A Vigilante Militia Defends an Imaginary Border

“Is that what we think it is?” gasped a woman on the Patriot Caravan. The MAGA- and Trump-hatted group of about 25 people were on a walking tour of the U.S.-Mexico border in the desert near El Paso, Texas. It was led by a large, garrulous man named Jim Benvie, a member of the Guardian … Continue reading “A Vigilante Militia Defends an Imaginary Border”

Border Official Admits Targeting Journalists and Human Rights Advocates With Smuggling Investigations

When first confronted with evidence that it was collaborating with Mexican law enforcement in a sweeping intelligence-gathering operation targeting journalists, activists and attorneys along the U.S.-Mexico divide, Customs and Border Protection was silent. When still more evidence emerged, in the form of documents leaked by a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower, the agency dismissed the … Continue reading “Border Official Admits Targeting Journalists and Human Rights Advocates With Smuggling Investigations”

How to Lobby Washington to Death

by Mashal Hashem and James Allen A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen’s Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into … Continue reading “How to Lobby Washington to Death”

Woman Quits Cushy US Job to Go Organic, Transforms Farm into 10-Acre Food Forest!

About a three hour drive north east of Mumbai lies a 10 acre land that belongs to Gaytri Bhatia’s family. The plot has been christened Vrindavan Farm, after the ancient forest in Hindu mythology where Krishna spent his childhood days. It isn’t just the organic food that Bhatia grows, which makes the journey of the … Continue reading “Woman Quits Cushy US Job to Go Organic, Transforms Farm into 10-Acre Food Forest!”

Roaming Charges: Slouching Towards Tehran

The Battle of Borodino by Peter Von Hess, 1843. + It’s easy to plot wars when you’re at no personal risk after your plans go to shit. At the Battle of La Moscova (or Borodino, if you’re Russian) in 1812, 70 generals were killed in a single day. In all US military campaigns since the … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: Slouching Towards Tehran”

The Washington Post’s “Cartel of the Suns” Theory is the Latest Desperate Excuse for Why the Coup Attempt in Venezuela has Failed

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair With the attempted coup in Venezuela now nearing its four-month mark, commentators in the corporate-owned Western press are scratching their heads as to why Washington’s plan for its proxy, Juan Guaido, to topple the government of Nicolas Maduro has so far failed to materialize. Of course, all of the real … Continue reading “The Washington Post’s “Cartel of the Suns” Theory is the Latest Desperate Excuse for Why the Coup Attempt in Venezuela has Failed”

Trotsky, Bukharin and the Eco-Modernists

Faith merely promises to move mountains; but technology, which takes nothing “on faith,” is actually able to cut down mountains and move them. Up to now this was done for industrial purposes (mines) or for railways (tunnels); in the future this will be done on an immeasurably larger scale, according to a general industrial and … Continue reading “Trotsky, Bukharin and the Eco-Modernists”

Trump: Importing Dangerous Medicines and Food and Keeping Consumers in the Dark

Conservatives favor consumer choice. Consumer information is vital to make that choice meaningful. Corporatists, masquerading as conservatives, do not care about informed consumer choice. Donald Trump is a corporatist, as are the vast majority of Republicans in his Cabinet and in Congress. Corporatists do not even want you to know where products are made. Today, … Continue reading “Trump: Importing Dangerous Medicines and Food and Keeping Consumers in the Dark”

Modern Merchants of Death: the NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights

Arms manufacturers of old, and many of the current stable, did not care much where their products went.  The profit incentive often came before the patriotic one, and led to such dark suspicions as those voiced by the Nye Committee in the 1930s.  Known formally as the Special Committee on Investigation of the Munitions Industry, … Continue reading “Modern Merchants of Death: the NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights”

Mexique : le volcan Popocatepetl entre en éruption dégageant une colonne de fumée d’1,6 km de hauteur

