2018-08-11: News Headlines

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-11). Socialism on the Campaign Trail. truthout.org


| The growing popularity of socialism is finding expression in down-ballot election campaigns this year, some led by candidates affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | The 28-year-old socialist stunned the Democratic Party establishment by winning the party primary election for a US House seat in the Bronx and Queens, defeating one of the most powerful leaders of the Democrats in Congress. | In a political system dominated by two main parties that are…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-11). Can Maryland be at the forefront of Third Party Organizing? therealnews.com Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Andy Ellis, Green Party Candidate for State Delegate MD-45, who argues that some of the most popular ideas in the post-Bernie Sanders era emanate from Green Party organizing

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-11). 'Serious Consequences' to Trump's Re-Imposing Sanctions on Iran and Gutting the Nuclear Deal. therealnews.com Trita Parsi to examines the complexities of Trump's attempt to end the Iran nuclear deal with US and EU. Could we be heading towards war? What's happening in Iran and could the fallout be of increased tensions in the Gulf of Hormuz?

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-11). Efforts to Undermine Iran Nuclear Deal Warrant Greater Public Outcry. truthout.org Janine Jackson: August 5 marks the anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, when journalists reported official claims about an unprovoked attack by North Vietnam on American destroyers as absolute truths, ignoring countervailing evidence and opening the floodgates for the bloody escalation of the war, and the deaths of millions of Southeast Asians and over 50,000 Americans. The Johnson administration was able to use media, and their credulity when it comes to official enemies, to put through a plan they intended anyway. | Donald Trump is not obscuring—successfully—that he wants what is blithely referred to as "regime change" in Iran. And media aren't really hiding that drive either. But is that the same thing as challenging it, or interrogating the premises the White House is lining up—the talk of Iran's maligned behavior, support for terrorists, pursuit of…

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-11). DNC Passes Resolution Reversing Ban on Donations From Fossil Fuel PACs. truthout.org Just two months after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was celebrated by environmentalists for banning donations from fossil fuel companies, it voted 30-2 on Friday to adopt a resolution from Chair Tom Perez that critics said effectively reverses the ban and represents " an absolute failure by the DNC." | The Huffington Post's Alexander Kaufman tweeted Friday: | UPDATE: resolution passed in a 30-to-2 vote. | from DNC epic: "After hearing concerns from Labor that this was an attack on workers, this resolution acknowledges | the generous contributions of workers, including those in energy, who organize and donate to Democratic candidates." | — Alexander Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman) August 10, 2018 | As climate reporter Kate Aronoff outlined in a series of tweets, Perez's resolution "is premised on the party's support for unions," but ultimately will enable fossil fuel…

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon (2018-08-11). You Know Who's Paying Very, Very Close Attention to the Manafort Trial? President Trump. alternet.org It may not be the trial of the century, but Mueller & Trump, the stake-holders outside the courtroom, are watching | Do you remember the first job you ever had? I'm not talking about cutting lawns, or babysitting the neighbor's kids, or lifeguarding at the municipal pool. I'm talking about the job you probably got after you graduated from college or finished your military service. A job you had to apply and interview for. A job at a company downtown in a. . .

IMEMC News (2018-08-11). Israel Illegally Confiscates Dozens Of Dunams Of Palestinian Lands In Silwan. imemc.org The City Council in occupied Jerusalem issued orders for the illegal annexation of dozens of Dunams of Palestinian lands in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the pretext of using them for "gardening, irrigation pipes, roads and public gardens." The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has […]…

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-11). US: Secretary of Defense Begins South American Tour Sunday. telesurtv.net The U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will visit Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia.

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-11). Think Confederate Monuments Are Racist? Consider Pioneer Monuments. truthout.org In San Francisco, there is an an 800-ton monument that retells California history, from the Spanish missions to American settlement. Several bronze sculptures and relief plaques depict American Indians, white miners, missionaries and settlers. A female figure symbolizing white culture stands atop a massive stone pillar. | The design of the "pioneer monument" was celebrated in newspapers across the country when it was erected in 1894. Today, however, activists argue that the monument — particularly its depiction of a Spanish missionary and Mexican "vaquero," or cowboy, towering over an American Indian — is demeaning to American Indians. | Should the city take down part of this 125-year-old monument? | Many cities are removing or reinterpreting their Confederate monuments, with the understanding that they commemorate racism. But few Americans realize that pioneer monuments placed across the country are also racist. | As my…

teleSUR/jc-CM (2018-08-11). Uruguay's Mujica: Fight for Democracy is a Fight 'for Civilization'. telesurtv.net "Fighting for democracy is not only to fight to vote from time to time and choose a ruler," said former Uruguayan President Jose Mujica.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-11). Baltimore After Freddie Gray. therealnews.com On the Marc Steiner Show, Sean Yoes discusses his new book of stories from his hometown since it was shaken by Freddie Gray's death in police custody, and the new movements trying to foster change

