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Boycott Israel & you won’t get aid donations, Hurricane Harvey victims told — RT...

Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 15:13 Residents in a Houston suburb will not receive funds donated...

Tony Blair regrets siding with Israel on Hamas boycott — RT UK

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he was wrong to side with George...
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Video: Monsanto banned from lobbying EU lawmakers after boycotting hearing

Weed killer giant Monsanto has been kicked out of the European Parliament. Its lobbyists were banned, after refusing to attend a hearing that was...

#BoycottRyanair: Budget airline roasted on social media over flight cancellations

Published time: 28 Sep, 2017 14:50 Passengers left stranded by Ryanair’s ongoing flight cancellations have...

Illinois governor candidate ditches running mate in Israel boycott row

Illinois governor candidate Daniel Bliss has dropped Carlos Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate following Rosa’s alleged...

US veterans vow to boycott Cleveland Browns over national anthem protest

A society of war veterans has labeled stars of the Cleveland Browns a ‘disgrace’ after members...

‘Boycotts to Achieve Political Change Are Forms of Political Speech’

Janine Jackson interviewed Josh Ruebner about the anti–Israel boycott bill for the July 28, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Israel Anti-Boycott Act – An Attack on Free Speech

A widely-supported bill in the House and Senate would make it a felony to support or endorse efforts to boycott...

Boycott This Poem!

by Michael Marrotti / July 9th, 2017 Boycott this poemfor its candid displayof words that infiltrateyour much neededsafe space Boycott this poemfor its recognitionof only two...

Elections: Absenteeism, Boycotts, and the Class Struggle

The most striking feature of recent elections is not ‘who won or who lost’, nor is it the personalities, parties and programs. ...
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Video: Puerto Rico Backs Statehood in Referendum Boycotted by Opposition Groups

https://democracynow.org - Tens of thousands turned out Sunday for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade here in New York. The parade came on the...

Boycott U.S. Firms Till Trump Signs to 195-Nation Paris Climate Agreement

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Donald Trump announced, on Thursday, June 1st, that “We’re getting out” of the global agreement on limiting the amount of greenhouse...

One Hundred Eighth Graders Boycott Paul Ryan Photo Op

Lauren McCauley, staff writerOne hundred eighth grade students refused to be photographed with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan during a field trip to the...

Boycott Trump: Can a Movement to Hurt the President Financially Change the Political Landscape?

Anti-Trump activity remains fragmented several months into his term. (Photo: Canadian Pacific) Why doesn't this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout...

Latino police associations, food giant Goya boycott NY Puerto Rican Day Parade

In a growing controversy, Latino police groups and the food giant Goya are boycotting Puerto Rican...
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Video: Poor taste PR? Israeli ad mocking Palestinian hunger striker sparks #Boycott_PizzaHut

Pizza Hut is feeling the heat after one of its ads mocked Palestinian hunger striker Marwan Barghouti. The hashtag #Boycott_PizzaHut is being used to...
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Video: Anti-Boycott Law Denies London BDS Activist Entry to Israel

London Palestinian Solidarity Campaign Chairman Hugh Lanning says these laws are exposing the anti-democratic nature of the state Visit ... Via Youtube
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Video: Boycotting Bill O’Reilly: Over 50 Advertisers Pull Ads on Fox Show over Sexual...

http://democracynow.org - The number of advertisers boycotting Bill O'Reilly's Fox News program has increased to at least 52, following revelations that he and ... Via...

Boycotting Bill O'Reilly: More Than 50 Advertisers Pull Ads From Fox Show Over Sexual...

The number of advertisers boycotting Bill O'Reilly's Fox News program has increased to at least 52, following revelations that he and the network paid...

NCAA ends boycott of North Carolina after ‘bathroom bill’ compromise

Published time: 5 Apr, 2017 00:27 A majority of NCAA board members have “reluctantly” voted in favor...

How Netanyahu’s Dirty Tricks Squad Targets Boycotts

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed cohorts of Israel loyalists in the United States by video link last week at the annual conference of...

Israel Steps up Dirty Tricks Against Boycott Leaders

Photo by thierry ehrmann | CC BY 2.0 Nazareth. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed cohorts of Israel loyalists in the United States by video link...

Israel Hits Back Against Boycott

On March 19, Israeli tax officials arrested Omar Barghouti, a prominent Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)...
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Video: U.N. Considers a Historic Ban on Nuclear Weapons, But U.S. Leads Boycott of...

http://democracynow.org - Some 120 countries gathered at the United Nations this week to draft a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. But the United States...
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Video: U.S. Boycotts U.N. Talks on Nuclear Ban While Spending Trillions to Modernize Nuclear...

http://democracynow.org - Full interview with Princeton's Zia Mian about the proposed U.N. nuclear ban treaty, the U.S. boycott and the U.S. trillion dollar plan...

#BeBoldForChange: US women’s hockey team gets new contract after boycott threat

Just days before the world championship tournament was set to begin, USA Hockey and the US...

YouTube and Google boycott spreads to US as AT&T and Verizon pull ads

Major phone networks express concern over video sharing site and parent company’s inability to guarantee money won’t flow to extremism. The growing...
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Video: Sen. Schumer Calls on Democrats to Boycott Neil Gorsuch Vote While Trump is...

http://democracynow.org - Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was tapped by President Trump to fill the seat left vacant by Antonin Scalia's death over a...

Sen. Schumer Calls on Democrats to Boycott Neil Gorsuch Vote While Trump Is Under...

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was tapped by President Trump to fill the seat left vacant by Antonin Scalia's death over a year ago....

British pro-Palestinian activist denied entry to Israel for promoting boycotts

A British pro-Palestinian activist has been refused entry to Israel a week after its parliament passed a law banning foreign nations who call for...

Strawberries and Solidarity: Farmworkers Build Unity Around Driscoll's Berries Boycott

Gloria Gracida Martinez was sent to the fields to pick fruits and vegetables when she was just 10 years old. She knows firsthand how...
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Video: Rev. William Barber: The NAACP Will Boycott North Carolina over HB2 & Voter...

http://democracynow.org - The NAACP has announced it would not hold its convention in North Carolina and urged an international boycott of the state to...

Second Oscar for Iranian filmmaker who boycotted ceremony over Trump’s travel ban

Published time: 27 Feb, 2017 09:20Edited time: 27 Feb, 2017 09:28 ‘The Salesman’ by Iranian director Asghar...

Harnessing 'Power of the Purse to Demonstrate Power of Democracy,' NAACP Calls for N.C....

The NAACP on Friday called for what it described as "the first steps of an international economic boycott" of North Carolina over the state's...

#BoycottBudweiser: Twitter clash over beer company’s Super Bowl migration ad (VIDEO)

Hours before Super Bowl LI kicks off, a Twitter war has erupted over Budweiser’s half-time advertising...

Bodegas boycott: Yemeni-owned NYC corner stores protest Trump’s Muslim ban

New York City is facing an economic nightmare the size of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man:...

'This Is What Resistance Looks Like': Dems Boycott Key Committee Votes

Charging them with lying to the panel, Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes on two of President Donald Trump's controversial cabinet...

Drink or boycott? Starbucks coffee war erupts on Twitter over US immigration policy

A bizarre debate on whether or not to boycott Starbucks coffee is bubbling over on Twitter,...
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Video: Boycott the Banks: Actor Shailene Woodley Calls for Action Against Funders of Dakota...

http://democracynow.org - On Tuesday night at the Sundance Film Festival, Democracy Now! interviewed actor and activist Shailene Woodley, who participated ... Via Youtube

Inauguration Boycott Grows Along With Women's March Momentum

More than 20 U.S. lawmakers have now said they will not attend Friday's inauguration ceremony, while Saturday's Women's March continues to gain steam.  Fusion is keeping...

Modern Language Association Votes Down Resolution to Boycott Israeli Institutions

Protesters advocate to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel during a march on June 5, 2010. (Photo: Stephanie Law / Flickr) On January 7, the...

Resolutions Advocating a Boycott of Israel

Photo by thierry ehrmann | CC BY 2.0 I’m at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association (MLA) in Philadelphia.  The MLA Delegate Assembly...
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Video: Robert Reich on the First 100 Day Resistance Agenda Against Trump: Protest &...

http://democracynow.org - Protests broke out across the country Monday as the 538 electors of the Electoral College met in their respective state capitals and...

Lego boycott Daily Mail as #StopFundingHate campaign gathers momentum

Danish toy firm Lego has announced it will stop advertising in the Daily Mail after...

#StopFundingHate: Twitter users demand Daily Mail boycott over Brexit ruling coverage

Thousands have taken to social media with the hashtag #StopFundingHate to urge companies advertising with...
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Video: The Indigo Girls Launch #NoDAPL Boycott to Protest Pipeline Owner Who Runs Major...

http://democracynow.org - Many musicians, including Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, better known as the folk duo the Indigo Girls, are now banding together to...

Oklahoma City Catholic Worker Calls for Boycott of the 2016 National Collection for the...

Bob Waldrop, founder of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House in Oklahoma City, is calling for a boycott of the 2016 national collection in...

Israel’s Boycott Hypocrisy

On October 9th, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he plans to support his coalition’s initiative to boycott the Joint List, the third largest...
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Video: Police Killings from Charlotte to Tulsa Spark Calls for Boycotts and Justice

The Real News brings the latest on the police killings of Terrance Crutcher in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Keith Scott in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which...

Holy Crusade: Alt-Right to Boycott Breitbart Until Milo is Removed

Editor's Note: Milo has recently defined the Alt Right as representing freedom, liberty, and democracy; the reality, of course, is that our...

Charlotte mayor lifts citywide curfew, protests turn into boycott of NFL game (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

As Charlotte protests turned peaceful over the weekend, the mayor responded by lifting the curfew. But...

The Stronger the Boycott, the Thicker the Hype

Workers lack faces in the New York Times‘ slideshow on Driscoll’s berry farms. (photo: Jason Henry/NYT) The New York Times (9/6/16) featured a profile of...

Israel has right to exist, but so do boycotts against it – Labour leader...

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn told Labour supporters that although he agrees Israel has a right...

British MPs denied vote on Saudi arms sales ban, while US senators propose boycott

As the US prepares to debate the legitimacy of selling arms to Saudi Arabia, British...

Israeli minister says Brits will ‘pay the price’ for ‘anti-Semitic’ boycotts

Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is in London this week meeting British officials hoping to agree on a joint plan to tackle Boycott,...

Time to boycott Starbucks? CEO Declares Support For Hillary Clinton

Howard Schultz, the founder and CEO of Starbucks, announces support for US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. In an interview with CNN, Schultz let slip which...

California lawmakers move to ban companies from boycotting Israel

A bill heading to California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk could prevent companies that boycott Israel from...

Boycott to Make America Great Again

by T. Francis Curran / August 20th, 2016 Eligibility is the beautiful magic that fuels the American electoral system. Delivered in a log cabin or...

 60 lawyers killed – Pakistani bar association calls for court boycott

Baluchistan is a place that desperately needs lawyers. Pakistan's largest province by area, it is the home of a decades-old separatist insurgency, fueled by real...

RINF News Boycotts Israeli Companies

A message to Israeli companies waving large checks at us. Israel is a rogue state that is guilty of committing war crimes and crimes against...

Chilcot boycott: Grieving service families threaten to reject Iraq report ‘whitewash’

Families of soldiers killed in Iraq are threatening to boycott the Chilcot Report, branding it a ‘whitewash.’ The news comes amid fears that soldiers...

