(2018-07-16). Haiti: Prime Minister Lafontant Quits After Fuel-Price Protests. telesurtv.net The resignation comes as the country struggles to recover from recent violence prompted by fuel-price hikes imposed as part of a deal with the International Monetary Fund.
(2018-07-16). World Trade War Has Begun. counterpunch.org "By imposing tariffs of 25% on hundreds of products imported from China worth US$34 billion a year on Friday, July 6, the United States has violated the rules of the World Trade Organization and launched the largest trade war in the world's economic history," a statement by China's Commerce Ministry declarae. Beijing claims that it was More
(2018-07-16). Trump Stomps Britain. counterpunch.org What a rotten guest, but then again, that was to be expected. Ahead of his visit to Britain, there was some indignation that US President Donald Trump should even be visiting in the first place. Protesters were readying their assortment of paraphernalia in anticipation. Walls of noise were promised. Trump, on the other hand, was bullish More
(2018-07-16). The Best Deals are the Deals that Develop Peace. counterpunch.org As an educator of politics and conflict resolution I've spent decades examining deals as they relate to conflict and peace. Negotiation is a key skill of statecraft because successful diplomacy can save millions of lives and avoid trillion-dollar military engagements that may cause years of suffering and still not be anywhere close to a resolution, like More
(2018-07-16). New U.S. Sanctions Fuel Protests and Economic Mayhem in Iran 2/3. therealnews.com With more U.S. sanctions expected in November, the Iranian Rial has slid to 50% of its value. The authoritarian Iranian state must come up with strategies to address poverty, inequality, social welfare, instead of the current preoccupation with interests of the ruling elites says Dr Ali Fathollah-Nejad, visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center
(2018-07-16). Pope Francis to Participate in Mexico's Peace Process. telesurtv.net Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to participate in the framework of the consultations that AMLO's team will carry out, in order to create strategies to turn down violence and insecurity in Mexico.
(2018-07-16). Undermining Trump-Putin Summit Means Promoting War. counterpunch.org Timing isn't everything, but in politics it's important, and the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence for allegedly being behind the supposed hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 in an alleged effort to skew the election in favor of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, announced by Mueller "Russiagate" probe overseer and Associate US Attorney More
(2018-07-16). The Fisherman of Sarajevo Told Tales Past Wars and Wars to Come. counterpunch.org We spotted him at the end of a path beside the River Miljacka, bending over the rail with a fishing rod, staring at the fast-moving, shallow waters with a rare intensity, frowning — angry, I thought — the sort of guy you might avoid if you weren't a journalist on a glowering, rain-spitting day, walking More
(2018-07-16). Trump Turns to Gaza as Middle East Deal of the Century Collapses. counterpunch.org The Trump administration's "Deal of the Century" for the Palestine-Israel has, predictably, gone over like a lead balloon. So it's shifting gears. The Washington Post reports, "With President Trump's promised Middle East peace plan stalled, administration officials are focusing on improving conditions in the impoverished Gaza Strip — a move that could put political pressure on Palestinian leaders to come to the negotiating table." More
(2018-07-16). The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom. truthdig.com The arrest of the WikiLeaks founder, which appears near, would be the first domino to fall. Afterward, thousands of publishers, editors and reporters in the U.S. would be in peril.
(2018-07-16). Trump-Gulf-Israel 'Peace' Plan Seeks Palestinian Surrender. therealnews.com Through violence, coercion, and bribery, Israel, the U.S., U.A.E., and Saudi Arabia want Palestinians to give up their rights under international law and accept limited sovereignty in a weak, divided territory. But growing non-violent resistance in the Occupied Territories and solidarity efforts around the world — such as a new settlement boycott in Ireland —…
(2018-07-16). Myanmar: Further information: Two journalists charged in Myanmar: Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. amnesty.org Two journalists who have been detained for more than seven months in Myanmar have been formally charged in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities. They each face up to 14 years in prison. They must be immediately and unconditionally released.
(2018-07-16). Israeli Soldiers Close Al-Fawwar, Colonialist Settlers Attack Homes, In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers closed, Monday, the iron gate which was placed by the army at the entrance of the al-Fawwar refugee camp, and installed roadblocks in several areas in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. Many illegal colonialist settlers attack a home, and its garden, in Hebron city. […]…
(2018-07-16). Participants in the anti-Trump rallies in the UK speak out. wsws.org WSWS reporters spoke to anti-Trump protesters in Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield. Meanwhile, protests continued in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday.
(2018-07-16). Protesters clash with Chicago police after police murder of Harith Augustus. wsws.org Simmering anger over police violence led to protests after police harassed a local barber and shot him in the back as he tried to flee.
(2018-07-16). Ro Khanna Says He'll Rally Support for Barbara Lee if She Makes Bid for Democratic Leadership. theintercept.com Barbara Lee's ascension to a significant leadership post would be a signal to grassroots activists that the strength of their opposition to the status quo is being felt inside the Capitol.
