2018-09-07: News Headlines

Peter Koenig (2018-09-07). Parliamentary Elections in Sweden. Shift to the Right? Towards "A NATO Sweden"? globalresearch.ca The current Swedish Government, led by the Social Democrats, is governed by a coalition with the Green Party since 2014. Incumbent PM, Stefan Löfven, intends to continue his government and …

INA (2018-09-07). 15 Acts Cancel Meteor Festival Performances. imemc.org A wave of cancellations followed Lana Del Rey's cancellation announcement for the Meteor Music Festival in northern Israel, this weekend. Following efforts by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) and worldwide criticism, more than 15 music artists have cancelled their performances at the Meteor Festival in Israel, according to […]…

Whitney Webb (2018-09-07). Trump "Actively Discussing" Mattis Replacement, Looking for Cooperative Iran Hawk. mintpressnews.com Mattis is the last remaining high-ranking member of the Trump cabinet who has publicly opposed the President's Iran policy, particularly the U.S.' unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-07). House Farm Bill Could Wipe Out Communities' Power to Prohibit Pesticides. truthout.org As lawmakers convene on Capitol Hill to finalize the latest federal Farm Bill, environmental advocates warn that a House proposal could put public health at risk by rolling back restrictions on pesticides in 155 communities nationwide. | The Environmental Working Group (EWG) this week released its analysis of data from the nonprofit group Beyond Pesticides, including an interactive map of local policies that it says could be scuttled if the House measure passes. Those regulations vary widely — some communities restrict neonicotinoid use to protect pollinators, while others map out pesticide-free buffer zones or require that public notice be posted when pesticides are applied on public or private property. | According to EWG's analysis, 58 of those communities have adopted more comprehensive policies that prohibit the use of glyphosate, the widely used weed killer under increasing scrutiny for its human health…

Julian Vigo (2018-09-07). The Gig Economy and Outsourcing: A Dark Net of Near Slavery. truthdig.com The gig economy is being driven by those who seek to cut costs; this begins and ends with their ability to wiggle out of being considered "employers" in any sense.

Cesar Chelala (2018-09-07). Left Behind Children in China. counterpunch.org China's rapid economic development has caused a wide gap between rich and poor that has forced millions of workers to emigrate from rural areas to the country's main cities. Since 1978, China has experienced the largest internal migration in history. The phenomenon of left-behind children is not unique to China, since other countries in Asia More

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-07). Billionaire Drug Executive Who Helped Fuel Opioid Crisis Now Plans To Make Millions Selling Treatment For Opioid Addiction. alternet.org Richard Sackler has secured a patent for a drug to treat people for addiction to his own painkillers. | On Friday, the Financial Times reported that billionaire pharmaceutical tycoon Richard Sackler has secured a patent for a new drug to treat opioid addiction. The drug, a reformulation of buprenorphine, is essentially just a milder opioid that can blunt the symptoms of withdrawal while a person is being weaned off — competing variants of which are already generating nearly $900 million in U. S. sales. Sackler's family also happens to own Purdue Pharma, the company that first developed OxyContin — a powerful narcotic painkiller that has been blamed for spurring the epidemic of opioid addiction that has decimated communities all across America. In other words, Sackler made millions off of sales of a drug that caused a massive public health crisis — and now. . .

Alternative Information Center (2018-09-07). Occupation Captured 09/18: Photos of Palestinian Life and Israeli Occupation in the West Bank City of Hebron. imemc.org POSTED BY: CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 Photos of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron. Use of force Pictured here:…

Robert Fantina (2018-09-07). Trump and Chaos. counterpunch.org Once again, the political world is agog over new, 'shocking' revelations about the Donald Trump presidency. With excerpts from Bob Woodward's new book, 'Fear: Trump in the White House', being leaked, and an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times supporting some of the book's major premises, there is, once again, talk of impeachment, this time More

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-07). Khamenei Says US, Israel Wage Media War To Discourage Iranians. iranian.com Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the United States and Israel on Thursday of waging a media war to discourage Iranians, state TV reported, as the country faces economic hardship after the reimposition of US sanctions. The rial currency has lost about two-thirds of its value this year under the threat of the sanctions, reimposed […]

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-07). Equality and Territory: The Common Struggle of Indigenous Women in the Andes. truthout.org "At the age of 18 I was the first female leader in my organisation, my grandfather who was a male chauvinist demanded that I be beaten because I was sitting among men," said Teresita Antazú, an indigenous leader of the Yanesha people in Peru's Amazon region. | Now, almost 57 and after a lifetime dedicated to breaking down barriers, she believes that over the past three decades, indigenous women in her country and throughout the Andean region have achieved visibility, formal recognition of their rights and openness of institutions to their demands. | But they are still victims of violence compounded by the fact that they are both indigenous and women. They also face discrimination and growing threats to their territories, as Antazù — the first female "cornesha" (highest authority) of the Federation of Yanesha Native Communities — told IPS from…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-07). Democrats Are Engaging in 'Kabuki Theater' in the Kavanaugh Hearings. therealnews.com In the hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a new Supreme Court justice, Democrats are mostly focusing on hypothetical questions instead of questioning him on his record and releasing his documents. This is an inflection point in US democracy, says law Prof. Francis Boyle

