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Fernando: Independence and Constitution in Spain

There’s a serious political problem in the Spanish Kingdom that seems difficult to resolve and leads to a vicious circle. Probably because of the influence  of Francoist ideology, having independence as an objective is contrary to the Spanish Constitution, (art.2 insists on “The indissoluble unity of the Nation (…),” for instance), but the legal and Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Conflict or Cooperation in U.S.-China Relations?

The United States and China, the world’s mightiest military and economic powers, are currently heading toward a Cold War or even a hot one, with disastrous consequences.  But an alternative path is available and could be taken. Beginning in 2018, U.S. government policy toward China turned sharply hostile, bringing relations between the two nations to Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Nationalism on the Decline

Although, beginning in about 2015, nationalist political parties made enormous advances in countries around the world, more recently they have been on the wane. The nationalist surge was led by a new generation of rightwing populist demagogues who, feeding on public discontent with widespread immigration and economic stagnation, achieved startling political breakthroughs.  Matteo Salvini of Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Brad’s Farm Justice Work Online

FARM JUSTICE BLOGS ZSpace   ZSpace Home Page:  http://zcomm.org/author/bradwilson/  You’re here!   ZSpace List of Blogs:  This went away in a ZSpace upgrade.  I will create an index or table of contents.  FOR NOW USE SEARCH FOR “Brad Wilson.”  I think I have nearly 100 blogs at ZSpace, (and I’ve moved many from La Vida Locavore, which Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: How John Hersey Blew the Whistle on the Reality of Nuclear War

Review of “Fallout:  The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World” In this crisply-written, well-researched book, Lesley Blume, a journalist and biographer, tells the fascinating story of the background to John Hersey’s pathbreaking article, “Hiroshima,” and of its extraordinary impact upon the world. In 1945, although only 30 years of age, Read more…

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Dave Markland: Noam Chomsky INTERVIEW: On charges of anti-semitism and sensible tactics for Palestine solidarity

December 6, 2020 [Chomsky responds to a question about accusations of anti-semitism which stifle debates about justice in Israel-Palestine.] I think the question we should be asking ourselves is: Have our tactics helped develop the charges of anti-semitism? There are tactics that would not encourage that development. So for example, the Presbyterian Church has adopted Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Fateful Choice: Nuclear Arms Race or Nuclear-Free World

The recent announcement by the British government that it plans a 40 percent increase in the number of nuclear weapons it possesses highlights the escalation of the exceptionally dangerous and costly nuclear arms race. After decades of progress in reducing nuclear arsenals through arms control and disarmament agreements, all the nuclear powers are once again Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Amid Widespread Disease, Death, and Poverty, the Major Powers Increased Their Military Spending in 2020

Last year was a terrible time for vast numbers of people around the globe, who experienced not only a terrible disease pandemic, accompanied by widespread sickness and death, but severe economic hardship. Even so, the disasters of 2020 were not shocking enough to jolt the world’s most powerful nations out of their traditional preoccupation with Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Statistically improbable that Capitol Riot deaths were unrelated to the riot UPDATED

Please note that improbable doesn’t mean impossible. Who would watch sports or buy lottery tickets if very improbable things could not happen? Still, the probability of five deaths (of rioters, bystanders or police) happening within a day of the Capitol Riot might be 2.6%, and perhaps be as low 0.16%. It depends very heavily on how Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Opposition to Abolishing Nuclear Weapons–and What Could Help to Overcome It

Given the fact that nuclear war means the virtual annihilation of life on earth, it’s remarkable that many people continue to resist building a nuclear weapons-free world.  Is the human race suicidal? Before jumping to that conclusion, let’s remember that considerably more people favor abolishing nuclear weapons than oppose it.  Public opinion surveys—ranging from polls Read more…

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