2018-06-08: Social Media Postees

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Trump's Singapore Mission: Neutralize North Korea From Iran?
Sazzad Haider | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
US President Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal is neither unexpected nor insane; his move is very much related to his 'North Korea peace mission'. For a decade the US, the number one global player has faced two obstinate, unfathomable but tiny enemies, North Korea and Iran. If the…
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The Radical Derelict: Giving Up the Work Ethic for Peace
Jeffrey Shampnois | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
The same relentless energy driving a toddler in its Terrible Twos still drives that voice in my head. However, when I see a toddler, I know I'm in the presence of a genius, albeit a naàØve one. It's not the size of the intellect, but the velocity of learning that describes its intelligence. I, on…
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Toward a Truly Indigenous Peace in the Korean Peninsula
Simone Chun | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Last month, I took part in an international women's peace delegation to South Korea, led by Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire and Women Cross DMZ founder Christine Ahn. It was my first visit to my native Korea in over 3 years. Everywhere I went, I witnessed the afterglow of the inspiring candlelight movement that restored…
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Digging Deeper
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Here in Kabul in early June, outside the home of several Afghan Peace Volunteers, a large drilling machine is parked on what was once a lovely garden. To this now muddy patch, workers will soon arrive for another noisy, dusty day of digging for water. The well dried up a week ago. As of today, the household…
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Bulldoze the Business Schools!
Thomas Klikauer | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Burying business schools under a heap of rubble sounds like a good idea. Shutting them down might not be enough. One of the problems is that universities are generally understood to be institutions with responsibilities to the societies they serve. Why then do we assume that degrees in business should only teach one form of…
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Anarchism in Latin America: Striking and Dreaming from Tierra del Fuego to Tijuana
Ben Dangl | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
àÅngel Cappelletti (1927-1995) was an Argentine philosopher who spent much of his career teaching at Simón Bolívar University in Venezuela. He also translated numerous works from Greek and Latin, and wrote over two dozen books, primarily on philosophy and anarchism. One of his later books is the classic survey Anarchism in Latin America , now available…
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The Triangle of Conspiracy Against Iranian Nuclear Deal
Majid Karimi | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Donald Trump president of America finally withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran on May 8, 2018. He said, "The deal was an embarrassment to him as a citizen." It was not unprecedented, because when he came to power in 2017, promised to exit from the agreement. Apart from the reaction of Islamic republic of…
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Trump's Saving Grace
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
What a nauseating spectacle — the language police at CNN and MSNBC castigating Samantha Bee for calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless cunt!" | Their producers should have told them that if truth isn't a defense, it ought to be, and that prissiness àºber alles is for self-righteous prigs. | She said "feckless," not, as was sometimes reported, "fucking." Part of the confusion may be that on those liberal (actually centrist) networks, "the f-word," like "the c-word," is routinely spelled out when mentioned at all. | I wonder whether this is because the network bosses are worried that c-h-i-l-d-r-e-n might be watching. | Apologies to Kinky Friedman for that; it is a relief, in times like these, to think of the immortal Kinkster. | It could all change in the blink of an eye, should the T-word give the Saudis and the Israelis…
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My Fast Food Nightmare
Tanya Harrell | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Three years ago, when my grandmother fell ill, I chose to delay my studies to work full time at McDonald's to pay for her prescriptions and medical care. I knew at the time that my starting pay of $7.45 an hour wouldn't be enough to live on. I even knew that I'd have to resort to…
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Putin Gives Israel the Green Light, Iran the Red Light and Assad/Trump the Yellow Light in Syria
Franklin Lamb | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Why does Israel get a Putin Green Light? Israel has found itself is a relatively strong position militarily and politically with respect to Iran/Hezbollah in the Middle East over the past half year. Achieved partly by agreeing with the White House to be patient and adhere to the American-European-Russian plan for dealing with Iran in…
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The Rumble in the Jungle: How Muhammad Ali Shook the World
Tony McKenna | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
He had fought dangerous men before. His first world title fight had been against the indomitable Sonny Liston some years earlier, and he had been the underdog then too; the rank outsider, who was thought too smooth, too pretty, too graceful — to stand a chance against the flinty, powerful Liston with his brutal, surly…
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The Washington Post and the Councilman: How the Post Covers Up Local Corruption
Peter Turner | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
The Washington Post is known for aggressively reporting on local corruption in D.C., but it makes an exception for Jack Evans, the city's longest-serving councilmember. In early May the Post reported that an LLC setup by Evans and a lobbyist received $50,000 from a company that Evans was advocating for. Evans claims he returned the funds, but…
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Israel's Attack on the USS Liberty: A Half Century Later, Still No Justice
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
In early June of 1967, at the onset of the Six Day War, the Pentagon sent the USS Liberty from Spain into international waters off the coast of Gaza to monitor the progress of Israel's attack on the Arab states. The Liberty was a lightly armed surveillance ship. Only hours after the Liberty arrived it…
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Venezuela's Narrowing Options
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
" °Patria o muerte!" (fatherland or death) is the traditional slogan of Latin American revolutionaries. It is also the grim choice that the US government is imposing on the people of Venezuela, as the Washington consensus (e.g., Foreign Policy) screams "it's time for a coup in Venezuela." Washington Rejects Electoral Transition The runner-up in the May 20…
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Negative Capability: a Force for Change?
