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Charlottesville to Keep Only Non-Racist War Monuments Monday, August 21st, 2017

Under the new policy just announced in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city will be taking down all but the non-racist war monuments and memorials in all of its public spaces. Three monuments to the Confederate war, fought to maintain slavery — those of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and a..

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Bannon Out At White House, But His Legacy Remains – OpEd Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Justice is a process, not a human resources decision. Let’s keep our focus on the root of the problem, not just what blooms. The firing of Steven Bannon should be claimed as a peoples’ victory, a win for the resistance movement that has continued to make clear that we will not accept white..

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How War Pollutes the Potomac River

The Pentagon’s impact on the river on whose bank it sits is not simply the diffuse impact of global warming and rising oceans contributed to by the U.S. military’s massive oil consumption. The U.S. military also directly poisons the Potomac River in more ways than almost anyone would..

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Creative Anti-Nazism Friday, August 18th, 2017

The people of Durham , N.C., have the right idea. Not only have they taken down a Confederate war statue themselves, but they’ve lined up en masse to turn themselves in for that crime, overwhelming the so-called justice system. The people of Wunsiedel, German, have the right idea. They’ve..

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White Supremacy Carries More Than A Tiki Torch – OpEd Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Our president has no trouble naming his enemies — CNN, Rosie O’Donnell, Nordstrom, immigrants, Muslims, the all-women version of Ghostbusters, etc. etc. But when it comes to violent white supremacists, his passive streak is impossible to miss. When neo-Nazis and Klansmen incited a riot in..

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Am I an American Supremacist? Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

As most everyone knows, white supremacists descended upon my city of Charlottesville, VA, this past weekend, and chaos, violence and tragedy ensued. I’ve been thinking since then about the concept of supremacy and how odious it is–as if one race were purer and better than another, as if one..

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Top 10 Misconceptions About Charlottesville Monday, August 14th, 2017

1. Let’s start with the obvious. Charlottesville, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are actually two completely different places in the world. The flood of concern and good wishes for those of us here in Charlottesville is wonderful and much appreciated. That people can watch TV news about..

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Welcoming the Fascists to Charlottesville Friday, August 11th, 2017

I have mixed emotions about the fact that I’ll be missing the latest big fascism rally here in Charlottesville, because I’ll be elsewhere participating in kayak trainings for an upcoming Flotilla to the Pentagon for Peace and the Environment. I’m delighted to miss the fascism and the racism..

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The Defeat Of American Workers – OpEd

American workers have been completely crushed by capitalism. That is the goal of the capitalists after all but working people in this country have fallen further and faster because they are without any political friends and because they declare allegiance to a compromised political party. The..

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Foreigners Are Crazy Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Pew did a poll in 38 countries asking about various dangers and threats. The United States came in 26th place in the percentage of its people who view climate change as a major threat. What can all those people in 25 countries who believe that rendering the planet’s climate uninhabitable is a..

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Trump’s Plot To Kill Obamacare – OpEd Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

After a Republican push to revamp health care came up short of Senate support earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced his new health care strategy. He was going to “let Obamacare fail” and then give us all really great health care. The second part of this claim is, of course,..

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Trump’s Critics On Russia – Analysis Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Confusing a questionable claim (of Russian hacking, as claimed by the Democratic National Committee and its politicized cybersecurity CrowdStrike source, with no clear challenge from US Intel) as fact, The New York Times (NYT) and other US establishment outlets cheer the narrow-minded anti-Russian..

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This Past Week In Washington DC – OpEd Sunday, July 30th, 2017

What a dramatic week this past one has been in the U.S. capital! After writing about the POTUS last week I had no intention of getting back to Trump politics this week, but given all the hullaballoo, excitement and even the nervousness with all the major news events unfolding, I simply could not..

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Wise Up About Russia President Trump – OpEd

Donald Trump is failing to fulfill promises of his campaign. Who would argue with that? But how could he turn things around for the benefit of the American public? Take the Russia issue for example. Establishing a positive working relationship was a consistent campaign theme. It apparently..

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Congressional Opponents of Sanctions As Nuts As Supporters Friday, July 28th, 2017

Both houses of Congress have now passed big new sanctions bills by veto-proof majorities, in fact with near unanimity. The vote this week in the House of Misrepresentatives was 419–3 on a bill to sanction Russia, Iran, and North Korea as punishment for primarily imaginary crimes, despite the sum..

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What’s Missing from Dunkirk Film Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Yes, I’m going to tell you what’s missing from this film without watching the film. Trump has, as promised, made me so sick of winning that I really could enjoy watching a defeat film, but I think I’ll pass. If I’m wrong about what’s missing from it (I mean one of the many things that..

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Prime Minister Deuba meets his Indian counterpart Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Yekraj Pathak, New Delhi: Prime Minister Sher BahadurDeuba, who arrived here today on a five-day state visit, had a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this..