Le volcan Popocatepetl est en pleine éruption au Mexique, à 70 km de la capitale, le 16 mai, indique la presse locale. La colonne de fumée s’est propagée vers le sud-est du Mexique. Une vingtaine de municipalités constatent la retombée des cendres. L’éruption du volcan a commencé à 8h17 (heure locale), la première colonne de … Continue reading “Mexique : le volcan Popocatepetl entre en éruption dégageant une colonne de fumée d’1,6 km de hauteur”

BREAKING: Situation Worsens In Venezuela, Bolivia, U.S., Japan, Mexico, Iraq, Spain

WASHINGTON—Confirming recent reports of conditions approaching crisis levels, sources across the globe revealed Thursday that the situation continues to worsen in Venezuela, Bolivia, the United States, Japan, Mexico, Iraq, and Spain, in addition to South Sudan, India, Gabon, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia. “What…Read more…

What 50 Countries are Backing Guaidó? Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Say It Enough It Must Be True

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair American media still refer to Juan Guaidó, America’s hand-picked “legitimate leader” or “legitimate president” of Venezuela, as having an “administration.” The truth is that his “administration” — consisting of advisors and other opposition leaders — are all either arrested and being held by the government, hiding, seeking asylum in various foreign … Continue reading “What 50 Countries are Backing Guaidó? Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Say It Enough It Must Be True”

Limiter le nombre d’élèves par classe : une clé de la réussite scolaire ?

En quatrième année de primaire (CM1), la taille moyenne des classes oscille en 2016 de 19 élèves en Autriche à 27 élèves en Angleterre, d’après l’enquête internationale IEA PIRLS. ShutterstockFaut-il réduire le nombre d’élèves par classe ? La question revient régulièrement sous les feux de l’actualité. Les syndicats enseignants le demandent. Depuis 2017, le ministère de … Continue reading “Limiter le nombre d’élèves par classe : une clé de la réussite scolaire ?”

A Criminal Affair: United States Imposes War on the Venezuelan People

Illustration by Nathaniel St. Clair To replace Venezuela’s government with one to its liking, the United States uses special war-making tools. The plan is to make Venezuelans suffer enough so that, desperate, they will accept whatever government is presented. Troops and weapons aren’t required. That approached worked in Chile in 1973, but so far in … Continue reading “A Criminal Affair: United States Imposes War on the Venezuelan People”

The Threat of Political Climate Change

In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved into nationalism, authoritarianism, … Continue reading “The Threat of Political Climate Change”

IAAPA Expo Asia 2019 Returns to Shanghai, China, 11-14 June

May 14, 2019 SHANGHAI, China (9 May 2019) –( ASIA TODAY )– IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, hosted a press conference today of IAAPA Expo Asia 2019 (formerly Asian Attractions Expo), as IAAPA executive, attractions industry leaders, and industry media gather to preview the Expo. Scheduled to take place 11-14 June 2019 … Continue reading “IAAPA Expo Asia 2019 Returns to Shanghai, China, 11-14 June”

Corona and Parley for the Oceans partner with Stephanie Gilmore, Gabriel Medina and artists

May 14, 2019 Picture:  Corona, Parley and World Surf League are donating 20,000 reusable bags to Make a Change World for distribution to communities, in partnership with local organizations who are leading the charge against plastic pollution: Bye Bye Plastic Bags, Diet Kantong Plastic, Divers Clean Action, Clean Action Network Indonesia and Greeneration Foundation. Corona … Continue reading “Corona and Parley for the Oceans partner with Stephanie Gilmore, Gabriel Medina and artists”

No More Deaths Trial Opens as More Bodies Discovered Along Arizona-Mexico Border

Dozens of people turned out in support for Scott Warren at the federal courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, last week. But as friends and family filled the benches, there was a noteworthy absence: A team of Warren’s fellow humanitarian aid volunteers were out in the field. They were searching for a man reported missing on the Cabeza … Continue reading “No More Deaths Trial Opens as More Bodies Discovered Along Arizona-Mexico Border”