‘Make America White Again’: Tennessee candidate faces boycott over Trump-inspired racist billboard

Rick Tyler, an independent Congressional candidate for Tennessee’s 3rd district, is facing a boycott of his restaurant business after he advertised his...

BBC commentator says he’ll boycott Russia World Cup over security concerns

Veteran BBC sports commentator Alan Green says he will “under no circumstances” cover the 2018 World Cup in Russia amid days of violent clashes...

Boycotts Won't Change Mississippi — but Civil Rights History Shows Us How We Can

Hundreds of black protesters march into a wall of white police officers in Jackson, Mississippi, June 12, 1963. (Photo: Claude Sitton /...

Israel boycott: British academic turns down prestigious award & cash prize for ‘political’ reasons

A British academic has turned down a prestigious Israeli award and £225,000 ($300,000) in prize...

Europeans Should Boycott Thailand. Here's Why

A British couple in their 60s who were brutally attacked during a family holiday in Thailand recounted the assault Monday in court, after...
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Video: Driscoll’s Workers Call for Global Boycott over Alleged Abuses at World’s Biggest Berry...

http://democracynow.org - Saturday marked an international day of action to boycott Driscoll's—the largest berry distributor in the world. About an hour north of ... Via...

Jewish Human Rights Watch sues British councils over Israel boycott

A Jewish rights organization has taken three local councils to court, alleging discrimination over the public authorities’ decision to boycott Israeli goods produced in...

Ban on Israel boycotts contradicts UK Foreign Office rules – Labour MP

Conservative government bans on local authorities boycotting goods from illegal Israeli settlements is at odds...

For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum! Statement of the Socialist...
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Video: New Law Would Track International Movement to Boycott Israel

Josh Ruebner says fears over the impact of the new law are overblown but many more anti-BDS measures are being considered nationwide. Via Youtube
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Video: Criminal Offence? UK to ban Israeli West Bank goods boycotts

Britain's Conservative government is to announce next week a law that would ban local councils, student unions and other public bodies form boycotting goods...

Strangling the Israel Boycott

Brushing aside the free-speech rights of Americans, Sen. Mark Kirk and other members of the U.S. Congress are pushing Zionist-demanded legislation to stifle a...
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Video: #OscarsSoWhite: Black Filmmakers Call Out Hollywood Racism, Exclusion as Calls for Boycott Grow

http://democracynow.org - A growing number of actors and filmmakers are pushing for a boycott of the Oscars after no actors of color were nominated...

Taking Aim at the Israeli Boycott

Mainstream U.S. presidential candidates are lining up behind Israel’s demand that the next “leader of the free world” take aim at Americans who express...

#BoycottThailand: Anonymous hacks Thai police websites over backpacker murder verdicts

Cyber hacktivist group Anonymous has hacked at least 14 Thai police websites in protest against the “scapegoating” of two Burmese men convicted of murdering...

Boris Johnson cuts short Palestine visit after Israel boycott criticism sparks outrage

London Mayor Boris Johnson has been banned from a Palestinian charity visit after calling Israel boycotters “lefty academics” who wear corduroy jackets, it has...

Fighting a Cultural Boycott of Israel

Cultural and economic boycotts helped isolate white-supremacist South Africa and encouraged a shift to multi-racial democracy – and a similar strategy has ratcheted up...

Harry Potter author JK Rowling leads resistance to cultural boycott of Israel

British cultural figures and political heavyweights including writers JK Rowling and Hilary Mantel and Conservative MP Eric Pickles are leading the charge against an...

Video: John Perkins: “Hit Evil corporations Where Where It Hurts! Boycott Their Products!”

Please Support The Show — http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube

Israel fear a Boycott of their goods – #BoycottIsrael

When Iceland took a step further in this direction earlier this week powerful Zionist immediately began to threaten the people and the government of...

Elections in Morocco and the Boycott Option

On September 4th Morocco will hold municipal elections, after having postponed them as a response to the political parties’ demand, and due to tremendous...

US church votes to boycott Israel over occupation of Palestine

One of the largest Christian Protestant denominations in the United States has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s...

US Senate votes to prevent boycotting Israel

The US Senate has passed a controversial trade bill that contains provisions opposing the growing international boycott movement against Israel. The Senate passed the measure as...

Britain opposes boycott of Israel: Official

A British Foreign Office official has reiterated London’s commitment to opposing a boycott of Israel. Tobias Ellwood has in a recent tweet to an Israeli...

Bizarre and ironic, war criminal Netanyahu demands global boycott of ISIS ‘products’

RINF EDITOR'S NOTE: The war criminal wants us to stop boycotting Israel and instead reject products from ISIS.. how he expects the world to...

Canada’s Plan To Make Boycotting Israel a ‘Hate Crime’ Is Stupid and Counterproductive

(The Independent) - I’ve never been keen on boycotts. The one against Italy for invading Abyssinia didn’t work. Nor did the arms blockade on Spain....

U.S. & Europe Boycott Russia’s Celebration of Its 9 May 1945 Victory Over Hitler

Eric Zuesse At first, a few progressive heads-of-state in Europe were appalled at U.S. President Barack Obama’s pressure for them to reject Russia’s invitation to...
Jessie Rothenberg, age 8, holds a sign while sitting on her father

Thousands of students boycott state-mandated exams

Jessie Rothenberg, age 8, holds a sign while sitting on her father's shoulders while protesting Gov. Cuomo's education policies in Park Slope, Brooklyn, in...

Chris Hedges: Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on Prisons

Chris Hedges All attempts to reform mass incarceration through the traditional mechanisms of electoral politics, the courts and state and federal legislatures are useless. Corporations,...

Boycott Israel

As Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian lands grinds on, economics and commerce are becoming new battle lines, an embargo being the latest weapon of...

We should all support boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel

Last week my husband and I went to a meeting of the student union at UBC to display the Independent Jewish Voices - Vancouver...

Israel academic boycott: Jewish SOAS students ‘intimidated’ by BDS activists

Jewish students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London have complained of intimidation after the university students’ union voted in...

Intelligence Committee lacks powers to get to the truth on UK renditions, say boycotting...

Nine leading human rights NGOs have today warned that Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) is “not…adequate” to the task of investigating the UK’s...

#BlockTheBoat – The Israel boycott that works

Mariam Elba Earlier this month, after demonstrators spent four days peacefully blockading the Oakland port to prevent the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship, the...

Desmond Tutu calls for global boycott of Israel

RINF Alternative News Following Israeli's atrocious assault on the people of Palestine and decades long apartheid, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has called upon the world to boycott...

Boycott of Israel Spreads in European Civil Society Over Gaza War, Could Cost $5...

The ill-considered and remarkably brutal Gaza war likely will give further impetus to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement by Western civil society to...

Israel Boycott Gains Traction as Gaza Assault Continues

The UN Human Rights Council will been begin an investigation into the allegations over whether Israel engaged in war crimes in its assault on...

Boycott Called Against Local’s Eateries and Stores

Lydia Chávez and Daniel Hirsch The local branch of a statewide activist group has posted fliers around the Mission District asking residents to boycott the...

Scientists Threaten to Boycott Brain Mapping Project

by Nicholas West The warp-speed developments in neuroscience have prompted recent warnings from human rights organizations and prominent scientists alike that the pace of development...

Israel’s SodaStream closes main UK store after 2-yr boycott campaign

SodaStream, which has its main factory in the West Bank and makes home carbonation products, has closed its EcoStream shop in Brighton and one...

Government Treated Peaceful Boycott As Terrorism

The Partnership for Civil Justice (a public interest legal organization which the Washington Post called “the constitutional sheriffs for a new protest generation”) reported...

Why Boycotting Israel is So Important and Necessary

Stuart Littlewood Nothing, it seems, is too ridiculous for Nick Clegg, UK Deputy Prime Minister, to contemplate. See him in this painful video ‘Nick Clegg...

The Great Boycott: Monsanto and the GMA

Defying repeated threats of a lawsuit from Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), on May 8, Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont, signed a historic bill...

Challenging Bullets, Not Boycotts: Education Under Occupation in Palestine

"God Kristian, I can't even remember how many times my school closed this semester," Amanda Mansara, a Palestinian university student wrote to me in January...

‘NYT’ Reporter Treats Israeli Boycott as Immoral and Anti-Semitic, Reminiscent of Nazis

Philip Weiss  RINF Alternative News New York Times Jerusalem correspondent Jodi Rudoren’s piece on the boycott movement is titled, “West Bank Boycott: A Political Act or Prejudice?”...

Right-Wing Billionaire Idiots Reveal List of Members and Give The Rest of Us Companies...

A group of right-wing American billionaires, herded together by the notorious Koch brothers, recently made a big gaffe at their Palm Springs conference. Someone left behind a list of attendees and donors. An alert chamber maid found it and turned it ...

Growing number of security experts boycott RSA conference for NSA ties

Eight prominent security tech researchers have announced they will not attend an upcoming industry conference because it is sponsored by the RSA, the company...

ASA to go ahead with Israel boycott

The American Studies Associationâ„¢s president-elect has said she is Å“fully supportive” of the associationâ„¢s decision to boycott Israeli academic centers. New York University Cultural Analysis...

Israel boycott ‘courageous act’: Analyst

The American Studies Associationâ„¢s decision to boycott Israeli institutions for helping Tel Aviv commit crimes against Palestinians is a courageous act, a political analyst...

Israel boycott angers NY lawmakers

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Brooklyn Democrat who is also a former member of the Jewish Defense League that was classified as a...

Universities Cancel American Studies Association Memberships In Response to Boycott of Israel

A previous article discussed the American Studies Association (ASA). It's the nation's oldest and largest organization involved in the interdisciplinary study of US culture...

US journalist ‘applauds’ Israel boycott

An American journalist says Democratic Congressman Rep. Eliot Engelâ„¢s negative reaction to an American academic groupâ„¢s boycotting Israeli institutions in solidarity with the people...

Israel boycott angers US congressman

New York Rep. Eliot Engel The boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association (ASA) has angered Democratic Congressman Rep. Eliot Engel. Last...

Support For A&E Boycott Four Times Higher Than Obamacare Enrollment

Join the boycott: https://www.facebook.com/infowarsfreespeech More people joined boycott in 24 hours than Obamacare since its launch Kit...

New Facebook Page: Boycott A&E, Support Free Speech

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the...

US Academics Approve Boycott of Israeli Universities

Bill Van Auken Members of the American Studies Association (ASA) approved by more than a two-thirds majority Monday a boycott of all Israeli academic institutions. The...

National Boycott Launched Against Duck Dynasty Censorship

Alex Jones calls for Robertson family to leave show in defense of First Amendment Adan SalazarInfowars.comDecember...

US author praises Israel boycott

An American author and assistant professor at Bluefield State College has praised a recent move by US academic associations to boycott Israel for...

US Scholars Endorse Boycotting Israel

The American Studies Association (ASA) is the nation's oldest and largest organization involved in the interdisciplinary study of US culture and history. In 1951, it...

US Scholars Endorse Boycotting Israel

US Scholars Endorse Boycotting Israel

by Stephen Lendman

The American Studies Association (ASA) is the nation's oldest and largest organization involved in the interdisciplinary study of US culture and history.

In 1951, it was chartered. It has 5,000 members. It's affiliated with 2,200 libraries and other institutional subscribers.

Members represent many academic disciplines. They include history, literature, religion, art, architecture, philosophy, music, science, ethnic studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, education, and gender studies among others.

