Drone Strike in Pakistan Was First to Be Launched by Obama Administration on Christmas Day

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 10:01 am

For the first time since the United States began to launch drone attacks, a strike was launched late on Christmas Day in Pakistan. Four people who could not be identified but who were allegedly from Afghanistan were killed. The Pakistani newspaper, The Express Tribune, reported, “Four suspected militants were killed when a US drone fired [...]

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas—And Here’s Some Music for the Holiday

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 11:17 am

Good morning to all of you, and merry Christmas. I’ll be sharing joy and cheer throughout the day, as I gather with family. The one I love, who is always there to keep me warm, will be with me all day. Later, I will get to see my great grandmother, who is one hundred years-old [...]

Christmas Message from Snowden: ‘A Child Born Today Will Grow Up with No Conception of Privacy’

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 9:26 am

Former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden will address British citizens in an “alternative Christmas message” to be aired on Channel 4 News. The message was produced by journalist and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. It is a call to consider the world we want to live in and whether we are willing to [...]

US Drone Strikes, Cyber Attacks Carried Out Under Cover of the Christmas Holiday

By: Wednesday December 26, 2012 11:25 am

On Christmas Eve, a US drone attacked a vehicle and killed at least two suspected al Qaeda militants in the southern Bayda province of Yemen. The attack happened in the early evening in the country. It was believed a “mid-level al Qaeda Yemeni operative,” Abdel-Raouf Naseeb, was one of the men killed. It was the [...]

A Merry Christmas Message (And Some Tunes)

By: Tuesday December 25, 2012 12:28 am

Christmas is about being with the people you love. It is about appreciating the others you have in your life and taking a moment out of your busy life to acknowledge the value of living. I am spending the day with family. On my mother’s side, I am lucky to still have my ninety-eight year old [...]

Rod Serling’s Adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’: Its Spirit & Still Relevant Message to Americans

By: Monday December 24, 2012 10:36 am

Nearly fifty years ago, a version of the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol set during the Cold War to promote the United Nations and greater diplomacy between nations to prevent all-out nuclear war aired on ABC. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) aired it on December 16 and December 22, offering Americans two rare opportunities to see [...]

Protest Song of the Day: ‘Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)’ by Bob Dorough & Miles Davis

By: Friday December 21, 2012 6:48 pm

To recognize the power of protest music, acknowledge its role in creating a culture of dissent and how musicians translate social issues and systemic problems into song, The Dissenter launched a daily feature to highlight a protest song every weekday. As the holiday approaches, the blog has been highlighting Christmas-themed protest songs. Bob Dorough is [...]

Protest Song of the Day: ‘I Believe in Father Christmas’ by Greg Lake

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 9:53 pm

To recognize the power of protest music, acknowledge its role in creating a culture of dissent and how musicians translate social issues and systemic problems into song, The Dissenter launched a daily feature to highlight a protest song every weekday. As the holiday approaches, the blog has been highlighting Christmas-themed protest songs. An Uncut magazine [...]

Protest Song of the Day: ‘All I Want is Truth (for Christmas)’ by The Mynabirds

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 6:52 pm

Weeks ago, to recognize the power of protest music, acknowledge its role in creating a culture of dissent and how musicians translate social issues and systemic problems into song, The Dissenter launched a daily feature to highlight a protest song every weekday. The daily feature went on hiatus. In recent days, the daily feature has [...]

Protest Song of the Day: ‘No Christmas in Kentucky’ by Phil Ochs

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 8:16 pm

Weeks ago, to recognize the power of protest music, acknowledge its role in creating a culture of dissent and how musicians translate social issues and systemic problems into song, The Dissenter launched a daily feature to highlight a protest song every weekday. The daily feature went on hiatus. In recent days, the daily feature has [...]

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