Category Archives: Militarization

Why Is An Israeli Defense Contractor Building A ‘Virtual Wall’ In The Arizona Desert?

A Border Patrol agent sits at an observation point along the international border separating San Luis, Arizona from San Luis, Sonora, Mexico. Phot by AP Photo/Matt York

Todd Miller and Gabriel Matthew Shivone Israeli companies are using the lessons they’ve learned occupying Gaza to militarize the US border. It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing strategies. In his PowerPoint presentation, a photo of the enclosure wall that isolates…more »

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Politics And Policing Do Not Reflect Santa Cruz Values: Say No To Homeland Security Grant

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Not in Santa Cruz Take Action! Sign On To the Letter Below! Add your signature to this letter requesting Santa Cruz City Council rescind their vote to partner with Homeland Security. The militarization of Santa Cruz, California, like many cities across the nation, is being called into question, as well as the transparency between the…more »

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Sexual Torture: US Policy and Culture

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Today, sexual abuse is not only used in US prisons abroad, but also in its domestic gulags. In many ways, sexualized torture has even become commonplace in pop-culture. Sexual violence is firmly imbedded in US society; its institutions and cultural mechanisms reinforce the appalling concept that sexual torture is acceptable, exciting, even predictable in certain…more »

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UN Torture Watchdog Urges US To Crack Down On Police Brutality

Activists hold hands during a silent protest at a hearing of the United States at the Committee against Torture at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland November 13, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

U.N. Committee against Torture The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used sparingly. The panel’s first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 followed racially-tinged unrest in cities across…more »

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Chris Hedges: Defending Our Civil Liberties

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“A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, and fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death.” ~ Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The end of Literacy and the…more »

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Israel War Profit: Palestine As Experimental Sites For Arms Dealers Backed By Intellectuals.

IDF tanks gather near Gaza Strip in preparation for a possible ground invasion. The Israeli government has authorized drafting 75,000 reservists for the next stages in the military campaign (photo: Actiestills)

War in Israel has become a constant source of profit, with the West Bank and Gaza Strip used as experimental sites for arms dealers backed up by intellectuals. These are the protagonists of ‘The Lab,’ a new film by Yotam Feldman. In its exceptional interviews, the film reveals that the image of the arms dealer…more »

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Return To Sender: Davis City Council Gives Police 60 Days To Dispose Of Military Armored Vehicle

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The Davis Police Department has 60 days to get rid of a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) that it recently received from the federal government. Amidst mounting concerns over the increasing “militarization” of local police forces, the Davis City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday, asking staff to devise a plan for the vehicle’s disposal. The…more »

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Exclusive: Israel’s Video Justifying Destruction of a Gaza Hospital Was From 2009

The video clip showing apparent firing from an annex to the hospital was actually shot during Israel's 2008-09 "Operation Cast Lead," and the audio clip accompanying it was from an incident unrelated to Al Wafa. (Screengrab: The Times of Israel)

The video clip showing apparent firing from an annex to the hospital was actually shot during Israel’s 2008-09 “Operation Cast Lead,” and the audio clip accompanying it was from an incident unrelated to Al Wafa. (Screengrab: The Times of Israel) The Times Of Israel July 23, 2014: This video distributed by the Israeli military in…more »

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Israel-Trained Police “Occupy” Missouri After Killing Of Black Youth

The killing of Michael Brown in Missouri last weekend prompted this Chicago protest against police violence. Photo by Mikasi.

Since the killing of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police in Missouri last weekend, the people of Ferguson have been subjected to a military-style crackdown by a squadron of local police departments dressed like combat soldiers. This has prompted residents to liken the conditions on the ground in Ferguson to the Israeli military occupation of…more »

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Numbers Have Names: The Dead In Gaza From Operation Protective Edge

Artwork: Abraham’s Sacrifice (c. 1635) by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.
Photo: Israeli soldiers overwhelmed by the smell of dead bodies at Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank. 16 April, 2002, by Alexandra Boulat.

Those who have died in Gaza as a result of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge (Updated as of August 14, 2014.) (*Note – The edge claimed to be in need of protection is stolen Palestinian land.) فلسطين الحرة Tuesday, July 8: 1. Mohammed Sha’aban, 24, was killed in a bombing of his car in Gaza City….more »

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