Love at First Sight—Old Man Adopts Dog by Shepherd Bliss

Shepherd Bliss and Daisie

Shepherd Bliss and Daisie
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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Sebastopol, California
August 25, 2018

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — French Nobel Prize winner Anatole France

Searching for a dog, I recently visited three animal shelters. At the final one, I saw a dog that I instantly connected to.

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Is the Nobel Committee Finally Abiding by Nobel’s Will? by David Swanson + Rebuking Trump, Nobel Prize Goes to Group That Opposes Nuclear Weapons

Is the Nobel Committee Finally Abiding by Nobel’s Will? by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
October 6, 2017

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) — listen to my radio show with one of ICAN’s leaders two years ago here.

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Congratulations Jeremy Corbyn, a Real Peace Activist to Lead the Labour Party by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
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Let’s Try Democracy
September 13, 2015

I wonder if people in the United States understand what it means that the Labour Party in London now has a peace activist in charge of it. Jeremy Corbyn does not resemble any U.S. politicians. He doesn’t favor “only the smart wars” or prefer drone murders to massive invasions. Corbyn opposes wars, and he works to end militarism. He was over here in Washington recently trying to get a Brit freed from Guantanamo. He chairs the Stop the War Coalition, one of the biggest peace organizations in Britain. He meets with foreign peace activists, like me, who can’t even enter the same worldview, much less the same room, with any U.S. leaders.

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Embargo Ended: US lifts sanctions against Cuba + #TheCuban5 Are Home


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Good news!

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President Barack Obama has announced an historic move to normalize relations with Cuba. It comes after more than 50 years of tough American sanctions and severed diplomatic ties. Let’s get more from our correspondent Marina Portnaya in New York.

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Kshama Sawant: Victory in Seattle for $15 an Hour Minimum Wage! + Transcript

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Socialist councillor Kshama Sawant’s address in the Seattle council chamber as it passed the historic $15 an hour bill in the USA, doubling the minimum wage compared to the federal rate.

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Federal Court In New York Just Ruled Indefinite Detention Unconstitutional and Issued A Permanent Injunction Against Use Of That Law

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Updated Sept 13, 2012
Sept. 12, 2012

We Won! Tell Obama: Don’t Appeal NDAA Court Ruling

We did it! But now we need your help putting pressure on Obama.

A federal court in New York just ruled indefinite detention UNCONSTITUTIONAL and issued a permanent injunction against use of that law. The provision would have allowed the military to detain civilians — even Americans — indefinitely and without trial if they’re accused of certain crimes or even just associated with certain criminals.

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Houston janitors take on the 1% — and win! by Gloria Rubac


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by Gloria Rubac
Aug. 16, 2012

Houston — After a hot summer of mass demonstrations, civil disobedience, rallies, almost 70 arrests, prayer vigils and marches, Houston janitors — who had been without a contract since May 31 and went on strike in July — won double what the contractors had initially offered and kept the benefits that had been threatened. The deal was reached with most of Houston’s major cleaning contractors, but union officials are still negotiating with one final contractor.

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Elation At Mission Control As Mars Rover Curiosity Successfully Lands On The Red Planet

Curiosity at Work on Mars

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Congratulations to NASA!

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(Touchdown! 0:40) Robotic rover Curiosity has successfully landed in Mars’ Gale Crater. The landing, described by NASA as “seven minutes of terror,” proceeded smoothly – READ MORE

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Dennis Kucinich: The House Overwhelmingly Passed a Bill to Audit the Federal Reserve

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Jul 27, 2012 by

There’s only about a week left until Congress goes on a summer recess, and there are a few notable things that have, and haven’t been done. As we mentioned yesterday, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill to Audit the Fed, but the Democratic leadership, isn’t exactly on board. It’s seven days before recess and yet still no jobs bill. And was the symbolic tax vote this week, a lot more important than people wants to let on? And a few US foreign policy decisions that haven’t exactly played out as planned. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, just to name a few. Alyona discusses with U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

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Changing the World One Bike Rider at a Time

peakmoment | October 17, 2010

Peak Moment 182: A weekly free bike coop where you can use mechanics’ tools and expertise to fix your bike? Free clinics where schoolkids or neighbors learn to maintain or build their own bikes from used parts? While Chauncey and Dash Tudhope-Locklear make a living repairing bicycles, volunteer projects support their mission of empowering “social change through bicycles.” With an eye to local food self-reliance, they even repair farmers’ bicycles for free.

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New York Senate Passes Temporary Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing

by Abrahm Lustgarten and Nicholas Kusnetz
August 4, 2010

In a predawn vote Wednesday, New York State’s senate passed a bill that reaches beyond the debate over the environmental safety of drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale and would effectively ban almost all gas and oil drilling in the state until next spring. The bill circumvents an environmental review by the state’s regulatory agency that could be finished this year.

The bill prohibits the underground process of hydraulic fracturing, which breaks up buried rock and releases gas trapped inside.

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Palestinian village and Israeli town build rare partnership across line By Sue Fishkoff

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April 19, 2010

WADI FUKIN, West Bank (JTA) — Mohammed Mansara, a 70-year-old farmer who goes by the name Abu Mazen, indicates with a sweep of his arm the fruit trees and vegetables he grows on his small plot of land in this Palestinian village in the West Bank, population 1,200.

Then he points to a small green hill on the western side of the village topped by a tidy cluster of red-roofed homes. That is Tzur Hadassah, an Israeli community of about 5,000 Jewish residents.

“Tzur Hadassah has such nice people,” he says in Hebrew. “They are great neighbors.”


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Guantánamo Guard and Ex-Prisoners Meet (via the BBC)

by Andy Worthington
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14 January 2010

On Monday and Tuesday evenings, the BBC’s Newsnight ran an extraordinary two-part feature on Guantánamo, bringing former guard Brandon Neely over from the United States to meet — and apologize to — former prisoners Shafiq Rasul and Ruhal Ahmed, two of “The Tipton Three,” from the West Midlands, who were freed in March 2004 and whose story was later featured in “The Road to Guantánamo,” a powerful film about their experiences.

Brandon Neely served at Guantánamo in the first six months of the prison’s existence, between January and June 2002. He was then deployed to Iraq, but when the Army attempted to recall him from his Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) status to active duty in May 2007, he ignored every letter and email, until the Army gave up, granting him an honorable discharge in June 2008.

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Colombia says ‘no’ to US bases

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Amid reports of a deal reached for the establishment of US military bases in Colombia, the country’s foreign minister says there is no need for more American personnel.

In an effort to reassure other South American countries, Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez told the BBC that Colombia seeks only “information, technology, intelligence” in the form of military cooperation with the US.

“We don’t need personnel, we need more information, technology, intelligence – that’s the key issue… Those who fight best in Colombia are our own soldiers. We don’t need American soldiers to do this.”

“We are not going to have American bases in Colombia. Today we have 71 military personnel from the US,” Bermudez said.

His remarks come as South American nations feel threatened by what is considered as ‘suspicious intentions’ of their northern neighbor.

He, however, said while it is important for his country to stay in good relation with its neighbors, especially Venezuela, Colombia appreciates US help.

The minister said the US has been helping Colombia in fighting “narco-traffickers and terrorists.”

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