Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch – much less than truthful on Ecuador

Daniel Wilkinson – managing director of the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) – wrote a piece entitled “Environmentalists Under Siege in Ecuador” Environmentalists are so “under siege” in Ecuador that they are given lengthy interviews on big private networks with extremely sympathetic TV journalists. In this TV interview –  one that Wilkinson refers Read more…

Brad Wilson: Farm Studies Illiteracy Test

(A Farmers (latest) Test of Basic Hog Sense) INTRODUCTION This is the latest in a series of “tests” I’ve written under the general heading of “A Farmers Test of Basic Hog Sense.” This one explores cultural and academic literacy in relation to the historical Family Farm (or Farm Justice) Movement, and in a context of Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Militarism Run Amok: Russians and Americans Get Their Kids Ready for War

In 1915, a mother’s protest against funneling children into war became the theme of a new American song, “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier.”  Although the ballad attained great popularity, not everyone liked it.  Theodore Roosevelt, a leading militarist of the era, retorted that the proper place for such women was “in Read more…

Bob Simpson: The Chicago hunger strike for Dyett High School: Why it matters to us all

It’s been a tough week for the environment. A chunk of glacier so big it could bury Manhattan in 1000 feet of ice fell into the sea off Greenland. Monstrous forest fires raged in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest with some of those fires weakening the permafrost which protects us from a possible methane apocalypse. Read more…

Allan Lichtenstein: People Living in Poverty Can Decide for Themselves—Their Choices are as Good (or as Bad) as are Ours

Recently a few state legislatures introduced bills intended to restrict the discretion of people with low incomes in their use of SNAP (Food Stamps) monies. Underlying these proposed legislations, clearly punitive in intent, is the assumption that people who draw on the safety net to help them make ends meet are not capable of making Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Amnesty Still Asks US and Saudi Governments to ensure only the good Syrian Rebels are armed

In 2012 an Amnesty official explained to me why Amnesty calls for an arms embargo on all Palestinian armed groups but makes no such call regarding the Syrian rebels. The key quotes from Amnesty’s 2012 correspondence with me follows: “ …it is evident that these Palestinian armed groups have a proven track record, over many years, Read more…

Burkely Hermann: Animal rights in an age of corporate globalization

Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on HermannView and has been reposted here for your enjoyment. Everyone keeps talking about Cedric the Lion who was killed in Zimbabwe by two people who were paid $50,000 by a rich Minnesota dentist. The outrage is, in some sense, displaced, which others have talked about in the twitterverse, but Read more…

Alice Dubiel: Support for Tent encampment in Ballard

I just sent this email note to Honorable Ed Murray, mayor of Seattle, Hyeok Kim, deputy mayor of Seattle and members of the city council regarding the NIMBY response in Ballard (neighborhood of Seattle) to the mayor’s siting one of three tent encampments.   I am writing to express my support for the Ballard tent Read more…

Brad Wilson: Farm Justice: Questions for the Food Movement

I’ve been asked to summarize the key points of some of my work for people in the Food Movement who have a hard time understanding some or other part of it. Here I’m attempting to respond to that with QUESTIONS rather than with my own bullet points. That puts the shoe on the other foot. Read more…

Burkely Hermann: Connecting the dots: Hillary Clinton, Zionism, and Haim Saban

Editors note: This post was originally written in July, but due to some problems it was never published. Before the summer is over, I think this post needs to see the light of day. It has been kept in its original form, with extra information noted in footnotes. Recently, in a letter written to wealthy Read more…

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