Dean Baker (2018-09-07). The Battle Over Medicare for All. counterpunch.org The Fact Check gang has been having a field day going after Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other proponents of Medicare for All. The latest battle is over a study produced by the right-wing Mercatus which showed that a government-run health care program could reduce national health expenditures by $2 trillion over the course of More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-09-07). Roaming Charges: "I Am Not Spartacus!" counterpunch.org + The big question now circulating amid the cubicles of the Gray Lady: Who will Anonymous replace as a regular columnist at the New York Times? A. Brett Stephens B. David Brooks C. Thomas Friedman + Will anyone notice the difference? + Anyone who denied being Anonymous should be suspected of being Anonymous. Those who denied More

teleSUR (2018-09-07). Cuba: US Intervention in Nicaragua, Venezuela Disrespectful. telesurtv.net Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno described the U.S. declarations in the UN Security Council, about the internal affairs of Nicaragua as interventionist and disrespectful.

Staff (2018-09-07). What Is Thomas Friedman Even Talking About? truthdig.com Thomas Friedman (New York Times, 9/4/18) went to the movies and his takeaway from seeing Crazy Rich Asians is that if they made a film about the Middle East, it could be called Crazy Poor Middle Easterners: The region of the world that should be naturally rich has made itself poor by repeatedly letting the past bury the future and the region that is naturally poor has made itself rich by letting the future bury the past. | As with many columns by Thomas Friedman, this one prompts the question: What is he talking about? | Aside from the racism of the column's headline—note that it's different to say that some individuals in an ethnic group are "crazy rich" than it is to say that a group as a whole is poor because they're crazy—it's just empirically wrong to suggest that…

Seth Sandronsky (2018-09-07). Labor In and Out of Prison. counterpunch.org What accounts for the general lack of interest among American labor unions in the 2018 national prison strike of women and men in federal, immigration, and state prisons who stopped work, sat-in and boycotted across Canada and the U.S. from August 21 through September 9? We turn to Brooke Terpstra, an organizer in Oakland with More

Hans-Armin Ohlmann (2018-09-07). The US Air Raid on Schweinfurt: a WW II Memory. counterpunch.org Tuesday, August 17, 1943 is a hot day. We are working away in papa's machine shop; that is dad, apprentice Fritz, great grand father Schobert, apprentice Heinrich, forced laborer Rochus from Slovenia and my humble self. The machines are humming and we are almost happy. All of a sudden hydro blacks out and now we More

teleSUR (2018-09-07). The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague Rules Against Ecuador, Favors Chevron. telesurtv.net Ecuador will be forced to pay economic reparations to the oil giant. The over 30,000 affected people in the Amazon haven't received any compensation.

IMEMC News (2018-09-07). Israeli Army Injures Several Palestinians In Ni'lin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent procession in Ni'lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing many injuries. The procession started from the center of the village, before the locals, accompanied by international peace activists, marched towards the isolated Palestinian orchards, while chanting against the […]…

teleSUR (2018-09-07). Argentina: Financial Crisis Could Cut 40,000 Construction Jobs. telesurtv.net Construction companies say they can't afford credit under President Mauricio Macri's financial plan, which has raised interest rates to 60 percent.

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-07). Gulf Military Spending To Hit $100 Billion By 2019. iranian.com A leading defence analyst company expects Gulf states to increase their defence spending to some $100 billion by 2019. According to a new report published by Jane's by IHS Markit yesterday, the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries registered a six per cent growth in military spending in 2018. "The six per cent growth that we've seen […]

Democracy Now! (2018-09-07). As 400+ Children Remain Separated From Parents, Trump Admin Wants to Detain Kids Indefinitely. democracynow.org The Trump administration is attempting to remove court-imposed time limits on the detention of immigrant children. The administration's proposal would allow immigrant families to be held in detention indefinitely, ending the long-standing 1997 Flores agreement which says that children cannot be jailed for more than 20 days. More than 400 children remain separated from their parents more than a month after a court-imposed deadline requiring the Trump administration to reunite all of the separated families. The American Civil Liberties Union says it appears ICE officials had access to the phone numbers of hundreds…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-09-07). Here Are 4 of the Wackiest Things President Trump Has Said About the Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed. alternet.org The more the president has had to say, the worse he's made himself look. | President Donald Trump has been in an angry mood this week. Excerpts from veteran journalist Bob Woodward's soon-to-be-released book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," have surfaced—painting his administration as being in a state of teleSUR (2018-09-07). Police Break Up Protest Against Colombia's New Drug Policy. telesurtv.net The decree proposed by President Ivan Duque back tracks on progresses achieved during Santos's administration.

teleSUR (2018-09-07). EZLN-Backed National Indigenous Congress Announces New Assembly. telesurtv.net "We're now more people, groups, collectives and organizations aiming to look in ourselves for the solutions that we know won't come from up there."

