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February  2015 Vol 12


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Featured News

From Drone Strikes to Black Sites: How U.S. Foreign Policy Runs Under a Cloak of Secrecy

drone In an interview with Democracy Now!, Scott Horton, a human rights attorney and author of "Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy," touched on the debate over national security and secrecy.  


 Kochs and Walmart Clan Wage Dirty War to Stop You From Putting Solar Panels on Your Home

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A new rooftop solar system is installed every three minutes in the U.S., up from one every 80 minutes just eight short years ago. If this pace continues to accelerate or even just holds steady, it will not be long before solar panels become visible, if not ubiquitous, in many neighborhoods nationwide. That prospect is enough to upset the Koch brothers, the heirs of the Walmart fortune and the utility industry, all which are trying to stamp out the rooftop solar movement or at least make a tidy profit penalizing the people who use it. With the help of powerful lobbyists and PACs like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Americans for Prosperity, they are set to do battle in statehouses across the nation in 2015.



How Free Is Free Speech in America?

libertyThe failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing. On Wednesday morning, we learned that Alan Gross, a U.S. government contractor convicted in Cuba for spying, had been released after five years in prison.



Disapora News

The Economics of Black People: An Introduction

 If the terror attacks in Paris have a silver lining, it is that they have sparked an outpouring of support for freedom of speech across the globe and across the ideological spectrum. According to The Associated Press, even Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has weighed in on the side of enlightenment, saying “that radicals have done more to disparage the Muslim prophet than journalists who published satirical cartoons mocking Islam.”


The Caribbean, Melting Pot of the Americas

The Caribbean area is a not a static, singular and homogenous enclave, but a heterogeneous, dynamic and permeable entity, which constitutes a “melting pot” caught up in a Brownian motion, a macro-cultural context blended in a mosaic of divergence and convergence. The authors of Éloge de la Créolité stress this clearly: “Our History is a braid of histories. We had a taste of all kinds of languages, all kinds of idioms.”.”.



African News

Africa 2014 in Review: Counterrevolution, Neocolonialism and the Mass Struggle.

Neocolonialism Mrs. Simone Gbagbo, the former first lady of Ivory Coast, made an appearance in court inside the country on Dec. 26. She is charged with alleged crimes in connection with the tenure of her husband, the ousted President Laurent Gbagbo, who is now under the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.



A homeless bazaar: Cape Town's 'Street Store', where everything's for free

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The number of homeless people in Cape Town is on the rise, a fact normally attributed to the growing prevalence of drug addiction and rising unemployment. In winter, in particular, homeless shelters find themselves stretched for resources while grim weather batters the city.  




History Tidbits

15 Things You Did Not Know About the Moors of Spain

Moors In Spain. The Spanish occupation by the Moors began in 711 AD when an African army, under their leader Tariq ibn-Ziyad, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from northern Africa and invaded the Iberian peninsula ‘Andalus' (Spain under the Visigoths). 


Empire’s Crossroads

To get from the airport on the former British West Indian colony of Dominica to the capital, Roseau, the birthplace of the novelist Jean Rhys, one has to travel through narrow winding roads with a sheer drop to the sea on one side and impenetrable forest on the other. Halfway along this road one is suddenly flung backward in time, seeing faces that have a startling resemblance to the indigenous people of the pre-Columbian era.