2018-08-08: News Headlines

Staff (2018-08-08). Democratic Socialist Poised to Be First Palestinian-American Congresswoman. truthdig.com With 96 percent of votes counted following Tuesday's primary election in Michigan, Rashida Tlaib—who has been described as "a dynamic, minority, young progressive" and part of "the new breed of politician grabbing attention in the Democratic Party"—is slated to become the first Muslim and Palestinian-American Congresswoman. | August 8, 2018 | Tlaib—who has been endorsed by several progressive groups, including the Justice Democrats, People for Bernie, and the Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)—is running in the reliably blue 13th District for the seat formerly held by longtime Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who retired in December following a series of sexual harassment allegations. She currently does not have a Republican opponent. | Prior to her congressional run, the 42-year-old Detroit native served in the Michigan House of Representatives until she was termed out,…

RT (2018-08-08). 'Russian meddling': Alyssa Milano floats Moscow-Green Party conspiracy after Ohio vote. rt.com Lefty Alyssa Milano is reeling from what looks like another election loss for the Democrats in Ohio. The actress decided to take time to calmly analyse where her party went wrong. Only joking! She blamed Russians of course! |

Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute (2018-08-08). Trump Opens the Door to Chaos in Asia and Europe by Reinstating Sanctions on Iran. alternet.org China, Russia and Turkey have already indicated that they will not buckle to U. S. pressure. | It is clear to everyone outside the U. S. government that Iran has honored its side of the 2015 nuclear deal that it made with the governments of five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the U. S. , the UK, France, China and Russia) as well as the European Union. In fact, quite starkly, the European Union's foreign policy chief—Federica Mogherin. . .

Jessica Corbett (2018-08-08). Democratic Socialist Rashida Tlaib Poised to Become First Palestinian-American Congresswoman. mintpressnews.com Tlaib is running in the reliably blue 13th District for the seat formerly held by longtime Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who retired in December following a series of sexual harassment allegations.

Eve MacDonald, The Conversation (2018-08-08). Here's How Ancient Cultures Explained Comets and Meteors. alternet.org "A star appeared in the daytime, and Augustus persuaded people to believe it was Caesar. " | Comets and meteors have fascinated the human race since they were first spotted in the night sky. But without science and space exploration to aid understanding of what these chunks of rock and ice are, ancient. . .

Helen Buyniski (2018-08-08). Free Julian Assange, or You're Next. globalresearch.ca Sources close to the Ecuadorean embassy have been predicting Julian Assange's expulsion from his safe-haven-turned-prison-cell for a few weeks now. Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno seems to be fumbling to find …

Elliott Gabriel (2018-08-08). As Trump Takes His Sanctions Battle To Europe, Who Is More "Isolated": Iran Or US? iranian.com Today, all speak about the isolation of Trump, Netanyahu and bin Salman. These three persons are the symbol of suppression, violence and mistrust in the world. — Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he U.S. has made good on its threats to reimpose sanctions on Iran following Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the six-party nuclear deal. The […]

Robert Dodge (2018-08-08). Hibakusha and Hope in the Nuclear Age. counterpunch.org This week marks 73 years since the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, ultimately resulting in the deaths of more than 200,000 people. With the dawn of the nuclear age, the term "hibakusha" formally entered our lexicon. Atomic bomb survivors are referred to in Japanese as hibakusha, which translates More

Joseph Hogan (2018-08-08). An Enemy of Civil Rights Just Won the GOP Nomination for Governor of Michigan. thenation.com An Enemy of Civil Rights Just Won the GOP Nomination for Governor of Michigan appeared first on The Nation.

Randy Credico (2018-08-08). Award-Winning Journalist John Pilger Calls Out Media's Silence on Juilian Assange. mintpressnews.com Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and investigative reporter John Pilger takes the gloves off on the continuing attempts to upend WikiLeaks and arrest its founding publisher, Julian Assange, in this interview with Dennis Bernstein and Randy Credico.

Faisal Khan (2018-08-08). Modi Ji and the Politics of Hate. counterpunch.org India's current Prime Minister Narender Singh Modi (or Modi Ji as some affectionately called him) has long possessed a deep-seated antipathy towards Muslims. He has whipped up Anti-Muslim fervour for his own (and his parties) political gain often resulting in vicious consequences for India's Muslims. He is very much India's Donald Trump or more precisely More

The Conversation (2018-08-08). How Frequently You Vote Might Be Connected to When You Registered. alternet.org The findings could have an impact on turnout this November and future elections | When eligible citizens register to vote, it doesn't necessarily mean that they will turn out. | Voting in the U. S. is a two-step process. Citizens in every state except North Dakota must first register before casting a ballot. | As we discuss in our recently published article in Ele. . .

