April 2014


Study: Number of Innocent People Sentenced to Death Much Higher Than Thought
Researcher: ‘Most of these undiscovered innocent capital defendants have been re-sentenced to life in prison, and then forgotten.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Rape, rape culture and the problem of patriarchy
by Robert Jensen

*Rape is a crowd sourced crime


Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ a Global Public Health Threat: WHO
‘A post-antibiotic era, far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer


Seeds of Freedom
If we have to survive as a species, we need to reclaim our commons — of seed, of climate, of knowledge and resist the privatisation of every aspect of life.
by Vandana Shiva


How the US Created the Afghan War—and Then Lost It
The Unreported Story of How the Haqqani Network Became America’s Greatest Enemy
by Anand Gopal

*Useful intel, but with the absence of any mention of the immorality and illegality of the invasion and occupation, I’m left with the impression that the author’s concern isn’t with those issues, but rather with the “mistakes” made in a legitimate GWOT ™.

Am I reading too much into that omission?


The Sharing Economy on the Collaborative Commons
by Jeremy Rifkin

*It’s profoundly ironic that one likely tactic the exploitocracy will employ to blunt this movement will be to order its minions in gummint to overregulate it

While simultaneously they are being “unshackled” from the rules and regs that at least serve as some check on the metastasizing of their avarice.


The Real News Network
Will New FCC Internet Regulations Strengthen Monopoly Control?
Robert McChesney: In the fight between monopolies, the public doesn’t really have a dog in the race; the real question is why a cartel of private monopolies are controlling the Internet?

*I don’t think it’s a matter of not wanting to “tangle” with these megapolies

But of being intimately entangled with them.


From Skouries to Athens, the struggle of Greek women against austerity
by Yiannis Baboulias
As Greece’s protracted crisis disappears from the international headlines, violence against women is both exacerbated by and mirrors the structural violence of austerity. The resistance of Greek women takes place on several fronts.


Institute for Public Accuracy
The New Cold War and the Unquestioned ‘Establishment’

*“No modern precedent exists for the shameful complicity of the American political-media elite at this fateful turning point.”

So what’s Afghanistan … chopped liver?

Well, it is now.


Democracy Now!
Egypt is a Police State: Senior Muslim Brotherhood Member Condemns New Mass Death Sentence for 683


ALEC in the News: Oklahoma Punishes Solar Power Users; Wisconsin Voter ID Law Overturned



The Real News Network
Baltimore Residents & Workers Voice Outrage Over Plans to Privatize Public Housing (2/2)
Longtime advocate Jeffrey Singer explains the modern history of public housing and the threat of privatization in Baltimore and other cities


Seattle Organizers Taking $15 Minimum Wage Battle to the Ballot
Glen Ford talks about the recent “Fight For 15” conference in Seattle and says most voters there want a $15 minimum wage hike


Is Thomas Picketty Right About The Causes of Inequality?
Economist Michael Hudson discusses the popularity of French economist Thomas Picketty’s recent book and says his work fails to link the financialization of the economy to the ascent of the 1%


Economics for the 99% EU Elections 3: Further Rise of the Right
by John Weeks


Miscarriage Risk Rises with BPA Exposure, Study Finds
by Brian Bienkowski
Environmental Health News


Trailblazing Church Leads Challenge to North Carolina Same Sex Marriage Ban
UCC says state ban violates clergy’s religious freedom to officiate same sex weddings
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No need for quotes around “Christian” here


Food Defenders Protest Corporate Takeover of ‘Organic’ Standards
Protester arrested as groups fight for a natural food system people can ‘trust’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The real deal

And the shill deals


John Kerry and Israeli Apartheid
by Ali Abunimah


Buzzfeed Feeds Paul Ryan’s Buzz

*Will Ryan’s campaign song be

“Cruel to Be Kind” … ?


Democracy Now!
Secret Tape Could Oust Clippers Owner Donald Sterling, But Has NBA Long Ignored His Public Racism?



Assassination Attempt on East Ukraine Mayor
Insurrection spreads in the eastern cities as White House announces new round of sanctions against Russia
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Brazil Greenlights Plan to Unleash Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
In fight against dengue fever, Brazil seeks biotech approach
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Protesters Face Water Cannons to Bring Halt to Nuclear Plant
Amid mounting opposition, Taiwanese government suspends fourth nuclear plant
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


2014 Goldman Prizes Bestowed on ‘Fearless’ Eco-Activists
Celebrating its 25th year, one of highest honors given to environment defenders announces this year’s honorees
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Comcast/Charter Deal a Dupe, say Critics
Transforming cable industry’s “three giants into two behemoths” should be no comfort to consumers or regulators, says Free Press
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Working-Class Mini-Revolts of the Twenty-First Century
by Jeremy Brecher


Follow the Honey: 7 Ways Pesticide Companies Are Spinning the Bee Crisis
by Michele Simon


The NRA Has Declared War on America
Wayne LaPierre and Co are not out merely to defend the Second Amendment or Newtown or gun laws anymore. They want you to pay the price for freedom and they want their money now
by Ana Marie Cox

*Fear sale


The Crime of Peaceful Protest
by Chris Hedges

*Given the divisiveness and just plain assholism McMillan experienced in Occupy Wall Street, and my own travails in that regard

I’ve come to the conclusion that some folks are just hell bent on being hung separately

And the state will be more than happy to oblige.

If we say we want a just world

Then within the groups we form to further that aim

We are compelled to act as though we actually mean it.


To Save the Internet We Need to Own the Means of Distribution
by David Morris


Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Screen-Free Week is May 5 – 11, 2014!
Kids, families, schools, and communities pledge to spend 7 days unplugged.


