Monthly Archives: August 2018

2018-08-31: News Headlines

Justin Anderson, FAIR (2018-08-31). Is Democratic Socialism Dead Already? Mainstream Media Seems to Think So. alternet.org Mainstream publications keep announcing that the left-wing Democratic insurgency has been defeated. Not so fast | The insurgent left wing of the Democratic Party, sometimes self-identified as democratic socialists and exemplified by rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and associated with groups like Bernie Sanders' Our Revolution, the Andrew Stewart (2018-08-31). Grappling With the Racism of the DSA's Founders. counterpunch.org More>

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-31). Nicaragua: Sandinistas Demand Justice, Ortega Slams UN. telesurtv.net President Ortega chastized the United Nations Human Rights Council: "For them, these victims (Sandinistas) do not exist."

John Laforge (2018-08-31). The Tip of the Radiation Disaster Iceberg. counterpunch.org The World Nuclear Association says its goal is "to increase global support for nuclear energy" and it repeatedly claims on its website: "There have only been three major accidents across 16,000 cumulative reactor-years of operation in 32 countries." The WNA and other nuclear power supporters acknowledge Three Mile Island in 1979 (US), Chernobyl in 1986 More

Julia Conley (2018-08-31). 'Pariah' Status Of Trump Solidified As UN Watchdog Reports Iran Continues To Comply With Nuclear Deal. iranian.com Inspectors revealed Iran is continuing to limit its uranium enrichment as newest round of sanctions take hold of Iranian public [dropcap]U[/dropcap]nited Nations officials reported on Thursday that Iran is still complying with the 2015 nuclear deal it entered into with the Obama administration, three months after President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the agreement. Trump's […]

Basav Sen (2018-08-31). Killing for Coal (Literally). counterpunch.org In August 1921, sheriff's deputies in West Virginia — later joined by federal troops — massacred striking mineworkers using machine guns and aerial bombardment, in what's now known as the Battle of Blair Mountain. Nearly a century later, the government is again going to war in support of mine owners by deregulating coal-fired power plants. More

The Miami Herald (2018-08-31). Saeed Moshfegh has been studying in the U.S. legally for 7 years. Bank of America froze his account anyway. iranian.com Saeed Moshfegh woke up earlier this month to discover the strangest thing: though he had plenty of money in his Bank of America account, he couldn't access it. An Iranian getting his Ph.D in physics at the University of Miami, Moshfegh used the account for everyday transactions. All he had to do to maintain the […]

teleSUR / vc-MH (2018-08-31). Hondurans Protest Against Gov't on Day of the Disappeared. telesurtv.net Among their demands are new presidential elections and a constituent assembly.

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-08-31). Guatemala Weighs Controversial Bill Banning 'Gender Ideology'. telesurtv.net Bill 5272 to 'protect family and life' would ban abortion, same-sex marriage, and protect anyone from being forced to believe in 'gender ideology.'

Peter Certo (2018-08-31). Iraq Should be a Much Bigger Part of McCain's Legacy Than "Civility" counterpunch.org In the last days of his life, an old video of John McCain surfaced on the internet. It's 2008. He's running for president and fielding questions from voters in Minnesota. A middle-aged woman takes the microphone. "I can't trust Obama," she complains of McCain's Democratic opponent. "He's an Arab." The Arizona Republican shakes his head. More

Liza Donnally (2018-08-31). I Want to Go to a College That Punishes for Rape. thenation.com I Want to Go to a College That Punishes for Rape appeared first on The Nation.

Binoy Kampmark (2018-08-31). John McCain's Imperial Complex. counterpunch.org Obituaries are not the best places to identify faults unless they assume the form of a hatchet job. The opposite is more often the case: worshipful and respectful to the point of being cloying. As the tears dry, and the sobs of reflection pass, the figure transmogrifies. For a politician, aspects of the hero are More

Jim Hightower (2018-08-31). Our Economy is More Concentrated Than Ever. counterpunch.org America's political history has been written in the fierce narrative of war. Not our country's many military clashes with foreign nations, but our own unending war for democracy in the United States. Generation after generation of moneyed elites have persisted in trying to take wealth and power from the workaday majority and concentrate both in More

Boots Riley (2018-08-31). Some thoughts on Blackkklansman. indybay.org [Because it is difficult to read Sorry to Bother You director Boots Riley's critique of Spike Lee's Blackkklansman as screen grabs on twitter, the full text is reposted here.]…

Chris Welzenbach (2018-08-31). Strange Affinity: How David Foster Wallace Became Enamored With John McCain. counterpunch.org The recent passing of John McCain at age 81 resulted in the usual mass media panegyrics, but this time with an odd addition: references to David Foster Wallace and his 2000 essay for Rolling Stone about the late senator and the Straight Talk Express McCain had chartered for his unsuccessful presidential run. Passages from Wallace's essay More

IMEMC News (2018-08-31). Israeli Navy Damages A Palestinian Fishing Boat. imemc.org An Israeli navy ship fired, on Thursday evening, live rounds at a Palestinian fishing boat in the Sudaniyya Sea area, west of Gaza city, causing serious damage to the boat, in addition to spraying the fishermen and their boat with water cannons. The fishermen said the navy attacked them with […]…

Jenny Clegg (2018-08-31). The Decade of a Rising China: 10 Years After the Financial Crisis. counterpunch.org It is 10 years in September since Lehman Brothers went bankrupt bringing global capitalism to the point of collapse. Although the crash did not finally lead to a total meltdown, it triggered a slump of 1930s proportions and for most economies the last decade has been a lost decade of low growth, low investment, low More

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-08-31). Mapuche Mayor Resigns in Protest Against Landfill in Chile. telesurtv.net The Mapuche community of Collipulli occupied the city hall of Reinaco to demand support from the local mayor, Juan C. Reinao.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-31). Koch Brothers Backed Conservative Archbishop Attacks Pope and "Homosexuals in the Church" therealnews.com On the heels of the sexual abuse disclosures conservative Archbishop accuses Pope of hiding sexual abuse and attacks "homosexual underground" in the Church. He is backed by the Koch brothers and other right wing Catholics

Kenn Orphan (2018-08-31). American Militarism, a Bi-Partisan Affair. counterpunch.org "I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, my own government." — Martin Luther King, Jr. "As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to More

Roy Bourgeois (2018-08-31). Another Scandal in the All-Male Priesthood. counterpunch.org As a Catholic priest, I did the unspeakable. I called for the ordination of women in the church. The Vatican was swift in its response. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith informed me that I was "causing grave scandal" in the church and that I had 30 days to recant my public support More

Jill Richardson (2018-08-31). The Economy as a Game of Monopoly. counterpunch.org As a sociology professor in community college, I have my students play Monopoly. Only, I give them a special, rigged version. There are five players. The wealthiest begins with $5,500, all of the railroads, and the two most valuable properties (Boardwalk and Park Place). The least wealthy begins with about $200 and no property. The More

Brian Terrell (2018-08-31). Catholic Support for War: Another Child Abuse Scandal. counterpunch.org On August 14, a report from a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania identified 300 Catholic priests across the state who had sexually abused more than 1,000 children. "Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades," the More

Martin Berger (2018-08-31). US Military Presence in Northern Syria: Towards A No Fly Zone. globalresearch.ca It would seem that the proxy war that Washington has been waging on Syria has been nothing but a terrible, humiliating mess, but instead of calling it quits the White House …

David Rosen (2018-08-31). Trump's Fake Boom: Growing Despair Amidst Insecure Economic Recovery. counterpunch.org It's now almost a decade since the last fiscal crisis, launching what was dubbed the "Great Recession." It wreaked havoc on the U.S. banking system and the housing market, leaving millions of Americans is desperate free-fall. While many conventional economic indicators suggest that the economy has rebounded, a significant portion of the American public feel stuck, their futures looking bleak. More

teleSUR/LJS (2018-08-31). Spain's Sanchez Offers Colombia Help to Secure Peace With ELN. telesurtv.net Colombia's President Ivan Duque, who is evaluating whether to continue the peace talks, said he will happily consider Spain's offer if the ELN stops all violence.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-08-31). Video: Who Was Pope Francis Before He Became Pope? globalresearch.ca How Father Jorge Maria Bergoglio supported Argentina's military junta's "Dirty War" in the 1970s was known and documented prior to his accession to Vatican. | Image: Father Bergoglio with General Jorge Videla, Argentina, 1970s | The media was complicit through omission. The …

Elliott Gabriel (2018-08-31). With Korean Peace Talks Inherently Fragile, a Little Washington Sabotage Goes a Long Way. mintpressnews.com In Beijing, observers are urging vigilance as the U.S. appears dead-set on sabotaging the peace process, endangering not only regional stability but also the warming relationship between the governments of Xi Jinping and President Moon Jae-in.