Paul Tritschler | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Picasso learned to paint in the ways of the old masters towards the end of his second decade, but it took a further three to learn to paint like a child. His journey towards childlikeness via self-forgetfulness, a process of becoming through undoing, was fruitful but arduous. Arduous because it is the hardest thing to…
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Nevermind the Wall, They're Building Warehouses
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Most mornings lately, I've woken up to two things. First I hear my toddler, sounding off that it's time to get up. Then I see the news stories about other toddlers our immigration authorities ripped away from their parents. For weeks, I've felt the gnawing need to write something, anything, about it. But God, where…
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The Colonization of Palestine: Rethinking the Term 'Israeli Occupation'
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
June 5, 2018 marks the 51st anniversary of the Israeli Occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. But, unlike the massive popular mobilization that preceded the anniversary of the Nakba — the catastrophic destruction of Palestine in 1948 — on May 15, the anniversary of the Occupation is hardly generating equal mobilization. The…
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Iran, India and Pompeo's Demands
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Iran and India are two of the world's most ancient countries, and they have deep historical links. The Aryans who meandered into the Himalayan foothills from around 1500 BCE migrated through Iran; indeed "Iran" and "Aryan" are cognate words. One speaks of Indo-Aryan migrations. Indian Hinduism reflects many Iranian (Zoroastrian) influences. The Avestan language in…
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US-led Strikes Kill 100 Syrian Civilians as Amnesty Reports Potential War Crimes in Raqqa
Brett Wilkins | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
US and coalition warplanes over the past several weeks have been pounding areas of Syria's Deir Ezzor and al-Hasaka provinces still controlled by Islamic State militants, reportedly killing around 100 civilians, including more than 30 children, in the process. This, as the human rights group Amnesty International released a scathing report on Tuesday accusing the…
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NFL Anthem Protest Policy and Faux Patriotism
Laura Finley | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Like many, we are fundamentally opposed to the NFL's new policy requiring players who are on the field to stand for the national anthem or remain in the tunnel or locker room. Teams can be fined if players or any team personnel do not stand for the anthem, including attempts to sit or kneel, as…
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The Real World
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
"You must love nature," she said as she passed; a stranger noticing me picking up the careless refuse dropped by another who apparently doesn't. Her comment strikes me as a somewhat absurd but common sentiment, and it stays with me throughout my hike. Industrial society seems to easily compartmentalize nature as just another interest or a hobby. I…
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Inside Scott Pruitt's Shady 2011 Real Estate Deal
Jonathan Latham | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Scott Pruitt, President Trump's embattled EPA administrator, finds himself under attack this week after news broke that he had rented a Washington townhouse at below-market rates from the wife of a lobbyist who represents major fossil fuel companies. That was not the first time Pruitt has exercised questionable judgment around a property transaction, according to documents obtained…
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Crying Wolf: Israel's Great March of Return Atrocities in the New York Times
Peter Crowley | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
When you want to kill unarmed protesters you don't like, cry wolf. At least that's how Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, Binyamin Netanyahu and the Israeli military operate. And who parrots this excuse to mow down Gazans inside their prison? Most of the mainstream media, and the touchy-feelie liberal New York Times. On Nakba Day, the…
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A Climate Constitution in the Courts and the Streets
Jeremy Brecher | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
What's the Constitution got to do with climate? Current legal cases are now addressing that question. They are using the U.S. Constitution to bring climate protection into the courthouse. These cases range from youth demanding their constitutional right to a stable climate to activists who block fossil fuel pipeline construction and justify their action as…
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Trump's War on the Poor: An Impeachable Offense
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Were it not for the source, it would hardly be news to learn that the United States can't take care of its most needy–that it may be the richest country, but it is also increasingly, appallingly, unequal in how its wealth and opportunities are shared. When the various dimensions of human security are examined, critics…
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Passive Protest and the Census Citizenship Question
Barry Barnett | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Passive protest suggestion: I plan to leave the citizenship question blank on the upcoming US Census, even though I am a US citizen. If every resident in the United States, or as many as learn about this idea and are willing to do so, do not answer this question, it may skew the results so…
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Breaking Away From the Democrats
Brandy Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Saturday, we at the North Star in a panel co-sponsored by Verso Books, wrapped up a session on DSA and the Democrats: For Independent Electoral Politics. We on the North Star editorial board were open in our advocating that DSA fully break from the Democratic Party and for DSA, along with others, such as the militant wings of labour,…
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'Pro-Family' Homophobia Rips Families Apart
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Happy LGBTQIA Pride Month! … is not what the Trump White House is saying this June. Instead, LGBTQIA Americans are being acknowledged by the government in the form of a Supreme Court ruling allowing a baker to refuse to bake a cake for same-sex weddings due to religious beliefs. June is Pride Month, and it's my first one as…
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Slogan Voters — The Road to Political Masochism
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Nearly a year and a half into his presidency, Donald Trump continues to hold his base and maintain an approval rating of around 40% — close to the same percentage he polled at just after his inauguration. Let's try to figure out why. It can't be because he lies as a matter of daily routine.
