2018-07-12: Social Media Postees

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Obama Officials Are Living Large in Trump's America
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2018-07-12
Since departing the White House in January 2017, Barack Obama has kept a conspicuously low profile, surfacing briefly to condemn the Trump administration's violation of the Iran nuclear deal and offer a few, inadequate words about its child separation policy. During that time, he has grown fabulously wealthy, inking a $65 million book contract and a Netflix television deal and delivering speeches to Wall Street firms for several hundred thousand dollars a pop. | But the former president is hardly the only member of his administration to cash in on his time in office. As HuffPost's Zach Carter and Paul Blumenthal report, numerous Obama officials are "riding out" President Trump's term by enriching themselves through consulting and lobbying deals, many at "scandal-fraught" organizations. | One such official is former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. When he's not…
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Nuclear Power in Africa?
Ann Garrison | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
Rosatom–Russia's state nuclear energy corporation–has recently signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with a number of African nations to build nuclear power plants within their borders. I spoke to David Himbara, a professor of international development and African energy activist, about the likelihood of Rosatom actually building these nuclear plants. Ann Garrison: In your Medium essay…
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What's Happening in Nicaragua?
TFA | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
For over two decades, Nicaragua was: The safest country in Latin America.[2]Its police force was internationally recognized for its innovative community policing policies. Unlike its neighbors El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, where undocumented immigrants were fleeing to the US border, Nicaragua had kept gang violence and organized drug cartels in check. Far from a dictatorship.[3]…
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When Doing Good Becomes Doing Bad
Janice G. Raymond | truthdig.com | 2018-07-12
Oxfam wasn't the only nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Haiti where the so-called protectors turned into predators. After the 2010 earthquake, thousands of foreign aid workers arrived in the country. In Port-au-Prince, women on the streets reported that foreigners would give them more than five times the price a local would pay for sex. | Recent revelations of sexual abuse implicating specific NGOs and other agencies that provide relief to some of the world's most vulnerable people are more widespread than initially reported. The most-publicized depredation involves the former Oxfam country director in Haiti, Belgian Roland van Hauwermeiren, who acknowledged paying for sexual encounters with Haitian earthquake survivors in a villa at odds with a disaster-ridden landscape. | Taina Bien-Aimé, director of the international Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) and a first-generation Haitian-American and colleague, told me, "To understand the scandal of…
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Human Zoos in the Age of Trump
Ariel Dorfman | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
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…
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The Hammonds and the Origins of Rancher Terrorism in Burns, Oregon
Jeffrey St. Clair, James Ridgeway | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
In an affidavit, Earl M. Kisler, a Fish and Wildlife Service enforcement officer, said that rancher Dwight Hammond had repeatedly threatened refuge officials with violence over an eight year period. On one occasion Hammond told the manager of the federal refuge that "he was going to tear his head off and shit down his neck."
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Here Comes Trump's Trade War
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
Donald Trump's wide-ranging trade war began in earnest during the first minutes of last Friday, only hours after his campaign-style rally in Great Falls to attack Montana's senior U.S. Senator Jon Tester's re-election bid. Like all Trump rallies, it turned out to be mostly another self-congratulatory circus act laced with numerous insults and threats. But…
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What Would Garvey Do? An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders
Steve Carlson | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
Dear Bernie, I want to start off by telling you how heartening it was to read your remarks in John Nichols Nation magazine tribute to Fighting Bob Fest founder Ed Garvey on the occasion of Garvey's passing in February of 2017. You said he was one of the smartest, funniest and most decent people you've…
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Living on Ohlone Land
Will Parrish | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
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The Sinister Underbelly of Climate Change Denial
David Mattson | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
The last few days of June 2018 saw most people in the United States sweltering in an epic heat wave. High temperatures were uniformly between 90 and 110 degrees in a mind-boggling 17 states. Heat indices in parts of the East and Midwest approached 120 degrees. Heat Advisories or Excessive Heat Warning were issued by the National Weather Service for all or parts of 21 states. Hazardously poor air quality arising from the reaction of volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides with sunlight and heat compounded the agony in 9 states.
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NATO Shields U.S. From Its Military Adventures
Jared Porter | therealnews.com | 2018-07-12
It is the U.S. that needs NATO, which allows the US to bypass the UN Security Council and engage in military adventures abroad, while keeping a safe distance across the Atlantic, says Eirik Vold of the Red Party of Norway | The post NATO Shields U.S. From Its Military Adventures appeared first on The Real News Network.
