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Why Hondurans See Migration as an Act of Civil Disobedience
Crystal Vance Guerra: The typical Honduran sees the caravan movement for what is: an outright act of civil disobedience. People are walking out of their own countries, the subconscious protest of a frustrated people. It is a bold protest by Hondurans against their president and corruption within their government and a challenge to the U.S. to reckon with the regional crisis its foreign policies have created. ... The caravans emerged only after months of bloody protest to the 2017 elections in Honduras, both as a last recourse and as a continuation of the decadeslong human-rights movement. ... Honduras is reported to be the deadliest country per capita for environmental activists, and lawyers. ... Recent history has shown Hondurans that democracy is not respected in their country. Presidents are imposed, peaceful protest is violently stifled, and extreme corruption has seeped into daily life... Visit Website ]
Dec 14, 2018, 12:56pm

Environment
Reindeer Numbers Have Fallen by More Than Half in 2 Decades
Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch: It's a sad Christmas for the world's reindeer—the antlered Arctic grazers associated with all things Santa Claus. Their numbers have fallen by more than half in the past 20 years, and climate change is likely to blame. ... The latest numbers come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2018 Arctic Report Card, which listed the increasing impacts of global warming on the earth's northernmost region, as EcoWatch has already reported. But the loss of Rangifer tarandus—called caribou in North America and Greenland and reindeer in Siberia and Europe—is of note because it threatens to further throw Arctic ecosystems and cultures out of whack. Reindeer are important prey for wolves and biting flies, and a key source of food and clothing for indigenous groups... Visit Website ]
Dec 14, 2018, 12:43pm

Consider This....
Can Socialism Save Democracy?
Theo Horesh: A consensus is emerging on the left that capitalism produces inequality, which leads to oligarchy, which undermines democracy, and paves the way to fascism; and only socialism can save democracy, because it can break the oligarchy, which will restore equality, so democracy can function effectively. ... It is a simple argument that is easily over applied, for modern democracy has always come coupled with markets. But it is an important argument that needs to be taken seriously, for inequality has threatened democracy, by fracturing the citizenry and producing oligarchy, since at least the time of Aristotle. ... If socialism is going to save democracy, it needs to bring about equality without snuffing out freedom, and it needs to respect the role of markets without letting them dominate society... Visit Website ]
Dec 14, 2018, 12:23pm

Commentary
There But For Fortune...
Jaime O'Neill: Since the fire that wiped out Paradise and Magalia drove us from our home on the otherwise perfect fall morning of November 8, I've thought about the homeless every single day. Lest it occur to you to think of what a great guy I must be to worry about others at such a time of personal upheaval and loss, let me disabuse you of any such notion. ... For nearly three weeks after the fire, I was for all intents and purposes, homeless. I wasn't reduced to sleeping in a damp and grimy sleeping bag, nor did I have to ask strangers for a handout, but I was humbled, nonetheless, with a daily feeling of humiliation at being displaced, literally a refugee. ... When I see the truly homeless now--and I see them every day--I cannot escape an entirely new sense of kinship with them. And when I see pictures of desperate homeless families running with their crying children at our border from the billowing tear gas, I feel shame for the mercilessness and lack of basic compassion that is now redefining us as a people... Visit Website ]
Dec 12, 2018, 4:32pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Yellow Vests Show the Way
Margaret Kimberley: French law requires drivers to keep gilets jaunes, yellow vests, in their vehicles. The vests are a safety measure ensuring visibility for anyone who may find themselves in a roadside emergency. In an act of supreme irony thousands of French men and women use the yellow vest symbolism to tell president Emmanuel Macron that they will not be run over any longer ... Macron didn’t disappoint his patrons as he cut taxes for the wealthy and enacted gasoline “carbon taxes” allegedly used to fight climate change. Even the cherished national health care system is slowly being privatized and people accustomed to this generous government benefit are seeing the beginnings of an American style system. ... Just as in the U.S. the French banks were bailed out, but the people got nothing but cuts in services and benefits... Visit Website ]
Dec 12, 2018, 4:16pm

