July 2017



Team Trump’s Bible Study: Weekly Worship Meeting at the White House
While Christian groups protest Trump’s policies, cabinet meets with pastor to study scripture
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*In Jesus’ name



Strife in Jerusalem: Fears of popular revolts bring Israel and Arabs together
by James M. Dorsey


Questions and Implications of the French Elections:
Mélenchon, La France Insoumise, Populism
by Pierre Rousset

*Loyalty resides in the province of principles, not personalities


Global Justice Now
Hormone-Treated Beef and the UK-US Trade Talks

*Grasping hands across the water


The Real News Network
Trump Stacking The National Labor Relations Board to Favor Corporations
Labor reporter Michael Arria says NLRB appointments are taking place that will shock you, while the media is preoccupied with Russiagate


Subprime Auto Loan Defaults on the Rise
Bill Black, the white collar criminologist, says it is a very severe problem for consumers who are going to lose not only their cars, but their credit ratings

*No worries about not “be[ing] too nice” here, are there?


Trump Blasts Hezbollah as it Ousts al-Qaeda
President Trump claims Lebanon “is on the front lines in the fight” against Hezbollah, apparently not realizing that Hezbollah is a partner in the Lebanese government–and just as Hezbollah scores a key victory against al-Qaeda


Dems Add Neocons to Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’
After pushing disastrous policies and wars, prominent neoconservatives are reinventing themselves as members of the anti-Trump “resistance” with the help of top Democrats and MSNBC, says The Nation’s James Carden

*Follow the money

Right up to the Russian border


What Nawaz Sharif’s Ouster Means for Pakistan
The resignation of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over a corruption scandal signals that Pakistani politics could head in a more independent path at home and abroad, says Junaid Ahmad of the University of Lahore


Public Citizen
Our Seniors Shouldn’t Sacrifice their Rights to Protect Corporate Profits


Institute for Public Accuracy
Venezuela: Demonization of Government, Glamorization of Opposition


Democracy Now!
Retired Police Detective: Trump’s Comments Endorsing Police Brutality are “Treasonous”

*The question I have to ask is why aren’t all these “good officers” “com[ing] forward” when they see this shit going down?


Is Trump Trying to Sabotage the Nuclear Deal to Lay Groundwork for War with Iran?

*Do you wonder whether His Travesty’s mindset is that if he’s going to go down

He’s going to take the rest of the world with him?


Uterine Leiomyoma: This Common Tumor Isn’t Cancer, but Women Should Still Seek to Avoid It
by Ty Bollinger



‘Revolting’: Trump Openly Calls for Police Brutality in Long Island Speech
“America is once again a nation of laws, says Trump, who just told cops to beat the shit out of people they arrest”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A sea of blue

A pool of red


For Defeat of Trumpcare, Thank Disability Rights Activists, Not John McCain
“Folks praising Murkowski, Collins, and McCain: I think you misspelled Hirono, ADAPT, and every activist resisting the Republican agenda”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Credit where credit is denied


A Healthcare Story to Celebrate: Oregon’s Reproductive Equity Act
by Laura Flanders

*Singles leave runners stranded


Enter Scaramouche, Stage Right
by Andrew Levine

*Driving a clown car over the cliff


National Nurses United
Nurses Challenge Rep. Blake Farenthold to Duel of Healthcare Facts Sunday, July 30
“On behalf of Texas patients, we challenge Rep. Farenthold to step outside and settle this healthcare debate Medicare-for-All style,” say nurses


The Real News Network
Trump’s ‘Fantasy’ Military Budget Hides the Real Costs
To spend even more than the staggering amounts already given to the military, U.S. lawmakers have used the foreign war budget as a “slush fund” to circumvent Pentagon budget caps imposed by law, says William Hartung


Tyrone West’s Sister Refuses 1 Million Dollar Settlement for Her Brother’s Death
Tawanda Jones told the BCPD: “I Will Not Settle” for the wrongful death of her brother. The settlement had a gag order that would have meant shutting down “West Wednesdays” protests demanding justice for her brother’s death

*A voice that won’t be boxed


Empire Files: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters
With all the discussion of the contentious 2016 election, the most shocking fact is often ignored: that millions of people had their votes stolen through malicious, means. The Republican Party is currently working to purge millions more voters leading up to the 2018 election. Abby Martin interviews investigative reporter Greg Palast, who has done the most extensive work uncovering this massive disenfranchisement campaign.

