May 15 2015

Newsflash: Iraqi Nat’l Forces Battle ISIS in Ramadi, Chicago-Miami Police Scandals Unfold, B.B. King Dies

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Uprising’s guest expert Chenjerai Kumanyika, Assistant Professor of Communications Studies at Clemson University, analyzes to day’s news headlines:

A major battle has broken out in the Iraqi city of Ramadi between national security forces and soldiers loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The militant Sunni group launched a new offensive this week, involving car bombs and suicide attacks. Ramadi is only 70 miles from Baghdad, and is key to the US-backed Iraqi war against ISIS. Already more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have fled the city. Meanwhile, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, who was thought to be gravely injured in an air strike, just released a recording. In it, he mentions the Saudi war in Yemen, and calls on Muslims the world over to join his fight from wherever they are. Click HERE for a CNN.com and HERE for a Time article on this story.

Here in the US, Chicago Police embroiled in the controversy over torture and abuse at a ‘black site’ called Homan Square have been rocked by another scandal. A man named Angel Perez became the 13th former inmate to detail his horrific experience to media. Speaking to the Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman, Perez described being sodomized by a police officer by what may have been the barrel of a handgun. And, in Miami Beach, Florida, a full-blown police-related scandal has erupted over private communications that reveal overtly racist and misogynist email threads among officers. As has been seen in private police communications before, there were racist jokes involving President Obama, and others making light of domestic violence. More than 500 trials are being reviewed, in which officers involved in the scandal are witnesses. Click HERE for an RT.com and HERE for a America Aljazeera article on this story.

And finally, the legendary blues musician BB King has passed away. King passed away in his sleep at the age of 89, in Las Vegas yesterday. He was one of the most important blues artists to have ever lived and is credited with popularizing the music form to a wide audience. BB King was so prolific that he performed in literally hundreds of concerts a year well into his 70s. Born Riley B. King to Mississippi sharecroppers on a cotton plantation, he began performing during Jim Crow segregation and went on to be one of the country’s most decorated and recognized musicians. In its obituary of him, the New York Times described King’s music as “a stinging guitar with a shimmering vibrato, notes that coiled and leapt like an animal, and a voice that groaned and bent with the weight of lust, longing and lost love.” Click HERE for King’s NY Times obituary.

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