The news, says Alison Weir, does not offer a clear view of mid-east affairs. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world’s major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation. It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power – and duty – to bring a resolution. … Read the rest
Coordinator Blake Odum says right after dinner, is when the trip took a much different and disturbing tone.”It was owned by white people.
Newswise reports: Northern Europeans in the Neolithic period initially rejected the practice of farming, which was otherwise spreading throughout the continent, a team of researchers has found. Their findings offer a new wrinkle in the history of a major economic revolution that moved civilizations away from foraging and hunting as a means for survival.… Read the rest
A $150,000 prize has been awarded to the “Water Gandhi of India” for his wildly successful work that turns abandoned, impoverished “dust bowls” into lush villages bustling with life again using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting.
For teaching thousands of villagers in India’s most arid region how to build earthen dams to catch the monsoon rains and revitalize their land, Rajendra Singh was honored Friday with the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize, reported the GoodNewsNetwork.… Read the rest
Did you know that Puerto Rico has a larger population than several states, but no vote for President? The same goes for the Virgin Islands and other American Colonies … I mean “Territories.”
The legal justification for the disenfranchisement of the territories is based on a 114-year-old decision that says they are “inhabited by alien races” who “can’t understand Anglo-Saxon laws.” John Oliver chronicles the many injustices suffered by residents of Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, all of whom are U.S.… Read the rest
Steve turned me on to these outrageous brightly-colored buildings in El Alto, Bolivia, inspired by traditional Andean designs from Tiwanaku and other Incan elements. These brilliantly colored casas exemplify the Bolivian architectural style started after the election of President Evo Morales Ayma, when the national pride became more important than ever.… Read the rest
Alternet says the home of the Rastafarians is about to legalize their sacramental ganja. Here is more:
The island nation most closely associated with marijuana in the popular mind is about to decriminalize it. The Jamaican cabinet Monday approved a bill that would do just that, as well as allow for the creation of medical marijuana and hemp industries.… Read the rest
If you haven’t heard much about the TPP, that’s part of the problem right there. It would be the largest trade deal in history — involving countries stretching from Chile to Japan, representing 792 million people and accounting for 40 percent of the world economy – yet it’s been devised in secret, even thought Bernie Sanders has requested detail.… Read the rest
Big boxes and online bargains have crushed downtown America, forcing local businesses to close, including Greaton’s Jewelers, owned by my friend Karen Greaton, who is ironically a direct descendant of some of the very city founders of New Richmond. How sad it is that the thriving community that once existed has been lost, perhaps for good – or would that be “for bad”?… Read the rest
My friends at Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies share this info about the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council (ESC), a new non-profit organization dedicated to assuring the sustainable and safe use of traditional plants, and enriching the communities who work with them.… Read the rest
I’ll admit I flubbed my Boehner, but I still got more than 58 right out of a hundred questions about the mythology, geology and politics of the United States of America from the so-called “Naturalization Test”. How did YOU do? Let me know in the comments.… Read the rest
The largest US indian tribe, the Navajo Nation, negotiated a $554 million settlement from the U.S. government.
“It’s monumental. It will never completely redress the wrongs done to prior generations, but it’s going to allow some opportunities for future generations,” said Dana Bobroff, deputy attorney general for the nation.… Read the rest
Not to take a position on this or anything, but according to legend, Lassing Park property was gifted to the city by our first mayor with the proviso that it remain undeveloped, a beachy oasis on Tampa Bay where the dolphins literally frolic with the humans walking out on the sand bars. … Read the rest