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Betraying the Blue: GOP co-opts call for “defunding police” after Trump held accountable to rule of law

Following a long and controversial history of Black American deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers, the 2020 killing of George Floyd provoked activists around the nation to march for social justice in cities like Milwaukee. Chief among their calls was a demand to “defund the police” during their protests. The idea was universally scored and weaponized by Republican leaders, to condemn the activists and attack Democratic politicians. Now, some GOP members have co-oped the rally cry in response to the lawful actions by the FBI. Many fear that the rhetoric has stirred White Nationalists to commit acts...

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Gun Worship: SCOTUS confirms the pro-life myth by rewarding arms industry just after Uvalde massacre

On June 24, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. The so-called “pro-life” crowd in the US has entered into a predictable state of ecstasy following the decision, which will severely complicate life for tens of millions of women across the country – particularly poor women of color, as is inevitable under the system of racialized patriarchal capitalism that Americans call “democracy.” By coincidence, the Supreme Court action took place exactly one month after the May 24 massacre of 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in...

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With ruling against abortion rights the U.S. Supreme Court lost its last shred of Constitutional legitimacy

On Friday, June 24, an extremist majority of the U.S. Supreme Court overruled more than 50 years of legal precedent, taking away a previously recognized fundamental right for the first time in the court’s history. In doing so, it unleashed the full force of a regressive, coordinated state-by-state attack on the already perilously eroded right to access an abortion, on women’s rights, the human right to bodily autonomy, privacy, and control over our own lives and dignity, and to life-saving healthcare and freedoms. We are not sounding a new alarm. The nation’s 140 million poor and low-income people, including...

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Public accuses heavily armed Texas police of cowardice for doing nothing to stop Uvalde shootings

Turns out, tough Texans in Stetsons are not so tough. The excuses offered by police in Uvalde to excuse their cowardice only confirm their cowardice. Nineteen armed police stood in an elementary school hallway and did nothing for more than an hour while an armed teenager murdered 19 children pleading for help and the two teachers who perished trying to protect them. That, by any measure, is cowardice. It was not a “wrong decision.” It was cowardice. If only one of the 19 armed police – who apparently waited for 78 minutes for a key to charge into the...

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Maybe it is time to start doubting that the Democratic party can save America from rightwing machinations

When the floodwaters are at our shoulders, when the school boards require a fair hearing to be given to the Nazi position, when capitalism’s ecocide has Mad Max’d every temperate zone, depopulated every savannah, killed every polar bear and when war, disease and debt empty another truckload of disposable people into the abyss, there will be a Democrat on TV preaching that the next election is the most important one of our lives. In January, White House press secretary for the Biden administration Jen Psaki advised people who felt “emotions” about the failure of voting rights legislation to pass...

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Sociology of Evil: Why Ukraine’s new language of war uses Tolkien’s metaphor to express Russian brutality

I am a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and his work. This admiration spans for almost a quarter of a century, however, this dedication is nothing more than a hobby without any academic aspirations. So when the Russians were starting to be called orcs after the invasion, a friend of mine half-jokingly asked me to explain the possible relevance of this metaphor in terms of Tolkien mythology. Back then, I laughed at this idea, any op-ed on this issue would be simply regarded as ‘trolling’ and not a serious analysis. However, the thought never truly left my mind as...

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