April 2015


West Coast Warned to Prepare for ‘Tar Sands Invasion’
The amount of tar sands crude moving through the West Coast is poised to increase by more than 1.7 million barrels per day
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The black snake slithers to the sea


Music at the Gates and the One-State Conundrum in Palestine
On the ‘flute at the checkpoint’ and the everyday politics of confinement
by Sandy Tolan


Immigrant Organizers and the Baltimore Protests: A Call for Solidarity and Critical Thought
by Yves Gomes


Statement on the Baltimore Uprising


Food & Water Watch
New Map Shows 20 Percent of Oil and Gas Lies Under Public Lands
Food & Water Watch Releases Interactive Map to Show Intersection of Federal Public Lands and Shale Targeted for Drilling and Fracking


The Real News Network
Community Has Minimal Confidence in Freddie Gray Investigation, Says Baltimore Pastor
Pastor Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple AME Church reacts to news of a previously undisclosed fourth stop of the police van in which Freddie Gray suffered an 80 percent severed spine


Police Commissioner Says No New Evidence of Force-Related Injuries to Freddie Gray
As protestors surrounded City Hall, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts briefed elected officials in a closed door meeting on the latest in the investigation of Freddie Gray’s death


Incarcerated Women Fight for Human Rights in California’s Prisons
Diana Zuniga, statewide coordinator for Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), speaks with TRNN Correspondent Eddie Conway


Baltimore Bloods, Crips: We Don’t Need Police, We Protect Our Own
TRNN’s Angel Elliott talks exclusively with Baltimore gang members about their relationship with police, and the past week of unrest


What Do Solutions Look Like
Former City Council President Lawrence Bell, attorney A. Dwight Petit and TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss what public policy might address the underlying the crisis facing Baltimore


Media Focuses on Violence, Ignores Poverty and Policy in Baltimore
Maryland State Delegate Jill Carter, Michaela Brown of the Baltimore Bloc, and Baltimore teacher Meghann Harris discuss how the mainstream is covering Baltimore


“Thugs,” “Hooligans,” and “Riots,” Challenging Narratives with Dominque Stevenson
Host Jared Ball gets activist Dominque Stevenson’s eye-witness account on the events that precipitated Monday’s #Baltimoreuprising


Get Serious About Ending Homelessness
by People without homes and their Friends

*Homelessness is where the heartlessness is


Sea Turtle Oversight Protection
Stop playing politics with sea turtles


Institute for Public Accuracy
Baltimore: Who are the Thugs?


NYT Warns Greece Away From Argentina’s Seven-Year Boom
by Dean Baker

*Pity for the people is only proferred as a prop for profit


Diabetes and Diet: Diabetic Retinopathy
How does diabetes harm eyes?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



Two-Stepping Away from Bill’s Legacy, Hillary Rebukes Era of Mass Incarceration
Proposal to reform US system of justice a reversal of 90s-era policies previously supported by the 2016 presidential candidate
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Her words are cheap

Believing them would be uncountably costly


Fraud, Waste, and Lies: Charter Schools Cheating Communities Out of Millions of Dollars
New report warns that, due to lack of oversight, ‘vast majority of the fraud perpetrated by charter officials will go undetected’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Revealed: Canadian Government Trying to Buy First Nations Support for Tar Sands
A draft proposal seen the Guardian shows Alberta officials are trying to bribe tribal leaders into convincing others to drop their suits
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Insurance Companies Blatantly Ignore ACA’s Free Birth Control Mandate
Report says insurance companies’ failure to comply with federal healthcare requirements ‘has serious consequences that affect women every day’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fight Over Domestic Spying Heats Up in Congress with ‘USA Freedom Act’
With Patriot Act reauthorization quickly coming down the pipe, fight over surveillance reform represented in competing congressional bills
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Expose the Slaveholders’: Activists Disrupt For-Profit Prison Corp. Meeting
Dream Defenders and other civil rights groups converge on GEO Group shareholder meeting
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Campaign Against Glyphosate Steps Up in Latin America
by Fabiana Frayssinet
IPS News


Baltimore and the Human Right to Resistance: Rejecting the Framework of the Oppressor
by Ajamu Baraka


Iraq Veterans Against the War
IVAW Calls on the MD National Guard to Stand Down in Baltimore


Common Cause Hails Supreme Court Decision in Williams-Yulee
‘A Much-Needed Blow for Judicial Independence’


The Real News Network
Police Were Harassing Students Before Monday’s Outrage
Exclusive documents obtained by The Real News show how police officers engaged in a pattern of abuse before the killing of Freddie Gray by arresting teenagers who were waiting to take the bus back home in the same in Northwest Baltimore that would erupt and lead to the chaos seen this week

*Light the fire

And damn the flame


Senior Center Fire Shines Light on Long-Neglected Baltimore Communities
Pastor Donte Hickman of the Southern Baptist Church says the looting and arson are responses of the unheard people in Baltimore city


Petition update
Congress: Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of the National Football League
by Lynda Woolard


Media’s Baltimore ‘Teen Purge’ Narrative Falling Apart
by Adam Johnson

*A primary principle of corpress collusion

Why cover reality

When you can create your own?


Democracy Now!
“You Can Replace Property, You Can’t Replace a Life”: Voices of the Unheard in the Baltimore Streets


Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Marks 100th Anniversary as War Rages on Worldwide


Japan Agrees to New Military Cooperation Plan with United States Despite Its Pacifist Constitution


From Police Violence to Boko Haram, African Activist Says Fundamentalism Must Be Addressed Globally


Colombian Journalist Wins Courage Award After Kidnapping, Torture and Rape While Covering Arms Trade


Iraqi Activist Describes “Massacres Left and Right” as Civil Society Resists Takeover by ISIS



‘Structural Looting’ of Black Communities Driving Protesters to Baltimore Streets
As media and police spin narrative of ‘protester violence,’ grassroots voices urge US society to focus on ‘structural oppression’ driving uprisings
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


As Baltimore Demands Justice, Solidarity Movements Grow
‘Black, brown and white, solutions lie not in reaction but in unified action.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Kingpin Strategy: Assassination as Policy in Washington and How It Failed, 1990-2015
by Andrew Cockburn

*Just as policing has nothing intrinsically to do with “crime control”, and “The War on Drugs” © is unrelated to stemming their use, so “The Global War on Terror” ® is unconcerned with its proclaimed subject, other than to “manage” it for the benefit of political and corporate elites.

You can’t boogie on these dance floors without a boogeyman as your partner

So why would you want to stop the music?


Friends of the Earth International
Biofuels Bubble Turns to Bust


Puente Movement
#ICEFreeAZ March and Action: The People Vs. Arpaio


The Real News Network
Freddie Gray Laid to Rest, Baltimore Youth Rise Up
TRNN’s Eddie Conway reports on Freddie Gray’s funeral and explains the context for the outburst of anger and frustration by youth in Baltimore


Why Saudis Derailed Imminent Yemen Deal with Airstrikes
Wall Street Journal UN correspondent Joe Lauria discusses how a former UN envoy came forward with details of a power-sharing deal in Yemen and why Saudi Arabia would want to prevent that deal from becoming a reality


The Pendulum Shifts Left in UK Elections
Professors John Weeks and John Grahl make sense of the gains made by the Scottish National Party and the effects it may have on the Labour Party


Institute for Public Accuracy
Nepal: Debt Relief Needed

*Disasters natural

And neoliberal


‘Why So Much Anger?’: If You Don’t Know, Washington Post Won’t Tell You
by Jim Naureckas

*The corpress paints a portrait of “a city on fire”

But avoids the question of who lights the match


NYT Goes to Baltimore, Finds Only Police Worth Talking To
by Neil deMause

*All the news that’s printed to fit

A police state of mind


Democracy Now!
National Guard Deployed as Baltimore Erupts After Years of Police Violence, Economic Neglect

*Jackson’s actually saying some righteous things, but talk is extremely cheap when it comes to his ilk, isn’t it?

Jackson, Sharpton and others serve their masters by posing as champions of the downtrodden. It’s an old game, one King refused to play, and it cost him his life.

Don’t expect these “civil rights leaders” to follow that example.


Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi on Nuclear Deal, Islamic State, Women’s Rights


Why you should try dino kale (+ a recipe)!
by Leanne Ely


Why calorie counting is a WASTE of time
by Yuri Elkaim

*Take the product pushing as you will, but I thought the take on calorie counting, yo-yo dieting et alia was worth passing along.



