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Great piece from famed writer Jack Hitt: "The study of terrorists’ history suggests there is a relationship between these two forms of radical discourse. Distant authorities talking in a deniably cryptic way contribute to the rationalization for violence. This shift toward violence can have an effect at just about every level — from the lone-wolf killer, to couples, to hidden cells. And although it’s a more esoteric field of study for policy-center professionals, radicalization of an entire nation is possible, too — typically after reckless innuendo from political leaders becomes acceptable and then routine." ... See MoreSee Less
"There is a new way of dying in the Philippines,” said Redentor C. Ulsano, the police superintendent in the Tondo district. He smiled and held his wrists together in front of him, pretending to be handcuffed.
The police are conducting horrifying extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, sometimes executing family members in front of their children. Many of the victims voluntarily responded to a call from the government for a drug-treatment program that apparently was just used as a way to make lists.
This is happening in violation of the Philippines Constitution, which states that “protection of life” is one of those considered as “essential for the enjoyment by all the people of the blessings of democracy.” And that “No person shall be deprived of “Life”… without due process of law.” It is also happening in violation of international law.
The article and photos (warning, graphic imagery), tell a chilling story that we should not ignore.
"Maria Mesa Deparine lost two sons in a single week in September. Both had turned themselves in to the police. Both were found dead under bridges."
The statistic cited in the interview also rankled our ears, so we decided to look for it -- and this article hit the problem on the head.
"She juxtaposes the deaths of black men and the deaths of police like they are enemies in a war of rival factions, instead of citizens of the same country. She also equates the killing of unarmed black males with the deaths of police officers at the hands of cop killers, like some grisly tit-for-tat. In doing so, Mac Donald is perpetuating the long standing racist narrative castigating black men as criminals, which has been historically and structurally pervasive within the US justice system."