2018-06-29: News Headlines

George Capaccio (2018-06-29). Suffer the Little Children. counterpunch.org In the Gospels, the disciples of Jesus complain about folks who bring their kids with them to receive his blessings. But Jesus is not somebody who shuns the company of children. In response to his followers' disapproval, he says, perhaps with the snap of indignation in his voice, "Suffer the little children and don't stop More

Rev. William Alberts (2018-06-29). Move Over God. counterpunch.org While running in the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump wooed evangelical and other Bible-minded Christians at a rally by referring to his book, The Art of the Deal, as "my second favorite book of all time. Do you know what my first is?," he continued, then answered, "The Bible! Nothing beats The Bible" — his More

Kim C. Domenico (2018-06-29). Maybe This Is How the Guards Revolt? counterpunch.org The 1% will always attempt to seize powerful technologies and institutions to pacify all of us—especially young people. To manage these technologies and institutions, the 1% needs technocrats, administrators, and guards; thus, what would help is what Howard Zinn called a "revolt of the guards." — Bruce E. Levine, "Another Reason Young Americans Don't Revolt" More

Sam Pizzigati (2018-06-29). Corporate Wage Theft is on the Rise. counterpunch.org The health of our American economy ultimately rests on a single, simple word: trust. Employers on the one side and employees on the other have to be able to trust each other to behave honorably. A fair day's wage, as the classic formulation puts it, for a fair day's work. This mutual understanding gets broken More

Ann Garrison (2018-06-29). Challenging Barbara Lee From the Left. counterpunch.org In California's top-two primary system, only the top-two vote getters advance to the general election, meaning that only two names will be on the ballot for each race in November. Since California is a very blue state, that often means that two Democrats advance, as in the Senate race between incumbent Dianne Feinstein, the Anti-Trump More

David Macaray (2018-06-29). Life on Mars. counterpunch.org Considering that Donald Trump, besides being pathologically thin-skinned (junior high school kids are less insecure than this man), is notorious for sending out impulsive and wildly incendiary messages on Twitter, it is surprising he hasn't devoted a few moments late at night (when he hunkers down to compose his juvenile Tweets) to lob some insults More

Monique Judge (2018-06-29). Sean Hannity Blamed Maxine Waters for the Capital Gazette Shooting. theroot.com We keep talking about the dangerous rhetoric that is being thrown around by Donald Trump, those in his administration, and the right-wing media that supports and enables them—but we keep getting shut down and told that we are the ones with the real problem, not them. Read more…

Peter Certo (2018-06-29). The Supreme Court is an UnDemocratic Mess. counterpunch.org The Supreme Court is a real piece of work. Over the last few days it's been popping off far-right proclamations like a drunk uncle at Thanksgiving. Except this uncle gets to make the rules in your house, and he can stay there until he dies. Over about 48 hours, the nation's highest court gutted the More

Dave Lindorff (2018-06-29). Stop Whining and Start Organizing. counterpunch.org The wailing you hear from public sector unions and from trade unions in general in the wake of the Supreme Court's Wednesday Janus decision banning the mandatory payment of fees to unions by workers who choose not to join them in the public sector is overwrought. In many states with strong public sector unions, this More

Jill Richardson (2018-06-29). Family Separation: One Fire Out, Others Started. counterpunch.org Over the past few weeks, the news has been wall-to-wall coverage of immigrant children taken from their parents and mistreated at the hands of the U.S. government. Obviously, our first priority as a nation must be to end child concentration camps and to reunite immigrant families that were separated — as a federal judge in More

Monique Judge (2018-06-29). Congresswoman Maxine Waters Says She Is Facing Increased Death Threats. theroot.com Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said in a statement Thursday that she has seen an increase in the number of threats made against her ever since she encouraged people to openly confront members of Donald Trump's cabinet in public spaces. As a result, she has had to cancel some public appearances. Read more…

Julian Vigo (2018-06-29). Whose the Most Woke? The Cultural Anxiety of Righteousness. counterpunch.org My Sunday afternoon research had a welcome addition with Tracy Breaks the News skit, "You Woke?" featuring Tracey Ullman. Anyone from across the political spectrum would have a hard time not laughing along, except for the very shrill—dare I say "damaged"—object of ridicule here: the most "woke" of all. Indeed, this skit went right to More

Paul Blest on Splinter, shared by Monique Judge to The Root (2018-06-29). Capital Gazette Reporter on Thoughts and Prayers: 'I Couldn't Give a Fuck About Them If There's Nothing Else'. splinternews.com Capital Gazette reporters Selene San Felice and Phil Davis, who were in the newsroom at the time of Thursday's shooting which resulted in at least five deaths and several injuries, expressed their disgust tonight at being offered "thoughts and prayers," which has become the meaningless platitude of choice for… Read more…

Don Qaswa (2018-06-29). What You're Doing. counterpunch.org Ah, the multiple issues we face, the daunting challenges! All our collective problems that need to be dealt with, the large like the small, can only be solved through persuasive exchange grounded in respect between individuals and between groups, the special attention required to accommodate psychopaths notwithstanding. In alternative media outlets, it appears as if lots of folks want More

Jonathan Power (2018-06-29). Immigration and the Idea of Europe. counterpunch.org Navel-gazing can sometimes be a good thing. But, as the self-help books and articles advocate, looking at one's achievements to date to boost one's morale is always a good step forward before attempting to improve the mind and spirit. Europe's summit opens on Thursday. With immigration the central point on the agenda it's going to More

