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Prison: Therapeutic Centers Or Academies of Crime?
Graham Peebles: With 2.2 million people behind bars America has the highest number of prisoners in the world; 655 people per 100,000, in Russia its 615 per 100,000. ... At the other end of the scale is Norway, a world leader in prison reform. ... total prison population is 3,207, equating to 60 people per 100,000 – over 10 times lower than the US ... These stark statistical differences reflect alternate approaches in the judicial system ... “We make sure an inmate serves his sentence but we also help that person become a better person. We are role models, coaches and mentors.” ... Staff and inmates take part in activities together: “they eat together, play volleyball together, do leisure activities together and that allows us to really interact with prisoners, to talk to them and to motivate them.”... Visit Website ]
Jul 17, 2020, 3:59pm

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Don’t be Fooled by the Cancel Culture Wars
Chris Hedges: The politically correct speech and symbols of inclusiveness, without a concerted assault on corporate power, will do nothing to change the system. ... The cancel culture — the phenomenon of removing or canceling people, brands or shows from the public domain because of offensive statements or ideologies — is not a threat to the ruling class. ... Corporations have seized control of the news industry and turned it into burlesque. They have corrupted academic scholarship. They make war on science and the rule of law. They have used their wealth to destroy our democracy and replace it with a system of legalized bribery... Visit Website ]
Jul 13, 2020, 2:00pm

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How to Sustain Momentum for the Anti-Racism Movement
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: You can’t be in the business of social reform without a deep reservoir of hope and faith in the general goodness of people. And some of my faith has been rewarded in recent days ... The cry for civil rights is like a rubber band: Intermittent passionate public support stretches it forward, despite those anchored in the past pulling it backward. ... It’s exhausting and frustrating trying to convince such people that systemic racism pervades all aspects of American life. It’s like talking to a flat-Earther. Proof is useless. ... Now what we need is a way to measure improvement... Visit Website ]
Jul 7, 2020, 4:11pm

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COINTELPRO: how the US state dealt with the last radicalisation
Sadia Schneider: Twenty-one-year-old Black Panther Party deputy chair Fred Hampton and his comrade Mark Clark were assassinated in a 1969 pre-dawn raid in Chicago. ... he was betrayed by William O’Neal, his bodyguard and the Panthers’ head of security, who was an FBI informant. ... Another right-wing provocateur on the payroll of the FBI, Gary Thomas Rowe, helped plan and carry out a Ku Klux Klan attack on the Freedom Riders ... Rowe was in the car with Klansmen when they shot and killed civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo outside Selma, Alabama. ... was likely responsible for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed four African American girls. He was given immunity by the FBI and was never convicted of any crimes... Visit Website ]
Jul 6, 2020, 4:03pm

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Policing Is Not a Public Good
Ravi Mangla: From the beginning, policing in this country has primarily protected the powerful. Maybe now that can change. ... For decades, we’ve been told that policing is a public good: available to all, for the benefit of all. But in practice, that’s never been true. ... Boston merchants were the first to persuade lawmakers in 1838 that a full-time, publicly funded police force would serve the “collective good.” In reality, they wanted to get the public to pay for protecting their shipped goods and routes.... What if public safety were a public good? ... It would mean funding nonviolent tools to de-escalate and respond to safety concerns. ... engaging community members in collective decision-making... Visit Website ]
Jul 2, 2020, 2:29pm

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Joseph Goebbels’ Followers Shaping Policy in Washington
Vladimir Odintsov: Recent events clearly show that, owing to efforts of the current US political elite, teachings of Propaganda Minister of Nazi Germany, Doctor Paul Joseph Goebbels, have taken root in the United States and are being actively propagated in various spheres of work and life. ... The author is referring to the stoking of racial tensions and hatred in the past decades in the United States, and to CIA’s “black sites” all over the world, where, just as in Nazi Germany, detainees were tortured and perhaps continue to be tortured to extract “confessions that authorities wish to hear”. ... In addition, the United States has been using targeted killings of political opponents as a tool. The widely-publicized assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq is one of the most recent examples.... Visit Website ]
Jul 1, 2020, 5:14pm

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NYPD Enforcement of Low-Level Broken Windows Offenses Accounts for Huge Department Expenditures - Marked by Extreme Racial Disparities
Matt Sutton: New York City criminalizes drugs and low-level broken windows offenses at a startling rate ... 2019, NYC spent an estimated $96 million enforcing drug arrests and violations, and an estimated $456 million enforcing low-level broken windows offenses, which accounted for 28.5% of all NYPD arrests and violations issued for the year. ... In 2019, there were more than 21,000 drug enforcement arrests and violations in New York City, with two-thirds being for only possession of marijuana, a controlled substance, or paraphernalia. ... more than 45% of people arrested or cited for drug offenses in NYC were Black ... 38.8% were Latinx ... Only 11.7% of people arrested or cited for drug violations were white, yet white people comprise 47.2% of the city’s population... Visit Website ]
Jun 24, 2020, 2:32pm

