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Milton Viorst on Israel’s Tragic Predicament

Can decent Israelis, caught between complacency and conscience, save their beleaguered country from the corruptions of power, religious fanaticism and crippling hubris?

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Dennis Cook

International Protest Targets Guantanamo

Activists around the world took to the streets Friday wearing orange jumpsuits in protest of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which Amnesty International calls an “unlawful black hole.” Eighty demonstrators were arrested in or near the Supreme Court building, where justices are reviewing the legality of the government’s detention program.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Carol Brightman on the 1960s

Three new memoirs by veterans of the New Left provide nuance and complexity to a tumultuous decade whose political and cultural legacy is still contested. Bonus points to those who can answer the question: Do you still need a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows?

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


Peace Protest
AP photo / Bela Szandelszky

Why We Resist

The refusal to pay my taxes if we go to war with Iran, and the portion of my taxes spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan if we do not cut off funding for these two conflicts, is not a means. It is an end. I do not know if my refusal, and the refusal of others, will be effective in halting these wars. All I know is that it is worth doing.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Barney Frank

Barney Frank Pleads for Realistic Expectations and Practical Activism

Though he referred specifically to the gay non-discrimination bill, Rep. Barney Frank made an impassioned plea for realism among activists that could be applied to the war, the environment or any other major issue of the day. He warned that imperfect legislation can help millions of people, unless “ideologically committed single-issue groups” are given a veto.

Posted on Oct 12, 2007 READ MORE


Bono and Bush

A Brief History of Bono

You don’t have to be a pop star to raise awareness, but it sure helps. Good Magazine looks back at the life and activism of U2’s Bono, who’s done quite a bit with his hobby.

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


Gore and Sheehan Join Forces

They are an unlikely couple. She, an exhausted and emotionally spent woman limping home to find solace in a measure of solitude she could have given herself long ago. He, an upbeat and oh-so-confident man who once was down but is now anything but out.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


In Their Place

After 400 years of abuse, African-Americans continue to struggle with an inequitable America. If we’re serious about leaving no child behind, we should start by offering black families a fair shot in life.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


Josh Wolf
sfgate.com

Jailed Blogger Goes Free

After spending 7 1/2 months in jail, longer than anyone else in a modern journalism rights case, blogger Josh Wolf reached a deal with prosecutors and was set free Tuesday. Wolf turned over unedited video of WTO protesters and, in exchange, was excused from identifying the individuals shown in the footage. He said he proposed the same deal in November but was turned down.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


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whitehouse.gov

Hang Up on War

If you are upset that Congress won’t defund the war in Iraq, there’s something you can do: Stop paying a tax. Legally.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Outsourcing War Protest in an Imperial World

Tom Engelhardt explores the gap between public opinion and public action. If so many Americans are opposed to the Iraq war, why aren’t they out in the streets?

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Exploding Into Action

When Carlos Arredondo learned on his 44th birthday that his son Alex had been killed in Najaf, he lost his mind and nearly his life. But Carlos found a way forward, touring the country with a flag-draped coffin standing in for those “the government doesn’t want you to see.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Greeted With Protests

More than 6,000 Brazilians marched against George W. Bush in Sao Paulo on Thursday in a mostly peaceful demonstration. A small group incited police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets. Protesters in Colombia also clashed with police, and more demonstrations are expected as Bush tours the region.

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


Make Some Noise for Molly Ivins

A new antiwar campaign takes its inspiration from the late, great Molly Ivins, one of Truthdig’s most popular writers. In the last column she wrote before dying, Molly had this plea: “Raise hell….  Hit the streets to protest Bush’s proposed surge…. We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, ‘STOP IT, NOW!’ ”

Posted on Mar 8, 2007 READ MORE


Earth

‘This Pale Blue Dot’

This Carl Sagan tribute video really puts things in perspective. Just remember that all war, tragedy and hatred take place on a tiny blue speck in the middle of nowhere, and we have the power to do something about it.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Mike Farrell

Podcast: ‘M*A*S*H’ Star Mike Farrell on the Engine That Drives His Activism

Actor, activist and author Mike Farrell joins regular panelists James Harris and Josh Scheer to talk about his new book “Just Call Me Mike,” why it took so long for Americans to wake up to George W. Bush and more.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Actor Mike Farrell on the Engine That Drives His Activism

“M*A*S*H” star, activist and author Mike Farrell joins regular panelists James Harris and Josh Scheer to talk about his new book “Just Call Me Mike,” why it took so long for Americans to wake up to George W. Bush and more.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Josh Wolf
AP Photo / Benjamin Sklar

Wolf as Underdog

In her inaugural Truthdig column, Amy Goodman investigates the outrageous imprisonment of Josh Wolf, the blogger whose devotion to freedom of the press and resistance to government coercion have kept him in jail longer than any other modern journalist.

Posted on Feb 15, 2007 READ MORE


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cantonrep.com

Dixie Chicks Enjoy Grammy Revenge

The Dixie Chicks, who became country music pariahs after the band’s lead singer criticized President Bush in 2003, swept the Grammys on Sunday, winning every award the band was nominated for—five in all—plus a standing ovation.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


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peakpeak.com

Seattle Loses WTO Case

A jury has found the city of Seattle liable for the unlawful arrests of roughly 175 protesters during the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting, which attracted 50,000 activists. The demonstrators in question were arrested while sitting and singing in a “no protest” park.

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


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satyamag.com

Give Peace a Chance

Tens of thousands of protesters marched on Washington on Saturday to demand an end to the war. The Rev. Graylan S. Hagler summed up the feeling of the crowd, which included veterans, celebrities, politicians and others: “When we voted it was a directive to bring our troops home now.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


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unitedforpeace.org

Washington Peace March Nears

United for Peace & Justice—a coalition of more than 1,300 activist groups with the support of MoveOn.org and other progressive organizations—is planning a march on Washington set for Jan. 27. Organizers hope the demonstration will pressure Congress to begin the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and end the war.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


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masnoticias.net

Gitmo Anniversary Inspires Global Protests

Activists from Europe to Kuwait have joined with Cindy Sheehan and others to protest the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where nearly 400 prisoners await their fate.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


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Wikipedia

Kirk Douglas’ Birthday Plea

Acting legend Kirk Douglas turned 90 over the weekend and issued this birthday essay to commemorate the occasion, calling on the next generation to at least try to solve the world’s problems. (h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


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flickr / Spring Dew

How to Beat Wal-Mart

Stacy Mitchell chronicles the successful campaigns of community activists around the country who’ve taken on retail giants and won.  The key to victory is “getting people to see themselves not just as consumers, but as workers, producers, business owners, citizens, and stewards of their community.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


William Sloane Coffin
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William Sloane Coffin (1924-2006)

The bold and unconventional former Yale chaplain became internationally renowned for his activism against the Vietnam War and in support of civil rights. He died at 81 of congestive heart failure.

Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


Betraying the Reagan Revolution

What irony that those once young Republicans, who hectored their elders about being more vigilant in defending the nation’s taxpayers and security forces, should end up accused of deeply betraying both.

Posted on Jan 10, 2006 READ MORE


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