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Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s murder and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

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Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s beheading and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Ferguson Divides Us Less Than We Imagine

African-Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown.

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Irony









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Putting the Police Under Surveillance

In some places in America, a black man holding a toy gun or a banana is more likely to be shot by the police than a white man with an actual gun. We live in a country of lethal fruit.

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Race Card









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What Makes Michael Brown’s Killing Different From the Rest?

Mychal Denzel Smith, a contributing writer at The Nation, argues that the impetus behind the Ferguson protests isn’t the slaying of one unarmed black man since the incident is not uncommon in present-day America.

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Post-Racial America Alert









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Eric Holder in Ferguson: ‘I Am Also a Black Man’

The nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer and the first African-American attorney general is now physically in the center of the racially charged uprising in Ferguson, Mo.

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Let’s Talk About Race









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Military Plans









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Freedom of the Press Endangered in Ferguson

Several journalists have been arrested during protests held in Ferguson, Mo., over Michael Brown’s shooting; Egypt issues a statement urging the U.S. to employ “restraint” in the Missouri suburb, seemingly mocking similar statements from the American government in the past; meanwhile, the Arctic’s snow depth has fallen significantly in the past half century. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Premiering in Ferguson









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The Best Reporting on Federal Push to Militarize Local Police

A few facts you might have missed about the flow of military equipment and tactics to local law enforcement.

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Ferguson Turmoil Continues With Another Shooting, More Arrests

The face-off between police and protesters in and around Ferguson, Mo., continued Tuesday, with tensions further kindled by reports of another police shooting and by more details about slain teenager Michael Brown.

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‘Overpoliced and Underprotected’: The Neglect of Black Communities

Amy Goodman interviews UC Berkeley professor John A. Powell on Tuesday about Ferguson, Mo. Powell says two of the most important issues of policing poor communities is whether there’s trust, and whether authorities recognize the humanity of those they are charged to protect.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Equal Justice









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The Ones Left Behind

The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE



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What to Look for in Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown

In the next few weeks, separate teams of doctors will issue autopsy reports about Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. If history is any guide, they will differ, perhaps significantly, on how to interpret the gunshot wounds on his body.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE


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Militarized Cops and Donuts









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Ferguson Exposes the Reality of Militarized, Racist Policing

Hundreds of thousands of Americans watched over the course of a week as military-style police tear gassed a community in mourning, chased them with rubber bullets, and abused and arrested reporters. This is an opportunity to advance the cause of transforming law enforcement.

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Ferguson Sees New Police Conflict Overnight

Police in riot dress clashed with small groups of protesters in Ferguson, Mo., early Saturday morning, confirming that tensions over the killing of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown have not disappeared.

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Six Days in Ferguson: Voices From the Protests

Here is a day-by-day chronology of what happened in Ferguson, drawn from the best reporting by journalists and witnesses on the ground.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Our Selective Outrage

The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Obama. The same should be true—but tragically is not—of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb.

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Police States









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To Terrify and Occupy

Welcome to a new era of American policing, where cops increasingly see themselves as soldiers occupying enemy territory, often with the help of Uncle Sam’s armory, and where even nonviolent crimes are met with overwhelming force and brutality.

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Put Down the Bottled Water! It’s Draining Drought-Stricken California

Most bottled water companies are taking precious H2O from the state that needs it most; a new browser add-on can show you who’s funding your elected representatives; meanwhile, SWAT teams and riot police are paramilitarizing the suburbs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE



Civil Rights Leaders Make the Case for Peace in Wake of Michael Brown Shooting (Video)

While acknowledging the outrage that followed the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday after the unarmed teenager was shot in a police car by a still-unnamed police officer, on Tuesday activists like the Rev. Al Sharpton emphasized the need for calm and justice as the case is investigated.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE


Serve and Assault









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Local Police Receive War’s Leftover Arms

As the wars overseas draw to something like a close, it’s not just battered GIs that come home. “The former tools of combat—M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more—are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice,” Matt Apuzzo writes at The New York Times.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Attorney General Holder Requires Recording of Interrogations, Unlike New York City

A new Department of Justice policy says federal agents must record interrogations, as a way to protect against coercion and false confessions.

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After 2 Officers Indicted on Shooting Charges, Dallas Police Call for Body Cameras

Mandatory body cameras for police officers may not fix everything, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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The Truth About Fukushima

The world is in utter denial about what’s going on at the Japanese nuclear plant; a policeman shot and killed a North Carolina teenager who had schizophrenia; and Glenn Greenwald answers a few questions about the Omidyar project on his blog. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Louisiana’s Incarceration Is a Private Business

Louisiana has assailed its residents to a level unequal to any other state, entering the new year with another signature No. 1 ranking in lockups. It has created a system more efficient and despondent than state run prisons or regular privatization. The costs are low, profits high and human life is a commodity that allows the market to keep growing.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE



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The Criminalization of Everyday Life

If all you’ve got is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail. And if police and prosecutors are your only tool, sooner or later everything and everyone will be treated as criminal.

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Populist De Blasio Is New York’s First Democratic Mayor in Decades

By trumpeting economic and civil rights issues, New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio got himself elected Tuesday night to the highest office in the biggest city in America.

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Facebook May Join Forces With Police to Thwart Protests

Independent journalist Kenneth Lipp attended a law enforcement conference in Philadelphia on Monday in which he discovered that soon authorities may have control over what’s posted on social media sites. This includes allowing people to plan demonstrations using sites such as Facebook.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE



Police Brutality, Mental Illness and ‘The Memphis Model’

Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Freedom of Speech a Casualty of Official Response to Student Drinking

(Updated) Professors at my hometown university are silent as city and college officials seek blood after a beer-fueled clash between students and police.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 READ MORE


Dialogue with the Government









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Minorities on Receiving End of Vast Majority of L.A. County Canine Unit Bites

Minorities in recent years have been the disproportionate target of police dogs used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but a new special counsel’s report found that for the first six months of this year, all arrest suspects bitten by Sheriff’s Department police dogs were African-American or Latino. And the dogs are deployed at an overwhelmingly higher rate in poor neighborhoods than in wealthy ones.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



Why Mugshots Shouldn’t Be Publicized

Some self-serving websites charge people who have been arrested to take their photos off the Internet; socialists should be outraged about Obamacare; meanwhile, is Obama headed toward isolationism or exceptionalism? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Incentives Often Skew Justice in the American Courts, Study Finds

In a disturbing new report, two academics argue that incentives—from career gains to lab test payments—may be leading to high numbers of false convictions in American courts. They call for more study, but also for a systemic overhaul.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Singing and Sidewalk Chalk Seen as New Threats to the Empire

Police continue their crackdown on protesters and photographers in Madison, Wis., including the videotaped violent arrest of a man taking pictures. Elsewhere, writing political protests in washable chalk is now a felony.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Want Military Action? Look No Further Than Your Local Police

Increased militarization of domestic police departments has contributed to grotesque violations of Americans’ civil liberties, not to mention costing untold millions in tax dollars.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE


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