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In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.
Her blogs also address religious, gender, sexual and racial equality, as well as environmental issues; and are sprinkled with book and film reviews on various topics. She spent most of her working life as a researcher or investigator for private lawyers, and five years as an editor.
She graduated from The Ohio State University's School of Agriculture in December 2003 with a B.S. in Natural Resources.
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"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." Tell the truth anyway.
CA Supreme Court to Issue Prop 8 Ruling on Tuesday
On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court will issue its ruling on the case questioning the validity of Proposition 8, a voter-based initiative that denies equal treatment under the law to homosexuals in the realm of civil marriage. Also at question is the validity of marriages made before Prop 8 passed.
Obama Increases Number of Prisons, Cops
President Obama's 2010 budget proposes $105 million for two new federal prisons. The new budget will also add $3 billion to the Department of Justice budget from 2008 figures, putting 50,000 more cops on the payroll.
Margaret Bassett: The She-Bear of OpEdNews
With a debate team background, decades of educational training and experience, and some spare time on her hands now, Margaret Bassett is the She-Bear of progressive excellence on OpEdNews.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009(15 comments)
Scahill: Spain Launches Wide-Ranging Criminal Investigation into US Torture, When Will Obama?
JEREMY SCAHILL: Despite rhetoric coming from the White House that Americans should look "forward not backwards" when it comes to pursuing those responsible for torture, Spain doesn't seem to be listening. Judge Balthazar Garzon, who has been pursuing a criminal case against six former Bush administration officials for torture, has now authorized a wide-ranging criminal investigation into the US torture program at Guantanamo.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009(15 comments)
Swine Flu in Perspective - Ron Paul video
Looks like our government is getting us pretty upset and concerned about Swine Flu... reminds me of the 1972 Swine Flu panic that 'was gonna sweep the nation.' One person died of Swine Flu and 25 died of the vaccine.
Sunday, April 26, 2009(7 comments)
Yes We Can: Mink Shows How
Outside the mainstream, edgy, ahead of her time, a champion for democratic principles, a Buddhist, Japanese American, populist, female politician is honored in the film, Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority. This 2008 film by Kimberlee Bassford will premier on PBS on April 30th. It is a must-see for anyone needing hope that some politicians stay true to their campaign promises.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009(11 comments)
US Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police
JEREMY SCAHILL: The US is in the midst of the most radical privatization agenda in its history. We see this in schools, health care, prisons, and certainly with the US military/national security/intelligence apparatus. There are more than 2 million "private security" officers and guards on the streets of America and this number is growing by the day in Oakland and other cities.
BY BRYAN: Let's compare safe food to the US government's new 'Food Safety' legislative scheme from a risk assessment perspective: perceived vs. actual risk to our eating raw food, and our right to do so without government interference.
Thursday, April 16, 2009(13 comments)
Afghan Women Protest Marital Rape Law; Men Spit and Stone Them
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIOLENT CONTENT. Afghanistan parliament passed the "Shia Family Law" which legitimates marital rape and child marriage for Shia Muslims who make up ~15% of the population. At least 300 women protested the law, with their faces exposed. Nearly 1,000 Afghan men and their slaves turned maniacal and stoned the protesters.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thai Unrest Spreads, Turns Violent
News Digest: Soldiers armed with assault rifles fought running street battles with antigovernment protesters in Bangkok on Monday as unrest spread through a wider swath of the city, and the chief of Thailand's armed forces vowed to use 'every means to end the chaos.'
Saturday, April 11, 2009(4 comments)
Thai Farmers & Youth Shut Down Southeast Asia Summit
Farmers and youth organize new protest party, shutting down the Association of Southeast Asian Nations economic summit. Populist resistance is growing across the globe as the elite-engineered financial collapse creates a deeper and wider spread of poverty and starvation. "Dealing in multiplications, and they still can't feed everyone."
Tuesday, April 7, 2009(3 comments)
Vermont 1st state to legislate marriage equality; plus this day in Q History
The AP and blogs lit up today with news that Vermont's legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto (Jim Douglas), and passed a law allowing marriage equality for gays and lesbians. The District of Columbia also voted today to recognize same sex marriage. These events follow the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling last week banning discrimination against same-sex marriage. Still awaiting California Supreme Court ruling.