Citing Ridicule of Islam, Writers Protest Charlie Hebdo ‘Courage’ Award
‘This is not a voice of dissent,’ says writer Deborah Eisenberg, ‘this is the voice of a mob.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Lionizing the loathsome


Amid Student Debt Fight, Corinthian Colleges to Shut Down All Campuses
Company which profited off predatory lending schemes—and government assistance—to displace additional 16,000 students
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Geller: My Jihad Is To Post Hate Speech on Buses To Assault Public Sensibilities and Call It Free Speech
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams


Trial of far-right Golden Dawn leaders starts in Greece
by Paris Ayiomamitis
The Guardian


Seeds of Change: Corporate Power, Grassroots Resistance, and the Battle Over the Food System
by Elizabeth Fraser and Anuradha Mittal


Should Aid Money be Used as a Tool for Expanding Free Markets?
by Nick Dearden


Rise of the New Black Radicals
by Chris Hedges

*Refusing to be led down a dead end by dead souls


Iran’s Nuclear Deal: Escape from Crisis
by Araz Bağban


Mankiw Mendacity and Morality and his League of Failed Economists
by William Black


Voces de la Frontera
Press Advisory: May Day Solidarity March for Immigrant and Worker Rights


Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association
OSGATA President to Address Issues of Organic Integrity at Spring NOSB Meeting
Integrity of Organic Agriculture Demands Advocacy and Attendance


Forest Service Begins to Pave Way for Massive Urban Sprawl Next to Grand Canyon
Permit would facilitate 2,100 new housing units plus malls, hotels near canyon’s edge

*Sing along



The Real News Network
Ratner Report: The Palestine Exception to the First Amendment
Any criticism of Israel and push for BDS is considered anti-Semitic – such extreme reactions are an indication of the success of the campaign. The most recent Stanford University case is another example of that success.


Brazil Analysis: Upper Middle Class Demonstrations Against President Dilma Rousseff (2/2)
Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho of SOAS, University of London says at the heart of the problem is corruption that has plagued the country for over 500 years. The financing of elections is another major issue.


Iraq’s Financial Crisis Amid War on ISIS
Professor Sabah Al Nasseri says the ruling elite in Iraq may get more than they bargained for by inviting the IMF and the World Bank to assist in its financial woes


Freddie Gray and the Legacy of Slavery in Baltimore Policing
Historian Gerald Horne says the police culture that allows violence with impunity grew out of the slave patrols, which like today, used force to defend the economic order


Hundreds Protest in Baltimore, No Police Yet Charged in Freddie Gray’s Death
TRNN reports from protests against police brutality and impunity in the death of 25-year old African American Freddie Gray

*Righteous rage will be expressed violently by some.

Any criticism of it that doesn’t place it in the context of the sanctioned violence that begets it has no legitimacy.


New Reforms in California Will Reduce its Prison Population
Diana Zuniga, statewide organizer for Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), speaks with TRNN Correspondent Eddie Conway about the prisoners’ rights movement in California


Brazil Analysis: Upper Middle Class Demonstrations Against President Dilma Rousseff (1/2)
Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho of SOAS, University of London says that the demonstrators along with several right wing parties are demanding the return of their privileges

*The lesser evil

Never leads to the greater good


Police Violence Not Merely the Product of Police with Racist Attitudes
Paul Jay says police are enforcing laws, often with deadly force, to make people obey legislation that at its heart protects people that own property; the more you own, the more you are served and protected

*A united front

Has all our backs


Washington State Teachers On Strike
Seattle teacher Jesse Hagopian says the proposed state budget would benefit neither teachers nor students


Financial appeal from the lawyers’ initiative for the “Civil Action of the anti-fascist movement in the trial of Golden Dawn”


Nutrition Action
Support Good Nutrition for Our Youngest Children


Institute for Public Accuracy
Former U.N. Envoy Says Yemen Political Deal was Close Before Saudi Airstrikes Began


Democracy Now!
No to Violence, Yes to Dialogue: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire on Path to Peace Today


Liberian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee: How a Sex Strike Propelled Men to Refuse War


Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Launches Campaign to Stop Killer Robots After Winning Ban on Landmines


Nobel Laureates Call on “Militaristic” United States to Renew Pledge to Protect Human Rights


Fluoride—Drinking Ourselves to Death?
by Ty Bollinger

*Lying through our teeth


Why Sugar Is Called “The White Death”
by Ty Bollinger


Vitamin D — Nature’s Medicine Chest
by Ty Bollinger


5 Delicious Ways to Eat More Vegetables
by Yuri Elkaim


3 reasons you should try kelp noodles
by Leanne Ely



The Solution to Climate Change Right Under Our Feet
New report spotlights how healthy soil takes CO2 out of the atmosphere to where it helps build climate resiliency
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Approval of GMO Imports Moves EU ‘Closer to Monsanto’
Environmental advocates say authorization indication of further industry-friendly policies pending trade deal will usher in
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


A Reflection of Our Barbarity: Jailing Immigrant Mothers and Babies
by Sonali Kolhatkar


Congress Holds First Hearing on Banning Fracking; Too Bad It’s A Circus
by Wenonah Hauter


Political Animals: 7 Ways Congress Is Trying to Destroy the Endangered Species Act
New feature highlights the industries and members of Congress working to undo the law


Thousands Demand Teachers Union End Partnership with Coca-Cola

*The bitter aftertaste of a sour sellout


The Real News Network
In Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood, Residents Say Police Harassment is Constant
Lifelong residents say they can’t even stand outside on a summer day


Civil Disobedience Necessary to Protect Victims of Police Brutality, Says Activist
TRNN speaks to American Friends Service Committee’s Dominique Stevenson, who crossed police barricades during protests over the death of Freddie Gray now in their fifth day


A Look at Failed Police Reform Efforts in the Wake of Freddie Gray’s Death
TRNN speaks to advocate Dayvon Love about the failed efforts to reform Maryland law blamed for protecting abusive officers


Institute for Public Accuracy
Myths on * Yemen * Armenian Genocide


Democracy Now!
As Obama Apologizes for Deaths of Hostages in Drone Strike, Does the U.S. Know Who It Is Killing?

*Beyond the issue of civilian deaths, how is it that the US can assert the right to kill opponents in other countries, yet another state that identified someone here who posed a threat to it would never be considered justified in taking the same action?

(Unless that state were an American ally, such as Pinochet’s Chile, and in that case, the persons targeted posed no threat, other than politically, to it.)


Pentagon Speeds Efforts to Resettle Guantanamo Prisoners Ahead of Vote on Two-Year Transfer Ban


Watch: Explosive Footage from Inside Rikers Jail Shows Guard Beating Teen Accused of Backpack Theft


A People Expunged: Marking the 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide amid Ongoing Turkish Denials


Nutrition Action
Caffeine in Food – Caffeine Content of Drinks Revealed!



Why We Need to Ditch Austerity and Take on the Global 1%
Inequality is not a symptom of the ills of global capitalism, it is its fuel.
by Benjamin Dangl


What Explains the Power of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Middle Finger?
by Glenn Greenwald

*Only the inhuman attempt to dehumanize


Poor People Need a Higher Wage, Not a Lesson in Morality
David Brooks’ rendition of poverty is as “representative” of people with low-incomes as corrupt corporate titans are of small entrepreneurs.
by Greg Kaufmann

*The shoeless can’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps


Intersecting Oppression: Study Shines Spotlight on Penalties for LGBT People of Color
From lack of family recognition to the school-to-prison pipeline, LGBT people of color face disproportionate economic injustice, study concludes
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


US Lawmakers Quietly Advance Legislation to Penalize Boycott of Israel
Little-noticed amendment was included in controversial Fast Track trade bill that just passed the Senate Finance Committee
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fracking-Induced Earthquakes Highlighted in New USGS Map
Growing scientific consensus links uptick in seismic activity with oil and gas drilling activities
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Houthi arms bonanza came from Saleh, not Iran
Claims Iran is supplying the Houthis with weapons ignore the fact the group was already flush with American arms from ex-president Saleh
by Gareth Porter


Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Hundreds Across U.S. Join International Action on Anniversary of the Rana Plaza Collapse
Feminist actions organized from 12-1pm on April 24 in time zones across the world


Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Calculating the Costs of Patent Monopolies and Mismarketing in the Pharmaceutical Industry


The Real News Network
Analysts say Wall Street Fees Costing Baltimore Water Bureau Millions
$55 million spent on exotic interest rate swaps to fund water bonds between 2003-2014, and total fees could reach beyond $200 million for all deals in the near future

*Of course, if you had an equitable system of taxation, you could tell the banks to go fuck themselves, couldn’t you?

