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Weekend of November 10-12, 2017

Weekend Read:
An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873
. ... Between 1846 and 1873, California’s Indigenous population plunged from approximately 150,000 to 30,000 -- the result of government-sanctioned mass murder. Benjamin Madley's comprehensive and chilling book uncovers the full extent of the slaughter, the taxpayer dollars that supported the violence, the Indigenous resistance, and the involvement of US congressmen and California governors. Amazon

Three Richest Americans Now Own More Wealth Than Bottom Half of US Combined: Report. ... "The elite ranks of our billionaire class continue to pull apart from the rest of us," a new Institute for Policy study analysis finds. CommonDreams

The seven Republican super-donors who keep money in tax havens. ... Paradise Papers show these men, who invest heavily in Super Pacs, share a presenceoffshore if not a love of Trump.

Steven Mnuchin Is Famous for Throwing Tens of Thousands of Americans Onto the Streets in Housing Foreclosures. ... Sure, he's the Secretary of the Treasury... but he works for you only if you are rich. AlterNet

Israel's Explanation for Arming Myanmar During Ethnic Cleansing Campaign: 'Both Sides Committing War Crimes'. ... Israel’s deputy consul general in New York voices statement amid concerns that sales aiding genocide against Rohingya. Haaretz

'You're Not Supposed to Say This Out Loud': GOP Lawmaker Admits Pushing Tax Scam to Please His Rich Donors. ... Yet more evidence that the GOP is "putting donors over 38 million middle-class Americans". CommonDreams

Trump environmental nominee doesn’t believe science should ‘dictate policy’. ... Top Democrat accuses nominee of showing disdain for science.

Big Meat and Dairy’s Supersized Climate Footprint. ... As the meat and dairy industries descend upon COP23 to broadcast their “feed the world” narrative, let’s set the story straight: their emissions could lead us to a point of no return.

The US Southern Command's Silent Occupation of the Amazon. ... The US is conducting joint military exercises on Indigenous territories in the Amazon under the pretext of training local troops to deliver emergency humanitarian aid. However, local activists are warning that the operation is nothing more than a strategic move to gain access to natural resources on Indigenous land and bolster US hegemony in the region. TruthOut

Empire Files: Trump Expands Police-State Crackdown on the Left. ... At Trump's inauguration, around 200 protesters and journalists were mass arrested and now face up to 70 years in prison on baseless charges. Many other legal assaults on civil liberties are in the works around the country, from treating anti-fascists as "domestic terrorists", to legislation protecting drivers who run over peaceful marchers. TruthOut

November 9, 2017

A Key Similarity Between Snowden Leak and Panama Papers: Scandal Is What’s Been Legalized. Intercept

Acclaimed Chilean Writer Isabel Allende on Death of Pablo Neruda, the 1973 Chilean Coup & Trump. DemocracyNow

Podcast: Say Hello to My Little Hands

St. Louis Rises Up Against Police Violence Again; Corporate Media Ignore Uprising. TruthOut

Hours after horrific mass shooting, Texas attorney general urges more people to bring guns to church. ... "As a country, what do we do? How can we get our arms around this and stop this insanity?" ThinkProgress

What Happened in Saudi Arabia Last Night — And How Washington Corruption Enabled It.

Saudi King Arrests Multiple Princes And Boosts Crown Prince’s Influence. ... Among the detained princes was Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world’s richest men and a top investor in media giant NewsCorp, Twitter and other major companies. Huffy

Inside the Bold New Animal Liberation Movement: No Masks, No Regrets, All the Risk. ... “We’re daring these industries to try us in the court of public opinion and in the court of law.”

November 8, 2017

Four Viral Claims Spread by Journalists on Twitter in the Last Week Alone That Are False.

12 months later, Trump would probably still win the 2016 election. WaPo

Why Did Media Overlook Sept. Shooting in Plano, Texas When Estranged Husband Killed Wife & 7 Others? DemocracyNow

After Texas Massacre, Drexel Prof. Asks: “What Makes White Men So Prone to This Kind of Behavior?” DemocracyNow

Donald Trump’s Best New Policy in the Middle East Would be No New Policy.

Big US Political Donors Play the Offshore Game

‘I Think of Cops as People Who Want to Kill:’ Relatives of the Dead Revisit Albuquerque Police Shootings. CounterPunch  

November 7, 2017

The Cost of Resistance. ... Resistance entails suffering. It requires self-sacrifice. It accepts that we may be destroyed. It is not rational. It is not about the pursuit of happiness. It is about the pursuit of freedom. TruthDig/Hedges

Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin: Breaking Through the Political Barriers to Free Education.

Wisconsin GOP lawmaker says women should be forced to give birth to grow the labor force ... Yes, he said this in 2017 ThinkProgress

Four Viral Claims Spread by Journalists on Twitter in the Last Week Alone That are False.

