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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 20 September 2014

Fairness and Justice? Post-9/11 Muslim Charity Prosecution

Katherine Hughes, Truthout: The US government continues its persecution of Rafil Dhafir, most recently by placing him in the special housing unit in the midst of his last chance at a legal remedy, a 2255 habeas corpus motion.

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“They” Live; “They” Rule

Paul Street, Paradigm Publishers: In this excerpt from his new book, They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy, Paul Street describes how John Carpenter prefigured our present moment when all conspires to make resistance seem futile and alternatives, non-existent.

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Machiavelli and Oligarchic Democracy

Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout: Machiavelli thought that curbing the appetites of the super-rich and super-powerful was essential for promoting and protecting everyone’s freedom and happiness. He was right. And what was true at his time is still true today.

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Socialism and Workers’ Self-Directed Enterprises

Richard D. Wolff, MRZine: Global capitalism’s extreme and deepening inequalities have provoked millions to question and challenge capitalism. Yet socialists of all sorts now find it more difficult than ever to make effective criticisms and offer alternatives that inspire.

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Restoring Government by the People, for the People

Marge Baker, OtherWords: Thanks to decisions made by the Supreme Court in recent years and the resulting avalanche of money in politics, the ability for everyday Americans to have our concerns heard and addressed by our elected officials is dwindling.

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The Multiple Benefits of Economic Localization

Helena Norberg-Hodge, Catalysta: For young people entering the workforce, one of the most powerful steps to take is to join the emerging localization movement. There is no better way to ensure secure and meaningful livelihoods than by replacing the globalization juggernaut with human-scale systems.

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Existential Zombie

John Steppling, John Steppling’s Blog: As the media reflexively commemorated 9/11, the average American cannot begin to imagine what life is like for the average Iraqi. Imagine if instead of 3,000 people dead, there were several million dead.

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Latin America at a Climate Crossroads

Susan McDade, Inter Press Service: World leaders gathered at the Climate Change Summit during the United Nations General Assembly September 23 will have a crucial opportunity to mobilize political will, advance solutions to climate change and address its closely connected challenges of increasing access to sustainable energy.

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First Fall Semester Debtors’ Assembly at SIUC: A Critique of the Student Debt Regime

Nicholas Smaligo and James Anderson, Midwest Campus Crisis: Just a few decades ago, accumulating debt in and as a result of attending college was virtually unheard of.

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“Don’t Warehouse Me in a Nursing Home”

Robin Marty, Care2: By refusing to expand Medicaid, as so many other states across the country have done, Tennessee is being forced to make cuts that are affecting those with illnesses or disabilities who previously had been living independently in their own homes, forcing them into assisted living situations instead.

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BuzzFlash

The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

“Officer of the Year” for Protecting Women, Accused of Using Police Resources to Stalk Women

Read the Article at MintPress News

Immigration-Rights Activist Detained in Orange County, Marked for Deportation

Read the Article at the Los Angeles Times

Family of Utah Man Shot Dead “From Behind” by Police Call for Federal Inquiry

Read the Article at The Guardian

In Movies, Violence Against Women Lets Filmmakers Indulge Toxic Fantasies

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Faulty Shale Gas Wells Contaminated Drinking Water in Two States

Read the Article at Facing South

Illinois Judge Rules Police Entitled to SWAT Raid Over Parody Twitter Account

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Crossing the Line

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The Oracle Report | Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

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Balsamic Moon Phase: release

Moon in Virgo

Ruling Mahavidya: Shodashi (Goddess of Beauty) and Matangi (Goddess of the Wind)

Skill: look past what is moving away and look toward what is emerging

Negative Imprint: resistance to change, desire to escape, immobilized, self-sabotage, attempting to prevent another’s growth

Positive Imprint: transcending, preservation, emergence, nurturance

We come to the end of our journey through the Virgo cycle today, a month where we were blessed with “two guardian angels bringing protection.” I will review the past cycle and provide an overview for what’s ahead with the next cycle in an audio recording to be posted later today.

The next cycle, the cycle that begins tomorrow with the New Moon in Libra, brings the maximum amount of light by which to see and act. It brings the fullest expression of intentions, especially those that were in place back at the New Moon in Aries cycle during April 2014 (the Aries cycle was March 30 through April 28, 2014). Look back to the conditions and situations, and especially your mindset during that time. Where do these things stand now?