No mention is made of kickbacks, but I wouldn’t be surprised if at least some of the city and state officials involved in these schemes are making out like the bandits they’ve opened their governments’ coffers to, would you?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Baltimore: Policing and “Pathology of Murder”


FAIR Action Alert
The Washington Post Should Tell You When Its Columnists Are Paid to Disinform You


Democracy Now!
U.S.-Backed Saudi War in Yemen Continues as Aid Groups Describe “Catastrophic” Humanitarian Crisis



RIP Earth Day: Voices Decry National Day of Corporate Greenwash
Critics call for overhaul of the existing world system
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Justice is irrelevant without a livable planet

And a livable planet is impossible without justice


‘Right to Work’ Debunked: Economists Find Anti-Worker Laws Lead to Lower Wages
Workers in Right to Work states earn an average of $1,558 less per year than their counterparts in states without anti-labor laws
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Newly Leaked TTIP Draft Reveals Far-Reaching Assault on US/EU Democracy
Mammoth deal an even greater boon to corporate power than previously known, warn analysts
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Feeding the Future Through Agroecology
by M. Jahi Chappell and Tara Ritter


The Stain of Big Oil Is Smearing Earth… and Our Culture
by Mel Evans


This Article May Be Illegal: Lifting the Veil of Silence on Standardized Testing
by Steven Singer

*Testing is good business

Divest your son (and/or daughter)


The Real News Network
Chevron Paying Damages for Dumping Toxic Waste in the Amazon Waterways
Paul Paz y Mino of Amazon Watch says 4 years after Chevron was ordered by the highest court in Ecuador to pay $9.5 billion in damages to Amazon residents, it is still trying to outmaneuver and outspend through an appeal in the NY Appellate Court


UN Target of 2 Degree Limit for Temperature Rise ‘Utterly Inadequate’
Petra Tschakert, Coordinating Lead Author of IPCC Climate Change Report, says the 2 degree limit will not prevent climate catastrophe


Institute for Public Accuracy
Lynch’s “Sweetheart Deal” with HSBC


Democracy Now!
Kenyan Mother Wins Goldman Prize for Anti-Lead Protest After Her Own Breast Milk Made Baby Sick

*Pretty words from Dear Misleader can’t obscure the ugly reality of “All of the Above”, can they?

Look out below.


Earth Day Special: Goldman Prize Awarded to Burmese Photographer Who Fought Dam Project


Is Smartwater or Vitaminwater Better Than Tap Water?
Smartwater is nothing special.
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



With EPA Lawsuit, Environmental Groups Step Up Fight Against ‘Super-Toxic Chemical Cocktail’
‘Our federal regulators have again unlawfully bowed to the chemical industry,’ says Center for Food Safety
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Despite Skepticism, Europe Will Employ Military Response to Migration Crisis
According to one official, the operation would be ‘civil-military’ modeled on previous military action in the Horn of Africa to combat Somali piracy
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Reporters Focused on Local Needs and Woes Nab Most Notable Pulitzers
Relatively small newspapers honored for providing a service to their neighbors and the nation by shining a light on the disharmony of their communities
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’ll be interesting to see how many of these winners also score “awards” here



Sex, Drugs, and Dead Soldiers: What US Africa Command Doesn’t Want You to Know
by Nick Turse

*Be all that you can be

And we’ll make sure no one finds out about it


No Justice for Rekia Boyd as Chicago Police Officer Who Killed Her is Found ‘Not Guilty’ by Judge
Dismissal of all charges against police officer Dante Servin led victim’s brother and others to express outrage in the courtroom.
by Kevin Gosztola


The West Snubs Russia over V-E Day
by Ray McGovern


Committee to Protect Journalists
Report on 10 Most Censored Countries
CPJ highlights controls on Internet, independent media as top censorship tools


Movement Generation
Marijuana: The Gateway Plant to Urban Farming
Comedic New Video Celebrates Radical Black Farmers in Oakland, CA


The Real News Network
Syriza’s Choice: Bail on the People or the Troika
Dimitri Lascaris says debt relief is not on the table, but unnamed European government officials are indicating some modest short-term concessions might be in order


Searing Testimony in Favor of Black Control of Police
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report says the black community must take power and control over police, especially in light of the case of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries while in police custody


Immigrants of African Origin Face Systemic Employment Discrimination
Patrick Mason of the Political Economy Research Institute says immigrants of African origin are facing workplace discrimination similar to African Americans


Hillary Clinton–Bolshevik?
by Jim Naureckas

*Does anything underline the utter inanity of corpress political reporting more than referring to anything Clintonesque as “populist”?

(This is not a multiple choice question)


Democracy Now!
Greece’s Yanis Varoufakis: The Medicine of Austerity Is Not Working, We Need a New Treatment

*I hope it’s not “a small philosophical difference”, because if it is, we’re talking about half measures that will leave so many without hope, rather than with faith that their trust in those who promised a new day is justified.

If that is the case, then it’s the charge of the Greek people to demand promises be kept, and hold those who have broken them to account.


War Against All Puerto Ricans: Inside the U.S. Crackdown on Pedro Albizu Campos & Nationalist Party


PART 2: Nelson Denis on the U.S. Persecution of Puerto Rican Independence Leader Pedro Albizu Campos

*So what about Albizu Campos’ support for Franco and Trujillo? What about neofascism among the Nationalists?

Denis engages in some redirection, avoiding directly addressing the question, and the matter is dropped.

This is why pedestals are such inherently unstable objects, and to not give these issues proper consideration is to my mind another example of this program’s propensity for hero worship — another example would be its treatment of Mandela’s actions — rather than a clear eyed appraisal of the faults as well as the virtues of these personages.



Murders of Earth’s Defenders: The Deadly Trend Continues
‘The world is standing idle whilst people on the frontline of the struggle to protect the environment are getting killed’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Five Years After Deepwater Horizon, Big Oil Still Exploiting Gulf Coast
Even as scientists estimate long and slow recovery, Obama administration approves fossil fuel push
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Shock and Outrage Aimed at EU Leaders After Mediterranean Disaster
‘How many more people have to die before European governments acknowledge that relying on a patchwork quilt of resources for search-and-rescue operations is not enough?’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Khamenei: US Invented Nuclear Myth; Iran Will Never Invade Another Country
by Juan Cole


Choose Life
by Chris Hedges

*Our humanity is measured in the value we place on our ability to reason

Over our capacity to rationalize


A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt: The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit
by Laura Gottesdiener


Bush, Walker, Flouting Campaign Finance Laws
Common Cause Urges Candidates to Follow Fundraising Limits While ‘Testing the Waters’


Oxfam International
Oxfam Condemns Coalition Bombing of a Warehouse Containing Vital Humanitarian Aid
Yesterday’s events demonstrate again that all Parties to this conflict are adding to an increasingly dire humanitarian situation on the ground. All parties must now find a negotiated peace and allow for humanitarian access.


Jobs With Justice
Are you eligible to have your student loans forgiven?

*Info on repayment plans and other useful intel, as well


The Real News Network
Protests Erupt As Police Brutality Continues Unabated in Baltimore
27-year old Freddie Gray dies one week after a violent arrest as protests and mobilizations and hearings over the issue of police brutality continue


Iraqi Prime Minister Seeking More Funding to Fight ISIS
Reese Erlich says that while the U.S. continues to bomb ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq, in Syria it doesn’t have a lot of impact, because other than the Kurdish Peshmerga there are no allies on the ground; furthermore, there are reports of chemical warfare in Syria


The Global African: Martese Johnson and the World Social Forum
TeleSUR’s The Global African tackles the case of Martese Johnson and analysis of the recently concluded World Social Forum


Repeal the law requiring Florida gambling facilities to engage in the cruel sport of greyhound racing
by Marilyn Varnberg for Greyhound Adoption of Florida and GREY2K USA


Bed Bath & Beyond: Promise not to sell products that use goose down pulled out of live geese!
by Paloma Garcia


Institute for Public Accuracy
Cáceres, Threatened Honduran, Wins Biggest Enviro Award


Official Leaks: “These Senior People Do Whatever They Want”


Why Don’t Americans Want to ‘Soak the Rich’? It’s a Trick Question
by Jim Naureckas

*The public wants a soak

The corpress prefers a whitewash


The Washington Post’s Longstanding Contempt for People Who Work for a Living
by Dean Baker


Democracy Now!
FBI Informant Exposes Sting Operation Targeting Innocent Americans in New “(T)ERROR” Documentary


PART 2: Lawyer for Pakistani Scientist & Terror Suspect Aafia Siddiqui Asks if She Is Alive


The Best Cancer Fighting and Immune Boosting Food Choices for Beating and Avoiding Cancer
by Tony Isaacs

*I can’t confirm the cancer cancelling claims extant, but adding most if not all of these foods to your diet falls in the plus column, from what I’ve gleaned.


9 Reasons Fat is Good for You
by Leanne Ely

*As always, decide for yourself. I think this view deserves serious consideration, but I’m not ready to fully subscribe to it.

I have, however, added organic butter to my diet, and avocados are a staple food for me.


