2018-07-06: Social Media Postees

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Duterte Beckons Communist Negotiators "Home" to Talk at Gunpoint, Reds Reject the Invitation
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
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. | The post Duterte Beckons Communist Negotiators "Home" to Talk at Gunpoint, Reds Reject the Invitation appeared first on MintPress News.
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The Trump-Putin, Peace, Trade and Friendship Meeting
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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Jakarta Police 'Shoot to Kill' Order May Foster Summary Executions
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-06
A group of mobile brigade policemen patrols near the Mobile Police Brigade (Brimob) headquarters in Depok, south of Jakarta, Indonesia, May 9, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Officials in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, have authorized police participating in a one-month anti-crime campaign launched this week to use deadly force against criminal suspects who resist arrest. | "If there is resistance [from the muggers and thieves], our chief has ordered us to act firmly and quickly [to shoot]," said Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono. "It is not negotiable." | That's dangerous advice given that Indonesian police already have a reputation for summarily executing criminal suspects. A University of Melbourne analysis indicated that more than one-third of the total police killings from January to June 2017 occurred after the suspects had surrendered…
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Affirmative Action in Jeopardy With New DOJ Order and Retirement of Justice Kennedy
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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How the NRA Can Improve Its Image
Christopher Brauchli | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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What Nazis Driving People from Homes Taught Philosopher Hannah Arendt about Refugee Rights
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
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.
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'They Cannot Get Votes on Their Actual Policies': Noam Chomsky Explains How the Republican Party Is Rotten to the Core
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
"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. . .
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Pompeo in North Korea to Nail Down Details of Agreement
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-06
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…
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1967 SPECIAL REPORT: "THE NEW LEFT"
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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Are You Watching But Not Donating?
trnn_cms_importer | therealnews.com | 2018-07-06
If you are watching The Real News and you appreciate what we do please take a moment to help us end this campaign successfully | The post Are You Watching But Not Donating? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Latin America Defends Ecuador Ex-President Correa's Fight Against US-Backed Persecution
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
"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 | The post Latin America Defends Ecuador Ex-President Correa's Fight Against US-Backed Persecution appeared first on MintPress News.
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Congo's Imposter President and the Moral Depravity of the West
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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After Marathon Meeting, U.K. Leaders Endorse Brexit Trade Plan
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-06
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. | The post After Marathon Meeting, U.K. Leaders Endorse Brexit Trade Plan appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Houthi Drone Targets Saudi Coalition Military HQ
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
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. | The post Houthi Drone Targets Saudi Coalition Military HQ appeared first on MintPress News.
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Is trade more complex than union leaders have said it is?
Dominique Paul Noth | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-06
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Trump Spewed a Mind-Blowing 100 False Claims In One Week: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
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. . .
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A Teacher Explains Why the Janus Ruling is Bad News for Schools, Students
Glenn Sacks | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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It's Not Just Trump, China's Also Making the WTO Irrelevant
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
China's pioneering initiative to institutionalize trade rules and dispute mechanisms for its New Silk Road is especially impactful in making the World Trade Organization irrelevant in and of itself, but when combined with Trump's recent moves away from this globalist …
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'Data Needs to Serve a Public Safety Purpose'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2018-07-06
Janine Jackson interviewed Tracy Rosenberg about ICE's corporate collaborators for the June 29, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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Israel Is Arming Ukraine's Blatantly Neo-Nazi Militia the Azov Battalion
Jared Porter | therealnews.com | 2018-07-06
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 | The post Israel Is Arming Ukraine's Blatantly Neo-Nazi Militia the Azov Battalion appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Who Is Andrew Wheeler? Scott Pruitt's Replacement at the EPA Is Even Scarier
Shira Tarlo, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
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. . .
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Saudi Airstrike Targets Wedding Ceremony in Yemen Killing 11
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
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. | The post Saudi Airstrike Targets Wedding Ceremony in Yemen Killing 11 appeared first on MintPress News.
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NED Pursues Regime Change by Playing the Long Game
Edward Hunt | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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Roaming Charges: America, Unchecked and Unbalanced
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
+ 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…
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Blaming Iran for the Sufferings of Yemenis Is Laughable
M.A. Saki | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
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 …
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Minnesota union leader Blaha seeks top state office
Steve Share | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-06
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 …
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Explosive Report Shows Unchecked Sexual Assaults in Chicago Public Schools
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-06
Troy LaRaviere, challenger for Mayor of Chicago, says understaffing and mismanagement at CPS and by Rahm Emanuel has resulted in unchecked sexual assault of Chicago Public Schools students | The post Explosive Report Shows Unchecked Sexual Assaults in Chicago Public Schools appeared first on The Real News Network.
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There's an All-Out War on Kids and Not Just on the Border
George Goehl | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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:…
