2018-03-07: Social Media Postees

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With John Conyers's Resignation, Keith Ellison Will Take Ownership of House Single-Payer Bill.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
After Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the dean of the House of Representatives, resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct last year, the future of his marquee cause — establishing a single-payer universal health care system — became uncertain. | Conyers was the prime author and sponsor of H.R.676, which would improve and expand Medicare to every single American, displacing private health insurance companies. With 121 co-sponsors, it has the backing of the majority of the House Democratic caucus. | On Wednesday, Rep. Keith Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, stepped up and asked his colleagues for unanimous consent to replace Conyers as the lead sponsor of the legislation. They granted him permission. | Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, told The Intercept he had spoken ahead of time to Conyers, who gave him his blessing. The Conyers bill, though, is…
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Canada: 3,000 contract teachers and graduate assistants strike York University.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
CUPE is doing all it can to ensure the strike remains isolated and does not become the starting point for a broader mobilization.
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UK lecturers speak in support of West Virginia teachers.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking UK lecturers and other university staff during the first two days of this week's four-day strike in Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/ints…

Italian Government in Chaos as Far-Right Parties Surge.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
Italy's election on Sunday didn't produce a clear winner, making the task of negotiating a coalition government particularly challenging. Raffaele Laudani, professor at the University of Bologna, discusses possible outcomes…
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Poor People's Campaign Launches Nationwide Organizing Effort to Fight Poverty.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. William Barber II have recently launched the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which has its roots in the activism of the civil rights era. Reviving this campaign is an enormous effort as 43.1 million Americans live in poverty. In this interview, Theoharis discusses the upcoming 40 Days of Action that will begin on Mother's Day.Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. (Photo: NESRI) | The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the recently launched Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of three kids in a family she describes as deeply committed to improving life for the excluded and marginalized. | South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other peace and anti-apartheid activists were frequent guests in her home, and even as a child, Theoharis…
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Algeria: 6 Face Trial for Peaceful Protest.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-07
(Beirut) — Six human rights and political activists face prison terms for a peaceful protest in support of a human rights lawyer on trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Algerian authorities should drop all charges against the six before their new trial session, scheduled for March 20, 2018. | Authorities arrested the six on July 13, 2016, as they prepared to protest at the Ghardaia courthouse, where the lawyer, Salah Dabouz, had a court hearing. They were released the same day but were summoned in October 2017 for a hearing and charged with "incitement to a gathering of an unarmed nature," insulting a public official, and refusing to abide by a law or decree. They are free pending trial. | "Prosecuting people who hold up banners calling for justice and respect for human rights before a courthouse is a telling illustration of…
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Warning: Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough"
Tony Cartalucci | Global Research | 2018-03-07
Originally posted in November of 2013, the article, " Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough,"" warned of a premeditated, documented conspiracy to use a monumental "deal" with Iran as a pretext not for peace, but in …
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Conservatives in D.C. Are Sad Because They Can't Get Dates .
Ilana Novick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
It's hard out there for a right-wing snowflake looking for love. | Pity the single Republican in D. C. Not only do many of them have to work for a man who starts trade (though hopefully not nuclear) wars because he didn't get enough sleep, but as a few GOPers anonymously complained to the Washingtonian, they can't get a date, especially not across party lines. It turns out that as the opportunities for bipartisanship decline in Congress, so do the chances of millennial dating. Conservatives appear to be bearing the brunt of this social sorting–or, at least, complaining about it the most. Contrary to rumors about "coastal elites" and their "bubbles," it turns out the so-called snowflakes are better at dealing with the idea that one can be a Republican and not a Trump supporter. As reporter Mimi Montgomery explains, "While Republicans. . .
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U.S. Should Accept Putin's Offer to Negotiate.
David Krieger | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his state of the nation address. Much of his speech focused on economic issues and proposals to improve the Russian economy and well-being of the Russian people. Putin did, however, devote a portion of his speech to what he called "the most important defense issue." He was referring to Russia's next generation of strategic nuclear weapons designed to overcome U.S. missile defense systems and, thereby from his perspective, assure the effectiveness of Russia's nuclear deterrent force and restore the global strategic balance. | Putin began his remarks on nuclear arms by harkening back to the U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002, a treaty he described as "the cornerstone of the international security system," due to the limits it placed on missile defense deployments. He recalled Russian efforts, prior to the…
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Mountains of Nuclear Waste Just Keep Growing.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
Nuclear waste has been an intractable problem since nuclear power was invented more than 50 years ago, and for many countries it is becoming an ever more expensive and politically embarrassing issue. | Not that politicians would admit this: many still argue that nuclear power is an answer to climate change, forgetting that they are passing the waste buck to future generations. | To those in power the solution to the waste problem is always just around the corner, conveniently just beyond their term of office. But the history of the industry over the last four decades, across the globe, is of dozens of failed schemes. | Currently the United States, France and the UK are yet again wrestling with the problem of repeated failed attempts to find a solution, as scientists warn that continued neglect of the issue is…
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Injustice At Sea: the Irradiated Sailors of the USS Reagan.
Linda Pentz Gunter | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
"Coverage of the USS Ronald Reagan has been astoundingly limited," wrote Der Spiegel in a February 2015 story. Since then, nothing much has changed. The German magazine was referring to the saga of the American Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier whose crew pitched in to help victims of the March 11, 2011 Tsunami and earthquake in Japan, then found themselves under the radioactive plume from the stricken coastal nuclear reactors at Fukushima. Since then, crew members in eye-popping numbers have come down with unexplained illnesses — more than 70 and still counting. Some have died. And many are suing.
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North Korea: DPRK Official Statement: The Objective is to Safeguard our Sovereignty against "U.S. Reckless Campaign for a Nuclear War against the DPRK"
Global Research News | 2018-03-07
This 2013 statement from the DPRK provides a wider context of the longstanding ruse of the US for a preemptive strike to the Korean peninsula. | Text of official DPRK statement | The moves of the U.S. imperialists to violate the sovereignty …
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Fukushima Fallout: the Irradiated Sailors of the USS Ronald Reagan.
Linda Pentz Gunter | MintPress News | 2018-03-07
Coverage of the USS Ronald Reagan has been astoundingly limited, wrote Der Spiegel in a February 2015 story. Since then, nothing much has changed. | The German magazine was referring to the saga of the American Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier whose crew pitched in to help victims of the March 11, 2011 Tsunami and earthquake in Japan, then found themselves under the radioactive plume from the stricken coastal nuclear reactors at Fukushima. Since then, crew members in eye-popping numbers have come down with unexplained illnesses — more than 70 and still counting. Some have died. And many are suing. | The USS Reagan was part of Operation Tomodachi, a U.S. armed forces mission involving 24,000 U.S. service members, and numerous ships and aircraft bringing aid to the victims of the tsunami and earthquake. | On January 5, 2018, a federal…

