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  • Financial Privacy in a Free Society 23 Sep 2016 17:45 The Heritage Foundation September 23, 2016 | Backgrounder on Economy By David R. Burton and Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. Financial and personal privacy is a key component of life in a free society, where individuals enjoy a private sphere free of government involvement, surveillance …
  • Past fatal police shootings hold lessons for Charlotte, N.C 23 Sep 2016 16:32 The Malaysian Star (Reuters) - Within five days, black men were shot dead by police in two major U.S. cities, with the incidents captured on video. But the reaction on the streets in each was vastly different. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, demonstrators marched peacefully following …
  • Police body cameras bring more questions than answers 23 Sep 2016 02:27 Washington Times The increased use of body cameras was one of the top recommendations made by President Obama’s task force on policing, meant to improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. But as more agencies use the technology, another …
  • Here come the appeals: White House report attacks modern forensic science 22 Sep 2016 14:00 ExtremeTech Criminal forensics have been under fire for decades, but the fairly recent rise of true crime content from trashy daytime TV to trendy pop culture phenomenon has seen that criticism spread to the general population. Now it’s no longer just criminology …
  • Chicago to add hundreds of cops amid wave of rising violence 22 Sep 2016 02:22 Chicago Tribune After years of insisting Chicago police could make do without adding officers, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration acknowledged Wednesday that the department needs hundreds more to combat the violence plaguing the city, announcing a plan to hire …
  • Arson at Belgian Forensic Lab May Set Back Terrorism Cases 21 Sep 2016 22:21 The New York Times Sébastien Courtoy, a Belgian lawyer who specializes in defending terrorism suspects, said, “Of course, prosecutors are not going to come out with it themselves that evidence is lost.” He said that in some cases, his clients were fighting allegations based …
  • Richard Whittington-Egan, expert on Jack the Ripper 20 Sep 2016 02:49 The Sydney Morning Herald Engraving showing "Jack The Ripper", the East End murderer of prostitutes in the 19th century. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Richard Whittington-Egan, who has died aged 91, was a journalist, biographer, literary critic, historian of British crime …
  • Disabled and in jail: a double punishment 17 Sep 2016 14:59 The Age "I'm always asking people to say it again. I can't get it the first time. That's my brain, I've only got four fifths of my brain, the rest is gone." The last time Rudey* went to jail, for three weeks, she didn't speak to …
  • Fears proposed careless driving laws in WA could backfire 13 Sep 2016 01:07 Radio Australia Posted September 13, 2016 09:25:43 Tough new laws for distracted drivers who cause a death in Western Australia could have the opposite effect and actually water down existing penalties, an academic has said. The State Government wants to create a new …
  • Drugs Fatalities Overtake Car Fatalities for the First Time in UK 12 Sep 2016 15:38 EpochTimes Seven years ago, fatalities from opiates overtook fatalities due to road accidents in the United States. Sadly, the same phenomenon is now playing out in England. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that last year 1,732 …