Gregory Barrett (2018-06-29). Fighting for the Truth About Refugees — and Losing Ground. counterpunch.org 25 June 2018: The split on what was once known as The Left over refugee-related issues continues and grows. I have just parted ways with a person who shares a great many of my views on very many issues, but who delighted in showing me an article from Zerohedge putting an anti-refugee spin on crime More

Lance Olsen (2018-06-29). Can We Feel Secure about De-Listing the Grizzly? counterpunch.org We've recently seen reports that the grizzly population is growing, expanding its range, and getting into trouble when its expansion takes it up against the human population. True enough, but it's only part of the story. A recent federal Biological Assessment on grizzlies' current situation says the human population in Montana has also grown, and More

Ned Depew (2018-06-29). The Origins of MS-13. counterpunch.org With all the talk about the (well-documented) violence and viciousness of MS 13, it is our responsibility to understand the origins and evolution of this very real criminal threat. MS 13 was founded in the early 1980s by Salvadoran immigrants in the barrios of Los Angeles, mainly as a response to intimidation from the many More

Jeremiah Jaynes (2018-06-29). Being Separated From My Child Nearly Killed Me. counterpunch.org My daughter Journi is my best friend. She loves to hear me tell the story of her nickname "Bear," how when she was born she made a little growl instead of crying. Many years ago, I was separated from Journi while serving a three-month sentence for driving my wife to work on a suspended license. More

Olivia Alperstein (2018-06-29). Finding Pride and Fighting Prejudice. counterpunch.org Like many other people in the LGBTQIA community, the first person I had to come out to was myself. I didn't have to endure bullying or intimidation when I discovered I was bisexual — and in that I'm lucky. Even in my high school, in a college town with lots of highly educated people, kids More

Chelli Stanley (2018-06-29). Israeli Government Fears Palestinian Cameras. counterpunch.org Recently the Israeli Knessett passed the first draft of a bill that would criminalize the filming of Israeli soldiers in Palestine, with a proposed five year jail sentence for offenders. The bill specifically focuses on the shame and discrediting that results from such footage and also mentions those who film with the intention to break "soldiers' spirits," More

Louis Proyect (2018-06-29). Ukraine Behind the Curtain. counterpunch.org For most people on the left, knowledge of the Ukraine is limited to a few well-trodden factoids. Victorian Nuland made a phone call that led to the overthrow of the democratically elected government and its replacement through a pro-EU, pro-NATO coup. The coup relied on a combination of neo-Nazi violence and false flag incidents to More

Kent Paterson (2018-06-29). The Battle for Puerto Vallarta. counterpunch.org Why would a foreigner give a hoot about who is the next mayor of Puerto Vallarta? First of all, more foreign-born transplants are moving to the Mexican coastal resort city, especially from the United States and Canada. Second, the emerging metropolis on Banderas Bay and straddling the states of Jalisco and Nayarit is attracting more More

Patrick Walker (2018-06-29). Neither Idiots Nor Useful: Our Politically Underachieving Liberal Churches. counterpunch.org I've got fury in my soul Fury's gonna take me to the glory goal In my mind I can't study war no more —Laura Nyro, "Save the Country" Introduction: Some Merited Malice for Religious Useful Idiots Readers familiar with political put-downs will instantly recognize the pun on "useful idiots" in my title. In suggesting that More

Allan Ainsworth (2018-06-29). Thinking Outside the Wall: Conscientious Objection in the Age of Trump. counterpunch.org In a new low, the US recently achieved a "flawed state status" in the world, down from a full democracy. This is according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.[1] We now share tenuous democratic space along with Poland, Mongolia, and Italy because of a further erosion of trust in government and elected officials. One wonders which of More

Robert Fantina (2018-06-29). The United States, Iran and Terrorism. counterpunch.org For reasons that defy logic, France will once again host an anti-Iranian terrorist group meeting this weekend. The oddly named People's Mojahedin Organization (most commonly known as the Mujahideen-e Khalq, but also operating under the following names and abbreviations: MEK PMOI, MKO, NCRI, Muslim Iranian Students Society, Organization of the People's Holy Warriors of Iran, More

Joseph Natoli (2018-06-29). What Merit in the Meritocracy? counterpunch.org "A narrative is emerging. It is that the new meritocratic aristocracy has come to look like every other aristocracy." — David Brooks, "The Strange Failure of the Educated Elite," The New York Times, May 29, 2018 "The meritocratic class has mastered the old trick of consolidating wealth and passing privilege along at the expense of More

Ken Hinman (2018-06-29). Fish Out of Water. counterpunch.org More>

Bill Glahn (2018-06-29). Who Will Save the World? Travels Through the Texas Panhandle. counterpunch.org The world can't give All its life and live We must give back or lose it. — "Music is the Food of Thought", written by Tony McPhee When The Groundhogs released Who Will Save The World in 1972, it followed a popular format in rock music at the time — theme albums. But the theme More

Monique Judge (2018-06-29). Cop Caught On Video Tasing a Calm, Nonviolent, Compliant Man Who Was Sitting on a Curb. theroot.com A viral Facebook video showing a Lancaster, Pa., police officer deploying his Taser on a man who is calm, nonviolent—and most importantly attempting to comply with orders—has resulted in the city launching an investigation into the situation. Read more…