The Real News Network
Baltimore Residents & Workers Voice Outrage Over Plans to Privatize Public Housing (1/2)
Public housing residents and workers say they will lose their jobs and homes when the city sells some of its public housing stock to private developers through the new Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program

*Stealing home


The Rise of the Far Right as the Euro-Crisis Hits France
Costas Lapavitsas: The crisis triggered by Germany now targets France, as elites debate leaving the Euro


Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Military Buildup in Philippines and Asia Denounced



The Real News Network
Federal Judge Rules U.S. Companies Can Be Sued for Aiding South African Apartheid Regime
Glen Ford: Federal judge says non-US citizens can bring lawsuits against companies like Ford and IBM for collaborating with the South African apartheid regime


30,000 Chinese Factory Workers Strike Against Maker of Nike Sneakers
Editor Michelle Chen and instructor Xiaoming Chai discuss the workers’ demands and whether the rise of strikes in signal a decline of cheap labor in China


Ban Fracking! Listing Chemicals Won’t Solve Drilling Dangers, say Critics
Move by one company to disclosure toxic ingredients used for shale gas drilling called “tip of iceberg” in terms of progress needed
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Knowledge is power

Only if it’s put to use


Green Group Sues US Govt For Hiding Tar Sands Plan
National Wildlife Federation says State Department concealed public records about possible plan to move dirty oil through New England
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*From XL

To X out


Safety Failures Pervasive at Site of Mysterious Nuclear Leak
U.S. government’s own report faults declining safety culture for release of radiation at troubled New Mexico dump
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Right Scrambles over Red-Hot Indictment of Inequality and Capitalism
Krugman: ‘The right seems unable to mount any kind of substantive counterattack’ to Thomas Piketty’s new book
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Red baiting is an effective tactic because liberals and “progressives” are scared shirtless to be associated with anything that questions capitalism

And by that I don’t mean its “excesses”

But its basic premise of market competition as the natural state of economic life.

So why is that?

To say that Marxism is directly connected to totalitarian communism is akin to saying that Christianity is inextricably linked to the countless sins committed in its name.

That’s not the fear.

It’s that to confront the contradictions of capitalism at its core perforce makes one a pariah within the American political landscape – hopelessly idealistic at best, and dangerously dogmatic at worst.

Taking a nibble, or even the occasional bite, out of the edifice of the profit system is as far as most of the US “left” is willing to go.

Wielding the carving blade necessary for the realization of anything that could honestly be deemed “justice” – as well as saving this rock we cling to

Is not on the dinner table.


Will NBC Retract Story NYT Has Walked Back?

*Since the corpress uncritically accepts whatever the gummint feeds them

You can call this another instance of spreading the gospel.

Democracy Now!
“Utopian Potential of the Internet”: Astra Taylor on How to Take Back Power & Culture in Digital Age


Protesting the 1964 World’s Fair: Activists Recall Effort to Highlight Civil Rights, Labor Struggles



Warehouse Workers for Justice
Forklifts on Fire
A warehouse with no fire alarm system installed; Forklifts with bad brakes and faulty hydraulics; Workers injured by falling freight; Workers suffering frostbite from working in -15 degree temperatures; Propane powered forklifts catching fire


Report: US Unprepared for Arctic Oil Spill
Findings highlight risks of exploiting resources in fragile ecosystem
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Vermont Law Makes It Official: GMO Food Must Be Labeled
In nation’s most far-reaching law to date, passage makes it mandatory to label certain foods that contain genetically-modified ingredients
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


This Bill Isn’t Just Anti-Mother – It’s Anti-Poor, Anti-Family, Anti-Doctor
Mothers of color and poor women stand to lose the most from a law that would turn pregnant drug users into criminals. But the whole system stands to fail
by Cherisse Scott


Institute for Public Accuracy
An End to Open Internet?

*Can we please stop calling complicity “cowardice”

And collusion “shortsightedness”?


Is NYT Walking Back ‘Russia’ Photos Scoop?

*The good “old days of journalism”

Like pimping the fractured fairy tale in the Gulf of Tonkin … ?


Democracy Now!
Muslim Americans Who Claim FBI Used No-Fly List to Coerce Them Into Becoming Informants File Lawsuit


In Landmark Ruling, U.S. Ordered to Release Memo Behind Targeted Killings of U.S. Citizens



Despite Israel’s Threat, Palestinian Unity Pact Announced
Political dispute between PLO and Hamas declared “over” after seven years, but skepticism remains over its true impact on Israeli occupation
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Cowboy Indian Alliance Rises to Protect Our Common Land and Water
by Zoltán Grossman


6 Reasons Why Obama’s Clemency Program Doesn’t Change Mass Incarceration
by Bruce Dixon

*Empty gestures

From an empty soul


(Re)Radicalization of the Working Class in Turkey?: An Appraisal of Recent Workplace Occupations
by Ehmet Erman Erol


The Real News Network
The Modern History of Venezuela and Popular Democracy – Edgardo Lander on RAI (9/9)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander assesses Chavez’s attempt to establish a participatory democracy that changed the structure of power and decision making


Intimidation and Political Interference Goes Unpunished in UAW Case
Frank Hammer discusses the labor conditions at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee that moved workers to attempt unionization, and says that the political interference by state officials in these efforts shows weakness of labor laws


Institute for Public Accuracy
TPP Myths


Democracy Now!
Toms River: How a Small Town Fought Back Against Corporate Giants for Toxic Dumping Linked to Cancer

*It is inspiring to hear of these folks’ tenacity in struggling for justice

But in the end, justice wasn’t achieved, was it?

No murderer – and let’s call the crime what it is – went to prison. No corporation admitted fault. The victims didn’t receive just compensation.

Some of the cards may have been removed in this instance

But the deck was still stacked against a fair outcome.

So, was the fight worth it?

If this incomplete victory moves us a step further toward winning the war

It’s a rhetorical question.

But only if that’s the case.



Please ban torturous shock devices used on special needs people
by Gregory Miller


Does Climate Apathy Hinge on ‘Pervasive’ American Stupidity?
New survey highlights connection between political and religious affiliations and scientific beliefs
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*AP knows all too well the effects of anti-science sophistry on the easily manipulated American psyche

As they and their corpress cohorts have been efficacious enablers of same via their sins of omission and commission.

Ignorance does not exist in a vacuum

But in the vacuous maelstrom of mainstream media.


‘Corporate Colonialism’: Protesters Slam TPP, US Military ‘One-Two Punch’
Ahead of Obama visit, Asia-Pacific voices demand ‘U.S. out’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


US ‘Silently’ Stripping Open Net Protections
Ahead of global internet forum, activists say, ‘Governments must consider the Internet as our common good, and protect it as such, with no compromise.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External
The climate crisis has such bad timing, confronting it not only requires a new economy but a new way of thinking.
by Naomi Klein

*Shop till we drop



Solar Warriors vs. the Black Snake of Tar Sands
by Winona LaDuke

*Let’s stand against the molesters of our Mother

By writing press releases for their front man … ?


The Real News Network
The Modern History of Venezuela, The Protests and Democracy – Edgardo Lander on RAI (8/9)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander says while there are problems with the democratic process in Venezuela, the current protests are anti-democratic attempts to bring down an elected government


Exclusive Investigation Uncovers How BP Uses Bribes To Do Business
Four years after 200-million gallon BP oil spill, TRNN speaks with investigative journalist Greg Palast about BP’s collusion with government officials to dodge safety regulations


Greek Politics 4 Years After The Financial Crisis
Leo Panitch on the left Coalition: SYRIZA and the struggle against austerity


Institute for Public Accuracy
Consequences of Border Security: ‘Deadly Force’, Native Surveillance


28 Years After Chernobyl: ‘Ecological Collapse’?


Obama’s ‘Manhood Problem’–and Media’s Humanity Problem

*Perhaps if he changed his name to “Obomba” … ?


