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VIJAY PRASHAD – Political Violence in Honduras

On March 3, assassins entered the home of Berta Caceres, leader of Honduras’ environmental and indigenous movement. They shot her friend Gustavo Castro Soto, the director of Friends of the Earth Mexico. He pretended to be dead, and so is the only witness of what came next. The assassins found Berta Caceres in another room and shot her in the …

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New Report Proves US Law Enforcement Preparing For Rioting On A National Scale

Fascism doesn’t often sweep in overnight and take over some hapless nation’s government; rather, it gradually seeps into the cultural fabric — as is quietly taking place all around the globe, evidenced by an upsurge in sales of riot equipment that has gone largely unnoticed. A new report from analysts with industry research group, Sandler Research, forecasts the Global Riot Control System …

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Hannah Osborne – Social collapse in ancient Pueblo civilisation linked to climate change

The early Pueblo civilisation colonised the Four Corners of the US for thousands of years until being abandoned for reasons unknown from the 13th century. Scientists have now discovered four major phases of societal collapse that took place in the last 500 years of the civilisation’s existence. Researchers from Washington State University found all of the collapses coincided with periods of …

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Gary G. Kohls, MD – Big Pharma’s Nefarious Control of Health Care and The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Everybody should be aware by now of the large amount of control that for-profit multinational corporations have over both state and federal legislative bodies and most of our congressional and presidential politicians (except for Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein). But they also have a lot of control over the major media, the “defense” spending priorities at the Pentagon, America’ educational …

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Rishma Parpia – Questioning the CDC’s Childhood Vaccine Schedule: Vaccine Combinations Never Tested for Safety

On the issue of vaccines, there is an abundance of dialogue on ingredients and herd immunity, etc., but what really is the fundamental problem at the heart of this debate? It is because state legislatures mandate vaccines, consequently denying individuals the right to informed consent—the right to make personal choices about vaccination for themselves and their children. While some parents …

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John P. Thomas – Zika: A Real Threat or Another Hoax to Promote Medical Tyranny?

Do you remember Ebola Zaire? No, it’s not the name of a former African political leader or a five star island resort off the coast of Africa. It was the name of a viral menace that World Health Organization (WHO) officials warned us in the late summer of 2014 might just decimate the world population. We were told that thousands …

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Jada Thacker – How Debt Conquered America

Since its center-stage debut during the Occupy Wall Street movement, “the 99%” – a term emblematic of extreme economic inequality confronting the vast majority  – has become common place. The term was coined by sociology professor David Graeber, an Occupy leader and author of the encyclopedic Debt: The First 5,000 Years, published just as the Occupy movement captured headlines. What …

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Millet: The missing link in prehistoric humans’ transition from hunter-gatherer to farmer

New research shows a cereal familiar today AS BIRDSEED WAS CARRIED ACROSS EURASIA BY ANCIENT SHEPHERDS AND HERDERS LAYING THE FOUNDATION, IN COMBINATION WITH THE NEW CROPS THEY ENCOUNTERED, OF ‘MULTI-CROP’ AGRICULTURE AND THE RISE OF SETTLED SOCIETIES. ARCHAEOLOGISTS SAY ‘FORGOTTEN’ MILLET HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN MODERN CROP DIVERSITY AND TODAY’S FOOD SECURITY DEBATE. The domestication of the small-seeded …

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Mark Garavan – Living in the anthropocene – a frame for new activism

We are living in a new time. A new world has emerged. Like many things that are new on such a scale it is at once frightening, disturbing, uncomfortable. We have emerged from the geological epoch of the Holocene into a new epoch designated as the Anthropocene.[1] This notion of the Anthropocene refers to a profound realisation that human aggregate …

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Leid Stories – 11.02.15

Widespread Uncertainty About Fairness of Elections in Haiti

A 42-Year War for Freedom the U.S. Would Rather Forget

Kim Ives, a co-founder and editor of the international weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté, and an award-winning filmmaker and documentarian, reports on two key stories we’ve been discussing on Leid Stories—Haiti’s Oct. 25 elections and the deportation of Haitians from the Dominican Republic under a controversial race-specific law.
One hundred and eighty years ago today, bands of First Nations warriors and Africans who had freed themselves from slavery engaged U.S. soldiers in Florida in defense of their land and their freedom. Lasting for seven years, from 1835 to 1842, it was the second time, between 1816 and 1858, that U.S. forces would meet combined military resistance.
Historian Jan Carew brings to light this neglected chapter of U.S. history, erroneously recorded as the Seminole Wars.