2018-04-07: Social Media Postees

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Ballet in time of Cold War: Russian dance troupe hailed as 'messenger of peace & love' in US (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-07
Whenever the Cold War is raging between Russia and the west, it's ballet that helps build bridges and ease drama, says a leading choreographer, who's taking his St. Petersburg company on a tour of the US. | RT.com
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Mehring Books publishes The CIA Democrats
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
Mehring Books has published The CIA Democrats, a detailed exposure of the effective takeover of the 2018 Democratic Party congressional campaign by candidates drawn from the ranks of former intelligence agents, special forces operatives, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and civilian national security operatives from the State Department, National Security Council and Pentagon.
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Republican Abruptly Quits U.S. House in Face of Sexual Allegations
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-07
Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas resigns four months after announcing he wouldn't seek re-election. In December he denied the accusations being made by a former aide. | The post Republican Abruptly Quits U.S. House in Face of Sexual Allegations appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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'Conspiracy theory'? US Homeland Security wants to track journalists & analyze media 'sentiment'
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-07
The US Department of Homeland Security is looking to build a media monitoring database. When some reporters objected, a DHS spokesman dismissed their concerns as fodder for "black helicopter conspiracy theorists." | RT.com
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International Socialist Organization covers for union treachery in the teachers' strikes
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
In a recent article, ISO writer Lee Sustar appeals to the trade unions to work with the pseudo-left to provide them with a "left" cover.
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JPMorgan CEO threatens rate hikes to break wages movement by US workers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon warned of rising wages and raised the possibility of a sharp rise in interest rates to put a brake on economic growth and drive up unemployment.
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2nd Amendment Doesn't Protect Assault Weapons, Federal Judge Rules
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-07
BOSTON–Assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment, a federal judge said in a ruling Friday upholding Massachusetts' ban on the weapons. | U.S. District Judge William Young dismissed a lawsuit challenging the 20-year-old ban, saying assault weapons are military firearms that fall beyond the reach of the constitutional right to "bear arms." | Regulation of the weapons is a matter of policy, not for the courts, he said. | "Other states are equally free to leave them unregulated and available to their law-abiding citizens," Young said. "These policy matters are simply not of constitutional moment. Americans are not afraid of bumptious, raucous and robust debate about these matters. We call it democracy." | State Attorney General Maura Healey said the ruling "vindicates the right of the people of Massachusetts to protect themselves from these weapons of war."
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Oklahoma teachers strike to continue next week, after state senate passes derisory funding bill
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
The Oklahoma Education Association, working in collaboration with Democratic and Republican lawmakers, is seeking to end the strike by Tuesday.
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Canada's trade union-backed Liberal government clamps down on steel and aluminum imports
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
Trudeau's protectionist measures, which help enforce Trump's trade war tariffs, include corporatist initiatives aimed at further integrating the unions with big business and the state.
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US sanctions target Russian officials and businessmen
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
Even as the US-UK narrative of the alleged poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Britain falls apart, Washington continues to escalate its provocative anti-Russian campaign.
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Death Count Among Palestinians Rises as Thousands Protest in Gaza
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-07
KHUZAA, Gaza Strip–Thousands of Palestinians protested along Gaza's sealed border with Israel on Friday, engulfing the volatile area in black smoke from burning tires to try to block the view of Israeli snipers and cheering a Hamas strongman who pledged that the border fence will eventually fall. | Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others — 33 of them seriously — in the second mass border protest in a week, Gaza health officials said. A well-known Palestinian journalist was among the dead, and hundreds of others suffered other injuries, including tear gas inhalation, the officials said. | The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week. | Early Saturday, Palestinian health officials confirmed that Yasser Murtaga had died from a gunshot wound sustained while…
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China prepares to strike back as US trade war intensifies
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
At a briefing with reporters in Beijing Friday evening, Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said the US move was "extremely wrong" and China was preparing to retaliate.
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US and South Korea hold war games ahead of talks
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
While scaled back, the joint exercises still involve 300,000 troops and advanced weaponry amid continuing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
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Israel's shoot-to-kill policy on Gaza border claims more lives
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
Approximately 10,000 Palestinians took part in the second "March of Return" protest yesterday, with rallies called for Friday evening and Saturday in cities in the US, Britain, France and elsewhere in Europe.
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New York City bus drivers support striking Oklahoma teachers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
New York City bus operators interviewed by the WSWS expressed their support for the teachers strike in Oklahoma as well as their distrust of the role of the unions.
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Maldives president ends state of emergency
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
President Yameen withdrew the draconian emergency law a day after trumped-up terrorism charges were filed against his chief political opponents.
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Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
The strikers seized control of all water and power supplies and blocked the entrance to Bandaranaike International Airport to demand higher wages and outstanding benefits.
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Windsor, Ontario casino workers strike after voting down sellout deal
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
The one-sided rejection of yet another contract recommended by Unifor is further indication of the growing rebellion by workers against the official trade unions.
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UK: Metropolitan Police admit role in construction blacklist
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
As police admitted involvement in the blacklisting of building workers, around 60 campaigners and victims walked out of the Undercover Policing Public Inquiry, angered over a continuing cover-up.
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EPA head Scott Pruitt subject of growing demands for removal over open corruption
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
Pruitt has personified the close ties between big business and the political system throughout his career.
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Blackout: US military spent $60 million on Afghanistan power lines to nowhere
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-07
The US military spent $60 million on a new section of power grid in Afghanistan's northeast. It doesn't work and may even put residents at risk, according to a report from the US government's reconstruction watchdog. | RT.com
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Japanese animation filmmaker Isao Takahata, director of Grave of the Fireflies, dies at 82
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
Takahata, one of Japan's most influential animation filmmakers and co-founder of the famed Studio Ghibli, died from lung cancer in a Tokyo hospital April 5. We repost a review of his Grave of the Fireflies (1988).
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Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont released from German prison
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
Puigdemont may not leave Germany until further notice, had to post bail of €75,000 and must report weekly to the police.
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Trump orders indefinite detention of immigrants at border as troop deployment looms
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
A memo published late Friday calls for the allocation of "all legally available resources to construct, operate, control, or modify… facilities to detain aliens."
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London residents draw connection between Grenfell and Kemerovo fires
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
The WSWS spoke to London residents about the fire in Kemerovo, Russia that claimed at least 64 lives.
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Amid School Closures, Puerto Rico's Teachers Fight Privatization
Emily Wells | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-07
Puerto Rico's Department of Education announced Thursday it will close 283 schools this summer after a sharp drop in enrollment, thought to be partly a result of displacement of families after Hurricane Maria. However, many teachers in the island's school system say the issue might be more complicated and believe the system's recent acceptance of charter schools and voucher programs could be contributing to the deprioritizing of public schools. | The Associated Press reports that Puerto Rico is currently operating 1,100 public schools with 319,000 enrolled students. | Puerto Rico's Education Secretary Julia Keleher said of the closings, "We know it's a difficult and painful process. For this reason, we've done it in the most sensible way, taking in consideration all the elements that could impact the daily lives of some families and the school communities in general. … Our boys…
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Fifty years after May-June 1968, the class struggle erupts in France
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-07
With growing opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron's labour decrees, the class struggle in Europe is entering a new and explosive stage.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/07/pers…

