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What’s the Truth Hidden by the “Super Predators” Lie? Friday, April 22nd, 2016

The desire to punish for the joy of punishing, for revenge, or for racist or sadistic domination has always had certain difficulties hiding behind the pretense of punishing for protection from danger. Creating fear of (young, black, male) "super predators" was a propaganda tactic for politicians..

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GC becomes “Super Lawyer” second year in row Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Purushottam Dhakal, Los Angles, USA: Khagendra GC, a prominent Nepali law practitioner based in New York, USA, has been decorated with the title “Super lawyer” for second year in row. Mr. GC is a celebrated lawyer known for his significant contribution in lobbying with Nepali government in an..

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Obama’s Seven Slaughters: It’s a Disease, Not a Doctrine Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Former Israeli prison guard Jeffrey Goldberg's "The Obama Doctrine" in The Atlantic presents President Barack Obama's view of his own foreign policy (with input from a few of his close subordinates). Obama views himself as a radical leader in military restraint, in brave resistance to war mongers,..

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Secession, Trump, and the Avoidability of Civil War Friday, March 18th, 2016

The Governor of California has joked about building a wall all the way around his state if Donald Trump becomes president of the other 49. Secession would not be a joke had it not been given an undeserved bad name. It would not have that bad name but for our universal acceptance of imperialism and..

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The Killer Drone Lovers Have Their Movie Thursday, March 10th, 2016

If the recent spate of anti-drone movies and plays was making you feel warm thoughts about U.S. culture, you'll want to avoid seeing "Eye in the Sky," starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, and Aaron Paul. This is what "Zero Dark Thirty" was for torture lies. This is what "The Interview" was for..

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How Would Knowing the Truth Change U.S. Policy on ISIS? Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Scholars have documented the consistent pattern. What makes a country far more likely to be invaded, attacked, "intervened in," or in other words, bombed, is not its lack of democracy or its government's crimes and abuses, or the crimes and abuses of some non-governmental group, but its possession..

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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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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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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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A Troubled Family: NATO turns 70 Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Summit anniversaries are not usually this abysmally interesting. While those paying visits to Watford, England on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the North..

Measuring Growth Democratically Friday, December 6th, 2019

The Arab World Needs a Brexit Debate Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Presidents versus the Press Thursday, December 5th, 2019