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9/11 Commemoration: 9/11 Remembered

Ula Kuras | At ground zero today, thousands gathered to commemorate the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks. Families and relatives of those who died lit candles and signed murals to honor their loved ones. Artwork and collages were on display, as well as large scale photographs of the events surrounding the WTC disaster. Among those present were groups claiming that 9/11 was an inside job, planned and executed by the government. more...  5 Comments

Commemorate 9-11--by Impeaching the President

Dave Lindorff | The best way to commemorate those who died on 9-11 would be to honor them by standing up to defend the Republic against those who have sullied their memories by subverting the Constitution and Bill of Rights and started a criminal war in their names. more...  0 Comments

Historians will Morally Impeach George W Bush for Exploiting, not Honoring 9/11

Brent Budovsky | George W Bush will be impeached by the court of history for using 9-11 to create fear throughout the land, rather than bravery, courage and valor. more...  0 Comments

France for Mumia! Mobilize for Thursday! by Hans Bennett

Hans Bennett | Pam Africa and other supporters has written up their own City Council Resolution to counter the previous one condemning French support for Mumia and are going to present it at Philadelphia City Hall for the City Council opening session first thing in the morning this Thursday, September 14. Africa emphatically urges people to arrive that morning to show support for the new resolution. more...  0 Comments

Rep. Towns Must Be Held Accountable for DR-CAFTA Sellout

Adam Weissman | Ed Towns signing of The US-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement, contradicted his vehement earlier opposition to the agreement and compromised the interests of workers, small farmers, healthcare recipients, and the environment. Towns must demonstrate that he commit to putting voters before corporate interests, or voters must look to his anti-free trade opponent, Charles Barron, as an alternative. more...  1 Comments

Dissecting the war on terror

James Cooke | After five years of post 9/11 government, U.S. foreign and domestic policy continues to be dominated by the all-encompassing ‘war on terror’. Events have since exposed this so-called war for what it is: a gross propaganda campaign used to suppress civil liberties and launch global war. more...  0 Comments

Bush demands congressional rubber-stamp for police-state powers

Patrick Martin | In the fourth of a series of speeches aimed at fueling public fears of terrorism to boost his administration’s failing political standing, President Bush appeared before an audience of right-wing policy experts in Atlanta, Georgia Thursday. The speech was focused on the demand that Congress move quickly to legalize the program of warrantless wiretapping of Americans, the existence of which was revealed late last year. more...  0 Comments

Potential NSA wiretaps in Oregon Green Scare case?

Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan | Prosecutors in the Oregon 'Green Scare' case are stalling in their response to motions filed by defense counsel regarding whether there are potential NSA or FISA wiretaps used in the states' prosecution of defendants Daniel McGowan, Jonathan Paul, Nathan Block and Joyanna Zacher. A hearing before the judge is set for October 31st but the question remains, what is the prosecution hiding and what does the government fear is in those potential wiretaps? more...  9 Comments

Feingold Stands Up Again

Dave Lindorff | Once again, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), has nailed it, doing exactly the right thing, acting in a courageous manner as a progressive politician should act.

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld decision in June. And anyone who thinks honestly about why the president would have decided to violate the FISA law and avoid seeking warrants for the spy program from a group of secret, top-security-clearance-rated judges in a special FISA court that has only rejected four such requests in 28 years has to admit that Bush is clearly doing something outrageous (most likely spying on his political enemies in a replay of Nixon’s actions—the very crime that led Congress to pass FISA in the first place).

My own Senator Arlen Specter, a Republican who keeps playing at liberal to the home crowd in Pennsylvania but who has shown himself to be nothing but an enabler of Bush’s constitutional crime wave, held hearings on the NSA spying. He huffed and puffed a little about its being illegal, and then came up with a proposal that, if passed by Congress, would retroactively exonerate the president of his crime against the Constitution, while establishing a new shortcut to permit the warrantless spying to continue unabated, and unmonitored by either Congress or the FISA court.

It looked like this atrocity of Specter’s was going to pass into law, but Sen. Feingold, with the help of, not Democrats, but three Republican senators he rounded up who still respect the Bill of Rights and rule of law, managed to fend it off by way of a filibuster threat.

Feingold deserves all of our thanks for this move--so uncharacteristic of his feckless Democratic colleagues, who continue to cower at the thought of an attack by Karl Rove and his media minions.

The amazing thing is that when Feingold introduced a censure motion against Bush late last year, his approval rating among Democrats and among the general population soared--a clear indication that he has the political positions that American voters are looking for. It is likely that Feingold’s numbers will jump again as news of his latest action in the Senate spreads. And yet most Democrats in Congress still remain supine when it comes to standing up to the Bush administration.

Part of the problem, as always, is the mass media, which largely ignore Sen. Feingold, or as they did in the case of his censure motion, ridicule his actions. When Feinfold proposed censuring the president, which was a bold move that only two of his Senate colleagues endorsed (and then only after intense pressure from their constituents), the New York Times buried the story on page 19. Two days later though, the paper, in a textbook example of inappropriate news judgment, ran a page-one “reaction” story, reporting that Republicans were claiming to be happy to see censure and impeachment in the news, as this would presumably “energize” their political base. Nowhere in that story was there any mention of how censure or impeachment would similarly energize the Democratic base in November.

Hopefully, Feingold will not be deterred by threats from the right, abuse by the media, or the cowardice and lack of support of his fellow Democrats, and will continue to press the fight against the Bush administration’s assault on the Constitution and on American democracy and freedom. So far, based upon his consistent opposition to “free-trade” legislation, his opposition to the Iraq War, his opposition to the Patriot Act, his censure motion, and now his effort to block passage of a law exonerating Bush expost facto of his domestic spying crimes, it doesn’t look like he is going to back down.

