2018-08-03: Social Media Postees

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Democratic Party factional struggles on hold for midterm elections?
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-03
NEW ORLEANS–Stories of Democratic civil war and intra-party factional intrigue are all the rage these days, with commentators parsing the latest Democratic Socialists of America candidate's primary win or centrist Third Way conference for a signal as to which side is winning the battle of ideas. | At the Netroots Nation conference meeting in New Orleans this week, there is certainly plenty of evidence of ongoing tension between progressive grassroots activists and the Democratic Party "establishment," but there are also concerted efforts to showcase attempts at left-center unity. | Local activist group leaders appeared on stage with DNC and state party officials at one opening panel of the annual Netroots meeting–the 13th and largest ever–in an attempt to demonstrate that the Bernie-Hillary battles of 2016 are, at least partially, on hold so as to ensure Republicans are turned out of office…
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Here Are 5 Reasons Why Aging Gen-Xers and Boomers Need Democratic Socialism
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-03
The GOP is overtly hostile to Americans over 40 in numerous respects. | Much has been written about Sen. Bernie Sanders' ongoing appeal among Millennials and how a young Sanders ally like New York City-based Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez–who, at 28, is running against Rockefeller Republican Anthony Pappas in th. . .
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Young Marxist Intellectuals and the Democratic Party
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
The "democratic socialist" movement spawned by Bernie Sanders's 2016 campaign has led to an interesting development. Highly educated and self-described socialists in the academy have written erudite articles making the Marxist case for voting Democratic. Even if they are wrong, I am impressed with the scholarly prowess deployed on behalf of obvious casuistry. These articles…
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Ron Dellums's Life Holds Lessons for Every Progressive in America
Jon Schwarz | theintercept.com | 2018-08-03
Ron Dellums, one of the most significant and radical members of Congress in U.S. history, died on Monday at age 82. Liberals, progressives, social democrats, or democratic socialists interested in fostering the left-wing political movement that emerged following Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's 2016 primary loss should study how Dellums managed to get and hold the power of elected office for decades, and use it to make America better in numberless ways — most famously by overturning U.S. support for apartheid South Africa. | Dellums was first elected to Congress in 1970 as a 35-year-old Democrat from a California district that included Berkeley and Oakland. | He didn't do this by challenging a Republican. Nor did he wait patiently for an open seat. Instead, he ran against a six-term Democrat named Jeffery Cohelan in that year's primary. | Cohelan was a standard Cold War…
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Chomsky on Regime Change in Nicaragua
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
With patented angst, Noam Chomsky opined on President Daniel Ortega's Nicaragua to an agreeing Amy Goodman: "But there's been a lot of corruption, a lot of repression. It's autocratic, undoubtedly." Earlier in their DemocracyNow! interview, the main talking points were established via a video clip of a dissident former official from Ortega's Sandinista Party: Ortega's…
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Bipartisan Dysfunctionality Puts The World At Risk
Rita Jacobs, Wesson Gaige | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
All of humanity is being put at risk by the duopoly of Democrats and Republicans opposition to dialogue with Russia. The combination of Russophobia and the Democratic Party's compulsion to criticize Trump's every action, even when he accidentally does something sensible, is preventing the two largest nuclear powers, with the two most advanced militaries in the world,…
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Mexican Journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto Is Freed From Detention
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-03
Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son Oscar have been released from ICE detention after being jailed for seven months. Gutiérrez first sought asylum in the United States in 2008 after receiving death threats for reporting on alleged corruption in the Mexican military. He was detained in December, only weeks after he criticized US asylum policy during a speech at the National Press Club. A federal judge has questioned whether the Trump administration's detention of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son Oscar violated his First Amendment rights. We speak with Emilio Gutiérrez Soto in El Paso, Texas, shortly after his release. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: We go to Texas, where Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son Oscar have been released from ICE detention after being jailed for seven months. Gutiérrez Soto first sought asylum in the United States…
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Former Federal Prosecutor Says Trump Will Likely Be an 'Unindicted Co-Conspirator' in Mueller Probe
Tana Ganeva, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-08-03
The president is in a lot of trouble. | On MSNBC's The Last Word, host Lawrence O'Donnell chronicled the overwhelming amount of evidence showing links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. "How can Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller and his staff keep up with all of the suspicious developments in the Trump relationship to Russia and Vladimir Putin? " O'Donnell asked. O'Donnell then spoke with Joyce Vance, a former federal prosecutor. Her. . .
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Mexican Journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, Freed from Detention, Denounces ICE "Concentration Camps"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-03
Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son Oscar have been released from ICE detention after being jailed for seven months. Gutiérrez first sought asylum in the United States in 2008 after receiving death threats for reporting on alleged corruption in the Mexican military. He was detained in December, only weeks after he criticized U.S. asylum policy during a speech at the National Press Club. A federal judge has questioned whether the Trump administration's detention of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son Oscar violated his First Amendment rights. We speak with Emilio Gutiérrez Soto in El Paso, Texas, sh…
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Guatemala: Ex-President Otto Perez Molina Sent Back To Prison
teleSUR/rfpl-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-03
Perez Molina has been trying to avoid prison on corruption charges by citing health issues, but medical authorities say there's no evidence to support his claims.
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US Interfered in Elections of at Least 85 Countries Worldwide Since 1945
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-03
This article was first by Sott.net and Global Research in December 2016. | The simmering tit-for-tat has kept the issue of election meddling burning bright in the national spotlight, fueled even further by the belief among U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia …
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Meet the Mystery Fixer Who Negotiated Syria Out of Seven Years of War
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-03
How a nearly unknown businessman named Khaled al-Ahmad became Damascus' secret liaison to the West and is quietly bringing Syria's grinding war to a close. | The post Meet the Mystery Fixer Who Negotiated Syria Out of Seven Years of War appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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US Hegemony Declines As Southeast Asian Nations Pledge Integration With China
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-03
Southeast Asian elites have expressed doubts over the United States' ability to retain its regional dominance, especially given the erratic leadership of President Donald Trump and his administration's stubborn "America First" agenda. | The post US Hegemony Declines As Southeast Asian Nations Pledge Integration With China appeared first on MintPress News.
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Trump Takes on the Fed
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-03
