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Voter ID Laws. Photo from: thekingsmanpaper.com

Mark Twain said, “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” On that note, the myth of widespread voter fraud is streaking across America while the truth of minority voter suppression is just stringing up its Adidas.

It is more likely that someone will be struck by lightening than lose an election by voter fraud. That’s the truth.

The Charles Theatre, in Baltimore, is presenting the film, “Dirty Wars.” It features investigative journalist, Jeremy Scahill, and it deals with how America conducts its many and far-flung “covert wars.” On Friday night, July 26th, peace activist and author, David Swanson, shared his views on the film with me. Later, he also led a discussion with the audience about the documentary.

April 2013 pro-immigration protest at US Capitol. (Source: rt.com)

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.

G. K. Chesterton

In 1949, a delegation of Native Americans went to Capitol Hill to discuss their conditions with lawmakers. After meeting with Vice President Alben Barkley, the Sioux leader Chief Ben American Horse said to the Barkley, "Be careful with your immigration policies; we were careless with ours."

On April 6, 2013, investigative journalist and historian, Nick Turse, spoke about his new book, "Kill Anything That Moves," at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. The panelists who responded to Nick Turse's talk were Carolyn Eisenberg, a history professor at Hofstra University, and John Prados, the George Washington University National Security Archives Senior Fellow. This video was produced by Indyreader's regular contributor, Richard Concepcion.

Protests on July 13th, 2013, in Texas against anti-choice legislation. Photo By: Eric Imhof

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in his Notes on the State of Virginia, adding, “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

Glenn Greenwald. Image source: https://www.nytexaminer.com

Recently, the journalistic integrity of the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald has been called into question. The reason: he has stepped "outside that framework" through his impressive and highly valuable journalistic work on the Edward Snowden NSA leaks, which revealed a "worldwide, ubiquitous electronic surveillance apparatus" that Washington has erected in near total secret. Unsurprisingly, some proponents of elite media doctrine have felt compelled to defend the boundaries of the narrow framework that Greenwald crossed, as he has consistently done during his career. Below, Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer critically respond to one of the proponents and in doing so draw our attention to the actual difference between journalists who stay in-bounds and those who feel a duty to go out-of-bounds, like Greenwald and the writers featured on Indy Reader.

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The notion of the scary, criminalized black man who couldn’t walk with impunity in white people’s neighborhoods did not begin with Trayvon Martin. It didn’t begin with young Emett Till pulverized by grown white men for whistling at a white woman. It went before scary black Nat Turner left the plantation and dared to defend himself against slavery. I cannot think of a time that the white man was not afraid of this proud African man as he terrorized him and his family in unspeakable ways to bend his mind and body into submission. When he stole, not only his freedom, but his right to be a member of the human race.

Joe Burbank/Getty Images: George Zimmerman, right, talks with attorney Don West during a recess in his trial.

If you have a black friend, can you be a racist? Or as white anti-racist lecturer Tim Weis offered, if you are married to a woman, can you be a sexist? The answer is a resounding, yes. That is not just the conjecture of liberal-minded, loopy thinking “race baiters”. That is the finding of sober and scientific study.

"Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons" by: David Ensminger. Photo from: pmpress.org

One of the many takeaways from David Ensminger’s newly published Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons is that subtleties matter. Even the book’s title seems to ask us to examine the distinction between an interview and a conversation, which the author makes clear over and over again.

Photo by Bill Hughes.

On Sunday morning, July 14, 2013, a press conference was held in response to the “not guilty” verdict in the controversial George Zimmerman case. He was charged with the murder of an unarmed, seventeen-year-old, Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, which occurred on Feb. 26, 2012. McKeldin Square in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore was the site of the press conference. Representatives from the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC Baltimore) shared their views on the case and their plans for “future protests.” Speaking on camera are The Rev. Cortly C.D. Witherspoon, Sharon Black, Lee Patterson and Steven Ceci.

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