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Alienating More Park Land: Randall's Island

Hb | A private developer’s plans to develop a water park on Randall’s Island jumped a hurdle yesterday after the city’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee voted to let the project move forward. This boondoggle of a project would further alienate precious greenspace.

For web surfers, comment has begun to bubble up from the bloggers. “I bow to few in my admiration for water parks. The flues and slides and wave machines and spurious soaking devices are part of what makes America great,” writes Gringcorp. But the Brooklyn scribe thinks this project, now slated to cover 26 acres, doesn’t have enough room to become a top-notch water park. “Raging Waters covers 50 acres, and that’s pretty cozy,” he says. “Building a state-of-the-art water park on that kind of space is simply not possible, especially if the Randall’s Island park’s 25 acres includes a seven-acre beach. Crazy slide space will be at a premium.” more...  7 Comments

Ariel Sharon’s Life of Crime (The Indypendent)

MATT WASSERMAN AND JOHN TARLETON | “You can call me anything you like. Call me a monster or a murderer,” Ariel Sharon said in a notorious 1982 interview with the Israeli writer Amos Oz. “Even today I am willing to volunteer to do the dirty work for Israel, to kill as many Arabs as necessary, to deport them, to expel and burn them, to have everyone hate us.” As it turns out, Sharon had a lot more “dirty work” ahead of him. Here are some of the milestones in Sharon’s epic half-century military and political career that mirrors the history of modern Israe more...  1 Comments

Letter from Israel: Father Knows Best (The Indypendent)

YONI MISHAL | Most Israelis crave a father, a strong leader to guide us out of darkness. The fact that this person left such a mess behind him – a middle class without jobs, a country in constant conflict, rising crime rate, bad education on all levels, corruption, unprecedented violence on the streets – doesn’t make a difference. more...  0 Comments

IMF Ignites Iraq Fuel Riots (The Indypendent)

A.K. GUPTA | It seems like utter insanity: cutting food and raising energy prices on a battered and destitute population, which will now see precious earnings slip away to powerful banks while the U.S. occupation closes up shop on reconstruction. Yet it’s standard operating procedure for the IMF. more...  0 Comments

Bolivia’s Election Stunner: Latin American electorate keeps going left (The Indypendent)

JIM SHULTZ | But what does the election of Morales to the presidency here really mean? First and foremost it means that the Bolivian people, across class lines and regions, are demanding a reversal of twenty years of market-crazed economic policies pressed on the country from abroad, and by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in particular. more...  0 Comments

Zapatistas Launch ‘Other’ Campaign (The Indypendent)

RAMOR RYAN | This new political initiative, called the Other Campaign, is intended to influence Mexico’s July presidential election. Rejecting the suggestion that they were leaving the armed struggle and entering the political mainstream, the Zapatistas say they are reaching out to anti-capitalist and leftist organizations across the country, and conducting a campaign “from below, for below,” focusing on “a radical transformation of the Mexican political system.” more...  0 Comments

King Coal: Out of Control (The Indypendent)

ANTRIM CASKEY | Coal mining in Appalachia is not just killing people in accidents like Sago. The coal industry, aided and abetted by the Bush administration, is also steamrolling over any potential impediment on its path of greed. more...  5 Comments

People Power Vs. Disaster Capitalism in New Orleans (The Indypendent)

LAUREL SUTHERLIN | There lives a real possibility that New Orleans will become a proving ground where social justice and sustainability can merge into a model of major relevance to us all. People are being pulled here from all over the country, and within the seething chaos of it all is an electrified sense that something big is birthing here – a movement congealing from disparate directions – an invention of necessity that is addressing issues rapidly becoming universal. more...  2 Comments

NYU Grad Student Pickets Get Personal (The Indypendent)

BENNETT BAUMER | At the end of the semester, GSOC members changed tactics and cut back picket lines to focus on leafletting and picketing NYU events. On Dec. 19, striking graduate students handed out fliers and temporarily disrupted NYU President John Sexton’s address by unfurling a banner at a NYU town hall meeting. more...  1 Comments

Transit strike aftermath: TWU Victory Stuns Both Left and Right (The Indypendent)