The GOP Tax Plan Tells Us Everything About Who Matters In American Democracy ...
Your boss, not you. Huffy

Congress Works with Big Oil on Letter Suggesting Anti-Pipeline Activists Face Terrorism Charges. DeSmog Blog

Trump's Most Damning Legacy. ... In a radio interview last Thursday, [President] Trump said “the saddest thing is, because I am the President of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would love to be doing.”

Paradise Papers: Millions of Leaked Docs Reveal Shady Ties & Tax Evasion by Trump’s Inner Circle. DemocracyNow

Paul Krugman: The GOP's Biggest Con Man Isn't Donald Trump. ... The New York Times columnist dismantles Republicans' favorite wonk. AlterNet/Krugman

November 6, 2017
Amazon wants goodies and tax breaks to move its HQ to your city. Say no thanks. ... Urban leaders must reject the race to the bottom that these scrambles to please corporations generate – as 19th-century mayors did during the rise of capitalism. Guardian

Panic on K Street: The Fall of Paul Manafort. ... Americans love nothing more than a tantalizing fall-from-grace story. Yet, they seem curiously unmoved by the unfolding tragedy of Paul Manafort. Perhaps because Manfort, like so many of the other young Republican zealots trained in the House of Reagan, was from the beginning a man unadorned by any detectable sheen of grace.

George Papadopoulos’s Plea Deal Is Very, Very Bad News for Attorney General Jeff Sessions

YouTube and Facebook Are Removing Evidence of Atrocities, Jeopardizing Cases Against War Criminals. Intercept  

Greatest threat to building peace in Iraq is not Isis – it's Donald Trump picking a fight with Iran. ... Iraq Reborn: In the third part of his series, Patrick Cockburn reveals how ill-informed the US seems to be about ‘Iranian-backed’ armed groups in Iraq – and the devastating consequences it could have for rebuilding Iraq after Isis. Independent

Trump Kills Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Arbitration Rule: The Little Guy Loses Again.

Greek Economist Yanis Varoufakis on Nazi Resurgence in Europe & Why ”ISIS Loves Donald Trump”. DemocracyNow

Yanis Varoufakis on Global Capitalism & How Trump’s Tax Plan is Class War Against the Poor. ... former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who argues, “It’s an out-and-out class war waged against the poorest, the weakest, the disenfranchised—the very same people that Donald Trump appealed to in order to get elected.” DemocracyNow

Trump’s stunningly despotic response to a question about the State Department. ... Trump doesn’t care about filling key State Department roles, says he’s ‘the only one that matters.' ThinkProgress

6 ICE Horror Stories: Astonishing Levels of Taxpayer-Funded Cruelty Against Undocumented Immigrants. ... The agency conspires to target vulnerable people with no criminal record.

White nationalists shared bomb-making manuals online. ... The PDFs included instructions for making detonators, grenades and homemade C-4.

This federal judge keeps delaying a case to give Ben Carson time to kill civil rights protections. ... The case of the controversial judge and regulations that ensure fair housing policy.

US airstrikes kill scores of civilians in Kunduz province, Afghans say. ... Estimates of fatalities from ‘ongoing’ operation vary US soldier dies of wounds sustained in Logar province.

The Wall Street Journal Is Echoing Trump's Derangement, and Its Own Reporters Are Appalled. ... Staffers fear the opinion page has begun undermining the newspaper's credibility.

November 3-5, 2017

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. - Jane Mayer. Amazon

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC ... When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign. Politico/Brazile

The social media ads Russia wanted Americans to see. ... A batch of the ads was released Wednesday by members of the House intelligence panel. (Note: value of the adverts was about $1500) Politico

Uzbekistan Cooperated with CIA Rendition & Torture Post-9/11, as Gov’t Boiled Dissidents Alive. DemocracyNow

The Missouri Compromise and General Kelly. CounterPunch

EPA Replaced Its Top Science Advisers Without Telling Them. ... The scientists accused EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt of giving industry-friendly researchers control and then defending his decision in doublespeak. Huffy

Blowback and the Manhattan Terror Attack. ... On 21 Jan 2010 I predicted exactly this wave of anti-Western violence from Uzbekistan, in this excellent Michael Andersen documentary for Al Jazeera: ... “We are creating a timebomb of discontent in Central Asia; and because the West is seen to be backing the dictatorships, that discontent will take an anti-western turn.” Craig Murray  

“You Can’t Go Any Lower”: Inside the West Wing, Trump Is Apoplectic as Allies Fear Impeachment. ... After Monday’s indictments, the president blamed Jared Kushner in a call to Steve Bannon, while others are urging him to take off the gloves with Robert Mueller. Vanity Fair

If You Want to Collect Social Security, Trump’s Tax Plan is an Outrage. CounterPunch

Walls and Militarized Police: How Israel Is Exporting Its Occupation to the United States. Israeli footprints are becoming more apparent in the US security apparatus. Such a fact does not bode well for ordinary Americans. ... US Senate Bill S.720 should have been a wake-up call. The Bill, drafted by the Israel lobby group, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as part of its “2017 Lobbying Agenda” is set to punish any individual or company that boycotts Israel for its violation of Palestinian human rights.

