Chris Hedges: The Democratic Party Would Be a Far-Right Party in Europe

Resolution opposing indefinite detention under NDAA introduced at San Francisco Board of Supervisors

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February 28, 2013

Edmonton Public Library·Feb 28, 2013

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt: EPL presented Chris Hedges to launch Freedom to Read Week 2013 in Edmonton. Chris spoke about injustice and corporate greed in America…and argued Canada is travelling the same path.

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Eating Horses in Paris by Michael Parenti

How do you like your horse?

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by Michael Parenti
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February 28, 2013

In 1951, only five years after World War II ended, I managed to make my way to Paris where I landed a job as a courier diplomatique (messenger boy) for the United Nations Sixth General Assembly. Despite the years of war and deprivation, Paris still was a special place with its history, its cafes, galleries, bridges, ornate edifices, and narrow winding cobblestone streets, some seemingly as old as the city itself.

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Save Dr. King’s Dream Act – Supreme Court to Hear Case to End Voting Rights Act by Greg Palast

by Greg Palast
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February 27, 2013

Protect the Voting Rights Act rally at the SCOTUS

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Jim Crow is alive and well — and he has mounted a new attack on the law Martin Luther King dreamed of: the Voting Rights Act.

Today, February 27, the Supreme Court will hear a suit brought by Shelby County, Alabama, which challenges the right of the Department of Justice to review changes in voting procedure. Example: Attempts to cut the number of early voting days, to expunge “illegal alien” voters without any evidence, refusing Spanish-language ballots, have been blocked by the Department of Justice and courts because they have stopped Black and Hispanic citizens casting ballots.

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A Protest Against Real Distress: Religion and Revolutionary Struggle by Charley Earp


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by Charley Earp
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Radical Progress
Originally published on, Feb. 22, 2013
Feb. 27, 2013

In response to Dario Cankovic’s Socialism and Religion, Redux:

“Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and also the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of spiritless conditions.”
— Karl Marx, Contribution To The Critique Of Hegel’s Philosophy Of Right

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Defeating Single Issue Politics by Luke Hiken

Capitalism is Crisis - occupation, St Paul's, London

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by Luke Hiken
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February 22, 2013

Nobody to the left of Karl Rove would consider sending a petition to the Koch brothers to do anything that was in the interest of the people of this country. That’s because everyone realizes that these greedy, vicious dogs restrict their actions to stealing from the poor and causing whatever harm they can to the largest number of people.

Similarly, nobody in his/her right mind would send letters to General Betray-Us, McChrystal or any of the Pentagon power-brokers that define our foreign policy, asking them to stop murdering defenseless civilians around the world.  Continue reading

Witnesses at a Drone Hearing by David Swanson

Death from Above / Drones

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by David Swanson
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23 February 2013

This coming Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing on “Drones and the War On Terror: When Can the U.S. Target Alleged American Terrorists Overseas?”

This is odd for a number of reasons.

1. Congressional committees usually don’t do anything at all on such matters.

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America’s Disappeared by Andy Worthington

by Andy Worthington
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February 23, 2013

Witness Against Torture: Captive Hands

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Injustices do not become any less unjust the longer they are not addressed, and when it comes to the “war on terror” launched by President Bush following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, those injustices continue to fester, and to poison America’s soul.

One of those injustices is Guantánamo, where 166 men are still imprisoned, even though 86 of them were cleared for release by a task force established by the President four years ago, and another is Bagram in Afghanistan (renamed and rebranded the Parwan Detention Facility), Continue reading

Erik Laursen: The War Against Social Security

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Social Security Torn Away

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Joe Friendly·Feb 21, 2013

Erik Laursen, author of The People’s Pension, The Struggle To Defend Social Security Since Reagan, describes the three decade long war against Social Security, beginning with its origins in the bowels of the Reagan administration, and the dynamics behind an effective long-term strategy, a look at the decades-long ideological attack on this all-important program, the hydra-headed campaign to cut and kill Social Security, conducted over decades by rightwing bankers, foundations, economists and politicians.

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Noam Chomsky: Education and Student Debt

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Edward Rad · Mar 21, 2013

Interview conducted on February 7, 2013 in Lexington, Massachusetts, on behalf of Washington Square News.
Recorded by Alice Sholto-Douglas, NYU’15

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The Courage to Resist by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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February 25, 2013

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I was in the Swiss village of Begnins outside Geneva shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. I spent three days there with Axel von dem Bussche, a former Wehrmacht major, holder of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross for extreme battlefield bravery, three times wounded in World War II, and the last surviving member of the inner circle of German army officers who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

I was reminded of my visit with von dem Bussche, whom I was interviewing for The Dallas Morning News, by the 70th anniversary of the execution of five Munich University students and their philosophy professor who were members of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany. Continue reading

French War on Mali to Clinch Warplane Mega-deal by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
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East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
February 21, 2013

"anche il 9 aprile" "per un piano alternativo di rifiuti.... SMASH IMPERIALISM!"

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France’s claim of combating terrorism in Mali does not add up. Re-conquest of this former French colony and control of rich natural resources in West Africa are some of the more plausible reasons for this criminal offensive that began on 11 January.

Yet another plausible reason is to showcase the Rafale, France’s new fighter-bomber.

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“The Terror Courts”: An Inside Look at Rough Justice, Torture at Guantánamo Bay

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democracynow·Feb 22, 2013 – Wall Street Journal journalist Jess Bravin reports on the controversial military commissions at Guantanamo. Describing it as “the most important legal story in decades,” Bravin uncovers how the Bush administration quickly drew up an alternative legal system to try men captured abroad after the Sept. 11 attacks. Soon evidence obtained by torture was being used to prosecute prisoners, but some military officers refused to take part.

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Our Strange TV Food World by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
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February 21, 2013

Day Sixty Five

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Gulliver’s Travels in Food & Farming: Chronicle Two

“[O]ur culture’s food madness tips into food psychosis, at least among those with keen appetites and the means to indulge them.” — Frank Bruni, “Dinner and Derangement,” NYTimes October 18, 2011

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Marinaleda, Spain: All Equal + Mass Austerity Protests Hit Spain

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Oliveres de Marinaleda

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PressTVGlobalNews·Feb 23, 2013

Marinaleda, Seville town of three thousand inhabitants is only ruled by Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo. Gordillo, has 30 years as mayor in Andalusia. In Marinaleda he performs community service initiatives alternatives to capitalist consumerist formula. This clashes with the more conservative parties and the most liberal of Spain. Continue reading