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Bombs Continue to Fall On Yemen As Arab States Announce New Military Force

Lauren McCauley @ Common Dreams - The attack on Yemen will continue until Shiite Houthi rebels in that country "withdraw and surrender their weapons," a coalition of Arab leaders announced Sunday at the conclusion of the Arab League Summit, held in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh this weekend.  Read more.

The Pain Doesn't Go Away - Rachel Corrie's Parents on Reality Asserts Itself

One dead after vehicle rams into NSA HQ

RT.com - An SUV truck drove into the gates of the National Security Agency headquarters on Monday morning. One of the two alleged attackers was shot dead at the scene by security.
Police sources say two more are being treated for injuries as a result of the attack. Emergency workers were seen carrying a person in uniform to one of the ambulances.  Read more.

Indiana's new discriminator "religious freedom" law suffers major backlash

Lauren McCauley @ Common Dreams - Indiana lawmakers are scrambling to backpedal as a fierce backlash has taken hold against Republican Governor Mike Pence since he signed into law legislation that effectively permits discrimination against people thought to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.
Under the handle #BoycottIndiana, LGBTQ activists and supporters across the nation are vowing economic retribution against the state.  Read more.

Sound-based fire extinguisher puts out flames (VIDEO)

RT.com - Two engineering students from George Mason University are using the unique power of sound to put out flames – and they’re hoping the technology will become powerful enough to help extinguish forest fires.
The sound-based fire extinguisher they recently demoed uses low-frequency sound waves to take out flames. In a video posted on YouTube, students Viet Tran and Seth Robertson demonstrated their booming new device.  Read more.

Bush Administration Official Defends Iraq War at Conference

Thousands Rally Against Cuomo's Billionaire-Backed Education Scheme

Lauren McCauley @ Common Dreams - Thousands of parents, teachers, and students from across the state flooded the streets of Manhattan on Saturday to call out Governor Andrew Cuomo for selling out the public school system.
"Wall Street got a bailout. Public schools were sold out," was the message as protesters blocked traffic outside Cuomo's 3rd Avenue office building. The group is calling on the state government to...read more.

Elizabeth Warren puts fear in the hearts of America's banking elite

Reuters - Big Wall Street banks are so upset with U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren's call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said.
Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party's tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.  Read more.

2014 Deadliest Year for Palestinians Since 1967, UN Report Finds

Sarah Lazare @ Common Dreams - Palestinians suffered a dramatic increase in fatalities last year, with more killed by Israel in 2014 than any other annual period since the 1967 war nearly 50 years ago.
A new report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territory found that, overall, Israel was responsible for 2,314 Palestinian deaths and 17,125 injuries last calendar year.  Read more.

Thousands in Montreal Unite Against Austerity and Petro-Economy

David Gray-Donald @ Rabble.ca - Called by the Comité Printemps 2015 (Spring 2015 Committee), the "Popular Protest Against Austerity and the Petro-Economy" in Montreal on Saturday, March 21, was the spring's first major demonstration in what many hope will be a heated season.
Despite persistent wet snow and a low grey sky, the protest grew several blocks long, noisily winding through downtown Montreal for several hours on Saturday afternoon.  Read more.

Germanwings Airbus Flight 9525: "Everything is pulverized"

CBS News - The search for Germanwings Flight 9525, which crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, took a grim turn when searchers arrived on the crash site to find everything "pulverized."
The Airbus A320 went down with 150 people on board in a snowy, remote section of the Alps, sounding like an avalanche as it scattered debris across the mountain.  Read more.

Costa Rica is now running completely on renewable energy

QUARTZ - Costa Rica is running without having to burn a single fossil fuel, and it’s been doing so for 75 straight days.
Thanks to some heavy rainfall this year, Costa Rica’s hydropower plants alone are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. With a boost from geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, the country doesn’t need an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on.  Read more.

Three Florida cops sacked and one forced to resign after exchanging racist texts

Daily Mail (UK) - Three Florida-based police officers have been fired and a fourth has been forced to resign after exchanging racist texts and creating an N-word-laced video featuring President Barack Obama.
James Wells, 30, Jason Holding, 31, and Christopher Sousa, 25, who patrolled a predominantly black neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, were sacked on Friday for 'department misconduct'.  Read more.