Democracy Now!
Earth Day Special: “Fierce Green Fire” Documentary Explores Environmental Movement’s Global Rise

*Inspiring stories

So why have distinctly uninspiring capitulateurs like Van Jones telling them?



Cause of Suicide: Austerity
New study finds direct link between Greek austerity cuts and increase in male suicides
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The deaths of a thousand cuts


A Little-Known Toxic Threat ‘Underfoot’ in North Carolina
Coal ash used as landfill is a ‘silent, lurking issue that’s not getting any attention’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Arsenic and old laissez-faire


The Forecast for UK’s Coast: Radioactive
Environment Agency warns “the expected evolution scenario” for nuclear dump in Cumbria is flooding, erosion
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Spain’s ‘Robin Hood’ Funded Anti-Capitalist Movement with Bank Swindle
In recent interviews from the lam, Enric Duran predicts ‘transformation of the state and capitalism as we know it today’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Too Big to Jail? Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington
by Tom Engelhardt

*Murder a defenseless prisoner

Get restricted to your “church”.

God bless America


Monsanto’s Dream Bill is a Nightmare for State GMO Labeling Efforts
by Genna Reed


The Meritocracy Myth: How the Super-Rich Really Make Their Money
by Paul Buchheit


The Rhetoric of Violence
by Chris Hedges

*The revolution may not be televised

But it must be internalized


On the Death and Life’s Work of the Unconquerable Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter
by Dave Zirin


Poll: Public Wants Federal Agencies to Disclose and Restrict Corporate Tax Write Offs for Out-of-Court Settlements

*Tax deductions for criminal behavior is bad enough

But isn’t the fact that these settlements are the default setting for gummint action, rather than prosecuting the perps, the real issue here?


Friends of the Earth
Groups Press EPA to Address Toxic Lead Air Pollution from Aviation Gasoline
Evidence linking ill-health, especially in children, to airborne lead emissions mounts as EPA fails to act


The Real News Network
Israel Uses Refugees as “Currency” in Arms Trade with Africa
Rwanda and Uganda agree to take African refugees as part of arms deal after Israel denied their asylum claims and imprisoned them


Who Will Pay for Climate Change Disaster?
A discussion with Patrick Bond on the lack of political will to deal with climate change and the forces mobilizing for action


South African Platinum Miner’s Struggle Challenges ANC Leadership
Patrick Bond: 2012 Marikana massacre and the militancy of the miners is changing the face of South African politics

*The bullwhip cares nothing for the color of the hand that wields it


Hundredth Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre
Historian Jonathan Rees and author Jeff Biggers discuss the significance of the deadliest incident in U.S. labor history, and the struggles faced by coal miners today


The Bundy Ranch Standoff Demonstrates Values Shared by Corporations and the Far Right
Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center discusses the Bundy Ranch standoff’s far right connections and scholar and activist Mark Mason says this is embodied in the goal to privatize the commons

*A profound irony that “the gummint” is supporting extremists (too mild a word) like these, directly and indirectly, in Ukraine, Greece and elsewhere, innit?


The Modern History of Venezuela, Why Still So Much Crime? – Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (7/9)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander analyzes why the Chavez and Maduro governments have so far been unable to reduce the high rates of murder and violent crime


Can Johns Hopkins Afford to Pay A Living Wage? (2/2)
The second part of Marc Steiner’s discussion on whether Johns Hopkins has the money to pay a living wage. Joining him are Hopkins Hospital worker Daniel Roberts, SEIU union organizer Carrietta Hiers and Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless


Social Justice Unionism Seeks Can Build Labor And Student Movements
by Roshan Bliss



Experts Warn: US ‘on Course to Repeat’ BP Gulf Disaster
“The risk of another blowout is real,” write former MMS head Elizabether Birnbaum, Oceana’s Jacqueline Savitz
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Wildfires in the Face of Climate Change: Increasing and Intensifying
Past three decades have seen steady increase in fires, drought in Western US due to climate change
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Geneva Agreement over Eastern Ukraine May Have Overlooked One Thing: Eastern Ukrainians
Separatists, who say the Kiev government is illegimitate, say they are not obligated by deal made without their input or consent
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


NYT Slammed for Honoring Israeli Govt Gag Orders
Times Jerusalem bureau admits compliance with Israel-ordered media blackouts
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


A Roadmap for Survival
The latest UN report on addressing climate change reflects a strong Western bias, but it’s the most comprehensive tool we’ve got.
by Oscar Reyes


Thousands of Palestinians Rally for Release of 5,000 in Israeli Jails, Including 200 Children
by Juan Cole


The Real News Network
The Resegregation of American Schools
ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses her year-long investigation into how one of desegregation’s success stories in Tuscaloosa, Alabama became one of the most segregated school systems in the country, as well as the high levels of segregation in northern schools 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education


What Role Has Russia Played in Eastern Ukraine?
John Quigley & Aleksandr Buzgalin say that the building occupations and protests in cities like Donestk look like local initiatives, and are markedly less violent than some of those during the Euromaiden protests


Has Everyone Without an Honorary Degree From Brandeis Been Censored?

*Maybe we can find someone who’s made equivalent comments about Christianity or Judaism

And we’ll see whether these stalwart defenders of free speech rush to their defense.



The Real News Network
Investigation Finds Former Ukraine President Not Responsible For Sniper Attack on Protestors
Michael Hudson: A German TV investigation disproves the West’s claim that Yanukovych was responsible for killing of dozens of Ukrainian protestors, making this President Obama’s WMD moment


Can Johns Hopkins Afford to Pay A Living Wage? (1/2)
Marc Steiner examines if Johns Hopkins has the money to pay a living wage with Hopkins Hospital worker Daniel Roberts, SEIU union organizer Carrietta Hiers and Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless


The Modern History of Venezuela and the Need for a Post-Oil Economy – Edgardo Lander on RAI (6/9)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander says to strengthen democracy, develop food sovereignty and help save the planet, Venezuela must develop a plan to transition away from an extractive economy


Third Report in Three Days Shows Scale of Fracking Perils
‘We can conclude that this process has not been shown to be safe’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


How One State Is Taking On The Micro-Plastics Polluting Its Waterways
Illinois bill takes aim at microbeads found in personal care products, but green groups say measure does not go far enough
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Thousands of Schools in ‘Shadow of Risky Chemical Facilities’
Series of incidents reveals ‘glaring gaps in the country’s patchwork of oversight laws that govern the use of hazardous chemicals’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Global Peasant Movement Exemplifies Power of Organized Humanity
Commemorating the International Day of Peasant Struggle
by Salena Tramel


Star-Spangled Baggage: How America’s Wars Came Home With the Troops
Up close, personal, and bloody
by Ann Jones

*Informative and important piece, but Jones fails to make the connection between the increasingly militarized police forces in this country, and the mindset of the veterans hired to fill their ranks.

