2018-06-13: Social Media Postees

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New York nurses rally for safe staffing ratios
Thomas Altfather Good | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-13
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The New York State Nurses Association rallied outside Staten Island University Hospital on Sunday demanding the state government in Albany pass the "Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act." On yet another rainy day in New York City. NYSNA members and their supporters stood outside SIUH's North Campus, umbrellas in hand and …

New York nurses rally for safe staffing ratios

North Korea: Pelosi Versus Peace
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-13
Which is worse: The specter of nuclear war, or giving US president Donald Trump credit for a significant diplomatic accomplishment? In her official statement on Trump's Singapore summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi makes it clear that a few million incinerated human beings are a small price to pay…
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Iran Deal As A Question Of European Sovereignty
Eldar Mamedov | iranian.com | 2018-06-13
As President Donald Trump was celebrating his four-point declaration of intentions on the "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was addressing the European Parliament on the consequences of the US withdrawal from a real working nuclear agreement: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with […] | The post Iran Deal As A Question Of European Sovereignty appeared first on The Iranian.
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The Plight of Birds and the Hand of Man in the Sixth Great Extinction
Arshad Khan | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-13
As birds become fewer, wildflowers vanish, butterflies disappear, and animals in the wild are threatened, extinction and a grim future haunts. How often did Rumi write about birdsong … there is a reason. Nature revives the spirit. June 5th was World Environment Day. A UN outreach program hosted by a different country each year, it is…
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Gaza and the Psychopaths
Anthony Tarrant | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-13
Psychopathic Adjective 1. Suffering from or constituting a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent behavior. This is Oxford's best shot at describing a condition I feel quite comfortable framing within its succinct parameters the State of Israel, the vast majority of its population — if the analysis of Max Blumenthal and Norman Finkelstein mean…
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What Does It Really Matter If NATO Won't Help Israel Against Iran?
Andrew Korybko | iranian.com | 2018-06-13
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg articulated the bloc's policy during an interview with the German publication Der Spiegel, explaining that Israel isn't a member of the alliance and therefore ineligible to receive multilateral mutual defense commitments from it. This came as a shock for some people who had hitherto assumed that the organization would take Israel's side in […] | The post What Does It Really Matter If NATO Won't Help Israel Against Iran? appeared first on The Iranian.
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Google Blocks Iranian Businesses From Accessing Its Map Services
Hamed Jafari | iranian.com | 2018-06-13
On June 8th, a number of Iranian online businesses reported that they have been banned from using Google Maps Services. After investigating the situation, we found out that Google has blocked the IR domains which use Google Maps' API. The reason behind this ban seems to be the new changes made in Google's pricing and […] | The post Google Blocks Iranian Businesses From Accessing Its Map Services appeared first on The Iranian.
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Who Benefits from the "Booming Economy"?
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-13
Although the U.S. mass media are awash with stories about America's "booming economy," the benefits are distributed very unequally, when they are distributed at all. Buoyed by soaring corporate profits and stock prices, the richest Americans have reached new and dazzling heights of prosperity. As of May 2018, the growing crop of billionaires included corporate…
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"Dressage" Receives Two Nominations At Shanghai Filmfest
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2018-06-13
Iranian director Puya Badkubeh's debut drama "Dressage" has been nominated for best film while the film's star Negar Moqaddam received a nomination for best actress at the 21st Shanghai International Film and TV Festival, the organizers have announced. The film is competing in the Asian New Talent Award section of the festival, which will be […] | The post "Dressage" Receives Two Nominations At Shanghai Filmfest appeared first on The Iranian.
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The "Ugh!" Heard Round the World: Mika Brzezinski on the Kim-Trump Summit
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-13
Morning Joe on MSNC, Tuesday morning. Ugh, she says. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un just had a successful Singapore summit resulting in a signed statement lifting the specter of war from the Korean peninsula. And MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski says Ugh. He's a dictator! Trump praised him for his "talent." Ugh. Can we trust the North Koreans?
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Let's Call the Farm Bill What it is: Corporate Welfare
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-13
Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, doesn't want the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — the "Farm Bill" — used as a political bargaining chip. "Our nation's farmers and ranchers are not pawns in a political game," he writes. "They are the lifeblood of our nation." Duvall's claims might be more convincing…
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Predatory Gambling in the USA
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-13
Les Bernal is working on a ranking of the states with the worst predatory gambling problems. He hasn't completed it yet. But he gave us a sneak preview. Bernal is the national director of the public interest group Stop Predatory Gambling. If he were to call it right now, which would be the five worst…
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Voters Reject GOP's Rep. Sanford After Trump Points to 2009 Love Scandal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-13
Rep. Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost his South Carolina congressional seat Tuesday hours after the president injected himself into the bitter Republican primary by stoking memories of the incumbent's public extramarital affair [in 2009]. | In the most dramatic result in primaries across five states, Sanford was the second incumbent House Republican to lose a primary this year — the latest victim of intense divisions among the GOP in the Trump era. Though he has a generally conservative voting record, his criticism of Trump as unworthy and culturally intolerant made him a target of the president's most dedicated supporters, who often elevate loyalty over policy. | Sanford was defeated by state Rep. Katie Arrington, who spent her campaign blasting Sanford as a "Never Trumper." And hours before polls closed, Trump posted a startlingly personal attack on Twitter, calling…