Tana Ganeva, Raw Story (2018-08-08). These 6 Republicans Are Connected to the Insider Trading Scandal That Just Consumed a Trump-Supporting Congressman. alternet.org This was a long time coming for the shady representative. | On Wednesday, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) was arrested for insider trading. Collins allegedly shared non-public information about Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian drug company developing a drug to treat multiple sclerosis. When that drug failed a clinical trial in Australia, the company's stock plummeted. Collins is accused of telling his son and his son's father-in-law about. . .

teleSUR/jc-CM (2018-08-08). Brazil: Dilma to Open University Course on 2016 'Coup'. telesurtv.net "It's our idea to raise awareness among people," said the course's coordinator, Thomas Bustamante.

George Ochenski (2018-08-08). Secret Deals at One of the Most Toxic Sites in America. counterpunch.org Imagine what it would be like to live in a society where the Legislature met in secret with major corporations to cut backroom deals, divvy up taxpayer money and determine the future of the citizenry while keeping the populace totally in the dark until it was over. None of us would stand for such a More

Frances Jetter (2018-08-08). LIAR. thenation.com LIAR appeared first on The Nation.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-08-08). VIPS Asks Twitter to Restore Van Buren's Account. consortiumnews.com The Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity in a memo to the Twitter board of directors questions its decision to suspend the account of one of its members without due process. August 8, 2018 TO: Twitter Board of Directors FROM: Veteran… Read more →

Andre Vltchek (2018-08-08). Japan's Hashima Island: Brutal History and the Most Haunted Island on Earth. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Gunkunjima — Battleship Island | Do you want to see perhaps the spookiest island on earth – Hashima (also known as Gunkanjima – the Battleship Island) — which is located …

IMEMC News (2018-08-08). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eleven Palestinians In The West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, eleven Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported. The PPS said the dozens of soldiers invaded the al-'Isawiya town, in occupied Jerusalem, searched and ransacked many homes and abducted six Palestinians, […]…

Eric Zuesse (2018-08-08). This is the Real, Americanized, Nazi-Dominated, Ukraine. mintpressnews.com Such important reality as is shown in this picture is virtually unpublishable in mainstream US 'news'media, because US 'news'media need to deceive their public about the most important international realities — such as that the US imposed upon Ukraine a nazi regime against Russia, and the US now lies to accuse Russia for doing what Russia must do in order to protect itself from the US nazi regime next-door. The Azov Battalion uses the Nazi Wolfsangel symbol as its logo. Its founder Andriy Biletsky (center) has moved to ban "race mixing" in the Ukranian parliament. (Azov/Twitter) | This picture is among many which were originally published in the excellent 4 July 2018 article by Asa Winstanley at The Electronic Intifada. His article was headlined "Israel is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine". That article focuses upon Israel's strong support for the racist-fascist (or…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-08). Israel is Turning From a Security State to a Private Security State. therealnews.com TRNN's Shir Hever discusses his book on the privatization of Israeli security, the role of the Palestinian Authority as a subcontractor, and the international impact of Israeli security firms

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-08-08). Ted Cruz Begs Trump to Campaign for Him in Clear Sign He's Seriously Worried About Beto O'Rourke. alternet.org When Ted Cruz has to ask the man who accused his father of plotting to kill John F. Kennedy, you know he's desperate. | Anyone who doubts that incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz is taking his Democratic challenger, Beto O'Rourke, seriously need only consider Cruz' latest request: he is asking President Donald Trump to please campaign for him in Texas—whi. . .

teleSUR (2018-08-08). Venezuela: Legislator Detained Over Failed Assassination Attempt on Maduro. mintpressnews.com Maduro announced he would request the extradition of at least five people implicated in an assassination attempt currently living in the United States or Colombia.

Staff (2018-08-08). Recent Rulings Expose Supreme Court's Anti-Worker Bias. truthdig.com There is no question that the Roberts court has made the task of union organizing more difficult. And if Brett Kavanaugh's nomination is confirmed, there is little doubt that difficulties will intensify.

