We Do Not Consent to Warrantless "Porno-Scanning" in Airports
Jim Babb and George Donnelly have started a campaign called "We Won't Fly" to encourage people to "act now" and "travel with dignity." They are asking people to understand that Americans should not be "treated like criminals" when going through airports and are opposed to the new full-body backscatter x-ray airport scanner machines that have been put into airports over the past few months.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Do They Put Lipstick on Pigs at the Funny Farm?
Obama now must find a way around a charade that has played out before the American people's eyes. The Lifetime-HBO-E! True Hollywood cock and bull story titled, "A Tale of Two Mavericks," is getting Nielsen ratings that few television programs achieve.
Friday, August 13, 2010(24 comments)
How Private Prison Corporations Hope Arizona's SB1070 Will Lead to Internment Camps for Illegals
Reports reveal that private prison corporations with interests and operations in Arizona stand to benefit and profit greatly as a result of immigration laws like SB1070. And, that isn't altogether surprising because these same reports are indicating these corporations played a role in influencing the law, which is proof that border politics and the private prison businesses are tied.
Saturday, November 20, 2010(65 comments)
Why the Battle Against TSA Groping and Body Scanners is Justified
The Transportation Security Administration's new procedures for airport security, which include the body scanners (referred to as "porno-scanners" my citizens groups opposed to the machines) and "pat-down" or grope of passengers, continue to infuriate Americans. Interviews with an attorney and pilot who have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security included.
Thursday, April 2, 2009(196 comments)
Give Obama a Chance to Do What?
If it weren't for all the excuses being made for Obama's and his administration's actions, I would feel a whole lot better. I think others who suffered under the Bush Regime would too.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011(11 comments)
Cornel West's Disgust with Obama Should Not Make Him a Pariah
Hedges conducted an interview with philosopher and author Cornel West. (It can be read in Hedges' latest column, "The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic.") Melissa Harris-Perry, a contributor to The Nation, chose to critique the words of Cornel West. Her critique was one of the top articles published yesterday.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011(8 comments)
BART Shutdown of Cell Phone Services Part of Wider Crackdown on Protest
To prevent a planned protest from going "viral," Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco shut down cell phone service at four stations on August 11. The hacktivist group Anonymous responded with plans that included a peaceful protest on August 15. Anonymous drew attention to a move that many believe has no precedent because no government agency has cut off communications out of fear that a protest might happen before.
Eight Years of War: What WikiLeaks Has Revealed on the US Occupation of Iraq
The past year has seen the world learn a great deal about the US war and occupation of Iraq. With the WikiLeaks release of US State Cables, the Iraq War Logs, and a "Collateral Murder" video showing US soldiers firing on journalists and innocent civilians from an Apache helicopter, the criminal nature of the war and occupation has become more evident.
Friday, February 6, 2009(3 comments)
Slumdog Millionaire: What Can a Slumdog Possibly Know?
The film, Slumdog Millionaire, is about a slumdog from Mumbai, India who is turned millionaire when he gets a chance to be on India's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?". It provides quite the look at slums in Mumbai and how a slum's people can be totally won over by a Western game show especially one that might allow one to move up a class or two.
Saturday, September 5, 2009(3 comments)
Shadow Army Now Outnumbers U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
A Congressional research group report says private contractors now outnumber U.S. troops and also reports that it's difficult to hold the contractors accountable for abuse and crimes committed. (Question: Why are Congressional research groups just now coming to this conclusion? Why weren't they reporting this two or three years ago?)
Monday, July 12, 2010(68 comments)
When Will We Take Responsibility for the Obama Presidency's Failings?
It is uncomfortable and in some respects unreasonable to take to task those progressive Democrats who should be the biggest allies of social justice movements. This writer (who considers himself to be progressive) is in fact an ally of many of these Democrats. But the direction in which these progressives have led the Left is incredibly destructive to the future of this country and in fact the whole of humanity.
Saturday, January 31, 2009(4 comments)
Chief Justice Roberts and His Federalist Society Ideology
A recent court decision of 5-to-4 in the case of Herring v. United States shows that the "exclusionary rule" may be at risk and the man leading the onslaught on the rule may be Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr, a Bush Administration lawyer through and through who many now know as the guy who fumbled words when administering Obama's oath of office.
Sunday, October 3, 2010(32 comments)
Progressive "One Nation" Event a Bit Disappointing, We Didn't March
This rally provided group therapy for community organizers and Obama supporters looking for a way to reaffirm their dedication to hope and change. It was not only a chance to unify around the need for jobs, education, environmental protections and clean energy, immigrant rights, college affordability, etc. but also a chance to reclaim history...
Monday, June 15, 2009(36 comments)
Can We Truly Understand What's Happening in Iran?
While we watch video and images from Iran, blog and tweet and become transfixed and mesmerized by what is unfolding, how possible is it for us to understand and grasp what is really happening in Iran?
Monday, September 1, 2008(3 comments)
Amy Goodman Arrested At RNC (And More)
A small collection of the latest happenings in the Twin Cities. Check out ColdSnapLegal's invaluable twitter. You will know what is happening every minute from now until Thursday.
Thursday, May 20, 2010(18 comments)
What BP's Blocking of CBS Crew Means for Americans
CBS journalists were filming a beach in South Pass, Louisiana, when, according to CBS, a "boat of BP contractors and two Coast Guard officers told them to turn around or be arrested." The incident is thought by bloggers tracking the oil leak in the Gulf to not be the only time that BP has challenged the right of journalists to film.
How Many Clinton Retreads Does It Take to Screw Up an Obama Administration?
