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2018-07-16: Social Media Postees

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Mass protests in Iraq's southern provinces
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
Thousands took part in mass demonstrations in southern Iraq over the weekend against the intolerable economic conditions that prevail 15 years after the US-led war for regime change.
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Pope Francis to Participate in Mexico's Peace Process
teleSUR / mv-GB | telesurtv.net | 2018-07-16
Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to participate in the framework of the consultations that AMLO's team will carry out, in order to create strategies to turn down violence and insecurity in Mexico.
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The Fisherman of Sarajevo Told Tales Past Wars and Wars to Come
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-16
We spotted him at the end of a path beside the River Miljacka, bending over the rail with a fishing rod, staring at the fast-moving, shallow waters with a rare intensity, frowning — angry, I thought — the sort of guy you might avoid if you weren't a journalist on a glowering, rain-spitting day, walking…
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Israel carries out biggest air strikes on Gaza since 2014 war
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
In recent days, Israel has stepped up its campaign to crush resistance in Gaza, intensifying its economic blockade, shooting scores of protesters, and mounting massive air strikes.
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World Trade War Has Begun
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-16
"By imposing tariffs of 25% on hundreds of products imported from China worth US$34 billion a year on Friday, July 6, the United States has violated the rules of the World Trade Organization and launched the largest trade war in the world's economic history," a statement by China's Commerce Ministry declarae. Beijing claims that it was…
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Participants in the anti-Trump rallies in the UK speak out
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
WSWS reporters spoke to anti-Trump protesters in Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield. Meanwhile, protests continued in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday.
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The Best Deals are the Deals that Develop Peace
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-16
As an educator of politics and conflict resolution I've spent decades examining deals as they relate to conflict and peace. Negotiation is a key skill of statecraft because successful diplomacy can save millions of lives and avoid trillion-dollar military engagements that may cause years of suffering and still not be anywhere close to a resolution, like…
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Haiti: Prime Minister Lafontant Quits After Fuel-Price Protests
teleSUR/LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-07-16
The resignation comes as the country struggles to recover from recent violence prompted by fuel-price hikes imposed as part of a deal with the International Monetary Fund.
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The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2018-07-16
The arrest of the WikiLeaks founder, which appears near, would be the first domino to fall. Afterward, thousands of publishers, editors and reporters in the U.S. would be in peril. | The post The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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New U.S. Sanctions Fuel Protests and Economic Mayhem in Iran 2/3
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-07-16
With more U.S. sanctions expected in November, the Iranian Rial has slid to 50% of its value. The authoritarian Iranian state must come up with strategies to address poverty, inequality, social welfare, instead of the current preoccupation with interests of the ruling elites says Dr Ali Fathollah-Nejad, visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center | The post New U.S. Sanctions Fuel Protests and Economic Mayhem in Iran 2/3 appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Undermining Trump-Putin Summit Means Promoting War
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-16
Timing isn't everything, but in politics it's important, and the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence for allegedly being behind the supposed hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 in an alleged effort to skew the election in favor of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, announced by Mueller "Russiagate" probe overseer and Associate US Attorney…
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Ro Khanna Says He'll Rally Support for Barbara Lee if She Makes Bid for Democratic Leadership
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-07-16
Barbara Lee's ascension to a significant leadership post would be a signal to grassroots activists that the strength of their opposition to the status quo is being felt inside the Capitol. | The post Ro Khanna Says He'll Rally Support for Barbara Lee if She Makes Bid for Democratic Leadership appeared first on The Intercept.
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The Shadow of Torture Behind Trump's Britain Visit
Hina Shamsi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-16
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | As President Trump visits the United Kingdom, the focus has been on strained trans-Atlantic relations, his intervention in domestic politics, and massive public protests. | A different, diplomatically-couched protest has received less …
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Israeli Soldiers Close Al-Fawwar, Colonialist Settlers Attack Homes, In Hebron
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-07-16
Israeli soldiers closed, Monday, the iron gate which was placed by the army at the entrance of the al-Fawwar refugee camp, and installed roadblocks in several areas in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. Many illegal colonialist settlers attack a home, and its garden, in Hebron city. …
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Trump-Gulf-Israel 'Peace' Plan Seeks Palestinian Surrender
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-16
Through violence, coercion, and bribery, Israel, the U.S., U.A.E., and Saudi Arabia want Palestinians to give up their rights under international law and accept limited sovereignty in a weak, divided territory. But growing non-violent resistance in the Occupied Territories and solidarity efforts around the world — such as a new settlement boycott in Ireland –… | The post Trump-Gulf-Israel 'Peace' Plan Seeks Palestinian Surrender appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Laura Flanders Show: Telling Stories of the Syrian Civil War
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-16
Our wars abroad and our wars at home. This week on the show, acclaimed graphic artist Molly Crabapple and Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham join me to talk about their collaborative book "Brothers of the Gun." Then, a report by Jonathan Klett on a community in Wisconsin that mobilized to greet Republicans attending a Trump fundraiser: … | The post Laura Flanders Show: Telling Stories of the Syrian Civil War appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Trump Stomps Britain
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-16
What a rotten guest, but then again, that was to be expected. Ahead of his visit to Britain, there was some indignation that US President Donald Trump should even be visiting in the first place. Protesters were readying their assortment of paraphernalia in anticipation. Walls of noise were promised. Trump, on the other hand, was bullish…
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Myanmar: Further information: Two journalists charged in Myanmar: Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-07-16
Two journalists who have been detained for more than seven months in Myanmar have been formally charged in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities. They each face up to 14 years in prison. They must be immediately and unconditionally released.
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Trump Turns to Gaza as Middle East Deal of the Century Collapses
Sheldon Richman | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-16
The Trump administration's "Deal of the Century" for the Palestine-Israel has, predictably, gone over like a lead balloon. So it's shifting gears. The Washington Post reports, "With President Trump's promised Middle East peace plan stalled, administration officials are focusing on improving conditions in the impoverished Gaza Strip — a move that could put political pressure on Palestinian leaders to come to the negotiating table."
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Protesters clash with Chicago police after police murder of Harith Augustus
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
Simmering anger over police violence led to protests after police harassed a local barber and shot him in the back as he tried to flee.
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West Scrambles to Evacuate White Helmets From Syria Amid Assassination Threats
Press TV | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-16
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Featured image: The file photo shows members of the White Helmets volunteer organization walking amid rubble in Syria. | Western countries have reportedly been scrambling to evacuate "volunteer" White Helmets from Syria, …
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When Did Russia Become an Adversary?
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-16
"Russia is an adversary." How many times have we heard this lately? Perhaps in some schoolmarmish reminder from a CNN, MSNBC or Fox anchor. Everybody's just supposed to know this. But when did it become received wisdom? How many times did we hear that Russia was an adversary in the 1990s, when Boris Yeltsin ruled…
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"Not Enough!"
Uri Avnery | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-16
The State of Israel has no oil wells. It has no gold mines. What has it got? It has the ownership of the remembrance of the Holocaust. That is worth a lot. Everyone who wants to clean himself from the stain needs a certificate from the State of Israel. Such a document is worth very…
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La paz se hizo fiesta: miles celebran amistad entre Etiopía y Eritrea
Prensa Latina | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-16
ADDIS ABEBA, Etiopía (PL) El primer ministro etíope, Abiy Ahmed, y el presidente eritreo, Isaias Afwerki, visiblemente emocionados, acompañaron hoy a una multitud eufórica que se reunió en el centro de esta capital para festejar el fin del largo conflicto. Los líderes de los países que hasta hace algunas semanas se calificaban entre sí como …
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Recordings Reveal Rampant Corruption: Peru Judiciary
teleSUR /ef-MS | telesurtv.net | 2018-07-16
Several recordings of high-level Peruvian judges reveal corruption and embezzlement schemes in exchange for judicial favors.
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Brazil: Lula Says the Rich 'Fear the People's Choice'
teleSUR / jc | telesurtv.net | 2018-07-16
Lula: "My judicial persecutors not only want me detained, they want me silenced."
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Kirstjen Nielsen Just Wants to Protect You
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-16
So, it's a bit rich that Secretary Nielsen frets that drones are a danger to Americans when the US has killed more people with drones than any other country. You would not know it from her op-ed. Her op-ed gives no hint that US drones have ever harmed a living soul, much less thousands of them. No, Nielsen is worried about armed drones in the hands of foreigners.
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Kushner Tenants Say They Were Ousted for Luxury Condo Buyers
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-16
In three years, more than 250 rent-stabilized apartments have been emptied or sold as a New York City building was converted to condos, in sales totaling more than $155 million, an average of $1.2 million per apartment. | The post Kushner Tenants Say They Were Ousted for Luxury Condo Buyers appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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The Lydda Death March and the Israeli State of Denial
Brett Wilkins | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-16
This week marks the 70th anniversary of the single largest mass expulsion of Arabs from Palestine during the Jewish ethnic cleansing campaign of 1948-49, the infamous Lydda Death March, in which attacking Israeli troops murdered and pillaged the people and property of Lydda, Ramle and surrounding villages while forcing some 80,000 men, women and children into the scorching wilderness, never to return.
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Europe Cringes Before Emperor Trump
Eric Margolis | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-16
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | President Donald Trump says most summit meetings are a waste of time. He's so right. Most meetings of every kind are a waste of time and energy. | The president was certainly …
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Cuba's New Constitution Will Recognize Private Property: Report
teleSUR/LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-07-16
Ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma published a summary of the new constitution on Saturday, saying a draft it had seen included 224 articles, up from 137 previously.
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Don't Be Deceived – Secret Trade Talks at Heart of Trump Visit
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-16
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | I've said for some time now that Brexit is largely about America wanting a new country to exploit. It also wants the EU to fall apart, it wants regulations built in …
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Mexico Rejects 1,000s Of Latin Americans At Airports
teleSUR /ef-MS | telesurtv.net | 2018-07-16
An investigation reveals that thousands of Latin American tourists, mainly from Colombia and Venezuela, are denied entry each year into Mexico.
telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-Reject…

