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Interview of Samaria Rice: “Tamir Was Blamed for Causing His Own Death”

Monday, May 11, 2015

In this exclusive interview posted at Black Agenda Report, Samaria Rice speaks courageously about the day that changed her life forever. Her 12 year old son, Tamir Rice was brutally killed by Cleveland, Ohio police on November 22, 2014. Tamir was attacked and killed by police incapable of viewing him as a child playing in a neighborhood community center. Tamir’s assassination illustrates the depravity of white supremacy.

Fast Track the Good Stuff

Monday, May 11, 2015

The U.S. Senate has been very concerned not to let peace with Iran slip into place too easily, even while a new war in Iraq and Syria proceeds without the formal pretense of Congress "authorizing" or rejecting it.

Both houses of Congress are interested in ramming through the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) on a fast track. The fast track procedure of rushing things through Congress or creating them without Congress seems to be reserved for the least popular ideas our government produces.

Don't Call It a Curfew; Martial Law in the United States

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The only things that could make worse the martial law effectively imposed in Baltimore recently were the discrimination and bias apparent in its enforcement. Being Black in Baltimore in recent days meant being imprisoned in your home. And beyond Baltimore, the city's "curfew" neatly encapsulated much of what is wrong in the United States.

Be Devoted to Justice, Not Order

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The announcement by State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby that the six officers involved in the murder of Freddie Gray will be prosecuted was welcomed with cheers at City Hall and in Freddie Gray’s community, car horns were honked in celebration. The welcome announcement is a first step toward justice for the family of Freddie Gray and a hopeful beginning for the kind of accountability that has been missing in Baltimore when it comes to police violence.

An Interview of Margaret Flowers, Green Shadow Cabinet Secretary of Health

May 4, 2015

The members of Congress were home this week for Presi­dent’s week and so this was a perfect time for people around the country make their member of Congress know that they’re opposed to fast track. So there were actions across the country; in Oregon they had a bus touring the whole country. Oregon is really a critical state because Sen. Ron Wyden is the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and that’s the committee where they will introduce fast-track legislation. 

Saudi Officials Must Be Prosecuted for Aggression Against Yemen

May 4, 2015

It is incomprehensible. Here we have a clear humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The people of that country are suffering from this illegal bombing by Saudi Arabia and yet they fail to act.

It is absolutely outrageous that this would be allowed to continue. The real issue that should have been debated today was not really just a pause in the bombing campaign, but what the Russians or someone should be calling for is for the prosecution of the authorities in Saudi Arabia that gave the order for this vicious assault on the people of Yemen.

Racism is at the Core of Israel’s attitude

May 4, 2015

We are seeing again the disproportional use of force by the Israelis, this time against their own citizens who happen to be black. It is interesting that the race and violence that is at the center of these settler colonial projects have been exposed both in the US and now in Israel. It is no longer possible for either the US or for Israel to hide its internal contradictions when it comes to the issue of race.

In Israel, the Ethiopian community has been the subject of systematic discrimination for quite some time. It was only a manner of time which we would see this kind of eruption. 

Shahid Buttar Arrested After Confronting National Intelligence Director

May 4, 2015

Shahid ButtarGreen Shadow Cabinet Director of Civil Rights Enforcement and a constitutional lawyer was arrested this March by Capitol police in Washington D.C. at the end of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified. Buttar was arrested for asking these questions of Clapper as Clapper was leaving the court room:

Obama's position on Baltimore hypocritical

May 4, 2015

We have to remember that when we introduced the National Guard, you are talking about a military force – a force made up of numbers of individuals who have gone off and fought in some of the US's external wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they are back for choking the streets of a civilian city within the US.

So as always, there is real possibility of serious escalation - escalation of violence when you have introduction of military forces and a civilian urban environment. So it is a very troubling situation we have in Baltimore.