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Bolton: North Korea’s Missile Tests Violated UN Resolutions

May 25, 2019           |                                       

Speaking to Japanese Premier Abe Shinzo during a visit to Tokyo, John Bolton ddeclared that North Korea’s recent short-range missile tests were in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Bolton wasn’t very specific, though UN Security Council resolutions ban almost anything North Korea could conceivably do, so it probably is the case that even short-range […]

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Host Elizabeth Vos led a discussion with author George Szamuely on Chelsea Manning returning to prison; Sweden reopening its case against Assange and the other big headlines of the week. [embedded content]

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White House Reviews US Military Plan for 120,000 Troops for Iran War

May 14, 2019           |                                       

John Bolton ordered the Pentagon to come up with an “updated” plan for getting more American troops into the Middle East to fight a war against Iran. The plans are in now, according to officials, who say that the options envision 120,000 US ground troops in the Middle East. Incredibly, this option appears to just […]

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Doctrinaire Left Lines Up with Trumpists, Calls Overpopulation “Myth”:

April 30, 2019           |                                       

For years now I have made it clear that I consider the environmental outlook for this planet very, very bleak. I have written repeatedly that I believe only a massive, rapid, internationally-coordinated and mandatory program to transform the world economy – involving a fast phase-out of fossil fuels, a ban on the manufacture of most […]

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Driving north to Green Bay, Wisconsin, where I grew up, from the state capital of Madison, where I now live, I pass dozens of barns and maybe as many old factory buildings. There are three homes displaying wood pallets painted like the American flag, two roadside signs stating “Driving on Pills Kills,” and one billboard […]

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Fascism is usually thought of as a quintessentially and almost exclusively European phenomenon, as having begun with Mussolini, culminated with Hitler, and been eradicated in World War II. The U.S., in particular, is thought to have been largely immune to it, given the absence of mass movements similar to Nazism or Italian Fascism. But there […]

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<!– –> One of many no-corporate-PAC members, Rep. T.J. Cox (D-Calif.) received several contributions from trade associations that are bankrolled by corporations. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) More than 50 Democratic congressional candidates have lined up behind the call to boycott corporate PAC money in the name of campaign finance reform. By eschewing money […]

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For us to maintain our way of living, we must tell lies to each other and especially to ourselves. The lies are necessary because, without them, many deplorable acts would become impossibilities. — The Culture of Make Believe, Derrick Jensen Part One — I am scrambling to get this first part of the Earth Day […]

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To reverse the effects of civilization would destroy the dreams of a lot of people. There’s no way around it. We can talk all we want about sustainability, but there’s a sense in which it doesn’t matter that these people’s dreams are based on, embedded in, intertwined with, and formed by an inherently destructive economic […]

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US Intel Doubts North Korea Weapons Test Was Successful

April 19, 2019           |                                       

Wednesday’s statement from the North Korean state media about a mysterious “tactical” weapons test for which Kim Jong Un was present has been the subject of a lot of speculation. US officials are now saying they don’t think the test was successful. North Korea described the test as a “tactical” weapon with a powerful warhead […]

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Ecuador Judge Orders Detention of Former Foreign Minister Connected to Assange

April 19, 2019           |                                       

In the continuation of the post-Assange Ecuadoran crackdown, a judge on Friday signed an order to detain the nation’s former Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, who is accused of having ties to Assange. It isn’t clear what Patino is to be charged with, but he is accused of being part of an Assange-related plot and knowing […]

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At the same time, however, the same percentage also agreed that “the unemployed could find work if they only wanted” – a position shared with the right. In other words, RN supporters are overwhelmingly in favor of some measure of social justice, as long as it tied to a notion of “deservedness” associated with productive […]

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