For nearly half a century, presidents have refrained from criticizing the "independent" Federal Reserve; but that was before Donald Trump. In response to a question about Fed interest rate policy in a CNBC interview on July 19, 2018, he shocked commentators by stating, "I'm not thrilled. Because we go up and every time you go up they want to raise rates again. . . . I am not happy about it. . . . I don't like all of this work that we're putting into the economy and then I see rates going up." He acknowledged the central bank's independence, but the point was made: the Fed was hurting the economy with its "Quantitative Tightening" policies and needed to watch its step. | In commentary on CNBC.com, Richard Bove contended that the president was positioning himself to take control of the…
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Going Home Again to Trump's America: Gettysburg to Newark
Matthew Stevenson | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
In which the writer travels from New York and Washington, D.C. to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New England. The Road Not Taken in Vietnam My plan for the afternoon was to interview Mrs. Dorothy Fall, the widow of Dr. Bernard Fall, the great French-American historian of the French and American wars in Vietnam. I had…
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If You Take a Charitable Tax Deduction, You Should at Least Contribute to a Charity
HFCC | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
In every community, there are nonprofit charities that serve real needs: local food pantries, programs addressing the opioid crisis, the Red Cross chapters that come to our aid after a storm. Charities provide vital services to the people and places they serve. These organizations lean heavily on volunteers, fundraisers, and donors. And most ordinary donors…
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Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF leader Mnangagagwa elected president
Combined Sources | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-03
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zanu-PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa thanked voters today for electing him Zimbabwe's new president. In a message to the nation after his victory with 50.8 percent of the vote, Mnangagwa called on the people to build a new country together and said despite the division at the polls "we are united in our dreams." | The president of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) party had as a main contender the 40-year-old lawyer Nelson Chamisa, who heads the Movement for Democratic Change alliance, which won the support of 44.3 percent of the electorate. | According to the final estimates issued by Priscilla Chigumga, the president of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Mnangagwa received 2,460,463 votes while Chamisa had 2,147,436. | The African Union said the elections were "free and fair" while observers from the Southern African Development Community said they were…
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If the Bible Were Law, Would You Qualify for the Death Penalty?
Valerie Tarico, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-03
Thirty-six different offenses in the Bible qualified for capital punishment. How many of these apply to you? | In a Texas murder case that ultimately reached the Supreme Court, a juror brought a Bible into the sentencing process — showing that the Bible recommends death for anyone who kills another pe. . .
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War on Yemen: Dozens Dead After Saudi Air Strike Hits Hospital and Market in Hodeidah
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-03
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Air strikes thought to be conducted by the Saudi-led coalition have hit a hospital's entrance, fishing port and fish market in the Yemeni city of Hodeidah, killing scores. | A source at …
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The Entropy Wars: Five Financial Uncertainties of 2018 (So Far)
Nomi Prins | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
Here we are in the middle of the second year of Donald Trump's presidency and if there's one thing we know by now, it's that the leader of the free world can create an instant reality-TV show on geopolitical steroids at will. True, he's not polished in his demeanor, but he has an unerring way…
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NATO is a Goldmine for the US/Military Industrial Complex
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
Countries of the NATO military alliance have been ordered by President Trump to increase their spending on weapons, and the reasons for his insistence they do so are becoming clearer. It's got nothing to do with any defense rationale, because the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, has admitted that…
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Is Russia Facilitating Trump's Strangulation of Iran?
Dan Glazebrook | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
Since the earliest days on the campaign trail, it has never been in doubt who Trump and his team have had in their sights. "Iran is the biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East and its policies are contrary to our interests," Defence Secretary Mattis told his Senate confirmation hearing, having previously claimed the country…
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US Military Aid to Israel Set to Exceed $3.8B, or $23,000 Per Year for Every Jewish Family Living in Israel
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-03
The massive funding for Israel's military is the result of the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding on security assistance between the Israeli and U.S. governments, which called for annual funding of $3.8 billion — or $23,000 per year for every Jewish family living in Israel — for the next 10 years. | The post US Military Aid to Israel Set to Exceed $3.8B, or $23,000 Per Year for Every Jewish Family Living in Israel appeared first on
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China Says Willing to Team with Syria's Assad in Push to Retake Territory
Asia Times | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-03
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | China's ambassador to Damascus has reportedly told Syrian media that Beijing is prepared to aid the government's push to retake territory throughout the country. | Speaking to Syrian pro-government daily Al-Watan, the …
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PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (26 July — 01 August 2018)
INA | imemc.org | 2018-08-03
Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 26 July — 01 August, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use force against peaceful Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were killed in the southern Gaza Strip.
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Perils of Ineptitude
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
When Donald Trump flubs through ignorance, incompetence, or poor judgment — that would be nearly all the time — he insists that he has not flubbed at all; that, quite to the contrary, he accomplished wonders. Whoever questions his words is spreading "fake news" and is an "enemy of the people." Who knows if he…
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Donald Trump and the American Left
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
The election of Donald Trump fractured the American Left. The abandonment of class analysis in response to Mr. Trump's racialized nationalism left identity politics to fill the void. This has facilitated the rise of neoliberal nationalism, an embrace of the national security state combined with neoliberal economic analysis put forward as a liberal / Left response to Mr. Trump's program. The result has been profoundly reactionary.
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Argentines Protest 'State Negligence' After School Explosion
teleSUR / vc | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-03
The school had filed six complaints reporting the gas leak that caused the deadly explosion.
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Israeli Settlers Vandalize Palestinian Cars in West Bank Village
INA | imemc.org | 2018-08-03
Israeli settlers vandalized nearly a dozen Palestinian vehicles on Thursday, in the Ein Yabrud village, east of the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah. Locals told Ma'an NEws Agency that Israeli forces stormed the village escorting a number of Israeli settlers who vandalized several Palestinian-owned vehicles and spray painted …
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1500 Rakan Statues of Mount Nokogiri
Hiroyuki Hamada | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