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You Don't Have to Overrule Roe to Overrule Roe
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
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A New World Order: Brought to You by the Global-Industrial Deep State
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
"There are no nations. There are no peoples … There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable by-laws of business." –Network (1976) There are those who will tell you…
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When It Comes to Higher Wages, the Wall Street Journal Doesn't Believe in Capitalism
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
That's the implication of this piece warning that a tight labor might force companies to raise wages and this could be hard on many companies' profits. We know that profit shares are near record highs, especially after the Trump tax cut substantially reduced companies' tax liabilities. This means that the vast majority of companies should…
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Swiss Soccer Stars Shaqiri and Xhaka as Quantum Phenomenon
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
Being a dual national can have its advantages, but when it comes to sports and emotions, the choice between one country or another loses all reason. "Maybe it should be asked: do we want dual nationals?" declared the Swiss Soccer Federation's general secretary Alex Miescher in an interviewwith a leading local newspaper. Much like binary…
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Arrest Warrant for Ecuador's Ex-President Correa: Based on "No Evidence"
Jared Porter | therealnews.com | 2018-07-12
The prosecution of ex-president Rafael Correa is a blatant attempt to prevent the return of Correa to Ecuador, as the country's most prominent opposition leader, says former foreign minister Guillaume Long | The post Arrest Warrant for Ecuador's Ex-President Correa: Based on "No Evidence" appeared first on The Real News Network.
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AMLO Should Threaten to Leave NAFTA
Anthony Pahnke | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-12
Now that the leftwing populist — Andrés Manuel López Obrador (referred to also as AMLO, his initials) — has become Mexico's next President, his concrete policy proposals will begin to take shape. On the campaign trail, he was frequently criticized for providing few specifics on a variety of his promises, including how to combat corruption,…
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Trump tells NATO allies to spend more… like thrifty Pentagon buying $1.2k mugs & $10k toilet seats?
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-12
Toilet seat covers that cost $10,000? Coffee mugs for $1,200 apiece? No wonder NATO countries aren't too keen to follow US military spending benchmarks. Even the Pentagon is looking for better deals and 3D printing for savings.
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Cambodia: Military, Police Campaigning for Ruling Party
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-12
A supporter of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) uses a mobile phone to photograph a portrait of CPP president Hun Sen during an election campaign in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on July 7, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Samrang Pring | (New York) — Cambodian military officers, gendarmes, and police officers are actively campaigning for the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), in violation of Cambodia's law requiring political neutrality, Human Rights Watch said today. Cambodia is holding national elections on July 29, 2018, in an environment in which the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has been dissolved, its president Kem Sokha has been detained, and its founder Sam Rainsy has been forced into exile. | Senior members of the security forces have endorsed Prime Minister Hun Sen and the CPP at numerous public…
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International Criminal Court's 20th Anniversary
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-12
Supporters of international justice will mark the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), on July 17, 2018. In this video, students from universities around the world discuss the court's importance. | (The Hague) — Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released a short video today in which students from universities around the world discuss the importance of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Supporters of international justice will mark the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the court's founding treaty, on July 17, 2018. | The ICC is the first permanent international criminal court set up to provide justice for the victims of the world's worst crimes, including genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. It has opened investigations in 10 countries since it began operations in 2003. | …
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With Pompeo Visit, US Seeks New Justification for Ongoing Presence in Afghanistan
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-11
Mike Pompeo's remarks during a recent trip to Afghanistan suggest the promotion peace talks with the Taliban disguise a Qnew approach, one which is set to formalize the U.S.' nearly two-decades-long occupation of the country. | The post With Pompeo Visit, US Seeks New Justification for Ongoing Presence in Afghanistan appeared first on MintPress News.
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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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Summitgate and the Campaign vs. 'Peace'
Stephen F. Cohen | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
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Top Trump Evangelical Advisor Ruthlessly Mocked for Bashing Immigrants by Claiming Jesus Didn't Break the Law
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
She appears to know nothing about her own professed religion. | Pentecostal televangelist pastor Paula White is the chair of Donald Trump's White House Evangelical Advisory Board, and she's being mocked by actual faith leaders for her claim that Jesus never broke the law. "Yes, he did live in Egypt for three-and-a-half years," Pastor White told Pat Robertson's CBN News. "But it was not illegal. " "If he had broken the law, then he would have been sinful and he would not have been our Messiah," White insisted. That's totally false. "In fact," Talking Points Memo notes, "Jesus was famously crucified specifically for breaking the law by claiming to be the son of God. Before that, he was persecuted by religious leaders and the Romans for violating laws like resting on the Sabbath. " White made her remarks to support President Trump's theft of infants. . .
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Christian Scholar Urges Evangelicals to 'Forget the Demigods' and Leave Trumpism
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
The religious right is acting from a lack of faith. | Do you remember that Barack Obama poster? The one of him looking into the middle distance, as if gazing upon a future only he could see, the word "HOPE" spelled out across his chest in blue — the colour of clear days and sunny skies? It was in Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic Conference — the one that catapulted him to the presidency four years later — that he first made the audacious promise that the country had the power to choose hope over cynicism. Farewell to the grim ironies of the 20th century, hello to the brave promise of the new millennium. But Obama's hope was always a vague one: something to do with slaves, immigrants, soldiers and mill workers. He said it was "something more substantial" than. . .
