2018-07-06: News Headlines

Brian Cloughley (2018-07-06). The Trump-Putin, Peace, Trade and Friendship Meeting. counterpunch.org It was predictable that news of the planned July 16 meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin would be greeted with displeasure in many sectors of the western world, and especially by the military-industrial complex. Trade is most important to its oligarchs — but peace and friendship come way down their page of priorities, because it More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-07-06). Duterte Beckons Communist Negotiators "Home" to Talk at Gunpoint, Reds Reject the Invitation. mintpressnews.com The new conditions also include the relocation of peace talks to the Philippines from their current venue in Oslo, Norway, which would pose the danger that the negotiators would be detained, incarcerated, or simply murdered.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-06). Affirmative Action in Jeopardy With New DOJ Order and Retirement of Justice Kennedy. truthout.org The Trump administration is ending Obama-era policies calling on schools and universities to consider race as a factor in admissions, in the latest blow to affirmative action programs. The move doesn't change the law, but it rescinds guidelines set by the Obama administration to foster diversity in elementary and secondary schools and on college campuses. The move comes as the Trump administration is reportedly planning a challenge to Harvard University's admissions practices and as President Trump is nearing a decision on a Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was long considered a swing vote on affirmative action. In 2016, Kennedy wrote the majority opinion when the court upheld the University of Texas at Austin's race-conscious admissions program. We speak to Dennis Parker, director of the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY…

Christopher Brauchli (2018-07-06). How the NRA Can Improve Its Image. counterpunch.org Those who regularly read this writer's comments would not expect to see him provide advice to Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association on ways in which they can improve their respective public images. Nonetheless. . . . The idea presented herewith was inspired by news of the candle light vigil that was held in More

The Conversation (2018-07-06). What Nazis Driving People from Homes Taught Philosopher Hannah Arendt about Refugee Rights. alternet.org That millions of refugees exist in legal limbo, sadly, is not a new story. | Facing a political revolt over immigration policies from the Christian Social Union partner in her coalition government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to a compromise, which would create "transit zones" or refugee camps along Germany's southern border. | Under the agreement, migrants would be housed in designated transit areas, until German authorities determined their eligibility. If found to have registered in another EU country, immigrants would be turned back, assuming that country would accept them. | Merkel had earlier opposed this step, fearing it would trigger border closures. Already, Italy and Austria have refused to accept returnees. And these are not the only ones. In the United States, in Hungary, and in Italy, governments are justifying policies of expulsion and restrictive immigration.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-06). 'They Cannot Get Votes on Their Actual Policies': Noam Chomsky Explains How the Republican Party Is Rotten to the Core. alternet.org "It's an intriguing spectacle, and not a little worrisome. " | In a recent interview with Truthout, renowned MIT professor Noam Chomsky gave an incisive explanation of the current state of American politics, touching on the failures of President Barack Obama and the rise of President Donald Trump. Chomsky argued that contrary to many narratives, Trump was a natural outgrowth of a rightward shift in political currents. The GOP's "dedication to wealth and corporate power is so extreme that they cannot get votes on their actual policies — which are now being revealed to us daily — and so have had to mobilize a voting base on issues unrelated to their service to their actual constituency," he explained. "These include religious fundamentalism — a major phenomenon in the US unlike other developed societies — white supremacy, xenophobia and other latent anti-social attitudes that tend. . .

Staff (2018-07-06). Pompeo in North Korea to Nail Down Details of Agreement. truthdig.com PYONGYANG, North Korea — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his first trip to Pyongyang since President Donald Trump's summit with leader Kim Jong Un last month with a vow to nail down the specifics of the commitments Kim made on denuclearization. | Pompeo has the crucial task of dispelling growing skepticism over how seriously Kim is about giving up his nuclear arsenal and translate the upbeat rhetoric following the first meeting between leaders of the U.S. and North Korea into concrete action. | He was met at the Pyongyang airport by Kim Yong Chol, a senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho to begin his third visit since April and first since the June 12 summit. | "Our leaders made commitments at the Singapore summit on the complete denuclearization of North Korea and outlined what…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-06). The Trump Foundation Donated Generously to Charities — So Long As They Booked Their Lavish Events at Mar-a-Lago. alternet.org The president himself hasn't donated to his own foundation in ten years. | hosted expensive fundraisers at President Trump's private Mar-a-Lago resort. According to the Palm Beach Post, its review of the Trump Foundation's tax records found a frequent pattern of charities receiving donations after they moved their events to Mar-a-Lago. The donations averaged $25,000. One of the charities, the Palm Beach Post reported, was the Red Cross. According to the Palm Beach Post, the Red Cross received a $21,000 donation from the Trump Foundation in 2015—which was also the year in which it moved its event from The Breakers (a major high-end hotel in South Florida) back to Mar-a-Lago. Another was the Salvation Army, which in the past, held charitable events at both The Breakers and Mar-a-Lago. The Palm Beach Post found that 2014 was the year the Salvation Army moved its fundraiser to. . .

Glenn Sacks (2018-07-06). A Teacher Explains Why the Janus Ruling is Bad News for Schools, Students. counterpunch.org The Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that non-union workers cannot be forced to pay agency/"fair share" fees to public sector unions. This may be devastating for teachers unions and other public-sector unions. In 2011 Wisconsin passed legislation doing away with agency fees for public sector unions, and membership in the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state's More

Staff (2018-07-06). After Marathon Meeting, U.K. Leaders Endorse Brexit Trade Plan. truthdig.com The proposal aims to keep the U.K. and the European Union in a free-trade zone for goods, but not for services, which make up the bulk of the British economy.

