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Common Dreams Highlights September 4,2014


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Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
News & Views | 09.04.14


‘No New Wars, No to NATO’: Demonstrators Challenge Role of Western Military Alliance


Low-Wage Workers ‘Movement’ Flexes Its Muscles Nationwide

DOJ Launches Civil Rights Investigation Into Ferguson Police Dept

After 41 Years in Solitary, ‘Angola Three’ Prisoner Renews Fight for Justice

Canadian Beekeepers Launch Class Action Suit Against Pesticide Makers

Federal Judge: BP ‘Grossly Negligent’ in Gulf Oil Disaster

and more…



Jeff Bryant: The Conversation ‘Corporate Education Reformers’ Want Versus The One They Get

Jim Weill: Food Stamps, 50 Years Later: Stop Impeding, Start Improving

Michael T. Klare: At Precisely the Worst Moment, Big Oil in America Is Back with a Vengeance

Nadia Kayyali: Militarization, Surveillance, and Profit: How Grassroots Groups are Fighting Urban Shield

Robert Parry: The Whys Behind the Ukraine Crisis



Reprieve: Leading Rights Groups and TDs Call for Release of Irish Teen Held in Egypt

Free Press: Top Web Companies Join Internet Slowdown Protest for Net Neutrality

and more…

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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Fight for Universal Pre-K: New York Charts a Checkered Path Toward Equal Early Education

Sarah Jaffe, Truthout: New York City mayor Bill de Blasio touted universal pre-kindergarten as a way to fight inequality. But the program shows inequalities of its own.

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LA Rapper and Childhood Friend of Ezell Ford Demands Apology After Police Wrongly Claim He Is a Gang Member

Bethania Palma Markus, Truthout: The Los Angeles Police Department union issued an “officer safety alert” about a video they claim suggests “revenge” in the police shooting death of Ezell Ford, but the rapper who made the video in protest of his friend Ford’s death said police describing him as a gang member has endangered him.

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Nine Years After Katrina, Coastal Restoration Plans Remain Distant Dream for New Orleans

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: The scars of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans that remain nine years later are a reminder of the city’s vulnerability to rising tides and storm surges. Both Katrina and Rita, a hurricane that followed just weeks later, washed away miles of coastal marshland, Louisiana’s first line of defense from storms.

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US Court Sets Precedent by Ruling Guatemalan Domestic Violence Victim Can Seek Asylum

Cyril Mychalejko, teleSUR: The top US immigration court ruled this week that women from other countries fleeing domestic violence and fearing for their lives can now legally seek asylum in the United States.

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New York City Clinic Offers Abortions and Prenatal Care to Underscore the Reproductive Justice Continuum

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: As the abortion rate continues to fall, clinics across the United States are adding services, including prenatal care, for their patients. For some, it’s a way to stay financially viable; others see it as a way to ensure reproductive justice for all.

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Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: As the world burns, our political class whoops it up with the plutocracy, whether in Martha’s Vineyard or at the Kochs’ posh retreat in Southern California.

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Safety Board Final Report on Lac Mégantic Disaster Is Sharply Critical of Railway Regulation, but Federal Government Unmoved

Roger Annis, Vancouver Observer: Canada’s Transportation Safety Board issued a 181-page report detailing the breakdown in application and enforcement of federal rail safety regulations that caused the deaths of 47 people in an oil train disaster in Lac Mègantic, Quebec, in July.

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Forget Tiananmen, You Don’t Want to Hurt the Chinese People’s Feelings – and Miss Out on the Business of the New “New China”!

Arif Dirlik, International Journal of China Studies: The successful turn to global capitalism in the aftermath of the suppression in Tiananmen Square has been at least as important as the censorship of memories in the “forgetting” of the massacre among the Chinese population.

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If Only American Kids Could Eat School Lunches Like They Do in France

Clarissa A León, AlterNet: The standard school lunch for an American child often contains dishes brimming with preservatives and sodium – a far cry from French school lunches, which are carefully planned for nutritional value and prepared fresh on-site.

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Former Prisoner: “Orange Is The New Black” Is Not Funny

Beatrice Codianni, The Courant: The Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” isn’t funny to the women who served time in Danbury Federal Prison. Beatrice Codianni knows, because she was one of them.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Importance of Labor Unions and Meaning Behind Labor Day, and More

Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Program: Celebrating Labor Day should mean commemorating the key role unions played in winning benefits we take for granted now; women still earn just cents on the dollar compared to the income of their male counterparts; young people are not the only ones burdened by student loans; and more.

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For Powerful Politicians, It Pays to Lose an Election – Just Ask Eric Cantor, New Wall Street Millionaire

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: There are few careers in which you can gain a fortune by losing your job, but being an influential politician in Washington is one of them.

