JULY 1 THROUGH 10
July 10, 2017
Sanders Turns His Back on Single-Payer. CounterPunch
is not enough: Noam Chomsky explains how to battle
Trumps misdeeds and absurdities. RawStory
Are Not Safe: The Clenched Fist of Truth Is Back To Threaten
"The Violent Left" and It Is Some Scary. Common
Mass Killing of Civilians, Now in Syria and Iraq, Is Part
of a Long, Depressing Pattern of American War-Making.
... There was a time during the Vietnam War when this
cruel approach mattered to Americans. AlterNet
Notion That White Workers Elected Trump Is a Myth That
Suits the Ruling Class. TruthDig
U.S. Medias Murky Coverage of Putin and Trump. New
makes Hebron old city Palestinian world heritage site.
... Israeli minister denounces decision on city, which
is home to site known to Muslims as Ibrahimi mosque and
Jews as Tomb of the Patriarch.
The City Is Burning: Hamburg Rocked By Violent,
Anti-G-20 Protests. ... Demonstrators smashed shop windows,
torched cars and set fires in the streets. Huffington
Chief Scott Pruitt Targets Clean Drinking Water. ... Scott
Pruitt has spent much of his short tenure as head of the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) working at a dizzying
speed to dismantle Obama-era regulations that restrain
major polluters. His most recent target: a rule designed
to protect the drinking water of millions of Americans.
supplies the news? - Patrick Cockburn on misreporting
in Syria and Iraq.
London Review of Books
July 7-9, 2017
Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War
II. ... War has changed dramatically since the end of
World War II. The United States has led this transformation,
so that the military playbook now includes non-state terrorism,
counterinsurgency, clandestine operations, a network of
overseas bases, and computerized precision
warfare. John W. Bower's book shows the human costs of
this legacy of violence on a global scale.
Buy it here
the Scenes at the Saudi-Qatari Pissing Contest. ... Saudi
Arabia, with the bellicose support of President Trump,
has launched a diplomatic and partial economic offensive
against the ridiculously small state of Qatar and is dragging
its allies, the United Arab Emirates in particular, into
a potential major headache. Counter
DOJ Letter May Be More Alarming Than Trump Commissions
Request For Voter Data. ... I really worry that
at the end of the day theres gonna be a lot of noise
about this Kobach-Pence commission and people will miss
the enforcement efforts of DOJ.
are no longer allowed to wear sleeveless attire in Paul
Ryans House of Reps. RawStory
Farm Belt führer: the making of a neo-Nazi. .. Gerhard
Lauck was Germanys biggest supplier of neo-Nazi
materials. His trajectory is a valuable case study in
recognizing the signs of a budding hatemonger. Guardian
Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison
after stillbirth. ... A high school student was convicted
on the grounds that failing to seek antenatal care amounted
to murder, after giving birth in a bathroom in 2016. Guardian
2016 - El Salvador: where women are thrown into jail for
losing a baby. Guardian
had no qualms violating my rights: Ohio mom says
gun militia demanded $10 to walk through mall. RawStory
is how we know Jeff Sessions is a true white nationalist
police push for Muslim ID cards as counter-terrorism measure.
... Authorities in Central Luzon call for policy after
Muslims blamed for failing to prevent Islamist conflict
in the south.
States Sue Betsy DeVos to Reinstate Rules Protecting Students
from Predatory Private Collegesl. ... Two student borrowers
have taken legal action against the Department of Education
Must Reclaim War-Making Authority. ... The House Appropriations
Committee unexpectedly passed an amendment to the Department
of Defense Appropriations bill last week that would repeal
the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed
by Congress in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
If this effort to revoke the AUMF proves successful, the
repeal would effectively limit Donald Trump's ability
to use military force against North Korea, Iran and elsewhere.
to Build in the Rubble of Neoliberalism": Michelle
Alexander and Naomi Klein on Bringing Movements Together.
House Bill Would Kill Gerrymandering and Could Move America
Away From Two-Party Dominance. The
July 6, 2017
Stomach-Turning Numbers Behind Americas Police Violence.
... The number of fatal shootings by police officers in
the first half of 2017 is nearly identical to the number
of shootings recorded during the same time period in 2016
and 2015, according to the Washington Posts police
Tweeted Declaration Of Independence, And Trump Supporters
Flipped Out. .. They didnt recognize the words and
thought NPR was calling for revolution. Huffington
Berman: Kris Kobach Is Helping Trump Lay Groundwork for
Nationwide Voter Suppression Effort. Democracy
Related: 44 States Say No to Trump: Resistance Grows as
Trump's Election Commission Seeks Private Voter Data
America Past the Point of No Return?
