St. Louis Police Oppose Non Violent Protest By Football Players
Dec02

St. Louis Police Oppose Non Violent Protest By Football Players

The controversy over the decision not to indict Darren Wilson extended to football this weekend when five of the St. Louis Rams plays entered the stadium with their hands raised. This was in reference to the eye witnesses who testified before the grand jury that Michael Brown had his hands raised, attempting to surrender, when he was shot to death. These players were engaging in their right to freedom of expression in a peaceful...

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The question we can’t answer
Dec02

The question we can’t answer

WASHINGTON — Michael Brown’s death was part of a tragic and unacceptable pattern: Police officers in the United States shoot and kill civilians in shockingly high numbers. How many killings are there each year? No one can say for sure, because police departments don’t want us to know. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, in 2013 there were 461 “justifiable homicides” by police —...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Black Friday in Ferguson
Dec02

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Black Friday in Ferguson

Black Friday in Ferguson by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –Ferguson won’t heal –Obama resists demands to curtail police militarisation calling instead for improved officer training –Ferguson, Racism and Higher Education –Ferguson Decision Shows the Brutality of Racism Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic...

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Immigration Action  is Opportunity to ‘Get Right with the Law’  (Guest Voice)
Dec02

Immigration Action is Opportunity to ‘Get Right with the Law’ (Guest Voice)

Immigration Action an Opportunity to ‘Get Right with the Law’ By Everard Meade After months of speculation, President Obama finally announced a sweeping executive action on immigration, which could potentially protect nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. In order to qualify, undocumented immigrants must have been here for more than five years, have children who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, register,...

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Gorbachev: West ‘Resigned’ to Crimea’s Return to Russia (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)
Dec01

Gorbachev: West ‘Resigned’ to Crimea’s Return to Russia (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)

Upon his return from celebrations in Germany for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev gave this somewhat testy interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, in which he is defensive over accusations that he ‘lost’ the Soviet Union. He discusses where it all went wrong with the United States, his belief that the Ukraine crisis can be overcome and how the Western leaders he met...

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Perceptions of Reality— And a Failure to Indict
Nov29

Perceptions of Reality— And a Failure to Indict

by Walter Brasch She quietly walked into the classroom and stood there, just inside the door, against a wall. The professor, his back to her, continued his lecture, unaware of her presence until his students’ eyes began focusing upon her rather than him. “Yes?” he asked, turning to her. Just “Yes.” Nothing more. “You shouldn’t have done it,” she said peacefully. He was confused. So she said it again, this time a little louder, and...

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Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing
Nov29

Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing

Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing: And maybe we are, state by state. It’s a ground level, individual woman’s solution to government’s (illegal?) discrimination against women. An organization in Austin is using phones and contributions to arrange for women who are under 20 weeks pregnant — and far from any abortion clinic to — get where they need to go....

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Do-Nothing’ Plan for Republicans
Nov29

Do-Nothing’ Plan for Republicans

A ‘Do-Nothing’ Plan for Republicans Making Sense by Michael Reagan The fight over immigration reform was wiped off our TV screens by the fires and tear gas clouds in Ferguson Monday night. CNN and the other networks will milk the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown for as long as there’s a single ratings point to be gained. But by Tuesday afternoon...

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More Views On The Injustice In Ferguson
Nov28

More Views On The Injustice In Ferguson

Two recent posts (here and here) deal with how a different system of “justice” was applied in Ferguson in order to protect a police officer from facing trial in a situation where anyone else would be tried. This has also been a trend in other parts of the country, with it being very rare for police officers to face criminal charges in shootings. The posts were also cross posted at The Moderate Voice and the first post has quite a...

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Wisconsin Man Files Suit After Police Arrest Him For Calling Them Racists On Facebook
Nov28

Wisconsin Man Files Suit After Police Arrest Him For Calling Them Racists On Facebook

This case is something completely different yet fits in with the recent posts (here,  here, and here) which deal with abuse of police powers. A man from Wisconsin is filing suit alleging that he was arrested for comments posted on Facebook accusing policemen of racism. The StarTribune reports: A man who got arrested after he posted Facebook comments calling a southwestern Wisconsin police department racist has filed a federal lawsuit...

