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The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949

The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949

By Benny Morris (Author), Roger Owen (Editor), Edmund Burke (Editor), Michael C. Hudson (Editor), Walid Kazziha (Editor), Rashid Khalidi (Editor), Serif Mardin (Editor)

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Obama Pride
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The Fierce Urgency of Whenever

Andrew Sullivan has some sharp words for how the Obama administration is dealing with LGBT issues: “I lived through eight years of the Clintons and then eight years of Bush. Through it all, gay people were treated at the federal level like embarrassments or impediments. With Clinton, we were the means to raise money. With Bush, we were the means to leverage votes by exploiting bigotry. Obama seemed in the campaign to promise something else.”

Posted on May 15, 2009 READ MORE


military tribunal
AP photo / Brennan Linsley

Again With the Military Tribunals

Funny how declarations made in the heat of campaign season can be later forgotten by our nation’s elected officials. President Obama continued to do the reversal cha-cha late into the week with his decision to take up the very military tribunals he had sharply criticized before taking office.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


Seeger
AP photo / Evan Agostini

Pete Seeger Carries Us On

It was some garden party. Eighteen-thousand people packed into Madison Square Garden Sunday night to celebrate the first 90 years of Pete Seeger’s life.

Posted on May 5, 2009 READ MORE


gay marriage advocates
AP photo / Toby Talbot

Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in Vermont

Vermont has followed Iowa’s lead, becoming the fourth state to make same-sex marriage legal. On Tuesday, the Vermont Legislature overturned Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto with one more vote than was needed to make it official.

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 READ MORE


Gay Iowa Flag
gayjourney.com

Iowa Is 3rd State to Recognize Gay Marriage

Proving once again how awesome Iowa is and how the battle for civil rights continues, Iowa’s Supreme Court has ruled that its ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, making it the third state to legalize gay marriage.

Posted on Apr 3, 2009 READ MORE


Douche

You Got Obama. What Now?

Outraged by the Rev. Joseph Lowery’s benediction at Barack Obama’s inauguration, Glenn Beck is calling a post-racial foul. “Even at the inauguration of a black president, it seems white America is being called racist,” Beck whined after Lowrey suggested that “white will embrace what’s right.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2009 READ MORE


A Long Train Ride

Barack Obama rode to Washington, D.C., for his presidential inauguration on a whistle-stop tour, which was compared to the train ride taken by Abraham Lincoln in 1861. The train holds a deeper symbolism, though, that undergirds Obama’s historic ascension to the White House.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo

Still Dreaming After All These Years

Truthdig normally celebrates Martin Luther King Day by remembering the more complex, more subversive King—the man who railed against America as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” and “a society gone mad on war.” But a day before America inaugurates its first black president, we have other things on our mind.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009 READ MORE


Conn Gay Marriage
The New York Times / Shana Sureck

Connecticut Same-Sex Couples Begin to Wed

In the face of California’s unsettling passage of Proposition 8 barring gay marriage, gay couples in Connecticut are beginning to exercise their equal rights after a final court hearing cleared the way for same-sex unions, ending a long legal battle in the Constitution State.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE



Archive / White House Press Office / Cecil Stoughton

From LBJ to BHO

The 36th president of the United States seems strangely absent in the current celebrations. Perhaps Lyndon B. Johnson is not fondly remembered, but his triumphs paved the long road to Barack Obama’s historic presidency.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson: ‘We Are a Better America Today’

Jesse Jackson took a moment on Wednesday to elaborate upon his wordless reaction (that spoke volumes) Tuesday night in Chicago as Barack Obama claimed victory in the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Morry Gash

Morning Again in America

It’s time to gush! Later for the analysis of all the hard choices faced by our next president, Barack Obama, but for now, let’s just thrill, unabashedly, to the sound of those words.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE


Ohio seal
groundspeak.com

A Week in the ‘Real America’

What struck me during my week in Appalachian Ohio was how different this was from the America of the McCain-Palin campaign, a divided place where the Republicans pit one part of the country against another with vicious robocalls at the dinner hour.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


Palin

Logic Lessons With Sarah Palin: Gay Marriage Edition

Just to go out on a limb here, doesn’t supporting a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage on the federal level represent a very real form of “judgment” about the people and relationships that are granted the official stamp of legitimacy and those that aren’t?