Staff (2018-09-07). New Documents Indicate Kavanaugh Likely Committed Perjury. truthdig.com Emails reveal the Trump pick lied under oath during hearings for his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2004 and 2006.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-07). Thousands to Rally for Climate, Jobs and Justice. therealnews.com San Francisco organizer Antonio Diaz and New Orleans organizer Anne Rolfes say that people will take to the streets on September 8 because rhetoric is not enough to fight the climate crisis

Jim Naureckas (2018-09-07). Thomas Friedman's Crazy Poor Middle Easterners. iranian.com Thomas Friedman (New York Times, 9/4/18) went to the movies and his takeaway from seeing Crazy Rich Asians is that if they made a film about the Middle East, it could be called Crazy Poor Middle Easterners: The region of the world that should be naturally rich has made itself poor by repeatedly letting the past bury the future […]

Whitney Webb (2018-09-07). Report: Russia May Soon Attack US Military Base In Occupied Syria. iranian.com Russia has warned the U.S. that the Russian and Syrian militaries are prepared to launch an offensive on the U.S.-controlled Al-Tanf military base in Syria. [dropcap]A[/dropcap]s things in Syria seem poised to heat up dramatically in the coming weeks, CNN has reported that Russia has warned the U.S. that the Russian and Syrian militaries are prepared to launch […]

Tehran Times (2018-09-07). Iranian Actor Sends Anti-War Message To Trump At Venice International Film Festival. iranian.com Iranian actor Vahid Rad used a photocall for his latest movie "As I Lay Dying" at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on Thursday to convey an anti-war message to U.S. President Donald Trump. During the photocall, Rad showed his palm bearing an inscription in English reading, "I don't have a gun in my hand […]

Caitlin Johnstone (2018-09-07). About That Anonymous NY Times Op-Ed: We Are Being Played. iranian.com If any evidence existed to be found that Donald Trump had illegally colluded with the Russian government to rig the 2016 presidential election, that evidence would have been picked up by the sprawling surveillance networks of the US and its allies and leaked to the Washington Post before Obama left office. Russiagate is like a mirage. From […]

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson (2018-09-07). "Stand Your Ground" Laws Encourage Dangerous Vigilantism. counterpunch.org This summer featured at least a dozen stories of black Americans across the country having the police called on them for little or no reason at all. Famously, two black men in Philadelphia were arrested while simply waiting for a friend at a Starbucks. Then the police were called on a black family grilling at More

Janine Jackson (2018-09-07). 'Voters Have to Remain Vigilant to Make Sure They Are on the List'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed John Powers about voter suppression for the August 31, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-09-07). South Africa, Finance Capital and the Land Question. globalresearch.ca South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the technical recession announced inside the country and internationally is only a transitional phase. | The ruling African National Congress (ANC) leader and head-of-state …

IMEMC News (2018-09-07). Army Kills A Palestinian Teen, Injures 210, In Gaza. imemc.org The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, a teenage boy, and injured at least 210 others, during the Great Return March processions, in several parts of the besieged Gaza Strip. Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza said the soldiers killed Bilal […]…

Martha Rosenberg (2018-09-07). New Mad Cow Case: Nothing to See Here, Says USDA. counterpunch.org The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new home grown mad cow case recently in a cow raised for beef in Florida. The 6-year-old cow tested positive for atypical H-type BSE but, "never entered slaughter channels, and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health," says USDA. The assurance More

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-09-07). Here Are 9 of Obama's Most Devastating Attacks in His Fiery Speech Condemning Trump's GOP. alternet.org The speech marked a sharp turn in Obama's post-presidency. | Barack Obama blasted President Donald Trump and the Republican Party as hypocrites and radicals in a scathing speech at the University of Illinois. The former president condemned his successor and the GOP for obsessively undoing his accomplishments and upending the international order, all while stoking fear and prejudice. These are nine of Obama's most withering attacks. 1. "Wh. . .

