2018-07-11: News Headlines

Jan Oberg (2018-07-11). NATO's Crisis and the Trans-Atlantic Conflict. counterpunch.org When the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union dissolved and the Warsaw Pact disappeared, a few of us argued that the appropriate response would be to close down NATO and develop a new all-European peace system and a policy for conflict-handling to replace the predominantly military security thinking that had dominated during the More

Victor Grossman (2018-07-11). Chicken Games and Rotten Eggs in Germany. counterpunch.org Germany's politicians played the chicken game last week, testing which party, Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union or its Bavarian "sister party", Horst Seehofer's Christian Social Union, would be the first to swerve. When new parties were founded after World War II, Bavaria, Germany's biggest and most locally patriotic state, wanted to save its own very More

Vijay Prashad (2018-07-11). A Glimpse of Japanese Communism. counterpunch.org Kyoto is a city that teems with its history. Castles and palaces from the feudal Tokugawa shogunate rub shoulders with the modern steel and glass buildings of Japanese capitalism. It is impossible to digest the stereotype of the Japanese people as obedient or docile. This city's history proves the opposite. The city was largely destroyed More

Mel Gurtov (2018-07-11). "Gangsterism" or "Progress"? Examining North Korea's Latest Statement on Denuclearization. counterpunch.org Most US news reports are suggesting that the North Koreans may be backtracking on their commitment to denuclearization, calling the US position "gangster-like" following the visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang. What the North Korean foreign ministry actually saidin its statement of July 7 is far more nuanced, and speaks directly to More

E.J. Dionne Jr. (2018-07-11). 'Bad' Jobs Don't Have to Be That Way. truthdig.com So many policy proposals aimed at reducing economic inequality emphasize moving disadvantaged people into higher-paying, higher-skilled jobs, typically with more access to education and training. | We do need to invest far more in expanding opportunity for fellow citizens who have lost all hope for advancement, but there is a flaw in this thinking, as Steven Dawson argues in "Make Bad Jobs Better," a compendium of his recent work published earlier this year by the Pinkerton Foundation. If we define success "solely as securing a middle-class job," he writes, "then we will limit ourselves to helping only a narrow segment of low-income workers improve their lives." | Dawson focuses on the tens of millions of Americans who do very necessary work in our society and receive little reward for their efforts. He challenges the idea that "bad jobs" are destined to be bad…

Tom H. Hastings (2018-07-11). Coarse Culture Resurgent Racism. counterpunch.org From calling Mexicans rapists and animals to calling the one African American at one of his rallies "my African American," to endorsing and appointing proven racists, to defending confederate statues, to encouraging violence by his base at his never-ending rallies, Donald Trump is taking page after page from the rise of Hitler in Germany in More

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-07-11). With the Largest Mandate in Recent History, Lopez Obrador Takes Decisive Steps for Mexico's Presidency. therealnews.com Prof. John Ackerman talks about the mandate, Lopez Obrador's foreign policy, and his plans for constitutional reforms

Cesar Chelala (2018-07-11). Trump's Policies on Immigrant Children Violate the Convention on the Rights of the Child. counterpunch.org After enacting a "zero tolerance" policy towards all adult immigrants crossing the border into the U.S., in effect separating parents from their children and keeping the children in inhumane conditions, the Trump administration now intends to rescind this measure. However, because some family records have been lost or destroyed, some children may never again be More

Michael Barker (2018-07-11). Building for a Socialist Brexit. counterpunch.org In recent years the Tories have been carrying through a veritable bonfire of workers' rights, environmental protections and human rights. This is really nothing new, and few on the left would disagree that the Tories have plans to ignite further bonfires in the near future. The matter of what to do with regards the results More

Joshua Frank (2018-07-11). Why the Democrats Are Also to Blame for Brett Kavanaugh. counterpunch.org "I'm open to voting yes. I'm open to voting no." — Sen. Doug Jones (Democrat, Alabama) It's as if a horror film is playing right before our very eyes, except this time there are no redeeming characters swooping in to save us. We face a constitutional Armageddon and the do-nothing Democrats are just as much to More

