Common Sense used to Decipher the Acronym ISIS*

Common Sense used to Decipher the Acronym ISIS*

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The Relentless Jewish Campaign against Islam*

Israel Deported Them. Then ISIS Cut Off Their Heads*

ISIS/L and European Neo-Nazis United under Pentagon’s 5th Generation Warfare*

Amazonian Hunter-Gatherers Isolated from Western Medicine Have the Most Diverse Microbiome Ever Recorded*

Amazonian Hunter-Gatherers Isolated from Western Medicine Have the Most Diverse Microbiome Ever Recorded*

With the current ethnic – cleansing of indigenous peoples, this is what humanity stands to lose…

The Yanomami people, who hail from the Amazon, live a semi-nomadic, hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the jungle. They have been living like this for thousands of years. According to iflscience, the tribe was first contacted in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until 2008 an unmapped village was spotted in Southern Venezuela. A team of researchers returned to the village within the year to collect mouth swabs, faeces and forearm skin samples from 34 villagers ranging in ages from four to 50. Now, the microbial DNA of the villagers has been analyzed and the findings are absolutely astonishing.


A new study published in Science Advances has found that this isolated tribe of hunter-gatherers posses the most diverse microbiome ever documented in humans. The microbiome of industrialized people is 40% less diverse than the Yanomami. Even minimal exposure to Western medicines greatly decreased the diversity of the bacteria— some of which is known to be beneficial, like preventing kidney stones from forming.

Despite never being exposed to commercial drugs, some of the Yanomami’s microbes carry genes that resist antibiotics. According to iflscience, it is suggested that these genes have come from an early exchange between human microbes and soil bacteria, which produce natural antibiotics.

The findings of the study, produced by a team led by Maria Dominguez-Bello, an associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Centre and put out by EurekAlert, show that Westernization may be responsible for the loss of important bacterial diversity. The results suggest that decreased bacterial diversity, industrialized diets and modern antibiotics are linked to immunological and metabolic diseases such as obesity, asthma, allergies and diabetes. According to EurekAlert, the diversity found in the faeces and skin of the Yanomami is inversely proportional to the exposure of antibiotics and processed foods.

The majority of human microbiome studies have focused on Western populations. Investigating microbiomes that have been unexposed to processed diets and antibitoics, like the study of the Yanomami, may give us important information about the human microbiome and how it is changing in response to modern culture.


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Diabetes from Unnatural Causes

The Vatican and One World Government*

The Vatican and One World Government*

By Jerome R. Corsi


The U.N. general secretary’s appearance at an upcoming Vatican event promoting a worldwide movement to combat climate change coupled with a pontifical paper calling for the establishment of a global political, economic and financial authority cultivated by the U.N. has caught the attention of an author who believes the developments support predictions in his 2012 book.

The Vatican’s “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity” conference April 28, which will feature U.N. General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon, aims to,

“elevate the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment”

“build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change.”

Thomas Horn, co-author with Cris Putnam of “Petrus Romanus – The Final Pope is Here,” notes the Vatican conference anticipates the encyclical on global warming and the environment by Pope Francis, currently scheduled for June or July publication.

Horn sees the Vatican‘s attempt to join forces with the United Nations on the issues of global warming and climate change as additional evidence the Vatican is following a blueprint,

“for structuring the world’s political and economic authorities into a centralized world government.”

He points out that Cardinal Peter Turkson, the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, helped write the first draft of the pope’s encyclical and also wrote a document in 2011 on behalf of the Vatican calling for establishing a global authority to eliminate economic inequalities and redistribute wealth.

Expected to attend the Vatican conference is U.S. economist Jeffrey Sachs, the head of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and a special adviser to the U.N. chief on Millennium Development goals.

Sachs also serves as the director of the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Horn told WND people “should sit up and take notice” of the U.N. event because of the Vatican’s Oct. 24, 2011, document authored by Turkson titled “Toward Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public Authority.”

Horn said the paper,

“amounted to a call by the Vatican for a global political, environmental and financial authority to be established under the United Nations.”