Fukushima Fallout: the Irradiated Sailors of the USS Ronald Reagan

Russian Military Cutting Edge Technologies: Putin Is Not "Rattling Nuclear Sabers" — It's Real.
F. William Engdahl | Global Research | 2018-03-07
The annual speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 1 to the Russian Federal Assembly, televised to the nation, contained a section on Russian military cutting edge technologies that NATO-friendly media chose to either downplay as a propaganda ploy …
globalresearch.ca/russian-military-cutting-edge-technologies-putin-is-not-rattling-nuclear-sabers-its-real/5631242

VIDEO — L'Arte della Guerra — L'avvertimento di Putin: le nuove armi nucleari russe.
Manlio Dinucci | Global Research | 2018-03-07
Il discorso del presidente russo Putin sullo stato della nazione, dedicato alle questioni interne e internazionali, ha suscitato in Italia scarso interesse politico-mediatico e qualche commento ironico. Eppure dovrebbe essere ascoltato con estrema attenzione. | …
globalresearch.ca/video-larte-della-guerra-lavvertimento-di-putin-le-nuove-armi-nucleari-russe/5631266

North Korea offers to enter talks to denuclearise.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Trump reacted positively to the announcement of possible talks with North Korea, but maintained Washington's threats against the Pyongyang regime.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/nkor…

Violating International Law, Trump Renews Venezuela Sanctions.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
Trump renewed Obama's sanctions against Venezuela, declaring it an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the US, violating international law in the process, says CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot. Also, the US threatened the main opposition presidential candidate if he doesn't boycott the upcoming election…
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Indonesia: Medical Groups Silent on Abusive 'Virginity Tests'.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-07
Members of the Indonesian Air Force march during celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Air Force in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 9, 2016. | © 2016 Beawiharta/Reuters | (New York) — Indonesian medical associations should publicly denounce so-called virginity tests obligatory for female applicants to the Indonesian National Armed Forces and National Police, Human Rights Watch said in letters sent on February 20, 2018. Virginity testing is a form of gender-based violence and has been widely discredited, including by the World Health Organization (WHO). | The Indonesian Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Indonesian Medical Association should issue public statements condemning "virginity testing" and demand that Indonesia's police and military cease inflicting it on female applicants. Neither association has formally responded to Human Rights Watch's calls that they pressure…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/07/indonesia-me…

Building Occupational Security and Citizenship in the Age of Precarious.
Michael Welton | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
At the Labour conference of 2005, former British Prime Minister, the often-maligned Tony Blair imagined the Global Transformation of work and life in the Neo-liberal economy as a hurricane sweeping away the old order. "The character of this changing world is indifferent to tradition," he declared.
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As West Virginia Strike Winds Down, Angry Teachers Look to Bolster Progressives in Elections.
Scott Heins | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
As the roars of hundreds of teachers began to fade outside the West Virginia Capitol, Steve Buford walked across the grounds back to his car. "They're gonna pay for this in November," he muttered. A deal had just been announced: School employees like Buford were told they would be getting a 5 percent raise and a temporary freeze on their health care costs. But the state Senate balked and the teachers remained on strike for another week before the raise was approved. Nonetheless, school employees like Buford, 61, a former coal miner turned electrical technician at Riverside High School in Belle, West Virginia, may end their strike this week, but they are not satisfied. Buford, for his part, has his sights set on the 2018 election. | "I don't think this is a strike or a work stoppage. I think this is a…
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Woman arrested for criticizing cop ex-husband on Facebook – now she's counter-suing.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
A Georgia mother and her friend were arrested by her former husband, a serving cop, over a derogatory Facebook post. In the latest twist of an ex-spousal feud, she's now suing him in for violating her civil rights. | RT.com
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The Revolutionary Poetry of Ho Chi Minh.
James Pinnock | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
… knowing by heart the laws of the development of history and clearly foreseeing the prospect of the revolution, he optimistically believed in the final victory. From Ho Chi Minh's Life and Cause, edited by the Commission For Research on the Party History The Vietnamese people know him as Uncle Ho and he is a…
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US Wants Inter-Korean Thaw Undermined.
Stephen Lendman | Global Research | 2018-03-07
Featured image: Kim Jong-nam | VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Washington has been hostile toward North Korea throughout the entire post-WW II era because of its sovereign independence — …
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North Korea Reportedly Open to Disarmament Talks With U.S..
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
Kim Jong Un's willingness to hold a "candid dialogue" to establish diplomatic relations follows a year of increased fears of war on the Korean Peninsula. | The post North Korea Reportedly Open to Disarmament Talks With U.S. appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Illinois Democratic Party Chair Funds Mailers Attacking Progressive Candidates.
Michael Sainato | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
The Illinois Democratic machine has unleashed a wave of attacks on fellow Democrats in local races, with state party chair Michael Madigan funding mailers knocking several progressive candidates as Donald Trump stooges and foot soldiers in the tea party. | Madigan's campaign committee has spent nearly $19,000 on mailers attacking two Our Revolution-backed candidates in State Central Democratic Committee elections, Elizabeth Lindquist and Art Bardsley. The postcards say Lindquist and Bardsley are Trump supporters and "members of a group supported by Tea Party activists." The group referenced by the mailers is Represent.Us, which advocates for politicians on all sides of the political spectrum who support an end to gerrymandering, open primaries, transparency in campaign financing, and rooting out corruption from politics. | The attack comes as the Illinois machine faces one of its most credible assaults in a generation,…
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Oklahoma teachers to discuss strike strategy.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Oklahoma teachers are demanding statewide strike action to reverse years of declining living standards, increasing class sizes and budget cuts to K-12 education.
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Congressmen call for 'foreign agent' tag for Al Jazeera as it 'digs into pro-Israel lobby'.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
A group of congressmen has called for Al Jazeera to be designated a "foreign agent" for its "anti-American and anti-Semitic broadcasts." This coincided with reports the TV network was releasing a film on the US pro-Israel lobby. | RT.com
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The New York Times Has Learned Nothing From Its Disastrous Coverage of the 2016 Election.
Matt Gertz, Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
The Grey Lady seems bent on repeating her most egregious mistakes this November. | In a foreboding sign for New York Times readers, the paper has named one of the pillars of its 2016 campaign coverage to oversee its political coverage leading into the crucial 2018 and 2020 elections. The paper drew criticism during and following the 2016 presidential campaign for too often providing false equivalence between the candidates and focusing on the politics of personality rather than policy. The Times editors announced Patrick Healy as the paper's new politics editor in a March 5 memo. He will be responsible for "building a team for the midterms and the looming 2020 presidential election" in order to cover the "epic battle" ahead. At the Times, Healy has alternated between political reporting — including extensive coverage of Hillary Clinton's Senate and presidential campaigns –. . .
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A Texas Judge Used a Barbaric Courtroom Punishment on a Defendant Who Pleaded the Fifth.
Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
Electric shocks are common practice in Tarrant County courts. | Texas' Eighth Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for convicted sex offender Terry Lee Morris after it found that the sentencing judge shocked the defendant with a powerful stun belt for pleading the Fifth. Tarrant County Judge George Gallagher shocked Morris three times "for refusing to answer a judge's questions properly during his 2014 trial on charges of soliciting sexual performance from a 15-year-old girl," according to The Washington Post. "It scared him so much that Morris never returned for the remainder of his trial and almost all of his sentencing hearing. "The appeals court determined that Gallagher's misuse of the device denied Morris of his Sixth Amendment right to be present at his own trial and to confront a witness. "While the trial court's frustration with an obstreperous defendant is. . .
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Gun Profiteers: Who's Getting Rich Off the US Gun Crisis?
Derek Seidman | Global Research | 2018-03-07
Featured image: Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs — a big investor in gun retailer Bass Pro | The shooting rampage earlier this month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School put renewed focus on the firearms manufacturing industry — which, along …
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The Greek Left and Its "Macedonian" Drift or How We Open the Door to the Fascist Menace!
Yorgos Mitralias | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
So, it is a "distasteful surprise" that Mikis Thedorakis publicly rubs himself up against apologists for racism, anti-Semitism, anti- communism and the nightmare of "ethnic purity"? Undoubtedly distasteful, but not a surprise. And if the problem were only Mikis, it would not be much harm. However, since it is not just him but also several others, the problem is enormous, and…
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The Current Onset of Climate Tipping Points.
Andrew Glikson | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
As extreme temperatures, the rate of sea ice melt, the collapse of Greenland glaciers, the thawing of Siberian and Canadian permafrost and increased evaporation in the Arctic drive cold snow storms into Europe and North America, and as hurricanes and wild fires affect tropical and semi-tropical parts of the globe, it is becoming clear Earth…
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US Destabilization Plan for Iran and the Middle East, and the Need to Strengthen the Resistance.
Farhad Shahabi | Global Research | 2018-03-07
The use of force, in total disregard for the UN Charter, international law, and international agreements, is today, more than ever before, the main characteristic of Washington's policy decisions. Consequently, the world is experiencing a decisive shift to militarization rather …
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Intercepted Podcast: Covert History, Revolutionary Hip-Hop, and the Politics of Empire.
Intercepted | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | The Trump administration seems to be crumbling — more people are leaving the administration, some are cooperating with the Mueller probe, and others face criminal indictments. Donald Trump, of course, deflected by tweeting, "There is no chaos, only great energy." | This week on Intercepted, we're taking a step back to look at the larger implications of the Trump administration. Rebel historian and professor Alfred McCoy breaks down the history of America's geopolitical maneuvering and how it has shifted under Obama and Trump. He explains why Trump reminds him of disgraced former British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden. We also speak to acclaimed hip-hop artist Felipe Coronel, better known as Immortal Technique, on issues…
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West Virginia teachers unions ram through sell-out deal to end strike.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
The deal does not address the central demand of teachers–an end to soaring health care costs–while it pays for inadequate wage increases through cuts to Medicaid and other social programs.
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Not Sorry: Washington Will Not Apologize for Destroying Afghanistan.
Richard Becker | Global Research | 2018-03-07
Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published on GR in November 2013. | A top White House official says Washington does not need to apologize to Afghanistan for over a decade of killing and injuring civilians in the war-torn …
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The Brexit Dilemma.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
As conservatives continue to defend a 'hard' Brexit that is deeply unpopular among business leaders, Jeremy Corbyn seized the opportunity to present Labour as the more sensible and business-friendly party…
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Leaked Files Show How NSA Tracks Other Countries' Hackers.
Kim Zetter | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
The Shadow Brokers leak contained evidence the NSA was tracking at least 45 nation-state hacking operations. Researchers and intelligence sources explain how the agency stepped up its tracking of such threats. | The post Leaked Files Show How NSA Tracks Other Countries' Hackers appeared first on The Intercept.
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ISIS video of Niger ambush puts spotlight back on US mission in Africa.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
The US military mission in Niger is under renewed scrutiny after ISIS released a video of the October 2017 ambush that killed four US soldiers. Their unit was reportedly hunting a senior IS member without proper orders. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420664-niger-ambush-video…

