VOICES FOR CHANGE

What We’ve Paid for War and Afghanistan and Iraq
Jim Hightower
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War is Hell.

Major General Harold Greene could certainly tell you all about that — but, sadly, he's dead. On Aug. 5, General Green became the highest-ranking American soldier ...

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War in Gaza: Criticizing Israel, Crossing Lines and Creating Facts
Thomas Magstadt
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Are Jews who criticize Israel for its conduct of the war in Gaza crossing the line?  Are high-profile pubic figures here in the United States who are moved to question the military necessity, political prudence, or moral justification behind a strategy that targets densely populated neighborhoods – killing, injuring, and traumatizing many thousands of civilians (yes, including children) while destroying homes, mosques, and schools – guilty of deserting Zionism in an hour ...

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The Cruel Jest of American ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Iraq
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

The United States of America has no claim on the language of “humanitarian aid” to Iraq ...

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 69 Years Later
Amy Goodman
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“I hate war,” Koji Hosokawa told me as we stood next to the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. The skeletal remains of the four-story building stand at the edge of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The building was one of the few left standing when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m. on ...

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Boycott of Israel Spreads in European Civil Society Over Gaza War, Could Cost $5 Billion a Year
Juan Cole
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The ill-considered and remarkably brutal Gaza war likely will give further impetus to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement by Western civil society to pressure Israel on its illegal actions toward the Palestinians.  A thoroughgoing such European set of sanctions could cost Israel as much as $5 bn a year and more.  Roughly a third of Israeli trade is with Europe, and the EU is Israel’s largest single trading partner.Unite, the largest British trade union, has now ...

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Why Israel Lies
Chris Hedges
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All governments lie, as I.F. Stone pointed out, including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes. It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality. And all of us reporters who have covered the occupied territories have run into Israel’s Alice-in-Wonderland narratives, which we dutifully insert into our ...

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Wiping Another Country Off the Map: Israel Does It to Palestine
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Back when the warmongers had hopes of ginning up a war between the United States and Iran during the Bush administration, one of their propaganda talking points was the Iran had “threatened to wipe Israel off the map.”

When we look at Gaza’s before and after pictures it becomes clear that the charge is more appropriate to Israel itself.

The late Christopher Hitchens, who went off the deep end ...

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Are Israelis and Zionists Really Talking About a Final Solution of the Palestinian Problem?
Juan Cole
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The Times of Israel published and then removed from its site an essay by Yochanan Gordon that openly called for genocide against the Palestinians of Gaza.  A cached version is still on the internet as of Saturday morning.

 

Gordon’s logic, if one wants to dignify it with that term, is that Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel, and therefore the only way to deal with them is to obliterate them entirely.  He used the words “obliterate ...

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Gaza and Soweto: Why South Africa is Calling on Israel to Cease Gaza Ground Offensive
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

On June 16, 1976, some 20,000 students rose up to protest in the slum of Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg. 

Here is a summary of the June 18 NYT article on the repression of the protests:

“Rioting continues for 3d day in Soweto, black township outside Johannesburg, with rioters, mostly young, directing fury at govt bldgs and vehicles. Death toll continues to mount as more than 1,000 armed ...

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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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NOC BULLHORN

Bee Protection

We must take down the companies that are contributing to the pollinator decline and help save the bees.

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process

A peaceful protest formed in Rabin Square where thousands demanded peace talks go into effect with the Palestinian authority.

Police Brutality

As things continue to heat up in Ferguson, Missouri, Amnesty organization deployed observers to ground zero.

Environment

The benefit concert will headline Willie Nelson and Neil Young on a farm fighting the sale of their land for the pipeline.

Gun Rights

Take action today and sign the petition telling Congress to update Second Amendment. Sign the petition.

Agriculture

Even more pollinations is likely to help farmers yield more flourishing bountiful food.

Human Rights

As protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri, residents of Gaza tweet tips to protesters in dealing with militarization of police.

Workers’ Rights

With more than 13 million restaurant workers in the U.S., most tipped employees are living below the poverty line, let’s get with the times and make a change.

Terror Suspect

Muslim Americans have filed a suit against the federal government for routinely adding their names to the Terror Screening database without their right to due process.

Human Rights

Female environmental activists are part of an international movement against environmental destruction.

Environment

City bike share programs are popping up in metropolitan areas nationwide and the cost benefit of these programs are huge.

Fracking

A small popular coastal city of Hermosa Beach in California is ready to stand up against called E&B Natural Resources Management in hopes of deterring them away from drilling in their town.

Human Rights

America’s youth do not usually have an outlet to express their opinions and solutions of world issues until now.

Environment

Deforestation rates are much lower in areas overseen by local communities rather than when overseen by governments or private entities.

Workers’ Rights

A New England supermarket chain is emerging as one of the most compelling labor fights of the summer as their employees and customers fight for workers rights.

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