Cynicism and Generosity Toward Congress

In May of 2005 the Downing Street Memos came out, and some of us started a website and coalition called After Downing Street. And for many months we worked closely with Congressman John Conyers and many other Democrats in Congress, holding unofficial hearings, trying to pass resolutions of inquiry, and educating the public about impeachable offenses.


SOA Closure Amendment Almost Succeeds in US House

An amendment to close the controversial School of the Americas or WHINSEC (Western Hemisphere Institute for National Security Cooperation) at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, failed in the US House late last night in a vote of 203 to 214.


Oil and Nationalization in Venezuela

In January of 2007, President Chavez announced plans for the partial nationalization of oil reserves in Venezuela's Orinoco River region.


New Political Terrain Requires New Tactics

The new balance of forces in Congress, the greatly weakened position of the Bush administration, and the growing activity of the labor-led people’s coalition have rearranged the political playing field in our country. Everyone involved in politics has to adjust their tactics to these new realities.


U.S. Corporations Aren’t Disclosing Biological Warfare Research Work

A number of major pharmaceutical corporations and biotech firms are concealing the nature of the biological warfare research work they are doing for the U.S. government.


How do you pay for your education?

Graduating with a college degree is more than ever a necessity today. Students and their families are doing whatever it takes to pay for higher education, including taking on excessive amounts of debt.


Vilma's Struggles (Vilma Espin Gillois, 1930-2007)

Vilma is dead. Even though the news was expected, it was still an impact. Out of respect for her delicate health condition, I never raised her name in my reflections.
Vilma’s example today is more necessary than ever.


Farsad and Farnam, a gay couple who have been tortured for being gay

I have always wondered if keeping silent about the status quo can lead to peace of mind, or whether a scream in protesting the misery caused by certain events is a more logical response.


SDF must immediately stop illegal surveillance of citizens’ activities: JCP rally

The Japanese Communist Party on June 14 held an assembly in Tokyo protesting the unconstitutional and illegal activities of the Self-Defense Forces monitoring citizens’ activities that the JCP had revealed recently.

School of the Americas: A Black Eye to Democracy

In the next few hours, Congress is scheduled to vote on the McGovern-Lewis amendment that, if passed, could close down the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly and better known as the School of the Americas (SOA).

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