*Clinton and the DNC won’t talk about it

Sanders won’t talk about it

So what is talked about?

Those goddamn Rooskies.

Is Trump financially beholden to some foreign fiends?

He’s dead solid certainly in hock to our own vile villainry, isn’t he?

And the corpress that His Travesty loves to hate makes sure that what got him where he is never sees the light of our TV screens, laptops and smartphones, or the pages of our Papers of Record.

It’s as American as Apple’s plenteous piece of the pie.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Pakistan’s Sharif Out: A New Independence?


World’s Richest Person Escapes Scrutiny From His Own Paper—and Its Rivals
by Adam Johnson


Yet still blowing smoke


Democracy Now!
As Trump Targets Teenagers for Deportation, Immigrants Push Back with Direct Action


Heart attack signs in women may differ
Here’s what you need to know
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action



With Kentucky’s Last Clinic ‘Under Siege,’ Anti-Choice Activists Display Abortion on Jumbotron
As activists descend on Louisville for a week of protests, state threatens to shutter its only abortion provider
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If this is “in Jesus’ name”, I think the guy’s got a conclusive case for defamation of character.


“Poison Papers” Snapshot: Transcript Illustrates EPA Collusion with Chemical Industry
by Rebekah Wilce

*His Travesty wants to gut the EPA

But if it’s already gutless …


Justice for Port Drivers
Our STRIKE caused huge back ups


The Real News Network
Congress Unites on Russia Sanctions, But at What Cost?
As the House overwhelmingly backs new sanctions on the Kremlin, Russian lawmakers vow a “painful” response and the European Commission mulls retaliation of its own



But there are plenty of reasons behind this, as anyone in the least familiar with the intentions of the Military Industrial Complex ™ and the aims of the US hegemon surely suss.


Body Count Comeback
Corporate media routinely repeat Pentagon kill estimates that defy reality
by Reed Richardson

*Count on corpress credulity


Media Mourn End of CIA Killing Syrians and Strengthening Al Qaeda
by Ben Norton


Democracy Now!
What Role Should the Military Play in the Fight for Transgender Rights?

*Dawson refuses to exit her issue silo, while Spade stands outside it, and sees the larger picture.

Of course, that’s emblematic of what’s problematic about “identity politics”, isn’t it?

The personal particulars of the person firing the bullet or the bomb doesn’t matter to the dead, does it?



Colonialism and Greed: Trump Considers Afghan War Expansion to Exploit Minerals
Trump is reportedly being encouraged by corporate executives to take advantage of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*So, the US shouldn’t rape Afghanistan because it would fuel Taliban propaganda about … um … raping Afghanistan?

That would be “dumb”

Not heinous?

The US doesn’t give a good goddamn about “winning hearts and minds”

Only eviscerating them.

The PR is for domestic consumption, while the rubble and severed body parts tell the locals a different and deathly tale.


ACLU Objects After Capitol Hill Police Tell Journalists to Delete Protest Photos
At least one journalist reported being forced to delete his photos of the scene
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Utilities Knew, Too: Despite Warning Decades Ago, Industry Lied and Deceived on Climate
New report reveals the utilities industry encouraged coal use and public doubt while conducting “cutting-edge” climate research
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Please recall this the next time you see one of those oh so warm and fuzzy ads from your local “energy provider” and all the “green”ishness they’re “committed” to.


Remembering ‘The Americans with Disabilities Act’ and the Movement that Generated It
by Felicia Kornbluh


Home-from-War War Stories: Myth, Media & the Ken Burns Vietnam Series
by Jerry Lembcke

*Unasked here is the question of just why the myth is propagated.

As with other myths (aka “lies”) such as the Gulf of Tonkin attack and Saddam’s WMDs, the corpress colludes with the warmongers in the knowledge that knowledge is power, and ignorance the currency with which it is purchased by the powerful.

