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These 3 Deceptively Simple Questions Can Shatter the Mythology that Sanctifies U.S. Imperialism
Matt McKenna: 1. Does the United States Actually Oppose the Behaviors It Claims to Oppose? ... In 2018, the United States bombed Syria over the (highly disputed) claims that the government of Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons within the context of the Syrian civil war. ... Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administration’s use of Agent Orange in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s. ... 2. Does the United States Seek Peace? ... the United States has been at war in all but 11 years of its 245-year existence. Far from defensive violence, nearly all of these wars have been aggressive wars of choice. ... 3. Does the United States Care about Democracy? ... the United States currently provides arms to 73% of the world’s dictatorships... Visit Website ]
Jul 26, 2021, 1:12pm

Meditations
Educating the Religious Mind and Heart
Martin LeFevre: Though Jesus didn't prophesy the Second Coming of Christ, if he were to return, the first thing he would do would be to disavow any connection with Catholicism and Christianity. ... Jesus was a revolutionary of the heart, and a radical renewal prophet in the Jewish tradition. He was not the founder of Catholicism and Christianity, which are largely antithetical to his teachings. ... Religions are one thing, and the religious mind and heart another. ... We need to tend to the garden of our own hearts ... We need to pull up the old roots and new weeds and allow impersonal love to grow. ... We need to be still...(Revised)
Jul 24, 2021, 10:32am

Commentary
Stuck in the Smoke as Billionaires Blast Off
Naomi Klein: Climate inaction was never really about denial. Rich countries just thought poorer countries would bear the brunt of the crisis. ... “No one is safe.” We are all trapped in this crisis — whether under that relentless pall of smoke, or in a heat that hits like a physical wall, or under rains and winds that will not stop. ... the climate crisis can no longer be fobbed off on some faraway place or to some far-off future time. ... We are fresh out of “out theres” — whether spatially or temporally... Visit Website ]
Jul 23, 2021, 11:37am

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Standing with the Cuban People
Margaret Kimberley: “The same people who claim concern for the Cuban people are also in favor of continuing their suffering.” ... (Black Lives Matter) BLM released a statement demanding an end to the 60-year long sanctions imposed by the U.S. against the Cuban government and its people. The impetus for their statement came after a well orchestrated psy-op was carried out against the Cuban government. ... It is important to clarify what sanctions are and how they are used against Cuba and 38 other countries around the world. Sanctions do more than prevent U.S. individuals, banks, and businesses from doing business with the target nation. The U.S. also targets any nation that dares to defy its edict. Any country considering breaking a U.S. embargo suffers the same fate as the target... Visit Website ]
Jul 23, 2021, 11:24am

Meditations
Can Humankind Make a Leap In Consciousness?
Martin LeFevre: In his book, ''The Neanderthal's Necklace,'' Juan Luis Arsuaga, a paleo-anthropologist and professor at the University of Madrid, provides a cogent discussion of consciousness. ... "Did human consciousness come into existence through incremental changes, or through 'one great qualitative leap?'" ... This is urgently worth delving into, because it pertains to an essential leap in consciousness, which has to occur if humanity is to adequately respond man's self-made climate and ecological crisis. ... Simply put, human beings have to make the leap from consciousness based on symbols, thought and self-centeredness, to a consciousness based on awareness, attention and insight...
Jul 22, 2021, 10:25am

Environment
Why Mother Nature Doesn’t Love You
Jim Britell: Mother Nature does not love humans particularly, but she loves her systems to be in balance and loves the Earth exactly the way we love another person. ... Mother Nature does not single out humans or fish or trees or water for unique or exclusive love, she loves complete harmonious systems. ... If humans remove parts of the Earth’s working systems, they will always be returned to stable equilibrium one way or another. ... If Mother Nature has a sense of humor and notices us, she must think it amusing to watch her puny little human cells strutting around, bragging about how they all intend to, “Do whatever it takes,” all the while knowing that she alone decides who will do what to whom... Visit Website ]
Jul 21, 2021, 11:19am

Commentary
Trying to Put All America Behind
Edward Curtin: Sixty years ago this summer, on August 7, 1961, President John Kennedy signed the bill creating The Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts. It consists of forty miles of immaculate sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and upland along the Atlantic Ocean ... It is very hard to put the United States of America behind you when the fog of an endless propaganda war warps your mind and tries to crush your spirit even when you look away as far as the eye can see. ... It is hard here on the sands of the Cape not to think of JFK, especially since he saved these sands for posterity, a bit of the USA that remains if you ever go looking for it. He saved this land whose evil CIA forces slayed him... Visit Website ]
Jul 21, 2021, 10:50am

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The Olympics Is a Racket
An interview with Jules Boykoff: The world’s top athletes coming together in a spirit of friendly competition is a beautiful vision. But the Olympics have become a machine for the ruthless extraction of profit at the expense of working-class people. ... The IOC, political power players, and megacorporations use the occasion as a pretext to funnel massive amounts of money to local and international elites while stiffing athletes and harming working-class people in every Olympic city. ... The games are an extreme intensifier of inequality: some people’s homes are razed to make space for temporary structures, while others rake in millions and live permanently at five-star hotels...

