Yes, They’re White and Muslim

by Edward Williams   posted April 24, 2013 by The Root   The Boston-bombing suspects show that it’s time the media and the public redefined their view of Islam.   The American story has too long been told through a racial lens and always vis-à-vis “whiteness.” This is a dangerous premise — fortifying the principles of…

The Syria-Iran red line show

by Pepe Escobar Posted May 2, 2013 by Online Asia Times   This eminently Bushist Obama “red line” business, applied to Syria, Iran or both, is becoming a tad ridiculous. Take Pentagon head Chuck Hagel’s tour of Israel and the “friendly” GCC (the de facto Gulf Counter-revolution Club) last week. US defense contractors had the…

Myanmar’s Monks Gone Bad

Five years ago, when Myanmar was still under military rule, some Western and Chinese friends asked me how there could be such oppression in a country where Buddhism, which preaches nonviolence, is the predominant religion. I was in self-imposed exile at the time, studying journalism at the University of Hong Kong, and I would answer…

Guantanamo is America’s moral failure

Two months ago, men stopped eating at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay. By last week, the Guantanamo hunger strike had spread to dozens of other inmates. The government puts the number of protesters at about 40; lawyers for the prisoners say that a majority of the more than 160 men being held are refusing…

The Persecution of Lynne Stewart

Lynne Stewart, in the vindictive and hysterical world of the war on terror, is one of its martyrs. A 73-year-old lawyer who spent her life defending the poor, the marginalized and the despised, including blind cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, she fell afoul of the state apparatus because she dared to demand justice rather than…

Mahmudur Rahman on the CCU

Editor Mahmudur in Cardiac Care after police remand; ‘remains on Hunger Strike’ On the fourth consecutive day on ‘Hunger Strike unto death’, He has become seriously ill. His health condition has been deteriorated than ever before. On Thursday Afternoon, he has been hospitalized in Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujubur Rahman Medical University. Later, on evening, he has…