Aftermath Of Israeli Strikes Proves Israel Is Targeting History, Culture And Ordinary Civilians
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-07-16
After the Israeli army bombarded Gaza on Saturday, killing two children and causing damage to public, civilian facilities, it became apparent that the soldiers were also targeting a prominent building, meant for preserving and displaying Palestinian archeology, arts and culture. The Palestinian TV has reported that some of the Israeli …
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Memo to the President Ahead of Monday's Trump-Putin Summit
Ray McGovern | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-16
With Friday's indictments of Russian intelligence officers, Ray McGovern and Bill Binney have written an open letter to President Trump making clear that the "evidence" behind the indictments is as fraudulent as the intelligence alleging WMD in Iraq. It is being published exclusively here ahead of the Trump-Putin summit on Monday. | BRIEFING FOR: The President | FROM: Ray McGovern, former CIA briefer of The President's Daily Brief, and William Binney, former Technical Director at NSA | SUBJECT: Info Your Summit Briefers May Have Missed | We reproduce below one of our most recent articles on "Russia-Gate," which, in turn, draws from our Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Memorandum to you of July 24, 2017. | At the time of that Memorandum we wrote: Forensic studies of "Russian hacking" into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data…
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"I Returned from Vacation to Find the Soviet Union had Collapsed" — RAI with A. Buzgalin (5/12)
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-07-16
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexander Buzgalin says that he returned from a vacation in the countryside to find Gorbachev was arrested, Yeltsin was leader and the Soviet Union was no more — with host Paul Jay | The post "I Returned from Vacation to Find the Soviet Union had Collapsed" — RAI with A. Buzgalin (5/12) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Trump Knows That the US Can Exercise More Power in a UK Weakened by Brexit
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-16
English nationalism as expressed by Brexiteers is a strange beast. Donald Trump gives an interview in which he assumes the right to intervene in the conflict between Theresa May and Boris Johnson over Brexit. He speaks with the same confident authority as he would in his own country, sorting out differences in the Republican Party over who should be…
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Cuba Welcomes Latin American, Caribbean Leftist Social Movements Attending Sao Paulo Forum
teleSUR / MH | telesurtv.net | 2018-07-16
The debates will be aimed at highlighting the role of the left in the unity of the Latin American revolutionary movement.
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Europe's Central Bank (ECB) Failures: From 1999 Origins to 2017
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-16
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The European Central Bank, ECB, is at the heart of the failure to stabilize Europe's economy since the 2008 global crisis. It is a central element as well in the institutional …
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Ireland's Decision to Advance Boycott Bill Could be the Tipping Point for Justice for Palestine
Prof. Kamel Hawwash | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-16
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The Palestinian people are in need of some good news to boost their morale at an extremely difficult time in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality. | There has been little …
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Bethlehem, Tulkarem And Jenin
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-07-16
The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, at least five Palestinians in Bethlehem, Tulkarem and Jenin, in the occupied West Bank. The PPS said the soldiers stormed and violently searched many homes in the invaded communities, interrogated several Palestinians and abducted five. …
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Brazil: Lula Vows Not To Compromise Dignity On 'Free Lula' Day
teleSUR/rg-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-07-16
Thousands gathered in cities across Brazil to demand the former president be released from prison on the 'National Day of Struggle to Free Lula.'…
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Chile: Investigators Pursue Sexual Abuse Cases in Rectory Raids
teleSUR/mrs-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-07-16
Police raids revealed boxes of papers detailing investigations led by the Catholic church against five priests suspected of sexual abuse.
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Economic Update: Labor VS Capitalism
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-16
This week with Rick Wolff: Updates on Left victory in Mexico's election; SCOTUS's Janus decision; Trump's Foxconn fakery in Wisconsin; the GOP's forced labor for Medicaid beneficiaries; and the scapegoating of immigrants exposed; Dr. Harriet Fraad on the personal, psychological effects of a dying US empire | The post Economic Update: Labor VS Capitalism appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Can We Learn from Heinrich Himmler's Daughter? Should We?
Kary Love | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-16
Heinrich Himmler's daughter, Gudrun Bruz, died May 24, 2018. That's right, Adolf Hitler's right-hand man and architect of the concentration camps and holocaust death machine, head of the SS and Gestapo (and former chicken farmer), thatHeinrich Himmler, his daughter died. Ms. Bruz remained a good Nazi to the end of her days. She spent her…
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Tchad: Budgets en chute, répression en hausse: Le coût humain des mesures d'austérité au Tchad
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-07-16
Depuis trois ans, l'agitation sociale provoquée par les mesures d'austérité sévères imposées par le gouvernement tchadien et ses créanciers internationaux fait l'objet d'une répression implacable. Ce rapport, fondé sur de nombreux entretiens réalisés au Tchad entre novembre 2017 et mai 2018, ainsi que sur une analyse politique et budgétaire détaillée, décrit les effets dévastateurs sur la population, en particulier sur les plus fragiles, des coupes budgétaires souvent arbitraires pratiquées dans des secteurs sociaux essentiels, comme l'éducation et la santé.
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We all see "the union being paid out and working with the company"
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
Part-time workers make up more than two-thirds of United Parcel Service's 230,000 employees and are paid as little as $10 per hour.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/16/upsw-j16…

German court authorises extradition of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain on embezzlement charges
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
In Spain, the newly installed minority Socialist Party (PSOE) government announced it would abide by the ruling, although it is a rebuke to the party's line in the Catalan crisis.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/16/puig-j16…

Trump vs. the Democrats: Two reactionary factions fight over foreign policy
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
Prior to Trump's upcoming meeting with Putin, the Democratic Party, the media and intelligence agencies have been demanding that the anti-Russia campaign be intensified.
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British and Ecuadorian authorities in talks to evict Julian Assange from London embassy
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
Media reports point to the ongoing conspiracy, involving the British, US and Ecuadorian governments, to terminate Assange's political asylum in violation of international law.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/16/assa-j16…

Woman dies after New Jersey utility cuts off her electricity
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
The shutoff occurred as temperatures climbed above 90 degrees, despite the family's payments and written notifications to the utility company of the woman's medical condition.
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Democrats vow to vote against their own bill to abolish ICE
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
The Democrats never had any intention of abolishing ICE, even though their so-called "abolition" would amount to little more than rebranding the ruthless agency.
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France wins football World Cup
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
This Cup, marked by many surprise eliminations of top teams, ended with a match between two countries, France and Croatia, that were far from the favorites to win.
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ICC: Strengthen Court on 20th Anniversary
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-16
The Permanent Premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. | © 2016 UN Photo/Rick Bajornas | (New York) — Member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should increase their support for the court in the face of increasing challenges to delivering justice, Human Rights Watch said today. The court's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, was adopted 20 years ago on July 17, 1998. | Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have released a video on why the ICC matters today to a new generation of law students studying around the world. | "The ICC's hard task of bringing justice to victims of grave international crimes is needed more than ever before," said Richard Dicker, international justice director at Human Rights Watch. "ICC member countries should use the 20th…
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Season two of The Handmaid's Tale: Out of steam and it shows
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
The familiar problem of having run out of something to say pervades the second season of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.
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4 Months Since Marielle Franco Execution, No Answers: Brazil
teleSUR / jc-TRP | telesurtv.net | 2018-07-16
"Human rights defenders run a high risk in Brazil" said Amnesty International's coordinator, Renata Neder.
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Ford contests token fines for death of electrician Ivan Bridgewater
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
The Kentucky state OSHA office report found that Ivan Bridgewater "suffered crushed injuries to include rib fractures and hemorrhaging which killed him."
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Report documents plundering of US wealth through tax cuts for the rich
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
The report's data expose the lie that there is "no money" to fund basic social needs such as decent-paying jobs, health care, education and housing.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/16/cuts-j01…

US rejects EU carve-out from sanctions against Iran
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
The US decision is another major economic blow against the European powers, which had looked to the nuclear agreement with Iran as opening the way for lucrative trade and investment deals.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/16/iran-j16…

Russian Federation: Fate and whereabouts of policeman unknown: Artur Aydamirov
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-07-16
Former Chechen policeman Artur Aydamirov, 34, disappeared on 8 June in Brest, Belarus, after learning in early 2018 that he is required to perform military service in Syria. He decided to flee Chechnya with his family. Witnesses saw unidentified men in uniform force Artur Aydamirov into a van and drive away. He has not been seen since and there are grave concerns about his fate.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur46/8784/2018…

'The ball is in Russia's court': Pompeo on Moscow-Washington relations
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-16
The prospect of better ties between Moscow and Washington is in Russia's hands, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said ahead of the much-anticipated summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Helsinki.
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We stand with Oleg Sentsov
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-07-16
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This week in history: July 16-22
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
25 years ago: Record flood waters devastate the American MidwestThis week in July 1993 marked a high point in the great Midwest flood of that year, as states across the upper-Midwest experienced the highest rainfalls and the highest flood waters on record. On July 17, 1993, for example, 12 inches of rain fell on Baraboo, Wisconsin in a three-hour period, while two inches of rain in one hour fell on Montgomery, Iowa.
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After 63 years, US reopens Emmett Till murder case
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
The Department of Justice has reopened its investigation into the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American from Chicago who was murdered while visiting relatives in Mississippi.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/16/till-j16…

Belarus: Fate and whereabouts of policeman unknown: Artur Aydamirov
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-07-16
Former Chechen policeman Artur Aydamirov, 34, disappeared on 8 June in Brest, Belarus, after learning in early 2018 that he is required to perform military service in Syria. He decided to flee Chechnya with his family. Witnesses saw unidentified men in uniform force Artur Aydamirov into a van and drive away. He has not been seen since and there are grave concerns about his fate.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur49/8804/2018…

Australian royal commission reveals predatory bank lending to small businesses
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
Testimony made clear that the banks routinely provided dubious loans that they knew small business owners and franchisees would have little chance of servicing.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/16/comm-j16…

Chad: Strangled budgets, silenced dissent: The human cost of austerity measures in Chad
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-07-16
Over the last 3 years, social unrest born out of harsh austerity measures imposed by the Chadian government and its international creditors has been met with unrelenting repression. This report, based on extensive in-country interviews conducted between November 2017 and May 2018 as well as detailed policy and budget analysis, shows how often arbitrarily determined budget cuts in key social sectors such as education and health have had a devastating impact on the population, in particular on the most vulnerable.
amnesty.org/en/documents/afr20/8203/2018…

