When inmates of the infamous Guantanamo Bay U.S. detention center in Cuba wrote poetry behind bars, they did so with little expectation of it ever reaching a wide audience.
But thanks to the non-profit Actors and Poets Group of New York, the...U.S.A
WASHINGTON (IPS) — The U.S. State Department fiercely denied claims made by Ehud Olmert about his influence over President George W. Bush, in an incident that has stirred up old debates about the role of the Israeli government and the so-called "Israel lobby" in formulating Middle East policy in Washington.
January 17th, 20090
Palestinians mourn in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, after their relative was killed during Israel's offensive January 14, 2009. International efforts to stop the Gaza war intensified on Wednesday and Israel pressed its demand that Hamas not be allowed to rearm under a ceasefire, sending warplanes to drop bunker-busting...
January 13th, 20090
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Members of the group Jewish Voice for Peace have been circulating an email urging people to send messages of thanks to the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon...
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Thursday night calling for an immediate and durable cease-fire between Hamas and Israeli forces in Gaza. The U.S. abstained from the 14-0 vote.
The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss the crisis in Gaza, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York...
January 9th, 20090
WASHINGTON (IPS) — Despite two wars involving more than 200,000 U.S. troops and a global economic crisis, foreign-related news coverage by the three major U.S. television networks fell to a record low during 2008, according to the latest annual review of network news coverage by the authoritative Tyndall Report.
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WASHINGTON - Case files of U.S. Justice and Treasury Department refusals to investigate money laundering allegations since the year 2005 are now online at: //www.IRmep.org/ila/moneylaunder
An Israeli man walks in Ma'ale settlement near the West Bank city of Ramallah September 14, 2008. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen
On March 3,...U.S.A
Concern about the United States's image in the Middle East is not simply a frothy concern about being liked, because the United States's image is crucial to its soft power. When the United States is unpopular in the region, it is more difficult for governments there to cooperate with it and it becomes politically rewarding for leaders to...
University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy was arrested last Thursday, Dec. 18 in Cincinnati, Ohio after a cab driver said he punched him and called him "bin Laden" and other racially-insensitive names, according to a report by the Detroit Free Press.
The man who filed the complaint, Mohamed Moctar Ould Jiddou, said...U.S.A
Two white Staten Island teens already facing hate crime charges for attacking a Muslim teen the night Barack Obama was elected have been linked to another bias attack that left another victim in a coma.
Ralph Nicolleti and Bryan Garaventa were arrested last month for beating 17-year-old Ali Kamara with a baseball bat as they shouted...
December 26th, 20080Deadline to apply for converter coupons Dec. 31
On Feb. 17, 2009, the nation will switch from analog (over-the-air) television to digital television. More than 21 million households will be affected by the switch and most are unaware of the change, according to civil rights leadership education website civilrights.org.
WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama has selected U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood for transportation secretary, which would make him the second Republican in the Cabinet, a senior Democrat said on Wednesday.
U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood
Obama offered LaHood, 63, of Illinois the post and the lawmaker, who is retiring from Congress, is...
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in Chicago December 18, 2008. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes
On Sunday, Dec. 14, 15 people in Flagstaff, Ariz. responded to the Obama campaign's invitation to attend a "change is coming" house meeting that one woman — with a little help from her friends — agreed to host....U.S.A
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
The incoming Obama administration is scrambling to distance itself from the scandal emanating from the president-elect's home state. It is still too early to tell how much Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged attempt to sell the president-elect's Senate seat in exchange for $1 million may taint...
December 20th, 20080A Douglasville, Ga. woman was jailed Tuesday after a judge found her in contempt of court for refusing to remove her hijab, the head covering worn by Muslim women.
Lisa Valentine, also known by her Islamic name, Miedah, 40, was arrested at the Douglasville Municipal Court for violating a court policy of no headgear, said Chris...
$14 billion deal fails over union wage cuts
New cars are seen at a parking lot next to a Chrysler plant in Detroit, Michigan December 10, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
A $14 billion rescue plan for the beleaguered auto industry has collapsed after the Senate failed to reach a compromise over worker wage and benefit cuts.
A former U.S. ambassador to Israel said on Dec. 7 the Jewish state can no longer expect "blank checks" from Washington once president-elect Barack Obama's administration takes over in January, according to an Agence France-Presse report.
"The era of the blank check is over," said Martin Indyk, director of the Saban Center for Middle...U.S.A
U.S. facing biggest job losses since 1974
Suddenly beset by the worst monthly layoffs since 1974, Americans are starting to struggle with how to find employment for the millions who are losing jobs in the recession.
Should government spend billions on retraining programs, create tax incentives for businesses that hire new workers,...
WASHINGTON — What do American Muslims expect from President-elect Barack Obama? What can they do to help redefine their role in U.S. society? Those questions topped the agenda at the recent annual meeting of the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, in Washington D.C., attended by more than 700 American Muslim activists...U.S.A
Imagine a world that employs logic, knowledge, science and common sense to face the challenges of global warming, which is threatening to bring famine and disaster in biblical proportions.
Imagine a world without the Federal Reserve.
The world is so focused on dealing with the financial collapse caused by the flawed design of the...
December 6th, 20080Lawmakers say bankruptcy for Detroit's Big Three is 'not a viable option.'
From left to right, Richard Wagoner, chairman and CEO of General Motors, Ron Gettelfinger, President of the United Auto Workers International Union, Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, and Robert Nardelli, chairman and CEO of Chrysler...
WASHINGTON (IPS) — The incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama should move quickly to engage Iran without preconditions and to promote an Israeli-Syrian peace accord, according to two veteran Middle East experts whose views are likely to have influence over Obama's just-announced foreign policy team.
WASHINGTON (IPS) — The decision by President-elect Barack Obama to keep Robert M. Gates on as defense secretary has touched off a debate over whether Obama can pursue his commitment to rapid withdrawal from Iraq even though Gates has defended George W. Bush's surge policy and opposed Obama's 16-month timetable for...U.S.A
WASHINGTON — The day before releasing their latest hate crimes report, The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) received a message telling the group to go back to where they came from.
ADC Executive Director Kareem Shora read the message in full to an audience of journalists and the public Thursday.
November 29th, 20080
Zolfa Elaydi, center, with her children Fidaa, left, and Jihad, reacting to news that the leaders of a Muslim charity had been convicted on Monday in Dallas. PHOTO: Dallas Morning News
DALLAS — A U.S. court has convicted a Muslim charity and five of its former leaders on 108 charges in the largest "terrorism" financing trial in...
Carter's controversial views on Israel cost him a place on the podium at the Democratic Party convention
Jimmy CarterNow that the season of electoral expediency is over, Barack Obama owes Jimmy Carter an apology.
At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, the Party denied Jimmy Carter the traditional invitation to...U.S.A
The wild fires raging in California no doubt have the finger prints of arson, as did the wildfires that preceded them. A person who is facing foreclosure figures instead of burning his own house and risk being convicted of insurance fraud, he lights up a nearby dry brush, and nature does the rest. The same scenario is taking place in...
November 22nd, 20080
DETROIT (IPS) — The vote on a 25-billion-dollar loan for cash-strapped General Motors, Chrysler and Ford Motor Company — known as the "Big Three" U.S. automakers — has been put on hold by the Senate, after Congressional leaders chastised industry executives for failing to heed early warnings of crisis and for flying to...
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