2018-08-09: News Headlines

Ryan Grim (2018-08-10). How Bad are Things for the GOP? A Democratic House Candidate got 30,000 Write-In Votes in Michigan. theintercept.com Matt Morgan will face off against Republican incumbent Rep. Jack Bergman in the November election in Michigan's 1st Congressional District.

RT (2018-08-10). 'Evil genius' Trump will be 'last president of US', filmmaker Michael Moore warns. rt.com Calling President Donald Trump an "evil genius" plotting to declare himself dictator for life, filmmaker and activist Michael Moore said his new film 'Fahrenheit 11/9' will mobilize the liberal #Resistance majority.

Staff (2018-08-09). Ocasio-Cortez: Why Are Our Pockets Empty for Health Care and Education? truthdig.com In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo Wednesday evening, New York congressional candidate and democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned how Congress can " write unlimited blank checks for war" and pass the GOP's $2 trillion tax cut for the wealthy, but when it comes to proposals that would help every American—such as Medicare for All—"our pockets are empty." | "Why is it that our pockets are only empty when it comes to education and healthcare for our kids?" she posed. "Why are pockets only empty when we talk about 100 percent renewable energy that is going to save this planet and allow our children to thrive?" | "We only have empty pockets when it comes to the morally right things to do," she continued, "but when it comes to tax cuts for billionaires and when it comes to…

RT (2018-08-09). US can afford 'unlimited war' but not Medicare for all, says Ocasio-Cortez. rt.com Democratic socialist and Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has slammed Republicans for funding tax cuts and America's "unlimited war," while refusing to provide universal healthcare. |

Democracy Now! (2018-08-09). 73 Years After U.S. Dropped Atom Bomb on Nagasaki, Survivor Warns About Threat of Nuclear Warfare. democracynow.org Seventy-three years ago today, on August 9, 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, killing 74,000 people and forever changing the lives of those who survived the nuclear attack. The bombing came just three days after the U.S. dropped the world's first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing some 140,000 people. For more we speak with two guests who travelled from Japan to New York City on the Peace Boat—an international boat that sails around the world campaigning for nuclear disarmament and world peace last month. Terumi Kuramori is a hibakusha—that's t…

Kenn Orphan (2018-08-09). Flirting With the Fires of Hell. counterpunch.org "It is such a supreme folly to believe that nuclear weapons are deadly only if they're used. The fact that they exist at all, their presence in our lives, will wreak more havoc than we can begin to fathom. Nuclear weapons pervade our thinking. Control our behavior. Administer our societies. Inform our dreams. They bury More

Samantha Borek (2018-08-09). Seventy-Three Years Later, Nagasaki Survivor Warns Against Nuclear Warfare. truthout.org Seventy-three years ago today, on August 9, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, killing 74,000 people and forever changing the lives of those who survived the nuclear attack. The bombing came just three days after the US dropped the world's first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing some 140,000 people. For more we speak with two guests who traveled from Japan to New York City on the Peace Boat — an international boat that sails around the world campaigning for nuclear disarmament and world peace — last month. Terumi Kuramori is a hibakusha — that's the Japanese word for a survivor of the atomic bomb — and Tatsuya Yoshioka is the co-founder and director of the Peace Boat. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-09). 73 Years After Atomic Bombing of Japan: Nuclear Threat More Immediate Than Ever. therealnews.com We tend to think that the nuclear war is a remote possibility. However, on the 73rd anniversary of the second atomic bomb drop on Japan, in Nagasaki, historian Peter Kuznick reflects on how the nuclear threat is more immediate now than at any other time since the 1950's

Samantha Borek (2018-08-09). Teaching for Black Lives and Bearing Witness Through Poetry. truthout.org

| "This is an oral history lesson | just in case the textbooks neglect the truth: | Natural disaster holocausts | are destroying the poor. | Tens of thousands of bodies lie in Haiti's ditches. | Hundreds of deferred dreams drowned | in Katrina's waters. . . " | My high school students stood on stage performing their collaborative poem at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black…

teleSUR / vc-MH (2018-08-09). Peru's Justice Will Review Pardon Granted to Alberto Fujimori. telesurtv.net Convicted criminal against humanity, Alberto Fujimori, was pardoned by former President Kuczynski in December.

teleSUR/jc-CM (2018-08-09). Brazil: Poisonous Agrotoxin Found Over 80% of Breast Milk Samples in Urucui. telesurtv.net "The presence of glyphosate in breast milk indicates direct contamination by this agro-toxin," said researcher Inacio Pereira Lima.

