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PEOPLE’S THE LAWYER: The BoSS is Back (The Indypendent)

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

Neocons Make U.N. Power Play (The Indypendent)

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.
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Democracy Behind Bars in East Africa (The Indypendent)

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

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

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

For a socialist alternative in the 2006 US elections

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.
The SEP campaign will give voice and leadership to the opposition of millions of working people and youth within the United States and internationally to the Bush administration’s policies of war, repression and exploitation.
The United States is in the throes of a profound political, economic, social and moral crisis. It is a nation whose global imperial aims have become odious to millions of its own citizens. more...  1 Comments

Congressmen Returning Money? Reverse Bought Legislation Too

messenger | Our beloved Congressmen are giving Abramhoff's
bribe money back to the Indian Tribes and to charity
(he lobbied for many more than just the indian tribes)
That's a great thing! But it is just the first step to
setting things right.
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Populist #20

Franklin | On the Judicial Branch, continued more...  0 Comments

December - Activists Very Active

D. Burbeck | Dispite cold temperatures, last month was a very active month
for activists around the country and the world.
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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

Advice From An Old Man

populist | on resisting America's next war... more...  1 Comments

america's heart turnd black

Murdock Todd Cote | freedom cost, it is in our heart our souls and our minds and can never be taken more...  1 Comments

IRS Blocked refunds for lowest income

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.
The taxpayers, whose average income was $13,000, were not told that they were suspected of fraud, the advocate said in her annual report to Congress. The advocate, Nina Olson, said her staff sampled suspected returns and found that, at most, one in five was questionable.
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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

Let the People Rebuild New Orleans

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

PROTEST fascist confirmation of Alito.

A | Protest: Today, Monday@Union Square, 4:30 pm
Fascist Confirmation of Alito into the Supreme Court

*Alito confirmation hearings begin, women and men all across the country will wear bloody patches in protest of what will surely be in store if Alito ascends to the Supreme Court...

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