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Privacy is Not Dead! Oregonians Indignant Over Breach of Student's Mental Health Records

Monday, March 30, 2015

Wikipedia’s entry for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is short. FERPA, also called the Buckley Amendment for Senator James Buckley who sponsored the bill, grew by one paragraph in March of this year.

Saudi Arabia’s Invasion of Yemen

Friday, March 27, 2015



Wednesday evening Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States announced that Saudi Arabia had commenced military operations against the Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement in Yemen. The Saudi intervention was not unexpected. Over the last few weeks there were signs that the U.S. and the Saudi’s were preparing the ground for direct military intervention in Yemen in response to the Houthi’s seizing state power in January.

Netanyahu’s Victory Is a Victory for Palestinian Solidarity Movement

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to a joint session of the US Congress on March 3, 2015. (Photo: Caleb Smith/Flickr)

The cover of respectability that obscured the brutal and immoral reality of the Israeli colonial project may have been permanently ripped away by Benjamin Netanyahu’s angry declaration that if re-elected, there would never be a Palestinian state and his racist rant on election day against his own citizens who happen to be Palestinians.

TPP Trade Negotiations At Critical Juncture

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Passage of the “Trans Pacific Partnership” (TPP) free trade agreement between the USA and 11 other pacific rim countries has been the number one economic priority of both political parties in the USA since last November 2014’s national Congressional elections. Concluding a TPP deal in 2015 is right up there — along with across the board corporate tax rate cuts — at the top of Corporate America’s “must have” list for this year.

U.S. Elections: Worst among established democracies

Monday, March 23, 2015

Over fourteen hundred international election experts gathered data last year and pronounced the United States last in election integrity among long-standing democracies. On a 100-point scale, the U.S. received an integrity rating of 69.3 percent -- one notch ahead of the narco-drug state Colombia at 69.1 percent and just behind the nearly-narco-drug state of Mexico at 69.8 percent, neither country with a long-standing democracy.

An Inconvenient Democracy: Minor Parties would “Overcrowd Ballot”

Monday, March 23, 2015

Federal Judge Michael Watson, fearing democracy might break out in Ohio, upheld a Republican state law that makes it virtually impossible for minor parties to get on the ballot. Judge Watson sided with Ohio's Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, who argued that if minor political parties were treated as they are in other democracies, it would add "additional cost" and would reduce “the risk of overcrowded ballots and frivolous candidates."