(2018-07-03). Three Climatic Monsters with Asteroid Impact. counterpunch.org Three monster climatic events are currently shaping up to collide. It'll be like an asteroid collision. In that regard, this article, in two parts, explores real, already happening, indisputable climate change that is starting to take down ecosystems throughout the biosphere. It's happening now. For perspective on asteroids, the last one, 7 Ω miles wide, More
(2018-07-03). The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at 50 — Awaiting Good Faith. counterpunch.org 50 years ago on July 1, 1968 the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was signed. This landmark nuclear arms control treaty brought the world's nuclear powers together with the ultimate goal of eliminating nuclear weapons by engaging in good faith efforts toward that end. Unfortunately, there was no enforcement mechanism. The Treaty also had a "grand More
(2018-07-03). Five Lessons From the North Korea Nuclear Story. counterpunch.org The North Korea — USA nuclear crisis should teach us several lessons regarding nuclear weapons: 1. Nuclear weapons do not prevent nuclear proliferation. In 1970, the nuclear weapon states accepted the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, NPT. In this treaty, they agree to negotiate the complete disarmament of their own nuclear weapons. They have — equally completely — disregarded this More
(2018-07-03). A Baldwinite's Regret. counterpunch.org As much as this fruitful world has to offer there are special moments we will never experience. And though technology has done a fascinating job facilitating some of our disadvantages, it will always remain that way. The minds of silicone valley are steadfast but I doubt if they can come up with an App that neutralizes human defects — like vanity, More
(2018-07-03). Why Ocasio-Cortez's Platform is So Great. counterpunch.org Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' platform is dramatically better than many may realize. It tackles the greatest evil in existence in a way that no other big-2 congressional candidate's website does and which most do not even mention. And in doing so, it makes serious much of the rest of her socialist platform in a way that even More
(2018-07-03). Kushner's "Ultimate Deal" Would Strip Palestinians of Their Human Dignity. counterpunch.org Is there no humiliation left for the Palestinians? After Oslo, after the "two state solution", after the years of Israeli occupation — of "Area A" and "Area C" to define which kind of occupation the Palestinians must live under — after the vast Jewish colonisation of land thieved from its Arab owners, after the mass More
(2018-07-03). Corporate Supremes. counterpunch.org The retirement of Anthony Kennedy upstaged the latest round of Supreme Court decisions that took yet another blast at civil liberties, the rights of labor and the democratic form of government. No one who has followed the court could have been surprised by any of these actions. The Roberts court has never been a fan of More
(2018-07-03). Educating David Frum About the Trade Deficit. counterpunch.org You can make a very good living coming up with stories about how the U.S. trade deficit is a good thing. After all, the jobs that are lost are overwhelming the jobs of less educated workers. In addition, the fact that trade takes away the jobs of millions of less-educated workers puts downward pressure on More
(2018-07-03). Separation. counterpunch.org As the news coverage about children being separated at the border crescendoed, I had been watching news on MSNBC. Curious to see if there was any way to spin this horrendous situation, I switched to Fox to see if they could fight their way out of this paper bag. I saw a blonde woman- I More
(2018-07-03). Ecology: The Keystone Science. counterpunch.org More>
(2018-07-03). Valuing Life More than Borders. counterpunch.org "We are people who believe in the worth of every human being," Elizabeth Warren said the other day, and I wondered for a moment what life would be like if that were true. The more crucial question, however, is: How can we make it true? Warren had just returned from McAllen, Texas, where she visited an More
(2018-07-03). Heat Waves and Climate Change: Mass Media Fails to Make the Connection. therealnews.com The failure to link the increasing frequency and intensity of heat waves means that the general population remains relatively unaware of the urgency of climate change, says Jennifer Marlon of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
(2018-07-03). With Superdelegate Reform, is the Democratic Party Now Democratic? therealnews.com New Democratic Party rules scale back the influence of superdelegates in choosing the presidential nominee. But DNC Unity vice-chair Larry Cohen of Our Revolution says the party still has a long way to go towards real reform
(2018-07-03). "It's Impossible to Love Someone and Control Them at the Same Time": Misogyny, and Proper Acts of Love. counterpunch.org I want to introduce myself as an able-bodied 25-year-old woman, as half-Lebanese, a U.S. citizen, a graduate student, a trained anthropologist, etc. before asserting: it is markedly challenging being a woman. I have it good, or am fortunate, in that I have never been homeless, I have never struggled in abject poverty, I am not More
(2018-07-03). The Next Boat to Gaza. counterpunch.org From aboard the "Al-Awda" at the port in Amsterdam. Aboard the international solidarity boat Al-Awda, part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC), we are a more motley crew than the passengers aboard the Minnow in the old US TV series McHale's Navy: Among those who have joined us on one or more legs of the More
(2018-07-03). The Official Fake News. counterpunch.org Emmanuel Macron, who was comfortably elected to the presidency with the support of almost the entire French media, has demanded that his parliamentary majority provide him with a law against 'fake news' during election campaigns. Perhaps he's preparing for the next one. The draft legislation reveals both the blindness of those who govern when challenged and their More
(2018-07-03). We Pissed Il Duce Off. counterpunch.org The President called me, and hundreds of thousands like me, a member of the "radical left." Finally, I have something about which to thank the nincompoop-in-chief. He was playing golf in New Jersey while we rallied for immigrants and immigrant families all over the U.S., and all that the racist of the green fairways could More
(2018-07-03). 30 Years in Prison for a Crime He Didn't Commit. therealnews.com The exoneration of Jerome Johnson for a 1988 murder conviction reveals again how Baltimore's criminal justice system takes a heavy toll on African-American residents
(2018-07-03). US: Undocumented Crime Fighters Deserve Protection. hrw.org Alan "Superman" Gonzalez welding, June 5, 2018. | ©2018 Human Rights Watch | (New York) — Undocumented immigrants brave enough to come forward to report crime, need to know they can safely approach police without fear of deportation, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Congress should preserve and expand provisions in the Violence Against Women Act that allow courageous undocumented immigrants to safely report crime. | The U visa, created with strong bi-partisan support as part of the 2000 Violence Against Women Act, creates a path for crime victims who cooperate in investigations of serious crimes to apply for legal status in the US. The program is up for renewal this year. | Based on interviews with law enforcement in five states, immigration lawyers and crime victims, the 43-page report, "
(2018-07-03). Senators 'dismayed' as new report reveals Pentagon overestimated F-35 savings by $600 million. rt.com A Senate committee has slammed the Pentagon's beleaguered F-35 fighter jet program, for claiming that a $661mn spend on bulk-buying parts would help it save some $1.2 billion. The real amount is half that, it has been revealed.
