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NY to Judge: Unseal Documents on ’71 Attica Riot

By | News & Current Affairs

By Michael Virtanen, Associated Press New York’s attorney general has asked a state judge to release sealed documents about the 1971 riot and retaking of Attica state prison in an effort to reveal the full history of the nation’s bloodiest prison rebellion and answer the questions of families whose loved ones died there. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants the court in Wyoming County to open hundreds of detailed pages about…

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More than 1,000 Meet in Denver to Develop Drug War Exit Strategy As Poll Finds 58% of Americans Want Pot Legalized

By | News & Current Affairs, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

By Tony Newman Which state will be next to legalize marijuana? What do the Obama administration’s recent announcements about marijuana legalization and mandatory minimums [3] really mean? What are some solutions to the national overdose crisis that takes more lives than car accidents or gun violence? Why do blacks go to jail for drugs at 13 times the rate of whites even though they use and sell drugs at similar rates? What role…

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Urban Shield: ‘The Epitome of State Repression’ Coming to Town Near You

By | Commentaries/Opinions

Meeting of SWAT teams and military contractors from around the world faces local opposition in Oakland, CA By Sarah Lazare, A member of the Israeli Special Police Force participating in an ‘exercise’ at the 2010 Urban Shield in Alameda County (Photo: PoliceMag)SWAT teams, police forces, and military contractors from across the world will converge in Oakland, California this weekend—October 25-28—for a little-known ‘Urban Shield’ global training exercise and weapons technology…

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‘Shock Doctrine’ Americana: Endless War as the Ultimate Business Model

By | Commentaries/Opinions, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

Disaster Capitalism on the battlefield and in the boardroom by William Astore A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan. (Photo: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)There is a new normal in America: our government may shut down, but our wars continue.  Congress may not be able to pass a budget, but the U.S. military can still launch commando raids in Libya and Somalia, the Afghan War can still be prosecuted, Italy can be…

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Are you Haitian?

By | Commentaries/Opinions

By Myriam J. A. Chancy The implications of the ruling of September 23 by the Constitutional Tribunal of the Dominican Republic, stripping citizenship from the offspring of non-resident Haitians born in the Dominican Republic, where nationality is conferred “jus soli,” by place of birth, are only beginning to be understood by the international community with the OAS, Amnesty International, and the governments of Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, St. Vincent and…

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US Invasion of Grenada: A 30-Year Retrospective

By | News & Current Affairs

By Stephen Zunes, Truthout It has been exactly 30 years since US forces invaded Grenada, ending that Caribbean island nation’s four-year socialist experiment. The island nation no bigger than Martha’s Vineyard, with a population that could barely fill the Rose Bowl, was defeated with relatively few American casualties. President Ronald Reagan’s decision to occupy the country and replace the government with one more to his liking proved to be quite…

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‘Forward Ever’ screens in Grenada

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By Bruce Paddington, Director/Producer Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution, a feature length documentary on the Grenada Revolution of 1979-1983, directed and produced by Bruce Paddington, has recently held three screenings in Grenada. These were held over the weekend of the 30th anniversary of the killings of then prime minister Maurice Bishop and his close colleagues. These screenings followed the success of the four sold out screenings of the…

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