Sunday, April 5, 2009(7 comments)
Slumdog Millionaire: Danny Boyle captures the zeitgeist
Released in the US in January, Slumdog Millionaire carefully crafts a flickering time sequence to tell the story of one boy's pursuit of his destiny. The film is shocking, horrifying, in its graphic presentation of torture, genocide, child exploitation, and rampant corruption. Levity comes as the protagonist enters a game show to win a million dollars.
Saturday, April 4, 2009(1 comments)
Poison on the Platter - Full length
This video chronicles the disastrous consequences of GM food in India. The United States does not require GM food be labeled here. Seventy percent of our food, reportedly, is genetically modified.
Friday, April 3, 2009(2 comments)
CNN Inside Africa with Eve Ensler and Dr. Mukwege to Air Saturday
CNN's Inside Africa, a weekly, half-hour, current affairs program that provides global viewers with an inside look at political, economic, social and cultural affairs and trends in Africa, will air a special segment featuring Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler and the DRC's Dr. Denis Mukwege this Saturday, April 4 at 11 AM Eastern, and will replay the episode several times thru Tuesday, April 7.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009(9 comments)
Vandana Shiva, Organicology & the Seed Wars
Physicist, ecologist and world-renowned author Vandana Shiva closed the inaugural Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon on February 28th with her speech: The Future of Food and Seed: Justice, Sustainability and Peace in the 21st Century. This hour long video gives a brief history of the seed wars that have been ongoing since the late 1980s and argues for seed freedom and protection from unregulated biotechnology.
Monday, March 30, 2009(14 comments)
100 Iraqis face imminent execution for being gay
UK GAY NEWS: More than 100 prisoners in Iraq are facing imminent execution, many of them believed to have been convicted of the 'crime' of being gay, a UK-based Iraqi-LGBT group discovered. It believes that a total of 128 executions are imminent, is calling on the UK Government, the USA, international human rights groups and the United Nations Human Rights Commission to intervene "with due speed."
Lights out at 8:30 pm for EarthHour
Tonight: Switch off your lights at 8.30pm-9.30pm on March 28th!
(everyone earthwide is encouraged to do this in their own time zone). Sign up; take video or photos; pass this on!
Friday, March 27, 2009
When Doves Cry: US-backed Ethiopian regime imprisons opposition
MITMITA Report: Ethiopian prisons hold a "Who's Who" of intelligentsia, artists and human rights defenders. Those not imprisoned are often killed, drawing the charge of crimes against humanity. This brand of leadership is supported by Western interests, and the US allegedly runs a prison here for the CIA's extraordinary rendition (kidnapping and torture) program.
Monday, March 23, 2009(4 comments)
Link TV to air The Future of Food this week
Joining the growing conversation about genetically modified foods and the tactics of transnational corporations, Link TV will air The Future of Food this week, Deborah Koons Garcia's groundbreaking film from 2004.
Sunday, March 22, 2009(3 comments)
Seeds of Deception: 10-pg summary by Author Jeffrey M. Smith
Given the amount of recent attention on genetically modified organisms, it seems appropriate to reproduce for OEN readers a ten-page summary of the book, Seeds of Deception: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the Food You Eat. The summary was prepared by the author, Jeffrey M. Smith.
Thursday, March 19, 2009(16 comments)
Obama signs UN Declaration to decriminalize LGBTIs
On March 18th, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the United Nations General Assembly Statement calling for the protection and decriminalization of sexual minorities, "LGBTIs" (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered and intersexed). Bush declined to do so at the December 2008 UN meeting when 66 UN member states signed on. Paris to host IDAHO world congress on May 17.
Global Week of Action against Capitalism and War: March 28Â–April 4
We the social movements from all over the world came together on the occasion of the 8th World Social Forum in Belém, Amazonia, where the peoples have been resisting attempts to usurp Nature, their lands and their cultures. We are here in Latin America, where over the last decade the social movements and the indigenous movements have joined forces and radically question the capitalist system from their cosmovision.
