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Ferguson Exposes the Reality Of Militarized, Racist Policing

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  • This is a teachable moment for the nation that presents an opportunity to transform policing so it serves the people.
  • To Terrify and Occupy
  • Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance

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August 17th, 2014 | The killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, MO police officer, who was identified Friday as Darren Wilson, and the aftermath in which nonviolent protesters and reporters were met with a violent and militarized police force have exposed something that has been building for years. Many have written about the militarization of the police and the disproportionate impact they have on people of color, but now more Americans are seeing this reality and cannot escape it.

Michael Brown is one of four unarmed black men killed in the last month (alone) by police. On July 17, Eric Garner was killed by an illegal chokehold in New York. On August 5, John Crawford was shot in a store in Beavercreek, OH. Just after Brown’s death, on August 9 Ezell Ford, a young man with known mental illness, was shot in Los Angeles. These are four examples of many, according to a recent study, a black man is killed every 28 hours by police, security guards or vigilantes. The whole nation is experiencing these tragedies; reality is being forced upon us.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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To Terrify and Occupy, Matthew Harwood, TomDispatch / Truthdig

  • One Nation Under SWAT
  • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat

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  • Search  on the internet "police brutality" or "police excessive force."  If you search YouTube, there are many videos of cops acting WAY beyond their limits.
  • Part 1: A SWAT Team Blew a Hole in My 2-Year-Old Son
  • Part 2: US police departments are increasingly militarised, finds report
  • Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population

 

When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat

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  • The debacle in Ferguson represents a near-total breakdown of our civic institutions. Here's why that's so scary.
  • All hell has broken loose. 
  • Cops Behaving Badly, June 28, 2014

Simon Maloy, Salon

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ferguson5.jpgA man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (Credit: AP/Jeff Roberson)

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 | The circumstances leading up to the fatal shooting last weekend of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Missouri police officers are in dispute. Police officers maintain that Brown attacked officers and tried to seize one of their weapons. An eyewitness to the event describes something more along the lines of an execution of a frightened and unarmed man running for his life. All that’s known for certain is that Brown is dead, and he died at the hands of the cops.

Since the fatal shots were fired, all hell has broken loose, leading up to the surreal and horrifying spectacle that unfolded in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, last night as police in military gear transformed an American city into something approximating a war zone. What we’ve witnessed in Brown’s shooting and in the days that followed has been an almost complete breakdown, from bottom to top, of the civil institutions we empower to protect our rights and maintain order.

Simon Maloy is Salon's political writer. 

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Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Search  on the internet "police brutality" or "police excessive force."  If you search YouTube, there are many videos of cops acting WAY beyond their limits.
  • Part 1: A SWAT Team Blew a Hole in My 2-Year-Old Son
  • Part 2: US police departments are increasingly militarised, finds report
  • Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population

 

What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in America

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White people need to get off the computer and get involved with our voices, feet, votes and resources to help make sure that this epidemic of black deaths in America ends. This is not a 'black problem it is an American problem and it will take all of us working together to solve it.

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Huffington Post

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08/13/2014 | 'Can we switch for just one day?' my friend Sean jokingly asked me as we were working out at the gym. 'No, way' I said firmly. You see, Sean is black and I am white and Sean was suggesting that we swap races. In his plea, Sean was none-too-subtly commenting that living life as a white man might be easier than living as a black man. In my unwillingness to switch, I acknowledged the privilege -- and safety -- that comes with being a white person in 21st century America.

There are a lot of events vying to occupy the American mind these days such as Gaza, Iraq, Ukraine, the immigration crisis, hate crimes against Sikhs, Ebola, and Robin Williams' death. But in one way, the ability to switch among these traumas is a white person's 'luxury.' For Sean, and for many black Americans, the recent spate of black male deaths at the hands of police in America is forced to occupy the primary place. 

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush: Executive Religion Editor, Huffington Post

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Right-wing “populism” is a joke!

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  • From Sarah Palin to Pat Buchanan, here's what it really means when they speak to "the American worker".
  • Poor-bashing, immigrant-hating and a revolting agenda
  • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon

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/943/254/067943254X.jpgThursday, Jul 10, 2014 | Writer John Judis presciently published an important book about American politics about a decade before its time called “The Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of the Public Trust” in which he accurately observed the seeds of discontent among the American public and its mistrust of political institutions. He saw the Tea Party coming before it was born. In the wake of David Brat’s recent win over Eric Cantor he analyzed the race and helpfully defined the right-wing populism that drove it:

"American populism is rooted in middle class resentment of those who are seen as enjoying the benefits of the goods and services the middle class produces without having earned them through work. Its ideology is what historians call “producerism.” It first appears in the Jacksonian Workingmen’s Parties and then in the Populists of the late nineteenth century. But it takes a leftwing and a rightwing form."

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon.

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The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums, Katie McDonough, Salon

  • With a whole new set of complaints and demands, here's how to finally stand up to the terror they're wreaking
  • Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

Ignorance of History, and Its Price

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"All that is history" is the casual way of dismissing uncomfortable truths -- that is, until those truths come back to haunt us. It is a pity George W. Bush had not studied more history. But the lessons of history are best learned before, not after, becoming president.