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The Battle for Iran: Separatist Groups on Iran's Borders See a Sudden Surge
DJMD | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
Pakistani militants have claimed that Saudi Arabia in the last year stepped up funding of militant madrassas or religious seminaries in Balochistan that allegedly serve as havens for anti-Iranian fighters. | The post The Battle for Iran: Separatist Groups on Iran's Borders See a Sudden Surge appeared first on MintPress News.
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City of Angels, Fallen and Otherwise
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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Hungary, Where Hell is For Immigrants
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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Nestlé Scores Permit to Siphon Water From SoCal Creek
Dan Bacher | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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Legitimizing The Occupation: An Occupied Palestine is a Land Without Hope
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
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. | The post Legitimizing The Occupation: An Occupied Palestine is a Land Without Hope appeared first on MintPress News.
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We're Protesting Trump's Visit by Flying an Inflatable Trump Baby Over London
Leo Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
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 …
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James Alex Fields pleads not guilty to federal hate crimes stemming from 'Unite the Right'
Brett Barrouquere | splcenter.org | 2018-07-06
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.
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GMO Agriculture and the Narrative of Choice
Colin Todhunter | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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The Irish at the Battle of Ebro
Pauline Murphy | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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N.Y. state AFL-CIO endorses incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-06
ALBANY, N.Y.–Setting up yet another showdown between Democratic Party regulars and party progressives, the New York State AFL-CIO sided with the regulars and endorsed incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election to a third term. That sets up a Sept. 13 state primary face-off between Cuomo and former "Sex and the City" TV star Cynthia …
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When Momma Ain't Happy: Downsides of Innovation Mania
Geoff Dutton | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
You probably sense as I do that normality isn't what it used to be, even a few years ago. I'm talking not about Trump or politics but of the magnificent panoply of digital technologies we are immersed if not drowning in. The speed at which technologists are shoving stuff at us has bugged me for…
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Good Luck Ending Racism, Capitalism Still Needs It
James Munson | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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Ready for a New 'Missile Gap' and Arms Race?
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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World Bank Solution for Lack of Jobs: Cut Worker Protections
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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?
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Labor History Happened Here — And Why It Matters
Jane LaTour | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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Vince Gray is Eyeing a Run for Mayor of DC, Here's How the Washington Post Took Him Down Last Time
Pete Tucker | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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.
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The Increasing Danger of Addiction to Video Games in Children
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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"No Happy Ending" for Planet as Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Takes Over EPA
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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Autonomous Self-Organization Against the Electoral Spectacle in Mexico
Ryan A. Knight | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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Like It or Not, Trump Is Systematically Eliminating the Imperial Capitalist Order
Thierry Meyssan | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
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. | The post Like It or Not, Trump Is Systematically Eliminating the Imperial Capitalist Order appeared first on MintPress News.
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Putin Was Helping Trump. Now They Have Meetings in Private
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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Haunted by a Legacy of Hatred: Fear of ISIS's Return in Iraq
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
"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…
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The Future of Unions in the Wake of Janus
Sarah Anderson | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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,…
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A No Man's Land: Travelling Around the West Bank After Nine Years
CJ Weaver | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
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 …
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Trump's Tariff Obsession Is Hurting America and the Rest of the World
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
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. . .
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Selected Articles: UK Russophobia: Novichok 2.0
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
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 …
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The Politics of Poverty in America
Ebony Slaughter-Johnson | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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This Florida Republican Senate Candidate Accused a Grieving Father of 'Exploiting' His Daughter's Shooting Death
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
"[S]top exploiting her death in the name of some political agenda," the disgusting statement read. | These days, Republican allies of the National Rifle Association (NRA) aren't always known for their tact or sensitivity when it comes to victims of mass shootings. And Republican Javier Manjarres, who publishes the right-wing website the Shark Tank and is hoping to unseat South Florida Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch in the November midterms, showed just how tactless he can be this week when he accused a grieving father of "exploiting" the killing of his 14-year-old daughter by calling for stricter gun control legislationOn Valentine's Day, 14-year-old Jaime Guttenbergwas among the 17 people killed outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in a mass shooting. And this week, Manjarres didn't hesitate to lambast her father, Parkland resident Fred Guttenberg, for his pro-gun control stand. On. . .
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Syrian Forces Raise Flag at Jordan Border Crossing
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-06
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. | The post Syrian Forces Raise Flag at Jordan Border Crossing appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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UK Mounts Fresh Offensive Against Russia Following Second Alleged Novichok Poisoning
Chris Marsden | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
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 …
globalresearch.ca/uk-mounts-fresh-offens…

