March 2015


From Original 15 to More Than 80, Student Loan Strike Numbers Grow
‘It’s been a month since 15 former students of the failing for-profit giant Corinthian Colleges said they would not pay a dime of their student loans because the school broke the law.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Still Struggling’: Study of Gulf Species Contradicts BP’s Slick Corporate Spin
‘It may take years or even decades before the full impacts are known, and more research is clearly needed,’ reads National Wildlife Federation report
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Honoring Cesar Chavez’s Birthday by Supporting the Farm Workers for Whom He Gave His Life
by Arturo Rodriguez

Federal Court Rules for Indian Families in ACLU Lawsuit

The Real News Network
Are the CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets Enough to Stop Climate Catastrophe?
Michael E. Mann and Subhankar Banerjee discuss the emissions reduction commitments made by countries leading up to the UN Paris meeting on climate change

*Half steps still walk us closer to the abyss

Former IAEA Director: NYT Article a Malicious Attempt to Undermine Iran Negotiations
Robert Kelley says that David Sanger in The New York Times claimed Iran had backed off a commitment to ship uranium out of the country, something that was later refuted by the U.S. State Department

Institute for Public Accuracy
White House Climate Proposal “Woefully Inadequate”

*Budgeting the water

While the house burns down

Schumer’s Record: Pro-War, Backed by Wall Street

*The lesser evil keeps getting greater

Democracy Now!
“A Matter of War & Peace”: Iran, Powers Near Preliminary Deal in face of Congress-Israel Opposition

“Straights Only”? Indiana Faces Boycotts, Protests over Anti-LGBT “Religious Freedom” Law

*I’m not “heartened” by corporate opposition.

If they had determined that this law was good for their bottom line, how do you think they would have reacted?

My guess is they would’ve kept their mealy mouths shut, and counted their filthy lucre.

What about yours?

Do you have an autoimmune problem?
by Terry Wahls, MD


After Talking to Washington Post about Low Wages, Hotel Worker Fired
In original profile, journalist wrote that Shanna Tippen’s experience ‘reflects a more realistic picture’ of life on minimum wage
by Common Dreams staff

Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network
by Jeff Gerth

Why the NCAA Should Move the Final Four Out of Indiana
by Dave Zirin

*Will Pence foul out

Or will Emmert cop out?

Take the points on this bet.

Report: Big Education Firms Spend Millions Lobbying for Pro-Testing Policies
by Valerie Strauss

Black America’s State of Surveillance
by Malkia Cyril

*There’s a difference between being broken

And being fixed

Wyden Shows Connection Between Rigged Trade & Rigged Government
by Kevin Zeese

U.S. Right to Know
USRTK Calls for Investigation of Monsanto Cover Up, Harassment of USDA Scientists
Paris Makes Strides Towards Ditching Investments in Fossil Fuels

The Real News Network
The Fight for Fair Housing for Baltimore Renters
TRNN speaks to advocates fighting for Baltimore’s tenants to have more power in rent court

U.S. Policy in Afghanistan Created Hundreds of Little Dictators
Author and journalist Anand Gopal discusses the legacy of the war in Afghanistan at the Hosftra Conference on the George W. Bush Presidency

The Global African: Ferguson, Iran, & Urban Development Pt. 2
In this episode of teleSUR’s The Global African, host Bill Fletcher Jr. explores the DOJ report on Ferguson and discusses Iran-U.S. negotiations

The Global African: Selma, Jim Crow, and Urban Development
In this episode of Telesur’s The Global African, host Bill Fletcher, Jr. discusses the racism in the U.S. since 1965 and the real motivation behind the designation of Venezuela as a national security threat to the United States

Vaccines … Cancer in a Syringe!
by Ty Bollinger

*The needle and the damage done?

Institute for Public Accuracy
As Saudi Arabia Escalates Bombing of Yemen, Dozens Killed at Camp

Leading Papers Incite ‘Supreme International Crime’
By Jim Naureckas

What Have Whistleblowers Done for Elite Journalists Lately?
by Jim Naureckas

*A currency of complicity

Democracy Now!
Attorney for Bowe Bergdahl: Army Report Shows Ex-POW Left Base to Report Wrongdoing, Not Desert Unit

Ex-U.S. Official on Bowe Bergdahl Charges: Why Are We Vilifying an Ex-POW Tortured by Taliban?

*A prisoner of conscience

All that changes are the captors

Iran Nuclear Talks Near Deadline Amid “Air of Inevitability Combined with Tremendous Uncertainty”

The importance of food in autoimmune disease
by Leanne Ely

*I’m agnostic on the paleo diet – I just don’t know enough, although obviously much of it is well worth incorporating into yours – but I thought the intel on autoimmunity was useful, so …

The Coconut Oil Secret Exposed
by Jake Carney, Founder
The Alternative Daily

*Again, FYI, and decide for your own self.


‘You Might Be a Terrorist If…’: Leaked Document Reveals Secret TSA Check List
“The SPOT program is bullshit,” the manager told The Intercept. “Complete bullshit.”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Sanctions and the Fate of the Nuclear Talks
The US and its allies have made no effort in hiding their intention to maintain the “sanctions architecture” in place for many years after a nuclear agreement
by Gareth Porter

Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike
by Sonali Kolhatkar

What Lies Behind the Recent Surge of Amazon Deforestation
After declining by more than 70 percent in recent years, deforestation in the Amazon is soaring.
by Richard Schiffman

The Logic of Lesser Evilism
by Andrew Levine

Food & Water Watch
Obama’s Antibiotic Plan Fails to Address Overuse on Factory Farms

The Real News Network
Saudi Arabia Attacks Yemen, Targeting Houthis
Yemeni Houthi movement has more to do with the internal conflict within Yemen and less to do with the projected Shia-Sunni rivalry in the region, says Bilal Ahmed, graduate student at SOAS, University of London

Nigerians Head to the Polls Amid Rising Tensions
With several court challenges in the works, the elections are highly contested and posses a threat to the PDP rule, says Associate Professor Zachariah Mampilly of Vassar College

Institute for Public Accuracy
What Bergdahl Case Offers

Democracy Now!
Yemen Does Not Need Another War: Report from Sana’a as Saudi Attack Enters Second Day

The Yemen Crisis: Could Domestic Conflict Grow into Protracted Regional War?

African Economist Samir Amin on the World Social Forum, Globalization & the Barbarism of Capitalism

Nutrition Action
10 Best Foods


House Passes Medicare Reform Bill, But Critics Warn Beneficiaries Will Pay the Price
As is too often the case, bipartisanship in Congress results in society’s most vulnerable being asked to sacrifice the most in return for less
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Why is “reform” almost always de facto

Spelled with a “d” … ?

US Airstrikes, Coupled with Iran-backed Militias and Iraqi Forces, Target ISIS in Tikrit
‘US military now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[A] messy battle … “

Yes, blood is messy

But seemingly simple enough to cover up

Sorry, Monsanto. The Science Is on Our Side, Not Yours
by Katherine Paul

Revisiting A Progressive Education Agenda: What’s Happened Since?
by Jeff Bryant

*Running into the bricks in the wall

Agent Orange Funding Opens Door To US Militarism And Covert Action In Vietnam
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

*So, a half century on

Does the US “win” Vietnam?

UK Support for Death Penalty Drops Below 50 Percent

The Real News Network
Greek Public Coffers Expected to Run Dry Next Month
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel, there were no concessions forthcoming, and ECB has placed significant and severe restraints on Greek banks causing capital flight, says Dimitri Lascaris

*Remember the buzz awhile back about some sectors of the exploitocracy and their lackeys (including Dear Misleader) getting it that austerity isn’t in their best long term interests?

‘Pears those bees done bumbled off towards oblivion, don’t it?

Resistance Mounts to Stephen Harper’s Secret Police Bill
Public support plummeting for Bill C-51 after National Day of Action and widespread criticism by public figures in Canada

Why is U.S. Voter Turnout So Low?
Black Agenda Report executive editor Glen Ford responds to President Obama’s proposal for mandatory voting

*Ever notice how voting for the lesser of two evils never seems to make it any more lesser?

