Sunday, May 26, 2019

What ‘Je Suis Charlie’ Should Mean to Us

Our continuing alliance requires us all to repeat "Je suis Charlie" in the aftermath of the atrocious terror attack on a Parisian satire magazine. It is important to look closely at what we are defending.

“Cartoonist Lives Matter”: Art Spiegelman Responds to Charlie Hebdo Attack, Power of Cartoons

The power of cartoons often allows the artists to convey a message one cannot in words, but there are few outlets for this type of political media. Renowned American cartoonist, editor and comics advocate, Art Spiegelman, believes political cartooning should make a mess.

Saudi Government Imposes Sentence of 1,000 Lashes Against Activist Blogger

The Saudi Arabian government has issued a series of 1,000 public lashings and 10 years in prison to an activist blogger Raif Badawi for insulting Islam. U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki requested an end to this punishment, but it does not look like Saudi authorities will end this brutality.

29 Arrested as Single-Payer Advocates Disrupt Vermont Gov. Shumlin’s Inauguration

During Gov. Peter Shumlin’s recent inaugural address, protesters took part in a sit-in desiring single-payer healthcare, which the governor had promised to create. Those participating in the sit-in were arrested on spot.

Congress Starts the New Year Off by Kicking the Disabled

The new Congress decided that its first order of business was to go after the disabled. Republican Congress is holding disabled workers hostage in order to extract concessions on these programs.

Paris Terrorist Was Radicalized by Bush’s Iraq War and Abu Ghraib Torture

Having American troops occupy Iraq for 8 years, humiliating its citizens and torturing people in military prisons, was a bad idea. Did Bush and Cheney model for the Kouashi brothers how you take what you want and rub out people who get in your way?

NRA: Why Can’t We Outlaw Guns Meant for Terrorists?

It's not only in the U.S. that these combat weapons—that is, arms developed for use on the battlefield—are being used against innocent, defenseless civilians. Shame, shame, shame.

Sen. Feinstein Introducing New Laws to Prohibit CIA Torture

Senator Feinstein sent a letter to President Obama with her recommendations to prevent the CIA from committing acts of torture. But are her good intentions enough prevent the CIA from committing further human rights violations?

Close Guantanamo—Then Give It Back to Cuba

This week is the 13th anniversary of the first post-9/11 prisoners arriving at Guantanamo Bay. This has people wondering: is it time to put an end to this dark chapter of U.S. history, close the prison and return the land to Cuba?

State Terrorism in Ogaden, Ethiopia

There is indeed terrorism raging throughout large parts of the Ogaden and elsewhere in the country; it is State Terrorism perpetrated by a brutal regime that is guilty of widespread criminality, much of which constitutes crimes against humanity.