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.

Photo By: Sarah Liz Perrich. You can follow her blog about current life in Turkey (including the Turkish uprisings) here:

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.

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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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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.

Gezi Park Protests. Photo By: Sarah Liz Perrich

Koş means run in Turkish. When you hear it while you're behind a barricade, you do not ask questions, you run. This is the best way to avoid physical harm, whether from a gas cannister intentionally aimed at the head or trampling.

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.

"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

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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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