How long can the US pretend it doesn’t have a raging double standard based on class and racism?
You’re a young man in your own neighborhood, when suddenly a huge man starts to chase you in the rain… you have no idea why… you run between homes dashing for the safety of hearth and home and you hear him gaining behind you…. you realize you will be caught. You turn, you stand your ground. You are in fear for your life. You pull the trigger.
The headlines would likely read:
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER KILLED IN COLD BLOOD BY TEEN WITH POSSIBLE GANG TIES
The gnashing of teeth would begin, the family of Zimmerman extolling his virtues, his selfless protection of their “once quiet” neighborhood, and how it was shattered when “that element” moved into their gated community.
The press would dig relentlessly, did the boy listen to rap, had he gotten into drugs, did he lead a secret second life???
Little would be said about “stand and defend,” rest assured, and Trayvon Martin would be yet another black youth thrown into the incarceration nation’s prison system.
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Note: This piece ran originally on December 19, 2011. With the war drums beating ever louder now to push the US and the world into a far larger war than even Iraq and Afghanistan put together, the m.o. of these criminals—from the creatures in the White House to the repellent pundits sprinkled throughout the scoundrel media—deserves to be commemorated. Basically they’re using the same cynical playbook. How many Nuremberg-class crimes must happen for the people of the United States to say “Enough!”?
Bush 2: This war criminal never left. He’s still in the White House. His policies and spirit just found a much better salesman.
The power of the corporate media to deceive the people is simply astonishing, but, mind you, it depends on an already distracted, ignorant, semi-passive multitude whose marching values have been carefully cultivated.
In 2003 we went into Iraq under scandalously false pretexts, guns blazing—bragging about our ability to deliver “shock and awe” with impunity (the mark of the bully) and with one goal in mind: to rob and rape that country blind of its riches. The official excuse was that Iraq and Saddam were mortal threats that had to be neutralized.
Lawyers Guild Expects More Documents
by DAVE LINDORFF
If you want to know where the real government of the United States is located, just check out one of the documents received by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund in response to their Freedom of Information Act request to the Dept. of Homeland Security relating to surveillance of the Occupy Movement. That document, from the Secret Service, dated September 17, 2011, the day the Occupy movement began on Wall Street, from the US Secret Service Intelligence Division, titled Prism Demonstrations Abstract, list the location as “Wall Street Bull” — a reference to the bronze statue of a bull on Wall Street in front of the New York Stock Exchange, and the “protectee” as “The United States Government.”
Only 25 Per Cent of All Americans Go to College and Only 16 Per Cent of These Actually Try to Learn Anything. Welcome a Nation of Helots.
by ALEXANDER COCKBURN
“In the 21st century, the best anti-poverty program around is a first-class education,” President Obama famously declared in his 2010 State of the Union Address, just as millions of high schoolers across the nation were embarking on the annual ritual of picking their preferred colleges and preparing the grand tour of the prospects, with parents in tow, gazing ashen faced at the prospective fees.
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Declaración de Jerry White candidato a la presidencia del Partido Socialista por la Igualdad (PSI)
23 Marzo 2012 / Originalmente en WSWS.ORG, una organización socialista
Obama (Der.) y Ehud Barak, prominente político Israelí
Se acelera bajo el sucesor Democrático de [George Bush] el movimiento hacia el estado policial que comenzó con la presidencia de George W. Bush. El gobierno de Obama se otorga el derecho a matar o encarcelar indefinidamente a cualquiera que el presidente designe de amenaza a la seguridad nacional de los Estados Unidos. Obama y sus asesores legales han declarado que ése es un poder absoluto del poder ejecutivo, por encima de tribunales y congresos.
El procurador nacional Eric Holder, defendió la doctrina de asesinatos durante una conferencia el 5 de marzo en la Escuela de Leyes de la Universidad de Northwestern. En ese discurso describió la supuesta base jurídica que justifico el asesinato del ciudadano estadounidense Anwar al-Awlaki, quien fue incinerado en septiembre en Yemen por un misil disparado por un avión no tripulado de la CIA.