2018-07-04: Social Media Postees

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The Gaza Flotilla in Gijon: a Visual Essay
Catherine April Watters | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
My FB Livestream arriving in Gijon and the dock of the Flotilla, Gijon Spain 🇪🇸 going to see Flotilla docked Posted by Cat Watters on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Short Livestream before losing signal,, with Ron Rousseau, crew member, Posted by Cat Watters on Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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Trump Effect Oozes Again
Linn Washington Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
An epidemic is sweeping across America at record speed. This epidemic is ignorance — a fatuousness way beyond the malady of merely ill-informed. Alarmingly, this epidemic of ignorance has received too little attention despite the quintessentially existential danger it presents to the very existence of America. America's Founders proclaimed that an 'informed electorate' was essential…
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The Big Winners from Mass Deportations? The $5 Billion Private Prison Industry
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
The Washington Post recently published a revealing and heartbreaking story about forced separation of children from their illegal immigrant parents — not the Trump-ordered fiasco we've watched over recent weeks at the U.S.-Mexico border, but in the Midwest as the result of brutal ICE raids that have ripped families apart under Presidents Obama and Bush…
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When America Downed an Iranian Airliner and Celebrated It!
Hossein Nazari | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
Every year on the third day of July, a dozen Iranian children on board a ship throw gladiolas into the sea to commemorate the memory of innocent men, women, and children whose bodies were afloat, like the flowers, on the waters of the Persian Gulf. This year, the humble ceremony marks the 30thanniversary of the…
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Justice Kennedy and the Myth of the Legal Neutrality
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
There is a powerful yet enduring myth in America that was shattered as the Supreme Court closed out its 2017 term. That myth is that law and politics are separate, or at least that the law can constrain political choices. With 5-4 decisions upholding President Trump's travel ban, striking down mandatory public sector union fees,…
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Trump's "Infrastructure" Plan: Pump Up the Pentagon
William Hartung | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
Other than shouting about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump's most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of a half-trillion-dollar plan to repair America's crumbling infrastructure (employing large numbers of workers in the process). Eighteen months into his administration, no credible proposal for anything near…
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Iraq is Threatened by Catastrophic Drought
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
"I once rescued a friend from drowning when he was swept away by the force of the current as we were swimming in the Diyala river," says Qasim Sabti, a painter and gallery owner in Baghdad. "That was fifty years ago," he recalls.
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France: Child Migrants Left Adrift in Paris
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-04
Child protection authorities in Paris are using flawed age assessment procedures for unaccompanied migrant youths, excluding many from care they need and are entitled to. Hundreds of unaccompanied children sleep on the streets of Paris each night, according to estimates from lawyers and nongovernmental organizations. | (Paris) — Child protection authorities in Paris are using flawed age assessment procedures for unaccompanied migrant children, excluding many from care they need and are entitled to, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Hundreds of these young migrants find themselves homeless, often condemned to sleep on the streets of Paris. |

| | July 4, 2018 Report | "Like a Lottery": | Arbitrary Treatment of Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Paris | Download the full report in English |

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Trump on the Stump
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
If the rumors are true, Donald Trump will be coming to Montana this week to stump for Matt Rosendale, the Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. Given his past behavior, we can expect the usual insults, name-calling and chest-thumping that are the trademark of a president who has no experience in government…
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Return to Houston
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
I'm in Houston for a week, not having been here since the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. Houston (population of 6.1 million in the greater metropolitan area) is built on an ancient network of rivers ("the bayou") that has been increasingly prone to flood over-run in recent times.
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LA, Angazi But I'm Sure
Adolf Alzuphar | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
The following was born out of a series of notes that I have taken, notes that are observations that I have had as an organizer in Los Angeles about democracy. Its title is "Angazi but I'm sure" which is a popular saying in urban South Africa to mean "I know but I don't know" and…
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Burning Tires
Marc Estrin | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
"The terrorists! The snakes! The cockroaches! Burning tires to poison our brave men and women protecting us at the fence! And horrible, too, for the environment! But Hamas doesn't care…" I've seen all these assertions in Israeli articles and comments since the Great March of Return began, and crowds gathered weekly at the Gazan fence.
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The Creator of the World Wide Web Is 'Devastated' by What it Has Become
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-07-04
Tim Berners-Lee isn't a household name like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. He is, however, the inventor of a tool that has dramatically remade the way the world communicates, shares information, even lives. In 1989, Berners-Lee created what became the World Wide Web, releasing the code for free. Now, after multiple privacy scandals involving Facebook and Twitter, and especially after revelations of how Russian hackers used Facebook to attempt to influence the 2016 U.S. election, Berners-Lee is redoubling his efforts to save the internet, as he explains in a newly published interview with Vanity Fair. | He has, as the article observes, "never directly profited off his invention" and "spent most of his life trying to guard it." He always knew that his creation could fall into the wrong hands, but the web's role in the 2016 election shocked…
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Congress Welcomes an Actual Fascist as Nazi Violence Rages in Ukraine (Video)
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-04
American organizers legitimize Andriy Parubiy, the speaker of Ukraine's parliament, who is at the heart of the extremism plaguing his country. | The post Congress Welcomes an Actual Fascist as Nazi Violence Rages in Ukraine (Video) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Trump, Obama and the Nature of Fascism
Tony McKenna | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
The latest Trump scandal hitting the news — the interment of children in cages, the forcible separation of screaming toddlers from their parents. It seemed to have touched a level of inhumanity which is breathtaking, even by the standards of the current US administration; an administration which already feels like the court of Caligula set to an episode of bad reality TV, with a soundtrack handily provided by the loony toons.