While I suppose many Obama supporters and fans have not been vetting Obama's picks for his staff and his Cabinet, I have by going through Internet databases and Google to find information on any person Obama has selected to be part of his administration. And, it appears that Americans who wanted real change have been deluded. Not tricked but deluded.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Will USAID, Right Wing Think Tanks & Private Interests Create Aftershocks in Haiti?
What will happen to the people of Haiti after the earthquake? What private interests or U.S. interests will seek to control the direction of Haiti? Will interests seek to capitalize off the crisis? In this article, why the people of Haiti are impoverished, the history of U.S. intervention, the kidnapping of Aristide by the US, economic shock therapy in the aftermath of disasters, and more are explored.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010(29 comments)
The Danger of the Wikileaks' Leak: You Might Stop Thinking Like an American
.Historically, the US does not want the American people involved in deciding what the US does in its foreign policy. Julian Assange and Wikileaks display a belief in the value of citizen participation and interest in the business of governments worldwide. As Assange said of the leak, "People who are around the world who are reading this are able to comment on it and put it in context and understand the full situation."
Iraq War Veterans Arrested at Final Debate
On the night of the final debate, which was held at Hofstra University, Iraq Veterans Against the War along with other antiwar groups came to the debate with the intention of rallying, marching, and risking arrest.
Thursday, November 18, 2010(20 comments)
Senate Hearing with TSA Chief: "Have You Received the Law Enforcement-Style Pat-Down?"
Head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), John Pistole, went before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, to deliver a statement and answer questions on new security initiatives--the full-body scanners ("porno-scanners") and pat-downs ("grope-a-dopes"). The Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the TSA, attempted to address criticism from civil liberties groups, pilots...
Friday, November 20, 2009(7 comments)
Weak Public Option Myths That Liberals Believe
As the Senate takes its first vote on moving the debate on health insurance legislation forward, doctors from prominent organizations for universal healthcare speak out about the myths surrounding the public option.
Saturday, January 10, 2009(14 comments)
Gran Torino and the Politics of 'Get Off My Lawn!'
The endearing aspect of Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" is not that Clint Eastwood's character Walt is a vigilante character (similar to many of the characters that Eastwood has played). What makes this film stick with you is the way with which Eastwood's character navigates a world he knows he has lost control of---a world that has gotten out of hand.
Gaza Attacked: Why is Hamas Firing Rockets at Israel?
More than 200 have been reported dead in Gaza after Israeli attacks which were in response to ongoing rocket fire from Hamas. Israel's hammering of so-called Hamas targets have left over 300 injured and Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has said Israeli attacks will go on for "as long as necessary."
Thoughts on Lennon & Yoko's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"
A number of people know this song. Somehow, the celebrity and enigma of John Lennon managed to catapult this song into the catalog of Christmas music that plays over and over again at Big Box retail stores and on FM radio stations around the country. The song, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," was released as a single in 1971. It's lyric, "War is over/If you want it...
The People's State of the Union
In honor of the people's teacher, Howard Zinn, this is the State of the Union that gives voice to the people who are not traditionally given a voice in state of the union speeches. This address isn't an update on how the president is doing. This is an update on how the people are doing and why they must act independently and not wait for the President or Congress to act.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Judges Paid to Send Teens to Juvenile Detention Centers
A case in Pennsylvania, a case that right now centers around the reality that "two Pennsylvania judges have been charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers." One of the victims of this alleged scheme was Hillary Transue.
Monday, August 30, 2010(17 comments)
Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor Rally: "He's Alive!"
The rally was a conscious attempt to not only re-appropriate the history of Martin Luther King Jr. but also to push the country closer toward adhering to more principles and tenets of Biblical Law.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Amn Dawla Leaks Reveals Gamal Mubarak, Egypt State Security Behind Sharm el-Sheikh Bombings
Egyptians stormed Amn Dawla, a State Security building in Nasr City, over the weekend. Protesters were aware that security was burning, shredding and destroying documents that might incriminate State Security officials in any future investigations or pursuits of accountability in the aftermath of the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak. They entered the building, started taking photos and video and took some of the documents.
Friday, October 29, 2010(3 comments)
"Waiting for Superman" Conveniently Omits Information, Takes Advantage of Viewers
Director Davis Guggenheim's documentary film, Waiting for Superman, rightfully presents how disadvantaged children in America have, for at least the past decade, suffered tremendously because of the perils and pratfalls of America's ailing public education system. Unfortunately, Guggenheim conveniently omits information about public education and politics to allow for a simple solution to be presented to a complex problem.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008(2 comments)
George Carlin and the 2008 Election
Cynicism, youth, Chicago, the Obama rally, change, hope, voting, choices, shifting the power, and progressivism---We the People will Decide, Right?
Sunday, May 15, 2011(3 comments)
Behind the Blogger Who Made the WikiLeaks Confidentiality Agreement a Top Story
David Allen Green, legal correspondent for the New Statesman out of the UK, has spent the last few days calling attention to a leaked WikiLeaks confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement (NDA), which he revealed in a blog post on May 11. Green, who is the blogger who was the first to draw attention to the agreement, called it a "draconian and extraordinary legal gag that WikiLeaks imposes on its own staff."
Saturday, December 12, 2009(1 comments)
Anti-War Movement Wakes Up From Obama-Induced Slumber
The antiwar movement wakes up tomorrow and holds its first national rally since Obama hit the campaing trail as the Democratic nominee for president. A coalition of antiwar organizers, peace and justice advocates, and citizens of conscience disagree and are not willing to let Obama's efforts to deflect criticism and tamp down outrage toward the Afghanistan War.
To Those Afraid of Asking Questions about 9/11
Eight years later, the attacks still strike indignation in the hearts and minds of Americans. But, do Americans even know what the U.S. is still responding to? I write that with the utmost respect for all the 9/11 First Responders and families who were involved in pulling bodies out of the rubble or who were involved in the clean up in the aftermath of the attacks.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011(23 comments)
Debt Ceiling Deal Trickery: A Catalyst for an Uprising?
