Daily Archives: August 16, 2018

2018-08-16: News Headlines

Sonali Kolhatkar (2018-08-16). Women of Color Are Making History Ahead of Midterms. truthdig.com It has been a banner year for women running in elections across the country in state house, gubernatorial and congressional races. But women of color, who have been so dramatically underrepresented in the halls of power for so long, are making particularly significant gains. What's even more exciting is that many of them are going beyond standard identity politics and espousing strongly progressive positions. While the more important battles will come in November's general elections, the primary races have already indicated that we are witnessing a game-changing moment in the nation's political landscape. | Much has been written about the breakout star of the New York primary, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who stunned the nation in an overwhelming victory against top Democrat Joe Crowley in the Bronx and Queens for a House seat. The 28-year-old self-identified Democratic socialist of Puerto Rican heritage, who is expected…

Vijay Prashad (2018-08-16). Samir Amin: Death of a Marxist. counterpunch.org On Sunday, August 12, Samir Amin died. With him went a generation of Egyptian Marxists who came of age in the time of Nasserism and departed with the world in tatters. Amin was born in 1931 in Cairo. He was doing his PhD in Paris when Gamal Abdel Nasser and the Free Officers overthrew the More

Middle East Monitor (2018-08-16). Rare Admission: Khamenei Admits Mistake For Permitting Nuclear Negotiations. iranian.com Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has admitted he made a mistake in allowing the country's foreign minister to speak to his US counterpart during negotiations that led to a 2015 international nuclear agreement. International sanctions on Iran were lifted when the pact with world powers came into force in 2016, but the expected level of foreign […]

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-08-16). RESPECT: Here Are 5 of Aretha Franklin's Most Important Contributions to Civil Rights. alternet.org The "Queen of Soul" died Thursday. | Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin—who battled pancreatic cancer and other severe health problems—has died, her publicist told the Associated Press Thursday. August 16, 2018Aretha Franklin, who was 76, is among the most iconic and influential R&B singers of all time. Many of her hits, from "Chain of Fools" in 1967 to "Think" in 1968 to "Day Dreaming" in 1972, are staples of classic soul. But. . .

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-08-16). Here's How the Catholic Church's Patriarchal Ideology Breed Predators. alternet.org The church's problem is male dominance. | The Catholic Church sex abuse scandals are often talked about as if they are in the past, but this summer has been a reminder that this horror show continues to unspool, 16 years after the Boston Globe's famous "Spotlight" series exposing the cover-up first ran. This week. . .

teleSUR/mrs-LJS (2018-08-16). Mexican Writer Wins Literary Award for US Immigration Critique. telesurtv.net The collection of short stories was published for its Latin audience under the title 'Los Niños Perdidos' (The Lost Children).

Staff (2018-08-16). Soil Microbes Speed up Global Warming. truthdig.com They're microscopic, but soil microbes play a massive role in the climate machinery. New research suggests they may be warming the world more than ever.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-08-16). "Unite the Right 2" Showed Growth of Anti-Fascism and Police Response. truthout.org August has seen a rash of confrontations as far-right ensembles — from open white nationalists to radical right anti-immigrant and anti-LGBT groups — hit the streets and are met by massive community contingents. The story has evolved from one of opposing street contingents to a mass anti-fascist upswell in cities around the US — a point that has been eclipsed by allegations of massive police overreach on protests meant to halt the rise of the far right. | Last weekend saw far-right activists convene in Washington, DC, on the one-year anniversary of the first "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. An estimated 40 "alt-right" supporters turned out for "Unite the Right 2," and counter-protesters showed up in larger numbers. "Their rally happened, but it was clearly [outnumbered] 300 to 1," said Scott Brown, an organizer with Shut It Down DC, the coalition…

Andrew Fan (2018-08-16). Chicago Police Are 14 Times More Likely to Use Force Against Young Black Men Than Against Whites. theintercept.com Internal Chicago police files document thousands of police uses of force over more than a decade. Nearly 90 percent were against people of color.

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-08-16). Atenco Demands AMLO Cancel New Mexico City Airport. telesurtv.net The People's Front in Defense of Land-Atenco (FPDT) has opposed the airport since 2014 and consistently asked Lopez Obrador to honor his campaign promises.

Mark Engler (2018-08-16). The World of Eduardo Galeano. thenation.com The World of Eduardo Galeano appeared first on The Nation.

teleSUR/mrs-LJS (2018-08-16). Bolivia's President Evo Morales: 'The People Want Me To Return'. telesurtv.net "I want to return to my region to harvest coca, that's the great desire I have, but it is not easy to reject it when the people push you," President Evo Morales said.

Whitney Webb (2018-08-16). Lockheed Martin Awarded Over $3 Billion in Govt Contracts in Just Two Days, As Military Frets About Russian, Chinese Advances. mintpressnews.com Concern about new Russian and Chinese hypersonic missile systems is not merely related to fears that the U.S. rivals will "outshine" in terms of technological superiority.

Mr. Fish (2018-08-16). Light My Fire. truthdig.com

Jamie Kalven (2018-08-16). Invisible Institute Relaunches the Citizens Police Data Project. theintercept.com The long effort by the Invisible Institute to gain access to internal police files is an important chapter in the struggle for civil rights in Chicago.

Barbara Myers (2018-08-16). Emmy Glory Won't Solve Lingering Problems With 'The Vietnam War'. truthdig.com Historically questionable aspects of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's celebrated series raise issues about the renowned documentarians' responsibility to the public.

IMEMC News (2018-08-16). Detainee Continues Hunger Strike For Twelfth Day. imemc.org The Palestinian Detainees' Committee has reported, Thursday, that a detainee is ongoing with a hunger strike for the twelfth consecutive day, demanding to be released due to various health issues. The committee stated that the detainee, Omar Hashem Ahmad al-Khatib, 60, is from Jabalia, in the northern part of the […]…

IMEMC News (2018-08-16). Israeli Soldiers Attack Detainees In Galboa' Prison. imemc.org The Palestinian Detainees' Committee has reported that undercover soldiers of the Israeli Prison Authority attacked, Thursday, several Palestinian detainees in Galboa' prison. The committee added that the attack took place in Section 3 of Galboa, when dozens of soldiers invaded it, and conducted violent searches of the detainees are their […]…

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2018-08-16). The Democratic Insurgency Is Winning the War of Ideas. thenation.com The Democratic Insurgency Is Winning the War of Ideas appeared first on The Nation.

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-08-16). Saudi-Canada Diplomatic Row Obscures Canada's Support for the Deadly War on Yemen. therealnews.com Canadian Journalist Anthony Fenton Explains Canada's Extensive Arms Sales to the Saudi Autocracy

IMEMC News (2018-08-16). PPS: "Israeli Soldiers Abduct 13 Palestinians In The West Bank" imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, thirteen Palestinians, including three children and one woman, from several parts of the occupied West Bank. The soldiers invaded and violently searched dozens of homes, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards. One […]…

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-08-16). This Is the GOP's Secret Plan to Use Trump's Impeachment to Keep the White House: Report. alternet.org "Well-respected thinkers believe that the more extreme the Democrats go, the more middle of the road voters will gravitate to Trump. " | In interviews with Politico, an assortment of Republicans admit they are willing to concede the House to the Democrats in the 2018 midterms based on the belief that a move to impeach President. . .

Shared by Cherise (2018-08-16). Our Election Systems Are in Trouble. truthout.org Every year 25,000 hackers gather in Las Vegas at a convention known as DEF CON. Although there are no guarantees, the notion is that most of the attendees are "white hat hackers," specialists who break into protected systems in a benign exercise to improve security. They stand in contrast to "black hat hackers," who break into systems and do something malicious. | The major story out of last year's conference was a Voting Village in which hackers were invited to penetrate more than 25 pieces of election equipment, including voting machines and electronic pollbooks. The results were grim. According to a report on the Voting Village, "By the end of the conference, every piece of equipment in the Voting Village was effectively breached in some manner. Participants with little prior knowledge and only limited tools and resources were quite…

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2018-08-16). Refugees, Immigrants, and Donald Trump: Viet Thanh Nguyen. thenation.com Refugees, Immigrants, and Donald Trump: Viet Thanh Nguyen appeared first on The Nation.

Calvin Trillin (2018-08-16). Manafort and Gates. thenation.com Manafort and Gates appeared first on The Nation.

