2018-07-05: News Headlines

A.C. Thompson, Pro Publica (2018-07-05). He Is a Member of a Violent White Supremacist Group. So Why Is He Working for a Defense Contractor With a Security Clearance? alternet.org Michael Miselis took part in the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. So far, it hasn't damaged his standing at Northrop Grumman. | There likely isn't such a thing as a "typical" violent white extremist in America in 2018. Still, Michael Miselis — a University of California, Los Angeles doctoral student with a U. S. government security clearance to work on sensitive research for a prominent defense contractor — makes for a pretty unusual case. For months, ProPublica and Frontline have been working to identify the white supremacists at the center of violent demonstrations across the country, including the infamous Unite the Right rally last August in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Rise Above Movement, a Southern California group that expresses contempt for Muslims, Jews, and immigrants, became a focus of that effort. ProPublica and Frontline were able to quickly identify a number of the. . .

Sheldon Richman (2018-07-05). Why Does Palestine Matter? counterpunch.org Photo by young shanahan | CC BY 2.0 | Why does Palestine matter? It's a question I ask myself nearly every day. Another way to put it is, "Is the devotion of major attention to the plight of the Palestinians an obsession worthy of suspicion or an appropriate response to a grave historic and continuing injustice? | No one will be surprised when I reply that major attention is an appropriate response. Palestine matters and should matter. I will try to explain why. | First, perhaps most basically, the sheer cruelty — the scope of the violation of human, i.e., natural individual, rights — of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians warrants the concern of all who favor freedom and other (classical) liberal values: justice, social cooperation, free exchange, and peace. | Let's start with the Occupied Palestinian Territories. As B'Tselem, the Israeli…

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-07-05). A Giant Angry 'Trump Baby' Blimp Will Fly Over London During the President's Visit. alternet.org The furious infant will take to the skies on July 13th with the support of London Mayor Sadiq Khan. | An inflatable " Trump baby" blimp measuring approximately six meters in height has been given the green light to fly over London during President Donald Trump's visit. The angry infant will take to the skies on July 13th with the support of London Mayor Sadiq Khan. "The Mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms," a spokesperson said. "His city operations team have met with the organisers and have given them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp. "A spokesperson for the art activists behind the blimp told press: "We are just a small group of friends who set out to show that fascists are not welcome in the UK. ""We. . .

Philip M. Giraldi (2018-07-05). Leader of the Free World: Imperial Hubris Redefined. mintpressnews.com There have been two developments in the past month that illustrate clearly what is wrong with the White House's perception of America's place in the world. Going far beyond the oft-repeated nonsense that the United States is somehow the "leader of the free world," the Trump Administration has taken several positions that sustain the bizarre view that such leadership can only be exercised if the United States is completely dominant in all relevant areas. Beyond that, Washington is now also asserting that those who do not go along with the charade and abide by the rules laid down will be subject to punishment to force compliance. | The first issue has to do with outer space. There is an international treaty agreed to in 1967, the so-called Outer Space Treaty, which has been signed by 107 countries including most Europeans, Russia, China and…

Staff (2018-07-05). Countries Involved in the Iran Deal to Meet With Rouhani — Without the U.S. Present. truthdig.com The five foreign ministers, minus U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, of the countries signatory to the 2015 Iran deal on curbing its civilian nuclear enrichment program, are set to meet in Vienna.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-05). A Nationwide Campaign to Take Back Cities From the Corporations That Rule Them. truthout.org On June 20, the Partnership for Working Families, a national network of advocacy organizations, announced the launch of a brand new campaign dubbed "We Make This City." It consists of 10 cities — Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Jose and Seattle — fighting for access to and a say over public infrastructure, from transit to housing to schools to water. | "It is a reaction to … the erosion of the public sector, the erosion of public goods and the erosion of regular people having a direct say in shaping the futures of the areas in which they live," Partnership for Working Families deputy director Lauren Jacobs told In These Times. It's also in opposition to "the rise in corporations having an outsized role in shaping the direction and future of cities," she said. | There's…

Middle East Monitor (2018-07-05). Trump to Saudi Arabia: Lower Oil Prices or We Won't 'Defend' You. mintpressnews.com The situation has put Saudi in a precarious position and it's probably one which the Kingdom has not foreseen having pushed the US to take such a hard line against the Iranians.

Martha Rosenberg (2018-07-05). Please Eat Our Cheese the Dairy Lobby Pleads. counterpunch.org Which food would you prefer? One that is full of fat, cholesterol, calories, pus, antibiotics and pesticides whose production causes huge environmental destruction and cruelty to animals or a dairy-free product? Millions are choosing the latter—dairy-free milks like soy, rice, oat, coconut, pea, almond, cashew, hemp, flax, hazelnut and quinoa. Non-dairy milks generated $1.4 billion More

Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos (2018-07-05). 'Somebody Could Die': Conditions Worsen at California Prison Detaining 1,000 Migrants. alternet.org Just weeks ago, an inmate at the prison committed suicide. | Conditions are worsening in the Victorville, California, federal prison that has been forced to detain 1,000 migrants due to the Trump administration's escalated arrests at the U. S/Mexico border. The facility, already facing budget cuts that have left it understaffed—officials have put "medical staff, teachers, food service workers, and other prison employees . . . on guard duty to cover the prison's basic functions"—has reported an outbreak of chicken pox and scabies among detainees. "Staff who spoke to HuffPost said that, if medical conditions continue to worsen, they fear a riot could break out": Staffers had raised the alarm that medical conditions were already unsafe due to understaffing at the Mojave Desert prison before the detainees' arrival, which increased the total imprisoned population to 4,500. No additional staffers have. . .