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


Catholic Worker protester
desmoinescatholicworker.org

Fueling the Fire of Real Change

The coals of radical social change smolder among the poor, the homeless and the destitute. As the numbers of disenfranchised dramatically increase, our hope, our only hope, is to connect intimately with the daily injustices visited upon them. Out of this contact we can resurrect, from the ground up, a social ethic, a new movement.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


A Moment in History

“I cried on Monday when Michelle spoke,” Rep. John Lewis told me Wednesday at the Pepsi Center, “and I know that on Thursday night at the stadium I’ll cry again.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE


Backstage at the Democratic National Convention

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Helms, Jesse
cbsnews.com

Jesse Helms Dead at 86

White separatist, U.S. senator, GOP darling and otherwise racist stalwart Jesse Helms died Friday after a bout with both metaphorical and actual heart problems. For his supporters and detractors, Helms’ persona as a race-baiting Southern politician defined many debates around civil rights in the 1960s.

Posted on Jul 4, 2008 READ MORE


McCain on 'Ellen'

McCain Cornered by the Elephant in Ellen’s Room

Sen. John McCain toed his party line well in his appearance Thursday on “Ellen,” where he managed to appear excruciatingly uncomfortable as he listened to host Ellen DeGeneres’ explanation of her pro-gay-marriage stance and as she quizzed him about his own decidedly different opinion on the subject.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


supreme court justices
Supreme Court / Steve Petteway

Another Reason Not to Vote for McCain

The Democrats have been worried about unifying their party, so it’s odd that John McCain would pick this moment to give them another reason to band together. If elected, McCain said Tuesday, he would think of conservative Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito “as the model for my own nominees” to the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


Willie Brown
AP photo /Tony Avelar

Bill Boyarsky on the Inimitable Willie Brown

More than a quarter of a century before Barack Obama made his name with a speech at the Democratic National Convention, another African-American politician, Willie L. Brown Jr. of San Francisco, did the same—but under much different circumstances.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Southern Black Voters Split Between Obama and Clinton

The subject of race has gotten major—some would say excessive—play in recent Democratic debates, but judging from this New York Times report, we can expect more on this matter from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in coming weeks. That’s because, as the paper put it, “If any election can prove that Southern blacks are not a monolithic voting bloc, it is this one.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2008 READ MORE


United by Hate

How did thousands of African-Americans come to descend on the town of Jena, La., on Thursday for a march and rally that brought to mind the heady days of the civil rights movement? The answer says as much about what has changed over the past half-century as it says about what hasn’t.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


Jena Marchers
dallasnews.com

Thousands March on Jena

Somewhere between 15,000 and 50,000 demonstrators marched Thursday on the small Louisiana town of Jena, where racial tension and prejudicial justice have captured national attention.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


Cleared Detainees Stuck in Gitmo Limbo

Imagine enduring five years of imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay, finally winning your release and then learning you had no place to go. Eighty-two detainees have been cleared for release by the U.S., but remain at the facility, either because their home countries refuse to take them or they would face torture if repatriated. What’s worse, the U.S., Europe and other allies have all but washed their hands of the situation.

Posted on Apr 29, 2007 READ MORE


The Sharpton Primary

Democratic presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to secure the support of Al Sharpton, whose own 2004 campaign and his role in the recent Don Imus controversy have elevated his profile as a national civil rights leader. John Edwards, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will all attend the reverend’s annual National Action Network convention this week.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


Judge OK’s Student Gay Rights Club

A federal judge has ruled that Florida’s Okeechobee High School must grant the same privileges to the Gay-Straight Alliance that it grants to other student clubs.

Posted on Apr 7, 2007 READ MORE


‘Super Union’ Merger in the Works

Britain’s biggest union will meet with the United Steel Workers, a North American organization, to discuss the possibility of a merger. The resulting international mega-union would be one of the largest in the world. The head of the British group has previously expressed a desire to form “a single global trade union movement capable of challenging the might of multinationals.”

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


Judge Rules for Web Freedom

Yet another court has ruled against the 1994 Child Online Protection Act, a major victory for civil rights advocates. The law has been a mess from the start. With the stated goal of protecting kids from pornography, it would punish offending websites with $50,000 fines and jail time for exposing children to “harmful” material, whether intentionally or not. Innocent sites like Salon and BoingBoing could’ve been targeted under the legislation.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


Spy on the Government

The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by Lyndon Johnson in 1966, and has proved to be an indispensable tool for our democracy, but negotiating the bureaucracy can be intimidating. Luckily, the Bad Guys blog has collected a helpful assortment of FOIA resources. Check it out and find out what your government is up to.

