Abby Martin: The Sacrifice Zones of Houston Before and After Hurricane Harvey, Part 2

Abby Martin: The Sacrifice Zones of Houston Before and After Hurricane Harvey

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 18, 2017

In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name “sacrifice zones.”

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What If Workers Ran Society? by Elizabeth Schulte

Capitalism Isn't Working

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by Elizabeth Schulte
Socialist Worker
October 18, 2017

If capitalism is a system that concentrates power in the hands of a small minority, the alternative of socialism is exactly the opposite.

CAPITALISM IS, among other things, a system of “experts.”

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Trump’s Media Furore… US Democracy On Thin Ice + Washington: The Bleeder of the ‘Free World’ by Finian Cunningham

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Oct. 14, 2017
October 17, 2017

US President Trump’s threats this week to shut down critical news media is an ominous sign of how fragile American democratic rights have become.

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Dogman by Gaither Stewart

Stray dog

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
October 17, 2017

At first, people of the town didn’t notice that every day there were fewer stray dogs creeping sociably under their feet while they took the sun on the benches at el Jardín. The growing absence of the rangy brown dogs – short- haired mongrels, their ribs leaping from their undersides, habitually scratching for nourishment at the food stalls around the square or wandering single file up and down the steep back streets – didn’t register on anyone.

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The War of US and NATO Imperialism in Afghanistan by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

Chicago Anti-War Protest

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by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld, Oct. 14, 2017
October 16, 2017

Sixteen years of war in Afghanistan by US and NATO imperialism is the longest in their history. In spite of their incomparable high tech military and economic superiority, and after gathering the military forces of 50 client countries there, committing diabolical atrocities, and spending close to a trillion dollars, they have essentially lost the war against the poorly equipped Taliban and their allies that have been waging an effective and experienced guerrilla warfare against the invaders and becoming stronger in the process, again demonstrating the accuracy of dialectical theories of guerrilla warfare by Mao Zedong, Vo Nguyen Giap, and Ernesto Che Guevara.

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Chris Hedges: No Discussion of Race Is Possible Without A Discussion of Capitalism and Class

Chris Hedges: No Discussion of Race Is Possible Without A Discussion of Capitalism and Class

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Oct 16, 2017

Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing and Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing & Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, discusses the origins of modern policing and how to prevent law enforcement from stripping away citizens’ rights. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the expansion of police powers.

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Abby Martin: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge, Part 1

Abby Martin: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 14, 2017

After a flurry of media attention, the devastation in Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey faded from public view. But after unprecedented floods and widespread destruction, the story is far from over.

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Caleb Maupin in Red Square: Let’s Talk About Communism!

Caleb Maupin in Red Square: Let’s Talk About Communism!

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October 14, 2017

Interview with Savvy Business Radio on Socialism and Communism

Caleb Maupin on Oct 13, 2017

Caleb Maupin is a radical journalist and political analyst who resides in New York City. Originally from Ohio, he studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College.

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Anglo-American War Plan for North Korea by Finian Cunningham

World War 3 - XVIII

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Oct. 12, 2017
October 13, 2017

The United States and Britain – the two countries responsible for so many recent wars and conflicts – are at it again. This time, the diabolical double-act has North Korea in its sights, despite the risk that such an attack could ignite a global nuclear war.

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Trump’s Reality Free Zone: Tweeting About Armageddon by Felicity Arbuthnot

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 12, 2017

When US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, stated of North Korea (4th September 2017): “When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard. No one would do that”, she unwittingly put her finger on why the DPRK has been conducting missile tests and stating that they have ever bigger, better and longer range capabilities. There is no certainty that either of the latter is the case, but the tiny country has been subject to nearly seventy years of vilification and ever more threatening behavior from the US and allies, with the language of Donald Trump, from near day one of his Presidency of the US regime reaching ever more apocalyptic heights.

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Abby Martin and Rosa Clemente: Electoral Politics Never Saved Anyone

Abby Martin and Rosa Clemente: Electoral Politics Never Saved Anyone

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Oct 11, 2017

Renowned Afro-Latinx activist and scholar Rosa Clemente sits down with Abby Martin to discuss her experiences running for Vice President, organizing under Obama versus under Trump, advice for new activists, identity politics and more.

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Gar Smith: Stones to Drones: A Short History of War on Earth (Transcript + Video)

World War 3 - XXXIII

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Gar Smith
World Beyond War, Sept. 24, 2017
October 11, 2017

Gar Smith / World Beyond War #NoWar2017 Conference,
September 22-24 at American University in Washington, DC.

War is humanity’s deadliest activity. From 500 BC to AD 2000 history records more than 1000 [1,022] major documented wars. In the 20th Century, an estimated 165 wars killed as many as 258 million people — more than 6 percent of all the people born during the entire 20th century. WWII claimed the lives of 17 million soldiers and 34 million civilians. In today’s wars, 75 percent of those killed are civilians — mostly women, children, the elderly, and the poor.

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Julian Assange: Look, Amy, I’m Getting Annoyed

Julian Assange: Look, Amy, I’m Getting Annoyed

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Updated: Oct. 11, 2017

As Catalonia Plans Independence from Spain, Julian Assange Advises Organizers on Secure Messaging

Democracy Now! on Oct 10, 2017

https://democracynow.org – Barcelona’s Mayor Ada Colau is calling for Spain to remove thousands of state police who have been deployed to Catalonia ahead of tonight’s expected declaration of independence by regional President Carles Puigdemont, possibly triggering intervention by Spanish forces. We speak with WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange, who has been advising those pushing to secede on how to communicate securely even as the state pushes back.

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Dr. Najib — A Sketch of A Man and A Country by Gaither Stewart

Central Command Responsibility Map

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
October 9, 2017

When in 1978 the 31-year old Afghan Communist politician-activist, Mohammad Najibullah, arrived in Tehran, “exiled” to neighboring Iran as Afghanistan’s Ambassador, I had just left Iran where I had worked throughout the year of 1977. Najibullah’s political party, the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) had come to power in Kabul in April, 1978 in what is known as the Saur Revolution, the name of the month in the Afghan calendar when the Communist Revolution took place. Far from united, the PDPA was divided into two factions: the more revolutionary faction (Khalq-People’s) that first took power in Kabul in that crucial year of 1978 (crucial in both Afghanistan and Iran), preferred to have the charismatic Najibullah of the Parcham faction (Banner) of the PDPA far from the halls of power.

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Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn

Christopher Columbus Glazed Tile Painting - 9

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It’s that time of the year again. In case you missed reading this, here it is again.

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published October 13, 2009
October 9, 2017

An excerpt from A People’s History of the United States.

Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:
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