CRT, Anti-racism, BLM: Legacies Of A Slave Mentality

These days, “black oppression” is a tactic used in dirty politics. But in my early life, it was very real. The Jim Crow days were a landscaped wilderness between slavery and freedom – a mirage of freedom.  
But I’ll spare the stories. It’s over. Holding on to that stuff is like walking around with a corpse on your back. Drag it around for too long and your soul rots from moral gangrene – a spirit of revenge if you have power; a spirit of resentment if you don’t.  If you have both, you become Maxine Waters. So, no.

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Colin Powell’s Mindless Obedience to the US War Machine Led to Death and Destruction

The death of former secretary of state Colin Powell yesterday recalls an old debate about the nature of duty: is it a matter of blind loyalty to one’s leaders, no matter how foolish or destructive their actions are? Or is it about fidelity to a higher principle than merely following orders — about having the courage and integrity to stand by fundamental principles?

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Five looming global flashpoints

China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran pose enduring challenges to international peace. But five other possible flashpoints loom.
1) India-Pakistan in/over KashmirClaimed by Pakistan, India’s Jammu and Kashmir province has long been a center for terrorist activity. In early 2019, a major attack on Indian security forces threatened to provoke a war . Considering India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed powers sharing a sectarian and theological hatred for one another, the stakes of what happens in Kashmir reach far beyond the province’s borders.

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The CIA should leave diplomacy to diplomats

CIA Director Bill Burns is a lifelong career diplomat and a former deputy secretary of state. He’s also an ambitious man.
Under ordinary circumstances, there is nothing wrong with that: Washington, D.C., is an ambitious town. Just as every senator looks in the mirror and sees a future president, every foreign service officer sees in his or her reflection a future secretary of state.
President Joe Biden pledged during his campaign and repeatedly during the first months of his presidency that he wanted to return diplomacy to center-stage.

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Hidden Heroes

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Posted: Oct 17, 2021 12:01 AM

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I’ve read many great books, but it’s rare that I have the urge to thank the author.   In the case of “Hidden Heroes,” I wanted to do so on two levels: to thank Pam Cohen for her outstanding recounting of details of the struggle to free Soviet Jews, and for her incredible role in making so much of the outcome about which she’s recounted possible to begin with.

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Policing pregnancy while corporate drug pushers go free shows warped values | Arwa Mahdawi

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Policing pregnancy while corporate drug pushers go free shows warped values

Arwa Mahdawi

A system that can put a young woman away for four years for suffering a miscarriage should make your blood boil

There are more than 1,200 documented cases of women being arrested because of their pregnancy outcomes since 1973, when Roe v Wade legalized abortion.

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Noam Chomsky: The GOP Is a “Gang of Radical Sadists”

He’s absolutely right. What’s called “American exceptionalism” is mistaken in two respects. For one thing, the claims about what makes us exceptional are easily disproven. For another, there’s nothing exceptional about it. It was the same with every other major power.
While France was officially committed to “exterminating” the Algerians, French intellectuals were praising the civilizing mission of France. While Britain was carrying out some of its worst atrocities in India, John Stuart Mill — a respectable intellectual, if anybody was — was writing about it.

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Op-Ed: Did the vandals who scrawled an anti-Israel slogan in UCLA’s Bunche Hall know the history?

Last week vandals scrawled “Free Palestine from the river to the sea” on the wall of a classroom in UCLA’s Bunche Hall. The phrase has been used by groups such as Hamas to call for Israel’s elimination. It is not clear who did the tagging, and the university quickly erased the graffiti. But it is clear what the building’s namesake, Ralph J. Bunche, the first Black person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, would have thought of the message.

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My Neighbor the Tear Gas Factory

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The video camera pans across an empty front porch. A light breeze rustles the leaves of the trees lining the driveway. An empty bird feeder swings gently from a branch. Suddenly there’s a loud explosion and a distant echo, followed by another and another in rapid succession—a Pennsylvania pastoral obliterated in an instant by sounds of war. A resigned, elderly voice narrates the blasts.

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My Neighbor the Tear Gas Factory

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This project was reported with support from the Pulitzer Center.
The video camera pans across an empty front porch. A light breeze rustles the leaves of the trees lining the driveway. An empty bird feeder swings gently from a branch. Suddenly there’s a loud explosion and a distant echo, followed by another and another in rapid succession—a Pennsylvania pastoral obliterated in an instant by sounds of war. A resigned, elderly voice narrates the blasts.

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