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Education and Ideology

Malcolm X,Education is one of those words that has a positive connotation for almost everyone - usually generating a warm and fuzzy feeling that suggests a richer and brighter future. But that is just an idealization of the concept. As I have stated before, as far as the state is concerned, education has two major purposes: to fulfill the vocational needs of the economy and the political need for ideologically loyal citizens. It is in the pursuit of this last goal that education can reveal a darker side.

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Pagliacci, Trumpiacci and a Foreign Policy of Scary Clowns

Scary ClownsWhether one loves or despises any singular choice in President Trump’s cabinet, I have come to realize that some of us had a glimmer of hope in the possibility Rex Tillerson would have a chance to become US’ most successful secretary of state in three decades.  A glimmer cut short, however, in the reality of Tillerson being sandwiched between a narcissist clown as a boss and a bipartite Congress obsessed with empire as its mission; coupled, of course, with a neocon hawkish ideology in both State Department and Pentagon – ideology that has operated on autopilot for over two decades no matter the circumstances or which party occupied the White House. 

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Learning from the Zapatistas to fight the Fascists

I've been thinking since the weekend about how the Zapatistas would view the debate over violence by the Left today.

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The Betrayal of India

Pharos, New Delhi 2017, 905 pp.

Perhaps the FBI needs guys like Elias Davidsson to solve the circumstances of the 9/11 attacks. Could he have been successful within such an organization?

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‘Anyone but Bibi'

The vultures are circling. They can see the wounded man on the ground, and are waiting for his end. So are the human carnivores – the politicians.

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Trump’s ‘Fire and Fury’ Wouldn’t Be the First for North Korea

Leave it to Donald Trump to threaten to rain “fire and fury” on the North Korean people the same week the world observed the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. government’s vindictive atomic bombings of Japanese civilians. In case anyone missed the message, Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis warned that the Kim Jong-un regime’s actions risk the “destruction of its...

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End of Nuclearism or the End of the World

Utopian Dreams, Dystopian Nightmares

We are living amid contradictions whether we like it or not, driving expectations about the future toward opposite extremes. Increasingly plausible are fears that the ‘sixth extinction’ will encompass the human species, or at least, throw human society back to a technology of sticks and stones, with a habitat limited to caves...

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Review of Gaza Girls, Growing up in the Gaza Strip

Monique Jaques’ new book, Gaza Girls, Growing up in the Gaza Strip, is a study of young women living and often thriving in the difficult conditions that are present day Gaza. Jaques is a news photographer based in Turkey, who has covered the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq and West Africa. Her work has appeared in many...

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Korea and Venezuela: Flip Sides of the Same Coin

By suggesting that he might order a U.S. regime-change invasion of Venezuela, President Trump has inadvertently shown why North Korea has been desperately trying to develop nuclear weapons — to serve as a deterrent or defense against one of the U.S. national-security state storied regime-change operations. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Venezuela and, for that matter,...

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The Cold War Roots of a New Korean War

While President Trump’s impulsiveness and erratic behavior is clearly bringing America closer to war with North Korea, the real root of the Korean crisis lies not with him but rather with the Pentagon and the CIA, whose overwhelming power within the federal governmental structure is what really governs foreign policy, especially with respect to Korea.

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Saudi Arabia and Israel are Best Buddies

That the Zionist and the Saudi regime are cooperating very closely and intensively is all over town. They have a common enemy: Iran. So, Israel doesn't mind supporting the most radical, anti-democratic, fundamentalist, and repressive Islamic regime on the face of the earth.

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He Skinny Repealer

Donald Trump is a winner. Just ask him. After all, he won the presidential election. They don’t get much bigger than that. And winners find it distasteful to hang with losers. And that is exactly what someone filled his staff with.

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China-Pakistan Generations to Generations Affection & Economic Corridor

Pakistan and china are close neighbors linked by common mountains and rivers. The friendship between the Chinese & Pakistani peoples long history. Buddhist monks from the area of what is now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan were involved in the Silk Road transmission of Buddhism to Han dynasty China.

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Playing with Fire: Trump’s Iran policy risks cloning North Korea

Trump’s apparent determination to either humiliate Iran with ever more invasive probes of universally certified Iranian compliance with the agreement or ensure its abrogation could produce an even more dangerous crisis than the one he is dealing with in East Asia.

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