Todd Larsen (2018-06-29). The Public Has Been Ignored for Too Long on Pipelines. counterpunch.org In school, we're taught that the U.S. is a nation of laws, and no one is above the law. But for communities nationwide fighting natural gas pipelines, they quickly find that the law is stacked against them. Imagine receiving notice one day that a pipeline is going to cut through your property — maybe just More

Ralph Nader (2018-06-29). Mugger Mick Mulvaney—Trump's Sadist-in-Chief. counterpunch.org Mr. Mulvaney's title seems uninterestingly bureaucratic—director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). But as Trump's chief hatchet man extraordinaire, Mugger Mick Mulvaney is easily one of the cruelest, most vicious presidential henchman in modern American history. From his powerful perch next door to the White House, he is carving a bloody trail against More

CP Editor (2018-06-29). Ten Years. counterpunch.org Ten years ago, my sister Laura and I were in Greenwich Village at a restaurant near Washington Square Park. We stood all afternoon, hopped up at New York City's Gay Pride Parade. I've told you one of my hobbies is eavesdropping. And on that particular evening, my nervous system vibrated from nearby conversation. Soon I More

T Sabri àñncຠ(2018-06-29). Did This Straw Break the Finance Sector's Back? counterpunch.org I will define the straw and start with quoting from my July 2017 H TParekh Finance Column titled "Debts That Cannot Be Paid Will Not Be" (àñncຠ2017). With my June 2015 H T Parekh Finance Column article titled titled "When Will the Next Financial Crisis Start?" (àñncຠ2015a) I initiated an investigation of the possibility of More

Mervyn Nicholson (2018-06-29). CS Lewis Was a Red. counterpunch.org Red Tory, that is. The famous author and religious writer, C. S. Lewis, is revered by right-wing conservatives as a saint, their trophy intellectual, but ironically, he was not "conservative," not in their way. He was not right wing. He was a "Red Tory", a political type unfamiliar in the U.S. Almost everything he says about capitalism More

Thomas Knapp (2018-06-29). A Proposal: Cut the Court. counterpunch.org Well, here we go again. On June 27, US Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, effective July 31. Cue crisis, as defined by President John F. Kennedy's inaccurate characterization of the Chinese analog: "Two characters, one representing danger and the other, opportunity." Democrats and Republicans have, for 30 years, alternated between anticipation More

Will Podmore (2018-06-29). Independence From the EU. counterpunch.org We are at a crucial moment in British history. Are we going to press ahead confidently for a full Brexit that will allow the potential of our nation to flourish, or will we be cowed by the EU and voluntarily bind ourselves with such restrictive chains that leaving becomes remaining? The problem, bluntly, is the More

Curtis FJ Doebbler (2018-06-29). No Immigrants Need Apply. counterpunch.org The last few months have been a turbulent time for the United States administration officials dealing with immigration law as well as for immigration and human rights lawyers. The U.S. government's new "Zero Tolerance" policy seems to contradict the country's historical roots, yet the government is stubbornly unyielding in its commitment to it. With an More

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-06-29). Becoming a Democracy: the Example of Nepal. counterpunch.org Hardly noticed on the world landscape of emerging democracies, lies Nepal. This new republic now has the first government, newly formed this past February, under a secular constitution. It's a route is scattered with the detritus of its becoming a republic, though still a relatively nonviolent path. Why is the international press not following Nepal's More

Sonali Kolhatkar (2018-06-29). To Hell With Civility. truthdig.com A restaurant owner in Virginia engaged in a very thoughtful, considered act of protest against the Trump administration in refusing to serve dinner to Sarah Huckabee Sanders last Friday. The actions of Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson were instantly construed as uncivil even as Sanders has proved herself to be one of President Donald Trump's most unwavering defenders in her role as White House press secretary. | Wilkinson did not base her decision to boot Sanders on the press secretary's gender, race, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic. Unlike the Colorado baker who became a cause célèbre among right-wing Trump supporters for discriminating against gay couples, Wilkinson and her staff concluded they could not serve Sanders in good conscience because of her immoral actions, not her identity. | Amid the horrific news reports emerging each day of thousands of immigrant children…

amnesty.org (2018-06-29). Sudan: Downsized UN mission not an option amid ongoing attacks in Darfur. amnesty.org Ahead of a critical vote at the UN Security Council on 30 June that will consider the restructuring and downsizing of the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Amnesty International is releasing exclusive satellite and photo images showing extensive damage caused by ongoing attacks on villages in the region. | | The images show at least 18 villages in the eastern parts of the Jebel Marra area of Darfur were burnt by government and allied militia forces over the past three months. These images corroborate witness accounts, earlier collected by Amnesty International, from at least 13 affected villages. |

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-29). Myanmar: Prosecute Dismissed Officers for Atrocities. hrw.org Myanmar troops take part in a military exercise, February 3, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (New York) — The Myanmar government should prosecute recently removed army officers for their role in atrocities against ethnic Rohingya, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 25, 2018, in a statement posted on a Myanmar military Facebook page, the military announced the dismissal of Maj. Gen. Maung Maung Soe and belatedly announced the resignation of Lt. Gen. Aung Kyaw Zaw. | Each general oversaw military operations in Rakhine State following the deadly attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on security posts on August 25, 2017. Military forces under the command of Maung Maung Soe and Aung Kyaw Zaw carried out a campaign of killings, rape, and mass arson that forced over

Whitney Webb (2018-06-28). Pentagon Bets Against Korean Peace with Indefinite Troop Presence, New Missile Defense. mintpressnews.com Reports from a questionable thinktank claim North Korea nuclear weapons development continues as the U.S. commits to an indefinite troop presence and new missile defense systems.

