2018-08-19: News Headlines

teleSUR/vc-CM (2018-08-19). Colombia: Supreme Court Denies Santrich's 3rd Habeas Corpus. telesurtv.net Colombia's high court argued the office of the general attorney could keep Santrich in detention until the peace court rules on his extradition process.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-19). U.S. Court Delays Keystone XL Pipeline Construction by Ordering Environmental Review. therealnews.com Diana Best of Greenpeace USA says many obstacles remain to the completion of Keystone XL

Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-08-19). Law Students Fighting Trump Agenda Won't Find Support at Their Schools. truthout.org In the days after Donald Trump issued his first travel ban, pro bono attorneys across the country were celebrated " like superheroes," and the number of people applying to law school is increasing. Many of these applicants are seeking to arm themselves with a Juris Doctor degree to resist Trump's agenda. | Unbeknownst to them, though, law schools are ruthlessly efficient at systematically changing the disposition of even the most passionate civil rights activists into apathetic and institutionalized corporate attorneys. | Over the past year, I have watched this phenomenon unfold firsthand. The majority of students I met at my law school orientation seemed genuinely interested in wanting to learn how to use their legal education to make the world a better place. From environmental protection to antiwar advocacy, there was hardly a social justice cause left unrepresented by my incoming…

teleSUR/mrs-LJS (2018-08-19). Chile: IACHR Warns Against Release of Pinochet Rights Abusers. telesurtv.net The IACHR called on the state to protect the victims' families as well as consider the long-lasting effects such a decision would induce.

INA (2018-08-19). Tension Mounts Over Truce Deal between Israel and Hamas: Report. imemc.org Disagreements within the Netanyahu administration have increased tensions between Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Israeli media reports. Yedioth Ahronoth daily writes, according to the PNN, that Education Minister Bennett, head of the Jewish House Party, thinks Lieberman's surrender to Hamas would lead to war, while […]…

Oriental Review (2018-08-19). What Do The Winners In Syria Want? iranian.com After the liberation of the provinces of Daraa and Quneitra, the Syrian civil war entered a new phase. The available land that was up for grabs by any new liberator — without the need for negotiations with outside actors — was shrinking (one section of the desert under ISIL control does not count — it […]

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

INA (2018-08-19). Tralee, Ireland to Twin with Beit Sahour. imemc.org A town in Ireland has completed the first step towards twinning with Beit Sahour, in the Bethlehem district of the occupied West Bank. Kerry County Council has passed unopposed a motion to link Tralee, in County Kerry, with the Palestinian municipality. Councillor Pa Daly of the Sinn Fein political party, […]…

IMEMC News (2018-08-19). Israeli Colonists Uproot 70 Olive Saplings Near Ramallah. imemc.org Illegal Israeli paramilitary colonizers uprooted, Saturday, dozens of Palestinian olive saplings, and cut trees, in Ras Karkar village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the Israeli assailants invaded lands, owned by Khaled Samhan, in the northern part of the village, and […]…

David L. (2018-08-19). Unite for Justice: #StopKavanaugh Protest in San Jose. indybay.org San Jose/Santa Clara border: sidewalk protest @ intersection of Winchester Blvd. & Stevens Creek Blvd. (nick name: Peace Corner) in front of the Santa Row shopping center.

Labor Video Project (2018-08-19). SF Mayor Breed & DPH Garcia Still Pushing Lennar Hunters Point Project "It's Safe" indybay.org At a community meeting on August 15, 2018, San Francisco Department of Public Health "Environmental Engineer" Amy Brownell told community residents that the Hunters Point Shipyard is safe and can be further developed. | Brownell whose salary is funded by the developer Lennar has been involved in the criminal cover-up of the falsification of testing in the billion dollar eco-fraud at Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island. Mayor London Breed and DPH director Barbara Garcia are also aware of the criminal retaliation of OSHA health and safety whistleblowers and have colluded with the developers to cover up the m…

RT (2018-08-19). Syria stabilization fund was ridiculous, let the Saudis pay it, Trump says. rt.com US President Donald Trump has praised Washington's cancellation of $230mn in funding for stabilization in war-torn Syria. Let "other rich countries" pay it, Trump says, while the US spends its money on its military and allies.

