Monthly Archives: May 2008

More Wrongful Convictions : The Justice Project

New DNA tests “do not support the current conviction” of Texas Death Row inmate Michael Blair (pictured), who was condemned in the 1993 slaying of 7-year-old Ashley Estell, a high-profile case that led to the creation of tough sex-offender laws, … finish reading More Wrongful Convictions : The Justice Project

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Monks, not Junta, Providing Relief in Myanmar

A monk organized relief donations this week for people left homeless by the cyclone. This monastery, outside of Yangon, has become a temporary shelter. Photo by AP.In desperate times, Burmese turn to their monks KUN WAN, Myanmar / May 30, … finish reading Monks, not Junta, Providing Relief in Myanmar

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Torture. Such a Simple Word. Why Not Use It?

Kids In America(n Torture Camps): Why Does the Media Cover Up War Crimes?By Ted Rall / May 30, 2008 LOS ANGELES–In last week’s column I cited New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau as a prime example of what ails us: … finish reading Torture. Such a Simple Word. Why Not Use It?

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Stop Military Recruitment

Stopping the War Machine: Military Recruiters Must Be ConfrontedBy Ron Kovic As a former United States Marine Corps sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from my mid-chest down during my second tour of duty in Vietnam on Jan. 20, 1968, … finish reading Stop Military Recruitment

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John McCain: His Own Best Caricature

In what is labeled as discussion of Bob Dole blasting Scott McClellan (not altogether wrongly!) as a johnny-come-lately “miserable creature” motivated solely by profit to make his belated “revelations” about Bush & Co’s misdeeds, is this seeming non sequitur, which … finish reading John McCain: His Own Best Caricature

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Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts

What the Jihadists REALLY Have in MindBy James Retherford / The Rag Blog / May 30, 2008 [An earlier version of this article was published by New York Times Online, October 29, 2004. James Retherford is an Austin activist, graphic … finish reading Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts

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Rudi Dutschke Strasse : From Our Man in Berlin

Rudi Dutschke, then. Rudi Dutschke Strasse, now.Street Party Celebrates Memory of Sixties German ActivistBy David MacBryde / The Rag Blog / May 30, 2008 [David MacBryde was an Austin activist and a contributor to The Rag Blog’s historical precursor, The … finish reading Rudi Dutschke Strasse : From Our Man in Berlin

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Obama Practices Looking-Off-Into-Future Pose

Subtle muscular adjustments can show, from left, wistfulness, determination, and unbridled hopefulness.Still working on the squinting, Axlerod admits… CHICAGO—As the 2008 presidential election draws closer, Democrat Barack Obama has reportedly been working tirelessly with his top political strategists to perfect … finish reading Obama Practices Looking-Off-Into-Future Pose

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Anti-Semitic Christian Comic Aimed at Kids

Called a “Training Manual” For “The Next Pogrom Against Jews”By Bruce Wilson / May 30, 2008 For several years now, I have been tracking and studying the covert aspects of Christian Zionism but today an anonymous source — a devoted … finish reading Anti-Semitic Christian Comic Aimed at Kids

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Revolting Repression Runs Rampant with Sheeple

Here is a blatant, repellent example of censorship in the wolf-suit of patriotism. The call to participate in the Ferndale, MI Memorial Day parade called for no political signs. The respondent to this announcement is Peter Werbe, an activist and … finish reading Revolting Repression Runs Rampant with Sheeple

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Holy Horny Toads, Batman

When I look at this list of former military officers, for the first time I am struck that the offbeat account of 9/11 may not be just another conspiracy theory. Some of the statements from these folks are chilling. Perhaps … finish reading Holy Horny Toads, Batman

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Media : Michael Crichton, Vindicated

Stefan Stroe.His 1993 prediction of mass-media extinction now looks on target.By Jack Shafer / May 29, 2008 In 1993, novelist Michael Crichton riled the news business with a Wired magazine essay titled “Mediasaurus,” in which he prophesied the death of … finish reading Media : Michael Crichton, Vindicated

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