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Crime’s Down, So Why is Police Aggression Increasing?

FBI statistics show violent crime is down, but politicians keep funding more cops, lavishing them with military equipment, and training and encouraging them to act like soldiers instead of peace officers.

Police State Gears Up

Does your local police department really need an armored vehicle capable of surviving explosive devices like those buried in the roads of Afghanistan or Iraq? A Republican legislator in New Hampshire, troubled by the increasingly militarized police force in his town, is trying to do something about it.

Part 3: Climate Changes, Washington Freezes

In the third installment of our three-part look at underreported aspects of Climate Chaos, we cover a Washington conference which revealed terrifying new dimensions of the problem…but couldn’t quite get around to causes and cures.

Part 2: Denying Climate Change….

Washington won’t act to slow the chaos of climate change, even as the Navy prepares to patrol an open Arctic Ocean and the oil industry pushes to be able to start drilling in newly ice-free Arctic waters.
Part two of a three-part WhoWhatWhy investigation.

Part 1: To See Climate Change in Florida

You don’t need to go to the North Pole to see evidence of climate change and rising seas. Just go to Florida.

Exhumation Proves Murder of Brazilian President, New York Times Must Admit

The New York Times mocked political exhumations in Latin America. But one re-examination of a supposed accidental death of a popular ex-president in Brazil has already led to charges that his death was actually an assassination.

Islamic Name? US Banks May Not Want Your Business

U.S. banks are summarily canceling accounts of some customers with Islamic surnames. Why? They won’t say. And the trend is happening coast to coast, according to a Muslim advocacy group. Is the government behind it?

Monday Morning Skeptic: NY Times Buries CIA Facts Re Latin American Deaths

Times Latin American correspondent Simon Romero portrays recent exhumations of political figures in Latin America as a kind of relic of early Christian practices, ignoring that most are being done to see if leftist leaders were murdered under a program called Operation Condor—orchestrated by the CIA.

US Demands Syria Destroy Chemical Weapons Lickety-Split, But Says It Needs Decades to Safely Eliminate Its Own Chems

Sixteen years after signing the chemical weapons treaty, the US says it needs another 10 years to destroy its stocks of chemical arms. But it insists that Syria, in the midst of a civil war, eliminate its huge weapons stockpile in 8 months or face a bombing blitz.

Peaceful Syrian Opposition Ignored by Peace Laureate Obama – an Exclusive WHY Interview

An exclusive WhoWhatWhy interview with Syrian Democracy and Peace Activist Dr. Rim Turkmani about Assad, War, Chemical Weapons, and the fact that the Obama Administration has not reached out to the peace-loving parts of the Syrian opposition.

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