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-07-11). Trump's Supreme Court: Capitalism and Democracy Can No Longer Coexist. therealnews.com Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pushes the Supreme Court towards defending a far-right corporate state, says Henry A. Giroux the author of 'American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism'

Nick Licata (2018-07-11). How Lead Poisoning Was Discovered in Flint's Water. counterpunch.org The toxic water supply in Flint, Michigan, which exposed up to 42,000 children under 2 years of age to lead poisoning, was a major media story a few years back. Ingestion of high dosages of lead, particularly among infants, results in cognitive impairment, attention and mood disorders, and aggressive behavior. Mona Hanna-Attisha's account of that More

Kenneth Surin (2018-07-11). The UK's Brexit Shambles. counterpunch.org Blighty this week has been frying in record warm temperatures. The army had to be called in to assist firefighters dealing with large moorland fires in the north of England. Out of control fires are perhaps an apt metaphor for what is happening in UK politics. Tory misgovernment gets worse with each passing day. More

Basma Ismail (2018-07-11). Arming Teachers. counterpunch.org On May 22nd, 2014, Donald Trump announced to the world via his Twitter account that Hillary Clinton accused him of wanting to bring guns into classrooms. Almost four years later, Trump tried to convince us that arming teachers while on school grounds is the answer to school shootings and massacres. With the lack of laws More

Lawrence Davidson (2018-07-11). Reality Remake. counterpunch.org Among the more egregious movements now active on the American scene are those that seek to undermine the expression of reality within the public sphere. A good example of this is the long-running effort of some Protestant fundamentalists who seek to challenge the notion of evolution in public school textbooks and classrooms. This particular effort More

John Steppling (2018-07-11). The Wisdom of Serpents. counterpunch.org I keep watching the ways in which people, left leaning liberals anyway, and even some I thought were leftists, fall over themselves to believe in the Alexandria Ocasio Cortez victory. Now, I don't believe, I should make clear. But I find what is interesting is the ways in which this story became a kind of fairy tale and found traction. First, it's New York. If this occurs in Port Huron or Tampa or Bakersfield — there is no story. Secondly, this woman came out of the Democratic Party machine, out of Ted Kennedy's office and Bernie Sanders campaign. Does that not tell you something? More

Gary Leupp (2018-07-11). Bolton, MEK and Trump Iran Strategy. counterpunch.org There are growing indications that the Trump administration plans to use the Mojahedin-e Khalq (People's Mojahedin of Iran, or MEK) as a key element in its strategy to destabilize Iran preparatory to regime change. On June 30 Trump's personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani told the group in Paris: "We are now realistically being able to see More

Thomas Knapp (2018-07-11). Our Evil Gift to a Generation Which Didn't Deserve it. counterpunch.org "Nothing," economist Milton Friedman once observed, "is so permanent as a temporary government program." And nothing makes a government's programs — or, more importantly, changes in its core values — more permanent than the loss of collective memory that comes with generational changes. We're hitting a big one soon. It worries me. Next year, the More

Paul Hillier (2018-07-11). King Trump. counterpunch.org Not that she deserved any respect, but Madeline Albright is now using the F word. She joins a long list of political players, pundits, and punks calling Trump a big-F Fascist. Indeed, you, too, can show off your smart understanding of history by calling the current President and his minions the return of Fascism. But More

Tom Crofton (2018-07-11). Of Trade and Tariffs. counterpunch.org Recent talks of trade wars have been missing the fundamental discussion of how the needs of people around the globe could be met in the most sustainable way, and the core of that discussion are some clear agreements on what those needs really are. Pre-industrial societies met their most of their needs locally, most often More

RT (2018-07-11). US accuses Iran of using diplomats as cover for terrorism. rt.com The US views Iranian embassies in Europe as a cover for plotting terrorist attacks, State Department officials said, after Tehran slammed the arrest of its diplomatic envoy as an outlandish 'false flag' operation.