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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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For All His Bluster, Trump is Powerless Against NATO Allies — Here's Why
Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
Trump will gradually disappear from the stage. But other names will remain intact: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon. . . | Donald Trump has leapt across the Atlantic Ocean to bring America's European allies to heel. Or so his Twitter account suggests. In London, an orange effigy will fly above the city in welcome. Massive crowds will gather on Friday to greet him with jeers and boos. Trump has the ability to translate dissent into praise. He will see the crowds and preen. Surely, he is the most important American to set foot in the British Isles. He will walk through the streets of Brussels, pretending to attack America's NATO allies. He will wink to his base–telling them that he is being tough on everyone, not just China, but also Germany and France. His base will think that he is their champion, speaking for them in. . .
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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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Middle East Forum bankrolls violent 'Free Tommy' rally
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-07-11
Longtime anti-Muslim figure Daniel Pipes and his group the Middle East Forum (MEF) recently took credit for financing a rally in London last month in support of English far-right provocateur Tommy Robinson (aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon).
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'Another Broken Promise': ICE Union Blasts Trump Administration's Immigration Incompetence
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
"They can't change and they can't innovate," Chris Crane said. | Chris Crane, the head of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council–a union representing about 7,600 ICE officers– blasted Donald Trump's administration in an interview with Quartz over what he described as a continuation of incompetence carried over from prior administrations. Though the union supported Trump in 2016 on the grounds only he could "put politics aside to fix the problem," Crane said the government is "still playing by the same failed playbook. " "They can't change and they can't innovate," Crane said. "They said they would work with boots on the ground people in the field and they didn't do it. "Crane said the agency has "absolutely no input" in the appointment of Ron Vitiello as the new ICE director, calling it "another broken promise. "Crane also said ICE agents "never supported" Trump's. . .
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L.A.'s Dodger dogs now union made
Special to PeoplesWorld.org | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-11
VERNON, Calif.–In a remarkable return to union power, Farmer John workers voted overwhelmingly on Monday, July 9, on a hard-fought historic agreement returning the union to the workplace and ratifying a new contract. Wage increases, affordable healthcare, union security, and preservation of protections are among the highlights of their secured benefits. Hundreds of Farmer John …
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Pre-Existing Conditions: The Age Group Most Vulnerable if Coverage Goes Away
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-11
A widely shared New Yorker cartoon heralded "70 as the new 50" with the implications that being 50 was a joyous and healthy age. More than 10 years later, we are seeing that being in one's 50s may have its drawbacks, at least in terms of current American political debates around repealing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. | Coverage for pre-existing conditions, which has reduced the uninsured rate by an estimated 22 percent, has been a cornerstone of the ACA. It is generally viewed as the most popular element of ACA by proponents and opponents alike. | But now, that coverage is imperiled by proposed challenges to mandated health insurance coverage. The Justice Department in June supported lawsuits filed by attorneys generals in 20 states that claim that coverage for pre-existing conditions was eliminated when the…
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Here's How Trump is Going Around Congress in His Quest to Destroy Obamacare
Joan McCarter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
The president is still trying to completely dismantle his predecessor's legacy. | Obamacare surges on, with the public continuing to approve of it and health insurers coming back to the markets after sitting last year out. The Republican Congress failed to repeal it, so the Trump administration has redoubled its efforts to gut it. Last week it suspended key payments to insurers, this week it's slashing grants to nonprofit organizations that act as navigators, helping people sign up for the law. It's the second year of massive cuts to the groups, having reduced spending by 80 percent over the past two years. This year it will spend just $10 million, down from $36 million spent last fall and $63 million under the Obama administration in 2016. The excuse Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers. . .
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BLM bomb-plot defendant released after two years
Bill Morlin | splcenter.org | 2018-07-11
A Utah militia leader is being released from federal custody after serving two years in prison for his involvement in an antigovernment plot to bomb a remote Bureau of Land Management facility in Arizona.
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Trump Claims Germany 'Controlled' by Russia, Merkel Differs
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-11
The U.S. president barrels into a NATO summit with claims that a pipeline deal has left Germany "totally controlled" and "captive to Russia" as he lobs fresh complaints about allies' "delinquent" defense spending. | The post Trump Claims Germany 'Controlled' by Russia, Merkel Differs appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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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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Trump Administration Misses Deadline to Unite Families
Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-07-11
The Trump administration failed to meet a court-imposed deadline Tuesday to reunite all of the children under the age of 5 whom immigration officials took from their parents at the border and then sent to jails and detention centers across the country. Only 38 of the 102 children under 5 have been reunited with their parents, some of whom say their young children did not even recognize them at first after the traumatic, protracted separation. ‚Ä®On Tuesday, Judge Dana Sabraw reiterated that all separated children–3,000 in total–must be reunited with their parents by July 26, saying, "These are firm deadlines; they are not aspirational goals." On Tuesday night, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told CNN that the United States was acting "generously" toward the migrant children. For more, we speak with Lomi Kriel, immigration reporter for the Houston Chronicle, and…
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Iran's Destabilization Is Not In U.S. Interest
Shahed Ghoreishi | iranian.com | 2018-07-11
"I will never apologize for the United States–I don't care what the facts are." No, this is not President Trump. It's August 2, 1988, and then-Vice President George H.W. Bush was giving his official take on events that that had happened the previous month. On July 3, 1988, the USS Vincennes, on patrol in the […] | The post Iran's Destabilization Is Not In U.S. Interest appeared first on The Iranian.
