We Must Address Racial Disparity In Police Shootings | The National Memo: “Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts — 21 times greater,” states a new study of federal data by ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative journalism outfit.
ProPublica analyzed more than 12,000 fatal police shootings from 1980 to 2012. The researchers narrowed the focus to three years’ data, 2010 through 2012, to estimate the disparity between black and white deaths at the hands of police.
This is one way to quantify that disparity, according to the report: Police would have to have killed 185 white young men during those three years — more than one every week — to even out the racial imbalance found.
Dark Threats and the Normalization of White Terror: Aboriginals, Muslims & South Americans in the #OttawaShooting | Eric Ritskes
Dark Threats and the Normalization of White Terror: Aboriginals, Muslims & South Americans in the #OttawaShooting | Eric Ritskes: Was the shooter Indigenous? Conflicting reports began to emerge almost immediately after. An eyewitness on CBC news described a suspect wearing an “Arab type scarf” and speculation on Twitter eagerly emerged that perhaps the shooter was Muslim, a favourite perpetuator of terrorism in the Western imagination.
What to know about federally run schools for Native American children | Star Tribune: The Obama administration wants to turn day-to-day operations of more of the schools over to tribes, bring in more board-certified teachers, upgrade Internet access and make it easier to hire teachers and buy textbooks. The plan also seeks to provide more support to schools to advance American Indian languages and culture.
But many the schools are in poor physical condition. An estimated $1.3 billion is needed to replace or refurbish rundown facilities, and not much money is coming from Washington. There also is much mistrust of the federal government, given the history of forced assimilation.
Sidestepping Ukraine’s ‘N-Word’ for Nazi | Consortiumnews: The Times’ article by Andrew Higgins essentially baited Merkel and Obama to adopt the most hyperbolic phrasing on the crisis or risk being denounced as weak. The Times couched its criticism of their “circumspect” language – or what it called “terminological fudges” – as a victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But the Times and other U.S. mainstream news outlets have engaged in their own “terminological fudges” regarding Ukraine’s “N-word” – for Nazi – by hiding or burying the fact that the Kiev regime has knowingly deployed neo-Nazi militias to wage bloody street fighting against ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.
Ramon Prison raided by Israeli Forces - 53.7% of Palestinian Detainees suffer from Cancer | nsnbc international
Ramon Prison raided by Israeli Forces - 53.7% of Palestinian Detainees suffer from Cancer | nsnbc international: The head of the Census Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, Abdul Nasser Ferwana, stressed earlier this year that Ramon Prison, as well as the Beér A-Sabe (Beershiba) Prison, the Nafha Prison, and the Negev Detention Camp cause gravest concerns about the health of the detainees.
The prisons are located close to an area where Israel buries toxic waste, in the Negev desert, not far from Israel’s Dimona nuclear and chemical weapons facility.
Ferwana stressed that 53.7% of the detainees in these facilities are suffering from cancer. Many of them are reportedly suffering from rare forms of cancer, usually associated with exposure to radioactive isotopes.
US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani - SFGate: The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. The U.S. said earlier Sunday that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the Kobani area.
In a statement Sunday night, U.S. Central Command said U.S. C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts to take full control of Kobani...
Mozambique's Frelimo and Nyusi lead Poll for October 28 Parliamentary and Presidential Election | nsnbc international
Mozambique's Frelimo and Nyusi lead Poll for October 28 Parliamentary and Presidential Election | nsnbc international: Last Wednesday, Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo wan a sweeping election victory and a majority on all of the Southeast African Country’s provinces. The district election, which this year is being held parallel to the general elections to parliament and the presidential election on October 28, was besides minor incidents declared as fair, open and free of major violent episodes.
RCMP surveilled Indigenous environmental groups fighting Canada’s extreme ‘energy economy’ | Climate Connections
RCMP surveilled Indigenous environmental groups fighting Canada’s extreme ‘energy economy’ | Climate Connections: “When you read the document closely it shows an intimate surveillance,” said Monaghan. “(The documents) show the breadth of and the normalization of the regular systematic surveillance of protest groups, of people who criticize government policy and critics of energy policy. You have national security bureaucracies, agencies, focused on domestic protest groups and it has nothing to do with terror, but with the energy economy.”
Ravalomanana’s family ‘under house arrest’ - Daily News | News | IOL.co.za: South Africa’s ambassador to Madagascar, Gert Grobler, said on Friday he would be meeting members of Ravalomanana’s political movement on Friday and would take up the issue with President Hery Rajaonarimampianina.
On Thursday the authorities allowed Ravalomanana’s wife Lalao, his son,Tojo other relatives and the family doctor to visit Ravalomanana in the Bana Military Base where he is being held in Antsiranana, for four hours.
But the family said that they were told that they would not be allowed to see him again.
White House changes legal framework for Isis campaign after War Powers timetable expires | US news | theguardian.com
White House changes legal framework for Isis campaign after War Powers timetable expires | US news | theguardian.com: The 1973 War Powers Resolution holds that presidents have a 60-day window to conduct hostilities without an act of Congress blessing the conflict. Absent such an explicit authorization, wars are supposed to lose their legal force.
The White House repeatedly cited the War Powers Resolution throughout the summer, as it notified Congress about troop deployments and airstrikes that inaugurated the war. Initial troop deployments for the war began in mid-June, although some legal scholars doubted that the ostensibly non-combat deployments started the clock.
