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08 Mar

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President Barack Obama holds hands with Selma march veteran Amelia Boynton Robinson on Sunday. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Obama in Selma: Ferguson report shows civil rights ‘march is not yet finished’

  • President delivers passionate speech on 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

  • One group in thousands at Edmund Pettus Bridge protests police shootings

Barack Obama delivered one of the most poignant speeches of his presidency on Saturday, using the backdrop of Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge to call for an end to the discrimination he said still casts “a long shadow” over America.

“Fifty years from Bloody Sunday, our march is not yet finished,” the president told tens of thousands who converged on the Alabama town. “But we are getting closer.”

In a segment of the speech that linked this week’s Department of Justice (DoJ) report that condemned racist policing tactics in Ferguson, Missouri with a famous quote by civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Obama said it was a common mistake to assume racism had been banished from the US.

“We don’t need the Ferguson report to know that’s not true,” he said. “We just need to open our eyes, and ears, and hearts, to know that this nation’s racial history still casts its long shadow upon us.”

“We know the march is not yet over, the race is not yet won, and that reaching that blessed destination where we are judged by the content of our character requires admitting as much.”

We still got a white country club here’

The mood of those who had driven in some cases thousands of miles to mark a landmark in civil rights history was by turns raucous, celebratory and solemn.

There were screams when Obama’s motorcade appeared over the bridge and boos when Alabama’s current Republican governor, Robert Bentley, took to the stage………………………………..

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In a 2011 photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hands off her mobile phone in The Hague, Netherlands.

In a 2011 photo, then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton hands off her mobile phone in The Hague, Netherlands. Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Clinton email domain shows effort for security and obscurity, say experts

Former secretary of state’s ‘clintonemail.com’ was no ‘homebrew’ system: creators appear to have worked to shield data

The private email infrastructure created by Hillary Clinton after she left the State Department employs several techniques to obscure its location as well as some sophisticated security shields to protect it from hackers, cyber security experts have told the Guardian.

The private “clintonemail.com” domain that has been the subject of intense political controversy this week, as it was used by Clinton as her exclusive email channel during her four years as US secretary of state, is still live. A review of its current features provides clues as to the owner’s thinking in terms of the security and obscurity of her data, though how she conducted her affairs while in office remains less well understood.

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John Bumgarner, a senior security researcher, said the website that is currently up and running for the email domain “clintonemail.com” is hosted by Network Solutions and appears to be a parked page. With the image of a couple of dice rolling on a green board, it looks like the sort of page that someone might use to serve internet adverts for children’s games.

Its current IP address is part of a privately assigned netblock consisting of 14 separate IP addresses, registered to a private individual living in Redondo Beach, California. That is where Bill Clinton’s half-brother, Roger Clinton, resides.

Yet when Bumgarner carried out a search to trace the clintonemail.com domain, it appeared to be routed through New York.

“The only reason someone would want to do some of this stuff is if they didn’t want people to know what they were doing,” he said…………………………

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Madison Police Chief Mike Koval.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval. Photograph: Steve Apps/AP/Wisconsin State Journal

Madison police chief says officer shooting of unarmed man has similarities to Ferguson

  • Tony Terrell Robinson Jr, 19, shot dead by officer on Friday night

  • Chief: ‘I can’t very well distance myself from that brutal reality’

Madison’s police chief on Saturday acknowledged similarities between the fatal police shooting of Tony Terrell Robinson Jr, an unarmed black teenager, in Wisconsin’s capital on Friday night and the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last year.

Brown’s death while unarmed at the hands of a white police officer who has not been charged sparked widespread protest over the treatment of minority groups by police. The “Black Lives Matter” slogan it inspired has been a uniting refrain on the streets of Madison after the killing of Robinson, 19. Brown was 18.

“To the extent that you have, again, a person of color, unarmed who subsequently loses his life at the hands of the police, I can’t very well distance myself from that brutal reality,” Madison police chief Mike Koval told reporters on Saturday.

“What I can suggest, however, is that while I cannot castigate other shops, I can be proud of the shop that I own.”………………………..

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Homan Square

The Homan Square police facility in Chicago. Photograph: Chandler West/Guardian

Chicago protesters demand ‘immediate inspection’ of Homan Square facility

  • Crowd returns to West Side police site at centre of allegations of abuse

  • Anonymous member: ‘President Obama has been silent about this’

One week after the first protest at Homan Square, activists returned on Saturday to call for an “immediate inspection” of the Chicago police facility.

Homan Square is at the centre of allegations of unconstitutional abuse of citizens who say they were abused and detained without access to legal counsel or basic rights.

Brian Jacob Church addressed the crowd. The first arrestee to come forward to the Guardian regarding his time inside Homan Square, Church says that in 2012, having been arrested while protesting a Nato summit, he was held for 17 hours at the warehouse-like facility on the city’s West Side before being charged and convicted and spending two and half years in jail.

“For too long, we as Americans have been subject to brutality at the hands of the police,” Church said, using a bullhorn to address a huddled crowd of around 50 people. “Specifically black people, poor people and Latino people…………………

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More News and Analysis

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Opinion

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Martin Luther King Jr and civil rights marchers cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, heading for capitol, Montgomery, during a five day, 50 mile walk to protest voting laws. Photograph: AP

There is still no racial justice in America in the years post-Selma

Steven W Thrasher

Governments say they aren’t responsible for the violence they visit upon black people, schools remain segregated and voting rights aren’t a given

America has failed to deliver justice for the many who gave their lives for the Selma to Montgomery marches, and all they stood for. Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and thousands who faced down segregation – such as activists Jimmie Lee Jackson and James Reeb – did not simply sacrifice themselves for the vote, but in trying to end oppression for black Americans. Still today, white supremacy is enshrined in American law. Given how it has walked away from enforcing civil rights, the federal government is no longer a bulwark against racism in local government even in the limited ways it was during the 1960s. And it’s not just that America hasn’t dealt with racial justice post-Selma; it hasn’t dealt with the injustices of what happened in Alabama in the 1960s.

The men accused of Reebs’s murder were acquitted. Jackson’s killer was convicted 42 years after the fact, but served less than six months in jail. There is also unfinished work when it comes to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham. While some of the bombers who killed Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley were, much later (from 1977 to 2002) convicted of committing first-degree murder, society has almost entirely forgotten the fifth girl bombed that day.………………But its not just police violence: we are failing to make progress in other areas too. People marched from Selma to Montgomery because of the debts in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, many of which are in arrears to this day. For example, Title IV of the act called for the desegregation of schools, but schools today are arguably more segregated now than they have been in 40 years…………….

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