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(51 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
Reverend Billy Talent and the Church of Life After Shopping protest the Correction Centers of America building, a commercial immigrant detention center (privately-owned prison), From ImagesAttr
(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 13, 2010
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.
The TSA's escalation of security at airports has further cemented the reality that airports are Fourth Amendment-free zones. Should citizens tolerate this?, From ImagesAttr
(65 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 20, 2010
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.
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(196 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 2, 2009
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.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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.
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(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 3, 2010
BP, Government Blocking Press from Reporting Their "Ballet at Sea" Adm. Thad Allen has issued a directive further restricting media access. This comes days after the ACLU of Louisiana wrote a letter urging an end to blocking of the press and censorship of information.
A billboard from the campaign against war, which Lennon and Yoko carried out during the Vietnam War around Christmas., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 24, 2010
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...
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 25, 2009
From the Ground: G20 Summit Brings Martial Law to Pittsburgh First-hand accounts from individuals organizing in response to the G20. Details from Thursday afternoon and actions in the night and discussion of the military and police occupation of Pittsburgh.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 5, 2009
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?)
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 19, 2011
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 6, 2009
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.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 31, 2009
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.
(68 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 12, 2010
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.
(36 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 15, 2009
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?
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(32 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 3, 2010
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...
After two Grand Jury dates, the FBI continues to investigate antiwar, labor, and international solidarity activists., From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 19, 2011
Profiles of the Targeted: FBI Wanted to Talk to Me About My Trip to Israel and Palestine Sarah Smith, a Jewish American woman and avid traveler who lives in Chicago, received a call from the FBI on December 3, 2010. The agent said his name was Robert Parker. He wanted to know if Smith had thirty minutes to sit down and answer some questions.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 1, 2008
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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 18, 2010
No-Bid Military Contract Winner Martin Seligman and His Response to Allegations on His Connection to Torture The news of this award caught my attention because I earned the honor just over a year ago of being someone who received an automated letter from Seligman. The letter entered my inbox because I brought attention to his connection to CIA torture and human experimentation on detainees and the reality that psychologists had been complicitly involved.
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(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 20, 2010
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 22, 2008
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.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Blackwater Founder's Visions of Christian Supremacy in Iraq As allegations of Erik Prince's possible involvement in murder become public, consider why he would have murdered in the first place.
Wikileaks leaks Afghanistan War Logs to press, From ImagesAttr
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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."
Head of TSA, John Pistole, goes before a Senate Committee to discuss new changes to airport security, asserts that he will listen to concerns but nothing will likely change., From ImagesAttr
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 18, 2010
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...
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 16, 2008
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.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 10, 2009
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.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 20, 2009
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.
U.S. Army Special Operations Soldiers at the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 23, 2011
Former CIA Spy Who Runs Own Private CIA & WikiLeaks Cables from Afghanistan A recent NY Times story on a former CIA spy running a private spy network from the side of his pool and what we might learn about this former CIA spy's work in Afghanistan through the leaked Wikileaks cables.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 8, 2011
America's "Kabuki Democracy" -- The System is Rigged An overview of Eric Alterman's new book "Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama," with a focus on some of Alterman's ideas on what progressives should do to advance change in this country.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 11, 2011
WikiLeaks Demonstrates Where Citizens Must Apply Pressure to Advance Media Reform and Justice A National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) put on by Free Press took place over the weekend. Thousands of attendees gathered to discuss the state of media and democracy in the US and how best to fight for better media. One was continuously mentioned throughout the conference: WikiLeaks.
The FBI has had antiwar and solidarity activists from Chicago and Minneapolis in their sights for the past months., From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 24, 2011
Profiles of the Targeted: FBI Raided My Home, Wanted to Know About "My Indoctrination" The first in a series of profiles of activists being targeted by the FBI. Some activists subpoenaed are being asked to go before a grand jury on January 25th. They are accused of "material support for terrorism."
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 27, 2008
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."
Mayor John Peyton speaks about the education reform movement in Jacksonville before Waiting for Superman begins., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 29, 2010
"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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 4, 2008
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?
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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 29, 2010
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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 30, 2010
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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 12, 2009
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 15, 2011
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."
(36 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 21, 2016
Sanders Scolded For Calling Attention To Rigged Primary Sanders supporters understand very well how the process works and what kind of candidate is supposed to make it through the rigged primary.
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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 29, 2011
Fear of Government Completely Shattered for Egyptians As Protests Continue The streets in the major cities of Alexandria, Cairo and Suez in Egypt continue to be filled with tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Egyptians despite a government-ordered curfew.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 18, 2011
US Coal Giant Possibly Involved in Trade Unionist Killings Asked Diplomat for Help with Bad Publicity On March 12, 2001, in Colombia, then-president and vice president of Sintramienergetica, were both picked up by men of the the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), a terrorist paramilitary force in Colombia that has at this point been mostly dissolved. They were killed by paramilitaries, who were possibly funded and aided by Drummond Coal, a US-based company in Alabama.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 11, 2009
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.
(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 3, 2011
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."
Jill Stein, From FlickrPhotos
(68 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 24, 2016
Your Vote For Jill Stein Is Not A Wasted Vote Voters are tired of progressive commentators, who are so insecure with the state of politics that all they do is lecture people trying to build alternatives.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 3, 2011
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 15, 2011
CIGNA Whistleblower on GOP's Repeal Smokescreen & How It Is Providing Cover for Insurance Companies Wendell Potter, CIGNA whistleblower and author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans stops by The Nation for a conversation about health reform, insurance companies, and how progressives might better understand PR spin and its influence on the health reform legislation.
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(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 27, 2011
Obama Administration Does Not Want Lawmakers, Citizens to Debate National Security The extension of Patriot Act provisions was accompanied by the House's passing of the worldwide war authorization, which was included in the National Defense programs bill.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 21, 2011
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi Speaks: What WikiLeaks Cables Say About His Address An address from Muammar al-Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, was aired on television in Libya early on February 21. Saif al-Islam told Libyans he had come without a prepared speech and was going to speak from his heart and mind.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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.
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(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 17, 2011
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.
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(41 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Future of Public Option Depends on What Single Payer Supporters Do Now A look at recently passed health reform, growing momentum for the public option, and the movement and future of single payer healthcare in America
Tom Perez explains why this progressive backs Hillary, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 28, 2020
To rig primary against Bernie, DNC chair Tom Perez nominates regime-change agents, Israel lobbyists, and Wall Street con With Bernie Sanders surging in primary polls, DNC chair Tom Perez compiled a neoliberal list of war hawks and corporate lobbyists to sabotage his nomination A close look at the list Perez issued offers a gruesome vision of morally repugnant operatives rigging the game on behalf of a desperate and increasingly discredited party elite.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Grand Jury Investigation Into WikiLeaks Another Government 'Fishing Expedition' A federal grand jury is meeting at 11 am EST in Alexandria, Virginia. The grand jury is being employed to "build" a case against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who just won a gold medal for peace and justice from the Sydney Peace Foundation.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 29, 2011
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."
James Risen, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 15, 2014
New York Times Reporter James Risen, Fighting Obama Administration's Attack on the Press, Turns to Supreme Court The Justice Department under President Barack Obama insists a journalist must testify against his source so they can prosecute and convict a former CIA officer for a leak. It has spent about six years trying to force him to testify, and now, having lost in an appeals court, he is taking his case to the Supreme Court.
Robert Gibbs in studio interview, From ImagesAttr
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 12, 2010
As Wall Street Support Shifts from Left to Right, Liberal Pundits Respond to Gibbs' Attack White House press secretary Robert Gibbs became the spokesperson for Obama Administration contempt toward the left on Tuesday. The display of contempt came in the midst of a nearly 70 percent shift in Wall Street executive donations from Democratic candidates to Republican candidates ahead of the November mid-term elections.
Coleen Rowley being interviewed at an action at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 22, 2011
Standing Up for Bradley Manning, Opposing FBI Witch-Hunts of Activists On Martin Luther King Day, activists protested an ongoing FBI investigation of activists and Bradley Manning's treatment. Here is a report on both of those stories. Article also includes an interview with FBI whistleblower and antiwar activist Coleen Rowley.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 22, 2011
Repeat Law Breaker Obama Condemns Bradley Manning's Contempt for the Rule of Law At a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, a group of progressive supporters of Bradley Manning paid tens of thousands of dollars to attend and disrupt the event. Someone with the group managed to confront President Obama on Manning.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 6, 2011
WikiLeaks Cables Reveal US Strategy for Regime Change in Syria as Protesters Are Massacred As protests continue and the brutal crackdown on protests in Syria wears on, US State Embassy cables released by the media organization WikiLeaks provide a greater understanding of the Washington power politics that have led to this moment.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 16, 2017
In Defense Of Skepticism Around Alleged Chemical Attack In Syria Governments are known to fabricate when it comes to war. So why is it acceptable to demonize those skeptical about the April 4 chemical attack in Syria?
Kicking the Hornet's Nest, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 10, 2011
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?
Demonstrators show support for Bradley Manning, August 2010, From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 4, 2011
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.
(36 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Cheney Admits Authorizing Torture (Or, If You're Going to Do Something Illegal and Immoral...) Cheney can admit to any war crime right now. He can admit to torture or waging illegal war. He and his friends could trot out in front of some member of the press and reveal one more element of his Project for the New American Century plan every day until Obama is inaugurated and expect nothing to happen.
(40 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 18, 2009
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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 9, 2010
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.
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 16, 2010
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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 18, 2011
'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.
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WikiLeaks Cables: Human Rights Watch's Torture Allegations Threaten Bahrain Government's Credibility For years, a monarchy headed by King Hamad bin Isa al- Khalifa has come under sharp criticism for its use of torture. Amnesty International published a report on February 11 titled, "Crackdown in Bahrain: Human Rights at the Crossroads ." And now, WikiLeaks has released several cables detailing the torture of political prisoners and other Bahrainis.
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 22, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr.) www.army.mil, From ImagesAttr
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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."
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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%.
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Anonymous Uncovers Details on Bank of America Fraud, Establishes Way for Employees to Get Story Out Anonymous, the hacktivist group known for supporting WikiLeaks and mounting actions in cyberspace in defense of freedom of information and transparency, launched "#BlackMonday" at midnight. Emails between an Anonymous user and an employee with Balboa Insurance, whose work is connected to the operations of Bank of America, were posted.
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Special Footage of Beck's Restoring Honor Rally You won't see any anchors or news pundits screening this footage.
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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.
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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.
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RAN Chicago Takes Action in Chase Tower, Calls Attention to Chase's Investment in MTR JPMorgan Chase, a known investor and supporter of mountaintop removal (MTR) projects, was directly challenged on April 2nd. RAN Chicago activists entered Chase Tower in Chicago, came together on the floor of the bank, and delivered a message to Chase executives demanding that Chase publicly announce plans to end their investment in MTR.
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Obama Continues to Stonewall Efforts to Hold Bush Administration Officials Accountable, Block Release of Photos Despite the fact that more and more information continues to trickle out because of the diligence of individuals, groups and organizations concerned about accountability for torture and other violations of civil liberties, the Obama Administration continues to block the release of photos, withhold information and stonewall efforts to hold Bush Administration officials accountable.
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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.
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As Combat Brigades Leave Iraq, NBC News Corporation Helps Pentagon Manufacture Support for Withdrawal NBC News corproation had the "inside scoop" on America's withdrawal of combat brigades. They may not have exactly helped cement the idea that the war is over but they did help the Pentagon sell the idea that the U.S. had achieved victory in Iraq.
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At US Chamber of Commerce, US Government Strategy for "Identity Ecosystems" in Cyberspace Unveiled The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), which some believe could establish and require Internet users to have ID on the Internet, was unveiled today at the US Chamber of Commerce.
Rich Whitney (right) rallying supporters outside of ABC7 Chicago studio as the League of Women Voters, a civic organization committed to informing voters, excludes IL voters from hearing from Whitney, an established Green Party candidate for governor of I, From ImagesAttr
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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.
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Israel Stands Up to Hamas While Cynthia McKinney Almost Starts WWIII The following is a transcript from a New Year's Eve broadcast of the Government Record from the Government News Network. It is an update on the situation in Gaza and Cynthia McKinney's boat trip.
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The Best Films of 2010 A top ten list of some top films from 2010 -- and a few honorable mentions thrown into the mix.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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Targeted Killing Program Emblematic of How Disgraceful America is Ten Years After 9/11 sserting the authority to use lethal force and carry out state-sanctioned extrajudicial executions of individuals suspected of being involved in terrorism is a culmination of policies and procedures that are justified by the permanent state of war of which all countries in the world are ensnared.
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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.
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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.
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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
Joe Iosbaker (left) and Stephanie Weiner (right) talk to the press about their subpoenas and the FBI raiding activists' homes., From ImagesAttr
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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."
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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.
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He Tried to Blow Up the Plane With a Condom Bomb: Why Getting Hysterical About Airport Security Is Wrong Sheer hysteria or the illusion of hysteria dominates the conversation in the media right now. How much are we willing to give for the delusion of airport safety?
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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.
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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.
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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 clich 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.
Anonymous activists who engage in offline activism often dress up like this or wear Guy Fawkes masks.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Oliver Stone Takes Americans 'South of the Border', Humanizes Latin American Leaders A review of the South of the Border documentary. The film has been out for months and continues to play in select cities in the country.
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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."
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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.
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The Invaluable PalestineChronicle.com Hacked by Israeli Hackers Palestine Chronicle provides a voice for the oppressed Palestinians. Currently, some hackers have stopped the site from promoting pro-Palestinian views.
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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...
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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.
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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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 5, 2009
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.
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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.
Candidate for CA Governor, Laura Wells, is arrested Tuesday night after trying to attend a debate she was excluded from., From ImagesAttr
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CA Gubernatorial Candidate Arrested at Debate: So Much for Open, Free and Fair Elections Despite recent polls indicating major support for candidates who could provide an alternative to the Democrats or Republicans, incidents against candidates running in the 2010 midterm election continue to persist. One of the most recent incidents is the arrest of California gubernatorial candidate Laura Wells.
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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.
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Obama & Democrats Give Americans a Healthcare Con Job for Christmas Corporate Democrats and the Obama Administration stand ready to deliver a gift to Americans on behalf of the pharmaceutical companies and private insurance industry in America: health reform.
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Cubs vs. Diamondbacks: Boycott Action Held in Response to Arizona Immigration Law Around a hundred supporters of immigrant rights were outside Wrigley Field in Chicago to boycott the first game of the Cubs vs. Diamondbacks four-game series and the Arizona Diamondbacks owners' support for the immigration law recently passed in Arizona.
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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.
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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.
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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").
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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!
Hundred activists sit in front of the White House demanding the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining be abolished., From ImagesAttr
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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.
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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.
Keeper of the Mountains Larry Gibson defends the mountains from King Coal., From ImagesAttr
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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.
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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.
The FBI has been intruding in the lives of anti-war, labor and international solidarity activists for months now., From ImagesAttr
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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.
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Single Payer Advocates Address Deep Flaws in Democratic Health Bill On the day before Thanksgiving, members of single payer advocacy organizations gathered for a press conference to voice strong concerns with a Democratic health bill that they feel fails to address the biggest problems with health care in America.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Opportunistic politicians can bathe in excessive amounts of corporate money in this election. That's, for the most part, thanks to the Citizens United v. FEC decision that has many leaders weary about what campaign financing they can and cannot get away w, From ImagesAttr
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Too Late for Democrats or Voters to Do Anything About Corporate Money This Election Cycle Like a BP oil gusher, foreign money is allegedly flowing into the midterm elections. Heavyweight interests with the muscle to influence legislation to suit their agenda, like the Chamber of Commerce, are at the center of this foreign money gusher putting Republicans over the top in many of the elections where Democratic incumbents are now endangered...
House Minority Leader John Boehner says
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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."
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U.S. Social Forum: Investigative Journalism and Its Value to Movements Jordan Flaherty, independent journalist based in New Orleans who reported on the Jena 6 struggle and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, discusses plans for the US Social Forum and the importance of investigative journalism to movements.
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Why Republicans and the Prospect of a Government Shutdown If They Win Big in November is Not All That Frightening The news that Senate Democrats have struck a bargain with Senate Republicans to block Obama nominees and prevent President Obama from making any recess appointments while senators are back home campaigning for the midterm elections presents a good opportunity to take a moment and really consider what might happen if Democrats end up letting Republicans win big in November.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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Jane Hamsher is No "Ratfucker" (And She Shouldn't Be Required to Show Progressive Credentials Either) Matt Osborne of Osborne Ink, a blog that is part of the Banter Wire media group, has taken it upon himself to decide whether Jane Hamsher, founder of Firedoglake, deserves to enjoy the status she enjoys in progressive circles or not. In a recent post, he calls her a "ratfucker" and says there is nothing ""left' left of Hamsher." I would norm
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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.
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New US International Cybersecurity Strategy Aims to Institute 'Rule of Law' on the Internet The United States officially launched its international cyber security strategy in a White House event on Monday, May 16. But, at no time during the launch of the strategy was WikiLeaks mentioned. Not even Clinton bothered to mention it, despite the fact that she heads a State Department that had their department's classified information leaked.
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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?
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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.
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Wars, Torture and Other Aspects of the New Normal Won Big in the Midterm Election Within the pomp and circumstance of the election, there was little to no talk about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. There was little conversation about the torture. And, there was little discussion of how policies, which encourage violations of American civil liberties, have been systematized.
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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?
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WSJ Launches WikiLeaks-Imitation Website to Further Solidify Role as Gatekeeper With the creation of this new "leaks portal," it appears the Wall Street Journal, like other traditional media, is setting this up because it believes it needs a digital platform for accepting news tips from sources instead of having sources go through a traditional system that may mostly exist offline.
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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.
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And the Michael Jackson/Iran Mash Up Was Born When Iranians take the music of Michael Jackson and use it to push for freedom and democracy in Iran, what does this say about the power of culture and new media?
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So...That's What Police Repression Looks Like After a few hours in St. Paul, I witnessed an unpermitted march end with police firing at protesters
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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
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Martin Luther King Jr on 'Consensus Presidents' Like Obama and the Power of Demonstrations Martin Luther King Jr. was a revolutionary spirit whose work as a civil rights leader came to be revered by people all over the world. President Ronald Reagan begrudgingly chose to give in calls to honor King each year. But, what we celebrate, many liberals or progressives understand, is a sanitized version of King.
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Hillary Clinton And The Democrats' Disinformation Campaign Against Tulsi Gabbard The baseless suggestion from Hillary Clinton that Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset is the predictable response of a faction of party elites, which remain"
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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.
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Don't Tell Me to Chill Out About Rick Warren! An interview with Fred Karger from DumpRickWarren.com and then additional commentary involving Rick Warren and evangelicals in America.
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100 Revelations to Mark the 100th Day of Cablegate One hundred days ago, WikiLeaks began to release the US State Embassy cables. The release event, which continues, became known as Cablegate.
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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?
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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
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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.
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Peak Oil and Climate Change - An Introduction Video Nation has produced a documentary series that will be running on what will happen when oil runs out.
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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.
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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,"
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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What Black Lives Matter Stands to Gain from the Bernie Sanders Campaign - Shadowproof Sanders has a history in the civil rights movement, having organized against racism in the civil rights movement fifty years ago. But his campaign shrewdly recognizes that activists challenging him on the campaign trail do not care what he did decades ago. They want to know what he will do now.