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Iran Crushes France 7-0 In Blind Football World Cup
Ali Nejad | iranian.com | 2018-06-13
Iran's national blind men's soccer team crushed France 7-0 in its group B match at the Spain Blind Football World Cup on Sunday in Madrid, Spain. The Persian footballers were led by Sadeq Rahimi with a hat-trick. He scored three goals in the 16th, 35th, and 37th minutes. Hossein Rajabpour netted the ball twice for […] | The post Iran Crushes France 7-0 In Blind Football World Cup appeared first on The Iranian.
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The Devastating Cost of Fossil Fuel Investment
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-13
European and Chinese scientists have identified a simple new way to become poor: fossil fuel investment. Not only could it leave you without a penny to your name. It could perhaps precipitate a global financial crash within one generation. | Coal, oil and natural gas are already huge investments. The International Energy Agency foresees price rises until 2040, and investor confidence is high. But researchers from the Netherlands, the UK and Macao don't see it that way. | They warn in the journal Nature Climate Change that, whatever the markets think, and whatever governments do, change is on the way. | Other forces are now driving global power and transportation in directions that suggest a dramatic decline in demand for fossil reserves. These will become what the money markets call "stranded assets", and their value will slump some time…
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How Fuel Breaks Actually Fuel Wildfires (and Spread Invasive Weeds)
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-13
This past winter, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began preparing two Environmental Impact Statements to review the environmental consequences of creating a region-wide series of "fuel breaks" that will add thousands of miles of new linear pathways across the Great Basin portion of Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Utah. The goal of fuel breaks is…
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A Tale of Two Bigotries: World Football and American Football
Kweli Nzito | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-13
The US, is a country whose national sport is almost uniquely American — American football. At the international level, Canada, Mexico, and Japan are regarded as 2ndtier, while Austria, Germany, and France rank as 3rdtier. All of these countries rank far below the United States. But American arrogance is in full display when labeling local champions…
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Crackdown in Yellowstone
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-13
Under the cover of "reorganization," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has pulled the rug out from under Dan Wenk, the highly respected superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. Citing no reasons, Zinke reassigned Wenk to Trump's swamp in Washington, D.C. — which is not a national park. Wenk, finding no reason to join the swamp, announced he would…
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Top 8 Ways Iran Deal Was Way Better Than Trump's North Korea Commitment
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2018-06-13
1. Trump met with and embraced Kim Jong Un, a brutal dictator. Obama never met with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, never joked around with him, never got friendly with him. 2. During his meeting in Singapore with Kim, Trump committed to cancelling joint military exercises with South Korea in two months. Obama did not cancel any […] | The post Top 8 Ways Iran Deal Was Way Better Than Trump's North Korea Commitment appeared first on The Iranian.
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The Official Inquiry Into London's Grenfell Tower Fire
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-13
Photo by Guido van Nispen | CC BY 2.0 | The official inquiry into London's high-rise Grenfell Tower fire is now underway. The blaze occurred on June 14, 2017 and killed 72 people. Most such official inquiries end-up being a whitewash, and so far, this one has displayed some worrying signs regarding this prospect. | At root for the inquiry are two general sets of considerations: (1) the immediate emergency response to the conflagration and what transpired subsequently; and (2) the causes and conditions, primarily political and bureaucratic, which made a disaster on this scale possible. Given existing circumstances, was the fire foreseeable? Could it have been avoided, and could more have been done to put preventive measures in place? | The available evidence indicates that none of the firefighters was really equipped to reach the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire,…
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Robert Samuelson Tells Us About the Cowardice of the Pundit Class
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-13
Not deliberately of course, but he once again used his column to demand that Congress take steps to cut Social Security and Medicare. He denounced the politicians who don't share his agenda of making the lives of seniors harder as "cowards." Okay, nothing unusual here. But let's take a step back into reality. The economy…
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Buttons
Mike Luckovich | truthdig.com | 2018-06-13
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Fifty years since the release of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
2001: A Space Odyssey attempts to encompass four million years of human evolution, from prehuman man-apes in Africa, through to 21st-century space travelers.
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Honduras: Prohibido protestar: Uso de la fuerza y detenciones arbitrarias como estrategia para reprimir la disidencia en Honduras
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-06-13
Las fuerzas de seguridad hondureñas hicieron uso excesivo de la fuerza para reprimir las manifestaciones que surgieron después de las elecciones del 29 de noviembre de 2017, y detuvieron a cientos de personas. Varias de ellas enfrentan procesos penales por supuestos delitos cometidos durante las protestas, sin que se les haya otorgado todas las garantías del debido proceso, e incluso fueron enviadas a prisión preventiva mientras esperan el juicio. Este documento expone algunas de las estrategias desplegadas por las autoridades hondureñas para reprimir las protestas y disuadir a las personas de participar en ellas, así como las implicaciones de la privación de libertad para aquellas personas en detención preventiva.
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The oligarchy rules: Amazon and corporations veto Seattle homelessness tax
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
It took just four weeks for the Democratic Party-controlled city council to completely capitulate to the campaign by Amazon and other corporations.