There are many initiatives going on in the country. Protests are happening every day and the people are coming out to show their leaders they are angry and outraged. As one organizer of a major October 2011 action finds, "People are all reaching the same conclusion together. There is a group consciousness that is developing that the dysfunctional government that's corrupted by corporate dollars is not acceptable anymore."
US Hosts World Press Freedom Day in the Midst of Prosecuting Media Publisher WikiLeaks
Today, the United States hosts World Press Freedom Day. The day, which was proclaimed to be May 3 by the UN General Assembly in 1993, is supposed to be an occasion for informing citizens of violations of press freedom. When it was announced in December 2010 the US would be hosting World Press Freedom Day, WikiLeaks had just partnered with a few media organizations to release the US State Embassy Cables.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011(3 comments)
Ghosts of Allende & Pinochet Haunt Obama in Chile
US President Barack Obama, currently on a trip through Latin America, visited Chile yesterday to further expand trade relations and military and security cooperation between the two countries. He did not intend for his visit to be about the US' history of interfering in Chile's domestic affairs or, for that matter, human rights.
How US Businesses in Libya Made Certain They Could Operate in the Rogue State
All the violence, protest and political tension in Libya and the wider Middle East and North Africa seems to have led the US-Libya Business Association to make a cold calculated decision to disappear from the Internet for the time being until calm returns to Libya. RAW STORY reported on February 21 that the website of the US-Libya Business Association (USLBA) went down.
Monday, January 17, 2011(27 comments)
Martin Luther King Jr. Understood U.S. Politics and How to Win Change
Americans typically regard Martin Luther King Jr. as a civil rights leader who had a "dream." In the most basic terms, Martin Luther King Jr. believed in a "dream" that Americans could, through a large social movement for equality led by Negroes, rise up and live out the true meaning of a creed etched into the fabric of America. Yet, the "dream" did not end when king delivered his most famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
The 'WikiLeaks Phenomenon' & the Disease of Secrecy in US Government
The ACLU has released a report on government secrecy. It gives attention to all the abuses of secrecy committed since President Barack Obama's inauguration. It takes a look at the increasing level of overclassification in the US and makes several key points about leaks and what the report terms the "WikiLeaks phenomenon."
Julian Assange: A Sleazy Anti-Semitic High-Tech Info-Terrorist (Or Not)
Anyone following WikiLeaks and the releases of US State Embassy Cables it has been coordinating with newspapers around the world has no doubt been confronted with details on the organization's founder Julian Assange. True or not, many allegations that seem to be nothing more than gross attempts at character assassination have managed to pile on Assange.
Is Bradley Manning Being Treated Like a Guantanamo Detainee?
Daniel Ellsberg, friend of Mannning and frequent visitor to Quantico David House and military lawyer Jon Shelburne all react to charges army filed against Pfc Bradley Manning recently. House notes how solitary confinement was used to break down one particular detainee Mohammed Jawad.
Sunday, October 18, 2009(40 comments)
Making the Ultimate Sacrifice for Health Care Reform
Updated With NEW VIDEO --- Sam Pullen, 31, honored his mother's spirit on October 15th by engaging in a sit-in at a Blue Cross in Los Angeles with a group of individuals who gathered to demand that insurance companies immediately grant approval for treatment of all their members with life-threatening conditions.
Friday, April 16, 2010(21 comments)
The Tea Party as Shock Troops for Those in Power
Report from Chicago on what the Tax Day protest was like. This posting also includes an analysis of a recent NYTimes/CBS poll on the tea party along with thoughts on how Americans who wholly reject the Tea Party should respond to their activities and growing power.
Comcast-NBC Merger: Media Consolidation In the Name of Diversity
Congresssman Bobby Rush's hearing on the Comcast-NBC merger in Chicago on July 8th shined a light on how Comcast-NBC hopes to get this through. They are hoping to demonstrate a concern for diversity and an interest in increasing minority ownership and leadership. Of course, why are they just now figuring out ways to make their corporations more diverse? Oh, yeah, this is one way to get the greenlight to merge.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush's Executive Orders
It's widely expected that president-elect Barack Obama will do something about George W. Bush's executive orders, which have played a significant role in dismantling America's system of "checks and balances" over the past eight years. Obama, in addition to doing something about Bush's executive orders, is expected to also issue a few executive orders of his own.
Thursday, March 10, 2011(1 comments)
After Wisconsin Union-Busting Bill is Rammed Through, Will There Finally Be Widespread Strikes?
The moment there was news last night that Republicans had moved to violate democracy and move legislation that would strip workers have collective bargaining rights one step closer to being signed into law talk of a general strike spread. Now, the union leaders, organizers, workers and citizens of Wisconsin are confronted with the reality that they have a choice to make: Will they take action and strike?
Nearly 92,000 Classified Documents Leaked, Expose Truth of Afghan War
Classified information on the war in Afghanistan has been released by three major media sources in the world--the New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel. Nearly 92,000 documents were provided to the three sources by Wikileaks, and have been published in the form of "war logs."
Obama Tax Cuts Compromise: GOP Leaders Negotiate Like Terrorists and Win
President Obama gave Republicans a political victory and announced a tax cuts compromise on December 6th. The compromise validated the manner in which Republicans had held middle class tax cuts, jobless benefits, and other agenda items that would benefit Americans hostage until they were able to get President Obama and Democrats to extend tax cuts for all Americans, including the top 2%.
Friday, June 25, 2010(1 comments)
US Social Forum: Damn, America's Got a Lot of Issues
I knew America had issues. I knew we the people needed to rise up and take action but at this forum, not only have the organizers given a voice to people who are not regularly given voices in media and the greater society but they have also magnified the reality that the Earth and all of humanity is facing a tremendously bleak and dismal future.
