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Victory at Standing Rock

BY ED FELIEN We won a tremendous victory at Standing Rock. Probably because of tremendous popular pressure, Obama ordered the Corps of Engineers not to approve the permit to allow the pipeline to cross the Missouri River at the location they intended. The pipeline company is confident that Trump will approve a permit for them anywhere they want.  So, the […]

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CONFESSIONS OF AN UNREPENTANT MAOIST: Hundred Flowers, 1970

BY ED FELIEN When I got back to Minneapolis I heard about some people around the University who were thinking about starting a newspaper. I met with some of them. They were much younger than me. One of them, though, had actual experience working on a newspaper in college. This was invaluable because I had no idea how it worked.  Dickie Dworkin became the […]

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Did they violate the city’s Code of Ethics?

BY ED FELIEN Did the elected officials and city staff who were so obviously enjoying themselves at the Vikings game on the front page of the Star Tribune last week violate the City Code of Ethics by accepting free tickets from the Wilf brothers? The ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT Chapter of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances was adopted March 21, 2003. […]

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Drones assassinate enemies

BY POLLY MANN It’s called the “Disposition Matrix” or “PPG,’’ a guide released in May 2013, describing the U.S. government’s use of drones to assassinate undesirables. It contains the names of terrorism suspects, including sealed indictments and clandestine operations; when strikes may be used against terrorist targets; where there is a near certainty that non-combatants will not be injured or […]

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Staff recipes for the holidays

BRIDGIT This recipe is from my   grandmother Betsy Jean Kendrick.  She was known for having huge, unruly dogs—the last two dogs she owned were a Samoyed and a Newfoundland. So while she liked her real dogs big, hairy and slobbery, she liked her dog cookies delicate and delicious. Chocolate Dogs 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg 2 Tbsp […]

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The Night of the Dead, the Day of the Living

BY ED FELIEN Nov. 5 marked the halfway point between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice. The ancients marked this time to remember the dead and to celebrate life, the resurrection of the body and a new year. The oldest of the rituals common at this time of year was probably the Egyptian ritual re-enactment of the journey of […]

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Midwinter traditions

BY DEBRA KEEFER RAMAGE Two years ago at this time, we regaled you with a flood of traditions from around the world and their interrelationships. Some were from only vaguely known almost prehistoric relatives, and some were from Americans and invented in the 1960s. You know what? We barely scraped the surface. Here, in utterly random order, are some more […]

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WE ARE BROTHERS II: Immigration poem

Don’t look at me As though I am an alien or a stranger, Don’t let the dagger of antipathy Fly out of your eyes. I am your neighbor. Don’t call me a foe, an antagonist or a rival, Don’t roll up your mistrustful sleeves for a fight. I am your friend.   Don’t hold this murderous weapon in your kind […]

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“The Oldest Boy” at Jungle Theater: Mother and Father, Meet your son, a Buddha

BY ADAM M. SCHENCK As the curtain draws, an actress sits in a meditation pose with her eyes closed. She tries to keep her eyes shut but the body interrupts consciousness. When actress Christina Baldwin gives in to the urge to scratch an itch, we see that “The Oldest Boy” will invite its audience to reflect on body and spirit. […]

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