USA Today - A four-story apartment building in a northeastern Paris suburb partially collapsed after an explosion Sunday, killing a child and an elderly person, authorities said. Six more people were thought to be underneath the rubble. Read more.
LA Times - Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an N.F.L. team, was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.
The move came as teams across the league reduced their squads to 53 players. Read more.
RT.com - George Galloway has been released from hospital a day after being attacked in London, allegedly for his anti-Israeli views. His spokesman said the UK MP appears to have some broken ribs and bruising to his head.
Galloway, who is a MP for the Respect Party, was posing for pictures in the Notting Hill Gate area of west London, when he was attacked Friday evening. Read more.
Mark Karlin @ Buzzflash - A battle for public access to the California beaches on the Pacific Ocean is raging.
Although the outcome will impact anyone who wants to partake of the joy of walking on the sand, swimming and viewing the breathtaking natural beauty of the Pacific, the iconic California surfers are taking center stage in the battle to easily reach the beach. In fact, some of the best waves for surfing near Los Angeles are located in the exclusive Malibu area - where members of the 1% are trying to limit entryway to the oceanfront. Read more.
Deidre Fulton @ Common Dreams - Bringing to a close a summer-long supermarket standoff, a deal was reached late Wednesday to sell the majority stake of family-owned, New England-based Market Basket to Arthur T. Demoulas for over $1.5 billion. The resolution was seen as a victory for employees and customers who had been engaged in an epic boycott of the grocery chain with stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Read more.
Akira Watts @ Buzzflash - The Middle East, as a region, went sideways quite a while back, probably about the time a bunch of European countries decided to draw borders in a manner they found to be personally amusing. But if there is a point that future historians might look at, when trying to see when any semblance of coherence was lost, August 26th of 2014, the day Egypt and the United Arab Emirates dropped a few bombs on Libya, might not be a bad candidate.
We have civil wars in Libya, Syria, and Iraq. Lebanon having a wee bit of a problem with refugees. A simmering uprising in Bahrain. Continuing conflict in Yemen. And Israel continuing to do what Israel does so well. Read more.
RT.com - The OSCE was told there was no Russian presence spotted across the Ukraine border, refuting Thursday's claims that a full-scale invasion was underway. Both the Ukrainian monitoring team head and Russia's representative have given a firm 'no.'
The chorus of allegations about Russia's military invasion of Ukraine had President Poroshenko calling for an emergency meeting of the country’s security and defense council, while Prime Minister Yatsenyuk on Thursday called for a Russian asset freeze. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News (California) - The boy seriously injured during Sunday's magnitude-6.0 Napa earthquake said he is lucky to be alive.
Nicholas Dillon, 13, of Napa was hit with bricks from a falling chimney and suffered multiple broken bones in his pelvis that required surgery after he was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center. Read more.
Inter Press Service - “People have gathered here to tell their politicians that the way in which we used energy and our environment in the 19th and 20th centuries is now over,” says Radek Gawlik, one of Poland’s most experienced environmental activists. “The time for burning coal has passed and the sooner we understand this, the better it is for us.” Read more.
Ellen Brown @ Web of Debt (blog) - Argentina is playing hardball with the vulture funds, which have been trying to force it into an involuntary bankruptcy. The vultures are demanding what amounts to a 600% return on bonds bought for pennies on the dollar, defeating a 2005 settlement in which 92% of creditors agreed to accept a 70% haircut on their bonds. A US court has backed the vulture funds; but last week, Argentina sidestepped its jurisdiction by transferring the trustee for payment from Bank of New York Mellon to its own central bank. That play, if approved by the Argentine Congress, will allow the country to continue making payments under its 2005 settlement, avoiding default on the majority of its bonds. Read more.
Bethania Palma Marcus @ Truthout - Community activists continue to push the Los Angeles Police Department for transparency after two unarmed men died within days of each other as a result of violent stops by LAPD officers. But to date, no information has been given.
Ezell Ford, 25, and Omar Abrego, 37, died on August 11 and August 2, respectively. Police placed a "security hold" on the autopsy reports of both men on August 15, meaning neither report will be released to the public until the hold is lifted. As of now, the LAPD has not released the names of the officers involved. The deaths happened within blocks of each other, and community outrage coincided with civil unrest in...read more.