Ben Sears (2018-08-08). Philadelphia announces plans to cancel contract with ICE. peoplesworld.org PHILADELPHIA—Mayor James Kenney's decision not to renew the city's PARS contract with ICE was greeted with cheers and relief from Philadelphia's immigrant community and from advocacy organizations. The contract, for which the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pays the city $5,500 a year,…

Staff (2018-08-08). Are Trump's Mar-a-Lago Cronies Secretly Running the VA? truthdig.com Last February, shortly after Peter O'Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. "Received," O'Rourke replied. "I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action." | O'Rourke treated the email as an order, but Moskowitz is not his boss. In fact, he is not even a government official. Moskowitz is a Palm Beach doctor who helps wealthy people obtain high-service "concierge" medical care. | More to the point, he is one-third of an informal council that is exerting sweeping influence on the VA from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump's private club in Palm Beach, Florida. The troika is led by Ike Perlmutter, the reclusive chairman of Marvel Entertainment, who is a longtime acquaintance of President Trump's. The third member…

Jonita Davis (2018-08-08). From Katrina to Maria: Disaster capitalism's playbook for school reform. peoplesworld.org NEW ORLEANS—If the people of Puerto Rico want to see the future of their public education system, they need only look to New Orleans. Panelists at the Netroots Nation conference here this past weekend explored the eerie similarities in the "reforms" of two different school systems in the aftermath of disastro…

DJMD (2018-08-08). Canada Is Not Alone in Its Diplomatic Beef With Saudi Arabia. mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia has attempted to bully many governments into refraining from criticism, constituting an attempt to curtail the sovereignty of others by dictating to them what they can and cannot say.

Middle East Monitor (2018-08-08). Palestine Ambassador to UK: Israel's Actions Against Flotilla are Piracy. mintpressnews.com "The flotilla was attacked in international waters. It was not in the Israeli territorial waters, which means that this is piracy par excellence.."

Lorri Nandrea (2018-08-08). New books for young readers encourage socialist values. peoplesworld.org

Merula Furtado (2018-08-08). Why the Latest Attack on Single-Payer Backfired. truthout.org

| Medicare for All costs $32.6 trillion. This jarring statistic, plastered all over the dominant media last week, was designed to turn heads. "That's trillion with a 'T,'" the Associated Press (AP) quipped. This kind of coverage was frequent following the release of a July 30 study by the Koch-supported libertarian think tank, the Mercatus Center, which analyzed Bernie Sanders's Medicare for All bill ( S.1804). The head of the study was a former George W. Bush official, Charles Blahous. | Further examinations exposed one important fact that the study showed (but did…

Zero Hedge (2018-08-08). Here Are 410 Movies Made Under the Direct Influence and Supervision of the Pentagon. globalresearch.ca A year ago we featured a detailed report by authors Tom Secker and Matthew Alford exposing just how vast the Pentagon and CIA programs for partnering with Hollywood actually are, based …

Merula Furtado (2018-08-08). Trump Allows GMO Crops and Harmful Pesticides in Wildlife Refuges. truthout.org Late last week, the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era policy banning the use of GMO crops and a controversial class of pesticides thought to harm bees and birds in federal wildlife refuges. The news generated some eye-popping headlines and raises the question: Why would land managers plant genetically engineered corn and soy plants and spray harmful pesticides in federal refuges for wildlife in the first place? | Wildlife refuges across the country have entered into cooperative agreements with private farmers, allowing them to farm on federal land in exchange for dedicating a portion of the agricultural area to habitat restoration and providing forage for migrating birds. Due to rapid habitat loss, birds and butterflies have come to depend on wildlife refuges along their migration routes to survive. | Refuges have historically used these private farms to prepare seed beds for native habitats and…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-08-08). Giving Trump Carte Blanche for War. consortiumnews.com Read more →>

RS Ahthion (2018-08-08). A Spectacle of Fascism at a London Bookshop. counterpunch.org The Bookmarks store in London (they really missed a trick with not naming it 'BookMarx') was attacked recently by far right fascist thugs. The Guardian has led with the headline "Far-Right protestors 'ransack socialist bookshop in London'. As ever with the Guardian some exasperating at the language used has to be pointed out. I would More

TeleSUR English (2018-08-08). Venezuela: Opposition Legislator Linked to Drone Attack Detained. venezuelanalysis.com Opposition legislator Juan Requesens was detained after being linked to the assassination attempt by retired military officer Juan Carlos Monasterios.

INA (2018-08-08). DCIP: Israeli Forces are Killing Palestinian Children at Record Rates. imemc.org On August 5, Ahmad al-Aydi died in central Gaza from an injury sustained on March 30 from Israeli live fire. (Photo: Courtesy of al-Aydi family.

Staff (2018-08-08). Did Trump Break the Law by Urging Sessions to End Mueller Probe? truthdig.com At the very least, the president suggested something that could cause his attorney general to be disciplined by the bar association that licensed him to practice law.

South Front (2018-08-08). Video: ISIS Cells in Eastern Al-Suwayda Face Military Action by Syrian Army. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allied local militias have kicked off an advance on ISIS positions in the eastern part of al-Suwayda province. It's interesting to note that some …

teleSUR/GB (2018-08-08). Colombian Government Invites Peña Nieto for Multilateral Talks. telesurtv.net Meanwhile, President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has written to U.S. President Donald Trump to reset relations through NAFTA renegotiations.