They get to continue to play with their toys, and fuck with “the bad guys”

While those in power draw the cordon sanitaire ever more tightly around themselves as their system implodes.


The Hollow Center of Common Core
by Robert Barkley


U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance
New Seed Survey Report Highlights Privatization Concerns


Rainforest Action Network
Report Finds Top Banks Moving Away From Coal: Citigroup and Barclays Seen as Laggard
JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo end financing for mountaintop removal coal


Institute for Public Accuracy
Ukraine Agreement: ‘Propaganda’ and Low Expectations?


Trophies for Just Showing Up: Alfie Kohn on Childrearing Myths


Democracy Now!
“We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We are Well into It”: Stephen Cohen on Russia-Ukraine Crisis

*Possibly another Cuban Missile Crisis

Definitely another “liberal administration” playing with fire


Fixing the Electoral College: New York Joins Pact to Elect President by Popular Vote


Former Drone Operators Reveal Air Force Plays Key Role in Secret CIA Assassination Campaign



Nation’s Boldest GMO Label Law Nears Passage in Vermont
Senators credit ’emails and calls’ of voters for pushing legislation
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Environmental Injustice’: Minorities Face Nearly 40% More Exposure to Toxic Air Pollution
Study shows that race and class major indicators for levels of airborne poisons found in communities
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Breathing while black

(Or other off white)


US Fracking Boom Creating Crisis of Illegal Toxic Dumping
Toxic materials from gas drilling industry creating ‘legacy of radioactivity’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


What the French E-mail Meme Reveals About America’s Runaway Culture of Work
by Michelle Chen

*The Gaul of it all


Which Side Are You on? Why This Student Sit-in Against Peabody Coal Matters
by Jeff Biggers


Amazon Watch
Major Victory in Effort to Limit Oil Drilling in Ecuadorian Amazon
Supporters gather 750,000+ signatures to qualify for referendum to defend Yasuní National Park

*If the drilling begins

These folks can’t refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.


The Real News Network
Ukraine Transitional Gov’t Moves Militarily To Reclaim Seized Buildings
Nicolai Petro: Ukrainian officials are using this first military move as political tool to garner more public support, as groups labeled pro-Russian truly want federalism, not succession, in order to protect eastern Ukraine’s autonomy


Eastern Ukraine Lacks Political Representation in Kiev
Derek Monroe says that Russian military presence along the western border is more defensive than aggressive; that the country is likely to remain unified; and the new transitional government continues an oligarchic rule that does not represent the interests of ordinary eastern or western Ukrainians


The Modern History of Venezuela: The Bolivarian Revolution – Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (5/9)
Mr. Lander discusses the achievements and failures of the revolution led by President Hugo Chavez


The Modern History of Venezuela from 1973 to the Caracazo Massacre – Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (3/9)
Mr. Lander traces the history of Venezuela from the rise of neo-liberal capitalism to the suppression and slaughter of protesters against it


Democracy Now!
Was Kansas Shooting Avoidable? White Supremacist was Ex-Informant with Criminal Past & Hateful Views

*The “TERRORISM!” screamers fall silent

When faced with its white face


New York Drops Police Unit that Spied on Muslims, But Will It End Broader Profiling & Surveillance?

*So what did Apuzzo bring to this segment, other than positing an idiotic context of frenzy after 9/11 that has now subsided, with the security state “rationally” rethinking its actions, realizing that these programs weren’t “doing the job”

As if this surveillance was all about preventing terrorism

Which the previous segment on true terror makes plain is just plain ludicrous?

And what if it had prevented one or more acts?

Would that have justified the means?


Killing Nature’s Defenders: Study Finds Global Surge in Murders of Environmental Activists



The Real News Network
Hypersurveillance State Won’t Prevent Another Boston Marathon Bombing
One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, the ACLU’s Kade Crockford questions whether the surveillance practices of law enforcement and an increasingly militarized police force will prevent terrorism

*Think of the reaction here if another country didn’t investigate a possible connection to terrorism because the suspect only “wanted to kill Americans”, and wasn’t deemed a threat to itself.

And why, for the umpteenth time, does an “alternative” outlet discuss the increasing militarization and special op tactics of police forces across the country

And not come to the inescapable conclusion that we’re witnessing a dress rehearsal for the 21st century police state, as the power structure tries to hold together the rapidly imploding capitalist system?


Univ. of Maine Faculty Reinstated After Students Protest Against Cuts
USM Assistant Professor Meghan Brodie and USM student Meaghan LaSala discuss how this victory shows there are efficient ways to fill the $14 million budget gap without eroding the academic core


How a Group of Strangers Stopped One Man From Being Deported
Airplane passengers staged an unusual direct action to prevent a refugee from being forcibly removed from Sweden
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A righteous flight path


Study: Fracking Emissions Up To 1000x Higher Than EPA Estimates
New report suggests highly potent greenhouse gas far more prevalent in gas production than previously thought
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fractured figures and fairy tales


The ‘Proprietary’ Internet? Google Buys Drones of Its Own
Search giant purchases Titan Aerospace in move that confirms tech world’s vision of internet’s future
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib
Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are holding the U.S. government accountable for innocent victims on all sides of the fighting.
by Phyllis Bennis

*A battle for healed hearts and mended minds


On Supporting Progressives in Ukraine, Wherever They Are
Maidan or anti-Maidan? The Ukraine situation requires more nuance and we should support the progressive wings of both factions, not tie ourselves up with hypocritical justifications of one or the other
by Volodymyr Ishchenko

*A reasoned and too rare take on the situation.

Are any attempts being made among the anti-fascist, anti-imperial, anti-oligarchic forces in each region to connect and cooperate with each other?


Alabama: The Next Tar Sands Frontier?
by Alison Grass


FAIR Media Advisory
Can White People Be Terrorists?
How media label Kansas shooting suspect

*A different kind of color coded terrorist alert


Institute for Public Accuracy
KC Shooting Suspect: A Long History of ‘Bigotry’


Democracy Now!
Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main Street

*A classic example of most “alternative” coverage, in that salient intel is related, but the overarching context is missing.

