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New Hampshire prison official calls to ‘legalize, control, regulate, tax’ marijuana

The head of one jail in New Hampshire said on Monday that his experience in the prison system had made him sure that it was time to legalize marijuana. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill earlier this year to decriminalize small amounts of weed, but Cheshire County Department of…

Native American leader challenges D.C. NFL team: ‘Time for Little Red Sambo to go’

American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt renewed Native Americans’ call for a name change for Washington D.C’s professional football team on Friday, telling Democracy Now anchors Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez that if owner Dan Snyder knew the history behind the term “Redskins,” he would do just that. “Let’s not…

‘Seventh Generation’ co-founder: We no longer live in a democratic society

In the video embedded below, Jeffrey Hollender — the founder of the natural products company Seventh Generation and author of the book How to Make the World a Better Place, a Beginner’s Guide — mused that the United States is no longer a truly democratic society. The clip is excerpted…

‘Million Mask March’ inspires protests around the world

Demonstrations in more than 400 cities were planned to coincide with Guy Fawkes Day, with Russell Brand at a London protest Protesters wearing the white-faced Guy Fawkes masks that have become synonymous with the Occupy movement and the hacktivist grouping Anonymous have taken part in hundreds of gatherings around the…

British community searches soul, investigates misconduct after man dragged into street and burned to death

British constables, emergency call handlers and officials find themselves under scrutiny for their response when a man falsely accused of pedophilia was beaten unconscious, dragged into the street and set alight by his Bristol neighbors. Bijan Ebrahimi, an avid gardener, took pictures of some kids stomping on his plants in…

‘No Woman, No Drive’: Saudi activist’s Marley parody becomes online hit

A Saudi video mocking the kingdom’s unique ban on female driving has gone viral, featuring a male performer singing “no woman, no drive”, an adaptation of Bob Marley’s famous song. Nearly 3.5 million people had seen the 4:15-minute video by Monday, two days after the adaptation of the reggae legend’s…

Glenn Greenwald: The New York Times ‘helped to kill journalism as a potent force for checking power’

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald appeared Monday on Democracy Now to discuss his latest project, a new media startup funded by billionaire philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. Greenwald said the new media outfit would practice “adversarial journalism” and seek to challenge the powerful. He contrasted his view of journalism with the journalism of…

Strippers converge on St. Louis to stop World Series human sex trafficking

At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, World Series fans will find a few strippers walking the streets, bearing an unexpected message. The front of the cards they hand out look like souvenir baseball cards. The back has contact information for the victims of sex trafficking to get help. About 75…

Far-right French politician Marine Le Pen confronted by topless Femen protesters

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front (FN) party, became the latest target of a trademark topless protest by feminist group Femen during a visit to the town of Fougères in Brittany on Saturday. Le Pen, in town to meet local FN party members, was greeting Fougères residents…

Sea lions who washed ashore in Malibu died of gunshot wounds

Wildlife rescuers say that at least three sea lions who washed ashore in Malibu, CA died of gunshots wounds. Jonsie Ross with the California Wildlife Center told CBS News that this happens because squid fisherman shine light on the surface of the water, which also attracts sea lions. A Malibu…

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