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The Greatest Crimes Against Humanity Are Perpetrated by People Just Doing Their Jobs
Monday, 23 July 2012 10:50 By Chris Hedges, Truthdig | Op-Ed
The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colorless human beings. They are the careerists. The bureaucrats. The cynics. They do the little chores that make vast, complicated systems of exploitation and death a reality. They collect and read the personal data gathered on tens of millions of us by the security and surveillance state. They keep the accounts of ExxonMobil, BP and Goldman Sachs. They build or pilot aerial drones. They work in corporate advertising and public relations. They issue the forms. They process the papers. They deny food stamps to some and unemployment benefits or medical coverage to others. They enforce the laws and the regulations. And they do not ask questions.
Colorado Shooting Is About More Than Gun Culture
Monday, 23 July 2012 09:51 By Henry A Giroux, Truthout | News Analysis
Violence saturates our culture both domestically and in our approach to foreign policy. The United States has become addicted to war and a war economy just as we increasingly have become addicted to building prisons and incarcerating minorities marginalized by class and race.
The current reporting about the recent tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado, is very discouraging. The media response to the alleged murderous rampage by James Holmes largely focuses on the guns he used, the easy availability of the ammunition he stockpiled, the booby trapping of his apartment and the ways in which he meticulously prepared for the carnage he allegedly produced. This is a similar script we saw unfold after the massacres at Columbine high school; Virginia Tech; Fort Hood; the supermarket in Tucson, Arizona; and the more recent gang shootings in Chicago. Immediately following such events, there is the expected call for gun control, new legislation to limit the sale of assault rifles and a justifiable critique of the pernicious policies of the National Rifle Association. One consequence is that the American public is being inundated with figures about gun violence ranging from the fact that more than 84 people are killed daily with guns to the shocking statistic that there are more than 300,000 gun-related deaths annually. To bring home the deadly nature of firearms in America, Juan Cole has noted that in 2010 there were 8,775 murders by firearms in the US, while in Britain there were 638. These are startling figures, but they do not tell us enough about the cult and spectacle of violence in American society. Another emerging criticism is that neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney has spoken out about gun control in the aftermath of the Aurora shooting. Gun control matters, but it is only one factor in the culture of symbolic and institutional violence that has such a powerful grip on the everyday workings of American society. The issue of violence in America goes far beyond the issue of gun control, and in actuality, when removed from a broader narrative about violence in the United States, it can serve to deflect the most important questions that need to be raised.
Demonstrators Protest California Police Shooting
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Demonstrators stormed a police department in Orange County, Calif., on Sunday to protest an officer-involved shooting that left an unarmed man dead and led to a violent clash between witnesses and police.
A crowd swarmed the Anaheim Police headquarters' lobby as Chief John Welter held a news conference to discuss what happened the night before. The protesters chanted "no justice, no peace" and "cops, pigs, murderers" as officers stood by and watched.
Welter said two officers were placed on paid leave after one of them fatally shot 24-year-old Manuel Diaz.
Anaheim Residents Continue Protests After Cops Open Fire at Women, Kids
Monday, 23 July 2012 10:49 By Jorge Rivas, Colorlines.com | Report
On Saturday Anaheim Police Department officers openly fired bean bags, pepper spray and released an attack dog into a crowd that included women and children protesting an officer involved shooting earlier in the day. If that isn't shocking enough, about 24-hours later Anaheim police killed another man who was allegedly driving a stolen car.
(You read that right, demonstrators who were protesting police brutality became victims of police brutality themselves and after all that cops shot a second guy that same weekend.)
U.S. Poverty About To Hit Highest Level In 40 Years
The percentage of Americans living in poverty is about to hit its highest level since the 1960s, according to a new survey by the Associated Press.
The latest Census numbers won't be released until the fall, but economists surveyed by the AP project that the poverty rate will climb from 2010's 15.1% and reach a level as high as 15.7%. This will mean that more Americans are poorer than at any time since 1965.
Raising the Minimum Wage Is Cheap and Easy
Monday, 23 July 2012 11:44 By Dean Baker, Truthout | News Analysis
There are some policies that are pretty much no-brainers. We all agree that the Food and Drug Administration should keep dangerous drugs off the market. We all agree that the government should provide police and fire protection. And, we pretty much all agree that workers should be able to count on at least some minimal pay for a day's work.
The minimum wage is non-controversial. The vast majority of people across the political spectrum support the minimum wage. In fact, one of the big accomplishments of the Gingrich Congress in 1996 was a 22 percent increase in the minimum wage. The only real issue is how high it should be. There are good reasons for believing that the minimum wage should be considerably higher than it is today.
US Economy Going From Bad to Worse: Roubini
A robust and self-sustaining U.S. recovery is not on the cards, and we should now expect below trend growth for many years to come, according to Nouriel Roubini, the economist famed for his bearish views.
In Victory for Corporatized Education, Federal Court Strikes Down Regulation of For-Profit Colleges
Monday, 23 July 2012 00:00 By Danny Weil, Truthout | News Analysis
On Saturday, June 30, 2012, Federal Judge Rudolph Contreras of the Federal District Court, released a judicial judgment regarding that the "gainful employment" regulations that were to go into effect Sunday, July 1, 2012, in an effort to govern for-profit colleges and universities.
The assumption behind the rules and regulations promulgated by the Department of Education (DOE), headed by Arne Duncan, were that the "gainful-employment portion of the regulations" (GER) would prevent for-profit colleges - which siphon off up to 90 percent and sometimes more of their revenues from federal student loans and Title IV funds - from leaving students struggling with huge debt loads and questionable credentials that do little to help them in landing jobs when they graduate.
A Student Debt Strike Force Takes Off
Monday, 23 July 2012 09:19 By Yates McKee, YES! Magazine | News Analysis
Debt—and the shame that surrounds it—is the tie that binds the 99 percent. Can young people reimagine it as something productive, rather than a tool for profiteering?
"ONE, we are the zombies! TWO; we are indebted! THREE; this occupation is... om-nom nom-nom..."
Voter Photo ID Laws Have Harsh Impact on Poor, Elderly and Minority Voters, Study Says
Monday, 23 July 2012 14:11 By Khalil Abdullah, New American Media | Report
If no one provides him with a ride, Jose Zuniga, 83-years old and wheelchair-bound, would have to take two or three buses and travel 20 miles to reach the nearest south Texas government office that could issue the new photo ID he will need to vote in upcoming elections.
Zuniga is one of a particular sub-set of an estimated 500,000 eligible voters in 10 states who could be negatively affected by stricter photo ID laws. They do not own a car nor do they drive. They live more than 10 miles away from a state office that can issue the ID required to vote and that would be considered a fulltime facility, that is, one that is open more than two days a week.