(2018-07-16). Laura Flanders Show: Telling Stories of the Syrian Civil War. therealnews.com Our wars abroad and our wars at home. This week on the show, acclaimed graphic artist Molly Crabapple and Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham join me to talk about their collaborative book "Brothers of the Gun." Then, a report by Jonathan Klett on a community in Wisconsin that mobilized to greet Republicans attending a Trump fundraiser: …
(2018-07-16). Israel carries out biggest air strikes on Gaza since 2014 war. wsws.org In recent days, Israel has stepped up its campaign to crush resistance in Gaza, intensifying its economic blockade, shooting scores of protesters, and mounting massive air strikes.
(2018-07-16). The Shadow of Torture Behind Trump's Britain Visit. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | As President Trump visits the United Kingdom, the focus has been on strained trans-Atlantic relations, his intervention in domestic politics, and massive public protests. | A different, diplomatically-couched protest has received less …
(2018-07-16). Chad: People forced to pay a heavy price for harsh austerity measures. amnesty.org ‚Ä¢ Health budget slashed by over 50 per cent in four years | ‚Ä¢ Students forced to choose between classes and work | ‚Ä¢ Anti-austerity protesters repressed and arrested, some tortured | A host of austerity measures implemented by the Chadian authorities is pushing people into deeper poverty, undermining access to necessary health care and putting education beyond the reach of many, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. | 'Strangled budgets, silenced dissent: The human cost of austerity measures in Chad' documents the impact of drastic spending cuts on the rights to health and education. It also charts the government's crackdown on protesters and activists opposed to the austerity measures implemented in response to an on-going economic crisis. |
(2018-07-16). Mass protests in Iraq's southern provinces. wsws.org Thousands took part in mass demonstrations in southern Iraq over the weekend against the intolerable economic conditions that prevail 15 years after the US-led war for regime change.
(2018-07-16). "Not Enough!" counterpunch.org The State of Israel has no oil wells. It has no gold mines. What has it got? It has the ownership of the remembrance of the Holocaust. That is worth a lot. Everyone who wants to clean himself from the stain needs a certificate from the State of Israel. Such a document is worth very More
(2018-07-16). When Did Russia Become an Adversary? counterpunch.org "Russia is an adversary." How many times have we heard this lately? Perhaps in some schoolmarmish reminder from a CNN, MSNBC or Fox anchor. Everybody's just supposed to know this. But when did it become received wisdom? How many times did we hear that Russia was an adversary in the 1990s, when Boris Yeltsin ruled More
(2018-07-16). "I Returned from Vacation to Find the Soviet Union had Collapsed" — RAI with A. Buzgalin (5/12). therealnews.com On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexander Buzgalin says that he returned from a vacation in the countryside to find Gorbachev was arrested, Yeltsin was leader and the Soviet Union was no more — with host Paul Jay
(2018-07-16). Can We Learn from Heinrich Himmler's Daughter? Should We? counterpunch.org Heinrich Himmler's daughter, Gudrun Bruz, died May 24, 2018. That's right, Adolf Hitler's right-hand man and architect of the concentration camps and holocaust death machine, head of the SS and Gestapo (and former chicken farmer), thatHeinrich Himmler, his daughter died. Ms. Bruz remained a good Nazi to the end of her days. She spent her More
(2018-07-16). Cuba Welcomes Latin American, Caribbean Leftist Social Movements Attending Sao Paulo Forum. telesurtv.net The debates will be aimed at highlighting the role of the left in the unity of the Latin American revolutionary movement.
(2018-07-16). Cuba's New Constitution Will Recognize Private Property: Report. telesurtv.net Ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma published a summary of the new constitution on Saturday, saying a draft it had seen included 224 articles, up from 137 previously.