Whitney Webb (2018-06-28). Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Arrested For Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Two-Year-Old. mintpressnews.com "Having started an organization that pushed for the end of sexual violence, Davis displayed the highest degree of hypocrisy by his alleged attempts to sexually exploit multiple minors." — FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr.

Whitney Webb (2018-06-28). Report: US Arab Allies Back Kushner-Adelson Effort to Force "Peace" Plan on Palestine. mintpressnews.com The U.S. is already implementing its "peace" plan on the ground by moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, withdrawing support for a two-state solution, cutting funds to the UNRWA, and normalizing Israeli apartheid in Palestine.

Merula Furtado (2018-06-28). The Anatomy of Trumpocracy: An Interview With Noam Chomsky. truthout.org With its spate of right-wing rulings this week, the Supreme Court has paved the way for Donald Trump and the Republican-dominated Congress to intensify their attacks on human rights, workers and the country's democratic institutions, dragging the US deeper into the abyss. | US political culture has long been dominated by oligarchical corporate and financial interests, militarism and jingoism, but the current Trumpocracy represents a new level of neoliberal cruelty. Indeed, the United States is turning into a pariah nation, a unique position among Western states in the second decade of the 21st century. | What factors and the forces produced this radical and dangerous shift? How did Trump manage to bring the Republican Party under his total control? Is Trumpocracy a temporary phenomenon, or the future of American politics? Is the Bernie Sanders phenomenon over? In the exclusive Truthout interview below, world-renowned…

Shane Quinn (2018-06-28). The Rapid Postwar Increase of America's Nuclear Arsenal. globalresearch.ca Hitler had, as early as June 1942, decided against the development of an atomic bomb — on both racial and pragmatic grounds. By the summer of 1944, Allied intelligence accounts were flowing in that a Nazi atomic bomb was non-existent.

Norman Solomon (2018-06-28). What Joe Crowley's Defeat Has to Do With Democratic Party 'Superdelegates'. truthdig.com Conventional wisdom said that powerful Congressman Joseph Crowley couldn't be beat. But his 20-year career in the House of Representatives will end in early January, with the socialist organizer who beat him in the Democratic primary in the deep-blue district poised to become Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | The defeat of Crowley shows how grass-roots movements can prevail against the corporate establishment and its vast quantities of cash. The Crowley campaign spent upward of $3 million in the Democratic Party primary. The Ocasio-Cortez campaign spent one-tenth as much. He wielded money power. She inspired people power. | As the 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez was quick to say after her victory Tuesday night, the triumph belongs to everyone who wants social, economic and racial justice. She ran on a platform in harmony with her activism as a member of Democratic Socialists of America and an organizer…

CP Editor (2018-06-28). American Mythology and the Loss of Democracy. counterpunch.org

Paul Yesse (2018-06-28). The U.S. Is a Failed State. globalresearch.ca Influence on Hollywood by the military exploits and glorifies violence and is a major propaganda tool. Video games, supported by the military and corporate interests, teach young people that killing is fun. A major purpose of the military is to provide the muscle for stealing other nations' resources.

Brett Barrouquere (2018-06-28). Killer of James Byrd, Jr., John William King, asks U.S. Supreme Court to take case. splcenter.org A Texas man awaiting execution in a notorious hate crime is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to save him.

Dave Lindorff (2018-06-28). A Recipe for Disaster. counterpunch.org Over a generation ago, engineer Bill Smith, working at Motorola, developed a management system called Six-Sigma, designed to help companies avoid quality problems in their products and business processes. His system caught morphed into a general theory of management, and became a catch-word and marketing goldmine at business schools as well as requirement for promotion More

Kathy Kelly (2018-06-28). On Purpose, In Kabul. counterpunch.org Writing this week for the Chicago Tribune, Steve Chapman called a U.S. Government report on the war in Afghanistan "a chronicle of futility." "The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction" report says the U.S. spent large sums "in search of quick gains" in regional stabilization — but these instead "exacerbated conflicts, enabled corruption and bolstered support for More

SACJ (2018-06-28). Could Ex-NAACP Leader Ben Jealous Become the 1st Black Governor of Maryland? theroot.com Former NAACP President Ben Jealous knows that even after emerging victorious in a crowded Maryland Democratic primary on Tuesday to crush Rushern Baker by more than 10 percentage points, he still has a fight on his hands. | Read more…

Staff (2018-06-28). Five Reported Dead at a Maryland Newspaper. truthdig.com ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Latest on shootings at The Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland (all times local): | 8: 10 p.m. | Police say the shooting at a Maryland newspaper was a "targeted attack on The Capital Gazette." | Bill Krampf is the acting police chief for Anne Arundel County. In a news conference Thursday, he said a white male in his late 30s has been arrested in connection with the shooting. | Krampf says the shooter used canisters of smoke grenades when he entered. | He says five people were killed and two injured in the attack. He described the two injuries as superficial. | ___ | 7: 30 p.m. | A U.S. official says the suspect in the shooting at a Maryland newspaper was identified using facial recognition technology. | The official said the man was identified with the technology after he had…

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-06-28). Leaked Transcript Shows Trump Throwing a Fit at US Allies During Private G7 Meeting — And Trashing NATO as 'Bad as NAFTA'. alternet.org An official read Axios' Jonathan Swan the quote from notes transcribed from the private meeting. | A newly leaked transcript shows that President Donald Trump went further than anyone had previously known in trashing traditional alliances during the recent G7 meeting in Quebec. According to Axios' Jonathan Swan, Trump ranted about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during talks with other world leaders at the G7 and even hinted that he could pull out of the alliance altogether. "NATO is as bad as NAFTA," the president said, according to a leaked transcript taken during the meeting. "It's much too costly for the U. S. "According to Swan, Trump's remarks "reinforced some of the Europeans' worst fears that he'll take a purely transactional approach" during next month's NATO summit, which is scheduled to take place on July 11 in Brussels. Undermining the NATO alliance has. . .

