The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes’ new book, The Case Against Sugar, was published this week by Alfred A. Knopf. From the publisher: From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is…

For John Dewey

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“As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance.” –John Dewey

Wendell Berry and Eric Schlosser: Protect What’s Worth Keeping & Develop Strategies Built Upon Love

This conversation between novelist, poet & farmer Wendell Berry (The Unsettling of America) and author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) is worth viewing in its entirety.

Our focus, notes Berry, must be on far more than fear, guilt and anger over climate change. We must develop strategies built on love.

“We need a broad-fronted economic movement to protect everything that’s worth protecting, to stop damage to everything that’s worth keeping,” said Berry.

“We’ve been talked out of love, mercy, kindness. We’ve got to take those things back.”

Instead of using fear and guilt as motivators, “We all need to find things we love to do, and do them.”

Published on Dec 15, 2016

Author, poet, writer and farmer Wendell Berry, in a public conversation with journalist Eric Schlosser, discusses his influences as a writer, his influences as a spiritual person, his connection to Kentucky, the land and more. He begins the conversation with Schlosser by talking about a term he’s coined—industrial fundamentalism—and continues to talk about the agrarian way of life and how to proceed in this new political era.

Normalizing fascists

December 11, 2016 10.41pm EST by John Broich, Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University How to report on a fascist? How to cover the rise of a political leader who’s left a paper trail of anti-constitutionalism, racism and the encouragement…

Army Corps of Engineers Denies Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

Statement from the Army Corps of Engineers: By U.S. Army December 4, 2016 Army POC: Moira Kelley (703) 614-3992, [email protected] The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross…

The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War – Live Stream Dec. 1 & 2

Code Pink:

The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War: After 14 years of costly war based on lies, it’s time for truth and accountability. The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War will unify the global anti-war/peace movements with other justice movements by uplifting testimonies of the costs of this war—and war itself. The Tribunal will bring the lies that created the war on Iraq into public awareness, while demanding Obama act on them. It will build and inspire the anti-war movement that we will need after the inauguration of the next administration in 2017. It will be a tool that all groups can use to build, inspire, and enliven their organizations and communities. Testifiers Day One and Two.

Visit Code Pink’s Iraq Tribunal website at IraqTribunal.org

The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa – Democracy Now!


Published on Dec 11, 2013
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As the world focuses on Tuesday’s historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why Castro was one of only five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial. In the words of Mandela, the Cuban “destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor … [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.” Historian Piero Gleijeses argues that it was Cuba’s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa. We speak to Gleijeses about his new book, “Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991,” and play archival footage of Mandela meeting Fidel Castro in Cuba.

Welcome to the Resistance

Here’s a message from that venerable institution of the alternative press, In These Times: With Donald Trump’s election, we’re now facing four years under a president who used fear, hate and xenophobia to take power — and who’s threatening women,…

Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock

From filmmaker Lucian Read, creator of America Divided, comes this primer on the stand at Standing Rock.

Published on Nov 14, 2016.
Mni Wiconi features water protectors from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies trying to stop the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline – DAPL. Interviews in the film include Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman Dave Archambault II; Jodi Gillette, former White House advisor for Native American Affairs; Ladonna Allard, founder of Sacred Stone Camp; Winona LaDuke, founder of Honor the Earth; and Cody Hall, Red Warrior Camp spokesperson. Created by Divided Films with support from the WK Kellogg Foundation.

 

Read about this short film at Mother Jones.

 

STOP The War Supplemental Bill

STOP The War Supplemental Bill Sign the Roots Action petition. President Obama waited until after the election to ask Congress for $11.6 billion extra — outside the huge existing military budget — for wars. This massive pile of money, equivalent…