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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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China opens to world as Trump erects protectionist walls
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-11
BEIJING–The Trump administration's declaration of a trade war with China has implications for that country's latest round of ambitious economic reforms as well as for global economic development generally. China refuses to be bullied by Trump's imposition of $34 billion in tariffs and the threat to impose $500 billion more. China has swiftly retaliated with …
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Ireland Passes Bill Banning Goods From Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestine
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-11
The upper chamber of Ireland's parliament passed a landmark bill that would effectively impose a nationwide ban on the purchase of goods and services originating in illegal Israeli settlements. | The post Ireland Passes Bill Banning Goods From Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestine appeared first on MintPress News.
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It's Time to Disrupt NATO
Benjamin Schwarz | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
It's Time to Disrupt NATO appeared first on The Nation.
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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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Loan Stars
Lauren Walker | truthout.org | 2018-07-11
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This Political Hell was Created by Rigged Primaries and Horrible Establishment Candidates, Not "Protest Votes"
Ian Berman | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-11
The only way I will ever accept my choice being called a protest vote is if establishment Democrats acknowledge the primary was insurmountably rigged on Clinton's behalf | The post This Political Hell was Created by Rigged Primaries and Horrible Establishment Candidates, Not "Protest Votes" appeared first on MintPress News.
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10 Questions Judge Kavanaugh Should Answer
Gregg Levine | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
10 Questions Judge Kavanaugh Should Answer appeared first on The Nation.
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Congress Can Stop Foreign Secret Spending on US Elections Right Now
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-11
Following the release of a Senate Judiciary Committee report suggesting "the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association [NRA] as a means of accessing and assisting Mr. Trump and his campaign," Americans are right to wonder how much longer Congress is going to look the other way while foreign actors secretly influence US elections. | In the years since the US Supreme Court's overreaching Citizens United v. FEC decision, Congress has watched political groups that do not disclose their funding sources spend hundreds of millions to elect and defeat political candidates. But rather than ensure that none of those millions came from the bank accounts of foreign individuals, corporations or governments, Congress has failed to pass basic disclosure laws that would both deter and ferret out illegal foreign spending. Federal agencies also have fallen down on the job by failing to require…
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Horror in Southern Syria, as 300,000 Flee a Government Assault
Loubna Mrie | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
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Ukraine Attacks Journalists Who Reported Israeli Weapons Flow to Its Neo-Nazi Militia
Ben Norton | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-11
Ukraine's embassy in Israel attacked Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal by name, along with The Real News and Electronic Intifada, spreading false accusations after they reported on Ukrainian neo-Nazis using Israeli weapons. | The post Ukraine Attacks Journalists Who Reported Israeli Weapons Flow to Its Neo-Nazi Militia appeared first on MintPress News.
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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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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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Scott Pruitt Got Off Easy: Ecocide Is No Small Matter
Paul Street | truthdig.com | 2018-07-11
The former EPA chief's career has been dedicated to two things: filling his family bank account and bending energy policy toward the extraction and burning of every last hydrocarbon on earth. | The post Scott Pruitt Got Off Easy: Ecocide Is No Small Matter appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Medical Experts Worry About Testing DNA to Reunite Families
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-11
The administration's use of DNA testing to match migrant children separated from their parents is justifiable as a last resort, medical experts say, but raises a host of ethical problems. | The post Medical Experts Worry About Testing DNA to Reunite Families appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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One of the founders of the Aryan Brotherhood dies in federal prison
Bill Morlin | splcenter.org | 2018-07-11
Barry Byron "The Baron" Mills, widely considered one of the founding members of the violent Aryan Brotherhood prison gang syndicate, has died in the nation's most-secure federal prison.
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'Never Before in History': Fox News' Shep Smith Assails Trump for 'Unprecedented' Attacks on NATO Allies
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
"The president could turn back the global clock centuries. " | Fox News' Shep Smith sounded the alarm Wednesday about President Donald Trump's relentless and unfounded attacks on NATO, warning, "The president could turn back the global clock centuries. "Trump, Smith said, "upended world order in the way that no president has. He attacked our closest allies. He berated them and insulted them. He labeled Germany captive to Russia and he blasted NATO agreements that date to World War II. "In fact, Trump's attack began long before this week's NATO summit. Trump first attacked the alliance as "obsolete" during the 2016 presidential campaign, and he has continued maligning American allies in office. But Trump's favorite attack on NATO — that the allies fail to pay what the owe to the organization — is flatly false. "The truth is every NATO country has paid its bills for NATO-shared. . .