Joe Uehlein @ Common Dreams - On Labor Day 1940, American workers faced the aftermath of the Great Depression, with mass unemployment persisting and a divided labor movement facing a renewed counterattack from corporate America. They were barely becoming aware of an even greater threat, one that would determine the future of their country and their labor movement: the threat of Nazi armies mobilizing for war.
On Labor Day 2014, American workers face the lingering results of the Great Recession, with unemployment still at historic highs, burgeoning inequality, and attacks on the very right to have a union. But, like workers in 1940, we are being pressed by another threat, one that will far overshadow our current problems if we do not take it on. Read more.
Laura Flanders @ Grit TV - U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police. Great. Now can we have a review of the distribution of military influence throughout US society? Read more.
Lauren McCauley @ Common Dreams - Despite widespread public outcry and international condemnation, the city of Detroit on Tuesday resumed shutting off the water supply to thousands of city residents.
Ending the month long moratorium on shutoffs, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) public affairs specialist Gregory Eno confirmed to Common Dreams that the city turned off the water to roughly 400 households that are delinquent on their water bills and have not yet set up a payment plan. More shutoffs are expected. Read more.
RT.com - The City of Detroit has once again begun shutting off water service for residents who are months behind on their bills. The move comes as a 30-day moratorium on shut-offs ended on Monday. Read more.
PBS Newshour - Lynn, Massachusetts is 1,500 miles from the U.S. border with Mexico, but the old factory city has found itself strained because of the recent surge of Central American minors into the country.
Mayor Judith Kennedy, who spoke at a press conference hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies this morning in Washington, is on a mission to ask for federal action as Lynn schools struggle to handle a rising tide of Central American students. Read more.
RT.com - A long-term truce in Gaza has been agreed with Israel, Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas said. The ceasefire announced by Egypt came into effect at 16:00 GMT with almost immediate reports of warning sirens going off in southern Israel. Read more.
Eugene Robinson @ Buzzflash - To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we've seen so many times, can be fatal.
The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension. Read more.
Mark Karlin @ Buzzflash - Burger King will, according to the Los Angeles Times and other news outlets, abandon its US corporate citizenship in order to legally evade US taxes. This is a process the largest drugstore chain in the United States, Walgreen, was considering earlier this summer...read more.
MIchele Chen @ The Nation - This month, the US military announced that the air force had delivered more than 110,000 meal rations to stranded Yazidi refugees in Iraq, in a mission that prompted President Obama to hail “the skill and professionalism of our military, and the generosity of our people.”
Also this month, a new report found that the nation’s food pantries serve 620,000 families with a member in the military—another troubling indication that service members battling against poverty must often rely on the generosity of our charities. Read more.
Nadia Prupis @ Common Dreams - A Japanese court has ordered the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to pay damages to the family of a woman who killed herself after being forced to flee the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. Read more.
Ryan Gallagher @ The Intercept - The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.
The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies. Planning documents for ICREACH, as the search engine is called, cite the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration as key participants. Read more.
LA Times - The destructive 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Napa County, California, that injured scores of people, ruined historic buildings and buckled streets may have caused as much as $1 billion in damage, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated. Read more.
Reuters - Mourners sang, clapped and danced on Monday at funeral services for Michael Brown, remembering the slain black teenager with words of goodwill and joy rather than the violence and outrage that followed his killing by a white police officer.
Brown's body lay at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in a black and gold casket, topped with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was killed on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. Read more.
Independent UK - Dozens of Holocaust survivors, together with hundreds of descendants of Holocaust survivors and victims, have accused Israel of “genocide” for the deaths of more than 2,000 Palestinians in Gaza since the conflict erupted in July.
In an open letter released by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and published as an advert in The New York Times, the group calls for a full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel over its “wholesale effort to destroy Gaza”. Read more.
LA Times - Hundreds gathered at a downtown park Sunday for an annual "Peace Fest" attended by relatives of three young black men killed in controversial shootings: Trayvon Martin of Florida, Oscar Grant of California and Michael Brown, 18, shot two weeks ago in nearby Ferguson by a white police officer.
Brown's parents thanked the crowd for their support, and asked that they remain peaceful Monday for their son's funeral. Read more.
TMZ - Shots rang out at 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood at around 1:30 AM Sunday ... and Suge Knight was shot twice and taken to the hospital by ambulance where he was rushed into surgery...read more.