Oligarchs representing monopolistic Big Pharma, Big Banks,
and Big Retail/Fast Food are devastating us.
Files: Buying a Slave -- the Hidden World of US-Philippines
Trafficking. ... Human trafficking is a hidden industry
that brings in $150 billion in illegal profits every year.
In the United States, tens of thousands are trafficked
annually -- the biggest clients being major hotel chains
and foreign diplomats. TruthOut
Want a Picture of the Future? Imagine a Boot Stamping
on Your Face. ... We have arrived, way ahead of schedule,
into the dystopian future dreamed up by such science fiction
writers as George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood
and Philip K. Dick. ... Much like Orwells Big Brother
in 1984, the government and its corporate spies now watch
our every move. Counter
worst nightmare: a successful Donald Trump presidency'.
... As the president seizes on policy wins and seeks to
turn the Russia spotlight on Obama and the press, some
experts say liberals are in for a rude awakening. Guardian
Astonishing poll about Trump and media. ... A stark poll
by Survey Monkey finds that 89% of Republicans view President
Trump as more trustworthy than CNN, and 91% of Democrats
think the opposite. Among all adults, trust for CNN is
7 points ahead of Trump. Among independents, CNN wins
by 15 points. Axios
JULY 5, 2017
May sitting on report on foreign funding of UK extremists.
... Exclusive: Green co-leader Caroline Lucas suggests
astonishing delay in publication is down to
reluctance to criticise Saudi Arabia. Guardian
Rise of the New Global Elite. ... F. Scott Fitzgerald
was right when he declared the rich different from you
and me. But todays super-rich are also different
from yesterdays: more hardworking and meritocratic,
but less connected to the nations that granted them opportunityand
the countrymen they are leaving ever further behind. The
The Battle Over What It Means to Be Female ... Patriarchy,
across the globe, plagues humankind.
Stink Without a Secret. ... After six solid months of
co-ordinated allegation from the mainstream media allied
to the leadership of state security institutions, not
one single scrap of solid evidence for Trump/Russia election
hacking has emerged.
daughter was killed by Donald Trumps botched drone
attack in Yemen. ... I also thought at first that Muhammad,
my two-year-old grandson, was also killed but when
we took him from Fateems arms, he cried. He was
sleeping all the time in his dead mothers arms.
administration pursues radical expansion of offshore drilling
Despite spill risks, bipartisan opposition, Trumps
Department of Interior is moving forward with offshore
drilling plans. ThinkProgress
Arabia Moves to Silence Deposed Prince, Dissidents. ...
Royal court limits movements of Mohammed bin Nayef, infiltrates
social-media accounts of activists and religious figures.
Krugman: Trump Is About to Launch His First Major War,
and It's as Ill-Conceived as You'd Imagine. ... He's convinced
threatening our allies is the best way to achieve a win.
More federal judge abdication
The branch designed to be insulated from political pressures
has been the most craven of all in the post-9/11 era.
JULY 4, 2017
July 3, 1988 US war ship shot down an Iranian airliner
killing 290 people. George H W Bush said, "I will
never apologize for the United States. I don't care what
the facts are" The ship commander received the Legion
of Merit Commendation.
American Revolution. ... Its true that slaveowner
Thomas Jeffersons July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence
(DOI) articulated the revolutionary notion that the people
have the right to dissolve a government that no longer
serves their interests. But the American Revolution
was a national independence movement led by wealthy landowners,
slaveowners, and merchants who feared uprisings from below.
Money Goes After Trumps Public Infrastructure Projects
president of the United States appears untethered from
reality. ... he way he treated Morning Joes hosts
is abnormal. And this abnormality has effects that extend
far beyond the fate of the Trump presidency. Guardian
Inauthentic Opposition. ... Ive long and consistently
used a metaphor from the original version of Upton Sinclairs
famous Socialist novel The Jungle, describing the Democrats
as one of two wings of the same [capitalist and
imperialist] bird of prey. Counter
Superdelegate, in Room Full of Health Insurance Executives,
Laughs Off Prospect of Single Payer. Intercept
Flagship Clean Coal Experiment Abandoned After
11 Years And $7.5 Billion
This is a bad sign for the coal industry.
Questions That Expose Charter School Falsehoods. Naked
facing further sanctions as ultimatum deadline looms.
