2018-07-02: News Headlines

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-02). Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Wins Mexican Presidential Election. therealnews.com The current voting tendency according to Mexico's National Electoral Institute (INE) is toward a victory of leftist presidential candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, with early results of 53.8% of the vote. With participation rates at 62.9%, Ricardo Anaya came in second with 22.1% to 22.8% of the vote.

Rob Seimetz (2018-07-02). From Occupation to Community: the Lessons From OccupyICE Portland. counterpunch.org I remember visiting the the OccupyICEPDX encampment during its first week in Portland, Oregon in which activists successfully shut down the local I.C.E. Facility. I was able to have conversations with several activists and assist in carrying heavy items around the camp. The activists told me what made this occupation so successful was once they More

Kathleen Wallace (2018-07-02). $88,00 for Your Thoughts. counterpunch.org $88,000. This is how much Jeff Bezos has to spend to be equivalent to the average person's $1. He is of course, the richest man in the world right now. If you're like most Americans you've probably got your kid ordering slime on Amazon Prime as we speak. Just think if we had progressive vending More

Kshama Sawant (2018-07-02). After the Amazon Tax Betrayal. counterpunch.org In the wake of the Democratic Party's shameful betrayal over Seattle's Amazon Tax – a tax on big business to fund affordable housing – housing costs continue to soar off the charts with no solution in sight. Nearly half of the city's renters are now officially "rent burdened," while one fifth spend more than half their income on housing. More

Michael Dickinson (2018-07-02). Prince William's Trip to Israel. counterpunch.org In spite of British Foreign Office policy that "the Royal Family should not make official visits to Israel due to its historic and grave violations of human rights, international law and UN resolutions," Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, made just such an official visit last week — the first royal to do so since the More

Gary Leupp (2018-07-02). Fear and Trembling about the Trump-Putin Summit. counterpunch.org Why does the announcement of a Trump-Putin summit occasion such fear and trembling, such weeping and gnashing of teeth? ("Hold on to your Alaska," glares MNBC's Rachel Maddow, intimating that Trump might give it back in Helsinki.) For the same reason the Trump-Kim summit has met with disdain, if not alarm. (Isn't North Korea a More

Graham Peebles (2018-07-02). Diet, Ignorance and the Environmental Catastrophe. counterpunch.org Climate Change sounds vast and impersonal, but it's really a very personal matter; a global crisis caused by the individual actions humanity has collectively taken. All too often such actions proceed from a position of ignorance selfishness and habit, and are undertaken with little or no understanding of the effects on the natural environment. The More

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-02). Laura Flanders Show: Bodies, Borders, Resistance, Rebirth — Arundhati Roy. therealnews.com India in the throes of a fascism that echoes what we have in America. The country is undergoing a political upheaval with PM Modi at its front, and fueled by increased violence towards Muslims, queers, Dalits, women, and more. Our returning guest, Arundhati Roy, covers this vast breadth of ground in her second novel in…

Bill Glahn (2018-07-02). 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

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-02). Voices from the Families Belong Together March in DC. therealnews.com Tens of thousands of DC protestors called for an overhaul of immigration policy in the US and said that allowing families to stay together in detention centers is not enough

Ted Rall (2018-07-02). Bipartisan Blame for the Mess at the US-Mexico Border Inbox x. counterpunch.org Those who forget history are doomed to repeat its mistakes blah blah blah, someone said —Americans don't even pay attention to the news, so how the heck are they supposed to remember it after it becomes history? So we keep making the same mistakes over and over. In foreign policy the biggest mistake the United More

Thomas Knapp (2018-07-02). 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

Patrick Bobilin (2018-07-02). The Ocasio Effect: a New Yorker's Perspective. counterpunch.org Politically, I'm a nobody or at worst a pebble in the wingtip of a few people in Manhattan's political establishment. Socially, I'm someone who's been in a lot of rooms you and my closest friends haven't been in, been offered shady weird deals, and have come to know that, in politics, friends and enemies are More

Ken Hinman (2018-07-02). Fish Out of Water. counterpunch.org More>

Chris Floyd (2018-07-02). Decision Time for 'Democracy': Who Will Be Our Next Unelected Arbiter-for-Life? counterpunch.org Many say the resignation of Justice Kennedy represents a 'threat to democracy' because Trump will no doubt appoint someone keen to serve his authoritarian bent. But a democracy that can be threatened or even "destroyed" by the resignation of one unelected official (with a lifelong term) and the appointment of another unelected official (with a lifelong term) by an 'elected' official who didn't even receive the majority of votes is a strange kind of democracy, isn't it? More

Jared Porter (2018-07-02). 143 Million Climate Refugees by 2050. therealnews.com A World Bank report: Groundswell, warns of the worsening impact of climate change in three regions of the world. It could lead to a tremendous humanitarian crisis says Kanta Kumari Rigaud, the lead author of the study

