Happy Halloween/Blessed Samhain

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Samhain is here, cold is the earth,

as we celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth.

Tonight we speak to those through the veil,

the lines between worlds are thin and frail.

Ghosts and spirits in the night,

magical beings rising in flight,

owls hooting up in a moonlit tree,

I don’t fear you and you don’t fear me.

As the sun goes down, far to the west,

my ancestors watch over me as I rest.

They keep me safe and without fear,

on the night of Samhain, the Witches’ New Year.

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/blessings-samhain

Bernie Sanders Refuses to Bow to Israel

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Bernie Sanders has almost single-handedly changed the discourse on Israel in the Democratic Party and in the United States more generally. But his appearance at the J-Street conference was a further tour de force, and the positions he has staked out clearly have put pressure on the other Democratic candidates to take a position on Israeli land-grabs in the Palestinian West Bank and economic strangulation of the Palestinians in Gaza.

Bernie Sanders Refuses to Bow to Israel

Russia Isn’t Getting the Recognition It Deserves on Syria

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‘At a time when the credibility of the United States as either an unbiased actor or reliable ally lies in tatters, Russia has emerged as the one major power whose loyalty to its allies is unquestioned, and whose ability to serve as an honest broker between seemingly intractable opponents is unmatched.’

Russia Isn’t Getting the Recognition It Deserves on Syria

Economic Update: The Capitalist Corporation ~ Prof RD Wolff

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Democracy at Work-Economic Update:  Professor Richard D Wolff

This week on Economic Update, Professor Wolff examines the structure and functioning of the large capitalist corporation dominating modern economies. He discusses their basic economics and influence on politics and criticizes rationales for corporate profits such as “risks” and “entrepreneurship” and he also explores the parallels between corporate structures and monarchies.

https://www.democracyatwork.info/eu_the_capitalist_corporation

Chris Hedges ~ Pity the Kurds

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‘Kurdistan, “land of the Kurds,” is recorded as far back as the 15th century by European visitors. The Kurds, who speak Kurdish and are mostly Sunni Muslims, were promised a state by the victorious allies following World War I and the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire. Instead the Kurdish region was carved up among Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq and the Soviet Union. The Kurdish struggle for an independent state, an effort that has included numerous armed insurgencies, has lasted nearly a century. And so have the brutal waves of repression, extermination and betrayal to crush Kurdish aspirations.’

Pity the Kurds