Dispatches From The Edge: Ethnic Cleansing and Israel

By Conn Hallinan
Friday March 06, 2009 - 11:14:00 AM

One of the more disturbing developments in the Middle East is a growing consensus among Israelis that it would be acceptable to expel—in the words of advocates, “transfer”—its Arab citizens to either an as-yet-unformed Palestinian state or the neighboring countries of Jordan and Egypt. -more-

Undercurrents: Oscar Grant Movement Struggles with Tactics, Goals

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday March 06, 2009 - 11:15:00 AM

About a half-hour before the scheduled Oscar Grant march and rally in Grant’s hometown of Hayward last week, Hayward police in full riot gear set up a blockade line in front of the City Hall building. Across the street at the Hayward BART station, where protesters were gathering, a group of early teen Latino boys were bouncing around at the edge of the sidewalk, periodically shouting “Fuck the police!” at the officers lined up across the way. Well, not actually shouting it. In fact, they seemed at great pains to make sure that while their friends and some of the protesters heard what they were saying, the police did not. -more-

Green Neighbors: Finding the Boogeymen in the Bushes

By Ron Sullivan
Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 07:04:00 PM
Baxter Creek’s understory of willow and ceanothus. Scary, huh?

When Lisa Owens Viani summoned spirits (and bodies) from the vasty deep of bureaucracy, they showed up. Furthermore, they made specific promises. -more-

East Bay Then and Now: When Berkeley’s Home Street Was a Street of Homes

By Daniella Thompson
Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 07:02:00 PM
1930 Walnut St. was built in 1905 as a two-family rental property.

At the heart of Berkeley’s downtown, behind the commercial facades of University Avenue, stands a cluster of four century-old residential buildings. Shoppers at Berkeley Hardware who park next to these relics may pause and wonder about them occasionally. -more-

About the House: Cooperative Housing—Not Just for Hippies Anymore

By Matt Cantor
Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 07:03:00 PM

I could be handy mending a fuse -more-