Ron Jacobs (2018-09-07). A Guitarist's Wisdom. counterpunch.org Jorma Kaukonen played lead guitar for the Jefferson Airplane. Toward the end of his time with that band, he and his friend (Airplane bass player) Jack Casady formed a band they called Hot Tuna. The first album by Hot Tuna was recorded at a small club in Berkeley, California and featured a number of old More

Ralph Nader (2018-09-07). Stop Brett Kavanaugh— A Corporation Masquerading as a Judge. counterpunch.org Observers say that confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become President Trump's second pick for a lifetime job on the Supreme Court will make the Court more conservative. It is more accurate to say Kavanaugh will make the Court more corporatist. With Kavanaugh, it is all about siding with corporations over workers, consumers, patients, motorists, the poor, More

Global Research News (2018-09-07). Selected Articles: World Chaos — Caused by What? globalresearch.ca More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | Our objective is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our 50,000 …

Reese Erlich (2018-09-07). Foreign Correspondent: The Rohingya Crisis We Could See Coming. progressive.org I interviewed Aung San Suu Kyi the day of her release from house arrest in 1995. Even then, neither she nor her supporters understood the complexities of Myanmar's 135 officially recognized ethnic groups.

Eric A. Gordon, Dale Greenfield (2018-09-07). 'Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations' thrills L.A. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—In 2017 Billboard magazine named The Temptations the greatest R&B group of all time. But it did not take Billboard's pronouncement for this truth to be evident. Fans—and sales and Grammys—had proved it over and over again. The post-World War II "Great Migration" saw African…

Cora Currier (2018-09-07). Nursing Mother Describes Forced Separation From Infant at the Border: "They Said It Wasn't Their Problem the Baby Wasn't Eating" theintercept.com Amid a lawsuit over the asylum process, a Salvadoran mother gives details for the first time of how she was separated from her baby.

Paul Craig Roberts (2018-09-07). I Know Who The "Senior Official" Is Who Wrote The NY Times Op-Ed. iranian.com I know who wrote the anonymous "senior Trump official" op-ed in the New York Times. The New York Times wrote it. The op-ed is an obvious forgery. As a former senior official in a presidential administration, I can state with certainty that no senior official would express disagreement anonymously. Anonymous dissent has no credibility. Moreover, the dishonor of […]

Elias Atienza (2018-09-07). Trump Should Fire Jeff Sessions, But Not For the Reason You Think. counterpunch.org On August 23, President Trump went after Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Mueller investigation, belittling his character by asking "what kind of man is this?" For his part, Sessions declared that he wouldn't let political considerations influence the Department of Justice (DOJ). This war of words between the executive office and More

Zero Hedge (2018-09-07). Russia's Alleged Skripal 'Assassins' Caught Breaking the Laws of Physics. globalresearch.ca As we detailed earlier, in what appears to be the latest escalation in the UK government's campaign to blame Russia for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal, …

Staff (2018-09-07). Tesla Stock Dips as CEO Appears to Smoke Pot on Video. truthdig.com Elon Musk's appearance on "The Joe Rogan Experience" has proved to be a viral sensation on social media.

Middle East Monitor (2018-09-07). Tony Blair Confirms Receiving Millions in Donations From Saudi Arabia. mintpressnews.com Tony Blair's relationship with Saudi Arabia has come under scrutiny following the revelation that the non-government organisation set up under his name has received millions of pounds from Riyadh. | Accounts published yesterday by the Tony Blair Institute confirmed earlier reports that Blair had received donations of up to $12 million from the Kingdom. | The Saudi donation, according to the Financial Times, comes from an organisation called Media Investment Limited (MIL), which is a subsidiary of Saudi Research & Marketing Group, registered in Guernsey. | Publication of the accounts confirmed July reports that Tony Blair Institute had made an agreement with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, effective ruler of Saudi Arabia, earlier this year to help with a programme of modernisation for the Kingdom. | The agreement was said to be the first major deal to have emerged involving the Tony Blair…

Jim Sleeper, Salon (2018-09-07). Resistance in the White House? Please, Let's Not Fall for That One. alternet.org If Anonymous Times Contributor had any guts, he or she would quit and tell the truth about Trump in public | The spectacle of draft-dodger in chief Donny Bone Spurs playing at being commander in chief is making some people whom "liberals" love to hate look good. Maybe a little too good. Neoliberal Democrats who stage "Resistance" galas in Manhattan's palatial Beaux Arts Stephen A. Schwarzman Building are much too excited about the anonymous New York Times op-ed that announces a "'Resistance' Inside the Trump Administration" but tells us nothing we don't already know about "adults in the room" supposedly tempering or deflecting President Trump's gyrations. Not a syllable in the column suggests that the author and his confederates would be anything but delighted to implement Vice President Mike Pence's (or Brett Kavanaugh's) paleo-conservative, evangelical-pandering agenda from the. . .