RT (2018-08-19). Accused 'Russian agent' Butina moved to another jail, now in 'borderline torture' conditions. rt.com Maria Butina, the Russian gun activist jailed in the US on charges of being an unregistered "foreign agent," has been moved to a different prison without warning. The Russian embassy says her new conditions border on torture.

SPJCT (2018-08-19). Access for All in Activism and Organizing. indybay.org San Jose Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th St, San Jose, California 95112…

PHRCC (2018-08-19). National Prison Strike Awareness March. indybay.org Start at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 | March to San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113…

Roger Harris (2018-08-18). What's Left in Nicaragua After Ortega. globalresearch.ca Before the violence that started mid-April, Nicaragua had been the most peaceful, safest, and by far the most progressive country in Central America. Now that a semblance of peace has been …

INA (2018-08-18). Israel Takes Out 'BDS Insurance' to Protect Eurovision. imemc.org There's perhaps no greater barometer to measure the lengths to which Israel will go to defame, attack and sabotage the global movement for Palestinian rights than its attitude towards BDS. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, remember, is nothing more than an attempt to told Israel accountable under concepts of international […]…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-08-18). American History for Truthdiggers: The Fraudulent Mexican-American War (1846-48). truthdig.com President Polk, and generations of sympathetic historians, told the American people the conflict was justified. But what if it was just blatant imperialism?

Juan Cole (2018-08-18). If You Put an Old W. Bush Crony in Charge of Iran Policy, Doesn't It Signal a War-Like Intention? globalresearch.ca Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has appointed Brian H. Hook, the State Department director of policy planning, to head a coordinated "Iran Action Group." | Hook served in several important posts …

Oriental Review (2018-08-18). What Do the Winners in Syria Want? globalresearch.ca After the liberation of the provinces of Daraa and Quneitra, the Syrian civil war entered a new phase. The available land that was up for grabs by any new liberator — …

Margaret Kimberley (2018-08-18). The United States Destroys Venezuela's Economy. globalresearch.ca "Sanctions are war by other means, invisible to most eyes." | Corporate media in this country deliver a steady onslaught of anti-Venezuelan propaganda. The Washington Postfumes about Venezuelan " pirates " while …

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-18). Why Elizabeth Warren's Accountable Capitalism Act Will Be Good for Shareholders. truthout.org Elizabeth Warren introduced her Accountable Capitalism Act in the Senate on Wednesday and set forth the logic of her bill in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. The Massachusetts senator described how as recently as the early 1980s, even conservative groups acknowledged publicly that corporations were responsible to employees and communities as well as to shareholders. And as we've written, and is implicit in the Warren article, there is no such thing as a legal obligation to "maximize shareholder value." It's simply an ideology that has become widely accepted, even as some of its most prominent advocates, such as Harvard's Michael Jensen, have since renounced it. But this practice has become so deeply embedded and so damaging that it will apparently take a change in rules, or at least a credible and live threat to do so, to change behavior in boardrooms and the…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-18). New Information Reveals How Israel Covered-Up the Killing of Four Boys in Gaza. therealnews.com Shir Hever discusses the Intercept report, revealing that the Israeli military used an armed drone to kill four children playing football and injure four others. The Israeli investigation of the killing is exposed as a sham

wsws.org (2018-08-18). Pentagon chief promotes anti-China agenda in Latin America. wsws.org Mattis' four-nation tour was aimed at countering China's influence and building up ties between the US and Latin American military commands.

wsws.org (2018-08-18). Presidential slates chosen for Brazil's general elections: a warning to the working class. wsws.org Whatever the result of the elections, the Brazilian political system will swing violently to the right, deepening the class war austerity measures initiated by the Workers Party's (PT).

