Category Archives: Rag Bloggers

Robert Jensen : Truce at the UT Factory

East Mall fountain, University of Texas at Austin. Photo by Frank Jaquier / Flickr. With truce at the UT factory, time to face tough choices More than ever we need a university that refuses to serve power and instead focuses … Continue reading

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Johnny Hazard : Mexico City Rocked by Massive Teacher Protest

Teachers mobilize in Mexico City, Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Photo by Alejandro Mancilla / The Rag Blog. Militant teachers’ strike: Massive protests continue in Mexico The actions were a continuation of protests against an education ‘reform’ package first passed by … Continue reading

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Rabbi Arthur Waskow : Drop Gas Masks, Not Bombs

Think out of the box. Digital art by Neho / deviantART. Act out of the box: Drop gas masks, not bombs Use the power of the U.S. in nonviolent, non-military, nonlethal ways to counter Assad’s (or the rebels’) possible use … Continue reading

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Ron Jacobs : Cruise Missile Morality

Tomahawk cruise missile launched from the Navy destroyer USS Halsey during a 2007 test. Image from U.S. Navy / NBC News. Here they go again: Cruise missile morality If one examines the overall policy of Washington towards Syria over the … Continue reading

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Michael James : Muddy Waters and James Cotton at the Fat Black Pussycat, 1963

Muddy Waters and James Cotton at the Fat Black Pussycat in Chicago, 1963. Photo by Michael James from his forthcoming book, Michael Gaylord James’ Pictures from the Long Haul. Pictures from the Long Haul: Muddy Waters and James Cotton  at … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins : The Tyranny of the Manning Trial

Pfc. Bradley Manning. Graphic by DonkeyHotey / Flickr. A failure of the justice system: The tyranny of the Manning trial Pfc. Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in a military prison for embarrassing the government in a trial that … Continue reading

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HISTORY / Bob Feldman : A People’s History of Egypt, Part 8, 1922-1923

Sultan Ahmad Fuad became King Faud I in 1922. Image from Wikipedia Commons. A people’s history: The movement to democratize Egypt Part 8: 1922-1923 period — Socialist and labor activism flourish despite foreign-dominated monarchy. By Bob Feldman | The Rag … Continue reading

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Alan Waldman: ‘Flight of the Conchords’ is Brilliantly Original Kiwi Musical Sitcom

Waldman’s film and TVtreasures you may have missed: ‘Conchords‘ features inspired comedy and music parodies from gifted New Zealand folk-rock duo Jemaine Clement and Oscar winner Bret McKenzie. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | September 2, 2013 [In … Continue reading

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Tom Hayden : Egypt is the Liberals’ Slaughterhouse

Egyptian military chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks to the people after the coup. Photo from AP. Image from The Telegraph. Post-coup Egypt:The liberals’ slaughterhouse The Egyptian coup, for now, marks a dead end for political Islam, and a vindication … Continue reading

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Paul Krassner : My Brother’s Keeper

The mad scientist as a young man. (Not George Krassner but, hey, it could have been.) Image from Beveled. Rocket science: My brother’s keeper “At age 29, as head of the Astro-Electronics Division, I had the civilian rank equal to … Continue reading

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Johnny Hazard : Militant Teachers Block Mexico City Airport

Teachers shut down airport in Mexico City. Photos by Jesús Villaseca for The Rag Blog Protesting radical education ‘reforms’: Militant teachers block Mexico City airport The action was part of a series of escalating protests against the passage, without discussion, … Continue reading

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Mike Klonsky : Drive-By Teachers and the Great Charter School Scam

Drive-by teachers: The Wal-Mart model. Image from Gawker. Drive-by teachers: The great TFA/charter school scam ‘Short careers by choice’ translates into teachers being reduced to low-wage information-age delivery clerks while most ‘learning’ is done by students sitting in front of … Continue reading

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