2018-07-10: Social Media Postees

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Memorial for Lynching Victims a First Step Toward Reconciliation
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-10
When she saw the name Ed Bracy on a placard in the The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, 68-year-old Sophia Bracy Harris felt goosebumps. "I just went frozen for a moment," she recalls. This was the relative she remembers hearing about as a child growing up in Elmore County, just north of Montgomery, Alabama. The story goes, Ed Bracy was hanged for his work organizing tenant farmers in the mid-1930s. | "In that moment, I was aware that this was a family member, that this was a direct connection to me," she says. | More than 4,000 African Americans were lynched from 1877 to 1950, giving rise to The Great Migration — as over 6 million African Americans left the South to resettle in the North and West. African Americans account for some 70 percent of recorded lynchings and nearly 80…
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The Trump-Kushner Delusion on Palestine
Sheldon Richman | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
Here's a shocker: Donald Trump and his Palestine-Israel fixers think they can buy a peaceful and permanent settlement of the 70-year conflict by getting Arab governments to pressure the Palestinians into forgetting the "politicians' talking points" — you know, superficial things like independence from the routine abuses and indignities of colonial oppression (that's right; the same trifles Americans…
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By Razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will Bulldoze Illusions of Peace Process
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But the only vehicles allowed along it are the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants' homes. If one community has come to symbolise the demise of the two-state solution, it is…
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Nicaragua: Senior Officials Responsible for Abuse
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-10
(Washington, DC) — High-level Nicaraguan officials bear responsibility for grave, pervasive abuses being committed on their watch, Human Rights Watch said today. These officials have failed to take meaningful steps to prevent or punish human rights violations by their subordinates. | Since protests broke out on April 18, 2018, at least 270 people have been killed and over 1,500 have been injured, in most cases at the hands of police officers and pro-government armed gangs. There has been no indication that key officials have taken steps to prevent and punish violations. On the contrary, they have issued implausible blanket denials, often blaming demonstrators for violence. President Daniel Ortega has said that his government is working to ensure Nicaraguans' " right to peace" and that the police have been " the victim of a [smear] campaign." | "As President Ortega repeats…
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GOP Rep. Jim Jordan implicated in sexual abuse at Ohio State University
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-10
Sexual assault. Scandal. Corruption. Denial. Since the start of 2018, those words have been synonymous with Republican and Democratic elected officials, the Scumbag-in-Chief Donald Trump, and university athletic departments. We can now add Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Ohio State University to that ever-growing list of sexual assault deniers. Last week, several former Ohio State …
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Axiom of Uncertainty
Dan Corjescu | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
It's simple. Given that there might well be an absolute nature/structure of the universe and our perhaps fundamentally limited cognitive position/abilities within it can we be certain that we can be sure about the true nature of anything? Can there be fundamental forces, matter, and material relationships of which we will never know? While unanswerable in principle, the mere possibility of such an epistemological…
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Nuclear Weapons Have Been Used Quite Regularly
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-10
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The world famous American outlaws, John Dillinger and Alphonse Capone, would have quickly understood the thinking behind their country's nuclear weapons policy. In the post-World War II era, successive United …
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Media, Hardliners Play Up North Korean Nuclear "Deception" Claim
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-10
Just as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was about to leave for denuclearization negotiations in Pyongyang, a spate of media stories reported that North Korea is deceiving the Trump administration by seeking to hide some of its nuclear facilities. | Those stories suggest an effort by some Trump administration officials, led by National Security Adviser John Bolton, to derail the US-North Korea negotiations by pressuring Trump and Pompeo to embrace the narrative that Kim Jong Un is deceiving the US. Before becoming national security adviser, Bolton had made no secret of his opposition to any Trump effort to reach an agreement with North Korea. | On July 1, The New York Times reported a conflict between Bolton and Pompeo over the timetable for denuclearization. The story said Bolton was determined to limit the period during which North Korea would be required to…
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North Korea Demanded Israel Pay $1 Billion To Halt Nuclear Missile Sales To Iran
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-07-10
An exposé by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has revealed that North Korea demanded Israel pay $1 billion in cash in return for halting its nuclear missile sales to Iran. The alleged offer was made in 1999 during an exchange between North Korea's envoy to Sweden, Son Mu Sin, and Israeli ambassador to Sweden, Gideon Ben Ami, while the […] | The post North Korea Demanded Israel Pay $1 Billion To Halt Nuclear Missile Sales To Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
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Trump's Energy Offensive Against Iran: An Expert Analysis
Jim Lobe | iranian.com | 2018-07-10
The Trump administration has "gone nuclear" in reportedly demanding that all of Iran's current oil consumers completely eliminate imports of Iranian imports by November 4. This comes in the wake of the OPEC meeting in which, apparently under pressure from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, in particular, its members agreed […] | The post Trump's Energy Offensive Against Iran: An Expert Analysis appeared first on The Iranian.