Colin Todhunter (2018-07-02). GM Crops in India: Approval by Contamination? counterpunch.org The regulatory system for GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in India is in tatters. So said the Coalition for a GMFree India (CGMFI) in 2017 after media reports about the illegal cultivation of GM soybean in the country. In India, five high-level reports have already advised against the adoption of GM crops: The 'Jairam Ramesh Report', imposing an indefinite moratorium on Bt More

Walter Clemens (2018-07-02). Jon Stewart to the President. counterpunch.org "Hello, Donald! It's me, the guy you made sure everyone knew was Jewish on Twitter," Jon Stewart said as he took his seat on Stephen Colbert's Late Show on June 28. "I know you're upset about all the criticism you've been taking in the 'fake news' and the 'fake' late-night shows. It's just, we're all More

Zaid Jilani (2018-07-02). Data Suggest That Gentrifying Neighborhoods Powered Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Victory. theintercept.com When canvassers for the campaign of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reconvened in the Bronx last Tuesday evening, they swapped stories about what they'd seen. With no exit polling, anecdotes were all they had — but they were adding up to something that warranted optimism. | The volunteers had fanned out across the district, focusing particularly on areas in Queens and the Bronx where an influx of young people was changing the character, complexion and politics of the neighborhoods. Whether the volunteer had been in Astoria, Sunnyside, or Woodside, all gentrifying neighborhoods in Queens that the campaign targeted heavily, he or she shared the same story: Turnout seemed higher than usual, and the people turning out were young, they were diverse, and they were pumped for Ocasio-Cortez. | Many of the voters looked to the canvassers like stereotypical Bernie supporters — young people who might have…

RT (2018-07-02). 'EU is possibly as bad as China': Trump attacks partners in new 'unfair trade' rant. rt.com Trading with the EU is almost as bad and unfair as trading with China, President Trump told Fox News, noting how Washington pays a fortune "protecting" its little European partners, and they reciprocate by doing "terrible" things.

RT (2018-07-02). 'Qualification flight': Pentagon test-drops upgraded nuke from B-2 stealth bomber over Nevada. rt.com The US Air Force has tested the B61-12 nuclear bomb by dropping a dud from a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber over Nevada, as part of an ambitious project to extend the service life of the bomb, introduced in 1968, by another 20 years.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-07-01). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Fires Back at Newsmax Host Publishing False Info About Her Background: 'How Scared You Are'. alternet.org "Your attempt to strip me of my family, my story, my home, and my identity is exemplary," she wrote. | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional candidate in New York's 14th district, on Sunday fired back at Newsmax host John Cardillo for implying she was obfuscating her background—and falsely claiming she attended and Ivy League university. "Cardillo posted a tweet on Sunday that claimed Ocasio-Cortez's childhood was "a far cry from the Bronx hood upbringing she's selling," along with a photo of a Yorktown Heights home. "This is the Yorktown Heights (very nice area) home @Ocasio2018 grew up in before going off to Ivy League Brown University," Cardillo wrote. @Ocasio2018 grew up in before going off to Ivy League Brown University. | A far cry from the Bronx hood upbringing she's selling. pic. twitter. com/xyOtZzVJII— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 1, 2018"Hey John," Ocasio-Cortez replied. "I didn't. . .

Alec MacGillis, ProPublica (2018-07-01). Here's How Mitch McConnell Made Donald Trump. alternet.org The president owes both his election and his long-term impact to the Senate Majority Leader. | There is an unusual space in the basement of the University of Louisville library, in the large anteroom to the official archives for Sen. Mitch McConnell. The space is called the Civic Education Gallery, but it is, essentially, a kind of shrine to the political career of McConnell, not unlike the exhibits on Babe Ruth or Hank Aaron you'd find at the Baseball Hall of Fame. The mere fact of the shrine is curious enough, given that it memorializes a politician who shows no sign of leaving the stage any time soon. What's most unusual, though, is what it chooses to highlight. There are a few artifacts from McConnell's youth — his baseball glove, his honorary fraternity paddle — but most of the exhibits are devoted to. . .

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…

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.

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 that Hersh embodies has passed.

Chris Hedges (2018-07-01). America the Failed State. truthdig.com The Canadian philosopher and writer John Ralston Saul says the U.S. government is undergoing a "corporate coup d'état in slow motion" and that the coup, which includes the Trump election, could put the nation on the path to being a failed state.

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 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. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-01). CEPR's Mexican Elections Live Blog. therealnews.com CEPR's live blog on Mexico's July 1st 2018 national elections. Throughout the day, CEPR staff will be bringing you on-the-ground reports from international observers deployed in different parts of the country, as well as sharing updates from Mexican and international media outlets, and from social media sources with a record for reliable and accurate information….

