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JUNE 2018 POLITICAL ARTICLES

JUNE 1 THROUGH 11

June 11, 2018

Oppression in America: 'To root this out we need a movement against racist policies'. ... To root out racism, academics and activists say, talk of healing is not enough: the bias at the heart of American politics, policing and society must be addressed.  
Guardian  

The Stupefying Mediocrity of Barack Obama. CounterPunch  

Obama’s Deportation Policy Was Even Worse Than We Thought.  Intercept  

Israeli Military Pushes Misleading Video in Attempt to Smear Slain Palestinian Medic Razan al-Najjar.  DemocracyNow  

Slogan Voters – The Road to Political Masochism.  CounterPunch/Nader  

Despite all the warnings, we are normalising Donald Trump. ... The president visits the UK in July – it’s vital to make clear we have clear moral lines and he has crossed them many times.  Guardian  

(1997) That Dangerous Radical Aristotle. ... (James Madison) believed that the primary goal of government is "to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority."  As his colleague John Jay was fond of putting it, "The people who own the country ought to govern it."   Chomsky  

Is It Alzheimer's? Stay Ahead of Memory Problems.
VA Health
 

While Our Police Kill Thousands, Congress Works to Protect the Police.  TruthDig  

Rotten to the Heart: Authoritarian Chickens Roosting at Home.  CounterPunch  

Weekend June 8-10, 2018

Weekend Read:
Reporter - by Seymour Hersh
. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author and preeminent investigative journalist of our time—a heartfelt, hugely revealing memoir of a decades-long career breaking some of the most impactful stories of the last half-century, from Washington to Vietnam to the Middle East.  Amazon  

Noam Chomsky Explains Exactly What's Wrong with Libertarianism. ... Anarchism "assumes that the burden of proof for anyone in a position of power and authority lies on them," explains Chomsky.  AlterNet   

The Stupefying Mediocrity of Barack Obama.  CounterPunch  

“Hidden Horrors”: Reporter Debbie Nathan on Mass Trials & Kids Separated from Parents at the Border. DemocracyNow  

The Democratic party is in a murky mess. ... Democratic chieftains think they know what’s best; meddling unnecessarily rather than allowing voters to drive change.  Guardian  

Italian Debt Crisis Erupts—Is This a Greek Debt Crisis Writ Large?   CounterPunch  

Will Trumpism Come to Canada? Naomi Klein on the Most Important Canadian Election of Her Lifetime. DemocracyNow  

The Latest Attack on Free Speech in the Israel-Palestine Debate.  ACLU  

An Evangelical University Is Helping Create A Movie About How Trump Was Chosen By God
The theory that Trump was appointed by God is not that uncommon within evangelical circles.  HuffPost  

CLICK BAIT

Timeline Of The Republican Party. Go >  

The Simulation of Democracy.Consent Factory

Report: Average American Worker Replaced Within 10 Minutes Of Taking Vacation.  Go >  

Responding To Criticism: ICE Has Issued A Statement Informing The Public That They Should Just Be Happy It’s Not Doing Experiments On These Kids. Go >  

June 7, 2018

New Film “Discreet Airlift” Documents the Struggle to Hold U.S. Officials Accountable for Torture.
Intercept

Historically, the Biggest Violator of Human Rights on the Korean Peninsula Isn’t North Korea. TruthOut

Mass Poisoning and Domestic Military Attacks: Secretive Pentagon Documents Predict Dystopian Dangers in the US. ... Hypothetical scenarios designed to represent probable threats describe a bleak future for terrorism.  AlterNet  

Fears Trump's anti-choice picks could set back abortion fight for a generation.  ...  Push for judges opposed to choice has already emboldened campaigners who have helped pass restrictive laws at state level.
Guardian
  Related:  Trump's hard-right judges will do lasting damage to America. ... The president has appointed an array of judges who are anti-choice, anti-union, anti-immigrant and pro-gun. They could cause permanent harm.  Guardian   

ICE Acting Director Scheduled to Speak at Anti-Immigrant Hate Group Gathering. ... Trump has been steadily appointing hate group leaders and activists to top administration posts. AlterNet  

Trump has been steadily stacking top posts with hate group leaders and anti-immigrant activists.
Daily Kos  

Drugmakers Blamed for Blocking Generics Have Jacked Up Prices and Cost the US Billions. TruthOut  

What's A Black Life Worth In Trump's America? Four Bucks, Evidently. Oops, Scratch That. Four Cents. CommonDreams  

Edward Snowden: 'The people are still powerless, but now they're aware'. ... Five years after historic NSA leaks, whistleblower tells the Guardian he has no regrets. Guardian  

