teleSUR /ef-MS (2018-08-20). Chile's Congress Set To Indict Judges For Releasing Torturers. Chile's lower house is looking to indite three judges who ruled to released five men convicted of tortures and homicides during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

RT (2018-08-20). Lockheed Martin receives bloody images instead of cool weapons photos in failed Twitter campaign. Lockheed Martin's social media appeal to send them the best photos of its products went horribly awry, as unimpressed Twitterati responded with gruesome images of the horrors of war.
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Staff (2018-08-20). Trump Rages Against Mueller Probe for Second Straight Day. The president's tirade follows a report that White House attorney Don McGahn has been cooperating extensively with the special counsel. (2018-08-20). Teacher hostility grows to Michigan Department of Education's curriculum changes. The Michigan Department of Education has proposed new social studies standards which remove references to essential democratic rights and aim to censor the study of history.

George Wuerthner (2018-08-20). Why the Gallatin Range Deserves Protection. The Gallatin Range that lies south of Bozeman, Montana is the largest unprotected wildlands in the northern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). The Gallatin Range is highly scenic with glaciated cirques, grassy meadows, and subalpine lakes. Biologically it is one of the more diverse and important areas in the entire Yellowstone ecosystem. The range is critical More

Labor Video Project (2018-08-20). SF Mayor Breed & DPH Garcia Still Pushing Lennar Hunters Point Project "It's Safe" At a community meeting on August 15, 2018, San Francisco Department of Public Health "Environmental Engineer" Amy Brownell told community residents that the Hunters Point Shipyard is safe and can be further developed. | Brownell whose salary is funded by the developer Lennar has been involved in the criminal cover-up of the falsification of testing in the billion dollar eco-fraud at Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island. Mayor London Breed and DPH director Barbara Garcia are also aware of the criminal retaliation of OSHA health and safety whistleblowers and have colluded with the developers to cover up the m... (2018-08-20). Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) to hold online forum: Lessons of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's sellout. The SEG urges health workers to attend this online forum on September 1 to discuss the NZNO's betrayal and the way forward in the fight against the Labour Party government's austerity measures.

Martin Varese (2018-08-20). 'Brazil's Judiciary Lost Its Masks' Amid Lula Legal Fight: Ex-Justice Minister. "The entire left-wing will stand together to support a leftist candidate," said Eugenio Aragao, former Minister of Justices under Dilma Rousseff, in an exclusive interview with teleSUR.

Javier Sierra (2018-08-20). La gran purga de votantes. Hoy, en los Estados Unidos de Donald Trump, a solo tres meses de las elecciones generales del 6 de noviembre, nos enteramos de que antes de los comicios de 2016, los estados purgaron a unos 16 millones de votantes de las listas electorales del pa’s. | Segœn un estudio del Brennan Center for Justice (BCJ), estos votantes purgados —en su mayor’a gente humilde o miembros de minor’as— fueron v’ctimas de inexactitudes e incluso decisiones ilegales de la burocracia estatal. El reporte enfatiza que entre 2014 y 2016, el incremento en la purga de votantes fue de un 33% con respecto al periodo anterior. | Las burocracias estatales solo pueden eliminar nombres de la listas electorales en caso de que la persona sea menor de 18 a–os, no sea ciudadana, si ha cometido algœn crimen mayor, si es enferma mental, si se... (2018-08-20). Israel steps up harassment of prominent critics of anti-Palestinian and racialist agenda. Israel's government is criminalising those protesting its policies on the basis that they represent "the de-legitimisation of Israel," a "threat to state security" or are "anti-Semitic." (2018-08-20). Inequality and the crisis of American democracy. Ever-increasing social inequality in the United States is incompatible with democratic forms of rule.

Charles Redvers (2018-08-20). Una respuesta a la desinformaci—n sobre Nicaragua: fue un golpe, no una 'masacre'. Por: Charles Redvers Para un resumen de la historia de trabajo de Mary Ellsberg con las agencias del gobierno de... (2018-08-20). Political warfare deepens as Democrats, ex-spies circle the wagons around Brennan. The intervention by Brennan and other ex-intelligence officials on the Sunday talk shows demonstrates the degree to which the spy agencies have become a dominant political force.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-20). Lula da Silva: "Brazil is Undergoing a Right-Wing Coup" The unraveling of the social safety net put in place by the PT, combined with the legislative manipulations and extreme neoliberal austerity constitutes a right-wing coup, explains Mark Weisbrot of CEPR.

teleSUR /ef-MS (2018-08-20). US Backs Down on Key NAFTA Negotiation, Farmers in Agreement. After months of lobbying by U.S. agricultural lobbies, the Trump administration backs down from crucial clause to not tariff seasonal fruits and vegetables from Mexico.

Dan Glazebrook (2018-08-20). Trump's New Financial War on the Global South. Trump's attack on the Turkish lira, combined with recent Federal Reserve moves to choke off dollar supply, are pushing the world towards a rerun of the 1997 currency crisis. This may well be the whole point. Last Friday, Donald Trump announced new sanctions on Turkey — comprising a doubling of the steel and aluminium tariffs More (2018-08-20). Growing interest in socialism in Downriver Detroit area. The industrialized area has been the core of the congressional district dominated by the Democratic Party and the Dingell family for more than 80 years.

RT (2018-08-19). Accused 'Russian agent' Butina moved to another jail, now in 'borderline torture' conditions. Maria Butina, the Russian gun activist jailed in the US on charges of being an unregistered "foreign agent," has been moved to a different prison without warning. The Russian embassy says her new conditions border on torture.
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Stephen Lendman (2018-08-19). Torture and Abuse in America's Global Gulag. Societies are best judged by how they treat children, the elderly, the infirm, their most disadvantaged and prisoners. | America fails on all counts under Republicans and undemocratic Dems — violator of ...

