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Associated Press

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



Flickr / crawford.l

Hackers Arrested as Turkey Embraces Big Brother

Turkish police made a successful foray into the hacking community Monday with the arrests of 32 suspected local members of Anonymous after the group’s attack on a government telecommunications website Thursday.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



Stewart Butterfield (CC-BY)

Turning the Camera on the Police

What’s good for the police apparently isn’t good for the people—or so the law enforcement community would have us believe when it comes to surveillance.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Chiu

Three Strikes and Civil Rights

The racism within the police-court-prison system is one of America’s most neglected evils, as is the impact it has on the poor African-American and Latino communities that are home for so many released convicts.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred

A cadre of right-wing institutions that peddle themselves as counterterrorism specialists and experts on the Muslim world has been indoctrinating thousands of police, intelligence and military personnel in nationwide seminars.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE


A Call to Consume

Step right up and watch as one man in London with a megaphone and a cheeky sense of humor gives voice to the many narratives of consumerism—e.g., “Meditation is a waste of good shopping time!”—and has some fun at the local police’s expense while he’s at it.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Southerners on New Ground

Georgia Immigration Bill Looks to Arizona

All aboard the hate train. Georgia’s Legislature has passed a bill that copies some of the most maligned parts of Arizona’s infamously anti-immigrant SB 1070. The Georgia bill is now on the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE


Georgia and the U.S. Supreme Court: Tinkering With the Machinery of Death

On March 28, the Supreme Court refused to hear the death penalty case of Troy Anthony Davis. It was his last appeal.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE


iPhone
Courtesy of Apple

Activist App: ‘Panic Button’ for Cellphones

A new “panic button” cellphone application is being promoted by the U.S. State Department for pro-democracy activists, especially those in the Arab world and China, that wipes out the phone’s contacts and alerts fellow activists.

Posted on Mar 26, 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


Video Shows Brazilian Police Shooting Boy

Recently uncovered 2010 security footage showing Brazilian police shooting a 14-year-old boy has led to the arrest of five men. The BBC reports that the “boy survived with several wounds and is now in a witness protection programme along with his family.”

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hossam Ali

Cops Disperse Syrian Funeral for Protesters

A crowd of 20,000 people at a funeral for six slain protesters in the southern Syrian town of Dara’a was dispersed by police with tear gas and truncheons Saturday.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Mubarak’s Enforcer Goes on Trial

Just days after President Hosni Mubarak resigned his seat of power in Egypt, former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly was arrested on charges of corruption. His trial began Saturday in Cairo.

Posted on Mar 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hani Mohammed

The Protests Continue in Yemen

In the third straight day of confrontation, several hundred protesters clashed with police in Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa as demonstrations against the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh echoed events in Egypt and elsewhere across the Arab world.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hassene Dridi

Tunisian Protests Turn Deadly

Protests over unemployment have led to the deaths of eight people in Tunisia. The government said police opened fire in self-defense after rioters took to destroying public buildings in the northwestern towns of Thala and Kasserine.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / kiwanja (CC-BY)

No Warrant Necessary for Cell Phone Searches in California

The California Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police officers in the Golden State don’t need a warrant to be able to peruse the cell phones of those under arrest—a decision that may have troubling implications and may eventually involve the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / nolifebeforecoffee (CC-BY)

Are You in the FBI’s Suspicious Activities Database?

The Washington Post’s Dana Priest has another phone book’s worth of terrifying revelations about our national security/police/prison state. One that really chills given the FBI’s track record is the “vast repository” the Bureau is building that ... (more)

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



‘Pedophile’s Guide’ Author Arrested

The author who gained national attention last month by selling his self-published “Pedophile’s Guide to Love & Pleasure” on Amazon has been arrested on obscenity charges. Authorities are concerned that the book advocates illegal behavior, a familiar challenge to free speech protections.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Michael Bracken

Afghan Police Force on Shaky Ground

New statistics show that the Afghan police force, upon whose shoulders eventual U.S. and British military withdrawal is based, is experiencing an unsustainable rate of attrition that sees one in five recruits bailing every year.