June 6, 2018

Police Broke Into Chelsea Manning’s Home with Guns Drawn — in a “Wellness Check”. Intercept  

Trump's lawyers want legal immunity for the president. Who will stop them? ... The memo drafted by Trump’s lawyers outlines unbridled powers and essentially claims the president is above the law.  Guardian  

Going “Full Dictator”? Trump Claims He Has Right to End Mueller Investigation or Pardon Himselfl DemocracyNow  

How a Ragtag Group of Socialist Filmmakers Produced One of the Most Viral Campaign Ads of 2018.
Intercept
 

Donald Trump’s Fight With NFL Players Has Never Been About The National Anthem. ... The president isn’t mad about a song. He’s angry that black players refuse to show the fealty he thinks he deserves.  HuffPost

Merkel’s Comeuppance is Europe’s - and the World’s - Misfortune.  Project-Syndicate   

Allan Nairn on How Trump Dragged a Rightist Revolution to Power.  Intercept  

Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth. ... Biggest analysis to date reveals huge footprint of livestock - it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of farmland.
Guardian
 

'Gay Wedding Cake' Case Poses a Major Threat to Civil Rights. .... If Masterpiece Cakeshop wins its Supreme Court showdown, businesses will have a broad right to discriminate.  AlterNet  

Noam Chomsky: Building Spaces of Resistance. TruthOut  

Constitutionality Issues & BDS Legislation: Expert Views. FMEP

Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep
Access to Data on Users and Friends. ... The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections. NYTimes  

Professional Societies: Corporate Service, or Public Services for You! CounterPunch/Nader  

Glenn Greenwald on Julian Assange, Ecuador & Threats to Press Freedom. DemocracyNow  

Shovels Down: White House Drives Dagger Into Infrastructure Bill. ... Administration ‘optimistic’ about a farm bill this year, Short says. RollCall 

White Fear: As the GOP Veers Toward Fascism, Establishment Democrats Face a Grassroots Insurgency. Intercept  

New US ambassador to Germany under fire for rightwing support. ... Politicians accuse Richard Grenell of breach of protocol after interview in Breitbart.  Guardian  

June 5 , 2018

Seymour Hersh’s New Memoir Is a Fascinating, Flabbergasting Masterpiece. Intercept  

Project Blitz: The legislative assault by Christian nationalists to reshape America ... Since Donald Trump became president, rightwing groups are helping flood state legislatures with bills that promote hardline Christian conservative views. Guardian  

Indigenous Women Have Been Disappearing for Generations. Politicians Are Finally Starting to Notice. Intercept  

The Second Sight of W.E.B. Du Bois.
TruthDig/Hedges
 

Google Employees Discuss Staging Protest Of Their Own Company. ... Some employees are disturbed about the potential applications of a project for the military. HuffPost   Related: Leaked Emails Show Google Expected Lucrative Military Drone AI Work to Grow Exponentially. Intercept  

Ecuador’s Ex-President Rafael Correa Denounces Treatment of Julian Assange as “Torture” Intercept  

Needed Now: A Real and Radical Left. TruthDig  

Not a Paying Customer? Go Shit Somewhere Else. TruthDig  

Liberals' worst nightmare: a second supreme court pick for Trump. ...A future conservative nominee could affect issues ranging from women’s reproductive health to LGBT rights.  Guardian  

June 4, 2018

Washington Post Decrees: U.S. Must Help Destroy Yemen in Order to Save It. ... After a year of silence on the U.S. role in Yemen, Washington Post editors now argue bombing is the humane option. AlterNet  

Donald Trump and the erosion of democratic norms in America. ... For some, the president’s efforts to undermine the justice department and the Mueller investigation represent a threat to democracy.
Guardian
 

Trump's hard-right judges will do lasting damage to America. ... The president has appointed an array of judges who are anti-choice, anti-union, anti-immigrant and pro-gun. They could cause permanent harm. Guardian  

American History for Truthdiggers: Liberty vs. Order (1796-1800) TruthDig  

Why Is CNN Giving Steve Bannon A 60-Minute Infomercial?. HuffPost  

With no progressive force to give it shape, Italians’ anger has hit a wall ... he League and Five Star Movement offer little to voters hungry for radical change. Guardian  

A Short History of U.S. Bombing of Civilian Facilities. Intercept  

Noam Chomsky: Building Spaces of Resistance. TruthOut  

The Alzheimer’s Tsunami is Coming.
CounterPunch
 

GCHQ’s Rainbow Lights: Exploiting Social Issues for Militarism and Imperialism. Intercept  