RT (2018-07-11). Dancing FBI agent who shot patron at Denver nightclub allowed to carry weapon again (VIDEO). rt.com An FBI agent charged with second-degree assault, after accidentally shooting and wounding a person while performing his dance moves, may still carry a gun on and off duty, a court in Denver has ruled.

RT (2018-07-11). Monsanto accused of 'fraud & bullying' during court hearing on 'probably carcinogenic' weed killer. rt.com Agrochemical giant Monsanto has engaged in "scientific fraud" and bullying, in attempts to conceal that its popular weed killer Roundup has potential links to cancer, a lawyer has argued, in a landmark lawsuit against the company.

Dan Corjescu (2018-07-10). Axiom of Uncertainty. counterpunch.org 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 More

Jonathan Cook (2018-07-10). By Razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will Bulldoze Illusions of Peace Process. counterpunch.org 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 More

Sheldon Richman (2018-07-10). The Trump-Kushner Delusion on Palestine. counterpunch.org 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 More

Samantha Borek (2018-07-10). Memorial for Lynching Victims a First Step Toward Reconciliation. truthout.org 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…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-10). Life After Roe v. Wade: Here's What a Post-Roe America Would Look Like. alternet.org Overturning Roe v. Wade would most definitely give individual states the right to outlaw abortion at the state level. | Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts hit the nail on the head last night when—after learning that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be President Donald Trump's second nominee for the U. S. Supreme Court—she asserted, in an e-mail, "Make no mistake: Brett Kavanaugh was chosen because conservatives are confident that he would overturn Roe v. Wade. " Bingo. There are many right-to-privacy Supreme Court decisions that the Christian Right would love to see overturned, from 1965's Griswold v. Connecticut (which struck down a Connecticut law forbidding the sale or use of contraceptives among married couples) to 2003's Lawrence v. Texas (which declared a Texas sodomy law unconstitutional and was a major victory for gay rights). And with Kavanaugh likely to be confirmed by U. S. Senate,. . .

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-10). Kavanaugh's Confirmation to the Supreme Court Is Likely— And Contraception Is on the Christian Fundamentalist Chopping Block. alternet.org Abortion isn't the only women's health care service they want to abolish. | The Christian Right's war on reproductive freedom goes beyond its opposition to abortion; social conservatives are equally disdainful of contraception. And with Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U. S. Supreme Court likely (although still not a done deal), there is a very real possibility that access to birth control will be in danger in the U. S. along with access to safe and legal abortion. Last night, President Donald Trump announced that Kavanaugh—a severe social conservative and "strict constructionist" along the lines of Justice Clarence Thomas, Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch and the late Antonin Scalia—would be his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the High Court. Replacing Kennedy with Kavanaugh would be a definite game changer. Nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, Kennedy is a right-wing fiscal conservative. . .

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-07-10). Christian Broadcaster Claims Democrats Will Go on Killing Spree Against Republicans in Deranged Rant. alternet.org "At what point do you charge the Democratic Party with being a terrorist organization? " he asked. | Christian broadcaster Rick Wiles, a popular apocalyptic commentator akin to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, went on a deranged rant Tuesday and told his viewers that Democrats are going to begin murdering Republicans. "At what point do you charge the Democratic Party with being a terrorist organization? " Wiles asked. "They're willing to do anything and killing is the next thing that they'll do," he said, adding, "The Democrats started the first Civil War to protect slavery. The Democrats will start the second Civil War to protect abortion. "He called Democrats "fanatical baby killers" before adding: "They're crazy. They're demonic. ""They're going to kill Republicans and by 2020, on election day," Wiles concluded. "they're going to kill Republican voters, they're going to block Republicans from voting. "Wiles also inaccurately claimed that Democrats. . .

