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The Teabagger Strategy: Obama and the Right
teabagger1.jpgA year into President Barack Obama’s first term, it has become depressingly clear that he is, as Jay Leno put it, "our greatest Republican President ever." From warrantless wiretapping to bank bailouts to endless war, on issue after issue his policies have proven identical to those of George W. Bush. And unlike Bush, Obama’s position at the head of the Democratic Party, along with his immense talent as a salesman, allows him to advance the Republican agenda with almost no opposition from self-described liberals. But this unexpected windfall also presents the Republicans, or rather their corporate paymasters, with a dilemma. How do they get Obama reelected while pretending to oppose him?
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01 Feb 2010 | Filed under: Commentary / Politics
Protesters Call for Closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Center
gitmoprotest.jpgOn January 18th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, around 30 people gathered in the freezing cold on the Boston Common to demand that President Obama follow through on his promise to close down Guantanamo Bay Prison. The President had vowed to close Guantanamo Bay—located on a US Naval Base in Cuba where hundreds of accused "terrorists" are detained, many without charges or access to lawyers—within his first year, which ended on January 20th. The President, along with human rights organizations, have condemned Guantanamo for the use of torture and countless other violations of international human rights agreements.
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31 Jan 2010 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International
Howard Zinn, Presente!
zinn1.jpgWith great sorrow, we mark the death of one of anarchism’s most thoughtful and productive minds, but it is with great joy that we celebrate his contributions to the movement for true justice and freedom. We share our joy for what he has given us with his actions and words, here in Boston and across the world. Far from being a lofty academic, before his professorship and writing career he was a dock worker from Brooklyn who went on to fight in WWII, earning his degree afterward on the GI Bill. The following is a statement from members of the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society:
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29 Jan 2010 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Politics
BAAM #30 Released!
Baam_30-1.jpgDownload the PDF of the Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement's 30th monthly newsletter. (plain text will hopefully be posted tonight, check back in the comments section)
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02 Feb 2010 | Filed under: News / Media
The Late, Great Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn was above all a gentleman of unflagging grace, humility and compassion.

No American historian has left a more lasting positive legacy on our understanding of the true nature of our county, mainly because his books reflect a soul possessed of limitless depth.

Howard’s PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES will not be surpassed. As time goes on new chapters will be written in its spirit to extend its reach.

But his timeless masterpiece broke astonishing new ground both in its point of view and its comprehensive nature. The very idea of presenting the American story from the point of view of the common citizen was itself revolutionary. That he pulled it off with such apparent ease and readability borders on the miraculous. That at least a million Americans have bought and read it means that its on-going influence is immense. It is truly a history book that has and will continue to change history for the better.
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28 Jan 2010 | Filed under: News / Organizing
Focus on Israel: Harvesting Haitian Organs
Israel doesn't offer humanitarian aid
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26 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief in Haiti Team One on the Ground in Haiti
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief in Haiti Team 1 has landed safely in Haiti and established themselves in the World Harvest compound. Their internet access is intermittent, but the latest available updates can be found at http://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/reports.shtml
Summaries of the updates will be added to this article regularly.

Boston IMC's previous story on Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is at http://boston.indymedia.org/feature/display/209697/index.php

They have enough supplies for immediate operations, but will need to restock soon. They now have a Creole translator. Get more information and donate at http://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/

UPDATE: MADRIH is now recognized as an official NGO by the UN, which gives them access to medical supplies and possibly an ambulance. They still need money for food and gas though, so please donate generously.
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20 Jan 2010 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Social Welfare
Aid to Haiti Hopelessly Inadequate, Poorly Organized
US aid to Haiti has been a tiny fraction of what is needed. With hundreds of thousands injured, and more without food and water, President Obama's feeble efforts have been aimed mostly at rescuing tourists and diplomats, with little consideration given to the people of Haiti. In addition, what assistance has arrived is being mired in bureaucratic red tape and military intransigence.

Check this article for the latest updates.
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18 Jan 2010 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Social Welfare
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