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.

Italians Blow The Chemtrail Lid Off ‘Secret War’

A new Italian film, Chemtrails: The secret war has been released showing a disturbing covert military agenda behind the sinister phenomenon, one that according to evidence presented includes far more than weather manipulation for “climate change.” “Let’s stand up and defend our rights!” say Italian filmmakers Antonio and Rosario Marciano. The Marcianos, of the Italian … Continue reading Italians Blow The Chemtrail Lid Off ‘Secret War’

Chemical Industries: Increasing An Already Chemically Saturated Environment

Sign the petition: Stop Senate Democrats from supporting the sham chemical safety bill. Senate Democrats: “The Udall-Vitter chemical safety bill is a giveaway to the chemical industry that would stop states from protecting their residents from toxic chemicals. Reject this dangerous, industry-sellout bill.” Our main chemical safety law – the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act … Continue reading Chemical Industries: Increasing An Already Chemically Saturated Environment

Lullaby For Pilots

Yonatan Shapiro Yonatan Shapira was born on an Israeli military base the year before his father flew fighter jets in the October War of 1973. Thirty years later, twelve of them spent as an air force pilot himself, Shapira rejected the military. In 2003, he wrote a letter, pledging not to fly over the occupied … Continue reading Lullaby For Pilots

Redemption From The Mouth Of A Leper

The final stretch. Four days to elections, and everything is still hanging in the balance, and nothing has yet been decided. Will Binyamin Netanyahu fall or remain in power? Will a new government be established in Israel, or will it not? And if a new government does come about, will it bring about a significant … Continue reading Redemption From The Mouth Of A Leper

Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, Israel, Gaza, and Energy Wars in the Middle East

Introduction by Tom Engelhardt Talk of an oil glut and a potential further price drop seems to be growing. The cost of a barrel of crude now sits at just under $60, only a little more than half what it was at its most recent peak in June 2014. Meanwhile, under a barrel of woes, … Continue reading Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, Israel, Gaza, and Energy Wars in the Middle East

We Are Not Numbers: New Project Helps Gaza Writers Tell Their Story

An estimated 2,300 Palestinians in Gaza were killed during the summer assault by Israel. Each one was a mother, father, brother, sister, friend or spouse to someone left behind, and their deep feeling of grieving and loss is still palpable – almost like the phantom pain after the amputation of an arm or leg. Yet … Continue reading We Are Not Numbers: New Project Helps Gaza Writers Tell Their Story

New Tick Born Virus Causes Man's Death

The CDC has discovered a new virus that may have contributed to a Kansas man's death, the agency announced Friday. Named the Bourbon virus after the county where the patient lived, the virus is likely spread by tick or insect bites, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. A 50-year-old man suffered multiple tick … Continue reading New Tick Born Virus Causes Man's Death

Mahmoud Darwish: The Speech of the Red Indian

1 So, we are who we are, as the Mississippi flows, and what remains from yesterday is still ours-- but the color of the sky has changed, the sea to the East has changed. O white master, Lord of the horses, what do you want from those making their way to the night woods? Our … Continue reading Mahmoud Darwish: The Speech of the Red Indian

Turn Back The BearCat Congressman Farr: Stop Militarization Of SCPD

Sign the Petition Below Join in asking Congressman Farr to consistently appose militarization at home as well as abroad. Sign the petition asking him to rescind his request for a Homeland Security grant to purchase a Lencon Bearcat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) for the Santa Cruz Police Department. This procurement would be … Continue reading Turn Back The BearCat Congressman Farr: Stop Militarization Of SCPD

AIPAC Gnashing Their Teeth

 "I'm going to address Congress in Washington, not only as the Prime Minister of Israel but also on behalf of the entire Jewish People," declared Netanyahu, at one of the highlights of the intensifying public debate in Israel and the United States. J-Street, the left-wing American Jewish lobby, was quick to respond with a … Continue reading AIPAC Gnashing Their Teeth