Mugshot of Jason Van Dyke, Chicago Police officer charged in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Chicago Police Department)
24 Nov 2015

After Coverup Fails, Chicago Cop Charged With Murder Of Laquan McDonald

The case against Jason Van Dyke marks the first time in Chicago’s history that a police officer faces criminal charges for an on-duty shooting.

Screen shot from video put together by Light in the Attic Records for "Native North America Vol. 1" compilation
23 Nov 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘I Pity the Country’ by Willie Dunn

While many Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, there are countless Native Americans who will be marking the holiday with a “National Day of Mourning” to remember the genocide of millions of Native people. Coinciding with the holiday, America still finds itself experiencing an ignorant and grotesque form of

Penn State student holds candle in memory of  victims of Paris attacks during vigil (Photo by Cameron Hart)
22 Nov 2015

Podcast: After Paris Attacks, Islamophobia About as Awful as After 9/11

In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, numerous American Muslims or U.S. citizens, who have brown skin, live in fear of what might happen if they go out in public. There have been several reported hate crimes. One mosque was vandalized by a ripped up Quran covered in feces.

Spirit Airlines has refused to rebook customers when passengers complained they were afraid to fly with them. (Photo by Woodys Aeroimages)
21 Nov 2015

When Airlines and Security Validate American Passengers’ Fear of Brown People

One week after the Paris attacks, any American Muslim or U.S. citizen with brown skin lives in fear of what might happen if they go out in public. It is particularly awful for those brown-skinned Americans who decide to travel by plane because airlines, police, and security agents are legitimizing

Screen shot from Laurie Anderson's "Heart of a Dog" documentary
20 Nov 2015

Film Review: ‘Heart of a Dog’ Is A Wondrous Meditation On Life & Death

Laurie Anderson’s documentary, “Heart of a Dog,” is an intensely personal meditation on life and death, and a reflection on American culture after 9/11.

File: A General Atomics MQ-1A Predator drone. (Wikimedia Commons / United States Air Force)
19 Nov 2015

‘You Can’t Buy My Soul’: Drone Whistleblowers Speak Out

Four former drone operators spoke out about their experiences piloting and killing, including children, with America’s lethal fleet of drones.

Kevin Gosztola, 3 years-old, with his father, Thomas Gosztola
18 Nov 2015

Living With The Death Of My Father

My dad died a year ago, and I feel compelled to write some thoughts about the past year and reflect on handling personal tragedy. But there is also something else from my life I want to share. Over the past months, I have straddled two worlds—with one foot in the

In this November 14, 2015 photograph, a group of Shia Muslims hold a candlelit vigil in Detroit, Michigan, for the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris. (Flickr / Lion Multimedia Productions)
17 Nov 2015

Paris Attacks Fuel New Cycle Of Anti-Muslim Hysteria In The United States

After the Paris Attacks, innocent Muslims are facing a host of threats and even violent attacks, while American Islamophobia threatens to reach new heights.

Mnar Muhawesh, founder of MintPress News, presents a speech called "War, Media, Propaganda: Muslims As The Other" on Thursday Oct. 15 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, hosted by Citizens for Global Solutions. (Screenshot)
16 Nov 2015

Interview: MintPress News’ Mnar Muhawesh On Paris Attacks & Response Of Western Countries

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks and blasts in Beirut, it seems very likely that Western countries will overreact and play into the hands of the Islamic State. It is also clear there will be little reflection on how Western countries, including France, created a climate that fueled the

National Gallery in France (Photo by Jack Gordon)
16 Nov 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘Le ciel est noir’ by Nana Mouskouri & Garou

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, a song that seems fitting for a moment when terror may be compounded by overreaction by the French government.