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Assadism: Haunted By Its Own Success

Originally posted on P U L S E:
The task of defining Assadism is useful for specific purposes only—such as identifying arguments that legitimate or exonerate Assad’s iron fist rule and crimes. But to even gnaw at what Assadism exactly is, it is…

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Russia Today and the post-truth virus

Originally posted on P U L S E:
A video is circulating of a woman revealing “the truth” on Syria that is being withheld from us by “the mainstream media”. The woman is introduced as an “independent Canadian journalist”. She is said…

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A Farewell to Veterans for Peace

Originally posted on P U L S E:
Re-posted from Andy Berman: Threads of My Time, the blog of longtime antiwar activist and Veterans for Peace member Andy Berman A Farewell to Arms: Till We Meet Again By Andy Berman May 11, 2016 Preface: As a…

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The Junius Pamphlet 2016: Attack 1.0

                                                                              “Comparisons … Continue reading

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In Case You Think There’s No Real Estate Bubble…

  Had a conversation with a rep from my mortgage holder this morning. It think it tells a story. The prologue is that for no good reason I totally forgot to pay my mortgage this past June. First I knew … Continue reading

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Lesser Evil Politics: Really, Noam? Hubert Humphrey?

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/08/lesser-evil-politics-really-noam-hubert-humphrey/ The link above is to my article published today on Counterpunch. It is a response to: https://chomsky.info/an-eight-point-brief-for-lev-lesser-evil-voting/ I liked the title better without the Lesser Evil Politics subhead but I am often willing to let subtlety have its way … Continue reading

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Ross Douthat: Gaping Asshole

Here’s an amazing piece from Ross Douthat of the NY Times for Sunday’s paper. He argues: it is good that the Republican and Democratic Parties have all these patently undemocratic gotchas and are run by the rich in secret, because … Continue reading

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I Become an Electrician Overnight

After the heady days of May 1970 things mellowed in the real world and the string of strikes fueling the Student-Worker Action Committee petered out slowly. But no matter. I was 23, recently fired from my day job at the … Continue reading

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The Long Arm of the Peace Movement

History never turns out the way you expect or want. The world powers in 1914 knew there would be winners and losers in the wars they contemplated sending other peoples’ sons to die in, but they never imagined that one-sixth of … Continue reading

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AS Interviews Historian Bruce Levine

Originally posted on After Slavery:
In the latest in a series of interviews with prominent scholars of US slave emancipation, Brian Kelly of the After Slavery Project interviewed historian Bruce Levine about his most recent book, The Fall of the…

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