The Roots of Nigeria’s Chaos
Nnimmo Bassey: Years of Western-backed military dictatorship and unfettered plunder by oil companies have created enormous disparity in wealth and a corrupt political elite – a breeding ground for extremism

TRNN Replay: 9/11 not an “Intelligence Failure”
Ray McGovern and Jason Leopold: The intelligence agencies had the information, the question is why didn’t they use it

*Whatever the reality, the aversion to considering an inside job at some level is based to some degree on the assumption that no administration would ever allow such a horror to occur.

Yet how many of us die due to pollution, or lack of health care, or simply not having basic needs met?

Isn’t every regime culpable for those crimes, through both their actions and inactions?

It doesn’t matter how death arrives

But who gives it a ride.

Brave New Films
I Stand With Teachers Who Want Their Money Out Of Gun Companies

FAIR Analysis
Colombian Report on US Military’s Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets
by Adam Johnson

*Blacked out lives don’t matter

Institute for Public Accuracy
WikiLeaks Exposes TPP Secrecy and Big Business Agenda

Democracy Now!
Brutalized in Taliban Captivity After Fleeing War He Opposed, Bowe Bergdahl Charged with Desertion


Naomi Klein: Shock of Oil Price Plunge Is Opportunity World Must Seize
Riffing on key ideas from her last two books, Canadian author argues time is perfect to employ “shock doctrine” for good by using climate change as opportunity to “change everything” about our economy and energy systems
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Big Food ‘Expands Its Tentacles’ with Heinz-Kraft Deal
Warren Buffet orchestrated mega-merger will create fifth largest food company in the world
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Israel’s Seizure of Palestinian Taxes Sparks Economic Devastation, Mounting Resistance
Palestinian officials warn economy is teetering and government is close to default
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Which is the Most Responsible Nuclear Nation – Iran, Israel or the United States?
by Kevin Martin

*Black pots

And an empty kettle

The Politics of the NCAA Sweet Sixteen
by David Morris

*Large circus

Little bread

Organic Consumers Association
Statement from Ronnie Cummins on Reintroduction of Federal Bill to Kill States’ Rights to GMO Labeling Laws
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) Reintroduces the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) ACT

Regional Banks Say Regulation Costs Too High
Senator Elizabeth Warren challenges attempt to exempt regional banks with less than $250 billion from Dodd-Frank regulation

New Bill Threatens Patient Safety
Representatives and the pharmaceutical industry say 21st Century Cures will foster innovation, while critics argue that the legislative effort is a ploy to dismantle safeguards for short-term financial gain

What is Behind the Collapse of the Centre Left Parties in Europe?
Mark Weisbrot says Podemos and SYRIZA have risen out of long term austerity, and Greece has a good chance of recovering outside the Eurozone

*”Socialist” is as much a misnomer for these parties as “Democratic” is for their stateside counterpart.

The Rise of Podemos (3/3)
Podemos is the greatest threat to the ruling elite in Spain and their capitalist alliances across Europe, says Professor Vicente Navarro

*Working class support for the far right is also the result of an appeal to fear and favor – fear of “the other”, and the favored status of whites – both in Europe and the US.

Those have to be addressed by making the case for cross race, religious and ethnic solidarity, in humanistic terms, but as important, in terms of self interest.

Only a united front of all who are exploited can defeat those who exploit them.

Understanding who conquers when we are divided is the necessary lesson leading to a true class act.

Democracy Now!
My Lai Revisited: 47 Years Later, Seymour Hersh Travels to Vietnam Site of U.S. Massacre He Exposed

*Hersh may be an excellent reporter, and I give him his due for the tenacity displayed in pursuing this story, but forgive me for not having much faith in his ability to place these horrors in proper context.

No mention of just why the US was in Vietnam, rationalizations for why these war crimes occurred – not to say he’s excusing them, but exhibiting a wholly unfounded faith in the essential morality of the military, rather than as the instrument of oppression and imperialism it has always been …

Contradiction is the order of the day.

Like many liberals, and I’m referring to those who don’t merit the requisite quotation marks, Hersch just can’t “cope with the reality” – to use his own words – that is the rotten core of this country. He wants to believe the American myth of honor and righteousness, and ascribes its abrogation by history to “going astray”, rather than being on the prescribed path from the beginning.

So he can honestly be horrified by these atrocities, and seek to expose them, but he can’t bring himself to question the visceral motivations for them, as that would mean a loss of faith in a creed that is fundamental to his understanding of the world.

In saying all this, I don’t mean to claim that America is unique in this respect. The Brits and many other empires and nations have shared this hubris of exceptionalism.

But I’m an American, and as one, I have an obligation to see the beam in my country’s eye most clearly.

Private Prisons for Immigrant Families Grow Despite Court Ruling Against “Detention as Deterrence”

Part 2: Migrant Women Appear Via Video from Detention Centers in Asylum Cases Amid Harsh Conditions

*”Family values” to the bottom lines of incarceration corps


Death of US Coal Exemplifies Need for Paradigm Shift for Global Energy System
Rapidly decaying coal industry reveals fate of all fossil fuels, argue researchers at Carbon Tracker Initiative
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I don’t want these blood suckers to “adapt their business models”, any more than I’d wish the Mafia to.

I want them to be charged, convicted and commensurately sentenced for their copious crimes.

There I go thinking about impractical concepts like justice again.

Opposition Grows as Shell Drilling Fleet Heads to Arctic Waters
Obama administration expected to approve Shell’s Arctic drilling program as early as Wednesday
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Less Meat, More Plants for Healthier People and Planet: Coalition
Food experts and groups representing millions of American consumers demand that federal nutrition guidelines adopt sustainability recommendations that put climate and health impacts ahead of industry interests
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Six Ways Forward to Reform Our Democracy for a Better Food System
by Mallory Morken

“I Plead Guilty” (to Insubordination)
by Howard Zinn, Paula Giddings

Thousands in Montreal Unite Against Austerity and Petro-Economy
by David Gray-Donald

What’s Next for Greece? Debating Syriza’s Options
by Joanne Landy and Thomas Harrison

Wall Street Losing Millions From Bad Energy Loans
by Nick Cunningham
Oil Price

*Toxic loans in a toxic industry

Supreme Court to Decide Profits vs People
11,000 lives a year at stake as coal industry and its allies oppose EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard

Center for Food Safety
EPA Agrees to Regulate Novel Nanotechnology Pesticides After Legal Challenge

Violence Policy Center
New and Expanded Online Resource Details Fatal Concealed Carry Incidents State by State

The Real News Network
Teaching Assistants Reject University of Toronto Offer
Margaret Atwood, Stephen Lewis, and Naomi Klein among those who tweeted, supported, or refused to cross the picket lines of striking contract staff at U of T, says Omar Sirri, PhD student

Institute for Public Accuracy
Afghanistan: “Fiction” of Sovereign Government, U.S. Funding “War of Attrition”

NYT Reported Japanese Internment as ‘Pioneering Chapter in US History’
by Jim Naureckas

*And slavery was “rigorous job training”

New York Times: Nuclear Establishment Tool
by Karl Grossman

Rebranding McCain and Romney as Moderates to Facilitate a Sharp Right Turn
by Jim Naureckas

*Corpress rules of the road


Democracy Now!
After Liberation Came Destruction: Iraqi Shiite Militias Accused of Looting, Burning Sunni Villages

“Inside Baghdad’s Brutal Battle Against ISIS”: In Chaos of Post-Invasion Iraq, Militias Take Hold

An Angry White House Vows to Confront Netanyahu, But Will It End Key U.S. Support for Occupation?

*Once more, a one egalitarian state solution is not deemed worthy of discussion, other than to be dismissed as impractical.

Transpose that view into the debate about apartheid in South Africa a quarter century ago, and while the situations are not entirely identical, I think the moral absurdity of such a claim becomes glaringly apparent.

