Creating an All-American Homeland Security Campus
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by Michael Gould-Wartofsky
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Image by Hany Osman. The academic year that just ended left America’s college campuses in quite a state: with snipers on the rooftops and checkpoints at the gates; quads overrun by riot squads, state troopers, and federal agents; and even the scent of gunpowder in the air. In short, in the spring semester of 2024, many of our campuses came to resemble armed camps. What’s more, alongside such brute displays of force, there have been congressional inquisitions into constitutionally protected speech; federal investigations into t ..read more
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Newsflash:  Inequality in Neoliberal America
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by David Schultz
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Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair If anyone is perplexed or surprised  why Americans are so upset about the economy, they should look no further than the Income Distribution and Dynamics in America (IDDA) recent report by the Federal Reserve Board of  Minneapolis and its data site that looks at the stagnation of American income and economic mobility in America.  It unfortunately confirms what we already know—the neoliberal state benefits unevenly and in ways that confound an ability to challenge it.. America is built upon two myths, the myth of equality and the myth of the Am ..read more
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Philippines Found Guilty of Massive Human Right Violations
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by Siegfred Deduro – Mary Ochs
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Photograph Source: REY BANIQUET/PPD – Public Domain Guilty of massive violations of international humanitarian law! That was the unanimous verdict handed down at the conclusion of the two-day International People’s Tribunal (IPT) regarding human rights in the Philippines held recently in Brussels, Belgium on May 17-18, 2024. On trial were the governments of past president Rodrigo Duterte, current president Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., and the government of the United States of America for its support and complicity with these regimes. The IPT is a quasi-judicial mechanism whereby evidence is pres ..read more
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An Open Letter on the Fate of Higher Education in Gaza
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by Gaza Academics and University Administrators
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Photograph Source: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit – CC BY-SA 3.0 We have come together as Palestinian academics and staff of Gaza universities to affirm our existence, the existence of our colleagues and our students, and the insistence on our future, in the face of all current attempts to erase us. The Israeli occupation forces have demolished our buildings but our universities live on. We reaffirm our collective determination to remain on our land and to resume teaching, study, and research in Gaza, at our own Palestinian universities, at the earliest opportunity. We call upon our friends and co ..read more
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Willfully Ignorant
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by Scott Owen
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Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair Speak to anyone, on the street, in your family, circle of friends, whatever, and you will find what you, yourself know to be true, we are living in a time that is perilous in at least, two existential ways, the possibility of climate collapse and the threat of world War. There are of course other issues, social, economic and political but they can stand down for a moment as they are not, any of them, going to end human life on Earth yet we have world War and climate collapse looming directly in front of us. To say or “believe” that these two threats do not ..read more
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What I Saw (and You Probably Didn’t) at the Libertarian National Convention
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by Thomas Knapp
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2024 Libertarian National Convention logo. In presidential election years, the Libertarian Party holds its national convention over Memorial Day Weekend. I returned home from my ninth such convention yesterday. Donald Trump and RFK Jr. spoke at our convention. You’ve probably heard about that. We chose a presidential ticket: Chase Oliver and Mike ter Maat. You may have heard about that as well. Unless you were actually there, or watched and paid very close attention on C-SPAN, though, you probably didn’t notice some of the ways in which a Libertarian National Convention differs from the way ..read more
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Could the Catholic Vote Cost Biden the Election?
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by Stewart Lawrence
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Photo by Jon Tyson How important is the Catholic vote?  You don’t hear much about it this election cycle, amid the Gaza War, which seems to place the views of Arab-Americans and Jewish Americans front and center in the national discourse – and rightly so. But the Catholic vote continues to loom large in a country with some 52 million self-professed Catholics – 23% of the population overall, largely dwarfing other religious groups. Most of the US states with the highest percentage of Catholics are reliably “Blue” states – Rhode Island tops the list with 42%, followed by Massachuset ..read more
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The 49th Parallel: A New Rubicon for Democracy
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by Michael Zoosman
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Self-created photograph by Jonathunder – GDFL “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” so taught civil rights campaigner and feminist Rita Mae Brown. There is no more fitting maxim for the broken American system that in 2024 has allowed Donald Trump to return as a major political party’s presumptive nominee for its highest office. In response to this singular insanity, this particular American citizen has made the decision to move back to Canada, even if Trump ultimately loses his bid for reelection. My underlying reasons for doing so reveal ho ..read more
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Letter From Khartoum
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by Ellen Cantarow
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Etching of Khartoum, 1888. It has been nearly 40 years since I was in Sudan for six weeks, producing an article on the famine in its Darfur province for The Village Voice, a poem about my trip to Darfur (now published by Counterpunch), and the “Letter from Khartoum” below. Conditions in Sudan are even worse now than they were in 1985. Civil war has riven the country, creating one of the greatest genocides of this century. Outside of Khartoum I once visited a well-to-do family and wrote about that sojourn. I think fairly often about it, and about Nur, whose story I tell in my letter. I knew ..read more
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Campus Protests are Part of an Enduring Legacy of Civil Disobedience Improving American Democracy
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by Lawrence Torcello
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They didn’t illegally camp out in local parks or on college campuses, as many protesters did across the U.S. recently. But back in 1773, the Boston Tea Partiers broke the law when they protested British Colonial taxes by throwing tea into Boston Harbor. As protests drawing attention to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza have spread, there has been criticism from a number of quarters. Many of these critics speak of a right to protest and to free speech but denounce any breaking of laws. Some have alleged “outside agitators” are involved, using that in an attempt to justify the use of police force ..read more
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