The icebreaker and #ShellNo: How activists determine the course

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“I don’t know any of the 13 activists who lowered themselves from the St. John ’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon, nor any of the dozens of kayakers paddling in the Willamette River below them, but they succeeded in a temporary blockade of the Shell-leased Arctic-bound icebreaker MSV Fennica. I know that the activists participated in our democracy—they were nonviolent and far more civil than many members of Congress. The ship was in Portland for repairs of damage to the hull, which ironically occurred when it was scheduled to leave for the Arctic as part of the safety conditions Royal Dutch Shell Oil needed to fulfill for federal approval to drill for oil after a series of accidents in 2013.”

Author: Patrick T. Hiller
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No Warlords Need Apply, A Call for Credible Peacemaking in Afghanista

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“A second round of peace talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives, expected to begin before the end of July 2015, suggests that some parties to the fighting want to declare a cease-fire. But even in the short time since the first round of talks were completed on July 7, fighting has intensified. The Taliban, the Afghan government forces, various militias and the U.S. have ramped up attacks all across Afghanistan.”

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Defending democracy

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“In our wonderful land of America we have ongoing debates, discussions, and principled differences. To the extent those are happening by citizens focused on the issues and not on character assassination or violent threat, those robust modes of discourse are the heart of a healthy democracy.”

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Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/29/defending-democracy/
The Creole http://www.thecreole.com/?p=41232
The Gilmer Mirror http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/26775267/article-Defending-democracy?instance=home_news_bullets
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/07/29/defend-democracy-72915/
Date: July 28,29,2015

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An Enemy of Peace

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MelGurtov
“Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has established himself as the biggest enemy of peace in the Middle East. His thoroughly unwelcome and error-marred speech to Congress on Iran, his last-minute racist scare tactics on election eve in Israel, and his disingenuous post-election statement that he really does support a two-state solution all reveal a man who fears a just Middle East peace and will do everything he can to thwart it.”

Author: Mel Gurtov
Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/28/netanyahu-an-enemy-of-peace/
Mel Gurtov Blog https://mgurtov.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/post-72-an-enemy-of-peace/
Date: March 30, July 28,2015

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Adjunct Professors and Workers’ Rights

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“The workers’ rights movement has exploded in the last few years, with fast food, agricultural and other workers staging strikes and other nonviolent actions to demand increased wages, benefits, and better working conditions. One group of workers that has received far too little attention is adjunct college professors.”

Author: Laura Finley, Ph.D.
Published in: counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/27/adjunct-professors-and-workers-rights/
Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/118816
The Gilmer Mirror http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/26773703/article-Adjunct-Professors-and-Workers–Rights?instance=home_news_bullets
Hellenic News of America https://hellenicnews.com/adjunct-professors-and-workers-rights-by-laura-finley-ph-d/
Consortiumn News https://consortiumnews.com/2015/07/25/how-adjunct-professors-are-exploited/
Date: July 25,26,27,2015

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