2018-09-05: News Headlines

CP Editor (2018-09-05). Chris Hedges, "America: The Farewell Tour" counterpunch.org

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-09-05). US Navy Plane Begins Flyovers in Ecuador. telesurtv.net Detractors of president Lenin Moreno claim the arrival of the United States Navy plane represents a threat to Ecuador's sovereignty.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-09-05). Neoliberal Fascism and the Twilight of the Social. truthout.org Donald Trump's increasingly dangerous, incendiary attacks on the media, his willingness to separate children from their parents at the southern border, his efforts to strip citizenship from naturalized citizens and deport US citizens on the groundless claim that they have fraudulent birth certificates, and his relentless attempts to pressure Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others to obstruct the rule of law all amount to a lawless grab for power that is pushing the US further into the abyss of fascism. | The terrors of 20th century fascism have risen once again in the United States but less as a warning about repeating past mistakes than as a measure of the degree to which the lessons of history become irrelevant. Politics now moves between what philosopher Susan Sontag once labeled as " unremitting banality and inconceivable terror." The "unremitting banality"

The Conversation (2018-09-05). Campaign Season Is Moving Into High Gear — But Your vote May Not Count As Much As You Think. alternet.org The more undemocratic tendencies of the US electoral system are growing stronger. As the midterm campaign season enters its final stage, it turns out that some votes count more than others. | As we enter the traditional, post-Labor Day sprint in the campaign season, voters may want to consider how much their vote really counts. In the United States, the difference between the popular will and political representation is growing and some votes count. . .

Binoy Kampmark (2018-09-05). Fraser Anning and the Smugness of Australian "Values" counterpunch.org Be wary of the self-satisfied and morally soothed. The complacent have a habit of giving the game away, glorifying themselves in satisfied satiation. Australia's parliament seemed to be very self-congratulatory in their condemnation of the newly arrived Senator of the Katter Australia Party, Fraser Anning. Last month, the rough, seemingly untutored Anning became the convenient freak More

David Ray Griffin (2018-09-05). 9/11 Truth: The Mysterious Collapse of WTC Seven. globalresearch.ca Why NIST's Final 9/11 Report is Unscientific and False…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Chaos Greets Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing as Protesters & Dems Demand Postponement. democracynow.org Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. We begin our look at the hearings with Heidi Sieck, co-founder of the national organization VoteProChoice, who was the first member of the public to enter the Kavanaugh hearings on Tuesday and was removed after she protested, along with dozens of others who interrupted the proceedings.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-05). Weaponizing Space Means Opening the Heavens to War. truthout.org

| Janine Jackson: While the internet treated it largely as a kind of painful joke, corporate news media reported the Trump White House's plans to establish a "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the US military as almost an inevitability: A Los Angeles Times story slips from saying the force "would be" responsible for training military personnel to saying the space command "will centralize planning for space war-fighting." The pushback reported is from those concerned about "bureaucracy," or changes in the "roles and budgets" of existing military branches. There are details to be worked out — even such "basic" ones, says a Washington Post front-pager, as "what uniforms" the space force would…

teleSUR/mrs-MH (2018-09-05). Indigenous Women Demand Equality, Inclusion in Mexican Society. telesurtv.net The nine-point document demanded the state recognize indigenous women as "subjects of the law."

Nick Pemberton (2018-09-05). Crazy Rich Imperialists? counterpunch.org Spoiler alert for Crazy Rich Asians. Even as our culture becomes ever the more overtly pornographic, misogynistic, jingoistic and punitive, liberal identity politics movies continue to be made. I for one am pro-identity politics, just because I assume liberals will not change radically and therefore we should admit this is the best they're going to get. More

Nicole Karlis, Salon (2018-09-05). Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Is Losing Followers After Social Media Ban: New York Times Analysis. alternet.org Removing Infowars from social media platforms seems to have made an impact, but so far Twitter won't follow suit | It has been nearly a month since a handful of Silicon Valley's most powerful tech companies purged Infowars, the conspiracy-mongering "news" site, and its leader Alex Jones from their platforms. According to a new analysis by the New York Times, Jones' imperium is suffering the consequences today. In teleSUR (2018-09-05). Britain's Labour Party Just Adopted an Internationally Accepted Definition of Anti-Semitism. mintpressnews.com Labour said it also backed a statement that this "will not in any way undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of Palestinians."