SACJ (2018-06-28). Trump Couldn't Let Beyoncé and Jay-Z Live, Announces Summit With Russian President Vladimir Putin. theroot.com Since the release of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's surprise joint album, Everything Is Love, President Donald Trump and his staff have been working furiously to try to upstage the duo. | Read more…

Nick R. Martin (2018-06-28). Milo Yiannopoulos reacts to Maryland newspaper killings: 'I wasn't serious' about hoping journalists would be shot. splcenter.org Well before any motive or suspect was announced in Thursday's mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper, racist "alt-right" figure Milo Yiannopoulos was already playing defense about comments he recently made saying he was looking forward to vigilantes "gunning journalists down on sight."

Damon Young on Very Smart Brothas, shared by Damon Young to The Root (2018-06-28). 25 Questions for the Random White People Who Try to Touch My Baby in Public. theroot.com 1. Why do you think it's cool to try to touch my baby? Read more…

Dean Baker (2018-06-28). Soaring Cost of Clues Leaves Thomas Friedman Apparently Unable to Buy One. fair.org Thomas Friedman's understanding of economics seems stuck in the "off" position (New York Times, 6/26/18). | In a period of record-low productivity growth, Thomas Friedman ( 6/26/18) tells us the robots are taking all the jobs. Hey, no one ever said you had to have a clue to write for the New York Times. Here's the punch line: From 1960 to 2000, Quartz reported, US manufacturing employment stayed roughly steady at around 17.5 million jobs. But between 2000 and 2010, thanks largely to digitization and automation, "manufacturing employment plummeted by more than a third," which was "worse than any decade in U.S. manufacturing history." | The little secret that Friedman apparently has not heard about is the explosion of the trade deficit, which peaked at almost 6 percent of GDP ($1.2 trillion in today's economy) in 2005 and 2006.

Joseph Neese, Salon (2018-06-28). Megyn Kelly — Who Spent Years Stoking Racial Tension — Is the Wrong Person to Preach Civility. alternet.org She can't erase her race-baiting past. | Megyn Kelly made an impassioned plea for Americans to be more courteous to one another, during the third hour of the "Today" show on Wednesday. It was the third morning in a row that the NBC News host had raised the topic of civility after a Virginia restaurant declined to serve White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders over the weekend because of the supporting role she plays in the "inhumane and unethical" Trump administration. "I'm Megyn Kelly, and we begin today with the ongoing erosion of our cultural norms like civility and respectful debate," the "Today" host said as she greeted viewers. Kelly then tossed to a viral clip of pro-immigrant protesters who confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. , and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, at an event in Georgetown on. . .

Ron Jacobs (2018-06-28). Same As It Ever Was: The GWOT and Colonial History. counterpunch.org Since the events popularly called 9-11, the general public of the western nations have grown used to ever intensifying security measures. These measures affect the way the public travels, attends sporting and musical events, and thinks about those who don't look like them. Long gone are the days when one could buy an airline ticket More

RS Ahthion (2018-06-28). Dismantling A Society: How Empires Feed Off the Republic. counterpunch.org "It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America." -Nikki Haley (1) Nikki Haley released a ferocious rebuke of a UN report detailing poverty in the United States. As if she could will away or dismiss its findings simply by how angry she denounced it. The life expectancy in the United More

Breanna Edwards (2018-06-28). Sil Lai Abrams Accuses Russell Simmons, A.J. Calloway of Sexual Assault, Slams NBC for Silencing Her Voice: Report [Updated]. theroot.com Updated: Thursday, June 28, 2018, 5: 32 p.m. EDT: Attorneys for both Russell Simmons and A.J. Calloway have sent statements of denials to The Root. Read more…

Merula Furtado (2018-06-28). Powerful New Yorkers Are Criminalizing Ecuadorians Seeking Relief From Chevron. truthout.org Two powerful New Yorkers have been indispensable in protecting Chevron from having to pay $9.5 billion to clean up its massive oil contamination in the Amazon rainforest after an Ecuadorian court decision. The contamination was an intentional injustice that killed and injured thousands of Ecuadorians — many Indigenous people and many children. | The Ecuadorian lawsuit, first filed 25 years ago, continues to languish because Chevron refuses to pay damages while 200,000 pages of lawful evidence of contamination by Chevron and Texaco have been ignored in a New York court. | Chevron's intent in this case always has been to turn the focus from its own wrong-doing to the criminalization and de-legitimization of the Ecuadorians and their legal system. | The brain behind this travesty of justice is Chevron, but the muscle is Judge Lewis A. Kaplan and Chevron's attorney Randy…

Global Research News (2018-06-28). Help Us Redress the Balance: Keep World News Unchained. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | We are raising money in order to cover our monthly operational costs. We want to continue to bring you cutting edge independent research and analysis, but we can't do it without your help. We are currently facing …

