2018-07-01: News Headlines

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-07-01). Crowd Drops to Ground as 'Lunatic' Trump Supporter Brandishes Gun During Peaceful Immigration Protest in Alabama. alternet.org Sealy, 34, got into a fight with a protestor at Alabama's "Families Belong Together" immigration rally. | A peaceful Alabama protest of President Trump's extremist immigration policy was allegedly terrorized by a Trump supporter who started an argument and then pulled out a gun. The incident happened in Huntsville, where a group was gathered in Big Spring Park. A former Huntsville teacher, Shane Ryan Sealy, 34, allegedly showed up to counter protest. He exchanged words with another protestor and then pulled out a gun, according to WHNT News. Other attendees described him as a "a lunatic counter protester" and praised police for quickly arresting him. "He pulled out a gun. I saw him holding it out in front of him. We just started screaming for everybody to drop to the ground," said Ava Caldwell, the rally's organizer. "We all dropped to the ground crying. "Sealy was arrested before firing any shots. The police pointed out that he was not allowed to have a firearm within 1,000 feet of the protest. Someone with the same name and location as Sealy has a Facebook profile which is full of extremist conservative propaganda.

Anton Woronczuk (2018-07-01). New York's Suicide Prevention Program Is the First of Its Kind in the US. truthout.org As the national debate on mental health continues after the suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and television host and chef Anthony Bourdain earlier this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the adoption of a cutting-edge program for those struggling with a history of suicide attempts. | Rates of death by suicide have been rising in nearly every state, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but the risk factors widely vary, from job loss to relationship stress. A host of risk factors such as depression or social isolation impact New York's suicide rate. In New York City alone, suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. | The Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program, initially developed in Switzerland in 2013 at Bern University, is the first of its kind to be introduced in the United…

Paul Rosenberg, Salon (2018-07-01). Blinded by Darkness: Here's Why Evangelicals Are Choosing Trump Over Jesus. alternet.org Author John identifies and lucidly explores three fundamental flaws in evangelical thinking that have led them to embrace a leader who is wholly unfit by their own once-cherished moral standards, in pursuit of ends they cannot possibly achieve — restoring 1950s America via government action | John Fea is an evangelical Christian and a historian. When Donald Trump was elected with 81 percent of the self-described white evangelical vote, Fea was both stunned and surprised. "As a historian studying religion and politics, I should have seen this coming," he notes. Yet he did not. Which was why Fea ended up writing his new book, " Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump. "This article first appeared in Salon. On its own terms, the book clearly succeeds in making sense for Fea and others like him, with potential for reaching wavering. . .

Staff (2018-07-01). Seymour Hersh on the State of American Journalism (Video). truthdig.com In a conversation with the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges wonders if the era of great journalism Hersh embodies has passed.

Merula Furtado (2018-07-01). In Upholding Muslim Ban, the Supreme Court Ignored International Law. truthout.org The Supreme Court's opinion in Trump v. Hawaii, affirming Donald Trump's Muslim ban, allows the United States to act in flagrant violation of international law. | Under the guise of deferring to the president on matters of national security, the 5-4 majority disregarded a litany of Trump's anti-Muslim statements and held that the ban does not violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause, which forbids the government from preferring one religion over another. Neither the majority nor the dissenting opinions even mentions the US's legal obligations under international human rights law. | The travel ban violates two treaties to which the United States is a party: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. It also runs afoul of customary international law. | Both of these…

Telesur (2018-07-01). MEXICO Elections, July 1: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), Window of Opportunity Against 40 Years of Neoliberalism in Mexico? globalresearch.ca While Mexico's romance with neoliberalism has lasted for almost 40 years, some think Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, better known as AMLO for his initials, who will very likely win Mexico's upcoming presidential elections on July 1, represents the possibility for …

Kate Raworth, Aeon (2018-07-01). How Monopoly Was Invented to Demonstrate the Evils of Capitalism. alternet.org The game's little-known inventor, Elizabeth Magie, would no doubt have made herself go directly to jail if she'd lived to know just how influential today's twisted version of her game has turned out to be. | 'Buy land — they aren't making it any more,' quipped Mark Twain. It's a maxim that would certainly serve you well in a game of Monopoly, the bestselling board game that has taught generations of children to buy up property, stack it with hotels, and charge fellow players sky-high rents for the privilege of accidentally landing there. The game's little-known inventor, Elizabeth Magie, would no doubt have made herself go directly to jail if she'd lived to know just how influential today's twisted version of her game has turned out to be. Why? Because it encourages its players to celebrate exactly the opposite values to those she. . .

Prof. James Petras (2018-07-01). How Billionaires Become Billionaires. globalresearch.ca America has the greatest inequalities, highest mortality rate, most regressive taxes, and largest public subsidies for bankers and billionaires of any developed capitalist country. One of the most likely sources of billionaire wealth is through tax evasion in all of its guises and forms.