Paul Dobson (2018-07-06). Venezuelan Communists Criticise Maduro's Plan for State Industries. venezuelanalysis.com Maduro proposed incorporating youth cadres from the Francisco de Miranda Front into managerial positions in public enterprises.

Patrick Cockburn (2018-07-06). Haunted by a Legacy of Hatred: Fear of ISIS's Return in Iraq. counterpunch.org "We are very much scared," says Hamid Aftan al-Hammad, an Albu Nimr tribesman from the city of Hit in western Iraq. "At night we lie on the roofs of our houses with our weapons waiting to be attacked again." He fears the return of Isis, which massacred at least 864 members of his tribe when they controlled More

CounterSpin (2018-07-06). Wayne Au on Gates' Education Failure, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on Criminalizing Protest. fair.org Media…

Daniel Warner (2018-07-06). Is Roger Federer Being Unfaithful? counterpunch.org No, we don't mean to question whether he is being unfaithful to Mirka or their four children. We have enough of those rumors with the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and some of his predecessors. What we are questioning is Roger Federer's sartorial choices. For those who haven't noticed — being too busy watching More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-07-06). The Lures of Kleptocracy: Malaysia's Najib Condition. counterpunch.org Words can be teasing in their meaning. In the realm of political and financial discussion, they can become absurdly changing. Take Malaysia's political status. On the surface, all looks delightfully democratic in that multi-ethnic state. Once the eyewash is applied, a certain ugliness manifests: the ethnic tensions that are only ever a stone's throw away More

Stephen Lendman (2018-07-06). Novichok Hoax 2.0? globalresearch.ca Another alleged UK novichok poisoning incident is red meat for Russophobic Western officialdom, so-called experts enlisted to serve them, and supportive media pundits, — virtually always going along with the official narrative no matter how outlandish or unlawful. | According to …

Pauline Murphy (2018-07-06). The Irish at the Battle of Ebro. counterpunch.org The longest and largest battle of the Spanish Civil War began in July 80 years ago. The Battle of the Ebro lasted from the sweltering days of late July 1938 into the colder climate of November. This episode in the Civil War pitted Spanish Republicans aided by the International Brigades against Franco's troops who were More

Chris Marsden (2018-07-06). UK Mounts Fresh Offensive Against Russia Following Second Alleged Novichok Poisoning. globalresearch.ca Britain's Conservative government has used a second alleged novichok nerve agent poisoning incident in the Salisbury area of England to launch a fresh provocation against Russia. | Based solely on previous and unproven accusations that the Putin regime was responsible for …

Merula Furtado (2018-07-06). Seeing Dystopia and Dreaming Abolition at the US-Mexico Border. truthout.org Since the installment of the children's internment camps at Tornillo, Texas — a small community outside my hometown of El Paso — I've received a lot of queries concerning the history, struggles and general feelings among people living near the US-Mexico border. Although I would hesitate generalizing any 1,954-mile international boundary populated by millions of people and countless ecosystems, I think it is safe to say that one word aptly describes the US-Mexico border: dystopia. | I'm neither a literary scholar nor a science fiction aficionado, but I've watched Netflix enough to recognize a dystopia when I see one. Dystopias are usually imaginary societies where social order is imposed through a horrific combination of authoritarian policies and institutions. When I reflect on the border community I grew up with and the other border communities I've come to know, I can't help…

CJ Weaver (2018-07-06). A No Man's Land: Travelling Around the West Bank After Nine Years. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Palestine's green spaces are disappearing amid Israel's settlement expansion and Palestinian construction [CJ Weaver] | It seems the lines of Israeli military occupation in 2018 have blurred across the West Bank to almost a permanent loss of vision for …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-07-06). Houthi Drone Targets Saudi Coalition Military HQ. mintpressnews.com The U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition has launched over 16,000 airstrikes on Yemen, killing civilians and targeting hospitals, schools, markets, and camps for the internally displaced. Yemen's military has responded by firing salvos of missiles and drones at Saudi-led coalition military.

Miko Peled (2018-07-06). Legitimizing The Occupation: An Occupied Palestine is a Land Without Hope. mintpressnews.com Many in the community of Palestinian citizens would like to see themselves as an integral part of Israeli society that has its own Arab and Muslim culture and roots. The problem is that Israel has never seen them as such.

Ginger Thompson, ProPublica (2018-07-06). The 6-Year-Old Heard on Border Facility Audiotape Is Still Separated from Her Mother by 1,000 Miles. alternet.org "She says over and over, 'Mommy, I want to be with you. '" | The last time Cindy Madrid Henriquez, a Salvadoran immigrant, spoke to her 6-year-old daughter Jimena on the telephone, the little girl, who is in an Arizona shelter, began by complaining about having to wash her hair with bar soap instead of shampoo. Her scalp was dry and itchy. She had dandruff. Then her questions grew into fears: What if her hair started to fall out? What if her scalp became infected? When, she finally wailed, was her mother going to come and save her? Madrid, who is in a detention facility 1,000 miles away in south Texas, said most phone calls with her daughter go that way: a relatively mundane dilemma spirals into a crisis. And there's not much that Madrid can do, except to stay calm and talk her. . .

