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It’s Friday at dusk on a long stretch of dirt road in Hidalgo County, Texas, about a mile north of the Rio Grande and Mexico. Orange light gleams through a single palm tree towering over hardwood mesquites. Land speculators imported palms to the Rio Grande Valley a century ago to attract white American settlers to […]

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Special unit of the Maltese army storms refugee ship By Martin Kreickenbaum 30 March 2019 Soldiers in military fatigues with machine guns, balaclavas and bulletproof vests stride across the deck of the tanker El Hiblu 1. They confront frightened, unarmed migrants, including women and children, whose only possessions are what they can carry. This description […]

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Erdogan Calls For Istanbul Landmark To Be Renamed As Mosque

March 29, 2019           |                                       

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on March 29 that Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia should be renamed a mosque instead of a museum after March 31 elections, but did not say whether the status of the landmark site would be changed. Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the most important church in Christendom for 900 […]

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Even if we don’t know what ‘’Brexit means Brexit’ actually means, we need to talk about England. Brexit was made here. England outside London voted heavily Leave and English identifiers everywhere (including London) were the most likely to vote Leave. Many liberal and non-English commentators blame ‘English nationalism’ for Brexit, but few of them bother […]

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Murders take place in Baltimore at a rate that compares with New York, thirteen times the size; Eddie Conway says deep poverty, unemployment, and brutal policing are contributing factors to the murder epidemic – on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay The post Homicide and Baltimore’s Black Butterfly – RAI with Eddie Conway (12/12) appeared […]

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The discourse about Brexit at and around Westminster is thick with either/or thinking. Every action and every person is one thing or another. In or out, leave or remain, soft or hard. Such thinking has its value, of course, for distinctions are frequently necessary and invaluable. But they can also be dangerous if they are […]

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American History for Truthdiggers: A Cruel, Costly and Anxious ‘Cold’ War

March 23, 2019           |                                       

A 1946 drawing in Time magazine depicts the “Communist Contagion.” Massive areas of the world are labeled as “Quarantined,” “Infected” or “Exposed.” “Russians, like the Japanese, are essentially oriental in their thinking … and it seems doubtful that we should endeavor to buy their understanding and sympathy. We tried that once with Hitler. There are […]

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Glendon Scott Crawford was a mechanic at General Electric in Schenectady, New York. A tall, slender, middle-aged man with rectangular eyeglasses, he was married with three children. By appearances, he was an unremarkable middle-class American. But beneath Crawford’s vanilla exterior lurked a white supremacist angry about President Barack Obama’s election and contemptuous of upstate New York’s […]

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Turkmen Leader Pardons More Than 2,000 Convicts On Norouz

March 21, 2019           |                                       

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has pardoned 2,028 prisoners, state media reported on March 21. Media outlets quoted Berdymukhammedov as saying that the amnesty was linked to the Norouz new year holiday. Norouz is the pre-Islamic Persian New Year celebration of spring that starts on the vernal equinox, which usually occurs around March 20. It is […]

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Jaypee Larosa was standing in front of an internet cafe in Davao City, a metropolitan hub on the Philippine island of Mindanao, when three men in dark jackets pulled up on a motorcycle and opened fire. That summer evening, Larosa, 20, was killed. After the shooting, according to witnesses, one of the men reportedly removed Larosa’s […]

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Transitional Times and the Appearance of a New Normal

March 9, 2019           |                                       

By any measure these are extraordinary times, revolutionary times in which a ‘new normal’ is evolving as existing systems and practices crumble. A clash of values and ideals is increasingly evident throughout the world, as we move deeper into this time of collective, planetary transition: a turning point from one chapter, age or civilization into […]

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Michael Cohen and Donald Trump Are Exactly the Same Person

February 27, 2019           |                                       

The Constitution Will Not Save Us From Trump’s “Emergency” Torture Fans and War Criminals Determine US Foreign Policy To Disempower Lobbyists, Give Congressional Staff a Raise Racist Anti-LGBTQ Violence Is Real. Smollett Doesn’t Change That. Flat Broke, Black Voters Want More Than Just Another Black President WATCH LIVE: Michael Cohen Testifies Trump Is a “Racist […]

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