Meat and fish multinationals 'jeopardising Paris climate goals'. ... New index finds many of the world’s largest protein producers failing to measure or report emissions, despite accounting for 14.5% of greenhouse gases.  Guardian  

Weekend of June 1-3, 2018

Weekend Read:
Democracy in America?: What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It. By Benajmin Page - America faces daunting problems—stagnant wages, high health care costs, neglected schools, deteriorating public services. Yet the government consistently ignores the needs of its citizens, paying attention instead to donors and organized interests. Amazon

U.S. Politicians Are Backing a Free Speech Exception for Israel?. ... Creating a Template for Broader Assault on the First Amendment.
Medium  

How Donald Trump is weaponising the courts for political ends. ... Trump is appointing judges far faster than Obama did – and the white-, male-dominated crop could be his most lasting legacy. Guardian  

Your Tax Dollars Bankroll Afghan Child-Molesters. CounterPunch  

Fathi Harb Burnt Himself to Death in Gaza. Will the World Notice? CounterPunch  

Palestinians Demand Human Rights & Medical Care in Fight to Break Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza. DemocracyNow  

Amid Rocket Fire and Airstrikes, Gazans Launch Fishing Boats to Challenge Israel's Naval Blockade. ... Participants reportedly include medical patients and students barred from leaving the occupied territory. CommonDreams  

Constitutionality Issues & BDS Legislation: Expert Views. FMEP  

Student Protesters in Puerto Rico Face Trial as Government Criminalizes Dissent. Intercept  

How the resurgence of white supremacy in the US sparked a war over free speech. ... With neo-Nazis marching in American cities, the national faith in absolute free expression is breaking down – even inside the organisation sworn to defend it, the ACLU.
Guardian  

John Bolton Names Professional Islamophobe & Bush Official Fred Fleitz to National Security Staff. DemocracyNow  

CLICK BAIT

The Ever More Orwellian Definition of Terrorism.
 Go >  

New Yes Men film calls B.S. on murderous NRA.
Go >
 

Bad News For The #Resistance: Sources Close To Mueller Are Suggesting The Pee Tape Is Real, But It Is Hot As Hell, Maybe The Sexiest Event Ever Caught On Camera. Go >  


 

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JUNE 12 THROUGH 20

June 20, 2018

Et Tu, Bernie?  TrudhDig/Hedges 

Millions Lack Food, Housing, and Healthcare, But 38 Democrats Just Joined GOP to Spend $716 Billion on Endless War and Empire. ...Had the Pentagon's budget simply remained the same as it was in 2017, Congress "could have funded public college for every student in the U.S. and had $12 billion left over," noted media analyst Adam Johnson. CommonDreams

Senate passes defense policy bill, setting up talks with House.  Politico  

The White House Bible Study group that influenced Trump’s family separation policy
"Jeff Sessions [will] go out the same day I teach him something and he’ll do it on camera."  
ThinkProgress  

'Outraged, But Frankly Not Surprised': In Defense of Serial Violator Israel, US Ditches UN Human Rights Council. ... Move decried as latest "example of how unconditional support for Israel means you can't support human rights standards anywhere for anyone. Israel threatens entire international system for defending human rights, such as it is."  CommonDreams  

Trump Gives Bibi Whatever He Wants.
CounterPunch  

Republican Maryland governor recalls National Guard resources from border over family separation.
 TheHill  

How Iran Outmaneuvered the U.S.-Saudi-Israeli Axis. TruthDig  

As Most Democrats Stay Silent, Elizabeth Warren Calls on Israel to Exercise Restraint Against Palestinian Protesters.  Intercept  

The Queens Machine That Turns Foreclosures Into Cash. ... The men who run the Democratic Party in New York’s largest borough have a tasty side hustle.
 Villiage Voice  

A Humanitarian Catastrophe: U.S.-Backed Forces Attack Key Yemeni Port Imperiling Millions. DemocracyNow  

FCC Emails Show Agency Spread Lies to Bolster Dubious DDoS Attack Claims. Gizmodo  

June 19, 2018


 trump is a thug. ICE goons. war crimes.