RT (2018-08-19). US govt doesn't think people have intelligence to decipher news, hence censorship — Keiser. As Twitter and Facebook are criticized over censorship and constant finger-pointing at Russia, RT's Max Keiser speaks to the senior editor of the Grayzone Project, Max Blumenthal, who sums up the reality of the situation. |
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Staff (2018-08-19). Brennan Weighs Legal Action to End Revoking of Security Clearances. The former CIA director says that while he'll fight on behalf of his onetime colleagues, it's up to Congress to put aside politics and step in.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-08-19). Self-Managed Abortion Care Becomes Urgent as Threats to Roe v. Wade Mount. When President Trump took office just over a year and a half ago, activists could only make educated guesses about whether his promised onslaught against reproductive health care would truly come to pass. The current picture is worse than expected due to attacks from rogue agency heads throughout the Trump-Pence administration who are collaborating to deny access to care to people across the country. | These agency heads include Betsy Devos at the Department of Education, who is working in tandem with the new division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights to reduce access to contraception; Scott Lloyd, who has directed the Office of Refugee Resettlement to deny abortion care to immigrant minors; and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has announced a " religious liberty task force" to shore up already...

Global Research News (2018-08-19). Selected Articles: Turkey's Financial Crisis, Sanctions, Dollar Hegemony. For almost seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the ...

RT (2018-08-19). Twitter CEO admits platform is left leaning after complaints tech giant gags conservative voices. Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey admitted this that the social media powerhouse is "left-leaning" - but he stressed that the company operates without bias after complaints from conservatives that right-wing accounts are being silenced.
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Fariba Amini (2018-08-19). A Rebuttal: Mohammad Mossadegh vs. Mohammad Reza Shah. "Those who have experienced solitary confinement and have dealt with it know how excruciating and hard it is to any prisoner who is innocent and faultless." -Mohammad Mossadegh "For many years I have realized that Iranian oil is the cheapest oil in the world. Twenty years ago, we knew that we could extract Iranian oil [...]

RT (2018-08-19). Trump calls Mueller probe 'McCarthyism at its worst' lashing out at 'fake' New York Times. US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to launch another scathing attack on the New York Times and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, calling it "McCarthyism at its WORST."
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The Conversation (2018-08-19). Farmers Are Drawing Groundwater From the Giant Ogallala Aquifer Faster Than Nature Replaces It. Plains farmers cannot afford to continue pushing land and water resources beyond their limits — especially in light of climate change's cumulative impact on the Central Plains. | Every summer the U. S. Central Plains go dry, leading farmers to tap into groundwater to irrigate sorghum, soy, cotton, wheat and corn and maintain large herds of cattle and hogs. As the heat rises, Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-08-19). Law Students Fighting Trump Agenda Won't Find Support at Their Schools. In the days after Donald Trump issued his first travel ban, pro bono attorneys across the country were celebrated " like superheroes," and the number of people applying to law school is increasing. Many of these applicants are seeking to arm themselves with a Juris Doctor degree to resist Trump's agenda. | Unbeknownst to them, though, law schools are ruthlessly efficient at systematically changing the disposition of even the most passionate civil rights activists into apathetic and institutionalized corporate attorneys. | Over the past year, I have watched this phenomenon unfold firsthand. The majority of students I met at my law school orientation seemed genuinely interested in wanting to learn how to use their legal education to make the world a better place. From environmental protection to antiwar advocacy, there was hardly a social justice cause left unrepresented by my incoming...

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-08-19). Rick Santorum Tries to Mansplain Why Mueller Should Target Hillary Clinton to Three Women — And Flames Out Spectacularly. Santorum launched into a false rant about how Clinton funded the Steele dossier as a means to manufacture an investigation against Trump. | Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum got shot down on Sunday after he tried to convince three women panelists on CNN that special counsel Robert Mueller should be investigating Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. During a panel discussion on Sunday morning, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) no. . .

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-08-19). The Bizarro World of Steven Seagal -- Putin's Special Diplomatic Envoy to President Trump. Both Seagal and Trump fight for causes that enrich themselves and harm innocent people, even as they hypocritically put on populist airs. | Hopefully there will someday be a filmmaker out there who will tell the story of Steven Seagal, the Hollywood action star who spent his life either acting like or fighting for the villainous characters he beat up in his movies. Considering that he was just appointed to be a special diplomatic envoy to the United States. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-08-19). 'Incredibly Problematic': Ex-Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Warns Trump's 'Political Enemies' List is Reminiscent of Nixon, McCarthy. Admiral Mike Mullen spoke with Fox News' Chris Wallace. | Admiral Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Bush and Obama, on Sunday told Fox News' Chris Wallace that Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan—and his threat to remove clearances for several other personal critics—recalls Richard Nixon's "enemies lis" and the Joseph McCarthy era. Asked by Mullen if it. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-08-19). Brennan Says He's Considering Legal Action After Trump Revoked His Security Clearance. He also called on Congress to stand up to the president. | Former CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said he's mulling legal action against Donald Trump over the president's decision to revoke his security clearance. Speaking with NBC's "Meet the Press," Brennan said he's considering standing up to Trump's "abuses" in court. "If my clearances and my reputation as I'm being pulled through the mud now, if that's the price we're going to pay to prevent Donald Trump. . .

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-08-19). 'Truth Isn't Truth': Rudy Giuliani Has Epic Meltdown on Meet The Press. During an interview on NBC's Meet the Press, Giuliani complained that special counsel Robert Mueller was taking too long to finish his investigation. | Attorney Rudy Giuliani insisted on Sunday that evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians can not be taken at face value because "truth isn't truth. "During an interview on NBC's Meet the Press, Giuliani complained that special counsel Robert Mueller was taking too long to. . .

