Natasha Lennard

Why We're Fascinated With the Disappearance of Flight 370

Three days and counting since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and no definitive trace of the jet has emerged. As with missing vessels in the past, this is a story thick with mystery, soaked with potential horror and reflective of a particular brand of social anxiety exacerbated by an age of total surveillance.

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Cops Who Beat Homeless Man to Death Walk Free

Kelly Thomas, a homeless man who suffered from schizophrenia, died in hospital in 2011. He had beaten, tasered and kicked to death by cops from the Fullerton, CA Police Department while begging for mercy. The sickening incident of police brutality was caught by a surveillance camera.

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Chomsky: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Lower Wages And Increase Insecurity

Critics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement — a purported free trade deal between 11 countries, including the U.S., Canada and Japan, which has been in negotiations for some years — have noted that the deal has little to do with free trade. Rather, the TPP is about limiting regulation, helping corporate interests and imposes fiercer standards of intellectual property (to, again, largely benefit corporate interests).

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Half of Young Black Men in U.S. Have Been Arrested

new report looking at lifetime prevalence of arrests in U.S. citizens found that 50 percent of black males under 23 years old have been arrested at least once. Meanwhile, 40 percent of white males under 23 have been arrested.

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Noam Chomsky: The Richest Countries Are Racing Us Towards Disaster While 'Primitive' Societies Are Trying to Stop It

In his 85th year, political theorist and linguist Noam Chomsky remains a fiercely busy polymath and dedicated activist. Indeed, his schedule is so demanding, our interview had to be booked a good number of weeks in advance and my time on the phone with the MIT professor was sandwiched between another press interview and another one of his many commitments.

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Police Say Teen Shot Self in Head - While Hands Cuffed Behind Back

A strange phenomenon has been occurring in police custody around the U.S., which seems to defy both the laws of physics and the limits of human physiology. Young people of color, handcuffed with their hands bound behind their backs, are able to shoot themselves in the head. For the critical observer, belief is beggared.

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California Cops Shoot and Kill 13-Year-Old Carrying Toy Rifle

Officers in Sonoma County, Calif., shot dead 13-year-old Andy Lopez Tuesday as he walked home from school carrying a toy rifle.

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Dallas Police Shoot Mentally Ill Man Standing in the Street

Another day, another story of police trigger-happines; another mentally ill person struck by police gunfire.

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Victory Against in the Fight to Keep Police from Tracking Our Location at All Times

The California State Assembly Appropriations committee has put a halt to plans to fit state drivers’ licenses with RFID chips. The chips are already mandatorily embedded in licenses in New York, Michigan Vermont and Washington and are increasingly used in school ID’sand all recently issued passports. As Wired reports:

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The Creepy Spy Program That Lets the Drug Enforcement Administration Look at Your Phone Records

The New York Times revealed Monday that the Drug Enforcement Administration has access to the entirety of telecom giant AT&T’s phone records.

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