Alastair Sloan (2018-08-11). How Bin Salman's Attack On Canada Is Harming The Saudi Economy. iranian.com The Canada-Saudi spat looks set to accelerate as the Kingdom's central bank ordered its fund managers to withdraw hundreds of millions of dollars in equities, bonds and cash from Canadian financial markets yesterday. The Wall Street Journal quickly judged that "the relatively small selloff isn't expected to carry a major financial impact for Canada." Then […]

Merula Furtado (2018-08-11). Pesticide Ruling Is Latest Embarrassing Setback for Trump. truthout.org A federal appeals court in California ruled on Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to ditch a proposed ban on a pesticide linked to brain damage in unborn babies and young children violated federal law. | The ruling generated embarrassing headlines for the Trump administration as it rolled out a number of attention-grabbing proposals that are also expected to face serious legal and legislative hurdles. | Scott Pruitt, President Trump's disgraced former EPA chief, signed an order shortly after taking office in March 2017 that reversed steps by the Obama administration to ban the decades-old pesticide chlorpyrifos on farms. The insect-killing chemical was banned for household use in 2000, and advocates have petitioned to remove it from the food supply for more than a decade amid mounting evidence that chlorpyrifos can harm developing brains. | In…

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-11). Colombia: Soldiers Ask for 'Forgiveness' in First Peace Court Hearings. telesurtv.net The soldiers are being investigated for participating in the extrajudicial killing of scores of young Colombian men and later present them as guerrilla fighters.

Staff (2018-08-11). How 'Suicidal' Employee Could Steal Plane at Sea-Tac Airport Probed. truthdig.com The Horizon Air worker, who is believed killed, was "doing stunts in air" and other dangerous maneuvers. The turboprop crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets.

Claudrena N. Harold, Salon (2018-08-11). A Timeline of Racism in Charlottesville: From 1607 Through 2017's 'Unite the Right' Rally. alternet.org University of Virginia faculty examine the history and legacy of white supremacy on and around UVA's campus | Universities are complex networks of buildings and organizations that pro ≠vide education and jobs and health care and cultural enrichment. They take form in classrooms, dorms, dining halls, and hospitals. They field sports teams and community volunteers. They possess histories that include shameful compromises with the inequaliti. . .

Staff (2018-08-11). Security Heightened for Charlottesville Anniversary Weekend. truthdig.com Gov. Ralph Northam and the city declare states of emergency citing the "potential impacts of events," concerning some activists that this year's heavy police presence could be a counterproductive overreaction.

Alexandra Tempus (2018-08-11). Five Questions For: 'Documenting Hate: Charlottesville' Producer Karim Hajj. progressive.org 'I was most surprised by their reluctance to admit to their politics.'

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-11). Holding the Bag: Manafort, Trump and All That Dirty Money. truthout.org


| The word "bagman" has fallen out of common usage over the years, which is a damned shame. It's a perfect word for the era: According to Merriam-Webster, a "bagman" is defined as "a person who on behalf of another collects or distributes illicitly gained money; an intermediary in an illicit or unethical transaction." | Sound like anyone you've seen in the news lately? | So long as corruption has existed in the human hive, there have been bagmen to do the dirty work and move the money. If you were a contractor in ancient Rome looking to get a piece of the action on that new Coliseum deal, some version for the age — a hominis bulgae, if you will —would grease the skids…

teleSUR/mrs-LJS (2018-08-11). Tobago To Tackle Rising Crime By Targeting School Dropouts. telesurtv.net Tobago officials believe community youth and education programs may help lower the island's rising crime rate.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-11). Is Jeremy Corbyn's "anti-Semitism Crisis" a Smear Campaign? (Pt. 1/2). therealnews.com UK Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is accused of presiding over a surge of anti-Semitism inside the Labour Party. Author Norman Finkelstein and British scholar Jamie Stern-Weiner say that Corbyn's foes have cynically concocted a fake scandal to sabotage his progressive agenda and support for Palestinian rights

teleSUR/jc-CM (2018-08-11). Brazil: Violence Against Women Spikes, 606 Cases Daily. telesurtv.net Brazil had a backlog of 10,786 femicides in 2017, according to the National Council of Justice.

