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Gaither Stewart’s The Fifth Sun reviewed by Paul Carline and others + Interview with Gaither Stewart by JP Miller

THE FIFTH SUN by Gaither Stewartby Gaither Stewart
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Rome, Italy
January 19, 2014

THE FIFTH SUN by Gaither Stewart
Punto Press, New York, December, 2013
ISBN 978-0-9840263-6-4

Available at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.in (India) and other Amazon national sites.

Set in Italy and Mexico, The Fifth Sun, is a story of love and disenchantment, of belief and unbelief, adventure and romance. Above all, it is the story of the search of each of us for our real and better selves. The characters in The Fifth Sun are haunted by the Divine. All have a divine discontent which forces them to go beyond the role life seems to have assigned to them. And there is perhaps the key: the attempt to escape one’s destiny and create a new one. Published by Punto Press in New York in December 2013, the print version is distributed by Ingrams and available on Amazon and major book sellers throughout the world.

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The Stimulator: Ride the Taco

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Nov 4, 2012 by

So on tap this week:

1. Ride the Taco
2. Romney and Obama’s climate silence
3. Chinese Resistance to Civilization
4. You are not in Mexico S.A.

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Mexican Farmers Battle Canadian Mine for Control of Their Land by Paul Bocking

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Crossposted with permission from www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/

by Paul Bocking
Socialist Project | The Bullet
August 27, 2012


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Civil disobedience has halted production at Mexico’s “top grade producer of silver.” Farmers of the La Sierrita village, a close knit community of about 50 families, located 40 minutes north of the city of Gomez Palacio, Durango, have shut down the La Platosa mine owned by Canadian firm Excellon Resources for over a month.

This comes in response to the company’s refusal to negotiate with the community over its requests for the preferential hiring of local people on whose land the company operates, as well as pay the rental rates for its use. Continue reading

Ending the War on Drug Users by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
April 17, 2012


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On April 8, 2012, our esteemed Editor/Publisher at BuzzFlash@Truthout, my good friend Mark Karlin, published a column entitled “The US War on Drug Cartels in Mexico Is a Deadly Failure” (1). In his column he noted that: “Approximately 50,000 or more Mexicans have been killed since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a so-called war on drug cartels. (In a recent appearance in Toronto, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta claimed 150,000 people have died in the drug war in Mexico, but the timeline Panetta was referring to was unclear, as was the origin of the figure he cited.).” Mark went on to say: Continue reading

Tom Barry’s Border Wars, reviewed by Guadamour

by Guadamour
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Dec. 9, 2011

In his important book, Border Wars (MIT Press, 2011) Tom Barry writes:

I found that the border security push has injected new life into the war on drugs by reconfiguring those failed policies as vital components of national security.  Immigration  control, too, has been swallowed by the security paradigm.  Instead of reforming the economic incentives that make illegal immigration inevitable, the United States has been stuffing non-threatening people into for-profit prisons.  Counter-terrorism, the ostensible purpose of these undertakings, is an excuse for sheriffs to absorb federal subsidies.  And the lack of a coherent border policy provides a vacuum in which reactionary populism and nationalism have flourished at the local, state and federal levels.

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In Mexico, a Universal Struggle Against Power and Forgetting by John Pilger

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By John Pilger
Information Clearing House
November 10, 2011


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Alameda Park is Mexico City’s languid space for lovers and open-air ballroom dancers: the gents in two-tone shoes, the ladies in finery and heels. The cobbled paths undulate from the great earthquake of 1985. You imagine the fairground sinking into the cobwebs of cracks, its Edwardian organ playing forlornly. Two small churches nearby totter precariously: the surreal is Mexico’s facade.

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Debunking the Iran “Terror Plot” by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
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crossposted at www.merip.org
Nov. 4, 2011

At a press conference on October 11, the Obama administration unveiled a spectacular charge against the government of Iran: The Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, right in Washington, DC, in a place where large numbers of innocent bystanders could have been killed. High-level officials of the Qods Force were said to be involved, the only question being how far up in the Iranian government the complicity went.

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U.S. May Have Concealed Deterrent Aim of Iranian Plan by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
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crossposted at IPS
Oct. 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, Oct 21, 2011 (IPS) – Scepticism about the U.S. allegation of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador has focused on doubts that high-level Iranian officials would have used someone like used car salesman Monssor Arbabsiar to carry out the mission.

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FBI Account of “Terror Plot” Suggests Sting Operation by Gareth Porter + Pepe Escobar: Iranian plot was an inside job

Updated: Oct. 15, 2011 added 2 video interviews with Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
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crossposted at IPS
Oct. 13, 2011

WASHINGTON, Oct 13, 2011 (IPS) – While the administration of Barack Obama vows to hold the Iranian government “accountable” for the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, the legal document describing evidence in the case provides multiple indications that it was mainly the result of an FBI “sting” operation.

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Finally, The Truth About the Alamo by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
Featured Writer
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September 20, 2011

The Alamo Mission in San Antonio located at 29...

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My, My, My.  We now have a  truthful book about the Alamo.

And somehow it seems to have escaped critical attention, particularly, to no great surprise, here in Texas. The book is Exodus from the Alamo: The Anatomy of the Last Stand Myth, by Phillip Thomas Tucker. Published in 2010 by second-tier publishers Casemate, this book has not received any reviews by any major national source, nor any attention by any of the Texas newspapers.* Hell I’d have thought that San Antonio, which although by population numbers is the US’ 9th largest city has always really been Mexico’s northernmost city, and is also where the Alamo, or what little is left of it, resides, Continue reading

Noam Chomsky: Drug Cartels and the Growing Border War, interviewed by Luis Fernando Cárdenas


by Luis Fernando Cárdenas
August 17, 2011


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Guernica: Journalists in Mexico live in constant danger. A photojournalist from the newspaper El Diario was recently murdered in Juárez. The newspaper responded by printing an op-ed piece addressed to the cartels titled, “What do you want from us?” Can you speculate who is responsible for these attacks against the media and why?

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‪Noam Chomsky: The Clinton Vision – Old Wine, New Bottles (1994)‬‏

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Nafta SucKs

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 on Jun 27, 2011

In these times, with the Obama administration in office, it is greatly important to analyse the history of the United States. It is apparent to me that the Clinton Administration has many parallels with the current administration, thus this speech is becoming more and more relevant.

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How can we live without crying?

Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
June 15, 2011

Dear friends,

Peace from Afghanistan, specially to those with the Caravan of Solace far-away in Mexico, who strengthen us with their poetic struggle.

From Afghanistan, we need you to know: Walking together is not a weakness. It is our everything.

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The Stimulator: Ca-Cancun


Demanding Climate Justice

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stimulator | December 14, 2010

This Week:

1. 3rd Alex Riots
2. AntiC@p attacks
3. La Caca
4. Boca Floja
5. The hammer

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Latin America’s Twenty First Century Capitalism and the US Empire by Prof. James Petras


by Prof. James Petras
Global Research
December 2, 2010

Political Power and the World Market

The twin nemesis of Latin America’s quest for more equitable and dynamic development, US imperial and local oligarchic power have been subject to profound changes over the past decade. New capitalist classes both at home and abroad have redefined Latin America’s relation to world markets, seized opportunities to stimulate growth and forged cross class coalitions linking overseas investors, agro-mineral exporters, national industrialists with a broad array of trade unions, and in some countries peasant and Indian social movements. Parallel to these changes in Latin America, a new militarist and financial political configuration engaged in prolonged wars, colonial occupations and widespread speculation has weakened the structural economic links – dominance – between US imperial economic interests and Latin America’s dynamic socio-economic classes.

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