People sometimes ask me what religion Japanese people practice. I usually end up saying that Japanese people aren't very religious at all. But paradoxically, if you go to Japan, you encounter huge shrines at tourists' spots and there are numerous smaller ones across the country in many forms. You visit a Japanese household, you might…
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Unions launch mass mobilization against Kavanaugh's nomination to SCOTUS
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-03
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3 Venezuelan Campesinos Murdered After President Orders Land Restitution
teleSUR/vc-CM | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-03
The three Campesinos had participated in the first stretch of the Campesino March, that walked for 400 kilometers.
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This Ohio Bill Will Make Transgender Youth Suffer
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-03
A bill that will be taken up by the Ohio legislature this fall would require teachers and school counselors to "out" transgender students to their parents, or risk felony charges. | Ohio's HB 658, which applies to all school personnel as well as public children services agency employees, would also outlaw the distribution of "educational materials" about gender identity without express parental consent. The bill also stipulates that parental refusal to permit treatment for gender dysphoria cannot be used as grounds for removal of custody. | Particularly controversial is the bill's mandate that school and agency employees "immediately notify" the parents of any child who has "exhibited symptoms of gender dysphoria or otherwise demonstrates a desire to be treated in a manner opposite of the child's biological sex." | Not only students who are openly trans, but any student whose expression of gender…
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Republican Efforts to Purge Voter Rolls Are Failing Ahead of the Midterm Elections
Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-08-03
Crosscheck's ongoing demise–and potential exclusion from being used in 2018 due to cyber-security risks–is a major unreported development. | As a key deadline approaches next week on updating statewide voter rolls before the November election, it appears a controversial data-mining operation mostly used by red states to purge legitimate voters is withering, or at least dormant, in 2018. The Interstate Voter Registration Crosschec. . .
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Can Iran's New Cryptocurrency Aid The "Resistance Economy" In Looming Sanctions Storm?
Elliott Gabriel | iranian.com | 2018-08-03
If the new Iranian cryptocurrency manages to gain support from Iran's would-be trading partners, we could see Tehran gain a powerful new asset in its fight to fend off the politicized economic war being waged by the Trump administration on the people and government of the Iranian nation. [dropcap]A[/dropcap]s Iran reels from the economic war […] | The post Can Iran's New Cryptocurrency Aid The "Resistance Economy" In Looming Sanctions Storm? appeared first on The Iranian.
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The Fight for Wisconsin Schools is a Fight for Democracy
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2018-08-03
Might a "consensus of pain" unite resistance to Governor Scott Walker's politics of divide-and-conquer?
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Ortega Rejects OAS Intervention in Nicaragua's Internal Affairs
teleSUR/vc-CM | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-03
The government of Nicaragua has stressed they do not recognize any OAS commission to monitor the situation in the country.
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Next Stop… Iran?
Anthony Freda | thenation.com | 2018-08-03
Next Stop… Iran? appeared first on The Nation.
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'We've Got to Stop Apologizing for What We Believe In': A Q&A With Abdul El-Sayed
Joseph Hogan | thenation.com | 2018-08-03
'We've Got to Stop Apologizing for What We Believe In': A Q&A With Abdul El-Sayed appeared first on The Nation.
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The Real "Fake News" From Government Media
Scott Lazarowitz | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-03
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Facebook has announced its campaign against "fake news." But, according to some workers' own admission, conservatives are being censored. | And Google also wants to censor "fake news." But Google also …
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The Three Rs Of Iran's Future
Ghoncheh Tazmini | iranian.com | 2018-08-03
Three issues stand out when discussing Iran's future: revolution, regime change and reform. US President Donald Trump's volte face offering to speak with Iran suggests that the first two options are not likely. For a sound assessment of each trajectory, there is the need for theoretical and empirical synergy. In relation to the first option, there is […] | The post The Three Rs Of Iran's Future appeared first on The Iranian.
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Brazil: Internet Surpasses TV for Political Information: Survey
teleSUR/jc-CM | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-03
The survey revealed that the internet and social media websites are used by the majority of voters between 16 and 59 years of age.
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'Nico, 1988': Trine Dyrholm on the Art of Bringing an Enigma (Back) to Life
Kasia Anderson | truthdig.com | 2018-08-03
The Danish actor found her way into the most challenging role of her career by finding the spirit of the story instead of trying to become something she wasn't. | The post 'Nico, 1988': Trine Dyrholm on the Art of Bringing an Enigma (Back) to Life appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Only Communism Will Protect Our Waters
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
PolyMet is trying the Donald Trump approach to mining here in Minnesota. Their philosophy: I've never mined before, I must be better than the other guys. PolyMet passed the longest environment review in Minnesota's history, according to their own website. Which begs two worrisome questions. 1. If the mining was safe, why did the review…
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Gen X and Millennials Unite
Steven Dandaneau | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
Anyone who has to consult Pew or some other national opinion poll to discover that the vast majority of Millennials and a healthy majority of Gen Xers "disapprove" of the Trump Administration probably doesn't know anyone younger than fifty-four. The country needs to start taking these voices seriously. Political scientists slice and dice the electorate…
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Google Struggles to Contain Employee Uproar Over China Censorship Plans
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2018-08-03
Google bosses were scrambling to contain leaks and internal anger on Wednesday after the company's confidential plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China was revealed by The Intercept. | Just a few hundred of Google's massive 88,000-strong workforce had been briefed on the project prior to the revelations, which triggered a wave of disquiet that spread through the internet giant's offices across the world. | Company managers responded by swiftly trying to shut down employees' access to any documents that contained information about the China censorship project, according to Google insiders who witnessed the backlash. | "Everyone's access to documents got turned off, and is being turned on [on a] document-by-document basis," said one source. "There's been total radio silence from leadership, which is making a lot of people upset and scared. … Our internal meme site…
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Pope Francis Pens Message of Support To Brazil's Lula Da Silva
teleSUR/LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-03
In a handwritten note to Brazil's most popular politician, Pope Francis wrote: "To Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with my blessing, asking him to pray for me, Francisco."
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The Organic Food Industry Thrives on Regulation
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
Strangely enough, sometimes industries want regulation. Obviously, this is not true of all (or perhaps even many) industries, and it's certainly not true of all regulations. However, the organic food industry thrives on regulation — and for good reason. Organic producers can charge a premium for their products. The reason why consumers are willing to…
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Three Reasons Why 'Fire and Fury' Won't Work With Iran
Scott Ritter | truthdig.com | 2018-08-03
