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NYPD Pressured to Eliminate Controversial Muslim Spying Program (Video)

After the closure of a police unit that indiscriminately investigated American Muslims, civil rights groups want the NYPD to eliminate all traces of the operation.

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Paul Robeson: A Watched Man

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Paul Robeson: A Life

A new biography of Paul Robeson delves into his remarkable political activism, while revealing a pernicious social order determined to destroy its most effective and outspoken critics.

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Voter Fraud Prevention

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Sex, Gender, and the Familiar Fight Over Religious Exemptions

The conflict between religious freedom and gender/sexual equality has become “the most important civil rights issue of this time.”

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The NFL Proves Why America Needs to Update Its Civil Rights Laws

If ever there was a perfect example of how employment discrimination against gay people operates on a day-to-day basis—and why Congress needs to outlaw such discrimination—the National Football League just provided it.

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Lynne Stewart Tells Chris Hedges ‘Every Little Bit Heals’

The recently freed civil rights attorney sits down with the Truthdig columnist to discuss prison, freedom and the issues raised by her detention.

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MLK for Sale

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Macklemore Fights Homophobia With ‘Same Love’ at Grammys

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Madonna together performed the anti-homophobic bigotry song “Same Love” live at the Grammys on Sunday.

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People Are Less Free for the 8th Straight Year, Report Finds

Freedom House has released its annual report on authoritarianism and found that people around the world are less free than they were a year ago.

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Russell Brand: ‘Socialism Is Christianity Politicized’

Comedian-actor-writer Russell Brand took on a range of topics including spirituality, materialism, politics and revolution during an interview at Cambridge University’s student union in England last week.

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Beyond the Dreamer

In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. struggled with what are best understood as existential challenges as he began to move toward an ever-more-profound and radical understanding of what would be required to deal with the nation’s domestic and international problems.

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Imagining an Ideal NSA

In the second part of their appearance on The Real News Network, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and 30-year former NSA official and whistle-blower William Binney grapple with the question of what, exactly, NSA policy should be.

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Emotional Video Shows Lynne Stewart Returning Home

Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart, who was sentenced to prison for 10 years, has been compassionately released because of terminal breast cancer. She was greeted on her arrival home by a throng.

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Before Mandela Was a Hero, the Right Called Him a Terrorist

As the world mourns Nelson Mandela’s death, it also should take a clear-eyed look at his life and the world in which he struggled—and remember those who aligned with the racist apartheid regime of South Africa.

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Populist De Blasio Is New York’s First Democratic Mayor in Decades

By trumpeting economic and civil rights issues, New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio got himself elected Tuesday night to the highest office in the biggest city in America.

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Republicans Winning the War of Disenfranchisement

In the months after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act under the argument that it is no longer necessary, regressive voting laws are taking root that threaten to snap the country back to the 1950s, disenfranchising minorities and women.

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Binational Gay Matrimony Recognized by U.S. Immigration

Tom Knutson and Phan Datthuyawat were married in Sacramento five years ago; now, thanks to the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage on a federal level, Datthuyawat can finally visit his family in Thailand without worrying about being unable to return to America to live with his husband.

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Demonstrators Converge on D.C. to Commemorate Civil Rights Anniversary

On a march from the National Mall to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Saturday, tens of thousands of people honored the work of those who marched on Washington, D.C., 50 years ago in the struggle for civil rights and pledged that the goal “included equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled,” The Associated Press reports.

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Fifty Years After MLK’s ‘Dream,’ a Nation Still Divided

A new Pew Research Center study finds a significant gap between white and black Americans in perceptions of racial equality.

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The Dream Did Not Come Free

We forget that the majestically peaceful assemblage that moved a nation came in the wake of brutal resistance to civil rights and equality. And that there would be more to come.

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Arbitrary, and Uncalled For

For all who believe in colorblind justice—and want to see fewer African-American and Hispanic men caught up in the system—there are two items of good news.

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How American University Got Involved in Israel’s Public Interest

A 30-year-old program has snowballed and given vigor to the civil rights movement in the Holy Land.

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Letter From Birmingham Jail

May 19 marks the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Martin Luther King Jr.’s plea for white Americans to recognize the rights and humanity of their black fellow citizens. We reprint his letter in full.

