VOICES FOR CHANGE

A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace
Amy Goodman
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The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. This military attack, waged by land, sea and air, has been going on longer than the devastating assault in 2008/2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians. The death toll in this current attack is at least 1,300, overwhelmingly civilians. As this column was being written, the United Nations confirmed that a U.N. school in Gaza, where thousands of civilians were seeking shelter, was ...

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Did Israel Go Too Far? The Massacre at the UN School and Refugee Center
Juan Cole
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports for The Nation from Gaza on the Israeli shelling of a U.N. school that killed 16 and wounded 200, even though the school’s coordinates had been given to the Israeli military. Despite Israeli water-muddying, there isn’t any doubt that the Israelis struck the school, nor is there any evidence that the school was an origin point for any Hamas rockets. Indeed, correspondents on the ground find no evidence for Hamas using civilians as human ...

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UN: Israel’s Military Action in Gaza May Amount to War Crimes
Juan Cole
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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday that Israel’s military actions are responsible for the death of a child every hour in recent days and observed, “Respect for the right to life of civilians, including children, should be a foremost consideration. Not abiding by these principles may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.” (see below).  That is, in international law, Israel’s pretext for indiscriminate ...

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The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense
Chris Hedges
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If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act to immediately halt Israeli attacks and lift the blockade of Gaza or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons to defend themselves.

No ...

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Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza
Amy Goodman
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According to the United Nations, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days. Overall, the Israeli military has killed close to 700 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, since the assault on Gaza began more than two weeks ago. Details of the slaughter make their way into the world’s media, with horrific accounts of children killed on the beach, of hospital intensive-care units bombed, of first responders, searching for wounded amid the rubble, ...

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Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue, Points to Fragile Apartheid Future
Juan Cole
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A Hamas rocket hit and destroyed a house in Yahoud, a town only a mile from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel on Tuesday, raising severe alarm in among the international airlines and leading most of them to cancel flights to Tel Aviv.  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration called for a 24 hour moratorium on U.S. flights to Israel, and United Airlines, U.S. Airways and Delta Air lines said they would cease flying there “until further notice.”  The European Aviation ...

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Rand Paul to Rick Perry: Why Send US Troops to an Iraq that Won’t Defend Itself?
Juan Cole
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, apparently considering another run for president (assuming he can remember to do it), attacked Rand Paul as an “isolationist,” calling him “blind” to the danger of international “terrorism” and pointing especially to the rise of the so-called Islamic State in ...

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Bad Blood Between Israel and Palestine Boils Over
Ashley Curtin
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Bad blood between Israel and Palestine has boiled over and violence imprisons the Gaza Strip, creating an intense conflict with further risk of escalation.

 

After 10 days of both sea and air attacks on the Gaza Strip along with failed attempts by Egypt to form a truce between the two countries, Israel launched a Gaza land offensive on Thursday, which sent ground forces into the most densely-populated area of Palestine. But with land attacks already devastating the ...

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The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted and Speaking Truth to Power
Juan Cole
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As part of my original posting, I mirrored a map of modern Palestinian history that has the virtue of showing graphically what has happened to the Palestinians politically and territorially in the past century. 

Andrew Sullivan then mirrored the map from my site, which set off a lot of thunder and noise among anti-Palestinian writers like Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, but shed very little light.  (PS, the map as a hard copy mapcard is available from ...

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Top Seven Really Disturbing News from Iraq
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

1.  Last Wednesday Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki angrily lashed out at the Kurds, accusing them of harboring the terrorists of the so-called ‘Islamic State.’  Since the Kurds have in fact fought the IS radicals, al-Maliki’s charge is hard to take seriously.  Rather, it appears to be a sign of how angry he is that Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani is pressuring him to step down.  I ...

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Why are Most Human Beings So Powerless?
Robert J. Burrowes
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Human beings stand at the edge of extinction and yet few of us are mobilized in defense of human existence. Why is this? And what can we do about it?Unless someone lives in a cave secluded from all news, the evidence that human beings are in deep trouble – with violence in its many forms intruding on all aspects of our lives and threatening our very existence – is readily available. Of course, you won't necessarily hear the news this bluntly ...

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Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War
Chris Hedges
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On Saturday I went to one of the massive temples across the country where we celebrate our state religion. The temple I visited was Boston’s Fenway Park. I was inspired to go by reading Andrew Bacevich’s thoughtful book “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country,” ...