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-08-11). Territorial Disputes 'The Root of Indigenous Struggles': UN. telesurtv.net The UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz has presented her report based on a visit to Mexico last year.

Staff (2018-08-11). Deadnamed. truthdig.com Update, Aug. 10, 2018: This story was updated to reflect that an arrest was made in the non-fatal shooting of a 23-year-old transgender woman. | . | Aea Celestice, a black transgender woman living in Jacksonville, Florida, has the most basic of plans for the next chapter of her life: She hopes to get out of town before someone kills her. | Celestice, 32, has good reason to worry. Over the past six months, four black trans women in the city have been shot, three of them fatally. | Celine Walker, 36, was shot to death in her room at an Extended Stay America hotel near the University of North Florida on the night of the Super Bowl, Feb. 4. On June 1, Antonia "Antash'a" English, 38, was killed outside an abandoned home north of downtown. And on June 24, Cathalina James,…

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-11). Guatemala: UN-Backed Body Wants to Revoke President Morales' Immunity, Investigate Campaign Financing. telesurtv.net This is the third time Guatemala's Attorney General and United Nations-backed commission have requested the removal of president Morales' immunity.

Brett Barrouquere (2018-08-11). Here's what Charlottesville is like one year to the day after infamous tiki torch march. splcenter.org Around downtown Charlottesville's brick-lined pedestrian walking mall, two things were in abundance on Saturday: heavily armed police and television cameras.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-11). Workers Picket Outside Baltimore's Waterfront Marriott Hotel (Livestream Replay). therealnews.com Watch TRNN's livestream of the picket and interviews with workers who say that working conditions are unacceptable—especially at a hotel that saves millions every year due to a city tax break

Ryan Grim (2018-08-11). Tom Carper Agrees to Debate Kerri Harris as Reinforcements Arrive for Insurgent Challenger. theintercept.com Delaware Senator Tom Carper has agreed to debate his Democratic challenger, Kerri Evelyn Harris, as the primary contest has heated up. | With most primaries across the country over, attention is now shifting to the remaining few challenges playing out, with a marquee race in Delaware that pits Carper, who has been in statewide elected office since the 1970s, against Harris, who was born three years after Carper first took office. | It will be Carper's first primary debate in a generation, and comes as reinforcements are arriving from Michigan and elsewhere around the country. Claire Sandberg, who was deputy campaign manager for Abdul El-Sayed's gubernatorial campaign and was a key digital player on the campaign of Bernie Sanders, is teaming up with Harris, as is Winnie Wong, founder of People for Bernie. | Sandberg and Wong will join Alexandra Rojas and…

teleSUR/mrs-LJS (2018-08-11). Venezuela Slams EU Dismissal of Maduro Assassination Attempt. telesurtv.net Caracas criticized the European Union for its "irrational rhetoric" exhibited in the face of what Venezuela called "terrorist actions."

IMEMC News (2018-08-11). Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered Friday. imemc.org The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that a man died, on Saturday at dawn, from serious wounds her suffered, Friday, after Israeli soldiers shot him with live fire during the Great Return March. The Health Ministry said the man, Ahmad Jamal Suleiman Abu Louli, 40, was shot with a live […]…

teleSUR/jc-CM (2018-08-11). Politicians Involved in Murder of Brazilian Activist Marielle Franco: Security Minister. telesurtv.net "I am certain that we will punish those responsible for Marielle (Franco's) death," said Brazil's Minister of Public Security Raul Jungmann.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-08-11). Election Results Could be Good for Pakistan, Bad for US. consortiumnews.com The election of Imran Khan as Pakistan's new president further underscores America's futile military strategy in the region, argues Graham Fuller. By Graham Fuller A bold new political face has come to power in the recent Pakistani elections, possibly offering… Read more →

Staff (2018-08-11). Facing Indictment, GOP Rep. Chris Collins Won't Seek Re-Election. truthdig.com The New York congressman will fill out his term but changes course after vowing to stay on the ballot. He faces charges of insider trading involving a biotechnology company.

