2018-08-10: News Headlines

Zaid Jilani (2018-08-10). Democrats Complain About Green Party "Spoilers," but Few in Congress Back a Solution: Ranked-Choice Voting. theintercept.com Recent Midwestern election results have generated criticism of so-called spoiler candidates. A bill in the House could help, but only five in Congress have signed on.

Ted Rall (2018-08-10). Corporate Democrats Would Rather Lose Than Include Progressives. counterpunch.org When 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset a ten-term incumbent congressman in Queens, New York in a set of Democratic primaries that saw self-proclaimed democratic socialists in the Bernie Sanders mold pick up seats across the country, The New York Times (which, true to its institutional establishmentarianism, didn't bother to cover her campaign) predicted that her victory More

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-08-10). Laura Ingraham's 'Demographic Changes" Rant is Not a Matter of Law and Order — It's a Rallying Cry to Trump's Base. alternet.org Laura Ingraham's racist rant: Fueling fears of a changing America is GOP's midterm strategy | The big earthquake of the 2018 primary season so far has been the unseating of powerful Democratic House leader Joe Crowley by 28-year-old democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez in New York. This isn't a common occurrence, needless to say, but it does happen from time to time, most recently four years ago when an obscure economics professor n. . .

RT (2018-08-10). Ocasio-Cortez v Ben Shapiro: Dem candidate refuses 'catcalling' debate offer. rt.com Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has declined Ben Shapiro's challenge to debate him for $10,000, likening the conservative host's offer to catcalling.

Samantha Borek (2018-08-10). Fueling Fears of a Changing US Is the GOP's Midterm Strategy. truthout.org The big earthquake of the 2018 primary season so far has been the unseating of powerful Democratic House leader Joe Crowley by 28-year-old democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez in New York. This isn't a common occurrence, needless to say, but it does happen from time to time, most recently four years ago when an obscure economics professor named David Brat unseated GOP House leader and "young gun" Eric Cantor in Virginia. At that time, much of the chattering class chalked the defeat up to "all politics is local," saying that Cantor had neglected his district. That analysis was wrong. Brat won because of one very hot issue that was boiling over in the right-wing media: immigration. | The right-wing star most responsible for pushing that issue into the GOP mainstream was talk radio host Laura Ingraham. | Before her promotion to Fox News primetime…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-10). Headlines for August 10, 2018. democracynow.org Puerto Rican Government Admits At Least 1,427 People Died After Hurricane Maria, Judge Threatens to Hold Sessions in Contempt of Court over Asylum Seekers' Deportation, Trump Admin Has Still Not Reunited 559 Separated Children with Their Parents, Trump Travel Ban Preventing Iranian Woman from Seeking Life-Saving Treatment in U.S., Melania Trump's Parents Become U.S. Citizens Through Process Trump Wants to Eliminate, Fox's Laura Ingraham Faces Backlash After Going on Racist Tirade, Pence Calls for Military Space Force to Maintain "American Supremacy" in Outer Space, New Details Emerge About U.S.-Backed Bombing of…

Elliott Gabriel (2018-08-10). As Denuclearization Talks Stagnate, North Korea's Foreign Minister Heads to Iran. mintpressnews.com Pyongyang may be realizing the lessons it can learn from the fate of the JCPOA, namely that any ground ceded by Washington may well be a tactical retreat that doesn't veer from a strategy steeped in hostile intent.

Marilyn Bechtel (2018-08-10). Nuclear abolition: Protesters confront Livermore Lab on Hiroshima anniversary. peoplesworld.org LIVERMORE, Calif.—Hundreds gathered outside the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory here Aug. 6, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the devastating U.S. nuclear bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to pledge a greatly stepped-up fight to abolish nuclear weapons worldwid…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-10). New US Sanctions on Russia and Iran Raise Tensions, May Backfire. therealnews.com The US has imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia over the Skripal poisoning in Britain, despite the absence to date of evidence. This follows the reimposition of Iran sanctions following Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The sanctions will further bleed the targeted countries, but could they backfire? We speak to journalist…

pacbi (2018-08-10). Western Authors Take Stand in Israel/Palestine Conflict by Refusing to Be Published in Israel. bdsmovement.net Western Authors Take Stand in Israel/Palestine Conflict by Refusing to Be Published in Israel: In the News Cultural BoycottRenowned authors have refused to have their works distributed by Israeli publishers in a stand for Palestinian rights. | July 18, 2018 | By: | | Melville House Books

Whitney Webb (2018-08-10). Court Bans Harmful Pesticide that Trump EPA Tried to Keep on the Market. mintpressnews.com The court's decision was a rare and hard-fought victory over the deals often made between the EPA and major chemical corporations behind closed doors at the expense of public health.