RT (2018-08-18). Could science-fiction super soldiers become reality after extreme US military tests? rt.com Captain America, Deadpool, Wolverine: three fictional characters with superhuman bodies boosted for combat. Such stories, however, may soon become reality through US military trials currently proposed to revolutionize warfare.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-08-17). Video: U.S. Aggression and Militarization in Korea and the Asia-Pacific Region. globalresearch.ca The U.S. wants to sabotage the inter-Korean dialogue. The U.S. is waging a war against peace. These are few of the highlights in the presentation shared by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky on …

Global Research News (2018-08-17). Selected Articles: War and Peace. globalresearch.ca For almost seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the …

Democracy Now! (2018-08-17). Angela Davis: Aretha Franklin Offered to Post Bail for Me, Saying "Black People Will Be Free" democracynow.org In 1970, Aretha Franklin offered to post bail for Angela Davis, who was jailed on trumped-up charges. Aretha Franklin told Jet magazine in 1970, "My daddy says I don't know what I'm doing. Well, I respect him, of course, but I'm going to stick by my beliefs. Angela Davis must go free. Black people will be free. I've been locked up (for disturbing the peace in Detroit) and I know you got to disturb the peace when you can't get no peace. Jail is hell to be in. I'm going to see her free if there is any justice in our courts, not because I believe in communism, but because she's a Black woman and she wants freedom fo…

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch (2018-08-17). Forever War: Here's the Dark Truth the Unending Conflict in Afghanistan Reveals About the United States. alternet.org Almost 17 years and, coincidentally enough, 17 U. S. commanders later, think of it as a war of abysmal repetition. | Fair warning. Stop reading right now if you want, because I'm going to repeat myself. What choice do I have, since my subject is the Afghan War (America's second Afghan War, no less)? I began writing about that war in October 2001. . .

Elliott Gabriel (2018-08-17). South Korea's Moon Steers Toward Inter-Korean Unity While Wind from Washington Blows in His Face. mintpressnews.com At the height of U.S. power following Japan's defeat, Washington itself wrote the rules of the game for the Korean Peninsula — whether others are willing to continue playing along indefinitely remains another question entirely.

Daniel Wolff (2018-08-17). The Aretha Dialogue. counterpunch.org "Respect": signature tune. From the opening horn riff and twangy country guitar, we know we got a beat. The arrangement's incredibly strong. She sets her voice way up high from the start. Its inflection is mostly aimed towards confidence. She will — in the astonishing break — spell it out for us: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T." More

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

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

William Camacaro, Frederick B. Mills (2018-08-17). The Military Option Against Venezuela in the "Year of the Americas" counterpunch.org If the US attacks Venezuela from Colombia it will initiate a "war of 100 years, and this war will extend to the entire continent." President Hugo Chavez Frias (Nov. 2009) Year of the Americas: Venezuela in the crosshairs Defense Secretary James N. Mattis began his trip to South America on August 13th to "exchange strategic More

Philip A Farruggio (2018-08-17). Happiness Is a "Warm American Gun" globalresearch.ca John Lennon was a prolific songwriter, along with his compatriots The Beatles. His wonderful metaphor, from their great 'Happiness is a Warm Gun' (1968 White Album), still resonates today in this …

The Saker (2018-08-17). Analysis Of Iran's Reply: No War And No Negotiations. iranian.com We can all thank God for the fact that the AngloZionists did not launch a war on the DPRK, that no Ukronazi attack on the Donbass took place during the World Cup in Russia and that the leaders of the Empire have apparently have given up on their plans to launch a reconquista of Syria. However, each […]

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-08-17). Trump's Supreme Court Pick May Have Committed Perjury — And the GOP Appears to Be Suppressing Evidence that Could Prove It. alternet.org Sen. Patrick Leahy asserts Republicans were ready to request Brett Kavanaugh's records . . . until they weren't. | One of the top concerns of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding President Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is whether he knew anything about, authorized, or advised the Bush administration on their torture program for detainees in the War on Terror while he served as White House staff secretary. In 2006. . .

Andrew Stewart (2018-08-17). Blackkklansman: Spike Lee Delivers a Masterpiece. counterpunch.org I've been watching Spike Lee's work from a serious academic perspective since I first saw DO THE RIGHT THING in my freshman Introduction to Film class in 2005. I've previously written about his issues with gender for CounterPunch that came to a head three years ago with the release of CHI-RAQ. I still hold true to More

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

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

Thomas Knapp (2018-08-17). Murphy's Law: Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors. counterpunch.org In a recent tweet, US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) warned that "Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart." His solution: "These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it." More