Stephen Piggott (2018-08-09). Buoyed by Trump's SCOTUS pick, the anti-immigrant movement renews its attacks on the 14th Amendment. splcenter.org When President Donald Trump announced his latest U.S. Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, in July, influential groups in the organized anti-immigrant movement could barely contain their excitement.

Samantha Borek (2018-08-09). "Big Win for the Public": The Awful Tribune-Sinclair Merger Is Dead. truthout.org In a huge win for everyone concerned about the devastating effects corporate consolidation has on local media outlets and independent journalism, Tribune Media announced on Thursday that it is terminating its proposed $3.9 billion merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group and suing the right-wing media giant for "breach of contract." | "The collapse of this merger is as major a victory for American consumers as it is a defeat for the propaganda pushers at Sinclair," Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress, said in a statement responding to news of the merger's death. "Dozens of communities will now be sparred from nightly force-feedings of content advancing the fringe political agenda of the media behemoth's owners." | Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press, attributed the collapse of the "terrible" merger — which was strongly supported by President Donald Trump,

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-08-09). Are Republicans Becoming As Worried About Losing the Senate As the House? alternet.org Right-wing anxiety is mounting. | The conventional wisdom among many political analysts has been that while Democrats have a good chance of retaking the House of Representatives in the November midterms, they are facing a much steeper climb in the U. S. Senate—where obtaining a majority would mean keeping every seat they presently hold while taking two seats from Republicans. But if comments that Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of Californ. . .

John Feffer (2018-08-09). Isolate Trump By Sanctioning His Businesses. iranian.com It's embarrassing enough to have Donald Trump as president. But now American citizens have to endure the additional pain of the sanctions that other countries are imposing on the United States. Doesn't the world realize that we're suffering enough as it is? That seems so grossly unfair. Oh, but wait: that's how sanctions work. Iraqis […]

Cherise (2018-08-09). Amazon's Worst Bargain Yet. truthout.org 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 under the radar, and this one could really bite where you live: its bid to dominate local government purchasing. | In January 2017, Amazon won a contract with US Communities, a purchasing cooperative made up of government agencies, school districts, and other public or nonprofit agencies. The cooperative wields the heft of its more than 55,000 members to negotiate better prices. With this contract, they can now opt to buy their goods through Amazon Business, which advertises greater product selection, free shipping, and…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-09). Headlines for August 9, 2018. democracynow.org Saudi-Led Airstrike in Yemen Hits Bus Carrying Children, Killing Dozens, U.S. Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills a Dozen Afghan Soldiers "By Mistake", Israeli Airstrikes Kill Three in Gaza, Including Mother and Her Toddler, In Colombia, Nikki Haley Escalates Anti-Venezuela Rhetoric, U.S. to Impose New Sanctions on Russia, Senate Committee Asks Julian Assange to Testify about Russian Meddling in Election, Virginia & Charlottesville Under States of Emergency Ahead of White Supremacist Rallies, Longtime DRC Leader Joseph Kabila Will Not Run for Re-election, Argentine Senate Rejects Legislation to Legalize Abortion, NY C…

IMEMC News (2018-08-09). Detainee Suspends Hunger Strike After Reaching An Agreement For His Release. imemc.org Palestinian political prisoner, Anas Ibrahim Shadeed, 22, has suspended hunger strike, which lasted for 22 days, after reaching an agreement with the Israeli Prison Authority to end his Administrative Detention and release him on December 19, 2018. His brother, Abdul-Majid, said Anas, from Doura town southwest of Hebron in southern […]…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-08-09). 'Not Acceptable': Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Deporting Asylum Seekers — And Threatens to Hold Sessions in Contempt. alternet.org "I'm not happy about this at all," U. S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said. | A federal judge in Washington on Thursday threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt after the Trump Administration tried to deport a woman and her daughter during their deportation proceedings, the Washington Postreports. U. S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan called the government's effort "pretty outrageous" as he halted the deportation that was apparently already in progress. The woman, "Carmen," is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in a court case challenging the Trump administration's decision to bar domestic and gang violence victims from seeking asylum in the U. S. According to the Post, attorneys for Carmen learned "during a brief recess" in court that the woman and her daughter had been removed from a family detention center and were heading for an airport in. . .

INA (2018-08-09). UN: 'Well-being of 2 Million' in Gaza at Stake as Emergency Fuel Runs Dry. imemc.org To avert hospital closures, raw sewage overflowing onto streets of Gaza, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, on Wednesday, called on the Israeli occupation to allow UN-purchased emergency fuel the besieged enclave. "Restricting the entry of emergency fuel to Gaza is a dangerous practice, with grave consequences on the rights of people in […]…

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-08-09). Watch: Arkansas Officer Tells Group of Black Residents They 'Don't Belong in My City'. alternet.org The department is trying to claim racism wasn't a factor in the firing. | An England, Arkansas officer has been fired after resident Demarcus Branch posted a video of the cop's racist behavior to social media. Officer Mike Moore had reportedly been harassing black residents since he started on the force. Branch first sent a video documenting the officer's behavior to the police department, who didn't respond. "You don't belong in my cit. . .

