Abby Zimet, staff writer

Abby Zimet has edited CD's Further column since 2008. A longtime, award-winning print journalist for newspapers and magazines, she lived in the Maine woods for about a dozen years before moving to Portland in 1983. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's, labor, anti-war, social justice and refugee rights issues.

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Sunday, September 02, 2018
Billboards For Peace: The First Casualty of War Is Truth. The Rest Are Mostly Civilians.
With September marking the fraught final buildup toward the vital mid-terms, anti-war activists are launching a new billboard campaign to raise awareness of - and change - America's role in conflicts around the world. Designed by World Beyond War and often partnering with local groups, the project offers an array of blunt messages - "Armed Drones Make Orphans," "Iraq Is the Saddest Country On Earth"- to "push our policy makers to make different choices," and hold them accountable if they don't.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
We Are Not Numbers: Israeli Court Reverses Ban On Critically Ill Gazans Getting Medical Care, But Too Late For Scores Who Have Already Died
In a bittersweet victory for activist groups advocating for seven Gazan women with cancer, the Israeli High Court ruled that Israel's refusal to allow them access to medical care - aka using ill people as bargaining chips - is illegal, ineffective and in gross violation of human rights. Noting the women are a fraction of hundreds hurt by the ban, the groups found it “most regrettable" it took three high-level judges to reject a barbaric policy that turns "illness into a death sentence."
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
White Privilege 101: How To "Survive" Killing An Unarmed Black Man With His Hands In the Air on Video and Somehow Continue Insisting You're the Victim
Betty Shelby, the Tulsa cop who shot and killed Terence Crutcher for being a big black guy and then claimed he “caused his own death,” is free, back in law enforcement, and teaching a course to cops on "Surviving the Aftermath of a Critical Incident." In it, she discusses "the challenges she faced" after her "incident" - brief loss of pay, being "tried in the court of public opinion” - to give "enlightenment" to other cops planning to murder unarmed black people, 'cause America.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, In Grand Fashion
In a public viewing at a historic African-American museum that felt like the church where she began her musical life, thousands of mourners paid their respects to Aretha Franklin to the unearthly sound of her gospel songs. The Queen of Soul was laid out in a gold-plated casket, dressed in elaborate red down to her stiletto heels, "a diva to the end," to reflect her life and legacy; said a funeral official, "She is, indeed, resplendent in repose, as a queen should be."
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Monday, August 27, 2018
Ted Cruz Stands (For Douchebaggery)
Smarmy weasel Ted Cruz has joined the pious noise about "patriotism" engendered by McCain's death: He just released an ad deriding nemesis Beto O'Rourke's thoughtful, eloquent support for NFL protesters, dragged out a Dr. Strangelove-ish vet who " gave his legs for this country" but would stand if he could, and urged fans to write in declaring #WhyIStand. His jingoism notwithstanding, he's still a loser: a startling new poll puts O'Rourke one slim point behind.
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Sunday, August 26, 2018
Surrender Donald
The cretin in the White House is hard at work - playing golf, dissing McCain, turning the U.S flag into the (botched) Netherlands', making up approval numbers. But the Dems are busy too. A newly leaked spreadsheet catalogs over 100 already requested investigations they plan to launch if they flip the House. Meanwhile, a helpful message on a popular D.C. bridge, courtesy of Mad Dog PAC, counsels a way forward for the good of all: Surrender Donald.
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Thursday, August 23, 2018
Nuns On the Bus to Mar-A-Lago: A Fiesta For the Common Good
With midterms approaching, the rogue Nuns on the Bus are hitting the road again to call out GOP pols who voted for the abhorrent 2017 tax cuts. Starting in L.A.'s barrios for "a study in contrasts," they'll talk to non-profits and those most affected by GOP greed, speak at town halls, and bring their stories to Trump's gold-plated, Palm Beach belly of the beast, "the quintessential example of individualism and excess." As ever, they say their action "is not about politics, but right and wrong."
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Grifters Inc: The Hits Keep Coming
The dominoes of Trump's MAGA - "My Attorney Got Arrested" - tumble faster than you can say un-indicted co-conspirator. The latest: New York subpoenas Michael Cohen in their Trump Foundation probe, a former Watergate prosecutor questions "the legitimacy of this presidency," the National Enquirer flips, Summer Zervos fights on, Cohen's "Truth Fund" raises $129,000 from the sketchy likes of Bugs Bunny, Richard Nixon, Melania and #Ismellfear, and Mueller is a rock star.
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Sunday, August 19, 2018
The Monster Is Out Of Its Cage
On the "truth isn't truth" debacle: After the mockery and Orwellian analogy, let's remember this isn't an aberration - it's who Trump and his enabling madmen are. It's his mantra, his epitaph, the perfect awful soundbite for an entire enterprise that's "a lie, a fraud, a grift, a cruel deception." In a brutal new book, "Everything Trump Touches Dies," a GOP consultant cites "a lifetime of adultery, venality, and dishonesty," conceding his own party's guilt: "We fed the monster and trained it."
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Monday, August 20, 2018
Still Here: Highly Conscientious Cop Stops, Hassles, Handcuffs Black Driver Because "You're Making Me Think Something Funny's Going On"
Driving While Black Chap. 647: Congress may be taking a break, but stupid racist cops are evidently still hard at work. In newly released video, an Iowa cop who has long been fond of arresting African-Americans made a traffic stop for wildly improbable cause, accusing two young black guys of having guns and weed because they left the park, were driving a rental car, and the passenger was "giving me the idea that maybe he's got a gun, you know what I mean?" Yeah, we do. Enough.
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