IMEMC News (2018-08-16). Israel Plans To Turn A Jordan Valley Military Base Into A Colony. imemc.org Palestinian researcher and human rights activists, Aref Daraghma, has reported that Israel is planning to turn a military base, in the Northern Plains of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, into an illegal colony. Daraghma quoted Israeli human rights groups stating that Tel Aviv is planning to settle […]…

IMEMC News (2018-08-16). Al-Arakib Village Demolished For The 132nd Time. imemc.org Israeli bulldozers demolished, Thursday, the al-Arakib 'unrecognized' Bedouin village, in the Negev, for the 132th consecutive time, and abducted three Palestinians. Media sources said dozens of officers surrounded the village, before demolishing and removing residential structures and tents, in addition to barns. They added that the police also abducted Sheikh […]…

The Conversation (2018-08-16). I Went From Prison to Professor — Here's Why Criminal Records Should Not Be Used to Keep People Out of College. alternet.org Stanley Andrisse was once branded a career criminal and served time in prison. Today, he is a professor at two medical schools and an advocate for higher education for those who've served time. | Beginning next year, the Common Application — an online form that enables students to apply to the 800 or so colleges that use it — will no longer Yves Engler (2018-08-16). Will Trudeau Stand Up to Mohammad bin Salman? counterpunch.org As every good poker player knows, sometimes the right move is to go all in. Given his cards and the obvious over-the-top attempt by his opponent to scare him off a winning hand, Justin Trudeau's next move should be to see Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's (aka MBS) diplomatic break and raise him a wide-ranging More

IMEMC News (2018-08-16). Israeli Navy Attacks Fishing Boats, Abducts Four Fishermen And Confiscate Their Boat. imemc.org Israeli navy ships attacked, on Thursday morning, Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters near Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the besieged coastal region, before abducting four fishermen, and confiscating their boat. Nizar Ayyash, the secretary of the Palestinian Fishermen's Syndicate, said the navy attacked the boats before […]…

Steve Karnowski (2018-08-16). Victory offers Muslim candidate new platform to oppose Trump. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump, meet Ilhan Omar. Just two years ago, the Minnesota Democrat became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature. Now she's likely to become one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. And she says one of her top priorities will be r…

Larry Atkins (2018-08-16). Why Parkland Students, Not Trump, Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. counterpunch.org Many people were quick to award President Trump the Nobel Peace Prize for his photo-op with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June. Now it is evident that, at best, he merely deserves a participation trophy. Instead, the next Nobel Prize should be awarded to the Parkland students. While it's a positive thing that More

Whitney Webb (2018-08-16). UN Report Finds ISIS Given "Breathing Space" in US-Occupied Areas of Syria. mintpressnews.com By maintaining an ISIS pocket in the territory it occupies, the U.S. can continue to justify its illegal presence in the country for the long-term, ultimately substituting Iran for ISIS as its new regional boogeyman.

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-08-16). Former Chief White House Ethics Lawyer: If Trump Forces Mueller Into a Subpoena Fight, He Will Lose. alternet.org Trump's allies frequently complain how long the Mueller investigation is taking. Norm Eisen explains a simple way Trump could speed it up. | An ongoing complaint Republicans have about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is that it is supposedly taking too long and he should " wrap it up. "To be clear, Mueller's investigation has not lasted nearly. . .

PCHR (2018-08-16). Gaza Strip: Attacks in the border areas and their consequences. imemc.org The term "buffer zone" in land and at sea is used for land and sea areas, which were unilaterally and illegally declared by Israeli forces as areas with no access along the eastern and northern borders and in the sea of the Gaza Strip following the Israeli Disengagement Plan in […]…

IMEMC Agencies (2018-08-16). Israeli authorities approve 20,000 new settlement units in Jerusalem. imemc.org An Israeli project to construct 20,000 new Jewish-only settlement units in Jerusalem was approved by Israeli authorities on Wednesday, according to Israeli media sources. The cost of the new settlement construction will be 1.4 billion shekels ($379 million), and the units will be spread across East Jerusalem, in Palestinian neighborhoods […]…

IMEMC News (2018-08-16). Illegal Colonists Settlers Start Preparing Road For Outpost. imemc.org On Thursday, a group of Israeli colonists, illegally living on Palestinian lands in the West Bank's Plains, started the preparation work for paving a road leading to their illegal colony. Palestinian human rights activist 'Aref Daraghma, said the colonists started laying down the foundation of a new road which they […]…

Our Readers, Stephanie Burt, Carmen Giménez Smith (2018-08-16). Letters From the September 10-17, 2018, Issue. thenation.com Our Readers, Stephanie Burt, Carmen Giménez Smith Letters From the September 10-17, 2018, Issue appeared first on The Nation.

Staff (2018-08-16). It's Difficult for Trans People to Update IDs, But It Can Be Dangerous Not To (Video). truthdig.com A confusing web of state policies determine if and how a trans person can update their IDs. And not doing so can increase the risk of discrimination and violence.

Eric Toussaint (2018-08-16). Nicaragua: The Evolution of the Government of President Daniel Ortega Since 2007. counterpunch.org In order to win the presidential election of November 2006, Daniel Ortega succeeded in making his election acceptable to the ruling classes, and in particular to the COSEP (Superior Council for Private Enterprise), the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, represented by Cardinal Obando y Bravo, former presidents Arnoldo Alemán and Enrique Bolaños, and the More

Bruce E. Levine (2018-08-16). "Don't Be Stupid, Be a Smarty": Why Anti-Authoritarian Doctors Are So Rare. counterpunch.org In the Journal of Medical Ethics in 2012, Alessandra Colaianni reports "More than 7% of all German physicians became members of the Nazi SS during World War II, compared with less than 1% of the general population. . . . By 1945, half of all German physicians had joined the Nazi party, 6% before Adolf Hitler gained power." Colaianni points out, "Physicians joined the Nazi party and the killing operations not at gunpoint, not by force, but of their own volition." More

The Nation (2018-08-16). Zephyr Teachout for Attorney General of New York. thenation.com She has the experience, independence and toughness needed to transform the office and combat corruption at all levels.

Binoy Kampmark (2018-08-16). Boris Johnson and the Exploding Burka. counterpunch.org Comedy, Boris Johnson, and the Tories — these three share a certain comforting, if chaotic affinity, lobbed together in some nightmarish union that risks consuming itself. But times are serious — profoundly so, we are told: Brexit exercises the nerves as if Britannia were a patient about to expire, and there is the cultural irritation More

Matt Bors (2018-08-16). Comix Nation. thenation.com Comix Nation appeared first on The Nation.

teleSUR / jc (2018-08-16). Uruguay: Activists Reject Modifications to Trans Bill. telesurtv.net "When a country needs a law that recognizes rights, it is because that society is not right," said Colette Spinetti.

John Nichols (2018-08-16). Journalists Are Not the Enemy, Mr. President. thenation.com Journalists Are Not the Enemy, Mr. President appeared first on The Nation.

William Hartung (2018-08-16). Donald Trump, Gunrunner for Hire. counterpunch.org The NRA and the Gun Industry in the Global Stratosphere American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades. In any given year, they've accounted for somewhere between one-third and more than one-half the value of all international weapons sales. It's hard to imagine things getting much worse — or better, if you More

Staff (2018-08-16). All Governments Lie. truthdig.com I.F. Stone's assertion that all governments lie has stood the test of time, and seems remarkably apt now, during the era of President Donald Trump, perhaps the most prodigious liar among all U.S. presidents.

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-08-16). Franklin Graham Says Chelsea Clinton's Views on Abortion Are Like Hitler's Views on 'Killing the Jews'. alternet.org Despite excusing Donald Trump's affair, Franklin Graham blasted then-President Clinton for the Monica Lewinski affair. | Franklin Graham is out with a new attack, this time on Chelsea Clinton. Graham, a pro-Trump far right wing Christian evangelist and the son of the late Billy Graham, tweeted out an article about Clinton's remarks at an event protesting Br. . .

