George Zimmerman, who’s trial is scheduled for June 10, has claimed he was not acting out of racist aggression but because Martin attacked him. His brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr, is not helping his cause.

Jr. went on a Twitter tirade equating the stalked and unarmed Trayvon Martin with De’Marquise Elkins, the 17-year-old suspect in the murder of a Georgia infant.

As highlighted by Mediaite, Jr. tweeted the photo at Michael Moore, the NAACP, the NRA, and a Breitbart.com editor a photo comparison between Elkins and Martin flipping their middle fingers with the caption, “A picture speaks a thousand words…Any questions?”

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

By Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report

America, born in genocide and constantly renewed by bloodbaths, treats mass murder as a virtue. Chris Kyle answered the clarion call of white supremacy, manifest destiny and imperial delusion. Now that he’s dead, the world is a better place.

Kyle declared that Iraqis were not really human beings and thus had lost any right to stay alive. He was a Navy SEAL sniper in Iraq who served five tours of duty and by his own estimate killed 150 people. This week Kyle was himself shot to death and by another veteran. 

Chris Kyle had developed a routine of taking veterans out to shoot to try to help them. 

Mr. Routh turned on Mr. Kyle, 38, and a second man, Chad Littlefield, 35, shortly after they arrived at an exclusive shooting range near Glen Rose, Tex. For reasons that were still unclear, Mr. Routh shot and killed both men with a semiautomatic handgun before fleeing in a pickup truck belonging to Mr. Kyle.

motherjones:


A half million cards, letters, and children’s drawings poured into Newtown after the massacre. We have launched a new Tumblr, “Letters to Newtown,” to commemorate this work: http://letterstonewtown.tumblr.com 
Warning: this is some sad, devastating stuff. 

motherjones:

A half million cards, letters, and children’s drawings poured into Newtown after the massacre. We have launched a new Tumblr, “Letters to Newtown,” to commemorate this work: http://letterstonewtown.tumblr.com 
Warning: this is some sad, devastating stuff. 

thepeoplesrecord:

US drone strike kills 14-35 in eastern Afghanistan on Monday
January 23, 2013

According to provincial officials in the eastern Afghan province in Nuristan, US drones fired multiple missiles against the Kamdish District late Monday, causing “around 35” casualties, with others reporting at least 14 deaths in the strike. Local officials termed all the slain suspects.

Oddly, NATO officials insisted they had no information about any operations ongoing in the region, and they declined to speculate whether there was a strike at all, though not all drone strikes are necessarily coordinated through NATO.

The Kamdish District borders Chitral, Pakistan, which is part of Malakand. The region is near Pakistani militant positions, but is not specifically associated with any militant groups nor US drone strikes against them.

Nuristan Province has been contested repeatedly by the Taliban, with the Taliban setting up its own government and being the de facto rulers off and on for years. The US has redeployed troops since the 2009 withdrawal from the region, but the Taliban maintains a significant presence.

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robotkin:

nayx:

very relevant video about news coverage on mass murder

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odinsblog:

Disturbing Truths on Structural Racism In Our “Justice” System
*White Defendant / Black Victim (19)
*Black Defendant / White Victim (257)
note: these figures represent the number of trial cases that resulted in the death sentence and not necessarily all interracial murders (such as incidents resulting in death, but designated accidental, “self defense” or Stand Your Ground), thus even the decision to try an individual for murder seems highly race dependent. Stated differently, only 19 cases resulted with capital punishment where a white defendant was actually charged with killing a black victim.
“In 82% of the studies [reviewed], race of the victim was found to influence the likelihood of being charged with capital murder or receiving the death penalty, i.e., those who murdered whites were found more likely to be sentenced to death than those who murdered blacks.”
- United States General Accounting Office, Death Penalty Sentencing, February 1990

odinsblog:

Disturbing Truths on Structural Racism In Our “Justice” System

*White Defendant / Black Victim (19)

*Black Defendant / White Victim (257)

note: these figures represent the number of trial cases that resulted in the death sentence and not necessarily all interracial murders (such as incidents resulting in death, but designated accidental, “self defense” or Stand Your Ground), thus even the decision to try an individual for murder seems highly race dependent. Stated differently, only 19 cases resulted with capital punishment where a white defendant was actually charged with killing a black victim.