CP Editor (2018-07-10). Chris Hedges' Revolutionary Speech. counterpunch.org

Jim Lobe (2018-07-10). Trump's Energy Offensive Against Iran: An Expert Analysis. iranian.com 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 […]

K.J. Noh (2018-07-10). New York Times Pours Linguistic Gasoline on North Korean-US Negotiations. counterpunch.org On the heels of the historic June 12th Trump-Kim Singapore Summit that de-escalated tensions between North Korea and the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made his third visit to NK to move the negotiations for denuclearization and security on the peninsula forward. He met with his North Korean counterpart, Vice Chair of the Party Central More

Shane Quinn (2018-07-10). Nuclear Weapons Have Been Used Quite Regularly. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Middle East Monitor (2018-07-10). North Korea Demanded Israel Pay $1 Billion To Halt Nuclear Missile Sales To Iran. iranian.com 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 […]

Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute (2018-07-10). 'Overdose Prevention' Bill Would Actually Increase Overdoses by Driving People Out of Treatment. alternet.org Drug treatment and recovery groups are lining up against the measure, which strips drug patients of crucial privacy protections. | A bill ostensibly intending to reduce opioid overdoses passed the House last month, but rather than cheering it on, drug treatment and recovery advocates are lining up to block it in the Senate. That's because instead of being aimed at reducing overdoses, the bill is actually a means of removing patient privacy protections from some of the most vulnerable people with opioid problems, including people using methadone-assisted therapy to control their addictions. And that, advocates say, is likely to increase—not decrease—opioid overdoses by pushing users away from drug treatment out of fear the information they reveal could be used against them. The fear is real: Unlike other medical conditions, drug addiction leaves patients open to criminal prosecution, as well as stigmatization and other. . .

CP Editor (2018-07-10). "It's a Very Scary Time for Women" counterpunch.org

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-07-10). BOMBSHELL: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy agreed to retire if Trump promised to replace him with Brett Kavanaugh. alternet.org 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. Source familiar tells NBC that Justice Kennedy had been in negotiations with the Trump team for months over Kennedy's replacement. Once Kennedy received assurances that it would be Kavanaugh (his former law clerk) Kennedy felt comfortable retiring – @LACaldwellDC & @frankthorp— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) July. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-10). European Official Slams Trump with Reminder to 'Appreciate' Allies: 'You Don't Have All that Many'. alternet.org "America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe today. " | European Council President Donald Tusk slammed President Donald Trump Tuesday ahead of the week's NATO summit, warning the president that the United States' relationships with its allies are on thin ice. "Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have all that many," Tusk said, according to the Associated Press. In the run-up to the meeting, Trump has been antagonizing American allies while placating Russia's authoritarian President Vladimir Putin. "Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made," Trump tweeted Tuesday. "Will they reimburse the U. S. ? ""The tweet continued Trump's bizarre idea that NATO is some kind of protection racket,. . .

Dave Zirin (2018-07-10). On Draymond Green's 'Friends of the IDF' Sponsored Trip to Israel. thenation.com On Draymond Green's 'Friends of the IDF' Sponsored Trip to Israel appeared first on The Nation.

Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos (2018-07-10). Trump Administration Will Only Reunite Half of Separated Migrant Kids Under Age Five by Court Deadline. alternet.org The administration can't even say for sure how many migrant kids it has kidnapped from parents in recent weeks. | The Trump administration will fail to meet Judge Dana Sabraw's deadline today, July 10, ordering the reunification of 102 separated migrant children under age five with their parents. Instead, the government expects to reunite only around half, 54. "The parents are currently in ICE custody," reports Vox's Dara Lind, "the children will be reunited with them there, and then, the government says, the parent and child will likely be released from custody together. "That means another half will continue to remain separated from their parents, according to Department of Justice attorney Sarah Fabian, "including nine children whose parent was already deported, nine whose parent was released into the U. S. and 12 whose parent is in criminal custody. One child's status is. . .

Eric Alterman (2018-07-10). Trump's Hiring of Fox's Bill Shine Illustrates Our Debased Politics. thenation.com Trump's Hiring of Fox's Bill Shine Illustrates Our Debased Politics appeared first on The Nation.

Sarah Posner (2018-07-10). Will Brett Kavanaugh Pass the Religious Right's New Litmus Test? thenation.com Will Brett Kavanaugh Pass the Religious Right's New Litmus Test? appeared first on The Nation.

