December 2014


Despite Climate Warnings, New Export Rules Open Crude Oil Floodgates
The loosened regulations will reportedly ‘please domestic oil drillers, foreign trade partners, and some Republicans’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”All of the above”

Look out below

Social Protest Rising in Ukraine as Government Approves Harsh Austerity Budget
by Roger Annis

Black Lives Depend on a Free and Open Internet
by Patrisse Cullors

2014: The Greatest Year of Revolt Against High-Stakes Testing in US History
Top Ten Acts of Test Resistance This Year
by Jesse Hagopian

*Passing the test of integrity

The Real News Network
The Top 3 Climate Change Stories of 2014
Environmental journalist Dahr Jamail recaps the three biggest climate events of 2014 that should be red flags for the world

*Is this planet a boffo box office tragicomedy in another solar system?

The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)
Mr. Finkelstein on self-deception and the collapse of his identity

*This is absorbing reading, and Finkelstein’s honesty is much appreciated.

His story is yet another object lesson in the danger of pedestals.

They are inherently unstable constructs, with an alarming tendency to topple over on those gathered in admiration around them.

Believe only in the best of your humanity

And always be prepared to alter the path that leads you to it.

Nationwide Anti-Police Brutality Protests Enter Second Month
Activists again disrupt Baltimore area restaurants and shops and retired veteran officer Neill Franklin talks about whether body cameras are an effective remedy and the importance of ending the culture of impunity for the boys in blue

Democracy Now!
“The Great Reformer”: Pope Francis Biographer on How Pontiff Became Star Diplomat & Voice for Change

*I wonder if Goodman played softball in school

‘Cause she sure tossed some at this apologist for someone who stood by while the Argentinian junta murdered the padres, and many others, who came closer to living out the true meaning of the Gospel than Francis will ever approach.

Not that he’s making any sincere attempt to do so.

But that’s how he got to be pope, isn’t it?


US Adding Names to Foreign Fighter Watchlist ‘Like a Ticking Odometer’
Citing fears of ISIS, intelligence agencies are actively placing thousands of Europeans into a secret database at a nearly constant rate
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

A 2,500 Square-Mile Methane Plume Is Silently Hovering over Western US
Legacy of fossil fuel drilling is “giant cloud” of powerful greenhouse gas now visible from space
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Proposed Labor Laws in Chile Lauded as ‘Enormous Step Toward Social Equality’
‘Today we are marking a new milestone—we are clearing a debt that we have hold toward the workers of Chile,’ says president Michelle Bachelet
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Doubling Down on Dictatorship in the Middle East
The Arab Spring didn’t stop U.S. support for friendly despots.
by Amanda Ufheil-Somers

2014 Year in Review for Labor: Deep Trouble But Stirring Troublemaking
by Jenny Brown

*Working for a livin’

And not taking what they’re givin’

Climate Change Threatens Quechua and Their Crops in Peru’s Andes
by Fabíola Ortiz
Inter Press Service

Citizen Anti-Nuclear Activism Has Shuttered Vermont Yankee
by Harvey Wasserman

Guatemalan Genocide Trial Set to Resume
by Jo-Marie Burt

Greed Kings of 2014: How They Stole from Us
by Paul Buchheit

*Just an avarice day at the office

The Real News Network
The Making of Norman Finkelstein – Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
Mr. Finkelstein talks about his Holocaust survivor parents and their influence in the formation of his early identity

USAID Will Continue It’s ‘Democracy’ Program in Cuba
The US won’t be required to halt its ‘Democracy’ Program’ in Cuba, says Sujatha Fernandes, Professor of Sociology at Queens College, while the release of the Cuban Five remains testimony to the great endurance of the Cuban people says James Early of the Smithsonian Institute

Democracy Now!
As American Captives Die While Others Walk Free, Is U.S. Hostage Policy Costing Citizens’ Lives?

Did the U.S. Abandon an American Hostage in Syria? Inside the Secret Bid to Free Peter Kassig

*So, did the US want these kidnappings and beheadings to continue, in order to maintain a black and white, good versus evil, meme that justified both its current and possible future military actions in the region?

It’s as plausible a theory as any, don’t you think?

How a Radical Lawyer Set for Prison Joined Longtime U.S. Government Foe in Failed Bid to Free a Hostage


Vowing to End ‘Neoliberal Experiment,’ Greek Left Rises as Snap Elections Called
After three failed votes within parliament, Greek public will get chance to vote for new government.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A “moderate tone” that is “not threatening” …

That’ll get folks fired up, won’t it just?

Stay tuned …

¡Podemos! Spanish Party Rises from Grassroots to Challenge Corruption of Elite Party Rule
In tandem with other rising parties of the Left in Europe, supporters of new political party in Spain have organized their way to doorstep of power
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Vermonters Ready Celebration as Nuclear Plant Shuts Down for Good
Owners of Vermont Yankee lost their battle with local residents to keep accident-prone plant running for decades more
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Credit the corpress with turning the nightmare of Fukushima into simply a bad dream most all Americans have consigned to the back basements of their memories.

That is, after all, its function.

The Prison State of America
by Chris Hedges

*Dostoevsky said, “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons”

And by the gauntlet geared to impede exiting them.

‘Fair Use Is Working!’: 2014 in Review
by Corynne McSherry

The Real News Network
Cuba has Never Been Culturally Isolated, Just Shielded From the US
The rich cultural life of Cuba thriving and democracy will not be exported to Cuba from the US, it is already working in the form of participatory democracy, says James Early of the Smithsonian Institute and Sujatha Fernandes, Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center at CUNY

iMixWhatILike | From South Africa to the United States: The Continuity of Black Consciousness Movements (Part 2)
iMixWhatILike Host Jared Ball continues his discussion with legendary emcee and producer Shaheen Ariedien and Dr. Rico Chapman about the histories, similarities and mutual impact of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa and the Black Power Movement here in the United States

Detroit Won’t Restore Police Review Board Even Though Abuses Continue
Detroit Activist Frank Hammer says activists are outraged that Detroit’s badly needed civilian review board of police – dismantled as part of the city’s bankruptcy proceeding – is not being restored now that the city is out of bankruptcy

Democracy Now!
The Afghan War is Not Over: U.S. Ends 13-Year Combat Mission, But 10,000+ Troops Continue the Fight

The Worst Narco-State in History? After 13-Year War, Afghanistan’s Opium Trade Floods the Globe


Top UK Retailers Targeted in Price Tag Switch for Living Wage
Amid holiday shopping rush, activists call on nation’s wealthiest chains to ‘stop scrooging’ their employees
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Poverty and Fear Still Rankle, Ten Years After the Tsunami
“It took just 30 minutes for the killer waves to leave 350,000 dead and half a million displaced”
by Amantha Perera
Inter Press Service

In Alabama, A Public Hospital Serves the Poor — with Lawsuits
Public hospitals can be among the most aggressive in collecting debts from poor patients, not only garnishing their wages, but cleaning out their bank accounts. “It makes me sick,” said one legal aid attorney.
by Paul Kiel

*”We’re here to help”


Still No National Healthcare for Mental Illness? That’s Crazy
by Ted Rall

*A profitable psychosis

Political Rumbas Start in Cuba
by Ralph Nader

Jubilee USA Network
Countries Affected by Ebola Lose $1.4 Billion Annually to Debt, Corruption and Tax Evasion
Outflows Dwarf Money in Health Care and Prevention Budgets

*Expecting the US to do diddley about debt relief et alia is akin to trusting the fox to swear off poultry.