Why are the powerful untouchable

And why are the powerless in the crosshairs of the criminal injustice system?

Capital has concluded that only fear and brute force stand between it and those it exploits.

As its contradictions become more manifest, repression will increase.

The new normal has been old hat for the “others” in our society

But soon everyone without power will be compelled to either support the police state out of fear – of those “others”, or of being treated as they are

Or to exhibit the humanity that will surely incur its wrath.

It’s the obligation of outlets such as DN! to provide that context

And to my mind they have done precious little to fulfill that duty.



The Real News Network
The Modern History of Venezuela from 1908 to 1973 – Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (2/8)
Mr. Lander traces the history of Venezuela from dictatorship to attempts at democratic governments and back


Has Palestinian Maneuvering Revived Peace Talks?
Lia Tarachansky and Shir Hever interview journalist Daoud Kuttab on how Mahmoud Abbas’ maneuvering may have led to talks extending


Late Jackson Mayor Lumumba’s Son Wins Primary to Replace His Father, Runoff Election Ahead
Kali Akuno discusses developments in the race to replace late Jackson mayor Chokwe Lumumba and the upcoming Jackson Rising conference


Quebecers Reject PQ and Elect a Liberal Government Representing Big Business
Leo Panitch: “PQ fronting Pierre Peladeau as a their star candidate blew up in their faces”


The Modern History of Venezuela – Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
Mr. Lander, with host Paul Jay, traces the events that set the stage for the Bolivarian Revolution and the Chavez era of Venezuela


IPCC Findings: Create ‘Age of Renewables’… Or Pay Higher Price Later
‘The longer we wait, the costlier it will be’: IPCC’s latest climate assessment makes it perfectly clear that solutions to crisis exist, but political atrophy spells doom
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The IPCC will never go beyond the parameters of reform of an
unreformable system. They evince the naive notion – whether they
actually believe it or not – that we’re dealing with rational actors,
when all evidence points to the obverse.

The exploitocracy are addicts. Power and profit are their drugs of choice.

They can’t tolerate limits on either, even at the cost of their own
continued existence.

Of course, they don’t see it that way. They aren’t making a conscious
decision to drive us – and themselves – off the cliff.

Their hubris doesn’t allow them to conceive of such a fate. They are
the masters of the universe, and the laws of nature that would
constrain them are not recognized.

Their empire will crumble, as all must

And unless humanity rouses from its torpor, and sees oblivion staring
it in the face

Theirs will be the last.


World’s Financial Elite Get Lofty on ‘Inequality,’ But Critics Unimpressed
‘We need much bigger changes … not just speaking out against inequality and not just speaking out against contradictory policies, but actually making those policy changes’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It is a tale told by a plutocrat

Full of sound and fury

Signifying nothing


10,000 Russians Rally Against ‘Lies’ of State-Run Media
Moscow protesters voice sympathy for people of Ukraine caught in regional crisis
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Teachers: A Call to Battle for Reluctant Warriors
by Anthony Cody

*Putting the pedal to the pedagogy


New Report Rebukes Central Feature of ‘Race to the Top’
by Diane Ravitch


Our Big, Fat, Not-So-Secret War in Africa
U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about bases, winning hearts and minds, and the “War” in Africa
by Nick Turse


Center for Media and Democracy
A Reporters’ Guide to the Koch-funded Rich States, Poor States Report



War on Terror’s Trickle Down Effect: The FBI’s Military Evolution Exposed
Washington Post report reveals how Bureau brought their ‘deadly-force policy’ to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the world beyond
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


General Strike Grips Argentina
Over one million turn out for action to denounce government policies
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


21st Century’s First Decade Saw Doubling of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: IPCC
Leaked draft of latest IPCC report obtained by Guardian sheds light on drastic gas emissions from coal-fired plant
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


How to Get a Whole Generation to Sell Out
Today’s twenty-somethings aren’t apathetic or opportunistic. They’re just trying to survive an economic system that has saddled them with inescapable student debt.
by Astra Taylor

*Making the bricks pay for the wall


Council of Canadians
Energy East Pipeline is all Risk and no Reward for Ottawa Residents


Food & Water Watch
Unlabeled GMO Salmon? Groups Call on FDA to Rein In Industry Claims


The Real News Network
TRNN Debate: Decriminalization vs. Legalization
As Maryland is poised to become the next state to decriminalize marijuana, MD Delegate Keiffer Jackson Mitchell and LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin debate whether it can end the racial disparity in drug-related arrests

*Whatever “unintended consequences” may arise from legalization, the bedrock principle to me in all this is that the use of a drug in and of itself shouldn’t have any legal ramifications, whether fine or arrest or incarceration.

It makes no moral or practical sense.

Franklin makes a strong case along those lines, but his comment about “feel[ing] good about working at places like McDonald’s and Walmart”, considering the products they sell and the treatment of their employees, is an object lesson in how one can be eminently reasonable regarding some matters

And just plain foolish about others.


Revolution Against Corporate Education Targets Achilles Heel
by Roshan Bliss


Let’s Stop Looking at the Downside of Climate Change

*Well, if the Breakthrough Institute is claiming that Obama, Gore, “congressional leaders” and not a few prominent groups in “the environmental community” are truly “trying to end our status quo energy policies”

And not simply playing politics with the end of the world as we know it

Then they are most certainly “spreading disinformation”.


Democracy Now!
“Imagine Living in a Socialist USA”: New Book Envisions Greater Democracy, World Without Capitalism

*Isn’t that nice?

And that’s the last we’ll hear about socialism on this show for a goodly while, don’t you think?

It isn’t just the corporate media that snubs this subject.

The “alternative media” does its unfair share, as well.

So how does the idea enter the public consciousness, when it can only garner a few minutes of superficial coverage on DN!?

And you can call it cynical – I’d call it empirical – but I have to look askance at a work that HarperCollins felt comfortable with publishing, and that has folks like Michael Moore expounding on the matter.

Not that he and others haven’t done important work

But are they really advocating for the end of capitalism?

The end of profit?

The end of money?

A system that embodies the principle of “From each according to her talents”

“To each according to his needs”?

That’s socialism – if you have to put a label on it – to me.

It’s the end of competition, and the exploitation that it must give rise to

And the birth of true community and cooperation.

How else can we create a world in which every single person can live a dignified life?

Anything less leaves someone – many someones – out

Doesn’t it?



