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Speight of Black Men Found Hanged Sparks Fears of Wave of Racist Terror

    Speight of Black Men Found Hanged Sparks Fears of Wave of Racist Terror

Amid nationwide demonstrations that have brought racist violence to public attention, at least five black people have been found hanged in suspicious circumstances, sparking fears that the incidents mark a wave of lynchings, not seen for decades.   Suspicious Deaths Just two days after images showing Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killing George Floyd went…

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The Murders of Floyd and Halak Exposed the US and Israel as Settler-Colonial Enterprises

    The Murders of Floyd and Halak Exposed the US and Israel as Settler-Colonial Enterprises

The slow, agonizing death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the torturous murder of Iyad Halak in Jerusalem have a great deal in common. Testimony I heard from a member of Iyad’s family who wished not to be identified is chilling. That testimony doesn’t make up for the video footage that Israeli police refuse to release…

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The Eugenicist’s Playbook: Politicized Science Is Making a Comeback in the Age of COVID-19

    The Eugenicist’s Playbook: Politicized Science Is Making a Comeback in the Age of COVID-19

Science has emerged as the new religion of contemporary Western civilization, raising the status of its practitioners to the level of secular sainthood and its findings increasingly taken as the voice of God. Never in history has such a patently unscientific approach to science been so prevalent as it is today in the midst of…

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Black Lives Matter Everywhere: Its Time to Defund the US Military

    Black Lives Matter Everywhere: Its Time to Defund the US Military

On June 1, President Trump threatened to deploy active-duty U.S. military forces against peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in cities across America. Trump and state governors eventually deployed at least 17,000 National Guard troops across the country. In the nation’s capital, Trump deployed nine Blackhawk assault helicopters, thousands of National Guard troops from six states, and at least…

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George Floyd Protests: Police Escalating Violence Across America

  George Floyd Protests: Police Escalating Violence Across America

Six days after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, asphyxiating him by keeping his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes, America is still burning with outrage. Violent clashes have broken out across the nation as the killing has proven to be a catalyst for protests against a racist justice system. While some…

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New Facial Recognition Software Predicts You’re a Criminal Based on your Face

  New Facial Recognition Software Predicts You’re a Criminal Based on your Face

A team from the University of Harrisburg, PA, has developed automated computer facial recognition software that they claim can predict with 80 percent accuracy and “no racial bias” whether a person is likely going to be a criminal, purely by looking at a picture of them. “By automating the identification of potential threats without bias,…

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Institutional Racism Lies at the Heart of Israel’s Internal Political Struggles

  Institutional Racism Lies at the Heart of Israel’s Internal Political Struggles

The third Israeli elections to be held within a twelve-month period once again failed to bring about the desired outcome. If anyone was hoping to see an end to the political deadlock that exists within Israeli politics, they must be very disappointed. In fact, prospects for a stable government that is supported by a majority…

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The End of Human Civlisation: War, Empire and Racism in the Anthropocene

  The End of Human Civlisation: War, Empire and Racism in the Anthropocene

INSURGE INTELLIGENCE — The Anthropocene. A proposed new geological epoch which designates a shift to a planetary age dominated by human impacts across the geological processes of the Earth. Geologists dispute the duration, precision, relevance and even accuracy of the concept. But the term has increasingly entered the scientific lexicon as increasing numbers of experts…

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Why Won’t the US Supreme Court Do Anything About Racism?

  Why Won’t the US Supreme Court Do Anything About Racism?

The Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots, killing the African-American teenager Laquan McDonald; 14 of those shots were apparently fired while McDonald lay on the ground. It took four years and the expulsion of the state attorney general before the trial against Van Dyke for first-degree murder resulted in convictions for the…

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Israel Invokes Its “Fight for Survival” As It Descends Into a Racist State

  Israel Invokes Its “Fight for Survival” As It Descends Into a Racist State

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israel’s former Chief Justice Aharon Barak stated in a recent lecture that “what happened in Germany [the rise of the Nazis] can happen here [in Israel].” He went on to say that a regime that does not respect the separation of powers or human rights cannot be called democratic. This statement…

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