Bryan K Bullock @ Truthout - Today's silence by black leaders in the face of Israeli aggression against Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip stands in stark contrast to the historic support of the Palestinians by African and African-American leaders. Read more.
Leslie Thatcher @ Truthout - Longtime activist, historian and political-economic theorist Gar Alperovitz, whose America Beyond Capitalism was serialized on Truthout, conducted an email interview with us on the occasion of the creation of his new website. Read more.
RT.com - Dozens of people were injured and massive power outages were reported in North Bay area of San Francisco and around the city of Napa, after California was shaken by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake. Eyewitnesses say windows were shattered in the affected area. Read more.
RT.com - IDF air strikes have leveled two multi-story buildings in Gaza; both are said to have housed Hamas facilities. The new tactic of bringing down entire buildings has been tested amid a new escalation of tensions in the Israeli-Gaza conflict.
A seven-story office building in the Gaza Strip’s southern town of Rafah was completely destroyed by an Israeli strike on Sunday morning, according to eyewitnesses. It’s not yet clear if there were injured or dead in the attack...read more.
Nadia Prupis @ Common Dreams - One year after requesting gender reassignment treatment, political prisoner Chelsea Manning says the U.S. military has continued to deny her access to adequate medical care...read more.
ABC News - A 6.0 magnitude earthquake damaged building, knocked out power to thousands in northern California this morning and injured dozens of people, some critically.
The South Napa Earthquake struck about 3:20 a.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It's epicenter was located about six miles...read more.
NY Daily News - The officer who shot Michael Brown six times on Aug. 9 was a former member of the Jennings Police Department, which its city council disbanded in 2011 over corruption and racial tension among its residents. Wilson reportedly did not have any disciplinary issues with the department, but all 45 officers were fired. Read more.
NBC News - In Michigan, an innovative program brings more locally grown fruits and vegetables to residents living on food stamps.
Called Double Up Food Bucks, it’s the creation of Oran Hesterman, founder of the Fair Food Network. Read more.
Deirdre Fulton @ Common Dreams - A four-year-old Israeli child was reportedly killed by mortar fire in southern Israel near the Gaza border on Friday afternoon, the latest casualty of renewed violence between Israel and Hamas that has disproportionately claimed Palestinian lives. Read more.
Nadia Prupis @ Common Dreams - Demonstrators in Oakland, California marching in solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday held up mirrors in the faces of police officers as a creative protest tactic.
"I was holding up the mirror because I wanted the police to just look at themselves," one protester, Nichola Torbett, told KPIX 5. "Especially if they were about to take some kind of action just so they had to acknowledge what they were doing." Read more.
LA Times - From the moment Los Angeles police handcuffed him, Jorge Azucena told officers he needed help.
"I can't breathe, I can't breathe," he pleaded. "I have asthma, I have asthma."
In the half-hour or so after his arrest late one night last September, Azucena said over and over that he was struggling for breath. Numerous LAPD officers and sergeants heard his pleas for medical attention but ignored them even as his condition visibly worsened. Read more.
ProPublica - Peter Callahan was caught between two police lines in the West Florissant section of Ferguson, Mo., on Sunday night, when something fiery hot singed his leg. A nearby protester's shirt briefly caught fire.
Callahan, a Washington D.C.-based journalist, deduced that he had been hit by a flash-bang device. "I was also at Occupy Wall Street," he said. "This is a lot worse." Read more.
The Nation - As smoke hangs over the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, it's important to understand its source. Some of this understanding will require us to reassess the history of police militarization in the United States. This will mean acknowledging its origins in the aftermath of the Watts Riots (1965) and the birth of the SWAT team shortly thereafter. It will mean noting the conservative reaction to the Warren Court's civil libertarian protections in the 1950s and 60s to President Nixon's launching of the drug war at the end of that same tumultuous decade. It will mean harping on President Reagan's wholehearted embrace of racial policing and mass incarceration in the 1980s. It will mean interrogating the devastating effects of the 1208 Program (1990), which became the 1033 Program (1996), both of which authorized the transfer of military hardware to domestic precincts, a practice that has only accelerated in the wake of the Battle of Seattle (1999) and the attacks …
RT.com - A crowdfunding campaign in support of the officer who shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown is under fire as it has raised more money to date than all of the campaigns for the victim of the shooting combined.