Rachel Leah, Salon (2018-08-11). 'BlacKkKlansman' and White Women: Spike Lee's New Film Indicts Their Investment in White Supremacy. alternet.org From legal slavery to now, white women have always participated in white nationalist violence in many forms | The new Spike Lee-directed film "BlacKkKlansman" begins with a scene from the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind. " In it, Scarlett O'Hara discovers the rows and rows of injured and slaughtered bodies at a train yard following the Battle of Atlanta. As the camera pans out, a battered Confederate flag buckles a. . .

Joshua Holland, Raw Story (2018-08-11). Here's Why Trump's Most Rabid Fans Need the Madness of the QAnon Conspiracy Theory. alternet.org Put yourself in their shoes (I know it's unpleasant). | If you want to really understand QAnon, the ludicrous mish-mash of conspiracy theories premised on the idea that Donald Trump has been working in cahoots with Robert Mueller and senior military officials — and also maybe JFK, Jr. , who faked his death in a 1999 plane crash to thwart. . .

Michael Nigro (2018-08-11). Revisiting the Horror of Charlottesville 2017. truthdig.com On the eve of the first anniversary of the deadly violence in Virginia, and a day before a new white nationalist rally in Washington, D.C., Truthdig is reposting Michael Nigro's acclaimed photo essay of the 2017 demonstration. He was the first person struck by an automobile driven into the crowd there.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-08-10). Listen: Man Hijacks Empty Horizon Airlines Plane from Sea-Tac Airport Before Crashing. alternet.org Ground control tried to assist the unidentified 29-year-old man as he flew erratically around Seattle. | An unidentified 29-year-old man on Friday hijacked a Horizon Air plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington, crashing near Ketron Island, ABC News reports. The official Twitter account of Alaska Airlines, which owns Horizon Air, conf. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-11). Is Jeremy Corbyn's "anti-Semitism Crisis" a Smear Campaign? (Pt. 2/2). therealnews.com UK Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is accused of presiding over a surge of anti-Semitism inside the Labour Party. Author Norman Finkelstein and British scholar Jamie Stern-Weiner say that Corbyn's foes have cynically concocted a fake scandal to sabotage his progressive agenda and support for Palestinian rights

teleSUR/mrs-LJS (2018-08-11). 'Nicaragua Will Stabilize Economy Through Tourism': Murillo. telesurtv.net "We are not only going to have what we already had in terms of economic projections, but we are going to surpass them," said Vice-President Rosario Murillo.

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-11). Hegemony Is Never Complete: Using Gramsci to Understand the Arab Uprisings. truthout.org


| Nadim Mirshak: In this current period of post-uprising Egypt, civil society seems to be one of the few spaces left where hegemony is challenged in ways that are different from protests, sit-ins or violent demonstrations. In your book, Gramsci, Freire and Adult Education: Possibilities for Transformative…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-08-11). Senator Richard Burr: a Longtime Fan of Torture. consortiumnews.com Newly released declassified documents prove once and for all that CIA Director Gina Haspel oversaw torture in Thailand, which the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee knew all along, as Ray McGovern explains. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News… Read more →

Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-11). Tech Workers and Flight Attendants Resist Immigrant Family Separation. truthout.org

| The brutal and wildly unpopular Trump administration policy that separated thousands of children from their immigrant parents triggered widespread protests. | It also provoked resistance from workers whose jobs are crucial to carrying it out. | Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) don't operate in a vacuum. They depend on a host of products and services—including technology produced by software engineers and travel assisted by flight attendants. | By choosing to take a stand, these workers—some union, some nonunion—added their efforts to a national push that got the administration to suspend its policy, though thousands of children who were already separated have yet to be reunited with their families. | Tech Workers: | Amazon, Microsoft, and Salesforce all have lucrative contracts with immigration enforcement agencies, like ICE…

RT (2018-08-11). Declassified cables sent by CIA Director Gina Haspel reveal extreme torture of al-Qaeda suspect. rt.com The extreme torture of a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist, including waterboarding, forced nudity and a "walling technique," have been detailed in newly declassified cables sent by a current CIA director Gina Haspel.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Missouri referendum vote kills "right-to-work" law. wsws.org The more than two-to-one margin of the vote surprised union officials and shocked the Republican right.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). South Korean government begins phony reform of military intelligence agency. wsws.org The basic framework of a police state will remain in place regardless of the cosmetic changes made by Moon Jae-in's administration.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Mass exodus of South Carolina teachers continues. wsws.org As the 2018-2019 school year begins, South Carolina will likely face an even greater shortage of teachers than in previous years.