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NYT Gets Hysterical About Non-Existent Debt Crisis
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-04
It is common practice for people who completely missed the housing bubble to warn about another impending debt crisis which will sink the economy when it bursts. In this vein, we have a New York Times editorial telling us about the dangerous increase in credit card debt. The piece tells readers:…
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Trump the peacekeeper? US leader brags that America would be 'in war' with N. Korea if not for him
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-04
US President Donald Trump has once again baffled the international community, as he claimed that it was him who actually saved the world from a potentially devastating conflict between Washington and Pyongyang.
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France: Child Migrants Left Adrift in Paris
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-04
Child protection authorities in Paris are using flawed age assessment procedures for unaccompanied migrant youths, excluding many from care they need and are entitled to. Hundreds of unaccompanied children sleep on the streets of Paris each night, according to estimates from lawyers and nongovernmental organizations. | (Paris) — Child protection authorities in Paris are using flawed age assessment procedures for unaccompanied migrant children, excluding many from care they need and are entitled to, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Hundreds of these young migrants find themselves homeless, often condemned to sleep on the streets of Paris. |

| | July 4, 2018 Report | "Like a Lottery": | Arbitrary Treatment of Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Paris | Download the full report in English |

| The…
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Thailand: Insurgents Use Landmines in South
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-04
Thai security forces inspect a rubber plantation, where an ethnic Thai Buddist latex tapper lost his foot after stepping on a landmine laid by separatist insurgents in Yala province, Thailand on July 2, 2018. | © 2018 Private | | (New York) — Separatist insurgents have used landmines to maim rubber plantation workers and seriously disrupt the daily life of people in Thailand's southern border provinces, Human Rights Watch said today. Ethnic Malay Muslim insurgents affiliated with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) separatist movement should immediately cease using antipersonnel landmines and end attacks on civilians. | On July 2, 2018, Suthin Haewkhuntod, an ethnic Thai Buddhist latex tapper in Yala province's Krong Penang district, lost his foot after he stepped on a landmine reportedly laid by insurgents on the rubber plantation where he…
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#Walkaway campaign launched by gay NY hairdresser speaks to disenchanted liberals
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-04
The #Walkway campaign, a grassroots initiative by New York-based stylist Brandon Straka, has been blowing up on Twitter, with disappointed ex-Democrats telling stories of what prompted them to "take the red pill."
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Proud Boy protester knocks antifa man out cold at Portland riot (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-04
The moment a right-wing Proud Boy protester knocks out an antifa demonstrator is going viral online in the wake of the Portland riots last weekend.
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Lebanon: A Year On, No Answers on Deaths in Custody
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-04
A Lebanese soldier at an army post in the hills above the Lebanese town of Arsal | © 2016 Reuters | (Beirut) — Lebanon's army should release the findings of its investigation into the deaths a year ago of four Syrians in custody, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite evidence of torture, the military prosecutor announced on July 24, 2017, that an investigation showed the men had died of natural causes. The army has never released the full results of the investigation. | On July 4, 2017, the Lebanese army issued a statement saying that four Syrians had died in its custody following mass raids in Arsal, a restricted access area in northeast Lebanon where many Syrian refugees live. A doctor with expertise in documenting torture reviewed photos of…
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Syria/Jordan: Open Borders to Daraa Residents
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-04
An internally displaced girl from Daraa province carries a stuffed toy and holds the hand of child near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra, Syria June 29, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Alaa Al-Faqir | (Beirut) — Jordanian and Israeli authorities should allow Syrians fleeing fighting in Daraa governorate to claim asylum and protect them, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 16, 2018, the Syrian-Russian military alliance opened an offensive in Daraa and Quneitra governorate, one of the last anti-government held areas in Syria. The United Nations estimates that 271,800 people have fled the hostilities thus far, moving toward the Jordanian border and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. | On June 26, 2018, Jordan's new prime minister, Omar Razzaz, said at a news conference that Jordan "will not receive any…
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Free Speech Advocate Jordan Peterson Is Suing a University for Criticizing Him Because He Doesn't Understand Free Speech
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
He's suing for comments made about him in a private meeting | In the ultimate ironic — yet predictable — twist, free speech advocate Jordan Peterson is suing Laurier University and three faculty and staff members for comments made about him in a private meeting. | That meeting was held with first-year graduate teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd to admonish her for showing her class a video clip of Peterson saying that he would not use gender-neutral pronouns. | Shepherd is also suing because of that meeting, which she taped and released to the media, because she alleges it left her unemployable in academia. | These related cases, whatever their outcome, are almost certain to foster a chill in the academy to the detriment of academic freedom and free speech. | But as an infamous character from a classical Athenian comedy. . .
