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Mexico: Too Close to the USA?

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Ed Kinane and Ann Tiffany

This past November, during its 25th annual convergence at Ft. Benning, Georgia, Roy Bourgeois of School of the Americas (SOA) Watch made a momentous announcement. In 2016 this event will instead be held in early October in Nogales, Arizona—divided from Nogales, Mexico by security forces and barbed wire-topped walls.

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UndocuBlack: A Movement Rising

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by Aly Wane

I still remember it very clearly, the wound in the stomach, the stab in the heart. I was watching television with my then-girlfriend when the verdict came in. George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, was acquitted of the murder. I actually laughed in disbelief, as if someone had told me a particularly absurd joke. Then I changed the channel to a sitcom, because I was not ready to process this. I wanted to retreat into myself. I wanted desperately to NOT think about the implications of this.

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We Need a Better Future for Onondaga Lake

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by Lindsay Speer

In the next few years, many of the legally required remedies at Onondaga Lake will be wrapping up. However, the common-sense goals articulated by both the Onondaga Nation and the Clean Water Act—being able to drink the water, eat the fish, and swim in the lake—are still far out of reach. Onondaga Lake needs us.

 

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The Flint Water Crisis and Syracuse

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In January 2016, news spread that Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder had ignored blatant warning signs that the water in Flint was dangerously contaminated.

A host of factors created this situation. In 2011, the governor appointed a panel to examine Flint’s financial situation. That November, the panel determined that Flint was in a financial crisis and appointed an emergency manager to make unpopular budget cuts, with the power to overrule the elected city council.

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NOT A CLICHE; TOO MANY PEOPLE TO THANK...

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By Rae Kramer

The Peace Council’s Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival is an annual event that brings together thousands of people for fellowship, fun, good eats, entertainment and commerce the way we’d like it to be. It is a two-day manifestation of hours of organizing, planning, creating, and asking for help. The backbone is the volunteer Plowshares Committee, which meets all year, and does a good part of its work around the potluck dinner table (to see who’s on the Committee or to join, see page 12).

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NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THE "GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR"

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Diane and Peter Swords


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AMERICA'S HISTORIC TERRORISM

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By Sue Eiholzer

Just as terrorism today is often justified by religious principle, our ancestors took the ancestral homelands of people, who had lived here for centuries, based on Papal Bulls of the 15th Century. Commonly referred to as the Doctrine of Discovery, the Papal Bulls gave Christians the right to “capture, vanquish and subdue all … pagan and other enemies of Christ … and take away all their possessions and property.” Charles Mann in his book 1491 shows us the rich legacy of cultural and agricultural development in the western hemisphere.

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NY BILL WOULD CREATE OFFICIAL BLACKLIST OF ISRAEL BOYCOTT SUPPORTERS

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By Nora Barrows-Friedman

The US government gives over $3 billion annually in military aid to Israel under the guise of the “War on Terror.” Those funds sustain an illegal occupation of Palestinian land and a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people. US politicians at every level, especially in New York, clamor to show they “stand with Israel” despite that country’s serious human rights violations. Now, they are attempting to silence grassroots activists who are participating in the global nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel’s poli

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White Supremacy is Fundamental To The "WAR ON TERROR"

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By Amelia Lefevre and Aly Wane

In the US, the state can murder a child with impunity if that child’s skin is a certain color, as in the tragic case of Tamir Rice. This represents a kind of terrorism, and yet the US government goes abroad to fight a so-called “War on Terror,” rather than fight it here. Some have argued that the government’s war on terror is in fact a war of terror, with its Hellfire missiles raining down on wedding parties and unsuspecting civilians.

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Our Terrorisms

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By Ed Kinane

Pundits and politicos incessantly invoke, but seldom define, “terrorism.” Like the phony “war on drugs,” the phony “war on terrorism” promotes economic interests, serves political agendas. Neither war reduces drug use or violence. Nor are they designed to.

“Terrorism” – past and present – pervades the US psyche and economy. Terrorism, so-called, and the fear thereof, blunts our minds, shrinks our hearts. This contrived national obsession gives the Pentagon and NSA/Homeland Security their ever-expanding powers. It tightens their grip. It swells their coffers.

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