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2018-08-07: News Headlines

Ricardo Vaz (2018-08-07). Venezuela Assassination Attempt: Maduro Survives but Journalism Doesn't. Venezuela was rocked this past Sunday by an attempted assassination of President Nicolas Maduro, during a public event, using drones armed with explosives. But as more details started to become available, the coverage of the mainstream media actually moved in the opposite direction: one after the other they have looked to sow doubt on the events, using words such as " apparent" or " alleged", focusing instead on the government using this "alleged" event to step up repression. In the end, it is hard to tell apart the media coverage from the statements of John Bolton, one of the more hawkish advisers to the US president. | Although there are plenty of examples to choose from, we are going to focus on our personal champion of dishonest Venezuelan coverage — The Guardian. A quick search of…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-07). Ultra-Right Group Behind Assassination Attempt on Venezuela's President Maduro. The failed drone attack on President Maduro could lead to a "closing of ranks" behind Maduro, which would complicate internal dialogue and the overcoming of Venezuela's economic problems. We speak with's Paul Dobson

teleSUR / MH (2018-08-07). Venezuela's Maduro To Present Evidence Incriminating Colombia in Failed Attack. "I am going to show evidence and testimony. Our people want justice against terrorism. Justice," Maduro said concluding his statement.

teleSUR/CM (2018-08-07). UN Chief Condemns Attack Targeting Venezuela's Maduro. The drone attack occurred at an outdoor event Saturday when Maduro was making a speech to national guard troops.

Nino Pagliccia (2018-08-07). Venezuela's Monetary Revolution Vis-à -Vis Economic Sanctions. Venezuela has undergone many challenges in the last twenty years since Hugo Chavez was elected president and continued after his death in 2013. The main reason is that Venezuela has taken seriously the internationally recognized right to be sovereign and establish its own social model. Violence has never been part of the model. However, violence More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-08-07). Colombia's New Right-Wing President Raises Risk of US-Led War With Venezuela. As the U.S. seeks to topple the elected government of Venezuela, few doubt that Colombia's President Duque and the regional elites standing behind him will prove extremely loyal to their traditional masters in Washington.

Nino Pagliccia (2018-08-07). Venezuela's Monetary Revolution Vis-à-vis Economic Sanctions. Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Monetary revolution in Venezuela | Venezuela has undergone many challenges in the last twenty years since Hugo Chavez was elected president and continued after his death in 2013. The main reason is …

Emile Schepers (2018-08-07). Brazil's ex-President Lula in jail; Workers Party nominates him anyway. party president Gleisi Hoffmann. Seen from one angle, it makes perfect political sense. Lula is by far the most popular of the multiplicity of possible candidates. A steel worker by training, he was an effective labor leader and then president of Brazil from 2003 to 2011. His policies helped to lift millions of poor working class and rural Brazilians out of poverty, greatly strengthened the social safety net, and improved the rights of workers, women, minorities, and LGBTQ Brazilians. | But he was "term limited out" in 2011 and succeeded by another PT president, Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff continued most of Lula's policies, but had the misfortune that on her watch there was an economic downturn coupled with massive corruption scandals. Even though Rousseff was not accused of corruption, she was impeached and removed from power in a farcical " constitutional coup" (2018-08-07). Workers Struggles: the Americas. Bus drivers held a demonstration in front of Venezuela's Ministry of Transport building in Caracas, Venezuela August 3 to protest shortages of supplies and parts.

Paul Dobson (2018-08-06). Venezuela's Maduro Receives International Solidarity Following Assassination Attempt. Venezuela's right-wing parties are divided over whether to condemn the terrorist attack or deny it took place.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-06). Venezuelan Pres. Nicolás Maduro Targeted in 1st Assassination Attempt by Drone Against Head of State. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro survived an apparent assassination attempt Saturday. Officials say two drones loaded with explosives detonated above Maduro as he gave a nationally televised speech at a military event in Caracas. It was the first known attempted assassination by drone strike against a sitting head of state. We get response from Alejandro Velasco, executive editor for NACLA Report on the Americas; Gabriel Hetland, assistant professor of Latin American studies at SUNY Albany; and Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and president of Just Foreign Policy.

Kim Scipes (2018-08-06). I Read the News Today, Oh Boy! Observations from a Week in the Philippines. The news from the Philippines has been horrific over the last couple of years, especially worsening since the installation into office of President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016. Duterte, initially seen as a progressive hope, instead initiated a "War on Drugs," in which somewhere over 20,000 people—some as young as 14—have been killed. Jerome Adonis, More (2018-08-06). Zimbabwe: Violence follows disputed re-election of President Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa, who came to power in a coup against President Robert Mugabe last November, advances himself as the strongman required to restore the order necessary for resumed investment by the major corporations.

