Rikers Island is a dismal and dangerous place. Spread across 415 acres of repurposed landfill in the the East River between the Bronx and Queens, the island is home to more than 12,000 inmates in 10 separate jail facilities. There were 73 stabbings and slashings committed by inmates in 2013, and the ... More >>
Here's a little morsel of insanity for your Tuesday morning: New York City Public Advocate and candidate for Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to yank Saudi Arabian Airlines' right to land at U.S. airports over its policy of not allowing Israeli citizens to board, starting with JFK. The Director Genera ... More >>
Something very strange is happening on 13th Street at the LGBT Center. As a scourge is affecting LGBT organizations -- the Bronx Pride Center shut down yesterday, amid charges its director, Lisa Winters embezzled $338,000 -- the city's main LGBT Center refuses to speak to the press. As we wrote in ... More >>
The NYPD didn't just spy on entire Muslim communities -- a new report by The Associated Press reveals that cops also surveilled liberal political groups. The AP (via CBS) notes that undercover cops went to liberal political groups' meetings, building intel files on activists and protesters. The ... More >>
Reversing field once again, the LGBT Center has now banned all discussion of the explosive issue of Israel and Palestine on its premises. The most recent flip-flop (a reversal of its previous reversal) came a week after a new group called Queers Against Israeli Apartheid was allowed to meet at the ... More >>
As the wave of unrest roils through the Middle East, news organizations like the New York Times have been scrambling to get information out of places where reporters are scarce. For news from Bahrain, the paper of record has frequently relied on Maryam Alkhawaja, a 23-year-old human rights ac ... More >>
A storm has been brewing in the White House press room since 89-year-old spitfire Helen Thomas voiced some controversial opinions on the state of Israel, offering that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" during an interview with RabbiLive.com at the Jewish Heritage Celebration last we ... More >>
On to Chapter Two! We ask another round of authors for recommendations.
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