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As NYPD Union Vows 'Wartime Policing,' Questions Of 'Have We Learned Nothing?'
A declaration by the New York Police Department Union that it will engage in "wartime policing" in response to Saturday's killing of two city law enforcement officers has raised alarm among protesters and civil rights advocates, who ask: " Have we learned nothing ?" A statement released Saturday by...
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CIA Torture and the Imperialist Toolbox
Last August, our Nobel Peace Laureate, President Barack Obama, admitted that “we tortured some folks,” but then added, this is “not who we are.” At best, his statement was a half-truth. First, it’s not “some” folks but massive numbers over a long and sordid history. State-sponsored torture has been...
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Abolishing the CIA
The shock resonating from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report isn’t due so much to the revelations themselves, grotesque as the details are, but to the fact that they’re now officially public. National spokespersons (except for Dick Cheney) can no longer deny, quite so glibly,...
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Torture’s Time for Accountability
I trust I was not alone in seeing irony in President Barack Obama’s public chiding of Sony on Friday for caving in to hacker demands to cancel distribution of its comedy “The Interview” – about a fictional CIA plot to assassinate North Korea’s real-life leader Kim Jong-Un – after a retaliatory...
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The Unfinished Civil War
I n the aftermath of the Republican victories in the midterm elections, some liberals have been asking whether they really “need” the South. In electoral terms, should progressives essentially ignore the South and concentrate on other regions in order to ensure a long-term favorable bloc? In a...
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In Midst of Holiday Shopping, Protesters Disrupt Business-As-Usual to Declare 'Black Lives Matter'
On one of the busiest commercial days of the year, in one of the largest malls in the world, protesters interrupted business as usual to send a message: "While you’re on your shopping spree, black people cannot breathe." An estimated 3,000 people on Saturday flooded the rotunda and partially shut...
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In Boon to Fast Food Worker Strikes, NLRB Goes After McDonald's For "Violating Employees' Rights"
Marking another victory for fast food workers who have staged strikes and protests across the United States, the National Labor Relations Board announced Friday it is taking joint legal action against McDonald's Corporation and several franchisees for violating employees' rights to organize. The...
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No Doubt Remaining: Christie Sold Out Abused Animals for Campaign Favors
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie portrays himself as a "straight-talker" who ignores political calculations when it means standing up for his state. But that carefully-manicured image has crumbled over the past weeks as more details come out about his shameful veto of a common sense animal protection...
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Okinawa: The Small Island Trying to Block the U.S. Military’s 'Pivot to Asia'
On December 10 — International Human Rights Day — Takeshi Onaga began his term as the new governor of Okinawa. Last month, the citizens of Okinawa delivered a landslide victory to Onaga, who ran on a platform opposing the construction of a new U.S. Marine Corps base in northern Okinawa. Using the...
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Making/Selling Christmas: Where Your Baubles, Tinsel, Santa Hats and LED Reindeer Come From
Just so you know: Those trinkets of Christmas proclaimed to bring joy to the world - wreaths, lights, stockings, mistletoe, shiny stars and snowflakes and other glittering marvels of tree adornment - are likely made in Yiwu, aka China's Christmas Village, where the elves are thousands of sweating,...
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