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The Trayvon Martin Case: A Lesson Still to be Learned

The Trayvon Martin Case: A Lesson Still to be Learned

For years, my father, a federal employee with a top secret clearance, carried a copy of his birth certificate when he went into Baja California from our home in San Diego. Many times, when he tried to reenter the U.S., he was stopped by the Border Patrol. My father had thick black hair and naturally […]

Civil Liberties, Human Rights Organizations Press Forward With Lawsuit Despite Setbacks

Civil Liberties, Human Rights Organizations Press Forward With Lawsuit Despite Setbacks

It would be a slam dunk. If there were a Nobel Prize for Tenacity, I would nominate half a dozen organizations that, in the face of years of lost court cases and rapidly graying hair, continue to seek justice for some of the most egregious victims of the Bush/Obama “war on terror.” These legal bulldogs […]

The GOP’s Death Wish

The GOP’s Death Wish

The Republican Party must have a death wish. It cannot win a national election without the support of (a) Latinos (b) Women (c) African-Americans, and (d) Independents. Yet The Grand Old Party appears to be doing everything in its power to alienate these voters forever. A couple of weeks ago, when California Representative Darrell Issa […]

The Witch-Burners are Alive and Sick in Kansas: Stand Up For Dr. Kristin Neuhaus Against The Kansas Theocracy’s Anti-Abortion Jihad

The Witch-Burners are Alive and Sick in Kansas: Stand Up For Dr. Kristin Neuhaus Against The Kansas Theocracy’s Anti-Abortion Jihad

A few hundred years ago in colonial Massachusetts, the theocratic fascist men who ran that society had a way of dealing with free-thinking women in their midst: they burned them at the stake or drummed up hordes of frightened and unthinking neighbors to stone them to death. Most of us today imagine that if we […]

Will Iranian Government Use Brutal Tactics After Parliamentary Poll?

Will Iranian Government Use Brutal Tactics After Parliamentary Poll?

Well, the big secret is out: Whatever it takes, Iran is determined to stamp out another season of mass demonstrations railing against the parliamentary elections set for next week. In fact, for months Iranian authorities have been targeting everyone from students, lawyers, religious leaders and bloggers to political activists and their relatives as they unleash […]

Judith Miller Defends “The Hunted Men Who Brought Growth And Reform” To Egypt

Judith Miller Defends “The Hunted Men Who Brought Growth And Reform” To Egypt

Judith Miller, you may recall, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning ex-New York Times journalist who left the paper after it was discovered that she was Bush-era Vice President Dick Cheney’s “stenographer.” A Times investigation found serious errors in many of her stories about weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the Iraq War. She also […]

Iran’s Bomb: Haven’t We Been Here Before?

Iran’s Bomb: Haven’t We Been Here Before?

I am far from any kind of expert in nuclear weapons development, so I could be 180 degrees wrong. But I have a growing sense that the increasingly ominous reports about Iran’s A-bomb aspirations mimic a story I’ve heard before. It was in 2002 and 2003, when the drumbeats of impending war were being pounded […]

The Royal Stall

The Royal Stall

While unarmed civilians die on Bahrain’s streets, the king of the tiny oil-rich nation continues to tell his people he is eager for dialogue and refuses entry to a prominent human rights champion from the U.S. Denied a visa was Richard Sollom, deputy president of the US-Based Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), who was hoping […]

ElBaradei’s Anguish

ElBaradei’s Anguish

After months of performing like Egypt’s Cinderella leader, jet-setting between Cairo and his old home in Vienna, Mohamed ElBaradei has finally reached the limits of his frustration. At a press conference last week, ElBaradei said the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took over from Mubarak, had governed “as if no revolution took place […]

Occupy The Justice System: Jury Nullification

Occupy The Justice System: Jury Nullification

The Occupy movement has been instrumental in not only changing our national conversation on issues such as poverty and massive income inequality, but on shedding an unwavering light on the corporate criminal class too. The movement has these moneyed thugs shaking, and one need look no further for evidence of this than in the violent, […]

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