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text Syria’s Fake Sectarian War Shamus Cooke 2013-06-09 12:21 PM
The fate of Syria and the broader Middle East balances on a razor’s edge. The western media is giving dire warnings of an impending sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslims, a war that could drown the Middle East in a flood of blood. (text/plain)

text Quantitative Crisis: Bernanke’s “Stimulus” For The 1% Mark Vorpahl 2013-06-01 6:29 AM
When I heard that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress last week that it was too soon for the Fed to end its extraordinary stimulus programs, I did a double take. (text/html)

image PHILIPPINES: Millions of Votes for the Democratic Left AKBAYAN - Citizens Action Party 2013-05-31 1:36 PM
PHILIPPINES: Millions of Votes for the Democratic Left
While the Commission on Elections has yet to announce the official results of the 2013 partylist elections, we would like to thank the Filipino voters and everyone who have made Akbayan Partylist's sixth straight electoral victory possible. (image/jpeg)

text How Obama and Al-Qaeda Became Syrian Bedfellows Shamus Cooke 2013-05-28 12:44 PM
For a president that is executing Bush’s “war on terror” against Al-Qaeda and “its affiliates,” it seems odd that President Obama has targeted the secular Syrian government for “regime change.” (text/plain)

image Slaughter of Proletarians in Bangladesh: Capitalism is the Assassin! PCInt 2013-05-26 9:25 AM
Slaughter of Proletarians in Bangladesh:  Capitalism is the Assassin!
On April 24 "Rana Plaza" a 9-storey building in an industrial suburb of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh (14 million), collapsed on about 3,500 workers (their number is not known precisely) working there. The building contained five textile factories, as well as a bank and many shops. The official present death toll is 1128, the number of injured is unknown. Most of the victims are women, who constitute 80 to 90% of the workforce in the Bangladeshi textile industry. (image/jpeg)

image Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety -Interview w/ author and ex-con Shawn Griffith Angola 3 News 2013-05-23 5:16 PM
Abusing Prisoners Decreases Public Safety -Interview w/ author and ex-con Shawn Griffith
If given the attention it deserves, an important new book is certain to make significant contributions to the public discussions of US prison policy. The author, Shawn Griffith, was released last year from Florida’s prison system at the age of 41, after spending most of his life, almost 24 years, behind bars, including seven in solitary confinement. (image/jpeg)

text Global-warming debate shouldn’t exclude role of livestock Systemic Disorder 2013-05-22 4:51 PM
Regardless of what the actual total of livestock contribution to global warming, it is part of the problem and we ignore it at our collective peril. (text/plain)

audio Rustbelt Radio for May 20, 2013 Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio 2013-05-19 9:23 PM
Pittsburgh's Ride of Silence memorializes bicyclists injured on the roads; Cindy Sheehan interviews Margaret Kimberly of Black Agenda Report about the Obama administration's renewed pursuit of Assata Shakur; and the growth of bike sharing programs - Radio Ecoshock looks at the worldwide picture, and we bring you an update on Pittsburgh's new program. (audio/mpeg)

text SF Labor: Calls on Labor Movement to Mobilize in Washington, D.C. August 24 San Francisco Labor Council 2013-05-16 7:19 AM
In Support of the SCLC and King Center call for a March and Rally in Washington, DC on August 24, 2013 and in Support of the July 2 Northern California Demonstration to Demand a Massive Federally Funded Jobs-Creation Program and No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid (text/html)

text Syria Endgame Approaching Fast Shamus Cooke 2013-05-15 7:54 AM
The tempo of events in Syria has increased in recent weeks. The government forces have scored significant battlefield victories over the rebels, and this has provoked a number of responses from the U.S. and its anti-Assad allies: a mixture of war provocations and peace offers. (text/plain)

image Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz Files Lawsuit Protesting 22 Straight Years in Solitary Confine Angola 3 News 2013-05-11 6:23 PM
Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz Files Lawsuit Protesting 22 Straight Years in Solitary Confine
Earlier this week, on Wednesday, May 8, lawyers for Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz filed a federal lawsuit regarding his placement in solitary confinement for over 22 consecutive years. Last month, when a 30-day action campaign was launched, lawyers promised to file this litigation if Maroon had not been transferred into general population by the morning of May 8. (image/jpeg)

audio Rustbelt Radio for May 06, 2013 Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio 2013-05-07 5:14 PM
On today’s show, in honor of May Day and Cinco de Mayo, we bring you updates from May day activities in Pittsburgh, an interview with representatives from the Coalition for Immokalee Workers and Student-Farmworker Alliance, and a talk by Gloria Munoz Ramirez on indigenous struggles in Mexico. (audio/mpeg)

text Closing Guantanamo—Why it’s Symbolically, Spiritually and Materially Important. Scott Skein 2013-05-05 8:37 PM
President Barack Obama has made a clear and convincing case for closing Guantanamo! Mostly the same reasons finally articulated were just as true when he initially took office. Closing the stigma of war, crime and national shame has always been a high agenda item for many Americans. It is now the watermark battle ground that could begin to show who or what really runs this country. But think of the mindless excuses from war hawks (including complicity by the mainstream media) to try to stop any transparency about Guantanamo prisoners. But there is simply no way President Obama can close this base on his own without major and active U.S. citizen and world support. How can Congress possibly stand in the way of the reasons President Obama announced for closing the Bush Legacy? Where is the Free Speech movement, where are the campus protests at Madison and Kent State Ohio? (text/plain)

