Saturday, January 3, 2015

Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Black Lives Matter Movement Hits Counterreaction

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Mario Cuomo, New York Former Governor, Dead at 82

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Matt Taibbi: The NYPD's "Work Stoppage" Is Surreal

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Same-Sex Marriages to Begin in Florida After Court Ruling

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Afghan People Suffer Because of US Investment in Nation-Wrecking

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2014 Was Deadliest Year for Iraq in Years: UN

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Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Black Lives Matter Movement Hits Counterreaction

Nicholas Powers, Truthout: The human loss of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, like the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, has left families broken. But their murders were quickly transformed into a political spectacle by interlocking sectors of the ruling class aiming to delegitimize the Black Lives Matters movement.

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Reflections on Torture: The Real Reason Why

Emanuel E. Garcia, Truthout: Torture is illegal and immoral, known to be ineffective in extracting "intelligence" and an inferior way of creating desired intelligence. Why then has the state condoned its use?

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Let's Not Punish the Palestinians for Joining the International Court

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Sadly, still too many liberals claim to oppose Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, but object strenuously to anyone actually trying to do anything concrete to stop it.

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Rise of IS Brings Turkey's Rabid Rejection of Kurdish Rights to Fore

Bruno J√§ntti, Truthout: The emergence of the Kurdistan Workers' Party - branded a terrorist organization by the EU, the United States and NATO - as a deterrent to the Sunni jihadists and the Islamic State has led to somewhat uncomfortable reactions in Turkey and the West.

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How an Indigenous Wood Carver Is Finding Peace After a Seattle Officer Killed His Brother

Kayla Schultz, YES! Magazine: Rick Williams asked for calm when protesters demanded justice for his brother, who was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. "The only way you can help change the system is show them you are a human being," he concluded.

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Washington's Slow-Motion Thaw

Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: Will Uncle Sam become Cuba's best friend again? Experts say no one should bank on an immediate boom in US-Cuban business transactions. They've got a good point. As recent history makes clear, there's no reason to expect our leaders to rush this.

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Amid Climate Change Talks, What's More Important?

James Boyce, Triple Crisis: At the latest round of international climate talks, negotiators recognized that it is too late to prevent climate change. They now confront an issue that many had hoped to avoid: adaptation. Because adaptation won't come cheap, we must decide which investments are worth the cost.

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The Movie Exodus Banned in Morocco, UAE and Egypt for "Historical Inaccuracies"

Lizabeth Paulat, Care2: The Ridley Scott film, Exodus, is being banned in countries across the Middle East. Criticized widely for its whitewashing, the film has been pulled in Morocco, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, but for different reasons in each country.

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Top 10 Acts of Test Resistance in 2014: The Greatest Year of Revolt Against High-Stakes Testing in US History

Jesse Hagopian, I AM AN EDUCATOR: The year 2014 marked the greatest year of revolt against high-stakes testing in US history. Across the country, students are walking out, parents are opting their children out and teachers are refusing to administer these detrimental exams.

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Paul Krugman | Economists as Entertainers

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: If talk show host Dr. Oz were the kind of guy who pored over medical evidence to be sure he knew what he was talking about, he probably couldn't project the persona that wins him such a large audience. A similar situation may be true for some economists.

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US Bishops Take Aim at Sterilization

Nina Martin, ProPublica: The Vatican has an absolute prohibition on sterilization for the purposes of birth control. The US Catholic bishops consider the procedure "intrinsically immoral," on par with abortion, and a toughening of Catholic medical directives could include enforcing a ban on tubal ligations.

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Flipping the Script: Pedagogy, Theater and Radical Organizing in Schools of Poverty

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Search Teams Find "Large Objects" in Hunt for Missing AirAsia Jet

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NYPD Chief Asks Officers Not to Turn Funeral Into Protest Against de Blasio

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Fracking Industry Still "Failing" on Transparency

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As Refugee Tide Swells, Lebanon Plans a Visa Requirement for Syrians

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How Low-Income New Yorkers Are Benefiting From the NYPD's Work Stoppage

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How Fox News Covered Pope Francis' Action on Climate Change

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Republicans in State Governments Plan Juggernaut of Conservative Legislation

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Flipping the Script: Pedagogy, Theater and Radical Organizing in Schools of Poverty

John Duda, Truthout: If change comes to US schools, it will come, as the end of slavery did, as the result of a thousand and one acts of resistance and rebellion, says Jay Gillen in his new book, Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty.

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High-Level Fed Committee Overruled Carmen Segarra's Finding on Goldman

Jake Bernstein, ProPublica: The New York Fed president, Bill Dudley, says senior Fed officials did not accept a conclusion that had been endorsed by frontline Fed examiners stationed at some of the nation's largest banks.

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Doubling Down on Dictatorship in the Middle East

Amanda Ufheil-Somers, OtherWords: Four years ago, it looked like the United States would have to make good on its declared support for democracy, as millions of Tunisians, Egyptians, Bahrainis, Yemenis and others rose up to reject their repressive leaders. Yet even the collapse of multiple governments failed to upend the decades-long US policy of backing friendly dictators.

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Terrorism "Insurance" Expires

Buddy Bell, Voices for Creative Nonviolence: Now that the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act has expired, the horrors inflicted by the United States on human beings abroad have more potential to cut into the bottom lines of insurance brokers and developers.

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Climate Change Threatens Quechua and Their Crops in Peru's Andes

Fabiola Ortiz, Inter Press Service: Indigenous peoples living in a protected area in Peru are preserving the largest variety of potatoes in the world, along with their spiritual rites and traditional farming techniques. Still, alterations in rainfall patterns and temperatures have the Quechua Indians worried about the future of their potato crops.