(2018-07-03). US: Renew 'Temporary Protection' for Yemenis. hrw.org Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck three apartment buildings in Faj Attan, a densely populated neighborhood in Sanaa, on August 25, 2017. Two of the buildings were completely destroyed and the third suffered extensive damage. | © 2017 Mohammed al-Mekhlafi | (Washington, DC) — The United States government should renew its grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Yemenis living in the US, Human Rights Watch said today. Anyone forcibly returned to Yemen faces serious risks to their personal safety from the ongoing armed conflict and laws of war violations by the warring parties. | The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to announce a decision on July 5, 2018, about whether to extend existing Temporary Protected Status for Yemenis. Since the department's last decision to continue the program for Yemenis in…
(2018-07-03). 'Low point in US patriotism:' Number of 'extremely proud' Americans slips below 50% for first time. rt.com With politics and society increasingly divided, only 47 percent of US citizens polled say they're "extremely proud" to be Americans, the lowest number ever. The number of Republicans with this extreme pride is at a five-year high.
(2018-07-03). Bear crashes California hot tub, sips margarita, naps (VIDEO). rt.com A bear who invaded a California back yard splashed about in a hot tub, sipped on the host's hastily abandoned margarita and even took a nap in one of the garden trees, before evading police and animal control services.
(2018-07-03). 'Not a punching bag': Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen says he will put family & country before POTUS. rt.com The disgraced former lawyer to US President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, has indicated he will trade the remains of his loyalty to Trump for his family and country's interests, pledging full cooperation with the Russia probe.
(2018-07-03). Europe is Losing its Moral Compass in the Mediterranean. hrw.org Migrants are seen onboard the charity ship Lifeline at Boiler Wharf in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta June 27, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | As an American living in Italy, I feel almost choked by despair. The country of my parents ripped young children from their parents and put them in cages. The country of my children is condemning people to drown in the Mediterranean. | Over 200 people have drowned or gone missing off the Libyan coast in the last three days, including young babies, bringing the death toll so far this year to over 1,000. | The new Italian government closed its ports to rescue boats in June. After years of laudable efforts to save lives in the Central Mediterranean, the Italian state-run Maritime Rescue Coordination Center is denying any…
(2018-07-02). Ongoing Bombardment of Hodeida Belies UAE Claim of Ceasefire. mintpressnews.com Amid mounting losses, international pressure and a departure of Malaysian troops from the conflict, the UAE announced a ceasefire on Sunday to allow UN-brokered peace talks in Yemen, by Monday they were carrying out fresh airstrikes.
(2018-07-02). CODEPINK Co-Director Ariel Gold Denied Entry and Deported by Israel for Her Pro-BDS Stance. mintpressnews.com "The goal of denying me and others entry is to obstruct our relationships with Palestinians on the ground, and with their peaceful movement for freedom and equal rights. As a result, Israel is increasingly isolating itself as a pariah state." – Ariel Gold
(2018-07-02). 'Trump Got Played': Foreign Policy Expert Explains How the 'Fatally Naive' North Korea Summit Could Lead to War. alternet.org Trump's fans in Congress said he should get a Nobel Peace Prize for a photo-op with a dictator. | Do they give out Nobel Peace Prizes for being effortlessly hoodwinked by a murderous dictator? If so, that's the only way President Donald Trump will win the award he clearly covets — whatever his devotees in Congress may think. But while it's long been clear that Trump was overselling the success of his summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un — which succeeded in securing only a vague agreement from the dictatorial regime even as the U. S. conceded to suspending its military exercises in the region — foreign policy expert Brian Klaas argued Monday in a Washington Post column that the meeting may have actually brought us closer to war. How is this possible, when Trump sold the summit as the key. . .
