Category Archive: My Soap Box

Oct 03

Vietnam Not Remembered

[Translate] Ken Burns’ Vietnam War: An Object Lesson in the Failures of the Objective Lens  REED RICHARDSON Reposted by permission from Fair.org  In Ken Burns’ introduction to The Vietnam War, bombs fly back into airplanes and flames leap off of houses into flamethrowers. If journalism resigns itself to being a “first draft of history,” Ken Burns’ …

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Sep 27

A Necessary Step for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico: Cancel the Debt

[Translate] Text reposted from the National Lawyer’s Guild International Committee: Following years of colonialism and the intensified assault of austerity in the past several years, Puerto Rico is suffering from the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria and the massive impact of climate change. As the National Lawyers Guild International Committee, we demand the immediate cancellation of …

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Aug 07

Diesels and Honorable Men

[Translate]   By Victor Grossman Reposted by permission Berlin Bulletin No. 131, August 4 2017   Imagine finding, at one table, the worst killer crooks you ever heard of: Jack the Ripper, Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, the Serial Killer, maybe the pirate Blackbeard, surely a cold-blooded terrorist or two. The very worst! No matter …

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Jul 19

How Seattle Voted to Tax the Rich

[Translate] By ADAM ZIEMKOWSKI AND REBEKAH LIEBERMANN Reposted by permission from CounterPunch Seattle further cemented its reputation as one of the most progressive cities in the U.S. last week, when its City Council passed a law to tax the rich, sponsored by socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant along with Councilmember Lisa Herbold. The law places …

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Jul 12

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening

[Translate] In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young finds out how they did it, and why other countries won’t follow suit. Listen to or download an audiobook of this story on SoundCloud and iTunes. It’s a little before three on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur …

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May 22

Palestine/Israel History 101

[Translate] After savoring the obscenity of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia — a country truly after Trump’s own heart — and the deep pile of lies on both sides during his visit to Israel, I feel compelled to post this short video produced by Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).  Maybe it won’t make everyone happy …

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May 21

Howard Zinn: Against Discouragement

[Translate] By Howard Zinn At Spelman College, May 15, 2005 I am deeply honored to be invited back to Spelman after forty-two years. I would like to thank the faculty and trustees who voted to invite me, and especially your president, Dr. Beverly Tatum. And it is a special privilege to be here with Diahann …

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