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Veena Trehan is a DC-based journalist and activist. She has written for NPR, Reuters, Bloomberg News, and local papers.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 4, 2016
Hillary's Exploitation of Democratic Institutions (Including Superdelegates) Exposed Hillary's campaign has manipulated and negated the proper role of Democratic and democratic institutions like the media, superdelegates, Democratic National Committee. Despite numerous unfair advantages, her weak campaign continues to struggle so she and her supporters are imposing the full weight of the these renegade institutions on Sanders in a bid to end his popular, progressive presidential campaign. It's shameful.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Life Without A Cell Phone The rewarding outcome of a real world experiment in which the author gives up her cell phone.
Our end goal., From FlickrPhotos
(45 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 18, 2016
Dear Hillary Supporters: Stop Saying These Seven Things to Sanders' Voters Many of the things said to Sanders' supporters by Hillary's supporters do not represent a real attempt at communication or a commitment to progress based on solidarity. Let's change that.
Does Hillary look more threatened or threatening?, From FlickrPhotos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Clinton's Heist of Democracy and the Voter-Driven Superdelegate and Platform Solution California was just the culmination of Clinton's heist of democracy -- as elections, media, DNC, and superdelegates worked for a supersecret, ill-begot Clinton "victory" that would silence Sanders like never before in the primary. As voters, we still can choose to pressure superdelegates to do what we want in this nomination and in Congress. Accountability is the cornerstone of democracy.
From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Party of Religious Fanaticism and Falsehood Republicans champion American democracy and patriotism while employing the same tactics -- voter suppression, minimizing violence against women, rejecting science, and duplicity -- of religious and tyrannical zealots around the world.
DC Guantanamo Protest Jan 2015-41, From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 12, 2015
Rape as an Instrument of American War at Guantanamo Five years after President Obama signed an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, it remains not only a symbol -- but a reality -- of major human rights abuses. This must end.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 25, 2013
Lean In, Women; Corporations and Government, Brush Off Your Hands Fifty years after "The Feminine Mystique", we've decided to shift the blame largely to women, per Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Her "Lean In" movement is at best highly ineffectual but more likely a distraction from the urgent priorities for change that would benefit all workers.
Listen carefully, because this won't make any sense, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 24, 2012
Willard "Mitt" Romney: A Song and A Quiz Who is the mysterious Mitt? A song entertains readers and a multiple choice quiz (followed by a review of Romney's record) helps voters decide.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 9, 2013
America's Tricky Relationship with Chemical Warfare The United States' history of alternately deploying and helping deploy chemical weapons, and using their existence to advocate for illegal military strikes is troubling, to say the least. The current meandering rationale for strikes reflects this unresolvable dichotomy. Let's instead focus on internationally backed action, including major support for millions of refugees.
A Democracy Spring Protest, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 11, 2016
Dems: Let's Read Important, Self-Critical Articles on the Election Our post-election environment often lacks inward and insightful analysis. Yet it is critical to refocus on the failures exposed in the institutions of democracy and the rifts within our nation. A number of individuals have published important articles which are linked to and quoted from here.
Protest of Albuquerque Police Violence, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 4, 2014
James Boyd, Bruce, Pete, and All of Us Many in New Mexico have embraced both the ghost of James Boyd, cut down for lacking a home, and the ghost of Tom Joad, a specter of moral action. Let's help them build a world of security, peace and freedom for all.
Hillary Clinton - Portrait, From ImagesAttr
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 16, 2015
Hillary Clinton's Duplicity and Media Complicity Hillary Clinton's used well-rehearsed (often misleading) debate answers to aid her performance. Americans saw through it: numerous focus groups and polls declared Bernie Sanders the strong winner. But the charade allowed the mainstream media, agents in Noam Chomsky's propaganda model, to give her glowing reviews.
Madeleine Albright at Commonwealth Club of California, From FlickrPhotos
(33 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Hillary: Gender, Power, and "It's Not Me, It's You" Hillary Clinton and her high profile supporters have a new strategy in which women who don't favor Clinton are told, "It's Not Me [Hillary], It's You." That coupled with their lecture on gender, feminism, and power is sure to win her more supporters. Not.
Lunch under a dragon blood tree, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Critical Foreign Policy Questions For an Overdue Reset The intense hypermasculinity and violence we see in our society and in Trump's rise is mirrored in our global postures of aggression and dominance. It has been presented by a recipe for so-called security, even while demonstrating in almost every situation its failure to meet its goals and to secure human rights.