Crime Theory

  • Full transcript: Jill Stein 19 Sep 2016 10:35 The Politico Bridget Mulcahy/POLITICO GLENN THRUSH: Thanks for coming. JILL STEIN: Great to be here. Story Continued Below THRUSH: So I noticed you have a Naked Juice. I was told you are very fastidious and careful about what you eat and drink on the road. STEIN: I am …
  • Does Broken Windows truly work? Inside the science behind nation's most controversial police policy 09 Sep 2016 18:13 New York Daily News Online In the late 1990s, Cynthia Lum was a beat cop in Baltimore’s eastern district, and her tenure was marked by skyrocketing rates of homicide, rape, robbery, assault, arson and theft. Like many young police officers trying to combat violent crime, Lum …
  • The post-truth world: Yes, I’d lie to you 08 Sep 2016 12:56 Economist WHEN Donald Trump, the Republican presidential hopeful, claimed recently that President Barack Obama “is the founder” of Islamic State and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, the “co-founder”, even some of his supporters were perplexed. Surely he …
  • Criminologists explore motivations behind graffiti 08 Sep 2016 11:06 Phys.org Taggers interviewed for the UT Dallas study said they paint graffiti on buildings like these in North Texas to relieve boredom and stress, and gain recognition for their artistic talent. Credit: University of Texas at Dallas Youths who paint graffiti on …
  • Burkini Bans, New Atheism and State Worship: Noam Chomsky on Religion in Politics 31 Aug 2016 15:46 truthout (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) Religion and politics have often marched hand-in-hand in the course of human affairs. In this latest interview, leading public intellectual and father of modern linguistics Noam Chomsky shares his views about religion …
  • More than a few good men: Study finds counterintuitive outcomes of gender imbalance 24 Aug 2016 18:21 Phys.org Sex ratios in US counties as of the 2010 census. Credit: Ryan Schacht. Contrary to traditional expectations of unbalanced sex ratios, places with more men than women do not typically experience higher rates of family and social instability, according to a …
  • Questions & Answers - 24 August 2016 24 Aug 2016 05:32 Scoop • ORAL QUESTIONS QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Building and Housing, Minister—Confidence 1. ANDREW LITTLE (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Building and Housing given the falling rate of homeownership, …
  • The Fall of Heaven 19 Aug 2016 14:12 The Huffington Post By Andrew Scott Cooper     Introduction   Back to Cairo I turn to right and left, in all the earth I see no signs of justice, sense, or worth; A man does evil deeds, and all his days Are filled with with luck and universal praise; Another's good in …
  • Fall Harvest Festival, Continued 04 Aug 2016 03:38 Inside Higher Ed Last month, while looking over thousands of listings for forthcoming books in dozens of university-press catalogs for this fall, I flagged 300 titles for further consideration as possible topics for future columns. Within that selection, a few clusters of …
  • Chance now for Malcolm Turnbull to get the NT inquiry right 01 Aug 2016 14:27 The Sydney Morning Herald Surely it is only common sense to have an Indigenous person as head of the Royal Commission into the NT Juvenile Detention Centre ("NT juvenile detention royal commissioner Brian Martin resigns days after appointment", smh.com.au, August 1). …

Black Lives Matter

Gender and Crime

  • The Night Of is just a Law & Order: SVU you're not embarrassed to watch 07 Sep 2016 17:12 The Verge Before David Fincher started casting good-looking A-listers like Brad Pitt and Jake Gyllenhaal as underdog justice chasers, it was de rigeur for unassuming schlubs and loners with social tics to save the day. The creators of The Night Of know that …
  • Depression, violence, anxiety: the problem with the phrase ‘be a man’ 16 Aug 2016 06:10 The Guardian The most dangerous phrase in the English language is “be a man”. To be a man today, says film-maker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is to fight for success and sex, to reject empathy, and to never, ever cry. The result is depression, anxiety and violence. Siebel …
  • 'Orange Is the New Black' returns, darker and more relevant than 16 Jun 2016 20:13 Houston Chronicle Season 4 of "Orange is the New Black" will be released June 17. Need to catch up? Keep clicking for a refresher on what each of the main characters are in prison for.  Season 4 of "Orange is the New Black" will be released June 17. …
  • The Stanford Rape Case Illustrates the Toxicity of White Male Privilege 07 Jun 2016 15:10 Cosmopolitan On January 18, 2015, two Stanford graduate students found former Stanford swimmer Brock Allen Turner repeatedly thrusting himself upon an unconscious, semi-naked woman behind a frat house dumpster. Turner, who later dropped out of the university, …
  • Mr. Trump: Make America Male--Again 06 Jun 2016 21:57 The Huffington Post Rape is in the news on every continent: Korea, India, Nigeria, Brazil, and in the daily Twitter-talk but not least in the rhetorical whirlwind spinning around candidate Donald Trump. Mr. Trump rails against hordes of dark little men pouring across the Rio …
  • Readers' letters: Brock Turner sentencing controversy 06 Jun 2016 20:21 Mercury News Editor's note: This file will be updated as we receive more letters on the sentencing of Brock Turner for the attempted rape at Stanford or generally addressing campus sexual assault issues. Send them to mnletters@bayareanewsgroup.com and be sure to …
  • Online Readers' letters: Brock Turner sentencing controversy 06 Jun 2016 19:59 Mercury News Editor's note: This file will be updated as we receive more letters on the sentencing of Brock Turner for the attempted rape at Stanford or generally addressing campus sexual assault issues. Send them to mnletters@bayareanewsgroup.com and be sure to …
  • New York Times' 'sex work' story plays far too loose with facts and human lives 13 May 2016 18:48 Rabble Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Over the weekend, Emily Bazelon, a staff writer at the New York Times, published an article called "Should Prostitution Be a Crime?" What she …
  • Ghomeshi apology ‘clearest path to the truth’ instead of trial: victim 12 May 2016 21:32 TheSpec.com TORONTO — Fallen CBC radio star Jian Ghomeshi apologized publicly to a former colleague who had accused him of sexually assaulting her at work, but the woman savaged what he did to her and the broadcaster for enabling his lewd and offensive behaviour. …
  • Starhawking the Privilege Game 21 Apr 2016 10:14 Energy Bulletin The last two posts here on The Archdruid Report, with their focus on America’s class system and the dysfunctional narratives that support it, fielded an intriguing response from readers. I expected a fair number to be uncomfortable with the subject I was …

