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WILDA RODRIGUEZ | Es hora que el independentismo organice una alianza con el Partido Popular Democrático. more...  0 Comments

Peace movement 'leadership' demands? 5 years of ineffective action

Robert Jereski | Years after the majority of U.S. citizens and and over a year after the majority of U.S. military personnel were found to oppose the on-going occupation/war, what have we accomplished?

Strategy for change below. more...  34 Comments

Speaker Quinn's Legal Woes Intensify

Amadi Ajamu | The federal lawsuit filed by Councilman Charles Barron's Chief of Staff, Viola Plummer, names NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the City of New York as defendants. Last month Judge William Pauley denied the defendants' summary judgment motion on the issue of "qualified immunity" for Speaker Quinn. Now Ms. Quinn's NYC Corporation Counsel lawyers have filed an appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse Judge Pauley's decision. more...  2 Comments

PHILIPPINES: Lozada committed an act of valor and integrity, not destabilization

AKBAYAN | AKBAYAN Citizens Action Party Rep. Risa Hontiveros said that dismissing Lozada’s explosive statement as an attempt to destabilize the country would not do, saying that what Lozada divulged lays accountability on the National Broadband Network (NBN) deal at the doorstep of Malacanang Presidential Palace.

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This Sunday! The RNC Welcoming Committee Roadshow comes to NYC!

RNC WC Booking Agent | Network, learn the lay of the land, and get the lowdown on the plans and logistics already in place to crash the convention this summer in Minneapolis! more...  0 Comments

Obama Security Lax

raven | Just what Bush needs to declare martial law. more...  2 Comments

Bush admits, "we torture" -- democrats stand by silently

joe kay | The White House publicly acknowledged on Wednesday that President Bush has authorized the use of waterboarding, and that he may do so again in the future. The statements amount to an open admission of criminal activity on the part of the US government.

The acknowledgement from White House deputy spokesman Tony Fratto came a day after testimony from CIA Director Michael Hayden before the Senate Intelligence Committee. For the first time, Hayden officially stated that the Bush administration had used waterboarding on three prisoners in 2002 and 2003.

Waterboarding is a form of torture used since the Spanish Inquisition. It involves pouring water over a prisoner’s head to cause drowning, and has been prosecuted as torture by the United States government in the past. While the Bush administration is now stretching language and credulity to claim that it should not be categorized as torture, the director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell, acknowledged on Wednesday that “taken to its extreme, [the consequences of waterboarding] could be death; you could drown someone.” more...  1 Comments


By Jack A. Smith | Q. What real social change can progressives expect from the two leading Democratic contenders for the presidential nomination who keep promising abundant change? A. About as much as the center of the political spectrum provides — trace to nothing. more...  0 Comments

Death of a monster

Ted Sprauge |

On January 27, 2008 General Soeharto, former dictator of Indonesia, passed away. This man was responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of communists in a bloody coup in 1965. The exact number of deaths may never be known, but it is estimated that between half a million and three million leftists, trade unionists and student and peasant activists were slaughtered. Despite these monstrous crimes and his well-documented corruption (he embezzled billions of dollars from the Indonesian people, which have yet to be returned) the old butcher died in his bed, untouched by the law.

Ten years ago, he was swept from power by the movement of the masses that brought his bloody 32-year dictatorial rule to an end.

Soeharto was born in 1921, and started his career as an army officer as early as 1940 under the Dutch military. When the Dutch ignominiously surrendered Indonesia into the hands of the Japanese, he became a member of the colonial army created by the Japanese. more...  0 Comments

Discuss & Debate the 2008 Elections in Red Hook Thursday

Indy Person | The 2008 elections are upon us, whether we like it or not. So, who's up? Who's Down? What does it all mean? And how can progressives and radicals best respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by the presidential elections? Indypendent contributors Jessica Lee, Arun Gupta, Steven Wishnia and Nicholas Powers will be discussing all of this and more at Freebird Books on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Freebird Books in Red Hook. Freebird Books is located at 123 Columbia near Kane. Nearest subway stop is the F train at Bergen St. more...  1 Comments

Taming Wild Edibles

Worker Freedom |
February 03, 2008

Wouldn’t it be a real travesty to spend $50 on a wonderful lobster dinner at New York City’s highest rated restaurant, only to find out after your meal that the food was rotten? more...  0 Comments


Thomas Riggins | The 2005 popular vote in France that rejected the EU constitution is about to be reversed in the French Parliament if President Sarkozy has his way. more...  1 Comments

NYPD Shills Terror Bill (Indypendent)

Jonathan Bennett | “When air monitors have been outlawed, only outlaws will have air monitors!”

The slogan, which has become the unofficial rallying cry of an ad hoc coalition of labor unions, environmental groups, elected officials and community activists, was environmental activist Bob Gulack’s reaction when he heard a report about the New York City Police Department’s plan to require a permit for any independent environmental sampling used in the city. more...  0 Comments

Venezuela: the struggle against food sabotage begins- the monopolies!

Jorge Martin | More than 13,000 tonnes of food have been seized in the last two weeks in Venezuela as part of the Food Sovereignty Plan launched in order to fight speculation, hoarding and sabotage in the food distribution chain. In announcing the measures in his radio programme Allo Presidente on January 22, president Chávez said that "among the responsibilities of the government one of them is to attack the capitalist model, the monopolies and rackets, so that the people, the workers, together with the revolutionary government can take the country forward".

This offensive is to be welcomed. Food scarcity has been a constant problem for most of 2007 with basic food products missing from the shelves in both private shops and the state-owned distribution network Mercal (for detailed information see Erik Demeester's article The economic tug of war between revolution and counter-revolution). more...  0 Comments

Experience Is Not Enough.

Elijah Gatewood | Why a third party candidate is needed for the
presidency. more...  0 Comments

cultural and natural

Josh Thompson | The Convention was the first official international instrument
stipulating the urgent need to identify and protect cultural and natural
heritage more...  0 Comments

VIDEO: This government, using corporate media, is going to murder...

Journalists for Mumia | The new video features a shortened slide show presentation of the newly discovered crime scene photos taken by press-photographer Pedro Polakoff, as well as Pam Africa, David A. Love, Linn Washington Jr, and Dave Lindorff. Also interesting is the exchange between the Reuters journalist covering the press conference, and the panel, as he questions them about why it took so long for the photos to emerge publicly as they are now. Later that day, his article was published as "Abu Jamal backers say new evidence merits retrial". more...  0 Comments

Next Sunday! The RNC Welcoming Committee Roadshow comes to NYC!

RNC WC Booking Agent | Network, learn the lay of the land, and get the lowdown on the plans and logistics already in place to crash the convention this summer in Minneapolis! more...  1 Comments

50-Shot Cops Duck Jury Trial in Sean Bell Case (Indypendent)

Erin Thompson | More than a year after Sean Bell was killed by a barrage of police bullets on the night before his wedding, the chance for justice in his case remain uncertain. After a 10-minute hearing on Jan. 25, State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Cooperman agreed to a request by the three police officers indicted in Bell’s shooting to hold a bench trial in their case, sparing them from having to face a jury trial. The decision came just two days after an appeals court turned down a request by defense lawyers to move the trial outside of New York City. more...  1 Comments

Pioneering Blackwater Protesters Given Secret Trial and Criminal Conviction

Jeremy Scahill | Protesters who re-enacted one of Blackwater's worst civilian massacres in Iraq got jail time, while the real killers remain free. more...  2 Comments

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