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Germany's Left Party embraces policies of far-right AfD
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
The Left Party's congress, which took place in Leipzig over the weekend, was dominated by a bitter conflict over refugee policy.
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"Workers all over the world need to unite together"
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
Some 1,500 Auto workers are set to be laid off June 22 at the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.
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University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility provides cover for Internet censorship campaign
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
The new program has been established to provide the theoretical backing and material resources needed to further the ongoing efforts to censor the Internet.
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The Singapore summit and the growing war threat
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
The meeting between Trump and Kim heralds not a new era of peace in Northeast Asia, but rather the continuing shakeup of the global geopolitical order that is paving the way to war.
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Committee For Public Education urges participation in June 17 Assange rally
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
The governments attempting to silence Assange are attacking the right of students and educators to a fully-resourced public education.
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Canadian establishment rallies behind Trudeau in trade war with US
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
The collapse of last weekend's G7 summit into acrimony and recrimination has thrown the Canada-US alliance into unprecedented crisis.
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Vitalina Koval, LGBTI activist from Ukraine
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-06-13
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Protecting Women in Germany from Violence
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-06-13
Messages of mourning, candles and flowers are placed by people for Susanna F., the teenager who was found dead two days ago, in Wiesbaden-Erbenheim, Germany, June 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The murder of a 14-year-old girl in Wiesbaden, near Frankfurt, in late May shocked many in Germany. According to police, a 20-year-old man from Iraq, who failed in his bid to claim asylum in Germany, confessed to the crime at the weekend, just days after girl's body was discovered. | The case has drawn particular attention because the killing of the girl, identified only as Susanna F, is one of several highly-publicized cases in recent months in which girls and women have been murdered by non-German men, some of whom arrived in the country as asylum seekers. German media outlets have focussed…
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New report reveals Assange under 24/7 surveillance in Ecuadoran embassy
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
The Spanish El Diario writes: "The government of Ecuador spied on every movement of Julian Assange in its embassy in London."
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Las Vegas casino workers to vote on sellout deals
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
The Culinary Workers Union is pushing through contracts with Caesars and MGM without giving casino workers time to read and study the agreements before voting June 14 and 19.
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Honduras: Authorities are denying due process to people arrested during post-election protests
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-06-13
Honduran authorities have continued to violate the human rights of people arrested during last year's post-election protests by denying their right to due process and holding them in inhumane conditions, said Amnesty International in a report released today. | Protest prohibited: Use of force and arbitrary detentions to suppress dissent in Honduras documents how the authorities used excessive force and arbitrary or prolonged pre-trial detention, among other measures, to suppress the wave of demonstrations that followed the elections on 26 November 2017 and to discourage further dissent. | "Not only did Honduran security forces use excessive force to repress peaceful protesters in the immediate aftermath of last year's contested election; the state then held detainees in deplorable conditions for months on end while denying their rights to due process and an adequate defence," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.
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Team Brave: Defending human rights in Russia
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-06-13
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Secret missile-launch or lens flare? Bizarre streak over naval station triggers conspiracy theories
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-13
A missile launch? Or just a meteor flash? A mysterious object has been spotted over an air base in Washington state. The puzzle has led to a of speculation and questions, but so far there have been no solid answers. …
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Thousands of jobs to go as UK retail chains rationalise operations
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
The latest threats to retail jobs come on top of mounting closures and retrenchments in the retail and food industry.
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Artists Tony Garnett, Davide Dormino and Costantino Ciervo demand freedom for Julian Assange
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
Film and TV producer Tony Garnett said defending Julian Assange "is part of the fight for freedom, for the rights of the individual against state oppression."
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Memphis, Tennessee: A portrait of inequality and social crisis in the southern US
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
The headquarters of global shipping giant FedEx, Memphis also holds the dubious distinction of being number one in the country in child poverty.
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Honduras: Protest prohibited: Use of force and arbitrary detentions to suppress dissent in Honduras
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-06-13
The Honduran security forces used excessive force to suppress the wave of demonstrations that followed the elections on 29 November 2017. They detained hundreds of people. Several of those arrested for crimes allegedly committed during the protests face criminal proceedings and are being denied their right to due process, including by being held in pre-trial detention. This document exposes some of the methods used by the Honduran authorities to suppress demonstrations and discourage people from taking part in them. It also highlights the consequences for those deprived of their liberty of being held in pre-trial detention.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr37/8289/…

