Neither Michael Brown’s Family Nor Protesters Should Be Held Responsible for the Violence

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 9:13 am

For two nights since the announcement that a grand jury declined to indict white Ferguson police officer for killing unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, isolated acts of vandalism and instances of looting have been reported. A small number of residents have continued to throw rocks and bottles at police and, at this point, over 100 people have been arrested. And, because Brown’s father put together a public service announcement prior to the announcement calling for people to remain nonviolent, the media have placed a burden of responsibility on the Brown family’s shoulders.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nell Bernstein, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison

By: Saturday November 1, 2014 1:59 pm

Burning Down the House, is an urgent account of why we need to abolish juvenile prisons, not merely make them more humane. In the first half of the book she outlines the history behind the rise of the juvenile prisons and the many kinds of violence kids face on the inside, from physical and sexual abuse to solitary confinement. Nell Bernstein explains how the idea of the violent, “morally impoverished” youth super-predator is still with us today; for example, in provisions across all fifty states to try children who commit particular offenses as adults.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Erica Chenoweth, Maria J. Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

By: Sunday August 10, 2014 1:59 pm

In Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan review the scholarly literature on campaigns of popular and usually nonviolent resistance to undemocratic regimes in modern nations, including Iran, Burma, Palestine, and Israel. A table at the end and an online appendix refer to many other instances of nonviolence.

Freedom, Money & Control

By: Monday July 21, 2014 7:15 pm

Money is violence

Our system of money visits violence on people. Economic sanctions are an obvious example:

342 Palestinians, 5 Israelis Killed in Gaza Conflict; Media Disinfo or No Info

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 5:00 pm

342 Palestinians (80% of them civilians) and 5 Israelis (2 of them civilians) have now died during Israel’s assault on Gaza. The news report notes the following:

“The increasing number of children killed in the conflict is causing a growing outcry, with a joint statement from the NGOs War Child and Defence for Children International saying more children had been killed than militants.”

Tens of thousands protested Israel’s actions in London, but the BBC decided to say nothing about it (it did eventually write something about the protest, here), according to the Respect Party website (screenshot provided). Neither did Murdoch’s Sky News, but that’s not surprising.

Insanity Extends Beyond the Shooters

By: Friday May 30, 2014 2:00 pm

During this past week, in Scranton, Pa., a 16-year old put two bullets into the head of a taxi driver and then stole about $500 earned by the cabbie that evening.

The teen, who showed no remorse when arrested a few hours later, mumbled a few words about his reasons. He said he murdered the cabbie “’Cause that’s what I do to people that don’t listen.”

FDL Movie Night: HELL With Director Lisa Stock

By: Monday April 14, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s guest Lisa Stock works in the realm of magical realism, creating fantasy worlds redolent with myth and mystery. In HELL, a series of vignettes take us through dreamlike experiences that expound upon sins, a trip through Dante’s circles of Hell set in modern times, fraught with social anxiety and surreal saturated colors. She shot HELL in locations around the world, and adapts her tightly budgeted shoots to shifts in weather and other forces majeures.

Albuquerque Police Violence Update

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 4:10 pm

Albuquerque made international news as the result of a police lapel-cam video gone viral, of officers killing a homeless mentally-ill man on March 16. James Boyd, or Abba, as he preferred, was the 37th person shot and the 22nd killed by police in Albuquerque since 2010. (The toll has risen to 23 after another police shooting on March 25. There was a non-fatal shooting by plain clothes US marshals (caution, graphic content and language) on March 28.)

It is due only to the lapel cams that we know how Abba died. The police have refused to make many of their (our) videos public, but the videos we have seen are difficult to watch. WHY was this video released? Soon after the shooting, the newly hired Chief of Police pronounced it “justified.”

The Right-Wing Privilege of Advocating Violence

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 5:10 pm

Earlier this week, perennial presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Ron Paul made a rather startling remark while campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. At least, it would have been startling coming from anyone but a privileged white man on the political right.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Max Blumenthal, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

By: Saturday November 2, 2013 1:59 pm

When it comes to telling the inconvenient set of truths that increasingly set Israel apart from what we consider to be a Western democracy or a society akin to the USA or western Europe, no good deed remains unpunished. Max Blumenthal, in two books published four years apart, has exposed two authoritarian Old Testament-based cultures for their anti-democratic underpinnings. The first book, unveiling strange Christian and Christianist currents in our political world was widely praised. The second, examining somewhat similar forces in Israeli political, religious, cultural and educational life, is being widely damned.

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