Living in an Age of Anxiety
Graham Peebles | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
Overwhelmed by anxiety and image insecurity a friend's 20-year-old daughter recently quit her university course and withdrew to her bedroom where she took to self-harming. Company and environments in which she felt emotionally secure became harder to find, until she stopped venturing out at all together. 'Alice' is one of a growing number of people,…
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Universal Basic Income: Left or Right?
Daniel Raventós, Julie Wark | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
Universal basic income, a regular unconditional cash payment to the whole population is increasingly being discussed in social, political, academic circles and among citizens in general. People are championing it from right and left. But, if it's being pushed from both ends of the political spectrum, what's its secret? Is it so amazingly convincing that all differences between political extremes are abolished? Hardly. More like it, the fact that basic income is being hailed from such different political positions muddies serious debate and is downright bewildering for a lot of people.
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University of Chicago student with mental illness shot by campus police
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-06
Suffering from a severe mental breakdown, Charles Thomas was shot and wounded by campus police Tuesday night. He now faces criminal charges.
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Non-Violence as a Principle
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral; begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. –Martin Luther King Jr. "Peace cannot be built on exclusivism, absolutism, and intolerance.
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In Wake of Gaza Massacre, Israeli Leaders Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-06
A Palestinian man wears a gas mask as he walks in the smoke during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 6, 2018. Clashes erupted on the Gaza-Israel border Friday, a week after Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians at similar demonstrations. (Photo: Abbas Momani / AFP / Getty Images) | On March 30, Israel Defense Forces soldiers shot 773 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, killing 17 and wounding 1,400. This premeditated use of deadly force against peaceful protesters is illegal and the Israeli leaders who ordered the massacre should be prosecuted for war crimes.A Palestinian man wears a gas mask as he walks in the smoke during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 6, 2018. Clashes erupted on the Gaza-Israel border Friday, a week after Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians at similar demonstrations. (Photo:…
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The Lebanon-Israel Border: Reasons for Peace… Excuses for War!
Brett Redmayne-Titley | Global Research | 2018-04-06
Featured image: Part of the Port of Sidon | "No pictures!" growls a burley Lebanese army captain, looking me deliberately in the eyes from not three feet away across his Major's desk, while pointing directly at my Nikon. "No pictures!" he …
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The Korean Conflict, Reevaluated
Dan Kovalik | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
Patriots, Traitors & Empires: The Story of Korea's Struggle for Freedom, Stephen Gowans' latest book on the Korean conflict, could not be more timely given the recent tensions on the Korean peninsula as well as the recent overtures being made for peace and reconciliation. The book is also a very good antidote to the anti-DPRK propaganda…
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Washington Suffers a Credibility Crisis
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
Objectively, the credibility of the US government, with either party at the forefront, has always been in question because its foreign policy pronouncements on peace, freedom, democracy and human rights systematically contradict or contrast with its actions. These days, the Associated Press (AP), a U.S. news agency, lamented in a commentary by its journalists that…
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Appointment of Hawkish John Bolton Points to "Continuity in US Foreign Policy": Dulles Brothers, Brzezinski, Kissinger
Jay Janson | Global Research | 2018-04-06
How preposterous! Peace Prize Laureate former Pres. Jimmy Carter publicly warns Americans (and maybe the world), "I think John Bolton is a disaster for our country," "Maybe one of the worst mistakes that President Trump has made … is the …
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Rugged Individualist Ideology and Superstitionism
Mark W. Jones | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
What if I were to describe a religion whose adherents' requisite imperative is: love your neighbors as yourself: and in this religion's Bible there are paradigms of altruism and selflessness; Abraham's near sacrifice of his son on the order of his God: the Good Samaritan: Jesus Christ himself who died for humanity's sin of believing…
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Scoring Citizen Trump
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
Jerry Springer: The Opera closed a week ago on Broadway after a three-month run. Given the show's crazed, megalomaniacal, helmet-haired title character, and its diverse tableaux that range from Jesus-on-the-cross to tap-dancing Klansmen and other surrealities, its demise is somewhat surprising. (Luckily, the original British production broadcast in 2005 by the BBC can be enjoyed in…
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70 Years Later: Palestinians Are Still Denied the Easter Promise of Hope
Raouf Halaby | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
Today is Jumaa' al Hazeeneh (Arabic for Good Friday), a phrase pregnant with nuances that commemorate the Passion of Christ. Sorrowful, grief-stricken, distressing, troubling, excruciatingly painful, agonizing, harrowing, laborious are just a few of these connotations. For Christian Palestinians, traditionally Jumaa' al Hazeeneh is a day of prayer, fasting, solemnity, and introspection. No, I am…
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Imperialist America, 50 Years After MLK's Gospel of Nonviolence
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-06
The line of preachers stretched 100 yards to the door of Columbus, Georgia's radio station WOKS, where the pastors had each been allotted a few minutes to testify to their deep commitment to the ideals espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shot down in Memphis three days earlier. Nearly every Black minister in town was there, waiting his turn to lie. Although they would sound like an amen corner for "the Movement" on this mournful Sunday morning, the assembled clergymen had, in fact, acted as the front line of resistance to King's gospel of nonviolent confrontation with the white powers-that-be. | Both before and after the tumultuous Birmingham campaign of 1963, Dr. King and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) had hoped to bring the movement to Columbus, the second-largest city in Georgia, 100 miles due south of Atlanta. The protocols…