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Detention Centers Fill Up; Border Detainees Sent to Prisons
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-08
SEATTLE–More than 1,600 people arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border, including parents who have been separated from their children, are being transferred to federal prisons, U.S. immigration authorities confirmed Thursday. They said they're running out of room at their own facilities amid President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. | The move drew condemnation from activists who said the detainees may have legitimate claims to asylum and don't deserve to be held in federal prisons. | Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a letter Thursday night seeking more information from the Justice Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after learning that ICE had transferred dozens of mothers who had been separated from their children to the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac. | "The Trump Administration's new family separation policy is inflicting intentional, gratuitous, and permanent trauma on young children…
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The World That Hitler Made
Dan Corjescu | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
"It is just when we think we may be moving away from him (Hegel) that he is most likely to be sneaking up behind us." — Attributed to Jacques Lacan "Nothing great has been accomplished in the world without passion." — Hegel The Twentieth "short" century, to put it mildly, was a very disturbing era. Most notably it…
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Hiding the Real Number of Unemployed
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Only working people who are receiving unemployment benefits are counted as "unemployed" in official statistics issued by countries around the world. Thus the actual unemployment rates are much higher than the "official" rates, generally about twice as high. Most governments make it difficult to find the actual rate, and the corporate media does its part by reporting the official rate as if that includes everybody.
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Election Omens: Blue Wave or 2018 Flushes?
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Coming out of the 2016 presidential election, Democrats had reason for optimism about their House and Senate prospects in 2018. In the last 21 midterm elections (starting with FDR's first term), the president's party has gained seats in both houses of Congress only twice (1934 and 2002) while gaining seats in one house but not…
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Back When College Was Debt-Free
Josh Hoxie | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
As May gives way to June, the last college grad ceremonies are wrapping up and the last parties are coming to a close. Now the job hunt for recent grads begins in earnest — with the looming specter of student loan payments drawing ever closer. Today's average student debt is around $37,000. But in America's…
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Inequality Social Dysfunction and Misery
Graham Peebles | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Year on year the economic divisions and subdivisions in the world deepen, and the associated social ills increase: The rich, comfortable, and the very extremely rich keep getting richer, and the rest, well, whilst some may be raised up out of crippling poverty into relative poverty, the majority of people continue to live under a…
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Trump the Politician: Anti-Abortion vs. Anti-Immigration
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
In early June, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission ("the gay wedding cake case") soaked up most of the Supreme Court decision media limelight, even though (or perhaps because) the court's ruling doesn't really dispose of the major issues in the case. Another case, also not decided on its merits, got much less attention.
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The Pardon Power: "The Power Not The Right" — What If Trump Shot Melania?
