Officials break ground on Ute pipeline project amid protests

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Protesters in boats filled Ute Reservoir during the Thursday groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. Kevin Wilson As a light rain sprinkled over the Ute Reservoir, the sounds of protest drowned out officials’ optimistic vision of progress and a long-term solution for […]

U.S. must let Egyptians work through conflict

Freedom New Mexico Protests in Egypt aimed at regime change have resurrected longstanding questions among many Americans about the role the United States should play in other nations’ internal conflicts. Up until Tuesday, when his administration quietly advised Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak not to seek re-election, President Barack Obama walked a tightrope of diplomatic-speak attempting […]

There are other ways to thwart funeral protests

Freedom New Mexico Many Americans oppose U.S. military aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan; some have taken to the streets in open protest. But do such protests cross a line when they interfere with the solemn funeral of a fallen soldier? The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on the matter. New Mexico residents fall […]

Monday morning briefing: Opera changed and protests

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Opera fans take note The time has been changed to 7 p.m. for EasternNew Mexico University’s “Opera Scenes: The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville” on Friday and Saturday

Disruptive protests hurt student’s cause

The campus at the University of California-Irvine has become a hotbed of tension between Muslim and Jewish students, divided along the always-contentious debate surrounding Israel and Palestine. The latest major incident occurred Feb. 8, when a raucous group of 11 students, mostly from UCI and including the president of the UCI Muslim Student Association, repeatedly […]

TRICARE provider switch delayed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Transition to new managed-care support contractors for 6 million TRICARE beneficiaries across 30 states has been halted while the Government Accountability Office reviews protests filed by losing bidders. TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) announced last month that Aetna Government Health Plans of Hartford, Conn., won the contract competition and would be […]

Tucumcari man protests over son’s death

Freedom New Mexico The father of a 2-year-old boy who died last fall from blunt force trauma was one of six protesters outside the Quay County Courthouse Monday seeking answers to his son’s death. “There are too many unsolved murders in this town and we don’t want this to be another one,” said Bobby Prieto, […]

Protests ensure Vietnam still in public eye

Freedom New Mexico There were protests at the White House last month, and they were appropriate. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is still a long way from having an acceptable record on human rights and especially on religious freedom. It is helpful to remind the leaders of that country that people are still watching. Nonetheless, […]

Protests cast light on China’s barbaric rule

Freedom New Mexico Through rerouting and improvisation, they managed to run the Olympic torch through some of San Francisco’s streets, if not the streets along the Embarcadero as originally planned. The reason, of course, was the multiplicity of protesters against various aspects of Chinese policy — its recent brutal crackdown in Tibet, its support of […]

Anti-war funeral protesters lose lawsuit

Staff and wire reports A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals out of a belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality. Albert Snyder of York, Pa., sued the Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified damages after […]