Federal Court Blocks Some of Alabama Immigration Law, but “Papers Please” Here to Stay (For Now)

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 7:35 am

Federal courts have consistently trimmed back attempts by states to write their own immigration laws. The Supreme Court overturned much of the Arizona immigration law in June, and federal judges have done the same to parts of laws in several Southern states. We saw another example of this yeterday, when the 11th Circuit Court of [...]

Pussy Riot Found Guilty of “Hooliganism” in Russia

By: Friday August 17, 2012 6:55 am

In Russia, the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot has been found guilty of protesting Vladimir Putin at a cathedral in Moscow. The charge could carry up to three years in prison. The court case has generated international outrage about the curtailing of free speech. Prosecutors in Russia argued that Pussy Riot’s anti-Putin “punk prayer” violated [...]

Four Days of Protests in Anaheim Against Police Brutality of Hispanic Population

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 12:54 pm

Violence plagued the city of Anaheim, home to Disneyland, last night, as protests against a series of officer-involved deaths turned ugly. Last Sunday, Joel Mathew Acevedo was shot and killed by Anaheim police, the sixth such shooting this year, coming a day after Manuel Diaz was shot and killed. Many residents consider the shootings the [...]

10,000 Protest Wal-Mart in Los Angeles

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 9:58 am

In what was billed as the largest mass protest in history against the retail giant, an estimated 10,000 union members and community leaders rallied on Saturday against the building of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Los Angeles’ historic Chinatown. It’s one of three Neighborhood Markets slated for Southern California, carrying with them the threat of [...]

Report Confirms Guest Worker Abuse at Wal-Mart Supplier

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 11:49 am

Speaking of temporary agricultural guest workers, a program which Mitt Romney would like to expand by removing red tape, I have an update on that Wal-Mart supplier, C.J.’s Seafood, engaged in forced labor of undocumented immigrants at a seafood processing plant in Louisiana. You’ll recall that Wal-Mart initially denied any misconduct at its supplier, saying [...]

Britain, US May Offer Assad Clemency for Power Transition

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 8:17 am

The world has been generally deadlocked over Syria. The UN Security Council cannot muster any kind of veto-proof majority for any action, nobody wants to engage in an intervention, and meanwhile the situation in the country has devolved into civil war. So we can view this as a potential step forward, albeit with one excruciating [...]

Robin Hood Tax Campaign Comes to the US

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 1:41 pm

Kacey Dreamer reports on the resumption of a movement to tax financial transactions, with some high-profile supporters. In the past certain progressive organizations had a financial transaction tax as part of their overall strategy, but they did not have a campaign specifically designed around it. That’s the difference with the current Robin Hood Tax campaign, [...]

Egyptians Back in Tahrir Square

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 12:52 pm

Thousands of protesters have returned to Tahrir Square after a series of decrees from the ruling military government that grabbed more power, dissolved the current Parliament and de-emphasized the role of the President in the government. The moves threatened to extinguish hopes of a new dawn after the Egyptian revolution, and the revolutionaries have responded [...]

Deferred Action for DREAMers a Victory for Networked Political Organizing

By: Friday June 15, 2012 10:34 am

President Obama is speaking at this hour on his Administration’s new policy on prosecutorial discretion when it comes to “DREAMer” migrants brought to this country when they were young. This clearly tells you the political significance of today’s action. I don’t understand the argument that this exhibits a slow slide into dictatorship, with an executive [...]

More Execution-Style Killings Found in Syria

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 12:56 pm

Days after the massacre in Houla, the Syrian government has committed a new round of killings. The United Nations discovered an additional 13 bodies near Deir al-Zour, killed execution-style, with their hands tied behind their backs. UN mission chief Maj Gen Robert Mood said he was “deeply disturbed” by the “appalling and inexcusable act” [...] [...]

Western Nations Expel Syrian Envoys

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 8:56 am

The US has expelled Syria’s top diplomat in Washington, just one of many Western countries to throw out Syrian envoys after the Houla massacre. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. holds “the Syrian government responsible for this slaughter of innocent lives.” Earlier Tuesday, numerous other western countries, including Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, [...]

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