2018-08-10: Social Media Postees

Laura Ingraham's 'Demographic Changes" Rant is Not a Matter of Law and Order — It's a Rallying Cry to Trump's Base
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-08-10
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. . .
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Fueling Fears of a Changing US Is the GOP's Midterm Strategy
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Ocasio-Cortez v Ben Shapiro: Dem candidate refuses 'catcalling' debate offer
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-10
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.
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Corporate Democrats Would Rather Lose Than Include Progressives
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Democrats Complain About Green Party "Spoilers," but Few in Congress Back a Solution: Ranked-Choice Voting
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-08-10
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. | The post Democrats Complain About Green Party "Spoilers," but Few in Congress Back a Solution: Ranked-Choice Voting appeared first on The Intercept.
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Nuclear abolition: Protesters confront Livermore Lab on Hiroshima anniversary
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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As Denuclearization Talks Stagnate, North Korea's Foreign Minister Heads to Iran
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-10
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. | The post As Denuclearization Talks Stagnate, North Korea's Foreign Minister Heads to Iran appeared first on MintPress News.
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New US Sanctions on Russia and Iran Raise Tensions, May Backfire
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-10
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… | The post New US Sanctio…
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Israel vs. Iran: "Disappear From The World" vs. "Vanish From The Pages Of Time"
Andrew Korybko | iranian.com | 2018-08-10
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 […] | The post Israel vs. Iran: "Disappear From The World" vs. "Vanish From The Pages Of Time" appeared first on The Irani…
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Peter Wadhams, Professor Emeritus, Ocean Physics
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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.
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Mexico: 20 Bodies Found in Guadalajara In Just One Week
teleSUR / mv-MH | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-10
Both graves were found by the authorities after citizen alerts.
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The Upside of Defeat
James Munson | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Buried in the Fine Print, Trump Rule Would Give $2.5 Billion Tax Cut to Big Bank Fat Cats
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-08-10
"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. . .
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No More Whining on the Yacht
Larry Checco | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
There was a time when the wealthiest among us were content simply to go sailing on a Sunday afternoon, sipping their vintage Chardonnay and munching on roe-covered canapés. For the most part, they left the rest of us pretty much alone to pursue our own American dreams. That was a time, back in the mid-20th…
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If the Gaza Blockade is Bad, Does That Make Hamas Good?
Marilyn Garson | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Who is Jean-Henry Céant, Haiti's New Prime Minister Nominee?
Kim Ives | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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$3.9-Billion Buyout of Tribune by Sinclair Ends in Acrimony
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-10
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. | The post $3.9-Billion Buyout of Tribune by Sinclair Ends in Acrimony appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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In the Spirit of the Departed Munsees
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Guesstimating Our Own Gà∂tterdà§mmerung
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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I Didn't Join Facebook to "Feel Safe"
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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The Use and Misuse of Charity: the Luck of the Draw in a Predatory System
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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'Terrorism': How Chile's Mapuche Struggle Has Been Criminalized
teleSUR/rfpl-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-10
The Luchsinger-Mackay and the Iglesia cases have become a landmark of the Mapuche struggle in Chile.
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Leftist Opponent Speaks Out After Loss to Right-Wing Politician in Colombia
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-10
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. | The post Leftist Opponent Speaks Out After Loss to Right-Wing Politician in Colombia appeared first on Truthout.
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Cold War in the Sauna: Notes From a Russian American
Pavel Kozhevnikov | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
I had just finished exercising and went to the sauna. The gym I go to is a modern facility with new equipment and is very popular in our city. My favorite parts are the sauna and the steamer. Both remind me of my old country — Russia. Though, to be politically and geographically correct — I never lived in Russia: I was born and raised in one of…
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Japanese Communists demand inquiry after university lowered female exam scores
Shimbun Akahata | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-10
TOKYO–Japanese Communist Party parliamentarians Miyamoto Toru and Kira Yoshiko have urged Japan's Education Ministry to look into Tokyo Medical University's alleged discrimination against female applicants and take measures to prevent a recurrence. They also demanded support for affected partie…
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Central American Customs Union Solidifies With JOH, Morales
teleSUR/ef-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-10
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.
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Mexico's Ban Advances Broader Fight to End Fracking in North America
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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No Attack on Iran, Yet
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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.
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Militarizing Space: Starship Troopers, Same As It Ever Was
David Price | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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.
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Before Columbus: How Africans Brought Civilization to America
Garikai Chengu | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-10
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 …
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Costa Rica Lawmakers Given 18 Months to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage
teleSUR / md | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-10
In recent years same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and some parts of Mexico, despite church opposition.
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Neocons Concoct Threat of "Iranian Hackers" to Justify Preemptive "Counterattack" Against Iran
Whitney Webb | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-10
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 …
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Israeli Court Extends Remand Of Palestinian Journalist
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-10
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, …