Prison Privatization

  • Here's what Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump think about criminal justice 26 Sep 2016 21:26 Business Insider Scott Olson/Getty; Justin Sullivan/Getty Images; Skye Gould/Business Insider The US locks up more of its citizens than any other country, so it's no surprise that mass incarceration and criminal-justice reform have become prominent issues on the …
  • The New Plantation: Incarceration Of Black America 17 Sep 2016 17:02 Black Star News Photo: Southercoalition.org For forty years the United States has hidden the consequence of its tragic racial history at the center of the War on Drugs. That historical consequence has now hardened into a box of mass incarceration that has trapped Black …
  • 45 years after Attica, America's inmates are protesting again, but not in Texas — yet 15 Sep 2016 21:49 The Dallas News Question: Do you see our nation's prison primarily as places where inmates go to be rehabilitated or to be punished? Until we settle that question in our hearts — and in our state and federal policies — our massive prison system will always be a …
  • MC5's Wayne Kramer on Prison Reform and a Benefit to Support It 09 Sep 2016 21:44 Billboard.com The MC5's Wayne Kramer will take the Ford Theater stage tonight (Sept. 9) in Los Angeles alongside Shooter Jennings, Gilbey Clarke, Marshall Crenshaw, Jill Sobule, Keith Morris, Don Was, Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls and The Wild Reeds for the  …
  • National Prison Strike Turns Spotlight Toward Industry's Problems 07 Sep 2016 07:06 Cleveland Scene Thanks to a mass influx of inmates, the prison industry is humming like General Motors in the 1960s, except the labor is way cheaper. Exploited is the word, according to prisoners and their advocates. So on Sept. 9, prison inmates are planning what's …
  • Paula Dockery: Florida should end use of private prisons 01 Sep 2016 22:10 The Tribune By Paula Dockery The U.S. Department of Justice announced last month it was ending its use of private prisons. The DOJ's Office of Inspector General released a critical report that found the private-run prisons do not provide the same level of service …
  • Dockery: Stop relying on private prisons 01 Sep 2016 20:57 tampabay.com The U.S. Justice Department has announced it is ending its use of private prisons. Its inspector general released a report that found private-run prisons do not provide the same level of service, save on costs and/or maintain the same level of safety and …
  • Take No Prisoners 01 Sep 2016 09:02 Memphis Flyer Recently, the Justice Department announced that the federal prison system would distance itself from privately owned prisons. The gradual implementation will take five years and instructs officials to not renew contracts or to limit the power of private …
  • Homeland Security rethinking private detention centers 31 Aug 2016 12:05 Marketplace By Adam AllingtonAugust 31, 2016 | 5:50 AM Embed Code<iframe src="http://www.marketplace.org/2016/08/30/business/homeland-security-rethinking-private-detention-centers/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height=" …
  • Obama Administration Considers Ending For-Profit Immigrant Detention 29 Aug 2016 20:11 Politics Daily Private prison contractors may lose the ability to run immigrant detention centers as for-profit businesses. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is ordering a review of the agency’s policy of using private contractors to run immigrant detention …