US Has Littered Afghanistan with War’s Deadly Garbage
Afghan children and poorest citizens most vulnerable to unexploded bombs and toxic materials of thirteen-year war
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Senator King Joins Republicans to Block Equal Pay Act
Bill banning ‘egregious discrimination’ against women in the workplace fails to move forward
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


US: EU Circumvention of NSA Spying Would Violate Trade Law
Report from US Trade Representative charges EU-centric communications network would unfairly disadvantage US companies
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


UN Shows ‘Shocking Indifference’ Towards Displaced People: Doctors
Charity slams UN Mission in South Sudan for ignoring plight of displaced people living in flooded, disease-ridden camp
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Why US Fracking Companies Are Licking Their Lips Over Ukraine
From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain – what I call the shock doctrine
by Naomi Klein


Open Systems and Glass Ceilings: The Disappearing Woman and Life on the Internet
by Astra Taylor


The Real News Network
Workers at Nation’s Top Hospital Strike For Fair Wages
The Real News goes to the picket lines as Johns Hopkins Hospital workers launch a three-day strike for living wages


From Exile to Radicalization in Venezuela – Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)
Mr. Lander tells Paul Jay that in ’98, when he saw the whole of the establishment getting together to defeat Chavez, he voted for him even though he had a lot of reasons not to like him


Rwanda 20 Years Later: Genocide, Western Plunder of Congo, and President Kagame
Twenty years after the Rwandan genocide, survivor & activist Claude Gatebuke and filmmaker Andre Vltchek discuss what was really behind America’s decision not to intervene, and its ongoing support for Rwandan President Paul Kagame


Ukrainian Protesters in the East Demand More Autonomy From Kiev Government
Nicolai Petro: The eastern part of the country feels like it does not have a voice in politics, and secession is only last resort for most of the protesters


Meet the Press Gets Out of the Beltway–But Takes Washington Worldview Along


Institute for Public Accuracy
GM: Nader Points to Systematic Safety Regulation Failure


Democracy Now!
Wall Street’s Land Grab: Firms Amass Rental Empire, Ousting Tenants & Threatening New Housing Crisis


Not a Bug Splat: Artists Confront U.S. Drone Operators with Giant Picture of Pakistani Child



Battered & Broken By Cuts, Greek Workers Still Rise to Fight
Thousand strike across country in continued battle against the devastation of imposed austerity
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘This Is Not Over’: Gulf Life Still Reeling From Toxic BP Spill
Report on four year anniversary of worst oil disaster in US history details fourteen ailing species
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Jailing of Mentally Ill Has Turned US Prisons into ‘Inhumane’ Asylums: Study
As state psychiatric facilities shut their doors, people with severe mental illnesses are being locked in U.S. prisons and jails, finds report
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The issue of the treatment of mental disorders has to include attention to their origins.

In addition to the stress created by living in an unjust and individualistic society, the immense damage done to the environment has led to an pandemic of physical and mental maladies, before and after birth.

We have been physically, psychically and sociologically poisoned

And our body politic is on life support.


Industry-Friendly Regulators Ask to be Stripped of Regulatory Power
After coal ash spill, state regulators appeal ruling demanding Duke Energy clean up
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


America’s Homegrown Terror
Plagued by poor infrastructure, climate denialism, and a patchwork of unregulated fracking wells and nuclear waste sites, the U.S. is poised to topple itself with self-inflicted wounds.
by Emanuel Pastreic and John Feffer


A People’s History of Muslims in the United States
What school textbooks and the media miss
by Alison Kysia


Center for Food Safety
Industry Hype & Bad Science Undercuts Real Energy/Climate Solutions
Genetically Engineering Poplars for Paper and Biofuels Condemned


The Real News Network
Indian Parliamentary Elections – A Primer With Vijay Prashad
Indians go to the polls discontent with the 10 year rule of Indian National Congress Party


West Looks to Carve Up Ukraine & Privatize Industries Held by Kleptocrats
Michael Hudson: The financial grab for Ukraine’s industries is simply war by another name, as other Eastern European countries have experienced a similar fate


Sharpton and the Media’s Cat-and-Mouse Game

*A rat

Or just a fink?


O’Reilly, Moses and the Decline of America

*Ever notice how “Christians” such as O’Reilly studiously avoid mention of the prime directive of their proclaimed religion

That whole “Golden Rule” thingie?


You got all these people running around saying and doing the antithesis of his teachings, in his name.

Can a supposed deity sue for defamation of character?


Democracy Now!
Is India on a Totalitarian Path? Arundhati Roy on Corporatism, Nationalism and World’s Largest Vote

*Roy is the sort of guest that appears all too infrequently on this program, which hosts a constant stream of paltu shers, as she puts it, rather than the clear eyed such as herself.

It’s almost as if these anomalies are meant to maintain some sort of “street cred”, to live up to its slogan “The exception to the rulers”.

Yet how many times have those who unflinchingly peer into the bottom of the depths of the depraved institutions that rule our lives had the opportunity to share their insights here?

The same could be said for many other “alternative” outlets, of course.

If we are to stem our death march into oblivion, and fashion a world based on the best within us

We’ll need the raw honesty of radicalism

Not the pablum of “progressivism”.



Economics for the 99% European Parliament Elections and the Authoritarian Tide
by John Weeks

*Fascist fashion

Guccis and jackboots


The Real News Network
The Multiple Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia (5/5)
Madawi Al-Rasheed: Powerful princes control various sections of the state and armed forces and often have their own contradictory agendas


Do the Afghan Presidential Elections Signify Progress?
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly and IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis discuss Afghanistan’s presidential election in light of corporations profiting from war and unrepresented groups remaining on the margins


Will Extremist Lieberman Become Israel’s Next Prime Minister?
Israel/Palestine correspondent Lia Tarachansky and political economist Shir Hever discuss the rise and strategy change of Israeli Foreign Minister Avidgor Lieberman


NYC Parents vs. Wall Street-Backed Charter Schools
Governor Cuomo and charter lobby ‘strong-arming’ bid to evict special needs students in favor of charter expansion
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Ukraine Parliament Members Brawl as ‘Civil War’ Threatens
A brawl breaks out between left and right in parliament as Ukraine warnings go out over possible “civil war”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Criminal Court a US/Israeli “Red Line” for Palestinians
by Thalif Deen
Inter Press Service


Austerity Outrage Fuels Push for Greek General Strike
Journalists halt work ahead of planned nation-wide strike against austerity
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Don’t Panic, Go Organic: The IPCC Report Should be a Wakeup Call for Climate-Smart Food
by Anna Lappé


Why Are Teachers and Students Opting Out of Standardized Testing?
by Michelle Chen


Victory for Wild Bison in Montana
Montana judge rejects effort to classify wild bison as “livestock”


Institute for Public Accuracy
Wall Street’s “Predatory Equity” Rental Scheme


Mary Jo White, Tough on Torture Victims

I’m tempted to laugh

But you really can’t do that

And wretch at the same time.