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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.
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Review: "Capitalism: A Love Story" is High Art, Demands Action from Americans Michael Moore showed up in Chicago to premiere his new film "Capitalism: A Love Story." Moore conducted a Q&A after the film and introduced the film by telling the audience that the Republic Windows workers from Chicago were in attendance as their story was featured in the film.
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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
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Escalating to End the Afghanistan War: Invoking Iraq, the Troops, and the Oft-Exploited Tragedy of 9/11 Obama's speech at West Point Academy made a case for escalating the war in Afghanistan by deploying 30,000 more troops and laid out justifications for escalation that would deflect criticism. The speech largely avoided the sloganeering and Manichaean flourishes that Americans became used to under President George W. Bush, but it also setup a key paradox .
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Egypt Army Spokesman: Army Not an Alternative to Authority Demanded by Egyptians (Update) Demonstrators in various cities in Egypt filled the streets for an eighteenth day. Many of the demonstrators on Friday, one day after President Hosni Mubarak and Vice President Omar Suleiman gave speeches indicating Mubarak was not resigning, have focused their attention on the military hoping that it will support their demands and aspirations.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Mumbai Attacks: Result of American Destabilization or Indian Discrimination and Violence? What is bothersome is how this situation is taking on more dimensions due to its victims. Not only were Americans and Brits targeted, but a Mumbai-based Jewish rabbi and wife were killed.
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A Targeted Killing: World as a Battlefield Mindset Gets 'Bastard' Bin Laden What's remarkable about the operation is not that Bin Laden is dead but rather the fact that he was killed by a targeted military operation.
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Leaked WikiLeaks Confidentiality Agreement: Neither 'Draconian' Nor 'Extraordinary' A leaked confidentiality agreement that those doing "business" with WikiLeaks are expected to sign was obtained and published by the New Statesman. The New Statesman and other news organizations believe they have uncovered another aspect of the WikiLeaks organization that indicates it is unfit to be trusted by whistleblowers.
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Israel's "Right to Exist" vs. Hamas' Right to Resist" Further exploration of philosophy toward Israel and Hamas is needed if we Americans are going to get closer to a way to an end in the brutality.
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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.
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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.
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Investment Management Advisor on Financial Reform Bill: "Regulators Will Have Strong, Enhanced Enforcement Powers" President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law on July 21st. The bill was characterized by Obama as "the most sweeping financial reform legislation since the Great Depression." Skeptical of the legislation, I spoke with Mark Perlow, an investment management advisor who works for an investment management practice in San Francisco and has spoken to the press before.on financial issues.
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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.
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Take Back NYU's Occupation: A Young Progressive Movement with Campus Occupations? The action could be considered a good signal that students are willing to make sacrifices for change, but was the NYU occupation a good thing for NYU students? And what effect did the inclusion of a section for Palestinians in Gaza have on their "success"?
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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.
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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.
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Doctors Risking Arrest for Healthcare for All, Challenging a System That Makes Doctors Complicit At least three doctors will be risking arrest in civil disobedience actions during Mobilization for Healthcare for All's third wave of actions this week, which are being held to demand an end to insurance abuse and to demand real health care reform for all.
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History Channel's "The People Speak": A Much-Needed Lesson in Hope and Change for a Nation's People How to pare down a 752-page book into a 2-hour cable television event must have been a challenge for the producers of The People Speak, but those behind The People Speak succeed beautifully in presenting a tableau of Zinn's revolutionary piece of nonfiction.
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Former Guantanamo Detainee Denies Islamic Emirate Has Been Set Up in Eastern Libya Libya's deputy foreign minister, Khaled Khaim, has reportedly told European Union ambassadors in Tripoli that al-Qaeda has set up an Islamic emirate in Derna in Eastern Libya. He allegedly said a former Guantanamo Bay detainee is heading the emirate.
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How Do Republicans Plan to "Win"? McCain is prepared to cry fraud if the election is close and he has come out on the losing end. And here is why.
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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
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About the Millions That Braved the Cold for Obama Braving the cold, I went to the Inauguration at 5 am and was out freezing with millions of other Americans who clamored into public areas to witness history.
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How Does a Young American Student Stand Such Times and Live? I may not have done anything to make the world the way it is, yet I have a responsibility to respond appropriately in these times and must respond even if it means sacrificing an opportunity to move up a rung on the class ladder. I have the capability to cling to the courage of my convictions and compel others to consider reacting to the concerns confidently rather than cynically.
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'This Week in WikiLeaks' Podcast - Guest Andy Worthington Talks Bradley Manning and Guantanamo This week's guest was freelance investigative journalist, author and filmmaker Andy Worthington, who is known for covering Guantanamo Bay prison, torture and the wider "war on terror." The podcast also marked the 100th Day since Cablegate (which will be on Monday) by sharing some of the key revelations that have come out of the cables.
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Jim Cramer-Style Infotainment: CNBC Journalists Embed Themselves in America's Financial Crisis or the most part, it seems like financial "journalists" who appear on television are embedded in this crisis like journalists were embedded in the U.S. military during the Iraq War. There seems to be an understood agreement (or maybe a contractual obligation) to not beat up on Wall Street, to not fan the flames of populism.
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Forces That Killed Dr. Tiller Plan Campaign to Terrorize Dr. Carhart & His Clinic Reporting from Bellevue, Nebraska as people from across the U.S. defend Dr. Leroy Carhart's clinic from right wing forces who have designated Carhart as their next target now that Dr. George Tiller is dead.
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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.
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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.
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WikiLeaks Cables: Repression Has Effectively Limited Libyans' Vision for Reform Libyans are mobilizing for a "Day of Rage" today on February 17. Protesters in the early afternoon, according to a member of the Libyan Youth Movement, were reported to be moving to the Security Headquarters in Benghazi. Cables released on Libya provide context for the protests that are unfolding.
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Pastor Jones Calls Off International Burn-a-Koran Day But Claims the "Iman" Lied to Him, Now What? A religious soap opera is unfolding before the world's eyes. Dr. Terry Jones, the noxious pastor from Gainesville, Florida who had planned the festive International Burn-A-Koran Day for September 11th has called off the book burning event, according to news sources like USA Today. Imam Muhammed Musri apparently offered Dr. Jones a deal if he would back down.
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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.
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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.
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Talking About the Anniversary of 'Collateral Murder' Video Release with Iraq War Veteran Ethan McCord April 5th marks one year since WikiLeaks first released the "Collateral Murder" video, which showed a 2007 Apache helicopter attack in Iraq. To mark the anniversary, "This Week in WikiLeaks" had Ethan McCord, an Iraq War veteran and one of the US soldiers on the ground in Baghdad in 2007 who can be seen in the video helping to rescue children wounded in the attack, come on the show.
A mural painted in Avondale, Chicago, that was later censored or whitewashed after a city official met with the owner of the building., From ImagesAttr
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Artist Victor M. Montanez on MOCA's Mural Controversy, Censorship and How Artists Help the Elite Censor Art & Culture Reacting to a recent whitewashing of an antiwar mural in Los Angeles, Chicago artist Victor M. Montanez shares his views on censorship, art, culture and how the liberal class has helped powerful interests step up what is and is not permissible in art.
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Julian Assange's Real Crime: Making It Difficult for America to Wage Superpower Whether Julian Assange is guilty of rape or sexual molestation allegations is for the Swedish courts to decide. If he did in fact commit a crime, he will suffer the consequences. But, the charges increasingly appear to be part of a campaign of political persecution that is being endorsed and sponsored by a nation that wishes revenge on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for daring to challenge American superpower.
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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.
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CNN's 'WikiWars' Documentary Exploits Character of Julian Assange to Cast Doubt on WikiLeaks Here are two key questions for the producers of "WikiWars": Why, all over the globe, is WikiLeaks being given credit for being a force for good? Why is it being nominated for peace prizes and medals when here in the United States most contend it has put lives at risk and exercises reckless authority when deciding what information to publish and not publish?
A not very happy looking crowd of Tea Party protesters listening to a Member of Congress. Tea Party protest, March 21, 2010, U.S. House of Representatives., From ImagesAttr
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A Failure to Bring Hope and Change Will Produce an Enthusiasm Gap Every Time The media's legitimization of fringe lunatic Terry Jones last week, the man with a history of actions only people sympathetic to Westboro Baptist Church would support, had one effect that Democrats can be thankful for: it pushed aside talk of an "enthusiasm gap" between the Republican base and the Democratic base, which many think will produce big wins for the GOP in November...
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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.
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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
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Responding to the Toxic Anti-Islamic Fervor Growing in This Nation With the growing anti-Islam fervor that has been ratcheting up as a result of people trying to stop a "Ground Zero Mosque" from being built, I wanted to address the people who are trying to confront those who are making this country more dangerous and who are endangering this country's national security by writing a recruiting script for right wing fundamentalists or Islamists.
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Take this Pledge and Shove It The GOP's "Pledge to America" has little explanation on how it might be carried out. But, it does have plenty ideology, which demonstrates that the Republicans think the battle to win hearts and minds in the next months, for the midterm elections and after, will be won by appealing to what they think Americans believe about America.
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Torture, Interrogation, and Intelligence (Courtesy of Wikileaks) I thought this would be something people would be interested in.
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Review: "Fair Game" Reminds Us That Citizens Can Stand Up to Their Government The film, directed by Doug Liman, tells the human story of what Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) and Joe Wilson (Sean Penn) faced when the U.S. government chose to leak Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA agent to the press. It shows the resiliency of a human being who was taught not to break finally mentally and physically breaking down because all that she knows is lost.
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New York Times, NPR Collude with Pentagon on Release of Gitmo Files Michael Calderone reports "representatives from NPR and the Times visited the White House and spoke with Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell and members of Joint Task Force Guantanamo." And, "The news organizations agreed to some redactions requested by government officials but not all of them."
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Does Blagojevich's Idea to Shakedown a Children's Hospital Mean He's a Madman? The Chicago press has been suggesting Blagojevich is crazy and they have been doing this for quite some time.
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Where Does Single-Payer Go From Here? (Part 1) In the run-up to the vote on health reform legislation Saturday, the possibility of getting a vote on single-payer in Congress was looking more likely each day. Leaders were admitting privately if not publicly that single-payer grassroots groups were keeping reform legislation from dropping the public option entirely.
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Chicago Blues Fest: Now That's Blues with a Feeling Some words about the Chicago Blues heard at the Chicago Blues Fest Sunday afternoon and evening. Sunday was the third and final day of the Blues Fest in Chicago. The Blues Fest is a great introduction for younger generations to music with integrity. Article includes videos of artists playing music at other festivals so you can be introduced to these artists like I was.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 25, 2008
Just Another Candidate for Governor or a Real Maverick? In West Virginia, the governor of the state used to be the Secretary of State in charge of the voting machines. The governor, Democrat Joe Manchin, is now in a race against two candidates, state senator Russ Weeks, a Republican, and Jesse Johnson, a Mountain Party candidate (the Mountain Party is affiliated with the Green Party). Johnson was a 2008 Green Party presidential nominee.
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9/11 Burdens America, We Must Reassess How It Defines This Country There is a power in the unity that we all shared when we all grieved and were hurt by September 11th. But, the problem is that unity inevitably has grown into a unity of fear when what Americans really need is a unity of reconciliation. There is a need for Americans to find the courage to not forget but forgive...
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Does Gaddafi Still Have Chemical Weapons? (What WikiLeaks Cables Reveal) US State Embassy cables released by WikiLeaks show that the US has worked with other countries to ensure that Libya abandoned its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program. It offered incentives for Libya to cooperate. But, cables that have been released suggest a slight possibility that Gaddafi still has chemical weapons materials.
New Orleans residents hope they aren't forgotten, From ImagesAttr
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100 Days Since BP Oil Disaster Began, NOLA Natives Say Disaster is Not Over One hundred days after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded creating the worst environmental disaster in the world's history, those who live down along the Gulf coast in the areas that have been most impacted are standing strong and reminding the world that, while the well gushing oil may have been capped and while BP CEO Tony Hayward may be going to Siberia, the disaster is not over.
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"Creation" Producer: Theory of Evolution Too Provocative for America? Who knows what Jeremy Thomas, the producer of Creation a film on Charles Darwin's life, has and has not done to find a distributor in the U.S. He may have not shopped around enough, but recent polls indicate that it certainly is possible that U.S. distributors are telling him Creation starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connolly is “too controversial for religious America.”
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Scenes from Dante's Inferno The U.S. continues to support and condone the actions of Israel as it pressed on with its "urban offensive" or rather, its act of aggression toward Palestinians. The United Nations, on behalf of the Arab states, pushes to pass a statement condemning the actions of Israel which may call for a ceasefire. And, doctors cry out in horror as they witness what could be best described as hell on Earth.
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Celebration Photos Just as Likely to Inflame 'Terrorists' as Bin Laden Death Photos What makes anyone think photos of celebration at Ground Zero or the White House on the day bin Laden was killed won't inflame the Middle East or haven't already provoked some cell of terrorists to plan a new scheme for attacking America?
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Newspaper Editorial Board Cabals Newspapers plotting to assassinate the political fortitude and careers of our nation's best political leaders
An artistic way of saying thank you, From ImagesAttr
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I Owe a Debt of Gratitude to OpEdNews I owe a debt of gratitude to all of you, my forty-four fans, regular readers and others, especially OpEdNews.com Editor-in-Chief Rob Kall. For today I begin a trip from the Midwest to Westfield, New Jersey. I begin a journey because I have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve The Nation magazine as an intern in New York during the spring of this year.
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For Many, It's "Report an Illegal Day" Every Day Many Americans think that immigrants are "illegal." This article takes a look at what is fueling anger and fear toward "illegals." It includes a video from Chicago at the end which showcases the need to embrace diversity and come together to work for the common good instead of excluding a group to improve society.
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Respond to the RNC Police State: A Call to Action for OEN Journalists "In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival." -Noam Chomsky
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Cable Leaked by Wikileaks Reveals Honduras Coup Was Illegal One of over two hundred and fifty thousand State Department cables leaked by WikiLeaks reveals the coup in Honduras, the forced removal of President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, was understood to be illegal.
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How Do You Reconcile With Obama's Record and Ultimately Vote for Him on Election Day? Knowing that Barack Obama has compromised himself, knowing that he has been censoring himself since he first took office in Illinois, how can anyone rationally think that he will use any opening whatsoever to do anything for the poor, working, and middle class of America that is being cleansed of all its assets by the corporations and politicians in Washington?
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Obama Employs Bush Administration Tactic to Halt Release of Detainee Photos On Wednesday, Obama said he "would try to block the court-ordered release of photos showing U.S. troops abusing prisoners." The release, which was to be the result of a Freedom of Information Act request made by the ACLU, had been reasonable in the final weeks of April, but today, Obama chose to come out against the release.
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Banner Drop in Chicago Calls Attention to Chase's Funding of Dirty Energy A group of activists affiliated with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) attached a banner to the headquarters of JPMorgan Chase in downtown Chicago. Activists with RAN's local chapter sought to bring attention to Chase's funding of environmental destruction--mountaintop removal, which they have become the largest financier of.
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Google Executive Wael Ghonim Re-Energizes the Egypt Revolution Google executive and blogger Wael Ghonim walked on to the stage to speak to Egyptians in Tahrir Square on February 8. He told them he didn't feel guilty for Egypts who had died in the protests and that now is not the time for "settling scores for personal gain" or "for parties or ideologies"--It is time for "Egypt above all."
Screen shot of an Al Jazeera English report on Colombia, From ImagesAttr
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Podcast: WikiLeaks Helpful in Showing Colombia Government's Failure to Demobilize Right-Wing Paramilitaries The guest for this episode of "This Week in WikiLeaks" was Edward Fox, who is with Colombia Reports . He has been editing and organizing releases of the US State Embassy cables that deal with Colombia. On the show, we will talk about how the cables are impacting Colombia, what has been revealed and discuss some specific revelations.
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Science Suggests Torture Probably Didn't Prevent Any Attacks A recently published scientific paper suggests that “harsh interrogations” (torture) most likely “impaired the memories of suspects, diminishing their ability to recall and provide the detailed information” the CIA wanted. Torture could have even caused suspects to create and believe false memories.
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Pro-Choicers Come out to Defend Carhart's Abortion Clinic In Bellevue Nebraska, pro-choice and pro-women advocates have gathered to support to Dr. Carhart and his abortion clinic, as right wing forces begin to escalate a campaign against him.
Ron Paul has been one of the few conservatives to speak out in support of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, From ImagesAttr
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A Comment on the Conservative Case for WikiLeaks I submitted this comment that at 11 am ET was still awaiting moderation over at The American Conservative. Josh Hunter published a blog, "The Conservative Case for WikiLeaks," and I found it important to show my gratitude for the fact that a conservative had published a post based in reason.
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The Newburgh Four Sentencing: FBI Sting Operation Used the Men as Counterterror Lab Rats US District Judge Colleen McMahon understood the men were only in her court for sentencing because the FBI "created an act of terrorism." She understood the FBI scripted the plot from "start to finish." But, afraid to upset superiors or government officials, she condemned the defendants' anti-Semitism and their willingness to "kill, maim and destroy for money."
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Why is This Election So Unnervingly Close? The base that coalesced behind Obama earlier in this election providing a burst of energy that ultimately boosted Obama's campaign to the top has become extraordinarily limp lately. Whether this is indicative of the character of the progressive movement and its leaders or not, the moral fortitude to put forth an agenda that makes Obama more different than McCain is necessary.
Hollywood -- helping Americans to understand war, managing criticism and popular unrest through entertainment., From ImagesAttr
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Hollywood & the Pentagon: Ideal Tyrants of America Hollywood and the Pentagon have formed an ideal tyranny, a partnership over Americans' perceptions of U.S. wars and the U.S. military. The Al Jazeera show "Empire" takes over forty minutes to look at America and how Hollywood helps to manage Americans' views on U.S. involvement in wars.
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"Audience of One" Documentary Review A documentary about Pentecostal Pastor Gazowsky who thinks God wants him to direct a big-budget Christian epic. He sets out to create a film that he describes as "Star Wars meets The Ten Commandments."
The path of the wall in Budrus, From ImagesAttr
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Budrus: A Film That Gives Viewers Permission to Feel Something Unpopular There will most likely be no peace unless the people who are working in cooperation on films or art projects like Budrus are able to increase their impact on the world. This documentary is a success story that shows how peace can be forged through nonviolent acts of struggle.
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On Israel-Gaza Crisis: Obama, How About a Game of 20 Questions? A game of 20 questions. One on one, the citizens of the world might be able to deduce what Obama is thinking and pry some of his thoughts from his brain on the conflict.
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A Limbaugh-Ron Paulian Republic? The Youth Will Decide The youth will decide whether CPAC provided a new breadth of life for the GOP or not. Youth will decide how progressivism is defined in American politics. Youth will lead the way forward.
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The Lens with Which We View This Election No doubt I have irked many readers and writers with my persistence and vigor in arguing on behalf of third parties in this election. I ask that you understand this persistence and vigor stems from the lens which I view this election through.