History News Network (2018-07-01). Meet Alcibiades: The Privileged, Narcissistic Populist of Ancient Greece. alternet.org Like Trump, this scion of wealth loved to win and manipulate the masses. | Privileged and narcissistic, a man who considered truth to be subjective, who casually manipulated facts to suit his own ambitious ends, who believed that the world was divided into winners and losers, and was determined to win at any cost, no matter whom he trampled on: Alcibiades was a politician for our times. And since, as George Santayana famously remarked, 'those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,' we would do well not to forget him today. Alcibiades was born to wealthy Athenian aristocrats in the middle of the fifth century bc, his city's Golden Age. Orphaned as a child, he became ward of the powerful Pericles, and as a young man forged a close friendship with Socrates, who (it is said) saw his potential. . .

Michael Welch (2018-07-01). Rethinking Europe's Migrant Crisis: Weapons of Mass Movement? globalresearch.ca "In Goodbye, Europe? Michael Springmann shows his grasp of how American military, economic, diplomatic, cultural, surveillance, technological, and vast "intelligence" resources comprise an integrated colossus using false flag ops, Trojan Horse fronts, incessant propaganda campaigns, and overt strong-arming." — Barrie …

Staff (2018-07-01). Mexico Elections Center on Disgust With Corruption, Violence. truthdig.com Mexicans vote in a potentially transformative election that could put in power a firebrand vowing to end business as usual in a country weary of political scandal.

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-07-01). 'You Get Played': CNN's Jake Tapper Corners GOP Rep Claiming She Won't Vote for Anti-Roe Supreme Court Justice. alternet.org "One of your longest lasting legacy is likely going to be you vote to confirm a justice" that overturned Roe v. Wade, Tapper warned. | CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday confronted Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) about her history of getting "played' by confirming judges who believe that abortion right for women should be restricted or abolished. During an interview on CNN's State of the Union, Tapper noted: "You're going to get a lot of pressure from groups and individuals who support abortion rights and one of the things that they think about you is that you get played by these judges and that ultimately, if you vote to support whoever President Trump nominates presuming the person comes from the list of 25, that one of your longest lasting legacy is likely going to be you vote to confirm a justice that ultimately. . .

IFMEU (2018-07-01). Israeli Crimes Against Humanity: Remembering the Sabra and Shatila Massacre. globalresearch.ca The Gaza massacre is part of longstanding process of Israeli crimes against humanity. This article describes one of the worst atrocities in modern Middle Eastern history committed against the people of Palestine. This article was first posted on Global Research …

Jeff Danziger (2018-07-01). Maxine Waters. truthdig.com

Staff (2018-07-01). Helicopter Carrying Commandos Frees Notorious French Inmate. truthdig.com PARIS—A notorious French criminal serving 25 years for murder made an audacious escape from prison Sunday after a helicopter carrying several heavily armed commandos landed in a courtyard, freed him from a visiting room and carried him away. | It was the second daring escape by Redoine Faid, who once blasted his way out of a different prison with explosives hidden in tissue packs. | His latest escape, from Reau Prison, took only "a few minutes," France's Justice Ministry said. Unarmed guards said they could do nothing to prevent it. | Dressed all in black, two commandos wearing balaclavas and police armbands entered the prison to look for Faid. They used a grinding machine to open the door to the visiting room, Martial Delabroye, a representative of the guards' union, told BFM television. | The commandos set off smoke canisters to hide from…

David DeGraw (2018-07-01). How $21 Trillion in U.S. Tax Money Disappeared. "Full Scope Audit" of the Pentagon. globalresearch.ca According to the Department of Defense Inspector General and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, $21 Trillion in Taxpayer Funding Is Unaccounted For. To help people comprehend the scale of this, $1 Trillion is $1000 Billion. This means that $21,000 Billion in taxpayer money has gone missing.

Richard Galustian (2018-07-01). Libya Has Reached Its Turning Point. The Battle for Oil, "US-NATO Go Home" globalresearch.ca The UN Security Council selected, unelected but anointed Libyan government in Tripoli (the GNA) rejects the elected parliament in Tobruk's decision announced by Field Marshall Haftar, to now keep funds of oil sales and not send such funds to …

Staff (2018-07-01). Could Making Fuel From CO2 Slow Climate Change? truthdig.com Scientists may be one step nearer to the dream solution to low-carbon energy if they can suck CO2 from the air and convert it directly into gasoline, diesel or jet fuel.