They may look very different now than they did then, especially after this past cycle that drove us back in line with what is in our highest and best interests. For many, the course correction traversed rocky terrain, leaving painful injury in its wake. If you are in the aftermath of this, recovery is on the way.

We deal with the ramifications to changes in our lives and the changes in our world today. The Sun moves into Libra, which means the Earth moves into Aries, and new opportunities begin to emerge. New opportunities and brighter futures are what the Wisdom Goddess Shodashi was working towards all along this month. She was putting us where we need to be.

The lunar month that is ending today had deep energetic signatures of Chiron – the archetypal energy of the wounded healer-teacher. The New Moon in Virgo made a square to the Chiron Point, activating Chiron energy that would be tapped all month long. Many readers of the Oracle Report (wise owls) carry strong Chiron codes and are familiar with the pain that accompanies the wounding of Chiron. This energy delivers one more round today as the Moon builds toward opposition with Chiron around 4:30 pm ET/8:30 pm UT. Some degree of personal healing takes place for all of us today. It may be helpful to know that with Chiron, the pain is purposeful, and will lead to a gift you can offer others. Chiron is experiential, so honor the experiences you are having and rest assured that it will lead you to greater wisdom.

Pluto stations direct today around 8:30 pm ET/12:30 am UT, and as some remember, the day a planet stations retrograde or direct can be rather sticky. The energy can get wild. But it will be a welcome shift in the energy to have the “God of the Underworld” moving forward once again. We have lingered long enough in the underworld of the past. We have dived far enough down to bring back what we need. Now we let it go. Don’t hold yourself back because of the way life has been.

With all that you have or all that you can muster today, embrace the newness that is emerging.

Finally, please join me in a standing ovation and bow of thanks to the Mahavidyas Shodashi and Matangi, our guardian angels this month, who have worked double time. Shodashi brought us back on track and Matangi swept away the debris. Then turn to yourself and take a bow. We held the line this month. To find out what we were holding the line with, tune in later for the audio.

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal September 22 to 28, 2014 | Pam Younghans

Posted Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Astrology Journal
Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
September 22 to 28, 2014

By Pam Younghans
Photo: Auroras over Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada on September 19, 2014 (credit: Joseph Bradley, posted on SpaceWeather.com)

MOST ASTROLOGERS found it laughable when, in 2006, Pluto was demoted in status. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) decided that Pluto did not qualify as a “planet,” so it became designated as a “dwarf planet.”

The reason most of us chuckled at this demotion is because, in spite of its relatively small size and incredible distance from Earth, Pluto is a huge player in the energetics of our human experience. So it is fitting, in this week when Pluto is about to change direction and its influence is heightened, that astronomers are reconsidering Pluto’s status once again.

Scientists last Thursday had a debate on the subject at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. A vote taken after the debate showed that most in attendance now believe Pluto should regain its status as planet.

Nothing is official yet, since it appears that an IAU vote is the deciding factor. But just ask anyone who is currently experiencing a strong transit from Pluto — they will be very quick to tell you that Pluto’s effects can hardly be called “dwarf.”

ALL OF US are working with Pluto’s increased influence now, most notably in the areas of life represented by its house location in our natal charts (of both natal Pluto and transiting Pluto). Pluto has been retrograde (moving backward) since April 14, and now is ready to turn around and start forward motion again.

When a planet changes direction, it moves very slowly, and so tends to have greater impact than when it is moving more quickly — a bit like the difference between dipping your hand briefly in a bucket of ice water and holding it there for several minutes.

Pluto’s ultimate effect is deep transformation, especially of those aspects of our personalities that keep us chained to clashes of ego and will. As a transpersonal planet in astrological terms, Pluto’s intention is to elevate our understanding and use of the ego — not to deny it but to empower it in positive ways. An empowered ego does not need to do battle to prove itself. It resides in such a place of strength that it does not need to be defensive.

ASTROLOGER Bil Tierney explains in his bookDynamics of Aspect Analysis that:

“Pluto is only concerned with confronting us with the essence of that which we have not transformed to a higher level of expression. Like Saturn, Pluto shows us the reality of our limitations, although from a more psychological point of view. Much depends upon the degree of our self-discipline and emotional self-mastery.”

“Emotional self-mastery” is a key term here. Pluto’s ultimate goal is that of empowerment. One of the main ways we keep ourselves disempowered is by allowing negative emotions such as fear, suspicion, shame, and guilt to be in control of our thoughts and actions.