Voyage au bout de Traven

La pièce virevolte, pendant près de trois heures, jusqu’à se muer en quasi-épopée, drolatique et intense. Centrée sur la figure d’un écrivain mystérieux et fantasmé, elle prend acte de son impossible biographie pour mieux rebondir avec jubilation. Rencontre avec Frédéric Sonntag, auteur et metteur en scène de B. Traven. Pourquoi te lancer dans un tel … Continue reading “Voyage au bout de Traven”

The Rising Tide of the Populist Right

by John Feffer In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the “pink tide” of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved … Continue reading “The Rising Tide of the Populist Right”

Arctech Solar Inks Supply Deal for Landmark 125MW Solar Power Plant in Oman

May 12, 2019 SHANGHAI, May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Arctech Solar, a leading solar tracking and racking system provider, announced that it will supply 125 megawatt (MW) solar trackers to a solar power plant in Oman, Middle East. Located in the southern city of Amin, the plant will be commissioned by the end of 2019 … Continue reading “Arctech Solar Inks Supply Deal for Landmark 125MW Solar Power Plant in Oman”

Mexican cartel tied to booby-trapped floating drug lab in Dutch police sting

The police discovered a large crystal meth lab on a cargo river boat in Moerdijk on Friday afternoon. The boat turned out to be booby-trapped. While the police were raiding it on Friday night, the boat suddenly started sinking. A total of four men were arrested, three of whom are from Mexico. So far the … Continue reading “Mexican cartel tied to booby-trapped floating drug lab in Dutch police sting”

Joe Biden’s Union Schtick Is All Performance. His Pollster Just Signed Up to Lobby Against Labor for Trump’s NAFTA 2.0.

John Anzalone, an adviser and pollster for Joe Biden, is working for an industry-funded lobbying group formed to help pass President Donald Trump’s NAFTA 2.0, which unions have thus far opposed. The announcement was first made in Politico Playbook. Anzalone is the president of Anzalone Liszt, a prominent Democratic polling firm. He is joining Trade … Continue reading “Joe Biden’s Union Schtick Is All Performance. His Pollster Just Signed Up to Lobby Against Labor for Trump’s NAFTA 2.0.”

Déboisements et irrigation accélèrent les dégâts provoqués sur les terres par l’action de l’érosion

Les optimistes croient le problème alimentaire mondial déjà résolu par la « révolution verte », qui fournit enfin aux régions tropicales des variétés de riz (de l’Institut international de riziculture de Manille) et de blés (de la Fondation Rockefeller de Mexico) à haute potentialité. Certes ce sont là (…) / Agriculture, Eau, Écologie, Forêt, Environnement, … Continue reading “Déboisements et irrigation accélèrent les dégâts provoqués sur les terres par l’action de l’érosion”

“The Fourth Amendment Doesn’t Apply Here” — U.S. Border Guards Arrest Arizona Immigrant Rights Volunteer

An immigrant rights advocate on the U.S.-Mexico border was arrested and accused of “illegal alien smuggling” as she accompanied an asylum-seeker to a port of entry in southern Arizona. Ana Adlerstein, a volunteer at Casa del Migrantes, a migrant shelter in the Mexican town of Sonoyta, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials told her that “the … Continue reading ““The Fourth Amendment Doesn’t Apply Here” — U.S. Border Guards Arrest Arizona Immigrant Rights Volunteer”

Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam … Continue reading “Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget”

Metal and Rubber with Your Chicken? No Problem Says Tyson

Rubber and metal are some of the recent surprise “ingredients” found in Tyson chicken. In January, 36,420 pounds of Tyson chicken nuggets were recalled due to rubber contamination. In March, a recall for possible metal contamination of ready-to-eat Tyson chicken strip products began which continues–now encompassing 12 million pounds. Tyson Foods is the world’s second … Continue reading “Metal and Rubber with Your Chicken? No Problem Says Tyson”

Qui craint Alfredo Jalife ?

La toile et la presse mexicaines se sont enflammées à propos du professeur Alfredo Jalife-Rahme, que nous publions depuis quinze ans. Selon une lettre ouverte au chef d’État, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), de 120 intellectuels d’extrême-droite néo-libérale (dont l’ex-procureur Morales Lechuga corrompu par El Chapo et l’ex-chancelier Castañeda Gutman du Conseil de gestion de … Continue reading “Qui craint Alfredo Jalife ?”