Should You Wash Bagged Greens that Say “Washed” on the Label?
When to wash… and not wash… bagged greens
David Schardt
Nutrition Action


How to Take a Perfect Power Nap: 7 Surprising Health Benefits
by Yuri Elkaim



US ‘Trainers’ Arrive in Ukraine for Operation Fearless Guardian
Russian President Putin says ‘it enables destabilizing the situation’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Gulf Oil Spill You Never Heard About May Be the Largest Ever
The AP charges that Taylor Energy Company ‘has downplayed the leak’s extent and environmental impact’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Professor’s Outrage at Son’s “Terror-Based” Sex Education Goes Viral
Alice Dreger’s live-tweets about son’s high school lesson in abstinence became a national news story
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


At Home and Abroad, the Labor Movement Comes Roaring Back
‘Just a few short years after it was declared dead and almost buried, the labor movement has come roaring back.’
by Annelise Orleck


The World Bank and the Battle for the Future of Farming
Investing in smallholder farmers and regenerative farming methods, as opposed to the practices of industrial agriculture, would help foster a more equitable distribution of power in an increasingly unequal world.
by Martin Kirk


Black Lives Matter… and Black Jobs Matter, Too
by Sonali Kolhatkar


Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR: Arizona Muslim, Interfaith Leaders Condemn Harassment of Mosque Worshipers
Tempe Mosque to host open house designed to foster mutual understanding


NPPD to Cease Burning Coal at Sheldon Coal Plant Unit 2 Outside Lincoln
Sierra Club Urges NPPD to Commit to Full Shift Away from Coal Through Clean Energy Investment in Wind, Solar and Energy Efficiency


The Real News Network
Proxy Morons: The Demolition of Yemen (2/3)
Daniel Martin Varisco: What went wrong in Yemen is what usually goes wrong when you have a history of colonialism, ongoing interference from outside forces, sectarian blindness, and massive wealth at the service of mischief

*Note: The transcript for Part 2 posted earlier was actually for Part 3.


Obama to Get “Fast Track” for Trade Pacts
Kevin Zeese, co-director of Popular Resistance, says fast track for trade pacts is complete capitulation to global corporate rule and we have to stop it now


Official: Baltimore Cutting Water to Hundreds of Residents and Zero Corporations
City residents rally against water shutoffs, but city officials maintain their necessity


Welfare System Designed to Keep the Poor Poorer
Sanford Schram, professor of political science at Hunter College, says new state laws that place restrictions on welfare recipients mark the poor as deviant and are designed to keep them from receiving welfare


Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
Tell the FDA to Fix Its Broken Food Additive Approval Process


They Have ‘Propaganda,’ US Has ‘Public Diplomacy’–and a Servile Private Sector
by Jim Naureckas

*What do you call propaganda about propaganda?

All the news that’s printed to fit


Democracy Now!
Test Mutiny: Tens of Thousands of New York Parents Revolt Against Standardized Exams


Did NBC Cover Up Role of U.S.-Backed Free Syrian Army in 2012 Kidnapping of Richard Engel?


Volunteers Gather to Care for Glenn Ford, Exonerated Louisiana Man Who Is Now Dying from Cancer


Did you know gelatin is good for you?
by Leanne Ely



World Bank-Funded Projects Fueling Land Grabs, Displacement of Global Poor
Despite mission of ending poverty, new report shows destructive legacy of World Bank projects across the planet
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Reclaiming, Relocalizing, Reconnecting: The Power of Taking Back Local Food Systems
New report from Friends of the Earth Europe highlights five examples of communities reclaiming their food systems
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Betraying ‘Beyond Petroleum’ Slogan, BP’s Main Focus Still Fossil Fuels
BP has not only greatly diminished clean energy investment, but is now keeping decades of R&D under ‘lock and key’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I don’t know …

Maybe this shows that instead of demanding corps get into clean energy

We should be demanding that they get clean out of the picture

And that their execs get cleaned out of their suites

And into appropriate accommodations at one of our fine correctional institutions?


New Film on Indian Point Explores ‘Nuclear Power in the Age of Fukushima’
Film alleges former nuke commission chair was ousted by pro-industry forces who thought he was being ‘too aggressive’ in his efforts to protect the public.
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Halting Intentional Climate Inaction
by Nnimmo Bassey


The Cost Of Doing (BIG) Business
by Laura Flanders

*Gaming the victims


Five Reasons Why TTIP Is Bad News for Farmers
by Chris Walker


Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR-NY Calls on Brooklyn College to Protect Muslim, Arab Students After Appearance by Hate Group Leader


Center for Biological Diversity
250 Native Elk Die Inside Fenced-in Area at Point Reyes National Seashore
Despite High Mortality, Park Service Considering Plan to Remove or Fence Free-roaming Elk at Behest of Ranchers


Puente Movement
There’s More Than One Way to Stop a Deportation


The Real News Network
The Rich Get Richer If House Republicans Repeal the Estate Tax
Bill Black, a former bank regulator, discusses the history of why the federal estate tax exists and why the Republicans want it repealed

*Why didn’t the Dems call it “the billionaire’s tax”?

What’s that about “biting the hand that feeds you” … ?


The Fragmentation of Canadian Climate Policies
Keith Stewart of Greenpeace on Canada’s carbon tax, cap and trade, and the premiers climate conference in Quebec City


Lincoln and Black Self-Emancipation
As America marks the 150th anniversary of the the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, author and historian Gerald Horne deconstructs the 16th president’s legacy as the “great emancipator”

*Honest history leaves few pedestals upright


Pentagon Declares Airstrikes against ISIS a Success in Iraq
Patrick Cockburn, a journalist for The Independent who just returned from Iraq, says that might be an exaggeration


Safe Streets: Baltimore’s Secret Crime Fighting Weapon
Baltimore’s Safe Streets program was found to decrease homicides by 50% in the four areas it has been deployed, so why is the program underfunded?

*Why is it underfunded?

Because you can’t make a buck off of it.


Warehouse Worker Resource Center (WWRC)
Support Cal Cartage Warehouse Workers


Politicians Bragging About Exports While Ignoring Imports? That’s Just Gross
by Dean Baker


Or ignominy?


Democracy Now!
Fight for $15: Tens of Thousands Rally as Labor, Civil Rights & Social Justice Movements Join Forces

*Obviously, getting paid more is better than not, but why aren’t we talking about the whole notion of working for a wage?

How do we determine what work is worth what, and how that relates to what’s needed under differing circumstances to live a decent life?

If we’re serious about securing that decent life for all, we have to question the paradigm of wages for work that’s set up to deny just that result, don’t we?

And why nothing in this segment about the imperative to unionize?


Harvard Students Expand Blockade Calling for School to Divest from Fossil Fuels


Why you do not need grains
by Leanne Ely



How the Republicans are Trying to Make the Rich Even Richer
The GOP isn’t even trying to conceal its efforts to help the rich pay less taxes while the poor pay more
by Erika Eichelberger


The US Military’s Battlefield of Tomorrow
2044 or Bust: Military missions reach record levels after US inks deal to remain in Africa for decades
by Nick Turse

*To the extent that groups like IS and Boko Haram are viewed as rivals for and impediments to US and Western control of Africa’s resources, this can be said to be a “counterterrorism” strategy, but that is the context in which it must be viewed.

“Terrorism” must be managed, but it also provides the rationale for imperial expansion over the continent, and so we need to be clear as to just what the true mission is.

In the empire game, you can’t boogie without a boogeyman.


The Storm Is Over
by Kathy Kelly


Here comes Hillary Clinton
by Vijay Prashad

*A glass ceiling

Shattered by an iron fist


Center for Biological Diversity
Apache Leaders, Conservation Activists to Join Cyclovia Tucson Street Party to Oppose Resolution Mine, Save Oak Flat


Greenpeace Condemns the New International Nuclear Liability Convention


The Real News Network
Blackwater Guards Sentenced for the Murder at Nisour Square, Baghdad
Reese Erlich says these are the most significant and serious series of atrocities carried out by contractors and the Bush administration was not interested in prosecuting them


Growing Calls for Reparations for the International Slave Trade
TRNN’s Jaisal Noor speaks to voices of the United States and African diaspora at the International Black Reparations Summit in New York City


Obama To Remove Cuba from “Terror” List
Aviva Chomsky, author of The History of the Cuban Revolution, says there are many more hurdles ahead before diplomatic relations can be established between Cuba and the US


Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
Tell FDA to fix its broken food additive approval process


Fight for $15
McDonald’s: Pay People Enough To Survive


Petition Update
Bill to advance ‘Animal Welfare Act’ needs your support!
by Jordan Turner


Petition Update
Women’s Health Alert: Deadly Cancers of the Uterus Spread by Gynecologists. Stop Morcellating the Uterus in Minimally Invasive and Robot Assisted Hysterectomy
We Need Your Help
by Hooman Noorchashm


Petition Update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
Car dealers want to legalize sales of used cars with lethal safety defects


Institute for Public Accuracy
Anthrax: Lawsuit Alleges F.B.I. Hiding Evidence


Democracy Now!
Khalil Muhammad: To Stop Police Killings, Transform the Political Culture That Threatens Black Lives


How a Healthy Diet Can Prevent Disease
Healthy Food Q&A
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

*Posting these health and nutrition items doesn’t indicate a wholehearted endorsement of every claim made. In this instance, while I believe most of the advice is well worth following, I’ve seen information from other sources I find credible that whole grains, due to the damage incurred through gluten ingestion, even for those of us not allergic to it, should be avoided. Of course, refined grains should be shunned like Ted Cruz.