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Former UN Special Rapporteur on US Withdrawal From the Human Rights Council
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-03
In this interview, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University Richard Falk discusses the US's withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and explains the overall impacts of the Trump foreign policy to date, something Noam Chomsky has referred to as the "Me First Doctrine." Falk explains how the US "completely ignores the normative primacy in the 21st century of the right of self-determination," in light of the withdrawal. | Falk asserts that "this combination of warmongering militarism and exclusionary nationalism is generating a new American foreign policy that might be identified as illiberal internationalism." | On our current path, Falk argues that we are reaching, "dangerous forms of confrontation" as we encounter distractions in the mainstream media on a daily basis that undermine our capacity to meet "the challenges of climate change, biodiversity, nuclearism, migration and extreme…
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Goodbye Regulations, Hello Impending Global Financial Crisis
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-03
Ten years after the last financial crisis, Republicans — with backing from many Democrats — have made sure that Wall Street can return to its old ways of doing business by repealing the Dodd-Frank Act, which acted up to now as a very mild regulatory regime to rein in the predatory nature of financial capital. The decision to repeal Dodd-Frank was justified on the grounds that it put a break on economic growth. Gerald Epstein, professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, argues that this is not true at all. In this exclusive Truthout interview, Epstein notes that it is now very likely that the "toxic, speculative activities" of the Wall Street crowd will return with a menace, thereby preparing the groundwork for the next global financial crisis. | C.J. Polychroniou: Following…
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Mexico's Leftist President-Elect Promises Sweeping Changes
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-03
In a landslide, voters have elected Andrés Manuel López Obrador to be Mexico's next president. The former mayor of Mexico City — who is known as AMLO — will become Mexico's first leftist president in decades. On Monday, López Obrador and President Donald Trump discussed immigration and trade in a phone call. Trump called on Mexico's president-elect to collaborate on border security and NAFTA, telling reporters, "I think he's going to try and help us with the border. We have unbelievably bad border laws, immigration laws, the weakest in the world, laughed at by everybody in the world. And Mexico has very strong immigration laws, so they can help us." We speak with John Ackerman and Irma Sandoval in Mexico City. Irma Sandoval is a professor and director of the Center for the Study of Corruption at the National Autonomous University of…
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Former Ohio State Wrestlers Accuse GOP Rep Jim Jordan of 'Lying' When He Claimed No Knowledge of Team Doctor's Abuse
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
The athletes say Rep. Jim Jordan, the former assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, knew the team doctor was abusing students. | Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is facing accusations from former wrestlers at Ohio State University claiming he turned a blind eye toward a team doctor who molested them and other students, NBC News reports. The athletes say Jordan, the former assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, knew the late Dr. Richard Strauss was abusing students, despite his claims to contrary. Three former students told NBC News the abuse was common knowledge. One student said he told Jordan of the abuse himself. Ohio State University is investigating allegations Strauss abused wrestling team members for nearly two decades–including claims he showered regularly with team members and inappropriately touched them during appointments, according to NBC News. Asked about the charges in May, Jordan told. . .
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Trump to Rescind Obama-Era Guidance on Affirmative Action
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-03
WASHINGTON–The Trump administration is rescinding Obama-era guidance that encouraged schools to take a student's race into account to encourage diversity in admissions, a U.S. official said Tuesday. | The shift would give schools and universities the federal government's blessing to take a race-neutral approach to the students they consider for admission. Such guidance does not have the force of law, but schools could use it to help defend themselves against lawsuits over their admission policies. | The action comes amid Supreme Court turnover expected to produce a more critical eye toward schools' affirmative action policies. | The high court's most recent significant ruling on the subject bolstered colleges' use of race among many factors in the college admission process. But the opinion's author, Anthony Kennedy, announced his resignation last week, giving President Donald Trump a chance to replace him with a justice who…
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Indianapolis Church Cages Mary, Joseph and Jesus in 'Controversial' Protest of Trump's Immigration Policy
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
"They were a homeless family with nowhere to stay. " | Christ Church Cathedral, an Episcopal church in Indianapolis, has placed figures of Mary, Joseph and a baby Jesus in a cage outside the building to protest the inhumane "zero tolerance" immigration policies of President Donald Trump. "They were a homeless family with nowhere to stay. I think our faith tells us where we need to be. The fact that it's controversial isn't because I want to be controversial," Steve Carlson, the church's dean, said. "What's controversial is that we're turning away from the values that should be guiding us. The point of a religious icon is to move our hearts. If at first, people are upset by it, that might just be God trying to move their hearts. I hope their hearts soften. "When asked how long the display would remain up, Carlson. . .
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Asylum Seekers Are Waiting for Days in the Hot Sun, Told the US Is "Full"
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-03
As the Trump administration accuses migrants of illegally entering the United States, Democracy Now! went to the international bridge in Brownsville, Texas, and found asylum seekers waiting for days in the hot sun after being told the United States was full. We are guided by Christina Patino Houle, director of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, and Michael Seifert of the ACLU. We also speak with Juanita Valdez-Cox, longtime farmworker organizer and executive director of La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), about the separation of families at the border, and attempt to interview an official at Case Padre, the Southwest Key detention center housed in a former Walmart. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: The Department of Health and Human Services is refusing to disclose how many migrant children separated from their parents at the border they're still holding. Last week, the…
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Three Climatic Monsters with Asteroid Impact
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
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,…
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'The President Is Essentially Taking North Korea's Side': CNN Host Explains Why Trump Completely Fails 'Diplomacy 101'
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
"It's truly bizarre. " | President Donald Trump is digging his heels in and insisting that everything is fine with North Korea, even as multiple reports reveal that U. S. intelligence agencies and other sources believe that Kim Jong-un's regime has continued to ramp up production of nuclear fuel despite the bilateral summit in Singapore. "Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well! " Trump tweeted on Tuesday. "In the meantime, no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months. All of Asia is thrilled. Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining. If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea! "CNN host Fareed Zakaria was amazed at Trump's brazen disregard for U. S. intelligence and his poor grip on the basics of diplomacy. "The president is essentially taking North Korea's side," he said Tuesday night. "It's truly bizarre.
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Five Lessons From the North Korea Nuclear Story
Gunnar Westberg | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
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…
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The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at 50 — Awaiting Good Faith
Robert Dodge | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
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…
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Donald Trump's Presidency Is As Bad As His Steaks — But He May Win in 2020 Through Pure Luck
Jared Yates Sexton, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
The president's life is a series of con jobs and destructive dealings that never seems to run out of steam. | Before he was the nominee of the Republican Party, Donald Trump took the stage in March of 2016 flanked by pallets of bottled water, rows of wine bottles and, most peculiarly, a pile of raw steaks. This bizarre stunt came in response to a critical speech made days earlier by Mitt Romney in which the 2012 Republican nominee listed Trump's failed ventures and declared, "A business genius he is not. "Trump's remarks seemed less concerned with Romney's criticism of his demeanor and unfitness for office and more about defending his entrepreneurial acumen. Instead of touting his victories that night in Michigan and Mississippi, Trump went item by item, saying his bottled water company was "very successful" and his wine was "the. . .