Mary Serumaga (2018-07-06). The Lemmings of Long Island: Are Americans Serial Victims of Systemic Investment Fraud? counterpunch.org According to one estimate, about half of all Americans are investors, a large potential harvest for stock fraudsters. Stock fraud has persisted for decades, the MO only varying slightly with new technology. The losses are huge and are borne mainly by older savers who are more vulnerable to fraudulent schemes, specifically, 'pump and dump' schemes. More

Pete Tucker (2018-07-06). Vince Gray is Eyeing a Run for Mayor of DC, Here's How the Washington Post Took Him Down Last Time. counterpunch.org Vince Gray is eyeing a run for his old job as D.C. mayor. Having passed on the Democratic primary, Gray's only option at this point is to run as an independent. Despite what would be an uphill fight in the overwhelmingly Democratic city, don't count him out. But don't count him in just yet either. More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-07-06). Latin America Defends Ecuador Ex-President Correa's Fight Against US-Backed Persecution. mintpressnews.com "You have my solidarity, with the security that we will enjoy the final triumph of justice and that our peoples will democratically decide our countries' futures and the future of Latin America." — Lula da Silva to Rafael Correa

DPCR (2018-07-06). Russiagate: Senate Intelligence Committee Believes Americans Voted for Trump because Putin influenced them to Vote for "Russia's Candidate" globalresearch.ca Are you stupid enough to believe that American voters elected Trump president because Vladimir Putin influenced them to vote for Russia's candidate? The US Senate Intelligence (sic) Committee is that stupid. This collection of nitwits actually produced a report that …

Dan Bacher (2018-07-06). Nestlé Scores Permit to Siphon Water From SoCal Creek. counterpunch.org Environmental and human rights activists, holding plastic "torches" and "pitchforks," formed human barricades at both entrances to the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento at 5: 00 a.m. on Friday, March 20, effectively shutting down the company's operations for the day. Members of the "Crunch Nestlé Alliance" shouted out a number of chants, including "We got More

Staff (2018-07-06). Syrian Forces Raise Flag at Jordan Border Crossing. truthdig.com The capture of crossing reinstates sovereignty over a key region, potentially opening the way for Syrian exports to Arab countries, and is another victory for President Bashar Assad.

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-07-06). Watch: Hispanic Woman Keeps Her Cool While Racist Male Passenger Demands Her Seat on NYC Bus. alternet.org "This woman was old and had trouble walking, only difference is this old man used a walker. " | Facebook video shows an Asian-American man with a walker attack a Hispanic woman after she declined to give up her seat on a New York City bus. Social media user Chelsea Soriano recorded video of the encounter in Queens and posted it online, with a caption written by a family member, reported the Daily Mail. The video begins with the man, who speaks with an accent, asking the other passenger if she can read, and the woman, who appears to be around the same age, tries to ignore him. "Everything was fine until this old Asian man got on and started hassling the woman sitting down to give up her seat," Cris Soriano wrote. "Now this man did not ask nicely he straight up yelled. . .

Natalie Martinez, Media Matters (2018-07-06). Arizona Senate Candidate Kelli Ward and Her Husband are Admins of Racist Conspiracy Group on Facebook. alternet.org The group features conspiracy and racist content posted by other administrators and moderators. | Republican Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward and her husband Michael Ward have been campaigning on a racist Facebook group with over 94,000 members called Tea Party that pushes conspiracy theories. The Wards are among the group's administrators and moderators, along with some other Republican congressional candidates and extremist media figures. Some of the administrators and moderators have shared far-right conspiracy theories, fake news, and anti-Muslim, racist propaganda in the group. A CNN KFile review of the social media activity of Kelli Ward's husband found that Michael Ward has pushed far-right conspiracy theories on Twitter about Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich's murder and the DNC's supposed involvement in it, the Clintons' supposed murder of their political rivals, and incumbent Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain's. . .

John W. Whitehead (2018-07-06). The Constitution is Not Neutral. counterpunch.org "The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people." —Justice William O. Douglas For those still deluded enough to believe they're living the American dream—where the government represents the people, where the people are equal in the eyes of the law, where the courts are arbiters More

Robert Fantina (2018-07-06). Social Media and Israel: Censorship of the Truth. counterpunch.org The growing desperation of Israel to avoid public knowledge of its many war crimes and crimes against humanity knows no bounds. The country that, with United States support, proclaims itself the 'only democracy in the Middle East', has, like its U.S. sponsor, a highly skewed opinion of what constitutes a democracy. Freedom of the press More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-06). Trump Spewed a Mind-Blowing 100 False Claims In One Week: Report. alternet.org Trump's already-tenuous relationship with the truth is getting even worse. | One of the most punctilious trackers of President Donald Trump's dishonesty revealed Firday that his mendacity has reached new heights in recent weeks. In the last seven days, the Toronto Star reported, Trump made 100 false claims in public, coming just under his total of 103 false claims the previous week. "As usual, part of the explanation for the barrage of lies and other dishonesty was simply that Trump talked a lot," explained the Star's Washington Bureau Chief Daniel Dale. But this rate represents a huge upsurge nevertheless. Dale reports that in prior months, Trump has never exceeded more than 60 falsehoods per week — an impressive sum itself by any measure. Overall, his rate of dishonesty is accelerating. "The pace of the president's dishonesty has increased significantly in 2018," Dale writes. "After averaging. . .

