By David Brown - 20 June 2013
While it is certainly possible that the car crash was an accident, it must be noted that Hastings no doubt had enemies, including among top military and intelligence officials. As such, the circumstances of his death should be treated as suspicious.
By James Cersonsky - June 19, 2013
School police are the bedrock of the school-to-prison pipeline, a system that levies harsh punishments for nonviolent behavior and, despite scant evidence of greater infraction, funnels disproportionate numbers of black and Latino students out of school and into court...The commotion over school safety has also opened space for youth organizers to push the conversation in the opposite direction.
By Johannes Stern - 5 June 2013
Describing “new levels of cruelty and brutality” the report admits that the opposition in Syria is dominated by violent Islamist elements responsible for horrific crimes against the Syrian population...While the report claims that the opposition’s crimes did not “reach the intensity and scale” of those committed by the Assad regime, the facts it reports suggest otherwise. The report depicts the rebels as ruling the areas it controls through murder and despotic terror.
By Humberto DaSilva - June 1, 2013
The Right is cracking up. So drop 'em in the soup.
By Tom Carter - 28 May 2013
Nine police officers beat an unarmed man to death in Bakersfield, California, and then confiscated cellphones that witnesses had used to record the beating...The police claim that around midnight on May 8, they responded to a report that there was a possibly intoxicated man near the Kern Medical Center. David Dal Silva, 33, was beaten to death on a sidewalk in front of the hospital while as many as seven horrified people looked on.
By Chris Brisbane - May 22, 2013
Simply put, the Darrell Dexter [New Democratic Party] government needs to lose in the upcoming provincial election. It has abandoned the progressive and social justice values of the NDP. The Dexter government has placed the interests of the corporate elite and the 1% ahead of the people it claims to represent, making life much more difficult for them.
By Brandon Smith - Znet
Historically, the expanded use of the terrorist label by governments tends to coincide with the rising tides of despotism...Those citizens who present the greatest philosophical or physical threat to the centralization of power are usually the first to suffer. I do not think it is unfair to say that any system of authority that suddenly claims to see terrorists under every rock and behind every tree is probably about to rain full-on fascism down upon the population.
Russell 'Maroon' Shoatz Files Lawsuit Protesting 22 Consecutive Years in Solitary Confinement: An Interview with Dan Kovalik and Bret Grote
Earlier this week, on Wednesday, May 8, lawyers for Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz filed a federal lawsuit regarding his placement in solitary confinement for over 22 consecutive years. The written complaint is directed at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and the Superintendents of SCI-Greene, where Shoatz was last held, and SCI-Mahanoy, where he was transferred to on March 28, 2013.
By Thomas Gaist - 8 May 2013
US officials continued to press for war against Syria yesterday, dismissing United Nations investigator Carla del Ponte’s statement that Western-backed opposition forces, not the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, had used chemical weapons.
By Assata Shakur - May 08, 2013
My name is Assata Shakur...Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color. I am an ex-political prisoner, and I have been living in exile in Cuba since 1984...I have been a political activist most of my life, and although the U.S. government has done everything in its power to criminalize me, I am not a criminal, nor have I ever been one.
By Noam Chomsky - Sunday, May 05, 2013
In this episode of Press TV's documentary program renowned American academic Noam Chomsky says the United States would be recognized as a leading terrorist state if international law is applied.
Why Russell 'Maroon' Shoatz Must Be Released From Solitary Confinement: An Interview with Theresa Shoatz and Matt Meyer
This month, a 30-day action campaign was launched demanding the release of Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz from solitary confinement, where he has been held for over 23 consecutive years, and 28 of the last 30 years, in Pennsylvania prisons. On April 8, when the campaign began, Maroon’s legal team sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC), demanding his release from solitary confinement and promising litigation against the PA DOC if he is not transferred to general population by May 8.
By JOSEPH RICHARDSON - Counterpunch
As a result of Thatcher’s malicious attack on working people, both unemployment and under-employment have now become endemic and generally accepted features of British society...With service sector jobs predominating, many people who might have received training in skilled, industrial occupations are forced into precarious, low paid work in cafes and supermarkets. Most importantly, the evisceration of our industry has linked our economic fortunes with the actions of reckless financiers who have now plunged us into the worst recession of the last 80 years.
By Noam Chomsky - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Noam Chomsky describes Libertarian “savagery” retelling how Ron Paul said that letting a comatose American die because he had no insurance was “a tribute to our liberty.”
By Charles Demers - rabble.ca
..."[D]emocratic socialism" is such a fucking weenie phrase...As Jack Layton [said]...back in 2003, "I'm proud to call myself a socialist. I prefer it by far to democratic socialist." I would submit that that's because Jack knew a fucking weenie phrase when he saw one. It's a Cold War anachronism -- "My name's Charlie, and I'm a democratic socialist" is the sort of thing you'd say at a 12-step meeting for Totalitarians Anonymous: "It'd start innocently enough. I'd just paint a little picture of a tractor. Next thing I knew, I was blacked out, collectivizing farms..."