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Trump Derangement Syndrome Returns
Margaret Kimberley: Worse than the silly Trump inspired derangement is the way that those who call themselves left or progressive have chosen to defend federal law enforcement and bad legislation like the Espionage Act ... The Espionage Act is a relic from the earliest days of the cold war ... The FBI continues to use informants to entrap Black people in phony terror cases. ... The right to remain silent is one of the most important in American law and should be used a lot more often ... Trump should not live rent free in our collective consciousness any longer. ... No one has to follow Trump’s shenanigans any longer or allow the corporate media or the democratic party to make him their focus... Visit Website ]
Aug 17, 2022, 4:04pm

Articles
The U.S. Pivot to Asia: Cold War Lessons From Vietnam for Today
Cynthia Chung: ...the official narrative for why the Korean War and the Vietnam War were fought are fabrications of the Cold War “reality.” ... The Cold War defined a pixelated enemy that was under-defined and invisible to the eye. ... Although Ho Chi Minh’s belief in communism was used to justify this betrayal (France), the truth was that he was a threat because he considered himself first and foremost a nationalist ... It was this nationalism that could not be tolerated in areas of the world which were regarded as imperial territories and subject lands. ... It is for this very same reason that MI6 and the CIA staged a coup against the beloved nationalist Mosaddegh in Iran... Visit Website ]
Aug 16, 2022, 1:09pm

Health
The Strike at Kaiser
Cal Winslow: Thousands of Northern California Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians, members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), are on strike. ... “For the past decade, Kaiser psychologists, therapists and social workers have done everything in their power to make Kaiser fix its broken mental health care system... are striking to compel Kaiser to put an end to its gaping disparity between the care it provides for mental and physical health conditions ... few could deny that this country is experiencing a deep crisis in mental health (depression, addiction, suicide) made all the worse by COVID, the massacres, a political malaise, and the spectacle of never-ending war... Visit Website ]
Aug 16, 2022, 11:51am

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Afghanistan a Year Later: Can We Finally Speak Honestly About Bush & Cheney's “Little War"?
Thom Hartmann: Let’s use this anniversary to honestly evaluate the actions that have so bloodied our soldiers, while transferring trillions of US taxpayer dollars to Bush- & Cheney-related military contractors ... Fact: Afghanistan had little to nothing to do with the 9/11 attack ... 9/11 had nothing to do with Afghanistan and everything to do with former President George H.W. Bush stationing American troops in Saudi Arabia ... Having two successful wars — Afghanistan and the upcoming 2003 Iraq attack — would also help Bush and Cheney politically ... For Cheney, it meant hundreds of billions in no-bid contracts for his failing Halliburton company... Visit Website ]
Aug 16, 2022, 11:40am

Environment
How America’s First ‘Heat Officers’ Are Cooling Miami and Los Angeles
Michaela Haas: For the first time, two US cities are treating extreme heat as a crisis — and dealing with it accordingly ... Wildfires and hurricanes may grab the big headlines, but heat is actually the deadliest weather phenomenon in the US. ... air conditioning units for underserved communities; and a “cooling network” of shops, department stores and fast-food chains at which people can come in and cool down, “so that everybody who starts feeling overheated on their way to the bus stop knows: I can get a glass of cool water here and sit down in a cooled space to recover at no cost... Visit Website ]
Aug 15, 2022, 2:58pm

Commentary
If We Want Humanity to Survive, We Must Cooperate With China
Nathan J. Robinson & Noam Chomsky: War between nuclear-armed powers should be unthinkable. The deterioration of U.S.-China relations threatens the whole world, and treating China as an enemy is suicidally deranged. ... we should recognize that the idea that China poses a military threat to the United States itself is so absurd that Lyle Goldstein says it is “almost a joke in national security circles,” ... It is necessary for China and the United States, two major economies, to sort out crucial issues together, like global warming, pandemics, and nuclear weapons ... the U.S. must cease to consider global control a “vital interest” and must accommodate and respect the interests of others...
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Aug 15, 2022, 2:47pm

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China Threatens The US Empire, Not The US Itself: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: If your government is showing a clear interest in the outcome of a foreign war, and your first response isn’t to do some rigorous and intellectually honest investigation as to whether your government played a role in starting that war, then there’s something wrong with your mind. ... I’ve found it’s a lot more helpful to just work to sow healthy ideas around so they can take root ... Things you can’t make money out of:... Peace -- A thriving biosphere -- Health -- Energy sources you can’t control ...While we use money to value things, we will never be free... Visit Website ]
Aug 15, 2022, 12:36pm

Commentary
Roaming Charges: Gaza by Bomblight
Jeffrey St. Clair: The bombing of Gaza has become ritualized. Israel no longer even feels compelled to offer much of a rationale. Gaza is bombed because Gaza exists. As long as Gaza exists, it shall be bombed. Gaza’s existence is a threat to the idea of the Israeli state. ... Yet the objectives for the bombing of Gaza will never be realized. Gaza cannot be eliminated. Gaza will exist. Therefore it must always be bombed. ... Israel defines itself by what it is not. Israel is not Gaza. The more Israel bombs Gaza, the more deeply it becomes its true self... Visit Website ]
Aug 13, 2022, 12:49pm