(2018-07-02). Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Wins Mexican Presidential Election. therealnews.com Exclusive for TRNN by Tamara Pearson | 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. | Lopez Obrador will be the first non PRI or PAN (Institutional Revolutionary Party and National Action Party — both conservative ) president in almost a century. His party supports "zero tolerance" of security force corruption, a law against conflict of interest, an "accelerated" transition over to renewable energy, and a return to peace in the streets and homes. | The presidential tendency figures are based on a quick vote of a random selection of just 7,787 booths out of 157,000. Official rsults are…
(2018-07-02). As the North Korean Deal Crumbles, Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Looks Worse Than Ever. truthout.org Upon returning from his summit meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, President Trump triumphantly told the world: | June 13, 2018 | He was very excited about his "agreement" and couldn't stop praising Kim for weeks afterward, apparently convinced by his braying sycophants that he was a shoo-in for the Nobel Peace Prize. It was obvious that he had offered up the cancellation of American military exercises without consulting anyone (which we later found out was on the advice of Vladimir Putin) and had gotten nothing but vague, empty promises in return. | But I think even the most cynical among us assumed Trump had probably bought some time with his pomp and pageantry if nothing else. Surely, there would at least be a short pause, with North Korea giving some space to the South Koreans and the Chinese to ratchet down…
(2018-07-02). The NSC's Newest Member Set to Aid Bolton's Efforts to Derail Korea Peace Talks. mintpressnews.com Anthony Ruggiero's hire seems to indicate that Bolton is seeking to stock the NSC with North Korea hawks to continue his long-standing efforts to derail any effort aimed at resolving hostilities on the Korean peninsula peacefully.
(2018-07-02). How the Religious Right Indoctrinates Its Followers With a False Version of History. alternet.org The American founding fathers lived in a world that was very different from our own. | A week ago Sunday, June 24, 2018, First Baptist Church of Dallas held its annual "Freedom Sunday. " The church website described the special service this way: "Celebrate our freedom as Americans and our freedom in Christ with patriotic worship and a special message from Dr. Robert Jeffress, "America is a Christian Nation. "Not everyone in Dallas was happy about it. Robert Wilonsky, an opinion writer at the Dallas Morning News, wrote that Jeffress and the First Baptist Church were "divisive" for claiming that America was a Christian nation. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings agreed. Atheists protested. Eventually, the billboard company contracting with the church removed signs advertising Freedom Sunday. This, of course, did not stop the service from going forward. The people of First Baptist Church spent. . .
(2018-07-02). Denmark Imposes New Restrictions on Immigrants. truthdig.com Residents in largely immigrant neighborhoods must send their children to Christian and Danish values classes or risk losing welfare benefits in the latest in a string of right-wing policies across Europe.
(2018-07-02). Critics Roast Fox News for Fawning Trump Interview: Bartiromo 'Rubberstamps Outrageous Lies Like a Lobotomized Zombie'. alternet.org The host didn't interview the president — she performed a script with him. | Criticism of Fox News as "state media" during the era of Donald Trump's presidency expanded after Fox News personality Maria Bartiromo continually praised the commander-in-chief during an "exclusive" interview. Below is a compilation of some of the best analysis of the interview: @MariaBartiromo has lost all credibility related to economics and financial markets. She has bought into the Trump regime and has lost ability to have critical thought, complex conversation and sound reasoning. — Jay Hova (@JHova_83) July 2, 2018 pic. twitter. com/LsIszugSGn— Wayne Breivogel (@onecallweb) July 2, 2018Bartiromo is a GOP, hard-right stooge. That was not an interview, that was a script. — Lady (@AjaJay45) July 2, 2018 @FoxNews is state TV. The sooner other media members acknowledge that & call it as such, the better. . .
(2018-07-02). Immigration Standoff in Germany Ends in a Deal. truthdig.com Chancellor Angela Merkel and her rebellious political allies head off a coalition government breakdown by agreeing to establish "transit centers" on Germany's border with Austria where asylum-seekers will be evaluated.
(2018-07-02). Saudi-Led Coalition Ministers of Information Meeting Probes Ways to Block Critical Coverage of Yemen War. mintpressnews.com Well-known Yemeni activist and journalist Rand Al-Adimi told MintPress that dozens of journalists and outlets have been blacklisted, adding that "the Saudi-led coalition blacklisted my name, adding it to a list of journalists who threaten their genocide."
(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
(2018-07-02). Venezuela: Arreaza Concludes Regional Unity Tour as Pence, US Promote Isolation. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuela's Caribbean tour is part of the country's effort to counter United States' attempts to isolate the South American nation further.
(2018-07-02). Trump Attorney Meets Exiled Iranian MEK, Promises Regime Change. mintpressnews.com Addressing a meeting of violent opposition group the People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) in Paris, U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said the United States would keep applying pressure on Iran's government until it collapses. | "We are now realistically being able to see an end to the regime in Iran," Giuliani told supporters of MEK, an organization that calls for the violent overthrow of Iran's government, supported Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war, and was listed as a terrorist organization by the United States until 2012. | Giuliani told the group of exiles: "Trump doesn't turn his back on freedom fighters." | Giuliani was also joined by former U.S. House Speaker and informal Trump adviser Newt Gingrich, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, former U.S: Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, two former French foreign…
(2018-07-02). Official White House Twitter Account Attacks Democratic Senator in a Disgusting Defense of ICE. alternet.org The administration reflects the person at the top. | President Donald Trump's malicious rhetoric toward immigrants found its way directly onto the official White House Twitter account on Monday as it posted a tweet attacking Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and defending Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The tweet used the dehumanizing smear "animals" to refer to the gang MS-13, a word Trump has used in vaguer contexts, seeming to disparage all immigrants from the southern border: . @SenKamalaHarris, why are you supporting the animals of MS-13? You must not know what ICE really does. Here is a link to help you out: t. co/kcrNj4aVMU— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 2, 2018Harris hasn't joined those explicitly calling to "abolish ICE," but she said we should "critically re-examine" the agency and "think about starting from scratch. ""This was the day that the
(2018-07-02). Sheriff's office update: No opioid on antigovernment flyers. splcenter.org Authorities in Harris County, Texas, have reversed course and are now saying antigovernment flyers found on sheriff's cars were not contaminated with the opioid drug fentanyl.
