Sunday, July 19, 2015

Links worth reading

David Minzer pens an absolutely must-read piece on the military intervention in Libya

Top military brass claims that drones create more terrorists than they kill

And here are a bunch of links I assembled back in December but forgot to publish:
Amanda Gailey on how gun enthusiasts believe government has run amok with power, then support the government in killing unarmed black men.

Marcy Wheeler makes the case that the CIA torture program successfully met all of its goals, none of which were creating accurate intelligence.

CIA was recently forced to declassify a large trove of documents; here is one detailing their involvement in starting a brutal 50-year-long civil war in Guatemala. (h/t Cora Currier) 

Connor Friedersdorf on epidemic rates of domestic violence in United States police officer families.

Over at Jacobin, Dylan Matthews makes the case for abolishing all immigration restrictions.

"Watch this video of an armed, drunk, disobedient white man -- and his encounter with the cops. Something seem odd?"

Financial criminals have been paid billions, but they rarely pay.

On the multi-billion dollar textbook and standardized test industry:
This is because standardized tests are not based on general knowledge. As I learned in the course of my investigation, they are based on specific knowledge contained in specific sets of books: the textbooks created by the test makers...Put simply, any teacher who wants his or her students to pass the tests has to give out books from the Big Three publishers.
And only wealthy schools can afford these textbooks

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