Video: In Libya, death and disappearance still stalk the land — RT

21 December 2011 — In Libya, death and disappearance still stalk the land — RT

People are vanishing in broad daylight in Libya, as the country’s new rulers continue to settle accounts with their opponents. Widespread insecurity means the families of the kidnapped can do no more than hope that their loved ones are still alive.

­Libya’s conflict is over, and the man who stood in the way of Western-style democracy is dead. Yet atrocities against Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalists continue. The images emerging from Libya are disturbing.

Against this distressing background, Russia is demanding a probe into civilian casualties in Libya caused by NATO bombings.

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BA Report 21 December 2011: Failing Our Imprisoned Youth / Black Tolerance of Obama / Passing of a Racist

21 December 2011 — Black Agenda Report – News, commentary and analysis from the black left

Georgia Prison Strike, One Year Later: Activists Outside the Walls Have Failed Those Inside the Walls
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
In December 2010 inmates in up to a dozen Georgia prisons either refused to leave their cells for work assignments, or were pre-emptively locked down by prison officials. They demanded wages for work, access to educational programs, fairness in release decisions, along with decent food and medical care. An ad hoc coalition sprung up to negotiate with state officials, and gained privileged access to Smith and Macon State Prisons. But the coalition has long since withered and died, without even issuing reports from its December 2010 fact finding visits. What happened? And what happens next?
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NYTIMES Highlights CCR Witness Who was Stopped / Targeted by the NYPD

21 December 2011 — CCR

On Sunday, The New York Times featured a powerful op-ed, Why Is the N.Y.P.D. After Me?, authored by Nicholas K. Peart. Nicholas submitted a declaration in support of our recently filed motion for class certification in Floyd v. the City of New York. In the piece, he shares his experiences being stopped and frisked repeatedly by the New York City Police Department. Nicholas writes,

“For young people in my neighborhood, getting stopped and frisked is a rite of passage. We expect the police to jump us at any moment. We know the rules: don’t run and don’t try to explain, because speaking up for yourself might get you arrested or worse. And we all feel the same way — degraded, harassed, violated and criminalized because we’re black or Latino. Nicholas is not alone. Hundreds of thousands of people are stopped each year by the NYPD.”

Have you been stopped as well? CCR is currently interviewing people who have been stopped by the NYPD. Contact us: stopandfrisk@ccrjustice.org or 347.574.7723 to set up an interview. This collection of stories will appear in an upcoming report that documents the impact of stop-and-frisk on peoples’ lives. Learn more at ccrjustice.org/stopandfrisk.

Video: Russian navy in Syria: Thorn in US side — RT

21 December 2011 — Russian navy in Syria: Thorn in US side — RT

The US-based intelligence-gathering firm Stratfor says most of the claims by the Syrian opposition about the seriousness of the country’s crisis are untrue. The company insists protesters are exaggerating, to win support from powers like the US.

­Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, a former Reagan administration official, told RT he believes Washington is doing more than simply backing the rebels diplomatically.

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Are we living in a fool’s paradise? By William Bowles

21 December 2011 — williambowles.info

Well 2011 has been nothing if not eventful but frankly, in spite of all the #Occupy this and #Occupy that, it’s not been a good year for us progresssives or the planet. The Empire acts with increasing, not decreasing impunity, desperate now to try and keep ahead of events lest events take control of it.

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