(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
(2018-07-02). Watch | Congress Hosts Actual Fascist as Nazi Violence Rages in Ukraine. mintpressnews.com Max Blumenthal asks the Washington hosts of Andriy Parubiy, the speaker of Ukraine's parliament and founder of two neo-Nazi parties, why they were legitimizing an open fascist at the heart of the extremism plaguing his country. | Congress Hosts Actual Fascist as Nazi Violence Rages in Ukraine appeared first on MintPress News.
(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
(2018-07-02). Economist Peter Koenig on Venezuela's Push Towards a "Resistance Economy" mintpressnews.com The Government of Venezuela called an international Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, 14-16 June, 2018 — to debate the current foreign injected economic disturbances and seeking solutions to overcome them. I was privileged and honored to be part of this commission. Venezuela is literally being strangled by economic sanctions, by infiltrated elements of unrest, foreign-trained opposition leaders, trained to disrupt the distribution of food, pharmaceutical, and medical equipment. Much of the training and disturbance in the country is financed by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), an "NGO" that receives hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department to "spread democracy" and provoke "regime change" around the world, by boycotting and undermining the democratic processes of sovereign nations that refuse to bend under the yoke of the empire and its 'allies' — meaning vassals, afraid to stand up for inherent human values, and…
(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
(2018-07-02). Animal Shelters Are Buying Dogs from Puppy Mills and Passing Them Off As Rescues. alternet.org While countless pit bulls go to the gas chamber, a "rescue" group pays thousands to save a single pedigreed dog. | Who would pay over $10,000 for a dog? You might think only wealthy dog owners would shell out that kind of cash for a pet pooch. But two King Charles spaniels were recently purchased for $24,200 by an unlikely customer: a pet rescue organization out of Alabama. The spaniels in question were "rescued" from an Iowa dog breeder with no reported complaints against him. The breeder, William Yoder, sold them immediately after obtaining them at a Missouri auction. In fact, 86 rescue organizations bought dozens of purebred and designer dogs at that same Missouri auction, as reported by the Washington Post. Often the rescues bid against each other, driving up prices. This story comes at an unfortunate time, because many animal lovers had. . .
(2018-07-02). It's Time to Use the 'F' Word to Describe Trump. truthdig.com The issue of the president's fascism has reached center stage in the U.S., sparked by the administration's shameful treatment of refugees and its Gestapo-like "zero tolerance" policy on border crossings.
(2018-07-02). 'He Obviously Knows Something': Fox News Legal Analyst Details Why Cohen Flipping Should Cause Trump 'Sleepless Nights'. alternet.org "Should the president be worried? " host Harris Faulkner asked. "Yes," Judge Andrew Napolitano replied. | Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News' senior legal expert, on Monday explained the impact of Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen signaling his willingness to flip, warning the news "should cause the president sleepless nights. "Napolitano was reacting to an interview Cohen gave ABC News' George Stephanapoulos on Saturday, during which he insisted his loyalty lies with his family and country, not Trump. "My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will," Cohen said when asked about his allegiance to the president. "I put family and country first. "Napolitano expressed disbelief over Cohen's interview, telling Fox News host Harris Faulkner he doesn't know why the target of an investigation would give such a public interview. "No good can come from somebody who's under a federal. . .
(2018-07-02). 'It's Not Positive!': Dutch Prime Minister Contradicts Trump and Laughs in His Face in the Oval Office. alternet.org It was a stunning moment for a White House meeting. | Most foreign leaders have tried to play nice with President Donald Trump in their public meetings, overlooking his flagrant disrespect and rampant breaking of norms in an effort to keep relations with the United States as smooth as possible. But on Monday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte showed a glimmer of defiance and derision toward the president even while he maintained a smile. While meeting in front of press in the Oval Office, Rutte openly contradicted Trump and rightly laughed at his comments as the president discussed trade with the European Union. Trump was opining about his ongoing dispute with European leaders regarding his aggressive stance on trade. He tried to argue that whether or not his tactics lead to productive agreements with the foreign countries, everything would work out fine. "A lot of. . .
(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…
(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
(2018-07-02). Jeremy Corbyn on 70 years of free public health care in Britain. peoplesworld.org Britain's public health care system, the National Health Service, turns 70 on July 5. It was established as part of a wave of social democratic reforms in that country in the years immediately following World War II. The market for health services was swept away in 1948, with all treatment becoming free at the point […]…
(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
(2018-07-02). Russian Charged Alongside Manafort Was Key Figure in Pro-Russia Strategy. alternet.org As far back as 2004, Kilimnik was already working as a strategist for Manafort. | Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian fixer who worked with Paul Manafort, was "far more involved in formulating pro-Russia political strategy with Manafort than previously known," according to documents obtained by the AP. "The West is just a little more skillful at playing the modern game, where perception by the world public opinion and the spin is more important than what is actually going on," Kilimnik wrote to Manafort in a 2004 memo about Russia's botched efforts to sway political events in ex-Soviet states. "Russia is ultimately going to lose if they do not learn how to play this game. "Kilimnik "helped conceive strategies that Manafort sold to clients" and "served as a key liaison between Manafort and principal financial backers. "The AP reports that as far back as 2004, Kilimnik. . .