ACLU (2018-08-09). Judge orders government to turn around deportation plane. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — A federal court has blocked the deportation of immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality who brought a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies. The ACLU was in court today successfully seeking an emergency stay of removal f…

INA (2018-08-09). Israel is Turning From a Security State to a Private Security State. imemc.org 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. Shir Hever is an economic researcher in the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour. Researching the […]…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-08-09). Here Are 5 Reasons Why Paul Manafort Will Receive Every Benefit of the Doubt. alternet.org The wealthy Manafort has a major advantage in this trial. | The trial of Paul Manafort entered Day Eight this morning in Judge T. S. Ellis III's federal courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, where President Donald Trump's former campaign manager continues to battle multiple charges of bank fraud and tax evasion. But the wealthy Manafort has a major advantage in this trial: class privilege—unlike countless poor or lower middle-class Americ. . .

Noah Alexander Flora (2018-08-09). The U.S. is Funding a War on Poor People in the Philippines. progressive.org The Philippine National Police, implicated in the suppression of labor movements and President Duterte's war on drugs, receive a significant amount of funding through U.S. foreign military financing.

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-09). Colombia: Notre Dame Study Identifies Major Issues with Peace Efforts. telesurtv.net The implementation of the peace accords in Colombia has shown slow progress on structural change and institutional reform according to study.

Celine Hagbard (2018-08-09). Israel officially recognizes colonial settlement outpost built on stolen Palestinian land. imemc.org After initially seizing Palestinian land from four villages "for military purposes" last year, Israeli military authorities transferred the seized land to Israeli civilians in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and is now recognizing the illegal colony 'Adei Ad'. The land on which the colony was constructed was stolen […]…

Terry Simons (2018-08-09). The Media and Our "Ignorant, Credulous and Propagandized People" counterpunch.org I find it sad and sickening that most Americans, and the corporate media that shapes them, are more concerned about the effects of Russian "meddling" on our "democracy" than they are about our own home-grown oligarchs, who are not only meddling, but have bought Congress and turned this wonderful democracy we've been told we have More

Jonathan Cook (2018-08-09). The Crisis in Corbyn's Labour Party is Over Israel, Not Anti-Semitism. counterpunch.org If there is indeed an anti-semitism problem in the UK's Labour party, it is not in the places where the British corporate media have been directing our attention. What can be said with even more certainty is that there is rampant hatred expressed towards Jews in the same British media that is currently decrying the supposed anti-semitism of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. More

Thomas Knapp (2018-08-09). I Didn't Join Facebook to "Feel Safe" counterpunch.org In early August, Facebook and other social media services banned content from radio/Internet shock jock Alex Jones. Surprising? No. Jones's number was due to come up. The big players in Internet media have spent the last few years attempting to appease the perpetually outraged (and therefore unappeasable) by banning and blocking a continuous parade of More

Merula Furtado (2018-08-09). As Violence Consumes Dhaka, Protesters Struggle to Get Their Story Out. truthout.org In the past few days, Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, which has a population of over 18 million people, has been rocked by protests that have effectively shut down the city. The demonstrations were sparked after two young people were struck by a bus and killed. These tragic deaths were just the latest to be added to the thousands of similar fatalities each year that stem from government corruption and weak enforcement of the law. | As US News reports: "Corruption is rife in Bangladesh, making it easy for unlicensed drivers and unregistered vehicles to ply the roads. At least 12,000 people die each year in road accidents often blamed on faulty vehicles, reckless driving and lax traffic enforcement." | While the immediate issue are these deaths, what has become clear is that the reaction of the government has unleashed widespread…

teleSUR/mv-CM (2018-08-09). Guatemala: UN Calls for Action on Murders of Human Rights Activists. telesurtv.net The murdered activist were mainly indigenous people fighting against corporations and in defense of their land.

Jan Oberg (2018-08-09). Present Perverse Priorities Will Undermine the UN Even Further! counterpunch.org You often hear people raising doubts about the "the United Nations" and most people then think of the skyscraper in New York as "the UN". But there is no "UN" independent of what the 193 member states decide to make of it. That was already pointed out by its first Secretary-General, Norwegian Trygve Lie, in the More

Raina Lipsitz (2018-08-09). Can Alessandra Biaggi and Julia Salazar Unseat the GOP in Albany? thenation.com Can Alessandra Biaggi and Julia Salazar Unseat the GOP in Albany? appeared first on The Nation.