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Meet BlackRock, the New Great Vampire Squid
Ellen Brown: BlackRock is a global financial giant with customers in 100 countries and its tentacles in major asset classes all over the world; and it now manages the spigots to trillions of bailout dollars from the Federal Reserve. The fate of a large portion of the country’s corporations has been put in the hands of a megalithic private entity with the private capitalist mandate to make as much money as possible for its owners and investors; and that is what it has proceeded to do. ... If the corporate oligarchs are too big and strategically important to be broken up under the antitrust laws, rather than bailing them out they should be nationalized and put directly into the service of the public... Visit Website ]
Jun 23, 2020, 2:35pm

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Defunding 'Justified' Murder
Robert C. Koehler: This is what defunding the police is all about: defunding a system that sees social order as obedience to armed authority; that is growing increasingly militarized; that has no complex understanding of human behavior; and that has deep roots in white racism ... “Racism is like the corn syrup of society. It’s in everything.” (Trevor Noah) ... Defunding the police is part of an enormous process of social reorganization. ... reinvesting socially in programs that help people improve their lives, as opposed to punishing them for breaking various rules; and envisioning public order as something that involves the public itself ... Leads to: U.S. Rep.Barbara Lee’s new resolution before Congress, calling for a $350 billion cut in military spending—almost half the Pentagon’s bloated annual budget... Visit Website ]
Jun 19, 2020, 2:23pm

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We’ve Always Had the Money for Medicare for All — We’ve Just Given It to Corporations Instead
David Sirota: In recent weeks, we’ve seen health care industry CEOs report paying themselves $2.4 billion as twenty-seven million people were thrown off their health care coverage. We’ve also seen Americans being charged anywhere from $400,000 to $1.1 million for COVID-19 treatment and facing $2,000 bills for coronavirus tests. ... So again: the same government that says we cannot afford $20–$35 trillion over a decade to finance a Medicare for All program just gave Corporate America between $20 trillion and $35 trillion since the financial crisis roughly a decade ago. And that money was funneled to Corporate America not just in absence of tax increases — it was delivered while the government was actually cutting taxes... Visit Website ]
Jun 16, 2020, 2:35pm

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The Military Must be De-Funded Along with the Police
Dan Kovalik: police, sometimes backed by the military itself, are battling protestors in the streets in the same manner that a military force does as a foreign occupying power ... The militarization of the police, moreover, can be seen as a by-product of the US’s over-reliance on the use of military force and war to solve all of its problems, to the near exclusion of all other alternatives. ... The fight against police brutality and racism must therefore be linked to the fight to de-fund our military and to the broader fight to de-militarize our very society and culture... Visit Website ]
Jun 15, 2020, 1:45pm

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It is all About Race: Awful Hypocrisy to Say it is Not!
Andre Vltchek: “To claim that the race is not what has been, for centuries, dividing our Planet, is outrageous hypocrisy. Or deranged wishful thinking. Or something much worse: it is calculated blindness that serves only the ruling, white group of people.” ... Don’t they understand, in Washington, London, and Paris, why those millions of people, from Tokyo to Buenos Aires, from Africa to Asia, are now marching in support for the African-American people? It is because all of us, outside Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand, are somehow related to Mr. Floyd! ... most of Europe and North America are constructed on white racism. And so is imperialism, colonialism ... This may be the beginning of the end of segregation, of global apartheid. Just the beginning of the true struggle for equality... Visit Website ]
Jun 12, 2020, 12:01pm

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Police, the Blue Gang that Terrorizes America
Gordon Duff: One thing is clear, a majority of American people are unwilling to accept the brutal killing of African Americans by police. ... Nearly half of Americans have some kind of criminal record, due not so much to actually being a criminal but rather to the excess of laws in America. ... Thousands of laws are enacted each year, endless thousands, everything is criminalized, for the poor at least. ... In America, the police have become an untrusted face in too many communities, one feared not only by people of color but by others as well. ... In fact, the vast arsenal of military weapons that white Americans largely control are, to a significant extent, intended as protection against militarized police... Visit Website ]
Jun 9, 2020, 12:52pm

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It’s Time For a Black New Deal
Chris Winters: When the presidential Kerner Commission looked into the 1967 “race riots” that took place in many cities, and came to the conclusion that poverty and systemic racism were root causes driving the violence, and proposed massive investments to provide equal opportunities, President Lyndon Johnson shelved the report, deeming it too controversial. ... Racial equality is the great unfinished task of America ... The conviction of a few White police officers isn’t going to address that kind of inequality. ... It’s not a replacement for reparations for the enslavement of African people and the subsequent centuries of discrimination against their descendants, but it’s a step in that direction... Visit Website ]
Jun 8, 2020, 4:59pm

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“The World Cannot Breathe!” Squashed by the U.S., a Country Built on Genocide and Slavery
Andre Vltchek: For more than two centuries, the country which calls itself the pinnacle of freedom, has been, in fact, the absolute opposite of that; the epicenter of brutality and terror. ... From its birth, in order to ‘clear the space’ for its brutal, ruthless European settlers, it systematically liquidated the local population of the continent, during what could easily be described as one of the more outrageous genocides in the human history. ... The United States is essentially the beefy offspring of European colonialist culture, of its exceptionalism, racism and barbarity. ... Visit Website ]
Jun 4, 2020, 3:06pm


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