Jared Porter (2018-07-06). Israel Is Arming Ukraine's Blatantly Neo-Nazi Militia the Azov Battalion. therealnews.com A shocking new report in the Electronic Intifada reveals that Ukrainian neo-Nazis are using Israeli weapons to fight Russia. Journalist Max Blumenthal discusses the SS-wearing Azov Battalion, a neo-Nazi militia that uses Hitlerian symbols and is embedded in the National Guard of Ukraine, which also receives support from the US and Canada

Cesar Chelala (2018-07-06). The Increasing Danger of Addiction to Video Games in Children. counterpunch.org The extraordinary increase in the use of video games by children results in their becoming a danger not only to their health but also to their quality of life. In recent years, video games have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment for children and teens worldwide. They are now a serious form More

Ed Rampell (2018-07-06). Dystopian racial apocalypse tomorrow: May the "Purge" be with you. peoplesworld.org Move over George Orwell and Aldous Huxley! Although it depicts a not-so-brave-world and is set in the near future instead of 1984, The First Purge is in the tradition of these dystopian tales about futuristic fascistic states. This is the fourth installment in the popular film franchise about an anti-Utopia America ruled by a quasi-totalitarian […]…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-07-06). Roaming Charges: America, Unchecked and Unbalanced. counterpunch.org + Someone should put together a volume of Trump's lectures on natural resources. It will rival John Wesley Powell. This week's lesson was delivered in West Virginia is on how coal is more vital to US national security than oil & gas because you bomb pipelines but coal is "indestructible." Read closely, there will be More

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson (2018-07-06). The Politics of Poverty in America. counterpunch.org This summer, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty Philip Alston presented his observations on the state of international poverty to the UN Human Rights Council. The country at the center of his most recent report wasn't a developing one — it was the United States. In one of the wealthiest countries in the world, Alston More

Timothy P. Clark (2018-07-06). First as Tragedy, Then as Tragedy. Ecological Imperialism and the Destruction of Families. counterpunch.org In recent years, critical journalists and scholars of climate change and society have urged academics and activists to understand climate change through the lens of class power. [1][2] Such a lens would force recognition of the real, material meaning of the existential threat that climate change poses to humanity; a threat strongly mediated by the More

Pete Dolack (2018-07-06). World Bank Solution for Lack of Jobs: Cut Worker Protections. counterpunch.org The World Bank is in the process of completing its "World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work" and, surprisingly, the latest draft version opens with quotes from Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes. Has the World Bank suddenly lost sight of its purpose and will now take up the cause of working people? More

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-07-06). 'Full of Dirt and Lice': Lawsuit Alleges Boy Separated at Border Left Unbathed for 85 Days. alternet.org New suit reveals the human toll of Trump's family separation — and has reignited calls for the DHS head to resign. | Warning: The stories quoted below, reported by PBS NewsHour, are disturbing. A new report reveals the extent to which the children and parents separated by law enforcement at America's southern border have endured terrible trauma due to that policy. They come from a motion filed by 18 Democratic attorneys general (from 17 states and the District of Columbia) to accelerate the timeline in which families separated by President Donald Trump can receive information and access to their parents or children. From Olivia Caceres, who had her 1-year-old son taken away from her at a legal port of entry: "He continued to cry when we got home and would hold on to my leg and would not let me go. When I took. . .

Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos (2018-07-06). Kicking Immigrants Out of Our Military Harms National Security — Just Like Banning Gay Members Did. alternet.org 'Quietly discharging" immigrants who volunteer to take a bullet for this country is a glaring and tangible error of epic proportions. | One day before the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, two government-intercepted calls in Arabic foreshadowed the catastrophic event, wrote scholar Nathaniel Frank. "Tomorrow is zero hour," said one of the voices. "The match is about to begin," came another ominous line. The only problem was, they weren't translated by the National Security Agency until September 12, 2001, a day after the world was irrevocably changed. In part, that was due to a lack of Arabic speakers in the intelligence community at the time, a shortage that was also putting a squeeze on the military. The epic failing was part of what began to highlight an acute weakness in U. S. defense—a dire shortage in linguists across the board,. . .

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-07-06). 'Your Admin Is Conducting DNA Tests on Little Kids': Warren Strikes Back at Trump After His Deranged 'Pocahontas' Rant. alternet.org The president is picking the wrong fight. | After President Donald Trump launched into yet another unhinged attack on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. ) during a rally in Montana Thursday night and repeatedly deployed the racial slur "Pocahontas" to smear the senator's heritage, Warren kept the focus on Trump's inhumane immigration policies in a brief response on Twitter, recommending that the president "should focus on fixing the lives [he's] destroying. "During his speech, Trump suggested that if he ever debated Warren, he would " gently throw an ancestry testing kit" at her feet. "We are going to do it gently because we're the #MeToo generation, so we have to be very careful," Trump added as many in the audience laughed. Responding to Trump's remarks, Warren wrote: "While you obsess over my genes, your admin[istration] is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped. . .

George Goehl (2018-07-06). There's an All-Out War on Kids and Not Just on the Border. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's choice to separate migrant children from their parents has unleashed a flood of outrage across the political spectrum. While the president has stepped back from separating families at the border, his solution is to imprison children with their parents, and change laws so he can hold them indefinitely. Trump is a master of bait-and-switch: More

Shira Tarlo, Salon (2018-07-06). Who Is Andrew Wheeler? Scott Pruitt's Replacement at the EPA Is Even Scarier. alternet.org Washington insiders describe Wheeler as poised to take the reins of the EPA and to pursue Trump's agenda | Following the resignation of Scott Pruitt, the embattled former administrator of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), President Donald Trump announced that the federal agency would be run for the intervening period by Andrew Wheeler — a former coal lobbyist who shares a similar enthusiasm for his administration's deregulatory agenda. On Thursday afternoon, Trump tweeted that he had accepted Pruitt's resignation. "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this," the president wrote. Trump then announced that Wheeler, who served as Pruitt's No. 2 at the agency, would serve as acting administrator of the EPA until a new Cabinet member is confirmed by the Senate. "I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with. . .

