2018-08-09: Social Media Postees

How Bad are Things for the GOP? A Democratic House Candidate got 30,000 Write-In Votes in Michigan
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-08-10
Matt Morgan will face off against Republican incumbent Rep. Jack Bergman in the November election in Michigan's 1st Congressional District. | The post How Bad are Things for the GOP? A Democratic House Candidate got 30,000 Write-In Votes in Michigan appeared first on The Intercept.
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'Evil genius' Trump will be 'last president of US', filmmaker Michael Moore warns
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-10
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.
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US can afford 'unlimited war' but not Medicare for all, says Ocasio-Cortez
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-09
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.
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Ocasio-Cortez: Why Are Our Pockets Empty for Health Care and Education?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-09
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…
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73 Years After U.S. Dropped Atom Bomb on Nagasaki, Survivor Warns About Threat of Nuclear Warfare
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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Seventy-Three Years Later, Nagasaki Survivor Warns Against Nuclear Warfare
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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73 Years After Atomic Bombing of Japan: Nuclear Threat More Immediate Than Ever
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-09
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 | The post 73 Years After Atomic Bombing of Japan: Nuclear Threat More Immediate Than…
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Wisconsin Democrats Debate Who Can Beat Scott Walker
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2018-08-09
Between two groups–the divided and the disaffected–lies the path to victory for Democrats in Wisconsin.
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SPLC responds to attorney general's defense of anti-LGBT hate group, attack on SPLC
splcenter.org | splcenter.org | 2018-08-09
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.
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Watch: Arkansas Officer Tells Group of Black Residents They 'Don't Belong in My City'
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
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. . .
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Turkey Continues Trading With Iran Despite US Sanctions
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-08-09
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 […] | The post Turkey Continues Trading With Iran Despite US Sanctions appeared first on The Iranian.
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Citing Trump threats, News Guild demands safety measures for journalists
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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$1 An Hour to Fight Largest Fire in CA History: Are Prison Firefighting Programs Slave Labor?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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Zarif: Iran Wants To Restore Relations With Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-08-09
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said his country wants to restore relations with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, calling for dialogue to confront "extremism" in the region. "As the President of the Republic had said, we are planning on restoring relations with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, and we have always […] | The post Zarif: Iran Wants To Restore Relations With Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain appeared first on The Iranian.
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'Not Acceptable': Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Deporting Asylum Seekers — And Threatens to Hold Sessions in Contempt
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
"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. . .
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Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour Turns Herself In to Finish Sentence
INA | imemc.org | 2018-08-09
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, …

Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour Turns Herself In to Finish Sentence

