2018-07-11: Social Media Postees

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NATO's Crisis and the Trans-Atlantic Conflict
Jan Oberg | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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…
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Chicken Games and Rotten Eggs in Germany
Victor Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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…
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A Glimpse of Japanese Communism
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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…
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"Gangsterism" or "Progress"? Examining North Korea's Latest Statement on Denuclearization
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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…
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Bolton, MEK and Trump Iran Strategy
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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:…
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Trump's Supreme Court: Capitalism and Democracy Can No Longer Coexist
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-07-11
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' | The post Trump's Supreme Court: Capitalism and Democracy Can No Longer Coexist appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Our Evil Gift to a Generation Which Didn't Deserve it
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
"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…
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Why the Democrats Are Also to Blame for Brett Kavanaugh
Joshua Frank | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
"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…
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Of Trade and Tariffs
Tom Crofton | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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…
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The Wisdom of Serpents
John Steppling | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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?
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Building for a Socialist Brexit
Michael Barker | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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…
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Trump's Policies on Immigrant Children Violate the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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…
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'Bad' Jobs Don't Have to Be That Way
E.J. Dionne Jr. | truthdig.com | 2018-07-11
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…
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The UK's Brexit Shambles
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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.
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With the Largest Mandate in Recent History, Lopez Obrador Takes Decisive Steps for Mexico's Presidency
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-07-11
Prof. John Ackerman talks about the mandate, Lopez Obrador's foreign policy, and his plans for constitutional reforms | The post With the Largest Mandate in Recent History, Lopez Obrador Takes Decisive Steps for Mexico's Presidency appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Arming Teachers
Basma Ismail | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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…
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How Lead Poisoning Was Discovered in Flint's Water
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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…
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Reality Remake
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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…
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Coarse Culture Resurgent Racism
Tom H. Hastings | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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…
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King Trump
Paul Hillier | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-11
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…
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Monsanto accused of 'fraud & bullying' during court hearing on 'probably carcinogenic' weed killer
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-11
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.
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US accuses Iran of using diplomats as cover for terrorism
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-11
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.
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Dancing FBI agent who shot patron at Denver nightclub allowed to carry weapon again (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-11
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.
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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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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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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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Kavanaugh's Confirmation to the Supreme Court Is Likely– And Contraception Is on the Christian Fundamentalist Chopping Block
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
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. . .
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Christian Broadcaster Claims Democrats Will Go on Killing Spree Against Republicans in Deranged Rant
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
"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. . .
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Life After Roe v. Wade: Here's What a Post-Roe America Would Look Like
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
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,. . .
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Chris Hedges' Revolutionary Speech
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
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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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New York Times Pours Linguistic Gasoline on North Korean-US Negotiations
K.J. Noh | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-10
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…
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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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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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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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What Happens When Care Work Comes on Demand?
Michelle Chen | thenation.com | 2018-07-10
What Happens When Care Work Comes on Demand? appeared first on The Nation.
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Federal worker unions head for court showdown with Trump
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-10
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 …
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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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My Best Friend Lost His Life to the Gig Economy
George Ciccariello-Maher | thenation.com | 2018-07-10
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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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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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Here's Why Right-Wingers Are So Threatened by Hearing Foreign Languages in the Trump Era
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
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. . .
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Robert Mitchell: Indigenous teen robbed of 25 years and counting by racist justice
Mark Maxey | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-10
LITTLE, Okla.–"My attorney was sleeping during the DA's questions and I had to shake him awake twice," Robert Mitchell related exclusively to People's World. Mitchell's life was ripped away at the tender age of 15, and now at 41 years of age, he is seeking justice. Previous articles by this author gained information by interviewing …
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'They've Been Doing This Massive, Anti-Democratic Model of Education Reform'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2018-07-10
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…
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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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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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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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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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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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'Bad for Europe, Good for Putin': Foreign Policy Expert Predicts Trump's Meeting with Allies Will Be Disastrous
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
'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. . .
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Judge Puts Blame on Trump, Congress for Immigration Crisis
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-10
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…
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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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CNN's Anderson Cooper Tears Apart the Trump Admin.'s Avalanche of Lies About the Cruel Family Separation Policy
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
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. . .
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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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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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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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Mexico's New FM: Regional Policy on Venezuela Obeys US Agenda
TeleSUR English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-10
Marcelo Ebrard, appointed by Lopez Obrador as his foreign minister, pledged Mexico will stick to its non-interventionist tradition.
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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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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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How Will History Judge Donald Trump's 'Human Zoos'?
Ariel Dorfman | thenation.com | 2018-07-10
How Will History Judge Donald Trump's 'Human Zoos'? appeared first on The Nation.
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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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'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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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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The Flawed Legend of Preet Bharara
William D. Cohan | thenation.com | 2018-07-10
The Flawed Legend of Preet Bharara appeared first on The Nation.
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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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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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'Asian Nazi' unhappy with lawyer, asks judge to release him from jail
Brett Barrouquere | splcenter.org | 2018-07-10
‚ÄãHe likes to dress as a Confederate soldier, sing "Dixie" online and buy guns. Now, he wants out of jail and thinks his attorney isn't doing enough to make it happen.
