2018-09-04: News Headlines

Jason Holland (2018-09-04). She's Not There. counterpunch.org "Our culture is now one of masculine triumphalism, in which transhistorically feminine expressions — empathy, sweetness, volubility, warmth — are seen as impediments to a woman's professional trajectory in many sectors." ‚Äï Antonella Gambotto-Burke, Mama: Dispatches from the Frontline of Love "Femininity is depicted as weakness, the sapping of strength, yet masculinity is so fragile More

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-09-04). The Paranoid Drive for Military Intervention in Venezuela. counterpunch.org "Bomb, invade, occupy a country to see it flourish." Such is the logic of the absurd philosophy of imperialist interventionism that has been applied by the United States throughout the world in the name of the defense of freedom and western culture. But war is the worst human calamity and, despite the feverish hopes and More

Arnold August (2018-09-04). Trump Accuses Cuba of "Sonic Attacks" against US Diplomats: Havana's "Sonic Incidents" and the University of Edinburgh: The "40%" Mystery. globalresearch.ca On August 15, 2018, the U.S. State Department announced yet another measure toward reducing its Havana embassy staff and its effectiveness by limiting the diplomats' stays to one year. This extremely …

Staff (2018-09-04). Kaepernick Has New Deal With Nike Though He's Not in NFL. truthdig.com Nike reportedly will feature the athlete and civil rights figure in billboard, TV and online ads, create a Kaepernick apparel line and contribute to his charity. The deal is said to put the ex-quarterback in the top bracket of NFL players with Nike.

Linn Washington Jr. (2018-09-04). Judicial Bias Blocks Justice for Abu-Jamal. counterpunch.org In July 1987 Philadelphia's then District Attorney lashed out at local judges in an unusual verbal assault where that DA castigated what he said was the "historic" practice of judges in Pennsylvania's largest city to acquit police officers in cases where evidence clearly showed officers engaged in "egregious" brutality. That DA, Ronald Castille, told a More

Michelle Chen (2018-09-04). China's Workers Aren't Fighting a Trade War—They're Fighting a Labor War. thenation.com China's Workers Aren't Fighting a Trade War—They're Fighting a Labor War appeared first on The Nation.

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-09-04). Former Senator Jon Kyle Has Been Named McCain's Replacement — And He Was Kavanaugh's 'Sherpa' Through Confirmation Process. alternet.org McCain's wife Cindy tweeted her support. | The next senator from Arizona, replacing the late Sen. John McCain, will be former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, Gov. Doug Ducey is expected to announce Tuesday. Even before the formal announcement, Ducey was out with a statement saying that "I am de. . .

Eoin Higgins (2018-09-04). Massachusetts Primary Offers Contrast to Races That Pit Progressives Against Establishment Democrats. theintercept.com This Tuesday, Ayanna Pressley is hoping to unseat longstanding incumbent Mike Capuano in Massachusetts's District 7. Although Pressley's campaign has been described as part of an insurgent front of progressive changemakers, Pressley's race lacks the clear contrast between progressive new guard and establishment do-nothing, big money and people power, that animated races like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's successful campaign against Joseph Crowley in New York's District 14. | Pressley set her sights on Capuano's seat, she said, because she felt that the congressman isn't providing the kind of leadership that the community deserves. She said that Capuano's insufficient commitment to addressing inequality in the district, his acceptance of corporate money, and his position on the "abolish ICE" movement is out of step with District 7 — the most diverse district in the commonwealth. | But Capuano told The Intercept that he stands…

TeleSur (2018-09-04). Pakistan Sides With Iran, As Trump Cuts $300 Million In Aid. iranian.com Pakistan and Iran started cooperating on border security last year and during this latest meeting, the officials discussed military and security cooperation. Pakistan newly elected Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan, in a conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that the two countries were connected by inseparable bonds of history, religion and culture. Both Zarif […]

INA (2018-09-04). Israel Evacuates 3 Families in Jordan Valley. imemc.org Israeli authorities, on Tuesday, delivered evacuation notices to three Palestinian families from the al-Burj area, in the northern Jordan Valley of the West Bank. Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Jordan Valley's settlement file with the Palestinian Authority (PA), said that the Israeli authorities delivered the evacuation orders […]…

Jimmy Tobias (2018-09-04). The Attacks on the Endangered Species Act Are Part of a Much Deeper Plot. thenation.com The Attacks on the Endangered Species Act Are Part of a Much Deeper Plot appeared first on The Nation.