That said, I’m no expert. I’m trying to figure this shit out, as well, so contradictions such as the above can be confusing. It’s important to keep an open mind, and be willing to adjust our views given the best available data (and readjust them if that info later proves less than accurate).



Landmark Injunction Cheered as Crushing Blow to Japan’s Nuclear Restart
‘This ruling is a giant step for efforts to abolish nuclear power’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Lawsuit Out of Love’ as Unprecedented Legal Action Accuses Dutch Government of Failing on Climate
‘We are standing for what is necessary to do. Ten years ago we would not have tried this but I think things are changing… it’s more clear to a broad group we are heading to a catastrophe.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Protesters Slam Wall Street Elites for Profiting Off ‘Misery of Workers’
‘Hedge Clippers’ target conference to call on hedge fund investors to help end ‘poverty wages’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Eduardo Galeano’s Words Walk the Streets of a Continent
by Benjamin Dangl


Propane “Mega-Bomb” Trains: What Could Go Wrong?
by Daphne Wysham

*Some scary shit, but this emphasis on “terrorist attacks” is misplaced, don’t you reckon?

Anything’s possible, but considering that almost every “plot” has been a gummint setup to keep us quaking in our Keds, the odds are pretty slim, wouldn’t you say?

Conversely, the odds that an addiction to avarice will result in deadly disaster …

Well, history does have a propensity to repeat itself, doesn’t it?


Oakland Institute
Ethiopians Break their Silence against Government Repression and Forced Displacement
New Landmark Testimony: “We Say the Land is Not Yours”


Government Investigators Hide Death-Row Man’s Records


The Real News Network
Fast Food Workers Gear Up for Nationwide Strike for $15
PERI co-director Robert Pollin says the living-wage movement is building momentum as hundreds of thousands are expected to rally on Wednesday


Ethiopia Accuses Eritrea of Backing al-Shabaab
Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report says the allegation that Eritrea has funded or armed al-Shabaab is ridiculous; the Eritrean government is probably the most scrupulously secular state on the continent


Lessons from The Summit of the Americas
Mark Weisbrot, Co-Founder of CEPR, says the U.S. will realize that it won’t be able to normalize relations with Cuba without first normalizing relations with the rest of the hemisphere

*I’ll never understand this optimism, even if qualified, toward Dear Misleader, as if six years of his presidency, and the lessons of all the others preceding, hasn’t taught us anything about how power works in the US.

These “changes” are pitiful half steps taken in one direction, while full strides are made in another. Whether it’s Cuba or Iran or any other matter regarding his “legacy”, they are kabuki theater meant to paint a patina of “statesmanship” over the bloody reality of US imperialism.

There’s no question what the goal is

Only one of tactics to mask the turpitude.


Empowering Baltimore Youth with Media, Art, Activism, and Pan-African Culture.
Ras Tre Subira, founder of The Griot’s Eye program, discusses his African-Centered approach to education and the use of media, art, and traveling abroad to Africa to inspire inner city youth to develop knowledge of self and create alternatives to mainstream media


Brave New Films
#NoCampusCarry Day of Action


Institute for Public Accuracy
Repealing the Estate Tax: “Today’s Merely Wealthy Become Tomorrow’s Obscenely Rich”


U.S. – Cuba Relations Improve But Issues Remain for Others in Region


FAIR Extra!
Hillary Clinton and the Feminism of Exclusion
Media don’t ask which women she crusades for
by Rania Khalek

*One instance in which the epithet “feminazi” is richly deserved


Reporting on Russia’s Troll Army, Western Media Forget West’s Much Bigger, Sophisticated Troll Army
by Adam Johnson


Democracy Now!
As Video Captures Officers’ Fatal Shootings of Unarmed Men, Knowing Your Rights to Film the Police


Black Lives Matter Activists in South Carolina Demand Reform After Police Killing of Walter Scott


Immigrant Mothers in Detention Launch Second Hunger Strike Despite Retaliation


Food Safety: Organic vs. Conventional Foods
Which are more likely to cause a food poisoning outbreak?
David Schardt
Nutrition Action



Report: US Taxpayers Bear ‘Hidden Cost’ of Poverty Wages
Low-wage workers compromise more than 70 percent of individuals enrolled in federal and state-run poverty assistance programs
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Working for no living


Writer Eduardo Galeano, Voice of Latin America’s Left, Dead at 74
“This world is not democratic at all,” Galeano said in 2013. “The world is organized by the war economy and the war culture.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


A Nation’s Shame: Trillions in New Wealth, Millions of Children in Poverty
by Paul Buchheit

*The Dickens you say


Scapegoat Economics 2015
by Richard Wolff


Center for Biological Diversity
New Data: 2.7 Million Animals Killed by Rogue Federal Wildlife Program in 2014
Ignoring Calls for Reform, Agency Shoots, Poisons and Traps Tens of thousands of Coyotes, Bears, Wolves, Foxes


The Real News Network
The For-Profit Video Visitation Industry Quietly Sweeps the Nation’s Prisons and Jails
TRNN producer Eddie Conway speaks with Prison Policy associate Bernadette Rabuy, co-author of Screening Out Family Time: The For-Profit Video Visitation Industry in Prisons and Jails


Will Canadian Provinces Block Pipeline Expansion?
Keith Stewart of Greenpeace Canada and Carol Linnitt of DeSmog Canada discuss the upcoming premiers meeting on energy


Bringing the U.S. Torture Team Justice
Michael Ratner says while the wheels of justice are slow, the Bush/Cheney torture team may be facing some kind of justice in various judicial proceedings


Proxy Morons: The Demolition of Yemen
Daniel Martin Varisco: What went wrong in Yemen is what usually goes wrong when you have a history of colonialism, ongoing interference from outside forces, sectarian blindness, and massive wealth at the service of mischief


Civil Rights Lawyer: Police and Politicians Hide Evidence in Brutality Cases
Investigative journalist Stephen Janis talks to civil rights lawyer A. Dwight Pettit about how the political establishment works with police departments to thwart investigations of police brutality cases


Impact of Decades-Old Gov’t Infiltration Program Still Felt Today (2/2)
Author and activist Ward Churchill speaks to TRNN’s Eddie Conway about how COINTELPRO helped destroy freedom of speech and social movements the government deemed a threat


Rise Up Georgia
No Jail Time for Atlanta Educators!


Institute for Public Accuracy
Should the U.S. be on Cuba’s State Terrorism List?

*A very black hearted pot indeed



Oceans Facing Carbon Rates Which Spurred Mass Die-Off 250 Million Years Ago
University of Edinburgh researchers warn that the carbon emissions that drove a mass extinction event some 252 million years ago were released at a rate similar to today
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Back to no future?


Experts Call Toxic Spill in Vancouver a ‘Warning’ Against Fossil Fuel Projects
‘This is a glimpse of the future. If we can’t handle a small bunkering spill, how are we going to deal with a major tanker?’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


State Attorneys General Call on Feds to Forgive Fraudulent Student Loans
For-­profit schools, charges letter sent to Secretary of Education, are undermining federal loan programs and depriving students of promised benefits of higher learning
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Yemen and the Congress of Reaction
The Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen has more in common with 19th-century Europe than the 21st-century Middle East.
by Conn Hallinan


Why Boycotts Rock
by Andrew Levine


Forest Peoples Programme
Indigenous Controlled Mining Under Fire in Colombia Following Death of Human Rights Defender
Leading indigenous human rights defender has been killed by unknown gunmen


The Real News Network
Summit of the Americas: U.S. Agenda is to Push TPP to Split Latin American Integration
Miguel Tinker Salas say the new U.S. agenda is an old one, a free trade agreement; this time it’s the Trans-Pacific Partnership, many call NAFTA on steroids


Putin Tsipras Meeting Shows Greece Will Pursue Independent Foreign Policy
Dimitri Lascaris says that Greece is opposed to sanctions against Russia and will not follow lock-step a Western led approach, but as long as it remains in the Eurozone, there are limits to what it can do to break with the sanction policy


The Summit of the Americas in the Context of US Imperialism
Scholar and activist Gerald Horne traces modern-day US foreign policy in Latin America to its colonial roots


As Losses Mount for Taxpayer Backed Hotel, Politicians Scatter
Investigative Journalist Stephen Janis discusses the growing burden for city taxpayers of supporting the ailing Baltimore Convention Center Hotel with Heywood Sanders, a professor of public administration from the University of Texas, San Antonio


Summit of the Americas: All Eyes on Cuba
Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report talks about the implications of having Cuba at the table and the growing calls to lift sanctions on Venezuela


Keystone Progress
Healthcare for Millions of Kids at Risk


Democracy Now!
Juan González on Walter Scott Shooting: When Will the Police Killings of Black Males Stop?


