A roundtable discussion was held on September 12, 2011, at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. It featured the People's Lawyer, Ralph Nader. He brought up his concern about the "epidemic of self-censorship" in the country leading up the launching of the illegal and immoral Iraq War by the Bush-Cheney Gang. Mr.

Pope Benedict XVI and three other high-ranking Vatican officials were named as defendants in a Complaint filed on September 13, 2011, with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Amsterdam. The unprecedented action was initiated by the victims of sexual abuse by the clergy. They charged the Vatican officials with covering up and "allowing the rape, sexual violence, and torture" of children.

In a two-part article originally posted on Znet, Stephen Roblin from the Indypendent Reader investigates the famine in Somalia and explains how Washington bears considerable responsibility for not only driving the country back into a state of civil war but also crippling the response to the recent explosion in the humanitarian crisis.

A roundtable discussion was held on September 12, 2011, at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. It featured Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, US Army (ret), an ex-Chief of Staff to Secretary of State, Colin Powell. Ralph Nader was on the panel and also served as the moderator for the event. It dealt generally with the "US government's reaction to 9/11." Col.

Video: Dr. W. Randy Short: "Baltimore is the Greatest Black Community!"

The Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity holding protest in front of the San Xavier Mine. San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Photo: Clayton Conn

Originally published at CASA Collective

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Part 1
By Andrea Caraballo*
Translated by Scott Campbell

On August 25, 2011, a rally was held at the Historic Union Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD. The principal speaker was ex-Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. See: Speaking in support of her "Truth Tour to Libya" were activists from a wide coalition of organizations. They included: the Rev. Cortly CD Witherspoon, Sharon Black, Fred Mason, Dr. W. Randy Short, Nick Powell, and others.

Originally published at Upside Down World

On August 1st, a caravan of several hundred Central American migrants, family members of disappeared migrants, and migrant rights activists arrived in Mexico City to denounce Mexican authorities  for their indifference and lack of action to protect undocumented migrants from organized crime, kidnapping, sexual abuse and murder.

On May 15, 125,000 people filled city squares across Spain in opposition to proposed economic austerity measures. Four weeks later, 250,000 people took to the streets. Since then the "indignado" movement in Spain has grown and evolved. Stephen Roblin from Baltimore's Indypendent Reader interviews David Marty, a an activist who has written several articles analyzing the movement and his experience as a participant.

The results of the latest attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza will cause a major shift in how the world perceives the Israeli occupation, says Gabriel Schivone.  Schivone, a 27 year-old student from Arizona, was one of about fifty passengers aboard the Audacity of Hope, an American boat participating in the Free Gaza movement’s Freedom Flotilla II.


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