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Intentional Chaos: Trump and the Global NATO Alliance
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-10
As the world gears up for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit this week in Brussels and Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled for July 16, there is uncertainty and anxiety across the world about the outcomes of these encounters. Will Trump swing his wrecking ball at NATO allies? Can he engage in serious negotiations with his Russian counterpart to extend the New START Treaty and save the increasingly endangered Intermediate Nuclear Forces Agreement, which ended the Cold War? | Contrary to popular opinion, NATO needs to be recognized as an imperial military alliance that includes a first-strike nuclear war fighting doctrine. Consistent with what Zbigniew Brzezinski later described as the geopolitical requirements for US domination of Eurasia, and thus the world, NATO's first secretary general explained that the alliance's purpose was to keep Germany down, Russia out…
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Israel Closes Gaza's Commercial Border Crossing, Tightening the Siege
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-10
Israel will close the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Gaza in protest of Palestinian kite-launchers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in the Knesset yesterday. | The move will see the blockade tightened, blocking commercial supplies that regularly pass through the crossing to the besieged Strip, although some humanitarian aid will reportedly be allowed through. | "In agreement with the defence minister, we will act with a heavy hand against the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip," Netanyahu said to the applause of party members, adding that the closure will also be accompanied by other measures. | Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman also told MKs that Israel would not hesitate to act further should the situation escalate. | "We are not looking for a confrontation or for a military venture but in the way Hamas operates, the [situation] deteriorates and [Hamas] is liable to…
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Soft Brexits and Hard Realities: The Tory Revolt
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-10
It was meant to be an away day at Chequers in total hermetic isolation, an effort on the part of UK Prime Minister Theresa May to sketch some common ground in a cabinet that has struggled to agree on much …
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CNN Host Corners Deputy Press Secretary Over Report Kennedy Received Assurances Trump Would Nominate Kavanaugh
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
The anchor was not letting him escape this one. | In an interview with CNN host John Berman, White House spokesperson Raj Shah refused to address a report that President Donald Trump and the White House convinced Supreme Court Justice Anthony to retire by promising to replace him with protege Brett Kavanaugh. Early Tuesday morning, NBC reported that Kennedy had been in negotiations "for months" with the outgoing justice stating, "Once Kennedy received assurances that it would be Kavanaugh (his former law clerk) Kennedy felt comfortable retiring. "Confronted with the accusation by Berman, Shah repeatedly side-stepped the question, instead giving a boilerplate explanation about Kavanaugh's qualifications. "In the selection process, did President Trump speak to outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy at all about Judge Kavanaugh prior to the nomination? " Berman asked. "The president did speak with Justice Kennedy yesterday to inform him of his choice," Shah. . .
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Israel Shuts Vital Crossing, But Gazans Will Not 'Die in Silence'
Jared Porter | therealnews.com | 2018-07-10
Israel has intensified its crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip by closing the only crossing for commercial goods. Former Gaza health minister Dr. Basem Naim discusses the impact on a devastated health system and says that Palestinians will continue their weekly protests for freedom | The post Israel Shuts Vital Crossing, But Gazans Will Not 'Die in Silence' appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Hardcore Hitler on Hitler in Helsinki
CJ Hopkins | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
Here it comes, the moment we've been waiting for, when Trump and Putin meet in Helsinki to officially launch the Destruction of Democracy, and very possibly the Apocalypse itself. That's right, folks, once again, it appears we're looking at the end of everything, because according to the corporate media, on July 16, 2018, Trump is…
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It's Not Civil Disobedience if You Ask for Permission
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-10
On Saturday, July 7, social media was flooded with images of an event in Chicago that was advertised as a shutdown of the Dan Ryan Expressway to protest gun violence. Led by celebrity-pastor Father Michael Pfleger and co-sponsored by half a dozen local groups, 3,000 people marched onto the expressway, at first only occupying two lanes, with the permission of state police. After about an hour, Pfleger announced that state police would be shutting down all four lanes of traffic. | Some celebrated the protest as a powerful act of resistance. In Chicago and elsewhere, some of us who do the work of direct action and community organizing were far less impressed, and a few of us openly expressed that we found the event misguided and harmful to ongoing organizing and resistance efforts. As such, we have received some questions about why we…
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Top Israeli Security Expert Warns Against War with Iran
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-10
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Featured image: Eran Etzion, a former Israeli deputy national security adviser (Source: PressTV) | Former Israeli deputy national security adviser Eran Etzion has warned Tel Aviv "not to become entangled with Iran …
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Trump Trade War: China Refiner Dumps US Crude, Seeks Iranian Oil
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2018-07-10
Irina Slav at Oilprice.com notes that China's Dongming Petrochemical Group is dropping imports of US crude for its refineries and replacing them with oil from Iran, according to Iran's IRNA news service and Japan Today. Moreover, China is said to be preparing to slap 25% tariffs on imports of American crude, which will likely halt such imports […] | The post Trump Trade War: China Refiner Dumps US Crude, Seeks Iranian Oil appeared first on The Iranian.
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If Life Imitated Politics
Jared | truthout.org | 2018-07-10
American politics is largely driven by lies these days. What if everything worked this way? | The post If Life Imitated Politics appeared first on Truthout.
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Murder on the Beach: British-backed Wars Helped Create Tunisian Killer
Mark Curtis | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-10
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Three years ago on 26 June, a 23-year-old Tunisian armed with a machine gun mowed down 38 tourists at a beach hotel in the resort of Port El Kantaoui. Thirty British …
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How Will the Inequality Balloon Bust?
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
The meritocratic class has mastered the old trick of consolidating wealth and passing privilege along at the expense of other people's children. We are not innocent bystanders to the growing concentration of wealth in our time. We are the principal accomplices in a process that is slowly strangling the economy, destabilizing American politics, and eroding…
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A Call Center Coup: Ex-Teamster Boots Riley Tackles Telemarketing and Its Discontents
Steve Early | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
When I was a union rep, one of my most challenging assignments was assisting a Communications Workers of America (CWA) bargaining unit at a Boston-area telemarketing firm. Most CWA members in New England had call center jobs at the phone company, with good pensions, health insurance, and full-time salaries. As service reps, they fielded in-coming…
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Don't Be Afraid to Go Low — And 12 Other New Strategies for Dealing with Right-Wing Trolls
Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
How to mess with a troll in ways they don't expect, ways that are perfectly suited to your wits and potential repertoire — but that you haven't let yourself use until now. | The US is rapidly becoming just another Hypocracy, a state ruled by absolute hypocrites — no self-aggrandizing hypocrisy they won't perpetuate. Hypocrisy tends to corrupt; absolute hypocrisy corrupts absolutely. | We're way better educated, smarter and more articulate than these absolute hypocrites, so why do they have us on the run? | Because we're way more conscientious than they are. We fight with our fighting hands tied behind our backs for out-of-touch moral reasons, reasons that did make sense out of civic loyalty but not anymore. | We try to stay receptive and therefore responsive to their challenges. We empathize with them and then automatically feel charitable toward them.
