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The Laws and Rules That Protect Police Who Kill

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  • Despite the political pressure to prosecute cops in cases like Tamir Rice’s, the current system grants enormous leeway to officers who employ lethal force.
  • Special Project | Cops Behaving Badly: Week Ending July 25, 2015

David A. Graham, the Atlantic

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December 29, 2015 | Although 2015 will go down as the year when the United States began grappling with the problem of police violence, it ended with a trio of defeats for reformers.

First, a jury in Baltimore was unable to come to a verdict in the trial of Officer William Porter, one of several officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Several days later, a grand jury in Waller County, Texas, decided that there had been no crime committed in the death of Sandra Bland in a jail cell there. Finally, and most gallingly to many observers, on Monday a grand jury in Cuyahoga County decided not to indict two officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

David A. Graham is a staff writer at the Atlantic, where he covers U.S. politics and global news.

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"I can't keep up with the number of people whose existence is being reduced to a hashtag, at the rate cops are realizing their GI Joe fantasies." --Anon

9 New Items including:

  • Charles Pierce | The 35-Year-Old Georgia Mother Who Was Shot and Killed by Police
  • 15 Things Your City Can Do Right Now To End Police Brutality
  • 40 Reasons US Jails And Prisons Are Full Of Black And Poor People
  • The result of the breakdown of the white biker family
  • 1968 and the Invention of the American Police State
  • Juan González on Walter Scott Shooting: When Will the Police Killings of Black Males Stop?
  • #BlackLivesMatter | Did You Hear … ?
  • Florida Death Camps? Record 346 Inmates Died While Locked in Florida Prisons in 2014
  • DOJ Report | Philadelphia Police Shot 400 People In 7 Years

 

 

Reflections at Christmas, 2015

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  • The prophecy delivered by the Christmas Child that there would be "wars and rumors of wars" until He comes again, seems more like current events than a far-off future.
  • Part 1: No Peace or Goodwill
  • Part 2: No “peace on Earth” in 2015

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: No Peace or Goodwill

Not for a long time has the world seemed so removed from the angelic proclamation of 2,000 years ago: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14)

Cal Thomas, Town Hall

December 24, 2015 | Not for a long time has the world seemed so removed from the angelic proclamation of 2,000 years ago: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14).

Millions have died in countless wars over the last 100 years. People continue to die today as the result of worldwide terrorism and daily shootings in too many American cities.

Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America". 

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Part 2: No “peace on Earth” in 2015

The working masses of humanity tgenuinely hope and strive for a better world, and will fight for it. In the coming period, millions will conclude that an independent political struggle by the working class, armed with a socialist perspective of overthrowing capitalism and reorganizing society on an internationalist basis, is the only means to achieve “peace on earth.”

Andre Damon, World Socialist Website

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor  John Stoltenberg

24 December 2015 | This holiday season, people all over the world will celebrate Christmas by expressing sentiments of tolerance and brotherhood. They will exchange gifts and cards, and try to smile a little more, in the distant hope that their individual benevolence might somehow extricate the world, at least somewhat, from the mire it is lodged in.

These genuine sentiments are, of course, goaded on by a good deal of official promotion. Anyone visiting a shopping mall or airport in much of the world over the holiday period will hear Christmas carols piped through loudspeakers extolling “peace on Earth, goodwill to men,” and exhorting them to have a “Merry Christmas.”

Andre Damon: national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US)

World Socialist Web Site is published by the International Committee of the Fourth International, the leadership of the world socialist movement, the Fourth International founded by Leon Trotsky in 1938. The ICFI consists of Socialist Equality Party national sections throughout the world.

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The game is completely rigged; The 1 percent has more than ever.

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Simon Reid-Henry, Salon

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http://www.nationofchange.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_main_image/americanliving122311.jpg  Sunday, Dec 27, 2015 | We have reached a crossroads in our history. For all the achievements and riches of our time, the world has never been so unequal or more unjust. A century ago, at the time of the First World War, the richest 20% of the world’s population earned eleven times more than the poorest 20%. By the end of the twentieth century they earned seventy-four times as much. Today, despite seven decades of international development, three decades of the Washington Consensus, and a decade and a half of Millennium Development Goals, our world is even more divided among the haves, the have-nots, and—as President George W. Bush once quipped in an after-dinner speech—the have-mores.

When it comes to wealth, rather than income, the picture is more extreme. Globally, the richest 1% now own nearly half of all the world’s wealth. The poorest 50% of the world, by contrast—fully 3 billion people—own less than 1% of its wealth. Anyone with assets of more than $10,000 a year is an exception to the global norm and is better off than 70% of everyone else alive. Yet most of us are so preoccupied by the relative few with more that we rarely stop to notice this. There is growing awareness today of the consequences in rich countries of rising income inequality: we know what it means to talk of the 1% there. But when it comes to the much greater gaps between rich and poor the world over, we confine ourselves still to talk of “global poverty.”

