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Drones Over Portland

by Nola Barr Portland, Oregon, residents like to think of their city as “The People’s Republic of Portland” and proudly display “Keep Portland Weird” bumperstickers, but on a recent evening hundreds chose to serve as cheerleaders for the drone program. Organized by the Oregon Humanities Council as part of the “Drink and Think” series, “The … Continue reading

Friday News Round-up: March 29, 2013

Person in new Yemeni “underwear bombing case” was CIA and Saudi informant who may have provided information on co-conspirators that led to a U.S. drone strike in Yemen on Sunday. A Republican house member calls migrant workers “wetbacks” = bad. The Democrat president who deports more people than any other president in history = hero. In Pig News: Boston police … Continue reading

Thursday News Round-up: March 28, 2013

Four civilians, with varying reports counting a number of children, have been killed in Afghanistan’s Logar province, after a two-day raid conducted by Afghan forces and U.S. Special Operations. Banks in Cyprus re-opened today, with tight restrictions on depositors, as Cyprus expects people to move money out of their banks. American forces flew B-2 Stealth … Continue reading

Wednesday News Round-up: March 27, 2013

Organizers in Detroit call for the creation of community councils to resist the state-appointed Financial Manager, Kevyn Orr. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments about gay marriage for the second day in a row. Today’s proceedings concern the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the federal gay marriage ban. For a more nuanced discourse on the subject, … Continue reading

Tuesday News Round-up: March 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court is debating the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California gay-marriage ban. As a treat to our radical queer readers, here’s a video made by someone who was a little upset after Bash Back! disrupted services at Mount Hope Church in Lansing, Michigan in 2008, “Bash Bask – Gay Anti-Christian Terrorists.” Banks … Continue reading

Monday News Round-up: March 25, 2013

This week’s episode of The Final Straw on Asheville FM is about imprisoned anarchist hacker Jeremy Hammond. It also looks at political repression in Belarus with the Belarusian Anarchist Black Cross. Cyprus has reached a deal with the European Union to fund its emergency bailout. The planned taxation of bank deposits will no longer include … Continue reading

Friday News Round-up: March 22, 2013

After a grand jury clears the Portland Police Bureau officers who shot and killed Merle Hatch on February 17, transcripts are released describing Hatch’s actions. Report from the U.S.’s newest drone base in Africa, located in Niger. New federal indictment of alleged terrorist could shed light on CIA’s kidnapping regime. In other news, the CIA … Continue reading

Thursday News Round-up: March 21, 2013

Portland police release mandated report on their involvement with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Predictably, it says little, though it does admit police involvement with one case outside of Portland last year. The FBI is knowingly watching Portland anarchists. This report indicates that an FBI agent on the JTTF from the Seattle branch contacted … Continue reading

Wednesday News Round-up: March 20, 2013

Barack Obama serenades Binyamin Netanyahu with a stirring rendition of “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles upon his arrival in Israel. Computer networks devoted to South Korean broadcasters and banks crashed last night, giving news outlets an excuse to breathlessly write “cyber-warfare.” Gawker yesterday published former President George W. Bush’s e-mail address. Egypt’s police force, largely responsible … Continue reading

Tuesday News Round-up: March 19, 2013

Cyprus’s parliament is looking like they will reject bailout conditions that would have withdrawn money from bank depositors as a mean to partially fund their emergency loan from Germany. Vice has an interview with Enric Durán, a Spanish anti-capitalist who took out $642,306 in loans from 39 banks he never intended to repay and used the proceeds … Continue reading