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Day 27/12/2010

Queens, the neglected stepchild

Mayor John V. Lindsay walked along Jewel Avenue in Queens on Feb. 11, 1969, after a blizzard prompted loud criticism of his administration.

Forty years ago this week, a snowstorm struck New York City, eventually killing 42 people — half of them in Queens — and injuring 288 others. The blizzard prompted a political crisis that became legendary in the annals of municipal politics, nearly brought down the administration of Mayor John V. Lindsay and offered an instructive lesson to elected officials in the politics of snow removal.

Guantánamo, Bagram, Anwar al-Awlaki, and domestic surveillance

Very accessible interview on Guantánamo, Bagram, Anwar al-Awlaki, and domestic surveillance: International Socialist Review: Obama’s national security state: Interview with Michael Ratner