(2018-07-16). Memo to the President Ahead of Monday's Trump-Putin Summit. mintpressnews.com With Friday's indictments of Russian intelligence officers, Ray McGovern and Bill Binney have written an open letter to President Trump making clear that the "evidence" behind the indictments is as fraudulent as the intelligence alleging WMD in Iraq. It is being published exclusively here ahead of the Trump-Putin summit on Monday. | BRIEFING FOR: The President | FROM: Ray McGovern, former CIA briefer of The President's Daily Brief, and William Binney, former Technical Director at NSA | SUBJECT: Info Your Summit Briefers May Have Missed | We reproduce below one of our most recent articles on "Russia-Gate," which, in turn, draws from our Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Memorandum to you of July 24, 2017. | At the time of that Memorandum we wrote: Forensic studies of "Russian hacking" into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data…
(2018-07-16). Europe's Central Bank (ECB) Failures: From 1999 Origins to 2017. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The European Central Bank, ECB, is at the heart of the failure to stabilize Europe's economy since the 2008 global crisis. It is a central element as well in the institutional …
(2018-07-16). The Lydda Death March and the Israeli State of Denial. counterpunch.org This week marks the 70th anniversary of the single largest mass expulsion of Arabs from Palestine during the Jewish ethnic cleansing campaign of 1948-49, the infamous Lydda Death March, in which attacking Israeli troops murdered and pillaged the people and property of Lydda, Ramle and surrounding villages while forcing some 80,000 men, women and children into the scorching wilderness, never to return. More
(2018-07-16). Israeli Soldiers Close Al-Fawwar, Colonialist Settlers Attack Homes, In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers closed, Monday, the iron gate which was placed by the army at the entrance of the al-Fawwar refugee camp, and installed roadblocks in several areas in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. Many illegal colonialist settlers attack a home, and its garden, in Hebron city. […]…
(2018-07-16). Don't Be Deceived Secret Trade Talks at Heart of Trump Visit. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | I've said for some time now that Brexit is largely about America wanting a new country to exploit. It also wants the EU to fall apart, it wants regulations built in …
(2018-07-16). Ireland's Decision to Advance Boycott Bill Could be the Tipping Point for Justice for Palestine. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The Palestinian people are in need of some good news to boost their morale at an extremely difficult time in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality. | There has been little …
(2018-07-16). La paz se hizo fiesta: miles celebran amistad entre Etiopía y Eritrea. peoplesworld.org ADDIS ABEBA, Etiopía (PL) El primer ministro etíope, Abiy Ahmed, y el presidente eritreo, Isaias Afwerki, visiblemente emocionados, acompañaron hoy a una multitud eufórica que se reunió en el centro de esta capital para festejar el fin del largo conflicto. Los líderes de los países que hasta hace algunas semanas se calificaban entre sí como […]…
(2018-07-16). Europe Cringes Before Emperor Trump. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | President Donald Trump says most summit meetings are a waste of time. He's so right. Most meetings of every kind are a waste of time and energy. | The president was certainly …
(2018-07-16). Recordings Reveal Rampant Corruption: Peru Judiciary. telesurtv.net Several recordings of high-level Peruvian judges reveal corruption and embezzlement schemes in exchange for judicial favors.
(2018-07-16). Chile: Investigators Pursue Sexual Abuse Cases in Rectory Raids. telesurtv.net Police raids revealed boxes of papers detailing investigations led by the Catholic church against five priests suspected of sexual abuse.
(2018-07-16). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Bethlehem, Tulkarem And Jenin. imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, at least five Palestinians in Bethlehem, Tulkarem and Jenin, in the occupied West Bank. The PPS said the soldiers stormed and violently searched many homes in the invaded communities, interrogated several Palestinians and abducted five. […]…
(2018-07-16). West Scrambles to Evacuate White Helmets From Syria Amid Assassination Threats. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Featured image: The file photo shows members of the White Helmets volunteer organization walking amid rubble in Syria. | Western countries have reportedly been scrambling to evacuate "volunteer" White Helmets from Syria, …
(2018-07-16). Brazil: Lula Vows Not To Compromise Dignity On 'Free Lula' Day. telesurtv.net Thousands gathered in cities across Brazil to demand the former president be released from prison on the 'National Day of Struggle to Free Lula.'
(2018-07-16). Kirstjen Nielsen Just Wants to Protect You. counterpunch.org So, it's a bit rich that Secretary Nielsen frets that drones are a danger to Americans when the US has killed more people with drones than any other country. You would not know it from her op-ed. Her op-ed gives no hint that US drones have ever harmed a living soul, much less thousands of them. No, Nielsen is worried about armed drones in the hands of foreigners. More
(2018-07-16). Brazil: Lula Says the Rich 'Fear the People's Choice'. telesurtv.net Lula: "My judicial persecutors not only want me detained, they want me silenced."
(2018-07-16). Mexico Rejects 1,000s Of Latin Americans At Airports. telesurtv.net An investigation reveals that thousands of Latin American tourists, mainly from Colombia and Venezuela, are denied entry each year into Mexico.
(2018-07-16). Kushner Tenants Say They Were Ousted for Luxury Condo Buyers. truthdig.com In three years, more than 250 rent-stabilized apartments have been emptied or sold as a New York City building was converted to condos, in sales totaling more than $155 million, an average of $1.2 million per apartment.