This is how human rights activism changes lives
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-07-16
Human rights wins 2018…
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Turkey Stops Registering Syrian Asylum Seekers
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-16
Two Syrians walk along a fence near the Turkish-Syrian border in Gaziantep province, Turkey, November 30, 2016. Syrians who arrived in Turkey since late 2017 have been unable to register for temporary protection and receive basic services. | © 2016 Umit Bektas/Reuters | (Istanbul) — Turkish authorities in Istanbul and nine provinces on or near the Syrian border have stopped registering all but a handful of recently arrived Syrian asylum seekers. The suspension is leading to unlawful deportations, coerced returns to Syria, and the denial of health care and education. | The European Commission has recently praised Turkey's asylum system and plans to release the second batch of ‚Ǩ3 billion under its March 2016 migration deal which includes support for refugees in Turkey. European Union institutions and governments have stayed publicly silent on…
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Egypt: Intensifying Crackdown Under Counterterrorism Guise
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-15
In this file photo, Egyptian security forces stand guard outside a court in Cairo, Egypt, January 3, 2018. | © Reuters | (Beirut) — Egyptian authorities are increasingly using counterterrorism and state-of-emergency laws and courts to unjustly prosecute journalists, activists, and critics for their peaceful criticism, Human Rights Watch said today. | These abusive practices and distortion of counterterrorism measures have taken place at the same time as Egypt was chairing one of the key United Nations committees to ensure compliance with counterterrorism resolutions and while the UN's most senior counterterrorism official was visiting the country. | "While Egypt faces security threats, the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has exploited these threats cynically as a cover to prosecute peaceful critics and to revive the infamous Mubarak-era state security courts," said Nadim…
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Don't meet one-on-one with 'trained KGB vet' Putin, Democrats urge Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-15
US politicians have joined their European counterparts in voicing warnings to Donald Trump ahead of his meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki. The Democrats urged him not to meet alone with "trained KGB vet" Vladimir Putin.
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Trump Finds a New Weapon for His War on Journalism — Leak Indictments Aimed at Smearing Reporters
Peter Maass | theintercept.com | 2018-07-15
The Justice Department emphasized a romance between reporter Ali Watkins and alleged leaker James Wolfe. The spotlight on Watkins was intentional. | The post Trump Finds a New Weapon for His War on Journalism — Leak Indictments Aimed at Smearing Reporters appeared first on The Intercept.
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Fox News Busted for Quietly Deleting Tweet Claiming Mueller Hasn't Nabbed Anyone from Trump's Campaign
David Edwards, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-07-15
The Fox & Friends tweet Sunday was categorically false. | The Fox News morning show Fox & Friends on Sunday claimed in a tweet that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation had not implicated anyone from the Trump campaign. Hours before President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Fox & Friends tweeted a video clip and asserted that Mueller "still hasn't tied anyone from the campaign to the probe. " pic. twitter. com/EQyUC5KFKK– rob, an outsider (@JCDropout) July 15, 2018As CNN's Brian Stelter pointed out, the tweet erroneous claimed that Mueller is looking to end the probe because no members of the Trump campaign have been "tied" to the case. In fact, several members of Trump's 2016 campaign have already been indicted in Mueller's probe — including campaign chairman Paul Manafort. What the Post ACTUALLY reported: "The special counsel is pushing. . .
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How Twitter Degrades Discourse and Encourages Distortions: Illustrated by ex-Pentagon Official Ryan Goodman
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2018-07-15
There are multiple reasons political discourse is degraded by the fact that it now plays out primarily on Twitter, reasons that are inherent in that site's format and functionality: the elimination of nuance due to space constraints; mob behavior coercing adherence to group-think orthodoxies; the addict-like, insatiable craving for re-tweets and likes which the brain processes as approval and for which it thus produces chemical rewards of ecstasy and a sense of worth; and highly tribalized fiefdoms where it's remarkably easy to create self-affirming bubbles in which one only hears from from those who affirm, cheer and validate, rather than challenge and dispute, what one believes and what one wishes to believe is true. (I say this not as some above-it-all sociologist magically immune to those dynamics but as someone who uses Twitter as a necessary part of my work and am thus…
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'Murderers!' Violent protests erupt after Chicago police shoot armed man (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-15
Violent protests broke out in Chicago, prompting several arrests, after a police officer fatally shot an armed man on Saturday evening following a brief confrontation.
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The Importance of Being Uncivil
Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-07-15
Some years ago when the top administrator at my university passed me in a hallway and, smiling, said hello, I replied, "Don't expect civility from me." | My breach of academic decorum was as startling to me in that moment as it was to the colleagues who witnessed it. But even more startling was that I was expected to bid this administrator — whose financial scandals and excesses were paid for with staff layoffs and the cancellation of retiree health care — a good morning. | It's no surprise, then, that I cheered the staff of the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia for refusing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders a place at their tables. I likewise applauded the protesters whose chants of "If kids don't eat in peace, you don't eat in peace" drove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen from a…
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Oil Producers and Consumers Are the Final Losers
Marwan Salamah | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-15
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Oil prices have risen rapidly this year and are expected, by some, to head higher – possibly towards US$ 100 per barrel. This is alarming to many, who consider such a …
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Israeli warplane drops bombs in northern Gaza, injuring two Palestinians
Celine Hagbard | imemc.org | 2018-07-15
Israeli forces carried out airstrikes in northern Gaza on Sunday, a day after a 'ceasefire' was declared between Israel and the Palestinian Authority governed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The airstrikes targeted a group of Palestinians who were making kites in an open area in northern Gaza. According to …
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California Democratic Party Snubs Feinstein, Endorses Rival
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-15
OAKLAND, Calif. — The California Democratic Party snubbed U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Saturday by handing its official endorsement and a badly needed boost to state Sen. Kevin de Leon, her longshot Democratic challenger. | In backing de Leon, a majority of the party's 360-member executive board ignored Feinstein's calls to stay neutral in the race. Her allies had warned an endorsement would create an intraparty squabble that could detract from important down-ballot races. | De Leon has long been courting party activists and appealed to those seeking a fresh face and a more progressive senator to fight against President Donald Trump. | "Today's vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C.," de Leon said in a statement after the vote. "We have presented Californians with the first real alternative to the worn-out Washington playbook in a quarter-century."
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Donald Trump's Ambassador of Religious Freedom Lobbied on Behalf of an Anti-Islam Activist
Taylor Link, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-15
The U. S. ambassador of International Religious Freedom lobbied Britain to show sympathy to chief white nationalist | An ambassador representing President Donald Trump lobbied the United Kingdom on behalf of jailed activist Tommy Robinson, the founder of the far-right English Defence League. According to Reuters, the U. S. ambassador inquired about Robinson's safety during a meeting with Britain's ambassador in Washington, D. C. The discussion about Robinson, who gained worldwide notoriety for his anti-Islam rhetoric, was peculiar considering it was brought up by Sam Brownback, the U. S. ambassador of international religious freedom. Why an ambassador of religious freedom would speak on behalf of a religious persecutor has not yet been explained by the Trump administration. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was arrested in May after broadcasting a Facebook live video outside a courthouse during a child-molestation trial. He was sentenced to 10 months. . .
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Settlers Prevent Shepherds from Feeding Livestock in Jordan Valley
INA | imemc.org | 2018-07-15
Illegal Israeli settlers, on Sunday, chased Palestinian shepherds out pasture areas near the village of Khallet Makahoul, in the northern Jordan Valley, preventing them from grazing their livestock, said a local activist. Aref Daraghmeh, who monitors settlement activities in the Jordan Valley, said that settlers chased the shepherds and prevented …
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1918: How the Allies Floated to Victory on a Wave of Oil
DJRP | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-15
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Featured image: French troops transported to the front in trucks, bas-relief on the Voie Sacrée Monument near Verdun (photo by J. Pauwels) | March 3, 1918. Germany signs the peace treaty of …
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With Anti-China Protectionism, the Left Is Aiding Trump's Xenophobic Agenda
Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-07-15
Because China is increasingly seen as a threat to US global hegemony, anti-China nationalism is on the rise in American politics. Late last summer, Steve Bannon spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations and discovered– much to his surprise–that his hawkish approach to China had gone mainstream. Early this year, Defense Secretary James Mattis, who is in what passes as the moderate faction in the Donald Trump White House, released the 2018 National Defense Strategy, stating that "Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security." China leads the list of "strategic competitors" cited by the Department of Defense. In May, Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei warned at Axios that "China is the greatest, growing threat to America" and suggested that "a smart politician could turn China into a unifying villain on virtually every topic."
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The Map That Shocked Obama
subir, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-07-15
It is troubling that the otherwise well-informed Obama was unaware of the true impact of Israeli policies on Palestinians. | One afternoon in the spring of 2015, a senior State Department official named Frank Lowenstein paged through a government briefing book and noticed a map that he had never seen before. Lowenstein was the Obama Administration's special envoy on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, a position that exposed him to hundreds of maps of the West Bank. (One adorned his State Department office. )Typically, those maps made Jewish settlements and outposts look tiny compared to the areas where the Palestinians lived. The new map in the briefing book was different. It showed large swaths of territory that were off limits to Palestinian development and filled in space between the settlements and the outposts. At that moment, Lowenstein told me, he saw "the forest for the trees"–not. . .
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Is Donald Trump Ushering In a New World War?
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-15
Those of us who imagine a more democratic and egalitarian future are at great moral risk. | Perhaps the most vivid description of President Trump's histrionic performance at the NATO summit earlier this week in Brussels came from a foreign-policy analyst named Philipp Liesenhoff, who quoted a German folk saying to reporters for the Daily Beast: "A blind chicken finds corn once in a while. "It's a marvelous metaphor. But I'm afraid it's deceptive. Here's a word of advice to the Trump-loathing defenders of the liberal-democratic order, whether in Europe or Britain or at home in the United States: Beware the blind chicken. His other senses have become finely tuned. Mock him at your peril. If you believe for a second that he will be easy to capture or contain or defeat, then you have learned nothing from the last three years. . .
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Are We Alone? The Question is Worthy of Serious Scientific Study
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-07-15
If there are indeed extraterrestrial craft visiting Earth, it would greatly benefit us to know about them, their nature and their intent. | Are we alone? Unfortunately, neither of the answers feel satisfactory. To be alone in this vast universe is a lonely prospect. On the other hand, if we are not alone and there is someone or something more powerful out there, that too is terrifying. As a NASA research scientist and now a professor of physics, I attended the 2002 NASA Contact Conference, which focused on serious speculation about extraterrestrials. During the meeting a concerned participant said loudly in a sinister tone, "You have absolutely no idea what is out there! " The silence was palpable as the truth of this statement sunk in. Humans are fearful of extraterrestrials visiting Earth. Perhaps fortunately, the distances between the stars are prohibitively. . .
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Why Is Israel Not Being Held to the Same International Standards as All Other UN Member States?
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-15
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Why is Israel not subject to the regulation and inspection of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the United Nations? | Why is Israel not a party to the nuclear Non …
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FBI Chief Mueller Drops Indictments against Russia Intel Ops. as Deep State Panics Over Trump-Putin Summit
Helen Buyniski | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-15
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | On the eve of Trump's historic meeting with Vladimir Putin — with Russia-US relations at their worst since the fall of the USSR — Grand Inquisitor Robert Mueller handed down 12 …
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Can Trump, Israel, and Gulf Allies Get Putin to Turn On Iran?
Jared Porter | therealnews.com | 2018-07-15
Days after Netanyahu's visit to Moscow, Trump will meet with Putin in Helsinki. But despite talk of a "grand bargain" that enlists Russia in helping the US-Israel-Saudi-UAE front against Iran, don't expect it to happen, says professor and syndicated columnist Rami Khouri | The post Can Trump, Israel, and Gulf Allies Get Putin to Turn On Iran? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Feminist Israelis attacked by right-wing Israelis; Police fail to respond because 'attackers aren't Arabs'
Celine Hagbard | imemc.org | 2018-07-15
A group of Israeli Jewish feminists called the 'Women of the Wall' held their monthly prayer service at the 'Western Wall' in Jerusalem on Friday, and were assaulted by a group of right-wing religious Jewish zealots who threw stones at the women, beat them, and burned their prayer books. The …
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Virtue or Vice: Do Benefits of Legalized Cannabis Outweigh Risks?
Tomasz Pierscionek | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-15
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | While cannabis' potential for harm has been well-documented and numerous studies show some therapeutic benefits of medicines synthesized from the drug, UK government is pressured to review the law on medicinal …
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Kevin de León Stuns Dianne Feinstein, Wins California Democratic Party Endorsement in a Landslide
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-07-15
The endorsement is a resounding rejection of Feinstein's brand of centrist politics, which simply doesn't mesh well with the party's most dedicated and plugged-in supporters. | The post Kevin de León Stuns Dianne Feinstein, Wins California Democratic Party Endorsement in a Landslide appeared first on The Intercept.
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Turning Power into Money, the End of the Soviet Union — RAI with A. Buzgalin (4/12)
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-07-15
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexander Buzgalin says that many Communist Party leaders supported Gorbachev's perestroika reforms, but what they really wanted, was to drop restrictions on accumulating great wealth — with host Paul Jay | The post Turning Power into Money, the End of the Soviet Union — RAI with A. Buzgalin (4/12) appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Further Strangulating Gaza, Israeli Authorities Add Restrictions on Movement of Goods in and out of Gaza
INA | imemc.org | 2018-07-15
Via Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Israeli authorities have reportedly introduced new restrictions which further strangulate the movement of goods from and into the Gaza Strip. Fishermen have also been subjected to more restrictions which decrease the space in which they are allowed fish. Adopted after talks on 9 …
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'Fake News': European Council President Hits Back After Trump Calls the E.U. America's 'Foe'
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-07-15
"America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news. " | Literally minutes after CBS aired an interview in which President Donald Trump declared the European Union to be among America's greatest enemies, the head of the EU struck back. European Council President Donald Tusk (photo, left) took to Twitter, and in an elegant mocking of Trump's favorite phrase, declared, "America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news. " The European Council represents the European Union. America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news. — Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) July 15, 2018President Trump had told CBS News, "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a. . .
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Trump's Claim That Europe is 'Losing Its Culture' is Racism — And It Must be Challenged
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-07-15
Britain is experiencing a moment of great cultural tension. The US president isn't helping. | According to Donald Trump, Britain and Europe is " losing its culture" as a result of immigration. In an interview with The Sun newspaper, given in Brussels shortly before travelling to London, Trump explained how migrants from the Middle East and Africa are permanently changing Europe for the worse. Speaking about the pain it causes him, given that both his mother and father were European, he added: I think what has happened to Europe is a shame. Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame. I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way . . . I think you are losing your culture. Look. . .
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Keeping the "Public" in Public Art
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-15
The Harriet Tubman Memorial Statue in Harlem, New York, is an example of public art commissioned by the Percent for Art program.Felix Lipov / Shutterstock.com | Money for the arts: Where does it come from and where does it go to? Every day there is another multimillion-dollar art auction some place. In New York City, the Metropolitan Museum — where entry had been on a contribution basis — recently instituted a hefty ticket price for non-New Yorkers. Just recently, the appointment of two white curators to the Brooklyn Museum's African Art exhibit caused a furor. | Then, there's public art. Starting in the 1930s, the US Treasury required 1 percent of the cost of federal buildings to be applied to art and what they called "decoration." Now, more than half of the states maintain 1 percent for their art programs. In New York,…
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The Woes of Luka Modri?: Croatia, Nationalism and Football
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-15
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Juraj Vrdoljak of Telesport was convinced. "I think half the population didn't show up to work on the morning after the win against England." The victory had inspired early shop closures, …
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Memo to the President Ahead of Monday's Summit
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-07-15
Ray McGovern and Bill Binney have written an open letter to President Trump ahead of Monday's summit. With Friday's indictments of Russian intelligence officers, Ray McGovern and Bill Binney have written an open letter to President Trump making clear that… Read more ?…
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To Survive the Trump Era, Democrats Must Embrace Their True Identity — Which Most Americans Strongly Support
Paul Rosenberg, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-15
Democrats have an ideology — government as a force for good. To win, they must embrace it | As Matt Grossmann and David Hopkins vividly underscore in their book " Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats" (Salon review here), America's two parties are not mirror images, and Democrats don't present as ideologically unified or coherent. "While the Democratic Party is fundamentally a group coalition, the Republican Party can be most accurately characterized as the vehicle of an ideological movement," they argue, with a broad range of evidence in support — from individual voters' opinions and how the two parties organize to public-policy issue debates, political campaigns and finally how the parties govern. At every level of analysis the same distinction recurs, and the differences at each level reinforce one another. At the level of individual opinion, more people identify as. . .
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2018-07-13: News Headlines

