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Can You Say "Hail Mary" or The Crime of Lebanon and Palestine?

Stephen Lendman | "If this scenario is possible, why then would US, UK, Israeli, and other Western leaders who see what's going on, be willing to take the risk? Ahmed states what a growing number of knowledgeable observers now believe - that the Western, mainly US, so-called neoliberal imperial freewheeling "free-market" model is failing and may collapse short of a desperate "Hail Mary" military solution to try to save it even though the chance for success at best would be uncertain and in some views unlikely. And if it fails, the result may be an unimaginable social, political and economic calamity. " more...  0 Comments

Protesters March Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Ad Hoc Coalition 4 Justice in the Middle East | 1500 members of the New York community, horrified at the senseless killing of Palestinians and Lebanese by the Israeli military, marched across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan today to demand an end to the violence. For Photos:

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PHOTOS: March Across Brooklyn Bridge to say "Stop Invasion of Lebanon"

onto | Some photos from the walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on Sat, July 29th, 2006.

Sponsored by the Ad-Hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East Endorsers: Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, International Solidarity Movement- NYC, International Socialist Organization, National Council of Arab-Americans, Network of Arab-American Professionals of NY-PC, NY Campaign for Boycott,Divestment, and Sanctions, Jews Against the Occupation NYC. more...  9 Comments

Ground Zero Minutemen Protest Far Outnumbered by Immigrant Rights Group

kaitlyn tikkun | The Minuteman Project visited an immigrant town and were confronted by the masses. A demo & counter demo was held on Chruch & Liberty streets. more...  4 Comments

Military Recruiters Make Big Summer Recruiting Push

Sierra Freeman | After missing its 2005 recruiting goal by 6,600 enlistees, the Army has met all of its monthly recruiting goals this year. With the school year winding down, the Army saw its monthly recruiting total jump from 5,806 in May to 8,756 in June. Locally, the New York City Recruiting Battallion (which also encompasses Long Island, Westchester County and six northern New Jersey counties) has enlisted 1,343 new soldiers into the Army as of July 7, according to spokesperson Emilie Gockley. In FY ‘05, the battalion signed up 1,733 recruits. For more, | more...  0 Comments

Freegan Bike Repair Workshop; Changing Lives One Bike at a Time

Jess Garman | On Wednesday evenings around 6:00pm if you happen to be around 327 West 36th street between 8th and 9th Avenues stop by the “Bike Rescue Warehouse.” In it you will find Christian, an energetic, self-proclaimed Freegan with a passion for bike riding and dumpster diving, along with his friendly and passionate bike maintenance enthusiast friends all willing and ready to help you make a recycled bike. more...  1 Comments

Stop the Israeli offensive against Palestine and Lebanon!

Trotskyist Faction for the Fourth Internation | However, the element that can significantly change the relationship of forces and lay waste to the greatest plans of the most powerful military organization, which is the Israeli army, is the fact that a further intensification of its offensive in Lebanon could spark the mobilization of the masses of the Middle East, who for weeks have watched the bombings, the imprisonment and the collective punishment to which the Palestinian masses in Gaza have been subjected, which has fed the hatred and the spirit of vengeance against the Zionist state. Also, although still in a very minor form, the Israeli attacks are beginning to awaken the pacifist movement in Israel, a problem which could grow if the costs of war continue to mount, not only on the arm (mostly formed by conscripted soldiers), but also on the civilian population, if the Israeli government can't rapidly put a halt to the missile attacks on its civilian population centers. more...  0 Comments

Indypendent to Host Two-Part Reporting Workshop Series in August

IMCista | Looking to write but aren’t sure how to get started? The Indypendent will host a two-part community reporting workshop series in August at our office at 4 W. 43rd St., Rm. 311. more...  0 Comments

Can You Spare a Signature?

Erin Thompson | Standing in Union Square on a hot July day, against a tide of disinterested New Yorkers walking through the gauntlet of organic cheese, overwrought colored canvasses, homemade Vermont jam and the quintessential “imagine” tourist photograph, Jerry Kann holds a clipboard and repeats his mantra, “Excuse me, are you registered to vote?” || Malachy McCourt Petitions for Governor || New York Greens more...  1 Comments

Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Sudan: coldly premeditated neocon wars

FactsPlease | Before emotions and disinformation gain the upper hand, consider what General Wesley Clark wrote in 2003--that by late 2001, the Neocon-led Pentagon was planning a five-year campaign of wars against seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan. (And don't expect to hear about this from Lieberman, McCain, Pelosi, Feinstein, Howard Dean, or the Clintons.)
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David Yassky and Black Power

