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Having lived through the 1991 Desert Storm bombing and the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq, I tread carefully when speaking about any danger greater than war that children in our world might face. I won’t forget children in Baghdadi hospitals whose bodies I have seen, wounded and maimed, after bombing campaigns ordered by US leaders.  I think also of children in Lebanon and Gaza and Afghanistan, children I’ve sat with in cities under heavy bombardments while their frightened parents tried to distract and calm them.   

Even so, it seems the greatest danger – the greatest violence – that any of us face is contained in our attacks on our environment. Today’s children and generations to follow them face nightmares of scarcity, disease, mass displacement, social chaos, and war, due to our patterns of consumption and pollution.Ironically, one of the institutions in US society which comprehends the disasters that loom is the US military.

Sunday, November 30, Ferguson, Missouri. The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency on November 17, and this is what's been happening in Ferguson and St. Louis County, Missouri:

You drive past a major traffic and commercial intersection like Chambers and West Florissant and you see the cross-street barricaded by a half-dozen or so police cars with bubble lights flashing, crime scene tape, a military Humvee, armed soldiers, and more police in the Walgreen's mini-mall across the street. You often hear helicopters circling overhead; at night, sometimes you can see their searchlights sweeping nearby. Meanwhile, the airspace has been closed off to all other traffic, reportedly to prevent news helicopters from providing video and pictures of what is going on below.

London – On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in a televised address, President Barack Obama proclaimed, "Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant]." There you have it, the official diagnosis of malignant caliphate with terror cells, announced on behalf of the international community by an unlicensed oncologist-in-chief whose "comprehensive and sustained" targeted therapy should "degrade" the diseased "and ultimately destroy" the disease. In other words, "if [a cancer like ISIL] threatens America, [it] will find no safe haven." What is the procedure, then? In part, it's having a coalition-of-oncologists from near and far on-call to backup the chief's official diagnosis and the consequent treatment: "From governments and peoples across the Middle East there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread."

Because cancer kills, and it kills every day.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been rubber stamping the go ahead to frack-attack all of the US. The people are protesting en mass. The media is...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been rubber stamping the go ahead to frack-attack all of the US. The people are protesting en mass. The media is...

Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp airs every Friday at 8pm EST on RT America and every episode can also be found on www.YouTube.com/RedactedTonight.

Payette, Idaho - Alta Mesa Idaho vice president and general counsel John Peiserich will not face battery charges stemming from a November 17 scuffle with EnviroNews editor-in-chief Emerson Urry.

Urry has recused himself from his editing duties on this article.

Of late there has been news about attacks on academic freedom. Much of this is the result of aggressive efforts of Zionist organizations and individuals to silence those academics they see as enemies of Israel. The latest example of this is the successful pressure brought to bear, apparently by a Zionist donor, on the chancellor of the University of Illinois, to rescind a job offer for Professor Steven Salaita. This was done because this influential donor, noting Salaita's anti-Israel tweets, decided he was anti-Semitic. The Chancellor was apparently convinced that hiring Salaita would cost the university a lot of support - a pretty clear example of donor blackmail.

The Salaita case is not the only recent attempt to intimidate academics critical of Israel. An organization calling itself AMCHA ("your people" in Hebrew) and purporting to work for the "protection of Jewish students" has posted a list of over 200 professors who support the boycott of Israel. They too have been judged anti-Semitic and Jewish students are urged by the organization to avoid their classes.

Lifting up the work & words of Malala Yousafzai, of Pakistan. To be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on this day with Kailash Satyarthi, of India.

Join students and teachers from Afghanistan, Egypt, Palestine, Sweden, the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, by LIVESTREAM or SKYPE. We'll share hope, and rededicate ourselves to truly building a BORDERFREE world for ALL people.

Dec 01

Dr. Huxtable's Lessons

By Damian Kolodiy, SpeakOut | Op-Ed

I grew up as a kid in the 80s watching the Cosby show every week. Cliff Huxtable made us all laugh, and his deep voice with its specific cadence was very much hardwired into our childhood memories. He was a household father figure, a moral and ethical rock that broke down walls of perception of black families. Today I believe it is quite hard for the general public to disengage the Cliff Huxtable character portrayed on TV with the real life person that is Bill Cosby. This is a ubiquitous perception problem that exists within celebrity culture in general, actors achieve cult status and thereby power because of the almost seamless association of the actor and the "larger than life" character they play when they perform. 

Bill Cosby, however, appears quite clearly to be guilty of using his power and status to entice aspiring actresses and models into one on one situations where he was able to drug them and then have sex with their unconscious bodies. Over 17 different women have stepped forward with strikingly similar stories of Cosby's predatory behavior. 

Violence, you are killing our children,
in our streets, our schools, our homes.

Violence, you are killing our children,
in Mexico and Nigeria, in Iraq and Syria.

Violence, you are killing our children,
in our cities, our towns, everywhere.

