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The Black Press Is Dead. Get Over It
July 15, 2012, Originally Published: Wed, 07/11/2012
BY Bruce A. Dixon
In Vast Effort, F.D.A. Spied on E-Mails ofIts Own Scientists
The Food and Drug Administration captured thousands of messages that disgruntled scientists sent privately to lawmakers, lawyers, journalists and even President Obama.
Published: July 14, 2012
Guantánamo Prisoner Is Repatriated to Sudan
A convicted member of Al Qaeda was transferred from the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to his native Sudan — a first for the Obama administration’s military commissions system.
By CHARLIE SAVAGE
July, 14, 2012, Originally Published: July 11, 2012
Iran’s Aging Airliner Fleet Seen as Faltering Under U.S. Sanctions
Iranians say that sanctions have barred the country from updating its jetliners and left them to patch up planes that are too old to fly.
By THOMAS ERDBRINK
Published: July 13, 2012
Ethiopia Jails Blogger, Reporters, Opposition Figures
Twenty Ethiopians, including a prominent blogger, journalists and opposition figures were jailed for between eight years to life on Friday on charges of conspiring with rebels to topple the government.
Published: July 13, 2012
Courts Putting Stop-and-Frisk Policy on Trial
Federal and state rulings have cast judges as the most potent critics of the police tactic, raising questions about whether New York City has sidestepped the Constitution.
July, 12, 2012
Service to Israel Tugs at Identity of Arab Citizens
The parallel issue of Arab civilian service to Israel has revived the raw, decades-old conundrum of what it means to be both Arab and Israeli.
July, 12, 2012
U.S. Imposes New Rules to Tighten Vise on Iran
The new measures are intended to tighten the economic vise on Iran, which has continued to show defiance despite evidence that sanctions are damaging the Iranian economy.
July, 12, 2012
Egypt’s President Orders Return of Parliament
President Mohamed Morsi’s decree appeared to be a bold effort to claim authority, raising the specter of confrontation with Egypt’s military and courts.
By KAREEM FAHIM and MAYY EL SHEIKH
July 8, 2012
What Labor and the Left Can Learn From Wisconsin
By Arun Gupta and Steve Horn
More Demands on Cell Carriers in Surveillance
Cellphone carriers said they responded to 1.3 million demands last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages, caller locations and other information on subscribers.
By ERIC LICHTBLAU
Published: July 8, 2012
A year after the Utøya massacre
Norway’s day of reckoning
Anders Behring Breivik’s trial has ended, a year after the mass killings that shocked Norway. The country’s prosperity masks a growing social inequality that has allowed the anti-immigrant populist right to harness the frustrations of those who feel they have been left behind
by Remi Nilse,
COLLAPSE AS CRUCIBLE
The Reforging of Russian Society
Tony Wood, New Left Review 74, March-April 2012
Police Reform Activists Targeted by NYPD Won't Give In to Threats
Two activists found a surprise in their local police precinct--a poster with their mug shots, calling them "professional agitators" and providing police with their address.
July 7, 2012, By Kristen Gwynne, AlterNet
The 'Monsanto Rider': Are Biotech Companies About to Gain Immunity from Federal Law?
The Secretary of Agriculture would be required to grant a permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, regardless of environmental impact.
July 6, 2012, AlterNet
What Did Reagan Know About the Argentine Dictatorship's Baby Thefts?
The Reagan administration was aware of a scheme to murder leftist mothers in Argentina and give their infants to military personnel often complicit in the killings.
July 7, 2012, Robert Parry, AlertNet
Shamir’s October Surprise Admission
Exclusive: Two decades ago, ex-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir offered the stunning confirmation that “of course” an October Surprise plot had blocked President Jimmy Carter from gaining the release of 52 U.S. hostages in Iran, thus helping Ronald Reagan win the presidency in 1980, reports Robert Parry.
July 3, 2012, By Robert Parry, Consortiumnews.com
The Elephant in the Room: The Police and the Occupy Movement
Thursday, 05 July 2012, By Collin Harris, Truthout | Interview
Melissa Harris-Perry's Awesome 4th of July Address: Imperialism, Genocide, and Slavery
July 4, 2012, By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd | Sourced from AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/1019432/melissa_harris-perry's_awesome_4th_of_july_address:_imperialism,_genocide,_and_slavery/#paragraph6
Welcome to 'Democraship': Egypt and Paraguay Struggle to Overthrow the Old Order
Egyptians and Paraguayans are now realizing new democracies take years, sometimes decades, of co-existing with the nightmare of dictatorship.
July 4, 2012, WORLD Asia Times / By Pepe Escobar, AlterNet
Facing Diplomatic Isolation, Syria’s Assad Says He’s Willing to Step Aside
William Rivers Pitt | The Dawn's Early Light'
Wednesday, 04 July 2012, By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed
Corporate Profits at All-Time High; Wages at All-Time Low: Can We Call it Class War Yet?
