When Chivalry Fails: St. Bernard and the Machine

Did Hillary Clinton really win the diversionary spectacle known as the Iowa Caucuses by two-tenths of a percent? Probably not. But we will never know. Why? Because Bernie Sanders refuses to call the results into question and demand the release the raw vote totals, which would likely show the senator won the actual vote by a decisive margin.

Sound familiar? It echoes Al Gore’s “honorable” tactic during the 2000 recounts, when he refused to fight not only for his own election but also the voters (and members of the Congressional Black Caucus) who put it on the line for his campaign. As much as I like to credit Ralph Nader, Gore had only himself to blame for the debacle. Ditto: Bernie Sanders. Sanders had one real chance to derail Hillary Clinton: win Iowa and then New Hampshire. And he let it slip away. More

My 40 Years in Prison

What can I say that I have not said before? I guess I can start by saying see you later to all of those who have passed in the last year. We Natives don’t like to mention their names. We believe that if we speak their names it disrupts their journey. They may loose their way and their spirits wander forever. If too many call out to them, they will try to come back. But their spirits know we are thinking about them, so all I will say is safe journey and I hope to see you soon.

On February 6th, I will have been imprisoned for 40 years! I’m 71 years old and still in a maximum security penitentiary. At my age, I’m not sure I have much time left. More

Freeing Julian Assange: the Final Chapter

One of the epic miscarriages of justice of our time is unravelling. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention -- -- the international tribunal that adjudicates and decides whether governments comply with their human rights obligations -- has ruled that Julian Assange has been detained unlawfully by Britain and Sweden.

After five years of fighting to clear his name -- having been smeared relentlessly yet charged with no crime -- Assange is closer to justice and vindication, and perhaps freedom, than at any time since he was arrested and held in London under a European Extradition Warrant, itself now discredited by Parliament. More

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After 40 Years, It’s Long Past Time to Free Leonard Peltier

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Vol-22-Number-10-cover-page-001-350x439Fear and Nukes on the Campaign Trail

John LaForge on the escalating nuclear rhetoric of the presidential candidates; The FBI’s Pursuit of Saul Landau: David Price digs through the FBI file on the late Saul Landau, and finds the agents tracking him from New York to DC, London to the Soviet Union and Mexico to Cuba. It appears J. Edgar Hoover himself had become obsessed with Landau and desperately wanted to see him locked away in a federal prison; Life in a Cage: a harrowing dispatch from inside the Colorado prison system by John Cochran; Middle East Notes: Jennifer Loewenstein on the execution of Sheikh Nimr and the rising tensions between the House of Saud and Iran; Down in Sonora: Lawrence Reichard reports from Mexico on the desperation of migrants on the run from La Migra; The Conspiracy of Capitalism: Mike Whitney on why the stock market is going crazy. Plus: A Comedy of Terrors by Jeffrey St. Clair; Don’t Fear the Reaper by Chris Floyd; The Political Economy of Boxing by Dave Macaray and The Root of All Evil by Lee Ballinger.

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