The president doesn't realize he's playing a losing hand with Iran, which has already called his bluff on targeting its oil sales. | The post Three Reasons Why 'Fire and Fury' Won't Work With Iran appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Who Chooses Abortion? More People Than You Might Think
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-03
The abortion debate is at the center of US political dialogue. As of June 2018, 49 percent of Americans consider themselves pro-choice, while 45 percent consider themselves pro-life. Voices from both sides flood social media feeds, while newspapers, radio and television programs frequently cover the topic. | Since 2011, politicians have enacted 400 pieces of legislation restricting this medical procedure. | One important group's voice is often absent in this heated debate: the women who choose abortion. While 1 in 4 women will undergo abortion in her lifetime, stigma keeps their stories untold. As an obstetrician/gynecologist who provides full spectrum reproductive health care, including abortion, I hear these stories daily. | Unintended Pregnancy: | In 2011, nearly half of pregnancies in the US were unintended. This reflects a 6 percent drop in unintended pregnancies since 2008, largely…
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Trita Parsi on Trump's Iran Threat, Dermot Murphy on Local News Cuts
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2018-08-03
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'We Need Healthcare Champions, Not Puppets': Documents Expose Big Pharma's Scheme to Turn Democratic Candidates Against Medicare for All
Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-08-03
"Democrats running in a primary election will say they support 'Medicare for All,' but what do they say to lobbyists behind the scenes? " | As a growing number of political candidates facing November elections proclaim their support for single-payer healthcare–which the majority of Americans want to replace the nation's current for-profit system–the Democratic primary for Hawaii's 1st Congressional District is shedding light on the insurance and pharmaceutical industry forces working against a transition to Medicare for All. At least three of the six candidates running to represent the "reliably" Democratic district in Hawaii "took time out from their schedules to talk to a consultant dispatched by the Healthcare Leadership Council, a lobbying group that seeks to advance the goals of the largest players in the private healthcare industry," according to a new report by The Intercept. Although much of. . .
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ID, Please: Unfortunately, Trump Isn't Much Ahead of His Time
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
At a Florida campaign rally on July 31, President Donald Trump informed the crowd, by way of promoting voter ID laws, that "if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card. You need ID." Twitterverse mockery ensued, mostly to the effect that Trump has little experience with…
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Google Search App for China Stirs Up Employee Anger Over Chinese Censorship
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-08-03
News broke Wednesday that Google is building a new search engine for China, sparking internal debate among employees over the ethics of selling a product to a country that censors its internet. This project has pitted Google employees concerned about privacy and free speech against executives eager to expand into a lucrative market. | The Intercept reports that the proposed search engine, code-named Dragonfly, will "blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest." | Based on internal Google documents, The Intercept writes that Dragonfly "has been underway since spring of last year and accelerated following a December 2017 meeting between Google's CEO Sundar Pichai and a top Chinese government official, according to internal Google documents and people familiar with the plans." | Most Google employees had no idea the project existed. The Intercept found: Teams…
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Soldiers Injure One Palestinian Near Jerusalem, Two Near Ramallah
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-03
Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, dozens of Palestinian protesters near the main entrance of Hizma town, east of occupied East Jerusalem, and shot a young man with a live round. The army also shot two Palestinians near Ramallah, in central West Bank. Medical sources said the soldiers shot a teenage boy …
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Trump Urges Lawmakers to Push 1 Million Americans Off Food Stamp Program
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-03
With both houses of Congress preparing to merge their two versions of the farm bill, President Donald Trump announced his hope on Thursday that lawmakers will reach an agreement that kicks one million Americans off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. | August 2, 2018 | Critics on social media shared their distress — but not surprise — at Trump's enthusiasm for making it more difficult for lower-income families to receive help buying groceries. | The President has not hurt enough families this summer by separating families physically. He wants to now separate more families from food they need….. t.co/R52annmdyL | — Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) August 2, 2018 | Trump screwed over farmers and is now trying to leverage their pain and suffering to cut food stamps for America's poorest citizens. This guy is the…
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Trump Officials Were Warned That Family Separations Would Traumatize Children
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2018-08-03
A former official from the Office of Refugee Resettlement warned that family separations had "significant potential for psychological injury to the child." | The post Trump Officials Were Warned That Family Separations Would Traumatize Children appeared first on The Intercept.
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Will Trump's Trade War Precipitate a Currency War?
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
Last week, mid-July, Trump threatened $500 billion in tariffs on China imports, escalating his prior threat to impose $200 billion on China. He then threatened hundreds of billion in tariffs on world auto parts imports, targeting Europe. But Trump's threats and announcements do not constitute a trade war. Threats and even announcements of tariffs are…
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Abdul El-Sayed for Governor of Michigan
The Nation | thenation.com | 2018-08-03
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The Last Bus to Idlib: Terrorist Safe-Haven in Syria About to Face a Cleaning Out
Steven Sahiounie | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-03
One by one, all other areas in Syria under terrorist control have fallen, and now the final battle for Idlib looms large on the horizon. | The post The Last Bus to Idlib: Terrorist Safe-Haven in Syria About to Face a Cleaning Out appeared first on MintPress News.
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Minneapolis prof plans to teach despite ICE deportation threat
Filiberto Nolasco Gomez | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-03
MINNEAPOLIS –In a case Workday Minnesota has been following closely — and yet another example of the GOP Trump administration's expulsion of migrants and refugees no matter how long they've been in the U.S.– Augsburg University tenured English professor Dr. Mzenga Wanyama has been facing deportation since March. | In a statement released on July 30, Wanyama says he is committed to teaching his students this fall at the Minneapolis-based university, despite ongoing threats from Trump's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) to deport him. | "I am determined to teach my fall courses while the courts consider the motions my attorneys have filed. I will do my job for the sake of the students, my department, my discipline, and my community," he stated. | "Refugees and immigrants, including many of our students, are facing great difficulty existing in the U.S. in this…
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Exclusive: The Trump-Giuliani Tape
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2018-08-03
Rudy is out there downplaying collusion in anticipation of . . . hmmmm.
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Ban on Entry of Foreign Academics Hindering Palestinian Education says Rights Group
INA | imemc.org | 2018-08-03
The Campaign for the Right to Enter the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Thursday, expressed deep concern at the rise in Israeli denial, of work or stay visa applications, for foreign nationals seeking to enter the occupied territories, saying this measure is hurting Palestinian education. The group said, in a press release, …
imemc.org/article/ban-on-entry-o…