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 …

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…

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon (2018-07-01). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Win Shocks Leaders in the Democratic Party: Will They Learn the Lesson? alternet.org A 28-year-old Latina socialist bested a 20-year incumbent. Does the Democratic party even see the problem? | A few weeks ago I wrote an article here about what I had learned by moving to the Bronx. A decision I made for personal and self-interested reasons turned into a valuable education. My vibrant and harmonious neighborhood east of the Bronx Zoo is by far the most diverse place I've ever lived, and defies every possible Donald Trump-style stereotype about the effects of immigration and what life is like in the places where immigrants live. This week the education got more serious. What I had no way of knowing, since nobody else did either, was that this oft-neglected corner of New York City — where recent arrivals from Latin America, the Caribbean, South Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East all live in close. . .

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 …

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.

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 …

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…

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

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…

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). GOP Senator Wouldn't Back a Court Nominee Hostile to Roe v. Wade. truthdig.com Susan Collins of Maine, a key vote on President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, says that such a nominee "would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda."

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 …

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. . .

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 …

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. . .

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,. . .

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

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 […]…

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. . .

Staff (2018-07-01). Border Patrol Arrests Drop Sharply in June. truthdig.com The decline could reflect seasonal trends or it could signal that President Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy to criminally prosecute every adult who enters the country illegally is having a deterrent effect.

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…

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.

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.

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). 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…

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. . .

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

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…

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 …

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

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 …

Staff (2018-07-01). 6 Children Among 9 Injured in Idaho Mass Stabbing. truthdig.com The violence occurs at an apartment complex that houses many resettled refugee families and where the arrested suspect—not a refugee—temporarily lived, Boise police say.

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-01). Myanmar: Free Reuters Journalists, Drop Case. hrw.org Detained journalist Kyaw Soe Oo carries his daughter while escorted by police during a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar, June 18, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (New York) — Myanmar authorities should release two Reuters journalists detained for investigating a military massacre of Rohingya Muslims and drop the case against them, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 2, 2018, a Yangon court will hear final arguments on whether to charge Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, under the 1923 Official Secrets Act, which carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years. | The journalists were detained on December 12, 2017, after being invited by police officials to meet at a restaurant in Yangon, where they were handed rolled up papers allegedly linked to security force operations in northern Rakhine…

RT (2018-07-01). 'We suck as neighbors': Americans take to Twitter on Canada Day to apologize for Trump. rt.com Canada Day has nothing to do with the US, but that hasn't stopped the Twittersphere from using the holiday to insult Donald Trump, with some Americans even apologizing to their northern neighbors on behalf of their president. |

RT (2018-07-01). To 'deter war' or 'provide lethal force'? — Pentagon website 'confused' on its own goals. rt.com The mission statement on the Pentagon's website sends a mixed message about US military goals, as the old one aimed to "deter war," while the new one focuses on providing "lethal force" instead. And the two somehow coexist.

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). 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.

RT (2018-07-01). High crime: Georgia cops inadvertently find grow house with $1.2mn-worth of marijuana. rt.com Georgia deputies got a lucky break when they stumbled upon a massive, $1.2 million marijuana grow house, while making a house call on an unrelated matter in Cherokee County.

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.

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.?

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.

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-01). Indonesia: Anti-LGBT Crackdown Fuels Health Crisis. hrw.org Indonesian authorities are fueling an HIV epidemic through complicity in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The government's failure to halt arbitrary and unlawful raids by police and militant Islamists on private LGBT gatherings has effectively derailed public health outreach efforts to vulnerable populations. | Indonesian authorities are fueling an HIV epidemic through complicity in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The government's failure to halt arbitrary and unlawful raids by police and militant Islamists on private LGBT gatherings has effectively derailed public health outreach efforts to vulnerable populations. | The 70-page report, "' Scared in Public and Now No Privacy': Human Rights and Public Health Impacts of Indonesia's Anti-LGBT Moral Panic," documents how hateful rhetoric has translated into unlawful action by Indonesian authorities — sometimes in collaboration with militant Islamist groups —…

RT (2018-07-01). Clashes between right-wing & Antifa protesters declared riot by Portland cops (VIDEO). rt.com After right-wing Patriot Prayer marchers clashed with local anti-fascist protesters in a violent brawl in downtown Portland, Oregon, local police have declared a riot.

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 …

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

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.

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. . .

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…

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.

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 …

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 — …

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 …

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.

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…

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 …

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. . .

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

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 one family household named Ali Ahmed. Five of them were children aged 10 months old, 3 years old, 7 years old, 10 years old and 15 years old. | The injured were taken to the local Amran General Hospital. | The airstrikes also targeted a post office, a police station, and a telecommunications center, leveling them to rubble. | Local residents told MintPress that the search for victims among the rubble of homes in the targeted neighborhood is ongoing. | Despite the early morning bombing…

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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