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Mental Illness Serves as Easy Scapegoat in Mass Murder Accounts
Olivia Riggio | fair.org | 2018-07-11
A local Texas CBS station published an article ( 5/18/18) warning of "signs of mental illness" in the wake of the Santa Fe shooting, but stated that that shooter's mental state was "unknown." | After the May 18 mass murder at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, a local CBS station ( 5/18/18) published an article headlined, "Looking for Signs of Mental Illness in Wake of Recent Shootings." It described the Santa Fe shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, as a "person who kept to himself," citing this trait as a possible warning sign of mental disorder. | A day later, NPR ( 5/19/18) attempted to piece together bits of information about Pagourtzis, calling into question his mental state, quoting one student: I don't think he was normal…. I think he was really strange and quiet. I wasn't surprised when I heard it…
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Obama Leaves Trump in the Dust in Public's Ranking of the Best Presidents
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
"When asked which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, more Americans name Barack Obama than any other president. " | Despite President Donald Trump's fervent support among his base, a recently released Somewhat surprisingly, President George H. W. Bush (10 percent) ranks behind President George W. Bush — despite the. . .
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Court Reaffirms Bayou Bridge Pipeline to Cut Through Atchafalaya Basin
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-11
A day before a federal court reaffirmed Bayou Bridge LLC could keep building an oil pipeline through Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin, I stood on a cypress tree stump there, viewing the destroyed trees which pipeline opponents were trying to save. | On both sides of the Bayou Bridge pipeline's right-of-way, a path of shredded trees cut through the massive river swamp — the nation's largest — home to abundant wildlife and fishing grounds for wild crawfish. | On July 6, a three-judge panel of the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers properly granted a permit for the 162.5 mile pipeline that cuts through the basin, a National Heritage Area. The decision reverses a lower court's ruling that temporarily blocked the pipeline's construction ahead of a hearing challenging…
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When Resistance Becomes Capitulation: A Response to an Open Letter in The Nation
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2018-07-11
Editor's note: The Nation contributor Norman Solomon, who has written for Truthdig, drew our attention to the magazine's publication Wednesday of an open letter signed by multiple scholars, diplomats, politicians, writers and activists calling for "secure elections and true national security." Here is Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer's response to the letter, followed by its full text. | While The Nation deserves credit for this important effort, and I am a huge fan of the magazine's editor, Katrina vanden Heuvel, I find this statement to be an inadequate response to the jingoistic blather of the Democratic Party, and of course the GOP leadership. | What the statement's opening paragraph woefully ignores is the harsh reality that the U.S. political system is far less vulnerable to hacking attacks from any foreign source than the rest of the world's nations are from such attacks…
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Farhad Azima avoids spotlight, despite Iran-Contra and Panama Papers connections
Anthony Newkirk | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-11
On June 28, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein faced allegations made by Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee that Justice Department handling of its investigation of the 2016 presidential election was biased against President Trump. At the same time, a non-binding resolution mandating Justice Department compliance with subpoenas for documents about the Russia probe …
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Acknowledging the contradictions of socialism in 'the other Germany'
Lowell B. Denny, III | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-11
East Germany's Minister for Education, its First Lady Margot Honecker, assessed the post-war beginnings of the young German Democratic Republic (the GDR, or East Germany) writing in her memoir, "Antifascists, communists, socialists, people of different worldviews, who came from their imprisonment in concentration camps, prisoners of war in different countries, the republican partisans who fought in …
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How the Farm Bill Could Affect Our Food System
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-11

| Janine Jackson: After House Republicans passed their farm bill, reportedly the first time the critical measure — involving everything from nutrition assistance to crop subsidies — has passed either chamber with only single-party support, Donald Trump tweeted, "Farm Bill just passed in the House. So happy to see work requirements included. Big win for the farmers!" | Among other things, Trump doesn't mean farmers like the Callahan family, profiled in Civil Eats, small farmers in South Carolina who not only qualify for SNAP — the food assistance program Trump is crowing over making harder to access — but who benefit also from programs Republicans would cut, that encourage the farmers'…
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'This Is What the News Is Like in Hell': MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Is Dumbfounded By Trump Official Playing the 'Real Victim'
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
The administration is completely botching its response to a self-imposed crisis, but top officials apparently want sympathy. | President Donald Trump's administration still has thousands of immigrant kids separated from their parents by the misguided "zero-tolerance" policy on the U. S. -Mexico border, but a new report from Politico seemed to paint one Trump official at the center of the disastrous policy as sympathetic and burdened by the policy. But MSNBC's Rachel Maddow didn't buy it. "It's a little to take the selling of [Health and Human Services Secretary] Alex Azar as a good soldier who just happened to get caught up in the middle of this mess that he maybe, maybe, doesn't agree with," she said on her show Wednesday night. "But somebody has started selling an amazing PR story about the guy who's holding the kids taken away from their parents being the. . .
