Is Forced Quarantine for Ebola Legal?

By: Monday October 27, 2014 10:18 am

New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Florida this week instituted mandatory confinement for certain people exposed to ebola.

Is it legal for a state (or the federal) government to detain and quarantine you against your will for health reasons? Yes. Has this sort of thing been done before? Yes. Will it be effective? No. Is it just a political ploy to garner votes from a panicked public? Oh my yes.


Republicans Welcome Ebola (Satire)

By: Friday October 24, 2014 10:17 am

Giggling, the Chairperson of the Republican Party could barely contain himself when he learned a major hurricane was headed for the east coast of the United States. “Can anyone tell me if it’ll hit any blue states hard? We can always use some extra help I guess, but with ISIS and ebola, maybe that would be piling on. We live in great times.”

FDL Book Salon Welcome Greg Palast, Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores

By: Sunday January 22, 2012 1:59 pm

Palast takes us on a fast paced, kick ass narrative that globe trots from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, to the coast of Alaska, to New Orleans, to Liberia, to Azerbaijan, to Fukushima, Japan. It’s the real-deal investigative reporting of corporate irresponsibility. As Greg Palast said himself in an interview,” This book is a story of the 1%. It’s why we occupy.”

Liberian Women Won the Nobel Peace Prize for Occupying Liberia

By: Monday November 21, 2011 8:00 am

Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian activist and recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Do you know why she received the Nobel Peace Prize? She led a protest movement against civil war and human rights abuses, and she and her fellow activists sat down in a soccer field near the Presidential palace in Monrovia and refused to move until they secured a meeting with the President, Charles Taylor.

The Curious Case of the Warlord and the Supermodel

By: Saturday August 7, 2010 7:00 pm

Entering its third year, the International Tribunal for Sierra Leone trial of Charles Taylor on charges of crimes against humanity took an odd twist when supermodel Naomi Campbell was asked to testify about uncut ‘blood diamonds’ she had received from Taylor in South Africa in 1997. To most everyone’s surprise, she declined to testify.

FDL Movie Night: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

By: Monday November 17, 2008 5:00 pm

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is stunning, strong and powerful, like the women it profiles and the peace movement they started. In 2003, sickened by fourteen years of brutal war that began in 1989 when Charles Taylor overthrew the Liberian president Samuel Doe, a group of Liberian women, Christian and Muslim, join together creating the group Mass Action for Peace, helping to bring about a peace accord and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf become the African continent’s first elected woman president ever.

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