Headline envy: ‘The GOP Sees Dead People’

June 1, 2012
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A couple weeks ago, Curt Guyette‘s News Hits column took aim at the widely discussed and totally bogus crisis of voter fraud — and the less-discussed but all too real crisis of looming voter suppression. “Mess of suppression: Why voter ID laws are solutions to a problem that doesn’t exist” was our headline.” Today...
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Detroit Poet in the War Zone: M.L. Liebler Flying Home from the Kabul Beat #7

May 17, 2012
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Detroit Poet in the War Zone: M.L. Liebler Flying Home from the Kabul Beat #7

With the Kandahar, Jalalabad, Kabul and the Afghanistan experiences behind me now, and in hindsight – most of these visits had elements of serious danger sometimes for members of the audiences, for the military who assisted us at each location, and, dare I say, for me. But I was warmly welcomed in a very...
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‘Shock doctrine’ to a Motown beat: A lefty take on the consent agreement

May 16, 2012
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In a sort of fever-dream burlesque with a radical chorus chiming in, Detroit attorney Thomas Stephens channels, among others, Crazy Horse, Emma  Goldman, Harriet Tubman and Coleman A. Young to provide a distinctly lefty take on Detroit’s “consent agreement” and, as he describes it, the corporate power-structure’s plans to keep sucking blood from the...
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Sentenced to life by Michigan’s juvenile injustice system

May 15, 2012
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Sentenced to life by Michigan’s juvenile injustice system

A just-released report titled “Basic Decency: Protecting the human rights of children” is both heart breaking and infuriating. The study looks at the way Michigan treats juveniles found guilty of first-degree murder. It is grim reading. As noted in the introduction: To date, 376 young people have been sentenced to life without the possibility...
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Detroit Poet in the War Zone: M. L. Liebler Rides the Kandahar Beat # 6

May 13, 2012
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Detroit Poet in the War Zone: M. L. Liebler Rides the Kandahar Beat # 6

I met some very hip writers Kabul filmmakers, painters and musicians at the Afghan Cultural House (the MOCAD of Kabul) http://ach.af/. I performed a few poems for them, which they said, “We like! We Like!” I did some “Blood in the Moon” (they seem very biggly on both blood and the moon over here)....
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Detroit Poet in the War Zone: M. L. Liebler Rides the Kabul & Jalabad Beats #5

May 13, 2012
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Detroit Poet in the War Zone: M. L. Liebler Rides the Kabul & Jalabad Beats #5

Hey Ya Detroit! M. L. Liebler has officially left The Stan & the Barracks. Let the blogging continue: I traveled out to Orange Blossom country in beautiful Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province. Jalalabad is a stone’s through from the famous Kyber Pass which is the gateway to Pakistan. We helicoptered in from Kabul passing over...
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Detroit Poet in the War Zone: M. L. Liebler Rides the Kabul Beat # 4

May 10, 2012
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Detroit Poet in the War Zone: M. L. Liebler Rides the Kabul Beat # 4

For security reason, I am going to temporarily  suspend my Blogging until I leave Afghanistan. I have some MT Blogs stored up that I can post soon. Stand by…. I have some interesting  and very cool literary arts stories to share with my friends and interested folks. I just did a gig at The...
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Detroit Poet in the War Zone: M.L. Liebler Rides the Kabul Beat # 3

May 7, 2012
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Detroit Poet in the War Zone: M.L. Liebler Rides the Kabul Beat # 3

Yesterday was a productive and very interesting day. I spent Sunday morning with the wonderful women writers of The Afghan Women Writers’ Project. We met in an undisclosed location in a neighborhood in Kabul as the women are all writing poetry about their life experiences anonymously. They shared some of their writing with me...
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Detroit Poet in a War Zone M. L. Liebler Rides the Kabul Beat # 2

May 5, 2012
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War is hell! Or at least  trying to get to a war is. I left Detroit Thursday night at 10:00pm for Amsterdam. I had a brief layover there (no John Sinclair sightings at Schippol),  and I caught a flight into Dubai. The place is beautiful from the sky at night. It’s known as the...
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Clarke’s plan for student debt forgiveness gets attention

May 3, 2012
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U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke, a Detroit Democrat, is mentioned in an editorial in The Nation magazine regarding the student debt crisis. Clarke has introduced a bill calling for forgiving of “up to $45,520 in student debt after a borrower makes ten years of payments at 10 percent of income.” As the lefty magazine reports,...
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