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Central American Women Are Fighting Extractive Industries on their Land—and Winning
Laura Carlsen: Central American women land defenders recently sat down to share their experiences and hear from experts and activists in Antigua, Guatemala. They talked about feeling isolated, being afraid (Latin America is the most dangerous place in the world for land defenders), the risk of exhaustion and despair, but they also talked nuts-and-bolts about how to win. ... It’s a critical objective because in the battle between communities and extractive industries the odds are so uneven and the stakes are so high. ... “Extracting” private capital gain from the planet’s vital elements, while destroying or polluting them, is a basic characteristic of the modern capitalist model that violates a code for sustaining life that their peoples have lived by for centuries ... Despite the odds, the Guatemalan group “La Puya Peaceful Resistance” shines as an example of how women can halt the spread of these projects. La Puya has, for now, completely stopped mining operations in its community... Visit Website ]
Sep 24, 2018, 5:32pm

Meditations
The State of Nature and Humanity
Martin LeFevre: Nature is neither inherently benevolent nor inherently bloodthirsty. "Tooth and claw" is fitting in nature, but an abomination in man. The fight for survival is universal and ubiquitous to be sure, but 'higher thought' is what turns killing to survive into murder and war. ... We inherited our dilemma from the bestial ballet of nature, but only we can resolve it. As we can see with its rudimentary beginnings in chimps, symbolic thought is what makes the human animal so powerful, combining a calculating, 'us vs. them' mind with territorial and aggressive instincts. That's why, without self-knowing and insight, humans are inevitably destructive, and doomed...
Sep 23, 2018, 5:46pm

Books
The History of US For-Profit Prisons From Slavery to Today
Democracy Now: "American Prison.” That’s the name of the new book by award-winning journalist Shane Bauer, who dives deep into the profit-earning motives of U.S. prisons, from convict labor in colonial-era settlements all the way to present-day mass incarceration, including Bauer’s own stint as an undercover prison guard at the privately owned Winn Correctional Center in Louisiana. ... And I learned that throughout American history, prisons have been run at a profit. Our earliest prisons in the 19th century were for-profit prisons where labor was being contracted out to private companies. After slavery, the entire Southern system was privatized. Prisoners were essentially fulfilling the role that slaves had filled, working in cotton fields, in coal mines for companies like the U.S. Steel company, the world’s first billion-dollar company.... Visit Website ]
Sep 22, 2018, 2:18pm

Articles
New documents on Yeltsin-Clinton conversations further expose US “meddling” in Russian politics
Clara Weiss: In the early summer, the Clinton Foundation released hundreds of pages of newly declassified documents about conversations between US president Bill Clinton and Russian president Boris Yeltsin between 1996 and 1999. The documents show the extent of US meddling in Russian domestic politics in the 1990s, and are a stark testimony to the groveling of the Russian oligarchy, personified by Boris Yeltsin, before US imperialism. ... That the US heavily intervened in these elections to bolster Yeltsin, with whom Clinton had developed a close political relationship, has long been known. As a matter of fact, the US media, including Time magazine, bragged about this operation, which involved sending several highly paid former US officials to Russia to help Yeltsin with his campaign... Visit Website ]
Sep 22, 2018, 12:56pm

Commentary
The Anti-Empire Report #160 - Published September 20th, 2018
William Blum: Russian interference in US election - Even if you assumed that all the charges made about “Russian interfering in the elections” were true, and put them all together, they still wouldn’t have a fraction of the impact on the 2016 elections as did Republicans in several states by disenfranchising likely Democratic voters (blacks, poor, students, people in largely Democratic districts), by purging state voting lists. ... Noam Chomsky has pointed out that Israeli intervention in US elections “vastly overwhelms” anything Russia has done. Israeli leader Netanyahu goes directly to speak to Congress without even consulting the president. ... When your goal is world domination any country that stands in the way of that is an enemy... Visit Website ]
Sep 21, 2018, 5:36pm

Environment
'Treating Protest as Terrorism': US Plans Crackdown on Keystone XL Activists
Will Parrish and Sam Levin, Guardian UK: Angeline Cheek is preparing for disaster. The indigenous organizer from the Fort Peck reservation in Montana fears that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could break and spill, destroy her tribe’s water, and desecrate sacred Native American sites. ... But environmental catastrophe is not the most immediate threat. .. The government has characterized pipeline opponents like her as “extremists” and violent criminals and warned of potential “terrorism”, according to recently released records. ... The documents suggested that police were organizing to launch an aggressive response to possible Keystone protests, echoing the actions against the Standing Rock movement in North Dakota. There, officers engaged in intense surveillance and faced widespread accusations of excessive force and brutality... Visit Website ]
Sep 21, 2018, 2:35pm

Peace-Love
Priorities of the Time: Peace
Graham Peebles: Creating a world at peace not only demands putting an end to all forms of armed brutality, it also entails building peace within communities, in the workplace, educational institutions and the home, in the natural environment and, most importantly, it requires the inculcation of harmony within all of us. ... Specific values and conclusions are daily poured into the minds of everyone, virtually from birth, conditioning the consciousness and behavior of people around the world; the media (including the internet), institutionalized education and organized religion being the main outlets for such propaganda. ... At the heart of any alternative system should be the inculcation of the Principle of Sharing; sharing not only of the food, water, land and other natural resources, but of knowledge, skills and opportunities... Visit Website ]
Sep 21, 2018, 2:06pm

