Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Resources for October 29, 2015

ENG 102: Propaganda/Disinformation/Censorship/Euphemisms/Dogma Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Lee, Jaeah and Phil Stinson. "Cops in the Classroom: South Carolina Incident Highlights Growing Police Presence in Schools." Democracy Now (October 28, 2015) [... shocking new videos that have surfaced from inside a South Carolina high school where a police officer has been caught on camera slamming a teenage girl to the ground and dragging the student out of the classroom. The videos, which went viral on Monday, appear to show Deputy Sheriff Ben Fields approaching the student, who is seated at her desk, then wrapping his arm around her neck and flipping her and her desk to the ground. He then appears to drag her out of the classroom. The student was arrested. Another student who filmed the assault was also arrested and held on a $1,000 bail. The incident reportedly began when the student refused to give her teacher her phone. The incident is the latest in a series of cases of police officers in schools using excessive force against students."]

Shapiro, Ryan. "NSA, FBI, DIA Sued over Refusal to Disclose U.S. Role in Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela." Democracy Now (March 25, 2015) ["... one of the nation’s most prolific transparency activists, Ryan Shapiro, reveals he is suing the NSA, FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency in an attempt to force them to open their records on one of the country’s greatest secrets: how the U.S. helped apartheid South Africa capture Nelson Mandela in 1962, leading to his 27 years in prison. The U.S. has never confirmed its involvement, but details have leaked out over the years. Shapiro already has a pending suit against the CIA over its role in Mandela’s capture and to find out why it took until 2008 for the former South African president to be removed from the U.S. terrorist watch list. The NSA has already rejected one of Shapiro’s requests for its information on Mandela, citing 'national defense.'"]

Popova, Maria. "Vladimir Nabokov on Writing, Reading, and the Three Qualities a Great Storyteller Must Have." Brain Pickings (February 21, 2014)

Poon, Linda. "Gastrodiplomacy: Cooking Up A Tasty Lesson On War And Peace." The Salt (March 24, 2014)

Gonnerman, Jennifer. "An Arrest, a Suicide, a Year Later: The Lasting Tragedy of Kalief Browder." Pro Publica (October 5, 2015) ["Almost one year ago today, The New Yorker published the story of a young man named Kalief Browder, who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. Accused of stealing a backpack in 2010 at the age of 16, he was held on Rikers for more than 1,000 days waiting for a trial that never happened. His brutal detention included, among other abuses, two years in solitary confinement and beatings by officers and inmates. This tragedy of criminal justice was further compounded last June when, two years after his case was dismissed for lack of evidence, Browder, 22, committed suicide. On this week’s podcast, New Yorker staff writer Jennifer Gonnerman – who brought Browder’s story to light and has been reporting on the criminal justice system for nearly two decades – joins ProPublica senior editor Joe Sexton. Here Gonnerman discusses how she came to tell this story, its aftermath and why, even with the world of hurt that inhabits the criminal justice system, she remains driven to report on it."]

Davenport, Coral, et al. "Greenland is Melting Away." The New York Times (October 27, 2015) ["This river is one of a network of thousands at the front line of climate change."]

Top 25 Censored News Stories of All Time Project Censored (Ongoing Archive)

Anderson, Jeffrey. "Night of the Living Dead (Again): A Halloween appreciation." Keyframe (October 27, 2015)

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