2018-08-14: News Headlines

Evan Malmgren, Salon (2018-08-14). Democratic Socialists of America-Backed Candidate Julia Salazar Is Challenging Silicon Valley with Her Ambitious Tech Agenda. alternet.org This state Senate candidate articulates an agenda that could help us catch up with technological changes in society. | Half a year ago, Doug Schifter was at his wits' end. The 61-year-old livery driver had seen a respectable livelihood gutted by deregulation and felt abandoned by his representatives. As ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft replaced a once-thriving industry with precarious and unprotected "gig" employment, he was pushed to w. . .

Daniel Falcone (2018-08-14). On Taking on the Mobilized Capitalist Class in Elections: an Interview With Noam Chomsky. counterpunch.org In this interview at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, I sat down with Laureate Professor Noam Chomsky to discuss electoral politics, the prospects for progressives in upcoming primaries, and the difficulties candidates face with their internal party apparatus, the media and big money challengers, as well as navigating complicated foreign policies and positions. More

Chris Wright (2018-08-14). On "Bullshit Jobs" counterpunch.org Referring to cultural Marxism, especially the Frankfurt School, Noam Chomsky once said, "I don't find that kind of work very illuminating… The ideas that seem useful also seem pretty simple, and I don't understand what all the verbiage is for." While I think there's much of value in the so-called Western Marxist tradition—for instance, I'm More

Jordan Green (2018-08-14). Raging and Healing in Charlottesville. progressive.org The twelve months since the violent white supremacist Unite the Right rally have forced a painful reckoning on the liberal college town.

teleSUR /ef-MS (2018-08-14). Argentina Takes IMF Advice: Sells Pesos To Save Tanking Economy. telesurtv.net In another attempt to save its peso and reduce inflation, President Mauricio Macri agrees to sell off US$ 3.4 billion in reserves and hike interest rates.

Al Neal (2018-08-14). Activist Wesley Bell elected St. Louis prosecutor; Michael Brown's mother sets council run. peoplesworld.org ST. LOUIS—In the words of Bob Dylan, "the times they are-a-changin'." And it could not come sooner to Missouri. Proposition A (right-to-work) crashed and burned—a relief for the thousands of union and non-union working people here, and St. Louis County voters elected Wesley Bell—Ferguson City Councilmember, a…

teleSUR / mv-MH (2018-08-14). Cubans Celebrate Fidel's 92nd Birthday With Start of Popular Consultation on New Constitution. telesurtv.net The constitutional project ratifies the socialist character of the Island and the role of the Communist Party, but proposes changes in the State's structure, amplifies human rights…

Binoy Kampmark (2018-08-14). Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship. counterpunch.org Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australia's legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle. Rights are the stuff of nonsense, and revocable. The Australian constitution is silent on many important liberties, the common law, heavily relied upon to fill in gaps. Parliament, mystically wise, is More

South Front (2018-08-14). Video: Syria Tiger Forces Are Deploying in Northern Latakia, Final Push against ISIS. globalresearch.ca Syrian government forces have achieved a series of local successes in the framework of their operation against ISIS cells in the province of al-Suwayda. | The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National …

teleSUR / mv-MH (2018-08-14). Cristina Fernandez: 'Macri's Gov't Is a Catastrophe'. telesurtv.net "Let's put all our effort and energy into accompanying and helping those who are having a very, very bad experience," Tweeted Cristina Fernandez Sunday.

teleSUR / mv-MH (2018-08-14). Argentina: After Abortion Vote, Thousands Renounce Catholic Church Membership. telesurtv.net The Argentine state contributes over US$682 million to the Catholic church, without taking into account the tax reductions, and this is proportional to the number of people baptized.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-14). Hatewatch Headlines 8/14/2018. splcenter.org The futile quest to quantify the alt-right; Tucker claims white supremacy's not a crisis; John Legend takes on unjust Louisiana court rules; and more.

Peter Korzun (2018-08-14). Caspian Sea Convention Signed to Open New Prospects for Region. mintpressnews.com Good news came on Aug.12 — the Caspian Sea Day marked since 2007 by littoral states. A final comprehensive open-ended agreement to solve a major international controversial issue was clinched in Aktau, Kazakhstan. Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan signed a convention on the Caspian Sea's legal status — the Caspian Sea Convention (CSC). Providing clear guidelines for the collective use of the Sea, it puts an end to the international dispute that has lasted more than two decades. The agreement will ease tensions in the region and pave the way for lucrative energy projects as well as more military cooperation between the Caspian states. | The seabed holds about 50 billion barrels of oil and nearly 9 trillion cubic meters of natural gas in proven or probable reserves, which cost trillions of US dollars. The final delimitation of the seabed…

IMEMC News (2018-08-14). Army To Demolish A Home Near Ramallah. imemc.org Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, the al-Am'ari refugee camp, south of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and took measurements of the family home of a Palestinian detainee, believed to be behind the killing of an Israeli soldier, in preparation for demolishing the property. Media […]…

Middle East Monitor (2018-08-14). World Jewish Congress President Fears Impact of Israel's 'Destructive Actions'. mintpressnews.com "If present trends persist," Lauder warned, "young Jews…may not fight the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, they may not support Israel in Washington and they may not provide it with the strategic rear guard that Israel so needs."

