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Cheryl Biren is a Philadelphia-based researcher, writer, editor and photographer. From 2007-2011, she served on the editorial board of Opednews.com.
Cheryl has also consulted for the Rob Kall Radio Show with guests such as Noam Chomsky, whistleblower Jesselyn Raddack and former FBI agent and Time Person of the Year, Coleen Rowley. She co-hosted the program with guests Daniel Ellsberg, Rep. Robert Wexler and author Naomi Wolf.
She has covered numerous protests and demonstrations with a focus on reporting stories that are ignored, underreported or misrepresented by the corporate media.
Cheryl's photographs have appeared in various publications including Truthout, The Huffington Post, Firedoglake, LA Progressive, The Philadelphia Jewish Voice, The Nuclear Resister, France 24, along with print magazines, The Humanist and The Progressive. Her protest photography is seen in the film, Democracy and Human Rights. A collection of her photographs can be found here:
Animal Rights Activists Confront Parents at Ringling Bros. Circus
Animal rights activists protesting outside Ringling Brothers Circus carried signs showing alleged mistreatment of elephants by Ringling and urged parents not to attend. In response, Ringling spokeswoman suggests they may seek a "free speech zone" with local authorities for future events.
Author Chris Hedges lends voice to the UStoGaza.org movement (video)
"You may have the bulldozers, the planes and helicopters that smash houses to rubble... the commandos who descend on ships and kill civilians on the high seas, as well as in Gaza. You may have the the vast power of the state. We only have our hearts and our voices. But note this well. It is you who are afraid of us. We are not afraid of you. We will keep working and praying, keep pushing and denouncing...
Monday, January 11, 2010
Supreme Court blocks video coverage of Prop 8 trial, but The Advocate Tweets live
LA Times reports, "The U.S. Supreme Court, acting on an appeal from conservative defenders of California's ban on same-sex marriage, overruled a federal judge in San Francisco today and blocked video coverage of the trial on YouTube."
However, the mag, The Advocate, comes through for the throngs of people who want to follow this trial by Live Tweeting updates. Continuing updates.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Hiroshima Survivor Prays for "Hardship"
Over the weekend, many gathered to remember the 64th anniversary of the U.S. bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Two "Hibakusha" (Japanese survivors of the bombings) shared their stories. Madelyn Hoffman, executive director of NJ Peace Action as part of an ambitious plan will be asking President Obama to keep his promise about moving toward a nuclear weapons free world.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009(33 comments)
The State Department Ushers in Dennis Ross in the Dark of the Night
For months many concerns have been raised over the prospect of a Ross appointment as a special envoy to or adviser on Iran. To assign the former diplomat who actively supports not just coercive actions against Iran, but the policy option of a preventive military attack seems counterintuitive to the need for trust in this highly sensitive relationship.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009(9 comments)
Jay Rockefeller Awarded Intelligence Public Service Medal: For Telecom and Torture Immunity?
On Monday, the ODNI awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. It's not known if there were others in the running, but a prior commitment to keeping numerous briefings about wiretapping and torture on the down-low and opposing the appointment of special counsel to investigate the destruction of the infamous torture tapes may have sealed the deal.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Rep. Hoekstra Won't Seek Reelection: Good News for Intelligence Integrity?
It is expected that Rep. Pete Hoekstra will announce Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2010. His anticipated departure from Congress and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in two years won't be soon enough for some based on his troubling relationship with intelligence.
Veterans Occupy National Archives - Again!
On Saturday, November 15, at 8:00 am, at the National Archives Building on Connecticut Ave., eight military veterans and a military mother climbed a 9-foot retaining fence and occupied a ninety-foot high scaffolding to raise two 450 square foot banners stating, "DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!" and "WE WILL NOT BE SILENT."
Congratulations Cindy Sheehan
With tremendous respect and appreciation, congratulations Cindy on your run against the formidable Democratic House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi. Success does not always reveal itself in numbers of pulled levers, pushed buttons, touched screens or whatever godforsaken voting machine one uses in California's District 8.
Saturday, October 25, 2008(26 comments)
Washington Think-Tank Cultivating 'Last Resort' Against Iran and Priming Next President
The likelihood of a military strike against Iran by the US or Israel has been debated for years waxing and waning with the geopolitical climate. What is not in question is the steady effort by some to lay the ground work for such an action. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy has drafted a blueprint for the next president's Middle East policy with preventive military attack on Iran as a vital policy option.
Breaking Camp: Veterans Occupy National Archives Building
On Tuesday morning, September 23, 7:30am, at the front of the National Archives Building on Constitution Ave. in Washington, D.C., five military veterans will risk arrest as they climb a 9-foot retaining fence and occupy a 35-foot high ledge to raise a 22x8 foot banner stating, "DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!"
Monday, September 15, 2008(2 comments)
NJ Congressman: Bush Admin. Will 'Gulf of Tonkinize' Iran
NJ Congressman predicts that Naval adventures in the Persian Gulf will be used as a pretext for an attack on Iran. With the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate fading from the nation's memory, a former CIA analyst offers sound advice.
If Increased Sanction Resolution, 362, Could Give Bush License for a Naval Blockade Why Support It?
This is one of the questions raised in my conversation with Congressman Robert Wexler. Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine, weighs in as well. GOP Congressman Wayne Gilchrest urges his colleagues to vote against Res.362 and Rep. Rob Andrews warns of Naval adventures in the Persian Gulf used as a pretext for an attack on Iran. What is the future of 362, a resolution that activists have dubbed The Iran War Resolution
Did True Majority Drop a Bomb or the Ball at the Philly Debate?
Last week, TrueMajority's IranMobile made a stop in Philadelphia. Their mission? "To stop the march to war with Iran by the right-wing spin machine." With all the talk of Iran, Israel, "massive retaliation," and "no option is off the table," at Wednesday's Democratic Presidential Debate, is it wise to give the Democrats a free ride on this issue?
Saturday, March 22, 2008(9 comments)
The Democratic Majority: Enabling a Rogue Presidency and Stonewalling the American People
Rep. John Conyers, once again, dangles impeachment in front of the Take Back America crowd. Past behavior strongly suggests it is only a tease to elicit voter support in the upcoming elections.
This report looks at the failed strategies of the Democratic Congress to hold the Bush administration accountable. In the process, they turn their backs on the ones who elected them and on their country.
Keeping the Republic
After emerging from the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked, "Well, Doctor, what have we got - a Republic or a Monarchy?" He replied, "A republic if you can keep it." How have we been doing then at the charge of "keeping the republic?"