RT (2018-08-06). US envoy who enabled Yemen war suddenly horrified by Saudi crimes. Ambassador Samantha Power has called on the US to end its support for the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen, in a tweet lamenting a humanitarian catastrophe that she enabled and supported during her tenure as US envoy to the UN. | (2018-08-06). Venezuelan President Maduro charges right-wing opposition backed by Colombia with supposed assassination attempt. Following explosions which occurred at a military parade in the Venezuelan capital, the government claims it has arrested some of those responsible, vowing "ruthless punishment" and "no forgiveness."

Paul Dobson (2018-08-05). Venezuela's President Maduro Survives Assassination Attack On Live TV. Six arrests have already been made in the dramatic foiled terrorist attack.

Molly McCluskey (2018-08-05). America's Only Coup D'État. North Carolina honors an elected black government that was violently overthrown by racist whites 120 years ago.

RT (2018-08-05). US has nothing to do with alleged attack on Maduro — Bolton. Washington is by no means involved in what is described as an attempted attack on the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the US President's national Security Advisor John Bolton said. Caracas blamed "ultra-right" and Colombia.

Paul Dobson (2018-08-02). Venezuela's Marching Campesinos Meet Maduro, Denounce Corruption & Revolutionary 'Reversals'. After 20 days walking 435 kilometres, the marchers held a fiery televised meeting with the president, finally being able to present their proposals to the nation.

RT (2018-08-01). Tillerson 'stopped Qatar invasion' by Saudis & UAE, may have been fired for it — The Intercept. Rex Tillerson derailed a blitzkrieg plan by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to target Qatar and may have been fired as secretary of state for his actions, a report by The Intercept says.

RT (2018-08-01). 'Invasion of the body snatchers': Mind-control fungus shows flies a gruesome end. Researchers have identified new elements of the 'destroyer of insects' — a fungus that behaves like a terrifying puppet-master killing fruit flies from the inside out.

TeleSur English (2018-07-31). Venezuelans Mark 1st Year of National Constituent Assembly. Monday's celebrations marked the anniversary of the ANC's founding, which brought peace to Caribbean country by ending the violent guarimbas.

Paul Dobson (2018-07-30). PSUV Holds Congress as Pressure Mounts for Maduro to Receive Campesino March. Party delegates considered raising petrol prices, remodelling state-run industries, further nationalisations, and eliminating currency exchange controls.

Max Blumenthal (2018-07-30). An Exclusive Interview with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. Daniel Ortega claims his Sandinista government has just defeated a US-backed coup. In a candid and lengthy discussion with me…

Gunar Olsen (2018-07-27). Shock and Awe Celebrates Reporters Who Got It Right. It's now conventional for corporate media pundits and centrist politicians to acknowledge that their support for the US invasion of Iraq was misguided. Most excuse their pro-war record on the grounds that there was no available alternate narrative to the Bush administration's claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. How could they have known any better? | But as FAIR has long noted (Extra!, 3—4/03), this "we were all wrong" narrative doesn't hold up. There were, in fact, a few corporate journalists who got it right when everyone else was getting it wrong. | Shock and Awe, a new film directed by Rob Reiner—of This Is Spinal Tap (1984) and A Few Good Men (1992) fame—tells the story of two of these journalists. At the center of Reiner's proper noun—heavy docudrama are Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, two…

Paul Dobson (2018-07-26). Venezuela: Maduro Announces Economic Reforms Including Monetary Reconversion, Tax Breaks & Currency Control Changes. The measures also transfer an entire oilfield from PDVSA to the Central Bank.

Cira Pascual Marquina (2018-07-25). Campesinos March Across Venezuela Demanding Gov't Rectify Agrarian Policy. The peasant farmers will bring a range of complaints and proposals to President Maduro's attention.

Cira Pascual Marquina (2018-07-24). Venezuela's Electrical Workers Launch Workplace Slowdown Joining Other Industries' Laborers in Protesting Low Wages. A new wave of labor protests aims at improving the situation of the country's workers rather than regime change.

Paul Dobson (2018-07-23). Venezuela to Invest €293m to Modernise Public Health System as National Nurses' Strike Continues. Maduro has called for a "revolution within the revolution" in the health sector.

Paul Dobson (2018-07-20). Trump Admin Closes Venezuela Sanctions Loophole in Favour of US Bondholders. The measure opens the way for seizures of Venezuela's US-based oil assets should the Maduro government default on PDVSA bond payments.

Cira Pascual Marquina (2018-07-20). Glimmers of Economic Recovery amid Mixed Reports about Venezuelan Oil Production. Lower levels of oil production have been reportedly offset by rising prices and reduced domestic consumption.

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

Cira Pascual Marquina (2018-07-17). USAID Chief's Visit to Colombo‚ÄêVenezuelan Border Raises Spectre of Interference. The organization has a long history of funding opposition groups in the Caribbean nation.