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Shame on the Supreme Court for Upholding Trump's Muslim Ban
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-03
The court's ruling ignores international law. The ban violates two treaties: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. | The post Shame on the Supreme Court for Upholding Trump's Muslim Ban appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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How Washington's Spinelessness Enables Israel's Brutality
Philip M. Giraldi | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-03
The question of the relationship with Israel comes at a time when everyone in America is concerned about children being separated from their parents, it's a funny thing that Israeli abuse and even killing of Arab children is not met with the same opprobrium. | The post How Washington's Spinelessness Enables Israel's Brutality appeared first on MintPress News.
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"Following the Law" Doesn't Excuse Immigration Policy in the Nazi Era or Now
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-03
Holocaust historians' first impulse is to reject comparisons between those dark decades and our present. We don't want to be perceived as abusing history for political purposes, or engaging in overly emotional analyses. | But then comes a moment when it's not possible to avoid parallels. | For me, that moment came two weeks ago. | I study the American response to the Holocaust. I was preparing to deliver a conference paper on US officials' false claim that the nation's inflexible immigration laws gave them no choice but to deny visas to hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees in the 1930s and early 1940s — and historians' repetition of this false claim. From every media outlet came Trump administration officials spewing similar hollow arguments. | The Law Made Me Do It: | During the Nazi era, the claim was based…
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The other 4th of July: Slavery's defeat was second American Revolution
Denise Winebrenner Edwards | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-03
The Fourth of July really marks two celebrations of independence. Firecrackers, bottle rockets, sizzling grills, cold beer, and kids running around with sparklers all remind us of the day "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary…" But at the end of the day of that first revolution in 1776, four million African …
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How to Fight Right-Wing Trolls and Actually Win
Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
The debate should be about how to surprise them — not whether to be gentle or harsh. | And when you go low, they go bottomless. They've decided that their high purity entitles them to use any low trick. They get a trollgasm for being the most pious or most devious — it doesn't matter which, so long as they feel invincible. Their might makes right makes might makes right makes. . . | They play high priests presiding over an anything-goes, dog-eat-dog world, where all that matters is cunning — the lowest dogs pretending to uphold the highest moral standards. No need to be consistent so long as they're on top. That's their formula for faking invincibility. They'll pull out of their butts whatever moral principle they never live by and beat you with it long enough that you're disoriented, sputtering, flailing or fleeing. . .
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Grassroots Activists: "Abolish ICE" Means Disband, Not Reform the Agency
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-03
After weeks of controversy over the Trump administration's crackdown on immigrant and migrant families, the call to "abolish" US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is generating plenty of headlines, but it did not go mainstream overnight. | Over the weekend, "Abolish ICE" was heard in protest chants and scrawled on banners across the country as thousands of people took to the streets to rally against the separation and incarceration of migrant families. Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who rocketed into the spotlight after beating an establishment Democrat in a New York City congressional primary, famously ran on a platform that included abolishing ICE. Democratic stars like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand are embracing the idea, at least in name, and progressives in the House are reportedly crafting legislation that would end ICE's role in immigration enforcement after a commission identifies an…
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The Trump Administration was Just Ordered to End Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers
Julia Conley | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-03
The Trump administration's indefinite detention of people exercising their legal right to seek asylum violated not only U.S. law but also the 1967 Protocol to the United Nations' 1951 Convention on the Treatment of Refugees. | The post The Trump Administration was Just Ordered to End Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers appeared first on MintPress News.
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A Mother Confronts Scott Pruitt in Restaurant, Demands His Resignation
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-03
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt on Monday became the latest member of the Trump administration to be called out while dining at a D.C. restaurant when Kristin Mink walked up, introduced her two-year-old child, and demanded Pruitt resign because, as she put it, "We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously, for the benefit of all of us, including our children." | "Hi, I just wanted to urge you to resign because of what you're doing to the environment and our country. This is my son. He loves animals. He loves clean air. He loves clean water. Meanwhile, you're slashing strong fuel standards for cars and trucks, for the benefits of big corporations," Mink said. | Noting Pruitt's contentious condo rental from an…
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'The First Purge': A horror movie terrifyingly close to reality
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-03
Horror movies frighten by playing on our fears of what could be lurking in the dark corners of our rooms or the unlit space under our beds. They tap into the imagination of things we've never seen and know are not real but are afraid of anyway. That's the standard formula. But sometimes movies come …
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Kushner's "Ultimate Deal" Would Strip Palestinians of Their Human Dignity
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
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 killings of Gaza, and Trump's decision that Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem, must be the capital of Israel, are the Palestinians going to be asked to settle for cash and a miserable village? Is there no shame left?
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Why Ocasio-Cortez's Platform is So Great
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
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…
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'An Absolute Joke': Michael Avenatti Says Trump 'Can't Even Protect His Own Phone Line' After Taking Prank Call on Air Force One
Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
"He should admit he just got played," Michael Avenatti said. | M ichael Avenatti now represents "Stuttering John" Melendez, the comedian who prank-called Donald Trump and then got a call back from the president aboard Air Force One. In an interview with CNN Tuesday morning, the attorney explained why he took the case. Melendez, the lawyer who famously represents Trump mistress Stormy Daniels said, contacted him last week about potentially representing him. A few days later, the Secret Service showed up at the comedian's door — and Avenatti agreed to take the case. He's now working out whether Melendez should grant the Secret Service the interview they seek, the lawyer told CNN's John Berman. Part of that reasoning includes a deeper investigation. "I'm in the process of getting to the bottom of this and how the president could allow such a security breach," Avenatti said. "This is a president who talks about tough security and protecting America — he can't even protect his own phone line. ""It's an absolute joke," he added.
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Is Target Doing Right by its Employees?
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-03
Employees at a Baltimore County Target lead an action to bring attention to claims of racism, sexism, and ableism by managers | The post Is Target Doing Right by its Employees? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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The Constitution Is Not Neutral: Courts of Justice Should Not Act Like Courts of Order
John Whitehead | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-03
As the events of recent years have made clear, neither the president, nor the legislatures, nor the courts will save us from the police state that holds us in its clutches. | The post The Constitution Is Not Neutral: Courts of Justice Should Not Act Like Courts of Order appeared first on MintPress News.