(2018-07-16). Aftermath Of Israeli Strikes Proves Israel Is Targeting History, Culture And Ordinary Civilians. imemc.org After the Israeli army bombarded Gaza on Saturday, killing two children and causing damage to public, civilian facilities, it became apparent that the soldiers were also targeting a prominent building, meant for preserving and displaying Palestinian archeology, arts and culture. The Palestinian TV has reported that some of the Israeli […]…
(2018-07-16). Economic Update: Labor VS Capitalism. therealnews.com This week with Rick Wolff: Updates on Left victory in Mexico's election; SCOTUS's Janus decision; Trump's Foxconn fakery in Wisconsin; the GOP's forced labor for Medicaid beneficiaries; and the scapegoating of immigrants exposed; Dr. Harriet Fraad on the personal, psychological effects of a dying US empire
(2018-07-16). Trump Knows That the US Can Exercise More Power in a UK Weakened by Brexit. counterpunch.org English nationalism as expressed by Brexiteers is a strange beast. Donald Trump gives an interview in which he assumes the right to intervene in the conflict between Theresa May and Boris Johnson over Brexit. He speaks with the same confident authority as he would in his own country, sorting out differences in the Republican Party over who should be More
(2018-07-16). This is how human rights activism changes lives. amnesty.org Human rights wins 2018…
(2018-07-16). Turkey Stops Registering Syrian Asylum Seekers. hrw.org Two Syrians walk along a fence near the Turkish-Syrian border in Gaziantep province, Turkey, November 30, 2016. Syrians who arrived in Turkey since late 2017 have been unable to register for temporary protection and receive basic services. | © 2016 Umit Bektas/Reuters | (Istanbul) — Turkish authorities in Istanbul and nine provinces on or near the Syrian border have stopped registering all but a handful of recently arrived Syrian asylum seekers. The suspension is leading to unlawful deportations, coerced returns to Syria, and the denial of health care and education. | The European Commission has recently praised Turkey's asylum system and plans to release the second batch of ‚Ç¨3 billion under its March 2016 migration deal which includes support for refugees in Turkey. European Union institutions and governments have stayed publicly silent on…
(2018-07-16). Ford contests token fines for death of electrician Ivan Bridgewater. wsws.org The Kentucky state OSHA office report found that Ivan Bridgewater "suffered crushed injuries to include rib fractures and hemorrhaging which killed him."
(2018-07-16). France wins football World Cup. wsws.org This Cup, marked by many surprise eliminations of top teams, ended with a match between two countries, France and Croatia, that were far from the favorites to win.
(2018-07-16). Russian Federation: Fate and whereabouts of policeman unknown: Artur Aydamirov. amnesty.org Former Chechen policeman Artur Aydamirov, 34, disappeared on 8 June in Brest, Belarus, after learning in early 2018 that he is required to perform military service in Syria. He decided to flee Chechnya with his family. Witnesses saw unidentified men in uniform force Artur Aydamirov into a van and drive away. He has not been seen since and there are grave concerns about his fate.
(2018-07-16). US rejects EU carve-out from sanctions against Iran. wsws.org The US decision is another major economic blow against the European powers, which had looked to the nuclear agreement with Iran as opening the way for lucrative trade and investment deals.
(2018-07-16). This week in history: July 16-22. wsws.org 25 years ago: Record flood waters devastate the American MidwestThis week in July 1993 marked a high point in the great Midwest flood of that year, as states across the upper-Midwest experienced the highest rainfalls and the highest flood waters on record. On July 17, 1993, for example, 12 inches of rain fell on Baraboo, Wisconsin in a three-hour period, while two inches of rain in one hour fell on Montgomery, Iowa.
(2018-07-16). 4 Months Since Marielle Franco Execution, No Answers: Brazil. telesurtv.net "Human rights defenders run a high risk in Brazil" said Amnesty International's coordinator, Renata Neder.
(2018-07-16). 'The ball is in Russia's court': Pompeo on Moscow-Washington relations. rt.com The prospect of better ties between Moscow and Washington is in Russia's hands, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said ahead of the much-anticipated summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Helsinki.
(2018-07-16). German court authorises extradition of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain on embezzlement charges. wsws.org In Spain, the newly installed minority Socialist Party (PSOE) government announced it would abide by the ruling, although it is a rebuke to the party's line in the Catalan crisis.
(2018-07-16). Chad: Strangled budgets, silenced dissent: The human cost of austerity measures in Chad. amnesty.org Over the last 3 years, social unrest born out of harsh austerity measures imposed by the Chadian government and its international creditors has been met with unrelenting repression. This report, based on extensive in-country interviews conducted between November 2017 and May 2018 as well as detailed policy and budget analysis, shows how often arbitrarily determined budget cuts in key social sectors such as education and health have had a devastating impact on the population, in particular on the most vulnerable.
(2018-07-16). We stand with Oleg Sentsov. amnesty.org …
(2018-07-16). Trump vs. the Democrats: Two reactionary factions fight over foreign policy. wsws.org Prior to Trump's upcoming meeting with Putin, the Democratic Party, the media and intelligence agencies have been demanding that the anti-Russia campaign be intensified.
(2018-07-16). Season two of The Handmaid's Tale: Out of steam and it shows. wsws.org The familiar problem of having run out of something to say pervades the second season of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.