​'Disgusted & shocked': Florida cops fired over racist texts, KKK video

RT.com - Four cops are out of a job after an internal review within the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department in Florida uncovered a slew of racially-charged messages sent between officers, and even a homemade movie that's ripe with hateful epithets.
Three officers have been fired, Ft. Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley said at a news conference on Friday, and a fourth, Alex Alvarez, had already resigned in the midst of a five-month probe launched late year when his former fiancée filed a complaint with the department.  Read more.

Starbucks Baristas Stop Writing 'Race Together' on Cups

ABC News - Starbucks baristas will no longer write "Race Together" on customers' cups starting Sunday, ending a visible component of the company's diversity and racial inequality campaign that had sparked widespread criticism in the week since it took effect.
The company had planned all along to end the cup messages on Sunday and continue the campaign more broadly, Starbucks spokesman Jim Olson said.  Read more.

Noam Chomsky on the Roots of American Racism

New York Times - We also cannot allow ourselves to forget that the hideous slave labor camps of the new “empire of liberty” were a primary source for the wealth and privilege of American society, as well as England and the continent. The industrial revolution was based on cotton, produced primarily in the slave labor camps of the United States.  Read more.

Jim Crow in the Holy Land

Foreign Policy In Focus - The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African Americans had officially won the right to vote but still faced massive discrimination.
On election morning, a powerful white official running for re-election urged his followers to get out and vote, warning that minority voters were turning out in large numbers — and those trouble-making civil rights agitators, he complained, were busing them to the polls.
But this wasn’t Mississippi or Alabama circa 1965. It was Israel in 2015.
And the candidate wasn’t some protégé of Bull Connor or George Wallace shouting into a bullhorn. It was Israel’s prime minister writing on his Facebook page.  Read more.

The Growing Degradation of Work and Life, and What We Might Do to End It

Michael D. Yates @ Truthout - In a recent New York Times' article, former labor editor Steven Greenhouse writes about how employers in the service sector often demand that their employees work shifts that allow them little time for rest. For example, a worker might have to close a night shift on Wednesday and open the morning shift on Thursday:
"At Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, Ramsey Montanez struggles to stay alert on the mornings that he returns to his security guard station at 7 am, after wrapping up a 16-hour double shift at 11 pm the night before."
Given that it takes precious minutes to get home, at least an hour or two to wind down and take care of chores, and an hour or more to prepare and then get back to work the next morning, Montanez probably has to get by on no more than five hours of sleep. If he has children or is responsible for the care of others, then the time crunch is still worse.  Read more.

Progressive Community Celebrates Life, Work of Danny Schechter (1942-2015)

Jon Queally @ Common Dreams - The progressive community in the U.S. and beyond is mourning the loss and celebrating the life of friend and colleague Danny Schechter on Friday after news broke that the veteran journalist, filmmaker, and warrior for social justice died on Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
A note posted late Thursday night on the Mediachannel website, which Schechter co-founded, said simply:  Read more.

Monica Jones to the UN: US Must Decriminalize Sex Work

Mike Ludwig @ Truthout - Nearly two years ago, Monica Jones was walking to meet some friends at a neighborhood bar in Phoenix, Arizona, when she was picked up by an undercover cop and arrested for prostitution during a massive police sweep. Now, she's in Geneva, Switzerland, taking her case to the United Nations.
The arrest in May 2013 was not the first time the cops had harassed Jones, and she fought back, successfully challenging the charges in court while rising to become an outspoken activist and a widely recognized human rights advocate.  Read more.

The institutional and normalized domestic terror against African-Americans

Alternet - When black people wake up and begin the day, we have a wide range of issues we have to think about before leaving our homes. Will a police officer kill us today? Or, will some George Zimmerman vigilante see us as a threat in our own neighborhoods and kill us? We brace ourselves for those white colleagues who are pissed Barack Obama won both elections and take out their racist rage on us. When we drive our cars, we have to wonder if we’ll be pulled over because our cars look too expensive for a black person to be driving. If we’re poor and sick, we wonder if we'll be able to be treated for our illness. We have a lot on our minds, and sometimes it’s overwhelming.
Here are a few examples of things we have to be afraid of that white people don’t (or not nearly as much).  Read more.