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Ban on Gay Marchers in NYC
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Lifted

Read the Article at The Christian Science Monitor

Israel Slammed for West Bank Land Expropriation

Read the Article at CNN

US Troop Numbers in Iraq Rise Above 1,000

Read the Article at The Guardian

ISIS Video Shows Execution of US Journalist Steven Sotloff

Read the Article at MSNBC

Emanuel Received More Than $100,000 From Comcast Before Boosting Merger

Read the Article at International Business Times

Armed Open-Carry Activists Harass Protesters at Anti-Gun Violence Rally

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Judges Express Fears Over NSA Phone Surveillance at Appeals Hearing

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The Oracle Report | Thursday, September 4, 2014



NEW AUDIO REPORT August 22, 2014 –

“Holding the Line: Virgo 2014 Cycle”

Thursday, September 4, 2014

First Quarter Moon Phase: take action

Moon in Capricorn

Ruling Mahavidya: Shodashi (Goddess of Form) and Matangi (Goddess of Wind)

Skill: embrace transformation

Negative Imprint: insensitivity, pretense, disregard for others, dependence, naiveté, sacrifice, impulsivity, hysteria, mob mentality

Positive Imprint: charisma, willpower, peace, insight, understanding, commonality, pioneering, utilitarian, power of the voice, expression

Another coronal mass ejection was released from the far side of the Sun yesterday at 9:54 am ET/1:54 pm UT. The Moon was within one degree of conjunction with the Galactic Center at that time. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “a flag bearer in battle.” It discusses courage and leadership.

Today’s energy brings things into form. The Mahavidya Shodashi, Goddess of Form and Symmetry, is hard at work realigning our lives toward their true course. She opens possibilities. So our thoughts, creative projects, and ideas come into better form in our minds and in expression. It is a day of transformation!

There is a frenzied element to today’s energy that can take things out of control or carry them away very quickly. Wise owls may be called upon to overcome the situation, bring a resolution, or re-establish equilibrium. Cool heads prevail.

The principle of “like attracts like” is strong today, drawing together people of like mind. Commonalities open up new potentials. They also show us that we are not alone.

Today also brings a special element of being able to see very deeply into things in order to understand what is really going on. Clues about something important are available. We see through the layers. This information comes from synchronicities, but especially through encounters with nature today. Keep your copy of Animal Speak handy for reference. The natural world speaks its wisdom to us if we are mindful.

One other thing – the past may try to creep in and pull you back. We tend to look back to “past battles” and linger with them today. It’s useful to look back and learn, but not useful to revive these elements of the past. Don’t stay there too long. Return to the present moment.

The main thing to remember is that new paths, directions, and opportunities are emerging and ready to take form. This is exciting! Embrace the changes that Shodashi is directing. Help Matangi sweep away what no longer servers you. Let them transform.

Thank you for supporting the Oracle Report. Blessings to all!

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Veterans Today » Law, Criminality, and Assaults on Indigenous Peoples

This is the introduction to a much longer article. Please click the link below to read the full article on Veterans Today.

Some of the things discussed here are shocking, disturbing and triggering. So **Trigger Warning** do not click through if you are having traumatic reactions (ptsd etc) especially due to sexual violence, or the generational effects of genocide.

Unfortunately, it seems to only serve the perpetrators to not expose and discuss these horrors.

From South Africa to Gaza to British Columbia and Alberta:

Crime Wave Directed at the Elimination of Indigenous people

Many aspects of the world we are inheriting from our ancestors and are passing along to posterity go back to the trajectory of colonial history initiated in 1492 with Christopher Columbus’s initial trans-Atlantic voyage. The seizure by European powers of imperial control in the Americas initiated a process that continues to divide humanity. On one side of the divide are those on the delivering end of a colonizing process that never really ended. On the imploding side of colonization’s expansionary frontier are the Indigenous peoples. They are on the receiving end of an ongoing saga of dispossession, disempowerment and marginalization.

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Proof of the continuing nature of this oppressive process is all too evident in the statistics of suicide, domestic violence, incarceration, unemployment, poverty, addictions and the like. These stats continue to demonstrate, unfortunately, that Canada is not a country of decency and equity where human rights are respected and protected from wholesale violation. Those referred to in Canada’s highest constitutional law as the “Aboriginal peoples of Canada,” as “Indians, Inuit and Metis,” are overwhelmingly overrepresented on the negative side of virtually every major index of morbidity, illness, and socioeconomic status.

The Aboriginal peoples of Canada are suffering because of a centuries-old crime wave directed in their direction. Often these crimes are sanctioned or actually committed by governments andScreen Shot 2014-08-30 at 4.53.17 PMpolice forces in Canada, in its ten provinces and in its three federal territories. The predatoryincursionscurrently suffered by the First Nations are epitomized by the 1,500 or so missing, murdered and traded Aboriginal women and girls that Canada’s racist criminal justice system cannot account for.

There is a growing swell of political pressure developing in Canada calling for a federal investigation into the phenomenon of missing, murdered and traded Aboriginal women and girls. This groundswell now extends even to many of Canada’s provincial premiers. Those who introduced the call for an investigation are closely connected to Idle No More, a very important movement whose most erudite activists have been doggedly exposing the links connecting the repression of Indigenous peoples in Canada and Palestine/Israel. This comparison is epitomized by the anti-Aboriginal policies of Stephen Harper, Canada’s neocon Prime Minister who has outdone even US politicians in displaying utter subservience to the anti-Palestinian dictates of Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likudnik obsessions.