Israeli Court Extends Remand Of Palestinian Journalist

Omarosa: There Are Tapes Proving Trump Uses The N-Word
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-10
Trump's former reality show star and White House official claims there is a record of Trump's casual racism. | Omarosa Manigault Newman is making an explosive claim in her upcoming tell-all memoir, Unhinged. According to The Guardian, which obtained an advance copy of the book, Manigault Newman — a former star on Trump's "The Apprentice" realit. . .
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Am I More Nordic Than Members of the Alt Right?
Ishmael Reed | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Going Home Again to Trump's America: the New York Emirate on a Bike
Matthew Stevenson | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
In which the writer travels from New York and Washington, D.C. to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New England. This is the last of the four-part series. For the earlier pieces, please click here. New York City — Bicycle Kingdom Back in New York City (I took New Jersey Transit from the Broad Street Station, not,…
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Colombia: Notre Dame Study Identifies Major Issues with Peace Efforts
teleSUR/vc-CM | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-10
The implementation of the peace accords in Colombia has shown slow progress on structural change and institutional reform according to study.
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In Italy, There are 12,000 American Soldiers and 500,000 African Refugees: Connect the Dots
Aidan O'Brien | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Pentagon Spending Funds the Politicians
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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"All for One": U.S. and Russian Filmmakers with Disabilities Collaborate in Powerful New Documentary
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Colombia: First Social Leader Murdered Since Duque Took Office
teleSUR/md-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-10
According to local residents, paramilitary groups and the criminal organization known as the 'Clan de Golfo' are operating in the area.
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A Letter to My Child on a Changing Planet
Norah Vawter | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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"Get Out" and Other American Horror Stories
John G. Russell | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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.
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BBC Bows to Pressure from Israel, Changes Gaza Headline "IMMEDIATELY!!!"
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-10
The BBC has once again come under sharp criticism over its coverage of violence perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinians. Critics called the BBC out over its bias after the broadcaster bowed to pressure from the Israeli Foreign Ministry and changed the headline of a news piece concerning Israeli air strikes on Gaza. | The BBC headline read: "Israeli air strikes 'kill woman and baby'" for a news piece related to the killing of three Palestinians including a pregnant mother and toddler in Gaza on Wednesday night. | The headline attracted the attention of Israel's Foreign Ministry and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who is currently leading a bitter campaign against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over a definition of anti-Semitism that conflates criticism of Israel with racism against Jews. | Israel's foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon shot the BBC down…
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California Lawmakers Warned: Back Net Neutrality or "Feel Constituents' Wrath"
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Want to Create More Jobs? Reduce Fossil Fuel Use
Basav Sen | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Here's How Climate Change Impacts the Risk of Wildfires
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-08-10
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. . .
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Ahed Tamimi Comes Home to Great Joy but Also Reminders of Pain
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-10
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. | The post Ahed Tamimi Comes Home to Great Joy but Also Reminders of Pain appeared first on MintPress News.
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The Great Crisis of Albuquerque
Kent Paterson | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Are Haitian Doctors Burned Out?
John Carroll Md | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Kobach Recuses Himself From Kansas Vote Count Amid Public Pressure
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-10
Governor Jeff Colyer has called the secretary of state's handling of ballots in their primary battle "inconsistent with Kansas law." | The post Kobach Recuses Himself From Kansas Vote Count Amid Public Pressure appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Watch: Reporters Slam US For Refusing to Condemn Saudi-US Airstrike On Yemen School Bus
ZeroHedge.com | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-10
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. | The post Watch: Reporters Slam US For Refusing to Condemn Saudi-US Airstrike On Yemen School Bus appeared first on MintPress News.
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Declinism Rising: An Interview with Morris Berman
Sean Posey | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Lawyers Turn to Activism as Civil Liberties Come Under Attack
candice | truthout.org | 2018-08-10
| 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…
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The Blazing Light of Margie Kidder
Joan Kresich | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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US and Russian Filmmakers With Disabilities Collaborate in New Documentary
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-10
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. | The post US and Russian Filmmakers With Disabilities Collaborate in New Documentary appeared first on Truthout.
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Dear Driver
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Hatewatch Headlines 8/10/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-08-10
Jones brings Facebook's global demons home; Gab threatened with hosting loss; Ingraham's nationalist rant targets even legal immigrants; and…
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The Leaning Tower of Trump (Video)
Mark Fiore | truthdig.com | 2018-08-10
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. | The post The Leaning Tower of Trump (Video) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Who is Missing the President?
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Berkeley Police Dept Persecutes Counter-Protesters Who Opposed Far-Right Rally
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-10
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 | The post Berkeley Police Dept Persec…
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Smart Ass Cripple: Calling for a Straw Summit
Mike Ervin | progressive.org | 2018-08-10
I drink martinis through a straw–which isn't easy.
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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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Oppression Education: Israeli Academic Institutions Throw Their Lot With the Israeli Security Elite
pacbi | bdsmovement.net | 2018-08-10
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 …
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Chileans Pay Highest In Latin America For Designer Drugs: Study
teleSUR/ef-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-10
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As an Investor in Biotech Stock, Republican Chris Collins May Have Overshared
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Even Facebook Sometimes Must Have to Stand Naked
Bill Glahn | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
When is an apology not an apology? When it's a lie. Unless you live completely off the grid (in which you wouldn't be able to read this anyway) it would be impossible to miss the Facebook apology ad. Facebook starts the ad telling all the wonderful things they set out to do for us. They…
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Trump Derangement Syndrome at the NYT
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Newly Released Cables Reveal Cruelty and Pointlessness of CIA Torture Under Gina Haspel
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-10
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. . .
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'We Don't Need Hope. We Need Action': Watch First Trailer of Michael Moore's Documentary on Trump's America
Jon Queally, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-08-10
"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. . .
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Goodnight Cage, Goodnight Rule of Law
Peter Kuper | thenation.com | 2018-08-10
Goodnight Cage, Goodnight Rule of Law appeared first on The Nation.
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Valdes Brings Cuban Dance to Tokyo's World Ballet Festival
teleSUR/mrs-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-10
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.
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Progressive parenting: Raising little activists and keeping them safe
Jonita Davis | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Thousands of Locals From Daraa and al-Quneitra Join Syrian Army
SouthFront | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-10
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…
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Western Authors Take Stand in Israel/Palestine Conflict by Refusing to Be Published in Israel
pacbi | bdsmovement.net | 2018-08-10
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 …
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I Grew Up in the Segregated South, For Me Supreme Court Rulings are Personal
Yolanda Parker | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Cables From Secret CIA Black Site Read Like Gina Haspel's Torture Journal
Jessica Corbett | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-10
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." | The post Cables From Secret CIA Black Site Read Like Gina Haspel's Torture Journal appeared first on MintPress News.
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Homo Israeli-Americanus Putting Your Tax Dollars to Work Again
Tom Clark | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Violence Displaces 216 African-Colombian Families in Tumaco
teleSUR/rfpl-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-10
Caught up in clashes that started on July 26, some 648 people have already been forced to flee their homes.
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Trump Ally Rep. Chris Collins Arrested for Insider Trading — Is the Swamp Drained Now?
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-10
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 | The post Trump Ally Re…
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Sessions's "Religious Liberty Task Force" Sanctifies Discrimination
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Roaming Charges: The Grifter's Lament
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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.
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Reclaiming Family Values for the Left
Andrew Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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.
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The U.S. Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen
Kathy Kelly | progressive.org | 2018-08-10
On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Sa'ada, a city in northern Yemen.
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Pity the Democrats and Republicans
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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The Link Between Immigration and the Military Budget
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-10
IPS's Khuri Peterson-Smith joins Marc Steiner to talk about the connection between the new US military budget and its direct connection to the the immigration crisis and Trump's policies in both areas | The post The Link Between Immigration and the Military Budget appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Why This Watergate Anniversary Says So Much About Donald Trump
Matthew Rozsa, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-08-10
If Congress today had been as diligent as it was when Nixon was president, Trump would have resigned already | Forty-four years ago as of today, Richard Nixon resigned from the office of President of the United States. It's pretty amazing that this fact hasn't been brought up by other major media outlets. Right now America is facing a presidential scandal that bears striking similarities to Watergate, the event that ultimately caused Nixon to leave o. . .
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Banning Alex Jones and Infowars
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
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Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist's Perspective on the Environmental Crisis
Kristine Mattis | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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,…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/10/dyin…

