Archive for October, 2009

Oct 29 2009

Human Rights Lawyer Reveals Vast Extent of CIA Torture Program

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CIATime Magazine is reporting that there “was little surprise among Afghanistan experts” at the recent New York Times report claiming that Afghan President Karzai’s brother is on the CIA payroll. It has been referred to in Afghanistan as an “open secret.” Now some members of Congress are asserting that the Central Intelligence Agency may have lied to them at …

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Oct 29 2009

First They Came for ACORN…

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ACORNSeveral weeks ago, in response to a major campaign by conservative groups and Fox News against the community group ACORN, Congress voted to temporarily stop federal funding. The ban on funding expires this Saturday, October 31st, and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and its supporters are calling on the government not to renew the ban. …

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Oct 29 2009

Subversive Historian – 10/29/09

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Eric Drooker The Execution of Leon Czolgosz

Back in the day on October 29th, 1901, Leon Czolgosz was executed by the electric chair for the murder of President William McKinley. The self-proclaimed anarchist assassin had wrapped a .32 caliber revolver in a handkerchief on September 6th, 1901 as he waited for his target. President McKinley was receiving greeters at the …

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Oct 29 2009

October 29, 2009

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“Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.” — Hubert H Humphrey …

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Oct 28 2009

October 29, 2009

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South Asian history expert Vijay Prashad will analyze this week’s dramatic dual bombings in Pakistan and Afghanistan by the Taliban and what it means in the context of US war. And we’ll hear from human rights lawyer John Sifton on some new findings of the CIA’s secret prisons and detainee torture. And, progressives call on Congress to stop the witchhunt against ACORN – we’ll hear sound from a new video by Brave New Films. …

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Oct 28 2009

Progressives Up the Ante on Healthcare Debate, Continue to Risk Arrest

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sam pullenIn a press conference on Monday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced proposed health care legislation that included a public option. Ending weeks of speculation, the Democrat from Nevada explained his decision this week by stating, “I believe that a public option can achieve the goal of bringing meaningful reform to our broken system.” Immediately after the …

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Oct 28 2009

Disney Company Offers Refunds For Baby Einstein DVDs

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TVWhen the Disney company made claims years ago that its line of Baby Einstein videos would make infants and toddlers smarter, parents lined up to buy them. The marketing of the DVDs implied that they were educational despite no evidence to support it. In fact today pediatricians recommend absolutely no television for children under the age of 2. In …

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Oct 28 2009

Skin Raises Issues of Race, Gender, Class in Apartheid South Africa

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skinThe multiple award winning independent feature film, Skin, directed by Anthony Fabian, tells the real-life story of Sandra Laing, a South African woman with dark skin and black curly hair, born to white Afrikaner parents in Apartheid South Africa, unaware of their own black ancestry. Skin is a reflection on the devastation of institutional racism exemplified by South …

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Oct 28 2009

Subversive Historian – 10/28/09

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Eric Drooker The Death of Camilo Cienfuegos

Back in the day on October 28th, 1959, Cuban revolutionary Camilo Cienfuegos mysteriously died. The long bearded swashbuckler boarded an airplane flying from Camaguey to Havana fifty years ago when it disappeared over the ocean at night. The Cuban government immediately organized a massive search lasting days, but could not recover debris from …

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Oct 28 2009

October 28, 2009

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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” — Nelson Mandela …

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