Des murs et nous – projections, concerts, débats au CSA de la Poterie

Après avoir jubilé lors de la chute du mur de la honte à Berlin, en 1989, les murs ont de nouveau la cote grâce au président Trump. La mise en lumière du mur Mexique/États-Unis d’Amérique tend à faire oublier nos murs de la honte : Calais, Hongrie/Serbie, Grèce/Turquie. Réfléchissons ensemble, petit·e·s et grand·e·s, savant·e·s ou novices, … Continue reading “Des murs et nous – projections, concerts, débats au CSA de la Poterie”

How Legal Cannabis Came to Contra Costa County

Image Source: Walther Otto Müller – Public Domain A California Story with Senior Citizens, Pot Heads, Right Wingers, Vietnam Veterans, Female Firebrands and NORML “We’re twenty years behind the rest of the Bay Area, and we’re playing catch up.” – NORML’s Greg Kremenliev, May 2019 When Greg Kremenliev moved to Contra Costa County in 1983, … Continue reading “How Legal Cannabis Came to Contra Costa County”

L’Union européenne, dans l’instant et dans la durée

Les citoyens de l’Union européenne, qui devront élire leur parlement les 25 et 26 mai, s’apprêtent à faire le mauvais choix. En regardant leurs problèmes immédiats, ils hésitent entre diverses priorités. Au contraire, s’ils analysaient leur histoire sur une longue période, ils réaliseraient l’origine de leurs problèmes sociaux, économiques et politiques et, sans aucun doute, … Continue reading “L’Union européenne, dans l’instant et dans la durée”

Do Susan Collins and Cory Gardner Really Want to Make Their Re-elections About Keeping Kids in Cages?

Having successfully completed the now-requisite Fox News-hosted audition for the Trump administration, Mark Morgan, nominated to be head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has a new gauntlet to run: the GOP Senate. Morgan — a Marine, a former FBI agent, deputy sheriff, police officer, and a previous assistant commissioner for Customs and Border Protection’s Office … Continue reading “Do Susan Collins and Cory Gardner Really Want to Make Their Re-elections About Keeping Kids in Cages?”

From Madero to Maduro in Latin America

Photograph Source: Government of Venezuela – CC BY 3.0 A little more than 100 years ago, Mexico had a very popular president who was well-loved and had been democratically-elected, named Francisco Madero. Determined to reduce foreign influence and the obscene profits that were extracted from the country, Madero wanted to raise the standard of living … Continue reading “From Madero to Maduro in Latin America”

Getting It Right on Immigration

As the 2020 presidential campaign intensifies in the coming weeks and months, we’ll see candidates and pundits airing a wide variety of proposals on immigration policy. We’ll get recommendations on border security, asylum, detention, the status of the Dreamers, the status of the 11 million people living in the U.S. without documentation, and the role … Continue reading “Getting It Right on Immigration”

Fentanyl : Les mesures d’interdiction par la Chine vont-elles contribuer à la réélection de Trump?

La Chine a promis de réprimer sévèrement tous les produits dérivés de fentanyl Par Andrew Korybko – Le 5 avril 2019 – Source orientalreview.org En décembre 2018, Trump avait annoncé être parvenu à un accord oral avec le président Xi sur ce sujet, mais ce n’est que cette semaine que la Chine a annoncé qu’elle allait formellement … Continue reading “Fentanyl : Les mesures d’interdiction par la Chine vont-elles contribuer à la réélection de Trump?”