Chauncey K. Robinson (2018-09-05). Change comes to Boston: Ayanna Pressley makes history. peoplesworld.org History continues to be made across the country as an unprecedented number of women of color, particularly Black women, are running for and winning public office. Ayanna Pressley has added her story to this game-changing moment in time, with her victory against House veteran Michael Capuano to secure the Democratic…

Whitney Webb (2018-09-05). One Year After Calling Idlib "Al Qaeda's Largest Safe Haven Since 9/11," the US Govt is Trying to Save it. mintpressnews.com Since last year, Al Qaeda's presence in Idlib has only grown, as Al Qaeda affiliates in other parts of Syria were evacuated to Idlib province as part of several deals negotiated with the Syrian Arab Army that resulted in the surrender of then-rebel-held territories to the Syrian government.

Shaun King (2018-09-05). Black Police Group Supports Nike Deal with Colin Kaepernick Despite Police Unions' Boycott. theintercept.com The black police group's support came after a national police association called for a boycott of Nike for signing an endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick.

Joe Conason, Creators Syndicate (2018-09-05). Here's How Trump Will Rig His Own Case. alternet.org He has shown every sign of being a president with authoritarian or even dictatorial ambitions. | Nothing that Brett Kavanaugh said on his first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings relieves the most profound suspicion: that President Donald Trump nominated him to front a legalistic coup against the rule of law. Of course, he uttered all the expected platitudes. "I am a pro-law judge," he promised, nonpartisan and neutral, "committe. . .

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-09-05). Tenth Anniversary Of Financial Collapse, Preparing For The Next Crash. counterpunch.org Ten years ago, there was panic in Washington, DC, New York City and financial centers around the world as the United States was in the midst of an economic collapse. The crash became the focus of the presidential campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain and was followed by protests that created a popular movement, More

Global Research News (2018-09-05). Selected Articles: Terrorism and Genocide. globalresearch.ca For almost seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the …

IMEMC News (2018-09-05). Including Two Siblings, Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, five Palestinians, including two siblings and their nephew, in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has confirmed. The PPS said the soldiers invaded and searched several homes in Hebron city, and abducted Ziad Mohammad […]…

Derrick Broze (2018-09-05). 9/11 Attacks: Thousands of 9/11 First Responders Have Cancer. globalresearch.ca As Americans prepare for the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, nearly 10,000 first responders and New York City residents have reported 9/11-related cancers. | In early August the New York Post

The Conversation (2018-09-05). Here's How Russian Propaganda Trolls Act Differently Online from Regular People. alternet.org There are a number of tells. | As information warfare becomes more common, agents of various governments are manipulating social media — and therefore people's thinking, political actions and democracy. Regular people need to know a lot more about what information warriors are doing and how they exert their influence. One group, a Russian government-sponsored troll farm called the Internet Research Agency, was the subject of a federal indictment issued in February, stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian activities aimed at influencing the 2016 U. S. presidential election. Our recent study of that group's activities reveals that there are some behaviors that might help identify propaganda-spewing trolls and tell them apart from regular internet users. Targeted tweetingWe looked at 27,291 tweets posted by 1,024 Twitter accounts controlled by the Internet Research Agency, based on. . .

teleSUR/jc-CM-ml (2018-09-05). 'Brazil in Tears': 90% of 20 Million Items at National Museum Destroyed by Fire. telesurtv.net Novelist Paulo Coelho wrote that "Brazil is in tears."

IMEMC News (2018-09-05). Israeli Soldiers Shut Down Water Lines Leading To Village And Its School. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday morning, Furush Beit Dajan village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and shut down water pipelines providing the community, and its local school, with the needed water. Tawfiq Hajj Mohammad, the head of Furush Beit Dajan Local Council, said the pipelines are […]…

Ted Rall (2018-09-05). If You Don't Hate the Government You're Not Paying Attention. counterpunch.org Imagine a store that makes its customers miserable. This interior is ugly and uncomfortable. At best the staff is indifferent and slow; at worst rude and incompetent. You pay sky-high prices for inferior goods. Often you pay full price yet leave the place empty-handed. You don't have to be a marketing expert to guess what More

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-05). Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh: To Deepen the 'Imperial Presidency'. therealnews.com US Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh began on Tuesday. We discuss his nomination and the hearings and how they will affect executive power, abortion, and international law with Marjorie Cohn

