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Blaming Kurds for terrorism in Turkey

August 2016

Whenever there is a murderous assault on civilians in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempts to accuse the Kurdish independence movement rather than ISIS, whose atrocities in the region are notorious. After suicide bombers attacked Ataturk airport in Istanbul, killing 42 people and injuring 239, Erdogan hedged, saying that “the bombs that explode in our… Read more »

Warning message from Dallas

August 2016

The killing of five police in Dallas by a veteran of the U.S. war in Afghanistan was an act of desperation against an enemy — the U.S. police — whose relentless murders of people of color are rarely prosecuted. The two now famous police victims, Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in… Read more »

The Standing Rock fight is for all of us

October 2016

When a security company set dogs on people challenging bulldozers in North Dakota on Sept. 3, the scalding images recalled similar violence against civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. And just as that Birmingham struggle was a defining moment, so too is the struggle for water and sovereignty by the Standing Rock Sioux… Read more »

India’s general strike largest in history

October 2016

It’s almost impossible to imagine 180 million workers on strike and marching against their government. But it happened. In India. On Sept. 2, 2016. And it will happen again. It’s not impossible to understand why this strike was so mammoth and intense. Half the Indian population — 1.6 billion — live without enough food, energy,… Read more »

In solidarity with protesting athletes

October 2016

Hats off to Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who refuses to stand for the national anthem at NFL games. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.” He’s also spoken out for police accountability and against cop… Read more »

Electoral College is a legacy of slavery

December 2016

Clinton actually beat Trump by about a million votes. Yet, absurdly, he is the next prez. Twice in the last five presidential elections the popular vote winner lost. Why? Because the Electoral College was written into the U.S. Constitution to undermine democracy and uphold slave-owners power. When the Constitution was drafted most states granted voting… Read more »

Syria’s ruin at the hands of capital

December 2016

We live in times so poverty stricken, turbulent, repressive and violent that the majority of people can hardly breathe. That’s why they’re rising up in every corner of the world. Syria’s insurrection, a proud part of the Arab Spring in 2011, is a breathtaking example. A people who had lived four decades under a deadly… Read more »