Members include academics, researchers, librarians, and public officials and administrators.

On December 16, ASA headlined "ASA Members Vote to Endorse Academic Boycott of Israel." They did so decisively. Over 66% of members support doing so. Less than 31% opposed. Another 3.4% abstained.

The vote followed ASA's December 4 resolution, stating:

"Whereas the American Studies Association is committed to the pursuit of social justice, to the struggle against all forms of racism, including anti-semitism, discrimination, and xenophobia, and to solidarity with aggrieved peoples in the United States and in the world;

Whereas the United States plays a significant role in enabling the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the expansion of illegal settlements and the Wall in violation of international law, as well as in supporting the systematic discrimination against Palestinians, which has had documented devastating impact on the overall well-being, the exercise of political and human rights, the freedom of movement, and the educational opportunities of Palestinians;

Whereas there is no effective or substantive academic freedom for Palestinian students and scholars under conditions of Israeli occupation, and Israeli institutions of higher learning are a party to Israeli state policies that violate human rights and negatively impact the working conditions of Palestinian scholars and students;

Whereas the American Studies Association is cognizant of Israeli scholars and students who are critical of Israeli state policies and who support the international boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement under conditions of isolation and threat of sanction;

Whereas the American Studies Association is dedicated to the right of students and scholars to pursue education and research without undue state interference, repression, and military violence, and in keeping with the spirit of its previous statements supports the right of students and scholars to intellectual freedom and to political dissent as citizens and scholars;

It is resolved that the American Studies Association (ASA) endorses and will honor the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions."  

"It is also resolved that the ASA supports the protected rights of students and scholars everywhere to engage in research and public speaking about Israel-Palestine and in support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement."

In 2012, ASA's Academic and Community Activism Caucus (ACAC) asked its Executive Committee (EC) to consider a resolution endorsing an academic boycott of Israel. 

It followed a call from Palestinian civil society to do so. ASA's EC forwarded the resolution to its National Council (NC).

Deliberative discussions followed. NC unanimously endorsed a revised version of the above resolution.

It did so "as an ethical stance, a form of material and symbolic action," said ASA. 

"It represents a principle of solidarity with scholars and students deprived of their academic freedom and an aspiration to enlarge that freedom for all, including Palestinians."

ASA called its endorsement justified for the following reasons: 

  • US military and other support for Israel;

  • Israel's systematic violation of international laws and UN resolutions;

  • the harsh impact of its longstanding occupation;

  • "the extent to which Israeli institutions of higher education are a party to state policies that violate human rights," and

  • strong ASA member support.

It's symbolic. It's binding "until Israel ceases to violate human rights and international law," said ASA. It bars official collaboration with Israeli institutions. 

It doesn't apply to individual Israeli scholars engaged in "ordinary forms of academic exchange, including conference presentations, public lectures at campuses, or collaboration on research and publication."

Following Israel's 2006 war of aggression on Lebanon, ACA's International Committee (IC) discussed a possible boycott.

After Israel's Cast Lead aggression on Gaza, ASA again considered doing so. Study and discussions followed. In 2012, so did an academic boycott resolution. 

"In the last several decades," said ASA, it "welcomed scholarship that critically analyzes (America), its role domestically and abroad, and that reaches out beyond US borders."

ASA's National Council calls the above resolution "of particular significance" to American Studies scholars. "Together, we endorse it, and recommend" ASA members do so, it said.

Nineteen academics comprise ASA's National Council. Universities they represent include Stanford, Yale, Northwestern, University of Illinois, UC Berkeley, Bryn Mawr, and Rikko University, Tokyo among others.

ASA president Curtis Marez called the boycott "the best way to protect and expand academic freedom and access to education."

"Palestinian academics are frequently impeded by Israeli occupation authorities, schools and universities have been bombed by US-supported Israeli military forces, and the Wall blocks educational access for thousands of students," he stressed. 

"As an association of scholars and educators, the ASA has an ethical responsibility to act."

ASA's boycott followed Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) members unanimously approving their own resolution last April.

It was the first scholarly organization to do so. Inside Higher Education is a daily online publication. It focuses on academic topics.

It called ASA's resolution a big victory for the Israeli boycott movement. It has widespread European support. It's been absent in America until this year.

The Anti-Defamation League is one of 52 Zionist organizations. They disseminate pro-Israeli propaganda. They support Israel's worst crimes. They do so disgracefully.

ADL denounced ASA's decision. It called it "shameful, morally bankrupt and intellectually dishonest..."

Separately, ADL national director Abe Foxman called ASA's resolution "myopic...fundamentally distorted (and) manifestly unjust."

The New York Times one-sidedly supports Israel. It commented on ASA's resolution. It called it "a symbolic sting."

It's part of a "movement to isolate and pressure Israel. (It's) gaining ground in Europe." It's getting growing numbers of US supporters.

ASA's endorsement represents "a milestone" for global boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) supporters, said The Times.

Omar Barghouti is founder and director of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).

He called ASA's resolution "perhaps the strongest indicator yet that the BDS movement is reaching a tipping point, even in the US, the last bastion of support for Israel's unjust system."

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas is a longtime Israeli collaborator. He's coup d'etat leader. 

Israel rigged his election. He has no legitimacy whatever. He opposes boycotting Israel. He does so disgracefully. Barghouti commented harshly, saying:

"There is no Palestinian political party, trade union, NGO, network or mass organization that does not strongly support BDS." 

"Any Palestinian official who lacks a democratic mandate and any real public support, therefore, cannot claim to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people when it comes to deciding our strategies of resistance to Israel’s regime of occupation, colonization and apartheid."

"Any Palestinian official who today explicitly speaks against boycotting Israel shows how aloof he is from his own people's aspirations for freedom, justice and equality, and how oblivious he is to our struggle for their inalienable rights."

Stanford University Professor/ASA member David Palumbo-Liu said:

"People who truly believe in academic freedom would realize protesting the blatant and systemic denial of academic freedom to Palestinians, which is coupled with material deprivation of a staggering scale, far outweighs concerns we in the West might have about our own rather privileged academic freedoms."

Cornell University Professor/ASA member Eric Cheyfitz said:

"I am a Jew with a daughter and three grandchildren who are citizens of Israel." 

"I am a scholar of American Indian and Indigenous studies, who has in published word and action opposed settler colonialism wherever it exists, including of course the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem." 

"It is worth noting in this respect that just as the myth of American exceptionalism seeks to erase the genocide and ongoing settler colonialism of Indigenous peoples here in the United States so the myth of Israeli exceptionalism seeks to erase Israeli colonialism in Palestine and claim original rights to Palestinian lands." 

"It is from these personal and professional positions that I applaud the decision of the NC to support the academic boycott of Israel, which I support, and urge ASA members to affirm that support with their votes."

UC Santa Cruz Professor Emerita/ASA member Angela Davis compared Israeli enforced segregation to Jim Crow in America.

She called endorsing ASA's resolution "an ethical imperative. (I)t should be clear that a mass movement in solidarity with Palestinian freedom is long overdue."

Many others feel the same way. ASA's resolution is important. Hopefully other initiatives will follow.

Longstanding Israeli lawlessness is abhorrent. Opposing it is a moral, ethical and legal imperative.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

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The tea party is under the delusion—the latest in a series of a many—that Fox News, the right-wing’s treasured network for all things skewed and biased toward conservatives, is making a hard turn to the left (spoiler: It’s not). As a result, a number of tea partyers have begun boycotting the Republican-leaning news network.

They’ve also issued a list of demands that reads like a report from the satirical publication The Onion, including that Fox News “be the right-wing CBS News: to break stories, to break information, and to do what news organizations have always done with such stories: break politicians.” They also want the network to devote at least one segment to discussing last year’s deadly Benghazi attack on two of its prime-time shows every night and allot sufficient resources to investigating President Obama’s birth certificate.

“We need Fox to turn right,” boycott participant Stan Hjerlied explained to The Daily Beast. “We think this is a coverup and Fox is aiding and abetting it. This is the way Hitler started taking over Germany, by managing and manipulating the news media.”

The group also demanded that the network cease striving to be “fair and balanced,” but failed to note that it actually accomplished that feat a while ago.

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The three-day boycott lasted Thursday morning through Sunday morning, and is the second time this group of activists have gone Fox-free in an effort to steer the coverage. Organizers say a two-day boycott earlier this month knocked 20 percent off of the network’s regular viewership. (A Daily Beast analysis of the same data showed that the boycott had little effect.)

…A leader of the boycott, Kathy Amidon, of Nashville, declined an interview, instead directing The Daily Beast to a website, Benghazi-Truth. The website, a single-page, 23,000-word manifesto complete with multicolored fonts, supposedly incriminating videos of Fox News’s complicity in a coverup, and communist propaganda photographs, is kept by someone who identifies himself online as “Proe Graphique,” and who other members of boycott described as someone who works “in New York media.”

By way of explanation, the website reports: “People ask why not all mainstream media? Why just Boycott FOX? The answer, again, is that FOX needs the Tea Party/conservatives more than the conservatives need FOX after FOX turned left, basically selling out the people who made FOX successful in an attempt to earn an extra buck. FOX is extremely vulnerable to these boycotts while the rest of the MSM doesn’t need us at all, to speak of.”

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Egypt leftist party to boycott elections

Former presidential candidate and founder of the Egyptian Popular Current movement Hamdeen Sabahy and member of Egypt's opposition coalition attends a news conference in Cairo December 23, 2012.

Egyptian leftist opposition party, the Popular Current, has announced that it will boycott the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections expected in April as well as national dialogue talks proposed by President Mohamed Morsi.

Heba Yassin, a spokesman for the party which is led by former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahy, said on Tuesday that "We will neither participate in the national dialogue nor in the elections.”

Yassin added that the measure is aimed at protesting against “the elections law that we did not participate in drafting, and about which our opinion was not taken.”


Morsi has called for talks on Tuesday as part of an effort to ensure a free and fair vote on April 22.

Meanwhile the Egyptian president said in a television interview on Monday that “I see that the climate is very agreeable for an election.” Morsi, however, dismissed allegations that the elections were ill-timed.

Some Egyptian opposition groups have already threatened to boycott the elections, accusing Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party of trying to monopolize power. The president rejects the allegation.

On February 8, thousands of Egyptian opposition protesters held demonstrations against Morsi after calls from nearly 40 opposition groups on the "Friday of dignity."

Protesters called on Morsi to realize the goals of Egypt’s revolution that ended the 30-year-long dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Egypt’s parliamentary elections come at a time when unrest, insecurity, and an economic crisis have plagued the North African country.

MR/PKH

OCA Brings ‘Boycott Factory-Farmed Foods’ Message to Forward on Climate Rally

WASHINGTON - February 14 - The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) will join the Sierra Club, 350.org, the Hip Hop Caucus and more than 90 other organizations on Feb. 17, in Washington D.C., for the “Forward on Climate” rally. The rally is being billed as the largest climate rally in history. Participants will urge President Obama to reject the toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, limit carbon pollution from our nation's dirty power plants, move beyond coal, oil and natural gas by investing in a clean energy economy, and transition to a healthy and sustainable food and farming system.