The Real News Network
Wilkerson: Cuba, Be Careful What You Wish For
Larry Wilkerson tells Paul Jay that the president’s executive order is long overdue and the embargo should be lifted, but Cuba should be wary of an increased U.S. presence

*I suppose Jay thinks having a “critical conservative” on TRNN gives it a certain cachet, but while it might be interesting to hear that perspective, there are others we don’t hear from that would be of far more worth, if the objective is to understand power and how it’s wielded.

In this instance, Wilkerson’s concluding caveat seems in direct contradiction to his preceding pimping of the benefits of opening up to “the giant”, don’t you think?

Market and State Regulation Failure at the Heart of Russian Recession
Sliding oil prices and sanctions are not the only cause of the recession, says Aleksandr Buzgalin, professor of political economy at Moscow State University

Worldwide Coal Production Continues to Grow
There is no war on coal–neither the International Energy Agency (IEA) nor the Obama administration plan to reduce coal production, despite commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says analyst Jeff Biggers

Sugar in Food: Which Sweeteners are the Safest and Which Should You Avoid?
An overview of the safety of sugar substitutes
Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action


Heralded by Human Rights Groups, Global Arms Trade Treaty Goes Into Force
With the new law in place, ‘it will no longer be acceptable to turn a blind eye when arms are being transferred into the hands of regimes that will use them to devastate people’s lives.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Critical Glaciers Melting Under ‘Continuous Warming’: Study
Following comprehensive survey, Chinese researchers warn drinking sources may dry up in much of Asia
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

All Naughty, No Nice: 5 Worst Fracking Industry Moments of 2014
by Jo Miles

An Orange for a Gift? What “A Christmas Carol” Can Teach Us About Cherishing Holiday Foods
Can we find our way back to treasuring what comes from far away while reveling in local, abun­dant foods, whose proximity makes them affordable and sustainable?
by Nina Bunker Ruiz

*A stationary feast

Five Reasons Why 2014 was a Game Changer in Palestine
by Ramzy Baroud

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
D.C. District Court Decision is Disappointing, But Changes to FLSA Still Set to Go Into Effect Jan 1st For Most Home Care Workers

Amnesty International
Eastern Ukraine: Humanitarian Disaster Looms as Food Aid Blocked

The Real News Network
Christmas, Charity, and the Revolutionary Jesus
Chris Hedges and Rev. David Bullock discuss the real meaning of Christmas with Paul Jay

*I stopped believing in Jesus’ divinity a long time ago

But I never stopping believing in his humanity

Is Israel Unfairly Held to a Higher Standard? Norman Finkelstein on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
Norman Finkelstein and Paul Jay discuss a full-page ad in the NYT that says Israel is condemned by liberals for human rights violations while it defends gay rights, and less is said about the persecution of gays by Iran, Hamas and ISIS

*As Finkelstein asserts, exposing a fraud is a “Eureka!” moment.

Condemning the actual (as opposed to manufactured) sins of “official enemies” is required of anyone with a conscience, but it doesn’t entail confronting a false narrative about a lionized ally.

You hope exposing the lies buttressing Israel’s heroic image leads to a cacophony of “Eureka!”s among those willing to hear you.

That is, of course, a taller order.

Greek Government Struggles to Stay in Power
Radical Left Party SYRIZA has a good opportunity to win if there is a snap election in Greece, which we will know by 29 December, says Costas Lapavitsas, professor of economics at SOAS, University of London

Baltimore Fox Affiliate Faked Video of Activist Chanting “Kill A Cop”
Activist and community leader Tawanda Jones responds to FOX 45 Baltimore airing a heavily edited clip making it seem she was chanting “kill a cop” at a protest

*Jones can forgive. That’s her choice.

For me, forgiveness can only come with atonement.

A pathetic portrayal of such a transgression as “an honest misunderstanding” doesn’t fill the bill, in my book.

And if their lie wasn’t so easily disproved, even that wouldn’t have occurred, would it?

Why Won’t Warren Quit Worrying and Learn to Love Wall Street?
by Jim Naureckas

*Looking under the TARP …

Saving their necks

So they can keep their Guccis on ours

Democracy Now!
Ferguson, NYC, Milwaukee: Protests Erupt as Officer Cleared in Killing of Unarmed Dontre Hamilton

Will Guantánamo Ever Close? U.S. Frees More Prisoners, But Dozens Remain Behind Bars

A Nightmare Taxi Ride: Oregon Veterinarian Jailed in East Timor After Sharing Car with Drug Peddler

“Diplomaculate Conception”: U.S. Helped Jailed Cuban Five Member Artificially Inseminate His Wife

How to Diet: Is Too Much Acid Bad for Your Bones?
And which foods create acid in the body?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


New Jersey Poised to Pass Legislation That Would Speed Water Privatization
‘The Legislature is selling out our clean water by turning New Jersey’s water supply over to foreign, multinational corporations.’ — Jeff Tittel, New Jersey Sierra Club
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and Seven Elves Arrested Blocking Gas Storage Facility
Over two-month civil disobedience campaign, 170 arrests have been made
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Obama Hires Former Keystone XL Lobbyist as Senate Liaison Because It’s ‘In the Public Interest’
New deputy assistant for legislative affairs worked for firm whose clients included tar sands industry group
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Following ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mall of America Protest, City Launches ‘Attack’ on Alleged Leaders
As Bloomington, Minnesota officials build criminal case, critics charge precedent will ‘stifle dissent and instill fear into young people of color and allies’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Malling the First Amendment

Grand Jury Clears Houston Officer in Killing of Unarmed Black Man
Jordan Baker was shot by officer Juventino Castro in January
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Another hit and run on the wheels of justice

Leave No Civilian Behind
Members of the military and veterans shouldn’t experience poverty because no one should live in poverty
by Alyssa Peterson

Food Sovereignty: 5 Steps to Cool the Planet and Feed Its People
by La Via Campesina, GRAIN

FDA Fails to Adequately Address Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban

*Bias in the blood

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
CAIR to Join Call for Probe of ‘Excessive’ Police Action Targeting Santa Clara Musli

*For “the other”

Those have always been “bridges” too far

Amnesty International
Guilty Verdicts in Landmark Nalchik Trial Expose Horrors of Russian Criminal Justice System

Calls For End to UK ‘Aid for Executions’ as Pakistan Hangings Catch Government Off Guard

The Real News Network
Diplomatic Relations with Cuba and Sanctions for Venezuela
Last week’s much-hailed normalization of relations with Cuba was followed by sanctions against Venezuela the very next day, says Alex Main of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Are Police Placed in Situations That Threaten Public Safety?
Following the murder of two NYC police officers, Paul Jay speaks with former Black Panther Eddie Conway and ACLU-DC policy director Seema Sadanandan about the role of police in our society

*We shouldn’t delude ourselves as to the role of the police.

They have always been a force for control, a force for “order”

Or more precisely, a force for the class order.