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'Time Is Running Out on Michael Cohen': Michael Avenatti Predicts Trump's Former Lawyer Will Soon Face Charges
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
"I don't think this is going to be delayed well into the fall. " | Michael Cohen has recently been signaling his willingness to turn on President Donald Trump — and Michael Avenatti predicts he may very soon get his chance to do just that. Cohen, who served as the president's lawyer and fixer for years, is under federal investigation, potentially for business and election-related crimes. Many suspect that given his close history with Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller's interest in the case, his wrongdoing may implicate the president as well. "I think time is certainly running out — I don't think this is going to be delayed well into the fall," Avenatti, a lawyer who has challenged both Cohen and Trump in court, told MSNBC's Ari Melber on Wednesday. "I know there's a lot of different factors at play right now. So I. . .
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Russia and Saudi Arabia to Form an Alternative to OPEC?
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-07-11
The world is in a slow energy transition to renewables, which has made it difficult for OPEC to maintain price stability. This transition lies at the heart of Saudi Arabia and Russia's efforts to find new ways for stabilizing oil prices, says Prof. Timothy Mitchell | The post Russia and Saudi Arabia to Form an Alternative to OPEC? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Iran Demonstrations And Possible Consequences
Selim Celal | iranian.com | 2018-07-11
Seven months after the largest protests in Iran's history, Iranians have hit the streets once again. They are fed up with the country's poor financial performance and the recent devaluation of Iranian rial. Having become one of the world's most volatile currencies, the rial over the past few months has lost more than 50 percent […] | The post Iran Demonstrations And Possible Consequences appeared first on The Iranian.
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Donald Trump's Startling Global Agenda: Taking White Supremacy Worldwide
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
Trump appointee kills UN language on racism, hate speech and nationalism, claiming there's no rise in intolerance | Donald Trump is engaged in a systematic effort to make the United States less powerful and less respected around the world. America is too great a country to be defeated and brought down by an outside power. Such damage can likely only be inflicted from within at the hands of a dangerous president, a feckless political party and their tens of millions of authoritarian followers. President Barack Obama warned about this threat in his farewell address: But protecting our way of life, that's not just the job of our military. Democracy can buckle when it gives in to fear. So, just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.
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A letter to General Convention regarding Justice in the Holy Land
leili | bdsmovement.net | 2018-07-11
A letter to General Convention regarding Justice in the Holy Land: In the News Economic BoycottArchbishop Desmond Tutu & other leading members of the Episcopal Church tell the Church's General Convention that investment in companies supporting Israel's military occupation "make the Church complicit in the injustices suffered by Palestinians." They urge the Church to adopt human rights-based investment decisions that ensure it "does not profit from the suffering of others." | July 3, 2018 | By:
| | Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Canon Bonnie Anderson, Patti Browning …
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Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Would Threaten Robert Mueller's Investigation and the Affordable Care Act
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Would Threaten Robert Mueller's Investigation and the Affordable Care Act appeared first on The Nation.
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Papa John's Founder Resigns from Board After Using the N-Word on Company Call
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
It's not the first time John Schnatter has found himself eliciting outrage. | After having to resign as CEO last year for his bizarre broadside against NFL players protesting racism, Papa John's founder John Schnatter stepped down as chairman of the company's board Wednesday night for using the n-word on a company call. "Papa John's International, Inc. . . . today announced that the independent directors of the company have accepted the resignation of John H. Schnatter as Chairman of the Board," the company said in a statement. "Olivia Kirtley acts as the company's Lead Independent Director. Papa John's will appoint a new Chairman of the Board in the coming weeks. "Schnatter has apologized earlier in the day, issuing the following statement: "News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true. Regardless of the. . .
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America Bombs, Europe Gets Refugees
Eric Zuesse | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-11
The US Government (with France and a few other US allies) bombs Libya, Syria, etc.; and the US regime refuses to accept any of the resulting refugees — the burdens from which are now breaking the EU, and the EU is sinking in economic competition against America's international corporations. | The post America Bombs, Europe Gets Refugees appeared first on MintPress News.
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Donald Trump's Global Agenda: Taking White Supremacy Worldwide
Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-07-11
Donald Trump is engaged in a systematic effort to make the United States less powerful and less respected around the world. America is too great a country to be defeated and brought down by an outside power. Such damage can likely only be inflicted from within at the hands of a dangerous president, a feckless political party and their tens of millions of authoritarian followers. | President Barack Obama warned about this threat in his farewell address: | But protecting our way of life, that's not just the job of our military. Democracy can buckle when it gives in to fear. So, just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are. … So let's be vigilant, but not afraid. ISIL will try to kill innocent people.