Posted on Dec 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alauddin Hossain Dulall

Bangladesh Labor Protest Turns Deadly

A labor struggle has turned violent in Bangladesh. In protests that have shut down factories in the southern part of the country, three workers have been killed and scores injured as police clashed with demonstrators demanding higher wages.

Posted on Dec 12, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Jesús Villaseca Pérez

Unifying Mexico’s Police

In the face of news that at least 20 tourists had just been kidnapped in Acapulco, the Mexican government has announced the preparation of a plan to alter the nation’s police structure that would essentially federalize the country’s 2,200 local police departments under a unified command.

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dolores Ochoa

Ecuador in State of Emergency

Add Ecuador to the list of countries whose people are letting their governments know that they’re not having the “austerity measures” officials are attempting to enact.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Union de Vecinos

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



AP / Nastasya Tay

Six Dead in Mozambique Bread Riots

Soaring bread prices have sparked riots around Mozambique’s capital city of Maputo, but worse still is the fact that police killed at least six people and used live ammunition because—wait for it—they “ran out of rubber bullets.”

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


The Killer Cops of New Orleans

A shocking spate of killings in the wake of Hurricane Katrina still haunts New Orleans and shakes the locals’ sense of security, owing to the fact that the five people who died within the span of one week were civilians, four were unarmed ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

At Least 50 Killed in Iraq Bomb Attacks

American combat forces might be exiting Iraq, but a wave of deadly violence around the country Wednesday served as a grim reminder that war is likely to be a daily reality for Iraqis for a long time to come.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP

Drug Cartels Block 13 Roadways in Mexican City

Mexican drug cartels in the city of Monterrey have stepped up their public presence, blocking at least 13 major roadways in the city on Saturday – dragging drivers out of their cars and using their vehicles to cut roads – as a show of force in the face of government crackdowns.

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Digital Sextant (CC-BY)

4 New Orleans Cops Indicted in Post-Katrina Killings

Four police officers have been indicted on charges related to the fatal shootings that took place on the Danzinger bridge days after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. Two civilians were killed and four others wounded in the incident. If convicted, the officers could receive the death penalty.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / BruceTurner (CC-BY)

Raid on Mafia Nets 300 Arrests in Italy

Italian authorities arrested 300 alleged Mafia members Tuesday in a nationwide crackdown involving 10 police officers for every suspect. The ’Ndrangheta Mafia may not be as famous as the Cosa Nostra, but it is estimated to do about $56 billion a year in illegal business.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / picturenarrative

Hundreds Busted at the G-20

Using tear gas, shields, clubs and pepper spray, police arrested almost 500 people at the G-20 summit in Toronto after a breakaway group of protesters smashed storefronts and set fire to several police cars.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE



youtube.com

BART Officer’s Murder Trial Nears a Climax

Oscar Grant was killed on New Year’s Day 2009 in Oakland by a white transit police officer in a case that has drawn comparisons to the notorious Rodney King case in Los Angeles. The trial of the BART officer on a murder charge was moved to L.A., where the jury could start deliberations this week.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko

Kyrgyzstan Violence: Why?

After an estimated 1,000 people died in violence in Kyrgyzstan two weeks ago, many are still asking “why?” Aside from blaming some organic propensity for violence between ethnic groups, The New York Times actually asked “why” and found complicity in both the Kyrgyz military and police forces.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / frozenchipmunk (CC-BY)

Obama Wants $50 Billion For Teachers, Cops and Firefighters

With a relative drop in the bailout bucket, the president thinks he can save 300,000 teachers who would otherwise be kept by economic calamity from annoying America’s children. The money would go to state and local governments struggling to make ends meet.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE


Frolic Room
Flickr/juliejordanscott

Hollywood Noir: Death at the Frolic Room

Life imitated noir recently at one of Hollywood’s iconic old haunts, the Frolic Room, when doorman Jerry Andersen was found struck down in the bar’s vestibule on the night of April 5 after attempting ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / brian.ch (CC-BY)

American Guns Stopped at the Border

Much has been made about Mexico’s deadly drug war and the potential for violence to spill across the border, but it is less often reported that American guns make that war go. Over the weekend, police in Laredo, Texas, seized 147 AK-47 rifles and 10,000 rounds of ammunition en route to Mexico.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


Holder
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Department of Justice

A.G. Huddles With Top Cops About Arizona Law

On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with police chiefs from several big cities—including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Houston and Philadelphia—who are concerned about the potential effects of Arizona’s SB 1070 on ... (continued)

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE


Alleged Chicago Torturer’s Overdue Day in Court

Abu Ghraib has nothing over Chicago. Forty years ago, Jon Burge returned from Vietnam, joined the Chicago Police Department and allegedly began torturing people.