(2018-07-02). 'Trump Is Talking Like a Dictator': Lifelong Republican Explains Why He's Running for Senate As Democrat. alternet.org "I had to try to do something. " | President Donald Trump is the leader of the Republican Party. He is also not a true conservative, at least as previously understood in the American political tradition. Trump is an agent of political destruction who appears to have total contempt for existing political norms, the rule of law, the Constitution and democracy. His brand of "conservatism" involves creating an atmosphere of chaos that he either lies about or brags about, as desired, or blames the Democrats and his other political opponents of actually creating. Yet the Republican Party and its voters have embraced Donald Trump as their leader and champion. Republican elected officials and other leaders are overwhelmingly loyal to him as well. Ultimately, Trump's presidency has laid bare the true face of the American conservative movement: It has become radical in the worst possible. . .
(2018-07-02). 'Extraordinarily Petty and Callous': CNN's Chris Cuomo Slams Trump for Disrespecting Mass Shooting Victims. alternet.org President Trump's response to the shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, was widely criticized. | CNN's Chris Cuomo bemoaned President Donald Trump's apparent decision Monday not to lower the American flags in honor of the victims of the latest mass shooting in Annapolis, Maryland, where a gunman killed five people in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette last week. "Four days since the most recent mass shooting that robbed this world of five lives, shattered families, and added another layer of shame on all lawmakers for not doing something to stop the damn shootings," Cuomo said. He went on to explain that there isn't any protocol to stop the White House from complying with the request, made by the Annapolis mayor, to lower the flags in honor of the victims. The White House has given the directive in response to mass shootings before and even. . .
(2018-07-02). "Families Belong Together" Marchers Target Trump's "Zero Tolerance" but Mum on Obama's Deportations. mintpressnews.com "Now the federal government has created a policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, which could dramatically increase the number of minors encountering immigration officials by themselves and create potential for expanded abuses." — The ACLU
(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
(2018-07-02). Migrant Children at Risk of Disease Outbreak, Doctors Warn. truthdig.com As thousands of migrant children have been taken from their parents and sent to facilities across the country, questions are growing about the medical care they are receiving — or, as health experts fear, not receiving. | Since President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy for unlawful entry into the country went into effect in April, more than 2,300 children, including infants, have been forcibly separated from their parents. | Although Trump last week ordered families to now be detained together, federal officials from several agencies have refused to give any information on the children's welfare or what medical care they're receiving. In addition, more than 10,000 other children who crossed the border unaccompanied were being held at detention centers as of last month. | New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that 243 migrant children separated from their parents at the…
(2018-07-02). Response to "Janus": Take Their Intellectual "Property" truthout.org For the last four decades, the right has been actively working to rig the rules to undermine progressives both politically and economically. They aren't just interested in winning an election; they want to destroy any basis for progressive change. | This is why they have been so intent on attacking unions. Unlike many centrist Democrats, the right realizes that the labor movement has been at the center of most progressive change in the last century. This is why Reagan made it a priority to weaken labor at the beginning of his administration. | In his first three months in office, he picked a fight with the conservative air traffic controllers' union (one of the few which supported his election) and set a new trend in which employers fired rather than negotiated with striking workers. He then created a logjam at the National Labor…
(2018-07-02). Robert Hunziker: "I'm Not Very Optimistic, Unfortunately. It's Just Reality" counterpunch.org …
(2018-07-02). Brazil: Right-wing government hits workers, workers hit back. peoplesworld.org In Brazil, the far-right-wing government of President Michel Temer had a victory over the country's workers and unions last week, but the fighting spirit of the Brazilian working class seems to be undaunted. Brazil has national elections on October 7 of this year, with a runoff on October 28 if necessary to decide the presidency. […]…
(2018-07-02). Evidence Mounts That Russia Covertly Swayed Brexit Just Like the U.S. Election. alternet.org Putin appears to have used a billionaire businessman in Britain as a tool to pass the referendum. | There were so many extraordinary occurrences that took place with respect to the Brexit referendum in Great Britain and the United States presidential election, that taken as a whole, simply cannot be coincidences. First and foremost both events ultimately were determined in a manner which was advantageous to Vladimir Putin. Second, both Brexit and the U. S. election featured Cambridge Analytica and its founders Robert and Rebekah Mercer as key players. Cambridge Analytica harvested over 50 million Facebook files and interfaced with members of the Trump campaign and Russian bots that showed up in crucial rust belt states masquerading as politically aware next door neighbors. Now yet another piece in the puzzle of Russian dominion over the two elections is fitting into place. UK financier. . .
(2018-07-02). Is the US-Kurdish Alliance Over? New Agreement Between Kurds and Assad Could Spell End for U.S. Role in Syria. mintpressnews.com The agreement came as a result of recent negotiations between Kurdish and Syrian government officials in both Damascus and Qamishli.