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-08-14). Trump Slurs Omarosa As 'That Dog' in Deranged Morning Attack on Former White House Aide. alternet.org The president continues to viciously go after any prominent person of color who criticizes him. | President Donald Trump compared former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman to an animal in his ongoing feud with the reality TV star. Trump's three-time "Apprentice" castmate has been releasing secret White House recordings as she promotes her new tell-all book, and the president has been attacking Manigault's intelligence and credentia. . .

Travis Lupick, Yes! Magazine (2018-08-14). How Our Mental Health Struggles Are Linked to Each Others' in Surprising Ways. alternet.org Our world has changed and we're adapting together. | Johann Hari's experience with depression is something of a lightning rod within mental health circles. Some cheer his nuanced views of the disorder, grateful for a take on mental health that emphasizes the impacts of environment and experience. Others argue that the British journalist is too dismissive of medication. "Is everything Johann Hari knows about depression wrong? "

Asa Winstanley (2018-08-14). Israel Is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Israeli arms are being sent to a heavily armed neo-Nazi militia in Ukraine, The Electronic Intifada has learned. | Azov Battalion online propaganda shows Israeli-licensed Tavor rifles in the fascist group's hands, …

Roy Morrison (2018-08-14). Climate Truth: Seven Key Numbers for Sustainability and Local Action. globalresearch.ca Local action on climate is both an essential and available path for ecological transformation. Local action does not require permission from Washington or from Paris. Action overcomes despair. Local action and …

Rosita A. Sweetman (2018-08-14). Dear Jorge: On the Pope's Visit to Ireland. counterpunch.org Hello there Jorge Mario Beroglio, aka The Pope; apologies, but I cannot bring myself to address you as 'Dear Francis', never mind 'Your Holiness', never mind your official title, 'His Holiness Francis, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop More

Democracy Now! (2018-08-14). How Monsanto Plants Stories, Suppresses Science & Silences Dissent to Sell a Cancer-Linked Chemical. democracynow.org As Monsanto comes under scrutiny for allegedly hiding the dangers of its weed killer, Roundup, we talk to a reporter who says the company attempted to censor and discredit her when she published stories on their product that contradicted their business interests. Carey Gillam is a veteran investigative journalist and author of "Whitewash – The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science."

Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos (2018-08-14). An 11-Year-Old at a Hacking Convention Demonstrates Ability to Hack and Change Florida Vote in 10 minutes. alternet.org The young hacker described the process as easy. | The second annual DEFCON Voting Village took place over a weekend at the end of July in Las Vegas, during the 29th annual DEFCON security convention. Computer experts and hackers meet annually to discuss and show off the latest and greatest computer security systems and practices. The Voting Village allow hackers to work on various "in use" and "not in use"

Angelo Young, Salon (2018-08-14). Is It Time to Break up Amazon? alternet.org Critics say U. S. antitrust authorities need to more closely scrutinize the business model of "the Everything store. " | Let's get this over with first: It's an understatement to say consumers love shopping on Amazon. com. Year after year, the 23-year-old e-commerce and cloud computing behemoth ranks near the top in the emotion. . .

SouthFront (2018-08-14). Watch | Russian Military Campaign in Syria 2015-2018. mintpressnews.com This is a detailed summary of military and political developments in Syria since the start of the Russian military operation until now. (2015-2018) | INTRODUCTION: | The Russian military operation in Syria is nearing the end of its third year. Since 2015, Moscow has been employing its air power, military advisors and diplomatic resources to defeat a multitude of terrorist groups, to support the legitimate Syrian government, and to promote a peaceful dialogue across the country, thereby creating the framework for a diplomatic settlement of the conflict on the international and regional levels. | Russia's capabilities of providing military supplies to Syrian government forces and humanitarian aid to the local population, have both played an important role in establishing Russian forces as an influential and reputable power within Syria, which can play the role of a mediator among various factions on the…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-14). How Monsanto Plants Stories, Suppresses Science and Silences Dissent. truthout.org As Monsanto comes under scrutiny for allegedly hiding the dangers of its weed killer, Roundup, we talk to a reporter who says the company attempted to censor and discredit her when she published stories on their product that contradicted their business interests. Carey Gillam is a veteran investigative journalist and author of "Whitewash—The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science." | Please check back later for full transcript.