The Police Union’s Irresponsible Reaction To Shooting Of Two NYPD Officers
Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report discusses how comments by the head of New York’s largest police against NYC Mayor de Blasio reveal potential for mutiny and criminal offenses

*”The thin blue line”

Reveals its true colors

Democracy Now!
Weaponizing Health Workers: How Medical Professionals Were a Top Instrument in U.S. Torture Program

*The ongoing role of the current administration, both in stonewalling holding accountable those in the previous regime, and in the commission of similar crimes, the torture of the Gitmo hunger strikers being one example, must not be left out of this narrative.

This isn’t just about Obama doing the right thing

It’s also about his and others’ culpability for continuing to do the wrong thing.


Rights Groups Condemn ‘Vengeful Blood-Lust’ in Pakistan Following School Massacre
According to Pakistani officials, about 500 people are set to be executed in the coming weeks
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Amid Uproar, Nicaragua to Break Ground on Massive Canal ‘Scheme’
Opponents of the project say inter-ocean canal will displace tens of thousands, violates the constitutional rights of indigenous people
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Take That, Car Culture: Public Transportation Ridership Up
Transit use in July – September 2014 period was record high
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Milwaukee Police Officer Won’t Face Charges for Shooting of Unarmed Black Man
National Guard on alert as protests begin for Dontre Hamilton, who was shot 14 times in April 30 encounter
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Justice is blinded

But the DA says there’s not enough evidence to press charges

The War to Start All Wars: The 25th Anniversary of the Forgotten Invasion of Panama
by Greg Grandin

*Required reading

Unless you happen to be a student in an average high school US history class.

No One Saw Anything: Bearing Witness to the Ongoing Catastrophe of MMIW
by Naomi Klein

Banning Dissent in the Name of Civility
by Chris Hedges

*”Israeli Jews think something different—we are the chosen people of God, we are chosen to do anything we damn well please. To take people’s land. Take people’s lives.”

You’d think they were “Christians” …

The Real News Network
Who Should Pay for the Costs of Climate Change?
West Coast Environmental Law Attorney Andrew Gage and EcoEquity Director Tom Athanasiou discuss how corporations and governments can be held accountable

Should the Teachers Union Play a Bigger Role in the Fight for Racial Justice?
Professor Lois Weiner explains that teachers and the teachers union must take concrete steps to repair their relationship with communities of color

Thwarted Michigan Bill Aimed At Stopping Community Agreements With Developers Will Return
Detroit Activist Frank Hammer says though Michigan State Bill 5977 aimed at Detroit’s Community Development Ordinance has failed for now, Republicans will likely reintroduce it in 2015

DOJ Misses Another Opportunity to Go After Banks
Bill Black: Obama administration quietly gave a $57 million award to a whistleblower regarding the Countrywide and Bank of America mortgage scandal

Why Did The CIA Really Use Extreme Torture?
There is fairly good evidence that the prime motive for torture was not 9-11, says Patrick Cockburn the author of The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising

*Torture is employed to induce confession.

The truthfulness of that confession is largely immaterial.

Its primary purpose is to provide justification for desired actions, as well as the ancillary aim of satisfying the sadistic urge extant in anyone capable of engaging in such a monstrous act.

Only those utterly devoid of humanity can even conceive of its use

Or ignore the cries for justice in order to “move on” from “the mistakes of the past”.

Identity and Collective Denial – Lia Tarachansky on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)
Ms. Tarachansky says Israel is ripping itself apart and fascism is celebrating in the ruins

Student Labor Action Project
Stop Layoffs at George Washington This Holiday Season!

Institute for Public Accuracy
Big Money and Voter Turnout in the 2014 Elections: It’s Worse Than You Think

Truth Is Stranger than Fiction? “The Interview” and U.S. Regime-Change Policy Toward North Korea

*Buggering the boogey man

USA Today Wants You to Think Killings of Police Are on the Rise
by Peter Hart

*Another case of math murder

Gift-Giving Advice From the New York Times
by Jim Naureckas

*All the news that’s fit to print

In gold leaf

Democracy Now!
Calls for Calm After NYPD Union Says Mayor, Protesters Have Blood on Their Hands for Cops’ Murder

*But it is “us-and-them”

It is “I-Thou”

That’s why the police exist.

There can be “good cops”, like Weatherspoon, just like there are good soldiers

But My Lais and Fallujahs and Fergusons happen, and they happen because of the raison d’etre for policing and militarism.

We can’t lose sight of that, without losing sight of how to end that.

It’s a hard truth

Which means it’s all the more vital to acknowledge it.

“The Interview” Belittles North Korea, But is Film’s Backstory and U.S. Policy the Real Farce?

How Bad is Trans Fat in Food?
Read to find out why you should remove partially hydrogenated oil from your diet
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action


Just in Time for the Holidays, Another Wall Street Giveaway
Critics worry that extension to implement Volcker Rule is not about giving big banks more time to comply. It’s about giving them more time to kill it off entirely.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

How One Indigenous Woman Took On a Multinational Mining Corporation… And Won
Indigenous Peruvian farmworker Maxima Acuña de Chaupe withstood violent eviction attempts, beatings, and a legal battle to protect her land from being turned into an open-pit gold mine
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘EPA Doesn’t Give a Damn’: Groups Blast Agency’s New Coal Ash Rules
Environmentalists and public health advocates say the new regulations are ‘minimal, vague, and unenforceable’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

What Climate Change Asks of Us: Moral Obligation, Mobilization and Crisis Communication
by Margaret Klein

The Oil Price Crash of 2014
by Richard Heinberg

*Oiling the skids

The Real News Network
iMixWhatILike | From South Africa to the United States: The Continuity of Black Consciousness Movements
Jared Ball hosts legendary emcee and producer Shaheen Ariedien and Dr. Rico Chapman discuss the histories, similarities and mutual impact of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa and the Black Power Movement here in the United States

Fracking Opponents Celebrate Key Victories in New Brunswick, Quebec and New York
Emma Lui of the Council of Canadians talks about the decisions against fracking in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec, while Eric Weltman of Food & Water Watch talks about New York becoming the second US state to ban fracking

*Fracturing the fairy tale?

Democracy Now!
From Free Pre-K to Paid Sick Leave to Pay Raises, NYC Mayor de Blasio Fulfills Progressive Promises

*Ah, yes …

“The exception to the rulers”

Recall that slogan?

Does shilling for posturing populists jibe with it?

You decide.

New York Says No to Fracking: State Bans Drilling Following Grassroots Outcry over Public Health

Assata Shakur: What Does New U.S.-Cuba Pact Mean for Exiled Black Panther Wanted in New Jersey?

Food Safety while Eating Out
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action


‘A Slap in the Face’: Vermont Gov. Jumps Ship on Single-Payer Healthcare
Proponents of state’s trailblazing effort to build universal healthcare system slam governor for abandoning plan he once championed
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Vote for me

I’ll set you free

Oh, wait … I see

It’s too costly

Driven by Climate Change, ‘Nuisance’ Flooding to Become Commonplace in US Coastal Areas
NOAA projects that Boston; New York City; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; and other metropolitan areas will be forced to mitigate these nuisance floods earlier than planned
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Good News for Greece’s Anti-Austerity Left as First Round Election Fails
Initial round parliamentary elections, out of three, failed to garner enough votes for any party to win. If upcoming votes also fail, leftwing Syriza Party will get chance at popular vote and best opportunity yet to jettison austerity agenda.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Public Citizen
Biologics Industry Uses Political Power to Retain Monopoly, Price-Gouge and Limit Patient Access to Needed Medications
New Report Shows the Future of Medicine Could Be Extremely Expensive

The Real News Network
The Three Remaining ‘Cuban 5’ Go Home
In a historic move bypassing congress President Obama restores diplomatic relations with Cuba and in a simultaneous telecast President Raul Castro hails the decision but reminds us that the blockade is still in place, says Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights

*This morning, Ratner said on Democracy Now!