Democracy Now!
Can Any Court Hold U.S. Accountable for Killing Americans Overseas with Drone Strikes?

*Courts of least resort



Sergei Lavrov: ‘It Is Not Russia Destabilizing Ukraine’
Sergei Lavrov says accusations by Kiev government and western nation betray facts on the ground in Ukraine
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Social unrest and famine, superstorms and droughts. Places, species and human beings – none will be spared. Welcome to Occupy Earth
by Rebecca Solnit


Get Intersectional! (Or, Why Your Movement Can’t Go It Alone)
“Intersectionality” has evolved from a theory of how oppression works to a notion of how people can fight it.
by Kristin Moe

*We can swing together

Or we can hang separately


Will the IMF Bailout Turn Ukraine Into Another Greece?
Ordinary people will be the undisputed losers in the International Monetary Fund’s loan deal with Ukraine.
by Alec Luhn


Solartopia! Winning the Green Energy Revolution
by Harvey Wasserman


Center for Biological Diversity
House Republicans Hold Anti-Endangered Species Hearing on Bills to Weaken Endangered Species Act
Witnesses Cherry-picked for Hostility to Wildlife Protection

*If only the Rabid Reactionary (homo rejectus) were an endangered species


NRDC Report: Potentially Unsafe Chemicals in Food Threaten Public Health
Gaping loophole needs to be closed

*Filling our bodies with poisons

As they fill their pockets with profits


The Real News Network
Why do the Saudis Want the US to Attack Iran? (4/5)
Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi Arabia has the ultimate objective of becoming the arbiter of all regional politics


Elections, Pipelines, and Protests – The Canada Panel
Yves Engler explains why 50,000 Quebec students voted for a one-day strike & Jenny Uechi discusses the Vancouver Observer expose on Premier Christy Clark’s hidden ties to the Northern Gateway Pipeline


Institute for Public Accuracy
Is the Gender Gap Keeping Millions of Women in Poverty?

*A woman’s work is never done

Being devalued


Is the Cuba Twitter Story Part of Broader Pattern?

*Little birdies

And looming eagles


Democracy Now!
Sy Hersh Reveals Potential Turkish Role in Syria Chemical Strike That Almost Sparked U.S. Bombing

*I appreciate Hersh’s intel, but I often have to look askance at the conclusions he draws from it.

What difference would it make to Dear Misleader and his foreign policy (read “imperial”) team just who was responsible for the attack?

As they say, the facts are fixed around the policy.

That’s the case in Iran, where no evidence of a nuclear weapons program exists, yet policy is based on that “fact”.

Don’t you think it more likely that a decision was made that a direct military attack wasn’t in the best interests of empire – that letting Syria bleed would lead to a better outcome than precipitating regime change a la Libya?

That’s where logic leads me, at any rate.



‘Stand Up, Fight Back!’: Newark Students Protest Charter Schools
Hundreds of students walk out in march demanding public schools over charters
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Urging ‘New Path Forward,’ Tens of Thousands Demand End to EU Austerity
Protest in Brussels challenges policies that have “caused a mounting social and economic crisis”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*I’d change that last line from “even in the media”

To “especially in the media”.

Mainstream media don’t merely reflect the biases of this society

They perpetuate, and amplify them.


The Unquenchable Thirst of an Expanding Coal Industry
by Kumi Naidoo


The Real News Network
Hopkins Hospital Workers Speak Out against “Poverty Wages”
The Real News talks to workers at Baltimore’s internationally renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital as they prepare for a possible strike in order to obtain a $15 hourly wage


Will Venezuela’s New Floating Exchange Rate Curb Inflation?
Mark Weisbrot: New exchange rate is intended to safeguard the importation of essential and primary goods


The European Central Bank’s War on Wages is Pushing Europe’s Economy to the Brink
Bill Black: The media has failed to report on the causes and possible solutions for Europe’s deflating economy


Institute for Public Accuracy
Can Mangroves Protect Against Global Warming Vulnerability to Disaster?


FAIR Extra!
Muzzling Critics—or Building Media Democracy?
Ecuador media law riles US journalists

*There may be more than a mote in the Ecuadorean government’s eye

(E.g., the absence of anti-discrimination protection for LGBTQ persons in this law, as well as other actions outside the area of media)

But there’s no question as to the size of the beam in the corpress’, is there?


Democracy Now!
“The War Comes Home”: Deadly Fort Hood Shooting Raises Questions About Treatment of Returning Vets


Drugging America’s Veterans: Painkiller Abuse Spreads as VA Becomes Vets’ “Drug Dealer of Choice”

*The collateral damage of an addiction to empire


Is USAID the New CIA? Agency Secretly Built Cuban Twitter Program to Fuel Anti-Castro Protests

*So Kornbluh wants a “capitalist society” in Cuba

And Goodman apparently sees no need to ask why.



US Created Covert ‘Cuban Twitter’ To Stir Dissent
Cuban social media network built by US “to organize ‘smart mobs’—mass gatherings called at a moment’s notice that might trigger a Cuban Spring”
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Typical APese

It doesn’t “muddy” AID’s claims

It drowns them.

And “the agency’s mission” is precisely what was exposed.


Arctic Sea Ice Continues ‘Death Spiral’
‘Average ice extent for March 2014 was the fifth lowest for the month in the satellite record’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Nuclear Omnicide
by Harvey Wasserman


Food & Water Watch
Coloradoans Defeat Eminent Domain Bill; Colorado’s Version of the Keystone XL Pipeline


Amnesty International
Impunity, Excessive Force and Links to Extremist Golden Dawn Blight Greek Police

*The iron fist of “the invisible hand of the marketplace”

Furious note taking in a now “western oriented” former SSR


The Real News Network
Saudi Arabia and the al-Qaeda Monster
Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi Arabia helped create a network of terrorism to achieve political aims, and while it does come back to bite them at times, they promote a similar ideology and continue to these alliances

*I think it’s important to keep in mind that the US also has a “complex” relationship with terrorism.

In some circumstances, terrorist groups pose a problem for US imperial aims, creating instability which hinders economic and geopolitical goals, and that in part drives The Global War on Terror ™.

But in the empire game, you can’t boogey without a boogeyman, and the threat of terrorism, real and manufactured, serves a very useful purpose in post Cold War policy.

