Iran: 40 years since the shah, human ecology practical plan

Irrigations systems, Iran

Limited cultural freedom, western sanctions In February, Iran is celebrating its 40th anniversary since independence. For Iran, independence has been a mixed success. Between 1953 and 1978, it was effectively ruled by a sovereign monarch. The state is presently dominated by clerics beginning with Ruhollah Khomeini, a radical Muslim cleric, in 1979. While the clerics supported an Islamic Revolution, its […]

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Shutdown part of growing assault on government solvency by conservatives

Safety compromised when DOT stays home

The 116th Congress convened in January 3, 2019, but so far there is little indication that the government shutdown is over. If anything, spending bills are continuing to be approved piecemeal. With funding for a few months at a time, negotiations are critical. On December 22, 2018, the U.S. government shutdown officially began due to failure in passage of a […]

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Government agencies hurt by Trump shutdown policy

No tourists visiting NASM

WASHINGTON—Since the government shut down began a couple days before Christmas in December 2018, a segment of President Trump supporters have been rejoicing over the shutdown. This is because security contractors, such as Booz-Allen-Hamilton, who hold huge contracts funded by the Pentagon, are relatively immune. Workers at the Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and […]

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Maximum pressure on North Korea: humanitarian groups labor under sanctions

North Korean children perform at school children palace

According to Women Cross DMZ, North Koreans this winter will continue to struggle with an unprecedented number of sanctions. Sanctions have been imposed on North Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea) since 1950 ostensibly because it is an authoritarian communist regime. However the number of sanctions rose sharply after 2006 for its launching of ballistic missiles and conducting of nuclear […]

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2018 Women’s March on the Pentagon demands end to war

Anti-War protesters march around Pentagon

Washington, D.C—The Women’s March on the Pentagon 2018 seems like an unqualified success. Over a thousand people showed up for the March on Sunday October 21, 2018 at 11:00 am. According to the march organizers: Our demands are simple: The complete end to the wars abroad; closure of foreign bases; dramatically slash the Pentagon budget to fund healthy social programs […]

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More conservative media dominating D.C. landscape

Vendor boxes with Central Union Mission in background

Ten years ago, there were quite a few newspaper vending boxes in downtown Washington, D.C. Especially they congregated around the Washington Post headquarters near 15th and Massachusetts Avenue. Along 15th Street across from the Washington Post, and adjacent street corners, even offered free newspaper boxes. Newshounds could pick up their free copy of The Diplomat, Politico, The Hill, The Blade, […]

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Hyperlocalization of news killing messengers

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Note: This opinion-piece is not intended to be a perspective representative of any one group or collection of persons. There are dozens of ways conservative corporate media squelches independent news sources. It includes labeling real news as fake, giving respectable journalists a bad name, and trivializing journalism as a profession. Most journalists don’t set off to write fake news as […]

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2018 PPEHRC March on Washington showcases voices of the poor

PPEHRC 2018 arrived in DC safely

Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) successfully completed its march this year from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital. Although they have yet to garner the media attention they merit, there were a host of small wins, the most important being how it helps the general public identify the root causes of poverty today. Never is there […]

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Poor People’s Campaigns Taking Place in June

Mule cart, 1968 PPC, DC Public Library Special Collections, reprinted with permission

Washington, DC– At least two Poor People’s Campaigns (PPC) are taking place this June in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. One Poor People’s Campaign is led by Union Theological Seminary’s Kairos Foundation based in New York City in partnership with Repairers of the Breach, a social justice organization founded by Reverend William J. Barber, […]

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