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Why War Deaths Increase After Wars
David Swanson: War and Health: The Medical Consequences of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, edited by Catherine Lutz and Andrea Mazzarino. Its focus is on “indirect” deaths caused, at least in large part, by wars. .... wars have caused illnesses, injuries, malnutrition, homelessness, poverty, lack of social support, lack of healthcare, trauma, depression, suicide, refugee crises, disease epidemics, the poisoning of the environment, and the spread of small-scale violence. ... Is a condition like PTSD a disease, or is it simply a normal human reaction to the violence of war, as both observed and perpetrated?” ... “[W]ars would be more difficult to prosecute if, from the outset, the thousands or even millions of dead or injured bodies were emphasized.... Visit Website ]
Nov 18, 2019, 3:08pm

Blogosphere
Iran: Economic Blockade and Crowd Protests were also How the US made the 1953 Coup
Juan Cole: The crowd protests that grew to affect 100 cities over the weekend in Iran were sparked by the government increasing the price of gasoline by as much as 3 times overnight. ... But the underlying discontents with the government have been caused by a sinking economy, expected to shrink by 9% this year. ... In turn, Iran’s economic woes derive from Donald Trump’s economic blockade of the country, whereby he has virtually halted Iranian oil sales ... The campaign aims at regime change, and the social unrest it has succeeded in provoking is testimony to the deadly efficiency of the blockade. ... The situation eerily resembles that in summer, 1953... Visit Website ]
Nov 18, 2019, 2:36pm

Health
The Killing Fields of American Health Care
David Penner: American health care is being crushed under the iron heel of a cabal of ruthless and merciless robber barons. ... Indeed, this primitive and backward system continues to be a source of horrendous suffering, as the health insurance companies, hospital executives, and pharmaceutical companies repeatedly place their insatiable lust for profit over the lives of their fellow Americans. ... According to a Johns Hopkins study, more than 250,000 Americans die each year due to medical errors. ... Few realize that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not engaged in impartial third party testing of drugs, and that the pharmaceutical companies are simply supplying the FDA with their invariably fudged statistics. ... It is no small irony that the most diabolical drug dealers would turn out to be psychiatrists that prescribe psychotropic drugs and physicians that overprescribe opioids... Visit Website ]
Nov 18, 2019, 2:11pm

Meditations
Look Up At The Moon Tonight
Martin LeFevre: Look up at the moon tonight, as people have done for tens of thousands of years. In the mind's eye, one can envision the few remnants of the Apollo landings strewn across the tidally locked side of the earth's huge satellite we see. ... If the greedy fools in China and America have their way however, instead of the awe-inspiring site of a full moon, your grandchildren may see massive solar farms with the naked eye. ... "The moon offers humanity the materials to become a space-faring species...and the country that establishes a viable jumping-off point from the moon will be the first to get the opportunity to benefit from trillion dollars worth of space-based resources." ... The moon may offer humanity the materials to become a space-faring species---if we can begin to live in imperfect harmony with nature and each other on the earth...
Nov 16, 2019, 2:22pm

Commentary
Celebrating Peace: A Work in Progress
Robert C. Koehler: Veterans For Peace, an organization that speaks truth to war like nobody else, is attempting to reclaim Armistice Day, the Nov. 11 holiday that was flipped on its head 65 years ago when it was renamed Veterans Day — and became a celebration not of the end of war but of its perpetuity. ... Veterans Day celebrates — glorifies — the past. Armistice Day speaks to, and attempts to create, the future. What is peace? How can it happen? The question hovers like a star. ... “We absolutely need to start pushing back on militarism in all its forms and regardless of who is in the White House. Not just on gross displays like Trump’s proposed circus but on how we organize and how the effects of militarism show up in all of our spaces and communities. ... Visit Website ]
Nov 15, 2019, 12:16pm

Articles
The Life and Times of Jimmy Hoffa
Chris Wright: With the possible exception of John L. Lewis, no twentieth-century union leader was as beloved by the members as Hoffa. He made it a point to be approachable and endlessly responsive ... That working class is dead now. But in its heyday, it was one hell of a force to be reckoned with. ... my ethics are very simple. Live and let live, and those who try to destroy you, make it your business to see that they don’t and that they have problems. ... when you talk about the question of hoodlums and gangsters, the first people that hire hoodlums and gangsters are employers ... so if you’re going to stay in the business of organizing the unorganized, maintaining the union you have, then you better have a resistance. ... Visit Website ]
Nov 15, 2019, 11:58am

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How Reparations to Descendants of Slavery Can Heal a Nation
Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: To truly understand the debt this country owes to Black people is to be liberated from the bondage of miseducation that we’ve remained shackled to in the so-called land of the free. .... The first efforts to atone for the damages of slavery and seek reparations for formerly enslaved Africans came in 1865 during a meeting between 20 Black pastors and Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. ... The newly freed families were each given 40 acres of land, and some received surplus mules from the army, but Sherman’s order was rescinded by President Andrew Johnson just months later. ... The consensus of the many people I’ve talked to about reparations is that no dollar amount can make up for the harm of slavery and the exploitation and oppression of Black people that followed. However, the trillions owed are a start, and can be disbursed in a number of ways... Visit Website ]
Nov 14, 2019, 12:41pm

