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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.

Curt Flood (Source: The Atlantic)

As the Flood vs Kuhn case turns forty-one years old this week, one of the Supreme Court's most celebrated ruling in the world of sports is also one of its most controversial. The 5-3 decision impacted more than baseball—it raised questions about the court's viability, whether sports are monopolies, and it addressed the issue of labor. However, it also ended the age of innocence for athletes and ushered in a new era of scandals, as well as an arms race for high contracts.

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.

"Occupy Gezi" Action in NYC.

In recent weeks, a parcel of land that had been vacant for two decades in the southern portion of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was seized by New York City environmental direct action group Time’s Up, and converted into what the collective called the “Nothing Yet Community Garden.” It was an action that fell within the group’s quarter-century history, recalling collaborative work to defend community gardens similarly establi

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.

At a rally organized by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers last thursday, May 30, students stand alongside their teachers, defiant and strong, to protest the closing of 23 more of Philadelphia's public schools and the gutting of school services. Photo by: Iris Kirsch.

Last month, hundreds of thousands of Philadelphians, mostly high school students, took to the streets to protest the closing of twenty-three schools and the discontinuation of vital programs such as athletic and arts activities, nurses and mental health counselors, and school libraries.

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Yes, it’s true, this is another article about Angelina Jolie and her preventive double mastectomy procedure. However, the topic today is not judging Angelina’s personal decision. Instead it is about the underlying campaign for preventive mastectomies and the inferences made about preventive care.

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As everyone knows, modern society is at a crossroads. The corporate giants have cast a shadow on all of our actions and the implications are ominous. As the politicians and financial sectors of the world continue to steadily pull the citizenry under that shadow, the feelings of desperation and powerlessness fill our hearts. It is tempting to succumb to apathy. It always has been. So from where, then, will we find our strength?

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The word is “transformation.” That is what came to mind after seeing the movie “42” about the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. It is the reason that people were moved to clap at the end of the film. It is the reason we felt good and wanted to say something to the person of the opposite race as we tumbled out of the theater, expelled from a moment in time that had been precious. We had cheered Robinson together in his darkest moments pummeled by racist jabs. We had scoffed at the "nigger" taunts and "monkey" jokes, marveling at the obscenity of blunt trauma racism in the l940s. We were united in solidarity as our humanity was polished in that special hour.


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