The dissolution of ETA: A political balance sheet of Basque nationalism–Part two
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
This is the second part of a three-part series on the Basque separatist group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna–Basque Homeland and Freedom) announcing its dissolution.
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Court sanction of AT&T-Time Warner merger strengthens corporate grip on news and entertainment
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
Coming just one day after the termination of net neutrality, the federal court ruling sets the stage for the further consolidation of monopoly control and suppression of oppositional points of view.
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After G7 summit, Merkel calls for European rearmament
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany "must promote our principles and values in Europe, potentially in alliance with Canada or Japan"
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Saudi Arabia: Reveal Young Poet's Whereabouts
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-06-13
(Beirut) — Kuwaiti authorities have arrested and extrajudicially deported a young dual Saudi- Qatari national. Nawaf al-Rasheed, 29, was deported to Saudi Arabia on May 12, 2018 during a visit to Kuwait and has been held incommunicado since. Saudi authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts and circumstances of al-Rasheed's detention. | Nawaf al-Rasheed | © Private | Using his Qatari passport, al-Rasheed, a poet and university student who lives in Qatar with his family, entered Kuwait lawfully on May 9 to attend a dinner in his honor organized by a prominent Kuwaiti poet, Abdelkarim al-Jabari. Kuwait authorities detained him on May 12, as he attempted to board a flight back to Doha. Kuwait's Interior Ministry confirmed the deportation in tweets on May 15, saying it was at the Saudis' request…
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Israel: Apparent War Crimes in Gaza
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-06-13
Tear gas fired by Israeli forces fall near Palestinian protesters on May 14 east of Jabalya in the Gaza Strip. | © 2018 Mahmoud Abu Salama | (New York) — Israeli forces' repeated use of lethal force in the Gaza Strip since March 30, 2018, against Palestinian demonstrators who posed no imminent threat to life may amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. Israeli forces have killed more than 100 protesters in Gaza and wounded thousands with live ammunition. | The United Nations General Assembly should support a resolution that calls for exploring measures to guarantee the protection of Palestinians in Gaza, and a UN inquiry mandated to investigate all violations and abuses should identify Israeli officials responsible for issuing unlawful open-fire orders. The killings also highlight the need for the…
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Sexual Harassment Rampant in Science, Report Reveals
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-06-12
A new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) reveals that half of women studying and working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) positions at American universities have been subjected to sexual harassment. And, as STAT, an online journal of biotech, pharma and life sciences, reports, "there's no evidence that current policies are significantly helping to stem the issue." | Researchers spent two years surveying female students and faculty who were the targets of sexual harassment, compiling data from women at the University of Texas and Pennsylvania State University school systems, representing 10,000 undergraduates, graduate students and female faculty. | As The Washington Post observed, "Between 20 percent and 50 percent of female students in science, engineering and medicine, and more than 50 percent of faculty, said they had experienced harassment." | Researchers also found that…
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Why Anti-Fascist and Pro-BDS Work Go Hand-in-Hand
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-06-12
Shortly after presidential candidate Donald Trump's hateful rhetoric and eventual rise to power emboldened a bigoted and anti-intellectual backlash at universities across the US, several colleagues and I who are engaged in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics against the Israeli state established a national network to fight fascism on college campuses, called the Campus Antifascist Network (CAN). | Zionists attacked us soon after. They targeted us precisely because we were also active in BDS work. The conservative blog Legal Insurrection sounded the alarm: | Palumbo-Liu and [Bill] Mullen, the organizers of the campus Antifa [sic] network, are two of the most aggressive anti-Israel pro-BDS faculty members in the country. They each have long histories of demonizing Israel and supporting the academic boycott of Israel…. | The teaming of the BDS and Antifa movements is the single most dangerous development I…
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DOJ Backs Claim of Free-Speech Violations at University of Michigan
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-06-12
The Trump administration has decided that anti-bullying policies on college campuses are a threat to free speech rights and is using the resources of the Justice Department to go after them, most recently at the University of Michigan. | The New York Times reported Tuesday that the department filed a statement of interest in a federal court brief in Michigan's Eastern District, supporting a student group called Speech First that alleged that its members were discriminated against for wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and supporting President Trump. | "Instead of protecting free speech, the university imposes a system of arbitrary censorship of, and punishment for, constitutionally protected speech," John M. Gore, an acting assistant attorney general, wrote in a brief. | The Times reports that the suit takes aim at "a series of events at Michigan, including an incident in which Charles…
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Frustrated AMA Adopts Sweeping Proposals to Cut Gun Violence
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-12
CHICAGO — With frustration mounting over lawmakers' inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis. | At its annual policymaking meeting, the nation's largest physicians group bowed to unprecedented demands from doctor-members to take a stronger stand on gun violence — a problem the organizations says is as menacing as a lethal infectious disease. | The action comes against a backdrop of recurrent school shootings, everyday street violence in the nation's inner cities, and rising U.S. suicide rates. | "We as physicians are the witnesses to the human toll of this disease," Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency-medicine specialist at Brown University, said at the meeting. | AMA delegates voted to adopt several of nearly a dozen…
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300 Global Figures Write Open Letter Accusing Israel of War Crimes
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2018-06-12
Israel's forcible transfer of thousands of Palestinians has been denounced as a war crime by over 300 elected officials, legal scholars, academics, artists, faith leaders and activists from around the world. | The universal show of solidarity to the Palestinians was published in an open letter which voiced strong opposition to Israel's plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinians living in farming-shepherding communities in the occupied West Bank. | Signatories include 90 members of parliament, many of whom are from the EU and UK parliaments. Other notable signatories include ten Israel Prize laureates, film director Ken Loach, artists Ai Weiwei, author Alice Walker, academic Noam Chomsky and several musicians. Dozens of Rabbis have also signed the letter denouncing Israel for what many would describe ethnic cleansing. | "Forcible transfer — by direct physical force or by creating a coercive environment that makes…