Merula Furtado (2018-08-10). Stand Your Ground Law Is Back in Spotlight After Parking Lot Shooting. truthout.org On August 6, several hundred people attended a rally at the St. John Primitive Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida, for Markeis McGlockton, the 28-year-old who was killed last month after a parking dispute outside a convenience store by 47-year-old Michael Drejka. | The local county sheriff declined to file charges against Drejka, citing Florida's Stand Your Ground law. | During the rally, Rev. Al Sharpton and several Florida Democratic candidates for governor condemned the law, which first came to public attention after the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. | The "Stand Your Ground [law] should be repealed. I believe Stand Your Ground has no place in civilized society," said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is running as a Democratic candidate for governor. "Beyond Stand Your Ground, we have to be willing to take on the [National Rifle Association (NRA)].

James Munson (2018-08-10). The Upside of Defeat. counterpunch.org Capitalism is a 'totalizing' force, like the Holocaust, or slavery. As the thesis goes, a few contained the lot by depriving them of any vision beyond their present walls. We tend to rate capitalism different because were sold patched-up versions, whereas no one imagines a 'reformed' holocaust or 'progressive' slave-holders. When it serves, or when More

Jonita Davis (2018-08-10). Progressive parenting: Raising little activists and keeping them safe. peoplesworld.org NEW ORLEANS—Recent years have seen many young people taking up the activist mantle and running with it. This year alone saw national walkouts to protest gun violence in high schools all across the country. There was also the March for Our Families and other demonstrations that brought multitude…

Samantha Borek (2018-08-10). As an Investor in Biotech Stock, Republican Chris Collins May Have Overshared. truthout.org Rep. Chris Collins never stopped telling friends and family about his involvement with Innate Immunotherapeutics, a small Australian biotech company. | The New York Republican sat on Innate's board and had invested millions in the company. His son owned Innate shares. So did numerous friends as well as Tom Price, a fellow congressman who became secretary of Health and Human Services in 2017. | "I talk about it all the time," Collins once said of Innate to CNN. | He talked one time too many, according to federal prosecutors who on Wednesday charged him and two others with violating insider trading laws. | Collins leaked sensitive information about a failed clinical trial last year that quickly reached seven people who were able to dump Innate shares before the bad news got out, according to an indictment filed Wednesday in US District…

Colin Todhunter (2018-08-10). India: The State of Independence. counterpunch.org India celebrates its independence from Britain on 15 August. However, the system of British colonial dominance has been replaced by a new hegemony based on the systemic rule of transnational capital, enforced by global institutions like the World Bank and WTO. At the same time, global agribusiness corporations are stepping into the boots of the More

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-10). Chile: Supreme Court President Meets Relatives of the Disappeared. telesurtv.net Relatives of the victims of the last dictatorship met with the court president to condemn the release of persons charged with crimes against humanity.

History News Network (2018-08-10). Here's What Al Capone's Biographers Think of Donald Trump. alternet.org While interpreting presidential pronouncements can be difficult work these days, we—as Capone's most recent biographers—feel a certain duty to place his comments in context. | Amid a recent flurry of distressing and disturbing statements from President Donald Trump, one of his more bizarre utterances has gotten lost in the shuffle. Spe. . .

Staff (2018-08-10). Kobach Recuses Himself From Kansas Vote Count Amid Public Pressure. truthdig.com Governor Jeff Colyer has called the secretary of state's handling of ballots in their primary battle "inconsistent with Kansas law."

Staff (2018-08-10). You Are Here. truthdig.com "Never Lost Again: The Google Mapping Revolution That Sparked New Industries and Augmented Our Reality" | A book By Bill Kilday | Bill Kilday opens his tech memoir about the digital mapping revolution with a rumination about angrily getting lost on Boston's convoluted highways. Now practically unheard of, and inconceivable to the smartphone generation, this was once a daily source of misery for travelers: "Somehow I got turned around on my way home," Kilday writes in "Never Lost Again." "In frustration, I pounded my fist against my car's dashboard, yelling at nobody but myself, while driving five miles in the wrong direction down Route 2, looking for the next roundabout. Or maybe it was 3A?" | Click here to read long excerpts from "Never Lost Again" at Google Books. | How routine it now is that we can simply swipe open a…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-10). Trump Ally Rep. Chris Collins Arrested for Insider Trading — Is the Swamp Drained Now? therealnews.com White collar criminologist Bill Black analyzes the significance of Rep. Chris Collins arrest for insider trading along with his son and son's fiance's father on 13 counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and making false statements to the FBI. Collins was first Congressman to endorse Trump and is one of his closest confidants

Kim Ives (2018-08-10). Who is Jean-Henry Céant, Haiti's New Prime Minister Nominee? counterpunch.org On Sun., Aug. 5, Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse nominated two-time presidential candidate Jean Henry Céant, 61, leader of the Renmen Ayiti (Love Haiti) party, to be his next prime minister. If approved by Parliament, Céant would replace Jack Guy Lafontant, who resigned on Sat., Jul. 14 as MoàØse's first prime minister following a three-day nationwide uprising More

Howard Lisnoff (2018-08-10). The Use and Misuse of Charity: the Luck of the Draw in a Predatory System. counterpunch.org The appeal appeared on the Huffington Post. It was one of these Go Fund Me requests. It looked bonafide and the story behind the appeal was compelling: A high-school kid would not be able to attend college if he didn't get some sort of funding. His parents had cut him off because he was gay and More

Staff (2018-08-10). $3.9-Billion Buyout of Tribune by Sinclair Ends in Acrimony. truthdig.com The significant outlet for conservative views is thwarted in its efforts to rapidly expand into new markets. Tribune files lawsuit, accusing Sinclair of engaging in "unnecessarily aggressive and protracted" talks with federal officials.

