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Abby Zimet: Columbus OH Police Mace Double Amputee, Take His Legs, Leave Him Writhing

In a new study that manages to be both shocking and grimly unsurprising, researchers found police in 20 U.S. cities fail to meet even the most basic international human rights standards governing lethal force.

June 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Israeli Soldiers Kill Autistic Man For No Discernible Reason

Israeli soldiers shot and killed at point-blank range Iyad Khairi Halak, a severely autistic, 32-year-old Palestinian man as he cowered on the ground, bleeding, terrified and uncomprehending, behind garbage cans.

June 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: I Just Want To Live

America rages, reels, mourns. Brutal police violence – tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, batons – blazes across the country, in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, New York, possibly inflamed by white nationalists seeking to accelerate the carnage.

June 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: What would Jesus do? (Not this)

Leading as ever by invaluable example, Mike Pence declined to wear a mask Tuesday as he toured Minnesota’s renowned Mayo Clinic. He did this though the CDC’s guidelines urge Americans to wear a mask in public to minimize the spread of COVID-19…

April 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: First Do No Harm, Or Wait Maybe Just A Little If It’s Good For Our Ratings

A new study has found that the Fox-and-Trump-touted malaria drug hydroxychloroquine not only didn’t benefit COVID-19 patients, but killed more of them than those given standard care.

April 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Murderous Fail After Fail

So yes: Trump has blood on his tiny, stubby, murderous hands.

April 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: A Very Good Job (At Slow-Rolling, Mass Negligent Homicide)

On a day the U.S. saw over 139,000 cases and at least 2,425 deaths, the ever-classy Trump boasted his briefings’ “ratings” reached “Bachelor Finale, Monday Night Football type numbers.”

April 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: This is what justice looks like

Breaking down, Haley recalled her rape by Weinstein, the fear and paranoia she now lives with, and her unsteady healing process: “I showed up, not as a perfect victim, but as a human being.”

March 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Thank you, Elizabeth

A respectful, sorrowful, grateful farewell to Elizabeth Warren, the smartest, fiercest candidate in the race and one who deserved better from our still deeply sexist culture.

March 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Three stories: People fight the system and win

A farmer prevails against Monsanto in court. Refugees find ingenious ways to scale Trump’s wall. And 100 cities around the world provide free public transportation everyday for everyone.

February 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: RIP Fresh Water and Life on the Planet

Trump’s bold plan to poison his own citizens in the name of corporate pandering came after a Davos trip where he bad-mouthed mean Greta Thunberg and other “prophets of doom” who “want to see us do badly,” and praised Elon Musk, “one of our very smart people, one of our great geniuses,” who “does good at rockets.”

January 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: This Is About Shining Resiliency

Here is a dazzling group of black students from Tulane University School of Medicine in front of former slave quarters at Louisiana’s Whitney Plantation museum – proof of improbable distances traveled and what Russell Ledet calls a heart-lifting “collective vision for the future.”

January 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Word Is Love

It was 39 years ago Sunday that John Lennon was murdered by a deranged fan in front of his apartment.

December 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Well done, Private Bone Spurs

The special forces hadn’t told Trump about the raid earlier because they worried he’d leak it.

October 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

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