Chris Wright (2018-07-05). Glimmers of Hope: the Death of the Old and Arrival of the Young. counterpunch.org If there is a silver lining in Donald Trump's sadistic presidency, we saw it on vivid display on June 26. The victories of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ben Jealous against establishment candidates confirm what many have been saying since last year, that Trump is one of the greatest recruiting tools the left has ever had. He More

Tim Libretti (2018-07-05). Alito's folly, part 2: SCOTUS paves the way for privatization. peoplesworld.org Read Part 1 of this article here. The Supreme Court's recent ruling in the Janus case, ordering that public employees cannot be required to pay agency fees to unions that might represent them, poses a significant challenge to the fiscal health of public sector unions. This is certain. Unions, of course, can overcome this obstacle […]…

Camilo Gómez (2018-07-05). The Complex Relationship Between Socialists and Immigration. counterpunch.org Socialists of different varieties have been debating immigration for a long time. Some socialists argue that immigrants bring down wages and weaken the welfare state because they raise the costs of keeping it intact. Critics think that this is just an electoral strategy, but there may be some political philosophy beyond the left's immigration skepticism. More

Samantha Borek (2018-07-05). Federal Judge Rules Against Indefinite and Arbitrary Detention for Asylum Seekers. truthout.org A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration may not arbitrarily detain people seeking asylum. US District Judge James Boasberg ruled asylum seekers who have passed a credible fear interview should be given humanitarian parole, not indefinite detention. The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights First and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. We speak with Eunice Lee, co-legal director at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. | Please check back later for full transcript.

Lance Olsen (2018-07-05). A Once and Future Conservation: Business as Usual, Interrupted. counterpunch.org Throughout recent decades, many in the forest and wildlife conservation communities have organized around concerns over the adverse effects of business-as-usual in the logging industry. Grappling with these concerns has become business-as-usual for many in the conservation community. It's becoming increasingly clear that neither of the business-as-usual models is likely to meet widely stated goals More

Mark Fiore (2018-07-05). Independence Donald (Video). truthdig.com July holiday, there's no telling what might happen. Let's hope it's just a calm vacation that doesn't have any surprises in store for Democracy. | The President is enjoying asserting his power and luxuriating in those Supreme Court wins. And he never EVER called for anything nasty to happen to journalists, right? He's just joking about beating up protesters, or maybe not? Trump is a master at trailing off the end of those "joke" statements. Leave it hanging so you can wiggle out of whatever you were saying later if need be.

Staff (2018-07-05). Why Is a White Supremacist Working for a Defense Contractor With a Security Clearance? truthdig.com Michael Miselis took part in the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year. So far, it hasn't damaged his standing at Northrop Grumman.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-05). One Year After A Devastating Fire, a Community Demands Relief From Neglect. therealnews.com An entire block of homes remains uninhabitable in the working class neighborhood of Curtis Bay in Baltimore one year after a fire destroyed an entire block. Activists say the lack of rebuilding points to the need for an equitable affordable housing fund

Merula Furtado (2018-07-05). Trump's Vote Suppressor, Kris Kobach, Is Running for Governor of Kansas. truthout.org Kris Kobach is running for the Republican Party's nomination for governor of Kansas. If he wins the party's nomination, the deeply red state that gave the US Sam Brownback could very well elect him. You might know the name, but you probably wouldn't recognize Kobach, who is currently the state's secretary of state, if you stood next to him waiting to use a Porta Potty at the Kansas State Fair. Kobach is, despite massive evidence to the contrary, single-minded in claiming widespread voter fraud. He is, as Esquire's Charles P. Pierce recently characterized him, "the nation's most prominent vote-suppressor." He is also one of the nation's chief anti-immigration warriors, supporting an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and often tying refugees to terrorism. | In a recent court ruling, Kobach was handed a major setback by…

Hatewatch Staff (2018-07-05). Hatewatch Headlines 7/5/2018. splcenter.org Half the nation thinks Trump is racist; Migrants enduring horrific conditions; Are algorithms destroying American society? And more.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-05). Ocasio-Cortez's Climate Platform Is Just What the Planet — and the Democrats — Need. truthout.org Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently won her Democratic primary to represent New York's deep blue 14th Congressional District — defeating a longtime representative who was a poweful player in the party — is running on a climate platform that is exciting scientists and constituents alike. | Ocasio-Cortez "strongly supports transitioning the United States to a carbon-free, 100 percent renewable energy system and a fully modernized electrical grid by 2035," which, according to her platform, she hopes to achieve by "encouraging the electrification of vehicles, sustainable home heating, distributed rooftop solar generation, and the conversion of the power grid to zero-emissions energy sources." | "It's time to shift course and implement a Green New Deal — a transformation that implements structural changes to our political and financial systems in order to alter the trajectory of our environment," the platform declares. "The Green New Deal…

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-07-05). Trump's Trade War Finally Pushes Republicans to the Edge — But They Still Won't Confront Him. alternet.org Orrin Hatch, Bob Corker and other Republicans hate Donald Trump's destructive trade war. Will they do anything? | When it comes to the Republican Party, Donald Trump can do no wrong. Sure, he's ignorant and undisciplined and has taken a wrecking ball to our democracy at home and our alliances abroad. His administration is the most openly corrupt in history and he is personally under investigation for possible conspiracy with a foreign power. But nobody's perfect! His followers love him, the economy is working well for rich people again, they're going to get their solid Supreme Court majority and he signed their massive tax cut bill. Who are they to rock the boat over rampant corruption and betrayal of national security? As I have written many times going all the way back to the presidential campaign, the Trump phenomenon exposed something important about. . .