INA (2018-09-05). Israeli High Court Approves Demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar. imemc.org The Israeli High Court of Justice, on Wednesday, has finally decided to demolish the West Bank Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar. The ruling comes despite long petitions and protests by citizens and activists in the area, which is home to some 180 Bedouins living in tents near the Maali Adumim […]…

Andrew Korybko (2018-09-05). China's "Influence Ops" in the USA. "Long March through US Institutions" globalresearch.ca The United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission alleged that Beijing is running a massive influence operation inside of America's institutions. | The recently released report raises the alarm about what its …

Peter Korzun (2018-09-05). US to Drastically Expand Military Assistance to Ukraine. "They Need Lethal Assistance" according to US Envoy Kurt Volker. globalresearch.ca Washington is upping the ante in Ukraine. Kurt Volker, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, said in an interview with the Guardian published on September 1 that "Washington is ready …

The Conversation (2018-09-05). How Views on Celibacy in the Catholic Priesthood Changed Throughout Christian History. alternet.org The church has long wrestled with the subject. | The recent report of widespread sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania has fueled increasing turmoil within the leadership of the Catholic Church. In July this year, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick,. . .

Mr. Fish (2018-09-05). All in Your Head. truthdig.com

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-05). Roger Waters on Lionel Messi, Lana Del Rey and the BDS Movement. therealnews.com Pink Floyd Co-Founder Roger Waters called on Ms Lana Rey to "do the right thing." Coincidentally, she did. Waters says such victories by the BDS Movement have the potential to be a game-changer

Josh Jones (2018-09-05). Art and Culture: How the CIA Secretly Funded Abstract Expressionism During the Cold War. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in April 2013. | Considering the possibility of a truly proletarian art, the great English literary critic William Empson once wrote, "the reason an English audience can …

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-09-05). Guatemalan President Blocks Entry of Head of UN Anti-Graft Body. telesurtv.net The Guatemalan government denied Ivan Velasquez, head of CICIG, entry to the country calling him a "threat to national security."

David Dayen (2018-09-05). Nancy Pelosi Promises That Democrats Will Handcuff the Democratic Agenda If They Retake the House. theintercept.com In the first outline of the legislative agenda House Democrats would pursue if they take the majority in November, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has made the public a big promise, vowing to handcuff her party's progressive ambitions, including in the event that a Democratic president succeeds Donald Trump, by resurrecting the "pay-go" rule that mandates all new spending is offset with budget cuts or tax increases. | Along the way, she is playing into the hands of Republican strategists eager to warn voters that Democrats' top priority is raising taxes. | Forcing budget offsets for every piece of legislation would make it more difficult for Democrats to pass a host of liberal agenda items, from "Medicare for All" to tuition-free public college. It continues a trend of Democrats caring far more about deficits than Republicans, constraining the activist impulses of liberal policymakers while…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-05). Why Childbirth and Abortion Are Not Separate Issues. truthout.org Abortion could soon be a crime. That's not hyperbole, but a legitimate concern among advocates grappling with the possible appointment of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. Public support for Kavanaugh is the lowest for a court nominee since 1987, according to a CNN poll. But even if he fails to be confirmed, a long line of other conservative judges are waiting to join the bench and overturn Roe v. Wade. | And by overturn, I mean begin the systematic dismantling of dire medical care for millions of women and gender-variant folks, resulting in more violence against them that is both direct, such as anti-abortion terrorism, and indirect, such as restriction to access and further criminalization of poverty. | But another experience of reproductive health has been missing from public debate. Like abortion, it also affects women of all ages, backgrounds,…

Dean Baker (2018-09-05). Milking Trump's Trade Dispute With Canada. counterpunch.org The other 49 states have a massive trade deficit with Michigan in cars because of the terrible trade deals that our stupid trade negotiators signed with Michigan. Thankfully, Trump is going to impose a 25 percent tariff on cars from Michigan going into the other 49 states to set things right. That is pretty much More

RFE/RL (2018-09-05). Ancient Persian Artifact Returned To Iran After U.S. Court Order. iranian.com An ancient Persian artifact has been handed back to Iran after a U.S. court ordered its return. The New York Supreme Court ordered the Achaemenid-era relief, dating approximately to 500 B.C., to be returned to Iran in a July 23 ruling. Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, Gholam-Ali Khoshrou, said on September 5 that the […]

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-09-05). Mueller Subpoenas Conspiracy Theorist Trump Contacted for Information on Obama's Birth Certificate. alternet.org Corsi currently works with fellow conspiracy theorist Alex Jones at Infowars. | The New York Times reports that special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed conspiracy theorist Jeremy Corsi. He was contacted by President Donald Trump for information about former President Barack Obama's birth certificate during his birther campaign.