(2018-07-02). How Immigration Court Works. truthout.org When Attorney General Jeff Sessions on June 11 overruled the decision in a controversial immigration case called Matter of A-B-, he made it harder for women escaping sexual and physical abuse to qualify for asylum in the United States. | Can the US attorney general unilaterally overturn a court case? | Yes, because, as I teach my surprised law students, immigration judges are not part of the judicial branch. They are attorneys in the Department of Justice. | That means normal assumptions about judicial independence and freedom from political influence do not apply in immigration proceedings. | How Immigration Trials Work: | People end up in immigration court for various reasons. | Refugees who fled persecution in their country can apply for asylum in the U.S. People facing deportation may request " cancellation of removal," which allows…
(2018-07-02). Corporate wage theft is on the rise. peoplesworld.org The health of our American economy ultimately rests on a single, simple word: Trust. Employers on the one side and employees on the other have to be able to trust each other to behave honorably. A fair day's wage, as the classic formulation puts it, for a fair day's work. This mutual understanding gets broken […]…
(2018-07-02). Mexico's AMLO Gets Massive Mandate to Stand-Up to the U.S. therealnews.com As the center-left candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wins the presidency by an overwhelming margin, Laura Carlsen and Alex Main talk about the election results, what this means for Mexico, and how it will affect US-Mexico relations.
(2018-07-02). Venezuelan Interior Minister Claims Crime Down 27%. venezuelanalysis.com Murders are also down 26 percent and kidnapping down 54 percent, the top law enforcement official reported.
(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
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(2018-07-02). Trump's Failed Judicial Nominee Who Praised the KKK Just Landed a Promotion at the Justice Department. alternet.org He's now an assistant U. S. attorney. | Remember Brett Talley, the laughably unqualified Trump judicial nominee and ghost hunter? The one who has never argued a case in court, did not disclose that his wife works for the administration in his nomination paperwork, and left a long electronic trail of right-wing political blogging that included praising the KKK? He was forced to withdraw his nomination when all this came to light, even though the Senate Judiciary Committee had already approved the nomination! But don't worry, he landed on his feet. In fact, he got a promotion, from a junior position at the Justice Department to becoming an assistant U. S. attorney. In May, Talley made an unusual career move. Though he had virtually no experience handling criminal cases, he is now working as an assistant US. . .
(2018-07-02). Avenatti Warns Michael Cohen Is 'Playing Games' to Get Out of Paying His Own Legal Bills. alternet.org The president's sleazy fixer is trying to shake him down for cash. | While the rest of the country reacted to news that Donald Trump's longtime "fixer" and personal attorney Michael Cohen appeared to be distancing himself from his previous sworn loyalty to the president, attorney Michael Avenatti pointed out the bigger picture. The lawyer for Trump mistress Stormy Daniels told MSNBC's Hallie Jackson that Cohen's off-camera interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos was "a big nothingburger. " "This is Michael Cohen trying to send a message to the president that he wants the president to pay his legal bills or he's going to flip," Avenatti said. "You know, he's playing games with the American people," he continued. "If he has information that's damaging to this president — and I know for a fact that he does — then he should come forward and. . .
(2018-07-02). Michael Cohen Suggests He Could Cooperate With Mueller Probe. truthout.org Speculation over the possibility that President Donald Trump's former attorney could cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the president intensified on Monday, as details of ABC's in-depth interview with Michael Cohen came to light. | Cohen, who is under federal investigation for potential campaign finance violations and bank fraud regarding the payment he has claimed he personally made to adult film star Stormy Daniels on behalf of Trump in October 2016, told Stephanopoulos that shielding the president from the Mueller investigation is far from his top priority. | "My wife, my daughter, and my son have my first loyalty and always will," Cohen told Stephanopoulos Saturday at a New York hotel in a 45-minute off-camera discussion. "I put family and country first." | The declaration was a far cry from earlier statements made by Cohen. Last year, he…
(2018-07-02). Venezuelan LGBTI Community Holds Annual Pride March. venezuelanalysis.com Major demands include eliminating discrimination in adoption policies, a civil union law, and greater medical coverage for those with HIV/AIDS.
(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
(2018-07-02). U.S. Courts Just Scoffed at the Chance to Hold Big Oil Accountable for Climate Change — Now What? alternet.org A judge has dismissed San Francisco and Oakland's lawsuit against Big Oil for climate change-related damages. | On June 25, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by San Francisco and Oakland against the five biggest privately owned oil companies for climate change-related damages. Why? He believes the problem is too big to be decided by the federal courts and that Congress and the administration should take care of it. Fat chance of that happening anytime soon, and the courts are at least partly to blame. In his ruling, U. S. District Judge William Alsup agreed with the plaintiffs that there is a "vast [scientific] consensus that the combustion of fossil fuels has . . . materially increased carbon dioxide levels," which has driven up average global temperatures and raised sea levels. Likewise, he noted that the oil companies "have allegedly long known the threat fossil fuels. . .