Saturday, February 19, 2011(1 comments)
WikiLeaks Cables: US Lied About Bala Baluk Massacre, Red Cross Concealed Truth
The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has published an article on NATO, US, and the Red Cross and the Bala Baluk massacre on May 4, 2009. The article features a cable that shows the Red Cross put together a report that raised significant doubt about military reports on the number of civilians killed. The cable reveals how a PR campaign kicked into gear to sell the idea that the deaths were not intentional.
40 Years On: My Generation and Woodstock
Forty years ago, hundreds of thousands of people descended on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York to enjoy "3 Days of Peace & Music."- Forty years later, I compare my generation to the Woodstock generation and contemplate what a "Woodstock Festival" organized by people from my generation would be like.
'Official History' of the Bay of Pigs Still, Fifty Years Later, Classified Under a CIA Embargo
The more sunshine on the past half century's activities and operations, the more likely we are to reign in a rogue element that has been given carte blanche for far too many barbarous foreign policy experiments. If proper legal channels cannot get the information disclosed, then a courageous person should draw inspiration from alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning and just leak the remaining classified material already.
Thursday, December 30, 2010(2 comments)
The Best Films of 2010
A top ten list of some top films from 2010 -- and a few honorable mentions thrown into the mix.
Progressivism Fails Because Democrats are Afraid to Advance a Progressive Agenda
That Americans are not supportive of progressivism is largely a conjured up fear to excuse a failure to advance a progressive agenda and win support from Democratic Party leaders for progressive change. The American people support progressive ideas. They just need real progressive leadership that promotes a vision and future where these progressive ideas are indeed viable and practical.
This Is Not News, This Is Propaganda
A look at the coverage of the Russia-Georgia conflict, which has a tendency to be overtly anti-Russia despite the fact Georgia initiated the current battles in the region
Tuesday, May 25, 2010(16 comments)
Gen. Petraeus' Directive: Another Example of American Empire's Fetish for Black Operations
This would be a huge revelation if history didn't indicate that departments handling foreign and domestic defense or security operations have claimed the authority to engage in covert activity time and time again. From the Bush Administration to the Kennedy Administration, covert operations have been standard operating procedure, so long as those in power can get away with it.
Sunday, December 20, 2009(3 comments)
Avatar: A Cinematic Event for the Spiritually and Critically Conscious
The immersive experience of Avatar would be enough on its own. That you are taken into a world where you essentially take part in the journey and evolution of a hero that deals with a supreme conflict just makes this film even more worth experiencing in an IMAX theatre. Avatar takes you on a hero's journey, a journey that ultimately is spiritually uplifting.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010(8 comments)
Chicago Activists Raided by FBI Refuse to Participate in "Fishing Expedition"
Weeks after the FBI raided their home, two Chicago activists, Stephanie Weiner and Joe Iosbaker, stood before a crowd of about 150 Chicagoans gathered outside the Dirksen Federal Building and declared during a press conference they, and twelve others who were subpoenaed, have no intention to go before any grand juries and participate in a "fishing expedition."
Sunday, August 16, 2009(6 comments)
The Enemy in the "War on Terror is Us, We Continue to Fight at Our Own Peril
Underneath the takeover of the health care debate by right wing mobs, beneath the dumbfounding and ostentatious discussion on whether the U.S. economy is out of a recession or has saved itself from a depression, is the central issue of the "global war on terror,"- an agenda pursued by "the terrorism industry"- that could hold Americans hostage over the next few decades.
Friday, October 31, 2008(13 comments)
A Progressive Interview with Matt Gonzalez
Call me psychotic, but I've been walking around lately wondering why I feel so different from everybody. So, I called up Matt Gonzalez over at the Nader/Gonzalez campaign (the vice presidential candidate for the Independent ticket in this presidential election) and asked him if he could diagnose my problem.
NATO At War with Civilian Casualties as It Launches Offensive in Afghanistan
Ahead of the current offensive by U.S. and NATO forces in Marjah, the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an intergovernmental military alliance assisting the U.S. heavily in efforts to control and secure Afghanistan, issued these words for civilians: "Keep your head down." These words along with other messages warning of civilian casualties were effective; many civilians fled the area in and around Marjah.
Friday, January 28, 2011(1 comments)
Anonymous Group Targeted By Gov't Authorities Yesterday Now Helping Egyptians Revolt
Americans whom the FBI claimed were involved or connected to "distributed denial of serice" (DDoS) attacks on PayPal, Mastercard and Visa, which a loose group of activists known as "Anonymous" took credit for as payback for stopping donations to WikiLeaks. Forty warrants were issued and, although he was not arrested or charged with a crime by the FBI.
Obama's Inaugural Address: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The past eight years featured Wall Street bailouts, raging militarism and violence in the Middle East, warrantless wiretapping, torture, arbitrary detention of human beings, moves toward theocracy, a suppression of science, and a rise in the culture of greed, intolerance, and bigotry in America. All of this was a result of U.S. government. The hope for change must be a hope that love has the last word.
US Social Forum at the Cobo: A People's "Green Zone"
For days, thousands of progressive activists have entered and enjoyed the premise that is the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. It has been an appropriate and malleable convergence space for all cultural, social, and political activity that thousands have engaged in. But, shortly, the reality will hit those who attended as they realize the Center is a proverbial "Green Zone."