Kary Love | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
When I saw media reports Melania Trump had not been seen for 20-some days, I started thinking again about the Constitution, the Pardon Power and the nature of the rule of law. Such are modern times. What if Trump did it? I wondered. What if he had "shot someone on 5thavenue in broad daylight?" What…
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Jim Brown: Superstar/Superman
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
When I was a kid, the National Football League (NFL) was not the most popular sports league in the United States. In fact there wasn't even a Super Bowl until the year I turned twelve. That game, won by the Green Bay Packers, was quarterbacked by Bart Starr, one of the two NFL players whose name…
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The China-U.S. Trade Dispute in a Broader Context
Roy Morrison | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
The headlines are filled with news of China — United States trade disputes and imposition of damaging tariffs on steel and aluminum by the U.S. and countervailing tariffs by China on U.S. agricultural and other exports. Will trade disputes escalate into a trade war between the world two largest economies? A trade war is a…
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The Truth About 'Sanctuary Cities'
Lizet Ocampo | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
In a recent White House meeting on "sanctuary cities," President Trump called some undocumented immigrants "animals" — a disturbing new low even for someone who's demonized immigrant communities from the beginning. The president painted a picture of "sadistic criminals" who are being given "safe harbor" through so-called sanctuary policies. While Trump and his right-wing supporters would have people believe…
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Roseanne Barr and the Issue of Proportion
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Can anything be said that doesn't warrant an empaneled jury of twitting twats to determine the fate of an individual? It is evident that branding, marketing and selling can only be done in a context of controlled hypocrisy. Companies long happy to use celebrities as fronts for promoting products and the image of a television…
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Rotten to the Heart: Authoritarian Chickens Roosting at Home
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
Wall Street's control of Washington and the related imperial agenda of the "Pentagon System" were advanced more effectively by the nation's first Black president than they could have been by stiff and wealthy white Republicans like John McCain or Mitt Romney. The reigning U.S. system of corporate and imperial "inverted totalitarianism" was given a deadly, fake-democratic re-branding. The underlying "rightward drift" sharpened, fed by a widespread and easily Republican-exploited sense of popular abandonment and betrayal, as the Democrats depressed and demobilized their own purported popular base.
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The Problems with Gentrification: a Meeting of the DC Grassroots Planning Coalition
Katalina Khoury | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
According to the literature, gentrification is a two-fold process: the first step is the invasion of an area by a moderate-to-upper income (MUI) mostly white demographic; and the second step is the displacement of the principally low-to-moderate income (LMI) "minority" people, or people of color, who had been living there prior to the invasion. This…
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We Need a Mass Movement to Save and Expand Social Security and Medicare
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
The latest report of the Social Security Administration trustees is out, and as usual they are issuing dire warnings that the Social Security system is heading for the rocks. The Trust Fund — extra money deliberately collected from workers and employers since 1983 to build up a surplus so as to fund the cost of…
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Alternative Biblical Facts
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
They gathered to celebrate the opening of the new American embassy in Jerusalem, marking America's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A reported "800 religious conservatives and right-wing politicians from both countries sang 'Hallelujah.'" Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu "exulted . . . 'What a glorious day!'" He…
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How Washington Has Lost Its Way
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-08
One might well think that the only serious foreign policy imperative of the Donald Trump administration is to defend Israel. A president elected because he promised to put United States' interests first has turned out to be little different than …
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Ex-Senate Aide Charged With Lying About Contacts With Reporters
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-08
In a related action, the Justice Department seizes the phone records and emails of a New York Times journalist allegedly connected to the case. | The post Ex-Senate Aide Charged With Lying About Contacts With Reporters appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Mainstream Media's One-Sided Coverage of the Great March of Return: a Case Study
Richard Hardigan | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
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As SCOTUS Sanctions Bigotry, Pride Means Fighting Back
Eva Sahana | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-08
The month of Pride should be a time of celebrating love, sharing our beautiful differences and embracing our shared humanity. Yet today the Supreme Court ‚Äãissued a ruling that targets and dehumanizes LGBTQ people, preventing us from living our lives free from discrimination and hatred. We've lost the right to buy wedding cakes, soon we'll…
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Twenty-year-old construction worker killed in Baltimore trench collapse
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
Kyle Hancock was killed Tuesday after being crushed by dirt and debris that had collapsed on top of him while working on a backed-up sewage line in Northeast Baltimore's Clifton Park.
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Ahead of North Korea summit, Trump softens Iran rhetoric
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-08
Discussing the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, US President Donald Trump seemingly strayed off-topic to hold out the prospect of a new nuclear deal with Iran. …
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US demands swift passage of Australian "foreign interference" bills
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
US officials "sought assurances" of parliamentary support for the laws directed against China and free speech.
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Gestapo-style immigration raids in Ohio: An urgent warning to the working class
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
State repression against immigrant workers is an attack on the democratic rights of the entire working class.
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Workers at Wisconsin Wendy's restaurant walk out, demand living wage
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
Eight workers shut down a Wendy's restaurant last week after deciding they could no longer tolerate unsafe working conditions, low wages and excessive hours.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges endorses June 17 Sydney demonstration in defense of Julian Assange
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
Assange's "defense is the cutting edge of the fight against government suppression of the most fundamental democratic rights," said Hedges.