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New Iraq Offensive Backfires
Jim Hightower
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Republican opportunists hoping to score political points are hammering President Barack Obama with vitriolic criticism and blaming him for the latest upheaval in Iraq. So I was pleased when, finally, two Republicans spoke out loudly to deflect those partisan attacks.

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Pity the Children
Chris Hedges
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For the United States, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be over soon. We will leave behind, after our defeats, wreckage and death, the contagion of violence and hatred, unending grief, and millions of children who were brutalized and robbed of their childhood. Americans who did not suffer will forget. People maimed ...

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The Militarization of ‘Officer Friendly’
Jim Hightower
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Let's check our weaponry: 93,000 machine guns — check! — 533 planes and helicopters — check! 180,000 magazine cartridges — check! 44,000 night-vision goggles — check! 432 mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles — check! OK, let's roll!

Only, this is not the U.S. military getting ready to head into battle in a foreign land. It's our local police departments patrolling our cities, towns and college campuses. Remember "Officer ...

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The Ghoulish Face of Empire
Chris Hedges
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The black-clad fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, sweeping a collapsing army and terrified Iraqis before them as they advance toward Baghdad, reflect back to us the ghoulish face of American empire. They are the specters of the hundreds of thousands of people we murdered in our deluded quest to remake the ...

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Obama Prepares for Drone War in Iraq
Juan Cole
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President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he will send 300 Green Beret Army special operations soldiers to Iraq.  They will be detailed to Iraqi National Army Headquarters and brigade HQs and their primary task will apparently be intelligence-gathering and helping with the Iraqi National Army response to the advances ...

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Who Won Iraq?
Tom Engelhardt
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As Iraq was unraveling last week and the possible outlines of the first jihadist state in modern history were coming into view, I remembered this nugget from the summer of 2002.  At the time, journalist Ron Suskind had a meeting with “a senior advisor” to ...

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Heed the Voices for Peace Amid the Tragedy of Iraq
Amy Goodman
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It didn’t take long this week for the architects of the disastrous U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq to apply their makeup and jump before the cable news television cameras. The militia group known as ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has swept across Iraq, conquering city after city and stopping short of Baghdad in what has been described as a “lightning advance,” summarily executing people in its wake. ISIS emerged from the festering civil war in ...

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Don’t Trust the Bombers on Iraq: ‘Shock and Awe’ Never Works
Juan Cole
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In March of 2003, we were treated to an intensive bombardment of Iraq, which the Bush White House propagandists termed “Shock and Awe.”  As usual, the US Air Force practically promised us that if only they could throw down all their fancy munitions on the target country from the air, why, you might not even need those impossibly old-fashioned grunts in the US Army.  We might be able to “decapitate” the nationalist, secular, state-socialist ...

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VIDEO
On Gaza, Israel and Hamas: An Open Letter to Bill Maher
Dennis Trainor, Jr.
Video Feature
Behind Door Number Three in Iraq
Mary Ann Tétreault
Op-Ed
POLITICAL IMAGE
Stephen Pitt
Politcal Image
Dead is Dead
Peter Van Buren
Op-Ed
On Israel and Palestine
Patrick Youngblood
Op-Ed
The Path to a New 1914?
Jonathan Schell
Op-Ed
The Waste of War
Jeffrey D. Sachs
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

Healthcare

Let's rally for women's health and reproductive rights.

Equality

Pressure in the form of petitions, boycotts and protests. Is there a way for the event to overcome this and concentrate on bonding and celebration?

Energy Use

A big step for a small German town...will others follow in the pursuit of renewable energy?

Energy Use

After 30 years the wait is over...Dharnai has power.

Gun Rights

The Second Amendment needs to be updated to reflect the growing danger of guns.

Education

"Poets With a Cause” is a group of artists who are banding together to voice their opposition to school closures.

Organic Food

Spread the word, go organic!

Human Rights

The house collectively promotes art and culture in a neighborhood that is known for its social problems related to violence and poverty.

Internet

Protect the Internet...don't Kill it.

Segregation

Politicians and military leaders continue to promote violence...while a simple dance teacher brings communities together.

Environment

NHL leading the way to promote green business practices...Will other sports teams join in?

Monsanto Greed

Stand up to Monsanto and tell the Obama Administration to support mandatory GMO labeling.

Agriculture

El Salvador famers are fighting back against the Monsta.

Fracking

Fracking is nowhere to be seen in Germany’s future.

Food Health

A settlement by West Virginia Supreme Court ordered Monsanto to start paying victims of dioxin exposure.

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