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London Police Grab Wikileaks Founder from Ecuador Embassy, Admit US Seeks His Extradition

Update:  A kangaroo magistrate’s court in London, moments after hearing Julian Assange plead “not guilty” to the charge of skipping out on a court hearing seven years ago on a Swedish extraditio request seeking to question about allegations (not formal charges) of rape and sexual abuse — a case that had subsequently been dropped by …

Political cartoonist Ron Cobb memorialized Phil Ochs in April 1976

Remembering the Loss of a Great and Irreplaceable Political Troubadour

The harried and still getting-the-hang-of-things staff of the Los Angeles Vanguard were frantically pasting up the boards of the pages to deliver to the printer to put out the ninth issue of their new left-alternative weekly on time when political cartoonist Ron Cobb walked in the door looking downcast. Ron, who was there to hand …

The Bush/Cheney era politically-motivated 'No-fly-before-harassment' list is back

ICE’s and TSA’s Role as Journalist Harassers and Media ‘Watchdogs’

  Sometimes you have to leave the United States to understand how far this country has evolved towards becoming a police state. I got a good example of the dark place we’ve reached just last week on a trip with my harpsichordist wife to Vienna where she had been contracted to perform on Austrian State …

Building a movement

Social Security is the Key to Progressive Change in America

Probably the most important single legacy of what happened in the period of the Great Depression and the New Deal was the establishment of Social Security, the federal program that today pays benefits to 63 million US elderly, disabled adults and dependent children left by a deceased bread-winner. That’s one-in-six of all people in this …

Sucking up to Boss Bezos

Columnist Thiessen, in Calling AOC ‘Economically Illiterate,’ Displays Instead His Own Economic Ignorance

Listening to President Trump, you’d think the socialist barbarians were at the gates of America preparing to overrun the US with a Soviet-style state-run economy where every car would be the same make and color, everyone would be wearing Mao suits and freedom and social mobility, those great mythical assets that we supposedly have in …

Appeal of order for PA Supreme Court rehearing should be dropped

6700-Name Petition Delivered to Philly DA Krasner Calling for Fair Appeal for Mumia

The organization Roots Action has delivered a petition signed by 6700 people from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, across the country and around the world,  to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, demanding that Mumia Abu-Jamal be allowed to re-argue his original appeal of his conviction to the state’s highest court. The petition, which can still have names added, …

She exposed an ugly evil

Unique Honors for Legendary Black Journalist Ida Wells Barnett

Chicago, the major city with roots dating from a late 18th-Century settlement founded by a black man, achieved another historic Black First recently with the renaming of a street in the downtown section for legendary anti-lynching investigative journalist Ida Wells Barnett. That renaming of a section of Congress Parkway to Ida B. Wells Drive makes …

'Teach your parents well...'

While State Leaders Make War, Spanish Children March for Peace

By Ron Ridenour Benalmádena — Seven hundred and seventy primary and elementary school children, aged three to 12, walked and skipped three kilometers to the main square (Plaza de España) here in this town located n in Spain’s Andalusia province, and back to their municipal school, Jacaranda. On this 30th march for international peace in …

DA challenges order granting Mumia PA Supreme Court PCRA appeal redos:

Krasner to Appeal Justice Castille Conflict of Interest Finding, Failing Test of Principle

  When Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s new purportedly progressive district attorney, took office last January, he vowed to unflinchingly make the office’s goal “seeking justice,” instead of just seeking convictions, as a string of DAs going back to at least Ed Rendell had done. Last week, faced with a decision calling for real courage, Krasner flinched. …