CMFP (2018-08-31). Taking it Global. counterpunch.org Strengthening & Expanding Current Power Structures Utilizing the Language & Principles of New Power If power dominated through hierarchy and coercion — the emergent "new power" model dominates with influence and persuasion. And while this has been achieved for some decades now by the NGOs that comprise the non-profit industrial, more and more corporations, institutions More

Sophie Kasakove (2018-08-31). Can Cities Pave the Way Toward a Universal Basic Income? thenation.com Can Cities Pave the Way Toward a Universal Basic Income? appeared first on The Nation.

Nyla Ali Khan (2018-08-31). Redeveloping Historical Awareness on Kashmir. counterpunch.org Although the first Muslim Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah viewed the accession of the State to India as a strategic and pragmatic necessity, and sought to justify it by deploying the rhetoric of socialism and secularism, he continued to harbor hopes for the creation of a sovereign Kashmir. In October 1949, More

Joseph Natoli (2018-08-31). A Disingenuous Congressional Election Ahead. counterpunch.org "[T]he last four decades have seen shareholders take home larger and larger slices of the economic pie." — Bryce Covert and Mike Konczal, "Economy in the Stocks," The Nation, Sept 10/17, 2018 We know why dividend recipients who live on return on investment (le ROI) and not wages are Trump supporters, though they may hold their More

Gregory Barrett (2018-08-31). What Future Awaits the Babies of 2018? counterpunch.org The Blissful Obliviousness of Today's New Parents Some of you will hate me for what I am about to write. I'm quite accustomed to it. It used to be acceptable to ask questions about what future can be expected for children brought into our world now, this world with its increasingly grim environmental prognosis. At More

Frank Scott (2018-08-31). The Free Press, the Free Market and the Tooth Fairy. counterpunch.org "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." — A.J. Liebling As major capitalist media claim threats to a free press tradition in America, the screams for mercy emanating from establishment sources have been accompanied by yelping from some alleged alternative voices from what often amounts to the anti-social online world. At More

Conn Hallinan (2018-08-31). Asia's Shifting Alliances. counterpunch.org "Boxing the compass" is an old nautical term for locating the points on a magnetic compass in order to set a course. With the erratic winds blowing out of Washington these days, countries all over Asia and the Middle East are boxing the compass and re-evluating traditional foes and old alliances. India and Pakistan have More

Rich Gibson (2018-08-31). School Workers: What Did Our Unions Do on Our Summer Vacation? counterpunch.org Our Unions and Capital The two school worker unions, the huge National Education Association (NEA) and the smaller American Federation of Teachers (AFT), met in conventions in mid-summer, the NEA over the July 4th weekend, AFT shortly thereafter. NEA, with about 3 million members, is the nation's largest union by far. It's also a $300 More

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-08-31). The Atlas Network Against Latin America. counterpunch.org The Latin American Freedom Forum, took place in 2017 in Buenos Aires with the participation of President Mauricio Macri and Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. It discussed a strategy to defeat socialism at all levels, with tactics ranging from camp battles on university campuses to nationwide mobilization to force the removal of a constitutional government More

IMEMC News (2018-08-31). Israeli Soldiers Open Fire At Return Camp In Southern Gaza. imemc.org Israeli soldiers fired, on Friday morning, live rounds at the Great Return Camp, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Media sources said the soldiers, stationed on military towers near the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis, fired many live rounds at the Palestinians, and […]…

Ralph Nader (2018-08-31). Fifteen Ways the Democrats Can Lose the November Elections. counterpunch.org 1. Focus on Donald Trump's personal scandals, the Russian interference, and Trump's outrageous and hugely distracting daily tweets. 2. Overlook what Trump's henchmen are specifically doing to cause more deaths, injuries, and disease. Ignore this administration's efforts to scuttle health and safety standards; stop law enforcement against corporate outlaws who pollute the environment, marketplace, and workplace; take More

CJ Hopkins (2018-08-31). Trump Deathwatch, the Latest Edition. counterpunch.org The latest "Trump Deathwatch" began on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. It began in a courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, when Paul Manafort, sleazebag beltway operator and former chairman of Trump's campaign, was pronounced guilty by a jury of his peers on ten counts of various types of fraud — tax fraud, bank fraud, and failure to More

Jared Keyel (2018-08-31). No More Forgotten Wars: End US Support for Saudi Coalition War Crimes in Yemen. counterpunch.org If the US were to follow the rules of warfare written into US military law and treaties to which the US is a party, the US must immediately end its support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen. We should also marshal all of its diplomatic tools to end the conflict. Since 2015, Saudi Arabia, More

Cesar Chelala (2018-08-31). Psychologist Factors for War. counterpunch.org As the bellicose war of words between the United States and Iran continues, it is useful to reflect on the influence of psychological factors on war. In this light, a return to the classic literature is pertinent. In 1895, Gustave Le Bon, a French social psychologist, published a seminal book on the psychology of crowds, More

Pete Dolack (2018-08-31). Revised NAFTA Shows Every Sign of Being Another Trump Scam. counterpunch.org If the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement were good for working people, its content wouldn't be hidden. Just what the Trump administration and the Mexican government of Enrique Peña Nieto have cooked up we do not know, but given the proclivities of both it is not likely to be good. That the hurried-up deal More

Pam Martens (2018-08-31). Republican Candidates are Paying a Fossil Fuels Conglomerate for Voter Data Mining. counterpunch.org Koch Industries is a fossil fuels conglomerate with estimated revenues of more than $100 billion annually and 130,000 employees spread around the globe. It's one of the largest, private corporations in the world with a history of funding nonprofit front groups and political candidates who are climate change skeptics. Typically, political payments go in one direction from this behemoth: from the Koch Industries Super Pac (KochPac) to Republican political candidates or political committees. Now, quietly, political payments are going in both directions, effectively creating an Orwellian campaign finance model.

Jeffrey St. Clair, Alexander Cockburn (2018-08-31). Why McCain Lost: a Flashback. counterpunch.org After a week of media fawning, flags racing up and down staffs, and memorials coast-to-coast, John McCain will finally be laid to rest this weekend in Annapolis amid eulogies from George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Give McCain some credit for using the occasion of his funeral to illustrate vividly that there's less than a More

Ilana Novick (2018-08-31). State Dept. Revokes Passports, Strips Citizenship of Many Born Along U.S.-Mexico Border. truthdig.com The Trump administration claims their birth certificates are fraudulent and they actually were born in Mexico.

Jacob Bacharach (2018-08-31). Capitalism Is Beyond Saving, and America Is Living Proof. truthdig.com In one of the most prosperous societies ever to exist on earth, nearly half the population is struggling simply to make ends meet.