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Jul 19, 2021, 1:10pm

Commentary
What do you really know about U.S.-Cuba relations?
Mickey Z.: When you watch the latest news stories about unrest in Cuba, are you relying on critical thought to process them, or are you lazily falling back on decades of deeply embedded propaganda about Castro, communism, etc.? ... Are you familiar with your country’s history with Cuba? Are you open to accepting that God’s Country may have committed atrocities far worse than anything you’ve been told about the Cuban regime? ... As you watch the latest news coming out of Cuba, keep in mind that the U.S. has overtly or covertly overthrown dozens and dozens of foreign governments over the past century or so. It’s never about spreading freedom. It’s always been about conquest and power... Visit Website ]
Jul 19, 2021, 12:29pm

Blogosphere
“We’ve Got To Fight Disinformation,” Says Empire Made Entirely Of Disinformation
Caitlin Johnstone: If the propaganda engine of the US-centralized empire ceased actively deceiving the public about the world, it would collapse immediately. ... Getting people believing they live in separate, sovereign nations which function independently from one another, instead of member states within a single undeclared empire which moves as one unit on the international stage. ... Getting people believing they control the fate of their nation via the democratic process ... And above all, manufacturing the illusion that the oppressive, exploitative imperialist status quo is normal... Visit Website ]
Jul 19, 2021, 12:21pm

Articles
Failure of Umpires: The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
Anthony Cherry : One of the worst racial pogroms in U.S. history might have been prevented if city and state leaders had done their jobs responsibly ... Instead of trying to protect the Black community, Tulsa law enforcement and city officials, along with state authorities and the U.S. Army, gave carte blanche to, and even assisted, white vigilantes as they attacked and destroyed Black Tulsa. ... The perpetrators of the mob violence were subsequently granted impunity: not one white person was ever prosecuted for murder, torture, looting or arson, even though those crimes were amply documented. ... The implications of the failure of government officials—whether liberal or conservative—to serve as arbiters of justice is ultimately as significant today as it was in 1921... Visit Website ]
Jul 17, 2021, 2:24pm

Commentary
Malicious Aid: The Real Root Cause of the Border Crisis
Nicky Reid: The root cause of nearly all mass migration worldwide is and always has been imperialism. ... our conquistador foreign policy has turned their countries into, and in few places on the map is this more true than the infamous Northern Triangle of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras ... America has been tormenting these desperate places going back to the 19th Century, but it was during the Cold War, under the mania of anti-communism, that we truly kicked the cruelty into second gear. ... Corrupt governments continued to serve American corporations and silence anyone who spoke out ... American dollars go into propping up the most bloodthirsty and corrupt nations on earth... Visit Website ]
Jul 17, 2021, 12:38pm

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Urban mining: when communities reject the throwaway economy
Mauro Anastasio: A growing number of communities across Europe are speeding up the shift to more resilient economies and supply chains, rethinking the way we create, use, and dispose of our everyday products. ... This is the story of Maakfabriek, a Belgian creative lab and community of upcyclers extracting precious resources from urban waste and giving products a second life. ... Going beyond recycling, the mission of communities like Maakfabriek is to add value to urban waste, sharing tools and ideas to give goods like discarded furniture and broken electronics a new life. ... Known as urban mining, this practice is becoming increasingly popular in a society that’s running out of raw materials and strives to find a sustainable alternative to conventional, destructive mining... Visit Website ]
Jul 16, 2021, 12:54pm

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The Fight for Recognition: The Tularosa Basin Downwinders and the Injustices of Trinity
Tina Cordova: On July 16, 1945, when the US government detonated the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site in South Central New Mexico, officials had little to no concern for the people who lived in the adjacent area. ... Most of them were people of color, Native Americans and also Hispanos ... These people were warned neither before nor after the so-called “test” as to the dangers they were facing as a result of the bomb ... As documented in written and oral histories recorded by the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium (TBDC), ash fell from the sky for days after the bomb was detonated and settled on everything—the people, the land, and the animals ... The bomb detonated at Trinity produced massive fallout that blanketed the earth and became part of the water and food supply... Visit Website ]
Jul 16, 2021, 12:16pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: U.S. Out of Haiti!
Margaret Kimberley: The United States playing any role in Haiti’s future is akin to the fox being left in charge of the henhouse. ... Foreign interventions are at the root of Haiti’s problems. Even philanthropy is suspect. The millions of dollars raised after the 2010 earthquake ended up in the hands of the oligarch class. ... Venezuela’s Petrocaribe project was intended to provide oil to Haiti and other nations at steeply discounted prices. Instead, it was undermined by theft on a massive scale. None of the funds reached the people who desperately needed them. ... If outsiders do nothing else, they must call attention to Haiti’s history and speak the truth about two hundred years of oppression at the hands of more powerful countries... Visit Website ]
Jul 15, 2021, 12:29pm


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