(2018-07-16). Tchad: Budgets en chute, répression en hausse: Le coût humain des mesures d'austérité au Tchad. amnesty.org Depuis trois ans, l'agitation sociale provoquée par les mesures d'austérité sévères imposées par le gouvernement tchadien et ses créanciers internationaux fait l'objet d'une répression implacable. Ce rapport, fondé sur de nombreux entretiens réalisés au Tchad entre novembre 2017 et mai 2018, ainsi que sur une analyse politique et budgétaire détaillée, décrit les effets dévastateurs sur la population, en particulier sur les plus fragiles, des coupes budgétaires souvent arbitraires pratiquées dans des secteurs sociaux essentiels, comme l'éducation et la santé.
(2018-07-16). We all see "the union being paid out and working with the company" wsws.org Part-time workers make up more than two-thirds of United Parcel Service's 230,000 employees and are paid as little as $10 per hour.
(2018-07-16). Australian royal commission reveals predatory bank lending to small businesses. wsws.org Testimony made clear that the banks routinely provided dubious loans that they knew small business owners and franchisees would have little chance of servicing.
(2018-07-16). British and Ecuadorian authorities in talks to evict Julian Assange from London embassy. wsws.org Media reports point to the ongoing conspiracy, involving the British, US and Ecuadorian governments, to terminate Assange's political asylum in violation of international law.
(2018-07-16). Democrats vow to vote against their own bill to abolish ICE. wsws.org The Democrats never had any intention of abolishing ICE, even though their so-called "abolition" would amount to little more than rebranding the ruthless agency.
(2018-07-16). Woman dies after New Jersey utility cuts off her electricity. wsws.org The shutoff occurred as temperatures climbed above 90 degrees, despite the family's payments and written notifications to the utility company of the woman's medical condition.
(2018-07-16). ICC: Strengthen Court on 20th Anniversary. hrw.org The Permanent Premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. | © 2016 UN Photo/Rick Bajornas | (New York) — Member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should increase their support for the court in the face of increasing challenges to delivering justice, Human Rights Watch said today. The court's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, was adopted 20 years ago on July 17, 1998. | Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have released a video on why the ICC matters today to a new generation of law students studying around the world. | "The ICC's hard task of bringing justice to victims of grave international crimes is needed more than ever before," said Richard Dicker, international justice director at Human Rights Watch. "ICC member countries should use the 20th…
(2018-07-16). Report documents plundering of US wealth through tax cuts for the rich. wsws.org The report's data expose the lie that there is "no money" to fund basic social needs such as decent-paying jobs, health care, education and housing.
(2018-07-16). Belarus: Fate and whereabouts of policeman unknown: Artur Aydamirov. amnesty.org Former Chechen policeman Artur Aydamirov, 34, disappeared on 8 June in Brest, Belarus, after learning in early 2018 that he is required to perform military service in Syria. He decided to flee Chechnya with his family. Witnesses saw unidentified men in uniform force Artur Aydamirov into a van and drive away. He has not been seen since and there are grave concerns about his fate.
(2018-07-16). After 63 years, US reopens Emmett Till murder case. wsws.org The Department of Justice has reopened its investigation into the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American from Chicago who was murdered while visiting relatives in Mississippi.
(2018-07-15). Settlers Prevent Shepherds from Feeding Livestock in Jordan Valley. imemc.org Illegal Israeli settlers, on Sunday, chased Palestinian shepherds out pasture areas near the village of Khallet Makahoul, in the northern Jordan Valley, preventing them from grazing their livestock, said a local activist. Aref Daraghmeh, who monitors settlement activities in the Jordan Valley, said that settlers chased the shepherds and prevented […]…
(2018-07-15). California Democratic Party Snubs Feinstein, Endorses Rival. truthdig.com OAKLAND, Calif. — The California Democratic Party snubbed U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Saturday by handing its official endorsement and a badly needed boost to state Sen. Kevin de Leon, her longshot Democratic challenger. | In backing de Leon, a majority of the party's 360-member executive board ignored Feinstein's calls to stay neutral in the race. Her allies had warned an endorsement would create an intraparty squabble that could detract from important down-ballot races. | De Leon has long been courting party activists and appealed to those seeking a fresh face and a more progressive senator to fight against President Donald Trump. | "Today's vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C.," de Leon said in a statement after the vote. "We have presented Californians with the first real alternative to the worn-out Washington playbook in a quarter-century."
(2018-07-15). With Anti-China Protectionism, the Left Is Aiding Trump's Xenophobic Agenda. truthout.org Because China is increasingly seen as a threat to US global hegemony, anti-China nationalism is on the rise in American politics. Late last summer, Steve Bannon spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations and discovered— much to his surprise—that his hawkish approach to China had gone mainstream. Early this year, Defense Secretary James Mattis, who is in what passes as the moderate faction in the Donald Trump White House, released the 2018 National Defense Strategy, stating that "Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security." China leads the list of "strategic competitors" cited by the Department of Defense. In May, Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei warned at Axios that "China is the greatest, growing threat to America" and suggested that "a smart politician could turn China into a unifying villain on virtually every topic."
