Retired Black NYPD Detective: Derek Chauvin Trial Highlights “Race-Based” Police Brutality Problem

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is entering its eighth day. Chauvin is charged with second- and third-degree murder, as well as manslaughter, for killing George Floyd last May. Over the past three days, numerous members of the Minneapolis Police Department accused Chauvin of violating department policy by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine-and-a-half minutes, while ignoring pleas from Floyd that he could not breathe. Minneapolis Police Chief Arradondo testified against his officer in a rare move. Here, he’s being questioned by prosecutor Steve Schleicher. STEVE SCHLEICHER: When, do you believe,…

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Proportion of problem gamblers seeking help rises

The proportion of “problem gamblers” seeking treatment increased significantly over the last year, a study has found. Epidemic More than six in 10 (63%) problem gamblers said they had used some form of treatment, advice, or support in the past 12 months, compared with just over half (54%) in November 2019, according to GambleAware’s second annual GB Treatment and Support survey. The charity welcomed the findings as “encouraging”, especially during the pandemic, when rates of online gambling have soared. This increase in treatment was driven by reported use of mental health services rising significantly from 12% to 19%. There was also an increase in reported usage of advice…

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Caroline Lucas nails the biggest problem with Sunak’s ‘whatever it takes’ budget

Rishi Sunak promised to do “whatever it takes” to support people and businesses when delivering his 2021 budget. However, our society is amid climate and biodiversity crises that threaten its very foundation. So what we really need is an economic plan that offers ‘whatever it takes’ to support the planet and pull us back from the brink. In this Sunak totally failed to deliver, as the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas made perfectly clear. Saying it doesn’t make it true As the Guardian reported ahead of the budget, many saw it as “a vital test of Boris Johnson’s green credentials”. The government has repeatedly claimed to be creating a…

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The ‘Islamophobic donor’ scandal shows the problem Labour has made for itself

In November, the Times reported that ‘donorgate‘ person of interest David Abrahams had returned to Labour. Peter Mandelson celebrated the return of a big donor, saying the “trickle could become a flood“. Things quickly soured, though, when it turned out Abrahams had made several Islamophobic comments. The resulting scrutiny led to him deleting his Twitter account in a storm of unflattering screengrabs. Keir Starmer’s new financial backer accused every single Palestinian of being a terrorist. Keir Starmer personally wrote to David Abrahams asking for funding. Keir Starmer is a racist who wants the backing of other racists. pic.twitter.com/7FVYwzlULK — mike (@__mike91) December 2, 2020 This situation has served…

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Jeremy Scahill: “Trump Is Not the Root of the Problem, He Is a Product of American Imperial History”

Donald Trump ran for president in 2016 with a mixed message of attacking the legacy of the Iraq War and U.S. military adventurism, while simultaneously pledging to commit war crimes and promote imperialism. As we look back at Trump’s record, Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, says his flouting of international norms and bullying of other countries is in keeping with how U.S. presidents have long behaved. “Donald Trump is not the root of the problem. Donald Trump is a product of American imperial history,” Scahill notes. Source link

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Jeremy Scahill: "Trump Is Not the Root of the Problem, He Is a Product of American Imperial History"

Donald Trump ran for president in 2016 with a mixed message of attacking the legacy of the Iraq War and U.S. military adventurism, while simultaneously pledging to commit war crimes and promote imperialism. As we look back at Trump’s record, Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, says his flouting of international norms and bullying of other countries is in keeping with how U.S. presidents have long behaved. “Donald Trump is not the root of the problem. Donald Trump is a product of American imperial history,” Scahill notes. Source link

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The ‘dangerous problem’ that was completely missing from the presidential debate

Contrary to initial expectations, the climate crisis did feature in the presidential debate on 29 September. Candidates also faced a question on the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Presidential nominees got asked about climate change at a debate for the first time in over a decade— Here's what Trump and Biden had to say about the ongoing climate crisis #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/xQfhsRyIYM — NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 30, 2020 However, the biodiversity crisis, which is as important as the climate crisis and intrinsically linked to it, didn’t get a look in. Nor did a “dangerous problem” in the US, relevant to both the pandemic and biodiversity, get a mention. That’s the US’s…

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