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Trump unloads on 'indignant' Trudeau for 'killing' US agriculture
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-08
US President Donald Trump has gone on a Twitter offensive against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for mentioning the two countries' long-time alliance. Trudeau recently said Washington's new import tariffs were "insulting." …
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Guatemalan government ignored calls for evacuation ahead of deadly Fuego volcano eruption
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
With at least 101 people dead and another 196 missing, the indifference and negligence of the official response becomes increasingly clear.
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Trump sets off Twitter storm after requesting thanks for firing James Comey
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-08
US President Donald Trump's suggestion that Americans should thank him for firing former FBI director James Comey backfired somewhat, setting off another Twitter storm. …
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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
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Anti-"fake news" bill gives French state unchecked Internet censorship powers
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
Judges will be allowed to force service providers to take down material posted on the Internet simply by asserting that they believe it to be "fake news."
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New York City transit workers demand freedom for Julian Assange
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
Train operators and bus drivers expressed strong opposition to the persecution of Assange, linking the fight for his freedom to the defense of democratic rights and free speech.
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Grenfell Tower inferno: Experts' reports highlight "culture of non-compliance" on fire safety
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
Manufacturer Arconic, which produced the Reynobond PE panels used at Grenfell Tower, accepted that the cladding "was not of limited combustibility," and that this "should have been obvious to any construction professional."
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Trump will stay at G7 for women's rights, but not ecology
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-08
The White House says US President Donald Trump will cut his trip to the G7 summit short, skipping a climate change session while staying for one on women empowerment. Trump is increasingly at odds with the other group members. …
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Study notes "devastating ramifications" of Trump's anti-abortion "global gag rule"
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
Trump's revised Mexico City Policy, known by its critics as the global gag rule, essentially blocks US federal funding for international organizations that provide counseling, referrals or services for abortion in low-income nations.
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Turkish sympathizing group of the ICFI adopts new name
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
Toplumsal Esitlik (TE–the Social Equality Group) has changed its name to Sosyalist Esitlik (SE–Socialist Equality Group).
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UK: Bureaucrats walk out of University and College Union congress
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
Union leaders walked out of the UCU congress after motions were put forward criticising their sell-out of the lecturers' strike.
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New Zealand Labour government's budget fails to address health crisis
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
Patients across the country are suffering because successive governments have starved the healthcare system of funds.
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UPS loaders describe working conditions and union-management collusion
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-08
With the contract covering 230,000 United Parcel Service workers is set to expire on July 31. The WSWS spoke with two loaders who work in suburban Portland, Oregon.
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To spy or not to spy? Tucker Carlson grapples with Democrat Rep. over 'spygate' informant
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-08
Was the alleged informant in the Trump campaign a spy? And is it okay to hire somebody to spy on a rival party? According to Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California), it is, because, of course, Russia. …
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Murderer who ate his own eyeball is crazy, but that won't stop his execution — court
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-08
A death row inmate in Texas, who gouged out both of his eyes in jail, eating one of them, has been told that his severe mental illness is not reason enough to commute his sentence. However, alleged racial bias by the jury may be. …
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Ex-CIA Director John Brennan must testify on 'spygate' — Sen. Rand Paul
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-08
Senator Rand Paul called for former CIA Director John Brennan to testify about whether he received secret information on Trump's campaign from European or British sources. Paul wants him to testify before Congress under oath. …
www.rt.com/usa/429097-rand-paul-brennan-…

Argentinian Footballers Cancel Match with Israel, Infuriating Netanyahu
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-07
Responding to campaigning by BDS activists, Palestinian human rights supporters, its footballers and others, highlighting Israeli high crimes against peaceful Gazan demonstrators, Argentina's national football team cancelled what was billed as a friendly match with Israel. | Originally scheduled in Haifa, …
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Sanders-Inspired Activists Push Referendum for Universal Health Care in Washington State