Donald Trump: A Pillar of Ignorance and Certitude
As America’s 45th president enters office, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter examines what’s to come under a leader whose mind careers from one random thought to the next. The Hive

Trump and the Police State. ... “Jesus! Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President? … We’ve come to a point where every four years this national fever rises up — this hunger for the Saviour, the White Knight, the Man on Horseback — and whoever wins becomes so immensely powerful … CounterPunch

November 2, 2017

Inside a Private Prison's $150 Million Deal to Detain Immigrants in New Mexico. TruthOut

Shocking New Investigation Links Berta Cáceres’s Assassination to Executives at Honduran Dam Company. DemocracyNow

Congressional pharmacist reveals lawmakers take Alzheimer’s drugs: ‘They might not even remember yesterday’. RawStory

Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin: Breaking Through the Political Barriers to Free Education. TruthOut

Reporter violently arrested while trying to film Virginia Gov. hopeful Ed Gillespie at public event. ... A woman reportedly tied to Gillespie's campaign spoke with officers just before they slammed reporter to the ground. ThinkProgress

Rescue at Oakland Slaughterhouse Shows New, Potent Tactics of Growing Animal Rights Movement. Intercept

Flying Under Radar of Trump Chaos, GOP Set to Confirm Slew of 'Extremist' Judges. ... "These nominees' collective records reveal the disturbing truth that this administration does not just tolerate radical anti-equality views among its judicial nominees, but requires them."

The Washington Post Unloads on John Kelly in Scathing New Editorial. ... "This is what happens in banana republics, not the world’s greatest democracy.” AlterNet

(ICE saving you from terrorists) 'Not Only Unconstitutional, But Heartless': ACLU Lawsuit Demands Freedom for 10-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy ... Rosa Maria Hernandez was arrested after an emergency surgery in Texas. Defying doctor's orders, the government refuses to release her to family. CommonDreams

Education officials expect ‘ineffective’ Betsy DeVos to step down as her agenda collapses: report.

November 1, 2017

Fears of Radiation Leak Soar After North Korea Nuclear Site Collapse Kills 200. ... The disaster is believed to have resulted from Pyongyang's hydrogen bomb test, which sparked earthquakes and landslides. CommonDreams  

Marcy Wheeler Says Indictments in Russia Probe Further Incriminate Attorney General Jeff Sessions. DemocracyNow

House Democratic Whip Resists Effort to End U.S. Involvement in Yemen War ... The bipartisan push to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen has gained political momentum but faces resistance from the No. 2 Democratic lawmaker in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Intercept

American Oligarchs Are Plotting the Biggest Heist in U.S. History ... The robbers are the American oligarchs who bankroll the Republican Party, and who are plotting the biggest heist in American history—a massive tax cut estimated to be up to 5.8 trillion dollars. ...Around 80 percent of it will benefit the richest 1 percent, according to the Tax Policy Center. TruthDig  

While the nation focused on Mueller, Trump proposed dangerous changes to Obamacare
Who needs Congress when you can just make stuff up? ThinkProgress

White House chief of staff John Kelly calls for special counsel to probe Democrats.

Tyson Foods Linked to the Largest Toxic Dead Zone in U.S. History. ... America's largest meat producer must clean up its act. AlterNet

Government Continues to Seek Data from Reporter's Cell Phone in Inauguration Protest
Reporter Aaron Cantu is among nearly 200 people to have data seized from phones. TRN




November 21, 2107
Burundi Defies the Imperial Criminal Court: an Interview with John Philpot. The International Criminal Court (ICC) propagates injustice as stark as slavery or South African apartheid. It’s a Western court that prosecutes Africans exclusively. CounterPunch

One year after the presidential election, John Oliver discusses what we've learned so far and enlists our catheter cowboy to teach Donald Trump what he hasn't. YouTube/Oliver

Imagining a New Social Order: Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin in Conversation. ... We live in an age of illegitimate neoliberal hegemony and soaring political uncertainty. The evidence is all around: citizen disillusionment over mainstream political parties and the traditional conservative-liberal divide, massive inequality, the rise of the "alt-right," and growing resistance to Trumpism and financial capitalism. TruthOut