David Yearsley (2018-07-06). Sanguine Hopes of Liberty. counterpunch.org Liberty is the second of the three inalienable rights laid out in the Declaration of Independence, its exercise requiring the first (Life) and leading to the third (the Pursuit of Happiness). Liberty is not mentioned in the American national anthem, Francis Scott Key concentrating his meager poetical talent on images of war and destruction rather More

Peter Crowley (2018-07-06). The Forgotten 1971 Genocide in Pakistan. counterpunch.org Which narrative do you believe? That of the powerful state trying to appropriate land, resources and taxes from the weak? Or the subjugated in their quiet resistance or outright revolution against the subjugator? Surely, alone, neither narrative comprises the complexity of historical circumstance. There is the story behind the more powerful actor. Perhaps they had More

Independent Jewish Voices (2018-07-06). Canadian Student Arrested by Israeli Forces for Protesting Israeli Demolition of Palestinian Village. globalresearch.ca Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is dismayed to learn that a Canadian student has been arrested by Israeli forces for protesting the impending demolition of the Palestinian-Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. | Michaela Lavis, 21, …

Louis Proyect (2018-07-06). Hungary, Where Hell is For Immigrants. counterpunch.org When I was in high school, I had a very good English teacher who after assigning Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" warned us to pay careful attention to the pistols in Act One that Hedda Gabler shows off to a houseguest. They were inherited from her father and supposedly useful for killing time in a stultifying More

Samantha Borek (2018-07-06). Economy Adds 213,000 Jobs in June, Unemployment Edges Up to 4 Percent. truthout.org The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy added 213,000 jobs in June. With upward revisions to the data from the prior two months, the average gain over the last three months was 211,000. The unemployment rate edged up to 4 percent, but this was due to a reported surge of 601,000 people entering the labor force. The overall employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) was unchanged at 60.4 percent, tied for a high for the recovery. The EPOP for prime-age workers (ages 25 to 54) edged up to 79.3 percent, tying the high for the recovery reached in February. | In spite of the strong job gains and widely voiced complaints from employers about difficulties in finding workers, wage growth does not appear to be accelerating. The average hourly wage has increased by just 2.7 percent in the last year. The increase is the same…

M.A. Saki (2018-07-06). Blaming Iran for the Sufferings of Yemenis Is Laughable. globalresearch.ca The new U.S. leadership is resorting to every ploys and lies to demonize Iran. The new project of Iranophobia has intensified since Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state in late April. He seems to be superseding in animosity against Iran …

Thierry Meyssan (2018-07-06). Like It or Not, Trump Is Systematically Eliminating the Imperial Capitalist Order. mintpressnews.com Thierry Meyssan posits that Donald Trump's objectives consist of reinvesting the transnational capital in the US economy and turning the Pentagon and the CIA away from their current imperialist functions with National Defense.

Renee Parsons (2018-07-06). The Wifi Alliance, Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood: 5G Wireless. globalresearch.ca The Alliance, which makes no pretense of potential health or environmental concerns, further proclaimed (and they may be correct) that there are "more wifi devices than people on earth". It is that inescapable exposure to ubiquitous wireless technologies wherein lies the problem.

Ron Jacobs (2018-07-06). City of Angels, Fallen and Otherwise. counterpunch.org Bakersfield, California has Buck Owens, Luckenbach, Texas has Willie and the boys, Los Angeles has I See Hawks In LA. This latter band continues its original take on a sound that originates in the canyons, parched yards and beaches of Los Angeles. Reminiscent of Buffalo Springfield, the Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of the More

Jane LaTour (2018-07-06). Labor History Happened Here — And Why It Matters. counterpunch.org Bill Hohlfeld, LaborPress's resident historian and educator, started out as an ironworker. He describes labor history as "literally, our story. It's the chronicle of our ancestors." Gotta know your labor history… It tells us who the farm girls were who went to work in the textile mills of New England; or the cigar workers of More

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-07-06). Trump's Hateful Montana Rally Previews the GOP Midterm Strategy of Sexism and Racism. alternet.org The strategy is more of the same — only worse. | Donald Trump's Montana rally showed the trend moving toward the midterm election—the same, only worse. In a rambling, Trump-focused rant that only occasionally remembered that he was supposed to be there supporting a local candidate, Trump returned to the themes that served him so well in 2016: Racism, sexism, racism with sexism, and simple cruelty. Resigning EPA administrator Scott Pruitt did not get a mention, and neither did the whole issue of family separation—but Trump did take time out to say that he would have forced the protester who climbed the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday "to jump. "In an extended attack on Senator Elizabeth Warren, Trump revived his "Pocahontas" insult over and over, adding to it a statement that if she ran for president, he would demand that she take a. . .

Mario Murcia (2018-07-06). A Secret Political Genocide in Colombia. counterpunch.org "One does not know if the paramilitaries are going to kill you first or if one will be killed by the avalanche of Hidroituango." — Ana María Cortés, campaign organizer. While much of the main international media outlets have been captivated by the World Cup or covering the current political developments occurring in Venezuela or More