Staff (2018-07-01). No, Saudi Arabia Can't Save Trump From High Gas Prices. truthdig.com The president tweets that Saudi King Salman has promised to increase oil production. But even if Salman wanted to, he doesn't have the power to shield Trump from the oil markets.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-07-01). 'Unite the Right' Organizer Awarded a Cool $5 After Suing Black Lives Matter Activist Who Called Him a 'Crybaby'. alternet.org The activist, Donna Gasapo, yelled "f*ck you . . . f*ck you, assh*le . . . crybaby" at "Unite the Right" organizer Jason Kessler. | A judge in Charlottesville on Friday awarded avowed white nationalist Jason Kessler $5 after determining an activist violated Virginia's anti-dueling statute by yelling curse words at him, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reportsKessler sued Donna Gasapo, a Richmond-based activist affiliated with Black Lives Matter, for $500 after she yelled, "f*ck you . . . f*ck you, assh*le . . . crybaby Kessler" at him on March 16. Kessler said he encountered Gasapo while he was "reporting" on the trial of DeAndre Harris, a black man brutally beaten during the Charlottesville rally who was later acquitted on charges of assaulting a white supremacist. "Someone in our community was murdered," Gasapo said. "White supremacists stormed into our city. It doesn't sit well with me. "Gasapo never denied Kessler's allegation,. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-07-01). CNN Panel Derails After Trump Backer Defends His Flip-Flop on House GOP Immigration Bill: 'It's Obvious He's Lying'. alternet.org CNN's David Urban explained away Trump's lie as the president being a "great negotiator. " | David Urban, CNN's consummate Donald Trump defender, on Sunday refused to acknowledge the president lied when he claimed he never encouraged House Republicans to pass an immigration bill he'd tweeted his support of just three days earlier. Urban was speaking with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday about Trump's false claim he "never pushed the Republicans in the House to vote for the Immigration Bill, either GOODLATTE 1 or 2, because it could never have gotten enough Democrats as long as there is the 60 vote threshold. "Three days earlier, Trump had tweeted—in all caps—about the "Goodlatte II" bill": "HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE DEMS WON'T LET IT PASS IN. . .

Radovan Spasic (2018-07-01). NATO's War against Yugoslavia. Deliberately Triggering A Humanitarian Disaster. globalresearch.ca Feature image the bombing of Yugoslavia | In order to justify aggression on Yugoslavia, NATO, Western allies, public medias, international humanitarian organizations and even Western intellectuals, were fabricating the story that Serbian forces ethnically cleansed more than 800 000 Albanians from …

Staff (2018-07-01). 6 Children Among 9 Injured in Idaho Mass Stabbing. truthdig.com The suspect, Timmy Kinner, is a temporary resident of an apartment complex that houses many resettled refugee families, but Kinner is not a refugee, Boise police say.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-01). Economic Update: Contradictions Coming Home. therealnews.com Updates on the exploding suicide rate in the US, irrational home-building reflects and worsens inequality, VA nurses sue because of overwork required but not paid for, Uihlein family gives extreme right wing candidates (including Roy Moore), mocking claims that this is a one-person-one-vote democracy, Interview with Eli Campbell on the exploding student debt issue and…

Anton Woronczuk (2018-07-01). How Far Can the Left Go in the Democratic Party? truthout.org No one predicted the stunning victory of a 28-year-old Latina socialist in a New York City primary election for Congress on Tuesday. | But in retrospect, this political bombshell is a sign of the times — especially the deep desire for an alternative to the meek and compromised Democratic Party leadership that usually goes unanswered. | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the primary vote against Joe Crowley, a 10-term member of the House of Representatives, where 97 percent of incumbents running for re-election won in 2016. The last time Crowley faced any primary opponent at all, Ocasio-Cortez was 13 years old. | Not only that, but Crowley is the fourth-most powerful Democrat in the House and was thought to be a possible future House Speaker. He had plenty of money: According to Politico, Crowley spent $1.1 million on his primary campaign between the beginning…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-07-01). Becoming a Democracy—The Example of Nepal. asia-pacificresearch.com

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-01). Trump's Massive Funding Cut Plunges UN Palestinian Refugee Agency into Crisis. therealnews.com UNRWA, the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency, could run out of money for aid programs within weeks, after President Trump drastically cut US funding. Expert Phyllis Bennis warns this can lead to a humanitarian catastrophe and make life impossible for many Palestinians

Associated Press (2018-07-01). Miles marchan en todo EEUU contra la política migratoria. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — Vestían de blanco, agitaban puños en el aire, portaban carteles que decían "No más niños en jaulas" y " øQué sigue? øCampos de concentración? En las principales ciudades y pequeñas localidades, cientos de miles de personas protestaron el sábado en Estados Unidos, conmovidas por los relatos sobre niños separados de sus padres en […]…

Dr. Daniele Ganser (2018-07-01). NATO's Secret Armies. Operation GLADIO and the Strategy of Tension. globalresearch.ca This article was first posted on GR in January 2016 | Our guest this week is Swiss historian Dr. Daniele Ganser, author of the seminal book NATO's Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe, who joins us for …

Anton Woronczuk (2018-07-01). Immigrant Toddlers Ordered to Appear in Court Alone. truthout.org As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the border, immigrant children as young as 3 are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings, according to attorneys in Texas, California and Washington, D.C. | Requiring unaccompanied minors to go through deportation alone is not a new practice. But in the wake of the Trump administration's controversial family separation policy, more young children — including toddlers — are being affected than in the past. | The 2,000-plus children will likely need to deal with court proceedings even as they grapple with the ongoing trauma of being taken from their parents. | "We were representing a 3-year-old in court recently who had been separated from the parents. And the child — in the middle of the hearing — started climbing up on the table," said Lindsay Toczylowski, executive director…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-07-01). Suspect Nabbed in Mass Stabbing Attack at Idaho Apartment Complex — Victims Include Members of the Refugee Community. alternet.org "I would ask for our community's hearts to go out as I know they will and for their prayers for the families of everybody that's involved here," Boise Police Chief Bill Bones said. | Police in Boise, ID on Sunday arrested a 30-year-old man in connection to a stabbing attack at an apartment complex that housed resettled refugees, Boise State Public Radio reports. 6 children and 3 adults were hospitalized Saturday night after a mass stabbing police say is "the single most severe attack in the city's history," Boise State Public Radio reports. Four of the victims are being treated for life-threatening injuries. Timmy Kinner, originally from Los Angeles, CA, was charged with aggravated battery and injury to a child. According to police, Kinner was living at the apartment complex, but was asked to leave Friday. He allegedly returned Saturday evening to carry out. . .