300 Global Figures Write Open Letter Accusing Israel of War Crimes

A New Day for the Korean Peninsula With Denuclearization Pledge and New Peace Process
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-06-12
On Tuesday, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat down for two hours in private, with only their two interpreters, for a historic summit held in Singapore. In a joint statement following the meeting, Trump and Kim pledged to recover the remains of American prisoners of war and those missing in action from the Korean War. The commitment was one of four plans outlined by the leaders after their historic summit, where they promised to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. For more, we're joined by Christine Ahn, founder and international coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: We go back to President Trump's news conference this morning. | JOHN ROBERTS: The denuclearization–nuclear weapons and biological weapons and whatnot–is one problem in North…
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Despite Trump's record, there are positives from the Korea summit
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-12
It was no Reagan-Gorbachev moment, nor was it some earth-shaking leap toward permanent peace. But contrary to what you might be hearing or reading, the Trump-Kim summit did achieve some net positives…or, at least, potential ones. Many liberal commentators and media personalities are so eager to oppose whatever Donald Trump says or does, however, that …

Despite Trump’s record, there are positives from the Korea summit

Trump-Kim Summit Raises Cautious Hopes for Peace
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-06-12
The U.S. and North Korean leaders have ended their historic summit in Singapore temporarily silencing the naysayers but only time will tell whether it will bring peace to the Korean Peninsula, reports Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium… Read more ?…
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America is Suffering an Epidemic of 'Dishonest Fake Belief' — Promoted by the People Who Took Over the GOP
Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
Just call yourself a Christian, a patriot or a True American and you can get away with anything. | "The True Believers" is a psychology classic, a study undertaken by Eric Hoffer, a longshoreman moonlighting as a psycho-philosopher shortly after WWII. It profiles the characteristics of an authoritarian fanatics, the kind we see falling for ISIS and here at home, for Trumpism or Evangelicalism. To lump all such believers together as "true" seems a mistake. For starters, there are true and false believers. False believers think that declaring their commitment is enough. They don't have to actually follow the beliefs or change how they act. They're members in good standing simply because they declare themselves to be. Authoritarian movements thrive on growth so they often make accommodations to false believers to fatten out their ranks. They don't demand what anthropologist Bill Iron called "costly. . .
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The Indo-Pacific Command Is All About "Containing" China Through India
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-12
The US military rechristened its Pacific Command to the Indo-Pacific Command as a means of strongly signaling its growing interest in India and its eponymous ocean. | The importance of this development shouldn't be underestimated because it sets the strategic basis …
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Scapegoating Iran
Chris Hedges | iranian.com | 2018-06-12
Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves. We have lost the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is […] | The post Scapegoating Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
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North Korea Has the Upper Hand in Negotiations with Trump
Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
It is significant that Kim and Trump met to "have an equal conversation. " | North Korea's Kim Jong-un met with Donald Trump of the United States in Singapore. This was the first meeting of the heads of government of these two countries. The United States has been at war with North Korea since 1950. Three years into that war, which destroyed most of the infrastructure in North Korea, the two countries–and South Korea–agreed to a halt in the active fighting. But the war did not end. It remains intact. A massive military deployment by the United States at the edge of North Korea maintains the fear inside the Korean Peninsula of annihilation. This is what makes the summit between Kim and Trump so important. Threats of war are now at a low point. ChinaNorth Korea's Kim arrived in Singapore on an Air China. . .
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The War of Hunger That Afflicts the World's Poor
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-12
It is impossible to go anywhere in India without being confronted with the terrible enormity of hunger. One in two Indians goes to sleep at night without a full stomach. At the outskirts of Delhi, which was once farmland, shacks house those who work across the city. They are the people who build houses and…
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Fox News' Shep Smith Tears into Trump's North Korea Summit: 'Kim Jong-un Got It All for Actually Doing Nothing'
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
"In a private meeting, promises were apparently made. " | Fox News' Shep Smith on Tuesday broke down exactly why President Donald Trump's efforts at the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un were nothing short of an unjustified capitulation to an autocratic regime, without receiving any meaningful concessions. "America demanded complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization — there's no guarantee of that, no words to that effect," Smith said of the statement signed by Kim and Trump. "And we may not know for years whether we're actually now on that road or left in the potholes of paths past. "He continued: "But Kim Jong-un? He wanted the photos, the seat at the table. He wanted the legitimacy that came with the event, the handshake with America's president. And he wanted those military exercises with the Americans and the South Koreans that happen every year to. . .
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Trump Suspends War Games, North Korea Agrees to Denuclearization, China Emerges Victorious
ZeroHedge.com | mintpressnews.com | 2018-06-12
"President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to [North Korea], and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula." | The post Trump Suspends War Games, North Korea Agrees to Denuclearization, China Emerges Victorious appeared first on MintPress News.

Trump Suspends War Games, North Korea Agrees to Denuclearization, China Emerges Victorious

CNN's Jim Acosta Fires Back at Fox News for Complaining About 'Grandstanding' Questions to Trump and Kim: 'Democracy… Drink It In'
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
The anchor was unphased by the unprofessional attack. | Fox News decided to follow President Donald Trump's lead by attacking prominent CNN journalist Jim Acosta for his questions to the president and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The outlet claimed the "Trump-bashing newsman" both "hollered" at Trump and "shouted" at Kim during his "grandstanding questions. "These offending questions included such offenses as, "Mr. President, how is the meeting going so far, sir? "There was also this vicious broadside: "Will you give up your nuclear weapons, sir? "Acosta had a short and snark response to Fox News' ridiculous attack. "Democracy. . . drink it in people," he commented in a retweet of a snarky assessment of the right-wing outlet's coverage. Democracy. . . drink it in people. t. co/lKew4PnbWK– Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 12, 2018 | Related Stories: CNN's Jim Acosta Fires Back at Fox News for Complaining About 'Grandstanding' Questions to Kim Jong-un: 'Democracy. . . Drink It In'Army Veteran Calls Trump Campaign Operative 'Monumental Idiot' or 'Extraordinary Liar' for Praising Trump Summit with Kim Jong-unTexas GOP Senator Rebukes Trump's Praise of Kim Jong-un: 'I Have No Earthly Idea' if He Is 'Talented'…
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After What Trump Did To Iran And Canada, Why Should North Korea Trust Talks With Him?
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2018-06-12
On the face of it, Trump's erratic behavior with allies and his violation of the 2015 accord on Iran's civilian nuclear enrichment program ought to give North Korea pause about negotiating with him. It does not. The Iran deal in particular was closely negotiated over the course of years. Iran gave up 90% of its […] | The post After What Trump Did To Iran And Canada, Why Should North Korea Trust Talks With Him? appeared first on The Iranian.
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Citing US Sanctions, Nike Moves to Block Iran's National Team From Using Their Shoes
teleSUR | mintpressnews.com | 2018-06-12
United States-based sport and clothing company Nike announced it will not provide cleats to Iran's national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup, scheduled to begin on June 14, citing U.S. sanctions. | "The sanctions mean that, as a U.S. company, we cannot provide shoes to players in the Iran national team at this time," Nike said in a statement Friday. | U.S. President Donald Trump announced last month the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between six world powers and Iran, which aimed to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for an end to economic sanctions against Tehran. | The decision was accompanied by new economic sanctions. The U.S. Treasury can impose a penalty of up to US$1 million and 20 years in prison against any company or person who violates the sanctions. | Despite their justification, many are outraged…

Citing US Sanctions, Nike Moves to Block Iran's National Team From Using Their Shoes

