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Announcement :: Globalization : Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Freedom Summer Palestine 2005
29 May 2005
Freedom Summer Palestine 2005 is a Palestinian non violent campaign
against Israeli occupation — This summer, With the participation of
international supporters, Palestinians will continue their
long-standing mobilization for nonviolent direct action against the
occupation and draw the world's attention to what is really happening
in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
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News :: Media
Co-op Grows Despite trials: New faces in movement
29 May 2005
Even the US Marines know that the best laid plans go wrong in the first 20 seconds and you better be prepared for anything to happen!

The Organizers of certainly understand that concept intimately, having survived the first six weeks of operation.
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Commentary :: Human Rights : Politics
New PATRIOT Act Legislation Destroys Liberty
28 May 2005
The Fourth Amendment reads as follows:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
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Commentary :: Environment
global internet government
28 May 2005
this is how you can save the earth now
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News :: Human Rights
Filibuster Wars
28 May 2005
Filibuster Wars
Power Grab at the Height of the Empire

The Senate was heading for a major showdown, as the Republican majority and Vice President Cheney conspired to strip the Democrat minority of their ability to even filibuster the most extreme judicial nominees.

Then, after playing chicken for two weeks, a "Gang of 14" Senators suddenly announced they had reached a "historic compromise based on mutual trust" -- and they announced that they had saved the Senate from destruction. And the media oohed-and-aaaahed over the last minute development.

But it quickly became pretty obvious, that nothing here was an obstacle to the most dangerous plans for remaking the courts.

And did the compromise "safe the filibuster" as the media said? In fact, the compromise said "If you don't take the filibuster, we promise not to use it." Which, if you think about it, gives the top reactionaries what they want.

Part of this "compromise" is that the Democrats immediately stopped their opposition to Precilla Owen and several other of Bush's judicial nominees -- these are people who are literally monsters of an extreme kind, who had been stalled in the Senate (in some cases for years.) So this "compromise" meant that these vultures are headed for powerful courts.

And, it is also clear that huge new showdowns lie just ahead -- as the White House and Senate brace for a struggle over putting extreme rightwing judges on the supreme court.

The following article (written just before the "compromise" was announced) lays bare the stakes and dynamics of this whole crisis.
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News :: International
Prison Atrocities
28 May 2005
Pictures say a thousand wors
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LOCAL Announcement :: Human Rights
Showing Indonesian Films Focusing on Women's Issues.
28 May 2005
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LOCAL Announcement :: Environment : Globalization : Organizing : Social Welfare : Technology
BioDEMOCRACY Spokescouncil June 4 in Philly
28 May 2005
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LOCAL Interview :: International
Boston filmmaker talks about the need for a Department of Peace in this article and interview
27 May 2005
Modified: 09:08:09 PM
Brookline filmmaker, David Rothauser, is going to Japan this summer to complete a mixed-documentary on the nueacler victims known as Hibakusha. People can help in myriad ways. Please see the article on the film:

Below Mr. Rothauser talks about his proposal for a Department of Peace in an article and accompanying interview.
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Commentary :: Politics
Whigged Out: The Democrats Have Become a Vestigial Opposition
27 May 2005
Modified: 05:35:05 PM
They’ll stand tall on small stuff like judicial nominees or a UN ambassador appointment, but when it’s an issue of substance—funding for the war, a pro-lender bankruptcy bill, or the PATRIOT Act, the Democrats are all compromise or cave-in. Where’s the opposition?
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