Category Archives: Militarization

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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As The Colonial State Of Israel Bombarded The…

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As the colonial state of Israel bombarded the occupied people of Gaza over the last month, the racist police forces in the United States murdered four black men, all unarmed. On July 17th, Eric Garner was attacked and choked to death by NYPD officers for doing nothing more than simply standing on a sidewalk. John…more »

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Gaza A Weapon Test Sight: We Need To Kill Someone We Don’t Care About

Israeli soldiers from the armoured corps gestures atop tanks after returning to Israel from Gaza August 5, 2014. Photo by Reuters

~ Introduction by Cognitive Liberty Introduction The article below, published in the Haaretz, provides reason beyond ethnic cleansing, genocide, stealing land, and coveting the natural gas stores in Gaza for launching Operation Protective Edge on July 8, 2014. Gaza serves as a test sight for Israel’s newest military products. Gazans are to Israel what Iraqis…more »

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Obama’s Hot War

President Barack Obama meets with Army Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, in the Oval Office at the White House, May 19, 2009. (Photo: Pete Souza/White House)

The deeper the US slips into economic decline, the higher it ratchets up the pace and stakes of armed conflict.he United States has set the world on fire. It is nonsense to talk of a “new” Cold War, when what the world is witnessing is multiple conflagrations as intense and horrifically destructive as at any…more »

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