Cops using everything from rubber bullets to grenades Interactive Map Shows Police Using Violence Against Peaceful Protesters in 125 Cities and 40 States

Dave Lindorff

It hasn’t been a great couple of weeks for the supposed “Land of the Free” these days, though a lot of brave protesters across the country have continued to stand up to a lot of cowardly militarized police and American soldiers who have been using weaponized military helicopters, M-16 automatic assault rifles and other military gear to threaten and intimidate them, as well as grotesque crowd-control weapons from flash-bang grenades and rubber bullets read more

Speaking Truth to Empire

“Speaking Truth to Empire” on KFCF 88.1 independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno, Dan Yaseen interviews Miko Peled an Israeli-American peace activist and author. He grew up in a Zionist family, his grandfather was a signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence and his father was a general in the Israeli Army. He blogs at: www.mikopeled.com.

The topics of discussion include the global protests after the murder of George Floyd by 4 police officers in Minneapolis and read more

Epidemic Epistle IX: Put to the (COVID-19) Test by the National Guard in Pennsylvania

By Dave Lindorff

My wife Joyce and I visited the front in the war zone yesterday.

I’m talking about the “war” on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

We registered for COVID-19 testing on Tuesday when Joyce, usually highly energetic,  started feeling physically drained for no reason and began running a low-grade elevated temperature of 98.9 all day. We decided that our both getting tested was a wise idea, particularly read more

Close to mutinous language by top US military leadership: In Astonishing Move, Both Defense Secretary Esper and Joint Chiefs Chair Milley Tell Troops to Defend Constitution and People’s Freedom, Not President

By Dave Lindorff

President Trump really went a bridge too far with his bizarre Bible photo op and his order for federal troops to attack peaceful White House protesters to allow him to exit his white house bunker and walk unimpeded across the street to a church to have his photo taken holding it up (after having it pointed out that he was holding the sacred book, hasily borrowed from the church behind him, upside down!).

In separate letters to all US troops, both Defense (sic) Secretary Mark Esper and Four-Star Gen. Mark Milley, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s top general, told all people in uniform that their loyalty is to the US Constitution, not to any political leader.  Milley, in his memo, added an additional note jotted in pen to stress his point further writing: We all committed our lives to the idea that is America — We will stay true to that oath and the American People.”

Here are the two letters,  both well worth reading in full. Both make it clear that the obligation of federal troops is to defend the right to free speech and peaceful assembly — a direct rebuke of President Trump’s call for violent attacks on protester and for “dominating the streets” of the nation’s cities…

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF, and copies of the two remarkable memos to US troops by the military’s two top leaders, please go to: https://thiscantbehappening.net/in-astonishing-move-both-defense-secretary-esper-and-joint-chiefs-chair-milley-tell-troops-to-defend-constitution-not-president/

 

We are all George Floyd in police-state America: Cop Pushes Old White Man Over Backwards, Leaves Victim Bleeding and Unconscious After Head Hits Sidewalk Hard

By Dave Lindorff

Watching the police response to the nationwide uprising against police brutality is by turns infuriating and depressing.

It hardly matters whether or not its a minority of police officer who are behaving as the pigs” we used to call them back in the 1960s and 70s, because if they can do the kinds read more

Our Disaster

by Kathy Kelly
June 1, 2020

An entire generation of Yemeni children has suffered the traumas of war, many of them orphaned, maimed, malnourished, or displaced. The United Nations reports a death toll of 100,000 people in that nation’s ongoing war, with an additional  read more