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Cartoon: Say it with me: T E R R O R I S M


A very strong editorial cartoon from China on the Charleston killings


If war in Afghanistan is over, asks prisoner languishing at offshore prison, why am I still here?

After 13 Years of Hell, Human Being Held without Charges Has One Question for US
If the war in Afghanistan is over, asks prisoner languishing at offshore prison, why am I still here?

byJon Queally, staff writer

"The world may turn a blind eye and find this number small. But for each of us here, the cost of our indefinite and unfair imprisonment is beyond immeasurable. Our families have lost fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons to this hell on earth. Many of us have unnecessarily lost over a decade of our already short time in this world, yearning to be free again."

—Moath al-Alwi


NYT: Since 9/11-Nearly 2x as many people killed by WHITE SUPREMACISTS, ANTI-GOV FANATICS, NON-MUSLIM

New York Times: “Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims: 48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists, according to a count by New America, a Washington research center.


“The South is the last bastion of liberty and independence. I know we’re going to lose eventually.”

"we’re going to lose eventually.”


It has been quite a few years since the lost cause has appeared quite as lost as it did Tuesday. As the afternoon drew on and their retreat turned into a rout, the lingering upholders of the Confederacy watched as license plates, statues and prominently placed Confederate battle flags slipped from their reach.

“This is the beginning of communism,” said Robert Lampley, who was standing in the blazing sun in front of the South Carolina State House shortly after the legislature voted overwhelmingly to debate the current placement of the Confederate battle flag. “The South is the last bastion of liberty and independence. I know we’re going to lose eventually.”

“Our people are dying off,” he went on, before encouraging a white reporter to “keep reproducing.”


Lewis Black backs Bernie Sanders

Black also scoffed at what he called a fear of Socialism engulfing US politics, calling the idea “a form of dementia.”

“We have no party,” he said. “There’s like seven of us.” I’ve got no meetings to go to. So I’m excited. I’m mostly excited that (Sanders is) just stating stuff that needs to be reiterated that the , basically, don’t reiterate. And it’s in terms of financial inequality.”

Black told the Daily Beast that he wished the US would just “extract” itself from Iraq, while also mocking GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham’s recent statement that, if elected president, he would fire military leaders who didn’t back his plan to send 10,000 more troops into the country.

“As scared as I am of ISIS, I’m as scared of the people who think they know what to do,” the longtime Daily Show contributor said. “Lindsey Graham, the Joint Chiefs — I don’t think they know what to do anymore. Lindsey Graham, we’re gonna go over there? What? What are you gonna do, Lindsey?”


Racism?? Heck, I totally forgot the president was even colored!!

Jorge Ramos: Trump(etazos)

Ramos posted a scathing op-ed on Univision’s website and his own personal blog where he dared Trump to try to run his business for one day without the Mexicans he hates so much:

It is hypocrisy to criticize Mexicans while, at the same time, you benefit from their work. In the last few months I visited Trump’s hotels in Doral, Florida, and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York, and many of the extraordinary employees who attended me were Mexican. What do the employees think of their boss now? Why does he speak of Mexicans with such hate?

To Trump, who is so fond of setting challenges in his television show, The Apprentice, I propose the following: to spend one single day -just one- without their Mexican and Latino employees. He would not be able to do it. His businesses would be paralyzed. A day without Mexicans would stop the Trump empire.


Society Today.....

Eugene Robinson: America will only end racism when it stops being racist

If American racism were a thing of the past, nine men and women who went to church last Wednesday evening would be alive.


Obama’s election in 2008 undoubtedly marked a milestone, one I never dreamed I’d live to see. I wrote at the time that it felt like morning in America.

What I didn’t fully appreciate then was the extent to which the mere fact of a black family living in the White House would, at least in the short term, heighten racial anxieties and conflicts. I didn’t see that the spectacle of African Americans in power would apparently lead some whites to feel powerless, aggrieved and victimized.

In the long run, I’m an optimist. But a post-racial future will not just appear. There is urgent work to do.

By all means, South Carolina, get rid of the Confederate battle flag, which has become an emblem of the white supremacist movement. The flag first flew over the state house in Columbia in 1961, not 1861; it was essentially an act of defiance, a raised middle finger toward a federal government that was forcing the end of Jim Crow.

But we need to go beyond speeches and symbols. Law enforcement should subject white racist organizations to the same surveillance and scrutiny as groups devoted to jihad. Governments at all levels should enforce fair housing and employment laws as vigorously as they enforce the Patriot Act. Police departments and court systems must be compelled to administer justice equally — with African Americans, too, considered innocent until proven guilty.

Our society will end racism when it stops being racist. Not a minute sooner.

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