Saturday, 25 October 2014 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG
  • The Forgotten Coup - How the US and Britain Crushed the Government of its "Ally" Australia

    By John Pilger, Truthout | News Analysis

    2014 1025 whit stFormer Prime Minister of Australia, Edward G. Whitlam, walks with President Nixon as he leaves the White House, July 30, 1973. (Photo: Jack Kightlinger / Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum)

    Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements are recognized, if grudgingly, his mistakes noted in false sorrow. But a critical reason for his extraordinary political demise will, they hope, be buried with him.

    Australia briefly became an independent state during the Whitlam years, 1972-75. An American commentator wrote that no country had "reversed its posture in international affairs so totally without going through a domestic revolution." Whitlam ended his nation's colonial servility. He abolished royal patronage, moved Australia toward the Non-Aligned Movement, supported "zones of peace" and opposed nuclear weapons testing.

    The one story missing from the "tributes" to a Whitlam is his extraordinary political demise is one of America's dirtiest secrets.

  • Live From the Ebola Capital of the United States

    Live From the Ebola Capital of the United States

    By Kali Gross, Truthout | Op-Ed

    The politicized hysteria of Ebola might seem ridiculous until the reality raps on your door, and you're told a student where you teach was on an infected plane. The roots of this crisis can be solved, not simply by hiring a new czar or erecting containment fields, but by recognizing the humanity of those in care in our nation's health system, especially our largest state, Texas.

  • Students are "More Than a Score" on Standardized Tests

    Students are "More Than a Score" on Standardized Tests

    By Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout | Book Review

    More Than A Score is a collection of throughts by students, parents, teachers and administrators across the United States who are participating in a growing movement to end standardized testing as a measure of learning and teacher effectiveness. This book is a call to arms and a well-argued plea for educational equity and a thoughtful defense of public education, the teaching profession and student-centered learning.


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