Merula Furtado (2018-07-05). We Will Not Be Silenced by ICE: Writing After Deportation. truthout.org Six months after my husband was deported, I was diagnosed with PTSD. Every sight of law enforcement brought panic, and every night brought recurring nightmares of being trapped behind bars and unable to move, unable to breathe. Privileged to access treatment, I undertook Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, a psychotherapy treatment for traumatic memories that revealed the height of my trauma: the moment of my husband's arrest. | It was May 10, 2007. My NYU graduation was scheduled for 10 a.m.; so was my husband's check-in with ICE. At the last minute, we left my cap and gown in the closet and went to Federal Plaza. We were applying to adjust his status based on our marriage. After an ICE officer behind a desk told us my husband would not be detained, seven armed officers flooded the room. The officer who…

Ramzy Baroud (2018-07-05). 'Deal of the Century' is Not New and the PA Leadership is Not a Victim. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's 'deal of the century' will fail. Palestinians will not exchange their 70-year long struggle for freedom for Jared Kushner's cash; nor will Israel accept even if there is a demilitarized Palestinian state in the West Bank. The order of that anticipated failure is likely to go something like this: the Palestinian Authority (PA) More

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon (2018-07-05). What It Means to be an American in 2018. alternet.org Things may look bad right now, but we're in better shape than we think, and this is still a great country | It was spring in Afghanistan, the opium crop had already been harvested, and all through the Kunar River valley, young boys could be seen going through the fields cutting down the dry stalks of the poppy plants, bundling them, and strapping them to their backs to carry back to the family compound to be used as fuel for cooking stoves. I was traveling the road from Jalalabad to Asadabad, an outlaw smuggling town on the border with Pakistan largely controlled by Taliban fighters and their local allies. It was a dangerous place. A few years later, the hit documentary "Restrepo" would be filmed only a few miles away up the Korengal valley along the Pech River, where battles between the 173rd. . .

TeleSur English (2018-07-05). Ecuador Suspends New Ambassador Trip to Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com Ecuador's foreign ministry released statements protesting the declarations of "neighbor governments" regarding the judicial case against former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

Randi Nord (2018-07-05). US-Saudis Launch Terror Attack on Wedding Killing and Wounding 22 in Yemen. mintpressnews.com The US-backed Saudi-led coalition has launched yet another terror attack on yet another Yemeni wedding. The most recent prior similar attack took place in late April of this year. It's common for the U.S.-Saudi coalition to target civilians gathering en mass at funerals, celebrations, refugee camps, and crowded weekend markets. | 22 civilians in Saada province were killed or injured after U.S.-supplied warplanes attacked a wedding. | This is just one of several similar terror attacks in the past few weeks. | The Saudi coalition relies on the United States for weapons logistical support for selecting airstrike targets. | U.S.-Saudi Strike on Wedding in Yemen is Just the Latest Mass Terror Attack on Civilians: | The most recent Yemeni wedding attack took place on Tuesday in Saada province. Saada province might be subjected to more airstrike attacks on homes, cars, and civilian infrastructure…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-07-05). CNN Panel Explodes After Conservative Says Birtherism is the Same As Calling Trump Racist. alternet.org "Donald Trump talks like a racist, thinks like a racist, conjures emotions that give support to white nationalists, yeah, he's a racist," Michael Eric Dyson said. | Preacher Michael Eric Dyson on Thursday battled CNN's Scott Jennings over Donald Trump's numerous displays of racism and bigotry, calling him "complicit in the racist animus of this country. "Dyson and Jennings were speaking with host Alisyn Camerota about a recent poll indicating half of all Americans think Trump is racist. Jennings said the poll is a "reflection of the extreme political polarization we live in in America right now. ""We are willing to ascribe all of the worst motivations to every policy view, to every action that our political opponents tae," Jennings complained. "In this case what the people who disapprove of Trump believe he's a racist and everything he does must be rooted in racism.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-05). Detained Mothers Are Organizing to Reunite With Their Kids. truthout.org While the government struggles to reunite families who have been separated at the border under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, one detained Honduran woman has been organizing mothers behind bars to help find their children. The New Yorker reports that Mabel Gonzales has carefully documented the cases of mothers who have been separated from their children at a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, where she is currently jailed. Gonzales herself was separated from her two teenage sons eight months before the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy. She records the details of other separated mothers despite not being allowed to have a notebook while detained. She then shares the information with the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso to help separated mothers locate their children. We speak with Linda Rivas, executive director and lead attorney of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center. | Please check back later for full transcript.