Pluto often brings to the surface those very emotions just listed. The intention is not punitive, but to help us be aware of the power of those emotions, and to help us learn how to rechannel in positive ways the energy currently being lost in nonproductive (or counter-productive) outlets.

IT IS NO COINCIDENCE that I happened upon my copy of the book Power vs. Force earlier this week. I had looked for it a few months ago, but in not finding it, believed I must have loaned it away. But a couple of days ago, as I reached behind a row of books in my bookshelf, hoping to find whatever it was I was looking for at the time (who remembers now!), the book that came out in my hand was this very book by David R. Hawkins.

Power vs. Force is a insightful, scientifically-based treatise on kinesiology and related subjects. What I mostly remember from my reading of it many, many years ago, is that it had a wonderful delineation of the levels of human consciousness, assigning energy levels to the various emotions.

At the bottom of the scale is Shame, which Dr. Hawkins gives an energy level of 20. Guilt is at energy level 30, Fear is at 100, Anger at 150, etc. etc., finally reaching Enlightenment at energy levels 700 to 1,000.

I often think about this book and the energy level scale when working with emotional issues. It reminds me why anger feels better than apathy or fear, but still does not feel as good as courage or even neutrality.

THIS BOOK with its energy level scale is a helpful tool right now because Pluto often pulls out of us the emotions at the lower end of the scale. I say “pulls out of us,” because Pluto does just that — it doesn’t create those emotions in our experience, it reveals where they are hidden within us by bringing them into our consciousness.

Once we are aware of these lower-vibrational emotions that we carry, we can use the energy level scale to gradually raise our consciousness.The scale helps, because it shows us a step-by-step process. Rather than insisting that we make the giant leap from anger to love, it reminds us that if it feels difficult to bring in the vibration of love in our present emotional state, we can at least get started in the right direction by choosing some of the emotions that are higher on the scale, but that also feel within reach.

OUR OTHER important astrological events this week are clustered in the next few days. Monday brings us Pluto’s station and the Equinox, when the Sun enters Libra. Tuesday marks the beginning of the new lunar cycle, and Thursday is the Uranus-Jupiter trine.

Here’s what astrologer Stephanie Austin writes about these days around an Equinox, in the current issue of The Mountain Astrologer:

“During the day before, on, and after the equinox, the Sun’s alignment with the Earth’s equator generates a reduction in the magnetic field of the Earth, enabling us to access higher dimensions more easily. Equinox and solstice points are thus energetic gateways and extra-potent times to set intentions and participate in ceremony, ritual, and prayer.”

SCIENTISTS know that we tend to have more auroras around the Equinox, although they also admit that they do not have an explanation that completely accounts for the phenomenon. Auroras usually occur when solar winds from the Sun brush against the Earth’s magnetic field. But, auroras also occur at the Equinoxes, with or without solar winds to set them off.

So, what does that mean for us and our experience? Mostly that there is an important energy shift that occurs in the Earth’s electromagnetic field at the Equinoxes, and that therefore occurs in our human magnetic fields as well. In other words, as Ms. Austin says, the Equinox is an energetic gateway that enables us to access higher dimensions more easily.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST on my list of what I want to talk about today is the Uranus-Jupiter trine on Thursday. If you attended my teleclass back in June, you’ll remember that I was pretty excited about this event, based on what each planet represents.

Jupiter is the visionary and the optimist; Uranus is the innovator and inventor. When these two planets work in harmony together (the trine aspect), we have increased potentials for gaining important insights, making changes that fill our lives with greater meaning, and accessing realms usually beyond our reach, both on the physical plane and interdimensionally.

Other possible manifestations, especially for those who are working with strong Uranus transits this year, involve having the courage to finally make those changes that we’ve been toying with for many months. For some, this trine could mean it’s time for the breakthroughs we’ve been anticipating.

So, it could be an interesting and powerful week, in many regards…

Blessings,
Pam

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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 19 September 2014

The Political Economy of Israeli Apartheid and the Specter of Genocide

William I. Robinson, Truthout: Restructuring through capitalist globalization has brought about an important shift in Palestinians’ relationship to Israel and generated conditions that make it easier for the Israeli right to raise the specter of genocide.

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A New Way Insurers Are Shifting Costs to the Sick

Charles Ornstein, ProPublica: By charging higher prices for generic drugs that treat certain illnesses, health insurers may be violating the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which bans discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.