Meditations
New Age Philosophy Run Amok?
Martin LeFevre: New Age philosophy has always been rather irrational, but of late it has become quite pathetic. This hit home for me in the last few days when someone in town said, "the Lord of Light and the Lord of Darkness are the same being." No wonder he's been increasingly depressed of late. ... One can be overcome by despair these days even with a clear and coherent philosophy of course. But one need not add to it by embracing such nonsensical conflations. ... We need to restrain and retrain ourselves to questioning and reflecting on human consciousness, rather than projecting our notions of good and evil onto the entire universe. There is evil, but it is man-made. Goodness, like the beauty of nature, is not man-made. It grows or perishes within us depending on our insight and understanding...
Dec 11, 2018, 3:36pm

Books
How Standing Rock Changed the Course of a Doctor’s Life
Elisa Camahort PageCarolyn GerinJamia Wilson: The camp was “one of the most soulfully powerful places I’ve ever been,” says a volunteer medic. ... In November 2016, emergency physician Dr. Tara Sood rushed to volunteer with the Indigenous-led protest against the construction of an oil pipeline across the water supply for the Standing Rock reservation. ... At the Oceti camp, there was a medic/healer council and section. There was an herbalist, midwives, mental health practitioners, EMTs, paramedics, social workers, body workers, nurses, and another new doctor. ... The typical story was that the police would arrest people, strip them, and put them in buses with no heat, hence the hypothermia. There were reportedly beatings, and I saw lacerations and one woman who lost an eye to a rubber bullet. Many Americans can’t imagine the level of mistreatment that happened at Standing Rock... Visit Website ]
Dec 10, 2018, 5:23pm

Commentary
The Heresy of White Christianity
Chris Hedges: There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual life—the writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone. ... “When it became clear to me that Jesus was not biologically white and that white scholars actually lied by not telling people who he really was, I stopped trusting anything they said” (Cone) ... White supremacy “is the Antichrist in America because it has killed and crippled tens of millions of black bodies and minds in the modern world,” he writes. “It has also committed genocide against the indigenous people of this land. If that isn’t demonic, I don’t know what is … [and] it is found in every aspect of American life, especially churches, seminaries, and theology.”... Visit Website ]
Dec 10, 2018, 5:10pm

Environment
The Weedkiller in Our Food Is Killing Us
Erin Brockovich, Guardian UK: On a recent Saturday afternoon, in an estuary near Tampa Bay, Florida, I watched airboats move up and down the river banks, spraying massive plumes of weedkiller on to the vegetation. The state of Florida was trying to control and kill off scores of plant species. Nearby, children were lying out in the sun ... The main active ingredient in that mist, and in the weedkiller being sprayed throughout Tampa Bay, is glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the US ... it is now an ingredient in more than 750 products, including the most widely deployed herbicide in the world, Monsanto’s Roundup ... glyphosate causes a form of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma ... Almonds, carrots, quinoa, soy products, vegetable oil, corn and corn oil, canola seeds used in canola oil, beets and beet sugar, sweet potatoes – these are just some of the foodstuffs which typically contain high levels of glyphosate... Visit Website ]
Dec 10, 2018, 4:58pm

Meditations
How Does a Nation Recover Its Soul?
Martin LeFevre: As I have reported before in this column, the only time I heard a voice I’m sure didn’t come from my own head was after the first Gulf War. George Herbert Walker Bush was the president, and that war was the straw that broke the spirit’s back in America. … “You’re mourning the death of your nation’s soul,” came the instantaneous response“ … So the death of America’s soul occurred during Bush Senior’s administration. The set-up first Gulf War was the straw that broke the spirit’s back. … So how does a nation regain its soul? The mainstream media focuses on the absurdities of organized religion … The rebirth of a particular people is not what is required, but the birth of a new human being. We are no longer distinct peoples, belonging to nations, but a totally interconnected species that have put the Earth and ourselves in spiritual and physical peril at our own hands.…
Dec 9, 2018, 10:58am