The new Mitt loves old people, teachers, the middle class and schools, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Romney's Psychopathic Debate Strategy: Past, Present and Future Romney's debate "win" is a result of the environment he created where cheating pays off. The debate commission is controlled by the parties, Romney implied he would be honest and media has ADD. For Romney, whose policies were exposed by Bill Clinton as sham and two weeks of attacks decried as opportunistic, he had to remake himself. That people believe his lies and new positioning show our democracy's dysfunction.
Let's Explore Other Pathways to Peace, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 27, 2014
Vertigo, PTSD, and the Loss of the Car Keys The rapid push to war leaves our heads spinning from the shifting narratives and alliances and our minds worrying about the violence that resulted from regional intervention. It's time to acknowledge our past mistakes and the complexity of the situation and pursue a path of diplomacy, de-militarization and humanitarian assistance.
AFGE Participates in #StopFastTrack Rallies, From FlickrPhotos
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 1, 2016
Why Superdelegates Who Will Choose the Nominee Should Vote Bernie The Democratic nomination will most almost certainly be decided by the superdelegates who must support Sanders, a far stronger candidate, and one who is widely lauded as representing the future of the Democratic party.
People's Climate March attended by 400,000 people in New York City in 2014, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 8, 2016
Clinton's Troublesome Record On Climate Climate change action should be one of our, if not our top priority. What is Clinton's record writ large? Her leadership has involved strong ties to corporations deeply vested in climate inaction, and the apparent execution of their climate agenda which do not seem to portend the overdue action that is needed.
Laura Zuniga Cáceres at the Democratic National Convention, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 5, 2016
Critical National and Global Challenges: Dems in Philly Fail to Confront Corporate Power The Democratic National Convention rightly pushed back on the xenophobia and misogyny of the Republican Convention, yet if failed to aggressively assert the public interest (which opposes that of corporations) on key national and global issues of war, trade, bees, agriculture, and climate, ultimately abdicating its responsibility to the American people. Those issues must be central to any progressive fight or movement.
From Images
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 11, 2012
Taking America Back America has seen what may be the most rapid (non-war) deterioration of public health in history. Today about 2/3 of our population is overweight, in just 18 years more than 1 in 10 will carry 80 extra pounds. Yet a generation ago, we were slim, unknowingly Jedi Masters of our health. Let's take America (and this slogan) back.
Values, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 5, 2017
Testing Republican Values The values at the core of administration proposals must be effectively and deftly highlighted by those opposed to regressing decades in the critical areas of health care, the environment, taxation, and climate.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 16, 2012
The View from Muppetland The view from Muppetland - the place where investment banks' clients live - reflects the predatory culture described in former Goldman executive Greg Smith's New York Times op-ed. Investment banks evade, deceive, and bully clients.
Caretakers - San Juan, Puerto Rico, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 3, 2016
The New York Times' False Foreign Policy Narratives The New York Times reporting on foreign affairs has promoted false narratives. It is critical to look at the twinned economic and political violence that the US has participated in the region to adopt models promoting peace, justice and sustainability.
A sign from the Men Against Violence Against Women (MAVAW) project at the Live and Learn Offices., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 16, 2015
Recent NY Times Glorifies Violence Against Women and Girls The New York Times of Sunday, August 2, contained shocking depictions of gender violence and harassment. Rather than examining cultural entertainment it glorified violence against women and girls.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 14, 2013
Reclaiming and Using "Terror" The word "terror" has been used to justify an illegal war and extensive, unconstitutional spying. What if we used the power of that word and experience to fix five major problems?
Drifting - M.A.J photography, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Twenty-One Questions for Would-Be Presidents Friday brought news of two events -- the release of 29 pages from the Congressional Inquiry on links between the Saudi government and 9-11 and the attempted Turkish coup -- that highlight vital questions on our foreign policy, all the more so because the Iraq invasion has been the cause of major global chaos.
