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- Why Are We Subsidizing Fossil Fuels? December 5, 2019
- Why You Can’t Have The Green New Deal Without Young People December 5, 2019
- The Green New Deal Doesn’t Need Republicans December 5, 2019
- Extinction Rebellion: Times Square Takeover December 5, 2019
- Greta Thunberg Does The Carbon Budget Math December 5, 2019
- House Speaker Pelosi Announces Articles of Impeachment Draft December 5, 2019
- See The Damning Evidence In New Trump Impeachment Report | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC December 5, 2019
- Democrats Move to Draft Articles of Impeachment Against Trump December 5, 2019
- WATCH: Pelosi fires back at reporter who asks if she ‘hates’ Trump December 5, 2019
- The Reporter Who Asked Nancy Pelosi About Hating Trump Is Human Garbage December 5, 2019
- Eriel Deranger on Teck Frontier Mine at COP 25 December 5, 2019
- 9/11: An Architect’s Guide – Part 2 – Twin Towers’ Explosive Destruction (11-14-19) Webinar – Gage) December 5, 2019
- 9/11: An Architect’s Guide | Part 1: World Trade Center 7 (12/5/19 webinar – R Gage) December 5, 2019
- 9/11: An Architect’s Guide – Part 3: The Twin Towers and Extreme Heat (12/19/19 Webinar December 5, 2019
- Severe Weather Warning | Emma Thompson | Extinction Rebellion December 5, 2019
- GWSP: Leveraging Knowledge and Engagement to Solve the Water Crisis December 5, 2019
- Politicians Reap Unlimited Lobbyist Gifts December 5, 2019
- Obama ‘can’t take a stand’ says Cornel West December 5, 2019
- Threshold Series Lecture – Cornel West December 5, 2019
- We Have Saturated The Earth With Really Dangerous Toxins December 5, 2019
- Cornel West: There is ‘a neo-fascist in the White House’ | UpFront December 5, 2019
- Are These Signs of Oncoming Economic Disaster? December 5, 2019
- 2019 Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice December 5, 2019
- Fiona Watson: Indigenous groups face “genocide” protecting Amazon December 5, 2019
- Edward Snowden: If I Came Back to the U.S., I Would Likely Die in Prison for Telling the Truth December 5, 2019
- Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: Solutions for Economy-Wide Deep Decarbonization December 5, 2019
- Report: Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Hit Record High in 2019 December 5, 2019
- Impeachment Report Reveals Who Rudy Giuliani Was Calling – Day That Was | MSNBC December 5, 2019
- Harvard Students Protest University Decision to Deny Tenure to Popular Latina Professor December 5, 2019
- Aminatou Haidar Honored For Decades of Peaceful Resistance in Western Sahara, Africa’s Last Colony December 5, 2019
- “Alternative Nobel Prize:” Right Livelihood Award Celebrates 40 Years Honoring Grassroots Activists December 5, 2019
- Greta Thunberg To Be Honored for Climate Activism With Right Livelihood Award December 5, 2019
- Sweden Provides Free Higher Education, Universal Healthcare, Free Daycare — W hy Can’t the U.S.? December 5, 2019
- 5 Visits Along the Hudson River December 5, 2019
- Malta’s ‘golden passports’: Why do the super-rich want them? – BBC News December 5, 2019
- Hutchins Center Live Stream – Colloquium with Beatriz Marcheco-Teruel (12-04-19) December 5, 2019
- Hutchins Center Live Stream – Nikole Hannah-Jones w/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (12-04-19) December 5, 2019
- The Classic Slave Narratives: Henry Louis Gates December 5, 2019
- The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Environmental Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century (World Social Change): Robert B. Marks December 4, 2019
- How Did Trump Get To The Brink Of Impeachment? The Ukraine Bribery Plot Explained | MSNBC December 4, 2019
- Jamie Clarke on the first ever UK General Election debate focused on climate change December 4, 2019
- New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan: Jill Lepore December 4, 2019
- Root and Branch: African Americans in New York and East Jersey, 1613-1863: Graham Russell Gao Hodges December 4, 2019
- New York and Slavery: Time to Teach the Truth: Alan J. Singer December 4, 2019
- Slavery in New York: Ira Berlin, Leslie M. Harris December 4, 2019
- In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863 (Historical Studies of Urban America): Leslie M. Harris December 4, 2019
- When The Dutch Ruled The World: Rise and Fall of the Dutch East India Company December 4, 2019
- Anglo-Dutch Wars | 3 Minute History December 4, 2019
- How did the Dutch Revolutionise Warfare in the 17th Century? December 4, 2019
- Why did the Dutch Empire Collapse ? December 4, 2019
Daily Archives: July 9, 2019
Under its current leadership the United States is rapidly becoming a ‘banana republic’ — without any bananas. Increasing signs of this transformation are apparent and pervasive. The “free press” is a “free-market press,” and therefore substantially controlled by large corporations seeking favorable treatment from corrupted government agencies with the aim of building their respective market share and commercial dominance. They no longer serve the citizen’s interests — vital in any democracy — to know and learn about the world around them so that they can make informed decisions determining their own future. Instead the public is “sold” the news that serves the interests of dominant corporations and the advancement of political control by the corporate-state.