A Koch Brothers-Commissioned Survey Found Americans Really Like Free College and Universal Health Care
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
The billionaires didn't get the results they were hoping for at all. | When Charles and David Koch's marketing and communications group In Pursuit Of conducted a survey on a variety of issues in late July, the billionaires were obviously hoping for a very libertarian outcome. But the survey indicated that while many Americans are libertarian on so. . .
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How "right to work" went down on the ground in Missouri
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-09
St. LOUIS — Election Day, August 7, 4: 30 a.m. Aside from the few city busses making their early morning stops, the streets were quiet. Daylight was still an hour away. Rainfall was expected most of the day. Across the city of St. Louis–and the entire state of Missouri–union and non-u…
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Psychologists Vote Not to Return to Guantánamo Amid Heated Debate Over Torture Legacy
Shilpa Jindia | theintercept.com | 2018-08-09
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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The Koch Brothers Commissioned a Survey of Americans and Found Most Like a $15 Minimum Wage, Free College, and Universal Health Care
Nick Surgey | theintercept.com | 2018-08-09
Where the Koch brothers see government tyranny, most Americans see common-sense solutions to basic problems, it turns out. | The post The Koch Brothers Commissioned a Survey of Americans and Found Most Like a $15 Minimum Wage, Free College, and Universal Health Care appeared first on The Intercept.
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Portland Protest Shows New Far-Right Trend
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-09
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Roundup of anti-Muslim events and activities 8/9/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-08-09
The following is a list of anti-Muslim activities and events. Organizations listed as anti-Muslim hate groups are designated with an asterisk (*).
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Greece's Government and Creditors Downplay Austerity's Effects in 'National Tragedy' Wildfires
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-09
Greek journalist Aris Chatzistefanou says austerity has degraded Greece's ability to manage threats to public safety | The post Greece's Government and Creditors Downplay Austerity's Effects in 'National Tragedy' Wildfires appeared first on The Real News Network.
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The Case for Imposing Sanctions on Donald Trump
John Feffer | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-09
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 who hated Saddam Hussein (as well as those who thought he was a demi-god) suffered nearly 13 years of a financial and trade embargo imposed by the United Nations in 1990. Iranians who dislike their government (as well as those who believe fervently in the Islamic Republic) have weathered nearly 40 years of sanctions. And Cubans who disagree with the Castros (as well as those who consider the brothers to be the saviors of the island nation) have endured a nearly 60-year embargo imposed by the…
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Can Alessandra Biaggi and Julia Salazar Unseat the GOP in Albany?
Raina Lipsitz | thenation.com | 2018-08-09
Can Alessandra Biaggi and Julia Salazar Unseat the GOP in Albany? appeared first on The Nation.
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Zimbabwe Opposition's Democratic Hopes Dashed as Ruling Party Returns to Mugabe Mode After Disputed Election
Elise Swain | theintercept.com | 2018-08-09
The opposition hoped for a democratic blossoming in Zimbabwe and an end to the country's isolation. Instead, they got more of the same. | The post Zimbabwe Opposition's Democratic Hopes Dashed as Ruling Party Returns to Mugabe Mode After Disputed Election appeared first on The Intercept.
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Pence Outlines Plan for New Space Force by 2020
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-09
The vice president says the creation of a sixth, separate military service will fulfill President Trump's vow to assure U.S. dominance in space. | The post Pence Outlines Plan for New Space Force by 2020 appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Fox News' Shep Smith Mocks Trump's Space Force: 'We Are Sad to Report' No Jedis or Wookies
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
The host delivered a deadpan takedown of the president's idiotic plan. | Fox News anchor Shep Smith mocked Vice President Mike Pence's announcement of the U. S. Space Force on Thursday. President Donald Trump had repeatedly floated the idea in public before Pence's statement. "There will be no Millennium Falcon, no Jedis or Wookiees we are sad to report," Smith said. "But if the White House gets its way, in this special case, there will. . .
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Amazon's Worst Bargain Yet
Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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Venezuelanalysis: Official Statement on Facebook's Removal of Our Page
Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-08-09
VA's Facebook page was arbitrarily removed by the social media tech-giant on Thursday morning.
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Up From Conservatism
Chris Orlet | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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American Boatbuilders Are the Latest Casualty in Trump's Trade War
Hunter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
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:
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As Violence Consumes Dhaka, Protesters Struggle to Get Their Story Out
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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Experts: If We Don't Stop Climate Change, CA Fires "Will Seem Mild In Comparison to What's Coming"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-09
The Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California is now the largest wildfire ever recorded in California's history. It started burning in July–the state's hottest month on record. Of the 20 largest wildfires in California history, 15 have occurred since 2000. This year's fires have already burned nearly three times as many acres as the same time last year. Experts say climate change has increased the length of fire season. In Oakland, California, we speak with Michael Brune, the director of the Sierra Club. We also speak with Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State Univer…
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Detainee Suspends Hunger Strike After Reaching An Agreement For His Release
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-09
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 …

Detainee Suspends Hunger Strike After Reaching An Agreement For His Release

Federal Agency Sent Immigrant Kids to Dangerous Youth Facility, Despite Warning Signs
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-09
By the time the federal government started sending immigrant children to Shiloh Treatment Center, the warning flags were waving blood red. | The post Federal Agency Sent Immigrant Kids to Dangerous Youth Facility, Despite Warning Signs appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Republicans Are Panicking over Ohio's Special Election Results
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
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. . .
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Isolate Trump By Sanctioning His Businesses
John Feffer | iranian.com | 2018-08-09
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 […] | The post Isolate Trump By Sanctioning His Businesses appeared first on The Iranian.
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The Media and Our "Ignorant, Credulous and Propagandized People"
Terry Simons | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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Social Leader Milagro Sala Starts A Hunger Strike
teleSUR/mv-CM | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-09
"Milagro Sala started a dry hunger strike after being arbitrarily transferred to the Federal Criminal Court of Salta," according to supporters.
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Israel's IDF Sets New Annual Record for Killing Children in Palestine
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-09
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 post Israel's IDF Sets New Annual Record for Killing Children in Palestine appeared first on MintPress News.
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Drones Over Caracas: the Bolivaran Revolution has been Strengthened
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-09
The foiled assassination attempt against President Nicolás Maduro Moros on August 4 in Caracas will decisively strengthen the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela and make it invincible. It would seem that such a crime was all that was left for the Venezuelan counterrevolution to completely lose the credibility it has enjoyed among the few sectors of…
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Abbas Appeals to International Community in Halting Attacks on Gaza
INA | imemc.org | 2018-08-09
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…