Leo Gerard, Independent Media Institute (2018-09-07). Here's How Kavanaugh's Dissent in a SeaWorld Case Highlights His Active Disdain for Worker Safety. alternet.org The judge has a record of siding with harmful workplace practices. | In his statement to Congress this week during his confirmation hearing, Judge Brett Kavanaugh said his mother taught him that judges must always stand in the shoes of others. Though hardly original or deeply inspirational, it's not bad advice. The problem is that Kavanaugh never chooses steel-toed work boots. In every case involving workers, Kavanaugh has. . .

IMEMC News (2018-09-07). Israeli Army Fires A Shell Into Gaza. imemc.org Israeli soldiers fired, on Friday evening, an artillery shell at an observation post run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, east of Gaza city. Media sources in Gaza said the shells caused damage but did not lead to injuries. Furthermore, the Israeli army said it targeted Palestinians […]…

teleSUR (2018-09-07). Brazilian Presidential Candidate Bolsonaro Stabbed at Campaign Event. telesurtv.net Bolsonaro was recovering at a hospital and his wound was "only superficial," according to his son.

leili (2018-09-07). Boycott Eurovision Song Contest Hosted by Israel. bdsmovement.net Boycott Eurovision Song Contest Hosted by Israel: In the NewsMore than 140 artists from Europe and beyond support the appeal from Palestinian artists to boycott the contest next year. | Cultural BoycottSeptember 7, 2018 | By: | Missy Comley Beattie (2018-09-07). Words Get in the Way. counterpunch.org If compassion were contagious, they'd mandate a vaccine to prevent transmission. I write but the words get in the way. Words, bombarding my conscience, breaking my heart. I write. I delete. It's a release to let my fingers dance across the keyboard. And reassuring that I can delete the dance. I write more words and More

Gerry Brown (2018-09-07). Will World Trade Collapse After America Withdraws From WTO? Don't Bet on It! counterpunch.org With Trump slapping tariffs right, left and center on friends and foes alike, and threatening to withdraw America from WTO, concerns about declining global trade have heightened. Trading nations like China and Japan are wary and worried about the prospects for world trade, as are developing countries in Asia which have embarked on industrialisation and More

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-09-07). Elizabeth Warren to White House Officials: Stop 'Hiding' Behind Op-Eds and Remove Trump From Office. alternet.org "Let's be clear: We already have a constitutional crisis if the cabinet believes the President of the United States can't do his job and then refuses to follow the rules that have been laid down in the Constitution. " | Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. ) has a strong message for White House officials: Instead of warning the public about how deranged and dangerous President Donald Trump is through Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-07). In the Battle for LGBTQIA+ Rights, India's Jurists Have Scored Over Its Lawmakers. therealnews.com Blame for the failure to take legislative responsibility for LGBT rights must be squarely divided among political parties across the spectrum.

The Conversation (2018-09-07). Here's What the 25th Amendment Says About Presidents Who Are 'Unable' to Serve. alternet.org Interest in this form of presidential removal may be high, but evidence suggests it could not be used successfully against Trump at this point. | A stunning, unsigned op-ed in The New York Times reported on Sept. 5 that members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet discussed removing him from power by using the 25th. . .

splcenter (2018-09-07). 'Why not my son?' How Sonnie Hereford IV and his dad integrated Alabama's public schools. splcenter.org It took Sonnie Hereford IV more than one try. Or perhaps it's more accurate to say it took more than one try for Dr. Sonnie Hereford III.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-07). Economy Adds 201,000 Jobs in August, Unemployment Steady at 3.9 Percent. truthout.org The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy added 201,000 jobs in August; although downward revisions of 50,000 to the prior two months' data brought the three-month average to 185,000. The unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent, but the overall employment-to-population (EPOP) fell by 0.2 percentage points to 60.3 percent. | This 0.2 percentage point drop also showed up for prime-age workers (ages 25 to 54), although the EPOP for prime-age workers is still 0.9 percentage points above its year-ago level. For men, the year-over-year increase is 1.1 percentage points, while for women it is 0.8 percent. In both cases, EPOPs remain below prerecession peaks and well below the peaks hit in 2000. | Perhaps the most encouraging news in the report is evidence of a modest acceleration in wage growth. The average hourly wage increased by 2.9 percent over the last year.

