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MMIW national inquiry to focus on violence prevention not police investigations

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[Draft copy of terms of reference directs commissioners not to interfere with ongoing criminal probes. In fact, I searched the PDF and couldn't find the word 'police' in it at all. *RON*]

By Connie Walker, CBC News 20 July 2016

The upcoming national inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women will focus on violence prevention, according to a draft document obtained by CBC News.

A draft of the terms of reference says commissioners will be given the broad mandate to identify systemic causes of violence and recommend "concrete action" to help end violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Five commissioners, including a chief commissioner, will be named, but the document does not identify them. The draft also does not include specifics about timing or length of inquiry.

Similar to the recent Truth and Reconciliation commission, the inquiry — its start date has yet to be specified — will aim to hear from the …

Blinded by the Heat

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[In the Infotainment Era we fiddle while Rome burns. *RON]
By Jacob Brogan, Slate, 20 July 2016

Unarmed man shot by Miami police asks: 'Why?' says officer replied: 'I don't know'

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[Charles Kinsey, lying on his back with his hands up, was shot at 3 times, and struck in the leg. *RON*]

Associated Press, CBC News, 21 July 2016

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A man who was shot by police in Miami Wednesday evening says the officer told him he didn't know why he did it.

Charles Kinsey, 47, was shot after police got a call about a suicidal person with a gun around 5:30 p.m. ET.

Video of the event, which was provided to the Miami Herald, shows Kinsey on the ground with his hands up, next to a man he identified as a person in his care — Kinsey is a therapist who works with people with disabilities.

New Conservative deputy national security critic has colourful views on Muslims, communists and guns

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[Larry Miller, Conservative MP and Public Safety and National Security critic, told Muslim women to "stay the hell where they came from," warned of an imminent communist revolution, and said the long-gun registry was "what Adolph Hitler tried to do in the 1930s." *RON*]

PressProgress, 19 July 2016

The Conservatives have a new Deputy Public Safety and National Security critic.

Say hello (again) to Larry Miller, a Conservative MP who once told Muslim women to "stay the hell where they came from," warned of communist revolutions and claimed the long-gun registry was just like "what Adolph Hitler tried to do in the 1930s."

As the Owen Sound Sun-Times reports:

"Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller has been named the Conservative Party's deputy critic for public safety and national security.

The role involves supporting MP Erin O'Toole, the party's critic for public safety and national security…

Disappointed By the Democratic Party Platform? Follow the Money.

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[Shillary appointees and the corporatocracy. Several delegates to the platform drafting committee have deep financial ties to conservative industries. *RON*]
By Branko Marcetic, In These Times, 18 July 2016

Bill McKibben complained that while everyone on the drafting committee agreed fossil fuels had to be phased out by 2050, the delegates voted down every specific proposal for doing so.

Depending on who you ask, the 2016 Democratic platform is either “the most progressive platform in Democratic Party history” or a “major betrayal.” Regardless of how you view it, however, there’s no denying that the platform compromises on certain core progressive values—and some of that can be traced to the platform drafting committee, which met last month to hammer out a first draft.

When the committee had finished its deliberations, many progressives initially were outraged. The draft made several major concessions to the pro-Bernie Sanders contingent of the pa…

Turkey coup attempt: Crackdown toll passes 50,000

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[Erdogan continues to make hay while the sun shines. " The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz,... said a debate around restoring the death penalty was 'deeply worrying'. The EU has warned such a move would end talks over Turkey joining the bloc. " See also: Turkish politicians set to give Erdogan sweeping new powers. *RON*]

BBC News, 20 July 2016

More than 50,000 people have been rounded up, sacked or suspended from their jobs by Turkey's government in the wake of last week's failed coup.

The purge of those deemed disloyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan widened on Tuesday to include teachers, university deans and the media.

The government says they are allied to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who denies claims he directed the uprising.

PM Binali Yildirim said the preacher led a "terrorist organisation".

"We will dig them up by their roots," he told parliament.

Turkey is pressing the …