Jessicah Pierre (2018-08-10). A Black Woman Has to Work 200 More Days to Earn What a White Man Makes in a Year. counterpunch.org The gender wage gap continues to harm women, their families, and the economy, despite women being in the workforce for decades. But not all women are marginalized by this disparity in the same way. In 1996, the National Committee on Pay Equity decided to bring awareness to the wage gap by creating National Equal Pay More

Manuel García, Jr. (2018-08-10). Guesstimating Our Own Gà∂tterdà§mmerung. counterpunch.org Max Bràºckner's sketch for the set design of the final scene of Wagner's "Gà∂tterdà§mmerung." We humans are our own Gods, and advancing climate change is the prelude to our own Gà∂tterdà§mmerung. Here then is my speculation (wild ass guess) of a schedule for the possible catastrophic events leading to human (and other) extinction by the More

Robert Hunziker (2018-08-10). Peter Wadhams, Professor Emeritus, Ocean Physics. counterpunch.org Scripps Institution of Oceanography (est. 1903) La Jolla, CA is the perfect location for meeting a world famous climate scientist. It is one of the most beautifully sculpted campuses on the face of the planet, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, an inviting scenario for serious surfers, but it also beckons top-notch scientists from around the world. More

Joan Kresich (2018-08-10). The Blazing Light of Margie Kidder. counterpunch.org My candle burns at both ends It shall not last the night But ah my foes and oh my friends It gives a lovely light. Early in our friendship Margie told me she wanted me to read this poem at her memorial. What were we talking about, and why this directive? I can't remember. I More

Samantha Borek (2018-08-10). US and Russian Filmmakers With Disabilities Collaborate in New Documentary. truthout.org While tensions between the US and Russia continue to heat up, one group of filmmakers has found a way to strengthen ties between the two countries through a common bond: their disabilities. A new film premiering tonight in New York follows the Media Enabled Musketeers, American and Russian filmmakers with disabilities, as they make original films to tell their stories. "All For One" tells the story of 35 Russians and 13 Americans who collaborated to create films about everyday issues to empower themselves, educate the public and provide more opportunities for people with disabilities. These include films about accessibility, finding love, confronting prejudice and following dreams. For more we speak with Jon Alpert, co-founder of Downtown Community Television Center, or DCTV, the country's oldest community media center. He is the co-director of the Media Enabled Musketeers project. We also speak with Jon Novick and Ben Rosloff, filmmakers with Media Enabled Musketeers. | Please check back later for full transcript.

Norah Vawter (2018-08-10). A Letter to My Child on a Changing Planet. counterpunch.org To my five-year-old son: By the time you're my age, the year will be 2051. I don't know what the planet will look like. And that scares me. Today, it's obvious that nature is changing too fast, too much. Of course, nature's not the culprit. We are. Humans. Your parents, your grandparents, and so many More

Mundher Al Adhami (2018-08-10). On the Iraqi Protests, Now in Their Second Month. counterpunch.org Friends keep asking for comments on the continuous popular protests in the Iraqi southern provinces. It feels unsafe for activists in the Iraqi Anti-Occupation movement to give a worthy account of events on the ground. Less so to analyze their significance and potential beyond recognizing that a huge psychological shift is underway amongst the youth. More

Mark Fiore (2018-08-10). The Leaning Tower of Trump (Video). truthdig.com The shifting explanations of the famed 2016 Trump Tower meeting between the Trump campaign and Kremlin connected operatives seem to be inching closer to the truth.

Merula Furtado (2018-08-10). Mexico's Ban Advances Broader Fight to End Fracking in North America. truthout.org Mexico City — Those who have been fighting fracking describe hydraulic fracturing rigs as harbingers of death and destruction, and with good reason. Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking, has become synonymous with the contamination of the air, land and water, and for this reason, communities throughout the continent have persistently resisted, fighting by every means possible to stop the practice. The effort by grassroots activists to take on multinational oil and gas companies is a classic example of a battle between David and Goliath. | But opponents of fracking recently had cause to celebrate. On August 1, 2018, Mexican President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that under his government the nonconventional extraction method would no longer be used, marking a major step in the fight to end fracking in North America. Although other jurisdictions have moved to ban…

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-10). 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.

teleSUR/ef-LJS (2018-08-10). Central American Customs Union Solidifies With JOH, Morales. telesurtv.net The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala are set to meet on August 20 to discuss plans to move forward with a Central American trade bloc.

