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Camisha Jones: How to Save the Life of the Next Michael Brown

Michael Brown. Jordan Davis. Sean Bell. Trayvon Martin. The list of African-American boys and men gunned down at the hands of police officers and vigilantes just gets longer and longer. It makes me numb.

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Andy Borowitz: Nation Debates Extremely Complex Issue of Children Firing Military Weapons
Full story: New Yorker


Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins: Greasing the Path to Military Intervention

What explains the never-ending justifications for U.S. involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts? In a word: oil.

Sure, President Barack Obama may have dropped food and water on that desolate Iraqi mountaintop out of humanitarian concern for the persecuted Yazidi minority. But he didn't drop any bombs until Islamic State fighters began to threaten Kurdish oil supplies.

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Robert L. Borosage: Let's Give Workers Something to Cheer About

Labor Day is supposed to be a celebration of workers, but it's been a long time since workers have been celebrated — or for that matter, have had a reason to celebrate. That's because the union movement that gave us this holiday is, at least numerically, a shadow of its former self.

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Martha Rosenberg | Watch - Elanco is Becoming the Monsanto of the Animal Drug Industry

Big Biotech, the chilling combo of genetic engineering, Big Chem, seed giants and Big Ag, is forging ahead in it its hopes of dominating global agriculture and even patenting food production. Successfully fighting GMO labeling at home, the well-funded makers of Frankenfoods are also desperate to open overseas markets for Biotech which most of the world does not want.

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Robert Reich: Back to School, and to Widening Inequality

American kids are getting ready to head back to school. But the schools they're heading back to differ dramatically by family income.

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James Zogby: Ferguson Is All of Us

This is the year in which we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Bill. Instead of being able to reflect on the distance we have traveled since 1964, the horrific events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri only served to remind us of how far we still have to go.

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Aviva Chomsky: America's Continuing Border Crisis: The Real Story Behind the "Invasion" of the Children
Full story: Tom Dispatch


Cornel West: "He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency"
Full story: Salon.com

Faiza Patel and Michael Price: Ferguson is not Fallujah

The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked a long overdue discussion about the militarization of local police. The funds and equipment funneled to police departments to fight the "war on drugs" and the "war on terror" have given cops access to military hardware that seems inappropriate for their role in America's communities. But these "wars" have also changed the attitude of some police departments who seem to regard the populations they are sworn to protect as insurgents who need to be put down. The reform efforts currently on the table don't go far enough in curtailing equipment transfers and completely fail to address how counter-insurgency tactics have become part of American policing.

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Henry Siegman: Gaza and the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood

The slaughter of Palestinian civilians and the Dresden-like reduction to rubble of large parts of Gaza by Israel’s military forces in the name of its own citizens’ security has exposed the hypocrisy at the heart of Israel’s dealings with the Palestinians. Israel’s claim to the right of self-defense in order to prevent its victims’ emergence from under its occupation is the ultimate definition of chutzpa.

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Mark Morford: Tear gas for the huddled masses
Full story: SF Chronicle


Steven Rosenfeld: 7 Cynical Ways Police and Media Have Smeared Michael Brown and the Black People of Ferguson
Full story: AlterNet.org

Rebecca Bodner: Turning cops into soldiers in the wake of Mike Brown's murder

A week after Mike Brown was shot, people are still taking to the streets. After a week of protests, the governor of Missouri announced yesterday that an overnight curfew had been helpful to maintain the peace in Ferguson. Yet police fired smoke grenades and tear gas into crowds despite the fact that Captain Ronald S. Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and commander in charge of overseeing activity and security in Ferguson, that such drastic measures would not be taken to enforce the curfew.

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Ryan Alexander: Extreme Makeover: Canal Edition

Panama! Panama-ah-ah-ah!

The lyrics from the eponymous Van Halen song could just as easily be the nation's port policy — if the country had one.