Obama Faces Latin American Opposition to Venezuela Sanctions as Cuba Joins Summit of the Americas

*A “backyard” barbeque for business as usual


Blueprint for Post-9/11 Surveillance: U.S. Began Bulk Collection of Phone Call Data in 1992

*Kinda puts the kibosh on the whole “fear factor” thing, don’t it just?


Blueberry and strawberry pigments (anthocyanins) may be heart healthy
Make colorful fruits and vegetables part of your daily diet.
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


13 Food Safety Guidelines To Keep In Mind When Freezing Food
by Leanne Ely



As Oil Money Flowed, Clinton Turned Back on Rights Abuses in Colombia: Report
‘This much is clear: After millions of dollars were pledged by the oil company to the Clinton Foundation, Secretary Clinton abruptly changed her position on the controversial U.S.-Colombia trade pact.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The malevolent miscreancy of Madame Mayhem

No “mistake” about it


Fracking Boom Accompanied by Rise of Silent, Deadly Carcinogen in Homes: Study
New study contradicts finding released earlier this year by Pennsylvania’s DEP which said radon levels were nothing to worry about
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Latest State-Level Attack on Reproductive Rights Takes Aim at Safe Medical Procedure
Oklahoma most recent state to move forward controversial ban on widely accepted process used during second trimester abortions
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Citing Moral and Legal Void, Rights Groups Demand Preemptive Ban on ‘Killer Robots’
Fully autonomous weapons could allow manufacturers, military to escape liability for wrongful deaths
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Another Death By Cop: We’re All One Bullet Away From Being A Hashtag
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A bad apple

In a rotten barrel


The Right To Eat (and Why Being Poor Isn’t a Crime)
by Jill Richardson

*But if your objective isn’t to prevent crime, but to criminalize a class of people (and make beaucoup bucks for your buddies in the bargain), then anything you can do to increase recidivism is in your interest, isn’t it?

It’s as American as the apple pie out of reach of these wretches.


Florida House Passes Bill Allowing Agencies to Discriminate in Adoptions, Putting Religious or Moral Beliefs over Children’s Needs


Campaign to Stop GE Trees
GMO Trees Approved in Brazil in Violation of National Law and International Protocols
Common Sense & Precaution Ignored


The Real News Network
Police Reform Setbacks in Maryland Buck National Trends
Investigative Journalist Stephen Janis looks at the implications of the failure of a majority of laws aimed at police reform in Annapolis

*The Wisconsin law is useless. What is that “outside agency”?

From http://host.madison.com/news/local/crime_and_courts/family-of-tony-robinson-wants-district-attorney-to-review-private/article_b4649e39-74c9-5a5a-be23-b557af42dce4.html

“Family members have also taken issue with the investigation into the shooting, Flowers
said, which is being led by state authorities to comply with a law requiring outside
investigation of officer-­involved deaths.

Because Madison police were allowed to choose the agency that investigated the shooting,
and because the Division of Criminal Investigation is staffed with law enforcement officials,
Flowers said family members do not believe it is a fair investigation.”


Civil Rights Attorney Says Cops Have Been Shooting Unarmed People in the Back for Years
Investigative Journalist Stephen Janis discusses the shooting of unarmed man by a North Charleston police officer with civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit and its implications for police accountability in Maryland

*White flight from black reality


Summit of the Americas: U.S. Hopes to Regain Control of the Political Process
Alex Main says the U.S. prefers a capitalist democracy to dictatorships, as long as it can control the outcome of elections


Ferguson Elections Triples Black Political Representation in City Council
The racial makeup of political leadership in Ferguson, MO has changed in the first municipal election since the killing of Michael Brown in August, 2014. Will this lead to real policy changes in the town?

*Black faces are no substitute for black feet


U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Criticizes Solidarity of Latin American Countries for Venezuela
Miguel Tinker-Salas says the U.S. plan to destabilize and isolate Venezuela has backfired as most Latin American states resent the interference and threats against Venezuela

*I’d posit that it’s more arrogance than ineptitude, or that the former leads to the latter.

That arrogance can lead to missteps that may benefit the struggle for justice, but it often comes at a high cost to those we want to see realize that justice.


Bradley Manning, the Nuremberg Charter and Refusing to Collaborate with War Crimes – Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)
In this segment of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Vijay Prashad discuss the Bradley Manning case in light of the 68th anniversary of signing the Nuremberg Charter which states it is illegal to follow orders to commit a war crime


Time Peddles Old Stereotypes With Op-Ed on Iranian ‘Carpet Merchants’
by Jim Naureckas


Democracy Now!
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty: Will Federal Jury Impose Death Penalty in State that Bans It?

*Kerry’s “scum” comment (which I’m certain he’d apply to this case, if he already hasn’t), which reeks of hyper hypocrisy, given the blood on his hands, and Rooney’s concurrence, along with his rationale for not giving the perpetrators “what they want”, ignore the death and destruction that prompts such horrific responses.

Acknowledging that doesn’t diminish the magnitude of the tragedies. It’s essential to an end to their reoccurrence.

Put simply, if we want to end terrorism against us, we have to start by terminating our own against the populations the killers come from.

There, and here, “leaders” use these crimes to induce the aggrieved to act in accordance with their self serving ends. Terror, and the war against it, are two sides of the same coin, a currency that leaves us all in fear and hatred.


As Video Exposes Walter Scott Police Killing, Why Is the Man Who Filmed Eric Garner’s Death in Jail?


After Cop’s Shooting of Unarmed Walter Scott Caught on Video, New Calls for Body Cameras on Police


Is U.S. Abandoning Americans in Yemen? U.S. Citizen Recounts Harrowing Trip to Escape Saudi Attacks

*Why? It seems simple enough.

It wouldn’t look good to have to evacuate your citizens due to the action of your allies, which you’re aiding and abetting, would it now?


Exclusive: Father of Missing Mexican Student Calls on Obama to Stop Drug War Aid



Enough War: Living Beneath Bombs, Yemenis Refuse to be Collateral Damage
As Saudi-led military assault breeds death and fear, impacted people send message of humanity to world
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Deep-Pocketed Industry Plays Outsized Role in Animal Drug Studies
‘Corporate agribusinesses also author, fund, and likely ghostwrite an enormous number of peer-reviewed studies,’ report finds
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Chevron Whistleblower Leaks ‘Smoking Gun’ in Case of Ecuadorian Oil Spill
Videos sent to Amazon Watch described as ‘a true treasure trove of Chevron misdeeds and corporate malfeasance’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Caught black handed


Saving Seeds: Farmers Rise Up Against Industry-Backed Laws
New publication by Grain and La Via Campesina documents nefarious ways new laws criminalize seed sharing and the growing peasant movement resisting them
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Canadian News Probe Gives Families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women a Voice
Underscoring failures of police, many said the call from CBC News was the first time they had been contacted about their relative
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


The White House’s New Executive Order On Cyber Crime is (Unfortunately) No Joke
by Nadia Kayyali, Kurt Opsahl


From Watersheds to Mountains, What If We Based Our Borders on Nature?
Bioregionalism is one possible vision of a future that works for people and for the Earth.
by Rachel Stoeve

*From the artificial to the natural


The Libertarian Plea to Bring Back Jim Crow: An Oxymoron by a Regular Moron
by William Black


The Real News Network
TRNN Replay: Questioning the Underlying Structures of Property and Power is “Off the Table” – Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
In part two of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Vijay Prashad discuss the limits imposed on questioning the roots of inequality and how those who own the majority of property set the terms for everyone else

*Why are we talking about wages? Why is there a need for a currency?

Marx didn’t say, “To each according to his work”, did he?

I’ve always thought a central dictum of Marxism was

“From each according to her talents; to each according to his needs”

Does someone have to get paid to realise that paradigm?

As for a higher wage as an incentive, is that necessary? Isn’t being sincerely valued for your contribution, but beyond that, for simply being human, a powerful incentive?

Can you call that incentive the essence of humanity?

Can you call it “love”?


Emanuel Wins in Chicago, Garcia Fails to Ignite Black Vote
Bruce Dixon says once fiery black teachers union leader Karen Lewis pulled out for medical reasons, Garcia would not critique the Democratic Party and President Obama’s neoliberal education policies as Lewis was willing to do


Institute for Public Accuracy
Video of Killing of Walter Scott: Tip of an Iceberg?