The middle class is being hollowed out; increasingly, there are the super-super-rich, and there are the rest of us.
June 29, 2012, Sarah Jaffe, AlterNet
Doctors demand changes to proposed refugee health policy
Ottawa plan would cut medical services to many vulnerable refugees, including victims of torture
By Maureen Brosnahan, CBC News Posted: May 11, 2012
Conservative Southern Values Revived: How a Brutal Strain of American Aristocrats Have Come to Rule America
America didn't used to be run like an old Southern slave plantation, but we're headed that way now. How did that happen?
June 28, 2012 Sara Robinson, AlterNet
Bloomberg's Latest Bargaining Chips? Low-Income Children
Mayor Bloomberg came within days of leaving 47,000 of NYC's poorest children without access to child care and after-school programs.
June 28, 2012, Molly Knefel, AlterNet
Paraguayan President Ousted: Another Right-Wing Coup in Latin America
By Alyssa Figueroa | Sourced from AlterNet
Posted at June 26, 2012, 1:36 pm
How Can We Stop the Mexican Drug Insanity When Banks and Much of the Establishment Profit Big Time from Illegal Drugs?
Corruption in the drug war extends far beyond the hands of drug cartels - our own banks, businesses, and government profit from illegalization of drugs.
June 26, 2012, Mark Karlin, TruthOut.org
Microsoft and Yahoo Sells Personal Data to Political Campaigns So They Can Target Users
June 27, 2012, AlterNet, Sourced from The Daily Agenda Posted at June 26, 2012
Letter to Supporters: Once you're trapped, there's no going back
Posted by OpenMedia.ca on Wednesday, June 27, 2012
As Labor Struggles, Have the Big Rights and Liberties Groups Like the ACLU Deserted Unions?
While labor is under powerful battering from conservatives, a strong case can be made that they aren't being supported by some of our most prominent human rights groups.
June 25, 2012 , MArk Mes, The Daily Banter, AlterNet
Glenn Beck Declares War on 'Glee'
Beck might be gone from Fox, but he's got a plan--and it starts with Glee. Yes, the TV show about kids who sing.
June 25, 2012, Sarah Jaffe, Originally Published on June 19, 2012, AlterNet
The People Need Robin Hood': Nurses Union Leads Nationwide Campaign to Force Wall Street to Pay Its Fair Share
Economists estimate that tens of billions of dollars could be raised from a tiny tax on Wall Street trades.
June 25, 2012,Alex Kane, Originally Published on June 19, 2012, AlterNet
'Shock Doctrine' in Action: Vital Freshwater Resources Under Attack by Privatization Capitalists
"I don't consider this an environmentalist point of view; I'm just a human who is scared shitless of the future," says the director of the new film "Patagonia Rising."
June 25, 2012, Scott Thill, Originally Published on June 19, 2012, AlterNet
America's new Jim Crow system
The US war on drugs created a whole new generation of the dispossessed, with millions of black people denied their rights
June 24, 2012, Michelle Alexander, guardian.co.uk, Originally Published on Thursday 31 March 2011
How the US Government, Banks, Prison-Industrial Complex, Corrupt Officials, Businesses, Law Enforcement, Racists and the CIA Profit From Illegal Drugs
June 24, 2012, By Mark Karlin, originally Published on Firday, June 22, 2012, Truthout | News Analysi
White House Strategy for Africa Revealed: Intensified Militarization and War on Terror
June 24, 2012, Originally Published, Wed, 06/20/2012, — Glen Ford, Balck Agenda Report
Why Is There So Much God in America's Politics?
Presidential candidates have used religion to attack each other for centuries. An expert explains why.
June 24, 2012, Santiago Wills, AlterNet
How Top Law Professors Are Working To Expand Corporations’ Constitutional 'Rights'
Academia’s best and brightest include conservatives who help corporations hide behind the First Amendment to protect profits.
June 23, 2012, Steven Rosenfeld, Originally Published, June 18, 2012, AlterNet
Wal-Mart’s Honest Graft
Peter Dreier & Donald Cohen - June 21, 2012, Dissent Magazine
The Forces of “Stability” Win in Greece; Social Disintegration Continues
Kostis Karpozilos - June 22, 2012, Dissent Magazine
Why America's Extreme Politics Will Likely Get Even Worse
A convergence of term limits, redistricting, ideology and inexperience in Congress and state legislatures will result in even more partisan gridlock.
George Bauer, Alternet
Rwanda, Uganda and the Congo Genocide
Mon, 06/18/2012 - 22:28 — Antoine Roger L.