Jared Porter (2018-07-14). Trump's Real NATO Agenda? More Money for War. therealnews.com As prominent US media and political figures warned that he might dismantle NATO, President Trump wrapped up the summit by bragging that he had convinced allied members to spend more on the military. We speak to Bill Hartung, Director of Arms & Security Project, Center for International Policy

RT (2018-07-14). Insults, demands & advice: Trump's whirlwind European tour causes stir online. rt.com On his EU visit, US President Donald Trump lectured Germany on doing business with Russia, demanded tribute from NATO and offered advice on British politics. Many Europeans were having none of it, venting their spleen on Twitter.

amnesty.org (2018-07-14). Russia and USA must use Putin-Trump summit to show they are responsible international players. amnesty.org Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump must use their upcoming summit in Helsinki to tackle the world's most urgent human rights issues and restore their nations' credibility as responsible international players, Amnesty International said ahead of the meeting between the Russian and US presidents in Finland's capital on Monday. | The organization calls on the two leaders to put the international refugee situation and the war in Syria at the top of their agenda during the summit, as well as violations taking place in their own countries. | "Presidents Putin and Trump have been toxic for human rights. Their respective policies have resulted in broken families, children being held in cages, continuing atrocities in a prolonged war in Syria and the torture and killing of LGBTI people in Chechnya, to name just a few of the horrors that have unfolded under their watch," said…

RT (2018-07-14). Call the midwife: Maddow goes to meddling & collusion expert Nuland for tips on Trump-Putin puppetry. rt.com Rachel Maddow, the star MSNBC anchor who is obsessed with the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory, found the perfect 'expert' to ask about orders Vladimir Putin might give to Donald Trump: Victoria 'F**k the EU' Nuland.

Aidan O'Brien (2018-07-13). Ireland's Intellectuals Bow to the Queen of Chaos. counterpunch.org "It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and to expose lies." — Noam Chomsky (1967) Ireland's oldest university — Trinity College Dublin — gave Hillary Clinton an honorary doctorate in late June. It was one big love in. Clinton was paraded and praised like a people's champion. And in return Clinton fawned More

Robert Hunziker (2018-07-13). Three Climatic Monsters with Asteroid Impact. counterpunch.org Continuing from Part 1: Monster #2 Greenhouse Gases ("GHG") alter ecosystems. The biggest impact of anthropogenic GHG hits the oceans. There is no doubt about the importance of the oceans as a great sink, 2/3rds of the planet. After all, the oceans have saved humanity's butt ever since industrialization started emitting CO2 over 200 years More

Jason Ditz (2018-07-13). Trump Expects Iran To Call Him And Ask For A New Deal. iranian.com In comments on Thursday, President Trump revealed that he believes that having withdrawn from the P5+1 nuclear deal and started imposing new sanctions means Iranians are "feeling a lot of pain right now." He predicted they would have to call him and ask for a deal. Trump withdrew from the deal in May, and claims now Iranians are […]

Ilana Novick (2018-07-13). Standing Rock Activists Face Harsh Prison Sentences. truthdig.com Two years after the media left, hundreds of "water protectors" who participated in protests over the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota struggle to rebuild their lives.