Danny Schechter, the News Dissector, Dies in NYC at 72

Alternet - Danny Schechter, one of America’s best known, most talented and effective progressive leaders renowned for his activism and ground-breaking media-making, died Thursday, March 19 in New York City, of pancreatic cancer.
Known as the “News Dissector” from his days at Boston radio station WBCN, Schechter was truly a renaissance progressive -- with a long list of achievements and creative endeavors.  Read more.

Joseph Stiglitz on the Trans-Pacific Partnership: "This Is A Big Deal"

In These Times - Trade agreements are about more than business—they’re about who has final say in the way people around the world live, what they eat, how much they are paid, what medicines they can buy and whether they have jobs. Such agreements shape economic policies that impact billions of people. The discussions surrounding these agreements are far too important to done in secret. But that’s precisely how the Obama administration is trying to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Read more.

US THREATENED GERMANY OVER SNOWDEN, VICE CHANCELLOR SAYS

Glenn Greenwald @ The Intercept - German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (above) said this week in Homburg that the U.S. government threatened to cease sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin offered asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden or otherwise arranged for him to travel to that country. “They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,” Gabriel said.  Read more.

Remembering Civil Rights Leader Parren Mitchell

In Chicago, Calls Grow for Investigation Into Homan Square 'Gestapo Tactics'

Nadia Prupis @ Common Dreams - Cook County commissioner Richard Boykin and U.S. Representative Danny Davis on Wednesday stepped up their demand for the federal Department of Justice to investigate the secret detention and torture of American citizens that took place for years in Chicago's Homan Square compound.  Read more.

Netanyahu Deserves the Israeli People, and They Deserve Him

Gideon Levy @ Haaretz - The first conclusion that arose just minutes after the announcement of the exit polls was particularly discouraging: The nation must be replaced. Not another election for the country's leadership, but general elections to choose a new Israeli people – immediately. The country urgently needs that. It won’t be able to stand another term for Benjamin Netanyahu, who emerged last night as the man who will form the next government.
If after six years of nothing, if after six years of sowing fear and anxiety, hatred and despair, this is the nation's choice, then it is very ill indeed.  Read more.

Obama administration sets record for hiding gov't files

Associated Press - The Obama administration set a record again for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.
The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn't find documents and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.  Read more.

Nick Hanauer: Self-made Billionaire Says Corporate America Bankrupting The Nation

Ralph Nader @ Common Dreams - Self-made billionaire (meaning he didn’t inherit it), Nick Hanauer is not one to mince words, especially when they are backed by facts and principles of fairness. The Seattle entrepreneur, author and venture capitalist (he was the first non-family investor in Amazon), is known for vocally championing Seattle’s staggered increase of its minimum wage to $15 an hour as good for workers and the economy. Any contrary corporatist to debate him on this subject would lose big.  Read more.

Pedophilia in Britain ‘woven into the fabric of society’ – Theresa May

RT.com - As the UK has launched a new-judge led inquiry panel to investigate a pedophile ring operated in 1980s, the Home Secretary warns the allegations are just a “tip of an iceberg” and the problem is “woven, covertly, into the fabric of our society.”
Following a spate of allegations concerning the abuse of children by adults, many of who abused their positions of power and status, Home Secretary Theresa May said Britons still do not appreciate the “true scale of that abuse.”  Read more.

Putin in film on Crimea: US masterminds behind Ukraine coup, helped train radicals

RT.com - The Ukrainian armed coup was organized from Washington, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in an interview for a new documentary aired Sunday. The Americans tried to hide behind the Europeans, but Moscow saw through the trick, he added.

“The trick of the situation was that outwardly the [Ukrainian] opposition was supported mostly by the Europeans. But we knew for sure that the real masterminds were our American friends,”Putin said in a documentary, 'Crimea - The Way Home,' aired by Rossiya 1 news channel.  Read more.