text The SF LGBT Pride Committee Has Nothing to Be Proud of Over Bradley Manning Adam Richmond 2013-05-02 3:04 AM
Glenn Greenwald’s article in The Guardian titled “Bradley Manning is off limits at SF Gay Pride parade, but corporate sleaze is embraced” (4/27/13) has internationally publicized the cowardly decision of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee to rescind its election of political prisoner U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning as a Grand Marshal of the annual Gay Pride Parade. Manning is the gay service member charged with giving WikiLeaks thousands of classified documents exposing U.S. atrocities in Iraq, along with other materials. (text/plain)

text Obama and U.S. Military Divided Over Syria Shamus Cooke 2013-04-30 2:52 AM
Has Syria crossed the “red line” that warrants a U.S. military invasion? Has it not? The political establishment in the United States seems at odds over itself. Obama’s government cannot speak with one voice on the issue, and the U.S. media is likewise spewing from both sides of its mouth in an attempt to reconcile U.S. foreign policy with that most stubborn of annoyances, truth. (text/plain)

text Ingenio San Antonio recibe mención especial en salud y seguridad laboral Emmanuel Rodríguez 2013-04-26 5:53 PM
El Ingenio San Antonio, propiedad de Nicaragua Sugar, recibió recientemente una mención especial durante su proceso de certificación en OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) por su innovadora Clínica Móvil, una estratégica extensión del Hospital Alfredo Pellas diseñada para ampliar de manera puntual y ambulatoria la cobertura de salud a los trabajadores del campo. (text/plain)

audio Rustbelt Radio for April 22, 2013 Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio 2013-04-24 4:52 PM
Today in celebration of earth day, we bring you a report from statewide grassroots protests demanding that the Pennsylvania DEP put environmental safety above corporate interests, and we bring you a special feature on corporate land-grabbing in Africa, and its implications for food security and environmental health. (audio/mpeg)

text Rustbelt Radio for April 22, 2013 Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio 2013-04-24 4:46 PM

image Why Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz Must Be Released From Solitary Confinement Interview by Angola 3 News 2013-04-24 6:19 AM
Why Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz Must Be Released From Solitary Confinement
This month, a 30-day action campaign was launched demanding the release of Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz from solitary confinement, where he has been held for over 23 consecutive years, and 28 of the last 30 years, in Pennsylvania prisons. (image/jpeg)

text Human Trafficking - Everyone Can Help Eleanor White 2013-04-22 7:30 PM
A retired New York City police detective has come up with a plan where all ordinary citizens can have a substantial impact on efforts to stop human trafficking. (text/plain)

text Opposition Grows Fierce to Austerity Cuts in Portland Mark Vorpahl 2013-04-19 11:46 AM
On April 11 over 400 people packed the third public Portland Budget Hearing, which was organized by the City of Portland and which left many spilling out beyond the room where the hearing took place. More importantly, for the City Council there was an unexpected critical outpouring from the vast majority who attended. For the first time, the City Council and Mayor Charlie Hales began to lose control over their attempts to sell austerity. (text/html)

text 14,000 Idle Wind Turbines a Testament to Failed Energy Policies Bob Adelmann 2013-04-12 10:03 AM
14,000 Idle Wind Turbines a Testament to Failed Energy Policies (text/plain)

text Pope Francis Concern for Poor Drives Review of Vatican Bank Bryant Lewis 2013-04-11 8:45 PM
Jubilee USA Executive Director Releases Statement on Pope’s Focus on Corruption and Illicit Capital Flight Impacts on Poor (text/plain)

text Argentina Payment Plan Would Protect Poor Bryant Lewis 2013-04-10 3:54 PM
Hedge Fund Holdout - NML Capital - has Until April 22 to Respond Religious Community Awaits 2nd Circuit Court Ruling (text/plain)

audio Rustbelt Radio for April 08, 2013 Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio 2013-04-08 10:11 PM
On today's show: sportswriter Dave Zirin addresses the intersections of politics and sports, and Susan Crawford on internet access as a public right; a feature by Chicago Indymedia's From the Trenches radio. (audio/mpeg)

audio Rustbelt Radio for March 25, 2013 Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio 2013-03-25 9:36 PM
A verdict is reached in the Steubenville Rape trial; local employee hour cutting in anticipation for the Affordable Care Act; and on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war, Iraq Veterans Against the War and Iraqi groups come together to launch the Right to Heal campaign. (audio/mpeg)

text Major League Bocce- Pittsburgh Major League Bocce 2013-03-22 1:39 AM
Major League Bocce-Pittsburgh (text/html)

text Obama’s Still Shopping for a Grand Bargain Shamus Cooke 2013-03-21 7:52 AM
President Obama’s recent closed-door sessions with Republican congressmen to reach a “grand bargain” has roused suspiciously little attention in the mainstream media. What scant reporting has occurred presents the following narrative: President Obama is a “middle ground” politician attempting to breach political divides with erstwhile Republican opponents. In reality these meetings are not between political opposites, but kindred spirits; perfectly matched ideologies that differ only in implementation, and only by degrees. (text/plain)

text Detroit Citizen’s Prepare to Fight Their Corporate Master Mark Vorpahl 2013-03-20 8:18 AM
Fresh from shoving his “Right to Work for Less” legislation down the throats of Michigan’s workers, Governor Rick Snyder has grown bolder in pursuing a corporate agenda. He has now appointed Kevyn Orr of Jones Day law firm to act as an Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) of Detroit. (text/html)

text Psychiatric drugs: The treatment goal is never to get off the drug. Consuelo 2013-03-19 9:44 PM
6 Kinds of Pills Big Pharma Tries to Get You Hooked on for Life Since direct-to-consumer drug advertising debuted in the late 1990s, the number of people on prescription drugs for life has ballooned. (text/plain)

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