DA finds 6 crates of case materials in locked office storeroom

A Potentially Tectonic Event Shakes up the Mumia Abu-Jamal Case

In a huge potential break in the long-running and controversial case of Philadelphia journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, currently in Pennsylvania’s SCI Mahanoy prison serving a life-without-parole term for murder, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office says it has discovered six banker storage boxes of materials about the case in a locked storeroom of the DA’s offices at …

Presidential crime unchallenged ensures crimes by future presidents

The House Must Hold Impeachment Hearings on Trump’s Constitutional Crimes

There is pressure, especially from some newly elected Democrats in the House of Representatives, for impeaching President Trump. This is being opposed by more cautious House leaders and especially by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), who fear that an impeachment effort would simply energize Trump supporters and restore flagging support for him among Republicans as …

Absurdly declaring a 'national emergency' to justify building a $5-billion wall:

At last! We May Finally Get a Good Reason to Impeach the Racist Presidential MoFu!

Liberals have been calling for the new Democratic House to file articles of impeachment against Donald Trump ever since winning the House in the Nov. 8 election in 2016, but there has been this obstacle:  Nobody believes that Republicans who control the Senate will allow a House impeachment to move to a trial in the …

Requiem for a (sort of) free press in the US

Where Did the Tradition of Journalists Speaking Truth to Power Go?

It’s easy to let time and nostalgia get in the way of remembering what American journalism was really like back in the last century. Certainly it was not all Watergate and Pentagon Papers exposés, and even those two prime examples of the media’s standing up to government threats and taking on the powerful were not …

Judge orders rehearing of 4 rejected appeals

Surprise Ruling Opens New Avenue for Mumia to Win New Trial on his Murder Conviction

In a surprise order signed Dec. 27, a Philadelphia Common Pleas supervising judge has offered a new chance in 2019 for Mumia Abu-Jamal to challenge his 1982 conviction for the murder of white Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Specifically, Judge Leon Tucker has ordered the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reconsider four Post Conviction Relief Act …

Trump's new man at the Pentagon, Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan

Keep Walking, Nothing Important to See Here

It doesn’t bode well for accountability or fiscal probity that in unceremoniously shit-canning his Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the petulant President Donald Trump elevated in his stead as acting secretary Mattis’s number two, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. If you said, “Shanahan who?” welcome to the club. This was about as invisible a bureaucrat …

Credit where credit’s due:

Credit where credit’s due: Trump Does Something Right for Once

By Dave Lindorff It’s entertaining to read and watch the collective horror being expressed in the US media and the Congress as President Trump unexpectedly calls for a quick end to US military involvement in Syria, where for years US forces and CIA-trained fighters have been wreaking havoc and death and sowing chaos in a …

Interview with author John Rachel

‘The Peace Dividend: The Most Controversial Proposal in the History of the World’

By Ron Ridenour   Q: You wrote the book, The Peace Dividend: the most controversial proposal in the history of the world (Lulu Publishing). What is the basic idea of this project?  John Rachel: In 1992 with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the citizens of the United States and the world were promised the …

It's not too early to be thinking about punishment:

Making Trump and Other Climate Criminals Pay

Warnings from climate scientists and climate monitoring organizations are growing progressively more dire, frightening and depressing. There is new evidence that the melt rate of Greenland’s mile-thick ice cover is starting to happen at a “runaway” pace — one that could end up raising sea levels by some 23 feet. New evidence too that Western …

Cooking the books at the Pentagon

Hear Dave Lindorff discuss his ‘Pentagon Accounting Fraud’ Nation magazine cover story

The Nation blog: ‘Dave Lindorff on Cooking Books at the Pentagon’  ‘The Damage Report’ with John Iadarola: ‘Pentagon Audit Complete Disaster ‘Counterspin’ with Janine Jackson: ‘Dave Lindorff on Pentagon Fraud’ Michigan State Radio’s ‘Stateside’ program:  ‘Conversation with Dave Lindorff and Prof. Mark Skidmore’ ‘Project Censored’ with Mickey Huff: ‘Lindorff Explores the Pentagon’s Financial Mysteries’   …