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Oscar Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder in Reeva Steenkamp Shooting Case

Only Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius knows exactly what happened on Feb. 14, 2013, at his home, when the South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but murder has now been ruled out as the official explanation.

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S Street Rising

A gritty street-level portrait of a dark chapter in the history of Washington, D.C., reflected in the mirror of the author’s own crack addiction.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



Did Richmond, Calif., Reduce Its Murder Rate by Paying People Not to Kill?

Nearly a decade ago, violent crime in Richmond, Calif., was so bad that the City Council debated declaring a state of emergency. Seeking to end the bloodshed, officials authorized DeVone Boggan to pay likely perpetrators to stay out of trouble.

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U.S. Inmate ‘Tortured’ in Botched Execution

A U.S. death row inmate writhed in agony and mumbled incoherently in a botched execution using untested drugs, before dying of a heart attack 40 minutes into the ordeal, news reports said. The prisoner, Clayton Lockett, is shown above left.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Should Women Be Charged With Murder for Giving Birth to Stillborns Due to ‘Fetal Harm’?

Rennie Gibbs, a 16-year-old in Mississippi when she gave birth to a stillborn child, is facing life in prison for taking cocaine during her pregnancy. Hers is among a burgeoning number of cases in which women are prosecuted for allegedly endangering their unborn children.

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Race Inequality in America by Graph, From Crime Sentencing to Income

Most death sentences are handed out for killing white people, even though African-Americans make up 50 percent of murder victims (they are only 12 percent of the population).

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Patriotism: Signs of Saturation

Maddening that so many people can’t see through a selling technique that, while cleverly done, shouldn’t fool anybody. Sad to witness the Dependent Mind, the mind given over to authority and orthodoxy. Tragic that the young will learn to hate, fight, and die, and cause the reciprocal.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Morally Questionable Go-To Weapon

U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries may be militarily effective, but they are killing innocent civilians in a way that is obscene and immoral. I’m afraid that ignoring this ugly fact makes Americans complicit in murder.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE



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It’s Been a Murderous Few Weeks Here in the Land of the Second Amendment

A spate of killings and random shootings defines, in a sick way, a nation. As Detroiter Kim Trent asks, where’s the outrage?

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE


Bodies of Missing Afghans Found Outside U.S. Special Forces Base

The bodies of 10 Afghan villagers were found near a base in the country’s Wardak Province shortly after the U.S. military was forced to vacate it in the spring. All of the people had disappeared after being detained by U.S. Special Forces, including, it seems, a unit known as “The A-Team,” which has also been linked to eight other slayings in Wardak.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary about Indonesia’s 1965-66 bloodbath is a brilliant exploration of the twisted psychology of that nation’s mass murderers and their ongoing glorification.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Morsi to Stand Trial on Charges He Incited Murder

Egypt’s state prosecutor recommended the ousted president be put on trial on suspicion of inciting the murder of protesters during a demonstration against him in Cairo in December.

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AP/Wilfredo Lee

A ‘Calm Reflection’ on Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and Too Many Others

Read along as I list the abundance of “little things” that made the killing of Trayvon Martin, and that of innumerable young men like him, both possible and defensible in a court of law. They are the daily corrosions through which the micro-degradations of racism and white supremacy eat away at our lives.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Death Row Prisoner William Van Poyck’s Final Farewell

On June 12, the state of Florida executed a man convicted of killing a corrections officer during a failed attempt to free a prisoner in 1987. In a May article, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges wrote that William Van Poyck “spent years exposing the cruelty of our system of mass incarceration.” We reprint his last letters to his sister in full.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Danny Johnston, File

Murder Is Our National Sport

The decision to execute William Van Poyck, who in his writings from death row has chronicled our penal system’s depravity, is one more footnote to our perverted belief in the regeneration of society through violence.

Posted on May 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Prosecutor in Benazir Bhutto Case Shot Dead

Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, a lawyer who was leading the push to prosecute Pakistan’s former military dictator in the slaying of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was killed Friday as he was driving to court in Islamabad.