'What Is Wrong with Him?': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Bursts into Laughter Discussing Trump's Bizarre Attempts at Diplomacy
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
The host asked for the video of Trump to be replayed because she couldn't believe he said what he said. | While the Singapore summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sparked a range of emotions, one moment, in particular, elicited a reaction from one MSNBC panel that you don't expect from nuclear weapons negotiations: outbursts of laughter. On the show "Deadline: White House," host Nicolle Wallace could barely keep it together while listening to comments Trump made after the meeting about North Korea's real estate prospects. "They have great beaches," Trump said of the autocratic regime. "You see that whenever they're exploding their cannons into the ocean, right? I said, 'Boy, look at that! Wouldn't that make a great condo! ' And I explained, I said, you know, 'Instead of doing that, you could have the greatest hotels in. . .
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Army Veteran Calls Trump Campaign Operative 'Monumental Idiot' or 'Extraordinary Liar' for Praising Trump Summit with Kim Jong-un
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
"The fact that you think this was a success means you are a monumental idiot who knows nothing about North Korea or an extraordinary liar. " | An adviser to President Donald Trump' 2016 campaign was taken to task by a prominent U. S. Army veteran after tweeting criticism of the president's critics following the summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. "Crickets from the left. . . can't wait to see what @NicolleDWallace & @SteveSchmidtSES have to say," Healy Baumgardner wrote in praise of Fox New host Laura Ingraham's juvenile tweet about MSNBC coverage of Trump's summit. Veteran Fred Wellman quickly responded with an assessment of his own. "The fact that you think this was a success means you are a monumental idiot who knows nothing about North Korea or an extraordinary liar," Wellman tweeted. "Either way no one with half a brain thinks DPRK repeating lies of the. . .
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Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Has Told Friends He 'Expects to be Arrested Any Day Now': Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
Friends of the president say the president "should be super worried about Michael Cohen. " | Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen "has told friends that he expects to be arrested any day now," Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman reports. In a text message to Sherman, Cohen insisted the reporters "alleged source is wrong," but Sherman says Cohen has told friends an indictment is imminent. Friends of the president say the president "should be super worried about Michael Cohen. ""If anyone can blow up Trump, it's him," a former White House aid told Sherman. "It's going to hit the fan pretty soon," a friend told Sherman. Though Trump is outwardly projecting focus on his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Sherman notes people close to Trump say he's "very worried" about the progression of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Mueller is expected to deliver his findings on obstruction of justice next month, Sherman reports.
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"They Threw Russia Out": On Trump's Understanding of Recent History
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-12
Before leaving for the G7 meeting in Quebec, President Trump made this off-hand, unexpected, ungrammatical statement to reporters:…
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Trump's White House Isn't Just a 'Miserable Place to Work' Like John Kelly Says — It's Dismantling the Democratic System
Clarrie Feinstein, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
While the revolving door of staff members in the White House has become routine, and therefore normalized, it indicates a troubling aspect on the current state of American democracy. | It's not news to anyone that inside the doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue lies pure chaos. Numerous White House staffers continue to resign or be fired by President Donald Trump, leading vacancies to pile up in spite of a campaign promise to hire "the best people in the world. " The president's Office of Science and Technology Policy, for one, has been describedas a "ghost town. "The inner workings of Trump's White House were exposed in great detail in Michael Wolff's much-anticipated book, "Fire and Fury" in January, which claimed that the president is unafraid of firing any person who opposes him — and also relishes in creating a chaotic. . .
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Retiring UAW President Williams: Union stronger than four years ago
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-12
DETROIT–With growing membership, a budget back in the black and a strike fund that is rising by the year, the Auto Workers are much stronger than they were four years ago, retiring union President Dennis Williams says. And if you really want a comparison, Williams added one bombshell at the end of his keynote address …

Retiring UAW President Williams: Union stronger than four years ago

Former Georgia Prison Officer Who Raped Inmates Gets 4 Years
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-12
The women in this case said Edgar Daniel Johnson forced them to have sex with him. Even if the sex had been consensual, it would have been illegal. | The post Former Georgia Prison Officer Who Raped Inmates Gets 4 Years appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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FIFA return to anti-gay policy wouldn't be a surprise
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-12
The FIFA world cup is just two days away. Soccer–futbol–fans across the globe are tapping their kegs, getting their call-into work sick excuses ready, going through pre-match rituals, and adjusting their daily lives around match schedules. And just like fans, this year's FIFA host country is also scrambling to finish last minute preparations. Yet, as …

FIFA return to anti-gay policy wouldn’t be a surprise

A Mile in Their Shoes
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-12
This past Friday in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, Hazara girls joined young Pashto boys to sing Afghanistan's national anthem as a welcome to Pashto men walking 400 miles from Helmand to Kabul. The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to end the war. Most of the men making the journey are wearing sandals. At…
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Unmasked anti-Muslim troll Amy Mekelburg connected to Chris Gaubatz
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-06-12
On May 31, the Huffington Post published a story exposing Twitter user @AmyMek, an ardent Trump supporter and prolific anti-Muslim troll. Behind the account is a woman named Amy Mekelburg, who lives in New York City.
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Petulance as Statecraft: Trump Does Canada
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-12
When it comes to Donald Trump, I tend to ignore his self-centered shenanigans. I figure the substance (when there is any) will become apparent later when his staff clarifies the mad king's meaning. However, the recent series of events around the G-7 were something beyond the norm. This is especially true when one notes that John Bolton was by Trump's side when the now infamous picture of him sitting across the table from much of the rest of the capitalist world with his arms folded and an angry look on his face was taken. The combination of Trump and Bolton is a dangerous one. Bolton's demonic designs for world conquest have always been part of the neocon program, but other powers have held his most maniacal plans in check. Donald Trump is less likely to do so and John Bolton knows this. One can be sure he is already plotting how to start the next war.
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How is This Legal?
Don Qaswa | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-12
In the U.S. it is possible to secure a list of Superfund sites from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by simply writing to them. I've had my list for awhile, but just the other day I noticed something shocking. West Salem High School is an active Super Fund site located at 1776 Titan Drive in Salem, Oregon. The EPA…
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Constitutional change underway in Cuba
WTWJ | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-12

