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And the Losers Are…

And the Losers Are…

It would have been nice to hear actual debate on fundamental disagreements on issues, but instead we became the viewing audience at a elaborately produced play paid for and choreographed by PACs and rich people. Every few years, the audience gets to vote, choosing between a party that proudly proclaims empty nationalist rhetoric, and a party that stands weakly and ambivalently for some things that matter.…

Your Douchey Response to People Protesting the Police

Your Douchey Response to People Protesting the Police

Text and Photos By Nick Cooper You hear the voices in the…

Four Years After the ‘Arab Spring’ Series: Egypt

Four Years After the ‘Arab Spring’ Series: Egypt

No one is happy, not even pro-military and Christian groups. Under Mubarak, when things got progressively worse, people were patiently waiting for relief to come. Now, young and old know there is no relief coming. …

Community Oriented Policing

Community Oriented Policing

By Richard Hanna Edited by Nick Cooper In Ferguson, Missouri, a young…

Net Neutrality: Bus Trip to the Bush School of Government

Net Neutrality: Bus Trip to the Bush School of Government

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is holding an open forum on Net Neutrality at Texas A&M University in College Station on Tues., Oct. 21. A free bus ticket will be provided for people in Houston to travel to College Station on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 a.m. (and return around 2:30 p.m.). …

Torry Mercer: Musings of a Pro-Airstrikes Anarchist

Torry Mercer: Musings of a Pro-Airstrikes Anarchist

I already know that every US president is a war criminal with as much or more blood on their hands as Assad. Two wrongs don’t make a right. The difference is that the US is not having a popular uprising and no US presidents have bombed any US cities to dust for over 150 years. You can’t justify the cowardice of sitting idly by while Assad commits genocide on his own people because of the ignoble history of US foreign policy.…

Houston’s ‘Civility’ Ordinance Makes It a Crime to Sit for 16 Hours of the Day

Houston’s ‘Civility’ Ordinance Makes It a Crime to Sit for 16 Hours of the Day

There was a fair amount of media coverage for Mayor Annise Parker’s 2012 law that included $2,000 penalties for those sharing food with more than five needy people in public if they lacked prior written permission. In comparison, the even more totalitarian so-called ‘civility’ ordinances, were passed quietly.…

Sunday at Rothko: Culturunners / Edge of Arabia

Sunday at Rothko: Culturunners / Edge of Arabia

By Nick Cooper This Sunday, the UN’s International Day of Peace, Houston…

Looking Back at Labor Day’s Turbulent Origins

Looking Back at Labor Day’s Turbulent Origins

Today marks the 120th celebration of “Labor Day” as a legal, national holiday. The “Labor Day” holiday has a turbulent, complicated beginning, and understanding more about this can help us to rethink the significance of this holiday today.…

Why Other Critics of Israel Won’t Work With Gilad Atzmon Anymore

Why Other Critics of Israel Won’t Work With Gilad Atzmon Anymore

Gilad Atzmon is an outspoken critic of Israel, but in his writing and speaking, he makes frequent prejudicial errors and distortions.…

Interview with a Palestinian Houstonian Who Wishes to Remain Anonymous

Interview with a Palestinian Houstonian Who Wishes to Remain Anonymous

I'm tired. I'm tired of being an outcast, I'm tired of witnessing this genocide in Palestine.…

A Little Help? Trying to Stop a War Here…

A Little Help? Trying to Stop a War Here…

If you’ve ever spent any time trying to stop the US or its allies from bombing, arming, incarcerating, torturing, or otherwise oppressing others, you have probably had someone tell you that you’re wasting your time. …

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