Archive for the 'Justice' Category

RESTORATIVE VS. PUNITIVE JUSTICE…

April 8th, 2014

At one of my schools we are having a discussion about the value of restorative justice in the school environment beginning from an article titled: Syracuse school board: ‘Restorative justice’ is the path to improving school discipline, which includes links to a New York Times Op-Ed and a further discussion at the Seeds Of Peace […]

TEXAS GOES ALL DOUBLE-SECRET EXECUTION…

March 20th, 2014

From the Associated Press: Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month. But correction officials will not say where they bought the drugs, arguing that information must […]

NSA: GOOGLE, YAHOO, APPLE, ET AL. KNEW…

March 19th, 2014

Spencer Ackerman, for The Guardian, writes: The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency stated unequivocally on Wednesday that US technology companies were fully aware of the surveillance agency’s widespread collection of data, contradicting months of angry denials from the firms. Rajesh De, the NSA general counsel, said all communications content and associated metadata harvested […]

A WHOLE GENERATION DOESN’T KNOW…

March 17th, 2014

1991 is not that long ago. I watched the hearings. You can watch the hearings and see for yourself how we put one of the most reactionary, anti-poor, anti-civil rights, anti-women right wing judges on the Supreme Court. From the New York Times: [Anita Hill] published a memoir in 1997; the following year, she joined […]

PASSING THE GREENWALD TEST

March 11th, 2014

) Note: due to multiple levels of security, the video does not play perfectly. Please be patient, and make a donation to the ACLU (see comments below). Via Mano Singham…

NOT ALL ARE LAMBS TO BE SILENCED…

February 28th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald writes: In his last, seemingly prescient Facebook post, published just hours before his arrest, Begg wrote: “Sometimes knowing too much can be a curse.” UK-based human rights investigator Nawaz Hanif told The Intercept that the charges against Begg are a transparent attempt at silencing political dissent: The arrest of Moazzam Begg under British […]

WHEN IS IT OK TO LIE TO THE SUPREME COURT…?

February 27th, 2014

Dan Novack writes: Verrilli’s false assurance to the Court came in the context of the ACLU’s lawsuit – Clapper v. Amnesty International USA — challenging the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance authority under Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, codified as U.S. Code § 1881a. Title VII, which was added […]

FOR THE BOSS, ONLY FEAR & INTIMIDATION WORK…

February 24th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald writes: [Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, also acknowledges that the very human nature of the bureaucracy he controls virtually insures that more mass disclosures are inevitable. “In the end,” he says, “we will never ever be able to guarantee that there will not be an Edward Snowden or another Chelsea Manning because […]

FOR CRIMES COMMITTED IN OUR NAMES…

February 21st, 2014

Ryan Devereaux writes: The [Human Rights Watch] report also calls on the U.S. government to explain how the attack could possibly have complied with the new policies President Obama announced in May 2013, and repeated less than three months before the wedding strike, that he had “limited the use of drones so they target only […]

PETE SEEGER: 1919-2014…

January 28th, 2014

From The New York Times…

AFTER MORE THAN 40 YEARS, ZONKER WINS…

January 1st, 2014

CHANGE FROM WITHIN, CHANGE FROM WITHOUT…

December 26th, 2013

Clark Bianco writes: What neither side seems to realize is that the system is not reformable. There are multiple classes of people, but it boils down to the connected, and the not connected. Just as in pre-Revolutionary France, there is a very strict class hierarchy, and the very idea that we are equal before the […]

MANO SINGHAM IS APPALLED…

September 24th, 2013

This IS terrible…

DREAMS V. BALLOTS V. BULLETS…

September 10th, 2013

We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther Kings’ I have a dream speech. The speech was a powerful speech. I would wager that more Americans, black or white, can quote the catch phrase of that speech — I have a dream — than any other words spoken by any other African American […]

DANIEL ELLSBERG ON GOVERNMENT TOOLS…

August 29th, 2013

Daniel Ellsberg writes: By no means was I treated as a hero when I first came forward. I was indicted and spent two years in court. But in those days, journalists were not turning on journalists. With Snowden in particular, you have a split between truly independent journalists and those who are tools — and […]

CUBA REJECTED EDWARD SNOWDEN…?

August 26th, 2013

From Reuters: The US whistleblower Edward Snowden got stuck in the transit zone of a Moscow airport because Havana refused to let him fly from Russia to Cuba, a Russian newspaper has claimed. This puts an entirely different spin on Post-Fidel Cuba: Citing several sources, including one close to the US state department, [the Russian] […]

GOVERNING BY DISTRACTION…

August 24th, 2013

Matt Taibbi writes: “The president’s current ‘Bus Tour’ is just another, agonizing, frustrating whitewash, to be blunt,” is how Alan Collinge of studentloanjustice.org, who was a key source in a feature we ran on this very topic (skyrocketing college costs) just last week. Collinge too was unimpressed by the “feckless” proposal that might “eventually” be […]

WE NEED OUR NEON MANGO TANGO…

August 24th, 2013

This so reminds me of how our four dogs react when one of them sees a leaf get blown across the yard in an odd (or maybe just interesting) way: total chaos and a deafening cacophony of yips and barks that can only be translated as “Panic! Panic! Panic!”

TIP ANOTHER INTO THE NO-OBAMA COLUMN…

August 23rd, 2013

I got here before 2012, but I’m happy that others, like Andrew Sullivan, have passed the tipping point. Jeff Jarvis writes: What are you thinking, Mr. President? Is this really the legacy you want for yourself: the chief executive who trampled rights, destroyed privacy, heightened secrecy, ruined trust, and worst of all, did not defend […]

LEAKING TO SMEAR SNOWDEN… EPIC FAIL…!

August 23rd, 2013

In an attempt to smear Edward Snowden, someone, at the NSA, at GCHQ, in the White House, at No. 10 Downing Street, is leaking precisely the kinds of information that Edward Snowden has not revealed. Glenn Greenwald writes: The Independent this morning published an article – which it repeatedly claims comes from “documents obtained from […]

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