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US House passes pro-corporate climate bill
Barry Grey: Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: ... Its provisions for “clean energy” consist of massive handouts to solar, wind and other renewable energy corporations in the form of $369 billion in tax credits over 10 years. This is accompanied by far-reaching concessions to the fossil fuel industry demanded by Manchin, a coal business multimillionaire and unabashed shill for Big Oil. ... the bill include unprecedented guarantees of new leases of federal lands and offshore territories for gas and oil exploration ... would weaken the ability of environmental agencies to restrict permitting of new oil and gas pipelines and other infrastructure projects... Visit Website ]
Aug 13, 2022, 12:08pm

Free Speech
ESSAY: Women in Prison: How We Are, Assata Shakur, 1978
Editors, The Black Agenda Review: Many Black radicals, along with their Native American and Puerto Rican sistren and brethren, remain locked up and continue to be tortured. Assata Shakur was the rare one who managed to get away. ... while incarcerated at Riker’s Island that Shakur wrote, “Women in Prison: how we are,” first published in the journal The Black Scholar in 1978 ... “There are no criminals here at Riker’s Island Correctional Institution for Women, (New York), only victims.” ... “Women can never be free in a country that is not free.” ... She was given political asylum in Cuba, where she remains today... Visit Website ]
Aug 12, 2022, 11:51am

Did You Know
The United States has many political prisoners. Here’s a list
Stansfield Smith: The US government holds many political prisoners, including journalists; national security state whistleblowers; Black, Indigenous, and Latino revolutionaries; foreign diplomats; Muslims detained without trial; women who defended themselves from attacks; and environmental activists. ... Well-known cases are those entrapped or framed in US national security state sting operations, or imprisoned with extreme sentences for a minor offense because of their political activism, such as Black revolutionary George Jackson ... Today, the US national security state considers its most dangerous enemies those who expose its crimes at home and abroad ... (Just a few of the political prisoners in the United States ... Mumia Abu-Jamal, Julian Assange, Alex Saab, Leonard Peltier, Joy Powell, Veronza Bowers)... Visit Website ]
Aug 11, 2022, 11:49am

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Nancy Pelosi, White Supremacy, and China
Margaret Kimberley: White supremacist arrogance was the order of the day when Nancy Pelosi ignored a red line set by the Chinese government and visited Taiwan. The Speaker of the House showed stereotypical and racist attitudes towards that country and began a chain of events that won't go well for the U.S. ... Racism is the only explanation for treating Xi Jinping and other government officials as if they are dumb ... Neither Nancy Pelosi nor Joe Biden see the world through other nations’ eyes. Why should they when they live by a belief in U.S. superiority? ... But they will repeat the process of undermining what they seek to preserve... Visit Website ]
Aug 11, 2022, 11:30am

Commentary
Can We Please Have an Adult Conversation about China?
Vijay Prashad: A new kind of madness is seeping into global political discourse, a poisonous fog that suffocates reason ... a deep suspicion and hatred of China ... a country of 1.4 billion people, an ancient civilisation that suffered, as much of the Global South did, a century of humiliation ... Since then, Chinese society has been deeply transformed by utilising its social wealth to address the age-old problems of hunger, illiteracy, despondency, and patriarchy ... As with all social experiments, there have been great problems, but these are to be expected from any collective human action ... attempt to isolate it is socially dangerous ... Walls need to be knocked down, not built up... Visit Website ]
Aug 11, 2022, 10:46am

Meditations
Shaping the Human Mind Is Enslavement
Martin LeFevre: The land is bone dry, and cobwebs cover the bushes along the creek. ... Thought as knowledge or skill is not a problem. Thought became a problem when it formed the basis of our psychological, social and spiritual lives. ... The assumption that the human mind must be 'shaped' is the assumption of slavery. ... The idea that the human mind is ineluctably shaped, conditioned by parents, society, technology or "our own agency," is deeply false and destructive to human freedom ... The process of unconditioning the mind is an arduous one...
Aug 9, 2022, 5:38pm

Commentary
It’s Time to Stop the MAD-Ness!
John Miksad: Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed 77 years ago this week. The two bombs the United States dropped on those cities killed some 200,000 human beings, most of whom were civilians. ... Now we can snuff out the lives of billions with the push of a button. ... No one is safe. This war moved beyond the battlefield long ago. ... It doesn’t have to be this way. There is a way to have real safety and security, health, and well-being. ... Russians, Chinese, Iranians, and North Koreans need not be our enemies. ... There are only two ways to eliminate an enemy ... either destroy him or make him your friend. Visit Website ]
Aug 9, 2022, 12:28pm


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