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These 3 Trump Associates Suggest He Knew About Meeting with Russians During Campaign
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
The president's initial story keeps falling apart. | President Donald Trump's long-time lawyer Michael Cohen is now the third person in Trump's circle to refuse to confirm that Trump didn't know about a 2016 meeting with Russian lobbyists in Trump Tower. During a Monday interview, Cohen wouldn't say whether Trump was aware of the meeting. He declined to answer the question "under advice of my counsel. "Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he "would be surprised if he could remember" the meeting, giving the president a way to deny knowledge of the meeting without ever actually confirming he didn't know at the time. Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg was significantly more straight-forward in his response about the meeting, telling MSNBC in March that Trump "may have done something during the election" and that the president lied when claiming not to know about the meeting. A. . .
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Kushner's "Ultimate Deal" Would Strip Palestinians of Their Human Dignity
RFI | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-03
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 killings of Gaza, and Trump's decision that Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem, must be the capital of Israel, are the Palestinians going to be asked to settle for cash and a miserable village? Is there no shame left? | For the Palestinians are soon to be awarded the "ultimate deal" — "ultimate", as in the last, definitive, terminal, conclusive, no-more-cards-to-play, cash-in-your-chips, go-for-broke, take-it-or-leave-it, to-hell-with-you, cease-and-desist, endgame "deal". A pitiful village as a capital, no end to colonisation, no security, no army, no independent borders, no unity — in return…
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California Dreaming: Cannabis Cash, Public Banks–and the State's Own Mini-Fed?
Ellen Brown | truthdig.com | 2018-07-03
Los Angeles voters and California legislators exploring the public bank option may be breaking not just from Wall Street but from the Federal Reserve. | The post California Dreaming: Cannabis Cash, Public Banks–and the State's Own Mini-Fed? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Racist Woman Unleashes Anti-Immigrant Rant Demanding Bus Driver 'Call the Police.' They Did — On Her
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
"Get the f*ck out of my country! " the woman shouted. | An unnamed woman was caught on video in a racist rant on a Long Island bus. "Get the f*ck out of my country! " the woman shouted at a passenger who was recording her rant that included an attack on "illegal immigrants. ""It looks like she was intoxicated. I hope she wasn't normal thinking and talking like that. It's just very sad," passenger Michael Constantinides told News 12. The woman was arrested after being evicted from the bus. The Rockland County Commission on Human Rights is reportedly in contact with a passenger who recorded the incident and has since opted to file a complaint against the woman. Watch the disturbing footage below. | Related Stories: State Takeovers of Schools Are About Political Power — School Improvement Is a Right-Wing Ruse'Extraordinarily Petty and Callous': CNN's Chris Cuomo Slams Trump for Disrespecting Mass Shooting VictimsHere's Why a Trump Pardon Won't Save Michael Cohen from What's Coming…
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Corporate Supremes
Jack Random | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
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…
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'I'm Speaking Out Because They Can't': National Security Reporter Reveals the Very Real Danger of the GOP's Attacks on the Mueller Probe
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
"I'd like to put a human face — my own — to the risk posed by GOP gamesmanship on the Mueller investigation. " | National security reporter Marcy Wheeler made a startling revelation Tuesday on the Empty Wheel blog where she has covered the Russia investigation in meticulous detail. Republican efforts to scrutinize and discredit the investigation, she said, threaten the safety of a range of witnesses and sources involved in the case. This includes, she revealed, her. "Sometime last year, I went to the FBI and provided information on a person whom I had come to believe had played a significant role in the Russian election attack on the US," she wrote. She continued: "Several times since I first considered sharing information with the FBI, I've asked my attorney to contact the FBI to tell them of what I perceived to be a real threat. . .
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Saudis Trash UN Report on Child Casualties in Yemen Before Its Release
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-03
Despite overwhelming evidence, Saudi-coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al Malki slammed the still-unreleased report as "inaccurate" and asserted that the report's conclusions are based upon "unreliable facts." | The post Saudis Trash UN Report on Child Casualties in Yemen Before Its Release appeared first on MintPress News.
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Can Ben Jealous Unify Democrats against Larry Hogan?
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-03
Ben Jealous takes viewer questions and discusses what his primary win means for the future of the Democratic Party | The post Can Ben Jealous Unify Democrats against Larry Hogan? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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SPLC statement: Diversity in education benefits all
splcenter.org | splcenter.org | 2018-07-03
We are deeply disappointed in the Trump administration's decision today to move forward in rescinding a set of Obama-era policies that permit the consideration of race in college admissions decisions.
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Obrador Is on a Mission to Restore Mexico's Sovereignty
Dan Steinbock | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-03
For decades, the specter of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has haunted Mexico's ruling elites. His triumph on Sunday could change the country's domestic, regional, and international outlook, says Dan Steinbock. | The post Obrador Is on a Mission to Restore Mexico's Sovereignty appeared first on MintPress News.
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Movement gears up to stop Trump Supreme Court pick
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-03
WASHINGTON–With right-wing President Trump rushing towards nominating another right-wing U.S. Supreme Court justice, a mass movement is gearing up to stop him in his tracks — at least before November's election. The movement, including unions and other progressive groups, plans to hit the streets. But who will it aim at? Key female GOP Sens. Lisa …
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'How Is He Still There?!' MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Gets Worked Up About Trump's Most Corrupt Appointee Still Having a Job
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
There seems to be no end to the scandals arising from this administration. | Scandals keep emerging around Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt — the latest reports say he used his aides' credit cards to pay for hotel rooms and never paid them back — but nevertheless, he has kept his job under President Donald Trump. It's hard to imagine the latest reports will do him much damage since he has already faced a deluge of controversy and allegations of serious wrongdoing while maintaining the president's support. "How is he still there? ! " demanded MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, clearly baffled by the situation, on her show "Deadline: White House. ""Yeah, I don't really know, honestly," responded conservative commentator Bill Kristol. "It's not as if they can't get someone else in there who has, you know, conservative views on how the EPA should go about regulating,. . .
