by Brit Schulte and Caitlin Sheehan
January 23, 2012
Image by G20 Protest Photos via Flickr
The City of Chicago has enacted new measures to restrict free speech and protest–but not without a fight, as Brit Schulte and Caitlin Sheehan report.
ON JANUARY 18, the Chicago City Council overwhelmingly approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ordinances to give police new powers to crack down on protests ahead of the NATO/G8 joint summit coming to the city in May.
by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, May 31, 2010
Israeli Strike on Freedom Flotilla to Gaza is Part of a Broader Military Agenda
War Criminal Prime Minister Netanyahu, who directly ordered the strike on the international flotilla to Gaza was on an official visit to Canada at the time of the Israeli attack. The strike constitutes an act of piracy in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
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by Robert S. Becker
May 20, 2010
Long before Year One ended, progressives understood President Obama’s focus was routine wheeling and dealing, not regrowing the New Deal. Between victory and governance, Obama “reform” switched from promises to make government serve people to insure government serves business. The result is mounting guilt by association as Obama got himself entrenched only months into power, a speed record for a reform guy, now the establishment president defending every party incumbent. Does this White House think that’s the reason it won?
Updated: June 1, 2010 added the video
By Michael Moore
March 06, 2010 “Information Clearing House”
Dear President Obama,
I understand you may be looking to replace Rahm Emanuel as your chief of staff.
I would like to humbly offer myself, yours truly, as his replacement.
I will come to D.C. and clean up the mess that’s been created around you. I will work for $1 a year. I will help the Dems on Capitol Hill find their spines and I will teach them how to nonviolently beat the Republicans to a pulp.
And I will help you get done what the American people sent you there to do. I don’t need much, just a cot in the White House basement will do.
by Sibel Edmonds
originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
30 December 2009
The Star Power of Chicago: A President, a Chief of Staff, a Governor, a Mayor, a Criminal Convict Creamer, a Dumb or Charlatan Congresswoman, a Political Fundraiser, a Political System Termite…What a Play this would make!
Chicago’s governing style and practices have been consistently characterized as criminal and corrupt since the days of the prohibition-era gangster, Al Capone. Last year Daniel Elgber wrote an interesting piece on this same topic titled ‘Why is Chicago so Corrupt?’
Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan received a sentence of six and a half years in prison on Wednesday, after being convicted on charges of racketeering, mail fraud, filing false tax returns, and lying to investigators. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that in the last three decades, at least 79 local elected officials have been convicted of a crime, including three governors, one mayor, and a whopping 27 aldermen from the Windy City. What makes Chicago so corrupt?
Elgber then goes on to provide some context, historical background, and past parallels with other cities. He points to a few possible factors behind this windy city’s continuous struggle with chronic political corruption:
By Robert S. Becker
August 25, 2009
What does the President believe in – and when did he stop believing it? Is he a conservative liberal – or, increasingly, a liberal conservative? If everything is negotiable, what restrains this “devout non-ideologue,” as an aide aptly depicted President Obama, from taking non-ideology to empty extremes? What happens when an Administration packed with process pragmatists (where any bill will do) forsakes its ardent, prescient base? If there’s no policy hill to die on, anything goes – and the wobbly public option is what’s going away.
That progressives have been correct – nailing unjustified, pre-emptive invasions, torture, secret prisons, rogue mercenaries, or endless Bush crimes – still doesn’t shield them from Democratic, bigwig slap downs. Senior White House staff expressed shock its left-leaning base cares deeply about shredded health reform proposals, even actual cost-containment. “Well, I’m shocked and surprised at their shock and surprise,” says Paul Krugman, speaking for millions. The problem goes beyond Administration waffling, but waffling on waffling: once a line in the sand, the public option appears an unsteady mirage – now you see it, now you don’t.