Is a 900-year-old prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes?


“Petrus Romanus” and the documentary film “The Last Pope?” (below video clip) will take you on a remarkable journey that leads to startling conclusions.

In the document, Turkson acknowledged,

“a long road still needs to be travelled before arriving at the creation of a public Authority with universal jurisdiction,”

“It would seem logical for the reform process to proceed with the United Nations as its reference,” Turkson continued, “because of the worldwide scope of the U.N.’s responsibilities, its ability to bring together the nations of the world, and the diversity of its tasks and those of its specialized Agencies.”

Turkson described the Vatican’s view of what an ethically acceptable global economic development would look like.

“The fruit of such reforms ought to be a greater ability to adopt policies and choices that are binding because they are aimed at achieving the common good on the local, regional and world levels,” he wrote.

“Among the policies, those regarding global social justice seem most urgent:

  • financial and monetary policies that will not damage the weakest countries
  • policies aimed at achieving free and stable markets and a fair distribution of world wealth, which may also derive from unprecedented forms of global fiscal solidarity, which will be dealt with later”

Global public authority

In their book “Petrus Romanus,” Horn and Putnam said the Vatican directive attempts to devise a “moral” mandate for establishing,

  • “a global public authority”
  • “a central world bank”

Horn also drew attention to “Caritas in Veritate,” or “Charity in Truth,” the third and last encyclical published by Pope Benedict XVI before he abdicated the papacy, which advocates a “World Political Authority.”

One of the global authority’s aims, Benedict said, should be,

  • “to manage the global economy
  • to revive economies hit by the crisis
  • to avoid any deterioration of the present crisis and the greater imbalances that would result
  • to bring about integral and timely disarmament, food security and peace
  • to guarantee the protection of the environment
  • to regulate migration”

Benedict said that in,

“the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth.”

In an email to WND, Horn affirmed the conclusions of Accuracy in Media’s Cliff Kincaid after the publication of “Caritas in Veritate” in 2009.

“Kincaid is right to be concerned why the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, considered by Catholics the personal representative of Jesus Christ, has become an advocate for one of the most corrupt organizations on the face of the earth – the United Nations,” Horn said.

“These developments have prophetic implications for Christians who fear that a global dictatorship will take power on earth in the ‘last days’.”


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The New Pope!

Pope Criminalizes Vatican Leaks of Child Prostitution and Sexual Abuse*

Oh Dear Pope Francis*

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The Vatican and the GMO Connection*

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Head of ISIS, al Baghdadi Reportedly Dead*

Head of ISIS, al Baghdadi Reportedly Dead*

Or will he die a second time like bin Laden?

The leader of Islamic State has reportedly died from wounds sustained during an air strike on the terror group.

Britain’s Guardian had previously reported that Bakr al-Baghdadi was seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq.

A source in Iraq with connections to the terror group revealed that Baghdadi suffered serious injuries during an attack by the US-led coalition in March. The source said Baghdadi’s wounds were at first life-threatening, but he has since made a slow recovery. He has not, however, resumed day-to-day control of the organisation.

Now it is being reported by Iran’s Fars News Agency that Baghdadi has died from his injuries.

According to Fars two local news agencies, Alghad Press and Al-Youm Al-Thamen (the 8th Day), as well as sources in the Iraqi city of Mosul, reported that:

Baghdadi died in an Israeli hospital in the occupied Golan Heights where he had been hospitalized for treatment after sustaining severe injuries during a joint attack of the Iraqi army and popular forces.

The sources added that al-Baghdadi has been declared by his Israeli physicians and surgeons as to be now “clinically dead”.

The terrorist leader was targeted in an airstrike in Western Iraq on March 18.

Al Baghdadi had originally been trained by the Mossad, according to Yasmina Haifi, a project leader for the Dutch National Cyber Security Centre.

Her claim was later substantiated by US National Security Agency documents. While the claim that Baghdadi had died in an Israeli hospital was earlier backed by UN observers who reported that Israel had been treating wounded Islamic State terrorists at a hospital in the Golan Heights.