RT (2018-08-19). 'Truth isn't truth': Bizarre Giuliani quote sends Twitter into frenzy. Rudy Giuliani spouted some rather confusing words on Sunday, telling NBC's 'Meet the Press' that "truth isn't truth." The strange comment has sent social media into a frenzy.
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James M. Dorsey (2018-08-19). Turkey's Financial Crisis Raises Questions About China's Debt-driven Development Model. Financial injections by Qatar and possibly China may resolve Turkey's immediate economic crisis, aggravated by a politics-driven trade war with the United States, but are unlikely to resolve the country's structural ... (2018-08-18). London: Ecuador embassy vigil marks six years since Julian Assange granted asylum. If forced out, Assange faces arrest by British police and imprisonment on bail infringement charges relating to a case dropped by Sweden over a year ago.

Ian Reifowitz, Daily Kos (2018-08-19). Trump Uses Race and Culture to Divide and Distract While the GOP is Government By the Corrupt and For the Rich. Racial scapegoating is at the heart of Donald Trump's message as a politician, and it has been going back to the day he announced his White House run by attacking people coming to the U. S. from Mexico as "rapists" and "drug dealers. " | I love to rile people up and then take their money. A news analysis in the New York Times ominiously warned that House Democrats are "discar. . .

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-08-19). Dollar Hegemony, Financial Warfare: Russia, China and Turkey Build up their Gold Reserves. Central banks in several regions of the World are building up their gold reserves. | A large part of these Central Bank purchases of gold bullion are not disclosed. They are undertaken through third party contracting companies, with utmost discretion. | The ... (2018-08-19). Religious Divisions Threaten to Further Inflame Ukrainian Civil War. Not admitting the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to Kiev is like barring the Pope from Rome, but that is just what the U.S.-backed Ukrainian government has done, explains Dmitry Babich. By Dmitry Babich Special to Consortium News During... Read more →

Hunter, Daily Kos (2018-08-19). Donald Trump Has A Meltdown Over 'Fake' New York Times Report Even As He Admits McGahn Spoke to Mueller. Another day, another Twitter meltdown. | Well, Trump is on a tear again. And it's the fault of the New York Times, which he doesn't read and is dumb and stupid and shut up. @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type "RAT. " But I allowed him and all others to testify - I didn't have to. I have nothing to hide. . . . . . [mdas. . .

Taylor Link, Salon (2018-08-19). 'Treasonous': John Brennan Torches Trump as He Doubles Down on Claim the President Colluded With Russia. On "Meet the Press," Brennan stood by his comments accusing Trump of treason |

In an interview on "Meet the Press" Sunday, the former director of the CIA refused to back down from accusations of treason made against President Donald Trump. John Brennan told NBC anchor Chuck Todd that "these are abnormal times" and suggested it was his duty to speak out. A rather outspoken critic of the president, Brennan saw his security clearan. . .

RT (2018-08-18). NYT reports White House counsel cooperates with 'Russiagate' probe, Trump says he allowed it. White House counsel Don McGahn has cooperated with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 'Russiagate' investigation into US President Donald Trump, the New York Times reports. Trump says he allowed it for transparency.
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RT (2018-08-18). Iran Action Group repeats Pompeo's old CIA gimmicks, won't work either — professor to RT. The US' creation of the Iran Action Group is a repeat of Mike Pompeo's tired tactics, Foad Izdi, professor of political communication at the University of Tehran, told RT, adding that the US likely won't achieve regime change. |
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RT (2018-08-18). Trump: 'We won't let' discrimination of conservatives on social media happen. US President Donald Trump has spoken out about censorship against conservatives on social media, saying it is a "very dangerous thing" and calling for everyone to be allowed to participate in the online conversation.
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Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-08-18). Roots of Aretha Franklin, Proletarian Culture and the Rise of Black Detroit. Detroit artist and social activist Aretha Franklin passed into her ancestral realm on Wednesday morning August 16 while surrounded by family and friends in her Detroit Riverfront condominium downtown. | It had ...

Norisa Diaz (2018-08-18). The Brutality of Borders: Mass Grave Revealed at Arizona Air Force Bombing Range. A border search-and-rescue group, Aguilas del Desierto, or "Eagles of the Desert," found over a dozen remains of migrants after it was given special permission to search for a missing person ... (2018-08-18). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon (2018-08-18). The People on Trump's List Aren't Enemies, They Are Witnesses. The secrets they have aren't secrets anymore. They're evidence. | Have a gander at Trump's enemies list: John Brennan — 25 years in the CIA. Director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, 2003-2004. Director of Central Intelligence, 2013-2017. James Clapper — 32 years in the Air Force, retired as a three-star general with three Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, and two Air Medals. Flew 73 combat support missions over Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Di. . . (2018-08-18). Lessons of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's sellout: Build rank-and-file committees! Unite the working class against the Labour government! The sellout of the nurses' struggle by the union bureaucracy raises the need for rank-and-file committees and a fight to unite the working class against austerity and for socialism. (2018-08-18). Former CIA Director John Brennan's brief for dismantling democracy. The view advanced by Brennan, the intelligence agencies and their allies in the Democratic Party can be summed up as: "It is necessary to destroy democracy in order to save it."