America's Secret War on Yemen
Jack Dresser | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/10/amer…

Meet Gustavo Petro, Colombian Former Guerilla & Leftist Who Mounted Historic Campaign for Presidency
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-10
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…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/10/m…

Stand Your Ground Law Is Back in Spotlight After Parking Lot Shooting
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-08-10
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)].
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Why There Will Not Be A US-Iran Summit
Mahan Abedin | iranian.com | 2018-08-10
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 […] | The post Why There Will Not Be A US-Iran Summit appeared first on The Iranian.
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Watch | Exclusive Look Inside Saudi Arabia's Strike On School Bus In Yemen, 50+ Killed
Ahmed Abdulrahman | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-10
A Saudi airstrike targeted a school bus carrying children to summer camp on Dhahian's outskirts in Yemen's northwestern province of Saada. | The post Watch | Exclusive Look Inside Saudi Arabia's Strike On School Bus In Yemen, 50+ Killed appeared first on MintPress News.
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Court Bans Harmful Pesticide that Trump EPA Tried to Keep on the Market
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-10
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. | The post Court Bans Harmful Pesticide that Trump EPA Tried to Keep on the Market appeared first on MintPress News.
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You Are Here
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-10
"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…
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Missouri Stands Tall on the Labor Front
David Macaray | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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,…
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Chile: Supreme Court President Meets Relatives of the Disappeared
teleSUR/vc-CM | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-10
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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Here Are 5 Important Issues Voters Are Likely to Be Furious About in November
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-10
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. . .
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On the Iraqi Protests, Now in Their Second Month
Mundher Al Adhami | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-10
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.
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