Emile Schepers (2018-09-04). Brazil: Setback for Lula's presidential candidacy. peoplesworld.org On Saturday, September 1, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Brazil voted six to one that former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the presidential candidate of the Workers' Party (Partido do Trabalho) in the October elections this year, must be barred from running because of a dubious conviction earlier…

Stephen Lendman (2018-09-04). Will the Trump Regime Clash with Russia and Iran Over Syria's Offensive to Liberate Idlib? globalresearch.ca Idlib province, Syria is controlled by US-supported Al-Nusra and other Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists. | So-called "rebels" or "opposition forces" are mercenary hired guns — used by Washington, NATO, Israel and regional …

CP Editor (2018-09-04). Devo — (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. counterpunch.org

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-09-04). Inside the Prison Labor Strike: New Tactics Pay Off in Mainstream Coverage. truthout.org

| When the 2016 US prison strike kicked off, the media barely whispered. Despite efforts by the Free Alabama Movement, an organization centered around the men inside Holman prison, to spread the message through social media and compelling video footage taken inside prisons, mainstream journalists weren't biting. While independent media outlets covered the strike, an action that ultimately involved thousands of people in two dozen states drew virtual silence from mainstream media. | With the current ongoing prison strike, we find a totally different scenario.

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-09-04). Watch: Kavanaugh Hearing Spirals into Chaos as Democrats Refuse to Allow Opening Statement from Republican Chair. alternet.org The confirmation hearing got off to a contentious start. | The confirmation hearing for Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, began in chaos as several Democratic senators interrupted the opening remarks. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) tried to welcome Kavanaugh and was immediately interrupted by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). "Good morning. I welcome everyone to this confirmation hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serv. . .

Norman Solomon (2018-09-04). Tangled in the Garden of Good and Evil. thenation.com Tangled in the Garden of Good and Evil appeared first on The Nation.

IMEMC News (2018-09-04). 189 Homes Still Face Threat Of Demolition In Al-Walaja. imemc.org Waleed Assaf, the head of the National Commission against the Israeli Annexation Wall and Colonies, said that the al-Walaja village, west of Bethlehem, is still facing the Israeli demolition of 189 of its homes. Speaking to the Palestinian Radio on Tuesday morning, Assaf said the demolitions are part of a […]…

Rep. Ron Paul (2018-09-04). Can't We Just Leave Syria Alone? globalresearch.ca Assad was supposed to be gone already. President Obama thought it would be just another "regime change" operation and perhaps Assad would end up like Saddam Hussein or Yanukovych. Or maybe …

Edward Curtin (2018-09-04). A Diabolic False Flag Empire. globalresearch.ca The past is not dead; it is people who are sleeping. The current night and daymares that we are having arise out of murders lodged deep in our past that have …

Ilana Novick (2018-09-04). Protests Erupt as Hearings for Trump's Supreme Court Pick Kavanaugh Begin. truthdig.com Demonstrators, including activists dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale," target the nominee's anti-abortion views, among other objections. Democrats try but fail to adjourn hearing over documents.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-04). Hidden Victims: A Woman's Death Ignored. therealnews.com In this installment of our Hidden Victims series, the family of Tyra McClary talks about how police brushed aside the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death in 2006 after the medical examiner ruled it "manner undetermined."

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-04). Israel Signals It Could Attack Iranian Military Assets in Iraq. iranian.com Israel signaled on Monday that it could attack suspected Iranian military assets in Iraq, as it has done with scores of air strikes in war-torn Syria. Citing Iranian, Iraqi and Western sources, Reuters reported last week that Iran had transferred short-range ballistic missiles to Shi'ite allies in Iraq in recent months. Tehran and Baghdad formally denied that report. Israel sees […]

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-04). A Right-Wing Musician Cut Up His Nike Socks To Protest Kaepernick — And Was Immediately Mocked by the Internet. alternet.org Country musician John Rich apparently does not understand how boycotts work. | In response to Nike's new ad campaign featuring NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for the 30th anniversary of their "Just Do It" campaign, Republicans opposed to his protest of police brutality and civil rights injustice are fu. . .

IGK (2018-09-04). The Battle of Idlib: Whose battle, Who is Fighting Who And Where? mintpressnews.com The only thing that is clear about this seemingly upcoming battle is the fact that Idlib has been "used" as a sink hole and dumping ground for all anti-government/anti-Syria terrorists

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-09-04). Democrats Place Focus on Massive Republican Cover-Up of Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh's Record. alternet.org Republicans are hiding as much as 90 percent of his documents. | Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats continued their protest at the beginning of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, pointing out again and again that Republicans are hiding as much as 90 percent of Kavanaugh's documents. Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley out-and-ou. . .

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-09-04). The "We The World" Campaign, The Word War Is No Longer Mentioned. globalresearch.ca Today we received a PRESS RELEASE from We the World, announcing a Worldwide campaign "calling for Unity, Peace and Justice in Response to Global Tensions". | "We, The World and organizations worldwide are taking part in programs and calls to …

Orson Aguilar (2018-09-04). Democrats Can't Run from Identity Politics. progressive.org Political pundits say progressives are alienating working class whites by talking too much about race. They're wrong.