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Mexico Returns to Its Place in the Vanguard
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
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When ISIS is Gone, Iraq Will Remain a Deeply Corrupt Country
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
Iraqis disagree about many things but on one topic they are united: they believe they live in the most corrupt country in the world, barring a few where there is nothing much to steal. They see themselves as victims of a kleptomaniac state where hundreds of billions of dollars have disappeared into the pockets of…
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Keeping Your Refugees: Macron, Francafrique and Euro-African Relations
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
Ties between Europe and Africa have never been rosy. A relationship based on predatory conquest and the exploitation of resources (slave flesh, minerals, and such assortments) is only ever going to lend itself to farce and display rather than sincerity. The late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, whose death must be placed squarely at the feat of the…
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The Surveillance Economy and Its Discontents
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-10
In 2016, Amazon Web Services released Rekognition, a service that lets users analyze digital imagery in order to identify objects, including faces, based on a machine-learning algorithm. | The company has touted uses for this product that include identifying triggering content in images, determining emotions in an image, cashier-less grocery stores (which they have implemented in Amazon Go) — and, most worrisome, "public safety." | The implications of this technology are eerily dystopian. The software is designed to identify up to 100 faces in an image or video, and can identify the emotions and actions of subjects. In the hands of the police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the National Security Agency (NSA), this poses an existential risk to privacy, oppressed groups, left organizations and any other targeted person. | And the unfortunate truth is that it is already being licensed to…
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We Need a Vision to Fight For
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-10
Paul Jay says that at TRNN, investigating and reporting on effective solutions is a crucial part of our mission | The post We Need a Vision to Fight For appeared first on The Real News Network.
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USS Liberty Survivor is Named US Delegate on Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Joe Lauria | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-10
A survivor of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 U.S. sailors has joined the Freedom Flotilla headed towards Gaza, as Joe Lauria reports. | The post USS Liberty Survivor is Named US Delegate on Gaza Freedom Flotilla appeared first on MintPress News.
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Progressives Vow to #StopKavanaugh After Trump Nominates 'Narrow-Minded Elitist Who Would Favor Wealthy and Powerful' to Supreme Court
Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
"Any senator–Democrat or Republican–who votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is knowingly voting to overturn Roe v. Wade, undermine our civil rights, and supercharge Republican efforts to suppress the vote. " | After President Donald Trump dragged out announcing his nominee to replace outgoing U. S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, " relishing the suspense," the president finally revealed D. C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his selection on Monday night, and progressive groups vowed to maintain pressure on Senate Democrats and a handful of Republicans to fight the appointment. "If Trump successfully installs Brett Kavanaugh," warned Indivisible Project co-founder Ezra Levin, "Trumpism will infect the court for a generation. The stakes are no less than the fate of Roe v. Wade, the Affordable Care Act, LGBTQ rights, and our democratic institutions. ""Three Democratic senators–Heitkamp, Manchin, and Donnelly–voted for Trump's last. . .
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Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Will Drive U.S. Law Hard to the Right
Bill Blum | truthdig.com | 2018-07-10
The president has chosen a candidate who poses a great threat to progressive values and causes–and one who might shield him from Mueller. | The post Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Will Drive U.S. Law Hard to the Right appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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White House Will Miss Court-Mandated Deadline to Reunite Migrant Families
ZeroHedge.com | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-10
As was widely expected after a judge ruled last month that the Trump Administration would have 30 days to reunite families separated at the border, the US government is struggling to meet the deadline, with Reuters reporting that only half of the detained children under age 5 will be back with their parents by a court-ordered deadline of Tuesday, according to a government attorney. | Sarah Fabian, an attorney with the US Department of Justice, said 54 children younger than 5 would be reunited with parents by the end of Tuesday, though that number could rise if background checks are completed more quickly. The administration is believed to have more than 2,000 immigrant children in custody, with 100 of them under the age of five. The parents of some of the children have been deported, while others either failed a criminal…
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Has Democratic Socialism a Future in American Politics?
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
Recently, when 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an obscure, upfront democratic socialist from the Bronx, easily defeated one of the most powerful U.S. Congressmen in the Democratic primary, the story became an overnight sensation. How, the pundits wondered, could this upset have occurred? Actually, it shouldn't have been a total surprise for, in recent years, democratic socialism…
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A Neoconservative Plan for Punishing Iran
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-10
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | President Donald Trump makes a point of insisting that he has nothing against the Iranian people and is only interested in opposing what he regards as the dangerous activities of their …
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Progressive groups swing into action against Trump nominee Kavanaugh
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-10
WASHINGTON–Blasting his consistent record against workers' rights to unionize and women's rights to reproductive choice, progressive groups swung into action against President Donald Trump's nomination of federal appellate judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court literally minutes after Trump's nod. But not all the groups who blasted Kavanaugh promised to mobilize now. Instead, some …
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A Very Intelligent Person
Uri Avnery | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
In the late 1980s, my secretary told me that the Deputy Chief of Staff wanted to see me. That was rather surprising. The army command was not on friendly terms with my paper, Haolam Hazeh. For dozens of years we had been officially boycotted by the army, after publishing a story which the then Chief…
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Barricades, Businesses and Storylines in Nicaragua
Joyce McCracken | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
On 18 April two groups of mostly young people came face to face in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. The issues that brought them together and yet separated them were reforms to INSS, the Nicaraguan social security system. Yes, there was give and take in the declared reforms. INSS would make a reduction in state…
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'Elections Have Consequences': Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination Is a Harsh Reminder That Obama Was Right
Matthew Rozsa, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
The events of the last year-and-a-half demonstrate the moral and logical fallacies of throwing away one's vote. | President Donald Trump has named Brett Kavanaugh, a judge from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to be his second Supreme Court nominee. Like Trump's first pick Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh is a man who is likely to push the court to the right on issues like abortion, gay rights, consumer rights and environmental protection. In other words, this is exactly the type of nightmare scenario that liberals feared when Trump was elected to the White House. As a result, it's time for the progressives who didn't vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 to acknowledge an uncomfortable truth: All of the horrors unleashed by Trump are very much your fault. There is abundant evidence that Clinton would have won. . .
