By Mark Weisbrot - August 18, 2012
Ecuador has now made its decision: to grant political asylum to Julian Assange...On Wednesday, the UK government made an unprecedented threat to invade Ecuador's embassy if Assange is not handed over. Such an assault would be so extreme in violating international law and diplomatic conventions that it is difficult to even find an example of a democratic government even making such a threat, let alone carrying it out.
Freedom in America is endangered. Bipartisan complicity plans destroying it altogether. America is on a fast track toward tyranny and ruin. Police state laws threaten everyone.
The Al Khalifa monarchy rules Bahrain despotically. State terror is policy. Activists are targeted, arrested, tortured, and imprisoned. Kangaroo court proceedings deny justice
By Robert Stevens - 17 August 2012
The threat by the UK’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat government to storm the Ecuadorean embassy to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange shows contempt for international law and a colonial-style disregard for Ecuadorean sovereignty...It marks a new stage in the British ruling class’ descent into criminality, aiming to silence a man who has helped expose many of its innumerable crimes and those of the United States and other imperialist powers.
For around two months, Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's London embassy after requesting political asylum.
By Tom Carter - WSWS
Over the last month, heavily armed “domestic terrorism” units of the FBI used battering rams and stun grenades to conduct early-morning raids on the homes of political protesters in Seattle and Olympia, Washington and Portland, Oregon. On July 25, three homes were raided in Portland alone and, since July 10, as many as six homes have been raided.
August 8, 2012 - rabble.ca
It is an outrage that the federal government is enacting the first measures of its omnibus crime Bill C-10, the so-called 'Safe Streets and Communities Act' on August 9, just one day before the annual Prisoners' Justice Day. This bill will only serve to make prisons more crowded and will make our prison system even less about justice than it currently is. We want people to know how bad things already are before they get worse.
By JULES BOYKOFF - Counterpunch
This week marks the one-year anniversary of the London riots. In the wake of last summer’s destruction and the flurry of finger-pointing about who was to blame, London’s Metropolitan Police launched what they called “Total Policing.” A peculiar brew of creepy branding and wishful thinking, “Total Policing” has always been freighted with fuzziness — no one’s quite sure what it really means.
Various cybersecurity acts threaten constitutional freedoms.
By Krystalline Kraus - rabble.ca
That afternoon during an Occupy march, NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna...decided to pepper-spray a small group of female activists trapped inside an orange, mesh police net...Bologna was flagged early on by Occupy Wall Street as being particularity heavy-handed towards activists and is now continually referenced on different Occupy Wall Street live-streams, commentaries and in the mainstream media itself.
Free societies permit peaceful demonstrations. They also allow free expression. In Occupied Palestine, Israel prohibits both. Doing so violates fundamental international law.
By Dave Zirin - July 27, 2012
Mitt Romney is getting roasted across the British press and political establishment for arriving on the shores of the United Kingdom armed with a critique of London’s capacity to host the 2012 Olympic Games...Now newspapers and politicians from across the political spectrum are making Mitt Romney look less presidential and more like a well-coiffed punching bag. The last time an American has been beaten so badly by Brits, Bob Fitzsimmons was knocking the stuffing out of Jack Dempsey.
By James Petras and Robin Eastman-Abaya - Dissident Voice
One of the most significant political developments in recent US history has been the virtually unchallenged rise of the police state...[N]o mass pro-democracy movement has emerged to confront the powers and prerogatives or even protest the investigations of the police state.
Israel treats children like adults. Only two countries impose life without parole (LWOP) sentences on minors - America and Israel.
Years ago, domestic spying was common. Post-9/11, it became institutionalized. Police states do it. So do faux democracies. America is no exception.