Joan Walsh (2018-09-05). Democrats Find Their Spine at the Kavanaugh Hearings—but Will It Last? thenation.com Democrats Find Their Spine at the Kavanaugh Hearings—but Will It Last? appeared first on The Nation.

admin (2018-09-05). "I think that, today, I'm just going to cry": A Journal Entry by an ISM Volunteer. imemc.org Kristin Foss, International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah: I woke up feeling sad today. I'm just so sad.

teleSUR /us-CM (2018-09-05). 'Sustainable Socialism' Takes Focus as National Consultation on Cuban Constitution Enters Fourth Week. telesurtv.net The fourth week of consultation will witness discussions in universities and schools about the Draft Constitution.

Staff (2018-09-05). German Left Launches Bold New Political Movement. truthdig.com Echoing the Sanders and Corbyn insurgencies in the U.S. and England, Stand Up aims to confront a "crisis of democracy."

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-05). Surprise! Mohammad Is The Most Popular Boys Name In Israel. iranian.com Israeli Population and Immigration Authority announced in a statement issued yesterday that Mohammad is the most common name for boys in Israel this year, Arab48 reported. The statement said the most popular name given to newborn boys was Mohammad, while Ariel was the most common Jewish name. According to the data issued by the Israeli authorities, 2018 […]

Staff (2018-09-05). Facebook, Twitter Pledge to Defend Against Foreign Intrusion. truthdig.com Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey tell a Senate panel that their platforms plan to use new technologies to combat abuses ahead of the November midterm elections.

DVBS (2018-09-05). History of Pan-Slavic Identity and Unity: The Idea of a "Greater Croatia" by 17th Century Publicist Pavao Ritter Vitezovi? globalresearch.ca The article will examine the model for the creation of a Greater Croatia designed by a Croatian nobleman, publicist and historian Pavao Ritter Vitezovi? (1652–1713). The article will offer a new …

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Report Finds Judge Kavanaugh Ruled Against Public Interest in Almost All of His District Court Cases. democracynow.org Even as records about Judge Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House remain concealed, much can be learned from his judicial record. We speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, about their analysis of Judge Kavanaugh's opinions in split-decision cases, which found that during his 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh decided or wrote an opinion against the public interest 87 percent of the time in split-decision cases dealing with consumer, environmental and worker rights.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-09-05). Anti-Kavanaugh protesters say he'd push High Court farther to the right. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Sophia Marjanovic already knows something about unequal justice for women, minorities and people of color. And she declares Brett Kavanaugh would only make things worse. | And that's what brought her — and several hundred more people — to the U.S. Capitol lawn late in the afternoon on Sept. 4 to send U.S. senators a clear message: Don't put Kavanaugh, GOP President Donald Trump's pick for a vacant seat, on the U.S. Supreme Court. | "This won't be justice," says Marjanovic, who, belying her name, is a Lakota Sioux from the Fort Peck reservation in Montana. "We already know the Supreme Court is far to the right. Kavanaugh would push it further," she told People's World. | That threat to indigenous people — the subject of her handmade sign — women, minorities, undocumented people, workers' rights, civil rights, and freedom of reproductive choice…

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-05). Mayor of Jerusalem to Stop UNRWA's Operations. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Nir Barkat, the Israeli mayor of Jerusalem (Source: Wikimedia Commons) | Israel's Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat has threatened to end the work of the UN Refuge Agency for Palestine …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-05). The Baltimore Bureau Podcast Show: August 31, 2018. therealnews.com Eze, Dharna, Khalilah, and guest host Ricarra Jones, Deputy Political Director of 1199 SEIU MD/DC, discuss the Fight for $15, renewable energy, Governor Hogan's Trumpian rhetoric, Det. Sean Suiter's death, and new schools in Baltimore

Paul Antonopoulos (2018-09-05). UN Says the Obvious: Al-Qaeda Able to Produce Chlorine Gas in Syria. globalresearch.ca Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra terrorists have the resources and ability to produce chlorine gas to use against the population, UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura told a news conference on …

teleSUR / MH (2018-09-05). Abandoning US, Paraguay To Move Embassy in Israel Back to Tel Aviv. telesurtv.net Israel responded to Paraguay's decision by recalling its ambassador to Paraguay and closing its embassy in the Latin American country's capital, Asuncion.

