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Last night just before 9pm, they sent us a warning over the phone that ‘We will bomb the hospital, so you need to evacuate. We insisted that we cannot leave the hospital. Our patients are, all of them, paralyzed, they’re unconscious. They’re unable to move, so we need to stay in this hospital…

But just few minutes after the call, shells start falling down on the hospital — the fourth floor, third floor, second floor. Smoke, fire, dust all over.
—  Basman Alashi, executive director of Al-Wafa Hospital, the only rehabilitation hospital in Gaza and the West Bank.

More than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses.

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“Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African-American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino.” read more…

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Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted By Herbicide Firm Syngenta

Wow. These herbicides that the US is still using proved to mutate male frogs into women frogs or homosexuals. This herbicide is banned in Europe.

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In Dallas, Texas, five police officers have been shot dead and six others wounded while patrolling a demonstration against the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Democracy Now! spoke with Marc Lamont Hill about the movement against police brutality after the Dallas shooting.

Watch the rest of the interview: Marc Lamont Hill: Dallas Shootings Can’t Deter Us From Continuing Movement Against State Violence

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Israel blocks Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch from Gaza
August 19, 2014

The Israeli government is blocking Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch from entering the Gaza Strip, preventing researchers from investigating the assault. The Israeli journalist Amira Hass reports the groups have been told they must register as a humanitarian aid organization, only to later be informed they do not qualify. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have previously issued reports that raised allegations of potential war crimes by Israel, as well as on a smaller scale by Hamas.

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Dream Defenders Launch #SquaDD2016 "Presidential" Campaign: "We're Black, Brown, Radical & Tired as Hell"
As Florida voters went to the polls to cast their votes based on a narrow list of candidates—two Democrats and four Republicans—organizers across the state were launching their own community-led presidential campaign, dubbed SquaDD2016. It’s the latest initiative from the Florida activist group the Dream Defenders, which formed in the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin. In 2013, the group occupied the Florida state House for 31 days to protest Florida’s controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws. Since then, the Dream Defenders has organized around voting rights and access. And now the group is imagining what the country would look like if its organizers occupied Washington, D.C., itself. In the launch video, SquaDD2016 explains, "We are the future of this yet to be great country: black, brown, radical and tired as hell. Imagine with us, what would be possible if we ran for the highest offices in this country?" SquaDD2016 already has a presidential Cabinet, complete with a vice president, secretary of commerce, secretary of education, two secretaries of state, an attorney general and a newly created position, the "secretary of shade," to keep people honest.

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“Yeah, not far from where we are now, in 1939, Billie Holiday stands on stage in a hotel, and she sings the song “Strange Fruit,” which obviously your viewers will know is an anti-lynching song. Her goddaughter Lorraine Feather said to me, “You’ve got to understand how shocking this was, right?” Billie Holiday wasn’t allowed to walk through the front door of that hotel; she had to go through the service elevator. To have an African-American woman standing up, at a time when most pop songs were like twee, you know, “P.S. I Love You,” that kind of thing, singing against lynching in front of a white audience was regarded as really shocking. And that night, according to her biographer, Julia Blackburn, she’s told by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, “Stop singing this song.”

Federal Bureau of Narcotics was run by a man called Harry Anslinger, who I think is the most influential person who no one’s ever heard of. Harry Anslinger takes over the Department of Prohibition just as alcohol prohibition is ending, and he wants to find a new purpose for it. You know, he’s got this huge bureaucracy he wants to run. And he’s really driven by two passions: an intense hatred of African Americans—I mean, this is a guy who was regarded as a crazy racist by the crazy racists in the 1930s; he used the N-word in official police reports so often that his senator said he should have to resign—and a really strong hatred of addicts. And Billie Holiday, to him, was like the symbol of everything that was going wrong in America. And so, he gives her this order.

She refuses. She basically says, “Screw you. I’m an American citizen. I’ll say what I want.” She had grown up in segregated Baltimore, and she had promised herself she would never bow her head to any white man. And that’s when Harry Anslinger begins the process of stalking her, and eventually, I think, playing a role in her death, as was explained to me by her friends and by all the archival research.”

The Hunting of Billie Holiday & the Roots of the U.S. War on Drugs

There was a lynch mob. There was a death without a trial, without a jury, without a sentence. There was an execution — that’s lynching.
—  Eddie Conway, former leader of the Baltimore Black Panthers, talked to Democracy Now! about the murder of Freddie Gray in Baltimore police custody. The head of the police union in Baltimore called protests against the police killing a “lynch mob.”
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WINTER SOLDIER

iraq war: us soldier throws his medals and stars!!! and quits

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10/16/14 NPR-Democracy Now: Host and panel discussing the protests in Ferguson. Man calls in to ask, in a defensive and affronted tone, do blacks expect police officers to treat them differently just because they are black? Caller's implied message: Substitute "better" for "differently" and "than whites" for "jbtab". We want equality, not supremacy. We want the system to STOP treating us differently just because we are black.

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Title: Meet the Dutch Physician Who Defied Abortion Bans by Bringing Her Clinic to the Sea —– Description: As Republicans in the new Congress and in state legislatures across the United States seek new restrictions on abortion, we look at the story of a Dutch doctor who has brought safe abortion to countries around the world where it is illegal. The new documentary “Vessel” follows Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Women on Waves, who set sail on a ship to provide abortions in international waters, where a country’s bans do not apply. Gomperts later founded Women on Web, an online support service that helps women obtain and safely take medications to induce abortion. Full episodes of Democracy Now! can be viewed at the link: http://ift.tt/1lUTwu1 —– By: freespeechtv

The courts have been crystal clear on this matter. You have a right, under the First Amendment of the Constitution, to take photographs or video of anything in public. … the police certainly don’t have the right to look at your camera or seize your phone without a warrant.
—  Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union. Watch his interview on Democracy Now! today.
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In 2013, Yeb Saño’s brother A.G. Saño was in the city of Tacloban, which was leveled by Typhoon Haiyan. A.G. Saño, a street artist, didn’t have credentials to enter the highly fortified U.N. climate summit, but Democracy Now! interviewed him offsite.

“We painted murals that depict pilgrims walking around the world and leading towards Paris,” he said of the 900-mile journey to the climate summit. “And each one of those murals had a mythical figure, like a fairy godmother looking over nature, or Mother Nature herself looking over the world, and pilgrims walking on the earth towards the Eiffel Tower. It is a message that says, we’re willing to travel the world, we’re Filipinos, victims of the disastrous effects of climate change, but we’re willing to walk the world, even to go through snow, even if we have not seen snow before, just to get the message across.”

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Angela Davis and Assata Shakur’s Lawyer Lennox Hinds Denounce FBI’s Adding of Exiled Activist to Terrorist List

Davis: “It seems to me that this act incorporates or reflects the very logic of terrorism.[…] I can’t help but think that it’s designed to frighten people who are involved in struggles today. Forty years ago seems like it was a long time ago. In the beginning of the 21st century, we’re still fighting around the very same issues – police violence, health care, education, people in prison.

Hinds: “We believe that putting Assata Shakur on the FBIs Ten Most Wanted list is designed to inflame the public and to characterize her as a terrorist when none of the acts alleged relates to terrorism.” […] “This is a political act pushed by the state of New Jersey, by some members of Congress from Miami, and with the intent of putting pressure on the Cuban government and to inflame public opinion […]There is no way to appeal someone being put on the terrorist list.”

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