Daniel Warner (2018-08-17). Tiger Woods, Donald Trump and Crime and Punishment. counterpunch.org Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel Crime and Punishment raises the complex problem of guilt. The hero, Rodion Raskolnikov, commits what seems to be the perfect crime but is torn by moral dilemmas. A poor student, he murders a pawnbroker for her money, a crime for which he could potentially justify his action. Luckily for him, the objective facts More

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

The Saker (2018-08-17). Iran's Reply: No War and No Negotiations. mintpressnews.com We can all thank God for the fact that the AngloZionists did not launch a war on the DPRK, that no Ukronazi attack on the Donbass took place during the World Cup in Russia and that the leaders of the Empire have apparently have given up on their plans to launch a reconquista of Syria. However, each of these retreats from their hysterical rhetoric has only made the Neocons more frustrated and determined to show the planet that they are still The Hegemon who cannot be disobeyed with impunity. As I wrote after the failed US cruise missile strike on Syria this spring, " each click brings us closer to the bang". In the immortal words of Michael Ledeen, "Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the…

Patrick Bond (2018-08-17). Africa's Pioneering Marxist Political Economist, Samir Amin (1931-2018). counterpunch.org Samir Amin's celebrated life was amongst the most trying, but also rewarding, of his generation's left intelligentsia. Following Amin's death in Paris on Sunday, his political courage and professional fearlessness are two traits now recognised as exceedingly rare. Alongside extraordinary contributions to applied political-economic theory beginning sixty years ago, Amin's unabashed Third Worldist advocacy was More

ZeroHedge.com (2018-08-17). China's Long Range Bombers "Likely Training For Strikes" Against US, Pentagon Warns. mintpressnews.com The warning is contained in an annual Pentagon report prepared for Congress called Military and Security Developments Involving The People's Republic of China 2018, which further notes a defense spending estimate of $190 billion — a third that of the United States.

Ajamu Baraka (2018-08-17). Opposing Bipartisan Warmongering is Defending Human Rights of the Poor and Working Class. counterpunch.org The decision by Democrat party president Harry Truman to bomb the cities of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on the 9thwith the newly developed nuclear weapon signaled to the world that the U.S. was prepared to use military force to back up its new-found position as the leader of the Western colonial-capitalist powers, now More

Daniel Falcone (2018-08-17). The Future of NATO: an Interview With Richard Falk. counterpunch.org At least, Donald Trump's approach has so far avoided the drift toward Cold War 2 that might have happened had Hillary Clinton become president, but Trump's trade war mentality may hasten the advent of a different kind of second Cold War, with China and Europe at its epicenter, that is, if the Trump presidency is More

Dan Ritzman (2018-08-17). Drilling ANWR: One of Our Last Links to the Wild World is in Danger. counterpunch.org I can still remember the first time I saw tracks left behind by seismic testing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It was the mid-1990s and I had been guiding a group of people on a float trip across the coastal plain of the refuge towards the Arctic Ocean. After seven days of traveling through More

2018-08-19: Social Media Postees

U.S. Court Delays Keystone XL Pipeline Construction by Ordering Environmental Review
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-19
Diana Best of Greenpeace USA says many obstacles remain to the completion of Keystone XL | The post U.S. Court Delays Keystone XL Pipeline Construction by Ordering Environmental Review appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/u-s-court-delays…

Colombia: Supreme Court Denies Santrich's 3rd Habeas Corpus
teleSUR/vc-CM | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-19
Colombia's high court argued the office of the general attorney could keep Santrich in detention until the peace court rules on his extradition process.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Colombia-…

Law Students Fighting Trump Agenda Won't Find Support at Their Schools
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-08-19
In the days after Donald Trump issued his first travel ban, pro bono attorneys across the country were celebrated " like superheroes," and the number of people applying to law school is increasing. Many of these applicants are seeking to arm themselves with a Juris Doctor degree to resist Trump's agenda. | Unbeknownst to them, though, law schools are ruthlessly efficient at systematically changing the disposition of even the most passionate civil rights activists into apathetic and institutionalized corporate attorneys. | Over the past year, I have watched this phenomenon unfold firsthand. The majority of students I met at my law school orientation seemed genuinely interested in wanting to learn how to use their legal education to make the world a better place. From environmental protection to antiwar advocacy, there was hardly a social justice cause left unrepresented by my incoming…
truthout.org/articles/law-students-fight…