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-18). Over Half a Million Dollars From Trump-Related Donors has Flowed to Andrew Cuomo. Donald Trump and Andrew Cuomo go way back. They have both been big players on the New York political scene for years and it's hardly a surprise that they share financial connections. | Early this month Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo's rival in the Democratic primary race for governor, criticized him for accepting $64,000 in donations from Trump between 2001 and 2009. | "Governor Cuomo cannot serve as a defense against Donald Trump when he's accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Donald Trump," read Nixon's Facebook ad. | In response, Cuomo said he would not return the donations. "I'm going to be deeply critical of him and keep the contributions," he said. Cuomo spokesperson Abby Fashouer later called Nixon's critique "a cheap distraction from a campaign gasping for air," and added, "No governor has fought harder against Donald Trump than Gov. (2018-08-18). Mexican farmers blame Volkswagen for drought near assembly plant. To guarantee their demands for high wages and fully funded social services, autoworkers and farmers are each other's most natural allies.

Middle East Eye (2018-08-17). US Announces 'Action Group' To Coordinate Anti-Iran Efforts. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday the establishment of the Iran Action Group, a task-force to coordinate all of President Donald Trump's efforts against Iran. The group will be led by Brian Hook, a State Department official who served as an adviser to John Bolton in 2006, when the Iran hawk was [...]

Joseph Natoli (2018-08-17). First Amendment Rights and the Court of Popular Opinion. I am interested in the way in which First Amendment rights have descended into the court of popular opinion where it seems true and false are in the eye of the beholder and social media now has the authority to post or take down what those eyes can see. What is involved here is a radical change in mindset -- though "mind" seems not at all to be involved here -- contextualizing what both speech and authority might be in a cyberspace age. More

David Bacon (2018-08-17). What was the life of this guest worker worth? On Sunday, August 5, a group of 200 farmworkers and supporters began walking at sunrise along the shoulder of Benson Road, heading north from Lynden, Washington, toward Canada. When they reached O Road, the marchers turned right to walk along the border. Unlike the frontier with Mexico, with its walls, floodlights, and patrols, the borderline here is no line at all—simply a road on each side of a weed-choked median. | The procession, chanting and holding banners, passed a succession of blueberry fields for the next 14 miles, finally reaching the official border crossing at Sumas. Pausing for a protest in front of the local immigrant detention center, it then continued on until it reached its objective one mile further on—the 1,500-acre spread of Sarbanand Farms. There, in front of the ranch's packing and warehouse facilities, participants staged a tribunal. | "We are...

David Macaray (2018-08-17). Trump and the Sex Tape. So the question facing me Wednesday morning was which news item to address over that all-important first cup of morning coffee. As usual, it was a tough call. The paucity of up-lifting, life-affirming stories made it hard to choose. Do I go with yet another icky Catholic Church sodomy-cum-accompanying cover-up scandal? Ex-CIA Director John Brennan More (2018-08-17). German government places Socialist Equality Party on subversive watch-list. Last month Germany's domestic intelligence agency added the Socialist Equality Party to its official list of "left-wing extremist" organizations subject to state monitoring. (2018-08-17). An "Exemplary Comrade": The Socialist Workers Party's 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part four. This is the final part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party, beginning in 1947, of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.

Andrew Levine (2018-08-17). Midterms 2018: What's There to Hope For? Nothing in American politics today defies comprehension quite as much as the steadfast obtuseness of loyal Trump voters. But the notion that establishment Democrats are radical firebrands, and therefore that Democrats running for office in deep "red" districts must distinguish themselves from them, comes close. That unjustified and probably false belief was what led Danny O'Connor, the Democrat running for Congress in the special election held August 7 in the Ohio 12th, to declare that he would not vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi! Neoliberal, corporate ass-kissing Nancy Pelosi!

Paul Edwards (2018-08-17). Totally Irrusianal. Enough with accusations. Let's assume the worst. Or maybe you think of it as the best. Let's stipulate that Trump, never mind how, is the helpless tool of evil Putin. Putin posted social media attack rants to sow confusion and doubt in American minds about their country, and ordered the DNC hacking to expose and More

Patricia J. Williams (2018-08-17). 'White Voice,' Blackface, and the Ethics of Representation. 'White Voice,' Blackface, and the Ethics of Representation appeared first on The Nation. (2018-08-17). How to Beat a Manipulator. In our political and personal lives many of us have been conned. Here's how to recognize how politicians and people manipulate us and how to stop them, according to Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone Humans are hackable. Ask any conman.... Read more →

Matthew Funke (2018-08-17). The Nordic Countries Aren't Socialist. If the Nordic countries represent the horizon of possibility for world unfettered by capitalist exploitation, please end me now. Those who claim that Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland, have a socialist economy, also have a misunderstanding of socialism. This misconception must be dispelled, in order to better comprehend our present international political climate and specifically More

Democracy Now! (2018-08-17). Headlines for August 17, 2018. Pope Expresses "Shame and Sorrow" over Pennsylvania Sex Abuse Case, New Special Representative on Iran to Enforce Hardline U.S. Policies, Boston Globe Reports Bomb Threat as President Trump Assails the Paper, Former National Security Officials Blast Trump over Security Clearance Revocations, Pentagon Delays Plans for Trump's Military Parade, In New Tape, Lara Trump Offers Omarosa Manigault Newman "Hush Money", Aretha Franklin, the Legendary Queen of Soul, Dies at 76, India: Floods from Monsoon Rains Leave At Least 164 Dead, Philippines: Wave of Garbage Floods Manila After Heavy Rains, China: Typhoon Rumbia Makes...