The History of the Workers' Unemployment Insurance Bill
Chris Wright | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
At a time when the American population is radicalizing, when popular movements are coalescing around "radical" demands–Medicare for All, the abolition of ICE, tuition-free college, in general the demand to make society livable for everyone–it can be useful to draw collective inspiration from the past. Irruptions of the popular will have on innumerable occasions reshaped…
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Is Trump Betraying the American People? With TRNN's Paul Jay
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-03
Aaron Mate hosts TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay in a discussion about the real reasons why Trump should be considered a traitor by the American people | The post Is Trump Betraying the American People? With TRNN's Paul Jay appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Kushner's Cynical "Deal of the Century" for Palestinians in Action
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
Hindsight is unfair — but it might tell the truth. First, Donald Trump proclaims Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, thus depriving the Palestinians of their capital in the east of the city. The Palestinians are appalled. Mahmoud Abbas says he will no longer talk to the United States. So Trump rages that…
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Infiltrate Hate: Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman"
Ed Rampell | progressive.org | 2018-08-03
The movie is Lee's best, and most radical film in decades, and a lot of fun as well.
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Trump's Farm Bailout: a $12 Billion PR Stunt
JGSC | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
Despite strong continued support for President Trump in rural America, farmers fear they will bear the brunt of the retaliatory tariffs from the President's trade war. Farm country can ill afford it: in February, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicted 2018 crop profits would hit a 12-year low. Dairy farmers' prices have fallen 30%…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/03/trum…

