Articles by Debra Ellis

Debra is recently retired from University of California Santa Cruz. She received her MS from Florida State University in Counseling and Human Systems. She credits students, illegal U.S. military occupations, Palestinians, Iraqis, Native Americans, and a military family for awakening her to the plight of oppressed populations. She has engaged in extensive introspection, study and travel with her daughter Kali Rubaii to better understand violence, power, oppression, forgiveness and beauty. She has lived and worked in partnership with displaced families in Tibet, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Rwanda. Debra was one of many passengers on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, who attempted to break Israel’s illegal siege of Gaza. The principles that lead the U.S. to violate human beings are destroying nature, thus ourselves. Debra works to develop multi-generational reparation, learning from those we’ve oppressed, how to shift death culture to life culture. She is a co-founder of ISLAH (http://www.reparations.org/) an organization designed for those who feel they were/are complicit in war, occupation, and displacement and who want to take responsibility for harm committed in their name.

A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted

By Donald G. McNeil Jr. The N.I.H. will create expert panels to assess controversial research into creating pathogens that easily infect humans. Federal officials on Tuesday ended a moratorium imposed three years ago on funding research that alters germs to make them more lethal. Such work can now proceed, said Dr. Francis S. Collins, the … Continue reading A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted

Ice Loss and the Polar Vortex: How a Warming Arctic Fuels Cold Snaps

By Bob Berwyn The loss of sea ice may be weakening the polar vortex, allowing cold blasts to dip south from the Arctic, across North America, Europe and Russia, a new study says. When winter sets in, "polar vortex" becomes one of the most dreaded phrases in the Northern Hemisphere. It's enough to send shivers … Continue reading Ice Loss and the Polar Vortex: How a Warming Arctic Fuels Cold Snaps

Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis & Indivisibility of Justice

Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis & Indivisibility of Justice; An International Conference Birzeit University, Palestine, March 2018 Please share widely! Arabic Text Here Call for Proposals Date: March 12-30, 2018 Deadline: November 15, 2017 Organized by: Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, San Francisco State University, USA Ibrahim Abu Lughod Institute for International Studies, Birzeit … Continue reading Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis & Indivisibility of Justice

International Solidarity Campaign To Defend Professor Rabab Abdulhadi

A Frivolous Lawsuit A right wing Zionist organization, the Lawfare project, has filed a lawsuit  against San Francisco State university, and named Professor Abdulhadi as co-defendant. This is an attempt to silence academicians who teach and research Palestine, get rid of Professor Abdulhadi’s AMED Studies program, the General Union of Palestinian Students and her personally … Continue reading International Solidarity Campaign To Defend Professor Rabab Abdulhadi

It's Not Over: Daniel Sheehan on DAPL and Tigerswan

It's Not Over! Sign the Petition Recently leaked documents reveal that TigerSwan, a private security firm hired by DAPL parent company Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), operated without a license in North Dakota. TigerSwan also employed unlawful, paramilitary style tactics to suppress the movement by targeting, surveilling, and provoking the peaceful and prayerful water protectors at … Continue reading It's Not Over: Daniel Sheehan on DAPL and Tigerswan

Shocking photos emerge of suspected Isis fighters held like battery chickens in overcrowded prison

Hundreds of detained Mosul men claim they have been wrongly rounded up and forced to suffer inhumane conditions. Arresting photos of men suspected of fighting on behalf of Isis in Mosul being held in overcrowded and stifling hot conditions in a nearby prison have emerged as the Iraqi security forces struggle to clear the city … Continue reading Shocking photos emerge of suspected Isis fighters held like battery chickens in overcrowded prison

Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU Fresno

Introduction Why did Fresno State cancel a search for a professorship named after Edward Said? University says procedural errors occurred, but scholars say it didn't like the pool of Middle Eastern finalists with Palestinian research portfolios.  ~ Colleen Flaherty Learn what prompted the current director, Vida Samiian, professor of linguistics and former dean of the … Continue reading Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU Fresno

Open Letter to CSU President Castro: Attack on Academic Freedom

June 2, 2017 OPEN LETTER Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., M.P.P. President, California State University, Fresno Harold H. Haak Administrative Center Henry Madden Library, 4th Floor, Room 4104 5200 N. Barton Ave., M/S ML48 Fresno, CA 93740 Phone: (559) 278-2324 presidentjic@csufresno.edu Dear President Joseph I. Castro: I am writing out of concern that the interview process … Continue reading Open Letter to CSU President Castro: Attack on Academic Freedom

The Voice Of The Earth: Help Us Hear The voice

Cognitive Liberty Recommended Reading Roszak offers a way forward out of the paralyzing crises of our times. He challenges us to return to our "inherent intimacy with nature" and "innate animistic sensibility." The Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology by Roszak What is the bond between the human psyche and the living planet … Continue reading The Voice Of The Earth: Help Us Hear The voice

Standing Rock: Protesting Is Not Terrorism

URGENT: Proposed Law Would Charge Protesters With Terrorism Take A Stand With Us and Sign The Petition. This is a disaster. A new law proposed by a State Senator in Washington would allow the authorities to charge protesters with "economic terrorism," and slap them with serious felony charges that could lead to jail time, just … Continue reading Standing Rock: Protesting Is Not Terrorism