2018-08-17: News Headlines

Aída Chávez (2018-08-17). Sex Workers Are Rallying Behind a Democratic Socialist Running for New York Senate. theintercept.com New York state Senate candidate Julia Salazar is one of the few political candidates to consult the sex work community and prioritize their concerns.

The Conversation (2018-08-17). Here's What Could Happen When This Respected Scientist Joins the Trump White House. alternet.org Prepare to be disappointed. | Leaders of the scientific community — most of whom are also Democratsare voicing relief now that the Trump administration has nominated Kelvin Droegemeier to direct the White House Office of Science and Technology. This office has been leaderless since Trump assumed office. | Droegemeier, a well-respected meteorologist specializing in severe weather such as thunderstorms, has also served on the advisory board of the U. S. National Science Foundation. He would bring a mainstream scientific voice into an administration that is often portrayed as somewhere between apathetic and hostile about matters relating to science. | But those who expect Droegemeier to provide any sort of counterweight to administration policies will likely be disappointed. The history of presidential science advising shows that the effectiveness of science advisers. . .

Ajamu Baraka (2018-08-17). Opposing Bipartisan Warmongering is Defending Human Rights of the Poor and Working Class. counterpunch.org The decision by Democrat party president Harry Truman to bomb the cities of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on the 9thwith the newly developed nuclear weapon signaled to the world that the U.S. was prepared to use military force to back up its new-found position as the leader of the Western colonial-capitalist powers, now More

Louis Proyect (2018-08-17). Memoir From the Underground. counterpunch.org "Memoir of War" is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras's La Douleur (The Pain, published in English as The War), a 1985 semi-fictional memoir about her experiences living in Vichy France in 1945 and during the immediate post-liberation period. Her husband Robert Antelme was a member of the Resistance and a Communist like her. With Antelme a More

Alison Barros (2018-08-17). Dear White American. counterpunch.org Dear White American, No, not the angry guy in the secondhand camo riot gear and Walmart combat boots. I gave up on those assholes a long time ago. But you're different. You're different because you are a hypocrite. Unlike the racist misogynist redneck whose actions clearly align with his words, you are an expert in More

David Macaray (2018-08-17). Trump and the Sex Tape. counterpunch.org So the question facing me Wednesday morning was which news item to address over that all-important first cup of morning coffee. As usual, it was a tough call. The paucity of up-lifting, life-affirming stories made it hard to choose. Do I go with yet another icky Catholic Church sodomy-cum-accompanying cover-up scandal? Ex-CIA Director John Brennan More

Maia Hibbett (2018-08-17). 'An Eternal Night of Persecution and Death': Activists Speak Out About Nicaragua's Crackdown. thenation.com 'An Eternal Night of Persecution and Death': Activists Speak Out About Nicaragua's Crackdown appeared first on The Nation.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-17). Ultra-orthodox Catholic propaganda outlet pushes anti-LGBT agenda. splcenter.org "Episcopal Sodomy: Communist Homosexual Infiltrators" — that headline blared across the homepage of ChurchMilitant.com on July 31.

Brandon Do (2018-08-17). The World and Palestine, Palestine and the World. counterpunch.org May 15th, 2018, referred to as Nakba Day by the Palestinian people, marked the 70th anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of over 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland by what would become the State of Israel. In demonstration against Israel's ongoing theft of land and systematic genocide of the Palestinian people, the Great March of Return More

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-08-17). Trump Got Into Fight With Vietnam Veterans Over The Plot of 'Apocalypse Now': Report. alternet.org Trump argued with veterans about Robert Duvall's character during a discussion of VA services. | According to a report from Asawin Suebsaeng of the Daily Beast, President Donald Trump decided to fight with Vietnam veterans over a plot point of the movie "Apocalypse Now," at a meeting that was organized last year by fired former White House aide Omarosa Manigaul. . .