Michelle Chen (2018-08-14). Europe Hardens Its Borders and Deepens the Migrant Crisis at Sea. thenation.com Europe Hardens Its Borders and Deepens the Migrant Crisis at Sea appeared first on The Nation.

Peter Koenig (2018-08-14). U.S. Political Meddling: What Really Happens to Nicaragua, Venezuela and Ecuador. globalresearch.ca Stories about corruption and internally government-generated violence concerning most unaligned countries abound in the MSM. These lies fuel hatred. And the public at large start a malicious rumor circuit. Which, in …

The Conversation (2018-08-14). Humans Are the Unwitting Test Subjects in a Worldwide Experiment on Microplastics. alternet.org Microplastics are turning up everywhere and we know virtually nothing about how they might impact human health. | One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly — seconds in the case of microbeads in personal care products, or minutes as in plastic grocery bags — they stick around for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, much of this plastic ends up as environmental pollution. We've all see. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-14). Commissioner Says Fellow Officer Did Not Have to Stop Cop Beatdown (Pt. 2/2). therealnews.com In a press conference after a video surfaced showing a Baltimore police officer repeatedly punching a city residents Commissioner Gary Tuggle says the second officer on the scene could not intervene because he feared for his safety from onlookers

DJMD (2018-08-14). The Uyghur Militant Threat: China Cracks Down and Mulls Policy Changes. mintpressnews.com China is forcing its Uyghur population into re-education camps at home and launching it's first foreign military intervention in decades to make sure they are defeated in Syria.

Samir Amin (2018-08-14). Samir Amin: The Workings of Contemporary Capitalism: It Is Imperative to Reconstruct the Internationale of Workers and Peoples. globalresearch.ca Samir Amin passed away on August 12. He will be remembered for his incisive analysis and historical overview of the global capitalist system. | I first met Samir Amin in Dakar in July 1976 upon my departure from Argentina where I …

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-08-14). Trump-Imitating GOP Candidate Who Killed His Own Mother Also Allegedly Threatened His Homeowners' Association President. alternet.org Bobby Wilson recently boasted about killing his mother. That's not the only violent altercation he has been in. | Bobby Wilson, a Republican candidate for Arizona State Senate, drew controversy at a Moms Demand Action event last month when he cited, as an example of "good guys" with guns, the time he fatal. . .

The Conversation (2018-08-14). Why Native Americans Are Struggling to Protect Their Sacred Places. alternet.org Their religious practices are being threatened all over again. | Forty years ago the U. S. Congress passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act so that Native Americans could practice their faith freely and that access to their sacred sites would be protected. This came after a 500-year-long Whitney Webb (2018-08-14). Alliance Between Syria and YPG Deepens Ahead of Idlib Offensive, Provoking an Unpredictable Turkey. mintpressnews.com The YPG's participation in the upcoming Idlib offensive on the side of the Syrian government would essentially cement its realignment in the Syrian conflict, greatly weakening the U.S.' justification for its continued military presence in Syria, while also potentially provoking an increasingly unpredictable Turkey.

George Eliason (2018-08-14). Beyond The DNC — Leaks, Hacks, and Treason. mintpressnews.com People have been divided about the DNC hack-leak ever since the story began with the Chalupa-Isikoff article. These divisions run so deep they mark where people stand politically. Mutually exclusive positions range from whether or not Russians hacked the DNC or if the information was downloaded and then leaked, presumably by Seth Rich. All three are different positions. | This article culminates what I've learned about the hack-leak and the Information Operation surrounding this. It presents a much different perspective. | There were multiple DNC hacks. There is also clear proof supporting the download to a USB stick and subsequent information exchange (leak) to Wikileaks. All are separate events. | Here's what's different in the information I've compiled. | The group I previously identified as Fancy Bear was given access to request password privileges at the DNC. And it looks like the DNC…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-14). Chevron Must Pay for Environmental Damage in Ecuador, Court Rules. truthout.org The Constitutional Court of Ecuador has issued a long-awaited ruling in favor of those affected by the transnational oil company Chevron, which operated through its subsidiary Texaco in Ecuador between 1964 and 1990. The court rejected the protection action that the company filed in 2013. | In the 151-page ruling, the court denied Chevron's claim of violation of constitutional rights. Chevron will now have to pay $9.5 billion for the repair and remediation of social and environmental damage that — according to audits and expert reports — were a result of oil company operations in the Amazonian provinces of Sucumbíos and Orellana. | The benchmark decision on the pollution case came after the court found that Chevron deliberately dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste. The waste was dumped in the Amazon rainforest on indigenous lands. | The…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-08-14). Court Stops North Carolina GOP From Stripping Candidate of Party Affiliation Just to Win Judicial Race. alternet.org All the eleventh-hour changes Republicans in North Carolina are making to election law continue to catch up to them. | On Monday, the North Carolina Wake County Superior Court blew up the Republican Party's latest attempt to change the ballot in their favor — and left them with a self-inflicted wound that stands to jeopardize their chances of holding onto a seat on the state Supreme Court. Judge Rebecca Holt decided to Karl Grossman (2018-08-14). Turning Space Into a War Zone. counterpunch.org The Trump administration is pushing hard on its scheme to create a Space Force. Last week Vice President Pence, chairman of a newly reconstituted National Space Council, in a speech at the Pentagon declared: "The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the More

