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Lawrence Wittner: China and the United States Could Avoid an Unnecessary War

Although few Americans seem to have noticed, China and the United States are currently on a collision course—one that could easily lead to war. Their dispute, which has reached the level of military confrontation, concerns control of the South China Sea.  For many years, China has claimed sovereignty over 90 percent of this vast, island-studded Read more…

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Martha Rosenberg: Eid Slaughter Sacrifice Is Sad Day for Animals

Eid observors buy animals to slaughter   The lamb having its throat slit didn’t want to die. “The animal tried to stand up but couldn’t as the ground was slippery,” said Christine Hafner of the International Fund For Animals on the Today’s Zaman website. Hafner was monitoring the 2008 Eid animal sacrifices in Turkey, a Read more…

Terry Everton: Burger Chef And Dan Died On The Same Day

If you’re like most 16 year old males, there’s a better than average chance that the suit inventory in your wardrobe consists of a total of one. And by suit I mean the matching sport coat and pants that was purchased on clearance from a discount warehouse that has as much chance of staying in Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing

Americans who grew up with nightmares of nuclear weapons explosions should get ready for some terrifying flashbacks, for the Trump administration appears to be preparing to resume U.S. nuclear weapons tests. The U.S. government stopped its atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in 1962, shortly before signing the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963.  And it Read more…

Terry Everton: Stuck In A Drive-Thru Going Nowhere Fast

Working in the service industry is a little like being stuck in a drive-thru going nowhere fast. It seems like a good idea at the time, but the longer you’re there the more you begin to look at yourself in the rear view mirror and question your own intelligence. The assholes in front of you Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Humanity is an Endangered Species

Have you noticed recently that things are collapsing? Sure, the rightwing, nationalist rulers of many countries never stop telling us that they have made their nations “great” again. But we would have to be dislocated from reality not to notice that something is wrong―very wrong.  After all, the world is currently engulfed in a coronavirus Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Remembering the Venezuelan National Assembly vote lost by Guaidó in January 2019

The view of the US government and the pro-Guaidó faction of the opposition was summed up by a New York Times headline and subhead that on January 5 that said Venezuela’s Maduro Claims Control of National Assembly, Tightening Grip on Power It was the last political institution in opposition hands. Now President Nicolás Maduro’s has Read more…

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Dave Markland: Podur’s “The Path of the Unarmed”

Frequent Z writer Justin Podur is in the midst of writing what appears to be a young adult-aimed book of fiction (sci-fi perhaps) that seeks to relate what a “leftist,” revolutionary point of view is. Entitled “The Path of the Unarmed,” the story describes the political education of a youth named Unarmed Warrior who receives Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Don’t forget that Human Rights Watch, not only OAS Chief Luis Almagro, helped a US-backed military coup in Bolivia

On November 10 of 2019, Bolivian President Evo Morales was overthrown and barely escaped the country alive. The military publicly ”suggested” that he resign. The military and police also made it clear that they would not protect him from vigilantes who wanted to lynch him. His house was ransacked by opposition supporters the night he Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Smashing the Illusion ‘Farmer Clout:’ Part II

This is Part II Part I is here:  https://zcomm.org/zblogs/smashing-the-illusion-farmer-clout-a-white-paper-by-brad-wilson/  (Continuing from Part I.) Specific Farm State Data I’ve also started crunching the commodity crop numbers for various “farm states,” such as states where House and Senate Agriculture Committee members are based. For example, Iowa (Tom Harkin, Charles Grassley & Steve King, Leonard Boswell) and Kansas Read more…

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