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Never Forget: The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
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Resilience In Iran
In a blog called Neo-Resistance, an Iranian woman named Naj offers tales of "resilience." Today, she calls on people to fly green balloons in protest of the violence and in support of Mousavi; without access to balloons, she says, garbage bags will do. Today, those who are not YET intimidated,...
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Heal the World
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Don't Buy Into Apartheid
The Israeli barcode starts with 729 Following the lead of the European Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement, U.S. activists in California and elsewhere have begun a campaign to get Israeli goods out of Trader Joe's stores. Protesters with Don't Buy Into Apartheid removed couscous, cheese and other...
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Insure Us Against the "Insurers," Please
A day after experts testified at a hearing that health insurers regularly "dump the sick" to satisfy "Wall Street's relentless profit expectations," a Senate report confirmed the charge, finding that insurers have forced consumers to pay billions in medical bills they should have paid, often by...
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Historic Senate Hearings on Clean Water Protection Act Today: We All Live Downstream
--In memory of Jeremy Davidson "It hurled like a cannonball into Dennis and Cindy Davidson's house, right through the wall of the bedroom and onto the bed where 3-year-old Jeremy was sleeping. The huge boulder continued its path, crashing through a closet before finally stopping at the foot of 8-...
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These Guys Are Not Just Insane, But Very Scary
In yet another alarming sign of right-wing extremism, white supremacist blogger and radio show host Hal Turner was arrested today by the FBI for threatening online to kill three judges in Chicago for their recent ruling upholding handgun bans. Turner's postings proclaimed his "outrage" over the...
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CNN's Memory Hole: Iranian History Begins in 1979
"Since [the] Islamic Revolution of 1979," begins CNN's interactive timeline, "Iran's government has been at odds with the West." The cable news channel - obsessed as they are with events on the ground in Tehran these days - seems content to forget the CIA-led coup in 1953 that deposed the...
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'68 Chicago Riot Cops to Hold Reunion
The infamous rioting Chicago cops who terrorized the 1968 Democratic Convention are about to hold a reunion. According to their website : "The only thing that stood between Marxist street thugs and public order was a thin blue line of dedicated, tough Chicago police officers. For decades the...
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Why Afghanistan Matters (And Why It's Troubling If They Don't Actually Know the Answer)
Under the unfortunately ungrammatical tagline, "Are you now, or have you ever been to Afghanistan?", NATO is sponsoring a video contest asking military personnel to tell us "Why Afghanistan Matters." Sponsored by Joint Forces Command Headquarters, the contest seeks to "provide a 'boots on the...
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