Staff (2018-07-10). Israel Shuts Down Crucial Gaza Cargo Crossing. truthdig.com In a move condemned by human rights advocates as another of the Israeli government's "genocidal policies of collective punishment" in Gaza, Israel has announced stringent new import rules for the territory's main cargo crossing. | As Israel and Egypt have maintained a naval, aerial, and land blockade of the occupied territory for more than a decade, the Kerem Shalom crossing is how most commercial goods and foreign aid reach Gazans. Under the new restrictions, only food, medicine, and " humanitarian equipment" can come through the entry point. | The rules, Al Jazeera said, "will also affect Gaza's exports, further straining an already crippled economy brought to its knees by the 12-year blockade." | While the Israeli government claims the closure is aimed at curtailing militant activity in Gaza, human rights advocates such as Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine director for…

Uri Avnery (2018-07-10). A Very Intelligent Person. counterpunch.org 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 More

Karsten Riise (2018-07-10). Future of Brexit. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-07-10). CNN Host Corners Deputy Press Secretary Over Report Kennedy Received Assurances Trump Would Nominate Kavanaugh. alternet.org 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. . .

Stephanie deGooyer (2018-07-10). Why Trump's Denaturalization Task Force Matters. thenation.com Why Trump's Denaturalization Task Force Matters appeared first on The Nation.

Peter Kuper (2018-07-10). Not Science Fiction. thenation.com Not Science Fiction appeared first on The Nation.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-07-10). Federal worker unions head for court showdown with Trump. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Unions representing federal workers headed for a July 25 showdown in federal court on their lawsuits against anti-worker GOP President Donald Trump over his executive orders which started taking effect July 1 stripping many workers of their rights. The start of those edicts was not the only bad news the nation's 2.1 million federal workers […]…

Whitney Webb (2018-07-10). As the World Rejoices Over the Rescue of a Boys Soccer Team in Thailand, Yemen's Dying Children Remain Forgotten. mintpressnews.com If the world can unite so overwhelmingly for 12 boys in Thailand, why can't it unite for millions of Yemen's dying children?

Staff (2018-07-10). Trump Pardons Ranchers Who Sparked Refuge Occupation. truthdig.com The sentencing in a 2012 arson case in Oregon led to a protest by Ammon Bundy and dozens of others who complained about alleged federal overreach.

Lawrence Wittner (2018-07-10). Has Democratic Socialism a Future in American Politics? counterpunch.org 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 More

LeAlan M. Jones (2018-07-10). The Obama Center Leaves Chicago Communities In Its Shadow. thenation.com The Obama Center Leaves Chicago Communities In Its Shadow appeared first on The Nation.

Jim Naureckas (2018-07-10). NYT Sees 'Dystopia' in Chinese Surveillance—Which Looks a Lot Like US Surveillance. fair.org 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…

John Nichols (2018-07-10). Brett Kavanaugh Once Argued That a Sitting President Should Be Above the Law. thenation.com Brett Kavanaugh Once Argued That a Sitting President Should Be Above the Law appeared first on The Nation.

Janine Jackson (2018-07-10). 'They've Been Doing This Massive, Anti-Democratic Model of Education Reform'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Wayne Au about the failure of Bill Gates' educational initiatives for the July 6, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Staff (2018-07-10). Mexico's President-Elect Plans to End the Nation's War on Drugs. truthdig.com On July 1, leftist politician Andres Manuel López Obrador—often referred to with the acronymic AMLO—won the Mexican presidency in a landslide. When he takes office in December, with his party in control of both houses of the Mexican Congress, Mexico's drug policies are likely to see some radical changes. | Just what AMLO does will have significant consequences on both sides of the border. His policies will impact how much heroin and cocaine make it to the streets of America, as well as how many Mexicans flee north to escape prohibition-related violence, and how much drug money flows back into Mexico, corrupting politicians, police, and the military. | That AMLO—and Mexico—wants change is no surprise. A vigorous campaign against the country's powerful and violent drug trafficking organizations—the so-called cartels—unleashed by rightist president Felipe Calderon in 2006 brought the Mexican military into the fight,…

