The Indonesia Genocide 1965-66 by army: U.S. government’s “active support” of the slaughter

A Journal of People report

According to newly declassified documents posted on October 17, 2017 by the National Security Archive (NSA) at The George Washington University the U.S. government had detailed knowledge that the Indonesian Army was conducting a campaign of mass murder against the country’s Communist Party (PKI) starting in 1965.

The documents reveal not just the US government’s “detailed knowledge” of the Indonesian Army’s mass killings of members of the Communist Party (PKI), but its “active support” of the slaughter.Read More »

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World Bank exists to serve American interest?

by Jonathan Mensah

Pambazuka News | October 12, 2017

Daily News

It is hard to make a case for continued support of the World Bank. Serving America’s national security and diplomatic interest is not persuasive for the remaining 189 member countries of the Bank. It is not even persuasive for Americans.

The World Bank, which receives tens of billions of dollars from the US in hard cash and guarantees, has been facing strong criticism in the US challenging its existence. In the August 10, 2017 issue of The Hill (a conservative American newspaper), Shermichael Singleton (a conservative political analyst) wrote a damaging piece titled, “Is liberalism the key to fighting global poverty? Or does it cause it?”

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Henry Ford’s dirty history

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USA Today: “20,000 DACA Teachers at Risk — and Your Kids Could Feel the Fallout, Too”

America’s Voice | October 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – A USA Today story, “20,000 DACA teachers at risk — and your kids could feel the fallout, too,” highlights the fact that DACA recipients work in many different jobs that help Americans – including teaching children in our nation’s classrooms. This is yet another reason why Congress must act with urgency to resolve Dreamers’ status.  Excerpts below: Read More »

US: Rigged democracy: Supreme Court tackles gerrymandering

by MARK GRUENBERG

People’s World | October 05, 2017

Rigged democracy: Supreme Court tackles gerrymandering

Shirley Connuck, right, of Falls Church, Va., holds up a sign representing a district in Texas, as the Supreme Court hears a case on possible partisan gerrymandering by state legislatures on October 3. | Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call via AP

WASHINGTON—Ever since the early 1800s, U.S. politicians have practiced gerrymandering, the long and dishonorable practice of lawmakers drawing legislative districts to entrench themselves and their party in power. And ever since the mid-1900s, the Supreme Court has ducked the issue of throwing out such crazy puzzles, unless the gerrymander was racially motivated.Read More »

Fluoride: Unprecedented Lawsuit Set to End Water Fluoridation in the US

Alternative News Network | October 02, 2017

Water Fluoridation

A coalition of environmental, medical, and health groups have joined forces in a huge, unprecedented lawsuit that is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban artificial water fluoridation.

The groups behind the breakthrough case have served the EPA with a petition that includes more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation on the dangers of fluoride in the water supply, detailing the risks to human health.

Among the research presented in the study, is new evidence that quantifies fluoride’s potential to lower IQ in children. With over 100 animal studies and over 50 human studies now documented proving fluoride’s neurotoxicity, the U.S. government has been prompted to fund a series of new studies.Read More »

“Trail of Tears Walk” commemorates Native Americans’ forced removal

by ALBERT BENDER

People’s World | September 21, 2017

“Trail of Tears Walk” commemorates Native Americans’ forced removal

The ethnic cleansing of the Cherokee nation by the U.S. Army, 1838. This painting, The Trail of Tears, was painted by Robert Lindneux in 1942. | Public Domain

The “Trail of Tears Walk” held in Mt. Juliet and Woodbury, Tennessee on September 16 and 17 memorialized the tragic and brutal removal of the five Indigenous nations—Cherokee, Muscogee Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole—from their homelands in the 1830s to present-day Oklahoma. The Northern Route of the Trail of Tears passed through these two Middle Tennessee towns located just south of Nashville. Thousands of Cherokees and hundreds of Creeks and African Americans traveled together on their way to unknown homes in the west.Read More »

As missiles fly, Japanese Communists demand U.S.-DPRK talks

by SHIMBUN AKAHATA

People’s World | September 15, 2017

As missiles fly, Japanese Communists demand U.S.-DPRK talks

This Aug. 29 file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea. | Korean Central News Agency via AP

TOKYO — As more North Korean missiles soar over Japan with each passing week, Japanese Communist Party (JCP) parliamentarians are demanding that the Japanese government push the U.S. to hold direct talks with North Korea in order to avert a military clash.

Both houses of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, opened meetings in response to North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on Sept. 5, and JCP members have been urging direct talks since. The latest North Korean ballistic missile launch occurred this morning at 6:47 am local time. The mid-range rocket, launched from within North Korea, passed over northern Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean.Read More »

What Cuba can teach America about freedom

by T.D. Harper-Shipman PhD

Pambazuka NewsSeptember 14, 2017

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Red masquerade: Helping the FBI take down the Communist Party

by LOWELL B. DENNY, III

People’s World | August 31, 2017

Red masquerade: Helping the FBI take down the Communist Party

Poster for the 1949 Cold War propaganda film, The Red Menace. | Wikimedia Commons

In Dorothy Healey’s memoir, California Red: A Life in the American Communist Party, she reflected on the 1949 Foley Square Trial in which the federal government targeted the leadership of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) under the Smith Act for supposedly advocating the violent overthrow of the government. Healey wrote:

“One of the most depressing aspects of the trial was that unlike the great political cases of the 20s and 30s, like that of Sacco and Vanzetti or of the Scottsboro Boys, or even the hearings of the Hollywood Ten in 1947, there was almost no public outcry. Liberals were divided, demoralized, or worse yet, in some instances enlisting on the side of our prosecutors… [A]s the 50s began, it seemed to us we were on our own.”

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