Mark Ashwill (2018-08-17). More Demons Unleashed After Fulbright University Vietnam Official Drops Rhetorical Bombshells. "The price of empire is America's soul, and that price is too high." — J. William Fulbright The story about Bob Kerrey, former governor, US senator, university president, war hero, and self-confessed war criminal and Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV), which I wrote about in these July 2016 and May 2017 bookend articles, is like a More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-08-17). 'Drunk on Power': Former CIA Director John Brennan Comes Out Swinging Against Trump and the Republicans in Rachel Maddow Interview. Brennan said he fears a "wag the dog" scenario with Trump. | Former CIA Director John Brennan appeared on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" Friday night and fired back at President Donald Trump after a week of abuse from the White House. The White House announced this week that it is revoking Brennan's security clearance, an unprecedented move that many believed was a transparent effort by the president to punish a critic. Brennan, along wit. . . (2018-08-17). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

A’da Ch‡vez (2018-08-17). Sex Workers Are Rallying Behind a Democratic Socialist Running for New York Senate. New York state Senate candidate Julia Salazar is one of the few political candidates to consult the sex work community and prioritize their concerns. (2018-08-17). Late Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne lied to federal investigators about gift to UAW official. The latest revelation of bribery in the UAW corruption scandal follows Monday's statement by lawyers for an indicted Chrysler executive that the conspiracy "started long before" 2009.

Ralph Nader (2018-08-17). Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives. I've recently received fundraising letters from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Chuck Schumer on behalf of their Democratic Party's campaign committees. Mostly, all they ask for is money, though Schumer's letter includes a short tough letter to President Trump for us to sign which they promise to deliver to the White House. Although politicians review More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-08-17). White House lets payday lenders prey on military families. WASHINGTON — In what may be a new low, even for this GOP regime, the Trump White House is scheming to let payday lenders — one of the sleaziest industries in the country — prey upon military families, despite a federal law designed to stop such abuses. | Needless to say, the plan, floated by the Republican president's acting director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), Mick Mulvaney — who is also GOP President Donald Trump's budget director — outrages consumer groups, a pro-labor veterans group and congressional Democrats. The GOP is notably silent on the issue. | The payday lenders are some of the most-notorious financial predators in the U.S., along with loan sharks and collection agencies. Payday lenders advance people money against their paychecks, but if the full amount isn't repaid on the exact date it's due, the lenders roll... (2018-08-17). Trump revokes security clearance for former CIA chief Brennan: Ruling class warfare intensifies. The warfare within the American state pits against each other two deeply reactionary factions of the capitalist ruling elite, personified by Trump and Brennan.

RT (2018-08-16). Assange should be given immunity if US wants him to testify — Rand Paul. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent more than 2,200 days in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, should be granted immunity from prosecution if he agrees to testify in the US, Senator Rand Paul has said. |
Read Full Article at (2018-08-17). US escalates trade war against Turkey as Ankara moves to attack workers. Washington is waging trade war on Turkey even as the financial collapse of the lira currency tears apart the Turkish economy. (2018-08-17). Parti Quebecois makes "left" feint in hopes of averting electoral disaster. With Quebec's provincial election just weeks away, opinion polls continue to show the big business, pro-independence PQ facing an unprecedented electoral debacle.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-08-17). Here's How Trump's Revoking Security Clearances Could Constitute a Federal Crime. His legal troubles are piling up. | President Donald Trump's controversy-of-the-week was his decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, a fierce critic of the president, as he threatened to do the same to many others. But unlike some of the other outrageous acts Trump chooses to fill his time with, ranging from the misguided to the deeply offensive, the path he's on of using his discretionary security clearance powers is potentiall. . .

Jeff Cohen (2018-08-17). Democrats Gather in Chicago: Elite Party or Party of the People? Despite being led by one of the most erratic and least popular presidents in modern history, the Trumpian Republican Party dominates U.S. politics. One of the main reasons for this awful state of affairs is that the opposition party — which calls itself "Democratic" — is led by vacillating, corporate-oriented politicians who seem to have one firm principle: More

John Wojcik (2018-08-17). Germany's Left Party launches a new strategy against the extreme right. During my two-week vacation in Germany last month it was clear to me that Germany, like the U.S., is at a crossroad. Dangerous developments connected with a rising fascist movement under the banner of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) are underway. Germany's Left Party (die Linke), on the other hand could well be on its way toward mounting an effective fightback. | First, the bad news | The German version of the Nazis and KKKers who descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, last year are out and about in that country too. They're in the streets flashing barely disguised Nazi symbols (Displaying the swastika is still illegal in Germany) and shouting anti-immigrant slogans. | But, like in the U.S., there are also the clean-cut, "respectable" politicians and commentators who yearn for a return to the days when Germany was "great." I saw them on the...

Democracy Now! (2018-08-17). Angela Davis: Aretha Franklin "Will Forever Animate Our Collective Sense of Desire for Change" Aretha Franklin became the voice of the civil rights movement in 1967, when her cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" became an international sensation. Franklin was a steadfast supporter of the civil rights movement throughout her long and remarkable career. She sang at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral after his assassination in 1968. The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Franklin anonymously helped fund the movement for decades. He said, "When Dr. King was alive, several times she helped us make payroll. ... Aretha has always been a very socially conscious artist, an inspiration, not just an entertainer." For more, we sp...

Eric Ortiz (2018-08-17). Have British Spies Been Hacking the EU? The European Union has accused British intelligence agencies of disrupting Brexit negotiations—creating a new public dispute that could poison further an already toxic situation, says Annie Machon. By Annie Machon in Brussels Special to Consortium News Just after midnight on... Read more →

Democracy Now! (2018-08-16). Headlines for August 16, 2018. Violence Roils Afghanistan as Taliban Cracks Down on Red Cross, Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Ex-CIA Director, a Major Critic, Security Clearance Flap Comes Amid Mounting White House Scandals, Trump's Lawyer Prepared to "Unload" on Mueller "Like a Ton of Bricks", Hundreds of Media Outlets Condemn Trump's Attacks on the Free Press, Turkish Court Releases Jailed Amnesty International Chair, Brazil: Lula Registers from Prison as Presidential Candidate, Malta Allows Migrant Ship to Dock After 5 Days Stranded at Sea, ACLU Says ICE "Trapped" Immigrant Spouses at Green Card Interviews, CDC Says Record 72,000 Ameri...

