Monthly Archives: August 2007


Manifest destiny Complacency Arbitrary constructs Controlled conducts Ducks in a row Canoeing down the mainstream Stuck in a dream C.R.E.A.M. Cash Rules Everybody Around Me! Flagging me down with the star spangled banner, I recall scanners, Head explosions Erosion of … Continue reading

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The Return To Torture: The Case Of The San Francisco 8

On September 17, 2001—in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks—then Attorney General John Ashcroft created the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council. The goal of this organization is to vigorously disrupt potential terrorist activities in the United States and prosecute any … Continue reading

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Every Cook Can Govern: The First U.S. Social Forum

When I mentioned to my friends that I was attending the first United States Social Forum (USSF) in late June, I got one common response—a blank stare. These are people who consider themselves liberal, progressive, radical, leftist or at least … Continue reading

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ACLU Defends IMC Reporter/Police Chief Responds

As reported in the June/July issue of the Public I newspaper, I was kicked out of a press conference held by Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney on June 8, 2007, the day after three of his officers were shot in … Continue reading

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Post-Cold War U.S. Geo-Strategy in the Middle East

Back in the summer of 2006, while the Israeli army was incessantly bombing Lebanon back to the Stone Age, the U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, comforted us all by calling the death and destruction being inflicted upon Lebanon “the … Continue reading

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U.S. Government’s Anti-Democratic Media Operations

Robert McChesney’s and Mike Weisbrot’s article on the Venezuelan government’s lifting of the license of RCTV and the outcry in the U.S. over its being a violation of the freedom of the press needs to be situated in the context … Continue reading

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C-U Food Cooperative Encourages Eating Local

Food is at the heart of almost everything we do. It’s woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. Our decisions about what we eat for dinner impacts the political, environmental, health, and fiscal picture of our global and our … Continue reading

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Venezuela and the Media: Fact and Fiction

To read and view the U.S. news media, there is an episode of grand tyranny unfolding, one repugnant to all who cherish democratic freedoms. The Venezuelan government under “strongman” Hugo Chavez refused to renew the 20-year broadcast license for RCTV, … Continue reading

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Media-Generated “Scandal” Undermines Democracy in Ecuador

This column was published on July 26, 2007 by the In his recent book, The Assault on Reason, former Vice- President Al Gore describes how “the potential for manipulating mass opinions and feelings initially discovered by commercial advertisers is … Continue reading

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Stamp Out the Rate Hikes: Stop New Postal Rules from Stifling America’s Independent Media

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” —Thomas Jefferson, Jan. 16, 1787 WHAT’S AT STAKE Our nation’s … Continue reading

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Orchard Downs: The Fate of a Community

Orchard Downs is University-owned 160-acre site of graduate student housing – bordered by Race Street, Kirby Avenue and Windsor Road in Urbana. Chancellor Herman’s Strategic Plan for the Urbana campus requires that Orchard Downs be redeveloped over the next few … Continue reading

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A Garden Hills Resident Responds

A recent shooting in Garden Hills has generated several news reports and concerns within the community. On July 14, 2007 an article appeared in the News Gazette where it is said that community leaders met with the resident and police … Continue reading

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A Civil Liberties Case From Champaign

The story of the PEOPLE of the STATE OF ILLINOIS ex reI. VASHTI McCOLLUM v. BOARD OF EDUCATION OF SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 71, CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, ILLINOIS, et al (333 US 203, 1948) has largely been forgotten. The action arose as … Continue reading

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