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An Afghan woman whose plight gained international attention when she was imprisoned for adultery after a relative raped her has been freed.

The woman, identified only as Gulnaz for her own protection, had been sentenced to prison for 12 years after she reported that her cousin’s husband had raped her two years ago. Wednesday, she was free after President Hamid Karzai intervened on her behalf.

The woman is staying at a women’s shelter in Kabul with her daughter, whose father is the attacker. [QUOTE: CNN]

Attorney General Eric Holder pledges to enforce civil rights protections in 2012 election


Republicans Love Themselves Some Oil Companies (image)

Learn That Sen. Harry Reid Is Right: There Are No Job Creators…Just Unicorns!


HURT: Grinch Occupiers provide holiday jeer
The Washington Times
Tue, December 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM CST


Once Newt Gingrich Gave Palestinians Free Advice on Statehood. Now He Has “Invented” an Anti-Palestinian Tactic to Win in Iowa(?) 1

WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich‘s questioning of the “authenticity” of the Palestinian people and even whether they should be classified as a group has sparked a sharp debate within the Republican Party.

“Remember, there was no Palestine as a state – (it was) part of the Ottoman Empire,” Gingrich told the Jewish Channel last week. “I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part of the Arab community and they had the chance to go many places.”

Several of his fellow candidates for the GOP presidential nomination called his comments unnecessarily provocative and ultimately unhelpful to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In foreign policy circles there has been no shortage of debate about the accuracy of the remarks and the former House Speaker‘s consistency on the matter.

On Monday, a political operative who has been working on Palestine-Israel policy for the past 20 years sent The Huffington Post a picture of Gingrich, then the House minority whip, grasped the hand of longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat immediately following the September 1993 Oslo peace accords.

The embrace, the source said, came after Arafat met with 20 to 25 House leaders over coffee. Jotting notes down in a yellow pad, Gingrich used the meeting to pitch Arafat on how best to actually construct a Palestinian state. “He said, ‘Look, here is what I think you need — an economic plan – and here is how it will work,'” the operative recalled. “It was a very positive contribution at the time and as they stood up, there were pictures.”

[Huffington Post. Click here to read Sam Stein’s complete article.]


RICK PERRY Heckled for His Anti-Gay Campaign Ad 1

Rick Perry heckled in Iowa for demonizing gays in recent campaign ad

AMES, Iowa — Texas Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry was met by hecklers during a campaign stop in Ames, Iowa on Sunday, continuing to catch heat for an anti-gay campaign ad released last week in which he said that gays serving openly in the military is a sign of what’s wrong with America.

“Why do you hate gays so much?” screamed one Iowan as Perry wrapped up a his campaign stop and avoided taking any questions from the audience, reported the Des Moines Register.

The heckling followed Perry’s brief remarks to Iowa voters at the Cafe Diem coffee shop in downtown Ames.

“Why are you demonizing gay and lesbian people?” shouted another heckler.

Another man, identifying himself as a Marine veteran from the Iraq war, asked Perry, “Why can’t gays compete in the military?”

Jason Arment, 24, of Grimes, Iowa and an English major at nearby Iowa State University, who said he was straight, said he served with the Marines in Iraq in 2007 and 2008, and that he found the Perry ad “extremely offensive” and “insulting” to service members, reported the Los Angeles Times.

At the center of the storm is a Perry campaign ad aimed at evangelical Christians in Iowa, in which he says that “there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”

Iowa State University associate professor Warren Blumenfeld was one who shouted questions to Perry, asking him why he was marginalizing and demonizing non-Christians.

“The implication is if you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered, you’re not a real American,” said Blumenfeld, who teaches studies about sexuality. “He is marginalizing people and dividing this country, and he’s demonizing proud Americans who just don’t have the social identities as he has.”

Sunday marked the first that Perry was confronted over the ad on the campaign trail. [LGBTQNation Blog]

Gay voter grills Romney on marriage rights

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During a campaign stop a Chez Vachon in Manchester, N.H. on Monday, Bob Garon asked GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney whether he would support the repeal of state laws allowing same-sex marriage.


Will the Middle-Class Have a Merry Christmas?

The House of Representatives Passes Tax Cut Extension with a Poison Pill: The Keystone XL Pipeline Provision 1

The House of Representatives, led by a majority of Republicans, voted 234-192 today to extend the payroll tax cut and speed the process for government approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

However, approval by the Senate appeared unlikely given strong opposition from the Democratic majority.

President Obama has said he would veto the measure, which attaches pipeline approval to the payroll tax cut, setting up further brinkmanship before Congress’ holiday recess begins at the end of the week.

Congress had been debating the payroll tax cut extension and a spending bill that must pass in order to keep the government funded after Friday and avoid a shutdown. [QUOTE: CNN]

People, We Can’t Let Etremism Win in 2012!

This will be one of the most critical presidential elections in our nation’s history. And we want to know what you think our progressive priorities should be in the 2012 election season.

So please take a moment to take our 2012 Presidential Election Year survey here.

If we are not fully engaged this year, we could actually end up with a far-right Tea Party extremist President who supports:

  • Judges who bend the law to side with corporate special interests over the rights of ordinary Americans
  • Rigging Election Laws to make it harder for minorities and young people to vote
  • Rolling back civil rights
  • Eradicating educational standards
  • Punishing teachers who teach science in the classroom
  • Repealing laws protecting gays’ and lesbians’ rights
  • Eliminating financial regulatory forms
  • Privatizing Social Security, and ending Medicare as we know it
  • Jailing doctors who perform certain medical procedures on women
  • Eliminating the rights of workers to have collective bargaining
  • And a whole lot more proposals that would terrify anyone not part of the extreme Far Right.

In other words, they are out to destroy our nation and democracy as we know and create a “corporatocracy.” Backed by billionaires like the Koch brothers, and big fundraisers like Karl Rove, right-wing candidates this year are beholden to big money and Wall Street more than ever … Which means, if they win, corporations will be running our country—and we will be a “corporatocracy.” What do YOU think the best way is to fight it — Survey’s just a click away right here.

In the last major election, thanks to a conservative Supreme Court decision, wealthy corporations could secretly contribute unlimited amounts of money to influence elections and look what happen. They nearly took over every state in the country and won the House of Representatives.

Imagine what 2012 will be like.If we lose, we will not be living in a democracy, but by a government that is run and controlled by corporations, and their elected puppets on Capitol Hill — a “corporatocracy.”

So please take the survey now.

Our country’s future is hanging in the balance.

Thank you,
Michael Keegan
President, People For the American Way