OCA will emphasize the critical, but often overlooked role factory farming plays in contributing to our planet’s rapidly warming climate. According to the Worldwatch Institute, the production of meat, eggs and milk on factory farms is responsible for more than 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

“We have the technology to save the planet,” said OCA National Director Ronnie Cummins (OCA). “By abolishing factory farms and industrial and GMO crop cultivation, and transitioning back to carbon ranching and organic farming, we could potentially sequester the overwhelming majority of greenhouse gas emissions, and bring the CO2 level back down to the safe level of 350 parts-per-million. That’s the number scientist say we must achieve in order to avert a climate crisis.”

Industrial agriculture spews greenhouse gases into the earth's atmosphere at the rate of 3,700 pounds of CO2 per year per acre. Compare that with an acre of land farmed using organic methods, including composting and cover crops. The organically farmed acre can naturally sequester up to 7,000 pounds per year of CO2 back into the earth, according to research carried out by the Rodale Institute and others.

To facilitate this transition, OCA advocates boycotting products that come from factory farms, eating more local, organic produce, and consuming less meat; requiring mandatory labeling of all factory farm-produced meat, eggs and dairy; and empowering food and farm workers, local communities, and family farmers - the people who experience the harsh realities of factory farm abuses, pollution and economics first hand - to have a greater say in how we create a green, sustainable farming system.

Candidate Barack Obama agreed with OCA’s positions in 2008, stating "As president, I would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to strictly monitor and regulate pollution from large factory farms, with tough fines for those that violate environmental standards. I also support efforts to provide more meaningful local control over these factory farms."

For more details and to march with the OCA on Feb. 17, in Washington, D.C., sign up here.

Israel Goods Boycott Movement Rises

Um Abed plants an olive tree in support of Palestinian farmers. (Photo: Eva Bartlett/IPS)Tawfiq Mandil, 45, stands amongst hundreds of Palestinian farmers, activists, and international supporters in the Gaza Strip’s eastern Zeitoun district, about half a kilometre from the border with Israel. They are renewing a call for the boycott of Israeli goods.

“The Israeli army destroyed my house and my five dunums of land (a dunum is 1,000 square metres) on the last day of the attacks in 2009, as well as 20 other homes,” he says.

With signs reading ‘Boycott Israeli Agricultural Products’ and ‘Support Palestinian Farmers’, Mandil and others protesting Israeli oppression of Palestinian farmers joined together Saturday to plant olive trees on Israeli-razed farmland and to implore international supporters to join the boycott of Israeli agricultural produce.

Mandil believes that the boycott is his only hope for justice for Palestinian farmers being targeted by the Israeli army and oppressed by Israel. “We hope that it will put pressure on Israel to stop targeting us and allow us to farm our land as we used to.”

With an Israeli surveillance blimp hovering above and a nearby remotely-controlled machine gun tower open and ready to fire, the significance of the rally’s location near the ‘buffer zone’ was not lost. Israeli authorities prohibit Palestinians from accessing the 300 metres flanking the Gaza-Israel border. In reality, the Israeli army regularly attacks Palestinians up to two kilometres from the border in some areas, rendering more than 35 percent of Gaza’s farmland off-limits.

“By engaging in the trade of settlement produce, states are failing to comply with their obligation to actively cooperate in order to put the Israeli settlement enterprise to an end. Therefore, a ban on settlement produce must be considered amongst those actions that Third Party States should undertake in order to comply with their international law obligations.”

The Palestinian  human rights organisation Al-Haq released a position paper last month condemning the Israeli settlement produce trade. The paper, ‘Feasting on the Occupation: Illegality of Settlement Produce and the Responsibility of EU Member States Under International Law’ highlights the means by which Israeli settlements benefit from the oppression of Palestinian farmers.

“While the EU has been quite outspoken in condemning settlements and their expansion, they continue to import produce from these same settlements and in doing so, help to sustain their very existence,” Al-Haq director general Shawan Jabarin notes in the Al-Haq press release.

“More than 80 Palestinians have been injured and at least four Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks in the border regions since the November 2012 ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian resistance,” says Adie Mormech, 35, a British activist living in Gaza. This is in addition to the many Palestinians killed and hundreds injured in previous years of Israeli army attacks on the border regions.

“There is simultaneous action happening in the occupied West Bank,” says Mormech. “They’re planting near Yitzhar colony, which is notorious for its violence against Palestinians. Around the world, an estimated 30 countries are holding actions in solidarity with Palestinian farmers and fishers.”

Um Abed, 65, from Zeitoun is defiant. “Today we’re planting olive trees. God willing next year we’ll plant lemon, date and palm trees. We grow, they bulldoze, we re-plant.”

The boycott action follows a growing number of initiatives emerging in recent years from the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian students in Gazan universities stepped up the Boycott call in 2012, releasing Youtube videos calling for political action, not aid, from international supporters.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has attracted international support, including the backing of numerous UK and North American universities and scholars.

Increasing numbers of cultural and religious associations, such as the Quakers’ Friends Fiduciary Corporation, are divesting from corporations that profit from or support Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. The United Church of Canada endorsed the boycott of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in August 2012.

Dr Haidar Eid, professor at Gaza’s Al-Aqsa University and PACBI member, outlines what BDS entails.

“We are calling for implementation of UN Security Council resolution 242, which calls for withdrawal of occupation forces from the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and east Jerusalem. The second demand is the implementation of the United Nations resolution 194, the return of all Palestinian refugees to the towns and villages from which they were ethnically cleansed in 1948. The third demand is the end to Israel’s apartheid policies in Palestine 1948. We want equality.”

While civil society and students have been in the forefront of BDS actions in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas government has also taken steps calling for boycott. Joe Catron, an American activist based in the Gaza Strip, explains one recent government-led campaign.

“The Adidas campaign began in March 2012, when Adidas was sponsoring a marathon through parts of Jerusalem, including parts that are internationally recognised as occupied. The Ministry of Youth and Sports here called upon the Arab League to boycott Adidas in response to this, which a number of countries did.”

In September 2012, Gaza’s Ministry of Agriculture decided to ban most Israeli fruits entering Gaza.

“Palestinian farmers can grow the fruits we consume,” said marketing director in the ministry Tahsen Al-Saqa. “We need to support and protect our own farmers. They’ve been economically devastated by the Israeli ban on exporting since 2006.”

“Boycott is the key, and it is growing,” says Adie Mormech. “The momentum is so much now that it is not going to stop. It’s going to be like South Africa.”

© 2013 IPS - Inter Press Service

Israel Goods Boycott Movement Rises

Um Abed plants an olive tree in support of Palestinian farmers. (Photo: Eva Bartlett/IPS)Tawfiq Mandil, 45, stands amongst hundreds of Palestinian farmers, activists, and international supporters in the Gaza Strip’s eastern Zeitoun district, about half a kilometre from the border with Israel. They are renewing a call for the boycott of Israeli goods.

“The Israeli army destroyed my house and my five dunums of land (a dunum is 1,000 square metres) on the last day of the attacks in 2009, as well as 20 other homes,” he says.

With signs reading ‘Boycott Israeli Agricultural Products’ and ‘Support Palestinian Farmers’, Mandil and others protesting Israeli oppression of Palestinian farmers joined together Saturday to plant olive trees on Israeli-razed farmland and to implore international supporters to join the boycott of Israeli agricultural produce.

Mandil believes that the boycott is his only hope for justice for Palestinian farmers being targeted by the Israeli army and oppressed by Israel. “We hope that it will put pressure on Israel to stop targeting us and allow us to farm our land as we used to.”

With an Israeli surveillance blimp hovering above and a nearby remotely-controlled machine gun tower open and ready to fire, the significance of the rally’s location near the ‘buffer zone’ was not lost. Israeli authorities prohibit Palestinians from accessing the 300 metres flanking the Gaza-Israel border. In reality, the Israeli army regularly attacks Palestinians up to two kilometres from the border in some areas, rendering more than 35 percent of Gaza’s farmland off-limits.

“By engaging in the trade of settlement produce, states are failing to comply with their obligation to actively cooperate in order to put the Israeli settlement enterprise to an end. Therefore, a ban on settlement produce must be considered amongst those actions that Third Party States should undertake in order to comply with their international law obligations.”

The Palestinian  human rights organisation Al-Haq released a position paper last month condemning the Israeli settlement produce trade. The paper, ‘Feasting on the Occupation: Illegality of Settlement Produce and the Responsibility of EU Member States Under International Law’ highlights the means by which Israeli settlements benefit from the oppression of Palestinian farmers.

“While the EU has been quite outspoken in condemning settlements and their expansion, they continue to import produce from these same settlements and in doing so, help to sustain their very existence,” Al-Haq director general Shawan Jabarin notes in the Al-Haq press release.

“More than 80 Palestinians have been injured and at least four Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks in the border regions since the November 2012 ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian resistance,” says Adie Mormech, 35, a British activist living in Gaza. This is in addition to the many Palestinians killed and hundreds injured in previous years of Israeli army attacks on the border regions.

“There is simultaneous action happening in the occupied West Bank,” says Mormech. “They’re planting near Yitzhar colony, which is notorious for its violence against Palestinians. Around the world, an estimated 30 countries are holding actions in solidarity with Palestinian farmers and fishers.”

Um Abed, 65, from Zeitoun is defiant. “Today we’re planting olive trees. God willing next year we’ll plant lemon, date and palm trees. We grow, they bulldoze, we re-plant.”

The boycott action follows a growing number of initiatives emerging in recent years from the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian students in Gazan universities stepped up the Boycott call in 2012, releasing Youtube videos calling for political action, not aid, from international supporters.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has attracted international support, including the backing of numerous UK and North American universities and scholars.

Increasing numbers of cultural and religious associations, such as the Quakers’ Friends Fiduciary Corporation, are divesting from corporations that profit from or support Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. The United Church of Canada endorsed the boycott of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in August 2012.

Dr Haidar Eid, professor at Gaza’s Al-Aqsa University and PACBI member, outlines what BDS entails.

“We are calling for implementation of UN Security Council resolution 242, which calls for withdrawal of occupation forces from the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and east Jerusalem. The second demand is the implementation of the United Nations resolution 194, the return of all Palestinian refugees to the towns and villages from which they were ethnically cleansed in 1948. The third demand is the end to Israel’s apartheid policies in Palestine 1948. We want equality.”

While civil society and students have been in the forefront of BDS actions in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas government has also taken steps calling for boycott. Joe Catron, an American activist based in the Gaza Strip, explains one recent government-led campaign.

“The Adidas campaign began in March 2012, when Adidas was sponsoring a marathon through parts of Jerusalem, including parts that are internationally recognised as occupied. The Ministry of Youth and Sports here called upon the Arab League to boycott Adidas in response to this, which a number of countries did.”

In September 2012, Gaza’s Ministry of Agriculture decided to ban most Israeli fruits entering Gaza.

“Palestinian farmers can grow the fruits we consume,” said marketing director in the ministry Tahsen Al-Saqa. “We need to support and protect our own farmers. They’ve been economically devastated by the Israeli ban on exporting since 2006.”

“Boycott is the key, and it is growing,” says Adie Mormech. “The momentum is so much now that it is not going to stop. It’s going to be like South Africa.”

© 2013 IPS - Inter Press Service

Lebanese FM calls for boycott of Israel

Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour has censured the recent Israeli airstrike on a military research center near the Syrian capital of Damascus, saying Israel ‘deserves a tough response’ for the attack.

On Sunday, Mansour said that aggression against Syria "is aggression against Lebanon." He added, "Israel deserves harsh responses and a tough boycott on the economic, political and diplomatic levels."

"Israeli jets continue to invade Lebanon's airspace every day. We must stand up against the Israeli attacks but not just with calls, statements and condemnation." Mansour stated.

