Update: OpedNews Journalist and Six Protesters Charged With Criminal Conspiracy After Arrest At “Army Experience Center”

Photo by Cheryl Biren (in photo Chris Hedges, Celeste Zappala)

After her release, Biren reflected, “How can press be prevented from recording news in the making? It’s shameful. It’s anti-democracy.”

OpedNews Journalist and Six Protesters Arrested At “Army Experience Center” in Philadelphia (Updated: 9/13/09)

Photo by Philadelphia Indymedia

Six members of various anti-war groups, including World Can’t Wait and Military Families Speak Out, and an OpedNews journalist, were arrested today at approximately 3:00pm (ET) at a protest organized to shut down The Army Experience Center, located in Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia.

Obama Swiftboats Van Jones

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I’ll expand that to say, the loss of Van Jones is a huge loss for Obama. Obama’s one-time supporters on the Left, who demand accountability, backbone, and honor, are fast jumping ship, as he limply swiftboats away.

David Swanson’s Daybreak Is a Chart-Topping Inspiration

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Daybreak is a revelation. It’s clarity and ease of understanding should be mandatory elements for all books of importance. It’s not obtuse or relegated to the multisyllabic intellectual. It’s a book of deep insight with every citizen in mind. Hence it is a public service.

Our Children Should Not Be Messengers of Hate!

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Regardless of which side of the religious and socio-political spectrum a child’s parent or guardian is on, that child is innocent. Children are not billboards for hatred, malice and lies. But they can be purveyors of truth, and speak for the greater good. After all, it’s their faces and that most affect us.

Don Lemon & CNN, No to “Real Americans” – Yes to Real Journalism!

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While I applaud Mr. Lemon for confronting Hardage, I wonder where his and corporate media’s outrage has been for the last eight years while the patriotism of those who opposed George Bush was constantly assailed. Instead of challenging accusations against Bush dissenters, corporate media embraced them. In fact they indulged them.

Winograd For Congress Sponsors Rare Reading of “My Name Is Rachel Corrie”

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Progressive Democrat Marcy Winograd, who is challenging blue dog incumbent Jane Harman for California’s 36th Congressional District, brings Rachel’s story to Los Angeles to support President Obama’s call upon the Israeli government to freeze further expansion of Israeli settlements into the Palestinian territory.

That Certain White Smugness

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The police unions, the few officers of color who fell meekly behind their blue line, and the many who won’t acknowledge their part in perpetuating inequality, made a dreadful error in supporting Crowley’s arrest of Gates.

President Obama, My Response To Your Fourth of July Letter

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Mr. President, since your primary responsibility is to protect the American people, as President you must be aware that private insurers place money values above human values.

Dylan Ratigan?! Really MSNBC, Don’t We Have Enough Ranters Already?

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On June 29th, Dylan Ratigan, the former host of CNBC’s Fast Money, will premiere his new show, The Meeting With Dylan Ratigan, to air Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. on MSNBC. The show will address a variety of topics spearheaded by Ratigan, its pugnacious fast-talking star, who as the video below will demonstrate, offers [...]

Jingoism Isn’t Journalism! Why I Don’t Trust CNN & Corporate Media To Cover Iran

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As a critic of media, in particular of cable/satellite “news,” I’m troubled by American corporate-media, in particular CNN’s near non-stop coverage of the turmoil in Iran. Not because the story isn’t important. It’s critically important and warrants the personal coverage it’s getting from the Iranian people as they bypass corporate channels to tell their stories [...]

Rioting “Fans” Taint Lakers Win

As Los Angeles teeters on financial ruin, with the possibility of municipal workers being laid off or forced to take unpaid leave, unruly crowds turn a night of celebration for the city into a night of destruction following the Los Angeles Lakers’ 99 to 86 NBA Finals victory over the Orlando Magic. Witness for yourselves [...]

CODEPINK Builds A Playground In Gaza! It’s All About The Children!

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As angry uprisings take place in Iran over the questionable “re-election” of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As innocents are murdered at every corner of this planet – indeed at EVERY CORNER – when considering those at its furthest coordinates suffering the effects of global warming brought on by human greed — there appears on this day a [...]

Newt Gingrich Declares: “I Am Not A Citizen Of The World!”

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Earlier this week, at a Washington DC fundraiser, in a statement that can best be described as regressive American exceptionalism, former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich said of himself: “I am not a citizen of the world. I think the entire concept is intellectual nonsense and stunningly dangerous!” Witness the video below of Mr. Gingrich’s pronouncement [...]

How I Witnessed Sarah Palin’s Fuming Anti-Abortion Fanatics

Sarah Palin rally in Carson. (Photo by Linda Milazzo)

The following is an excerpt of an article I published after attending a Sarah Palin rally in Southern California where I witnessed reinvigorated anti-abortion fanatics spurred on by Palin’s inflammatory rhetoric. At that time, as evidenced by the text of my earlier article (below), it was clear to me that a similar threat of domestic [...]

