Showing posts from September 23, 2016

Charlotte Cops Kill Man Who Was Allegedly Unarmed and Reading in Car Setting Off Protests

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[The US needs to fire 90% of their police forces and start all over again; they're beyond redeeming. Protests erupted in the streets of the city just after the shooting. Black justice tipping point. See: Charlotte street protests prompt state of emergency. Also: Tulsa shooting: Manslaughter charge for police officer who shot black man. *RON*]
By Kali HollowayAlterNet, 20 September 2016

Police fatally shot an African-American man named Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday evening. According to the Charlotte Observer, officer Brentley Vinson, who is also African American, fired the shot that killed the 43-year-old father in the parking lot of the Village at College Downs apartment complex. Protests erupted at the site of the shooting, during which which “several dozen police officers in riot gear” fired tear gas into the crowd. Witnesses of the shooting and the officers involved give vastly different accounts of what a…

'I Will Kill All the Drug Lords'

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[On the making of Rodrigo Duterte. What a country! Who would have thought anyone could make Ferdinand Marcos look good? See also: Philippines president ordered murders and killed official, claims hitman, and Philippines: Committee Chair Ousted for Death Squad Inquiry. *RON*]
Sheila Coronel, The Atlantic, 20 September 2016
In the Philippines, the end of Ferdinand Marcos’s 20-year dictatorship in 1986 was a tumultuous time. The new government of Corazon Aquino was being challenged on all fronts: from the Right, by ambitious military factions plotting coups; from the Left, by peasant guerrillas and angry protesters demanding radical reforms. In those days, I was working as a journalist in Manila, finally able to cover the country’s problems with corruption, crime, economic stagnation, and insurgency without fear of censors.

Post office banking: an old idea getting a second look

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[Postal banking is a fabulous idea, except to banksters! The local post office could help those in poor neighborhoods and rural communities — who often rely on costly payday loans and check cashing services — more easily complete everyday banking tasks while sending packages and buying stamps. Unions in Canada have been pushing this concept for ages, to no avail. The alternative: Wells Fargo Shows Need to Break Up Banks and Wells Fargo's CEO just got grilled by the Senate, Taxpayers Subsidized Wells Fargo Executive Pay Amid Bank’s Fraud, and best of all Former Wells Fargo employees say they were fired after reporting fraudulent activity. *RON*]

By Amber Murakami-Fester, NerdWallet / Christian Science Monitor, 10 September 2016

In big cities and affluent areas, banks can seem as ubiquitous as coffee chains. Making a deposit or stopping in to talk about a loan can be about as simple as grabbing a nonfat vanilla latte with an extra shot, no foa…

Weapons Makers Hold Lavish Lovefest for Pentagon Official Who Manages Arms Sales

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[A love-fest of weapons dealers. The corporatocracy meets the military-industrial complex. *RON*]
Zaid JilaniAlex Emmons, The Intercept, 19 September 2016

HERE’S WHAT PASSES for funny in a room packed full of weapons-industry executives and lobbyists: When Vice Adm. Joseph Rixey — the man in charge of the Pentagon agency that administers foreign arms sales — said “I know you don’t go after human rights violators for potential customers.”

The line produced chuckles in the room.

Rixey was the guest of honor at a reception Wednesday hosted by the Senate Aerospace Caucus, a group of more than a dozen senators who “work to ensure a strong, secure, and competitive American aerospace sector,” according to their mission statement online. The event in a sumptuous Senate reception room was cohosted by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the lobbying group for weapons contractors like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.

Rixey is t…

Bombs away! How Canada is here to help

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[Very creepy stuff. This doesn't even have the beginnings of becoming a political issue in Canada. We have a lot of learning and awareness-building to do around Canada's military role in the world. *RON*]
By Matthew Behrens,, 23 September 2016

When Justin Trudeau spoke to a bored, half-empty United Nations last week, he repeated the nauseatingly saccharine slogan, "We're Canadian, and we're here to help," sounding exactly like the disingenuous insurance salesman whose empty promises come with that sickly smile.

In vainly attempting to reach the heights of oratorical glory, Trudeau's cheery offer to bring peace to the world fell flat in light of his government's "principled" commitment to sell $15 billion in weapons to the beheading regime of Saudi Arabia and Canada's current status as No. 2 war salesman in the Middle East. It also contradicted the manner in which his government has tried to…

Congo’s Female Tech Activists Risk Violence, Jail, and Rape to Speak Out

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[Amazing people. Most of us are willing to do so little to stand up for our political beliefs. *RON*]

Kait Bolongaros, Motherboard, 23 September 2016

In the dusty yard of a youth centre, Christiane Binja posed for a portrait in front of a colourful mural.

“Take my picture with this strong African woman,” said the lawyer and women’s rights activist, smiling for the camera.

Activism is a dangerous business in the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Between violent rebel groups and government crackdowns, young people challenging the status quo risk harassment, violence, jail time, and even death. Sexual violence—particularly rape—is another punishment reserved almost exclusively for female activists.

Despite the danger, Binja is undeterred. The 29-year-old loves her province and is determined to see lasting peace in her lifetime. Her goal: empower female leaders to spread their message of positive change using …