On January 31, Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah also condemned the Israeli attack and said it was “barbaric aggression.”

The Syrian army said in a statement on January 30 that two people were killed and five others injured in an Israeli airstrike on the research center in Jamraya, located 25 kilometers (15 miles) northwest of Damascus.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

MP/HJL

Seattle’s Teacher Uprising: High School Faculty Faces Censure for Boycotting Standardized MAP Tests

Earlier this month, teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington, voted unanimously to stop administering a widely used standardized test, calling them wasteful and unfairly used to grade their performance. They are now facing threats of 10-day suspension without pay if they continue their boycott. We go to Seattle to speak with two guests: Jesse Hagopian, a high school history teacher and union representative at Garfield High School who has refused to administer the MAP standardized test, and Wayne Au, a former high school teacher, assistant professor at the University of Washington, and author of "Unequal By Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality."

AMY GOODMAN: Jimi Hendrix. Yes, Jimi Hendrix attended Garfield High School in Seattle. This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Aaron Maté.

AARON MATÉ: Well, teachers at a Seattle-area high school are winning support locally and nationwide for their boycott of a standardized test used in teacher evaluations. Earlier this month, teachers at Garfield High School voted to stop administering MAP tests, calling them wasteful and unfairly used to grade their performance. Teachers at several other Seattle schools have pledged their support for the boycott, and both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have also given their endorsement.

AMY GOODMAN: Last week, Seattle school officials sent a letter asking principals to inform all their teachers that they could face a 10-day unpaid suspension for refusing to administer the test. However, at a rally held that same afternoon at Seattle Public Schools headquarters, teachers said they will not back down. This is Mallory Clarke, who teaches reading at Garfield High.

MALLORY CLARKE: I don’t want to be away from my students for that length of time. I don’t want to lose that kind of money on a teacher’s salary. But I’m willing to do it because that’s the right thing to do. And it’s also educational for my students to see me standing up for things that are right.

AMY GOODMAN: For more, we go now to Seattle, Washington, where we’re joined by two guests.

Jesse Hagopian is a high school history teacher, union rep at Garfield High School, who has refused to administer the MAP standardized test. He’s a founding member of Social Equality Educators.

We’re also joined by Wayne Au. He’s a former high school teacher, editor of Rethinking Schools, went to Garfield and is now assistant professor at the University of Washington, Bothell Campus. He is the author of Unequal By Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality and co-editor of Pencils Down: Rethinking High Stakes Testing and Accountability in Public Schools.

Jesse Hagopian and Professor Wayne Au, we welcome you both to Democracy Now! Jesse, if you could start off by explaining what is happening. This protest of teachers, unanimous, is unprecedented.

JESSE HAGOPIAN: Well, thank you, Amy, so much for having me on the show today.

And it’s really an incredible moment at Garfield High School. But Garfield High School has a proud tradition of teaching the arts. We have one of the greatest jazz bands in the country. As you said, Jimi Hendrix went to Garfield, and Quincy Jones went to Garfield. We have a long tradition of teaching our kids to think creatively. And, you know, Quincy Jones ended up producing the album Thriller, so I’m so glad that he didn’t have to be subjected to this MAP test and have his confidence killed and not produce one of the greatest albums of all time.

And I think it’s that tradition of creativity and teaching kids to think critically that has led our school to take his bold stand. The teachers at Garfield High School voted unanimously, with only three abstentions, to refuse to give this district-required test, because we feel this is a civil rights issue.

This is a test that was brought to Seattle under complete scandal. The former superintendent, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, sat on the board of the company that produced the test and didn’t disclose that when the Seattle Public Schools purchased the MAP test for over $4 million. Now, it’s not me who has a problem with that; it is the state auditor of Washington state that came and found that that was, quote, "an ethics violation" and, quote, "a conflict of interest." But really, that’s the best part of the MAP test.

This test is a test that is not aligned to our curriculum. So our kids in ninth grade algebra are getting geometry questions that are not being taught to them in that grade. And so, what that means is it’s setting them up for failure. And we didn’t get into this job as teachers to set our kids up for failure. And what’s worse, this evaluation is tied to our evaluation. The MAP test is part of rating teachers. And so, when you have kids taking a test that isn’t tied to what we’re teaching in the classroom and then they can tie that to our evaluations, it’s terribly unfair.

And finally, I think one of the main reasons why this was a unanimous vote of teachers was really an equity issue. One, you have special education students don’t have their IEPs, or Individual Education Plans, respected, so that there aren’t proper accommodations for our special ed students on this test. And then, me, as a history teacher, when I assign research projects, we often find that the computer labs are booked for weeks, because the MAP test is administered on a computer. And so, our children aren’t allowed to use the library and the computer labs for research for way too long because of this MAP test that’s administered three times a year. And so, the students that have computers at home can still continue the research, but those primarily low-income and students of color who don’t have as much Internet connectivity at home, they lose out. And so, this was a civil rights issue. And we’ve learned from the past that when you’re dealing with a civil rights issue, a boycott can be a very powerful tool. And that’s what we’ve done at Garfield High School is boycotted the MAP test.

AARON MATÉ: Well, Jesse, Superintendent José Banda told King5 News that he’s received emails from teachers who support the MAP test and see value in it, that it helps identify areas of weakness and strength among students. He insists that canceling the test is not in the interests of students.

SUPERINTENDENT JOSÉ BANDA: I don’t think it’s fair to students. You know, what we’re forgetting about in this whole equation is that this really is about students. Not everyone has or shares the same sentiment that some of these teachers do, meaning the teachers from Garfield and some of these other schools.

AARON MATÉ: Let’s bring in Professor Wayne Au. If you could respond to Superintendent José Banda?

WAYNE AU: Yeah, you know, to me, it’s ironic. You know, I respect Superintendent Banda. I know he came into the Seattle Public Schools recently, and he sort of inherited the MAP test from the former superintendent. So, I sort of feel for his position of being sort of forced into having to deal with something that he didn’t bring in. So I want to say that up front. But it’s ironic to me that he’s saying this is about students, when, you know, several of the concerns that Jesse just raised—for instance, you know, access to resources, testing being a civil rights issue—are also about students. And so, you know, it just strikes me as odd that he would frame it that way, when a lot of the concerns that the teachers are raising clearly are about students and student learning. You know, they want their instructional time back for students.

They want a test—they want a test—they want an assessment that is going to be useful for them. And particularly at the high school level, we’re seeing that the MAP test is not—is not useful for their instruction. It’s not clear that it’s a valid and sort of reliable measure for high school-level teaching. There’s also been recent studies coming—that have come out that have said, for instance, that at the fourth- and fifth-grade level even, the MAP is not accurately—is not accurately—is not showing any improvement—the MAP test isn’t showing an improvement for reading instruction at the fourth- and fifth-grade level. So, you know, I think the test boycott is actually about students and doing what’s best for students and taking an ethical stance, you know, that shows that teachers are professionals and caring and they want to do what’s best for their students. And so, you know, I’m disappointed.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to turn then to school principal, author and TV host, Steve Perry, who’s the founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School. Perry says teachers who object to standardized tests are trying to avoid accountability.

STEVE PERRY: What they are trying to do is they’re trying to skirt the responsibility of accountability. This examination, like so many others, probably has some flaws, as most examinations do, as the examinations that they give in their own classrooms do. In fact, if we look at some of the real data, we find that American students are at the bottom third in virtually every international comparison. Why? Because all we do is depend on the opinion of one teacher, as opposed to a standardized examination which tells us what children can do.

AMY GOODMAN: Professor Wayne Au, your response?

WAYNE AU: Yeah, it makes me laugh. For one, the international comparison, he actually doesn’t understand or isn’t actually portraying that correctly. There was a very recent study by Carnoy and Rothstein that showed that if you compare international test scores and you account for poverty, you can actually find that U.S. students compare quite well to the highest-performing countries around the world. And so, making that—like, his perspective on that actually doesn’t read that test data correctly.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, let me—

JESSE HAGOPIAN: And if I could add one thing, I—

AMY GOODMAN: Before we end, yeah, Jesse Hagopian, let me just say something. Let me ask you. You’re threatened with 10-day pay suspension. What are your and the other teachers’ plans at Garfield right now? Really, the whole nation is watching this unanimous protest.

JESSE HAGOPIAN: Yeah. The teachers at Garfield High School are not worried at all about this 10-day suspension. They’ve told me that they are willing to take this 10-day suspension without pay because this is a civil rights issue. They’ll just go into the classroom and volunteer their time, if they need be.

And this really has touched something around the nation. You know, at Garfield High School, we received pizza from a school in Florida during lunch, flowers from a school in New Jersey. You know, I received thousands of emails from people all over the country. And one of them was from a teacher in a Native American reservation who said, "I am supposed to give 14 standardized tests a year, and education is becoming far more about testing than actually learning."

And we face big problems in the world today. We face climate change threatening humanity. We face endless wars, and we’re facing economic stagnation. And these types of problems cannot be solved by bubbling in A, B, C or D. We need to teach our kids critical thinking skills. We need to teach them civic courage and leadership skills to solve these big types of problems that we face in our society. And that is the direction that Garfield High School teachers are pointing.

Now, some Garfield High School teachers—

AMY GOODMAN: We have 10 seconds.

JESSE HAGOPIAN: —may want to replace the MAP test with a better test, but many of us think we need far more accurate forms of assessment. We’re not against accountability. We want to show student growth, but we can’t do it with a flawed test. We want to move towards things like portfolios. And I think Seattle could be at the forefront—

AMY GOODMAN: Jesse Hagopian, we’re going to have to leave it there. We want to thank you, high school history teacher, and Professor Wayne Au, editor of Rethinking Schools, for joining us.

Israel boycotts UNHRC rights review

File photo shows an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Tel Aviv has boycotted a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) review, which is taking place in the Swiss city of Geneva to examine Israel's violations of Palestinians’ rights.

The UNHRC is reviewing Israel’s human rights records on Tuesday as part of the Universal Periodic Review process. Tel Aviv is not a member of the Council but it is required to undergo UPR like all UN members.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which is held once every four years, was established by the UN General Assembly in 2006 to examine human rights records of the United Nations’ members.

Israel severed all ties with the Council in March 2012 after the UNHRC adopted a resolution condemning Tel Aviv’s announcement of new settlement homes and demanded a reversal of the settlement policy.


This is the first time, since the reviews began, that a member under evaluation is absent in the meeting.

A group of human rights organizations have already slammed Tel Aviv’s announcement that it would shun the meeting, saying the decision shows Israel is fearful of a rigorous study of its violations of international law.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in 1967.

The UN and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

PG/SS

Teacher Boycott of Standardized Test in Seattle Continues to Spread

A boycott of Washington state’s mandated standardized test by teachers at a Seattle school is spreading to other schools and winning support across the country, including from the two largest teachers’ unions, parents, students, researchers and educators.

The decision by teachers at Garfield High School to boycott the state’s Measures of Academy Progress because, they say, the exams don’t evaluate learning and are a waste of time is fueling a growing debate about the misuse of standardized tests in public education.

The Garfield teachers have now been joined by some teachers at a few other schools in Seattle, including the alternative Orca K-8 school. Colleagues at other schools have sent letters of support, as have groups including the Garfield PTSA, the Seattle Student Senate and a group of more than 60 researchers, educators and education activists, including Diane Ravitch and Jonathan Kozol.