Constitutional change underway in Cuba

Knesset Foils Efforts to End Israeli Apartheid
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-12
For most of the seven decades after its establishment, Israel went to extraordinary lengths to craft an image of itself as a "light unto the nations". | It claimed to have "made the desert bloom" by planting forests over the razed …
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Net Neutrality Ends, Battle to Save It Continues. The FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom Order"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-12
The battle for digital democracy, the last frontier of press freedom crucial to preserve, continues on a day that will live infamy. | On June 11, the FCC's Orwellian-named Restoring Internet Freedom Order took effect, giving predatory telecom and cable giants …
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The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit
Ajamu Baraka | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-12
If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position …
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An Employer Can Unilaterally Force Employees Into Secret Arbitration Systems
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-06-12
Janine Jackson: Just as the #MeToo movement demonstrates the power of solidarity in fighting workplace harassment, a Supreme Court ruling aims to force individuals with workplace complaints back into isolation. In Epic Systems v. Lewis, the Court's conservative majority ruled that lower courts have to enforce individual arbitration clauses in employment contracts, which means that workers have to address complaints not through the courts, but in closed-door, one-on-one proceedings. | The ruling affects millions of people on the most fundamental level, but it didn't get a great deal of explanatory press coverage. Joining us now to discuss what the ruling could mean, and how we can resist its impact, is Joanne Doroshow, founder and executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy, and cofounder of Americans for Insurance Reform. She's also adjunct professor at New…
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Young Asian-Americans pursue dreams of success in 'As We Babble On'
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-12
LOS ANGELES–"Adulting is hard AF" reads the subtitle of Nathan Ramos's As We Babble On, whose production is now playing in downtown Los Angeles, a collaboration between East West Players (EWP), in association with the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Featuring a winsome cast of five young Asian-American characters pursuing their dreams, the play asks whether …

Young Asian-Americans pursue dreams of success in ‘As We Babble On’

Sessions Says Survivors of Domestic and Gang Violence Will No Longer Qualify for Asylum
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-06-12
In just the latest addition to the Trump administration's mounting collection of "cruel" policies aimed at closing off the nation to refugees and asylum-seekers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a new Justice Department guidance on Monday declaring that migrants will no longer automatically qualify for asylum if they present concerns of domestic abuse or gang violence. | t.co/clmZR8uiyd | Today, Jeff Sessions overturned a key case that granted asylum to a woman who was raped, beaten by her former husband: t.co/gIqzFFx1RY | — ProPublica (@ProPublica) June 11, 2018 | "In what world does the United States turn its back on people who have suffered persecution, trauma, and extreme distress from domestic or gang violence?" said Denise Bell, a researcher for refugee and migrant rights at Amnesty International USA. "Today's decision is a direct assault on people seeking protection, especially families…
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The Insidious Republican Plot to Hijack the Census
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2018-06-12
In a 5-4 decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that Ohio can purge thousands of voters from its rolls, freeing fellow red states to follow suit ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections. Critics have rightly observed that Husted v. Philip Randolph will disenfranchise innumerable minorities and low-income earners, and yet its potential harm to American democracy would probably pale in comparison with the Trump administration's efforts to rig the 2020 census. | Last December, at the Justice Department's behest, the Census Bureau was instructed to add a question to its decennial survey about its respondents' citizenship status. When the move was announced in March, officials justified the decision as one necessary to "fully enforce" the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But as a new NPR release reveals, their true agenda was decidedly more insidious. | According…
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Stormy Daniels Lawyer Avenatti Says Russia Is Lying About Him to Ruin His Credibility
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
"They suggested that I had had a liaison with multiple women in Russia. " | Stormy Daniel's lawyer Michael Avenatti told the Daily Beast that "two media figures and a high-ranking American intelligence official" have warned him that Russia is running a smear campaign against him. "They suggested that I had had a liaison with multiple women in Russia," he said. Avenatti responded that he's "never traveled to Russia in my life. ""They're doing it because they see me as a threat, a considerable threat," Avenatti explained. "If we weren't a threat, none of this would be happening. The Daily Beast cautions that it has not received "concrete proof" of the veracity of Avenatti's claims. | Related Stories: 'What Is Wrong with Him? ': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Bursts into Laughter Discussing Trump's Bizarre Attempts at DiplomacyTrump Administration Can't Even Keep It's Story Straight About What It Agreed to with North KoreaHere's How Feminists in Palestine Are Fighting on Two Major Fronts…
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War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza's Offshore Gas Fields
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-12
The issue of sovereignty over Gaza's gas fields is crucial…
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The Supreme Court Just Dealt Another Big Blow to Our Voting Rights
Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
Ohio voter purge decision will have consequences for years to come. | This week's Supreme Court ruling upholding Ohio's Republican-led voter roll purges may end up as one of the decade's most consequential anti-voter rulings, shadowing its 2013 ruling gutting the National Voting Rights Act's enforcement provisions. The Court's conservative majority, in a 5-to-4 ruling, applied a narrow technocratic reading of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) over the method that Ohio removed registered but infrequent voters. The NVRA laid out a process where someone who did not vote in four years–two cycles–would get a postcard informing them of their inactive status, and pending removal, if they didn't vote in the next federal election. But the NVRA's wording was ambiguous, laying out a four-year trigger for starting the removal process, but elsewhere stating voters couldn't be purged "by reason of the. . .
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The View's Meghan McCain Blasts Trump's 'Buddy' Routine with Kim Jong-un: 'Closest Thing to Hitler's Germany'
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
The president did nothing to address the country's egregious human rights record. | Meghan McCain said Tuesday on The View that she supported a diplomatic meeting between the U. S. and North Korea but was unimpressed with President Donald Trump's behavior toward dictator Kim Jong-un. "This is a totalitarian communist dictator in the same vein as Hitler — murder, enslavement, imprisonment, sexual violence, starvation, forced abortions, political, racial, religious persecution," she explained. "It is the closest thing to Hitler's Germany that exists in modern times," McCain continued. "My problem with was how far it went, with the sort of buddy-buddy and there was no talk whatsoever of the human rights violations. "North Korea is estimated to imprison up to 130,000 people in concentration camps where they are tortured, starved and treated as slave labor. The president was widely criticized for his complimentary behavior toward. . .
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How Corporate Media Got the Trump-Kim Summit All Wrong
Gareth Porter | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-12
For weeks, the corporate media have been saying that the Trump-Kim summit could have only two possible results: Either Trump will walk away angrily or Kim Jong Un will trick him into a deal in which he extracts concessions from …
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Elite Atrocities: Australia's Special Forces in Afghanistan
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-12
"Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going 'up the Congo'." — Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 9, 2018 They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors. Afghanistan, derided as a country of anarchic sensibilities, was never going to be a…
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American Rage
William Hawes | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-12
There is a certain sense of smallness, as well as meanness at the heart of American life. It typically gets projected onto the villain of the day, and for the last two years, it has happened to be Donald Trump. The president's vile beliefs and behavior are not in question, but what is more interesting to me is just how much Trump has become a convenient scapegoat. There are millions of Trumps in this country, as seen by his approval ratings hovering around 40% through his entire presidency.
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Meet the Racist Republican Corey Stewart Who Just Won a GOP Senate Primary and Could Be Virginia's Roy Moore
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
"This is clearly not the Republican Party I once knew, loved and proudly served," a prominent Virginia Republican said. | If any more evidence was needed that the Republican Party is completely unable to keep the rabidly racist forces within its ranks at bay, the nation received proof Tuesday night. Corey Stewart, a far-right extremist, won the GOP primary on Tuesday and will face off against former vice presidential candidate and incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine in the 2018 midterm elections. Stewart is known for his enthusiastic support for Confederate symbols and monuments. He has billed himself as a fierce opponent of immigrants, and his embraced shameless fear-mongering tactics about a " scourge" of illegal immigration. And he allied himself with Jason Kessler, the white supremacist who led the neo-Nazi marches in Charlottesville last summer, in which protester Heather Heyer was killed. (He. . .
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US-Backed Coalition Bombs New Cholera Treatment Center in Yemen
Ben Norton | mintpressnews.com | 2018-06-12
The US-backed Saudi/Emirati coalition bombed a newly constructed cholera treatment center in Yemen run by Doctors without Borders. Ther attack comes as Yemen suffers through the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history. | The post US-Backed Coalition Bombs New Cholera Treatment Center in Yemen appeared first on MintPress News.