Paul Dobson (2018-07-12). Venezuela's Defunct National Assembly Attempts to Privatise Oil Industry. Grassroots movements have frequently denounced de facto back-door privatisation in PDVSA.

Cira Pascual Marquina (2018-07-11). Venezuela to Launch Local Defense Committees as Maduro Makes Changes to Top Military Brass. The government will incorporate the country's civilian population into national security plans.

Shannon Ebrahim (2018-07-10). US Set on Regime Change in Venezuela. Donald Trump said openly that he is not against using the military against Venezuela and his government pursues a range of destabilizing tactics.

TeleSUR English (2018-07-10). Mexico's New FM: Regional Policy on Venezuela Obeys US Agenda. Marcelo Ebrard, appointed by Lopez Obrador as his foreign minister, pledged Mexico will stick to its non-interventionist tradition.

Cira Pascual Marquina (2018-07-10). Venezuelan Nurses' Strike for Better Salaries and Work Conditions. The struggle cuts across political lines but is deemed too narrow by some leftists.

TeleSur English (2018-07-09). Integration Can't Be Rhetoric, Must Be Real: Venezuela's Arreaza in Africa. The Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza is visiting several African countries to build South-South relations.

Paul Dobson (2018-07-09). Venezuela's Democratic Action Party Breaks from MUD as Opposition Fractures Deepen. A lack of presidential primaries and internal tensions are believed to have brought about the schism.

Ben Norton (2018-07-09). Ukraine President's Adviser Writes 'Heil Hitler' Neo-Nazi Symbol on Facebook. Yuri Biryukov, who advises Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and defense minister, wrote a Facebook post using the neo-Nazi symbol "1488," which…

Paul Dobson (2018-07-06). Venezuelan Communists Criticise Maduro's Plan for State Industries. Maduro proposed incorporating youth cadres from the Francisco de Miranda Front into managerial positions in public enterprises.

Paul Dobson (2018-07-06). Trump to Aides: 'Why Can't We Simply Invade Venezuela?'. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly floated the idea of invading Venezuela to top aides and world leaders, inside sources confirm.

TeleSur English (2018-07-05). Ecuador Suspends New Ambassador Trip to Venezuela. Ecuador's foreign ministry released statements protesting the declarations of "neighbor governments" regarding the judicial case against former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

TEV (2018-07-05). China Approves US$5Bn Loan for Venezuelan Oil Development. Venezuelan officials said Chinese cooperation opens up alternative networks outside the sanctions of the United States.

TeleSur English (2018-07-02). Venezuela: Arreaza Concludes Regional Unity Tour as Pence, US Promote Isolation. Venezuela's Caribbean tour is part of the country's effort to counter United States' attempts to isolate the South American nation further.

Paul Dobson (2018-07-02). Venezuelan LGBTI Community Holds Annual Pride March. Major demands include eliminating discrimination in adoption policies, a civil union law, and greater medical coverage for those with HIV/AIDS.

Paul Dobson (2018-07-02). Venezuelan Interior Minister Claims Crime Down 27%. Murders are also down 26 percent and kidnapping down 54 percent, the top law enforcement official reported.

Paul Dobson (2018-06-28). Bust Frees Venezuelan Migrant Women from Human Trafficking Ring in Spain. Sexual exploitation and violent attacks against emigrating Venezuelan women are sharply on the rise.

TeleSur English (2018-06-28). Colombia's President-Elect Ivan Duque Meets Marco Rubio in US to Discuss Venezuela. He also talked to Trump, stating that "It was a friendly conversation… I thank him and we will continue working to widen our relationship with the United States."

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2018-06-21: Social Media Postees

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Diosdado Cabello Elected Head of Venezuelan Constituent Body
TeleSur English | | 2018-06-21
During the Tuesday session of the National Constituent Assembly, assembly member Cabello was appointed by unanimous decision to replace Delcy Rodríguez.

Nicaragua's Paramilitary Opposition Wages Intimidation and Media Terror Campaign
Tortilla Con Sal | | 2018-06-21
The current crisis in Nicaragua is an intense escalation of the long-term US and allied strategy to destroy the Sandinista Front for National Liberation, very much part of the unrelenting regional assault on Cuba and Venezuela. | The post Nicaragua's Paramilitary Opposition Wages Intimidation and Media Terror Campaign appeared first on MintPress News.…

From New Orleans to the DNC, Pressure Builds to Cut Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry
Merula Furtado | | 2018-06-21
On Saturday, June 16, the Democratic National Committee passed a resolution to ban contributions from all corporate PACs that advocate for the fossil fuel industry. The resolution was introduced by party activist Christine Pelosi, who urged her Democratic colleagues to pass the measure in an open letter, citing both "the alarming rates of environmental illness from asthma to cancer" and the "existential threat to our planet" posed by burning fossil fuels. | All across the country and the globe, members of religious, educational and governmental institutions are voting to cut their financial ties to the fossil fuel industry. Even in the state of Louisiana, which is responsible for a fifth of the nation's oil and gas refining capacity, activists are beginning to push back against the omnipresent influence of the industry–which not only dominates the physical landscape……