A Healthy Mediterranean Diet
What a 2013 study did—and didn’t—find
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


With MegaChurch-Like Event, Sen. Ted Cruz Declares GOP Presidential Run
‘It’s fun to poke fun at Ted Cruz. But we should remember his crazy is there to later make the merely extreme seem eminently reasonable.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Glyphosate, Favored Chemical of Monsanto & Dow, Declared ‘Probable’ Source of Cancer for Humans
World’s most widely used herbicide ingredient shown to cause variety of cancers by research arm of World Health Organization
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

How Privatization Degrades Our Daily Lives
by Paul Buchheit

Secretive and Seedy: How Aid Donors are Opening the Agribusiness Flood Gates
When big agribusiness teams up with international aid organizations to corner the market on seeds, everyone loses
by Ian Fitzpatrick

Welcome to Yemen, Where Only Violence is a Certainty
by Farea Al-Muslimi

Can You Say “Blowback” in Spanish? The Failed War on Drugs in Mexico (and the United States)
by Rebecca Gordon

Journalism as Subversion
by Chris Hedges

The Real News Network
Baltimore Police Commissioner: Racism Causes Pain, Violence in the Community
TRNN’s Stephen Janis looks at the evolving dialog about the role of racism in crime


“I feel your pain”


“I fuel it”

Love of Revolution: Tom Porter & Jared Ball Remember Amiri Baraka
Mr. Tom Porter returns for part 2 of his discussion of Political Struggle, Family, Friends and radicalism in the civil and human rights struggles of the United States

The Rise of Podemos (2/3)
Professor Vicente Navarro, one of the main architects of “Un Projecto Economico Para La Gente” for Podemos

What Happened to Haiti’s Plan to ‘Build Back Better’?
Economist James Henry discusses how the Clintons and the international community backed the development of luxury hotels and textile factories in Haiti’s capital while paying minimal attention to structural issues like rule of law and tax reform

*Why does Henry soft pedal the criminality of Clintonismo? They’re the poster children for political opportunism and globalized graft, not to mention the godparents of “humanitarian intervention”, with the oceans of blood and misery that oxymoronic ideology has unleashed.

That’s what I give them “credit” for.

Podemos in Spain Ignite Alternatives (1/3)
Professor Vincent Navarro of Johns Hopkins, Baltimore and Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, maps the conditions that gave way to the rise of Podemos in Spain

*Let’s hope Podemos goes to school on SYRIZA getting schooled by the Eurobastardry.

The stakes are too high to take lightly the lessons.

Europe Tilts East Towards China (2/2)
Economist Michael Hudson says China’s new international bank will be exempt from a US-veto, empowering other countries to lead development and perhaps challenge the use of the dollar as the currency of global capital

Accelerated Approval for ALS drug GM604

Democracy Now!
Yemen in Crisis: U.S. Closes Key Drone Base & Withdraws Forces as U.N. Warns of Civil War

“Shaky Science” Doubts Saturated Fat Linked to Heart Disease
Q&A with Professor Martijn Katan
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

Beware of These Dietary Supplement Advertising Tricks (Part 2)
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Fat in Food: The Truth about Canola Oil
Is canola oil really bad for you?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Groups Pan ‘Toothless’ Fracking Rules As Industry Giveaway
New rule ‘is merely a continuation of Obama’s harmful all-of-the-above energy policy,’ says Friends of the Earth
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Thanks to Climate Change, Arctic Sea Ice at Lowest Levels Ever Recorded
National Snow and Ice Data Center researchers find ‘Arctic is being seriously impacted by our warming climate’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System
by Sonali Kolhatkar

As Awareness of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Rises, Some Schools Rethink the Role of Police
by Harold Jordan

From Basic Income to Social Dividends: Sharing the Value of Common Resources
It’s time to broaden the debate on how to fund a universal basic income by including options for sharing resource rents, which is a model that can be applied internationally to reform unjust economic systems, reduce extreme poverty and protect the global commons.
by Rajesh Makwana

*I don’t understand how income supplementation based on resource rents is compatible with environmental protection, in so far as fossil fuels and other dangerous extractions are concerned.

If those are necessary to provide the funds for the scheme, how does that jibe with the necessity of ending them to protect the planet?

But beyond that, we’re talking about “income”, and obviously, “money”.

I’d like to see a serious discussion of how to structure an economy without a medium of exchange, one that isn’t defined by the purchase of goods and services, but by a collective and collaborative process of distribution based on the specific needs of each of us.

Put simply, I’m referring to the whole “From each according to her talents; to each according to his needs” thing.

The bottom line for me is the moral imperative to ensure that every single one of us has the means to live a dignified life

And I can’t see how the bottom line on the ledger sheet has any place in that future.

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors
by Wenonah Hauter

*Truth in labeling

“The Science Guise”

Obnoxious Chicago Mayor Faces Threat
by John R. MacArthur

*Let’s hope MacArthur’s wrong about simply a short term glitch in the gears of the machine should Emanuel get the boot, but that will depend in large measure on what Garcia can do, will do, and is pushed to do by the people of the city.

A Frightful Prospect: Hillary vs. Jeb
by Andrew Levine

The Real News Network
Despite Report on Spate of Killings, Police Reform in Jeopardy
Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle’s Davon Love speaks with TRNN’s Stephen Janis about the possibility that much of the proposed law enforcement legislation may not pass

The True Cost of Incarceration in Baltimore’s Poorest Neighborhoods
TRNN’s Stephen Janis talks to Justice Policy Institute Executive Director Marc Schindler about how Maryland spends millions incarcerating residents of inner city neighborhoods

The Fed Sits on Interest Rates Waiting Greater Recovery
Professor Robin Hahnel of E3 Network says Yellen is acting in the public interest and does not want to derail slow and tepid recovery

Silicon Valley Democrats Pursuing High-Skill Immigration Reform
Republicans along with many progressive groups oppose the reform, arguing that it’s a front for keeping wages low in the Information Technology sector by bringing in cheap labor from abroad

Europe Tilts East Towards China
Michael Hudson Report: Britain, German, France and Italy are among those who joined Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in an expression of their discontent over World Bank polices that force developing countries to depend on the US

Danny Schechter, ‘News Dissector’ and Creator, Dies at 72

*I met Danny at the Media and Democracy Congress in San Francisco in ’96, and recall his graciousness in doing an impromptu promo for my dinky little public access program.

Years later, he plugged my website at his place.

If you go there, you’ll see that I could be critical of him, but I’ll always be grateful for his minor menschiness toward me, and this piece makes plain that we should all be grateful for the major menschiness he evinced on the national and global media stage.

Rest in peace, brudda

You’ve earned it.

Institute for Public Accuracy Google Ads Skewing Internet Content

Democracy Now!
Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño on Press Freedom, Anti-Correa Protests & Chevron Case

*You don’t have to take the US’ or the opposition’s side to question some of the actions of the Correa administration. The same applies to Venezuela, Bolivia and other “leftist” regimes.

Political and intellectual integrity demand a fealty to ferreting out the facts, and we shouldn’t let the duplicity of those aligned against these administrations deter us from that task.

Principle is our party.

A Gift to ExxonMobil? Chris Christie Criticized over Settlement to Clean Up Century of Contamination

*”Personal responsibility”

Doesn’t apply to pinstripes

PART 2: “How the FBI Created a Terrorist” by Entrapping Mentally Ill Man in Florida

Beware of These Dietary Supplement Advertising Tricks (Part 3)
Over the last couple of weeks, we have warned you about supplement advertising tricks, here is one more
David Schardt
Nutrition Action


TransCanada Whistleblower Spurs New Probe of Pipeline Giant’s Safety Record
Activists say latest allegations prove the corporation ‘cannot be trusted’ to operate its existing network, much less build new pipelines
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

UN to Consider US Government’s Role in Ignoring Civil Rights Era Murders
‘There are potentially thousands of suspicious race killings at the hands of local police yet the federal and local governments refuse to investigate many of these deaths,’ justice team says
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The past remains buried

Along with the bodies

When Will “Progressives” Defend Public Education?
by Anthony Cody

*What’s left out by both the “Bold Progressives” (other than a boilerplate mention of “working families”) and Cody is any reference to race and class.

And if you think the rape of public education has nothing to do with those elements

Your sociopolitical education has been tragically bereft, as well.

