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Rania Khalek is an independent journalist reporting on the underclass and marginalized. She's written for Extra, Truthout, The Nation, Al Jazeera America, the Electronic Intifada and more. For more of her work check out her website Dispatches from the Underclass.
For Sale: The Desperate States of America
While we have been frantically playing defense against relentless assaults on multiple fronts, from anti-union legislation to draconian anti-choice laws to the attempted privatization of Medicare, the selling off of public assets to the private sector has received little attention.
Saturday, May 21, 2011(18 comments)
This Is What A Police State Looks Like
On May 13, in a lopsided 8-1 ruling, the Court upheld the warrantless search of a Kentucky man's apartment after police smelled marijuana and feared those inside were destroying evidence, essentially granting police officers increased power to enter the homes of citizens without a warrant. From warrantless wiretapping to warrantless door-busting, this is what a police state looks like.
Sunday, May 15, 2011(15 comments)
In America, Being Poor is a Criminal Offense
The majority of the proposals for drug testing welfare recipients require no suspicion of drug use whatsoever. Instead they rest on the assumption that the poor are inherently inclined to immoral and illegal behavior, and therefore unworthy of privacy rights as guaranteed under the Fourth Amendment. These proposals reaffirm the longstanding concept of the poor as intrinsically prone to and deserving of their predicament.