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Ralph Lopez majored in Economics and Political Science at Yale University. He writes for Truth Out, Alternet, Consortium News, Op-Ed News, and other Internet media. He reported from Afghanistan in 2009 and produced a short documentary film on the situation. He has also been published in the Boston Globe and the Baltimore Sun.


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Sen. John McCain, center, stands with Neo-Nazi leader Oleh Tyahnybok, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 14, 2014
US fueled rise of Neo-Nazis in Ukraine, McCain stands with party leader on stage Experts on the region have criticized US funding of "democracy initiatives" which helped foster the protests, and say the Neo-Nazi thrust for power was predictable.
Suspected Undercover Police Infiltrating Peaceful Protests, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 28, 2014
'NATO 3' in court on terrorism charges, defense claims entrapment The young mens' odyssey began when they were stopped for making a turn on "private property." Now all three are facing 85 years each for terrorism charges with evidence obtained by police infiltrators. The defense alleges evidence was planted and their clients were entrapped.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 18, 2014
Should Obama be tried for treason after his NSA speech on Friday? It is not up to the president to "endorse" anything in the Constitution. He is sworn by oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," since it was here before him.
John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 12, 2013
JFK nephew names 'rogue CIA' in JFK assassination plot Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said, to virtually no media coverage, that his father Bobby believed that Oswald did not act alone, and neither does he. Kennedy then implicated a "rogue" faction of the CIA.
Torture Room, Abu Ghraib, From ImagesAttr
(34 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Toronto Star on Eve of Cheney Canada Visit: Arrest Him for War Crimes Unlike the United States, Canada is a signatory to the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which obliges the Canadian government to investigate and prosecute known instances of torture under the Geneva Conventions.
Former Inspector General for TARP Neil Barofsky, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 20, 2013
Ongoing bank bailouts make mockery of budget talks What will never be written about in the mainstream media is the elephant in the room. The script is carefully designed to keep attention off the real money, the ongoing bail-outs to the bank and financial services industry.
Image from Ride for the Constitution website, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 11, 2013
Activists announce call campaign to repeal NDAA with truckers Anti-NDAA activist says: "We're going to work with the truckers on this particular item. We are all in the same boat. This is common in the broad coalitions, we don't have to agree on everything. Congress passed the NDAA three times now despite overwhelming opposition from the public each time. We want to say, 'can you hear us now, Congress?'"
Ride for the Constitution, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 3, 2013
'One Million Truckers' Ride to Restore Constitution Next Week A nationwide, 2,000-plus big rig truck convoy called Ride for the Constitution is calling for all congressmen to start obeying their oath of ofice, to defend the US Constitution. They are calling for repeal of the Patriot Act, repeal of NDAA military detention of u.S citizens, an end to illegal NSA spying, and for the impeachment of Obama.
Afghan children killed by US airstrike, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 10, 2013
So Killing Civilians in Syria Avenges Killing Civilians How? Since many of the weapons we would use for "military action" contain depleted uranium, a heavy metal made to punch through concrete, steel, armor, and people alike, the very ground in Syria will turn radioactive, giving rise to the hideous spike in unspeakable birth deformities that we now see in Iraq and Afghanistan. And for this we are risking a world war?
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Back from the edge: A world-wide peace plan As Obama begins work persuading Congress to allow him to bomb Syria, perhaps the time has come for a Great Awakening.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 22, 2013
Cheney did 'hurt' US by leaking Valerie Plame, no 50 years like Manning If a nuclear device is ever smuggled into the US, we might have Dick Cheney to thank for it.
Robert Mueller - Big Brother mode, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Call for FBI Director Robert Mueller to Resign Over Boston Bombing The FBI is portraying its bungling of repeated Russian warnings about Tamerlan Tsarnaev as "requests for information." But Russian intelligence was not asking if Tamerlan was going to "join unspecified underground groups." It was telling the FBI. Russian intelligence was not asking if Tamerlan was a "follower of radical islam." It was making an affirmative statement.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 22, 2013
Obama DOJ interviewed Boston bomber in 2011 at urging of Russian government The Federal Bureau of Investigation of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed that in 2011, it interviewed the older of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing. The interview was conducted at the urging of the Russian government, and warned that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become dangerous.
The Firefight-Ender, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Karzai Charges US Collusion with Taliban, Congressional Report Backs Him Up It has been clear that the Obama administration is aware of the practice since Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in congressional testimony in 2009: "One of the major sources of funding for the Taliban is the protection money."
xhibit in investigation on the death of Dilawar, showing how he was chained to the ceiling of his cell, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 10, 2013
MA Prosecutor Lets Rumsfeld Walk, Charges Protester Instead. Bonus: Can You See the Karate Chop? In the edifice that is the rule of law and simple humanity, Rumsfeld smashed the furniture, broke all the glassware, and spray-painted the walls. Yet it is Joseph who is charged with being "disorderly."
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Local Police Harass Iraq Veteran Turned Anti-War Activist Ethan McCord McCord was catapulted to national prominence after a video allegedly leaked by PFC Bradley Manning to Wikileaks was broadcast on national television. He has become outspoken in his opposition to the US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, and participates in "counter-recruiting" efforts organized by various peace organizations. In these, former soldiers speak to high school students of the realities of war.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 22, 2012
Psychiatrists Say Psych Meds 'Cause' Violence; Lanza Records Still Not Released Psychiatrists have come forward to assert that certain psychiatric medications, such as those known as SSRIs, are almost certainly the chemical cause of a large number of instances of random violence. The media has reported that the suspected shooter in the Sandy Hook multiple killings, Adam Lanza, was on some form of psychiatric medication.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 5, 2012
Ron Paul Certified as an Official Write-In Presidential Candidate in California Paul has repeatedly lambasted both Obama and Romney for their pursuit of government powers to hold US citizens in military detention without charge or trial indefinitely. Paul says the NDAA, a common acronym for the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011, violates the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Paul also criticizes both parties for engaging in "foreign adventures."
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Bush on Trial: After Media Black-Out, The Prosecution of an American President Opens at US Theaters In the declassified version of the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate, two key paragraphs were deleted from the classified version which was given to Bush and which represented the consensus opinion of 16 US intelligence agencies. The passages states that Saddam would not attack except in self-defense.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 17, 2012
Colorado PBS Runs 9/11 Film Sponsored by 9/11 Families: Experts Reject Official Story, Present Evidence of Demolition CPT 12 has won numerous awards in public affairs and news broadcasting as well as in the mini-documentary/series category. Supporters of the film are urging pubic television viewers to ask their local stations to air the documentary.

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