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29 Nov 2018

Review: Documentary Connects Revolutionary Feminist Struggles In The Middle East

In August 2014, the women of the “Women’s Protection Units” (YPJ) captured the attention of the world when they helped rescue 50,000 people from a massacre by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Sinjar Mountains of northern Iraq. The “Sinjar massacre,” as it has come to

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28 Nov 2018

Why U.S. Senate Vote To Advance Resolution To End Military Involvement In Saudi War In Yemen Is Remarkable

The United States Senate took a significant step in withdrawing U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen and advanced debate on a war powers resolution by a vote of 63-37. The vote discharged the resolution on withdrawing U.S. military support from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which

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27 Nov 2018

Risk Of Death From ‘Extremely Poor’ Illinois Prison Medical Care Has Worsened

Medical care in Illinois prisons remains “extremely poor” and conditions leading to preventable deaths have worsened since experts first assessed health program.

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26 Nov 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Thin Blue Border’

There are at least six million Syrian refugees who have fled the war-torn country since 2011. Millions are in countries, where they fled, waiting in camps for a chance to sail to freedom. They yearn for an opportunity to rebuild their lives in Europe, even as the rise of virulent

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Proud Boys and Three Percenters spotted during the "We The People" rally in Philadelphia on November 17, 2018. Credit: Laura Sennett.
21 Nov 2018

Police Response To ‘We The People’ White Supremacist Rally Shows How Little Has Changed Since Charlottesville

Proud Boys, Three Percenters, and other white supremacists gathered with protection from police at the “We The People” rally in Philadelphia.

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19 Nov 2018

How Workers Of Color Helped Democrats Defeat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

The midterm elections may have been a mixture of jubilation and disappointment for progressives, but Wisconsin was certainly a story worth celebrating, as voters ousted Republican Governor Scott Walker, who was notorious for his attacks on labor unions. Walker’s attempt at a third term was thwarted by Democratic challenger Tony

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19 Nov 2018

Protest Song Of The Week – ‘MutterERT’ By Chuck D (Featuring Jahi)

The following was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. When studying the history of socially conscious hip-hop very few have had the impact of Chuck D. As the MC of Public Enemy, he contributed several albums and songs that make up the canon of essential protest music. And,

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15 Nov 2018

Secret CIA Document Describes Abu Zubaydah’s Waterboarding As ‘Amateurish Experiment’

A 2007 report from the CIA’s Office Of Medical Services (OMS) was released after a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). It reveals news details on the CIA’s rendition, detention, and interrogation program, which included torture techniques used against detainees. The top secret document [PDF] was drafted

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