candice (2018-08-10). Lawyers Turn to Activism as Civil Liberties Come Under Attack. truthout.org | To train a new generation of lawyers to fight for the rights of immigrants after the 2016 elections, Claire Thomas started an asylum clinic at the New York City law school where she taught. | In Seattle, Michelle Mentzer retired five years early as an administrative law judge so she could volunteer as an attorney with the ACLU. | And in Texas, Anna Castro traded her full-time job for contract work so she could prepare to attend law school to better serve her community. | The country is seeing a wave of legal activism as attorneys and attorneys-to-be have risen to defend civil liberties from the policies of the Trump administration and an increasingly conservative judiciary. | "Sometimes the law is taken for granted, like the air we breathe, and it's not until we are gasping for breath that we…

Marilyn Garson (2018-08-10). If the Gaza Blockade is Bad, Does That Make Hamas Good? counterpunch.org Of what use are unrealized human rights to Gazan Palestinians — and what happens when an aspirational right confronts the hard reality of Hamas? I. We, expressing outrage and support for the people of Gaza from a distance, can refer to Israel's illegal blockade, settler colonialism, apartheid or the right to armed resistance. These are More

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-08-10). Here Are 5 Important Issues Voters Are Likely to Be Furious About in November. alternet.org There's a lot to be mad about under this administration. | retake the House, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich has stressed that Democrats are " more energized than Republicans" going into November. The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol is especially bullish on Democrats, predicting that they will retake the Senate as well as the House. It remains to be seen wh. . .

Basav Sen (2018-08-10). Want to Create More Jobs? Reduce Fossil Fuel Use. counterpunch.org We've all heard claims that fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas are major job creators. President Trump says so all the time. But it turns out that developing and installing the technology to reduce fossil fuel use — known in the industry as "energy efficiency" — creates many more jobs than fossil fuels. Energy efficiency More

Kristine Mattis (2018-08-10). Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist's Perspective on the Environmental Crisis. counterpunch.org We're an egoistical, delusional lot, us humans. We're the only species on the planet who despoils its own life support system and who does not live within biological limits. Does that make us the most intelligent or least intelligent species? Preservation of our environment remains well toward the bottom of our priorities. Personally and collectively, More

teleSUR/mrs-LJS (2018-08-10). Valdes Brings Cuban Dance to Tokyo's World Ballet Festival. telesurtv.net Both traditional and modern dance shine amid the competitions which began this year on July 27 and will come to a close on August 18.

Tom Clark (2018-08-10). Homo Israeli-Americanus Putting Your Tax Dollars to Work Again. counterpunch.org Seeing the remains of 23-year-old Palestinian mother Enas Kammash and her infant child splattered across the wall of their low end shack in Deir Al-Balah on the day The Space Force officially became a thing ostensibly to protect you from some figment and me but not really and we accidentally discovered the place where they're going to More

Garikai Chengu (2018-08-10). Before Columbus: How Africans Brought Civilization to America. globalresearch.ca Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2014. | On Monday [October 13 2014], America's government offices, businesses, and banks all grind to a halt in order to commemorate Columbus Day. In schools up and down the country, little children …

Brian Cloughley (2018-08-10). Pentagon Spending Funds the Politicians. counterpunch.org It is sometimes said that laughter is the best medicine, and in these days of unhinged demonic tomfoolery in the White House it is advisable to laugh rather than weep. The unintentional humor generated by some recent events connected with US military spending is as good a tonic as we might expect from any announcements in More

Jeff Mackler (2018-08-10). Nicaragua: Dynamics of an Interrupted Revolution. counterpunch.org The unfolding events in Nicaragua over the past three months pose two critical questions for socialists and antiwar activists. Where do we stand on the critical issue of U.S. imperialist intervention and where do we stand with regard to the dynamics of the still-unfolding confrontations? That U.S. imperialism is intervening in Nicaragua today against the More

Whitney Webb (2018-08-10). Neocons Concoct Threat of "Iranian Hackers" to Justify Preemptive "Counterattack" Against Iran. globalresearch.ca Several reports in both American and Israeli media have recently been circulating the claim that Iran is increasingly likely to respond to draconian U.S.-imposed sanctions by conducting "cyberattacks" against the United …

Merula Furtado (2018-08-10). Sessions's "Religious Liberty Task Force" Sanctifies Discrimination. truthout.org On July 30, at the Justice Department's Religious Liberty Summit — organized by a Christian conservative legal outfit called the Alliance Defending Freedom — US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, after consulting with the organization, announced the formation of a new "Religious Liberty Task Force," one that many critics believe has less to do with broadly dealing with issues of religious freedom, and more to do with promoting the Christian Right's political and social agenda. | Christian Minister Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove described the Alliance as a "legal advocacy and organizing coalition for Christian nationalists that has been aggressive in pushing for a decidedly unequal definition of religious liberty." With the Alliance and other anti-LGBTQ extremists in attendance, the setting for the announcement of the new task force could not have been more chillingly symbolic. | "By holding the summit under the auspices of the [Department…

The Conversation (2018-08-10). Here's How Climate Change Impacts the Risk of Wildfires. alternet.org The connection is complex. | Once again, the summer of 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere has brought us an epidemic of major wildfires. These burn forests, houses and other structures, displace thousands of people and animals, and cause major disruptions in people's lives. The huge burden of simply firefighti. . .

