Pro-Israel groups are engaged in a “fighting retreat,” as one professor at Columbia College Chicago, who had his academic freedom violated, puts it. They are confronting vibrant activism from students calling attention to the suffering of Palestinian people under Israeli military occupation, and, in trying to overcome the challenge they present to their worldview, they are engaged in the suppression of freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of assembly on college or university campuses.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday April 6, 2014 9:14 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday March 30, 2014 9:10 am|
There often seems to be so much injustice to the American justice system, and how does one process all of it, particularly if one loathes authority being deployed unjustly and in an abusive manner.
Artist Molly Crabapple has sketched Guantanamo Bay prisoners at military commissions hearings. She’s drawn sketches of Chelsea Manning at her military trial. She has drawn Monica Jones, a student and sex-work activist, who was arrested by Phoenix police for “manifesting prostitution.” She has sketched Syrian refugees in camps in Lebanon.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday March 23, 2014 8:20 am|
In the United Kingdom, dual citizens are having their citizenship revoked. They typically are not being notified about it, and some times they are outside of the UK when this happens. There are also a few cases where individuals who have had their citizenship revoked were subsequently targeted in United States drone strikes or they were kidnapped, interrogated and wound up in a US prison.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday March 9, 2014 8:00 am|
Nearly eleven years later, the residual effects of United States military occupation are still being felt in Iraq. Some of the worst effects are felt as a result of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who the US hand-picked to control the country’s government.
The Iraqi government’s ongoing attacks on the city of Fallujah are resulting in more and more claims of “war crimes” and “crime against humanity.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday February 23, 2014 9:07 am|
With “stand your ground” laws, “it’s very hard for people to acknowledge that there might be a racial bias and that’s why it’s such an issue,” according to Raven Rakia, an independent journalist.
Rakia believes that, in cases like the Michael Dunn case, where Dunn was put on trial for shooting and killing Jordan Davis, that one needs to look at the history of “respectability politics” in the United States and how society creates this image of good black people and bad black people.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday February 16, 2014 8:07 am|
An intensive effort by Israel and its backers has been underway to scuttle an international deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Israel and its major lobby in the United States, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), has been suffering defeats as it tries to fight a deal, which it does not want because, if the issues over Iran’s nuclear program are resolved, focus will inevitably shift to the country’s treatment of Palestinians.
According to Nima Shirazi, an analyst of US foreign policy toward the Middle East who blogs at “Wide Asleep in America,” what the world has seen for the past thirty years of US and Israeli policy is what could be called a charade.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday February 9, 2014 8:30 am|
Three members of a coalition in Michigan fighting against the transportation and refining of tar sands oil were found guilty by a jury of the charges of trespassing and resisting and obstructing an officer. They had not been allowed to raise the issue of the risk tar sands oil poses to the environment during the trial and were immediately jailed with their bond revoked.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday February 2, 2014 12:00 pm|
“We’re living in a world in which DHS, the Department of Justice and other arms of the federal government are funding state and local law enforcement to the tune of billions to purchase all sorts of military-grade surveillance equipment,” says Kade Crockford, the guest for this weekly podcast.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 26, 2014 9:15 am|
Ever since the War on Terrorism began and the United States government started to engage in mass surveillance in the country and around the world, American Muslims have been warning this surveillance would eventually affect everyone in the country, not just Muslim communities.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 19, 2014 8:35 am|
Residents in the city of Charleston in West Virginia have been told at least twice by officials that it was now safe to drink water that had been polluted by Freedom Industries by a chemical known as 4-methylcyclohexane methanol. The chemical, used to clean and process coal, spilled out into the Elk River on January 9.
However, few residents believe officials when they say it is safe to drink the water again.