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Badlands Watch: ‘We Will Get That Project Stopped’  Badlands Family Challenges Bridge in Court

by Jim Fuglie | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 5th, 2020

The Little Missouri State Scenic River valley north of Medora. photo by Bill Kingsbury

The Little Missouri State Scenic River valley north of Medora. photo by Bill Kingsbury

I have written before about this stupid, harebrained, boneheaded, senseless, vacuous, selfish, destructive, egomaniacal, (insert your own adjective here), idea of the Billings County Commissioners to put a bridge over the Little Missouri State Scenic River a dozen or so miles north of Medora. I’m going to keep writing about it until it goes away.

Six months ago, it looked like the bridge was just a…

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Iranian Pride and American Prejudice

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 29th, 2020

“On January 16, 1979, the self-styled ‘King of Kings’ (the Shah of Iran) was…forced to seek exile abroad. To understand the reason for this unexpected dénouement, it is necessary to note that the Shah was essentially a western creation. Once before he had been forced into exile, in 1953, when he tried to oppose a popular (democratically elected and anti-Communist) Prime Minister, Dr. Mohammad Mossadeq, who had nationalized the oilfields at the expense of (the) Anglo-Iranian Oil…

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Something we can all learn from

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 15th, 2020

photo by Sabrina Hornung

by Karen Anderson
kartcone@gmail.com

Congratulations to the Fargo School District for opening up a discussion regarding today’s students as covered in the January 7, Barry Amundson article “Social, emotional learning a forefront of Fargo's State of the Schools.” I am a twenty year educator of students ranging in age PreK-16; I have seen a change in how students learn and an increase in their non-academic needs. Contemporaneously within the last decade schools have addedto their…

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Doom Chimes

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 23rd, 2019

By Zach Nerpel
zachnerpel@gmail.com

Doom chimes all around us and I feel a greedy sense of relief understanding the real possibility I will be here when it all ends. What greater gift than to be a part of the very last chapter of humanity? The only question is, how exactly will we come to pass?

Will we burn as they are in Australia? Will we drown or be swept away by tidal waves like small, Oceanic islands and litter the deep seafloor like several oily Atlantis? Will it be climate at all?…

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How Small We’ve Become

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 11th, 2019

By Waylon Hedegaard
retiringwithcats@gmail.com

When I think about grandmothers, I think of a kindly woman with a plate of cookies in an old fashioned kitchen, but I’m not sure why. For my grandmother, none of this was even remotely true.

Except for the cookies. There were always cookies. Sometimes they even had sugar… but that’s another story.

My grandmother lived on a farm in Eastern Montana. She was small but tough, that ornery kind of tough that makes those around her nervous, and…

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Routine fatigue

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 4th, 2019

By Zach Nerpel
zachnerpel@gmail.com

What fugue was this which ferried me from Fall into our now and immediately miserable Winter? Where had I been this entire season? How much time had passed and what had I experienced? What had I learned?

The last time I had written to this publication, it was about unfulfilling and wasted Summers. How fitting it is, then, that Fall was so meaningless itself that I never felt the need to relieve myself on paper the entire period?

But was it so…

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​Dr. Snyder’s 20 Tips to Topple Tyranny

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 4th, 2019

“Because oil and gas are found all over the freaking place…companies need a rudimentary foreign policy to maximize…their ability to produce their product; (they need)…stability, access, control, simplicity. Countries may come and go, but oil and gas companies need to think bigger than that: …so the longer the relevant foreign ruler is in power, the better. And if the local autocrat is …on the payroll, no one’s going to bother anyone about cleaning up any mess that oil production…

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The Empire, Trump and Intra-Ruling Class Conflict

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 13th, 2019

Daily Trump Cartoon

Gary Olson
olsong@moravian.edu

Over the past few months President Trump has unilaterally by Tweet and telephone began to dismantle the U.S. military’s involvement in the Middle East. The irony is amazing, because in a general overarching narrative sense, this is what the marginalized antiwar movement has been trying to do for decades. — John Grant (1)

Prof. Harry Targ, in his important piece “United States foreign policy: yesterday, today, and tomorrow,” (MR online, October 23,…

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There is no such thing as ‘well-intended’ Misogyny

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 13th, 2019

By Amido Jusu
amidujusu@live.com

As much as I wanted someone else—especially a woman of color—to write such an article, I also felt like it needed to be said urgently. The kind of misogyny Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. (commonly known as T.I.) engaged in regarding his daughter’s virginity is a sin that has been plaguing black men in America since the inception of racist ideas that essentially defined both black masculinity and black femininity. It will continue to be a sin unless it’s…

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​Brexit: heck of a high note to hit

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 9th, 2019

ro-EU protests outside Parliament, August 2019 - photograph provided by William Southworth

By William Southworth
wsouthwo@cord.edu

The United Kingdom has a new boss. 

Considered to by some to be a British counterpart to Trump, Boris Johnson is riding a wave of political discontent with a can-do attitude and bubbly stage persona. He opened his inaugural speech with a powerful and politically charged promise. 

After ‘three long years of indecision’ this new Prime Minister´s government will deliver Brexit with or without a deal by the 31st of October. He will do this by simply…

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