(2018-07-02). Low Wages Are Driving a Shortage of Care Providers. truthout.org According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 14 percent of Americans have developmental disabilities like Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism. The rates of such disabilities are on a steady rise, and some members of these populations need services to develop skills, live independently and accomplish goals. California faces a severe shortage of direct service professionals who offer this assistance due to low wages, high costs of living and demanding working conditions. People like Alyssa Wade, 19, who works with developmentally disabled clients of Strategies to Empower People (STEP) in the Sacramento, Calif. area, are fighting back. | They're demanding a wage increase that better reflects the demands of their jobs, for which many earn at or close to minimum wage. Their employers — both the disabled people they serve and the agencies they work with — are supporting them in…
(2018-07-02). Water Rate Hike During Heat Wave Sparks Outrage. therealnews.com By Dharna Noor | As temperatures in Baltimore rose to nearly 100 degrees, the city increased the price of water. Advocates rallied outside City Hall on Monday to protest the rate hike and demand income-based water billing. | "What do you do when it's hot like this? You drink water!" said Jim Campbell, State President of AARP Maryland. "But what does the city do when it's hot like this? Raise the price 10%." He and the other advocates were drenched in sweat as the sun beat down through the 55% humidity. | | A rally and press conference on water rates in Baltimore. The price of water just went up by 9.4%. Hosted by Food & Water Watch Food & Water Watch — Maryland | Posted by The Real News Network on Monday, July 2, 2018 | The 9.4% increase…
(2018-07-02). Is the U.S. About to Give Up on Its Lawless and Catastrophic Adventure in Syria? alternet.org The sooner the U. S. closes up shop in Syria, the better. | The crisis in Syria, now seven years running, is on the brink of a decisive turn. In a short while, the Assad government will either succeed or fail in its efforts to restore Syrian sovereignty in the most significant areas of the country, the U. S. will acknowledge its years of disastrous mistakes or drift toward more or less open intervention, and Israel will either escalate or reduce its long-running aggressions on Syrian soil. It is now nearly three months since the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) drove the last Army of Islam jihadists from Eastern Ghouta, the Damascus suburb where scores of thousands were held prisoners, forced into basements, or shot if they availed of internationally agreed escape corridors. Those days in April are recalled now primarily for an alleged gas attack—the. . .
(2018-07-02). Chuck Schumer Is Already Bucking Demands to Fight for a Progressive Supreme Court. alternet.org Under his leadership, Democrats have quickly ceded their no-holds-barred demand | Well, it didn't take long for Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to hew to the center on the Supreme Court battle. As the New York Times reported over the weekend: At a strategy session held over lunch last week, Senate Democrats settled on a careful strategy for the coming Supreme Court confirmation battle. They would drop their demands that Republicans not appoint a replacement for Mr. Kennedy until after the midterm elections, senators decided, and instead would highlight the threat to abortion rights and health care to try to mobilize opposition to Mr. Trump's appointment. "I'm sure many of them believe we have the power to stop this," Sen. Dick Durbin told the Times of the progressive base. "But the grim reality is that we have some power but not the power. . .
(2018-07-02). 3-Year-Old Dies After Being Stabbed at Her Birthday Party. truthdig.com The Idaho girl was fatally injured when a man invaded the celebration and attacked her and eight other people with a knife, authorities say.
(2018-07-02). Here's the Corrupt Financial Web That Links the Trump and Kennedy Families. alternet.org Behind every great fortune there exists a crime. | Balzac knew that behind every great fortune there is a crime. But if he were contemplating the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the great French novelist might have put it another way: Behind every great crime is another crime. As a way of looking at a presidency that is enamored of every possible felony — self-dealing, conflicts of interest, emoluments, collusion with foreign governments and domestic corporations — crime-breeds-crime is a reasonable way to look at any Trump-related event. But the resignation of a Supreme Court justice? Because Trump cares so much about money, that's been suggested. And there's smoke: the links between Trump, Kennedy and Kennedy's son Justin. In years past we'd call that the League of White Men, taking care of their own, behind the scenes, The Way It Is. Today we. . .
(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
(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
(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
(2018-07-02). Schumer Urges Public to Oppose a Trump Anti-Abortion Court Pick. truthdig.com In an unusually direct appeal to voters, the Senate's top Democrat says that to block "an ideological nominee" to the Supreme Court, people should "tell your senators" to oppose anyone from the president's list.
(2018-07-02). 'Pretty Much!': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Mockingly Posts Fox News Chart About Her. alternet.org The propaganda network accidentally helped viewers understand her platform. | Democratic U. S. Congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used Twitter on Monday to take a swipe at Fox News while firming up support with her base. The 28-year old who last week unseated a 10-term New York Democratic icon retweeted a Fox News graphic that first appeared on Sean Hannity's show last Wednesday, detailing her platform — or what Hannity says is her platform. Hannity framed these positions as somehow bad, and "the future" of the Democratic Party. look at this pic. twitter. com/ePDHhAQpf4— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) June 28, 2018 | Media Matters for America Senior Researcher Andrew Lawrence tweeted out the video and the graphic, later saying: "Honestly, find me one thing on that list that isn't a winning issue. "On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez weighed in, mocking Fox News while confirming most of. . .
(2018-07-02). UK Intelligence 'Turned a Blind Eye' to US Torture. mintpressnews.com British intelligence was fully aware of the existence of the "black sites" and gave details of email exchange between officers to show their full knowledge as early as 2003.