Black Man With a Library | Yassky's decision to run represents the changing demographics of the community. As white people are being priced out of Manhattan, they are moving into Central Brooklyn in alarming numbers. Indeed, watching out the window of my Parkside Brooklyn flat, I often see moving trucks with yuppies coming in increasing numbers. So it's a difficult question. As a communist, I know no politician can be trusted; but on the other hand the question of gentrification particularly in historic Black communities is a concern. I think we have to look at the Yassky run as a serious question. [Read More] more...  11 Comments

Crossing the Line: Cops Gone Wild in Bed-Stuy

Nicholas Powers | On June 10, I watched police tackle a man with dreadlocks on Nostrand Avenue. He was handcuffed amid an angry crowd. I parked my car and jumped out looking for answers. My reporter’s notepad flashed in my hand, it is my shield and mirror, protecting me from commitment to a side while reflecting the consequences of those who take one. more...  0 Comments

The Queens Blackout: The Brutal Human Costs of Con Ed’s Drive For Profit

By Bill Van Auken | More than a week after Con Edison’s aging infrastructure buckled under the impact of a heat wave, plunging residents of a large swathe of New York City’s borough of Queens into darkness and sweltering heat, at least 10,000 people remained without electric power Monday.

At its peak, the blackout affected more than 100,000 people in the predominantly working class neighborhoods of Astoria, Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City and Hunters Point. Most of them were left without electricity for a full week. Families were forced to throw out their food and were left with no means to light or cool their homes. The aged and the sick were subjected to intense suffering. Small businesses, including many restaurants and food stores, suffered crippling losses. more...  1 Comments

Saturday Forum on the Middle East: 'We Can Do Something.'

Allison Dorian | This past Saturday, a panel of four speakers made up the forum, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq: The US and Israel's All-Out War On The Middle East. Panel spoke and afterward, conferenced with audience members about the immense issues clouding the Middle East. more...  1 Comments

Dancing is Not a Crime

Jessie Carpenter | Protestors gathered outside Mayor Bloomberg's house on Saturday afternoon to put a stop to cabaret laws. Cabaret laws control where New Yorkers are allowed to dance. In 1929 New York City took control of where people were permitted to dance in an effort to control interracial integration. Today only 244 restaurants, clubs and bars have a cabaret license, those without a license can be fined thousands and even shut down if they permit dancing within their doors. more...  25 Comments

Gripping Diary of an Out Queer New Yorker and Lebanese-American Living in Beirut!

vf | Daniel Drennan has been keeping an eloquent online journal of life under Israeli bombardment. more...  0 Comments

Photos: Stolen Lives Induction Ceremony

October 22 Coalition-NY | Photos from the ceremony that honors the lives and families of people killed by law enforcement that took place July 22, 2006 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Harlem more...  7 Comments

Don't leave us alone in Beirut

Hanady Salman - repost, Electronic Lebanon | So it's Saturday. The day we fear. It seems the Israelis will have to postpone some of whatever plans they might have: the evacuations are not done yet. The French still have people leaving tomorrow, the Canadians too. There are growing reports about the segregation of the US evacuations: they have priorities ... white ones. I'm sorry I can't confirm, but my friends holding US passports keep telling me about it. I don't have time to investigate it. I'm working with the people fleeing their villages and homes. more...  0 Comments

Israel, Lebanon, Palestinian Conflict

Myron (Mike) Stagman, PhD |

Public Education Campaigns in Israel are vitally needed to educate the Israeli Public to (1) the illusory threat of a free and independent Palestine, indeed how this would benefit Israel, and (2) the stain left on the Jewish heritage and soul of Israel by such aggression.

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Endgame in Iraq

Compiled | Iraqi leaders have all but given up on holding the country together and, just two months after forming a national unity government, talk in private of “black days” of civil war ahead. Signalling a dramatic abandonment of the US-backed project for Iraq, there is even talk among them of pre-empting the worst bloodshed by agreeing to an east-west division of Baghdad into Shia and Sunni Muslim zones, senior officials told Reuters.

Add that to this buried paragraph from the AP today: Maj-Gen Caldwell said insurgents were streaming into the capital for "an all-out assault against the Baghdad area". "Clearly, the death-squad elements, the terrorist elements, know that Baghdad is a must-win for them," he said.

And I'd say we're done. more...  0 Comments

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