JUVENILE OFFENDERS: THE CASE FOR COMPASSION

By Elaine Leede Recently, I have seen a lot written on whether juveniles convicted of violent crimes should be given life sentences without parole. At this moment, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the question of whether such a sentence is cruel and unusual punishment, forbidden by the Constitution. Some believe that this might be […]

Occupy Wall Street and the Awakening in America: "Making petrified conditions dance by singing them their own tune."

From Ken Knabb and the Bureau of Public Secrets THE AWAKENING IN AMERICA (Analysis of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement) http://www.bopsecrets.org/recent/awakening.htm “A radical situation is a collective awakening. . . . In such situations people become much more open to new perspectives, readier to question previous assumptions, quicker to see through the usual cons. . […]

The Movement for Justice, Britain’s leading anti-racist, integrated, youth-led civil rights organization stands with the youth

Defend Youth Uprising! Bring Down the Government! Statement from BAMN in Britain!! ‘When you cut facilities, slash jobs, abuse power, discriminate, drive people into deeper poverty and shoot people dead whilst refusing to provide answers or justice, the people will rise up and express their anger and frustration if you refuse to hear their cries. […]

Implanted bomb scare: real or propaganda?

The US has begun warning airlines of the possibility of bombs that are implanted inside the human body that can be used at airports and to blow up planes. Such things have been joked about for several years on the internet, but the US now says that it might happen. At the moment, they don’t […]

Living in a 'Weimar Germany' moment: confront Governor Walker of Wisconsin with an 'Egyptian' moment

Protest the Assault on Working People of Wisconsin “Fascism ought to more properly be called corporatism since it is the merger of the state and corporate power.”                                   — Benito Mussolini Wall Street Greed created the depression, why should working people and the middle class be forced to bail the bankers out while their bonuses […]

Curing Our National Case of Hypochondria

For a moment this morning, I confess that I found myself on the edge of my seat in the middle of the Halloween special edition of the Today show.   As a corporate media critic, an academic, and a professional with a regular day job, such a confession could be damning, as if I were a […]

Unknown Bigot Given Media Megaphone

Rev. Terry Jones had his “Balloon Boy” moment when the unknown pastor from a tiny church in Florida announced he would burn the Quran on Sept. 10, generating a media feeding frenzy spinning out over 6,000 articles (as of 9/08, according to Google Tracking).  All major corporate outlets and even independent blogs, like dailycensored, have […]

UNMAKING WAR, REMAKING MEN

How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers and Ourselves Forthcoming October, 2010 Recommended Read/ www.unmakingwar.net One day at a beach Kathleen Barry witnessed an accidental death. Seeing how empathy drew together the bystanders – strangers until that moment – in shared human consciousness, she asked: ‘Why do we value human lives in everyday moments […]

It's High Time Hillary Passed Out Lollipops In This Country

Our Secretary of State, H.R. Clinton just promised another one half billion dollars in aid to Pakistan “Aboard her plane from Pakistan, Clinton said U.S. efforts to convince deeply skeptical Pakistanis that American interest in their country extends beyond the fight against Islamist militants appeared to be gaining ground. To boost that shift, she announced […]

HISTORY IS A CURRENT EVENT

HISTORY IS A CURRENT EVENT “History is a current event, so the past is the present and the present is the past.” The conscious poet Heru drops this wisdom in his 2008 lyrical poem “Barack Obama is Septimius Severus.” We need to be aware of the history being repeated and being made in the current […]