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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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In Wake of AMLO Victory, US Media Fear Chavismo and Hope for 'Business-Friendly' Change
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2018-07-11
For the New York Times ( 7/1/18), the election of Lopez Obrador brings "a sense of economic nationalism that some fear could reverse important gains of the last 25 years." | Neoliberal capitalist dogma pervades mainstream media. A case in point is coverage of Andrés Manuel López Obrador's resounding victory in Mexico's presidential election. | Referring to the president-elect by his commonly used acronym, the New York Times' Azam Ahmed and Paulina Villegas ( 7/1/18) claimed thatone of AMLO's biggest challenges will be to convince foreign investors that Mexico will remain open for business. If he fails to convince the markets that he is committed to continuity, or makes abrupt changes to the current economic policy, the country could find itself struggling to achieve even the modest growth of prior administrations. | According to the authors, keeping Mexico "open for business"
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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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Cynthia Nixon's Platform Aligns With Democratic Socialist Principles, and With the Future
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
Cynthia Nixon's Platform Aligns With Democratic Socialist Principles, and With the Future appeared first on The Nation.
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Judge sets hearing in Jason Kessler's lawsuit seeking permit for 'UTR2'
Brett Barrouquere | splcenter.org | 2018-07-11
‚ÄãJason Kessler will get his day in court with the city of Charlottesville, but whether he gets the permit he wants remains to be seen.
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Cavern
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-11
The post Cavern appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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European Powers Prepare to Scrap Dollar in Iran Trade as Disgust With "America First" Policies Mount
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-11
As Western capitals brace themselves for Wednesday's two-day NATO summit, Iranians and Europeans alike are hoping EU leaders can finally put their money where their mouth is and unshackle themselves from U.S.-imposed hegemonic bondage. | The post European Powers Prepare to Scrap Dollar in Iran Trade as Disgust With "America First" Policies Mount appeared first on MintPress News.
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These Students Challenged Their Campus's Flawed Title IX Policy–and They're Winning
Priya Dieterich, Morgin Goldberg, Olivia Smith, Shelby Dolch | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
Priya Dieterich, Morgin Goldberg, Olivia Smith, Shelby Dolch Starting with the resignation of Swarthmore College's dean of students. | The post These Students Challenged Their Campus's Flawed Title IX Policy–and They're Winning appeared first on The Nation.
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Grandmother–63 and Sick–Is a Target of Denaturalization Task Force
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-07-11
In June, the Trump administration announced it would launch a denaturalization task force, targeting naturalized citizens accused of cheating on their applications, or convicted of crimes, however minor, before they were granted citizenship. In the past, denaturalization was a rare move, usually reserved for war criminals, child-sex offenders or terrorists and their funders. Now, as the Miami Herald reports, the task force is targeting a 63-year-old secretary from Peru who fits into none of those categories. | Norma Borgono, as the Miami Herald reports, "immigrated from Peru in 1989, volunteers weekly at church, raised two children on a $500-a-week salary and suffers from a rare kidney disorder." Just after the birth of her granddaughter, Borgano received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice saying it is suing to denaturalize her. | It is targeting Borgano for her minor role…
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U.S. Soon to Leapfrog Saudis, Russia as Top Oil Producer
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-11
Output is predicted to grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day, making the U.S. the world's leading oil producer for the first time since the 1970s. | The post U.S. Soon to Leapfrog Saudis, Russia as Top Oil Producer appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Ukraine President's Adviser Writes 'Heil Hitler' Neo-Nazi Symbol on Facebook
Ben Norton | therealnews.com | 2018-07-11
An adviser for Ukraine's president and defense minister wrote a neo-Nazi symbol on Facebook that means "Heil Hitler." This comes at a time when neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine, some of which have received direct support from the Ukrainian government, are terrorizing ethnic minorities from the Roma and Jewish communities. Ukraine's billionaire oligarch President Petro Poroshenko,… | The post Ukraine President's Adviser Writes 'Heil Hitler' Neo-Nazi Symbol on Facebook appeared first on The Real News Network.
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President Trump: An Israeli Manchurian Candidate?
Gulam Asgar Mitha | iranian.com | 2018-07-11
Trump's gaffes are piling up, all within 18 months of his presidency. The tweets are coming at breakneck speeds causing mass confusion. Trump scrapped the Paris climate accord, then pulled out of TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) trade agreement, tore JCPOA P5+1 with Iran to shreds, humiliated EU leaders specifically close allies Macron of France and […] | The post President Trump: An Israeli Manchurian Candidate? appeared first on The Iranian.
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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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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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For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits
Renée Feltz | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
Facing a legal labyrinth, deported parents may be forced to leave their children behind so that they can seek asylum. | The post For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits appeared first on The Nation.
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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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Growing Up in the USSR — RAI with A. Buzgalin (1/12)
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-07-11
Prof. Alexander Buzgalin joins Paul Jay on Reality Asserts Itself; born two years after the death of Stalin, he talks about growing up in the Soviet Union | The post Growing Up in the USSR — RAI with A. Buzgalin (1/12) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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What Trump's Critics Are Missing About the NATO Summit
Michael T. Klare | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
What Trump's Critics Are Missing About the NATO Summit appeared first on The Nation.