Jeff Danziger (2018-07-01). Justice Kennedy. truthdig.com

Robert Scheer (2018-07-01). Nomi Prins on the Banks That Run the World (Audio and Transcript). truthdig.com In this week's episode of "Scheer Intelligence," the author and former banker discusses what Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer calls her "most ambitious" book, "Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World."

Staff (2018-07-01). Restless Democratic Newcomers Bringing Change to Congress. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Ready or not, change is coming to the House Democrats. | Across the country, a new generation is making its way to Washington. It's not just that some of the Democrats, like 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are young and progressive. They are. Or that many are women entering politics who want to fight President Donald Trump. They do. Or even that some of them live in Trump country. | They also come to politics steeped in an era of resistance and revolt, like the tea party Republicans who rose against President Barack Obama and the so-called Watergate babies elected after President Richard Nixon. | If the newcomers provide the numbers to give Democrats control of the House, or even fall short and end up in the ranks of the minority, they will be a force to be reckoned with upon arrival. That…

Anton Woronczuk (2018-07-01). Failed Economic Policies Drive Families to Seek Asylum at the Border. truthout.org As a Mexican American and a father of two young children I am horrified to see the cruelty being inflicted on thousands of families that haven't been as lucky as mine and have been separated at the US-Mexico border. | Feeling the heat from all sides, the president has reversed his separation policy and signed an executive order to keep families together. | But don't be fooled. The administration's immigration policy remains just as hateful — and hate-filled. | Families seeking asylum will still be detained and we still need to see how long it will take for families to reunite. But we also need to stop the creation of policies that steals people's livelihoods — whether in Michigan or Michoacan, Mexico or Morazán in El Salvador. | These families are less lucky than mine, because I chose to migrate to the United…

Robert Epstein (2018-07-01). The Empty Brain. globalresearch.ca No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven's 5th Symphony in the brain — or copies of words, pictures, grammatical rules or any other kinds of environmental stimuli. The human …

DPCR (2018-07-01). The Two "Superpowers": Who Really Controls the Two Countries? globalresearch.ca Among the ruling interests in the US, one interest even more powerful than the Israel Lobby—the Deep State of the military/security complex— there is enormous fear that an uncontrollable President Trump at the upcoming Putin/Trump summit will make an agreement …

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2018-07-01). Obsessed With Regime Change: Trump's Iran Gambit Won't Pay Off. globalresearch.ca It is as clear as day that President Trump is obsessed with regime change in Iran. What is not made clear is how much his gambit is damaging to Americans and American interests. | Without cause or justification, Mr. Trump pulled …

Alleen Brown (2018-07-01). A New Film Examines Sexual Violence as a Feature of the Bakken Oil Boom. theintercept.com "Nuuca" looks at attributes of the boom that go beyond emissions and oil spills: rising rates of sexual violence, trafficking and harassment by oil workers.

Jon Schwarz (2018-07-01). Where's Our "Dr. Strangelove"? In the Trump Era, America Desperately Needs a Great Movie About Nuclear Apocalypse. theintercept.com The danger of nuclear war is now at least as great as it was during the Cold War. If we want to avoid it, we'd better start imagining it again.

RT (2018-07-01). Putin assured me Russia didn't meddle in elections, but Trump still wants to talk about it — Bolton. rt.com Donald Trump will probably want to have a "conversation" about election-meddling during his meeting with Vladimir Putin, despite the Russian president's repeated assurances that the Kremlin did not interfere in the 2016 race.

RT (2018-07-01). At least 9 injured in knife rampage in Idaho, some 'in critical' condition — police. rt.com A knife rampage in the state of Idaho left at least nine people injured, police confirmed. The attack happened at an apartment complex which also houses refugees. A suspect has been detained by authorities.

Kathryn Joyce (2018-07-01). The Threat of International Adoption for Migrant Children Separated From Their Families. theintercept.com Are the children separated from their parents in the border crisis and put in the federal government's care at risk of unethical adoptions in the U.S.?