Posted on Mar 18, 2007 READ MORE



soulforce.org

When They Came for the Homosexuals…

Gays are the first target of the Christian right’s campaign against human rights, but they won’t be the last.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
telegraph.co.uk

Obama, Clinton Cross Paths in Selma

Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton went to Selma, Ala., on Sunday to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the historic march there. With news outlets buzzing over their “intense rivalry,” they managed to applaud one another and honor a momentous struggle above and beyond their own campaigns.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


Women’s Rights Protesters Arrested in Iran

More than 32 Iranian women were arrested Sunday for picketing near a Tehran courthouse in which five female activists were on trial for planning a women’s rights demonstration last June.  The unfortunate irony of this situation became more pronounced when protesters suggested that police were using intimidation to discourage rallies on March 8, International Women’s Day.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


Thurmond and Sharpton
whdh.com

Genealogists Uncover Al Sharpton-Strom Thurmond Connection

The Rev. Al Sharpton is descended from a slave once owned by Strom Thurmond’s family, according to genealogists working on behalf of The New York Daily News. Sharpton called the revelation “probably the most shocking thing in my life.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Amaechi and Hardaway

Podcast: Outsports on Gay Athletes, Hardaway’s Homophobia and More

Truthdig contributors James Harris and Joshua Scheer are joined by special guest Cyd Zeigler Jr. of outsports.com. Zeigler sounds off on athletes in the closet, the myth that keeps them there and why the homophobic tirade of Tim Hardaway (right) was a good thing.  At left is John Amaechi, whose disclosure prompted Hardaway’s remark.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Gay Marriage
fmft.net

One State at a Time

New Jersey’s civil union law has now taken effect, allowing same-sex couples many of the rights afforded by marriage. California, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and to some extent Maine offer similar protections.

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE


Dr. Charles Roselli
nytimes.com

When Gay Sheep and the Blogosphere Collide

Dr. Charles Roselli says a British newspaper misrepresented his research into gay rams, but that didn’t stop the blogosphere, PETA and gay rights activists from running wild with the story. Despite an intense PR campaign to undo the damage, critics are still skeptical of the doctor’s ethics.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Protesters
badgerherald.com

Public Officials Pledge to Eliminate Gay Marriage Ban

The city of Madison, Wis., will allow public officeholders to protest the state’s gay marriage ban when they’re sworn in this April, adding this caveat to their oaths: “I pledge to work to eliminate this section from the constitution ... and work to prevent any discriminatory impacts from its application.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Sad Bush
softvote.com

Bush to Seek Warrants for Wiretaps

President Bush has finally agreed to allow a secret court to oversee the NSA’s wiretapping program, which had been operating without warrants for years. The administration’s capitulation after 13 months of stubborn resistance might have something to do with pending congressional investigations and legal battles.

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Journalists and Civilians Now Vulnerable to Military Justice

A provision slipped into a spending bill by the last Congress and approved by the president makes civilian contractors in Iraq subject to military court-martial. But legal scholars believe the rule could also be extended to include civilian government employees and even embedded journalists. (h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


MLK
africawithin.com

Martin Luther King Jr.: ‘A Society Gone Mad on War’

During the Vietnam War, Dr. King referred to our nation’s government as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” Now that we find ourselves mired in another senseless conflict, our soldiers in harm’s way and more and more among us suffering from the tyranny of poverty, we turn once again to the wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


Project Amad

The Story of Detainee ISN 940

The lawyers for Adel Hamad, a Guantanamo detainee, put together this video after traveling the globe to verify his story. After five years, the notion that potentially innocent men continue to be held without charge or trial undermines the very decency of our society.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


russian rabbi
gaypasg.org

Conservative Rabbis Issue Gay-Friendly Ruling

A panel of Conservative rabbis has approved a relatively gay-friendly interpretation of Jewish law, paving the way for ordinations of gays and same-sex commitment ceremonies.

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


Abe Rosenthal
AP

Larry Gross: Abe Rosenthal’s Reign of Homophobia at The New York Times

Former New York Times Executive Editor Abe Rosenthal, who died this month, was a raging homophobe—a failing that proved tragic when the AIDS crisis erupted on his watch. Gay and lesbian studies pioneer Larry Gross explores what happened when America’s paper of record ignored one of the major civil rights stories of our time.

Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


William Sloane Coffin
From washingtonpost.com

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


buckley
From Bloomberg News

William F. Buckley: Bush Will Be Judged on “Failed” Iraq War

If he’d invented the Bill of Rights it wouldn’t get him out of his jam,Ӕ the father of the American conservative movement says of the president, in a Bloomberg News interview with Judy Woodruff.

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    Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Court OKs Hallucinogenic Tea

    The Supreme Court unanimously rules that the government cannot stop a small New Mexican religious sect from using DMT, a banned substance. The case pitted religious freedom against the nation’s drug control laws.

    Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Gita Deane, left, and Lisa Polyak of Baltimore
    Michael Robinson Chavez / The Washington Post

    Judge Strikes Down Md. Ban on Gay Marriages

    Couples, don’t start lining up on the steps of City Hall just yet: The judge immediately stayed her own decision. story

    Posted on Jan 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore for President?

    The transcript of the Al Gore speech that’s got everyone talking—as well as links to C-SPAN’s downloadable video of the event.

    Posted on Jan 21, 2006 READ MORE


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