RT (2018-08-11). Trump blames 'clowns and losers' Comey & co for loss of FBI's 'stellar reputation'. rt.com US President Donald Trump branded ex-FBI executives James Comey and Andrew McCabe as "clowns and losers" in a tweet criticizing them and other officials for ruining the once "stellar reputation" of the FBI.

RT (2018-08-11). 'It's abuse': School officer forces 10yo with autism to ground, handcuffs him (VIDEOS). rt.com Body cam footage has emerged showing the moment a school resource officer forced a 10-year-old boy with autism to the ground and handcuffed him. The child's mother says the entire incident amounts to "abuse."

RT (2018-08-11). Who's the boss? US officials work behind Trump's back to broker NATO deal — report. rt.com US President Donald Trump is deemed a hurdle to foreign policy by his own administration, the New York Times has alleged, in an explosive piece detailing the lengths high-level officials would go to to circumvent the POTUS. |

RT (2018-08-11). Virginia GOP senate candidate relieved Michigan didn't vote for 'far left ISIS commie' for governor. rt.com Michigan nearly elected an ISIS-loving communist as its next governor, according to a GOP senate candidate, who offered up his illuminating analysis after a liberal Muslim lost the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). More deaths and maiming of Palestinians amid latest "ceasefire" wsws.org The latest round of fighting could torpedo a four-year truce between Israel and Hamas.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Amazon worker Shannon Allen opposes censorship of her video statement by Teamsters-linked Facebook page. wsws.org Shannon said the censorship of her video showed that the Teamsters union is fearful of workers from Amazon and UPS forming rank-and-file committees and linking up their struggles.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Striking Sri Lankan railway workers need a political perspective. wsws.org Over 4,000 workers, including engine drivers, guards, station masters and supervisory managers, walked out on Wednesday to demand higher pay.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Tennessee carries out first execution in nearly a decade. wsws.org Irick's attorneys had argued that their client suffered from severe mental illness and that one of the drugs to be used in his lethal injection could cause severe pain.

RT (2018-08-11). 'Nuclear attack': Investors sue Musk over 'misleading' tweet on making Tesla private. rt.com Two investors accuse Elon Musk of manipulating Tesla's share prices by teasing on Twitter that he might pull the company from public markets, and hurting short-sellers. He then took to Twitter to mock them.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). German Left Party leaders launch right-wing coalition. wsws.org The #StandUp coalition combines anti-corporate demagogy with nationalist and xenophobic positions pioneered by the extreme right.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). White House and Pentagon advance plan to create a Space Force. wsws.org Vice President Mike Pence announced steps would be taken to create the United States Space Command.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Southern California Amazon worker reports company forcing employees to work despite fire evacuation orders. wsws.org Brutal conditions at the Riverside County fulfillment center are compounded by the Southern California Holy Fire and Amazon's disregard for employees forced to evacuate.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Details emerge of plot to oust Corbyn or split UK Labour Party. wsws.org In their plot to remove Corbyn, Labour's right wing are reasserting the nakedly neo-liberal and militarist agenda pursued by Labour under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

RT (2018-08-11). 'Broken guy with a few screws loose': Seattle plane hijacker's bizarre chat with air control (AUDIO). rt.com In the audio detailing the final minutes of the plane hijacker's conversation with Seattle air control, the man is heard pondering life in jail and crediting his video games skills for how he had learned to fly a plane.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Canada and Saudis in raucous diplomatic spat over Ottawa's posturing over human rights. wsws.org The events of the past week notwithstanding, Canada—as attested by its $15 billion arms deal with Riyadh—is a staunch ally of the absolutist Saudi regime.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Growing opposition among UPS workers as Teamsters conference endorses sellout contracts. wsws.org UPS management responded to the Teamsters executives vote by gloating that the contract will provide "greater flexibility" and help "address challenges from competitors."

wsws.org (2018-08-11). America's unending reign of police terror. wsws.org Four years after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson sparked popular outrage over police violence, the daily onslaught of police killings in the US continues.

