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Puerto Rico at The United Nations

Juan Antonio Ocasio Rivera | At the United Nations yesterday morning, one thing was immediately clear: as the member nations of the Decolonization Committee noted, there is tremendous and lasting interest in the case of Puerto Rico and its political status. more...  4 Comments

Bush in Baghdad

Patrick Martin | President Bush’s trip to Baghdad Tuesday has been hailed by the American media and official Washington as something of a political masterstroke. In fact, the sudden trip, conducted in secrecy even from the Iraqi government that holds nominal sovereignty in the US-occupied country, was a demonstration of both the dire state of affairs in Iraq and the political isolation and disorientation of the Bush administration.
No amount of “spin” can alter the sense of something degrading and even ludicrous in the spectacle of an American president stealing into a foreign capital, spending five hours on the ground in a series of stage-managed and largely meaningless public appearances, and then flying off under cover of darkness, never having left the safety of the fortified Green Zone in downtown Baghdad. more...  0 Comments

Shrapnel Evidence and the Beit Lahiya Attack

ENOUGH | "Israel has dismissed continuing calls for an independent international inquiry" more...  0 Comments

Town Hall Meeting on Home Rule and Fair Rent Laws

Met Council on Housing | WHAT: Town Hall Meeting on Home Rule and Fair Rent Laws

WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2006

TIME: 7:00 to 8:30 pm

WHERE: St. Bartholomew’s Church
Park Avenue @ 51st Street
6 train to 51st St. or E, V trains to 53rd St./Lexington Ave.

M0RE INFO: For more info: Met Council on Housing 212-979-6238 or or Or call Jillian at Housing Here & Now at 718-246-7900 ext. 243 or email or


Home Rule Saves Homes

RGB: Rent gouging Bastards more...  1 Comments

Deepa Mehta's "Water" Is a Breath of Fresh Air

Sierra Freeman | “Water” digs deep into issues that many in India are reluctant to discuss. Now that it has finally been released, it is easy to see why defenders of tradition would want to thwart it. Set in the late 1930s against a backdrop of social upheaval and the quest for national independence, the movie explores the lives and the changing expectations of India’s ultimate outcasts: widows. more...  2 Comments

Photo Essay from the Puerto Rican Day Parade

Mike GW | This year's parade was marked as usual by puerto rican pride and 1 million street partiers, but also by running conflicts between free culture and corporate sponsorship, between anti-colonial sentiment and political & military recruiting, and between rebel youth and new york's finest. more...  1 Comments

Right wing US/Israeli professor convicted of libeling leftist Israeli Occupation critic

smurf | Haifa University economist Steven Plaut was convicted last week of libeling a fellow academic, Neve Gordon of Ben-Gurion University's Department of Politics and Government, and ordered to pay the plaintiff NIS 80,000 in compensation plus NIS 15,000 in legal fees... One of Plaut's articles, published in 2001 and still posted on the Internet (, is entitled "Haaretz promotes the 'Jews for Hitler.'" It was a response to Gordon's review in Haaretz of Norman Finkelstein's book, "The Holocaust Industry." The judge ruled that the article's title clearly implies that Gordon is a "Jew for Hitler" and that this constitutes libel.
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The National Lawyers Guild condemns the FBI's Operation Backfire as Unconstitutional

the guild | The National Lawyers Guild condemns the FBI's Operation Backfire "green scare" tactics as an unconstitutional abuse of authority. The FBI has engaged in an orchestrated campaign of issuing subpoenas to environmental activists, conducting large scale roundups of activists, levying unprecedented penalties for property crimes, and using threats of severe sanctions to leverage fear of conviction and force individuals to turn state's evidence. more...  0 Comments Launches Website to Save Baby Seals | OMAHA (June 2, 2006)– Shirtsforseals is kicking off its website to raise funds its international efforts to end Canada’s annual seal hunt.
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Public Forum on Illegal Conversion of Affordable Housing to Hotels

A. Venesky | State reps Liz Krueger, Dick Gottfriend, Linda Rosenthal, City Councilmembers Gale Brewer and Rosie Mendez will hear testimony from residents of SROs (Single Room Occupancy) on how their homes are being illegally converted to tourist hotels in Hell's Kitchen and the Upper West Side. more...  0 Comments

Atlas Shrugged

Gabriel Riocabo | The Department of Homeland Security’s recent recent decision to cut New York’s federal counter-terrorism funding by $140 million might actually be a blessing in disguise. Since the start of the Iraq War in 2003, the NYPD has relied entirely on federal money to fund Operation Atlas, a highly militarized police program in which heavily armed police officers (known as Hercules teams) are deployed randomly throughout the city.|| The Indypendent more...  2 Comments

Welcome To The Madhouse (The Indypendent)

Carol Lipton | Armed Madhouse, the latest book by BBC journalist Greg Palast, is both audacious and ambitious. The topics covered range from the theft of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections and the ensuing “war on terror,” to the privatization of government spying and the Dan Rather false documents debacle. more...  1 Comments

Planet of the Liberals

Hoipolloi Cassidy | The fantasy that the technology of the Web is inherently "revolutionary" is punctured at DailyKos, the mass-appeal right-of center Democrat chat-list. Unless by "revolutionary" you mean an inevitable collapse into infighting and paranoia. more...  5 Comments

New U.S. Maneuvers on Iran

LARRY EVEREST | For the first time in over 25 years the U.S. government has agreed to negotiate directly with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The talks would also include Britain, France, and Germany and would focus on Iran’s purported nuclear weapons program; the U.S. will participate only if Iran first halts its uranium enrichment program.

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Boycott Wal Mart!

Markin | The Race to the Bottom stops here! more...  0 Comments

A Step Closer to War With Iran

Jack A. Smith | Washington has just moved a step closer to war with Iran — but it still looks doubtful. more...  0 Comments

Why Zarqawi's Death Will Strengthen the Iraqi Resistance

A.K. Gupta | The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi should be of small comfort to the Bush administration. Having cried victory on many previous occasions—from “Mission Accomplished, the capture of Saddam Hussein, and the killing of his sons to the “transfer of power,” the razing of Fallujah and three elections—the White House struck a more cautious note upon discussing the death of the “Al Qaeda in Iraq” leader.

President Bush said his demise offered a chance to “turn the tide of the struggle” in Iraq.

While perhaps it’s less bombastic than declaring the insurgency is “in the last throes,” it’s more wishful thinking.

Bombing Zarqawi into oblivion will not end the resistance in Iraq. In fact, it may do the opposite. more...  4 Comments

Zarqaoui is an american invention

do | Letter from the people in Fallujah to Kofi Annan more...  7 Comments

Al-Zarqawi and the ‘Superpower’

nano | All reports and profiles of Al-Zarqawi do not place him in the criminal genius category. Murdering thug and street crim maybe, but to evade the limitless resources of western agencies for two long years is out of the question unless of course the situation was managed to keep a population distracted, fearful, and compliant while precious resources were plundered and illegal invasions justified. more...  3 Comments

Quick Action By Local Peace Groups, Food Not Bombs, Makes Difference for Jersey City Residents

Tommy spnyc | Jersey City Residents at 182 Central Ave. have been without
electricity for three days now. Much of their food went bad. I'm not
sure the whole story, but they have a bum landlord and the city is
threatening to kick them out because of a fire hazard, without it
being clear if they'll provide temporary housing. I just came from
the building, people are standing in the hallway shivering and some of
them haven't eaten for two days. more...  3 Comments

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