The Saker (2018-08-17). Iran's Reply: No War and No Negotiations. mintpressnews.com We can all thank God for the fact that the AngloZionists did not launch a war on the DPRK, that no Ukronazi attack on the Donbass took place during the World Cup in Russia and that the leaders of the Empire have apparently have given up on their plans to launch a reconquista of Syria. However, each of these retreats from their hysterical rhetoric has only made the Neocons more frustrated and determined to show the planet that they are still The Hegemon who cannot be disobeyed with impunity. As I wrote after the failed US cruise missile strike on Syria this spring, " each click brings us closer to the bang". In the immortal words of Michael Ledeen, "Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the…

Cesar Chelala (2018-08-17). The Historic Responsibility of the Catholic Church. counterpunch.org I grew up with an agnostic father and a Catholic mother. In my family we followed many Catholic rites and holidays. That explains why the recent revelations of children's molestation by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses dismay and horrify me. My distress is compounded by realizing that this is only the More

Democracy Now! (2018-08-17). Angela Davis: Aretha Franklin Offered to Post Bail for Me, Saying "Black People Will Be Free" democracynow.org In 1970, Aretha Franklin offered to post bail for Angela Davis, who was jailed on trumped-up charges. Aretha Franklin told Jet magazine in 1970, "My daddy says I don't know what I'm doing. Well, I respect him, of course, but I'm going to stick by my beliefs. Angela Davis must go free. Black people will be free. I've been locked up (for disturbing the peace in Detroit) and I know you got to disturb the peace when you can't get no peace. Jail is hell to be in. I'm going to see her free if there is any justice in our courts, not because I believe in communism, but because she's a Black woman and she wants freedom fo…

teleSUR/LJS (2018-08-17). Taiwan President Visits Belize To Shore Up Political Support. telesurtv.net President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Belize on Thursday for her first state visit to the tiny Central American country after a stop in the United States.

PLC (2018-08-17). Proposition 10, The Affordable Housing Act. indybay.org Please Support the Affordable Housing Act!!! | Photo of Francis Hailman, Eleanor Walden, and Lynda Carson at a Berkeley rally in front of the Old City Hall, teaching renters how to stand up for their rights!

SFTL (2018-08-17). Migrants Deaths: European Democracies and the Right to Not Protect? counterpunch.org Although the number of migrants and refugees arriving in the European Union has decreased this year to numbers comparable to pre-2014, the risk of dying for migrants crossing the Mediterranean has increased. The International Organisation for Migration reports that more migrants are dying every year in their attempts to reach Europe: from 4 in 1000 More

M. STARKS (2018-08-17). Sensible Cinema: Union Time: Fighting For Worker's Right. indybay.org UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CENTER | 1187 Franklin Street | San Francisco…

teleSUR/LJS (2018-08-17). Venezuela Requests Extradition of Maduro Assassination Suspects. telesurtv.net The court has issued extradition requests to the governments of Colombia, Peru and the United States in connection with the drone attack in Caracas on August 4.

slingshot collective (2018-08-17). Slingshot new volunteer meeting / article brainstorm for issue #128. indybay.org Long Haul infoshop – 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705 – 510 540 0751 – 2 blocks from Ashby BART – corner of Shattuck and Woolsey across from La Pena…

Raul Zelik (2018-08-17). Post-capitalist Perspectives. indybay.org For the first time in the history of humanity, we are living in a genuine world system, capitalism. It is winning to death. The exit from the overheated machine of capitalism represents an enormous challenge. We cannot avoid the question about common property in the search for social alternatives. Can greater social equality be achieved without changing property relations?>

Daniel Wolff (2018-08-17). The Aretha Dialogue. counterpunch.org "Respect": signature tune. From the opening horn riff and twangy country guitar, we know we got a beat. The arrangement's incredibly strong. She sets her voice way up high from the start. Its inflection is mostly aimed towards confidence. She will — in the astonishing break — spell it out for us: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T." More

WCWANE (2018-08-17). Stop Abe Government Repression at August 6th Hiroshima Action by Fukushima Evacuees. indybay.org At a rally on August 6, 2018 at Hiroshima, the police tried to intimidate the rally by a false arrest of one of the participants. Supporters of the rally are calling for international solidarity against the increasing police repression in Japan by the Abe government.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-17). Trump Keeps Trying to Kill Agency That Investigates Chemical Plant Disasters. truthout.org

| On a warm morning in April, workers at a Wisconsin oil refinery were conducting a routine shutdown for maintenance. Suddenly, a gasoline cracking unit exploded, and the workers watched in horror as a huge fireball ripped through the plant. They ran for their lives, barely escaping the blast. | Debris from the explosion ruptured a tank, which spilled more than half a million gallons of hot asphalt that burst into flames and burned for nine hours. Black smoke spread over the port town of Superior. Eleven workers were injured, and about 40,000 people were evacuated from nearby homes and schools.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-17). She is a Progressive and Could be the First Native American Woman in Congress. therealnews.com Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo Woman won the primary in the NM First Congressional District. She could be the first Native American woman elected to Congress

KPFA WorkWeek Radio (2018-08-17). Dwayne "Lee" Johnson & The Monsanto Ruling With Journalists Carey Gillam and Bob Egelko. indybay.org KPFA WorkWeek Radio looks at the recent court victory by Beneica Unified school district groundskeeper Dewayne "Lee" Johnson. Johnson sued the Monsanto corporation for causing cancer with the use of their product Roundup. He was drenched in the chemical and now has terminal cancer.