Louis Proyect (2018-08-31). A Horrorshow of Class Politics. counterpunch.org Opening at theaters nationwide today, "The Little Stranger" is a most unusual blend of class politics and Stephen King-type horror set in a shabby manor house in England called The Hundreds just after the end of WWII. Once home to wealthy aristocrats of the Ayres clan, the 18th century estate now finds itself in the More

Sam Pizzigati (2018-08-31). Taxpayers are Footing the Bill for Sky-High CEO Pay. counterpunch.org Politicians often gab about the "private sector" and the "public sector," as if these two categories of economic activity operated as two completely separate worlds. In reality, these two sectors have always been deeply intertwined. How deeply? Every year, the federal government spends about half a trillion dollars buying goods and services from the private More

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-31). Chile: Police Block March by Relatives of the Disappeared. telesurtv.net Relatives of the people disappeared by Pinochet's United States-backed dictatorship are being prevented from reaching the presidential palace.

Alain Gresh (2018-08-31). How Israel Spies on US Citizens. thenation.com How Israel Spies on US Citizens appeared first on The Nation.

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-08-31). How Have Liberals Used Russiagate to Further American Exceptionalism? Q&A (Pt 4/6). therealnews.com Watch Part 4 of Paul Jay and Aaron Mate's interactive discussion with viewers about the real reasons Trump should be considered a traitor by the American people — From a live recording on August 2nd, 2018

teleSUR/mrs-MH (2018-08-31). 10 Richest Mexicans Earn More than 50 Percent of Public: ECLAC. telesurtv.net "We are talking about 10 people having the same as 60 million Mexicans," said ECLAC rector, Enrique Graue Wiechers.

Ron Jacobs (2018-08-31). 1968: I Certainly Wasn't the Whole World, But I was Watch. counterpunch.org The year 1968 was the year my life became political. The week of August 25 — 29 was a crucial few days in that development. I wasn't in college and I wasn't in high school. I was in Junior High. My father was on his way to Vietnam and I was not a happy camper. The More

teleSUR / MH (2018-08-31). Venezuela: Top Prosecutor Receives 140 Cases of Economic Crimes. telesurtv.net The complaints report crimes of price speculation, hoarding, and economic destabilization.

Pauline Murphy (2018-08-31). The Irishmen Who Fought in the Last Great Battle Against Spanish Fascism. counterpunch.org In the Autumn of 1938, the Battle of the Ebro signalled the death knell of the Spanish Republic. The Ebro River which flows east from Catalonia to the Mediterranean Sea played host to the last great battle of the Spanish Civil War which saw destruction and death. Thousands died, including civilians and fighters on both More

Julian Vigo (2018-08-31). The Brexit "Who Dunnit?" counterpunch.org OK, I admit it: I couldn't follow this season's Westworld and got more and more lost as each episode moved deeper into a narrative veered further into the multi-temporal, back-and-forth trajectories. I gave up after the fourth episode. And this is exactly how if feel about many subjects that cause my eyes to glaze over More

Paul Rogers (2018-08-31). Iran vs America: The History Of Scars Behind This Long-Running Conflict. iranian.com A weakened leader in a powerful country can be a recipe for danger. Donald Trump's encroaching legal troubles might prove just the time for a seriously big international crisis, even a bit of a war. The obvious choice is Iran, and Trump may well have been heading that way even before his latest problems with […]

Robert Koehler (2018-08-31). Revisiting the Spirit of 1968. counterpunch.org I was a hippie/bicycle delivery boy living in San Francisco when the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago 50 years ago, so I absorbed the chaos, the police riot, from half a continent away, but I knew with absolute certainty that the nation was changing and I was part of it. We were in More

Paul Edwards (2018-08-31). The Mourning of McCain. counterpunch.org The commedia dell'arte mourning of McCain is in full bloom. In a vulgar orgy of pompous, bathetic praise from Congress and the media, he is being piously canonized. To counter this shameless obsequy by attacking him for what he actually was would be an exercise in futility, just as the endless ad hominem hatchet jobs More

Liza Featherstone (2018-08-31). I Want to Explore Polyamory, My Partner Doesn't. What Should I Do? thenation.com I Want to Explore Polyamory, My Partner Doesn't. What Should I Do? appeared first on The Nation.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-08-31). Literature Can Displace Anthropology. counterpunch.org When I found myself well into my career as an anthropologist specializing in Himalayan peoples, I came across an historical episode concerning two no-longer living but obviously brilliant women who had performed remarkable political feats in the early 20thcentury. I undertook to uncover their stories, determined first because inspired by feminist revelations, I myself was More

David Dayen (2018-08-31). Trump's FTC Releases Nearly 500 Pages of Material on Conflicts of Interest — and Redacts It All. theintercept.com There are a lot of questions to be asked about Andrew Smith, who was recently installed to head the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection. Given that Smith previously worked for four years at the law firm Covington & Burling, representing an enormous number of corporate clients, including companies under active investigation by the FTC — including Equifax, Uber, and Facebook — one of those questions is: How will the FTC ensure against conflicts of interest? | Smith's financial disclosure form, obtained by Public Citizen, lists his work on behalf of big banks, payday lenders, pawn shops, credit reporting companies, pharmaceutical firms, and perhaps worst of all, the Dallas Cowboys. | So Public Citizen filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all documents related to Smith's financial disclosure and potential conflicts of interest, as well as how the…

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-08-31). Peru's Amazon Indigenous Reach Partial Agreements With Gov't. telesurtv.net Thousands of Indigenous people had been on strike for two weeks in Atalaya, central Peru, over a series of demands for the national govermnent.

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-08-31). Who is Behind Nicaragua's Turmoil? therealnews.com This fourth part of the debate was cut out of the original debate due to length considerations. However we present the cut segment of the debate upon the request of Mary Ellsberg. It deals with the details of an analysis of who is responsible for the death of protesters in Nicaragua. Viewers who saw the…

teleSUR / MH (2018-08-31). Argentina Hikes Interest Rate to 60% as Peso Crashes. telesurtv.net The currency hit a new record low Thursday of 39 pesos per U.S. dollar, making it the world's worst-performing currency.

DVBS (2018-08-31). Resolving the "Serbian Question" – A 19th-Century Project. globalresearch.ca Read Part I here. | Ethnolinguistic Serbdom | Serbia's Prince Milo?'s schemes to solve the "Serbian Question" were based exclusively on the historical (state) rights of the Serbs. However, during his …

Andrew Levine (2018-08-31). A Plague on Both Their Houses. counterpunch.org Donald Trump is a miscreant, worse than any president in modern times. Nevertheless, he is sometimes more right than Democrats and their media flacks. His express views on the multi-lateral institutions that regulate global trade in capitalism's current neoliberal phase are an obvious example. Trump thinks, or says that he thinks, that American workers have been getting a raw deal. He is right. More

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-08-31). Renaming a Senate Office Building After John McCain Seemed Like a Slam Dunk — Then Republicans Hit a New Low. alternet.org Why do Republicans prefer a racist Democrat to John McCain? Because they're craven hypocrites | This week's memorial to the late Sen. John McCain has not brought out the best in President Trump. Indeed, he seems to be increasingly upset as he obsessively watches cable news and sees the drama of the funeral and all the accolades pouring in from around the world in tribute to the nation's most famous elder statesman. This article was James Munson (2018-08-31). "Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior:" Commodity Fetishism, Security, and Social Media. counterpunch.org In Don Delillo's prescient 1985 novel, White Noise, the protagonist encounters a 'Simulated Evacuation (SIMUVAC) Team' that's had to respond to a real emergency. Hearing them debate whether reality makes a good-enough simulation of reality to fulfill their true job, he asks what they'd have done if it had been a 'real fake incident?' Every More

Will Podmore (2018-08-31). Brexit: Stop the Sabotage. counterpunch.org Imagine that as a trade union negotiator you go in to see the employer and the first thing you do is kneel down in front of him.Next you tell him that you don't want to be doing this; you voted against doing this, but the members made you do it. And you tell him that More

Ann Garrison (2018-08-31). In the Year of the Pig: the Real Vietnam War Heroes. counterpunch.org I'll be glad if I never hear John McCain's name again, but his death made me look back and try once more to understand the US War with the Vietnamese People's Army, whose anti-aircraft gunners shot him out of the sky during his 23 bombing raids over North Vietnam. On the "KPFA Radio "Sunday Show," More

RLSF (2018-08-31). ENLACES de Red Latina sin fronteras _ Agosto 30 del 2018. indybay.org ENLACES_Red Latina Sin fronteras Agosto 30 | tambièn en | twitter.com/#!/RedLatinaSinFro | www.facebook.com/enred.sinfronte…

Dan Roberts (2018-08-31). The Shortwave Report 08/31/18 Listen Globally! indybay.org

Areperia831 (2018-08-31). Coastal Cleanup Day: Beach Flats Cleanup. indybay.org Poet's Park in Beach Flats neighborhood at 200 Raymond St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 directions can be found at goo.gl/maps/SzFV8Ehpmg72

wsws.org (2018-08-31). Turbulence hits emerging markets as Argentina's central bank hikes interest rates to 60 percent. wsws.org The Argentine currency has lost half of its value this year and fallen to a record low against the US dollar.