Timothy Denevi, Salon (2018-08-14). The Unite the Right 2 Rally Was a Failure — But American Fascism Is Not Dead. alternet.org Fascism in 2018 America is the opposite of our participatory democracy. | For Jason Kessler, the 34-year-old organizer of this weekend's Unite the Right 2 event — a white-supremacist gathering in Washington, D. C. , to mark the anniversary of last year's deadly rally in Charlottesville — things. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-14). After Emerging From An Israeli Prison, Freedom Flotilla Captain Accuses Canada's Government Of Complicity In A "Slow Genocide" therealnews.com Human Rights Activist John Turnbull Describes How Israel's Navy Hijacked a Peaceful Vessel in International Waters and Kidnapped its Passengers and Crew

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-08-14). 'Doesn't He Know He's President?': Fox Hosts Stunned by Trump Calling Omarosa a 'Dog'. alternet.org Juan Williams was horrified by the president's online remarks. | Fox News host Juan Williams joined Neil Cavuto on Fox Business after a Tuesday morning tweet attack from President Donald Trump calling Omarosa a "dog. "Williams was stunned and didn't hold back in blasting the president when asked his opinion by Cavuto. "You just wonder — dog? " Williams said. "What is he thinking? Doesn't he know he's president? ""That's Donald Trump. . .

Adam Johnson (2018-08-14). Laundering A Massacre By Labeling It A 'Clash'. iranian.com As FAIR has noted before (e.g., Extra!, 1/17; FAIR.org, 4/2/18), the term "clash" is almost always used to launder power asymmetry and give the reader the impression of two equal warring sides. It obscures power dynamics and the nature of the conflict itself, e.g., who instigated it and what weapons if any were used. "Clash" is a reporter's best […]

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-14). Foreign Interests Have Spent Over $530 Million Influencing US Policy Since 2017. truthout.org Foreign lobbyists and agents acting on behalf of foreign interests have reported hundreds of millions of dollars in payments since January 2017, an analysis of OpenSecrets' exclusive new Foreign Lobby Watch data reveals. | Today we're making available, for the first time, a searchable database of foreign interests spending on lobbying and influence in the United States. | Foreign lobbyists and other operatives acting on behalf of foreign interests wield a significant amount of power, impacting economic and diplomatic policies as well as public opinion. | The law that governs most foreign influence disclosure requirements, the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), requires any foreign agent or lobbyist representing a foreign principal to register with the US Department of Justice and file detailed public disclosures. | These reports may include details that are not found in the more familiar lobbying reports submitted to…

Manuel García, Jr. (2018-08-14). Climate Change Bites Big Business. counterpunch.org "Electoral politics is not the solution to the Earth-threatening problems we face." — Jeffrey St. Clair, 10 August 2018, Counter Punch There is now no non-violent way to reverse climate change. Even with morally unrestrained action, it is probable that there is now no physical possibility of reversing climate change. The time for action was More

Peter Kuper (2018-08-14). Military Might? thenation.com Military Might? appeared first on The Nation.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-14). AP Investigation: Behind the Scenes in Yemen, U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Is Working with al-Qaeda. democracynow.org The U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has repeatedly cut secret deals with al-Qaeda, even paying its fighters to retreat from towns or join the coalition, a bombshell Associated Press investigation has revealed. The AP probe accuses the United States of being aligned with al-Qaeda in the fight against Yemen's Houthi rebels, despite claiming to be fighting the extremist group in the region. One senior tribal leader told the AP, "Al-Qaeda wasn't defeated. It didn't fight in the first place." We speak with Maggie Michael, one of the three reporters for the Associated Press who broke the story, headlined "U.S.

Onnesha Roychoudhuri, Yes! Magazine (2018-08-14). How to Find Power and Reclaim the Narrative in Post-Truth America. alternet.org Now is the time for us to set the terms of the conversation, to push back with the reality we insist on. | Traveling through my hometown in North Carolina in the days after the Women's March in Washington, D. C. , I ran into an old friend getting a drink at a bar I used to frequent. He was there with a colleague of his—a fellow high school teacher. The conversation turned to politics pretty quickly, and the friend, B. , adamantly put fo. . .