Staff (2018-08-17). Wage Theft Rampant in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Report Finds. truthdig.com A new investigation reveals that Texas failed to implement the most basic protections for workers involved with cleanup and rebuilding.

Binoy Kampmark (2018-08-17). Meaningless Titles and Liveable Cities: Melbourne Loses to Vienna. counterpunch.org The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has gone about its annual business of releasing its World's Most Liveable City index, the sort of flotsam that matters less to urban planners than hedge-fund managers. The previous seven time winner had been Melbourne, whose supposed ascendancy had been threatened, at points, by Vancouver and Vienna. Now, the Austrian More

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-08-17). Corporate Media Moved On — So Here's a Reminder That 565 Children Remain Separated from Families Due to Trump's Monstrous Policies. alternet.org These children are being held in detention facilities more than three weeks after the court-mandated deadline for reunification. | Amid a news cycle dominated by the day-to-day chaos, antics, and scandals of the Trump presidency, new government numbers released on Thursday offered a grim reminder that the humanitarian travesty sparked by President Donald Trump's inhumane family separation policy is still ongoing, despite the fact that it ha. . .

Ralph Nader (2018-08-17). Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives. counterpunch.org I've recently received fundraising letters from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Chuck Schumer on behalf of their Democratic Party's campaign committees. Mostly, all they ask for is money, though Schumer's letter includes a short tough letter to President Trump for us to sign which they promise to deliver to the White House. Although politicians review More

PHRCC (2018-08-17). National Prison Strike Awareness March. indybay.org Start at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 | March to San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113…

Ian Scott Horst (2018-08-17). Less Voting, More Revolution. counterpunch.org Let me say that I hope you, like me, share a vision of a better world. You're looking around at the unleashed white supremacy, the rampant misogyny, the war machines churning death and destruction unchecked, and a growing culture of nihilistic hatred, and you know it doesn't have to be this way. You believe in More

Shared by britney (2018-08-17). Aretha Franklin Was an Icon of the Civil Rights and Feminist Movements. truthout.org Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died Thursday at her home in Detroit at the age of 76. For decades, Aretha Franklin has been celebrated as one of the greatest American singers of any genre, who helped give birth to soul and redefined the American musical tradition. In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She held the record for the most songs on the Billboard Top 100 for 40 years. Rolling Stone ranked her the greatest singer of all time on its top 100 list, calling her "a gift from God." Her hit single "Respect" became part of the soundtrack to the civil rights movement, which she also supported behind the scenes. We speak with professors Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University and Farah Jasmine Griffin of Columbia University. | TRANSCRIPT: :…

CJ Hopkins (2018-08-17). Where Have All the Nazis Gone? counterpunch.org So it appears Antifa has scared Trump's army of emboldened Nazis back into their hidey holes, or at least that's the spin the Resistance is putting on the deeply weird events of last Sunday. In case you missed it, what happened was, thousands of "anti-fascist" protestors converged on the streets of the nation's capitol to deny a platform to (or just beat the snot out of) twenty or thirty racist idiots who were trying to assemble in Lafayette Square and stand around shouting racist slogans at each other. The organizer of this idiotic fiasco (i.e., the racist fiasco, not the protest thereof) was the same attention-…

DJ Mouse (2018-08-17). Bad Actor Takeout Cafe…8-14-18 Mouse Report. indybay.org we look at the issues around last week's censorship of Guns and Butter…after Vannessa Beeley on the Last American Vagabond break down our crimes in Yemen and our hypocritical alliance w/ the CIA army of medieval head choppers there…no I don't mean the Saudi Royals…the other head choppers… (69 min.)…