Andrew Korybko (2018-08-08). Is Saudi Arabia Doing America's Bidding by Sanctioning Canada? globalresearch.ca Saudi Arabia's sovereignty-supporting sanctions against Canada in response to Ottawa's criticism of the Kingdom's internal affairs are grossly hypocritical but nevertheless in defense of objectively valid principles, though it needs to …

teleSUR / vc-MH (2018-08-08). Colombia's Ivan Duque Sworn In: What Did He Say About Peace?>. telesurtv.net Colombia's new president warned he will review negotiations with the ELN and "deploy corrective measures" to the peace accord with FARC.

SouthFront (2018-08-08). Afghanistan Becomes Ground Zero for an ISIS Resurgence. mintpressnews.com Over the past few months, ISIS has renewed its efforts to expand its influence in Afghanistan. While ISIS cells are active in most of the country, ISIS' main stronghold is the province Nangarhar. | ISIS in Afghanistan has received additional manpower for its expansion from Syria and Iraq where the terrorist group's self-proclaimed caliphate was recently defeated. Many ISIS field commanders and fighters fled the country and joined the Afghan branch of the terrorist group. | Another factor contributing to the growth of ISIS influence is a poor humanitarian, economic and social situation in the country. According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the Afghan government controls only about 56-57% of the country. About 29% of the country is contested between the government, the Taliban, and ISIS. The rest of the country is mostly controlled by the Taliban. Source…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-08-08). Trump-Loving GOP Congressman Arrested by FBI on Securities Fraud Charges. alternet.org Rep. Chris Collins has faced allegations of illegal securities practices for over a year. | Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday morning, according to WNBC. According to USA TODAY reporter Nathan Bomey, the U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is prosecuting

John Hutchison (2018-08-08). Island in the Stream. counterpunch.org There are a half-dozen of us, 13-year-old boys draped over the gunwales of an old World War II landing craft as it clears the reef-enclosed harbor and heads for open water. We are a group of Sea Scouts, sons of U.S. Central Intelligence Agency officers stationed at a super-secret training base on the island of Saipan in the Marianas, and on this Saturday morning in 1956 we are headed for the island of Tinian, ten miles to the south. More

leili (2018-08-08). Top 70 Moments of Solidarity & BDS for Palestine in 2018. bdsmovement.net Top 70 Moments of Solidarity & BDS for Palestine in 2018: Update Economic Boycott Cultural Boycott Academic Boycott Military Embargo Boycott HP Right To Boycott John Clarke (2018-08-08). Disabled People in UK Lead Fight Against Austerity. globalresearch.ca On July 20, I was truly honoured to represent the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) at the International Deaf and Disabled People's Solidarity Summit, in Stratford, east London that had …

Cherise (2018-08-08). Missouri Votes to Repeal GOP Attack on Unions. truthout.org In another sign that the American labor movement is newly energized and emboldened in the face of attacks by the right-wing Supreme Court, the Trump administration, and Republican-controlled state legislatures, Missouri workers on Tuesday mobilized in large numbers to crush a GOP-crafted "right to work" law that would have further crippled unions in the deeply red state. | August 8, 2018 | "Today Missouri gave hope to workers across the nation," Missouri AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Jake Hummel said following the historic vote, which made Missouri the first state to repeal a "right to work" law by referendum. | And Missourians did so by a huge margin: According to the Associated Press, 67 percent voted to repeal the right to work measure, which the GOP-controlled state legislature passed and then-Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed into law last year. | If implemented,…

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-08-08). The Roles of Social Movements. counterpunch.org The United States is going in the wrong direction on a wide range of social, economic and foreign policy issues and people are justifiably upset and angry. One question we are regularly asked is: "What should I do?" In our last two newsletters, we examined the stages of successful social movements to show how movements can progress toward More

Cherise (2018-08-08). Why Is CNN Mainstreaming an Extremist Right-Wing Radio Host? truthout.org Why has CNN, which this week publicized death threats made against two of its journalists, continued to provide a platform for a right-wing talk radio host who promotes a man who has suggested it may nearly be time for Trump supporters to kill reporters and other prominent Americans? | There was a certain quiet drama when talk radio host John Fredericks appeared on a recent panel hosted by CNN and HLN anchor Carol Costello. The drama was what went unstated — something at least as important as the tabloid-style discussion of the Trump family's differences of opinion over whether the press is the "enemy of the people." What went undiscussed was that Fredericks has repeatedly used his radio show to promote an ex-CIA agent who says, as Salon reported on July 31, that it is…

