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The Washington Compost by Anthony Freda

Anthony Freda It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Historical Precedent for Genocide (SOAPBOX REPLAY WITH ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ)

November 23, 2016 Soapbox Re-broadcast Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz author of: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE VERY  INFORMATIVE SHOW Dear Friends, Even though I feel like I have much to be thankful for: my family, friends, supporters, good health, and energy; I recognize that the holiday of ThankStealing should be no day of celebration, but one of mourning for the genocide of the indigenous population of the Americas. Today, several centuries after the first "Thanksgiving," the US, which has a long and sordid history of dirty-dealings with the sovereign nations of tribal peoples, is sitting idly by while the police state is attacking the water protectors of the Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters and allies. Water and sound cannons along with concussion grenades and other "non" lethal means are being deployed against people in favor of corporations that are compromising the future of our c

The U.S. Presidential Elections and Building the Antiwar Movement Today By Janine Solanki, Azza Rojbi and Alison Bodine

  FIRST APPEARED IN FIRE THIS TIME Today, anyone under the age of 15 has never known a world that is not at war. While there have been other times of war, the last 15 years have seen a sustained, increasing and deliberately planned war drive, with US imperialism leading the charge. This new era of war and occupation started with the 2001 war and occupation of Afghanistan which still continues today and has even become more dangerous, with the United Nations reporting that 2015 was the deadliest year for Afghan civilians. In 2003, the invasion and occupation of Iraq began with the claims of "fighting terror" and "weapon of mass destruction," now it has become a new war with the excuse of fighting Islamic State or Daesh (also known as ISIS). Daesh, it must be noted, only existed and grew under the US occupation in Iraq and as a result of US funding and arming so-called “rebel” mercenaries in Syria. The 2011 war on Libya turned the country with the

Congressional Hawks Rush to Intensify War in Syria by Rick Sterling

First appeared in Dissident Voices Congressional Hawks Rush to Intensify War in Syria by Rick Sterling / November 21st, 2016 Hawks pass HR5732 Late in the day Tuesday November 15, Congress convened in special session.  With normal rules suspended, they passed House Resolution 5732 the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act”.  The resolution calls for intensifying already harsh sanctions on Syria, assessing implementation of No Fly Zone in Syria and escalating efforts to press criminal charges against Syrian officials.  HR5732 claims to promote a negotiated settlement in Syria but, as analyzed by Friends Committee for National Legislation, imposes preconditions which would actually make that more difficult. There was 40 minutes of “debate” with six representatives (Royce, Engel, Ros-Lehtinen, Kildee, Smith, and Curbelo) speaking in favor of the resolution.  There were few other Congressional representatives present in Congress. The House Foreign


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The opening words of our ( ROL, USA ) first comprehensive statement on the 2016 Presidential Election, back at the very beginning of the year, explain the most dramatic result of the November 8th election, the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA. At that time, even before the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary, we observed that, “The 2016 Presidential Race thus far reflects the bitter experience of the working class, the urban and rural poor, and the middle class with capitalist austerity for the 99% and the almost unprecedented boom years for Wall Street and finance capital. The assault on our conditions of life has been provided by the bipartisan ‘Republicrats’ under Republican President George W. Bush and Democratic President Barack Obama since the economic crisis hit in 2007 and 2008.” (“A Revolutionary Approach to the Sanders Presidential Campaign,” Ray O’ Light Newsletter #94, January-February 2016) We continued, “… the TV debates, polls, ralli