The Case for Free Public Transport.
Connor Beaton | Global Research | 2018-03-07
The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is a proud advocate of a world-class, fare-free public transport system for Scotland. | Transport has undergone enormous changes in recent decades, both in Scotland and across the world. Some have been cyclical: in Scotland's capital, …
globalresearch.ca/the-case-for-free-public-transport/5631228

Sam Nunberg's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Lauren Walker | Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
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Why Is Jared Kushner's Company So Desperate to Keep Its Partners Secret?
Eric Umansky, Andrea Bernstein, ProPublica | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
The president's son-in-law appears to be heavily compromised. | We've seen headline after headline about Jared Kushner. We've heard that Trump's son-in-law company has been on a global search for cash, that the company got giant loans from two big financial firms after Kushner met with officials from the companies in the White House, and that countries believe they can manipulate Kushner through his "complex". . . | Related Stories: Does Jared Kushner's Massive Debt Make Him a Threat to National Security? United Arab Emirates Adviser with Ties to Kushner Is Now Cooperating with Mueller InvestigationKushner's Company Got Hundreds of Millions in Loans After White House Meetings With Top Execs: Report…
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Facilitating Israel's Widespread Practice of Targeting Journalists.
Ramona Wadi | Global Research | 2018-03-07
Relevant article selected from the GR archive, crossposted on GR in April 2016. | Israel's targeting of Palestinian journalists has veered into selective collective punishment against the profession. According to the Ma'an news agency, Israel has now banned Arab and international …
globalresearch.ca/facilitating-israels-widespread-practice-of-targeting-journalists/5521473

Trump Might Make You Pay $70 to See the Grand Canyon.
Daniel Ross, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
The fee hikes would pay for park infrastructure like roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines and bathrooms. | As summer approaches and millions gear up for an anticipated pilgrimage to America's national parks, many travelers are holding their breath in anticipation of a possible fee hike at 17 of the nation's most visited and profitable parks. Proposed last October, the fee increase would see the cost per vehicle to Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion national parks more than double to $70 during the busiest five months of the year. As it stands, the cost per vehicle is between $25-$30, depending on the park. The proposal also includes fee hikes for individuals and motorcycles during peak season, as well as for park-specific annual passes. "This is a very significant increase," said Ani Kame'enui, director of legislation and policy for the National. . .
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Australian teachers salute courageous stand of striking teachers in West Virginia.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
At meetings of teachers and education support staff in two Melbourne schools, members of the Committee for Public Education moved resolutions of solidarity with the West Virginian teachers, which were passed unanimously.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/cfpe…

