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Freedom Rider: Israel and the U.S. Assassinate Peace
Margaret Kimberley: The United States and Israel have once again shown themselves to be the world’s foremost criminal organization. The assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrazideh is just the latest act carried out by two nations that behave like international mobsters. ... There are seven more weeks to go before the January 20, 2021 inauguration and that is plenty of time for Trump and Netanyahu to make mischief. Iranian scientists, Palestinians and anyone else seen as an obstacle to Israel getting its way will be in grave danger.... Visit Website ]
Dec 2, 2020, 11:16am

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SF’s New DA, Chesa Boudin, Battles Criminal Injustice System on Two Fronts
Jonah Raskin: San Francisco District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, 40, is battling the criminal injustice system in his own balliwick where cops have literally been getting away with murder, and where they have also aimed to sabotage the orderly workings of law enforcement. ... Boudin is battling much the same system of injustice, thousands of miles from home at Shawangunk Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison about 80 miles south of Albany, New York where his father, David Gilbert, once a member of the Weather Underground is serving a 75-years to life sentence for felony murder and robbery. ... Now 76 years old, Gilbert has been behind bars for 39 years... Visit Website ]
Dec 1, 2020, 11:50am

Commentary
Dispossession and Imperialism Repackaged as “Feeding the World”
Colin Todhunter: The world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands of rich and powerful land speculators and agribusiness corporations. Smallholder farmers are being criminalised and even made to disappear when it comes to the struggle for land. They are constantly exposed to systematic expulsion. ... In 2014, the Oakland Institute found that institutional investors, including hedge funds, private equity and pension funds, are eager to capitalise on global farmland as a new and highly desirable asset class. Financial returns are what matter to these entities, not food security... Visit Website ]
Nov 30, 2020, 3:11pm

Books
Wars R Us: A Review of Christian Sorensen’s New Book “Understanding the War Industry”
Jeremy Kuzmarov: Pay no attention to all those nasty left-wing allegations about how military contractors collude and conspire with the Pentagon to warp our economy, impoverish our citizens, pervert our national goals, and foment needless bloody wars that slaughter millions in order to fatten corporate profits. The truth is actually much worse than you could ever imagine ... we actually have a military-industrial-congressional complex, with a media and academic adjunct ... The U.S. military is today one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases that cause climate change ... The U.S. Executive Branch has meanwhile come to take on the function of an international arms peddler. ... The peace movement clearly has a lot of work to do... Visit Website ]
Nov 29, 2020, 3:55pm

Meditations
Neuroscience Is Our Era's Phrenology
Martin LeFevre: Phrenology, which was big in the early 1800's, is defined as "the detailed study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character and mental abilities." Neuroscience is not a pseudo-science as phrenology was, but given many of its conclusions, much less its veneration, it has become phrenology's equivalent in our time. ... The popularization of neuroscience has reached head-spinning heights. A recent New York Times op-ed, meant to be uplifting, is lugubriously entitled: "Your Brain Is Not For Thinking."...
Nov 28, 2020, 10:36am

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The planet cannot begin to heal until we rip the mask off the West’s war machine
Jonathan Cook: Making political sense of the world can be tricky unless one understands the role of the state in capitalist societies. The state is not primarily there to represent voters or uphold democratic rights and values; it is a vehicle for facilitating and legitimating the concentration of wealth and power into fewer and fewer hands. ... Societies at home must deal with the externalised costs of industries ranging from tobacco and alcohol to chemicals and vehicles. Societies abroad must deal with the costs of the bombs deployed by our “defence” industries. ... And future generations will have to deal with the lethal costs incurred by corporations that for decades have been allowed largely unregulated to pump out their waste products into every corner of the globe... Visit Website ]
Nov 27, 2020, 3:04pm

Commentary
Hey, Joe! These Are Our Demands
Ted Rall: Planet Comes First. (No other issue matters if the earth and the people on it are dead or the climate crisis has prompted the collapse of human civilization.) ... Immediate Relief for COVID’s Economic Victims ... Fully Socialized Medicine. (We tried for-profit medicine. It failed even before COVID.) ... Fully Socialized Higher Education. (The college and university model no longer works.) ... Restart the Police. (It is painfully obvious to anyone with an ounce of sense that American policing is an engine of oppression rather than protection.) ... Empty the Prisons. ... End the Wars.... Visit Website ]
Nov 25, 2020, 12:21pm

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Freedom Rider: Censorship in the Biden Era
Margaret Kimberley: The corporate media have joined the incoming administration in deciding what we can and cannot see and hear. ... The danger of fascism won’t leave Washington with Donald Trump ... there is another danger coming from sectors of the Democratic Party. Their goal is to censor any points of view that undermine their neoliberal and imperialist narratives. ... Bill Russo , deputy communications director for the Joe Biden campaign, publicly demanded that Facebook censor more often than it already does. ... They readily silence individuals and pages that question the establishment narrative. Black people risk being kicked off entirely if they utter any words white people may find offensive... Visit Website ]
Nov 25, 2020, 12:00pm

