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Chicago police officer convicted of second-degree murder in 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald
Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery for the 2014 killing of African-American teenager Laquan McDonald by a jury on Friday.

Tens of thousands of Scots turn out in capital demanding second independence vote
Edinburgh’s streets turned blue on Saturday as tens of thousands of Scots marched to demand independence. The high attendance is in defiance of London’s insistence that there is no “appetite” for independence in Scotland.

==How a homophobic, misogynist, racist ‘thing’ could be Brazil’s next president
Many people in Brazil cannot bring themselves to utter the name of the rightwing extremist expected to win the first round of voting in the country’s presidential election on Sunday. On social networks, the former army officer Jair Bolsonaro is often referred to simply as “the thing”.

Kremlin suffers defeats in regional elections
Russia’s ruling party, United Russia, suffered a number of defeats in recent regional elections. The electoral upsets come amidst widespread popular opposition to the passage of a bill raising the official retirement age by five years for both men and women.

Pakistan's opposition leader jailed for 10 days ahead of by-elections
Pakistani opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif was ordered jailed on Saturday for 10 days after being arrested in a corruption case, his lawyer said, meaning he will not be able to campaign for his party ahead of crucial by-elections next week.

Israel pounds Gaza in ‘retaliation’ as 3 Palestinians killed, 370+ injured in border clashes
At least three people, including a 12-year-old, were killed by Israeli troops as some 20,000 Palestinians rallied at the Gaza border. Amid the clashes, the IAF struck ‘terrorist targets’ in retaliation for border breach attempts.

Afghan officials have had enough of Erik Prince
Afghan officials have finally had enough, Reuters reported on Friday, angrily rejecting any possibility that foreign military contractors could be charged with training and advising their embattled country’s security forces.This is essentially bad news for one person: Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater the private military contractor (that has gone by many names) with a record of killing civilians with impunity in Iraq and making Prince a very, very rich man.

Israel's prime minister questioned again in corruption probe
Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the 12th time on Friday in connection with a long-running corruption investigation.

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Osaka, Japan, Ends Ties With San Francisco In Protest Of 'Comfort Women' Statue
The mayor of Osaka, Japan, is ending its "sister city" relationship with San Francisco this week, following a dispute over a statue that honors women and girls who were sexually enslaved by Japan's Imperial Army during World War II.

Amazon offsetting pay rise by removing bonuses, union says
Amazon has been criticised for slashing benefits for UK warehouse workers, offsetting at least half of a big pay rise announced this week.The removal of employee share and incentive schemes could cost thousands of workers £1,500 in a single year, according to the GMB union, which accused the online retailer of imposing “a stealth tax on its own wage increase”.

With the World on the Line, Scientists Outline the Paths to Survival
Yves here. Unfortunately, the scientists’ warning that will come from next week’s IPCC looks like too little, too late, despite the desperately urgent message. I remember how the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth warnings were pooh-poohed. And what government has the will to undertake the needed mobilization, which would need to include reducing offshored carbon production, via buying goods from countries that pollute on behalf of the West.

Leftist Writer Taibo II to Head Mexico's State Publishing House
Renowned leftist historian, writer and activist Paco Ignacio Taibo II confirmed he has accepted Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s offer to head Mexico’s most prestigious state publishing house, the Economic Culture Fund (FCE)

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Can President-elect Lopez Obrador pull Mexico out of slumber?
After decades of stagnation, corruption and deadly dependency on the United States, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is considered by many ordinary people, as well as by intellectuals, to be the last chance for Mexico…….

Syriza’s Repressive Turn
Alexis Tsipras’s government promised to end austerity. Now it’s defending the banks against people evicted from their homes — and persecuting those who protest.

Protest, Zap, Disrupt! Campaign Expands Against Displacement
Olympia Solidarity Network (OlySol) has moved forward with its campaign against anti-homeless security contracts held between downtown Olympia businesses and the private security firm, Pacific Coast Security (PCS). A couple dozen business owners, property managers and building owners contract with Pacific Coast Security in a scheme facilitated by “business advocacy” group, Olympia Downtown Alliance (ODA), called the “Downtown Safety Team.”