...US secretary of state seeks compromise on 13 demands
tabled by emirates neighbours that include closing
down al-Jazeera. Guardian
the Koch-Backed Effort to Privatize the Veterans Health
Administration Jeopardizes Everyone's Health Care Future.
One Day More': Massive London Rally Says No to Austerity,
Privatization. ... Jeremy Corbyn: "This is the age
of imagination, this is the age in which we will achieve
that decency and social justice that we all crave."
the top-end-of-town realise their strategy is failing.
risk of kleptocracy: from Equatorial Guinea to the US.
Hersh Investigation, Media Connive in Propaganda War on
of descent: How poor management left Mexican wolves dangerously
inbred. ... Missteps and conflict between the state and
the feds have hounded the recovery of Arizona and New
Mexicos remaining wolf packs. High
Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at
Standing Rock to Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies.
part 1 of 5
Rock Documents Expose Inner Workings of Surveillance-Industrial
Intercept part 2 of 5
Standing Rock Camps Cleared Out, TigerSwan Expanded
Surveillance to Array of Progressive Causes. Intercept
part 3 of 5
Access-Style Policing Moves to Pennsylvanias
Mariner East 2 Pipeline.
Intercept part 4 of 5
Faces Lawsuit Over Unlicensed Security Operations
in North Dakota.
Intercept part 5 of 5
1 of 2) "No Is Not Enough": Best-Selling Author
Naomi Klein on Challenging Trump's Shock Doctrine Politics.
(Part 2 of 2) The Worst Is Yet to Come with Trump, So
We Must Be Ready for Shock Politics. Democracy
& Winship: NRA Issues Call for White Supremacy and
Armed Insurrection. ... The gun lobby's new "recruitment
ad" is really a call for white supremacy and armed
insurrection, deliberately crafted to stir anger and fear.
join the National Rifle Association? To defeat liberal
enemies, apparently. ... A virulent recruitment video
by the NRA suggests joining the group is the best defense
against political opponents Guardian
Militia Groups May Serve as Security at GOP Events Near
Portland, Oregon. .... The local Republican Party will
use volunteers from two far-right militia groups to provide
security from "leftist violence." AlterNet
Republicans to use militia for security as far-right rallies
continue. ... Controversial move to enlist armed militia
groups for public events comes amid tension between far-right
and anti-fascist protesters. Guardian
next attack on democracy: mass voter suppression. ...
The Trump administrations election integrity
commission is declaring war on voters our democratic
legitimacy be damned.
a tense environment': Media braced for further hostility
fueled by Trump. ... Recent concessions by CNN and the
New York Times have emboldened opponents of the press
and theyre taking their lead from the president.
racism, fear and propaganda: An insider explains why rural,
Christian white America will never change. RawStory
of June 30 through July 2, 2017
in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's
Stealth Plan for America by. Nancy MacLean. ... Behind
todays headlines of billionaires taking over our
government is a secretive political establishment with
long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical
right has been working not simply to change who rules,
but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance.
Republican Push to Replace Obamacare Reflects Radical
Right's Stealth Plan for America. ... As Republicans attempt
to revive a bill to overturn Obamacare, we look at the
radical rights attempt to reshape the role of the
federal governmentfrom healthcare to education to
Democracy Now Related:
Related: Republicans Have Trifecta Control of 25 States
& Need 6 More to Call for a Constitutional Convention.
Picks DAPL Lobbyist to Oversee EPA Water Safety in Same
Week He Rolls Back Water Safeguards. Democracy
Happened to Americas Wealth? The Rich Hid It. ...
But what if billions of dollars in tax revenue have gone
missing? ... New research suggests that the super-rich
are hiding their money at alarming rates. A study by economists
Annette Alstadsaeter, Niels Johannesen, and Gabriel Zucman
reports that households with wealth over $40 million evade
25 to 30 percent of personal income and wealth taxes.
for All: Its a Matter of Life and Death,
Truth Dig/Goodman and Moynihan
Hersh, Exposer of My Lai and Abu Ghraib, Strikes Again,
Exposing US Lies About Alleged Assad Sarin Attack
Nation's Attention Elsewhere, Trump Quietly Intensifies
War on Workers. ... Trump has nominated two corporate
lawyers to the NLRB as Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch
gears up to rule on a key labor case Common
Half of Hate Crimes in US Go Unreported, Report Says.
... Most victims of hate crimes don't report them to police,
according to a new study that advocates say reinforces
their fears that the Trump administration's tough rhetoric
and policies will make more people afraid to come forward.
the Needs of Homeless Youth: Public Schools Are Doing
What Government Won't Do Directly. TruthOut