Category: Civil Liberties

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Charles Dickey: You Grow Down in the Ground

Apples grow on trees, insects tend weeds and leaves, clouds make rain, people talk through problems.  In Nicaragua, the people have set tanks and guns in concrete, created a peace park by stopping and enclosing the machinery of war.  On the coast of Costa Rica, Afro-Caribbeans and Indigenous and Expatriates mix, create a changeling culture Read more…

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Charles Dickey: Creationary Blues

    Linear thoughts refused.  Time encroaches, clockwork time races against being.  Every heavy turn of the second hand marks off a life, partitioning wilderness into a closet.  I refuse to think linearly with the fools who cut down forests and call it progress.            Meanwhile, streams are emptying out and being filled with garbage.  Read more…

Margaret Adams: Out of Sight Communities

Z MAGAZINE ONLINE-ONLY ARTICLE Christina Nelson and I pull off the main road into the fisheries trailer park in a small, rural town in coastal Maine. Located within walking distance of the factory, the trailer park is owned by the fishery and maintained exclusively to house their laborers—a tucked-away community composed entirely of Latino immigrants Read more…

Bob Elmendorf: A Judicial Irony

In an unusual judicial irony, Dr. Rafil Dhafir, a Syracuse oncologist and U.S. citizen, was convicted two years ago of breaking the Iraqi sanctions by sending aid to starving children. He is serving a 22-year sentence in the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Indiana.  As a direct response to the humanitarian catastrophe created by Read more…

Bruce Dixon: 2008 Ten Worst Places To Be Black

In this year of symbolic optimism, when a black man is a leading contender in the presidential race—as well as being a leading recipient of contributions from Wall Street, big insurance, and military contractors—the need to describe life as it is actually lived by millions of African Americans has never been greater. Although our black Read more…

Jason Laning: Turning Words Into Actions

I spent most of the weekend of January 11, 2008 in jail. It was easily the most important thing I’ve done in my life. As part of the group Witness Against Torture, and in solidarity with numerous groups performing similar acts around the world on that day, 37 of us marched up the steps of Read more…

David Mcneill: Certain Justice: Japan’s Detention System and the Rights of the Accused

Japan’s unique system of detention, interrogation and trial was recently subjected to withering criticism by the UN. Will anything change? Even in a culture that frowns on displays of extreme emotion, Yanagihara Hiroshi cannot suppress his rage. The state falsely accused him of rape, imprisoned him for two years then freed him with the odd Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Taslima Nasrin & “Free Speech”

I would like to caution us all against looking at this issue, in particular the issue of Taslima Nasrin, through the single lens of a battle between religious fundamentalism and secular liberalism. Taslima Nasrin herself sometimes contributes to that view. On her website, she says: "Humankind is facing an uncertain future.”  In particular, the conflict Read more…

Tom Turnipseed: War Profiteering Corruption from Lexington County to the White House

A businesswoman in my home county of Lexington, South Carolina, pleaded guilty on August 16, 2007 to defrauding U.S. taxpayers of $20.5 million in shipping costs for Pentagon supplies.  According to a front page story in The State newspaper, “Charlene Corley, 46, pleaded guilty to a nine-year fraud that included charging the Pentagon $998,798.38 for Read more…

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Rajinder Sahota: Nothing Reasonable About Racial Profiling

Published in the Victoria Times Colonist 08 August 2006 George Jonas, in his attempt to discuss the “reasonableness” or racial profiling (Aug. 29) ventured into the related topics of international terrorism and by necessary implication foreign policy and foreign affairs. Jonas’s reference to “western lives” implies that there is a greater struggle taking place on Read more…

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