Calls to have the website hosting the campaign, GoFundMe, take down thedonation page reached a fever pitch when the internet was alerted to the fact that many of the comments being left alongside donations were hateful and racist in nature. As of Friday, donations to Officer Darren Wilson stood at $234,910 after five days of activity. Read more.
Mark Karlin @ Buzzflash - The settlement this week between the DOJ and Bank of America for its role in the financial fraud that busted the economy in 2008 (including its acquisition of the scam company it acquired, Countrywide Financial) is yet another example of a large fine that looks like punishment, but amounts to much, much less than meets the eye. Indeed, that is the assessment ... read more.
RT.com - At least 469 children have been killed and over 3,000 injured in Gaza since the start of the Israeli offensive, a senior UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said, adding that more than 370,000 Palestinian kids require “immediate psychosocial first aid.” Read more.
RT.com - UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay fired a parting shot at the UN Security Council before stepping down, saying that governments are putting short-term goals and national interests ahead of human suffering, global peace and security. Read more.
The Blaze - CNN on Thursday, citing an anonymous source close to the investigation, reported that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson did not suffer a fractured eye socket prior to fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this month. The report directly contradicts a recent Fox News story, which also cites an anonymous source “close to the [police] department’s top brass.” Read more.
Forbes Magazine - Darren Wilson thought Michael Brown was “on something.” Or so says one of Wilson’s friends, describing the police officer’s state of mind when he shot and killed the unarmed black teenager on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. “He really thinks he was on something, because he just kept coming,” the friend, identified only as “Josie,” said during a phone call to a St. Louis radio show on Monday afternoon. “It was unbelievable.”
Earlier that same day, Fox News commentator Jim Pinkerton made a similar suggestion. “Eyewitnesses said that Brown was charging the cops,” Pinkerton said on the channel’s Happening Now show. “We’ll know more with a blood test. If he was high on some drug, angel dust or PCP or something…it’s entirely possible you could take a lot more than six bullets and keep charging.” In other words, if Brown was high on PCP, firing just six rounds into him would be a mark of restraint. Read more.
RT.com - Facebook has been given four weeks to respond to a class action, launched against it by an Austrian activist and supported by 60,000 users. The suit claims Facebook violated users' privacy, by cooperating with the NSA's PRISM program. Read more.
RT.com - A Seattle man has told investigators he killed four people in Washington state and New Jersey this year in a mission to avenge the “millions” of lives “taken every single day” by the United States government, according to court documents. Read more.
Jon Queally @ Common Dreams - Amid ongoing demonstrations in city of Ferguson, Mo. and national outrage over police violence against black community members, new evidence in Tuesday's shooting of man by St. Louis police...read more.
Boston Globe - Corey Griffin loved working for Bain Capital Ventures, a job he landed after an impressive showing during a coveted internship, but he loved his family even more, and he wanted to give his younger brother a chance to work there, too.
While trying to get him hired as an analyst, Mr. Griffin heard that his bosses had misgivings about letting brothers work closely in the same area of the venture capital firm. Read more.
USA Today - Bank of America has agreed to pay nearly $17 billion to settle federal and state allegations it sold risky, mortgage-backed securities to investors before the national financial crisis, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday. Read more.
CNN - Mike Knox, owner of Freestyle Barber & Beauty in Ferguson, Missouri, said police have pulled him over twice for what he calls "DWB" -- driving while black.
When he questioned why he was stopped, officers pressed him for insurance information -- not something a driver should be pulled over for, he said.
"People are just tired of that happening," Knox said. "Why should we get pulled over every time we get in the car?" Read more.
Washington Post - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. arrived in the St. Louis area Wednesday to tour a community roiled by the police shooting of an unarmed African American teen — nine months after he had visited the same city to tout new initiatives aimed at keeping poor black men out of prison. Read more.
Glen Ford @ Black Agenda Report - “The military character and mission of the police is more clear today than when the Black Panther Party and others sounded the alarm in the Sixties.”
The brave and besieged people of Ferguson, Missouri, have already caused serious complications for the U.S. National Security State. By virtue of simply standing their ground in their own small city, the demonstrators have forced the local, county and state police to show their true, thoroughly militarized colors. Ferguson’s righteous agitators and rebellious Black youth have succeeded in...read more.
Robert Reich @ Common Dreams - Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement.
