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This is Black History Month in the United States— a time to reflect on the contributions African Americans have made to our nation's history and to take note of the progress that has been made in advancing racial equality and the challenges that remain.
A special focus of this year's programs will mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 by then President Lyndon Johnson. That historic legislation marked a turning point in American life, ending racial discrimination in public accommodations. In this context, Black History Month provides an opportunity to reflect on a past we should never forget and the extent to which the legacy of racial inequality is still with us.
French president François Hollande's visit to the US is preceded by the publication of an op-ed in both the Washington Post and Le Monde written jointly by Obama and the French leader. François Heisbourg gets to publish his two cents in the New York Times and his title is an involuntary release of the proverbial cat out of the bag: "Hollande's Martial Prowess." What Heisbourg praises is precisely what should be criticized and the achievements the two presidents are proud of need to be questioned.
Hundreds of activists nationwide are planning rallies, protests and other events in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which could be decided as soon as the week of Feb. 24. More than 100 events are being organized in some of the largest cities around the country, to take place on the day of the ruling.
For the State Department to suggest that the Keystone XL pipeline will not have a negative impact on the environment is like Walter White telling Phillip Seymour Hoffman that heroin is as healthy as kale.
If one reads the Obama administration State Department’s Final Environmental Study on the KXL pipeline it is almost as if the State department subcontracted the study to a company with vast financial ties to the oil and gas industry.
Snowden on the Dangers of the 'Privatized' National Security State, in the Interview the US 'News' Networks Didn't Bother to Show YouBy Brad Friedman, SpeakOut | Op-Ed
Almost three weeks ago, all three of the major Sunday network news shows --- NBC's Meet the Press, CBS' Face the Nation and ABC's This Week --- allowed very powerful elected officials, such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), to come on the air and claim, without evidence, that they'd seen "clues" suggesting former NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden was, somehow, a Russian agent.
The officials were required to offer absolutely no evidence for their extraordinary claims on the three major broadcast networks. Snowden was subsequently forced to strongly rebut the scandalous charges, which are apparently straight out of the Nixon/Cold War era playbook.
Like you, I felt betrayed that my country sent me to fight an unjust war, though my war was several decades after yours, and in Iraq. I have spoken out against that war to the best of my ability, as you once did against your war before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In recent years you have found yourself on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but your attitudes towards war have changed drastically.
It was late evening July 15th, 2013 when 19 year old North Carolina Central University sophomore, Lewis James Little was finally released after a month of incarceration for a murder he did not commit. Several charges against Little including first degree burglary, first degree kidnapping, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and felony conspiracy have all since been formally dismissed as an honest mistake. Lewis Little, however, has been left to pick up the pieces of an experience truly worthy of a Lifetime Hardship Award.
McConnell Supports Deficit Spending on Big Corporate Tax Breaks While Opposing Emergency Spending for Unemployment Benefits Unless Paid ForBy Americans for Tax Fairness, SpeakOut | Press Release
There was an astonished reaction today in Kentucky and in Washington, D.C., to recent TV footage of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) telling reporters that Republicans support increasing the deficit to renew a package of more than 60 tax breaks, most of which benefit corporations. This comes just weeks after he proclaimed his opposition to passing an extension of emergency unemployment benefits unless they could be offset by cuts in other spending. The U.S. Senate likely will vote Thursday on an extension of unemployment benefits that meets McConnell’s conditions.
The stunning directness and immediacy of the opening line of Sigrid Unset's first novel, Marta Oulie, in this new and first English translation by Tiina Nunnally are sustained throughout its pages. Set in Kristiania (now Oslo) in the early Twentieth Century, the novel surprises and delights with its sensitivity to changes we continue to experience –human encroachment on the natural world, urban sprawl, the challenge of single motherhood, the threats career demands and childrearing pose to human and family relationships. At the same time, the arc of betrayal of self and love, the traps of vanity and boredom, the anguish of paradise lost are timeless themes conveyed in the same fresh, unsentimental, unself-pitying voice with which Marta Oulie opens her diary. There is nothing overtly political in this exquisitely spare novel except for some references to the author's interest in women's and intellectual issues, but like all great literature Marta Oulie, A Novel of Betrayal informs us about the present political moment and the human condition.
As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hurried to his helicopter ready to take off at the end of a visit to Iraq last year, it was becoming clearer that the Americans have lost control of a country they wished to mold to their liking. His departure on March 24, 2013 was the conclusion of a ‘surprise’ visit meant to mark the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Ten years prior, the US had stormed Baghdad, unleashing one of the 20th century’s most brutal and longest conflicts. Since then, Iraq has not ceased to bleed.