Karen Pickett (2018-08-31). Week of Action for Mattole Forest Kicks Off with Monday Rally. indybay.org The Week of Action for the Mattole Forest launches with a demonstration at the Scotia offices of Humboldt Redwood Company(HRC) on Mon., Aug. 25. HRC's "Sustainable" label is brought into question by herbicide, old growth practices…

wsws.org (2018-08-31). Arsène Tchakarian (1916-2018): the Manouchian Group's resistance struggle. wsws.org There is no doubt that the Stalinists' decision to sacrifice the Manouchian Group was bound up with their genocidal onslaught against Trotskyism and the Left Opposition.

wsws.org (2018-08-31). Steelmakers in US demand historic concessions as contracts for 31,000 workers set to expire. wsws.org With US Steel and Arcelor demanding deep givebacks, the United Steelworkers union has made it clear it is opposed to any strike.

Dan Bacher (2018-08-31). Big Ag billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick donate $100,000 to Yes on Prop. 3. indybay.org The Resnicks and Jerry Meral are leading advocates for the construction of the Delta Tunnels, a massive public works project that opponents say will destroy the Delta ecosystem and West Coast fisheries. Meral, in a moment of candor, infamously said in 2013, "The Delta cannot be saved."

wsws.org (2018-08-31). Abolish student debt! Public education is a social right! wsws.org Everyone should be able to attain a college education without being required to enter the modern equivalent of indentured servitude.

wsws.org (2018-08-31). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Lydia Andrews (2018-08-31). Religious Development Group Responds to US/Mexico Trade Deal. indybay.org President Trump announced on Monday that the United States reached a trade deal with Mexico that replaces the previous North American Free Trade Agreement, also known as NAFTA. As the announcement took place, religious groups met with the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) on the agreement.

Lava Mae (2018-08-31). coming home Community Day. indybay.org PROXY SF | 432 Octavia Street | San Francisco, CA 94102…

DJ Mouse (2018-08-31). Good Riddance Warmonger…8-28-18 Mouse Report. indybay.org Nauseated by the press' drooling worship of a fortunate son…demonic glee behind star spangled eyes …ALWAYS sending us off to war..Julian Assange responds to MSM ax murdering vampire zombie mind fork brain surgeons ..after Queen of Peace throws monkey wrench into my horror show (38 min.)…

wsws.org (2018-08-31). US Steel workers rally in Pittsburgh area. wsws.org Steelworkers rallying outside of the Clairton Works spoke to the WSWS about their determination to fight US Steel's concession demands.

amnesty.org (2018-08-31). إلى مجموعة عمل الآستانة حول الاعتقالات والاختطافات في الصراع السوري. amnesty.org نراسلكم لنعبر عن قلقنا حيال عدم كشف الحكومة السورية عن المزيد من المعلومات بشأن حالات وفاة المحتجزين والمفقودين بصورة تعسفية بالتوافق مع تحديث الحكومة للسجلات المدنية وإصدارها، في بعض الحالات، وثائق وفاة تبيّن سبب الوفاة ولنح ثّكم على اتخاذ خطوات فورية لمواجهة سياسات الحكومة المستمرة في الاعتقال التعسفي وسوء المعاملة والاختفاء القسري بطريقة شاملة وعادلة.

IWOC (2018-08-31). Prison Strike Statement, August 28. indybay.org This is a growing movement and the Nationwide Prison Strike of 2018 is an unparalleled success for prisoner organizing in the modern era. However, it is important that in recognizing that success that we not lose sight of the demands that prisoners have laid out. Each of them is crucial.

SUSC (2018-08-31). Rally for Community Resilience in the face of Climate Disasters and Militarization. indybay.org Alameda County Sheriff's Office | 1401 Lakeside Dr | Oakland, CA 94612…

wsws.org (2018-08-31). Join the International Youth and Students for Social Equality and take up the fight for socialism! wsws.org Join the IYSSE, the only organization fighting against war, authoritarianism and dictatorship, and for the socialist transformation of society.

RT (2018-08-31). Clinton-Yeltsin papers show 1990s 'equal partnership' for what it really was. rt.com Almost 600 pages of transcripts from meetings and phone calls between US President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin paint a picture of a time when the West liked Russia because Moscow did what it was told. |

CGAC (2018-08-31). Creative Growth Magazine Issue 3 Release. indybay.org Creative Growth, 355 24th Street, Oakland 94612…

wsws.org (2018-08-31). Widespread opposition to Australian government ban on Chelsea Manning. wsws.org The attempt to prevent Manning visiting Australia followed a high-level meeting of the Five Eyes spying network, which called for a campaign against those who "sow discord."

Isabelle Bourboulon (2018-08-31). Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming? indybay.org Market ideology has been on the advance since the 1980s. Only a few voices warned of the risks and instability of the liberalized financial markets. The European states mobilized 4.5 trillion euros to prevent their banking system from collapsing. After they profited from the generous bailout packages, the banks began to speculate against the most indebted countries.

wsws.org (2018-08-31). Fifty years since the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia: Part four. wsws.org The intervention by the Pabloite International Secretariat in Eastern Europe in 1968-1985 was facilitated by the degeneration of the British Workers Revolutionary Party.

ESCJ (2018-08-31). Opposition To Brett Kavanaugh Grows. indybay.org In virtually every area of politics, peace, environment, women's rights, minority rights, etc. Brett Kavanaugh has been a pawn of the plutocracy.

amnesty.org (2018-08-31). Further Information: Iran: Iranian Kurd facing imminent execution: Ramin Hossein Panahi. amnesty.org Ramin Hossein Panahi, from Iran's Kurdish minority, was moved to Raja'i Shahr prison in Karaj, Alborz Province, on 13 August in preparation for his execution. He started a hunger strike on 26 August, after which he was immediately removed from the prison's general ward. He has not been heard from since. He is at imminent risk of execution.

wsws.org (2018-08-31). An interview with a relative of Chicago house fire victim. wsws.org WSWS reporters spoke to the great-aunt of 16-year-old Victor Mendoza, one of 10 children killed in Sunday's deadly blaze in Little Village.

wsws.org (2018-08-31). Growing poverty in cities and growing wealth at the top. wsws.org The research presented in The Divided City discredits the claim that promotion of upscale urban downtowns will bring improvement to the lives of workers in post-industrial urban America.