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-06-07
Activists in Washington State are busy gathering signatures in the hopes of putting a universal health care system on the ballot for a referendum in 2018. | Organizers for Whole Washington, who are leading the effort, tell Truthout they have about 60,000 signatures and need a total of 259,622 by July 6. Such a high threshold is difficult for a grassroots organization to meet, but head organizers — who were largely brought together from their experience working for Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign in 2016 — are hoping to defy the odds. | If Initiative 1600 (I-1600) makes the ballot, the state would vote on it in November. The plan would create the Whole Washington Health Trust, the agency created by the state to create and administer the health system. It would lead to universal coverage and save the state $9…
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Dazzled by Tech: Robotic Universities, Googlification and Microsoft
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-07
The mechanical, robotic striving of university politburos and their jack boot managers have always been interesting when it comes to one particular topic: the role of technology and its adoption. For it is in technology that the mediocre paper clip …
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Considering racial injustice from a humanist perspective: Meet Dr. Anthony Pinn
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-07
LAS VEGAS, Nev.–"If we believe in 'deeds, not creeds,'" says Dr. Anthony B. Pinn, "then Sunday service is the least important time and place for us. What are we doing the rest of the week?" Dr. Pinn is a professor of humanities and religion at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and, in addition, is director …

Considering racial injustice from a humanist perspective: Meet Dr. Anthony Pinn

White House Sent Out a Mass Email to RNC Staffers to Fill South Lawn With Fake Eagles Fans
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-07
Turns out the crowd was actually filled with the president's allies. | If the alleged Eagles fans at President Donald Trump's ridiculous charade of patriotism at the White House on Tuesday looked fake, it's because they were. "We're all staffers," one of the formally-dressed attendees at the event told a reporter. The individual was Jenna Webster, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and intern at the Republican National Committee. She received a mass email from the White House inviting her to the event. The absurd event found the president mumbling through "God Bless America" seemingly unaware of the words. But he remembered to plug his administration's alleged achievements. "We're the largest economy in the world and getting a lot larger, and fast," he told the crowd filled with phony sports fans. "It's happened very quickly — actually, quicker than I even thought. "
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Dictionary.com Has a Word for the 'No Gays Allowed' Hardware Store Owner
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-06-07
The site's Twitter account remains delightfully snarky. | Possibly one of the most entertaining Twitter accounts to follow is Dictionary. com's, which offers insightful or snarky tweets on news of the day. For example, on Tuesday Dictionary. com offered this advice: Queer has been reclaimed by the LGBTQ community, but it's not OK to throw around unless a queer person identifies that way (and says it's OK). #PrideMonth #KnowYourWords t. co/7IMpjYkz7D– Dictionary. com (@Dictionarycom) June 5, 2018On Thursday, many on social media were furious after an anti-gay Tennessee hardware store owner inaccurately interpreted the Supreme Court's ruling this week on the Christian baker's wedding cake case. Jeff Amyx posted a "No Gays Allowed" sign on his door, making clear he was invoking what he thinks are his "rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion. " That warning happens to be posted on another. . .
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Ex-CIA Officer Lists Three Reasons Why Netanyahu's EU Charm Offensive Failed
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-07
European leaders would significantly benefit if they oppose Washington's sanctions, re-imposed following Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, former CIA officer Philip Giraldi told Sputnik, commenting on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent European tour. | Israeli …
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Internet Rains Alanis Morissette Jokes on Trump After He Prefaces Mueller-Bashing Tweet with 'Isn't It Ironic?&#039
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-06-07
"It like rain on your inauguration day. " | President Donald Trump was deluged in mockery after tweeting how "ironic" it was that he was under investigation for Russia collusion while also undertaking presidential tasks. The president started Thursday morning griping again that the special counsel investigation was a "witch hunt" that was distracting from his duties, which he for some reason found "ironic. "Isn't it Ironic? Getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made), then off to Singapore to meet with North Korea & the Nuclear Problem. . . But back home we still have the 13 Angry Democrats pushing the Witch Hunt! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2018Other Twitter users were reminded of Alanis Morissette's 1995 hit, "Ironic": Isn't it Ironic? Did Alanis Morissette hack his account? — Surly Stoic. . .
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Trump Requested Saudi Oil Support Before Iran Nuclear Decision — Sources
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-06-07
A day before US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, one of his senior officials phoned Saudi Arabia to ask the world's largest oil exporter to help keep prices stable if the decision disrupted supply. Riyadh, Tehran's arch rival, has long been a close Washington ally, but direct pressure on a member of Organization […] | The post Trump Requested Saudi Oil Support Before Iran Nuclear Decision — Sources appeared first on The Iranian.
