American Journey

How a Hillary or Bernie Government Would Relate to the World Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

By world standards, a U.S. government led by President Bernie Sanders would be exceptionally militarized and very much an outlier in terms of its disregard for the standards of international law and its lack of respect for the sovereignty of other nations. By comparison to a U.S. government led by..

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A Nation Too Stupid to Benefit From its Immigrants? Monday, February 29th, 2016

The millions of people in the United States who are denied equal rights because they are immigrants have vast stockpiles of wisdom and rich culture to share; they engage in more strategic and courageous activism than do non-immigrants; and without any doubt they would vote better than do the..

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More U.S. troops killed by Halliburton than by Iraqis Thursday, February 25th, 2016

The U.S. government, from Dick Cheney to Hillary Clinton, told blatant lies about the Iraqi government creating chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons in 2002, despite having been informed of the fact that Iraq was doing no such thing. U.S. leaders lied about ties between Iraq and terrorists..

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Why the Deafening Silence on Cutting the Military Budget? Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Bernie Sanders’ common sense proposals for dealing with universal health care, college tuition, restoring the infrastructure, confronting poverty and more have encountered predictable scorn from “fiscally responsible” corporatists. They all scream about the “deficit spending” and tax..

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Hillary Clinton & the Dogs of War Saturday, February 20th, 2016

A poll taken in Iowa before the presidential caucus found that 70% of Democrats surveyed trusted Hillary Clinton on foreign policy more than Bernie Sanders. But her record as Secretary of State was very different from that of her successor, John Kerry, who has overseen groundbreaking diplomatic..

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Get Well, Michael Moore Monday, February 15th, 2016

Your new movie, Where to Invade Next, is very powerful, your best so far for certain. Get well. Fast. We need you. You've packed a great many issues into this film, with visuals, with personalities, with entertainment. If people will watch this, they'll learn what many of us have struggled to..

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Sanders to Clinton: ‘You are not in the White House yet’ Friday, February 12th, 2016

By Stephen Collinson, (CNN): Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Thursday demanded reforms of the criminal justice system and vowed to alleviate the plight of African-American communities. Sanders went so far as to say that race relations would "absolutely" be better under his..

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How to Counter Recruitment and De-Militarize Schools Thursday, February 11th, 2016

U.S. military recruiters are teaching in public school classrooms, making presentations at school career days, coordinating with JROTC units in high schools and middle schools, volunteering as sports coaches and tutors and lunch buddies in high, middle, and elementary schools, showing up in humvees..

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Trump, Sanders face challenges after commanding primary wins Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

MANCHESTER, (AP): Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders were moving on Wednesday from commanding wins in the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary to more diverse states that will challenge their transformation from outsider candidates to their parties’ presidential..

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Tragedy brings out social worker out in the open Sunday, February 7th, 2016

A devastating earthquake had struck Nepal on April 25, last year, leaving thousands dead. The disaster is still having telling impact on the lives of people back at home and abroad. Many national and international agencies and organizations and individual alike pitched in to help bring shattered..

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Jill Stein’s Platform More Viable Than Bernie’s Thursday, February 4th, 2016

I asked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her platform this week and came away believing it had a better chance of winning than Bernie Sanders'. I know that platforms don't run, people do, and they do so within a two-party dominated system. But this already crazy presidential..

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What Does a Progressive Budget Look Like? Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

'A Proposal from World Beyond War' The Congressional Progressive Caucus has requested budget proposals from organizations and members of the public. Here is a friendly suggestion from World Beyond War.  Last year’s Congressional Progressive Caucus budget proposed to cut military spending by,..

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WAAAHHHH…but we don’t wanna get arrested!! Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

As the macho, gun-toting, testosterone-addled cowboys who took over the wildlife refuge in Oregon call it quits, their pitiful whine can be heard all the way to Florida: “Waaahhh…but we don’t wannna get arrested…” So much for the rugged-individualists and badass proponents of personal..

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It’s Hard Not to Be Sexist in Iowa Monday, February 1st, 2016

No, the cornfields are not full of dumb blondes (except when Fox News shows up), but it truly is hard not to be sexist in Iowa. For example, I think it's reprehensible to take tens of millions of dollars from murderous kingdoms and dictatorships and then waive restrictions on selling them weapons..

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Iniquity, the 0.000006%, and Who Pays $300k to Hear Hillary Saturday, January 30th, 2016

The United States' 20 wealthiest people (The 0.000006 Percent) now own more wealth than the bottom half of the U.S. population combined, a total of 152 million people in 57 million households. The Forbes 400 now own about as much wealth as the nation's entire African-American population — plus..

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A Living Wage for Capitalism Thursday, November 14th, 2019

At 3.6%, unemployment in the United States remains near its lowest level since the late 1960s. There are even signs that people who had previously dropped out of the..

Kalapani Belongs To Nepal Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

China’s Risky Endgame in Hong Kong Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

America’s Feeble Indo-Pacific Strategy Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Europe on a Geopolitical Fault Line Tuesday, November 12th, 2019