The courts have been stacked with judges who political appointees approved by a supine Senate beholden for the financing for their increasingly expensive public relations campaigns in periodic plebiscites. No where else in the world are putatively “free elections” so expensive, effectively eliminating any candidates who cannot marshal millions upon millions of dollars to launch a “bid” for office.
The respect for “civil rights and “human rights” under the current administration has sunk to historically low levels, as international organizations have observed and the public daily witnesses the rise of overt racism and the construction of concentration camps for political refugees along its boarders.
The conduct of international relations has deteriorated to the level of the brazen disrespect for international law, the unilateral abrogation of treaties and the fitful use of bluster, intimidation and military-economic coercion for the advancement of selected corporate entities and military contractors that have proven faithful contributors to the dominant families in power. Family members of the President have been placed in key government advisory and policy roles for which they are manifestly incompetent, leading many foreign Ambassadors to comment on the ineptness and shocking ignorance of the current American diplomats.
All of this has taken place with the sycophantic subservience of a scandalous “party system” and a notoriously arcane and corrupted series of disjointed electoral procedures that have been infiltrated and manipulated by foreign powers who effectively succeed in promoting candidates of their own choosing. In a “winner-takes-all” system this means foreign entities — either state actors or powerfully wealthy private interests have proved that they can effectively control the U.S. political system.
Perhaps most ominous feature of this unmitigated trend of moving to the status of a ‘banana republic’ is that it is a pattern that is being repeated around the world from Turkey to the Philippines and Egypt to Hungary. This is particularly troubling because the U.S. has lost its stature of global respect as an effective voice for the moral high ground in human affairs or even as a credible mediator in conflicts that are multiplying around the world.
It is not clear as yet whether any other nation-state will fill this gap in global leadership or whether more nations will follow the U.S. path in its tragic collapse of vision and moral leadership. For the moment the most positive reaction to these spiraling trends towards the proliferation of ‘banana republics’ around the world appears to be the global reaction of youth who are demonstrating, fighting for and demanding a just, equitable and survivable future for the global climate and all life-support systems around the world.
- Before All the World the Youth Challenge the Fatal Myopia, Greed & Childishness of the Trump Generation
as well as related stories: Greta Thunberg (background information)
It remains to be seen whether collectively the youth can mobilize new forms of collective action and determination — like that demonstrated by the college-aged students in Hong Kong — to unite with one another to save the planet from those currently in dominant “leadership” positions in institutions and political systems around the world.
New China TV
Published on Jul 9, 2019
You’ve heard of fish tanks, and you’ve heard of gardens…but have you ever heard of putting those two things together?
Published on Aug 10, 2015
Robert Reich explains 3 myths about the economy.
Published on Jul 9, 2019
On Monday, Donald Trump gave a speech about the environment, just moments after Washington, D.C. experienced one of the heaviest rainfalls on record. But rather than talk about leading the country forward, Trump derided progress by making absurd and completely false claims that plans like the Green New Deal would somehow harm minorities and poor people. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains why Trump’s claims have no basis in reality.
Published on Dec 1, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. As an industry insider, Alan Lewis knows just how badly the food system is broken. In this high energy TEDx talk, Alan reveals the sophisticated methods used by the food industry “fibberati” to manipulate, deceive and distract us. If you have ever read a food label and felt you were being lied to, you have felt the “dark mark” of the fibberati. We can resist these nefarious tactics by making conscious food choices based on core values that support a sustainable and just food system.
Alan directs Government Affairs and Food and Agriculture Policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a 60-year-old health food chain operating over 85 stores in fifteen states. He is active in many trade organizations and sits on the Boulder County Food and Agriculture Policy Council. His focus is on communicating with local and federal policy makers using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive — except for tonight. He has lived for extended periods in Portugal, Haiti, and Dominica, where he developed a keen appreciation for the variables of agriculture production and food systems within different geographic, cultural and economic contexts.