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-06-30). Trump Pursues Israel 'Peace Plan' to Break off Gaza, Without Input from Palestinians. therealnews.com While US President Trump reportedly hopes to use Gulf funding to pressure Egypt to take over Gaza, splitting it from the West Bank, expert Phyllis Bennis warns no Israel peace deal is possible when "there is no Palestinian voice" involved

Steve Hanley (2018-06-30). Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Continues to Disrupt Marine Life. globalresearch.ca Featured image: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, found to be partially caused by lax safety regulations, killed 11 people and injured 16. (Photo: Florida Sea Grant/Flickr/cc) | Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi have studied the microbes found on several …

Mark Taliano (2018-06-30). Global Affairs Canada Statement: Disconnect From Realities on the Ground in Syria, Tacit Endorsement of Al Qaeda. globalresearch.ca The statement speaks volumes. It says that Canada supports the most extreme form of sectarianism. The terrorists in southwest Syria include al Qaeda and ISIS. They destroy Christian churches and Shia mosques. Christians are killed or they flee.

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-06-30). Trump Prankster Claims He Got a Late Night Visit from the Secret Service — And Now He's on the Run. alternet.org Howard Stern sidekick, 'Stuttering John,' may have gone too far this time | The comedian who pulled a prank on Donald Trump and duped the president into returning his call, live tweeted on Twitter Friday night that the Secret Service came to his door to talk to him, but that he refused to answer and now he claims he's on 'the lam. "John Melendez, the former Howard Stern sidekick known as "Stuttering John," launched a series of tweets making the claim, which given his history as a prankster, could also be an elaborate prank on on his followers or a publicity stunt while he's national news. It also seems curious that the Secret Service would wait so late at night to visit, so his claims should be taken with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, he started off by tweeting, "Secret Service. . .

DVDR (2018-06-30). The President Shouldn't Act as an Arms Dealer to the Saudis. globalresearch.ca In May 2017, President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia to finalize a massive $110 billion sale of "American-made" weapons. The deal was part of his America First initiative. "That was a tremendous day," Trump said. "Hundreds of billions of dollars …

Andrew Korybko (2018-06-30). The Battle of the Three Seas. Geopolitics of Central and Eastern Europe, US-Russia Confrontation. globalresearch.ca The vast expanse of Central and Eastern Europe stretching between the Adriatic, Baltic, and Black Seas has turned into a massive zone of serious competition for the US and Russia. | The "Intermarium" | Most observers missed it, but one of the …

Paul Rosenberg, Salon (2018-06-30). Accused Annapolis Mass Shooter Left a Trail of Evidence That Ties Him to the Alt-Right. alternet.org There's little doubt he was influenced and shaped by some of the darkest forces in our society. | When the identity of the apparent gunman in the massacre of five journalists in Annapolis, Maryland, was revealed, area resident John Hutson, a retired Navy admiral who is now a prominent consultant and writer, had a shock of recognition. The suspect, Jarrod Ramos, had contacted Hutson in March 2015, taunting him about his role in alerting law enforcement and thwarting a potential mass killer who threatened schoolchildren and Jews in far-away Montana. That first individual in Montana, David Lenio, overflowed with hyperbolic threats, and Hutson's efforts to stop him succeeded, as I reported at Salon, just after it happened. Ramos was more cryptic less overtly demonstrative—but in the end, far more deadlier. Both were somewhat enigmatic, angry loners, with an unmistakable affinity for. . .

Colin Todhunter (2018-06-30). GM Crops in India: Approval by Contamination? asia-pacificresearch.com

Philip A Farruggio (2018-06-30). Hijacking My Flag! "Save our Nation from Fiscal and Moral Bankruptcy" globalresearch.ca Well, as a baby boomer who has seen lots of instances of the empire using MY flag as their own private property, this newest one 'takes the cake'. I mean, my generation went through the whole 'America, love it or …

Robert Epstein (2018-06-30). The New Mind Control. "Subliminal Stimulation", Controlling People without Their Knowledge. globalresearch.ca The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do…

Robin Eileen Bernstein, Salon (2018-06-30). The Naked Truth About Nude Art Modeling. alternet.org "Have you ever been intrigued by what it's like to be a nude art model? " the email from my school asked | Over the years I've scrutinized, squinted at and visually dissected every inch of easily more than 100 naked humans. That's because my passion is figure drawing, so I rack up a lot of hours staring at unclothed adults. Yet these men and women — old and young, all shapes, sizes and ethnicities — whose bodies are exposed from every angle, whose nude images grace my walls, remain unknown to me. I rarely know their names. Who are these people who bare all to a room full of strangers? How does it feel to pose under unforgiving lights as students mentally measure the distance from your clavicle to pubis? I often wonder what it takes to do a job most know little. . .

Eric Zuesse (2018-06-30). How the Military Industrial Complex Controls America. globalresearch.ca Unlike corporations that sell to consumers, Lockheed Martin and the other top contractors to the U.S. Government are highly if not totally dependent upon sales to governments, for their profits, especially sales to their own government, which they control — …

Brett Barrouquere (2018-06-30). Rain trumps racism as League of the South stays indoors at national conference. splcenter.org Members of the racist group, League of the South, gathered to meet and make their views known publicly, but heavy rain kept them indoors and away from the limelight.