Aída Chávez (2018-09-04). There Is No Grassroots Energy Rallying for Brett Kavanaugh. None. theintercept.com Last Sunday, several hundred protesters rallied in Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado, against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh. Local reporters were on hand, and the protest earned a two-minute segment on that night's local CBS broadcast. The "Unite for Justice" rally in Denver was just one of dozens held across the country that same day, and viewers of that evening's news learned that the rally-goers were taking a stand against confirming a justice who would be the fifth vote to repeal Roe v. Wade. | The network's attempt at balance, however, was foiled by advocates of Kavanaugh — or, more precisely, the lack of them. The anchor, at the end of the segment, deadpanned to the Denver metro viewership and said, "A pro-life rally was scheduled to run in opposition to the protest, but no one attended."pic.twitter.com/LZfe6dRoiw

wilbur , Daily Kos (2018-09-04). Here's Why Nike's Choice of Colin Kaepernick As the Face of 'Just Do It' Campaign Is Incredibly Significant. alternet.org This is the sign of a true sea change in our society. | So Nike decided to make Colin Kaepernick the face of its 30th anniversary 'Just Do It' campaign. This is about as significant a thing as has happened, the biggest sign of a true sea change in our society. First, let's understand that Nike does not have a cons. . .

Asa Winstanley (2018-09-04). Israel's Smear Campaign Will Not Stop Until Jeremy Corbyn Fights Back. globalresearch.ca I am one of very few journalists on the left to have covered the Labour Party's supposed "anti-Semitism crisis" from its beginning three years ago, if not the the only one. …

Al-Shabaka (2018-09-04). Kushner's Ongoing Assault on Palestinian Refugees. imemc.org Originally published by Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. by Zena Agha on September 4, 2018 The US administration is waging an assault against Palestinian refugees. Diplomatic, legal, and financial measures — mainly engineered by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner — aim to take the Palestinian refugee question "off the […]…

The Conversation (2018-09-04). How a Beatles Song About 'Revolution' Helped Nike Grow into a Billion-Dollar Brand. alternet.org Rare as it was for a pop song to address politics, the message in "Revolution" attracted fierce resentment within the radical left. | Fifty years ago the Beatles released a single that sold over 8m copies — their highest selling 45rpm — Hey Jude. While Hey Jude made the greater impression, it was the B-side — Revolution — in which John Lennon addressed the Dave Zirin (2018-09-04). On Colin Kaepernick's Nike Ad: Will the Revolution Be Branded? thenation.com On Colin Kaepernick's Nike Ad: Will the Revolution Be Branded? appeared first on The Nation.

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-04). Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights partners with Discovery Education to launch new education program. therealnews.com Khalilah Harris and Kerry Kennedy discuss RFK Human Rights' launch of the Speak Truth To Power education initiative; engaging young people in schools to be aware of and take action on global human rights issues; and, the need to support teachers with the right tools and resources to be effective in the classroom

The Conversation (2018-09-04). Here's How TV's First Interracial Kiss Launched a Lifelong Career in Activism. alternet.org Nervous about how southern television viewers would react, NBC executives closely monitored the filming of the kiss between Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner. | On Nov. 22, 1968, an episode of "Star Trek" titled " Plato's Stepchildren" broadcast the first interracial kiss on American television. The episode's plot is bizarre: Aliens who worship the Greek philosopher Plato use telekinetic. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-04). Hidden Victims: How the American Criminal Justice System Abuses Women of Color. therealnews.com In this series, TRNN explores the myriad of ways law enforcement marginalizes women of color in Baltimore and beyond

Elliott Gabriel (2018-09-04). The Incalculable Price of Austerity: Rio Museum Destroyed by Fire, Dry Hydrants. mintpressnews.com The museum fire has been described as a result of the meticulous dismantling of Brazilian society by a government in the pocket of multinational conglomerates.

teleSUR / MH (2018-09-04). Venezuela Rejects False News on 'Humanitarian Crisis,' Migration. telesurtv.net The Venezuelan Vice president and the minister of communication presented data debunking the alarmist coverage of Venezuelan migration in the region.

splcenter.org (2018-09-04). Tied tightly to Trump, anti-immigration group FAIR takes to the capital — and airwaves — once again. splcenter.org It's become almost a late-summer ritual on the anti-immigration front: The hate group Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) bringing together a group of conservative talk radio hosts to bash immigrants and cheer on President Donald Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric.