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Here's What You Need to Know About Trump's Supreme Court Nominee
Jessica Corbett | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-10
"Any senator–Democrat or Republican–who votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is knowingly voting to overturn Roe v. Wade, undermine our civil rights, and supercharge Republican efforts to suppress the vote." | The post Here's What You Need to Know About Trump's Supreme Court Nominee appeared first on MintPress News.
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Trump Refuses to Call Putin a Foe: 'I Really Can't Say Right Now'
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
"As far as I'm concerned, a competitor. " | As he heads to Europe on a week-long trip that will culminate in a meeting with Vladimir Putin, President Trump was asked point-blank how he views the Russian president who attacked America during the 2016 U. S. elections. Trump's response does not engender confidence in what he himself calls "America first. "Bloomberg News' White House Correspondent Jennifer Jacobs tweeted this photo and the text of the exchange as Trump prepared to leave D. C. PRESS: Is Putin a friend or foe? | TRUMP: "Uh, I really can't say right now. As far as I'm concerned, a competitor. A competitor. " | Trump was speaking to reporters on south lawn before leaving for Europe for NATO meeting, his first UK trip and a meeting with Putin. pic. twitter. com/n1Uv8NpU6e– Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 10, 2018Trump refuses to label Putin a foe, an adversary, an enemy, despite his past and current attacks on the U. S. electoral system.
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British MPs Should be Ashamed of Supporting Regime Change in Tehran
Peter Oborne | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-10
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Britain's prime minister has been fighting a valiant, losing battle to rescue British relations with Iran in the wake of US President Donald Trump's reckless attempts to wreck them. | But …
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Vows of Resistance as Trump Nominates Narrow-Minded Elitist to the Supreme Court
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-10
After President Donald Trump dragged out announcing his nominee to replace outgoing US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, " relishing the suspense," the president finally revealed DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his selection on Monday night, and progressive groups vowed to maintain pressure on Senate Democrats and a handful of Republicans to fight the appointment. | This will be a tough fight to #StopKavanaugh and #SaveSCOTUS, but it isn't impossible. We need to use every tool at our disposal to block Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed. Here's how you can take action this week: t.co/yFAa2U7W0Q pic.twitter.com/Ds0Yaq1VYd | — Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) July 10, 2018 | "If Trump successfully installs Brett Kavanaugh," warned Indivisible Project co-founder Ezra Levin, "Trumpism will infect the court for a generation. The stakes are no less…
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U.S. Opposition to Breastfeeding Resolution Stuns the World
Emma Fiala | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-10
Decades of research has revealed time and again that breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed babies. Years of misleading marketing by formula companies has caused undue harm the world over by providing free samples in-hospital after birth, driving the unintended use of dirty water to mix formula where clean water is scarce and miseducating mothers that the formula itself is an adequate replacement for breastmilk. Despite this, representatives from the United States put the interests of the multi-billion dollar baby food industry over the wellbeing of countless mothers and their infants at the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. | While not all women want or are able to breastfeed, research clearly shows the health and economic benefits to both mothers and babies. The resolution proposed by Ecuador aimed at introducing a global education initiative encouraging breastfeeding, was…
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NYT Sees 'Dystopia' in Chinese Surveillance–Which Looks a Lot Like US Surveillance
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2018-07-10
In China, the New York Times ( 7/8/18) sees facial recognition as a sign of dystopia; in the West, the Times ( 7/9/18) reports on Amazon's promotion of the same technology as a "reputational risk." | There's a category of story we call "Them Not Us"–US media reporting on problems abroad, and seemingly not noticing that they have the same problems at home. There's a great example of that in the New York Times ( 7/8/18), headlined "Inside China's Dystopian Dreams: AI, Shame and Lots of Cameras." | Reporter Paul Mozur writes: Beijing is embracing technologies like facial recognition and artificial intelligence to identify and track 1.4 billion people. It wants to assemble a vast and unprecedented national surveillance system, with crucial help from its thriving technology industry. | Is it really so unprecedented, though? The US National Security Agency in…
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Trump, the Great 'Visionary Business Guru' is Actually Crashing the Global Economy
Finian Cunningham | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-10
US President Donald Trump often brags about his visionary business prowess, and his acolytes hail the former property tycoon for his razor-sharp intelligence. Critics and detractors, on the other hand, speak of his impulsiveness and reckless, short-attention span. | The latter uncharitable characterization of the 45th president seems more than amply substantiated this week as he launched a trade war with China and, further, spooked global oil markets over his belligerent showdown with Iran. | Given the dire financial repercussions for the US and, more generally, the international economy from Trump's actions one wonders how he can ever claim to be such a business guru. | First on China, the Trump administration this week finally implemented its threats to raise punitive taxes on $34 billion-worth of Chinese exports. Trump is threatening to ramp up the tariffs on all Chinese traded goods to the…
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The Discovery of Central American Suffering
Nick Alexandrov | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
U.S. pundits and politicians just discovered, it seems, that Washington's decisions harm Central American families. For the New York Times, "separating families…is something new and malicious," reflecting Trump's "heartlessness" and violating "fundamental American values." "This, apparently, is how you turn off the idea of America," Alex Wagner (The Atlantic) added. The Los Angeles Times thinks "the administration's cold-hearted approach to enforcement has crossed the line into abject inhumanity," departing– so we're to believe– from past practice.