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2018-07-05). Where Did Tax Benefits Trump Promised Average Americans Go? Straight to Big Oil, Big Pharma and Their Crappy Insurance. alternet.org "American families are seeing this tax cut law for what it is—a scam. " | Any tax cuts working families received this year after the Republican Party pushed through its tax law have likely been canceled out by higher costs of gas, healthcare, and other necessities, according to Americans for Tax Fairness (AFT), due to President Donald Trump's policies. The average American family is paying $420 more per year for fuel than they did before Trump entered office in January 2017, the group said this week, while Trump's changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will cost middle class households an average of $2,000 more in healthcare costs than they paid previously. While traveling around the country selling their tax proposal, Republicans including Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis. ) promised an average tax cut of $1,182 for the average American family—far. . .

Elliott Gabriel (2018-07-05). China Warns Tourists to US of Gun Violence, Extreme Weather, Rampant Crime. mintpressnews.com The U.S. witnessed a 4 percent drop in foreign tourist visits last year. The decline has been called the "Trump Slump" by observers, who credit the outrage sparked by Trump administration policies such as the discriminatory anti-Muslim travel ban and other xenophobic measures.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-05). The Far Right Regards Human Inequality as "Natural" truthout.org

| For people who thought the US far right was an irrelevant lunatic fringe, the 2016 presidential race seemed like madness. It was bad enough that the victor was a right-wing populist who called for excluding people from the country based on ethnicity or religion, advocated torture, boasted about sexually assaulting women, and encouraged his supporters to beat up dissenters at campaign rallies. But on top of that, his campaign…

Mark Maxey (2018-07-05). Folk singer goes 360 for WoodyFest 2018. peoplesworld.org OKEMAH, Okla.—"I picked out ten different songs, that Nora (Guthrie) showed me," Joel Rafael related in an exclusive interview with People's World. "These song lyrics were Woody's own writing and never recorded." Five of those songs ended up on Joel's first of two albums of Woody Guthrie songs. Joel Rafael and John Trudell's band, Bad […]…

Staff (2018-07-05). How Biased Western Reportage Has Harmed Venezuela. truthdig.com Alan MacLeod's "Bad News From Venezuela" makes a concise and well-argued case against media corruption that has succeeded in hanging the "dictatorship" label on the South American nation.

Robert Feuer (2018-07-05). A Tale of Two Protests. counterpunch.org This past week I traveled to El Paso, Texas with the Albuquerque Teachers Federation to protest the detaining of children from immigrant families. The first day's events featured speakers from all the Abrahamic religions. Quoting passages from holy text, the theological speakers denounced inhumane policies that were designed to traumatize their victims in what appears More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-07-05). Lawmakers demand AT&T end call center cuts, settle with Communications Workers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — With 14,000 telecom workers ever closer to being forced to strike, groups of House and Senate Democrats are demanding Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, both end call center cuts and settle with Communications Workers of America (CWA), who represent the employees at AT&T Midwest and Legacy T, two of the giant firm's subsidiaries. […]…

Daniel Drennan (2018-07-05). Families Belong Together: Child Separation as a Function of Capital. counterpunch.org The current movements in support of immigrant children and reunion with parents is a welcome sight. At the same time, they represent a stinging hypocrisy for one group of people, whose voices raised on behalf of those displaced, dispossessed, and disinherited have often gone willfully unheard: adopted persons and those who have experienced foster care. More

Kevin Gosztola (2018-07-05). Establishment Democrats Rely on Identity Politics to Ignore How Socialism Is Energizing Voters. mintpressnews.com Ocasio-Cortez, who is a 28-year-old Latina working class activist from the Bronx, defeated 10-term congressman, Representative Joe Crowley, in the primary on June 26. She is also a Democratic Socialists of America member and organizer for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

The Conversation (2018-07-05). The Mexican Presidential Election Was a Victory for Democracy. alternet.org The country's turnout was its highest of the democratic era. | Andrés Manuel López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, has won a landslide victory in Mexico's presidential elections. He now stands poised to form the country's first left-wing government for generations, and his triumph has stirred great hope — but it comes with enormous challenges. While AMLO won't take office until December 1, he has already established a transition team to start addressing corruption, violence and inequality — the scourges of Mexico's long and unfinished journey to full democracy. This includes the grave human rights crisis of the past 10 years, which has seen more than 200,000 killed and 35,000 disappeared. It's a tall order. Then again, he and his party have already achieved something remarkable by Mexico's standards: trouncing the political establishment in a vote that seems to have been. . .

Pepe Escobar (2018-07-05). The Trump-Putin Summit and the Syria Tug-of-War. mintpressnews.com Trump and Putin are likely to discuss the tricky situation in southern Syria when they meet; while the US president says he wants US forces back home, the CIA, Pentagon and Israel may be happier to see them stay so the war-torn state remains unstable

Chris Gilbert (2018-07-05). Venezuela's Embarrassment of Riches? Socialism is Not in a Race Against Capitalism. counterpunch.org Just a few years ago, it was common for intellectuals associated with Latin America's twenty-first century processes to discuss what seemed to be an urgent problem. Their worry was that the very success of these processes of change, such as Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution and Ecuador's Citizens' Revolution, had resulted in a new group of people More

