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Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



Nearly 1,000 People Were Fatally Shot by Police in the U.S. in 2015

A Washington Post study reveals that approximately 40 percent of all unarmed men shot to death by police this year were black. Black males make up just 6 percent of the U.S. population.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: The Chicago Police Department’s Long History of Abuse

Chicago’s police department is under fire, with recent revelations about misconduct and cover-ups. But scandals and brutality are nothing new there—as this video explains, abuse within the Chicago P.D. goes way, way back.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE



Baltimore Announces $6.4 Million Settlement With Freddie Gray’s Family

The payment is larger than the total of more than 120 other lawsuits brought against the police department for alleged brutality and misconduct since 2011, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE



Unarmed Black Man in Mississippi Was Killed by 20-Minute Police Chokehold, Lawyers Say

Attorneys for the family of Jonathan Sanders have told Mississippi state investigators that the unarmed black man died after being kept in a chokehold by a police officer for more than 20 minutes.

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VIDEO: Judge Releases Footage of Police Killing Unarmed Man in L.A. Suburb

A legal order has led to the public release of dashcam footage showing a 34-year-old man being fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in 2013.

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Russell Brand Tears Apart Obama’s Reasons for Starting Another War in Iraq

In a recent episode of “The Trews” titled “Will Obama’s Bombs Stop Beheadings?” comedian Russell Brand ponders what President Obama really means when he says the U.S. is attacking Islamic State in Syria and Iraq in order to protect “America’s core interests.”

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE



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The Fascism Hiding in Hollywood

Comic artist Frank Miller’s recent tirade against the Occupy movement gives us a glimpse into the mind of a man made important by an entertainment culture that pushes death, selfishness, uncritical obedience to authority and simplistic notions of good and evil. Guardian columnist Rick Moody has a word for such fare: cryptofascist. (more)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Witness Says Slain Day Laborer Was Unarmed

The neighborhood of Westlake near downtown Los Angeles has been under lockdown as protests continue after the LAPD killing of a Guatemalan day laborer Sunday. Officers say the man was brandishing a knife, but one witness has come forward to say he was unarmed.

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Riots Mark Anniversary of Greek Teenager’s Shooting

Violence erupted in Athens on Sunday as thousands took to the streets to mark the anniversary of the death of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, shot dead by Greek police a year ago. Within a few hours of his death, riots had spread across the country in a two-week spate of looting and burning.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Torture on Obama’s Watch

Gang-beatings, breaking bones, gouging eyes, squeezing testicles and dousing detainees with chemicals. Those Bush-era actions are still going on under Obama’s regime at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo, as the narrowing of the “torture debate” has occluded attention from such grotesque practices.

Posted on May 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Unions Join Greek Unrest

In a move that further complicates the anti-government unrest rocking Greece for the past four days, the country’s two biggest trade unions have declared their intention to go ahead with a planned 24-hour strike, likely to paralyze the economy in protest against government policies and incompetent handling of the economic crisis.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Bill Maher on LAPD Bullies

In light of the LAPD’s recent storm trooper-like behavior, Bill Maher reminds police everywhere, “We want to support you—even to love you—but you have to remember, it says ‘To protect and serve’ on the side of the car, not ‘What the f—- are you looking at?’ ”

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


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YouTube Video Prompts FBI Probe of LAPD

The FBI has launched a police brutality investigation of the LAPD after a video surfaced on YouTube of a police officer repeatedly punching a suspected gang member in the face. Read about it, and watch the video.

Posted on Nov 13, 2006 READ MORE


In Pictures: Ron Kovic Today

Paralyzed from the chest down by Vietnam War wounds, and confined to a wheelchair for almost 40 years, Ron Kovic stands as a symbol of the brutality of war. He also exemplifies a man’s ability to transform such tragedy into a lifelong pursuit of peace—for himself and his country.  Listen to the audio, then come view the site’s Kovic photo gallery.

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


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