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There’s Nothing More American Than the 14th Amendment…and It’s Under Attack

In my experience, every American holds the constitution in reverence, but few know what’s really in it. Naming off what individual amendments connotate would undoubtedly prove problematic for countless US citizens. Unfortunately, I’m sure that the most well known of all of the 27 amendments is the hotly contested 2nd - even if many ignore that “well-regulated militia” part.

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Too Scared To End War Crimes In Syria

It’s been two years since the Ghouta chemical attack in which Bashar Assad crossed Obama’s famous, yet inconsequental, “red line” by slaughtering upwards of 1,000 people with a single sarin gas attack. Air raids targeting citizens consisting of mainly of shells, barrel bombs, and chlorine gas have only increased. Last week Syrian government forces launched a brutal bombing campaign on the town of Douma killing at least 82 people and wounding hundreds. As has been typical of such attacks, it barely registered a blip in western news.  It’s no secret that Bashar Assad has gotten a pass to terrorize, torture and slaughter Syrian citizens. While the geopolitics at play in Syria are quite complex, the failure of the international community to put a no fly zone in place, or take any due action for the regime’s unremitting and blatant war crimes, rests heavily with the U.S. Congress.

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Northern Zapatista

Two decades after the 1994 ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) gagged representatives of the United States are contemplating the passage of its offspring, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. At the time of writing, there is still a substantial possibility that Hillary Clinton will become the next President of the United States in 2016, securing the second Bush-Clinton transit of a catastrophic global trade deal. NAFTA was drafted under George H.W. Bush and ratified by Bill Clinton, and even if President Obama gets what he wants – which is to ratify the deal drafted under George W. Bush – it will be during the last days of his presidency, leaving, perhaps, Hillary Clinton to preside over the fallout and ashes. It might yet become her deal by proxy. Hillary is prevaricating over TPP because she knows that Bill fucked up, just as he did on the Defense of Marriage Act and the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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With Pink City, Jennifer Castle Earns Her Place on the Roster of Great Canadian Songwriters

I’ve always bristled at the term “American.” When used from the perspective of the U.S., it engulfs all of North America (and cuts off Mexico, Central and South America). Viewing “American” music, one may not notice the number of Canadian artists who have contributed and influenced considerably the greater “American” music canon, especially in the recent century. Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Band and The McGarrigle Sisters are just a few examples, not to mention the stream of contemporary musicians/ bands, including Mary Margaret O’Hara, Arcade Fire, Chad VanGaalen, The Sadies, The New Pornographers, Constantines and recent entries such as Mac Demarco, The Barr Brothers and The Shilohs. There should be a place at this Canadian roundtable for Jennifer Castle.

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If A Muslim Denounces Extremism in Islam, Does Anybody Hear?

Ever since the Twin Towers fell there has been a daft proclamation permeating from the media and pseudo-intellectuals like Sam Harris, Ringo of the “New Atheists,” that the Muslim world doesn’t speak out against extremist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS when they commit atrocious acts in the name of Islam. This isn't just Fox News, though they're still the best at it. The implication is that the majority of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims are thus accepting of – or even in cahoots with – the most violent people who claim to speak on behalf of their faith.

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LA Protest in Support of Palestine Met with Pro-Israeli Backlash

Sunday, August 10th -- Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Federal Building in Los Angeles to protest Israel’s effort to reinforce its apartheid state through over a month of offense in Gaza. Hundreds of pro-Israel supporters and Zionists draped in Israeli flags also gathered on the other side of Wilshire Boulevard, forming a counter protest.

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