So “managing” that threat, rather than ending it (and the only way to end it is to end the US’ own terrorism), is the objective of US foreign policy, and it also is crucial to the fomenting of fear domestically, allowing the further envelopment of society by the security state.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Testimony from Fort Hood


FAIR Extra!
Discounting Expertise
How journalism embraces right-wing anti-intellectualism
by Steve Rendall

*Idiocy in the service of the shrewd

And sinister


The Point of Limiting Donations Isn’t to Make Elections Cheaper or Less Irritating

*You wish you could laugh at this shit

But when the joke’s on us …


Democracy Now!
Ex-Auto Safety Head & Parent of Dead Victim: GM CEOs Should Face Prison for Covering Up Safety Flaws

*Would an appropriate punishment be to require Barra and all others responsible for these crimes to drive Cobalts with a heavy key chain?

Yes, that’s venting, and no one should be harmed once they’ve been apprehended.

But as long as the prisons are empty of corporate mass murderers

I’m not going to feel guilty about indulging such fantasies.



What are the Saudis Afraid Of? – Madawi Al-Rasheed (2/5)
Ms. Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi society appears to be controlled, but beneath the surface, there is widespread discontent


The Real News Network
Boycott of Israel Moving to Next Level?
Shir Hever: BDS movement including large scale divestment by big corporations and approaching the level of government sanctions


Waves of Nationwide Actions Planned at Key Historic Moment
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Worldwide #WaveOfAction and Global Climate Convergence Build Popular Movement as Multiple Crises Escalate
Update: Two more spring campaigns have been announced, Reset The Net, to take back our Internet privacy and Our Land Our Business, protesting the World Bank


‘Conditionally Yours’: IMF Austerity on the Rise
‘Truly shocking’ increase in austerity makes ‘debt situations far worse’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Robbed at pen point


Duke Energy Attempts to Block Citizens’ Groups in Coal Ash Case
‘Instead of cleaning up, what they’ve done is lawyer up’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


It’s Not Just Uganda: Behind the Christian Right’s Onslaught in Africa
For years now, evangelical activists from the United States have been speaking out against homosexuality and cheering on antigay legislation all over Africa.
by Nathalie Baptiste


How “Inner City” Men Will Pay for the Ryan Budget
by Bree Carlson


Left-Right White Solidarity?
A comment on the new face of 21st century neo-fascism – part one
by Ajamu Baraka


$2.13 an Hour? Why The Tipped Minimum Wage Has to Go
by Michelle Chen


Zombie Coal Plant Owner Threatens to Again Pollute Hudson Valley Air
Danskammer coal plant owner files to re-start outdated plant, put New Yorkers’ health at risk


Institute for Public Accuracy
Is NSA “Reform” a “Trojan Horse”?

*As always, a whitewash

After getting caught red handed


Supreme Court Establishing “Plutocrat Rights”

*As great an abomination as this is, we can’t lose sight of the fact that it merely pertains to one aspect of a system that has perpetually deprived us of any true semblance of democracy.

Overturning this decision, and Citizens United, would simply restore an only slightly less sinister status quo.

It’s a huge tree

But the forest would still be very dark and forehboding without it.


FAIR Extra!
Cable Monopoly’s Gain Is Community Media’s Loss
Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger threatens local voices
by Betty Yu


With Marijuana, the Obvious Is Incendiary
It’s hard to argue pot is riskier than alcohol—but many pundits did
by Peter Hart

*And just how much filthy lucre is the private prison industry mainlining into the war against decriminalization/legalization?

Of course, the issue goes beyond that, to the criminalization of the poor, especially those of color, as one of the main weapons in the arsenal of oppression.

Why the corpress has reacted in this fashion should be abundantly clear to anyone cognizant of just whose interests they serve and protect.


It’s Torture–but Let’s Not Call It That

*Only an wilful ignoramus would be “shocked” by this.

Only an utter fool would believe it doesn’t continue.

Whether by proxies abroad, or within our own “criminal justice” system

Torture occurs every hour of every day

From the viciously physical, to the malignantly mental.

And, as always

It will be ignored by those who now profess repugnance at “the sins of the past.”



‘Unprecedented’ Ocean Temperatures on Track to Bring Death to Coral Ecosystems
‘It’s not that change is going to come, it’s that change is already happening’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Manufactured Crisis: the Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
by Edward Herman

*I think we can condemn both the aggression against Iran and the hypocrisy of sanctions for pursuing a nuclear program, while also making clear the insanity of doing so, at least as far as it pertains to Iran’s energy policy.

(I don’t claim to know if its use for medical research is necessary.)

As here, that is often left out of discussion of the issue, with the focus on support for Iran’s rights under the NPT.

This is a forest we can’t allow the trees to blind us to.


Breathless in North Korea
For 60 years, Koreans on both sides of the DMZ have awaited a peace treaty. Instead they’ve gotten an arms race and political repression.
by Christine Ahn


The “Billionaire’s Primary”: Meet America’s New Political Bosses
by Terrance Heath


Opt Your Child Out of State Testing: Don’t Feed the Machine
by Diane Ravitch

*A test of wills

and won’ts


The Real News Network
Immigration Reform in the Shadows of Cesar Chavez’s Legacy
Cesar Chavez’s personal aide Marc Grossman and organizer Rosalinda Guillen examine the current situation for farmworkers and whether the Senate’s immigration reform will improve their lives

*Why is precious airtime wasted talking to Democratic apologists like Grossman?

Calling Jerry Brown (aka “Dear Misleader in whiteface”) “a good governor”, pimping this sellout of a “reform” bill …

Aren’t there better uses of this outlet’s limited resources?

It’s not my idea of what constitutes “alternative media”.


UN Report Says Climate Change Will Threaten Food Production Worldwide
Climate change scientist Michael Mann discusses the most significant findings in the second installment of the IPCC report and how some climate change deniers are already attempting to discredit its conclusions


‘Straight Shooter’ Chris Christie and the Occupied Territories

*Though it may not have been a Tea Party function

There appears to be no dearth of Mad Hatters and March Hares


Jobs with Justice
We Have a Right to Know Our Loan Repayment Options


Democracy Now!
The “Bounty” Police Force? Albuquerque Officers Face Protests, Probe over Spate of Fatal Shootings


Treating Humans Worse Than Animals: Prison System Voices Decry Solitary Confinement of Mentally Ill

*The institutionalized insanity from beyond the bars


Right to Return: Deported After Protest by His Family, Mexican Immigrant to Attempt U.S. Re-entry



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