William Davis (2018-09-05). Cyber Risks, the Achilles' Heel of Cashless Economies. globalresearch.ca Newspapers around the globe are telling us that contactless payments are thriving, cash is rapidly disappearing and cashless society is practically around the corner. | You don't need cash to pay for …

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Meet Fred Guttenberg, the Grieving Parkland Father Who Says Kavanaugh Rebuffed Him at Senate Hearing. democracynow.org When Fred Guttenberg approached Judge Brett Kavanaugh during Tuesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings to talk about his daughter Jaime, who was shot and killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre on Valentine's Day, he hoped to shake the nominee's hand and start a conversation. Instead, Kavanaugh turned his back and walked away. We speak with Fred Guttenberg about Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and his record on the Second Amendment.

John Nichols (2018-09-05). Ayanna Pressley Wins a Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party. thenation.com Ayanna Pressley Wins a Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party appeared first on The Nation.

Richard Trumka (2018-09-05). AFL-CIO president: Call your senators now! peoplesworld.org

South Front (2018-09-05). Video: Trump Warns Syria Against Combating Terrorists in Idlib. The "Opposition" are Al Qaeda Affiliated Terrorists. globalresearch.ca The Turkish military has boosted its naval group in the Eastern Mediterranean as the battle of Idlib is looming in Syria, Turkey's pro-government daily Yeni Safak reported on September 2. According …

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-05). Trump to Chair UN Security Council Meeting on Iran. mintpressnews.com US President Donald Trump will chair a UN Security Council meeting on Iran this month to spotlight its "violations of international law" during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday, Reuters reports. | The United States, which holds the council presidency for September, has unsuccessfully pushed the Security Council to call out Iran. Haley has regularly attacked Iran, accusing it of meddling in the wars in Syria and Yemen. | Haley told reporters Trump was chairing the meeting "to address Iran's violations of international law and the general instability Iran sows throughout the entire Middle East region." | Diplomats said Iran could request to speak at the Sept. 26 meeting, the high-level week of the UN General Assembly. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to address the assembly on Sept. 25. The Iranian…

Shared by Cherise (2018-09-05). Undercover Reporter at Amazon Warehouse Found Abusive Conditions. truthout.org Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has targeted Amazon for its role in widening the wage gap in the United States, and this week he is expected to unveil legislation requiring large employers like Amazon to cover the cost of federal assistance received by their employees. We speak with journalist James Bloodworth, who spent a month working undercover as a "picker" in an Amazon order fulfillment center and found workers were urinating in bottles because they were discouraged from taking bathroom breaks. His new book is Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain. | Transcript: | AMY GOODMAN: And just as we watch that report, independent Senator Bernie Sanders has targeted Amazon for its role in widening the wage gap in the United States. Senator Sanders spoke Monday at an AFL—CIO Labor Day breakfast and called out Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos by name.

Natasha Lennard (2018-09-05). The New Yorker Dropped Steve Bannon, but Misses the Point of Why the Invite Was a Mistake in the First Place. theintercept.com The New Yorker withdrew its invitation to Steve Bannon, but missed the point about why giving the white nationalist a platform is so dangerous.

Joe Lauria (2018-09-05). Daniel Ellsberg: Julian Assange, as a Journalist, Can't Be Tried Under Espionage Act. mintpressnews.com "Julian is not a whistle blower per se, but a facilitator of whistleblowing," Ellsberg said, "…the point being that as a journalist, he can not fairly be tried under the Espionage Act."

Janine Jackson (2018-09-05). 'The FCC Chair Is Outright Lying to Reporters and Congress'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Evan Greer about the FCC's net neutrality cyber fraud for the August 24, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Staff (2018-09-05). The Suspected Hate Crime That Changed Her Life. truthdig.com As the wife of a Muslim religious leader, Minara Akonjee came to America with uncertainty and hope. All of that was dashed in an instant.