Middle East Monitor (2018-08-14). Iraq To Respect Dollar Ban But Not All US Sanctions On Iran. iranian.com Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stepped back from his commitment to abide by new US sanctions on Iran on Monday, saying his government would only respect the dollar ban in transactions with Iran. "I did not say we abide by the sanctions, I said we abide by not using dollars in transactions. We have no […]

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-14). Outrage Mounts Over US Role in Airstrike on Yemeni School Bus Carrying Children. truthout.org Thousands of mourners gathered in Yemen's northern city of Saada Monday for the funerals of 51 people, including 40 children, who were killed in a US-backed Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a school bus last week. The massacre of school boys between the ages of 6 and 11 was one of the worst attacks on children in the history of Yemen's brutal war. Images posted online suggest a US-built Mark 82 bomb was used in the bombing. We speak with Shireen Al-Adeimi, a Yemeni scholar and activist and an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. Her latest piece for In These Times is titled "Fine Print in Defense Bill Acknowledges US-Backed War in Yemen Will Go On Indefinitely." | Please check back later for full transcript.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-14). As Monsanto Pays $289 Million to Cancer Victim, Bayer Shares Plunge. truthout.org Shares in Bayer took a nosedive on Monday — just days after newly-acquired Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages to a man who alleged that the company's glyphosate-based herbicides, including the widely used weedkiller Roundup, caused his cancer. | At one point the German pharmaceutical giant's shares fell by as much as 14 percent, Reuters reported, marking a loss in value of roughly $14 billion. | It capped off the US trading day as one of the " biggest losers," ending at a 10-percent loss. | Friday was also a losing day for Monsanto, which Bayer AG controversially acquired for $62.5 billion in June. In a landmark trial, a San Francisco jury unanimously found that the company failed to warn school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, who's suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and other consumers of the cancer…

teleSUR /ef-MS (2018-08-14). Chilean Minister Steps Down After Denying Pinochet Dictatorship. telesurtv.net Rojas had previously called the "Museo de la Memoria" (Museum of Memory) a "…a manipulation of history…"

Misión Verdad (2018-08-14). Maduro Shows His Strength, Looks Death in the Face. globalresearch.ca During an event attended by thousands on Bolivar Avenue in the city of Caracas, on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard, two drones exploded close to …

RT News (2018-08-14). US Bomb Pieces Found at Yemen Bus Strike Site as Pentagon Says 'We May Never Know' Who Supplied It. globalresearch.ca A Raytheon Mark 82 general-purpose free-fall bomb was likely used by the Saudi-led coalition to strike a bus full of children in Yemen on Thursday, a local journalist claims, after bomb …

Celia Bottger (2018-08-14). Ireland dumps investments in fossil fuel companies. peoplesworld.org On Thursday, July 12th, a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic proved it was on the right side of history. | The Republic of Ireland passed a bill to divest its $370 million worth of investments in around 150 fossil fuel companies within five years. Should the bill pass the Irish Senate in September, which it is expected to do, Ireland will become the first country to fully divest from fossil fuels. | This action marks a huge step forward. | For years now, neighborhood climate activists have pressured cities, universities, and governments to divest their holdings in fossil fuel companies. The idea is to defund and denounce the industry that contributes the most to climate change, funds climate denial, and prevents climate action. | With its divestment bill, Ireland will join a group of almost 900 cities, universities, and…

Reese Erlich (2018-08-14). Foreign Correspondent: Afghanistan Has Become Trump's 'Failed Narco State'. progressive.org President Donald Trump is back on the stump, trumpeting his alleged triumphs since the 2016 election. Somehow, he never mentions Afghanistan.

Tony Cartalucci (2018-08-14). America's War on Yemen Exposed. globalresearch.ca As atrocities and scandal begin to mount regarding the US-backed Saudi-led war on the impoverished nation of Yemen, the involvement and hypocrisy of the United States and other Western backers is …

Rania Khalek (2018-08-14). "We Don't Want To Lose Anymore": Inside the Complex Peace Process That Helped Syrians Find an End to the Fighting. mintpressnews.com In war torn areas across Syria, a series of reconciliation deals overseen by the secret fixer of Damascus, Khaled al Ahmad, has given residents a respite from the bloodshed.

