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Speakout is Truthout's treasure chest for bloggy, quirky, personally reflective, or especially activism-focused pieces. Speakout articles represent the perspectives of their authors, and not those of Truthout.

Who actually benefits from American-led wars across the globe? The aftermath of American-led conflicts shows it is not the common people, though the military and politicians vow they are liberating and protecting them. The Sunday Mail, Zimbabwe's "leading family newspaper," has published accounts of a number of Libyans who expressed regret over Muammar Gaddafi's overthrow in 2011, despite the fact some of them even took up arms against him.

Sep 27

In Search of Healing in Afghanistan

By Dr. Hakim, Speakout | Op-Ed

This was not a typical festive "first world" outing, as its need and idea arose not from leisure, but from trauma. Recently, Hadisa was broken after an 'endless' night of crouching nervously in the dark of her University dormitory, while bomb blasts and gunshots were ending precious lives only a hair's breath away. Nemat, in a safe space which softened Hadisa's distress, remembered looking at a heavily-breathing comatose father in a bare Afghan government hospital ward with no monitoring devices.

A recycled political season that does not represent the interests of everyday people is one reason why populism is the answer to overcoming average folks not being served by the current system. The continued political cycle that renders mainstream population with two highly unpopular candidates is precisely why the democratic system is unsatisfactory. Pay-to-play politics always results in governmental oppression to the masses, amongst a slew of other negativities.

Last year, President Obama went to North Carolina to pitch the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He exhorted folks to understand the "free-trade" deal would "lead to more Made in America exports and more higher-paying American jobs here at home ... That means more jobs and higher salaries for the people of North Carolina." Writer and philosopher George Santayana said that those who don't remember history are the first to repeat it. Others opine that history doesn't exactly repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

A few months ago, post office lobbies carried a small, blue brochure reminding "MEN, 18 through 25 [to] REGISTER" for the Selective Service System ("It's Quick -- It's Easy -- It's The Law"). By January 1, 2018, a new brochure may take its place, calling also for the registration of the 20 million women who would be eligible to serve. Indeed, the House-Senate conference committee is currently mulling the provision -- passed 85-13 by the Senate -- in the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization bill to mandate women's SSS registration. That the bills got this far indicates sufficient bipartisan support for them to become law if President Obama -- the father of an 18-year-old daughter -- doesn't veto it.

Sep 23

Crushing ISIS, Increasing Terrorism

By Edward Hunt, Speakout | News Analysis

In recent months, officials in the Obama administration have disclosed disturbing new details about their ongoing war against ISIS (also known as Daesh). Essentially, officials have acknowledged that they are waging an increasingly deadly war that they expect will result in more terrorism throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world.

To begin with, I briefly want to share part of the currently operational Keystone XL southern leg regulatory experience that we went through in the hopes that our experience may help provide some insight into the Army Corps/federal regulators mode of operation and finally what we all may be able to do about it. I am a Texas landowner who stood in the way of construction of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline on our property. 

With the developments of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests by the Standing Rock Sioux and other groups and individuals, organizations around the world have come out with statements of solidarity for the protesters. Below are some messages of support from Friends of the Earth Mexico (Amigos de la Tierra México), the Mexican Network of Those Affected by Mining (REMA), the National Agrarian Council of Colombia, the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model (M4) and the California Faculty Association.

Sep 22

Lawrence Davidson Discusses Turkey, Russia and the Autocratic Age

By Dan Falcone and Vincent Civiletti, Speakout | Interview

In this interview, Daniel Falcone interviews Lawrence Davidson, a progressive activist and academic who has written several notable works on US foreign policy and the Middle East. Davidson offers some insights on the complexity of political matters in Turkey, and additional far-reaching global concerns, as well as providing context for Russia's current relationship with the US.

Sep 21

There Is Nothing Unusual About Ignorance: An Analysis

By Lawrence Davidson, Speakout | News Analysis

The vast majority of people "live locally." Wherever they are residing, that is the arena of their life, and it is that environment that they know best. Even up-and-coming American political leaders are subject to this rule. This became embarrassingly obvious when, on September 8, 2016, Gary Johnson made his now famous faux pas.