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Corruption, Clientelism and Censorship in Greece’s Media Landscape

Michael Nevradakis, Truthout: This is the first in a series of articles chronicling the long – and ongoing – history of corruption and censorship in Greece’s media landscape, one that has been marked by ever-declining freedoms of speech and the press.

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Stanford’s Coal Divestment: Meet Two Students – and One President – Who Made It Happen

Dana Drugmand, YES! Magazine: The movement to persuade schools to divest from fossil fuels has taken off around the country. Meet a few people who helped make Stanford the first major university to make a commitment to divest from coal.

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Historic Climate Change Protests Only Days Away

Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: Activists Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese discuss the major climate change events taking place this weekend in New York City.

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Is Modern Technology Killing Us?

Erica Etelson, Truthout: Technology has thus far largely shielded us from the real-life consequences of our hedonism, but ecosystem failures are starting to catch up with us faster than technology can respond. The delusion that we are separate from nature is the perilous essence of the techno-topian myth.

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Climate Change You Can Believe In

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Climate change deniers persist in telling us it just ain’t so, like the tobacco industry claiming for decade after decade that nicotine wasn’t addictive or that cigarettes couldn’t kill you.

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A Simpler Solution to Climate Change

Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: In her powerful new book, Naomi Klein drills through the noisy climate debate and finds that humanity has no choice but to ditch its fossil fuel-driven global economy for a local model powered by renewable energy.

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Wisconsin Election Officials and Advocates Scrambling After Voter ID Reinstated

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: Wisconsin election officials and advocates are being forced to make an “extraordinary effort” to adjust to voter ID restrictions that were just reinstated by a federal appellate court. Thousands of absentee ballots have already been sent to voters.

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Honduran Mothers and Grandmothers Search Far and Wide for Missing Migrants

Thelma Mejia, Inter Press Service: United by grief and anxiety, the grandmothers, mothers and other relatives of people who disappeared on the migration route to the United States formed a committee in this city in northern Honduras to search for their missing loved ones.

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Abortion Opponents Take Fight With Planned Parenthood to Ridiculous Extreme in Miss America Battle

Robin Marty, Care2: Miss New York’s Kira Kazantsev has just been crowned the new Miss America, and that should be a happy occasion. Instead, she’s being dubbed a baby killer after the right wing discovered that she spent three months interning for Planned Parenthood.

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BuzzFlash

Cliven Bundy’s Chutzpah: He Blames Government for His Cow Severely Injuring Woman

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Cliven Bundy is such an extreme caricature of egregious hypocrisy – not to mention being a crass racist – that he appears to be the invention of a cynical satirist.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

Islamic State: “US Failure to Look Into Saudi Role in 9/11 Has Helped ISIS”

Read the Article at The Independent

Paul Krugman | Errors and Emissions

Read the Article at The New York Times

Deep Inside the Wild World of China’s Fracking Boom

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Survivalist Killer on the Run Brings Life in the Poconos to a Standstill

Read the Article at The Guardian

While We March for the Climate, Governments Meet With Polluters

Read the Article at The Nation

Are We at War?

Read the Article at The New Yorker

Eight Dead in Attack on Ebola Team in Guinea: “Killed in Cold Blood”

Read the Article at The Washington Post


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The Oracle Report | Saturday, September 20 – Sunday, September 21, 2014

Saturday, September 20 – Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Balsamic Moon Phase: release

Moon in Leo/Virgo

Ruling Madavidyas: Shodashi and Matangi

Skill: embrace the new, release the old

Negative Imprints: locked into limitations, not using common sense, emotional insensitivity, rigid thinking, projection, allowing others to shape us, competetion, scattered

Positive Imprints: ancient wisdom, analysis, answers, signs, integration, tempering with love, focus, staying true to the self, processing information, observance, opportunities

The Moon will make its once-a-month conjunction with the Black Moon Saturday at 8:30 pm ET/12:30 am UT. Shadow sides will come forth for recognition and integration. Everyone’s shadow sides are pushed to the forefront, some more than others depending on the other aspects happening in their charts.

Fears about change and issues of power (especially power struggles) accompany this energy, but the personal core fear in each of us is activated. Instincts are triggered, producing a potential for drama. People will project their own feelings onto others, avoiding taking personal responsibility. Emotions always run higher when the Moon and the Black Moon come together. (For more information on your personal shadow side see my book on the Black Moon available for free atwww.oraclereport.com.)