Prison Abolition

  • Defining justice 27 Sep 2016 11:31 The Guardian You’ve heard of distracted driving? It causes quite a few auto accidents and it’s illegal in a majority of states. Well, this year, a brave New Jersey state senator, a Democrat, took on the pernicious problem of distracted walking. Faced with the fact …
  • The Case Against Prisons 27 Sep 2016 11:24 The Nation Most Popular A Danish student compares his country to the one where he’s studying: The Danish welfare system is constructed in such a way that people pay more in taxes and the government plays a significant role in the country. We have free healthcare, …
  • Defining justice: why it's time to rethink our kneejerk response to crime 27 Sep 2016 11:06 The Guardian You’ve heard of distracted driving? It causes quite a few auto accidents and it’s illegal in a majority of states. Well, this year, a brave New Jersey state senator, a Democrat, took on the pernicious problem of distracted walking. Faced with the fact …
  • Grace Dunham Gets Candid About Gender, Style And Liberation 27 Sep 2016 03:06 Politics Daily Popular web series “The What’s Underneath Project” is back for another season, bringing together artists, creatives and activists to discuss their relationship with their identities and bodies while removing articles of clothing. The latest episode …
  • There Oughta Be a Law... Should Prison Really Be the US Way? 26 Sep 2016 17:20 truthout A proposed New Jersey law would punish pedestrians who cross the street while using their smartphones with fines and, in some cases, up to 15 days in jail. (Photo: Startupstockphotos; Edited: LW / TO) You've heard of distracted driving? It causes …
  • Should Prison Really Be The American Way? 26 Sep 2016 16:22 The Huffington Post There Oughta Be a Law... Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com You’ve heard of distracted driving? It causes quite a few auto accidents and it’s illegal in a majority of states. Well, this year, a brave New Jersey state senator, a Democrat, took on the …
  • A Mind-Boggling 11 Million Prisoners Are Cycling Though America's 'Justice' System Each Year 26 Sep 2016 00:19 Alternet Photo Credit: Flickr, obertrimke This piece originally appeared onTomDispatch. The figures boggle the mind.  Approximately 11 million Americans cycle through our jails and prisons each year (including a vast “pre-trial population” of those arrested and …
  • Imagining A World Without Prisons For Communities Defined By Them 20 Sep 2016 22:10 OPB News The hulking, shuttered Eastern State Penitentiary, a short walking distance from Philadelphia's downtown, was in many ways the first modern American prison. Almost from its opening in the early 19th century, there were people calling for it, and …
  • A man given 17 months in prison is still in jail 10 years later under sentence that no longer exists 19 Sep 2016 11:50 ICWales A man from Cardiff who was originally given a 17-month jail tariff after threatening to kill a former partner during a heated row is still in prison more than 10 years later. Jason Thorne, 43, of Adamsdown, is still in Parc Prison at Bridgend because he …
  • Did You Know We Are Having the Largest Prison Strike in History? Probably Not, Because Most of the Media Have Ignored It 17 Sep 2016 02:02 Alternet Photo Credit: Twitter / wheretheriverfrowns On September 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, thousands of prisoners in over 24 states began a labor strike to demand better conditions and healthcare, the right to unionize and what one …