Abbas Appeals to International Community in Halting Attacks on Gaza

Mystery of the Underpaid American Worker
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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Internet Rips Ben Shapiro for $10K Offer to Debate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: He'll 'Pay a Woman Just to Talk to Him'
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
The proposal was an open display of entitled male privilege. | Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro offered New York Democratic primary congressional winner Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez $10,000 to publicly debate him. The offer backfired as the public reaction was one of mockery to Shapiro's desperation. "I would love to have a real conversation with you about the issues," Shapiro said. "Not only am I eager to discuss the issues with you," he cont. . .
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The Crisis in Corbyn's Labour Party is Over Israel, Not Anti-Semitism
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-09
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.
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Court Orders Ban on Harmful Pesticide, Says EPA Violated Law
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-09
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. | The post Court Orders Ban on Harmful Pesticide, Says EPA Violated Law appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Is It Legal for Trump to Ban Reporters from the White House?
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
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. . .
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Israel officially recognizes colonial settlement outpost built on stolen Palestinian land
Celine Hagbard | imemc.org | 2018-08-09
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 …

Israel officially recognizes colonial settlement outpost built on stolen Palestinian land

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

| "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…
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Chile: Supreme Court President Meets Relatives of the Disappeared
teleSUR/vc-CM | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-09
Relatives of the victims of the last dictatorship met with the court president to condemn the release of persons charged with crimes against humanity.
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Paz y Sol in Los Angeles, CA
Adolf Alzuphar | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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Argentina's Senate Rejects Bill Legalizing Abortion
teleSUR/MS-MH | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-09
After a close vote during a marathon session at the country's senate, the bill was rejected amid massive protests by women activists.
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The Bonfire of Humanity
Paul Edwards | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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Mexico: 20 Bodies Found in Guadalajara In Just One Week
teleSUR / mv-MH | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-09
Both graves were found by the authorities after citizen alerts.
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'Trump's Offer To Iran To Start Talks Without Preconditions Is A Trap'
Sputnik News | iranian.com | 2018-08-09
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 […] | The post 'Trump's Offer To Iran To Start Talks Without Preconditions Is A Trap' appeared first on The Iranian.
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Spike Lee Returns to Form With the Entertaining and Relevant 'BlacKkKlansman'
Jordan Riefe | truthdig.com | 2018-08-09
The "Do the Right Thing" Oscar nominee is in play again this awards season with a refreshing, in-your-face look at racism. | The post Spike Lee Returns to Form With the Entertaining and Relevant 'BlacKkKlansman' appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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InfoWars' Hateful Content Appears to Blatantly Violate Twitter Policy — But the CEO Is Claiming Otherwise
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said InfoWars wasn't banned from Twitter because he doesn't violate Twitter Policy. CNN fact checked that claim. | Notorious far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has seen his InfoWars site banned from much of social media over the past several days. Facebook, YouTube, and Apple have. . .
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Crime Against Humanity: 99-Year-Old Nuremberg Prosecutor Calls Out Trump's Detention of Children
Andrea Germanos | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-09
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." | The post Crime Against Humanity: 99-Year-Old Nuremberg Prosecutor Calls Out Trump's Detention of Children appeared first on MintPress News.
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Megyn Kelly Wants Jimmy Kimmel Banned from Hosting Oscars for Saying Republicans Are 'Stupid'
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
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. . .
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Judge orders government to turn around deportation plane
ACLU | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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Flirting With the Fires of Hell
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-09
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Consortium News Radio– Episode 1: Peter Van Buren
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-08-09
INTRODUCING Consortium News Radio, an ongoing series of radio interviews with newsmakers and Consortium News writers intended to delve deeper into stories published on Consortium News. On the premiere edition of Consortium News Radio we speak with Peter Van Buren,… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/08/09/co…

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

Freedom Flotilla Passengers Released by Israel
Ann Wright | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-09
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. | The post Freedom Flotilla Passengers Released by Israel appeared first on MintPress News.
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Prison Firefighting Program Pays a Dollar an Hour to Fight California Wildfires
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-09
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…
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Why does Rashida Tlaib Support US Military Aid to Israel?
Ali Abunimah | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-09
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…
mintpressnews.com/why-does-rashi…

A NATO-Funded Team is Advising Facebook On Flagging "Propaganda"
ZeroHedge.com | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-09
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. | The post A NATO-Funded Team is Advising Facebook On Flagging "Propaganda" appeared first on MintPress News.
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Syrian Women Seek the Truth About Their Missing Loved Ones
Sara Manisera | thenation.com | 2018-08-09
Syrian Women Seek the Truth About Their Missing Loved Ones appeared first on The Nation.
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Apple's CEO Tim Cook– Serf Labor, Overpriced iPhones, and Wasted Burning Profits
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-09
The New York Times screamed its Headline– "In 1997, Apple was 90 Days from Going Broke. On Thursday [Aug. 2, 2018], It Became the first publicly traded American company to be valued at…$1,000,000,000,000." The first trillion dollar company! The boosters and commentators cheered, adding, "How High Could it Go?" In CEO's Tim Cook's announcement, we…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/09/appl…

