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National Lawyers Guild Condemns Starbucks Over Unlawful Termination of Union Co-Founder Daniel Gross

Worker Freedom | NLG Supports Boycott of Starbucks Until All Fired Union Members Are Reinstated more...  0 Comments

The US media and the London terror scare

David Walsh | Since August 10, when British authorities arrested two dozen individuals in connection with an alleged plot to blow up a number of airplanes over the Atlantic Ocean, the American mass media has worked ceaselessly to create a climate of fear.
For the first several days after the news of the alleged plot broke, American news programs were virtually unwatchable. The lurid logos and wild, unsubstantiated allegations made a mockery of claims that the networks and cable channels are in the business of “news-gathering.” more...  0 Comments

Bush administration seeks changes to War Crimes Act

Kate Randall | The Bush administration is seeking changes to war crimes law in an effort to protect government officials, CIA officers and former military personnel from prosecution for mistreatment of war prisoners.
According to US officials speaking on condition of anonymity, the administration has drafted amendments to the War Crimes Act, passed by Congress in 1996 and expanded in 1997, that criminalized violations of the Geneva Conventions in federal criminal courts. The changes are aimed at narrowing the scope of potential criminal prosecutions, particularly those involving cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment of wartime prisoners. No one has ever been charged under the act. more...  0 Comments

The politics of the latest terror scare

Barry Grey | Five days after UK authorities arrested 24 British-born Muslims and announced that they and their American counterparts had thwarted a plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights from London to the US, neither the British nor the American government has produced any facts to substantiate their dire claims.
No details of the supposed plot have been provided, and no hard evidence that would justify the arrest of so many people or the imposition of chilling security measures that had wreaked havoc at airports in the US and Britain.
In the meantime, commercial flights are being turned around in mid-flight, and wild claims of new plots are hitting the newsstands. The latest was the arrest of three Palestinian-Americans who were hauled into jail in Michigan after they purchased some 80 cell phones from a Wal-Mart store. Local police discovered that one of them had a digital camera with an image of the Mackinac Bridge, which connects Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. This was sufficient to charge them with conspiring, using cell phones as detonators, to attack the bridge. more...  1 Comments

The August 12 protests and their implications

Fred Bergen | Only the working class, mobilizing the power that is uniquely its own to stop war production and paralyze the war industries, and based on its material interest in the defeat of imperialism, can stop the war! But the strategy needed to stop the war -- massive political strikes aimed at bringing down the government of the imperialists -- requires a political break with the bourgeois forces. more...  1 Comments

9-11 Inside-Job Theory Creeps into Mainstream

messenger | by Andrew Broman more...  0 Comments



Why Democracies evolve into Dictatorships

James Cooke |
It took only six years with Bush Jr. as President to give birth to a new generation of radical political activists, journalists, and commentators, whose main concerns are subjecting the insane policies of the President to exposure and condemnation; this, it seems, constitutes the foundation for nearly the entire realm of real political opposition in the U.S. The strategy here is limited to educating people about the destructive policies of the Republicans and hoping that in response, a protest or political movement will evolve powerful enough to either reform or displace those in power. Education of course, is absolutely crucial in transforming any dissident organization into an entity capable of action and results. However, by focusing only on the policies of the Republicans, without explaining the larger framework from whence they came, political education is greatly hindered, limiting the potential for effective action. more...  4 Comments

You Gotta Give it To ACORN...

John Atlas | Wrenching concessions from private companies is a major goal of activists these days -- and that's exactly what ACORN did with Forest City Ratner and its Atlantic Yards housing and development plan. more...  12 Comments

LOHV-NYC Endorses Asm. Pete Grannis

LOHV-NYC | LOHV-NYC Endorses Asm. Pete Grannis more...  0 Comments


United for Peace and Justice | The NYPD is proposing new regulations that would severely curtail the right to
peacefully protest on the streets of New York City. The rules would prevent any
group of 35 or more people from gathering without first getting a permit from
the police. more...  0 Comments

Whether it's "lesser evil," "ABB" or "Taking Back Congress" liberal left losers peddle "Popular Front" failures

Roy Rollin | As "Tom," "burningman" and myself have all found out first hand, Carl Davidson is very skillful in misrepresenting the views of his opponents on the left. For he is an apt graduate of the Stalin schools of falsification and class collaborationism. Indeed, the two go hand in hand, for the former makes the latter all the easier to sell as the only possible path for radical activists today. At the same time he poses as a voice of moderation willing to learn from his own ultra-left mistakes of yesteryear and assist others in avoiding them by burying themselves in the politics of the possible, ie, in the Democratic Party. Thus he endlessly insinuates that those who do not share his infatuation with the Democrats instead advocate armed insurrection or some other such out of this world adventurism, as if those were the only choices available for the left today. By posing the later as what the far left advocates, he hopes to make the former seem reasonable and palatable even though expecting to take over the bosses' party or pressure it into cleaning up its act is as far fetched a pipe dream as is a handful of radicals taking over state power in the US today. more...  2 Comments