Corporate Crime

  • Editorial: Scott Walker’s thinly veiled threats against prosecutors are outrageous and dangerous 28 Sep 2016 11:56 www.madison.com Gov. Scott Walker has imported into Wisconsin a politics that is more outrageous and more dangerous than anything the state has seen since the days of Sen. Joe McCarthy. Well aware that his ideas are unpopular, and that his approach to governing has …
  • Nine states to vote soon on expanding legal access to marijuana 28 Sep 2016 09:22 Medical Xpress From California, with its counterculture heritage, to the fishing ports and mill towns of Maine, millions of Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana. Collectively, the ballot measures amount to the …
  • identifies new ways for banks to simplify payment routing data 28 Sep 2016 09:18 4-traders Sibos - Geneva, 28 September 2016 - SWIFT today announces the publication of a new paper discussing opportunities for banks to streamline their internal routing practices. The paper highlights how some banks used the transition to SEPA as an opportune …
  • Thomas Dixon gives us a choice 28 Sep 2016 09:18 Charleston City Paper On the one hand, it says a lot about the Democratic Party in South Carolina that Pastor Thomas Dixon is its U.S. Senate candidate. No one else threw their proverbial hat into the proverbial ring, so Dixon took the nomination by default. On the other hand, …
  • 9 states to vote soon on expanding legal access to 28 Sep 2016 07:51 Central Florida News 13 (AP) From California, with its counterculture heritage, to the fishing ports and mill towns of Maine, millions of Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana. Collectively, the ballot measures amount to the …
  • 9 states to vote soon on expanding legal access to marijuana 28 Sep 2016 06:28 Santa Cruz Sentinel SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- From California, with its counterculture heritage, to the fishing ports and mill towns of Maine, millions of Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana. Collectively, the ballot …
  • What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Younger’ and Vice President Biden in ‘Law & Order: SVU’ 28 Sep 2016 05:28 International Herald Tribune Photo Foreground, Sutton Foster and Peter Hermann on “Younger.” Credit TV Land “Younger” doubles the love options for Liza in Season 3. In “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. appears in an episode inspired by “ …
  • Era of retribution will come 28 Sep 2016 05:20 News A FEW months ago I made reference to how the former national director of public prosecutions, highly respected Advocate Vusi Pikoli, was first suspended from his position by former president Thabo Mbeki for trying to do his job without fear or favour, as …
  • Trump more conventional than he lets on 28 Sep 2016 05:10 Review Journal They say Donald Trump is the change-maker, the unconventional outsider who’s nothing like anybody else on the national stage and who will bring change to Washington, D.C. and make American great again! But is he, really? If you watched Monday night’s …
  • Philippine peso hit as President Duterte woos China, Russia, continues crime crackdown 28 Sep 2016 04:31 Asiaone The Philippine peso tumbled to a more than seven-year low against the dollar this week, as investors voted with their feet on the country's intemperate president. The archipelago's currency has swooned since September 6, when Barack Obama …

White Collar Crime

  • UPDATE 3-StanChart tells authorities about corruption allegations at Indonesian firm 27 Sep 2016 19:59 London South East * Bank says has referred case to authorities * StanChart had been trimming PE business globally (Adds background context and expert interview) By Lawrence White and Joel Schectman LONDON/WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Standard Chartered has told " …
  • StanChart tells authorities about corruption allegations at Indonesian firm 27 Sep 2016 19:57 Reuters By Lawrence White and Joel Schectman | LONDON/WASHINGTON LONDON/WASHINGTON Standard Chartered (STAN.L) has told "appropriate authorities" about alleged corruption at an Indonesian power plant company majority-owned by its private equity arm, the …
  • Edinburgh hailed as one of world’s most sustainable cities 27 Sep 2016 08:56 Scotsman.com EDINBURGH has been named as one of the most sustainable cities on Earth in a new report ranking economic output, green credentials and social mobility. The Capital was ranked 13th in the world in the new “sustainable cities index”, second only to London …
  • Red Bluff woman suspected of bilking elderly couple 24 Sep 2016 00:43 Redding  A Red Bluff woman who managed a care facility was arrested Friday on 20 counts of theft and elder abuse, the Tehama County District Attorney's Office announced this afternoon. Jennifer Lorraine Adams, no age given, was arrested at her home on a …
  • Police seize $435m worth of assets since 2009 24 Sep 2016 00:08 The New Zeland Herald More than $435 million worth of property, cars, cash and other assets has been frozen in New Zealand under a contentious law used to target gangs. The Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 allows police to freeze and take someone's assets without ever …
  • ‘Blessed Benefit’ (‘Inshallah Istafadit’): Film Review | TIFF 2016 23 Sep 2016 18:20 Hollywood Reporter 8:40 AM PDT 9/23/2016 by Deborah Young Blessed Benefit is a tongue-in-cheek recommendation for a brief stay in Jordan’s friendly prison system, described as far saner than life in the rest of the country. When an elderly building contractor is sentenced …
  • Big Dam Bridge 100 brings big damn complaint about celebrity rider Hincapie 22 Sep 2016 23:27 Arkansas Times The Big Dam Bridge 100 is set Saturday and I'd normally not have anything to say about a bike event, but Bill Kopsky, a political activist and dedicated biker, raised on objection I thought I'd pass along. Part of his complaint, posted on Facebook …
  • Emmy-Nominated VFX Producer Sean Tompkins Joins FuseFX 20 Sep 2016 18:46 Animation World Network LOS ANGELES – FuseFX has added three veteran visual effects producers to their roster. They include Sean Tompkins, a two-time Emmy nominee who previously served as Associate Head of Production at Zoic Studios. Also new to FuseFX are VFX Producers Danielle …
  • Berger Singerman Expands Land Use, Regulatory and Commercial Law Practices with Addition of Partner Jeff Bartel 20 Sep 2016 14:11 WVSX Prominent corporate and entrepreneurial executive and attorney brings nearly three decades of business, law and government experience to enhance firm’s existing robust roster of talent MIAMI --(BUSINESS WIRE) Berger Singerman, Florida’s business law firm, …
  • Greenberg Traurig Sponsors the Commercial Finance... 20 Sep 2016 05:57 SF Gate David B. Kurzweil, shareholder, co-chair of the Financial Institutions Practice at international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and chair of the Atlanta Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice, will serve as the Vice Chair of the …