Al-Youm Al-Thamen quoting intelligence sources said several videos of Al Baghdadi had been recorded to prove he was still alive, after an earlier air strike had nearly killed him.

It is thought that these videos will now be used to refute reports of Baghdadi’s death until the group can appoint a universally accepted new leader.


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Snowden: Al Baghdadi was Trained By MOSSAD*

Chechen President Calls the Kettle Black: Baghdadi is a CIA Agent*

U.N. Western Terrorist States Refuse To List ISIS a Terror Group*

ISIS exposed at House of Lords and the Covenant of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)*

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Iraq: The Battle for Tikrit*

ISIS: On the Frontline*

The Relentless Jewish Campaign against Islam*

The Relentless Jewish Campaign against Islam*

These inflammatory ads on NYC buses are sponsored by a pro-Israel group. In the run-up to World War Two, the Illuminati Jews vilified the Nazis. Now they pit the West against Islam in a third world war to kill more goyim and usher in the New World Order.

Below, Andrew counters this campaign by offering insight into the founder of Islam, Mohammed.

By Andrew

For the last few months, I’ve reviewed accurate narratives about the life of Mohammed. The last great prophet died at the age of 63. On his deathbed, he attributed his premature death to his poisoning at the hands of an Arabian Jewess who successfully poisoned not only him but also other lieutenants who actually died immediately.

Mohammed died years later in 632 AD. The Jews of Arabia during Mohammed’s day were the primary merchants of spirits and wines which Mohammed forbade his followers, so they naturally worked indefatigably to nip their Islamic problem “in the bud” so to speak. This poisoning of the Islamic leadership was only one of numerous attempts to eliminate the Muslims from Arabia while the movement was still in its infancy.

Today, the attack is fiercer than ever except now it takes the form of THE BIG LIE in a relentless campaign of defamation against Islam. As Abdullah Ganji, the managing-director of an influential Iranian newspaper recently explained, the Jewish media continuously presents an ugly, violent, homicidal and false face of Islam to the world in order to prepare everyone for the gruesome Islamic genocide of World War III in a few years.

In order to counter the phony ISIS message of DEATH TO ALL INFIDELS, I thought it was time to tell the truth. What follows is a synopsis written in the 1930s of Essad Bey’s biography, Mohammed.

THE LAST GREAT PROPHET, Reviewed by Thomas Sugrue

“Mohammed was a prophet, but he never performed a miracle. He was not a mystic; he had no formal schooling; he did not begin his mission until he was forty. When he announced that he was the Messenger of God, bringing word of the true religion, he was ridiculed and labeled a lunatic. Children tripped him and women threw filth upon him. He was banished from his native city, Mecca, and his followers were stripped of their worldly goods and sent into the desert after him. When he had been preaching ten years he had nothing to show for it but banishment, poverty and ridicule. Yet before another ten years had passed, he was dictator of all Arabia, ruler of Mecca, and the head of a New World religion which was to sweep to the Danube and the Pyrenees before exhausting the impetus he gave it. That impetus was three-fold: the power of words, the efficacy of prayer and man’s kinship with God.
“His career never made sense. Mohammed was born to impoverished members of a leading family of Mecca. Because Mecca, the crossroads of the world, home of the magic stone called the Ka’aba, great city of trade and the centre of trade routes, was unsanitary, its children were sent to be raised in the desert by Bedouins. Mohammed was thus nurtured, drawing strength and health from the milk of nomad, vicarious mothers. He tended sheep and soon hired out to a rich widow as leader of her caravans. He travelled to all parts of the Eastern World, talked with many men of diverse beliefs and observed the decline of Christianity into warring sects. When he was twenty-eight, Khadija, the widow, looked upon him with favour, and married him. Her father would have objected to such a marriage, so she got him drunk and held him up while he gave the paternal blessing [this is an understanding, the fact was Khadija’s father was dead]. For the next twelve years Mohammed lived as a rich and respected and very shrewd trader. Then he took to wandering in the desert, and one day he returned with the first verse of the Qur’an [this is an understanding, the fact was Prophet Muhammed could read nor write]and told Khadija that the archangel Gabriel had appeared to him and said that he was to be the Messenger of God.

