Another massacre, another charade – The Washington Post

As for the only remotely plausible solution, Obama dare not speak its name. He made an oblique reference to Australia, never mentioning that its gun-control innovation was confiscation, by means of a mandatory buyback. There’s a reason he didn’t bring up confiscation (apart from the debate about its actual efficacy in reducing gun violence in Australia). In this country, with its traditions, public sentiment and, most importantly, Second Amendment, them’s fightin’ words.

Source: Another massacre, another charade – The Washington Post

President Putin, part one – Videos – CBS News

Whatever your (western propaganda) view of Uncle Vlad, this is a great interview wherein he once again shows why he is so incredibly popular in Russia and formidable in the world.  Bully for him!

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At a time of icy relations with the U.S., Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a rare – and surprising – interview to 60 Minutes. Charlie Rose reports.

http://www.cbsnews.com/common/video/cbsnews_video.swf

Source: President Putin, part one – Videos – CBS News

‘The EU must ban all products from Israel’ – Israel News, Ynetnews

Frank van der Linde, a Dutch political-social activist who spent a long time in Israel and has dozens of friends in the country, is the face of the BDS campaign in the Netherlands. In a special interview to Yedioth Ahronoth, he explains why he doesn’t recognize Israel as a state, dismisses claims of hypocrisy in light of the other injustices taking place in the world, and says he supports the rights of both Palestinian and Jewish refugees.

Source: ‘The EU must ban all products from Israel’ – Israel News, Ynetnews

50 Years After the Moynihan Report, Examining the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration – The Atlantic

This is a clip from a long but excellently written article in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Politicians are suddenly eager to disown failed policies on American prisons, but they have failed to reckon with the history. Reconsidering Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report on “The Negro Family,” 50 years later.

Source: 50 Years After the Moynihan Report, Examining the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration – The Atlantic

Talk about #blacklivesmatter! – Leader of #BokoHaram has been killed four times so far.

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From Economist.com – HOW many times can one man die? At least four, in the case of Abubakar Shekau, the slippery leader of Boko Haram. Nigerian security forces celebrated his demise in 2009, 2013 and 2014, only for him to pop up again, disconcertingly animate, on camera. When Chad’s president said in August that his troops had killed Mr Shekau, the jihadist was resurrected once again, this time with a voice recording. “Woe unto liars that had claimed I am dead,” said the voice. “Nobody can kill me.”

This relatively mild-mannered dispatch raised questions of its own. Most of what is known about Africa’s most notorious terrorist derives from his gun-wielding, slave-touting videos. If he were still at large, would he not release a film in his usual more robust style? Most probably, he is indeed alive. Whether he is injured is impossible to say. Experts dispute how old he is, or how religiously scholarly. Perhaps he is not one man at all. The army accused Boko Haram of using body doubles after he was “killed” last year. More

Meet the Black Marine Vet Who’s Speaking Out Against #BlackLivesMatter

Cornell West this guy ain’t.  A whole lot of what he says seems to me egregious nonsense.   But I take from this interview that the rhetorical utility of #blacklivesmatter as a slogan is rapidly coming to an end.  It crumbles in the face of “lives matter”.

For anyone familiar with how hard ball politics is played it’s easy to believe that some of the more odious chants at blm rallies, “fry ’em”, “pigs in a blanket”, etc, are being shouted by “false flag” plants working for the FBI, Tea Party,  FoxNews or the Koch brothers.  I readily acknowledge blm has served a useful role since Ferguson in rallying and focusing the energy and online attention of people outraged by the killings of Michael Brown and others.  But it looks like the slogan’s 15 minutes are about up.  The rallying cry “livesmatter” necessarily includes our darker ones and that, sez me, is the best way forward.