NYPD Proposes Changes to Parade Permit Regulation

Adrienne | For those of you that don't know what the NYPD is trying to do, here is a brief recap. The NYPD has proposed a change to the rule that interprets NYC's Parading law.
People's Forum August 17, St. Mark's Church at 7pm.
Rally outside of 1 Police Plaza August 23 at 6pm. more...  1 Comments

Legal surveillance, not illegal eavesdropping, stopped the U.K. terrorist attacks

Glenn Greenwald | To the extent that U.S. law enforcement agents attempted to assist in the pre-arrest surveillance of these terrorists, they were able to eavesdrop on the conversations of scores of individuals inside the U.S. by obtaining the approval of the FISA court, just as the law requires: more...  1 Comments

Naval Security Document Lumps Journalists With Foreign Spies

Steve Peacock | A recently obtained Naval Operations Security Plan (OPSEC) expressly reveals the U.S. Navy’s contempt for journalists, whom it views in the same light as – and arguably a less favorable light than – foreign spies. The document was discovered while researching a federal contract to support psychological operations (PSYOPS) that the U.S. military conducts worldwide, a $100 million award secured by Virginia-based CACI International. more...  0 Comments


World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime | SILENT DRAMATIC PROTEST AGAINST THE RAMPAGING OF LEBANON & THE MIDDLE EAST more...  0 Comments

MoveOn and the "swiftboating" of Cynthia McKenney

David Slavin | She has been "Swiftboated" for at least six years since
she raised legitimate questions about what Bush and his administration
knew that might have prevent the worst intelligence failure in recent
years. All her questions were vindicated in the subsequent hearings
three and four years after the fact. more...  0 Comments

Drive out Bush Regime: Support NYC “World Can’t Wait” Chapter

Portland IMC repost | History is full of examples where people who had right on their side fought against tremendous odds and were victorious. And it is also full of examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. The future is unwritten. WHICH ONE WE GET IS UP TO US. Endorsers of the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime Include: James Abourezk, Aris Anagnos, Anti-Flag, Edward Asner, Russell Banks, Ed Begley Jr., Harry Belafonte, St. Clair Bourne, Gabriel Byrne, Margaret Cho, Ward Churchill, Kate Clinton, US Rep. John Conyers Jr., John Densmore, Jesse Díaz Jr., Ariel Dorfman, Tom Duane, Michael Eric Dyson, Steve Earle, Niles Eldredge, Daniel Ellsberg, Eve Ensler, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jane Fonda, Michael Franti, reg e. gaines, Martin Garbus, Wavy Gravy, André Gregory, Paul Haggis, Sam Hamill, Suheir Hammad, Kathleen Hanna, Stephen Hays, Merle Hoffman, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Bill T. Jones, Rickie Lee Jones, Sarah Jones, Brig. Gen. (ret) Janis Karpinski, Casey Kasem, Ron Kovic, Jonathan Kozol, Jessica Lange, Lewis Lapham, Mark Leno, Rabbi Michael Lerner, George Lois, US Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Mark Crispin Miller, Tom Morello, Viggo Mortensen, US Rep. Major Owens, Ozomatli, Grace Paley, Harvey Pekar, Sean Penn, Jeremy Pikser, Harold Pinter, Frances Fox Piven, Sister Helen Prejean, Michael Ratner, Boots Riley, Mark Ruffalo, US Rep. Bobby Rush, Susan Sarandon, James Schamus, Richard Serra, Rev. Al Sharpton, Cindy Sheehan, Martin Sheen, Gary Soto, Nancy Spero, Gloria Steinem, Lynne Stewart, Serj Tankian, Jonathan Tasini, Sunsara Taylor, Studs Terkel, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Walker, Naomi Wallace, Lt. Ehren Watada, US Rep. Maxine Waters, Cornel West, Saul Williams, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Ann Wright, Howard Zinn, and thousands more….. more...  0 Comments

Protest Condi Rice TODAY at the UN: Noon until...

World Can't Wait | Emergency p rotest today: NOON - Dag Hammarskjold Plaza across the street from the United Nations (E. 47th St. & 1st Ave.)

Over 1,000 dead, 1 in 4 Lebanese displaced from their homes, and a whole country destroyed: these are war crimes. And the Bush regime has given its full support, encouragement, and weapons to Israel to carry out atrocities. The Bush regime's "war on terrorism" has meant nothing but torture, bombs, and devastation for the people of the Middle East. And we must take responsibility to STOP the injustices being committed by our government in our names.

TODAY: Condoleezza Rice will be at the UN working out a vote on a
resolution supposedly to end the conflict. From the beginning of Israel's attack on Lebanon, the Bush regime has worked to prevent any ceasefire or even the mildest of restraint on Israel, and has been whipping up further justification for attacking Iran. War criminal Condoleezza Rice has no right to determine any measures taken in the Middle East conflict and must be protested today.

The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime will be outside of the UN this afternoon and demanding these war crimes be brought to a halt. If you're in NYC and have a conscience, be there.
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Green Party Leader Convicted of Taking Bribes

Mark Knapp | After seeing several days of videotape surveillance from federal prosecutors, a jury today convicted Dean Zimmermann of accepting bribes. The former Green Councilman was indicted last January in the wake of an FBI corruption probe. more...  1 Comments

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