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August 17th, 2010

Baghdad suicide bomb hits army recruits, kills 61

A suicide bomber sat for hours Tuesday among hundreds of army recruits before detonating nail-packed explosives strapped to his body, killing 61 people and casting new doubt on the ability of Iraqi forces as U.S. troops head home. Bodies of bloodied young men, some still clutching job applications in their ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

July 1st, 2010

Come to NYC's Most Unusual 4th of July Celebration -- In Strawberry Fields

There will always be Independence Day parades, picnics, and fireworks, but there is only one Reading of the Constitution, to be held in Strawberry Fields, Central Park, this coming July 4, starting at noon.  For the fourth year in a row, famed civil liberties attorney, Norman Siegel, and his friends will ... continue reading

June 16th, 2010

Study: Most city youth deemed unacceptable for military service: Undereducated, unfit, have criminal records

Up to 90 percent of young adults in Philadelphia can't join the military because they're undereducated, too physically unfit or have serious criminal records, a recent study found.The study, conducted by the nonprofit Mission: Readiness, said that the percentage of 17 to 24-year-olds ineligible for miltary service was worse here ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

June 4th, 2010

The Audacity of Israel

“Until all of Gaza is destroyed the job is not done.”Words on a sign of a Zionist in San FranciscoSince my son was killed in Iraq and I have come to prominence in the peace movement, the name I am called with the second highest frequency (behind “anti-American”) is “anti-Semitic.” ... continue reading

June 2nd, 2010

Middleton School Assembly Held Despite Protests

MIDDLETON, Wis. -- An assembly at Middleton High School that included skydiving by a group of U.S. Army paratroopers went on as planned Wednesday despite protests.Members of a local veterans group, who were concerned the event was recruiting students for the military, pushed for the assembly to be canceled.For the ... continue reading

June 2nd, 2010

VIDEO: Veterans protest Middleton High School parachute display

MIDDLETON, WI -- A scheduled parachute demonstration by the U.S. Army's Golden Knights draws the ire of a veterans' organization.Buzz Davis, a former infantry officer and member of Veterans for Peace, says the demonstration would glorify the military."The problem is that in real life these soldiers once they hit the ... continue reading

May 19th, 2010

Marines to probe recruiter tactics

MIDDLETOWN, PA — Joining the military is an option many high school students consider. Michael “Mick” Klock, a senior at Middletown Area High School, weighed his options and decided against military service, for now. But what happened after that surprised him. A female recruiter Klock knew only as Sgt. Jones ... continue reading

May 19th, 2010

Army UH-60 Black Hawk drops in for a visit at Torrington High School

TORRINGTON, CT — While their classmates were busy taking notes and handing in homework Tuesday, a lucky group of Torrington High School students were strapping into their seats aboard one of the military’s most prized combat vehicles.As part of an ongoing recruiting effort, the Army and the Conn. National Guard ... continue reading

May 12th, 2010

Md. gets 1st US law barring schools from giving student test results to military recruiters

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A first-of-its-kind law bars public high schools in Maryland from automatically sending student scores on a widely used military aptitude test to recruiters, a practice that critics say was giving the armed forces backdoor access to young people without their parents' consent. School districts around the country ... continue reading

April 20th, 2010

Investigators: New documents reveal military recruiter misconduct

New documents obtained by the KING 5 Investigators reveal stunning details about recruiter misconduct in the Washington National Guard. They expose the tactics of one “burned out” recruiter and raise questions about what the Guard did when it caught her and another soldier red-handed. In 2006, the U.S. Military was ... continue reading

March 21st, 2010

Thousands rally to pull troops from 2 war zones

[From the editor of Cindy Sheehan, Seven Others Arrested (VIDEO); "We did lose some momentum when Obama came into office, but now we have younger people that are very energetic." – Cindy SheehanPhoenix, AZ (VIDEO); "It's creating enemies rather than causing peace." – David Winkler | Claremont, CA; "I'm ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

February 24th, 2010

Rain-Drenched, Wind-Tossed NYC Peace Grannies Hold Memorial for 1,000 Dead G.I.s in Afghanistan

It seems as if most of our U.S. populace has forgotten that U.S. soldiers are dying in Afghanistan.  Focused on Tiger Woods' sex life and, more understandably, the seemingly endless, unresolvable health reform and jobs battles in Washington, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan appear to be ignored. However, a ... continue reading