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Are the Days of Free Internet News Coming to End? But like the free tap water you took for granted as a child, which is now bottled and sold for a pretty penny, the free Internet news some grew up being able to get whenever they wanted may, in the not-so-distant future, cost a pretty penny. That is, if über capitalist extraordinaire Rupert Murdoch is able to get his way.
This Bill constitutes the legalization of and mandates racial profiling by Arizona Law Enforcement. If you look like a Latino, have brown skin, look out of place, you are assumed to be an illegal until you produce proof that you are a citizen., From ImagesAttr
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Many Americans Celebrate and Defend Racial Profiling as SB1070 Goes Into Effect One can talk about the facts and what the law will and will not do. One can cite studies and try to employ well-reasoned arguments to explain why people, whose prejudice against immigrants is too much for them to bear, exaggerate the immigration problem. Or, one can simply share the remarks with others and give the reactionary views what they deserve: sunlight.
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Will Pentagon's Transfer to Ft. Leavenworth Further Isolate Bradley Manning? The Pentagon's decision to transfer the alleged whistleblower to WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, caught Manning's defense by surprise. Manning's move was not reported to his defense counsel until "twenty minutes before the Pentagon's press briefing." Is it possible he is being moved because the Bradley Manning Support Group has been successfully mobilizing people to protest his detention at Quantico?
CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia., From WikimediaPhotos
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Wikileaks Cables: CIA Ordered US Diplomats to Spy The Guardian has taken the lead on this story and is reporting, based on two cables they have cited, the directive to engage in spying on Ban Ki-Moon and other senior UN staff, security council members and other foreign diplomats, a possible violation of international law, came from the CIA.
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...And Crown Thy Good With Corporate Personhood The backlash against the recent Supreme Court decision on corporate spending is predicated on the notion that somehow we as a people have freedom of choice in our democracy. The reality is that we've acclimatized ourselves to voting for the lesser of two evils in each election. Perhaps now is a good time to no longer be so comfortable with having only two flavors of political parties to choose from.
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Defining Hope and Change With Laser-Like Focus on Congress The Nader/Gonzalez campaign will be more than a third party campaign and will help put forth resources so Congress watchdog groups can be established as part of a November 5th Movement. (november5.org)
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WikiLeaks Cables: TSA Listing After Attempted Christmas Day Bombing Upset Some Countries Newly published cables from WikiLeaks shed light on reactions from leaders of countries that were put on the list. From January to February 2010, US diplomats had to explain and justify the designation. Some leaders from countries on the list took serious offense thus relations between the US and certain countries were in jeopardy.
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What the McCain-Obama "Debates" Should Have Been Like The third party debate sponsored by the Free and Equal Elections group just finished airing on C-SPAN2. While it only included Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin, two of the six presidential candidates on enough ballot lines to win in a free and fair election, the third party debate showed what the debates between McCain and Obama could have been like.
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Time for Those Subpoenaed in WikiLeaks Grand Jury Investigation to Setup Support Committee? The grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks has widened. A subpoena has been issued to David House, co-founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network. Manning's ex-boyfriend, Tyler Watkins and Nadia Heninger also were issued subpoenas. These subpoenas lead one to wonder if it isn't time for the subpoenaed to band together and launch a support committee to open up a conversation on the US government's investigation.
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The Israel Cables: Gaza is 'Hopeless for Now' Violence has escalated significantly in the past month between Israel and Hamas. The Itamar attack, which involved the stabbing of five members of a Jewish family by two individuals whom were believed to be Palestinians, and arms found, which Israel believed were being smuggled from Iran, inflamed tensions further. As some suggest Operation Cast Lead II has begun, WikiLeaks cables on Israel are being released.
In America, Robin Hood takes from the poor to give to the rich., From ImagesAttr
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Defending a Tax Cut Deal That is Robin Hood in Reverse The Senate will debate the tax cut deal today. President Obama, despite Sen. Bernie Sanders' wise words on the floor of the Senate on Friday, defended the deal in his weekly address.
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The Obama Win: Handle As Little and as Gently as Possible Progressives/liberals might worry extensively about mucking up or tarnishing a good thing. This may prevent action toward real change.
From Tahrir Square. Follow 3arabawy on Twitter for pics and updates from Cairo, From ImagesAttr
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'Day of Departure' Aftermath, Mubarak Resignation from NDP, and Military Plans for Tahrir Square A round-up to be kept updated throughout the day on the latest in Egypt.
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Decoding the White House Strategy on Preventing 'Violent Extremism' The White House has released its strategy for "countering violent extremism in the United States." The strategy seeks to encourage the development and use of community approaches to addressing "all types of extremism that lead to violence, regardless of who inspires it." It seems to be a reasonable and well-rounded approach. However, the strategy does not define "extremism."
Screen shot of an Al Jazeera English report on the elections in Nigeria., From ImagesAttr
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Nigerian Elections: Candidates, as Revealed by WikiLeaks Cables, Still Register to Vote Multiple Times US State Embassy cables from Nigeria released by WikiLeaks to NEXT, a leading source for Nigerian news and commentary, show a country with a political class that is fundamentally corrupt. Political candidates vote multiple times, individuals can assume the presidency unconstitutionally, and the country's ruling party is primarily a sect of crony elites wishing to hold on to access to money and power.
MSNBC's David Gregory to Glenn Greenwald: .Why Shouldn't You Be Charged With a Crime?. 06/23/2013, From ImagesAttr
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The Propaganda & Yellow Journalism Which Undermines Snowden's Whistleblowing When Snowden came forward to identify himself as the source behind stories on US secret surveillance. "I don't want public attention because I don't want the story to be about me. I want it to be about what the US government is doing." He also wrote, "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant."
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Violence During Million Women March Frustrates Female Egyptians Stories of what happened as Egyptian women protested in Tahrir Square and called for equality and fairness in Egyptian society in honor of International Women's Day are circulating. Female Egyptians hoped to have a million women march. Unfortunately, only a few hundred women came out to demonstrate and the action turned violent as men disrupted what should have been a peaceful day of celebration.
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BP Doesn't Want You Filming, Move Along Now A recounting of a chilling story Mac McClelland reported on that has been featured prominently on blogs for the past few week followed by a question -- What is the link between this prohibiting of media access and detaining of photographers/videographers to Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR)
U.S. Army Spc. Justin Towe scans his area while on a mission with Iraqi army soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division in Al Muradia village, Iraq, March, 13, 2007, From ImagesAttr
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Truth of Hopeless, Deadly Stalemated War Revealed in Iraq War Logs Iraq War Logs were made public yesterday and document 109,000 deaths, including 66,000 civilian deaths, of which 15,000 were previously unknown. The more than 390,000 field reports from US military reveal the truth about the Iraq War from 2004 to 2009, which Wikileaks' Julian Assange hopes will correct attacks "on the truth that occurred before the war, during the war, and which [have] continued on since the war concluded.
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US Social Forum: Fighting Wage Theft The USSF 2010 has begun. Many different issues and organizations are represented. One of the many organizers in attendance, Ted Smukler from Interfaith Workers for Justice, will be bringing attention to wage theft in this country.
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The Turkeys Should Be Choosing Which Bush Admin Official to Pardon I'm trying to wrap my head around the concept of Thanksgiving. I have always had problems with the holiday but my personal hang-ups with Thanksgiving have increased due to the fact that so many Americans are approaching this holiday with more illusion than ever before.
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A Grim Review of Current Actions Against the Afghan War All over the U.S. in the beginning of the week, between Black Friday and Dec 2nd, there were actions organized to bolster opposition to the Afghan war escalation that Obama was going to defend in his West Point speech on Tuesday. In total, there were thousands of people who came out to call for an end to the occupation of Afghanistan. But, come Saturday, Dec. 5th, where were liberals and progressives?
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U.S. Social Forum: Storytelling for Real and Lasting Change in America Karlos Guana Schmieder, communications director for the Center for Media Justice, discusses the Center's plans for the U.S. Social Forum and why movements need to tell a good story to be successful and ultimately create real and lasting change in America and the world.
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FBI Director Hints At Arresting Assange If He Weren't In Ecuador Embassy FBI director James Comey indicated WikiLeaks remains focus for intelligence agencies and prosecuting Julian Assange for his work as a publisher remains possible.
Screen shot of a live report from senior Democracy Now! producer Sharif Kouddous, who has been filing live reports from Cairo., From ImagesAttr
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Pro-Mubarak Forces and Police Thugs Attack Journalists Press reporting on the unfolding revolution in Egypt faced some of the worst attacks yet on Wednesday. Reporters Without Borders (RWB) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) both condemned the attacks on BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Al-Arabiya and ABC News journalists and others.
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Senate Drops Public Option: Is Real Health Care Reform Dead? A bipartisan agreement or "compromise"- was agreed upon by "six bipartisan members"- of the Senate Finance Committee on Monday which did not include any plan or language for the creation of a "public option."- The public option has been the hope for millions of Americans especially progressives who have chosen to support this "public option"- instead of fighting for single-payer health care (a Medicare for All system).
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Whistleblowers Condemn US For Denying Entry To Former UK Diplomat Craig Murray is currently scheduled to speak at a conference and present an award to CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, but the U.S. has refused to grant him "entry clearance."
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 30, 2008
2008 Recounted with Heart and Soul From the Iowa Caucuses to Obama vs. Hillary to the haunting rise of Sarah Palin to the Wall Street bailout (which both Barack Obama and John McCain supported) to the celebrated election of Barack Obama, 2008 was a year where anything and everything happened
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Re-branding the World Can't Wait Update from the World Can't Wait National Meeting in Chicago. Leaders in the movement to drive out the Bush Regime are discussing what to do now that Obama is elected.
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The Irony and Absurdity of Occupation (Winter Soldier Day 2) This is an open thread for Day 2 of the Winter Soldier or the first full-day of hearings. Add coverage and comments to this article. Or, post links to your own editorials in the comments section.
Hillary at AIPAC, From FlickrPhotos
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Clinton Task Force Breaks Barriers To Defend Her Donors The project celebrates Clinton's ability to break down barriers, and it's true: she is breaking barriers for corporations to influence government policy.
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When Skin Color Matters With the Jena 6 dispute renewing cries against racism, why was Obama not at last week's march? Is he really a "black candidate" for president? That is, does he really care about what the majority of African-Americans are affected by or what they care about?
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Ethan McCord & James Spione Talk About New Film on 'Collateral Murder' Video A new short documentary called, "Incident in New Baghdad," premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on Sunday. The film tells the story of Iraq war veteran Ethan McCord, a soldier who appears in the "Collateral Murder" video rescuing two wounded children.
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Lt. Dan Choi: Proud to Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with Bradley Manning While at Netroots Nation 2011, I had the privilege of speaking to Lieutenant Dan Choi, who served in the US Army infantry, went to war in Iraq and graduated from West Point with a degree in Arabic. He expressed solidarity with Bradley Manning, one of the first times Choi had spoken about him on camera.
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Arizona Immigration Law: Just the Old Law Being Enforced or Racial Profiling? "I live in Arizona. It's not much of a big deal for me. I feel that not much has changed with it. It's the old law and we're just really enforcing it now and I think it's time to crack down. I thought pulling all this stuff out of it was just stupid and it just prolongs it. And, we're just beating around the bush with it. We're not getting stuff done."
he first responders and families of those who were first to act show support for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act., From ImagesAttr
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Democrats, Obama Cave to Corporations Unwilling to Let Congress Close Tax Loophole to Help 9/11 Responders Add healthcare for 9/11 responders to a long list of concessions or outright capitulation to corporations that has taken place as a result of Democrats and President Obama being unwilling to take a stand against Republicans fronting for corporate executives and the top 2% in America.
...Now the big target in 2010 is mosques. Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich - both likely presidential candidates for 2012 - have hopped on the bandwagon that opposes the construction of a community center in lower Manhattan by a Muslim group. See, it's two b, From ImagesAttr
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Hamas Supports "Ground Zero Mosque" & Other Messages Damning Religious Freedom to Hell The hysteria surrounding the "Ground Zero Mosque" that really cannot be seen from Ground Zero has nothing to do with some impending Islamic fundamentalist quest to impose Sharia Law in America and has everything to do with a toxic patriotism fueled by evangelical political activism in this country.
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Conservative Media Echo Chamber Dominates, Steers Democratic Party The Right is proving that, through certain apparatuses and organizations, it can determine the shape and outcome of policy and who or what organizations will be allowed to be affiliated or involved in government as these policies or reforms take shape. Democrats have done virtually nothing to prevent conservative media from being successful.
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What's It Gonna Take for America to Shut Down Guantanamo? When we consider the indignity and inhumane treatment that detainees at Guantanamo have experienced and the torture and abuse which has surely inflamed Islamists who fill the ranks of al-Qaeda-like networks, what is our nation's collective reaction? How do we respond? Does the thought of Guantanamo even matter to us?
This is what activists participating in the Appalachia Rising convergence are fighting to protect., From ImagesAttr
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Welcome to Appalachia Rising What organizers are calling "an unprecedented gathering of Appalachian people and their allies in the movement to abolish all forms of surface mining" for coal, particularly mountaintop removal mining, will take place over the weekend...
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Have a Very Merry Secular Christmas Christmas may have been a holiday for celebrating the so-called birth of Christ long, long ago. But, alas, I do not think it is anymore. The holiday now is based on consumerism and is fueled by rampant commercialism.
Bombs raining down on Gaza, From ImagesAttr
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Cable Highlights Saudi Anti-Bush Poem Published During Israel's 2006 War in Lebanon Bombardment of Lebanon by Israel, according to UPI, began on July 12, 2006, just after "Shiite Hezbollah militiamen captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others in cross-border attacks." This is the climate that led columnist Saad Al Bawardi to publish a poem titled, "Letter to Bush," in an Al Jazeera newspaper.
Jill Stein with supporters, From FlickrPhotos
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Media Scrambles To Discourage Sanders Supporters From Voting Jill Stein The Green Party convention influenced another round of snide commentary for daring to give voters an alternative to Clinton.
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Gulf Activist on BP Gulf Disaster: "The Government Has No Plan" A video interview from Project Gulf Impact with a Gulf resident and activist who urges the American people to wake up and take notice of what the government and BP is doing and has failed to do in the Gulf in the aftermath of the BP Gulf Disaster.
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The American Inquisition Was Willing to Use Insects on Detainees It is tough to grapple with the reality that our military, with the support and consent of psychologists and medics and government officials, thought that using insects could help us in our effort to "win" the so-called "war on terror."
This graffiti image of a guantanamo prisoner was painted on one of the fences. This is of course welcomed at Glastonbury..., From ImagesAttr
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Guantanamo Detainees Know America's New Normal Far Too Well Carol Rosenberg, a journalist for the Miami Herald and one of the few journalists who continue to follow operations and proceedings at the Guantanamo Bay prison reports "an emotionally ill detainee still being held at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was first recommended for release by the Pentagon in 2004."
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Congressman Ron Paul on TSA's Calamity: "We Have Accepted the Notion That We Should Be Treated Like Cattle" Congressman Ron Paul, one of the few lawmakers challenging the government TSA's abuse of government, gives a rousing speech on the House floor in defense of civil liberties.
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World Oceans Day: Soon to Be World Dead Zones Day? The Ocean Project, which consists of over one thousand aquariums, zoos, museums and conservation organizations, has designated June 8th "World Oceans Day." As oil continues to gush at perhaps 100,000 barrels a day into the Gulf of Mexico (which connects to the Atlantic Ocean), this day carries even more significance.
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Sit-In at Pelosi's Office After Breaking Promise on Kucinich Amendment 15-20 people engage in a sit-in at Nancy Pelosi's Office in San Francisco. Americans who want a single payer system in America instead of the Health Insurance Enrichment legislation being discussed in Congress should contact Nancy Pelosi now to voice support for real health care reform.
Laura Poitras, From FlickrPhotos
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Filmmaker Laura Poitras Doesn't Know If Military Is Done Investigating Her Documents suggest filmmaker Laura Poitras was stopped routinely by airport security because she was falsely accused of involvement in an ambush in Iraq.
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Why Should I Vote for Hillary: Hillary Supporters on Facebook Conversations with young Americans for people curious about the future of America
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 16, 2009
Bush Farewell Muted By Plane Crash The normal barrage of punditry that comes after significant speeches of this nature was ditched last night so that coverage of the plane crash into the Hudson River and Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder's confirmation hearing could be covered. How interesting is it that a plane crash would lead to news coverage of Bush's farewell being cut off?
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Equal Rights for All Americans Championed at Oscars By the time Sean Penn came on stage to accept his award, there was already this sentiment in the air that an overwhelming issue for humanity in America was lingering. The issue was in the back of the minds of all those at the Oscars---LGBT rights.
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One Year On, Obama's "Yes We Can" is Now "Incremental Change We Can Believe In" A week or two ago I began to think about the reality that it had been about a year since Obama won the election. And, about a week or two ago, I began to see and read the first conversations about how the 2012 Election is set to begin in the spring of 2010. I do not know how many Americans can handle the beginning of another election right now.
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Ordinary Algerians Losing Confidence in Bouteflika Regime Thousands of demonstrators came out to demonstrate against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's regime in Algeria on February 12. Security forces arrested hundreds of protesters, including human rights activists and syndicate members of the General Union of Algerian Workers.
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Muslims and WikiLeaks: Two of Peter King's Most Favorite Targets Rep. Peter King of New York has a well-known position on WikiLeaks: It's terrorism. Presumably, King would like to see WikiLeaks "strangled" in the way that the Committee on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) is being cracked down on by the FBI.
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Twenty-One Years Later: A Financial Apocalypse, Two Wars, Global Warming, and Obama As I celebrate my birthday, this is my attempt to ruin it by over-thinking and ruminating on what it means to turn twenty-one. I ramble on and discuss pressures, politics, and basically my worldview of alcohol that will no doubt leave you wondering how I expect to make it at all in this nation we call America.
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Veteran-led Civil Resistance in Front of White House and WikiLeaks' Role in Inspiring the Action This morning, on December 16th, military veterans will lead a nonviolent act of civil resistance against the ongoing U.S. wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Led by Veterans for Peace, the organizers expect this to be the largest veteran-led resistance since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began. I interviewed a lead organizer and a veteran and asked them about organizing this event as the US pursues WikiLeaks.
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5 Videos You Should See This Week (November 20th) As an OpEdNews Multi-Media Editor, I post five videos each week that I think you should see. I do not do this to select videos that represent the top news stories of the week. I pick five videos that I think show something that may have been underreported or that I think should be seen by you because of what the video explores.
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The Visitor and the Value of Human Connection The Visitor is about finding one's place, struggling to maintain it, and then being forced to do the inevitable. It would just be another human tragedy if it wasn't for the presence of Walter, whose assistance in the struggle adds a poignant dimension to the tragedy unfolding.
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Twenty Songs for a Merry Christmas Ever since I can remember, I have greatly enjoyed the holiday season because I not only have had the warmth of friends and family but I have also had great holiday music to listen to as Christmas draws near. Tomorrow, on Christmas, here is a list of twenty songs to help make your Christmas merry and bright.
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"Keep It Closed Campaign" Against Abortion Clinic Falters A campaign against Dr. Leroy Carhart's abortion and contraception clinic in Nebraska struggled to find grassroots support for its activities, which were planned for last weekend. Over a hundred clinic defenders met a mishmash of pro-lifers head on, muddying their plans to launch a campaign against Dr. Carhart and his clinic.
