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KajiemePowellMinutesBeforeMurder.jpgBy Jon Queally of CommonDreams.

Kajieme Powell moments before he was murdered by St. Louis police. Picture from screenshot of cellphone video.

Amid ongoing demonstrations in city of Ferguson, Mo. and national outrage over police violence against black community members, new evidence in Tuesday's shooting of man (Kajieme Powell) by St. Louis police.

IraqisFleeingBombAFP.jpgBy Mahboob A. Khawaja.

[Iraqis fleeing a bombing. Photo courtesy AFP.]

Long ago, John Adams describing how the British lost America noted: "the pride and vanity of that nation is a disease; it is a delirium, it has been flattered and inflamed so long by themselves and others that it perverts everything." Wars are not a prelude to peace but kill people and undermine the habitat for the living human beings, destroy humanity by raging coercive man's instinct - animosity of each against all and of all against each, accumulative madness practically denying all prospects of peace and co-existence. Previous wars of centuries were aimed at annihilation of political and economic enemies but the 21st century conflicts are ready-made recipes not only to eliminate the mankind but also the environment in which human beings survive and the planet Earth that sustains life.Given the strategic know-how and the scientific-technological advancements, it is an established fact that any futuristic global warfare will end the very existence of man and humanity on this planet. Is it not the same march to folly that President Obama is making the history? William Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), is an editor of blog The Contrary Perspective, and speaks of the American cult embedded in bombing (The American Cult of Bombing. Tom Dispatch and Information Clearing House: 8/19/2014):

Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq .... Poor Iraq. From Operation Desert Shield/Storm under George H.W. Bush to enforcing no-fly zones under Bill Clinton to Operation Iraqi Freedom under George W. Bush to the latest "humanitarian" bombing under Barack Obama, the one constant is American bombs bursting in Iraqi desert air. Yet despite this bombing -- or rather in part because of it -- Iraq is a devastated and destabilized country, slowly falling apart at seams that have been unraveling under almost a quarter-century of steady, at times relentless, pounding. "Shock and awe," anyone?

FergusonRaceKesling.jpgBy Henry A. Giroux.

A Black youth faces police. Courtesy Ben Kesling via twitter.

The recent killing of an unarmed 18 year-old, Michael Brown, African-American youth in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer has made visible how a kind of racist, military metaphysics now dominates American life. His subsequent demonization by the media only confirms its entrance into the public consciousness as a form of vicious entertainment. The police have been turned into soldiers who view the neighborhoods in which they operate as war zones. Outfitted with full riot gear, submachine guns, armored vehicles, and other lethal weapons imported from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, their mission is to assume battle-ready behavior. Is it any wonder that violence rather than painstaking, neighborhood police work and community outreach and engagement becomes the norm for dealing with alleged "criminals," especially at a time when more and more behaviors are being criminalized?

EgyptElsisi.jpgBy Gary Corseri

Egyptian dictator Elsisi: On the good side of our propaganda machine. Most Americans will never know of his crimes.

"The heart of love that breaks apart the drone, propelled by a slingshot converted into a peace-making tool, points all of us in a direction, sorely needed, that aims to abolish war."--Kathy Kelly

"They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."--Isaiah, 2:4

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."--Gandhi

Dear Mother Earth,
I am writing you directly because I believe only the Great Soul of our Home can understand where we are now--lost among the stars.

Cold War Two


Thumbnail image for Media-War.jpgBy William Blum, Contributing Editor.

Anti-Empire Report 131: Cold War Two

During Cold War One those of us in the American radical left were often placed in the position where we had to defend the Soviet Union because the US government was using that country as a battering ram against us. Now we sometimes have to defend Russia because it may be the last best hope of stopping TETATW (The Empire That Ate The World). Yes, during Cold War One we knew enough about Stalin, the show trials, and the gulags. But we also knew about US foreign policy.

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."

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