Thursday, October 27, 2011

Olbermann: Oakland mayor must fire police chief or resign

The Raw Story article Olbermann: Oakland mayor must fire police chief or resign provides a little background for the included video below and the transcript I quote below that..
“But if one night a group of peaceable protesters exercising the rights given to them in the Constitution — and not rights made up by the cops, for the cops, like lawful command and imminent threat — if they are attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets, and the mayor’s only comments are to commend the police chief for a ‘generally peaceful resolution to the situation’ and after that claim ‘democracy is messy’ after the unprovoked actions of those police horrify a nation, she is endorsing and assuming for herself the responsibility for whatever havoc the out of control police officers have wrought.”

The Raw Story article Olbermann interviews roommate of Iraq veteran injured in Oakland provided the video below. 

 Notice in the video some description of the “violence” that “provoked” the police. 

Iran's Power Struggles Play Out In Public

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran holds an office that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said could easily be eliminated. Reuters

Iran’s Power Struggle Goes Beyond Personalities to Future of Presidency Itself -- New York Times

WASHINGTON — An unusual proposal by Iran’s supreme leader to eliminate the position of president has highlighted an increasingly bitter struggle within the country’s political elite, as the leader and his allies continue to try to undercut the powers of Iran’s ambitious president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told an academic gathering last week that “changing Iran into a parliamentary system” in which voters no longer elected a president would not be a problem. His words were widely seen as the latest blow in a battle that began in April when Mr. Ahmadinejad crossed a line by openly feuding with Ayatollah Khamenei — who has the final word in affairs of state — over cabinet appointments.

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My Comment: Iran's government is essentially an institution that operates within a theocratic structure. Secularists, reformers, even opponents like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are bucking up against an institution that now pervades every aspect of Iranian life ... and the best of luck to them if they think they can change it.

Report: Crime Is A Far Greater Source Of Armed Violence Than War

Crime Is “Main Source” Of Armed Violence -- Swiss Info

A Swiss-funded international study has found that, contrary to what is commonly thought, crime is a far greater source of armed violence than war.

According to the 2011 Global Burden of Armed Violence report, around 526,000 people die violently every year – more than 1,400 people a day. By comparison, 55,000 die a year as a result of war or terrorism.

The study, which was released in Geneva on Thursday, also found that 396,000 people were murdered outside of armed conflict annually and that another 54,000 people died from unintentional violence, or manslaughter. Police operations were said to account for 21,000 deaths a year.

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