The Mark of Terror
Mar27

The Mark of Terror

WASHINGTON — We don’t need to know the political or religious views of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Gunter Lubitz to call his crashing of a crowded airliner into a mountainside an act of terrorism. And we don’t need any further evidence to recognize a cruel irony: Legitimate fear of potential terrorist attacks apparently made this tragedy possible. Imagine the final moments of Flight 9525 as it hurtled toward...

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Islamic State may have committed genocide and war crimes – UN monitor
Mar19

Islamic State may have committed genocide and war crimes – UN monitor

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has committed atrocities that could amount to genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, a United Nations monitor reported today. An investigation team of the UN Human Rights Office found that ISIL has committed killings, torture, rape and sexual slavery, forced religious conversions and the conscription of children — which are usually seen as crimes against humanity and war...

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Anti-Gay Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s Son Charged with Drug Possession
Mar16

Anti-Gay Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s Son Charged with Drug Possession

Caleb Moore, the son of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, was arrested for drug possession on Sunday in Troy. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. According to court documents, Caleb Moore, 24, was arrested after officers responded to the 1200 block of Allen Street on an attempted home break-in call. He was with four other men. Officers found a bag of marijuana, several Xanax pills...

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SciFi Weekend: The 100 Season Finale; 12 Monkeys; Better Call Saul; Twin Peaks; Karen Gillan; Cristin Milioti; The Jinx
Mar16

SciFi Weekend: The 100 Season Finale; 12 Monkeys; Better Call Saul; Twin Peaks; Karen Gillan; Cristin Milioti; The Jinx

The 100 ended with a two part season finale which concluded the Mount Weather storyline. While overall I enjoyed the show, that story did get dragged out a bit too long. After things looked bleak last week after Lexa betrayed Clarke, it was suddenly so easy to kill all the Mountain People and escape. From the beginning the show has been about making difficult decisions to survive, and their consequences. One of the strengths of the...

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20-Year-Old Charged in Connection With Shooting of Police in Ferguson
Mar15

20-Year-Old Charged in Connection With Shooting of Police in Ferguson

20-Year-Old Charged in Connection With Shooting of Police in Ferguson A 20-year-old man, Jeffrey Williams, has been charged with assault in the first degree in connection with the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri last Thursday, St. Louis county prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch said during a brief press conference Sunday afternoon. Assault in the first degree is a class-A felony in Missouri, punishable...

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Two Officers Shot Outside Ferguson Police Department
Mar12

Two Officers Shot Outside Ferguson Police Department

Two Officers Shot Outside Ferguson Police Department Two police officers were shot outside Ferguson police headquarters early Thursday morning amid protests, St. Louis county police chief Jon Belmar announced at a press conference at Barnes Hospital around 2 a.m. Both men are expected to survive. Protesters began to gather outside the police department around 5:30 p.m. after Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson...

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Defending Treason
Mar10

Defending Treason

Today, the Right Wing blogosphere, responding in their classic school-yard bully manner, defended the indefensible breach of American political tradition dating back to the John Adams Administration: A war of Obama’s making  Byron York / Washington Examiner The White House and some Democrats are livid over congressional Republican attempts to circumvent President Obama’s authority to make a nuclear arms deal with Iran. ...

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Cartoon: Ferguson and living while black
Mar07

Cartoon: Ferguson and living while black

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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2 Held In The Killing Of Boris Nemtsov
Mar07

2 Held In The Killing Of Boris Nemtsov

2 Held In The Killing Of Boris Nemtsov Two men have been detained in Russia in connection with the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the country’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, has revealed. The men, identified as Anzor Gubashev and Zaur Dadayev, were detained on Saturday, FSB director Alexander Bortnikov said, speaking on Russian television, the BBC reported. Bortnikov said both suspects...

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Arming U.S. Covert Agents in Mexico is Integration Run Amok (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar07

Arming U.S. Covert Agents in Mexico is Integration Run Amok (La Jornada, Mexico)

Has the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership [SPP] of North America gone too far, and when does “integration” became a byword for foreign coercion or even occupation? For Mexico’s La Jornada, Carlos Fazio calls President Enrique Peña Nieto a tool of Washington for seeking changes to the country’s Federal Law of Firearms and Explosives to allow undercover U.S. agents to lawfully carry weapons in Mexico....