A large portion of the public doesn’t even bother voting. Only 57.5 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the 2012 presidential election.
Put simply, most Americans feel powerless, and assume the political game is fixed. So why bother? Read more.
Bethania Palma Markus @ Truthout - As tear gas hung over protesters Sunday in Ferguson, Missouri, parallel feelings of being worn down and dehumanized by ongoing police violence on communities of color hung over the hundreds of people who came out to demonstrate in Los Angeles.
The August 17 protest outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters downtown was both in solidarity with Ferguson and to demand accountability for the deaths of 25-year-old Ezell Ford and 37-year-old Omar Abrego - an unarmed black man and unarmed Latino - at the hands of LAPD officers within the span of a week. Read more.
In These Times - There's been a flood of local news stories in recent months about FBI raids on charter schools all over the country.
From Pittsburgh to Baton Rouge, from Hartford to Cincinnatti to Albuquerque, FBI agents have been busting into schools, carting off documents and making arrests leading to high-profile indictments. Read more.
Mashable - Researchers at Michigan State University developed a new type of solar panel that is almost completely transparent. It harnesses solar energy using organic molecules, which glow when exposed to sunlight. Read more.
Salon - A grand jury could begin to hear evidence regarding 18-year-old Michael Brown’s fatal shooting as soon as Wednesday, according to the office of the county prosecutor in St. Louis. “We’re going to attempt to present evidence to the grand jury on Wednesday,” said Ed Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. McCulloch is the only one who has the power to actually charge Darren Wilson with murder, if he sees fit, but some object to McCulloch being the prosecuting attorney in the case given its extremely high profile and his potential bias. Read more.
The Washington Post - St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley on Friday said he is leading an effort to remove the county prosecutor from investigating the Michael Brown case because he thinks the prosecutor’s personal experiences and recent statements have tainted his ability to act objectively.
Brown, a black 18-year-old, was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. Wilson is white. Read more.
The Washington Post - For more than a week, we have watched and read with astonishment the stunning ineptitude of Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Thomas Jackson. “We couldn’t care less” appears to be his and his department’s motto. Not about the residents of that tense Missouri town, not about state and local federal officials trying to keep a lid on tensions and not even about their own reputation. Each Jackson appearance is followed by an immediate facepalm. And little tidbits in the Sunday papers only add to the negative impression. Read more.
Liberty Voice (Nevada) - The local branch of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has vowed to help the officer accused in the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. The officer’s name has finally been released by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson as Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the department. The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, as he was walking home from a convenience store, has ignited several days of protests. Read more.
Washington Post - Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), under indictment on two felony counts, was booked by authorities Tuesday afternoon, where he declared his innocence and vowed to fight the charges he faces. Read more.
Reuters - At least eighteen people were killed in Japan on Wednesday when landslides touched off by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima, including several children, police and media said. Read more.
Guardian UK - Racial tensions in Missouri were stoked again on Tuesday when police killed another African American man as the authorities struggled to quell the nightly confrontations over the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson last week.
Angry residents of a black neighbourhood in St Louis, not far from Ferguson, accused the police of excessive force after two officers fired several bullets into a 23-year-old man described as carrying a knife and behaving erratically. The man has not yet been named but he was well known in the area and was said to have learning difficulties. Read more.
RT.com - Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the CNN center in Atlanta on Monday to march in memory of unarmed Missouri teenager Michael Brown who was gunned down by a police officer, many in protest of CNN’s controversial coverage of the incident. Read more.
Jon Queally @ Common Dreams - At least four journalists were arrested overnight in the city of Ferguson, Missouri as they attempted to cover the ongoing street protests that have gripped the community since an unarmed black teenager was killed by a police officer ten days ago. Read more.
Mark Karlin @ Buzzflash - Years ago, I heard a speaker discuss how the history of the United States cannot be viewed through a focused lens unless one considers the legacy of slavery, the suppressive humiliating period of Reconstruction, the plantation ghettos of cities in the north and south, and the criminalization of being a black male. All of these require an open racism among many whites and a sub-conscious racial bias among many persons who think of themselves as liberals. Read more.
RT.com - Hundreds of US businesspeople have scrapped plans to visit Glasgow, following the Scottish city’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag following Israeli military operations in Gaza.
The visitors represented major US corporations such as Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola, and were due to visit the Glasgow as a reward for investing millions into its economy. Read more.