Right there, he has distinguished himself from the pack of weasels and poll-hugging opportunists lining up to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

For other stories by Lindorff, please go (at no charge) to This Can't Be Happening! .

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Still looking for the "lesser evil;" As Bush flounders, Liberal Left left leaderless

Roy Rollin | This, of course, is nothing new. During the run-up to invasion of Iraq, Democrats in the Senate, like Hillary Clinton, were besieged by calls and letters from constituents urging them not to vote in favor of giving Bush a blank check to go to war. Needless to say, these stalwart "democrats" and self-styled "representatives of the people" chose to vote with the millionaires and not the millions. Dean, in fact, was never a real opponent of the war to begin with. more...  2 Comments

Katrina One Year Later

Ula Kuras | One year after Hurricane Katrina, the devastating aftermath and the troubling racial and socio-economical divide is still apparent, according to a panel organized by the Coalition Confronting Racism at Columbia University School of Social Work, as they addressed the perpetuity of the injustices in New Orleans and the trauma still being inflicted. more...  1 Comments


Rossana Reguillo | Escribo como ciudadana, como analista y observadora de la contemporaneidad, como estudiosa de los movimientos sociales y los procesos que marcan, definitivamente, el curso de la historia: la mundialización de la cultura, el adelgazamiento del Estado en lo que toca a su función social, pero a su endurecimiento y fortaleza en lo que toca a las funciones de seguridad, los dominantes vientos neoliberales y la capacidad de los centros geopolíticos de poder de mantener la visión-versión de su inevitabilidad como destino fatal e irreversible. México retorna a sus más primitivos mitos fundantes, a sus símbolos más prestigiados y al mismo tiempo más sanguinarios: la eliminación de todo lo otro. La pobreza, la inequidad, las insultantes y como suelo señalar, la obscenidad, de las desigualdades sociales, parecen no jugar en esta competencia “masculina”. El nuevo presidente asumirá las riendas de un país sacudido por el poder del narco, de la pobreza, de la sumisión frente a las políticas del norte y muy especialmente, frente a la distancia, crítica y cuestionamiento de los abstencionistas y el rechazo de los lopezobradorcistas. Se ha consumado la simulación de la democracia, con gran beneplácito de los poderes fácticos y alivio de los poderes internacionales. El Señor Presidente Calderón que se negó a contar voto por voto, declarado triunfador por un Tribunal que dijo que había “irregularidades”, “anomalías”, que reconoció las intromisiones del Presidente Vicente Fox y los poderes económicos, representados por el Consejo Coordinador Empresarial y que señaló que aspirar a la desaparición de esas “irregularidades” es simple quimera, habrá de asumir la dificultad de gobernar un país lastimado, complejo, escindido. Gana, fundamentalmente, la incertidumbre y gana la irreversible sensación de un eterno retorno del pasado autoritario. more...  0 Comments

The Enemy is You!

finn | It is becoming more evident each day; the real target of new draconian laws and policies is not the (fabricated) terrorist ‘threat’, it is the domestic population – the enemy is you! The initial indicator (for this writer) was Section 543 of the Australian Defence Forces manual, which describes attack strategies against civilians and local populations – it should not be forgotten that Australia is a micro version and imitator of the USA and to a lesser extent the UK. more...  0 Comments

Bush's Speech Translation

Nick Cooper | one of my ongoing series of Bush translations more...  1 Comments

ORGANIZING MEETING: Unjust Laws are Meant to be Broken///FEATURING: ELVIRA ARELLANO (Sept. 12 @ 6:30pm)

No One Is Illegal (NOISI) Coalition | Very Important organizing meeting to discuss next steps for the Immigrant Rights Movement. more...  0 Comments



Ground Zero clean-up workers, Lower Manhattan residents and other workers devastated by the toxic fallout of 9-11 speak out at Ground Zero

Tomorrow, Wednesday Sept. 6th at 12pm there will be a Rally and Press Conference where hundreds of Ground Zero clean-up workers, Lower East Side and Chinatown residents will denounce the government’s shameful misconduct and neglect. They will demand that Governor Pataki provide reparations for the worsening health and economic crises they still suffer arising out of the World Trade Center disaster.
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Camp Democracy begins TODAY!

thomas jefferson | At long last, Americans are preparing to say "Enough is enough," and to do what Ukrainians, Mexicans, or any other people not drugged into acquiescence would do when things got this bad: occupy the capital city to demand peace, justice, environmental sanity, and accountability. more...  0 Comments

Keith Olbermann slams Rummy

tom in manhattan | This is a classic. If you havent seen it give it a watch, and pass on to a friend. Go Keith!

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The Silence of the Netroots

Chris Anderson | Before progressive activists become too enraptured by the triumph of the netroots, there are some serious questions that need to be answered-- or at least discussed. Is a “passion to win” all that really matters in politics? How do the social dynamics of the internet affect the makeup of the liberal blogosphere? And what is the place of big ideas in today's liberal, not to mention progressive or radical, movements? more...  12 Comments

Howie Hawkins for US Senate: Cap CEO Salaries; Universal Living Ware

Howie Hawkins |
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, called today for: an increase in the minimum wage to $10 an hour; a government guarantee of a living-wage job; strengthening of workers’ rights, including the right to unionize, starting with a repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act; increase government support for employee ownership; enactment of single-payer national health insurance to provide universal health care; extending federal labor laws to protect farm workers; and mandatory six week vacations for all workers. more...  0 Comments

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