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Speakout

SpeakOut is Truthout's treasure chest for bloggy, quirky, personally reflective, or especially activism-focused pieces. SpeakOut articles represent the perspectives of their authors, and not those of Truthout.

Having lived through the 1991 Desert Storm bombing and the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq, I tread carefully when speaking about any danger greater than war that children in our world might face. I won’t forget children in Baghdadi hospitals whose bodies I have seen, wounded and maimed, after bombing campaigns ordered by US leaders.  I think also of children in Lebanon and Gaza and Afghanistan, children I’ve sat with in cities under heavy bombardments while their frightened parents tried to distract and calm them.   

Even so, it seems the greatest danger – the greatest violence – that any of us face is contained in our attacks on our environment. Today’s children and generations to follow them face nightmares of scarcity, disease, mass displacement, social chaos, and war, due to our patterns of consumption and pollution.Ironically, one of the institutions in US society which comprehends the disasters that loom is the US military.

Sunday, November 30, Ferguson, Missouri. The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency on November 17, and this is what's been happening in Ferguson and St. Louis County, Missouri:

You drive past a major traffic and commercial intersection like Chambers and West Florissant and you see the cross-street barricaded by a half-dozen or so police cars with bubble lights flashing, crime scene tape, a military Humvee, armed soldiers, and more police in the Walgreen's mini-mall across the street. You often hear helicopters circling overhead; at night, sometimes you can see their searchlights sweeping nearby. Meanwhile, the airspace has been closed off to all other traffic, reportedly to prevent news helicopters from providing video and pictures of what is going on below.

London – On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in a televised address, President Barack Obama proclaimed, "Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant]." There you have it, the official diagnosis of malignant caliphate with terror cells, announced on behalf of the international community by an unlicensed oncologist-in-chief whose "comprehensive and sustained" targeted therapy should "degrade" the diseased "and ultimately destroy" the disease. In other words, "if [a cancer like ISIL] threatens America, [it] will find no safe haven." What is the procedure, then? In part, it's having a coalition-of-oncologists from near and far on-call to backup the chief's official diagnosis and the consequent treatment: "From governments and peoples across the Middle East there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread."

Because cancer kills, and it kills every day.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been rubber stamping the go ahead to frack-attack all of the US. The people are protesting en mass. The media is...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been rubber stamping the go ahead to frack-attack all of the US. The people are protesting en mass. The media is...

Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp airs every Friday at 8pm EST on RT America and every episode can also be found on www.YouTube.com/RedactedTonight.

Payette, Idaho - Alta Mesa Idaho vice president and general counsel John Peiserich will not face battery charges stemming from a November 17 scuffle with EnviroNews editor-in-chief Emerson Urry.

Urry has recused himself from his editing duties on this article.

Of late there has been news about attacks on academic freedom. Much of this is the result of aggressive efforts of Zionist organizations and individuals to silence those academics they see as enemies of Israel. The latest example of this is the successful pressure brought to bear, apparently by a Zionist donor, on the chancellor of the University of Illinois, to rescind a job offer for Professor Steven Salaita. This was done because this influential donor, noting Salaita's anti-Israel tweets, decided he was anti-Semitic. The Chancellor was apparently convinced that hiring Salaita would cost the university a lot of support - a pretty clear example of donor blackmail.

The Salaita case is not the only recent attempt to intimidate academics critical of Israel. An organization calling itself AMCHA ("your people" in Hebrew) and purporting to work for the "protection of Jewish students" has posted a list of over 200 professors who support the boycott of Israel. They too have been judged anti-Semitic and Jewish students are urged by the organization to avoid their classes.

Lifting up the work & words of Malala Yousafzai, of Pakistan. To be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on this day with Kailash Satyarthi, of India.

Join students and teachers from Afghanistan, Egypt, Palestine, Sweden, the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, by LIVESTREAM or SKYPE. We'll share hope, and rededicate ourselves to truly building a BORDERFREE world for ALL people.

Dec 01

Dr. Huxtable's Lessons

By Damian Kolodiy, SpeakOut | Op-Ed

I grew up as a kid in the 80s watching the Cosby show every week. Cliff Huxtable made us all laugh, and his deep voice with its specific cadence was very much hardwired into our childhood memories. He was a household father figure, a moral and ethical rock that broke down walls of perception of black families. Today I believe it is quite hard for the general public to disengage the Cliff Huxtable character portrayed on TV with the real life person that is Bill Cosby. This is a ubiquitous perception problem that exists within celebrity culture in general, actors achieve cult status and thereby power because of the almost seamless association of the actor and the "larger than life" character they play when they perform. 

Bill Cosby, however, appears quite clearly to be guilty of using his power and status to entice aspiring actresses and models into one on one situations where he was able to drug them and then have sex with their unconscious bodies. Over 17 different women have stepped forward with strikingly similar stories of Cosby's predatory behavior. 

Violence, you are killing our children,
in our streets, our schools, our homes.

Violence, you are killing our children,
in Mexico and Nigeria, in Iraq and Syria.

Violence, you are killing our children,
in our cities, our towns, everywhere.