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“Do What You Gotta Do”: Cop Shows Bolster Idea That Police Violence Works

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By Aaron Cantu The new NBC series “Chicago PD” (created by Dick Wolf, the man behind “Law and Order”) opens with steel-eyed Detective Sgt. Hank Voight glaring coolly into a rearview mirror from the backseat of a car. We quickly … Continue reading




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Striking for the Public University

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By Marjorie Elizabeth Wood Once hailed as the “Great Equalizer,” public higher education today has arguably become a driver of inequality. Earlier this year, hundreds of faculty members at the University of Illinois-Chicago canceled their classes and went on strike. … Continue reading




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Silencing Whistleblowers Obama-Style: Supreme Court Edition?

Robert MacLean takes the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center graduation oath, October 22, 2011. (Photo Pogo gap via Wikimedia Commons)

By Peter Van Buren The Obama administration has just opened a new front in its ongoing war on whistleblowers. It’s taking its case against one man, former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Air Marshal Robert MacLean, all the way to the Supreme … Continue reading




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The History of Surveillance and the Black Community

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X waiting for press conference, March 26, 1964. (Photo: Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons)

By Nadia Kayyali February is Black History Month and that history is intimately linked with surveillance by the federal government in the name of “national security.”  Indeed, the history of surveillance in the African-American community plays an important role in the debate … Continue reading




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Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage

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By Chris Hedges Last Thursday Chris Hedges opened a team debate at the Oxford Union at Oxford University with this speech arguing in favor of the proposition “This house would call Edward Snowden a hero.” The others on the Hedges … Continue reading




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6 Million Americans Without a Voice

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By The New York Times Editorial Board The right to vote is the foundation of any democracy, yet nearly six million Americans are denied that right, in many cases for life, because they have been convicted of a crime. Some … Continue reading




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Higher Profits Explain Why There Are More People of Color in Private Prisons

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By Joshua Holland It’s well known that people of color are overrepresented in America’s prisons relative to their share of the population. But a recent study finds that they make up an even larger share of the populations of private, for-profit prisons … Continue reading




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Legalizing Oppression

Lynne Stewart and Larry Holmes at a March Against Racism rally - held on Martin Luther King, Jr. day in 2008 in Manhattan.

By Chris Hedges The lynching and disbarring of civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart, who because she has terminal cancer was recently released from prison after serving four years of a 10-year sentence, is a window into the collapse of the … Continue reading




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Bully Nation

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By Yale Magrass and Charles Derber New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has appropriately been called a bully. This has implications well beyond Christie. His calling out has the potential to shift the growing public conversation about bullying from a pyschological … Continue reading




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Military Metaphysics: How Militarism Mangles the Mind

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By Chris Hedges I had my first experience with the U.S. military when I was a young reporter covering the civil war in El Salvador. We journalists were briefed at the American Embassy each week by a U.S. Army colonel … Continue reading




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