SouthFront (2018-08-10). Thousands of Locals From Daraa and al-Quneitra Join Syrian Army. mintpressnews.com More than 3,800 civilians and former fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) from the southern governorates of Daraa and al-Quneitra have joined the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) so far, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on August 10. | Daraa and al-Quneitra joined the reconciliation process last month and the radical militants there withdrew towards the opposition-held areas in northern Syria. The reconciliation agreement gave 18-42 y.o. men in the two governorates a six-month period to reconcile and join the SAA, if they have not completed their mandatory service during the war or prior to it. | The UK-based monitoring group estimated that more than 23,000 former FSA fighters from central and southern Syria have joined the SAA and other pro-government forces, such as the Tiger Forces, since the beginning of this year. Most of these fighters…

Mike Ervin (2018-08-10). Smart Ass Cripple: Calling for a Straw Summit. progressive.org I drink martinis through a straw—which isn't easy.

David Macaray (2018-08-10). Missouri Stands Tall on the Labor Front. counterpunch.org Back when I was a contract negotiator for a West Coast industrial union, an executive representing the Fortune 500 company with whom we were bargaining, took me aside during the morning break and asked me an odd question. In a tone dripping with smirky sarcasm, he said, "Do you want to know something? Do you More

IMEMC News (2018-08-10). Israeli Court Extends Remand Of Palestinian Journalist. imemc.org Abdul-Nasser Nubani, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that the Israeli "Ofer" military court, near Ramallah in central West Bank, has extended the remand of a Palestinian journalist, and released four others. The journalist, Ala' Rimawi, 40, was ordered under further interrogation until his court hearing, […]…

David Price (2018-08-10). Militarizing Space: Starship Troopers, Same As It Ever Was. counterpunch.org This week Vice President Pence announced that the Department of Defense is beginning a planning process to establish a sixth military branch, known as the Space Force. Pence's statement was a public reassurance that Trump's sudden announcement of the Space Force was not just another of the president's frequent sudden announcements that have no connection to reality. More

teleSUR / md (2018-08-10). Costa Rica Lawmakers Given 18 Months to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage. telesurtv.net In recent years same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and some parts of Mexico, despite church opposition.

Kent Paterson (2018-08-10). The Great Crisis of Albuquerque. counterpunch.org Wrapping up a trip to the border, I hopped aboard one of the El Paso Los Angeles Limousine Express buses that travel up Interstate 25. My destination was Albuquerque, the city of beautiful balloons, cool craft beer breweries, the deficit-strapped UNM Lobos, and Walter White wannabes. Upon entering the Duke City metro area northbound on More

Samantha Borek (2018-08-10). California Lawmakers Warned: Back Net Neutrality or "Feel Constituents' Wrath" truthout.org With the latest version of California's net neutrality bill unveiled by Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener this week, open internet defenders are prepared to publicly pressure and shame state lawmakers who plan to appease powerful internet service providers (ISPs) by voting against the proposal instead of standing with their constituents. | The advocacy group Fight for the Future urged Californians to demand that their representatives vote in favor of SB 822, which will be considered by the state Assembly's Communications and Conveyance Committee before going the Assembly votes on it later this month. | Noting that ISPs like AT&T and Comcast have poured millions of dollars into their campaign to defeat SB 822, Fight for the Future on Thursday unveiled its scorecard for California lawmakers, showing constituents where their Assembly members stand on net neutrality. | #NetNeutrality bill #SB822

pacbi (2018-08-10). Oppression Education: Israeli Academic Institutions Throw Their Lot With the Israeli Security Elite. bdsmovement.net Oppression Education: Israeli Academic Institutions Throw Their Lot With the Israeli Security Elite: Analysis Academic BoycottThree recent events in Israel's largest universities demonstrate academic and security institutions are actually increasing their cooperation. | July 23, 2018 | By: | | Shir Hever

ZeroHedge.com (2018-08-10). Watch: Reporters Slam US For Refusing to Condemn Saudi-US Airstrike On Yemen School Bus. mintpressnews.com Just as expected, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert refused to condemn Thursday's coalition airstrike on a school bus in Yemen, which left as many as 50 people dead and 63 injured — the vast majority of which were children.