“So now, perhaps, he’s (Obama) buying into the idea if we flood more money into Cuba, maybe we’ll be able to subvert the fundamental values of the revolution.”

Ya think … ?

The cancerous carrot replaces the stagnant stick.

Identity and Collective Denial – Lia Tarachansky on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)
Ms. Tarachansky talks about her journey from growing up in a settlement to opposition to the Israeli occupation

Will South America Bring Life to the Bank of the South?
The countries of South America need their alternative to the World Bank to step forward; if not, they will be back in crisis, explains historian and sovereign debt expert Eric Toussaint

Institute for Public Accuracy
GMO Chestnuts Draw Scrutiny this Holiday

Democracy Now!
“Cut Loose the Shackles of the Past”: U.S. and Cuba Announce a New Dawn in Diplomatic Relations

Does the Release of the Cuban Five Prove the U.S. Failed to Destroy Cuba After Decades of Trying?

Can Obama Lift the Embargo on Cuba Without Congress in Effort to Normalize U.S.-Cuba Relations?

Sugar in Food: Testing and Regulation of Sugar Substitutes
What is the testing process for sugar substitutes and who is in charge of it?
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action


Amid Grief, Warnings That Pakistan Gov’t Retaliation Could Violate Human Rights
As Pakistan holds vigils and mass funerals, across the border, people in India stage moment of silence
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Despite Warnings of Future War, Obama to Impose New Russian Sanctions
Instead of negotiations designed to end crisis over status of Ukraine, White House says president will sign quietly passed bill that critics says will solidify new Cold War
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Russian roulette

Fight for the Future
FCC and Sunlight Foundation Undercounted Pro-Net Neutrality Comments and Should Immediately Correct the Record

The Real News Network
Identity and Collective Denial – Lia Tarachansky on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)
Ms. Tarachansky, TRNN Israel – Palestine correspondent and former Israeli settler, tells Paul Jay about her new documentary film, On the Side of the Road

Hundreds of Thousands of Wrongfully Purged Votes Could Have Cost Dems Midterm Elections
Investigative journalist Greg Palast discusses his award winning series “Jim Crow Returns” for Aljazeera America on how hundreds of thousands of mostly low income and people of color were purged from voting rolls in the midterm election

*This is such transparent skullduggery that the Democrats could easily expose it for the bald faced fraud it is.

But they don’t, do they?

Why is that?

Could it be that they also want the electorate to be circumscribed racially? That they want the Holy Grail of electoral politics to continue to be the white “swing voter”, which conventional wisdom as propagated by the punditocracy dictates must be appealed to via “centrist” campaign planks (that “center” possessing a pronounced starboard list)?

Would Mr. Spock find that a “highly illogical” surmise?

Budget Bill’s Little-Known Provisions Affecting Marijuana Users
LEAP’s Neill Franklin says the budget bill bans the feds from going after states with legal medical marijuana, but may prevent DC from legalizing marijuana

Millions March Oakland: A Look Beyond the Violence
Several thousand people gathered at Millions March Oakland on December 13 to protest the killings of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Protesters critique mainstream media’s focus on vandalism and looting instead of Oakland Police Department’s violent history.

Contextualizing Baltimore’s Recent Police Shooting
LEAP’s Neill Franklin says the so called war on drugs and the over-policing of marginalized communities is the context for many negative interactions experienced by law enforcement

*This all presupposes that the police’s function is “to serve and protect” the public.

How much evidence do we need to bring a case that this is not the case?

Institute for Public Accuracy
DOJ’s Risen Plot Thickens

Democracy Now!
The Destabilization of Pakistan: Tariq Ali on Taliban School Massacre & U.S. Afghan War Blowback

Was Key Grand Jury Witness in Michael Brown Case a Racist, Mentally Ill, Lying Ex-Felon?

Press Freedom Fight: Reporter James Risen Faces Subpoena in CIA Whistleblower Case


Contraception Is Not Abortion, But Right Wing Has Plan to Convince You Otherwise
New analysis declares birth control is in anti-choice movement’s ‘crosshairs’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

East vs. Rest: China’s Eurasian Integration vs. the West’s Empire of Chaos
‘Go West, Young Han’: As Washington “pivots” to Asia, China does the Eurasian Pirouette
by Pepe Escobar

*Meaty piece well worth consuming

In Peshawar Attack, A Desperate Pakistani Taliban On Display
by Juan Cole

A Canal at What Cost?
A proposed canal in Nicaragua would rival Panama’s as a link between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But indigenous and environmentalist protesters are crying foul.
by Chris Hartmann

*A rotted revolution

Augusto turns in his grave

Theo Colborn: Remembering the Genius Who Got BPA Out of Your Water Bottles, and So Much More
by Heather Smith

Amnesty International
Iran: Alleged Juvenile Offender Among 10 Hunger Strikers Threatened with Immediate Execution

The Real News Network
Will the New Federal Racial Profiling Guidelines Have Any Impact? (2/3)
In an interview with Sharmini Peries, Naomi Murakawa, the author of “The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America,” examines if the new guidelines will address systemic problems in local police departments

Data Collection Law on Excessive Force Shown Ineffective in the Past
The re-authorization of the federal law requiring data on police shootings due to “excessive force” did not produce any useful results last time around, says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report

TRNN Replay: Chris Hedges Answers Questions from Viewers – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt 7
Pt 7 of 7. On the final episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges answers questions like: “Do you believe the US or Israel will attack Iran?” and “Is there any hope for Bradley Manning?”

*I should preface this by saying that I have a great deal of respect for Hedges, and read pretty much everything from him I come across.

But I feel he’s rather dogmatic in his pacifism, and his claim that it will induce the Praetorian Guard to switch sides off a couple of historical examples, when history is replete with instances where such abandonment was absent.

Non violence should be viewed as tactic, not a principle. Violence is a last resort, but the principled, disciplined use of force to defend ourselves is our right, and we shouldn’t hesitate to employ it should the circumstances warrant.

That’s sounds all neat and clean, I realize, and it ain’t.

It’s a fearsome choice

And one we have every right to make.

Fox’s O’Reilly: ‘All the Wolves Have Been Muslims’
by Peter Hart

*Would that O’Reilly were a lone wolf

Rather than among the more prominent of a nest of vipers.

Democracy Now!
After Duo Created CIA Torture Methods, Did World’s Largest Group of Psychologists Enable Abuses?

“Psychological Torture is Enshrined in U.S. Law”: Complicity in Abuses Began Long Before Bush

*This is the pathology of power.

It does not act simply to protect itself from perceived threats, but to assert its sovereign right to do whatever it pleases.

It revels in systemic sadism for its own sake.

Devoid of humanity, it answers only to its conception of itself as “L’état, c’est moi”.


