"One of the most common tropes in US media is that the US military always goes to war reluctantly—and, if there are negative consequences, like civilian deaths, it’s simply a matter of bumbling around without much plan or purpose."
Here's a strange article from 2003 in which Donald Rumsfeld defends looting in Baghdad at some length while Amnesty International calls for more troops to be deployed in order to protect members of Saddam Hussein's party.
A NYMag piece on PissPigGranddad's six-month tour of duty with the YPG in Syria. This article includes quite a bit of overlap with the Rolling Stones article I have linked to before, but it's even better.
I'm definitely glad this guy is walking around again.
Dukes was studying the prison system at the time of the shooting, reading books like Slavery by Another Name and watching the documentary 13th, and he believes in the abolition of prisons.
“She’s going to go into a system that will eat her alive and that’s awful,” he says of Elizabeth Hokoana. “It’s hard to wish that on anyone.”
“Right now, we’re continually escalating violence,” Dukes said of the divide between the right and the left. “Maybe if we can have a larger conversation, maybe we can turn this thing around. We have to start seeing each other as people, and talk about how other people are people.”
“I refuse not to recognize these people as people, because I refuse to be like them.”
Here's an illustrative case from this weeks' news. According to the article there are around 1,200 homeless people living in Fairfax County. When one of them was caught constructing a shelter and educating himself he was charged with destruction of property and held without bond. That says almost everything that needs saying about capitalist property and justice.
"More power to him. He did something that most people don't do. He actually took a step to change his life and made his own little home where he could study."
Here's an interview with a French fighter with the YPG in Syria. He contradicts himself twice (Amnesty is wrong about villages being razed by YPG... they are only razed for strategic reasons; we don't need imperialist help to defeat IS... NATO air strikes are key to our offensive), but that helps it sound less like a pure propaganda piece.
I've read interviews with a few other fighters, and this guy is definitely the most political (and optimistic). He's fighting in a communist unit, but I wonder how many of the Kurdish fighters overall hold communism to be such an important aspect of the struggle for Rojava.
This is exceptional news! Despite the very clear video evidence it took eight months to file charges, and I don't think it would have happened at all if it weren't for the Ferguson riots and "Black Lives Matter" protesters (in addition to all of the Albuquerque protests and the Department of Justice investigation).
I have my doubts that the charges will stick, though. A District Court justice has to decide that there is enough evidence for murder at a preliminary hearing (where the charges may be downgraded or dropped). But still a better chance of going to trial for something than the ol' grand jury shenanigans.
Even if either officer goes to trial on any charge, I don't expect a conviction. When Kelly Thomas (an unarmed homeless man in Fullerton, CA) was beaten to death by police (captured on both video and audio recording devices) two cops were charged with involuntary manslaughter and one with murder. But after the first trial found two of the cops not guilty, the DA dropped the charges for the third cop.
"One of the two lead contractors for Israel’s apartheid wall in the occupied West Bank, Elbit Systems, has won a $145 million contract from the US Department of Homeland Security to provide similar systems on the Mexico-US border."
1. The headline is hilarious
2. The author says the Islamic State is "ultraconservative" and that it has destroyed many cultural artifacts, in the same sentence.
3. "If we didn't intervene when they were killing people, it would be kind of grotesque to intervene over a building"