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Noam Chomsky — Why Does the U.S. Support Israel?
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
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What Did Israel Bomb in the Syrian Desert in 2007?
Ted Snider | Global Research | 2018-04-06
In September 2007, in the dark of night, warplanes crossed the Syrian border and bombed a covert nuclear reactor. Recently, Israel took responsibility for the bombing mission that obliterated the Syrian reactor. | The Israeli announcement was unnecessary if it was …
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War Deaths, and Taxes
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
Photo by DVIDSHUB | CC BY 2.0 | Are the federal taxes coming out of your wages and due this week killing you? Sadly what's rhetorical for US tax payers is gravely literal for people of eight countries currently on the shooting end of the US budget. | This year at least 47% of federal income taxes goes to the military (27%, or $857 billion, for today's bombings and occupations, weapons, procurement, personnel, retiree pay & healthcare, Energy Dept. nuclear weapons, Homeland Security, etc.); and 20%, or $644 billion, for past military bills (veterans' benefits — $197 billion; and 80% of the interest on the national debt — $447 billion). | A ceasefire, drawdown and retreat from the country's unwinnable wars would reduce this tax burden, and didn't the president promise to end the foreign "nation-building" that's breaking the bank? Of course,…
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America's Descent Into Despotism
Nozomi Hayase | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
The United States is in a major upheaval. Trump's cabinet shake-up moves the country into an alarming direction. From the nomination of torturer Gina Haspel as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency to Mike Pompeo, former CIA Director and a vocal opponent of the nuclear deal with Iran as new secretary of state, his selection exposes the…
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Nuclear Companies are Just Happy to be in There Somewhere and They'll Gouge the Ratepayers to Get There
Linda Pentz Gunter | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
That teeth-jangling noise you can hear are the fingernails of nuclear power corporations scraping across window ledges in a last, desperate attempt to cling on. It's a lost cause. Nuclear power is falling to its none too premature death. It just won't go quietly. Instead, like Steve Martin's unforgettable character in The Jerk, the mantra for…
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Bolton and Johnson: the Malevolent Villain and the Vicious Buffoon on the Nuclear Stage
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
There are currently several characters of clownish tendency on the stage of international affairs, with others waiting in the wings for an opportunity to prance forward and perform their antics. The most recent addition to the Western cast is the new National Security Adviser to President Trump, John Bolton, who isn't so much a clown as…
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Study: No Relation Between Immigration and Crime
Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-06
Someone ought to tell the Trump administration. | On Wednesday, the morning after his administration announced its plan to send the National Guard to patrol the United States' southern border, President Trump tweeted " strong action today" on immigration: Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW! The Democrats stand in our way – they want people to pour into our country unchecked. . . . CRIME! We will be taking strong action today. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018His argument against immigration (i. e. , "CRIME! ") is as nuanced as it is factual–which is to say, not at all. The Marshall Project, in conjunction with the New York Times Upshot, analyzed the data from a 2016 study of the relationship between crime rates and immigration in. . .
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Judge Suspends Release of Herman Bell, Elderly Black Panther Jailed 45 Years, Amid Police Pressure
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-06
A judge in New York has suspended the release of Herman Bell, a 70-year-old prisoner who has been granted parole after 45 years in prison. Bell was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the killing of two New York City police officers in 1971. At the time, he was a member of the Black Liberation Army and a former Black Panther. Since then, he has mentored thousands of young men while behind bars and kept a clean disciplinary record. State-mandated tests show he would pose the lowest possible risk if he is allowed to re-enter society. In March, the New York Parole Board granted parole for Bell, noting he had expressed remorse and was likely to lead a "law-abiding life." State law requires commissioners to consider such factors, but they've only recently started to comply. On Wednesday, a state judge…
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John Kiriakou: Gina Haspel Is Wrong Choice to Lead CIA
Emily Wells | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-06
Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and CIA whistleblower Kiriakou discuss the nomination of Gina Haspel for the agency's director. Kiriakou says she should be disqualified for participating in the CIA's illegal torture program. | The post John Kiriakou: Gina Haspel Is Wrong Choice to Lead CIA appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Transparency International USA Morphs Into Coalition for Integrity
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
Corruption is an enormous, worldwide problem measured in the billions and trillions of dollars. Yet the true cost of corruption goes far beyond mere dollars and cents. Democracy is best served when elected officials are wholly committed to representing the public interest When government is for sale, it destroys public trust in democratic institutions and…
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Brothers (1929) and Comradeship (1931): Two films dealing with the workers movement
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-06
Two feature films, part of the Berlin International Film Festival retrospective section, reflect a militant mood among workers in the late 1920s, in particular their striving for a common struggle and international solidarity.
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Hungary on the eve of parliamentary elections
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-06
According to current opinion polls, the right-wing Fidesz Party will secure victory in Sunday's vote.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/06/hung…