Jonah Raskin (2018-08-08). Ring, Ring Goes the Bell: a Brief Personal History of American High Schools, 1957-2018. counterpunch.org In the late 1960s, near the peak of my own revolutionary romanticism, when many of my comrades thought that the American Empire would soon implode, I joined a Weatherman action called "a jailbreak." Most of us were college graduates, but we regarded schools as institutions that turned students into obedient citizens, eager consumers and agents More

N.D. Jayaprakash (2018-08-08). The Apartheid State of Israel: Decoding the 'Basic Law' and the Meaning of a 'Jewish Nation'. counterpunch.org The latest 'Basic Law' that was enacted by the Israeli Knesset on July 19, 2018 has adverse effect on Palestinians within Israel and in the occupied territories of Palestine. It contravenes even the assertions made in the Declaration of Independence by the Provisional Government of Israel on May 14, 1948. The existence of at least More

Whitney Webb (2018-08-08). Is Oily Econo-Politics Behind Saudis' Crude Canadian Diplomacy? mintpressnews.com For such an ugly and bizarre international fistfight to spring full-blown from a single critical tweet strains credulity. Underlying the Saudis hostile anti-Canadian actions may be a desire to signal the world to stay blind to the kingdom's internal repressions. Or it may be an economic play with Canadian oil.

Graham Vanbergen (2018-08-08). Brexit: Britain to Get on Her Knees Before the Gods of Extreme Capitalism. globalresearch.ca Society in the democratic West, especially in my home country of Britain is irrevocably crumbling. It is no secret that liberal democracy is imploding right in front of our eyes through …

Lauren Walker (2018-08-08). Fault Right. truthout.org

Binoy Kampmark (2018-08-08). The Lasting Condition: Drought in Australia. counterpunch.org Humans are a funny species. They create settlements along fault lines that, on moving, can create catastrophe, killing thousands. They construct homes facing rivers that will, at some point, break their banks, carrying of their precious property. Importantly, they return in the aftermath. Existence continues. The same follows certain settlements of parts of the planet More

TeleSUR English (2018-08-08). UN Chief Condemns Attack Targeting Venezuela's Maduro. venezuelanalysis.com Antonio Guterres expresses concern about the latest developments in Venezuela and rejects any act of violence.

Jonita Davis (2018-08-08). A breakdown in Trump Country. peoplesworld.org Seeing the American flag, especially a week before Independence Day, the 4th of July, is supposed to open the senses to memories of hot dogs roasting over hot coals, fireworks crackling overhead, and sprinklers raining cold pellets on heated skin. It's not supposed to bring fear, rage, and a flight instinct roaring up through me, but it did. On a recent trip through President Trump-voting Indiana backcountry, my car broke down. And, the last thing I wanted to see was an American flag. | I was rolling down the interstate when the "check engine" light popped on. It was followed by the battery light and what sounded like a swift inhale as my navigator/18-year-old daughter detected the problem. She called her dad as I started eyeing places to pull off the road. We were on our way to her freshman orientation and were…

James M. Dorsey (2018-08-08). Multiple Diplomatic Spats Raise Questions About Saudi Concept of Sovereignty. globalresearch.ca The failure of Western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a false belief that economic sanctions will shield it from, if …

John Nichols (2018-08-08). A Huge Win for Organized Labor in Missouri. thenation.com A Huge Win for Organized Labor in Missouri appeared first on The Nation.

Ryan Grim (2018-08-08). Notorious Ferguson Prosecutor Ousted in a Night of Victories and Disappointments for Insurgent Candidates. theintercept.com Progressive activists came away from Tuesday with a slew of wins and a handful of losses, with some too close to call.

teleSUR/ef-MS (2018-08-08). Oscar Lopez Released After Arbitrary Detention in Panama. telesurtv.net

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2018-08-08). Hothouse Earth: Demise of the Planetary Life Support System? globalresearch.ca In a key paper titled "Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene", published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Science (6.8.2018), a group of 17 climate and …

EEAS (2018-08-08). Joint Statement on the Re-imposition of US Sanctions Due to Its Withdrawal From the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). globalresearch.ca We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the US, due to the latter's withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). | The JCPOA is working and delivering on its …

Juan Cole (2018-08-08). Europe, Russia, China Defy Trump On Iran Sanctions. iranian.com A further round of new Trump sanctions against Iran went into effect yesterday, but the president is failing to get buy-in from allies and rivals, who pledge to keep dealing with Iran. Chinese auto-makers are flooding into Iran to replace French car companies there.China has pledged to pay no attention to the Trump threats. VOAnews […]

David Neiwert (2018-08-08). Top platforms' ouster of Infowars proof of evil conspiracy, as always, in Alex Jonesville. splcenter.org After being banned on YouTube, Facebook, Apple's iTunes, Pinterest and Spotify, conspiracy-meister Jones comes up with a raft of new theories explaining it all as proof of a free-speech crackdown.