Sunday, June 19, 2011(5 comments)
Obama DOJ's War on Free Speech & Activism
The war on free speech and activism is apparent here at Netroots Nation as people like Lt. Dan Choi and Tim DeChristopher speak on panels and as individuals like David House are discussed during panel sessions.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011(4 comments)
Japan's Nuclear Calamity Compounded by History of Neglecting Safety, Downplaying Accidents
In 2007, twelve power companies "admitted to thousands of irregularities in reporting past problems." Japanese citizens began to resist the building of new nuclear reactors. They pushed for legal actions to suspend operations. Now, US State Cables released by WikiLeaks, which are being published by the Telegraph and The Guardian, further affirm that some sort of coverup has been going on.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011(16 comments)
London Riots: A Symptom of the 'Burning' & 'Looting' of UK Public Services
What seems lost on those in power is their role in triggering the riots--how the UK coalition government's assault on the middle class, working class, students, school children, the working poor, the unemployed, the disabled and everyone else who does not count themselves as rich or super-rich ultimately led to this eruption of arson, muggings and looting.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010(24 comments)
Israeli Raid Censored: Journalist Ban Gives Israel's Official Story a "Head Start"
Immediately following a deadly attack by Israeli commandos on the Freedom Flotilla, a humanitarian aid convoy seeking to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, Israeli authorities put in place, according to Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), a ban on media preventing any information about the dead and wounded taken to hospitals in Israel from being reported by journalists.
Sunday, May 24, 2009(22 comments)
Healthy Skepticism Toward Memorial Day
Much of the American population from the Vietnam generation on are those who have grown to accept debates over the value of war. They now have second thoughts about sending their sons and daughters off to war. That's nothing to be ashamed of. As the cliché goes, war is not the answer. And just because traditionally America's men and women have served with honor doesn't mean that war should ever be.
Friday, December 10, 2010(14 comments)
Sen. Bernie Sanders "Filibusters" the Tax Cut Deal (w/ Update)
As I put this together, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is on the Senate floor "filibustering" or giving a long speech on Obama's politically flawed tax cut deal, which highly favors corporations and the wealthy and rich in this country. He is talking about how this deal includes Republican ideas to divert money from Social Security, which will handicap Social Security and perhaps be the beginning of the end of the program.
Iraq War Logs Reveal US Chose "El Salvador Option" to Secure Iraq
More than 390,000 field reports known as the Iraq War Logs, leaked by Wikileaks, show the regular use of abuse, brutality and torture used on Iraqis by Iraqi Police and Iraqi Security Forces. The routine violations of human rights by the police and security forces, which US and Coalition forces have trained to takeover Iraq's security as they withdraw, raise questions about the nature of conduct and operations...
Sunday, July 18, 2010(6 comments)
The Cerebral Ecstasy of Inception
In the film, the crew conducting the inception has an architect (Ellen Page) build the dream world that the crew will conduct the extraction or inception in. Here, Nolan is the architect of a dream world, which he takes us into. His inception is that films can be more than just heavily marketed action "comedies" or cheaply constructed movies based on a true story.
Monday, October 5, 2009(2 comments)
UPDATE: 82 Arrested Outside White House, Hundreds Show Up to Protest War in Afghanistan
When a major protest event happens, you can count on your friendly mainstream media to be M.I.A. unless the protest involves a band of angry thuggish teabaggers sporting posters comparing Obama to Hitler or Stalin.
Through Facebook, Twitter, and independent media, I was able to learn a bit about what took place today outside the White House. According to Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan, she and at least 81 others were arrested.
Thursday, October 21, 2010(15 comments)
Rich Whitney: Taking the Crazy Out of Illinois Politics
The candidate formerly known as "Rich Whitey" doesn't deserve a Sanity Award for weathering this incredible error and continuing to campaign vigorously for the election. He deserves it for what he is trying to do in Illinois: Restore sanity to Illinois politics.
Decision Forces Filmmaker to Turn Over 600 Hours of Footage to Chevron
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the Federal District Court in New York granted Chevron's request for a subpoena, which demands access to over 600 hours of footage from "Crude," a documentary that chronicles a legal battle being supported by 30,000 Amazonian settlers hoping to hold Texaco (now owned by Chevron) responsible for environmental devastation in Ecuador.
Saturday, November 1, 2008(22 comments)
Obama, the Chosen One
You see, Barack Obama is the "Chosen One", one who would bring balance to "The Force" or this energy that unites us all. He will also destroy all the Sith (which in this case are all those closely linked to Bush).
Olbermann's Scathing Indictment of President Obama's Tax Cut Deal
Just like many progressives or liberals, Keith Olbermann, host of the MSNBC show "Countdown," expressed outrage at President Obama's tax cut deal. The way he described the nature of the economy was especially pointed (especially since he actually used the word "capitalism").
Monday, November 15, 2010(2 comments)
The Zombie Politicians and Vampire Capitalists Are Coming!
The problem is this isn't really something that is made up to conjure unfounded fear. I am not claiming Obama is a socialist with no proof of a socialist agenda. I am not claiming the government is taking over healthcare and there will be death panels.The zombie politicians and vampire capitalists are coming!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010(2 comments)
The Irony of Lieberman's Devotion to Prosecuting WikiLeaks
Lieberman explained on Fox News that the reason why you prosecute crimes is because that's what the system of justice requires. WikiLeaks isn't guilty of any crimes. And, this isn't Lieberman's standard position on prosecuting individuals for crimes. He was all too willing to ensure Bush Administration officials were not prosecuted for torture.
Friday, October 23, 2009(13 comments)
Mad as Hell Doctor Part of the Problem in America's Sick Care Non-System
Emergency physician Paul Hochfeld from Portland, Oregon, who traveled from Portland to Washington, D.C. with a group of doctors from different associations affiliated with the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). argues that doctors like him are a huge part of the problem. Hochfeld traveled across the country with Mad as Hell Doctors.