Finian Cunningham (2018-07-10). Trump, the Great 'Visionary Business Guru' is Actually Crashing the Global Economy. mintpressnews.com 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…

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-07-10). Mexico Returns to Its Place in the Vanguard. counterpunch.org More>

Joe Lauria (2018-07-10). USS Liberty Survivor is Named US Delegate on Gaza Freedom Flotilla. mintpressnews.com 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.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-10). As Donald Trump's North Korea Deal Collapses, Vladimir Putin Awaits. truthout.org 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…

Karina Piser (2018-07-10). What a Foiled Plot to Execute Muslims Reveals About Islamophobia in France. thenation.com What a Foiled Plot to Execute Muslims Reveals About Islamophobia in France appeared first on The Nation.

Staff (2018-07-10). Emotions High as Kavanaugh Begins Fight for Confirmation. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Conservative Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh plunged into his confirmation battle Tuesday, meeting face-to-face with Senate leaders in what promises to be an intense debate over abortion rights, presidential power and other legal disputes that could reshape the court and roil this fall's elections. | Kavanaugh is a favorite of the GOP legal establishment, and his arrival as President Donald Trump's nominee was greeted on Capitol Hill with praise from Republicans and skepticism from Democrats. There were also pledges of open minds by key senators whose votes will most likely determine the outcome. | Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called Kavanagh "one of the most thoughtful jurists" in the country but warned of an onslaught of "fear mongering" from liberal groups trying to derail the nomination. He said it was clear that many Democrats "didn't care who the nominee was…

Ryan Lenz (2018-07-10). Trump has granted clemency to the Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment inspired the 2016 Malheur occupation. splcenter.org The Oregon ranchers who inspired the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon will be let out of prison and cleared of all charges, the White House says.

CJ Hopkins (2018-07-10). Hardcore Hitler on Hitler in Helsinki. counterpunch.org 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 More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-10). Former Trump Aide Mike Flynn Backs Out of Surreal Plan to Launch New Foreign Lobbying Firm After Pleading Guilty in Russia Probe. alternet.org Trump's former national security adviser has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. | It seemed like a joke, but it was real: Disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn was poised to join a brand new foreign lobbying firm, even as he has yet to be sentenced for lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia. The move was announced Tuesday morning, but by early evening, reality apparently dawned on Flynn. The Wall Street Journal reported that Flynn's move to the lobbying firm Stonington Global LLC has been canceled. In a statement to the Journal, Flynn's lawyers called the original announcement a "misunderstanding. "The firm will be run by partners Nick Muzin and Joseph Allaham. Taking a position with a foreign lobbying firm raised eyebrows because of Flynn's deep involvement in the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-10). 'Bad for Europe, Good for Putin': Foreign Policy Expert Predicts Trump's Meeting with Allies Will Be Disastrous. alternet.org 'This meeting will go badly. " | As President Donald Trump travels to meet with NATO allies in Europe, observers and experts in diplomacy expect fireworks. Ian Bremmer, the head of the Eurasia Group, explained Tuesday on MSNBC that the summit might have had a chance at bolstering relationships with U. S. allies if Trump had sent Vice President Mike Pence to go in his place. But with the president in attendance, Bremmer argued, it's bound to end in animus, just like the recent G-7 meeting. "This meeting will go badly," Bremmer told MSNBC's Katy Tur. While Trump seems hostile toward American allies, however, he seems positively enthusiastic to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. And right on cue, Trump tweeted an attack on American allies before Bremmer's MSNBC segment was over: "The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to. . .

Staff (2018-07-10). Thai Soccer Team Freed in Daring Rescue Mission. truthdig.com All 12 boys and their coach are out of the cave where they were trapped, ending an 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced diver and riveted people around the world.