Tension Mounts Over Truce Deal between Israel and Hamas: Report
INA | imemc.org | 2018-08-19
Disagreements within the Netanyahu administration have increased tensions between Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Israeli media reports. Yedioth Ahronoth daily writes, according to the PNN, that Education Minister Bennett, head of the Jewish House Party, thinks Lieberman's surrender to Hamas would lead to war, while …

Tension Mounts Over Truce Deal between Israel and Hamas: Report

Chile: IACHR Warns Against Release of Pinochet Rights Abusers
teleSUR/mrs-LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-19
The IACHR called on the state to protect the victims' families as well as consider the long-lasting effects such a decision would induce.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Chile-IAC…

Tralee, Ireland to Twin with Beit Sahour
INA | imemc.org | 2018-08-19
A town in Ireland has completed the first step towards twinning with Beit Sahour, in the Bethlehem district of the occupied West Bank. Kerry County Council has passed unopposed a motion to link Tralee, in County Kerry, with the Palestinian municipality. Councillor Pa Daly of the Sinn Fein political party, …

Tralee, Ireland to Twin with Beit Sahour

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

What Do The Winners In Syria Want?
Oriental Review | iranian.com | 2018-08-19
After the liberation of the provinces of Daraa and Quneitra, the Syrian civil war entered a new phase. The available land that was up for grabs by any new liberator — without the need for negotiations with outside actors — was shrinking (one section of the desert under ISIL control does not count — it […] | The post What Do The Winners In Syria Want? appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/08/18/what-do-the-winne…

Israeli Colonists Uproot 70 Olive Saplings Near Ramallah
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-08-19
Illegal Israeli paramilitary colonizers uprooted, Saturday, dozens of Palestinian olive saplings, and cut trees, in Ras Karkar village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the Israeli assailants invaded lands, owned by Khaled Samhan, in the northern part of the village, and …

Israeli Colonists Uproot 70 Olive Saplings Near Ramallah

Accused 'Russian agent' Butina moved to another jail, now in 'borderline torture' conditions
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-19
Maria Butina, the Russian gun activist jailed in the US on charges of being an unregistered "foreign agent," has been moved to a different prison without warning. The Russian embassy says her new conditions border on torture.
rt.com/usa/436301-butina-moved-torture-p…

SF Mayor Breed & DPH Garcia Still Pushing Lennar Hunters Point Project "It's Safe"
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2018-08-19
At a community meeting on August 15, 2018, San Francisco Department of Public Health "Environmental Engineer" Amy Brownell told community residents that the Hunters Point Shipyard is safe and can be further developed. | Brownell whose salary is funded by the developer Lennar has been involved in the criminal cover-up of the falsification of testing in the billion dollar eco-fraud at Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island. Mayor London Breed and DPH director Barbara Garcia are also aware of the criminal retaliation of OSHA health and safety whistleblowers and have colluded with the developers to cover up the m…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/17/1881695…

National Prison Strike Awareness March
PHRCC | indybay.org | 2018-08-19
Start at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 | March to San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/15/1881692…

Access for All in Activism and Organizing
SPJCT | indybay.org | 2018-08-19
San Jose Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th St, San Jose, California 95112…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/15/1881692…

Unite for Justice: #StopKavanaugh Protest in San Jose
David L. | indybay.org | 2018-08-19
San Jose/Santa Clara border: sidewalk protest @ intersection of Winchester Blvd. & Stevens Creek Blvd. (nick name: Peace Corner) in front of the Santa Row shopping center.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/16/1881692…

Syria stabilization fund was ridiculous, let the Saudis pay it, Trump says
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-19
US President Donald Trump has praised Washington's cancellation of $230mn in funding for stabilization in war-torn Syria. Let "other rich countries" pay it, Trump says, while the US spends its money on its military and allies.
rt.com/usa/436302-trump-syria-money-ridi…

What's Left in Nicaragua After Ortega
Roger Harris | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-18
Before the violence that started mid-April, Nicaragua had been the most peaceful, safest, and by far the most progressive country in Central America. Now that a semblance of peace has been …
globalresearch.ca/whats-left-in-nicaragu…

