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More Trouble for Iraq’s PM

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faced a crisis last week when 1,000 to 1,500 of his troops, including from several dozen to more than 100 officers, refused to fight in the battle against Shiite militia members in Basra, raising questions about Iraqi security force readiness.

Posted on Apr 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Fred Branfman on Tom Brokaw’s ‘Boom!’

What kind of look back to the ‘60s manages to almost entirely ignore or miss the point of the Vietnam War?

Posted on Mar 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Pelosi Calls for Tibet Investigation

Shortly after Chinese officials admitted that their country’s troops had fired on Tibetan protesters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an investigation into China’s accusations that the Dalai Lama was somehow behind the recent violence in Tibet, according to the BBC.

Posted on Mar 21, 2008 READ MORE


Dalai Alamo

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Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


Giving Israel a Pass

The former “60 Minutes” producer laments the unfortunate tendency to treat any criticism of Israel as an attack on the Jewish people and a denial of their past suffering.

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


Protesters Punished, Blackwater Shooters Remain Free

Last week at the gates of the mercenary company Blackwater, nonviolent protesters who re-enacted an infamous Blackwater shooting were arrested. As “Blackwater” author Jeremy Scahill notes: “The arrest of the activists and the subsequent five days they spent locked up in jail is more punishment than any Blackwater mercenaries have received for their deadly actions against Iraqi civilians.”

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 READ MORE


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The Whole World Was Watching

Remember when the world turned its attention to Burma and promised to no longer ignore the suffering of the people there? Truthdig contributor Sarah Stillman sat down with Burmese democracy organizer Maung Maung to check in on the Saffron Revolution and the brave men and women who continue to resist oppression, whether anyone is watching or not.

Posted on Jan 22, 2008 READ MORE


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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


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Students Confront Ashcroft

Some 150 students donned hoods and turned their backs in silent protest of former Attorney General John Ashcroft at Cornell University on Thursday. Cornell law student and protest co-planner Michael Siegel told Truthdig the demonstrators were meant to represent “the detainees who were arrested and imprisoned without due process under Ashcroft’s leadership.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Bridge Protest Leaves U.S. Team Vulnerable

The bridge world is in an absolute tizzy over a protest by the world champion U.S. women’s team, which held up a sign during its victory celebration in Shanghai last month that read: “We did not vote for Bush.” Some bridge fans have accused the group of treason, and the United States Bridge Federation—whatever the hell that is—has decided that its authority trumps free speech, a value some people vaguely remember associating with America.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Bhutto and Musharraf Clash in Pakistan

As the democratic crisis in Pakistan continues, opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has broken with Musharraf and called for the president’s resignation, while Musharraf argues that “so-called democracy” would threaten the nation’s survival.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Border Patrol, Protesters Clash at Mexican Border

About 30 demonstrators taking part in a three-day, bi-national “No Borders Camp” protest were attacked Sunday by about 100 Border Patrol officers at the end of the last day, The San Diego Independent Media Center charged.  The media center said that the officers used pepper gas, tazers and batons, beating two or three demonstrators severely and detaining three.

Posted on Nov 11, 2007 READ MORE


Standing Up for Torture, at Home and Abroad

Sheldon Whitehouse, new to the Senate, was searching for what he called a “moment of moral clarity.” Seated alongside the other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in its crowded hearing room, the Rhode Island Democrat was looking in precisely the wrong place.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


Smearing Code Pink

In the beginning—back when most Americans believed Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, when Rumsfeld was known for his quick verbal jabs and not the quagmire in Iraq, and when Bush still could hope to be revered as a great wartime president—the women of Code Pink would stand quietly in front of the White House and hope someone would take their fliers.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Student Protesters Clash With Police at Venezuelan Rally

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez projects a certain confidence in his leadership prowess to the rest of the world, but this video of a student rally in Caracas indicates that not everyone in Chavez country is on board with his program. 

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Homophobic Church Ordered to Pay $10.9M for Picketing Funeral

A Maryland court has ordered leaders of Kansas’ fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church to pay almost $11 million in damages to Albert Snyder, the father of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.  Snyder sued the controversial church after members picketed his son’s funeral in March 2006.

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


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Outsourcing Torture

The Bush administration has called for the respect of human rights in Burma, a pretty safe piece of posturing, but it remains silent as Egypt’s dictator, Gen. Hosni Mubarak, unleashes the largest crackdown on public opposition in over a decade. Our moral indignation over the shooting of monks masks the incestuous and growing alliance we have built in the so-called war on terror with some of the world’s most venal dictatorships.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


Chevron’s Pipeline Is the Burmese Regime’s Lifeline

The barbarous military regime depends on revenue from the nation’s gas reserves and partners such as Chevron to buy bullets for the guns it points at monks, a detail conveniently ignored by the Bush administration.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Burma Crackdown

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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Monks of Burma

For decades Burma’s ruling military junta has governed through terror, determined to meet dissent with intimidation, detention and murder. It is because of the military’s particular cruelty that the story of the Buddhist monks of Burma is so compelling.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


Gordon Brown: Burma Death Toll ‘Far Greater’

The British prime minister has warned that the number of dead in Burma is probably “far greater than is being reported so far.” The world community has widely condemned the Burmese government’s violent response to the thousands of protesters who’ve been flooding the streets of Yangon.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Burma Protest Goes Massive