Friday, May 29, 2009(16 comments)
Obama Didn't Betray the Left, the Left Betrayed the Left
From Iraq to health care to the economy to torture to issues of transparency and accountability, it looks like a feeling that Obama has betrayed progressives or liberals is suddenly sweeping across the left political spectrum.
But, let's be honest here---Obama didn't betray the left. The left betrayed the left.
Monday, September 27, 2010(5 comments)
Why FBI Raids Against Antiwar Activists Should Matter to Activists Fighting King Coal
The coal industry, especially corporations like Massey Energy, have an interest in using the agencies of counterterrorism to target activists for conspiring to commit acts of "domestic terrorism." Corporations like Massey Energy have lobbied for support from federal law enforcement so that they can be protected from the threat posed to them by a movement to end mountaintop removal.
Sunday, February 21, 2010(1 comments)
An Evening with Gil Scott-Heron: There is Joy in the Struggle
Gil Scott-Heron performed at Columbia College in Chicago. He and his band presented a rousing concert that featured many socio-political songs. While the performance didn't quite compel people to act, it did open people's hearts and minds. And, it's art like this that lets one recharge and go back to fight in the struggle. It's music like Gil Scott-Heron's that makes one continue to fight on.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010(10 comments)
Movement to End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Raises Hell in D.C.
Over a thousand Appalachian residents and activists participated in a rally and march in Washington, D.C. on Monday, September 27th. The action was the culmination of a multi-day convergence that had been put together by a coalition known as Appalachia Rising, which organized the activity to advance the movement to abolish mountaintop removal coal mining in the United States.
Sunday, January 9, 2011(49 comments)
Shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and Death of Others: Violence Has No Place in a Democracy
Exploring questions about violence and its place in democracy. Clearly, it has no place, but a failed state, one with a democracy and economic structure which continuously fails to respond to the needs of people, will create climates for violence. Talk radio personalities will also create climates for violence when they use hate speech. Political leaders who ignore violent rhetoric as harmful also play a role too.
Yes We Did (And What We Must Do)
The high-flying rhetoric of Barack Obama coasted into Chicago, Illinois on Election Night with thousands (if not over a million supporters) lining up from 11 am to 8 pm CT to get into the Obama rally where many expected he would give his victory speech.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011(4 comments)
Profiles of the Targeted: FBI Followed Me In My Car to a Parking Garage
Tom Burke and his wife were at home with their daughter on September 24th, 2010. They began to receive phone calls from people in Chicago and Minneapolis informing them the FBI was raiding their homes. Burke thought the FBI might be coming to raid his house. The FBI subpoenaed he and his wife.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010(21 comments)
O'Donnell's Victory Renews Her Fight Against the Scourge of Sex in America
Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell's victory over nine-term Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware's Republican Senate primary Tuesday night may have been a signal that a significant number of Delaware citizens are willing to support candidates who like to preach to Americans on what they should and should not do sexually.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010(1 comments)
John Boehner's Worst Nightmare
If Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner thinks the Obama Administration's and Democrats' agenda for this nation is infuriating, wait until he encounters the following proposed agendas.CMN News, an independent radio show that can be heard live on "Talk Shoe" every Saturday at 3 pm ET, recently had its host and panel participant give their "Top Ten Priorities Lists for America."
Green Zone Challenges Official Dogma on the Iraq War
Green Zone is a war film with a message, one that is most certainly not about the honors or glories of war but rather the reasons and justifications for war that might be manufactured to create support for invasions or conflicts. As members of the press and politicians begin to push their dogmatic views on the Iraq War into the public, it's important for films like Green Zone to be produced.
Sunday, December 14, 2008(15 comments)
Now More Than Ever, The World Needs A Bold U.S. Antiwar Movement
In response to the proposed escalation of U.S. military actions in the Middle East and the further institutionalization of lawlessness by the American government, Chicago activists came together for a rally in Chicago Saturday afternoon called "Now More Than Ever, No More Wars for Empire."
What to Do With the Anti-War Faction of the Tea Party?
Should progressive, liberal or leftist coalitions peel off members of the Tea Partier with antiwar views and engage people with anti-government views in a conversation about taking this country in an entirely different direction than the fascist direction the FreedomWorks/Sarah Palin Tea Party is taking Americans?
Thursday, October 30, 2008(21 comments)
Is Howard Zinn a Parasite?
Why in this historic election is Zinn, the people's historian, not going to vote for Barack Obama, who just might become the first black president in American history?
WikiLeaks Cable Vindicates Struggle Against Dow Chemical in India
Those in India who have fought Dow Chemical are finding themselves vindicated as a cable released from WikiLeaks and covered by The Hindu on the political maneuvering capabilities of Dow Chemical Company surfaces. The cable illuminates a corporation hampered by its connection to Union Carbide, a company it acquired about a decade ago that was responsible for one of the worst industrial disasters in world history in Bhopal.
Monday, May 5, 2008(2 comments)
Tapping the Power of Youth
Raising sights, widening visions, challenging people, and taking charge of a battle that must be waged to redefine and restructure democratic society
Monday, August 22, 2011(6 comments)
OpenLeaks Founder Destroys Cache of Unreleased WikiLeaks Documents
For the past months, media have held up DDB and his OpenLeaks as a solid alternative to WikiLeaks--a project that would do "what WikiLeaks is trying to do without the drama." This recent action by DDB means those who have suggested OpenLeaks is a valuable "alternative" to WikiLeaks can no longer in good conscience elevate DDB's project as a credible one.
Thursday, November 5, 2009(3 comments)
VIDEO of Healthcare Action in Lieberman's Office
At 9:20 AM ET, Senator Joe Lieberman received a visit at his D.C. Office from a band of citizens determined to make sure Lieberman is not allowed to govern on behalf of insurance companies or obstruct health care reform with shameless tomfoolery any longer.