Elise Swain (2018-08-09). Zimbabwe Opposition's Democratic Hopes Dashed as Ruling Party Returns to Mugabe Mode After Disputed Election. theintercept.com The opposition hoped for a democratic blossoming in Zimbabwe and an end to the country's isolation. Instead, they got more of the same.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-08-09). Citing Trump threats, News Guild demands safety measures for journalists. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Facing escalating violence against reporters — print and broadcast — and GOP President Donald Trump's hateful rhetoric and threats, News Guild President Bernie Lunzer is reminding both his locals and media bosses that firms must act to protect their workers…

Aída Chávez (2018-08-09). Carpenters, Steamfitters, and Other Trade Unions Coalesced Around Notorious Ferguson Prosecutor. Why? theintercept.com St. Louis County, Missouri, labor unions spent heavily in an effort to re-elect prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who was ousted on Tuesday by criminal justice reformer Wesley Bell, campaign finance reports reveal. | It's common for police unions to support prosecutors, but the labor groups who backed McCulloch came from the trade union movement: steamfitters, carpenters, electrical workers, and others with no obvious connection to the criminal justice system. Their support came in the form of both endorsements and campaign funds. The unions pumped in at least $25,000 of the $237,000 McCulloch raised during the campaign, arguing that his longtime support of organized labor deserved loyalty. | The unions' support for McCulloch is part of an emerging pattern. As a new Democratic insurgency has risen over the last year, unions have clung tightly to the old guard. In New York, they sided with Rep.

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2018-08-09). Has Trump Ushered In a Golden Age for News Media? thenation.com Has Trump Ushered In a Golden Age for News Media? appeared first on The Nation.

Sputnik News (2018-08-09). 'Trump's Offer To Iran To Start Talks Without Preconditions Is A Trap'. iranian.com Donald Trump said that anyone doing business with Iran will not be doing business with the US. Via Twitter, he said that sanctions imposed on Tehran were "the most biting," adding that he's asking for world peace. In response, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani accused the US of using "psychological warfare," aiming to "sow division among […]

INA (2018-08-09). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02— 08 August 2018). imemc.org Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 02-08 August, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed while another civilian succumbed to his pervious wounds.

The Conversation (2018-08-09). Republicans Are Panicking over Ohio's Special Election Results. alternet.org Democrats are energized and fielding quality candidates even in places that have not been competitive for them in recent election cycles. | Ohio's special election to fill the seat of retiring Republican Congressman Pat Tiberi was too close to call by the morning after the election. Republican Troy Balderson's lead was less than 1 percent ahead of his opponent, Democrat Danny O'Connor. Provisional and absentee ballots are being coun. . .

Ramzy Baroud (2018-08-09). Mahmoud Abbas: Stop Exploiting Ahed Tamimi for Personal Gain. counterpunch.org The father of 11-year-old, Abdul Rahman Nofal contacted me, asking for help. His son was shot in the leg during Gaza's 'Great March of Return' protests. The Strip's dilapidated health care system could not save the little boy's leg, as it was later amputated. His father, Yamen, himself a young man from the Buraij Refugee More

Whitney Webb (2018-08-09). Israel's IDF Sets New Annual Record for Killing Children in Palestine. mintpressnews.com Despite the IDF's killing of over 160 and the wounding of 17,000 unarmed Palestinian protesters, and despite the great international outcry this has caused, the Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that the IDF's rules of engagement are in line with "international parameters."

The Conversation (2018-08-09). Is It Legal for Trump to Ban Reporters from the White House? alternet.org The law provides a puzzling answer. | As long as reporters have covered government officials, they've sought greater access than the government was willing to allow. The White House excluded a CNN reporter from an international trade announcement with the president of the European Commission on July 25, in apparent retaliation after she sho. . .

Adolf Alzuphar (2018-08-09). Paz y Sol in Los Angeles, CA. counterpunch.org Paz Y Sol, as a way of putting "sunshine and the open shop" behind us in Los Angeles forever, all the while keeping the Sun. When Guy de Maupassant wrote Bel-Ami, he was delving into social climbers that were typical of the society of his day, and how they came to fill up government. Bel-Ami More

INA (2018-08-09). Israeli Airstrike Levels Five-story Building in Gaza City. imemc.org An Israeli airstrike on a cultural center in Gaza City, on Thursday, turned the five-story building into rubble, according to WAFA correspondence. He said that Israeli warplanes fired 10 missiles at the building, for no apparent reason other than to inflict as much damage as possible in Gaza. Israel has […]…

Whitney Webb (2018-08-09). 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.