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U.S., Chinese Telecommunications Firm Make a Deal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-07
President Trump has drawn fire from Congress for intervening to rescue the company, which violated U.S. sanctions against two rogue nations that have been pursuing nuclear weapons programs. | The post U.S., Chinese Telecommunications Firm Make a Deal appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Seymour Hersh: The CIA Is Filled with Criminals
Seymour M. Hersh | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-07
When a reporter has covered 50 years of American foreign policy disasters, the last great untold story may be his own. | That, more or less, is the premise behind a new memoir by Seymour Hersh, the investigative journalist who …
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Lower income? Trump and Ben Carson want to raise your rent
Juliet Linderman, Larry Fenn | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-07
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP)–Housing Secretary Ben Carson says his latest proposal to raise rents would mean a path toward self-sufficiency for millions of low-income households across the United States by pushing more people to find work. For Ebony Morris and her four small children, it could mean homelessness. Morris lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where most …

Lower income? Trump and Ben Carson want to raise your rent

Voices from Syria. Baroness Cox and Revd David Thomas
Baroness Cox | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-07
Introduction | There are no easy solutions to the problems in Syria. This is partly because there are many different layers to the conflict: the fighting between Government forces and Islamist militias; struggles between Kurds and Turks; and the proxy wars …
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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski Explodes at 'Misogynistic Fool' Giuliani for Hurling Sexist Insults at Stormy Daniels
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-06-07
"Are you kidding me? 'Just look at' Stormy Daniels? Just look at yourself. Are you kidding me? " Mika Brzezinski demanded. | MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski erupted in righteous fury after Rudy Giuliani slut-shamed former porn actress Stormy Daniels. The "Morning Joe" co-host said Giuliani's rude remarks would potentially embolden more women to come forward to challenge President Donald Trump like Daniels, who the former New York City mayor insulted as a woman who sold "her body for sexual exploitation. ""You misogynistic fool," Brzezinski said. "Are you kidding me? 'Just look at' Stormy Daniels? Just look at yourself. Are you kidding me? At this, in this moment, where we are in history with women, you are going to tell us to 'just look at' her? Are you out of your mind? ""You know what, that's your only excuse — and I feel really sorry for you," she. . .
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They Disagree on Everything but Israel
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-07
There is currently considerable agitation in Congress over what is loosely being referred to as "free speech." The crux of the matter appears to be that many self-identified conservatives appear to believe that rules put in place by many college …
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Eliminating DC's Tipped Wage Would Reduce Poverty
Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-06-07

| This week, polls opened for early voting in Washington, D.C. This season's campaign has been contentious when it comes to Initiative 77, a ballot measure that would gradually phase out D.C.'s tipped minimum wage, currently $3.33 per hour, and replace it with a unified minimum wage by 2026. The National Restaurant Association has come out hard against it, and signs opposing the measure have appeared in high-end dining establishments across the city. | The trouble is, there isn't much actual information beyond the signage–and the information being shared isn't backed by research. | D.C.'s overall minimum wage is $12.50 per hour, and will increase to $15 by 2020. By law, employers have to ensure that tipped workers make that amount as well–by combining the base wage of $3.33 with their…
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Horrifying Footage Shows Chicago Cops Handcuff a Terrified Black 10-Year-Old: 'That's Our Boy!&#039
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-07
The child is left sobbing as his family intervenes to save him. | Police in Chicago are claiming that multiple reports of a 10-to-12-year-old with a gun were called in before officers cuffed a black 10-year-old. The horrifying footage shows Michael Thomas Jr. in a state of shock while handcuffed before beginning to sob. "You can see that he doesn't have any weapons on him," a woman identified as his grandmother says in the footage. "I raised up my grandbaby's shirt. He don't have anything on him. Take those handcuffs off of him. ""I want answers," the child's mother Starr Ramsey said. "You can look at him and tell he no teenager. Ten year's old you get handcuffed? You scarred him for life. "Watch the disturbing report below. | Related Stories: Watch Megyn Kelly Shut Down Slut-Shaming Giuliani by Explaining How Melania 'Sold Her Body for Sexual Exploitation' TooWatch Megyn Kelly Shut Slut-Shaming Giuliani Down by Explaining That Stormy Daniels and Melania Trump Aren't All That DifferentSamantha Bee Says She Never Intended to 'Hurt Anyone Except Ted Cruz' in a Fierce Apology for Her 'Feckless C*nt' Remark…
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VIDEO — A Arte da Guerra. Por trás da Parada de 2 de Junho
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-07
A parada de 2 de Junho nà£o foi um desfile militar, nem mesmo uma formatura, mas uma "revista militar": advoga o Ministério da Defesa, que conduziu a orquestraàßà£o (o último acto da Ministra Pinotti). O desfile nos Fori Imperiali — …
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Is Putin Really Ready To "Ditch" Iran?
The Saker | iranian.com | 2018-06-07
The topic of Russian actions in Syria still continues to fascinate and create a great deal of polemics. This makes senses — the issue is exceedingly important on many levels, including pragmatic and moral ones, and today I want to stick strictly to the pragmatic level and set aside, just for a while, moral/ethical/spiritual considerations. Furthermore, I will […] | The post Is Putin Really Ready To "Ditch" Iran? appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/06/07/putin-ditch-iran/

The Trump Administration Just Ramped Up Its Attack on the Media By Seizing a NYT Reporter's Phone and Email Records
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-07
Trump has spent much of his time in office demeaning the press — now his administration has seized a reporter's private information. | New York Times reporter Ali Watkins had her phone and email records seized as part of a Justice Department investigation into leaks, the paper revealed Thursday night. This aggressive move builds on President Donald Trump's hostile stance toward the press, though President Barack Obama's administration was also extensively criticized for its dogged pursuit of leak investigations and its heavy-handed tactics to get information from journalists. "Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and communications between journalists and their sources demand protection," said Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said of the incident. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have both repeatedly emphasized the need to crack down on leaks of classified information. The seizure of Watkins' records appears to be connected to. . .