Robert Koehler (2018-08-10). Poverty, Violence and Spiritual Wildfires. counterpunch.org "They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit." The news this past weekend emerging from my fair city, Chicago, felt like news about wildfires sweeping across California: the sudden, hellish karma of climate change, that is to say, the gradual collapse of life-sustaining conditions on Planet More

Samantha Borek (2018-08-10). Leftist Opponent Speaks Out After Loss to Right-Wing Politician in Colombia. truthout.org In Colombia, right-wing politician Iván Duque has been sworn in as Colombia's new president. Duque was hand-picked by former right-wing President àÅlvaro Uribe and has vowed to roll back key parts of Colombia's landmark peace deal with FARC rebels. Just before Duque's inauguration, Democracy Now! spoke to Gustavo Petro, who placed second in this year's presidential race, receiving 8 million votes in his attempt to become Colombia's first leftist president. In the 1980s Petro was jailed and tortured for being a member of the M-19 guerrilla movement. He later went on to lead efforts in Colombia's Congress to investigate ties between paramilitary death squads and top politicians. | Please check back later for full transcript.

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-08-10). Trump Threatens NFL Players Who Kneel During Anthem and Demands They 'Be Cool'. alternet.org The president is once again lashing out at people of color. | For over a year Trump has been attacking the players — including calling one of them a "son of a bitch" — for protesting the police killings of unarmed Black people, by respectfully taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. Friday morning the president took to Twitter to go after the players, after a new NFL policy put into place on his direct urging ba. . .

Elliot Sperber (2018-08-10). Dear Driver. counterpunch.org Dear Driver, Do you see that object dangling from my hand? No? I didn't think you could. It's difficult to take in much when you're driving, isn't it? If you'd look closer, though, you'd see that it's a hammer. Yes, lately I've taken to carrying one around. Like Nietzsche, I'm learning to philosophize with a More

Staff (2018-08-10). NFL Players Protest During Anthem, Drawing Rebuke From Trump. truthdig.com NFL players demonstrated during the national anthem at several preseason games Thursday night, protests that again drew a rebuke from President Donald Trump. | Writing on Twitter from his New Jersey golf resort, Trump said Friday that players "make a fortune doing what they love," and those who refuse to stand "proudly" for the anthem should be suspended without pay. | He contended "most of them are unable to define" what they're demonstrating against. Instead, he said, players should "Be happy, be cool!" | In Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins' shoulder. Jenkins had stopped his demonstration last December. | Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the anthem and walked toward the bench while it played. It appeared all the…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-10). Meet Gustavo Petro, Colombian Former Guerilla & Leftist Who Mounted Historic Campaign for Presidency. democracynow.org In Colombia, right-wing politician Iván Duque has been sworn in as Colombia's new president. Duque was hand-picked by former right-wing President àÅlvaro Uribe and has vowed to roll back key parts of Colombia's landmark peace deal with FARC rebels. Just before Duque's inauguration, Democracy Now! spoke to Gustavo Petro, who placed second in this year's presidential race, receiving 8 million votes in his attempt to become Colombia's first leftist president. In the 1980s Petro was jailed and tortured for being a member of the M-19 guerrilla movement. He later went on to lead efforts in Colombia's Congress to…

Melvin Goodman (2018-08-10). The CIA's Double Standard Revisited. counterpunch.org The Central Intelligence Agency has practiced a double standard for many years. Former CIA director David Petraeus escaped a jail sentence despite providing eight notebooks of highly classified information, including names of covert operatives, to his biographer-mistress. Conversely, Reality Winner, a former Air Force linguist, has been in jail for the past year, awaiting sentencing for leaking a classified report about Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Everyone in the United States is talking about Russian interference in the U.S. elections. Democracy Now! (2018-08-10). "All for One": U.S. and Russian Filmmakers with Disabilities Collaborate in Powerful New Documentary. democracynow.org While tensions between the U.S. and Russia continue to heat up, one group of filmmakers has found a way to strengthen ties between the two countries through a common bond: their disabilities. A new film premiering tonight in New York follows the Media Enabled Musketeers, American and Russian filmmakers with disabilities, as they make original films to tell their stories. "All For One" tells the story of 35 Russians and 13 Americans who collaborated to create films about everyday issues to empower themselves, educate the public and provide more opportunities for people with disabilities. These include films about…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-08-10). Newly Released Cables Reveal Cruelty and Pointlessness of CIA Torture Under Gina Haspel. alternet.org Trump's CIA director played a role in Bush-era torture of terror suspects. Newly released cables reveal more information. | When Trump nominated Gina Haspel to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, she was confirmed despite public outrage over her involvement with Bush-era CIA torture operations at a black site prison i. . .

Aidan O'Brien (2018-08-10). In Italy, There are 12,000 American Soldiers and 500,000 African Refugees: Connect the Dots. counterpunch.org Dublin, Ireland. Why? Because the Italians are unable to do so. Euro-skepticism is thriving in Italy. However NATO-skepticism or US-skepticism is missing. Trump, the individual, might be a concern but the presence of the US military on the Italian peninsula is a sacred cow. The US war machine is expanding in Italy at the same More

Kathy Kelly (2018-08-10). The U.S. Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen. progressive.org On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Sa'ada, a city in northern Yemen.