Top Ten Things That Have and Have Have Not Changed In the Era of Obama
Wed, 06/20/2012 - 14:02 — Bruce A. Dixon
House Republican Budget Would Raise Taxes for Middle Class, Cut Them for Millionaires
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
By Pat Garofalo, ThinkProgress
The Greek Elections and the Future of John Maynard Keynes
Monday, 18 June 2012
By Peter Bratsis, Truthout | News Analysis
Louka Katseli: “Economic Policy Must Change”
Sunday, 17 June 2012
By Fabien Perrier, l'Humanite in English | Interview
Greek Election May Yet Prove a Victory for Syriza
A rocky coalition between New Democracy and the pro-bailout left could leave Syriza as a formidable force in opposition
by Nick Malkoutzis, Published on Monday, June 18, 2012 by The Guardian/UK
European Intellectuals Speak Out AGAINST AUSTERITY–and provide an alternative
May 10, 2012, Tikkun
The War of Lies
by Uri Avnery, June 8, 2012, Tikkun
Paraguay: Murder charges for farmers after land clash
16 June 2012, BBC News
Greece holds key elections over EU bailout
16 June 2012, BBC News
Obama to Permit Young Migrants to Remain in U.S.
President Obama outlined a new immigration policy under which young illegal immigrants who came to the country as children can obtain work permits and will not face deportation.
International Pressure Mounts Over Gaza Blockade
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE By OXFAM, June 14, 2012
'Military Coup' in Egypt as Court Dissolves Parliament
Top court paved the way for the military to assume parliament's powers
- Common Dreams staff, Published on Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Common Dreams
Arizona Latinos Prepare for Civil Disobedience as Supreme Court Reviews Immigration Law
- Common Dreams staff, Published on Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Common Dreams
Euro 2012: Football fans in Warsaw clash
12 June 2012, BBC News
Not by Bread-and-Marg Alone
Christine Baumgarthuber - June 11, 2012, Dissent Magazine
Honduras: Which Side Is the US On?
Dana Frank, May 22, 2012
Framed: How Redefining Direct Democracy as Anti-Democratic Won Wisconsin
John Nichols on June 12, 2012
We're Going to Lose another Mill'
WoodEx says province allows competitor Canfor, a big BC Liberal backer, to starve its Columbia Valley mill of timber.
By Andrew MacLeod, 9 Jun 2012, TheTyee.ca
Canada.com: Canada's warrantless surveillance bill is back, with surveillance powers for US gov't, too
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Syria accused of organised attacks
Amnesty International claims government is committing crimes against humanity and calls for international response.
14 Jun 2012
Syrian Kurds flee to Iraq for safety
About 2,000 refugees have been sheltered in northern Iraq, many of them army defectors.
05 Jun 2012
Ars Technica: Big Media trying to bring U.S.-style anti-piracy efforts to Canada
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Suicides Outpacing War Deaths for Troops
There have been 154 suicides among active-duty troops this year, a rate of nearly one death a day that is on pace to set a record annual high since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
Published: June 8, 2012
New Russian Law Assesses Heavy Fines on Protesters
Financial penalties will multiply for demonstrators in Russia who have seemed re-energized after President Vladmir V. Putin’s inauguration last month.
Ukraine: Russian Language Law Wins First Passage in Parliament
Defying opposition, Ukraine lawmakers on Tuesday gave tentative approval to a bill that would allow the use of Russian in official settings alongside Ukrainian in some regions.
The imperial way: US decline in perspective
Imperialism is still with us, but power has become more broadly distributed in a diversifying world.
Noam Chomsky, 25 Feb 2012
'Losing' the world: American decline in perspective
American decline is real - but the US remains the world's dominant power by a large margin.
oam Chomsky, 15 Feb 2012
Plutonomy and the precariat: On the history of the US economy in decline
The current US economy is built on 'growing worker insecurity' - people who are too busy and poor to make demands.
Noam Chomsky, 16 May 2012
Amid assaults on press, Uganda police promise reforms
By Tom Rhodes/CPJ East Africa Consultant
Most censored nations each distort the Net in own way
By Danny O'Brien/CPJ Internet Advocacy Coordinator
'Afghan civilians killed' in NATO airstrike
NATO says only two light injuries to civilians during operation in Logar province, but local official reports 17 killed.
Aljazeera, 06 Jun 2012
Knesset rejects bill to legalise settlements
Israeli legislators reject attempt to prevent demolition of outpost built on Palestinian land.
Aljazeera, 06 Jun 2012 11:34
Online spying bill C-30: Expert confirms innocent Canadians likely to be caught up in digital dragnet
Posted by Lindsey Pinto on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 12:58
The end of Internet privacy
Posted: 17 April 2012
Right now, the US is poised to pass a new law that would permit US agents to spy on almost everything we do online. But we can stop them before the final vote.
Companies that we trust with our personal information, like Microsoft and Facebook, are key supporters of this bill that lets corporations share all user activity and content with US government agents without needing a warrant in the name of cyber-security -- nullifying privacy guarantees for almost everyone around the world, no matter where we live and surf online.
House Votes to Approve Disputed Hacking Bill
The vote defies a promised presidential veto on a bill that encourages intelligence agencies and businesses to share information on cyberthreats.
Stop the Great Firewall of America
By REBECCA MacKINNON
Published: November 15, 2011
Legislation meant to protect intellectual property threatens to inflict collateral damage on democratic discourse and dissent.