Advocates of CIA Torture Victims Demand: ‘Charge Them, Or Let Them Go’
‘It is the use of torture against these men, rather than any danger that they might pose, which is going to condemn them to a life in prison,’ says Vijay Prashad
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Offering ‘Example of Resistance,’ Nationwide Strike Against Austerity Hits Belgium
‘There’s never been a strike this strong,’ says union leader.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Public Tax Dollars Financing Oil-By-Rail Expansion
Reuters exposes ’10 federal and state grants either approved or pending approval, totaling $84.2 million, that helped boost the number of rail cars carrying crude oil across the nation’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

National Lawyers Guild Challenges NYPD on Use of Sound Cannons Against Peaceful Protesters
The city’s police department, charges the legal advocacy group, has given itself ‘unbridled, unreviewable discretion to suppress protected speech and conduct.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney’s other Hostage Crisis, of 1984
by Juan Cole

Time to Ban the Bomb
by Alice Slater

Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Transform the Climate Debate
What would governments do if black and brown lives counted as much as white lives?
by Naomi Klein

How the United States Rolls
by Slavoj Žižek
Australian Protesters Peacefully Halt First Coal Train from Controversial Maules Creek Mine

*Standing up Down Under

The Real News Network
Will the New Federal Racial Profiling Guidelines have Any Impact? (1/3)
In an interview with Sharmini Peries, Naomi Murakawa, the author of The First Civil Right, How Liberals Built Prison America, says Department of Justice’s new guidelines against racial profiling gives a green light to certain forms of profiling

Russia Rejects South Stream Pipeline Through Europe
Hudson Report: Europe’s effort to join the US in isolating Russia has backfired, it makes no sense to build an oil and gas pipeline for Russian exports that would be owned and leased to them by the US and Europe

A Second Mexican Revolution in the Works (2/2)
Climate of impunity persists in Mexico and only 6.8 % of the 33 million crimes committed in 2013 were ever investigated says John M. Ackerman, Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico

As a Socialist, I Have No Voice in the Mainstream – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt 6
Pt 6 of 7. On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges says an effective movement that defies power will have to be disciplined and articulate what a vision of socialism might look like

*One thing people want is a sense of community, of being respected and cared about.

That’s been sorely lacking in much of my experience with various groups. I’ve certainly met good folks, but the group dynamic as a whole has not been one pregnant with humanity.

When we feel others have our back, that they give a fuck about us, we’re inspired to do likewise. We can disagree, vociferously, and yet still know that when push comes to shove, we will stand together.

Create that atmosphere

Live it, breathe it

And you will see a movement grow.

Sharpton-Led March Alienates Youth Activists
Youth groups in Washington organized an alternative protest after the main march, calling for more radical action

*Dissing the misleaders

Will the E.U. Hold the U.S. Accountable for Torture?
Vijay Prashad says the torture report is unclear about the chain of command, but the international community is making moves to hold those in power accountable

*There’s “not knowing”

And there’s “knowing that you’re not knowing”

You know?

Russia Rejects South Steam Pipeline Through Europe
Hudson Report: Europe effort to join the US in isolating Russia has backfired, it makes no sense build an oil and gas pipeline for Russian exports that would be owned and leased to them by US and Europe

*Blunting US imperialism and the potential for war is always a welcome development, but we’re not exactly talking about the struggling masses on the other side, and so much of this is based on continuing to poison the only planet we have.

Whatever geopolitical benefit is derived has to be seen in the context of the consequences for geosurvival, don’t you think?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Drone Killings and Torture: Peace Activists to be “Rehabilitated” in Jail

Update: NPR Doesn’t Ban ‘Torture’–but Offers Euphemisms to Use in Its Place
by Jim Naureckas

*Torture is “enhanced interrogation techniques”

And rape is “unsolicited sexual interaction”

Democracy Now!
Black Youth-Organized Millions March NYC Draws Tens of Thousands in Movement’s Biggest Protest Yet

*The Real News Network did a piece on how young black folks mistrust the likes of Sharpton and Jackson.

DN! manages to mention a “slight interruption” in the preceding segment, without any context to it.

You’d have to ask them why.

Emissions-Cutting Deal Reached at COP 20 Lima, But Will It Help Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change?

*Call it passing the fuck


‘Così Non Va!’: General Strike Against Austerity Sweeps Italy
Work actions and protests sweep 50 cities to oppose Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s new law that cuts back worker protections
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

In Oregon GMO Labeling Battle, Supporters Concede Loss But Not Defeat
‘Our growing movement to label genetically engineered foods is neither defeated nor discouraged,’ says pro-labeling campaign.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Hanging chads”

And hiding bads

For Protesting US Drone Strikes, Prosecutor Told Judge I Must “Be Rehabilitated”
On drones, discrimination, and kicking bad habits
by Kathy Kelly

*Prisons are the closed spaces to which we consign open minds

What “Both Sides” Are Ignoring: Torture Did Work… to Produce Iraq War
‘The truth is that torture did work,’ writes Husseini, ‘but not the way its defenders claim. It worked to produce justifications for policies the establishment wanted, like the Iraq war.’
by Sam Husseini

*The actual meaning of “actionable intelligence”

The Real News Network
Congress Passes Temporary Tax Breaks for Big Business Now for 15 Years Straight
Bush-era corporate tax breaks remain despite a continued slow economic recovery, and account for more than $44 billion of lost revenue

Federal Budget Guts Most Significant Financial Regulation Since 2008
The big banks snuck in a provision to gut the Dodd-Frank legislation that was passed to prevent another financial crisis, says Professor Gerald Epstein from Political Economy Research Institute at University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Report Finds Maryland Residents Unhappy with Market-Based Healthcare
Organizers Sergio Espana and Ben Palmquist discuss the findings of a new survey conducted by Healthcare Is a Human Right-Maryland

The Liberal Elite has Betrayed the People They Claim to Defend – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt5
Pt 5 of 7. On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges says The Democratic Party used to watch out for the interests of labor and even for the poor. But that all changed under Bill Clinton. Although Clinton, like Obama, continues to speak in that feel-your-pain language of traditional liberalism, they’ve completely betrayed the very people that they purport to represent and defend.

Institute for Public Accuracy
“The Complicity of Psychologists in CIA Torture”

Democracy Now!
Silencing Dissent: U.N. Bars Climate Protesters from Putting “Keystone,” “Kerry” or “U.S.” on Signs

*No signs of the times

Pipe Dreams? Labor Researchers Say Keystone XL Project May Kill More Jobs Than It Creates

*Some very important points made, but this focus on the Keystone decision omits all the other tentacles that threaten us.

Dear Misleader may well not sign off on it, but there are other ways to move that poison, and they need to be opposed just as stridently.

It will be a hollow victory if they aren’t.

And the tar sands need to be abandoned now. Pay the workers while they transition into other jobs.

Every day means more denigration and death.


In Nicaragua, Protesters Vow to Fight Giant Canal ‘With Their Lives’
Inter-ocean canal would rival Panama Canal in size, displace communities
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

With Help From USDA, Factory Farms ‘Masquerading’ Products as Organic
Cornucopia Institute sues 14 industrial farms over alleged fraud, mistreatment of animals
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Beyond Nuclear
Federal Nuclear Regulator Opts Not To Reconsider Critical Safety Enhancements at U.S. “Fukushima” Reactors
Decision designed to save industry money but exclude experts and public

The Real News Network
Quakers Organize National Protest Against PNC
Activists are drawing attention to PNC’s business relations with corporations that fund mountaintop removal coal mining

TRNN Replay: “America is a Tinderbox” – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt4
Pt 4 of 7. On Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay asks Chris Hedges if the American Left bears responsibility for the weakness of the mass movement; Hedges says the gravest mistake of the left is not articulating a viable vision of socialism

Institute for Public Accuracy
Prosecuting Torture

*Obama doesn’t have “clay feet”

But he does wield the same iron fist as these monsters, and should face the same fate.

