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They Are Concentration Camps — and They Are Also Prisons

Maya Schenwar & Kelly Hayes Truthout
We must hold these dual, overlapping realities in our minds, as we strive to comprehend the interrelated horrors to which the United States — not just Trump, but the United States — subjects millions of people every day.

Sanctions Are Genocidal, and They Are the U.S.’s Favorite Weapon

Justin Podur Independent Media Institute
banner about deadly sanction For the empire, genocide, like aggression, is a normal part of politics. Nuclear planners plan how to commit it. Sanctions officials administer it. And for the most part, human rights organizations take no position on it.

Preventing Crimes Against Humanity in the US

Nadia Rubaii and Max Pensky The Conversation
When warehousing children in cages and tent cities is justified as deterrence, the question of crimes against humanity is more than academic. It is a deliberate effort to dehumanize and polarize, and an intimation of what may come next.

More Americans Died From Hurricane Maria Than 9/11. Does Anyone Care?

Jodi Jacobson Rewire
More people were killed by Maria than by the terrorist attacks of 9/11. This time, we can't blame anyone but ourselves. The Trump administration and majority-GOP Congress treated post-Maria Puerto Rico with malignant neglect. As the 2018 hurricane season fast approaches, Puerto Rico remains in dire

The Hidden History of How California Was Built on Genocide

Mark Karlin Truthout
History professor Benjamin Madley has written the first comprehensive investigation of the catastrophe that befell California's Indigenous population from 1846 to 1873: a catastrophe that was entirely man-made. An American Genocide catalogs the killing of tens of thousands of Native people during those years, and proves just how complicit the Californian and United States government were in the slaughter. Order this important book by donating to Truthout today!

Remembering U.S. Soldiers Who Refused to Kill Native Americans at Sand Creek

Billy J. Stratton The Conversation
A scholar shares the true story of two men who stood up and spoke out against the murder of American Indians, and how they are celebrated today. Native American tribal members pay their respects at the headstone of Union Officer, Capt. Silas Soule, at the Riverside Cemetery Dec. 03, 2014 in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.
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