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Expat Files – 12.01.17

#1- Will a previous bankruptcy filing affect your Latin American residency application? Might it disqualify you? What about having a DUI on your police or FBI “good conduct” report? Here’s the skinny…   #2- Residency Requirement problems: About those Police/Sheriff vs FBI reports, you’ll need one or the other. Today we explain why in some case its sooooo much better if …

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BRUCE E. LEVINE – Killing “Schizophrenics”: Contemporary U.S. Psychiatry Versus Nazi Psychiatry

In any society that prioritizes economic efficiency, productivity and order above life and all of life’s varieties, people experiencing altered and extreme emotional states will be seen as defective and as burdens—monkey wrenches that disturb the societal assembly line. To be clear, contemporary American society is not Nazi-German society when it comes to treating people labeled with “serious mental illness,” …

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Sarah Lazare – Are Obama’s Immigration Prisons for Families Legitimate ‘Child Care Facilities’? Judge Says No

Nearly 500 mothers incarcerated with their children at euphemistically-termed immigrant family detention centers in Texas were released over the weekend following a judge’s ruling that such prisons cannot operate as childcare facilities. The advocacy organization Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement “hurriedly released over 460 mothers and children from Karnes …

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Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt – Feeding the Fire in December

As the daylight wanes and the nights grow longer, colder and darker, we draw our energy in. Instead of the labor of summer, we begin to curl inward, focusing on our internal landscape, on reading, writing, journaling, on feeding the fire, stacking and chopping wood, while cultivating our vision for the seasons to come. December is a time to slow …

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Alexandra Jacobo – Veterans arrive at Standing Rock to act as human shields for water protectors

For the past several days hundreds of veterans have begun arriving at Standing Rock to show solidarity with the water protectors. Starting on Thursday, veterans from across the country began arriving at the Oceti Sakowin and Sacred Stone camps in North Dakota. Over 1,000 veterans plan to “deploy” and are calling on their fellow veterans to assemble as a “peaceful, …

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Jamiles Lartey – Women in jails are the fastest growing incarcerated population, study says

Women held in local jails represent the fastest growing population of incarcerated people in the US, according to a new study. The researchers found that trauma, sexual violence and mental health issues were all closely wrapped up with the swelling numbers. “While we started to see a decline in the incarceration and jailing of men, we haven’t seen a comparable …

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Juan Cole – 6 Problems Worse Than Terrorism in America

Every time a person of Middle Eastern heritage who ought to have been committed to an insane asylum but wasn’t (because rich people who don’t want to pay taxes successfully lobbied to get rid of insane asylums) commits violence, our press and politicians hit the panic button.  This is so even though you are more likely to die falling in …

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Drug overdose epidemic top cause of US injury deaths

Drug overdoses have reached epidemic levels in the United States where they are the leading cause of injury deaths, surpassing car accidents and gunshots, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Wednesday. “Drug abuse is ending too many lives too soon and destroying families and communities,” DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said. “We must reach young people at an even earlier age and …

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A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt: The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit – Laura Gottesdiener

Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door Company. Its purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given …

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San Francisco jail inmates allegedly forced into ‘gladiator-style’ fights

County public defender asks the US Department of Justice to investigate claims of ‘sadistic’ treatment including threats of violence if inmates did not comply The Department of Justice has been asked to investigate after prison guards allegedly forced inmates to engage in gladiator-style fights for “sadistic pleasure” and betting, in scenes the authorities said evoked Game of Thrones. An inmate …