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DOJ Report Rips Chicago Police for Poor Training, Excessive Force, and Racial Bias

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[So much for a post-racial America. *RON*]
Adam K. Raymond, New York magazine, 13 January 2017
For years, Chicago police have violated the civil rights of the city’s residents through widespread bias against blacks and repeated use of excessive force, the Justice Department announced on Friday.

The conclusions are part of a 164-page report, the result of a 13-month investigation that found a pattern of poorly trained police officers relying too much on the use of force, sometimes deadly, while facing few consequences for their actions. The investigation was launched in the aftermath of the police shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald, who was walking away from the police when he was killed.

Corruption in the Oil and Gas Industry

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[Corporatocratic corruption in Africa. Reads like an Ian Fleming novel. *RON*]

Alexander BriantDiary, London Review of Books, Vol. 39 No. 2 · 19 January 2017, pages 34-35

Driving on the highway from the airport at night, heading into Lagos, we sit in darkness, the blackout curtains in the back of the minibus fully drawn. I am travelling with a group of expat field engineers who have returned from leave. Most of the time we sit in silence. One of them, a Geordie, tries to lighten the mood with talk of his sexual exploits in Thailand, where he lives when not working. But for the most part there is only the noise of the engine, punctuated by the crackle of the radio as the control room at the base checks on our progress. Suddenly, there is a booming on the roof and one side of the minibus and for a moment I think we have come under fire. Someone pulls back the curtain so we can see what’s causing the noise. A squad of soldiers is driving alongsid…

Megyn Kelly Is Still Terrible

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[Megyn Kelly’s handful of admirable stances at Fox don’t make up for years of peddling reactionary, racist nonsense. *RON*]
Branko Marcetic, Jacobin Magazine, 6 January 2017
For anyone waking up out of a coma in 2017, the feeling must truly be like one of setting foot in an alternate, bizarro universe: Donald Trump is president; the CIA is a reputable source of information; and former Fox News and now NBC host Megyn Kelly is gaining a reputation as a well-respected journalist.

Mystic Rabbi’s Visions of Trump: Obama’s Betrayal Reversed, UN Will Fall, Europe Will Burn

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[A message from the Alt-Cuckoo. *RON*]
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News,  12 January 2017

“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy your old men shall dream dreams your young men shall see visions.” Joel 3:1 (The Israel Bible™)

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, a prominent mystic and spiritual leader, made several startling predictions this week concerning the impending transfer of power and the changes in store for America, Israel, and the world.

Over 1,000 pro-Israel Supporters Protest Against Paris Peace Conference: 'No One Can Dictate to Israel'

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[The mentality is shocking and deeply discouraging. Participants, mainly Jewish, boo mentions of two-state solution, criticize weak response from French-Jewish community leaders. *RON*]

Shirli Sitbon, Haaretz, 15 January 2017
Over 1,000 people, mainly Jews, demonstrated outside the Israeli Embassy in Paris on Sunday, protesting against the Middle East peace conference taking place in the city.

Protesters, many holding Israeli flags, said the summit attempts to hurt Israel’s position and to divide Jerusalem, which they said is a concern to Jews worldwide.