The boycott is the most recent nationally publicized event in an expanding revolt against high-stakes standardized tests and the use of students’ scores to evaluate teachers, schools, districts and states. The test approach is being followed nationwide with the support of the Obama administration but against the advice of assessment experts who say these exams are not designed for such use.

Parents have started to opt out of having their children take high-stakes tests; school boards have approved resolutions calling for an end to test-based accountability systems; thousands of people have signed a national resolution protesting high-stakes tests; some superintendents have spoken out, and so have teachers. It has been building momentum in the last year, since Robert Scott, then the commissioner of education in Texas, said publicly that the mentality that standardized testing is the “end-all, be-all” is a “perversion” of what a quality education should be. In fact, the Texas House just zeroed out funding for the state’s standardized tests in a draft budget to make a statement about over-testing.

Almost all of the teachers and staff at Garfield High are boycotting the test because they say it is not aligned with curriculum and is inappropriately being used by administrators to evaluate teachers, a purpose for which it was not designed. District administrators have defended the test.

The presidents of both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, which collectively have more than 4.5 million members, issued separate statements supporting the Garfield-led boycott.

AFT President Randi Weingarten, in this statement, thanked the Garfield teachers “for taking a courageous stand against the fixation on high-stakes testing and its harmful impact on our ability to give our students the high-quality public education they deserve.”

NEA President Dennis von Roekel said in his statement, “I, along with 3 million educators across the country, proudly support their efforts in saying ‘no’ to giving their students a flawed test that takes away from learning and is not aligned with the curriculum.”

Here’s a question: Has anybody told President Obama  that his education policies have resulted in a growing revolt against standardized testing?

© 2012 The Washington Post

Valerie Strauss writes the Answer Sheet blog for the Washington Post.

Teacher Boycott of Standardized Test in Seattle Continues to Spread

A boycott of Washington state’s mandated standardized test by teachers at a Seattle school is spreading to other schools and winning support across the country, including from the two largest teachers’ unions, parents, students, researchers and educators.

The decision by teachers at Garfield High School to boycott the state’s Measures of Academy Progress because, they say, the exams don’t evaluate learning and are a waste of time is fueling a growing debate about the misuse of standardized tests in public education.

The Garfield teachers have now been joined by some teachers at a few other schools in Seattle, including the alternative Orca K-8 school. Colleagues at other schools have sent letters of support, as have groups including the Garfield PTSA, the Seattle Student Senate and a group of more than 60 researchers, educators and education activists, including Diane Ravitch and Jonathan Kozol.

The boycott is the most recent nationally publicized event in an expanding revolt against high-stakes standardized tests and the use of students’ scores to evaluate teachers, schools, districts and states. The test approach is being followed nationwide with the support of the Obama administration but against the advice of assessment experts who say these exams are not designed for such use.

Parents have started to opt out of having their children take high-stakes tests; school boards have approved resolutions calling for an end to test-based accountability systems; thousands of people have signed a national resolution protesting high-stakes tests; some superintendents have spoken out, and so have teachers. It has been building momentum in the last year, since Robert Scott, then the commissioner of education in Texas, said publicly that the mentality that standardized testing is the “end-all, be-all” is a “perversion” of what a quality education should be. In fact, the Texas House just zeroed out funding for the state’s standardized tests in a draft budget to make a statement about over-testing.

Almost all of the teachers and staff at Garfield High are boycotting the test because they say it is not aligned with curriculum and is inappropriately being used by administrators to evaluate teachers, a purpose for which it was not designed. District administrators have defended the test.

The presidents of both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, which collectively have more than 4.5 million members, issued separate statements supporting the Garfield-led boycott.

AFT President Randi Weingarten, in this statement, thanked the Garfield teachers “for taking a courageous stand against the fixation on high-stakes testing and its harmful impact on our ability to give our students the high-quality public education they deserve.”

NEA President Dennis von Roekel said in his statement, “I, along with 3 million educators across the country, proudly support their efforts in saying ‘no’ to giving their students a flawed test that takes away from learning and is not aligned with the curriculum.”

Here’s a question: Has anybody told President Obama  that his education policies have resulted in a growing revolt against standardized testing?

© 2012 The Washington Post

Valerie Strauss writes the Answer Sheet blog for the Washington Post.

Seattle Teachers’ Boycott of High Stakes Tests Spreads

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Jordan general elections kick off, boycotted by Islamists

A girl watches as her mother votes at a polling station in Amman January 23, 2013. (Reuters / Muhammad Hamed)

A girl watches as her mother votes at a polling station in Amman January 23, 2013. (Reuters / Muhammad Hamed)

General elections dubbed ‘cosmetic’ by the opposition have kicked off in Jordan. The Muslim Brotherhood and several other parties urged voters to boycott the election for the sake of democracy.

Some 2.3 million people are eligible to vote in Jordan, however the passionate calls to ignore the elections sent by the Islamists may negatively affect the turnout.

With major parties abstaining from the election process the majority of some 1,500 candidates are tribal leaders, public figures and businessmen. They are running for 150 seats in the country`s 17th parliament.

This is the first time Jordan is choosing the prime minister by general vote. The move was a part of a raft of reforms offered by King Abdullah in 2011 to soothe public discontent and shift the country towards constitutional monarchy.

But the Muslim Brotherhood and other oppositional parties have accused the king of simulating changes rather than implementing them.

“For all the talk of amending laws and reforming the Constitution, we are offered but minor changes, which will have no impact on the political system at large,” Zaki Bani Rsheid, the deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan told RT, “what we need is a true democratic transition, for the people to reclaim the power that they have been deprived of for decades.”

Jordan has recently seen several mass protests against the ‘cosmetic’ election. Protesters also called for King Abdullah to step down.

Forty-seven thousand police officers have been deployed to polling and vote-counting centers ahead of the election to monitor the situation.

An elderly woman is helped up a flight of stairs to cast her vote ballot at a polling station in Amman January 23, 2013. (Reuters / Muhammad Hamed)
An elderly woman is helped up a flight of stairs to cast her vote ballot at a polling station in Amman January 23, 2013. (Reuters / Muhammad Hamed)

Electoral officials show an empty ballot box before the box is sealed prior to voting at a poll station in Amman January 23, 2013. (Reuters / Muhammad Hamed)
Electoral officials show an empty ballot box before the box is sealed prior to voting at a poll station in Amman January 23, 2013. (Reuters / Muhammad Hamed)

Polls open in Jordan amid opp. boycott

Jordanian polling station officials read the lists explaining the distribution of ballot boxes in Amman, January 22, 2013.

Pro-reform groups in Jordan have boycotted the country’s ongoing parliamentary elections, the first general polls since protests in several Arab countries ousted a number of autocratic regimes.

The opposition groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, that have boycotted the election believe the electoral system is manipulated in favor of King Abdullah’s government.

Over two million Jordanians are eligible to vote in the polls, in which 1,500 candidates will run for 150 seats in the lower house of parliament. It will be the first time that Jordan's prime minister is supposed to emerge from among the winning candidates, rather than by appointment by the king.

Jordan’s state-run Petra news agency said on Tuesday that the Jordanian government has tightened security measures by assigning 47,000 police officers to polling and vote-counting centers.

"Crafting a modern democratic society will be the product of our learning and developing together over time, not a single moment or set of reforms," Abdullah has said.

The Jordanian king dissolved the parliament and called early elections in October 2012 in response to growing calls for political reforms and the end to corruption.

Jordanians have been holding demonstrations since January 2011, demanding political reforms, including the election of the prime minister by popular vote and an end to corruption.

They have also called for a boycott of parliamentary elections, urging King Abdullah to step down from power.

Since the demonstrations began, Jordanian ruler King Abdullah II has sacked three prime ministers to appease the protesters.

TE/PKH/HJL

Why We Support Seattle Teachers’ Standardized Test Boycott

In the public statement below, more than 130 educators, researchers and childhood advocates, including some of the most well-respected figures in the field of education, pledged support for the boycott of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test initiated by the teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle, calling the action a “blow against the overuse and misuse of standardized tests.” (Photo: via United Opt Out / unitedoptout.com/)

To fulfill the requirements of the No Child Left Behind legislation, schools in all 50 states administer standardized tests to students, often beginning in third grade, in reading and math. Now, in response to the demands of Race to the Top and the trend toward greater “accountability” in education, states are developing even more tests for more subjects. Standardized tests, once used primarily to assess student learning, have now become the main instrument for the high-stakes evaluation of teachers, administrators, and even entire schools and school systems.

Lauren Anderson

University of Southern California

Sam Anderson
 

National Black Education Agenda

Jean Anyon
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Fadhilika Atiba-Weza
Retired Superintendent

Wayne Au, University of Washington, Bothell
Rethinking Schools

Ann Aviles de Bradley
Northeastern Illinois University

Bill Ayers
University of Illinois, Chicago

Rick Ayers
University of San Francisco

Jeff Bale
Michigan State University

Johanna Barnhart
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Kenneth Bernstein
Maya Angelou Public Charter Middle School

Bill Bigelow
Rethinking Schools

Maureen T. Boler
PS17K, New York

Steve Brier
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Jacqueline Grennon Brooks
Hofstra University

Anthony Brown
University of Texas, Austin

Jim Burns
South Dakota State University

Kristen Lynn Buras
Urban South Grassroots Research Collective

Keith Campbell
Saint Mary’s College of California

Nancy Carlsson-Paige
Lesley University

Noam Chomsky
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Linda Christensen
Rethinking Schools

Anthony Cody
Education Week Teacher Magazine

Antonia Darder
Loyola Marymount University

Noah DeLissovoy
University of Texas, Austin

Susan DuFresne
Teacher, Washington State

Anita Fernandez
Prescott College

Michelle Fine
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Nancy Flanagan
Education Week Teacher Magazine

Ofelia Garcia
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Alice Ginsburg
Author

Gene Glass
University of Colorado, Boulder

Paul Gorski
George Mason University

Karen Gourd
University of Washington, Bothell

Judith Gouwens
Roosevelt University

Sandy Grande
Connecticut College

Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs
Seattle University

Rico Gutstein
University of Illinois, Chicago

Helen Gym
Asian American United
Rethinking Schools

Leonie Haimson
Class Size Matters

Zoe Hammer
Prescott College

Nicholas D. Hartlep
Illinois State University

Jane Hirschmann
Time Out From Testing

James Horn
Cambridge College

Diane Horwitz
DePaul University

Nora Hyland
Rutgers

Ed Johnson
Advocate for Quality Public Education, Atlanta

Shaun Johnson
At the Chalk Face

Brian Jones
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Stan Karp
Rethinking Schools

Jonie Kipling
Hofstra University

Sid Kivanoski
Brooklyn Technical High School

Jonathan Kozol
Author

Steven Krashen
University of Southern California

Kevin Kumashiro
University of Illinois, Chicago
National Association for Multicultural Education

Raina J. Leon
St Mary’s College of California

Zeus Leonardo
California State University, Long Beach

Karen Lewis
Chicago Teachers Union

Pauline Lipman
University of Illinois, Chicago

Barbara Madeloni
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Morna McDermott
United Opt Out National

Kathleen McInerney
Saint Xavier University

Elizabeth Meadows
Roosevelt University

Deborah  Meier
Coalition of Essential Schools

Nicholas Michelli
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Alexandra Miletta
Mercy College

Alex Molnar
University of Colorado, Boulder
National Education Policy Center

Steevenson Mondelus
HOFSTRA graduate, Social Studies

National Association for Multicultural Education

Donna Nevel
New York University

Sonia Nieto
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Pedro Noguera
New York University