Anti-American, Anti-Religious Mitt Uses
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Many Problems with "Romnesia" and Why It Still Works The media has chased ratings at the expense of covering identity and character. Willard "Mitt" Romney personifies the mentality of a cheating athlete, the habits of a religious sinner, and a life story that is anti-American. Holding him accountable to common cultural and societal standards will illuminate the potential reality of his presidency.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 25, 2015
"Yay, I Got In!" Now What to Ask Colleges about Campus Sexual Assault Female high school students as thrilled as those in "The Hunting Ground" when they receive college acceptances. Yet they often know little about the safety of the school they attend. A campaign to promote transparency and accountability of colleges to provide nondiscriminatory campuses.
Placards at the Rally To Take Rape Seriously, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 17, 2015
Isn't It Rich? Everyone Jumps on Rolling Stone While Forgetting Their Own Lapses The institutional and media response to the Rolling Stone review belies important realities: an environment of energized activism, the context of the reporting errors, a fraternity with a problematic past, truly harmful media failures, and a need to make colleges safer.
10.4.13 CPC End Government Shutdown Rally, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 4, 2013
Boycott Corporations Who Gave Big to Republicans in 2012 Elections Avoid purchasing items or procuring services from the companies that supported the Republicans in 2012.
Beatles bus (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds), From FlickrPhotos
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 12, 2017
Where Is Father's Little Helper and Why is Acid Cool? The Sunday "New York Times" article "Mother's Little Helper" describes acid use by a Mom to save her marriage and her mental health. But what do we expect of women? And do we risk normalizing drug use even as we experience about as many deaths from opioids as guns or car crashes? The stories we tell ourselves about who we are are critical. Injustices and challenges can prompt societal change rather than escapism.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 24, 2014
Spotlights and Solutions for College Rape Recently media coverage of college rape has picked up,and government and universities are implementing solutions to this longstanding, national, and costly campus issue.
The picture can be bright or not for our college girls, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 9, 2014
Finally, National Coverage of College Rape 1 in 5 is a great chance of winning your March Madness pool or the lottery, but unacceptable odds of getting sexually assaulted at your college campus.
Welcome to Colorado Springs, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The Media and the Right on the Planned Parenthood Attack: White Terrorism Falsehoods? It's bleak out there for the right The media and right have swung into White Terrorism Falsehoods (puzzlement and sadness response)-- WTF (posr) for short -- with the killing of three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic. They've spent days saying how his motive could not be determined and well ... just being sad ... because this is, after all, a right wing terrorist. It's time for some serious discussion on the use of terrorism and how we solve it at home.
Bernie Sanders for President, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 19, 2015
The High Cost of Ignoring Bernie Sanders' Policies: Racial Divisiveness and Worse The media has given Bernie Sanders a fraction of the time they've devoted to Donald Trump, during months of hate-filled speech by the latter. They've contributed to an environment where the political climate is focused on targeting minorities vs. the restoring justice and peace as powerfully advocated by Bernie Sanders.
Clooney at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 18, 2012
It's Official: George Clooney is the Perfect Man George Clooney just became the perfect man with his arrest outside D.C.'s Sudanese Embassy. He took his beliefs to the street in an action that will hopefully inspire many more celebrities.
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 23, 2013
Monsanto, Christa, and Me What do stories of GMOs and sexual violence have in common? Too often, the tragic ending.
Walking Around the White House on Nov, 18 at the
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Make Political Activism the New Travel Soccer It's time for parents to redirect a fraction of children's time spent now on sports, TV and tutoring to political activism. Civic participation offers the activities and benefits of schools and sports: public speaking, exercise, debate practice, camaraderie, art, social skills, and determination. Their engagement will create a more just and sustainable world.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Sexual Assault: Transforming American Colleges The victims of sexual violence are not the institution or fraternity that was implicated for a couple of weeks, but the millions of girls who have been sexually assaulted at universities nationwide. Colleges must transform a culture of gender violence, funding the a number of steps through endowments, as needed.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 19, 2012
My Fantasy with Jamie Dimon My fantasy: true accountability -- beyond the $3 billion loss -- for Jamie Dimon and JP Morgan. Veterans, parents, retirees, former homeowners, and credit card holders devastated after bank dealings. 'Fess up and pay up in your ever-expanding jail cell, Jamie.
Colombian Women, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 7, 2012
From Girls to Grandmas: Unlocking Female Potential From girls to grandmas, females are transforming their communities on this 101st International Women's Day. Increased access to the levers of empowerment -- like education, contraceptive access and opportunity -- is paying dividends.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 12, 2012
Three Disturbing Trends About "Just Say No" to Providing Contraception The pushback President Obama received for his decision to require free birth control for many religiously affiliated institutions (now revised to similar effect) is disturbing on three fronts. First the right's use of faith as a divider, second as it ignores longstanding and global lessons on contraceptive access, and third as it politicizes a narrow social issue.
