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Welcoming Russians Who Refuse to Fight

The sudden mass exodus last week of Russian men fleeing military service is a positive development. It is a sign of shifting political momentum in Russian society against the war. So why have Finland and other European governments barred Russians from entering as tourists, which is the quickest and easiest way to escape the war? More

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United States and Russia: Dangerous Export of Democracy and Dictatorship

the United States has been the global leader in election interference and regime change since the end of the Second World War.  The strategic failures of the Central Intelligence Agency in this field are legendary.  The classic case of CIA interference took place in Guatemala from 1952 to 1954, an operation codenamed PBSUCCESS. More

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Will China Deplete the Oceans?

According to the Marine Stewardship Council, depletion of fish stocks is the most urgent threat to the world’s oceans. Ninety-three percent (93%) of the world’s major marine fish stocks are classified as fully exploited, overexploited, or significantly depleted. “Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a pervasive, far-reaching security threat.” (Source: Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated More

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Tech Billionaires are Actually Dumber Than You Think

The admiration that some Indians feel for Adani’s ascension on Bloomberg’s list of billionaires is based on an assumption of cleverness. Surely, he must be one of the smartest people in the world in order to be one of the richest? Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest man by far (with twice as much wealth as Bezos), has enjoyed such a reputation for years. More

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War and Resistance in Putin’s Russia

The Ukrainian resistance has scored major victories in its struggle to liberate its country from Russian occupation. Putin, facing defeats on the battleground, has issued draft orders for 300,000 people in Russia to shore up his military forces in Ukraine. He has also staged “sham” referendums in occupied Donbas as part of his drive to More

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Europe as Global Oil Cartel? Why Price Cap Won’t Work

This past week the European Commission, the umbrella political organization for the European Union nations, issued its latest set of sanctions on Russia. The most important of the measures was the announcement that the EU was establishing a price cap for purchases of Russian crude oil in global markets.  In so doing, the EU in More

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The Biggest Losers

Some pieces of news are too small to be observed by radar and other news items escape notice by flying beneath it. But some big news escapes notice simply because it is so big and people are too absorbed in the details of events to see the larger picture. What is being missed is the More

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Presidents Should Avoid Disaster Areas

As surely as day follows night, a presidential visit follows any major disaster in the United States, so it’s no surprise that US president Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden plan, as reported at Politico, to personally “survey storm damage” from Hurricanes Fiona and Ian, and “meet with officials,”  in Puerto Rico and Florida. More

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Russia’s Draft and the US’s Draft Registration

I find it fascinating how often Americans are being reminded of how similar the United States and Russia have become.  First, there was the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Hey, the U.S. does invasions too. Afghanistan and Iraq come to mind. Second, there was the recent arrest, prosecution, conviction, and 9-year jail sentence for Brittney Griner More

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An Objective Look at US Foreign Policy: an Interview With Norman Solomon

Events continue to unfold at a quickening pace. Facing an alarming escalation in tensions around the world, we asked Norman Solomon for his most current thoughts. We focus on the realities of the international power struggle unfolding in real time, specifically addressing the role of the U.S. in the tensions and its capacity to reduce More

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A Fool’s Errand: Trying to Influence Fire by Logging

Recently Montana Governor Greg Gianforte praised forest management for limiting the spread of two fires near the state capital of Helena. Gianforte suggested that active forest management (i.e., logging) helped firefighters to keep two blazes, the Grizzly Gulch and Mount Helena fires, to 25 and 18 acres, respectively. And the Governor noted that there were More

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Big Campaign 2022 Issue: GOP’s Cruelty to Children

Republican Party leaders didn’t have a Platform in 2020. Their Senate leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (Rep. KY), presently tells reporters inquiring about the GOP agenda if the Republicans regain a congressional majority: “I’ll let you know when we take it back.” Pretty smug and arrogant. But the GOP’s actions speak louder than their words. In More

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Federal Judge Rules Massive Montana Coal Mine Expansion Illegal

HELENA, MONTANA Late Friday, Billings Federal District Court Judge Susan Watters ruled that a massive expansion of the Rosebud coal strip-mine was approved illegally. The expansion was approved in June 2019 by the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM), and allowed Western Rosebud Mining, LLC (WRM) to strip-mine a new area, known as Area F. The court More

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We Will See More Shocking Cruelty to Mental Health Patients Under Liz Truss’ Cuts

When I was six years old in 1956, I spent three months in a ward in a hospital in Cork in Ireland, where children were routinely mistreated by the nursing staff. I was so miserable that I stopped eating and my father noticed that I “who had been so gay, so alert, so inquisitive and talkative seemed to be sinking, into a voiceless apathy”. More

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An Organizer for Our Time: Frank Watkins and the Rainbow Coalition

As a speechwriter, Frank Watkins said his proudest moment was in 1984 when he stood on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco listening to Jackson deliver a speech he had helped write; he felt similar pride when Jackson delivered his 1988 convention speech in Atlanta, likening the Rainbow’s social movement coalition campaign to a quilt, whose beauty and integrity depend on the unity of its diverse “patches”. More

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In Italy, a Setback for a More Equal Future

In any unequal society becoming substantially more unequal, democratic forces better directly address that growing inequality. Or else get prepared to face the consequences. In Italy, established democratic parties have spent years leaving that inequality unaddressed. Now they’re facing those consequences. This past Sunday, just a few weeks shy of the 100th anniversary of our More

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Government Policy, Not the Market, Spurred the Rise in Inequality

It is a complete article of faith in intellectual circles that the market is responsible for the rise in inequality that we have seen in the United States and elsewhere over the last half-century. Intellectual types literally cannot even consider the alternative that inequality was the result of government policies, not the natural workings of More

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Dolphins of Heavens and Earth

The Greeks of the Bronze age flourished for millennia – in the mainland and the islands of the Aegean and Ionian Seas. The dolphin icon of the Greek Bronze Age The largest of the islands, Crete, displayed originality and vigor in the second millennium BCE, which carries the name Minoan Age from its greatest king, More

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Debunking the Latest 2020 Conspiracy Theory from a Leading Trump Election Denier

One of the most conspiracy-minded “con artists” who sought to elevate and enrich himself by posing as a technical expert during the Arizona Senate GOP’s flawed review of the 2020 presidential election is returning to Maricopa County on October 1, where he is pushing a new – and easily-debunked – conspiracy theory about how 2020 More

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