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A report from the Brazilian protest movement you won't read about in the New York Times.

by our friends at This Is Hell

While 500,000 Brazilians march in protest of post-coup legislation which will impoverish the elderly and families by raising the retirement age to 74, well beyond the country's life expectancy, the NY Times and establishment coverage in the US ignores and distorts events, concealing from US citizens the hand of policies dictated from Washington.

Not My President? How About Not My System?

Not My President? How About Not My System?

by our friends at This Is Hell Radio

BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon asks whether, when we say "not my president" are we just hollering for Hillary, or maybe Cory Booker? Shouldn't we be saying tht none of them have ever been our president? Trump is no more illegitimate than the last half dozen or 3 dozen presidents. Don't we need to replace a system, not personalities and parties?

Don't believe the Russia hype: Who profits from the new Red Scare?

Don't believe the Russia hype: Who profits from the new Red Scare?

by our friends at This Is Hell Radio

It's an old habit for us. We inflated the threat of Russia for years and years to justify spending untold billions on the military, and that went away when the Soviet Union fell apart. But now it's back and once again we're saying not only do the Russians have forces to invade Western Europe, but they thought of a new wrinkle - through their fiendish cyber-cunning, they changed the course of US politics and elected Donald Trump. It's completely insane.
Journalist Andrew Cockburn examines the recent hype around Russia as existential threat to world security and American democracy, and finds dubious intelligence and a servile media pushing conflict in service of a failed political campaign in need of a scapegoat, and a bloated military in need of a target to justify its budget.
Andrew wrote the cover story The New Red Scare in the December issue of Harper's.

It Wasn't Just Republicans: How the EPA's own poisoned politics failed to protect the people of Flint

EPA whistleblower Marsha Coleman-Adebayo explains how the regulatory body allowed internal politics and outright negligence to turn Flint into a sacrifice zone, and ties the current crisis to America's long history (and present) of ignoring environmental threats to communities of color.

Marsha is an EPA whistleblower, and wrote the recent pieces Water crises like Flint's will continue until the EPA is held accountable for the Guardian and McCarthy and Snyder to Testify before House Oversight Committee on the Poisoning of Flint’s Children for Black Agenda Report.

The Global Network of US Military Bases Provide the Infrastructure For Permanent War

by our friends at This Is Hell

For two generations now, the US has hundreds of thousands of troops stationed outside its borders. US troops are in more countries than the Mongols, the Romans or the Brit empires in their day, and the US maintains more military bases than embassies or consulates. Is it any wonder that the first resort is usually to war?

Key Failures of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare an Obstacle to Universal Health Care

Key Failures of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare an Obstacle to Universal Health Care

by our friends at This Is Hell Radio

Trudy Lieberman: “We are replacing a crisis of un-insurance with a crisis of under-insurance, and we’re going to find people with very high deductables and very high cost-sharing as the years go on, because we haven’t controlled the underlying cost of care.”

#Gitmo2Chicago2Burge2Vietnam: How Police Abuse in Chicago Extends Way Beyond Homan Square

#Gitmo2Chicago2Burge2Vietnam: How Police Abuse in Chicago Extends Way Beyond Homan Square

courtesy of our friends at This Is Hell

Attorney Flint Taylor connects the Homan Square ‘black site’ story to a larger history of secrecy, violence and abuse that spans decades, continents and wars. Flint was quoted in the much talked-about, Spencer Ackerman article The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’ at the Guardian. Taylor also wonders whether mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia has a position on the closing of Homan Square.

Welcome To Neoliberal Chicago, the Privatized City of the Future

A radio interview courtesy of This Is Hell Radio, by Chuck Mertz

Chicago elects a mayor Feb 24. Barack Obama cut commercials for privatizer Rahm Emanuel? Rahm gave Chicago an “Infrastructure Trust Board” appointed by the mayor with power to overrule all local laws. His public schools chief invests heavily in privatizing companies, and everything but sunshine is privatized. Welcome to neoliberal Chicago. Chuck Mertz on This Is Hell interviews Rick Pearlstein, author of How To Sell Off A City

Police Unions VS the Public, Torture and Mass Incarceration VS Restorative Justice

A radio interview by Chuck Mertz on This is Hell Radio.

Flint Taylor, co-founder of the Peoples Law Office in Chicago, who has represented the victims of police and political violence for 45 years explains the role of police unions, public defenders, the problems of supposedly progressive candidates who claim more cops will solve problems, and what restorative justice might look like.

The Police and the Massacre of Afro-Brazilian Youth

by Brian Mier

Brazil has the largest population of black people outside Africa, leads the planet in police murders of young blacks. Like their US counterparts, murderous Brazilian cops enjoy immunity and impunity. Besides the article published below, our friends at This Is Hell interviewed Brian Mier...

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