Peter Symonds (2018-06-30). US Sanctions Against Iran Aimed at Regime Change. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration further spelled out this week the draconian sanctions it intends to enforce on Iran. A senior State Department official told the media the US would take measures against any country that failed to reduce its oil imports …

Anton Woronczuk (2018-06-30). Planned Parenthood's Union Busting Could Have a Chilling Effect for Workers Everywhere. truthout.org When Ashley Brink accepted a job at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in April 2016, she knew it would mean taking a $3 an hour pay cut. It also entailed relocating from Wichita, Kansas, among the cheapest U.S. cities to live in, to Denver, one of the most expensive. | But Brink was passionate about Planned Parenthood's mission. In 2013, she'd helped reopen Wichita's sole abortion clinic, closed four years earlier following the murder of its doctor, George Tiller. After three years of working as the funding and patient coordinator for the small clinic—a job she says included everything from checking in patients to helping them secure funding to travel to Wichita for abortions—she was "ready for a new adventure" with an organization she admired. | As a traveling health center assistant for PPRM, Brink works at multiple clinics across…

Sheldon Richman (2018-06-30). Why Palestine Matters. globalresearch.ca Why does Palestine matter? It's a question I ask myself nearly every day. Another way to put it is, "Is the devotion of major attention to the plight of the Palestinians an obsession worthy of suspicion or an appropriate response …

Anton Woronczuk (2018-06-30). Unions Have Been Down Before, History Shows How They Can Come Back. truthout.org The Janus decision by the US Supreme Court on Wednesday was another blow to the labor movement. It creates a financial incentive for public sector union members to leave the union while continuing their job. | Ever since the beginning of the 1980s clamp-down on the US left, signaled by President Ronald Reagan's firing of the air traffic controllers to end their strike, the labor movement has been besieged by what billionaire Warren Buffett described in the New York Times as a class war started by his class. It's not the first time this has happened in U.S. history. | Labor organized strongly and successfully in the period before World War I, so much so that the 1 percent led a fierce push-back in the 1920s that substantially lowered union membership. While touring for my book "Viking Economics" last year, some people told…

Jacob G. Hornberger (2018-06-30). The Supreme Court's Deference to the Pentagon. globalresearch.ca Imagine a county sheriff that took a suspected drug-law violator into custody more than 10 years ago. Since then, the man has been held in jail without being accorded a trial. The district attorney and the sheriff promise to give …

Michael Moore, Raw Story (2018-06-30). 'Fascism Is at the Door Step': Michael Moore Asks Bill Maher If People Are Ready to Die to Protect Democracy from Trump. alternet.org Moore laid out what he sees as the best way to fight Donald Trump—all out war and mass resistance to counter Republicans who will stop at nothing to control the majority of Americans. | Bill Maher has long been warning that Donald Trump is instituting a slow-moving coup to undermine American democracy. He found a likeminded guest in Michael Moore, who appeared on HBO'sReal Time on Friday night. Moore laid out what he sees as the best way to fight Donald Trump—all out war and mass resistance to counter Republicans who will stop at nothing to control the majority of Americans. "They are relentless, they are motherf*ckers to the core," he said. "This is the beauty and the genius of Trump and why you have to step back for a second and admire him the way Patton admired Rommel. When Trump says he's going to. . .

MintPress News Desk (2018-06-30). Watch | Saudi Arabia Bombs Residential Neighborhood in Yemen Killing Entire Family. mintpressnews.com SANA'A, YEMEN — Saudi Arabia's war against Yemen is being described as a deliberate war against women and children. Just this Monday, a U.S.-backed Saudi-coalition bombing campaign targeted a residential neighborhood in Amran in northern Yemen, killing 15 civilians and injuring 9, most of whom were women and children. Eight of those killed belonged to […] | Saudi Arabia Bombs Residential Neighborhood in Yemen Killing Entire Family appeared first on MintPress News.

Emma Fiala (2018-06-30). American Jews Ditch Israeli Birthright Trip to Join Anti-Occupation Hebron Tour. mintpressnews.com Activists working on IfNotNow's Not Just a Free Trip campaign have been gathering in airports in the U.S. to engage with Jewish youth before they leave on their Birthright trips. Activists are encouraging participants to question their tour guides about Israel's occupation of Palestine.

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2018-06-30). The Arctic Climate Tipping Points: Methane and the Future of the Biosphere. globalresearch.ca Arctic ice breakdown | As extreme temperatures, the rate of sea ice melt, the collapse of Greenland glaciers, the thawing of Siberian and Canadian permafrost and increased evaporation in the Arctic drive cold snow storms into Europe and North America, and …

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-06-30). Danny Glover: The Real News Is Yours. Engage It. therealnews.com Watch Danny Glover's heartwarming endorsement of The Real News and make a contribution toward our summer fundraiser.

RT (2018-06-30). US woman attacks black teen at swimming pool, bites cop during arrest (VIDEO). rt.com For most people, going to the swimming pool is a relaxing way to pass a sunny afternoon, but things didn't go that way for a South Carolina woman who ended up assaulting a teenager and biting a police officer.