Strategizing in the Wake of the Singapore Summit: The Kim-Xi Meeting in Beijing. Crisis in Beijing-Washington Relations
Abayomi Azikiwe | | 2018-06-21
Chairman Kim Jong un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and his wife Ri Sol Ju paid yet another visit to the People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping on June 19. | This is the third time in ……

Battleground Texas: Progressive Cities Fight Back Against Anti-Immigrant, Right-Wing Forces
Amanda Marcotte, Salon | | 2018-06-21
Is Texas turning blue? Austin passes "Freedom City" resolution, Dallas isn't far behind. Right-wingers go nuts | Thanks to Donald Trump's just-abandoned policy of tearing apart refugee families at the Mexican border, Texas is in political crisis. Media has swarmed into the border region and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke led a protest march to a child detention center outside El Paso. Progressives who live hundreds of miles away in the state's larger cities, meanwhile, are making moves of their own to make their communities safer for immigrants and other vulnerable people who may be subject to deportation and criminal injustice. In doing so, they are standing up to a state government that is strongly aligned with Trump's authoritarian impulses. Last week, the Austin City Council passed two resolutions, packaged as a "Freedom City" initiative intended to tie the concerns of. . .…

If Trump Does It, It's Atrocious — But Hasn't the US Been Doing Much the Same for Decades?
Jon Jeter | | 2018-06-21
Rather than reflexively opposing Trump, the Democrats would be wise, from a political perspective, to recalibrate their failed foreign-policy positions, and reestablish their bona fides with the American electorate as the party for peace. | The post If Trump Does It, It's Atrocious — But Hasn't the US Been Doing Much the Same for Decades? appeared first on MintPress News.

If Trump Does It, It’s Atrocious — But Hasn’t the US Been Doing Much the Same for Decades?

The Persistent Myth of U.S. Precision Bombing
Nicolas J.S. Davies | | 2018-06-21
Opinion polls in the United States and the United Kingdom have found that a majority of the public in both countries has a remarkably consistent belief that only about 10,000 Iraqis were killed as a result of the U.S.-British invasion of Iraq in 2003. | Estimates of deaths in Iraq actually range from 150,000 to 1.2 million. Part of the reason for the seriously misguided perception may come from a serious belief in guided weapons, according to what the government tells people about "precision" bombing. But one must ask how so many people can be killed if these weapons are so "precise," for instance in one of "the most precise air campaigns in military history," as a Pentagon spokesman characterized the total destruction last year of Raqqa in Syria.

The Persistent Myth of U.S. Precision Bombing

Imperial President or Emperor With No Clothes? How Donald Trump's Trade Wars Could Lead to a Great Depression
Nomi Prins, Tom Dispatch | | 2018-06-21
Why Donald Trump and his trade wars are a threat to global stability. | In the rush of Trumped-up events, history — of the last month, week, hour — repeatedly gets plowed (or tweeted) under. Who can remember what happened so long ago? Perhaps it's not surprising then that, in the wave of abuse from the president and his men (including economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade hardliner Peter Navarro) against Canada and its prime minister, Justin Trudeau, one of the president's earliest insults has already been washed down the memory hole into oblivion. In a phone conversation with Trudeau on May 25th (not even a month ago, but it might as well have been the Neolithic Age), CNN reported Trump quipping: "Didn't you guys burn down the White House? " The reference was to an event a while back –. . .…

Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home Near Jenin
IMEMC News | | 2018-06-21
Israeli soldiers demolished, late on Wednesday at night, the home of a Palestinian detainee, who is imprisoned on charges of crashing into a military roadblock on March 17, 2018, killing two soldiers. The Israeli army has claimed that Ala' Rateb Kabaha, 26, deliberately rammed soldiers at the military roadblocks, killing ……

Trump's Military Drops a Bomb Every 12 Minutes, and No One Is Talking About It
Lee Camp | | 2018-06-21
We live in a state of perpetual war, and we never feel it. While you get your gelato at the hip place where they put those cute little mint leaves on the side, someone is being bombed in your name. ……

The Pentagon's Provocative Encirclement of China
Michael T. Klare | | 2018-06-21
On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). The name change, Mattis explained, reflects……

Is a War With China on the Horizon?
Staff | | 2018-06-21
The recent name change of the U.S. Pacific Command is a signal that the military is already setting the stage for an eventual confrontation with China. | The post Is a War With China on the Horizon? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.…

Video: The Circuit of Death in the "Enlarged Mediterranean"
Manlio Dinucci | | 2018-06-21
The politico-media projectors, focussed as they are on the migratory flow from South to North across the Mediterranean, are leaving other Mediterranean flows in the dark — those moving from North to South, comprised of military forces and weapons. Perhaps ……

