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October 11, 2015

Israelis call up more police officers as clashes with Palestinians continue

Source: Los Angeles Times

Irael began calling up additional police reserves Sunday to deploy in Jerusalem and elsewhere as the latest violent escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict entered its second week, heightening concerns it would spiral out of control.

A Palestinian woman and her 2-year-old daughter were killed early in the day in the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian medical authorities, when their house collapsed after an Israeli airstrike in response to rocket fire into Israel overnight. Rocket fire has been infrequent since the summer war of 2014 but the rising Palestinian death toll in border clashes of recent days has tested the fragile calm in the coastal enclave.

In the West Bank, an Israeli police officer suffered light burns when a Palestinian woman allegedly detonated a bomb at a checkpoint near Maaleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem. Officials said the policeman had flagged down a suspicious car for inspection when the driver detonated a bomb.

Sappers checking the vehicle for further explosives found a gas canister, and police officials speculated that the car was intended to explode in Jerusalem. The driver, later identified as a 31-year-old resident of east Jerusalem, was seriously injured in the blast and taken to a Jerusalem hospital.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-israel-palestinians-clashes-20151011-story.html

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw stones toward Israeli security forces during clashes in Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Oct. 11, 2015. (Abbas Momani / AFP/Getty Images)
October 11, 2015

Israeli jets hit targets in Gaza Strip

Source: BBC News

The Israeli military said the targets were Hamas weapon manufacturing facilities, adding that the strikes were in response to two rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel.

A woman and her young daughter in a nearby house were killed during the air raid, Palestinian officials said.

In the West Bank, Israeli police say a Palestinian woman set off a car bomb at a checkpoint.

She was stopped by police while driving on Sunday morning near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34498442


Fierce protests

October 11, 2015

Taking out the trash while black, violently assaulted by cops

DALLAS — It's dash cam video that Dallas police commanders never wanted the public to see.

Keep in mind, Damon Williams, the man in the video, broke no laws. He wasn't under arrest when a Dallas police officer put him in a headlock and threw him to the ground. It all happened as the man's wife and children watched.

The Dallas City Council recently paid $125,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit.

"Who knows what does that do an 8-year-old boy that watches the police body slam his dad?" said Don Tittle, a Dallas civil rights attorney who represented Williams.

Williams suffered a shoulder injury during the incident, he said.

October 10, 2015

Texas Cop Chokes 14-Year Old Student ‘For His Safety’

After apparently telling a cop to leave him alone, a black 14-year-old Round Rock High School student was grabbed by the throat and dragged to the ground by a police officer on Thursday, a video published by KXAN reveals. The police department claims the move was for the boy’s own safety.

No arrests were made, but the incident is under review and the student’s father said he plans to press charges against the officer for “totally unnecessary” handling of a “130-pound child.” “I believe that the officer in question should definitely go through some re-training or be reassessed in terms of how you handle conflicts like this,” he told the station. The student said he was suspended and given two Saturday detentions.

October 10, 2015

Rand Paul begs for attention via comparing Bernie Sanders to Stalin and Mao

Rand Paul On Bernie Sanders: Nothing “Sexy Or Cool” About Socialism

Referencing the mass murder that occurred under Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said Americans should be wary of the socialism of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for president as a Democrat.

“I think it’s very important for Americans not to succumb to the notion that there’s anything sexy or cool about socialism,” the senator from Kentucky said.

“Bernie’s a socialist and ultimately socialism relies on force or implied force and it’s, you know, [it] wasn’t an accident that Stalin killed millions of people or Mao Zedong killed millions of people because you want to control the economy and you want to control ownership of things by the state. You have to forbid other people from owning parts of the economy or controlling parts of the economy.”

This seems like such a laughably weak argument to me. As if capitalism doesn't "rely on force" all the time. Red meat for the far right though. They just wouldn't be the same without it. Also he's wrong because socialism is actually very cool right now.
October 9, 2015

The Color of Debt: How Collection Suits Squeeze Black Neighborhoods

Analysis shows that the suits are far more common in black communities than white ones
by Paul Kiel and Annie Waldman, ProPublica October 8, 2015

The disparity was not merely because black families earn less than white families. Our analysis of five years of court judgments from three metropolitan areas — St. Louis, Chicago and Newark — showed that even accounting for income, the rate of judgments was twice as high in mostly black neighborhoods as it was in mostly white ones.

These findings could suggest racial bias by lenders or collectors. But we found that there is another explanation: That generations of discrimination have left black families with grossly fewer resources to draw on when they come under financial pressure.

Over the past year, ProPublica has investigated a little-known but pervasive shift in the way debt is collected in America: Companies now routinely use the courts to pursue millions of people over even small consumer debts. With the power granted by a court judgment, collectors can seize a chunk of a debtor’s pay. The highest rates of garnishment are among workers who earn between $25,000 and $40,000, but the numbers are nearly as high for those who earn even less.

Despite their prevalence, these suits remain remarkably hidden, even to people in the communities most burdened by them.

In the city of St. Louis and surrounding St. Louis County, where Jennings lies, only about a quarter of the population lives in neighborhoods where most residents are black. But over half of court judgments were concentrated in these neighborhoods.

Armed with these judgments, plaintiffs — typically debt buyers, banks, hospitals, utilities, and auto and high-cost lenders — have seized at least $34 million from residents of St. Louis’ mostly black neighborhoods through suits filed between 2008 and 2012, ProPublica’s analysis found.
October 9, 2015

CREDO Action political director Becky Bond taking leave to join Sanders campaign

Top SF/nat'l progressive activist Becky Bond taking leave from political director gig @credoaction to join @BernieSanders prez run @bbond


I guess this is inside politics but CREDO does such great organizing work I'm glad to see the Sanders campaign is attracting this kind of talent.

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