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Agrarian Crisis and Climate Catastrophe: Forged in India, Made in Washington
Colin Todhunter | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
India is under siege from international capital. It is on course not only to be permanently beholden to US state-corporate interests but is heading towards environmental catastrophe much faster than many may think. According to the World Bank's lending report, based on data compiled up to 2015, India was easily the largest recipient of its…
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Future of Brexit
Karsten Riise | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-10
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Possible UK scenarios | The weakness of Ms. May and the Conservative party can surely lead to a Labour victory in any snap election — but the UK has no time, not …
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Data Needs to Serve a Public Safety Purpose
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-10

| Janine Jackson: Employees of the Department of Homeland Security received tips from leadership about how to protect themselves while in public, saying they may face a heightened threat as more and more people protest the cruel and malicious treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers at the Mexican border. From DHS head Kirstjen Nielsen being heckled out of a restaurant, to protesters in Portland blockading the entrance to the ICE office there — a tactic spreading now to other cities — to the city of Sacramento saying they would no longer be used as a warehouse for ICE detainees, acts of defiance are growing. | But as some are trying…
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"Thin Grey Line" — How the Media Stifles Coverage of Libel Cases
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
I am suing for the Los Angeles Times and the $638 million newspaper conglomerate Tronc for the defamation and wrongful termination they carried out as a favor for the chief of Los Angeles Police Department. I don't know how things will turn out. But I have learned a lot about the justice system. I've learned…
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ICE is beyond reform; it must be abolished
Fizz Perkal | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-10
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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BOMBSHELL: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy agreed to retire if Trump promised to replace him with Brett Kavanaugh
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
A source who was told of the discussions said Kennedy felt comfortable retiring after the Trump team assured him Kavanaugh would be the pick. | The Trump administration has been negotiating Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement for months, according to a new report. Kennedy agreed to retire at the end of the term that concluded last month once he received assurances that President Donald Trump would replace him with a former law clerk, reported NBC News. On Monday, the president held up his end of the bargain by nominating Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative former Kennedy clerk. @LACaldwellDC & @frankthorp– Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) July 10, 2018A source who was told of the discussions said Kennedy felt comfortable retiring after the Trump team assured him Kavanaugh would be the pick, and the other four names added to the president's list of Federalist Society-approved judges in November were merely cover. To be clear: This is from one source and dont have any info on whether potus talked to kennedy about a possible replacement. — Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) July 10, 2018…
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As Donald Trump's North Korea Deal Collapses, Vladimir Putin Awaits
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-10
Today begins the latest installment of Donald Trump's great global demolition derby as he leaves for the annual meeting of NATO allies, a meet and greet with the queen of England and a big bilateral summit in Finland with his favorite authoritarian oligarch, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Odds are that he is feeling his oats after handing the rose to his latest Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, which he sees as yet another unprecedented accomplishment due to his leadership genius. So get ready: This could be a wild ride. | Before Trump gets back on Air Force One we should catch up on the latest news surrounding his last bit foray into international gamesmanship, the pageant in Singapore last month. I know this will come as a huge surprise to everyone but it turns out that Kim Jong-un wasn't actually so enthralled by…
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Trump's SCOTUS Reality TV Show: When Networks Help the President Win Ratings, Democracy Loses
Melanie McFarland, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
Of course the former host of "The Apprentice" would treat his SCOTUS nomination like a ratings stunt | To treat a historic decision that stands to shift the direction of our country for decades like a reality TV finale, the opportunity for the ultimate ratings grab, is the ultimate act of solipsism. Naturally that's precisely how Donald Trump played the announcement of his second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, in the days leading up to his dramatic reveal at 9 p. m. ET Monday. The president began priming the pump not long after Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. "I interviewed 4 very impressive people yesterday. On Monday I will be announcing my decision for Justice of the United States Supreme Court! " he tweeted on July 3, right before the holiday (and its accompanying low ratings) but not before calling congresswoman Maxine Waters "crazy"
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Secret US 2006 Government Document Reveals Plan to Destabilize Syria by Using Extremists, Muslim Brotherhood, Elections
Brandon Turbeville | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-10
As the Syrian government makes massive gains across the country, many are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Western destabilization and attempt to destroy the secular government of Syria by the United States …
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The World According to Trump
Eugene Robinson | truthdig.com | 2018-07-10
I'm confident that we can eventually repair the damage President Trump is doing to the nation. What he's doing to the world is another story. | As with much of his program, Trump's foreign policy is contradictory and ultimately self-defeating. He wants to lead–his voracious yet delicate ego demands nothing less–but does not know how. He fails to grasp that not all sacred cows should be butchered. The result is mindless abdication of American leadership, to the dismay of allies and the delight of adversaries. | This week, Trump heads to Brussels for a NATO summit and Helsinki for a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The question is whether he further damages the trans-Atlantic relationship–a keystone of international relations since the end of World War II–by a little or a lot. | Since he took office, Trump has gone out of…
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The Brexit Plan That Could Bring Down the British Government — Explained
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
Two years after the Brexit referendum, Cabinet members apparently agreed on the country's vision for its future relationship with the EU. But it has already led to a flurry of resignations. | Two years after the referendum, the UK government briefly appeared to agree on its vision for the future UK-EU relationship. A three">https://assets. publishing. service. gov. uk/government/uploads/system/uploa. . . page document, outlining the UK position, was published following a long meeting of cabinet ministers at the prime minister's country retreat of Chequers on July 6. | The new position aims to address the Irish border issue and potentially offers a softer version of Brexit than was previously">https://www. gov. uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-our-future-economic-. . . talked about. It has prompted the resignation">https://www. bbc. co. uk/news/uk-politics-44770847″>resignation of three ministers. The Brexit secretary, David Davis, and his number two at the Department for Exiting the EU, Steve Baker, stepped down just. . .
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Borat does America: Comedian teases new show with Dick Cheney signing 'waterboarding kit'
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-10
A video featuring former Vice President Dick Cheney signing a 'waterboarding' device' has gone viral. The clip is a teaser for comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's new undercover-in-character series called 'Who is America?'