From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 24, 2013
A Ten-Step Plan To Care for Our Country and World Imagine if just a fraction of the creativity, time and energy we put into raising our kids was devoted to improving our country and planet. Now make it so through this 10-step plan.
A composite image of MIT., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 18, 2015
Imposters at MIT? Stop the Victim Blaming A recent NPR story highlighting a spate of MIT suicides discussed the "imposter syndrome." Yet this seemed to be a not-so-subtle attempt at victim blaming when, in my experience, poor mental health often directly resulted from what was broadly recognized as extreme academic stress. Let's find out more about what MIT is doing by asking and posting 11 questions on their services and statistics.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 3, 2013
America's Indefensible "Core Priorities" President Obama's speech last week at the UN General Assembly was generally strong. But he cited four "core interests" that are amoral and create a cycle of violence. These must be circumscribed, if not abandoned. Otherwise, we could possibly end up implementing the plan described by former NATO Allied Supreme Commander Wesley Clark, which would have the U.S. invade seven countries in the Middle East and Africa.
DC Protest Against Killing of Unarmed African Americans on 12/13/14, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 16, 2014
A Holiday From, Then For Justice The last month has been a holiday justice as numerous acts have demonstrated how our society dehumanizes women and minorities. But the widespread, sustained protests show that Americans value basic human rights for all, or in the words of Langston Hughes, "Let America be America again."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 27, 2013
Get Out of My Town The Republicans have embarked on a radical agenda in direct opposition to the interests of their constituents. The best thing for them to do? Leave town.
At a rally after the Charlie Hebdo attack., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Charlie Hebdo: Violence, Press Freedom and Accountability In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, many world leaders have highlighted the important values of peace, freedom of the press, and accountability. But how true have Western societies been to these ideals and what is their promise for promoting the empathy and justice needed to bridge cultural divides?
Rally .No More Names. in DC in September 2013, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Reframing and Preventing American Gun Violence It's time to reframe our discussion of American gun violence to reimagine solutions. As Chiraq points out, gun violence -- including horrific mass shootings -- is mostly committed by men. Culture and community remains key as well.
Jill Stein in a 2012 Presidential Debate, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 25, 2015
The Best Candidate for Minorities and Women (Not Hillary, Not Now) Should minorities and women support Hillary Clinton? Bernie Sanders comes under criticism for being from a primarily white state and not for campaigning on racial issues. Green candidate Jill Stein receives little media attention. Yet they both promote platforms that are much better for the security and opportunity of these groups.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 16, 2013
The Right's Plan: More Poor White Kids Is the "having kids is our patriotic duty" going to become new Republican meme? The demographics don't work for the right so now having lots of poor, undereducated children is cool -- so long as they're white. What a difference from the trashing of welfare Moms just two decades ago.
Hillary Expected to Adopt All of Sanders's Positions by Noon, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 19, 2015
The Democratic Platform: Hillary and Bernie Any presidential candidate faces broad challenges in illuminating the harsh injustices of our country and endorsing specific policies to fix them. Yet this is precisely what our leaders must do to create a nation of justice and opportunity. This article lays out major issues and assesses the statements of the two major leading Democratic presidential candidates.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Often Forgotten Downside to Accepting Corporate Contributions Nonprofits that partner with corporations often sacrifice reputation and efficacy for dollars. But nascent trends in the environment and arts show promise.
NGOs, Social Movements Walk Out of the Climate Talks, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Climate Talks: More Compelling Than the World Series The UNFCCC's Conference on Parties had all the drama and action of a world sports championship. But the stakes for these global climate talks were much higher.
What do we stand for?, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 23, 2015
Questions to Republicans Reflecting Chris Stevens' Values: The Perspective of a Friend The Republicans fail to see the values that Ambassador Chris Stevens upheld, instead choosing to use the congressional hearing for political purposes.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 29, 2013
Beyond Boston to Bangladesh The Bangladeshi factory collapse must be top of mind so we can transform the apparel industry. Boycott retailers, give money, eschew fast fashion, and focus on the tough stories.

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