Hamas Tells Egypt It Is Ready For Comprehensive Deal; Israel Mulling Military Offensive
IMEMC News | | 2018-06-21
According to al-Akhbar Lebanese News Agency, the Hamas movement in Gaza has informed Egypt that it is willing to reach an indirect deal with Tel Aviv, which includes restoring calm, providing information about Israeli soldiers missing or killed in Gaza since the war in 2014, and other important issues, especially ……

Israeli Colonists Hurl Stones At Palestinian Cars Near Nablus
IMEMC News | | 2018-06-21
A group of extremist illegal colonizers hurled stones, on Wednesday evening, at Palestinian cars trying to cross Huwwara Israeli military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Media sources said that the Israeli assailants gathered near the military roadblock and started throwing stones at the Palestinian cars, ……

Angola in Louisiana: Proving Ground for Racialized Capitalism
W. T. Whitney | | 2018-06-21
The Civil War ended and Edward A. Pollard "of Virginia" immediately wrote a history of Confederate military operations. (1) There he insists that slavery is immune from moral blame. That's because it "bestowed upon the world's commerce in a half century a single product whose annual value was two hundred millions of dollars. It founded a system of industry by which labor and capital were identified (sic) in interest. [And] many fertile regions accessible only to the labor of the African were brought into usefulness, and blessed the world with their productions."…

The GOP's New Tax Plan: A Distraction That Could Throw the Midterm Elections
Merula Furtado | | 2018-06-21
President Trump and conservative congressional leaders are talking up a new incarnation of their 2017 tax plan that they say would come to a vote in Congress before the midterm elections. | The plan would cost hundreds of billions of dollars and would enshrine a more unequal tax system permanently. The new version of the tax plan is meant to appeal to middle-income Americans, but like the original tax plan, its biggest rewards are for the richest 1 percent. | More than just a bad piece of legislation, the new tax plan is also meant as a distraction. It's a showpiece that's meant to throw the 2018 congressional election results. Instead of a midterm that's about a grotesquely inhumane immigration policy, the opioid crisis, suicide epidemic or a tragic lack of good jobs across the country, Trump and his allies……

Left Candidate Lopez Obrador Leads Mexican Presidential Race by an Insurmountable Margin
Jared Porter | | 2018-06-21
Mexico's July 1 presidential election is likely to lead to a historic result as the center-left candidate Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador leads the race by 25 percentage points over his closest rival. We talk to Laura Carlsen about the race, the murders of local candidates, and the impact of Trump's immigration policy on the race | The post Left Candidate Lopez Obrador Leads Mexican Presidential Race by an Insurmountable Margin appeared first on The Real News Network.…

Assange is being punished for exposing state secrecy and the reality of war | | 2018-06-21
SEP national committee member Linda Tenenbaum told the Sydney rally that the event was to initiate an international movement in defence of Assange and basic democratic rights.…

US cancels military drills, but maintains sanctions on North Korea | | 2018-06-21
The tentative moves toward ending the confrontation on the Korean Peninsula could rapidly fall apart if North Korea fails to meet all the US demands.…

Workers at SEP rally in Sydney demand freedom for Julian Assange | | 2018-06-21
"Julian fights for peace and defends democratic rights."…

Educators internationally must stand up for Julian Assange | | 2018-06-21
Committee For Public Education national convenor Sue Phillips told the Sydney rally that the defence of Assange is intimately connected to the fight for the democratic and social rights of students, educators and the working class.…

Report from McAllen, Texas: No One Knows What Will Happen Now to Separated Migrant Children
Democracy Now! | | 2018-06-21
The government has no plans to reunite thousands of children who have been separated from their parents at the border, despite President Trump's executive order claiming to end family separations. We speak with Zenén Jaimes, advocacy director for the Texas Civil Rights Project. He is part of their team that goes to the federal courthouse in McAllen each day since Trump began his "zero tolerance" policy, and collects information from parents who had their children taken away from them before they were taken to court to face criminal charges for crossing the border.…

UN Human Rights Council Should Act on Venezuela
Human Rights Watch | | 2018-06-21
No one was surprised when Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected last May, or when the opposition alleged voting irregularities. Unofficial reports estimated low voter turnout, less than 40%, despite government officials' frantic attempts to increase participation. | Upon hearing the results, Maduro sang victory, claiming "The whole of Venezuela has triumphed! Democracy has triumphed! Peace has triumphed!". Yet the elections were rejected by democracies world-wide. The Lima Group — comprised now of 13 Latin American states together with Canada –condemned the elections the following day and refused to accept the result's legitimacy. The Secretary General of the Organization of American States similarly issued a statement, titled "The Day after the Farce," also condemning the elections. | These statements reflect the growing frustration in the region over the continued human rights and humanitarian spiral in Venezuela. Severe food shortages make it extremely difficult……