PWEB (2018-08-16). People's World to Trump: We are here to stay! We join with the newspapers of America today in declaring that we will not cease telling the truth about President Trump, his agenda, the corporate backers who give him aid and comfort, and the politicians who for years have laid the groundwork for his rise to power. | We are determined to defend the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ourselves, our reporters and staff, and most importantly, our readers, against the attacks mounted by Trump and his administration. | We stand today in solidarity with journalists across the country who are speaking out against Trump's dangerous vilification of and attacks upon the free press in our country. | It was only less than a year ago that one of our reporters, along with a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was rounded up in a "kettle" and arrested by police...

Rob Arthur (2018-08-16). Bad Chicago Cops Spread Their Misconduct Like a Disease. From 1972 to 1991, a Chicago detective named Jon Burge led a group of police officers in torturing confessions out of suspects. They called themselves the " Midnight Crew," and their behavior eventually resulted in the jailing of Burge and the creation of a reparations council to pay the victims. More recently, the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force was found to have planted evidence, assaulted innocent citizens, and committed overtime fraud. | Many of the most egregious examples of police misconduct arise from tightly knit groups of officers like these. That's no accident. Recently released data from the Chicago police department shows that misconduct spreads from officer to officer like an infectious disease. And the same behavior that leads cops to violate the rules often predicts whether they will participate in a shooting. | In 2009, the Invisible Institute... (2018-08-16). For Italy, Trump Represents a 'Populist' Opportunity. The new Italian government is taking comfort in some of Trump's positions, especially on migration, trade and Russia, says Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus in Milan Special to Consortium News During the 2016 United States election campaign, most of Italy's... Read more →

RT (2018-08-16). After clearance pull, Democrats rush to back Brennan — who spied on them. Democrats have been vocal in condemning US President Donald Trump for revoking former CIA chief John Brennan's security clearance, forgetting that time he spied on a Democrat-run Senate committee in the name of #Resistance. |
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Andrew Fan (2018-08-16). Chicago Police Are 14 Times More Likely to Use Force Against Young Black Men Than Against Whites. Internal Chicago police files document thousands of police uses of force over more than a decade. Nearly 90 percent were against people of color.

RT (2018-08-16). Power outage holds flights at Reagan National Airport, Washington DC (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). Inbound and outbound flights were bogged down for over an hour in the US capital's primary airport, as it experienced a complete power outage. Stranded travelers have been posting images of the sudden blackout on social media.
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Michelle Zacarias (2018-08-16). 'BlacKkKlansman' glosses over police and white supremacy ties. Spike Lee's new film BlackkKlansman was released last Friday, August 10, to overwhelmingly positive reviews and public acclaim. The movie is based around the true story of a Black police officer who was able to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan and become an official registered member of the white supremacist organization. The film currently scores at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and has been praised by viewers worldwide. | The story behind the film is fascinating on its own: It's the only known case of an African American being a registered member of the Klan. The real-life Ron Stallworth has interviewed with multiple news outlets about his undercover journey to win the trust of former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke. During the late 70s, when Stallworth was working as a detective in Colorado Springs, he...

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

RT (2018-08-16). 'Social Distortion' punk band frontman attacks Trump supporter during live show (VIDEO). Dramatic video footage has captured the moment the lead singer of the punk rock band 'Social Distortion' allegedly attacked a supporter of US President Donald Trump during a live performance.
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Democracy Now! (2018-08-16). "I'm Bringing My Bullhorn to Congress": Rashida Tlaib Poised to Become First Muslim Congresswoman. Detroit Democratic congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib is poised to become the first Palestinian-American woman and first Muslim woman to serve in Congress, after winning the Democratic primary for John Conyers's old House seat in Michigan last week. Tlaib is a Democratic Socialist who supports the Palestinian right of return and a one-state solution, Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing ICE. The child of immigrants, she has spoken out against the Trump administration's travel bans. We speak with Rashida Tlaib about her historic victory and her plans for Congress.

Special to (2018-08-16). Aretha Franklin: Her legacy in music and social justice lives on. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at the age of 76. Franklin was a trailblazer and history maker. Born in the birthplace of Rock and Roll, Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in the capital of Motown music, Detroit, Michigan, Franklin is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. She broke ground as the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. One of her many hit songs, Respect, has been known as an anthem not just for women, but for all human beings looking to be respected and given their due. Her visibility as a strong Black woman performer in charge of her career and image was important and necessary in a field where white men at recording studios and performance venues called most of the shots. Franklin used her music and her platform...

RT (2018-08-16). Punctured batteries, massive waste: Whistleblower accuses Tesla of sloppy production (PHOTOS). A former Tesla technician took to Twitter to detail what he says is extensive evidence of malpractice and waste at the electric carmaker's factories, and potentially deadly battery defects in its cars. |
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RT (2018-08-15). Five examples that show internet censorship is as much a threat to the left as the right. The banning of right wing controversialist Alex Jones from multiple social media platforms last week was a cause of celebration for many liberals, but should those on the left really be so complacent about creeping censorship? |
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Zaid Jilani (2018-08-15). Sheriff David Clarke's Deputy Goes Down in a Night of Big Wins for Wisconsin Progressives. While a primary victory by ironworker Randy Bryce won headlines in Wisconsin, a lower-profile race signaled another significant victory for criminal justice reform strategists who have embraced electoral politics as a direct route to change. | In Milwaukee, former MLB security official Earnell Lucas won the Democratic nomination for sheriff, which almost guarantees he will win the general election in November. Lucas, a progressive with the backing of the Working Families Party, defeated Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt, who had previously worked under Sheriff David Clarke, whose tenure was marked with mistreatment of Milwaukee residents. Schmidt was unable to overcome the association with Clarke, who is better known these days as a Fox News personality. | Schmidt's loss came just a week after the movement dealt another controversial and high-profile law enforcement official a blow, unseating Bob McCulloch in St. Louis County. (2018-08-15). Trump Strikes Back at 'Ringleader' Brennan. At war with current and former intelligence officials since before he was elected, Donald Trump on Wednesday moved to strip Barack Obama's CIA chief of his security clearance, though worse may be in store for John Brennan, says Ray McGovern.... Read more →