Ruth Conniff (2018-08-09). Wisconsin Democrats Debate Who Can Beat Scott Walker. progressive.org Between two groups—the divided and the disaffected—lies the path to victory for Democrats in Wisconsin.

Merula Furtado (2018-08-09). Chicago's Violence Is Fueled by Neoliberalism. truthout.org More than 70 Chicago residents were shot — and at least 14 killed — during the first weekend of August as a wave of violence gripped parts of the city's South and West Sides. Chicago's crime rate is often sensationalized — Chicago is not, as it is often depicted, the most violent city in the country, or even the second or third most violent city in the country — but for those who live here, our city's violence is a revolving tragedy. Every week brings fresh stories of anguish and heartbreak, followed by the same pointless statements of politicians who have done nothing of substance to address the problem. And every week, parents on the South and West Sides, whose heartbreak and fears for their children should propel a city to action, are met with indifference, vilification and claims…

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-09). 'Much More Than a Law:' Argentine Activists Vow to Continue Abortion Fight. telesurtv.net The law to legalize abortions in Argentina may not have passed, but the struggle continues.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-09). After a Murder, A Community Seeks Answers. therealnews.com 20 year old Rashard Queen was killed in Baltimore's Ednor Gardens neighborhood last month, prompting community members to seek answers to the city's murder epidemic

Samantha Borek (2018-08-09). Prison Firefighting Program Pays a Dollar an Hour to Fight California Wildfires. truthout.org Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman with Nermeen Shaikh. | NERMEEN SHAIKH: We continue our coverage of the California wildfires with a look at who's actually fighting the fires, and it may just surprise you. In addition to roughly 7,000 full-time and seasonal California firefighters, the state relies on about 3,500 prisoners, including many women, to battle the blazes. The California Department of Corrections tweeted last week that at least 2,000 prisoners are currently fighting the wildfires burning across the state, including 58 youth offenders. Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown thanked the firefighters on the front lines, including those who are incarcerated. | GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN: You have heard there is a tremendous effort fighting these fires, and I want to personally thank all of the firefighters who are on the line — the members of CAL…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-09). Greece's Government and Creditors Downplay Austerity's Effects in 'National Tragedy' Wildfires. therealnews.com Greek journalist Aris Chatzistefanou says austerity has degraded Greece's ability to manage threats to public safety

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-08-09). "It Was All True": Minnesota Attorney General's Former Deputy Speaks Out About Participation in Political Work. theintercept.com D'Andre Norman, who worked for the attorney general for eight years, spoke to The Intercept about his role in political work on Lori Swanson's behalf.

ZeroHedge.com (2018-08-09). A NATO-Funded Team is Advising Facebook On Flagging "Propaganda" mintpressnews.com While the initiative was initially revealed last May through an official Facebook media release, more details of the controversial think tank's role have been revealed.

Middle East Monitor (2018-08-09). Turkey Continues Trading With Iran Despite US Sanctions. iranian.com Turkey will continue to commit to its long-term energy trade agreement despite the re-imposition of the United States (US) sanctions, Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Fatih Donmez announced yesterday. Speaking in an interview with a private Turkish channel, Donmaz said that his country buys about 9.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas from […]

Staff (2018-08-09). France: 1,600 Evacuated as Flash Floods Threaten Camp Sites. truthdig.com Hundreds of rescuers backed by helicopters evacuate almost 2,000 people, most of them campers, in three regions of southern France where heavy rain transformed rivers and streams into torrents.

INA (2018-08-09). Colombia to Recognize Palestinian State. imemc.org Colombia has reportedly decided to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, only days before Ivan Duque took office, according to an official letter by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Aria Angela Holguin, to the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Malki. The recognition came a few days before the end […]…

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2018-08-09). Militarism marches on: Congress defense budget bigger than Trump requested. peoplesworld.org

Ann Wright (2018-08-09). Freedom Flotilla Passengers Released by Israel. mintpressnews.com Defending their illegal blockade of Gaza against what they see as infiltrators rather than activists bringing aid and making a point, Israeli soldiers physically assaulted a number of delegates and arrested them, including a USS Liberty survivor.

Joan Walsh (2018-08-09). Ignore the Media Hype: Progressives Won Big Tuesday Night. thenation.com Ignore the Media Hype: Progressives Won Big Tuesday Night appeared first on The Nation.

Gary Leupp (2018-08-09). Is Russia an Adversary? counterpunch.org The question is finally being asked, by the president himself: what's wrong with collusion? Or at least his lawyer asks the question, while Trumps tweets: "Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn't matter because there was No Collusion." The problem of course is that of collusion with an alleged adversary. Russia we are constantly informed is More

Nick Anderson (2018-08-09). Yearning to Breathe Free. thenation.com Yearning to Breathe Free appeared first on The Nation.