Meditations
Compassion Is Not An Emotion
Martin LeFevre: Compassion is not a feel-good emotion. In fact, it's not an emotion at all. Compassion can and often is painful. For a moment one feels what it's actually like to walk in the other person's shoes, and there often is immense sorrow in it. ... The idea of compassion acts as a patina over unfelt suffering, and a panacea for the sorrow one doesn't want to go near. Actual compassion is not an attitude one bestows on the less fortunate, or those we comparatively believe are suffering more than we are ... Compassion, like love, flows from affection for every living thing on Earth. It is no more something one consciously confers and wills than breathing. ... A truly compassionate person doesn't know it....
Dec 5, 2018, 4:56pm

Environment
Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment
Helena Norberg-Hodge: If you’re seeking some good news during these troubled times, look at the ecologically sound ways of producing food that have percolated up from the grassroots in recent years. ... Small farmers, environmentalists, academic researchers and food and farming activists have given us agroecology, holistic resource management, permaculture, regenerative agriculture and other methods that can alleviate or perhaps even eliminate the global food system’s worst impacts: biodiversity loss, energy depletion, toxic pollution, food insecurity and massive carbon emissions. ... They involve smaller-scale farms adapted to local conditions, and they depend more on human attention and care than on energy and technology ... (But) The food system is inextricably linked to an economic system that, for decades, has been fundamentally biased against the kinds of changes we need... Visit Website ]
Dec 5, 2018, 3:24pm

Articles
Yellow Vests Rise Against Neo-Liberal ‘King’ Macron
Diana Johnstone: Every automobile in France is supposed to be equipped with a yellow vest. This is so that in case of accident or breakdown on a highway, the driver can put it on to ensure visibility and avoid getting run over. ... So the idea of wearing your yellow vest to demonstrate against unpopular government measures caught on quickly. ... Briefly, the message was this: we can’t make ends meet. The cost of living keeps going up, and our incomes keep going down. We just can’t take it any more. The government must stop, think and change course. ... Macron was the rabbit magically pulled out of a top hat, sponsored by what must be called the French oligarchy. ... The mission assigned to him by his sponsors was clear. He must carry through more vigorously the “reforms” (austerity measures) already undertaken by previous governments... Visit Website ]
Dec 5, 2018, 3:12pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Mueller, Manafort and Assange
Margaret Kimberley: The Mueller investigation much more resembles a propaganda campaign whose goal is neither truth nor justice, but vilification of Russia in the pursuit of endless war. ... “They cannot admit that the Russiagate narrative is and will remain unproven.” ... Trump, his family and his cohorts are guilty of being stupid and or crooked. Mueller can’t continue the ruse if he presents evidence of stupidity. Like all prosecutors he will get the goods any way he can. If that means putting Manafort and Cohen in jail as long as possible he will do it. ... Even worse, the scam has succeeded in distorting American politics and letting scoundrels off the hook. Millions of otherwise intelligent people are convinced that the big lies are true. ... the slanders will continue. They must go on if the crooks in high places are to get away with their crimes... Visit Website ]
Dec 5, 2018, 3:01pm

Links
What if Osama bin Laden Had Legitimate Grievances?
Maj. Danny Sjursen: You’re not supposed to utter these words, but what the heck: Osama bin Laden had a point. ... 1. Bin Laden objected to the presence of U.S. bases in Saudi Arabia specifically and across the region more generally, due to their proximity to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Furthermore, bin Laden criticized the U.S. backing of Saudi Arabia’s despotic royal regime. ... 2. The al-Qaida chief lamented the starvation blockade that the West—led by Washington—imposed on Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War. ... the well-reported deaths of some 500,000 Iraqi children, victims of the sanctions during that period, are what motivated bin Laden’s concern. ... 3. Bin Laden, like many global Muslims, felt sympathy for the generations-long plight of the occupied Palestinians and abhorred America’s one-sided support for Israel’s military and governing apparatus... Visit Website ]
Dec 4, 2018, 4:36pm


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