Simon Reid-Henry is a lecturer in the School of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London and a senior fellow at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo.

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Paris Climate Agreement Betrays Humanity

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  • The weak, non-binding and dishonest Paris Climate Agreement will have delighted climate criminal and war criminal nations like Saudi Arabia, the US and US lackey Australia, but has betrayed our children, grandchildren, future generations, the Developing World, Humanity and the Biosphere.
  • Humanity Must Apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Against Climate Criminal People, Corporations & Countries.
  • Paris Climate Talks

Gideon Polya, Countercurrents

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http://www.countercurrents.org/climatejusticemarch.jpg 14 December, 2015 | The weak, non-binding  and dishonest Paris Climate Agreement will have delighted climate criminal and war criminal nations like Saudi Arabia, the US and US lackey Australia, but has betrayed our children, grandchildren, future generations, the Developing World, Humanity and the Biosphere – the target of 1.5 to 2 degrees C is both unavoidable and catastrophic and key matters are non-binding.  The Paris betrayal demands a peaceful, world-wide Climate Revolution involving Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all people, politicians, parties, companies, corporations  and countries disproportionately  involved in climate criminal and terracidal greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution.  

According  to the  BBC: “The measures in the agreement included: (1)  To peak greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and achieve a balance between sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century. (2)  To keep global temperature increase "well below" 2C (3.6F) and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5C. (3) To review progress every five years. (4)  $100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries by 2020, with a commitment to further finance in the future”

Gideon Polya has been teaching science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London , 2003).

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Paris Climate Talks, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Climate change is real, it's here, and it hurts every living thing on the earth. 
  • Part 1: Legendary Climate Scientist Is Not Impressed With The Paris Talks
  • Part 2: Trade unions must be at the forefront of effort to save the planet

 

Abby Martin and Ralph Nader- The Rigged Corporate Two-Party Dictatorship

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Abby Martin interviews American political figure Ralph Nader about the 2016 presidential race—from the “Brown Shirt” Trump movement to “corporate criminal” Hillary Clinton—and the reality of who has power in America.

Abby Martin and Ralph NaderteleSUR English / Dandelion Salad

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Dec 19, 2015 | On this week’s episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin interviews American political figure Ralph Nader about the 2016 presidential race—from the “Brown Shirt” Trump movement to “corporate criminal” Hillary Clinton—and the reality of who has power in America.

Known for his widely-popular presidential run in 2000, he also ran presidential campaigns against corporate power in 1996, 2004 and 2008.

A consumer advocate since the 1950’s, his work against auto industry giants forced the creation of mandated safety measures that saved millions of lives from for-profit auto production. His contributions span disability rights to exposing corporate pollution.

Abby Martin is an American journalist and presenter of The Empire Files, a weekly investigative news program on teleSUR English.

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Government Needs You to Dehumanize Foreigners

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  • It’s How They Control You and Justify Killing Them
  • Refugees Are Not the Enemy

John Vibes, Free Thought Project

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http://tftppull.freethoughtllc.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Govt-Needs-You-to-Dehumanize-Foreigners.jpgDecember 20, 2015 | It seems that in Western countries, the people who follow the mainstream media and public school narrative have a pretty twisted outlook on how people in other countries live. They like to focus on the absolute worst things that happen in that society, and act like that defines the society. The perception is that people in non-NATO countries are primitive savages who are constantly attacking and hurting one other, but this type of behavior occurs to a certain degree in nearly every society.

The mainstream western narrative does not pay any attention to the actual daily lives of the people who live in foreign countries. Instead, only they only focus on the tragedies. Just like in the US and Europe, people in the middle east, Africa, and other areas of the world have thriving music scenes, talented artists, brilliant philosophers, exceptional athletes, and children that play games similar to those played by western children. In fact, National Geographic Traveler recently named Iran as the #1 tourist destination in the world.

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Refugees Are Not the Enemy, Sarah Arnold, the Nation

Politicians across the United States have responded to the attacks in Paris with callous and xenophobic calls to block Syrian refugees from entering the United States. In response, writers Reza Aslan, Teju Cole, Aleksandar Hemon, Marlon James, Phil Klay, Laila Lalami, Yiyun Li, Maaza Mengiste, Gary Shteyngart, Geraldine Brooks, Tom Lutz, and Jane Smiley have signed onto an open letter calling on Congress to act with humanity and take in Syrian refugees. We published the letter at TheNation.com and are asking our readers to sign on in support.

 

 

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