Samantha Borek (2018-07-05). Republicans Finally Turn on Trump's Trade War, but Will They Confront Him? truthout.org When it comes to the Republican Party, Donald Trump can do no wrong. Sure, he's ignorant and undisciplined and has taken a wrecking ball to our democracy at home and our alliances abroad. His administration is the most openly corrupt in history, and he is personally under investigation for possible conspiracy with a foreign power. But nobody's perfect! His followers love him, the economy is working well for rich people again, they're going to get their solid Supreme Court majority and he signed their massive tax cut bill. Who are they to rock the boat over rampant corruption and betrayal of national security? | As I have written many times, going all the way back to the presidential campaign, the Trump phenomenon exposed something important about the conservative movement which has spent decades building up an edifice of ideology that went beyond simply…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-05). The Baltimore Bureau Podcast Show: June 29, 2018. therealnews.com Dharna, Baynard and Khalilah reflect on the progressive wins in the week's primary elections, the death of five staffers at the Capital Gazette, and anti-labor sentiment locally and nationally

Staff (2018-07-05). Don't Let Trump Make America Hate Again. truthdig.com This holiday weekend, as families picnic together nationwide, let's remember that other families have been torn apart and jailed, and that much of the bounty enjoyed at those picnics will have been harvested by immigrant hands.

Binoy Kampmark (2018-07-05). Send in the Troops! Deploying the ADF against Rioters. counterpunch.org Such moves should trouble any constructive dissenter and civil libertarian: the vesting of powers in a military force to be used against domestic disturbances. While the United States has a troubled history with it, posse comitatusstill remains something of a letter restricting the deployment of the US armed forces on the streets of the country's More

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-07-05). At Least 3 Rhino Poachers Killed by Lions at South Africa Nature Preserve. alternet.org Police have not identified the slain humans | At least three suspected poachers were apparently killed by lions while hunting rhinos at a South Africa wildlife reserve. Rangers found human remains Tuesday at Sibuya Game Reserve, and police returned the following morning to look for poachers, reported the Sunday Times. Investigators found a human head, along with other body parts and limbs, along with three pairs of empty shoes, according to the Daily Mail. A rifle and an ax were also found at the lion camp. Police have not identified the slain humans, and they're testing the rifle to determine whether they were poachers. Nine rhinos have been shot and killed by poachers so far this year on Eastern Cape reserves. Three white rhinos were killed by poachers at Sibuya in June 2016, and three rhinos were killed in May at the nearby Port Alfred Nature Reserves.

Kathy Deacon (2018-07-05). Teething Pains. counterpunch.org Dentistry in its current state is a bit like the Wild West–each practitioner a private entrepreneur–free of meaningful oversight or accountability, dentists organize into county professional societies to defend each other from legal liability—in the spirit of "an injury to one is an injury to all"—a self-serving arrangement necessitating a caveat-emptor attitude on the part of the consumer. More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-07-05). Trump Threats of WTO Pullout Spark Fear of "Law of the Jungle," End to Neoliberal Globalization. mintpressnews.com The United States has employed the WTO as a means to establish its transnational corporations' dominance in less-developed markets, using the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO to win far more trade disputes than any other country in the body.

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-07-05). 'You Are Complicit': Martha's Vineyard Residents Blast 'Shunned' Alan Dershowitz in Scathing Emails. alternet.org "Rather than ruin parties, porches, and beaches, let's just not talk because there's no issue to discuss. " | firing back after the renowned Harvard defense attorney whined in an op-ed that he was being socially "shunned" for defending President Donald Trump. Dershowitz is a Democrat who financially supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. He's drawn fire for defending Trump in the media and espousing a libertarian-leaning view that there should be no special counsel investigating Trump. Walter Teller, a well-known entertainment lawyer and longtime resident of Martha's Vineyard, sent a scathing group email to Derschowitz explaining exactly why he'd been booted from the social club. An individual who received a forwarded version shared it with the press. "You thereby gave Trump an opportunity to use you and your positions in his own defense, to wave you like his pom-pom. How unfortunate for all of. . .

RT (2018-07-05). 'This MAGA hat will go great in my fireplace, b*tch': Teen Trump fan attacked in restaurant (VIDEO). rt.com A trip to a fast food outlet with his friends turned into a traumatic incident for a Texas teen when he was targeted by a man for wearing a Donald Trump 'Make America Great Again' hat.

Lee Fang (2018-07-05). Donald Trump Law Enforcement Appointees Previously Worked for ICE Contractors. theintercept.com As the recent family separation policy demonstrates, President Donald Trump wears his zeal for immigration enforcement on his sleeve. Some of his high-level appointees wear it on their savings accounts: A handful of senior officials placed in law enforcement roles by Trump previously drew their paychecks from companies that contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. | The officials serve in a number of roles in federal law enforcement. Take, for instance, the top federal prosecutor in Indiana, U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II, who was sworn in last year to serve in the Justice Department. He previously provided legal services to GEO Group, the sprawling private prison corporation that contracts with ICE to detain immigrants. | At least one official went from working with ICE contractors to working directly as a federal employee. Thomas Blank, the chief of staff at…

RT (2018-07-05). 'To prevent veterans' suicide, US should stop waging wars across the globe'. rt.com Moral injury is the real reason why US veterans are committing suicide, as they realize all the horrors of war and innocent people killed were for nothing but US corporate interests, US Iraq war veteran Vince Emanuele told RT. |

RT (2018-07-05). San Diego Air Museum's Independence Day post sparks Twitterstorm over Su-25s smoking Russian colors. rt.com A controversy has unfolded on Twitter after San Diego Air and Space Museum celebrated Independence Day by posting a jubilant image of Soviet-made Su-25 jets trailing smoke in the colors of the Russian flag.

