Salaita Case: UI Publication Refuses Letter Criticizing Patrick Fitzgerald

When the Illinois Board of Trustees voted not to appoint Steven Salaita as a tenured professor because of tweets on the Israel-Palestine conflict, escaping notice was a Board member involved in cases that violated the rights of Palestinian-Americans – former U.S. Attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald. More »

NSA Spying on Palestinian-Americans for Israel and for the U.S.

NSA documents released by Edward Snowden show the U.S. has routinely shared personal data on Palestinian-Americans with Israel since 2009. Both Palestinian-Americans and their relatives living in Israel or the Occupied Territories are put in danger by a government thats basically hostile to them. More »

Call for Federal Investigation into Chicago Police Brutality Ignored

Attorney General Eric Holder responded to Ferguson residents for an investigation into the police, but when it comes to Chicago, victims of police brutality are ignored. More »

Op Ed: Off the Streets, But Not in the Classroom

Recently, Edwardsville Public Schools, District 7, located in a small suburb of St. Louis across the Illinois border, banned the discussion of the events surrounding the Aug. 9th killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. More »

 

Salaita Case: UI Publication Refuses Letter Criticizing Patrick Fitzgerald

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By Bill Chambers

In the controversial firing of Professor Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois, the behavior of the Chancellor Phyllis Wise, Board of Trustees Chair Chris Kennedy, and others have been the subject of numerous reports in the media. Escaping notice through all of this is a member of the Board who has been involved in cases that have violated the rights of Palestinian-Americans – former U.S. Attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald.

NSA Spying on Palestinian-Americans for Israel and for the U.S.

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By Bill Chambers

Recent articles have described NSA documents released by Edward Snowden showing that in 2009 the U.S. reached an agreement to routinely share information with Israel including the content and metadata of phone calls and emails from Palestinian-Americans. The information was shared with a secret Israeli spy organization called Unit 8200.  As the Guardian points out, the agreement calls for the material to be “raw” or unredacted, meaning names and personal information have not been taken out. Much of the U.S. coverage of this story has focused on putting the relatives of the Palestinian-Americans living in Israel or the Occupied Territories in danger from the Israeli security services, but no one seems to be concerned about Palestinians living in the U.S. whose personal information is being captured and shared with U.S. security services.

Call for Federal Investigation into Chicago Police Brutality Ignored

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By Bill Chambers

The week before the Labor Day weekend during the height of the national outcry over events in Ferguson, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) held a press conference about their letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling for an investigation of 65 documented cases of police brutality in Chicago. How many local media sources covered this story? Zero.

Riot Fest & The Gentrification of Humboldt Park

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By Jessica KassanitsJessica Kassanits

Riot Fest is a punk music festival celebrating its 10th anniversary this year spanning from Friday, September 12th to Sunday, September 14th. At its beginning the festival was located at several indoor venues around Chicago. Since this time it has expanded to multiple cities, although Chicago remains the biggest location.

Op Ed: Off the Streets, But Not in the Classroom

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By Carson ParishCarson Parish

Recently, Edwardsville Public Schools, District 7, located in a small suburb of St. Louis across the Illinois border, banned the discussion of the events surrounding the Aug. 9th killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

An Open Letter to Male Comedians

From Rose Villa Tavern Comedy Club

By Annie TaylorAnnie Taylor

Dear Male Comics,

I’m not saying that you can’t touch on the subject of women in your stand-up routine. In fact, I love when people do!

OP ED: Ferguson Didn’t Fail the Democratic Process

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By Josh TikkaJosh Tikka

Major broadcast networks are blaming Michael Brown’s death and the Ferguson protests on poor voter turnout within the black community.

OP ED: Open Letter to Yifat Elrich’s Arab-Jewish Coexistence Proposal

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By Samantha BordersSamantha Borders

Dear Yifat,

In your recent op-ed titled “Arab-Jewish co-existence through a Christian military draft”, you state that rather than a dividing force, Arab Christians joining the Israeli Defense Forces would provide “an entry ticket into Israeli society”.

Palestine’s New Appeal to the United Nations

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By Aya Nimeraya-cm

In the aftermath of the Gaza war, head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is using a new strategy to put international pressure on Israel and to lift his government’s standing among Palestinians. The strategy involves a Security Council resolution that would demand an end to Israeli occupation within three years as well as acceding to the treaty that created the International Criminal Court.

USA vs. Rasmea Odeh: Detroit Hearing Update

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By Bill Chambers

Once again the supporters of Rasmea Odeh came to Detroit for a hearing on her case. This time they had to be content with chanting with confrontational DHS police outside the courthouse and filling up the hallway outside the judge’s chambers during the closed hearing.