(2018-07-07). GOP Freedom Caucus Members Refuse to Support Jim Jordan on the Record as More Accusers Come Forward. alternet.org Congressman Jim Jordan has come under fire for his alleged involvement in a widening sex abuse scandal. | House Republicans are refusing to publicly defend Tea Party firebrand Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as more details come to light about the congressman's role in the Ohio State University sexual assault scandal. Rep. Jordan worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1987 to 1995, during which time multiple victims have alleged team physician Richard Strauss sexually abused them and fostered a culture of regular sexual harassment. "I considered Jim Jordan a friend," former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato told NBC. "But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn't know what was going on. ""When you look at the definition of sexual abuse and sexual assault — and Jim Jordan went on record saying he. . .
(2018-07-07). Here Are 8 Ways Outgoing EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Suppressed Science. alternet.org EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt leaves a legacy of suppressing the role of science at the agency | Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who announced yesterday that he is resigning, leaves a legacy of suppressing the role of science at the agency. Blocking science in the name of transparencyIn March, Pruitt proposed a new "science transparency policy. " Under the proposed rule, when the EPA designs pollution standards and rules, it would use only studies in which the underlying data is public. Pruitt said his policy would prevent the EPA from using "secret science" that cannot be tested by other researchers. But scientists say important findings could be excluded. One example is research by Harvard University that linked fine particle pollution in U. S. cities with an increase in deaths from lung and heart diseases. The data for the 1993 study was key to. . .
(2018-07-07). North Korea Says Talks With Pompeo Were 'Regrettable'. truthdig.com The North's statement accuses the U.S. of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear program. It comes hours after the secretary of State had cited "a great deal of progress" in two days of "productive" talks.
(2018-07-07). There's Only One Surefire Way to Prevent Future Donald Trumps. alternet.org America must respond to the calamity that's befallen the working class | Why did so many working class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful, megalomaniac for president? It's important to know, because we need to stop more Trumps in the future. The answer lies in the interplay between deep-seated racism and stagnant and declining wages. Both must be addressed. Some white working class men and women were — and still are — receptive to Trump's bigotry. But what made them receptive? Racism and xenophobia aren't exactly new to American life. Fears of blacks and immigrants have been with us since the founding of the Republic. What changed was the economy. Since the 1980s, the wages and economic prospects of the typical American worker have stagnated. Nearly 80 percent now live paycheck to paycheck, and those paychecks have grown less secure. Meanwhile, all the economy's. . .
(2018-07-07). Here's How 'Cadet Bone Spurs' Dishonors Our Troops. alternet.org The Defense Department is harming national security by discharging immigrants and rebuffing transgender volunteers | Back in the 1960s, with the war in Vietnam raging and young Americans getting killed every day, it cost about $1,000 to dodge the draft. You got an automatic deferment for college, but once you graduated, or if you dropped out, you went back to 1-A status, which meant you were eligible for military service and could be drafted. The holy grail during the Vietnam war was to become 4-F, the draft status our president, Donald Trump, achieved with a letter from a doctor confirming that he had "bone spurs" on his heels which made him ineligible for military service. That's where the $1,000 came in. If you had enough money, you could go to a dentist, or a doctor, enough times that you could establish a medical. . .
