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July 23, 2014  

Peace Activist: Israel’s Carnage in Gaza Has Shifted the Public Discourse

Detroit: City Manager Scores Major Victory; Retirees OK Pension Cuts

The ‘48-Hour Rule’: How Cops Legally Avoid Investigations

Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., and director of its New Internationalism Project, helped found the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation in 2001 and remains on its advisory board. She writes and speaks widely across the United States and around the world as part of the global peace movement, and is an informal adviser to several top U.N. officials on Middle East and U.N. democratization issues.

She tells Leid Stories that Israel’s carnage in Gaza, and its policies toward Palestine in general, have triggered a shift in the public discourse, most notably among Jews.

Kevyn Orr, the state-appointed emergency manager for the City if Detroit, on Monday got a huge boost to his bankruptcy-reorganization plan—agreement by city workers and retirees to cut their pensions by 4.5 percent and forego other benefits.

Correspondent Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of Pan-African News Wire, reports on what Orr’s victory means in the impending legal battle to prove to a federal judge that the city has met all the criteria to qualify for bankruptcy protection against creditors and to proceed with its recovery plan.

A funeral will be held this evening in New York City for Eric Garner, a 46-year-old father of six who died last Thursday after a violent arrest by police for allegedly selling “loosie” untaxed cigarettes.

Two police officers involved in Garner’s fatal arrest—including the officer who held Garner in an illegal chokehold—have yet to be fully questioned about the incident. Leid Stories discusses a controversial union rule that actually provides police officers legal protections against investigation and prosecution that civilians don’t have.

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