(2018-07-15). Fox News Busted for Quietly Deleting Tweet Claiming Mueller Hasn't Nabbed Anyone from Trump's Campaign. alternet.org The Fox & Friends tweet Sunday was categorically false. | The Fox News morning show Fox & Friends on Sunday claimed in a tweet that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation had not implicated anyone from the Trump campaign. Hours before President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Fox & Friends tweeted a video clip and asserted that Mueller "still hasn't tied anyone from the campaign to the probe. " pic. twitter. com/EQyUC5KFKK— rob, an outsider (@JCDropout) July 15, 2018As CNN's Brian Stelter pointed out, the tweet erroneous claimed that Mueller is looking to end the probe because no members of the Trump campaign have been "tied" to the case. In fact, several members of Trump's 2016 campaign have already been indicted in Mueller's probe — including campaign chairman Paul Manafort. What the Post ACTUALLY reported: "The special counsel is pushing. . .
(2018-07-15). Oil Producers and Consumers Are the Final Losers. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Oil prices have risen rapidly this year and are expected, by some, to head higher possibly towards US$ 100 per barrel. This is alarming to many, who consider such a …
(2018-07-15). Donald Trump's Ambassador of Religious Freedom Lobbied on Behalf of an Anti-Islam Activist. alternet.org The U. S. ambassador of International Religious Freedom lobbied Britain to show sympathy to chief white nationalist | An ambassador representing President Donald Trump lobbied the United Kingdom on behalf of jailed activist Tommy Robinson, the founder of the far-right English Defence League. According to Reuters, the U. S. ambassador inquired about Robinson's safety during a meeting with Britain's ambassador in Washington, D. C. The discussion about Robinson, who gained worldwide notoriety for his anti-Islam rhetoric, was peculiar considering it was brought up by Sam Brownback, the U. S. ambassador of international religious freedom. Why an ambassador of religious freedom would speak on behalf of a religious persecutor has not yet been explained by the Trump administration. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was arrested in May after broadcasting a Facebook live video outside a courthouse during a child-molestation trial. He was sentenced to 10 months. . .
(2018-07-15). How Twitter Degrades Discourse and Encourages Distortions: Illustrated by ex-Pentagon Official Ryan Goodman. theintercept.com There are multiple reasons political discourse is degraded by the fact that it now plays out primarily on Twitter, reasons that are inherent in that site's format and functionality: the elimination of nuance due to space constraints; mob behavior coercing adherence to group-think orthodoxies; the addict-like, insatiable craving for re-tweets and likes which the brain processes as approval and for which it thus produces chemical rewards of ecstasy and a sense of worth; and highly tribalized fiefdoms where it's remarkably easy to create self-affirming bubbles in which one only hears from from those who affirm, cheer and validate, rather than challenge and dispute, what one believes and what one wishes to believe is true. (I say this not as some above-it-all sociologist magically immune to those dynamics but as someone who uses Twitter as a necessary part of my work and am thus…
(2018-07-15). Is Donald Trump Ushering In a New World War? alternet.org Those of us who imagine a more democratic and egalitarian future are at great moral risk. | Perhaps the most vivid description of President Trump's histrionic performance at the NATO summit earlier this week in Brussels came from a foreign-policy analyst named Philipp Liesenhoff, who quoted a German folk saying to reporters for the Daily Beast: "A blind chicken finds corn once in a while. "It's a marvelous metaphor. But I'm afraid it's deceptive. Here's a word of advice to the Trump-loathing defenders of the liberal-democratic order, whether in Europe or Britain or at home in the United States: Beware the blind chicken. His other senses have become finely tuned. Mock him at your peril. If you believe for a second that he will be easy to capture or contain or defeat, then you have learned nothing from the last three years. . .
(2018-07-15). Trump Finds a New Weapon for His War on Journalism — Leak Indictments Aimed at Smearing Reporters. theintercept.com The Justice Department emphasized a romance between reporter Ali Watkins and alleged leaker James Wolfe. The spotlight on Watkins was intentional.
(2018-07-15). What Came Before #MeToo: The Himpathy That Shaped Misogyny. alternet.org Sexual coercion at work had to be named before it could be fought, and feminists of the 1970s identified common experiences women suffered by naming marital rape and domestic abuse. | he #MeToo movement has brought unprecedented attention to sexual harassment and assault. It's revealed just how many women feel besieged by sexually predatory behavior—especially in the workplace. The wave of women coming forward has shown that sexual harassment is the rule in many institutions. ‚ÄØAnd #MeToo has only revealed a small piece of a much larger problem. Although the most high-profile #MeToo stories have focused on celebrities or executives, most victims are disproportionately young, low-income, and minority women. Also less evident in the #MeToo movement have been cases of sexual violence: where shaming, trolling, threats, and unwelcome advances have given way to rape, physical violence, and even forms of torture—of which. . .
