Why Is the American Red Cross Acting Like Big Business and Not a Charity?

By: Saturday June 28, 2014 11:33 am

The Red Cross refuses to release fundraising and expenditures information under New York’s Freedom of Information Legislation claiming the “trade secrets” exemption.


La Figa Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrate Krampus with Community-Focused and Socially Conscious-Themed Gifts

By: Friday December 14, 2012 2:50 pm

Gifts should reflect the giver’s awareness of recipient, and carry a bit of the giver’s personality. Practical, thoughtful, and thought-provoking are also important attributes. And because this is Firedoglake, a healthy dose of social consciousness never hurts.

Top of my list: FDL’s Free Bradley Manning t-shirt (there’s also an awesome sweatshirt). I ordered one for a friend as a Thanksgiving gift, and he loved it, and I have one myself. The cotton is soft, the design is super cool, and you’re helping to support Manning’s trial coverage and activism.

Want to give a group gift, say for the whole family or your office? Occupy Sandy desperately needs Tyvek suits to protect those who are cleaning up mold damage in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Or consider supplying Occupy with the FDL Occupy Supply items.

Special Delivery: Hurricane Sandy Victims Receive $20,000 Worth of Blankets From #Occupy Supply

By: Wednesday November 21, 2012 9:50 am

We raised nearly $16,000 in 2 days to bring warmth and comfort to people affected in the tristate area. That support has enabled us to put together big packages for the survivors and have them delivered by community aid groups like Occupy Sandy, and give people the comforting knowledge that their money is being used to actually keep someone warm rather than to pay for the various overhead and operating costs associated with groups like the Red Cross who, despite admirable efforts, have been roundly criticized as coming up short once again in providing necessary assistance to these people.

CEO of Trade Association Defends Decision Not to Donate to Occupy Sandy

By: Friday November 16, 2012 12:44 pm

The reason why Shapiro’s op-ed is notable and worth writing about is not that it makes the case for the Red Cross but rather that it lays bare the reality that a radical group of organizers have been tremendously successful. There are reporters, residents and colleagues of Shapiro that find what they have done is exemplary. Corporations and businesses have considered donating, even though they may have had a distaste for Occupy Wall Street. But, in the end, for people like Shapiro, their business or capitalist ideology is impossible to ignore and Shapiro recognizes the popularity and respect is so high that he must justify a rational business decision to not support Occupy Sandy.

As Homs Gets Shelled, Administration Allows for Possibility of Arming Syrian Rebels

By: Wednesday February 22, 2012 11:15 am

The Obama Administration has opened the door a crack to the possibility of arming the Syrian rebels. The biggest problem with arming Syrian rebels is that there is no unified opposition to arm. If little was known about the Libyan rebels, we seem to know even less for Syria. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey said on CNN this weekend, “Until we’re a lot clearer about who they are and what they are, I think it would be premature to talk about arming them.”

Was Guantanamo Detainee Abu Faraj al-Libi the Link to Osama bin Laden?

By: Monday May 2, 2011 7:30 am

Was Abu Faraj al-Libbi the “high value detainee” that pointed the US to OBL’s compound in Pakistan?

It Started with an Earthquake, Remember?

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 9:00 am

Much of the coverage of the disaster in Japan (including ours at FDL) has been focused on the nuclear reactors in Fukushima. As troubling as those reactors are, however, they are only part of the story. While the Fukushima Fifty and their colleagues work on the reactors, thousands upon thousands of other relief workers are laboring elsewhere — and they’ve got a LOT to do.

Psychologizing Bruce Ivins: Who Are the Amerithrax Behavioral Analysis Experts?

By: Thursday March 24, 2011 1:56 pm

While the lack of evidence makes it difficult to swallow what sounds like character assassination, we do at least have the list of panel members by which to examine the neutral disinterest the forensic psychiatric examination should demand of those who are investigating the background of Dr. Ivins. Instead, what a brief review of the panel’s bona fides reveals is an overwhelming stacking of this “expert” panel by doctors and others who are deeply beholden to government interests, and in particular to security agencies, including those involved in bioterrorism security. For such individuals, it is difficult to see that they would buck the position of the FBI and DOJ that Ivins was guilty.

Morning Swim: May 11th, 2010

By: Tuesday May 11, 2010 5:00 am

A brief look at what’s happening in the news on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010.

Red Cross Says Medical Officers Overseeing “Interrogations” Violated Ethics

By: Tuesday April 7, 2009 8:03 am

Tonight Toby Warrick and Julie Tate at the Washington Post report that earlier this evening at the New York Review of Books Mark Danner posted the Red Cross’ secret February 17, 2007 report to CIA acting general counsel John Rizzo. Danner’s account, like Warren and Tate’s earlier work, reveals what the Red Cross saw in America’s gulags.

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