While this isn’t new information to anyone who’s been paying attention to the issue of marijuana reform, it is great to see the New York Times lay out in detail how the origins of marijuana prohibition were based entirely on lies and racism.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 30, 2014 12:12 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 28, 2014 9:15 am|
New York Times reporters seem to have neglected to engage in investigative journalism when reporting on last week’s attack by Israeli forces on a school in Gaza.
The school in Beit Hanoun, which was being run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), was shelled on July 24. At least sixteen people were killed and about 200 people were wounded in the attack, which occurred while the UN agency was trying to evacuate people.
|By: Jon Walker Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00 pm|
It is worth noting this is the exact same way alcohol prohibition ended. The 21st amendment gave states the power to decide how alcohol is treated within their borders. While many states ended their own alcohol prohibitions right after some states keep their bans on alcohol going for years and even decades later. It wasn’t until 1966 when Mississippi become the last state to end its prohibition.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 25, 2014 12:50 pm|
After shelling a Gaza school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), where Palestinian refugees were being sheltered, Israel immediately sought to blame Hamas for an attack that resulted in 15 people being killed and 200 people being wounded.
The Israeli military forces immediately claimed that “rockets launched by Hamas had landed in the Beit Hanoun area during fighting with its forces, and that those rockets may be responsible for the deaths.”
|By: Siun Tuesday July 22, 2014 12:09 pm|
Watching Operation Protective Edge move from a few air strikes to invasion and decimation of the land and people of Palestine is so reminiscent of Cast Lead and the horrors we covered then. But there’s a new theme to this round of genocide – the Israeli claim that Hamas has a huge network of tunnels enabling Hamas “terrorists” to attack Israeli locations virtually at will.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 22, 2014 7:50 am|
One of the highest ranking members in the United States Senate is calling for a big change in the way we run our elections. In a New York Times Op-ed Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blamed partisan primaries for much of the polarization and gridlock in Washington right now. So he is calling for a national movement to replace it with a top two primary system.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 14, 2014 1:18 pm|
A four-month investigation by the New York Times has uncovered a regular pattern of prison officers at Rikers Island committing brutal attacks against inmates in the New York prison. The investigation found that the vast majority of inmates who are attacked are mentally ill and in handcuffs when abused by officers.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday June 23, 2014 10:43 am|
Yesterday the New York Times ran a lengthy (and welcome) editorial urging Congress to act on sentencing reform, and lamented that they probably aren’t going to pass either the Smarter Sentencing Act or the Recidivisim Reduction and Public Safety Act this summer. But anyone who thought Congress would take up an issue like sentencing reform right before an election is smoking crack.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 4, 2014 10:56 am|
Armed with what can only be described as willful ignorance, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd went to Colorado to sample some marijuana edibles. She chose to follow none of the basic advice you can find after a two minute web search, took way too much, and proceeded to have a very bad time.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 2, 2014 4:10 pm|
The United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from New York Times reporter James Risen, who has fought to protect his confidential sources as President Barack Obama’s administration insists on forcing him to testify in a leak prosecution.