ANN SCHNEIDER | Back in the bad old days there was the Bureau of Special Services (BoSS, aka the Red Squad), the largest of all the past century’s domestic surveillance programs, with a collection of 1.2 million index cards, files, photos and films on 250,000 people, dating back to 1904. more... 1 Comments
DONALD PANETH | UNITED NATIONS, N.Y.— The U.S. takeover of the United Nations approached a conclusion on Dec. 23 when the Bush administration blocked the implementation of the U.N.’s 2006–2007 budget. The U.S. insists the U.N. General Assembly approve a series of “reform” measures within the next few months.
NEELA GHOSHAL | Just a year ago, the East African nation of Uganda was still a darling of the West, hailed as an African success story based on its economic growth and success in combating AIDS. How quickly things change, particularly in Africa, where Western governments tend to wear blinders when it comes to the dictatorial tendencies of their allies. more... 8 Comments
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.
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
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
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
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
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party | The Socialist Equality Party will run candidates for federal and state office in the 2006 US mid-term elections. The SEP will campaign in as many states as possible to build a mass political movement in opposition to the two parties of the ruling elite and big business, the Democrats and Republicans.
messenger | Our beloved Congressmen are giving Abramhoff's
Franklin | On the Judicial Branch, continued more... 0 Comments
D. Burbeck | Dispite cold temperatures, last month was a very active month
Stephen Lendman | A review of the Bolivarian Revolution achievements and threat to Hugo Chavez from the U.S. more... 0 Comments
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
populist | on resisting America's next war... more... 1 Comments
Murdock Todd Cote | freedom cost, it is in our heart our souls and our minds and can never be taken more... 1 Comments
posted by keeley | Tax refunds sought by hundreds of thousands of poor Americans have been frozen and their returns labeled fraudulent, blocking refunds for years to come, the Internal Revenue Service's taxpayer advocate told Congress today.
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.’”
Naomi Klein | "Here's a better idea: New Orleans could be reconstructed by and for the very people most victimized by the flood." more... 0 Comments
A | Protest: Today, Monday@Union Square, 4:30 pm
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