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-05). Israel Plans to Sell Freedom Flotilla Boats, Give Money to Illegal Settlers. mintpressnews.com Israel plans to sell four boats seized while sailing towards the besieged Gaza Strip and distribute the funds among two settlers families. | Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported yesterday that the move came in response to the Israeli Central Court's decision following a request filed by the families. | Israel has in recent weeks confiscated four boats coming from Europe in an effort to break the Israeli navy blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip. | According to the paper, the court has heard the opinion of senior navy and intelligence officials who said the boats' ownership would have been transferred to Hamas if it had reached Gaza. | The Israeli army announced that it is holding the boats in the port of Ashdod in central Israel. | One of the two families, the Gavish family says three of its members were killed in a…

teleSUR/mrs-CM (2018-09-05). Bolivia: Morales Welcomes Another 'Indigenous Face' to Foreign Policy. telesurtv.net

Andre Damon (2018-09-05). As Social Opposition Mounts, Silicon Valley and Washington Step Up Internet Censorship. globalresearch.ca As executives from Facebook and Twitter prepare to testify Wednesday on Capitol Hill, the social media monopolies are scrambling to demonstrate how far they have gone to implement censorship measures demanded …

Nick Shaxson (2018-09-05). Financial + Technology: Fintech, Hotbed of Offshore Deregulation and Crime. globalresearch.ca Reuters has just published an article titled Swiss watchdog to propose looser anti-money laundering rules for fintechs. (Fintech is short for "financial + technology" and it is about bringing technology …

Euractiv (2018-09-05). NATO: Unequal Burden-Sharing Is The Downside Of American Hegemony. iranian.com The dominance of the US in NATO is strategically wanted by Washington. Europeans can therefore stay calm in the face of Trump's threats to withdraw from the Alliance and devote themselves to their own priorities instead, Johannes Thimm explains. Johannes Thimm works in the research group "America" of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). The Foundation […]

Howard Lisnoff (2018-09-05). The Old Need Not Apply. counterpunch.org Employment discrimination is as old as this nation. In their turn, blacks, Latinos, Jews, women and others have all seen employment opportunities that needed to have been somewhat buttressed by the strength of their resumes and experience given short shrift. With older workers, unemployment is no mere chimera. The Center on Aging and Work at Boston College More

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-05). Why is Argentina Entering into a New Economic Crisis? therealnews.com CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot lays out the roots of Argentina's latest economic crisis, which have to do with the government's massive foreign borrowing spree, deepening austerity measures, and rising Federal Reserve interest rates

teleSUR / vc-MH-ml (2018-09-05). Argentina: Macri Faces Prosecution Over IMF Deal. telesurtv.net An Argentine judge is also reviewing a writ of protections that seeks the nullity of the IMF US$50 billion standby loan.

George Wuerthner (2018-09-05). The House's Version of the Farm Bill is Loaded With Anti-Environmental Provisions. counterpunch.org In the coming week or so, Congress will be considering the Farm Bill which has numerous inappropriate amendments for our public forests approved in the House but not in the Senate version.The bill's fate will be decided in a conference committee between the House and Senate. The House bill as written because of numerous anti-environmental More

Steve Brodner (2018-09-05). Buffoon Tycoon Baboon. thenation.com Buffoon Tycoon Baboon appeared first on The Nation.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-09-05). With Saudi Airstrikes and Blockades Spawning Medieval Conditions, A New Wave of Cholera in Yemen. mintpressnews.com A third wave of cholera is sneaking into the hungry intestines of thousands of already starving Yemenis after the Saudi-led coalition systematically carried out a bombing campaign on the country's water and sewage-treatment infrastructure.

Ryan Grim (2018-09-05). Glenn Greenwald Interviews Kerri Harris: Can the Insurgency Now Defeat a Centrist U.S. Senator? theintercept.com Two months ago, Harris, running for the U.S. Senate in Delaware, barely had a campaign, and she only recently opened her first office.

Kevin Zeese (2018-09-05). Tenth Anniversary Of Financial Collapse, Preparing For The Next Crash. mintpressnews.com We can look to Iceland for an example of how to handle the next crisis. In 2008, they jailed the bankers, let the banks fail without taking on their debt and put controls in place to protect the economy.

Daniel Falcone (2018-09-05). How Seriously Should the Left Treat Manafort's Conviction? An Interview With Anthony DiMaggio. counterpunch.org The biggest financial transgression is probably the emoluments case going through the courts right now, which says that Trump's business investments in hotels and the money he takes from foreign leaders is unconstitutional and just one example of financial shenanigans from this administration. That's not even counting the many stories on Trump's history of money laundering via real estate investments and his likely mafia ties. More

Staff (2018-09-05). Twin Attacks in Afghan Capital Kill 20, Wound 70. truthdig.com A reporter and a cameraman working for Tolo TV are among those killed in two separate bombings at a wrestling training center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-09-05). Video: Who Was Behind Assassination of Donbass Leader. globalresearch.ca People in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk bid farewell to the pro-Russia forces' leader, who was killed in a bomb blast Friday. | Mourners gathered in the streets paying their respects by …

Bill Sizemore (2018-09-05). 'The Proclamation Came and Set Us All Free'. progressive.org An excerpt from a new book about history, and reconciliation.