White House report lays out economic war against China | | 2018-06-21
China's "economic aggression" is denounced as threatening the US and the global economy.…

GEO Group & Private Prisons Stand to Profit as Trump Pushes Indefinite Family Detention
Democracy Now! | | 2018-06-21
President Donald Trump's executive order ending family separations at the border opts to indefinitely detain families together instead. The Nation reports that this policy will directly benefit the two largest prison companies in the United States: GEO Group and CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America. We speak with Bob Libal, the executive director of the Austin-based civil and human rights group Grassroots Leadership. They sued the state of Texas when it tried to classify ICE's family detention centers as "child care" facilities. They won, but the detention centers continue to operate without a license. His new article in the Texas Observer is headlined, "It's Time to Decriminalize Immigration." It is co-authored with Judy Greene.…

Trump Admin to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Families Together; No Plan to Reunite Separated Children
Democracy Now! | | 2018-06-21
President Trump has signed an executive order claiming to end the separation of children from their parents at the border, but critics warn the order could lead to the indefinite detention of entire families. The government has no plans to reunite the thousands of children already separated from their families with their parents. We go to Washington, D.C. to speak with Franco Ordoñez, White House correspondent for the McClatchy Washington Bureau. His latest story is headlined, "Trump's immigration order replaces one crisis with another."…

Lawsuit Claims Detained Migrant Children Have Been Forcibly Injected With Powerful Psychiatric Drugs
Democracy Now! | | 2018-06-21
Shocking reports have revealed that immigrant children were subdued and incapacitated with powerful psychiatric drugs at a detention center in South Texas. Legal filings show that children held at Shiloh Treatment Center in southern Houston have been "forcibly injected with medications that make them dizzy, listless, obese and even incapacitated," according to reports by Reveal. Meanwhile, according to another Reveal investigation, taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion over the past four years to companies operating immigration youth facilities despite facing accusations of rampant sexual and physical abuse. For more, we speak with the reporter who broke these stories: Aura Bogado. She is an immigration reporter with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Her latest stories are, "Immigrant children forcibly injected with drugs, lawsuit claims" and "Migrant children sent to shelters with histories of abuse allegations."…

Yemenis Accuse UAE Officers of Sexual Torture Inside Secret Prisons
Democracy Now! | | 2018-06-21
A new investigation has uncovered rampant sexual violence against Yemeni prisoners held in prisons run by the United Arab Emirates in Yemen. The Associated Press reports that in March, 15 officers lined up the prisoners in the southern city of Aden and ordered them to undress before searching their anal cavities, claiming they were looking for contraband cell phones. The prisoners screamed and cried and those who resisted were beaten and threatened by dogs. | Hundreds of prisoners reportedly suffered similar abuse. A Pentagon spokesman quoted in the piece said the allegations were not substantiated. The UAE is a key ally of the United States and has partnered with Saudi Arabia in its military assault on Yemen. We speak with Maggie Michael, the reporter who broke these stories. She is the Associated Press based in Cairo. Her latest exposé is headlined "Detainees held without charges decry Emiratis' sexual abuses." Last year, she reported on prisons in a piece headlined, "In Yemen's secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates."…

Activists Seek Audience Before Venezuela's Constituent Assembly to Debate Legalization of Abortion
Cira Pascual Marquina | | 2018-06-20
The Caribbean nation's legislation criminalizes abortion, resulting in innumerable maternal deaths annually.

Trump's Cowardly War on Immigrant Children
Scott Ritter | | 2018-06-20
Editor's note: After this article was filed, President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the practice of separating children from families detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. Author Scott Ritter comments: "Trump's executive order is an empty shell. The language is loose and kids will still be separated and imprisoned apart from their parents." | Like clockwork, every Sunday night I talk to my parents (by way of explanation, I live in New York, they reside in Rancho Mirage, California–a distance that makes in-person discussions somewhat difficult to manage). After catching up on family news, inevitably our conversation devolves into politics. I had (infamously, in my mom's view) predicted Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election shortly after the Democratic National Convention in July of that year, citing Hillary Clinton's shortcomings as a candidate more than Trump's positives. My mom,……

Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Showmanship and Democrats' Hypocrisy in the Trump Era
C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout | | 2018-06-20
World-renowned linguist and public intellectual Noam Chomsky analyzes some of the latest developments in Trumpistan and their consequences for democracy and world order. | After 18 months of Trump in the White House, American politics finds itself at a crossroads. The United States has moved unmistakably toward a novel form of fascism that serves exclusively corporate interests and the military, while promoting at the same time a highly reactionary social agenda infused with religious and crude nationalistic overtones, all with an uncanny touch of political showmanship. In this exclusive Truthout interview, world-renowned linguist and public intellectual Noam Chomsky analyzes some of the latest developments in Trumpistan and their consequences for democracy and world order. C. J. Polychroniou: Noam, I want to start by asking for your reading of what took place at the Singapore summit, and the way this event was covered in the. . .…