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Report: Incarceration Destabilizes Neighborhood Economies, Doesn’t Increase Safety
Hannah Gaskill: A report released by the Maryland Center for Economic Policy suggests decreasing the state’s prison budget will lead to a healthier economy and increased public safety. ... Maryland has the highest rate of incarceration for Black men among the 50 states. ... The Maryland Center for Economic Policy recommends legalizing jobs in the underground economy, abolishing policies in the criminal justice system that criminalize poverty, and implementing comprehensive sentencing reform to decrease the state’s prison population. ... investment in public schools, public spaces and adequate drug treatment is the pathway towards a healthy economy and public safety... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2020, 1:10pm

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A Lot More to Afghanistan Than the Current Distractions Would Imply
James O'Neill: What the JFK assassination tells us, however, is that the powers that be do not hesitate to lie, and keep lying, if it suits their wider geopolitical purpose. ... We now have the avowed intention of United States president Donald Trump to remove United States troops from Afghanistan. ... (But) there is no intention of leaving ... The CIA will continue to run the export of the very lucrative drug trade ... Afghanistan also enjoys a relatively unique geography. It shares its borders with seven other nations. None of them are on friendly terms with the United States. ... those countries also form a common border with China is another reason for United States interest... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2020, 11:22am

Commentary
Thanksgiving in America: Massive food lines and evictions as benefits expire
Kate Randall: As this week’s Thanksgiving holiday approaches, a social catastrophe is unfolding across America on a scale not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. ... As the rise of hospitalizations continues unabated, working-class families across the country are facing a crisis of hunger and poverty alongside the sickness and death from the pandemic. ... Many families struggling with paying for food and housing face the cutoff of remaining COVID-19 relief funds by the end of the year. ... The antisocial interests of the financial elite are the main obstacle to any effective measures to contain the pandemic and save lives. ... Nothing is permitted that infringes on the self-enrichment of moguls... Visit Website ]
Nov 23, 2020, 3:28pm

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Water Is Life
Eleanor Goldfield: And although the 2016 fight against “the black snake,” the Dakota Access Pipeline, is past, the actions, the words and the fight continue to echo today. ... Anyone who has followed fracking will have seen the images and reports of flammable water ... these horrors are only the end result of a process that uses astronomical amounts of water in order to frantically pull oil and gas from hard-to-reach nooks and crannies beneath our feet ... “fracking operators used an average of 14 million gallons of water per well, with the maximum amount reaching 39 million gallons for a single well. ... we can not have capitalism and a livable future. We can not have a system that holds profit above water – above life... Visit Website ]
Nov 23, 2020, 2:54pm

Meditations
The Root of Fragmentation, and the Source of Joy
Martin LeFevre: Though it's little more than a trickle, the little creek at the periphery of town is running again after nearly six months as a stream of stones. Following the months of smoke from the worst wildfire season in California's history, the foothills are vibrantly clear after the first rain of the season. ... It's a very strange thing, with a paradoxical kind of beauty, that the evolution of symbolic thought should both give the human brain the capacity to commune with the inviolability and intelligence that imbues the universe, and be a tremendous impediment to it. ... Thought per se is not the problem however; psychological thought, with the self at the center of the detritus of experience that orbits it, is the impediment...
Nov 22, 2020, 2:58pm

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New York Times Job Listing Shows How Western Propaganda Operates
Caitlin Johnstone: The predominant reason mainstream news reporters say things that aren’t true is because in order to be hired by mainstream news outlets, you need to jack your mind into a power-serving worldview that is not based in truth. ... In order to get a job at the New York Times, you need to demonstrate that you subscribe to the mainstream oligarchic imperialist worldview which forms the entirety of western mass media output. ... The fast and easy way to get rich and famous has always been to promote the interests of the powerful. ... The most propagandized people on earth are those who are responsible for promulgating propaganda... Visit Website ]
Nov 21, 2020, 11:06am

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Biden will fail to bring back ‘normal’ politics.
JONATHAN COOK: The reality, far too troubling for most liberals to admit, is that Trump proved popular because a lot of the problems he identified were true, even if he raised them in bad faith himself and had no intention of doing anything meaningful to fix them. ... The neoliberal “normal” isn’t coming back because the economic circumstances that generated it – the post-war boom of seemingly endless growth – have disappeared. ... The ability of the technocratic class to manage growth – wealth accumulation for the rich, tempered by a little “trickle down” to stop the masses rising up – is coming to an end. ... We are now in the age of political populism – a natural response to burgeoning inequality... Visit Website ]
Nov 21, 2020, 10:49am


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