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President Barack Obama meeting with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia January, 2013. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

When readers of the “paper of record” come across historical themes that concern Somalia, they should assume the opposite is true and then investigate for themselves. Last week confirmed the reliability of this heuristic device, which very well may have wider application.

A detainee from Afghanistan is carried on a stretcher before being interrogated by military officials at Camp X-Ray at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002. Picture: AP

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, human rights activists staged a demonstration at noon in front of the White House. They demanded that president Obama close Guantanamo. Bill Hughes captured the arrest of human rights activist, Diane Wilson, who climbed over the White House fence. He also speaks with other activists who attended the action, including Medea Benjamin and Dr. Margaret Flowers.

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“Unscandals” are events that resemble scandals, but deviate in at least two crucial respects: the victims of scandalous acts lack sufficient influence to publicly defend themselves, and those with influence lack the concern to advocate on their behalf. Accordingly, new revelations about their victimization fail to sound any alarm.

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I had the pleasure of watching the documentary, "Dirty Wars," by Jeremy Scahill. The film, in my view, affirms the conclusion that if the U.S. continues to fight this "war on terrorism" with its own acts of terrorism, then the security of the American public will remained threatened. As Scahill points out in the documentary, the Obama administration has generated a "targeted kill list" that grew from a few names to hundreds of names and now thousands of names. The more people killed the more people who will be willing to spare their lives for revenge. There is a vicious cycle that even if the "war on terror" ends today, the effects of the U.S. government's violent acts will be felt for a long time.

Laila El-Haddad (Left) and Maggie Schmitt (Right)
The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey is a new book by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt. Part cookbook, part political analysis, part history, The Gaza Kitchen is a book unlike any other.

Columbia University History Professor, Rashid Khalidi, delivered a lecture called, “The U.S. as a Dishonest Broker over Palestine," on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War, which was held at Towson University. Drawing from research presented in his latest book, "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East," Professor Khalidi argues that as a so-called peace broker to the Israel-Palestine conflict, the United States has essentially acted to advance "conflict perpetuation" rather than conflict resolution. This video was produced by Indyreader's regular contributor, Richard Concepcion.

Lee-Jackson Monument in Baltimore, MD. Photo By: Kate Drabinski
Baltimore is a city with a vexed relationship to its own Civil War past, and for good reason. Maryland never seceded from the Union, but its citizens leaned strongly toward the Confederacy. Any schoolchild from or tourist to Baltimore knows the first blood of the Civil War was shed here, in the Pratt Street Riots, violence that ensued when Baltimoreans attacked Union soldiers heading south through the city for war.
Free Bradley Manning Action. Photo By: Robin Gunkel

The Bradley Manning Rally at Fort Mead brought well over a thousand protestors from across the country in support of hero whistle blower, Bradley Manning who goes on trial today, June 3rd, at Ft. Meade after having been arrested three years ago and placed in solitary confinement. The rally was brought together with the assistance of multiple groups including CODEPINK Women for Peace, Courage to Resist, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, and World Can’t Wait, among other national organizations.

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Jerry Lembcke, Associate Professor of Sociology College of the Holy Cross, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Lembcke participated on a panel called "U.S. Soldiers and the Vietnam War Experience."

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