Stephen Lendman (2018-09-05). Turkish and US Regimes Allied Against Syria. globalresearch.ca Turkey's alliance of convenience with Russia and Iran on resolving conflict in Syria was always suspect. | Erdogan is a ruthless despot. Moscow and Tehran know the risks of dealing with a …

Shared by Cherise (2018-09-05). Chaos Greets the First Day of the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing. truthout.org Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. We begin our look at the hearings with Heidi Sieck, co-founder of the national organization VoteProChoice, who was the first member of the public to enter the Kavanaugh hearings on Tuesday and was removed after she protested, along with dozens of others who interrupted the proceedings. | Transcript: | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That's how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. As the meeting got underway, demonstrators immediately stood up and interrupted Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley. | LINDA SARSOUR: This…

INA (2018-09-05). Roger Waters on Lionel Messi, Lana Del Rey and the BDS Movement. imemc.org Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters called on Miss Lana Rey to "do the right thing." Coincidentally, she did. Waters says such victories, by the BDS Movement, have the potential to be a game-changer.

Michael Winship, Common Dreams (2018-09-05). Trump Is Elevating the Worst People to Power — And American Citizens Must Move Quickly to Protect the Nation. alternet.org A leader totally and completely without character can be weakened and removed. | Back in 2004, I was involved in giving John McCain an award for his stand against media consolidation. There were several times after that when something outrageous he said or voted for or against made me regret I'd ever been involved! But say what you will about him—and so much has been said and written this last couple of weeks—McCain had the cour. . .

Consortiumnews (2018-09-05). Ellsberg Says Assange, as a Journalist, Can't Be Tried Under Espionage Act. consortiumnews.com In an interview with Consortium News Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says the Espionage Act, under which he was indicted, cannot apply to Julian Assange because he is a journalist. Speaking during an online vigil for Assange… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2018-09-05). Headlines for September 5, 2018. democracynow.org Dozens Arrested Disrupting First Day of Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings, U.S. to End All Funding for U.N. Agency Providing Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians, Nearly 500 Migrant Children Remain Separated from Their Parents, "Fear": Bob Woodward's New Book Depicts Trump White House as "Crazytown", Amazon Becomes Second-Ever U.S. Company to Reach $1 Trillion in Market Value, California Lawmakers Pass Net Neutrality Bill, in Rebuke to Trump's FCC, Mexican Television Reporter Javier Enrique Rodríguez Valladares Killed in Cancún, Worst Typhoon to Hit Japan in 25 Years Kills at Least 10, Iraq: At Least 5 Killed by Securi…

Jeff Abbott (2018-09-05). Guatemala's President Escalates His Vendetta Against U.N. Backed Anti-Corruption Commission. progressive.org An intense political crisis has led to dramatic intimidation tactics and condemnation from the international community.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-09-05). Woodward book: Trump's White House is dysfunctional — and the president is crazy. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Donald Trump's White House is — at best — dysfunctional. We knew that even before Bob Woodward's explosive new book about it, Fear. | And Donald Trump is crazy. That's new — and it's a problem not just for the GOP president's staff, but for the country. | The book, excerpts of which were published in the Washington Post on Sept. 5, shows a Trumpian White House filled with infighting, feuds, hatreds and more. The book will be published Sept. 11. | "When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody," Trump's first chief of staff, Rance Priebus, is quoted as saying. | But when you have a president who, a month after taking office, demands that the chairman of the Joint…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-05). Here Are 5 Things Democrats Must Consider About Impeaching President Trump. alternet.org Impeachment, as Watergate-era veterans remember all too well, is not an easy matter. | In Judge Amy Berman Jackson's federal courtroom in Washington, DC, jury selection is now underway in the second trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort—who, on August 21, was convicted of eight criminal charges (including. . .

Eric A. Gordon (2018-09-05). Two anti-war plays in Los Angeles world premieres. peoplesworld.org

Elliott Gabriel (2018-09-05). Duterte's Israel Visit Aimed at Boosting Oppressive Firepower of Both Regimes. mintpressnews.com Both the Israeli and Philippine governments have largely rejected criticism from the United Nations, with both Tel Aviv and the Duterte resorting to outright violent threats or actions against rights monitors seeking to hold either of the governments accountable.