YMCA Childcare Workers Just Went on Strike–Here's Why.
Rebecca Burns, In These Times | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
A supposedly benevolent organization pays workers poverty wages. | When Vivian Clark got a job with a Chicago-area Head Start program 15 years ago, it seemed like the "stepping stone" her family had been waiting for. Her son, then aged 9, had already gone through the federally funded preschool program when Clark was offered a job as a part-time administrative assistant for a Head Start program administered by the YMCA. In addition to providing early education and social services for low-income children, many Head Start agencies have expanded their focus into providing education and job opportunities for parents, often as employees of the program. Though grateful for the opportunity, Clark had to live with a glaring contradiction: The anti-poverty program provided her with a job, but it barely paid her minimum wage. When she started the job, she says she made $7. 50. . .
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The lawless frontier of the #MeToo campaign.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Recent calls by the New York Times for complaints and exposures of "gray-zone sex" experiences are based on the abandonment of centuries-old legal principles.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/lawl…

Blast off: Vermont voters say no to 'loud' F-35s flying over them.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
Vermont residents opposing efforts to station F-35 fighter jets at Burlington International Airport have scored a victory at the ballot box. The task of basing America's most expensive weapons system has sparked controversy. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420747-vermont-voters-say…

One Plastic Beach.
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
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Netanyahu, Trump discuss war preparations against Iran.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Netanyahu, facing criminal indictment in Israel, and Trump, his administration in deepening crisis, met to discuss plans for an escalation of military aggression against Iran.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/aipa…

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2018-03-07: Social Media Postees

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Italian Government in Chaos as Far-Right Parties Surge.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
Italy's election on Sunday didn't produce a clear winner, making the task of negotiating a coalition government particularly challenging. Raffaele Laudani, professor at the University of Bologna, discusses possible outcomes…
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UK lecturers speak in support of West Virginia teachers.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking UK lecturers and other university staff during the first two days of this week's four-day strike in Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/ints…

Canada: 3,000 contract teachers and graduate assistants strike York University.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
CUPE is doing all it can to ensure the strike remains isolated and does not become the starting point for a broader mobilization.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/york…

Algeria: 6 Face Trial for Peaceful Protest.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-07
(Beirut) — Six human rights and political activists face prison terms for a peaceful protest in support of a human rights lawyer on trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Algerian authorities should drop all charges against the six before their new trial session, scheduled for March 20, 2018. | Authorities arrested the six on July 13, 2016, as they prepared to protest at the Ghardaia courthouse, where the lawyer, Salah Dabouz, had a court hearing. They were released the same day but were summoned in October 2017 for a hearing and charged with "incitement to a gathering of an unarmed nature," insulting a public official, and refusing to abide by a law or decree. They are free pending trial. | "Prosecuting people who hold up banners calling for justice and respect for human rights before a courthouse is a telling illustration of…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/07/algeria-6-fa…

North Korea offers to enter talks to denuclearise.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Trump reacted positively to the announcement of possible talks with North Korea, but maintained Washington's threats against the Pyongyang regime.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/nkor…

Conservatives in D.C. Are Sad Because They Can't Get Dates .
Ilana Novick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
It's hard out there for a right-wing snowflake looking for love. | Pity the single Republican in D. C. Not only do many of them have to work for a man who starts trade (though hopefully not nuclear) wars because he didn't get enough sleep, but as a few GOPers anonymously complained to the Washingtonian, they can't get a date, especially not across party lines. It turns out that as the opportunities for bipartisanship decline in Congress, so do the chances of millennial dating. Conservatives appear to be bearing the brunt of this social sorting–or, at least, complaining about it the most. Contrary to rumors about "coastal elites" and their "bubbles," it turns out the so-called snowflakes are better at dealing with the idea that one can be a Republican and not a Trump supporter. As reporter Mimi Montgomery explains, "While Republicans. . .
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Argentine teachers begin school year with a national strike.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
The action was staged in protest against cuts in public education spending and attempts by the government to drastically reduce the real wages of teachers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/arge…

ISIS video of Niger ambush puts spotlight back on US mission in Africa.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
The US military mission in Niger is under renewed scrutiny after ISIS released a video of the October 2017 ambush that killed four US soldiers. Their unit was reportedly hunting a senior IS member without proper orders. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420664-niger-ambush-video…

Opioids No Better Than Over-the-Counter Pain Meds, Study Finds.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
CHICAGO–A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. | In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping. And they provided slightly less pain relief. | Opioids tested included generic Vicodin, oxycodone or fentanyl patches although few patients needed the most potent opioids. Nonopioids included generic Tylenol, ibuprofen and prescription pills for nerve or muscle pain. The study randomly assigned patients to take opioids or other painkillers. That's the gold standard design for research. | If they don't work better than less risky drugs, there's no reason to use opioids given "their really nasty side effects — death and addiction," said lead author Dr. Erin Krebs, a physician and researcher with the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
truthdig.com/articles/opioids-no-better-…

Income losses of British millennials second only to those in Greece.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Research reveals that in 2014 British millennials earned 13 percent less than those born in and around 1970 at the same stage in life.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/mill…

Indonesia: Medical Groups Silent on Abusive 'Virginity Tests'.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-07
Members of the Indonesian Air Force march during celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Air Force in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 9, 2016. | © 2016 Beawiharta/Reuters | (New York) — Indonesian medical associations should publicly denounce so-called virginity tests obligatory for female applicants to the Indonesian National Armed Forces and National Police, Human Rights Watch said in letters sent on February 20, 2018. Virginity testing is a form of gender-based violence and has been widely discredited, including by the World Health Organization (WHO). | The Indonesian Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Indonesian Medical Association should issue public statements condemning "virginity testing" and demand that Indonesia's police and military cease inflicting it on female applicants. Neither association has formally responded to Human Rights Watch's calls that they pressure…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/07/indonesia-me…

US man who hunted for a child 'sex slave' he could 'cannibalize' is released on bail.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
A Myrtle Beach man who voiced his perverse criminal intentions to an undercover cop has been released on $20,000 bond. He was among 40 suspects arrested in South Carolina's largest crackdown on prostitution and sex trafficking. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420666-myrtle-beach-canni…

Canadian ruling elite reacts to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Signaling the Canadian ruling elite's readiness to support Washington in a trade war against China and other rivals, Ottawa is pleading for an exemption from Trump's tariffs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/tari…

YMCA Childcare Workers Just Went on Strike–Here's Why.
Rebecca Burns, In These Times | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
A supposedly benevolent organization pays workers poverty wages. | When Vivian Clark got a job with a Chicago-area Head Start program 15 years ago, it seemed like the "stepping stone" her family had been waiting for. Her son, then aged 9, had already gone through the federally funded preschool program when Clark was offered a job as a part-time administrative assistant for a Head Start program administered by the YMCA. In addition to providing early education and social services for low-income children, many Head Start agencies have expanded their focus into providing education and job opportunities for parents, often as employees of the program. Though grateful for the opportunity, Clark had to live with a glaring contradiction: The anti-poverty program provided her with a job, but it barely paid her minimum wage. When she started the job, she says she made $7. 50. . .
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West Virginia teachers unions ram through sell-out deal to end strike.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
The deal does not address the central demand of teachers–an end to soaring health care costs–while it pays for inadequate wage increases through cuts to Medicaid and other social programs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/west…