Africa in Transition - Ebola Threatens ‘Africa Rising’ and Strains Relations Across the Continent: A Look at the Southern Africa Example
Africa in Transition - Ebola Threatens ‘Africa Rising’ and Strains Relations Across the Continent: A Look at the Southern Africa Example: West Africa may be at the center of the ongoing Ebola crisis, but the fear of the virus is pan-African. Much of the world sees Ebola as an African problem and Africans are beginning to internalize this perception as well. The continent’s response to the virus is seen domestically and internationally as a litmus test of the capacity and abilities of national governments which are using the crisis as a means to assure their citizens and international partners of their newfound capacities and crisis response potential.
Central America: child migrant "crisis" vanishes | World War 4 Report: The administration first floated the idea of in-country refugee applications for Central Americans in July. Bill Frelick, the director of the refugee program for the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization, responded in August that "there is little reason for confidence that an in-country processing program would serve the protection needs of the most vulnerable people in the most imminent danger of serious harm." He noted the experience with such a program in Haiti in the early 1990s. "By May 1994, 54,219 had filed applications, representing nearly 106,000 people; only 10,644 cases had been decided, and only 7.7%t of those cases were approved. On Aug. 1, 1994, Haitian police and paramilitary forces attacked a line of applicants waiting for refugee processing, beating and arresting a number of them." (Politico.com, Aug. 13)
Is History Repeating Itself in Mexico with the Ayotzinapa Tragedy? � Global Voices: Just last month, on September 26, local police in Iguala attacked a group of students from the Rural School in Ayotzinapa, killing six and wounding seventeen. Another 25 people—perhaps more—simply vanished. Ironically, the youths were reportedly gathering resources for the 46th anniversary march in commemoration of the Tlatelolco massacre, when they were assaulted. The students were unarmed and en route to a peaceful demonstration against job discrimination against teachers from rural areas.
The Puzzling Case of Natives Who Favor 'Redskins' - ICTMN.com: Another comment in the discussion seconds the notion that the critique of colonialism results from "lacking calendars on the reservation." That commenter adds, "So many bigger issues to 'debate' this truly does become laughable." The reference to "bigger issues" comes up empty, however, because none are specified and because the quotes around 'debate' indicate the commenter discounts the reality of the debate.
If the campaign against "redskins" were only a debate about a name, it would be superficial. But the name represents the surface of a whole complex of issues, all rooted in anti-Indian colonialism…a colonialism that continues to this day in the form of laws and practices enshrined in "federal Indian law."
Marxist update: In Moscow's Crimea, Tartar oppression increases: [marxistupdate.blogspot] A local court evicted the Crimean Tatar parliament from its building last month, citing "violations of rent contract payments." In the last two weeks, five young Tatar men have also disappeared. One was later found hanged in a suicide that his family and friends believe was staged.
Although Aksyonov has said the Tatars are not being discriminated against, Femi said the minority group no longer trusts the government.
Gaza: Clear requirements by donors - regjeringen.no: Nearly 90 countries and international organisations are meeting today in Cairo to mobilise support for Palestine and the reconstruction of Gaza. The Cairo conference on Gaza and Palestine is arranged jointly by Egypt and Norway in association with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The 51-day war over the summer cost the lives of more than 2 200 people and caused enormous destruction and suffering. Ahead of the conference, the Palestinian Government held its first cabinet meeting in Gaza and promised to begin the process of reform and to take responsibility for rebuilding.
The Deep South Up North: The Struggle For American Indian Voting Rights in South Dakota | Virally Suppressed - Muckraking For The Modern World
The Deep South Up North: The Struggle For American Indian Voting Rights in South Dakota | Virally Suppressed - Muckraking For The Modern World - More so than any other civil right in America’s history, suffrage has required Federal intervention in order to be preserved and it is not a coincidence that the right to vote under the equal protection of the law is the focus of no less than four Constitutional amendments. The first two—the 14th and the 15th amendment—were forged in the fires of The Civil War andestablished during Reconstruction, a 12 year period where more than 2,000 African American men held public office in the South. Of course, these political gains were only made possible by the physical presence of former Union soldiers in formerly Confederate towns and as soon as the Republican Party made their deal with the devil in 1877 and agreed to remove those troops in exchange for a Rutherford B. Hayes White House it was all over. Almost overnight all trace of the black politician was swept away by poll taxes, literacy tests, Jim Crow laws and lynch mobs and black suffrage was suppressed for more than 75 years until the sacrifices of the Civil Rights Movement birthed the Voting Rights Act in an attempt to provide all Americans with equal voting rights and representation in government. Yet, even today, in what a startling number of young Americans consider a “post-racial” society, the percentage of African-American representation in Congress from southern states (11.25%)(1) is still considerably less than it was in 1870 (15%). And all of this was before the Supreme Court disassembled the Voting Rights Act and gave states that were once beholden to the federal government for preclearance of all voting laws free rein to disenfranchise people of color, the elderly and the poor.
cryptogon.com � Most U.S. Food Labeled ‘Natural’ Contains GMOs: Via: Russia Today:
Nearly all US packaged food with a “natural” label in fact contains high levels of genetically modified ingredients, tests by the product testing watchdog Consumer Reports reveal.
Consumer Reports said its study included more than 80 different processed foods containing corn or soy – the two most prevalent genetically modified crops in the US – to determine if the “natural” labels was in fact true, Reuters reports.
The conclusion: consumers are being deceived by the “natural” label, Urvashi Rangan, executive director of Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability, told the agency.