Gizem Akbash (2018-09-05). Turkish Media Slam Washington Over "Exploiting Christianity Against Ankara" globalresearch.ca Last week, several Turkish news sites published an article called "Washington Exploiting Christianity against Turkey" written by Adnan Cavusoglu. The author's attention was drawn by the site christianpersecution.com, which covers …

Staff (2018-09-05). LeBron James Stands with Nike in Nod to Kaepernick. truthdig.com The NBA superstar voices his support for the brand's latest ad campaign while accepting an award from Harlem's Fashion Row.

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-09-05). From 'Let's F*cking Kill Him' to 'We're in Crazytown': Here Are the Most Disturbing Excerpts From Woodward's New Book on the Trump White House. alternet.org "This is one of the most disturbing accounts of what is going on in the White House that we've seen yet. If one-tenth of it is accurate, we are, in a very real sense, in the midst of a national emergency. " | Legendary Watergate journalist Bob Woodward has a book coming out next month that details the first year and a half of Donald Trump's presidency, and excerpts published by the Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-09-05). 'It's Pretty Stunning': John Kerry Tells The View That Woodward's Explosive Book 'Confirms' What Washington Insiders 'Have Known' About Trump. alternet.org The former secretary confirmed the author's bleak picture of the current White House. | Former Secretary of State John Kerry appeared Wednesday on The View to promote his new book and was asked about his take on the claims about President Donald Trump's administration in an upcoming book by Watergate journalist Bob Woodward. '[I]t confirms to us that most of us who talk to people Washingtongton have known," Kerry said. "But now it's ac. . .

OCHA (2018-09-05). Funding for Emergency Fuel Needed Immediately to Avoid Catastrophic Breakdown in Essential Services. imemc.org Jerusalem, 5 September 2018: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): This week, final stocks of emergency fuel will be delivered to critical facilities in the Gaza Strip, through the United Nations-Assisted Emergency Fuel Program.

IMEMC News (2018-09-05). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Jenin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, two young Palestinian men, including a former political prisoner, and summoned three others for interrogation, in Jenin governorate, in northern West Bank. The Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS), said the soldiers invaded and searched several homes before abducting a former […]…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-09-05). UCLA's Patent War in India Prevents Access to Prostate Cancer Treatment. truthout.org Drug prices are too high: One in five Americans ration their medicine due to high prices, and 10 million people die every year due to lack of access to medicines. Because of patent exclusivity laws, pharmaceutical corporations are able to set the price tag of a novel drug as high as they want, which often keeps it out of the hands of low-income populations. Patent rights, along with their political and economic power, allow Big Pharma to prioritize profit-making over health interests and leads to even larger inequalities in global access to medicines. | University research often plays a big role in the discovery of lifesaving medicines before manufacturers' move in to price-gouge the new drugs. Take enzalutamide, a treatment for late-stage prostate cancer, as an example. The underlying research that led to its discovery was done at the University of California…

Jonathan Cook (2018-09-05). US Cuts to UNRWA Point to the Dark Future Being Readied for the Palestinians. counterpunch.org Photo Source Abel CAINE | CC BY 2.0 Young school boys at a Refugee School | Nazareth. | The Trump administration's decision to scrap all future aid payments to the main agency helping Palestinian refugees marks a new — and most likely disastrous — chapter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. | The US State Department said on Friday it would no longer continue its $360 million annual contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), depriving it of a third of its budget. US officials described the organisation as "irredeemably flawed". | The move follows an announcement last week that Washington had slashed $200 million from other aid programmes for the Palestinians. | About five million Palestinians — many languishing for decades in refugee camps across the Middle East — rely on the agency for essential food, healthcare…

Raina Lipsitz (2018-09-05). Catalina Cruz Dreams Big in Queens. thenation.com Catalina Cruz Dreams Big in Queens appeared first on The Nation.

INA (2018-09-05). Two Cows Killed during Israeli Army Exercise. imemc.org Two cows belonging to Palestinian herders in Kirbat Umm Jimal, in the northern Jordan Valley, were killed during Israeli army exercises in the area, a local official said on Wednesday. Mutaz Bisharat, from the Tubas governor's office, told WAFA that the two cows were apparently killed while army units were […]…

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