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  • From DuBois to Black Lives Matter | University of California Press Blog on Sep 17, 15
    • Over a century ago, Du Bois founded a field of sociology that demands that we hold up for examination hard truths about racism and that forces one to separate myth from reality. He uncovered the ways in which the “white” West dominated people of color globally.  His scholarship set out to prove all races were equal and that race was “socially constructed.” Gleaning how racial oppression operated, Du Bois set out to do nothing less that produce an academic and public sociology that sought to further social justice. As he observed: “I do not laugh. I am quite straight-faced as I ask soberly: ‘But what on earth is whiteness that one should so desire it?’ Then always, somehow, some way, silently but clearly, I am given to understand that whiteness is the ownership of the earth forever and ever, Amen!”
  • Running for their lives: the global refugee crisis | REDFLAG on Sep 17, 15
    • “You have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”


      – Warsan Shire, Somali-British poet

    • more than 59 million people are forcibly displaced across the globe; 20 million are refugees.
    • Military conflict in Colombia, Pakistan, Ukraine and different parts of Africa have forced millions more to leave their homes, as have the systematic human rights abuses of various dictatorships from Eritrea to Myanmar.

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  • Chief judge, clerk ditch policy of arresting collections-court no-shows - Orlando Sentinel on Sep 17, 15
    • range-Osceola Chief Judge Frederick Lauten announced Wednesday that he will quash more than 21,000 arrest orders for people who failed to appear at collections court, ending the long-standing practice of jailing the defendants when they are located.
  • Human Activity Pushing Marine Life to the Brink of Collapse | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community on Sep 17, 15
    • Human activity is pushing marine life to the brink of collapse, warned a leading international conservation group
    • overfishing, destruction of marine habitats, and climate change has led to the loss of almost half the world's marine mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish within a single generation.
    • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

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  • Dangerous Circumstances: The Council on Foreign Relations on Sep 17, 15
    • Given the central objective of preserving U.S. global hegemony, its “preeminence in the global system,” the CFR study group concludes that the “principal task that confronts U.S. grand strategy today…is adapting to the fundamental challenge posed by China’s continuing rise.”24 Calling Washington’s current policy “integration”—trying to bring Beijing into the liberal international world order—a failure, the study group proposes to replace “integration” with what they call “balancing.”25
      • the current U.S. edge in military power should be strengthened by “substantially” increasing Washington’s military budget while maintaining the existing dominance of the United States over China in nuclear arms, drones, and undersea warfare. The United States should also reform the military’s force design to blunt China’s military advances and accelerate U.S. ballistic missile defense posture and network in the Pacific Ocean.30 Washington should also employ more aggressive military tactics, including taking the following steps:

        • “reiterate its insistence on freedom of navigation and overflight, including in exclusive economic zones, for military as well as civilian ships and planes, and challenge Beijing appropriately if those norms are violated.”
        • “intensify a consistent U.S. naval and air presence in the South and East China Seas.”
        • “increase the frequency and duration of naval exercises with South China Sea littoral states.”31
    • Third, Washington should end its “passivity” and institute a get-tough approach with regard to China’s “incessant cyber-attacks.” Recommended measures include a tariff on Chinese goods, as well as better cyber defenses and imposing a policy of “equivalence” through an increase in U.S. cyber offense capabilities and actions.32

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  • Seattle Strike Enters Fifth Day as Teachers Protest Testing Policies, Racial Inequity & Low Wages | Democracy Now! on Sep 15, 15
    • We have the demand for race and equity teams that I think connects so importantly with the Black Lives Matter movement, that’s demanding not—we don’t just want not to be shot down in the streets by unaccountable police. When we say Black Lives Matter, we also mean that we want a rich and fulfilling life and access to education. And I think that that demand connects with so many of the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement, also the fight for a living wage. That’s what our union is doing. And we hope to raise the bar of wages in Seattle for all workers. I think that this fight is also a fight for women’s rights, because we have a majority female profession. And I think that it’s important that we get equal pay for this majority female profession. And so, I think that our movement is really connecting with some of the most important social movements, and we’re just going to gain strength as the strike goes on.
  • Overworked America: 12 Charts That Will Make Your Blood Boil | Mother Jones on Sep 07, 15

  • The RSS Has Now Come Out of the Shadows | The Wire on Sep 07, 15
    • “So what is wrong with the father asking the children how they were doing”, said Baldev Sharma, a prominent RSS ideologue and presently chairman of the National Book Trust.
    • the RSS Chief, Mohan Bhagwat, chose to emphatically mark his presence just a few months after the Modi government took power when he gave a clarion call for “Ghar Wapsi”, asserting that Muslims in India essentially had Hindu ancestry and must “return home” by reconverting to Hinduism.
    • secular-democratic traditions embedded in independent India’s DNA

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  • Lordship and Bondage on Sep 05, 15
    • its unity in its duplication, of infinitude realizing itself in self-consciousness
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