Investigative Reporting = Working With Ad Partners to Monetize the Audience
by Janine Jackson

*No punches pulled

When no punches are thrown

Democracy Now!
“We Are Like the Walking Dead”: Latin American Indigenous Groups Decry Corporate Destruction of Land

Peru’s Deadly Environment: Host Nation of U.N. Summit is Among Most Dangerous for Land Defenders

Putting People Before Profit: Thousands March in Peruvian People’s Climate March in Lima

From the Streets to the Suites, Protesters Call for Climate Justice at Corporate Gathering in Lima

Peruvian Protester: My Brother Was Disappeared in 1993 at El Pentagonito, the Site of Climate Summit

Tips for optimizing veggie intake on a budget
by Leanne Ely

How to best use your refrigerator
by Leanne Ely


Giveaways To Wall Street and Nation’s Wealthiest in Spending Bill Make ‘Great Train Robbery Look Like a Misdemeanor’
Wealthy donors and Wall Street score big with eleventh-hour federal omnibus budget being rushed through Congress
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘We Won’t Pay’: Tens of Thousands Protest Water Privatization in Ireland
Mass march demands abolition of water fees, which are part of broader austerity push
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Torture Report Highlights Consequences of Permanent War
by Andrew Bacevich

Thank You For Making War! (or Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers)
Celebrating War Over and Over and Peace Once
by Adam Hochschild

Egypt: A Reality Too Dark in Which to Glimpse Hope?
by Zainab Magdy

The Guantánamo wound that will stay open
by Vijay Prashad

Oakland Institute
New Fact Sheet Details Western Agribusiness Interests in Ukraine

The Real News Network
Congress and Pentagon Shielding Weapons Contracts from Budget Cuts
Lawmakers and military administrators are shifting baseline funding to the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget, which is exempt from mandatory cuts

CIA Torture Report Incomplete as Key Documents Remain Withheld
Investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler says the Obama administration is using the CIA to protect itself and Bush-era officials from being legally implicated in war crimes

*Why would you expect a war criminal to deliver justice in the case of another war criminal?

And let’s be clear

Torture hasn’t ended.

It continues in the force feeding of the Gitmo hunger strikers, in the dark corners of empire, and by the hands of proxy Torquemadas.

Nothing has been “dismantled”

Only deceitfully disowned.

A Second Mexican Revolution in The Works
The case of the 43 missing students has sparked a second revolution in Mexico as the discontent over current socio-economic conditions grows, says John M. Ackerman, Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico

Hong Kong Police Shut Down The “Umbrellas Revolution” (1/2)
CY Leung expects “furious resistance” from Occupy Central as police carry out order to shutdown Admiralty Square, police tactics has become increasingly heavy-handed, says Sean Starrs, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the City University of Hong Kong

Institute for Public Accuracy
International Activists Demanding Climate Justice

ABC Makes US the Victim in the CIA Torture Report Story
by Jim Naureckas

*Another tortured tale of the corpress’ enhanced in-terror-gation

Democracy Now!
From South America to Africa, “Capitalist” Solutions to Climate Change Seen as Path to Catastrophe

Brazilian Indigenous Leader: Carbon Trading Scheme “REDD” a False Solution to Climate Change

As U.N. Summit Enters High-Level Talks, Protesters Gather for Historic Climate March in Lima


ACLU Head’s ‘Pardon Bush’ Op-Ed Sparks Controversy
ACLU director publishes controversial op-ed reasoning that presidential pardon for torturers only way to end government torture
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

As US Occupation Drags on, Afghanistan Suffering at Record High
Afghans’ ratings of their own lives hit new low
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Obama’s Plan for Better Policing: The Good, the Bad, and the Body Cameras
by Nadia Kayyali

Organic Consumer Pressure Works—Stonyfield Quits International Dairy Foods Group
by Ronnie Cummins

The Real News Network
Body Cameras Bring No Accountability for Police Brutality in Albuquerque
Max Blumenthal says the city’s police have killed citizens without provocation and faced no penalty

*A picture may be worth a thousand words

But the only one that ultimately matters is “Guilty”

Baltimore Communities Wage Legislative and Grassroots Battles For Better Public Schools
Baltimore residents have secured $1 billion over ten years to restore and revitalize their historically underfunded school district, while communities are undertaking grassroots efforts to ensure access to quality education for all students

Official Stats Show Black Unemployment Rate 50% Higher Than Whites
Obama’s “My Brothers Keeper” programs to address African-American unemployment is dependent on white philanthropy and goodwill; it doesn’t address the root problem of white racism, Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report

What is Fueling the Price of Oil? (2/2)
The sliding oil and gas prices, combined with the sanctions, causes Russia to pivot to Asia for a long-term economic strategy, says Dr. Thomas O’Donnell of The Free University of Berlin

Is Congress’ Call for ISIS War Debate a Sham?
In the wake of continued airstrikes in Syria, critics say most members of Congress are on board with ISIS battle since it marries the liberal interventionist and neocon agenda of regime change in Syria

LGBTQ Bill of Rights Survey

Public Citizen
Tell Your Members of Congress Right Now to Oppose Unsafe Increases in Truck Driver Hours

Institute for Public Accuracy
Lies About Torture

Washington Post Does Not Call It Torture When We Torture
by Peter Hart

*Don’t call it “torture”

No matter how much the English language screams

And Now, to Discuss Police Killings: Rush Limbaugh?
by Peter Hart

*It’s amusing – perhaps not the most apt term – how “misleaders”, to use Glen Ford’s phrase, like Jackson, Holder and the NAACP (not to mention Dear Misleader his own self), are painted as “extremists” and “radicals” by Limbaugh and his looney tuners.

But they’re aren’t so psychotic, are they?

Such hyper hyperbole serves a purpose – to put these parties on the defensive for even the emptiest of gestures toward justice, lest their posturing result in the most infinitesimal movement in that direction.

This pathetic pantomime passes for political struggle in the pages and pixels of the popular media.

Democracy Now
“They Have Destroyed Our Livelihood”: Activists Protest Shell and Chevron at U.N. Climate Talks

“Corporate Conquistadors”: New Report Exposes How Multinationals Drive, Profit from Climate Change

First Ever Climate Summit in Amazon Country Amidst Growing Threat to “Heart of the Planet”

*How is it that, even in the “alternative media”, next to no one speaks of these criminals’ (they kill, they injure, they immiserate – that’s criminal behavior in my book) “legacy” as one of being held to account for their sins?

There’s this inane and insane search for some humanity within them which has no empirical basis whatsoever, does it?

