Stop Police Murders and Media Coverups!

A Statement by Sanyika Bryant of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement about the SFPD,the murder of Kenneth Harding Jr, and the media coverup.
The press conference was held at San Francisco City Hall on Thursday, July 28, 2011.
The video was produced by Collision Course Video Productions.

Surge in police shootings seen in Chicago

[In this AP news report, note how AP repeats, without any journalistic data, the police mantra that “it’s all caused by violent youth.” — Frontlines ed.]
Jul 24, 2011
by Kelsey Wheatcroft
CHICAGO, IL (AP) -A published report says 40 suspects have been shot by Chicago Police this year, including 16 who died.The number of deadly officer-involved shootings already outpaces all of last year, when 13 people died in police shootings.Total police shootings, deadly and otherwise, so far in 2011 are nearly as many as in all of 2010. Such shootings are at a midyear high compared to the past four years.Some officers blame the increase on a new boldness among youth who start shootouts with police.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Impunity and Murder in the Philippines

Asia Sentinel
04 October 2010

After years of international attention and outrage, the Philippines has only convicted fewer than 1 percent of the murderers responsible for a spate of killings of leftists, journalists and others during the reign of departed president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, according to a new study by Pacific Strategies and Assessments, a Manila-based risk assessment company.

The PSA report, issued Monday, also questions whether the new administration of Benigno Aquino III has the intention to attempt to clean up the mess. “To date, President Aquino has made no categorical statement or substantive effort to shift away from Oplan Bantay Laya (Safeguarding Freedom) that rests at the core of extra-judicial killings and other human rights abuses in the country,” the report said. “His ambiguity or outright avoidance of the issue may simply be a sign that addressing the country’s extra-judicial killings problem is low on his priority list.”

However, the report continues, “it could be that Aquino, like his predecessor, prefers a hard-line solution against perceived government dissenters which would favor security offensives to community development and socio-economic reform. Continue reading

Israel’s Dangerous Turn

By Robert Parry
June 2, 2010

After Israel’s lethal attack in international waters on a civilian flotilla carrying relief supplies to Gaza, a troubling question arises: Have Israeli authorities, who possess a major nuclear arsenal, become dangerously erratic?

This question can’t be posed publicly in the American mainstream news media nor in U.S. political circles, where fear of the pro-Israel lobby remains strong. But it is a concern that is being discussed quietly by foreign policy analysts around the world.

Even as America’s commentariat again generates the predictable excuses for Israeli latest actions, the political reality inside Israel is one that is shifting more and more toward a society dominated by Jewish fundamentalists, including an aggressive and racist settler bloc.

The ultra-Orthodox Shas Party is now in the Likud ruling coalition and holds important Cabinet posts such as housing. Shas leaders have made it clear that they favor a country segregated not just between Arab and Jew but between secular and ultra-Orthodox Jews.

If these fundamentalist elements continue to consolidate their political power, the world could soon be facing an isolated and paranoid religious state with some 200 to 400 nuclear warheads along with a sophisticated collection of chemical and biological weapons. Continue reading