On July 11, 2013, CODEPINK activists and  allies demonstrate in front of U.S. Department of Justice, demanding an end to U.S. global surveillance and the hunt for Edward Snowden. Photo by Bill Hughes.

On Thursday afternoon, July 11, 2013, CODEPINK activists and their human rights allies staged a lively demonstration in front of the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C. They were there to protest the Justice Department’s “relentless campaign to hunt down and block whistleblower Edward Snowden’s attempt to seek [political] asylum.” They also repeated their demand that the Justice Department “stop the NSA from its [unlawful] surveillance of Americans and foreigners.”

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While media pundits proclaim that our economic system is based on the "free market," in reality that "free market" is a fiction. The American system is regulated and controlled to assure a continued flow of wealth into the accounts of a small elite. Cooperatives work against that to redistribute wealth more equitably to the working population. And yes, very powerful forces oppose the work of cooperatives, not always openly. The financial system quietly starves cooperatives.

Protesters gathered in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. to protest the verdict in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman. Photo by Allie Morris/PBS NewsHour

This is a day not only to mourn Trayvon Martin, but justice in America, as well. George Zimmerman was not the only one on trial. America was on trial in that southern courtroom. The black hoodie made famous by Trayvon’s supporters, becomes a shroud because justice was buried in that “not guilty” verdict. Even the shiny words of a black president, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin” could not uphold the fantasy of a “post-racial” America in this Jim Crow flashback.

Condom Man. Sketch By: Dale Cooper

Sara McClean interviews independent gay porn performers: Colby Keller and Dale Cooper --both of whom call Baltimore home. We sit down to talk with them about pornography as a career, its gender and feminist implications, the strengths and limitations of porn as a profession, sex worker organizing and workplace protections, and the role of porn in sexual health.

Dale Cooper Colby Keller Interview -- June 23, 2013

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.

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A little over a year ago, I found myself sitting in a newly-opened kitchen-café space in the Petralona area of Athens, sharing reflections on Occupy Wall Street with Greeks from the neighborhood's Popular Assembly. Popular Assemblies sprang up all across the city during the 2008 uprising sparked by the police murder of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

E.W. Jackson, Republican candidate for Lt. Gov. of Virginia. (Source:

E.W. Jackson, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, recently made comments to a Tea Party audience in Newport News, Virginia, claiming that black families were more intact during slavery than they are today.

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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Javier Sethness Castro, author of Imperiled Life: Revolution against Climate Catastrophe and For a Free Nature: Critical Theory, Social Ecology, and Post-Developmentalism, gives his feedback on this year's Left Forum, an annual conference of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, organizations and interested public. Indyreader would like to encourage everyone from Baltimore who attended the Left Forum to share your feedback with our readers.


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