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Chuck Schumer Warns Senate Democrats: Fight Brett Kavanaugh or Pay the Price From the Base
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-07-10
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is warning Democrats in the chamber that if they don't put up a brutal fight over the next Supreme Court justice, there will be hell to pay from the Democratic base, according to senior Senate aides briefed on Schumer's message. | Democratic leadership's response in the two weeks since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement has been in stark contrast to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's firm, across-the-board rejection of any Obama nominee sent up in 2016. McConnell, flexing the power of a majority leader, announced within an hour of the news of the February 2016 death of Antonin Scalia that under no circumstances would the Senate consider a nominee before the November election. But shortly after Kennedy announced his retirement on June 27, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, said that "the Senate should do…
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China: Nobel Laureate's Widow Released
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-10
Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize-winning political dissident Liu Xiaobo, smiles as she arrives at the Helsinki International Airport in Vantaa, Finland, July 10, 2018. | © 2018 Lehtikuva/Jussi Nukari via Reuters | (New York) — The Chinese government permitted Liu Xia, the widow of dissident Liu Xiaobo, to board a plane to Germany on the morning of July 10, 2018, nearly a year to the day since her husband's death, Human Rights Watch said today. The German government negotiated Liu Xia's release, whose health significantly deteriorated during nearly eight years of house arrest. | "It is a tremendous relief that Liu Xia has been able to leave China for freedom abroad," said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. "Ever since her late husband received the Nobel…
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Roseanne to interview herself as media 'untrustworthy' to tell the truth about racist tweet saga
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-10
Rather than risk a "stressful and untrustworthy" interview with the press, Roseanne Barr — whose show was cancelled over a racist tweet — will give "the entire explanation of what happened and why"…in an interview with herself.
rt.com/usa/432481-roseanne-interview-rac…

'You still owe us $1,400': Woman dependent on oxygen tank dies after provider cuts off electricity
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-10
New Jersey authorities are investigating the circumstances of the tragic death of an elderly woman who was reliant on an oxygen tank and suffered a heart failure after her electricity provider cut off the power supply to her home.
rt.com/usa/432438-woman-dies-oxygen-elec…

Michael Jackson 'chemically castrated' by dad as a boy, claims former doctor
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-10
Michael Jackson's doctor has claimed the singer's father "chemically castrated" him as a boy to prevent him from developing — and to maintain his high voice.
rt.com/usa/432469-michael-jackson-chemic…

Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court, Democrats outraged
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-10
President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. Democrats are alarmed that he will overturn rulings about abortion and same-sex marriage.
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Actress and potential NY governor Cynthia Nixon launches petition to abolish ICE
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-10
Former actress and left-wing New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has launched a Change.org petition calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
rt.com/usa/432478-cynthia-nixon-abolish-…

'Narcissist' Musk berated for pushing 'impractical' mini-sub on Thai cave rescuers
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-10
Elon Musk is being ridiculed online for his highly-publicized attempts to help rescue the trapped Thai boys in a music-playing mini-submarine — which local authorities deemed "impractical."
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Poland's Power Grab
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-10
Supreme Court President Malgorzata Gersdorf addresses the supporters and the media before entering the Supreme Court building in Warsaw, Poland, July 4, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The Polish government put another nail in the coffin of the country's once-independent judiciary by forcing 27 Supreme Court judges — well over one-third of the court membership — out of their jobs last week in a blatant attempt to change the court's political make-up. The streets are full of protesters. Even Mick Jagger is worried, speaking out against the move at a Rolling Stones gig in Warsaw this weekend. | So, what's going on? | " Step by step, institution by institution." That's how Poland's ombudsman, Adam Bodnar, described the government's move to take over independent institutions in Poland since President Duda came to…
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Time for Bolivia to Join Safe Schools Declaration
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-10
A view of a soccer practice of school girls in Villa Ingenio, El Alto outskirts in La Paz, Bolivia, June 1, 2018. © 2018 Reuters | The global campaign to insulate schools and students from the ravages of war gained momentum today with a string of four new endorsements of the Safe Schools Declaration. The announcements by Djibouti, Macedonia, San Marino, and Peru during the United Nations Security Council open debate on children and armed conflict brings to 79 the number of countries supporting the declaration, a political commitment by countries to do more to protect students, teachers, and schools during times of war. | Peru's endorsement is a particular game changer. Now, the majority of current Security Council members have committed to the declaration's commonsense steps for alleviating the negative consequences of war on…
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Fox News host retreats from Supreme Court live show due to 'volatile' protest
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-10
The tension was palpable in Washington on Monday following Trump's announcement of his Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh – so much so that Fox News anchor Shannon Bream axed a live broadcast from the court.
rt.com/usa/432470-trump-court-fox-suprem…

Nicaragua: Senior Officials Responsible for Abuse
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-10
(Washington, DC) — High-level Nicaraguan officials bear responsibility for grave, pervasive abuses being committed on their watch, Human Rights Watch said today. These officials have failed to take meaningful steps to prevent or punish human rights violations by their subordinates. | Since protests broke out on April 18, 2018, at least 270 people have been killed and over 1,500 have been injured, in most cases at the hands of police officers and pro-government armed gangs. There has been no indication that key officials have taken steps to prevent and punish violations. On the contrary, they have issued implausible blanket denials, often blaming demonstrators for violence. President Daniel Ortega has said that his government is working to ensure Nicaraguans' " right to peace" and that the police have been " the victim of a [smear] campaign." | "As President Ortega repeats…
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MSNBC Just Proved Glenn Greenwald's Point About MSNBC
Kevin Gosztola | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-10
Journalist Glenn Greenwald traveled to Moscow for a panel discussion on "fake news." A clip of comments he made to an RT crew afterward was shared widely. He also visited NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and for all of the above, he was viciously attacked by MSNBC intelligence analyst Malcolm Nance, who has a massive following on Twitter, and others. | Greenwald wrote an article at The Intercept on what unfolded. Specifically, he highlighted how Nance's statement that he showed his "true colors as an agent of [Donald] Trump and Moscow" was uttered as if it is a fact. | Nance "informed" his 423,000 followers that he "helped Snowden defect, covers for WikiLeaks' attack on democracy, and shills for Fox News" because he is deep in the pocket of the Kremlin. | The crucial point Greenwald made was that MSNBC actively encourages "its…
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Trump: Meeting Putin may be easier than attending UK & NATO summit
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-10
US President Donald Trump's first dedicated bilateral meeting with his Russian counterpart will probably be easier than his UK visit and NATO summit, he said before leaving for his European tour.