State Crime

Environmental Crime

  • Unsafe at Any Dose? Diagnosing Chemical Safety Failures, From DDT to BPA 21 May 2016 14:49 truthout A BPA free sign at a Babies "R" Us in Commack, New York, March 10, 2009. At long last chemical manufacturers have begun removing the endocrine-disrupting plastic bisphenol-A (BPA) from products they sell. (Photo: Maxine Hicks / The New York …
  • DeHart: New shop for diamonds 19 Apr 2016 19:14 BCLocalNews.com Anita Siemens of Anita’s Diamonds by Design and GIA graduate gemologist, Michelle Urbanovitch have opened and are co-sharing a new shop downtown in the Towne Centre Mall. Anita has been in the jewelry business for over 25 years, coming from a long line of …
  • Final Rush Transcript//CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, Flint MI 07 Mar 2016 04:31 CNN Press Room ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: And welcome to The Whiting Auditorium on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center in Flint, Michigan for a special CNN Democratic presidential debate. I'm Anderson Cooper. I want to welcome our viewers in the United States …
  • Step in dog doo? Knox's PooPrints can find the culprit 28 Feb 2016 09:47 Knox News By Ed Marcum of the Knoxville News Sentinel The crime scene might be at any of 1,500 apartment complexes around the country and the culprit a furry perpetrator who seized the opportunity of an inviting stretch of lawn. With no thought of public health, …
  • Driving: Emissions test loopholes breed culture of fudging 10 Oct 2015 19:01 Montreal Gazette Three weeks ago, if someone had dared to insinuate that Volkswagen deliberately cheated on the emissions certification of 11 million cars, they would have been dismissed as a crackpot, the sheer scope of such treachery simply too much for most of us to …
  • Emissions test loopholes breed a culture of fudging 09 Oct 2015 11:13 Calgary Herald Three weeks ago, if someone had dared to insinuate that Volkswagen deliberately cheated on the emissions certification of 11 million cars, they would have been dismissed as a crackpot, the sheer scope of such treachery simply too much for most of us to …
  • “Sauce for the Goose Should Be Sauce for the Gander”: Should EPA Officials Be Criminally Liable for the Negligent Discharge of Toxic Waste into the Animas River? 10 Sep 2015 23:55 The Heritage Foundation [1] Julie Turkewitz, Environmental Agency Uncorks Its Own Toxic Water Spill at Colorado Mine, N.Y. Times, Aug. 11, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/11/us/durango-colorado-mine-spill-environmental-protection-agency.html?_r=0; see also, e.g., Susan …
  • A radical proposal would let criminals who don't have a 'guilty mind' off the hook 03 Sep 2015 14:55 Business Insider Two of the biggest problems with the criminal justice system in the US are overcrowding and overcriminalizing. We have too many prisoners, and many of those prisoners have received sentences that are too harsh. A new paper argues that a new solution to …
  • Top EPA official observes water testing in Farmington 13 Aug 2015 06:05 Daily Times From left, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes speak at a press conference Wednesday at Rotary Park in Durango, Colo. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times) FARMINGTON — U.S. …
  • Furious Growth and Cost Cuts Led To BP Accidents Past and Present 02 Jul 2015 17:40 ProPublica Our original investigation was co-produced with PBS "Frontline." Watch the "Frontline" documentary, “The Spill,” drawn from this reporting. Original story, published Oct. 26, 2010: Jeanne Pascal turned on her TV April 21 to see a …