Nick Pemberton (2018-07-13). A Letter For Scarlett JoManDaughter. counterpunch.org "She had wandered, without rule or guidance, into a moral wilderness. Her intellect and heart had their home, as it were, in desert places, where she roamed as freely as the wild Indian in his woods. The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had More

Graham Peebles (2018-07-13). Education and the Mental Health Epidemic. counterpunch.org Across the western world June is exam time in secondary schools; in Britain, written tests taken halls of silence and tension have triggered a mini-epidemic of anxiety-rooted conditions. Pupils have reported mental exhaustion, panic attacks, crying, nosebleeds, sleepless nights, hair loss and outbreaks of acne. Over the past 25 years, depression and anxiety amongst teenagers More

Michelle Chen (2018-07-13). Can New York Rein in Uber? thenation.com Can New York Rein in Uber? appeared first on The Nation.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-13). Caravan of Grandmothers Heads to Mexico Border. truthout.org Tina Bernstein remembers the Birmingham Church bombings in 1963 that killed four young school girls. She remembers the fear she felt during the Cuban Missile Crisis. | "I remember nightmares of being separated from my family, unable to reach them," the Beacon, New York, resident recalls. "In recent months, those nightmares have come back… they are nightmares of losing my children and granddaughter." | When she learned about a caravan of concerned grandmothers heading to the Mexico border to deliver grandmotherly love to the migrant families there, she saw an opportunity to challenge this nightmare. | Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden is a movement of grandmothers and their allies who have been similarly spurred to action by the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the southern border. Over six days, beginning July 31, their caravan will journey more than 2,000 miles, onboarding other "grannies" along the…

Staff (2018-07-13). McCain Calls on Trump to Confront Putin. truthdig.com Republican Sen. John McCain says if the president is not prepared to hold Putin accountable for Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the Helsinki summit should not take place.

Ed Meek (2018-07-13). Dershowitz the Sophist. counterpunch.org It's late at night, snowing and the roads are slick. You are in the back seat of a car with Alan Dershowitz. His driver is doing 65, the speed limit, and the car is having trouble holding the road. You see on your maps app, there is black ice up ahead. You ask the driver More

Chris Wright (2018-07-13). The American Oligarchy: A Review. counterpunch.org Consumers of left-wing media are well aware that America is an oligarchy, not a democracy. Everyone with a functioning cerebrum, in fact, should be aware of it by now: even mainstream political scientists recognize it, as shown by a famous 2014 study by Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page. Nevertheless, it is important to continue More

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-07-13). Korea After the Handshake. counterpunch.org The recent easing of tensions between North and South Korea, two countries that are still technically at war, has given new life to the debate on the unification of the two countries, which have been divided and confronted since the 1950s. In my opinion, the most favored part of the development of the events that More

Merula Furtado (2018-07-13). Armenian Youth End Soviet-Era Inertia in Velvet Revolution. truthout.org It is a rare moment for Armenia: There is a resurgence of optimism, in no small part, because of the country's youth. | This past April and May, it was the youth, under the leadership of opposition leader and journalist Nikol Pashinyan, who organized the country's Velvet Revolution. The movement developed in response to President Serzh Sargsyan's announcement that he would seek a third consecutive term as the most powerful figure in Armenia. Hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered in the capital's Republic Square, some having walked for hours from neighboring rural towns to participate. | The protests began unassumingly. Even as sizable crowds took to the streets, there still remained widespread disbelief that Sargsyan would carry through on appointing himself prime minister after having already served two presidential terms. Demonstrations began more as a fervent reaction to the audacity of the…

John Carroll Md (2018-07-13). Dispatch From Haiti: Trump and Breastfeeding. counterpunch.org When the late Dr. Paul Blough retired from his private OB-Gyn practice in Peoria, Illinois in the mid-80s, he moved to Haiti. And over the next couple of decades "Dr. Paul" delivered over 10,000 babies in Cite Soleil. I remember his eyes moistening in the delivery room of St. Catherine Laboure Hospital, when he told More

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-07-13). Communism and Consumerism — RAI with A. Buzgalin (3/12). therealnews.com On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexander Buzgalin says that "market fetishism", the hunger for commodities, became a major obstacle to building socialism — with host Paul Jay

Kevin Zeese, Nils McCune (2018-07-13). Correcting The Record: What Is Really Happening In Nicaragua? counterpunch.org There is a great deal of false and inaccurate information about Nicaragua in the media. Even on the left some have simply repeated the dubious claims of CNN and Nicaragua's oligarchic media to support removal of President Ortega. This article seeks to correct the record, describe what is happening in Nicaragua and why. As we More

Patrick Cockburn (2018-07-13). Is ISIS About to Lose Its Last Stronghold in Syria? counterpunch.org Several hundred suicide bombers and 4,000 fighters belonging to Isis are preparing to defend Hajin in eastern Syria close to the border with Iraq. The town is the last stronghold of the Islamic State, the militarised Islamic cult that three years ago controlled territory the size of Great Britain. The struggle for Hajin comes exactly a year More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-13). 12 Russian Intelligence Officers Indicted by Mueller Probe for Hacking DNC and Infiltrating State Election Databases. alternet.org The deputy attorney general held a press conference to discuss the latest developments. | Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election, according to a briefing by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein noted that the people named in the indictments hacked the DNC and the chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta. Some in the indictments also hacked into state election board databases. He also said that the intelligence officers used the data obtained in the hack to influence the election by funneling it through another party. Though that party is unnamed in the indictment, it has been widely reported that WikiLeaks was used to disseminate the hacked info. No American is indicted in the new court documents. Rosenstein also insisted that there's no evidence that the election. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-13). 'A Moment in American History': Ex-GOP Lawmaker Argues Mueller's Latest Charges Should Make Us 'Fearful' of the President. alternet.org "We should eject Russian diplomats and we should bring our U. S. diplomats home from Russia. " | After the U. S. Justice Department announced an indictment of twelve Russian hackers involved in the Kremlin's attacks on the 2016 election, a former GOP lawmaker warned that the charges represent a landmark moment — and not in a good way. "What we saw today from [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein is a moment in American history, and we should be unequivocal in our response," David Jolly, who served as a Florida congressman, said on MSNBC Friday. "And the president of the United States should be unequivocal. The Monday meeting should be canceled — the bilateral meeting with Putin. We should eject Russian diplomats and we should bring our U. S. diplomats home from Russia. "However, he acknowledged, there's no way Trump will do that. "The president has known for days. . .

Whitney Webb (2018-07-13). US Airstrike Kills 54 Civilians Near Abu Kamal in Push to Control Syrian Border. mintpressnews.com With the U.S. now unable to prevent Syrian government control of the Syria-Jordan border, Friday's strikes are a sign that the U.S. effort to oust the Syrian government from Abu Kamal is likely to only grow stronger as its occupation of Syrian territory faces an uncertain future.

candice (2018-07-13). Will Parents at the Border Be Forced to Separate Again to Win Asylum? truthout.org Two days after a court-imposed deadline, the Trump administration said Thursday that just 57 of more than 100 children under the age of 5 have been reunited with their parents after they were separated at the border under the "zero tolerance" policy. This comes as the Trump administration has announced a new asylum policy at the US-Mexico border, which instructs immigration officers to immediately reject asylum seekers who say they are fleeing gangs or domestic violence. We're joined by Renée Feltz, Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention, and the business of detention. Her new story for The Nation, reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, is headlined "For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits." | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in…

Andrew Levine (2018-07-13). Tipping Points. counterpunch.org It is an axiom of American politics that there is one born every minute. Even so, it boggles the mind to think that so many Americans fell for Donald Trump's con two years ago. Many did, however, and now he is president of the United States. To be sure, it was the Electoral College, not the popular vote, that put him in office. Still, some sixty-three million Americans voted for him. More

Seth Sandronsky (2018-07-13). A Fraught Century. counterpunch.org Colonies and the political economy are two sides of the same coin. In The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in Seventeenth-Century North America and the Caribbean (Monthly Review Press, 2018), historian Gerald Horne reveals the actors and factors behind the origin of a racial capitalism that haunts us More…

Cody Fenwick, AlteNet (2018-07-13). 'There Are More Indictments to Come': Former Federal Prosecutor Explains What the Pattern of Mueller's Charges Shows. alternet.org He said that the investigation is following the pattern of a corruption investigation. | Special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents involved in the 2016 election hacks and meddling represents a major development in the investigation, but it's also a sign that there's much more to come from the investigators, according to one former federal prosecutor. Glenn Kirschner said on CNN Friday that Mueller's work has proceeded in the standard fashion of RICO cases — which stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The law is designed to fight criminal organizations. "This is yet, sort of, another intermediate step," Kirschner said. "The president's lawyer can certainly say he's fully exonerated by this, but I can tell you as a career prosecutor, when we investigate and indict the larger cases, for instance, the Rico cases — racketeer influenced corrupt organization. . .

Olivia Alperstein (2018-07-13). Kavanaugh and the Supremes: It's About Much More Than Abortion. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Why should you care? Because everything from reproductive rights to voting, education, and health care is now at stake. Kavanaugh, a judicial ideologue committed to pulling the Court further to the right, may also reverse decades of key rulings More

Rachel Leah, Salon (2018-07-13). Watch Stephen Colbert's Hilarious Re-Enactment of FBI Agent Peter Strzok's Explosive House Hearing. alternet.org He dedicated the entire opening monologue to the battle in Congress Thursday. | Stephen Colbert isn't one for deep dives, but Thursday night on "The Late Show," the host ripped into House Republicans over the dysfunctional, combative hearing in which FBI agent Peter Strzok was questioned extensively in front of the House Judiciary Committee, with digs into both his credibility and his judgement. Colbert dedicated his entire opening monologue to the battle in Congress Thursday. "It was a parliamentary smackdown. The Capitol dome became the Thunderdome," Colbert began. "And it's all during the testimony of FBI agent and man thinking about Cold Stone Creamery, Peter Strzok. Back in 2016, Strzok was part of the FBI's investigations into both Hillary Clinton and the Trump campaign. and since then it's come out that he exchanged anti-Trump text messages with his mistress, an FBI. . .

The Conversation (2018-07-13). Here's Why The Simpsons Are Needed More Than Ever in the Age of Donald Trump. alternet.org In an era of fast news, The Simpsons' slow satire continues to reveal new truths about America. | Writing on The Conversation in 2016, Travis Holland declared that The Simpsons had lost its way. He suggested the show was living on a legacy and needed to adapt or face growing demands for its cancellation. But two years later, the show is still on air and remains loved and hated in equal measure. Questions about its continuing relevance, however, remain. Certainly, the show's audience has declined in recent years — but this is in line with a broader pattern of declining American television audiences. Increasing numbers of young people are moving away from television to streaming services and social media. But on all of these platforms, political satire remains prolific. The Simpsons remains the longest-running primetime scripted television show and. . .

