By Phil Wolfson - Znet
At the heart of the matter is MD psychiatry’s prolonged attempt at legitimation and recognition in parallel with disease based medicine. The evolving [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual's] have served well to psychologize its practitioners and the public into believing there are known mental diseases that resemble diabetes or heart disease and a visit to the shrink, the prescription of a pill or two will alleviate that malady, which must be a brain disorder.
By Robert Stevens - 13 June 2013
Around 1,200 riot police were mobilized in London Tuesday against anti-capitalist protesters. Throughout the day the police attacked supporters of the StopG8 group, making a total of 57 arrests...Mass arrests were made by police after they smashed their way into a squat with chainsaws, axle-grinders, crowbars and climbing gear.
America's Gulf War, intermittent bombings in the 1990s, the 2003 war, and aftermath left a toxic legacy.
Washington's national security state matters most. So do war-making priorities. National emergency powers reflect both. Coup d'etat authority runs things.
By Jerome Stern - 12 June 2013
Metropolitan Police officers raided three sites in Ilford, east London, last month where homeless people were sleeping. In the course of the raid, police officers reportedly not only evicted the rough sleepers, they also took away their sleeping bags and food parcels they had been given.
By MACDONALD STAINSBY - June 12, 2013
Mongolia is clearly under the domination of resource extraction on a level few countries have ever suffered through. Even with all the money flowing in, the bottom half of the country sees only the rise in prices with a rising currency, and have a harder time with the land and securing basic goods than ever.
By Andrew Cohen - Znet
It has been an extraordinary three weeks in the history of the American penal system, perhaps one of the darkest periods on record...[T]he systemic abuse and neglect of inmates, and especially mentally ill inmates, has been investigated, chronicled and disclosed in grim detail...The conclusions are inescapable: In our zeal to dehumanize criminals we have allowed our prisons to become medieval places of unspeakable cruelty so far beyond constitutional norms that they are barely recognizable.
Whistle-blowing reflects doing the right thing. It exposes wrongdoing. It does so because it matters.
He's Obama's FBI director choice. He'll replace current rogue head Robert Mueller.
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS - June 11, 2013
There is no longer any doubt whatsoever that the US government is lawless, that it regards the US Constitution as a scrap of paper, that it does not believe Americans have any rights other than those that the government tolerates at any point in time, and that the government has no fear of being held accountable by the weak and castrated US Congress, the sycophantic federal courts, a controlled media, and an insouciant public.
By Mark Church - 11 June 2013
An estimated 55 people, thought to include women and children, are dead after another boat carrying asylum seekers sank last week in the Indian Ocean near Christmas Island, an Australian outpost...The tragedy has raised further questions about the Australian government’s anti-refugee policy, including its refusal to take responsibility for the rescue of passengers aboard vessels in distress.
Mass surveillance is official US policy. It's not for national security. It's not about discovering terror or other threats. None whatever exist. Claiming otherwise doesn't wash. Big Lies substitute for vital truths.
For growing numbers of American youths, higher education is increasingly out of reach. High tuition and fees make it unaffordable. So does a disturbing government/corporate partnership.
By Tana Ganeva - June 7, 2013
American law enforcement has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past few decades. The war on drugs, the world's most effective way to fill prisons with minorities while doing nothing to curtail drug use, has warped the priorities and practices of police departments around the country...The shift toward more aggressive, violent policing has had tragic results on the ground.
By Jordan Shilton - 10 June 2013
In response to the disturbances, the trade unions have launched a nationalist campaign, urging the right-wing Conservative government...to impose restrictions on immigration in certain economic areas...Such positions echo those of the far-right Sweden Democrats, who have stepped up their calls for a further clampdown on immigration to the country.