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On the Side of Humanity: The Death of Klinghoffer
A florid and unlikely morality play has been unfurling this week at New York City's Lincoln Center, where the Metropolitan Opera is staging of “The Death of Klinghoffer." Based on the 1985 murder by Palestinian terrorists of an elderly Jew on a hijacked ship, the opera has sparked furious charges...
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Bill Moyers: Grassroots Pro-Democracy Movement Must Rise to Challenge Corporate Control
In late September, veteran journalist and public television host Bill Moyers, now eighty-years old, announced he was finally retiring (and yes, this time he means it) after more than forty years as one of the nation's most trusted voices in news, politics, and culture. Though he briefly left...
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Hey White People
Seeking to give a voice to black kids "from racism’s new ground zero” - and just as Amnesty International releases a report blasting the excessive force and other human rights abuses by police there - the anti-hate group FCKH8 teamed up with six Ferguson kids from the block where Michael Brown was...
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Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds
At last month’s People’s Climate March, among the most popular signs were ones supporting renewable energy like wind and solar as the best way to avoid a climate catastrophe. And because of the urgency of the situation, it’s easy to think that we should be building up renewables as much as we can...
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The One Who Knocks: It's Not Over Till A Florida Mom Says It's Over
Treading less than lightly, a petition protesting they represent "a dangerous deviation (from) family friendly values" has pressured Toys 'R Us to remove its new Breaking Bad action figures, featuring meth-kingpin Walter White, sidekick Jesse Pinkham, and their own singular accoutrements - itty-...
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A Sick Society
In a stunning indictment of the Gaza assault as the act of a savage nation, even its president has proclaimed Israel a "sick society" incapable of dialogue with those around them and in need of treatment. In a speech at the opening of a conference aptly titled, "From Hatred of the Stranger to...
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'Eroding Legitimacy' of Fossil Fuels Industry, Divestment Movement Gains Ground
"What is happening?" asked author and activist Naomi Klein in a recent piece penned for the Guardian . "Are fossil fuel companies – long toxic to our natural environment – becoming toxic in the public relations environment as well? It seems so." As fossil fuel divestment victories pile up this fall...
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No Pumpkins No Peace: On the Culture of White Violence
The big news in New England this weekend was the successful transformation of sleepy little Keene N.H.'s annual Pumpkin Festival by a horde of drunken, partying, college-age, middle-class, overwhelmingly white kids into a rowdy, fire-starting, police-taunting, car-overturning melee/mayhem/fracas/...
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Regional Resilience is Community Resilience
An underlying insight in the community resilience movement is that individuals can have the greatest impact locally; i.e., closest to home. But what is local, and what is home? Here in New England, many of us are coming to see that none of our towns are resilient until all of them are. We recognize...
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Fighting Inequality and Climate Change through Localizing Economies
We currently face two equally urgent and significant crises: rising inequality and climate change. Rising inequality is not only morally unacceptable; it hinders economic growth. Climate change is occurring at a faster rate than other time in history and is already impacting every part of the...
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