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Air National Guard 1st Lt. Benjamin Garland, Denver Broncos Offensive Guard and 140th Wing Public Affairs Officer, stand with Ronnie Hillman (21) and Montee Ball (38) as he listens to the National Anthem at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colo. Aug 24, 2013. Garland, who originally entered the National Football League in 2010 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, was on the Bronco’s reserve/military list while fulfilling his active duty obligations in the Air Force. In 2012 Garland joined the Colorado Air National Guard and made the Broncos practice squad as a defensive lineman and is competing this season to make the 53 man final roster. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf/RELEASED)

On Reading Balibar In Light Of The National Anthem Protests (Carl Raschke)

It is not often that the lobbing of one of Donald Trump’s weekly twitter grenades offers an occasion to ponder the deeper dimensions of modern political thinking. But the latest political demolition derby kicked off by a public presidential putdown of the National Football League for allowing players to kneel during the National Anthem has thrown into […]

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The Irony Of Environmental History (David Barr and Jeremy Sabella)

The following inaugurates an occasional symposium on contemporary politics through a Niebuhrian lens.  The original posts on which these discussions are based may be found here.  The debates around the Paris Agreement since President Trump’s announcement have revealed not only how much Americans disagree about climate change, but also how much we […]

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Locked and Loaded For North Korea – Han Shot First, John Wayne Would Not Have (Jackie Turvey Tait and Tobias Winright)

This has been a week of escalating rhetoric over North Korean nuclear ambitions with President Trump threatening to rain down ‘fire and fury’ on the hermit kingdom, and claiming that a US attack force is “locked and loaded” in language that sounds like something from the Western movies of John Wayne. Christians […]

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Is The Global Prestige Of Sanskrit Aiding And Abetting Hindu Nationalists And Supremacists? (Patrick McCartney)

The utopian aspirations of the Hindu supremacist agenda, which I discussed in an earlier article, include replacing English with Sanskrit as the dominant language of India and perhaps as the next global lingua franca.  Furthermore, their explicit aim is to create a pan-global Hindu theocratic state. The growing clout of […]

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Glasnost American Style – Is Russia Working To Destabilize The US Despite Donald Trump? (Martin Katchen)

The latest revelations and speculations concerning possible Trump Campaign collusion with Russia and its government have centered on a 20-minute meeting between between Donald Trump, Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner with Natalia Veselnitskaya show a disturbing pattern. Apparently Veselnitskaya also was seen eight days later with the US Ambassador to […]

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Yoga Practitioners And The Unspoken Global Aspirations Of Indian Ethno-Nationalism (Patrick McCartney)

If an individual participates in the global yoga phenomenon in some way, does this leave them susceptible to becoming an unwitting supporter of a violent Hindu nationalist ideology? And, does this make them a yoga fundamentalist? One of the more pressing matters involves clarifying the link(s) between the consumption of […]

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Bombs And Moms – DuBois’ Challenge To America’s Racist And Militarist Legacy (Roger Green)

On April 4, 2017, Harlem’s Riverside Baptist Church (along with Iliff School of Theology) hosted a 50th anniversary event to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, written in large part by the late Dr. Vincent Harding.  “A Time to Break the Silence” was the subtitle of the original […]

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