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50 Years Ago This Month First SWAT Team Used By Law Enforcement
Matthew Fleisher: In the early morning hours of Dec. 8, 1969, Bernard Arafat awoke to explosions rocking the library of the Black Panthers’ 41st and Central Avenue headquarters in Los Angeles. Above him, footsteps stomped across the roof. Then gunfire erupted. ... On that morning 50 years ago, the Panthers became the targets of the world’s first major raid by a Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT, team. More than 350 officers took on 13 Panthers, ostensibly to execute arrest warrants. The group they battled included three women and five teenagers. ... “SWAT uses Navy SEAL techniques to go on fishing expeditions,” ... “They bust down the door, throw flash grenades, handcuff everyone inside, ransack the place and leave. And these techniques are predominately used on communities made up of racial minorities.”... Visit Website ]
Dec 19, 2019, 12:01pm

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Landmark US case to expose rampant racial bias behind the death penalty
Ed Pilkington: The dark secret of America’s death penalty – the blatant and intentional racial bias that infects the system, distorting juries and throwing inordinate numbers of African Americans on to death row – will be laid bare next week in North Carolina. ... The court’s seven judges will be asked to address a simple question. Will they allow men and women to be condemned to die despite powerful evidence that prosecutors deployed racially discriminatory tactics to put them on death row? ... “We are taking an unprecedented look at whether the courts will tolerate proven racial bias in the death penalty,” said one of the case’s leading lawyers, Cassandra Stubbs, director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) capital punishment project. “We’re talking about fundamental rights that go to the integrity of the courts and the entire criminal justice system.”... Visit Website ]
Aug 25, 2019, 2:04pm

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Thousands of Goldminers Invade Yanomami Territory
Survival International: Up to 10,000 goldminers have invaded Yanomami lands in northern Brazil, spreading malaria in the region and polluting many of the rivers with mercury. ... Although most Yanomami are in contact with non-indigenous society, one uncontacted group is known to live in the area being invaded, and authorities are investigating signs of up to six other uncontacted communities living there. ... The massive influx has been blamed by local indigenous leaders for the deaths of four children already. They say the miners are building settlements and airstrips, emboldened by President Bolsonaro’s support for land invaders, and constant attacks on indigenous people... Visit Website ]
Jul 2, 2019, 11:27am

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A China Food Crisis More Danger Than Trade War?
F. William Engdahl: China faces a threat to its agriculture that could do far more damage to her political stability and economy than the escalating USA tariff war. In recent months cases of deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) among the pig population of the world’s largest pig producer have forced drastic killing off of the pig population since cases were first detected last August. On top of that, more recently, Chinese grain producers have been hit by what can only be called a plague of a dangerous pest called “Fall Armyworms”, that devastates corn, rice and other grain crops. ... The combination hitting China as its leaders are in the midst of an escalating major trade war with the United States, could affect the world geopolitical map in ways few can imagine... Visit Website ]
May 20, 2019, 2:45pm

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US coup bid pushes Venezuela closer to invasion or civil war
Bill Van Auken:Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, speaking at a press conference in the Miraflores presidential palace, declared that his government was confronting “an advancing coup d’état promoted and financed by the United States of North America.” He charged that Guaidó was a puppet of Washington ... Washington, meanwhile, has escalated its offensive against the Maduro government. National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that the US will divert all assets held by the Venezuelan government in the US to the so-called “interim government” of Guaidó. ... Goldman Sachs reported that the corporate coup would be carried out in conjunction with the proclamation of a new National Law on Hydrocarbons, which would open up Venezuela’s oil reserves to more direct and comprehensive foreign exploitation... Visit Website ]
Jan 26, 2019, 11:50am

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Washington Ups The Stakes In Ongoing Attempt To Overthrow Venezuelan Government
Jorge Martin: The United States claims it is going to bring democracy to Venezuela by replacing a legitimately elected president with an unelected president. ... This is part of a never-ending coup and economic war against Venezuela that began with the election of Hugo Chavez. Last September it was confirmed that Trump administration officials met with renegade Venezuelan military officers planning a coup against the government. In August an assassination attempt against Maduro, coordinated with US ally Colombia, was foiled. ... On Thursday, the military high command of Venezuela ratified its support for President Nicolas Maduro. Padrino in a statement from the ministry and in the company of the military leadership said that the United States and other governments are executing a war against Venezuela... Visit Website ]
Jan 24, 2019, 4:20pm

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Matamoros, Mexico strike of over 70,000 workers enters sixth day (Amid Media Blackout)
Alex González and Andrea Lobo: Over 70,000 “maquiladora” workers from 45 factories in the US-Mexico border town of Matamoros, Mexico have entered the sixth day of their courageous struggle as more and more plants are paralyzed throughout the city. ... The strike could very soon disrupt global supply chains in the United States, Canada and Asia. ... The strike is affecting major suppliers to the "Big Three” automakers—GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler—as well as other manufacturers. Factories that are on strike include Autoliv, Inteva, Starkey, Edemsa, Aipsa, Cepillos, STC, Polytech, Kemet, Tyco, Parker and AFX. ... The workers are sharing information through Facebook ... The strike at Matamoros has been completely ignored by the corporate media. There is not a single article about the Matamoros strike in any of the major Mexican or international news outlets... Visit Website ]
Jan 18, 2019, 2:15pm

