Category: My Soap Box

Paradise Papers and Hell on Earth

Some electronic Robin Hood has hacked 13.4 million files from the Appleby law firm, which specializes in providing “offshore services” to the very crème de la crème of corporations and individuals.  Those services, the firm insists, are not tax evasion.  They are tax avoidance.  Evasion is illegal. Avoidance is, as Donald Trump remarked, smart business. …

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Vietnam Not Remembered

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’ popular PBS documentaries, …

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

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 Puerto …

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Diesels and Honorable Men

  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 what …

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How Seattle Voted to Tax the Rich

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 a …

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

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 Park, …

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Palestine/Israel History 101

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 but …

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