California's Democratic Primary and the Sham of Elections.
Scott Tucker | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
The recent California Democrats State Convention denied Sen. Dianne Feinstein an endorsement for a fifth full term, although the party machine and her bank account are still in her favor. There are signs of dissent and youthful unrest among Democrats, and not just in California, though anyone hoping to reform that party must first break the death grip of the old guard. | Reformers also will inherit clever partisan maneuvers that became quicksand and Machiavellian inspirations that became institutional iron traps. Here is a cautionary tale, as written in an ancient psalm: "They dig a pit and make it deep, and fall into the hole that they have made." | Shortly before California's Proposition 14 appeared on the ballot in June 2010, the topic of the top-two primary system came up at a dinner party where I was a guest.
truthdig.com/articles/californias-democr…

The Early History of 'Segronomics'.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
In part two, Noliwe Rooks says wealthy philanthropists first influenced public education for African Americans in the post-reconstruction South…
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New Zealand opposition leadership change reflects tensions over social unrest and drive to war.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
National Party leader Bill English's resignation followed criticism from the US ambassador of his government's refusal to fully endorse Trump's warmongering against North Korea.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/nznp…

Woman arrested for criticizing cop ex-husband on Facebook – now she's counter-suing.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
A Georgia mother and her friend were arrested by her former husband, a serving cop, over a derogatory Facebook post. In the latest twist of an ex-spousal feud, she's now suing him in for violating her civil rights. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420661-woman-arrested-cri…

US Border Patrol uses pretext of "human trafficking" to separate immigrant children from parents.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
The Department of Homeland Security is using a legal pretext to separate children from their parents so the parents can be jailed.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/immi…

Administration Sues California Over State Sanctuary Laws.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
WASHINGTON–The Trump administration on Tuesday sued to block California laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. illegally, the most aggressive move yet in its push to force so-called sanctuary cities and states to cooperate with immigration authorities. California officials remained characteristically defiant, vowing to defend their landmark legislation. | The Justice Department argued a trio of state laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs. The lawsuit named as defendants the state of California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. | "I say, bring it on," said California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the sanctuary state bill. | It is the latest salvo in an escalating…
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Violating International Law, Trump Renews Venezuela Sanctions.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
Trump renewed Obama's sanctions against Venezuela, declaring it an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the US, violating international law in the process, says CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot. Also, the US threatened the main opposition presidential candidate if he doesn't boycott the upcoming election…
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Oklahoma teachers to discuss strike strategy.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Oklahoma teachers are demanding statewide strike action to reverse years of declining living standards, increasing class sizes and budget cuts to K-12 education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/okla…

Trump Might Make You Pay $70 to See the Grand Canyon.
Daniel Ross, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
The fee hikes would pay for park infrastructure like roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines and bathrooms. | As summer approaches and millions gear up for an anticipated pilgrimage to America's national parks, many travelers are holding their breath in anticipation of a possible fee hike at 17 of the nation's most visited and profitable parks. Proposed last October, the fee increase would see the cost per vehicle to Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion national parks more than double to $70 during the busiest five months of the year. As it stands, the cost per vehicle is between $25-$30, depending on the park. The proposal also includes fee hikes for individuals and motorcycles during peak season, as well as for park-specific annual passes. "This is a very significant increase," said Ani Kame'enui, director of legislation and policy for the National. . .
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What Colorado's Informed People Want!
Wendell G Bradley | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
On Oil Operators' Exploration and Production (E&P) This activity has, historically, been permitted with little regard for either public health and safety, or protection of the environment. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has seen its role largely as a promoter of the industry. Recently, this position of the COGCC was challenged in…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/07/what-colorad…

When the Media Cover Mass Shootings, Would Depicting the Carnage Make a Difference?
Nicole Smith Dahmen, The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
Rather depicting violence, emphasize the resilience and power of the survivors. | Since 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, we've seen public calls for the release of crime scene photos — the idea being that the visceral horror evoked by images of young, brutalized bodies could spur some sort of action to combat the country's gun violence epidemic. The day after the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, a Slate article echoed the demand for crime scene photos to be released, arguing that if Americans could actually see the bloodshed, we might finally say, "Enough is enough. "As a scholar who specializes in photojournalism ethics, I've thought extensively about how journalism can responsibly cover gun violence, balancing the moral imperatives of seeking truth while minimizing harm. I've also studied how images can galvanize viewers. Fundamental questions. . .
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Administration Sues California Over State Sanctuary Laws.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
WASHINGTON–The Trump administration on Tuesday sued to block California laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. illegally, the most aggressive move yet in its push to force so-called sanctuary cities and states to cooperate with immigration authorities. California officials remained characteristically defiant, vowing to defend their landmark legislation. | The Justice Department argued a trio of state laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs. The lawsuit named as defendants the state of California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. | "I say, bring it on," said California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the sanctuary state bill. | It is the latest salvo in an escalating…
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US sanctions North Korea over assassination of Kim Jong-nam with VX nerve agent.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
Washington has imposed additional sanctions against Pyongyang, formally accusing it of involvement in the assassination of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Malaysia in 2017 using a chemical warfare agent. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420662-sanctions-pyongyan…

The Brexit Dilemma.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
As conservatives continue to defend a 'hard' Brexit that is deeply unpopular among business leaders, Jeremy Corbyn seized the opportunity to present Labour as the more sensible and business-friendly party…
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Woman screaming 'I'm God!' attempts to open door & abandon plane midflight.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
Passengers aboard a United Express flight travelling from San Francisco to Boise, Idaho, were in for a rude awakening after an "unruly passenger" attempted to open the cabin door mid-flight to everyone else's bemusement. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420670-skywest-flight-wom…

The CIA Democrats.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/dems…

UK general calls for hike in military budget and cuts in social spending.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
General Sir Gordon Messenger, who holds the second most senior position in the British Armed Forces, insisted that an increase in arms spending beyond the current 2 percent of GDP is "a necessity and a duty to the nation."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/mili…

Australian teachers salute courageous stand of striking teachers in West Virginia.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
At meetings of teachers and education support staff in two Melbourne schools, members of the Committee for Public Education moved resolutions of solidarity with the West Virginian teachers, which were passed unanimously.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/cfpe…

Sri Lankan president declares emergency rule amid violence against Muslims.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
The national unity government, which is in a sharp crisis, is exploiting the racist provocations to strengthen its hand by imposing the state of emergency.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/sril…

All-Seeing Eye: Google working with Pentagon on using AI for drone improvement.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
Ubiquitous IT giant Google has silently inked a partnership with the Department of Defense to militarize artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, reinvigorating fears of a Terminator-style apocalyptic scenario. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420667-google-drones-ai-p…

Why the far-right won in Italy.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Decades of austerity and attacks on democratic rights by the official "left" in Italy, aided and abetted by its pseudo-left apologists, have produced an electoral victory by the far-right parties.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/pers…

