Wyden Exposes Obama’s NSA Reform Proposal

Ron Wyden says president’s reforms for NSA don’t go far enough Ron Wyden, democratic senator of the State of Oregon, has been on the front line for quite some time, when it comes to addressing Civil Liberties violations in connection with surveillance programs. Senator Wyden has also worked with Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) in the fight to stop NSA spying on American citizens. In Wyden’s recent comments about President Obama’s… Read More »

Black; More Than a Race in the US

“Black” not just a race in America The Black community is most often viewed as a racially-connected group by the dominant society. This label is not only superficial but also deeply inaccurate historically and ethnically. In all other racial groups in the U.S., the differences in ethnicity and nationality are widely recognized, whether they be white, red, yellow, brown, or black; for example, people of German, Irish, and English descent… Read More »

NSA Powers Must Be Curtailed by Congress

Congress must fight to rein in powers of NSA On Sunday, American author Naomi Wolf posted a message on Facebook, referring to an article by The Guardian that was posted on August 2nd. Wolf also posted a similar message on Twitter: CALL every lawmaker about the push to legislate NSA spying out of our nation – especially JUSTIN AMASH & RON WYDEN: http://t.co/QYFNRujrGl — Naomi Wolf (@naomirwolf) August 4, 2013… Read More »

Message for Registered Members

Message to all visitors: It would be greatly appreciated if you would “click” the Facebook ‘like’ button, and Google +1 us, in the upper right hand corner of the front page. This is the first message of all time. We will be sending information to registered members from time to time, so definitely check all of the messages notifications, and know that messages could be for special offers to our… Read More »

Don Lemon Gets ‘Fact-Check’ of Another Kind

Don Lemon gets a ‘fact check’ on his 5 solutions I just wanted to address CNN’s Don Lemon and his “5 ways to fix our community” segment. Don Lemon apparently thinks that fixing the result of a bigger problem in the black community will fix cultural problems that stem all the way back to slavery. I think that Mr. Lemon needs to dig a little deeper than that into the… Read More »

Bradley Manning Not Guilty of Aiding and Abetting

Bradley Manning found not guilty of ‘aiding and abetting’ The acquittal for aiding and abetting (Espionage Act) presents a major victory for journalism in the U.S., including Bradley Manning, despite him being convicted on other charges. Prvt. Bradley Manning was found guilty on 20 counts, 4 of which were his lesser included pleas. Manning still faces over 100 years in prison. He was also found guilty of 5 counts under… Read More »

Police Brutality Becoming a Social Norm

Police Brutality becoming commonplace in society With so many lawsuits and claims of assaults on civilians, Police Brutality is on a meteoric rise in the U.S.. Surely most of us are not naive enough to believe that police brutality is as rare as we’d like to believe, because it isn’t. Many cases of Police Brutality never get reported. According to USA Today, “Federal records show the vast majority of police… Read More »

GMO’s May Be in a Health Food Store Near You!

GMO products may be in your local health food store Being an avid health food shopper myself, (although it can be fairly expensive and strenuous when it comes to finding specific products) there is one thing that I try avoid at every turn of an aisle: Genetically Modified Organisms or better known as “GMO’s.” GMO’s are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, or… Read More »

Boycott Florida; The Right Thing to Do

Why Florida boycott makes sense Ever since the controversial verdict was handed down in the George Zimmerman trial, there has been a nation-wide, public outcry that justice had not been served for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The potential for a boycott and much more was imminent. Even Marcia Clark, former prosecutor for the O.J. Simpson murder trial, felt that the “jury had enough for a manslaughter conviction.” There… Read More »

‘War on Whistleblowers’ Continues

Obama’s embittered attack on whistleblowers continues With the controversial verdict in the Trayvon Martin Shooting trial of George Zimmerman, the mainstream media has flooded the public with the trial and the dramatic developments throughout, and even stoked the flames of stereotypes and racial hatred, and has caught the attention and emotions of the general public. Moving forward, we must not allow the mainstream media to distract us or make us… Read More »

Black Public Figures Need to Stop Making Excuses

Black public figures need to stop making excuses for Obama’s failure to support the black community Here is the ‘Meet the Press’ clip of Tavis Smiley expressing his discontent with Obama’s speech on race, in regards to the black community: Not only do I agree with Tavis Smiley for the most part, but Charles Ogletree, a professor at Harvard law school, might consider refraining from, what many would call, the… Read More »

Obama: A Corporatist President

President Obama goes ‘above and beyond’ for corporations “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” ― Benito Mussolini In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama ran on core, progressive principles that the majority of the nation was in favor of. He ran on the promise of ‘change,’ in an economic climate where the country wanted someone who would fight for the… Read More »

Zimmerman and The New Jim Crow

Zimmerman verdict confirmation of the New Jim Crow After over 16 hours of deliberation, the six person, all white, female jury gave their verdict: George Zimmerman not guilty on all counts. Even the lesser charge of manslaughter, which would have been much easier to convict Zimmerman on, fell to the waste side. Zimmerman showed no emotion after the jury gave their verdict. It was almost as if he knew that… Read More »

Chomsky: Interview About US Current Events

  A Firebrand Central interview with Noam Chomsky Below is the recording of my telephone interview with emeritus professor of MIT, world-renowned intellectual, and political dissident Noam Chomsky. This was my first interview for Firebrand Central and my first interview of a public figure of this magnitude. Needless to say but I was in awe and little nervous, to say the least. This interview was conducted on February 1st, 2013.… Read More »