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Disturbing STD Experiments on Guatemalans by U.S. Uncovered An article written by Susan M. Reverby, a professor of women's studies at Wellesley College, has uncovered details on a study conducted between 1946 and 1948 in Guatemala, which involved experiments on Guatemalans. Essentially, the Public Health Service (PHS) inoculated people with syphilis.
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Should Americans Allow 9/11 and the Perceived Threat from al Qaeda to Dictate Our Future? Too many seem to have a desire to cling to the neoconservative imperialist policies of the past, and isn't that desire a bit extreme? And why do we feel the need to maintain what's left of these policies which were executed with brutal inhumane consequences throughout the Bush Administration? For what?
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CFR President Richard Haass Plays Six Degrees of Iran With North Korea Just like movie buffs love to play the trivia game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," foreign policy think tank leaders and members love to play "Six Degrees of Iran." Basically, any foreign conflict or incident especially ones that the U.S. could have played a clear role in exacerbating must somehow be connected to Iran.
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Standing at 16th St & Champa: Stories from the DNC in Denver On Day 1 of the DNC, I recount the past 24 hours in Denver which includes protest news and a police state update.
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Truth Is We're Obsolete Every Tuesday on FOX, Americans can tune in to a new show that's now on television called "Fringe." The show is from J.J. Abrams (creator of "Lost"), Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci.
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Dave Zirin's New Film on the Intersection of Sports & Politics Sports editor for The Nation magazine, Dave Zirin, and writer of such books as Welcome to the Terrordome, has a new film coming out on DVD called "Not Just a Game." The film examines how it is nearly impossible to separate politics and sports and keep sports isolated from politics.
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What is At Stake Here At the RNC (Or What Was At Stake Here) On-the-ground report from the skirmish on Thursday evening when anti-war activists attempted to march to the Xcel Energy Center and a description of the police state and its effects on the peace and social justice groups which protested the RNC
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Review: 'The Whistleblower' Humanizes a Character Often Targeted & Vilified by Society Through the production of this film, director Larysa Kondracki and the cast & crew involved manage to give voice to any individual that ever felt powerless and persecuted for simply believing in his or her job.
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Let's Hope the Four Percent Get What They Want Tomorrow The festivities come to an end tomorrow. The fundraising and corporate wining and dining between corporate/special interests and politicians will subside just a little temporarily but those paying attention understand it will all start up again in the final months of 2011, as corporations get an even bigger shot at more wealth with the 2012 Election.
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Barack Obama: A Love Story Michael Moore's film is refreshing. It makes you want to go out on behalf of the voiceless ---the poor, the working class, the middle class, etc--- and fight the power and challenge the evils of capitalism which Moore examines in his film. But, Moore does not do enough to dissuade Americans of the idea that Obama is the answer to fighting capitalism.
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Kurt Eichenwald's Espionage Fantasy: Edward Snowden Has Become a Chinese Spy There is no proof or evidence that Snowden has been working on behalf of China to expose US state secrets that the country could use specifically to aid in its hacking against industrialized democracies around the world. Yet, in addition to this feature story on Snowden, Eichenwald has spent hours upon hours on Twitter pushing a wild theory that what Snowden did makes him a spy.
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5 Videos You Should See This Week (August 21st) As an OpEdNews Multi-Media Editor, I post five videos each week that I think you should see. I do not do this to select videos that represent the top news stories of the week. I pick five videos that I think show something that may have been underreported or that I think should be seen and enjoyed.
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CIA Pompeo Poised To Punish Whistleblowers If Torture Program Restored With Trump signaling he favors torture, the CIA is positioned to crack down on whistleblowers who inform public of return of illegal programs.
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Music to Fuel a Grassroots Rebellion Against Coal's Destruction of Applachia Musical performances from the largest convergence of anti-mountaintop removal activists in the history of America. Not really something to celebrate. What a shame that coal is able to engage in the destruction of mountains. There shouldn't have to be people fighting King Coal to get them to stop devastating Appalachia. But, coal is destroying the environment and activists must fight. Here's music to fuel the rebellion.
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Wishing My Mom (& All Moms) Good Health on Mother's Day Acknowledging all that mother has done, looking forward to a future with you mother, and giving moms all over America a glimpse at what we could do for moms in this country to make life easier and much better.
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Why Obama? This article sheds some light on Obama's policies and stances and comments on how he has fared with the media and his supporters thus far in this presidential election.
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For All the Recent College Graduates in Debt & Ready to Get on With Life, A Few Words Recalling a "New Rules" segment that aired almost a year ago, I discuss my commencement experience as one of the many college students in America that recently graduated in the Class of 2010. I talk about where I will be going next in life and provide a little insight on getting along in the world after college. (Because we haven't heard enough of that at commencement ceremonies, have we?)
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Israel's Campaign to Discredit Attacked Humanitarian Convoy Israeli censorship of activists and journalists coupled with what Israeli authorities consider the official story has successfully pushed media organizations in the U.S. and other countries to frame the story in a way exclusively beneficial to Israel. The official story usually includes the story of the Free Gaza Movement at the bottom and frames the attack as a public relations nightmare for Israel instead of a disproportiona
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Why Bush Considered Sending Military into Buffalo, NY The Bush Administration considered a proposal to deploy U.S. military to make arrests of terror suspects. The proposed idea was legally justified by John Yoo and supported by Dick Cheney. It would have violated the Constitution and the Posse Comitatus Act.
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WikiLeaks Cables Illuminate Why Yemenis Held "Day of Rage" While Egyptians continue to maintain their uprising against President Hosni Mubarak with a "Day of Departure" on February 4, it is worth looking at what happened in Yemen yesterday. An opposition coalition of Yemenis mobilized in defiance of a plea from President Ali Abdullah Saleh to not protest, rally or engage in any sit-ins, and held their own "Day of Rage."
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What's a Young Person to Do In These Times? As far as my youthful mind can tell, we stand at a time in history where something radically different could be created in our name. The systems in this country have spiraled downward and are now utterly dysfunctional---they are plunging this nation into definite ruin.
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Political Bigotry (Or, Why Would You Ever Vote Third Party?) It must be asked of people eschewing third party voters---What did you do since 2005 to make sure you and other Americans wouldn't have to hold their nose and vote in this election?
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In the Face of King Coal, Tree Sitters Triumph As the Obama Administration continues to glorify the use of "clean" coal to solve America's energy problems, a movement of Americans in Appalachia consistently is engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience against coal interests in West Virginia, which support a destructive form of mining known as mountaintop removal (MTR) that involves blowing the tops off of mountains to get to the coal.
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Why Kucinich And Not Ron Paul A simple look at the major differences between two of America's best presidential candidates that shows just how much better Kucinich is when compared to Ron Paul.
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Obama Declares Combat Mission in Iraq Over: What Nation Will America "Liberate" and "Rebuild" Next? President Obama appeared before the American people to formally declare the combat mission was officially over in Iraq. Obama discussed what Iraqis must do now that the U.S. has ended combat operations, re-affirmed America's commitment to the war in Afghanistan, and ended with a focus on the economy and restoring the middle class in America.
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How Many Black Lives Matter Protests Have the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force Helped Police Track? A supervisor with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, helped police monitor a Black Lives Matter protest last December
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The Brazilian Cables: US Upset Brazil Puts Interests of Activists Ahead of Counterterrorism Cables from Brazil released by WikiLeaks reveal the United States has been pushing Brazil to take the threat of terrorism more seriously and institutionalize counterterrorism into their legal system. They reveal the U.S. has attempted to have Guantanamo detainees resettled in Brazil but has had no success and that sometimes law enforcement. And, they demonstrate that Brazil may be hesitant to charge suspects with terrorism...
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On the Issue of the US, Pakistan is Playing with Fire It's not just the Pakistan military. I would say Pakistan's civilian and military elites have never trusted their people and they have been posturing on the one hand on an anti-Americanism platform and on the other they have been negotiating and bargaining with the West and in particular the Americans, Raza Rumi, a writer based in Lahore, Pakistan explains.
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You May Be Georgian Today, But I'm Not John McCain stepped up his rhetoric on the Russia-Georgia conflict today condemning Russia's "aggression" and declaring today that "we are all Georgians now."
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"Honest Talk" and "Real Solutions" Courtesy of Barack Obama I don't disagree with your call for "honest talk" and "real solutions."
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When Corporate Pirates Commit Class Economic Rape The rapaciousness of media occurs in the same manner that the rapaciousness of corporations like A.I.G. occurs. All function in a system which allows for greed and corruption to subvert the well-being of communities and taxpayers nationwide.
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Pakistan Papers: US Drone Strikes Violate Sovereignty, Fuel Anti-American Sentiment A new batch of US State Embassy cables released specifically dealing with the US relationship with Pakistan draw attention to a number of Pakistani political issues, the military aid the US has been giving Pakistan, the deployment of US troops in Pakistan and the growing conflict between India and Pakistan, which the US appears to be gaming to advance its own foreign policy.
Ray McGovern who was arrested by NYPD and stopped from attending event with General Petraeus, From ImagesAttr
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Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Arrested While Trying to Attend David Petraeus Event in New York How security or the NYPD knew McGovern and the other activists by name and that they would be at the event is unknown at the moment. Whether an alert system like the alerts used by the State Department was involved to tip off security to their presence is also unknown as well.
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The Guantanamo Children: These Aren't What You'd Call 'Little League' Terrorists Article 1 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as "every human being below the age of eighteen years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier." However, the US and the Pentagon does not care about child rights. Fourteen or forty years old, detainees are terrorists and should be treated as such.
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Halliburton/KBR's Gang-Raping of America Halliburton/KBR isn't only guilty of covering up the gang-raping of women stationed in Iraq.
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U.S.-Supported Night Raids Bring Terror to Afghanis An assortment of American military, security contractors from the U.S., and Afghani security and police organizations that likely answer to U.S. military leaders engage in war on a daily basis and, as Anand Gopal recently detailed, are subject to targeted assassinations, night raids, secret detention centers, disappearances, and other acts of "counterterror."
Many of the people who energized support for Barack Obama in 2008 gather at the Lincoln Memorial for the
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Restoring Sanity to Elections: Are We Managers of Democracy or Citizens? The two most prominent parties are co-opted by moneyed interests that neutralize our votes, they allow the dominance of money in politics to increase, and instead of breaking away and making reasonable calls for reforms to voting or elections, citizens fret about the possibility of spoilers. They fear being good to themselves and voting their conscience on Election Day.
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Federal Judge Orders Chelsea Manning Released from Jail The order came after the grand jury investigating WikiLeaks was dismissed, Kevin Gosztola reports.
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So What is the US Social Forum? For those unaware of what the US Social Forum, here's an introduction to a huge event in Detroit this week that is bringing activists, organizers, youth and cultural workers from all over the country together to debate ways of confronting the most pressing social justice and global issues of the day. They are building networks and developing structures for after the USSF that will benefit their communities when they return.
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Faced with Mosque Madness Democrats Invert Frederick Douglass' Key Rule for Change The response to developers and supporters with connections to the Muslim community in New York City, who wish to construct an Islamic cultural center that many now refer to as the "Ground Zero Mosque," has a toxicity that is repulsive and entirely objectionable. Unfortunately, Democrats have shown an utter lack of leadership and continue to fail to confront the right wing's whipping up of hysterical patriotism...
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America Speaks, But Not for Cuts to Social Programs Last weekend, all over the United States 21st Century Town Hall Meetings were held all over the country by an organization that calls itself AmericaSpeaks. The town hall meetings focused on the budget and economy in America and featured a particular focus on cutting deficits. The following contains video interviews with Margaret Flowers of PNHP and Katie Robbins of Healthcare-Now!
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Significance of Military Judge's Decision to Not Acquit Bradley Manning of "Aiding the Enemy' A military judge issued a ruling in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning today where she declined to acquit Manning of the "aiding the enemy" charge. His defense had filed motion requesting what is called a "directed verdict" because they believed the government had presented no evidence that Manning had "aided" any enemies when it presented its case during the trial.
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Justice for Oscar Grant: If Only the System Worked for All People The murder of the young black male, Oscar Grant, on a BART platform in Oakland along with the trial and verdict are further examples of systemic racism. The videos clearly showed what happened: murder. Yet, the transit officer, Jonathan Mehserle, who shot Grant, was found guilty not of second-degree murder but instead involuntary manslaughter.
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Civilians Killed During Offensive in Afghanistan: Human Shields or Unfortunate Targets? It was only a matter of time before military commanders began to claim that the Taliban was using "human shields" to make it difficult for U.S. and NATO to carry out their offensive and wage war and occupation without killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan
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ACLU's New Project to Uncover Details on Law Enforcement Use of Location Tracking The ACLU has launched a massive effort with more than thirty of its state affiliates to uncover just how law enforcement agencies, large and small, are using cell phone location data to track Americans. The national organization and its affiliates submitted 379 requests through state Freedom of Information (FOI) laws.
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A Broad Coalition to Take on the Banksters George Goehl, a member of a broad coalition behind the organization of the Showdown in Chicago, which will take place October 25-27, sees this action as a way to target the banks and direct a message to Congress that they need to stand up for the American people and pass real reforms.
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The New Republic's Sean Wilentz Greatly Misunderstands Movement Politics Sean Wilentz, writer for The New Republic, thinks he understands why the Obama Administration has floundered: movement politics has undone and unraveled his presidency. To a point, Wilentz would be right, but the conclusion that Wilentz comes to is to utterly disregard movements and engage in "'status quo' politics" to save his presidency and ensure re-election in 2012.
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Can the World Wait? Success at the World Can't Wait (WCW) National Meeting this weekend rested upon whether those participating would be able to deliberate and synthesize ideas so that an agenda of goals and objectives could be formulated in the not-so-distant future.
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Battered, Abused Progressives Struggle with Biden, Tea Party as Midterm Elections Near Vice President Joe Biden wants progressives to get into gear and the Tea Party makes gains that progressives have been unable to make.
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A Roar of Anger Against the Coal Industry That Cannot Be Ignored or Silenced The anger and courage of Americans who have been expressing opposition to the coal industry and expending energy to chip away at the power coal companies have to destroy America's environment is paying off. Here is a glimpse at a coalition in Chicago organizing against the power of King Coal in their community.
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After January 20th On Wednesday, another reporter made a valiant attempt to convince Obama to break his silence on the horror and terror unfolding in Gaza. In response to Obama's deafening silence, here is a poem.
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The United National Peace Conference: A Visionary Event Filling a Vacuum While the Netroots Nation Convention commands the attention of many who are tuned into activism this weekend, there is another gathering of significance that is happening in Albany, NY--the United National Peace Conference.
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Joe the Plumber Is Focus of Third Debate The third and final debate spent more than a half hour on Joe the Plumber. It was indicative of the lack of attention to key issues, the inadequate moderation, and the lack of substance which have been key problems for all three presidential debates.
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Obama's Vow to Reverse Executive Orders a Breath of Fresh Air? Bush resorted to executive orders once again to overhaul intelligence without approval from Congress days after Obama vowed to expunge any executive orders that "trample on liberty."
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Pentagon Inspector General Ignored & Rejected NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake's Claims of Retaliation NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake has learned that the Pentagon Inspector General's Office has rejected his whistleblower retaliation complaint, which he
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Ralph Nader and the Antiwar Movement Nader isn't just rejected by Democrats. He is rejected by the antiwar movement, which he supports fervently.
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What I See at the Showdown in Chicago The American Bankers Association (ABA) and the banks and people of Chicago saw at least a thousand people get off buses and surround the entrance of Goldman Sachs headquarters in Chicago.
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When Sober Misery in Life Leads to Death The funeral was the first funeral I participated in. It will undoubtedly not be the last funeral I am involved in. So, I consider this a note to my self and others, a lesson, which deaths have a way of teaching: The pain of death is already painful enough; If you have pain between people who have not died but are there mourning, the pain can be even greater.
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What Goes for Family Farmers Goes for the Rest of the Country Larry Ginter is just one of the many ordinary folks looking to gain a sense of faith, hope, and dignity from taking part in the Showdown in Chicago, which will happen October 25-27 as the American Bankers Association hold their convention at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago.
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The "Liberal" Netroots: An Army Beholden to Democrats or an Independent Political Force to Be Reckoned With? Each year, for the past five years, members of what has become known as the "netroots" [a term that almost exclusively means progressives, liberals or Democrats that regularly blog and organize on the Internet] have come together for an annual convention known as Netroots Nation to participate in a forum for progressive activists and candidates to strengthen communities online and grow the progressive movement...
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Democrats Seek to Co-Opt Black Lives Matter Before Election 2 days after the endorsement, Black Lives Matter rejected any potential alliance, calling the resolution "business as usual" from career politicians.
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Local News Stations Engage in Covert Consolidation to Circumvent Media Ownership Rules A new trend in news (particularly in local newsrooms) is changing the independence of news networks. A business practice of covert consolidation that consists of deals, loopholes and legal agreements between local television stations that allow them to outsource all the majority of their news programming and circumvent media ownership rules is being employed.
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Why Rick Warren? The recent announcement that the man who may lead the most "purpose driven life" in American society, Pastor Rick Warren, will be providing the invocation proves...
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A Few Words on Leslie Nielsen Directors like The Zuckers knew exactly how to give him a shining role. People like Mel Brooks could recognize the genius of what Nielsen did in film, no matter how low-brow it seemed. But, future writers struggled to reproduce the success Nielsen had in his first outings.
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Malkia Cyril on Artists, Grassroots Organizing, and the Civil Rights Struggle for a Free, Open Internet Communication rights activist, experienced grassroots organizer, and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice Malkia Cyril discusses the power of artists in grassroots organizing and struggles the Center for Media Justice is waging for communities and people of color all over America.
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Tim DeChristopher at Netroots Nation: Obama Administration Pursues Activists Like Previous Administrations [VIDEO] DeChristopher recounts how he disrupted a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction at the end of 2008 that the Bush Administration was holding as a "parting gift to the oil and gas industry." He explains how he poses a threat to to government because he operates on a higher level of justice and morality that subverts their authority.
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Sexually Dangerous Can Be Imprisoned Indefinitely: Can Politicians Be "Sexually Dangerous"? A Supreme Court decision on Monday stated that federal official could hold people who are considered "sexually dangerous" indefinitely. The idea of keeping sexually dangerous people off the streets is not a bad one until you think of the enforcement mechanisms. Who gets to decide who is sexually dangerous and who is it? Aren't these the same people who go to work with politicians who themselves have committed sex crimes?
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Indefinite Detention of Guantanamo Detainees to Become a Long-Term U.S. Policy The Obama Administration will be making indefinite detention a more institutionalized part of U.S. policy in the so-called war on terrorism. An executive order to set up a "parole board" to periodically "review evidence" against "prisoners" being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba is being discussed and is expected to be signed by Obama next year.
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Bradley Manning Support Network Continues to Call Attention to Manning's Detention The Bradley Manning Support Network, which claims to be an ad hoc, international grassroots effort to help Bradley Manning, the private accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, is holding a National White House Call-in Day. To highlight the action today, here is an interview with one of the network's key organizers, Kevin Zeese.
