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Our resourceful assistant editor Becca Kemp located this firsthand account of the mass arrests of Critical Mass, the bike freedom group, in London. Looks like some pretty heavy-handed policing -- in response to peaceful assembly. Please keep those accounts coming in, Critical Mass and Occupy London eyewitnesses! See more from our citizen reporters below.
Wow, these folks at Downsizer Dispatch do not mince their words: they are calling euphemism a disease -- claiming that we are sedated in euphemism -- and reminding us that politians who violate the constitution are, in their words, 'criminals'. Strong language but actually strictly true....
Do we want private corporations with no allegiance to the nation's citizens to take over our....nuclear submarines?
Highly uncharacteristically, Justice Scalia calls on Fox for gun regulation.
'A throwback to the Franco dictatorship,' warns Spanish feminists of plans for the Conservative government to restrict women's rights to abortion depending on the condition of their fetuses.
Smaller banks bringing charges against bigger ones...including US banks...for suppressing LIBOR, and UK bankers finally said to face prison terms.
A female NGO worker murdered...alarming Indian working women in general.
'Bean bag rounds and pepper balls' -- who knows what those new weapons in the arsenal even refer to -- aimed at peaceful protesters in Anaheim, California, by cops as the Attorney General investigates the shooting of an unarmed man.
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Dan Chilton writes: "NSA Chief lied !? I'm shocked!"
Greg Manahan finds a 'Gandhi for Gaza": "Je Je Alfarra is a 20 year old blogger from Gaza. She is now part of the international steering committee of the Gaza Ark project -- which is the next move of the Freedom Flotilla movement. Je Je has a blog called "Palanoia" and she is one of my sources of news sources in the Gaza Strip. Her mantra is "trade not aid" for Gaza. ...She is a role model for all activists and I'm sure will be strong leader in her community."
Greg Manahan also notes that seven Pakistanis died last night from US drones.
And Steve Jolly writes in: NAOMI, this is INSANE! If you film a cop assaulting a kid in the school cafeteria you get charged with 'Felony Wiretapping'? Meanwhile... the NSA assaults our privacy with warrantless wiretapping of innocent U.S citizens - the entire population...but filming the police and reporting on their misconduct is somehow 'illegal'?
Autumn Smith writes to us:"How does Enbridge celebrate the 2 year anniversary of the Kalamazoo river spill, the largest inland oil spill? By doing what they do best-spilling more oil. This is the same company that just got fined $3.7 million the largest fine ever, and whose emergency response to the 2010 Kalamazoo Oil spill was referred to by the NTSB as "keystone cops."
:: photo credit: @MetPoliceEvents ::
Author & political activist Naomi Wolf raises awareness of the pervasive inequities that exist in society and politics. She encourages people to take charge of their lives, voice their concerns and enact change.