Reversing Past Oppression, Cooperation Jackson Builds a Better Future
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
If thinking big were all it took to be a success, then Cooperation Jackson would be one of the biggest successes ever seen. It is far too early to know what the future will hold for what must be the most thorough-going experiment in economic democracy in the United States today, but no one can…
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Reggae Star Etana Emphasizes Equality
Stephen Cooper | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
Lauded by the BBC as the "greatest music teacher who ever lived," Nadia Boulanger once described the ecstasy that listeners of reggae star Etana's new album, "Reggae Forever," feel:…
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Black [In]Justice in March: Michael Bennett's Felony Charge and the Killing of Stephon Clark
Peter Crowley | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
It's been a trying second half of March for black men facing the U.S. justice system. On March 18th, 22-year old father of two was killed by police in his grandmother's yard, after police responded to a vandalism complaint. As further information unraveled, including the police's mutingof their body camera following the shooting and an…
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A Microscope's Journey Through Israel
Dana Visalli | Global Research | 2018-04-06
Featured image: Bassem Tamimi observing a flower through a loupe— a magnifying glass. 'Extraordinary,' he remarked. His wife Nariman and daughter Ahed are in an Israeli prison for resisting the military and settler occupation of their land by Israel. (Source: …
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Phyllis Bennis on Gaza Massacre, Pam Vogel on Sinclair Propaganda
CounterSpin | FAIR | 2018-04-06
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Selected Articles: The Good Friday Massacre: World…We Are All Palestinians, Now!
Global Research News | 2018-04-06
Global Research shares timely, independent and vital information to readers across the globe. | We act as a global platform to let the voices of dissent, protest, and expert witnesses and academics be heard and disseminated internationally. | To sustain our …
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Facebook sent a doctor to ask hospitals to share patient data — report
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-06
Facebook sent a doctor to top US hospitals in an effort to convince them to share patient data, including illness and prescription information, for a since-abandoned project, CNBC reported Wednesday. | RT.com
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Pre-Meditated Murder in Gaza, How Israel Provided Evidence of Its Own Crimes
Ben White | MintPress News | 2018-04-06
A week on from Israel's deadly crackdown on Palestinian protests in the occupied Gaza Strip on Land Day it is clear that the killing of demonstrators constituted a case of pre-meditated murder. The evidence is overwhelming and almost entirely provided by Israeli officials themselves. | First, consider the Israeli authorities' preparations and open threats in the lead up to Friday, 30 March. Two days in advance, the head of the Israeli armed forces proudly told local media that there would be more than 100 snipers positioned around the Gaza Strip, mostly from "special units," who would be authorized to live fire on Palestinian demonstrators. | Meanwhile, a government spokesperson even threatened protesters with a tweeted video of an unarmed Palestinian civilian being shot by an Israeli soldier. No wonder, then, that human rights groups like Amnesty International…