Binoy Kampmark (2018-07-13). Soft Brexits and Hard Realities: The Tory Revolt. counterpunch.org It was meant to be an away day at Chequers in total hermetic isolation, an effort on the part of UK Prime Minister Theresa May to sketch some common ground in a cabinet that has struggled to agree on much regarding the imminent departure of Britain from the European Union. The clock is ticking, for More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-07-13). Europe's Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen. counterpunch.org More>

Brian Cloughley (2018-07-13). Lessons That Should Have Been Learned From NATO's Destruction of Libya. counterpunch.org The summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the military alliance that is expanding its deployments of troops, combat and surveillance aircraft and missile ships around Russia's borders, took place on July 11-12 and was a farce, with Trump behaving in his usual way, insulting individuals and nations with characteristic vulgarity. More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-07-13). Roaming Charges: In the Land of Formula and Honey. counterpunch.org So Trump came Brussels not to kill off NATO, as both liberals and neocons feared, but to further weaponize it. He played the part of a blustery arms dealer, demanding that all NATO countries increase defense spending to 4% of GDP (double the current commitment), which would come as welcome news to Raytheon, Lockheed & Boeing. Of course, feeding defense corporations is what NATO has been about since the alliance became operationally obsolete in 1990. More

Ron Jacobs (2018-07-13). Vermont: Can It Happen Here? counterpunch.org Vermont communard and organic farmer Robert Houriet once stated that after the violence of 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, the counterculture/new left had two possible choices—to go to Vermont or join the Weatherman organization. While Houriet's statement was certainly exaggerated in order to make a point, it was founded in a truth of the times. More

candice (2018-07-13). Activist: Piers Morgan Is Wrong for Criticizing British Anti-Trump Protests. truthout.org President Donald Trump said Friday that immigrants fleeing violence and seeking asylum in Europe are changing "the fabric of Europe. … And I don't mean that in a positive way." Trump's xenophobic comments came during a shocking interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun. Massive protests have greeted President Trump during his two-day trip to Britain — including a 20-foot-long giant baby Trump blimp outside Parliament. We go to the streets of London to speak with Ash Sarkar, the anti-Trump coalition organizer who confronted Piers Morgan during a "Good Morning Britain" interview Thursday that went viral. | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: We begin our show in Britain, where President Trump is meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May today, just hours after warning that a "soft Brexit"

Rob Jacobs (2018-07-13). Make America Great Again. thenation.com Make America Great Again appeared first on The Nation.

Richard Falk (2018-07-13). I Was Robert Mueller's Undergraduate Thesis Adviser—and What He Wrote Gives Some Hints About What He'll Do as Special Counsel. thenation.com I Was Robert Mueller's Undergraduate Thesis Adviser—and What He Wrote Gives Some Hints About What He'll Do as Special Counsel appeared first on The Nation.

Elliott Gabriel (2018-07-13). Walmart Hopes to Track Employees' Every Move with New Checkstand Surveillance Tech. mintpressnews.com Walmart's move is just the latest in the rolling-out of surveillance technology across workplaces in the United States, which merges the use of technology for generating metrics with spying technology that further creeps into the lives of already hard-pressed, cash-strapped workers.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-13). 'It's Not a Joke': CNN's Jake Tapper Breaks Down Mueller's Bombshell Indictments — And What It Means for Trump. alternet.org Twelve intelligence officers were charged for their involvement in 2016 election meddling. | CNN's Jake Tapper explained why the bombshell indictments from special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday were such a significant development in the 2016 election interference case, calling it a "remarkable turn of events. "Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that Mueller's team has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for the hack of Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta. "It comes just hours after President Trump referred to the Mueller probe, again, as a witch hunt, and just a few days before his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin," Tapper said. "The president has said he will bring up the election meddling of 2016, but he has. . . said it in terms of almost as if he's going to reluctantly bring it up. "He continued:. . .

Staff (2018-07-13). 132 Die in Pakistan Election Violence Ahead of Sharif Return. truthdig.com The deadliest attacks in Pakistan's troubled election campaign occurred Friday, hours before former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to face a 10-year prison sentence on corruption charges.

Whitney Webb (2018-07-13). After Trump Pushed NATO Members to Spend More, Lockheed Doubles Production as Orders "Explode" mintpressnews.com The precipitous increase in Lockheed missile sales comes after the launch of Trump's "Buy American" weapons-selling initiative to foreign allies, as well as his efforts to rewrite U.S. policy and regulations in order to make it easier to export more military-grade weapons.

Christopher Brauchli (2018-07-13). The Defenestration of Scott Pruitt. counterpunch.org It was such a nicely written letter, beautifully typed, and of impeccable logic. In it Scott Pruitt explained why he resigned, and it had nothing to do with his behavior while serving as Administrator of the EPA. In the second sentence of his letter of resignation he said, in what was probably an unintentional but More

CounterSpin (2018-07-13). Jacinta Gonzalez on Immigration Rights, Jocelyn McCalla on Haiti Uprising. fair.org Media…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-13). The History of American Resistance. therealnews.com On the Marc Steiner Show, Marc talks to Jeff Biggers, author of the new book Resistance: Reclaiming An American Tradition, about the American history of uprisings from Thomas Paine to Black Lives Matter

Joseph Grosso (2018-07-13). The Invisible Class: Workers in America. counterpunch.org How much more lucid would American politics be if the term 'working class' entered and remained in the everyday lexicon? After all, could there be a more fitting concept in an economy where the five largest private employers are currently Wal-Mart, Amazon, Kroger, Yum! Brands (the corporation that operates Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut), More

Lynn Parramore, Institute for New Economic Thinking (2018-07-13). Was Martin Luther King a Socialist? alternet.org He actually addressed the issue head-on. | "The Millennial socialists are coming," declared a June 30 New York Times headline, describing a surprise surge of young female candidates endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America who beat their establishment opponents in primary races in New York and Pennsylvania. No longer is being a socialist considered scary — at least if you came of age after the Fall of the Wall. For many, it's a breath of fresh air. Martin Luther King, Jr. , if he were around today, would likely be smiling. The image of the handsome, be-suited King, looking like a middle-class messenger of the American Dream as he mesmerized the masses on the steps of the Lincoln memorial with his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, has been embraced by everyone from Coca-Cola executives to Donald Trump. It's part of America's cultural. . .

Staff (2018-07-13). Papa John's to Pull Founder's Image From Its Marketing. truthdig.com NEW YORK—Papa John's, which has featured founder John Schnatter in logos and TV ads, is pulling his image from its marketing after reports he used a racial slur. | His face was off at least some materials by late morning Friday, though the company said the details and exact timing for everything were still being worked out. The pizza chain said Friday there are no plans to change its name. | Schnatter has long been the face of the brand, and Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that its business could be hurt if Schnatter's reputation was damaged. Papa John's got a taste of that last year, when Schnatter stepped down as CEO after blaming disappointing pizza sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. | This week, Papa John's was already trying to further publicly distance itself…

Patricia J. Williams (2018-07-13). Judge Kavanaugh: An Originalist With a New—and Terrifying—Interpretation of Executive Power. thenation.com Judge Kavanaugh: An Originalist With a New—and Terrifying—Interpretation of Executive Power appeared first on The Nation.

Paul Street (2018-07-13). Time to Stop Playing "Simon Says" with James Madison and Alexander Hamilton. counterpunch.org As the United States' depressed, distracted, disorganized, and demobilized populace watches the vicious white-nationalist and authoritarian Donald Trump and the arch-reactionary Republican Party craft a Supreme Court yet further to the right of majority public opinion, the worst of the nation's slave-owning Founders might just be heard chuckling in their graves. More

Marilyn Garson (2018-07-13). Netanyahu's War on Transcendence. counterpunch.org Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has closed the only crossing point for commercial goods to enter and leave the Gaza Strip. He is unhappy that Palestinian protestors have deployed incendiary kites. Rather than address the illegal blockade which gave rise to the protests, Netanyahu has decreed that Gazan Palestinians will be permitted no trade, no shops More

Lauren Walker (2018-07-13). Backfire. truthout.org Thanks to Trump's wildfire tariffs, an iconic American brand is moving jobs overseas.

Saurav Sarkar (2018-07-13). I Got Arrested This Summer (and So Should You). counterpunch.org In his famous essay "On Civil Disobedience," Henry David Thoreau explained why he went to jail in 1846. He said he refused to pay taxes to a government that was pursuing the extension of slavery. To support such a government, Thoreau argued, was to be complicit in its worst deeds. With this essay, Thoreau helped More

Ken Levy (2018-07-13). The McConnell Rule: Nasty, Brutish, and Unconstitutional. counterpunch.org On Feb. 13, 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced what is now referred to as the "McConnell Rule": "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice." Between mid-February 2016 and mid-January 2017, McConnell used this rule to deny Pres. Obama's SCOTUS nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, the More

Bob Lord (2018-07-13). How to Level the Playing Field for Workers in a Time of Waning Union Power. counterpunch.org The Supreme Court's decision in Janus vs. AFSCME dealt organized labor, already on its heels, a crushing blow. Public employees who choose not to join unions now cannot be required to pay so-called "fair share" fees to compensate unions for the cost of representing them in wage and benefit negotiations. With only 6.5 percent of More

Howard Lisnoff (2018-07-13). Liberal Massachusetts and Recreational Marijuana. counterpunch.org Seeing recreational marijuana come to fruition in Massachusetts is like watching the actors in Luis Bunuel's movie The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie repeatedly walking along the same road without reaching any destination. In 2016, Massachusetts residents voted overwhelmingly for the ballot initiative—Question 4—to make marijuana available for recreational use to those 18 years old and older. More

candice (2018-07-13). Exploiting Pensions, Wall Street Cost Taxpayers $624 Billion Over Last Decade. truthout.org In a frenzied bid for higher profits in the decade following the 2008 financial crisis, Wall Street pension fund managers have siphoned as much as $624 billion from Americans' retirement savings — and, as a direct result, taxpayer coffers — through a vicious combination of high fees and foolish investment strategies, according to an analysis published Thursday by Yahoo Finance. | The steepest costs to taxpayers have stemmed from Wall Street pension managers' commitment to so-called alternative funds, which invest in private equity and hedge funds rather than traditional stocks and bonds. | "The total amount pension funds could have saved by simply investing in index funds could be more than $1 trillion," notes Yahoo Finance reporter Dion Rabouin. "Because pensions are guaranteed, the underperformance has hit taxpayers in the form of budget cuts for schools, hospitals, and libraries…

