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Linguistics Professor Noam Chomsky of Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Women’s Studies Professor Neferti Tadiar of Barnard College (New York), Asian American Studies Professor Nerissa Balce of Stony Brook University (New York) and Political Science Professor Kenneth Bauzon of St. Joseph’s College (New York) analyze the Philippine-American War (1899-1913) in order to rediscover its historical similarities to the so-called post-9/11 War on Terror.

Somali piracy and Al Shabaab terror capture headlines. But Somalia's "climate of impunity" is far more pervasive than one would gather from reading the U.S. mainstream press. In fact, the New York Time's coverage of a recently leaked UN report completely overlooks its extensive documentation of Washington and its regional allies' blatant violations of the long-standing Somali arms embargo.

"Pakistani tribesmen carry the coffin of a person allegedly killed in a 2011 U.S. drone attack. They claim that innocent civilians died."

On March 31, Marc Steiner's radio show addressed Obama's "secret list list of assassination targets." Indyreader contributor and former collective member, Umar Farooq, joined New York Times reporter, Scott Shane, and former CIA Operations Officer and author, Sam Faddis, to "talk about the kill list and drone war.

Star-Spangled Banner Sheet Music

David Swanson, author of "War Is A Lie", has adapted this piece from his book as a response to the bicentennial "celebration" of The War of 1812. Swanson critiques Baltimore celebratory pride for holding the site that Francis Scott Key penned the United States National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner; during The War of 1812. Swanson poses thoughts and questions and ask us to think beyond a wartime song.

National Security Agency Headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. Source: NSA

The surveillance of peaceful activists by US intelligence agencies and security forces is nothing new. From the FBI's surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr., and military spying on Vietnam anti-war protest groups, to Maryland State Police surveillance of Baltimore anti-death penalty and peace groups four years ago, one consistency is the legal impunity with which state surveillance is done, regardless of the practices' legality.

On Monday, April 16, 2012, at noon, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., there was a rally/march demanding the federal government close the "School of the Americas," renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. Twelve Anti-torture activists were arrested, in the street, opposite the Cannon Office Building while engaging in "nonviolent direct action."

As the drumbeat of war against Iran grows, organizers across the country are ensuring we are not tricked into further bankruptcy and bloodshed once again. Thousands of concerned people, including activists, occupiers, and local community organizations have begun to sign on to the Iran Pledge of Resistance Campaign.

Renowned scholar and author, Immanuel Wallerstein, spoke this past fall at Baltimore's 2640 cooperative events space, on the significance and relevancy of the current waves of global upheaval and resistance.


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