IMMIGRATION SPECIAL

Listen to Children Who’ve Just Been Separated From Their Parents at the Border. ... ProPublica has obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children can be heard wailing as an agent jokes, “We have an orchestra here.” ProPublica  

Ten Years After Postville Raid, Immigration Enforcement Returns to Totalitarian Tactics.
 TruthOut  

As Detention Centers Hit Capacity, Trump Eyes Tent Cities on Military Bases to Jail Migrant Children.  DemocracyNow  

Residents on Both Sides of the Border Try to Help Asylum Seekers Illegally Turned Away by U.S. Gov’t.  DemocracyNow  

Trauma at the Texas-Mexico Border: Families Separated, Children Detained & Residents Fighting Back.  DemocracyNow  

Report: Trump administration considering tent cities to hold migrant children on military bases. ... The administration recently started separating children from their migrant parents at the border.  ThinkProgress  

Sanders uses Bible to defend Trump's separation of children from families at border. ... Press secretary rejects criticism of Jeff Sessions citing Romans 13 to justify policy and says ‘it is very biblical to enforce the law. Guardian  

Breastfeeding Mother Says Officials Took Her Baby At Immigrant Detention Center. ...
President Donald Trump has ordered the separation of undocumented families as a “zero-tolerance” border policy.  HuffPost  

June 18, 2018

The Nightmare of Neoliberal Fascism. ... The conditions leading to fascism do not exist in some ethereal space outside of history. Nor are they fixed in a static moment in the past. As Hannah Arendt reminds us, the protean elements of fascism always run the risk of crystallizing into new forms.  TruthOut/Giroux   Related:  Fascism Depends Upon a Belief in Human Inequality.  TruthOut

Fascism Depends Upon a Belief in Human Inequality.  TruthOut

Trump’s judge picks snub Democrats. ... Democratic senators accuse the administration of not consulting them on lifetime appointments to the bench.  
Politico  

World's Millionaires and Billionaires Now Control Half the World's Personal Wealth, New Analysis Shows. ... "The rich are getting a lot richer and doing so a lot faster."  CommonDreams  

US eyes quitting United Nations human rights council. ... The Trump administration has exited various global agreements, but didn't confirm plans to quit the UN group.  ThinkProgress  

The Supreme Court Just Dealt Another Big Blow to Our Voting Rights. ... Ohio voter purge decision will have consequences for years to come.  AlterNet  

Democrats urge Congress to take action on 'appalling rates of poverty'. ... Letter calls for plan of action following dire United Nations report into extreme poverty.  Guardian  

After Trip to Gaza, Anthony Bourdain Accused World of Robbing Palestinians of Their Basic Humanity.  DemocracyNow  

Weekend of June 15-17, 2018

Weekend Read:
'Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World'
by Nomi Prins.  In this searing exposé, former Wall Street insider Nomi Prins shows how the 2007-2008 financial crisis turbo-boosted the influence of central bankers and triggered a massive shift in the world order.  Amazon  

The Supreme Court Just Dealt Another Big Blow to Our Voting Rights. ... Ohio voter purge decision will have consequences for years to come.  AlterNet 

Ten Years After Postville Raid, Immigration Enforcement Returns to Totalitarian Tactics.  
TruthOut  


Report: Trump administration considering tent cities to hold migrant children on military bases. ... The administration recently started separating children from their migrant parents at the border.  ThinkProgress  

BIOMETRICS PRIVACY AND RISKS

The Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance Law. ... Surveillance presents a conundrum: how to ensure safety, stability, and efficiency while respecting privacy and individual liberty. From police officers to corporations to intelligence agencies, surveillance law is tasked with striking this difficult and delicate balance. That challenge is compounded by ever-changing technologies and evolving social norms. Amazon

Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology. ... The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly building what will likely become the largest database of biometric and biographic data on citizens and foreigners in the United States.
More

Biometric Surveillance and the Right to Privacy. ... Using biometric technology to identify and monitor people raises human rights concerns. In particular, biometrics are often associated with intrusions into privacy. More

Trump’s Homeland Security Team Likely to Emphasize Facial Recognition and Biometric Surveillance. ... The backgrounds of the members of the team that President-elect Donald Trump is picking to shape the Department of Homeland Security suggests he will aggressively pursue surveillance using the latest technological advancements. More

June 14. 2018

CLICK BAIT

Blood-Splattered Joe Arpaio Calls Trump To Tell Him He's Going To Need Another Half Dozen Pardons.  Go >  

Calling all Resistance Members! ... We Must Protect Heroic Ex-Russian Whistleblower Yakov Smirnoff Who Is Exposing The Disgusting Horrors of Daily Life In Evil Russia. Go >

Other 193 Countries Begin Insulting Mike Pence In Hopes Of Avoiding Future Meetings With Trump.
Go >
 

Han Solo Met Chewbacca After Clubbing Chewie’s Parents To Death And Stealing Him As A Cub: Everything You Need To Know About ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Go >  