(2018-07-07). The King of Chaos. truthdig.com Donald Trump heads to Europe next week, where he will meet with NATO leaders in Brussels before heading to Helsinki for a much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. | The NATO meeting comes on the heels of Trump's bull-in-a-china shop presence at last month's G-7 gathering in Canada, where the President alienated and angered longtime European allies (and his Canadian host Justin Trudeau) with his "America first" approach to trade and tariffs. That resulted in a three-front trade war with Canada, Europe and China that benefits American steel manufacturers and little else. | At the NATO conference, Trump is expected to continue to bang the drum over the issue of defense spending, lambasting his European partners who have failed to meet an agreed-upon contribution target of 2 percent gross domestic product per year while decrying what he believes is the exorbitant burden…
(2018-07-07). How "Roe v. Wade" Changed the Lives of American Women. truthout.org The recent announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement has ignited widespread speculation about the future of Roe v. Wade. Some analysts believe that a new appointment to the Supreme Court would mean a conservative justice, particularly one who is against abortion rights, will threaten the status of the law. | The US Supreme Court granted women an essential degree of reproductive freedom on on Jan. 22, 1973, by supporting the right to terminate a pregnancy under specific conditions. | As a sociologist who studies women, work and families, I've closely examined how the landmark ruling affected women's educational and occupational opportunities over the past 45 years. | Then and Now: | Let's go back to 1970, three years before the Roe decision. | In that year, the average age at first marriage for women in the US was just under…
(2018-07-07). What Can We Expect From Trump on Morocco's Occupation of Western Sahara? truthout.org President Trump appears to be looking the other way from Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara in the pursuit of World Cup politics. | The Associated Press recently reported that, "The 2026 World Cup contest has been engulfed in intrigue about whether Donald Trump's rhetoric on immigration and foreign policy will cost North America votes. What's barely talked about is the impact of a territorial conflict that is impeding Morocco's bid." | More plainly, this "territorial conflict" is barely being talked about, period. | President Obama, and now, a depleted US media, have essentially ignored Western Sahara's brutal occupation by the Moroccan monarchy. Trump, however, could have a more moderate stance in this part of the world. But the administration's domestic and foreign policies continue to appease a Republican Party and conservative base pushing a nativist and a "fly-by-night" policy orientation.
(2018-07-07). How Liberal Partisan Politics Strengthen the Right Wing. truthout.org
| The desire to condemn evil and wrongdoing should not be a partisan matter, but the brutality of the present shows us how many people feel otherwise. | In the midst of each despicable advance the right wing makes at the expense of people's lives, there is always shock and awe from the liberal class. There's the shock that it's actually happening, the shock that liberalism is failing to halt right-wing encroachments and the shock that oppression has happened under the direction of Democratic Party politicians as well Republican ones. This says a lot, but a very important takeaway is how liberalism coalesces the very oppressive forces many of its constituents…
(2018-07-07). Scott Pruitt Resignation. truthdig.com
(2018-07-07). Australia Issues Rolling Fines to Parents Who Won't Vaccinate Their Children. mintpressnews.com "If the state forced a child to be vaccinated and the child had a significant medical reaction and potentially died as a result of that, that would be a huge burden that the state would have put on those parents." – Former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
(2018-07-07). Defense Contractor Detained Migrant Kids in Vacant Phoenix Office Building. truthdig.com A major U.S. defense contractor quietly detained dozens of immigrant children inside a vacant Phoenix office building with dark windows, no kitchen and only a few toilets during three weeks of the Trump administration's family separation effort, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has learned. | Videos shot by an alarmed neighbor show children dressed in sweatsuits being led — one so young she was carried — into the 3,200-square-foot building in early June. The building is not licensed by Arizona to hold children, and the contractor, MVM Inc., has claimed publicly that it does not operate "shelters or any other type of housing" for children. | Defending the administration's policy to separate families at the border in a May interview with NPR, White House chief of staff John Kelly promised: "The children will be taken care of…
(2018-07-07). America's Got a Very Real Muslim Problem — Islamophobia. alternet.org There's a common perception that Muslims pose a threat to the security of the U. S. , but the real threat is to them | June 2018 was an especially bad month for the status of Muslims in America. First, we learned that a new study showed that many Americans view Muslims in the United States as insufficiently "American," and almost 20 percent would deny Muslim citizens the right to vote. Then, the Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's decision to institute a ban on immigrants, refugees and visa holders from five majority-Muslim countries in a 5-4 decision. The synergy of these two pieces of information is critical because it reveals a common attitude that Muslims pose a threat to U. S. security whether they are U. S. citizens or not. And while these attitudes do break down heavily across party lines, it is noteworthy. . .
(2018-07-07). Israel Assaults Palestinians Ahead of the Demolition of West Bank Bedouin Village. mintpressnews.com Demolition of the village would include the forcible transfer of an indigenous population that was previous forced to leave their homeland during the Nakba. The residents of Khan al-Ahmar, who fled there over 50 years ago, had vowed to never abandon their land again.