Global Research News (2018-08-08). Selected Articles: The Next Financial Crash? Climate Change. globalresearch.ca For almost seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the …

Jack Random (2018-08-08). Perpetual War: Nations and Border Walls. counterpunch.org By far the most irredeemable conflict on earth is the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. It does not matter what position you hold or where you fall on the political continuum, there is and can be no solution as long as humans are humans and nations are nations. In aftermath of the great world More

Cherise (2018-08-08). Do Recent Primaries Mean Democrats Could Retake the Senate and House? truthout.org Voters headed to the polls Tuesday for a special election in Ohio and primaries in Michigan, Kansas, Missouri and Washington. A special election in Ohio's 12th Congressional District remains too close to call, but Republican Troy Balderson has already claimed victory over Democrat Danny O'Connor to serve the remainder of former Republican Congressmember Pat Tiberi's term. Balderson leads by just 1,754 votes, and thousands of absentee and provisional ballots still need to be counted. O'Connor is hoping to pull off a major upset. President Trump won the district in 2016 by a margin of more than 11 percent. In Michigan, Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic primary for John Conyers's old House seat. She could now become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. In Washington, DC, we speak with Zaid Jilani, staff reporter at The Intercept. In Madison, Wisconsin, we speak with…

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-08-08). 'I Am Terrified': GOP Strategist Warns White Women Are 'Abandoning' Republican Party Ahead of Midterms. alternet.org The right-wing could close the year as major losers in the midterms. | Republican strategist Evan Siegfried appeared on MSNBC Wednesday to discuss the too-close-to-call congressional race in Ohio. His assessment was bleak for the GOP's midterm chances. "If a Democrat can bring it to 1754 votes — in terms of margin of difference between the two candidates — in this district, I am terrified as a Republican," he said. "Because it co. . .

teleSUR/GB (2018-08-08). Drones Restricted at Duque Inauguration After Maduro Attack. telesurtv.net Aviation authority Civil Aeronautics explained that the measure, which came two days after the attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, was undertaken to guarantee security.

Jake Johnson (2018-08-08). Saudi Government-Linked Account Tweets Threat of 9/11 Style Attack on Canada. mintpressnews.com "If you represent a kingdom which brought forth the majority of 9/11 attackers, don't use a plane flying into a tower in North America when you have a disagreement with Canada. It doesn't help."

Ryan Gallagher (2018-08-08). Inside Google's Effort to Develop a Censored Search Engine in China. theintercept.com Google analyzed search terms entered into a Beijing-based website to help develop blacklists for a censored search engine it has been planning to launch in China, according to confidential documents seen by The Intercept. | Engineers working on the censorship sampled search queries from 265.com, a Chinese-language web directory service owned by Google. | Unlike Google.com and other Google services, such as YouTube, 265.com is not blocked in China by the country's so-called Great Firewall, which restricts access to websites deemed undesirable by the ruling Communist Party regime. | 265.com was founded in 2003 by Cai Wensheng, a Chinese entrepreneur known as the "the godfather of Chinese webmasters." In 2008, Google acquired the website, which it now operates as a subsidiary. Records show that 265.com is hosted on Google servers, but its physical address is listed under the name of the "Beijing…

teleSUR / MH (2018-08-08). Nicolas Maduro Presents Evidence of Assassination Attempt. telesurtv.net "I am going to show evidence and testimony. Our people want justice against terrorism. Justice," Maduro said concluding his statement.

Staff (2018-08-08). Andrew Wheeler Is No 'Less Evil' Than Scott Pruitt, Just 'More Patient' (Video). truthdig.com On "Late Night with Seth Meyers," the host checks in on the acting Environmental Protection Agency chief, a man Politico recently said "should scare anyone who breathes."

teleSUR/GB (2018-08-08). Social Leader Milagro Sala Transferred to Federal Prison. telesurtv.net The Committee for the Freedom of Milagro Sala said the decision to transfer Sala is "arbitrary and contrary to the provisions" by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Supreme Court of Justice.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis (2018-08-08). Creating a Moral Movement for Our Time. thenation.com Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis Creating a Moral Movement for Our Time appeared first on The Nation.

The Conversation (2018-08-08). Here's Why Americans Throughout History Have Loved Conspiracy Theorists. alternet.org Conspiracies are interwoven into the fabric of our national culture. | Confrontational characters spouting conspiracy theories and promoting fringe ideas have been with us since the invention of American broadcasting. First on radio, then on television, the American audience has consistently proven eager to consume the rants of angry and bitter men. | Before Sarah Jaffe (2018-08-08). Challenging the Far-Right in Public Spaces. progressive.org Listen to what Black Lives Matter Charlottesville is planning for the first anniversary of the "The Unite the Right" rally.