Pre-Meditated Murder in Gaza, How Israel Provided Evidence of Its Own Crimes

Roaming Charges: A Working Class Hero is Something to Pretend to Be
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
+ The good news: Trump is pulling US troops out of Syria. The bad news: Trump, playing out his Black Jack Pershing fantasy, wants to put them on the Mexican border. Trump's foreign policy strategy has been incoherent, but he's always been quite clear about wanting to create a police (super-police) state on the home…
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Australian dock workers strike against threatened 60 percent wage cut
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-06
The Maritime Union of Australia is isolating the workers, while it seeks to strike a sellout deal with Qube Ports.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/06/qube…

Coming Attraction: Lunatic John Bolton Loose in West Wing
Ray McGovern | MintPress News | 2018-04-06
As Uber-Hawk John Bolton prepares to take over as national security adviser on Monday, Ray McGovern looks back at when Bolton was one of the "crazies" in the George W. Bush administration. | The post Coming Attraction: Lunatic John Bolton Loose in West Wing appeared first on MintPress News.

Coming Attraction: Lunatic John Bolton Loose in West Wing

Kazakhstan: Criminal Probe of Media Outlets
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-06
Journalists, others gather around Vadim Boreiko, journalist and regular contributor to Ratel.kz, for comment after the April 5 court hearing against Ratel.kz and chief editor Marat Asipov. | © 2018 Irina Mednikova | | (Brussels) — Kazakhstan opened a criminal investigation of two prominent independent media outlets on March 30, 2018, for "disseminating knowingly false information," Human Rights Watch said today. | Police on April 2 interrogated four journalists and executed search warrants at the offices of Forbes Kazakhstan and an analytical news portal, Ratel.kz. Police also searched the homes of several journalists from those outlets who are apparently implicated in the case, including a now-deceased Ratel.kz journalist. In a civil action brought by prosecutors, an Almaty court on March 31 preliminarily approved blocking Ratel.kz and its affiliated websites. | "Kazakh authorities have…
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Washington and Riyadh's Terror Enterprise. Wahhabi-indoctrinated Mercenaries
Tony Cartalucci | Global Research | 2018-04-06
For decades the United States and its NATO allies have helped Saudi Arabia export methods of political indoctrination known as Wahhabism to radicalize individuals and swell the ranks of mercenary forces used to wage proxy wars abroad and manipulate Western …
globalresearch.ca/washington-and-riyadhs-terror-enterprise-wahhabi-indoctrinated-mercenaries/5634939