‘Islamic State’ as a Western Phenomenon? Reimagining the IS Debate
by Ramzy Baroud

Veteran Vision: When It’s Done, This Is What the War Looks Like
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams

ACLU Condemns Committee Passage of Florida Bill Allowing Agencies to Put Religious and Moral Beliefs over Children’s Needs in Foster and Adoption Placements

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
Serenata a un indocumentado by Los Jornaleros del Norte

The Real News Network
Turmoil in Libya Strengthening Extremism in Tunisia
Mohamed-Salah Omri analyzes the attacks in Tunis and why an estimated 3,000 young people fled Tunisia to join the IS

Netanyahu Victory Lays Bare Israel as Racist, Colonial State
Analyst Shir Hever: Despite Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing, neoliberal, and racist policies, his reelection thwarted a potentially more aggressive and violent regime from taking power

Report: Environmental Inequality Disproportionality Affects Black and Latino Communities
UMass-Amherst Researcher Klara Zwickl discusses measuring environmental inequality through industrial air pollution in the U.S. and recommends solutions to bridge economic disparities

Institute for Public Accuracy
Netanyahu’s Warning on Arab Voters “Encapsulates Israel’s Contradiction”

Democracy Now!
Blockupy: Thousands Protest in Frankfurt Calling on Eurozone to Dismantle “Laboratory for Austerity”

Deadly Shooting Rampage at Tunisian National Museum Leaves Birthplace of Arab Spring on Edge

Obama Seeks Fast Track for TPP, Trade Deal that Could Thwart “Almost Any Progressive Policy or Goal”

*Wallach asks why Dear Misleader is pimping this, and I ask why she seems clueless as to the answer, and why Goodman didn’t press her for one.

This is why he and every other president are in office. For whatever relatively minor tweaks to corporate power he may have promoted, when the big ticket items are involved, those go out the window. The TPP vitiates those tepid reforms, which renders his “populism” null and void.

Democratic presidents may toss some crumbs our way, but under either party, the bakery’s owned by the bastards with the big wads.

“How the FBI Created a Terrorist”: Agency Accused of Entrapping Mentally Ill Man in Florida

WATCH: Florida Grants Parole to Mark DeFriest After New Film Exposes His Shocking Ordeal Behind Bars

How to Diet: Is Soy Consumption Linked to Breast Cancer?
The real story on soy and breast cancer
David Schardt
Nutrition Action


New Research Endorses ‘Rooftop Revolution’ as Simple, Local Solar Solution
Study shows ‘we do not need to trade these places of environmental value for the production of renewable energy’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Report: US-Backed Forces Committing Atrocities, Fueling Sectarianism in Iraq
Human Rights Watch investigation finds Iraqi military forces, Shiite militias, and volunteer fighters carried out arson, demolitions, and abductions in aftermath of Amerli operation in September
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

A Chemical Safety Law with Industry’s Red Pen (Literally) All Over It
These days, public health advocates charge, ‘laws intended to regulate polluters are now written by the polluters themselves’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Foxes with a fax machine

Obama’s White House Sets New Record in Rejecting FOIA Requests
Obama administration censored and denied access to government data more than ever in 2014, despite claims of ‘most transparent presidency’ ever
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The US Military Just Plunged Philippine Politics into Crisis
American fingerprints are all over a botched commando raid in the southern Philippines that left dozens dead and shocked the country.
by Walden Bello

An Estimated 800 Facing Hanging in Pakistan Were Sentenced to Death as Children

Center for Economic and Policy Research
Election of Luis Almagro as New OAS Secretary General Represents ‘Declining US Influence in Latin America,’ CEPR Co-Director Says

The Real News Network
Ali Abunimah: Palestinians Better Off with Netanyahu
Netanyahu invoked racist calls about Arabs flowing to the polls to get out his vote; his win will make it easier to isolate Israel because Netanyahu is the face of Israel as it really is

*The devil you want the world to know

Remembering Civil Rights Leader Parren Mitchell (2/2)
Lisa Mitchell continues a discussion about the legacy of her uncle Parren Mitchell speaking truth to power

Fight for $15
Third-degree burn. McDonald’s “treatment”? MUSTARD.

Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy
by Jim Naureckas

*”Humanitarian intervention” is so 2014 …

Institute for Public Accuracy
Does Netanyahu’s Victory Open Door for One State? Bigger BDS?

Democracy Now!
Hedge Fund-Backed Castellan Real Estate Group Intimidates NYC Tenants to Vacate Rent-Stabilized Apts

After Netanyahu Wins Israel Vote with Racism & Vow of Permanent Occupation, How Will World Respond?

A Family Broken Up: Freed After 8 Years at Guantánamo, a Father & Son Are Still Kept Apart


The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools
by Bill Bigelow

Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Groups Join Voices Against Industry Chemicals Bill

More than 500,000 Call on EPA to Strengthen Smog Protections
Public comment period on National Ambient Air Quality Standard ends today

The Real News Network
Jewish-American Leadership Rising in Opposition to Israeli Occupation
TRNN concludes its coverage of the Jewish Voice for Peace 2015 National Meeting with closing remarks from Israelis and Jewish Americans and excerpts from the keynote speech by Angela Y. Davis

Zionist Union Leader Herzog Willing to Form a Coalition with Netanyahu’s Likud
Max Blumenthal says Herzog represents the Ashkenazi elite, which is a narrow but influential group, it is a dangerous prospect for Palestinians

Changing the Meaning and the Practice of Policing in the US
After the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Glen Ford says the goal of the Black Lives Matter movement is to establish black community control over the police in the US

Institute for Public Accuracy
Israel’s Election: Anti-Palestinian While Avoiding Occupation

Clear Channel Tells FCC Covert Commercials Would Be ‘User-Friendly, Satisfying’
by Jim Naureckas

*With apologies to E. Costello

And the radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools

Trying to incentivize the way that you feel

Democracy Now!
A Deadly U-Turn: Did Miriam Carey Need to Die After Wrong Car Move at White House Checkpoint?

Part 2: Did Miriam Carey Need to Die After Wrong Car Move at White House Checkpoint?

*Can you see this happening were Carey a white woman, especially with a child in the car?

I think the odds go down precipitously.

Diabetes and Diet: Can Magnesium Supplements Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes?
More studies need to be done
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

The Benefits of Coconut Milk
by Leanne Ely


US Oil Pipeline Industry Quietly Building Network That ‘Dwarfs Keystone’
While the domestic oil pipeline network is rapidly expanding, so too are concerns about safety
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The hydra has many heads

Four Reasons to Question the Official ‘Poverty Eradication’ Story of 2015
by Martin Kirk

*The need to grow out of greed

Kshama Sawant: The Most Dangerous Woman in America
by Chris Hedges

Four Numbers that Show the Beating Down of Middle America
by Paul Buchheit

A Global War on Nature and the Politics of Extinction
An introduction to the most beautiful animal you’ll never see
by William deBuys

Doctors Without Borders
Multi-drug Resistant TB Strain in Swaziland Not Detectable by Most Advanced Rapid Diagnostic Tests

Fight for $15
Burned at McDonald’s. Treated with MUSTARD.

*”Health” food

The Real News Network
Students Critical of Israeli Occupation Face Academic Crackdown
At the 2015 Jewish Voice for Peace Conference in Baltimore, TRNN speaks to Jewish and Palestinian students, academics and attorneys who are demanding that college campuses stop suppressing dissent

Congolese Youth Fight Against President’s Attempt to Extend Term Limits
With more than 40 dead after protests against Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s attempt to stay in power, Friends of the Congo representatives and a Congolese youth organizer discuss what’s at stake for the country’s citizens

Behind the Murder of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow (2/2)
Aleksandr Buzgalin, professor of political economy at Moscow State University, says Jurassic Capitalism is behind the economic woes in the Russian economy

Syriza – a Necessary Compromise or Avoiding an Inevitable Conclusion?
Dimitri Lascaris and Leo Panitch discuss the Greek government’s negotiating strategy and whether it should be preparing to leave the Eurozone

*This is for the Greek people to decide, and as Lascaris says, there needs to be utter honesty in laying out to them just what each option may well mean to their lives.

I lean toward his analysis. The neoliberals in the Eurozone, while they may accede to some cosmetic reforms, which isn’t to say that those wouldn’t be of some benefit to the public, will never allow anything beyond that, and Greece will continue to suffer the horrors of austerity until a break is made, which will entail pain, without doubt.

The junkie can continue to get his fix, while he falls deeper into despair and closer to death

Or he can go through the hell of withdrawal, kick his habit, and live a decent life.

