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Frontal Assault on Freedom of the Press
By : Diana Lee - Saturday April 1, 2006
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The Bush administration is the first in history to launch a direct assault on journalists for violating the Espionage Act by releasing or publishing leaks of classified information. Although Congress originally passed the Espionage Act to prosecute government employees who divulge classified information to a foreign nation, it is now extended to reporters for doing their job - informing the public of our government wrongdoing, including breaking the law. In times of war or anticipated war, (...)
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Noam Chomsky on Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
By : JP - Friday March 31, 2006
The New York Times calls him "arguably the most important intellectual alive." The Boston Globe calls him "America’s most useful citizen" He was recently voted the world’s number one intellectual in a poll by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines. We’re talking about Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the foremost critics of U.S. foreign policy. Professor Chomsky has just released a new book titled "Failed (...)
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GEORGE MASON V. THE JELLYFISH
By : SON OF A BUSH - Tuesday March 28, 2006
The George Mason Patriots have stunned the world of college basketball by advancing to the Final Four NCAA basketball men’s basketball championship semifinals.... Who was George Mason ? He is frequently known in the history books as the "Father of the Bill of Rights", the first ten ammendments of the United States Constitution ..... Those ammendments specifically enumerated those inviolable rights guarenteed each citizen of this Republic .... Owing to the efforts of those two (...)
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What Next?In case of total collapse, is there an alternative?
By : Simpleton Says: - Monday March 27, 2006
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Everyone seems to think they have the solution, yet no alternative plans have been announced and no details emerge as to what this agenda they have is, however there is a plan known as PNAC that most of these neoconservatives (in want for a better definition, I will use my own, unethical stance that they are only right, with their trust us, have we ever let you down easy yet; cavalier, elitist, arrogant unmanly ballistic mayhem of _delusional doublespeak., (yet I regress.)) subscribe to, (...)
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Anti-Empire Notes The Cuban Punching Bag By WILLIAM BLUM (COUNTERPUNCH)
By : Marie Anne - Saturday March 25, 2006
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March 22, 2006 The Committee to Protect Journalists, located in New York, calls itself "An Independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide". In December it issued a report that said that "China, Cuba, Eritrea, and Ethiopia are the world’s leading jailers of journalists in 2005". On January 7 I sent them the following email: "Dear People, "I have a question concerning your report on imprisoned journalists. You write that you consider journalists (...)
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Ex-UN chief: America has ’lost its moral compass’
By : UNDERDOG - Tuesday March 21, 2006
The United States has lost its moral compass and fallen out of step with the rest of the world in the wake of September 11, the former United Nations human rights commissioner warned tonight. Mary Robinson expressed sadness and regret at America’s erosion of human rights as part of its "War on Terror". In a speech in central London, Mrs Robinson praised the British courts for taking a global lead on interpreting international human rights laws. Highlighting the US’s (...)
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The Bolton archipelago By Ian Williams
By : art - Monday March 20, 2006
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A UN General Assembly vote on establishing the new Human Rights Council is a fairly devastating comment on current US global prestige as well as the effectiveness of diplomacy as practiced by US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton. The vote to replace the largely discredited Commission on Human Rights with the new council was 170-4, with the United States, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Palau voting against the resolution and with three abstentions. While the US has said much about the (...)
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A REAL TERRORIST WHO OPPOSES DEMOCRACY;Bush Signs Bill That Didn’t Pass Congress
By : DUDLEY DORIGHT - Saturday March 18, 2006
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Bush Signs Bill That Didn’t Pass Congress Wilfully violates Constitution and places himself above the law again Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com | March 18 2006 In an amazing development that has received almost no media attention, mainstream or alternative, President Bush again placed himself above the law and wilfully violated the Constitution by signing into law a bill that didn’t pass both Houses of Congress. According to representative Henry Waxman, Bush signed into (...)
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4 August 1998 British newspaper warns of "grave threat" to democratic rights in US
By : DUDLEY DORIGHT - Friday March 17, 2006
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original link British newspaper warns of "grave threat" to democratic rights in US Observer details right-wing conspiracy behind Starr investigation By Editorial Board 4 August 1998 The August 2 Observer, the Sunday paper published by the daily Guardian, one of the most prestigious newspapers in Britain, carries a detailed exposé of the ultra-right elements who have conspired to (...)
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Senator Frank Church: The NSA could enable a dictator to impose total tyranny
By : benfrankblog - Thursday March 16, 2006
Senator Frank Church chaired the Senate Hearings on the FBI’s Cointelpro operation, which spied upon & attempted to INFILTRATE, DISRUPT & DISCREDIT the peace movement, even Martin Luther King Jr. if a dictator ever took over, the NSA “could enable [him] to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.” From James Bamford’s NSA, the agency that could be Big Brother, Senator Church: “That capability at any time could be turned around (...)
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Catch 22 at the U.N.