Janine Jackson (2018-08-15). 'There's an Alternative to the Hierarchical, Top-Down Capitalist Corporation'. Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Wolff about the racial wealth divide for the August 10 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. MP3 Link JANINE JACKSON: When we spoke with Richard Wolff earlier this year, I noted that news media don't even present economics as a contested realm. Richard, It's as if there's only [...]...

RT (2018-08-15). Young Americans have soured on capitalism, and that's what got Trump elected — Slavoj ≈Ωi≈æek. Support for capitalism among younger voters has dropped drastically, a new Gallup poll reveals. The US establishment's refusal to see this shift has resulted in Trump's election, philosopher Slavoj Zizek tells RT.
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PBS (2018-08-15). How The Internet Has Changed Life In Iran (video). In this clip, explore how the internet has changed life in Iran, meet a woman who participated in the headscarf protests that went viral across social media, and see footage of the religious police in action as they arrested women who publicly violated the country's dress code.

RT (2018-08-15). Trump revokes clearance of former CIA chief Brennan. President Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, saying he helped to "sow division and chaos" while criticizing the Trump administration, the White House has announced.
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Margot Williams (2018-08-15). 328 NSA Documents Reveal "Vast Network" of Iranian Agents, Details of a Key Intelligence Coup, and a Fervor for Voice-Matching Technology. Highlights from the seventh release of the internal NSA newsletter, SIDtoday.

RT (2018-08-15). From 'menace' to assets: Soros now buying social media shares. Months after denouncing social media as a "menace to society," controversial billionaire George Soros is again investing into Facebook, Twitter and streaming services Spotify and Pandora, while scaling back his Google holdings.
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RT (2018-08-15). 'Blatant extremism': Pearl Jam slammed for poster depicting Trump as rotting corpse (IMAGE). Rock band Pearl Jam has stirred the political cauldron with an official event poster which depicts the White House engulfed in flames and the carcass of US President Donald Trump being picked over by a bald eagle.
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RT (2018-08-14). Roger Stone posts 'Space Force' image with swastikas to Instagram... to support Trump. In an apparent effort to show support for President Donald Trump's 'Space Force' project, former adviser Roger Stone posted a photoshopped image of himself and other US officials posing in spacesuits adorned with Nazi symbols. |
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Democracy Now! (2018-08-14). Headlines for August 14, 2018. Economists Fear Turkish Financial Crisis Could Spread, Thousands Attend Funeral of 40 Yemeni Children Killed in Saudi Airstrike, Car Drives into Security Barrier at UK Parliament, Three Injured, Trump Signs $716 Billion Military Spending Bill; Includes $21 Billion for Nuke Program, State of Virginia Confirms Immigrant Teenagers Were Strapped to Chairs With Bags Over Their Heads, Stephen Miller's Uncle: My Nephew Is an "Immigration Hypocrite", U.N. Official: Trump's Attacks on Press Are "Very Close to Incitement to Violence", Firefighter Dies Battling Mendocino Complex Fire, DNC Lifts Ban on Fossil Fuel Company Do...

Janine Jackson (2018-08-14). 'There is a Strong Reason for All Americans to Feel more Economically Insecure than they Did Before the Great Recession'. Janine Jackson interviewed Dedrick Asante-Muhammad about the racial wealth divide for the August 10 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. MP3 Link Janine Jackson: Last September, elite media were heralding numbers suggesting that incomes were up among middle class Americans, but tiptoeing around the fact that the rising tide was not lifting [...]...

Democracy Now! (2018-08-14). AP Investigation: Behind the Scenes in Yemen, U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Is Working with al-Qaeda. The U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has repeatedly cut secret deals with al-Qaeda, even paying its fighters to retreat from towns or join the coalition, a bombshell Associated Press investigation has revealed. The AP probe accuses the United States of being aligned with al-Qaeda in the fight against Yemen's Houthi rebels, despite claiming to be fighting the extremist group in the region. One senior tribal leader told the AP, "Al-Qaeda wasn't defeated. It didn't fight in the first place." We speak with Maggie Michael, one of the three reporters for the Associated Press who broke the story, headlined "U.S.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-09). Headlines for August 9, 2018. Saudi-Led Airstrike in Yemen Hits Bus Carrying Children, Killing Dozens, U.S. Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills a Dozen Afghan Soldiers "By Mistake", Israeli Airstrikes Kill Three in Gaza, Including Mother and Her Toddler, In Colombia, Nikki Haley Escalates Anti-Venezuela Rhetoric, U.S. to Impose New Sanctions on Russia, Senate Committee Asks Julian Assange to Testify About Russian Meddling in Election, Virginia & Charlottesville Under States of Emergency Ahead of White Supremacist Rallies, Longtime DRC Leader Joseph Kabila Will Not Run for Re-election, Argentine Senate Rejects Legislation to Legalize Abortion, NY C...