Monday, March 16, 2009(2 comments)
Seeds of Domination video focuses on Monsanto
This 17-minute video, produced by Organization for Competitive Markets, provides a 'news-feel' introduction to the bullying tactics by Monsanto. It exposes that both Clinton (D) and Bush (R) have allowed Monsanto's explosive, monopolistic growth since 1996.
Sunday, March 15, 2009(8 comments)
The new weapons of genetic engineering
Biotech labs and industry have developed two techniques Â– artificial minichromosomes and transformed organelles Â– which are supposed to overcome low efficiency and genetic contamination by GMOs. But, in fact, as the two technologies converge, the frightening possibility arises that contamination will reach a new level of toxicity, and occur not only within organisms of the same species but also between species.
Saturday, March 14, 2009(4 comments)
Fighting GMO contamination around the world
GRAIN Paper: Ever since GMOs were first introduced in the mid-1990s, farmers' groups and NGOs have warned that they would contaminate other crops. This has happened, just as predicted. In this article we look at how communities in different parts of the world that have experienced contamination are developing strategies to fight against it.
Obama's Omnibus Appropriations Act May Save Lever Voting System
Analysis from Co-Chair of the New York State Board of Elections on the effect of HR 1105 as pertains to election technology is reproduced in full. Douglas Kellner suggests that the Act, which extends the deadline for states to use federal funds to modernize voting systems, can also be read to extend New York's timeline for another year. Lever fans also get another year to win the hearts and minds of NY's county heads.
Sunday, March 8, 2009(17 comments)
Vagina Warriors Stand against Femicide
Eve Ensler monologues 'Marta' at the Atlanta tourstop of Turning Pain to Power with Dr. Denis Mukwege, the ob-gyn who serves in the war-torn Congo. International groups like V-Day continue to publicize the sexual terrorism spreading from the Heart of Darkness, where minerals are more valued than lives.
Thursday, March 5, 2009(2 comments)
Shaking the Tree March 8th
Men and women 'Unite to End Violence against Women and Girls,' the theme for 2009 International Women's Day. Find an event near you.
Sunday, March 1, 2009(19 comments)
Robbin' the Hood
Remember when politics were interesting and important and that's all you could talk about? Then, years later, remember when you avoided it? Couldn't stand to hear stupid opinions from people who hadn't cracked a book in ten years. Do you remember when the cracks began to form in your illusion of the US of A? Do you remember the moment when Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall?
Wednesday, February 25, 2009(3 comments)
Q-Equality March on CA Supreme Court March 5
On March 5th, the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case to repeal Proposition 8 and confirm that fundamental freedoms cannot be stripped from minorities by a popular vote. You can show your support for the repeal of Proposition 8 in four ways.
Kevorkian: The Right to Die and Other 9th Amendment Freedoms
Dr. Jack Kevorkian recently spoke before an audience of 2,500 at a South Florida university. Loving compassion for terminally ill patients drives the 81-year-old, but his advocacy is fierce and dramatic, drawing outbursts of support and condemnation. The freedom to die has gained much media attention lately, with two more states explicitly affirming this natural and inalienable right.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009(15 comments)
Iceland to Install Lesbian Prime Minister amid Financial Collapse, Toppled Government
Iceland's most beloved political leader, Social Democrat Johanna Sigurdardottir, will become the world's first openly homosexual prime minister. A minority coalition government of Social Democrats and Left-Greens has replaced the toppled conservative Independence Party, which failed to regulate its banks. October's financial collapse followed Ponzi-scheme lending when banks couldn't cover their debts.
Thursday, January 22, 2009(1 comments)
'Tanks in My Memory' a Good Start
This video doesn't go far enough in its condemnation. We still have the Patriot Act, the Bailouts, the immunity for telecoms for spying on American citizens, computerized elections, the Military Commissions Act, the Healthy Forests Act, the Clear Skies Act, the Minimum Wage frozen at below poverty, while Congress continues to give itself raises. All "bi-partisanly" passed. Still, this is a good start.