Muslims charged with violent plots get longer sentences, more media attention — study
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-06
Muslims accused of plotting violence in America get seven times more media attention and four times longer sentences than their non-Muslim counterparts, a new study claims. | RT.com
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7 Utterly Deranged Parkland Conspiracy Theories Currently Making the Rounds
Gillian Edevane, Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-06
The right has convinced itself that David Hogg is a CIA agent, and so much worse. | The Many Parkland Conspiracy Theories, Debunked: In the seven weeks since the Parkland, Florida school shooting, a group of passionate teenage survivors have emerged as the public faces of a national movement to increase gun control. . . . considerable resources to tank the teens' reputations. Below, Newsweek has rounded up the most pervasive conspiracy theories floating around about students Hogg and Gonzalez, debunking them in the process. When . . . | Related Stories: Parkland Shooting Survivor David Hogg Isn't Here for Bill O'Reilly's Ridiculous Conspiracy TheoryThe Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory Network Is Now Targeting High School Victims'Concerned' Evangelicals to Confront Trump Over Stormy Daniels Allegations: Report…
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Australia proposes visas for white South Africans
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-06
Home Affairs Minister Dutton insists white farmers deserve "special attention" for humanitarian visas.
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A.L.I.C.E. in Shooterland
Timothy Messer-Kruse | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
It is rare for meetings in academia to be labelled as "mandatory." But the memo summoning all the faculty and staff to participate in "ALICE (active shooter) training" made it clear that we were required to attend. I was told by a representative of my faculty union that I could be disciplined by the college…
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Trump Accused of 'Peddling Lies' Over Voter Fraud Claim
Chantal Da Silva, Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-06
"The only fraud is the occupant of the Oval Office," California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. | Politicians and rights groups have accused President Donald Trump of "peddling lies" after the U. S. leader revived his unfounded claim of "millions" of people committing voter fraud. The president renewed the claim during a tax-reform roundtable in West Virginia on Thursday, alleging that in places like California "the same person votes many times. " "You probably heard. . . {C} | Related Stories: Paul Krugman: Donald Trump Is Just Terrible at ThisWhy Did Mike Pence 'Like' This Tweet Mocking Donald Trump? Donald Trump Wimps Out on Baseball's Opening Day Once Again…
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The Economics Behind the Skripal Poisoning
The Hudson Report | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle, creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. The Hudson Report is a new weekly series produced by Left Out with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every episode we cover an economic or political issue that…
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Women: Watch Out for This Ominous Sign on Your Dinner Date
Liz Posner, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-06
In the age of #MeToo, what does it mean if he insists on ordering for you? | worst date of her life. " Many critics of the article derided one detail in the article that must have seemed important enough to the writer to include: "After arriving at his apartment in Manhattan on Monday evening, they exchanged small talk and drank wine. 'It was white,' she said. 'I didn't get to choose and I prefer red, but it was white wine. '"To suggest that Grace's lack of control over the wine they drank foreshadowed Ansari's later abusive behavior indeed seems a bit trivial. But on closer inspection, and amidst #MeToo conversations about how so many men get away with exercising control over women, maybe this detail deserves more serious examination. It can be argued that men who choose what their dates eat and drink. . .
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Winnie Mandela: Never Half-Stepping on the Road to Freedom
Linn Washington Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
In many ways Winnie Mandela — the iconic South African anti-apartheid activist — was the appropriate choice for keynote speaker at the historic October 1997 'Million Woman March' in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Winnie Mandela, the second and best-known wife of the legendary leader Nelson Mandela, courageously confronted issues from racism to sexism, classism to capitalism. Those…
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Primed by Saudi Money and Influence, the ISIS Diaspora Reaches the Philippines
Darius Shahtahmasebi | MintPress News | 2018-04-06
Saudi Arabia's spread of jihadist ideology has reached past the Middle East and Southeast Asia and penetrated deep into the Asia-Pacific, drawing in extremist groups reeling from recent losses in Syria and Iraq. | The post Primed by Saudi Money and Influence, the ISIS Diaspora Reaches the Philippines appeared first on MintPress News.

Primed by Saudi Money and Influence, the ISIS Diaspora Reaches the Philippines

Alon-Lee Green: Young Israeli Organizes Baristas While Fighting the Occupation
Grace Gleason | MintPress News | 2018-04-06
Israeli activist Alon-Lee Green stresses the importance of making a connection between domestic issues and the occupation, and the potential for Jewish-Arab cooperation to create political change within Israeli society. | The post Alon-Lee Green: Young Israeli Organizes Baristas While Fighting the Occupation appeared first on MintPress News.