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


Bangkok violence
bbc.co.uk

Thai Police, Protesters Clash in Deadly Bangkok Battle

Violence escalated Friday between Thai police and the throng of thousands of protesters still entrenched in Bangkok, touched off in part by the shooting of rogue general Khattiya Sawasdipol, aka Commander Red, on Thursday.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Iraq Hit by Wave of Bombings

A series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq struck a party headquarters, two mosques and other sites, in apparent retaliation for a U.S.-Iraqi raid five days earlier that killed the two top leaders of the country’s insurgency.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / digitalshay (CC-BY)

The Secret Police of Los Angeles: Daryl Gates’ Paranoid Legacy

The former L.A. police chief, who died Friday, was notorious for presiding over a racist and brutal department (it had a nasty habit of strangling and shooting unarmed suspects to death), but he also had more than 200 spies keeping tabs on city bigwigs. One was even dispatched to Russia and Cuba, reports David Cay Johnston. (continued)

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


Kyrzyg uprising
youtube.com

Kyrgyzstan in State of Emergency as Protesters Storm the Capital (Update)

Kyrgyzstan was thrown into turmoil Wednesday after clashes between protesters and police killed at least 17 people, according to The New York Times, and caused Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee the capital of Bishkek.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 READ MORE


Maoist attack

Maoist Rebels Kill at Least 76 Police Troops in India

Hundreds of Maoist rebels descended upon a camp of paramilitary forces in the forests of India’s Chhattisgarh state in a surprise attack Tuesday morning that left at least 76 troops dead—the bloodiest clash between rebels and government forces in four decades, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


Hutaree
cnn.com

Christian Militia Group Members Charged With Conspiracy

Nine members of the Hutaree, a Christian militia group based in the Midwest, were charged Monday with conspiracy after allegedly planning to kill a law enforcement officer in Michigan and then attack others at their initial target’s funeral using improvised explosive devices.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


Prius

The ‘Runaway Prius’ That Quite Possibly Wasn’t

Toyota might have cause to breathe a little easier after a couple bumpy months, as last week’s runaway-Prius story is looking like it could represent less of a PR disaster for the automaker than it originally appeared to be.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE



pithhelmet.wordpress.com

What Does Blackwater Have to Do?

The company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide has been mired in scandal ever since its guards massacred some Iraqi civilians, but the government work keeps coming. Sen. Carl Levin has asked the Pentagon to think carefully about awarding a $1 billion contract to the company now known as Xe.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE


paterson
AP / Richard Drew

Paterson Bows Out of N.Y. Governor Race

New York Gov. David Paterson, who took the state’s top post after Eliot Spitzer stepped down amid a prostitution scandal in March 2008, announced Friday that he won’t continue his campaign for election this November—a development that comes as Paterson is caught up in a scandal of his own. Now, who’s up for the job?

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / teunvoten

Ciudad Juarez Protests as President Calderon Visits

Scuffles between police and protesters erupted in Ciudad Juarez, the border town in Mexico that has been the scene of hundreds of drug-related murders, as Mexican President Felipe Calderon proposed new crime initiatives to a skeptical public.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Weighs a Draft

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has tepidly announced he is pondering introducing conscription in order to build a domestic army and police force capable of taking over security operations from NATO troops in his war-torn country.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE


The Dystopia Conservatives Built

Colorado Springs, a laboratory of conservative anti-tax policies, is beginning to reek of economic death. The city is losing cops, firefighters, buses and parks while residents are moving into tent ghettos.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE


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