Style mavens in a tizzy as Kardashians take over Fashion Week

New York Post - When Paris Fashion Week becomes a mere backdrop for reality stars, free ad space for Hollywood, and a tabloid free-for-all in general, it’s hard not to wonder: Is high fashion dead?
“It’s funny — everyone thinks the French would be above this, but they’re not,” says Teri Agins, a Wall Street Journal fashion columnist and author of “Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities are Stealing the Spotlight From Fashion Designers.”  Read more.

Normalized racism exists in Oklahoma, and elsewhere

LA Times - Naome Kadira walks with the practiced gait of a beauty pageant veteran, which she is, and speaks the language of the social justice activist — validation, micro-aggression, othering.
But the University of Oklahoma junior with the red streak in her hair wasn't always so self-assured.
There were darker times, especially in her freshman year, Kadira said, when she never felt so different and so alone.
It's part of the black experience at the university, Kadira said, a notion that you're always outnumbered and out of place, forever identified by the color of your skin.  Read more.

Michael Graves dies at 80; pioneering figure in postmodern architecture

LA Times - Not many architects can claim to have spearheaded a major design movement. Michael Graves played a prominent role in three.
Graves, who died Thursday at 80 of natural causes at his home in Princeton, N.J., was a pioneering figure in postmodernism in the 1980s and '90s. He added historical ornament and bright color to prominent and often controversial buildings like the Portland municipal building in Oregon, the Denver Central Library, the 26-story Humana tower in Louisville, Ky., and the Disney Studios in Burbank.  Read more.

New Senate Cybersecurity Bill Seen as Trojan Horse for More Spying

Nadia Prupis @ Common Dreams - The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee approved a cybersecurity bill during a secret session on Thursday, marking the next step in a process that critics warn will nefariously expand the government's already substantial surveillance powers.
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which passed by 14-1 vote, would ostensibly protect against large-scale data thefts of private consumer information, exemplified by recent hacks of Target, Sony, and Home Depot. But critics—including the lone dissenting voice on the committee Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Or.)—say it would open the door for continued invasive and unlawful government spying operations.  Read more.

Swedish prosecutors offer to question Assange in London over rape case

RT.com - Swedish prosecutors have offered to question Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London over allegations of sexual misconduct and rape, Reuters reports. The WikiLeaks founder’s lawyer said he welcomes the request, but the process will take time.
Prosecutors have also asked to carry out a DNA test on Assange.  Read more.

South America unites as Bolivia lashes out at Obama for Venezuela sanctions

RT.com - Bolivia’s Foreign Ministry has joined a chorus of condemnation over US sanctions on Venezuela. A statement called on the US to “abandon its interventionist practices,” shortly after the rest of Latin America bonded in defense of Caracas.
Setting off the Latin outcry was US President Barack Obama’s decision to label Venezuela a ‘national security threat’ in early March, something President Nicolas Maduro countered by saying that Obama had taken it upon himself to “defeat” and “control” the country.  Read more.

Iceland announces dropping bid to join EU

RT.com - Iceland has dropped its bid to join the European Union, the Foreign Ministry in Reykjavik says. The announcement follows pledges made by the country’s euro-skeptic government since winning the 2013 election.
Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, the Icelandic foreign minister, said in a statement that he had...read more.

Iran's Ayatollah Khameini Derides GOP Letter as 'Collapse of Political Ethics'

Sarah Lazare @ Common Dreams - Iran's highest leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday sharply rebuked an open letter released by GOP senators last week, charging that the missive demonstrates "the collapse of political ethics in the United States."
The letter, organized by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and signed by 47 Republican senators, directly threatened Iranian leaders...read more.

50 Years After Selma, African Americans Remain Targeted by Mass Incarceration

International Women's Day: How We Discuss Rape in India and the World

Oklahoma university bans fraternity after racist anti-black chant

LA Times - The racist chant that got a whole fraternity banned and thrown off the University of Oklahoma’s campus on Monday in less than a day may have also cost a black man his job.
On Monday, an IndieGogo crowdfunding page has already raised more than $10,000 for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s chef, Howard Dixon, who “is going to lose his job because of a bus full of racist kids,” according to the page’s creator, Blake Burkhart, referring to a viral video that showed fraternity members on a bus participating in an anti-black chant.  Read more.