Pushing for Real Change in the Democratic Party.
Robert Borosage, Blog for Our Future | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
It's time for the progressive wing to take the reins. | Will the Democratic Party open itself up to the new grassroots energy and activism that is rising in American politics, or will its insiders assume they can continue business as usual yet still reap the benefits of the resistance to Donald Trump? A key test will come this week, as the nearly 450 members of the Democratic National Committee gather in Washington to consider the unanimous recommendations of their Unity Commission on party reform. This commission was chartered at the 2016 Democratic presidential convention to make recommendations to ensure the party's presidential nominating process would be "accessible, transparent and inclusive. "The Commission emerged from an effort to unify the party following the bruising primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The 21-member Commission has eight members chosen by Sanders, with the remainder. . .
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The lawless frontier of the #MeToo campaign.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Recent calls by the New York Times for complaints and exposures of "gray-zone sex" experiences are based on the abandonment of centuries-old legal principles.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/lawl…

Netanyahu, Trump discuss war preparations against Iran.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Netanyahu, facing criminal indictment in Israel, and Trump, his administration in deepening crisis, met to discuss plans for an escalation of military aggression against Iran.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/aipa…

Leaked Files Show How NSA Tracks Other Countries' Hackers.
Kim Zetter | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
The Shadow Brokers leak contained evidence the NSA was tracking at least 45 nation-state hacking operations. Researchers and intelligence sources explain how the agency stepped up its tracking of such threats. | The post Leaked Files Show How NSA Tracks Other Countries' Hackers appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/03/06/leaked-files…

Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn resigns over tariff decision.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Among those reportedly opposed to Trump's trade war policy are Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and retired Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/cohn…

West Virginia teachers unions ram through sell-out deal to end strike.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
The deal does not address the central demand of teachers–an end to soaring health care costs–while it pays for inadequate wage increases through cuts to Medicaid and other social programs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/west…

Racialist attacks mar landmark performance of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Given the generally deplorable state of culture and intellectual life in contemporary America, it was perhaps inevitable that this remarkable event would be tarnished by the purveyors of racialist conceptions of art.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/porg…

North Korea Reportedly Open to Disarmament Talks With U.S..
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
Kim Jong Un's willingness to hold a "candid dialogue" to establish diplomatic relations follows a year of increased fears of war on the Korean Peninsula. | The post North Korea Reportedly Open to Disarmament Talks With U.S. appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Why That Trump Flack Had a Huge Mueller Meltdown on TV.
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
Roger Stone's protégé Sam Nunberg had an epic TV meltdown Monday, maybe because his former boss is in Mueller's crosshairs. | Roger Stone has been the nation's most famous active dirty trickster for more than 40 years. From Richard Nixon's original operation to the "Brooks Brothers riot" during the Florida recount of 2000 to threatening the father of New York's then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Stone has honed his "ratf**king" craft to a fine art. Much like his old pal Donald Trump, Stone has always operated on the legal and ethical fringe while craving the spotlight, which is a dangerous way to live. They are both in their own ways flamboyant thrill-seekers, always dancing on the edge of disaster. So when I first heard that Stone was involved with Donald Trump's presidential campaign it was anything but surprising. It was even. . .
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Impressions of India, Via Chenai.
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-06
I was last in India (Mumbai) exactly this time last year. I am now in Chennai, attending a conference at the University of Madras. India, to say the least, is a vast and diverse country, sometimes in ways hardly imaginable to those not familiar with a subcontinental nation that has 2 official national languages (Hindi…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/06/impressions-…

Clashes Erupt as White Supremacist Richard Spencer Speaks at Michigan | State University.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-06
The white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke at Michigan State University after defeating a campaign against his appearance. The Rev. David Alexander Bullock of Change Agent Consortium? says that Spencer shouldn't be given a platform to recruit for a violent, racist movement…
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As Eastern Ghouta Besieged, What is the Answer for Syria?
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-06
The Syrian government has a license to kill in Eastern Ghouta, and the world is failing to act, says Yasser Munif of Emerson University. But is intervention the answer, and what is to be done about the right-wing militants trying to topple Assad?
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Clashes break out over white nationalist's speech at Michigan university.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-06
Supporters and opponents of white nationalist Richard Spencer clashed ahead of his speech at Michigan State University. Fights broke out and police made half a dozen arrests. | RT.com
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Italian Government in Chaos as Far-Right Parties Surge.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
Italy's election on Sunday didn't produce a clear winner, making the task of negotiating a coalition government particularly challenging. Raffaele Laudani, professor at the University of Bologna, discusses possible outcomes…
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Canada: 3,000 contract teachers and graduate assistants strike York University.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
CUPE is doing all it can to ensure the strike remains isolated and does not become the starting point for a broader mobilization.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/york…

UK lecturers speak in support of West Virginia teachers.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking UK lecturers and other university staff during the first two days of this week's four-day strike in Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/ints…

Algeria: 6 Face Trial for Peaceful Protest.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-07
(Beirut) — Six human rights and political activists face prison terms for a peaceful protest in support of a human rights lawyer on trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Algerian authorities should drop all charges against the six before their new trial session, scheduled for March 20, 2018. | Authorities arrested the six on July 13, 2016, as they prepared to protest at the Ghardaia courthouse, where the lawyer, Salah Dabouz, had a court hearing. They were released the same day but were summoned in October 2017 for a hearing and charged with "incitement to a gathering of an unarmed nature," insulting a public official, and refusing to abide by a law or decree. They are free pending trial. | "Prosecuting people who hold up banners calling for justice and respect for human rights before a courthouse is a telling illustration of…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/07/algeria-6-fa…

Conservatives in D.C. Are Sad Because They Can't Get Dates .
Ilana Novick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
It's hard out there for a right-wing snowflake looking for love. | Pity the single Republican in D. C. Not only do many of them have to work for a man who starts trade (though hopefully not nuclear) wars because he didn't get enough sleep, but as a few GOPers anonymously complained to the Washingtonian, they can't get a date, especially not across party lines. It turns out that as the opportunities for bipartisanship decline in Congress, so do the chances of millennial dating. Conservatives appear to be bearing the brunt of this social sorting–or, at least, complaining about it the most. Contrary to rumors about "coastal elites" and their "bubbles," it turns out the so-called snowflakes are better at dealing with the idea that one can be a Republican and not a Trump supporter. As reporter Mimi Montgomery explains, "While Republicans. . .
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North Korea offers to enter talks to denuclearise.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Trump reacted positively to the announcement of possible talks with North Korea, but maintained Washington's threats against the Pyongyang regime.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/nkor…

North Korea Reportedly Open to Disarmament Talks With U.S..
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
Kim Jong Un's willingness to hold a "candid dialogue" to establish diplomatic relations follows a year of increased fears of war on the Korean Peninsula. | The post North Korea Reportedly Open to Disarmament Talks With U.S. appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/n-korea-reportedly…

US Border Patrol uses pretext of "human trafficking" to separate immigrant children from parents.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
The Department of Homeland Security is using a legal pretext to separate children from their parents so the parents can be jailed.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/immi…

