Quinn Signs New Bill that gives Epilepsy Patients Access to Medical Marijuana

Soon adults and children with epilepsy will gain access to the use of medical marijuana in Illinois under a law signed on Sunday, July 20, by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. More »

ECHR Upholds Burqa Ban in France, More Laws Follow

On July 1, 2014, the judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld France’s ban on burqas, a full-length enveloping garment that also covers the face. The case was brought by a female French citizen who is identified as SAS. More »

Thousands of Chicagoans March for Palestine

On Sunday, July 20th, thousands of Chicagoans gathered downtown to protest recent events related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. While there is no exact figure on the number of attendees, estimates run as conservatively as 2,000 to as enormous as 10,000 and is arguably the largest Palestinian protest in Chicago to date. More »

NSA & FBI Spying on Muslims: Old Story, New Target

In an article published by The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald and Murtaaza Hussain describe five prominent American Muslims who had long been under surveillance by the NSA and the FBI including Nihad Awad, the Executive Director of CAIR, the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the country. More »

 

Quinn Signs New Bill that gives Epilepsy Patients Access to Medical Marijuana

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By Cynthia Martinezcythina-cm

Soon adults and children with epilepsy will gain access to the use of medical marijuana in Illinois under a law signed on July 20 by Governor Pat Quinn. This new law, SB 2636, is the latest in a series of governmental measures that loosen restrictions on cannabis in U.S. states.

ECHR Upholds Burqa Ban in France, More Laws Follow

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By Aya Nimeraya-cm

On July 1, 2014, the judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld France’s ban on burqas, a full-length enveloping garment that also covers the face.  The case was brought by a female French citizen who is identified as SAS.

Thousands of Chicagoans March for Palestine

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By Allen Kenneth Schaidle allen-cm

On Sunday, July 20th, thousands of Chicagoans gathered downtown to protest recent events related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. While there is no exact figure on the number of attendees, estimates run as conservatively as 2,000 to as enormous as 10,000 and is arguably the largest Palestinian protest in Chicago to date. Marchers convened along Upper Wacker Drive for the start of the protest. After weaving through downtown, they concluded their march at the intersection of Madison and Canal near Chicago’s Israeli consulate. Throughout the march, chants and songs could be heard resonating within the vicinity of downtown. While there were numerous organizations, individuals, and voices, they all marched for the same cause—an end to the violence in Palestine.

NSA & FBI Spying on Muslims: Old Story, New Target

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By Bill Chambers


In an article published by The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald and Murtaaza Hussain describe five prominent American Muslims who had long been under surveillance by the NSA and the FBI including Nihad Awad, the Executive Director of CAIR, the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the country.  In all of the reporting of this “revelation” based upon NSA documents from Edward Snowden, it seems strange that no one  has made the obvious point that this entire scenario has happened multiple times in the past history of the FBI – most notably in the aggressive surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the entire civil rights movement. Now instead of an entire race of people fighting for equal rights being the target, it’s people who belong to one religion and are only trying to exist as American citizens.

Chicago Activists Protest ‘Bomb Trains’ Carrying Oil through Local Neighborhoods

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By Cynthia Martinezcythina-cm

Local activists and environmental groups recently held protests to spotlight their concern that “bomb trains” carrying highly volatile crude oil could be traveling through densely populated Chicagoland neighborhoods.

New law puts African-Americans in charge of minority-focused programs

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By Brittany Delk

A new legislation will put African-Americans in charge of minority-focused programs. Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) proposed a bill, SB 121, allowing African-Americans to be included in the planning process and development of minority programs.

OP/ED Operation Dani: Lydda and Ramle Remembered in light of recent atrocities in Gaza

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By Tarek Khalil

Israel was founded on the ruins of Palestinian society.  Along the way in that Zionist quest, many massacres occurred, many lives were lost, dispossessed, and many villages were destroyed.  Some 90 percent of the Palestinians living in historic Palestine were driven out, many by psychological warfare and/or military pressure.  Well-known and widely documented examples of outright expulsion include the Palestinian towns of Lydda and Ramle, located roughly halfway between Jaffa and Jerusalem.

New TSA Policy: Electronics Remain On When Entering U.S.

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When flight attendants remind travelers to buckle their seat belts and put tray tables up for take-off, customers will no longer be asked to turn off their electronic devices when flying into the United States. Not only does The Transportation Security Administration request that phones and tablets be powered on during security checks, but “powerless devices” will not be allowed on board.

OP/ED: Investment in Community Service has the Greatest Return during Ramadan

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By Saher Khan

Last summer, I spent Ramadan in Saudi Arabia. The stop lights in Jedah were filled with people handing out bags of food to those driving by. The streets of Mecca were flooded with children handing bread to whomever crossed their path. In the city of Medina, we were ushered into the mosque where strangers innocuously competed to be the first to feed us. It seemed as if the Saudis were so generous that ironically, not a soul went hungry during the month of Ramadan.

History of Immigration Reform after 1980

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By Victoria Barbino

This weekend, Americans across the United States celebrated the Fourth of July and American independence. Meanwhile, in southern California, hundreds of undocumented immigrants, primarily women and children, were en route to Inland Empire border facility in Southern California. The townspeople of Murrieta, California, live in a crossing point for undocumented immigrants and have come to the realization, like many Americans, that the current immigration system has failed the United States and its southern neighbor. Throughout the weekend, demonstrators in Murrieta stood waiting for the three buses of immigrants, where they would stop the buses in order to protest the current immigration laws. Officials redirected the immigrants to a facility in San Ysidro in San Diego County and, much like immigration reform activists across the country, the citizens of Murrieta were kept waiting.