Global Research News (2018-06-28). Selected Articles: Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Now US Law. globalresearch.ca Global Research is independent in the true sense of the word. We don't receive funding from war-makers and "banksters", therefore our news is free of corporate agendas. This is only possible thanks to our readers who show their commitment to …

Josmar Trujillo (2018-06-28). Papers Insist 'We Need' Secret Gang Databases—Just Like We 'Needed' Stop & Frisk. fair.org "Utterly ridiculous": the New York Post's defense ( 6/16/18) of the gang database | When President Donald Trump rails against alleged immigrant gang members as "animals," as he did last month, he's reducing complex (and highly political) issues—like the presence of MS-13 in the United States—to a fearsome cartoon of snarling packs of subhuman marauders. Vintage Trump, right? But local media, nowadays lionized as a check on Trump, resort to the same strategy, playing fast and loose with the inflammatory term "gang" and deferring and time and time again to questionable police tactics. | As FAIR's Adam Johnson wrote two years ago ("Media Convict Scores of 'Gang Members' on NYPD's Say-So—No Trials Necessary," 5/2/16), local dailies in New York City were instrumental in convicting alleged gang members in the court of public opinion before anyone had ever even seen…

Tiffani DuPree (2018-06-28). Are Black Transgender Men Invisible? theroot.com Jason Hill and Luckie Fuller are both transgender men with very different experiences of coming out and transitioning. However, both men have one commonality: constantly trying to overcome the invisibility that black transgender men face. Read more…

Stephen Lendman (2018-06-28). Equal Justice in America: A Meaningless Figure of Speech. globalresearch.ca Injustice in America is deep-seated. It's politicized — the poor, people of color, Muslims and others disadvantaged are denied constitutionally guaranteed due process and equal justice under law with disturbing regularity. | The world's largest gulag prison system by far is …

Bill Fletcher Jr. (2018-06-28). Attacking the Rights of Workers: The U.S. Supreme Court Hides Behind the First Amendment. globalresearch.ca There is nothing about the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME to overturn 41 years of precedent and declare that agency fee/fair share is unconstitutional that surprised me. Watching the tendency of the conservative majority it would …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-28). Even Some ICE Agents Want to Abolish ICE — Here's Why. alternet.org The idea of abolishing U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has gain traction in recent months. | Abolishing ICE — the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency — is gaining steam as a progressive goal in the wake of growing opposition to President Donald Trump's policies and as the progressive forces within the Democratic Party are making inroads. But in a letter sent last week to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, first reported by the Texas Observer, the Trump appointee received a request to break apart the agency from a surprising source. ICE agents themselves. Nineteen agents signed on to the proposal that seeks to dissolve the slipshod agency into two separate divisions: One focusing on transnational criminal investigations and the other focused on internal detaining and deporting immigrants already within the United States. The goal of the agents isn't necessarily the same as progressive. . .

Jim Miles (2018-06-28). I Heard the News Today, Oh Boy… Canada's Military Involvement in "Troubled Areas of the World" globalresearch.ca Two international items in the news this week highlight, by its absence, an underlying feature of reporting events in 'troubled' areas of the world. That absence is simply the historical background of each event. | Canada in Mali | Canada is maintaining …

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-28). Deputy AG Rosenstein Battles Trump-Loving GOP Rep at Contentious Hearing: 'Your Use of this to Attack Me Personally is Deeply Wrong'. alternet.org Rep. Jim Jordan is one of the leading House Republicans investigating the investigation. | Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday battled Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a Donald Trump supporter who is among the House Republicans leading an investigation into special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. During his combative testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Rosenstein pushed back on Jordan's attempt to paint the Russia investigation in a nefarious light as fellow members of Congress objected to Jordan's line of questioning. At one point, Rosenstein told Jordan, "your use of this to attack me personally is deeply wrong. " "It's not personal," Jordan assured Rosenstein, before launching into a personal attack on Rosenstein's role as deputy attorney general. Jordan asked Rosenstein if the threatened to "subpoena phone calls" from members of the House Intelligence Committee. "No sir, and there's no way to subpoena phone calls," Rosenstein said. . .

Melvin Goodman (2018-06-28). McCarthyism Revisited. counterpunch.org Founding Father James Madison warned 230 years ago that "no nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." In his farewell address nearly 60 years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower echoed this warning regarding the impact of permanent war and a "permanent arms industry" on our rights and liberties. Thus, it is no surprise that the past 17 years of warfare have been accompanied by a series of lost liberties; a revival of McCarthyism; and a belief in conspiracy theory that has afflicted the left wing ("Deep State") as well as the right ("Drain the Swamp"). More

Erica Offutt on Kinja Deals, shared by Erica Offutt to The Root (2018-06-28). The 10 Best Deals of June 28, 2018. theinventory.com We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today. | Read more…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-28). Two Democratic Lawmakers Escorted Out by Police After Joining Hundreds Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies. alternet.org The group chanted, "This is what democracy looks like! " | Three Democratic lawmakers joined a group of protesters Thursday afternoon in Hart Senate Office Building, risking arrest as the demonstrators chanted in opposition to President Donald Trump's administration policies. Police began to arrest the protesters, associated with the Women's March, after they sat on the floor of the lobby and refused to leave. Washington Postreporter Dan Zak reported that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) were escorted out of the protests by police — he said it was unclear whether they were being arrested. Protesters chanted, "Where are the children? " and "This is what democracy looks like! " They wrapped themselves in silver blankets, similar to those immigrant children have been given in cages at detention centers. Zak reported that Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) also joined the fray: Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill. ), with. . .

