Separate, Unequal…and Distracted

When research, history, and allegory all converge to tell us the same story, we must pause to ask why we have ignored the message for so long and why are we likely to continue missing the essential thing before us. The New York Times and Education Week reveal two important lessons in both the message […]

The Education Games: Reform as Doublespeak

Although we currently live in a world informed by George Orwell’s dystopian unmasking-as-novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, we seem unable to acknowledge that the Ministry of Peace is actually waging war. In our current education reform debate, educators must come to terms with Orwell’s recognition of the essential nature of political speech: “I have not here been […]

Why I Am At Occupy Oakland

The “Occupy” movement that is sweeping the nation hit Oakland, California, on Monday. Well over 1000 people turned out in downtown Oakland on a rainy afternoon to kick things off. At the start, different people stood up and spoke about why they were here – the loss of jobs, the rich getting richer while everybody […]

RIOTS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND NEW AGENCIES OF CHANGE

By Saul Landau An angry demonstration virus spreads to country after country in response to negligent and callous political leaders who have ignored the basic needs of their citizens. Instead, they have bowed or eagerly catered to demands of multinational corporations and banks, thus deepening the already profound world’s income gap. In 2011, billions face […]

Prisoner Hunger Strike Enters Crisis Stage

  Since July 1, 2011, some 6,600 mostly California state prisoners have participated in a hunger strike. The strike began at Pelican Bay and has spread to 13 other prison across the state. While most of the prisoners striking have resumed eating, there remains a core group of prisoners who have claimed they are willing […]

CENSORED IN 1981: A HUNGRY CHILD DIED EVERY TWO SECONDS IN 1981

CENSORED IN 1981: A HUNGRY CHILD DIED EVERY TWO SECONDS IN 1981       While the world leaders debate the nuclear arms race and others warn of untold casualties from a nuclear holocaust, an estimated 50 million people quietly starve to death each year.      In addition, according to a United Nations’ report released last year […]

CENSORED IN 1981: A HUNGRY CHILD DIED EVERY TWO SECONDS IN 1981

CENSORED IN 1981: A HUNGRY CHILD DIED EVERY TWO SECONDS IN 1981       While the world leaders debate the nuclear arms race and others warn of untold casualties from a nuclear holocaust, an estimated 50 million people quietly starve to death each year.      In addition, according to a United Nations’ report released last year […]

The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger

Corporate media is generally silent concerning the tens of millions of people in the USA who are hungry. In his book ‘Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How to Fix It’ free-lance journalist and author Sasha Abramsky describes how he toured the country and in small towns he’d talk to people about […]