KSDK (Missouri) - TODAY Show cohost Matt Lauer spoke with the parents of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson August 9, Tuesday morning.
Since the fatal shooting of Brown, violent outbreaks, including looting and rioting, have been prevalent in the St. Louis suburb. Read more.
Forbes Magazine - Following in the footsteps of Milan, Paris and London, Toronto is the latest city to inaugurate a men’s fashion week of its own. By doing so, the city which is known for drawing a global audience to its annual Toronto International Film Festival, becomes the eighth city in the world to host a fashion week entirely dedicated to menswear. Read more.
Sybrina Fulton @ TIME Magazine - I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t. What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours. Read more.
Lauren McCauley @ Common Dreams - Schools in Ferguson, Missouri continued to be closed on Monday amid the ongoing community upheaval that has plagued the low-income St. Louis suburb since the police shooting of an unarmed teen—leaving many schoolchildren, normally reliant on the school-lunch program, to go hungry.
Highlighting the wide public support for the residents of Ferguson, an online fundraising campaign to help provide food for the children has raised over $62,000 in just four days. Read more.
Think Progress - A report released by the Department of Energy Monday shows a substantial increase in the percentage of American-made small wind turbines being sold to other countries, driven in part by Congress’ refusal to act on renewing a key subsidy for the U.S. wind industry, which has created uncertainty in the market.
A vast majority — 76 percent — of the small wind turbines manufactured in the United States were exported to other countries last year...read more.
Sarah Lazare @ Common Dreams - Over one hundred Chicago public school students, parents, and community members marched to the city's Board of Education on Monday to demand an end to the school closures, mass lay-offs, and undemocratic political deal-making they say are devastating one of the largest public education districts in the country. Read more.
RT.com - Jewish communities around the world are getting to grips with a recent upswing in anti-Semitic incidents after the latest Israeli-Hamas conflict. These have included physical assaults, firebombing of synagogues and calls for violence against Israelis.
Organizations such as Britain’s Community Security Trust are cataloging occurrences and attempting to make some sort of sense out of the data. Meanwhile, the American Agudath Israel organization linked the violence to the steady rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe...read more.
RT.com - Tensions continue to run high in Ferguson, Missouri, as police respond with a heavy show of force against protesters in the wake of an officer-involved shooting of unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown. Read more.
Inter Press Service - “My child became blind and lost the ability to speak, his dad died and his three brothers are seriously wounded. He still has not been told about the loss of his dad,” says the mother of 7-year-old Mohamad Badran.
Mohamad is in hospital for treatment after being seriously injured in Israel shelling of Gaza. “My only way to communicate with him is by hugging him,” his mother adds. Read more.
RT.com - Julian Assange plans to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in the near future, he told a press conference at the embassy's London compound, where he's been holed up for two years. The WikiLeaks founder gave no further details.
"I am leaving the embassy soon, but perhaps not for the reasons [reported]," he told journalists, refusing to clarify what his reasons are. Read more.
USA Today - Police and protesters clashed for another night Sunday after a couple hundred protesters remained on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., in violation of a curfew that took effect at midnight.
The curfew, put in place by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, was designed to quell ongoing unrest in the St. Louis suburb since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Read more.
RT.com - Protesters remain on the street in Ferguson, Missouri, despite an introduction of a curfew that is to remain in effect from midnight till 5 am, as demonstrators remain angry over the murder of an unarmed African American teenager by a cop a week ago. Read more.
NY Daily News - Jay Adams, the colorful rebel who helped transform skateboarding from a simple street pastime into one of the world's most spectacular sports with hair-raising stunts and an outsized personality to match, has died at age 53. Read more.
Washington Post - Teachers have long been accustomed to “going along to get along” but increasingly are raising their voices to protest standardized test-based education reforms of the last decade that they see as harmful to students. In this post, Georgia teacher Ian Altman explains what he and his colleagues are really sick of hearing from reformers. Altman is an award-winning high school English teacher in Athens, where he has lived since 1993, as well as an advocate for teachers and students. He has presented at several national conferences and published in the Journal of Language and Literacy Education. He won the 2014 University of Georgia College of Education Distinguished Alumni Crystal Apple Award as well as the 2012 University of Chicago Outstanding Educator award. Read more.