An estimated 100,000 people marched through the streets of Yangon on Monday in an ongoing protest that has rapidly swelled from just dozens of people. Burma’s notoriously inhumane military government has traditionally been quick to stanch dissent but has yet to seriously confront the demonstrators, who were led by roughly 20,000 Buddhist monks.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Monks Lead Protest in Myanmar

Thousands of Buddhist monks and supporters have taken to the streets of Yangon (Rangoon) and elsewhere, as the biggest demonstration against Burma’s brutal military government in nearly 20 years continues to gain momentum. (Updated)

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE


Down to Their Last Billion

The satirist reports that, desperate to protect their endangered fortunes, thousands of the nation’s leading hedge-fund managers converged on Washington today in “The Million Mercedes March.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Thousands Protest Hamas

Thousands of protesters clashed with Hamas security forces in Gaza on Friday. Rival groups, including the recently ousted Fatah, organized the demonstration, which centered on alleged civil liberty violations and the politicization of mosques.

Posted on Aug 31, 2007 READ MORE


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Protest Bush or Get Rich Trying

Nicole and Jeff Rank, who were arrested in 2004 for refusing to remove or cover their anti-Bush T-shirts at a presidential rally, have just won an $80,000 settlement from the federal government. In prosecuting the case, the ACLU learned that the president’s advance manual has little tolerance for free speech, saying: “As a last resort security should remove the demonstrators from the event.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2007 READ MORE


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You Have No Rights

Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive and author of “You Have No Rights,” explains how our president became a “medieval king,” and why your civil liberties are in greater danger than ever.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE


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You Have No Rights

Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive and author of “You Have No Rights,” explains how our president became a “medieval king,” and why your civil liberties are in greater danger than ever.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Baghdad Raid Kills 32, Sparks Protests

An overnight attack carried out by American and Iraqi forces against an alleged militant cell killed 32 people in Sadr City, U.S. military sources reported Wednesday.  The raid targeted members of the Mahdi Army militia believed to be smuggling weapons and working in tandem with Iranian militants against U.S. forces, but other sources claimed that women and children numbered among the dead.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE


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Holocaust Survivors Protest in Jerusalem

Holocaust survivors took to the streets of Jerusalem on Sunday to protest the Israeli government’s offer of a $20 monthly stipend. A survivor group director explained the situation this way: “They have cancer 14 times more than the regular population. They break their bones due to the malnutrition they had years ago. And now when they need the help, there is nobody to turn to.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2007 READ MORE


Young Scholars Tell the President ‘No’ on Torture

Sometimes it takes a brave, idealistic young person (or nearly 50 of them) to break all the rules of pomp and circumstance, pass the president a note, and school him about human rights.

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Gas Riots in Iran

You wouldn’t think one of the world’s biggest oil producers would have gasoline shortages, but Iran simply lacks the refining capacity to meet demand. A new rationing system meant to keep costs down has sparked riots. Under the new rules, prices have soared to 38 cents a gallon.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Plot Against Gay Pride March in Israel Alleged

A man has been arrested in Jerusalem on a charge of attempting to bomb a gay pride march through the city. The Israeli supreme court recently overturned a ban on the parade, sparking violent protests from religious groups.

Posted on Jun 22, 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


Cindy Sheehan: ‘It’s Up to You Now’

Antiwar protest icon Cindy Sheehan says she is retiring from the spotlight and “going home for awhile to try and be normal.” In her Daily Kos diary, she writes: “Goodbye America ... you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it.”

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Maher on LAPD Bullies

In light of the LAPD’s recent storm trooper-like behavior, Bill Maher reminds police everywhere, “We want to support you—even to love you—but you have to remember, it says ‘To protect and serve’ on the side of the car, not ‘What the f—- are you looking at?’ ”

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


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L.A. Police Chief Sides With Marchers

As many as 60 LAPD officers have been pulled from the streets, following a violent clash with protesters on May 1. Chief William Bratton has called some of the actions of the officers, who attempted to break up an apparently peaceful and lawful rally by firing 148 rubber bullets, “indefensible.”

Posted on May 7, 2007 READ MORE


L.A. Police, Crowds Clash at May Day Rally

Around 35,000 protesters marched for immigrants’ and workers’ rights in Los Angeles on May Day, according to the L.A. Times.  Other sources give higher numbers for this year’s turnout.  The rallies continued without major incident until the early evening, when police in riot gear arrived to break up a gathering at MacArthur Park.  Watch the clip

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


St. Petersburg Showdown

Russian riot police clashed with about 500 demonstrators Sunday in St. Petersburg.  The situation escalated when the time the government had allowed for the rally expired but protesters continued to call for President Vladimir Putin to step down.

Posted on Apr 15, 2007 READ MORE


Putin Puts Kasparov in Check

Vladimir Putin’s regime, with the aid of 9,000 police officers, attempted to prevent a rally in Moscow by arresting opposition leader Garry Kasparov along with dozens of other protesters and even some journalists. The chess phenom has accused Putin of trampling on democracy.

Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Iraqis Finally Unite—Against the U.S.

Iraqis want Americans out of their country more than ever, as indicated by the recent mass protest in Najaf. But if you ask Joe Lieberman, the sight of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis chanting anti-American slogans and tearing apart our flag was just proof that the “surge” is working.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Shiite Crowds Protest Occupation

A massive procession made up of tens of thousands of Shiites marched to the holy city of Najaf on Monday to protest the U.S. occupation on the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. One might recall that these are the very Iraqis who, having been oppressed by Saddam Hussein, were supposed to greet us as liberators.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


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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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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


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