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The Clash-of-Civilizations Scam in Brief Review

What separates the “Westerner” from the “Middle Eastern,” and more broadly the Muslim from non-Muslim is not a fissure between civilizations. Even metaphorically, the concept of a Clash of Civilizations is misleading.The separation occurs on a material field, not a metaphysical one. Christian European and Islamic culture have mixed, mutually influenced, permeated into and out of, one

Participate in the Global Day of Listening

From Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, Afghans for Peace, the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation, comes the Global Day of Listening: an opportunity for activists to talk to–and listen to–ordinary people from Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Yemen, and countries on every continent. The event is managed

President Obama: MIA on Labor Issues

by Walter Brasch As expected, Michael Moore, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka were in Madison, Wisc., to support and rally the workers in their fight against the union-busting governor and Republican-dominated state legislature. But, so were union members Bradley Whitfield, Susan Sarandon, Tony Shaloub, and dozens of musicians and singers, including

Instrument of Power (explicit language)

Editor’s Note: This poem originally appeared in the old “Shared Sacrifice” online journal. The poem premiered on May 7, 2009. It’s obviously even more relevant today. Do you really not understand that you are an instrument, a tool, used by your “superiors” to conduct their business as usual?   While you gather in gangs and