Global Research News (2018-07-06). Selected Articles: UK Russophobia: Novichok 2.0. globalresearch.ca For almost seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner alternative media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the tide, we call upon our readers to participate in …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-06). 'I Can't Take It Anymore': Conservative Max Boot Explains How 'Deplorable' Trump and His Fans Drove Him from the GOP. alternet.org "He is a white nationalist president, and he has transformed the Republican party into his image. " | Conservative writer Max Boot on Friday slammed President Donald Trump's remarks at Thursday's campaign rally in Montana, explaining how the president's takeover of the Republican Party led him to support Democrats for the foreseeable future. "This is just a sign of how deplorable Donald Trump truly is," Boot said on "CNN Newsroom" along with host Brooke Baldwin. "The fact that he spent this rally praising vicious dictators like Putin and his negotiations with Kim Jong-un, mocking Elizabeth Warren in racist terms, mocking Maxine Waters, I would say, in racist terms, attacking the free press, attacking his own justice department, attacking these American war heroes. The only thing that's more disgusting in all of this is the fact that all these people in the audience were applauding. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-07-06). Putin Was Helping Trump. Now They Have Meetings in Private. truthout.org It is a testament to how far we've fallen down the rabbit hole that on the afternoon of July 3, the Republican-led Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report in which its members unanimously agreed that the evidence shows that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election on behalf of Donald Trump — and on July 4, a group of eight Republican senators were in Moscow, publicly glad-handing Russian officials. It was an odd juxtaposition to say the least. | The SSCI has been releasing reports on its investigation into Russian interference piecemeal, with the latest being the second of what's expected to be at least three. The first report addressed the attempted hacking and infiltration of the election systems in the 2016 election by Russian entities. This second report confirmed the intelligence community's findings that the Russian government had interfered…

AP (2018-07-06). The US Army is Quietly Discharging Immigrant Recruits. mintpressnews.com SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned. | The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures. | "It was my dream to serve in the military," said reservist Lucas Calixto, a Brazilian immigrant who filed a lawsuit against the Army last week. "Since this country has been so good to me, I thought it was the least I could do to give back to my adopted country and serve in the United States military." | Some of the service members…

Dave Lindorff (2018-07-06). Ready for a New 'Missile Gap' and Arms Race? counterpunch.org It's July 4. Do you want fireworks? You're in luck, because that's what your militarist government wants to deliver. You may have to wait a bit, but what's in store is a new arms race, a new era of super instability with the chance for, or even likelihood of a catastrophic ending in the form More

The Conversation (2018-07-06). Trump's Tariff Obsession Is Hurting America and the Rest of the World. alternet.org His trade policies are a raw deal that won't fix what's broken about the global trading system. | There's no end in sight to the tariffs President Donald Trump will impose on imports from the nation's best customers. | He has hiked tariffs on goods and services from China, Canada, Mexico, Europe and beyond, prompting a wave of retaliation in kind that is sure to crimp American exports of everything from pork and soybeans to synthesizers. | The tweeter-in-chief has even speculated that tariffs alone perhaps could raise enough revenue to fund the government and ditch the income taxes he recently slashed altogether. And Trump is reportedly mulling whether to quit the World Trade Organization — the global body that governs world trade — rather than follow its rules regarding tariffs. | Having studied the globalization. . .

Ralph Nader (2018-07-06). Recommendations for Engrossing Summer Reading and Viewing. counterpunch.org Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Taleb (Random House, 2018). Taleb writes: "The necessity of skin in the game is a simple rule that's necessary for fairness and justice, and the ultimate BS-buster. Never trust anyone who doesn't have skin in the game. Without it, fools and crooks will benefit, More

Joseph Natoli (2018-07-06). Denmark First. counterpunch.org "…if families there [Muslim enclaves] do not willing merge into the country's maintstream, they should be compelled." — Ellen Barry and Martin Selsoe Sorensen, "For Help From Danish State, a Demand: Give Us Your Children," The New York Times, July 2, 2018 The Danes have decided to ask for and then compel assimilation of what it More

Edward Hunt (2018-07-06). The National Endowment for Democracy Regime Change Playbook. mintpressnews.com During a recent congressional hearing, the heads of three influential non-profit organizations that operate in numerous countries around the world revealed the subtle ways in which the United States meddles in the internal affairs of other countries by playing what the officials called "the long game." | The three officials— Carl Gershman, Daniel Twining, and Kenneth Wollack—told Congress about their long-term efforts to empower the opponents of U.S. enemies and boasted about their ability to change foreign governments. They said that they had recently helped their political allies gain political power in Malaysia, acknowledged that they have helped train thousands of activists in Nicaragua, and speculated about the potential to create new governments in China, Russia, and North Korea. | All three men strongly defended their activities, insisting that they are critically important to the advancement of democracy in the world.

Colin Todhunter (2018-07-06). GMO Agriculture and the Narrative of Choice. counterpunch.org The pro-GMO lobby claim critics of the technology 'deny farmers choice'. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies. It is all about maximising choice and options. Taken at face value, who would want to deny choice? At the same time, however, we do not want to end up More

Peter Richardson (2018-07-06). The Californian Ideology Personified. truthdig.com The Silicon Valley mashup of countercultural, libertarian and neoliberal values is on full display in the memoir of John Perry Barlow, who knew Timothy Leary, Jerry Garcia, Steve Jobs, Dick Cheney and JFK.

Edward Hunt (2018-07-06). NED Pursues Regime Change by Playing the Long Game. counterpunch.org During a recent congressional hearing, the heads of three influential non-profit organizations that operate in numerous countries around the world revealed the subtle ways in which the United States meddles in the internal affairs of other countries by playing what the officials called "the long game." The three officials—Carl Gershman, Daniel Twining, and Kenneth Wollack—told Congress More

James Munson (2018-07-06). Good Luck Ending Racism, Capitalism Still Needs It. counterpunch.org Recently we learned Einstein put some racist musings in his diary. I'm not here to defend him (the Nazis thought he was racist, too). Butthat, in 1920, the man who redefined the world could still think race defined us, is no more odd than history's 2ndrichest man preaching equality, today. There are, after all, historic reasons More

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-07-06). Saudi Airstrike Targets Wedding Ceremony in Yemen Killing 11. mintpressnews.com Women and children were gathered at the home of Ahmed Jaber Jarmani to celebrate his daughter's wedding when the bombing took place, killing 11 women and children who were attending the party.