In 82% of the studies [reviewed], race of the victim was found to influence the likelihood of being charged with capital murder or receiving the death penalty, i.e., those who murdered whites were found more likely to be sentenced to death than those who murdered blacks.”

- United States General Accounting Office, Death Penalty Sentencing, February 1990

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thepeoplesrecord:

Another car shot up; two unarmed Black victims killed, this time by Cleveland Police
December 3, 2012
Many of us were already reeling from the news of another unarmed Black teenager killed in Florida. 17 year old Jordan Davis was killed when 45 year old Michael Dunn objected to the loud music Jordan’s friends were playing from their car at a local gas station. Michael Dunn proceeded to pull out his gun and fire on the unarmed teenagers before he drove home. Many see this as a mirror image of the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Today another story is getting national attention, this time in Cleveland Ohio, where an unarmed Black woman and man were killed by Cleveland police officers, after the officers fired 137 rounds at the 2 victims. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the police thought they saw a possible weapon, the same excuse Michael Dunn gave when he was arrested for the murder of Jordan Davis.
Even though this incident took place last week, the officers involved in killing Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell have yet to be interviewed. According to the Cleveland Police Department they will be questioned today and it’s “standard procedure” to, “wait 72 hours before interviewing officers involved in shootings.”
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath called the shooting a, “very regrettable situation”, but Jeffery Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association described Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell as “bad guys” and said the police did a “great job.” The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office removed 20 rounds from Timothy Russell’s body and 16 from Malissa Williams’ body.
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13 Cleveland police officers who fired 137 rounds into car where there was a ‘possible weapon’, killing 2, are expected to be interviewed. Disgusting.

thepeoplesrecord:

Another car shot up; two unarmed Black victims killed, this time by Cleveland Police

December 3, 2012

Many of us were already reeling from the news of another unarmed Black teenager killed in Florida. 17 year old Jordan Davis was killed when 45 year old Michael Dunn objected to the loud music Jordan’s friends were playing from their car at a local gas station. Michael Dunn proceeded to pull out his gun and fire on the unarmed teenagers before he drove home. Many see this as a mirror image of the murder of Trayvon Martin.

Today another story is getting national attention, this time in Cleveland Ohio, where an unarmed Black woman and man were killed by Cleveland police officers, after the officers fired 137 rounds at the 2 victims. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the police thought they saw a possible weapon, the same excuse Michael Dunn gave when he was arrested for the murder of Jordan Davis.

Even though this incident took place last week, the officers involved in killing Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell have yet to be interviewed. According to the Cleveland Police Department they will be questioned today and it’s “standard procedure” to, “wait 72 hours before interviewing officers involved in shootings.”

Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath called the shooting a, “very regrettable situation”, but Jeffery Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association described Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell as “bad guys” and said the police did a “great job.” The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office removed 20 rounds from Timothy Russell’s body and 16 from Malissa Williams’ body.

Source

13 Cleveland police officers who fired 137 rounds into car where there was a ‘possible weapon’, killing 2, are expected to be interviewed. Disgusting.

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thepeoplesrecord:

The Gaza death toll has reached 111, including 27 children, since Israel launched more than 1,350 Operation Pillar of Defense aerial and sea attacks on November 14. More than 900 have been injured. 
The Israel death toll stands at three people. More than 60 have been injured by rockets fired from Gaza. 

thepeoplesrecord:

The Gaza death toll has reached 111, including 27 children, since Israel launched more than 1,350 Operation Pillar of Defense aerial and sea attacks on November 14. More than 900 have been injured. 

The Israel death toll stands at three people. More than 60 have been injured by rockets fired from Gaza. 

(Source: thepeoplesrecord, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the world’s largest platinum producer, fired 12,000 striking South African miners Friday as the transnational corporations, the African National Congress government and the COSATU union federation sought to quell a growing wave of wildcat strikes. After workers had ignored the company’s demand that they appear for disciplinary hearings. Management admits that it has been unable to get more than 20 percent of its workforce to show up at their jobs and has therefore been forced to halt mining operations.