Merula Furtado (2018-07-10). It's Not Civil Disobedience if You Ask for Permission. truthout.org 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…

Ariel Dorfman (2018-07-10). How Will History Judge Donald Trump's 'Human Zoos'? thenation.com How Will History Judge Donald Trump's 'Human Zoos'? appeared first on The Nation.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-10). Inside the Right-Wing History of Trump's Supreme Court Nominee. truthout.org President Trump has nominated federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy's seat on the high court. Kavanaugh has deep ties to the Republican Party and will push the Supreme Court further right if he is confirmed. Kavanaugh served as a senior aide under President George W. Bush in the White House Counsel's Office. He has similar credentials to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Both clerked for Anthony Kennedy, and both are backed by the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation, who drew up a list for Trump in 2016 of suitable right-wing judges to consider for the Supreme Court. We speak with Ian Millhiser, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the editor of ThinkProgress Justice. His latest piece is headlined "Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's pick to replace Anthony Kennedy?" | TRANSCRIPT: | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: In a…

Emma Fiala (2018-07-10). U.S. Opposition to Breastfeeding Resolution Stuns the World. mintpressnews.com 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…

Joyce McCracken (2018-07-10). Barricades, Businesses and Storylines in Nicaragua. counterpunch.org 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 More

Peter Oborne (2018-07-10). British MPs Should be Ashamed of Supporting Regime Change in Tehran. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-10). We Need a Vision to Fight For. therealnews.com Paul Jay says that at TRNN, investigating and reporting on effective solutions is a crucial part of our mission

Staff (2018-07-10). Judge Puts Blame on Trump, Congress for Immigration Crisis. truthdig.com LOS ANGELES — The Trump administration's failed attempt to detain migrant families together indefinitely ran into a formidable obstacle in a judge whose upbringing was shaped as the daughter of immigrants and who previously rejected requests to allow the government to lock up children with their parents. | Judge Dolly Gee, the first Chinese-American woman appointed to the U.S. District Court, has joked that her mother was her first pro bono client because she had to translate for her at medical appointments and help her apply for jobs as a seamstress when she was just a girl. | "She in many ways inspired my desire to go to law school," Gee said in a video produced by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. "I saw firsthand the difficulties she encountered as a non-English speaker and also as a garment worker. And I…

TeleSUR English (2018-07-10). Mexico's New FM: Regional Policy on Venezuela Obeys US Agenda. venezuelanalysis.com Marcelo Ebrard, appointed by Lopez Obrador as his foreign minister, pledged Mexico will stick to its non-interventionist tradition.

George Ciccariello-Maher (2018-07-10). My Best Friend Lost His Life to the Gig Economy. thenation.com My Best Friend Lost His Life to the Gig Economy appeared first on The Nation.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-10). Here's Why Right-Wingers Are So Threatened by Hearing Foreign Languages in the Trump Era. alternet.org Xenophobia runs deep among the far-right. | ugly racial incidents demonstrate that speaking a language other than English in public can be met with verbal abuse. In May, New York City-based attorney and strong Trump supporter Aaron Schlossberg went into a xenophobic anti-immigrant tirade in a Mid-town Manhattan restaurant, the Fresh Kitchen, when he overheard an employee speaking Spanish with two of the customers. Angrily, Schlossberg ranted, "My guess is they're not documented; so, my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country. If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money—I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here—the least they can do is speak English. "More recently on July 4, a Petaluma, California man named Larry Lappin showed his ignorance when he heard the. . .

Jessica Corbett (2018-07-10). Here's What You Need to Know About Trump's Supreme Court Nominee. mintpressnews.com "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."

James D. Zirin (2018-07-10). The Supreme Court's Rightward Lurch. thenation.com The Supreme Court's Rightward Lurch appeared first on The Nation.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-10). 'A Partisan Shock Trooper in a Black Robe': This 2012 Case Shows Why Brett Kavanaugh Would Be A Danger on the Supreme Court. alternet.org Steven Pearlstein described him as "dismissive of the most fundamental rules of judicial restraint. " | If there's one thing that's clear about Judge Brett Kavanaugh — President Donald Trump's pick to be the next Supreme Court justice — it's that he's a deeply committed Republican partisan. And his deep commitment to Republican ideology, as shown in a 2012 court ruling against the Environmental Protection Agency, would pose a serious danger to the American people if he sits on the highest court in the country. The ruling is somewhat obscure, but it reemerged on Twitter in the aftermath of Kavanaugh's nomination. In a compelling takedown of Kavanaugh's findings, columnist Steven Pearlstein contemporaneously wrote a succinct demolition of the judge's argument and corrupt judicial philosophy underlying Kavanaugh's views. The case involved an EPA rule that regulated pollution that crosses state lines — a rule that Kavanaugh's. . .

Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet (2018-07-10). Don't Be Afraid to Go Low — And 12 Other New Strategies for Dealing with Right-Wing Trolls. alternet.org 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.

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-07-10). 'Elections Have Consequences': Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination Is a Harsh Reminder That Obama Was Right. alternet.org 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. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-10). CNN's Anderson Cooper Tears Apart the Trump Admin.'s Avalanche of Lies About the Cruel Family Separation Policy. alternet.org The administration has continues to mislead the public about what it's doing. | President Donald Trump's administration can't stop lying about its policy of separating immigrant kids from their parents. CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday addressed several of the lies officials have been telling about the policy, beginning with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' claims that the Justice Department and the rest of the administration "never really intended" to take kids away from their parents. "Actually, they did," Cooper said. "They really did intend that. " He then played a clip from before the there was a backlash to the policy, in which Sessions explicitly says the policy would end up separating kids and parents as they cross the border. Indeed, many journalists wrote at the time that this was the policy the administration was announcing. Cooper also noted that Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. . .

Jared (2018-07-10). If Life Imitated Politics. truthout.org American politics is largely driven by lies these days. What if everything worked this way?

William D. Cohan (2018-07-10). The Flawed Legend of Preet Bharara. thenation.com The Flawed Legend of Preet Bharara appeared first on The Nation.

Ted Rall (2018-07-10). "Thin Grey Line" — How the Media Stifles Coverage of Libel Cases. counterpunch.org 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 More

Mr. Fish (2018-07-10). Red Map. truthdig.com

Patrick Cockburn (2018-07-10). When ISIS is Gone, Iraq Will Remain a Deeply Corrupt Country. counterpunch.org 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 More

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-07-10). Stormy Daniels Offers Priceless Assessment of Michael Avenatti: He Paints with 'Tears of His Enemies'. alternet.org The piece is filled with amazing quotes about the president's chief public foil. | A lengthy and at points cartoonish New York Times profile of adult film actor Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti contains a gem from his client. "Like Trump, Avenatti is all Freudian id, loudmouthed and cocky," Times reporter Matthew Shaer explains. Backing this claim, Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford but prefers the porn moniker, was contacted for the profile about her lawyer's skills. "People forced to play defense tend to get sloppy, they tend to make mistakes. And look, if I didn't think Michael was doing a good job, I would fire his ass," Daniels began. "[E]very time I watch him work, I think, This is what it must have been like to see the Sistine Chapel being painted," she continued. Then came the quote of the year: "But instead of paint,. . .

Tom Tomorrow (2018-07-10). What Is Actually Happening? thenation.com What Is Actually Happening? appeared first on The Nation.

Binoy Kampmark (2018-07-10). Keeping Your Refugees: Macron, Francafrique and Euro-African Relations. counterpunch.org 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 More

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-07-10). Soft Brexits and Hard Realities: The Tory Revolt. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Rick Sterling (2018-07-10). A Tribute to American Patriot and Investigative Journalist Robert Parry. mintpressnews.com Robert Parry was a man wholly dedicated to truth. He worked tirelessly to uncover the Iran-Contra scandal, Oliver North's secret work at the Reagan White House, the CIA's role in smuggling cocaine from Colombia and more recently the decline of American journalism.

Juan Cole (2018-07-10). Trump Trade War: China Refiner Dumps US Crude, Seeks Iranian Oil. iranian.com 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 […]

Samantha Borek (2018-07-10). The Surveillance Economy and Its Discontents. truthout.org 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…

Press TV (2018-07-10). Top Israeli Security Expert Warns Against War with Iran. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Manuel García, Jr. (2018-07-10). How Will the Inequality Balloon Bust? counterpunch.org 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 More

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