(2018-07-15). The Importance of Being Uncivil. truthout.org Some years ago when the top administrator at my university passed me in a hallway and, smiling, said hello, I replied, "Don't expect civility from me." | My breach of academic decorum was as startling to me in that moment as it was to the colleagues who witnessed it. But even more startling was that I was expected to bid this administrator — whose financial scandals and excesses were paid for with staff layoffs and the cancellation of retiree health care — a good morning. | It's no surprise, then, that I cheered the staff of the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia for refusing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders a place at their tables. I likewise applauded the protesters whose chants of "If kids don't eat in peace, you don't eat in peace" drove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen from a…
(2018-07-15). The Map That Shocked Obama. alternet.org It is troubling that the otherwise well-informed Obama was unaware of the true impact of Israeli policies on Palestinians. | One afternoon in the spring of 2015, a senior State Department official named Frank Lowenstein paged through a government briefing book and noticed a map that he had never seen before. Lowenstein was the Obama Administration's special envoy on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, a position that exposed him to hundreds of maps of the West Bank. (One adorned his State Department office. )Typically, those maps made Jewish settlements and outposts look tiny compared to the areas where the Palestinians lived. The new map in the briefing book was different. It showed large swaths of territory that were off limits to Palestinian development and filled in space between the settlements and the outposts. At that moment, Lowenstein told me, he saw "the forest for the trees"—not. . .
(2018-07-15). Egypt: Intensifying Crackdown Under Counterterrorism Guise. hrw.org In this file photo, Egyptian security forces stand guard outside a court in Cairo, Egypt, January 3, 2018. | © Reuters | (Beirut) — Egyptian authorities are increasingly using counterterrorism and state-of-emergency laws and courts to unjustly prosecute journalists, activists, and critics for their peaceful criticism, Human Rights Watch said today. | These abusive practices and distortion of counterterrorism measures have taken place at the same time as Egypt was chairing one of the key United Nations committees to ensure compliance with counterterrorism resolutions and while the UN's most senior counterterrorism official was visiting the country. | "While Egypt faces security threats, the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has exploited these threats cynically as a cover to prosecute peaceful critics and to revive the infamous Mubarak-era state security courts," said Nadim…
(2018-07-15). 'Murderers!' Violent protests erupt after Chicago police shoot armed man (VIDEOS). rt.com Violent protests broke out in Chicago, prompting several arrests, after a police officer fatally shot an armed man on Saturday evening following a brief confrontation.
(2018-07-15). 1918: How the Allies Floated to Victory on a Wave of Oil. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Featured image: French troops transported to the front in trucks, bas-relief on the Voie Sacrée Monument near Verdun (photo by J. Pauwels) | March 3, 1918. Germany signs the peace treaty of …
(2018-07-15). Don't meet one-on-one with 'trained KGB vet' Putin, Democrats urge Trump. rt.com US politicians have joined their European counterparts in voicing warnings to Donald Trump ahead of his meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki. The Democrats urged him not to meet alone with "trained KGB vet" Vladimir Putin.
(2018-07-15). Israeli warplane drops bombs in northern Gaza, injuring two Palestinians. imemc.org Israeli forces carried out airstrikes in northern Gaza on Sunday, a day after a 'ceasefire' was declared between Israel and the Palestinian Authority governed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The airstrikes targeted a group of Palestinians who were making kites in an open area in northern Gaza. According to […]…
(2018-07-15). Are We Alone? The Question is Worthy of Serious Scientific Study. alternet.org If there are indeed extraterrestrial craft visiting Earth, it would greatly benefit us to know about them, their nature and their intent. | Are we alone? Unfortunately, neither of the answers feel satisfactory. To be alone in this vast universe is a lonely prospect. On the other hand, if we are not alone and there is someone or something more powerful out there, that too is terrifying. As a NASA research scientist and now a professor of physics, I attended the 2002 NASA Contact Conference, which focused on serious speculation about extraterrestrials. During the meeting a concerned participant said loudly in a sinister tone, "You have absolutely no idea what is out there! " The silence was palpable as the truth of this statement sunk in. Humans are fearful of extraterrestrials visiting Earth. Perhaps fortunately, the distances between the stars are prohibitively. . .
(2018-07-15). Why Is Israel Not Being Held to the Same International Standards as All Other UN Member States? globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Why is Israel not subject to the regulation and inspection of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the United Nations? | Why is Israel not a party to the nuclear Non …
(2018-07-15). Tennessee Plans to Restart Executions By Killing a Man With Mental Illness. theintercept.com Billy Ray Irick, scheduled to die on August 9, is just one of many people condemned to die in Tennessee despite evidence of severe mental illness.