Critical Theory

  • The Next Left: Demand the Impossible! 25 Sep 2016 06:57 The American Thinker “Are you angry or upset about injustice, exploitation and oppression? “Are you interested in political ideas and theories, even if you don’t yet know much about them? “Do you want to get involved in contributing to positive social change, if only in small …
  • Black Power icon goes vegan to save animals 21 Sep 2016 19:35 Renew America By Cliff Kincaid Former top communist, college professor and "Black Power" advocate Angela Davis has picked a new cause on the road to liberation – animal rights. In a major speech in black-ruled South Africa, at the 17th Steve Biko Memorial …
  • Chris Shaw: Does the road to a Just Society run through Rojava on the northern edge of Syria? 20 Sep 2016 17:34 Straight.com The civil war in Syria has been grinding on since 2011 with almost 400,000 dead to date and no end in sight. A United Nations estimate puts the total dead and wounded at 11.5 percent of a population that was 22 million before the war. Almost 45 percent of …
  • Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School – review 18 Sep 2016 09:25 The Guardian A fractious Europe, a failing currency, a challenged economy, populist parties on the rise, a divided left, migration from the east, an atmosphere of fear combined with social and sexual liberalism. The parallels between Britain today and Germany in the …
  • Hermine spares much of East Coast 05 Sep 2016 19:59 Video Games UK & Ireland Yahoo Mathew E: Obama is a lot worse than that I am afraid, he is a Cultural Marxist. Cultural Marxism: What is it and how is it destroying the moral and intellectual foundations of our Western Civilisation: By Linda Kimball There are two misconceptions held by …
  • Does Chinese Civilization Come From Ancient Egypt? 02 Sep 2016 13:40 Foreign Policy On a cool Sunday evening in March, a geochemist named Sun Weidong gave a public lecture to an audience of laymen, students, and professors at the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, the capital city of the landlocked province of Anhui in …
  • Marguerite Duras: A Sublime Passion 24 Aug 2016 14:22 PopMatters Marguerite Duras, the prolific and acclaimed French novelist, filmmaker, playwright, journalist, and woman of letters, died in 1996. But her rich legacy continues to grow. The woman who produced such award-winning works as The Lover and Hiroshima Mon …
  • Wild Democracy: A Biodiversity of Resistance and Renewal 22 Aug 2016 14:10 Energy Bulletin   1. Introduction   With characteristic insight, the great American philosopher, John Dewey, once wrote: ‘Every generation has to accomplish democracy over again for itself.’[1] His point was that, at each moment in history, citizens and nations …
  • The hijacking of Karl Marx's true vision   21 Aug 2016 04:24 Irish Independent Rachel Holmes on a superb intellectual biography that sets the record straight. How far was Karl Marx's theory responsible for what became "Marxism"? This has been the central inquiry of Gareth Stedman Jones's academic career for almost …
  • 'I don't like the idea of capitalism’: Charles Koch, unfiltered 01 Aug 2016 20:19 The Washington Post Billionaire businessman, philanthropist and political donor Charles Koch grabbed headlines this weekend for focusing a semiannual gathering of wealthy conservatives on a surprising topic: income inequality. It is a topic that has loomed increasingly large …