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Tom Morello: ‘My music is about holding those people accountable’

Musician Tom Morello, co-founder of Rage Against the Machine, appeared on the NPR program Moyers & Company Friday, in an interview taped before he headed to Chicago for this weekend’s anti-NATO protests. “I didn’t choose to be a guitar player,” Morello began. “That’s something that was a calling. That was…

Chris Hedges: Ruling overturning indefinite detention provision of NDAA is ‘huge’

Earlier this week, a federal judge blocked a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act which had provided for the possibility of indefinite detention of anyone, including American citizens, charged with providing “substantial support” for terrorist organizations. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges, who was one of the plaintiffs in the…

Former Navy chaplain insists gay demons can infect animals

Former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, who founded lobbying group The Pray In Jesus Name Project, appeared on a progressive talk show this week to criticize President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same sex marriage … But somehow ended up promoting his theory that gay people unknowingly secrete invisible, evil creatures which find and…

Plaintiff in NDAA case: U.S. has ‘gone insane’ in its war on terror

Journalist Tangerine Bolen, who along with other activists and writers filed suit over an indefinite detention law, said Thursday that the citizens United States had become indifferent about their rights. “This panoply of laws and circumstances over the last ten years have led to a milieu that is increasingly dangerous…

‘Ex-gay’ group accuses Maryland school superintendent of ‘hate speech’

A group that claims LGBT people can change their sexual orientation has filed a complaint against the the superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland over alleged sexual orientation discrimination. Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) Executive Director Regina Griggs told Raw Story that School…

Soap maker David Bronner: Hemp ban highlights absurdity of drug war

David Bronner, the maker of organic “Magic Soap,” on Tuesday blasted the ban on industrial hemp in the United States. “In our soap, hemp oil is a super fatty ingredient,” he explained to Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman. “It contains an unparalleled content of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are—omega-3…

Mothers protest against the war on drugs in Los Angeles

A small group of mothers gathered Sunday on the steps of the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse to protest against the war on drugs. “Mothers throughout history have come forward for the sake of their children,” Gretchen Burns Bergman, executive director of Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing (PATH), told Reason…

Richard Branson says Spain can solve its economic problems by legalizing marijuana

Sir Richard Branson believes that the ideal way for Spain to get out of its current morass of national debt, savage austerity cuts, and social turmoil would be to legalize and tax marijuana. The billionaire founder of the Virgin Group suggested at the opening of the world’s largest cannabis museum…

Trayvon’s mom: Call your governor on Mother’s Day

RELATED: ‘Trayvon Matin’ gun range targets sold out in two days —- Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Matin, released a public service announcement on Friday timed for Mother’s Day this weekend, asking viewers to “call the governor of your state” and encourage them to reconsider “Stand Your Ground” laws like…

WATCH LIVE: ‘Occupy’ protests Bank of America shareholders meeting

Occupy Wall Street portesters are targeting Bank of America’s annual shareholder meeting today in Charlotte, N.C., in which they’re demonstrating against the nation’s second-largest bank’s taking of taxpayer bailout money, according to reporting from Reuters. Protestors chanted, “We are the 99 percent.” Occupiers have also told The Huffington Post they…

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