Hate in Europe: July 2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-08-03
The following is a list of activities and events linked to American white supremacist, neo-Nazi, anti-LGBT, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups and personalities in Europe. Organizations designated by the SPLC as hate groups are marked with an asterisk.
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Detained Journalist Declares Hunger Strike
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-03
Monther Abu Ahmad, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has confirmed, Wednesday, that journalist Ala Rimawi, 40, who is held by Israel, has launched a hunger strike on the first day of his imprisonment on July 30th, 2018. Abu Ahmad said that the detainee is protesting his imprisonment, …
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Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories
Katha Pollitt | thenation.com | 2018-08-03
Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories appeared first on The Nation.
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Race, the Constitution, and Police Use of Force
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
Another day, another person of color killed by police officers, and another day and another prosecutor does not indict. Is this merely a problem of blatant racism or is something else going on? Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was correct in not indicting the officers who killed Thurman Blevins. The reason is simple–he could never…
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Librarians in Oregon Trained to Administer Drug Used to Prevent Deaths
Larissa Banitt | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-03
A pilot effort at five libraries is training managers to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. | The post Librarians in Oregon Trained to Administer Drug Used to Prevent Deaths appeared first on MintPress News.
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Tulsi Gabbard's Primary Opponents Want to Challenge Her Foreign Policy Positions. Why Won't She Debate Them?
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2018-08-03
Tulsi Gabbard has not debated a primary opponent since she was first elected to Congress in 2012. Hawaii voters are starting to take notice. | The post Tulsi Gabbard's Primary Opponents Want to Challenge Her Foreign Policy Positions. Why Won't She Debate Them? appeared first on The Intercept.
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Colombia: ELN Willing to Continue Peace Dialogue With Duque
teleSUR/rfpl-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-03
"In the search for the main objective — peace in Colombia — we can't step back," ELN Commander Pablo Beltran said.
telesurtv.net/english/news/ELN-W…