Administration Sues California Over State Sanctuary Laws.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
WASHINGTON–The Trump administration on Tuesday sued to block California laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. illegally, the most aggressive move yet in its push to force so-called sanctuary cities and states to cooperate with immigration authorities. California officials remained characteristically defiant, vowing to defend their landmark legislation. | The Justice Department argued a trio of state laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs. The lawsuit named as defendants the state of California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. | "I say, bring it on," said California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the sanctuary state bill. | It is the latest salvo in an escalating…
truthdig.com/articles/administration-sue…

Sri Lankan president declares emergency rule amid violence against Muslims.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
The national unity government, which is in a sharp crisis, is exploiting the racist provocations to strengthen its hand by imposing the state of emergency.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/sril…

Income losses of British millennials second only to those in Greece.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Research reveals that in 2014 British millennials earned 13 percent less than those born in and around 1970 at the same stage in life.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/mill…

Indonesia: Medical Groups Silent on Abusive 'Virginity Tests'.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-07
Members of the Indonesian Air Force march during celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Air Force in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 9, 2016. | © 2016 Beawiharta/Reuters | (New York) — Indonesian medical associations should publicly denounce so-called virginity tests obligatory for female applicants to the Indonesian National Armed Forces and National Police, Human Rights Watch said in letters sent on February 20, 2018. Virginity testing is a form of gender-based violence and has been widely discredited, including by the World Health Organization (WHO). | The Indonesian Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Indonesian Medical Association should issue public statements condemning "virginity testing" and demand that Indonesia's police and military cease inflicting it on female applicants. Neither association has formally responded to Human Rights Watch's calls that they pressure…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/07/indonesia-me…

UK general calls for hike in military budget and cuts in social spending.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
General Sir Gordon Messenger, who holds the second most senior position in the British Armed Forces, insisted that an increase in arms spending beyond the current 2 percent of GDP is "a necessity and a duty to the nation."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/mili…

Australian teachers salute courageous stand of striking teachers in West Virginia.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
At meetings of teachers and education support staff in two Melbourne schools, members of the Committee for Public Education moved resolutions of solidarity with the West Virginian teachers, which were passed unanimously.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/cfpe…

Opioids No Better Than Over-the-Counter Pain Meds, Study Finds.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
CHICAGO–A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. | In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping. And they provided slightly less pain relief. | Opioids tested included generic Vicodin, oxycodone or fentanyl patches although few patients needed the most potent opioids. Nonopioids included generic Tylenol, ibuprofen and prescription pills for nerve or muscle pain. The study randomly assigned patients to take opioids or other painkillers. That's the gold standard design for research. | If they don't work better than less risky drugs, there's no reason to use opioids given "their really nasty side effects — death and addiction," said lead author Dr. Erin Krebs, a physician and researcher with the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
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YMCA Childcare Workers Just Went on Strike–Here's Why.
Rebecca Burns, In These Times | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
A supposedly benevolent organization pays workers poverty wages. | When Vivian Clark got a job with a Chicago-area Head Start program 15 years ago, it seemed like the "stepping stone" her family had been waiting for. Her son, then aged 9, had already gone through the federally funded preschool program when Clark was offered a job as a part-time administrative assistant for a Head Start program administered by the YMCA. In addition to providing early education and social services for low-income children, many Head Start agencies have expanded their focus into providing education and job opportunities for parents, often as employees of the program. Though grateful for the opportunity, Clark had to live with a glaring contradiction: The anti-poverty program provided her with a job, but it barely paid her minimum wage. When she started the job, she says she made $7. 50. . .
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Pushing for Real Change in the Democratic Party.
Robert Borosage, Blog for Our Future | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
It's time for the progressive wing to take the reins. | Will the Democratic Party open itself up to the new grassroots energy and activism that is rising in American politics, or will its insiders assume they can continue business as usual yet still reap the benefits of the resistance to Donald Trump? A key test will come this week, as the nearly 450 members of the Democratic National Committee gather in Washington to consider the unanimous recommendations of their Unity Commission on party reform. This commission was chartered at the 2016 Democratic presidential convention to make recommendations to ensure the party's presidential nominating process would be "accessible, transparent and inclusive. "The Commission emerged from an effort to unify the party following the bruising primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The 21-member Commission has eight members chosen by Sanders, with the remainder. . .
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All-Seeing Eye: Google working with Pentagon on using AI for drone improvement.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
Ubiquitous IT giant Google has silently inked a partnership with the Department of Defense to militarize artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, reinvigorating fears of a Terminator-style apocalyptic scenario. | RT.com
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Oklahoma teachers to discuss strike strategy.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Oklahoma teachers are demanding statewide strike action to reverse years of declining living standards, increasing class sizes and budget cuts to K-12 education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/okla…

Woman screaming 'I'm God!' attempts to open door & abandon plane midflight.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
Passengers aboard a United Express flight travelling from San Francisco to Boise, Idaho, were in for a rude awakening after an "unruly passenger" attempted to open the cabin door mid-flight to everyone else's bemusement. | RT.com
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Argentine teachers begin school year with a national strike.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
The action was staged in protest against cuts in public education spending and attempts by the government to drastically reduce the real wages of teachers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/arge…

What Colorado's Informed People Want!
Wendell G Bradley | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
On Oil Operators' Exploration and Production (E&P) This activity has, historically, been permitted with little regard for either public health and safety, or protection of the environment. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has seen its role largely as a promoter of the industry. Recently, this position of the COGCC was challenged in…
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West Virginia teachers unions ram through sell-out deal to end strike.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
The deal does not address the central demand of teachers–an end to soaring health care costs–while it pays for inadequate wage increases through cuts to Medicaid and other social programs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/west…

The lawless frontier of the #MeToo campaign.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Recent calls by the New York Times for complaints and exposures of "gray-zone sex" experiences are based on the abandonment of centuries-old legal principles.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/lawl…

Racialist attacks mar landmark performance of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Given the generally deplorable state of culture and intellectual life in contemporary America, it was perhaps inevitable that this remarkable event would be tarnished by the purveyors of racialist conceptions of art.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/porg…

Leaked Files Show How NSA Tracks Other Countries' Hackers.
Kim Zetter | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
The Shadow Brokers leak contained evidence the NSA was tracking at least 45 nation-state hacking operations. Researchers and intelligence sources explain how the agency stepped up its tracking of such threats. | The post Leaked Files Show How NSA Tracks Other Countries' Hackers appeared first on The Intercept.
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Trump Might Make You Pay $70 to See the Grand Canyon.
Daniel Ross, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
The fee hikes would pay for park infrastructure like roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines and bathrooms. | As summer approaches and millions gear up for an anticipated pilgrimage to America's national parks, many travelers are holding their breath in anticipation of a possible fee hike at 17 of the nation's most visited and profitable parks. Proposed last October, the fee increase would see the cost per vehicle to Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion national parks more than double to $70 during the busiest five months of the year. As it stands, the cost per vehicle is between $25-$30, depending on the park. The proposal also includes fee hikes for individuals and motorcycles during peak season, as well as for park-specific annual passes. "This is a very significant increase," said Ani Kame'enui, director of legislation and policy for the National. . .
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The Brexit Dilemma.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
As conservatives continue to defend a 'hard' Brexit that is deeply unpopular among business leaders, Jeremy Corbyn seized the opportunity to present Labour as the more sensible and business-friendly party…
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New Zealand opposition leadership change reflects tensions over social unrest and drive to war.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
National Party leader Bill English's resignation followed criticism from the US ambassador of his government's refusal to fully endorse Trump's warmongering against North Korea.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/nznp…

