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The End of Policing
Alex Vitale thinks we should radically rethink the role of police in our society. In his 2017 book, The End of Policing, the Brooklyn College sociologist argues that armed police perpetuate “the management of inequalities of race and class.” The crux of the problem, he insists, isn’t a lack of police training or diversity but an “unprecedented expansion and intensity of policing in the last forty years. The problem is policing itself.” (Interview) ... "The ultimate goal should be to address community problems in non-punitive, noncoercive ways. If we got police out of the drug business, and out of the sex-work business, and out of the school security business, that would be a lot fewer people with guns around"... Visit Website ]
Apr 20, 2018, 12:47pm

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The Korean Conflict, Reevaluated
Patriots, Traitors & Empires: The Story of Korea’s Struggle for Freedom, Stephen Gowans’ latest book on the Korean conflict, could not be more timely given the recent tensions on the Korean peninsula as well as the recent overtures being made for peace and reconciliation. The book is also a very good antidote to the anti-DPRK propaganda we have been fed for so many decades. ... The main mission that the South Korean military and police forces performed at the behest of the US, however, was the violent eradication of the left in South Korea. Thus, these forces jailed tens of thousands of leftists and nationalists in severely overcrowded prisons and killed between 100,000 to 200,000 “southern patriots,” as Gowans refers to them, by 1950.... Visit Website ]
Apr 7, 2018, 10:37am

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Fifty Years Ago the United States Government Killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Review of The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper: William Pepper resurrects the revolutionary MLK, and in doing so shows in striking detail why elements within the U.S. government executed him. After reading this book, no fair-minded reader can reach any other conclusion. ... As with the assassinations of President Kennedy and his brother, Robert (two months after MLK), all evidence points to the construction of patsies to take the blame for government executions. Ray, Oswald, and Sirhan all bear striking resemblances in the ways they were chosen and moved as pawns over long periods of time into positions where their only reactions could be stunned surprise when they were accused of the murders ... At the center of all these murders is a trinity of men who were devoted to ending the Vietnam War and all wars, restoring economic justice for all Americans, and eliminating racial inequality... Visit Website ]
Apr 6, 2018, 12:34pm

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Vietnam Will Win: The People’s Revolutionary Party (PRP)
Wilfred Burchett: In February 1964 and again in February 1965, I had lengthy discussions with leaders of the PRP, including Tran Nam Trung, assistant secretary general, and Tran Bach Dang, a member of the Central Committee responsible for questions of propaganda. At these meetings the PRP view on the war and how it would develop was set out in detail. ... At the first meeting in 1964, Tran Nam Trung[1] pointed out that the United States was “rapidly approaching the fullest development of special war and it is possible that within the next 12 months or so, they will go over to limited war,” using their own troops. We think that even if the Americans put in 500,000 troops we can beat them... Visit Website ]
Mar 12, 2018, 11:08am

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The Death Squad of Alabama
Anthony Ray Hinton: - spent thirty years on death row in Alabama for crimes he did not commit. He was released in 2015. According to his attorney, Bryan Stevenson, that makes him “one of the longest-serving condemned prisoners facing execution in America to be proved innocent and released.” In this exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming book, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, Hinton describes some of his earliest days at Holman prison in Atmore, Alabama, awaiting his turn to be killed. ... "I didn’t even realize they had executed Wayne Ritter until I smelled his burned flesh. I didn’t know Wayne—I didn’t know anyone yet—but in the middle of the night on August 28, 1987, there was the sound of a generator kicking on and then hissing and popping, and the lights in the hall outside my cell flickered on and off"... Visit Website ]
Mar 9, 2018, 11:45am

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Vietnam Will Win: Unity and the Minorities
Wilfred Burchett: In their approach to the complicated question of South Vietnam’s racial minorities and religious groups, it is not surprising that NLF and U.S. policies should be diametrically opposite. To the classic “divide and rule” U.S. policies used by all colonialists, the NLF has replied with a “unite and resist” program. ... This led them to solve problems of racial and religious difference for the first time in the history of the South Vietnamese people. First they were solved within the NLF leadership, where the leading racial minority groups, religions and sects were strongly represented within the Central Committee, then within Front administrative and mass organizations and finally by policies of racial and religious equality put into effect throughout the NLF-controlled areas.... Visit Website ]
Mar 7, 2018, 3:07pm

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Vietnam Will Win: The Repression-Resistance Spiral
Wilfred Burchett: When the full history of the struggle in Vietnam comes to be written and analyzed, it will reveal one of the clearest demonstrations of the principle that repression generates resistance, resistance in turn generates more repression, then comes more resistance at a higher level and so on. In this process there is a continuous upward spiral from police repression of political struggle to the highest stage with a foreign expeditionary force trying to protect a satellite government from people’s war... In the light of South Vietnamese experience, the repression-resistance principle must be qualified by the further principle that once the struggle is resolutely engaged there is a developing modification of the relation of forces in favor of the resistance... Visit Website ]
Mar 2, 2018, 2:51pm