Corina Roberts (2018-08-31). Into the Fire. indybay.org Collaborating across what have become enemy lines is the only way we will develop survivable, sustainable policies and rekindle our relationship with the natural world…

2018-08-31: Social Media Postees

Nicaragua: Sandinistas Demand Justice, Ortega Slams UN
teleSUR/vc-CM | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-31
President Ortega chastized the United Nations Human Rights Council: "For them, these victims (Sandinistas) do not exist."
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/N…

'Pariah' Status Of Trump Solidified As UN Watchdog Reports Iran Continues To Comply With Nuclear Deal
Julia Conley | iranian.com | 2018-08-31
Inspectors revealed Iran is continuing to limit its uranium enrichment as newest round of sanctions take hold of Iranian public [dropcap]U[/dropcap]nited Nations officials reported on Thursday that Iran is still complying with the 2015 nuclear deal it entered into with the Obama administration, three months after President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the agreement. Trump's […] | The post 'Pariah' Status Of Trump Solidified As UN Watchdog…
iranian.com/2018/08/31/pariah-status-of-trump-solidified-as-un-watchdog-reports-iran-continues-to-comply-with-nuclear-deal/

The Tip of the Radiation Disaster Iceberg
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
The World Nuclear Association says its goal is "to increase global support for nuclear energy" and it repeatedly claims on its website: "There have only been three major accidents across 16,000 cumulative reactor-years of operation in 32 countries." The WNA and other nuclear power supporters acknowledge Three Mile Island in 1979 (US), Chernobyl in 1986…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/the-tip-of-the-radiation-disaster-iceberg/

The Economy as a Game of Monopoly
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
As a sociology professor in community college, I have my students play Monopoly. Only, I give them a special, rigged version. There are five players. The wealthiest begins with $5,500, all of the railroads, and the two most valuable properties (Boardwalk and Park Place). The least wealthy begins with about $200 and no property. The…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/the-economy-as-a-game-of-monopoly/

Strange Affinity: How David Foster Wallace Became Enamored With John McCain
Chris Welzenbach | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
The recent passing of John McCain at age 81 resulted in the usual mass media panegyrics, but this time with an odd addition: references to David Foster Wallace and his 2000 essay for Rolling Stone about the late senator and the Straight Talk Express McCain had chartered for his unsuccessful presidential run. Passages from Wallace's essay…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/strange-affinity-how-david-foster-wallace-became-enamored-with-john-mccain/

State Dept. Revokes Passports, Strips Citizenship of Many Born Along U.S.-Mexico Border
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-08-31
The Trump administration claims their birth certificates are fraudulent and they actually were born in Mexico. | The post State Dept. Revokes Passports, Strips Citizenship of Many Born Along U.S.-Mexico Border appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/the-state-dept-denies-passports-to-americans-born-on-the-u-s-mexico-border/

A Horrorshow of Class Politics
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
Opening at theaters nationwide today, "The Little Stranger" is a most unusual blend of class politics and Stephen King-type horror set in a shabby manor house in England called The Hundreds just after the end of WWII. Once home to wealthy aristocrats of the Ayres clan, the 18th century estate now finds itself in the…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/a-horrorshow-of-class-politics/

A Plague on Both Their Houses
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
Donald Trump is a miscreant, worse than any president in modern times. Nevertheless, he is sometimes more right than Democrats and their media flacks. His express views on the multi-lateral institutions that regulate global trade in capitalism's current neoliberal phase are an obvious example. Trump thinks, or says that he thinks, that American workers have been getting a raw deal. He is right.
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/a-plague-on-both-their-houses/

Capitalism Is Beyond Saving, and America Is Living Proof
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2018-08-31
In one of the most prosperous societies ever to exist on earth, nearly half the population is struggling simply to make ends meet. | The post Capitalism Is Beyond Saving, and America Is Living Proof appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/capitalism-is-beyond-saving-and-america-is-living-proof/

Peru's Amazon Indigenous Reach Partial Agreements With Gov't
teleSUR/rfpl-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-31
Thousands of Indigenous people had been on strike for two weeks in Atalaya, central Peru, over a series of demands for the national govermnent.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/P…

Koch Brothers Backed Conservative Archbishop Attacks Pope and "Homosexuals in the Church"
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-31
On the heels of the sexual abuse disclosures conservative Archbishop accuses Pope of hiding sexual abuse and attacks "homosexual underground" in the Church. He is backed by the Koch brothers and other right wing Catholics | The post Koch Brothers Backed Conservative Archbishop Attacks Pope and "Homosexuals in the Church" appeared first on
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Catholic Support for War: Another Child Abuse Scandal
Brian Terrell | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
On August 14, a report from a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania identified 300 Catholic priests across the state who had sexually abused more than 1,000 children. "Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades," the…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/catholic-support-for-war-another-child-abuse-scandal/

The Decade of a Rising China: 10 Years After the Financial Crisis
Jenny Clegg | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
It is 10 years in September since Lehman Brothers went bankrupt bringing global capitalism to the point of collapse. Although the crash did not finally lead to a total meltdown, it triggered a slump of 1930s proportions and for most economies the last decade has been a lost decade of low growth, low investment, low…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/the-decade-of-a-rising-china-10-years-after-the-financial-crisis/

What Future Awaits the Babies of 2018?
Gregory Barrett | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
The Blissful Obliviousness of Today's New Parents Some of you will hate me for what I am about to write. I'm quite accustomed to it. It used to be acceptable to ask questions about what future can be expected for children brought into our world now, this world with its increasingly grim environmental prognosis. At…
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Asia's Shifting Alliances
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
"Boxing the compass" is an old nautical term for locating the points on a magnetic compass in order to set a course. With the erratic winds blowing out of Washington these days, countries all over Asia and the Middle East are boxing the compass and re-evluating traditional foes and old alliances. India and Pakistan have…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/asias-shifting-alliances/

Iraq Should be a Much Bigger Part of McCain's Legacy Than "Civility"
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
In the last days of his life, an old video of John McCain surfaced on the internet. It's 2008. He's running for president and fielding questions from voters in Minnesota. A middle-aged woman takes the microphone. "I can't trust Obama," she complains of McCain's Democratic opponent. "He's an Arab." The Arizona Republican shakes his head.
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/iraq-should-be-a-much-bigger-part-of-mccains-legacy-than-civility/

Argentina Hikes Interest Rate to 60% as Peso Crashes
teleSUR / MH | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-31
The currency hit a new record low Thursday of 39 pesos per U.S. dollar, making it the world's worst-performing currency.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/A…

Chile: Police Block March by Relatives of the Disappeared
teleSUR/vc-CM | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-31
Relatives of the people disappeared by Pinochet's United States-backed dictatorship are being prevented from reaching the presidential palace.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/C…

Trump's FTC Releases Nearly 500 Pages of Material on Conflicts of Interest — and Redacts It All
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-08-31
There are a lot of questions to be asked about Andrew Smith, who was recently installed to head the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection. Given that Smith previously worked for four years at the law firm Covington & Burling, representing an enormous number of corporate clients, including companies under active investigation by the FTC — including Equifax, Uber, and Facebook — one of those questions is: How will the FTC ensure against conflicts of interest? | Smith's financial disclosure form, obtained by Public Citizen, lists his work on behalf of big banks, payday lenders, pawn shops, credit reporting companies, pharmaceutical firms, and perhaps worst of all, the Dallas Cowboys. | So Public Citizen filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all documents related to Smith's financial disclosure and potential conflicts of interest, as well as how the…
theintercept.com/2018/08/31/ftc-andrew-smith-conflict-of-interest/

With Korean Peace Talks Inherently Fragile, a Little Washington Sabotage Goes a Long Way
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-31
In Beijing, observers are urging vigilance as the U.S. appears dead-set on sabotaging the peace process, endangering not only regional stability but also the warming relationship between the governments of Xi Jinping and President Moon Jae-in. | The post With Korean Peace Talks Inherently Fragile, a Little Washington Sabotage Goes a Long Way appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/with-korean-peace-talks-inherently-fragile-a-little-washington-sabotage-goes-a-long-way/248556/

Redeveloping Historical Awareness on Kashmir
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
Although the first Muslim Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah viewed the accession of the State to India as a strategic and pragmatic necessity, and sought to justify it by deploying the rhetoric of socialism and secularism, he continued to harbor hopes for the creation of a sovereign Kashmir. In October 1949,…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/redeveloping-historical-awareness-on-kashmir/