RT (2018-07-05). Twitter accuses Republican senators of defiling America after spending July 4 in Moscow. rt.com A group of Republican senators have been accused of treason after spending July 4 in Moscow. Real patriots spend Independence Day eating potato salad on US soil, according to astute Twitter users.

RT (2018-07-05). 2 US Marines ordered to pay $240k to family of Okinawa assault victim. rt.com Two US Marines have been ordered to pay 26.42 million yen ($239,000) compensation to the family of a taxi driver whom the pair brutally attacked on the Japanese island of Okinawa a decade ago. |

RT (2018-07-05). 'Police brutality first hand': Shocking Austin arrest video sparks internal review (VIDEO). rt.com Startling video footage of an Austin police officer repeatedly punching a restrained man has prompted an internal probe. |

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2018-07-04). 'I Can't Afford That': Trapped and Injured by Subway Car, Woman Begged Bystanders Not to Call Ambulance Due to Expense. alternet.org "In the face of a grave injury, a series of calculations follow. . . This discord, between agony and arithmetic, has become America's story, too. " | As Americans across the country celebrate Independence Day with parades, barbecues, and fireworks displays, the story of a woman begging bystanders not to call an ambulance after she was injured in an accident went viral this week—with universal healthcare advocates pointing to the incident as clear evidence that a Medicare for All system would bring gravely-needed relief to all Americans. The woman's leg became trapped between a subway car and platform on Friday night in Boston. Surveillance footage showed other passengers rushing to help the woman, who sustained a deep wound on her leg. A Boston Globe journalist who happened to be on the platform reported that the woman told the crowd she wouldn't be able to afford a. . .

Alastair Crooke (2018-07-04). As Trump 'Goes Nuclear' Against Iran and China, What's Next? mintpressnews.com At least it is clear; it's explicit. The "We're America, Bitch" formulation by an American official strips away the humbug of soft power. It's not about 'democracy' or 'freedom': the global universal order never was. And, President Trump, to his credit, makes no bones about it: Why apologise over American power? It's use it, or lose it — and America is still strong enough to get its way: to remain the Dominant One, he asserts. | China begs to differ. It has already surpassed the US in 2013 in purchasing power parity GDP terms, and now feels history on the move: China is about to resume its former 'self', and standing as the primordial Culture (as it believes it always was), occupying the very middle of the world. The material articulation now, of this rediscovered 'self', being the Belt and Road…

Kenneth Surin (2018-07-04). Return to Houston. counterpunch.org 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. More

David Schultz (2018-07-04). Justice Kennedy and the Myth of the Legal Neutrality. counterpunch.org 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, More

Ted Rall (2018-07-04). The Big Winners from Mass Deportations? The $5 Billion Private Prison Industry. counterpunch.org 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 More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-07-04). Trump Fans Accuse NPR of 'Taxpayer Funded Partisan Advocacy' After It Tweets Out the Declaration of Independence — Again. alternet.org It's the most wonderful time of the year. | It's the Fourth of July, which means it's time, once again, for patriotic displays of deep-rooted American traditions. Across the nation, citizens will gather to celebrate the birth of the nation with fireworks and apple pie; and they will watch, once again, as Donald Trump supporters accuse National Public Radio of inciting a treasonous uprising against the president by tweeting out the Declaration of Independence. As per it's own annual tradition, NPR last year tweeted out the Declaration of Independence line-by-line—a seemingly innocuous tribute to the nation's founding document, which outlined the thirteen original colonies' intention to separate from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Defenders of the president attacked NPR for "calling for a revolution" by tweeting phrases like "A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-04). What Makes this Historical Moment so Urgent? therealnews.com Paul Jay says the Trump administration is a reflection of the deep crisis that faces us; the drunken power of the financial elites is the underlying force that must be defeated

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-04). The Counter-Revolution of 1776 and the Construction of Whiteness — Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself. therealnews.com On Reality Asserts Itself Mr. Horne says that the defense of massive profits from the slave trade and fear of slave rebellions was an important impetus for the American Revolution

Linn Washington Jr. (2018-07-04). Trump Effect Oozes Again. counterpunch.org 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 More

Staff (2018-07-04). Another Mystery Illness Rocks England After Spy's Poisoning. truthdig.com Counterterrorism detectives and local police are investigating after a couple fall critically ill from exposure to an unknown substance a few miles from where a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in March.