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Lindsey Graham Warns U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Would Be "Terrible" During Surprise Visit to Manbij
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-03
It remains to be seen how Graham plans to walk the fine line between his recently voiced support for Kurdish fighters and his desire to maintain a strong relationship with Turkey. | The post Lindsey Graham Warns U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Would Be "Terrible" During Surprise Visit to Manbij appeared first on MintPress News.
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State Takeovers of Schools Are About Political Power — School Improvement Is a Right-Wing Ruse
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
The school districts that are targeted for takeovers are in majority-Democratic cities with mostly black student populations and black political leadership. | When states take over local school districts — like they've done or are trying to do in Kentucky, Georgia and Mississippi — school improvement is typically the stated objective. Although the research on the effects of state takeovers on academic outcomes is mixed, takeovers often have devastating political and economic implications for black communities. As states increasingly attempt to take over school districts in major Southern cities, it's worth exploring whether school improvement is the real purpose, or whether political motives are at play. I raise this issue as the author of the first systematic study of state takeovers of local school districts. I am also a researcher who focuses racial and ethnic politics, urban. . .
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After Long Career Bailing Out Big Banks, Obama Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Now Runs Predatory Firm That Exploits the Poor for Profit
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
"Your economy, rigged to redistribute wealth to the top. " | After a lengthy government career defined by his central role in bailing out predatory Wall Street banks as former President Barack Obama's Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner appears to have found his true calling in the private sector, where he now heads a large financial institution that exploits the economic struggles of poor Americans for profit. As president of Warburg Pincus–a major New York private equity firm–Geithner helps manage a lucrative predatory lending outfit called Mariner Finance, which mass-mails loan checks to low-income Americans, hides exorbitant interest rates in the fine print, and quickly sues those who fail to repay the loan and interest in time, according to a detailed Washington Post report published late Sunday. "It's basically a way of monetizing poor people," John Lafferty, who worked as a manager trainee. . .
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"How Jack Became Black": Documentary explores race in America
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-03
There are many factors contributing to the tense political climate in the United States at the moment. One ever-present issue is that of race and systemic racism. Studies have shown that oppression based on race and racial tension is still a problem in the year 2018. The documentary film How Jack Became Black explores how …
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Paul Ryan Posted a Creepy Religious Video for Independence Day About the 'Blessings of America'
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
"In this Fourth of July season, let's remember this blessing we've been given. " | Paul Ryan has just turned the Fourth of July, Independence Day, into a religious holiday. The Speaker of the House posted a video, titled, "The Blessings of America," showing him talking with young (mostly white) people. "In this Fourth of July season," Speaker Ryan begins, "let's remember the blessings that we've been given in this amazing country. "Independence Day was created to celebrate America's independence from Britain. It was never a religious holiday — nor a "season. " In this 4th of July season, let's remember the blessings we've been given in this country–and let's be grateful for those who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our freedoms. pic. twitter. com/6dHaweRUTn– Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 3, 2018 | "It doesn't matter who. . .
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We Pissed Il Duce Off
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
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…
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Anti-LGBT roundup of events and activities: 07/03/18
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-07-03
The following is a list of activities and events of anti-LGBT organizations. Organizations listed as anti-LGBT hate groups are designated with an asterisk.
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Trump Continues Interviews With Supreme Court Candidates
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-03
WASHINGTON — President Trump spoke with three more potential Supreme Court candidates on Tuesday as a key senator privately aired concerns about one of the contenders. | That follows four Trump interviews with judicial candidates a day earlier, as well as a conversation with Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who is not regarded as a top contender. An administration official said Trump had spoken to seven candidates in total. | "These are very talented people, brilliant people," Trump said during an appearance in West Virginia. "We're going to give you a great one." | With trademark flair, Trump has said he'll announce his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday, choosing from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups. Top contenders include federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amul Thapar, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. | Trump has…
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Here's How Trump May Plot to Finally Fire Robert Mueller Once and for All
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
The president has been furious with Attorney General Jeff Sessions since he recused himself from the investigation. | President Donald Trump has a problem, and EPA chief Scott Pruitt may be the solution. Trump's problem is, of course, the Russia investigation. A person with less to hide might not think a credible investigation led by one of the most respected prosecutors in the country is a serious problem, but Trump has repeatedly treated it as an existential threat — suggesting that there's something, or many things, that he's trying to hide. So how can Pruitt help? Even as the administrator is engulfed in more scandals than there's space to list, he has one advantage going for him: He's already been approved by the Senate for a Cabinet position. That means as long as he doesn't resign, get fired, or get impeached, he's eligible to replace. . .
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A Baldwinite's Regret
Elliott MIller | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
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,…
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How Much All-Seeing AI Surveillance Is Too Much?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-03
As face-scanning technologies find new applications in store checkout lines, police body cameras and war zones, developers struggle to balance business opportunities with difficult moral decisions. | The post How Much All-Seeing AI Surveillance Is Too Much? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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GOP guest worker (zombie bill) lives on
David Bacon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-03
On Wednesday, June 27, the Republican effort to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill went down in flames for the second time in a month, due to divisions within their own party. The Republican effort to create a vast new guest worker program, however, has not ended. That effort has been headed by Rep. Bob …
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Outrage on the eve of Independence Day
splcenter.org | splcenter.org | 2018-07-03
On the eve of July 4, Independence Day, the Trump administration once again demonstrated its callousness toward the most vulnerable members of society.