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-16). When Algeria Became the Liberation Capital of the "Third World" truthout.org

| The Algerian War: | I went to New York to see Mohamed Sahnoun, who was studying at New York University. The camaraderie that had brewed between us in Ghana had stayed with me, and I wanted to test it further. As did he. "I've been waiting for you," he said when we embraced at Grand Central Station. | While a student in Algiers, Mohamed had joined a social group…

teleSUR/mrs-LJS (2018-08-16). Nicaragua: 'Interventionist' OAS Commission 'Not Welcome'. telesurtv.net

James M. Dorsey (2018-08-16). Are The United State And Saudi Arabia Stoking Ethnic Protests In Iran? iranian.com A string of recent incidents involving Iran's ethnic minorities suggests the United States and Saudi Arabia are covertly carrying out plans to destabilize Iran. [dropcap]I[/dropcap]ran has raised the spectre of a US-Saudi effort to destabilize the country by exploiting economic grievances against the backdrop of circumstantial evidence that Washington and Riyadh are playing with scenarios for […]

W. T. Whitney (2018-08-16). New Facebook Alliance Endangers Access to News about Latin America. counterpunch.org North Americans depending solely on English-language sources for unbiased political information from Latin America have few options. They include TeleSUR's English-language reports on the entire region and news from Venezuela provided by Venezuelanalysis.com. The government of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, vilified by the United States, provided the impetus for TeleSUR. More

Eric Alterman (2018-08-16). The Right is Working the Ref Yet Again. This Time on Facebook—And It's Working. thenation.com The Right is Working the Ref Yet Again. This Time on Facebook—And It's Working appeared first on The Nation.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-16). Genoa Bridge Disaster Plays Into Hands of Italy's Far-Right. therealnews.com The death toll from a bridge collapse in the Italian city of Genoa has reached at least thirty-nine. The tragedy has ignited national frustration with crumbling infrastructure and economic austerity — and it's Italy's far-right that has taken most advantage. We speak to Steve Hellman, professor emeritus at York University.

Staff (2018-08-16). Baker Involved in Supreme Court Case Whips Up a New Controversy. truthdig.com The businessman who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is now suing Colorado because it opposed his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition.

Shared by Jared (2018-08-16). About That Meeting. truthout.org Spelling out the collusion that took place in the Trump Tower meeting, for what it's worth.

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2018-08-16). Glyphosate — It's What's for Breakfast: Study Finds Cancer-Causing Weedkiller in Popular Oatmeal, Cereals, and Snack Bars. alternet.org Concerned that "President Trump's lawless EPA" won't take action to protect children from the chemical, EWG calls on companies to end use of glyphosate | A study of dozens of popular oat-based breakfast foods delivered sobering news this week when almost all of the products examined by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) were found to contain the chemical glyphosate. "We're very concerned that consumers are eating more glyphosate than they kno. . .

ZeroHedge.com (2018-08-16). More Fallout from Trump's Economic War as Turkey Joins Russia In Liquidating US Treasuries. mintpressnews.com The Turkish selloff certainly continued into July and August as U.S. relations with Turkey deteriorated this week after President Trump doubled steel and aluminum tariffs to pressure the nation to release a jailed American pastor.

Jake Johnson (2018-08-16). Shed Not a Tear for War Criminal John Brennan, Say Legal Experts. mintpressnews.com While Democratic senators, corporate talking heads, former national security officials, and Twitter pundits issued dire proclamations about the " dangerous precedent" President Donald Trump set on Wednesday by revoking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance for obviously vindictive and political reasons, critics of America's far-too-powerful intelligence apparatus were quick to express how little sympathy they feel for Brennan, given his utterly horrendous track record of defending torture and masterminding the Obama administration's deadly drone program. | "John Brennan is being punished by not being able to find out who got droned yesterday, I hope he's ok," joked Splinter's Libby Watson. | john brennan is being punished by not being able to find out who got droned yesterday, i hope he's ok t.co/wD2Y2TFqWp | — libby watson (@libbycwatson) August 15, 2018 | But while well-established critics of…

Rob Arthur (2018-08-16). Bad Chicago Cops Spread Their Misconduct Like a Disease. theintercept.com From 1972 to 1991, a Chicago detective named Jon Burge led a group of police officers in torturing confessions out of suspects. They called themselves the " Midnight Crew," and their behavior eventually resulted in the jailing of Burge and the creation of a reparations council to pay the victims. More recently, the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force was found to have planted evidence, assaulted innocent citizens, and committed overtime fraud. | Many of the most egregious examples of police misconduct arise from tightly knit groups of officers like these. That's no accident. Recently released data from the Chicago police department shows that misconduct spreads from officer to officer like an infectious disease. And the same behavior that leads cops to violate the rules often predicts whether they will participate in a shooting. | In 2009, the Invisible Institute…

David Dayen (2018-08-16). A Democratic Contender for Florida Governor Appears to Own Millions in Puerto Rican Debt. theintercept.com A financial disclosure form for Jeff Greene, a billionaire real estate developer, reveals that Greene may own $27 million of Puerto Rico's debt.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-08-16). Morality Tales in US Public Life? counterpunch.org Many Americans who think their country is unquestionably the greatest have been chagrined by recent events that brought them to a new low point. The treatment of families seeking asylum at our southern border with forced separation of children from parents, some shipped to distant parts of the country, is shocking, embarrassing and reprehensible. Overwhelmingly, More

PCHR (2018-08-16). Despite Claims to Expand Fishing Area, Israeli Forces arrested 4 Fishermen and Detained 2 Fishing Boats Sailing within 1 Nautical Mile. imemc.org The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): On Thursday morning 16 August, 2018, Israeli gunboats chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 1 nautical mile, arrested 4 fishermen and detained a fishing boat. These violations refute the Israeli authorities' claims regarding easing the ongoing naval blockade and expanding the…

Jeff Bryant (2018-08-16). Is Louisville Ground Zero in the Fight for Democratic Control of Public Schools? progressive.org The takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools is not a contest between 'red vs. blue,' but of whether democracy matters at all.

Robert J. Burrowes (2018-08-16). A Last Ditch Strategy to Fight for Human Survival. counterpunch.org There is almost unanimous agreement among climate scientists and organizations — that is, 97% of over 10,000 climate scientists and the various scientific organizations engaged in climate science research — that human beings have caused a dramatic increase in the amount of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide released into Earth's atmosphere since the pre-industrial More

Shared by Cherise (2018-08-16). Medicaid Officials Target Home Health Aides' Union Dues. truthout.org Medicaid home care aides — hourly workers who help the elderly and disabled with daily tasks like eating, getting dressed and bathing — are emerging as the latest target in the ongoing power struggle between conservatives and organized labor. | About half a million of these workers belong to the Service Employees International Union, a public-sector union that represents almost 1.9 million workers in the United States and Canada. The union is an influential donor to liberal politicians and boasted strong ties to the Obama administration. | A proposed rule from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would prohibit home health aides paid directly by Medicaid from having their union dues automatically deducted from their paychecks, though it doesn't name the fees explicitly. | Blocking these direct Medicaid payments means the workers — especially those who don't work in…

teleSUR/md-LJS (2018-08-16). Costa Rica Declares National Emergency Over Gender Violence. telesurtv.net The rate of domestic violence in Costa Rica rose from 20.8 cases per 10,000 inhabitants in 2013 to 27.3 per 10,000 inhabitants in 2015.

Dario Castillejos (2018-08-16). The Press Is Under Presidential Attack. thenation.com The Press Is Under Presidential Attack appeared first on The Nation.

Rob Arthur (2018-08-16). 130 Chicago Officers Account for 29 Percent of Police Shootings. theintercept.com While more than 95 percent of all Chicago police officers never fired their gun from 2004 to 2016, 130 officers have done it more than once.

Bobby Azarian, Raw Story (2018-08-16). There's a Science to Successfully Talking to Trump Supporters — Here's How. alternet.org If humans were completely rational agents, our beliefs and political attitudes would be based on reasoning grounded in evidence and logic—but unfortunately that's not the case. | It doesn't matter whether you're a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or something else—if you are a reasonable person then you must be wondering what the hell hardcore Trump supporters are thinking right now. From wearing Staff (2018-08-16). Nevada Democrats Hope Latinos Can Propel Them to Victory. truthdig.com Backlash against President Donald Trump's tougher immigration policies may help Democrats, but the party is also running into headwinds as they try to engage communities facing fear and uncertainty.