By : villy - Thursday March 16, 2006
The US is in a doozy of a situation,created by Bush’s own hand. The United Nations desperately needs an honest Human Rights Committee...but can’t get one. Why? Because not only are there dozens of UN members who don’t begin to qualify judging "respectable" countries,....but many of OUR top allies (including Jordan,Egypt,Pakistan,Saudi Arabia and now,IRAQ!) are guilty of numerous human rights abuses. But the real joker is the United States itself! Of course we have a (...)
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F**king, spineless, gutless, b*llless Congressional Democrats
By : xkenx - Wednesday March 15, 2006
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Once again our elected so-called leaders stick wet fingers in the wind, consult the political "Don’t-ever-take-a-stand-or-some-voter-realorimagined-somewhere-may-take-offense-and-not-vote-for-me" manual, and fail to back Russ Feingold in his (actually mild) censure resolution. It was okay for 20 Senate Dems. to vote to censure Bill Clinton for getting bl*wj*bs by a consenting adult on his own time, and for the House of Representatives to impeach him for the same thing, but not okay to (...)
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Wake Up America: Congress Just Took Away Free Speech
By : Ben Frank - Wednesday March 15, 2006
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Every member of Congress swears an oath to uphold and defend The Constitution. They have violated that oath. The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law.. abridging the freedom of speech.. Congress just passed such a law: Section 602 of the new “Patriot” Act:SEC. 602. INTERFERENCE WITH NATIONAL SPECIAL SECURITY EVENTS. [It is against the law to] willfully and knowingly to enter or remain in any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area of a building... with (...)
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Revolution or Tyranny, it’s Time to Choose Again
By : fidelista - Sunday March 12, 2006
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Revolution or Tyranny, it’s Time to Choose Again. Almost two-hundred-and-thirty years ago a group of fifty six American colonials signed a Declaration of Independence in which they declared themselves to be finally free from the corrupt, decadent and manifestly unjust rule of the British Crown. In that most sacred declaration its signatories recognized the essential rights of all men and women to live freely, in the pursuit of their happiness. And, "whenever any Form of Government (...)
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The erosion of free speech by Robert Fisk
By : Joëlle - Sunday March 12, 2006
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It was the wrong sort of courage and she was defending the freedom of the wrong people 03/11/06 "The Independent" — -- You’ve got to fight. It’s the only conclusion I can draw as I see the renewed erosion of our freedom to discuss the Middle East. The most recent example - and the most shameful - is the cowardly decision of the New York Theatre Workshop to cancel the Royal Court’s splendid production of My Name Is Rachel Corrie. It’s the story - in her own (...)
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LAUGHING JACKASS AND SINISTER SECRETARY
By : peter fredsib - Friday March 10, 2006
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LAUGHING JACKASS AND SINISTER SECRETARY By Peter Fredson March 10, 2006 Looking at the TV news yesterday I was struck by two separate views. One was of George Bush signing a document. He had a big grin on his face, and was obviously ecstatic with his success, badly needed after several months of falling polls. Why did that puzzle me? First the Republican Senators gave Bush the ability to commit the most outrageous attack on civil rights ever perpetrated in this country against our own (...)
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SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE MUST HOLD HEARINGS TO INVESTIGATE THE ILLEGAL DOMESTIC WIRETAPS
By : millionphonemarch - Tuesday March 7, 2006
On March 7, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a vote on whether to investigate the domestic wiretaps that the president has already admitted were performed in defiance of the FISA court. Bill Frist has now threatened to restructure the Senate Intelligence Committee itself to strip it of oversight responsibility if it even dares to investigate the president’s dictatorial violations of the law. It is critically important that we speak out now to make sure justice prevails in (...)
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PATRIOT Act Is A Full Frontal Assault On The Bill Of Rights And Constitution
By : Congressman Dennis Kucinich - Tuesday March 7, 2006
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WASHINGTON - March 7 - On the eve of House consideration of amendments to the USA PATRIOT Act, Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) issued the following statement: "At the very time our troops are overseas heroically fighting and dying in the name of protecting and promoting freedom and democracy, tomorrow the House of Representatives will consider a bill to strip those very freedoms at home. "The PATRIOT Act threatens the civil liberties of every citizen of this nation, and is a full (...)
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A US Gestapo?
By : DUDLEY DORIGHT - Tuesday March 7, 2006
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A US Gestapo? Nancy Miller Saunders March 6, 2006 Congress is about to renew the USA PATRIOT Act. After the act was first passed in 2001, members of Congress excused away their votes by saying they didn’t have time to study it and were still under the influence of 9/11 shock. By now, they have had ample time to study it, and even to examine "improvements" added to the bill, such as section 3056A. Others have had the time, like the author of the following. A provision (...)
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Feingold reads constitution on Senate floor
By : Underdog - Thursday March 2, 2006
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Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) has read the text of the U.S. constitution to the U.S. Senate after the body voted 95-4 approving 3 amendments to 16 controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, set for renewal. Feingold spent 34 minutes sharing the document with his fellow Senators, stopping to repeat the Fourth Amendment, which he feels the law violates. The Fourth Amendment reads: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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