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Chris Hedges | The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump by Chris Hedges

As long as Trump serves the interests of the elites he will remain president. If, for some reason, he is unable to serve these interests he will disappear.

Chris Hedges | The End of Empire

This collective self-delusion saw the United States make the greatest strategic blunder in its history, one that sounded the death knell of the empire—the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Elites ‘Have No Credibility Left:’ Interview With Journalist Chris Hedges

These party elites, consumed by greed, myopia and a deep cynicism, have a death grip on the political process. They’re not going to let it go, even if it all implodes.

Inside Camp Ripley

During the vigil on September 17, 2017 at the Open House at Camp Ripley, two members went inside and took some photos. Clearly it was family day. Here is a slideshow with just a hint of what went on during the Open House. The vigil was sponsored by the Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace and […]

Chris Hedges | Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease

Our failure to defend those who are demonized and persecuted leaves us all demonized and persecuted. Our failure to demand justice for everyone leaves us all without justice. Our failure to halt the crushing of popular movements that stand unequivocally with the oppressed leaves us all oppressed. Our failure to protect our democracy leaves us without a democracy. (Includes interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal.)

Flowers and Zeese | Unite To Change The Status Quo

When a mass movement is united against the power elites it is unstoppable.

Henry Giroux | The Racist Killing Machine in the Age of Anti-Politics

We are in a new historical era, one that is marked a culture of lawlessness, extreme violence, and disposability, fueled, in part, by a culture of fear, a war on terror, and a deeply overt racist culture that is unapologetic in its disciplinary and exclusionary practices. This deep seated racism is reinforced by a culture of cruelty that is the modus operandi of neoliberal capitalism–a cage culture, a culture of combat, a hyper masculine culture that views killing those most vulnerable as sport, entertainment, and policy.

New Report Proves Police Preparing for Rioting on a National Scale

Militarized police forces have become de rigueur, even in the nation’s smallest towns — but arming law enforcement with the weapons of war, rather than protecting civilians, has birthed a chasm of distrust and animosity on both sides. It isn’t as if this equipment is being produced by a marketplace intent on keeping civilians safe from an ostensible outside threat.

New NYPD Anti-Terror Unit Will Get Machine Guns To Police Protesters

 This new squad will be used to investigate and combat terrorist plots, lone wolf terrorists, and… protests. “It is designed for dealing with events like our recent protests, or incidents like Mumbai or what just happened in Paris,” Bratton said, according to CBS. Police Commissioner Bratton at yesterday’s press conference (Jen Chung/Gothamist) gothamist.com  January 29, […]

Communities United Against Police Brutality

Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality

 Each legal observer arrested in Ferguson was “arrested for doing their job,” NLG interim executive director Dan Gregor said.  Gregor described other concerns he had with the kind of “police overreaching” that had occurred in Ferguson. By Kevin Gosztola  The Dissenter  FireDogLake,com  August 30, 2014 The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in […]

ACLU Report: War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing

 “. . . it’s time for American police to remember that they are supposed to protect and serve our communities, not wage war on the people who live in them.” ACLU.org    June 23, 2014 All across the country, heavily armed SWAT teams are raiding people’s homes in the middle of the night, often just to […]

Nick Bernabe,The Anti-Media: National Guard Troops Deployed in Ferguson as Police Threaten to Shoot Journalists

 National Guard troops have been ordered to Ferguson, MO, after two nights of mandatory curfew were ignored by protesters and rioters following the officer involved shooting death of teenager Mike Brown. Image credit: DVIDSHUB  Nick Bernabe | The Anti-Media  August 18, 2014 What looked like a deescalation only a few days ago following the transfer […]

Communities United Against Police Brutality

Tomgram: Matthew Harwood, One Nation Under SWAT

“A striking recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union indicates that . . . policing is being militarized nationwide in all sorts of unsettling ways.  It is, more precisely, being SWATified (a word that doesn’t yet exist, but certainly should).”  By Matthew Harwood   TomDispatch.com   August 14, 2014 Think of it as a different kind of blowback.  Even when […]