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Wanting younger leadership is 'sexist' says Pelosi, after forgetting Senate leader's name
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-10
Calling herself a "legislative virtuoso," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi brushed off calls for someone younger to lead the Democrats if they win the midterms. Such talk is "a little bit sexist," she told Rolling Stone.
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Mexico: AMLO to Seek Negotiated Peace in Drug War
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-09
Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's transition team unveiled a plan Friday to shake up the fight against crime, including reduced jail time but stiffer controls on weapons, as the country reels from a militarized drug war. | The concept …
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Nicaragua, Unraveling a Plot
Francisco Arias Fernández | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-09
AS early as 2016, talk of war against Nicaragua could again be heard in Miami, at a time when the streets of this nation were a regional example of security, peace, and prosperity, where a hardworking, tranquil people proudly enjoyed …
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"Finally, Mexico has a chance": Eyewitness election report
Ben Cowles | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-09
MEXICO CITY–"Something's not right," I said to Alberto. "We should go." I followed behind as he left the classroom and moved through the voters who crowded round the closed door to the classroom containing our comrades, Carl Maden, a CWU national executive member, and Louis Lemus, a neuroscientist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico …
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Abolish ICE, But Don't Stop There
David Correia | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-09
According to Rutgers University's National Resource Center on Children & Families of the Incarcerated, nearly three million children in the United States have an incarcerated parent. And family separation by police is racialized, whether by ICE or any other police agency. One in 9 African-American children has an incarcerated parent as opposed to 1 in 57 white children. To engage in policing, whether by ICE or your local cops, is to engage in the separation of children from their parents. More…
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8 Ways Departing EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Suppressed Science
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-09
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who announced [last week] that he is resigning, leaves a legacy of suppressing the role of science at the agency. | Blocking science in the name of transparency | In 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 the EPA's setting of health standards that regulate air pollution. But…
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The Millstone around Trump's Neck?
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-09
This Bible passage (Matthew 18: 1-6) is getting a lot of attention recently. I will cite the King James Version so beloved by evangelicals: At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the…
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'Humiliated and Empty-Handed': Conservative Writer Blasts Trump's Utter Failure at North Korean Diplomacy
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-09
Trump's "dealings with North Korea have been a master class in self-deception," Max Boot writes. | President Donald Trump's diplomatic efforts with North Korea are turning out even worse than many critics had expected. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's negotiations over the weekend were even more confirmation that the president and his administration have little grasp of what they're doing. As conservative writer — and frequent Trump opponent — Max Boot explained in the Washington Post, Pompeo left the meetings "humiliated and empty-handed. "Pompeo, who didn't even meet with Kim Jong-un, was firmly rebuked for the administration's demands that North Korea unilaterally denuclearize. Meanwhile, reports suggest that the Kim regime has continued to expand its nuclear arsenal, even after Trump declared that the North Korean nuclear threat was extinguished. 'Trump has been played from the start — and he's the only one who doesn't. . .
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The Prospects for De-Nuclearization
David Krieger | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-09
After the Singapore Summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, Trump was very upbeat about the denuclearization of North Korea. On June 12, 2018, Trump said in a CNN interview, "He's denuking the whole place and he's going to start very quickly. I think he's going to start now." Seriously? For this to happen, Kim…
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The Demonization of Iran at the UN Security Council
Carla Stea | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-09
On June 27, the Security Council was briefed on the "Fifth report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2231." The report, which was short on corroborated fact and long on insinuation resembled an attempt at demonization …
globalresearch.ca/demonization-of-iran-a…

How to Pack the Supreme Court
Richard E. Rubenstein | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-09
Farewell to Anthony Kennedy, the one Justice who kept us guessing which way the Supreme Court would rule on a wide range of issues. With Kennedy gone and Trump honing his list of right-wing replacements, the Court's decisions will very likely become more predictable — a prospect that makes progressive hearts sink. Nevertheless, there is…
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A Plea to the Media: Don't Move On From the Immigration Crisis
Mike Farrell | truthdig.com | 2018-07-09
Nothing Donald Trump does should distract journalists from staying focused on the plight of families the U.S. has separated for the crime of being poor and nonwhite. | The post A Plea to the Media: Don't Move On From the Immigration Crisis appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Womp, Womp, Racism in a Cage
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-09
"We offer your love to all of our children . . ." the Episcopal priest said, her eyes closed in prayer. Some 170 people were gathered around her, as she stood in a gazebo in a park in Huntsville, Ala. This was one of the 700-plus protests across the country last weekend, as Americans gathered…
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5 Things You Should Know About Trump's Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-09
The president's pick will, if confirmed, replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. | In a choice that could have sweeping implications for the entire United States for generations to come, President Donald Trump announced Monday that he is nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U. S. Supreme Court. Here are five things to know about the nominee: 1. He played a significant role in Kenn Starr's investigation of President Bill ClintonKavanaugh has been a major player in several significant partisan battles in his career, including his role as a member of independent counsel Kenn Starr's team investigating Clinton. Kavanaugh was one of the authors of the report delivered to Congress, which offered broad justifications for impeachment, though he has since seemed to back away from those views. 2. He favors expansive powers for the NSA. Some civil libertarians fear Kavanaugh because he has. . .