Prof. Bruce Cumings: U.S. Bombing in Korea More Destructive Than Damage to Germany, Japan in WWII.  DemocracyNow  

The Insidious Republican Plot to Hijack the Census. TruthDig  

Donald Trump’s Takeover Of The Republican Party Is Now Complete. ...  A Neo-Confederate victory in Tuesday’s primary indicates a frightening direction for the GOP.  HuffPost  

Republican Rep. Steve King Promotes Well-Known Neo-Nazi On Twitter. ... The U.S. congressman retweeted a British racist. King has long signaled support for white nationalists.  HuffPost  

“Relic of Jim Crow Era”: Ari Berman on Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Ohio’s Voter Purge.  DemocracyNow  

Sanders Spearheads Call to Defeat Economic System That 'Deliberately' Creates 'Massive' Poverty in US. ... The lawmakers emphasize "our sacred responsibility to provide a safety net for those in need."  CommonDreams  

Senator: "Let Me Repeat... The US Helped Bomb A Doctors Without Borders Cholera Treatment Facility. ... "Whether intentional or a result of negligence, it is totally unacceptable," said the medical aid group in a statement.  CommonDreams  

June 13. 2018

Trump’s Family Separation Policy Aims To Deter Immigration. That May Make It Illegal. ... You won’t hear Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen call this “deterrence.”  HuffPost    
Related:  Trump Administration Restricts Asylum Access For Victims Of Gang And Domestic Violence. ... Jeff Sessions said he is “confident” his moves will reduce the number of unauthorized immigrants who come to the U.S. HuffPost  

Misleading Unemployment Numbers and the Neoliberal Ruse of “Labor Flexibility”. ... overty is deepening and the standard of living is declining in the US, even as the national unemployment rate has hit historically low levels. Meanwhile, wages remain stagnant and inequality is worsening with every passing year.   TruthOut  

The Christian Right’s bizarre plan to destroy civil rights laws by trolling. ... We have entered the stupid phase of the war on LGBTQ rights.  
ThinkProgress  

Alternative Biblical Facts.  CounterPunch  

ICE Deserves Every Bit Of Our Contempt.
HuffPost

'What Happens When You Put Someone in Charge of Agency They Think Shouldn't Exist,' Says Warren After Mulvaney Guts CFPB Panel. ... "Mulvaney is only interested in obtaining views from his inner circle, and has no interest in hearing the perspectives of those who work with struggling American families," says the board's ousted chair.  
CommonDreams
 

Ex-Senate Aide Charged in Leak Case Where Times Reporter’s Records Were Seized.  NY Times  

Donald Trump’s Surveillance of New York Times Reporter Is a True Declaration of War Against the Press.  Intercept  

All Facts Are Not Equal: Inside Claud Cockburn’s MI5 File.  CounterPunch/Cochburn  

Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty: A Half Century Later, Still No Justice.  CounterPunch  

FCC Emails Show Agency Spread Lies to Bolster Dubious DDoS Attack Claims. Gizmodo  

John Kelly Reportedly Called the White House a “Miserable Place to Work”. Slate  

“What Truth Sounds Like”: Michael Eric Dyson on New Book About RFK, James Baldwin & Race in America.  DemocracyNow  

‘Blackwater Air’ Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces. .. A corporate descendant of the notorious guns-for-hire firm just got a $204 million contract to support American troops in Africa.  Daily Beast  

June 12, 2018

The Nightmare of Neoliberal Fascism.
TruthOut/Giroux
 

Scapegoating Iran. Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves. We have lost the war in Afghanistan. TruthDig/Hedges  

Democrats Have Now Flipped 42 State Legislative Seats From Red to Blue. ... Since Trump became president, Democrats have been on a legislative winning streak that sends a powerful signal about resistance politics.  The Nation  

The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy. ... Farming livestock for food threatens all life on earth, and ‘free-range’ steak is the worst of all.  Guardian  

Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction. ... Palm oil plantations on illegally deforested land in Sumatra – home to elephants, orangutans and tigers – have allegedly been used to supply scores of household brands, says new report.  Guardian  

Cop Who Wore Pro-Police Brutality T-Shirt at J20 Trial Was Previously Accused of Police Brutality.
 Intercept  

'What Happens When You Put Someone in Charge of Agency They Think Shouldn't Exist,' Says Warren After Mulvaney Guts CFPB Panel. ... "Mulvaney is only interested in obtaining views from his inner circle, and has no interest in hearing the perspectives of those who work with struggling American families," says the board's ousted chair. CommonDreams