(2018-07-07). Emmanuel Macron's "Extreme Centrism" Is a Threat to Democracy. truthout.org French President Emmanuel Macron has been crusading to all corners of the world, receiving applause for his impassioned pleas on behalf of the postwar liberal order in the face of rising authoritarianism and nationalism. | This spring, in his address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the new French leader compared the ongoing political divisions within Europe to a "civil war" and pledged to never "yield to any fascination for authoritarian sovereignties" — a clear reference to the ongoing democratic backslide in Hungary and Poland. | "I do not want to be part of a generation of sleepwalkers," the 40-year-old president declared. "I want to belong to a generation which has made a firm decision to uphold its democracy." He also pledged to "defend European sovereignty because we fought for it." | A few days later, the French…
(2018-07-07). Women in Asia Are Confronting Fracking in the US to Eliminate Plastic Byproducts. truthout.org Heaps of plastic waste cover the shores of Manila Bay in the Philippines. Myrna Dominguez remembers when an abundance of fish inhabited its waters — locals would catch enough to feed their families and sell at the market. Today, she says, they are catching more plastic than fish. | "We're very afraid that if this is not addressed, the bay, which 100,000 small fishers rely on, will no longer be viable for them," Dominguez says. | In May, Dominguez and Indian labor organizer Lakshmi Narayan visited communities in the US that are affected by pollution from oil extraction and plastic production, to show the effects that these processes have on communities overseas. The "Stopping Plastic Where It Starts Tour," organized by #Breakfreefromplastic and Earthworks, is part of a project that aims to reduce plastic consumption and production by raising awareness about the impacts…
(2018-07-07). Prosecutors Drop All Remaining Charges Against Trump Inauguration Protesters. truthout.org More than three dozen defendants in the year-long #DisruptJ20 trial celebrated Friday evening after prosecutors dismissed all remaining charges against them, following a number of failures to prove the protesters were guilty of wrongdoing. | "The state failed at silencing dissent and today our movement is stronger than it was on #J20," tweeted Dylan Petrohilos, who was charged with conspiracy, rioting, and destruction due to his participation in planning to protest — even though he did not attend. "I'm proud of all my co-defendants, and everyone in the streets who resisted fascism and state violence." | #J20 trials are over. Government has dismissed charges against remaining 38 defendants. After charging more than 200 people with felonies, they got one single felony guilty plea. Pretty epic failure! pic.twitter.com/xQ9jBsEGfr | — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) July 6, 2018 | The Department of Justice…
(2018-07-07). The Trump Administration's Family Reunification Plan Is a Fiasco. truthdig.com When the Trump administration instituted its "zero tolerance policy," which prosecutes immigrants for entering the country illegally and separates parents from their children as a means of deterrence, critics argued it was not simply cruel and immoral but ill-conceived. Less than two weeks after the president used an executive order to formally end the practice of family separation, and days after a federal judge imposed multiple deadlines for reunification, their worst fears have come to fruition. | According to a New York Times report published Thursday, administration officials are scrambling to meet the court's demands, with as many as 3,000 children's lives hanging in the balance. Overseeing the gargantuan undertaking is the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, which has relied on identification bracelets, registration numbers and "careful logs" to track the movements of those…
(2018-07-07). Black Athletes Have Been Involved in the Political Struggle From the Beginning. truthout.org
| Janine Jackson: When Colin Kaepernick wanted to join thousands of other Americans in expressing his outrage and sorrow at the killing of black people by police, the San Francisco 49er spoke with — among others — Nate Boyer, another football player for the Seattle Seahawks, who was a Green Beret. Boyer suggested that rather than sit out the national anthem, Kaepernick take a knee — the way, he said, soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother's grave, as a way to express dissent without disrespect for the military or veterans. | That critics, including in the press, would describe Kaepernick's gesture as a refusal to stand, an insolent refusal…
(2018-07-07). Wall Street Journal Burns 'Master Negotiator' Donald Trump for Starting Trade War: 'This Isn't Winning'. alternet.org Under the snippy headline "So much trade losing," the lead editorial compared the Trump trade war to the start of Civil War that led to nothing but tragedy for the rebels of the South. | As the trade war with China — caused by tariffs demanded by Donald Trump — heats up, the editors of the Wall Street Journal have taken the president to task, sarcastically mocking him as a "master negotiator" who has yet to negotiate any deals while causing damage to the U. S. economy. Under the snippy headline"So much trade losing," the lead editorial compared the Trump trade war to the start of Civil War that led to nothing but tragedy for the rebels of the South. "The shooting has begun in the U. S. -China trade war, and let's hope it's not Fort Sumter," the piece began. "The South figured the Civil. . .