Dr. Ludwig Watzal (2018-07-06). The Skripals and a New Novichok Affair: No End in Sight? globalresearch.ca There was another Novichok attack on a couple that was found unconsciously at their British home in Amesbury, UK, close to Salisbury where the Skripals were found sleeping on a park bench after being attacked by a nerve agent. …

Celina Stien-della Croce (2018-07-06). Understanding the Conflict in Nicaragua: the Long Battle Against US Imperialism. counterpunch.org As of June 28, the death toll in Nicaragua has reached 285, with more than 1,500 wounded. The country is divided, trying to make sense of the violence and the political climate that surrounds it. In the United States, making sense of the current narrative is nearly impossible. It seems that there is one narrative More

Leo Murray (2018-07-06). We're Protesting Trump's Visit by Flying an Inflatable Trump Baby Over London. globalresearch.ca We all have the odd laugh-or-cry moment, and nations are no exception. Trump's visit to the UK this month is just such a moment. | Theresa May practically fell over herself to invite the orange sex pest here, despite nearly two …

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon (2018-07-06). 'He's a Con Man and a Criminal': Rob Reiner Blasts 'Classic Fascist' Donald Trump. alternet.org The legendary actor-director on the media's failures under George W. Bush, and how that led to our current dilemma | In a striking case of life imitating art — or at least being shaped by it — Rob Reiner became a prominent political activist after playing one on TV. As Mike, aka "Meathead," Archie Bunker's left-wing son-in-law on the legendary 1970s sitcom "All in the Family," Reiner seemed to symbolize the rebellious spirit of an entire generation. In fact, he wasn't new to either showbiz or outspoken political opinions even then. His father was Carl Reiner, a well-known comedian and actor in his own right, and during his recent visit to Salon Talks, Rob Reiner told me something I hadn't known: He briefly worked on the rodeo circuit, one of a tiny number of Jewish performers ever to do so. In the decades. . .

Steve Brown (2018-07-06). Why Do Democrats Whine About Neil Gorsuch and Bemoan the Loss of Merrick Garland? counterpunch.org First of all, Merrick Garland wasn't "lost." He was thrown away, deliberately and deceitfully, by the same man who nominated him for the Supreme Court — Barack Obama. The sad fact is, if Obama really wanted Garland on the Supreme Court, he could have put him there with a simple recess appointment. The Republicans could not More

Susan Babbitt (2018-07-06). 90 Years After the Birth of Che Guevara. counterpunch.org Last week was the 90thanniversary of the birth of Che Guevara. He was a revolutionary. But he was also a philosopher. The latter is not well-known. He argued with the Soviets about motivation. Che said human beings are not motivated by televisions and cars, at least not for tasks that matter. More

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-07-06). Rescues, Caves and Celebrity Salvation. globalresearch.ca It all risks becoming pornographic, looped and re-run with an obsessive eye for updates and detail about despair and hope. The twenty-four hour news cycle tends to encourage this sort of thing, ever desperate for snippets, obsessively chasing the update. …

Media Matters Staff, Media Matters (2018-07-06). Tucker Carlson Claims Democrats Have Been 'Plotting, in Effect, a Coup' Through Immigration Policy. alternet.org This guy gets more ridiculous by the day. | From the July 5 edition of Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight: TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): Signs of growing extremism in this country on the left are everywhere. Just yesterday, a Congolese immigrant shut down the Statue of Liberty — our Statue of Liberty –, to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies. The left applauded that. But take three steps, and think about what you are watching right here. Congo is a war-ravaged hellscape, a country noted for mass rape and cannibalism. Imagine escaping a country like that, and being welcomed in our country, the United States. You would be grateful, wouldn't you? Many Congolese are grateful. This person is not grateful at all. She took over one of our monuments to scream about how racist we are, and progressives support her. They have gone insane. [. . . ]What happened to. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-06). 'It's a Good Day for the Agency': EPA Staff Reportedly Cheer Scott Pruitt's Resignation in Shame. alternet.org Insiders at the agency had been leaking about the administrator's wrongdoing for months. | Even without all the scandals and the rampant allegations of corruption surrounding former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, staffers in the agency would have certainly welcomed his ouster. That's because Pruitt, who resigned Thursday, always saw himself as an opponent of the agency's core mission: protecting the environment and the American people from the excesses of industry. He had brought lawsuits against the agency many times before being picked to lead it, and he believed his main task as administrator was to roll back Obama-era regulations. Now that he's out, staffers across the agency are thrilled, according to a Washington Post report. "It's a good day for the agency," one employee, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the Post. Another staffer smiled and took a picture outside the agency building with. . .

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2018-07-06). Congo's Imposter President and the Moral Depravity of the West. counterpunch.org On June 28th, 2018, the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said in a letter to the African Union (AU) that it was preparing new protests and described a total crisis of confidence in the electoral process. President Joseph Kabila has remained in office beyond his constitutionally mandated two term limit in More

CP Editor (2018-07-06). 1967 SPECIAL REPORT: "THE NEW LEFT" counterpunch.org

Dominique Paul Noth (2018-07-06). Is trade more complex than union leaders have said it is? peoplesworld.org

Paul Dobson (2018-07-06). Trump to Aides: 'Why Can't We Simply Invade Venezuela?'. venezuelanalysis.com US President Donald Trump has repeatedly floated the idea of invading Venezuela to top aides and world leaders, inside sources confirm.