Isabel Nuñez
Concordia University Chicago

Dr. Tema Okun
National L0uis University

Edward Olivos
University of Oregon

Celia Oyler
Teachers College, Columbia University

Lisa (Leigh) Patel
Boston College

Thomas Pedroni
Wayne State University

Emery Petchauer
Oakland University

Bob Peterson
Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association
Rethinking Schools

Anthony Picciano
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Bree Picower
Montclair State University

Irene Plonczak
Hofstra University

Thomas S. Poetter
Miami University

Anthony Pravin

Courtney Prusmack
Adams 14 Schools, Denver

Therese Quinn
Teacher

Diane Ravitch
New York University

Kristen A. Renn
Michigan State University

Rethinking Schools

Peggy Roberston
United Opt Out National

Georgiena C. Robinson
John F. Kennedy High School
Plainview, NY

John Rogers
University of California, Los Angeles

Leilani Sabzalian
University of Oregon

Kenneth J. Saltman
DePaul University, Chicago

Karyn Sandlos
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Karen Saunders
Spark Teacher Education Institute
Brattleboro, Vermont

Eric Schmitt
Teacher, New York

Nancy Schniedewind
State University of New York, New Paltz

Ann Schulte
California State University, Chico

Tim Scott
Education Radio

Brad Seidman
John F. Kennedy High School
Bellmore, NY

Doug Selwyn
Plattsburgh State University

Carla Shalaby
Wellesley College

Jessica T. Shiller
Towson University

Ira Shor
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Alan Singer
Hofstra University

Elizabeth A. Skinner
Illinois State University

Timothy D. Slekar
Penn State University, Altoona

Christine Sleeter
California State University, Monterey Bay

Ceresta Smith
United Teachers of Dade Phoenix Rising MORE Caucus

Jody Sokolower
Rethinking Schools

Joel Spring
Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

David Stovall
University of Illinois, Chicago

Simeon Stumme
Concordia University Chicago

Katy Swalwell
George Mason University

Melissa Bollow Tempel
Milwaukee Public Schools
Rethinking Schools

Chris Thinnes
Curtis School, Los Angeles

Paul Thomas
Furman University

Maris Thompson
California State University, Chico

Carol L. Tieso
College of William and Mary

Joe Tonan
Claremont Faculty Association

Eve Tuck
State University of New York, New Paltz

Wayne Urban
University of Alabama

Angela Valenzuela
University of Texas, Austin

Manka Varghese
University of Washington

Sofia Villenas
Cornell University

Federico R. Waitoller
University of Illinois at Chicago

Stephanie Walters
Rethinking Schools

Kathleen Weiler
Tufts University

Lois Weiner
New Jersey City University

Matthew Weinstein
Teacher Educator
Tacoma, WA

Kevin Welner
University of Colorado, Boulder
National Education Policy Center

Angela Wheat
Freeport High School

Barbara Winslow
Brooklyn College

Kathy Xiong
Milwaukee Public Schools
Rethinking Schools

Yong Zhao
Author and Scholar

Thousands call for boycott of ‘cosmetic’ Jordan elections

Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties hold signs reading "Boycotting" during a protest in Amman January 18, 2013. (Reuters / Majed Jaber)

Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties hold signs reading "Boycotting" during a protest in Amman January 18, 2013. (Reuters / Majed Jaber)

Around 2,000 people gathered on the streets of Jordan’s capital Amman to protest against “sham” elections scheduled for January 23. Many called for long-ruling King Abdullah to relinquish his powers.

­The young crowd, dominated by members of leading opposition party the Muslim Brotherhood and more radical Islamist groups, chanted angrily, but remained peaceful.

Cries of “Freedom, freedom. This is not a royal gift, but our right,” went around repeatedly. One banner read "We reject cosmetic elections and schemes against our demands for reform."

In the wake of the Arab Spring protests two years ago that toppled many of Abdullah II’s neighbors, the King has offered a raft of reforms to enliven what was previously only a nominal democracy.

For the first time ever, the Prime Minister will be chosen as a result of the vote, and national vote lists and quotas for women have been introduced.

The protesters believe the reforms have not gone far enough.

Although, according to the US State Department, Jordanians of Palestinian origin make up more than half of the country’s 6 million population, they currently occupy less than a tenth of the country’s parliamentary seats.

This is largely a result of gerrymandering. Less populous Bedouin districts, which have traditionally formed the monarchy’s power base, are allocated proportionately more votes than densely inhabited and mushrooming Palestinian cities.

As well as redrawing electoral borders, protesters are demanding that the King take action against extensive vote buying which they believe is taking place. There have been recent reports that wealthy candidates are able to secure support in rural areas for as little as $30 a vote.

Many believe that whatever the outcome of the election, ultimate political control will be retained by the country’s powerful but shadowy security apparatus.

 “This would have been my first time to vote. But I won’t because it just seems like the same old game,” Hassan Sarhan, who was participating in a smaller simultaneous protest in the town of Mafraq, told AP.

The government has said the elections will go on regardless of street rallies.

"It's a pity they are boycotting. We tried to dissuade them but they chose this path," said Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.

Political instability in the resource-poor country, which largely depends on aid from its Arab neighbors, is being exacerbated by the worsening economic climate.

The International Monetary Fund has told the debt-ridden nation to introduce austerity measures, including cutting electricity and fuel subsidies, to secure a new $2 billion loan,. A cut to fuel subsidies last November sparked widespread national protests that ended in violence.

Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties during a protest in Amman January 18, 2013. (Reuters / Majed Jaber)
Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties during a protest in Amman January 18, 2013. (Reuters / Majed Jaber)

Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties during a protest in Amman January 18, 2013. (Reuters / Majed Jaber)
Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties during a protest in Amman January 18, 2013. (Reuters / Majed Jaber)

A protester from the Islamic Action Front holds a sign reading "Boycotting" during a protest in Amman January 18, 2013. (Reuters / Majed Jaber)
A protester from the Islamic Action Front holds a sign reading "Boycotting" during a protest in Amman January 18, 2013. (Reuters / Majed Jaber)

Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties hold signs read "Boycotting" during a protest in Amman January 18, 2013. (Reuters / Majed Jaber)
Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties hold signs read "Boycotting" during a protest in Amman January 18, 2013. (Reuters / Majed Jaber)

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Video: No more blacking up: Britain’s biggest bonfire parade puts end to racist tradition

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Video: RAW: Moment Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain, crowds cheering

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The Slimy Business of Russia-gate

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Pink Floyd Founder Roger Waters: BDS Is Admirable Display of Resistance

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Video: ‘Stories blocked if not supporting refugee policy’ – German journalist to RT

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Video: Criminalizing Critics of Israel: Congress Considers Sweeping Bills to Fine & Jail Backers...

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Rouhani's Election Win in Iran Chance 'For Trump to Chose Diplomacy Over War'

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Black Mississippi lawmakers to skip conference over use of Confederate emblem

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'Quiet No More': Hundreds of Thousands Ready to Strike on May Day

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Video: Meet the Lawyer Who Is Going After Bill O’Reilly & Donald Trump for...

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‘Not a perfect deal’: Transgender bathroom bill repealed in North Carolina

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Celebrating Cesar Chavez, Farmworkers Take On Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies

As a handful of states mark Cesar Chavez Day—a holiday honoring the iconic civil rights activist and labor leader who spearheaded historic boycotts and...

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Though the leaders of the US Senate Intelligence panel said they would follow the facts and...

Congress Seeks to Penalize Peaceful Pro-Palestine Movement, Amid Annual AIPAC Lobbying Blitz

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There are a lot of ways one can imagine, in principle, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology holding a constructive, timely hearing...

Freedom of speech must trump safe spaces in universities, minister says

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Tesco chairman’s ‘humorous’ remark calling white men ‘endangered species’ backfires

Published time: 12 Mar, 2017 02:43 John Allan, chairman of the UK’s biggest retailer Tesco, has...

Activists Respond to Israel's New Law Barring Entry to BDS Supporters

While President Trump has made international headlines for his attempt to temporarily ban refugees and residents of some Muslim-majority nations, one of Washington's closest...

Samuel L. Jackson’s sick of ‘Black Brits in African American roles’ … & John...

British Star Wars’ actor John Boyega has slammed Samuel L. Jackson’s “stupid a**” criticism of...

Who had the Impudence to Change our Values Regarding Free Speech?

Desperation tactics to shut down discussion of the Israeli regime's mega-crimes reach new heights of absurdity A fake anti-semitism campaign masterminded by the usual Zio...

Boris Johnson to meet all sides of West Bank settlement issue during Israel-Palestine visit

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Israel’s Anti-Semitism Smears Backfire

Israel has often succeeded in silencing criticism of its treatment of Palestinians by calling critics anti-Semites and scaring politicians into canceling public...

Building "Feminism for the 99 Percent," Women's Strike Will Take Many Forms

Whether by walking off the job or boycotting "unseen" labor, women and allies around the world next week will stand up and speak out...

Issues at Stake in Syria’s Peace Talks

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Syria’s peace-talks are about settling a horrific six-year-long war, but this is more of an international war that’s being...

Uber CEO loses temper in tense confrontation with driver (VIDEO)

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was video recorded having a heated discussion with an Uber Black driver...

Pro-Palestinian students cry censorship over Israel Apartheid Week cancelations

Pro-Palestinian student activists claim freedom of speech at universities is under threat after they were...

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KKK sign may become a ‘permanent fixture’ in small Georgia town

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’This is not America’: Spicer blacklists mainstream media outlets from White House gaggle

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Pro-Palestine activism must be ‘managed’ under counter-extremism strategy, universities told

British universities have been advised to “manage” Palestinian activism on campus in order to comply...

America First

by Paul Larudee / February 20th, 2017 Nothing in Trump’s campaign resonated with the American heartland quite like “America First”. But Trump wasn’t the first. Remember...

UAW to launch “Buy American” campaign

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Multi-billion dollar investors urge bankers to divest from #DAPL

More than 120 investors with over $650 billion in assets in banks financing the Dakota Access...

‘Day Without Immigrants’ strike and marches sweep US

Businesses across the US closed after thousands of immigrants stayed home to show their impact on...

Debenhams becomes 1st major UK department store to sell hijabs & abayas

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Donald Trump ‘doesn’t care about talking to Parliament,’ wants pomp & bling on state...

US President Donald Trump is not interested in addressing Parliament during his state visit to the UK, and instead wants to focus on the...

Right to protest?: GOP state lawmakers push back against public dissent

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Farage brands London mayor ‘hypocrite’ for hosting diplomats from nations banning Israelis

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Lost in translation: ‘Minorities need not apply’ sign was a mistake – Japanese restaurant...

A South Carolina restaurant owner’s apology and explanation for posting a help wanted sign that included the phrase, “Minorities need not apply” in both...

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#JumpAgainstTrump: NY priest says meme calling on Trump protesters to kill themselves was a...

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How to Keep Marching for Women, and Yourself

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’A simple thank you would suffice’: Maine Gov. LePage says John Lewis owes Abe...

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Video: Trump Attacks Civil Rights Icon John Lewis on MLK Weekend; Watch Lewis Recall...

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Turkish Lawmakers Brawl Over Moves to Bolster Erdogan Powers

Turkish lawmakers on Thursday approved three more articles in a hugely controversial bill bolstering the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,...

