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The annual Ridenhour Prizes recognize acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society.

With the killing of Awlaki, the president of the United States became judge, jury and executioner for American citizens.

It wasn't easy, but artists, musicians and activists met Thatcher's brutal tactics with compassionate responses.

So long as austerity-mongers have their way, "democracy" is just a buzzword.

The growing threats of nuclear war and environmental catastrophe make it hard to bet on the survival of our species.

How did debt reduction become Washington's number one priority?

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From Tom Dispatch: The current economic crisis is caused by policies that tax the richest Americans at strikingly low levels and spend huge sums on defense projects that have no bearing on national security.

"Because Washington has no urban agenda, the cities in this country are doing poorly. Unemployment is up. Faith in the economy has gone down. Crime has gone up."

"Our cities across this country are proud. They have a great history. But like a boxer, they've taken one knee, and they have to bring themselves back."

"I want to see one of the candidates come up with a comprehensive plan to eliminate the tide of drugs coming into our country. I mean, we have wars here in our city."

"The media and pollsters don't focus on urban issues. They focus on the war, abortion, gay rights -- things that, quite frankly, for those of us in the trenches, are not exactly the hot button issues."