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Britain: the Anti-Semitism Debate
Conn Hallinan: Does the British Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, have an “anti-Semitism problem,” or has the Party’s left wing been targeted by the Israeli government for its support of the growing boycott and divestment movement that challenges Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land? A group of Israeli lawyers and social activists would like to know the answer to that question ... Corbyn has long been a leader in the fight against racism and played a key role in helping to bring down the apartheid regime in South Africa. He has also made it no secret that he makes common cause with the Palestinians and supports the Boycott and Divestment Sanctions (BDS) aimed at forcing Israel to withdraw from the Occupied Territories. ... Polls show the Labour Party is considerably less anti-Semitic than the Conservative Party, and it appears that anti-Semitism has declined since Corbyn took over... Visit Website ]
Sep 18, 2018, 2:25pm

Commentary
Crisis After Crisis: 10 Years After the Crash, There’s No ‘Reforming’ Global Capitalism
Walden Bello: It is now clear that financial crises are not discrete events but are linked phenomena that have been unleashed on the globe ever since the financial markets were liberalized during the Reagan-Thatcher era in the early 1980s. ... To take just the three most prominent crashes, surplus capital that could not find profitable domestic outlets after the Japanese bubble burst in the late 1980s found its way as speculative capital into Southeast Asia, where it contributed to the Asian financial crisis in 1997-98. The Asian crisis, in turn, helped generate Wall Street’s implosion in 2008 ... So, not surprisingly, current indicators show that the world again is skating on thin ice. ... First, the “too big to fail” problem has become worse. ... Second, the products that triggered the 2008 crisis are still being traded... Visit Website ]
Sep 18, 2018, 2:14pm

Meditations
Addressing a Global Failure of Imagination
Martin LeFevre: Few would argue that there is a political 'failure of imagination' in the Western world. ... The deeper question is, can contemplative insight infuse political vision, strategy and policy, or are the two dimensions destined to remain in different universes forever? If so, we're cooked. ... The Western mindset is that the response to a problem, challenge or crisis demands "expertise in various fields." However an independent, non-power-holding global body will not be comprised of experts, since giving primacy to experts is one of the biggest causes of human fragmentation. ... As Einstein said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." ...
Sep 17, 2018, 5:54pm

Articles
Chasing the Murderers of Ayotzinapa’s Forty-Three
Christy Thornton: Examining the disappearance of forty-three students in southern Mexico four years ago can lead to only one conclusion: culpability lies with the Mexican state. ... After all this time, and after multiple investigations, there is still no definitive explanation of what happened that night in 2014 in the small city of Iguala: Who took the students? Where were they taken? What happened to them? ... "A Massacre in Mexico" (by Anabel Hernández) presents an overwhelming case that federal government investigators working for the administration of Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto created a false narrative of local culpability and sought to close the case before an investigation could reveal the involvement of federal officials... Visit Website ]
Sep 17, 2018, 2:27pm

Commentary
US War Strategists: Military Defeats and Political Success
James Petras: The same US military strategists whose policies lead to failed US wars in the Middle East facilitated and augmented the power of Israel. ... Our hypothesis is that dual loyalist strategists have fabricated threats, identified adversaries and committed hundreds of thousands of US soldiers to losing wars based on calculations that effectively increase Israeli power and influence in the Middle East. ... Let’s join together to liberate America from military entanglements that privilege multi-billion-dollar giveaways to Israel while thirty million US workers lack health coverage, forty percent of upstate New York children live in poverty... Visit Website ]
Sep 17, 2018, 11:46am

Meditations
Is the Universe In a State of Meditation?
Martin LeFevre: What would that mean? It would mean that consciousness is not something that emerges from between the skull bones of potentially sapient species like Homo sapiens. It would mean consciousness is the essence of the universe, and all energy and matter is infused with it. ... Since the Big Bang, the evolution of black holes, stars, planets, life and consciousness is a series of thresholds unfolding through random but directional processes. Are there universal laws that apply to the emergence of cosmic consciousness in sentient creatures? I feel so. ...
So is God simply the awareness of the universe beyond the human mind, which potentially includes the human brain? ...

Sep 15, 2018, 3:22pm

Articles
The Perfect Storm: How Climate Change and Wall Street Almost Killed Puerto Rico
Jeff Goodell: Puerto Rico has not recovered. In fact, it’s arguably as close to collapse as it has ever been. The power is on and the roads are open, but if you look closely, the entire island is held together with duct tape and baling wire. Tens of thousands of people are still living under the blue tarps that were installed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on houses that had their roofs blown off during the storm. Engineers are still discovering bridges that are in danger of collapsing, and every time it rains, new leaks are found in concrete foundations ... It’s impossible to say exactly how much climate change contributed to Maria’s 155-mph winds, but it is possible to say pumping carbon into the atmosphere makes powerful storms like Maria more likely. ... From as early as 2005, there were signs the government wasn’t going to be able to repay the loans. But the banks didn’t care: They made money on bond transaction fees, and the high interest rate on these bonds pumped up their balance sheets.... Visit Website ]
Sep 15, 2018, 1:38pm

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What History Books Left Out About Depression Era Co-ops
Jonathan Rowe: It would seem that a movement that provided livelihood for more than 300,000 people in California alone would merit discussion in the history books. ... In the spring of 1932, in Compton, California, an unemployed World War I veteran walked out to the farms that still ringed Los Angeles. He offered his labor in return for a sack of vegetables, and that evening he returned with more than his family needed. The next day a neighbor went out with him to the fields. Within two months 500 families were members of the Unemployed Cooperative Relief Organization. ... It operated a large warehouse, a distribution center, a gas and service station, a refrigeration facility, a sewing shop, a shoe shop, even medical services, all on cooperative principles... Visit Website ]
Sep 14, 2018, 1:54pm