Candidates Kiss the Koch Ring

Jim Hightower @ Otherwords - After the Supreme Court's democracy-mugging decree that let corporations dump unlimited amounts of money into our elections, a guy named Larry sent me an email that perfectly summed it all up: "Big money has plucked our eagle!"
Thanks to the court's freakish Citizens United ruling, the Koch brothers have already amassed an unprecedented $900-million electioneering fund for the 2016 cycle, making them the godfathers of tea party Republicanism.  Read more.

How to Become a Conservative in Four Embarrassing Steps

Paul Buchheit @ Common Dreams - Not that we'd want to. But many Americans, perplexingly, have taken that path in the last ten years, as 27 percent of those polled now consider themselves 'mostly' or 'consistently' conservative, up from 18 percent in 2004. (Conservatives were at 30 percent in 1994. Liberals increased from 21 to over 30 percent in the 1990s and have remained approximately the same since then.)
The language of true conservatives often turns to denial, dismissal, and/or belligerence, without verifiable facts of any substance. There is also evidence for delusional thinking and a lack of empathy. Here are four ways to be just like them.  Read more.

Israeli FM calls for beheading of Arab citizens disloyal to Israel

RT.com - The Israeli foreign minister and head of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party Avigdor Lieberman suggested during a campaign event that Arab citizens of Israel, who are disloyal to the state, deserve to be decapitated.
"Whoever is with us should get everything," Lieberman said in a speech at the Interdisciplinary Center in the western city of Herzliya on Sunday. "Whoever is against us, there's nothing else to do. We have to lift up an axe and remove his head, otherwise we won't survive here.  Read more.

Netanyahu’s govt more ‘frightening’ than all Israel’s enemies – fmr Mossad chief

RT.com - Israel is suffering the “worst crisis since its creation” under Netanyahu’s leadership, a former Mossad director told a crowd of nearly 50,000 in Tel Aviv. The anti-government rally was orchestrated and funded from abroad, said the ruling Likud party.
Delivering his keynote speech, Meir Dagan, the former Mossad director spoke of the government’s lack of vision and inability to properly direct the country surrounded by enemies.  Read more.

Estimated 50,000 Rally Against Netanyahu in Tel Aviv

Jon Queally @ Common Dreams - Tens of thousands of Israelis rallied against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ruling government in the nation's capital of Tel Aviv on Saturday night as they decried the leader's domestic policies and called for a peace agreement with the Palestinians who live in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Government estimates put the rally at 40,000, but organizers and local media outlets expressed certainty the number was more than 50,000 people.  Read more.

Another unarmed black teen killed by police, this time in Wisconsin

Jon Queally @ Common Dreams - The shooting of an apparently unarmed black teenager by police in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday night prompted local protests and marks the latest incident of community members responding in anger following a perceived use of excessive force by law enforcement officers.
Though officials have not released the name of the man who was shot and killed, family and friends identified him as 19-year-old Tony Robinson, who graduated from a local high school in 2014.  Read more.

Derailed Oil Train Continues To Burn In Illinois

NPR - A derailed oil train continues to burn in northwestern Illinois near the Mississippi River town of Galena more than 24 hours after it crashed.
It is the third fiery derailment of trains carrying crude from the Bakken area of North Dakota in the past three weeks, raising more questions about the volatility of the oil and the safety of the tank cars used to transport crude.  Read more.

From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown: Race and Revolution

Amy Goodman @ Truthdig - March 5 marks an important but oft-overlooked anniversary. On a winter’s day 245 years ago, in the year 1770, an angry crowd formed in Boston, then the capital of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. People were enraged by the extortionate taxes imposed by the British Parliament. In order to quell the public furor, the British sent troops, who violently quashed dissent. On that cold day, people had had enough. Word spread after a British private beat a young man with the butt of his musket. By late day, hundreds of Bostonians gathered, jeering the small crowd of redcoat soldiers arrayed with muskets loaded. The soldiers fired into the crowd, instantly killing Crispus Attucks and two others. Attucks was a man of African and Native American ancestry, and is considered the first casualty of the American Revolution. It took the indiscriminate murder of a man of color, by armed agents of the state, to launch the revolution. Which brings us to Ferguson, Missouri.  Rea…

Robert Reich Says Elizabeth Warren Should Challenge Hillary Clinton

John  Nichols @ The Nation - Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich says Hillary Clinton should face "a tough primary challenger" and he knows who he would like to see mount a run against the presumed Democratic frontrunner.
"I wish that challenger would be Elizabeth Warren," Reich explained Friday, in a short statement that has energized supporters of a burgeoning movement to draft the senator from Massachusetts as a populist alternative to Clinton.  Read more.

