December 2013 Archives

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A protester is arrested by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers after he attempted to join a group of Occupy LA demonstrators who were occupying a park in front of the Bank of America building on November 17, 2011 in downtown Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
In the past few years, political developments in the U.S. have called significant attention to the role of the police in our society.  The violence with which police handled campus protests in California and Occupations across the country has demonstrated that the "public safety" role of those police is entirely secondary in explaining their actions.

The 2014 Oscar season, during which so many people will be talking about 12 Years a Slave, coincides with the 12th anniversary of the establishment of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center: the place America uses to demonstrate that even today it can seize anybody it chooses and pack them away indefinitely, dangling between life and death...

"call the cops, somebody dies"

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The above comment is deliberately agitational, but the sheer number of civilians killed by police in the U.S. requires an examination of who, and what, the State is endeavoring to "serve and protect." 

300px-American_way_of_life.jpgIf all you've got is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail. And if police and prosecutors are your only tool, sooner or later everything and everyone will be treated as criminal. This is increasingly the American way of life, a path that involves "solving" social problems (and even some non-problems) by throwing cops at them, with generally disastrous results...

TransCanada has begun its initial start-up process on the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline despite hundreds of reported anomalies in the pipe. Grassroots activists are calling on regulators to issue a corrective action order that would halt the start of commercial operations... Candice Bernd, Truthout reports

A drone strike killed at least 13 civilians today when a wedding convoy was mistaken for an al-Qaeda gathering, according to a Reuters report based on local sources. Local leaders said the strike came from an unmanned drone, a tactic frequently used by US forces in contested areas. Five others were injured in the strike, which took place in the central al-Bayda region...

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