Lieutenant Dan Choi Takes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Directly To Obama

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Wednesday evening, in an act of daring befitting a West Point graduate and veteran of Iraq, recently discharged New York National Guard Lieutenant Daniel Choi defied the orders of dozens of crowd control police and stepped into the ‘no protest zone’ street to ceremoniously salute his Commander in Chief, Barack Obama, out of site at [...]

Joe Wright’s “The Soloist” Exploits The Skid Row Community

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Two Fridays ago on the first day of its release, I went to an early afternoon screening of the film The Soloist. I’d been eager to see it since it focuses on the real life relationship between Los Angeles Times journalist Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a homeless member of Los Angeles’ Skid Row [...]

My Lesson in Action from the Murder of Kitty Genovese

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Mid-afternoon on Wednesday, driving along a Los Angeles street in the West San Fernando Valley, I saw this man lying on the parkway of the road. At first, I drove past him because I was driving too quickly to stop. But I turned my car onto the nearest street, made a quick U-turn, and rushed [...]

“Word Cloud:” Your Brain On CNN

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Any viewers of cable news, who for even one silly second doubted corporate media’s desire to fry the brain of its audience and render it hopelessly confused, need only to have seen tonight’s bizarro ‘WORD CLOUD” on CNN. In fact, if you weren’t privy to this visual catastrophe of upside down sideways multicolored multi-sized words [...]

Reading The Videos: Israel’s Glamor v. Palestine’s Despair

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Certainly no person aware of Israel’s blockade of goods and services to Gaza, or Israel’s devastating bombing of Gaza, would consider Gaza a vacation haven. Gaza is not a place of joy. It’s an overcrowded war zone populated by more than a million terrified men, women and children. They subsist amidst the rubble caused by [...]

Congolese Populist Movement Requests Urgent Meeting With S.O.S. Clinton and U.N. Secretary Rice

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Dear Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, The humanitarian situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is disintegrating and it is time for the United States to intervene publicly and forcefully. According to report after report from human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch (HRW), the violence [...]

My Letter to Middle East Envoy George Mitchell, Asking Him to Speak with Gaza Women

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CODEPINK Women For Peace will be traveling to Gaza on March 6th. The purpose of their mission is to provide “humanitarian and emotional support to women and women’s organizations and exert pressure on US, Egyptian and Israeli governments to lift the blockade and promote peace and human rights in the region.” In advance of their [...]

“President Obama, Meet Citizen Bob, Who Answered Your Call”

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President Barack Obama of the Capitol of Washington, it is my most sincere honor to introduce you to Citizen Bob Alexander of the State of Washington, who by the standards you have set to ‘give our all’ has valiantly answered your call. In fact, Citizen Bob answered that call long before you were President. He [...]

President-Elect Obama, You Must NOT Be Silent on Gaza!

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I don’t believe in god. I never have. I don’t believe in religions. I study them, but I don’t practice them. I try to understand them to be sensitive to the beliefs and traditions of others, and to attempt to appreciate the motivations behind religious thought and deed. But they are irrelevant to living my [...]

Brinks or Blackwater: My Frightening Encounter With A Combat-Mode Guard & His Gun

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For years since the United States invaded Iraq, I’ve witnessed countless photo and video images of innocent civilians – men, women, teens and children – being rudely and aggressively threatened by hired uniformed militants (mostly men), wielding guns

US Citizen Diplomats Arrive in Iran, Invited by Ahmadinejad

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In an effort to establish peaceful diplomacy with the government and people of Iran, and to model for the new Obama administration the power of cooperative good will, three highly regarded American peace makers have ventured to Iran. CODEPINK cofounders, Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin, along with former Army Colonel and decorated Foreign Service Diplomat [...]

President-Elect Obama: NO To Anti-Freedom War-Hawk Jane Harman HR 1955

by Linda Milazzo – According to the local Los Angeles newspaper, California Congresswoman, Jane Harman, a blue dog conservative Democrat, is up for a high-level intelligence position in the Obama administration. The positions being considered are CIA Director, Director of National Intelligence, and Secretary of Homeland Security. If this speculation becomes fact, and Harman is [...]

If You’re Thinking of Voting for Third Party and Help Elect McCain and Palin, Here’s Who You Empower

To underscore that voting third party or not voting at all will help elect McCain and Palin, and thereby re-empower the self-righteous ideologues who berated progressives, liberals, democrats, greens, libertarians, etc., for the past 8 years while their leaders were on board, I’ve asked my fantastic vlogger collaborator, Sharona L. Smith (VoiceOfAmericans2008), to compile a [...]

How Spreading the Wealth Rescued a Mother Thanks to CODEPINK and ANP

As corporate media reports obsessively on Joe The Plumber, who misrepresented himself to Barack Obama saying he’d be victimized by Obama’s tax plan, Americans more in need than Joe are being victimized for REAL everyday – not in hypothetical ways like Joe’s imagined fears of paying rich people’s taxes even though he isn’t rich. But [...]

What I Learned at the Sarah Palin Rally Before They Threw Me Out!

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On Saturday, I went to Carson, California, to attend a rally for Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. For those who aren’t familiar with the city of Carson, it’s approximately 19 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. In the 2004 Presidential election, Carson, which had a population of just under 90,000, donated three times as [...]

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