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Bystanders Who Record Police Brutality Must Be Protected and Valued

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Posted on Jul 31, 2014

Eric Garner’s recent death at the hands of cops would not have come to our attention had it not been for a camera phone recording; Satanists are “trolling” Hobby Lobby to test the boundaries of the Supreme Court ruling; meanwhile, some commentators are saying that the “IDF either targets civilians or has terrible aim.” These discoveries and more below.

Protect Bystanders Who Record Police
Let no one forget: If not for the fact that a bystander with a camera phone captured Eric Garner’s confrontation with cops — and that the video then found its way to the Daily News — Garner’s death might have ended up like most all of the other approximately 1,000 complaints of chokeholds filed at the Civilian Complaint Review Board over the last five years: unsubstantiated allegations of police abuse.

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Satanists Troll Hobby Lobby
How far do religious-liberty claims actually extend following the Supreme Court’s ruling?

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Instability in Ukraine, chaos in Syria, conflict in the East China Sea—the trigger points for World War III are in place.

Chomsky: How America’s Great University System Is Being Destroyed
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OkCupid Reveals It’s Been Lying to Some of Its Users. Just to See What’ll Happen
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Why One New Jersey School District Killed Its Student Laptop Program
“There is no more determined hacker…than a 12-year-old who has a computer.”

The Worrying Vacuity Of Hillary Clinton
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Glenn Greenwald: Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza
As I’ve written many times before, “terrorism” is, and from the start was designed to be, almost entirely devoid of discernible meaning.

Behind the News from Gaza
When the issues become too sharp and the contradictions too blatant, the news media are severely challenged to contain them within normal bounds.

Israel Is finding It Harder to Deny Targeting Gaza Infrastructure
With blackouts, food shortages and sewage in the streets, observers say the IDF either targets civilians or has terrible aim.

Collective Punishment in Gaza
Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the Times of Israel, “I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan.”

Israel Takes Away 44% of Gaza Land … Herds Gazans Into Remaining Area
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On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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