Albert Bender (2018-08-08). Standing Rock: Tribes await court ruling due August 10. peoplesworld.org Expect another ruling by the infamous U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., in the ongoing Standing Rock struggle by August 10, according to the latest court schedule. This baneful jurist will be deciding whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers adequately considered the detrimental effects on the Standing…

Merula Furtado (2018-08-08). Pushing Back Against White Supremacists a Year After Charlottesville. truthout.org

| Today we bring you a conversation with Jalane Schmidt, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and a community organizer with Black Lives Matter in Charlottesville, Virginia. Schmidt discusses the state of the "alt-right" a year after the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and how the progressive left is challenging, and must continue to challenge, recent and upcoming "alt-right" incursions in…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-08). Meet Debbie Africa: First MOVE 9 Member to Be Freed in 40 Years & Now Reunited with Her Son, Mike. democracynow.org Today marks the 40th anniversary of a massive police operation in Philadelphia that culminated in the siege of the headquarters of the black radical group known as MOVE. The group was founded by John Africa, and all its members took the surname Africa. It was August 8, 1978, when police tried to remove members of MOVE from their communal home with water cannons and battering rams, even as some continued to hide in the basement with children. During the siege on MOVE's house, gunfire was exchanged, and a police officer named James Ramp was killed. Two years later, nine MOVE members were convicted of third-degree m…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-08-08). Here Are 5 Right-Wing Republicans Who Are Openly Worried About the 2018 Midterms. alternet.org Some of Trump's critics on the right are so repulsed by his presidency that they are actually hoping Democrats win. | With the November midterms only three months away, some Republican Party cheerleaders are putting on their best game faces and insisting, with smug confidence, that American voters are going to give President Donald Trump their approval by increasing the GOP majority in both houses of Congress. Other Republicans, however, a. . .

teleSUR / jc-MH (2018-08-08). Brazil: International Unions Vow Support for Lula and Democracy. telesurtv.net During the event, Han Sang-gyun, the former president of the Central South Korean Workers' Union, shouted several times, "free Lula!"

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-08). Why the US Silence over Saudi-Al Qaeda Alliance in Yemen? therealnews.com The Associated Press has revealed that the US-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has made secret deals with the local Al Qaida affiliate, AQAP, even recruiting its militants to fight Houthi rebels. Saudi analyst Ali Al-Ahmed says that the US is not just looking the other way — it's involved

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-08-08). Republican Anti-Union Bill Goes Down in Flames in Missouri. alternet.org "Right to work" is dead in the Show Me State. | On Tuesday night, voters in Missouri defeated Proposition A, a referendum which would have allowed a "right to work" law to go into effect in the state. This marked the first time a right to work law has ever been defeated by popular vote. It is an enormous setback for Missouri Republicans, who had made imposing this. . .

Global Research News (2018-08-08). Global Research: A Vital Information Portal. Help Us Stay Afloat. globalresearch.ca As Global Research navigates the ever-changing algorithms of search engines and social media, we find that not only the reach of our articles has been compromised, but our finances too. Maintaining our projects, websites and operations involves some very real …

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-08-08). A Van Filled with Migrant Mothers Separated from Their Children Crashed — Then ICE Lied About It. alternet.org The embattled agency contradicted multiple pieces of hard evidence with its denial. | An ICE van full of separated mothers crashed into a pickup truck in Texas on July 18th. Then ICE repeatedly lied to the Texas Observer by claiming the crash, which was documented by the police, never happened. "The crash was really strong, like maybe we were going to flip," a mom from Honduras who rode on the bus told the Observer. Another woman said her "

Daily Kos (2018-08-08). Election Night Trend: It's Not That Democrats Are Winning — It's That Democratic Women Are Winning. alternet.org The truth is, only 22% of progressive primary candidates have won since 2016. | There is a pernicious myth that Democrats only road back to power is through progressive populism, a vision best summarized as the combination of anti-establishment sentiment with (far) left policies, and represented by politicians like Bernie Sanders and James Corbyn. This theory admittedly has tremendous appeal: Democrats were left historically weak after 2016, so clearly they need to do something different. Donald Trump rode to power on populist sentiment, and populism is winning around the world. Democrats fared particularly poorly among whites who do not have a college education. These voters should be Democratic voters (if they were voting in their own economic interest). This theory has been the subject of much attention in the media ( to put it mildly), and is usually summarized as the. . .

Fars News Agency (2018-08-08). Trump Will Fail in His Anti-Iran Measures and Reimposition of Sanctions: Analyst. globalresearch.ca Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, underlined that US President Donald Trump will fail in his anti-Iran measures which have recently been intensified by reimposition of sanctions….

