War Polls Obstruct Democracy and Peace

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ErinNiemela
“U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State (ISIL) have opened the floodgates of war journalism reporting by corporate mainstream media – to the detriment of American democracy and peace. This has been recently evident in a traditionally democratic tool used by American press: public opinion polls. These war polls, as they should be called during wartime, are an affront to both respectable journalism and an informed civil society. They’re byproducts of rally-round-the-flag war journalism and without constant scrutiny, war polls results make public opinion look a lot more pro-war than it actually is.”

Author: Erin Niemela
Published in: War is a Crime http://warisacrime.org/content/war-polls-obstruct-democracy-and-peace
Date: September 29,2014

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Sexual Assault is Men’s Problem

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VictorRomano

lfinley
“Let us be clear: the problem of rape and sexual assault on campus is a male problem.
Last week, many newspapers across the country featured an editorial by Dan K. Thomasson titled Academia Needs to Act to Protect College Women. Unfortunately, Thomasson’s comments served to reinforce the antiquated notion that its women’s responsibility to avoid getting raped. Men are overwhelmingly the perpetrators of sexual assaults and therefore the onus of changing the campus rape culture lies primarily with them. Simply put, men need to not rape.”

Author: Laura Finley and Victor Romano
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/09/28/sexual-assault-mens-problem/, The Morning Sun http://www.morningsun.net/article/20140928/OPINION/140929849/2137/NEWS, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/96402
Date: September 27,28,2014

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Scotland’s Vote and the Future of Civil Society

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MelGurtov
“Scotland’s vote for independence fell well short of victory. But pro-independence Scots will surely try again, just as the Quebec Sovereignty Movement has stayed optimistic over many years in its fight for independence. From a practical point of view, perhaps the Scots are better off staying in the United Kingdom. Independence would have raised difficult challenges concerning foreign and defense affairs, oil and the environment, among many others. Yet as we look around the world, we find that governments have become increasingly unable to placate widespread anger and demands for change. The sovereignty and decentralization envisioned by Scotland and Quebec is not just appealing, but a rational response of civil society to ineffective, unresponsive leaders.”

Author: Mel Gurtov
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/09/28/scotlands-vote-future-civil-society/, Mel Gurtov Blog https://mgurtov.wordpress.com/tag/scotland/
Date: September 22,28,2014

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Peace is Breaking Out All Over the World

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Steven Yougblood
“A friend and colleague recently wrote me and asked if I, an advocate for peace, was discouraged by the avalanche of violence that seems to be engulfing mankind. It’s certainly easy to get discouraged, or even to abandon the notion that peace is possible, given the new status quo in Ukraine, the Central African Republic, Iraq, Nigeria, Ferguson, Missouri, Mexico, Syria, Gaza, Somalia and so on. Against this backdrop, the annual commemoration of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21 seemed futile—like holding a storm awareness seminar in the middle of a category five hurricane.”

Author: Steven Youngblood
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/09/28/peace-breaking-world/, Pagosa Daily Post http://www.pagosadailypost.com/news/26894/ESSAY:_Peace_is_Breaking_Out_All_Over_the_World/, Steven Youngblood Blog http://stevenyoungblood.blogspot.com/
Date: September 18,28,29,2014

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End the Outing

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lfinley
“I am going to start this with a simple statement: No one should have the right to out another person, celebrity or other, as gay.”

Author: Laura Finley
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/09/25/end-outing-another-person/, Battle Creek Enquirer http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/09/26/laura-finley-end-outing/16272021/, Pagosa Daily Post http://www.pagosadailypost.com/news/26884/ESSAY:_End_the_Outing/, Salida Daily Post http://www.salidadailypost.com/news/26884/ESSAY:_End_the_Outing/, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/26/accepting-the-full-rainbow-of-humanity/
Date: September 25,26,2014

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