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(Albuquerque, NM) – New Mexico’s largest county is bucking the state’s medical marijuana law by prohibiting any use of marijuana by county employees, following a new policy issued on November 12 by Bernalillo County Manager Tom Zdunek. The county memorandum cites federal prohibition and county policy as the reason for prohibiting the use of marijuana.

More than 10,000 New Mexican residents are actively enrolled in our state’s Medical Cannabis Program and nearly 4,000 of them live in Bernalillo County. Many are military veterans, patients living with disabilities, and victims of serious trauma and violent crime. New Mexico’s medical marijuana program is considered a nationwide model – in 2007 New Mexico became the first state to develop and implement a state-licensed medical marijuana production and distribution system.

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “the world’s most influential Jew,” Bernard Henri Levy is number 45, according to an article published in the Israeli rightwing newspaper the Jerusalem Post, on May 21, 2010.

Levy, per the Post’s standards, came only two spots behind Irving Moskowitz, a “Florida-based tycoon (who) is considered the leading supporter of Jewish construction in east Jerusalem and hands out a prize for Zionism to settler leaders.”

It’s important to try to understand the global economic and financial system – the banks, corporations, central banks, economic policies (and effects) of governments, trade agreements, the creation and value of currencies, the function of the oft-heard ‘markets’ – as daunting as the task may seem. One might think that they need a degree in Economics in order to understand the complexities of the global economy, to comprehend the correct choices and policies which achieve the desired results. One might think that this is true, but it isn’t. The truth is that if most economists understood the global economy, and knew the ‘correct’ choices to make, we wouldn’t be where we currently are.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, the Respect ABQ Women campaign declared Albuquerque voters’ sound rejection of the anti-abortion ballot measure a huge victory for Albuquerque women and families. The ballot measure, introduced by out-of-state anti-abortion groups, would have banned abortion after 20 weeks, regardless of a woman’s circumstances.

“Today’s election makes it crystal-clear that Albuquerque voters understand that the complex, extremely personal decision about abortion needs to remain between a woman and her doctor,” said Micaela Cadena with the Respect ABQ Women campaign. “Albuquerque families sent a powerful message today--they do not want the government interfering in their private medical decisions. Dangerous, unconstitutional laws like the one we rejected today have no place in Albuquerque, no place in New Mexico, no place anywhere in our nation.”

Vancouver-based investigative journalist Alan Clements recently returned to Burma (aka Myanmar) to document a country unravelling from decades of totalitarian tyranny. Un-blacklisted from Burma after 17 years, and following the personal advice of Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Clements filmed for three months, gathering 250 hours of footage that includes 100 feature length interviews with Burma's leading voices of freedom. A former Buddhist monk in Burma for nearly five years and author of a number of books on the country's 25 year long struggle for democracy, including The Voice of Hope, the acclaimed book of conversations with Aung San Suu Kyi (endorsed by US President Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and numerous other Nobel Peace laureates), Burma: The Next Killing Fields? (with a foreword by the Dalai Lama) and Burma's Revolution of the Spirit (including essays by eight Nobel Peace laureates), Clements, also one of the world's leading authorities on Burma's unique form of Buddhism, provides a fresh and powerful insight into the country's tenuous transition from dictatorship to democracy, with access to the words of the people at the heart of its struggle.

Nov 21

Economic Stagnation Haunts US

By Jack A. Smith, Countercurrents | Op-Ed

As though the erosion of American democracy, the weakening of civil liberties, inequality, joblessness, indifference to global warming, a penchant for wars and the healthcare mess were not enough, now we have this:

“What if the [economic] world we’ve been living in for the past five years is the new normal? What if depression-like conditions [in the U.S.] are on track to persist, not for another year or two, but for decades?”

With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy approaching, it will be hard to avoid watching the Zapruder film and debating with your friends and in online forums like the comment section of this video whether it was the Cubans, the Mafia or rogue elements within the FBI, CIA, and/or MIC (military Industrial Complex that killed the a President.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) urges the media to cover domestic violence accurately.

With high profile cases of domestic violence in the news, such as George Zimmerman’s most recent arrest November 18, 2013 on aggravated assault and battery-domestic violence charges, the media has the opportunity to debunk myths and set the record straight on the realities of domestic violence.

With Harry Fear and Kathleen Wells: we speak with Palestinian author Ramzy Baroud about the disunity crisis and Israeli activist Adam Keller about Israel's occupation policies.

Thanks to KCAA and our supporters.

One thing has become disturbingly clear during the country's anemic economic recovery. Middle-income jobs are disappearing, and they're not coming back.

The corresponding decline of America's middle class is something that should concern the entire nation, but as a military veteran, this development directly impinges on essential American freedoms, freedoms that I helped to safeguard during my eight years with the U.S. Marine Corps, 2nd Battalion.

Most of the growth in the recent economic recovery has been due to the growth in low-wage jobs.