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Going Old South On Obama: Ma and Pa Clinton Flog Uppity Black Man
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One Year Into Obama's Presidency, A Brown Turd Drops on Democrats Coakley's defeat in Massachusetts gives Blue Dogs an opportunity to blame progressives. Will voters take the opportunity to examine how America's political system lacks freedom of choice? And will they consider challenging the system so more voices and more choices can be viable candidates in elections?
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Where Do All the Devoted Kucinich People Go Now? Dennis Kucinich had to drop out today to save his congressional seat. His fight continues for Americans with impeachment though. So what now for the Americans he has forever changed?
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You Just Want to Nader Obama (VIDEO) I created a video that complements a recent article I just posted, "White House Pragmatism Versus the Pragmatism of Progressive Citizens." It represents a conversation I believe many progressives are having as talk of a a primary challenge to Obama in the upcoming 2012 Election increases. Enjoy.
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A Nation of Rebels Celebrates Its Independence Day I find there is no better way to mark Independence Day than to honor those who currently carry on the American tradition of agitation, struggle, and rebellion.
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G20: More Than a Billion Spent on Security So Leaders Could Agree to Disagree A final round-up article that looks at some of the worst cases of police brutality and violence against journalists and protesters at the G20 in Toronto. The article also explores what was deliberated and how it massively failed to open up any meaningful conversation on what the people of this world need.
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President Obama Talks About Slaughtering of His Party: Plans to Work With Republicans and Compromise The conference opened with President Obama saying some political stuff presidents are obligated to say even if they believe it or not. He said he "looked forward to working with" Speaker of the House-elect Republican John Boehner and congratulated Rep. Nancy Pelosi on "extraordinary leadership over the past two years." And, then he said, "Some election nights are more fun than others."
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Anti-Afghan War Escalation Rally to Reach for a World That Ought to Be A new coalition of antiwar organizations---the End U.S. Wars Coalition---aim to address such questions and will come together this weekend for a rally on Saturday, Dec. 12th, in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. Not far from the White House, they will challenge the Nobel Peace Prize winner President Barack Obama and his administration to halt the escalation in Afghanistan.
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National Equality March: “The Beginning of the Struggle” (Updated) In less than two hours, one of the most important social and political events in the history of the fight for LGBT equality will begin. A march in D.C., a culmination of a weekend of breakout sessions, trainings, breakfasts, dinners, will take off and head to the Capitol Building. I spoke with the co-communications director for the National Equality March, Phil Siegel. He addressed...
Jingoistic demonstration in Zucotti Park against proposed Islamic Cultural Center a few blocks from Ground Zero. Later, someone garlanded the proposed site with dirty shoes, raw porkchops, and cartoons of the Prophet., From ImagesAttr
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Obama's Wasted Attempt to Stand Up to Islamophobia President Barack Obama stepped into the middle of a swirl of prejudicial vitriol and unashamed hatred surrounding the building of an Islamic cultural center several blocks away from Ground Zero. Appearing at Friday night's iftar dinner at the White House, held to mark the breaking of the daily Ramadan feast, Obama was in a safe space away from Islamophobic politicians and pundits who have been disinforming Americans...
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Liberals No Longer Amused The objective of the week for liberals appears to be to make clear Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is some kind of pariah. it is quite another thing to delude people into voting for her simply because it is your view that Bernie Sanders' vision is difficult to make a reality. That position accepts the status quo and embraces a politics of low expectations,
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Lieberman Gets Another Visit from the Grassroots for Single-Payer (Updated) The grassroots organization, Mobilization for Healthcare for All, returned to Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) D.C. Office on Tuesday morning and confronted Lieberman for taking money from insurance companies and opposing healthcare as a human right.
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Introducing Shadowproof ShadowProof is the tne new iteration of firedoglake and it's GREAT that they're happening!!
Robert Gibbs frequently advances messages celebrating pragmatism in politics, which implicitly or explicitly roast progressive activism and politics., From ImagesAttr
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How Obama Made "Pragmatic" a Popular Dictionary Search This Year This year one of the most searched for words on the Merriam-Webster Dictionary website was "pragmatic." It was number two on the top ten list and the President and Publisher of Merriam-Webster, John M. Morse, suggests, "The popularity of pragmatic is reminiscent of 2005, when integrity was the most frequently looked-up word. In both cases, I think the word described a quality that people value highly...
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Obama Should Consider Public Option When Deciding Future of Afghan War Obama rejects all four military options on the war that vary from sending 20,000 to 40,000 more troops to the war in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, there is no reason for those hoping for a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan to be happy with news of Obama's recent rejection. That's because none of the options being considered by Obama include withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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Time for the Death of The Democratic Party The Democratic Party, along with liberal celebrities, media corporations, and polling firms, did it again. They sold us all the "safe" and most "electable" candidate, and they are likely going to lose to Trump again. This needs to be the death of the Democratic Party. Millions entrusted them with saving them from great harm that will be done by a 2nd term of the Trump administration. Let something better rise in its place
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Dammit, Hamas! Put Your Rockets Down Now! I've had it up to here with you, Hamas. And, you know what? The people of the Palestinian territories suffering under Israeli apartheid have had it too.
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Obama's Oil Spill Panel: Will It Be Better or Worse Than Carter's Three Mile Island Commission? The Obama Administration is putting together a presidential commission to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster. It is expected to be similar to past presidential commissions like the space shuttle Challenger disaster and the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island. Will it make recommendations and conclusions about this deadly form of energy that are necessary? Or will it seek to re-brand and legitimize an industry?
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4,000 Americans Had to Die for What? The world can expect to see more and more engineers of this phony and illegal "war on terror" appear in the public sphere and justify the Iraq War as Bush spends the last month defining what his legacy will be. And, this is because a key component of the Bush Administration's legacy will be how members sum up the illegal war and occupation of Iraq, which more than three quarters of America want an end to now.
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"This Week in WikiLeaks" Podcast - MENA Protests & WikiLeaks' Influence The third episode of this weekly podcast, which looks at stories related to WikiLeaks from the past week, featuring guest Michael K. Busch, who teaches international relations at the City College of New York, where he is also program coordinator at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies.
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Speaking Out in the Denver Police State Details on the situation in Denver as the DNC gets ready to begin
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5 Videos You Should See This Week (October 9th) For those of you who look forward to this posting every week, I apologize for its hiatus. I was traveling and producing videos at Appalachia Rising and the One Nation Working Together events in Washington, D.C. I am done traveling and am able to continue this weekly posting.
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Chelsea Manning Will Finally Get A First Chance At Life Chelsea Manning will be released from military prison at Fort Leavenworth next week. She will finally get a chance to be herself without having to conform to the rigid guidelines or expectations of the United States Army.
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Do We Understand Terrorism? It is easy to be appalled at the news that someone, an anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, would walk into such a museum and threaten the lives of guards and others inside. What is not so easy is considering the act within the context of our understanding of terrorism. But, we must. In fact, it is imperative to our future as a society.
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The Perfect Blend of Populism and Nationalism Inside Invesco Field, Obama and his Democratic supporters were having what could only be characterized as one big Demogasm. You could say this was like the Woodstock of all presidential candidate events in our history
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"This Week in WikiLeaks Podcast" - The Corporate War on WikiLeaks Supporters The fourth episode of this weekly podcast, which looks at stories related to WikiLeaks from the past week, featured guest Kevin Zeese, who is with the Bradley Manning Support Network and WikiLeaksIsDemocracy.org , which is a project dedicated to preventing the prosecution and extradition of Assange to the United States.
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US Doesn't Intend to Shut Down "Cirque de Saleh" in Yemen Anytime Soon Cables recently posted by the Spanish news organization El Pais provide more details on the manic and overbearing Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The cables appear just as Saleh seems to be closer to transferring control of Yemen to another leader, who can diffuse the growing revolt against his regime.
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Media Coverage of Reid Deepens America's Illiteracy, Fear, and Anxiety Toward Race The media spent a full day on Monday, January 11th, dissecting and reconstructing the surface meaning of Sen. Harry Reid's remarks on Obama, which most pundits and political leaders have characterized as racist. It's a good thing the media was given this distraction because with health care slipping into oblivion and the CIA bomber in Afghanistan and the botched bombing on Christmas Day the media was probably getting...
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 7, 2010
5 Videos You Should See This Week (August 7th) As a Multi-Media Editor for OpEdNews, I am going to begin to do a post each week that features five videos I think everyone should see. Those videos will celebrate and seek to elevate the work of indepndent video producers, broadcast journalists, and documentary filmmakers. The five videos will not always consist entirely of independent video, but that will be the aim each week...
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Kindling a National Spirit for Independence On this Independence Day, let's be good to ourselves. What history we do not know we should commit to learning. What history of American power we hold sacred we should take a moment to question. What history of American independence we take pride in we should find the courage and conviction to draw a line from then to now and connect to the current events of the day.
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The First Debate: Iraq or Afghanistan, and No Solution for the Economy Neither really appeared to care about the American people. Both were doing a fine job of posturing to be the next commander-in-chief.
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UK Police Stop & Search Striking Citizens to Prevent Possible 'Hooliganism' Public workers, up to seven hundred and fifty thousand teachers and civil servants, are alleged to have participated in a June 30 general strike called for in the United Kingdom after UK Parliament passed changes to pensions and retirement, specifically, increasing the amount an employee has to contribute. A number of people participating were subjected to stop and searches by UK police.
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We Have the Rest of This Year to Save Bradley Manning A little more than a year ago, Pfc. Bradley Manning was arrested for allegedly leaking classified information, specifically the "Collateral Murder" video that showed the slaying of two Reuters journalists by the US military forces. To discuss Manning and the one year anniversary of his arrest, I had Kevin Zeese, a Bradley Manning Support Network Steering Committee member, come on "This Week in WikiLeaks."
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Maddow, Olbermann & Shock Troops for the Radical Right How shock troops for the radical right are impacting America as politicians and leaders in positions of authority foment outrage and encourage their fearmongering activism.
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Obama's Primetime Speech a Result of Squandered Opportunity The primetime speech has been scheduled so Democrats can salvage a push for reform that they have screwed up miserably. It has failed because they have tried to preserve the interests of private insurance companies and develop real reforms that will help Americans at the same time. The White House strategy has been to silence the base of support that helped Obama win in November and this has made it easier for myths to spread.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 30, 2009
Returning to a Pre-9/11 Approach to the "War on Terror" Jane Mayer, author of "The Dark Side", and chief architect of Bush policies of torture, John Yoo, each published their reaction to Obama's executive orders which reformed key Bush policies.
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Values Voters, Tea Partiers, and Petulant, Unrealistic and Unreasonable Fringe People Who Want More from Obama O'Donnell and disgruntled progressives share a common bond. Disgruntled progressives pondering staying at home on Election Day pose a threat to the Democratic Party similar to the threat the Tea Party poses to the GOP. Both have factions that entertain notions dismissive of political strategy and electoral strategy...
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Some Vignettes for Thanksgiving Let the Thanksgiving holiday be about friends, family, and singing a bit of "Alice's Restaurant" with a smile or grin on your face. Pile the food you are able to have, be thankful you have food to eat, think about the foodless families this holiday and perhaps commit to doing more to make this world a better place in December and the New Year.
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5 Videos You Should See This Week (November 27th) Pixar employees, TSA, London mounted police, Christian Right, and NATO in Afghanistan -- Enjoy.
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Elections Ought to Matter Obama's win presents the Democrats with an opportunity. In fact, we should all treat Obama and opportunity as if the two are interchangeable.
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Man on Wire: Beauty and the Challenge of Impossibility A review of the Man on Wire documentary which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary recently.
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When Warriors Commandeer Freedom Flotillas I wasn't one of the Americans who watched a parade of military and civilian officers on Memorial Day one week ago just hours after Israeli commandoes attacked the Freedom Flotilla. I did not go to a march and celebrate the past histories of American wars and the soldiers who had fought in them, but let's suppose for one moment that I had.
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Why Do Progressives and Liberals Fear Ralph Nader? Nader is responsible for Bush, will help McCain get elected, an egomaniac, has no respect for our democracy and more reasons why, according to liberals and progressives, Nader should not run.
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This Is What I Have to Put Up With: A Brainwash Campaign Sponsored by David Horowitz Coming to a campus near you...
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The Wrestler: Of Love, Pain, and Glory "The Wrestler" is a film that takes one deep into the heart of what one might term a "washed-up" star to experience his passion. It takes one deep into the soul of this same character to understand his pain, and it gives one an opportunity to sympathize and empathize with his desire to constantly come running back for glory.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 16, 2009
Chicagoan Activists Occupy Sen. Dick Durbin's Office Peace and justice activists respond to Durbin's support of Israel's ongoing military offensive in Gaza.
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Obama's Press Conference on the Budget and Economic Recovery & the Media Involved Can Obama continue to ensure Wall Street has a significant say in what path America takes to economic recovery or will the American people make it untenable for him to keep inviting members of Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and other entities who benefited from the deregulation in the '90s and who created this mess to the table?
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Affecting the Outcome of This Election Progressive participation required.
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The Obama 100th Day Extravaganza The media has succeeded in making an arbitrary date a point in Obama's presidency that requires comprehensive evaluation so that Obama can continue his presidency appropriately.
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Ten Top-Notch Albums of 2010 Ten of the best albums of 2010 highlighted before the new year.
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The US Drone Program, Terrorism & the Debt Ceiling Talks At the Aspen Security Forum, former intelligence chief to President Obama, Dennis Blair, offered constructive criticism on drone strikes and the cost of the war on terror, which were later scrubbed by AP's Kimberly Dozier & replaced with remarks from a current official much more gung-ho about the use of drones.
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No End in Sight? Hell No! Assess the situation. Take a moment to promote a plan out of this mess. And let me be your guide.
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Why Can't the Democrats Win Elections? The Democrats have lost the last two presidential elections. What makes Americans believe a Democrat can win this election in 2008? When considering the history of the party in the last half century, one can't help but wonder where this disaster of a party is going and how much longer the American people are going to allow it to be so weak and unorganized.
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The World Wide Website of Barack Obama I ventured into Obama Land to see what he had to say and proposed to do about the issues facing America.
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5 Videos You Should See This Week (December 18th) Here's this week's edition: Georgia prisoner strike, veteran-led civil resistance action, Obama supporter vs. a progressive, Julian Assange and the War You Don't See
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Passed Health Reform Really Is "What Change Looks Like" Health reform passed is really what change looks like. The whole process is an example of the process that we can expect future reforms or major policy changes to go through. If the people want change, they will have to face this process down. It will significantly narrow what is possible and lower expectations. And, we must decide as a people if we are willing to let future campaigns for change be subject to this process.
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"This Week in WikiLeaks" Inaugural Podcast A new podcast featuring a round-up of stories related to all things WikiLeaks. Podcast especially for those who do not have time during the week to follow WikiLeaks closely.
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Kissinger Congratualates Obama: Cheers to a New American Century! The Nobel Peace Prize, to me, seems like the last thing progressives or liberals would want the president to win. I do not know where Obama goes from here or where the people will go with Obama but I do know that Obama can now privately discuss what it's like to have a Nobel Peace Prize with Henry Kissinger.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 8, 2007
Al Gore: The 2008 Election Wild Card Al Gore continues to show up in media polls and on polls across the Internet. Yet, as he stands firm and refuses to run, what stands to happen to these voters who want Gore to run? Who will they support? Also, Gore previously mentioned he would endorse somebody and not necessarily Hillary. What exactly does that mean for the Democratic presidential race. Could a stale election suddenly become interesting again?
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The Fantasy That Obama Is Currently Planning to ‘Overhaul’ Surveillance Programs The opening sentence of a report from the New York Times on reforms President Barack Obama is considering suggests that he is assembling a "plan to overhaul the nation's surveillance programs." Even though Obama claimed in June, "I welcome this debate," the truth is this was never the case. The administration fought in the courts against the very information that has fueled debate.
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5 Videos You Should See This Week (September 4th) Your 5 videos from the last week. Enjoy and then go celebrate Labor Day.
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Doctors Aided CIA Interrogators, Participated in Human Experimentation A Physicians for Human Rights report titled "Aiding Torture" was recently released and analyzed the approved techniques that appeared in the 2004 CIA Inspector General report released over a week and a half ago. The contents of this report show that not just lawyers and members of the military, CIA, and the Bush Administration deserve to be prosecuted. Doctors and physicians should be held accountable too.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 28, 2008
With IVAW, the People Courageously Crossed the Line The people stood with IVAW yesterday after Rage Against the Machine played a concert and demanded that Obama incorporate their "three point of unity" into his policy.
student lecture (generic, not any referred to in the article.), From FlickrPhotos
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On Disinviting Controversial Speakers From Campus Events Canceling certain speaking events may be easy victories for movements, but those victories come at the cost of freedom of expression on campuses.
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VIDEO: Do I Look Illegal? - White Student in Chicago, IL A video message exploring what it means to "look illegal" in America.
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The Dissenter Either the CIA cannot risk America's adversaries learning how many "finished intelligence reports" were reviewed because they might use this detail for some terrorist algorithm for their next plot or else this should be considered information that is being over-classified.
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Lesser Evils, Psychoses, and the Perils of Voting Your Conscience [Part 1] The current attitude of Americans towards third party and Independent presidential candidates has led to much discussion here on OpEdNews. This first part continues the discussion by looking at the "Lesser Evils" in this election.
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WikiLeaks Attorneys Oppose Diplomatic Retaliation According to lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights, UK has threatened to storm the Ecuadorean Embassy in clear violation of international law.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Give Obama a Chance to Do What? Revisited There are lines in this article that are very striking because they were written based on instincts and intuition months ago. There was no way of knowing what Obama would do. But, When a president squanders political capital during a valuable opportunity to radically revitalize and re-envision a society spiraling downward, that president deserves to be criticized.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 25, 2011
The Gitmo Files: What Can Be Found in a File Months after news organizations reported the Guantanamo Files might be WikiLeaks' next release , the files are now posted on the WikiLeaks website . Nearly 800 documents, memoranda from Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO), the combined force in charge of the Guantanamo Bay prison to US Southern Command in Miami, Florida.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 3, 2010
Talking Healthcare & Deficit Cutting with Dr. Margaret Flowers & Katie Robbins Last weekend, all over the United States 21st Century Town Hall Meetings were held all over the country by an organization that calls itself AmericaSpeaks. The town hall meetings focused on the budget and economy in America and featured a particular focus on cutting deficits. The following contains video interviews with Margaret Flowers of PNHP and Katie Robbins of Healthcare-Now!
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More on How Physicians Became Torture Doctors for CIA A good amount of documentation on the involvement of psychologists in the torture and abuse of detainees or "terror suspects." And, a new study provides even more revelations on the involvement of physicians making it increasingly clear that medical professionals put limits on ethical standards they were expected to follow in order to help the CIA interrogate detainees.
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Democracy in a Cage Are you inside or outside of the cage?
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Obama's Oval Office Address: Is the Gulf Half-Empty or Half-Full? The positive, calm, and collected nature of the address was not necessarily what Americans wanted to hear. Given the increasing scope of the disaster and the reality that there is no end in sight, many wanted specifics, wanted to know how the administration plans to really gain control of a situation that BP is manipulating and covering up. But, they did not get the healthy skepticism that could have been a part of the address
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Video: Interview w/ Medea Benjamin on Pushing Hard to Get Peace Message into "One Nation" Rally Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODE PINK and "fair trade" advocacy group Global Exchange talks about the One Nation Working Together rally. She explains what it took for the peace movement to be a part of the organizing committee and what she thinks progressives should do to get their demands for peace and justice acted upon. She also addresses how CODE PINK has been singled out by Jon Stewart ...