Scott Walker Moves America to Resistance: No-Spine Democrats Step Aside
Hundreds if not over a thousand demonstrators risked arrest in a standoff that lasted for a couple hours. But, the US media could not be bothered to show a live feed of what was going on in the capitol. The image of people power, this aspect of democracy, would not be allowed to obstruct the media's planned coverage of the Oscars. They tuned in to the glitz and glamour on parade in Los Angeles showing off how people were prese
Thursday, September 18, 2008(6 comments)
Under the Thumb of Corporations
How do you grapple with the Dow falling 500 points in one day? How do you comprehend the largest bankruptcy in American history? And how do you even begin to understand the implications of the Bank of America's buyout of Merrill Lynch or the implications of the nationalization or quasi-socialization of banks as the government bails out banks whose board of directors conducted operations like gamblers at a casino?
FBI Director's Term Extension Ensures Neo-COINTELPRO Operations Will Prevail
The Obama Administration and Congress effectively made legitimate all the operations of the FBI since FBI Director Robert Mueller took over the agency one week before the September 11th terror attacks. No senators had a problem with granting this extension, despite the fact that it would establish a clear precedent for undoing one of the biggest reforms to come as a result of the Church Committee.
You Won't Find Nonbelievers Promoting Idea Obama is a Muslim
The uproar by Americans as a result of the proposed construction of an Islamic community center near Ground Zero along with Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C. have pulled into focus the intense zeal that Americans have for religion. Undoubtedly, the characteristic of Americans that has been affirmed is the characteristic that Americans are dedicated to getting religion right.
Thursday, July 15, 2010(3 comments)
Nonprofits Funded by Comcast Want You to Ignore Possible Impact of Comcast-NBC Merger on Media
Citizens in Chicago gave public testimony to the FCC on Tuesday night in what may be the only public hearing organized by the FCC on the Comcast-NBC Merger. Nonprofit organizations were in attendance to let the FCC know Comcast funds social service agencies. They attempted to distract the FCC from very real media consolidation issues while activists in attendance shined a light on issues the merger could create.
Thursday, June 2, 2011(6 comments)
WikiLeaks Through the Looking Glass: A Panel Discussion in a School of Journalism Classroom
A student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago was gracious enough to invite me to speak on a panel on Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower to WikiLeaks, which he had to put together for his "Media, Ethics and the Law" class. I participated in the panel Wednesday morning. See what a former Homeland Security official had to say.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010(22 comments)
The Difference Between Opposing Mosques and Burning Korans
Dove Outreach World Center Pastor Terry Jones' and his followers' decision to burn Korans on September 11th has proven there are those in this country who will stoop to such a level and burn sacred texts to express their beliefs. It also indicates there is a line, for now, that those who subscribe to anti-Islam industry propaganda will not cross. Few who oppose the construction of the Park51 project (the "Ground Zero Mosque,"
Sunday, December 28, 2008(7 comments)
What Israeli Brutality in Gaza?
What is the likelihood that any American sees the unfolding massacres on television and walks away with some commentary that will truthfully illuminate what is happening between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza right now?
A Derelict Congress Unwilling to Exercise Its War Powers
Dueling resolutions from Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Democratic House Representative Dennis Kucinich sparked a debate in Congress. The debate centered around the War Powers Act, the US Constitution and whether President Obama had violated the law by taking the United States into a war in Libya.
Saturday, January 29, 2011(1 comments)
Why Egyptians Want to Take Control of the Interior Ministry in Egypt
Egyptians have surrounded the Interior Ministry in Egypt and have been making attempts to take control of the building. The Egyptian people's commitment to taking this building over would be a tremendous sign of people power. The Interior Ministry has been a prime purveyor of police brutality, torture, and state repression under President Hosni Mubarak.
Nine Years On, Afghanistan War Continues as Midterm Elections Loom
Nine years on, it isn't so much that people don't know this war has gone on too long. The division over whether this war should continue or not is strong enough for an antiwar movement to become powerful and vibrant. Rather, the issue is the reluctance to alienate the political class that has bogged people of the world in this quagmire. And that reluctance deserves to be challenged and confronted.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013(17 comments)
What the Verdict in Bradley Manning's Trial Means for Whistleblowers
the key result from the Manning verdict may be that the Justice Department and other parts of the US government are emboldened more than ever to bring leak prosecutions and charge individuals, including national security whistleblowers who lack protections under laws, with Espionage Act offenses, even when there is no evidence of acts of espionage.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011(3 comments)
Review: PBS FRONTLINE's 'WikiSecrets' Wants to Be Objective and Fair and That's Why It is Weak
Anyone familiar with the stories of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, the organization's founder and Pfc. Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower to WikiLeaks, would be forgiven for wondering whether PBS Frontline's documentary "WikiSecrets" presents anything new or not. The documentary attempts to make a sensational connection between Manning and Assange and suggest that Assange might know Manning is the source of the information
US Dept of Treasury Freezes Palestinian Solidarity Activist's Bank Accounts
Right before Mother's Day weekend, the US government froze the bank accounts of Hatem Abudayyeh, a long-time Palestinian solidarity activist and organizer, and his wife, Naima. Abudayyeh is one of twenty-three activists from the Midwest in the US, who has been the subject of an FBI Grand Jury investigation since September of last year.
Monday, January 31, 2011(3 comments)
Crack Down on Media in Egypt As Egyptians Escalate Revolution
The military regime under President Hosni Mubarak is increasing its crack down on the press as they move to contain the revolution unfolding in Egypt. The regime moved on Sunday to silence and suppress Al Jazeera and since the crack down journalists have been arrested and had materials confiscated.
Will the Showdown in Chicago Live Up to Progressive Hype?
