Monthly Archives: September 2009

You Got Imperialism In My Sports vs You Got Sports In My Imperialism!

IN THE PAST MONTHS, the American print media stories and the talking head punditocracy have discussed the status of sports in Iraq. The Iraqi National Soccer Team played their first home games since prior to the United States invasion. Iraq … Continue reading

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Anti-Venezuela Spokespeople Misrepresent Reality Of Press Freedom In Venezuela

This column was published by The Guardian Unlimited on August 4, 2009. Update: It appears that the proposed media law referred to in The Guardian debate below is not going anywhere in the Venezuelan Congress; it is not clear that … Continue reading

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My Quest For A More Informed Future Generation

”Idle hands are the devils playground”, or some ominous saying of that nature, is a good way to begin describing why I started my blog. However, I do not believe in the imminent physical manifestation of the devil, nor do … Continue reading

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2008 Racial Profiling Numbers Released By IDOT

ONCE AGAIN, RACIAL PROFILING numbers were released by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) with no coverage in the local media. When I notified a journalist for the News-Gazette of the latest figures, he told me they covered the story … Continue reading

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Civil Rights In L’Aquila

SHARING WINE, pasta and birthday cake in a log cabin in the mountains of central Italy this past June among artists, actors & friends, we visitors from Illinois heard the name “Katrina” spoken often throughout the evening. It was a … Continue reading

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GEO Struggles For A Living Wage And The Future

WHILE THE ONGOING ADMISSIONS SCANDAL at UIUC has brought mainstream attention to the administration’s misplaced priorities, labor activists have long been familiar with the contradictions. It doesn’t surprise Peter Campbell therefore, to know that the Chancellor approved using $300,000 of … Continue reading

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Clout And The Fight For A Real Public University

PRESSURE ON UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS Chancellor Richard Herman and President B. Joseph White to resign over the ongoing admissions scandal reached new heights on September 14 as the Urbana-Champaign Senate, primarily a faculty body, passed a resolution by the overwhelming … Continue reading

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Champaign County Health Care Consumers‘ Forum

ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, I attended a Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) community meeting to examine issues being raised around health reform and to consider what it means in Champaign-Urbana. We were welcomed by CCHCC Board Chair, Lisa … Continue reading

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Champaign-Urbana Residents Hold Vigil For Public Health Insurance Option

ON SEPTEMBER 2ND more than a hundred members of MoveOn and the Campaign for Better Healthcare held a vigil at the Champaign County Veterans Memorial in Urbana to push for health care reform. Participants shared their stories of suffering resulting … Continue reading

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Food Not Bombs Returns To C-U With The Really, REALLY Free Market

RRFM will be Saturday, October 10, 3PM–5PM followed by FNB from 5PM–7PM, at the southeast corner of Westside Park in Champaign. The Really, Really Free Market (RRFM) movement is a non-hierarchical collective of individuals who form a temporary market based … Continue reading

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