(2018-07-07). Two Weeks After "Ending" Family Separation, Parents Still Can't Contact Their Children. truthout.org Los Fresnos, Texas — Calling from an unreliable phone at the Port Isabel Detention Center, her voice sounds muffled, and far away. To be understood, she needs to keep repeating herself. For her to hear the person calling, they need to yell. | Blanca wishes more than anything else that it was her two daughters, ages 6 and 14, on the other end of the line. But she hasn't spoken to them since they were separated at the border, after a long journey from Honduras. It's been almost three weeks. | To arrange calls at the facility run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, parents need to fill out a request form. Blanca says she has submitted five. | "This is maddening," she said. "The officials, they don't say anything." | As President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, which separated more than 2,500 children…
(2018-07-07). A 'Reckless' Fracking Company, Poisoned Springs, and a Family Forced to Buy Water at Walmart. theintercept.com Driving west along the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Harrisburg to rural Washington County, sign after sign pitted energy companies against environmentalists. An evil-looking clown leered down at passing drivers above the words: "I still believe in global warming. Do you?" Then there was another: "Wind dies. Sun sets. You need reliable, affordable, clean coal electricity." Yet>>
(2018-07-07). Police 'find 81 grams of narcotics inside woman's vagina'. rt.com Cocaine, marijuana, MDMA — you name it, and one suspected Wisconsin drug dealer could have a fist-sized bundle of it packed away somewhere discreet.
(2018-07-07). 1 US soldier killed, 2 wounded in 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan — NATO. rt.com At least one US serviceman was killed and two others were wounded in southern Afghanistan, NATO said in a statement, describing the incident as an "apparent insider attack."
(2018-07-07). Australian ambassador to US red-faced over 'mateship' campaign featuring only rich white men. rt.com Australian Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey once said that the "age of entitlement is over" — but not for the 15 rich white men he selected to be patrons of a 'mateship' campaign to celebrate to promote US-Australian relations.
(2018-07-07). Twitter suspends 70mn 'fake' accounts in 2 months amid pressure from Congress & media. rt.com Some 70 million accounts, a number roughly equal to 20 percent of Twitter's monthly active users, have been yanked off of the platform in May and June, as the company opts for user 'safety' over free speech, it's been reported.
(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.
(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
(2018-07-06). Rep. Jim Jordan Goes After Accusers Who Say He Ignored Sexual Abuse of Students as a Coach: 'The Timing Is Suspect'. alternet.org He smeared the character of one of the men making the accusation. | Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), an ally of President Donald Trump and a frontrunner in the race to potentially replace Paul Ryan as a Republican leader in the House, went on the attack against his accusers Friday as he faces claims that he ignored sexual abuse while he was a college wrestling coach. Former UFC champion Mark Coleman on Thursday became the fifth of Jordan's former athletes to come forward and say Jordan knew of the abuse allegedly committed by Dr. Richard Strauss at Ohio State University, where the congressman served as an assistant coach. "There's no way unless he's got dementia or something that he's got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State," Coleman told the Wall Stree Journal. "I have nothing but respect for this man,. . .
(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…
(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
(2018-07-06). Sex, Trump and the Supreme Court: Here are 8 Seminal Decisions Trump's Far-Right Appointees Could Reverse. alternet.org These are the decisions that could be at risk under Trump. | stack the High Court with severe social conservatives in the Scalia/Thomas vein—which is exactly what he has said he would like to do—everything from gay rights to abortion and contraception to First Amendment rights could be imperiled. Here are some landmark Supreme Court decisions that advanced sexual freedom in the U. S. and could be in danger if Trump has his way. 1. Lawrence v. Texas (2003)Kennedy, arguably, is the closest thing the Supreme Court has had to a libertarian, and he infuriated the Christian Right when, in 2003, he wrote the majority opinion in the Supreme Court's Lawrence v. Texas ruling—which struck down a Texas sodomy law and in effect, invalidated sodomy laws in 13 other states. The ruling was applauded by gay rights activists but detested by Pennsylvania's notoriously anti-gay Republican. . .
