blue-flag-thumb2_50x50Our side's flag is a thin, airlight blue, drifting almost unseen against the sky. Our military march is a meadowlark's song among the dandelions. --Ken Kesey, The Real War
 

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  • BOOKS: Star's Reach: A Novel of the Deindustrial Future | John Michael Greer

    April 19, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- I'm delighted to report that my deindustrial novel Star's Reach , which appeared in episodes as a blog between 2009 and late last year, is now available in print and ebook formats from Founders House Publishing. I've suggested here more than once that narratives are among the most important tools we have for understanding and shaping the future; from that pers...

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  • Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling: The ‘Stable’ West Bank Dilemma | Ramzy Baroud

    Ramzy Baroud -- World News Trust April 16, 2014 Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Ze’ev Elkin, is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and his predominantly rightwing cabinet. In a recent interview with The Economist, Elkin used the familiar tone of being conceited and oblivious to such notions as international or human rights, and reaffirmed his rejection of a Palestinian state. Instead,...

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  • New American Reality: An Empire beyond Salvation | Ramzy Baroud

    Ramzy Baroud -- World News Trust April 9, 2014 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry couldn’t hide his frustration anymore as the U.S.-sponsored peace process continued to falter. After eight months of wrangling to push talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority forward, he admitted while in a visit to Morocco on April 4 that the latest setback had served as a "reality check" for the peace p...

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  • BOOKS: Crisis and Change Today. By Peter Knapp and Alan J. Spector

    Understanding Marx Review of Crisis and Change Today. By Peter Knapp and Alan J. Spector William T. Hathaway -- World News Trust April 21, 2014 Knapp and Spector have written a superb introduction to Marxist thought, a much-needed one, since reading Marx can be a daunting task. The grand old man's prose is often ponderous, abstract, and complex, so many readers can't discern his full meaning. Cri...

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  • High Noon for the Eco-System (Earth Needs More Than a Day) | Mickey Z.

    Photo credit: Mickey Z. Mickey Z. -- World News Trust April 20, 2014 "The earth is not dying. It is being killed, and the people killing it have names and addresses." - Utah Phillips We need a loud global alarm clock and we need it now. In fact, we could use a bunch of 'em -- tick-tick-ticking in every city and town on the planet to remind us humans that time is of the essence. Our eco-system is ...

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  • Washington’s Corruption and Mendacity Is What Makes America 'Exceptional' | Paul Craig Roberts

    April 18, 2014 (PaulCraigRoberts.org) -- World events permitting, I am going to take a few days off. Many of you write to me asking for financial advice or for explanations of the pros and cons of different investments. I don’t give financial advice and cannot answer such a large number of individual inquiries. However, I can call to your attention two books that provide different views from thos...

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  • BOOKS: SAMs for Uncle Sam | William T. Hathaway

    From the Book Radical Peace: People Refusing War, By William T. Hathaway Radical Peace is a collection of reports from antiwar activists, the true stories of their efforts to change our warrior culture. World News Trust April 18, 2014 SAMs for Uncle Sam Merna al-Marjan is a young Iraqi who is currently in Germany studying European history. We talked in her dormitory room, a spartan but functional...

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  • This Is Not A 'Healthy Correction': The Mother Of All Financial Bubbles Is Beginning To Crack | David Stockman

    April 13, 2014 (David Stockman's Contra Corner) -- Wolf Richter is one of the most astute observers of our bubble-ridden/central bank perverted financial scene around. His blog called Testosterone Pit is a daily “must read” and more than that: its posts are succinct, spritely, fact-based, conclusionary and cover the global map with special insight on those debt ridden houses of cards on the other...

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  • The End of Employment | John Michael Greer

    April 16, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- Nothing is easier, as the Long Descent begins to pick up speed around us, than giving in to despair -- and nothing is more pointless. Those of us who are alive today are faced with the hugely demanding task of coping with the consequences of industrial civilization’s decline and fall, and saving as many as possible of the best achievements of the last few cent...

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  • Privatization Is A Ramp For Corruption and Insouciance Is a Ramp for War | Paul Craig Roberts

    The New York Times has acquired a new Judith Miller April 16, 2014 (PaulCraigRoberts.org) -- Libertarian ideology favors privatization. However, in practice privatization is usually very different in result than libertarian ideology postulates. Almost always, privatization becomes a way for well-connected private interests to loot both the public purse and the general welfare. Most privatizations...

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  • Blue Bloc Tactics (Occupy This Book Excerpt) | Mickey Z.

    Photo credit: Mickey Z. Mickey Z. -- World News Trust April 15, 2014 (To follow is an edited excerpt from Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism , which can be ordered here .) Each of us can believe what we wish to believe about the notorious “Black Bloc,” but even if the most sensational media stories are true (and they're not), such behavior would pale in comparison with that of the gangs in b...

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