The Persecution of Reality Winner. Intercept  

'Jaw-Dropping' Report Reveals Rampant Wage Theft Among Top US Corporations. ... "Wage theft goes far beyond sweatshops, fast-food outlets, and retailers. It is built into the business model of a substantial portion of corporate America."
 CommonDreams  

Disneyland workers face ruthless exploitation. Their fight is our fight. ... Amid rampant inequality in America, Disney workers’ fight for a living wage could serve as inspiration for others.
Guardian/Sanders  

 

 

 

JUNE 21 THROUGH 30

Weekend of June 29 - July 1, 2018

Weekend Read:  The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb - By Gar Alperovitz.   Controversial in nature, this book demonstrates that the United States did not need to use the atomic bomb against Japan. Alperovitz criticizes one of the most hotly debated precursory events to the Cold War, an event that was largely responsible for the evolution of post-World War II American politics and culture.  Amazon 

The Anatomy of Trumpocracy: An Interview With Noam Chomsky.  TruthOut  

Donald Trump Is a Test of Our Patriotism.  
TruthDig  

'Democracy is at stake': Anthony Kennedy's exit causes a political earthquake. ... Democrats warn successor ‘could radically alter the course of justice’ and help Trump put an enduring stamp on America.  
Guardian  

Donald Trump’s enforcers have lost the right to civil courtesy. Guardian  

With Supreme Court’s Capitulation to Hate, Trump’s Stranglehold on Government Tightens. TruthOut  

Lobbyists and Business-Friendly Pundits Mourn Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Victory.  Intercept  

No sign of North Korea dismantling nuclear weapons programme, Mattis admits. ... No one knows when meeting about it will be held either, contrary to Trump’s promise after Singapore summit.  Guardian   

The water crisis the Trump administration didn’t want you to know about.  Intercept  

Here's What You Can Expect For Temperatures and Precipitation the Rest of Summer. Weather.com  

Google and Facebook Are Quietly Fighting California’s Privacy Rights Initiative, Emails Reveal.  Intercept

What is the Meaning of Japan Today?
CounterPunch  

Supreme Court Rules 5-4 In Janus Union Fees Case. ... The Janus v. AFSCME decision means the entire U.S. public sector will now be “right to work,” and the political ramifications will be felt for years to come.  
HuffPost  

Handing Trump Chance to Move Supreme Court Even Further Right, Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires. ... "Right now, our right to choose is hanging in the balance. Another Trump Supreme Court nominee would overturn Roe v. Wade."  CommonDreans  

A Critic of Neoliberalism & Drug War, Andrés Manuel López Obrador Poised to Win Mexico’s Presidency. DemocracyNow  

The whole Democratic Party is now a smoking pile of rubble. ... The down-ballot party has withered, and Obama’s policy legacy will be largely repealed.  (Nov. 2016)  Vox   

Living in the Ruins of Capitalism. CounterPunch  

Don’t sleep on Robert Mueller and the Russia probe: It’s about to get hot for Donald Trump. ... High anxiety for Team Trump: A Democratic senator says, “Buckle up!” Big news from Mueller probe could be coming.  
Salon
 

Why It Just Makes Sense for the U.S. to Withdraw from the UNHRC.  CounterPunch  

Why Work Isn’t Working in Trump’s America.
TruthDig
 

28-Year-Old Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins Primary, Backing Medicare for All & Abolishing ICE.  DemocracyNow   

CLICK BAIT

I May Not Agree With Everything Trump Says, But It’s My Duty As An American To Repeat All Of His Talking Points Basically Verbatim
 Go >  

Laura Bush Publishes Courageous Op-Ed Calling For Imprisonment Of Whoever Created ICE.  
Go >  

Other 193 Countries Begin Insulting Mike Pence In Hopes Of Avoiding Future Meetings With Trump.
Go >
 

June 27, 2018

Greenwald: "...the most superficial precepts of "civility" have long been the preeminent religion (or at least the preeminent decree) in Washington: because, by design, it shields the powerful from any accountability for their actions: always DC's primary goal."