Commentary
Casualties of War: Military Veterans Have Become America’s Walking Wounded
John W. Whitehead: War sustains our way of life while killing us at the same time. ... Unfortunately, it’s the U.S. government that poses the greater threat to America’s military veterans, especially if they are among that portion of the population that exercises their First Amendment right to speak out against government wrongdoing. ... The government even has a name for its war on America’s veterans: Operation Vigilant Eagle. ... this Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program tracks military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and characterizes them as extremists and potential domestic terrorist threats because they may be “disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war.”... Visit Website ]
Nov 14, 2019, 11:48am

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Freedom Rider: Hybrid Warfare in Bolivia and Beyond
Margaret Kimberley: The violent coup in Bolivia, like all of Washington’s regime-change and dirty tricks operations, has been aided and abetted by corporate media’s masters of euphemism. ... It is problematic to invade, occupy, overthrow and impose deadly sanctions on helpless civilians when average people can easily access information for themselves. Getting and keeping public support for evil doing is a risky proposition. ... That is why governments tell lies. ... They can’t assume a thumbs up from the public when they kill and destroy. They need propaganda and at this stage of history when the United States and its allies can’t expect to get what they want, the lies must be many and they must be promoted constantly. ... Visit Website ]
Nov 13, 2019, 1:36pm

Articles
The five ways Republicans will crack down on voting rights in 2020
Carol Anderson: America hangs in the balance. The elections in November next year will determine whether the United States continues down the road of authoritarian dynastic rule or reclaims the work of expanding and improving our democracy. ... Intimidation of minority voters --- We’re likely to see more abusive use of state power to intimidate and criminalize Asian Americans, African Americans and Hispanics for voting or registering minorities to vote. ... Curbing voter registration --- Another tactic, which Tennessee tried after 2018, is to criminalize voter registration drives. ... Felon disenfranchisement ... Election security issues ... Partisan courthouses --- The final, and overarching ominous sign is Senate Republicans’ determination to pack the federal courts with judges, more of whom than ever before have been rated “unqualified”... Visit Website ]
Nov 13, 2019, 12:27pm

Meditations
Big Freeze or Big Squeeze?
Martin LeFevre: Does the universe as a whole, as all life on earth, and indeed the sun and stars themselves, go through cycles of birth and death, or is the universe somehow exempt from the cycle and end in a Big Freeze or Big Rip? .... The cyclic universe is the only logical hypothesis that fits the pattern at stellar, planetary and terrestrial levels. ... That's not to say we live in a reincarnated universe, but rather that each 'bounce' of a Big Bang incarnates an entirely new universe. ... Let's suppose that what astronomers are calling "dark energy" is actually a property of the continuous creation of the universe, flowing from the same source that produced the initial inflation as well as all observable energy and matter...
Nov 12, 2019, 5:13pm

Commentary
Bolivia and Venezuela: Two Countries, But Same Hybrid War
Nino Pagliccia: A coup took place in Bolivia on November 10. The fact that the president of the country, Evo Morales, resigned does not contradict the fact that a coup has taken place. Morales was forced by the military to resign. .... Bolivia and Venezuela are similar in their independent approach to following a socialist path to break away from the hegemonic interference and economic exploitation from the US and its allies. ... Both countries have been successful in reducing poverty and achieving economic growth by the social use of their resources. ... And both countries have been subjected to a US promoted Hybrid War for regime change from a socialist government to a more neoliberal pro-US government... Visit Website ]
Nov 12, 2019, 4:58pm

Environment
Cuba’s Urban Farming Shows Way to Avoid Hunger​
Paul Brown: When countries run short of food, they need to find solutions fast, and one answer can be urban farming ... That was the remedy Cuba seized with both hands 30 years ago when it was confronted with the dilemma of an end to its vital food imports. And what worked then for Cuba could have lessons today for the wider world, as it faces growing hunger in the face of the climate crisis. ... When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, most of Cuba's food supplies went with it. ... Havana, found an imaginative answer: urban gardening. That's now seen as a possible blueprint for the survival of city populations in a warming world... Visit Website ]
Nov 12, 2019, 4:44pm

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Death By Oligarchy
Chris Hedges: Oligarchs are blinded by hubris, wealth and power. Their cloying sense of entitlement sees them outraged by even the most tepid reforms or mildest of criticisms. They lack empathy and compassion, along with remorse or guilt, for what is done to those outside of their tiny, elitist circles. Privilege does strange and unpleasant things to human beings. ... The repugnant characteristics of the rich are skillfully masked by armies of lawyers and publicists, a servile and intimidated press, good manners and the fig leaf of philanthropy. ... Oligarchs, freed from outside oversight and regulation, wantonly pillage the political and economic institutions that sustain them. They run up huge government deficits by slashing taxes on the rich... Visit Website ]
Nov 11, 2019, 2:57pm

Commentary
Most Iraq and Afghanistan Vets now Regret the Mission
Fred Gardner: Among veterans, 64 percent say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting, according to a study by the Pew Research Center, slightly higher than the 62 percent of civilians who feel the same way. ... Disagreement with the conflict in Afghanistan is lower — 58 percent of veterans and 59 percent of the general public believe that was not a worthy war. ... While some veterans support continued military engagement in Syria, more than half — 55 percent — oppose it... Many who served are concerned that the suicide rate among veterans outpaces that of the civilian population and is rising faster among younger veterans. ... And homelessness is a stubborn problem... Visit Website ]
Nov 11, 2019, 2:39pm


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