Adolf Alzuphar (2018-08-16). Days of Sagebrush, Nights of Jasmine in LA. counterpunch.org And how do you think the new order, underpinning market society, was maintained? How were the majority living under conditions of abject dehumanization in the slums of Manchester, Birmingham, and London kept under control when a few streets away the minority lived in the lap of luxury? To put it simply, private wealth was built More

Jeff Abbott (2018-08-16). The Other Americans: Migration in a Changing Climate. progressive.org Riding in the back of the weathered early 1990s Toyota pickup to the tiny village of Pinalito, Guatemala recently, there are only two topics of conversation among the passengers: the car that went off the road earlier that morning, and the continuation of the drought. The passengers see solutions to the car, but the drought has them worried.

Staff (2018-08-16). #NottheEnemy: Ben Franklin Warned That Attack on Free Press Turns Liberty to Tyranny. truthdig.com The following piece is a response the Boston Globe's call for the press to fight back on August 16, 2018 against Trump's savage attacks on journalists and the free press.

Staff (2018-08-16). Hold Them Accountable for Undermining the Affordable Care Act (Video). truthdig.com Trump and Republicans in Congress haven't been able to officially kill the health policy. But they're quietly using 5 strategies to destroy it.

JKHP (2018-08-16). Puzzle No. 3474. thenation.com Puzzle No. 3474 appeared first on The Nation.

Robert Reich, AlterNet (2018-08-16). Trump's Attack on Regulations Is Just Another Form of Trickle-Down Economics — Where the Gains Go To the Top. alternet.org It would be one thing if corporations were plowing all these extra profits into higher pay for average workers. | When Trump's not blaming foreigners for everything that ails America, he's blaming regulations. Last week he even blamed regulations for the wildfires now ravaging California. They're "made so much worse," he tweeted, "by the bad environmental laws which are. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-16). DNC Reverses Ban on Accepting Fossil Fuel Industry Money. therealnews.com DNC Chair Tom Perez reversed an agreement to ban accepting money from the fossil fuel industry that created a firestorm of protest

The Conversation (2018-08-16). Other People Are Having Way Less Sex Than You Think They Are. alternet.org Men have a particularly skewed view of the sex lives of young women. | Research shows we think young people have a lot more sex than they do in reality — and men have a particularly skewed view of the sex lives of young women. As part of Ipsos' long-running studies on misperceptions, to be released in a new book, teleSUR / mv-MS (2018-08-16). Guatemala: Ombudsman Criticize Use Of Children In Campaigns. telesurtv.net The Government of Guatemala has used migrant children to improve the institutional image within the framework of the repatriation processes to reunite the minors detained and separated from their families in the southern border of the United States.

Elliott Gabriel (2018-08-16). US-Turkey Crisis: Unrealistic Ambitions and Multipolar Chaos Underlie the Latest Mideast Drama. mintpressnews.com As "strongmen" Trump and Erdogan come to blows over evolving geopolitical hostility, much of the world worries about getting caught in the economic and political wreckage of the once-close NATO allies' violent lovers' quarrel.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-08-16). Thousands of unionists rally in Philly against Trump's family-splitting. peoplesworld.org PHILADELPHIA—Keyri Hernandez takes a big risk when she and her two brothers go to school five days a week. She says ICE agents could grab them and deport them back to Mexico, where they might wind up dead. | That's because Hernandez, two of her brothers and their mother have been living in sanctuary in a Philadelphia-area church for the last nine months. But the kids must leave for school daily, she adds. | The Hernandezes are shielding themselves from the GOP Trump government's deportations of migrants who cross the Mexico-U.S. border, seeking refuge, or, in their case, asylum. They have good reason for sanctuary, too: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents grabbed the oldest brother, Fidel, when the family crossed three years ago. | "The agent said he was an adult and sent him back," Hernandez said. "He was 12." | "We…

teleSUR /ef-MS (2018-08-16). Honduras Declares State Of Emergency For Drought. telesurtv.net

Ramzy Baroud (2018-08-16). Mission Accomplished: Why Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing to Break the Siege. counterpunch.org When Mike Treen, the National Director of the 'Unite Union' in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. More

Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet (2018-08-16). Here's How the Hallucinogen Ayahuasca Taught Me a Valuable, Old-School Republican Lesson. alternet.org To the extent possible, don't harsh other people's trips. | Ayahuasca, a Peruvian hallucinogen, is on people's minds these days, in part with Michael Pollan's best-selling book How to Change Your Mind. 1 I'd been meaning to try it and my opportunity came up recently. | I was told to bring to the ritual ce. . .

teleSUR/rfpl-LJS (2018-08-16). Chile: Two Mapuche Leaders Detained, Criminalization Continues. telesurtv.net Alberto Curamil and Alvaro Millalen were detained after an anonymous caller accused them of being behind a botched bank robbery in April.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-16). Kris Kobach, Trump's Top Vote Suppressor, Wins Kansas Primary. therealnews.com Kris Kobach is the frontrunner to become the next governor of Kansas after winning the Republican primary. And even though Kobach's vote suppression efforts have faced legal setbacks, Trump's stacking of the Supreme Court may soon hand him another victory, says investigative journalist Greg Palast

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-16). Argentina: Supreme Court Overturns Milagro Sala's Prison Transfer. telesurtv.net Social leader Milagro Sala is considered the first political prisoner of Mauricio Macri's government.

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-08-16). John Brennan Calls President Trump's Claim of No Collusion With Russia 'Hogwash' in Scathing NYT Op-Ed. alternet.org "Mr. Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash," Brennan wrote. | Former CIA director John Brennan called out President Donald Trump as a liar — and a possible traitor — in a scathing column published a day after the announcement that he had been stripped of his security clearance. The Trump administration rescinded Brennan's access to classified information last month but announced the move Tuesday, and the former intelligenc. . .

wsws.org (2018-08-16). New Zealand primary teachers hold nationwide strike. wsws.org Tens of thousands joined rallies across the country to demand better pay and conditions, while the teachers' trade union used the strike to promote illusions in the Labour Party-led government.

RT (2018-08-16). Power outage holds flights at Reagan National Airport, Washington DC (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Inbound and outbound flights were bogged down for over an hour in the US capital's primary airport, as it experienced a complete power outage. Stranded travelers have been posting images of the sudden blackout on social media.

RT (2018-08-16). Watch dad blast white supremacist Charlottesville organizer during live stream with neo-Nazi. rt.com The organizer of last year's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one person dead, has been humiliated in public as a video emerged of him being scolded by his father over his extremist views.

wsws.org (2018-08-16). Opposition mounts to UPS-Teamsters conspiracy as union announces contract for airline mechanics. wsws.org There is growing support for the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter's call for the election of rank-and-file committees in every warehouse and hub to coordinate opposition.

RT (2018-08-16). Fake news media is 'opposition party' & bad for America – Trump. rt.com US President Donald Trump has tweeted that the "fake news media" is the "opposition party," while calling it "very bad" for the US. In true Trump style, he followed that up by saying "we are winning" the fight.

wsws.org (2018-08-16). British government's educational "reforms" exacerbate inequality, reduce school funding. wsws.org The policies of both Labour and Conservative governments have led to massive spending cuts, threats to teacher pay and privatisation.

