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  • US-Trained Special Forces Joined Police Crackdown on Dam Protesters in Honduras

    By Sandra Cuffe, Truthout | Report

    Police from various units are present May 3 in Pajuiles, in northern Honduras, to escort dam construction machinery past a community resistance camp. (Photo: Witness for Peace)Police from various units are present May 3 in Pajuiles, in northern Honduras, to escort dam construction machinery past a community resistance camp. (Photo: Witness for Peace)

    The US claims that it provides training for special forces in Honduras solely to combat drug trafficking and organized crime, but in reality, these US-trained forces are frequently used to inflict state-sponsored violence against community activists. The recent crackdown in Pajuiles against those resisting a contested hydroelectric dam project is just one more example of the clear involvement of US-supported forces in the repression of Honduran civilians.

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  • President Trump Is Not Wrong About Community Colleges, but He Should Be

    President Trump Is Not Wrong About Community Colleges, but He Should Be

    By Keith Kroll and Barry Alford, Truthout | Op-Ed

    When President Trump characterized community colleges as "vocational schools," he was merely articulating what has long been true. The original mission of community colleges as places to educate the citizenry of a democracy -- as envisioned by the Truman Commission -- has been superseded by the neoliberal goal of training bodies to join the workforce.

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  • In a More Rational World, the US and Iran Would Have Full Diplomatic Relations

    In a More Rational World, the US and Iran Would Have Full Diplomatic Relations

    By Medea Benjamin, OR Books | Book Excerpt

    Now more than ever, it is necessary to understand Iran in the context of its own history and its tumultuous relationship with the United States. What do the past and present portend? In this introduction of Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Medea Benjamin begins to discuss these histories and her own experiences inside the nation.

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