John Wojcik (2018-08-17). Germany's Left Party launches a new strategy against the extreme right. peoplesworld.org During my two-week vacation in Germany last month it was clear to me that Germany, like the U.S., is at a crossroad. Dangerous developments connected with a rising fascist movement under the banner of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) are underway. Germany's Left Party (die Linke), on the other hand could well be on its way toward mounting an effective fightback. | First, the bad news | The German version of the Nazis and KKKers who descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, last year are out and about in that country too. They're in the streets flashing barely disguised Nazi symbols (Displaying the swastika is still illegal in Germany) and shouting anti-immigrant slogans. | But, like in the U.S., there are also the clean-cut, "respectable" politicians and commentators who yearn for a return to the days when Germany was "great." I saw them on the…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2018-08-17). Honoring the living legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers at Negro Bar – California State Parks. indybay.org Commanding Maj. General Sean B. MacFarland said, "No other group of American Soldiers sacrificed so much and yet received so little respect in return."

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-17). After Attempted Killing of Indian Leftist Student Leader, Activists Accuse Gov., Media of Incitement. therealnews.com Left-wing student leader Umar Khalid was shot at by a right-wing Hindutva extremist near India's parliament. JNU Professor Jayati Ghosh says their school, the media, and the BJP government have incited this sectarian violence. Ben Norton reports

Patrick Bond (2018-08-17). Africa's Pioneering Marxist Political Economist, Samir Amin (1931-2018). counterpunch.org Samir Amin's celebrated life was amongst the most trying, but also rewarding, of his generation's left intelligentsia. Following Amin's death in Paris on Sunday, his political courage and professional fearlessness are two traits now recognised as exceedingly rare. Alongside extraordinary contributions to applied political-economic theory beginning sixty years ago, Amin's unabashed Third Worldist advocacy was More

Ali Abunimah (2018-08-17). Rashida Tlaib Repudiates Views of Liberal Zionist Organization, J Street. mintpressnews.com This comes after days of controversy and questions about the political commitments required to secure the support of the liberal Zionist organization.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-17). Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, an Icon of the Civil Rights & Feminist Movements. democracynow.org Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died Thursday at her home in Detroit at the age of 76. For decades, Aretha Franklin has been celebrated as one of the greatest American singers of any genre, who helped give birth to soul and redefined the American musical tradition. In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She held the record for the most songs on the Billboard Top 100 for 40 years. Rolling Stone ranked her the greatest singer of all time on its top 100 list, calling her "a gift from God." Her hit single "Respect" became part of the soundtrack to the c…

Revolution Books (2018-08-17). Film & Discussion: Documenting Hate: Charlottesville. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Celia Bottger (2018-08-17). If Ireland Can Reject Fossil Fuels, Your Town Can Too. counterpunch.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 More

Labor Video Project (2018-08-17). SF Mayor Breed & DPH Garcia Still Pushing Lennar Hunters Point Project "It's Safe" indybay.org At a community meeting on August 15, 2018, San Francisco Department of Public Health "Environmental Engineer" Amy Brownell told community residents that the Hunters Point Shipyard is safe and can be further developed. | Brownell whose salary is funded by the developer Lennar has been involved in the criminal cover-up of the falsification of testing in the billion dollar eco-fraud at Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island. Mayor London Breed and DPH director Barbara Garcia are also aware of the criminal retaliation of OSHA health and safety whistleblowers and have colluded with the developers to cover up the m…

David Cay Johnson, DC Report (2018-08-17). No, Trump Voters: Your Wages Aren't Going Up — Unless You Were Already Making More than $1 Million a Year. alternet.org Who are you going to believe? Trump or your paycheck? | We've got some disappointing news for all those people who voted for Donald Trump because he promised rising wages. While Trump keeps saying wages are rising the official government data show that's just not true. Consider a worker paid the median wage, half make more and half less, of $600 a week in round numbers. If she got the average 2. 8% raise on July 1, her gross pay rose by a bit u. . .

Daryan Rezazad (2018-08-17). Iran And The Doomsday Machine. iranian.com In Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, "Dr. Strangelove", any mention of the Doomsday Machine was verboten. However, back in May 2018 the intrepid Pepe Escobar, who tends to ignore verboten warnings, presented some raw reality: It's also no secret among Persian Gulf traders that in the — hopefully unlikely — event of a US-Saudi-Israeli war in Southwest […]

SPJCT (2018-08-17). Access for All in Activism and Organizing. indybay.org San Jose Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th St, San Jose, California 95112…

