Medea Benjamin: Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection | The Progressive Direction

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of peace activist group CODE PINK and human rights group Global Exchange, was in the Tampa Bay area last weekend to promote her new book: Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection. I attended one of Benjamin’s eye-opening talks…

Sound the Trumpet for Student Debt Jubilee

Maybe it’s time for Student Debt Jubilee. Student loan forgiveness would not only give a reprieve to those in debt, it would create an economic upswell for all of America. Imagine the boon to our economy if student loan debtors could afford to replace old shoes, cars, and washing machines — instead of merely paying down the compound interest of their student loans.

The Political Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The political revolution will not be televised, it will be live. (A slight variation of Gil Scott-Heron’s 1970 lyric.) Failure of the Fourth Estate We shake our heads in wonder because mainstream media consistently fails to report real, accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive, unbiased news. Isn’t the Fourth Estate supposed to inform citizens about significant current eventsContinue reading “The Political Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

Requiem for the American Dream | Documentary

If you haven’t yet watched it, I highly recommend the documentary “Requiem for the American Dream” starring Noam Chomsky. The soft-spoken, kindly Chomsky explains the hard truths of inequality. In a nutshell, wealth and power do not play nice with democracy…

Bernie Goes to the Vatican

A short story by JoAnn Chateau… humor, dogs, a tiny bit of politics… Gus’s next door neighbor, Lacey Cooper, dropped Chester off early that morning, before light. Not only did she have the dog in tow, her arms had been laden with dog paraphernalia: toys, food and water bowls, an old towel, zip-lock bags ofContinue reading “Bernie Goes to the Vatican”

Bernie and the Little Bird

A short story by JoAnn Chateau… humor, dogs, a tiny bit of politics… Augustine Ambrosi, known to most simply as Gus, was tall, lean and muscular. Yet he lumbered to his living room recliner. It was a wonder he could walk at all. No knee caps. The TV was on. MSNBC. Not so Progressive anymore, he reflected. ButContinue reading “Bernie and the Little Bird”

“Where to Invade Next” Will Spur an American Human Rights Upgrade

Michael Moore’s latest movie “Where to Invade Next” may inspire a new generation of American expats. Or, as Moore intends, it will spur a clarion call for upgraded human rights here in the United States. It’s no secret. The United States has yet to make the Top Ten in the “World Happiness Report.” That is the simple point Moore is trying to emphasize with this film.

“Where to Invade Next” Will Spur an American Human Rights Upgrade was originally published on Aware & Fair

Bernie Sanders Like an Old Testament Prophet at Liberty University

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ convocation address at Liberty University this morning was perfect. It was the closest the students will come to hearing a Jewish Old Testament prophet.