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-08-09). North Carolina Republicans' Scheme to Change Election Rules in Their Favor Blows Up in Their Faces — Again. alternet.org GOP lawmakers in the North Carolina legislature keep passing new laws modifying how judicial elections work. It is not going well for them. | Ever since liberals won a majority on the Supreme Court in 2016, a truly insane battle has been raging in the state for the judiciary and the electoral process. Republican lawmakers keep changing and re-changing judicial. . .

splcenter.org (2018-08-09). SPLC fights back against Trump administration's attack on immigrants. splcenter.org As a young boy in Honduras, Jose was no stranger to violence and murder.

Staff (2018-08-09). Federal Agency Sent Immigrant Kids to Dangerous Youth Facility, Despite Warning Signs. truthdig.com By the time the federal government started sending immigrant children to Shiloh Treatment Center, the warning flags were waving blood red.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-08-09). Here Are 4 Shocking Revelations From the Secret Nunes Tape. alternet.org "If Sessions won't unrecuse & Mueller won't clear Trump we're the only ones. " | "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC has obtained a recording that was surreptitiously made at a GOP fundraiser in Spokane, Washington on July 30—one in which Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California offers a possible explanation on why GOP efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have hit a bump in the road: it might <. . .

Staff (2018-08-09). Court Orders Ban on Harmful Pesticide, Says EPA Violated Law. truthdig.com Trump administration officials endangered public health by allowing the wide use of chlorpyrifos, a federal appeals court rules. It cites extensive evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-08-09). Collins' Spokesperson Confirms Republican Congressman Has Been Paying Huge Legal Bills with Campaign Contributions. alternet.org Things keep looking worse for the overtly corrupt congressman. | Congratulations to Rep. Chris Collins' (R-NY) donors. Not only has he been arrested for insider trading, but you guys have been paying his rather impressive legal fees—up to $60,000 a month! A spokesman f. . .

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-08-09). Historian Traces Laura Ingraham's Racist Attack on Immigrants: Echoes 'Racial Citizenship Laws That Took Root in Nazi Germany'. alternet.org The host made open and chilling racist comments during her Wednesday broadcast. | Fox News host Laura Ingraham went on a shocking racist tirade during the Wednesday night broadcast of her show. "The America we know and love doesn't exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don't like," she said. "This is related to both illegal and. . .

Hunter, Daily Kos (2018-08-09). American Boatbuilders Are the Latest Casualty in Trump's Trade War. alternet.org The aluminum tariffs are causing boat prices to jump. | Add boatbuilders to the list of American industries taking a beating due to Trump's new tariffs and resulting trade war. A retaliatory European Union tariff of 25 percent is drying up sales overseas, and Trump's aluminum tariffs just happen to hit the thing that small recreational boats need a lot of:

Adam Johnson (2018-08-09). Laundering a Massacre By Labeling It a 'Clash'. fair.org As FAIR has noted before (e.g., Extra!, 1/17; FAIR.org, 4/2/18), the term "clash" is almost always used to launder power asymmetry and give the reader the impression of two equal warring sides. It obscures power dynamics and the nature of the conflict itself, e.g., who instigated it and what weapons if any were used. "Clash" […]…

teleSUR / mv-MH (2018-08-09). Mexico: 20 Bodies Found in Guadalajara In Just One Week. telesurtv.net Both graves were found by the authorities after citizen alerts.

Michelle Chen (2018-08-09). Who Profits From Our Prison System? thenation.com Who Profits From Our Prison System? appeared first on The Nation.

splcenter.org (2018-08-09). SPLC responds to attorney general's defense of anti-LGBT hate group, attack on SPLC. splcenter.org During his campaign, President Trump promised to be "a real friend" to the LGBT community. Yet, yesterday, his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, lauded the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a group that vilifies the LGBT community and promotes discrimination against it in the name of religion.

Samantha Borek (2018-08-09). The Coming Thunder of the Climate Change Voter. truthout.org I believe human-caused climate change is real and presents a direct and deepening threat to life on Earth as we know it. I believe the air, the food and the water are all in grave peril. I can't believe saying that remains controversial, because the evidence of it is literally on fire in front of us. The images are broadcast into our homes each night by the nightly news shows, whose anchors are at long last uttering the words, now that it might be too late. | Moses had the burning bush to show him the way; we have, among other things, the Mendocino Complex fire — the largest conflagration in California's recorded history. Fires in Europe are 43 percent above the norm, and Greece along with much of the Mediterranean region is projected to transform into a desert within…

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-08-09). Wall Street Journal Blows Up Trump's 'Red Wave' Fantasy — And Blames Him for Eroding Republican Support. alternet.org The president's claim is a delusion. | The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal delivered a reality check to President Donald Trump on Thursday morning, saying his claim of a " red wave" in the coming midterms could not be further from the truth. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted a simple all-caps " Paul Dobson (2018-08-09). Opposition Lawmaker Borges Named in Drone Bombing Investigation, Arrest Warrant Issued. venezuelanalysis.com The ex-National Assembly president is currently living in Bogota, Colombia.