Dijoncter et le réseau Mutu

Le réseau Mutu et la renaissance des médias libres en France Depuis 2013, une quinzaine de sites d’information locale et anti-autoritaire se sont développés en réseau, marquant un renouveau des médias libres sur Internet. De Paris à Marseille ou de Rouen à Lyon en passant par le Limousin, des collectifs autonomes s’activent pour diffuser les … Continue reading “Dijoncter et le réseau Mutu”

Italy showcases its eminent wines from over 60 wineries at the Gambero Rosso Top Italian Wines Roadshow 2019

May 06, 2019 Picture:  Singapore, 6 May 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– The annual Gambero Rosso’s Top Italian Wines Roadshow opens its doors today to showcase and celebrate an exquisite collection of fine wines from Italy’s renowned wineries and wine estates. The annual show is an important international event on the calendar of the wine … Continue reading “Italy showcases its eminent wines from over 60 wineries at the Gambero Rosso Top Italian Wines Roadshow 2019”

Silent Spring’s Encore

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Rachel Carson’s famous and brilliant book Silent Spring (1962), which literally ignited the environmental movement, has never been more relevant than it is today. A mimeo of Silent Spring is scheduled for publication by the UN, as the most comprehensive study of life on the planet ever undertaken, an 1,800-page … Continue reading “Silent Spring’s Encore”

Ten Years After a Landmark Study Blew the Whistle on Junk Science, the Fight Over Forensics Rages On

In a fluorescent-lit ballroom atop Baltimore’s downtown convention center, Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler stepped off the stage and began to pace. He’d had 14 cups of coffee, he boomed, along with a Hershey’s bar with almonds. He was not about to stay still. It was a snowy morning in late February. Sattler, a motivational speaker and … Continue reading “Ten Years After a Landmark Study Blew the Whistle on Junk Science, the Fight Over Forensics Rages On”

Nigeria, 12 other African countries face sanctions over visa overstay in U.S

London, May 5, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria and 12 other African countries, may suffer American visa denials as US President Donald Trump targets countries with a high percentage of visa overstays. The White House recently shifted its focus from the surge of families crossing the US-Mexico border to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrive in … Continue reading “Nigeria, 12 other African countries face sanctions over visa overstay in U.S”

In US-China Trade War, Voters In Rural America Are Suffering The Most

Midwest and plains farm states hit hardest by Chinese tariffs, as China seeks to target Trump supporters Illinois suffered most, with its exports to China falling 33 per cent last year, while exports from Minnesota were also badly hit Across rural America, voters turned out in their droves for US President Donald Trump in 2016, … Continue reading “In US-China Trade War, Voters In Rural America Are Suffering The Most”

A War Reporter Covers “The End of Ice” — And It Will Change the Way You Think About Climate Catastrophe

Focusing on breath and gratitude, Dahr Jamail’s latest book, “The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption,” stitches together personal introspection and gut-wrenching interviews with leading climate experts. The rapidly receding glaciers of Denali National Park, home to the highest peak in North America, inspired the book’s title. … Continue reading “A War Reporter Covers “The End of Ice” — And It Will Change the Way You Think About Climate Catastrophe”

Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison.

Scott Warren has a checklist he goes through every time he finds a body in the desert. The earthly components are straightforward. Log the GPS coordinates. Take photographs and notes. Scour the brush for more bones and pull together all the data pertinent to the investigation that local authorities will, in theory, initiate once they … Continue reading “Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison.”

L’avenir juridique s’ouvre au pied de biche

Contribution pour les luttes territoriales face au droit « La propriété définie comme faculté d’habiter signifie d’abord le droit d’être inclus dans la communauté des habitants sans titre […]. » Sarah Vanuxem, La propriété de la Terre, p75. « Les biens communaux sont ceux à la propriété ou au produit desquels les habitants d’une ou plusieurs communes ont … Continue reading “L’avenir juridique s’ouvre au pied de biche”

Ephéméride des luttes : 4 mai

Ce 4 mai, l’éphéméride des luttes est amère. Nous perdons des camarades, des ami-e-s, sans toutefois les oublier. Partout dans le monde, la mémoire de celles et ceux qui ont lutté avant nous doit demeurer vivante. 1886 : Massacre de Haymarket à Chicago suite aux grèves qui avaient commencé dès le premier mai. Ce jour-là, … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 4 mai”