Amazon's Worst Bargain Yet
Katie Parker | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
The billions in tax breaks cities are offering Amazon to host its "HQ2," Amazon's bare-knuckled push to squash a business tax in Seattle, and recent strikes for better working conditions in Amazon facilities have all fueled a growing conversation about the retail behemoth's toll on communities. But one element of Amazon's business strategy has fallen…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/03/amaz…

Body of Olivia Lone Bear Found in N. Dakota as Native Women Face Crisis of Murders, Disappearances
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-03
After an agonizing 9-month search, the body of Olivia Lone Bear was found Tuesday in a pickup truck submerged in a lake right by her house on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The mother of five went missing in late October in New Town, North Dakota. Her disappearance has sparked renewed attention to the disproportionately high rates of disappearance, rape and murder of Native American women across the United States. These already-alarming rates are particularly high in areas of oil extraction, like North Dakota's Bakken Shale, which is the origin point for the Dakota Access pipeline. We speak with Olivia Lone Bear'…
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Body of Olivia Lone Bear Found in North Dakota as Native Women Face Crisis
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-03
After an agonizing 9-month search, the body of Olivia Lone Bear was found Tuesday in a pickup truck submerged in a lake right by her house on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The mother of five went missing in late October in New Town, North Dakota. Her disappearance has sparked renewed attention to the disproportionately high rates of disappearance, rape and murder of Native American women across the United States. These already-alarming rates are particularly high in areas of oil extraction, like North Dakota's Bakken Shale, which is the origin point for the Dakota Access pipeline. We speak with Olivia Lone Bear's brother Matthew, who spent the last nine months searching for his sister. We also speak with Mary Kathryn Nagle, a citizen of Cherokee Nation and a partner at Pipestem Law, a law firm dedicated to the restoration of tribal sovereignty and…
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Thriving on Dark Web: The My Health Record and Data Insecurity
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-03
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Data is rarely inert. It moves, finds itself diverting, adjusting and adapting to users and distributors. Ultimately, as unspectacular and banal as it might be, data sells, pushing the price in …
globalresearch.ca/thriving-on-da…

Army Injures Several Palestinians Near Jenin
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-03
Israeli soldiers injured, on Friday evening, several Palestinians in Toura village, southwest of Jenin, in northern West Bank. Media sources in Jenin said dozens of soldiers invaded the village, and fired many gas bombs at locals, and their homes, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. They added …
imemc.org/article/army-injures-s…

Senate Democrats Are Breaking the Boycott Against Meeting with Trump's SCOTUS Nominee to Question Him on Documents
Joan McCarter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-08-03
Since Republicans have absolutely no shame in this, Democrats have decided to go directly to the source. | Senate Democrats have been unofficially boycotting meeting with Russian asset Real Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, pending an agreement from Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley to obtain all of the documents relating to his service with President George W. Bush. Republicans have agreed to provide his documents from. . .
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Did the National Archives Throw a Wrench Into Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation?
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-03
President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress may hope to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court before November's midterm elections. However, the National Archives may have just thrown a wrench into their swift timeline. | On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), received a letter from National Archives' general counsel Gary Stern explaining that the organization would not be able to meet an Aug. 15 deadline to provide all documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's service as a White House lawyer under former President George W. Bush. According to Stern's letter, it simply would not be realistic for the Archives to compile and submit all of the necessary documentation in such an abbreviated period of time. | "The total volume of your request could be more than 900,000 pages," Stern explained in his letter to Grassley after breaking down how many…
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Breast-Feeding, Donald Trump, Ice Cream and the Politics of Milk
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
"Where would a society be without good ice cream?" — Mark Kurlansky, 2018 The prodigious, versatile author, Mark Kurlansky–who has written fiction and non-fiction, as well books for children, young adults and adults, too– has a formula, or rather formulae. He has to in order to turn out the books that he has turned out ever…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/03/brea…

Border Security: Wall vs. Principles
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
Consider the limited thinking that produces a concept such as "border security." The essential assumption here is that the United States of America is primarily a physical container — three and a half million square miles of freedom and prosperity, whoopee, but the supply is limited. Sorry, have-nots, we don't have room for you. The…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/03/bord…

Rural America Stands Up for Immigrants
Justin Vest | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
This summer, people gathered in cities throughout the country to protest our government's separation and incarceration of immigrant families. In Alabama, hundreds of local residents came together in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Dothan. It was only the Huntsville rally that made national news — after an armed counter-protester attempted to disrupt the event. Whether explicitly stated…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/03/rura…

Upset By The New York Times "Racist" Hire? A Brief History of Racism at the U.S.' "Paper of Record"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-03
Those criticizing the Times for Jeong's hire should be well aware that the paper has a history of hiring racist journalists and that the paper itself has even been sued for past racist policies. | The post Upset By The New York Times "Racist" Hire? A Brief History of Racism at the U.S.' "Paper of Record" appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/upset-by-the-n…

U.S.-Iran Tensions Move Beyond Tweets Into Concrete Actions and Shows of Military Force
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-03
Whether the White House's current roster of anti-Iranian hawks or their counterparts in Riyadh and Tel Aviv have any interest in maintaining stability in the Persian Gulf remains an open question. What is certain is that the status quo in the Middle East is bursting at the seams. | The post U.S.-Iran Tensions Move Beyond Tweets Into Concrete Actions and Shows of Military Force appeared first on MintPress New…
mintpressnews.com/u-s-iran-tensi…