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Obstructing Justice
Chip Gibbons: Recently released FBI documents detailing the bureau's actions against George Crockett Jr show how the bureau acts as the nation’s political police, relentlessly hounding radicals. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s record of surveillance of domestic dissidents has long been known to be detrimental to democracy. But to actively obstruct an elected official’s governance shows a contempt for democratic decision-making that is incredibly brazen even for America’s bulwark of domestic authoritarianism. ... When FBI foe George Crockett Jr was elected in 1968 as a criminal court judge in Detroit, Michigan, the FBI didn’t see fit to respect his election as the will of the people... Visit Website ]
Sep 20, 2018, 3:46pm

Commentary
It’s Official: Minority Voters Face Constant Discrimination
Nina Sparling: The facts are both grim and well established: since the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Eric Holder, many states have passed legislation that makes it harder to vote — especially for the most vulnerable citizens. ... Thanks to less involvement in voting rights issues from the DOJ, coupled with a marked uptick in discriminatory practices at the ballot box, voters currently face a barrage of obstacles. Certain trends stand out: the increase in so-called voter ID laws, voter registration restrictions (enabled by faulty systems like Crosscheck), cuts to early voting, and accessibility issues at polling sites.... Visit Website ]
Sep 20, 2018, 3:27pm

Environment
Slave labor found at Starbucks-certified Brazil coffee plantation
Daniela Penha contributor for Repórter Brasil, Roberto Cataldo — translator: Brazil Labor Ministry investigators have raided the Córrego das Almas farm in Piumhi, in rural Minas Gerais state, and rescued 18 workers who were laboring on coffee plantations in conditions analogous to slavery. ... The Córrego das Almas farm holds the C.A.F.E. Practices certification, owned by Starbucks in partnership with SCS Global Services. After hearing of the raid, the two companies responsible for issuing the seal said they would review the farm’s quality certificate. Starbucks says it hasn’t bought coffee from the farm in recent years. ... Another inspection in Minas Gerais, in the town of Muzambinho, rescued 15 workers in conditions analogous to slavery from a farm owned by Maria Júlia Pereira, the sister-in-law of a state deputy, Emidinho Madeira... Visit Website ]
Sep 20, 2018, 3:21pm

Meditations
The Nature of Chaos
Martin LeFevre: We live in chaotic times, almost by design it seems. Chaos is one of those words that seem clear but few can define coherently. Is there actually chaos in nature? And does the present chaos of man hold a deeper potential? ... Order cannot evolve out of chaos. There was simply a different kind of order in the early universe, out of which new orders and complexity evolved. ... Philosophically, the inane idea that we 'create our own reality' has seeped into and saturated the national consciousness over the last 40 years. If you put the two together, Donald Trump is not an anomaly, with his so-called war on truth, but a natural outcome of social predispositions and cultural trends ... Is there a potential for creating something new beyond this assault on the notion of truth and order beyond the whims of men and women?...
Sep 19, 2018, 4:46pm

Commentary
The Best Way to Eradicate Poverty: Welfare Not Jobs
Matt Bruenig: The Census released its income, poverty, and health insurance data last week (ASEC, SPM). Among other things, the data allows us to see who was in poverty and therefore gives us good insights about how to eradicate poverty. ... There are three basic insights that flow from this data: 1) poverty overwhelmingly afflicts nonworkers, 2) half of the population does not work, and 3) nearly everyone who is not currently working in our society cannot or should not work. Once you accept all of these insights, the solution to poverty becomes very clear: a welfare state that provides income to nonworking people... Visit Website ]
Sep 19, 2018, 4:29pm

Blogosphere
Trump’s China Tariffs on Solar backfire; American Natural Gas hurt, as US PV sales Soar
Juan Cole: President Donald Trump’s 30% tariff on Chinese-made solar panels turns out not to have had as severe an impact on the industry as had been feared. Trump was attempting to slow renewables growth in favor of Big Carbon–natural gas and coal, but he failed spectacularly. ... As it turns out, the Chinese are so angry about his tariffs that they have slapped a 10% tariff on US liquid natural gas (LNG). The US now has a good deal of natural gas, which is exported by sea in the form of LNG in canisters on containment ships, because of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. The LNG companies in the US were expecting their primary customer to be China, which is trying to move away from coal to renewables and cleaner-burning natural gas... Visit Website ]
Sep 19, 2018, 4:08pm

Consider This....
Britain: the Anti-Semitism Debate
Conn Hallinan: Does the British Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, have an “anti-Semitism problem,” or has the Party’s left wing been targeted by the Israeli government for its support of the growing boycott and divestment movement that challenges Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land? A group of Israeli lawyers and social activists would like to know the answer to that question ... Corbyn has long been a leader in the fight against racism and played a key role in helping to bring down the apartheid regime in South Africa. He has also made it no secret that he makes common cause with the Palestinians and supports the Boycott and Divestment Sanctions (BDS) aimed at forcing Israel to withdraw from the Occupied Territories. ... Polls show the Labour Party is considerably less anti-Semitic than the Conservative Party, and it appears that anti-Semitism has declined since Corbyn took over... Visit Website ]
Sep 18, 2018, 2:25pm

Commentary
Crisis After Crisis: 10 Years After the Crash, There’s No ‘Reforming’ Global Capitalism
Walden Bello: It is now clear that financial crises are not discrete events but are linked phenomena that have been unleashed on the globe ever since the financial markets were liberalized during the Reagan-Thatcher era in the early 1980s. ... To take just the three most prominent crashes, surplus capital that could not find profitable domestic outlets after the Japanese bubble burst in the late 1980s found its way as speculative capital into Southeast Asia, where it contributed to the Asian financial crisis in 1997-98. The Asian crisis, in turn, helped generate Wall Street’s implosion in 2008 ... So, not surprisingly, current indicators show that the world again is skating on thin ice. ... First, the “too big to fail” problem has become worse. ... Second, the products that triggered the 2008 crisis are still being traded... Visit Website ]
Sep 18, 2018, 2:14pm


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