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By Chris Hedges
How the Brutalized Become Brutal

Every criminal has a story. No one, except for perhaps a few psychopaths, wakes up wanting to cut off another person's head. Murder and other violent crimes almost always grow out of years of abuse of some kind suffered by the perpetrator. Even the most "civilized" among us are not immune to dehumanization.

By Dave Zirin
On the Little League World Series, Jackie Robinson West, and Michael Brown

the events of this summer show with bracing clarity that there are huge swaths of this country that love black culture and hate black people. It is difficult to not see this reality in the events of the last week: events that counterpose something as American as apple pie, the Little League World Series, and something else that is frankly also as American as apple pie: the killing of unarmed black men

By Rob Kall
Respect Authority? Really?

One conversation that has come up in Ferguson is the need for " kids to respect authority, regardless of the circumstance."

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Charlie Crist Wants His Old Job Back

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Ukraine defiant on national day, rebels parade captives

Ukraine marked its independence day on Sunday with a military march-past in Kiev intended to send a message of defiance to Russia, but pro-Moscow rebels countered by parading captured Ukrainian troops through the streets of their main stronghold. The rival events highlighted the divide that will have to be bridged if a compromise on Ukraine is to be reached on Tuesday when Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko for the first time in months.

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Suspended St. Louis Police Officer: "I'm Into Diversity, I Kill Everybody"

A St. Louis County police officer, who was seen pushing a CNN anchor during protests in Ferguson, Mo., this week, was suspended from duty after a controversial video surfaced, in which he fashions himself as a merciless killer. "I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord and savior, but I'm also a killer," said officer Dan Page, a 35-year veteran, in the video. "I've killed a lot. And if I need to, I'll kill a whole bunch more. If you don't want to get killed, don't show up in front of me. I have no problems with it. God did not raise me to be a coward." Page added, "I'm into diversity -- I kill everybody. I don't care."

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