American History for Truthdiggers: The Fraudulent Mexican-American War (1846-48)
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2018-08-18
President Polk, and generations of sympathetic historians, told the American people the conflict was justified. But what if it was just blatant imperialism? | The post American History for Truthdiggers: The Fraudulent Mexican-American War (1846-48) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/american-history-f…

What Do the Winners in Syria Want?
Oriental Review | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-18
After the liberation of the provinces of Daraa and Quneitra, the Syrian civil war entered a new phase. The available land that was up for grabs by any new liberator — …
globalresearch.ca/what-do-the-winners-in…

Israel Takes Out 'BDS Insurance' to Protect Eurovision
INA | imemc.org | 2018-08-18
There's perhaps no greater barometer to measure the lengths to which Israel will go to defame, attack and sabotage the global movement for Palestinian rights than its attitude towards BDS. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, remember, is nothing more than an attempt to told Israel accountable under concepts of international …

Israel Takes Out ‘BDS Insurance’ to Protect Eurovision

If You Put an Old W. Bush Crony in Charge of Iran Policy, Doesn't It Signal a War-Like Intention?
Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-18
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has appointed Brian H. Hook, the State Department director of policy planning, to head a coordinated "Iran Action Group." | Hook served in several important posts …
globalresearch.ca/if-you-put-an-old-w-bu…

Why Elizabeth Warren's Accountable Capitalism Act Will Be Good for Shareholders
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-08-18
Elizabeth Warren introduced her Accountable Capitalism Act in the Senate on Wednesday and set forth the logic of her bill in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. The Massachusetts senator described how as recently as the early 1980s, even conservative groups acknowledged publicly that corporations were responsible to employees and communities as well as to shareholders. And as we've written, and is implicit in the Warren article, there is no such thing as a legal obligation to "maximize shareholder value." It's simply an ideology that has become widely accepted, even as some of its most prominent advocates, such as Harvard's Michael Jensen, have since renounced it. But this practice has become so deeply embedded and so damaging that it will apparently take a change in rules, or at least a credible and live threat to do so, to change behavior in boardrooms and the…
truthout.org/articles/why-elizabeth-warr…

The United States Destroys Venezuela's Economy
Margaret Kimberley | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-18
"Sanctions are war by other means, invisible to most eyes." | Corporate media in this country deliver a steady onslaught of anti-Venezuelan propaganda. The Washington Postfumes about Venezuelan " pirates " while …
globalresearch.ca/the-united-states-dest…

New Information Reveals How Israel Covered-Up the Killing of Four Boys in Gaza
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-18
Shir Hever discusses the Intercept report, revealing that the Israeli military used an armed drone to kill four children playing football and injure four others. The Israeli investigation of the killing is exposed as a sham | The post New Information Reveals How Israel Covered-Up the Killing of Four Boys in Gaza appeared first on
therealnews.com/stories/new-information-…

Pentagon chief promotes anti-China agenda in Latin America
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-18
Mattis' four-nation tour was aimed at countering China's influence and building up ties between the US and Latin American military commands.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/18/matt…