INA (2018-08-09). Abbas Appeals to International Community in Halting Attacks on Gaza. imemc.org PA President Mahmoud Abbas held intensive meetings, today, with international contacts at all levels to stop the Israeli military escalation against the people of Gaza. According to the PNN, he called on the international community to intervene immediately, to stop the violence and prevent further destruction and instability in the region. Three citizens, including a pregnant woman and her infant daught…

Ali Abunimah (2018-08-09). Why does Rashida Tlaib Support US Military Aid to Israel? mintpressnews.com There has been much euphoria over the Michigan primary win on Tuesday that sets up Palestinian American Rashida Tlaib to become the first Muslim woman to enter Congress if, as widely expected, she wins the general election in November. | "As the child of immigrants and an Arab, Tlaib is acutely aware of the issues that impact our community," the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said in a message congratulating her. "In Congress, we know she will continue to be a strong advocate for the community, and we look forward to working with her." | That has been a widely shared sentiment — backed by an assumption that because she is a Palestinian American, Tlaib can be counted on to be a strong voice for Palestinian rights. | But hard political experience tells us otherwise, and the time to look at Tlaib's troubling relationship…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-09). $1 An Hour to Fight Largest Fire in CA History: Are Prison Firefighting Programs Slave Labor? democracynow.org California relies on thousands of prisoners, including many women, to battle the wildfires burning statewide. Prisoner firefighters gain training and earn time off of their sentences for good behavior, typically two days off for each day served. But critics of the program say the state is exploiting prisoners' eagerness to earn time for early release. While salaried firefighters earn an annual mean wage of $74,000 plus benefits, inmates earn just $2 per day with an additional $1 per hour when fighting an active fire. According to some estimates, California avoids spending about $80-$100 million a year by using pr…

Paul Edwards (2018-08-09). The Bonfire of Humanity. counterpunch.org What's the difference between an alcoholic or a junkie… and the American Deep State War Machine? Nothing. There isn't any. Both are deep in the grip of addictions. Neither can exist without its drug of choice. Alcohol or Heroin for the addict; money for the War Machine. Each will do anything for the fix it More

Staff (2018-08-09). New Trump Rule Would Give $2.5 Billion Tax Cut to Big Banks. truthdig.com Republican lawmakers are poised to hand even more money over to the institutions that need them least.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-09). America's For-Profit Criminal Justice is Crushing the Poor. therealnews.com A recent push by Senator Bernie Sanders to eliminate cash bail highlights how systemic monetizing of law enforcement continues to enrich cops, courts, and prosecutors

Dave Lindorff (2018-08-09). Mystery of the Underpaid American Worker. counterpunch.org Economists say they are stumped by a mystery: Since the US economy is doing so well, and unemployment is down to below 4%, which many argue is close to "full employment" in historic US terms, why is it that wages are not growing, and in fact, are lower in real dollars than they were in More

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-08-09). Megyn Kelly Wants Jimmy Kimmel Banned from Hosting Oscars for Saying Republicans Are 'Stupid'. alternet.org The morning show host continues to display her Fox News ideology. | NBC Today host Megyn Kelly said on Thursday that ABC host Jimmy Kimmel shouldn't be allowed to host the Oscars because of his comments about Republicans. Kimmel has become one of the most vocal voices in late-night against inhumane Republican policies and the corruption of the Trump administration. "If the Oscars want better ratings, they should really consider stopping the. . .

teleSUR/MS-MH (2018-08-09). Argentina's Senate Rejects Bill Legalizing Abortion. telesurtv.net After a close vote during a marathon session at the country's senate, the bill was rejected amid massive protests by women activists.

Ilana Novick (2018-08-09). German Drug Company Sues Nebraska Over Use of Drugs for Lethal Injection. truthdig.com Anti-capital-punishment advocates have an unlikely new ally in their fight against the death penalty: pharmaceutical companies.

Andrea Germanos (2018-08-09). Crime Against Humanity: 99-Year-Old Nuremberg Prosecutor Calls Out Trump's Detention of Children. mintpressnews.com Ferencz also denounced the ongoing "glorification of war-making." He said, "The capacity to kill human beings has grown faster than our capacity to meet their vital and justified needs," noting, "Nobody wins in war; the only winner is death."

