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Obama Continues Bush “Faith Based” Programs

By Larry Jones 

Barack Obama, both while campaigning and as president, had promised to keep the so-call Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships initiative consistent with the First Amendment’s insistence on the separation of church and state. But this has not been the case. 

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Mikael Rudolph, Activist & Mime, RIP

By Debra Sweet  

 
Mikael Rudolph died at home in Minneapolis on Friday, after struggling with cancer for several years.  He was a well-known mime, traveling nationally to perform. He was a principal organizer of protests in Minneapolis to Drive Out the Bush Regime 2006 – 2008.  He posted many articles during that time on OpEd News.
 
I initially met Mikael the Mime in the Minneapolis airport when he was returning from a show, and I was changing planes. We were on cell phones, trying to find each other in the crowds.  He said, “I’m a mime.  I won’t be hard to find.”  And he was not hard to find.  He stood out as a unique, energetic, passionate human being.

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Reflections on the Tea Party People/Movement

By Dennis Loo

"Many of the people coalescing around the Tea Party Movement, young and old, are at the beginning of their political awakening. They are angry and frustrated by what they see and rightly so. They're in the midst of a personal storm. They see their own little boats on the verge of capsizing and they're looking for the calmer seas of yesterday. Eventually many of them will realize that there are no simple solutions and reason will moderate their fear struck emotionalism."
--"William," Peoria, Illinois, in his comment at the New York Times, 2/16/10, in response to David Barstow's 2/15/10 article, "Tea Party Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right." 

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March 4th Demonstrations: "The World is on Fire!": the Fight to Defend Public Education

By Dennis Loo

To this house where nearly all of the light has been cut off because the windows are boarded up, choking off the air, comes now a large crew of carpenters to rip down these cursed boards. The vermin and mold that have been filling the suffocating air with their toxic fumes can then be exposed to the sunlight and the house cleansed by powerful gusts, the winds of genuine change.

The March 4th demonstrations to defend public education involved hundreds of thousands of students, faculty, staff, workers, and community members in thirty plus U.S. cities. The call for these protests originated in California in November 2009, and was taken up not only by many other states, but also in a number of countries.

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Biden Visits Israel; Israeli Housing Expansion in Palestine Continues

By Kenneth J. Theisen

 
VP Joe Biden visited the Middle East this week to encourage the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian “peace” talks. But the kind of peace envisioned by the U.S. imperialists is one of continued Israeli domination of Palestinian land and of the Palestinian people under U.S. auspices.
 
Biden continued his trip even though the Israelis recently announced that Israel plans to build 1,600 new homes on Palestinian land in Jerusalem. These new homes are on top of already massive Israeli expansion of housing in the West Bank that has occurred in recent years. Israel even officially annexed east Jerusalem, even though the annexation is illegal under international law. But since Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem, and Gaza; as a result of the 1967 war; it has virtually treated these lands as an Israeli colony, or in some cases, as part of Israel.
 

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Stirrings on the Left: A Turning Point?

By Dennis Loo

Several recent developments bode well for this country, the world, and specifically for the political left. The fact that they are all occurring so close in time to each other is also salubrious. For those of us who have been wondering when things were going to break in this direction, these developments are extremely welcome and very promising. 
As I wrote on February 28, 2010 regarding the Tea Partiers and the need for the Left's response: 

"The Tea Party movement also reflects, in part, the relative strength of the forces of the reactionary Right and the relative weakness so far of the Left. Imagine the impact if the genuine Left (needless to say I'm not speaking here of the Democratic Party as the Left) had the equivalent of Fox News and the pulpit that that network alone is. We don't have its equivalent, obviously, and we're not going to get it, either. But what we can do with even a modest increase in funding and participation in the Left by new forces is immense..."

This growth of new forces on the Left that I spoke of we are now seeing the beginnings of. 

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Scenes from the streets

Help Spread Resistance to the Crimes of our Government!

What we need - what only we can do - is make a change in what people in this country will accept being done in our names.  If people have gotten confused about whether the Iraq war is over, tell them, no - it's becoming a permanent occupation! (read more)

The We Are Not Your Soldiers tour is a concrete step to doing just this: changing what people in this country will accept.