Psychologist: Separating Children at the Border Creates Trauma Passed Down Through Generations. DemocracyNow  

Migrant Children Separated From Their Parents Forced to Recite Pledge of Allegiance - In English: Report
Children in a Texas facility are reportedly required to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
AlterNet
 

Mitch McConnell Reaps The Benefits Of His Stolen Supreme Court Seat ... The court narrowly upheld Trump’s travel ban and the rights of anti-abortion centers - thanks to Neil Gorsuch.  HuffPost  

Israel: Apparent War Crimes in Gaza. ... Accountability Needed for Officials Who Authorized Lethal Force. Human RIghts Watch  

How Trump is Quietly Taking Over the Courts. ... Even though much of his legislative agenda has stalled in Congress, Trump is nominating and getting Senate confirmation of judges to the federal bench much faster than previous presidents.  AlterNet  

123 Deaths a Day: Inside the Public Health Crisis of Rising Suicide Rates in the United States.  DemocracyNow  

Unmasking the GOP as the Party of Negligent Homicide. ... n Arizona, a family caring for a child’s heart condition lost their house and car to medical bills they couldn’t pay. In St. Louis, a shelter closed and later a homeless man was found frozen to death in a trash bin. In California, a poor family was found dead in their van from carbon monoxide poisoning.  
 TruthOut  

Capitalism, Politics and Immigration: A Tale of Profitable Suffering. ... As Republicans in Congress hurl claims about immigrants stealing jobs from US citizens, it’s clear that lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to be in deliberate denial about the fundamental hypocrisy of the US’s chaotic, cruel immigration policy.  TruthOut  

The Chomsky Challenge for Americans. ... It’s no wonder that most Americans are clueless about why “their” country is feared and hated the world over. It remains unthinkable to this day, for example, that any respectable “mainstream” U.S. media outlet would tell the truth about why the United States atom-bombed the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  
TruthDig
 

June 26, 2018

The Soldier’s Tale ... “The military’s inherent function is the abuse and degradation of other people. TruthDig/Hedges    Related: Is it true most soldiers don't shoot to kill?  Quora  and Killology  Wiki  

Area of Global Dead Zones Doubling Every 10 Years.  TruthOut  

The Wiretap Rooms ... he secrets are hidden behind fortified walls in cities across the United States, inside towering, windowless skyscrapers and fortress-like concrete structures that were built to withstand earthquakes and even nuclear attack. Intercept  

'Most Important Surveillance Story You Will See for Years': Report Reveals How AT&T Buildings Serve as Secret Hubs for NSA Spying. ... "AT&T has bent over backwards to help the U.S. government spy on essentially all internet traffic."  CommonDreams  

Trump Administration Won’t Say How A Random CBP Agent Would Know Of A Reporter’s Personal Travel. ... The Justice Department says an apparent Customs and Border Protection agent identified as Jeffrey Rambo was not involved in its leak investigation.  HuffPost  

Gorsuch says he’ll repeal and replace the Fourth Amendment with something terrific. ... This is not how judges are supposed to behave.  ThinkProgress  

The FBI Is Using Unvetted, Right-Wing Blacklists to Question Activists About Their Support for Palestine.  Intercept      Related: Amid Scathing Accusations of War Crimes, UN Votes 120-8 to Condemn 'Indiscriminate' Israeli Violence Against Palestinians. ... "We cannot remain silent in the face of the most violent crimes and human rights violations being systematically perpetrated against our people," said the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations.  CommonDreams  

Republican judge orders the entire Consumer Financial Protection Bureau eliminated ... It was nice when judges believed in the rule of law.  ThinkProgress  

June 25, 2018

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Americans Finally Recognize Own Country Again After President Does Half-Assed Job Walking Back Humanitarian Crimes.  Go > 

Blood-Splattered Joe Arpaio Calls Trump To Tell Him He's Going To Need Another Half Dozen Pardons.  Go >  

Calling all Resistance Members!
We Must Protect Heroic Ex-Russian Whistleblower Yakov Smirnoff Who Is Exposing The Disgusting Horrors of Daily Life In Evil Russia. Go >

Ralph Nader Asks Former First Ladies: Why No 'Heartfelt Concern for Tens of Thousands of Children Killed or Seriously Maimed' by Their Husbands' Wars? ... Consumer advocate puts check on Laura Bush and Michelle Obama for selective criticism when it comes to kids harmed by brutal U.S. policies.  AlterNet  

The Deportation Machine Obama Built for President Trump
Before the end of his first term in office, the Obama administration expanded a small program by about 3,600 percent. The Nation  

Navy Plans to Create 'Austere' Detention Camps Capable of Holding More than 100,000 Immigrants: Report ... It doesn't look like the administration has any plans to slow down its operations.
 AlterNet  

Democratic Megadonor Haim Saban Attacks Senators for Urging Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Strip.  Intercept  

As 'Wealthiest and Freest Country in the World,' Nikki Haley Tells Bernie Sanders It's 'Ridiculous' to Examine US Poverty. ... "As it happens, I personally believe that it is totally appropriate for the U.N. Special Rapporteur to focus on poverty in the United States," Sanders responded.  CommonDreams  