aclu.org (2018-09-04). Drones Are Revolutionizing Journalism, But Congress Could Curb This New Tool. aclu.org The bill in Congress would give the government enormous power to seize and destroy drones, including in ways that could hamper freedom of the press. | At a time when journalists face unprecedented attacks, Congress is now considering legislation that may make it even harder for them to do their jobs., , Earlier this year, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced legislation that would grant the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice enormous power to intercept, surveil, se…

Miko Peled (2018-09-04). Trump's UNRWA Funding Cuts Part of a New Formula to Erase Most Palestinians. mintpressnews.com It is puzzling that the state of Israel claims its own legitimacy derives from the right of Jewish people to "return" to their biblical homeland after 2,000 years of exile — but demands that Palestinian refugees drop their claim to return after 70 years and forget their homeland.

Anonymous (2018-09-04). Rome Street Art. thenation.com Rome Street Art appeared first on The Nation.

Yves Engler (2018-09-04). Canada's "Progressive" Left and US Imperialism: Why on This Despoiled Earth Would NDP Leaders Praise John McCain? globalresearch.ca The NDP hierarchy's response to noted war hawk John McCain's death is shameful. Even worse, it reflects a general hostility towards the victims of Western imperialism. | After the U.S. Senator …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-04). Canadian Court Rejects $4.5 Billion Trans Mountain Pipeline. truthout.org Canada's Federal Court of Appeals has rejected the government's approval to triple the capacity of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in a major victory for indigenous groups and environmentalists. On Thursday, Justice Eleanor Dawson nullified licensing for the $7.4 billion project and brought construction to a halt until the National Energy Board and the federal government complete court-ordered fixes. Her ruling cited inadequate consultations with indigenous peoples affected by the project, and found the National Energy Board's assessment of the expansion was so flawed that the federal Cabinet should not have relied on it during the approval process. Just minutes after the court's decision, Kinder Morgan's shareholders agreed to sell the existing pipeline and the expansion project to the federal government for $4.5 billion. Prime Minister Trudeau had announced in May that Canada would purchase the pipeline. This means the government…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-04). As Hearings Begin, Democrats Told to "Go for the Jugular" to Stop Kavanaugh. truthout.org With President Donald Trump's right-wing Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his first confirmation hearing Tuesday morning, progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups are ramping up what has been described as the "biggest campaign against a Supreme Court nominee in US history" to stop a judge who poses a dire threat to the planet, workers, and the reproductive rights of women. | "This is not a drill," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) declared on Twitter Monday night. "The Supreme Court, and the future of our country — are both on the line. If we're going to stop Kavanaugh, we need you to speak out now." | In addition to urging Americans to blow up the phone lines of Democratic senators who haven't committed to opposing Kavanaugh, activists also gathered outside the Senate in…

Sam Biddle (2018-09-04). Are We Making Elections Less Secure Just to Save Time? theintercept.com Something strange happens on election night. With polls closing, American supporters of both parties briefly, intensely align as one: We all want to know who's going to win, and we don't want to wait one more minute. The ravenous national appetite for an immediate victor, pumped up by frenzied cable news coverage and now Twitter, means delivering hyper-updated results and projections before any official tally is available. But the technologies that help ferry lightning-quick results out of polling places and onto CNN are also some of the riskiest, experts say. | It's been almost two years since Russian military hackers attempted to hijack computers used by both local election officials and VR Systems, an e-voting company that helps make Election Day possible in several key swing states. Since then, reports detailing the potent duo of inherent technical risk and abject negligence

South Front (2018-09-04). Video: Syria War Report. Iran Provides Popular Mobilization Units in Iraq with Ballistic Missiles. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has repelled an attack by the Lions of the East Army militant group on the ancient city of Palmyra from the direction of the US-occupied area …

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-04). Gig Companies Want to Keep More Workers as Independent Contractors. truthout.org

| Some employers don't want to call their workers employees anymore. | At least 11 states have considered laws enabling most online platforms for goods and services to turn many workers into independent contractors. And the fight isn't over. Gig economy companies are seeking to suspend or overturn a California Supreme Court ruling that would make it much more difficult to classify employees as independent contractors. | Deeming workers independent contractors allows gig economy companies to avoid paying payroll taxes and health benefits and means they don't have to comply with certain labor laws. Independent contractors are not protected by state…

teleSUR/mrs-MH (2018-09-04). Colombia's Recognition of Palestine Irreversible: Duque. telesurtv.net President Ivan Duque said his predecessor's decision to recognize Palestine's statehood is protected by the constitution and cannot be changed.

