Archive for January, 2011

Jan 28 2011

Weekly Digest – 01/28/11

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Obama’s State of the Union is short on specifics but long on compromise; Tunisians keep their revolution strong even as Egyptians take to the streets, giving President Mubarak the biggest challenge of his 30 year reign; and the Black Agenda Report.

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Jan 28 2011

FCIC Report Lays Clear Blame on Origins of Financial Crisis

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Angelides“Widespread failures in financial regulation” and “systemic breaches in accountability and ethics at all levels” are among the causes of the economic collapse, says the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. The Commission released its final report yesterday after beginning work in May 2009. It is the fruit of a thorough investigation that included reviewing millions of pages of documents, holding 19 …

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Jan 28 2011

The Legacy of the Goldstone Report

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Goldstone ReportMore than two years after Israel’s brutal Operation Cast Lead against Gaza, the landmark UN Report on Israel’s war crimes is still a source of major controversy. The Goldstone Report as it is called, was authored by celebrated South African and Jewish human rights lawyer Richard Goldstone, and covers not only Israel’s crimes targeting civilians in Gaza during …

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Jan 28 2011

Father Roy Continues His Struggle for Peace and Equality

Father RoyThe past decade saw the continuation of strained relations between the U.S. and the governments of Central and South American countries—most notably Venezuela. A rarely mentioned but significant historic contributor to the turmoil is the School of the Americas (SOA), re-branded in 2001 as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). Operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), …

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Jan 28 2011

ReThink Reviews: ‘The Rite’ Conjures Up “Catholic X-Files”

Rethink ReviewsTaking a deeper look at current and past films and how they relate to the world today.

Jonathan Kim is an independent film critic who writes and produces film reviews for Uprising and other outlets. He is a former co-producer at Brave New Films.

Read his reviews online at ReThinkReviews.net. Watch his videos at www.youtube.com/user/jsjkim, …

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Jan 28 2011

January 28, 2011

Subversive Thoughts | Published 28 Jan 2011, 10:27 am | Comments Off on January 28, 2011 -

“I will not tire of declaring that if we really want an effective end to violence we must remove the violence that lies at the root of all violence: structural violence, social injustice, exclusion of citizens from the management of the country, repression. All this is what constitutes the primal cause, from which the rest flows naturally.” — Oscar Romero …

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Jan 27 2011

CommonDreams: Howard Zinn, Pacifica, and the People’s History of Today

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The other day I was talking with a friend who was dismayed over the departure of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC. She expressed a hunch that I think many progressives share: that Olbermann’s exit foreshadows the inevitable transformation of the cable news outlet by its new owners Comcast into a less progressive, less “left”, voice.

She then turned to me and said, “Air America’s gone, MSNBC is doomed, you guys (Pacifica) are going to be the only …

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Jan 27 2011

Activists Protest Billionaires’ Caucus in Palm Springs

koch BrothersWatchdog organization Common Cause will host a press conference in an effort to draw attention to the so-called “Billionaires’ Caucus” hosted by conservative financier and energy baron Charles Koch, today in Palm Springs. This will be ahead of a panel this weekend that includes former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and former Obama administration environmental adviser Van Jones. The …

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Jan 27 2011

Egyptians Rise Up Threatening Mubarak’s 30 Year Reign

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EgyptEgyptians, seemingly inspired by the revolution in Tunisia, have flooded their streets with major protests this week, threatening the power of President Hosni Mubarak. The actions started on Tuesday, dubbed the “National Day of Anger” and continued yesterday. Midan-al-Tahrir, or Liberation Square in the capital Cairo was filled with hundreds of thousands of people demanding exactly that – liberation from …

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Jan 27 2011

Lebanon’s Political Turmoil Different Than Tunisia & Egypt

Feature Stories | Published 27 Jan 2011, 11:05 am | Comments Off on Lebanon’s Political Turmoil Different Than Tunisia & Egypt -

lebanonOn Tuesday Najib Miqati, a billionaire and Harvard graduate, was sworn in as Lebanon’s new Prime Minister amid protests around the nation. On Wednesday the sometimes violent protesters turned to daily sit-ins in downtown Beirut, as the nation remained locked in political turmoil. Much of the previous days actions took place in the Northern city of Tripoli by Sunni supporters …

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