The Hidden History of Trump’s First Trip to Moscow. ... In 1987, a young real estate developer traveled to the Soviet Union. The KGB almost certainly made the trip happen. Politico

After Georgia Tech Police-Perpetrated Shooting of Non-Binary Student, Atlanta Police Crack Down on Student Dissent TruthOut

No Protection for Protectors. ... Wall Street Wants to Kill the Agency Protecting Americans From Financial Scams. Intercept

November 20, 2107

Behind the Mask of the ‘Moderates’ ... Pity Canada. Its citizens watch the stages of U.S. decline and then, a few years later, inflict on themselves the same cruelties. It is as if the snuffing out of democracy across the globe and the rise of authoritarian regimes are a preordained Greek tragedy and all of us, in spite of our yearning for liberty, must ominously play an assigned part..

Trump's Panama tower used for money-laundering by condo owners, reports say. ... Trump Ocean Club drew people accused of corruption and future president benefited from laundered funds, reports say. Guardian

Ivanka’s signature real estate deals were disasters linked to drug cartels and money laundering. ... The president’s daughter has been at the center of a pair of the presidential projects tied most closely to grand corruption. ThinkProgress

Pentagon's Latest Waste of Taxpayer Money as US Navy Pilots Draw Huge Penis in the Sky. ... "Perfect end to a week about men doing disgusting things to women." CommonDreams

Thank an Anti-War Veteran. ... Repeat a lie often enough, the conventional Nazi propaganda wisdom ran, and it will become an accepted truth. CounterPunch

Why Was the 'Jewish Nobel' Snatched From Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Given to Natalie Portman? ... Someone remembered that Justice Ginsburg had called Trump a 'faker' in 2016, and the powers that be in Jerusalem panicked. Haaretz

Tom Goldtooth: Carbon Trading is “Fraudulent” Scheme to Privatize Air & Forests to Permit Pollution. DemocracyNow

Why are Police in the USA so Terrified? ... So far this year, US police have killed 1,044 people. In contrast, from 1990 to 2016, police in England and Wales killed just 62 people. See ‘Fatal police shootings’. CounterPunch

European Court Ruling Could Recognize Mass Surveillance Violates Human Rights. ... The European Court of Human Rights last week held a hearing in a challenge to the United Kingdom’s mass surveillance practices, brought by the ACLU, Privacy International, Liberty, and seven other human rights organizations from around the world. ALCU

The Rule of Power Over the Rule of Law. CounterPunch/Nader

Weekend of November 17-19, 2017
1931 Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat American Clipper.

Weekend Read:
The War State: The Cold War Origins Of The Military-Industrial Complex And The Power Elite, 1945-1963
... oday when you factor in the interest on the national debt from past wars and total defense expenditures the United States spends almost 40% of its federal budget on the military. It accounts for over 46% of total world arms spending. Amazon

House Republicans pass bill that would raise taxes on middle class families. ... Overwhelming analysis shows the tax plan does very little to help middle income families. ThinkProgress

US Military and CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War Crimes ... On November 3, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) informed the court's Pre-Trial Chamber, "[T]here is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan." TruthOut

Donald Trump lifts ban on importing elephant hunt trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. ... Conservation groups condemn 'reprehensible' decision and warn of increase in poaching. Independent

Misunderstanding the Public Has About How the Military Operates. ... Connecting the dots between systemic patriarchy, white supremacy and permanent war. AlterNet

Police Violence Persists, Though Most Media Have Stopped Paying Attention. This year is the fourth in a row that the number of people killed by law enforcement in the US has reached the 1,000 mark. Most of these deaths have received no media attention. TruthOut

The IRS Is Building a Safe to Guard Trump's Tax Returns: Report. ... The president is taking extreme measures to keep his financial history from the public. AlterNet

Chris Murphy Accuses U.S. of Complicity in War Crimes from the Floor of the Senate. ... one U.S. senator is breaking the Senate silence (on Yemen) - and even going further, explaining how U.S. support for the war has enabled the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Intercept

'This Is Barbaric': Sen. Murphy Slams US for Contributing to Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis. ... "The bombing campaign that has caused the cholera outbreak could not happen without us." CommonDreams

The Profound Misunderstanding the Public Has About How the Military Operates. ... Connecting the dots between systemic patriarchy, white supremacy and permanent war. AlterNet

Poland’s press grow warier after white nationalist rally. ... A journalist could face legal action after reporting slurs hurled by fascist and neo-Nazi attendees. ThinkProgress

November 16, 2107

Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists. Intercept

As Trial Begins, Trump Protest Attendees Face 60 Years in Prison. ... On November 15, the first group of the nearly 200 people facing charges for protesting at Donald Trump's inauguration will be appearing in a DC court. In a move clearly designed to silence political protest, those arrested are facing 60-year prison sentences for allegedly rioting. Meanwhile, the murderous mayhem caused by white supremacists in Charlottesville, North Carolina, has resulted in just three arrests.