 

by Debra Sweet

 

There were thousands marching in DC yesterday. Read AP report. Watch the AP video. Watch the local video coverage:

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You can read my speech here. After the march, several protesters were arrested in front of the White House, including Cindy Sheehan, Elaine Brower, and Matthis Chiroux. They are sitting in jail tonight and we are told they won't be arraigned until Tuesday.

In San Francisco, Daniel Ellsberg spoke to a rally of thousands on the importance of protest:

Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers study of the Vietnam War and is the subject of the recent documentary film, "The Most Dangerous Man in America," likened the protest and others like it around the country Saturday to a day of demonstrations organized against the conflict in Vietnam in 1969.
"They thought it had no effect," he told the crowd in San Francisco, referring to the 1969 protesters. "They were wrong."
Ellsberg said President Richard Nixon was planning to escalate the war around that time, but held off.

In Los Angeles, thousands also marched, including a We Are Not Your Soldiers contingent carrying a banner signed by many more youth pledging to resist military recruiters.

 

 

 

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You protested yesterday: now donate and make this resistance possible on another level for a new generation living in the crosshairs of the military recruiters.

 

 

 

 

 

Two Americas

By Dennis Loo

On Saturday, March 20th, two starkly different visions of American today and in the future could be seen in the streets.
On the one side: in the streets of DC and cities around the country, a resurgence of the anti-war movement. Ten thousand at least in DC, and in LA, where I was, between four to five thousand. These protests demanded an end to the immoral wars of Empire and its policies, including torture and indefinite detention.

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Damn, We Need a “Morning After the Health Care Bill” Pill

by Debra Sweet

Thanks to scientists who studied female reproduction, there are women in the world fortunate enough to have access to the birth control pill.  Take a few of them after being raped, or any kind of unprotected sex where one fears pregnancy, and the “morning after pill” prevents implantation of any fertilized egg.
 
But what do you do the morning after you’ve been politically attacked so deeply you feel it in the gut and you’d like to vomit from the White House down the Mall to Congress?  We need a “morning after the health care bill” pill.
 
Because the so-called “health-care reform” passed by the Democrats yesterday rolls the bus over the bodies of women now, and in future, denied access to abortion, and the right to control their own bodies.  We knew this was coming, and yet, the way it was done twists “the change you can believe in” knife deeper into the wound of the body politic.

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Obama: “Seriously Considering” Legalization of Permanent Prison Without Trial (a.k.a. “Indefinite Incarceration”)

By Kenneth J. Theisen

According to the Washington Post Senator Lindsey Graham has presented legislation to the White House regarding the handling of “terrorism suspects.” His “legislation” would in effect legalize indefinite detention of such suspects and strip them of basic constitutional rights.
But instead of being dismissed by the Obama administration because of the basic denial of rights, according to the Post, “Senior White House officials have begun briefing leading Democrats on Capitol Hill on the Graham proposal…” 

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Fordham University: Prettifying C.I.A. Clandestine Operations

By Debra Sweet

I”m not sure what was worse; sitting in an auditorium for a speech by the head of CIA clandestine operations, or having most of the audience give a standing ovation afterward.  There were some low points in between, too.

Thursday night I went with my friend Ray McGovern, and some current and former Fordham students to a lecture at Fordham University by Michael Sulick, Director of the National Clandestine Service, the guy in charge of counter-terrorism and covert ops.  Ray and Sulick are both graduates of Fordham, and both worked for the C.I.A.  One difference between them is that Ray quit long ago.

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  • Debra Sweet

     Debra SweetDebra Sweet is the Director of World Can’t Wait, initiated in 2005 to “drive out the Bush regime” by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement and reversing the direction it had launched.  Based in New York City, she leads World Can’t Wait in its continuing efforts to stop the crimes of our government, including the unjust occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture and detention codes, as well as reversing the fascist direction of U.S. society, from the surveillance state to the criminalization of abortion and immigrants.  She has worked with abortion providers for twenty-five years, organizing community support and helping them withstand anti-abortion violence.  Since the age of 19, when she confronted Richard Nixon during a face-to-face meeting and told him to stop the war in Vietnam, she has been a leader in the opposition to U.S. wars and invasions.  Debra says, “Stop thinking like an American, and start thinking about humanity!”

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     Dennis Loo is an award-winning sociologist, co-editor of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, Associate Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona and an honors graduate in Government from Harvard. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a former journalist and his research specialties include polling, public policy-making, social movements, and criminology.He can be reached via his blog: http://dennisloo.blogspot.com
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