Blistering U.N. Report: Trump Administration’s Policies Designed to Worsen Poverty & Inequality.  DemocracyNow  

Indifference to a Hellish World. ... Obligatory apathy: We live in a society that despises any sign of caring about just how bad things are for most people.  CounterPunch  

What Caused the United States’ Decline?
Hint: You don’t have to look far.  The Nation  

Nikki Haley: Damn the UN Human Rights Commission and the Rest of You Too. ... The UNHRC is stacked with human rights abusers including Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and, till now, the US itself, but this is still an ugly gesture, like refusing to accept the jurisdiction of the ICC, ditching the Paris Climate Accords, and shredding the Iran Nuclear Deal.  CounterPunch  

The Trump Administration Still Has No Plan to Reunite Families It Tore Apart. ... The 2,300 children who have been taken from their parents face a tangled legal process and a shortage of lawyers to help them through it.  The Nation  

Weekend of June 22-24, 2018

Weekend Read:
American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism by Henry A Giroux and George Yancy  ...
At a moment when the news cycle presents the dangers of Trumpian authoritarianism through disjointed and discrete hottakes, Giroux's wide-reaching analysis accounts for our current American nightmare with necessary historical context, and in so doing creates an aperture for resistance more meaningful than a hashtag."
Amazon 

Flores agreement: Trump’s executive order to end family separation might run afoul of a 1997 court ruling. ... Getting rid of the requirement to let kids out of immigration custody quickly will take more than a stroke of the pen.  Vox  

Lawsuit Claims Detained Migrant Children Have Been Forcibly Injected With Powerful Psychiatric Drugs.  DemocracyNow    Related: Migrant Children Drugged Without Consent At Government Centers, Court Documents Show ... The allegations center on a mental health facility in Texas that has had problems in the past.  HuffPost  

GEO Group & Private Prisons Stand to Profit as Trump Pushes Indefinite Family Detention.  DemocracyNow  

Separating Migrant Families Is Barbaric. It’s Also What the U.S. Has Been Doing to People of Color for Hundreds of Years.  Intercept  

Attacking Hodeidah is a deliberate act of cruelty by the Trump administration. ... Pretensions of humanitarian concern from Yemen by the US, Britain and France reek of hypocrisy, shedding copious tears for the victims of war while supplying the arms and advisers with which that war is being waged.  Independent  

Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence. ... Officials quoting a holy text to justify repressive policies is something we who grew up in the Arab world have seen before.  Guardian  

The White House Bible Study group that influenced Trump’s family separation policy
"Jeff Sessions [will] go out the same day I teach him something and he’ll do it on camera."  ThinkProgress   

Trump’s Military Drops a Bomb Every 12 Minutes, and No One Is Talking About It  TruthDig  

Rotten to the Heart: Authoritarian Chickens Roosting at Home.  CounterPunch  

White racist hits black woman with his truck and drags body across the road — police charge her with obstructing traffic.  RawStory  

June 21, 2018

Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Showmanship and Democrats’ Hypocrisy in the Trump Era.
TruthOut  

The U.S. Has Taken More Than 3,700 Children From Their Parents — and Has No Plan for Returning Them.  Intercept  

'He Got Caught Doing Exactly What He Wanted to Do!’: MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Explains Why Trump ‘Blinked’ on Family Separation Policy. ... "He didn't blink because he had some sort of wave of morality."  AlterNet  

Trading 'One Form of Child Abuse for Another,' Trump Executive Order Called a Sham, Not a Fix. ... "Instead of imprisoning children in separate internment camps away from their parents, this administration will now imprison children in the same internment camps as their parents."  CommonDreams  

'If Kids Don't Eat in Peace, You Don't Eat in Peace!' Democratic Socialists Drive DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Out of Mexican Restaurant. ... "We will not stand by and let Secretary Nielsen dine in peace, while she is directing her employees to tear little girls away from their mothers and crying boys away from their fathers at our border."
 CommonDreams  

Listen to Children Who’ve Just Been Separated From Their Parents at the Border. ... ProPublica has obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children can be heard wailing as an agent jokes, “We have an orchestra here.
 ProPublica   

Deep Pockets, Deep Cover ... The UAE Is paying Ex-CIA officers to build a spy empire in the Gulf.  Foreign Policy  

Caged Children & Terrified Infants: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Describes “Acts of Indecency” at Border.  DemocracyNow  

Here Are 21 Facts That Explain Who Trump Aide Stephen Miller Is. ... The anti-immigrant Trump mouthpiece has been like this for a long time.  
AlterNet
 

 

 

 
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