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Police State Argument Begins After Bombing Suspect’s Capture

After the capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, civil rights activists and officials are disputing whether it was acceptable for police to deprive him of his Miranda rights, and whether he should be classified as an enemy combatant and denied a lawyer.

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Lil Wayne’s Lyrical Fascism

In a remix version of the song “Karate Chop” by rapper Future, Lil Wayne mocked 14-year-old African-American Emmett Till, a boy whose body was mutilated and tortured by white racists in Mississippi in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman.

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Angela Davis: Education and the Meaning of Freedom

Occasionally we meet the unsullied images, history and legacy of intellectuals who symbolize a rare combination of civic courage, political commitment and rigorous scholarship. Angela Davis is one of those exemplary individuals.

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Fighting DOMA: A Very Long Engagement

Hear remarks from Edie Windsor, the lead plaintiff in the case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act; watch clips from the documentary that tells her story of love in spite of the state; and hear a widely read activist argue that winning the right for gays to marry is not a strategy to achieve structural change.

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Rethinking Black History Month

The modern civil rights movement occurred long before millions of Americans were born, but many participants and observers are still available to recount their stories.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Loses the Right to Vote

Pleading guilty to fraud and facing as many as five years in prison, former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. tearfully acknowledged Wednesday that he was losing one of the rights for which his father fought.

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Rosa Parks, Now and Forever

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., thus launching the modern-day civil-rights movement.

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Rep. John Lewis Schools Rush Limbaugh on Civil Rights Movement

Rush Limbaugh asked on his radio program Friday, “If a lot of African-Americans back in the ’60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma?”

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The Humanitarians Who Came In From the Cold

Russia is cracking down further on political dissent by requiring foreign humanitarian workers to register, more or less, as spies.

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Four More Years: Now What?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay America’s best election yet; Robert Scheer on Obama’s second term; marijuana legalization; and Internet freedom.

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Four More Years: Now What?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay America’s best election yet; Robert Scheer on Obama’s second term; marijuana legalization; and Internet freedom.

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Pussy Rioter Released from Jail

A Moscow appeals court has unexpectedly freed Yekaterina Samutsevich, the oldest of the three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who were jailed for an anti-Putin performance earlier this year.

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This Far-Right Supreme Court Is Reason Enough to Vote Obama

Four of the sitting justices are 74 or older. Each can be expected to step down over the next four to eight years.

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What Is Happening to Muslims Will Happen to the Rest of Us

A disturbing pattern of gross infringements on basic civil liberties, put in place in the name of national security, has poisoned our legal system.

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A Voting Issue That Isn’t (Video)

When Michelle Obama called voting rights “the movement of our era” in a speech Saturday night, she didn’t specifically mention the Republican-led crusade for restrictive voter identification laws. She didn’t have to.

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Was Activist Richard Aoki an FBI Informant?

Richard Aoki was respected as a “pioneering political activist and revolutionary in the Asian-American community” for his involvement in the civil rights struggle in the 1960s and beyond. Seth Rosenfeld’s new book “Subversives” presents evidence that Aoki was an FBI informant. Scholar Diane Fujino, author of a biography on Aoki, disagrees.

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NYPD Spying on Muslims Led to No Terror Cases

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg points to the NYPD’s covert counterterrorism program as a model for the rest of the country. But according to a deposition given by the department’s intelligence commander earlier this summer and unsealed on Monday, police eavesdropping on conversations between Muslims has led to no terror investigations.

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Senator Moves to Rein In Warrantless Spying

A bill put forward by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., proposes to slap some limits on the U.S. government’s collecting of information on Americans under its warrantless electronic spying program.

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The Emerging ‘Drone’ Culture

The age of the drones has arrived. It’s not possible to uninvent these Orwellian devices, but we can—and must—restrain their use.

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Privacy by Design

Nicholas Merrill is tired of waiting for Congress to protect Americans’ privacy online. So he plans to force the matter by changing the way telecommunication companies do business.

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How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta

Down the road only a few generations, the millennium of Magna Carta, one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights, will arrive. Whether it will be celebrated, mourned, or ignored is not at all clear.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Will Write for The Guardian

Did you hear? Salon’s star blogger is moving his soapbox to The Guardian, where he says he will reach a new audience while retaining full editorial control over his political writing.

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