Our Economy is More Concentrated Than Ever
Jim Hightower | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
America's political history has been written in the fierce narrative of war. Not our country's many military clashes with foreign nations, but our own unending war for democracy in the United States. Generation after generation of moneyed elites have persisted in trying to take wealth and power from the workaday majority and concentrate both in…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/our-economy-is-more-concentrated-than-ever/

The Atlas Network Against Latin America
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
The Latin American Freedom Forum, took place in 2017 in Buenos Aires with the participation of President Mauricio Macri and Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa. It discussed a strategy to defeat socialism at all levels, with tactics ranging from camp battles on university campuses to nationwide mobilization to force the removal of a constitutional government…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/the-atlas-network-against-latin-america/

US Military Presence in Northern Syria: Towards A No Fly Zone
Martin Berger | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
It would seem that the proxy war that Washington has been waging on Syria has been nothing but a terrible, humiliating mess, but instead of calling it quits the White House …
globalresearch.ca/us-military-presence-in-northern-syria-towards-a-no-fly-zone/5652375

I Want to Go to a College That Punishes for Rape
Liza Donnally | thenation.com | 2018-08-31
I Want to Go to a College That Punishes for Rape appeared first on The Nation.
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Trump's Fake Boom: Growing Despair Amidst Insecure Economic Recovery
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
It's now almost a decade since the last fiscal crisis, launching what was dubbed the "Great Recession." It wreaked havoc on the U.S. banking system and the housing market, leaving millions of Americans is desperate free-fall. While many conventional economic indicators suggest that the economy has rebounded, a significant portion of the American public feel stuck, their futures looking bleak.
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/trumps-fake-boom-growing-despair-amidst-insecure-economic-recovery/

Fifteen Ways the Democrats Can Lose the November Elections
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
1. Focus on Donald Trump's personal scandals, the Russian interference, and Trump's outrageous and hugely distracting daily tweets. 2. Overlook what Trump's henchmen are specifically doing to cause more deaths, injuries, and disease. Ignore this administration's efforts to scuttle health and safety standards; stop law enforcement against corporate outlaws who pollute the environment, marketplace, and workplace; take…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/fifteen-ways-the-democrats-can-lose-the-november-elections/

Israeli Navy Damages A Palestinian Fishing Boat
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-31
An Israeli navy ship fired, on Thursday evening, live rounds at a Palestinian fishing boat in the Sudaniyya Sea area, west of Gaza city, causing serious damage to the boat, in addition to spraying the fishermen and their boat with water cannons. The fishermen said the navy attacked them with …

Israeli Navy Damages A Palestinian Fishing Boat

Saeed Moshfegh has been studying in the U.S. legally for 7 years. Bank of America froze his account anyway
The Miami Herald | iranian.com | 2018-08-31
Saeed Moshfegh woke up earlier this month to discover the strangest thing: though he had plenty of money in his Bank of America account, he couldn't access it. An Iranian getting his Ph.D in physics at the University of Miami, Moshfegh used the account for everyday transactions. All he had to do to maintain the […] | The post Saeed Moshfegh has been studying in the U.S. legally for 7 years. Bank of America froze his account anyway appeared first on The Iranian
iranian.com/2018/08/31/bank-of-america-froze-saeed-moshfegh-account/

Resolving the "Serbian Question" – A 19th-Century Project
DVBS | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
Read Part I here. | Ethnolinguistic Serbdom | Serbia's Prince Milo?'s schemes to solve the "Serbian Question" were based exclusively on the historical (state) rights of the Serbs. However, during his …
globalresearch.ca/resolving-the-serbian-question-a-19th-century-project/5652341

Hondurans Protest Against Gov't on Day of the Disappeared
teleSUR / vc-MH | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-31
Among their demands are new presidential elections and a constituent assembly.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/H…

American Militarism, a Bi-Partisan Affair
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, my own government." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/american-militarism-a-bi-partisan-affair/

1968: I Certainly Wasn't the Whole World, But I was Watch
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
The year 1968 was the year my life became political. The week of August 25 — 29 was a crucial few days in that development. I wasn't in college and I wasn't in high school. I was in Junior High. My father was on his way to Vietnam and I was not a happy camper. The…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/1968-i-certainly-wasnt-the-whole-world-but-i-was-watch/

In the Year of the Pig: the Real Vietnam War Heroes
Ann Garrison | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
I'll be glad if I never hear John McCain's name again, but his death made me look back and try once more to understand the US War with the Vietnamese People's Army, whose anti-aircraft gunners shot him out of the sky during his 23 bombing raids over North Vietnam. On the "KPFA Radio "Sunday Show,"
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/in-the-year-of-the-pig-the-real-vietnam-war-heroes/

Another Scandal in the All-Male Priesthood
Roy Bourgeois | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
As a Catholic priest, I did the unspeakable. I called for the ordination of women in the church. The Vatican was swift in its response. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith informed me that I was "causing grave scandal" in the church and that I had 30 days to recant my public support…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/another-scandal-in-the-all-male-priesthood/

Revisiting the Spirit of 1968
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
I was a hippie/bicycle delivery boy living in San Francisco when the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago 50 years ago, so I absorbed the chaos, the police riot, from half a continent away, but I knew with absolute certainty that the nation was changing and I was part of it. We were in…
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Why McCain Lost: a Flashback
Jeffrey St. Clair, Alexander Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
After a week of media fawning, flags racing up and down staffs, and memorials coast-to-coast, John McCain will finally be laid to rest this weekend in Annapolis amid eulogies from George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Give McCain some credit for using the occasion of his funeral to illustrate vividly that there's less than a…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/why-mccain-lost-a-flashback/

The Brexit "Who Dunnit?"
Julian Vigo | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
OK, I admit it: I couldn't follow this season's Westworld and got more and more lost as each episode moved deeper into a narrative veered further into the multi-temporal, back-and-forth trajectories. I gave up after the fourth episode. And this is exactly how if feel about many subjects that cause my eyes to glaze over…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/the-brexit-who-dunnit/

How Israel Spies on US Citizens
Alain Gresh | thenation.com | 2018-08-31
How Israel Spies on US Citizens appeared first on The Nation.
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I Want to Explore Polyamory, My Partner Doesn't. What Should I Do?
Liza Featherstone | thenation.com | 2018-08-31
I Want to Explore Polyamory, My Partner Doesn't. What Should I Do? appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/i-want-to-explore-polyamory-my-partner-doesnt-what-should-i-do/

Some thoughts on Blackkklansman
Boots Riley | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
[Because it is difficult to read Sorry to Bother You director Boots Riley's critique of Spike Lee's Blackkklansman as screen grabs on twitter, the full text is reposted here.]…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/28/18817187.php

School Workers: What Did Our Unions Do on Our Summer Vacation?
Rich Gibson | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
Our Unions and Capital The two school worker unions, the huge National Education Association (NEA) and the smaller American Federation of Teachers (AFT), met in conventions in mid-summer, the NEA over the July 4th weekend, AFT shortly thereafter. NEA, with about 3 million members, is the nation's largest union by far. It's also a $300…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/school-workers-what-did-our-unions-do-on-our-summer-vacation/

Taking it Global
CMFP | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
Strengthening & Expanding Current Power Structures Utilizing the Language & Principles of New Power If power dominated through hierarchy and coercion — the emergent "new power" model dominates with influence and persuasion. And while this has been achieved for some decades now by the NGOs that comprise the non-profit industrial, more and more corporations, institutions…
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Israeli Soldiers Open Fire At Return Camp In Southern Gaza
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-31
Israeli soldiers fired, on Friday morning, live rounds at the Great Return Camp, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Media sources said the soldiers, stationed on military towers near the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis, fired many live rounds at the Palestinians, and …

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire At Return Camp In Southern Gaza