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-08-10). 'Terrorism': How Chile's Mapuche Struggle Has Been Criminalized. telesurtv.net The Luchsinger-Mackay and the Iglesia cases have become a landmark of the Mapuche struggle in Chile.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2018-08-10). 'We Don't Need Hope. We Need Action': Watch First Trailer of Michael Moore's Documentary on Trump's America. alternet.org "Fuck hope. Seriously, fuck hope," says filmmaker ahead of release of Fahrenheit 11/9 | Provided exclusively to the Huffington Post and then posted online Thursday morning, the first trailer of Michael Moore's upcoming film "Fahrenheit 11/9" reveals the filmmaker's attempt at making sense of the rise and reign of President Donald Trump. The ultimate message of film—which Moore describes as a "comedy/horror documentary"—ap. . .

Binoy Kampmark (2018-08-10). Banning Alex Jones and Infowars. counterpunch.org He is treated as the bogeyman of conspiracy entertainment, and Alex Jones has become a prominent figure for advancing a host of unsavoury views. High on his list of incendiaries is the claim that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting never took place and was the work of paid fantasists, with the victims' parents being More

Sean Posey (2018-08-10). Declinism Rising: An Interview with Morris Berman. counterpunch.org Not every declinist has his day, but historian and social critic Morris Berman certainly seems to be having his. In 2000, Berman released The Twilight of American Culture, the first book in a trilogy (followed by Dark Ages America in 2006 and Why America Failed in 2011) on the decline of the American Empire. As the dot-com boom bubble inflated More

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.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-08-10). The Faulty Logic Behind the Attack on BDS. consortiumnews.com Defenders of Israel are using flawed logic in trying to tar supporters of the age-old tactic of boycotts as anti-semitic, argues Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson If you search the topic boycotts on Google you immediately realize how historically common… Read more →

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-10). Berkeley Police Dept Persecutes Counter-Protesters Who Opposed Far-Right Rally. therealnews.com In an unusual move, the Berkeley police Department made public the mug shots and names of counter-protesters they arrested, who had come to oppose a far-right demonstration. Was this an effort to intimidate leftists and to favor the far-right? We discuss the action and implications with UC law professor Veena Dubal

Whitney Webb (2018-08-10). Neocons Concoct Threat Of "Iranian Hackers" To Justify Preemptive "Counterattack" Against Iran. iranian.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. [dropcap]S[/dropcap]everal reports in both American and Israeli media have recently been circulating the claim that Iran is increasingly […]

Jessica Corbett (2018-08-10). Cables From Secret CIA Black Site Read Like Gina Haspel's Torture Journal. mintpressnews.com Critics say this "detailed account" of the CIA director's role "in horrendous acts of torture" further confirms "that she is totally unfit to lead the agency."

Andrew Stewart (2018-08-10). Reclaiming Family Values for the Left. counterpunch.org In John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost, Satan creates a daughter, Sin, and from an incestuous relationship with her yields a bastard, Death. Created by the blind sage as a proto-Hegelian antithetical triad to the Holy Trinity, Milton's violent, haunting un-Holy Family seems of late (relatively speaking) to have run amok on our body politic. More

Andrew Korybko (2018-08-10). Israel vs. Iran: "Disappear From The World" vs. "Vanish From The Pages Of Time" iranian.com The global silence over Israel's hopes that "the Iranian regime would disappear entirely from this world" stands in stark contrast to the worldwide outrage over similarly phrased wishes on behalf of Iran 12 years ago to see its Zionist enemy "vanish from the pages of time". [dropcap]I[/dropcap]nternational Relations are characterized by double standards because each actor […]

Thomas Knapp (2018-08-10). 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

John Carroll Md (2018-08-10). Are Haitian Doctors Burned Out? counterpunch.org Imagine you are a Haitian pediatrician working in the slum. And imagine that you are responsible for examining 10 patients per hour (or one patient every six minutes) all day long. And also imagine that these patients range in age from one hour old to five years old. And imagine that during the course of More

Louis Proyect (2018-08-10). In the Spirit of the Departed Munsees. counterpunch.org Four years ago the Stockbridge-Munsee Indians decided to cancel plans to build a gambling casino in Sullivan County since Gov. Andrew Cuomo had approved another Indian-owned gambling casino in Orange County that was closer to New York, thus putting theirs at a disadvantage. Starting in the early 2000s, there was a growing momentum to build More

Jack Dresser (2018-08-10). America's Secret War on Yemen. counterpunch.org Far too few Americans seem to be asking an obvious question, why is the United States supporting the genocidal Saudi war upon Yemen? Considering that Yemen's humanitarian crisis now exceeds every other disaster in the world, this vital question deserves an informed and serious answer incorporating the geography and history that Americans learn neither from More

John G. Russell (2018-08-10). "Get Out" and Other American Horror Stories. counterpunch.org Four years ago this August, Michael Brown was shot to death by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. In 2018, another Michael Brown, also a black teen, who garnered national attention after gaining admission to all 20 of the prestigious colleges and universities to which he had applied, was accused by a pair of white D.C. More