“The Qur’an, the revealed word of God, was the closest thing to a miracle in Mohammed’s life. He had not been a poet; he had no gift of words. Yet the verses of the Qur’an, as he received them and recited them to the faithful, were better than any verses which the professional poets of the tribes could produce. This, to the Arabs, was a miracle. To them the gift of words was the greatest gift, the poet was all-powerful. In addition the Qur’an said that all men were equal before God, that the world should be a democratic state Islam. It was this political heresy, plus Mohammed’s desire to destroy all the 360 idols in the courtyard of the Ka’aba, which brought about his banishment. The idols brought the desert tribes to Mecca, and that meant trade. So the business men of Mecca, the capitalists, of which he had been one, set upon Mohammed. Then he retreated to the desert and demanded sovereignty over the world.

“The rise of Islam began. Out of the desert came a flame which would not be extinguished–a democratic army fighting as a unit and prepared to die without wincing. Mohammed had invited the Jews and Christians to join him; for he was not building a new religion. He was calling all who believed in one God to join in a single faith. If the Jews and Christians had accepted his invitation Islam would have conquered the world. They didn’t. They would not even accept Mohammed’s innovation of humane warfare. When the armies of the prophet entered Jerusalem not a single person was killed because of his faith. When the crusaders entered the city, centuries later, not a Moslem man, woman, or child was spared. But the Christians did accept one Moslem idea–the place of learning, the university.”


Another interesting aspect of Essad Bey’s Mohammed is Bey himself, a Jew, Lev Nussimbaum (1905-1942.)  Lev was the son of a wealthy Jewish oil baron in Baku who at 14 fled Azerbaijan and the Bolshevik Jews’ 1920s Russian Revolution.


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The Symbols of the Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi Order*

The Symbols of the Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi Order*

The divine may be experienced through a variety of means. In various global spiritual traditions, these include prayer, meditation on sacred texts, participation in religious ceremonies and going on pilgrimages. There are other means of achieving a religious experience that are perhaps not so common in the Western world. One of these is through the medium of dance, the most famous of which may be the incredible whirling dance practiced by the Sufi dervishes of the Mevlevi Order.

The Mevlevi Order was founded by the followers of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi (popularly referred to as Rumi) in 1273. Rumi was a 13th century Islamic spiritual leader who was born in 1207 in Balkh in present day Afghanistan. With the onset of the Mongol invasion of Central Asia between 1215 and 1220, Rumi’s family journeyed westwards, eventually settling down in Konya, Anatolia, in present day Turkey.

One of Rumi’s most fruitful friendships was with Shams-e Tabrizi, whom he met at the age of 37. Among other things, Shams had introduced Rumi to music, poetry and dance as a mystical way of connecting with the divine. It is these artistic expressions that are the characteristic features of the whirling dervishes of the Mevlevi Order, which was founded after Rumi’s death by his son, Sultan Veled, his disciple Çelebi Hüsamettin, and his grandson Ulu Arif Çelebi.

The Mevlevi Sema ceremony is arguably the Order’s most distinct practice, and is said to have been created by Rumi himself. Its form, however, was only finalized sometime in the 15th century by one of Rumi’s great-grandsons, Pir Adil Çelebi. The Mevlevi Order became a respected school of Sufism (the esoteric dimension of Islam). Moreover, a blood relation was formed between the Order and the Ottoman imperial dynasty when one of Rumi’s descendants, Devlet Hatun, married Sultan Bayezid I.

Although the Mevlevi Order was occasionally criticized for holding heretical ideas, it was still highly regarded by both the Ottoman sultans and the common people.

Whirling dervishes in Galata Mawlawi House (Ottoman Empire), 1870

Whirling dervishes in Galata Mawlawi House (Ottoman Empire), 1870.