(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. . .
(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.
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(2018-07-06). The Balkanization of South America. globalresearch.ca 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 …
(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
(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,. . .
(2018-07-06). Is Putin Preparing To Throw Iran Under The Bus During Trump Summit? iranian.com A senior Kremlin official tells Bloomberg that Vladimir Putin is preparing to offer significant concessions to President Trump at their July 16 summit in Helsinki, Finland in the hopes of beginning to repair strained relations between Russia and the United States. Chief among them, according to the official, is a discussion on Iran's role in Syria — an issue that Moscow […]
(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. . .
(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
(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 …
(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 …
(2018-07-06). Explosive Report Shows Unchecked Sexual Assaults in Chicago Public Schools. therealnews.com 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
(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 […]…
(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 …
(2018-07-06). The Politics Behind The Sabotage Of The Iran Deal In Europe. iranian.com As the EU scrambles to offer a viable package of economic incentives to convince Iran to stay in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) after the US withdrawal, some forces are attempting to undermine this effort and fully align the bloc's policies with the Trump administration's strategy of isolating Iran. A case in point […]
(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.  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
(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.
(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
(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
(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 […]…
(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.
(2018-07-06). FBI Goes Trumpian, Hypes Imaginary Terrorism Threat as Fake News. globalresearch.ca "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 …
(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
(2018-07-06). Is trade more complex than union leaders have said it is? peoplesworld.org …
(2018-07-06). The World Hates Trump — and the US Needs to Know. globalresearch.ca This article was published in January 2016, a year before the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States. | Who the US elects is the world's business, and our people and Parliament have every right to take a …
(2018-07-06). 'Let Us Know Where You Stand, Sean': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Challenges Hannity to Respond to Trump's Lack of 'Decency'. alternet.org "Air another clip tonight — I love it when you do that. " | MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace expressed her disgust Friday with President Donald Trump's recent out-of-the-blue attack on former President George H. W. Bush's Points of Light Foundation, noting that even his supporters are often uncomfortable with his attitude toward notable veterans. She wondered aloud if Fox News' Sean Hannity would speak out against this tendency and even challenged him to respond to Trump's lack of "decency. ""Trump is grosser than even some of his closest allies on the far right and fringy right media," she said, discussing the comments on her show "Deadline: White House. ""That's right," said Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire in response, but he argued that the president allies are likely to become crasser as they follow the president. "I don't know," she said. "I'd be surprised tonight if Sean Hannity defends the. . .
(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
(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. . .
(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 …
(2018-07-06). 1967 SPECIAL REPORT: "THE NEW LEFT" counterpunch.org …
(2018-07-06). 'Don't Slur Your Fellow Republicans': CNN Contributor Shuts Down Trump Supporter Steve Cortes' Shameful Defense of the President. alternet.org "I literally never heard anyone talk the way Donald Trump does. " | Even Steve Cortes, a long-time supporter of President Donald Trump, balked at the president's mocking of the Me Too Movement in a recent campaign speech. But in an appearance on CNN Friday night, he quickly moved from rejecting the remark to defending the president. "I wish he hadn't mentioned it," Cortes said. "That was a mistake. "He continued: "But here's the thing with this president. . . He's so authentic, both for good and bad. He speaks to us, not in a lawyerly and measured way, but the way normal people speak to each other at a bowling alley or the church parking lot or a bar. He speaks in a very colloquial, and authentic, and vernacular way to the American people, and that they understand. "CNN contributor Joan Walsh was appalled at Cortes'
(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
(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.
(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. | The Palm Beach Post in South Florida is reporting that the Donald Trump Foundation in Palm Beach County, Florida donated $706,000 to charities since 2008—and almost all of the donations went to charities that 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. . .