Washington Post - A 3-year-old girl who was a passenger in her father’s vehicle was shot Saturday and later died of her injuries after her father engaged in a gun battle with Prince George’s police and other law enforcement officers and led them on a chase through the county.
The man, who has not yet been identified, was killed when at least five law enforcement officers fired on his car. Police had been pursuing in connection with the shooting of the girl’s grandfather and great-grandmother. Read more.
Yahoo News - To science, she’s simply known as “184.” But on the empirical cuteness scale, the world’s first test-tube penguin scores a “100.”
The still unnamed baby Magellanic penguin was hatched at SeaWorld in San Diego 12 weeks ago, but the first images of her were released to the public this week. Read more.
Seattle Times - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Saturday in a St. Louis suburb where police and protesters have clashed in the week since an unarmed black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer. Read more.
Laura Flanders @ YES Magazine - Cooperative Home Care Associates has 2,300 workers who enjoy good wages, regular hours, and family health insurance. With an investment of $1.2 million into the cooperative sector, New York City is hoping to build on the group's success...read more.
Salon.com - Police Chief Tom Jackson identified Darren Wilson, the six-year veteran cop with no disciplinary record, as the officer responsible for fatally shooting teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, yet somehow has done nothing to further our understanding of what really happened that day.
Although the withholding of the shooter’s identity was what the department was most criticized for, the announcement of simply the name “Darren Wilson” does little to quell public unrest. Read more.
Guardian UK - The family of Michael Brown is “beyond outraged” at the “devious” conduct of police who are trying to “assassinate the character of their son,” according to a statement issued by three attorneys for the family: Read more.
MSNBC - A new witness to the killing of Michael Brown emerged Thursday, corroborating major details offered by earlier witness, Dorian Johnson. Both described the initial interaction between Brown and the officer as a tug-of-war in which the officer grabbed Brown as Brown tried to free himself from the officer’s grip through a car window. Read more.
SportingNews.com - Regardless of your opinion on Michael Sam, there is no denying that he was a ground breaker.
Without Sam's decision to announce that he was homosexual, there is the possibility that Arizona State offensive lineman Edward "Chip" Sarafin wouldn't have the courage to admit that he, too, is homosexual. Read more.
KSDK (Missouri) - A national moment of silence will honor police brutality victims, including 18-year-old Michael Brown, Thursday.
According to NBC News, as many as 50 cities in 30 states will host vigils. Read more.
Boston Globe - Every summer, coworkers around the country ask each other the same exhilarating question: “Where are you going on vacation?”
But many of them aren’t going anywhere — not because they don’t want to, but because they can’t.
Nearly a quarter of the American private-sector workforce, some 26 million workers, doesn’t get paid time off, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — compared with...read more.
Candice Bernd @ Truthout - The hacker collective Anonymous on Thursday released the name of the police officer it believes shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, a day after releasing raw audio files from the St. Louis police dispatch the day of the killing, but neither has been confirmed by authorities.
Meanwhile, it was announced Thursday that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will relieve the St. Louis County law enforcement from policing the demonstrations in Ferguson, clearing the way for state or federal intervention.
Anonymous has threatened to release the alleged officers' photo at 10 am and his address at 12 pm and "full documents" at 2 pm Central Time if the St. Louis County Police Department does not respond.
The tapes convey the mood at the St. Louis Police Department on the day Brown was shot and reveal that no EMS was called to the scene. Read more.
RT.com - The governor of Missouri will reportedly relieve St. Louis County law enforcement from policing the ongoing demonstrations in the town of Ferguson, paving the way for possible state or federal intervention.
Rep Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Missouri told Bloomberg News on Thursday morning that Gov. Jay Nixon...read more.
RT.com - Two reporters were detained at the Ferguson protests, and police behaved as “soldiers” with the “enemy combatants,” journalists said. Outrage over the incident spilled into both the media and social networks. Read more.
SF Gate - A Stanford mathematician has won the coveted 2014 Fields Medal for her original work understanding the mathematical symmetry of curved surfaces and saddle-shaped spaces.
Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman ever to win what scientists around the world call the "Nobel Prize for mathematics." She is the second person from Stanford to win the award. Read more.
Daily Beast - The people here don’t feel like they’re living in America’s heartland; they feel like they’re living in occupied territory.