Honestly present that choice to the Greek public, and we’ll see if faith trumps fear.

Graduate Students at NYU Have Reached a Settlement
The pressure is mounting at University of Massachusetts to do the same, we discuss the plight of graduate students in part time teaching contracts with Natasha Raheja at NYU & Anna Waltman at UMass

Is Canada’s “Patriot Act” a Political Ploy?
Leo Panitch and Dimitri Lascaris discuss Canada’s Bill C-51 and other issues facing Canadians as elections loom on the horizon

Radicalism in the Civil Rights Movement and Black Liberation Struggles
New Black Leadership Emerging 50 Years After Selma (4/4)
TRNN’S Eddie Conway speaks to Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford about the accomplishments and challenges facing the black community on the 50th anniversary of Selma

Veteran activist, educator, radio host and jazz critic, Mr. Tom Porter, talks about his life, work, friendship with Amiri Baraka and the often overlooked depth of radical ideas within the civil and human rights struggles in the U.S.

USA Today Headline Makes a Leap to Pin the Rap on ‘Protester’
by Jim Naureckas

Tahirih Justice Center
End Forced Marriage in the United States!

I support the LGBTQ Bill of Rights!

*No “others” among “the other”

Let U.S. Patients Have Life-Saving Medicines from Cuba

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
Tell Dr Pepper Snapple Group: Stop Advertising Soda to Kids!

Public Citizen
Stop the Financial Industry’s Stealth Attack on Our Rights
Urge the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Stand Up to Wall Street and Defend Consumer Rights

Democracy Now!
Vanuatu Blames Global Warming as Cyclone Causes Nation’s Worst Climate Disaster in Recent Memory

*Reaping the whirlwinds

As U.N. Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment, Bill McKibben on Vanuatu, Oxford Vote, California Water Crisis

*Well, let’s hope Nasheed isn’t “the Mandela of the Indian Ocean”, given the latter’s sellout to the white elite in the name of “practical politics”.

When you engage in that exercise, you condemn your people to misery and death as you practice “the art of the possible”.

“The possible” has no place in the struggle to save our place on this planet. We can’t make a bad deal with the climate, and claim it’s the best we can do.

As for McKibben’s mealy mouthing about US support for Nasheed’s tormentors, it seems to indicate a foolish view that Dear Misleader is more concerned with his “climate legacy” than he is in doing the job he was hired to do, with no drought of Wall Street campaign funding.

Some segments of the exploitocracy may finally be “getting it”, but their response will be too little, too late, and too idiotic to matter. Technofixes are a false and dangerous hope, and when push comes to shove, maintaining their position will trump any inclination toward the actions that could make a real difference.

And Obama and every other pol with any power will have their backs, as they stab us in ours.

If McKibben doesn’t get it on that score, or just doesn’t want to

Then he needs to get the hell out of the way.

After Swedish Prosecutors Back Down, Is WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Close to Freedom?

U.S. Sugar Industry Implicated in Obesity Epidemic
“[S]hould be a warning to the public health community”
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*Sickeningly sweet

What to Eat: The Healthiest Veggie “Meats” You Can Buy
Try some of these healthy meat-free burgers, crumbles, meatballs, nuggets, or strips
by Jayne Hurley
Nutrition Action


Revealed: Police and FBI Spied On Black Lives Matter Organizers Ahead of Mall of America Protests
‘We will not be intimidated,’ declares Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Over 30 Leading Digital Rights, Pro-Democracy, and Civil Liberties Organizations Rally Support for Tomorrow’s Day of Action Across Canada to Stop Bill C-51
Over 55 non-partisan events in every province across Canada confirmed for Saturday March 14, as numbers speaking out online top 83,000

Human Rights Watch
Cambodia: Labor Laws Fail to Protect Garment Workers

The Real News Network
Malcolm X, Self-Determination and the People’s Movement – Kamau Franklin on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Franklin discusses the relationship between the mass movement and electoral politics

*The problem with engaging in electoral politics is that it almost always devolves into “the art of the possible”, rather than that of “the potential”.

At some point, none of the great victories of the past – the end of formal slavery, the realization of basic workers’ rights, et alia – fit into the former category, did they?

There will always be a tension between what can be accomplished at any given juncture, and what needs to be created.

We face hard choices, but they must be taken in the context of a vision that refuses to cede the potential of the future to the constraints of the present.

Our reach should exceed our grasp

Else what’s our humanity for?

The “War on Drugs” in the Black Community Was a Response to Voting Rights (3/4)
TRNN’S Eddie Conway speaks to Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford about the accomplishments and challenges facing the black community on the 50th anniversary of Selma

I shouldn’t be fired for being attacked
by Najee Rivera

*A profound injustice compounding an unjust injury

Petition Update
Unethical Human Experimentation on an Unsuspecting Woman at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 3/11/15
by Hooman Noorchashm

Democracy Now!
How Should Universities Respond to Racist Incidents on Campus?

*Issues of speech are complex, and I confess that the issue of condemnation versus sanction is one on which I don’t have a clear view.

I think the concept of “I disagree (or despise) what you say, but will defend (To the death?) your right to say it” is too simplistic, but its core value can’t be discounted.

As alluded to here, sanction for what I’d consider hateful speech can boomerang to impact speech I find righteous, or at least understandable, given the injustice that precipitates it.

So, I guess I’m stuck at the distinction between accepting hateful speech, and allowing it.

I can never accept such, and still hold true to my humanity, but if we are to hold true to the principles of free speech, must we allow such bile? Are there any circumstances in which we are justified in sanctioning it?

It’s a conundrum I feel compelled to continue to consider.

Data and Goliath: Bruce Schneier on the Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

Part 2: Bruce Schneier on the Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World


Wind Power on the Rise, Could Supply One-Third of Nation’s Electricity by 2050, Says DOE
‘The nation can deploy wind power to economically provide 35 percent of our nation’s electricity and supply renewable power in all 50 states by 2050,’ says Obama administration
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*So just how do Clark’s comments “pre-empt” criticisms around harm to animals and ecosystems? Are they supposed to have some cachet because she’s head of a high profile NGO?

Forgive me for not accepting her assurances at face value.

And if indeed wind is an essential component of a renewable energy transformation, what’s missing here is any mention of just who will control that change.

Do we want the same corporate criminals responsible for our predicament profiting off its remediation?

I’m sure DOE is copasetic with that, and perhaps DoW, as well

But I ain’t.

Big Oil’s Broken Business Model
The real story behind the oil price collapse
by Michael T. Klare

Forest Peoples Programme
African Human Rights Body Warns the World Bank on Proposals to Reverse Decades of Advancement in Protection of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

Physicians for a National Health Program
Health Law Hasn’t Cut Insurers’ Rate of Overhead Spending: Study

*Pigs in a profit pumping poke

The Real News Network
Ferguson Police Chief Jackson Resigns
Jamala Rogers, co-founder of Organization for Black Struggle, discusses its significance and the next steps for those on the ground in Ferguson

The Struggle in Ferguson Was Never Just About Bad Police
Reverend Osagyefo Sekou responds to the Department of Justice reports about Ferguson

The Murder of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow
Who killed Boris Nemtsov? He was neither a leader nor real opposition, according to Aleksandr Buzgalin, professor of political economy at Moscow State University

The Killing of Anthony Robinson on the 50th Anniversary of Selma
TRNN’S Eddie Conway speaks to Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford about the accomplishments and challenges facing the black community on the 50th anniversary of Selma (2/4)

*Policing in a capitalist (read “exploitative”) society embodies the same immutable characteristic as the system itself.

You can make it relatively better

But you can never make it good.

WaPo, Owned by CIA’s Webmaster, Blasts Venezuela’s ‘State-Financed’ News
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Eyewitness to Ferguson Police Shooting: Gunfire Did Not Come From Area of Non-Violent Protest

University of Oklahoma Students Mobilize Against Racism as Two Fraternity Members Expelled for Hate Video

*I think the expulsion of the students is warranted, to send a clear message that this hateful bile won’t be tolerated, but I’d like to see an honest procedure through which they could be readmitted, after proving by their actions, not simply their words, that they understand the magnitude of the wrong they’ve committed.