Hans Stehling (2018-08-14). London's Grenfell Tower Deaths: Over a Year and Still No Prosecutions for Gross Criminal Negligence. globalresearch.ca | | Those responsible for knowingly turning an essentially fire-safe building into a lethal gas chamber and fire-trap, have no doubt long since liquidated their assets in Britain and moved abroad. | What kind …

Sputnik News (2018-08-14). Iran Reportedly Ready To Share Its New Military Tech With 'Brotherly Countries'. iranian.com Earlier, the Iranian Defense Ministry announced plans to overhaul and manufacture more than 700 domestically-built tanks, including Karrar (Striker), part of the country's plans to boost its defense power. Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari, commander of the Iranian Army Ground Forces, has signaled a willingness to provide "friendly and brotherly countries" with Iran's latest achievements in the defense industry, according […]

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-08-14). Putin Wants Trump to Hand Over Three DHS Agents Who Are Investigating a Company Linked to the Don Jr Meeting. alternet.org He had a whole list of Americans he wanted to be turned over. | Lost in all the controversy over President Vladimir Putin asking Donald Trump to turn over former U. S. Ambassador Michael McFaul to Kremlin investigators for questioning — in return for access to Russian officials indic. . .

Shared by Jared (2018-08-14). Summer Refreshment Gentrification. truthout.org In the beginning, there was an ice cream stand.

Jonah Raskin (2018-08-14). "Fuck Wine Grapes, Fuck Wines": the Coming Napafication of the World. counterpunch.org Fly over Napa County, California, and what you see below are vineyards and industrial buildings for the mass production of wines. Roads crisscross the valley and climb into the hills and mountains. They also carry tourists from hotels and motels to vineyards, wineries and restaurants where they're told that they're seeing and tasting the real More

Sara Johnson (2018-08-14). The Incredible Benefits of Sagebrush and Juniper in the West. counterpunch.org Although millions of acres of juniper trees and sagebrush have already been eradicated in the western United States, federal and state land management agencies continue to log and burn these incredibly important native ecotones to increase grass for cows. A closer look at the benefits of sage-juniper communities explains why Native Ecosystems Council and the More

Bob Cesca, Salon (2018-08-14). Can Russia Actually Hack the 2018 Midterms Elections? alternet.org The evidence is troubling. | During this year's 26th annual DEFCON convention, a massive event organized by and for hackers, an 11-year-old girl was able to successfully hack into a ES&S M650 Optical Scan Tabulator, the machine used in Florida elections to tabulate votes, in just 10 minutes. Yeah. Sleep tight, America. Anyone who. . .

Staff (2018-08-14). UK Police Treat Parliament Crash as Terrorism, Man Arrested. truthdig.com Three people are injured as driver plows his car into pedestrians and cyclists and into a barrier outside the House of Lords during the morning rush hour. Police are working to confirm the driver's identity.

IMEMC News (2018-08-14). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians, Bulldoze Lands, Near Nablus. imemc.org On Tuesday at dawn, dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and surrounding villages, before storming and searching homes, and abducted five Palestinians. The soldiers also invaded Palestinian lands near Nablus, and bulldozed them, in preparation for expanding an illegal colony. Media sources in Nablus, […]…

Tom Tomorrow (2018-08-14). If Collusion Is in the Eye of the Beholder… thenation.com If Collusion Is in the Eye of the Beholder… appeared first on The Nation.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-14). 40 Yemeni Children Dead by U.S.-Made Bomb? Outrage Mounts Over U.S. Role in Airstrike on School Bus. democracynow.org Thousands of mourners gathered in Yemen's northern city of Saada Monday for the funerals of 51 people, including 40 children, who were killed in a U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a school bus last week. The massacre of school boys between the ages of 6 and 11 was one of the worst attacks on children in the history of Yemen's brutal war. Images posted online suggest a U.S.-built Mark 82 bomb was used in the bombing. We speak with Shireen Al-Adeimi, a Yemeni scholar and activist and an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. Her latest piece for In These Times is titled "Fine Print in Defense…

Adán Chávez Frías (2018-08-14). Venezuela: El Pueblo es el escudo de la Patria. peoplesworld.org

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-08-14). Is There a Cult of Trump? truthout.org During a recent rally in Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump chose to attack the media, calling us "horrible, horrendous people" and "disgusting." | Trump went on to tweet that the media "is the enemy of the American People," a deeply troubling use of a phrase used by authoritarians throughout history, like Nero, Stalin and Mao. Stalin, for example, took politicians and artists whom he deemed as unsupportive and had them sent to hard labor camps, or killed. Despite the fact that the corporate media is certainly culpable for cheerleading war and the military in general, among countless other grievances, when the press is assailed en masse like this by a powerful leader, it creates a very dangerous situation for all journalists. | When questioned directly about this tweet, Trump's Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders would not dispute his claim. These moves were…

