Last summer, following a sarin nerve gas attack that left hundreds dead in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on Aug. 21, it seemed that U.S. intervention in Syria was a foregone conclusion. Having witnessed the scenario play out time and again in recent years as the United States has prepared for military action against various […]

Thursday’s Senate vote to release part of a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s now-defunct rendition and torture program is something of a mixed blessing. On one hand, it is significant that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has voted overwhelmingly to release the findings of the five-year study, which reportedly include details on how much […]

Nearly half way through Black History Month 2014, the only story remotely related to black history that seems to have broken into the national consciousness is one from California in which a high school came under criticism for offering the stereotypical African-American cuisine of fried chicken and watermelon on its lunch menu. Administrators at Carondelet […]

After nearly a decade of legal wrangling, there is finally some justice for more than 1,800 peaceful protesters arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. The $18 million agreement announced Wednesday is the largest protest-related civil rights settlement in American history, and sends an important message to police departments around the […]

It’s that time of year again. Time to dig out those decorations, deck the halls and trim the tree. Time to brave the stores in search of that perfect gift. And of course, time to turn on Fox News Channel and crank up the outrage over the “secularist” assault on the “sacred” Christian holiday celebrating […]

The local and state elections earlier this month generated a flurry of commentary suggesting that the results show that Americans are turning their backs on the Tea Party and the GOP agenda as a whole, opting instead for progressive alternatives offered by new stars of the Democratic Party. The big story of election 2013, wrote […]

Let’s just say it off the bat. Elements of the U.S. defense and intelligence community conspired to assassinate President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. A straightforward examination of the facts surrounding the slaying, the cover-up (including the botched autopsy, the murder of patsy Lee Harvey Oswald, the fictitious Warren Commission report, etc.), as […]

Earlier this week, perennial presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Ron Paul made a rather startling remark while campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. At least, it would have been startling coming from anyone but a privileged white man on the political right. After arguing that “we need someone to stand up […]

In the fall of 2002, the American public’s post-9/11 trauma-based complacency was briefly shaken when the Pentagon’s Total Information Awareness program was revealed to the country. Suddenly, a population that had seemingly resigned itself to a host of new inconveniences at airport security checkpoints and the government monitoring its library reading habits decided that there ought […]

A recent viral video of British comedian Russell Brand taking on a smug and dismissive BBC Newsnight interviewer by the name of Jeremy Paxman, and ending with Brand making a fervent case for social revolution, has had a surprisingly substantial impact, grabbing the attention of Facebookers, Tweeters, independent journalists and mainstream media alike. Although certain […]

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