Memphis Police Chief Trained With Israel Security Forces
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by Alice Speri
12h ago
The death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis police officers last month once again ignited outrage over the violent, militarized nature of U.S. law enforcement and placed scrutiny on police departments’ bloated budgets. Among the objections to policing that are being revived are criticisms of a controversial series of trainings and exchange programs for U.S. police in Israel. Scores of American law enforcement leaders have attended the programs, where they learned from Israeli police and security forces known for systemically abusing the human rights of Palestinians. Some of t ..read more
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House GOP Spends First Hearing on the Border Casting Joe Biden as an International Crime Boss
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by Ryan Devereaux
12h ago
El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego appeared puzzled as he answered questions from Republican lawmakers at a congressional hearing in Washington on Wednesday. The Texas judge traveled to the Capitol to recount the daily challenges civil society groups face providing humanitarian aid to asylum seekers on the border. He was prepared to discuss the nitty-gritty of that work and relay what he sees as the “success story” of his binational, Mexican American community. Instead, he found himself fielding shouted questions about whether he agreed that cartel wars would soon spill across the border a ..read more
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How Democrats Paved the Way for Kevin McCarthy's Attack on Ilhan Omar
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by Akela Lacy
12h ago
Congressional Democrats showed an unusually unified front in support of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., as she faced attacks from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. As leader of the Republican-controlled House, McCarthy succeeded Thursday in his attempts to strip Omar from her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she has been a vocal critic of the war-industrial complex and human rights abuses in which the U.S. has been either a primary actor or a sponsor. On Thursday, the House voted on party lines to remove Omar from the committee by a vote of 218 to 211. Despite c ..read more
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In Memphis, Tyre Nichols Beating Carries Echoes of Atlanta REDDOG Unit
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by George Chidi
12h ago
Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis, chief of police in Memphis, won praise for her immediate response to the Tyre Nichols beating death. Amid criticism, she and the city shuttered the SCORPION unit, created as one of her first acts as Memphis’s new police chief in 2021, whose officers conducted the traffic stop and beating of Nichols. Davis, of all people, should have understood how high-intensity, politically driven specialized policing units could go wrong. Davis ran Atlanta’s checkered REDDOG unit for about 18 months in 2006 and 2007, according to the resume she gave Durham, North Carolina, in 2016 ..read more
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The Grisly Cult of the Wagner Group’s Sledgehammer
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by Murtaza Hussain
18h ago
Wagner group mercenaries gesture to the video camera filming the brutal torture and killing of Hamadi Bouta, a Syrian Army deserter in 2017 in Syria. Still: Wagner Group propaganda video In the long, terrible history of the Syrian civil war, a 2017 video of a war crime committed by Russian mercenaries still stands out for its horror. The videotaped torture and murder of Hamadi Bouta, a Syrian Army deserter, by members of the notorious Russian-led Wagner Group generated global outrage as well as a legal case against the paramilitary organization. The footage of Bouta being beaten to death wi ..read more
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13,000 People From the Niger Delta Just Sued Shell for Years of Oil Spills
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by Georgia Gee
1d ago
The water in Ogale, a rural community in Nigeria, is so toxic and polluted with oil that it comes out brown and stinks of sulphur. Children and families get sick just trying to bathe or stay hydrated. In Bille, a fishing community of around 45 islands surrounded entirely by water, there are no fish left. Oily water seeps into people’s homes, and, without a source of income, money is scarce. The signs that once warned people of the dangers of chronic pollution are covered in rust. These Niger Delta communities have been facing pollution caused by Shell for decades, devastating their health and ..read more
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Meet New Washington Post Columnist Jim Geraghty and His Malfunctioning Noggin
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by Jon Schwarz
2d ago
Photo illustration: Elise Swain/The Intercept The Washington Post opinion section recently announced that it has hired seven new columnists. One of them is Jim Geraghty, a longtime National Review writer with a brain the size and power of a AAA battery. I’ve been fascinated by Geraghty ever since a post he wrote in 2006 about the Iraq/weapons of mass destruction issue. To understand how badly Geraghty went astray here, you need some background that he apparently lacked. I have to emphasize that this background was available in 2006 to anyone who 1) could read English, 2) had a library card a ..read more
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Dissent Episode Three: How an Adoption Case Could Unravel Tribal Sovereignty
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by Intercepted
2d ago
The Supreme Court is hearing a case that could dismantle the Indian Child Welfare Act, also known as ICWA. The law was passed in 1978 to combat a history of forced family separation in the United States and prevent the removal of Native children from their communities. But now, in Haaland v. Brackeen, ICWA could be completely overturned. In the third episode of Dissent, host Jordan Smith is joined by Rebecca Nagle, a journalist, citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and host of the podcast “This Land.” Smith and Nagle break down the case and its broad implications for laws based on tribes’ political ..read more
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What $28 Million Bought the Memphis Police Department
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by Akela Lacy
2d ago
The Memphis Police Department unit that beat 29-year-old Tyre Nichols during a January 7 traffic stop was part of a division that operated with an annual budget of more than $28 million a year from the time of its creation in 2021 until it was disbanded over the weekend. The department shut down the unit the day after police released body-camera footage of members of the unit beating Nichols to near the point of death. The father, skateboarder, and photographer died three days later in the hospital from injuries inflicted by the police. The Memphis police unit, Street Crimes Operation to Resto ..read more
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New FTX Filing Pulls Back the Curtain on Sam Bankman-Fried’s Massive Influence Peddling Operation
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by Lee Fang, Ken Klippenstein, Daniel Boguslaw
3d ago
A filing in FTX’s bankruptcy proceedings is shedding light on the true extent of the crypto-trading powerhouse’s influence peddling operation. Last week, FTX filed its creditor matrix, a document that lists former vendors and investors to the company. The list includes nearly a dozen public relations experts — specialists who generate positive spin in the media on behalf of clients — as well as political consultants, think tanks, and trade groups. Sometimes, the money went directly to political operations; Majority Forward, a dark-money group designed to elect Senate Democrats, received cash ..read more
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