Indigenous Women: Earth Defenders Speak Out from the Front Lines of Climate Change

A Global Climate Deal is Within Reach, But Only Public Pressure Can Ensure It Meets Earth’s Needs

*Fiddling while home burns

Pablo Solón on COP 20 and Carbon Markets: This is a New Mechanism to Commodify Nature

Which cruciferous vegetable is a head above the class?
by Leanne Ely


Isn’t It Important to Realize Who Our Enemies Really Are?
Children are so often the forgotten victims of conflict – regardless of the perpetrators
by Robert Fisk

No Exit in Gaza: Broken Homes and Broken Lives
by Jen Marlowe

2014: The Year of the Hypocrites
by Paul Buchheit

How I Will Prepare My White Son for the Interactions He Won’t Have with Police
by Frida Berrigan

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
BabyFirst AT&T U-verse App Wins Dreaded TOADY Award for Worst Toy of the Year
First-ever “second screen” experience for babies encourages iPad use while watching TV

The Real News Network
What is Fueling the Oil Prices
The Russian ruble takes a tumble as the falling oil prices slide, Dr. Thomas O’Donnell discusses the geo-politics of it all

New Employment Figures in the Shadow of a Fragile Economy
Economist Richard Wolff says workers are returning to jobs with lower wages, fewer benefits, and less job security than they had before the financial crisis hit

What Role Did Class Play in Garner Case?
Activist Kali Akuno and historian Paul Le Blanc link judicial injustice to economic inequality

Dropped Charges For Mubarak Yet Another Moment in the Counterrevolution
Maged Mandour, political analyst for Open Democracy, explains the political and economic power of the military in the Egyptian state

Why the American Justice System Is Failing Us (2/2)
Attorney Kamau K. Franklin and Faraji Muhammad, Youth Organizer for Baltimore AFSC, talk about strategies for combating police brutality in the United States

More Corporations Flee as ALEC Rolls Out Its Legislative Agenda
by Lisa Graves

Koch-Tied Group Pushes New Union Busting Bill in Wisconsin
by Brendan Fischer and Mary Bottari

University of Oregon: Graduate employees deserve paid sick leave
by Joe Henry

Torture Enablers Spin Unreleased Senate Report
by Peter Hart

*Maybe it’s the liberal media trying to give ’em enough rope to hang themselves with.

(The emoticon for eye rolling’s pretty abstruse, so I’ll give it a miss.)

“Prebuttal” …

I’ll have to remember that.

Reporting the News Like Black Lives Don’t Matter
by Jim Naureckas

*Not that “medical assistance” was of any benefit …

Did the NYPD Let Eric Garner Die? Video Shows Police Ignored Pleas to Help Him After Chokehold

This bastard and his buddies get off scot free

And the cops are the ones who feel “betrayed” … ?

AP takes another trip to the Orwell.

Democracy Now!
As Typhoon Hagupit Wreaks Havoc, Leading Filipino Environmental Voice Silenced at U.N. Climate Talks

At Lima Talks, Nations Worst Hit by Global Warming Say Climate Aid Isn’t Charity, But Reparations

The Laundering Machine: How U.S. Corporations Threaten Peru’s Forests Through Illegal Logging

Widows of Peru’s Murdered Indigenous Rainforest Defenders Demand Justice at U.N. Climate Summit


Locally-Controlled, Renewable Energy Championed as Key to Climate Justice
Policies that support feed-in tariffs and decentralized power sources should be embraced by both the most- and least-developed nations, say campaigners
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Community control is the key here. Dirty or clean, energy corporations will always seek to maximize profits at the expense of consumers, and that won’t lead to climate justice anywhere other than in the fractured fairy tales of their PR campaigns.

EU Reaches Deal Allowing States to Ban GMOs, So Why Aren’t GMO Critics Cheering?
Provisional agreement risks being ‘Trojan Horse,’ says spokesperson for Greens in the European Parliament
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

With Attention Elsewhere, Wall Street Lobbyists Push to Weaken Post-Crash Regulations
With few Americans paying attention, financial interests trying to undo restrictions on risky trading that played large part in 2008 financial collapse
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Reversing Global Warming, Hunger and Poverty: Supercharging the Global Grassroots
by Ronnie Cummins

*There’s much I agree with here, but until folks like Cummins are willing to confront the concept of profit – not “obscene profits” or “excess profits”, but the very notion of profit – I don’t see us realizing these imperative goals.

As long as an economic system is based on competition, on winning the selling game, injustice and inequality will remain hard wired components of it. Good intentions can’t overcome that dynamic.

It must be eliminated.

Yes, capitalism can be made better.

But it can never be made good.

Ask anyone on the short end of that stick.

It’s Time for a Public Takeover of the Tar Sands
by Martin Lukacs

The Vicious Cycles of Inequality
by Andrew Levine

*Until you get at the root of the problem

No matter how much you hack at them

The limbs will always grow back

The Real News Network
Why the American Justice System Is Failing Us (1/2)
Kamau K. Franklin and Faraji Muhammad in a conversation on their plans for a national day of action to address police brutality on Martin Luther King’s birthday

Early Elections Could Result in Most Right-Wing Coalition in Israel’s History
Journalist Max Blumenthal says centrist parties have no other political purpose besides promoting the image of Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East

Democracy Now!
Shutting Down the Streets: Thousands Protest Police Killings by Blocking Traffic & Staging Die-ins

Did the NYPD Let Eric Garner Die? Video Shows Police Ignored Pleas to Help Him After Chokehold

Pigs in a blanket

Of impunity

A Racist and Unjust System? A Discussion on Policing in Wake of Michael Brown and Eric Garner Deaths

The Killing of Tamir Rice: Cleveland Police Criticized for Shooting 12-Year-Old Holding Toy Gun

*Smith is dead right, literally.

This has nothing to do with trust, any more than it did with Klansmen cops in the South a half century ago.

Turner’s a fool to think otherwise, and to have any faith that Cleveland’s officials and the feds will do anything other than damage control.

How many times does history have to repeat itself before that idiocy is rendered obsolete?

Food Safety Tips for Cleaning Your Kitchen
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action


Obama Ready to Defy Base in Order to Advance Trans-Pacific Partnership
In a speech before CEOs of major U.S. corporations, Obama indicates he’s ready to go head-to-head with Democrats, labor unions, and environmentalists on trade deals
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Tangled Roots and Bitter Fruit: What Ferguson and New York Can Teach the Food Movement
Facing up to the complex issues of race, fear, and inequality is at the vital center of all efforts to combat injustice
by Eric Holt-Giménez

Our Imperial System: On How Not to Think About the American Presidency
The president might be imperial relative to Congress, but our corporate plutocracy and global military operations should not be able to escape the damning charge of “imperial” behavior.
by William Grover and Joseph Peschek

Anatomy of the Islamic State
by Vijay Prashad

Friends of the Earth
Cruise Ships Flushed More Than a Billion Gallons of Sewage into Oceans Again This Year
Entire industry refuses to reveal environmental practice

The Real News Network
The Geopolitics of Tumbling Oil Prices
Michael Klare, the author of The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources, connects the dropping oil prices to global politics and climate chang

Can Corporations Help Save Baltimore’s Crumbling Water System? (1/2)
Emanuele Lobina, author of a new report “Troubled Waters” argues private water companies could spell disaster for the city’s water system

Is This What Voluntary Corporate Social Responsibility Looks Like?
Dimitri Lascaris on the case against Nevsun Resources, a Canadian mining company whose appalling labour record in Eritrea was brought to court by a consortium of Canadian Law firms

