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Peace March Bound for Aleppo Crossing Through Germany

From Waging Nonviolence: In the wake of untold civilian casualties in Syria, thousands have pledged their support for what’s being called the Civil March for Aleppo. The initiative, which began in Berlin on Dec. 26, will see hundreds of marchers re-trace the 2,100-mile path between Syria and Germany that many […]

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Bamboozled: A cure for Trump’s snake oil

Smooth-talking con artists are familiar figures in American folklore. The well-dressed hustler arrives in an unsuspecting town. He pitches some miracle cure or get-rich-quick scheme, door-to-door or from atop a soapbox. Then before his customers realize they’ve been duped, he steals away in search of his next mark. It’s a […]

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Where Will the (New) Border Walls Go?

The last round of border wall construction passed through Texas nearly a decade ago following the 2006 Secure Fence Act, with steel barriers being cut through nature preserves and private property (but avoiding golf courses and wealthy Bush familiars) I was reminded of the incredible people I met the last […]

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Corpus Christi’s Water Ban Linked to Valero Contamination

More than 300,000 residents to avoid all contact with city water. Corpus Christi officials have identified a chemical that is suspected to have leaked into the Texan city’s tap water on Wednesday night. The contaminant, they say, is Indulin AA-86, an asphalt emulsifier which can burn human skin in concentrated […]

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New DOE spill response: “Oops!”

Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, two-time presidential candidate, and one-time Dancing With the Stars contestant, is reportedly President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the Department of Energy — an agency that in 2012 he forgot existed before vowing to dismantle it. Perry was governor of Texas from 2000 to […]

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A ‘Plan B’ President Chosen for a ‘Plan A’ War

F. William Engdahl, Via New Eastern Outlook The project called the Trump Presidency has just two months before its formal beginning. Yet already the hopes and fantasies of much of the world are making him into something and someone Donald Trump most definitely is not. Donald Trump is yet another […]

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Oxfam: Murder of Activists in Latin America ‘Out of Control’

Some in the United States may be familiar with the murder of Berta Cáceres, who led an indigenous resistance against the Agua Zarca dam in Honduras, earlier this year. But a new report from Oxfam warns there is a much bloodier campaign of violence directed at human-rights activists across Latin […]

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‘HATE RISING’: Watch Jorge Ramos’ Complete Documentary (VIDEO)

We have to decide what kind of nation we want to be. If we don’t, we might become a different country, a dark country. — Jorge Ramos From Fusion: A new film, “Hate Rising,” reported by Fusion and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, shows the astonishing and very concerning rise of […]

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Nobel Peace Laureate Gorbachev Calls for De-Escalation

Gorbachev’s Call for Sanity and Dialogue 28 Oct 2016 – President Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union and recipient of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, has appealed to world leaders to reduce the dangerous the tensions which today threaten to plunge human civilization and the biosphere into an […]

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YMI: ‘We Leave Aside the Cliques’

The story of one that got out, came back, and changed the game. It is the story of brave young men who were able to reach beyond hopelessness, anger, and frustration and create an intimate, supportive community with other young men. Not an easy thing to do, perhaps especially in […]

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Child of Aleppo: ‘He will be my brother’

A reminder here that there is a time before self-interest and fear comes to rule over our hearts. A time before self-preservation seizes our sense of morality and friendship. A time called childhood. Yesterday, the White House released news of a six-year-old boy who wrote to President Obama offering a […]

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World Peace Day: ‘War Has No Future’

Syrian-born Catholic priest Gregory Chahin, a faculty member at Assumption Seminary, addressed a small gathering of students and faculty at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, today. He lamented the condition of those caught up in violent conflict around the world-particularly in Syria and the broader Middle East-and urged […]