Jul 24 2014

Will There Be Justice for Palestine: Ali Abunimah, Tariq Abu Khdeir, and Max Blumenthal Speak

Israeli tanks hit a United Nations school in Gaza today killing 15 people who were seeking shelter there, and injuring 150 on the 16th day of the internationally condemned Operation Protective Edge. Nearly 700 Palestinians have been killed, a major portion of them children.

The New York Times is reporting this morning that Israel is defending its …

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Jul 21 2014

Putting the Central American Child Refugee Migration Into Perspective

The US government began deporting a number of Central Americans in what was called “just the initial wave.” The group of 40 migrants sent to Honduras on June 14th included women, and children as young as 18 months old.

The United Nations High Commission on Refugees has said it views Central American migrants to …

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Jul 21 2014

Vijay Prashad On Gaza’s Bombardment and Libya’s Civil War

At least 120 people were killed in air strikes over the weekend in the Gaza suburb of Shuja’iyya. Forty of those were children. The International Red Cross, which is usually careful to not make political statements, said “This sharp increase in the intensity of fighting and the resulting human cost is a matter of …

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Jul 21 2014

The Political Impact of the Downed Plane: Malaysia Airlines, the West, Ukraine, and Russia

Two hundred and forty seven bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 which was shot down over Eastern Ukraine late last week. The remains are stuck in legal limbo awaiting a flight out of the area and there are unsubstantiated rumors that Russian backed rebels are looting the …

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Jul 18 2014

What The Ruling On California’s Death Penalty Means

An unprecedented ruling by US District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney that California’s death penalty violates the US constitution is being heralded by anti-death penalty advocates around the nation.

The recent ruling, which may offer hope to California’s 748 prisoners currently sitting on death row, was the result of a case …

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Jul 18 2014

Navigating the Water Wars during California’s Drought

California Governor Jerry Brown earlier this year called on the state’s residents to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20 percent in light of the drought. Sadly, over the past three years, water usage has actually increased by 1%. In response, the California State Water Resources Control Board approved several emergency …

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Jul 18 2014

As Israeli Ground Troops Kill Civilians, A Live Report from Gaza

Israel has launched a ground invasion on Gaza just a day after killing four boys on a beach in an attack witnessed by international media. Thirty people have been reported killed since Israeli ground forces began attacking overnight, including three children and a baby. The overall death toll has now surpassed about 250. …

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Jul 17 2014

Obama’s Latest Effort to Enter Syria War Is A Pledge to Train “Small Group” of Rebels

US officials say they plan to train a small unit of Syrian rebels – about 2,300 – in the latest effort at toppling President Bashar Al Assad. Assad, who was just sworn in for a third term, has remained strong in the face of a multi year bloody civil war.

President Obama has requested …

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Jul 17 2014

Politics of Parenting: The Criminalization of Mothers Who are Poor and Women of Color

A few decades ago, a child playing alone at the park would have raised few eyebrows, but today it can be the cause for criminal action against parents. A woman named Debra Harrell was arrested in South Carolina this week for allowing her 9 year old daughter to play at the …

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Jul 17 2014

Analyzing Nativist Responses to Child Migration from the KKK to Glenn Beck

The influx of thousands of Central American child migrants at the US border has prompted a resurgence in Nativist tinged protests in various cities. It began with Murrieta, Southern California where protestors barricaded buses carrying women and children immigrants, preventing them from being processed at nearby facilities. In Oracle, Arizona, this week protestors lined …

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