Debbie Nathan (2018-06-30). Confusion Reigns at a Texas Courthouse as New Questions Emerge Over Reunification of Migrant Families. theintercept.com Protesters move on the courthouse, the government uses verbal sleight of hand, and a father is prosecuted despite Trump's order banning family separation.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-30). Iraqi Authorities Finally Allow Group of Families to Return Home to Anbar. hrw.org Residents of Shahama camp speak with relatives through the camp fence. | | | © 2017 Sami Hilali | Four years after being forced to flee their battle-scarred town, the families of al-Baghdadi are finally home. | Authorities have allowed a group of families back into al-Baghdadi, a town in Anbar governorate 180 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, according to a sheikh representing the families. | The families fled the town in August 2014 after anti-ISIS forces began fighting ISIS fighters in the town with airstrikes and ground-fired munitions. Iraqi security forces retook al-Baghdadi in February 2015. Since then, despite being relatively stable, Iraqi security forces wouldn't allow anyone to return home. The families lived in camps for displaced people in Anbar. | Three individuals from the group of families told Human Rights Watch that…

RT (2018-06-30). Donald Trump answers prank call aboard Air Force One. rt.com A US comedian says the Secret Service paid him a visit after he tricked President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One with a prank call in which he pretended to be a Democratic senator.

Lee Fang (2018-06-30). Right-Wing, Business-Funded Groups Are Preparing to Use the Janus Decision to Bleed Unions, Internal Documents Show. theintercept.com The right-wing network claims its plan to starve public sector unions is about workers' right, but it has not been shy about its political aims.

RT (2018-06-30). Rescue crews spend over 30 hours saving deaf puppy in Alabama (VIDEOS). rt.com A team of firefighters, cave rescuers and plumbers spent 31 hours struggling to save a seven-month-old deaf puppy in Huntsville, Alabama.

RT (2018-06-30). 'This bigoted fool should get ZERO votes': Ted Cruz backs Democrat over Nazi GOP in Illinois. rt.com Ted Cruz may have urged voters to choose a Democratic candidate instead of a self-confessed Nazi running for a congressional seat in Illinois, but the internet is giving him very little credit for speaking out.

RT (2018-06-30). Put your junk away! Professor halts penis-measurement study over 'public reaction' to pic request. rt.com A US academic who appealed to the public for penis pictures has canceled her research, which has been "compromised" by "public reaction." She failed to elaborate on what was likely a barrage of lewd pictures sent to her inbox.

RT (2018-06-30). Shhh… Nasa's supersonic silent aircraft gets name reflecting long QueSST to make it. rt.com After decades in the making, NASA' s silent supersonic aircraft seems to have reached the stage it deserved a name. The plane is designed to travel over cities faster than the speed of sound and as quietly as a mouse.

Briahna Gray (2018-06-30). There's an Easy Answer to Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won: Socialism. theintercept.com It seems no one can stop talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old former bartender who ousted 10-time incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley from his seat in New York's 14th Congressional District last Tuesday. | But some people should. | As I've written before, each electoral contest between now and 2020 will be scrutinized for its predictive value, parsed for insights into how to beat Trump. But some of the insights from the prognosticators who ignored the Ocasio-Cortez campaign until she won are, well, not very insightful. | Myriad horse-race callers seem hell-bent on divorcing Ocasio-Cortez's core ideology from any causal analysis of her win, with no discernible motive other than preserving the party's failing strategies, and the strategists paid to enact them, for another election cycle. Others downplay the radical nature of her policy platform by claiming her leftism for the center, and…

RT (2018-06-30). Blunderful Giuliani says US wants to change regime in Iran. rt.com Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has once again risked the wrath of the US State Department, by suggesting that the president's decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran is aimed at bringing about regime change.

RT (2018-06-30). 'Time to go': Veteran US ambassador to Estonia resigns over Trump's EU & NATO rants. rt.com Donald Trump's careless statements and clumsy transatlantic policies have reportedly forced the US ambassador to Estonia to retire from his post, saying these values are no longer compatible with "his DNA."

RT (2018-06-30). Man tries to bribe immigration officer with thousands of dollars to deport wife. rt.com A 48-year-old man from Portland has been charged with three counts of bribing a public official after attempting to pay a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer to deport his estranged wife and her daughter.

RT (2018-06-30). #FamiliesBelongTogether: Nationwide protests over immigrant separations, detentions (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Hundreds of thousands of people are hitting the streets of US cities to demand that President Donald Trump reunite families separated at the Mexico border, end family detentions and abolish his 'zero-tolerance' policy. |

Stanley L. Cohen (2018-06-29). The Peace Deal That is All Israel. counterpunch.org Jared Kushner has been a regular visitor to Israel since his childhood. As a 16-year-old, he and thousands of other Jewish teenagers were led on a tour of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Benjamin Netanyahu, himself, waving Israeli flags along the way. At the end, they flew to Israel as part of their "Zionist rebirth." | The Kushners consider Netanyahu part of the family, and it is often told of how the future Prime Minister was, during Jared's boyhood, a frequent overnight guest in the Kushner New Jersey home and even slept in his room. More