In 1925, the Mevlevi Order was outlawed in the newly formed Republic of Turkey as part of its plans for the secularization of the country. In the 1950s, the ban was eased, and the Sema was allowed to be performed in public in order to attract tourists to Turkey. In the 1990s, the ban was further eased, and the Sema was inscribed in UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008.

Despite now largely being a cultural performance for tourists, the Sema is imbued with religious meaning, and a greater appreciation for the dance may be achieved by exploring these symbolisms. For instance, the semazen’s (a person performing the Sema) camel hair hat represents the tombstone of the ego, while the white skirt symbolizes the ego’s shroud. When the semazen removes his black cloak, it is meant to signify his spiritual rebirth into the truth. Additionally, when the semazen crosses his arms over his chest, he represents the number one and testifies to God’s unity.

The dance begins with the singing of the Nat-i Serif, a eulogy to the Prophet Muhammad and all the Prophets before him. This is followed by a drumbeat symbolizing God’s command ‘Be’ for the creation of the universe. After this is the Taksim, an improvisation on the reed flute meant to express the life-giving breath of God.

The Taksim is followed by the Derv-i Veled (‘Sultan Veled procession), in which the semazen make a circular, anti-clockwise procession thrice around the turning space. The semazen greet each other thrice, representing the three stages of knowledge: knowledge gained from others or through study, knowledge gained through one’s observations and knowledge gained through direct experience.

After the procession, the semazen begins the Sema, which consists of four selams or musical movements. Each selam has its own distinct rhythm, and explores different religious themes. The semazen opens both arms to the sides and revolves from right to left, expressing his embrace of the entire universe. With an open palm, the semazen’s right had is then extended upwards, thus indicating his reception of God’s beneficence. As for the left hand, it is extended downwards to indicate the distribution of these divine gifts to all mankind.

Contrary to popular belief, the semazen do not aim at losing consciousness or falling into a state of ecstasy. Rather, the Sema is meant to help the semazen to completely submit himself to God, and unite with him. When the four selams are completed, a verse from the Qur’an is recited, followed by a prayer for the repose of the souls of all the Prophets and all believers. The semazen then retire silently to their rooms for further meditation.

This divine dance is well recognized the world over as a renowned symbol, an amazing performance, and unique spiritual tradition.


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Transformation: Lessons from Rumi*

Dance of the Heart

Huseyni Makami Taksim

The Japanese Dance of the Pleiades

Demonizing Teachers, Privatizing Schools: The Big Lies for Big Plans*

Demonizing Teachers, Privatizing Schools: The Big Lies for Big Plans*

By Bruce A. Dixon

Should we be wondering if the prosecution of cheating Atlanta teachers for racketeering was racist? Or should black parents and educators be leading a movement against high-stakes standardized testing as the gateway tool to privatizing public education in black and brown communities across the country?

When drama queen Fulton County judge Jerry Baxter demanded public post-conviction apologies from Atlanta teachers already convicted of racketeering lest he hand them double digit sentences, it struck raw nerves in parts of black America. Black pastors and community leaders called press conferences. They held rallies and issued stern statements. They denounced the judge for making “common criminals” out of black teachers. Inevitably, they wondered whether white teachers would have been prosecuted or subjected to post-conviction humiliation of this kind.

They’re asking the wrong question. What they ought to ask is why the teacher perp walk is being served up in the first place. They need to ask who profits from the continuing crisis in public education in black and brown communities? The answers are not hard to find.

The whole thing, from the indictment of Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Beverly Hall, who died before the trial was complete, to the posturing of public officials and corporate media about “cheating the children” is the latest act of a long, long fake crisis. Judge Baxter’s histrionics too, in which he called the cheating scandal

“the sickest thing that’s ever happened to Atlanta,”

were a great contribution to the story our billionaire-owned media wants to paint about public education.

The one-percenters need us to believe public education in our communities is some new kind of sewer infested with incompetent teachers who are cheating children and the public every week they draw paychecks. The long, long crisis of public education has been designed, engineered and provoked by powerful bipartisan forces to justify their long game, which is the privatization of public education. That’s the Big Plan.