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'I Think You're Running This Presidency': Fox News' Juan Williams Calls Out Sean Hannity's Ties to Trump
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-09
"You have a Sean Hannity agenda. " | While Fox News personality Sean Hannity was guest hosting on the panel show "The Five" on Monday, co-host Juan Williams called him out for his close ties to Presiden Donald Trump — ties that have raised ethical questions in the past. "You have a Sean Hannity agenda," Williams said of his co-host. "I think you're running this presidency. ""That is the silliest thing I've ever heard," Hannity shot back. "Oh, so ridiculous," Williams said mockingly. "How could I say such a thing! ""So ridiculous, yeah. That's what CNN fake news says," Hannity responded — apparently unable to resist using the president's "fake news" catchphrase while trying to distance himself from Trump. Though it's widely known that Hannity and Trump are friendly, reporting has shown that the connection goes even deeper than it appears on the surface. Hannity, for instance, is. . .
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The Stain of Britain's Part in Torture and Rendition Will Never Wash Away
Sam Raphael | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-09
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The long-awaited reports of the investigation by the UK Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) into Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition between 2001 and 2010 have finally been published. We ourselves have …
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Jeff Sessions Sets Back the Clock
Laura Flanders | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-09
Pay no attention to what the media says about how undermined Jeff Sessions is. POTUS may bait him publicly via tweet, but in private, at the DOJ, Sessions is a man on a mission to roll back civil rights, and that's just what he's doing. Take what he did this July 3, quietly rescinding two…
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Marriott, world's biggest hotel chain, underpays workers
David Bacon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-09
On June 27 thousands of union and non-union Marriott workers organized demonstrations in San Francisco, Oakland, Honolulu, Boston, San Diego, Seattle, Philadelphia and San Jose. Workers carried signs saying, "One Job Should Be Enough!" About 20,000 Marriott workers are represented by Unite Here. As contract negotiations get underway, some 12,000 of those employees have contracts …
peoplesworld.org/article/marriott-worlds…

Remembrance of Past Fourths
John Davis | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-09
Frederick Douglass (The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro, 1852) likens American Independence to the liberation of the Israelites from the bondage they endured under the Egyptians. Speaking to a white audience in Rochester, N.Y., he declared,…
counterpunch.org/2018/07/09/remembrance-…

How the Capitalist System Survives on Neo-Colonial and Imperial Exploitation (Pt. 3/3)
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-09
Activist Baba Aye concludes his interview with TRNN's Ben Norton, discussing the ongoing harms of colonialism and imperialism in Africa and the Global South, and how they are an integral part of the capitalist system | The post How the Capitalist System Survives on Neo-Colonial and Imperial Exploitation (Pt. 3/3) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Integration Can't Be Rhetoric, Must Be Real: Venezuela's Arreaza in Africa
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-09
The Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza is visiting several African countries to build South-South relations.
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The Persecution of Rafael Correa
Joe Emersberger | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-09
An Ecuadorean judge has issued an arrest order for former President Rafael Correa. Correa is accused of having masterminded an attempted kidnapping of the right wing former legislator, Fernando Balda, in 2012. Balda was in Colombia at the time evading a prison sentence in Ecuador for libel. The kidnapping was foiled within a few hours…
counterpunch.org/2018/07/09/the-persecut…

Amazon Is Quietly Selling Racist, Anti-Semitic Products, Report Finds
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-07-09
Amazon prides itself on the ability to sell and deliver almost any product imaginable. It also creates television shows and movies and builds its own electronics like the Kindle and Echo and runs such businesses as Whole Foods, Audible and IMDb. However, what should not be included in its vast offerings, according to its own policies, are "products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views." | A new report from the Partnership for Working Families and the Action Center on Race & the Economy, however, outlines how Amazon continues to sell products and host content in violation of the company's own rules. Many of the products are made or promoted by hate groups, as classified by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, both of which monitor extremist groups. | As…
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Nationwide Protests Demand End to Family Separations
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-07-09
Over 100 protesters in Baltimore demonstrated against the detention of Marta Rodriguez, who faces deportation to Honduras. Councilman Zeke Cohen says the U.S. must take in migrants displaced as a result of its policies | The post Nationwide Protests Demand End to Family Separations appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/nationwide-prote…

Iran And Syria: Why Regime Change In One Means Regime Change In Both
Caitlin Johnstone | iranian.com | 2018-07-09
Probably the weirdest, dumbest, most annoying thing about writing on US foreign policy right now is the fact that regime change in Iran and regime change in Syria have been falsely spun into the illusion of two separate issues along partisan lines. People who are more aligned with America's Democratic Party are a lot more […] | The post Iran And Syria: Why Regime Change In One Means Regime Change In Both appeared first on The Iranian.
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"An Absolute Bombshell": Brexit Ministers Davis, Baker & Braverman Quit in Blow to Theresa May
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-09
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. | Update 4: A second junior Brexit minister has resigned — Suella Bravermanm MP for Fareham. This leaves just two of the five person Brexit team remaining. | *** | Update 3: Here is …
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'The Tax Cut Is Utterly Failing to Deliver': Paul Krugman Warns Trump's Economic Policy Could Lead to 'Maximum Self-Harm'
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-09
"Thanks to the looming trade war, U. S. soybean prices have plummeted, and the farmers of Iowa are facing a rude awakening. " | While President Donald Trump continues to praise himself for the strength of the economy, his main economic policy success seems to be a dud at best — and from all appearances, it looks like he's trying to make things worse. Economist Paul Krugman explained in a new column Monday how Trump and the Republicans' tax plan has completely failed, even by their own standards. The idea behind the legislation was that by cutting corporate tax rates, businesses would begin massive investments of capital, giving the economy a jolt. But that didn't happen. "Corporations have gotten a really big tax cut: The tax take on corporate profits has fallen off a cliff since the tax cut was enacted," Krugman. . .
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