By Courtney Anderson
They take our lives every day.
Shoot us in the back.
In front of family,
They leave us in the streets.
And Cuff our dead bodies.
They lie about us.
Drag our names,
through the mud.
We deserve our deaths, they say.
We killed ourselves.
We always kill ourselves, they say.
Our lives are played on social media.
And so are our deaths.
And our killers go free.
They ask for our
Peace! Peace! Be Peaceful! Have Peace!
Be peaceful as we slaughter you!
Stand still as we shoot.
Paint our streets with your Blood.
And above all, have Peace!
There is no peace.
There is no peace.
There is no peace.
There will be no peace.
As long as they live,
and we die,
There will be No Peace.
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By John Massey
In light of the ongoing situation in north-western Syria, it is worth considering what options are available to the Kremlin in terms of their response to Turkey after the Turks downed a Russian SU-24.
First, let’s note what the Russians won’t do; they won’t directly respond in anyway. There probably won’t be direct military action against Turkey, because of Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty.
NATO’s Article reads in part:
“The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all…”
While a clever reader may note that most of Turkey is in Asia Minor and not technically in Europe, and thus the Russians could potentially wage a war against Turkey as long as they steer clear of Istanbul, it seems unlikely that the Russians would risk this liberal interpretation of Article V.
Also it is worth noting that the downing of aircraft between NATO and the Soviet Union occurred multiple times in the 50s and 60s and it did not lead to direct war.
All right, so the Kremlin won’t be annexing Anatolia anytime soon, but what can they do?
As of now the Russian government has been shaping the narrative by claiming that this was a “stab in the back” and that Turkey is trying to “put the alliance [NATO] into the service of ISIS”.
Bellicose language like this will not get Mr. Putin far outside of Russia, but it will save some face domestically. While the claims being applied in this instance are utter nonsense when looking at a map like this one from the Institute for the Study of War and comparing it to the location of the shoot down, Mr. Putin could feasibly drum up xenophobia in the citizenry of NATO countries who frequently say to “kick Turkey out”. Especially as Turkey has faced changes in the domestic sphere as a conservative strongman– President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tightened his grip on power.
However, due to there being no mechanism in the North Atlantic Treaty for “kicking out” a member, and the strategic significance of the Bosporus Strait in containing the Russians, more than likely the response by Moscow will consist entirely of outrage and diplomatic wrist slaps.
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North Miami Police Have “No Specific Policies” For Dealing With People With Disabilities, FOIA Request Finds
A public records request from RISE NEWS has found that the North Miami police department does not any “specific policies” in terms of how its officers interact with people with disabilities, including autism.
We first requested the information on July 25th and were emailed the findings today.
The request was prompted by the police shooting of unarmed therapist Charles Kinsey three times in the leg in a North Miami street.
The officer who shot Kinsey, Jonathan Aledda was apparently aiming at Kinsey’s autistic patient according to the Miami-Dade police union president.
The shooting made national headlines and brought the issue of racial bias and violence against disabled people into the fore.
In responding to our request of any and all policies and procedures that the North Miami police department may have in dealing with people with disabilities, Major Franzia Brea said that “There are no specific policies regarding this topic.”
You can see for yourself:
While this new disclosure underscores the fact that North Miami has no specific policies dealing with people with disabilities, that doesn’t mean that their officers aren’t familiar with the issue.
North Miami police spokeswoman Natalie Buissereth told RISE NEWS that roughly 85% to 95% of North Miami officers have received Crisis Intervention Team Policing training (CIT).
CIT is often cited by police departments as a top local training method for officers to learn how to deal with people with mental illnesses.
Of course mental illness and developmental disability are two different things.
The CIT training only includes a small section (one page) about Autism and other developmental disabilities.
While the CIT training may be lacking, at least it is something.
But it is not at all clear that Aledda even received CIT training.
His personnel jacket does not include information regarding the training.
“If you don’t see it, it’s not there,” Buissereth said of Aledda’s missing CIT training certificate in his personnel jacket.
While much of the focus of the shooting has rightly been focused on Charles Kinsey, perhaps we should start asking why our police officers aren’t being properly trained on how to deescalate situations with people who have disabilities.
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A conspiracy theory peddling professor at Florida Atlantic University has been given notice by the college that he is in line to be fired in coming days after years of controversial statements according to the Sun Sentinel.
The professor, James Tracy is a leading denier of the Sandy Hook shooting and has claimed that the shooting and every other mass shooting in recent years were staged by governmental agencies.
Adam Lanza, a disturbed 20-year-old man shot and killed 26 people- including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Tracy is a professor of media history and analysis and has been one of the most vocal deniers that Sandy Hook happened. He disseminates these controversial views on his website called Memory Hole and via a Facebook page called Sandy Hook Hoax.
In a recent blog post, Tracy explained how he came to think that Sandy Hook was faked.
“After several days of reflection, however, my instincts as a media analyst took charge,” Tracy wrote in a post. “In reviewing news coverage of the Sandy Hook School massacre I began to recognize very unusual features in the alleged forensics, the emergency response and the overall way the event was being reported.
“Commonplace emergency protocols were abandoned. There was no surge of EMTs into the building, no proper triage protocol employed or Med-Evac helicopters called. Parents were not even allowed to view and hold the bodies of their deceased children, and law enforcement oddly admonished those who questioned the official narrative online were subject to criminal prosecution.”
Tracy’s views have not been taken seriously by nearly anyone else in academia or media.
Last week, the Sun Sentinel published an opinion piece by Veronique and Lenny Pozner, the parents of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.
In the piece, the parents bashed Tracy for asking them to prove that their son actually existed and that they were his parents.
“Tracy is among those who have personally sought to cause our family pain and anguish by publicly demonizing our attempts to keep cherished photos of our slain son from falling into the hands of conspiracy theorists,” Veronique and Lenny Pozner wrote.
FAU made the following statement to the media:
December 16, 2015
Today, James Tracy, an associate professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, was served a Notice of Proposed Discipline — Termination by the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Florida Atlantic University.
In accordance with the University’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the United Faculty of Florida union, by which the University and James Tracy are bound, faculty who receive such notice are afforded a grievance process. James Tracy has 10 days to respond to the notice after which final action may be taken.
In accordance with university practice regarding personnel issues, the university will make no further comment for the time being.
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