Posts in Politics/News
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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Comparing ISIS to al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somalia is a Massive Mistake

In last night’s speech Obama compared his strategy to defeat ISIS to US operations in Yemen and Somalia. “This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.” For once conservatives seemed relieved by Obama’s plan no matter the lack of details.

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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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Hollywood Protest For a Free Syria Gets Support from a Cast of Characters

Sunday afternoon members of the Syrian Institute for Progress (SIP) gathered in front of  Mann's Chinese Theater, one of Hollywood's most bustling tourist attractions, to raise their voices against the war crimes of Bashar al-Assad and the faux elections (#bloodelections) being held in the war torn country of Syria on Tuesday, June 3rd.

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