Presidential slates chosen for Brazil's general elections: a warning to the working class
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-18
Whatever the result of the elections, the Brazilian political system will swing violently to the right, deepening the class war austerity measures initiated by the Workers Party's (PT).
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Could science-fiction super soldiers become reality after extreme US military tests?
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-18
Captain America, Deadpool, Wolverine: three fictional characters with superhuman bodies boosted for combat. Such stories, however, may soon become reality through US military trials currently proposed to revolutionize warfare.
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Selected Articles: War and Peace
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-17
For almost seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the …
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Angela Davis: Aretha Franklin Offered to Post Bail for Me, Saying "Black People Will Be Free"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-17
In 1970, Aretha Franklin offered to post bail for Angela Davis, who was jailed on trumped-up charges. Aretha Franklin told Jet magazine in 1970, "My daddy says I don't know what I'm doing. Well, I respect him, of course, but I'm going to stick by my beliefs. Angela Davis must go free. Black people will be free. I've been locked up (for disturbing the peace in Detroit) and I know you got to disturb the peace when you can't get no peace. Jail is hell to be in. I'm going to see her free if there is any justice in our courts, not because I believe in communism, but because she's a Black woman and she wants freedom fo…
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Video: U.S. Aggression and Militarization in Korea and the Asia-Pacific Region
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-17
The U.S. wants to sabotage the inter-Korean dialogue. The U.S. is waging a war against peace. These are few of the highlights in the presentation shared by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky on …
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Trump: Fewer Military Parades Means More "Jet Fighters"
Julia Conley | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-17
On Thursday, the Pentagon announced that the parade would not move forward this year, after estimates for the events cost jumped more than 600 percent from previous proposals. | The post Trump: Fewer Military Parades Means More "Jet Fighters" appeared first on MintPress News.
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Forever War: Here's the Dark Truth the Unending Conflict in Afghanistan Reveals About the United States
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch | alternet.org | 2018-08-17
Almost 17 years and, coincidentally enough, 17 U. S. commanders later, think of it as a war of abysmal repetition. | Fair warning. Stop reading right now if you want, because I'm going to repeat myself. What choice do I have, since my subject is the Afghan War (America's second Afghan War, no less)? I began writing about that war in October 2001. . .
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Tiger Woods, Donald Trump and Crime and Punishment
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel Crime and Punishment raises the complex problem of guilt. The hero, Rodion Raskolnikov, commits what seems to be the perfect crime but is torn by moral dilemmas. A poor student, he murders a pawnbroker for her money, a crime for which he could potentially justify his action. Luckily for him, the objective facts…
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Trump's Supreme Court Pick May Have Committed Perjury — And the GOP Appears to Be Suppressing Evidence that Could Prove It
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-17
Sen. Patrick Leahy asserts Republicans were ready to request Brett Kavanaugh's records . . . until they weren't. | One of the top concerns of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding President Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is whether he knew anything about, authorized, or advised the Bush administration on their torture program for detainees in the War on Terror while he served as White House staff secretary. In 2006. . .
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Africa's Pioneering Marxist Political Economist, Samir Amin (1931-2018)
Patrick Bond | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
Samir Amin's celebrated life was amongst the most trying, but also rewarding, of his generation's left intelligentsia. Following Amin's death in Paris on Sunday, his political courage and professional fearlessness are two traits now recognised as exceedingly rare. Alongside extraordinary contributions to applied political-economic theory beginning sixty years ago, Amin's unabashed Third Worldist advocacy was…
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Here's Why Republicans' Disturbing Romance with the Racist Confederacy Is So Troubling
W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-08-17
The road to the violence around statues is paved with hate, lies, and political gamesmanship. | Among the historical ironies of our current era is the defense of Confederate monuments and southern white "heritage" by Republicans. The curious path that the Grand Old Party of Abraham Lincoln has followed to its present stance is an example of expediency and ideology subverting principle. For more than a century after the Civil War, the defense of white southern. . .
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Iran and the Doomsday Machine
Daryan Rezazad | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
In Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, "Dr. Strangelove", any mention of the Doomsday Machine was verboten. However, back in May 2018 the intrepid Pepe Escobar, who tends to ignore verboten warnings, presented some raw reality: It's also no secret among Persian Gulf traders that in the — hopefully unlikely — event of a US-Saudi-Israeli war in Southwest…
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China's Long Range Bombers "Likely Training For Strikes" Against US, Pentagon Warns
ZeroHedge.com | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-17
The warning is contained in an annual Pentagon report prepared for Congress called Military and Security Developments Involving The People's Republic of China 2018, which further notes a defense spending estimate of $190 billion — a third that of the United States. | The post China's Long Range Bombers "Likely Training For Strikes" Against US, Pentagon Warns appeared first on MintPress News.
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Memoir From the Underground
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
"Memoir of War" is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras's La Douleur (The Pain, published in English as The War), a 1985 semi-fictional memoir about her experiences living in Vichy France in 1945 and during the immediate post-liberation period. Her husband Robert Antelme was a member of the Resistance and a Communist like her. With Antelme a…
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More Demons Unleashed After Fulbright University Vietnam Official Drops Rhetorical Bombshells
Mark Ashwill | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
"The price of empire is America's soul, and that price is too high." — J. William Fulbright The story about Bob Kerrey, former governor, US senator, university president, war hero, and self-confessed war criminal and Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV), which I wrote about in these July 2016 and May 2017 bookend articles, is like a…
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The Future of NATO: an Interview With Richard Falk
Daniel Falcone | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
At least, Donald Trump's approach has so far avoided the drift toward Cold War 2 that might have happened had Hillary Clinton become president, but Trump's trade war mentality may hasten the advent of a different kind of second Cold War, with China and Europe at its epicenter, that is, if the Trump presidency is…
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Germany's Left Party launches a new strategy against the extreme right
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-17
During my two-week vacation in Germany last month it was clear to me that Germany, like the U.S., is at a crossroad. Dangerous developments connected with a rising fascist movement under the banner of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) are underway. Germany's Left Party (die Linke), on the other hand could well be on its way toward mounting an effective fightback. | First, the bad news | The German version of the Nazis and KKKers who descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, last year are out and about in that country too. They're in the streets flashing barely disguised Nazi symbols (Displaying the swastika is still illegal in Germany) and shouting anti-immigrant slogans. | But, like in the U.S., there are also the clean-cut, "respectable" politicians and commentators who yearn for a return to the days when Germany was "great." I saw them on the…
peoplesworld.org/article/germanys-left-p…

Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
I've recently received fundraising letters from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Chuck Schumer on behalf of their Democratic Party's campaign committees. Mostly, all they ask for is money, though Schumer's letter includes a short tough letter to President Trump for us to sign which they promise to deliver to the White House. Although politicians review…
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Murphy's Law: Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
In a recent tweet, US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) warned that "Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart." His solution: "These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it."
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My Longest Day: How World War II Ended for My Family
Hans-Armin Ohlmann | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
One of my daily tasks was to bike to Neustadt, my home town, to collect the meager food and household stuff still available on the monthly ration-coupons. Meager for sure but quite a lot when you have 24 people in one household. And that is the number of people accommodated in the small homestead of…
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Analysis Of Iran's Reply: No War And No Negotiations
The Saker | iranian.com | 2018-08-17
We can all thank God for the fact that the AngloZionists did not launch a war on the DPRK, that no Ukronazi attack on the Donbass took place during the World Cup in Russia and that the leaders of the Empire have apparently have given up on their plans to launch a reconquista of Syria. However, each […] | The post Analysis Of Iran's Reply: No War And No Negotiations appeared first on The Iranian.
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Drilling ANWR: One of Our Last Links to the Wild World is in Danger
Dan Ritzman | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
I can still remember the first time I saw tracks left behind by seismic testing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It was the mid-1990s and I had been guiding a group of people on a float trip across the coastal plain of the refuge towards the Arctic Ocean. After seven days of traveling through…
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What was the life of this guest worker worth?
David Bacon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-17
On Sunday, August 5, a group of 200 farmworkers and supporters began walking at sunrise along the shoulder of Benson Road, heading north from Lynden, Washington, toward Canada. When they reached O Road, the marchers turned right to walk along the border. Unlike the frontier with Mexico, with its walls, floodlights, and patrols, the borderline here is no line at all–simply a road on each side of a weed-choked median. | The procession, chanting and holding banners, passed a succession of blueberry fields for the next 14 miles, finally reaching the official border crossing at Sumas. Pausing for a protest in front of the local immigrant detention center, it then continued on until it reached its objective one mile further on–the 1,500-acre spread of Sarbanand Farms. There, in front of the ranch's packing and warehouse facilities, participants staged a tribunal. | "We are…
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Happiness Is a "Warm American Gun"
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-17
John Lennon was a prolific songwriter, along with his compatriots The Beatles. His wonderful metaphor, from their great 'Happiness is a Warm Gun' (1968 White Album), still resonates today in this …
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The Military Option Against Venezuela in the "Year of the Americas"
William Camacaro, Frederick B. Mills | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
If the US attacks Venezuela from Colombia it will initiate a "war of 100 years, and this war will extend to the entire continent." President Hugo Chavez Frias (Nov. 2009) Year of the Americas: Venezuela in the crosshairs Defense Secretary James N. Mattis began his trip to South America on August 13th to…
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The Aretha Dialogue
Daniel Wolff | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
"Respect": signature tune. From the opening horn riff and twangy country guitar, we know we got a beat. The arrangement's incredibly strong. She sets her voice way up high from the start. Its inflection is mostly aimed towards confidence. She will — in the astonishing break — spell it out for us: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."
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