Texas Shooting Shows Once Again That Animal Cruelty and Human Cruelty Are Strongly Linked.

Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise.

The CIA’s House of Horrors: Frank Olson’s Fatal Trip. CounterPunch

House Approves $700B 'Cash Cow' for Military—But Single Payer 'Too Expensive'" (Note: Just the increase alone in Pentagon budget is enough to provide free college degree for those wanting one.) CommonDreams

Remembering Mulugeta Seraw and All Those Killed by the Far Right ... On November 13, 1988, Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian immigrant, was killed by Nazi skinheads in Portland, Oregon, during the last popular wave of organized racist groups before the current resurgence under Trump. TruthOut

Roy Moore’s attorney claims MSNBC host is too ‘diverse’ to understand Alabama dating norms
Why would Roy Moore need a mom's permission to date her daughter? ThinkProgress

November 15, 2107

Why the Anti-Corruption Drive in Saudi Arabia is Doomed to Fail. CounterPunch/Cockburn

Special Report: Revolt at Trump’s Pro-Coal, Pro-Nuclear & Pro-Gas Panel Rocks U.N. Climate Summit. DemocracyNow   Related: Yes or No: Amy Goodman Asks Trump’s Fossil Fuel Reps at COP23 If They Support US Quitting Paris Deal. Democracy Now

How to Fix the Democratic Party. ... It’s time we come together to enact real reform—only then can we defeat Donald Trump and retake the country.

The Left Gets Rolled Again. CounterPunch

Here's Why Your Local TV News Is About to Get Even Worse. ... The wants FCC to roll back decades of media policies that foster educational and informational needs of citizens in a democracy. AlterNet

CA Gov. Jerry Brown Tells Indigenous Activists Protesting Fracking He’ll Put Them “In the Ground”. ... DemocracyNow

This Small City is Showing How Supporting Artists Can Have a Big Impact ... An innovative program inspires people to hang out at their neighborhood libraries. AlterNet

The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks. ... The transparency organization asked the president’s son for his cooperation—in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia’s ambassador to the United States. The Atlantic

November 14, 2017

Fight the Disease, Not the Symptoms. ... The disease of globalized corporate capitalism has the same effects across the planet. It weakens or destroys democratic institutions, making them subservient to corporate and oligarchic power. It forces domestic governments to give up control over their economies, ... TruthDig/Hedges

How Climate Science Deniers Manufacture Quotes to Convince You the United Nations Is One Big Socialist Plot. DeSmog

Green Beret Discovered SEALs’ Illicit Cash. Then He Was Killed. ... The story surrounding the slaying of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar keeps unraveling, starting with the SEALs-turned-suspects’ assertion that the soldier was drunk the night he died.
The Daily Beast

RT America Torched in Witch Hunt ’17. ... n one of the most horrendous blows to press freedom since the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the U.S. Department of Justice has forced the news broadcaster RT America to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

McCarthyism Inc: Introducing the Counter-Terror 'Experts' Hyping the Russian Threat to Undermine Free Speech ... Revelations about Russia's use of social media in the 2016 elections are being used as a pretext for suppressing dissent by some dubious characters. AlterNet

Leaked Documents Expose Stunning Plan to Wage Financial War on Qatar — and Steal the World Cup. ... A plan for the United Arab Emirates to wage financial war against its Gulf rival Qatar was found in the task folder of an email account belonging to UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef al-Otaiba and subsequently obtained by
The Intercept.

Don't get carried away – Trump is as popular today as he was last year ... After Tuesday’s election results, analysts have been quick to claim how troubling this is for the president – but the data shows that view might be premature.

November 13, 2017

European Court to Decide Whether U.K. Mass Surveillance Revealed by Snowden Violates Human Rights. ... British spy agencies are under scrutiny in a landmark court case challenging the legality of top-secret mass surveillance programs revealed in documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Intercept

Watch Members of Congress Attempt to Explain Why They Won’t Vote on War in Yemen.

Teachers charged with hate speech remain under investigation. ... Court in northern Catalan town maintains case against schools accused of promoting hatred during classroom debate on October 1 referendum.

