I just finished Clive Stafford Smith’s book, The Injustice System: A Murder in Miami and a Trial Gone Wrong, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It is a must read and should be required reading for all high school students in the U.S.

The Injustice System: A Murder in Miami and a Trial Gone Wrong

A book by Clive Stafford Smith

The maverick public defender who inspired John Grisham tells the story of his most frustrating case

A man accused of a murder he didn’t commit languishes on death row. A crusading lawyer is determined to free him. (more…)

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. Attributed to the Talmud

John Pilger 6/23/11

One of the most original and provocative books of the past decade is Disciplined Minds by Jeff Schmidt (Rowman & Littlefield). “A critical look at salaried professionals,” says the cover, “and the soul-battering system that shapes their lives.” (more…)

Why are so many people so scared? Maybe it’s because of our rulers’ enormous “fear machine.” So says Eduardo Galeano, in this rare and charming interview. But there is reason for optimism.  (more…)

See the film Reel Bad Arabs (50 mins.) here.

See also Jack Shaheen’s books, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People and Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs After 9/11 .

Martha Gies Street Roots, USA 12/14/07

Portland author Jules Boykoff sees dissent’s demise at the hands of big media

In November, A K Press published “Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States,” an important new book that shows us what we are up against if we hold dissenting political views. (more…)

I highly recommend the movie The Lives of Others, about the Stasi (secret police in the former East German Republic), and books by Judge Andrew Napolitano, Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws, and Jules Boykoff, “Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States.” Each has much to teach us about the consequences when governments disregard civil liberties and evesdrop on citizens, if we are willing to listen.


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