Posts made in June, 2013

A Personal Account of the 6/25 Texas Filibuster

A Personal Account of the 6/25 Texas Filibuster

Yesterday, June 25th, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis filibustered against Senate Bill 5: The ambulatory regulation bill (which also would have made it illegal to have an abortion after 20 weeks, among other regulations). And I was there. Growing up in a family who lived under the poverty line, I have seen struggle, and I have held close to my faith to get me through times that I didn’t...

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Military Rape Trial

Military Rape Trial

As the Senate Armed Services Committee meets to take up its version of the Defense Authorization bill, senators will likely devote at least as much verbiage to discussion of sexual assault in the military ranks as they do to the finer points of the Pentagon budget that is the bill’s main focus. But missing from the committee’s final version of the bill will be the one measure that advocates...

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I call. You’re stone. One day you’ll look and find I’m gone.

I call. You’re stone. One day you’ll look and find I’m gone.

Poetry Magazine’s Landays: Poetry of Afghan Women http://bit.ly/12raltn I call. You’re stone. One day you’ll look and find I’m gone. The teenage poet who uttered this folk poem called herself Rahila Muska. She lived in Helmand, a Taliban stronghold and one of the most restive of Afghanistan’s thirty-four provinces since the U.S. invasion began on October 7, 2001. Muska, like many...

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Google’s Techno Terrorism

Google’s Techno Terrorism

From NYTimes Opinion Page The Banality of ‘Don’t Be Evil’ By JULIAN ASSANGE “THE New Digital Age” is a startlingly clear and provocative blueprint for technocratic imperialism, from two of its leading witch doctors, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, who construct a new idiom for United States global power in the 21st century. This idiom reflects the ever closer union between the State...

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