US-Backed Coalition Bombs New Cholera Treatment Center in Yemen

Spiked Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Cartoonist Speaks Out
Olivia Riggio | fair.org | 2018-06-12
One of Rob Rogers' anti-Trump cartoons ( 5/18/18) that was killed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette before his recent run of six drawings spiked in a row. | Cartoonist Rob Rogers' section on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website has remained static for the past week, displaying the same "Trade War" cartoon since last Tuesday ( 6/5/18). Before that, six of his cartoons in a row were killed (FAIR.org, 6/6/18), all of which criticized President Donald Trump or satirized US racism. | Since his most recent cartoon was published, Rogers has opted to take personal days off, saying he has not heard from his editors since the spate of spikings, and the conflict has yet to be resolved. | Rogers told FAIR he believed the publishing of Tuesday's cartoon created an illusion of resolution: "When they finally printed the trade cartoon it…
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Watch the Truly Bizarre Fake Movie Trailer Trump's White House Played for Kim Jong-un: 'Destiny Pictures Presents'
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
Donald Trump's administration framed the North Korea summit as a chance to write the "sequel" to human civilization as we've known it. | Donald Trump played a video for North Korea leader Kim Jong-un during their historic meeting in Singapore Tuesday that features a fake movie trailer and the phrase "Destiny Pictures presents," Gizmodo reports. The fake trailer was played for reporters before a press conference Trump held Tuesday, according to Gizmodo. Affixed with the whitehouse. gov logo, the video is a cinematic masterpiece. Generic images of iconic landmarks including Times Square, the Colosseum and the Taj Mahal are spliced with photos of generic scientists a generic girl dancing in a field. A voiceover welcomes the world to imagine a "sequel" to the "cycles that never seem to end. ""Seven billion people inhabit planet Earth," the voiceover says. "Of those alive today, only. . .
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Framing Homelessness
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-12
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'It's a Gut Punch': Senior DOJ Lawyer Resigns in Response to Trump's Newest Attack on Obamacare: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
The Trump administration is committed to making the Affordable Care Act fail. | President Donald Trump's administration has taken the aggressive step of refusing to defend the Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as Obamacare — in court, and a new report suggests that a senior Justice Department lawyer has now resigned in protest of the decision. The Washington Post reports that Joel McElvain, a longtime DOJ lawyer who worked on defenses of the law in court, submitted his resignation letter last week. Sources told the Post that his decision "highlights internal frustration generated by the decision" to undermine Obamacare. The Justice Department typically views itself as obligated to defend legislation passed by Congress in court, even if the administration opposes that legislation in principle. As long as it is the law of the land, the reasoning goes, the executive branch has. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/its-g…

Watch: Customer Calls Out Lowe's for Racial Profiling After Exposing 'Inner City' Store's Controversial 'Loss Prevention' Policy
Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-06-12
"I want . . . some redress for the communities they have racially profiled, targeted and harassed," the customer said. | Lowe's is suspending its controversial receipt-checking protocol after a Philadelphia man exposed the racial profiling inherent in the process. Philadelphia's WHYY radio station reported that in "high-theft" stores, employees of the nationwide home improvement chain were instructed to check customer's receipts for proof of purchase. That tactic was at the center of a complaint publicized by black customer Will Mega, who found it odd that receipt-checkers stationed at exits went through all the items he purchased at a West Philadelphia Lowe's when he'd paid for them mere feet away. The protocol led Mega to conduct a social experiment: He went to a Lowe's in Haverford, a Philly suburb about a mile from his home. Upon exit, he asked his cashier if he'd need. . .
www.alternet.org/watch-customer-calls-ou…

Foundation of Anti-Imperialism
Kevin Zeese | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-12
The United States has had a policy of imperialism beginning after the Civil War. The US way of war, developed against Indigenous peoples, spread worldwide as the US sought to extend its power through military force, economic dominance and diplomatic hegemony. Imperialism is driven by what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. identified at the end of his life, the…
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