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Karthik Ramanathan: [Petition to US Attorneys against Muslim Ban] Please consider signing

Dear Fellow American People of a good heart, As you are aware, the Donald J Trump via his racist advisors Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller are attempting to turn the clock of history back, by banning people from seven muslim majority countries. This executive order while couched in the rhetoric of national security, is clearly aimed at Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: FT article tries to pass off Moises Naim as even handed regarding Hugo Chavez

Unsurprisingly this deceptive article is by Andres Schipani The headline reads: “TV portrayal of Chávez provokes anger in Venezuela”. EXCERPT: Moisés Naím, a former Venezuelan trade minister who created the show for Sony Pictures Television, defends the series, saying “this is not a biopic, this is not a biography, this is fiction”. Chávez was a Read more…

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John Andrews: Drone Assassination / Killing Children

On 30th September 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen, was assassinated in Yemen in a US drone strike. Anwar al-Awlaki was considered to be a ‘Hate Preacher’ even though he condemned the 11th September 2001 attacks. On 14th October 2011, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year old son of the late Anwar al-Awlaki, was assassinated in Yemen Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: I was wrong, and the Economist was correct about ranking of Venezuela’s economy in 2001

An Economist article recently stated that “In 2001 Venezuela was the richest country in South America; it is now among the poorest.” That didn’t sound right to me at all so I checked the IMF’s website. The Economist didn’t say by what measure it was ranking Venezuela the “richest” in 2001 but the proper way Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Should We Keep Wasting Money on Missile Defense–or Invest in Something Useful?

When Americans criticize wasteful government spending, they often fail to realize that the biggest sinkhole for public funds is what’s described as “national defense”―a program that, all too often, does little or nothing to defend them. Take national missile defense, a program begun with much fanfare during the mid-1980s, when President Ronald Reagan realized that Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Palestinians, Zionists, Jews and Israel

Nasir Khan, January 24, 2017 My new facebook friend Phil Clarke said to me in one of his comments, “You seem to think that all Jews and all Israelis are Zionists – that is not an accurate picture.” I will take only this point and will add the following few lines: I do not think Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Trump Stands atop a “Failing Pile of Garbage”: a Case for Media Reform

For over a century, a key feature of the USA’s propaganda system, more commonly known as its mass media, has been the glorification of businessmen (and sometimes businesswomen). That’s one of the main reasons why the corporate media, when it finally turned against Donald Trump after providing him with free publicity for much of his Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Religious fanatics in India and Pakistan

Nasir Khan, January 18, 2017(I wrote the following piece in reply to a comment by a Facebook friend.) Both Hindu and Islamic architecture have influenced each other in many ways. By its appearance, Jejuri Temple seems to be a clear example of this interaction in architecture.  Regarding your views on the division of Hindus and Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: A note about migration from Venezuela in the Chavista era

How many people have left Venezuela to live abroad since Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s late former president, first took office in 1999? The New York Times, Reuters and the Financial Times have uncritically cited the work of Tomás Páez, a fiercely anti-Chavista academic who claims that 1.8 million have left in the last 17 years. Páez Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: A Peace Agenda for the New Administration

The looming advent of the Trump administration in Washington threatens to worsen an already deeply troubling international situation.  Bitter wars are raging, tens of millions of refugees have taken flight, relations among the great powers are deteriorating, and a new nuclear arms race is underway.  Resources that could be used to fight unemployment, poverty, and Read more…

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