RT (2018-08-13). 'Hulking muscled guards': CIA cable gives steamy description of 'enhanced' interrogation. A declassified cable detailing torture at a CIA blacksite in Thailand operated by now-CIA Director Gina Haspel employed hokey language perhaps better suited for an erotic novel — as opposed to documenting the agency's actions. |
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Democracy Now! (2018-08-10). Meet Gustavo Petro, Colombian Former Guerrilla & Leftist Who Mounted Historic Campaign for Presidency. In Colombia, right-wing politician Iv‡n Duque has been sworn in as Colombia's new president. Duque was handpicked by former right-wing President ˆÅlvaro Uribe and has vowed to roll back key parts of Colombia's landmark peace deal with FARC rebels. Just before Duque's inauguration, Democracy Now! spoke to Gustavo Petro, who placed second in this year's presidential race, receiving 8 million votes in his attempt to become Colombia's first leftist president. In the 1980s, Petro was jailed and tortured for being a member of the M-19 guerrilla movement. He later went on to lead efforts in Colombia's Congress to...

RT (2018-08-13). 'This state and constitution aren't made for us': RT doco follows African-American activists. With racial tensions in the USA back in the spotlight over the last few years, a gripping new RT documentary series visits African-American communities and the activists fighting against a history of racial injustice and poverty.
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Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-12). Jason Kessler and 'Unite the Right 2' crew arrive in DC aboard 'Special' subway train. "Unite the Right 2" organizer Jason Kessler and a contingent of his followers got off a subway train marked "SPECIAL" at the Foggy Bottom stop in Washington, D.C., this afternoon and began their march toward Lafayette Square.

Venezuelanalysis (2018-08-09). Venezuelanalysis: Official Statement on Facebook's Removal of Our Page. VA's Facebook page was arbitrarily removed by the social media tech-giant on Thursday morning.

Reese Erlich (2018-08-06). The American Psychological Association Struggles with its Policy on Torture. Should psychologists be allowed to counsel detainees at Guantanamo and other sites where torture has taken place?

Democracy Now! (2018-08-08). Do Historic Victories & Tight Races in Primaries Mean Dems Could Retake Senate & House in November? Voters headed to the polls Tuesday for a special election in Ohio and primaries in Michigan, Kansas, Missouri and Washington. A special election in Ohio's 12th Congressional District remains too close to call, but Republican Troy Balderson has already claimed victory over Democrat Danny O'Connor to serve the remainder of former Republican Congressmember Pat Tiberi's term. Balderson leads by just 1,754 votes, and thousands of absentee and provisional ballots still need to be counted. O'Connor is hoping to pull off a major upset. President Trump won the district in 2016 by a margin of more than 11 percent. In Michi...

Democracy Now! (2018-08-07). Headlines for August 7, 2018. U.S. Reimposes Sanctions Against Iran, Brazil's Workers' Party Nominates Lula as Presidential Candidate, Rick Gates Testifies He and Manafort Committed Crimes, Voters Head to Polls in Missouri, Kansas, Michigan & Washington State, Tennessee Democrats Celebrate "Blue Wave" That Swept Shelby County, Massive Student Protests Sweep Bangladesh Demanding Safer Roads, Canada Criticizes Saudi Arabia over Arrest of Feminist Activists, Mendocino Complex Now Largest Fire in California History, Social Media Platforms Remove Alex Jones, Citing Hate Speech, The Dream Defenders Organize National Protests Against GEO Group, Gunm...

Janine Jackson (2018-08-06). 'There Needs to be a Much Stronger Public Outcry Against the Effort of Undermining the Nuclear Deal'. Janine Jackson interviewed Trita Parsi about the Iran Nuclear Deal for the August 3, 2018 episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. MP3 Link Janine Jackson: August 5 marks the anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, when journalists reported official claims about an unprovoked attack by North Vietnam on American destroyers as [...]...

Jake Kallio (2018-08-01). More evidence of Libya blowback: UK Navy rescued Manchester suicide bomber. The UK Navy "rescued" Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi in Libya in 2014. This provides further insight into the...

Sarah Jaffe (2018-08-01). Building the Movement for Medicare for All. This week was the 53rd anniversary of Medicare, created in the middle of the social agitation of the 1960s. Benjamin Day of Healthcare-NOW! talks about how today, we are in the middle of similar upheaval.

Justin Anderson (2018-07-31). Reporting on Medicare for All Makes Media Forget How Math Works. CBS News (7/30/18) | "Medicare for All," a federally funded universal healthcare plan championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont—Ind.), has quickly become a key issue for progressive voters evaluating Democratic Party candidates for the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential race. The plan would provide coverage for the 40 million currently uninsured in the United States, a gap that is estimated to cause tens of thousands of deaths annually. Despite this, Medicare for All has received no shortage of negative coverage in the media, all revolving around the same question: Just how are we going to pay for it? | A study on the cost of Medicare for All was recently conducted by Charles Blahous for the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Blahous' study projected that Sanders' Medicare for All system,...

pacbi (2018-07-31). Team Justice Scores. Adidas No Longer Sponsoring Israel Football Association. Team Justice Scores. Adidas No Longer Sponsoring Israel Football Association: UpdateFollowing a global campaign, Adidas is no longer sponsoring football teams in illegal Israeli settlements. Palestinians call on new sponsor Puma to end complicity with Israel's violations of international law. | Cultural Boycott Red Card IsraelJuly 31, 2018 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Paul Dobson (2018-07-19). Venezuela: Bust Unveils Import Corporation's Massive Embezzlement of State Resources. The Spanish-owned Garcia Armas Corporation is accused of over $49m of embezzlement in the years leading up to its 2010 expropriation.

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