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07.11 7,000+ Colleges and Universities Declare Climate Emergency and Unveil Three-Point Plan to Combat It [Fox News and Betsy DeVos never talk about this stuff so it must be Bull Shit, right?]
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07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]
07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]
07.13 'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]
07.13 Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees [The worst government money can buy!]
07.10 Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story [Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]
07.09 Judge reinstates Madrid's low emissions zone [Yeh!]
07.07 How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]
07.04 US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries [As expected—and made worse by Trump—the U.S. is best at being the worst]07.03 Booming LNG industry could be as bad for climate as coal, experts warn
07.03 Caravan of Americans battling diabetes heads to Canada for affordable insulin [3:36 video; Like Central Americans flee for their lives from criminal drug gangs, Americans flee for their lives for affordable pharmaceutical drugs]
06.30 The US military is a bigger polluter than more than 140 countries combined [Could a world-wide moratorium of military activity dramatically slow the climate crises?]
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07.16 Turnstile teaching [The problem is NOT the color of students skin, as our fake President reflexively thinks. The problem is the lax attitude and deficient funding by government to always do a much better job for a better future.]
07.15 Sanders Accuses Biden of Parroting Pharma and Insurance Industry Script With Attacks on Medicare for All [Like Trump, Biden explains why he's unelectable every day.]
07.15 Trump Takes Pelosi's Side Against AOC and The Squad as Intraparty Fight Over Immigration Continues [Its about much more than immigration, its about the Corporate Dominance—by many of the same companies, even—over both major Political Parties. With too few exceptions, neither party has represented The Public since Nixon generously raised the minimum wage (Part D Medicare and ACA both became Frankenstein legislation due to excessive corporate price-fixing influence), and that has to change!]
07.14 Trump: People like Paul Ryan almost killed the Republican Party [Then it's too bad he didn't stay to finish the job!]
07.13 Trump's POS Labor Secretary, Acosta, Out. POS Number 2, Linked to Abramoff, to Fill Role [A willingness to perform criminal behavior seems the only competency required...]
07.15 Australia 'deeply concerned' about China's treatment of Uighur people [What are the reasons, exactly, that justify harsh imprisonment of a million people?]
07.15 Zuma tells South Africa corruption inquiry he is victim of foreign plot [Unaccountable corrupt governments are so in fashion these days...]
07.14 Warren vows to probe U.S. crimes on immigrants if elected [Can you imagine living in a nation with a working Justice System? How far we've fallen!]
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07.15 Australia now has the highest minimum wage in the world [From 1960 to 2018 – the U.S. has fallen from 1st place to below the tenth place and off the chart]
07.14 At least 24 Yellow Vests lost eyes in violent protests. Now they're more determined than ever [Protests of all kinds will continue until systemic inequality loses political dominance]
07.13 After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning [Since so-called modern humans evolved there have been 10,000 generations of people. It is extremely far-fetched to think anyone is racially pure. SO ALL THIS HATE IS INCREDIBLY STUPID.]
07.13 Brazil’s President May Appoint Son, Friend to the Trumps, as Ambassador to U.S. [Friend of the Trumps, so we know they're all brain-dead except about near-term profits. They are clear-cutting the Amazon Rain Forest to feed-then-butcher millions of methane farting cows, over and over. Yep, that's there business plan. So therefore the rest of the world will hopefully plant billions of trees elsewhere to sequester CO2 to offset what the Bolsonaro family and investors are destroying. What's wrong with this picture?]
07.13 Trump’s Cruelty and Mexico’s Duty [Our president is immoral to his core and reacts to things like a child, not understanding that his actions are often crueler than they should be. And that cruelty will never completely be excused or forgotten—the people's hatred of Trump is growing, like the Texan's hatred when President General Santa Anna laid seige to the Alamo, which was Mexico's territory at the time...]
Terrorism discussion should address Washington's policy in Middle East, South Asia
Any attempt to understand motives and grievances doesn't mean one condones barbaric behavior visited upon innocent civilians.
I wonder how many people have noticed and wondered why al-Qaida or other Islamic terrorist groups haven't tried to blow up airliners bound for Stockholm, Cape Town, Buenos Aires or Zurich? Might it be becaise their governments are neither perceived as occupiers nor closely associated with U.S. policy in the Middle East and South Asia?
Why isn't this prickly but crucial issue ever addressed?
Perhaps it's because the answer is assumed to be self-evident. Terrorists: Bad. USA: Good. More ominously, this discussion is avoided because its airing would make it more difficult for our leaders to sell their policies to a more informed, more skeptical public.
First, it's important to grasp that any attempt to understand motives and grievances doesn't mean one condones barbaric behavior visited upon innocent civilians. Washington must do everything possible to prevent our citizens from being attacked.
But second, if U.S. policy in the Middle East and South Asia actually exacerbates terrorism, don't we have a responsibility to ourselves to openly address that possibility? Have we become so fearful, so unsure of ourselves as a people that despite accumulating doubts about our role in the world, we remain silent and obediently follow the official line?
I take no pleasure in asserting that U.S. policy could not be more advantageous to al-Qaida members if they'd drawn it up themselves. As several experts now agree, today's al-Qaida is less in need of geographical safe havens than a durable list of righteous grievances to stoke anger and attract recruits. And the historical record shows that U.S. policy is constantly churning a combustible cauldron of bitter anti-American feelings.
Eight days before the reprehensible ''underpants bomber's'' near miss on Northwest Flight 253, it was reported that 28 children had been killed in a U.S. air attack in Abyan, Yemen.
Glenn Greenwald, who blogs on Salon.com, (highly recommended) writes, ''What do we think is going to happen if we continuously invade, occupy and bomb Muslim countries and arm and enable others to do so?'' For example, eight days before the reprehensible ''underpants bomber's'' near miss on Northwest Flight 253, it was reported that 28 children had been killed in a U.S. air attack in Abyan, Yemen. Is it unthinkable that as a consequence some Yemenis might be vexed and sympathize with al-Qaida? In a post to the Islamic Forum, the failed bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab denounced the U.S. ''war on terror'' because of ''the death of thousands of innocent lives and thousands more detained illegally without trial or judgment.
Washington has long-standing overt, covert and threatened wars and occupations going on in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan and Iran—all Muslim countries. These actions are deeply resented—hated, really—by some 365 million people in the region. Include U.S. support for tyrannical regimes in places like Egypt and Saudi Arabia and unconditional complicity in Israel's brutal apartheid policy in Palestine, and the real question is why isn't there more blowback toward us?
Finally, absent any serious discussion of motives and grievances, Washington's policy will continue to enrage and engage more recruits to terrorism, swell the number of pointless U.S. combat deaths and make the world an even more dangerous place for all of us. The future isn't hopeless but unless we remove our ideological blinders and see the world as it actually exists, that future is precarious at best.
Gary Olson is a professor and chair of the political science department at Moravian College in Bethlehem. This article originally appeared in the Allentown, Pa. daily The Morning Call, and is published in the Baltimore Chronicle with the permission of the author.
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