Ilana Novick (2018-06-28). Local Governments Cut Contracts With ICE Over Immigrant Policies. truthdig.com Cities around the country are responding to President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy by canceling what The New York Times reports can be lucrative contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide housing facilities and services for detainees. | In one major victory for immigrant rights activists, commissioners in conservative Williamson County, Texas, voted earlier this week to cut ties with a 500-bed facility owned by CoreCivic, which housed mothers who had been separated from their children. Sofia Casini, an organizer with the group Grassroots Leadership, told the Times that while the group had been fighting against the facility for months, children torn from their families "really touched a different kind of community nerve." | According to the Austin-American Statesman, "The county was paid approximately $8,000 per month to provide deputies from the Williamson County sheriff's office to do…

Eric Ortiz (2018-06-28). Former Death Row Inmate Gary Tyler Carries On RFK's 'Ripple of Hope' Ideal. truthdig.com After being wrongfully convicted of murder and spending 41 years at Angola prison in Louisiana, Gary Tyler has become a community leader in the struggle for justice.

Dan Corjescu (2018-06-28). A Failing Nation. counterpunch.org What are the necessary elements for the success of a modern nation state? According to one justifiably popular and well-written book, Why Nations Fail, it all has to do with inclusive political and economic institutions which foster technological change which in turn leads to increasing prosperity for the many. Two key aspects upholding such institutions are More

Marshall Auerback, Independent Media Institute (2018-06-28). America's Immigration Crisis Has Real Culprits — And They Aren't Immigrants. alternet.org Deportation isn't the answer when unscrupulous employers and cynical political party leaders take advantage of working-class immigrants. | President Trump has finally signed an executive order purporting to end his attorney general's inhumane practice of separating migrant children from their parents when families are found illegally crossing the border. But let's not pretend that an immigration solution is at hand—certainly not from the GOP, whose supporters may not like the practice of separating children from their parents, but have little problem with a "zero tolerance policy" on illegal immigration. Even the Democrats have been complicit here, most being perfectly content to use photographs of crying babies being taken away from incarcerated parents to score political brownie points with their base in time for the 2018 congressional elections. Their humanitarian concerns are admirable. One only wishes that the Democratic Party evinced similar. . .

Anne Branigin (2018-06-28). High School Antwon Rose Jr. Attended Faces Allegations of Brutal Police Abuse: Report. theroot.com The video doesn't allow for much interpretation. Taken in March 2015 at Woodland Hills High, the Pittsburgh school Antwon Rose Jr. attended, the footage shows a school police officer walking up to a black male student who had been sitting down, his hands fixed on his lap, a notebook under one hand, his entire posture… Read more…

Mark Fiore (2018-06-28). The Supreme Court Gets Trumpier (Video). truthdig.com From wedding cakes to the Muslim Ban to unions, the Trumpier Court is on the march. Oh, and now the President gets to pick another Supreme Court justice.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-28). Fox News' Sean Hannity Is Already Blaming Democrats for the Shooting at a Local Maryland Paper. alternet.org Conservative commentators were aghast at a California Democrat's call to protest Trump administration members. | Fox News' Sean Hannity wasted no time trying to blame Democrats Thursday for a mass shooting at the Capital Gazette, a local Maryland newspaper, even as there was limited information about the crime, its victims, and its perpetrator. Hannity began by saying on his radio show, "It's so sad that there are so many sick, demented, and evil people in this world. " He immediately said that a mass shooting carried out with a firearm has nothing to do with guns. But then his comments became really absurd. "You know, as I've always said, I mean honestly — I've been saying now for days that something horrible was going to happen because of the rhetoric," he said. "Really [Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)]? You want people to create — 'call your. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-06-28). Democratic National Committee Votes to Roll Back Power of Superdelegates. truthout.org In an important and long-overdue step toward making the Democratic Party more accountable to voters and less captive to the interests of establishment insiders, the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) Rules and Bylaws arm voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to drastically curtail the influence of superdelegates by barring them from voting on the first ballot of the presidential nomination. | Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has long criticized the party's superdelegate system as undemocratic, congratulated DNC chair Tom Perez and the Rules and Bylaws Committee for the move in a statement following the 27-1 vote, saying the "decision will ensure that delegates elected by voters in primaries and caucuses will have the primary role in selecting the Democratic Party's nominee at the 2020 convention." | "This is a major step forward in making the Democratic Party more open and transparent, and I…

Binoy Kampmark (2018-06-28). The Next Step: The Campaign for Julian Assange. counterpunch.org The modern detainee in a political sense has to be understood in the abstract. Those who take to feats of hacking, publishing and articulating positions on the issue of institutional secrets have become something of a species, not as rare as they once more, but no less remarkable for that fact. And what a hounded More

Andrew Korybko (2018-06-28). Sanctions Bite, and Iran Hasn't Forgotten. globalresearch.ca Take off the "feel good" Alt-Media glasses and face the facts, sanctions are very successful in inflicting Hybrid War harm against victimized states, which is an "inconvenient reality" that Iran's being reminded of right now. | Contrary to the "politically correct" …

Kary Love (2018-06-28). A "Modest Proposal 2.0": How to Solve the Refugee Kids "Problem" counterpunch.org (With a big nod to my great friend and mentor, Jonathon Swift, whose "A Modest Proposal" to that great Nation Britain, that the solution to the "Irish" problem was to eat Irish babies, inspired this effort. For those confused, it was "sarcasm.") The USA is dropping so many bombs around the world 24/7/365, one about More

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-06-28). Senate Democrats Should 'Lock Down 49 and Fight Like Hell' Against Trump Supreme Court Pick. alternet.org There is ample justification for Democrats to demand that the confirmation process be postponed | There is ample justification for Democrats to demand that the confirmation process for any person this occupier of the Oval Office nominates to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Anthony Kennedy be postponed. First and foremost, Trump is under an active criminal investigation for conspiring with a foreign government to undermine a U. S. presidential election, and he may very well prove to be an illegitimate president in the eyes of the law. What's more, the Supreme Court determines things like whether a president has to turn evidence over in a criminal probe, or testify before a grand jury, or be indicted. The Supreme Court will inevitably hear Trump's criminal case and he's already got one judge there beholden to him, a judge. . .