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Desperate L.A. Offers $1 Million Bounty for Accused Cop Killer

A week after former police officer Christopher Dorner is alleged to have begun killing those people he reportedly views as his enemies, authorities in Southern California—and even Charlie Sheen—are doing everything they can to bring the elusive man out of the shadows.

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Suspected Subway Pusher Charged With Murder as a Hate Crime

Authorities say a 31-year-old woman who is accused of pushing a man off a subway platform into the way of a train in Queens last week did so because of his religion. Erika Menendez was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in the death of Sunando Sen.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Documentary Claims Serial Killer Murdered O.J. Simpson’s Ex-Wife

The former football star did not kill Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, a new documentary alleges; convicted killer Glen Rogers did.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Behind the Twinkie Defense

News this week that Hostess will be shutting its doors brings back memories of psychiatrist Martin Blinder testifying that on the night before Dan White killed San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, White “just sat there in front of the TV set, binging on Twinkies.” Another psychiatrist stated, “If not for the aggravating fact of junk food, the homicides might not have taken place.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Lewis Levine

U.S. Soldiers Allegedly Plotted to Kill Obama, Overthrow the Government

Four members of the Army killed a former comrade and his teenaged girlfriend to keep secret the plans of the anarchist group they had formed, prosecutors in Georgia say.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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A Disappearing Brazilian Tribe Cries Out

Terrorized by gunmen, loggers, drug traffickers and encroaching farmers, the 355 surviving members of the Amazonian Awá tribe face extinction if the Brazilian government and the international community fail to protect them from what a Brazilian judge termed “a real genocide.”

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Frank Augstein

Accused Norwegian Terrorist Has a Pen Pal

Early in the 20th century, Ayn Rand admired serial killer William Hickman from afar. Today, 23-year-old Massachusetts resident Kevin Forts has found his own murderous darling in the figure of accused terrorist Anders Breivik.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Murder Is Not an Anomaly in War

We kill children nearly every day in Afghanistan. We do not usually kill them outside the structure of a military unit.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Allauddin Khan

AP: Soldier Accused of Sunday Massacre Was on His 4th Tour

The American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, nine of them children, had already served three tours of duty in Iraq and arrived in Afghanistan for his first tour in December, according to The Associated Press.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Accused Serial Killer Returned From Iraq ‘Totally Changed’

Friends tell the Los Angeles Times that Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo returned from Iraq a changed man. The ex-Marine from Orange County, Calif., is accused of killing four homeless men, each stabbed more than 40 times. “He’s a veteran who did not get the help he needed,” said a fellow Marine, adding that she had trusted Ocampo with her life.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Ahmed Ali

Mubarak Is Rolled Back Into Court

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak shielded his face from onlookers as he was wheeled into a courtroom Wednesday to resume trial on alleged abuses of power and the killing of hundreds of protesters in the uprising that ousted him earlier this year. The trial was delayed for almost two months while the court located a suitable judge.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE



IFC Films

Herzog’s Meditation on Life and Death

Andrew O’Hehir of Salon recently picked up the phone for a conversation about life and death with German filmmaker Werner Herzog. The two discussed Herzog’s newest film, “Into the Abyss,” a nonjudgmental meditation on what it means to be human while awaiting the gallows in the shadow of horrific crimes.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 READ MORE


The Case for Troy Davis and Against Gov. Rick Perry

On Aug. 18, 1989, Mark MacPhail, a young police officer, was shot to death in a parking lot in Savannah, Ga. Soon afterward Troy Davis (above) was convicted of the killing. Although a majority of testifying witnesses have recanted their statements, a U.S. district court has ordered Davis to be executed Sept. 21. (more)

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Egyptian Police Official Charged With Perjury in Mubarak Trial

The judge overseeing former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s trial detained a senior Egyptian police official on a charge of perjury Wednesday after the official denied that security forces had used live ammunition against protesters during the revolution. (more)

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



CNN

Mississippi Still Burning

A scenario ripped from our nation’s troubled racial past made new headlines this week: the slaying of a man allegedly for the simple reason that he was black. But a little digging reveals that there’s more to this story than the label “hate crime” suggests.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE



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New Violence Against Syrian Demonstrators

An estimated 2,000 people have been killed in the five months since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began assaulting the pro-democracy protesters he refers to as terrorists. (more)

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Old Habits Die Hard in New Orleans

New Orleans, despite its great charm, can often seem like a city out of place and time, where the fortress-like class dynamic one sees in economically stratified societies such as those of Central America has somehow set down pernicious roots.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Murder Mystery: Chile Exhumes Salvador Allende

A panel of forensic scientists will examine the remains of former Chilean President Salvador Allende, who either killed himself or was slain as forces loyal to all-around bad guy Augusto Pinochet stormed the presidential palace in 1973.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE


But Was It Murder?

As much as we all might wish that the counter-narrative, with all of its uncomfortable implications, would fade away, it’s not likely to, given this country’s obsession with legal process.

Posted on May 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden’s Death

Chris Hedges, speaking at Truthdig’s Inaugural Fundraising Dinner in Los Angeles, responds to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Sunday Alamba

500 Dead in Nigerian Postelection Violence

Nigeria’s most credible election in decades has come to a close, but the legitimacy of the process has failed to stem the violence. A local human rights group believes more than 500 people have been killed in postelection fighting.

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Suspect in Mexican Drug Killings Captured

The Mexican government has reportedly captured Martin “El Kilo” Omar Estrada Luna, a leader of the Zetas drug gang that is suspected of killing more than 100 people in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

Posted on Apr 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / U.S. Army

The ‘Kill Team’ Story Gets Worse

The recent crop of shocking stories about the group of American soldiers—now known widely as the “Kill Team”—who formed a death squad to deliberately slaughter Afghan civilians has been topped by a new Rolling Stone exposé that makes matters ...

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muzaffar Salman

Syrian Protests Turn Deadly

At least 20 people were killed when Syrian police opened fire on anti-government protesters near the southern city of Daraa as demonstrations against the regime of Bashar al-Assad continued across the country.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / U.S. Army

U.S. Soldier Pleads Guilty to Murdering 3 Afghan Civilians

After working out a plea bargain that shortened his time in prison from a life sentence to 24 years, Spc. Jeremy Morlock pleaded guilty Thursday to deliberately killing Afghan civilians last year and agreed to talk about his alleged Army accomplices.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muhammed Muheisen

At Least 35 Dead in Yemen Protests

At least 35 people were shot dead and hundreds more wounded on Friday when Yemeni soldiers opened fire on protesters marching through the country’s capital of Sanaa.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tim Freccia

South Sudan Battles Rebels

New fighting erupted in Sudan’s recently declared autonomous southern half when rebel forces staged an attack on the city of Malakal. The battle comes as South Sudan counts down to its official secession on July 9.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Rep. Giffords Is Walking and Talking

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head during an attack at an Arizona shopping center, is walking and talking, according to doctors, with her condition improving by “leaps and bounds.”

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE



Loughner Trial Moves to San Diego

The trial of Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter who killed six people in an assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is being moved from Tucson to San Diego because of worries over pretrial publicity and heightened local sensitivities.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hameed Rasheed

48 Dead in Iraq Suicide Attack

While Egypt may be basking in the glow of what it hopes is the dawn of a new democracy, the U.S.-led attempt in Iraq is still in its terrible twos. One of the worst suicide bombings in recent weeks has devastated the city of Samarra, killing 48 people and wounding 80.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Flotilla Raid Deemed Legal

In a result sure to spark intense debate, Israel’s attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last May has been declared by a government commission to be a legal use of force for self-defense. Israeli commandos killed nine activists attempting to break the blockade on the impoverished Gaza Strip.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE


The FBI’s Big Mob Bust

What do “Meatball,” “Marbles,” “Lumpy” and “Jello” have in common? They’re all nicknames for alleged members of the Mafia who were busted by the FBI in a mass crackdown this week that led to the arrest of more than 120 purported Mob operatives.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


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