RFE/RL (2018-09-04). India Continues With Iran Oil Deliveries. iranian.com India is allowing state refiners to import Iranian oil with Tehran arranging tankers and insurance after firms including the country's top shipper Shipping Corp of India (SCI) halted voyages to Iran due to U.S. sanctions, Reuters cited sources as saying on August 3. According to Reuters, "New Delhi's attempt to keep Iranian oil flowing mirrors […]

Manlio Dinucci (2018-09-04). VIDEO — Eingestürzte Brücken und bombardierte Brücken. globalresearch.ca « Das Bild ist wirklich apokalyptisch. Es sieht so aus, als sei eine Bombe auf diesen Straßenabschnitt gefallen, der eine Hauptschlagader ist" — so beschrieb ein Journalist die Morandi-Brücke in Genua kurz nach ihrem Einsturz, der das Leben von Dutzenden …

Binoy Kampmark (2018-09-04). Battling Contamination: Erin Brockovich Down Under. counterpunch.org The Australian press have been in a state of drooling ecstasy. Part of it is because Australia can be relevant, however negative it might be, to their monster cousin, defender and protector known as the United States. This time, its cultural — in the legal sense. Erin Brockovich has found herself doing the media rounds on More

Manlio Dinucci (2018-09-04). Uma Itália Soberana, sem Soberania. globalresearch.ca A confusão político-mediática originada pelo choque entre "europeístas" e "soberanistas" esconde aquela que, pelo contrário, é a realidade: um europeísmo sem Europa e um soberanismo sem soberania. | A erguer prontamente a bandeira do europeísmo está, neste momento, o Presidente Macron, …

Adam Dick (2018-09-04). Mexico May Legalize Heroin: Fox News Says Send In the Air Force and Marines. mintpressnews.com Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested the United States go to war with Mexico over rumors that Mexican legislators are mulling legalizing heroin.

Nick Turse (2018-09-04). Is the US Military Winning the War on Terror? Sure. thenation.com Is the US Military Winning the War on Terror? Sure. appeared first on The Nation.

George Payne (2018-09-04). Speaking Freely, John McCain Was No Peacemaker. counterpunch.org Senator John McCain was a powerhouse in American politics. His legacy is far reaching and impacts every facet of civil life in our country. I didn't always agree with him, especially on matters of foreign policy, but Americans always knew where he stood on the issues; and one always trusted that he arrived at his More

IMEMC News (2018-09-04). Israeli Soldiers Abduct 27 Palestinians In The West Bank. imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, 27 Palestinians, including former political prisoners, from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank. The invasions targeted dozens of homes in many communities across the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem. The soldiers […]…

Michelle Zacarias (2018-09-04). Dejanay Stanton of Chicago is 17th Black trans woman murdered in 2018. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO—A 24-year-old transgender woman was found dead August 30, 2018, in an alleyway on Chicago's South Side. The victim, who has now been identified as Dejanay Stanton, was discovered around noon near 40th Street and King Drive. According to a Chicago Police Department spokesman, Stanton was discovered with a gunshot wound to the head and was transported to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. | Stanton marks the 17th trans person murdered in the United States this year so far— a majority of whom have been Black. Many activists say this is an ongoing trend that needs to be properly addressed by the community and media alike. | Toni Marie Preston, a Chicago-based trans activist and community organizer said she was shocked and upset when she heard the news about Stanton's death. "Every murder of a Black trans woman is devastating,…

Staff (2018-09-04). The Trump Administration Is Putting Immigrant Babies at Risk, Experts Warn. truthdig.com Fearing retribution from the federal government, fewer and fewer families who immigrated to the U.S. are enrolling in nutrition assistance programs.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-04). Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Begin Despite Suppression of 100,000 Documents. truthout.org Confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. If he is confirmed, it would likely make the court the most conservative since the 1930s. Kavanaugh is 53 years old and could serve on the Supreme Court for decades to come. Critics warn his confirmation could lead to major rollbacks of civil rights, environmental regulations, gun control measures, voting rights and reproductive rights, including possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. We speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Last week the committee released a damning report on Kavanaugh's record on cases and issued a statement opposing Kavanaugh's nomination. She will attend the Senate confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh this week. | TRANSCRIPT: | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: Confirmation hearings begin today for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-09-04). What Happened on the Planes on September 11, 2001? The 9/11 Cell Phone Calls. The 9/11 Commission "Script" Was Fabricated. globalresearch.ca This article was first published on August 10, 2004 under the title More Holes in the Official Story: The 9/11 Cell Phone Calls | "We Have Some Planes" | The 9/11 Commission's Report

IMEMC News (2018-09-04). Army Injures Several Journalists Near Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers resorted, Tuesday, to the excessive use of force against Palestinian journalists, holding a nonviolent protest near Ofer military base and prison, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, demanding the release of their colleague Ali Dar Ali. The soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at […]…

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-09-04). Trump Called McCain a 'Coward' and Sessions a 'Dumb Southerner' According to New Book by Veteran Presidential Journalist. alternet.org He also suggested killing the 'f*cking lot* of Syrian leaders. | Last week, Donald Trump had a new kind of media to rant against when he added "fake books" to his approved list of Things to Hate. That tweet set off warning bells even then, and as first copies of Bob Woodward's new book Fear start to leak to the press, it's clear those bells are going to become. . .