National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
Help 13 Honduran migrants mutilated by “La Bestia” get a humanitarian visa & meet with President Obama


Media Were Already Running With Police Fantasy When Video Exploded It

*A police state of mind


Baseball Park Metal Detectors Fail to Set Off Journalists’ BS Detectors
by Neil deMause

*It is a show — a horror show, meant to keep “terror” uppermost in our minds.

And it’s not “what the terrorists winning looks like”

It’s what the fear feeders winning looks like.

Their games are played at the games

And whatever liberties we have left are the losers.


Democracy Now!
What if There Was No Video? White SC Officer Charged With Murder of Fleeing African-American Man

*A black and white case

In every sense


New Studies Confirm the Surprising Relationship Between Sugar, Insulin Resistance and Heart Disease
by Yuri Elkaim

*Think for yourself on these entries from Elkaim. Personally, I believe he passes along some sound intel, but he is selling something, and even were that not the case, it’s very easy to lose one’s perspective and adopt a vision whole cloth, rather than remaining objective in its evaluation, especially when the opposing view has proven itself duplicitous and malignant.

Beyond that, Elkaim pals around with some questionable characters — unless you don’t consider honoring the likes of Sean Hannity worthy of that label.

It can get confusing, can’t it? Why is someone who righteously rails against the nefarious effects of Big Food and Big Pharma on our health in such company?

I’ll let you know when I do, but for now, use your best judgment as to what he’s advocating, and always be wary of evangelismo, without throwing the baby out with the bath water.


Diet and Weight Loss: Get Fitter Faster with Interval Training
What is high-intensity interval training and what are benefits of doing it?
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



War on Women Continues With ‘Atrocious’ New Anti-Choice Law in Kansas
Reproductive rights advocate says law signed by Gov. Brownback was written ‘by a national interest group bent on banning abortion across the country.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


At Behest of IMF, Jamaicans Face Harshest Austerity Policies in World: Report
Center for Economic and Policy Research finds poverty- and debt- stricken nation faces budget more severe even than Greece’s
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


How Rand Paul’s Policies Would Increase Inequality
by Matt Bruenig

*To thine own self be true

All others merit the screw


Netanyahu Slips, Reveals Reason for Opposition to Iran Deal
by Juan Cole


Rolling Stone and Rape Culture
by Robert Jensen

*One outrageous outcome of this journalistic debacle has been how the corpress has used it to cast doubt on the very idea of a rape culture, while simultaneously castigating those responsible at Rolling Stone for making the reporting of rape that much more difficult for the victims.

That’s true, of course, but consider the source, and their culpability that dwarfs whatever damage has been done here.

A far more fearsome kettle fulminates against a pathetic pot.


Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR-Iowa Welcomes Failure of Anti-Islam Bill


Global Justice Now
Barclays Turns its Back on Destructive ‘Mountain Top Removal’ Coal Mining Practice


Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Child and Consumer Advocates Urge Federal Trade Commission to Investigate and Bring Action Against Google for Excessive and Deceptive Advertising Directed at Children
So-called “Family-Friendly” YouTube Kids App Combines Commercials and Videos, Violating Long-Standing Safeguards for Protecting Children


The Real News Network
Garcia-Emanuel Runoff in Chicago Divides Unions, Blacks and Latinos
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report says in spite of the 15% undecideds, with the support of some blacks, Latinos and labor, as well as Obama, it will be difficult to unseat Emanuel


Chicago Organized Labor Divided over Tuesday’s Mayoral Election
Author and journalist Kari Lydersen discusses why some Chicago organized labor is backing incumbent mayor Rahm Emmanuel despite his anti-union reputation


Youth of SYRIZA: More Radical on Debt, Grexit and Redistribution in Greece
Aris Spourdalakis, member of the Youth of Syriza, speaks out on the debt management and the opportunity for democracy and redistribution in Greece


TRNN Replay: Marx and Tolstoy Helped Me See the Limits of Liberalism – Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself pt1
On the second episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Vijay Prashad talks about growing up in India and coming to the realization that liberalism could never eliminate poverty


Unpaid Corporate Bills Weigh Heavily on Baltimore’s Looming Water Shutoffs
The Baltimore Sun’s Luke Broadwater discusses the details behind the city’s push to collect unpaid water bills, including his investigation into major corporate scofflaws

*The well connected get wet

While the power poor get soaked


Institute for Public Accuracy
The Criminalization of Poverty

*Poverty pays

As do the poor


Democracy Now!
“From Bad to Worse”: Hundreds Dead & 100,000 Displaced as Saudi Led-Strikes Push Yemen to the Brink


Are Obama’s Record Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt and Iraq Fueling Unrest in Middle East?


Cowspiracy: As California Faces Drought, Film Links Meat Industry to Water Scarcity & Climate Change

*Big Ag is no big deal to Big Green


TSA’s Airport “Behavior Detection Program” Found to Target Undocumented Immigrants, Not Terrorists


Find the Good Fiber
Some instant oatmeals contain less-desirable processed fiber
Jayne Hurley
Nutrition Action



Department of Justice Weighs in on Case of Transgender Woman Suffering ‘Three Years of Torture’
‘This is about more than just hormone treatment. This is about gross human rights violations,’ says Ashley Diamond.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Who Supports Comcast-Time Warner Merger? Follow the Money
And who opposes it? Customers.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real Afghan War: How an American Fantasy Conflict Created Disaster in Afghanistan
by Anand Gopal

*Gopal, like so many other critics of the war, doesn’t question the validity of its premise, only what has led to its “failure”.

This is the same mentality that many who opposed the Vietnam War evinced at the time — not that militarism was inherently illegal and immoral, but that it wasn’t “done right”.

That’s a primary reason that “the Vietnam Syndrome” proved so fleeting. Without a grounding in an understanding of the aims and objectives of imperialism, it only takes “a new Pearl Harbor” to ignite the flames of “righteous” conquest anew.

New villains, or the revival of old ones, are being injected into the public’s bloodstream to ward off this latest outbreak of “war fatigue”

And the failure to look beyond “mistakes” and “blindness” to question the true rationales of the American Imperium will play a major part in just how effective that vaccine will be.


Rahm Emanuel: Symbol of a Sick America
by Paul Buchheit


In Wake of Damning Review of UVA Rape Article, Rolling Stone Is Still Blaming Jackie
by Maya Dusenbery


Decriminalizing School Discipline: Why Black Males Matter
by Tyrone Howard


Global Justice Movements Converge on Revolutionary Ground
by Salena Tramel


Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on Prisons
by Chris Hedges


Israel’s questions about nuclear deal are being echoed in Iran
by Zvi Bar’el


Center for Biological Diversity
Forest Service Moves to Permit Bulldozing in Colorado Roadless Forest for Dirty Coal
Proposed Loophole Could Cause Half a Billion Tons of Carbon Pollution, Undermine Obama Administration Climate Goals

*Claiming these “undermine” the administration’s climate goals depends on just what you believe those goals to be, doesn’t it?


The Real News Network
Oil, Iran and Palestine – What’s at Stake for Saudi Arabia (3/3)
Madawi al-Rasheed tells Paul Jay that since the Arab uprising in 2011, we don’t hear the Saudis talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; it has identified its enemy first as Iran


The Significance of Retaking Tikrit by the Iraqi Government
Patrick Cockburn, author of The Rise of the Islamic State, has just returned from northern Iraq, where he says that even if the government has retaken Tikrit, it is a small victory that signals a long war ahead


Whistleblowers: Citigroup Falsely Represented Up to 80% of Mortgages Sold to Fannie and Freddie in 2007
Richard Bowen and Sherry Hunt were reporting on the toxic scam and still there was no action from the DOJ, but now there is a small victory, says Bill Black, former financial regulator


Impact of Decades-Old Government Infiltration Program Still Felt Today (1/2)
Author and activist Ward Churchill speaks to TRNN’s Eddie Conway about what COINTELPRO was and how it was structured


ISIS and What’s at Stake for Saudi Arabia? (2/3)
Madawi Al-Rasheed says the Saudis contend with ISIS to be the leaders of the Sunni world, but their interests converge as both regard Iran and the Shia as their enemy


Nigerians Deliver a Peaceful Electoral Victory to Buhari
Idayat Hassan, Director of the Center for Democracy and Development says Buhari’s peaceful victory is being celebrated by Nigerians


Mounting Evidence has Republican Climate Change Deniers on Thin Ice for 2016
Subhankar Banerjee & Michael E. Mann reveals the mounting body of evidence that disruptions in the arctic sea ice is impacting not only in the northern hemisphere but also connected to what is happening to the water supply in California


Greece Says They Will Meet IMF’s April 9 Deadline for Payment
Dimitri Lascaris and Leo Panitch analyze Syriza’s reform proposals and compromises and discuss roadblocks posed by maintenance of European austerity


Houthi Fighters Pushed Out of Aden
Daniel Varisco, President of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies, talks about the days events and who the players are in Yemen


Save IRIS in Wisconsin
IRIS helps to keep the disabled and the elderly more independent and in their homes. Don’t let our Governor, Scott Walker, take that away!
by Melissa Prentice


Institute for Public Accuracy
Somali and Kenya: Roots of al-Shabab


A Non-Conspiracy of Douthat’s
by Jim Naureckas

*”It seems possible, and reasonable, to live and let live.”