Erica Offutt on Kinja Deals, shared by Erica Offutt to The Root (2018-06-28). Bring This Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker To The Pool, Just $20 Today. theinventory.com If you don't have enough bluetooth speakers in your life, pick up this Aomais waterproof speaker for just $20 with promo code FXDO4H7K. It has 15W of power and can pair with your Amazon Echoes. I'm sure it's not the best sounding speaker you've ever heard, but it puts out a lot of power for speaker at this price… Read more…

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-28). Top Mental Health Experts Are Calling for the Goldwater Rule to Be Revised to Allow Discussion of Public Figures' Mental Health. alternet.org Signers to the letter argue the rule isn't even scientific. | The American Psychiatric Association is facing calls from top mental health professionals to revise the infamous Goldwater rule that effectively bars discussion of political candidates' mental health. The twenty-two signatories to the official letter include Robert Jay Lifton, a leading global expert on the psychological effects of war and political violence and Philip Zimbardo of the Stanford prison experiment. Signers say withholding their professional views in political settings is a breach of ethics and believe President Donald Trump showed clear signs of dangerous psychological patterns. "If you understand character and the typical psychological needs of someone reacting to threats to his self-esteem, you know that that behavior and speech doesn't change readily," Dr. Leonard Glass of Harvard Medical School said. The letter to the APA says the Goldwater rule is "antiquated, illogical, without scientific. . .

HRGP (2018-06-28). A Long List of Public Figures Jake Tapper Must Condemn for Ties to Farrakhan. mintpressnews.com Jake Tapper attacked Keith Ellison for over four minutes over his association with Farrakhan. It's time he demonstrate some moral consistency and condemn Ronald Reagan, too.

TeleSur English (2018-06-28). Colombia's President-Elect Ivan Duque Meets Marco Rubio in US to Discuss Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com He also talked to Trump, stating that "It was a friendly conversation… I thank him and we will continue working to widen our relationship with the United States."

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh (2018-06-28). Nakba, The "Palestinian Catastrophe": May 15, 1948. globalresearch.ca 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (Palestinian catastrophe) which started before the state of Israel was created and continues today. | In 1948, 1.4 million Palestinians lived in 1,300 Palestinian towns and villages all over historical Palestine. More than …

Ali Saadah (2018-06-28). Jeremy Corbyn: A Devil in Israel, a Hero to the Arabs. globalresearch.ca Featured image: UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn visits Baqa'a, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan, on 23 June 2018 [File photo] | Israel is seeking with all its weight and supportive lobby to demonise Jeremy Corbyn. He is …

Philip M. Giraldi (2018-06-28). The United States Withdraws from the World. mintpressnews.com The United States has decided to no longer participate in the United Nations 47-member Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The number one reason cited by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley was that the council is unfairly critically focused on Israel. The United States had already left the U.N.'s cultural organization UNESCO last October, the last straw reportedly being when the organization named the city of Hebron on the West Bank a Palestinian World Heritage site, which Israel declared to be unacceptable. At that time, the number one reason cited by Haley for the withdrawal was that the organization was too critical of Israel. | Haley has also made a number of other comments relating to the United Nations and Israel. Immediately upon taking office she complained that "nowhere has the U.N.'s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against…

David Schultz (2018-06-28). Neo-Liberalism and the Retreat of Democracy. counterpunch.org Democracy across the world is under seize. This according to the latest Freedom House report documenting that for 2017, "democracy faced its most serous crisis in decades" as seventy-one countries experienced declines in freedom or fair government, including the United States, and only thirty-five an improvement. This was the twelfth consecutive year of decline in democracy world-wide. More

Staff (2018-06-28). The Supreme Court, the Muslim Ban and Trump's Ugly Abyss of Racism. truthdig.com The highest court in the U.S. delivers a tsunami of decisions, most of which leave no doubt about its fiercely right-wing orientation.

Panama Jackson on Very Smart Brothas, shared by Panama Jackson to The Root (2018-06-28). 10 Things Easier to Comprehend Than Household Income of $117,000 Being Considered Low-Income in the Bay Area. theroot.com We all know that the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area is insane. According to a report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the median price for a single-family home in the Bay Area is $935,000. The median. Because of this high cost of living, a family earning $117,000 is considered… Read more…

Elliott Gabriel (2018-06-28). US' Iran Regime-Change Plan: Hit Economy, Orchestrate Protests, Engage MEK Cult to Chant "Democracy" mintpressnews.com While the hard-hit Iranian economy is likely to continue reeling, driving more protesters into the streets, one shouldn't mistake their pain for a desire to subject themselves to a totalitarian cult with hardly a fraction of the support enjoyed by the Shia clergy helming the Islamic Republic.

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