Giving the Game Away. ... It doesn’t take much, just a sentence or a turn-of-phrase, sometimes even just a word or two, to give the game away. CounterPunch/Street
Fear of Corbyn: How Theresa May Clings to Powe
r. May is well on course – if indeed she is not already there – to go down down as the most weak and ineffectual Tory prime minister since John Major presided over his cabinet of ‘bastards’ in the early nineties. CounterPunch
Related: Democrats, Republicans and Business as Usual CounterPunch

"Ringing Endorsement" for The Intercept as Sebastian Gorka Calls News Outlet "Bad for Democracy" and "A Joke" ... Add this to the strange things former White House advisor identifies as a threat to the republic. CommonDreams

Republicans Plan to Turn Puerto Rico Into a Theme Park for Fossil-Fuel Corporations. ... (this is) code for lax labor laws and low taxes on corporations and the wealthy — an economy structured mainly around pleasing the private sector. Intercept

U.S. silent as Egypt considers new law outlawing homosexuality — and it’s worse than you think
In order to score political points with Isalmists, the government has stepped up its horrifying crackdown on LGBTQ community, accusing them of endangering national security. ThinkProgress

Noam Chomsky: Trump Believes Acts of Horrific Violence Make Him Presidential . ... The linguist calls the bombing of Syria a naked attempt to appease American audiences. AlterNet

Armed, angry men were tricked into converging on Houston, and no one knows who did it. ... Following recent Russia revelations, questions resurface about who organized the largest armed protest the state has seen in recent history.

Public Cynicism Enables Costly Political Hypocrisy. ... The political hypocrisy of crony capitalism – touting market capitalism while making taxpayers fund corporate welfare – is a rare and unfortunate case of bipartisan consensus. CounterPunch/Nader




November 30, 2017

Strong Evidence that U.S. Special Operations Forces Massacred Civilians in Somalia. ... An investigation by The Daily Beast on the ground in Somalia appears to confirm that American soldiers were involved directly in the deaths of 10 innocent civilians. Daily Beast

Countering the Right-Wing Takeover of the US: An Interview With Henry A. Giroux . (audio) TruthOut

J20 Trial: 200+ Inauguration Protesters, Journalists & Observers Face Riot Charges From Mass Arrest. DemocracyNow

US government uses Project Veritas video in trial of anti-Trump protesters. ... Footage from the far-right group is being relied on as evidence against protesters arrested at Trump’s inauguration, raising criticism from activists. Guardian

Trump retweets British far-right leader's anti-Muslim videos. ... US president shares tweets from Britain First’s Jayda Fransen, who was convicted of religiously aggravated harassment Guardian

U.K. Police Investigation of Snowden Leak Journalists Enters Fourth Year. Intercept

White House Memo Justifying CFPB Takeover Was Written By Payday Lender Attorney. Intercept

Suddenly, I’m a ‘Russian Agent’. CounterPunch

Breitbart, Kim Dotcom, Julian Assange, and Trump’s Right-Wing Base Reject Plan to Axe Net Neutrality. Intercept

Thirsty for Justice: How Israel Deprives the Palestinians of Access to Water. The fight by Indigenous folks for their water rights permeates the globe. CommonDreams

A Radioactive Plume That’s Clouded in Secrecy. CounterPunch

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Trump, Shock Doctrine & “Disaster Capitalism” in Puerto Rico. DemocracyNow

November 29, 2017

How Brexit Could Push Britain Toward War in Ireland Again. ... Warnings about the damaging impact on the Northern Ireland peace process of the return to a physical border between the north and the south post-Brexit understate the danger. CounterPunch

Chomsky: Is Socialism on the Rise in America?
The present age is full of contradictions. We live in an age of illegitimate neoliberal hegemony and soaring political uncertainty. The evidence is all around: citizen disillusionment over mainstream political parties and the traditional conservative-liberal divide, massive inequality, the rise of the "alt-right," and growing resistance to Trumpism and financial capitalism.

Supreme court cellphone case puts free speech – not just privacy – at risk. ... Carpenter v United States has rightly prompted concerns over surveillance. But it could also have drastic implications for personal freedom in the digital age. Guardian

Guatemala is the Future: Neoliberal Democracy and Authoritarian Populism. CounterPunch

Meet the Socialist Marine & Anti-Police Brutality Protester Who Won Democratic Seats in November. DemocracyNow

(NZ) John Key, mass surveillance and what really happened when Edward Snowden accused him of spying. NZ Herald

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Showdown: Trump Appoints Director Who Vowed to Kill Agency. DemocracyNow

Trump Envoy Erik Prince Met with CEO of Russian Direct Investment Fund in Seychelles. ... Shortly before Trump’s inauguration, Prince, the founder of Blackwater and head of Frontier Services Group, traveled to the Seychelles, .. and met with a Russian official close to Putin. ..., the meeting between the Russian and Prince, who presented himself as an unofficial envoy of Trump, took place “around January 11” and was brokered by Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, to establish a backchannel between the president-elect and Putin. Intercept