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Marisa Franco: NDLON Calls for Immigrants and Latinos to Join Protests Against Police Brutality, for Justice in Ferguson

As a movement that is fighting criminalization to stop deportations and detention, Latinos and immigrants have a duty to stand alongside those who have been fighting it far longer. On the streets of Ferguson, people have bravely sounded an alarm on the crisis of violence besieging the Black community.

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Matthew Harwood: To Terrify and Occupy: The Militarization of American Policing

Welcome to a new era of American policing, where cops increasingly see themselves as soldiers occupying enemy territory, often with the help of Uncle Sam's armory, and where even nonviolent crimes are met with overwhelming force and brutality.

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CPJ concerned by arrests, harassment of reporters covering unrest in Ferguson

The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the attacks on and brief detentions of journalists covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the past week in reaction to the killing of teenager Michael Brown by the police. Two journalists were briefly detained on Wednesday and released without charge. Journalists have reported being attacked by police with tear gas and rubber bullets, and at least one journalist said he was intimidated and attacked by local residents, according to news reports.

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Ron Carver: As Mississippi Moves on, a New Struggle Arises

Fifty years ago, shortly after the Ku Klux Klan abducted and murdered civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, I was sitting in one of Starkville, Mississippi's few black-owned cafes when Police Chief Thomas Josey stormed in and unleashed a torrent of abuse.

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Eric Posner: Yes, Obama Can Stop Millions of Deportations
Full story: Slate.com

Mark Morford: A little spark of madness
Full story: SF Chronicle


Ramzy Baroud | Hashtag Genocide: Why Gaza Fought Back

My old family house in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza was recently rebuilt by its new owner, into a beautiful three-story building with large windows adorned by red frames. In Israel's most recent and deadliest war on Gaza, the house sustained significant damage. A large hole caused by Israeli missiles can be seen from afar, in a part of the house where our kitchen once stood.

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Dermod Travis: Crony capitalism alive and well at Mount Polley

This weekend, the Vancouver Sun reported that Alberta billionaire Murray Edwards helped organize a $1 million fundraiser for the B.C. Liberal party at the Calgary Petroleum Club last year. Rapidly becoming a household name in B.C., Edwards of course is the controlling shareholder of Imperial Metals, which operates the Mount Polley Mine.

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James Zogby: The Gaza Saga Continues

Bombs stopped falling on Gaza for three days, allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to return to what had once been their homes and neighborhoods.

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Robert Reich: The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism?

In recent weeks, the managers, employees, and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets called "Market Basket" have joined together to oppose the board of director's decision earlier in the year to oust the chain's popular chief executive, Arthur T. Demoulas.

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Craig Obey: Senate Appropriations Bill Modestly Enhances Funding For National Parks in Advance of Park's Centennial

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) on Friday, released their funding proposal for fiscal year 2015 for the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, which makes needed progress to invest in our national parks in advance of the National Park System's centennial in 2016. Compared to its House counterpart, the bipartisan bill is better able to meet the multiple needs of parks, in part, because it deals appropriately with funding needs for catastrophic wildfires. Importantly, the bill is also free of policy riders that threaten air and water quality important to park visitors, resources, and wildlife.

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Megan Jordi: Jailing babies on the basis of national security is shameful

The rule of law is only a mirage in the remote, dusty town of Artesia, New Mexico, where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is holding more than 600 Honduran, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan women and children. The children in the 278 families range from babies to teenagers. Virtually overnight, DHS turned part of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) into an immigration jail to house the families crossing the U.S. border from Central America.

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Jim Hightower: Billionaire Koch Heads Pony Up for the GOP

The Koch brothers — the GOP megadonors and fossil fuel magnates — live in their own special world, enshrouded in the fumes emanating from their family's enormous stockpiles of wealth.

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Robert Reich: World and Worth

What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society.

Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?

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Phyllis Bennis: Violating International Law in Gaza

As Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip rages on, ceasefires come and go. Most last just long enough for Palestinians to dig out the dead from beneath their collapsed houses, get the injured to overcrowded and under-resourced hospitals, and seek enough food and water to last through the next round of airstrikes.

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