August 2016 Archives

Civil Rights 'Bigger Than Football'

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Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem Friday night because the 49ers quarterback refused to "stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppressed black people and people of color," reports NFL Media's Steve Wyche.


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"It would be selfish on my part to look the other way," added Kaepernick. "There are bodies in the street and people [police officers] getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Kaepernick joins other athletes, like NBA's Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, in raising awareness to issues affecting minorities in the U.S.

Resistance Can't Wait

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Thumbnail image for 160818154414-01-week-in-photos-0818-restricted-super-169.jpgI can't get this photo out of my mind, or the fact that U.S. presidential contenders promise more of the same. 

How can anyone sponsor this horror with a vote for Clinton or Trump?  It's not OK with me; I suspect not with you. Shame on pretenders to moral righteousness over who's the "less evil" candidate. This is what American intervention looks like. It ain't pretty, it ain't acceptable, and it must be condemned.


"There can be no doubt that Donald Trump is a contemptible and dangerous character. But these facts don't make business as usual -- that is, the realities we currently face -- any less contemptible," writes Jake Johnson, Words of Dissent...  

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"Chelsea Manning is still in prison, along with Jeffrey Sterling and other whistleblowers; drones are still killing and maiming innocents; Palestinians are still suffering under an illegal and brutal occupation; immigrants are still being detained in private detention facilities; black and Latino communities are still being exploited and brutalized; corporate America still has a tight grip on the political process; climate change is still wreaking havoc; inequality is still soaring."

"This is what your country is. This is what your country always has been. Donald Trump doesn't make America ugly; Donald Trump reveals its ugliness to people who are too comfortable to want to hear it," summarizes Fredrik deBoer. 

"If you dress somebody up like they're at war, if you give them training as if they are at war, well then you can expect that they're going to act like killers on the battlefield," says Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford. "And that is the way they act."

The world's first aerial bomb was dropped on Libya November 1, 1911 during the war between the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Italy. A photo exhibit at the Italian war history Museum in Rovereto documents the use of air weapons in the first half of 20th Century, "from the conquest [of] Libya to the first and rudimentary bomb drops in the first line and over towns during the First World War, from bombardments of Ethiopian villages to those of Spanish towns during the Civil War 1936-1939, from the destruction of European cities during the Second World War to the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima on 6th August 1945."

The long nuclear peace that followed recognition of the enormity of the U.S. government's decision to use nuclear weapons -- the "nuclear taboo" against repetition of that crime by the nine states in possession of those weapons -- is threatened by the introduction of a new type of bomb. Business Insider's Jeremy Bender writes that it may just be the most alarming U.S. weapon yet: "The concern over the B61-12... is that such an accurate and usable nuclear weapon [relatively low yield, producing less nuclear fallout and less "collateral damage"] could encourage military thinkers to start imagining a wider variety of situations in which the use of nuclear weapons would be acceptable."

The use of mini-nukes against countries in the Middle East has been on the Pentagon's drawing board for almost 20 years -- the (Bill) Clinton administration considered use of the B61-11 "bunker buster" on Libya in 1996. The flippant attitude of today's presidential contenders towards nuclear deployment gives us great pause on this, the 71st anniversary of Hiroshima.

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Dr. Helen Caldicott will speak, admission free, on 
Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Abolished? 
Saturday, August 13 at 2 pm
Koret Auditorium
San Francisco Main Public Library
100 Larkin Street 

Though obligated to disarm under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the U.S. is devising new nuclear weapons for a trillion dollars while the Pentagon plans ways to use them. What to do? Hear the foremost authority on atomic perils, an Australian physician & author whose mobilizing of doctors of the world culminated in the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. 

Books by Dr. Caldicott will be offered for sale. 

In the first 24 days of 2015, police in the U.S. fatally shot more people than police did in England and Wales, combined, over the past 24 years. -- The Guardian 

Professor John McMurtry says that the U.S. government is a gigantic mass-murdering machine which earns profit through waging wars, and is never held accountable over its unspeakable war crimes and crimes against humanity. He also believes that the U.S. has become a police state, which treats its citizens in the most derogatory manner. -- Global Research

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