What Does Maryland's Gubernatorial Race Mean For Flood Management?
trnn_cms_operator | | 2018-06-20
In the wake of devastating floods in Ellicott City, some have criticized Larry Hogan's repeal of the "rain tax." This voting guide explains each Democratic gubernatorial candidate's plan to improve floodwater management | The post What Does Maryland's Gubernatorial Race Mean For Flood Management? appeared first on The Real News Network.…

From Nazi Germany to Japanese Internment Camps: Here's the Disgusting History Behind Trump's 'Infest'
Elizabeth Preza | | 2018-06-20
Donald Trump on Tuesday elected–nay, made the political calculus–to use the word "infest" while describing real, human beings ("illegal immigrants") who allegedly "pour" into our country and presumably must be stopped."Democrats are the problem," the president wrote in Twitter……

Hawaii: Puna's people before the eruption
David Bacon | | 2018-06-20
A couple of months before the eruption of the Kilauea volcano it was raining in Puna. At the Saturday farmers' market children pulled at their parents' hands, asking for papayas or bananas, still wet from the downpour. In the bustle among the stalls, who was thinking of what was to come? Within a few weeks …

Hawaii: Puna's people before the eruption

'A Complete Farce': Military Lawyers Will Reportedly Go to the Border to Prosecute Immigrant Parents
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | | 2018-06-20
Rachel Maddow first reported the move, which she said was likely unprecedented. | In a startling move, the U. S. military will send judge advocates general (JAGs) to the border to help manage the flow of families detained by President Donald Trump's administration, according to a report from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Wednesday. But they won't be there to provide assistance with their asylum claims or to help manage their legal cases — they will be acting as special assistant U. S. attorneys to prosecute them for crossing the border illegally, Maddow said"We have never heard of anything like this before," she said. "But we can report tonight that the Defense Department has agreed to this — we think, unprecedented — request from the Department of Justice. "Earlier in the week, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said that asylum-seekers who come to official ports of entry. . .…

Erdogan Accelerates Attacks on Syria and Iraq in Lead-up to Turkish Election
Jocelyn Dombroski | | 2018-06-20
Turkish President Erdogan is escalating military intervention in northern Syria and Iraq as the snap election approaches. Scholar Baris Karaagac says this is part of a political strategy to unite right-wing nationalist forces. It is also a continuation of a decades-long war on Kurds | The post Erdogan Accelerates Attacks on Syria and Iraq in Lead-up to Turkish Election appeared first on The Real News Network.…

'The Black Athlete Has Been Involved in the Political Struggle From the Beginning'
Janine Jackson | | 2018-06-20
Janine Jackson interviewed Howard Bryant about African-American athletes and activism for the June 15, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media | X Washington Post ( 8/27/16) | MP3 Link | Janine Jackson: When Colin Kaepernick wanted to join thousands of other Americans in expressing his outrage and sorrow at the killing of black people by police, the San Francisco 49er spoke with–among others–Nate Boyer, another football player for the Seattle Seahawks, who was a Green Beret. Boyer suggested that rather than sit out the national anthem, Kaepernick take a knee–the way, he said, soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother's grave, as a way to express dissent without disrespect for the military or veterans. | That critics, including in the press, would describe Kaepernick's gesture……

Bitcoin Does Not Protect Against Fraud
Jocelyn Dombroski | | 2018-06-20
There is a common misconception that the cryptocurrency Bitcoin is safe and secure and will protect those who trade in it from fraud. However, as white collar criminologist Bill Black explains, Bitcoin is just as susceptible to fraud as any other type of transaction and complacency makes the likelihood of fraud only greater | The post Bitcoin Does Not Protect Against Fraud appeared first on The Real News Network.…

National Enquirer Records of Playboy Model Payout Subpoenaed as Investigators Zero in on Michael Cohen: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | | 2018-06-20
The president's ex-lawyer has been facing tough scrutiny from federal investigators, but no charges have been brought against him. | The publisher of the National Enquirer, an outlet that was exceptionally friendly to President Donald Trump during the campaign, has been subpoenaed for its records related to the payment of a playboy model Karen Dougal in relation to her story about an affair with the president, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The subpoena is reportedly a part of the investigation of Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer who arranged for payments to women to keep them quiet about affairs with the president. The Enquirer paid McDougal for her story about Trump before the election, but it never published her claims. Reports suggest that this decision may have been part of a "catch and kill strategy," in which outlets pay sources for stories. . .…

Less Than Fundamental: the Myth of Voting Rights in America
David Schultz | | 2018-06-20
There is a myth among election law experts that voting is a fundamental right in the United States. However, the Supreme Court's recent Husted v. Philips Randolph Institute upholding Ohio's voter purge law and Minnesota Voter Alliance v. Mansky striking down Minnesota's political apparel ban are only latest instances demonstrating that the right to vote……