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-08-17). Ecuador and Argentina Urge Unasur to Resume Activities. telesurtv.net Foreign ministers Jose Valencia and Jorge Fraurie discussed the need to reactivate the South American union.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-17). Dutch Memorial Day: Erasing People After Death. truthout.org As the anniversary of Indonesian independence from the Netherlands approaches, a close look reveals a Dutch narrative that erases people along racial lines. | Indonesia declared independence from the Netherlands on Aug. 17, 1945. This followed 350 years of Dutch East India Company control and Dutch state rule, as well as Japanese occupation during WWII. | After the declaration, the Netherlands waged a war to re-establish colonial control over Indonesia. The war, whose dead included Indonesians killed by summary execution, cost an estimated 300,000 Indonesian lives compared with around 6,000 casualties on the Dutch side. | In Indonesia, national identity has been built around anti-colonial sentiment, and the history of Dutch violence is taught and discussed. There was much Indonesian attention for a court-ordered Dutch apology in 2011 for the 1947 massacres in Rawagede and for execution…

Avi Katz (2018-08-17). Selfie. thenation.com Selfie appeared first on The Nation.

Paul Craig Roberts (2018-08-17). Paul Craig Roberts: Is Capitalism Killing Us? mintpressnews.com When we get right down to it, all of the profits that capitalism has generated over the centuries are probably due to capitalists not having to cover the full cost of their production, costs passed on to the environment and to third parties and pocketed the savings as profit.

C.J. Atkins (2018-08-17). Communists need not apply. peoplesworld.org Communists need not apply. That's the message Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, Georgia sends to all prospective job-seekers. When Dr. Bill Ellenberg applied for a position teaching English at the school, he discovered that, in addition to being well-versed in literature and composi…

Victor Grossman (2018-08-17). Stand Up With New Hope in Germany? counterpunch.org If you found German politics monotonous or boring, look again! If you regretted (or rejoiced) that the left-wing German scene — rarely mentioned by US media — was an unimportant sideshow, be prepared for a surprising new hope, called Aufstehen: Stand Up — or for its opposite, more fear. A reason for fear is all too More

INA (2018-08-17). One Palestinian Killed, 156 Injured at Gaza Border. imemc.org At least one Palestinian man was killed and 156 others injured, by live bullets or sustained suffocation from teargas inhalation, on Friday, as Israeli forces continued to crack down on the Great March of Return protests at Gaza-Israel border, according to the Ministry of Health. The forces fired live bullets […]…

Daniel Warner (2018-08-17). Tiger Woods, Donald Trump and Crime and Punishment. counterpunch.org Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel Crime and Punishment raises the complex problem of guilt. The hero, Rodion Raskolnikov, commits what seems to be the perfect crime but is torn by moral dilemmas. A poor student, he murders a pawnbroker for her money, a crime for which he could potentially justify his action. Luckily for him, the objective facts More

The Conversation (2018-08-17). How Shade Bias Perpetuates Prejudice Against People with Dark Skin. alternet.org The outstanding achievements of some prominent people of colour with light skin doesn't signify an advance for black people | When a person of colour with light skin rises to prominence, or becomes the first to occupy a particular position, it's often heralded as a sign that structural barriers to the progress of people of colour have been removed. This was the case when Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in May, joining the British royal f. . .

Matthew Funke (2018-08-17). The Nordic Countries Aren't Socialist. counterpunch.org If the Nordic countries represent the horizon of possibility for world unfettered by capitalist exploitation, please end me now. Those who claim that Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland, have a socialist economy, also have a misunderstanding of socialism. This misconception must be dispelled, in order to better comprehend our present international political climate and specifically More

EcoWatch (2018-08-17). 65 California Cities, Counties Oppose Trump's Offshore Drilling Plan. peoplesworld.org At least 65 California cities and counties have taken action opposing new fossil fuel leasing in the Pacific Ocean since President Trump proposed a massive expansion of drilling in federal waters last year. That ongoing campaign now represents communities with 21.3 million Californians—more than half the state's population. | These actions, combined with recent public opinion polling showing that 69 percent of Californians oppose new offshore drilling, come as the California Legislature considers Assembly Bill 1775 and Senate Bill 834, which would prohibit new infrastructure to serve expanded federal offshore oil leasing. Members of the Coalition to Protect the Pacific have supported a campaign, which will continue through the fall as the Trump administration works on the next draft of its offshore leasing plan. | "We need to protect our beautiful South Bay as well as…

Robin Happel (2018-08-17). The Next Generation of Southern Organizing. thenation.com By providing a playbook for young organizers, Southerners on New Ground encourages college students not simply to stay involved, but to see themselves as leaders in the fight for a more just South.

