Now for some good news… for a change

9 March 2012 — Center for Constitutional Rights

CCR Breaking News: Court Rules FDNY Liable for Up to $128 Million in Back Pay

CCR is thrilled to announce that U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in United States of America and Vulcan Society, Inc., v. City of New York.  The federal class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Vulcan Society, the fraternal organization of Black firefighters, and three individual African-American firefighter applicants charging the class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>New York City Fire Department (FDNY) with racially discriminatory hiring practices. The ruling found the City of New York liable for wage losses of $128,696,803. Furthermore, Judge Garaufis ordered the FDNY to hire 186 Black firefighters and 107 Latino firefighters from among the Black and Latino applicants who took either the 1999 and/or 2002 class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>New York City firefighter exams, both of which were found to be racially discriminatory and illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>CCR has challenged the fundamental inequality of the hiring and recruiting process of the FDNY for several years, and we have consistently advocated for the social and economic rights of people of color in a system that has long denied them a livable wage and equal opportunity. We congratulate the Vulcans on this momentous and well-deserved victory. Please join us in celebrating this critical step forward for justice. For more information visit our case page and press release.

We thank you for your continued support of class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>CCR’s work and share in this victory with you.


Truthout 9 March 2012: Monsanto’s Roundup Shown to Be Ravaging Butterfly Populations

Friday 09 March 2012Truthout

Monsanto’s Roundup Shown to Be Ravaging Butterfly Populations
Mike Barrett, Natural Society: “Although the butterfly population may be suffering, humans are taking heat from Monsanto‘s creations as well. Past research has shown that Monsanto‘s Roundup ready crops are leading to mental illness and obesity, primarily by destroying the amount of good bacteria found in the gut. The corporation’s Roundup, containing glyphosate, has also been shown to cause infertility and birth defects.” 
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“Beautiful Souls”: Eyal Press on the Whistleblowers Who Risk All to “Heed the Voice of Conscience”

9 March 2012 — Democracy Now!


From corporate whistleblowers to Army refuseniks, a new book, “Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times,” explores what compels ordinary people to defy the sway of authority and convention for the greater good. “I feel like we have two very different discourses about whistleblowers in this country,” says the book’s author, Eyal Press. “On the one hand, when you see them cast in Hollywood movies, they’re invariably heroes, played by leading actors and actresses, and everybody salutes them… On the other hand, when we have whistleblowers actually speaking up in real time, the response is very different.” Continue reading this...

Pentagon prepares war plans for Syria By Bill Van Auken

9 March 2012 — WSWS

In testimony before a Senate committee Wednesday, the Pentagon’s civilian and uniformed chiefs confirmed that they are drawing up war plans against Syria at the request of the Obama White House.

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Economic Warfare & Strangling Sanctions: Punishing Iran for its “Defiance” of the United States

9 March —

Punishing the Population into Hunger

The economic sanctions imposed upon Iran are having the desired effect of punishing the population through hunger and economic strangulation, making life miserable for the many. As tensions increase between the “international community” (the West) and Iran, talk of war is in the air. For years, sanctions have been imposed upon Iran in an attempt to devastate its dependence upon the oil industry for 80% of its revenues. Continue reading this...

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Eisenhower Doctrine: 55 Years After

9 March 2012 — Stop NATO — Voice of Russia

Eisenhower doctrine: 55 years after By Ilya Kharlamov

[The United States first applied the Eisenhower doctrine in 1957 to protect Jordan from alleged aggression by Syria. Then came direct U.S. military intervention in Lebanon in 1958, and nine years later Washington openly endorsed the Israeli aggression against Arab countries. Continue reading this...


Dance of the Infidels By William Bowles

9 March 2012 —

Resign right now, PM urges Assad

BBC News06/03/2012

David Cameron urges Syrian President Assad to step down to end the “bloodshed” in the country, and calls on Russia and China to back regime change.

The nerve of the man! What gives that pompous ass Cameron the right to call for the resignation of a sovereign nation’s head of state? This is the same Cameron who authorized bombing Libya back into the Stone Age. Well of course it’s the insidious ‘Responsibility to Protect’, probably the most successful confidence trick in history and performed in full view of the entire planet.

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Stop NATO News: March 9, 2012: NATO Announces Largest-Ever Cyber Warfare Spending

9 March 2012 — Stop NATO

  • Russia To Block Any UN Syrian Action Implying Use Of Force
  • Syrian, Iranian Neighbor: U.S. In Joint Air Exercise In Turkey
  • NATO Signs New Cooperation Agreement With Georgia
  • Bloc’s Caucasus Envoy: Georgia Getting Closer To NATO
  • Saakashvili: Future Of Georgia, Azerbaijan Is In NATO And EU
  • U.S., Philippines To Hold Large-Scale War Games Near Spratlys
  • Sixth Aircraft Carrier: U.S. Shifting More Military Muscle To Pacific
  • NATO Announces Largest-Ever Cyber Warfare Spending
  • Canada Conducts Another Arctic Military Exercise
  • U.S. Navy Pursues “Road Map To The Arctic

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 8 March 2012: Can Russia Save the Day?

8 March 2012 Information Clearing House


US ‘Offered Israel New Arms To Delay Iran Attack’


The US administration offered to supply Israel with advanced bunker-busting bombs and long-range refuelling planes. In return, Israel would agree to put off a possible attack on Iran till 2013, after the US elections in November.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 8 March 2012: Despite Her Deteriorating Condition, Ash-Shalabi Continues Her Hunger-strike

8 March 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Cameraman Sentenced To 18 Months, 5000 NIS Five
IMEMC – The Ofer Israeli Military Court sentenced on Thursday Palestinian cameraman, from Bil’in village near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, to eighteen months imprisonment and 5000 New Israeli Shekels fine. …

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