California Lacks Real Marine Protection as Offshore Drilling Expands in State Waters
Dan Bacher | | 2018-06-20
One of the big news stories neglected by both the mainstream and "alternative" media is the capture of California politics and the regulatory apparatus by Big Oil and other corporate interests in recent years — and the massive expansion of offshore drilling that has occurred in state waters under the helm of Governor Jerry Brown as a……

New York cab driver suicides linked to Uber's "shared economy"
Gabe Falsetta, Gary Bono | | 2018-06-20
After sharing a Facebook post about the financial turmoil in which he was embroiled Doug Schifter killed himself last February with a shotgun in front of City Hall. A month later Nicanor Ochisor, described by his son as someone who was "irritated," "depressed," and "angry" over his finances hung himself until he died in his …

New York cab driver suicides linked to Uber’s “shared economy”

Sy Hersh: Henry Kissinger Must "Count Burned and Maimed Cambodian & Vietnamese Babies" in His Sleep
Democracy Now! | | 2018-06-20
While Sy Hersh was working at The New York Times Washington bureau, he would watch reporters call then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger nearly every day, diligently writing down his comments and then reproducing them as front-page news. This is one of many stories Hersh tells in his new memoir, "Reporter." We speak with award-winning investigative journalist Sy Hersh about his many years reporting on Kissinger. He says, "What I always said about Kissinger, publicly, and again and again, is that when people … can't sleep and they count sheep, I think Kissinger has to count burned and maimed Cambodian and Vietnamese babies the rest of his life. But, of course, he doesn't."…

State Election Officials Didn't Know About Russian Hacking Threat Until They Read It in the News, Emails Show
Sam Biddle | | 2018-06-20
The officials were unaware that Russia was trying to infiltrate their voting systems until months after the elections took place. | The post State Election Officials Didn't Know About Russian Hacking Threat Until They Read It in the News, Emails Show appeared first on The Intercept.…

The United States of America: Land of internment camps | | 2018-06-20
The attack on immigrants and democratic rights is of urgent importance to the entire working class.…

Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights
Human Rights Watch | | 2018-06-20
A counterterrorism police officer stands guard during a security sweep in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 16, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (New York) — The Indonesian government should seek to amend provisions in the newly enacted counterterrorism law ("CT Law") that threaten human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent on June 11, 2018, to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and other officials. | Related Content: | Letter on Indonesia's New Counterterrorism Law | After suicide bombings by attackers aligned with the Islamic State in the city of Surabaya in May, Indonesia's parliament on May 25 approved long-pending revisions to the CT Law. While the new law contains some improvements, it risks undermining human rights and could weaken efforts to counter extremist threats. | "The Indonesian government's counterterrorism……

Seymour Hersh: Media Today Must Cover Yemen & Trump Policy, Not Get Distracted by Tweets
Democracy Now! | | 2018-06-20
"Our Country's biggest enemy is the Fake News," President Trump tweeted last week, in his latest attack on the nation's press. A week earlier, federal prosecutors revealed they had secretly captured years' worth of phone and email data from journalist Ali Watkins, who broke several high-profile stories related to the Senate Intelligence Committee. A former top aide on the committee, James Wolfe, has been charged with lying to the FBI about his contacts with the press. Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders recently dropped the United States to number 45 in its annual ranking of press freedom. When the group first published its list in 2002, the United States came in at number 17. We speak with the nation's best-known investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh. He has a new book out looking back on his more than half-century of scoops and digging up secrets. It's titled "Reporter: A Memoir."…

Democratic Megadonor Haim Saban Attacks Senators for Urging Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Strip
Alex Emmons | | 2018-06-20
Television mogul and Democratic Party megadonor Haim Saban is privately reprimanding lawmakers who spoke out about the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. Saban emailed the senators, some at their personal addresses, to directly express his displeasure with a letter organized last month by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. | Twelve Democrats and Sanders signed the May 11, 2018, letter calling for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to "act urgently in order to help relieve the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip." The letter, which came amid a deadly Israeli response to a protest movement in the Gaza Strip, said that the Trump administration should restore funding to a United Nations humanitarian effort and encourage Israel to ease restrictions on Palestinians living in Gaza. Three days after the senators sent the letter, Israel fired on another round of protests, leaving…

Sy Hersh: I Knew Richard Nixon Beat His Wife in 1974, But Did Not Report the Story
Democracy Now! | | 2018-06-20
Soon after President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, Seymour Hersh got a call from a source at a California hospital. He learned that Nixon had beaten his wife so severely in 1974 that she sought treatment at an emergency room. Hersh did not report the story. Years later, he received criticism for this choice. We speak with Sy Hersh in New York City. He says of his decision not to report on Nixon beating his wife, "I was obtuse to the notion that it was a crime. … I didn't get it."…

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