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Hundreds rally at Iowa Capitol over labor laws

Over 500 activists gathered at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines to show solidarity with the protesters in Wisconsin and rally against legislation that would limit state workers’ bargaining rights. “This is not an assault on public workers,” Ken Sagar, president of the Iowa Federation of Labor, told The Associated…

US hails ‘positive steps’ by Bahrain monarchy

WASHINGTON – The United States welcomed peacemaking moves by Bahrain’s monarchy Tuesday, as tens of thousands of protesters descended on the heart of the capital Manama in a massive anti-regime rally. The US State Department said it commended steps taken by King Hamad and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad in…

Georgia anti-abortion bill would require investigations of miscarriages

Legislation recently introduced to the Georgia legislature by House Republican Bobby Franklin would make abortion the legal equivalent of murder and require miscarriages to be investigated by authorities. The bill, known as HB 1, was uncovered by the progressive blog The Daily Kos. Franklin’s bill would classify the removal of…

Montanans protest GOP ‘assault’ on environmental and labor programs

More than a thousand Montanans gathered in front of the state Capitol of Helena on Monday to protest budgetary plans to cut health, educational, environmental and labor programs while pushing for corporate tax cuts. Republicans in Montana are pushing legislation to gut the Montana Environmental Policy Act, reduce workers’ compensation…

Exclusive: Military’s ‘persona’ software cost millions, used for ‘classified social media activities’

Most people use social media like Facebook and Twitter to share photos of friends and family, chat with friends and strangers about random and amusing diversions, or follow their favorite websites, bands and television shows. But what does the US military use those same networks for? Well, we can’t tell…

Infomania music intervention: Glee

America may love “Glee,”but Sergio Cilli of Current TV refuses to let the show get away with turning classic songs into “Mickey Mousified” versions. This video is from Current TV, uploaded September 20, 2010.…

Best of Target Women: Women are pretty!

Sarah Haskins reviews the “two bajillion” products that claim to help slow women’s aging process, “marketed with a heaping dose of girl power.” This video is from Current TV, uploaded on June 02, 2010.…

Self-harm YouTube videos endangering teens

A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics finds that 14-24% of teenagers report harming themselves at least once. On CBS’ The Early Show, psychologist Jennifer Hartstein comments on Youtube videos depicting methods of self-harm and explains reasons why teens turn to non-suicidal self-harm to modulate emotions. This video…

Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s image of women

Jean Kilbourne’s pioneering work has advanced the study of gender representation in the media. In this new version of the award-winning Killing us Softly film, Kilbourne uses over 160 ads and TV commercials to critique advertising’s image of women. Part One of this documentary is available on YouTube, uploaded January…

Beyonce in blackface for magazine tribute to Fela Kuti

Beyonce appears in blackface for L’Offciel magazine’s photo spread, provoking debate about whether or not the magazine’s “tribute” to human rights activist Fela Kuti was in fact, racist. This video (in French) shows footage from the controversial photo shoot. This video is from TF1, broadcast February 20, 2011.…

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