David Yearsley (2018-08-10). Who is Missing the President? counterpunch.org Anderson Valley Advertiser News Service… An arrest warrant has been filed by the U. S. Department of Justice for American organist and music historian David Yearsley, long-time columnist for the radical Northern California weekly the Anderson Valley Advertiser, as well as for the leftist website, CounterPunch. After being subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Yearsley found More

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-08-10). Buried in the Fine Print, Trump Rule Would Give $2.5 Billion Tax Cut to Big Bank Fat Cats. alternet.org "It's never been more clear who the Trump administration is really working for. " | As Wall Street banks continue to enjoy record profits thanks to President Donald Trump's $1. 5 trillion tax scam, Trump's Treasury Department—headed by former Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin—quie. . .

Nyla Ali Khan (2018-08-10). Constitutional Rights in Kashmir are Worth Defending. counterpunch.org How many people in Kashmir know how Article 35 A, about which they are raising such a hue and cry, came into being? Do they know what a difficult task it was to get it incorporated into the Constitution of India and then implemented? Several of my readers in mainland India and Pakistan as well More

Yolanda Parker (2018-08-10). I Grew Up in the Segregated South, For Me Supreme Court Rulings are Personal. counterpunch.org Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has a history of interpreting the law in a way that serves the interests of the powerful over equality and justice. Having grown up in the segregated South, I'm acutely aware of what's at stake. I'm gravely concerned for what Kavanaugh's influence could mean for communities of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and others who've More

Miko Peled (2018-08-10). Ahed Tamimi Comes Home to Great Joy but Also Reminders of Pain. mintpressnews.com Some eight months after Nariman and Ahed's imprisonment, the Israeli authorities are unhappy with the status that the prisoners and the Tamimi family achieved as symbols of the Palestinian resistance.

Robert Fantina (2018-08-10). Pity the Democrats and Republicans. counterpunch.org It is a rare occasion when one can only pity both the Republican and Democratic Parties. The GOP (Generally Opposed to Progress) has hitched its rather dilapidated wagon to a racist, sexist, narcissistic man-child of a star who has only the most tenuous grasp on reality. But it is not them we are here to More

Peter Kuper (2018-08-10). Goodnight Cage, Goodnight Rule of Law. thenation.com Goodnight Cage, Goodnight Rule of Law appeared first on The Nation.

Dean Baker (2018-08-10). Trump Derangement Syndrome at the NYT. counterpunch.org Donald Trump provides no shortage of grounds for criticism, but the NYT is really grasping at straws in it editorial headlined, "clouds darken Trump's sunny economic view." The confusion that characterizes the piece starts in the first paragraph when it tells us "the stock market seemed unimpressed" by the 157,000 jobs reported for July. This More

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-08-10). Violence Displaces 216 African-Colombian Families in Tumaco. telesurtv.net Caught up in clashes that started on July 26, some 648 people have already been forced to flee their homes.

teleSUR/ef-LJS (2018-08-10). Chileans Pay Highest In Latin America For Designer Drugs: Study. telesurtv.net

Andrew Levine (2018-08-10). No Attack on Iran, Yet. counterpunch.org American elites have long had it in for the Islamic Republic. They have many reasons, but high on the list is a point of honor: years after it happened, they still want payback for "the hostage crisis," the government supported humiliation that revolutionary Iranian students inflicted upon the American Empire in the final 444 days of the Carter administration. Nearly everything disappears down the memory hole in "the United States of Amnesia" — except affronts to American authority, which are never forgotten. More

Ishmael Reed (2018-08-10). Am I More Nordic Than Members of the Alt Right? counterpunch.org In order to obtain my genetic history earlier this year, I sent a sample of saliva to a DNA outfit and received the results. I wasn't surprised about my 23% Nigerian ancestry. When I visited Nigeria in 1999, I was told that I had pan-Nigerian facial features. According to the results, I might be pan-African More

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-10). Hatewatch Headlines 8/10/2018. splcenter.org Jones brings Facebook's global demons home; Gab threatened with hosting loss; Ingraham's nationalist rant targets even legal immigrants; and more.

Mahan Abedin (2018-08-10). Why There Will Not Be A US-Iran Summit. iranian.com As tensions between Iran and the US continue to mount, American President Donald Trump's proposal to meet Iranian leaders appeared to be, on the face of it, a de-escalatory posture. It confirmed once again Trump's mercurial leadership style and his apparent penchant for dealing with strong authoritarian leaders. As it has been pointed out Trump appears to be more […]

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-08-10). Roaming Charges: The Grifter's Lament. counterpunch.org I have no idea if Paul Manafort will be convicted in his tax evasion trial in Alexandria, Virginia. But the financial crimes (tax evasion, bank fraud, embezzlement, money laundering) confessed to by the man Trump didn't fire, Rick Gates, are fairly eye-popping…until you compare them to the $120 million Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is accused of grifting. More

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