(2018-07-06). Trump's Immigration Policies Can't Make America White Again. truthdig.com Racism is a feature of the Trump administration, not a bug. Like demagogues before him, President Trump and his aides consistently single out one group for scapegoating and persecution: non-white Hispanic immigrants. | Trump doesn't much seem to like non-white newcomers from anywhere, in truth—remember how he once expressed a fond wish for more immigrants from Norway?—but he displays an especially vicious antipathy toward men, women and even children from Latin America. We have not seen such overt racism from a president since Woodrow Wilson imposed Jim Crow segregation in Washington and approvingly showed "The Birth of a Nation," director D.W. Griffith's epic celebration of the Ku Klux Klan, at the White House. | Trump encourages supporters to see the nation as beset by high levels of violent crime—and to blame the "animals" of the street gang MS-13. He is lying; crime rates…
(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…
(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
(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
(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
(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. . .
(2018-07-06). N.Y. state AFL-CIO endorses incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. peoplesworld.org 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 […]…
(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. . .
(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
(2018-07-06). No, LGBT People Aren't Harming Malaysia, But Child Marriage Is. hrw.org "Jina," a 22-year-old transgender woman, sports a tattoo of a butterfly—a transgender symbol signifying transformation: "There's a lot of politicization of the LGBT community at the moment, to distract the public from more important issues." | © 2014 Javad Tizmaghz for Human Rights Watch | When the news broke last week that a 41-year-old man‚ÄØfrom Kelantan‚ÄØhad‚ÄØ married an 11-year-old girl, alarm bells went off in Malaysia's newly elected‚ÄØgovernment‚ÄØas well as‚ÄØamong nongovernmental groups. The Kelantan state police started an investigation, and‚ÄØactivists‚ÄØstepped up‚ÄØcalls‚ÄØto legislate a minimum‚ÄØmarriage‚ÄØage of 18, with no exceptions.‚ÄØ | But some politicians saw the issue differently.‚ÄØMohd‚ÄØAmar Nik Abdullah, the deputy‚ÄØhead of government in Kelantan state, which is ruled by‚ÄØthe‚ÄØopposition‚ÄØMalaysian Islamic Party (PAS), said child marriage should not be "sensationalized"‚ÄØand does not violate religious principles.‚ÄØ"The issue of‚ÄØzina‚ÄØ[sex outside marriage], children born out of…
(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 …
(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
(2018-07-06). After Marathon Meeting, U.K. Leaders Endorse Brexit Trade Plan. truthdig.com The proposal aims to keep the United Kingdom and the European Union in a free-trade zone for goods, but not for services, which make up the bulk of the British economy.
(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.
(2018-07-06). America on Thin ICE. counterpunch.org 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. More
(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
(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
(2018-07-06). It's Not Just Trump, China's Also Making the WTO Irrelevant. globalresearch.ca 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 …
(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 …
(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
(2018-07-06). Guns Don't Make Us Safer — Here's the Proof. counterpunch.org 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 More
(2018-07-06). Lord of the Flies Redux. counterpunch.org "Just as a magnet attracts iron filings," conservative columnist and former Republican George Will recently wrote, "Trump attracts, and is attracted to, louts." Will is being civil. One can think of other substances capable of attracting loathsome creatures to which to compare Donald Trump. In this sense, Trump is, in more ways than one, our More
(2018-07-06). Scott Pruitt Was 'Devastated' that Trump Finally Wanted Him Out: Report. alternet.org The president said that the final decision was up to Pruitt — but a new report suggests otherwise. | Despite President Donald Trump's insistence that former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt made the choice to resign on Thursday, a new report from Bloomberg found that the long-embattled Cabinet member was forced out. Reporters Jennifer Jacobs and Jennifer Dlouhy say that Pruitt was "devastated" when he was told to resign. But even though Trump had concluded Pruitt must go, they write, it was White House Chief of Staff John Kelly who called to break the news to the administrator. When asked Thursday by reporters whether there was a "final straw" that led to Pruitt's removal, Trump denied it. "No final straw," he said aboard Air Force One. "I think Scott saw that he was, he was, uh — look, Scott is a terrific guy. And he. . .
(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
(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.
(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
(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.
(2018-07-06). Polish Government Purges Judiciary to Ensure Free Reign. therealnews.com Prof. Bartosz M. Rydlinski explains the new program of the Law and Justice Party and the implications these 'copy and paste' policies from Hungary are having on Polish democracy
(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 …
(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
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