s Silk Road

OBOR is not the name of an ancient king or kingdom, but it does resonate with an ambition imperial in its scope. OBOR—One Belt, One Road—is China’s “new Silk Road” and is spinning a web of connectivity by sea and land across Central Asia and into Europe

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Ramzy Baroud: Clamoring for Israeli Approval: Trump’s Election Policies Will Haunt Him

The fact is that Trump’s lack of clear foreign policy that aims at creating stability—not rash decisions to win lobby approval—is a dangerous political strategy

Ruth Benn: Refusing to Pay Income Taxes for the Trump Agenda

Riding the tide of the current popularity of George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, longtime war tax resister Ed Hedemann has proposed that new resisters reduce their payments to the IRS

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Noam Chomsky: Trump’s America and the New World Order

C.J. POLYCHRONIOU: The president-elect’s cabinet is being filled by financial and corporate bigwigs and military leaders. Such selections hardly reconcile with Trump’s pre-election promises to “drain the swamp,” so what should we expect from this megalomaniac and phony populist insofar as the future of the Washington establishment is concerned? NOAM CHOMSKY: In this respect—note the Read more…

Bruce T. Boccardy: Public Sector Unions Confront Attacks

The United States Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn that home health aides were not required to pay their “fair share” or agency fees in the public sector. This was the first successful attack on the agency fee law by so-called Right to Work organizations

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Dean Baker: Protecting Professionals

Developing countries have been lending large amounts of capital to rich countries, especially the United States. Much of this has taken the form of developing countries buying dollar-based assets to be held as reserves by their central banks

William Boardman: U.S. Criminal Hypocrisy At Work in Syria and Yemen

On December 13, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, offered yet another stark exercise in imperial deceit

Mike Hembury: It Starts With Hope

In these dark times, in the vindictive death throes of fossil fuel ascendency, I would like to think that a future chronicler of global anti-oil resistance will look back and mark Standing Rock as the beginning of the end.

Pete Dolack: Inequality is Getting Worse

A newly released report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) finds that median wages in the OECD’s 35 member countries are still below where they were in 2007

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