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Comcast Wants Customers to Pay More for Using the Internet Too Much

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: The net neutrality debate has long centered on the ability of ISPs to limit content providers' access to internet users. While the debate continues, ISPs are taking advantage of the delay to find alternative ways to control the gateway and make a profit.

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Behind New Jersey's Tobacco Bond Bailout, a Hedge Fund's $100 Million Payday

Cezary Podkul, ProPublica: When New Jersey decided to bail out some of its tobacco bonds, the state gave up $400 million in future revenues to pocket $92 million immediately, an arrangement that also helped one savvy investor cash in on a big bet.

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A Flat-Footed Backflip for Wall Street

Jim Hightower, OtherWords: Congress, which had been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it became unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year. It put on a phenomenal show of acrobatic lawmaking to give its bankster buddies an overly generous holiday gift.

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Carrots for Cuba, Sticks for North Korea

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: As one cold war thaws, another refreezes. Cuba just normalized its diplomatic relations with the United States after months of secret negotiations and a surprise announcement by the Obama administration. North Korea, on the other hand, remains very much at odds amid a conflict over a controversial film.

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The Torture Debate Is Missing This: The Fact That We Did This Before

Paul Kramer, History News Network: Past and present seem to come together in official declarations that US military actions are dictated by the mandates of an "exceptional" kind of war against a uniquely treacherous and broadly defined "enemy."

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Henry A. Giroux | Authoritarianism and the Assault on Public Education

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Health Care Professionals Were "Legal Heat Shield" for Bush Administration's Torture Project

Bill Berkowitz, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The role of health care workers in facilitating torture is one of the sickening details uncovered by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's 500-page executive summary of its investigation of George W. Bush's administration's torture program.

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Activists Permanently Shut Down Vermont Yankee Nuke Plant

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Delaware-Size Gas Plume Over New Mexico Illustrates the Cost of Methane Leaking From Drilling Rigs

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Blackwater Lobbyist Will Manage the House Intelligence Committee

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2014 Was the Year We Finally Started to Do Something About Climate Change

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What Does It Mean to Be Anti-Police?

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A 17-Year-Old Rape Victim's Demand for Justice Gains Momentum in Nepal

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Kyle Orton and the Search for the NFL's Liberals

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Henry A. Giroux | Authoritarianism and the Assault on Public Education

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: As public schools are privatized, succumbing to corporate interests, critical thought and agency are erased, and education emphasizes market values rather than democratic ideals. The emergence of larger radical social movements depends on public education maintaining its role as a democratic sphere.

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Liberals, Trojan Horses and the Myth of Police-Community Relations

Josmar Trujillo, Truthout: Instead of having a conversation about how we've codified racism through law enforcement, we're given a thick layer of public relations in the name of community policing. At its core, "community policing" serves as a Trojan horse for more policing and more funding of it.

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Robert W. McChesney: "Capitalism as We Know It Has Got to Go"

Robert W. McChesney, Monthly Review Press: In Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century, McChesney makes an urgent and compelling argument for ending communication monopolies and building a post-capitalist democracy that serves people over corporations.

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The Five Best Labor Stories of 2014

John Logan, Truthout: These stories demonstrate that despite extremely serious challenges, there's life in the US labor movement - the last, best hope for reversing skyrocketing levels of economic inequality and restoring some measure of justice and decency to the US workplace.

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It's Time to Bring Domestic Violence Survivors Like Barbara Sheehan Home From Prison

Victoria Law, The Nation: Christmas is traditionally the time when state governors grant clemency to people in prison whose cases they find compelling - and many of the battered women behind bars have compelling cases.

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The True Costs of Corporate Welfare

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: It's unconscionable and morally reprehensible that an employee working for the largest retailer in the United States, or for a fast food giant, isn't making enough money to survive and provide for their family. We need to stop rewarding businesses for screwing over their employees.

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Amy Goodman | The Afghan War Is Not Over: More Than 10,000 Troops Continue the Fight

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: The US-led NATO occupation has formally ended its 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan. The move leaves Afghan forces in charge of security, though more than 17,000 foreign troops will remain, including more than 10,000 US troops.

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Saudis Tell Shale Industry It Will Break Them, Plans to Keep Pumping Even at $20 a Barrel

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: Saudi Arabia made it even more clear that it is not pulling out of its game of chicken with other energy-producing nations. The Saudis will keep pumping and, by implication, will force production cuts on others.

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Guatemalan Genocide Trial Set to Resume Amid Amnesty Battles

Jo-Marie Burt, North American Congress on Latin America: Under pressure from entrenched economic and military interests, Guatemala's Constitutional Court undid its historic genocide ruling in 2013. The trial is set to resume on January 5, but faces last-ditch efforts to derail it.

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Okinawa: The Small Island Trying to Block the US Military's "Pivot to Asia"

Christine Ahn, Foreign Policy in Focus: In November, the citizens of Okinawa delivered a landslide victory to Takeshi Onaga, who ran on a gubernatorial platform opposing the construction of a new US Marine Corps base in northern Okinawa. Onaga pledged "to stop construction using every means at my disposal."

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Zombie Apocalypse and the Politics of Artificial Scarcity

Colin Jenkins, The Hampton Institute: If we are truly inclined to cooperate with one another, why is there so much division and turmoil in the world? The answer to this question may be found by assessing the creation of artificial scarcity as a means to maintain hierarchies.

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Life in the Crosshairs - How Some Public Feminists, Atheists and Other Activists Cope With Death Threats

Valerie Tarico, Valerie Tarico's Blog: Fear has the power to paralyze and silence even strong, determined people, which is why threats of violence are such a potent, common and toxic presence in political discourse. Consequently, it is a wonder, and a gift to us all, when engaged citizens refuse to be silenced.

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