Nick Alexandrov (2018-09-07). McCain Against the World. counterpunch.org In his militarist lust he was near lunacy; his ignorance: profound; he was, in many respects, conventional—numbingly conventional—on Washington's global role. That was John McCain. This was a man who, post-9/11, promoted measures expected to boost foreign terrorism. "Within hours" of that morning's carnage, he made himself "leading advocate of taking the American retaliation against More

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-07). New Documents Appear to Show Kavanaugh Lied Under Oath Multiple Times. truthout.org "How much perjury is too much perjury from a Supreme Court nominee?" | That was how one commentator responded to a flurry of new documents and emails released on Thursday by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) that appear to show President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath during hearings for his nomination to the US Court of Appeals in 2004 and 2006. | In 2004 — after a Senate sergeant-at-arms report found that Republican staffer Manuel Miranda had stolen confidential communications and documents from Democratic senators — Kavanaugh told the Senate that he never received "documents that appeared…to have been drafted or prepared by Democratic staff members." | But new emails made public by Leahy on Thursday appear to show that Kavanaugh "got 8 pages of material taken verbatim from [the…

Eric A. Gordon (2018-09-07). 'Sweat,' an unsentimental collective portrait of a working class in retreat. peoplesworld.org

Prof. Mason Gaffney (2018-09-07). Corporate Power and Expansive U.S. Military Policy. globalresearch.ca The U.S. military provides its services by supporting compliant political leaders in developing countries and by punishing or deposing regimes that threaten the interests of U.S.-based corporations.

Faisal Khan (2018-09-07). The Hypocrisy of British Attitudes to Immigration. counterpunch.org The above doesn't, of course, apply to all British people just some (perhaps many) and it certainly appears to be a prevalent attitude. My father came to Britain in 1963 and I at age four: I'm not sure if that makes me an immigrant as I was naturalised, but it definitely makes me of immigrant More

Joshua Sperber (2018-09-07). Western Civilization 101. counterpunch.org Notwithstanding the fears of Samuel Huntington and the more overtly violent demonstrations of self-described Western chauvinists such as the Proud Boys, the term "Western Civilization" is of only relatively recent creation. Advanced following the First World War, the concept, along with other inventions such as "Great Books" series, was designed to uphold the merit of More

Alessandra Mondolfi (2018-09-07). KavaNO. thenation.com KavaNO appeared first on The Nation.

Mark Taliano (2018-09-07). Civilization Versus Barbarism. Why Does the West Support Al Qaeda? globalresearch.ca The civilized world should be celebrating the fact that Syria and its allies are on the cusp of defeating al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria. | If Canada, the West, and their allies conducted …

Whitney Webb (2018-09-07). Report: Russia May Soon Attack US Military Base in Occupied Syria. mintpressnews.com Russia has warned the U.S. that the Russian and Syrian militaries are prepared to launch an offensive on the U.S.-controlled Al-Tanf military base in Syria.

Jessica Corbett (2018-09-07). New War Powers Resolution Seeks To End US Support For 'Catastrophic War In Yemen'. iranian.com As the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition admitted for the second time this week that its bombing campaign in Yemen last month killed dozens of children and adult civilians, peace advocates praised a group of Democratic lawmakers on Thursday for announcing a new effort to revoke American support for the "catastrophic" conflict that has produced the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Led by […]

INA (2018-09-07). Krà§henbàºhl: UNRWA Will Overcome US Obstacles. imemc.org UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krà§henbàºhl said that his agency will overcome US obstacles after Trump's decision to suspend aid to the Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. | Krà§henbàºhl stressed, in a press release to Palestinians, that UNRWA will continue to work with […]…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-09-07). Sanders and Warren take aim at abuses by U.S. corporations. peoplesworld.org

IMEMC News (2018-09-07). Army Injures Many Of Palestinians Near Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, dozens of Palestinians holding a nonviolent protest in Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank. Dozens of Palestinians marched in the village, and headed towards their lands threatened with further illegal annexation for the construction and expansion of Israel's' illegal colonies. The protesters […]…

PCHR (2018-09-07). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 August — 05 September 2018). imemc.org Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 30 August — 05 September, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. 95 Palestinian civilians were wounded, including 18 children, 3 paramedics and a journalist.

SouthFront (2018-09-07). Watch | Israel Censors News on IDF Funding and Support of Syrian Rebels. mintpressnews.com This incident once again demonstrates that all claims of Tel Aviv that it is not involved in the ongoing conflict in Syria are false. | Israel Censors News on IDF Funding and Support of Syrian Rebels appeared first on MintPress News.

The Conversation (2018-09-07). Flu Plane: Are We Really Ready For a Global Pandemic? alternet.org In the event of pandemic flu, poor countries will suffer the most. | An Emirates airliner was quarantined at John F Kennedy International Airport on September 5 after several passengers reported flu-like symptoms. Oxiris Barbot, New York City's acting health commissioner, said the cause of the illness was Zaid Jilani (2018-09-07). Underdog Criminal Justice Reformer Rachael Rollins Wins District Attorney Primary in Boston's Suffolk County. theintercept.com In Boston's Suffolk County, an underdog won a race to be the top prosecutor by promising to do a lot less prosecuting.

Staff (2018-09-07). High-Stakes Diplomacy as Battle for Syria's Idlib Looms. truthdig.com Iranian and Russian leaders support a military campaign to retake the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria as Turkey's president pleads for a cease-fire. U.S. and others warn of a bloody humanitarian disaster.

