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Legacy of British Empire Lurks Behind Today’s Headlines
From Brexit’s threat to resurrect hard borders in Ireland to the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong, John Wight reviews an array of global crises rooted in British exceptionalism.... “Your deeds they would shame all the devils in hell,” is a line from the Ballad of James Connolly, written in 1972 by the Irish folk music band The Wolfe Tones in tribute to the Irish rebel leader, union organiser, thinker and theorist, who was executed by a British firing squad for his part in the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. ... This lyric offers a cogent summation of the blood-soaked legacy of British colonialism and imperialism, which continues to play a role in an array of world crises... Visit Website ]
Oct 17, 2019, 4:46pm

Consider This....
Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground
Edward Snowden: the US government, along with the governments of the UK and Australia, is attempting to undermine the only method that currently exists for reliably protecting the world’s information: encryption. Should they succeed in their quest to undermine encryption, our public infrastructure and private lives will be rendered permanently unsafe. ... The true explanation for why the US, UK and Australian governments want to do away with end-to-end encryption is less about public safety than it is about power: E2EE gives control to individuals and the devices they use to send, receive and encrypt communications, not to the companies and carriers that route them. ... This, then, would require government surveillance to become more targeted and methodical, rather than indiscriminate and universal.... Visit Website ]
Oct 16, 2019, 4:23pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Trump, Obama and Syria
Margaret Kimberley: Whether by mistake or design, Donald Trump is presiding over the – agonizing slow – demise of Barack Obama’s illegal and immoral scheme to overthrow the government of Syria using jihadist terror armies. ... Pointing out that the Trump team is particularly inept is only part of the story. The Democrats’ crocodile tears shed over the Kurds are part of their effort to undermine Trump while continuing to engage in the same criminality which both parties practice. Not one Democratic Party critic has questioned the premise of U.S. imperialism which brought the Kurds and the Syrians to this point... Visit Website ]
Oct 16, 2019, 4:11pm

Did You Know
Just 100 Companies Will Sign Humanity’s Death Warrant
Lee Camp: The corporations that are screwing up your life, tainting your water, polluting your air, buying up your favorite coffee shop and turning it into a gas station, sucking your tax dollars up through subsidies, and all the while paying their employees a warm can of farts per hour—those corporations are the same ones creating the climate catastrophe. ... The Guardian reported that just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global greenhouse gas emissions. These include Exxon Mobil, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Chinese and Russian coal, Chevron, BP, CNPC, ConocoPhillips, Gazprom, Lukoil, Total, Petrobas ... They have made a two trillion-dollar gamble that we will all keep using fossil fuels even as society collapses... Visit Website ]
Oct 15, 2019, 5:20pm

Commentary
Why Russia and China Stand Together
Andre Vltchek: The capitalist world is in decay. The West is rotting. Anger and nihilism are pouring from the imperialist empire whose citizens are frustrated; not at peace with themselves. ... But it is China and Russia who are at the forefront of spite of the Western nation and their propagandists. ... Russia which saved the world from Nazism, and which helped to decolonize dozens of nations, is now “least liked country” in Europe. ... China, a mighty Communist country, (or call it a “socialist country with Chinese characteristics”), is being mocked and humiliated by Western propaganda. Arrogance of the European and North American indoctrinators and most of their servile pseudo-intellectuals, from the so-called center to the right, has no boundaries... Visit Website ]
Oct 15, 2019, 5:00pm

Articles
A 'Red Deal': Why Indigenous Communities Belong at the Center of Climate Action
Josue De Luna Navarro: "We are all related; us, plants, animals, water, air, and soil. We are all related."... Earlier last month, The Red Nation published "The Red Deal"—a political framework developed by young Indigenous activists, which pushes the Green New Deal to go further. ... "The Red Deal is not a counter program of the GND," they write. "It's a call for action beyond the scope of the U.S. colonial state. It's a program for Indigenous liberation, life, and land." It pushes current climate policy work to expand, to include the demilitarization of the U.S. border, the abolishment of ICE, and decolonization of stolen land... Visit Website ]
Oct 14, 2019, 2:52pm

Environment
Bayer Shareholders: Put Health and Nature First and Stop Funding This Company!
Colin Todhunter: Campaigner and environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has just written an open letter to Bayer Crop Science shareholders ... outlines how the gradual onset of the global extinction of many species is largely the result of chemical-intensive industrial agriculture ... For instance, she argues that Monsanto’s (now Bayer) glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide and Bayer’s clothianidin are largely responsible for the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef and that the use of glyphosate and neonicotinoid insecticides are wiping out wildlife species across the globe. ... Mason also argues that the science behind (chemical-dependent) GMOs is fraudulent... Visit Website ]
Oct 14, 2019, 2:33pm

Meditations
The Paranormal Is Not Immanence
Martin LeFevre: For awareness of immanence (the sacredness existing within the material universe) to be, all psychological functions of 'higher thought' have to yield and spontaneously fall silent in attentiveness. ... What I'm saying is that all paranormal phenomena, to the degree they actually occur, still belong and pertain to thought, just in some form that we don't yet understand in scientific terms. ... They have little importance, since experiencing the sacred has nothing to do with paranormal activity, though it's often confused and conflated with experiencing the numinous. ... It's difficult for most people (especially smart people) to see that thought, however far scientific knowledge advances, is inherently limited, and is imprisoning us...
Oct 12, 2019, 5:36pm