Douglas Valentine (2018-07-04). A Thought for Independence Day. counterpunch.org An estimated 12 BILLION rounds of ammunition is sold each year in the USA. Not all of that ammo is shot off each year so it is reasonable to assume the total number of rounds in the US just in civilian hands alone is in the tens of billions. Imagine every civilian gun owner shooting off every More

Jeff Biggers, YES! Magazine (2018-07-04). Thomas Paine's Truth-to-Power Message in 1776. alternet.org Paine's writing was as uncompromising as a modern blog with the edgy wit and precision of a Twitter thread. | At age 37, Thomas Paine carried more baggage than most travelers who had immigrated from England. Even before our nation came into being, he embodied the words of novelist Alfredo Véa: "America is best seen through the eyes of an immigrant. " A trail of debts and bankruptcy nagged him, the legacy of dismissals from government appointments as a tax collector, a failed career as a stay-maker and shopkeeper, and two childless marriages that had unraveled. His first wife died tragically in labor with her first child; his second marriage dissolved into a loveless business arrangement that collapsed, as well. The couple separated, Paine sold off his possessions to avoid debtor's prison, and then he disappeared into London, haunting the taverns, attending lectures. . .

pacbi (2018-07-04). Palestinians Urge Iroquois Nationals to Withdraw from Lacrosse Championships in Israel. bdsmovement.net Palestinians Urge Iroquois Nationals to Withdraw from Lacrosse Championships in Israel: Open Letter Cultural Boycott Red Card IsraelPalestinians call on world-class Lacrosse team to deny Israel the opportunity to use the Iroquois national sport to cover up its escalating, violent ethnic cleansing throughout Palestinian ancestral lands. | July 4, 2018 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-04). Fed Lets Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Off Hook, Investors Profit Billions. therealnews.com Even though Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley failed the so-called 'stress test,' to determine whether these banks can weather a financial crisis, the Fed allowed them to pay billions in dividends and stock buybacks to investors. Former financial regulator Bill Black explains the consequences

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-07-04). No, Democrats Aren't Launching a Civil War on July 4. But Could It Happen Here Again? alternet.org "American War" author Omar El Akkad talks about why "the first civil war doesn't feel to have truly ended" | At present, America feels like a broken country. Democrats and Republicans do not live in the same neighborhoods or communities. Nor do Democrats and Republicans communicate with each other in meaningful and personal ways. Liberals and conservatives have little overlap in their fundamental beliefs about the common good and what it means to live in a just and democratic society. Even the ability to find common ground on the basic nature of empirical reality and the facts seems impossible across divides of party and political belief. In total, Donald Trump did not create these deep fissures in American society. He and his movement put dynamite in them, lit the fuse, walked away, and laughed at the destruction and chaos which resulted — destruction which. . .

Tony McKenna (2018-07-04). Trump, Obama and the Nature of Fascism. counterpunch.org 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. More

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-04). The battle for Iran: Policy or regime change? therealnews.com Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the border.

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-07-04). Militarizing US Schools and Society Only Creates More Gun Violence and Police Brutality. therealnews.com TRNN's Ben Norton continues his discussion with Boston teacher Nino Brown, of the ANSWER Coalition, on the links between US militarism, gun violence, and police brutality. Nino Brown argues militarizing schools and more heavily arming cops will only make the problem worse

Hossein Nazari (2018-07-04). When America Downed an Iranian Airliner and Celebrated It! counterpunch.org 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 More

George Ochenski (2018-07-04). Trump on the Stump. counterpunch.org 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 More

Staff (2018-07-04). Trump Pressed Aides on Venezuela Invasion, U.S. Official Says. truthdig.com After the president in a 2017 meeting suggested an invasion, administration officials explained how military action could backfire. However, Trump later pursued the issue with Latin American leaders and others.

Staff (2018-07-04). What Happened When 'Birthright Tour' Participants Sought Answers About Palestine. truthdig.com On a tour of Israel organized by Birthright, a few Americans were labeled "troublemakers" as they sought out a different perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict; academics are studying emojis; and in some towns, it floods even when there's no rain now.

CP Editor (2018-07-04). Maya Angelou on Con Men. counterpunch.org

Adolf Alzuphar (2018-07-04). LA, Angazi But I'm Sure. counterpunch.org 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 More

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-04). Occupy ICE Protesters Camp Outside Philadelphia Office, Despite Police Repression. therealnews.com The growing Occupy ICE movement demands the abolition of the abusive War on Terror-era agency. In Philadelphia, protesters are camping outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. Activists Tina Ngo and Jameson Rush stand in solidarity with immigrants, and speak about the violent repression by police.

Staff (2018-07-04). How to Prevent Future Trumps. truthdig.com Why did so many working class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful, megalomaniac for president? | It's important to know, because we need to stop more Trumps in the future. | The answer lies in the interplay between deep-seated racism and stagnant and declining wages. Both must be addressed. | Some white working class men and women were — and still are — receptive to Trump's bigotry. But what made them receptive? Racism and xenophobia aren't exactly new to American life. Fears of blacks and immigrants have been with us since the founding of the Republic. | What changed was the economy. Since the 1980s, the wages and economic prospects of the typical American worker have stagnated. Nearly 80 percent now live paycheck to paycheck, and those paychecks have grown less secure. | Meanwhile, all the economy's gains have gone…

SouthFront (2018-07-04). Watch | The Houthis and the War in Yemen. mintpressnews.com Watch | The Houthis and War in Yemen: | : | 1. History of the movement, structure, and ideology: | History: | The movement of Ansar Allah (Supporters of Allah), also known as the Houthis, is a paramilitary group of Zaidi Shi'ites, acting in Yemen. This is one of the moderate streams of Shia Islam, which has more than 10 million followers around the world and accounts for a third of Yemen's population. In dogmatic matters, Zaidis took a position which is close to Sunni Islam, relying primarily on the Koran and the Sunnah. In contrast to other Shi'ites, Zaidis do not recognize the doctrine of the Hidden Imam, "prudent concealment" of their faith (taqiya), and they reject anthropomorphism and unconditional predestination. | In 2004, the Houthis formed an uprising. They sought to end government tyranny and corruption, to oppose majority rule…

