The Last Straw? Trump Advocates Nuclear Roulette

December 30, 2016 Sasha Davis

The new nuclear arms race Trump is suggesting clearly increases the chances of nuclear war, nuclear testing, accidental nuclear detonation, and contamination. So what can be done to stop this maniac from sitting down in the Oval Office in January and having sole control over the use of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and the ability to start a new global nuclear arms race?

Palestine 2017: Time to Bid Farewell to Washington and Embrace the Globe

December 30, 2016 Ramzy Baroud

There is no doubt that the UN Security Council condemnation of Israel on Friday, December 23, was an important and noteworthy event. The resolution is a further affirmation that the international community is unconditionally on the side of Palestinians and, despite all the failures of the past, still advocates the respect of international law.

Iraq: Signs of Hope During Desperate Times

December 30, 2016 Cathy Breen

A week has passed since my arrival in Iraq. Once again we come desiring to strengthen the bonds of human friendship, bonds which threaten to break as the opportunities to visit each other become less and less possible.

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Another, more beautiful America is rising. Trump will be resisted

December 30, 2016 Rebecca Solnit

Source: The Guardian Unlimited

The time when you don’t need hope is when your hopes have been fulfilled. Hope is for when you don’t have what you need and for when things are not OK. It is the belief that liberation might be possible that motivates you to make it more possible, and pursuing hope even when it doesn’t lead to the ultimate goal can generate changes that matter along the way, including in yourself.

A dozen years ago I talked about hope to a roomful of working-class community college students in Washington, citing the German philosopher Ernst Bloch to the effect that without hope there is no action but without action there is no hope. A woman said in a clear voice that she agreed, because if she had not hoped she would not have struggled and if she had not struggled she would not have survived Pol Pot and the Cambodian genocide. read more

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Japan builds a Fight for $15 movement of its own

December 30, 2016 Lisa Torio

Source: Waging Nonviolence

On Sunday afternoon, some 400 protesters — comprised of workers, students and retirees — poured into the streets of Tokyo’s bustling commercial center. At the front of the line were members of AEQUITAS, a group of young labor activists who have taken on Japan’s Fight for $15 living wage movement.

“We don’t need poverty wages,” they shouted, as shoppers and tourists took out their phones to capture the rare spectacle. “If you’re struggling, raise your voice.” read more

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Remember the Massacre at Wounded Knee

December 30, 2016 Peter Cole

Source: Jacobin

As dawn appeared on December 29, 1890, about 350 Lakota Indians awoke, having been forced by the US Army to camp the night before alongside the Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. The US Cavalry’s 7th Regiment had “escorted” them there the day prior and, now, surrounded the Indians with the intent to arrest Chief Big Foot (also called Spotted Elk) and disarm the warriors.

When a disagreement erupted, army soldiers opened fire, including with Hotchkiss machine guns. Within minutes, hundreds of children, men, and women were shot down. Perhaps as many as three hundred killed and scores wounded that morning. read more

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