ADRIAN KUZMINSKI (2018-09-04). Populism Revisited. counterpunch.org Ever since the last presidential election the words "populist" and "populism" have been widely bandied about, mostly as pejorative terms. A populist politician, we often hear, is a demagogue who wins votes by inflaming the resentments and emotions of ordinary people at the expense of rational thought. Those who fall prey to populism are no More

Lowell B. Denny, III (2018-09-04). The Russian Revolution through the eyes of the Global South. peoplesworld.org In Walter Rodney Speaks: The Making of an African Intellectual (African World Press), the Marxist historian (1942-1980) reflects on activism: "I've always made the point that one's political contribution should come out of one's principal work activity, whatever that happens to be, insofar as that is possible. Presumably, if one is a factory worker, it is on the factory floor that one's politicization, one's consciousness, comes out in day-to-day struggle. And if I am an academic, and so long as I remain an academic, I must attempt to make the most important political input during those very many hours that I spend contributing to teaching and researching or whatever other aspects of academic life may come into play." | Rodney's mission was always to effect radical change in whatever capacity. As a young scholarship student in Guyana, he was warned off writing about…

Craig Murray (2018-09-04). New Labour's Irrational Adoration of Margaret Thatcher. globalresearch.ca When Michael Crick embarrassed Theresa May by quizzing her on her non-existent opposition to apartheid as she visited Mandela's old cell, the response of New Labour was to defend May by …

Arshad Khan (2018-09-04). Culture and Behavior May Clue Climate Change Response. counterpunch.org Behavior acculturated to ancestral norms, originally necessitated by occupation, is the focus of a new study in China with interesting ramifications for climate change. In general, farming requires more stable relationships than, say, herding with the constant movement of animals. Now the authors have taken farming a step further: They observed that northerners were three times more likely More

Shared by Jared (2018-09-04). What Are They Thinking? truthout.org SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh wants to expand executive power, yet half of Senate Democrats are undecided about him.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-04). Lindsey Graham Has Already Blown His Chance to Stand Up to Trump. truthout.org During the long week of mourning for the late Sen. John McCain, perhaps the oddest side story was the one about what in the world was going on with his erstwhile best bud, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. At a time when one might have expected Graham to proudly take up McCain's maverick mantle, he was weakly backing the president's puerile behavior one day and then saying it "pissed him off" the next. By the weekend it was clear that rather than going his own way, after having served faithfully as "Top Gun's" Goose to McCain's Maverick, Graham has decided to transfer his filial loyalty to a new father figure: the man in the White House. | This is not entirely unexpected. Graham has been madly signaling for the past few weeks that he wants Trump's approval. Most notably, he seems to…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-09-04). NEW— Consortium News Launches Audio and Video Podcasts. consortiumnews.com Consortium News announces today that its audio and video productions will be available as podcasts on iTunes, Spotify and other popular hosts. Consortium News Radio and Consortium News Video productions will be archived as podcasts on a variety of hosts,… Read more →

teleSUR / md-MS (2018-09-04). Brazil Court Lifts Ban on Monsanto's Glyphosate Weedkiller. telesurtv.net The ban also was to have extended to products containing the chemicals thiram and abamectin.

Kevin Ryan (2018-09-04). Evidence for "Informed Trading" on the Attacks of September 11, 2001. globalresearch.ca Just after September 11th 2001, many governments began investigations into possible insider trading related to the terrorist attacks of that day. Such investigations were initiated by the governments of Belgium, …

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-09-04). Twitter Was Going to Ban Alex Jones — Until Its CEO Stepped in and Stopped It: Report. alternet.org CEO Jack Dorsey says he stepped in to stop the social media giant he co-founded from banning the conspiracy theorist and fake news promoter | "Last month, after Twitter's controversial decision to allow conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to remain on its platform, Mr. Dorsey told one person that he had overruled a decision by his staff to kick Mr. Jones off, according to a person familiar with the discussion," The Journal reports. The paper also says Dor. . .

aclu.org (2018-09-04). Is the Government Planning to Surveil Keystone XL Protesters? aclu.org Memories of the government's use of force at Standing Rock, coupled with evidence of its plans for the Keystone protests, raise immense concerns. | In the aftermath of Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock, leaked documents revealed that law enforcement agencies had collaborated with private security contractors to employ counterterrorism tactics against "pipeline insurgencies" and to manufacture a Steve Phillips (2018-09-04). 10 Races That Could Flip the House. thenation.com 10 Races That Could Flip the House appeared first on The Nation.