Gary Hart, Huffington Post

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thumbs/n-GEORGE-W-BUSH-large570.jpg07/07/2014 | "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it," is usually attributed to George Santayana. Harry Truman's version was: "The only new thing in the world is the history we have not learned." And, in the House of Commons in 1935, Winston Churchill observed: "...that long, dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong-these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history."

All this is brought to mind by the recent book Lawrence in Arabia, by Scott Anderson, a startling narrative of the events of the World War I in the Middle East that produced political chickens now coming to roost a hundred years later. It is a tragic tale of late colonial overreach by Britain and France, the worst kind of treachery, deceit, and diplomatic betrayal, and fateful political decisions based on misinformation, wishful thinking, and almost total ignorance of Arab culture and history.

Gary Hart: United States Senator (Ret.)

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Keith Ellison, personification of phony, pro-war "progressive"

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  • Ellison is part of the pro-war Left, whose primary mission is make self-described liberals and leftists comfortable supporting imperial wars.”
  • Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report calls out Keith Ellison about Ellison’s public support for no fly zones bombing (first of Libya) and now of Syria in order to effect US-orchestrated regime change of these countries.  Of course after what happened in Libya, Ellison does know what a “no fly zone” means.  He’s not that dumb; it means bombing and further destruction.  Yet Ellison prefers to align himself with John McCain. 
  • Keith Ellison, a Regular Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributting Editor Coleen Rowley

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keith_ellison.jpgHard right Republican Senator John McCain and Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Keith Ellison both support no-fly zones over Syria. That's because, on U.S. imperial policy, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between between the pro-war Left and the Right. 

Tue, 04/30/2013 | Keith Ellison, the Black U.S. House member from Minneapolis who is co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, says the U.S. should push for a no-fly zone over rebel-held areas in Syria. Ellison, who is also one of only two Muslim members of Congress, appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, as did Republican Arizona Senator John McCain. It is a measure of how far to the right the Democratic Party has come under President Obama, that McCain, the war monger who likes to sing about bombing Iran, and Ellison, who claims to be a progressive, are in basic agreement over Syria. Both McCain and Ellison want no-fly zones, and both claim to prefer that there be no U.S. “boots on the ground” in country. Both are raving American imperialists who believe that the U.S. has not merely the right, but the obligation to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries. As Ellison, the phony progressive, puts it, “I don’t think the world’s greatest superpower, the United States, can stand by and do nothing” – which is, essentially, John McCain’s position.

Ellison has been advocating a no-fly zone for Syria for at least a year. Last May, he told U.S. News and World Report that so-called “safe zones” should be set up by the U.S. and its allies around the borders of Syria. Ellison made it quite clear that he sees such zones as a prelude to regime change. “I think the Libyan action was a good example of that,” he said.

Glen Ford has had a long career as a radio host and commentator. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America’s Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. He is the co-founder Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report.

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Keith Ellison, a Regular Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Angered, disappointed, disillusioned, betrayed with Keith Ellison and his backing of Obama for armed intervention in Syria? Google "Keith Ellison" "Progressive Caucus" "Op-Ed News".  What pops up are articles by David Swanson, Normon Solomon, and others proving just how big a sucker we progressives have been in falling for this guy's male bovine feces.
  • The Enthronment of Illogic

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American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Almost every single elected official in Washington has come out in full support of Israel over the past three weeks as the Israeli military pressed a bloody offensive across Gaza that has killed well over 1,500 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
  • Part 1: 10 Most Shameless Ways American Politicians Are Pandering to Israel
  • Part 2: Even Left-Wing Politicians Can’t Quit Israel
  • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy

 

Justifying Israel’s Slaughter in Gaza

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Mainstream U.S. politicians and press are engaged in their usual tolerance of Israel’s slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, hitting the usual talking points by condemning Hamas as “terrorist” and accepting the mass killings of civilians and children with a shrug, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar reflects.

Paul R. Pillar, Consortium News

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

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netanyahu-generals-300x177.jpgIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with his generals to discuss the offensive in Gaza. (Israeli government photo)

August 3, 2014 | Applying a familiar label or phrase can be a substitute for good analysis, or for any analysis at all. The application activates a set of presumptions associated with the label or phrase while brushing aside any other relevant facts that may contradict those presumptions. The current conflict in Gaza has stimulated a surge in application of such rote phrases to one of the belligerents: Hamas.

Besides the familiar label of “terrorist group,” which ignores other dimensions of Hamas as well as ignoring who is applying most lethal force against civilians, there also is the catchphrase that Hamas is “dedicated to the destruction of Israel.” It is not just the Israeli government that keeps uttering that phrase, or even commentators seeking to justify Israel actions; one sees it in mainstream press in what are supposed to be objectively reported articles.

Paul R. Pillar, in his 28 years at the Central Intelligence Agency, rose to be one of the agency’s top analysts. He is now a visiting professor at Georgetown University for security studies. 

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Special Report | Massacre in the Gaza Ghetto: Week Ending August 3, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The soul of the world is sleeping, and the murderous rampage goes on.
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Senate passes Iron Dome funding
    • Whither Israel?
    • How Israel Lobby Took Control Of US Foreign Policy
    • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy
    • Israeli Defence Force's (IDF's) Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis
    • Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’
    • Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto
    • The Bombing of Gaza

 

 

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