Tsvetana Paraskova (2018-07-06). Iran Looks to Barter Oil as U.S. Sanctions Bite. globalresearch.ca Faced with the return of U.S. sanctions, Iran is studying a revival of a plan to barter crude oil for goods, possibly resuming the scheme that it used to try to blunt the impact of the previous round of sanctions …

Samantha Borek (2018-07-06). "No Happy Ending" for Planet as Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Takes Over EPA. truthout.org While the long-overdue departure of ceaselessly corrupt EPA chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday was undoubtedly a small win for the public and the planet, environmentalists were quick to note that " there's no happy ending to this story" as Pruitt is being replaced by former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, who worked for years as an aide to fervent climate-denier Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). | "Before everyone gets excited about Pruitt, remember we're going to get all the same horrific policy under Andrew Wheeler, without any of the comic, attention-drawing personal corruption," Vox environment writer David Roberts tweeted after President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he had accepted Pruitt's resignation. | "Pruitt's departure may cost us some jokes," added Public Citizen president Robert Weissman in a statement, "but it won't change the Trump administration or help save the planet…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-06). Mother Who Confronted Scott Pruitt Responds To His Resignation. therealnews.com Kristin Mink, who approached Scott Pruitt in a DC restaurant, says that she asked him to resign because of his climate-denying policies, not his corruption scandals

Sarah Anderson (2018-07-06). The Future of Unions in the Wake of Janus. counterpunch.org The U.S. Supreme Court has just dealt unions a bruising blow. In a 5-4 vote, the court ruled that public sector employees who benefit from unions' collective bargaining services will no longer have to pay for them. At least initially, this is expected to result in a steep drop in union resources and bargaining capacity, More

Jill Richardson (2018-07-06). Knowing When to Turn Off the News. counterpunch.org The news hurts. I can't handle watching it because it hurts. I can't deal with seeing Facebook posts about it. I can't even hear jokes about it from Stephen Colbert. It's not funny. It just hurts. Sometimes I think it would hurt less if I were less aware. If I understood less about how the More

Steve Share (2018-07-06). Minnesota union leader Blaha seeks top state office. peoplesworld.org ST. PAUL, Minn. —Add yet another top Minnesota union official to the lengthening list of labor leaders nationally who have stepped into the political arena this year. And if Julie Blaha wins the Democratic Farmer-Labor (DFL) primary for the State Auditor's nomination in the Aug. 14 primary, she'd increase a potential union cast at the […]…

Stephen Lendman (2018-07-06). Netanyahu Regime Cuts Off Funds to Palestinians. globalresearch.ca When it comes to fundamental Palestinians rights, Netanyahu operates like a tinpot despot. | His hardline coalition partners ruthlessly oppress a long-beleaguered people unaccountably, Gazans suffering most. | Newly enacted Knesset legislation permits withholding millions of dollars of welfare payments made by …

Fizz Perkal (2018-07-06). Abolishing ICE Isn't Radical, It's Rational. counterpunch.org As someone who was born and raised in the border state of New Mexico, I'm very familiar with political speak about immigrants and the border, especially when it comes to talking about safety. After 9/11, concerns about safety led to the passing of the Homeland Security Act, which created a new cabinet department as well More

Bill Morlin (2018-07-06). White widow's secret: I was married to an Aryan supremacist. splcenter.org Editor's note: On June 25, two months after this interview, Chris Eddy died. Her funeral service will be held today — July 6.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-06). Justice Kennedy's LGBTQ Legacy May Be Short-Lived. truthout.org Kennedy's departure from the Supreme Court has, understandably, prompted widespread concern about Roe v. Wade and abortion rights. 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 lesbian and gay couples, they rest on fragile constitutional arguments. With Kennedy's retirement,…

Andrew Levine (2018-07-06). Incivility Now! counterpunch.org Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair | A virtue of a thing, according to Aristotle, is that which makes it perform its function well. Sharpness is a virtue of a knife; civility is a virtue of liberal democracy. | Our liberal democracy, like similar regimes nowadays in other capitalist countries around the world, is not particularly democratic. | "Democracy" means rule of the people, the demos, as distinct from elites of one or another kind. In the United States and elsewhere, the word "democracy" long ago lost this class-specific connotation. In self-described democratic countries, the undifferentiated citizenry, the people as a whole, rule — in theory. This is not what the word meant in Greek antiquity, but it is close enough. | Or it would be if theory and practice were more in line. In practice, the rulers in self-described democracies are economic elites…

Brett Barrouquere (2018-07-06). James Alex Fields pleads not guilty to federal hate crimes stemming from 'Unite the Right'. splcenter.org An Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to more than two dozen federal hate crime charges stemming from the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.

Ann Garrison (2018-07-06). When Democrats Aren't the Least-Worst. counterpunch.org What will Democrats do when they can't campaign as the "least-worst" option, then shame and blame anyone who dares to vote Green? Greens are running against incumbent Democrats in three California congressional races with no Republican bogeymen in sight. The names of all three Greens will appear right alongside the Democrats' names on the November More

Ryan A. Knight (2018-07-06). Autonomous Self-Organization Against the Electoral Spectacle in Mexico. counterpunch.org After the preliminary results were announced showing a clear and dominant victory, and both major challengers Ricardo Anaya Cortés and José Antonio Meade accepted defeat, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the president-elect of Mexico, gave a press conference Sunday night to address the people of the nation. From the Hilton Hotel in the center of Mexico More

Peter Koenig (2018-07-06). Fifth Columns Make Way for the Coming Balkanization of South America. mintpressnews.com The US scheme for Balkanizing Latin America, and by extension the world, is as porous as the 1,500 km long tropical forest border between Colombia and Venezuela.

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