Commentary
The Rights Of Nature
Robert C. Koehler: "When the U.S. Constitution was ratified, women, indigenous peoples, and slaves were treated as property, without rights." ... This isn't over yet. In the same vein of exploitative ignorance, we're still treating a living, life-sustaining, crucial being as property: the ecosystem. And in the process, we're choking our own habitat—that is to say, ourselves—to death. ... The Rights of Nature movement, as it tinkers with governmental bureaucracies on every continent, is about ushering humanity back onto a living planet. This is where we used to live. This is where the indigenous people of the world still live. ... "... Indigenous worldviews around the planet share a common perspective: the world is alive and meaningful and our relationship with the rest of life is one of participation, communion and co-creation."... Visit Website ]
Oct 11, 2019, 3:04pm

Environment
Photos of the world's 25 most endangered primates
Melissa Breyer: Meet the primate species that are among the most endangered on the planet, and the most in need of conservation measures. ... In 2017, the Tapanuli orangutan was discovered in the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. The rust-colored beauties made headlines for becoming the eighth known species of great ape in the world (including us humans). Their discovery was also notable for being the first great ape species to be described to science since the bonobo was discovered in 1929... Now, just two years later, the Tapanuli orangutan has been bestowed with a much more grim distinction: A spot in the new report, "Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2018-2020."... Visit Website ]
Oct 10, 2019, 4:48pm

Books
Obama: the Greatest War President
Ron Ridenour: Jeremy Kuzmarov has written a seminal book, Obama’s Unending Wars: Fronting the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State (Clarity Press, August 2019), on the US Military Empire led for eight years by a black-faced president residing in the African slave-constructed White House. ... Kuzmarov’s impeccable and extensive research reveals the reality of Obama’s eight presidential years favoring the rich class’ economic and military-warring interests. ... Obama, the drone president, stood for seven aggressive wars at once, more than any other US president. ... Obama provided a liberal front for policies that exacerbated internal inequalities and setback movements for progressive change, keeping us locked in the Cold War, and setting the basis for a new Cold War.... Visit Website ]
Oct 10, 2019, 4:40pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Botham Jean, Joshua Brown and Antonio Williams Freedom Rider: Botham Jean, Joshua Brown and Antonio Williams
Margaret Kimberley: The death of a police murder witness in Dallas is reminiscent of another police atrocity and coverup in New York City. ... There is always hope that justice will be done but also recognition that it is rarely the case. Yet in Dallas the killer cop was actually convicted by a multi-racial jury. But what should have been a cause for some relief turned into farce ... Just three days after the conviction Brown was also killed. ...While the facts surrounding Botham Jean’s and Brown's murders were somewhat anomalous, a man in New York City suffered the same fate but in a more typical fashion for police murder victims. ... Williams’ last words were, “I didn’t do nothing. Why are you bothering me? Why are you after me?” The police tackled and shot him but two of the bullets struck one of officers and he died along with Williams... Visit Website ]
Oct 9, 2019, 4:21pm

Meditations
Elegy For Hovering Kites
Martin LeFevre: The most exquisitely graceful phenomenon I've ever seen in nature is the flight of a hovering kite falling gently to earth from 100 meters above the fields. ... The kites are gone now, their habitat destroyed by a sprawling multi-purpose "development" on the fields that were their hunting ground just two years ago. ... I mourn for the kites, coyotes, long-eared rabbits, pheasant, quail and even the rattlesnakes that I encountered here a decade ago. ... Man, dominated by symbolic thought rather than the master of it, is destroying the Earth. There's been a reduction of three billion birds in the last 30 or 40 years in North America alone. Humankind urgently needs a revolution in consciousness...
Oct 8, 2019, 1:44pm

Health
US Allows Poisons In Food Not Allowed In The UK
Freya Drohan, Dailymail.co.uk: Vani Hari, who goes by the moniker The Food Babe online, showed the differences between common bodega goods like chips and soda and how they are formulated on each side of the Atlantic. ... The author and campaigner, 38, shared her findings with her audience, who were horrified to see ingredients like the preservative BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) and artificial colorings in products sold to American consumers while the British versions – and Australian and Canadian – come without. ... Although artificial dyes are common in America, that doesn’t make them safe to eat ... She explained that in Europe, food companies are required to include warning labels if they use artificial dyes – hence many opt not to use them.... Visit Website ]
Oct 5, 2019, 3:23pm

Commentary
The Two Internationalisms
Lawrence Wittner: In recent years, internationalism — cooperation among nations for promotion of the common good — has acquired a bad reputation. ... Focusing on their nation’s supposed superiority to others, a long line of right-wing demagogues, including Adolf Hitler (“Deutschland Über Alles”) and Donald Trump (“America First”), have stirred up xenophobia, racism, and militarism, often with some success in public opinion and at the polls. ... If the people of the world are to stave off the global catastrophes ... they need to cast off their lingering tribalism, recognize their common humanity, and begin working for the good of all.... Visit Website ]
Oct 5, 2019, 2:53pm


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