Dean Baker (2018-07-04). NYT Gets Hysterical About Non-Existent Debt Crisis. counterpunch.org 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: "And now rates are More

William Hartung (2018-07-04). Trump's "Infrastructure" Plan: Pump Up the Pentagon. counterpunch.org 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 More

Claire Bernish (2018-07-04). What Are You Actually Celebrating This Fourth of July? mintpressnews.com What if people, sickened by tyrannical control, threw off the shackles of bloated governance in favor of leading themselves? What if the erosion of fundamental freedoms — guaranteed not by a document, but by being human — were actually intolerable as so much grumbling intimated? What if government intrusion into people's bedrooms, communications, sovereign corporeal decisions — of vice, health, and more — means of subsistence, financial choices, business, education, and innumerable other aspects, were utterly unacceptable? | What if even the revolutionary roots, the foundation, of the nation were soaked in the blood of countless individuals and peoples — a likely sign no tangible freedom would last beyond lip service? | What if "freedom" were little more than a propagandic bait-and-switch to distract from the systematic dwindling of essential human rights — both domestically and around the planet? What if those human…

Patrick Cockburn (2018-07-04). Iraq is Threatened by Catastrophic Drought. counterpunch.org "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. "I went back there recently and the water in the Diyala is More

Marc Estrin (2018-07-04). Burning Tires. counterpunch.org "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. More

RT (2018-07-04). Proud Boy protester knocks antifa man out cold at Portland riot (VIDEO). rt.com 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.

RT (2018-07-04). Injured woman begs people not to call ambulance because she can't afford it. rt.com A woman trapped between a train and a platform in Boston, with her bone exposed through her thigh, pleaded with bystanders not to call an ambulance, asking them "do you know how much an ambulance costs?"

RT (2018-07-04). Transgender movie outrage: Scarlett Johansson's new 'pimp' role melts internet. rt.com Scarlett Johansson is under fire again, this time for her new role as a transgender man. It comes a year after she was accused of whitewashing an Asian character in a movie with the same director.

RT (2018-07-04). Russiagate: DC judge throws out collusion lawsuit against Trump. rt.com A Washington DC judge has thrown out a lawsuit alleging the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and Wikileaks to publish hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee in 2016. |

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-04). Thailand: Insurgents Use Landmines in South. hrw.org 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…

RT (2018-07-04). Cosmic radiation from giant star system heading towards Earth — NASA (VIDEO, PHOTO). rt.com A star system containing two gigantic suns is blasting cosmic rays into space and NASA scientists have found that the radiation is making its way towards Earth on intergalactic winds.

RT (2018-07-04). ICE gearing up for war? US immigration agency runs assault rifle training, doubles M4 arsenal. rt.com The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is training agents to use military-style weapons and tactical equipment and has more than doubled its arsenal of M4 assault rifles lately, according to public records.

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-04). France: Child Migrants Left Adrift in Paris. hrw.org 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. |

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RT (2018-07-04). 'Hesitating' police officer's response to Mandalay Bay massacre under review (VIDEO). rt.com New footage showing police officers appearing to hesitate before confronting the Las Vegas gunman, Stephen Paddock, has prompted a review of the police response to the mass shooting.

Jon Schwarz (2018-07-04). Happy Fourth of July! The Story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reveals the Power of Good News About "Democratic Renewal" theintercept.com Today's a good day to consider whether traditional journalism is inherently conservative and often a barrier to the creation of a better country.

Miriam Pensack (2018-07-04). An American Century of Brutal Overseas Conquest Began at Guantánamo Bay. theintercept.com It is a testament to the Washington establishment's rhetorical dexterity that it labeled Guantánamo Bay home of the world's most dangerous terrorists. U.S. leaders meant, of course, to refer to the hundreds of non-Americans detained at the base over the past 16 years. But a closer look at the history of Guantánamo tells a different story — one in which the United States, beginning 120 years ago this June, used the enclave in southeastern Cuba to launch decades upon decades of terroristic overseas conquest. | Cuba was the intended target of many such terror plots. Long before Donald Rumsfeld homed in on the country to imprison "enemy combatants" in the aftermath of 9/11, then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy sought to visit " the terrors of the earth" on Cuba as part of Operation Mongoose, a covert CIA effort to overthrow leader Fidel…

RT (2018-07-04). US not NATO's 'piggy bank'? Trump 'likely' to talk straight at bloc's upcoming summit. rt.com Trump is likely to tell NATO members the US will cease to be the bloc's "piggy bank," focusing instead on problems at home, the White House said. The remark may add to jitters among US allies about the upcoming summit in Brussels.

RT (2018-07-04). 'How's independence working out?' UK newspaper faces Twitter wrath over 4th of July article. rt.com The UK's Independent newspaper got more than it bargained for when it published an article sarcastically asking how independence from the former British Empire was working out for Americans — on the 4th of July.

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