(2018-07-15). A China e a restauração do capitalismo A maior fábrica com trabalho barato do mundo. globalresearch.ca Este artigo (editado e actualizado em 2018) foca o sistema capitalista da China sob etiqueta "comunista". | Os salários são extremamente baixos, a produtividade é alta. Estas são as realidades sociais das mercadorias "Made in China", comercializadas à escala mundial. | A …
(2018-07-15). 'He Doesn't Read': Ex-US Ambassador to Russia Details Putin's Strategic Advantage over Trump Ahead of 'Dangerous' Helsinki Summit. alternet.org Michael McFaul also ripped the president's decision to label the European Union a "foe. " | Michael McFaul, the former United States Ambassador to Russia, on Sunday slammed Donald Trump for declaring the European Union a "foe," arguing it's "not in America's national interest" to antagonize its closes allies. Trump on Sunday called the E. U. a "foe," prompting a response from European Council President Donald Tusk. "America and the E. U. are best friends," Tusk wrote on Twitter. "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news. "Speaking with MSNBC, McFaul tore into Trump's comment. "It's ridiculous," McFaul said. "I hate to be undiplomatic as a former diplomat. It goes to show what we were talking about. He doesn't read what—the talking points. There is no way to call the European Union a foe of the United States of America. That is not in America's national interest. "McFaul went. . .
(2018-07-15). Keeping the "Public" in Public Art. truthout.org The Harriet Tubman Memorial Statue in Harlem, New York, is an example of public art commissioned by the Percent for Art program.Felix Lipov / Shutterstock.com | Money for the arts: Where does it come from and where does it go to? Every day there is another multimillion-dollar art auction some place. In New York City, the Metropolitan Museum — where entry had been on a contribution basis — recently instituted a hefty ticket price for non-New Yorkers. Just recently, the appointment of two white curators to the Brooklyn Museum's African Art exhibit caused a furor. | Then, there's public art. Starting in the 1930s, the US Treasury required 1 percent of the cost of federal buildings to be applied to art and what they called "decoration." Now, more than half of the states maintain 1 percent for their art programs. In New York,…
(2018-07-15). If We're Going to Use Fire as a Metaphor in Politics, Let's Get It Right. alternet.org Good or bad, fire synthesizes its surroundings. | In his recent interview with Rolling Stone, in which he renounced his membership in the Republican Party, Steven Schmidt concluded that the task before us resembles a fire. "A forest fire is part of a natural cycle of the forest. The forest burns, and through its burning and destruction, it is regenerated and made healthy again. " Before political restoration, "there must be a season of burning. "The comment echoes one made on April 15 by James Comey, who likened the Trump presidency to a forest fire. "Terrible things happen in forest fires. But I'm an optimistic person. And so I choose to see the opportunity in a forest fire 'cause what forest fires do is allow things to grow that never could've grown. "The allusion to fire as destructive is an old trope. What is most. . .
(2018-07-15). Perspectives on the Russian Revolution (1917), Socialism and Contemporary Revolutions. globalresearch.ca As discussed on a previous installment of the Global Research News Hour, the Russian Revolution of 1917 proved to be a pivotal moment in history, not only delivering the world's first constitutional socialist state, but inspired revolts and revolutions to …
(2018-07-15). Jimmy Carter Reflects on a Lifetime: 'Under Trump, the Government is Worse Than It Has Been Before'. alternet.org Exactly 39 years ago, President Jimmy Carter delivered a speech that foresaw many of the problems America faces now | When speaking with Salon about his famous "Crisis of Confidence" speech, former President Jimmy Carter had this observation about America's current commander-in-chief, Donald Trump. "I think that under Trump the government is worse than it has been before," Carter explained by email. "This is the first time I remember when the truth is ignored, allies are deliberately aggravated, China, Europe, Mexico and Canada are hurt economically and have to hurt us in response, Americans see the future worse than the present, and immigrants are treated cruelly. "This was probably Carter's most headline-worthy observation, but it is not the one for which he most deserves to be remembered. For that, one must look back 39 years ago — in fact, exactly 39 years ago, right. . .
(2018-07-15). Indictment of 12 Russians: Under the Shiny Wrapping, a Political Act. truthdig.com Rosenstein and Mueller know that even if the Russians surrendered themselves to the U.S., the hacking case would never go to trial. The indictment is based on guesses and designed to manipulate public opinion against Trump.
(2018-07-15). Kevin de León Stuns Dianne Feinstein, Wins California Democratic Party Endorsement in a Landslide. theintercept.com The endorsement is a resounding rejection of Feinstein's brand of centrist politics, which simply doesn't mesh well with the party's most dedicated and plugged-in supporters.
(2018-07-15). The Overlooked Irony of Sarah Sanders' Red Hen Restaurant Incident. alternet.org The Red Hen is across the street from the house of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, which is still open to visitors. | Recently, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen, a small farm to table restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. After exiting quietly, Sanders unleashed a very uncivil right-wing outrage machine. She spread news of the incident via Twitter, leading Fox News and even the President to denounce the establishment. The restaurant had to shut down for more than a week in reaction to picketing and online harassment, ranging from death threats to hundreds of negative reviews on Yelp. Sanders's eviction happened in a week when she disingenuously defended the administration's policy of tearing thousands of children from the arms of their parents, who had sought asylum in the United States. She even invoked the Bible to justify the cruelty.
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