International Idealism

"Let us do something, while we have the chance!"

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The war on drugs creates perverse incentives. When the police find assets that they suspect are the proceeds of crime, they can seize them. Under civil asset-forfeiture rules, they do not have to prove that a crime was committed—they can grab first and let the owners sue to get their stuff back. The police can meanwhile use the money to beef up their own budgets, buying faster patrol cars or computers. All this gives them a powerful incentive to focus on drug crimes, which generate lots of cash, rather than, say, rape, which does not. This is outrageous. Citizens should not forfeit their property unless convicted of a crime; and the proceeds should fund the state as a whole, not the arm that does the grabbing.
The Economist (via prettayprettaygood)

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Two days before the Smile Jamaica concert, gunmen appeared at Marley’s home and shot him, Rita Marley, and his manager Don Taylor. No one was killed. Marley performed, but not before showing his wounds to the crowd.
The failed assassination would serve as the inspiration for his song "Ambush in the Night"

Two days before the Smile Jamaica concert, gunmen appeared at Marley’s home and shot him, Rita Marley, and his manager Don Taylor. No one was killed. Marley performed, but not before showing his wounds to the crowd.

The failed assassination would serve as the inspiration for his song "Ambush in the Night"

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It’s absurd to think that the only possible form of oppression comes from government, but a billionaire born to a millionaire would likely think that. He’s [Charles Koch] never had to work for anyone. He’s never been subjected to the tyranny of the workplace or the shackles of poverty. That experience tends to give you a different perspective on what “freedom” actually means.
Hullabaloo (via azspot)

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There is substantial agreement among Afghanistan experts that after international forces are reduced, there will be a re-emergence of ethnic and regional factionalism, likely led by Herat province potentate Ismail Khan; Ghani’s running mate, Abdul Rashid Dostum, of largely Uzbek northwestern Afghanistan; and Abdullah’s Hazara Shia running mate, Mohammad Mohaqiq. These figures, and others, have retained or can easily revive local militias that have, in the past, committed substantial abuses and exercise arbitrary administration of justice.
Opinion: Afghanistan’s future depends on security agreement: Afghan security forces have made tremendous strides, but continued success turns on U.S. military support (via aljazeeraamerica)

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Like anybody, I would like to live - a long life; longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.[1]
Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have Been to the Mountaintop,” April 3, 1968 — hours before his assassination on April 4, 1968 (via politicalprof)

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breakingnews:

Israel cancels prisoner release
AP: Israel said Thursday it is canceling the 4th planned release of Palestinian prisoners.
The move comes after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas applied to 15 UN bodies in pursuit of further recognition for Palestine.
Photo: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Atef Safadi/EPA via NBCNews.com)

This summary is wrong; firstly, the Palestinians took these steps only after Israel failed to release prisoners by the end of March and been previously agreed. Further, it is widely believed that Abbas is not seeking official recognition of Palestine at this time. Rather, he is trying to pressure Israel into meeting its commitments and continuing talks between the two powers. Context makes a big difference here.

breakingnews:

Israel cancels prisoner release

AP: Israel said Thursday it is canceling the 4th planned release of Palestinian prisoners.

The move comes after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas applied to 15 UN bodies in pursuit of further recognition for Palestine.

Photo: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Atef Safadi/EPA via NBCNews.com)

This summary is wrong; firstly, the Palestinians took these steps only after Israel failed to release prisoners by the end of March and been previously agreed. Further, it is widely believed that Abbas is not seeking official recognition of Palestine at this time. Rather, he is trying to pressure Israel into meeting its commitments and continuing talks between the two powers. Context makes a big difference here.

(via humanrightswatch)

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