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.

Trouble in Tibet

Rapid changes in Tibetan grasslands are threatening Asia's main water supply and the livelihood of nomads. In the northern reaches of the Tibetan Plateau, dozens of yaks graze on grasslands that look like a threadbare carpet. The pasture has been munched down to bare soil in places, and deep cracks run across the snow-dusted landscape. … Continue reading Trouble in Tibet

The Epidemic Of Our Time

Lyme Disease: My Journey To Health (The Methods, Research & Mindset I Used to Fight Lyme) In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire … Continue reading The Epidemic Of Our Time

Academics For Peace: International Appeal

Academics, please take action by signing the appropriate petition below. For the right to demand peace at times of war. Academics from all over the world defend their colleagues in Turkey. For the right to demand peace at times of war In solidarity with academics from Turkey for peace In the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey, … Continue reading Academics For Peace: International Appeal

UK Soldiers May Face Iraq War Crime Charges

An inquiry into allegations of murder, abuse and torture by British forces between 2003 and 2009 could result in prosecutions. British veterans of the Iraq War could face prosecution for crimes including murder, the head of a team examining potential torture and unlawful killing during the conflict has said. Mark Warwick, who leads the Government-established … Continue reading UK Soldiers May Face Iraq War Crime Charges

After State Of The Union, Clock Ticks On Justice Reform

Jan 13, 2016 — Folks, Last night during his State of the Union address, President Obama reinforced his commitment to work with Paul Ryan and other Congressional Republicans to pass criminal justice reform as soon as possible. The momentum for reform has never been greater, but the clock is ticking. With more than 15 criminal … Continue reading After State Of The Union, Clock Ticks On Justice Reform

Syria is the Middle Eastern Stalingrad

Day and night, for years, an overwhelming force has been battering this quiet nation, one of the cradles of human civilization. Hundreds of thousands have died, and millions have been forced to flee abroad or have been internally displaced. In many cities and villages, not one house is left intact. But Syria is, against all … Continue reading Syria is the Middle Eastern Stalingrad

Zen Foxes: A Photographer Is Capturing Nature's 'Masters Of Mindfulness'

'They smell the fresh air, feel the warmth of the sun on their fur, close their eyes and then it’s a matter of just being there' “The most beautiful animals are happy animals,” says Roeselien Raimond, a Dutch nature photographer who specialises in capturing foxes at rest. “I love them best when they’re totally at … Continue reading Zen Foxes: A Photographer Is Capturing Nature's 'Masters Of Mindfulness'

More Than 1 in 4 Americans Now Believe The Government Is The Enemy Of The People.

A startling new study reveals that more than 1 in 4 Americans now believes that the government is the enemy of its very citizens. The Pew Research Center concluded that 27 percent of all registered voters describe the U.S. government as the “enemy” of the people. That percentage is thought to be lower than the … Continue reading More Than 1 in 4 Americans Now Believe The Government Is The Enemy Of The People.

Germany Files War Crimes Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld And Other CIA Officials

If President Obama won’t do it, someone else will. Thankfully, a human rights group in Berlin, The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, has begun the process of indicting members of the Bush Administration by filing criminal complaints against the architects of the Admin’s torture program. Calls for an immediate investigation by the German … Continue reading Germany Files War Crimes Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld And Other CIA Officials

Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses

Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.'s destruction of videotapes of … Continue reading Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses