2019-03-06: Social Media Postees

Abolish the Prison System
David D'Amato | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
America is the authoritarian carceral state par excellence, ignominious the world over for the zeal with which she imprisons her citizens, for the absurdity of her criminal charges and sentences, for the stark racial disparities that characterize her cynical applications of "justice." It is ironic that the United States should bear the honorific title "land of the free"
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"How to Hide an Empire": Daniel Immerwahr on the History of the Greater United States
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-05
"How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States." That's the title of a new book examining a part of the U.S. that is often overlooked: the nation's overseas territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, former territories like the Philippines, and its hundreds of military bases scattered across the globe. We speak with the book's author, Daniel Immerwahr, who writes, "At various times, the inhabitants of the U.S. Empire have been shot, shelled, starved, interned, dispossessed, tortured and experimented on. What they haven't been, by and large, is seen." Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at No…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/5/how_to_hid…

Universities on the Foreign Payroll
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-05
After the Central Intelligence Agency found that the crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia likely ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced it would be reviewing its "Institute-level engagements" with the Kingdom. The fallout from the murder of Khashoggi has put a spotlight on Saudi Arabia's extensive financial connections to universities acro…
truthout.org/articles/universities-on-th…

From Guam to the Philippines, the US Ignores Victims of Its Empire
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-05
How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States. That's the title of a new book examining a part of the U.S. that is often overlooked: the nation's overseas territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, former territories like the Philippines, and its hundreds of military bases scattered across the globe. We speak with the book's author, Daniel Immerwahr, who writes, "At various times, the inhabitants of the U.S. Empire have been shot, shelled, starved, interned, dispossessed, tortured and experimented on. What they haven't been, by and large, is seen." Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at N…
truthout.org/video/from-guam-to-the-phil…

Will the U.S. End Up Putting Sanctions on Every Country That Doesn't Bend to Its Will?
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
The point of using such harsh language and of reproducing a repertoire of clich√©s about a country (dictator, authoritarian, starvation, terrorism, drug cartels) is to delegitimize the government of that state and to begin to legitimize much more dramatic regime change protocols. (Photo: @compartycanada) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Google Hedges on Promise to End Controversial Involvement in Military Drone Contract
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-03-01
Following months of protests from its employees, Google announced last summer that it would not renew its contract with the military on Project Maven, an initiative to use artificial intelligence to improve the targeting and surveillance capabilities of drones on the battlefield. | In an email sent this week by Kent Walker, Google's senior vice president for global affairs, the Silicon Valley giant appeared to hedge on its commitment to fully cut ties with the drone initiative.In an email sent this week b…
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Incarceration Is a Deadly Health Risk: Former Chief Medical Officer of NYC Jails Speaks Out
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-26
The former chief medical officer of New York City jails has just published a remarkable new book about the health risks of incarceration. The book is titled "Life and Death in Rikers Island." Dr. Homer Venters offers unprecedented insight into what happens inside prison walls to create new health risks for incarcerated men and women, including neglect, blocked access to care, physical and sexual violence, and brutality by corrections officers. Venters further reveals that when prisoners become ill, are injured or even die in custody, the facts of the incident are often obscured. We speak to Dr. Venters and Jennif…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/26/incarcera…

The Global Left and the Danger of a Dirty War in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner — Mint Press News | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-25
Lucas Koerner warns that the Global North "left" critique of "authoritarianism" in Venezuela serves as ideological cover for the current coup and impending dirty war pushed by Washington.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14350

New hate map helps users explore landscape of hate
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-19
The Southern Poverty Law Center has introduced an updated, interactive hate map equipped with new features to help people better understand the hate groups operating in their state and across the country.
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