RT (2018-08-16). 50 Cent and 6ix9ine narrowly miss shooting in Brooklyn near music video set. rt.com 50 Cent and 6ix9ine's music video shoot almost turned deadly on Tuesday night as they narrowly escaped being hit by gunfire in the Brooklyn area of New York. |

RT (2018-08-16). Alex Jones' flagship radio station shut down by Federal Communications Commission. rt.com The US communications regulator has shut down Alex Jones' flagship radio station and slapped it with a $15,000 fine. The news comes after the controversial commentator was banned from a range of social media outlets.

wsws.org (2018-08-16). New Zealand government launches sham inquiry into Afghan war crimes. wsws.org The inquiry into allegations that civilians were killed in a NZSAS raid in Afghanistan in 2010 is destined to be a whitewash.

wsws.org (2018-08-16). Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman: The illogic of racialism. wsws.org Lee's new film takes as its point of departure the infiltration in the late 1970s of the racist Ku Klux Klan by a black police officer, Ron Stallworth, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

2018-08-16: Social Media Postees

Samir Amin: Death of a Marxist
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-16
On Sunday, August 12, Samir Amin died. With him went a generation of Egyptian Marxists who came of age in the time of Nasserism and departed with the world in tatters. Amin was born in 1931 in Cairo. He was doing his PhD in Paris when Gamal Abdel Nasser and the Free Officers overthrew the…
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Women of Color Are Making History Ahead of Midterms
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2018-08-16
It has been a banner year for women running in elections across the country in state house, gubernatorial and congressional races. But women of color, who have been so dramatically underrepresented in the halls of power for so long, are making particularly significant gains. What's even more exciting is that many of them are going beyond standard identity politics and espousing strongly progressive positions. While the more important battles will come in November's general elections, the primary races have already indicated that we are witnessing a game-changing moment in the nation's political landscape. | Much has been written about the breakout star of the New York primary, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who stunned the nation in an overwhelming victory against top Democrat Joe Crowley in the Bronx and Queens for a House seat. The 28-year-old self-identified Democratic socialist of Puerto Rican heritage, who is expected…
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PPS: "Israeli Soldiers Abduct 13 Palestinians In The West Bank"
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-16
The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, thirteen Palestinians, including three children and one woman, from several parts of the occupied West Bank. The soldiers invaded and violently searched dozens of homes, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards. One …

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct 13 Palestinians In The West Bank”

Light My Fire
Mr. Fish | truthdig.com | 2018-08-16
The post Light My Fire appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Al-Arakib Village Demolished For The 132nd Time
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-16
Israeli bulldozers demolished, Thursday, the al-Arakib 'unrecognized' Bedouin village, in the Negev, for the 132th consecutive time, and abducted three Palestinians. Media sources said dozens of officers surrounded the village, before demolishing and removing residential structures and tents, in addition to barns. They added that the police also abducted Sheikh …

Al-Arakib Village Demolished For The 132nd Time

Emmy Glory Won't Solve Lingering Problems With 'The Vietnam War'
Barbara Myers | truthdig.com | 2018-08-16
Historically questionable aspects of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's celebrated series raise issues about the renowned documentarians' responsibility to the public. | The post Emmy Glory Won't Solve Lingering Problems With 'The Vietnam War' appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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US-Turkey Crisis: Unrealistic Ambitions and Multipolar Chaos Underlie the Latest Mideast Drama
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-16
As "strongmen" Trump and Erdogan come to blows over evolving geopolitical hostility, much of the world worries about getting caught in the economic and political wreckage of the once-close NATO allies' violent lovers' quarrel. | The post US-Turkey Crisis: Unrealistic Ambitions and Multipolar Chaos Underlie the Latest Mideast Drama appeared first on MintPress News.
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Shed Not a Tear for War Criminal John Brennan, Say Legal Experts
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-16
While Democratic senators, corporate talking heads, former national security officials, and Twitter pundits issued dire proclamations about the " dangerous precedent" President Donald Trump set on Wednesday by revoking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance for obviously vindictive and political reasons, critics of America's far-too-powerful intelligence apparatus were quick to express how little sympathy they feel for Brennan, given his utterly horrendous track record of defending torture and masterminding the Obama administration's deadly drone program. | "John Brennan is being punished by not being able to find out who got droned yesterday, I hope he's ok," joked Splinter's Libby Watson. | john brennan is being punished by not being able to find out who got droned yesterday, i hope he's ok t.co/wD2Y2TFqWp | — libby watson (@libbycwatson) August 15, 2018 | But while well-established critics of…
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Baker Involved in Supreme Court Case Whips Up a New Controversy
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-16
The businessman who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is now suing Colorado because it opposed his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition. | The post Baker Involved in Supreme Court Case Whips Up a New Controversy appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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All Governments Lie
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-16
I.F. Stone's assertion that all governments lie has stood the test of time, and seems remarkably apt now, during the era of President Donald Trump, perhaps the most prodigious liar among all U.S. presidents. | The post All Governments Lie appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Despite Claims to Expand Fishing Area, Israeli Forces arrested 4 Fishermen and Detained 2 Fishing Boats Sailing within 1 Nautical Mile
PCHR | imemc.org | 2018-08-16
The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): On Thursday morning 16 August, 2018, Israeli gunboats chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 1 nautical mile, arrested 4 fishermen and detained a fishing boat. These violations refute the Israeli authorities' claims regarding easing the ongoing naval blockade and expanding the…

Despite Claims to Expand Fishing Area, Israeli Forces arrested 4 Fishermen and Detained 2 Fishing Boats Sailing within 1 Nautical Mile

It's Difficult for Trans People to Update IDs, But It Can Be Dangerous Not To (Video)
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-16
A confusing web of state policies determine if and how a trans person can update their IDs. And not doing so can increase the risk of discrimination and violence. | The post It's Difficult for Trans People to Update IDs, But It Can Be Dangerous Not To (Video) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Guatemala: Ombudsman Criticize Use Of Children In Campaigns
teleSUR / mv-MS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-16
The Government of Guatemala has used migrant children to improve the institutional image within the framework of the repatriation processes to reunite the minors detained and separated from their families in the southern border of the United States.
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RESPECT: Here Are 5 of Aretha Franklin's Most Important Contributions to Civil Rights
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-16
The "Queen of Soul" died Thursday. | Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin–who battled pancreatic cancer and other severe health problems–has died, her publicist told the Associated Press Thursday. August 16, 2018Aretha Franklin, who was 76, is among the most iconic and influential R&B singers of all time. Many of her hits, from "Chain of Fools" in 1967 to "Think" in 1968 to "Day Dreaming" in 1972, are staples of classic soul. But. . .
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Bolivia's President Evo Morales: 'The People Want Me To Return'
teleSUR/mrs-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-16
"I want to return to my region to harvest coca, that's the great desire I have, but it is not easy to reject it when the people push you," President Evo Morales said.
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Will Trudeau Stand Up to Mohammad bin Salman?
Yves Engler | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-16
As every good poker player knows, sometimes the right move is to go all in. Given his cards and the obvious over-the-top attempt by his opponent to scare him off a winning hand, Justin Trudeau's next move should be to see Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's (aka MBS) diplomatic break and raise him a wide-ranging…
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Costa Rica Declares National Emergency Over Gender Violence
teleSUR/md-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-16
The rate of domestic violence in Costa Rica rose from 20.8 cases per 10,000 inhabitants in 2013 to 27.3 per 10,000 inhabitants in 2015.
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Chile: Two Mapuche Leaders Detained, Criminalization Continues
teleSUR/rfpl-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-16
Alberto Curamil and Alvaro Millalen were detained after an anonymous caller accused them of being behind a botched bank robbery in April.
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Honduras Declares State Of Emergency For Drought
teleSUR /ef-MS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-16
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Thousands of unionists rally in Philly against Trump's family-splitting
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-16
PHILADELPHIA–Keyri Hernandez takes a big risk when she and her two brothers go to school five days a week. She says ICE agents could grab them and deport them back to Mexico, where they might wind up dead. | That's because Hernandez, two of her brothers and their mother have been living in sanctuary in a Philadelphia-area church for the last nine months. But the kids must leave for school daily, she adds. | The Hernandezes are shielding themselves from the GOP Trump government's deportations of migrants who cross the Mexico-U.S. border, seeking refuge, or, in their case, asylum. They have good reason for sanctuary, too: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents grabbed the oldest brother, Fidel, when the family crossed three years ago. | "The agent said he was an adult and sent him back," Hernandez said. "He was 12." | "We…
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The Other Americans: Migration in a Changing Climate
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2018-08-16
Riding in the back of the weathered early 1990s Toyota pickup to the tiny village of Pinalito, Guatemala recently, there are only two topics of conversation among the passengers: the car that went off the road earlier that morning, and the continuation of the drought. The passengers see solutions to the car, but the drought has them worried.
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Zephyr Teachout for Attorney General of New York
The Nation | thenation.com | 2018-08-16
She has the experience, independence and toughness needed to transform the office and combat corruption at all levels. | The post Zephyr Teachout for Attorney General of New York appeared first on The Nation.
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Invisible Institute Relaunches the Citizens Police Data Project
Jamie Kalven | theintercept.com | 2018-08-16
The long effort by the Invisible Institute to gain access to internal police files is an important chapter in the struggle for civil rights in Chicago. | The post Invisible Institute Relaunches the Citizens Police Data Project appeared first on The Intercept.
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"Unite the Right 2" Showed Growth of Anti-Fascism and Police Response
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-08-16
August has seen a rash of confrontations as far-right ensembles — from open white nationalists to radical right anti-immigrant and anti-LGBT groups — hit the streets and are met by massive community contingents. The story has evolved from one of opposing street contingents to a mass anti-fascist upswell in cities around the US — a point that has been eclipsed by allegations of massive police overreach on protests meant to halt the rise of the far right. | Last weekend saw far-right activists convene in Washington, DC, on the one-year anniversary of the first "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. An estimated 40 "alt-right" supporters turned out for "Unite the Right 2," and counter-protesters showed up in larger numbers. "Their rally happened, but it was clearly [outnumbered] 300 to 1," said Scott Brown, an organizer with Shut It Down DC, the coalition…
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Chicago Police Are 14 Times More Likely to Use Force Against Young Black Men Than Against Whites
Andrew Fan | theintercept.com | 2018-08-16
Internal Chicago police files document thousands of police uses of force over more than a decade. Nearly 90 percent were against people of color. | The post Chicago Police Are 14 Times More Likely to Use Force Against Young Black Men Than Against Whites appeared first on The Intercept.
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The Right is Working the Ref Yet Again. This Time on Facebook–And It's Working
Eric Alterman | thenation.com | 2018-08-16
The Right is Working the Ref Yet Again. This Time on Facebook–And It's Working appeared first on The Nation.
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Argentina: Supreme Court Overturns Milagro Sala's Prison Transfer
teleSUR/vc-CM | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-16
Social leader Milagro Sala is considered the first political prisoner of Mauricio Macri's government.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/A…

