January 2012

By Bill Quigley Commondreams

“Our nation, so richly endowed with natural resources and with a capable and industrious population, should be able to devise ways and means of insuring to all our able-bodied men and women, a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1937 (more…)


The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in three cases on the rights of foreign-born permanent residents of the United States, two of whom face deportation and a third who was denied re-entry after traveling abroad. (more…)

Democracy Now!

In his Truthdig column this week, Chris Hedges gave details about his decision to sue President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta over a particular part of the National Defense Authorization Act (Title X, Subtitle D, to be precise) that makes room for the military to take up domestic policing in the U.S. (more..)

Jonathan Turley Washington Post

Even as we pass judgment on countries we consider unfree, Americans remain confident that any definition of a free nation must include their own – the land of free. Yet, the laws and practices of the land should shake that confidence. In the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, this country has comprehensively reduced civil liberties in the name of an expanded security state. (more…)

Robert Parry

For many Americans the progression toward war with Iran has the feel of cattle being herded from the stockyard into the slaughterhouse, pressed steadily forward with no turning back, until some guy shoots a bolt into your head. (more…)

Felicity Arbuthnot Dissident Voice

In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.

– Howard Zinn, 1922-2010 (more…)

None of the men charged in the criminal case, first filed in 2007, were alleged to have knowingly provided support to terrorists. And on Wednesday, federal prosecutors made no allegation that any of the Missouri defendants knew that their foreign counterparts, including officers of the Islamic African Relief Agency in Sudan, had close ties to terrorists. (more…)

Guardian U.K.

Indiana University study says 46 million Americans are living below the poverty line — up 27% since start of recession (more…)

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