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Arizona Legalizes Racial Profiling

Arizona Legalizes Racial ProfilingBy Marjorie Cohn

The conservative “states’ rights” mantra sweeping our country has led to one of the most egregious wrongs in recent U.S. history. New legislation in Arizona requires law enforcement officers to stop everyone whom they have “reasonable suspicion” to believe is an undocumented immigrant and arrest them if they fail to produce their papers. What constitutes “reasonable suspicion”? When asked what an undocumented person looks like, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who signed SB 1070 into law last week, said, “I don’t know what an undocumented person looks like.” The bill does not prohibit police from relying on race or ethnicity in deciding who to stop. It is unlikely that officers will detain Irish or German immigrants to check their documents. This law unconstitutionally criminalizes “walking while brown” in Arizona.

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Iraq Today: Afflicted by Violence, Devastation, Corruption, and Desperation

baghdad-mournsSeven years under occupation, Iraqis still cope with what Refugees International calls "a dire humanitarian crisis that sees huge numbers of displaced (and other Iraqis) struggl(ing) to survive," a situation "for which the US bears special responsibility" but does nothing to correct.

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Educational Reform act of 1996 Backfires on Poor

Educational Reform actThe Federal Welfare Reform Act of 1996 “has all but abolished welfare recipients’ ability to obtain any kind of education that extends past six months worth of training,” an authority on urban education contends. And by diminishing their ability to get a college degree, it has worked to ensure the continued poverty of the poor.

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From Agrichemicals to Crops, US Corporate Control!

AgrichemicalsEarly History of Plant Genetic Engineering

Recently there were heated debates in India on the use of Genetically Modified (GM) seeds, in regard to the vegetable brinjal, not always well informed or unbiased, since politicians and so called experts are for sale or in for making a fast buck.

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Avnery on the political underworld

ZionismIn the Name of Zionism

ISRAEL IS a Zionist State. Everybody knows that.

There is no (Jewish) politician in Israel who misses an opportunity to repeat this.

Last week, when we celebrated the 62nd Independence Day, we were flooded by a deluge of patriotic speeches. Each of the Ciceros, without exception, declared his total commitment to Zionism.

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