Signs, synchronicities and symbols deliver important information during Balsamic Moon phases, but these communications are more active Saturday. Saturday’s energy delivers information to us and Sunday’s energy has us putting that into practice. Sunday’s energy also brings the power of precision-focus to complete tasks or unfinished business.

All of this serves to bring new opportunities. This month has been a month of trusting in a divine hand painting events and brighter futures. Many things are being swept away to become the dust of the past. Whatever is leaving your life needs to be left in the dust.

A unique feature of this is that one opportunity is branching out, like a tree, into many opportunities. As we are aligned with our best course, other things begin to become alive.

Any situations that are troubling, distressful, or confusing should be broken down into their smaller parts in order to see the big picture of what’s going on.

The notion of being careful with what you wish for because you just may get it is strongly in effect this weekend. The power of the mind to imprint reality is optimal, so we want to be clear in our desires.

This lunar month has been a test of trust. Do you trust the universe’s hand in your life? We can guide our lives, but we are not in control. A higher part of us which is immersed in Oneness directs our course. The Sabian symbol for this month is “two guardian angels bringing protection” so we have all the help we need. Trust the process and trust that it is bringing you where you need to be. Look for wisdom in ancient sources or sources that espouse the ancient knowledge. Pay close attention to nature.

The Goddess of Beauty, Shodashi, in collaboration with the Goddess of the Wind, Matangi, prepares to close out their month with the New Moon in Libra on Tuesday. Shodashi is bringing the new and Matangi is sweeping out the old. Trust what is beginning and let go of what is ending.

The Second Renaissance is happening right before our eyes.

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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday, 18 September 2014

The US Government Never Understood Afghanistan and Still Doesn’t

Anand Gopal, Metropolitan Books: No Good Men Among the Living is a compellingly intimate portrait of how the war in Afghanistan impacted citizens of that nation. The author walks readers through the looking glass lens of US empire into the complex and personal history and impact of the conflict.

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Children’s Rights Groups Urge Defense Program to Stop Giving School Cops Military Hardware

Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity: More than 20 national education and civil rights advocates sent a letter to Department of Defense officials, urging them to stop giving US school police departments surplus military hardware, including assault-style rifles and armored vehicles.

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Build the Green Economy

Robert Pollin, Boston Review: Meeting carbon emission reduction targets will be challenging, but the goal is not out of reach. Here is a proposal for a transformative US clean energy investment program that can meet the 40 percent reduction target over the next 20 years.

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Sea Change: The Ecological Disaster That Nobody Sees

Richard Schiffman, Truthout: As public attention focuses on climate change, many ocean species are being pushed to the edge of collapse by pollution, acidification and overfishing. A Global Ocean Commission report says that we must act now to save the earth’s wildest and most productive ecosystem.

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Supervision and Discipline of Corrections Officers Are Key to Stopping Violence on Rikers Island

David Anthony Fullard, Truthout: Although the standard response to police and corrections staff violence is calls for improved training, violent behavior by uniformed officers is often deeply tied to a lack of monitoring and consequences for misbehavior.

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Beyond Divestment: Climate-Concerned Philanthropists Pledge to Move Billions to Wind and Solar

Chuck Collins, YES! Magazine: Efforts to address climate change through money-moving campaigns are growing. Groups rallying around the idea of divest-invest are urging policy makers, businesses and investors to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and invest in renewable energy.

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Colombia Took On Its Drug Lords; Now It’s Taking On Its Billionaires – Why Can’t We?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Like the United States, Colombia is struggling with an inequality epidemic. But more and more Colombians are being lifted out of poverty each year because the Colombian government isn’t afraid to ask the wealthy elite to do its fair share to help the economy.

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Senate GOP Blocks Fair Pay, Continues War on Women

Robin Marty, Care2: We may be less than two months away from Election Day, but that whole “trying to appeal to women voters” plan of the GOP is already falling to shambles. The latest? Senate Republicans have blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. Again.

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The Next Round of an Unwinnable War Beckons

Amanda Ufheil-Somers, OtherWords: Obama promises that his plan to combat and destroy Islamic State forces will also address the underlying political problems in Iraq and Syria. What’s far more certain is that all military campaigns have unintended consequences, some of which don’t appear for many years afterward.