Mexican Writer Wins Literary Award for US Immigration Critique
teleSUR/mrs-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-16
The collection of short stories was published for its Latin audience under the title 'Los Niños Perdidos' (The Lost Children).
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Israel Plans To Turn A Jordan Valley Military Base Into A Colony
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-16
Palestinian researcher and human rights activists, Aref Daraghma, has reported that Israel is planning to turn a military base, in the Northern Plains of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, into an illegal colony. Daraghma quoted Israeli human rights groups stating that Tel Aviv is planning to settle …

Israel Plans To Turn A Jordan Valley Military Base Into A Colony

Hold Them Accountable for Undermining the Affordable Care Act (Video)
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-16
Trump and Republicans in Congress haven't been able to officially kill the health policy. But they're quietly using 5 strategies to destroy it. | The post Hold Them Accountable for Undermining the Affordable Care Act (Video) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Atenco Demands AMLO Cancel New Mexico City Airport
teleSUR/rfpl-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-16
The People's Front in Defense of Land-Atenco (FPDT) has opposed the airport since 2014 and consistently asked Lopez Obrador to honor his campaign promises.
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Mission Accomplished: Why Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing to Break the Siege
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-16
When Mike Treen, the National Director of the 'Unite Union' in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance.
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Soil Microbes Speed up Global Warming
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-16
They're microscopic, but soil microbes play a massive role in the climate machinery. New research suggests they may be warming the world more than ever. | The post Soil Microbes Speed up Global Warming appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Detainee Continues Hunger Strike For Twelfth Day
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-16
The Palestinian Detainees' Committee has reported, Thursday, that a detainee is ongoing with a hunger strike for the twelfth consecutive day, demanding to be released due to various health issues. The committee stated that the detainee, Omar Hashem Ahmad al-Khatib, 60, is from Jabalia, in the northern part of the …

Detainee Continues Hunger Strike For Twelfth Day

More Fallout from Trump's Economic War as Turkey Joins Russia In Liquidating US Treasuries
ZeroHedge.com | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-16
The Turkish selloff certainly continued into July and August as U.S. relations with Turkey deteriorated this week after President Trump doubled steel and aluminum tariffs to pressure the nation to release a jailed American pastor. | The post More Fallout from Trump's Economic War as Turkey Joins Russia In Liquidating US Treasuries appeared first on MintPress News.
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Boris Johnson and the Exploding Burka
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-16
Comedy, Boris Johnson, and the Tories — these three share a certain comforting, if chaotic affinity, lobbed together in some nightmarish union that risks consuming itself. But times are serious — profoundly so, we are told: Brexit exercises the nerves as if Britannia were a patient about to expire, and there is the cultural irritation…
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Nicaragua: The Evolution of the Government of President Daniel Ortega Since 2007
Eric Toussaint | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-16
In order to win the presidential election of November 2006, Daniel Ortega succeeded in making his election acceptable to the ruling classes, and in particular to the COSEP (Superior Council for Private Enterprise), the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, represented by Cardinal Obando y Bravo, former presidents Arnoldo Alemán and Enrique Bolaños, and the…
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Days of Sagebrush, Nights of Jasmine in LA
Adolf Alzuphar | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-16
And how do you think the new order, underpinning market society, was maintained? How were the majority living under conditions of abject dehumanization in the slums of Manchester, Birmingham, and London kept under control when a few streets away the minority lived in the lap of luxury? To put it simply, private wealth was built…
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Medicaid Officials Target Home Health Aides' Union Dues
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-08-16
Medicaid home care aides — hourly workers who help the elderly and disabled with daily tasks like eating, getting dressed and bathing — are emerging as the latest target in the ongoing power struggle between conservatives and organized labor. | About half a million of these workers belong to the Service Employees International Union, a public-sector union that represents almost 1.9 million workers in the United States and Canada. The union is an influential donor to liberal politicians and boasted strong ties to the Obama administration. | A proposed rule from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would prohibit home health aides paid directly by Medicaid from having their union dues automatically deducted from their paychecks, though it doesn't name the fees explicitly. | Blocking these direct Medicaid payments means the workers — especially those who don't work in…
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A Last Ditch Strategy to Fight for Human Survival
Robert J. Burrowes | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-16
There is almost unanimous agreement among climate scientists and organizations — that is, 97% of over 10,000 climate scientists and the various scientific organizations engaged in climate science research — that human beings have caused a dramatic increase in the amount of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide released into Earth's atmosphere since the pre-industrial…
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The World of Eduardo Galeano
Mark Engler | thenation.com | 2018-08-16
The World of Eduardo Galeano appeared first on The Nation.
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Puzzle No. 3474
JKHP | thenation.com | 2018-08-16
Puzzle No. 3474 appeared first on The Nation.
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Morality Tales in US Public Life?
Barbara Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-16
Many Americans who think their country is unquestionably the greatest have been chagrined by recent events that brought them to a new low point. The treatment of families seeking asylum at our southern border with forced separation of children from parents, some shipped to distant parts of the country, is shocking, embarrassing and reprehensible. Overwhelmingly,…
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Israeli Navy Attacks Fishing Boats, Abducts Four Fishermen And Confiscate Their Boat
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-16
Israeli navy ships attacked, on Thursday morning, Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters near Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the besieged coastal region, before abducting four fishermen, and confiscating their boat. Nizar Ayyash, the secretary of the Palestinian Fishermen's Syndicate, said the navy attacked the boats before …

Israeli Navy Attacks Fishing Boats, Abducts Four Fishermen And Confiscate Their Boat

About That Meeting
Shared by Jared | truthout.org | 2018-08-16
Spelling out the collusion that took place in the Trump Tower meeting, for what it's worth. | The post About That Meeting appeared first on Truthout.
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Manafort and Gates
Calvin Trillin | thenation.com | 2018-08-16
Manafort and Gates appeared first on The Nation.
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Lockheed Martin Awarded Over $3 Billion in Govt Contracts in Just Two Days, As Military Frets About Russian, Chinese Advances
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-16
Concern about new Russian and Chinese hypersonic missile systems is not merely related to fears that the U.S. rivals will "outshine" in terms of technological superiority. | The post Lockheed Martin Awarded Over $3 Billion in Govt Contracts in Just Two Days, As Military Frets About Russian, Chinese Advances appeared first on MintPress News.
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Journalists Are Not the Enemy, Mr. President
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2018-08-16
Journalists Are Not the Enemy, Mr. President appeared first on The Nation.
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Refugees, Immigrants, and Donald Trump: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2018-08-16
Refugees, Immigrants, and Donald Trump: Viet Thanh Nguyen appeared first on The Nation.
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Bad Chicago Cops Spread Their Misconduct Like a Disease
Rob Arthur | theintercept.com | 2018-08-16
From 1972 to 1991, a Chicago detective named Jon Burge led a group of police officers in torturing confessions out of suspects. They called themselves the " Midnight Crew," and their behavior eventually resulted in the jailing of Burge and the creation of a reparations council to pay the victims. More recently, the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force was found to have planted evidence, assaulted innocent citizens, and committed overtime fraud. | Many of the most egregious examples of police misconduct arise from tightly knit groups of officers like these. That's no accident. Recently released data from the Chicago police department shows that misconduct spreads from officer to officer like an infectious disease. And the same behavior that leads cops to violate the rules often predicts whether they will participate in a shooting. | In 2009, the Invisible Institute…
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Israeli authorities approve 20,000 new settlement units in Jerusalem
IMEMC Agencies | imemc.org | 2018-08-16
An Israeli project to construct 20,000 new Jewish-only settlement units in Jerusalem was approved by Israeli authorities on Wednesday, according to Israeli media sources. The cost of the new settlement construction will be 1.4 billion shekels ($379 million), and the units will be spread across East Jerusalem, in Palestinian neighborhoods …