The Showdown in Chicago is here and I wonder if it will live up to the hype that organizers have created around it. Certainly, there has been a lot of buzz and with the support of organizations like the National People's Action and the SEIU it seems like political momentum could potentially be created.
Monday, May 18, 2009(6 comments)
How a Bunch of Ragtag Militant Protesters Turned the Gates of Notre Dame into the Gates of Hell
Every person who showed up to the gates of the University of Notre Dame to "welcome" Obama with clenched fists and some open arms all had the right to be there and they all had the right to practice their First Amendment rights. But, others have the right to describe what was happening at the gates of Notre Dame from this morning through the afternoon candidly-many of the protesters were in fact turning a place of faith and sa
2010 Comes to an End But the BP Oil Disaster Continues
As 2010 comes to an end, one of the most horrific disasters of the year--the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon oilrig, which blew up and killed 11 workers and injured 17 others--continues to bring devastating impacts to residents living in and around the Gulf. Suspicions run high. Residents suspect Corexit continues to be sprayed to disperse oil under cover of the night. Conspiracy theories on oil leaking spread too.
Representative Alan Grayson on What the Rich Might Do With Their Tax Cut
On the House floor, Rep. Alan Grayons (D-Florida), who unfortunately did not win re-election in the midterms, stood up to explain to Americans just what it might mean for the top 1% if they get the tens of thousands of dollars an extension of the Bush tax cuts would give them. He explained how the Republican plan was to give every person in the top 1% $83,347 a year and shared a brief list of things the rich might buy.
Rejecting the Narrative for Health Reform in America, Believing in a Better Way
To the extent that politicians in Washington, D.C. have not attempted reform of this magnitude with a concerted effort for a decade (perhaps, decades depending on how you regard Hillary Clinton's past efforts), the recent votes on health reform in the House two weeks ago and in the Senate this weekend are historic.
But the dominant political culture has channeled righteous outrage into something terribly inadequate.
2011 Is Here: Where to Next, Fellow Citizens?
Looking back at 2010 and looking forward to 2011 -- and thinking about how we the people can really begin to shape the agenda instead of always reacting defensively against those at the top, which leads us to wind up in their veal pen for change.
Monday, August 9, 2010(3 comments)
Opposition to Race to the Top Not Coming from "Status Quo" People
The Obama Administration education agenda has come to be defined by a sweepstakes initiative known as "Race to the Top," which was inserted into the economic stimulus last year. This features comments from Small Schools Workshop's Mike Klonsky and American Federation of Teachers member Susan Titus.
Did PBS Smear Bradley Manning?
I wrote a review of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary "WikiSecrets," which aired on Tuesday night. "The Alyona Show," a show on RT, invited me to appear and discuss the review. Here's video of my appearance along with more discussion of the "WikiSecrets" documentary.
The Great Gulf Oil Disaster-Seafood Hoodwink
BP, the Obama Administration and government agencies have lost much credibility in the last few months when it comes to reports on the Gulf oil disaster and its impact on communities on the Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico itself. So, when one hears an Obama aide claiming that President Barack Obama will have seafood at his birthday party and is "confident in the quality of the Gulf of Mexico seafood," it's a logical reaction
Nuclear Power Has a Friend in Heads of Obama's Oil Gusher Commission
In Obama's weekly radio address on Saturday, May 22nd, Obama selected former Sen. Bob Graham & former head of the EPA William K. Reilly to head a commission to investigate the BP oil disaster. Both have good beltway environmental credentials. They also both consider nuclear energy to be part of the solution to getting off dirty carbon energy that is contributing significantly to climate change.
WikiLeaks' Release of State Department Cables: This is What US Diplomacy Looks Like
Leaked cables from WikiLeaks, a non-profit media organization that has gained notoriety this year from publishing the Afghanistan War Logs and the Iraq War Logs, has touched off what may be the biggest diplomatic and international firestorm yet with the release of the first few hundred of over 250,000 U.S. State Department cables that allegedly were obtained by U.S. Army intelligence analyst PFC Bradley Manning.
The Hunger Strikers of Guantanamo as Detailed in Files Released by WikiLeaks
Hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay are known to have engaged in hunger strikes at the prison in protest of conditions and their prolonged confinement without trial. A recent report from Jason Leopold of Truthout.org details how, as of March, detainees continue to participate in hunger strikes with the hope that the conditions of their detention will improve.
Why Did Obama Win the Nomination?
If we do not answer the question of why Obama won the Democratic nomination collectively and respond to that answer with action, McCain will win in November. More importantly, repugnant Bush Administration policies will continue after the election is over for sure.
Monday, March 9, 2009(13 comments)
The Thing With Obama is Yoo Get Away With Murder
President Barack Obama may have come into office pledging to end torture, but Obama has shown no indication that he will condemn the Nuremberg defense ("only following orders") when used by former members of the Bush Administration who have been accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Friday, February 18, 2011
The Abu Salim Massacre: Cables on Libya's Continued Impunity for 1996 Killings
Two days ahead of calls to protest the Gaddafi regime in a "Day of Rage" on February 17, members of the Committee of the Families of the Victims of the Abu Salim Massacre came out to protest. Libyan attorney and human rights activist Fathi Terbil, who represents families that had family members massacred in mass prison killings that took place at the Abu Salim prison in 1996, was arrested.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Obama's Foreign Policy: A Detailed Analysis
A diabolical analysis of Obama's foreign policy as found in Foreign Affairs under the title "Renewing America's Leadership" in the July/August 2007 issue. The analysis heavily criticizes and examines the flaws in the policy and amplifies the similarities between Obama's policy and the Bush Doctrine that provides the basis for our current foreign policy. It is a lengthy piece but nonetheless, a loaded commentary for anyone want