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Can the Ferguson Police Department Be Fixed?
Mar07

Can the Ferguson Police Department Be Fixed?

Updated | In the wake of a Department of Justice report released Wednesday that said the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department routinely engages in “a pattern or practice of unlawful conduct…that violates the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and federal statutory law,” many locals are asking if the department, and the...

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Homeless Man Fatally Shot on Skid Row by LAPD Officers
Mar02

Homeless Man Fatally Shot on Skid Row by LAPD Officers

A homeless man was killed in a police-involved shooting on skid row in Los Angeles yesterday. The name of the man has not been disclosed, pending notification to the next of kin. He was known on the street as “Africa.” He was a suspect in a robbery. The shooting was captured on a graphic video shot by a bystander, who posted it on Facebook. It had been viewed more than 6 million times in the first seven hours after it was...

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Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)
Mar01

Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

The recently reported theft by American and British intelligence of SIM card codes for potentially billions of smart phones around the world may be a tipping point in thinking about how much crime a democracy is willing to allow its spies to commit. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung columnist Jasper von Altenbockum writes that ‘If even American or British intelligence agencies are so unscrupulous, others will be even more...

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Jihadi John Finally Identified: What We Know About Mohammed Emwazi
Feb26

Jihadi John Finally Identified: What We Know About Mohammed Emwazi

The masked Islamic State executioner known as ‘Jihadi John’, named earlier today by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi, grew up in West London, wore Western clothes and graduated in computer science from Westminster University. Emwazi has appeared in seven confirmed execution videos, including those showing the beheadings of British aid workers Alan Henning and...

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Report Accuses Chicago Police Of Operating Domestic Equivalent Of A CIA Black Site
Feb25

Report Accuses Chicago Police Of Operating Domestic Equivalent Of A CIA Black Site

Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian has a report accusing the Chicago police of violating civil liberties, using a site comparable to CIA black sites used for terrorism suspects: The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. The facility, a nondescript...

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Gitmo comes to Chicago (Reader Guest Voice)
Feb25

Gitmo comes to Chicago (Reader Guest Voice)

Gitmo comes to Chicago by Slamful In an article from “The Guardian”, an investigation has revealed that Chicago Police Department has been using a warehouse referred to as “Homan Square” to detain people in a shocking abuse of civil rights in a time when it’s getting increasingly hard to shock people about the abuse of authority police routinely engage in. At this site suspects reportedly have been...

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‘American Sniper’ Shooter Found Guilty
Feb25

‘American Sniper’ Shooter Found Guilty

‘American Sniper’ Shooter Found Guilty Eddie Ray Routh murdered Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield, a jury decided in a Stephenville, Texas, courtroom Tuesday. The verdict was announced at 10:20 p.m. EST, less than three hours after the defense and prosecution rested their cases, NBC News wrote. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Routh...

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Muslim Community Fears Consequences Of Rising Islamophobia
Feb12

Muslim Community Fears Consequences Of Rising Islamophobia

Muslim Community Fears Consequences Of Rising Islamophobia While authorities in North Carolina work to determine the motive behind the shooting deaths of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, the attack has confirmed some Muslims’ greatest fears amid what they say is a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. The current climate has contributed to the sense that Muslims in America will...

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The Very Trees Cry Out: NO NO NO– Three Muslim Students Murdered
Feb11

The Very Trees Cry Out: NO NO NO– Three Muslim Students Murdered

DATELINE: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 3 Muslim students shot dead by middle-aged shooter. This should be at top of cable news and top of every newspaper in the USA. Two of the dead were married just 1.5 months ago in joyful celebration. The other dead young person is a sister.”Each of the victims, Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, were just embarking on the first stage of their...

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The Death of Kayla Jean Mueller
Feb10

The Death of Kayla Jean Mueller

Update: Statements by other officials at end of post. ~~ NBC reports that American ISIL hostage Kayla Mueller is dead. Her death has been confirmed by Kayla’s family. The family made the following statement, but did not elaborate on how it had learned of her death or the circumstances surrounding it, according to NBC: We are heartbroken to share that we’ve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller, has lost her...

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