INA (2018-08-09). Women Prisoners' Update: Susan Abu Ghannam Seized by Occupation Forces. imemc.org Photo: Susan Abu Ghannam, Wattan TV Susan Abu Ghannam, the mother of Mohammed Abu Ghannam, a 22-year-old man slain by Israeli occupation forces in Jerusalem on 21 July 2017, was seized by Israeli occupation forces who invaded her family home in Jerusalem on 5 August. Her detention was first extended […]…

Ron Jacobs (2018-08-09). I Can't Find It in Me to Defend Alex Jones. counterpunch.org The first I ever heard of Alex Jones was about twenty years ago. A fellow who came into the library I worked at who often stopped to engage me in conversation told me I needed to stay up late at night and listen to this guy named Alex Jones. According to this fellow, Jones had More

INA (2018-08-09). Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour Turns Herself In to Finish Sentence. imemc.org The Palestinian poet, photographer and social media activist Dareen Tatour, from the town of Reineh, in northern Israel, turned herself in on Wednesday, to the Israel Prison Service, to serve two months that were left of her five-month prison sentence, according local sources. An Israeli court had earlier sentence Tatour, […]…

Jordan Riefe (2018-08-09). Spike Lee Returns to Form With the Entertaining and Relevant 'BlacKkKlansman'. truthdig.com The "Do the Right Thing" Oscar nominee is in play again this awards season with a refreshing, in-your-face look at racism.

Cherise (2018-08-09). How Newspaper Closures Lead to Higher Costs for Local Governments. truthout.org

| Janine Jackson: An important article in the American Journalism Review, headlined "Missing the Story at the Statehouse," posed a troubling question: "State governments are doing more than ever. So why are newspapers paying less attention?" The piece ends with a Georgia reporter recalling an epiphany she had entering the state's House of Representatives. "I walked around the velvet rope and it dawned on me," said Lawrence Viele. "This is the cutoff point. We are it between the lobbyists clogging the hallways and the public policy makers. Especially as money continues to more and more affect the process, it's even more important that we are here." That article dates from 1998. | As local newspapers continue to…

teleSUR/jc-CM (2018-08-09). Guatemala: Anti-Corruption Group Urges Revamp of Justice System. telesurtv.net "Bringing order to the justice system is one of the pillars in the fight against corruption and impunity," said the anti-corruption group.

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-08-09). Jeff Sessions Tells Anti-Gay Gathering 'You Are Not a Hate Group' — Gets Immediately Schooled by Organization That Tracks Hate Groups. alternet.org Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen sent a letter to Sessions earlier this week explaining what a hate group is | Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Alliance Defending Freedom Wednesday night that they are not hate group. The ADF has been designated as a anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a organization that actively tracks a. . .

Whitney Webb (2018-08-09). Neocons Concoct Threat of "Iranian Hackers" to Justify Preemptive "Counterattack" Against Iran. mintpressnews.com Recent warnings of an imminent Iranian cyberattack on the U.S. are dubious at best — aimed at ending the U.S.' isolation through dishonest intelligence, while justifying a U.S. "preemptive counterattack" on Iran's infrastructure in a bid to further destabilize the nation.

Chris Orlet (2018-08-09). Up From Conservatism. counterpunch.org Conventional wisdom holds that one cannot change his political stripes, therefore it is a waste of time to try to convince a Trump voter to cast his ballot for a Democrat, or vice versa. But while defections are rare, they are not unprecedented. Both Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Warren, for example, famously switched sides. So More

Sara Manisera (2018-08-09). Syrian Women Seek the Truth About Their Missing Loved Ones. thenation.com Syrian Women Seek the Truth About Their Missing Loved Ones appeared first on The Nation.

Shilpa Jindia (2018-08-09). Psychologists Vote Not to Return to Guantánamo Amid Heated Debate Over Torture Legacy. theintercept.com The governing council of the American Psychological Association voted Wednesday against a proposal to allow military psychologists to return to Guantánamo Bay, after a fraught debate that had reopened controversy over the organization's involvement in the early days of the war on terror. | The proposal would have amended the ethics policy of a 2015 resolution by the association, which banned psychologists from working at detention sites that are in violation of international human rights law, such as Guantánamo. Current policy allows for independent psychologists to treat both military personnel and detainees in illegal settings, but only if they work directly for the detainee or a human rights organization, which precludes offering their services at Guantánamo, because the military does not allow civilian psychologists access to the prison. | The proposal inserted language that would allow psychologists to work in national security settings…

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