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Hello, My Name Is Kevin and I am a Recovering Democrat Written with the hope of inspiring others to break out of a system that paralyzes activists and concerned citizens nationwide especially during presidential elections
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Confronting the FCC Monolith Chairman Kevin J. Martin of the Federal Communications Commission or as we know it, the FCC, has put forth a plan in the past year to make big media even bigger or if you're a Republican, he's put forth a plan to make "liberal" media more "liberal."
Many of the people who energized support for Barack Obama in 2008 gather at the Lincoln Memorial for the
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 3, 2010
PHOTO: "One Nation Working Together" Rally - Re-Affirming One's Commitment to Hope and Change Photos taken at the "One Nation Working Together" rally -- many of them of signs that were seen on the National Mall
President Obama and President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, From ImagesAttr
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Wikileaks Cables: US Arms to Georgia Keep Tensions Between Russia, Georgia High Cables from the U.S. embassies in Moscow, Russia and Tbilisi, Georgia reveal ever since a five-day war in Georgia, which erupted between Georgians and Russian-backed separatists in August 2008, the U.S. has been carefully assessing the implications of further arming Georgia. This assessment has required the U.S. to pay extra lip service to the idea that it is not arming Georgia for future provocations against Russia.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 18, 2010
5 Videos You Should See This Week (September 18th) As an OpEdNews Multi-Media Editor, I post five videos each week that I think you should see. I do not do this to select videos that represent the top news stories of the week. I pick five videos that I think show something that may have been underreported or that I think should be seen by you because of what the video shows.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 29, 2007
Health Care Not Warfare, People Before Profits...All Great Mottos for Fueling a Fight for Single-Payer Health Care I spoke at a single-payer health care rally on September 28th. I realized how important it is to fight for our American right to single-payer health care and joined in solidarity with the Chicago Single-Payer Action Network. How much longer will we allow this to go on? SiCKO got the ball rolling. We need to keep the momentum from dying.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Hillary Clinton Renews Talk to "Obliterate Iran" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate who, while on the campaign trail, said if Iran attacked Israel America would be able to "totally obliterate them," has renewed talk of such an action.
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"That really pisses me off down there, those assholes" A sneering comment on Ike Skelton's remark that was picked up by a Wall Street Journal reporter. Skelton is used to attack the Democrats for ignoring plans to defund the war and bring troops home now.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 13, 2010
The Return of 5 Videos You Should See This Week (November 13th) As an OpEdNews Multi-Media Editor, I post five videos each week that I think you should see. I had put the regular feature on hiatus to focus on commentary on the elections, etc. But, now the feature is back.
Organizations like SEIU, which have been responsible for much of the activism against Big Banks since Obama got elected, will be present at the rally in D.C. on Oct 2nd., From ImagesAttr
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One Nation Working Together to Keep Democrats from Losing the Midterms One month before the midterm elections, hundreds of organizations--many of them major organizations the Democratic Party needs to help them get-out-the-vote (GOTV) for November--will send a message to Democrats: No matter how much you beat upon the base for raising its voice and offering healthy criticism, progressives will still vote for you.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 11, 2008
"There's Some Bitch Ass-Ness in the Democratic Party" This is how the so-called "Obama generation" is characterizing the Democratic Party's handling of the presidential race.
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How to Address America's Altering of Earth's Climate A detailed analysis of six of the eight Democratic candidates who have garnered much attention for their plans to address global climate change. America has single-handedly been the cause of climate change, an obstacle to action, and an aggressive denier of the future effects of global warming. The next president must step up and halt this crisis.
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FISA Court Releases Opinion to Show Americans Should Really Be Outraged at Phone Companies, Congress A sublime precinct on the civil liberties left
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Two of the Four Activists Who Staged Easter Mass "Die-In" Have Been Released, Abuse of Activists Being Reported On Easter Sunday, Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War disrupted the mass to bring attention to the need for an end to the illegal and immoral war in Iraq. This action occurred three days after the peace movement spent all day Thursday, March 20th, engaging in creative nonviolent actions throughout the city.
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Government: Jeremy Hammond is "Computer Hacking Recidivist,' Sentence Him to 10 Years in Prison An activist, who pled guilty to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) while hacking into the private intelligence firm, Stratfor, in May, will be sentenced in a federal court in New York tomorrow.
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Topless America Spends Week Lobbying to End Mountaintop Removal Last week, hundreds of citizens came to Washington to participate in iLoveMountains' 2010 End Mountaintop Removal Week. Citizens held meetings with senators and congressmen to inform leaders of the Applachian people's and, in fact, the American people's need to bring to an end to the industrial practice of mountaintop removal.
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Rush Limbaugh Exposes the Weakness of the Democratic Leadership Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allowed Rush Limbaugh to strike at the heart of the Democratic Party and show why the Democratic leadership is weak and why it continues to fail the American people.
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Studs Terkel on "The Sound of the Human Voice" The great oral historian Studs Terkel was an inspiration to StoryCorps, and he was also an early participant in the project. In this animated short, he speaks out on what has been lost in modern life and where he sees hope for our future.
No Labels kept track of all the moments Democrats and Republicans clapped during Obama's State of the Union., From ImagesAttr
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Politics of No Labels on Display at State of the Union The politics of "no labels" was highly evident last night, especially in President Barack Obama's "State of the Union" speech. The president's speech built on a culture he began to shape back when he first erupted on to the political scene at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. His speech built on the idea that politics should not be about labels but people and solutions.
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Democratic Strategy of Trying to Beat Republicans By Trying to Be a Better Republican Miserably Fails The Democratic Party strategy that there are only about 170 districts in the country that are "liberal" and the rest must field "centrist" or "downright conservative" candidates to win didn't work. Conservative districts didn't go for centrists. They went Republican.
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TPM Writer Falsely Represents Single Payer Press Conference as Anti-Sanders Event TPM writer Evan McMorris-Santoro characterized a press conference that was organized by single-payer advocates and held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. today at 10 am ET as an event aimed at bashing Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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Things to Do in Denver Highlighting events to occur outside the Democratic National Convention
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I Have a Dream That One Day I Will Get to Be Free and Sit in My Lawnchair Interviews from Beckstock or Beckapalooza or Beckingman or Becki Gras or...
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Anybody But... That Other Guy Our nation seems to be entranced by this philosophy that we have to choose between those who are electable and who are not. This is particularly the case with the Democrats, as they are still playing the same game that caused them to lose the election in 2004. When will the Democratic Party learn to run a strong progressive candidate? Americans should hope that lesson is learned now.
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A Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again Robert W. McChesney & John Nichols stop in Chicago to talk about their new book, The Death and Life of American Journalism. I
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Snowden's Whistleblowing Creates Climate for Critical House Vote on NSA Surveillance | The Dissenter Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's whistleblowing has led to a major House vote being scheduled on an amendment that addresses unchecked NSA surveillance.
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Life Begins When You Stand Up to Casino Capitalists What's most important to note as we take in the fact that the Senate just passed a bailout bill that the media is telling us was "loaded with extra goodies" to get members of the House to vote for it is that Barack Obama suggested that we could wait to pass a bailout.
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Brothers: A Film with Striking Resonance After Obama Pledges a Surge in Afghanistan Brothers is a film with striking resonance especially since Obama just made the decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. It isn't an antiwar film. It isn't a film designed to make people want to end the war. But those skeptical of these wars in the Middle East will surely watch the drama unfold and be compelled to speak out even louder against any future decisions to expand the war in Afghanistan (or Pakistan).
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The Unexpected Easiness of Voting (Or, Don't Waste Your Vote on a Blowout) One might wonder why they should be interested in my voting experience and anything that I have to say, and I cannot offer you much incentive for reading this expect for the fact that I did not vote Barack Obama. I also am a student who voted at school and for the past month I had been wondering what I would do so that I could participate in this election.
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Another Lousy Good-for-Nothing Review of 2008 The human ritual of looking back and examining the year concluding and the year that lies ahead is a common one indeed. Many individuals engage in the act of assessing the year from January to December and seek to summarize what the year has been and suggest what the coming year will be.
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A Roar of Anger Against the Coal Industry That Cannot Be Ignored or Silenced The anger and courage of Americans who have been expressing opposition to the coal industry and expending energy to chip away at the power coal companies have to destroy America's environment is paying off. Here is a glimpse at a coalition in Chicago organizing against the power of King Coal in their community.
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Should Americans Support a Candidate Who Allows or Ignores the Privatization of Iraqi Oil? With eight Democratic candidates running for election in 2008, only one has stood up and spoken about the plans to privatize Iraqi oil. He has detailed what it means for U.S. troops. Essentially, we cannot bring our troops home until the Iraqi government agrees to let U.S. companies steal a major source of their nation's wealth.
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Would Proposed Federal Shield Law Have Protected New York Times Reporter James Risen? A proposed federal shield law that would grant journalists covered by the legislation a level of protection has passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee
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On the Secret US Cable on Australians Recommended for Australia's "No Fly" List for Links to Anwar al-Awlaki A list of 23 Australian or Australia-based citizens recommended for placement on Australia's "terror link" list was recently published by WikiLeaks. A number of individuals are recommended on the mere possibility that they might come in contact with al-Awlaki if they traveled to the Arabian Peninsula.
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"Iran Loves WikiLeaks": An NYT Op-Ed's Wild Claim This editorial, therefore, appears to be a chance to remind Americans that healthy and effective diplomacy cannot take place if operations like WikiLeaks are allowed to enjoy legitimacy or freely release classified documents to people all over the world. That notion is part of a myth larger than the idea that "Iran loves WikiLeaks."
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What You Cannot Enforce, Do Not Command The first ten days of October 2007 will be used to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war authorization. Two Democratic candidates are touting their work to fight the authorization five years ago. Each hopes that what he did will get him more votes.
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Obama Considers Courtroom-Within-a-Prison Complex for Indefinite Detention The Obama Administration may have made a decision over the weekend on how to deal with closing Guantanamo Bay prison before Jan 22, 2010, the date set by an order signed by President Obama. The administration is considering the unprecedented creation of a courtroom-within-a-prison complex in the U.S. for terror suspects
The FBI has had antiwar and solidarity activists from Chicago and Minneapolis in their sights for the past months., From ImagesAttr
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FBI Continues to Target Activists (VIDEO) On December 6th, Chicagoans came out for an Emergency Response Rally organized by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression to support activists who have been targeted by the FBI in the past months. Those present condemned U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who has been directing the FBI to expand its repression of activists in Chicago.
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On Afghanistan, Listen to Your Base, Obama & End the War Obama should begin to make decisions based on what the people think of this war. Obama must know that Americans are not going to sit here and let a general pursue a war in Afghanistan that may require 500,000 more troops over a span of five years.
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5 Videos You Should See This Week (October 16th) This week in searching for videos to share I have come across some insightful videos that focus on media and political culture in America. The first two deal with the issues concerning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" activism and the world economy. The last few focus on media. Enjoy.
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Police and Twin Cities Authorities Effective in Creating Disorientation Within Groups Protesting at RNC Protesters decide what to do next as police and authorities oppress those engaged in marches and those who are in jail.
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Freedom Agenda Underway in Iran Reports from Iranian state news organizations may be the stuff of paranoia, but is this paranoia really just part of a show the Iranian government would like to put on? Or, is it possible that the U.S. has elements in Iran that are fueling the uprising and subverting the rule of the Iranian regime?
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I Could Have Been a "Future Soldier" Insight on how army recruiters are going after students in high schools and what they are doing to get recruitment levels back up.
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With Change, Americans Shouldn't Make the Enemy the Good of the Perfect A lot of individuals keep telling me not to make the perfect the enemy of the good. I'm being told that when it comes to health care we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. This means that incremental change or reform is what we must accept.
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Obama Spoke to Muslims for Oil, Not Humanity Obama's speech to Muslims, which he made during his trip to the Middle East last week, may have seemed like it was made to show America shares "principles of justice and progress, tolerance and dignity of all human beings," but more precisely, this was a speech to the Muslim world that Obama made so America could ensure access to Islamic oil.
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Will the U.S. Peace Envoy Usher in Truth and Reconciliation for Israelis and Palestinians? Rabbi Michael Lerner, Yousef Munayyer of the ADC, and Josh Ruebner of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation react to the appointment of George Mitchell, Congress, and a shifting of consciousness among the American people and the role alternative news media has played in that shift.
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Living on Less in an Age Where Banks Are Thriving on Excess Wall Street doesn't want to be told what it can and cannot do, but at the Showdown in Chicago, folks like Ferol Wagner, who have lost major portions of their retirement savings, will come out to "demand responsibility, accountability and restitution for their greed and fraudulent acts."
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5 Videos You Should See This Week (August 14th) As an OpEdNews Multi-Media Editor, I am now posting five videos each week that I think you should see. I do not do this to select videos that represent the top news stories of the week. I pick five videos that I think show something that may have been underreported or that I think should be seen by you.
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If You Boycotted the Debate, Didn't Watch, Or Didn't Care About What Any Candidate Was Going to Say... I kept the TV off. What did you do?
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You Can't Take a Poll to Decide if the Law Should Be Enforced Admit waiting for the election is not "wiser" and could cost Democrats the election. After admitting this, act on it and fight for impeachment. You will not only be saving this nation from ruin but will also be doing the Democratic Party an immense favor.
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Who Wants to Play Russian Roulette? Anyone? With Iran and the U.S. both considering each other's countries to have "terrorist organizations", it seems a game of Russian roulette has been initiated. Worse, the Democrats are willing to play this perverted game with them if it means they can hang on in the polls and beat Republicans in 2008. Only Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, and Jim Webb seem to have a grasp of reality. Let us look to them for guidance.
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The First Casualty of War is the Truth IVAW's action and more from outside the DNC in Denver
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5 Videos You Should See This Week (December 4th) This week: WikiLeaks, a plea to humanity to save Mother Earth, net neutrality, a high school student's spirit of resistance, and Stephen Colbert on The Great White Wail.
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State Dept. Spokesman's Newspeak on Whether US is Undermining Syria Government The Washington Post's coverage of US State Embassy cables that suggest the US has been secretly backing Syrian opposition groups snowballed into a big story today. With the regime gunning down more protesters, senior Obama Administration officials took the opportunity to rehash the talking point that the disclosure of information obtained by WikiLeaks could endanger lives.
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GOP Governor Defends Against Obama's Imperialist Global Warming Policy The GOP had Mitch Daniels deliver a weekly address recently where he came out against the Waxman-Markey legislation (the Obama Administration's and Congress' answer to concerns over global warming). He condemned the establishment of a cap-and-trade system, characterized the legislation as "a poster child for government that cannot work," and went on to discuss what would happen to jobs in the Midwest and Midwesterners if passe
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Obama and the First Pragmatic Presidential Press Conference of His Presidency The first press conference on television last night was more proof that Bush is an easy act to follow. How refreshing was it to have a president speak coherently without smirking and furrowing his brows at every question that protrudes and probes at future decisions the president may or may not make?
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Chicago Metro News: Introducing "Shovel-Ready Journalism" A panel including three individuals came together to discuss metro news in Chicago with nonprofit communicators, volunteers and staff in and around Chicago during a major community conference held on June 8th and 9th. The individuals from Chicago news organizations provided an example of the reality that the news business has been drastically changing.
People, especially bloggers and journalists getting stories out, are facing increased violence in Egypt., From ImagesAttr
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Bold Declaration from Egypt Blogger Brutalized and Detained by Mubarak Forces The following is a riling call to action for Egyptians by a blogger that is being republished. The blogger was beaten, had his glasses broken, his car wrecked and his cell phone taken before he was arrested. He was arrested for 2 hours before a high ranking officer allegedly intervened to have him released.
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When Those in Power Invite Us to Learn the Wrong Lessons from Nelson Mandela Mandela's true lesson for people of the world lies in all that he did prior to becoming president and negotiating with de Klerk. It comes from the courage and spirit he showed in his work with the ANC, during his imprisonment and then when he emerged from prison as an anti-apartheid icon. He was willing to fight and die for an idea if necessary.
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We Don't Need PATRIOT-ism, We Need JUSTICE If replacing an Orwellian-sounding act with another Orwellian-sounding act seems bad, well, there's always the possibility is. On the other hand, perhaps it's all part of the game now and this act to reform the worst parts of the PATRIOT Act is worth talking about and supporting.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 27, 2008
IVAW to March on the DNC In an unpermitted march, IVAW joined by Rage Against the Machine band members will march on the DNC demanding their "three points of unity" be embraced by the Democratic Party. Because the march does not have a permit, the possibility of acts of nonviolent resistance or civil disobedience will be even higher.
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Shamai Leibowitz, Once Jailed Victim of Obama's War on Whistleblowers: Snowden a "Man of Conscience' Shamai Leibowitz, a former FBI translator who uncovered documents showing illegal and unconstitutional acts, went to the press and pled guilty to violating
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Obama on the Auto Industry When Will Obama Question the Viability of "Too Big to Fail" Financial Institutions?
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MUGSHOTS of those Who Joined Republicans in Voting to Censure Pete Stark TAKE A GOOD LOOK AND REMEMBER THESE MEN ARE LETTING AMERICA DOWN
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A 19 Year-Old Kucinich Volunteer Responds to Democratic Candidates in "FANTASYLAND" After taking notes while watching the debate posted on MSNBC.com, I felt compelled to formulate my notes into a response that would help Americans deal with FANTASYLAND, as Gravel brilliantly characterizes the part of the stage with Democratic candidates who are detached from reality.
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Ghailani Verdict Proves Civilian Trials Fair, Safe, and Effective Former Guantanamo detainee and "terror suspect" Ahmed Ghailani was found guilty of conspiracy for the role he played in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Ghailani, who had been charged with 285 counts was acquitted on all counts except the count of conspiracy.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 28, 2010
5 Videos You Should See This Week (August 28th) As an OpEdNews Multi-Media Editor, I am now posting five videos each week that I think you should see. I do not do this to select videos that represent the top news stories of the week. I pick five videos that I think show something that may have been underreported or that I think should be seen by you because of what the video explores.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 22, 2008
It's the Economy, and I'm Stupid The poverty of knowledge, understanding, and education in America is fueling the economic woes of this country.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 28, 2008
A Third Party Debate with McCain and Obama? The Ron Paul money bombs were imaginative and creative. It was unconventional and energizing to the Ron Paul campaign to know that there was this power at the fingertips of the campaign to run a real campaign for liberty. That power the people wielded can be wielded again and exercised by we the people.
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Greenspan Suggests Breaking Up "Too Big to Fail" Banks Just over a year after a wave of bailouts for financial institutions that the American people were told were “too big to fail,” Wall Street's addiction to legalized greed and to crony capitalism continues. Worse, the White House and Congress are complicit in allowing this perversion of America's free market system to continue.
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Fight the Power and Bust a Move Freedom of speech has been under attack for much of the last few weeks. Now your freedom to fight the power and bust a move has come under attack. Rappers come together with their masters, the corporate heads, and discuss how corporations can sell a product that's misogynistic, violent, and downright offensive.
