The Over-Policing of America and Criminalizing Everyday Life

Chase Madar TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175781/tomgram%3A_chase_madar%2C_the_criminalization_of_everyday_life/ If all you’ve got is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail. And if police and prosecutors are your only tool, sooner or later everything and everyone will be treated as criminal. This … Continue reading

Imprisoned Pussy Riot Member: Why I Have Gone on Hunger Strike

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova The Guardian/UK http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/sep/23/pussy-riot-hunger-strike-nadezhda-tolokonnikova Beginning Monday, 23 September, I am going on hunger strike. This is an extreme method, but I am convinced that it is my only way out of my current situation. The penal colony administration refuses … Continue reading

10 Ways America Has Come to Resemble a Banana Republic

Alex Henderson AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/economy/10-ways-america-has-come-resemble-banana-republic?paging=off In the post-New Deal America of the 1950s and ’60s, the idea of the United States becoming a banana republic would have seemed absurd to most Americans. Problems and all, the U.S. had a lot going … Continue reading