To the Democratic Party – a concise reminder of who you are

In light of the season: the upcoming national party political conventions and the calamitous presidential race of 2016, we need a break.  Something worthy, compelling, intelligent. A reminder to all invested in upright governance and social justice.  What seems difficult to define becomes…

Stop Blaming The Teachers

“The U.S. has a tendency, when there’s an economic or social crisis, to affix unfair blame on public-school teachers.”CREDITPHOTOGRAPH BY CAROLYN DRAKE / MAGNUM Our educational system is a microcosm of the greater society as a whole.  It reflects our priorities, social structure,…

“White Lives Matter” joins SPLC hate group list

Indicative of the current racial climate in the US, “White Lives Matter” (WLM) has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.   The group had been forged in the crucible of the “Black Lives Matter” movement and is…

Homage to Prince with Miles Davis

This is a Billboard article written by Natalie Weiner.  It is about the collaboration of two innovative icons of the music arts, Prince and one of his most powerful influences, Miles Davis.  Titans of talent and musical creativity.  A fitting piece in the…

The Rand MacNally era of the Middle East has ended

  The Rand MacNally era of the Middle East has ended. That is an historically heavily loaded and brilliant statement.  Simple, but powerful in that it provides a context for understanding the Middle East today.  There is much more than just this, but…

China’s Muslim Theme Park

A curator of a museum of the Hui experience is faced with a difficult task. He or she must convey that Chinese Muslims have always been linked to the wider Islamic world, while still demonstrating that their primary loyalties are to the Chinese nation. The exhibits must reinforce that the Hui have always been integrated into Chinese society, while giving the impression that the Chinese Communist Party has done more to advance their status than did previous regimes.

Andean Palaces and Aymara Cultural Reclamation | video

   

Modern Bolivian Archecture was originally published on It Matters

Documentary: SECRECY

This film is about the vast, invisible world of government secrecy. By focusing on classified secrets, the government’s ability to put information out of sight if it would harm national security, Secrecy explores the tensions between our safety as a nation, and our ability to function as a democracy.

Exxon has been aware of climate change since 1977

Exxon has been aware of the impact of their industry on climate change but funded and publicized studies that contradicted their own research to mislead the public. Exxon was aware of climate change, as early as 1977, 11 years before it became a…

Monsanto GMO crops fuel economic and food poverty

Monsanto is developing and cultivating GMOs globally to address impending food shortages by producing crops used primarily for processed food, animal feed and fuel. Buzzword “GMOs”.  Not really my comfort zone, what little I had read was what I considered oversimplified, complicated, science…

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