February 22nd, 2010

Army recruiter arrested in sex case

For the second time in less than a year, an Inland military recruiter has been arrested on suspicion of engaging in a sex act with an underage girl.Christian Rigal Mercado, 25, of Moreno Valley, was jailed Wednesday after a security guard at the Inland Center Mall in San Bernardino reported ... continue reading

February 9th, 2010

U.S. Army enlistment solution to unemployment for Jonathan Masse of Chicopee

Finding himself unemployed and trying to raise a young family in a sinking economy, Jonathan M. Masse did something unexpected - he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Since the Chicopee native joined the military in 2008 he has been stationed in Germany. For the past eight months, he’s been maintaining ... continue reading

February 2nd, 2010

Army recruiter’s apparent suicide attempt part of troubling military trend

BROCKTON, MA — Army recruiter Raymond Kerr was found clinging to life, gun in hand, in his car in the parking lot outside the military recruiting office on Westgate Drive on Monday morning. The 33-year-old Army sergeant was shot in the head in what appeared to be a self-inflicted wound, ... continue reading

December 23rd, 2009

Local military recruiters say recession aids in meeting goals

NORTHFIELD, NJ — Jassiel Velez, a former University of Puerto Rico student, came to Brigantine in February to look for new opportunities. She found one with the U.S. Army.Velez, 24, a single mother currently working as a waitress, said she signed up for the Army National Guard in November because ... continue reading

December 21st, 2009

Inland rape, other cases spur new ethics training for Marine recruiters

SAN DIEGO - U.S. Marine Col. Mike Richardson told a class of about 150 recruiter cadets to look around. Statistically, at least one of their classmates eventually would land in jail. "Who here is a mediocre Marine?" Richardson asked. His warning came during a new Marine Corps ethics training program ... continue reading

December 10th, 2009

Army Recruiter Arrested On Sex Charge

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An Army recruiter is under investigation after a teenage girl from Oak Park High School told police that she had a sexual relationship with the man.A military man who spent part of his work days at Oak Park High School recruiting students to join the Army ... continue reading

November 16th, 2009

Ex-Marine recruiter admits to sex with Olympus High student

A former U.S. Marine Corps recruiter admitted Monday to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female Olympus High School student. Trevor Adam Hooper, 27, was charged in 3rd District Court with 14 felonies, including first-degree felony counts of rape and forcible sodomy, which are punishable by up to life ... continue reading

November 13th, 2009

Marine Offers Recruits Sex With Girl For Enlisting

MURRIETA (CBS) — A Marine sergeant Friday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for offering two recruits sex with a 14-year-old girl if they would enlist. Bryan Damone Cunningham, 34, was sentenced after pleading guilty to felony sex crimes. The former military recruiter, who worked in Long Beach before ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

November 12th, 2009

Veterans: Lip Service, Bankers: Billions & America: Foreclosures - Here’s The Fix

One thing about doing a two hour show that heavily covers both the financial crisis and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is that you notice on a daily basis the shocking juxtaposition between the lucky Wall Streeters and the unlucky soldiers. We all know at this point that our ... continue reading

November 7th, 2009

Profiles of Ft. Hood Shooter's Victims

(CBS/ AP)  Last Updated 1:39 p.m. ET The 13 people killed when an Army psychiatrist allegedly opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, included a pregnant woman who was preparing to return home, a man who quit a furniture company job to join the military about a year ... continue reading

October 19th, 2009

He's in the Army now

56 days . . . 55 days . . . 54 days . . . Chelsea Caudle began signing her text messages this summer with a countdown. At 14 years old, she knew no better way to express what was coming. Day Zero was to be Oct. 7, the day ... continue reading

October 14th, 2009

Bleak U.S. job market boosts military recruitment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Aided by a bleak job market, the U.S. military met all of its recruitment goals in the past year for the first time since it became an all-volunteer force in 1973, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Military services have been stretched thin by conflicts in Afghanistan and ... continue reading

July 5th, 2009

A Plan to End the Wars David Swanson

AfterDowningStreet.orgThere are a million and one things that people can do to try to end the U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and to prevent new ones in Iran and elsewhere, as well as to close U.S. military bases in dozens of other nations around the world. Certain people ... continue reading

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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