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Politicians and Pundits Want to Know: Where’s the Outrage?

June 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

Having been bombarded lately with one scandal after another, it’s understandable that they may have canceled each other out, numbing our reaction to otherwise serious issues. But there may be more to the public’s lack of fury besides information overload. Americans simply don’t trust their government…

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Private First Class Bradley Manning.

The Bradley Manning Matter

June 15, 2013 | 3 Comments

Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army soldier, admitted sending 700,000 government documents to Wikileaks in 2010. It was the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

Posted in Opinion, War

San Francisco Bay Guardian Editor Tim Redmond was fired today by San Francisco Newspaper Company publisher Todd  Vogt.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

Vogt Fires Bay Guardian Editor for Refusing to Cut Half of News Staff

June 14, 2013 | 23 Comments

Todd Vogt, co-owner of the San Francisco Newspaper Company, which owns a growing portfolio of San Francisco print publications, today fired longstanding San Francisco Bay Guardian editor Tim Redmond.

Posted in Media, News


Whistleblower Explains Motives Behind Exposing NSA Surveillance Program

June 09, 2013 | 2 Comments

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

Posted in Politics, Technology


GOP Senators Kill Paycheck Fairness Act

June 09, 2013 | 3 Comments

The entire cast of Republican Senators voted June 4 to kill the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA), equal pay legislation intended to close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act (EPA), first signed into law by President Kennedy over 50 years ago.

Posted in Labor, Opinion, Politics


Can the U.S. Claim Victory in Iraq?

June 03, 2013 | 2 Comments

Following the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq in December 2011, can the U.S. claim victory or did the Obama administration adopt the face-saving solution of “Just declare victory and get out,” a position proposed by the late Senator George Akin of Vermont at the end of the Vietnam war?

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

Lee Presents $7.9 Billion Budget

May 31, 2013 | 3 Comments

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 and 2014-15. The Mayor’s proposal balances a two year budget that closes budget deficits of $124 million for FY 2013-14 and $256 million for FY 2014-15.

Posted in Economy, News, Politics

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Senate Shoots Down GMO Labeling Bill on Eve of March Against Monsanto

May 25, 2013 | 3 Comments

As 200,000 people prepare to march against Monsanto today (Saturday), the Senate has overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to decide if genetically modified food products should be labeled.

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Time for Israel to Accept Arab Peace Initiative as Basis for Peace Negotiations

May 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

What happened to the recent Arab Peace Initiative (API) unanimously endorsed by the 22-member Arab League in 2002 at the Beirut Summit of the Arab League? It is time for Israel to accept the API as a basis for peace negotiations.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced on Mother's Day at the women's county jail the sheriff department's doula program for pregnant inmates and efforts to improve family-based services for inmates, formerly incarcerated men and women, and their families.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

Tears and Smiles – Mothers Day at the SF County Jail

May 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

At the women’s county jail on Mother’s Day, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced the department’s doula program for pregnant inmates, a humanitarian program which aims to improve family-based services for inmates, formerly incarcerated men and women, and their families.

Posted in Crime, News, Politics


Marketing 101 for Activists

May 16, 2013 | 3 Comments

If you have ever been to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, there is one thing that you would have noticed for sure. No, I am not talking about the babes and the beads. I am referring to a bunch of guys holding signs like “Repent” and “Trust Jesus, He Hates Sin.” Millions of drunk guys and gals have walked by these sincere advocates, but how many people do you think instantly dropped their shots and accepted Jesus into their hearts?

Posted in Education


Climate Change Ushers In Early California Fire Season

May 13, 2013 | 8 Comments

California’s wildfire season began early this year as nearly a dozen fires fueled by record high temperatures and extremely low water levels broke out across the state during the first week of May.

Posted in Environment, Land Use


Groups Allege California Prison Policies Amount to State-Sanctioned Torture

May 02, 2013 | 1 Comment

Earlier this month during Oakland’s monthly First Fridays/Art Murmur event, a candlelit vigil was held by a couple dozen protesters – many wearing T-shirts with the message “Stop Torture CA” – to bring attention to California state prison solitary confinement policies which they say amounts to state-sanctioned torture.

Aerial view of al-Safira chemical weapons facility.

Syria and Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction

May 01, 2013 | 1 Comment

Evidence of alleged sarin gas use has supposedly come from human tissue samples. A few dozen Syrians are said to have been killed. If true, did Assad forces or the opposition forces use these chemical weapons and why was only a small amount of sarin used?

Posted in Crime, War

Sister Helen Prejean.

‘Dead Man Walking’ Author to Speak in SF

April 29, 2013 | No Comments

Author and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean, whose bond with a condemned man inspired the Oscar winning film Dead Man Walking, will speak in San Francisco May 9 in a free, community event presented by the San Francisco Public Defender’s office.