“Reasonable” … yes

If you mean letting folks live their lives free of the demonization and discrimination that accompanies assignation as an “other” in these here United States.

“Possible” …

Unlikely, as long as the Douthats and Brookses provide cover for the bastards who propagate such persecution.


Democracy Now!
“They Couldn’t Take My Soul”: Anthony Ray Hinton on His Exoneration After 30 Years on Death Row

*Just compensation and apologies are necessary, but true justice can only come from prosecuting the prosecutors and other officials responsible for these horrific injustices.

That would be actual accountability.


Louisiana Denies Compensation to Dying Exonerated Death Row Prisoner as Former Prosecutor Apologizes

*The death penalty is barbaric, but not because of the possibility of a mistake.

The taking of a life is only justified to prevent death or severe injury to oneself or another. The killing of another human being once they can no longer pose such a threat is by definition inhuman.

Even if there were some deterrent effect, can we say that it would be sufficient to overcome our moral aversion to the taking of life, except under the most dire circumstances?

Not in my conception of what constitutes humanity.


American Pharmacists Association Urges Members to Stop Providing Execution Drugs

*No drugs for the addiction to death



As EPA Restricts Some Pesticide Use, Defenders of Bees Call for More Action
New action to protect pollinators ignores harmful chemicals already on market, groups say
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Boycott Indiana—for Imprisoning a Woman Who Miscarried
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*Silence from the single issue silos


Podemos and the Catalan independence process
by Richard Fidler


Jubilee USA Network
Vanuatu Owes Millions in Debt as Island Nation Struggles to Recover from Monster Cyclone
Religious Coalition Calls for Debt Relief


The Real News Network
Better a War than an Agreement?
Phyllis Bennis says forces aligned in opposition to the Iran Framework Agreement in the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia would rather see war than a deal that brings Iran out of sanctions and back into play as a regional power


Yemen Rebels Take Presidential Palace, What’s At Stake for Saudi Arabia? (1/3)
Madawi Al-Rasheed says the Saudis want to prove their military prowess as defenders of Sunni Muslims and to install a pro-Saudi government in Yemen


Institute for Public Accuracy
Iran Deal Myths: Sanctions


Democracy Now!
Economic Disobedience: Student Debt Strike Expands As 100 Refuse to Pay Back Predatory College Loans


UPDATE: Mumia Abu-Jamal Taken from Hospital Back to Prison; Family Limited to One Visit A Week


Star Trek’s George Takei on Leonard Nimoy: He Represented the Best of an Inclusive American Society

*More Vulcan than human, I’d say.


My 7 Favorite Anti-Inflammatory Foods
by Leanne Ely


Why You Should Eat Fruits and Vegetables Instead of Drinking Juice
Drinking your calories, even in juice, can lead to weight gain
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



Energy East Tar Sands Pipeline Hits Major Snag as TransCanada Forced to Scrap Terminal
‘This is a major victory for the protection of endangered species, communities and the environment,’ says activist
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Astroturf Warning: TPP Critics Call Out Fake ‘Progressive’ Group Pushing Corporate Trade Agenda
‘The fact is, you can be a progressive committed to fighting for working families or you can be for this massive job-killing trade deal written by hundreds of corporate representatives, but you can’t be both.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Greece Throws Away One of Its Eurogroup Memo Wins, Submits Reforms Reaching Up to a 3.9% Fiscal Surplus
by Yves Smith


Important Strike in Mexico: Farm Workers Paralyze Baja Farms
by Dan La Botz


The Real News Network
A Greek Default Hanging by a Thread
Dimitri Lascaris warns that the powers that be in Europe are unusually silent


Senate Tackles Root Causes of Central American Migration, But Ignores Trade Deals
The Senate Homeland Security Committee said that crime is driving the recent uptick in immigration to the U.S., while ignoring the effects sweeping trade deals like NAFTA and CAFTA


Board’s Decision Raises More Questions about Tax Breaks for Developers
Stephen Janis examines the debate about the fairness of lucrative tax breaks in light of a recent decision to withhold one from a struggling city neighborhood


Institute for Public Accuracy
California Drought: Sign of “New Geologic Age”


* Atlanta Testing Scandal “Tip of Iceberg” * AFT Teams with Coke


Democracy Now!
After Warmest Winter, Drought-Stricken California Limits Water But Exempts Thirstiest Big Growers

*Sheared sacrifice


20 Years in Prison for Miscarrying? The Case of Purvi Patel & the Criminalization of Pregnancy


As NYU Expands Into Abu Dhabi, UAE Bars Professor Researching Migrant Worker Abuse



Astroturf on Steroids: Did Right-Wing Group Fake Anti-Net Neutrality Emails?
Some constituents whose emails were used by American Commitment said they never sent the messages in question
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Oregon Seeks to Become First State to Limit Antibiotic Use at Factory Farms
‘Oregon’s farmers want to nourish the state and believe public health should be increased, not endangered, by producing food to put on our tables.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Guilty of Being Poor
When a community issues arrest warrants for more offenses than it has residents, something’s deeply wrong.
by Karen Dolan


How Ohio’s Energy Economy Became a Radioactive 19th Century Relic
by Harvey Wasserman


The Sultans of Arabia intervene in Yemen’s domestic conflict
by Vijay Prashad


Economics for the 99% Asian Infrastructure Development Bank in Beijing: Now, that’s a seriously bad idea
by John Weeks


Center for Biological Diversity
In Bow to Industry Over Science, Feds Backpedal on Protecting Imperiled Bat
Northern Long-eared Bat Protected as Threatened Rather Than Endangered


Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR Calls for FBI Hate Crime Probe of ‘Get Out’ Vandalism Targeting Sudanese Refugees in Alaska


The Real News Network
Is The Baltimore Detention Center Torturing Juveniles?
Criminal justice expert Marc Schindler discusses recent allegations from the Justice Department that a Baltimore detention facility is illegally subjecting juveniles to solitary confinement


Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen May Not Be So Decisive
Patrick Cockburn says wars in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya are escalating, intensifying and cross-infecting each other, and the contradictory positions the US faces gives the IS an advantage


Arms Sales Fuel Middle East Conflicts
William Hartung says Saudi Arabia has become the second leading arms importer in the world

*”I think that’s one of the few reasons that the United States would be supporting such a horrific, repressive regime at this late date in our history.”

Should this be employed as an example under the definition of “non-sequitur”?


Strategy of Using Gulf Monarchies to Project US Power in Mideast is Unraveling
Glen Ford says US-backed Saudi-led air attacks on the Houthis, who are dedicated fighters against al-Qaeda, are making al-Qaeda the real winners in this war

*The enemy of my enemy is the friend of the enemy of my friend, who is the enemy of the friend of my enemy

At least for now


Institute for Public Accuracy
Mumia’s Case and Prison Health


Media Inflate Threat With ‘ISIS Plots’ That Don’t Actually Involve ISIS
by Adam Johnson


Democracy Now!
Indiana Scrambles to Contain Growing Corporate, Public Outcry over Anti-LGBT “Religious Freedom” Law

*I hope folks realize that these corps aren’t their “allies”.

Are you willing to wager that they’ve been on the horn to Pence and his people, telling them to fix this? And not because they give a shit about equality, but because this is a PR headache that needs to go away as soon as possible.

Now, once it is, they’ll reap the benefits of having taken a “principled stand”, and all the major LGBT groups will praise them to the heavens, regardless of the crimes they commit on a daily basis, but they don’t want this to drag on, as they’ve got business to do in Indiana.

And as they’ve got the dough, Pence ain’t gonna say “No”, is he now?


Started by Abolitionists in 1865, The Nation Magazine Marks 150 Years of Publishing Rebel Voices

*This doesn’t negate the Nation’s better moments, but I think vanden Heuvel’s touting of Warren’s “eloquence”, after alluding to Israel’s sins, without mentioning her (and Sanders’ and every other Democratic senator’s) acquiescence in them exemplifies the contradictions that make those better moments stand out, rather than blend in, in the legacy of the magazine.

In that, it’s not unlike this program, is it?



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