Commentary
Ten Years After the Crash, We've Learned Nothing
Matt Taibbi: The great financial catastrophe of our times is still badly misunderstood, and led to grotesque consequences, including the election of Donald Trump ... Myth#1: The crash was an accident ... Treasury and the other regulators received ample warning. ... Myth #2: The crash was caused by greedy homeowners ... the game had nothing to do with whether or not the homeowner could pay. The homeowner was not the real mark. The real suckers were institutional customers like pensions, hedge funds and insurance companies, who invested in these mortgages. ... Myth #3: The bailouts were about saving capitalism ... The deal those bankers cooked up was to save the banks from capitalism. ... Losers must be allowed to lose. It’s the first and most important regulatory mechanism in a market economy... Visit Website ]
Sep 14, 2018, 1:40pm

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The End of Animal Farming Is Not An Impossible Dream
Karen Dawn: Children are now growing up in a world where veggie burgers taste just like meat, and true meat burgers, grown from cells, are soon to be on supermarket shelves. ... Pat Brown, maker of the impossibly trendy, entirely plant-based, Impossible Burger, told attendees to mark their calendars: By 2035, he predicted, all meat will be produced without slaughter. ... Impossible Foods, like its main competitor Beyond Meat, is creating plant-based burgers aimed at the meat-loving market. Both companies, founded by unrelated Browns, Pat and Ethan respectively, are mission based. They hope, in Pat Brown’s words, “to save the world from the biggest environmental catastrophe that it faces, which is the insanely destructive impact of the meat industry.”... Visit Website ]
Sep 13, 2018, 3:18pm

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Wall Street Is the Definition of a Ponzi Scheme (Literally)
Lee Camp: In modern times, you almost never receive the profits of the business. Dividends are rarely paid out, and they don’t usually amount to much. Plus, the company is not obligated to pay you anything for your stock ever. ... “What the hell do you own?” The gut-wrenching answer is nothing. You own nothing. ... The investors are just cannibalizing each other for profits, and there are fees attached to every transaction. ... the only way you make money is by convincing someone else to buy it. If no one does, then you lose everything. Why does that sound familiar? Oh, I know. It’s the dictionary definition of a Ponzi scheme... Visit Website ]
Sep 12, 2018, 3:52pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: The Plot Against Trump
Margaret Kimberley: Since there is no limit to what the ruling class will do to “get” Trump, there is no telling what person, agency or group actually wrote the “anonymous” New York Times article. ... Donald Trump presents many contradictions. He is the both the embodiment of white American nationalism and the mortal enemy of one wing of the ruling elite. He is a racist and therefore a threat to black people. But he is also hated by forces who are the enemies of all humanity. ... “Robert Mueller has identified Russians as the colluders but hasn’t connected them with Trump.” ... Black people cannot align themselves with Trump but would be extremely foolish to choose the neoliberal imperialists and their friends in the media. The enemy of one’s enemy is not necessarily a friend. Sometimes that force is an enemy too... Visit Website ]
Sep 12, 2018, 2:49pm

Meditations
Wholeness Is Holiness
Martin LeFevre: The human brain has the capacity for communion with intelligence that pervades the universe, but the very capability that gives us this capacity---symbolic thought---is also a tremendous impediment. Why did intelligence, through evolution, set the bar so high? ... the universe is not a meaningless, mechanical and random place, but an incomprehensibly vast, creatively unfolding, seamlessly whole phenomenon, infused with inseparable intelligence. ... there is holiness, and it flows from communion with ineffable sacredness that permeates nature and the cosmos. Tellingly, the root meaning of the 'whole' is 'healthy, unhurt, entire.' And the root meaning of the word holy is 'whole.' ...
Sep 11, 2018, 5:16pm

Commentary
The NFL's Ongoing Kaepernick Controversy Shows Much of White America Is Still in 'Slave Patrol' Mode
Thom Hartmann: At the core of modern American policing (particularly in the South), and at the creation of the Second Amendment, we find the slave patrols that were the first militia of the southern states. They’re also essential to the modern neo-confederate and white supremacist efforts to demonize black people whenever they stand up for their rights. ... If you’re going to protest police killings of black people during the national anthem, the most respectful way to do it, according to many veterans, is to take a knee. Kaepernick got the idea from special forces veteran Nate Boyer, who suggested to him that he should consider going to his knee to respectfully protest the police killings, rather than just sitting on the bench. ... “Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect"... Visit Website ]
Sep 11, 2018, 1:39pm

Books
The Fakest Fake News: The U.S. Government’s 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
A Review of 9/11 Unmasked: An International Review Panel Investigation by David Ray Griffin and Elizabeth Woodworth by Edward Curtin: ... despite the establishment’s disinformation and deceptions, very many people have come to suspect that the official story of the September 11, 2001 attacks is not true. ... The book is based on the establishment in 2011 of a scientific review project comprising 23 experts with a broad spectrum of expertise ... Their job was to apply systematic and disciplined analyses to the verifiable evidence about the 9/11 attacks. ... Example: ... it is documented by the fastidious researcher Graeme MacQueen, a member of The 9/11 Consensus Panel, that over 100 firefighters who were at the scene reported hearing explosions in the towers... Visit Website ]
Sep 11, 2018, 1:25pm


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