The strike wave was triggered by the walkout two months ago by platinum miners at Lonmin’s (the second-biggest platinum miner) Marikana mine demanding higher pay. The ANC government and its security forces responded to their strike, which was opposed by the NUM and COSATU, with the worst massacre since the end of the apartheid regime 18 years ago. Heavily armed police gunned down strikers, killing 34 and wounding another 78, with many of them shot in the back.


The mass firing was announced three weeks into a wildcat strike by some 28,000 miners at its four mines in Rustenberg and just a day after repeated police attacks aimed at preventing the miners from gathering for a meeting left a miners dead body in the street. Gaddhafi Mdoda, a representative of the strikers said that in addition to rubber bullets and tear gas the police fired upon the miners with live ammunition.

The strikers have grown angry over the police repression and the company’s refusal to negotiate on their demand for a 16,000 rand ($1,800) monthly wage.


The strike spread to another Amplats mine in Limpopo, South Africa’s northernmost province, some 250 miles to the north.


The refusal of the miners to go underground brought 75,000 workers in the mining sector to strike in defiance of the mining corporations, the ANC government and the official unions of COSATU and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). This represents 15 percent of the industry’s total workforce.


The killings, along with the arrests and brutalization of hundreds more miners, failed to break the strike, and Lonmin decided it had to end the workers’ uprising by granting the miners wage increases of up to 22 %.


From the platinum sector, the strike wave has spread to gold, iron ore, diamond and chrome mines. In virtually every case, the strikes are in defiance of low-wage contracts imposed by the mining bosses and the NUM and have therefore been declared illegal.

iclosemyeyestoseewhatsreal:

Every year 5 people are killed by Shark attacksEvery year 6 people are killed by Roller CostersEvery year 30 people are killed by AntsEvery year 40 people are killed by JellyfishesEvery year 60 people are killed by Hot DogsEvery year 340 people are killed by BathtubsEvery year 350 people are killed by falling out of their bedEvery year 6,000 people are killed by TextingEvery year 30,000 people are killed by Obesity So why is there so much hate about those sharks that we can justify killing 75,000,000-125,000,000 of them a year? 50,000,000 of those are “bycatch” while fishing for other fish… they are thrown back into the sea dead. The other 25,000,000-75,000,000 are caught for their fins… and thrown back into the sea dead.Maybe we should burn a Hot-Dog stand, smash a bed or throw away our mobiles?! 

I love this approach to argue for a vegan and/or more active life style. Nicely done!

iclosemyeyestoseewhatsreal:

Every year 5 people are killed by Shark attacks
Every year 6 people are killed by Roller Costers
Every year 30 people are killed by Ants
Every year 40 people are killed by Jellyfishes
Every year 60 people are killed by Hot Dogs
Every year 340 people are killed by Bathtubs
Every year 350 people are killed by falling out of their bed
Every year 6,000 people are killed by Texting
Every year 30,000 people are killed by Obesity 

So why is there so much hate about those sharks that we can justify killing 75,000,000-125,000,000 of them a year?
50,000,000 of those are “bycatch” while fishing for other fish… they are thrown back into the sea dead. The other 25,000,000-75,000,000 are caught for their fins… and thrown back into the sea dead.
Maybe we should burn a Hot-Dog stand, smash a bed or throw away our mobiles?! 

I love this approach to argue for a vegan and/or more active life style. Nicely done!

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In organized cockfights, razor-sharp knives are often attached to the limbs of the fighting birds. In this gambling fight Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, was declared dead in Tulare County, central California some two hours after being injured.

Imagine that… a dude was killed by birds equipped to kill each other. WILD.

Now Louisiana, the last US state, has banned cockfighting. Truly remarkable. 

star-bellied-boy:

“A picture speaks a thousand words”

star-bellied-boy:

A picture speaks a thousand words”

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Walmart cruelty information…
If you are like me, and don’t need to see something to believe its happening, don’t watch this video. Otherwise, its disturbing, be warned. Good info at the end though.

Walmart cruelty information…

If you are like me, and don’t need to see something to believe its happening, don’t watch this video. Otherwise, its disturbing, be warned. Good info at the end though.

