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October 26, 2015

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New York Times finds racist traffic policing in Greensboro, N.C.
The New York Times analyzed traffic stop data, years of arrests and pullovers, from Greensboro, N.C., and found that police stop, search, and become physical with black drivers with disproportionate frequency.
Greensboro is a racially-mixed city of 280,000. Black drivers were stopped for minor infractions (such as broken taillights or expired plates), arrested for carrying small amounts of marijuana, and arrested on dubious “resisting, obstructing, or delaying an officer” charge far more often than white drivers, even though white drivers are caught carrying drugs much more frequently. Read Mas
How close did we come to war with the Soviet Union?
It would’ve been just one big ole’ misunderstanding. A newly declassified report documents how in November 1983, NATO ran a drill to rehearse procedure for nuclear war. Russian officials thought the NATO drills were cover for a surprise nuclear attack by the US. So they went to the mattresses, alerting their Air Force and security services to be on the ready.
It had been a tense autumn. The Soviets had shot down a Korean airliner, and the US was preparing to place ground-launched missiles in Europe.

“In 1983, we may have inadvertently placed our relations with the Soviet Union on a hair trigger,” the report says. Read Mas

 
Tony Blair says 2003 invasion contributed to ISIS problem
 
Former Prime Minister of England Tony Blair, who sent British troops to assist in the US overthrow of Saddam Hussein, apologized for mistakes in intelligence and planning. However he said that he doesn’t regret removing Hussein from power.

Asked if the UK and US are to blame for ISIS’ rise to power, Blair said. “Of course, you can’t say that those of us who removed (former Iraqi dictator) Saddam (Hussein) in 2003 bear no responsibility for the situation in 2015.” Read Mas

 

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