*Voluntary manslaughter

Yes Lab
Join us for the first #ClimateSchemers planning call

Institute for Public Accuracy
Police Killing: Death, Lies and Videotape

In NYT’s Retelling of Eric Garner’s Death, the Officer’s Arm Has a Mind of Its Own
by Peter Hart

*The long – and exasperatingly unruly – arm of the law

Oy gevalt …

Democracy Now!
Vince Warren on How Police Officers Get Away with Killing from Ferguson to NYC

Dietary Supplements: Calcium and Bone Health
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


To Avert Climate Chaos, Meat Consumption Must Drop: Study
Despite need to lower meat, dairy consumption, public awareness of livestock production’s contribution to climate change low
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Bhopal: A Metaphor
by Vandana Shiva

The Ethics of Climate Hope
A response to Elizabeth Kolbert’s recent review
by Naomi Klein

America’s ‘Post-Racial’ Lie
White Americans have no right to judge the outpouring of black anger in Ferguson.
by Jill Richardson

Pregnant Employees Have the Same Right to Light-Duty as Other Workers
by Lenora Lapidus

Kinder Morgan Leaves Burnaby Mountain in Win for Pipeline Protesters
by Kate Aronoff

The Real News Network
Baltimore City Says It Does Not Plan to Privatize Water
Baltimore’s city council questions top official over plans to use private companies to study how to improve aging water system as opponents warn such a move could lead to privatization

OPEC Steps On The Gas Pedal
Gas and oil production is dropping in the US because it is reliant on $100 a barrel, anything less is not feasible for shale oil producers says journalist Steve Horn

Republican Challenge on Immigration Disingenuous
If the Republicans were genuinely concerned about H1B visas, they could have joined AFL-CIO and demand cutting the numbers, says William Spriggs, Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO

Pass the Justice for All Act Reauthorization (S. 822)
Post-conviction DNA testing found the man who raped me and exonerated the innocent man who went to prison for the crime. Please sign my petition to protect post-conviction DNA testing.
by Jennifer Thompson

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Abusive Cop Picked to Head Police Reform Commission”

An ‘Entertaining’ Lesson on How Cops Can ‘Win the Media’ After They Kill
by Jim Naureckas

*I think it’s telling that in a flyer promoting a presentation whose subject is the provision of information to the public via the media

The word “truth” is conspicuously absent.

Columnist Often Called ‘Racist’ Doesn’t Think Police Activists Should Use That Word
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
A “Precise” U.S. Drone War? Report Says 28 Unidentified Victims Killed for Every 1 Target

*Of course the civilian deaths are horrific, but these are attempts at extrajudicial executions, and should be condemned regardless of the “collateral damage”, shouldn’t they?

Peace Activist Faces Up to Two Years in Prison for Protest at Drone Base Near Syracuse, NY

Father of Missing Mexican Student Speaks Out as U.S. Protesters Stage Day of Action Against Drug War

Ecuadorean Authorities Seize Climate Caravan Bus Carrying Activists Opposed to Drilling in Yasuni

*An object lesson in the precariousness of pedestals.

We can defend what leaders like Correa have done to benefit the people of their countries, while condemning those acts that harm them, can’t we?

It’s always incumbent upon us to contradict the contradictions.

Fat in Food: The Truth about Coconut Oil
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*This contradicts yesterday’s repost touting the benefits of coconut oil.

Honestly, I’m at a loss at to what to think. If anyone has what they consider reliable intel on the subject, please pass it along. I asked Ely, the author of yesterday’s post, for her thoughts on the contradiction, and I’ll let you know if there’s a response.


Study: Corporate Bribery and Corruption Grease the Gears of Global Capitalism
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports that large multinational corporations, led by top managers, are behind majority of documented bribery cases
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Poverty, Incarceration, and Criminal Justice Debt
by Lauren-Brooke Eisen and Jessica Eaglin

Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military?
by Kathy Kelly

The Real News Network
Will the Demands of Ferguson Protests Be Met By The DOJ?
Black Agenda Report Executive Editor Glen Ford says lasting change can come through dismantling of the mass incarceration system, turning away from the Black “misleadership” class, and direct action by those most directly affected

*If someone thinks you can reform a proto police state, ask them if slavery could have been reformed, and see where that logic leads them.

For Fox News, ‘Bad Guy’ Michael Brown Makes Obama a ‘Three-Time Loser’
by Peter Hart

*Although it’s the height of hypocrisy coming from the likes of O’Reilly and Goldberg, it is true that the complexities of Michael Brown, Jr.’s life have been missing from the rhetoric of those decrying his death.

And that’s problematic to my mind, because you don’t have to paint him as the boy next door to be justified in condemning yet another police killing of a black person.

This is ultimately about whether lethal force was justified under the circumstances. The preponderance of the evidence points to that not being the case here, and there have been countless other similar situations where it plainly was not.

Michael Brown didn’t have to be Jesus to not have deserved to die, and I think that point has been lost in the understandable grief that his loss has engendered among so many.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Ashton Carter: * Insider * Spawned Nuclear Buildup

*Hocking up another hawk

Beyond Money in Politics: Corruption Now “Business as Usual”

Democracy Now!
Will Obama’s Police Reforms Bring Change? Admin Urged to Seize Political Momentum of Ferguson Moment

Will Texas Execute a Schizophrenic Man Who Tried to Subpoena Jesus, JFK & the Pope at His Own Trial?

What natural eye make up remover tastes great in stir fries?
by Leanne Ely


‘Thirsty’ Global Fracking Industry Puts Water, Environment, Communities at Risk
‘The fracking industry needs to be urgently reined in before it’s too late for our planet and people across the globe.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Investigation Finds Dirty Coal Projects Being Financed by Climate Funds
Findings underscore the lack of rules designed to steer the United Nations’ ‘climate finance’ initiative
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Safeguarding Historic Marijuana Legalization,’ Uruguay’s Vazquez Wins Election
‘Uruguayans have said yes … yes to more democracy,’ the former president declared
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Why We All Need Affirmative Action
Recent shootings of young black men sound the alarm for public policies that directly counter racist stereotypes.
by Jeannette Wicks-Lim

Reading the World, Ecologically
by Lizanne Foster

Alcatraz: A Prison as Disneyland
by Chris Hedges

Why America Is to Blame for Mexico’s Carnage and Corruption
John M. Ackerman

The Real News Network
The Real News Town Hall Pt. 4: Should the Community Control the Police?
In the final part of the series, host Marc Steiner asks the all-important question: Where do we go from here? Baltimore community members give their insight

Workers vs. Undocumented Immigrants: The Politics of Divide & Conquer
Former labor organizer Bill Barry discusses the tenuous relationship between the working class and undocumented workers, and the forces that keep these groups at odds

FAIR Extra!
Ebola Story Puts Old Fears in New Virus
Behind media obsession, a sad old story of poverty and priorities
by Janine Jackson

Having Their Hate and Defeating Dems Too
At Fox News Latino, immigrants go from target to target audience
by Aldo Guerrero

Institute for Public Accuracy
Mubarak Case Dismissed; Two Killed in Cairo Protests

Democracy Now!
“Not One More Darren Wilson, Not One More Mike Brown”: National Protests Continue Ferguson Struggle

Exercise for Health: Can Strength Training Boost Your Memory?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


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