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

Historian Traces Laura Ingraham's Racist Attack on Immigrants: Echoes 'Racial Citizenship Laws That Took Root in Nazi Germany'
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
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. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/h…

Neocons Concoct Threat of "Iranian Hackers" to Justify Preemptive "Counterattack" Against Iran
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-09
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. | The post Neocons Concoct Threat of "Iranian Hackers" to Justify Preemptive "Counterattack" Against Iran appeared first on MintPress News.
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It's Official: Pro-Trump News Broadcaster's Mega Merger is Dead
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
Once considered a foregone conclusion, the merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group with Tribune Media is officially off. | In a victory for free and independent journalism, Tribune Media said on Thursday that it is pulling out of its $3. 9 billion merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group, putting the final nail in the coffin of a deal that had seemed inev. . .
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Who Profits From Our Prison System?
Michelle Chen | thenation.com | 2018-08-09
Who Profits From Our Prison System? appeared first on The Nation.
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"Big Win for the Public": The Awful Tribune-Sinclair Merger Is Dead
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-09
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,
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Chicago's Violence Is Fueled by Neoliberalism
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-08-09
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…
truthout.org/articles/chicagos-v…

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

Opposition Lawmaker Borges Named in Drone Bombing Investigation, Arrest Warrant Issued
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-08-09
The ex-National Assembly president is currently living in Bogota, Colombia.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13987

The State Lawsuit That Could Set a Precedent for Nationwide Student-Loan Refunds
Natalia Abrams, Senya Merchant | thenation.com | 2018-08-09
The State Lawsuit That Could Set a Precedent for Nationwide Student-Loan Refunds appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/state-laws…

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

After a Murder, A Community Seeks Answers
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-09
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 | The post After a Murder, A Community Seeks Answers appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/after-a-…

UN: 'Well-being of 2 Million' in Gaza at Stake as Emergency Fuel Runs Dry
INA | imemc.org | 2018-08-09
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 …

UN: ‘Well-being of 2 Million’ in Gaza at Stake as Emergency Fuel Runs Dry

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

"It Was All True": Minnesota Attorney General's Former Deputy Speaks Out About Participation in Political Work
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2018-08-09
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. | The post "It Was All True": Minnesota Attorney General's Former Deputy Speaks Out About Participation in Political Work appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/08/09/lori…

Yearning to Breathe Free
Nick Anderson | thenation.com | 2018-08-09
Yearning to Breathe Free appeared first on The Nation.
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German Drug Company Sues Nebraska Over Use of Drugs for Lethal Injection
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-08-09
Anti-capital-punishment advocates have an unlikely new ally in their fight against the death penalty: pharmaceutical companies. | The post German Drug Company Sues Nebraska Over Use of Drugs for Lethal Injection appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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The U.S. is Funding a War on Poor People in the Philippines
Noah Alexander Flora | progressive.org | 2018-08-09
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.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-u…

I Didn't Join Facebook to "Feel Safe"
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-09
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…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/09/i-di…

Devin Nunes Admits Desire to Undermine Mueller Probe in Recording
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-09
In a newly released recording of Rep. Devin Nunes at a recent GOP fundraiser, the California Republican made explicit what many have long suspected regarding his actions toward special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe: He views his main task not as getting to the truth or fighting for justice but as protecting President Donald Trump. | The audio was first released Wednesday night on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show." Maddow said it was provided to her by the progressive group Fuse Washington, which bought a ticket to the fundraising event. | Speaking on the topic of the probe, Nunes said in the recording: "If Sessions won't un-recuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones — which is really the danger. That's why I keep — and thank you for saying it, by the way — I mean, we have to…
truthdig.com/articles/devin-nune…

North Carolina Republicans' Scheme to Change Election Rules in Their Favor Blows Up in Their Faces — Again
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
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. . .
alternet.org/north-carolina-repu…

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

Women Prisoners' Update: Susan Abu Ghannam Seized by Occupation Forces
INA | imemc.org | 2018-08-09
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 …

Women Prisoners’ Update: Susan Abu Ghannam Seized by Occupation Forces

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

Jeff Sessions Tells Anti-Gay Gathering 'You Are Not a Hate Group' — Gets Immediately Schooled by Organization That Tracks Hate Groups
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
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. . .
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Here Are 4 Shocking Revelations From the Secret Nunes Tape
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-09
"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
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Flotilla Passengers Released by Israel; Many Battered and Bruised; USS Liberty Survivor Held Days
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-08-09
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. By Ann Wright… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/08/09/fl…

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

| 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…
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The Coming Thunder of the Climate Change Voter
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-09
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…
truthout.org/articles/the-coming…

France: 1,600 Evacuated as Flash Floods Threaten Camp Sites
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-09
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. | The post France: 1,600 Evacuated as Flash Floods Threaten Camp Sites appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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