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CNN Host Corners Rick Santorum for Falsely Claiming Asylum Seekers Were Not Separated by Trump's Policy: It's A 'Human Crisis'
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
"Court filings describe numerous cases in recent months in which families were separated after presenting themselves at a port of entry to ask for asylum," the LA times reported. | CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday systematically fact-checked former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum over Donald Trump's zero tolerance policy, describing the forced separation of families as a "human crisis" that was triggered by the president. Camerota asked Santorum if he has "any faith that these 2000-plus children will be reunited with their parents? "Santorum suggested "eventually" the families will be reunited, before arguing the children are "safe" in U. S. detention when compared with the alternative. "Sort of," Camerota replied. "I want to check that. Some are in foster care. Some were transported to New York City and New York state, thousands of miles where where they last saw their parents. We don't know if there's a. . .
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The Federal Government Keeps Deflating Trump's Wild Conspiracy Theories
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
The president has long been prone to pushing conspiracy theories with minimal evidence. | President Donald Trump launched his political brand on the basis of ridiculous and false claims about President Barack Obama's birth, so it's no surprise that he has continued to embrace outlandish conspiracy theories in office, even as they're consistently debunked. On Tuesday, two of Trump's recent conspiracy theories were decisively refuted, further demonstrating the president's disconnect from reality. First, ex-House staffer Imran Awan, the center of many right-wing conspiracy theories, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to bank fraud — essentially, he said he lied on a home equity loan application, as CNN reported. None other than the president had attacked the IT specialist for his connections to House Democrats and his supposedly nefarious involvement with the Democratic National Committee's servers. Trump and others made vague claims, trying to tie him to. . .
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Republican Congressman Barred From Entering Detention Camp for Children
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2018-07-03
Immigrant rights advocates earned a dramatic victory this week when a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration cannot indefinitely detain asylum seekers awaiting hearings. Still, more than a week after President Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of family separation, thousands of children remain in camps across the country, with no plan in place to reunite them with their parents. | According to Rep. Jeff Denham of California, at least 25 such boys and girls are being housed at a facility in the San Francisco suburb of Pleasant Hill. On Monday, the California congressman attempted to visit the detention center, which is in a district near the one he represents, only to be denied entry. As the Sacramento Bee reveals, "employees inside had been instructed to not answer the door, not to even…
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Justice Kennedy's LGBTQ Legacy Is at Risk of Being Entirely Wiped Out
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
A conservative justice could wipe out the progress made during his tenure. | Kennedy's departure from the Supreme Court has, understandably, prompted widespread concern about Roe v. Wade and abortion rights. Less salient but equally at risk is the court's progress on LGBTQ rights. While he was on the court, Kennedy was the decisive vote for the court's 5-4 pro-gay rights rulings. He wrote each of the court's landmark gay rights decisions, outlawing bans on same-sex sexual conduct, LGBTQ political advocacy and same-sex marriage at the state and federal level. Kennedy is the voice of the court's gay rights doctrine. Having tracked judicial progress on gay rights over the last decade, I'd argue that Kennedy's retirement puts this doctrine, and the movement, in jeopardy. Although his rulings on same-sex relationships have ushered in new freedoms for. . .
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30 Years in Prison for a Crime He Didn't Commit
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-03
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 | The post 30 Years in Prison for a Crime He Didn't Commit appeared first on The Real News Network.
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The Next Boat to Gaza
Elizabeth Murray | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
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…
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The Official Fake News
Serge Halimi | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
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…
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Educating David Frum About the Trade Deficit
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
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…
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A New ICE Policy Offers Immigrants Separated from Their Kids a Cruel Choice: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
The administration's appears to have little interest in treating immigrants and refugees with basic respect. | As thousands of immigrant kids struggle with the consequences of the Trump administration's decision to separate them from their families, a new report Tuesday revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has started issuing parents forms that require them to make a stark choice. The forms, as first reported by NBC News, ask parents to agree to either reunite with their children in exchange for agreeing to return to their home countries, or to agree to leave the United States without their child at all. "We are seeing cases where people who have passed credible fear interviews and have pending asylum claims are being given this form," lawyer Lee Gelernt, who works for the American Civil Liberties Union, told NBC. The credible fear interview is the first hurdle people. . .
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Trump Admin's Roll-Back of Affirmative Action will Reduce Black Enrollment
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-03
Trump officials announced that schools and colleges should no longer use racial diversity as guideline for admissions. The consequence will be lower enrollment figures for people of color and a set-up for a new Supreme Court challenge to eliminate affirmative action entirely, says Kamau Franklin | The post Trump Admin's Roll-Back of Affirmative Action will Reduce Black Enrollment appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Trump Lashes Out in Error-Filled Tweet About the Media Criticizing His Poor Grammar and Spelling
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
It's not just the erroneous capitalization that's the problem. | President Donald Trump decided to lash out on Twitter at the media once again on Tuesday — this time for critiquing his poor spelling and grammar as displayed in his tweets. And as usual, the tweet was filled with errors: After having written many best selling books, and somewhat priding myself on my ability to write, it should be noted that the Fake News constantly likes to pour over my tweets looking for a mistake. I capitalize certain words only for emphasis, not b/c they should be capitalized! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2018The first error is that Trump claims to have written books. This is almost certainly false. It's not clear he's written any of the books with his name on them. His most famous book, The Art of the Deal,. . .
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A Hero Who Saves America from Donald Trump: Is Michael Cohen the Next John Dean?
Amanda Marcotte, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
Here we are, 45 years later, and once again we see the president's lawyer as a possible star witness against him. | If there's one thing that must give a shady businessman or corrupt politician sleepless nights it's the knowledge that his attorney is about to cooperate with federal prosecutors in a case against him. The lawyer is the one person, with the exception of his spouse (and maybe not even then), entrusted with his most nefarious secrets. If that lawyer is also his self-described "fixer," already known to pay hush money and personally threaten people on his behalf, well, let's just say sleepless nights aren't the half of it. Back in April of 1973, the president of the United States, Richard Nixon, woke up one morning to learn that former White House counsel John Dean had been cooperating with federal prosecutors who. . .