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What Does It Mean to Abolish ICE?
Julianne Hing | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
What Does It Mean to Abolish ICE? appeared first on The Nation.
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'I Kill Motherf*ckers': Chicago Police Officer Caught on Video Taunting Black Men
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
The cop is now under investigation. | The Civilian Office of Police Accountability opened an investigation after a police officer in Chicago was caught on camera violently taunting black men. "I kill motherf*ckers," the unnamed officer said from his unmarked vehicle before threatening to arrest them for "walking illegally" on the road. He denied making the remark about killing people shortly after making the comment on camera. The officer later exited his vehicle and pursued the men, saying, "Illinois is a two-party consent state and I don't consent to you recording me. "He eventually tried to swipe the phone recording the interaction. Watch the disturbing footage below. | Related Stories: 'Fat Mexican B*tches': Racist White Women Attack Colorado Neighbors and Defy Police Order to Go HomeAlan Dershowitz Slams the Russia Probe on Fox News — And Proves He Has No Idea What He's Talking AboutCNN's Anderson Cooper Tears Apart the Trump Admin. 's Avalanche of Lies About the Cruel Family Separation Policy…
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Rescue Efforts
Pia Guerra | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
Rescue Efforts appeared first on The Nation.
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Despite Ongoing Hostility, US Exports to Iran are Up 60%
Randi Nord | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-11
What sanctions? Despite Donald Trump's dangerous rhetoric against the Islamic Republic and scrapping the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), US exports to Iran are up 60 percent from 2017. | The post Despite Ongoing Hostility, US Exports to Iran are Up 60% appeared first on MintPress News.
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'Unbelievably Unqualified': Democratic Senator Warns Trump-Appointed DOJ Lawyer Tied to a Russian Bank Might Interfere in Mueller's Probe
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
"He will have visibility into the Mueller investigation. " | Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued a serious warning Wednesday about Brian Benczkowski, a lawyer confirmed earlier in the day to run the criminal division of the Department of Justice. Whitehouse discussed the confirmation with CNN's Erin Burnett, who noted that Benczkowski raised questions because he previously worked for Alfa Bank, the largest bank in Russia which has close ties to President Vladimir Putin — a fact he initially failed to disclose to the Senate on a questionnaire. "This actually does run up my temperature a bit," Sheldon said, noting that Benczkowski is "unbelievably unqualified" for the role he is taking on. "As the chief of the criminal division, he will have visibility into the Mueller investigation whenever that investigation needs the requisite approvals from the criminal division for various investigative and prosecutive steps that they must. . .
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'I Just Think the Russians Have the Goods on This Guy': Retired Lt. Colonel Says Blackmail Explains Trump's Fondness for Putin
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
The president efforts to undermine NATO only serve to bolster Russia. | While many people have argued that President Donald Trump has some sort of nefarious connection to Russia and President Vladimir Putin by citing historical linkages between the president and foreign power, retired Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters argued Wednesday night that the connection can be made just by considering Trump's present actions. "Trump is both enamored and fearful of Vladimir Putin," Peters told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "If you look at his pattern, he is afraid to say anything critical of Vladimir Putin. "This pattern has become even clearer in recent days, as Trump doubles down on his attacks on NATO while preparing to meet with Putin in Helsinki. "It's another issue, but to me, I just think the Russians have the goods on this guy, and that's the only explanation I can come. . .
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With the Largest Manddate 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 Manddate in Recent History, Lopez Obrador Takes Decisive Steps for Mexico's Presidency appeared first on The Real News Network.
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This GOP Lawmaker Spent Millions on a Luxury Yacht Just as He Was Voting for the Massive Republican Tax Cut
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-11
Maybe he thought nobody would notice. | In a move straight out of a cartoonish caricature of a Republican Lawmaker, Rep. Vernon Buchanan (R-FL) bought a luxury yacht on the exact same day that he voted for the GOP tax bill in November 2017, a new disclosure first reported by Florida Politics revealed. Buchanan spent between $1 million and $5 million on the boat, according to the documents. The Hill reports that the company that sells the yacht, Ocean Alexander, doesn't sell anything for less than $3. 25 million. The brazen purchase reveals the stark contrast between the sales pitch Republicans gave for the tax bill and reality. "While the tax plan was pitched as helping the middle class, it does so only minimally and temporarily if at all. For the nation's highest earners and for corporations, however, it was a magnanimous change. . .
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Despite Hostile Actions, US Exports To Iran Are Up 60% In 2018
Randi Nord | iranian.com | 2018-07-11
What sanctions? Despite Donald Trump's dangerous rhetoric against the Islamic Republic and scrapping the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), US exports to Iran are up 60 percent from 2017. [dropcap]F[/dropcap]igures from the US Census Bureau show that American companies and entities exported $50.2 million worth of goods to Iran between January and May of 2018. That's […] | The post Despite Hostile Actions, US Exports To Iran Are Up 60% In 2018 appeared first on The Iranian.
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