Judge With Israeli Military Ties Won’t Recuse Himself from Immigration Fraud Case Against Palestinian American

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 3:49 pm

A federal judge in Detroit has refused to recuse himself from a case involving a Palestinian American woman who allegedly committed immigration fraud and neglected to disclose on naturalization forms that she had been imprisoned by Israelis in Palestine for decades for terrorism-related offenses. The defense had argued his support for the Israeli military made it impossible for him to fairly hear the case.

Rasmea Odeh is an organizer in Chicago. She has been a naturalized citizen in the US since 1995. But, on October 22, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly had her arrested.

 

Detroit, Gaza, and the Continuing Erosion of Traditional Media

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 6:45 am

The story of the Detroit water crisis is getting a familiar treatment in the media. Once again a major story of mass activism at home is getting relatively short shrift while international stories get saturation coverage. In the same way that protests abroad dominated American headlines while those in Madison were largely ignored, efforts to stop the water shutoffs are barely recognized in favor of news from Ukraine and Gaza.

Detroit Residents Face Water Crisis as 36 Detroit Businesses Owe Over $4.2 Million in Back Bills

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 2:14 pm

After facing international condemnation for shutting off access to clean water for thousands of Detroit residents, the Detroit Free Press reported yesterday that the water department will finally begin pursuing corporate debts.

But it’s too little, too late. Over 7,000 residents already had their service cut off in June alone, before a single business faced the threat of collection.

Detroit’s “Shock Doctrine” Water Shut-Off Tactics

By: Monday July 7, 2014 9:00 am

Why oh why did they pick the hottest month of the year to escalate a program to turn people’s water off?

Who needs to stop at “third-world level” services?…THIS IS ‘MURICA we can make hellscapes like no other!

By: Friday June 27, 2014 1:30 am

While everybody in America can have a gun, apparently having water is not so important.

Tracking Detroit’s Urban Decay Using Google and Bing Streetviews

By: Friday June 6, 2014 1:03 pm

Alex Asup, a chief product officer at LOVELAND Technologies has produced a fascinating documentation of the decay of Detroit neighborhoods using Google and Bing Streetviews.
The most shocking thing about the photos is that the decay he documents takes place in such a short period of time, between 2009 and 2013.

Selling Priceless Art Won’t Save Detroit

By: Friday December 13, 2013 4:31 pm

On December 3rd Judge Steven Rhodes ruled that the City of Detroit is eligible to enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. Detroit’s bankruptcy was driven mostly by a severe reduction in revenues. The city’s population has declined dramatically, dating back to the 1967 riots, and the city is plagued by long-term unemployment, causing Detroit’s property and income tax revenues to drop precipitously. There are not even enough taxpayer citizens living in the city to fund necessary city services.

Late Night: If Only Detroit Was Too Big to Fail

By: Monday July 22, 2013 8:00 pm

Kevyn Orr, by the way, is getting paid $275,000 to tell people who made $35,000 a year their whole lives to get real. Just in case your irony meter wasn’t already buried in the red zone. T

Federal Bailout For Detroit Floated

By: Monday July 22, 2013 6:40 am

As Detroit enters Chapter 9 bankruptcy some are considering the possibility of a federal bailout to dull some of the sharper cuts likely to result.

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