Women Taking Control of Their Reproductive Health, Pre-Hobby Lobby Edition

By: Saturday June 28, 2014 9:32 am

Next week, SCOTUS is expected to rule on the Hobby Lobby case, challenging the requirement that private employers that provide insurance to their employees must include contraceptives in the list of services covered with no co-pay. While legal scholars have been watching to see how this decision plays out, women have been taking action, demonstrating their desire to control their own reproductive lives. HHS just released a report showing a very positive picture of women using the provisions of ACA to deal with their reproductive choices, and Erica Hellerstein at The Atlantic painted a more disturbing picture of an underground DIY approach as safe and legal access to abortion is limited or eliminated.

One way or another, women will make their own decisions.


Late Night: Francisco Tapia – “Papas Fritas,”…not playing by the rules

By: Saturday May 24, 2014 8:00 pm

This video from Democracy Now! and Truthout shows what Francisco Tapia and the students are willing to do to bring about justice in the Chilean educational system.

A Song to Commemorate the Other Sept.11th, in Tribute to Both

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 6:19 pm

The band who performed it, Inti Illimani, from Chile, was out of the country touring in Europe when the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende was overthrown in a military coup supported by the U.S. on …. and get this … 9 11 1973. Their friend and fellow performer Victor Jara was arrested and tortured along with over two thousand of his countrymen in the National Stadium.

Victor, hands broken, a guitar thrown at him and mockingly told to try playing now, actually began to sing with many of the other victims before he was shot through with machine gun fire and his body thrown in the street in Santiago.

The Politics of Abortion in Latin America

By: Friday July 19, 2013 7:00 pm

In light of the recent case of Beatriz, a 22-year-old Salvadoran woman and mother of a toddler, who, while suffering from lupus and kidney failure and carrying an anencephalic fetus, was denied the right to an abortion, it is relevant to discuss the restrictive abortion laws in Latin America and some of the reasons behind them.

Lakeside Diner

By: Friday August 17, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.

TransPacific Partnership Protest Wrap-up: Secret Deals Under Fire

By: Monday May 14, 2012 4:15 pm

After a weekend of protest and controversy, it’s clear that the TransPacific Partnership, the secretive and far-reaching international trade deal negotiated in Addison, Texas is under fire. The more sunshine we let in, the less attractive this deal looks to world leaders.

From a direct action perspective, the highlight of the week was the major disruption caused by Yes Lab pranksters with support from Occupy Dallas. Their efforts, which included replacing the toilet paper in the hotel with special ‘TPP’ message paper, culminated in a major infiltration and the presentation of a fake “Corporate Power Tool” award to US Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

Actions Instead of Rhetoric in Nuclear Nonproliferation

By: Sunday April 11, 2010 4:00 pm

Significant progress is being made in the destruction of nuclear weapons and the securing of weapons-grade material, but barriers still remain in the drive to rid the world of these heinous weapons.

Declassified Document: Kissinger Blocked U.S. Protest on South American Assassinations

By: Sunday April 11, 2010 8:30 am

A controversy has simmered for some years over the role of the United States, and particularly of its then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, in the actions surrounding Operation Condor. Condor was an assassination and torture plan implemented by a number of South American countries, braintrusted by Pinochet’s Chile.

Looking Back at Chile In Light of Today’s Earthquake

By: Saturday February 27, 2010 8:00 am

My greatest fear personally is for the Santiago archaeological museum, a priceless collection of pre-Columbian art and mementos. Sadly, the building itself is of stone, a renewal of the monumental architecture period that saw a downtown built of heavy, immense, stone structures. Circling an interior courtyard, the collections are on two stories, with large stairways, heavily built and decorated, many tiles and carved stones. Many of the earthenware remnants of the tribes that occupied the country before Europeans arrived will be easily damaged, and is not recoverable.

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