Ours to Master and to Own
We visit Viome, Greece’s only worker-managed factory.

That Time Churchill Wanted to Start World War III, Before World War II was Even Over
As the great industrial slaughter of human beings that was World War 2 came to an end and Germany was being divided the British government was drawing up plans to re-arm the Nazi’s and along with the Americans, plan a surprise attack against the Soviet Union.The target date for this incredible insanity was July 1, 1945. Less than 2 months after World War 2s end.In Greece, Britain put into practise a taste of what Churchill wanted to come to the Soviet Union : by massacring anti-fascist partisans to bolster the Nazi collaborating regime.

Did not see that coming.

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I thought convicting pigs in Burgerland was illegal?


Is Brazil that Latin version of Poland.


The State's reputation of its Gestapo has really fallen off and people are really at the boiling point. Just an anecdote but the the last several months the police around me have seemed really more demure then I ever remember them.

they just make it as hard as possible. I'm pretty sure that in my area they even allow cops to sit in on deliberations

Tell me about it, just look what happened with that guy, who got shot by that off duty cop who mistook his apartment for hers. A news network with no stake in any of this, tried to smear him by reporting that he had weed in his apartment. For the sole purpose of helping out a pig, shits scary.

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Starting? There was no equivalent of "denazification" in Japan.

Where do you live?

Japan got away with it, after all.

Yes there was, the fact that they they only have a self defense force and the US has a bunch of bases in Japan is proof.

Arizona, there were a couple of high profile police abuse cases last year with video footage. There was that unarmed white guy they shot while on hisn handss and knees trying to comply with conflicting orders, then just a few months ago where they beat the shit out of the wrong guy at an apartment complex.
It's funny because when these scandals first broke the cops seemed more biligerent for awhile. I got stared down by a few cops, and had cops stop in front of me in the middle of traffic for a full minute or so then take off.
The Phoenix police chef last month said they had this huge spike in suspects starting gun fights as soon as they were pulled over or stopped by police. She said something along the line of
read poor black men
It seems like a growing number people with priors are saying to themselves if cops will shoot innocent sympathetic people and get away with it they definitely get away with it on someone with a checkered past.
So about around that time of the police chiefs announcement the cops have been quieter. I see them less and I don't get tailed any more.

re: police brutality

you know, in the US there is a policy of hiring only "average i-q" individuals to be police officers. they deliberately weed out anyone considered "too smart" for the job. of course, this has come back to bite them in the ass when they hire retards who shoot at random bystanders and clearly unarmed individuals.

not to mention the utter lack of sensitivity training, and (in most states) only a 4 month training period. the process literally consist of academy, training, badge and gun. not to mention the retarded variation by county and jurisdiction, there have been numerous cases of cops in my town just moving to the next county after shooting someone or beating them senseless.

burgerland is beyond doomed.

and who could forget

Yeah, here in Houston they seem to be not as ballsy as they used to be. I doubt it's going to last for very long unfortunately and I think this and some other cases will be used as scapegoats to show how "the system really works".

look at me not caring, what Shitcago needs is to be nuked. wasted experiment. Yockey was the only cool dude to come out of there politically.

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Poland is a great country, just salaries are better in the west, thats all.


“Poland” is an interesting way to spell East Germany, and West Russia.

Fuck Japan. Upon resent research I've found that Japanese society is extremely conservative in pretty much all regards (in contrast to what most weebs/otakus will let you know), that contemporary South Korean youths are basically a mirror image of the Japanese with a number of very slight differences (did you know that it is considered rude to touch another in ROK? Don't hug or shake the hand of Korean unless you want them to start spreading rumors of how creepy you are the moment you turn your back. The hover hand is a societal norm in South Korea that you're expected to follow. Contrast this to Romance cultures in which the cheek kiss is a common greeting.
China is the only east-Asian culture I've found where the people aren't indoctrinated with this atomized liberalism of a fear of touch. A woman will jokingly push a man out of the way if she wants to take a photo of something he's obliviously blocking. Women are in general more confident actually. This has devolved into a rant of how much I hate the socialized infatilization of women in Japan and it's wannabe, South Korea.