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PoliceMilitarization.jpgBy Karl Bickel. Originally published at the Community Policing siteoff the US DoJ.

The growing militarization of U.S. policing may be threatening community policing. When Sir Robert Peel developed his plan for the London Metropolitan Police circa 1829--which U.S. policing was loosely patterned after--he borrowed heavily from the military in organization and administrative structure, but he wanted there to be a clear distinction between the police and the military. To achieve that, the uniforms of the London Metropolitan police (Bobbies) were blue, in contrast to the red uniform of the day's British military, and Bobbies were forbidden to carry firearms.

NGuardFergusonWHASTV.jpgBy Joseph Kishore.

National Guard in Ferguson, Mo. Photo clipped from WHAS TV.

The events in Ferguson, Missouri over the past ten days mark a political turning point for the entire country. The immense scale of social inequality, the ruthlessness of the financial aristocracy, the disintegration of American democracy--all have been exposed in the execution-style police killing of unarmed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown and the vicious crackdown on protests that erupted in response.

FergusonDemonstratorsReuters.jpgBy Richard Eskow. Originally published at OpEdNews.

Protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

The transfer of used military equipment from the armed forces to police departments around the country has been accompanied, at least to a certain extent, by a shift in public thinking. The news media have played a critical part in that shift, both in its coverage and in what it chooses not to cover. How often do we hear, for example, statistics like these?

ChinaAfricaUS.jpgBy Abayomi Azikiwe.

Courtesy US China Report x

The White House attempts to buy goodwill on the continent amid escalation in militarism

A much-anticipated summit at the State Department and White House was held during Aug. 4-8. Dozens of African heads-of-state and the chair of the African Union (AU) Commission attended.

The Dumbing Down of America - By Design


Nextgov.jpgBy Joachim Hagopian. Originally published at Global Research.

This presentation focuses on the myriad ways in which the powers-that-be in the United States have been systematically dumbing down Americans as a society for a very long time - all by meticulously calculated design. Originally the term dumbing down was used as a slang expression in 1933 by film screenwriters to mean "revising [the script] so as to appeal to those of lower education or intelligence."

Liberty and Justice for All?


HenryAGiroux.jpgPiya Chattopadhyay of The Agenda interviews Henry A. Giroux, Contributing Editor.

Piya Chattopadhyay sits down to discuss Giroux's new book "The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine."

RabbaMassacre.jpgBy Medea Benjamin.

Rabaa Al-Adaweya's massacres dead. Photo credit: Freedom & Justice Party

It has been one year since the August 14, 2013 Rab'a Square massacre in Egypt, when the Egyptian police and army opened fire on demonstrators opposed to the military's July 3 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Using tanks, bulldozers, ground forces, helicopters and snipers, police and army personnel mercilessly attacked the makeshift protest encampment, where demonstrators, including women and children, had been camped out for over 45 days. The result was the worst mass killing in Egypt's modern history.

The Doll


SpringLlambsOnTheWhitewellEstate.JPGA short story by Gaither Stewart, Sr. Editor.

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Care for my lambs.
(In memory of the German writer, Heinrich Böll, who remembered the lambs in his country.)

Even though from day to day the raw evidence clubs people over the head that something has gone wrong in our world, few of them pause and attempt to formulate a gentler social world outlook of their own. Instead, bowed heads is the rule. People somehow plough ahead, getting by with less and less and accepting more and more of the contagious moral degeneration visible around them.

HightowerCartoon.jpgBy Jim Hightower. Republished from Hightower Lowdown.

Cartoon courtesy of Jim Hightower.

In his classic 1936 Comedy, ModernTimes, silent filmmaker Charlie Chaplin depicted the trials and tribulations of a harried factory worker trying to cope with the sprockets, cogs, conveyor belts, and managerial "efficiencies" of the new industrial culture.The poor fellow continuously finds himself caught up (almost literally) in the grinding tyranny of the machine. The movie is hilarious, but it's also a powerful and damning portrayal of the dehumanizing consequences of mass industrialization, including monotonous assembly-line work, ruthless bosses demanding more and faster output, mass unemployment, rank inequality, union busting, and police deployed to enforce the corporate order.

Thumbnail image for Ukraine-extreme-droite.pngBy Alya Rea.

"People of the world who still have some brain left - wake up and unite!"
~André Vltchek

Today, I had a chance to read an excellent article by André Vltchek, "Brainwashed: The Indoctrinated West," published on CounterPunch site at the beginning of March 2014. Even if it was written more than five months ago, this article is more relevant than ever. After all, it is today that the black people of Ferguson, Missouri, are besieged by mostly white police and think that their small community feels more like Gaza than America; it is today that the U.S.-supported Ukrainian army, the neo-Nazis included, is bombing the residential areas of Donetsk and Lugansk, turning these cities in the World War II reminiscent landscapes; it is today that the U.S. fighter jets are bombing Iraq, once again - while a majority of the western people have no clue about the real reasons for these and other egregious facts of suppression, murders, and manipulation.

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