Will U.S. Economic Boom Complicate Curbing Immigration?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-03
With the number of jobs available exceeding the number of Americans seeking jobs, employers are looking beyond the border to fill openings. | The post Will U.S. Economic Boom Complicate Curbing Immigration? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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The Death of the Investigative Journalist
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
The Yes Minister series portraying the skulduggery of Whitehall during the Thatcher years throws up a salient reminder how certain things do not mix. Should the art portfolio be slotted alongside television? Probably not, but politics is politics. Civil servants will intrigue and seek to influence the minister of the day for their own advancement. The minister…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/03/the-…

Let Us Now Praise Infamous Animals
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
In the spring of 1457, a gruesome murder took place in the French village of Savigny-sur-Etang. A five-year-old boy had been killed and his body partially consumed. A local family was accused of this frightful crime by local residents who claimed to have witnessed the murder. The seven suspects, a mother and her six children, were soon tracked down by local authorities, who discovered them still stained by the boy's blood. They were arrested, indicted on charges of infanticide and held in the local jail for trial.
counterpunch.org/2018/08/03/let-…

Roundup of anti-LGBT events and activities: 8/3/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-08-03
The following is a list of activities and events of anti-LGBT organizations. Organizations listed as anti-LGBT hate groups are designated with an asterisk.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/08/…

Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not "Human Nature"
Naomi Klein | theintercept.com | 2018-08-03
Nathaniel Rich, in his massive New York Times Magazine article, argues "human nature" kept "us" from fixing climate change in the 1980s. He's dead wrong. | The post Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not "Human Nature" appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/08/03/clim…

How to Turn Back a Giant
Negin Owliaei | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-03
What's the best way to push profit-seeking corporations out of the public sphere? Don't let them take over in the first place. Residents of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania were thrilled to learn this lesson with their recent victory against Geo Group, a giant of the private prison industry. Geo turned into a household name for profiting…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/03/how-…

The Neglected History of the May '68 Uprising in France
Cole Stangler | thenation.com | 2018-08-03
The Neglected History of the May '68 Uprising in France appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/neglected-…

Official Who Replaced Mugabe Wins Zimbabwe's Presidency
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-03
President Emmerson Mnangagwa gains just over 50 percent of the ballots as the ruling party maintains control of the government in the first vote since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. | The post Official Who Replaced Mugabe Wins Zimbabwe's Presidency appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/official-w…

Mueller Is Building a Case for Obstruction. Manafort May Be the Key
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-03
Special counsel Robert Mueller wants very much to speak with Donald Trump on the topic of obstruction of justice as it pertains to the ongoing Russia collusion investigation. Mueller is so interested in having that conversation, in fact, that he has offered to ask some of his questions in writing instead of asking them all during a proposed in-person interview, which is no small thing. | Why is Mueller so hot to chat with Trump about obstruction, and how does this involve the ongoing trial of Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort? Before getting into that, let's talk about exactly what we're talking about. | Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute explains it thusly: | Obstruction of justice is defined in the omnibus clause of 18 USC ß 1503, which provides that "whoever … corruptly or by threats or…
truthout.org/articles/mueller-is…

A Slaughter in Silence: How Trump's "America First" Policy Enabled Ethnic Cleansing in the DRC
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-03
The Democratic Republic of Congo is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world as a wave of extreme violence sweeps the country. Some 2 million Congolese fled their homes last year, nearly 7 million Congolese are now internally displaced, and another 500,000 have fled to other parts of Africa. According to the United Nations, 13 million Congolese are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. The international media has largely ignored what's happening, but this week Vice News published a shocking investigation into a recent case of ethnic cleansing. Hundreds of machete-wielding militiamen swept through ar…
democracynow.org/2018/8/3/a_slau…

UN Envoy: Yemen Peace Talks Set for September
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-03
Speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council, Griffiths said it is time to resume a political process in Yemen to resolve the crisis, alluding to previous peace talks that failed. | The post UN Envoy: Yemen Peace Talks Set for September appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/yemen-peace-ta…

US Wants Nicaragua to Fall Because It Poses the Threat of a Good Example
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-03
The US has targeted Nicaragua for regime change because Daniel Ortega and his Sandinista party show what truly progressive politics can accomplish. | The post US Wants Nicaragua to Fall Because It Poses the Threat of a Good Example appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/us-wants-nicar…

Journalist Shot during Nablus Confrontations
INA | imemc.org | 2018-08-03
Violent confrontations erupted as hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed, on Wednesday night, the northern West Bank city of Nablus, guarded by the Israeli forces and for the purpose of performing Talmudic rituals. Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli forces, accompanied by a bulldozer, stormed Beit Furik checkpoint, to the east of Nablus. …
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