The occupied land is small, virtually microscopic in comparison to the St. Louis metropolitan area. The neighborhoods off West Florissant Avenue, including the apartment complex where Michael Brown lived before he was gunned down by a policeman Saturday night, are where most of the city’s black population reside. Patrolling it is Ferguson’s police department of 55 officers, 52 of them white.
“It’s like the elephant in the room,” said Yusra, 45, of East St. Louis. “We are being occupied.” Read more.
Al Jazeera - States that desire to combat violent crime or reduce overall homicide rates should either repeal or refuse to enact so-called “stand your ground” legislation, according to a recent report issued by a taskforce commissioned by the American Bar Association [PDF].
The National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws, convened in 2013, conducted a comprehensive and multidisciplinary review of the impact of “stand your ground” legislation on public safety, individual liberties, and the criminal justice system.
The 62-page report, issued on Friday, found that “stand your ground” laws, which vary from state to state, obstruct law enforcement, confuse law enforcement personnel, and disproportionately affect minorities. Read more.
USA Today - A friend who was walking beside black teenager Michael Brown when he was killed by a white police officer says the 18-year-old victim had turned and put his hands in the air when he was shot "like an animal" in the head and chest.
Dorian Johnson, who was finally summoned by police and FBI Wednesday to give his account...read more.
RT.com - If you were killed, what photo would the media use in their stories? That’s the question that the #iftheygunnedmedown hashtag asks on social media as minorities point out media bias in the deaths of African-Americans. Read more.
Nile Bowie @ RT.com - A global outpouring of sympathy for the Palestinian cause has again arisen since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza earlier this month. And the only people who seem unmoved by scenes of indiscriminate bloodletting are Israelis themselves.
As the operation enters its fourth week, the death toll has reached almost 1,400, while over 7,000 have been injured. Cases of entire families being killed in airstrikes have become routine. Read more.
USA Today - One of the most glamorous Hollywood legends to ever light up the silver screen is gone.
Lauren Bacall, of the smoky voice and sultry gaze, suffered a stroke and died Tuesday at her Manhattan home, just a month shy of her 90th birthday. Read more.
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89.
Bacall, whose long career brought two Tonys and a special Oscar, died in New York. The managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, Robbert J.F. de Klerk, said that Bacall died at home, but declined to give further details. Read more.
RT.com - Violence has broken out again as authorities dressed in riot gear in a St. Louis, Missouri suburb – where an unarmed black teen was fatally shot by police over the weekend – have used tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse a large crowd.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told the Associated Press that a group gathered throughout the day on Monday at a burned-out convenience store, then turned rowdy at nightfall. Along with tear gas, observers tweeted that police fired rubber bullets into the crowd. Read more.
LA Times - The mother of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old fatally shot by a police officer in suburban St. Louis, sparking a night of rioting, pleaded with outraged residents Monday to keep the peace "because Michael wouldn’t have wanted violence."
Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, held up a photo of her son, who had just graduated from high school and was to start college Monday. "And instead of celebrating, we gotta plan a funeral," she said, crying. "He didn’t deserve that, our child; he didn’t deserve none of that."
But she spoke out against the mayhem that took place in Ferguson. Flanked by her attorney and NAACP leaders, she said: "We are going to do this right. We don’t want no violence." Read more.
Entertainment Weekly - Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn’t confirm that his death was a suicide, a rep did issue this statement. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. Read more.
Reuters - Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63. Read more.
Reuters - The mother of a black teenager from suburban St. Louis who was shot to death by police over the weekend begged for non-violence on Monday in the wake of riots, as the FBI opened a probe into the racially charged case.
Michael Brown, 18, was shot to death in the mostly black suburb of Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday afternoon...read more.
RT.com - A Turkish NGO said it would send ships to the Gaza Strip to provide emergency aid to Palestinians trapped in a month-long offensive by Israel. The decision comes four years after Israeli commandos stormed a Gaza-bound ship, killing 10.
The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) announced in an emailed statement that members of a "coalition" of activists from a dozen countries had met...read more.
RT.com - Hacktivists have set their sights on the town of Ferguson, Missouri after police there on Saturday shot and killed an unarmed man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, elevating a wave of protests that have occurred in the days since to the digital realm.
Demonstrations and vigils across the St. Louis, MO suburb have taken place ever since Saturday afternoon’s incident in which Brown was shot eight times by a Ferguson cop after an altercation allegedly occurred between the two, reportedly just days before the victim was expected to begin college. Read more.