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Hedges: NDAA is ‘chilling’ the practice of journalism

Speaking about his lawsuit against the U.S. government over its claim that it may indefinitely imprison anyone it believes to be involved in terrorism, journalist Chris Hedges warned that the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is already having a “chilling” effect on the serious practice of journalism. That’s because…

U.S. anti-terrorism law curbs free speech and activist work, court told

Controversy over NDAA centres on loose definition of key words, such as who are ‘associated forces’ of named terrorist groups. A group political activists and journalists has launched a legal challenge to stop an American law they say allows the US military to arrest civilians anywhere in the world and…

Chris Hedges: Occupy’s ‘Black Bloc’ is ‘serving’ the 1 percent

After publishing a scathing essay criticizing the tactics of some “Occupy” protesters, Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges appeared on Russia Today’s The Alyona Show to discuss what he sees as a “cancer” on the movement: the so-called “Black Bloc.” The “Black Bloc” isn’t so much a sub-group as it is a tactic used by…

Journalist Chris Hedges sues Obama over National Defense Authorization Act

Less than a month after the National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law, President Barack Obama faces a lawsuit because of its highly controversial provisions regarding the detention of suspected terrorists. Attorneys Carl J. Mayer and Bruce I. Afran filed a complaint against Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon…

Chris Hedges, 16 others arrested in Occupy protest at Goldman Sachs

Police arrested at least 17 protesters who were demonstrating outside the Manhattan headquarters of Goldman Sachs on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Protesters had marched from Zuccotti Park to Goldman’s headquarters to stage a “people’s trial” and deliver a guilty verdict to Goldman executives. Police asked protesters to vacate the…

Hedges: ‘Corporations have carried out a coup d’état in my country’

In an interview published Monday, taken in Times Square during Saturday’s global day of protests, Pulitzer-winning writer Chris Hedges explained his view of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and why he’s supporting it. “I spent 20 years overseas, I’m a war correspondent,” he said. “I came back and realized that…

Chris Hedges: Occupy Wall Street is ‘where the hope of America lies’

Journalist Chris Hedges put in an appearance at the Occupy Wall Street protest on Sunday morning and engaged in a lengthy interview, during which he described the protest as “really where the hope of America lies.” Hedges was particularly impressed by the significance of Saturday’s mass arrests on the part…

Bamboo Reviews: American Fascists

It’s interesting reading this item (hat tip) after reading Chris Hedges’ book American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. A roomful of academics erupted in angry boos Tuesday morning after political analyst Michael Barone said journalists trashed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republicans’ vice presidential nominee, because…

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