Ferguson, Red Fountains & the Blood That Has Soaked the Ground for Generations

By: Sunday October 12, 2014 11:59 am

"This fountain is reminding me of the blood of the Black victims that stains our streets." #FergusonOctober pic.twitter.com/CUwLz2eVKe — Dante Barry (@dantebarry) October 11, 2014 There were well over a thousand people from various community, union and activist organizations out in the streets of downtown St. Louis yesterday. They were not just marching for justice [...]

In Historic Development, Seven Americans Are Notified by US Government They Aren’t on No Fly List

By: Saturday October 11, 2014 10:09 am

As a result of a court ruling that found thirteen United States citizens who were placed on the No Fly List had their rights to “procedural due process” violated, seven US citizens have been notified by the government that they are not currently on that particular watchlist. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had been involved [...]

Yet Another Example of How Government Uses ‘Legal Process’ to Coerce Reporters to Reveal Sources

By: Friday October 10, 2014 3:21 pm

In 2011, a reporter for Fox News named Mike Levine was issued a grand jury subpoena as part of a Justice Department leak investigation. The subpoena demanded Levine reveal the names of “law enforcement” sources, who confirmed details for a story he wrote on Somali-Americans being indicted on terrorism charges in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Levine fought [...]

I Read al-Qaeda’s Inspire Mag So You Don’t Get Arrested

By: Friday October 10, 2014 7:36 am

Inspire is an English language online magazine published since 2010 by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. I just read the latest issue so you won’t get arrested doing so. Aimed primarily at radicalizing youth audiences in the U.S. and Britain, the mag appears semi-regularly (twelve issues so far) online only, as a PDF, and is [...]

Fired Professor Steven Salaita’s Speech at Columbia College Chicago on Israel, Civility & Academic Freedom

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 8:19 pm

*Author’s note: Professor Steven Salaita was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in  because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza. For background on his case, here is a previous post outlining what happened. For biographical information [...]

NSA Claims Notifications to Congress About Authorized Leaks of Intelligence Are ‘Top Secret’

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 1:03 pm

Whether the White House or any agency in the executive branch has made “authorized disclosures” of “national intelligence” and reported these disclosures to Congress is considered top secret information, according to the National Security Agency (NSA). As part of the 2013 Intelligence Authorization Act, President Barack Obama signed into law a provision requiring that Congress [...]

The Problem with CNN Hosts Talking About Islam Promoting Violence & Claiming “We’re Just Asking Questions”

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 7:10 pm

For well over a month now, CNN has pushed a conversation about whether there is something inherently violent about Islam or whether the religion promotes violence. Conversation has been presented by anchors, particularly Don Lemon, as just hosts asking questions for the sake of some innocent and potentially educational discussion. The problem is CNN is [...]

In Case of Palestinian American, Prosecutors Criminalize Political Activity and Create ‘Prejudicial Atmosphere’

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 11:59 am

A lawyer representing Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh, who is accused of immigration fraud, says the United States government’s request for an “anonymous jury” in the case and the partial sequestration of jurors is all a part of prosecutors’ efforts to create a prejudicial and fearful atmosphere. Odeh is a 67-years-old and the associate director of [...]

Judge Blocks ’5 Second Rule’ as Unconstitutional But Embraces Police Claims About ‘Violent’ Ferguson Protesters

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 12:23 pm

A United States district court judge issued an order preventing police from continuing to enforce a rule they created and imposed against protesters in Ferguson, which required them to keep moving or face arrest. The judge found that the rule was unconstitutional and acknowledged that commanding officers were well aware that it was “unlawful” to [...]

First World, Third World: A Travel Essay

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 5:53 am

You travel a bit, and you wonder what happened. (I) Streets, laid out in the 19th century, are jammed with traffic that was never anticipated. Not just more cars; Americans traveled on foot or by horse the last time these were thought through. After moving two miles in 45 minutes, we cross a bridge built [...]

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