West Virginia teachers unions ram through sell-out deal to end strike.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
The deal does not address the central demand of teachers–an end to soaring health care costs–while it pays for inadequate wage increases through cuts to Medicaid and other social programs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/west…

US man who hunted for a child 'sex slave' he could 'cannibalize' is released on bail.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
A Myrtle Beach man who voiced his perverse criminal intentions to an undercover cop has been released on $20,000 bond. He was among 40 suspects arrested in South Carolina's largest crackdown on prostitution and sex trafficking. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420666-myrtle-beach-canni…

Why That Trump Flack Had a Huge Mueller Meltdown on TV.
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
Roger Stone's protégé Sam Nunberg had an epic TV meltdown Monday, maybe because his former boss is in Mueller's crosshairs. | Roger Stone has been the nation's most famous active dirty trickster for more than 40 years. From Richard Nixon's original operation to the "Brooks Brothers riot" during the Florida recount of 2000 to threatening the father of New York's then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Stone has honed his "ratf**king" craft to a fine art. Much like his old pal Donald Trump, Stone has always operated on the legal and ethical fringe while craving the spotlight, which is a dangerous way to live. They are both in their own ways flamboyant thrill-seekers, always dancing on the edge of disaster. So when I first heard that Stone was involved with Donald Trump's presidential campaign it was anything but surprising. It was even. . .
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The Early History of 'Segronomics'.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
In part two, Noliwe Rooks says wealthy philanthropists first influenced public education for African Americans in the post-reconstruction South…
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ISIS video of Niger ambush puts spotlight back on US mission in Africa.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
The US military mission in Niger is under renewed scrutiny after ISIS released a video of the October 2017 ambush that killed four US soldiers. Their unit was reportedly hunting a senior IS member without proper orders. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420664-niger-ambush-video…

California's Democratic Primary and the Sham of Elections.
Scott Tucker | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
The recent California Democrats State Convention denied Sen. Dianne Feinstein an endorsement for a fifth full term, although the party machine and her bank account are still in her favor. There are signs of dissent and youthful unrest among Democrats, and not just in California, though anyone hoping to reform that party must first break the death grip of the old guard. | Reformers also will inherit clever partisan maneuvers that became quicksand and Machiavellian inspirations that became institutional iron traps. Here is a cautionary tale, as written in an ancient psalm: "They dig a pit and make it deep, and fall into the hole that they have made." | Shortly before California's Proposition 14 appeared on the ballot in June 2010, the topic of the top-two primary system came up at a dinner party where I was a guest.
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Canadian ruling elite reacts to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Signaling the Canadian ruling elite's readiness to support Washington in a trade war against China and other rivals, Ottawa is pleading for an exemption from Trump's tariffs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/tari…

Woman arrested for criticizing cop ex-husband on Facebook – now she's counter-suing.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
A Georgia mother and her friend were arrested by her former husband, a serving cop, over a derogatory Facebook post. In the latest twist of an ex-spousal feud, she's now suing him in for violating her civil rights. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420661-woman-arrested-cri…

Netanyahu, Trump discuss war preparations against Iran.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Netanyahu, facing criminal indictment in Israel, and Trump, his administration in deepening crisis, met to discuss plans for an escalation of military aggression against Iran.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/aipa…

The CIA Democrats.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/dems…

Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn resigns over tariff decision.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Among those reportedly opposed to Trump's trade war policy are Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and retired Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/cohn…

Administration Sues California Over State Sanctuary Laws.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
WASHINGTON–The Trump administration on Tuesday sued to block California laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. illegally, the most aggressive move yet in its push to force so-called sanctuary cities and states to cooperate with immigration authorities. California officials remained characteristically defiant, vowing to defend their landmark legislation. | The Justice Department argued a trio of state laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs. The lawsuit named as defendants the state of California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. | "I say, bring it on," said California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the sanctuary state bill. | It is the latest salvo in an escalating…
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US sanctions North Korea over assassination of Kim Jong-nam with VX nerve agent.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
Washington has imposed additional sanctions against Pyongyang, formally accusing it of involvement in the assassination of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Malaysia in 2017 using a chemical warfare agent. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420662-sanctions-pyongyan…

Violating International Law, Trump Renews Venezuela Sanctions.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
Trump renewed Obama's sanctions against Venezuela, declaring it an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the US, violating international law in the process, says CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot. Also, the US threatened the main opposition presidential candidate if he doesn't boycott the upcoming election…
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When the Media Cover Mass Shootings, Would Depicting the Carnage Make a Difference?
Nicole Smith Dahmen, The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
Rather depicting violence, emphasize the resilience and power of the survivors. | Since 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, we've seen public calls for the release of crime scene photos — the idea being that the visceral horror evoked by images of young, brutalized bodies could spur some sort of action to combat the country's gun violence epidemic. The day after the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, a Slate article echoed the demand for crime scene photos to be released, arguing that if Americans could actually see the bloodshed, we might finally say, "Enough is enough. "As a scholar who specializes in photojournalism ethics, I've thought extensively about how journalism can responsibly cover gun violence, balancing the moral imperatives of seeking truth while minimizing harm. I've also studied how images can galvanize viewers. Fundamental questions. . .
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Why the far-right won in Italy.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Decades of austerity and attacks on democratic rights by the official "left" in Italy, aided and abetted by its pseudo-left apologists, have produced an electoral victory by the far-right parties.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/pers…

Sri Lanka university workers maintain indefinite strike as union backtracks.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-06
The trade unions were compelled to call the industrial action as workers' unrest grew.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/06/univ…

Clashes break out over white nationalist's speech at Michigan university.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-06
Supporters and opponents of white nationalist Richard Spencer clashed ahead of his speech at Michigan State University. Fights broke out and police made half a dozen arrests. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420551-michigan-universit…

Impressions of India, Via Chenai.
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-06
I was last in India (Mumbai) exactly this time last year. I am now in Chennai, attending a conference at the University of Madras. India, to say the least, is a vast and diverse country, sometimes in ways hardly imaginable to those not familiar with a subcontinental nation that has 2 official national languages (Hindi…
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As Eastern Ghouta Besieged, What is the Answer for Syria?
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-06
The Syrian government has a license to kill in Eastern Ghouta, and the world is failing to act, says Yasser Munif of Emerson University. But is intervention the answer, and what is to be done about the right-wing militants trying to topple Assad?
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