Chris Wright (2018-08-17). An Updated and Improved Marxism. counterpunch.org It is the rare intellectual who can withstand the pressures of groupthink. This is a fundamental truth, or a truism, borne out not only by daily experiences in an academic or other "intellectual" context (e.g., the newsroom or editorial board of any establishment media outlet) but also by critical scholarship from the likes of Ed More

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-08-17). 'We Really Have Changed': Fox News' Chris Wallace Slams Trump's Public Comments on Manafort Trial. alternet.org The host was not at all happy about the president's legal meddling. | Fox News host Chris Wallace expressed surprise on Friday after President Donald Trump made public comments about Paul Manafort's trial, suggesting it was "sad for our country. ""You know, as I heard that I thought boy, we really have changed. I'm not sure for the better," Wallace said. "I remember Richard Nixon back in the 60s, early 70s talking about the Charles Mans. . .

Hans-Armin Ohlmann (2018-08-17). My Longest Day: How World War II Ended for My Family. counterpunch.org One of my daily tasks was to bike to Neustadt, my home town, to collect the meager food and household stuff still available on the monthly ration-coupons. Meager for sure but quite a lot when you have 24 people in one household. And that is the number of people accommodated in the small homestead of More

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-17). US Defense Chief Signs Agreement With Chile, Heads to Colombia. telesurtv.net United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced he would talk to Colombian president Ivan Duque about Venezuela's "tragic situation."

Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond (2018-08-17). Orcas and Other-Than-Human Grief. counterpunch.org There has been an outpouring of media attention to the grieving orca who carried her deceased calf on her nose for seventeen days. The mother orca lost her infant thirty minutes after her birth in the waters near San Juan Island, Washington and refused to let her go, even as she fell behind the pod. More

Kenneth Surin (2018-08-17). In Shanghai. counterpunch.org Another opportunity to decompress psychologically from the Land of Caged Toddlers brings me to Shanghai for an academic conference. I was last here two years ago. Heatwaves seem to be following me around the world this summer. First Texas, then London a couple of weeks ago, and now Shanghai. The day I arrived The Guardian published More

Daryan Rezazad (2018-08-17). Iran and the Doomsday Machine. counterpunch.org In Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, "Dr. Strangelove", any mention of the Doomsday Machine was verboten. However, back in May 2018 the intrepid Pepe Escobar, who tends to ignore verboten warnings, presented some raw reality: It's also no secret among Persian Gulf traders that in the — hopefully unlikely — event of a US-Saudi-Israeli war in Southwest More

David Giesen (2018-08-17). Two Cows can undermine Trump: the walking tour. indybay.org the American Youth Hostel | 312 Mason Street | San Francisco | (meet in the lobby)…

Ron Jacobs (2018-08-17). The Barbarism of US Immigration Policy. counterpunch.org Since Donald Trump took over the White House, many US residents have been repeatedly shocked by the cruelty of his immigration policy. From the detention of returning relatives at US airports when his Muslim ban was announced to the separation of children from their parents seeking asylum on the southern border, the cries of alarm More

Rene Ebersole (2018-08-17). Monsanto Just Lost a Case Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer. thenation.com Monsanto Just Lost a Case Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer appeared first on The Nation.

PFSL (2018-08-17). Eyewitness Report from Lebanon – Palestine Will Be Free! indybay.org 2969 Mission St. between 25th and 26th Sts.

Dan Ritzman (2018-08-17). Drilling ANWR: One of Our Last Links to the Wild World is in Danger. counterpunch.org I can still remember the first time I saw tracks left behind by seismic testing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It was the mid-1990s and I had been guiding a group of people on a float trip across the coastal plain of the refuge towards the Arctic Ocean. After seven days of traveling through More

Elizabeth Lennard (2018-08-17). Alan Chadwick in the Budding Grove: Story Summary for a Documentary Film. counterpunch.org "My life, the memories of its sorrows, of its joys, had been forming a reserve like albumen in the ovule of a plant." — Marcel Proust In 1971, when I was a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I would wander through the campus Redwoods to a dense flower-filled garden and an adjoining small More

Staff (2018-08-17). Military Parade Won't Happen in 2018, Government Announces. truthdig.com The statement comes in the wake of reports that the cost of the proposed display had exploded to $92 million. In a related development, Defense Secretary Mattis is ridiculing that cost estimate.

