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Corporate Coup D’État Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Above is a preview of a forthcoming film that I’ve seen and highly recommend. The film is vague about when the corporate takeover of the U.S. government began, probably because it actually predates the U.S. government and wasn’t entirely new in the 1970s or the 1980s but did see, at that time,..

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Are the Maoists Rising Again in Nepal?

On February 22, one person died and two others were seriously injured when a bomb exploded at the entrance of Ncell’s office, located in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. On the same day, bombs were planted targeting more than a dozen towers of Ncell, a multinational telecommunications..

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How Not to Go to War Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

If you saw a book in Barnes and Noble called “How Not to Go to War,” wouldn’t you assume it was a guide to the proper equipment every good warrior should have when they head off to do a little killing, or perhaps something like this U.S. news article on “How Not to Go to War Against ISIS”..

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High School Students and Peace Making Monday, March 11th, 2019

I’m reminded of lots of happy memories of Herndon High School, class of 87. If there was encouragement back then to take on the sort of projects that our honorees today have taken on, I missed it. I suspect that some improvements have been made in high school education since my day. Yet I did..

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The Cardinal Can Do No Wrong: George Pell’s Defenders Thursday, March 7th, 2019

The powerful have always had defenders. Power seeps into the system, corrupts, controls and, ultimately, assumes an authority that does wonders to destroy an appraisal of fairness. To be there is to assume that matters are natural, a habit. As David Hume made clear, such an instance creates the..

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Has NATO Met Its Match? Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Despite claims by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to have defeated its own troops using Facebook (and, really, what plot to take over a high school hasn’t done that?), the biggest challenge NATO will face this year will probably not be nefarious Russian social media posts. Nor will..

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Let’s Try to Elect Bernie Sanders Monday, March 4th, 2019

About four months ago, I organized over 100 scholars, intellectuals, and activists to publish an open letter to Senator Bernie Sanders, which was then signed by over 10,000 more people, several of whom volunteered to deliver it to Senator Sanders. So, we know he received it. Before publishing the..

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Are We Anti-Empire or Anti-War? Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Obviously many of us are both. I have zero use for either empire or war. But I’m using those tags as shorthand for two groups that sometimes unite and sometimes do not in their advocacy efforts. One speaks against empire and war with the emphasis on empire, tends to avoid advocating nonviolence,..

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CAN IMRAN KHAN LIVE UPTO HIS EXPRESSED DESIRE FOR PEACE? Friday, March 1st, 2019

Ever since Imran Khan became the Prime Minister of Pakistan after the recent elections, he has been repeatedly stressing the need to ensure peace between India and Pakistan and find amicable solutions for various issues confronting these two neighbouring countries. When Indian Air Force flew into..

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War Isn’t in Your Genes or Your Jeans Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

I’ve written before about the pseudo-science of genetics, which is almost as crazy as the popular understanding of it. Our culture has long proposed that Oliver Twist could grow up middle-class in the slums because of his inherited traits. But in the age when the scientific gurus in popular films..

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The New York Times Is Scared of Peace Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

The New York Times and the people it gives voice to are very worried that Donald Trump may be too much in favor of peace in Korea, more in favor of peace than of disarming North Korea prior to peace — a sure recipe, of course, for never arriving at peace. North Korea has disarmed in the past..

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The Most Selfish of Virtues: Alan Bennett’s Lady in the Van Thursday, February 21st, 2019

It does seem specific. A middle class concern centred on a man and an elderly woman, a sort of surrogate, irritating mother type of indulgent wisdom and uncertain past, seemingly irritating yet, on some level, fulfilling. Alan Bennett writes prose that moves gracefully, a sort of tender glaze of..

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Will the U.S. Senate Let the People of Yemen Live? Saturday, February 16th, 2019

In 1973 the War Powers Resolution weakened the U.S. Constitution’s placement of the power to start and end wars with the first branch of the U.S. government, the Congress. The new law carved out exceptions to allow presidents to start wars. However, it also created procedures by which a single..

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Means of Control: Russia’s Attempt to Hive Off the Internet Friday, February 15th, 2019

Such measures were always going to come on the heels, and heavily so, of the utopians. Where there is Internet Utopia, Dystopia follows with dedicated cynicism. Where there are untrammelled means of searching, there will be efforts to erect signposts, usually of a warning nature. Like the librarian..

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Plutocratic Policy, Not Truth, Comes With a Bodyguard of Lies Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

At the recent World Economic Forum at Davos, a U.S. panelist claimed that high taxes on the super-wealthy and economic growth had never coexisted in any country ever. The moderator and other panelists were ready to move on, but someone had made the mistake of allowing a guy on the panel who would..

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