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US military quintuples assistance to Mexico for bloody drug war

The US Department of Defense is stepping up its aid to the Mexican military for drug war training and joint operations. Funds for the training of Mexican military drug units has increased to $15 million this year, up from just $3 million in 2009.

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Thousands of Massachusetts residents call on legislature to tell cops: Get a warrant!

This week, the ACLU of Massachusetts delivered over 3,000 petition signatures to the President of the State Senate, Therese Murray, calling on her to move privacy legislation currently before the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

"If a house is burning, people will jump out the window": The war on drugs and the border crisis

Murrieta, California

A spectacle at the border drew the world’s attention: dozens of far-right protesters in the southern California desert held signs and chanted while attempting to block busloads of children from entering their town. Murrieta, California was suddenly on the map.

Racist incitement outside government bolsters racist policies within it, and vise versa

The Intercept's interview with CAIR founder and executive director Nihad Awad, a target of discriminatory FBI/NSA surveillance.

Two items in the news this week draw out the relationship between racism outside government and official government policy that effectively institutionalizes it.

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