Knowing When to Turn Off the News
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
counterpunch.org/2018/07/06/knowing-when…

Mainstream Media Coverage of the J20 Case Has Been Sloppy, When Present at All
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-06

| Janine Jackson: Listeners know that Washington, DC, police mass-arrested more than 200 people, including journalists, during protests at Donald Trump's inauguration, in which a few windows were broken and a limousine set on fire. Federal prosecutors have surprised some by vigorously pursuing felony riot charges against some of the so-called "J20 protesters," resulting in decades of prison time, even those they acknowledge engaged in no damage or violence but were simply present, and in some cases reporting. | Perhaps the only hopeful part of what seems a clear effort to criminalize dissent is that the wheels seem to be coming off it. Joining us now to bring us up-to-date is Sam Menefee-Libey,…
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The Lemmings of Long Island: Are Americans Serial Victims of Systemic Investment Fraud?
Mary Serumaga | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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.
counterpunch.org/2018/07/06/the-lemmings…

The Wifi Alliance, Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood: 5G Wireless
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
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.
globalresearch.ca/coming-soon-to-your-ne…

Subway Employee Calls Police on Two Black Parents and Their Four Kids Eating Dinner
Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
The Dobson family told the Channel 2 that the kids are upstanding young folks and there had been nothing to indicate there was an issue. | "I need somebody to come through here please, ASAP. Now. There's about eight people in a van, and they've been in the store for about an hour. They keep going back and forth to the bathrooms by my back door. " That's the 911 call– obtained by WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News–from a Subway employee on a family of 6, Felicia and Othniel Dobson and their four children, ages 8, 12, 13, and 19. The family had stopped at the Subway in Coweta County, Georgia, on their trip back from South Georgia to their home state of North Carolina. They had been attending a grandparent's birthday party for the weekend. The employee freaked out because this. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/subway-em…

The Balkanization of South America
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
During the recent meeting in Caracas of the Venezuelan Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, in mid-June 2018, President Maduro said something extremely interesting, but also extremely disturbing — nonetheless highly important for the region to be aware of. | Mr. Maduro mentioned …
globalresearch.ca/the-balkanization-of-s…

