The passing scene: November 13, 2014

Thank you for your service by Elizabeth Herrin for Medium.

All of My Friends Are Dying by Vince Emanuele for World News Daily.

John Fogarty defends ‘Fortunate Son’ song choice at Concert for Valor by Randy Lewis for the Los Angeles Times.  (via Bill Harvey)

Can you honor veterans for their service, while still thinking that the war they served in was wrong, or even that all wars are wrong?  My answer is: Yes.

College Athletes of the World, Unite by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for Jacobin magazine.  (via Bill Harvey)

I thought that star college athletes had it good, but evidently not.  This article was an eye-opener for me.

The Mystery of Ray McGovern’s Arrest by Ray McGovern for Consortium News.

CIA critic Ray McGovern was arrested for trying to attend a panel discussion in which CIA ex-chief David Patraeus participated.  His ticket was bought under somebody else’s name.  So how did the police at the door know to be on the lookout for him?

Berlin’s digital exiles: where tech activists go to escape the NSA by Carol Cadwalladr for The Guardian.

I was a boy during World War Two.  I never thought that Germany would be a haven of freedom for persecuted Americans.

Russia To Build As Many As Eight Nuclear Power Plants for Iran by Andy Tully for Oil Price.

Russia will build at least two, probably four and as many as eight nuclear power plants for Iran, which is okay with the International Atomic Energy Agency.  Iran will get the nuclear power its government thinks it will need when oil runs out, without the uranium processing that the American government fears could be used to make nuclear weapons.  It’s a win-win situation except for those who seek the economic isolation of Russia or Iran.

 The Top of America by Josh Sanburn for Time magazine.

Rebuilding the World Trade Center was a monumental achievement, one that shouldn’t be taken for granted.  This article tells how it was done.

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