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.
Mass shootings in the U.S. have become commonplace. Yet the culture of gun ownership remains stronger than ever. Chris Hedges, A.J. Somerset and Dr. Taiaiake Alfred discuss gun culture in the United States and Canada on CBC Radio's "Ideas with Paul Kennedy."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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)
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.