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Occupy-Style Repression Hits Brooklyn College, My Home

(17) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 11:38 AM

Two non-violent student activists were arrested yesterday and a dozen others brutalized by campus police at Brooklyn College when they peacefully congregated in a hallway outside the president's office. The students were participating in a national day of action to defend education endorsed by the likes of Noam...

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On the War Porn We Don't See

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 4:12 PM

Yet another example of "war porn" has leaked to the surface from Afghanistan, and once again we are reminded just how far our 'boys' have grown from us. Imagine, just a few years prior, some of these men were posing for prom photos. Now, from the looks of...

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Secret Service Sex Scandal Not an Isolated Incident

(12) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 4:23 PM

As the Secret Service sex scandal continues to unfold, and implicates active duty military personnel, what comes as a surprise to me is not the details of the sex or the drunkenness, but that the American public would expect anything different from our men in uniform!

Having been...

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Teenage Student Hunger-Strikers in California Demand: "Save Our School!"

(91) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 1:29 PM

Three California high school students are hunger-striking in San Leandro to protest sweeping school budget cuts they say would effectively, "kill [their] school."

Anai Rosales, 18; Veronica Mandujano, 18; and Kayla Ely, 17, have been starving themselves since Wednesday, March 7 in an effort to reverse...

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Is Our Military Addicted to 'War Porn'?

(35) Comments | Posted January 15, 2012 | 10:50 AM

The recent images in the media of uniformed U.S. Marines urinating on dead bodies in Afghanistan rightfully invokes nearly universal condemnation. Besides respect for the dead being somewhat of a universal human value at this point, it is a supreme law of war for every single...

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Whitey on the Moon, Again?

(11) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 3:39 PM

It seems there might be a new space race on, and some people think it's a gas!

But hold on, before we get too lost in star-gazing, I thought we still had a few problems on Earth...

925 million people went hungry in 2010, while the...

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NYC 'Terror' Suspect Out-Geneva's Manhattan DA

(14) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 11:06 AM

When Jose Pimentel was arrested and indicted on terrorism-related charges in New York City Saturday, the Manhattan District Attorney made a point of stating in the official criminal complaint that online, Pimentel had made "incriminating" statements, of which includes the following:

People have to understand that America and...
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NYPD Using Army 'Snatch and Grab' Techniques Against OWS Protesters

(26) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 3:51 PM

The NYPD are up to something a little more vile and tricky than ordering baton-wielding police goons to charge recklessly up Manhattan streets, beating every man, woman and child in their path. 'Snatch and Grab' operations are currently being employed against Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park.

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All I Want for Veterans Day Is Not to Feel Dead Inside

(7) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 8:14 AM

I'm sick... and I need help. I need help that I'm not getting and I fear I'll never find. I'm sick of being a veteran, and there is no cure for me.

The other night I dreamt of death. It's ALWAYS there, in EVERY dream. This one was particularly violent....

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Skinner Box Elections and the Political Slot Machine: Why Young People Won't Play in 2012

(28) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 2:28 PM

The last time I voted was in a little steel box in a Brooklyn elementary school in 2008. "So this is what democracy looks like," I thought. "A little steel box with some levers."

I felt like a caged rat clicking a metal switch, waiting for a pellet of food...

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The Wisdom and Power of a Leaderless Resistance

(56) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 5:13 PM

Have you ever been asked what a leader is to you? Of course you have; we're obsessed with the worship of these few. But the Occupy movement has no place for them, which the mainstream media just can't understand.

Conventional wisdom would have us believe that a movement with no...

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Police Violence Against Veterans: A Long and Painful Legacy

(114) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 4:26 PM

When I read the headlines yesterday evening, I felt as though I were in a time warp. "Police Fracture Iraq Vet's Skull Clearing Intersection of Protesters." But the location was wrong: Oakland, Calif. I thought that happened in Hempstead, N.Y.

I was reading about Scott Olsen's cracked skull...

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Refusing to Redeploy: My Story

(19) Comments | Posted April 24, 2009 | 2:06 PM

On Monday, I scored a small but significant victory for the peace movement, for troops and civilians all over the world, and for myself: I faced the military for my refusal to deploy to Iraq and walked away a free man with a general discharge from the Army's Individual Ready...

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