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The Fall of the Wall

This is pretty neat. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, 8,000 balloons will light up the skies over the footprint of the Berlin Wall. For the past few days the Lichtgrenze glowed in place of the old wall, tonight the balloons were released to the heavens. The first blows to [...]

Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise With Corporations – Book Salon Preview

Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations Join author Brandon L. Garrett and host Dean Starkman for the discussion, 5pm ET, 2pm PT. American courts routinely hand down harsh sentences to individual convicts, but a very different standard of justice applies to corporations. Too Big to Jail takes readers into a complex, compromised [...]

Thai Student Activist Says Military Junta Is Monitoring Her Actions

Nattanan Warintarawet, who vocally defends free assembly and expression, spoke with Global Voices about her experience in promoting reforms in the military-backed government of Thailand.

Sunday Talking Heads: November 9, 2014

Citizen Autistic, Movie Night Monday, 8pm ET, 5pm PT. Buenos Dias. Bob Schieffer interviews President Obama in the Oval Office and then has George W. Bush on to sell his book about his father. This seems like some kind of protocol offense to me. The Aftermath Listings: WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am – Peyton Craighill, polling manager [...]

25 Years After Berlin, Do We Still Need Walls?

The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago this week. People on both sides filled the streets in celebration, cheered on by virtually everyone around the world. For all of us who were alive then, it remains one of the most hopeful historical moments we've ever experienced. For the previous two generations, people everywhere had lived in fear. Show More Summary

Dempsey bucks Obama line by praising Israelis for Gaza tactics

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, went against the Obama administration's own line when he said Thursday that the Israeli military acted "responsibly" and went to “extraordinary lengths” to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties during Operation Protective Edge last summer

The Berlin Wall at Twenty-Five

I wasn’t there, but I foresaw it’s happening in a book entitled ‘Une autre Europe, un autre Monde’, begun in 1983 and rejected by every major publisher in Paris between 1985 and 1989, as I revised it to keep pace with events. In early 1989 a small academic publisher in Lyon run by a professor [...]

Weekend Roundup: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Is the World Dividing into Blocs Again?

The world is at a tipping point. Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ensuing rise of China and other emerging economies, fragile institutions -- the Asia Pacific Economic Community summit taking place in Beijing and the G-20 in a few days in Sydney -- are trying to hold the links of peace and prosperity together. Show More Summary

Japanese TV Debate on Anti-Korean Hate Speech Turns Nasty

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto: "Well, an asshole like you..." Ultra-rightist Makoto Sakurai: "Hey, don't call me an asshole." Hashimoto: "Oh, just shut up, you asshole."

In and out of love with Israel: Tzvia Thier’s story

Tzvia Thier experienced many Zionist myths: she was a Holocaust survivor who made aliyah to Israel, she worked on kibbutzes, she taught in Hebrew schools in the US, she wrote Zionist texts, and her brother died fighting for Israel. But at 64, she experienced an "earthquake," and today she is opposed to the idea of a Jewish state. Read her story.

Russia's Punk Underground on Trial

Russian anti-fascist activist Aleksei Sutuga, known as Socrates, is behind bars after a suspicious trial, but his underground punk battle continues online.

Uncle Sam’s Making a List, Checking it Twice & You Might be on It

By Hina Shamsi and Matthew Harwood ( It began with an unexpected rapping on the front door. When Wiley Gill opened up, no one was there. Suddenly, two police officers appeared, their…

Bush Family and Inner Circle Play Central Role in Lawsuits vs. Denton, Texas Fracking Ban

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog On November 4, Denton, Texas, became the first city in the state to ban the process of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) when 59 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of the initiative. It did so in the...Show More Summary

VIDEO: How a Laos Dam Project Could Endanger Communities in Cambodia

EarthRights International has uploaded a video about the threat posed by a mega dam construction in Laos to communities situated along the Mekong River in Cambodia. Laos and Cambodia are neighbors in the Southeast Asian region. Written by Mong Palatino · comments (0) Donate · Share this: twitter facebook reddit...

A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: 6 Nov 2014

A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: USA.  Will the Republican majority in the US Senate pass a filibuster-proof bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline?  Sen. John Hoeven (R, ND) says they will, and soon.   Btw, the overall cost of TransCanada’s Keystone XL is now an estimated $8 billion.  Update:  During his post-election news [...]

An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America's Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling

America's multi-year strategy against ISIS lies on the cusp of collapse. Within six months, ISIS could begin operations near major Jordanian cities and the border with Israel. Within six months, America's ground partners against ISIS...Show More Summary

Shamsi and Harwood: An Electronic Archipelago of Domestic Surveillance

This article originally appeared at To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here.   Let me tell you my modest post-9/11 dream.  One morning, I’ll wake up and see a newspaper article that begins something like this: “The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to [...]

Four Ways the Pacific Climate Warrior Coal Blockade Reshaped the Future

For a day the narrow channel of the world's largest coal port, the Port of Newcastle in Australia, became a nonviolent but intensely contested battlefield. On that day, October 17, 30 Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 different nations...Show More Summary

Tufts students challenge university’s complicity in Israeli violence

Murder, in any democracy’s foreign policy, is hardly ever sold as murder; instead it is neatly repackaged, advertised as necessary defense to loyal constituents. On November 10, the Fletcher School and Tufts Hillel will host one of the primary architects of this summer’s massacres in Gaza. Show More Summary

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