December 2014 Calendar

December 2014: all month War and People Art Exhibition. Focused on the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), the Israel-Palestine Wars (1948 & 1967), the Lebanon Civil War (1975-1990), and the Syrian War (2011-2014). With a spoken word evening (see Dec 4). Muslim, Christian & Jewish artists and contributors. Free, donations welcome. Inside/Outside Gallery, Levantine Cultural Center, 5998…

The Untold History of the U.S.

by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster,  NY, 2012 Reviewed by Jeffrey Hirsch This is the finest book on recent US history I’ve ever read. Written by filmmaker Oliver Stone and Prof. Peter Kuznick, of American University in DC, this 800-page book dots the i’s, crosses the t’s, and amplifies many…

LIFE INC. by Ernest Rosenthal

Life is the product cheapest to produce; – control; – exploit;  to  market; – harvest- or expropriate;   – extinguish; – or just leave to rot…. its cheap profusion, programmed in the glands of man or beast, anticipated in prophetic seed, is self-perpetuating – at no added cost… – and ‘man’ can force it into tender…

Connecting the Dots: BDS Organizing & the HP Boycott Campaign

by Sherna Berger Gluck On the heels of several BDS successes, including widening support in the US for the academic boycott following the 2013 American Studies Association (ASA) resolution, there’s a growing sense the tide is turning. More academics are organizing boycott campaigns in their professional organizations – notably anthropologists, historians and Middle East studies…

They Are at War with Us – LAPD to Start Using Drones

by Jamie Rae Garcia Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Drone-Free LAPD/No Drones, LA! Campaign Militarization of police in our collective understanding came to light with full force with the murder of Michael Brown by law enforcement in Ferguson Missouri and the protests by community members demanding justice.  Images of grenade launchers, assault rifles, stun grenades, tasers,…

CLIMATE CHANGE by the numbers

By Charles Fredricks 5 or 10 years: The amount of time we may have to lock in transition of electric power generation, heating and cooling, and transportation away from carbon based fossil fuels to renewable energy, to avoid civilization-ending disaster. 50 years: The time lag roughly between when we will feel the effects in the…

National conference plans to win Medicare-for-All

By Paul Krehbiel Over 300 health care reform leaders and activists from across the U.S. met in Oakland in August at a National Strategy Conference to develop plans to bring high quality, affordable health care to all residents. Three national single-payer organizations, Healthcare-NOW!, Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare, and One Payer States (a 26-state network…

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