Democrats: Stop Listening to 'Civility' Scolds and Concern Trolls — This Is an Emergency
Amanda Marcotte, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
The decision to capitulate or apologize will only come back to haunt you — so don't do it. | Halfway through 2018, it's clear that the year will be remembered by the history books as a time when the Donald Trump administration started its drastic escalation of what amounts to an ethnic cleansing campaign aimed at nonwhite immigrants. So far, the administration has made it a priority to shake the trees to find every legal avenue possible to throw out people Trump considers too dark-skinned. This has included getting the Supreme Court to approve a Muslim travel ban, finding legal loopholes to prosecute people who are legitimately seeking political asylum, and ending temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of people from countries such as Haiti and El Salvador. Now the administration is even exploring the possibility of denaturalizing immigrants. . .
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The 6-Year-Old Heard on Border Facility Audiotape Is Still Separated from Her Mother by 1,000 Miles
Ginger Thompson, ProPublica | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
"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. . .
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How American Dogs Disappeared and Left a Contagious Cancer Behind Them
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
The founder dog has spawned a modern-day doggy cancer dynasty. | Cancer can be frighteningly complex and unpredictable. Cancer can evolve, change, evade and resist, but one thing we can usually rely on is that cancer can't infect. For a handful of unlucky species, however, this isn't the case. Thousands of dogs around the world — from Aboriginal camp dogs in Australia to street dogs in Buenos Aires — are affected by an extraordinary type of infectious cancer that causes genital tumours and can jump between individuals, known as Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour or CTVT. All of these tumours are clones – genetically highly similar to one another but genetically distinct from their hound hosts. DNA from the tumours can trace them to a single individual, the "founder dog". This cancer arose only once, thousands of years ago, from the cells of. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/how-ameri…

Kicking Immigrants Out of Our Military Harms National Security — Just Like Banning Gay Members Did
Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
'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,. . .
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'It's a Good Day for the Agency': EPA Staff Reportedly Cheer Scott Pruitt's Resignation in Shame
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
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. . .
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Dystopian racial apocalypse tomorrow: May the "Purge" be with you
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-06
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/dystopian-racia…

A Secret Political Genocide in Colombia
Mario Murcia | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
"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…
counterpunch.org/2018/07/06/a-secret-pol…

Tens of thousands rallied for Families Belong Together
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-06
SAN FRANCISCO — An estimated 20,000 demonstrators gathered at City Hall in San Francisco June 30 for a massive Families Belong Together march and rally, demanding an end to the Trump administration's harsh policies of family separation and detention and its failure to reunite thousands of families. Many had marched to the rally from Mission …
peoplesworld.org/article/tens-of-thousan…

Russiagate: Senate Intelligence Committee Believes Americans Voted for Trump because Putin influenced them to Vote for "Russia's Candidate"
DPCR | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
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 …
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Guatemala's "Huelga" Protests Draw Attention to Corruption Among Elites
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-06
A weathered truck driver dozes amid a sea of traffic, one of countless others left stagnant across roads nationwide. His cargo a mere cog in the machine of the economy now halted by a network of roadblocks organized by protesters demanding transparency and justice. | The disruptions of November 7, 2017, are known as "huelgas," a form of social protest whereby participants strike on motorways, drawing attention to political and social issues. | It is now summer, and thousands of Guatemalans are continuing their endeavor in what has become a routine display of political dissidence. Protesters gathered at Guatemala City's historic center to make their demands: the resignation of President Jimmy Morales and justice for the murders of dozens of human rights defenders. | The International Commission against Impunity has been investigating Morales for corruption on allegations of illicit campaign…
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White widow's secret: I was married to an Aryan supremacist
Bill Morlin | splcenter.org | 2018-07-06
Editor's note: On June 25, two months after this interview, Chris Eddy died. Her funeral service will be held today — July 6.
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Recommendations for Engrossing Summer Reading and Viewing
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Taleb (Random House, 2018). Taleb writes:…
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Tucker Carlson Claims Democrats Have Been 'Plotting, in Effect, a Coup' Through Immigration Policy
Media Matters Staff, Media Matters | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
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. . .
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The Trump Foundation Donated Generously to Charities — So Long As They Booked Their Lavish Events at Mar-a-Lago
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
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. . .
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Iran Looks to Barter Oil as U.S. Sanctions Bite
Tsvetana Paraskova | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
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 …
globalresearch.ca/iran-looks-to-barter-o…

Rescues, Caves and Celebrity Salvation
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
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. …
globalresearch.ca/rescues-caves-and-cele…

The Forgotten 1971 Genocide in Pakistan
Peter Crowley | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
counterpunch.org/2018/07/06/the-forgotte…

