Last week it broke that a Pre-K teacher in Okemah, Oklahoma was forcing a four-year-old boy named Zayde to write with his right hand even though he was left-handed or face punishment by sitting in the corner.
Nuclear annihilation across the globe. This is what a German reporter who successfully embedded with the Islamic State says the terror group is planning. Jurgen Todenhofer released his findings in a book titled “Inside IS – Ten Days in the Islamic State,” reports the UK’s Daily Express.
Obama and Putin got involved in a verbal sparring match, trading political punches at the UN General Assembly. Though none of the leaders mentioned each others directly, it sounded like a real duel. Who sounded stronger? You decide.
In a country that invests more heavily in prisons than in schools, it’s no surprise that public education in America is not what it could be, not by a long shot. Students and teachers are being stressed to the max by a rigid, top-down control structure that makes it more and more difficult for students to learn, and makes it more and more unlikely that well-meaning people will choose educating as a career.
The UN was created in the wake of World War II as a system to promote peace and avoid war. But with conflicts proliferating and the UN Security Council frequently deadlocked by the veto system, its legitimacy and usefulness have been brought into question.
The parents of 16-year-old medical marijuana patient Genny Barbour have brought a lawsuit requesting that she be allowed to take her noontime dose while at school. The cannabis oil she takes has controlled her seizures for the first time since she was three months old, according to her Roger and Lora Barbour. (Video by John Munson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Richmond, VA (RT) — As the Syrian civil war continues to rage and Islamic State maintains its foothold in the region, Virginia state Senator Dick Black told RT that “if the US stopped training jihadists and arming jihadists, the war will end.”
In a lengthy interview, the Republican state senator connected the crisis in Syria to the actions of countries such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey, who he said have armed extremists like Islamic State militants that are fighting against the Syrian government. He also blamed US meddling in the Middle East for the rise of terror groups like Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL).
From the White House using race to change national zoning laws and define who can live in certain neighborhoods, to global corporations using eminent domain to steal homes, to the city of Seattle trying to ban single-family homes, there is a war on self-reliance brewing. It’s becoming harder and harder for independent, freedom-minded people to find somewhere to live without having to worry about government intrusion. It seems freedom loving Americans are under attack from every direction.
Pope Francis is more than head of the Catholic Church — he’s also the head of state of the Vatican, which as a government has possibly the most restrictive immigration and citizenship policies of any nation in the world.
An altercation between a cop and a teenage student in a classroom became uncomfortably physical, when the two engaged in a short but intensive fist fight. Luckily for the kid, he evaded most of the punches thrown at him by the adult.
In this video Luke Rudkowski gets another chance to talk to Debbie Wasserman Schultz about a very important issue that she was not aware of the 1st time they spoke. The 1st time they spoke the story went viral and no one could understand how the DNC chair was so misinformed. This time around she tries her jedi mind tricks on Luke to just talk a lot of fluff and avoid the answering the actual question, but Luke calls her out on it till she run's away.
In this episode of teleSUR's Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges sits down with author and activist Laila el-Haddad to discuss the psychological repression of Gaza's youth by Israeli state violence and occupation.
27-year-old married father of three, had posted the child porn while inside his police cruiser – while on patrol... Port St. Lucie Officer Michael Harding was arrested Tuesday evening after Homeland Security investigators found child pornography on his Kik messenger app.
The 42-year-old agent, Paul G. Hurley, reportedly demanded a $20,000 bribe from the shop owner, in exchange for a break on an audit. In fact, Hurley had said that he saved the business owner over a million dollars on his tax return, and that his current tax bill was just under $300,000.
According to court papers, Mr. Garza visited the owner of a business on Fairview Boulevard to conduct a tax audit. Mr. Garza then “made sexual overtures and implied the business could be lost without cooperation,” according to an affidavit.
An 18-year-old Palestinian girl was shot by Israeli troops at a Hebron checkpoint for allegedly refusing to show her purse or face and “trying to attack” a soldier. She died of multiple wounds in a hospital after bleeding in the street for 30 minutes.
Sweden is descending into what appears to have all the hallmarks of civil war in all ways but one. This is not war between rival groups of Swedes, but instead it is one between opposing groups in the migrant population. These videos, shot in Stockholm on September 13th 2015, show Kurds and Turks involved on pitched battles on the streets, involving everything from stone-throwing to hand-grenades. Far from fleeing a war in their homelands, these groups are bringing their wars with them.
A cellphone video surfaced this week showing two Fresno cops, breaking into a locked yard and killing a family dog. Police were apparently responding to a call from a neighbor about a crying baby when they broke through the family’s fence and entered their backyard. As they walked into the back yard, they completely ignored the “Beware of Dog” sign and the “Guard dog on duty” sign, and they ignored the dog himself.
“Hillary’s the one,” Nichols explained, “that I promise you… pulls the strings. She pulled them in Arkansas, she pulled them in the White House when she was there as the First Lady, and my god if she gets to be president, what you see out here now is going to change. We thought it changed with Obama, but it’s nothing compared to what’s going to happen with Hillary.”
It’s not too often that you see the mainstream be honest about what it is that makes them mainstream. Media is big money and has significant influence in our lives, and at present a mere 6 corporations own 90% of all the media that makes it into your mediasphere. Voices critical of this power structure are rarely heard on the big networks, however, sometimes the truth gets through.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday that she would not be seeking re-election in the city’s 2016 mayoral race so that she could focus on governing a city on edge over the trials of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who died in April after being arrested and transported in a police van.
The US government has provided a court with redacted versions of eight videotapes showing forced feeding at Guantánamo Bay that detainees describe as torture.
Images on the tapes depict medical and security teams at Guantánamo restraining and feeding detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab against his will. Dhiab has since been released.
Lawyers for Dhiab and news organizations including the Guardian are attempting to get the videotapes released. If they succeed, the version of the tapes the Department of Justice (DoJ) has turned over is likely to be what the public will see.
Although the DoJ continues to oppose public release of all 32 force-feeding videos, Dhiab’s attorneys said the new provision of the tapes – from which identifying information about Guantánamo personnel has been removed – indicates that national security would not be harmed by their disclosure.
I applaud Kessler for doing the right thing here, even if it may be dangerous for her career.
With even the best, most caring practitioner doing this process, it can be rough on a patient; but used as punishment for hunger striking?!? This is cruel and inhumane in the extreme.
OF course, the US doesn't want these men to die, because any honest autopsy will demonstrate that water boarding wasn't the worst which was done to some of these men.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit organization that tracks line-of-duty police fatalities, Ponder was the 25th on-duty officer shot and killed in the United States this year. -- Police in the United States are killing people at a rate that would result in 1,100 fatalities by the end of this year, according to a Guardian investigation, which recorded an average of three people killed per day during the first half of 2015.
But there’s also a much more pernicious effect of exaggerating the threats faced by law enforcement. When cops are constantly told that they’re under constant fire, or that every interaction with a citizen could be their last, or that they’re fortunate each time they come home from the job in one piece, it’s absolute poison for police-community relations. That kind of reminder on a regular basis would put anyone on edge. We’re putting police officers in a perpetually combative mindset that psychologically isolates them from the communities they serve.
A bony “closed eye” structure dubbed Oculus has been erected over the rebuilt World Trade Center transportation hub that overlooks the new Ground Zero.
At a cost well over budget of $4 billion, Oculus is the “neofuturistic” design of architect Santiago Calatrava.
The Oculus has been referred to as a “living creature”:
“It’s changing its behavior as it gets more and more completed, Mr. Heintges (a facade consultant on Oculus) told NYT. “It’s like a living creature. It’s evolving, it’s morphing, because it’s receiving a skin.”
Across the middle of the eye is a 355-foot-long operable skylight.
The eye is normally closed, and it only “opens” once a year on a very specific day and for a very specific amount of time.
It wasn't easy to pick this topic, but I believe that America's 40-year policy of mass incarceration is deeply unethical, not very effective, and promotes the security of the few at the expense of the many.
It's hard for me, as a person who was born into privilege, to imagine the challenges convicted criminals face, often for crimes that are utterly non-violent.
If you're feeling like you want to do something about this, I'm mostly just making this video as an informational resource and to encourage people to think of felons not as bad, scary people but just as people.