Trump Deathwatch, the Latest Edition
CJ Hopkins | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
The latest "Trump Deathwatch" began on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. It began in a courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, when Paul Manafort, sleazebag beltway operator and former chairman of Trump's campaign, was pronounced guilty by a jury of his peers on ten counts of various types of fraud — tax fraud, bank fraud, and failure to…
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Killing for Coal (Literally)
Basav Sen | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
In August 1921, sheriff's deputies in West Virginia — later joined by federal troops — massacred striking mineworkers using machine guns and aerial bombardment, in what's now known as the Battle of Blair Mountain. Nearly a century later, the government is again going to war in support of mine owners by deregulating coal-fired power plants.
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No More Forgotten Wars: End US Support for Saudi Coalition War Crimes in Yemen
Jared Keyel | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
If the US were to follow the rules of warfare written into US military law and treaties to which the US is a party, the US must immediately end its support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen. We should also marshal all of its diplomatic tools to end the conflict. Since 2015, Saudi Arabia,…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/no-more-forgotten-wars-end-us-support-for-saudi-coalition-war-crimes-in-yemen/

The Free Press, the Free Market and the Tooth Fairy
Frank Scott | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." — A.J. Liebling As major capitalist media claim threats to a free press tradition in America, the screams for mercy emanating from establishment sources have been accompanied by yelping from some alleged alternative voices from what often amounts to the anti-social online world. At…
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Mapuche Mayor Resigns in Protest Against Landfill in Chile
teleSUR/rfpl-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-31
The Mapuche community of Collipulli occupied the city hall of Reinaco to demand support from the local mayor, Juan C. Reinao.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/M…

Taxpayers are Footing the Bill for Sky-High CEO Pay
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
Politicians often gab about the "private sector" and the "public sector," as if these two categories of economic activity operated as two completely separate worlds. In reality, these two sectors have always been deeply intertwined. How deeply? Every year, the federal government spends about half a trillion dollars buying goods and services from the private…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/taxpayers-are-footing-the-bill-for-sky-high-ceo-pay/

Spain's Sanchez Offers Colombia Help to Secure Peace With ELN
teleSUR/LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-31
Colombia's President Ivan Duque, who is evaluating whether to continue the peace talks, said he will happily consider Spain's offer if the ELN stops all violence.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/S…

Psychologist Factors for War
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
As the bellicose war of words between the United States and Iran continues, it is useful to reflect on the influence of psychological factors on war. In this light, a return to the classic literature is pertinent. In 1895, Gustave Le Bon, a French social psychologist, published a seminal book on the psychology of crowds,…
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Can Cities Pave the Way Toward a Universal Basic Income?
Sophie Kasakove | thenation.com | 2018-08-31
Can Cities Pave the Way Toward a Universal Basic Income? appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/can-cities-pave-the-way-toward-a-universal-basic-income/

Revised NAFTA Shows Every Sign of Being Another Trump Scam
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
If the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement were good for working people, its content wouldn't be hidden. Just what the Trump administration and the Mexican government of Enrique Peña Nieto have cooked up we do not know, but given the proclivities of both it is not likely to be good. That the hurried-up deal…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/revised-nafta-shows-every-sign-of-being-another-trump-scam/

Grappling With the Racism of the DSA's Founders
Andrew Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
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The Mourning of McCain
Paul Edwards | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
The commedia dell'arte mourning of McCain is in full bloom. In a vulgar orgy of pompous, bathetic praise from Congress and the media, he is being piously canonized. To counter this shameless obsequy by attacking him for what he actually was would be an exercise in futility, just as the endless ad hominem hatchet jobs…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/the-mourning-of-mccain/

Republican Candidates are Paying a Fossil Fuels Conglomerate for Voter Data Mining
Pam Martens | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
Koch Industries is a fossil fuels conglomerate with estimated revenues of more than $100 billion annually and 130,000 employees spread around the globe. It's one of the largest, private corporations in the world with a history of funding nonprofit front groups and political candidates who are climate change skeptics. Typically, political payments go in one direction from this behemoth: from the Koch Industries Super Pac (KochPac) to Republican political candidates or political committees. Now, quietly, political payments are going in both directions, effectively creating an Orwellian campaign finance model.
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/republican-candidates-are-paying-a-fossil-fuels-conglomerate-for-voter-data-mining/

Literature Can Displace Anthropology
Barbara Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
When I found myself well into my career as an anthropologist specializing in Himalayan peoples, I came across an historical episode concerning two no-longer living but obviously brilliant women who had performed remarkable political feats in the early 20thcentury. I undertook to uncover their stories, determined first because inspired by feminist revelations, I myself was…
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Iran vs America: The History Of Scars Behind This Long-Running Conflict
Paul Rogers | iranian.com | 2018-08-31
A weakened leader in a powerful country can be a recipe for danger. Donald Trump's encroaching legal troubles might prove just the time for a seriously big international crisis, even a bit of a war. The obvious choice is Iran, and Trump may well have been heading that way even before his latest problems with […] | The post Iran vs America: The History Of Scars Behind This Long-Running Conflict appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/08/31/iran-america-history-of-conflict/

Who is Behind Nicaragua's Turmoil?
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-08-31
This fourth part of the debate was cut out of the original debate due to length considerations. However we present the cut segment of the debate upon the request of Mary Ellsberg. It deals with the details of an analysis of who is responsible for the death of protesters in Nicaragua. Viewers who saw the… | The post Who is Behind Nicaragua's Turmoil? appeared first on
therealnews.com/stories/who-is-behind-nicaraguas-turmoil

Venezuela: Top Prosecutor Receives 140 Cases of Economic Crimes
teleSUR / MH | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-31
The complaints report crimes of price speculation, hoarding, and economic destabilization.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/V…

John McCain's Imperial Complex
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
Obituaries are not the best places to identify faults unless they assume the form of a hatchet job. The opposite is more often the case: worshipful and respectful to the point of being cloying. As the tears dry, and the sobs of reflection pass, the figure transmogrifies. For a politician, aspects of the hero are…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/john-mccains-imperial-complex/

Video: Who Was Pope Francis Before He Became Pope?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
How Father Jorge Maria Bergoglio supported Argentina's military junta's "Dirty War" in the 1970s was known and documented prior to his accession to Vatican. | Image: Father Bergoglio with General Jorge Videla, Argentina, 1970s | The media was complicit through omission. The …
globalresearch.ca/video-who-was-pope-francis-before-he-became-pope/5652452

Brexit: Stop the Sabotage
Will Podmore | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
Imagine that as a trade union negotiator you go in to see the employer and the first thing you do is kneel down in front of him.Next you tell him that you don't want to be doing this; you voted against doing this, but the members made you do it. And you tell him that…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/brexit-stop-the-sabotage/

10 Richest Mexicans Earn More than 50 Percent of Public: ECLAC
teleSUR/mrs-MH | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-31
"We are talking about 10 people having the same as 60 million Mexicans," said ECLAC rector, Enrique Graue Wiechers.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/1…

"Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior:" Commodity Fetishism, Security, and Social Media
James Munson | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
In Don Delillo's prescient 1985 novel, White Noise, the protagonist encounters a 'Simulated Evacuation (SIMUVAC) Team' that's had to respond to a real emergency. Hearing them debate whether reality makes a good-enough simulation of reality to fulfill their true job, he asks what they'd have done if it had been a 'real fake incident?' Every…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/coordinated-inauthentic-behavior-commodity-fetishism-security-and-social-media/

A Disingenuous Congressional Election Ahead
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
"[T]he last four decades have seen shareholders take home larger and larger slices of the economic pie." — Bryce Covert and Mike Konczal, "Economy in the Stocks," The Nation, Sept 10/17, 2018 We know why dividend recipients who live on return on investment (le ROI) and not wages are Trump supporters, though they may hold their…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/a-disingenuous-congressional-election-ahead/

