By Steven Hsieh - March 14, 2013
Police arrested 46 protestors on Wednesday, during the third night of demonstrations in Brooklyn over the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray...“The police – whenever they murder or kill a black or Latino youth – it is always justifiable homicide. The witnesses tell a different story, and this happens again and again...”
By GARRY LEECH - March 14, 2013
Over the past thirty years, Human Rights Watch has become one of the most recognized non-governmental organizations in the world due to its global promotion of human rights. But despite its claims to be an advocate of international human rights law, the reports issued by Human Rights Watch over the past decade have increasingly exhibited a bias towards certain rights over others...As a result, it routinely judges nations throughout the world in a manner that furthers capitalist values and discredits governments seeking socialist alternatives.
Straightaway as president, Obama pledged to close Guantanamo. He lied. He's a serial liar. It's still open. The worst of Bush administration practices continue. Appalling human rights abuses persist. Torture remains policy. It's institutionalized throughout Washington's gulag. Obama bears full responsibility.
By John Pilger - March 14, 2013
Today's "message" of grotesque inequality, social injustice and war is the propaganda of liberal democracies. By any measure of human behavior, this is extremism. When Hugo Chavez challenged it, he was abused in bad faith; and his successor will be subverted by the same zealots of the American Enterprise Institute, Harvard's Kennedy School and the "human rights" organizations that have appropriated American liberalism and underpin its propaganda.
Chavez knew he was marked for death. He said so numerous times. Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez believes Washington and Israel conspired to kill him.
She's one of America's most powerful women. For sure she's one of the richest. Forbes estimates she's worth $1.85 billion. She's also heir to the Hyatt Hotels and Pritzker family fortune. It's net worth exceeds $20 billion. Some think it's much more.
By Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein - AlterNet
Dr. Jon W. Draud...pursues some eclectic passions. He’s bred sleek Basenji hunting dogs for show...But the Nashville psychiatrist is also notable for a professional pursuit: During the last four years, the 47-year-old Draud has earned more than $1 million for delivering promotional talks and consulting for seven drug companies...21 other doctors have made more than $500,000 since 2009 giving talks and consulting for drug-makers...And half of the top earners are from a single specialty: psychiatry.
Decades of class war leaves most Americans nearing retirement woefully unprepared.
By Dave Zirin - March 6, 2013
The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will mean unseemly celebration on the right and unending debate on the left...Less discussed will be that the passing of Hugo Chávez will also provoke unbridled joy in the corridors of power of Major League Baseball...Venezuela has trailed only the Dominican Republic in the global race to provide a cheap source of Major League Baseball talent. In 2012, fifty-eight players on MLB rosters were born in Venezuela, second only to the DR’s sixty-four.
Today Amnesty International launched an online campaign asking Louisiana Attorney General James Caldwell to not appeal the District Court's ruling to either release or retry Albert Woodfox, declaring: "After decades of injustice, let the Angola 3 ruling stand!"
Lynne's 73. She's gravely ill. Obama wants Lynne dead. She's a breast cancer survivor. It reemerged. It's spreading. She's dying. Vital life-saving treatment is delayed or denied. Expert private care can save her. She needs it now.
By Judd Legum - March 11, 2013
On Saturday night, two undercover police officers shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray. According to the police account, the officers approached Gray when he “adjusted his waistband in what the police describe as a suspicious manner”...Although there is no confirmed evidence of wrongdoing by the officers...several witnesses cast doubts on the official version of the incident...
Throughout his tenure, Obama waged war on labor. Perez won't change things. He'll replace Hilda Solis. She resigned in January. She accomplished little in four years. She's the daughter of immigrant union members. She failed to deliver as promised. She pledged to make a difference and didn't. Expect little change from Perez.
By TANYA GOLASH-BOZA - March 11, 2013
The United States has witnessed a tremendous rise in the number of people detained and deported since 1997...At current rates, President Obama is on track to deport more people in his first six years as President than all deportations prior to 1997...Alongside deportation rates, detention rates have skyrocketed, from a daily average of 5,532 in 1994 to upwards of 30,000 today.
By JOHN GRANT - March 07, 2013
Asking bright, strong young men...to fight wars like Iraq and Afghanistan — and Vietnam before that — can be like luring an unsuspecting animal into a trap. The bait is the powerful call to do something good for your country, to sacrifice for a larger purpose. The trap, of course, is the fact wars like Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam are never what the drumbeat of homefront-oriented propaganda says they are.