By Greg Matos on November 2, 2015
Over the past two weeks, this series has laid out a case for why Rhode Island is in the business of empowering veterans and what the future of state-level veterans affairs can be. But a discussion about veterans can’t occur in a media vacuum and it’s impossible to ignore sizzling headlines about the VA and […]
By Greg Matos on October 26, 2015
Veterans are fierce, persistent against all odds, and amazing leaders. Sure, not all veterans are the same, but a majority of vets are exceptional with whatever they pour their energy into, whether it’s fixing diesel engines or running a Fortune 100 company. A vision for the future of the Division of Veterans Affairs has to […]
By Greg Matos on October 19, 2015
It only took about 5-years (or 125 years1), but Rhode Island veterans are finally getting a director for the Division of Veterans Affairs! Thank you, Governor Raimondo. Applications are due November 6th. As veterans submit their resumes over the next few weeks, we’ll explore the state of veterans’ affairs, a vision for the future of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 10, 2015
RIAC notes that President Barack Obama is now the first Nobel Peace laureate to bomb another Nobel Peace laureate.
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By Steve Ahlquist on July 23, 2015
The suit Dr. Jason Heap filed states that Heap’s “qualifications and experience far exceed the standards articulated by the Navy for accepting applicants [for military chaplaincies]… The Navy denied his application because of his Humanist beliefs.” According to the lawsuit, the Navy “does not consider Humanism to be a religion.”
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By Elisha Aldrich on July 15, 2015
The Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this morning filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Providence street musician, saying that the city has infringed upon his First Amendment rights. 62-year-old Manuel Pombo has been harassed by Providence Police for playing in a public space on multiple occasions, even though he had a permit to perform.
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By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2014
NEKA is calling on the Obama administration to bomb ISIS positions around Kobani and to supply Kurdish fighters facing ISIS with better weaponry.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 11, 2014
There is still time to join the Walk Across Rhode Island for Peace and Justice, which began this morning in Westerly.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 2, 2014
The Peace Flag Project coordinates and connects the community to events that celebrate peace during the month of September. Celebrating the Month of Peace is about working to create the Beloved Community and a Culture of Peace in our communities. A peaceful culture is one that we, as citizens, can create by how we live […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2014
From Gaza to Ferguson, we are witnessing the effects of the corporatization of the military and the militarization of the police. The alternative to the world on offer is one of courage and peace. The choice is ours.
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By Peter Nightingale on November 11, 2013
The President is all fired up; cameras are rolling. Days of coaching by a talented theater director flown in from a small, elite college are paying off. The lines are delivered with poise and apparent compassion. With pregnant pauses and the cadence of her delivery, the President punctuates the gravity of her message: Our preference […]
By David Segal on July 31, 2012
Without comment, just thought folks would be fascinated by the office’s logo, as noted by Spencer Ackerman today.
By Bob Plain on April 18, 2012
Gov. Chafee is in Afghanistan, spending the week visiting with National Guard troops, and in a conference call with reporters said “Rhode Island troops are doing really well here.” He added, “It’s just a tremendous sacrifice [for them]. It was very sobering having supper with them. I’ve been surprised at how thankful they are that […]
By Bob Plain on March 27, 2012
Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine have already decriminalized possession of less than ounce of marijuana, as have a total of 13 states. But don’t take our neighbors’ words for it, a special Rhode Island senate commission on marijuana prohibition found in 2010 that the move would actually save the state money. “Even by conservative estimates,” reads […]
By Samuel G. Howard on March 16, 2012
The recent news out of Afghanistan is grim. On the heels of a burning of Qurans (along with other Islamic literature) that sparked mass protests in the country, the massacre of 16 civilians, nine of whom were children and three of whom were women, by a lone U.S. gunman; now Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has demanded […]
By Russ Conway on July 22, 2011
Paul Craig Roberts lays bare what’s wrong with the deficit hype being used to foist the dismantling of the social safety net on the American people: Recently, the bond rating agencies that gave junk derivatives triple-A ratings threatened to downgrade US Treasury bonds if the White House and Congress did not reach a deficit reduction […]