Tag Archives: Globalization/Empire

Amid Scandal, Murdoch Kills Off News of the World

Amid Scandal, Murdoch Kills Off News Of The World by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  Posted as published by National Public Radio   NPR.org LONDON July 7, 2011, 03:15 pm ET The Murdoch media empire unexpectedly killed off the muckraking News of the World tabloid Thursday after a public backlash over the illegal guerrilla tactics it used to expose […]

Why Women Need to Be Part of the Peace Process (in Afghanistan and elsewhere)

Why Women Need to Be Part of the Peace Process by Theresa de Langis   Originally published on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 by Waging Nonviolence.  From CommonDreams.org What is wrong with this picture? After all, it looks like a typical photo of world leaders making decisions for their countries. That is precisely the problem. What’s wrong is the […]

Immigration Reform: Just a Dream? by Rose Grengs

Immigration Reform: Just a Dream? by Rose Grengs     WAMM Newsletter June 2011 Every first Sunday of the month a group of supporters, sponsored by the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration, gather in front of the Ramsey County Detention Center, just east of downtown St. Paul, to hold a vigil of support for the detained immigrants inside. […]

Obama: Three More Years of War in Afghanistan

Obama: Three More Years of War in Afghanistan By Matthew Rothschild, June 23, 2011   The Progressive Obama’s speech last night guaranteed three more years of war in Afghanistan. And his rhetoric was hideous . . . Our war president promised more war. While he trumpeted his big Afghanistan speech as the first step in ending […]

Media’s selective memory: Defining ‘Withdrawal’ from Afghanistan

Media Advisory Defining ‘Withdrawal’ from Afghanistan Media’s selective memory on Obama escalations 6/23/11 Barack Obama’s June 22 announcement of a phased troop withdrawal from Afghanistan was often portrayed as a major step towards ending the war, with many outlets neglecting to accurately explain the pace of escalation that has happened under his watch. When Obama […]

Anne Winkler-Morey: On “Humanitarian” Military Intervention

On “Humanitarian” Military Intervention by Anne Winkler-Morey     WAMM Newsletter June 2011 Based on a speech given May 4, 2011, at a forum sponsored by May Day Bookstore at the University of Minnesota. Elites who benefit from war don’t fight them, and those men and women who do, would never pick up a gun to protect […]

Are We Giant Suckers? While the US Blows Money on the Military, Europe Spends Dough on Social Programs

Are We Giant Suckers? While the US Blows Money on the Military, Europe Spends Dough on Social Programs Hawks simultaneously argue that lavish U.S. military spending subsidizes Europe’s social welfare programs, and that we’re the smarter party in this deal. AlterNet / By Joshua Holland    June 17, 2011  |   Last week, during his final European visit before retiring, […]

Tom Maertens, Mankato Free Press. My View: Israel Pushing U.S. Toward War

My View:  Israel Pushing U.S. Toward War By Tom Maertens  Mankato Free Press   June 21, 2011  In most times and places in history, it would be considered disloyal — or worse — for politicians to support a foreign leader over their own. But in 21st Century America, this is considered normal. A fawning Congress recently gave […]

Real People on the Move Against Corporate Control

Real People on the Move Against Corporate Control by Polly Mann     WAMM Newsletter June 2011 Years and years ago I read about Vinoba Bhave, the so-called “Walking Saint of India” who has been compared to Mahatma Gandhi. He went from one Indian farm to another begging for a small portion of each farmer’s […]

Targeted by the FBI: Sibel Edmonds, Every Single Person, Every Voice & Every Signature Counts

Rise Up To The Occasion… It Could Very Well Have Been You! by Sibel Edmonds    Boiling Frogs Thursday, 16. June 2011 Every Single Person, Every Voice & Every Signature Counts Have you ever pulled over your car on a highway shoulder to be a Good Samaritan and help a driver of a broken car desperately […]

Kathy Kelly: Don’t Look Away — The Siege of Gaza Must End

Kathy Kelly    Huffington Post Co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence Don’t Look Away — The Siege of Gaza Must End Posted: 06/16/11 07:58 PM ET In late June 2011, I’m going to be a passenger on “The Audacity of Hope,” the USA boat in this summer’s international flotilla to break the illegal and deadly Israeli […]

Facts and Fairy Tales: How the Military and the Civilian Are Blurring in Washington

How the Military and the Civilian Are Blurring in Washington  By William J. Astore        Tom Dispatch I have a fairy tale for you.  Once upon a time, a representative democracy was established with a constitution that distilled the wisdom of the ages.  Its foundational principles included civilian control of the military and a system of checks […]

Colombia: Women in the Crossfire

Colombia: Women in the Crossfire June 14, 2011 By Diane Lefer  LAProgressive Colombian Conflict: Three Young Women in the Crossfire “When I was three years old, the army bombed my village,” the girl told me. She was sixteen, which meant the bombing happened in 1998. “You’re from Santo Domingo?” I had protested that very bombing in demonstrations […]

5 WikiLeaks Hits of 2011 That Are Turning the World on Its Head — And That the Media Are Ignoring

5 WikiLeaks Hits of 2011 That Are Turning the World on Its Head — And That the Media Are Ignoring June 7, 2011  |     By Rania Khalek     AlterNet.org Is 2011 capable of exceeding 2010’s revelations? And what discoveries in 2011 has WikiLeaks unearthed thus far? Between Collateral Murder, the Iraq War Logs, the Afghan War Diary, and Cablegate, it appeared as […]

Sen. Franken Questions FBI Director Mueller About National Security Letters

Franken was apparently the only Senator to even question Robert Mueller about civil liberties in regard to Obama’s request that Mueller be extended for 2 more years.   —Coleen Rowley

More loss of civil liberties: Relaxed rules for FBI’s domestic spying operations in 2011 handbook

Relaxed rules for FBI’s domestic spying operations in 2011 handbook By Kosta Harlan |  June 14, 2011  Fight Back! News     Read more articles in FBI Repression The FBI is relaxing its rules and removing restrictions on domestic spying for its 14,000 agents, the New York Times reported June 13. While FBI spokesperson Valerie Caproni* claims the […]

“If you hate the media, be the media.”

Video interview by The Uptake at the National Conference for Media Reform Susan from Rochester (New York) Indie Media talked to The UpTake’s Mike McIntee at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston about why she got involved with indie media. “Especially after the Iraq war, I saw how one-sided the media was and […]

Rowley and Edmonds: Rescind President Obama’s ‘Transparency Award’ now

Rescind President Obama’s ‘Transparency Award’ now Open letter   guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 14 June 2011 18.00 BST    Article history Drafted by FBI whistleblowers Sibel Edmonds and Coleen Rowley The petition can be signed at takeawardback.org The Obama administration’s record on secrecy and surveillance is a disgrace and should not be sanitised by unearned prizes. Bradley Manning: signatories regard his abusive treatment in a […]

“Capitalism” by Polly Mann

Capitalism:  What is it?   by Polly Mann For more years than I care to admit a small group – six to twelve – have been meeting for breakfast at Curran’s restaurant on Nicollet in South Minneapolis.  The ensuing conversations are always lively and often so loud I suspect they disturb patrons at nearby tables. […]

Activists cry foul over FBI probe: TC antiwar activists featured in Washington Post article

Activists cry foul over FBI probe By Peter Wallsten, Monday, June 13, 7:16 PM  The Washington Post UPDATE:  Link to Star Tribune version of article and local comments:  Star Tribune version CHICAGO — FBI agents took box after box of address books, family calendars, artwork and personal letters in their 10-hour raid in September of the century-old house shared […]