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Chicago Petcoke Battle Prepared Residents to Fight for More Protections
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-03
It was activism by residents of Chicago's Southeast Side that forced a company that stored massive piles of petroleum coke there to install air monitors to keep tabs on harmful dust from its operation. | When federal regulators analyzed the data from the monitors, they found something else in the air: high levels of manganese, a neurotoxin and byproduct of steel-making. | The extent of the manganese problem became clear around the same time residents won a significant victory in their battle against petcoke. KCBX, the company storing it, was forced to enclose or eliminate the piles; company officials chose to remove them. | Because residents had mobilized around the petcoke issue, they were ready to fight to demand protections from the dangerously high levels of manganese, which were likely coming from a metals storage company called S.H. Bell, as revealed…
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With Superdelegate Reform, is the Democratic Party Now Democratic?
Dwayne Gladden | therealnews.com | 2018-07-03
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 | The post With Superdelegate Reform, is the Democratic Party Now Democratic? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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These Cops Are Trying to Ban Books Exposing Police Brutality at a South Carolina School
Kelly Macias, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
So much for freedom of thought and a lack of censorship in education. | Police outside of Charleston, South Carolina, don't believe that high school students should read about police brutality. So even though two books on the subject were assigned on a summer reading list for a high school freshman class, local police made sure to express their objections. The Hate U Give is a book about a teenage girl dealing with the shooting of her unarmed best friend at the hands of police. All American Boys chronicles the experience of a teenage boy who is wrongly accused of stealing and then is beaten by a police officer. Both are award-winning books that made it on to the New York Times bestseller list. Neither book is required–they are two on a list of eight and students are only asked. . .
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Saudi Arabia's Religious Diplomacy Targets Jerusalem
DJMD | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-03
A UAE-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam's holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom's quest for regional hegemony. | The post Saudi Arabia's Religious Diplomacy Targets Jerusalem appeared first on MintPress News.
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Ecology: The Keystone Science
William Hawes | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
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Leslie Smith and Project Spearhead vs. UFC: Round 2
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-03
Leslie Smith and Project Spearhead leveled a direct blow against the UFC Friday, June 29, knocking them back against the cage and onto one knee. Region 4 of the National Labor Relations Board found in favor of Smith's unfair labor practice charge and said it would be filing a complaint against the UFC, barring settlement. …
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Israel Preparing for Complete Annexation of the West Bank, UN Warns
ZeroHedge.com | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-03
Analysts have predicted that US absence from the UNHRC will give the Palestinian and Arab side more influence at the council; however, time will tell if more countries will eventually bow to US pressure. | The post Israel Preparing for Complete Annexation of the West Bank, UN Warns appeared first on MintPress News.
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Iran Accuses US of Anchoring Chemical Weapons-Laden Ship in the Region
ZeroHedge.com | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-03
Multiple Russian and Middle East news sources are reporting new accusations by the Iranian military that a US ship carrying chemical weapons has recently anchored in the Persian Gulf and in engaged in a "dangerous plot", though not naming the particular "Gulf state" territorial waters at which the ship docked. | The accusation comes just as a major seven week US military exercise, Operation Nautical Horizon, has concluded in the Persian Gulf which involved the same military transport ship that decommissioned Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpiles. | Iran's Press TV reported that senior Iranian military spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said the US Navy's MV Cape Ray vessel had docked at the coast of one of the Persian Gulf Arab countries after recently being escorted into the region by an American warship, and implied further that chemicals carried by the ship…
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Is Michael Cohen Ready to Save the US From Donald Trump?
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-03
If there's one thing that must give a shady businessman or corrupt politician sleepless nights it's the knowledge that his attorney is about to cooperate with federal prosecutors in a case against him. The lawyer is the one person, with the exception of his spouse (and maybe not even then), entrusted with his most nefarious secrets. If that lawyer is also his self-described "fixer," already known to pay hush money and personally threaten people on his behalf, well, let's just say sleepless nights aren't the half of it. | Back in April of 1973, the president of the United States, Richard Nixon, woke up one morning to learn that former White House counsel John Dean had been cooperating with federal prosecutors who were investigating his administration's involvement in the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters the previous spring. He had good reason to…
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Valuing Life More than Borders
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-03
"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…
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Heat Waves and Climate Change: Mass Media Fails to Make the Connection
Dwayne Gladden | therealnews.com | 2018-07-03
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 | The post Heat Waves and Climate Change: Mass Media Fails to Make the Connection appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles takes a knee
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-03
LOS ANGELES–A ten-year landmark has just passed in this city. Only a few thousand people took notice of it, but wow, did they stand up and cheer! The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles is celebrating its first decade of serving minority youth, especially African-American and Latinx, helping them to master musical instruments and …
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Mom Confronts EPA Head At DC Restaurant And Asks Him to Resign: We Need Someone 'Who Actually Does Protect our Environment'
Democracy Now! | alternet.org | 2018-07-03
"This is my son. He loves animals. He loves clean air. He loves clean water. " | Meanwhile, on Monday, Scott Pruitt fled a restaurant after he was confronted during lunch by a schoolteacher holding her child. The woman, Kristin Mink, posted a video of their interaction online. Kristin Mink: "This is my son. He loves animals. He loves clean air. He loves clean water. Meanwhile, you're slashing strong fuel standards for cars and trucks for the benefit of big corporations. You've been paying about 50 bucks a night to stay in a D. C. condo that's connected to an energy lobbying firm, while approving their dirty sands pipeline. We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all of us, including our children. So, I would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out. "Pruitt did not respond, but he left soon after. BREAKING VIDEO: A mother confronts EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt, calling for his resignation. pic. twitter. com/MShYj8eZyT– TAP ALERTS (@TAPAlerts) July 3, 2018…
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