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Vietnam Will Win: Leadership and Democracy
Wilfred Burchett: To mark the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Têt Offensive, CounterPunch is serializing Wilfred Burchett’s Vietnam Will Win(Guardian Books, New York, 1968) over the next few weeks. Readers can judge for themselves the validity of the facts, observations, analysis, conclusions, predictions and so on made by the author. ... “Commanders and rank and file are of the same social and class origin, mainly peasants. We are united by hatred of the oppressors and foreign aggressors. We live, study and fight together. Morale is high primarily because of the complete democracy within our armed forces. ... From such critical summing-up meetings we draw conclusions for the next action. Everyone takes part and this produces the best resulting line with an old Vietnamese saying, ‘Three idiots make one wise man.'”... Visit Website ]
Feb 14, 2018, 2:12pm

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Vietnam Will Win: the Politics of Strategy
Wilfred Burchett: To mark the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Têt Offensive, CounterPunch is serializing Wilfred Burchett’s Vietnam Will Win (Guardian Books, New York, 1968) ... exposes the futility of fighting a people united in their struggle for independence, liberty and unity. It also explains, soberly and factually, why they were winning and how they won. ... The combination of the political and military aspects of strategy and tactics is an absolute constant of the struggle as waged by the NLF... Visit Website ]
Feb 7, 2018, 12:25pm

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Former Border Control Agent Francisco Cantú’s “The Line Becomes a River”
Ian Gordon: His mom, herself the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, (on joining the patrol) “Fine, my mother said, fine,” Cantú writes. “But you must understand you are stepping into a system, an institution with little regard for people.” ... When he joined the patrol, Cantú told me recently, he fancied himself as someone with “humanitarian instincts that would kind of allow me to be a humane force.” But as his mother reminds him, “You can’t exist within a system for that long without being implicated, without absorbing its poison.” ... What seems most urgent is that people are dying in the desert—we’re talking about hundreds of people each year, thousands and thousands in the last decade. Our current policy makes that happen... Visit Website ]
Feb 5, 2018, 11:01am

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Whiteness and Working Folks
Ron Jacobs: White supremacy is the foundation of the US economic and political system. The slave trade, the use of slave labor and the breeding of humans for sale like livestock created the capital that created the empire. ... David Roediger, the author of the recently published Class, Race and Marxism, ... is best known for his writing on the creation of the concept of “whiteness” and its use by those in power. ... Roediger argues that there cannot be a successful radical anti-capitalist movement that does not destroy white supremacy ... A recently written book by Jeannine Fletcher titled The Sin of White Supremacy discusses the essential role Christianity played in the development of white supremacy... Visit Website ]
Jan 19, 2018, 4:42pm

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ACLU Says New Jersey Prisons’ Banning of “The New Jim Crow” Is Unconstitutional
Shaun King: America’s jails and prisons have long since banned and censored books that the institutions determined posed a material danger to the safety of inmates and employees. There is a logic, at least, to prohibiting how-to manuals on crafting homemade weapons or escaping confined spaces. But at least two prisons in New Jersey have gone a step further, deciding to ban Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking work on the rise of mass incarceration in America ... African-Americans make up less than 15 percent of New Jersey’s overall population, but represent a staggering 60 percent of the state’s prisoners... Visit Website ]
Jan 8, 2018, 1:58pm

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The Brutal Origins of Gun Rights
Patrick Blanchfield: A new history argues that the Second Amendment was intended to perpetuate white settlers' violence toward Native Americans. ... Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz argues in her brilliant new book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, America’s obsession with guns has roots in a long, bloody legacy of racist vigilantism, militarism, and white nationalism. This past, Dunbar-Ortiz persuasively argues, undergirds both the landscape of gun violence to this day and our partisan debates about guns ... What the Second Amendment guarantees is ... “the violent appropriation of Native land by white settlers ... as an individual right.”... Visit Website ]
Dec 14, 2017, 4:19pm

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Be Aware of the Dark Side of Sports Media
Ralph Nader: In his new book, Ego vs. Soul in Sports: Essays on Sport at Its Best and Worst, Ken Reed systematically tackles the most neglected and underreported territories of the athletic world. ... Reed writes about the hidden injury epidemics (early onto concussions and how to detect and minimize them); about sports participation for all (not just spectator sports); on the serious decline in physical education in elementary and high schools and how it is connected to the rise of obesity; on the harm of encouraging specialization at age 10 in sports; on athletes’ right to protest; on women athletes still being short changed under title IX; on Division One of the NCAA with its corruption, cheating and exploitation of student athletes... Visit Website ]
Nov 29, 2017, 12:39pm

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New York’s Black Panthers, a Legacy ... Look for Me in the Whirlwind
Ron Jacobs: Titled Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century Revolutions, this book is both an essential piece of history and a call to reinvigorate the movement for Black liberation and free those still imprisoned as part of the COINTELPRO operation four decades ago. Perhaps the most striking (and distressing) aspect of the additions to the original text is the fact that the struggles of the late 1960s and early 1970s are so similar to the struggles of today. Then again, given the history of the United States, maybe it isn’t so striking after all. ... Reading this book is one of the better written efforts in pointing out that it’s the system of white supremacy that is criminal, not the people fighting it... Visit Website ]
Nov 13, 2017, 2:28pm


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