Trial by Fire for Ecuador’s President Correa

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JeffreyPugh
“Multi-colored ponchos, lime green government banners, and gray and olive police armor have filled the streets of Quito and other cities in Ecuador this month. Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa and opposition protestors have been engaged in a war of words and displays of physical presence in public spaces since the major nonviolent challengers, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), and its allies launched a nationwide strike and march on August 13. Correa is one of the cohort of presidents challenging U.S. hegemony in Latin America, and he has taken over the leading role in promoting regional integration and denouncing U.S. intervention after Hugo Chavez’s death. For this reason the protests, and Correa’s increasingly repressive response to them, will be carefully watched by those in other countries wishing to gauge whether the ‘Bolivarian moment’ has peaked.”

Author: Jeffrey D. Pugh
Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/26/trial-by-fire-for-ecuadors-president-correa/
Date: August 26,2015

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Yoga Pants, Leggings, and Stretch Pants: The Scourge of U.S. Public Schools

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lfinley
“A new school year has started or is about to start and once again public schools across the U.S. are clamoring to control girls’ bodies. The offender this time: my alma mater in Midwest Michigan. As of August 18, 2015, the district decided to prohibit the wearing of yoga pants, leggings and stretch pants when students return to the middle and high schools on September 8. The previous dress codes allowed these items as long as they were covered by another garment that was at least finger-tip length when students held their arms straight at their sides—basically, you could wear form-fitting pants as long as you wore something over top of them. Not surprisingly, students did not all follow that rule, which takes me back (way back) to my high school days when we thought it was imperative to wear shorts over our leggings. As is so often the case, the justification for such policy changes is framed as though it helps teachers and staff maintain an appropriate educational climate. The Superintendent commented, “We are not trying to impart style on our students … We just want to eliminate disruptions and distractions.” In reality, it seems these decisions are typically because someone or a vocal group alleges that “hormonal” boys cannot control themselves if they have to attend classes with girls who dare to show that they actually do have legs under their pants.”

Author: Laura Finley, Ph.D.
Published in: La Progressive https://www.laprogressive.com/yoga-pants/
Date: August 27,2015

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Let It Shine

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KathyKelly
“”This little light of mine, I’m gonna’ let it shine! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”
Imagine children joyfully singing the above line that eventually became a civil rights anthem. Their innocence and happy resolve enlighten us. Yes! In the face of wars, refugee crises, weapon proliferation and unaddressed climate change impacts, let us echo the common sense of children. Let goodness shine. Or, as our young friends in Afghanistan have put it, “#Enough!” They write the word, in Dari, on the palms of their hands and show it to cameras, wanting to shout out their desire to abolish all wars.”

Author: Kathy Kelly
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U.S. Bows Out After Plowshares Conviction is Vacated: Appeals Court Ill-Informed on Nuclear Overkill

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JohnLaForge
“The 2012 Transform Now Plowshares anti-nuclear action made the “Fort Knox” of weapons-grade uranium look like “F Troop.” Three senior peace activists got through four chain-link fences and past multiple “lethal force” zones before stringing banners, spray-painting slogans and pouring blood on the Highly-Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – all without being noticed by guards.”

Author: John LaForge
Published in: War is a crime http://www.nativeamericanpassions.com/defun/visit.html?url=www.afterdowningstreet.org
Common Dreams http://commondreams.org/views/2015/08/23/us-bows-out-after-plowshares-conviction-vacated-appeals-court-ill-informed-nuclear
world news
Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/25/u-s-bows-out-after-plowshares-conviction-is-vacated-appeals-court-ill-informed-on-nuclear-overkill/
Date: August 17,23,25,2015

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Consorting with the devil

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MelGurtov
“Throughout the Cold War, and doubtless right down to the present, professional people with skills relevant to “national security” have been secretly recruited to work for the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense. Universities are among those particularly targeted. Scholars and campus research centers have received CIA and DoD funding for conferences and publications, for collecting intelligence while abroad, and even for spying, all under cloak of secrecy.”

Author: Mel Gurtov
Published in: War is a crime http://warisacrime.org/content/consorting-devil
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/08/19/cloak-of-secrecy-81915/
Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/21/consorting-with-the-devil/
War is a crime http://www.nativeamericanpassions.com/defun/visit.html?url=www.afterdowningstreet.org
Newberry Observer http://newberryobserver.com/opinion/editorials/1585/consorting-with-the-devil
Date: August 19,21,2015

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