Thomas S. Harrington (2018-09-07). The Unionists in Catalonia Turn to the Latin American Coup Playbook. counterpunch.org Those who study the history of authoritarian coups against progressive, establishment-threatening political movements know, or should know, a few things. 1) The proponents of the anti-progressive position are seldom a majority in the society. Rather, their core level of support usually hovers—at the most—between 30 and 35% of the population. 2) Hence, their greatest strategic More

Robert Koehler (2018-09-07). Healing in North Lawndale. counterpunch.org "This isn't rocket science," Jackie Ingram said, humorously downplaying her involvement in the Restorative Justice Community Court, a pilot project of the Cook County Circuit Court, which has brought a new, healing-focused system of justice to her community this past year. My thought in that moment was: She's right. Saving kids and reclaiming a troubled, More

Robert Hunziker (2018-09-07). Billionaires Plan Escape From Apocalypse. counterpunch.org Well, the harsh truth about the integrity and fortitude of billionaires is finally out in the open for all to see, and the results are repugnant: Billionaires are gutless, chicken-hearted cowards. The proof is found in the pudding as several Silicon Valley billionaires purchase massive underground bunkers built in Murchison, Texas shipped to New Zealand, More

Louis Proyect (2018-09-07). The Direction Israel is Going: From Eichmann to Mossad. counterpunch.org Having seen both a documentary and narrative film about Hannah Arendt that focused on her famous (and to some, infamous) reporting on the Adolf Eichmann trial in Jerusalem for The New Yorker magazine, I was curious to see what "Operation Finale" had to say. Directed by Paul Weitz, who is best known for commercial work like "American More

Tom Engelhardt (2018-09-07). The World According to Trump. counterpunch.org I know you won't believe me. Not now, not when everything Donald Trump does — any tweet, any insult at any rally — is the news of the day, any day. But he won't be remembered for any of the things now in our headlines. No human being, it's true, has ever been covered the More

The Conversation (2018-09-07). Thousands of Mental Health Professionals Agree with Woodward and the NYT Op-Ed Author: Trump Is Dangerous. alternet.org Experts have observed "signs of mental instability. " | Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear," describes a " nervous breakdown of Trump's presidency. " Earlier this year, Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" offered a similar portrayal. Now, an op-ed in The New York Times by an anonymous "senior White House official" describes how deeply the troubles in this administration run and what effort is required to protect the nation. None of this is a surprise to those of us who, 18 months ago, put together our own public service book, "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. "My focus as the volume's editor was on Trump's dangerousness because of my area of expertise in violence prevention. Approaching violence as a public health issue, I have consulted with governments and international organizations, in addition to 20 years. . .

Nick Pemberton (2018-09-07). Burn Your Nikes? How About Boycott Them Instead. counterpunch.org Nike's catchphrase "Just Do It" was inspired by murderer Gary Gilmore's famous last words. Nike has been a bloodbath ever since. In the 1990s, there was real pressure on Nike to change their nightmarish working conditions. Those were the days when we cared about slavery. Nike cleaned up its image and not much else. Since then they have been peddling apparel without consequence, save a few brave protestors. More

Thomas Mountain (2018-09-07). The Reason India's Dalits Hate Gandhi. counterpunch.org The reason India's Dalits hate Gandhi is that, to the Dalits, he helped preserve the caste system, or Varna, in post independence India. To understand India you must understand caste, or what the real word is for this religious practice, Varna. To start with in the Indian language of Sanskrit, Varna literally translates into the More

Stan Hister (2018-09-07). Dave Eggers and White House 'Culture'. counterpunch.org Dave Eggers is a talented, compassionate and widely respected writer. Unfortunately those characteristics are no guarantee of insight when it comes to politics. In June Eggers penned an op-ed piece in the New York Times titled "A Cultural Vacuum in Trump's White House". The point of the piece was to nail Trump's as "the first More

Craig Collins (2018-09-07). Petroleum Junkies of the World, Unite! counterpunch.org Like most Americans, I was born into a lifestyle of cheap energy and took it for granted. Growing up in the latter half of the 20th century, cars and electricity were just part of daily life. Nobody thought of it as addiction; it was progress. Every new electronic device and labor saving appliance was a testament to the miracle of modern science and technology. The future was usually portrayed as a technological utopia where all our wants and needs would be met by some new scientific wonder. Remember The Jetsons? More

The Conversation (2018-09-07). Plagiarists or Innovators? The Led Zeppelin Paradox Endures. alternet.org How can a band so slavishly derivative — and sometimes downright plagiaristic — be simultaneously considered so innovative and influential? | Fifty years ago — in September 1968 — the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin first performed together, kicking off a Scandinavian tour billed as the New Yardbirds. The new, better name would come later that fall, while drummer John Bonham's death in 1980 effectively ended their d. . .