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Speakout

Speakout is Truthout's treasure chest for bloggy, quirky, personally reflective, or especially activism-focused pieces. Speakout articles represent the perspectives of their authors, and not those of Truthout.

Who actually benefits from American-led wars across the globe? The aftermath of American-led conflicts shows it is not the common people, though the military and politicians vow they are liberating and protecting them. The Sunday Mail, Zimbabwe's "leading family newspaper," has published accounts of a number of Libyans who expressed regret over Muammar Gaddafi's overthrow in 2011, despite the fact some of them even took up arms against him.

Sep 27

In Search of Healing in Afghanistan

By Dr. Hakim, Speakout | Op-Ed

This was not a typical festive "first world" outing, as its need and idea arose not from leisure, but from trauma. Recently, Hadisa was broken after an 'endless' night of crouching nervously in the dark of her University dormitory, while bomb blasts and gunshots were ending precious lives only a hair's breath away. Nemat, in a safe space which softened Hadisa's distress, remembered looking at a heavily-breathing comatose father in a bare Afghan government hospital ward with no monitoring devices.

A recycled political season that does not represent the interests of everyday people is one reason why populism is the answer to overcoming average folks not being served by the current system. The continued political cycle that renders mainstream population with two highly unpopular candidates is precisely why the democratic system is unsatisfactory. Pay-to-play politics always results in governmental oppression to the masses, amongst a slew of other negativities.

Last year, President Obama went to North Carolina to pitch the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He exhorted folks to understand the "free-trade" deal would "lead to more Made in America exports and more higher-paying American jobs here at home ... That means more jobs and higher salaries for the people of North Carolina." Writer and philosopher George Santayana said that those who don't remember history are the first to repeat it. Others opine that history doesn't exactly repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

A few months ago, post office lobbies carried a small, blue brochure reminding "MEN, 18 through 25 [to] REGISTER" for the Selective Service System ("It's Quick -- It's Easy -- It's The Law"). By January 1, 2018, a new brochure may take its place, calling also for the registration of the 20 million women who would be eligible to serve. Indeed, the House-Senate conference committee is currently mulling the provision -- passed 85-13 by the Senate -- in the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization bill to mandate women's SSS registration. That the bills got this far indicates sufficient bipartisan support for them to become law if President Obama -- the father of an 18-year-old daughter -- doesn't veto it.

Sep 23

Crushing ISIS, Increasing Terrorism

By Edward Hunt, Speakout | News Analysis

In recent months, officials in the Obama administration have disclosed disturbing new details about their ongoing war against ISIS (also known as Daesh). Essentially, officials have acknowledged that they are waging an increasingly deadly war that they expect will result in more terrorism throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world.

To begin with, I briefly want to share part of the currently operational Keystone XL southern leg regulatory experience that we went through in the hopes that our experience may help provide some insight into the Army Corps/federal regulators mode of operation and finally what we all may be able to do about it. I am a Texas landowner who stood in the way of construction of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline on our property. 

With the developments of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests by the Standing Rock Sioux and other groups and individuals, organizations around the world have come out with statements of solidarity for the protesters. Below are some messages of support from Friends of the Earth Mexico (Amigos de la Tierra México), the Mexican Network of Those Affected by Mining (REMA), the National Agrarian Council of Colombia, the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model (M4) and the California Faculty Association.

Sep 22

Lawrence Davidson Discusses Turkey, Russia and the Autocratic Age

By Dan Falcone and Vincent Civiletti, Speakout | Interview

In this interview, Daniel Falcone interviews Lawrence Davidson, a progressive activist and academic who has written several notable works on US foreign policy and the Middle East. Davidson offers some insights on the complexity of political matters in Turkey, and additional far-reaching global concerns, as well as providing context for Russia's current relationship with the US.

Sep 21

There Is Nothing Unusual About Ignorance: An Analysis

By Lawrence Davidson, Speakout | News Analysis

The vast majority of people "live locally." Wherever they are residing, that is the arena of their life, and it is that environment that they know best. Even up-and-coming American political leaders are subject to this rule. This became embarrassingly obvious when, on September 8, 2016, Gary Johnson made his now famous faux pas.