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Striking a Blow Against Debtors' Prisons

Sue Sturgis
Facing South
In the case that sparked the Montgomery lawsuit, days an out-of-work grandmother was ordered to serve in jail because she was unable to pay old tickets and the fees charged by a private probation company hired by the city to collect fines: 31

Tim Kaine Has a Troubling Record on Labor Issues

John Nichols
The Nation
“Kaine did meet with union leaders in Madison. But he supported Virginia’s right-to-work laws during his gubernatorial campaign and his four years in office. Even the group that seeks to expand these laws [the National Right to Work Foundation] concedes Kaine did few things that troubled them.”

No NBA All-Stars in NC

Chris Kromm
Facing South
NBA's decision to pull All-Star game could have big political fallout in North Carolina

Failed Coup and the Clear and Present Danger of Turkey’s Nukes

Jonathan Marshall
ConsortiumNews
The post-coup chaos in Turkey, home to NATO’s largest nuclear weapons storage facility, is an alarming reminder about the risk of siting nuclear weapons in unstable regions where they serve no clear strategic purpose, but pose a clear and present danger. At issue is not only the obvious risks of nukes falling into unfriendly hands, but also, after the fall of the USSR, who are these hydrogen bombs, a quarter of NATO’s theater nuclear weapons, to be used against?

Friday Nite Videos -- July 22, 2016

Portside
Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert's Late Show Desk. Elizabeth Warren: 'He Sounded Like a Two-Bit Dictator'. The Clown Has Taken Over the Party. One Year on Earth Seen From 1 Million Miles. Bob Marley | Get Up, Stand Up.

Donald Trump’s Caesar Moment

Jeff Greenfield
Politico
Detached from history and fueled by fear, his convention speech was utterly unlike anything we've heard in American politics.

We Still Need a Future to Believe In

Naomi Klein, Alicia Garza, Michael Moore, and others
The Nation
A forum on how to build the political revolution with Naomi Klein, Alicia Garza, Michael Moore, Frances Fox Piven, Robert Reich, Kshama Sawant, Josh Fox, and more.

A Black Man in Chicago Celebrates Emmett Till's Birthday

Philip C. Kolin
Emmett Till in Different States: Poems
Emmett Till, a 14-year old murdered in Money, Mississippi on August 28, 1955, would be celebrating his 75th birthday on Tuesday, July 25. The writer Philip C. Kolin, like Till a native of Chicago, and professor English in Mississippi, has recently published a book, Emmett Till in Different States: Poems (Third World Press) that traces both the historical significance and contemporary legacy of Till’s brief life.

Military Coups, Turkey, NATO and Donald Trump

John Feffer; Rob Prince
Foreign Policy in Focus
The attempted military coup in Turkey and the possibility of a President Trump may have more Americans considering the military option. It's tempting to conclude that the same folks who approve of a military intervention into politics support Donald Trump's intervention into politics. Trump is, in a way, a one-man coup. He is an outsider. He has contempt for the normal workings of democracy.

Florida Cop Shot Black Man with His Hands Up

Francisco Alvarado, Michael E. Miller and Mark Berman
Washington Post
Police in South Florida shot an unarmed black caretaker Monday as he tried to help his autistic patient. I was thinking as long as I have my hands up . they're not going to shoot me, he told local television station WSVN from his hospital bed. Wow, was I wrong. Police then handcuffed him and left him bleeding on the pavement for about 20 minutes.

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