Arab League Fractured over Israel-Gaza; Israel votes for Cease-Fire
Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League, admitted on Friday that Arab nation reactions to the war on Gaza was "in a very big chaos." Kuwaiti Information Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah said "The Arab leaders are unanimous on the importance of putting an end to the tragedy unfolding in Gaza, but they differ on the means of achieving it." The Israel cabinet voted tonight to cease fire in Gaza.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009(167 comments)
Ad Hominem Attacks
We've all done it, and we need to stop. The best way to avoid it is if we understand what exactly constitutes argumentum ad hominem (argument directed at the person). On OEN, we are diplomats of progressive ideals and Leftist thought. We have to act accordingly.
Friday, January 2, 2009(11 comments)
UN Agenda: Decriminalize Sexual Minorities
On Dec. 18, 66 nations signed the UN Statement that affirms human rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and demands decriminalization of sexual minorities. Theocracies, dictatorships and the US refused to sign.
Monday, December 29, 2008(11 comments)
Vote Now for Hand Counted Paper Ballots
Voting closes at midnight on 12/31 at Obama's change.org website. Here are two HCPB "ideas" that need a million votes. Okay, 10,000 would be enough. Okay, 3,000 would be enough. Do it. Vote now.
Saturday, December 27, 2008(15 comments)
Perversion of Justice: Gulag America
In 1925, the US jailed 1 in 100,000 women. In 2006, it jailed 1 in 746. The 1984 Sentencing Reform Act and mandatory minimum sentence laws need to be repealed for the protection of families, communities and society as a whole. The film, Perversion of Justice, highlights the experiences of one family victimized by these laws.
Saturday, December 6, 2008(9 comments)
Queer Nation Strikes Back
In response to discriminatory legislation targeting lesbians and gays, the LGBT community has mobilized several actions nationwide to ramp up the Civil Rights Movement of the 21st Century. In this video, Bill Clinton still defends DOMA as a political strategy that protects lesbians and gays from harassment by discriminating against them. Hollywood video shorts rebuking this thinking also embedded.
Florida Gay Adoption Ban Ruled 'Not Rational'
On Tuesday, a Miami-Dade County judge granted adoption of two children to Martin Gill, a gay man who has fostered them for four years, along with his partner. Judge Ledermen further ruled Florida's gay adoption ban unconstitutional, calling the state's arguments "not rational." The State has appealed the decision.
Friday, November 28, 2008(24 comments)
CA Supreme Court to Hear Prop 8 Challenge
On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court agreed to hear several legal challenges to Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to end marriage for same-sex couples in California.
CA Voters Needed to Investigate Prop 8 Results
California's passage of Proposition 8 Â– the same sex marriage ban - is in question. All CA residents are urged to assist in Velvet Revolution's investigation. The process is simple; you serve as official observers during the hand count audit, taking accurate notes or steady video.
Sunday, November 16, 2008(8 comments)
Milk and the White Night Riots
Gay rights icon Harvey Milk is covered in numerous books and movies, including the Academy AwardÂ–winning 1984 documentary, "The Times of Harvey Milk." His life is also the basis of a 2008 major motion picture, "Milk," starring Academy Award winner Sean Penn and directed by Academy Award nominee Gus Van Sant. This collection of videos, photos and personal accounts provides background for the Nov. 26th release of "Milk."
Equality There, Not Here
We cannot ignore the significance of a person of color holding the highest seat in the nation, especially given our history of slavery, segregation and discrimination. The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and half of our prisoners are black. But we also can't ignore that lesbians and gays continue to be excluded from equal treatment under the law.
Monday, November 3, 2008(6 comments)
We Do Not Consent - Open Letter To The Media (redux)
Election results are due - remember your promise! Let's not report as fact what cannot be proven and has not been independently verified, particularly when the only source of the information is the government itself.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008(5 comments)
Samhain: Witches, Druids, and other Pagans Honor the Dead
Tis the season opener when the US begins its annual spending, feeding, partying, celebrating, decorating frenzy that includes a nod, usually, to the God of our understanding. One of my favorite holidays is Samhain. This compendium describes aspects of Samhain, its history, its traditions and how individual Pagans view the celebration.