Winslow Myers (2018-07-13). President Trump's Useful Idiocy. counterpunch.org Though the president still has many supporters, there is a growing consensus, especially as the Trump-initiated trade war heats up, that he does not have their best interests in mind, never mind the best interests of the nation as a whole. While I think I understand why so many people voted for Trump, my sympathy More

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-07-13). 'To Call Her Dishonest Is Unfair': Fox News Reporter Condemns Trump for Attacking NBC Colleague and CNN. alternet.org He directly condemned the president's use of the term "fake news" to inaccurately denigrate coverage he doesn't like. | Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts criticized President Donald Trump on Friday for calling competing networks dishonest and 'fake news' during a U. K. press conference. He directly condemned the president's use of the term "fake news" to inaccurately denigrate coverage he doesn't like. "Something happened at the press conference that I think needs addressing. The president called out one of my colleagues Kristen Welker of NBC as dishonest and said that NBC New was dishonest. He also called out CNN as not a real network: "'fake news,'" Roberts said. "I know Kristen Wwlker. She's a friend of mine. She's as honest as the day is long. To call her dishonest is unfair. "Roberts also referenced his own previous role at CNN. "I used to work. . .

Mike Lux (2018-07-13). Left Politics Can Win All Over the Country. thenation.com Left Politics Can Win All Over the Country appeared first on The Nation.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-13). 'No, Goodbye!': Newt Gingrich Shamefully Dodges When Asked to Apologize for Debunked and Harmful Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory. alternet.org Fox News pushed the theory, despite the family's objections. | Former Speaker of the House and Fox News pundit Newt Gingrich was among those on the right pushing a wild conspiracy theory that a slain Democratic National Committee staffer was involved in the hacking of the organization's emails during the 2016 campaign. With the release of a new Justice Department indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers who are now charged with the attack, CNN reporter Oliver Darcy wanted to know if Gingrich to reflect on the new evidence. Observers had long noted that the Seth Rich conspiracy theory was based on wild speculation with little regard for the facts, and Friday's indictment shows decisively that top law enforcement officials and a grand jury believe the Russian government is responsible for the cyberattack. "In light of the Mueller indictments, I called @newtgingrich

candice (2018-07-13). Donald Trump Threatens Theresa May as Republicans Stage Peter Strzok Circus. truthout.org After all the fireworks at the NATO meeting on Wednesday, I assumed they would wind down on Thursday and President Trump would head off to jolly old England with a smile on his face for a nice visit with the queen and a few rounds of golf in Scotland. By acting like an unpredictable imbecile he had made his point: He's got the biggest swinging hands in the free world and there's nothing these pipsqueak allies can do about it. | Unfortunately, Trump wasn't finished. He showed up late for another meeting, took it over and started browbeating everyone again about spending and trade, demanding they embark on a massive military buildup and insisting they spend that money on American equipment because it's the best. Then he held a press conference and, much like the one he held after his Singapore pageant with…

Jared Porter (2018-07-13). New U.S. Sanctions Fuel Protests and Economic Mayhem in Iran. therealnews.com New U.S. sanctions on Iran, combined with secondary sanctions and withdrawal from the JCPOA, are having a profound effect on the Iranian economy. Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Visting Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, says a combination of internal and external factors are driving the downturn

The Conversation (2018-07-13). Here's Why Emmett Till's Life Remains Relevant Today. alternet.org The Till case continues to resonate with audiences around the world because the case represents an egregious case of justice denied. | The U. S. federal government is again investigating the case of Emmett Till's murder, the Department of Justice has announced, bringing optimism that some measure of justice might ultimately prevail. Nearly 63 years after he was kidnapped, brutally tortured, murdered and then dumped into the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi, the Till case continues to resonate with audiences around the world because the case represents an egregious case of justice denied. As an historian of the Mississippi civil rights movements, I quickly learned that most Mississippi civil rights history leads back to the widespread outrage over the Till case in the summer of 1955. Emmett in MoneyFourteen-year-old Emmett arrived in Mississippi on Aug. 20, 1955 from Chicago to visit his mother's family, who. . .

Victoria Law (2018-07-13). 'As Long As Solitary Exists, They Will Find a Way to Use It'. thenation.com 'As Long As Solitary Exists, They Will Find a Way to Use It' appeared first on The Nation.

Ralph Nader (2018-07-13). Universal Voting Dissolves the Obstacles Facing Voters. counterpunch.org When will the authoritarians and their political henchmen stop harassing American voters and let all citizens vote? No other Western country comes close to imposing so many obstructions for certain categories of people to keep them from the voting booth. In Canada, England, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, it is very easy to vote. Voter More

David Yearsley (2018-07-13). Ducks and Études. counterpunch.org In early 1746 the parfumier and glovemaker Pierre Dumoulin left his native Lyon and headed north towards Germany, on his way to foreign lands to exhibit three remarkable objects constructed by the celebrated maker of automata, Jacques de Vaucanson. This unlikely trio was made up of two robotic musicians and a mechanical duck. One musical More

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-07-13). U.S. Congressional Candidate Solicited Stolen Documents from Russians: Mueller Indictment. alternet.org See the portion of the indictment containing the explosive claim. | According to the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers released by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday, a U. S. congressional candidate solicited stolen documents from "Gucifer 2. 0," an account run by Russian intelligence forces. "On or about Aug 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2. 0, received a request for stolen docs from a candidate for U. S. Congress," the indictment reads. "The Conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2. 0 persona and sent the candidate stolen docs related to the candidate's opponent. "The candidate has not yet been publicly identified. See the portion of the indictment containing the explosive claim below. 43. a "On or about Aug 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2. 0, received a request for stolen docs from a candidate for U. S. Congress. The Conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2. 0 persona. . .

Jared Porter (2018-07-13). President's UK Visit 'An Opportunity for British People to Unite' Against Trump. therealnews.com President Trump's visit to the UK caused important upheavals both in British politics and society, when over 250,000 took to the streets against his visit. Thomas Barlow, of Real Media, talks about the visit's impact

Louis Proyect (2018-07-13). Survival of the Fittest in the London Underground. counterpunch.org The name Tony McKenna might ring a bell with CounterPunch readers since he has written a number of very informative articles here over the years, the most recent being one on "Trump, Obama and the Nature of Fascism". When I learned that he had written a novel titled "The Dying Light", I requested a review More

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-13). Has Mueller Caught the Hackers? therealnews.com Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 officials with the GRU, Russia's main foreign intelligence agency, for allegedly meddling in the 2016 election, including hacking Democratic Party emails. Case closed? Author and investigative journalist Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News joins TRNN's Aaron Mate to discuss

Robert Fisk (2018-07-13). Will Those Killed by NATO 19 Years Ago in Serbia Ever Get Justice? counterpunch.org The bridge is new, of course. And of the shrapnel and blood we found here 19 years ago — and the bicycle draped with human remains and the decapitated priest — there is little trace. Sanja Milenkovic, the 15-year old girl and potential mathematics genius who died when Nato returned to bomb the narrow, crowded bridge a More

Robert Kosuth (2018-07-13). Militarized Nationalism: Pernicious and Pervasive. counterpunch.org I live in Duluth, Minnesota, a medium-sized city in what's considered to be the most "progressive" congressional district in maybe the only "liberal" state in the Midwest. Yet this scenic, quiet city on the shores of Lake Superior is a case study in how classic feel-good American liberalism can coexist with an undercurrent of militaristic More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-13). Conservative Writer George Will Scorches the Entire GOP: 'There's One Republican Leader and the Rest Are Followers'. alternet.org Trump has subsumed the entire party. | The Republican Party once positioned itself as the party that was strong against foreign adversaries — including Russia in particular. But those days, since the rise of President Donald Trump, are over. Conservative writer George Will made the point succinctly Friday on MSNBC's "Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. " On a panel discussion about the recent indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers interfering in the 2016 election and Trump's upcoming one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the group wondered where the usual Russia hawks in the GOP had disappeared to. "We need American leadership to step up and say, 'Not on our watch. You will feel the blow of the American people if something happens," said Maria Teresa Kumar, the CEO of Voto Latino. "This is not in President Trump's DNA, but why aren't more Republicans telling. . .

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-07-13). Jill Stein Is Using the 2016 Election 'Recount' Money She Solicited to Pay for Her Russia-related Legal Bills. alternet.org She originally tried to reassure her donors that their money would still be well spent by promising to give them a say in how it got used. | Former Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein raised millions of dollars in 2016 to pay for a recount after the electoral victory of President Donald Trump. However, Stein's fundraising for the recount significantly exceeded what was actually needed to pay for it — and she tried to reassure her donors that their money would still be well spent by promising to give them a say in how it got used. However, the Daily Beast reports that Stein has so far not kept that promise and is instead using money raised from her "recount" campaign to pay for legal bills related to investigations into her possible contacts with Russia. "In June, The Daily Beast reported that. . .

Christine Cave, Aeon (2018-07-13). Did Everyone Actually Die Young in Ancient Societies? alternet.org Our ideas are often based on myth. | You might have seen the cartoon: two cavemen sitting outside their cave knapping stone tools. One says to the other: 'Something's just not right — our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free-range, and yet nobody lives past 30. 'This cartoon reflects a very common view of ancient lifespans, but it is based on a myth. People in the past were not all dead by 30. Ancient documents confirm this. In the 24th century BCE, the Egyptian Vizier Ptahhotep wrote verses about the disintegrations of old age. The ancient Greeks classed old age among the divine curses, and their tombstones attest to survival well past 80 years. Ancient artworks and figurines also depict elderly people: stooped, flabby, wrinkled. This is not the only. . .