Israeli authorities approve 20,000 new settlement units in Jerusalem

New Facebook Alliance Endangers Access to News about Latin America
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-16
North Americans depending solely on English-language sources for unbiased political information from Latin America have few options. They include TeleSUR's English-language reports on the entire region and news from Venezuela provided by Venezuelanalysis.com. The government of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, vilified by the United States, provided the impetus for TeleSUR.
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Israeli Soldiers Attack Detainees In Galboa' Prison
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-16
The Palestinian Detainees' Committee has reported that undercover soldiers of the Israeli Prison Authority attacked, Thursday, several Palestinian detainees in Galboa' prison. The committee added that the attack took place in Section 3 of Galboa, when dozens of soldiers invaded it, and conducted violent searches of the detainees are their …

Israeli Soldiers Attack Detainees In Galboa’ Prison

Former Chief White House Ethics Lawyer: If Trump Forces Mueller Into a Subpoena Fight, He Will Lose
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-16
Trump's allies frequently complain how long the Mueller investigation is taking. Norm Eisen explains a simple way Trump could speed it up. | An ongoing complaint Republicans have about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is that it is supposedly taking too long and he should " wrap it up. "To be clear, Mueller's investigation has not lasted nearly. . .
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Why Parkland Students, Not Trump, Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize
Larry Atkins | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-16
Many people were quick to award President Trump the Nobel Peace Prize for his photo-op with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June. Now it is evident that, at best, he merely deserves a participation trophy. Instead, the next Nobel Prize should be awarded to the Parkland students. While it's a positive thing that…
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John Brennan Calls President Trump's Claim of No Collusion With Russia 'Hogwash' in Scathing NYT Op-Ed
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-08-16
"Mr. Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash," Brennan wrote. | Former CIA director John Brennan called out President Donald Trump as a liar — and a possible traitor — in a scathing column published a day after the announcement that he had been stripped of his security clearance. The Trump administration rescinded Brennan's access to classified information last month but announced the move Tuesday, and the former intelligenc. . .
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Is Louisville Ground Zero in the Fight for Democratic Control of Public Schools?
Jeff Bryant | progressive.org | 2018-08-16
The takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools is not a contest between 'red vs. blue,' but of whether democracy matters at all.
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This Is the GOP's Secret Plan to Use Trump's Impeachment to Keep the White House: Report
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-08-16
"Well-respected thinkers believe that the more extreme the Democrats go, the more middle of the road voters will gravitate to Trump. " | In interviews with Politico, an assortment of Republicans admit they are willing to concede the House to the Democrats in the 2018 midterms based on the belief that a move to impeach President. . .
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Nevada Democrats Hope Latinos Can Propel Them to Victory
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-16
Backlash against President Donald Trump's tougher immigration policies may help Democrats, but the party is also running into headwinds as they try to engage communities facing fear and uncertainty. | The post Nevada Democrats Hope Latinos Can Propel Them to Victory appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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When Algeria Became the Liberation Capital of the "Third World"
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-16

| The Algerian War: | I went to New York to see Mohamed Sahnoun, who was studying at New York University. The camaraderie that had brewed between us in Ghana had stayed with me, and I wanted to test it further. As did he. "I've been waiting for you," he said when we embraced at Grand Central Station. | While a student in Algiers, Mohamed had joined a social group…
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Are The United State And Saudi Arabia Stoking Ethnic Protests In Iran?
James M. Dorsey | iranian.com | 2018-08-16
A string of recent incidents involving Iran's ethnic minorities suggests the United States and Saudi Arabia are covertly carrying out plans to destabilize Iran. [dropcap]I[/dropcap]ran has raised the spectre of a US-Saudi effort to destabilize the country by exploiting economic grievances against the backdrop of circumstantial evidence that Washington and Riyadh are playing with scenarios for […] | The post Are The United State And Saudi Arabia Stoking Ethnic Protests In Iran? appeared first on
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The Democratic Insurgency Is Winning the War of Ideas
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2018-08-16
The Democratic Insurgency Is Winning the War of Ideas appeared first on The Nation.
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Saudi-Canada Diplomatic Row Obscures Canada's Support for the Deadly War on Yemen
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-08-16
Canadian Journalist Anthony Fenton Explains Canada's Extensive Arms Sales to the Saudi Autocracy | The post Saudi-Canada Diplomatic Row Obscures Canada's Support for the Deadly War on Yemen appeared first on The Real News Network.
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A Democratic Contender for Florida Governor Appears to Own Millions in Puerto Rican Debt
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-08-16
A financial disclosure form for Jeff Greene, a billionaire real estate developer, reveals that Greene may own $27 million of Puerto Rico's debt. | The post A Democratic Contender for Florida Governor Appears to Own Millions in Puerto Rican Debt appeared first on The Intercept.
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Franklin Graham Says Chelsea Clinton's Views on Abortion Are Like Hitler's Views on 'Killing the Jews'
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-08-16
Despite excusing Donald Trump's affair, Franklin Graham blasted then-President Clinton for the Monica Lewinski affair. | Franklin Graham is out with a new attack, this time on Chelsea Clinton. Graham, a pro-Trump far right wing Christian evangelist and the son of the late Billy Graham, tweeted out an article about Clinton's remarks at an event protesting Br. . .
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Gaza Strip: Attacks in the border areas and their consequences
PCHR | imemc.org | 2018-08-16
The term "buffer zone" in land and at sea is used for land and sea areas, which were unilaterally and illegally declared by Israeli forces as areas with no access along the eastern and northern borders and in the sea of the Gaza Strip following the Israeli Disengagement Plan in …
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Trump's Attack on Regulations Is Just Another Form of Trickle-Down Economics — Where the Gains Go To the Top
Robert Reich, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-16
It would be one thing if corporations were plowing all these extra profits into higher pay for average workers. | When Trump's not blaming foreigners for everything that ails America, he's blaming regulations. Last week he even blamed regulations for the wildfires now ravaging California. They're "made so much worse," he tweeted, "by the bad environmental laws which are. . .
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Kris Kobach, Trump's Top Vote Suppressor, Wins Kansas Primary
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-16
Kris Kobach is the frontrunner to become the next governor of Kansas after winning the Republican primary. And even though Kobach's vote suppression efforts have faced legal setbacks, Trump's stacking of the Supreme Court may soon hand him another victory, says investigative journalist Greg Palast | The post Kris Kobach, Trump's Top Vote Suppressor, Wins Kansas Primary…
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DNC Reverses Ban on Accepting Fossil Fuel Industry Money
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-16
DNC Chair Tom Perez reversed an agreement to ban accepting money from the fossil fuel industry that created a firestorm of protest | The post DNC Reverses Ban on Accepting Fossil Fuel Industry Money appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Genoa Bridge Disaster Plays Into Hands of Italy's Far-Right
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-16
The death toll from a bridge collapse in the Italian city of Genoa has reached at least thirty-nine. The tragedy has ignited national frustration with crumbling infrastructure and economic austerity — and it's Italy's far-right that has taken most advantage. We speak to Steve Hellman, professor emeritus at York University. | The post Genoa Bridge Disaster Plays Into H…
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Our Election Systems Are in Trouble
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2018-08-16
Every year 25,000 hackers gather in Las Vegas at a convention known as DEF CON. Although there are no guarantees, the notion is that most of the attendees are "white hat hackers," specialists who break into protected systems in a benign exercise to improve security. They stand in contrast to "black hat hackers," who break into systems and do something malicious. | The major story out of last year's conference was a Voting Village in which hackers were invited to penetrate more than 25 pieces of election equipment, including voting machines and electronic pollbooks. The results were grim. According to a report on the Voting Village, "By the end of the conference, every piece of equipment in the Voting Village was effectively breached in some manner. Participants with little prior knowledge and only limited tools and resources were quite…
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Donald Trump, Gunrunner for Hire
William Hartung | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-16
The NRA and the Gun Industry in the Global Stratosphere American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades. In any given year, they've accounted for somewhere between one-third and more than one-half the value of all international weapons sales. It's hard to imagine things getting much worse — or better, if you…
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Uruguay: Activists Reject Modifications to Trans Bill
teleSUR / jc | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-16
"When a country needs a law that recognizes rights, it is because that society is not right," said Colette Spinetti.
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Letters From the September 10-17, 2018, Issue
Our Readers, Stephanie Burt, Carmen Giménez Smith | thenation.com | 2018-08-16
Our Readers, Stephanie Burt, Carmen Giménez Smith Letters From the September 10-17, 2018, Issue appeared first on The Nation.
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The Press Is Under Presidential Attack
Dario Castillejos | thenation.com | 2018-08-16
The Press Is Under Presidential Attack appeared first on The Nation.
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Illegal Colonists Settlers Start Preparing Road For Outpost
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-16
On Thursday, a group of Israeli colonists, illegally living on Palestinian lands in the West Bank's Plains, started the preparation work for paving a road leading to their illegal colony. Palestinian human rights activist 'Aref Daraghma, said the colonists started laying down the foundation of a new road which they …