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Video Shows NYPD Arresting Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern When He Tried to Attend Petraeus Event Former CIA analyst and activist Ray McGovern was arrested by New York police on October 30, as he attempted to attend an event featuring former CIA
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Shaker Aamer, Known For Guantanamo Resistance, Released After more than thirteen years of torture, abuse, and unjust detention at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Shaker Aamer has finally been released.
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The REAL Game Kids Should Never Play AOL is featuring 7 popular video games that parents should have a problem with. But they forgot one game that parents should have a problem with. And it's not a video game.
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Friends in High Places: John Edwards & the Fortress Investment Hedge Fund The asset that's keeping Edwards' campaign afloat.
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If People Don't Tell Their Story, Another Story About Them Will Be Told Instead Next week, people from groups and organizations in movements from all over the country are going to be participating in the U.S. Social Forum (USSF) in Detroit. Patrick Reinsborough of smartMeme talks about the workshop smartMeme has planned for the USSF, the work smartMeme does and why
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Happy Birthday, Iraq! America's with You 'till the Bitter End We Americans hope you enjoyed this year's celebration of the anniversary of you liberation and we hope you are not too troubled by the lack of resistance to the inhumane policies being imposed on your people.
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Part 6 of Dissecting the Dem Debate in Philly The sixth installment in a series on the Democratic debate in Philly on Tuesday night.
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Ralph Nader Earns Mainstream Media Attention A third party candidate, Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, has broken through a barrier and will be on mainstream media tonight. He will appear on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
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Political Case Brought Against Palestinian Organizer in Chicago for Immigration Fraud The US supports Israel's occupation with military assistance. It similarly views all Palestinians fighting back against this occupation as terrorists. Do we empathize with Odeh's decision to hide her past so she could have a better life and become a productive US citizen or do we support the government for displaying zero tolerance for a person who Israeli Defense Forces convicted of terrorism?
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Vote "Seabiscuit" and Get One of Your Own in the White House The perfect antidote to the mainstream media who are ignoring the campaign of a man who deserves to be given more respect and attention than he is getting. This article is for those who are unfamiliar with Dennis Kucinich.
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This is What Democracy Looks Like I took to the streets for regime change in America on Friday in the name of civil liberties and peace.
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This Is a Protest A video showing Tea Party "protests" versus protests or resistance actions from the Left
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The Peace Symbol Breeds Persecution of Students Cocoa Beach students for peace undergo persecution that no student should have to go through.
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'Plan C': Released Documents Show How the FBI Prepared for World War III During Cold War The existence of "Plan C," a Cold War plan to be carried out in the event of a nuclear attack, has been publicly known since 1956. here would be a "general mobilization" if an attack occurred but not on the United States itself. But documents obtained by Muck Rock provide a fuller picture of how the top secret strategy may have been implemented if World War III had erupted.
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 8, 2008
Stand in Solidarity With Berkeley's Shutting Down of a Military Recruitment Center Presidential Candidate Endorses Actions to Be Taken Against This Illegal War
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Who Really Benefits from the Narrative Being Set by the Media for This Election? This election will be all about the story the media can create about a horse race they unabashedly love being able to report on.
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Visions of a Future That Isn't Defined by G20 Summits Three individuals participating in actions organized in response to the G20 summit in Pittsburgh describe their plans for promoting action and engaging citizens. Teach-ins and tribunals were organized to educate public on neoliberalism and globalization.
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In the Meantime, Syria Was Attacked by the U.S. Don't expect Obama, McCain, or the U.S. news media to report on this. Here's an aggregate of information on the attack from international news and Internet news sources.
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Chicago: "Cigna 7" Arrested for Mobilizing for Healthcare for All The morning after a powerful, invigorating, heartfelt Special Comment from Keith Olbermann on his news show, Countdown, a small group of civil rights advocates came together to directly challenge the operations of Cigna Insurance in our nation's health care system.
Hollywood -- helping Americans to understand war, managing criticism and popular unrest through entertainment., From ImagesAttr
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Hollywood: Chronicler of War (Parts 1 & 2) A look at Hollywood and its relationship with the Pentagon. Al Jazeera's "Empire" ran a two-part segment looking at how Hollywood has helped shape perceptions of U.S. wars.
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"The Seventeen Traditions" In My Life (Continued) Ralph Nader's "Seventeen Traditions" are the type of moral values Americans should promote in society. Without knowing it, I have lived a life filled with much of these values.
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The October 11 National Day of Antiwar Action The Wall Street bailout and our nation's financial turmoil have become the elephant in the room that will be on the minds of everyone, but today, thousands across America will go out into the streets to once again call for an end to wars being waged in the Middle East.
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Though Flawed, Senate Intelligence Authorization Bill Contains Protections for Intelligence Agency Whistleblowers The United States Senate passed an intelligence authorization bill that, while inadequate and flawed, contains sections which address protections for
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Progressive Failures in the Democratic Party Benefit Greens First they came for Kucinich. Then they came for Edwards. Then the American people saw two candidates left that were centrists and chose to abandon the Democratic Party.
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Hotel Workers Engage in Sit-Ins Against the Hyatt Hotel Chain Hotel workers from Chicago supported and participated in a nonviolent civil disobedience action aimed at calling attention to the Hyatt Hotel chain's working conditions on Thursday evening. The action was part of a nationally organized plan to target Hyatt and call attention to its lack of fairness and respect toward workers.
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State of the Corpo-Nation I am here tonight to not only address the distinguished men and women in this great chamber and their corporate financiers but also the very people who I depend on for small donations to make it seem like I am not under the control of corporate and special interests in Washington.
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Add a Podium: Judge Rules Kucinich Must Be Included NBC is not done fighting. Supporters are calling people in Nevada to keep pressuring NBC until after the debate has aired with Kucinich included tomorrow.
Screen shot of the character of John Lennon, who is played by Aaron Johnson in the British-Canadian biopic
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Film Review: "Nowhere Boy" The film tells the story of John Lennon's childhood and, ultimately, what shaped him into the rock and roll legend that he later became. Through the relationship Lennon had with his mother, Julia Lennon, an emotional drama rife with personal conflict unfolds.
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My Life and "The Seventeen Traditions" During the last moments of my teenage years, I find it worthwhile to look at each of Ralph's traditions and comment on the role each of his traditions have played in my life so far.
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Words for Victims of Shooting in Arizona: Obama's Appeal for Idealism President Barack Obama's speech or eulogy at a memorial rally in Arizona may be just what the people of this country needed to have closure on the tragedy. Presumably, those who lost loved ones in the assassination attempt of Gabrielle Giffords by Jared Lee Loughner were pleased to see Obama take some time to remember the fallen and appeal to Americans to reflect on this country so that as a society America can grow stronger.
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Nearly 100 Days into Obama Presidency, Specter Switches Parties In many respects, this raises the question of what is the future of progressive politics within the Democratic Party. Doesn't the switch and Obama's welcome signify that the party would like to maintain this image that they are a moderate or left of center party? And, isn't it interesting how the Democratic Party is more appealing to moderate Republicans?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I Won't Settle For Nothing, And Neither Should You Without reversing the cycle of lowered expectations, we will continue to see a dangerous dynamic that has dire effects for our democracy and its future.
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The Second Debate: What They Don't Know and How They Plan to Find It Out Did McCain win? Did McCain lose? Did Obama win? Did Obama lose? Well, liberals and progressives, it doesn't matter, but for what such inconsequential talk is worth, McCain AND Obama won.
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Happy Labor Day Or Thank God for My Union Endorsement Happy Labor Day. This article covers union positions, free trade/fair trade records, and other information that is necessary to note when choosing the Democratic candidate to support for 2008. The article takes into account the recent union endorsements Clinton, Dodd, and Edwards received and assesses whether they should have won those endorsements or not.
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"Actually, George, This Debate is Insufficient" A dissection of the debate on Aug. 19 where Kucinich was rudely pushed aside by moderator George Stephanopoulos and later led to him being ignored and hidden by ABC when he won the Internet polls. The article specifically focuses on the first half hour where the main focus seemed to be whether Clinton or Obama was fit to run.
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In Ruling Ordering Times Reporter to Testify Against Source, Dissenting Judge Defends Freedom of the Press | The Dissent A divided federal appeals court ruled that a reporter for the New York Times did not have a reporter's privilege under the First Amendment or
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Demonstrations in D.C. to Mark 9th Anniversary of Guantanamo Jeremy Varon with Witness Against Torture talks to me about planned demonstrations to mark the 9th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison.
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ACLU, EFF Release Details on Motions Related to Their Fight Against a DOJ Twitter Order News broke last night on February 8 as a court unsealed three motions filed on behalf of Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) last month. The motions were filed in response to the U.S. government's targeting of Twitter accounts as part of an investigation related to WikiLeaks.
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Where are Students in This Time of War? Students are struggling to pay for college and make sense of the presidential race and future of America. They are also becoming more and more active in resisting our government's ongoing occupation of Iraq and refusal to impeach Bush/Cheney.
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The Looming War on Bloggers Those who run the gigantic news corporations, the accredited news organizations, those who are members of the press gaggle that far too often choose access over practicing investigative journalism---Those who control and work in the media with which we get the majority of our information on news and current events from are seeking to prevent the rise of bloggers in this nation.
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"9/11" Occurs on Wall Street: Are Lawmakers Responsible? Turn on the television and prepare to be blasted left and right with point after point of nonsensical reasoning to make you the pathetic American believe that the House of Representatives just committed a terrorist attack on Wall Street.
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Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving On celebrating this "American" holiday of ours and what I am thankful for.
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The Erosion of Thinking How Americans Restrict the Discussion for Political Change and Why We Will Never Take Back America Until We Broaden the Debate
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The Future of the Peace Movement Tips for the peace movement issued with the hope that some members of the movement will use these tips to make the movement more successful
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Waterboarding to Complete My College Papers If CIA are not to be held accountable or responsible for crimes, then maybe they didn't commit a crime at all.
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It's the Least We Can Do For Our Mothers Being a mother is the hardest thing to do. Imagine having to give nonstop service and unconditional love for continuously for any period of time longer than a few hours. Step outside the aspects that society focuses on, step away from the day itself that shopping centers and restaurants all welcome because sales will go up marginally.
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Justice Department: Routine Use of Deadly Force A Department of Justice civil investigation has found that a majority of shootings by Albuquerque police officers between 2009 to 2012 were unconstitutional
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We Can Take New Hampshire with Unity for Change OpEdNews should endorse Dennis Kucinich because he more than anyone supports the narrative for "change."
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Defense: Convicting Bradley Manning of "Aiding the Enemy' Would Set "Bad Precedent' for Whistleblowers | The Dissenter The defense in the military trial against Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade in Maryland argued multiple motions directing the judge to find Manning not guilty of committing greater offenses.
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Dissecting the Debate in Philly (Part 3) The third in a series on Tuesday's debate. We need to talk about these candidates and find the best one America. So, what's your opinion on what was said?
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Growing Belief in the Power of Action What I am finding is more and more I believe in the power of action. More and more, I am seeing that it is we the people (and those who surround us) who hold the keys to the future. We ensure the futures that we will get and we harbor fears that will either imperil, paralyze, and smother us or move us to act to rid ourselves of the chains which limit what we are willing to do as individuals.
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Bottom Line Blues Providing a gateway to a playlist of blues jams and a brief description of a folkie musical establishment that is an unforgettable part of music history especially in New York
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Un-Jading Myself for Hope and Change in D.C. Today's big event, "We Are One", happened in front of the Lincoln Memorial with crowds gathering around the Reflecting Pool. The crowds stretched back to the Washington Monument. It was a scene constructed for the picturesque and historic qualities it could evoke.
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American Comedy & My Interview with BBC World Today on Airport Security An article I wrote---"He Tried to Blow Up the Plan with a Condom Bomb & Why Getting Hysterical About Airport Security is Wrong"---was, perhaps, one of the most oddball humorous op-ed pieces I have ever written. But, someone with BBC World Today came across it, wanted to discuss airport hysteria & found that I would make a good fit for a two or three minute interview on reactions to the Christmas Day botched bombing.
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"I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!" More and more senators and representatives are having Howard Beale moments thanks to the repression of Pelosi and the DLC in addition to the Bush administration's repression which they have been victim of for the past six years.
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Uprising of Iranians Spurs Democratization of News Media As the Islamic republic of Iran faces a crisis of legitimacy and authority, another totality faces a great crisis of legitimacy and authority as well.
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Get One of OpEdNews' Own to Netroots Nation So, here it goes. One last final pitch. I'd like to attend, network with bloggers, and take what I do to the next level. Will you take a moment to help get one of OpEdNews' own to Netroots Nation?
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Proceeding Onward in the Face of a Dark Political Climate In the past two weeks, I've been to Denver and St. Paul for the Democratic and Republican conventions. What I've found the two conventions to have in common is that both the parties subscribe to the politics of the possible and limit the terms for change and advancement of policies whether liberal or conservative.
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March Madness Begins (And So Does a Sixth Year of Occupation) The truth is that more Americans are interested in who will win March Madness than when this illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq will come to an end.
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WikiLeaks Cables Show Mubarak Not Very Open to Reforms or Freedoms for Egyptians There are well over a million Egyptians in and around Tahrir Square. The atmosphere is being described by Al Jazeera as a festival atmosphere. The US is realizing they cannot continue to suggest Mubarak can remain in power and opposition leaders must come to an agreement with the regime.
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Ten Top-Notch Tunes from 2010 A collection of some of the best songs of 2010.
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Obama's Middle East Speech Deceitfully Projects Esteem for People Power The core of the speech aims to highlight the value of ordinary citizens sparking movements for change. He says these movements "speak to a longing for freedom that has built up for years." He explicitly highlights how America came from a history of nonviolence, protest and rebellion against empire. But, this focus is deceitful on many levels
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So, It's Like Rendition Without Airplanes? Exploring the Obama Administration's widening of reliance on foreign intelligence services to capture, interrogate, and detain high level suspects outside battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan
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Artists & Media Makers Need Open Video Artists and media makers, to be successful, need to be able to be creative. Open video is a concept and a movement to ensure that artists and media makers have more opportunities for free expression and broader cultural engagement. Today, Lawrence Lessig will lead people in a "Wireside Chat" about fair use & online video. Many have organized events from the bottom-up to create conversation on copyright & fair use in society.
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Iran and Separating the Sheep from the Goats A Zogby poll says 52 percent support striking Iran. Unacceptable. We must fight now before America is led into another war based on false pretenses.
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Affirming More Bloody Incursions As the Bush Administration prepares to exit and leave stage right, it seems the members of the Bush Administration would like to make it so that when Barack Obama enters stage left he will have no choice but to continue the many bloody incursions around the world that the U.S. is involved in.
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A Time for Pause and Reflection [PART 1] A scathing and much-needed look at the successes and failures of the peace movement which asks how the movement will stay alive during this presidential election.
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Why Is He Still Our President? And why are we letting the Democratic nominees for president ignore the necessity of impeachment?
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Waiting to See What Obama Says on Afghanistan The nation awaits an announcement from President Barack Obama tonight that will confirm that Obama has, in fact, pledged to send 35,000 more troops to Afghanistan to escalate war. We await confirmation that some soldiers for Christmas will be getting the gift of deployment to an American theater of war in Afghanistan.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 6, 2008
Change by the Ounces or Change by the Gallons? What degree of change can we hope to experience after either of these Democratic candidates take office?
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Glen Ford at One Nation: "When We Speak of Antiwar We Can't Be Generalizing" Glen Ford explains why it is important to call out political leaders and not just be general all the time when making demands
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 24, 2007
All Hail Mahmoud bin Laden Chavez! F@#k Bushler! (A Shameless Advancement of Freedom of Speech) Recent news on freedom of speech and reaction to violations/threats and American rationalization of such violations/threats
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Now, Let's Get the Health Care Job Done! The speech put forth a good argument for moving reform forward in Congress, but it was also a blunt reminder to those who think health care should be a human right and not a privilege that Obama has no problem with protecting the interests of private health insurance companies. what if Americans no longer want health care to be something they have to go shopping for?
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Part 8 of Dissecting the Debate in Philly The eighth installment in a series on the Democratic Debates held in Phlly on Tuesday night.
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"I Don't Take Money From Lobbyists" The Democratic presidential candidates favorite fallacy to trot out every time they debate in front of you.
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What Can Students Do to End the War and Impeach Bush/Cheney? Watch videos of the students standing up for freedom, peace, and the rule of law. Then, contact students nationwide or if you are a student, plan follow-up efforts in your area to build off what momentum is being built by students in D.C.
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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.
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Growing the Green Party is an Imperative: A Referendum on the Democratic Party in 2008 Much-needed coverage and illumination of the Green Party convention; a call to action for those who call themselves progressive news writers; a urge to McKinney to not be so kind to Obama
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 21, 2007
"I Cannot Be Bought or Bossed" The idea of a candidate not being "bought" or "bossed" is examined thanks to campaign contribution numbers from OpenSecrets.org.
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Chicagoans Refuse to Be Silenced After Permitted March Coverage of Chicago's anti-war events tonight. Intense and stunning, it was proof that all hope is not lost for America. We are the change and we can put pressure on our leaders to change.
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Press Conference on Oil Leak: Must Domestic Oil Production Continue? President Obama held a press conference this afternoon and gave the White House press corps an opportunity to gain more information on the oil leak in the Gulf. Obama announced four key oil explorations/operations moratoriums (both temporary and possibly permanent) during the press conference. He did not, however, announce a permanent end to offshore drilling or an end to domestic oil production.
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The True Colors of America Protests are underway in D.C. and San Francisco Bay. Other protests and actions are occurring nationwide and 6 pm marches in each of the respective time zones are planned for today. Rise up America and take on this Bush regime and its complicit enablers!
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Hillary Clinton Visits My High School Alma Mater Hoosiers just want to feel important and feel like they have a say in this democracy. And today, Hoosiers showed that they knew with Obama and Hillary clamoring for delegates, Hoosiers have a chance to make that clamor continue and maybe even help hand Hillary a victory.
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Snowden Knew US Government Would Charge Him with Espionage, Say He Aided Enemies | The Dissenter The second part of an interview National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden recorded with The Guardian"s Glenn Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras in Hong Kong a month or so ago has been posted. The interview shows Snowden was well aware of how his whistleblowing on US government secret surveillance programs would be regarded.
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Happy Independence Day (Or Something Like That, Right?) Shoot the fireworks, flip the burgers, and gather with the family. Celebrate our Independence Day, but take a look around while you're at it.
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Time for a Military Coup Assuming that military generals aren't participating in some sick charade to set up Iran, it would appear that a sense of reality is washing over the minds of leaders in our military as well as former military leaders.
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What Does it Matter if the Surge is Working? The debate on Iraq was wrongfully focused on the surge as if its success will solve the problem of Iraq. The question of what these candidates will really do to get our troops out or if they even really plan on getting troops out is most important at this critical moment in American history.
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Make the War an Issue on Your School's Campus College students can make this war an issue on their campus. They can also be leaders in educating high school students who do not know what joining the military could mean for them at this point in our nation's history.
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To Pre-Empt or Not to Pre-Empt The recent bailout of Wall Street is quite a wonderful thing and I think it's just the tip of the iceberg for a culture that really drinks fear on a regular basis like it's a specialty coffee from Starbucks or a 44 oz. soft drink from 7-Eleven. If anything gets people going, it's the idea that they have to DO SOMETHING.
