By Richard Stone
(Author’s note: In this article, I have quoted freely and with permission from a report written by one of Ellen Bush’s co-travelers who asked to be unnamed, hereafter called AJ.)
On her recent trip to Cuba, Ellen Bush (second from left) found the Cuban people warm and welcoming. She noted that the perspective of Cuba provided by U.S. politicians and media is misleading.
Ellen Bush has lived in Fresno for some 15 years, but her previous work as a community organizer took her to places as far-flung as Idaho and Brazil. Her work with a …[Read the details]
A message from “The Light Brigade.”
By Mike Bridges
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. Its flight is either controlled autonomously by computers within the vehicle, or under the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle.
UAVs or drones were once just considered simple hobby toys. They have quickly evolved into strategic killing machines becoming ever more sophisticated. According to a Congressional report, one-third of U.S. warplanes are now pilotless and that statistic will continue to rise. There are many …[Read the details]
By Michael Hogan
Author Michael Hogan
One of the least-known stories of the Irish who came to America in the 1840s is that of the Irish battalion that fought on the Mexican side in the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846–1848. They came to Mexico and died, some gloriously in combat, others ignominiously on the gallows. United under a green banner, they participated in all the major battles of the war and were cited for bravery by General López de Santa Anna, the Mexican commander-in-chief and president.
At the penultimate battle of the war, these Irishmen fought until their ammunition …[Read the details]
By Alex Vavoulis
Iceland, an independent country, is in the North Atlantic between North America and Europe, and Greece is a country in southern Europe. Both have suffered because of the global recession and both are dealing with the economic crisis in different ways.
On the Internet, Samuel Greenberg wondered out loud about the Iceland crisis not receiving media attention but other countries, like Greece, getting a lot of written press and electronic attention. Is it because a few of the main banks in Iceland were nationalized? Also, he suggests that the country …[Read the details]
By Paul Gilmore
Bradley Manning is a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. He was charged with a number of offenses, including communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source and aiding the enemy. He was arraigned in February 2012 at Fort Meade, Maryland, where he declined to enter a plea. The trial is expected to begin in February 2013.
Walking into the “dark loser hole” last week was like…well, walking into the bar every other day. …[Read the details]