VAGS (2018-08-17). Rise for Climate Charter Buses: Ride & Join SF March from Cities in Bay Area & California. indybay.org Cities around Bay Area & throughout California | Check your city or nearest city for the EXACT departure time of your location's charter bus. Departure times are based on driving distance from San Francisco. For example, the bus from Santa Barbara is scheduled for as early as 12 a.m.

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-17). Peru: Indigenous Peoples Strike, Demand Dialogue With Gov't. telesurtv.net The Indigenous peoples of Atalaya demanded state action on the adverse effects extractive industries are having on their territories.

Jill Richardson (2018-08-17). Profiting From Poison. counterpunch.org The first thing I heard about glyphosate — the active ingredient in the popular weed killer Roundup — was that it was non-toxic. Whatever you wanted to say about other pesticides, many of which are poisonous to humans, glyphosate was safe. It's not controversial to claim that some pesticides are toxic to humans. After all, More

INA (2018-08-17). Weekly Kafr Qaddoum Protest Violently Suppressed by Israeli Forces. imemc.org Dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear-gas inhalation, as Israeli forces suppressed the weekly Kafr Qaddoum march in the northern West Bank district of Qalqilia, on Friday afternoon. Coordinator of the local popular committee of Kafr Qaddoum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli forces showered protesters with tear-gas bombs, in […]…

teleSUR/jc-CM (2018-08-17). Over 27.5 Million Brazilians Unemployed, Under-Employed. telesurtv.net The percentage of unemployment peaked in the northeastern states of Amapa, Alagoas, Pernambuco, Sergipe and Bahia.

INA (2018-08-17). Solidarity Cup to Commence Despite Cancellation of Gaza Kids to Ireland Trip. imemc.org The young footballers from Gaza who have visited Ireland, for the past two summers, have been forced to cancel their trip, this year. The Palestinian boys from Al Helal Football Academy, who live under Israeli occupation in Gaza, had planned to travel Tuesday (August 14th) through the territory's border with […]…

Ryan Gallagher (2018-08-17). Google Executives Misled Staff in Meeting on China Censorship. Here Are 13 Questions They Must Answer. theintercept.com Co-founder Sergey Brin said he didn't know about the China plans, which CEO Sundar Pichai said are "in an exploration stage" — despite previous reports.

Robert Fantina (2018-08-17). Yemeni and Palestinian Children. counterpunch.org It seems that much of the civilized world is outraged by the recent U.S.-financed, Saudi bombing of a school bus in Yemen. While U.S. spokespeople have hemmed and hawed and not condemned this atrocity, few outside of the U.S. have been so hesitant. How anyone can countenance the bombing of a clearly marked school bus More

Dan Roberts (2018-08-17). The Shortwave Report 08/17/18 Listen Globally! indybay.org

Peter Certo (2018-08-17). Trump Snubbed McCain, Then the Media Snubbed the Rest of Us. counterpunch.org On an otherwise sleepy August day, President Trump signed the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Named for the dying Arizona senator who's championed military budgets for his entire career, the bill increases U.S. military spending to an astonishing $717 billion. According to my Institute for Policy Studies colleague Lindsay Koshgarian, that's about double what More

Paul Edwards (2018-08-17). Totally Irrusianal. counterpunch.org Enough with accusations. Let's assume the worst. Or maybe you think of it as the best. Let's stipulate that Trump, never mind how, is the helpless tool of evil Putin. Putin posted social media attack rants to sow confusion and doubt in American minds about their country, and ordered the DNC hacking to expose and More

Eduardo Andrade Bone (2018-08-17). Naming Names: The Actors Working to Take Down Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Attempts to destabilize the Venezuelan government have many sides and also many actors who, directly or from the shadows, constantly conspire against Venezuelan democracy.

NBOP (2018-08-17). Sebastopol: Cultura y Cambio & Change Fundraiser for Rise Arts Tour (Climate March) & More. indybay.org Fellowship Hall @ Community Church of Sebastopol UCC | 1000 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472…

Thomas Knapp (2018-08-17). Murphy's Law: Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors. counterpunch.org In a recent tweet, US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) warned that "Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart." His solution: "These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it." More

News & Letters (2018-08-17). Does Marx's idealism speak to our "post-truth" world? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland…

Negin Owliaei (2018-08-17). Toys R Us May be Gone, But Its Workers' Struggle Continues. counterpunch.org It was once the biggest toy company in the world. But Toys 'R' Us turned off the lights in its remaining stores for the last time this summer, becoming the most recent casualty of Wall Street greed. As Toys 'R' Us first began its descent into bankruptcy and liquidation, it was seen as another point More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-08-17). South Korea's Moon Steers Toward Inter-Korean Unity While Wind from Washington Blows in His Face. mintpressnews.com At the height of U.S. power following Japan's defeat, Washington itself wrote the rules of the game for the Korean Peninsula — whether others are willing to continue playing along indefinitely remains another question entirely.