(2018-07-02). DeVos Says Discrimination Is 'Not Necessarily' the Cause of Racist Policies. alternet.org The education secretary has been targeting minority students since she took the office. | Betsy DeVos has placed a two-year postponement on an Obama-era rule that would have gone into effect July 1. The rule was designed to protect minority special needs students from racist polices after some studies show minority students are placed in special education classes at a higher rate, and are disciplined at a higher rate than their non-minority peers. Despite the evidence, the Education Dept. has placed a notice in the Federal Register stating it believes "the racial disparities in the identification, placement, or discipline of children with disabilities are not necessarily evidence of, or primarily caused by, discrimination," as Politico reports. The rule is also designed to ensure that schools are funding special education classes appropriately. DeVos has been targeting minority students since she became Education Secretary. One. . .
(2018-07-02). Tens of Thousands Across the US Protest Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy. truthout.org Tens of thousands of protesters marched in cities across the United States on Saturday for a "Families Belong Together" rally to demand the Trump administration comply with a federal judge's ruling that all migrant children separated from their parents must be reunited. The Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy led to the forcible separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents, some of whom have already been deported. The protests came 24 hours after the Trump administration said in a court filing on Friday that it has the right to hold children in detention with their parents for the duration of their immigration proceedings, which can take months or years. Current law prevents children from being held for more than 20 days. Democracy Now! was in the streets of Washington, DC, where tens of thousands rallied. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This…
(2018-07-02). France: Beekeepers struggle to survive as hives continue to die off. peoplesworld.org Faced with a long-term crisis, beekeepers are demanding the support which will allow them to survive. The following is an interview by L'Humanité's Marie-Noà´lle Bertrand with Henri Clément, President of the National Union of French Beekeeping. Marie-Noà´lle Bertrand: Following action from beekeepers, the government has announced the launch of a package of measures to monitor […]…
(2018-07-02). Fear and Trembling about the Trump-Putin Summit. counterpunch.org Why does the announcement of a Trump-Putin summit cause 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
(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
(2018-07-02). 'Trump and His Advisers Still Don't Get It': Paul Krugman Explains How the White House Turned the World Against the U.S. alternet.org "They remain blithely ignorant about what they're getting into. " | While many other issues are dominating the headlines — the Supreme Court, immigration, and developments in the Russia investigation — the slow burn of the United States' looming trade war may become one of the most significant stories in the months to come. As Paul Krugman explained Monday night, Trump's team appears to be completely bungling their handling of the issue. "Trump and his advisers still don't get it," he writes. "They remain blithely ignorant about what they're getting into. "For example, when Trump initially decided to start slapping tariffs on foreign governments' goods, White House trade czar Peter Navarro said he didn't think any country would retaliate. He was wrong. Krugman explains: On Sunday, Canada — a country that, by the way, imports about as much from us as it exports in return — announced. . .
(2018-07-02). John Oliver: Why We Should and Shouldn't Freak Out About Gene Editing (Video). truthdig.com "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver dismissed Hollywood-esque hysteria over genetic engineering, but highlighted some of its very real dangers on his show Sunday. | Watch the clip in the video player above. | — Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata
(2018-07-02). Here's Why a Trump Pardon Won't Save Michael Cohen from What's Coming. alternet.org "I don't view this as a call for help to the president. " | Michael Cohen's impactful interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos this weekend has many asking: Is President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer trying signal that he needs a pardon? In the interview, Cohen said that as the investigations into his conduct continue, "My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will. . . I put family and country first. "Given that many believe the investigation of Cohen will cover wrongdoing by Trump as well, this statement appears to be a repudiation of his previous loyalty to the president, who Cohen used to say he would take a bullet for. So could this new posture be a signal to the president that he's planning on flipping, and therefore a subtle request for a presidential pardon? Not so, argued. . .
(2018-07-02). Ocasio-Cortez Takes Democratic Senator to Task on Twitter. truthdig.com Echoing what has become a go-to talking point among prominent Democrats in the aftermath of democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's landslide victory over New York Rep. Joe Crowley in last week's primary election, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) asserted without evidence on Sunday that candidates can't "go too far to the left and still win the Midwest." | Duckworth's claim that Ocasio-Cortez's bold agenda of Medicare for All, a federal jobs guarantee, and housing as a human right is "the future of the party in the Bronx" but not in wide swaths of the U.S. sparked swift backlash from progressives— including Ocasio-Cortez herself—who pointed to Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) victories in the Midwest during the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries as evidence that an ambitious left-wing agenda has broad appeal among the American electorate. | "With respect to the senator, strong, clear…
(2018-07-02). A Fresh Look at Labor Issues in 'Sorry to Bother You'. truthdig.com Where mainstream filmmakers hesitate to address sensitive political issues, their indie counterparts have taken up the gauntlet with such movies as last year's "The Florida Project," a masterful look at children on the brink of homelessness, and this summer's "BlacKkKlansman," Spike Lee's highly anticipated, true-story account of a black cop who infiltrated the KKK. Both films provide keen insight on issues that never seem to get resolved. | A darling of Sundance Film Festival in January, "Sorry to Bother You," by rapper-turned filmmaker Boots Riley (Raymond Lawrence Riley), is a movie in a similar vein but in a world of its own. Kudos to Annapurna Pictures, the gutsiest mainstream production company in Hollywood, for taking on the new film, and commendations to Riley for his often hilarious, hyperreal, chilling and politically cogent directorial debut. | Lakeith Stanfield stars as Cassius Green, a regular…
(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
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