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PBC News & Comment: Ferguson Brings Class and Race Conflicts to Our Flat Screens

The heavy-handed, militarized response to protests and violence in Ferguson brings a rare dose of reality to our high-def TV’s….

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–in Ferguson, curfew is replaced by de facto martial law with National Guard

–PBC withholding judgment as both sides try to control the narrative

–strong negative reaction to militarized response as many learn for first time about our growing police state

–Capt. Ron Johnson shows balls as he tries to mediate between white leaders and angry blacks, and gets undercut

–in Iraq, Yazidi crisis is still hard to get a clear picture of, as 80 were slaughtered on Friday, based on unconfirmed reports

–op-ed in NY Times gives remarkable, blunt view of Iraq’s corruption and political divides, muted hope for Abedi

–Gaza ceasefire about to expire again, as Israel destroys homes of suspected kidnappers, proving it lied about Hamas

–Oakland protest delays unloading of Israeli ship, Code Pink plans to protest Sen. Boxer’s Oakland office Tuesday

–Haaretz reports that US has given Israel $100 billion since 1962

–right wing nut John Bolton leads effort to attack UN in order to prevent war crimes investigation

–Gov. Rick Perry of Texas indicted for abuse of office, cleverly calls the indictment an abuse of office

–Montana Dems pick YouTube schoolmarm Amanda Curtis for Senate race;  Hawaii narrowly picks Schatz over Hanabusa

–Julian Assange says he will soon leave Ecuador’s embassy