A.K. GUPTA | After the strike ended on Dec. 22, the scuttlebutt was that TWU President Roger Toussaint had sold out the workers. But when Toussaint announced a deal on Dec. 27, many gasped in surprise that not only had the union beaten back the MTA’s demand to raise the retirement age from 55 to 62, the TWU also got as much as $200 million in pension overpayments returned to workers.
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The Terrorist Worker (The Indypendent)

NICHOLAS POWERS | And ugly it was. The subway strike of 2005 can be summed up by a phrase: “Black workers are Evil Doers.” When the Transit Workers Union 100, a majority Caribbean, Latino, Asian- and African-American local, walked off the job, the corporate elite began to attack. The first target was the minds of working-class New York, and the first battle to be fought was to keep them from identifying with TWU strikers and imitating them. The media immediately fused images of criminals, terrorists and spoiled children to the picketing workers. more...  0 Comments

U.S. Trade Deficit is out of control

STEWART A. ALEXANDER | The U.S. economy is being sold to the highest bidders in world trade markets and our trade deficit is destroying our economy. A 69 billion dollar trade deficit, and over 700 billion annually, is putting millions of Americans in jeopardy of losing their homes, their jobs and everything they possess only to benefit big business. more...  0 Comments

Venezuela's Bolivarian Movement - Its Promise and Its Perils

Stephen Lendman | A review of the Bolivarian Revolution achievements and threat to Hugo Chavez from the U.S. more...  0 Comments

ACLU Condemns Hidden PATRIOT Act Provision That Would Impede Freedom of Speech

ACLU, Daily Kos | In a little noticed dispute which may arise again this month as debate about the PATRIOT act resumes, the latest version of bill would empower Secret Service to charge protesters with a new crime of disrupting major events "including political conventions and the Olympics." According to the Daily Kos, "the Secret Service would also be empowered to charge persons with 'breaching security and to charge for 'entering a restricted area' which is "'where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting.' In short, be sure to stay in those wired, fenced containments or free speech zones." more...  2 Comments

Lighting the Fuse

Stan Goff, repost from Feral Scholar | People who thought they had clarity this time last year are confused again this year. more...  1 Comments

What's Wrong With Democracy Now?

Reza Fiyouzat | For example, why does Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! invite rightwing pundits for “debates” and “discussions”? Not just a few times, but lately quite regularly. Don't the rightwing propagandists have almost all the other platforms already? A majority of people are thirsting for some truthful explanation of their social environment, they are dying for some new ideas, and sick and tired of the same old mainstream typecasting of reality in stupefied, simplified journalism of “two sides of the story.” So, why does Amy Goodman mimic the corporate media? more...  3 Comments

Judge Finds NYC Parade Permit Law Unconstitutional: "Critical Mass" Bikers' Charges Dismissed

FreeWheels | Yesterday, New York City Criminal Court Judge Gerald Harris decided that the City’s parade permit law is “hopelessly overbroad” and “‘constitutes a burden on free expression that is more than the First Amendment can bear.’”

According to the Verdict, “a person promenading, or two persons racing, . . . a funeral procession, two or three cars displaying political posters traveling one behind the other, caravan style, or a small group of friends biking together” might be required to obtain permits under the law as written. more...  12 Comments

Memorial Ride Unites Cycling Community in NYC

BikeBlog | This Sunday, Time's up held an amazing event to remember those who were killed on their bikes due to the negligence of motor vehicles in 2005. [See Pictures] more...  0 Comments

Reportback: Solidarity Against the Minutemen in Freeport, Long Island

onto | Against the anti-immigrant call out for a "National Day of Protest", a group of 40 people rallied in Freeport, Long Island in solidarity with day laborers. Jobs for Justice, The Freeport Community Worklink Center, day laborers, socialists, anarchists and others came together to voice "No one is Illegal", "New York Supports Day Laborers" and "No Racism in Freeport." After 2 hours in the cold, the sorry looking 8 NY minutemen packed up and left. Another victory for immigrants over racist scapegoating. more...  0 Comments

East Buffet Boycott

Tomer Malchi | On January 8, 2006 Workers and community groups all over Long Island and New York joined a solidarity picket to support striking East Buffet workers. The 318 Restaurant Workers Union and its East Buffet members have been on strike for four months to stop management's illegal and unfair labor practices.

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