Alon-Lee Green: Young Israeli Organizes Baristas While Fighting the Occupation

A Tale of Two Africas
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
started travelling to Africa on health-related missions at the beginning of the 1980s. And from the beginning, Africa caught my interest and my imagination. It is, after all, the continent where my father was born, when my Lebanese grandfather went to work providing food to miners in Transvaal. It was a big advantage that I…
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Will We Ever See the Results of the Mueller Investigation?
Eugene Robinson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-06
If you want to make sure you learn whether President Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians and whether Trump himself committed obstruction of justice, there's one thing you must do: Vote in November to take control of Congress away from the Republican Party. | Spoiler alert: We already have evidence that Trump at least tried his best to obstruct justice; and despite the president's frequent all-caps tweets to the contrary, collusion is still very much an open question. For more definitive answers, however, we have to await special counsel Robert Mueller's findings–and there is no guarantee we will learn, in detail, everything that he finds out. | The Washington Post reported this week that Mueller intends to produce a series of reports about the various issues he is probing, with the first likely to be on the obstruction of justice question. | The…
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Two Dogmas of Liberals Nowadays
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
Among the reasons why MSNBC, CNN, NPR (its slogan should be: "my choice for conventional wisdom and pro-regime propaganda|"), the handful of comparatively progressive columnists whom The New York Timesand Washington Postdeign to publish, and other exponents of "liberal" thought have become harder than usual to listen to or read since Donald Trump became president…
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Racist Mural in Liberal Vermont
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
In the Autumn of 2017, local Burlington, VT activist and agit-provocateur Albert Petrarca scrawled the words Off the Wall across a mural in the city's shopping district. The mural is painted on a wall leading to one of the nearby parking garages and is supposed to represent the history of Vermont. Like so many other…
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Teachers' rebellion continues in Oklahoma and across the US
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-06
As the strike by Oklahoma enters its fifth day, protests, stoppages and demands for statewide walkouts by educators are spreading in Kentucky, Arizona and other states.
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The Truth About Martin Luther King's Assassination Peaks Through
Edward Curtin | Global Research | 2018-04-06
"There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968 | It's been fifty years since Dr. Martin Luther King was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968 and nineteen years since the …
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5 Ways Liberals and Progressives Shame the Poor Without Even Realizing It
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-06
Conservatives aren't the only ones with a nasty habit of humiliating lower-income earners. | The Republican Party has a long history of denouncing America's poor as freeloading parasites, living off the hard work and innovation of the rich while contributing nothing to society. The left, meanwhile, offers a more inclusive and egalitarian perspective, arguing that more poor Americans could join the middle class with the right education, training and opportunities. Too often, however, liberals and progressives end up shaming those they intend to help, criticizing lower-income earners for everything from their dietary choices to their inability to make charitable donations. And in so doing, they're only adding to the misery of one of the country's most vulnerable populations. Below are five ways in which liberals and progressives shame the poor without even realizing it. 1. Diet-shaming from organic food proponents. Leftists are often vocal proponents. . .
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America's Youth Are Rejecting Capitalism, What Do They Want Instead?
Joseph Blasi | MintPress News | 2018-04-06
Today's youth are increasingly unhappy with the way their elders are running the world. | Their ire was most recently expressed when thousands of teenagers and others across the country marched on March 24 demanding more gun control, a little over a month after more than a dozen of their peers were shot and killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida. | But there's growing evidence that today's young adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29 or so, are strongly dissatisfied with other fundamental aspects of our political and economic system. Specifically, growing numbers are rejecting capitalism. | This led us — a sociologist and an economist — to wonder how would young people redesign the economic system if they could. The answer, based on recent surveys, should make any status-quo politician seriously rethink their economic policies.

America's Youth Are Rejecting Capitalism, What Do They Want Instead?

Skripal Case: What Happened at the United Nations Security Council. U.K. Rhetoric: "Highly Likely…"
Jim Miles | Global Research | 2018-04-06
I don't often comment on foreign relations between other countries — that is other than what the U.S. is doing concerning other countries, but having just listened to the UN Security Council discussion about the Skripal case, these thoughts stood …
globalresearch.ca/skripal-case-what-happened-at-the-united-nations-security-council-highly-likely/5634907

Pentagon Capitalism and Silicon Valley: Google's Drone War Project Shows Big Data's Military Roots
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-06
The weaponized nature of the tech industry is a pandora's box that may prove impossible to close. Yet Google's employees are resisting their company's continued work to upgrade the U.S. war machine. | The post Pentagon Capitalism and Silicon Valley: Google's Drone War Project Shows Big Data's Military Roots appeared first on MintPress News.

Pentagon Capitalism and Silicon Valley: Google’s Drone War Project Shows Big Data’s Military Roots

Jeremy Corbyn's Nazi Death Cult
CJ Hopkins | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
So it appears the British are our last best hope of stemming the blood-dimmed Putin-Nazi tide that has shaken the foundations of Western democracy since Hillary Clinton lost the election. The neoliberal Resistance in the United States, led by the intelligence agencies, the Democratic Party, and the corporate media, fights on, but it's a losing…
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Educated Hope in Dark Times: The Challenge of the Educator-Artist as a Public Intellectual
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-06
Increasingly, neoliberal regimes across Europe and North America have waged a major assault on critical thinking and the educational spheres in which they take place, but this also applies to creative spaces. Artistic production can change how people view the world, and that pedagogy can be dangerous to the status quo neoliberalism seeks to maintain.(Photo: Hero Images / Getty Images) | Truthout doesn't have billionaire underwriters or the endless budget of corporate news studios — we depend on your support. Click here to donate to independent media! | Increasingly, neoliberal regimes across Europe and North America have waged a major assault on critical pedagogy, public pedagogy, and the public spheres in which they take place. For instance, public and higher education are being defunded, turned into accountability factories, and now largely serve as adjuncts of an instrumental logic that mimics the…
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Sri Lanka, Independent Republic to Vassal State
Tamara Kunanayakam | Global Research | 2018-04-06