Democracy Now! (2018-08-08). Headlines for August 8, 2018. democracynow.org Tight Races in Ohio & Kansas Remain Too Close to Call, Judge Certifies Class-Action Suit Against GEO Group over Wage Theft, Court Rules Family of Mexican Teen Killed by Border Patrol Can Sue Agent, Colombia: Right-Wing President Iván Duque Sworn Into Office, Ethiopian Gov't Signs Deal to End Hostilities with Oromo Liberation Front, Bangladeshi Authorities Arrest Photographer Shahidul Alam for Covering Protests, California Youth Arrested at Sit-in in Gov. Brown's Office Demanding Climate Action, Puerto Rico Proposes Transporting 3,200 Inmates to Prisons on U.S. Mainland, Tennessee: Lawyers Ask Supreme Court to Sta…

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-08-08). Virginia GOP Senate Candidate Says He's 'Very Proud' the State Joined the Confederacy During the Civil War. alternet.org The candidate was speaking at an event held by an avowed secessionist. | Corey Stewart, the Republican nominee for a U. S. Senate seat in Virginia, praised former slave-state Virignia's secession effort in 1861 to protect slavery. "When you say you're from Virginia, when you travel outside of this state and somebody asks where you're from, you say with pride, 'I am from Virginia. I'm very, very proud of it,'" Stewart said. "You're very, very. . .

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-08-08). Why Are Liberal Media Outlets Not Questioning Russiagate? Q&A (Pt 4/5). therealnews.com Watch Part 4 of Paul Jay and Aaron Mate's interactive discussion with viewers about the controversy over Trump's visit to Helsinki — From a live recording on July 18th, 2018

Michelle Zacarias (2018-08-08). Chicago has no "shortage of values," what it lacks are resources. peoplesworld.org At least 72 people were shot in Chicago, 13 fatally, after a particularly violent weekend. Thirty people were reportedly shot within just a three-hour time frame, and police are still searching for suspects involved in the multiple shootings. Fatalities included a 17-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy who was gunned dow…

Patrick Bond (2018-08-08). BRICS-Johannesburg: Simultaneously Disappoints and Threatens. counterpunch.org Can the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) bloc rise to the occasion, as Donald Trump jerks Western imperialism out of traditional alignments? With war-talk against Iran blowing through Trump's tweets, and with Washington's trade wars raging against both China and traditional allies, there was talk here in Johannesburg about counter-hegemonic prospects during the last week of July. More

Jonathan Sigrist (2018-08-08). The Misleading Role of Human Rights NGOs in International Politics. globalresearch.ca "Along with military invasions and missionaries, NGOs help crack countries open like ripe nuts, paving the way for intensifying waves of exploitation and extraction" ~ Stephanie McMillan | When the media reports …

Mark Gruenberg (2018-08-08). "Right to work" dead in Missouri, Ohio vote terrifies GOP. peoplesworld.org Ferguson city councilor Wesley Bell | Jeff Roberson/AP | Progressives got a second big win in Missouri. Ferguson City Councilor Wesley Bell, an African-American, ousted St. Louis County District Attorney Bob McCulloch, a 27-year veteran who was unopposed four years ago. McCulloch drew criticism for basically whitewashing police officer Darren Wilson's fatal shooting of unarmed African-American Ferguson resident Michael Brown in 2014. | "People keep saying 'you shocked the world,'" Bell told the happy crowded watch party. "No, we shocked the world. People showed up and showed out." Criminal justice reform was his big issue. | "These results demonstrate voters care passionately about crucial civil rights issues from the unjust use of cash bail to how long people are sitting in our jails because they can't afford to pay, to demanding their prosecuting attorney be transparent on his office's work," Jeffrey Mittman, executive…

Christopher Black (2018-08-08). Fear and Loathing in and of the USA. globalresearch.ca As I write this news came of the attempt on President Maduro's life, additional "sanctions" against Iran, North Korea, Syria and Russia, a ramping up of the economic warfare against China …

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-08). Venezuela: Opposition Legislator Linked to Drone Attack Detained. telesurtv.net Opposition legislator Juan Requesens was detained after being linked to the assassination attempt by retired military man Juan Carlos Monasterios.

Massoud Khodabandeh (2018-08-08). Albanian Police No Match For MEK Commanders Trained By Saddam's Mukhabarat. iranian.com A family drama playing out in Albania has caught the attention of media and public opinion. But this is no ordinary drama. It is the story of Iranian born Mostafa and Mahboubeh Mohammadi, who are Canadian citizens and their twenty-one-year struggle to rescue their daughter from a dangerous terrorist cult. In 1997, Somayeh and her […]

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