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thepeoplesrecord:

Son of murdered Sikh Temple president asks why Obama & Romney have not visited victimsAugust 15, 2012
 Last weekend, Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to a hospital in Aurora, Colorado to meet with victims of last month’s movie theater shooting there. Her husband, President Barack Obama, also met with those affected by the horrific shooting just two days after it occurred. However, neither the president or the First Lady has visited Oak Creek, Wisconsin where six people were killed at a Sikh Temple sixteen days after the incident in Aurora. Amardeep Kaleka, whose father was killed at Oak Creek, said he finds it “strange” his community hasn’t received more support from President Obama and Mitt Romney.
“Why wouldn’t they, at some point, make a stand. Make a stand for everybody out there who’s ever been robbed, or gunned down or has faced this hatred,” Mr. Kaleka said.
“We communicated with the White House very briefly, mostly the Department of Justice, and that’s about it. There was a phone call made with Barack on the first day, on Sunday, to just a random congregation member,” said Mr. Kaleka. “Somehow, some way he got somebody’s number and he called a congregation member. He’s never called the victim’s families, not even the board that my father led before he died.”
In a White House press briefing two days after the shooting in Oak Creek White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked whether flags were at half mast to commemorate those who were killed and whether the president would be meeting with the victims.
“I have no calls or scheduling announcements, or schedule changes to announce to you at this time.  But the answer is yes with regards to the flags being lowered,” Mr. Carney said.
Mr. Kaleka believes there’s two main reasons why the Sikh community in Oak Creek hasn’t gotten the same kind of support from the president that the people of Aurora received–the tense political climate in Wisconsin and the fact Sikhs are a religious minority.
“First and foremost, I think it’s politics,” said Mr. Kaleka. “Wisconsin is an obviously pivotal state in most of these situations, especially presidential elections because we could swing either way. We have a big gun control issue here…and then we have the labor problem with…so, we have a lot of politics at play in our state and I wonder if that makes people want to stay away from speaking about this, or visiting us, or showing support.”
He also said many at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin believe their status as a largely immigrant community and minority religion has kept politicians away.

thepeoplesrecord:

Son of murdered Sikh Temple president asks why Obama & Romney have not visited victims
August 15, 2012

 Last weekend, Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to a hospital in Aurora, Colorado to meet with victims of last month’s movie theater shooting there. Her husband, President Barack Obama, also met with those affected by the horrific shooting just two days after it occurred. However, neither the president or the First Lady has visited Oak Creek, Wisconsin where six people were killed at a Sikh Temple sixteen days after the incident in Aurora. Amardeep Kaleka, whose father was killed at Oak Creek, said he finds it “strange” his community hasn’t received more support from President Obama and Mitt Romney.

“Why wouldn’t they, at some point, make a stand. Make a stand for everybody out there who’s ever been robbed, or gunned down or has faced this hatred,” Mr. Kaleka said.

“We communicated with the White House very briefly, mostly the Department of Justice, and that’s about it. There was a phone call made with Barack on the first day, on Sunday, to just a random congregation member,” said Mr. Kaleka. “Somehow, some way he got somebody’s number and he called a congregation member. He’s never called the victim’s families, not even the board that my father led before he died.”

In a White House press briefing two days after the shooting in Oak Creek White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked whether flags were at half mast to commemorate those who were killed and whether the president would be meeting with the victims.

“I have no calls or scheduling announcements, or schedule changes to announce to you at this time.  But the answer is yes with regards to the flags being lowered,” Mr. Carney said.

Mr. Kaleka believes there’s two main reasons why the Sikh community in Oak Creek hasn’t gotten the same kind of support from the president that the people of Aurora received–the tense political climate in Wisconsin and the fact Sikhs are a religious minority.

“First and foremost, I think it’s politics,” said Mr. Kaleka. “Wisconsin is an obviously pivotal state in most of these situations, especially presidential elections because we could swing either way. We have a big gun control issue here…and then we have the labor problem with…so, we have a lot of politics at play in our state and I wonder if that makes people want to stay away from speaking about this, or visiting us, or showing support.”

He also said many at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin believe their status as a largely immigrant community and minority religion has kept politicians away.

(Source: thepeoplesrecord)