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Kevin Gosztola

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Kevin Gosztola is a trusted author who publishes his writing regularly to OpEdNews and Open Salon and he is a 2009 Young People For Fellow. He is a documentary filmmaker currently completing a Film/Video degree at Columbia College in Chicago. Currently, he is working on a documentary project on Renaissance 2010 and Chicago Public Schools. On Columbia College's campus, he helps organize events and programming with a humanities/social sciences group known as Critical Encounters. He is currently working with the group to plan a media summit for Chicago in April 2010 and is currently seeking speakers who are willing to participate in talking to artists and media makers about how they can use participatory or social media to create art & media that promotes conversation and action on political, social, and cultural issues.
 
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About Me:
Kevin Gosztola is a trusted author who publishes his writing regularly to OpEdNews and Open Salon and he is a 2009 Young People For Fellow. He is a documentary filmmaker currently completing a Film/Video degree at Columbia College in Chicago. Currently, he is working on a documentary project on Renaissance 2010 and Chicago Public Schools. On Columbia College's campus, he helps organize events and programming with a humanities/social sciences group known as Critical Encounters. He is currently working with the group to plan a media summit for Chicago in April 2010 and is currently seeking speakers who are willing to participate in talking to artists and media makers about how they can use participatory or social media to create art & media that promotes conversation and action on political, social, and cultural issues.

As Ohio Man Pleads Not Guilty to Plotting Terrorism, More Questions About the FBI’s Sting Operation

By: Saturday January 24, 2015 9:20 am

A twenty year-old man in Ohio, who was the target of an FBI sting operation, pled not guilty to charges on January 22. He is accused of plotting an attack on the US Capitol and faces charges of “attempted killing of a government official,” “possession of a firearm in furtherance of an attempted crime of [...]

‘A Piece of Torture’: Guantanamo Prisoner’s Diary Describes Brutal Transfer from Bagram

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 9:03 pm

[Editor's Note: Mauritanian citizen Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who remains in indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay, is the first prisoner to have a book written during his time in prison published. How his "Guantanamo Diary" came to be published, along with various details on his capture, detention and legal push for release, were highlighted at this [...]

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Federal Air Marshal Whistleblower & Upholds Whistleblower Law

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 4:55 pm

A federal air marshal whistleblower won an important Supreme Court victory on January 21 when justices voted 7-2 that his disclosures were covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) and had not been “specifically prohibited by the law,” as the government claimed. Robert J. MacLean, a former Transportation Security Agency (TSA) air marshal, became a [...]

At Sentencing, Journalist Barrett Brown Expresses Regrets & Condemns Criminalization of Journalists

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 12:09 pm

In a case which dragged on for well over two years, journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced to five years and three months in prison by a court in Dallas. The judge accepted most if not all of the “sentencing enhancement” proposed by the government. Brown pled guilty to three charges that stemmed from uploading YouTube [...]

Despite Prior Claims, FBI’s Own Records Show Agency Coordinated with Police & Spied on Occupy Movement

By: Wednesday January 21, 2015 6:52 pm

The FBI spied on Occupy Chicago. It also coordinated with police departments, helping other law enforcement agencies keep tabs on Occupy protesters, according to documents obtained by independent journalist Yana Kunichoff. The documents contradict a statement from the FBI in November 2011, where the agency declared, “Recent published blogs and news stories have reported the [...]

First Published Book by a Guantanamo Prisoner Vividly Recounts Torture & Rendition

By: Tuesday January 20, 2015 5:09 pm

Mauritanian citizen Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who remains in indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay, has become the first prisoner to have a book written during his time in prison published. The book called “Guantanamo Diary” is a first person stream of consciousness story of what he experienced as he was subjected to rendition, torture, interrogations and [...]

Along With Hackers & Terrorists, GCHQ Considers ‘Investigative Journalists’ a Threat

By: Tuesday January 20, 2015 11:13 am

Documents from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the British spy agency, GCHQ, listed “investigative journalists” as a threat alongside hackers and terrorists in an “information security assessment.” Another batch of files indicated the agency had collected emails from journalists working in the United States and United Kingdom. The Guardian’s James Ball reported [...]

Black Lives Matter: A Movement Keeping the Dream Articulated by Martin Luther King Jr. Alive

By: Monday January 19, 2015 1:53 pm

A new grassroots movement against institutional racism sparked by events in Ferguson, Missouri, has rekindled discussion about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Co-founders of Black Lives Matter describe the effort to “Reclaim MLK.” Individuals around the world over the last few days have been “engaging in radical acts of civil disobedience, by [...]

St. Louis Activists Ask Court to Remove Prosecutor for ‘Bad Faith’ in Darren Wilson Grand Jury

By: Sunday January 18, 2015 8:45 pm

Activists in St. Louis have requested that a circuit court investigate and remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch for conducting the grand jury into Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s killing of Michael Brown in an “arbitrary manner and in bad faith.” When a person has evidence that an elected official “knowingly or willfully” refused [...]

Podcast: Journalist Dan Cohen on What He Saw as Gaza Endured Deadly Winter Storm

By: Sunday January 18, 2015 9:56 am

A deadly winter storm recently hit the Middle East and impacted tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, who are still homeless as a result of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” which destroyed thousands of homes. Al-Arabiya News reported that snowstorm “Huda” had Palestinians scurrying for heaters as well as bread, water and diapers. Power is [...]

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