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Cosby and Ghomeshi scandals open floodgates
Nov28

Cosby and Ghomeshi scandals open floodgates

The “clinking” of Bill Cosby’s belt buckle as he allegedly attempted a rape, the sound of a slap across a woman’s face after Jian Ghomeshi turned his stuffed toy “Big Ears Teddy” around. It’s the details that linger and horrify. In the headline-grabbing cases of famed American comic Bill Cosby and former CBC radio host Jian… graphic via...

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Contempt for a community
Nov28

Contempt for a community

Joep Bertrams, The Netherlands[/caption WASHINGTON -- The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization. No one should have been surprised that police officer Darren Wilson was not charged in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I've written before, and likely will have to write again, about the tragically low value our society places on the lives of young black men. Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch led the grand...

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DA last minute pivot re legal use of force in Wilson case
Nov28

DA last minute pivot re legal use of force in Wilson case

Update 1: DA Robert McCulloch has a history with grand juries and cops that kill citizens   Update 2: SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, in 1992, that the subject of a grand jury investigation, the suspect, has never “been thought to have a right to testify, or to have exculpatory evidence presented” and presenting exculpatory evidence “would be incompatible” with the grand jury system. Yet DA McCulloch...

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More Evidence For A Different System Of Justice For The Police
Nov27

More Evidence For A Different System Of Justice For The Police

Recently I discussed how the grand jury was used in Ferguson was an example of how justice is different for the police than it is for everyone else.  The Washington Post also reports on unorthodox police practices in handling Darren Wilson after the shooting: When Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson left the scene of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the officer returned to the police station unescorted, washed...

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Obama must reveal truth about CIA interrogations, UN experts say
Nov26

Obama must reveal truth about CIA interrogations, UN experts say

Opponents of cloaking the Senate report on CIA interrogation practices in secrecy have won support from a top panel of United Nations human rights experts. They said significant secrecy would embolden torturers in other countries and should be rejected. In an open letter to President Barack Obama, seven rapporteurs to the UN Human Rights Council said, “Lasting security can only be achieved on the basis of truth and not secrecy.” “As a...

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Two Systems Of Justice: One For Police, One For Everyone Else
Nov26

Two Systems Of Justice: One For Police, One For Everyone Else

The grand jury’s decision in Ferguson not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown demonstrates how we have two systems of justice in the United States. I am not referring only to the differences in treatment based upon race. This is clearly a major factor, but as it has already been discussed at length at many sources I am going instead to highlight another aspect of this problem. The system works different for...

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Republicans Seek To Block Marijuana Law In Washington, D.C.
Nov25

Republicans Seek To Block Marijuana Law In Washington, D.C.

Republicans, members of the party which claims to support small government, individual freedom, and states’ rights, once again shows that it doesn’t mean a word of this.  The Hill reports on one action planned by Republicans: House Republicans next year will try to block Washington, D.C.’s, newly enacted law legalizing recreational marijuana. Rep. Andy Harris said he “absolutely” intends to launch a push to dismantle the new law when...

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Priorities and realities
Nov25

Priorities and realities

Hate that the White House wants to urge the protesters in #Ferguson to act peacefully but doesn’t urge the same of the police. …Corrente ___ Researchers — psychologists and social scientists, mostly — in the U.S. and United Kingdom say data indicate that, contrary to those mainstream media stereotypes, “conspiracy theorists” appear to be more sane than people who accept official versions of controversial and contested...

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Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The Chaos
Nov25

Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The Chaos

Ferguson is exploding. Over three months after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed, the city is experiencing one of its most violent nights of demonstrations. Hundreds of protesters took to Ferguson’s already fragile streets late Monday, following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. A car burns on the street after a… Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The...

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Cartoons: World Cartoonists look at Ferguson
Nov25

Cartoons: World Cartoonists look at Ferguson

Cartoonists are now doing their takes on the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson. The events in Ferguson and the ever-growing number of policy shoots of African-Americans has kept cartoonists busy over the past year. Here’s a cross section with the publication dates: See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license these and other cartoons for your own site, visit...

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