Staff (2018-08-14). Facebook Exec Threatens News Outlets in Private Meeting. truthdig.com During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." | Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read " Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. | "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "We will help you revitalize journalism… in a few years the reverse looks like I'll be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice." | As The…

teleSUR/ef-MS (2018-08-14). Lula: 'Yes, I Am a Candidate For President'. telesurtv.net Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced in a letter written from prison that he will formally register as a presidential candidate on Tuesday.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-08-14). Connecticut primary: Teacher of the Year campaigns for Congress. peoplesworld.org WATERBURY, Conn.—A National Teacher of the Year — and a committed unionist — wants to come to Capitol Hill. | And National Education Association member Jahana Hayes, a social studies teacher who accepted the 2018 award from Democratic President Barack Obama in 2016, is one of seven unionists on primary ballots for top posts in three states on August 14. | Randy Bryce (Randy Bryce for Congress) | While Hayes seeks the Democratic nomination for an open congressional seat in the Danbury-Waterbury-New Britain 5th Congressional District, three other unionists are running for governor elsewhere. Another seeks Connecticut's lieutenant governor's chair and Ironworker Randy Bryce (D) is trying to succeed U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) in southern Wisconsin. | Rep. Tim Walz, DFL-Minn., an Education Minnesota member, high school teacher and military veteran, and state legislator Erin Murphy, who is also the Minnesota…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-08-14). Newly Released FBI Files Expose Red-Baiting of Woody Guthrie. truthout.org

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| There is a long-standing controversy about singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie's exact association with the Communist Party, with some describing him as a free-spirited sympathizer and others representing him as a party member. For its part, the FBI, which had…

Andrew Korybko (2018-08-14). The US' Rebuff of Russia's Cooperation Request in Syria Shows Its Cynicism. globalresearch.ca The head of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff Valery Gerasimov asked his closest American counterpart Joseph Dunford to assist his country in jointly stabilizing Syria. | Reuters reported that the proposal …

Jessica Corbett (2018-08-14). Facebook Suspends teleSUR English Without Explanation, Again. mintpressnews.com "It seems like the censorship power many people on the left want Silicon Valley executives to unilaterally exercise might end up being wielded against the left. One good way to know that would happen is that is already is happening."

William D. Hartung (2018-08-14). Donald Trump, Gunrunner for Hire. thenation.com Donald Trump, Gunrunner for Hire appeared first on The Nation.

Eric A. Gordon (2018-08-14). The 1802 Haitian Revolution on stage: Liberty, equality and fraternity for all. peoplesworld.org

Staff (2018-08-14). 25 Killed in Bridge Collapse on Main Highway Linking Italy to France. truthdig.com Vehicles plunge nearly 150 feet in the Morandi Bridge failure in Genoa during a sudden, violent storm. At least two survivors are pulled from the rubble by rescue workers using heavy equipment to search the wreckage.

INA (2018-08-14). Israeli Occupation Keeps Palestinian Journalist Alaa Rimawi Jailed, Writer Lama Khater Under Interrogation. imemc.org Photo: Alaa Rimawi. Wattan TV Even as four Palestinian journalists were released after paying a bail of NIS 5000 ($1350) each, an Israeli military court extended the detention of journalist Alaa Rimawi, the director of the Al-Quds TV office.

Peter Koenig (2018-08-14). What Really Happens to Nicaragua, Venezuela and Ecuador. mintpressnews.com Stories about corruption and internally government-generated violence concerning most unaligned countries abound in the MSM. These lies fuel hatred. And the public at large start a malicious rumor circuit. Which, in turn is taken over by the MSM, so that their lies are pushing in open doors. The war drums start beating. The populace wants foreign imposed order, they want blood and 'regime change'. The consensus for war has once more worked. And the blood may flow. Instigated by outside forces, such as the NED (National Endowment for Democracy) and USAID, which train and fund nationals clandestinely in-and outside the country where eventually they have to operate. They are commandeered by Washington and other western powers and act so as to blame the "non-obedient" governments, whose regime must be changed. They constitute part of the Fifth Column. | A Fifth Column is a…

Chauncey K. Robinson (2018-08-14). #UsToo: The #MeToo and #TimesUp movement goes beyond Hollywood. peoplesworld.org NEW ORLEANS—The #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns have sparked a movement putting sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace center stage. Yet, for all the attention these campaigns have given to the uneven power dynamics in the workplace, the stories have often been limited to Holly…

Philip Giraldi (2018-08-14). Why Confronting Israel Is Important. globalresearch.ca I am often asked why I have this "thing" about Israel, with friends suggesting that I would be much more respected as a pundit if I were to instead concentrate on …

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-08-14). Facebook Executive Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or End Up Dying 'Like in a Hospice' in Private Meeting. alternet.org Facebook is "vehemently" denying the veracity of the reported comments. | During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media o. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-14). Deadly Taliban Offensive Exposes US-Afghan Forces' Disarray. therealnews.com As the death toll from a Taliban assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni passes 300, journalist and author Ahmed Rashid says the attack underscores the the ineffectiveness of the US-NATO-Afghan government coalition, and the urgent need for talks to end the nearly 17-year war

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-14). What Happens When a Pipeline Runs Afoul of Government Rules? truthout.org

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| A week ago, the federal government halted work on a massive pipeline project that runs from Northern West Virginia through Southern Virginia. | The government said it had no choice but to order work on the multibillion-dollar Mountain Valley Pipeline stopped after a federal appeals court ruled that two federal agencies had neglected to follow important environmental protections when they approved the project.

