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Late Night: The Roundup

By: Friday December 19, 2014 8:01 pm

Whoa, it is almost Christmas! This month just went on by.

The Colbert Report ended yesterday as Stephen Colbert will move to CBS to take over Late Night. What’s your fondest memory of the show?

International Politics


- Attorney Michael Ratner explains to The Real News the recent criminal complaint filed by the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights in Germany against officials in the Bush administration relating to torture.

- Russia invited Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year to commemorate the victory of the Soviets over the Nazis, yet it may deal more with the geo-political game being waged.

- After what happened with “The Interview,” the U.S. is considering to place North Korea back on a list of states supporting terrorism

- The United Nations ordered Israel to pay more than $850 million to Lebanon for causing an oil slick in 2006

Middle East

Part three of three with journalist Lia Tarachansky who talks about the effects of Zionism is having in Israel

- There will be no more ferries going from Syria to Turkey and it is suspected it is due to the relationship between the two countries

- Three Yemeni soldiers were killed and five were wounded in a bomb that is being attributed to a group tied to al-Qaeda

- As a result of two attacks by the Islamic State against cities in Iraq, more than 2,000 Iraqis were said to be missing


The Double Jeopardy Clause does not prevent prosecuting Darren Wilson for murder

By: Friday December 19, 2014 3:00 pm
Solidarity rally and march for Michael Brown in response to the Furguson grand jury decision

Solidarity rally and march for Michael Brown in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision

The Double Jeopardy Clause does not prevent prosecuting Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown.

The Double Jeopardy Clause is in the Fifth Amendment

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

The basic purpose of the clause is to prevent a prosecutor from retrying a person who has been found not guilty. To understand double jeopardy, one has to know when jeopardy begins and when it ends. Note that the clause does not prohibit jeopardy; it prohibits double jeopardy.

Public’s Big New Focus on Race Relations

By: Friday December 19, 2014 1:00 pm

The protests over Ferguson and the death of Eric Garner have worked. The public’s awareness and concerns about police practices, racial relations and the racial disparity in arrests has increased dramatically over the past month. It is now seen as one of the top problems facing the country. From Gallup:

Recent Trends in Top Four Most Important U.S. Problems

Increased public concern about an issue doesn’t inherently mean significant positive policy change will happen, but public awareness is almost always a necessary precondition for real reform. Protests can draw the nation’s attention as they have recently on this issue.

Already the increased national focus has caused some positive movement. More police departments are experimenting with body cameras, Congress has again required police to keep records of deaths of people under arrest, and more places are looking to scale back the drug war.

NBC News Cites ‘Climate of Fear & Retaliation,’ Withholds Identity of Architect of CIA’s Defense for Torture

By: Friday December 19, 2014 11:00 am

NBC News published a story on a senior CIA official who is a “top al Qaeda expert” and a “key architect of the agency’s defense of its detention” and torture program for terrorism suspects. The official apparently developed “oft-repeated talking points that misrepresented and overstated” the effectiveness of torture. And, while the female official is [...]

Pentagon Sends Afghans on Months-Long Gem Training Junkets

By: Friday December 19, 2014 9:00 am

America, think carefully about what you would want your tax money spent on: Schools? Roads? Public bong stations? Hah, it doesn’t matter because your tax money was spent on this crap. A Pentagon task force in Afghanistan is under investigation for ejaculating taxpayer dollars to send Afghan jewelers on lavish “gem training” junkets to India, [...]

The Roundup

By: Friday December 19, 2014 7:00 am

Phew, all done with finals! That means more attention to the Roundup and more pieces. Regardless, how have all of you been doing so far this week? International Politics Overall – Pew: In developing and emerging countries, citizens only vote and do little else politically; Do you smell that? It’s the smell of Western democracy – President [...]

Over Easy: The Monkey Selfie Is Back!

By: Friday December 19, 2014 5:00 am

“We need to stop assuming that every image, sound recording, or innovation is owned, or even ownable. There are things that do not belong to anyone—they can be used by all.”

I’m not sure we really know the meaning of that word…

By: Friday December 19, 2014 1:30 am

Or we do: we just, as in all things like big portions. The United States said on Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a serious national security matter and the Obama administration was considering a proportional response, although the White House stopped short of blaming North Korea. How about you encourage the release [...]

Day #9 of 11: #ThisStopsToday and Oakland #UmbrellaMarch

By: Thursday December 18, 2014 6:20 pm

And also…the soundtrack of the building revolution built around #Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter.

Relentless pressure, again in NYC and enirons; a movement led by youth, millennials, black women, and aided by allies of all skin hues. It’s growing and broadening; where it will go no one knows.

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