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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:

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 (5 comments)     

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Center for American Freedom taps "Jackass" Patrick Howley for conservative news team The new conservative think tank, Center for American Freedom, recruits Patrick Howley for their online media outlet, The Washington Free Beacon. Howley is best known for his antics at the National Air and Space Museum protest and pepper spray incident while editor for The American Spectator.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (12 comments)     

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Police and DA Still Silent Three Weeks After Man Pulls Gun on Animal Rights Activist Last month in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a pigeon shoot protest ended with a car chase, a scuffle, and a gun being pulled on animal rights activist, Steve Hindi. The incident was documented by video which was recovered by police, yet no charges or investigative findings have been released to date.

Thursday, February 24, 2011 (7 comments)     

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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.

Whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg stands at White House fence - photo Sunday, December 19, 2010 (75 comments)     

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Veterans Want YOU for Civil Resistance! Veterans arrested at the White House Thursday determined to mobilize more civil resistance to the wars.

Friday, November 12, 2010 (29 comments)     

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War On Dissent Town Hall; Documenting a failed and dangerous US intelligence network (Videos) "If you read the bulletins from the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security all of which are on the Internet, very interesting reading in your free time, what you see is not a collection of information about threats from people who threaten violence or property damage, what you see is a wholesale attack on the whole concept of dissent."

Harry Belafonte speaks at the Lincoln Memorial Sunday, October 3, 2010 (18 comments)     

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Harry Belafonte takes President to task over war policy and One Nation should take note Singer and activist, Harry Belafonte, breaks ranks with other One Nation speakers and criticizes President Obama's policy.

Monday, September 13, 2010     

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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     

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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.

photo by Kevin Lyden, SGI International Wednesday, August 12, 2009     

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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)     

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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)     

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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     

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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.

Friday, December 12, 2008 (30 comments)     

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Hoekstra: Stark Reality Will Cause Obama to Reconsider Gitmo and Enhanced Interrogation Rep. Pete Hoekstra suggests that Obama, who ran on a platform of change, may come to the sober conclusion that the controversial intelligence programs born of the Bush administration are best kept in place.

Sunday, November 16, 2008 (10 comments)     

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Update: Homeland Security Climbs Scaffolding on National Archives to Arrest Veterans Without warning Homeland Security agents arrived at the site where seven veterans and the mother of USMC Sgt. James Brower on his third tour in Iraq have been occupying the top of a 92-foot high scaffolding at the National Archives Building to arrest the protesters.

Saturday, November 15, 2008 (6 comments)     

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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."

Nick Morgan following reconstructive surgery (photo by Bill Perry) Tuesday, November 11, 2008 (19 comments)     

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Iraq Veterans Arraigned on Disorderly Conduct Charges: Vow to Defend Right to Free Speech and Assembly On Monday, the day before Veterans day, 14 members of the 'Hempstead 15' were arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct. The charges stem from a protest outside of the final presidential debate at Hofstra University on October 15.

Rev. Lennox Yearwood and Cindy Sheehan (photo by Cheryl Biren-Wright) Wednesday, November 5, 2008 (22 comments)     

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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)     

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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.

Iraq War Vet Nick Morgan (photo by Bill Perry) Thursday, October 16, 2008 (25 comments)     

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Meet the Protester Who 'May Have Received a Minor Injury' at the Hofstra Debate The mainstream media play down the fact that 10 of the 15 protestors arrested at last night's debate were Iraq veterans. They mention someone may have received a "minor" injury. Really? Meet Nick Morgan

Our Fearless Leader $700 Thursday, September 25, 2008 (3 comments)     

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Want the Govt. to Buy YOUR Bad Assets? Stop by Wall Street at 4 P.M. Today A very interesting website with an even more intriguing solution to the country's financial crisis has appeared on the Internet. It's fun, it's cathartic and it might just let the powers to be know just how fed up the American public is.

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