November 28, 2017

White House Statement on Yemen Crisis Fails to Address US Complicity. ... While aid groups remain cut off from the war-torn country despite promise from Saudi Arabia to lift blockade, Trump administration praises Saudi-led coalition. CommonDreams

Enabling Genocide. ... We should have learned the central lesson of the Holocaust a long time ago: When you have the capacity to stop genocide and you do not, you are culpable. TruthDig/Hedges  

As Aid Groups Warn of Yemen 'On the Brink,' Iran Says US Just Admitted Its Complicity in 'Atrocities'. ... Iran foreign minister references White House statement, which said that the U.S. remains "committed to supporting Saudi Arabia" CommonDreams

The destruction of Libya will forever be an indelible stain on the reputations of those countries and leaders responsible. CounterPunch

Top Samantha Power Aide is Now Lobbying to Undermine Opponents of Yemen War.
The Intercept

Libya “Chose” Freedom, Now It Has Slavery. ... The destruction of Libya will forever be an indelible stain on the reputations of those countries and leaders responsible. CounterPunch

10 Things You Should Know About Julian Assange. ... The founder of Wikileaks was Twitter pals with Donald Trump Jr. AlterNet

November 27, 2017

Alt-America: the time for talking about white terrorism is now. ... As Alt-America has grown, especially online, so has the violence that inevitably accompanies it: acts of domestic terrorism, hate crimes, and threats of civil war backed by a wave of citizen militias. Guardian

Staggering Variety of Clandestine Trackers Found In Popular Android Apps. ... Researchers at Yale Privacy Lab and French nonprofit Exodus Privacy have documented the proliferation of tracking software on smartphones, finding that weather, flashlight, rideshare, and dating apps, among others, are infested with dozens of different types of trackers collecting vast amounts of information to better target advertising. Intercept
Related: Exodus-Privacy Research

Saudi Arabia still barring aid to Yemen despite pledge to lift siege. ... Saudi-led coalition has failed to lift blockade on Yemen’s ports, leaving tens of thousands without food and medicine. Guardian

(Nobel Prize was awarded) Burgeoning British appreciation of pseudo-profound bullshit.
Improbable Research

(Enough to make you gag - WaPo's) David Ignatius’ 15 Years of Running Spin for Saudi Regime. Fair

Wall Street Stands to Make a Killing From Building Trump's Border Wall. ... far-right billionaire Robert Mercer's firm Renaissance Technologies, BlackRock, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo are all invested in Sterling Construction, the largest US-based company building a prototype of the wall. TruthOut

This Tom Friedman hagiography of the Saudi tyrant who is killing actual reformers & imposing famine and destruction on Yemen is - without hyperbole - utterly disgusting. If the Saudi regime bought a full-page ad in the NYT, it'd be less fawning and shameless than this column: ... Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring, at Last. ... The crown prince has big plans to bring back a level of tolerance to his society. NY Times
Related: Friedman’s Love Letter to a War Criminal The American Conservative

Weekend of November 24-26, 2017

FCC Set to Spike Net Neutrality .. In Major Win For Telecom Industry, FCC Announces Plans To Repeal Net Neutrality. ... Trump’s FCC Chairman thinks Comcast should have even more control over your internet than it already does

Internet Defenders Urge Mass Revolt to Fight FCC's "Scorched-Earth" Attack on Net Neutrality. ... "The FCC under Pai is handing over the internet to a few humongous gatekeepers who see the rest of us as products to be delivered to advertisers, not as citizens needing communications that serve democracy's needs." CommonDreams

New Study Undercuts Trump FCC Chair's Justification for Rolling Back Net Neutrality. ProWatch Download the Study

Steve Pearce Just Voted “Yes” to Selling Your Privacy to His Telecom Donors.

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Thanksgiving Distorts History and Sugarcoats Continuing State Violence Against Indigenous People. TruthOut

We'll Be Paying For Mark Halperin's Sins For Years To Come. ... Reports of sexual harassment destroyed his reputation and his career. But I want to talk about the deeper, subtler, more insidious effect Mark Halperin had on our politics. BizzFeed

Zinke’s Reorganization of the BLM Will Continue Killing Babies. CounterPunch

Alt-America and English Uprising review – Trump, Brexit and the far right. ... Both David Neiwert’s book on the US radical right and Paul Stocker’s on Brexit argue that economic factors take second place in explaining populism. The Guradian

High stakes trial of inauguration protesters goes off the rails. ... The First Amendment dies not with a bang, but with a "Low Battery" pop-up warning. ThinkProgress

Trout and Ethnic Cleansing. ... What happened to trout? Of all the farm-reared fish they’re the most tasteless. Order one in a restaurant these days and you get something tasting like blotting paper. It was different once. CounterPunch

