At Least 37 Million People Have Been Displaced by America’s War on Terror – The New York Times

Sept. 8, 2020

At least 37 million people have been displaced as a direct result of the wars fought by the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a new report from Brown University’s Costs of War project. That figure exceeds those displaced by conflict since 1900, the authors say, with the exception of World War II.

The findings were published on Tuesday, weeks before the United States enters its 20th year of fighting the war on terror, which began with the invasion of Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001; yet, the report says it is the first time the number of people displaced by U.S. military involvement during this period has been calculated. The findings come at a time when the United States and other Western countries have become increasingly opposed to welcoming refugees, as anti-migrant fears bolster favor for closed-border policies.

The report accounts for the number of people, mostly civilians, displaced in and from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, Libya and Syria, where fighting has been the most significant, and says the figure is a conservative estimate — the real number may range from 48 million to 59 million. The calculation does not include the millions of other people who have been displaced in countries with smaller U.S. counterterrorism operations, according to the report, including those in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Niger.

“This has been one of the major forms of damage, of course along with the deaths and injuries, that have been caused by these wars,” said David Vine, a professor of anthropology at American University and the lead author of the report. “It tells us that U.S. involvement in these countries has been horrifically catastrophic, horrifically damaging in ways that I don’t think that most people in the United States, in many ways myself included, have grappled with or reckoned with in even the slightest terms.”

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Racism is Profitable | Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Sep 15, 2020

Solana Rice and Jeremie Greer, Co-Founders of Liberation in a Generation, explain how the profitability of racism sparks a vicious cycle called the Oppression Economy, which has been churning for centuries.

In our racialized capitalist society, elite institutions are motivated to keep suppressing the economic vitality of Black people, indigenous people, and people of color. That economic oppression in turn hinders their political power, and that political oppression kneecaps their ability to change the system in which racism is so profitable.

So how do we break the cycle?

Let’s start with supporting candidates and pressuring elected officials at every level of government who will support bold policies that dismantle the Oppression Economy and build a Liberation Economy — and remove those that don’t.

To build a Liberation Economy our government must guarantee that all people of color have access to basic economic rights like guaranteed income and employment, universal health care, guaranteed housing, a free college education and generational wealth.

This Liberation Economy is within our power to create. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “we are the government.” It does not belong to the corporations and the plutocrats that currently control them. It belongs to us, and it is within our power to take it back.

Let’s get to work.

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President Donald Trump signs an executive order to promote patriotic education!

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Sep 17, 2020

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to promote patriotic education!

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Trump signs order for ‘patriotic education’ as he rails against ‘warped’ American story

Guardian News Sep 17, 2020 Donald Trump has signed an executive order to promote “patriotic education” as he railed against what he called “left-wing” ideology taught in schools that is “ripping apart” friends and families. Speaking at the National Archives, Trump said “The left has warped, distorted, and defiled the American story,” and children should know “they are citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world”. The president was quickly condemned for attempts to restrict the telling of American history in schools to erase a legacy of racism, genocide and imperialism. See related:
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What Trump is saying about 1619 Project, teaching U.S. history

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Published on Sep 17, 2020

Speaking at the White House Conference on American History on Thursday, President Trump announced he would be signing an executive order to create the “1776 Commission” to promote a “patriotic education.” Trump also blasted efforts to reexamine American history with a deeper emphasis on slavery and racism. Yamiche Alcindor joins Judy Woodruff to discuss Trump’s perspective on race.

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Ed Yong: On pandemic, Trump reinforced Americans’ worst impulses

PBS NewsHour

Published on Sep 10, 2020

While the political fallout from President Trump’s coronavirus comments to Bob Woodward continues, what about the public health repercussions? Would America have fared better if Trump had treated the virus more seriously from the beginning? Ed Yong of The Atlantic, who has reported extensively on America’s pandemic response, joins William Brangham to discuss.

Brooke’s career high at Oxfam’s Straight Talk summit


Published on Sep 17, 2020

Brooke O’Donnell was looking for inspiration in her career in local government when she applied for #Oxfam Australia’s #StraightTalk program.

Brooke O’Donnell is a proud Palyku woman who lives in Perth, on Wadjuk Noongar land. The 36-year-old trained social worker has been a local Councillor in the City of Kalamunda for the past five years. She also works for the WA Department of Communities, “building systems to improve standards for our people,” she says.