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Stacey Abrams’ Allies Sue Georgia, Alleging an Unconstitutional Election System
Pema Levy: The lawsuit cites an extensive list of voting problems in Georgia, including voter registration issues and Election Day snafus that prevented an unknown number of people from voting. It argues that the secretary of state and state board of elections systematically disenfranchised some voters and effectively disenfranchised others by creating conditions that made it harder for people of color to vote. ... The lawsuit asks a federal judge to force Georgia to change how the secretary of state and elections board administer elections in Georgia. The long list of requests include blocking the state’s current practice of purging infrequent voters from the rolls; ending the use of electronic voting machines without a paper trail; and ensuring that local election officials are properly trained so that inadequate equipment and misinformation do not not disenfranchise Georgia voters... Visit Website ]
Nov 27, 2018, 3:23pm

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Apocalyptic images show the unfathomable devastation caused by California’s deadly Camp Fire
Lindsey Bever, Washington Post: The worst wildfire California has ever seen has destroyed the once-lush forest town of Paradise, leaving an unfathomable trail of death and destruction in its wake. ... By Tuesday morning, 42 people had been confirmed dead in and around Paradise, making the Camp Fire the deadliest wildfire in state history. Dozens of people are still missing, so the death toll is likely to rise. The fire also destroyed nearly 7,000 structures, most of them homes. No California wildfire has ever done more damage. ... Visit Website ]
Nov 13, 2018, 2:37pm

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Leading US House Democrat demands that Ecuador’s president “hand over” Julian Assange
Mike Head: The US is increasing its pressure on Ecuador to evict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from its London embassy, where he took political asylum in June 2012. He would then be arrested immediately by British police and subjected to extradition proceedings to face trumped-up espionage charges in the US that could see him jailed for life or even executed. ... On Wednesday, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Relations Committee sent a threatening letter to Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno insisting that he “hand over” Assange to the “proper authorities” as a precondition for improving relations with the United States. ... “economic cooperation” and financial aid, depends on Ecuador terminating Assange’s political asylum... Visit Website ]
Oct 18, 2018, 11:23am

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US announces new barrier to citizenship for low-income immigrants
Meenakshi Jagadeesan: On Friday, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielson signed a proposed new rule that will require all immigrants applying for permanent legal status or citizenship to provide evidence of their financial status, including applications for public benefits, proof of private health insurance and credit histories and scores. ... The rule is another major step in the Trump administration’s drive to create a class-based immigration system. ... According to the proposal, a credit check is needed to reveal an individual’s bill payment history, current debt, work history, bankruptcies and, most importantly, whether a person can be “self-sufficient” in the United States... Visit Website ]
Sep 29, 2018, 11:59am

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US Inmates Mark End of Prison Strike With Push to Regain Voting Rights
Ed Pilkington, Guardian UK: Inmates within America’s overflowing prisons are marking the end of a 19-day national prison strike on Sunday with a new push to regain the vote for up to 6 million Americans who have been stripped of their democratic rights. ... The strike was formally brought to a close on the anniversary of the 1971 uprising at Attica prison in upstate New York. Though details of the protest have been sketchy since it was launched on 21 August, hunger strikes, boycotts of facilities and refusal to carry out work duties have been reported in many states, from Florida and South Carolina to Washington. ... Now that the strike has ended, organisers hope its momentum can be sustained as they attempt to fulfill their demands including the restoration of the vote.... Visit Website ]
Sep 9, 2018, 3:03pm

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Monsanto Court Ruling Bolsters Hope for Millions of Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange
Viet Nam News: Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange have once again had their hopes for justice rekindled. But despite the recent landmark ruling against Monsanto in a San Francisco court, major obstacles remain on the path towards justice. ... The US chemical group Monsanto has long been associated with the Agent Orange devastation in Việt Nam. ... It was one of the main suppliers of more than 80 million litres of herbicides which contain Agent Orange that US troops sprayed over southern Việt Nam in the period from 1961-71 ... The Government of Việt Nam estimates that around 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to the toxic substance. ... On April 18, 2017, the Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague, the Netherlands, after six months of investigation and two days of testimony, decided that Monsanto was guilty of ecocide, causing long-term consequences on the ecosystem of various nations, including Việt Nam.... Visit Website ]
Aug 29, 2018, 3:01pm

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National Prison Strike Begins: Prisoners in 17 States Demand End to “Slave Labor” Behind Bars
Democracy Now: Prisoners across the country are set to launch a nationwide strike today (August 21 - on the 47th anniversary of the killing of Black Panther George Jackson, who was shot and killed by guards during an escape attempt from San Quentin prison) to demand improved living conditions, greater access to resources and the “end of modern day slavery.” Prisoners in at least 17 states are expected to participate in the coordinated sit-ins, hunger strikes, work stoppages and commissary boycotts from today until September 9—the 47th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising. ... Prisoners first called for the strike in April, after a bloody altercation broke out at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, leaving seven prisoners dead and 17 others seriously injured. It was the deadliest prison riot in the United States in a quarter of a century. Six of the seven prisoners killed were African-American.... Visit Website ]
Aug 24, 2018, 12:20pm

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Florida Police Chief Told Cops to Arrest Random Black People to Boost Stats
Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver and David Ovalle, Miami Herald: The indictment was damning enough: A former police chief of Biscayne Park and two officers charged with falsely pinning four burglaries on a teenager just to impress village leaders with a perfect crime-solving record. ... But the accusations revealed in federal court last month left out far uglier details of past policing practices in tranquil Biscayne Park, a leafy wedge of suburbia just north of Miami Shores. ... “If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries,” one cop, Anthony De La Torre, said in an internal probe ordered in 2014. “They were basically doing this to have a 100% clearance rate for the city.”... Visit Website ]
Jul 13, 2018, 1:43pm


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