Since at least 2001, when George W. Bush’s conservative Republicans teamed up with Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy’s liberal Democrats to pass and implement the No Child Left Behind Act, it’s been the policy of both capitalist parties implemented by the federal Department of Education to create, to provoke and to exacerbate a phony educational crisis. This program of crisis-creation has been backed by Wall Street, by banksters and hedge fund types, by giant corporations like Wal-Mart and powerful right wing interest groups like the US Chamber of Commerce as well as the so-called philanthropic tentacles of corporate America like the Gates, Broad, Heritage and Walton Family Foundations. The solution to the fake crisis has been the whole industry of testing experts, turnaround consultants, diploma mills for fake principals, lucrative charter school companies and their contractors, and the private but government sanctioned agencies that rate school districts. Even the agencies that rate school districts are staffed by the same “run the school like a business” experts approved by the US Chamber of Commerce who were employed to write President Obama’s Race to the Top program, which punishes school districts that don’t privatize or implement “run the school like a business ‘reforms’” fast enough.

High stakes standardized testing, like the tests educators cheated on in Atlanta, is an essential tool in provoking the crisis, but it’s a big lie. These kinds of tests don’t reflect student progress or teacher competency. They track to family income, and family income in the US correlates largely to race. So as Glen Ford put it back in 2012

The standardized tests were bombs, designed to explode the public schools and the teaching profession. Everyone involved knew that inner city kids would fail the tests in huge numbers, setting the infernal machine in motion for the closing of schools and the wholesale firing of teachers…”

The bombs were planted not just in Atlanta, but in thousands of school districts across the nation, with predictable results. A 2012 story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that the same suspicious patterns of radical test score improvement seen in Atlanta could be found in more than 200 school districts across the country, from Philly to Portland, and from Alaska to Alabama. Clearly, cheating teachers and principals in Georgia were and likely still are doing the same things the same way as their colleagues across the country.

It’s also very true that Atlanta’s teachers were singled out. Other teachers in other states were merely stripped of their jobs and professional licenses. Teach For America alums Michelle Rhee and Kayla Henderson both headed Washington DC’s public schools when massive cheating scandals occurred, but unlike Atlanta’s Beverly Hall, neither they nor their subordinates are in any danger of prosecution. Atlanta on the other hand, is closely associated with the notion of African Americans running big cities, so making the example of black educators in Atlanta makes perfect political sense for those orchestrating the crisis. Still we shouldn’t feel too sorry for the Atlanta teachers. Beverly Hall turned big chunks of Atlanta’s public schools over to privatizers, and even helped divert $140 million a year for more than 20 years away from Atlanta’s public school children to line the pockets of developers and gentrifiers in a lucrative boondoggle Atlantans know as “the Beltline.”

If the black political class and black educators really stood for the interests of their students and communities they would be educating black parents and students across the country about their right to opt out of tests that serve no legitimate educational purpose, as teachers in Chicago and Seattle are already doing.

But that’s problematic too. Opposing standardized testing would place the black political class in conflict not with the slippery nebulous demons of institutional racism, but biting some of the very real and easy-to-find hands in corporate America that feed it. Taking issue with standardized testing, Common Core and the drive to privatize education would put black educators in opposition to corporate America, to the Gates, Walton Family (Wal-Mart), Eli Broad and other foundations, and to Republicans and Democrats including President Obama and Arne Duncan, his Secretary of Education. This is not an easy thing to do when national black “civil rights” organizations from the National Action Network and the National Urban League have eagerly accepted corporate-engineered school reform with corporate dollars, and President Obama is deeply beholden to the charter school sugar daddies.

So it looks like we can count on our black political class to stick to the script on the Atlanta teachers cheating scandal. They’ll talk about whether the prosecution was racist, and they’ll wring self-righteous hands over teachers “cheating the children.” But they won’t question those who set up the rigged game of high stakes testing or why.


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The Pressure Cooker under Baltimore*

Obama Anaesthetizing Black Resistance*

The Fight against Corporate Education Reform is Just Beginning*

Thousands of Students Boycott Common Core Testing*