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Ralph Lopez majored in Economics and Political Science at Yale University. He writes for Truth Out, Alternet, Consortium News, Op-Ed News, and other Internet media. He reported from Afghanistan in 2009 and produced a short documentary film on the situation. He has also been published in the Boston Globe and the Baltimore Sun.
Saturday, June 30, 2018 Stunning Progressive Upsets in Three States with Ballot Image Verification
After a year of election transparency activists suing election authorities in numerous states, and demanding to see the automatically stored digital images of ballots generated by many vote scanning machines, progressive Democrats have won stunning upsets in primaries this week in states with this capacity
(2 comments) Sunday, March 27, 2016 Comeback Kid Bernie Blows Out Coastopolis - Why He Can Win
Energized and motivated Sanders workers have every reason to double down. As the Internet, if not the major media, wakes Democratic voters up the fact that Sanders beats Trump soundly in nearly every poll, while Trump is closing in on Hillary, the curtain which portrays Hillary as the presumptive nominee might be finally yanked aside.
(1 comments) Friday, February 26, 2016 Bernie Sanders Says He Would Take Aim at "Citizens United" as President
Sanders distances himself from the ideological socialism of his youth, saying: "The next time you hear me attacked as a socialist -- like tomorrow -- remember this: I don't believe government should take over the grocery store down the street, or own the means of production,"
(7 comments) Sunday, February 21, 2016 Bernie Sanders Rocks Latino Vote in Nevada
Bernie Sanders' gains among Latino voters is a nationwide trend, NBC reports, as he closes a gap which until recently was greater than ten points.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 US citizen tortured by 3 years isolation before trial over socks for Al Qaeda
Unbeknownst to Fahad, and according to the US government, the suitcases in the corner contained a number of raincoats, ponchos, and waterproof socks which the house guest, months later, passed on to an alleged Al Qaeda operative in Pakistan. There was, and never has been, any allegation that Fahad is a member of al Qaeda. He maintained that he barely knew his house guest, and never knew what was in the suitcases in the corner.
(3 comments) Saturday, June 14, 2014 As Sgt. Bergdahl is attacked, Congress still chief funder of Taliban
In 2010, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated in congressional testimony that she and the administration were fully cognizant of the irony of taking a hard line on the Taliban while at the same time being one of its biggest sources of income
(4 comments) Friday, June 13, 2014 What did Todashev, shot by FBI, know about the Boston bombing?
Now that it has emerged that the friend of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot three times in the back, and once in the top of the head, as he allegedly attacked an FBI agent and a Massachusetts state trooper, rampant speculation may begin. Let's suppose that someone else knew of any continuing contact with the FBI that Tamerlan and his brother might have had.
(13 comments) Thursday, May 22, 2014 Obama confirms new law passed to deprive citizens of jury trial
Whether or not challengers will be able to overcome incumbents' money and other advantages may depend on how well they are able to harness the citizen energy swirling around NDAA at the grassroots level. The far-flung network of activists, who are deeply rooted in their own communities, could provide ready-made, fledgling ground organizations for congressional challengers.
(3 comments) Friday, March 28, 2014 Ukraine Neo-Nazis attack state TV CEO, force resignation letter, no charges brought
Although the brutal attack was videotaped by another Svoboda member present and posted by the assailants on Youtube, the Ukrainian Parliament has thus far only censured the primary assailant, MP Igor Miroshnichenko, and the state prosecutor's office has promised an "investigation." No criminal charges have been brought in answer to the violent physical assault.