MEXICO: Journalists' Options - Silence, Exile or the Grave

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State
Journalists are the target of such violence in Mexico that many have been forced to seek refuge in the United States, or to give up their profession. And the outlook at the start of this year is even grimmer for media workers in this country. more »

Push for Looser Pot Laws Gains Momentum

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News
SEATTLE—A push to legalize marijuana on the West Coast is picking up steam as Washington lawmakers and pot proponents in California and Oregon propose separate measures. The Washington state legislature will hold a preliminary vote Wednesday on whether… more »

Afghan Govt. Demands Arrest of US "Death Squad" Who handcuffed, executed 8 children. US refuses

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan
Kai Eide, UN Representative to Afghanistan confirmed the Afghan government’s investigative conclusions that US troops handcuffed and then executed eight students enrolled in grades 6 through 10 in a night raid on December 27, 2009. The US military and… more »

“Bush Was Responsible for Destroying Haitian Democracy”–Randall Robinson on Obama Tapping Bush to Co-Chair US Relief Efforts

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State
We speak with TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson, author of An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President. On President Obama tapping former President Bill Clinton and former President George W Bush to co-chair US relief… more »

US drone attacks kill 5 in Pakistan

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East, War
US drones targeted Pakistan's North Waziristan in the northwest on Friday, killing at least five people, reports said. more »

Obama confidant's spine-chilling proposal

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State
Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama's closest confidants. Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is… more »

ACLU Obtains List Of Bagram Detainees

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan
In response to an American Civil Liberties Union Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the Defense Department today released a list of the people imprisoned at the notorious Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Until today, the Defense Department had… more »

Consumers’ spending power tumbled in ’09 Inflation-adjusted wages fall 1.6 percent — the sharpest drop since 1990

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic
American families were squeezed last year as their inflation-adjusted weekly wages fell 1.6 percent — the sharpest drop since 1990 while consumer inflation rose 2.7 percent. more »

Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan tops $1 trillion

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan
The cost to U.S. taxpayers of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 has topped $1 trillion, and President Barack Obama is expected to request another $33 billion to fund more troops this year. more »

Barack Obama bills banks for $117bn as he says: We want our money back

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics
US PRESIDENT Barack Obama yesterday proposed Wall Street pay up to $117 billion (£71bn) to repay taxpayers for the financial bail-out, as he slammed bankers for their "massive profits and obscene bonuses". "My commitment is to recover every single dime… more »

“Us” versus “them”: on the meaning of fascism

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State
”Fascism ... is a social pathology and it can legitimately be considered humanity's most urgent public health problem. If enough people come to understand what the disease is and how to diagnose it, perhaps there will emerge a means to inoculate… more »

Our Role in Haiti's Plight

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News
Any large city in the world would have suffered extensive damage from an earthquake on the scale of the one that ravaged Haiti's capital city on Tuesday afternoon, but it's no accident that so much of Port-au-Prince now looks like a war zone. Much of… more »

Haiti: 'Money is worth nothing right now … water is the only currency'

January 15th, 2010
Categories: News
DESPERATE Haitians clawed at chunks of concrete with their bare hands and battered at slabs of debris with sledgehammers yesterday, trying to free people buried alive in Tuesday's devastating earthquake. more »

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