Derrick Broze (2018-09-04). The Government Said the Air Was Safe, Now Thousands of 9/11 First Responders Have Cancer. mintpressnews.com The plight of the men and women who rushed into "Ground Zero" on September 11, 2001 and the following months is often forgotten in the public conversation. Seventeen years after the attacks the first responders are still fighting for their lives.

Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet (2018-09-04). A Mathematician Decodes the First 'Twitter President' Through His Tweets. alternet.org There is a clear strategy to Donald Trump's use of Twitter. | Donald Trump is a master of chaos, waging his own personal war on truth and reality. Primarily using Twitter, his favored mode of communication, Trump bestows praise and condemnation as a way of leaving both his friends and enemies unbalanced and in fear. This is a means of extending his influence and power. Trump is undeniably a master communicator. His style may be unconv. . .

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2018-09-04). The Myth of Rising Wages in America. globalresearch.ca This Labor Day 2018 marks yet another year of declining living standards for American workers. If one were to believe the media and press, rising wages belie that statement. The Wall …

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-09-04). Watch Kavanaugh Refuse to Shake the Hand of a Parkland Victim's Father. alternet.org The White House is already trying to spin the moment. | This just happened in the Senate Judiciary Committee, before the hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recessed for lunch. Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended. Put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg's dad. He pulled his hand back, turned his back to me and walked away. I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence. [m. . .

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-09-04). 'This Is Not a Drill': Democrats Told to 'Go for the Jugular' to Stop Kavanaugh As Hearings Begins. alternet.org "We're going to make sure our senators hear us. " | As President Donald Trump's right-wing Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his first confirmation hearing Tuesday morning, progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups are ramping up what has been described as the "biggest. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-09-04). Trump trashes Trumka on Labor Day. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON-—In an unusual way to mark Labor Day, the president of the United States trashed the president of the AFL-CIO. | The exchange started when AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka evaluated GOP President Donald Trump's record in an appearance on Fox News Sunday aired by the pro-Trump Fox News Network. | Mixed, but on balance, negative was Trumka's verdict. | Trump made it political in a nasty responding tweet at 8: 28 a.m. Eastern Time on Labor Day. And then some tweeters jumped on him. | The discussion started with Trumka's exchange with questioner Chris Wallace over NAFTA, the controversial 25-year-old U.S.-Canada-Mexico "free trade" treaty which organized labor strongly opposed because it would cost U.S. workers jobs. Economists calculate companies have shifted 700,000 to one million U.S. jobs, most of them in factories, to Mexico due to lower wages, no worker rights and weak environmental…

Ron Paul (2018-09-04). Ron Paul: Why Can't the United States Just Leave Syria Alone? iranian.com Assad was supposed to be gone already. President Obama thought it would be just another "regime change" operation and perhaps Assad would end up like Saddam Hussein or Yanukovych. Or maybe even Gaddafi. But he was supposed to be gone. The US spent billions to get rid of him and even provided weapons and training […]

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-04). The US Will Have a Right-Wing Supreme Court for Decades to Come — Even if November Brings a Blue Wave. alternet.org Democrats can't stop the president from nominating. | This week, the Republican-controlled U. S. Senate begins its confirmation hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's second nominee for the U. S. Supreme Court. Republicans, fearing that Democrats could retake the Senate in the November mid. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-09-04). Indigenous Activists Win "David vs. Goliath" Victory as Court Rejects $4.5B Trans Mountain Pipeline. democracynow.org Canada's Federal Court of Appeals has rejected the government's approval to triple the capacity of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in a major victory for indigenous groups and environmentalists. On Thursday, Justice Eleanor Dawson nullified licensing for the $7.4 billion project and brought construction to a halt until the National Energy Board and the federal government complete court-ordered fixes. Her ruling cited inadequate consultations with indigenous peoples affected by the project, and found the National Energy Board's assessment of the expansion was so flawed that the federal Cabinet should not…

Mustafa Saadoun (2018-09-04). Basra Residents Reeling From Contaminated Drinking Water. globalresearch.ca Human rights advocates and health officials estimate that 17,000 to 18,000 residents of Basra province have been poisoned by heavily polluted and salty drinking water. On Aug. 26, hundreds of residents …

Philip Giraldi (2018-09-04). Israel's Fifth Column. globalresearch.ca Referring to Israel during an interview in August 1983, U.S. Navy Admiral and former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Thomas Moorer said: | "I've never seen a President — …

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-09-04). NYT's Haberman Explains Why Trump Might Have Skipped Labor Day Golf Outing After Getting Dressed to Play. alternet.org "It's very strange for him to do what he did. " | Donald Trump abruptly canceled his Labor Day plans on Monday, returning to the West Wing after he was dressed and ready to spend his holiday golfing. The Secret Service and press pool had been loaded into their motorcade, and were all send away after the president went back ins. . .

