2008

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“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Luke 12:34 The incoming Obama administration faces massive challenges. The U.S. economy is now officially in a state of recession affecting thousands of American households. At the same time the impact of the U.S. financial crisis is being felt most heavily in the most…

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A new investigative study by The Nation Institute is available, which documents violent acts carried out by white militias in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  A brief excerpt: The new information should reframe our understanding of the catastrophe. Immediately after the storm, the media portrayed African-Americans as looters and thugs—Mayor Ray Nagin, for example, told Oprah…

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While many anti-immigrant commentators use charged language to talk about an “invasion” of “illegals” or “aliens,” the vast majority of U.S. residents (those commentators included) have either personal or family histories of immigration.  (The exceptions are the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas whose ancestors originally resided here, and African Americans whose families were enslaved and…

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125 countries gathered in Oslo, Norway this week to sign an accord banning the use of cluster bombs.  The Convention on Cluster Munitions forbids signatories from using the bombs or engaging in joint military operations with armies that use them.  So far 93 countries, including Afghanistan and the UK, have signed the accord.    Cluster…

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