RT (2018-08-11). Stolen plane performs tricks & crashes near Seattle airport with F-15s in pursuit (VIDEOS). rt.com A Horizon Air Q400 plane, flown without Seattle Airport traffic controller authorization, reportedly performed several aerobatic tricks and crashed after F-15 jets were sent to intercept it, officials confirmed.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Turkish lira plunges as US trade war measures strangle Turkish economy. wsws.org President Trump is trying to use trade tariffs to compel Ankara to step up attacks on the working class and totally subordinate its foreign policy to US imperialism's demands.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Off-duty Cincinnati police officer uses taser on 11-year old child. wsws.org Eleven year old Donesha Gowdy was suspected of "petty shoplifting".

RT (2018-08-11). Conservative Twitter voices say they are being attacked with malicious 'abusive speech' complaints. rt.com Several prominent journalists raised alarm at baseless complaints being sent to Twitter over stories on sensitive topics, such as the activities of British spy Christopher Steele, and links between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and China.

RT (2018-08-11). On anniversary of Charlottesville clashes, Trump condemns racism, says he 'fights for' minorities. rt.com The US President has spoken out against racism and violence ahead of a fresh Unite the Right rally on Sunday, and has trumpeted his own achievements that he says have benefitted African-Americans and Hispanics.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). US-North Korean nuclear deal stalls amid growing recriminations. wsws.org The US is insisting North Korea hand over 60 to 70 percent of its nuclear warheads, without any significant concessions in return.

wsws.org (2018-08-11). Ryanair pilots stage European-wide strike. wsws.org Pilots at the Ireland-based low-cost airline Ryanair went on strike Friday in Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany to demand improvements in working conditions.

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

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.

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.

Jimmy Tobias (2018-08-10). These Democratic Socialists Aren't Just Targeting Incumbent Politicians. thenation.com These Democratic Socialists Aren't Just Targeting Incumbent Politicians appeared first on The Nation.

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.

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…

Elliott Gabriel (2018-08-10). As Denuclearization Talks Stagnate, North Korea's Foreign Minister Heads To Iran. iranian.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. [dropcap]I[/dropcap]ran welcomed the Foreign Minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, as North Korea is […]

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…

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

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-08-10). 'Birther-in-Chief': Congressman Slams Trump's Extensive Racist History Ahead of a Hateful New 'White Civil Rights' March. alternet.org The white nationalists who marched on Charlottesville are back. And Rep. Hakeem Jeffries doesn't expect Trump to provide an ounce of leadership. | One year out from the tragic, deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the white nationalists behind the "Unite the Right Rally" are on the move again. This time, alt-ri. . .

Bill Walker, Emily Wathen, Independent Media Institute (2018-08-10). Here's How Toxic Tap Water Can Send You Scrambling for Something Safe to Drink — and Why It Might Become the New Normal. alternet.org Toledo was the first large U. S. city where toxic algae blooms made tap water unsafe to drink. But it may not be the last. | TOLEDO, Ohio — In the middle of a muggy summer night, Keith Jordan got an urgent text: Toledo's tap water wasn't safe to drink. "I thought it was a joke," said Jordan, who works with at-risk youth in Toledo's inner city. He went back to sleep. When he got up a few hours later, he took a shower and had a cup of coffee, then t. . .

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.

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."

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

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. Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-08-10). Here Are 5 of the Most Disturbing Foreign-Policy Blunders of the Trump Era. alternet.org The president has had a generally abysmal record on foreign policy. | President Donald Trump has not only used his "draining the swamp" concept in connection with domestic policy—he has applied it to foreign policy as well, denouncing the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations as foreign-policy nightmares. Trump, in fact, has often been quite critical of Bush and his vice president, Dick Cheney, for the 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…

CounterSpin (2018-08-10). Media Econ 101. fair.org

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

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

Karina Piser (2018-08-10). Breaking France's Race Taboo. thenation.com Breaking France's Race Taboo appeared first on The Nation.

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

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 …

Staff (2018-08-10). Jury Backs Man Who Says Roundup Herbicide Caused Cancer. truthdig.com The San Francisco panel orders agribusiness giant Monsanto to pay $289 million to a former school groundskeeper, saying the company's popular weed killer contributed to his disease.

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.

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

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

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. . .

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