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Wexler: A Lone Hero at the Petraeus/Crocker Hearings Robert Wexler is the only Democrat worth supporting. He is the only Democrat that did not drop the ball when it came to challenging Petraeus and Crocker in the hearings this week.
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At the Middle of this Struggle over Catholic Identity, Notre Dame Students Will Graduate ...And President Obama will speak. His plane lands at the South Bend Airport at noon ET and at 2pm ET he will be participating in the commencement ceremony for Notre Dame Graduates.
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Primary Democratic Challengers in Indiana (And How There Are None) Sadly, the Democratic Party on the rise in Indiana sees no need to put up any primary challengers at all.
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What Do You Do With Your Day? I spend my time these days trying to save democracy. What do you do?
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Part 7 of Dissecting the Debate in Philly The seventh installment in a series on the Tuesday night debate with the Democratic candidates.
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South Carolina to Move Primary to Tuesday before Thanksgiving You may want to see if your state's primary is happening next week. It just might be.
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Conversations with the Young and Politically Motivated I sat down and engaged in a conversation with two leaders of the Barack Obama campaign at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. This is an exact representation of how young people are thinking politically today. I confronted tunnel vision and did my best to set a few innocent naive souls straight. Maybe I came off arrogant but understand it's all just passion for my country.
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Getting Ready for the Big Game I can't stop thinking about the big game coming up between the Giants and the Patriots. That is, the Giants of Corporate America and the Establishment for the Preservation of the Status Quo and the Patriots who will put their neck on the line and maybe even risk losing their seat in office for the people when called upon to do so.
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The Consequences of No Agenda in Iowa Dennis Kucinich has claimed to have the answers/policies for getting America back on track. His "Strength Through Peace" idea is impressive except for the fact that the campaign this slogan represents has been poorly run thus far. For a man who expects to be closing in on the top candidates and who has all the cards stacked up against him, Dennis' campaign needs to get on the ball and put what money the campaign has to use now
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 13, 2008
Write Letters on Impeachment to Corporate Media Make them work for you---the people who wish to restore this country's constitution and hold Bush and Cheney accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity as well as other impeachable offenses.
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The Right Wing War on Reproductive Health Care for Women Those against abortion or a woman's right to choose are mobilizing against the public option that may or may not be in the health care bill Obama eventually signs at the end of this year. Although the bill makes no mention of abortion, anti-abortionists are politicizing the reform bill and suggesting that the public option will mandate coverage for abortions.
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The Repression of Students in America The Morton West High School students' expulsions were dropped but that does not mean they are now able to practice their freedom of speech rights on campus.
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Key Gitmo Reports Delayed: A Win for Secrecy and Lawlessness in America? News that two reports concerning the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison have been delayed (one from a task force charged with creating detention policy and one charged with examining interrogation policy) shows that the Obama Administration is, once again, dithering and dragging its feet at a time when actions must be taken.
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The Peace Movement is Failing A look at the lack of success and abundance of failures the peace movement has had in their struggle to stop the Iraq War.
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In Case You Favor More Voices, More Choices... The debate scheduled tonight has a fundamental flaw. If you care, please read.
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Labor Day in Song Some music to help you celebrate Labor Day
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Updated: Anti-War Leaders Must Stand Up Against Democratic Leadership Complicity An OPEN letter to anti-war activists and leaders that calls on leaders to have one unified march instead of several little marches. List of those signed will be updated as they are sent to my email address.
Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, at a conference discussing Wikileaks' commitment to
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The Saturday News Hangover's Special Show on Wikileaks The crew of CMN News hold a special edition of the "Saturday News Hangover" to discuss Wikileaks, the media's coverage of Wikileaks, and the contents of the released war logs and what the logs mean for the future of the Afghanistan War.
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Six Years Since What? Yesterday, October 11th, was the anniversary of the Iraq War authorization vote in Congress. Unfortunately, it would seem that much of the progressive news community including OpEdNews could not be bothered to focus in on this regrettable anniversary.
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Levees in Danger, Red Cross Responds The Red Cross continues to help the Midwest combat levee breaching despite the lack of money in the organization's Disaster Relief Fund.
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Obama Supporters Victims of Political Slavery Why do Americans every four years give up the power they are supposed to have during an election by agreeing to play the rigged game that is electoral politics?
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Progressive Media from the Metro Chicago Area Meet, Discuss New Ideas for Combating Corporate Media Details on how everyday people are waging war on corporate media. It's easy. You can do it too.
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Dissecting Tuesday Night's Debate in Philadelphia (Part 4) The fourth installment covering the remarks that kicked off the second half hour of the Tuesday night Democratic debate in Philadelphia
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Health Reform & the Tightrope-Balancing Act Many Engage In For all those people who are struggling to address the right wing Tea Party nuts who are promoting violent action against representatives and senators and the failures of the health reform bill at the same time without seeming like you side with Democratic leaders or the Tea Party
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Taking Direct Action to the Max (Updated) Political ignorance calls for drastic action. When hostage taking becomes a rational calculated decision, America has a problem.
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Spending Time in the Shadows A look at Alex Gibney's film Taxi to the Dark Side which looks at the torture policy America has used.
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CMN News Team on Escalating U.S. Conflict in Pakistan Chris Novembrino, host of CMN News, and senior news analyst Jordan Darnell Williams and myself discuss the escalating conflict in Pakistan.
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Part 5 of Dissecting the Philadelphia Debates The fifth installment in a series on the Democratic Debates.
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The Weak, Spineless, Hapless, Gutless Ones The Democrats, contrary to what Pelosi said, own this Iraq war now. They own the issue of torture. And they stand to lose in 2008 because they cannot stand up and take responsibility for these issues.
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To All Contractors for Chaos: Who Wants to Help with Iran Reconstruction? The next administration will need to know where to go to get help with Iran Reconstruction. Who they gonna call? Ghostbusters? I don't think so. Guess again.
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If Our Leaders Won't Stop Torture, We Will At 5pm we headed out to Chicago's busiest Metra station. As the detainees and guard stayed frozen for three minutes the poem you hear over the video was read. Almost the second we started security was demanding we leave and they escorted us off the block. One guy cursed me and tried to snatch my paper. One woman went out of her way to come across the street and give me a high five.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 15, 2007
The Pelosi Paradox Americans are gunning for Pelosi and rightfully so. Pelosi has failed Americans and further divided Americans on how to end the Iraq War and whether or not to pursue impeachment.
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What Will the Democratic Candidates Fail to Acknowledge This Week? Who's saying no? What is being ignored now and why? And what will be ignored next?
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Giving the Presidential Candidates an Offer They Can't Refuse Ed Schultz gave presidential candidates an offer they cannot refuse and Dennis was the first one to accept Ed Schultz's offer and come on the show. This article covers Dennis' 3 hour radio appearance, however, it leaves out details on health care and other issues. Mainly, this lays out how Dennis is different from all other Democratic candidates, who he is personally, why he's running, and how he will better America.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Send Pocket-Sized Constitutions to Conyers Every time Conyers has to engage in political posturing, idle subpoena threats, or the convening of ineffectual hearings, he forgets another section of an article in the Constitution.
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Black and White Liberals: Confronting the Progressive Divide Black radio broadcasters and black journalists offer insight into the a deep divide between progressives that needs fixing.
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Luck and Opportunity I spent the last week in the hospital. This is my reflection.
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The Revolution on Leadership Fraud in America Begins Today! "Wolves in sheep's clothing", "spineless,gutless,hapless" leaders, people who have no respect for the processes in America, Republicans, Democrats, etc. All in all we've let people we trust abuse us and it's time to put a stop to it. Here's a call to arms: a questionnaire for leaders who wish that we Americans grant them power.
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The Pitfalls of the Antiwar Movement in America Once you learn to hate America's foreign policy you then have to deal with those who also hate it and are incomprehensibly confused about how to organize and change the way America's foreign policy operates.
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Will You Be One of the 2,500 to Support Democratic Organizers? Should liberals/progressives or most importantly, Americans support DNC Chairman Howard Dean's is request to support Democratic organizers?
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Getting Reps to Vote "No" to Tabling the Resolution on Impeachment A practical message to convince our representatives to discuss the "I" word on the House floor.
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7 Things You Can't Say in '08: In Memory of George Carlin A presidential candidate offers a tribute to the great George Carlin
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 18, 2008
Voters in Nevada Would Love a Kucinich Tax Break
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Tired of Reruns? If the Writer's Guild strike upsets you, I know just how to make you feel better.
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Screw Up Your Courage America! At a free advance screening of the upcoming film Lions for Lambs, I failed to step out of my comfort zone and speak up when I had the opportunity. But never again. Let this story inspire you to abandon politeness and become as bold and passionate as you can be.
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For My Father This Father's Day A reflection piece on what it's like to have father here in this world to help me get to where I am in life today. Beneath the political writing and college studying, I have had dad, which every young man should be grateful for.
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Dissecting the Democratic Candidate's Responses in Philadelphia (Part 2) The second installment (reposted with technical difficulties fixed). Thank you for your patience. Now how about those Democratic candidates America?
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Of Alienation and Division in the Democratic Party Racial divides, the forsaking of activism, the ignorance of Middle East policy as the candidates get "tough" on Iran, white working class "bitter"-ness and more
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 31, 2007
A Year Spent Further Defining Madness It was a good year for madness. Madness found the chance to manifest itself in many forms. Some would say too many, others would say not enough. Those who would say not enough would probably not think of it as madness like we do.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Democratic Party Logic Means Investigations of McCain Should Be Off the Table Either you commit to following, upholding, and seeing to it that the the rule of law is enforced or you blatantly disregard this nation's established laws. To pick and choose what laws or regulations should be followed is political strategy at the expense of democracy.
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America to Blame for Pakistan Blasts? Admit it. All Americans bear the burden of being part of a country that allows and supports international terrorism despite our so-called "war on terror." So really, why was Bhutto's life recently threatened in Pakistan?
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 12, 2007
A Party for the Mainstream While the Democratic Party has Dennis Kucinich, the logic that is driving people to support Dennis should be driving them to join the Green Party instead. That party is an entire party based on the ideology Dennis preaches and campaigns on.
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The Fight to Fire, Disbar, and Try America's "Torture Professors" for War Crimes Phillippe Sands pulls the curtain open on the "culture of cruelty" that has been ushered in. Organizations across America step in to do what Congress is unwilling to do---hold the lawyers accountable for their actions.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 19, 2008
I Don't Want to Work for "The Man" This Summer Sustaining life through the summer without working the generic summer job.
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The Spirit of Nader Haunts NCMR Attendees Ralph Nader has a presence at this conference. As an advocate for media reform, that's not surprising. It's just bothersome in this election year when Obama needs a win.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 9, 2007
Using Your Limited Power as an American Citizen Effectively Everybody talks about fixing all of these huge problems and defending against all of these grand injustices. But without having connections locally, how do you expect to make changes on a grand scale?
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Heartland Presidential Forum Promotes Community Values
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 28, 2008
Seeking Out Gravel Voters from South Carolina I ask to hear from Gravel voters.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 7, 2008
Uncovering Elections John Nichols, David Sirota, Robert "Biko" Baker all talk about the way media has covered the election and what we should think and do about it at the NCMR
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 3, 2008
Rambling and Grumblings on the 2008 Election Dennis Kucinich Barack Obama Hillary Clinton John Edwards....
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Video: The Importance of Getting Green Party Candidates on the Ballot VA Independent Green Party Chairman Carey Campbell talks about Green Party candidates in the 2010 Midterm Elections and the value of getting Greens on the ballot in elections.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 20, 2008
Afterwards They Descended Into a Political Orgy The FISA debate should have been a showdown. Instead, it was a prime example of what American politics has become.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Hey, You're Spineless! The Republicans are good at what they do. It's a dirty rotten game, but it seems like they've been bred to play it, which is the difference between Republicans and Democrats. The Republican Party is the party of the scoundrels and thieves and thugs while the Democrats are the party of the Mr. Smiths that lost their way.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Obama the Terrorist: The Vote-Baiting Smear Begins For people who don't think he's that imaginative, it's really difficult to talk to other Americans who think he's The One.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Loosen Your Tie, Tucker Carlson! Flustered. Agitated. Confused. Such is the state of Tucker Carlson, an MSNBC pundit who just can't stomach the fact that so many Americans believe the American government was involved in the 9/11 attacks.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Dissecting the Philly Debate (Part 1) A series to be completed in the next 48 hours on Tuesday's debate with the Democratic candidates and the NBC network
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 17, 2007
Democrats Prove Themselves to Be Moral Cowards Recent news proves that Democrats do not wish to stick up for the American people and bring our troops home. This is ridiculous and insane and must be stopped now. We must not allow postponement of a debate on funding the war.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 11, 2008
War Does Not Sell The word from the NCMR was that the media conveniently claims war does not sell. Are we going to let the media continue to make this claim?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 26, 2007
RaGiNg AgAiNsT the CoNgReSsIoNaL WaR MaChInE The Congressional War Machine won't defund war and is not against military operations in Iran. Today, I was met with the dilemma of having a Republican Senator vote against the Iran bill and a Democratic Senator vote for the Iran bill. I am still not done beating my head against my kitchen wall. The bruise I gain will remind me to never support any Republican or Democrat again without drilling them incessantly with questions.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 17, 2008
Update Your Profile on Facebook Some More Are we amusing ourselves to death at a time when corporate control seems irreversible or are we amusing ourselves to death because we feel corporate control is irreversible?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Cablegate: US Diplomat Lauded Former Gitmo Detainee's Work on Detainee Resettlement A cable with a subject line that reads, "To Hell and Back: Gitmo Ex-Detainee Stumps in Luxembourg," indicates that diplomatically there was an understanding that a former Guantanamo detainee named Moazzam Begg was doing work for the US that others were finding themselves incapable of accomplishing.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Politics Turns on Me "If you don't turn on politics, politics will turn on you." -Ralph Nader
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 6, 2008
Organizing, Advocating, Educating for Media Reform Reporting from the opening session of the first day of the National Media Reform Conference in Minneapolis
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 25, 2007
Help Me Form a Statement for a Youth Speak Out Kucinich is not the messiah. But he's getting closer to being just that every day and so if you are with me, please help me sell him to youth in the Chicago area by dropping some suggestions as to what I can say for this Saturday's rally and march.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 29, 2007
United We Stand Divided While we all marched on Saturday in solidarity, we were more divided than we cared to realize. After all, do any of us agree on how to get out of this mess we're in?
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 31, 2008
Holy Name 6 Face Death Threats, Need Letters of Support Please send letters of support to my OpEdNews account or post them in the comments section.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 29, 2007
Annoyed by the DNC's Decision to Cancel the Dec. 10th Debate This cancellation doesn't feel right to me. I think something fishy is going on and will until proven otherwise.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Slave to the Retailers There's no rule or game we Americans won't play just so the retailers can have their way even after Christmas Day.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 22, 2008
Students Organize Media Reform Group, Make Plans to Send Group to NCMR In my efforts to further commit myself to pushing progressive reforms in communities I am part of, I have recently decided to head a media reform student organization at Columbia College Chicago. This group is making plans to send a bus of students to the Free Press' National Conference on Media Reform in Minneapolis in June.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 12, 2007
Clinton, Obama, Dodd, and Biden's Trend of "Not Voting" Four of the Democratic presidential candidates are manipulating the system and hoping Americans do not notice. And I've got the roll call votes to prove it.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 17, 2008
What's All the Fuss About the ABC Debate? Who are we kidding ourselves? There wasn't going to be a debate. These corporate media debates don't raise any issues.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 1, 2007
A Campaign Built on Policy Not Money One candidate has been hugely successful in using policies, bills, resolutions, and plans to gain attention from the media and support from Americans. He has been proving that perhaps vast amounts of money isn't absolutely required if one expects to gain in the polls during a presidential election.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I Wish I Could Have a Private Conversation with Dennis Kucinich After five weeks of foreign policy class, I can't take it anymore. All of what I've learned makes sense and I need Dennis Kucinich to answer my questions so I can decide what to think next.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 21, 2007
Hope for the Hill Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton think they can win because you support them. You are fueling their "grassroots movements" on the local level. Is this a myth or reality? Truth or half-truth?
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 29, 2008
How Could Impeachment Be in Conyers' Interest? Leave the skepticism and pessimism at the door. And then come inside and talk seriously about getting Conyers to act on impeachment. Now.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 13, 2007
What Thursday's Democratic Iowa Debate Was Missing Something made this final debate before Iowa's caucus boring. Hmm, what was it? Why was this neither clever nor entertaining?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 5, 2008
Letter to the Editor: The War This is a letter I had published today in my local newspaper in Indiana. People from the region are calling me to thank me for writing this piece.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 17, 2008
Why Help Solve the DNC's or Obama/Clinton's Financial Woes? The Democratic Party is struggling to pay for all that it wants to during this election. I cannot think of a good reason to help bail them out.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 28, 2008
Who's Looking Out for You? Politicians are playing it politically safe and it's hurting you. What are you going to do for yourself in this election?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 22, 2008
Would You Like to Sign to Get an Independent Candidate on the Ballot? The trials and tribulations of my petitioning adventures in Chicago, Illinois
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Excellent Inquiries McCain's recent answer in regards to Hillary sets a new standard for Q&As on the campaign trail.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 23, 2008
The Call for Bush-Cheney's Resignation A group of Americans led by Nader will be in Washington, D.C. rallying with a call to Bush-Cheney to resign.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 21, 2008
Understanding and Analyzing What Can Happen Downstream USGS readings on the Mississippi River that indicate what lies ahead for those who live near the river.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 27, 2008
National Weather Service on Flood Threat to Those Downstream NWS on the Mississippi River
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Dear Democratic Establishment A letter to the party that does everything it can to squelch real change and stunt progressive politics.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 10, 2008
Change Prioritized Ideally speaking, what would you like the next ideal president to do and in what order would you like to see it done?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Kucinich Will Force Vote on Impeachment Before Thanksgiving Impeachment of Cheney enters its next phase now. Thanks to Dennis Kucinich we are moving one step closer to holding this administration ACCOUNTABLE for its actions. And by accountable, I do not mean it in the way that Pelosi or Reid does.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Castro Resigns: A Victory in the "War on Terror"? Key points on Castro's resignation
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 15, 2007
Stuck in the Gears of Dead-End Democracy Today marks the beginning of a couple weeks of protesting in Washington, D.C. But does anybody really expect this to be worth all the time and money it takes to organize these protests? Why is it that these events will be ultimately worthless?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 22, 2008
After Barack Obama Seals Up the Nomination Today What to do next if Obama puts an end to Hillary's campaign for the Democratic nomination
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 16, 2008
Students Engage in "Day of Resistance" on March 20th For those wondering what you can do to disrupt the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, halting enlistment into the military is one objective that must be accomplished. Providing students other options for a future that are not military is vital for America's future. All it takes is a core of 5-10 people to engage in calling for an end to enlistment so this illegal war can be brought to an end.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 15, 2007
Russ Feingold Writes Bush Urging Him to Come Clean on CIA Methods of Torture That Have Been Used Sometimes the most concise response to an action taken by a politician is all that he or she deserves. Anything more is superfluous.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Lieberman's Endorsement of McCain a Hurdle for Obama? Lieberman's right. McCain would be better at breaking partisan gridlock than Barack Obama.

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