November 23, 2107

High stakes trial of inauguration protesters goes off the rails. ... The First Amendment dies not with a bang, but with a "Low Battery" pop-up warning. ThinkProgress  

The Tories have voted that animals can't feel pain as part of the EU bill, marking the beginning of our anti-science Brexit. ... The Tories have already decided to scale back huge parts of what makes Britain the country we're proud of – today it's animal sentience, and tomorrow it could be something far worse. Independent

Trump’s ouster of U.S. Attorney Dana Boente matters. ... In March, Donald Trump summarily fired 46 U.S. Attorneys, without warning or explanation. Of particular interest was Preet Bharara, who had jurisdiction over Trump Tower, ...
MSNBC/Maddow  Related: Trump's judicial picks: 'The goal is to end the progressive state'. ... Donald Trump is radically reshaping the same federal courts that have been the biggest bulwark against his agenda – by picking mostly white, conservative men. Guardian

Corbyn demands Government acts to end suffering of the Yemeni people. ... Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, has today (Monday) written to Prime Minister Theresa May demanding her Government acts to end the conflict in Yemen. Labour Press

The Greatest Threats to the Middle East are Jared Kushner and Mohamed bin Salman. ...(he said) that real danger to peace “comes from a combination of three people: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East envoy Jared Kushner, and Bibi Netanyahu in Israel.”

Damning New Report Shows U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Killing Civilians are 31 Times the Pentagon’s Count. DemocracyNow

Is Puerto Rico Being 'Ethnically Cleansed' for the Superrich? ... Two months after the Sept. 20 landfall of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico—like the nearby Virgin Islands—is still in a state of horrifying devastation. The help being offered by the Trump administration is thin to the point of being cruel and unusual.. TruthDig

Dangling $100 Million in Federal Funds, Trump DOJ 'Coercing' Local Police to Target Immigrant Communities. ... "Instead of instilling trust between communities and law enforcement, Trump is solidifying his ultimate goal: to create a divided and fearful country. CommonDreams

FDA Raids in Florida Suggest Trump Admin. Policy Change That Benefits Big Pharma. ... News of the raids follows the president's nomination of a former drug company executive to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. CommonDreams

Woman targeted by sheriff for her ‘f*ck Trump’ sticker is now selling them — and they’re going fast. RawStory

November 22, 2107
Why Are Repugs Pushing for the Tax Cut? - Bruce Bartlett - "....political observers are puzzled by the intensity with which Republicans are pursuing their tax cut. It’s not politically popular and may well lead to the party’s defeat in next year’s congressional elections. So why do it? ... The answer is that Republicans are pushing the tax cut at breakneck speed precisely because they know they are probably going to lose next year and in 2020 as well. The tax cut, once enacted, however, will bind the hands of Democrats for years to come, forcing them to essentially follow a Republican agenda of deficit reduction and prevent any action on a positive Democratic program. The result will be a steady erosion of support for Democrats that will put Republicans back in power within a few election cycles...." More on the subject of policy
Related: I helped create the GOP tax myth. Trump is wrong: Tax cuts don’t equal growth.
The best growth in recent memory came after President Bill Clinton raised taxes in the ’90s.
Related: 30 years after the T ax Reform Act: Still aiming for a better tax system

Burundi Defies the Imperial Criminal Court: an Interview with John Philpot. The International Criminal Court (ICC) propagates injustice as stark as slavery or South African apartheid. It’s a Western court that prosecutes Africans exclusively. CounterPunch

One year after the presidential election, John Oliver discusses what we've learned so far and enlists our catheter cowboy to teach Donald Trump what he hasn't. YouTube/Oliver

House Republicans pass major tax cut bill after Trump's closed-door speech. ... The legislation passed with support from all but thirteen Republicans and no Democrats, and now faces significant challenges in the Senate. Guardian Related: Why a Stubborn Conservative WOuld Run a Deficit: Policy with Time-inconsistent preferences. JSTOR

Imagining a New Social Order: Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin in Conversation. ... We live in an age of illegitimate neoliberal hegemony and soaring political uncertainty. The evidence is all around: citizen disillusionment over mainstream political parties and the traditional conservative-liberal divide, massive inequality, the rise of the "alt-right," and growing resistance to Trumpism and financial capitalism. TruthOut

The Hidden History of Trump’s First Trip to Moscow. ... In 1987, a young real estate developer traveled to the Soviet Union. The KGB almost certainly made the trip happen. Politico

After Georgia Tech Police-Perpetrated Shooting of Non-Binary Student, Atlanta Police Crack Down on Student Dissent TruthOut

No Protection for Protectors. ... Wall Street Wants to Kill the Agency Protecting Americans From Financial Scams. Intercept

Mismanagement, Fraud and Worker Abuse at Charter Schools Are Driving School Staff to Unionize