Scientist Who Exposed Health Impacts of Burn Pits in Iraq Awarded Rachel Carson Prize
Dr. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani credited with bringing public attention to connection between rising birth defects and military burn pits
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Fukushima: Amidst Radioactive Ruins, Renewable Energy Revolution Soars
byHarvey Wasserman

*Old John D. might well get into green

Screwing workers and ratepayers to get even more of it.

Clean energy without clean hands is no Solartopia to me.

The Student Debt Time Bomb
Indebted students are a force to be reckoned with.
by Chuck Collins

‘Epic Fail’: Feminism and Ecological Crises
by Robert Jensen

Physicians for Human Rights
Doctors in the Crosshairs: Four Years of Attacks on Health Care in Syria

CAIR Calls on Maine, New Jersey GOP Chairs to Repudiate Prejudiced Comments by Officials

The Real News Network
Four Years After Fukushima Disaster, Radiation Dangers Remain Unknown
Among the many unknown factors include the effects of radiation levels on children’s health, says journalist Chiho Kaneko

50 Years After Selma, African Americans Remain Targeted by Mass Incarceration
TRNN’S Eddie Conway speaks to Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford about the accomplishments and challenges facing the black community on the 50th anniversary of Selma (1/4)


And sell outs

Quantitative Easing for Whom? (2/2)
The European Central Bank’s Trillion Euro plan to make the economy grow will only help keep the banks afloat

Quantitative Easing for Whom? (1/2)
Michael Hudson says quantitative easing is a pretext for assisting banks to make even more profit

*That should be “squeezing”

Institute for Public Accuracy
Lead Senator on Iran Letter Got Major Funding from Pro-Israeli Hardliners

U.S and Venezuela: Who’s the Security Threat?

CNN on the Frontiers of the Commercialization of News
by Jim Naureckas

*The revolution will not be televised

At least, not with a logo

Democracy Now!
New York Hedge Funds Pour Millions of Dollars into Cuomo-Led Bid to Expand Charter Schools

Is Venezuela Really an “Extraordinary Threat”? U.S. Sanctions Top Officials as Tensions Grow

Gateway to Freedom: Historian Eric Foner on the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

Civil War Historian Eric Foner on the Radical Possibilities of Reconstruction

*It’s always frustrating to hear folks like Foner, who understand so well the vicious underpinnings of American society, continue to cut Obama slack on his role in perpetuating them.

His presidency is one of the most damaging in the nation’s history, for it allows not only imperialism and injustice at home to proceed unimpeded, but also gives it a patina of legitimacy, due to his race.

And if you don’t think that’s one reason so many of the exploitocracy has given generously to his campaigns …

Well, you can finish that sentence yourself, can’t you?


‘We Deserve Better’: Lackluster UN Declaration on Women’s Rights Draws Ire
Gender-equality declaration, formally adopted Monday, criticized as ‘a bland reaffirmation of existing commitments’ that ‘threatens a major step backward’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Cruel and Inhuman: UN Slams US as Only Nation that Sentences Children to Die In Prison
Special Rapporteur Juan Méndez notes US policy violates international human rights law
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Students in Madison March for Tony Robinson
by Rebecca Kemble

The Possibility of Escape (A Note from Lexington Federal Prison)
by Kathy Kelly

Uncle Pentagon: Growing Up in the Shadow of the American War State
by Frida Berrigan

Who Controls Our Food?
by Nick Dearden

Worldwatch Institute
Growing Food Trade, Shrinking Self-Sufficiency

The Real News Network
So-Called Right to Work Legislation Only Possible Under Total Corporate Control
Nation contributor Jane McAlevey says unions are partially responsible for not defeating Right-to-Work legislation, and traces the history of it from Wisconsin in 2015 to the deep south under Jim Crow

*Union “leadership” was more than “a little bit” responsible for this travesty, and the role of the Democrats in it deserves dishonorable mention.

All that anger and energy was channeled into a recall campaign that gave us a party apparatchik as a candidate, diverting it from the on the ground strategies that would have maintained that momentum, and once it lost, deflating the hope that mass uprising had engendered.

2014 was déjà vu all over again, with a corporate exec heading the ticket and identity politics substituting for a politics of humanity.

McAlevey is absolutely right that this is about more than “labor” issues, and the only way to regain that momentum is to create alliances among all folks getting the short end of the stick rammed up their asses, and looking beyond business as usual electoral politics that give us soulless standard bearers.

2015 State of Baltimore City: Mayor Reinforces ‘Flawed’ Crime-fighting Program
Veteran officer Neill Franklin and Rose Street Community Center’s Clayton Guyton explain their concerns regarding Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announcement on Operation Ceasefire in Baltimore’s Eastern District

Malcolm X, Self-Determination and the People’s Movement – Kamau Franklin on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Franklin says Malcolm believed the international order benefited Western capitalist interests over the masses of black, brown and oppressed white people

Over Thirty Five Thousand Protest Netanyahu’s Leadership in Tel Aviv
There’s a crisis of leadership in Israel, and it’s that no one wants to be the leader, says Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center

Democracy Now!
Dying for the Right to Vote: Remembering the Selma Martyrs, From Jimmie Lee Jackson to Viola Liuzzo

Food Safety Policies that Would Protect Consumers
CSPI recommends the following food safety policies
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

What common herb works for smoothies and tea?
by Leanne Ely


Florida State Workers Banned From Using Term ‘Climate Change’
Since 2011, environmental agency workers have been instructed not to refer to ‘climate change’ and other words like ‘sustainability,’ investigative report shows
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

As Police-Involved Killings Take National Spotlight, Questions Remain
In wake of reports on officer-related deaths, independent groups note folly of federal data collection tactics
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

What Europe’s Hopeful Left Can Learn from Latin America
by Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging ‘Prison Gerrymandering’ Election Districts in Florida County
Jefferson County counts state prison inmates, who are unable to vote, for redistricting purposes; Inmate population constitutes over 40% of the voting age population in one district, skewing voting strength throughout county

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Raising Interest Rates Could Have an Adverse Effect on Federal and State Budgets

Friends of the Earth
Diablo Canyon: PG&E Secretly Used Wrong Design Data for Key Safety Equipment for 30 Years
Utility misled California PUC, seeks to pocket $133.5 million in ratepayer revenues

Greenpeace Canned Tuna Ranking Finds Most Brands Fail Consumers on Ocean Safe Tuna

The Real News Network
How Iran’s Fight Against ISIS in Iraq Helps American Interests
Professor Vijay Prashad discusses Iran’s major offensive against ISIS in Iraq and the need for a Mideast coalition against ISIS

Baltimore Offering Tax Breaks to Developers Amidst Crumbling Infrastructure
The Sun’s City Hall reporter Luke Broadwater discusses reporting on an epidemic of water main breaks, uncovering workers compensation payouts for police responsible for fatal shootings, and the millions of dollars paid out to teachers annually who are injured on the job

TRNN Replay: Goliath, Life and Loathing in Greater Israel – Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt1
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, author Max Blumenthal discusses his new book and traces the rise of Avigdor Lieberman and current policies of ethnic cleansing in Israel

International Women’s Day: How We Discuss Rape in India and the World
University of Cambridge Professor Priyamvada Gopal discusses the banning of film in India that highlights the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old Indian student, but also critiques it for failing to connect sexual violence to other oppressive social practices

U.S. Workers Returning to Labor Force with Part-time Jobs and Stagnant Wages
Economist Richard Wolff discusses the latest unemployment figures and says the raising of interest rates by the Federal Reserve during a weak recovery would be disastrous for our heavily indebted society

*The aim is to force us to fight each other over the scraps

When we should be working together to take over the table

Malcolm X, Self-Determination and the People’s Movement – Kamau Franklin on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Franklin discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Malcolm X

Voting Rights Shall Not Overcome NYT Reporting Like This
by Jim Naureckas

*Democrats may say that voting fraud is a ruse, but how many times have they gone beyond that to highlight research like Levitt’s to prove it?

I don’t recall Dear Misleader making a prime time address on the subject, laying out the facts to put the lie to these efforts at voter suppression, do you?

(Civil rights photo opps are another matter, apparently.)

By not doing so, the party allows the debate to devolve into “we say/they say”

And you have to ask why.