Pradeep Baisakh (2018-09-07). Sustainable Development Goals: No More Complacency, Urgency Needed! counterpunch.org "We face mounting challenges in the form of growing numbers of conflicts, rising inequality, erosion of human rights, unprecedented global humanitarian crisis….climatechange is moving faster than we are; yet we see insufficient political will to meet commitments." Remarked UN Secretary General António Guterresin the closing of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). "We are ashamed More

Jonathan Feldman (2018-09-07). How Woke is the Left? counterpunch.org The Fearless Cities, North America Regional Municipalist Summit "Getting woke is like being in the Matrix and taking the red pill. You get a sudden understanding of what's really going on and find out you were wrong about much of what you understood to be truth. I understand the extra burden it puts on you but More

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-07). Arizona GOP Senate Candidate Says She Will Be A Vote To Repeal Obamacare 'After The Elections'. alternet.org Martha McSally still wants to take health care from the poor. | It is an open secret at this point that Republicans plan to take another shot at repealing the Affordable Care Act next year if they retain control of Congress. But few candidates are willing at this point to say it outright. Rep. Martha McSally, the GOP nominee for Senat. . .

Evgeny Satanovsky (2018-09-07). Palestinian National Authority — Life After Mahmoud Abbas. mintpressnews.com The struggle for succession among key members of the Palestinian leadership, following the expected resignation of the 83-year-old Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) as head of the Palestinian National Authority, has begun.

Shared by williampitt (2018-09-07). Indigenous Authorities Unite Against Corruption Debacle in Guatemala. truthout.org It started mid-morning. Military vehicles lined the street on August 31. Donated by the US back in 2013 for anti-narcotics task force operations, the green Jeep J8s were circulating in Guatemala City, including outside embassies and the offices of the UN-backed anti-corruption agency known as the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, or CICIG. In a country with a history of state forces carrying out acts of genocide and other atrocities during a 36-year armed conflict that only ended 22 years ago, the sudden militarization raised alarm. | "It was a surprise," said Feliciana Herrera, one of the Maya Ixil authorities of Nebaj, in a region of the Quiché department where military forces perpetrated genocide. "When it showed up on the news and on social networks, people wondered why they were mobilizing so many army vehicles and soldiers. People wondered what was going…

Dave Lindorff (2018-09-07). Is it Treason or a Defense of the Constitution? counterpunch.org Most of the uproar, left and right, about the revelation — in both a NY Times anonymous opinion page article by a "high official" in the White House, and a new book by Bob Woodward — that there are top people working for President Trump who are actively trying to keep him from doing dangerous More

DGGK (2018-09-07). Facts That Disprove the Official 9/11 White House "Conspiracy Theory": Why Are Good Americans Silent? globalresearch.ca Over the past 17 years since 9/11/01, the title question has plagued the tens of thousands of committed groups of highly intelligent and thorough truth-seeking scientists, physicists, architects, engineers, pilots, ex-military …

Shared by britney (2018-09-07). Teachers Leave For-Profit Charter Schools at Alarming Rates, Report Says. truthout.org Students attending many of the nation's 6,900 public charter schools may see unfamiliar faces as they head back to school this year. | Public schools already experience high levels of turnover among educators, but school teachers are leaving charter schools managed by private, for-profit groups at an "alarming" rate, according to a new study published in The Social Science Journal. | Charter schools run by nonprofit groups also have higher turnover rates than regular charter schools, which tend to be run by local school officials and parents rather than "management organizations" that can operate several schools at once. | Public charter schools are publicly funded, but they are run by private or nonprofit groups under a contract or "charter" with a state government or local school district that holds them accountable to certain standards. From 2000 to 2016, the number of public…

Sophia A. McClennen, Salon (2018-09-07). Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease in Michael Moore's Terrifying 'Fahrenheit 11/9'. alternet.org "Fahrenheit 11/9‚Ä≥ takes an unflinching look at how Donald Trump rose to power and what we can do about it | Michael Moore's new film " Fahrenheit 11/9" begins in Philadelphia on November 7, 2016 — election eve. Images flash of euphoric Hillary Clinton supporters, expecting to see their candidate formally declared President. Then we see clips of various politicians and celebrities, who all smugly. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-09-07). Roe v. Wade in Danger: Released Docs Reveal Kavanaugh Thinks Abortion Decision Is Not "Settled Law" democracynow.org Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing took a series of dramatic turns Thursday, as Democratic senators began releasing confidential documents from Kavanaugh's work at the George W. Bush White House. The New York Times also broke a major story Thursday morning revealing that Kavanaugh wrote as a White House attorney in 2003 that he did not deem the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision to be "settled law of the land." He wrote, "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule…

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