David Rosen (2018-07-13). The New McCarthyism: Is the Electric Chair Next for the Left? counterpunch.org In a recent piece for CounterPunch, Melvin Goodman invoked the memory of Sen. Joseph McCarthy as a jumping-off point for a critique of the political situation in the era of Trump & company. He wrote, "it is no surprise that the past 17 years of warfare have been accompanied by a series of lost liberties; a revival More

Samantha Borek (2018-07-13). Bradley Foundation Funds Web of Climate Change Deniers. truthout.org Bradley Foundation internal documents reviewed by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reveal a concerted effort by the organization to delegitimize climate science, while promoting fossil fuel energy development in the United States. | An analysis of Bradley's climate-related activities shows that the foundation has made significant grants to support energy policy think tanks, attack-dog groups that target environmentalists, and efforts to discredit climate science. | A 2013 internal foundation document details how Bradley "instructed staff to explore options…to make more energy-related grants." The document also notes that the Board gave a "terminal grant" of $263,591 to the Sand County Foundation (SCF), which previously administered the Bradley Fund for the Environment. | The documents do not reveal Bradley's motivation in splitting from SCF, but they do outline a serious effort to promote fossil fuel industry interests at the expense of the environment.

Michael Collins (2018-07-13). The Affirmative Action Silo. counterpunch.org One of the hidden sources of division in the United States is the conceptual silo: the habits of thought, jurisprudence and reporting that segregates issues that feed on each other into separate debates, news reports and court cases. The segregation of debates and decisions about affirmative action, on the one hand, and mass incarceration, on More

Jacob Sugarman (2018-07-13). Trump Weighs Drastic Measure to Lower Gas Prices Ahead of Midterms. truthdig.com Less than four months from the midterm elections, the Democratic Party enjoys an eight-point lead in a generic congressional vote, and Donald Trump's approval rating hovers around 42 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight's weighted polling average. Meanwhile, the average price of unleaded gasoline sits at $2.89 per gallon, up 63 cents from one year ago. Now the Trump administration is considering tapping into the country's strategic reserve of crude oil to prevent those numbers from rising any higher before November. | "No decision has been made to release crude from the 660-million-barrel stockpile, known as the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, but options under review range from a 5-million-barrel test sale to a larger release of 30 million barrels, said the people who requested anonymity to discuss non-public deliberations," reports Bloomberg's Ari Natter. "An even larger release is possible if it were to be…

Janine Jackson (2018-07-13). 'It Is Really Crucial That People Stand Up for What They Believe In'. fair.org On its July 6, 2018, episode, CounterSpin reaired Janine Jackson's interview with Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the right to protest, originally heard on the July 14, 2017, broadcast. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Robert Reich (2018-07-13). 4 Ways to Combat Trump's Endless Mendacity. truthdig.com As the political season heats up, the president is ramping up his lies through his three amplifiers, Fox News, rallies and Twitter. But there are methods for countering him.

Juan Cole (2018-07-13). Trump Threatens Iran With "Escalation;" Could it Spin Out Of Control? iranian.com Both Trump and his hyperactive but ineffectual secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, ratcheted up their rhetoric on Iran on Thursday. In fact, Pompeo has been more or less threatening acts of war for the past week. Trump said at a NATO news conference, "I would say there might be an escalation between us and the […]

John Nichols (2018-07-13). Jamie Raskin Just Delivered a Devastating Takedown of GOP Hypocrisy. thenation.com Jamie Raskin Just Delivered a Devastating Takedown of GOP Hypocrisy appeared first on The Nation.

Kweli Nzito (2018-07-13). Imperial Gangster Nations: Peddling "Democracy" and Other Goodies to the Untutored. counterpunch.org Gangsters are adept at convincing you of your binding need for their protection, to guard against impending perils — largely of their own creation. The fee for this unsolicited service is that it must be reimbursed in recurrent fashion. This mobster tactic has become the preferred model of economic relationships between imperial financial institutions and the More

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-13). Healthy Eating During a Trade War: Here's How Trump's Reckless Foreign Policy Could Squeeze the Poor Even More. alternet.org Eating healthy could become even more cost-prohibitive for America's poor and lower-middle classes in a trade war. | Eating a healthy diet on a budget is not impossible in the United States, but it's certainly challenging—especially if one lives in a food desert where fresh produce is hard to come by. Sadly, fresh fruits and vegetables can be more costly than unhealthy processed foods, which is one of the reasons why America's poor are more likely to become obese or suffer from diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases. And if President Trump gets the U. S. into a series of trade wars—which is looking more and more like a strong possibility—eating healthy could become even more cost-prohibitive for America's poor and lower-middle classes. The aggressive hyper-nationalism that Trump has championed as president is alienating some of the U. S. 's closest friends and allies—even. . .

Kim C. Domenico (2018-07-13). Outing the Dark Beast Hiding Behind Liberal Hope. counterpunch.org By doing what had to be done (disobey) in the only way it could be done (collectively) survivors kept their social being, and therefore their essential humanity, intact. — Terrence Des Pres, The Survivor: An Anatomy of Life In the Death Camps(1976) "White liberals are not seeking justice…they're seeking absolution. Anything that absolves them of More

Thomas Knapp (2018-07-13). Helsinki: How About a Fresh START? counterpunch.org As US President Donald Trump heads to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump's critics continue to inveigh against what they consider an illicitly close relationship between the two, a perspective stemming from the "Russiagate" scandal drummed up by supporters of Hillary Clinton to explain her defeat in the 2016 presidential election. More

Ike Nahem (2018-07-13). Trump, Trade Wars, and the Class Struggle. counterpunch.org All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and [humans are] at last compelled to face with sober senses [our] real conditions of life, More

Dave Zirin (2018-07-13). Pro Wrestler Sami Zayn Aims to Save Lives In Syria. thenation.com Pro Wrestler Sami Zayn Aims to Save Lives In Syria appeared first on The Nation.

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-07-13). These 6 Crucial Details in Mueller's Latest Indictments Show There Are Many Shoes Left to Drop. alternet.org This is a major development in the case. | Friday afternoon Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein unveiled that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe has just led to a grand jury indicting 12 Russian government officials for criminal hacking related to the 2016 presidential election. They successfully hacked the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, various state government offices and the election systems of several states. 500,000 voters' data was accessed, according to Rosenstein. The indictment itself, which can be read via the Dept. of Justice website, makes even more stunning revelations, like these: On July 27, 2016, then-candidate Trump made his now-infamous and very public request to hack Hillary Clinton's email accounts: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. "Via the indictment, the Russian officials that same evening. . .

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Mark Gruenberg (2018-07-13). Trump executive order lets bosses bully federal workers. peoplesworld.org PHILADELPHIA—Is your boss a bully? That occurs often in private companies, less so in governments—and when the union is there, it can defend you. Not anymore at the Social Security Administration, says Berri Sue Bryant, president of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2908 in Philadelphia, who represents the workers there. "Our workers have been serving the […]…

Lornet Turnbull, Yes! Magazine (2018-07-13). A Caravan of Grandmas Are Headed to the Mexican Border to Support Immigrant Families. alternet.org The idea of the cross-country journey spread in much the way other movements have, taking root on social media and growing from there. | Tina Bernstein remembers the Birmingham Church bombings in 1963 that killed four young school girls. She remembers the fear she felt during the Cuban Missile Crisis. "I remember nightmares of being separated from my family, unable to reach them," the Beacon, New York, resident recalls. "In recent months, those nightmares have come back. . . they are nightmares of losing my children and granddaughter. "When she learned about a caravan of concerned grandmothers heading to the Mexico border to deliver grandmotherly love to the migrant families there, she saw an opportunity to challenge this nightmare. Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden is a movement of grandmothers and their allies who have been similarly spurred to action by the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the southern. . .

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Daily Kos (2018-07-13). This Disgusting Scheme to Enrich Cops by Starving Prisoners May Soon Be Scuttled. alternet.org Alabama's sheriffs have been getting rich off of prisoners for decades thanks to pre-World War II statutory language. | Alabama's sheriffs have been getting rich off of prisoners for decades thanks to purportedly ambiguous pre-World War II statutory language that lets them keep "excess" food funds. With that distorted incentive to keep expenditures low, sheriffs have been subjecting prisoners to sustenance that ranges from unappetizing to inadequate to unsafe. Now, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey is trying to put a stop to that practice with a memo to the state comptroller. "Public funds should be used for public purposes—it's that simple," Ivey said. Ivey's memo was likely inspired by the Southern Center for Human Rights's move to gather information about the sheriffs' use of funds and develop a legal challenge. They have a strong argument, after all: "This archaic system. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-13). The Baltimore Bureau Podcast Show: July 13, 2018. therealnews.com This Friday the 13th, Dharna and Khalilah discuss residents' and the City Council's resistance to both Baltimore Police Department and ICE

Ajamu Baraka (2018-07-13). Cultural and Ideological Struggle in the US: a Final Comment on Ocasio-Cortez. counterpunch.org There is no question that there is an acute, ongoing social, political, and economic crisis in the United States and the colonial/capitalist world. Liberal democracy along with the institutions and ideological justifications for the neoliberal order are under tremendous strain in the U.S. In the cultural and ideological sphere commonsense assumptions that provided meaning and More

Staff (2018-07-13). 12 Russians Accused of Hacking DNC and Hillary Clinton During 2016 Elections. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Twelve Russian intelligence officers hacked into the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign in the run-up to the 2016 election and released tens of thousands of stolen communications in a brazen effort by a foreign government to meddle in U.S. politics, according to a grand jury indictment announced Friday. | The indictment stands as the clearest Justice Department allegation yet of Russian efforts to interfere, through illegal hacking, in the U.S. presidential election before Americans went to the polls — and the first to implicate the Russian government directly. It had been sought by special counsel Robert Mueller and comes days before President Donald Trump holds a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. | U.S. intelligence agencies have said the meddling was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Kim Ives (2018-07-13). Haiti's Popular Uprising Calls for President Jovenel MoàØse's Removal. counterpunch.org Haiti exploded this past week in a nationwide uprising whose watchwords are "nou bouke," meaning "we are fed up" in Kreyà≤l. Like a volcano, the explosion of anger and violence was building up over the past 17 months of President Jovenel MoàØse's rule, which has been characterized by corruption, waste, double-talk, repression, and subservience to More

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