Could it be that their focus is on the (overwhelmingly white) “swing voter”, and, aside from presidential elections, they could give a rodent’s rear about black and Latino turnout, which might put pressure on them to actually do something beyond spouting faux populist rhetoric, while pursuing policies designed to effect outcomes wholly other?

I’m sure there’s other research out there that could answer that question, aren’t you?

Democracy Now!
Voting Rights Remain Under Attack 50 Years After the Bloody Sunday March in Selma

103-Year-Old Civil Rights Pioneer Joins Original Foot Soldiers, Jesse Jackson to Mark Bloody Sunday

*Jackson always shows for photo opps

But never for the big picture

Civil Rights Pioneer Diane Nash: I Refused to March With George Bush During Selma Anniversary

*Don’t you think that same moral logic could be applied to Dear Misleader’s presence?

The Surprising Dangers of Sitting: 5 Ways To Ward Off Early Death
by Yuri Elkaim


On Climate, Humanity Must Rise Up Against ‘Collective Shrug of Fatalism’
As top newspaper editor expresses regret for lack of climate coverage, a sneak-peak at the documentary film which explores the destruction, and potential hope, spawned by planetary crisis
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*We’ll see just how long The Guardian stays focused on climate change, and beyond that, just how it frames the issues involved.

What is certain is that our future will depend on the understanding that there can be no justice

When there is no peace for this planet.

For Environment and Indigenous Communities, Inter-Oceanic Canal = Total Catastrophe
Group of scientists says massive earth-moving project already underway threatens irreversible harm
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


(What Would Augusto Sandino Do?)

In Blow to Unions, Anti-Worker Bill Heads to Wisconsin Governor’s Desk
Along party lines, state Assembly passes ‘a destructive bill that undoes 75 years of labor peace’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Maybe that “75 years of labor peace” is one of the reasons this bill could pass?

“No justice, no peace”, as the saying goes …

In Illinois, Flames and Clouds of Smoke Signal Yet Another ‘Bomb Train’ Disaster
Derailment in Illinois near the Mississippi River affirms predictions that continued addiction to fossil fuels will be accompanied by dangers at every turn
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Don’t Believe Mainstream US Media Coverage of Venezuela
by Sonali Kolhatkar

Confessions of an Angry Adjunct
by Michelle Boncek Evory

The Real News Network
Capital Control May Become Necessary in Greece
Avoiding capital flight appears to have support among the people, says Nantina Vgontzas, PhD student at New York University

Striking TA’s and Part-time Staff Frozen Out of a Living Wage at University of Toronto
PhD student Omar Sirri says 65% of the teaching is being done by TA’s and part-time contract staff, but they represent only 3.5% of the university budget

How Will State Budget Cuts Affect the Homeless in Baltimore?
TRNN speaks to advocates fighting to overturn budget cuts that they say will impact the poor and homeless populations who recently endured harsh winter weather

Getting Media to Take Climate Threats Seriously? There’s a Snowball’s Chance
by Janine Jackson

*I live in Wisconsin, and I’d say that judging by the coverage Line 61 garners in the capital city rag, the Walker … er, Wisconsin … State Journal, most folks here likely would ask you if you were talking about their income tax return.

Network TV Continues Giving Climate Change Cold Shoulder
FAIR study finds Northeast cold eclipses West’s record heat
by Miles Grant

*It’d be enlightening the know the ratio of Western warmth mentions to fossil fuel industry ads during these broadcasts, don’t you think?

Democracy Now!
Meet Jesús “Chuy” García, the Chicago Activist Aiming to Unseat “Mayor 1%” Rahm Emanuel

*García would be an improvement over Emanuel, it goes without saying.

But how much of an improvement is the question. His blather about his “old friend”, Rep. Gutiérrez, to my mind doesn’t bode well for an honest challenge to the Democratic machine in the city.

We’ll see, and we’ll see if the people of Chicago will be content with a slightly better situation if indeed that turns out to be the case.

As Boston Marathon Bomber Admits Guilt, FBI Sued for Killing Friend of Tsarnaevs in Florida

*”It’s not clear to us why the DOJ is going ahead with this death penalty prosecution … “

Why isn’t it clear, given the viciousness and political opportunism of the GWOT ™?


Bowing to Public Pressure, Ringling Bros. to Phase Out ‘Horrific’ Exploitation of Elephants by 2018
Announcement is proof that ‘no business involved in any overt form of animal exploitation can survive in the long run,’ says Humane Society
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Is Drone Warfare Fraying at the Edges?
Are pilots deserting Washington’s remote-control war? A new form of war may be producing a new form of mental disturbance
by Pratap Chatterjee

The Other FCC Decision and the Pivotal Fight for Local Broadband
by David Morris

Syria: As al-Qaeda Defeats ‘Moderate’ US Allies, Will US Ally with al-Qaeda?
by Juan Cole

To beat austerity, Greece must break free from the euro
by Costas Lapavitsas

Amazon Watch
Massive Corruption Scandal Implicates Brazil’s Amazon Dam Builders
Testimony from jailed operators of Petrobras scandal point to similar corruption scheme involving politicians and major construction firms

Interviews Available: Women’s Human Rights Activists Mark 20 Years Since Beijing

Beyond Nuclear
Higher Radiation Doses Could Be Ruled ‘Acceptable’ After Nuclear Power Disaster
“Fukushima” in the U.S. an ever-present danger

The Real News Network
Malcolm X, Self-Determination and the People’s Movement – Kamau Franklin on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Franklin says that after growing up in the projects of Brooklyn, reading the autobiography of Malcolm X changed his lif

Reform Within the Euro-Zone is a Delusion for Greece
It’s unclear whether Greece can survive beyond March, or whether it can even avoid a default within the next several weeks, says Dmitri Lascaris

Brave New Films
The NRA vs Pediatricians • The REAL NRA • Part 1
Life-Saving Advice The NRA Doesn’t Want Parents To Know

Delta Airlines: Oppose Discriminatory Legislation in Georgia

Institute for Public Accuracy
Race in Politics: Voting Rights Act at 50

WaPo Lets Slip Why Dollar Is Over-Valued
by Dean Baker

Democracy Now!
Millions Could Lose Obamacare Coverage as Supreme Court Weighs Dubious Koch-Backed Case

Attica’s Ghosts: New Calls to Close Site of Prison Revolt After Guards Avoid Jail for Brutal Abuse

PART 2: Push to Close Notorious Attica Prison as Brutal Conditions Continue 40 Years After Uprising

*There are no screams

Without silence

What seed has almost as much calcium as a cup of milk?
by Leanne Ely


Newly Unveiled Texas School ‘Reform’ Proposals In Step With Right-Wing Agenda
The conservative education package proposed this week ‘is a grab-bag of failed ideas cribbed from the ALEC playbook,’ says Diane Ravitch
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Why McDonald’s Announcement on Chicken Is Important for Everyone’s Health
Fast food chain announces phase-out of antibiotic-treated chicken
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A nothingburger, with a side of lies?

In Tikrit Offensive, Confusion and Tragedy of US Policy Laid Bare
‘It doesn’t seem like the Obama administration has a comprehensive policy in Iraq that could be explained to US government, let alone US or Iraqi public,’ said Raed Jarrar of the American Friends Service Committee
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Tsarnaev Trial and the Blind Spots in ‘Countering Violent Extremism’
by Murtaza Hussain

The Nuclear Club: India Welcomed, Iran Shunned
by Vijay Prashad

Center for American Progress (CAP)
Gold from Sudan Fuels Atrocities, Requires Industry Red-Flags and New Sanctions

Clegg Drug Stance ‘Undermined By Aid for Executions’

Real News Network
Netanyahu Invokes Biblical Armageddon in US Congress
Ali Abunimah, editor of Electronic Intifada, says Netanyahu is playing to the extreme Israeli right, Christian evangelical Zionists, and attempting to prepare conditions for war

Energy Superpower Ambitions of US and Canada
Carol Linnitt of DeSmog Canada and Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog discusses oil spills, pipelines and train bombs associated with transporting oil between Canada and the United States

*The question posed by Peries regarding the focus on Keystone XL wasn’t answered, was it?