Israeli Lobby: “Take Down” UK Ministers

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Societal attitudes on the rights of LGBTIQ persons are progressing in countries around the world. From marriage equality in the US to the recognition...

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Britain’s role in brokering a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory has...

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Rockettes' performance at Trump inauguration ignites twitter storm

The union for performers with the Radio City Rockettes says full-time dancers will be "obligated" to...

British universities ‘no-go zones’ for Jewish students – top peer

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Green cash matters: Walmart criticized for selling Black Lives, Blue Lives Matter merch

Walmart is synonymous with many things in the US, such as a growing corporate culture. But...

Govt minister mocked for suggesting oath to British values for all civil servants

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Owner of ‘Really British’ shop shocked at critics claiming he’s racist

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‘Freedom of speech no excuse’: Students ban Daily Mail, Sun & Express from London...

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Oil wars? UK’s most advanced warship secretly deployed to Yemen coast

Britain’s most advanced warship has reportedly been quietly deployed to the coast of Yemen in what experts claim is a bid to protect the...

Israel acts to blunt criticism of the occupation as its grip tightens

(RINF) - Israel has just emerged from its three-week high holidays, a period that in recent years has been marked by extremist religious Jews...

What to do about BDS? Clinton campaign scrambled for advice in #PodestaEmails 31

In an email chain beginning 21 June 2015, Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy advisor, seeks...

‘Israel is UK’s strongest ally in Middle East’ – BICOM study finds

Israel is the UK’s strongest ally in the Middle East, according to a poll conducted...

‘If Britain doesn’t arm the Saudis, others will’ – Boris Johnson

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson claims if Britain did not sell arms to Saudi Arabia,...

Jews ‘blamed for Holocaust’ at House of Lords event

Israel has condemned a “shameful” event hosted by the British House of Lords in which Jews were blamed for the Holocaust and Israel was...

Brexit trolls turn on Unilever after family favorites pulled from Tesco website over plunging...

Brexiteers are less than pleased at news that the manufacturer of household classics such as...

In Africa, Repeating Our Past Mistakes

The desert town of Agadez in Niger is currently best known as a stop on the people-smuggling route between West Africa and Europe, but...

Migrants plan strike action to prove contribution to UK

Migrant workers are planning a labor boycott to highlight the role they play in British society in response to growing concerns over post-Brexit racism. Matt...

Ben & Jerry’s declares support for Black Lives Matter, gets drubbing on social media

Vermont-based ice cream purveyor Ben & Jerry’s released a statement declaring its support for the Black...

US Media Don’t Need to Look Abroad to Find an Abortion Crisis

US media saw a story in the work boycott and street protests by some 6 million women in Poland that led to a reversal...

Odeh exposes the Myth of Peres and Israel’s “Peace Camp”

As world leaders congregated in Jerusalem last weekend to eulogise Shimon Peres as a “great peacemaker”, the peace camp of which he was the...

Kaine vs. Pence: Quiet but controversial men square off in veep debate

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence will square off in the first and only vice-presidential...

Military Ready to Start New Operation Near Kirkuk; 75 Killed in Iraq

Military Ready to Start New Operation Near Kirkuk; 75 Killed in Iraq Military officials say that preparations for an assault on Hawija...

PA mayor urged to resign over Obama ‘lynching’ posts (PICTURES)

A mayor in Pennsylvania is being urged to step down after posting a series of racist...

California Governor Outlaws Criticism Of Israel

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new law that prevents companies from engaging in actions that could be deemed critical of Israel.  The...
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Video: ‘Artistic freedom’: Fake Norway theater official causes stir with video apology for Israel...

Tel Aviv has urged the National Theatre of Norway to deny links to and remove a video in which a fake theater official called...

‘Fed up & scared’: Demonstrators speak to RT about Keith Lamont Scott protests (VIDEOS)

Protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina, have come out in force over the killing of Keith Lamont...

Berkeley suspends Palestine class midway through semester

A University of California, Berkeley class, ‘Palestine: A Settler-Colonial Analysis’, was suspended after Chancellor Nicholas Dirks...

An Open Letter to the People of Brazil

Robert J. Burrowes As I read of the latest coup in Brazil, once again removing a democratically elected leader from power, my anger surged. Not...

Palestinian Hunting Season

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Video: Yes Means Yes: A Conversation About Nate Parker and Affirmative Consent

April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite, unpacks the question of boycotting artists who are accused of rape Visit http://therealnews.com for more videos. Via Youtube

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As China looks to assert itself internationally, US President Barack Obama is urging Beijing to be...

Elizabeth May Threatens to Resign Over Green Party’s Support of BDS

Elizabeth May’s response to Green Party members voting to oppose Canadian support for Israeli colonialism has been wildly anti-democratic. She has not simply disagreed...

Canada’s Green Party and Allegations of Anti-Semitism

Sticks and stone may break my bones, but names will never hurt me — and they may come back to haunt the name-callers. In finding...

Burn Down the Plantation

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Exposing Canadian Imperialism

As hard as it is to admit for a former junior hockey player who spends many hours writing at the neighbourhood Tim Hortons, some...

World Social Forum in Montreal: "Another World Is Once Again Being Constructed Without Africa"

One day before the start of this year's edition of the World Social Forum (WSF 2016), to be held in Montreal from...

Boris the farmer: UK foreign secretary’s sister reveals his quiet past as Kibbutz volunteer

New UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, one of the frontmen of the Brexit campaign, got...

Opposing the Discrimination of the JNF

Imagine during Jim Crow a Canadian political party polled its members about pressing Ottawa to stop subsidizing US racism only to be smeared by...

Cameron ‘cronyism’ symptomatic of Britain’s ‘corrupt & decaying democracy’ – former adviser

Former Prime Minister David Cameron’s rewarding of Tory donors in his resignation honors list symbolizes a “serious type of very British corruption,” a former...

Not content tricking migrant workers, Byron burgers now found hiding taxable profits abroad

First they rounded up their staff and let immigration authorities seize those with out-of-date papers....

It Wasn’t Just the Baton Rouge Police Who Killed Alton Sterling

Despite soaring rhetoric about unity, those on different sides of the political spectrum are attributing the recent violence in Dallas and Baton Rouge to...

Exploitative bosses, populist politicians to blame for rise in immigration raids – rights group

Immigration raids have seen a sharp rise since 2010, when current Prime Minister Theresa May...

Charles Kinsey shooting exposes troubled department, police union

Charles Kinsey was lying on the ground, face up, with his hands in the air, when...

The Olympics as a Tool of the New Cold War

The 6th Fundamental Principle of Olympism (non-discrimination of any kind, including nationality and political opinion) seems to be forgotten long ago.  In ancient Greece...

War & Peace: Azerbaijan & Palestine

Armenians can only marvel at Zionist chutzpahPart I considered the remarkable similarities between Armenians and Jews. They both were socialist, then capitalist, adapting as...
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Video: 60 Black Democrats Sign Letter in AIPAC-Backed Effort to Discredit Cornel West and...

Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford says AIPAC sent a long-time member to discredit Cornel West and give the impression that blacks oppose the Boycott,...

BDS is a War Israel can’t win

Israel's apologists would call the BDS campaign "immoral", but the slander is laughably false. Israeli think-tank fellow Yossi Klein Halevi, writing recently in the Los Angeles...

BDS Is a War Israel Can’t Win

Israeli think-tank fellow Yossi Klein Halevi, writing recently in the Los Angeles Times would have American readers believe that the...

Who is Trump’s running mate? 7 things you may not know about Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is likely to be selected as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running...

Britain’s short-lived solidarity with Palestine exposed on 2nd anniversary of Gaza war

Friday marks the second anniversary of one of history’s bloodiest attacks on Gaza. Despite a...

The Nonviolent History of American Independence

Independence Day is commemorated with fireworks and flag-waving, gun salutes and military parades . . . however, one of our nation’s founding...

Searching for a ‘Responsible Adult’: ‘Is Brexit Good for Israel?’

After months of anticipation, the United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union (EU). Although, the results were fairly close – 51.9% voted...

Searching for a ‘Responsible Adult’: Is Brexit Good for Israel?

After months of anticipation, the United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union (EU). Although, the results ...

Arizona says it has no more drugs left to carry out death penalty executions

The US state of Arizona says it doesn’t have any more lethal drugs left to carry...

Haaretz: 'Time to Form an American Jewish Emergency Committee Against Donald Trump'

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Facebook names Netanyahu's former advisor 'head of policy'

‘A longtime senior adviser to Israeli Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been appointed as Facebook’s head of policy and communication in the...

The Every Student Succeeds Act and the Future of Public Education

The proposed regulations for national implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signal that new Education Secretary John King is determined...

Is This New Reform a Toxic Waste?

There should’ve been an overhaul in how we regulate toxic chemicals years ago. Like when the 2010 President’s Cancer Panel report concluded that babies...

My Night with Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was a complex and imperfect hero who reflected the turbulence of his time, a reality lost in some...
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Video: Ali Abunimah: NY Governor Blacklists BDS to Defend Israeli Apartheid

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo ban on state business with organizations that support the boycott movement is unconstitutional and panders to Israel, says Electronic ... Via...

Tech Report Says Palestinian Rights Organizations Are Under Sophisticated Cyber Attack

Palestinian rights campaigners are under cyber-attack, with the key website for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement slammed by at least...

NY governor signs pro-Israel executive order to ‘blacklist’ BDS supporters

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on Sunday that will penalize people and businesses who support the non-violent boycott of Israel. In...

BDS and the Eternal Holocaust

While innocently attempting to access an article on the Haaretz website the other day, I was accosted by a sequence of intrusive advertisements inviting...

BDS a Bigger Issue After Israel’s Rightward Shift

40 years after the US formally criminalized the participation of US citizens in economic boycotts of the state of Israel, Americans remain...

Silencing America as It Prepares for War

Orlok | Shutterstock.com   Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968;...

‘Business as usual’: Activists condemn G4S at AGM over Israeli human rights abuses

Activists gathered outside G4S' AGM in London on Wednesday to protest against the security giant’s...

Israeli Weimar: It Can Happen Here

“Please don’t write about Ya’ir Golan!” a friend begged me, “Anything a leftist like you writes will only harm him!” So I abstained for some...

A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions

Robert J. Burrowes I have enjoyed reading accounts and seeing photos of those committed and courageous climate activists who participated in the recent Break Free...

‘America was never great’: Woman’s hat prompts death threats from Trump posse

American exceptionalists got riled up this week after a young Home Depot employee wearing an “America...

Hillary Clinton’s Neocon Resumé

Liberal Democratic Hillary Clinton supporters get defensive when they hear that Mrs. Clinton is favored over Donald Trump by right-wing billionaires like Charles Koch...

Verizon strike: CWA officials call New York cops against WSWS reporters

Sandy English Officials from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in Brooklyn called the police to prevent striking workers from speaking to reporters from the...

Zionist Israel Hides Its Crimes Behind Its Smears of Truth-Tellers

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Nestle gets control of town’s groundwater for up to 45 years

Nestlé has secured the rights to the groundwater under the Maine town of Fryeburg for up...

Pesticides, GMOs and Corporate Control: The Poster Child is Monsanto but Neil Young is...

Neil Young has a long history of activism. He is a co-founder of Farm Aid, which works to support small and family farmers in North...

UK: Corbyn launches Labour’s effort to cover for right-wing Remain campaign

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Chris Marsden Yesterday, Labour In for Britain began its campaign for the...