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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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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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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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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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NFL players' union files grievance against Trump-inspired anthem policy
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-10
The NFL Players Association formally filed a non-injury grievance challenging the validity of the NFL's new national anthem policy on multiple grounds Tuesday. A statement from the NFLPA said: "Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL's recently imposed anthem policy. The union's claim is that this new …
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Human Zoos in the Age of Trump
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-10
When Donald Trump recently accused "illegal immigrants" of wanting to "pour into and infest our country," there was an immediate outcry. After all, that verb, infest, had been used by the Nazis as a way of dehumanizing Jews and communists as rats, vermin, or insects that needed to be eradicated. | Nobody, however, should have been surprised. The president has a long history of excoriating people of color as animal-like. In 1989, for instance, reacting to the rape of a white woman in New York's Central Park, he took out full-page ads in four of the city's major papers (total cost: $85,000) calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty and decrying "roving bands of wild criminals roaming our streets." He was, of course, referring to the five black and Latino youngsters accused of that crime for which they…
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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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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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European Official Slams Trump with Reminder to 'Appreciate' Allies: 'You Don't Have All that Many'
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
"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,. . .
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Alan Dershowitz Slams the Russia Probe on Fox News — And Proves He Has No Idea What He's Talking About
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
Dershowitz has complained that he has been ostracized for defending Trump. Maybe this is why. | If Alan Dershowitz really isn't a supporter of President Donald Trump — as he has repeatedly insisted — why does he keep going on Fox News and spreading falsehoods about the Russia investigation? The legal scholar appeared on the network Tuesday night with Sean Hannity, once again pushing his perplexing case against special counsel Robert Mueller. "I think Mueller is going to end up having not accomplished very much," he said. "Because you cannot indict a sitting president — we know that [Supreme Court nominee Brett] Kavanaugh agrees with that as well. And you cannot impeach a president unless he's committed a crime. Collusion is not a crime. "He continued: "The president cannot obstruct justice simply by exercising his authority under Article II. So, in the end, there's just. . .
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Stormy Daniels Offers Priceless Assessment of Michael Avenatti: He Paints with 'Tears of His Enemies'
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
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,. . .
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Trump's Hiring of Fox's Bill Shine Illustrates Our Debased Politics
Eric Alterman | thenation.com | 2018-07-10
Trump's Hiring of Fox's Bill Shine Illustrates Our Debased Politics appeared first on The Nation.
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Thai Soccer Team Freed in Daring Rescue Mission
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-10
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. | The post Thai Soccer Team Freed in Daring Rescue Mission appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Will Brett Kavanaugh Pass the Religious Right's New Litmus Test?
Sarah Posner | thenation.com | 2018-07-10
Will Brett Kavanaugh Pass the Religious Right's New Litmus Test? appeared first on The Nation.
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On Draymond Green's 'Friends of the IDF' Sponsored Trip to Israel
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2018-07-10
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Former Trump Aide Mike Flynn Backs Out of Surreal Plan to Launch New Foreign Lobbying Firm After Pleading Guilty in Russia Probe
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
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. . .
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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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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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'The Government Has a Lot to Answer For': MSNBC Guest Blasts the Trump Administration's Pitiful Efforts to Reunite Immigrant Families
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
"This should be an all-hands-on-deck kind of exercise. " | Law professor Joyce Vance criticized the Trump administration's response to the crisis it caused by separating immigrant families en masse at the U. S. -Mexico border, arguing that officials haven't done enough to reunite the parents and kids despite a court-imposed deadline. "This should be an all hands on deck kind of exercise," she said Tuesday on MSNBC. "These are tender-age children, the youngest children who will be permanently damaged by prolonged separation from their parents. "She continued: "The government has incredible resources it can marshal for a situation like this. It hasn't marshaled those resources, and I think that's why we're seeing the judge in California today going line by line through these children asking the government in each case: 'Why can't you reunite this kid? Where are the parents? ' There are even reports late today. . .
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US Set on Regime Change in Venezuela
Shannon Ebrahim | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-10
Donald Trump said openly that he is not against using the military against Venezuela and his government pursues a range of destabilizing tactics.
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How Data Is Used to Ensnare People
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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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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The Obama Center Leaves Chicago Communities In Its Shadow
LeAlan M. Jones | thenation.com | 2018-07-10
The Obama Center Leaves Chicago Communities In Its Shadow appeared first on The Nation.
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Trump Pardons Ranchers Who Sparked Refuge Occupation
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-10
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. | The post Trump Pardons Ranchers Who Sparked Refuge Occupation appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Trump has granted clemency to the Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment inspired the 2016 Malheur occupation
Ryan Lenz | splcenter.org | 2018-07-10
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.
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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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Budget-Busting Police Overtime Prompts City Council Pushback
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-10
Baltimore City Council is proposing monthly meetings to monitor BPD overtime spending, which continues to run millions of dollars over budget | The post Budget-Busting Police Overtime Prompts City Council Pushback appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Report: IDF Censorship of Israeli Press Averages One Redaction Every Four Hours
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-10
A recent report found that over the course of the past year, 271 articles were prohibited by Israel's military censor and an additional 2,358 were partially or fully redacted. | The post Report: IDF Censorship of Israeli Press Averages One Redaction Every Four Hours appeared first on MintPress News.
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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. 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. . .
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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 Partisan Shock Trooper in a Black Robe': This 2012 Case Shows Why Brett Kavanaugh Would Be A Danger on the Supreme Court
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-10
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. . .
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