Illegal Colonists Settlers Start Preparing Road For Outpost

"Don't Be Stupid, Be a Smarty": Why Anti-Authoritarian Doctors Are So Rare
Bruce E. Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-16
In the Journal of Medical Ethics in 2012, Alessandra Colaianni reports "More than 7% of all German physicians became members of the Nazi SS during World War II, compared with less than 1% of the general population. . . . By 1945, half of all German physicians had joined the Nazi party, 6% before Adolf Hitler gained power." Colaianni points out, "Physicians joined the Nazi party and the killing operations not at gunpoint, not by force, but of their own volition."
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Here's How the Catholic Church's Patriarchal Ideology Breed Predators
Amanda Marcotte, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-08-16
The church's problem is male dominance. | The Catholic Church sex abuse scandals are often talked about as if they are in the past, but this summer has been a reminder that this horror show continues to unspool, 16 years after the Boston Globe's famous "Spotlight" series exposing the cover-up first ran. This week. . .
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UN Report Finds ISIS Given "Breathing Space" in US-Occupied Areas of Syria
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-16
By maintaining an ISIS pocket in the territory it occupies, the U.S. can continue to justify its illegal presence in the country for the long-term, ultimately substituting Iran for ISIS as its new regional boogeyman. | The post UN Report Finds ISIS Given "Breathing Space" in US-Occupied Areas of Syria appeared first on MintPress News.
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Here's How the Hallucinogen Ayahuasca Taught Me a Valuable, Old-School Republican Lesson
Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-16
To the extent possible, don't harsh other people's trips. | Ayahuasca, a Peruvian hallucinogen, is on people's minds these days, in part with Michael Pollan's best-selling book How to Change Your Mind. 1 I'd been meaning to try it and my opportunity came up recently. | I was told to bring to the ritual ce. . .
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Comix Nation
Matt Bors | thenation.com | 2018-08-16
Comix Nation appeared first on The Nation.
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Glyphosate — It's What's for Breakfast: Study Finds Cancer-Causing Weedkiller in Popular Oatmeal, Cereals, and Snack Bars
Julia Conley, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-08-16
Concerned that "President Trump's lawless EPA" won't take action to protect children from the chemical, EWG calls on companies to end use of glyphosate | A study of dozens of popular oat-based breakfast foods delivered sobering news this week when almost all of the products examined by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) were found to contain the chemical glyphosate.
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Victory offers Muslim candidate new platform to oppose Trump
Steve Karnowski | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-16
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump, meet Ilhan Omar. Just two years ago, the Minnesota Democrat became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature. Now she's likely to become one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. And she says one of her top priorities will be r…
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#NottheEnemy: Ben Franklin Warned That Attack on Free Press Turns Liberty to Tyranny
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-16
The following piece is a response the Boston Globe's call for the press to fight back on August 16, 2018 against Trump's savage attacks on journalists and the free press. | The post #NottheEnemy: Ben Franklin Warned That Attack on Free Press Turns Liberty to Tyranny appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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130 Chicago Officers Account for 29 Percent of Police Shootings
Rob Arthur | theintercept.com | 2018-08-16
While more than 95 percent of all Chicago police officers never fired their gun from 2004 to 2016, 130 officers have done it more than once. | The post 130 Chicago Officers Account for 29 Percent of Police Shootings appeared first on The Intercept.
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Nicaragua: 'Interventionist' OAS Commission 'Not Welcome'
teleSUR/mrs-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-16
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After clearance pull, Democrats rush to back Brennan — who spied on them
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-16
Democrats have been vocal in condemning US President Donald Trump for revoking former CIA chief John Brennan's security clearance, forgetting that time he spied on a Democrat-run Senate committee in the name of #Resistance.
rt.com/usa/436065-democrats-forg…

Cereal killers: Monsanto weedkiller that can 'probably' cause cancer found in children's breakfasts
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-16
A hearty bowl of oatmeal is a healthy way to start your day, but according to a new study, that bowl of oatmeal can contain dangerous levels of glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical linked to cancer.
rt.com/usa/436069-monsanto-weedk…

Alex Jones' flagship radio station shut down by Federal Communications Commission
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-16
The US communications regulator has shut down Alex Jones' flagship radio station and slapped it with a $15,000 fine. The news comes after the controversial commentator was banned from a range of social media outlets.
rt.com/usa/436082-alex-jones-rad…

Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman: The illogic of racialism
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-16
Lee's new film takes as its point of departure the infiltration in the late 1970s of the racist Ku Klux Klan by a black police officer, Ron Stallworth, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

Anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn links opposition to Israel's crimes with support for terrorism
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-16
The British Labour Party leader is seeking to appease rather than confront his opponents, whose attack centres on the claim that opposition to Israel is equivalent to anti-Semitism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

Is this sultry sister of 'Hot Felon' Meeks? Woman's mugshot sparks theory (POLL)
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-16
A woman reportedly arrested for driving without holding a valid licence could soon become the next criminal to strike it rich after seeing her mugshot go viral.
rt.com/usa/436103-hot-felon-jere…

Right-wing senator calls for a "White Australia" immigration policy
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-16
Fraser Anning's diatribe is the logical outcome of the nationalist policies supported by the entire political establishment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

Nine dead, 107 poisoned in Andean village in Peru
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-16
This tragedy in a peasant town in the Andes serves as a reminder of the grinding poverty confronted by millions of Peruvians.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

'We've lost an American treasure': Tributes pour in for 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-16
Tributes are being paid to singer Aretha Franklin who has passed away at the age of 76. Known as the 'Queen of Soul,' the music icon was hailed by online commentators as the "greatest American vocalist in history."
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Punctured batteries, massive waste: Whistleblower accuses Tesla of sloppy production (PHOTOS)
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-16
A former Tesla technician took to Twitter to detail what he says is extensive evidence of malpractice and waste at the electric carmaker's factories, and potentially deadly battery defects in its cars.
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A year after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, victims still face long recovery
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-16
Federal assistance has been slow and ecological issues in Houston make future flooding more likely.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

Opposition mounts to UPS-Teamsters conspiracy as union announces contract for airline mechanics
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-16
There is growing support for the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter's call for the election of rank-and-file committees in every warehouse and hub to coordinate opposition.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

New Zealand government launches sham inquiry into Afghan war crimes
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-16
The inquiry into allegations that civilians were killed in a NZSAS raid in Afghanistan in 2010 is destined to be a whitewash.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…

An "Exemplary Comrade": The Socialist Workers Party's 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part three
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-16
This is the third part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party beginning in 1947 of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08…