SOCIAL HISTORY: “It’s Time We Have a Holiday to Honor Those Who Try to Stop Wars Too” / Vox ☮

Eugene V. Debs

Eugene V. Debs, who went to jail for opposing World War I. (Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day often get equated, but there is an essential distinction between the two. Veteran’s Day honors all who have served the American military in wars. Memorial Day honors those who’ve perished. It’s an annual reminder that wars have grave human costs, which must be both recognized and minimized.

Those costs are not inevitable. We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce them, to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters.

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FUTBOL: “Messi Banned Four Matches” / TYT Sports / Francis Maxwell and Jason Rubin ☮

Lionel Messi has been handed a four match ban for cursing at a referee during Argentina’s World Cup qualifying match with Chile over the weekend. Messi will miss today (Tuesday’s) match with Bolivia, along with the next three. While Argentina are a loaded squad, Sergio Aguero will likely find his way back into the starting xi after it was rumored he would be dropped to a bench role. Francis Maxwell and Jason Rubin discuss Lionel Messi’s ban.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “The Pay to Play Clinton Foundation Losing Donors After Hillary’s Embarrasing Failure of a Presidential Bid” / RT America / Anya Parampil ☮

The Clinton Foundation announced that the Clinton Global Initiative will shut down in April. The announcement coincides with their decision to terminate the employment of 22 employees, citing a lack of funding due to an overall decrease in donations and the loss of several high profile donors. RT correspondent Anya Parampil reports.

IN REMEMBRANCE: “Anniversary Tribute to Christopher Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011)”

“Thinking for Yourself”

“(The SMILE) RIP 1949-2011”

“Christopher Hitchens on the Afterlife”

“The Thinking Atheist’s Tribute to Christopher Hitchens”

“Christopher Hitchens: On Fascism”

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “The Reality of Prostitution with Rachel Moran ” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges has a raw conversation about the reality of selling sex with Rachel Moran, author of “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution”. RT correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the prostitution law implemented in Sweden, and other countries, that criminalizes the purchase of sex, but allows the sale to continue.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “One Nation Under Trump with Michael Smith” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses what to expect under a Donald Trump-led United States with Michael Smith, attorney and co-editor of “Imagine: Living in a Socialist U.S.A”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil tracks who voted for Trump in the 2016 election.