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Rebecca Solnit | The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises: Change in a Time of Climate Change

Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch: The world is not going to be saved by individual acts of virtue; it’s going to be saved, if it is to be saved, by collective acts of social and political change. When we come together as civil society, we have the capacity to transform policies and change old ways of doing things.

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Dean Baker | The Myth That Sold the Financial Bailout

Dean Baker, Campaign for America’s Future: As a result of the hysteria surrounding the 2008 financial bailout, the second Great Depression mythologers prevented the market from correcting a horrible source of waste and the upward redistribution of income that continues to act as an enormous drag on the economy.

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Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

Kathy Kelly, teleSur English: This will not be our third Iraq invasion. US assaults have been achieved with munitions, children’s forced starvation, white phosphorous, bullet fire, blockaded medicines, emptied reservoirs and downed power lines – it is all one continuous war.

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Anti-Coal Campaigners Continue to Win in the Northwest

Mara Kardas-Nelson, Waging Nonviolence: Several communities across the Northwest, linked together in their opposition to coal transports by concern for the health of their communities and of the planet, are winning victories by blocking coal shipments.

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Economic Update: Big Economic Changes

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: This episode covers the new census data, a Kentucky town going “socialist,” a workers’ co-op in Maine, big wage theft and economic insecurity. We also discuss gentrification, the tax consequences of inequality and the global beer economy, and respond to listeners’ questions on minimum wage struggles, corporate “persons” and the BRICS bank.

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BuzzFlash

Janet Yellen Should Stop Telling the Economically Exploited to Save Money They Don’t Have

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Yellen is telling those who aren’t in the top 1 percent or 10 percent to save money that’s been taken from them in the greatest redistribution of money to the wealthy that the world has ever known.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

Obama Peddles New Iraq War to a Nation With a Dead Imagination

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Corporate Personhood Is the Ebola Virus of Climate Chaos

Read the Article at EcoWatch

Al Gore Is Still Trying to Save Us, One Graph at a Time

Read the Article at Grist

Rapture-Related Christian Movies Are More Popular Than Ever; Will the Trend Last?

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Read the Article at Slate

Five Signs the Dark Money Apocalypse Is Upon Us

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Sean Hannity Worries the Adrian Peterson Case Will Prevent Parents From Teaching Kids That “Being Gay Is Not Normal”

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Common Dreams Highlights September 19, 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 09.19.14

Featured…

‘No Thanks': Scotland Votes Against Independence
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/19/no-thanks-scotland-votes-against-independence

Headlines…

KXL Fight Is Boots on the Ground vs. Big Oil Money: ‘The Boots Are Winning’
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/19/kxl-fight-boots-ground-vs-big-oil-money-boots-are-winning

Google Acts Like Privatized NSA: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/19/google-acts-privatized-nsa-wikileaks-julian-assange

Top News Editors Slam White House for Secrecy, Intimidation
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/19/top-news-editors-slam-white-house-secrecy-intimidation

UN Official Fears Act of ‘Mass Murder in the Mediterranean’
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/19/un-official-fears-act-mass-murder-mediterranean

US Senate Approves $500 Million to Arm Syrian Militants
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/19/us-senate-approves-500-million-arm-syrian-militants

and more…

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Views…

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship: Climate Change You Can Believe In
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/19/climate-change-you-can-believe

Ralph Nader: Damaging Our Country from Wars of Choice
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/19/damaging-our-country-wars-choice

Rachel Smolker: After the Climate March, Then What? Flood Wall Street
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/19/after-climate-march-then-what-flood-wall-street

Sarah St. Vincent and Joseph Lorenzo Hall: Five US Surveillance Programs Undermining Global Human Rights
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/19/five-us-surveillance-programs-undermining-global-human-rights

John Hopkins: How the UK’s Establishment Stamped on Scottish Independence
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/19/how-uks-establishment-stamped-scottish-independence

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Newswire…

350: Keystone XL: The Last Six Years, By The Numbers
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/19/keystone-xl-last-six-years-numbers

Public Citizen: Congress Should Oppose Bill That Undermines Patient Safety and Fails to Tackle the Rise of Antibiotic Resistance
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/19/congress-should-oppose-bill-undermines-patient-safety-and-fails-tackle-rise

Green Century Funds: Leading Environmental Groups Announce Fossil Fuel Free Retirement Plan Options
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/09/19/leading-environmental-groups-announce-fossil-fuel-free-retirement-plan-options

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