Middle East Monitor (2018-06-29). New Report Looks at Israeli Arms Trade, Gaza Crackdown. mintpressnews.com A new report by Israeli activists on the technology and weapons deployed by the Israeli army in repressing the Palestinian "Great March of Return" protests charges that the Gaza Strip is seen as a "a lab and a showroom" for the country's arms manufacturers. | The report was produced by Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) and the organisation's Hamushim project, which "works to expose the true human price of the Israeli military industry and arms trade, as well as to mobilise actions against it". | According to CWP: | Israeli military operations in Gaza in the past decade have been especially profitable for the country's military industries." | "Both private companies and the Israeli government alike use Gaza as an opportunity to test new weapons, technologies and methods to be marketed based on their new operational success." | The report…

Al Neal (2018-06-29). Medicare for All: Twin Cities conference strategizes how to get it. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS—"We have never seen so much support for universal healthcare like we do now!" That was the message delivered as several hundred healthcare activists—representing organized labor, workers' centers', non-profits, and health organizations—gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Twin Cities Single-Payer Strategy Conference from June 22-24. Spearheaded by Healthcare Now and Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare, […]…

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

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-06-29). Steele Dossier Says Information Went Both Ways Between Trump and Russia. alternet.org The information flow wasn't only to the president's campaign. | The Associated Press has compiled a list of the information provided in the list of memos authored by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, and compared it with what has been revealed through court filings and public statements. And while the AP finds what they believe to be "snippets of fiction" in the pages, they also find that a great deal of what Steele produced is proving to have a basis in fact. What has turned out to be true is the primary narrative thread that runs through all the memos — The Russian government set up an "elaborate operation" to damage Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election through social media, propaganda, and by stealing Democratic information and providing it to Trump. And the Russian government sought to aid Donald Trump,. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-29). North Korea Reportedly Duped Trump as It Ramps Up Production of Nuclear Fuel: 'They Are Trying to Deceive the U.S.'. alternet.org Trump has said, "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. " | Despite President Donald Trump's confident declaration after meeting with leader Kim Jong-un that North Korea's nuclear threat has passed, NBC News reported Friday that multiple intelligence community officials believe the rogue regime is, in fact, ramping up its production of nuclear fuel. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea," Trump said after the Singapore summit. "Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future! "Even this unrealistic assessment was quickly countered by his own declaration that, in fact, North Korea remains a nuclear threat. But now NBC News finds that not only does the country's standing nuclear arsenal remain, "North Korea was stepping up its production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons" even while the. . .

Whitney Webb (2018-06-29). How the SCOTUS "Muslim Ban Ruling" Gives the President a Blank Check to Detain American Citizens. mintpressnews.com Mint Press speaks with legal expert and law professor Ryan Alford, who warns that hidden within the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Trump administration's "Muslim travel ban" is a massive power giveaway to the executive branch that allows any president to order the mass detention of American citizens without worrying about a challenge from the courts.

Missy Comley Beattie (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

Steve Martinot (2018-06-29). No Country for Old Women. counterpunch.org Two homeless people died in Berkeley during the month of June, 2018. Marcia Poole wrote an essay in the Berkeley Planet (6/15/18) on Ani, an 80 year old Buddhist nun who's been homeless for the last five years. She's sick, and in a wheel chair, and living in a tent. That is, until she got More

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-06-29). Dimitri Lascaris Reporting From the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. therealnews.com A candidate of Sweden's feminist party and one of the flotilla's captains talk about their participation in the effort to break the Gaza blockade

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

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

Ramzy Baroud (2018-06-29). Did Israel Inspire Trump's Family Separation Policy? counterpunch.org This past May, the United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced the government's 'zero tolerance' policy at US border crossings. It was a matter of weeks before the new policy began yielding tragic outcomes. Those attempting to unlawfully cross into the US were subject to federal criminal prosecution, while their children were taken away by federal authorities, More

David Yearsley (2018-06-29). Who's the Bigger Threat to Russia: NATO or Coke? counterpunch.org The blue-white-and-red homeland has been invaded. But the patriots fight back with resolve and smarts. They will not be subdued. The scenario is not that of the hoary American Cold War nightmare recently revived, but of Mother Russia, tricolor banners waving, currently being invaded by a red menace far bigger than communism ever was. I 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

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

Joseph Essertier (2018-06-29). Americans Can Learn From Korean "Plaza Democracy" counterpunch.org "Broadly speaking, the candlelight protest movement had two goals. The first goal was to restore social justice by punishing wrong-doers under the previous Park and Lee administrations. The second goal was to implement equitable policies and measures that could ensure a level playing field for the haves and the have-nots." — Mi Park, South Korea's More

Gary Leupp (2018-06-29). "Trade Wars are Good" counterpunch.org "When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win." — Donald J. Trump As I understand it, trade wars mainly affect the leading competing exporter nations. In 2017 China was the world's leading exporter, as it More

Jake Johnson (2018-06-29). Watch Federal Agents Interrupt CBS Interview With ICE Whistleblower. mintpressnews.com "This is why people won't come out and speak against the government," said James Schwab, a former ICE spokesman who quit after refusing to spread the Trump administration's lies

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