Sri Lanka, Independent Republic to Vassal State

Gun Industry Killing More People Overseas
Tamara Pearson | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
I live next door to the world's biggest gun manufacturer. Here in Mexico, the murder rates are close to civil war levels. They broke records last year, for a total of 41,217 homicides, with 25,339 first degree murders over the course of the year. And those are the official figures — which if anything, tend to…
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A Timely Tale of Taxes and Toys 'R' Us
Sam Pizzigati | MintPress News | 2018-04-06
The orthodoxy that dominates today's Republican Party — and the ranks of "business-friendly" Democrats — rests on a simple approach to economic policy. Let's be nice, this orthodoxy holds, to rich people. | Let's be particularly nice at tax time. Let's keep taxes on rich people, conservatives advise us, as low as possible. High taxes on high incomes, they argue, discourage entrepreneurship. No one with a great idea for a new business enterprise is going to start that business, their argument goes, if Uncle Sam is just going to tax away the rewards that a new business could bring. | And the same goes for investors. They're not going to invest in "job-creating" enterprises, the conservative orthodoxy insists, if high taxes threaten to eat away at their potential earnings. | This conservative take of taxes works wonderfully for sound bites — and…

A Timely Tale of Taxes and Toys ‘R’ Us

'No foul play': Missing CDC expert on Zika & Ebola found drowned after weeks-long search
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-06
US authorities have confirmed that the body of American epidemiologist Timothy Cunningham, who vanished in February, has been found. Police said there were no signs of "foul play" attached to his death. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/423344-cdc-epidemiologist…

Trump still wants to meet Putin, White House says, after new round of sanctions
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-06
Preparations for a meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be affected by the new round of sanctions imposed on Russian government officials and businessmen, the White house has said. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/423438-trump-wants-meet-p…

Russia-Pakistan Military Relations: On the Path to a Strategic Partnership
Andrew Korybko | Global Research | 2018-04-06
The statements made by the Russian and Pakistani Defense Ministers after their interaction at this year's Moscow Conference on International Security show that the military relations between the two Great Powers are on the right track and moving them closer …
globalresearch.ca/russia-pakistan-military-relations-on-the-path-to-a-strategic-partnership/5634919

Google Workers Demand End to Company's Involvement in Pentagon Drone Program
Andre Damon | Global Research | 2018-04-06
Revelations last month that Google was designing software for the US military's illegal drone warfare program have sparked outrage among employees. More than 3,000 Google workers have signed a letter to executives demanding that it end its involvement with the …
globalresearch.ca/google-workers-demand-end-to-companys-involvement-in-drone-murder/5634903

Trump orders end of 'catch & release' immigration policy
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-06
President Donald Trump has signed an order ending the so-called 'catch and release' policy, under which US immigration officers allowed the release of 'caught' illegal immigrants back on US soil, pending their immigration hearing. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/423448-trump-ends-catch-r…

#NeverAgain Movement Needs a Clear Demand
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
Eight hundred thousand people participated in the March for Our Lives rally in Washington on March 24th, say organizers with the #NeverAgain movement sparked by the Parkland, Florida school massacre. The turnout was impressive — but will it lead to new gun legislation? History suggests no. But victory is achievable — if rallies are sharpened…
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YouTube, Censorship and Nasim Aghdam
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-06
"People like me are not good for big business, like for animal business, medicine business and for many other businesses. That's why they are discriminating and censoring us." — Nasim Najafi Aghdam discussing YouTube She claimed to have detested it, issuing fiery calls on her social media outlets, and asserting that this creature was demonic…
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Charities work with UK Home Office to deport rough sleepers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-06
In 2017, the rough sleeping rate in London showed an 18 percent rise since 2016, with 59 percent of rough sleepers in the capital being non-UK nationals.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/06/char…

US Isn't Leaving Syria–but Media Lost It When Possibility Was Raised
Gregory Shupak | FAIR | 2018-04-06
The White House made clear that Trump's talk of pulling out of Syria was just talk (Independent, 4/4/18)—but not before numerous media figures expressed alarm that the illegal occupation might end. | At a rally in Cleveland last week, President Donald Trump said that the US will get out of Syria "very soon." It is now clear that the 4,000 US troops currently occupying Syria (Washington Post, 10/31/17) will in fact stay in Syria (Independent, 4/4/18), even though keeping troops in another country in defiance of that country's government is a violation of international law. Yet the very possibility of US withdrawal from Syria rendered apoplectic journalists who are convinced of the legitimacy of Washington's domination of the country–international law be damned. | Some writers want America to occupy Syria to weaken Russia. In the Washington Post (…
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How Can a Scientist Make Sense of the Religious Impulse?
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-06
"Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | "Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine" | A book by Alan Lightman | Science writers generally fall into one of two categories: Some of us are textbook authors trying to convince ourselves that we are storytellers, while others are journalists who aren't real scientists but like to play them on TV. Alan Lightman, however, is different. He is the poet laureate of science writers. His best-known book, "Einstein's Dreams," a lyrical novel putting us inside Albert Einstein's mind as he makes his great discovery, established him as the Picasso, the Schoenberg, the Gehry of science writing. He didn't just do it better–which he did; as a wordsmith Lightman stands alone among science writers–he did something with the genre no one imagined could be done.
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