Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Annunciation (Detail) — Jan van Eyck


Chomsky & Varoufakis discuss “…the neoliberal assault on the world’s population…” [Video]

FairTest: The Latest News About Test Reform and Resistance

Diane Ravitch's blog

Here is the weekly report from FaitTest on the progress of the movement to reform and resist standardized testing:

Bob Schaeffer of FairTest writes:

“What a week! A national poll concludes that a majority of parents are critical of standardized exam overkill; more minority parents, students and educators speak out against test misuse; yet another state’s computerized testing system collapses; and the opt-out movement continues to grow in breadth and depth. No wonder more state and local education policy-makers are beginning to heed the message: “Enough is enough!”

“National Most Parents Say “Too Much Emphasis on Standardized Testing,” According to New Poll

“National Race and the Standardized Testing Wars: More Minority Stakeholders Criticize Exams

National Pathways to New Accountability Through the Every Student Succeeds Act

“Arizona Buyer Beware When it Comes to Conclusions Drawn From Test Scores


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Evergreene Digest: The Privatization of War: Mercenaries, Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC)

Rise Up Times

Private military and security companies (PMSC) are the modern reincarnation of a long lineage of private providers of physical force: corsairs, privateers and mercenaries. Mercenaries, which had practically disappeared during the XIXth and XXth centuries, reappeared in the 1960’s during the decolonization period operating mainly in Africa and Asia. Under the United Nations a convention was adopted which outlaws and criminalizes their activities. Additional Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions also contains a definition of mercenary.

Jose L. Gomez del Prado, Global Research <;

April 09, 2016 | These non-state entities of the XXIst century operate in extremely blurred situations where the frontiers are difficult to separate. The new security industry of private companies moves large quantities of weapons and military equipment. It provides services for military operations recruiting former militaries as civilians to carry out passive or defensive security.

However, these individuals cannot be considered as civilians, given that…

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Factchecking Gail Collins

LBO News from Doug Henwood

Gail Collins wrote this ludicrous paragraph in her New York Times column today:

The bottom line on Hillary Clinton is that she’s spent her life championing women and their issues. She began her career with the Children’s Defense Fund, fought for better schools in Arkansas, for children’s health care as first lady and for reproductive rights as the senator from New York. As secretary of state she spent endless — endless — days and weeks flying to obscure corners of the planet, celebrating the accomplishments of women craftsmen, championing the causes of women labor leaders, talking with and encouraging women in government and politics.

These assertions bear a rather casual relation with the truth:

  • Yes, Hillary did “begin her career” at the Children’s Defense Fund, but the job lasted only about a year. She graduated from Yale Law School in 1973, and by 1974 was off working on the Nixon impeachment…

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Abby Martin on Hillary Clinton, the Next CEO of the American Empire | Acronym podcast 11

The Acronym Journal

Abby Martin joins Dennis for a conversation about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, the American Empire and the #Movement4ForBernie and whether or not we should be working to end the American Empire.

So pop open a beverage and enjoy the show.

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Also – check out the episode of The Empire Files that Abby is talking about in the podcast here:

Abby Martin’s Empire Files:

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“Well, we can talk about the neoliberal assault on the world’s population in the last generation.”

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