Monthly Archives: September 2014

Chris Hedges Discusses US Response to Gaza

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Noam Chomsky Lecture: The Anthropocene Period and Human Survival

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Famous Jews Commenting on (and critical of) Israel and Zionism

(source) Isaac Asimov, novelist: “I find myself in the odd position of not being a Zionist … I think it is wrong for anyone to feel that there is anything special about any one heritage of whatever kind. It is … Continue reading

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US State Spies for Corporations

According to an important leaked report from the NSA, the US spy agency has been prepared to steal information from foreigners on behalf of US corporations. The internal document, exposed by The Intercept, explores ideas like hacking into “foreign R&D … Continue reading

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Gaza Fishing Restrictions

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Israel Destroys Gaza and Then Profits from Rebuilding It

A recent report suggests that “Israel is earning millions of euros from a de facto policy of preventing non-Israeli reconstruction aid from entering the Gaza Strip.” Gaza’s infrastructure lays in ruins and will require substantial rebuilding. According to the report, … Continue reading

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Walmart Transfers Costs of Supporting Its Workers to the Public

When corporations don’t pay their workers enough to keep them afloat, the public pays the cost. From Forbes: Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to … Continue reading

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End of the Human Era?

Noam Chomsky has a pessimistic, but unfortunately fact-based piece in In These Times: The likely end of the era of civilization is foreshadowed in a new draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the generally conservative monitor … Continue reading

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Bread Riots in 1863

…and a reminder why we have social welfare programs. From the New Orleans Era (via NYTimes), 1863: “On Friday, the 4th inst., the women of Mobile, rendered desperate by their sufferings, met in large numbers on the Spring Hill road, … Continue reading

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Salaita Case, cont’d

Excerpt from a letter today regarding the Salaita case, written by Jewish students, faculty, and alumni of U Illinois: Your decision to fire Professor Salaita is in fact what threatens us as Jews. By pointing to anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism in … Continue reading

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