My take is that this is SOP for so many reformist groups, to make one aspect of a much larger issue a cause célèbre, then declare “victory” if those in power agree to some change, leaving the greater problem untouched, and actually better camouflaged.

If Dear Misleader vetoes XL, this is the likely scenario, isn’t it? He’ll be effusively praised by the Sierras and NRDCs, while the poison flows through other veins.

We need to see such pols for who they are, and whom they serve, and save the flowers and chocolates for the folks on the frontlines, who, whether or not they would label themselves as such, are indeed “radical”

And thank somebody’s god that they are.

LAPD, Media Rush to Judge Skid Row Victim While Insisting Public ‘Not Rush to Judge’
by Adam Johnson

*The skewed picture

And the crooked frame

Institute for Public Accuracy
Health Law’s Complexity Invites Legal Attack, Even as it Fails to Cure Ailment

Democracy Now!
Michelle Alexander: Ferguson Shows Why Criminal Justice System of “Racial Control” Should Be Undone

Michelle Alexander: Roots of Today’s Mass Incarceration Crisis Date to Slavery, Jim Crow

Beware of These Dietary Supplement Advertising Tricks (Part 1)
Things to keep in mind if you buy supplements online
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Bank of England Issues Warning Over Looming ‘Carbon Bubble’ Threat
‘As the world increasingly limits carbon emissions, and moves to alternative energy sources, investments in fossil fuels…may take a huge hit,’ predicts one of Europe’s oldest banks
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Addiction always erases the future

New Study Shows California Droughts Driven by Climate Change and Here to Stay
Stanford researchers say human-driven global warming behind increasingly frequent and severe droughts, including current one
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Body-Cam Company Has Financial Ties to Police Chiefs
Taser International has paid expenses for and hired police chiefs who endorse the company
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

What Climate Crisis? Sales of SUVs Booming in Europe
by Andy Rowell

*A stylish drive

Off the cliff

The Real News Network
What Do Ordinary Israelis Think of Netanyahu’s U.S. Visit?
Jeff Halper, co-founder and Director of Israeli Committee Against Housing Demolitions, says neither the professional soldiers nor the people of Israel believe that Iran is an immediate security threat

*This doesn’t compute for me.

Whatever tiff is occurring between Netanyahu and Obama – two Dear Misleaders if ever there were – is clearly cosmetic. The administration may object to some Israeli actions it deems not helpful to US interests, but when push comes to shove, the money flows and lawn’s mowed.

But if there were an actual rift, that wouldn’t imperil Israel’s security. Quite the opposite.

US backing allows Israel to act with impunity, and the rage against the human cost of those acts represents the actual security threat, if you want to call it that, to Israel.

The only way to effectively address that threat is to remove that support, and hold those responsible for the carnage accountable.

Dream on, I know …

LAPD Shooting of Unarmed Homeless Man Underscores Holder’s Failures
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has determined his legacy by failing to address systemic issues

At Least 18 Black Caucus Members Boycotting Netanyahu’s Speech
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says they are motivated by defending the president against Boehner’s slight

Soul School and Black History (1/2)
TRNN’s Eddie Conway talks to Babatunji Baloqun of the Soul School Institute and history professor Baba Zak A. Kondo about the founding of Soul School and the history of Baltimore’s Black Movement

Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky: To Deal with ISIS, U.S. Should Own Up to Chaos of Iraq War & Other Radicalizing Acts

Chomsky on Cuba: After Decades of U.S. Meddling & “Terrorism,” Restoring Ties is Least We Could Do

*And JFK remains a liberal icon.

Those who ignore history doom others to its repetition.

Noam Chomsky: As Venezuela Struggles to Fix Economy, U.S. Should Stop Trying to Undermine Its Government

Chomsky on Snowden & Why NSA Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terror While the U.S. Drone War Creates It

Chomsky: Greece’s Syriza & Spain’s Podemos Face “Savage Response” Taking on Austerity “Class War”

Noam Chomsky on Black Lives Matter: Why Won’t U.S. Own Up to History of Slavery & Racism?

*The old times there that are forgotten

Noam Chomsky on Life & Love: Still Going at 86, Renowned Dissident is Newly Married

*As I’ve noted ad nauseam, I have a deep aversion to pedestals, but I have to say that I admire Chomsky not only for his clarity of analysis (not that I’m in lockstep with him on every issue), but just as much for his humility and humanity.

Those are qualities that are in short supply, and in dire need of a spike in productivity.


City of Cleveland Lawyers Argue 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice to Blame for Being Shot Dead by Police
The shooting of boy, who was holding a toy gun in a park and given almost no time to respond to officers’ order, was captured on video
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*One more dead in Ohio

The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution
A conversation with Tariq Ali
by Chris Hedges

*We damn ourselves

When we don’t give one for anybody else

Consumers Want GMO Labels, Not Barcodes
by Katherine Paul

*You don’t need to scan Vilsack’s barcode to know what’s in the product he’s promoting, do you?

Will Biden’s Billion Dollar Plan Help Central America?
Militarizing security, deregulating markets, and dismantling labor rights isn’t the solution.
by Alex Main

The Real News Network
X: Malcolm’s Final Years
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death, teleSUR re-examines the life and legacy of Malcolm X. Interviews include Angela Davis and Danny Glover. (Executive Producer Paul Jay)

Baltimore’s Harbor-Front Development at the Expense of City Infrastructure and Schools
The Baltimore Sun’s Luke Broadwater says Baltimore’s push to give tax breaks and incentives to developers has Baltimore City’s schools losing tens of millions of dollars in state funding

*Welfare for wingtips

Clinton Dynasty Revisited
Journalist and author Doug Henwood says Hillary Clinton has close ties to Wall Street and big business, hawkish foreign policy, and a lack of vision to address looming structural economic and environmental catastrophes

*The myriad maladies of Madame Mayhem

But this continuous use of her first name sets me to wondering if such would be the case were we discussing a male politician. I think this differs from “Tricky Dick” or “Slick Willie”.

It would be one thing if Clinton were of admirable character. Then it would be a consequence of an affection for her.

But is there a double standard here, that if you dislike a woman, however valid your animus may be, that manifests itself in this expression of disrespect, while it wouldn’t for a man?

In any event, I’ll eschew the practice, and as well will never refer to her as a “bitch”

Though full on “bastard” she most assuredly merits.

How Progressive Agendas Came to Dominate Chicago Alderman Races
Reclaim Chicago Executive Director David Hatch explains that more than half of the alderman candidates elected or in runoffs have progressive agendas due to the efforts of a grassroots movement

Public Policy and Blaming Poor Black Communities For Their Own Poverty
On the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report (The Negro Family: The Case For National Action), john a. powell of the Haas Institute discusses the economic and political struggles faced by black communities today

HSBC Offshore Tax-Evading Scandal Widening
Former financial regulator Bill Black details emerging revelations about HSBC bank’s tax-evading practices and lack of accountability from European governments who were aware of the practice

*Black makes a remark about alleged assistance to Iran’s alleged “nuclear weapons program”, and yes, that is a “controversial” claim.

So why does Peries let it pass, without questioning just how “real” is that “news”?

The Class That Ruled Egypt Under Mubarak Remains in Power
The security forces and the police are their tools, and the fight against ISIS has simply emboldened them, says Professor Seif Da’na

Is FCC Approval of Net Neutrality a Real Win for Consumers?
Community Broadband Networks’ Christopher Mitchell says how mobilization campaigns pushed the FCC to classify the Internet as a public utility, but more effort is needed to reform providers’ monopoly control

Institute for Public Accuracy
Netanyahu’s Nuclear “Chutzpah” — As U.S. Government Released Documents on Israel’s Nukes

Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky: Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel’s Goal Isn’t Survival — It’s Regional Dominance

Noam Chomsky: Despite Iran Spat, U.S. Support for Israeli Occupation Continues Without Pause

Noam Chomsky: After Dangerous Proxy War, Keeping Ukraine Neutral Offers Path to Peace with Russia

Noam Chomsky on How the Iraq War Birthed ISIS & Why U.S. Policy Undermines the Fight Against It

Heart and Disease: Protect Your Heart and Mind with This Diet
How the DASH Diet can improve your health
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

3 Science-Backed Reasons to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Daily
by Yuri Elkaim


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