All Views Articles for 2018-02-08

Thursday, February 8, 2018
"While AFRICOM and, to a lesser extent, CENTCOM have made changes in how they track counternarcotics aid, both seemingly remain hooked on pouring money into efforts that have produced few successes." (Photo: Getty) Nick Turse
Drug Wars, Missing Money, and a Phantom $500 Million
Pentagon watchdog calls out two commands for financial malfeasance.
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The late Berta Caceres in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras (Photo: Father Roy Bourgeois, Margaret Knapke
As Long As Rights Are Trampled, There Will Be Forced Migration
We often debate the pros and cons of welcoming immigrants here. We seldom consider the U.S. impact on the countries they leave.
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The paradox of reaching beyond war, as I noted in the wake of the Iraq invasion, is that doing so disrupts “the mobilized public at its level of deepest bonding” and “sews doubt in the psychic well of patriotism.” (Photo: Cleo Leng/flickr/cc) Robert C. Koehler
The Other Superpower?
Is there a global, evolutionary counterforce out there as well, equal to or greater than the corporate militarism that seems to have a stranglehold on the future?
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Palestinian children from the West Bank city of Hebron protest Israel's detention of minors. There are 350 Palestinian children held in Israeli detention facilities. February 4, 2018. (Photo: Mashhour Wihwak) Badee Dwaik
Kindergarteners In Hebron Protest Israel’s Detention Of 350 Children
They asked the international community to protect them and for international law to be upheld.
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"In the real world, and especially in the lives of every American who is not an oligarch, this master plan has come at a terrible cost." (Photo: Reuters/Gary Cameron) Charles P. Pierce
Republican Ruthlessness and Democratic Ineptitude Got Us Here
Only one party read the tea leaves of the 2010 Census.
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Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X smile for photographers in Washington in 1964. ( AP Photo/Henry Griffin) Jeffrey Aaron Snyder
The Staying Power of Black History Month
For decades, critics disputed whether African American history merited recognition. Yet in an era of fake news and alternative facts, Black History Month encourages Americans to face up to hard truths.
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 "The argument for charter schools and vouchers, on the other hand, is much less supported by statistics and more reliant on rhetoric." (Photo: Roca Ruiz/flickr/cc) Jeff Bryant
Puerto Rico Braces for Wave of School Privatization
“The education privatization playbook uses politics to open the door for more privately controlled schools that are funded by tax dollars but are not democratically controlled."
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"A world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.”(Photo: EFF) Cindy Cohn
John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, 1947-2018
It is no exaggeration to say that major parts of the Internet we all know and love today exist and thrive because of Barlow’s vision and leadership.
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