Daniel Ellsberg: Petraeus Case Shows Hypocrisy of Whistleblower Crackdown

Nadia Prupis @ Common Dreams - The U.S. government's "hand-slap" treatment of former CIA director David Petraeus, who in 2012 leaked classified military information to his biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell, stands in stark contrast to the Obama administration's aggressive crackdown on whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Jeffrey Sterling, and John Kiriakou—and should be the turning point away from such policies.  Read more.

Benjamin Netanyahu's Fantasy World

Michael Lerner @ Tikkun - Netanyahu's speech to Congress was brilliantly deceitful because it played to the fantasies that Israeli propaganda and right wing militarists in the US have been popularizing for the past thirty years.
The biggest fantasy: that we can coerce others through power over them to do what we consider in the best interests of the U.S. or Israel. This is what I call The Strategy of Domination.  Read more.

Nearly 60 Lawmakers Boycott Netanyahu Speech

Common Dreams - As Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enjoyed no less than 26* standing ovations during his speech before the United States Congress on Tuesday morning, the resounding applause did not include the clapping hands of nearly sixty lawmakers who did not attend the controversial address.
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt.) joined 56 Democratic lawmakers in the boycott, which was seen by many as snub to the powerful Jewish-American lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).  Read more.

Koala cull: 700 endangered marsupials secretly slain by Australian authorities

RT.com - About 700 koalas have been covertly killed off by the Australian authorities due to overpopulation causing starvation of the animals. Australian Koala Foundation has slammed the move, calling it “a gross mismanagement.”
Koalas have been killed in the Cape Otway area over 2013 and 2014, Victorian Environment Minister Lisa Neville confirmed.  Read more.

Nurses Unite to Stop TPP Fast Track

Blaming Elizabeth Warren, Democrats throw themselves at the feet of Republicans...again

Deidre Fulton @ Common Dreams - Afraid "a sharp turn to the left could prove disastrous in the 2016 elections," factions within the Democratic Party more closely aligned with Wall Street and other corporate interests than with the progressive left are "gathering their forces to fight back against the 'Elizabeth Warren wing' of their party," The Hill reported Monday.
Framed as a fight between so-called "centrists" of the party and more progressive voices, exemplified by Sen. Warren (D-Mass.), journalist Kevin Cirilli describes how leaders of three corporate-friendly groups—the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), the New Democrat Network (NDN), and Third Way—are moving to steer the Democratic agenda away from issues like income inequality, the student debt crisis, and corporate tax breaks.  Read more.

Four Reasons Young Americans Should Burn Their Student Loan Papers

Paul Buchheit @ Common Dreams - Fifty years ago students burned their draft cards to protest an immoral war against the people of Vietnam. Today it's a different kind of war, immoral in another way, waged against young Americans of approximately the same age, and threatening them in a manner that endangers not their lives but their livelihoods.  Read more.

The United State's Terrorist Legacy of Lynching

Mark Karlin @ Buzzflash - The United States has some atoning to do when it comes to terrorism. After all, the history of the US is founded on the terrorizing and near annihilation of Native Americans. 
Professor Edward E. Baptist makes the case in a recent book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,that the US relied on slavery - including Northern textile and other industries - to boost the nation into an economic power in the years before the Civil War. Can there be a more sinister form of terrorism than the theft, brutalization and "ownership" of human lives to secure a profit?  Read more.

Video shows fatal shooting of homeless man by Los Angeles police

Reuters - Los Angeles police officers trying to subdue a robbery suspect in the city's skid row section shot and killed the man as he tried to grab an officer's gun during a scuffle that was captured on video, police said on Monday.
The dead man was reported by the Los Angeles Times to have been a homeless man known by his street name, Africa...read more.