Elliott Gabriel (2018-08-17). Beijing Notes Signs of US Decline Behind Bloated New Pentagon Budget. mintpressnews.com The emerging multipolar global arrangement has convinced observers that the United States is undeniably confronting an inevitable decline in its status as the world's foremost hegemonic power.

Robert Reich (2018-08-17). 3 Reasons Trump's Trade Wars Are Dumb and Dangerous. truthdig.com Donald Trump has gotten America into a trade war with all our major trading partners. He's put tariffs, which are essentially taxes, on what they sell to us. And they've retaliated by putting tariffs on what we sell to them. | Trump's trade war is dumb and dangerous for 3 reasons: | First: American companies make and sell things all around the world, employ people all over the world, and are owned by investors all over the world. At the same time, foreign companies are here, employing Americans, and exporting from the United States. BMW, a German company, is the biggest automobile exporter from the United States. | Second: Tariffs hurt American workers. | They drive up prices of inputs used by American workers to make all sorts of things — thereby making our workers less competitive internationally. Tariffs on steel…

Daniel Falcone (2018-08-17). The Future of NATO: an Interview With Richard Falk. counterpunch.org At least, Donald Trump's approach has so far avoided the drift toward Cold War 2 that might have happened had Hillary Clinton become president, but Trump's trade war mentality may hasten the advent of a different kind of second Cold War, with China and Europe at its epicenter, that is, if the Trump presidency is More

Revolution Books (2018-08-17). Discussion: Reform or Revolution. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

IMEMC News (2018-08-17). Hours Before Her Release, Palestinian Woman Receives Administrative Detention Order. imemc.org The Israeli authorities issued, Friday, an Administrative Detention order against a young Palestinian female detainee, just hours before he scheduled release. The young Palestinian woman, identified as Fida' Mohammad Ekhlayyel, 21, is from Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Fida' was […]…

ZeroHedge.com (2018-08-17). Pompeo Forms "Iran Action Group" to Coordinate Iran Strategy, Reports Directly to White House. mintpressnews.com Pompeo told reporters the action group would be "directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department's Iran-related activity."

teleSUR/mrs-LJS (2018-08-17). Haiti Waits as Parliament Debates Prime Ministerial Nominee. telesurtv.net

Roger D. Harris (2018-08-17). What's Left in Nicaragua after Ortega. mintpressnews.com The US is the world's hegemon, imposing global neoliberalism. The Ortega government in Nicaragua has been targeted by the hegemon precisely because it has not served as an unquestioning client state.

David Bacon (2018-08-17). What was the life of this guest worker worth? peoplesworld.org On Sunday, August 5, a group of 200 farmworkers and supporters began walking at sunrise along the shoulder of Benson Road, heading north from Lynden, Washington, toward Canada. When they reached O Road, the marchers turned right to walk along the border. Unlike the frontier with Mexico, with its walls, floodlights, and patrols, the borderline here is no line at all—simply a road on each side of a weed-choked median. | The procession, chanting and holding banners, passed a succession of blueberry fields for the next 14 miles, finally reaching the official border crossing at Sumas. Pausing for a protest in front of the local immigrant detention center, it then continued on until it reached its objective one mile further on—the 1,500-acre spread of Sarbanand Farms. There, in front of the ranch's packing and warehouse facilities, participants staged a tribunal. | "We are…

Peter Maiden (2018-08-17). Mike Rhodes recognized by Fresno City Council. indybay.org Mike Rhodes, former Indybay Central Valley page co-ordinator, was recognized by the Fresno City Council, who made August 16 "Mike Rhodes Day."

Will Meyer (2018-08-17). Can Tahirah Amatul-Wadud Become the Next Progressive Woman to Unseat an Incumbent? thenation.com Can Tahirah Amatul-Wadud Become the Next Progressive Woman to Unseat an Incumbent? appeared first on The Nation.

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