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National Disgrace

By Joe Macaré, Truthout | Message
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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 13, 2013. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 13, 2013. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)It's hard not to be embarrassed by my country right now.

As a British citizen, I deplore the detainment of journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner at Heathrow airport, and the UK government's destruction of hard drives at The Guardian newspaper's London offices. Not for the first time, I'm ashamed of my country's government.

Then again, it's hard to find a government not disgracing the people it claims to represent with oppressive policies, from Russia's anti-LGBT laws to the military's massacres in Egypt, not to mention the United States' own racist drug war and system of mass incarceration.

Fortunately, there are people who live in all these countries who inspire hope with their resistance and dissent. Truthout exists to inspire and inform those people, and to tell their stories as they strive for a better world.

We know our readers are those kind of people, too: people who see past borders, who recognize the shared humanity of all your global neighbors. Will you make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout now, to enable us to keep bringing you stories of injustice and struggle from around the world?

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Joe Macaré is Truthout's publisher and a coeditor of the anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States. His interest in police repression, people's movements and activism began among the protesters, observers and bystanders "kettled" for seven hours by the London Metropolitan Police on May Day, 2001. Follow him on Twitter @joemacare.


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National Disgrace

By Joe Macaré, Truthout | Message
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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 13, 2013. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 13, 2013. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)It's hard not to be embarrassed by my country right now.

As a British citizen, I deplore the detainment of journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner at Heathrow airport, and the UK government's destruction of hard drives at The Guardian newspaper's London offices. Not for the first time, I'm ashamed of my country's government.

Then again, it's hard to find a government not disgracing the people it claims to represent with oppressive policies, from Russia's anti-LGBT laws to the military's massacres in Egypt, not to mention the United States' own racist drug war and system of mass incarceration.

Fortunately, there are people who live in all these countries who inspire hope with their resistance and dissent. Truthout exists to inspire and inform those people, and to tell their stories as they strive for a better world.

We know our readers are those kind of people, too: people who see past borders, who recognize the shared humanity of all your global neighbors. Will you make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout now, to enable us to keep bringing you stories of injustice and struggle from around the world?

Click here
        to donate.
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(Truthout is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. EIN: 20-0031641)

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Truthout, P.O. Box 276414, Sacramento, CA 95827
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This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Joe Macaré

Joe Macaré is Truthout's publisher and a coeditor of the anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States. His interest in police repression, people's movements and activism began among the protesters, observers and bystanders "kettled" for seven hours by the London Metropolitan Police on May Day, 2001. Follow him on Twitter @joemacare.


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