Guatemala Weighs Controversial Bill Banning 'Gender Ideology'
teleSUR/rfpl-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-31
Bill 5272 to 'protect family and life' would ban abortion, same-sex marriage, and protect anyone from being forced to believe in 'gender ideology.'…
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/G…

The Irishmen Who Fought in the Last Great Battle Against Spanish Fascism
Pauline Murphy | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
In the Autumn of 1938, the Battle of the Ebro signalled the death knell of the Spanish Republic. The Ebro River which flows east from Catalonia to the Mediterranean Sea played host to the last great battle of the Spanish Civil War which saw destruction and death. Thousands died, including civilians and fighters on both…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/the-irishmen-who-fought-in-the-last-great-battle-against-spanish-fascism/

Good Riddance Warmonger…8-28-18 Mouse Report
DJ Mouse | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
Nauseated by the press' drooling worship of a fortunate son…demonic glee behind star spangled eyes …ALWAYS sending us off to war..Julian Assange responds to MSM ax murdering vampire zombie mind fork brain surgeons ..after Queen of Peace throws monkey wrench into my horror show (38 min.)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/28/18817190.php

Arsène Tchakarian (1916-2018): the Manouchian Group's resistance struggle
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
There is no doubt that the Stalinists' decision to sacrifice the Manouchian Group was bound up with their genocidal onslaught against Trotskyism and the Left Opposition.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

100 years since the birth of American filmmaker Robert Aldrich
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
Robert Aldrich, an important postwar American film director, was born a century ago on August 9, 1918 in Cranston, Rhode Island. He died in December 1983.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

Teachers, students, and public education funding: the walking tour
David Giesen | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
the American Youth Hostel | 312 Mason Street | San Francisco | (meet in the lobby)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/27/18817173.php

ArtAuction18: Transforming Art Into Action
Coalition on Homelessness | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94103)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/28/18817182.php

Belarus: Detention of journalists, harassment of independent media and new unduly restrictive legislation mark a low point for freedom of expression
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-08-31
The right to freedom of expression in Belarus has been dealt a series of severe blows in recent weeks, as the authorities' crusade against journalists and independent media outlets continues. The latest moves by the Belarusian authorities demonstrate their resolve to eliminate all critical voices in the country and deprive people in Belarus of the opportunity to freely access, share and disseminate information and ideas.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur49/9026/2018/en/

Growing poverty in cities and growing wealth at the top
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
The research presented in The Divided City discredits the claim that promotion of upscale urban downtowns will bring improvement to the lives of workers in post-industrial urban America.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

Neither Dead Nor Alive
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-08-31
amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2018/08/neither-dead-nor-alive-mena-disappeared/

Reject the anti-Semitism slurs against Jeremy Corbyn! Drive out the Labour Party right wing!
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
The lying campaign to paint Corbyn as an anti-Semite aims to discredit socialism in the hope of preventing any challenge by the working class to austerity and war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

US Steel workers rally in Pittsburgh area
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
Steelworkers rallying outside of the Clairton Works spoke to the WSWS about their determination to fight US Steel's concession demands.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

Where are they? Their loved ones deserve to know
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-08-31
amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2018/08/disappeared-in-africa/

Coastal Cleanup Day: Beach Flats Cleanup
Areperia831 | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
Poet's Park in Beach Flats neighborhood at 200 Raymond St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 directions can be found at goo.gl/maps/SzFV8Ehpmg72
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/29/18817199.php

Large turnout for San Quentin action in support of National Prison Strike
Jon Britton, Liberation News | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/28/18817186.php

Prison Strike Statement, August 28
IWOC | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
This is a growing movement and the Nationwide Prison Strike of 2018 is an unparalleled success for prisoner organizing in the modern era. However, it is important that in recognizing that success that we not lose sight of the demands that prisoners have laid out. Each of them is crucial.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/29/18817206.php

Into the Fire
Corina Roberts | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
Collaborating across what have become enemy lines is the only way we will develop survivable, sustainable policies and rekindle our relationship with the natural world…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/29/18817198.php

Religious Development Group Responds to US/Mexico Trade Deal
Lydia Andrews | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
President Trump announced on Monday that the United States reached a trade deal with Mexico that replaces the previous North American Free Trade Agreement, also known as NAFTA. As the announcement took place, religious groups met with the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) on the agreement.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/27/18817170.php

Organizing Meeting for Prop 10 – Affordable Housing for All!
PFSL | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
2969 Mission St., between 25th and 26th Sts.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/29/18817192.php

Rally for Community Resilience in the face of Climate Disasters and Militarization
SUSC | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
Alameda County Sheriff's Office | 1401 Lakeside Dr | Oakland, CA 94612…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/29/18817207.php

Ukraine: Ensure All Pensioners Have Access to Benefits
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-08-31
Pensioners queuing in front of a state bank branch in government-controlled Stanitsa Luhanska. March 22, 2018. | © 2018 Tanya Cooper | (Kyiv) — Ukraine's policy requiring pensioners from separatist-controlled parts of eastern
hrw.org/news/2018/08/31/ukraine-ensure-all-pensioners-have-access-benefits

Fifty years since the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia: Part four
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
The intervention by the Pabloite International Secretariat in Eastern Europe in 1968-1985 was facilitated by the degeneration of the British Workers Revolutionary Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

Widespread opposition to Australian government ban on Chelsea Manning
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
The attempt to prevent Manning visiting Australia followed a high-level meeting of the Five Eyes spying network, which called for a campaign against those who "sow discord."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

An interview with a relative of Chicago house fire victim
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
WSWS reporters spoke to the great-aunt of 16-year-old Victor Mendoza, one of 10 children killed in Sunday's deadly blaze in Little Village.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

Environmental Leaders Endorse Leif Dautch for San Francisco District Attorney
Dautch for DA | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
Environmental leaders from San Francisco and across California are rallying behind Leif Dautch's insurgent campaign to be the next District Attorney of San Francisco.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/29/18817196.php

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

Democratic Congressional candidate says Trump is like Bin Laden — audio recording
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-31
A recording in which an Illinois Democrat running for Congress appears to say US President Donald Trump and Al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden have "a tremendous amount in common," has been made public.
rt.com/usa/437306-trump-bin-laden-terrorist-comparison/

Two construction workers killed in scaffolding collapse near Disney World
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
What the official investigations will not expose is that the deaths of Bell and Zavala have a deeper cause: the profit interests of JW Marriott, DCS, and PCL.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

3 9/11 Truth Live Video Streams for the Sept 11th anniversary
Allan Rees | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
Live Video Stream on the Web…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/29/18817200.php

Creative Growth Magazine Issue 3 Release
CGAC | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
Creative Growth, 355 24th Street, Oakland 94612…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/30/18817216.php

Big Ag billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick donate $100,000 to Yes on Prop. 3
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
The Resnicks and Jerry Meral are leading advocates for the construction of the Delta Tunnels, a massive public works project that opponents say will destroy the Delta ecosystem and West Coast fisheries. Meral, in a moment of candor, infamously said in 2013, "The Delta cannot be saved."
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/27/18817178.php

City Council Candidates: Boycott the Santa Mierda Hate Forum
NHSC | indybay.org | 2018-08-31
Dear Santa Cruz City Council Candidates: This is a call for you to boycott the Santa Mierda homeless hate blog and the council candidates forum proposed recently on social media by the blog's semi-anonymous author, "Ben Dover". Please do not associate yourself in any way with the hatred that is spewed in the blog. There is no named author listed on the Santa Mierda blog's web pages, but the primary contributor's identity was revealed in 2017 by former Santa Cruz County Supervisorial candidate Bob Lamonica as being Steve Schlicht, the communication director of Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC). Schlicht (and TBSC by pro…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/29/18817202.php

Immigrant mother sues for $40 million after child dies following ICE detainment
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
The death of Mariee Juarez is one more casualty in the Trump administration's brutal war on immigrants.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…