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The Slavo-Macedonians as a Tool for the Creation of Tito's Greater Yugoslavia
DVBS | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-07
These coming days, the final result of the inter-state negotiations between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece about the official and internationally used state's name of the former is to be announced. According to many unofficial sources, …
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The Saker Asks: Is Russia Really Ready to "Ditch" Iran?
MintPress News Desk | mintpressnews.com | 2018-06-07
Some kind of deal is being worked out between numerous parties in which everybody is probably trying hard to cheat everybody else, Realpolitik at its worst and most cynical — yes. But hardly a betrayal of Iran by Russia. | The post The Saker Asks: Is Russia Really Ready to "Ditch" Iran? appeared first on MintPress News.

The Saker Asks: Is Russia Really Ready to “Ditch” Iran?

GOP Moderates: Tentative Immigration Deal With Conservatives
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-07
It is unclear if the offer is a potential breakthrough in the GOP's long-running schism over immigration or would devolve into another failed bid to bridge that gap. | The post GOP Moderates: Tentative Immigration Deal With Conservatives appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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America's Endless Wars and the New Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-07
On Wednesday, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management members held a hearing on US "War Powers and the Effects of Unauthorized Military Engagements on Federal Spending." | It addressed a new Authorization for …
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Adult Film Industry Slams Giuliani for Saying Stormy Daniels Isn't Credible
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-07
Prominent members of the industry and the Sex Workers Outreach Project denounce the Trump lawyer's statement that Daniels cannot be believed because she is a porn actress. | The post Adult Film Industry Slams Giuliani for Saying Stormy Daniels Isn't Credible appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Fox News Host Laura Ingraham's Celebration of Trump's Approval Rating Actually Reveals How Terrible His Numbers Really Are
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-07
The conservative host cheered a poll showing that most Americans think Trump is doing a bad job. Yay? | While Fox News's Laura Ingraham did her best Thursday night to put a positive spin on President Donald Trump's approval rating, she inadvertently revealed just how low the American people's opinion of the commander-in-chief really is. "Voters are feeling the improvement in the economy, and they're rewarding President Trump with higher approval ratings," she said on her show "The Ingraham Angle. " "A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll has the president at 44 percent — the highest ever in that poll — which is also on par with where Reagan was in 1982, and where Obama was in 2010. Pretty good! "Not quite. Ingraham neglects to mention that Trump's disapproval rating is 53 percent — meaning he's actually underwater in terms of public approval with a nine-point. . .
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SOAR honors immigrant strikers murdered at "Little Steel" strike
Bruce Bostick | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-07
MASSILLON, Ohio — Over eight decades ago 70,000 steelworkers, including many new to our country, walked out of Republic mills, in the tough, violent strike that became known as the "Little Steel Strike." That fight was over the basic right of workers to form and be represented by a union of their choosing. Steelworkers won …

SOAR honors immigrant strikers murdered at “Little Steel” strike

WCS'18 features far-right speakers alongside establishment pols
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-06-07
The Western Conservative Summit (WCS), held annually in Denver and billed as "the largest gathering of conservatives outside of Washington, D.C.," kicks off Friday with a slate of scheduled speakers that highlights both veteran rhetorical hardliners and members of the new generation of far-right social media propagandists.
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'It Really Is Topsy-Turvy Land': Fox News' Shep Smith Dismantles Trump's 'Absurd' Coddling of Dictators
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-07
"I don't know if we need to be friends with a murderer. " | President Donald Trump's foreign policy is not just baffling to American allies — it's causing widespread confusion at home as well. "It really is topsy-turvy land," said Fox News host Shep Smith on Thursday while discussing Trump's most recent press conference with Axios reporter Alayna Treene. During the event with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump had said he plans to invite North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the White House if their upcoming summit in Singapore goes well. "For clarity, Kim Jong-un murdered his brother. That's just the beginning. Kim Jong-un has had generations of families locked up for things granddad did," Smith said. "We're talking about him having a visit to the White House. It is hard to wrap your head around. "He continued: "You want to make things better on. . .
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