By Stuart Jeanne Bramhall - February 25th, 2012
By now several thousands progressives and liberals have read the article “The Cancer in Occupy,” by Chris Hedges from February 6. In the article, Hedges condemns the so-called “Black Bock Movement” and “Black Bloc anarchists” for a variety of sins that include breaking store and car windows, burning flags, and swearing and throwing tear gas canisters at the police. There is a major problem with the whole premise of the article...However unless they are regular readers of anarchist and left libertarian websites and blogs, activists are unlikely to have seen the numerous critiques of “The Cancer in Occupy” that correct this and other factual errors in Hedges’ article.
By JOHN GRANT - Counterpunch
“Navy SEALs are Olympic athletes that kill people for a living.”
- Right-Wing American Author Tom Clancy, in his opening to Act of Valor, a popular novelization of the recently released film of the same name.
By Tom Engelhardt - AlterNet
American war is heading for the “shadows” in a big way. As news articles have recently made clear, the tip of the Obama administration’s global spear will increasingly be shaped from the ever-growing ranks of U.S. special operations forces...By now, they are also a force that, in any meaningful sense, is unaccountable for its actions.
By Amir Alwani
February 17, 2012
Look what the cat dragged in! The cat dragged in Dictyostelium Discoidium, a slime mold that researchers link to Morgellons. Our cat literally dragged this blob in and, when we took a look at it under the microscope, it started laying bits of itself around as it was crawling inside the plastic baggie.
By Louise Koster, Contributing Writer
February 15, 2012
Contrary to what the CDC says, Morgellons is not a delusion. I have personally felt and seen my hair move by itself, I've had strange fibres come out of my skin, I constantly feel like there are bugs crawling over my body. I have witnessed many of my fresh organic vegetables, fruits and meat moving by itself, causing me to have to throw out the majority of the food I've bought. I have had to stop wearing a lot of my clothes because even those seem to be comprised of moving fibres. Some might say the fibres in the video below are moving because of static electricity, however I find that very hard to believe.
By RON JACOBS - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
The list continues to grow. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The essentially unprovoked police attacks on protesters, bystanders and journalists at Occupy protests...The continuing murder of (mostly young and black) men by police departments around the nation with few or no legal repercussions...The continuing pursuit of “material support” charges against antiwar and solidarity activists involved in work against US and Israeli policies. The infant US police state is no longer learning to crawl; it has learned to walk and will soon be stomping its boots in a neighborhood near you.
By Audrey Huntley - rabble.ca
...[A]ll of the family members and friends I spoke to...had lost a loved one. Not only had they all experienced the devastation of loss by violence of someone precious, but they had also suffered from the treatment they experienced at the hands of those they went to for help. They were received with blatant racism at worst, passive indifference at best. Fearful and desperate for help in their search for their missing friend or family member, they had instead to endure insult upon injury.
In this interview, author J. Patrick O’Connor discusses his newly released book Scapegoat: The Chino Hills Murders and The Framing of Kevin Cooper, explaining why he is convinced of Kevin Cooper’s innocence. O’Connor asserts that the police and prosecution orchestrated an obvious frame-up that continues to be upheld by federal appeals courts, albeit with the blatantly unfair rulings by US District Court Judge Marilyn Huff blocking critical forensics tests that had been ordered by the US Ninth Circuit Court in 2004.
February 7th, 2012
Jason Kenney...is making headlines again with yet another parliamentary scandal...Kenney’s office organized a bogus citizenship ceremony broadcast on Sun Media...This is the latest in a series of political scandals surrounding Kenney...While these news-worthy scandals highlight the wheeling-and-dealing and corruption within Kenney’s office, we are troubled by the lack of anger and outrage at the real scandal in Kenney’s office: the racist tokenization of immigrant communities to mask increasingly repressive anti-migrant policies.
By Dave Zirin - February 6, 2012
Seeing the arrogant and the entitled get knocked down a peg is always welcome. But in the real world it doesn’t mean a damn just because one arrogant and entitled owner’s box cheers, while another weeps. It happens because people around the country are standing up and saying, "Enough is enough." In Indianapolis, it happened because people heroically dared to be heard on a day when everyone told them to just shut up and watch the game.
By Danny Lucia - Znet
OVER A million Iraqis are dead from America's war...One million is a "Grandpa, what did you do to stop it?" number. It's a number that undeniably puts the American state among history's villains. Those who are not willing or able to accept this are physically unable to retain the fact that over a million Iraqis are dead. Their brains expel it like a foreign germ.
By Amir Alwani
January 28, 2012
I have a right to ingest/smoke whatever I want and to explore the contents of "my own mind" in the process, so long as I am not hurting anyone else, even if it kills me. This is a human right, albeit one that few people think of.
By Jack Hood - WSWS
Hundreds of police clad in riot gear and wielding a variety of weapons attacked a procession of protesters in Oakland, California, on Saturday. It was the largest altercation between police and protesters in Oakland since the October 25 confrontation that left several wounded...More than 400 protesters were arrested over the course of the evening, with marches continuing late into the night.
By Syed Hussan - January 29, 2012
On Friday, in a grand, sweeping, blustering speech...Harper has laid out his vision for the future. It is imperative that we understand it, to fight it...Harper's speech brushes over two areas: (1) job creation and economic stability through corporate tax cuts, free trade agreements, further investments in energy and oil production and cuts to pensions and (2) dealing with 'demographic challenges' by managing immigration. These are all connected and should be scrutinized as such.
By Krystalline Kraus - January 28, 2012
A 174-page report by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) released on Friday January 20, 2012, recommended that five Toronto police officers should face criminal charges for using unnecessary force against activist Adam Nobody.