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My response to Firedoglake's action alert about Pfc Bradley Manning being held in solitary confinement

(Note to readers: I received this action alert on 24 January 2011 from Firedoglake about Pfc Bradley Manning being held in solitary confinement. I sent a quite strongly worded response back to them, which they did not reply to. I'd love to hear YOUR thoughts about their action alert and my response - whether critical or positive. Clearly, I have a strong opinion about their action plan.)


NPR and PBS are under attack by the Republicans. But is this the greatest threat to "our" public media?

The Republicans in the House plan to introduce a new piece of legislation which would de-fund public radio (NPR) and television (PBS). In response, public stations have launched an online campaign and petition called "170 Million Americans" which you can view here

A community rights ordinance adopted in Pittsburgh that bans drilling in the city.....

.....(and asserts the right of community self-government) is now being considered by municipalities in 20 counties in a growing number of states

Would you sell your "Kindle" to sell a used book?

It turns out that people who buy e-books don't actually own them after all. Unlike a real book, you aren't allowed to re-sell it. Why not? Because corporate lawyers have thus far successfully argued that the "first sale doctrine" which governs actual books isn't good enough for them when it comes to e-books. This is yet another expansion of corporate property "rights". 

Project Censored recently released their annual list of the most censored stories, but did they miss something?

The #1 most censored story is: "Global Plans to Replace the Dollar".  Robert Fisk reported on this story in October 2009, titled "The demise of the dollar".

"The truth will always win" - Julian Assange writes

IN 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide’s The News, wrote: “In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win.”

Why Did Democracy Now, the New York Times, Fox News, and the rest of the American media miss the bigger story of the Pittsburgh City Council vote on November 16 which banned natural gas "fracking"?

On November 17, Democracy Now ran a news story about the historic Pittsburgh City Council vote in their news headlines:

Paul Cienfuegos lecture will be rebroadcast on David Barsamian's 'Alternative Radio' show in early January

My February talk in Portland, Oregon, will be rebroadcast sometime between December 31 and January 10. To find out which stations play A.R. in your area, click HERE.

A.R. can be heard weekly on 220 radio stations across North America and beyond. Here's the A.R. weekly schedule for the next month:

Global Alliance for Rights of Nature Formed From Historic International Gathering in Ecuador

A groundbreaking International Gathering for Rights of Nature was organized by The Pachamama Alliance and Fundación Pachamama in September, where conscious individuals and organizations who have worked to promote the recognition of Rights of Nature, met to expand this concept around the world. Out of this four-day meeting in Patate, Ecuador, the Global Alliance for Rights of Nature was formed.

MoveOn asked its millions of members "What are you thinking about yesterday's elections?" and this was my response

I've been a MoveOn member for many years now, and what's most troubling to me is how MoveOn's self-selected leadership continues to manipulate its members in a whole variety of ways that make it impossible for those millions of us to really get ourselves organized and mobilized, which imo is one big reason that we lost so badly yesterday. Here are some examples:

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