Two years ago, finding herself in need of inspiration and direction, Brooke attended our National Straight Talk Summit. Thanks to our supporters, the Straight Talk program gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women the opportunity to come together and engage with Australia’s political system. “I was really stagnated and kind of needed that extra push, so I thought if I was successful in getting into the program, it would … remind me what I was doing and where I am going,” she explains.

“I think the biggest thing for Aboriginal women in politics is that sometimes you forget that you have such a valuable opportunity to make such a difference. And there is not many of us here in this realm so I need to be constantly thinking about that.”

At the summit, Brooke gained a deeper insight into Australian politics, realising “that Federal Government is something I’m really passionate about and perhaps somewhere I’d like to keep going to”. She also felt empowered by meeting other First Nations women from Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

“It was amazing to see the amount of other Indigenous cultures. When I saw that there are far more commonalities with Aboriginal women and First Nations women from all around the world, I felt stronger and connected to women and to Aboriginal people in general.” For Aboriginal women and girls who are thinking of leadership opportunities, Brooke says: “Just give it a go. If [people] say you can’t do it, you can definitely do it.”

Straight Talk is taking a year off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next National Summit will be held in 2021 in Canberra. Follow along on the Straight Talk Facebook page:… or contact the Straight Talk team on email or call +61392899370

“Rage” by Bob Woodward goes on sale

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Published on Sep 17, 2020

“Rage,” the new book by journalist Bob Woodward, goes on sale. The coverage of “Rage” has focused on the U.S. administration willfully downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19 during the early stages of the pandemic

Ghostly sounds of a vibrating Antarctic Ice Shelf


Published on Oct 16, 2018

Winds blowing across snow dunes on Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf cause the massive ice slab’s surface to vibrate, producing a near-constant drumroll of seismic “tones” scientists could potentially use to monitor changes in the ice shelf from afar, according to new research.

The ice shelf’s “song” is too low in frequency to be heard by human ears, but it has been made audible here by geophysicist and mathematician Julien Chaput, who sped up a 2015 recording of the ice shelf’s vibrations about 1,200 times.

Return to Eden | Regenerative Agriculture Documentary | WORLD PREMIERE

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Independent and multiple award-winning documentary maker Marijn Poels presents his latest documentary “Return To Eden,” featuring Allan Savory. WATCH

Jul 31, 2020
Return To Eden – It’s all about coming home.
When Natural and human interests impinge on each other and over-regulation disturbs our biological balance. important questions arise. Do we belong to nature or does nature belongs to us? A thought-provoking story in which documentary maker Marijn Poels explores the human urge to control our climate, security and preferably the other. Balancing on a razor-thin line between regulation and manipulation. When technology reigns supreme and common sense vaporizes through the test of time, humanity is on the brink of becoming the tool. Miles away from the collective panic, fear and chaos, there is hope, inspiration and reconnection.

Far away from collective climate hysteria, fear and chaos, there is hope, inspiration and solutions. Across political colours. Averse to framing. Full of deep wisdom from people who approach solutions ecologically. Where the globalised farmer is strangled between government subsidies, banks and buyers and sucked into the core of the problem, the independent entrepreneur grows his local food in an inspiring way, in the middle of the desert. And that may well offer more solutions than just for our food. A healthy, living soil consumes large quantities of CO2. But can it even go a step further? Can healthy soil calm the climate and even prevent hurricanes?

“The boundary between regulating and manipulating is razor-thin,” says Poels. “As citizens, we have to guard these lines very critically. Especially in agriculture. Sustainability and CO2, in particular, can indefinitely be misused as tools to push global political agendas. Centralization of power, agriculture and our food is ripping us further apart from our biological and natural balance. Common sense can be quickly confused with spreadsheets and technology. Chaos can grow very well on those. The technological revolution is an exciting direction which is not essentially wrong. But to what extent does our technology now support life? Today’s technologies can imperceptibly swallow culture, agriculture, identity and turn our daily system into chaos. Creativity, freedom, innovation and fundamental biological connections are at great risk. “We are the only species on earth rapidly separating themselves from their biological origins. Is that clever and where is the boundary?” That is what Poels is trying to discover in a thought-provoking story which will be online after September 17th.

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