The Skripals and a New Novichok Affair: No End in Sight?
Dr. Ludwig Watzal | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
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. …
globalresearch.ca/the-skripals-and-a-new…

The Constitution is Not Neutral
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
"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…
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Social Media and Israel: Censorship of the Truth
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
counterpunch.org/2018/07/06/social-media…

America on Thin ICE
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
This weekend hundreds of thousands marched to protest Donald Trump's zero tolerance immigration policies. I was grateful not to be marching in Washington D.C. where the creator of "Hamilton" serenaded the crowd. I mean seems pretty American, but yeah. For all those at risk of being deported, the obnoxious nature of liberals hardly matter. People turned out to march. What else will save immigrants from this atrocious administration? As a privileged American citizen though, I must say liberals still aren't my cup of tea. In Saint Paul, out came the strollers and the (almost) clever signs, including one with the Statue of Liberty saying WTF. An unnecessary sign I thought. She'd be in full approval of Trump's actions. The only immigrants she has ever liked were the Europeans who slaughtered the Native Americans en masse.
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The US Army is Quietly Discharging Immigrant Recruits
AP | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
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…
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Sanguine Hopes of Liberty
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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Seeing Dystopia and Dreaming Abolition at the US-Mexico Border
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-06
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…
truthout.org/articles/seeing-dystopia-an…

Indefinite Detention of Migrants Violates International Law
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-06
Pursuant to its "zero-tolerance" policy, the Trump administration separated some 2,300 migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border since May 5, 2018. Widespread international condemnation ensued. On June 26, a federal judge in San Diego ordered the government to reunite the families and established a timetable for reunification. | On June 29, the Department of Justice filed a notice of compliance with the court order, but indicated its intention to indefinitely detain families together. Indefinite detention violates international law. | "The Government will not separate families but detain families together during the pendency of immigration proceedings when they are apprehended at or between ports of entry," the Justice Department wrote in its notice of compliance. | That would amount to indefinite detention as immigration cases can last for months or even years. | A 1997 settlement called the Flores…
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Venezuelan Communists Criticise Maduro's Plan for State Industries
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-06
Maduro proposed incorporating youth cadres from the Francisco de Miranda Front into managerial positions in public enterprises.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13920

Wayne Au on Gates' Education Failure, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on Criminalizing Protest
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2018-07-06
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Economy Adds 213,000 Jobs in June, Unemployment Edges Up to 4 Percent
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-06
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…
truthout.org/articles/economy-adds-21300…

FBI Goes Trumpian, Hypes Imaginary Terrorism Threat as Fake News
William Boardman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
"Protecting our citizens and our nation remains the Justice Department's top priority," U.S. Attorney [Justin] Herdman said. "This defendant plotted and scouted locations in downtown Cleveland for an attack on July 4th, when he knew it would be packed with …
globalresearch.ca/fbi-goes-trumpian-hype…

Abolishing ICE Isn't Radical, It's Rational
Fizz Perkal | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
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The National Endowment for Democracy Regime Change Playbook
Edward Hunt | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
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.
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'Your Admin Is Conducting DNA Tests on Little Kids': Warren Strikes Back at Trump After His Deranged 'Pocahontas' Rant
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
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. . .
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Canadian Student Arrested by Israeli Forces for Protesting Israeli Demolition of Palestinian Village
Independent Jewish Voices | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
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, …
globalresearch.ca/canadian-student-arres…

Incivility Now!
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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…
counterpunch.org/2018/07/06/incivility-n…

Trump to Aides: 'Why Can't We Simply Invade Venezuela?'
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-06
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly floated the idea of invading Venezuela to top aides and world leaders, inside sources confirm.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13919

Guns Don't Make Us Safer — Here's the Proof
Norah Vawter | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
Once again, Americans are trying to wrap our heads around another mass shooting. On June 28, a man gunned down five people at the office of The Capital Gazette, a small Maryland newspaper. My conservative friends and family are passionate about gun rights, convinced that guns make us safer. Personally, I've never liked firearms, because…
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