Maria Peroni (2018-09-04). N.C. Regulator Bookshop defaced with white supremacist graffiti. peoplesworld.org On Sunday morning, August 26, booksellers opening The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, North Carolina, found that the store had been defaced with the phrases "Sam was silent we aren't" and "Marxists get out" spray-painted on the storefront windows. | The vandalism was apparently in reaction to last week's protests at University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill that resulted in protestors toppling the Silent Sam statue of a Confederate soldier on the university's campus. | Silent Sam was given to the university by the Daughters of the Confederacy and erected in 1913. The statue has been the source of controversy in recent years, as critics like the UNC History Department have argued that the statue venerates "slavery, the 'Old South,' the Confederacy, and the ideology of white supremacy." After the statue was pulled down, hundreds of protestors on both sides…

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-04). Israel Signals It Could Attack Iranian Military Assets in Iraq. mintpressnews.com Lieberman said: "I am saying that we will contend with any Iranian threat, and it doesn't matter from where it comes … Israel's freedom is total. We retain this freedom of action."

Democracy Now! (2018-09-04). "What Are They Hiding?": Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Begin Despite Suppression of 100K Documents. democracynow.org Confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. If he is confirmed, it would likely make the court the most conservative since the 1930s. Kavanaugh is 53 years old and could serve on the Supreme Court for decades to come. Critics warn his confirmation could lead to major rollbacks of civil rights, environmental regulations, gun control measures, voting rights and reproductive rights, including possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. We speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Last…

Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2018-09-04). With Beto O'Rourke on the Rise, Anti-Cruz Billboards Featuring Trump Could Arrive Right on Time. alternet.org With political friends like these, who needs enemies? | With the Texas senate race between GOP incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke tightening intensely, progressive activists are enjoying the irony that President Donald Trump could soon be entering the race—against Cruz. The story, as the Washington Post Staff (2018-09-04). Former Arizona U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl Named to Succeed John McCain. truthdig.com The long-time Republican stalwart may get to vote on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court he is currently helping guide through the Senate. He is not expected to run in 2020.

teleSUR/MS (2018-09-04). Video: Venezuelans Ask Government For Help To Return Home. telesurtv.net More Venezuelans in Peru request help from the Nicolás Maduro government to return to the country.

Staff (2018-09-04). EPA Watchdog Faults Agency for Pruitt's 24/7 Security Costs. truthdig.com The agency failed to prove the need to spend more than $3.5 million, including travel costs, to protect the former chief in "an inefficient use of agency resources," the report finds.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-09-04). The Himalayas: Literature Can Displace Anthropology. asia-pacificresearch.com

Naomi LaChance (2018-09-04). New Yorker Editor Disinvites Steve Bannon, Issues Defensive Statement. truthdig.com David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker, revealed on Twitter on Monday he will no longer be interviewing Steve Bannon at the magazine's annual ideas festival. After the withdrawal of several festival speakers—including director Judd Apatow, television host Jimmy Fallon, comedian John Mulaney, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt and actor Jim Carrey—Remnick announced Bannon had been disinvited and will no longer receive a speaker's fee, free lodging or travel. He added he would still be interested in interviewing Bannon "in a more traditionally journalistic setting." | t.co/ZLIA6zQJdE | — Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) September 4, 2018 | The New Yorker has been my holy grail for the whole of my writing life. There is no publishing credit I want more. I was writing an essay for them (online) about one of my favorite TV shows, but…

INA (2018-09-04). Report: Israel Using Judicial System to Facilitate Settlement Project. imemc.org Madeeha Araj/ NBPRS/PNN (photo: The illegal settlement of Ofra, Reuters) The National Bureau for Defending the Land and Resisting Settlement stated that the Israeli Central Court's resolution on keeping hundreds of settlement units in the occupied West Bank, under an Israeli judicial procedure called "market regulations," is a dangerous precedent […]…

teleSUR/jc-CM-ml (2018-09-04). Colombia Moves to Rescind Liberal Drug Possession Laws. telesurtv.net Colombian President Duque said he would empower authorities to "confiscate any dose of drugs or hallucinogens on the streets."

teleSUR/MS (2018-09-04). Venezuela Launches New Gas Payment System Along Border. telesurtv.net The Venezuelan leader reported that the trial period will be extended by 15 days in eight border states of the country.

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