Aeon (2018-08-14). Is Religion Universal Throughout Human Culture or An Academic Invention? alternet.org Our assumptions about religion are underinformed. | If anything seems self-evident in human culture, it's the widespread presence of religion. People do 'religious' stuff all the time; a commitment to gods, myths and rituals has been present in all societies. These practices and beliefs are diverse, to be sure, from Aztec human sacrifice to Christian baptism, but they appear to share a common essence. So what could compel the late Jonathan. . .

teleSUR / MH (2018-08-14). Venezuelans March to Reject Assasination Attempt Against Maduro. telesurtv.net "I call on the political sectors of the country to condemn the use of terrorist methods to impose their position," president of the National Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello said.

Michael Werbowski (2018-08-14). Is Canada's Moral Posturing All Just Fluff? Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Indonesia. globalresearch.ca Who can argue with the merits of defending human rights? | Canada has recently entered into a nasty row over this vaunted universally, or acclaimed value, with the Saudi Kingdom. The officially …

CounterSpin (2018-08-14). 'There is a Strong Reason for All Americans to Feel more Economically Insecure than they Did Before the Great Recession'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Dedrick Asante-Muhammad about the racial wealth divide for the August 10 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. MP3 Link Janine Jackson: Last September, elite media were heralding numbers suggesting that incomes were up among middle class Americans, but tiptoeing around the fact that the rising tide was not lifting […]…

Walter Clemens (2018-08-14). Enough Already! Donald J. Trump Resignation Speech. counterpunch.org Draft TV address ghosted by Walter C. Clemens. In less than two years we have delivered amazingly on my campaign promises. We now have better borderland security; a stronger position in international trade; a more powerful military; reduced taxes; fewer government regulations; more choices for medical care; plus reduced tensions with North Korea and Russia and More

Kate Aronoff (2018-08-14). "Hothouse Earth" Co-Author: The Problem Is Neoliberal Economics. theintercept.com "Throw people in jail, fine them, do whatever you need to do. But make sure you get the biophysical outcome. From what I've seen, market mechanisms don't always deliver that."

Jake Johnson (2018-08-14). In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or Die. mintpressnews.com During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." | Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read " Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. | "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "We will help you revitalize journalism… in a few years the reverse looks like I'll be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice." | As The…

Zero Hedge (2018-08-14). Bayer Shares Crash Most on Record After Monsanto Cancer Trial Loss. globalresearch.ca Bayer AG shares are down over 12% this morning — the biggest drop ever — to the lowest levels since October 2013, amid investor anxiety over the potential future legal costs …

teleSUR / md-MS (2018-08-14). Venezuelan President Announces New System of Wages and Prices. telesurtv.net "We are heading towards normalization, to a country of stability with the Recovery, Growth and Economic Prosperity plan," said the Venezuelan President.

Alberto Zuppi, Cesar Chelala (2018-08-14). Argentina at a Crossroads. counterpunch.org More>

teleSUR / mv-MH (2018-08-14). Bolivia Urges Colombia Not to Leave Unasur. telesurtv.net "Unasur is the natural space of integration that constitutes the hallmark of the peoples of the South because we are united by our history and by Mother Earth because we are Unasur."

Democracy Now! (2018-08-14). Historic Ruling Against Monsanto Finds Company Acted with "Malice" Against Groundskeeper with Cancer. democracynow.org California jurors have awarded $289 million in a historic verdict against Monsanto in the case of a school groundskeeper who developed cancer after using its weed killer, Roundup. We speak with Brent Wisner, the lead trial counsel for Dewayne Lee Johnson, who has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Doctors say he is unlikely to live past 2020. Johnson's was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Filed in 2016, it was fast-tracked for trial due to the severity of his illness.

IMEMC News (2018-08-14). PPS: "Israeli Soldiers Abduct 29 Palestinians, Including Two Women, In The West Bank" imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, several communities in the occupied West Bank, and abducted 29 Palestinians, including two women from Hebron. The soldiers conducted extensive and violent searches of homes during the invasions, and inter…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-08-14). Using the Burka: Boris Johnson's Bid for Popularity. globalresearch.ca Comedy, Boris Johnson, and the Tories – these three share a certain comforting, if chaotic affinity, lobbed together in some nightmarish union that risks consuming itself. But times are serious – …

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