That’s the “allure”.


The Real News Network
Is Extreme Heat the New Normal?
The Real News team spoke with first responders and science and medial experts in Arizona, where high temperatures have grounded planes and significantly increased health emergencies

*So much heat

So little light


Gideon Levy: Israelis Shut Out Palestinian Calls for Freedom
The Palestinian protest against restrictions on the Al-Aqsa mosque is the latest challenge to a 50-year occupation, but self-denial and racism preclude Israelis from listening, says veteran Israeli journalist Gideon Levy

*The corpress in Israel, as in the US and every other nation, serves power.

It’s not a matter of “commercial considerations” – of this reporting “not selling”

But of selling a narrative of government and corporate “good intentions”, with the occasional “wart” revealed to certify the mainstream media’s “independent” bona fides.

It’s all the news that’s printed to fit.


Germany Bans Arms Shipments to Turkey
The freeze sets an important precedent of linking arms exports to human rights, says TRNN’s Shir Hever

*The subheading really doesn’t connect with the substance of the segment, does it?


Institute for Public Accuracy
The Plot to Scapegoat Russia

*“This doesn’t mean Russia and Vladimir Putin are beyond serious criticism.”

But I don’t see much of that from those who, with goddamn good reason, oppose this Russia to judgment.

It’s not enough to tick off the US’ innumerable sins. We have to be as clear eyed about all gummints’ iniquities as our own. And be clear that I’m not referring to deep state talking points on Russia, Venezuela, Iran et alia, but about verifiable contradictions that honest reportage is obliged to relate.

That gives credibility to a stand against the regime changers and warmongers by making plain that those taking it are not apologists for their targets, don’t you think?


Democracy Now!
Is Trump’s Base Turning on the President over His Humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions?


Joshua Green on the “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency”


A Look at How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon


Joshua Green on How Bannon’s Experience with Video Gamers Gave Rise to the Alt-Right

*Apparently Bannon recognized that actual adolescents would be attracted to a terminal one.



Scary Dairy: You Scream, I Scream… Monsanto Roundup Ice Cream
Traces of “probable human carcinogen” found in samples from ten Ben & Jerry flavors
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Unjust desserts


Five Pro-Democracy Activists Sentenced for Disrupting the U.S. Supreme Court
by David Schwenk

*Blox populi


Environmental Working Group (EWG)
To Save $10 Billion, Cut Subsidies for Big Ag, Not Nutrition for Kids and Seniors

*Stop feeding the pigs

Not the people


The Real News Network
Foreign Investment and The UK Housing Crisis
Real Media speaks to Anna Minton, the author of “Big Capital: Who Is London For?” about the causes, effects and potential remedies for the housing crisis that has been growing for 30 years in London and beyond


Palestinian Protesters Defend Their ‘Right to Exist’
As the Al-Aqsa protests continue despite a deadly Israeli crackdown, writer Mariam Barghouti says Palestinians across the Occupied Territories “are reiterating their right to exist”


Vijay Prashad: Trump is Setting Up a ‘Dangerous Confrontation’ With Iran
Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay discuss the American, Saudi and Israeli ​campaign a​gainst Iran and the new Cold War with Russia


RussiaGate Drowns Out U.S.-Russia Discord
As Jared Kushner’s collusion denial dominates the airwaves, the RussiaGate fixation overshadows a new round of U.S. sanctions on Russia and other developments that fuel continued tensions, says The Nation’s James Carden


How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative
by Ben Norton

*Mirroring the smoke


Democracy Now!
Death of 10 Migrants in San Antonio Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding on U.S.-Mexico Border


Sonia Nazario: The Tragedy in San Antonio is “Predictable Outcome” of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown


The Rebellions That Changed U.S. History: Looking Back at the 1967 Newark & Detroit Uprisings

*”[W]e’ve put so much emphasis on taking over the power structure, and we became prisoners of it.”

Is anyone trying to “take over” the Democratic Party listening to Bogg’s wisdom?



Middle School Suicides Double As Common Core Testing Intensifies
by Steven Singer

*Can society pass this test of common humanity?


Saving Illinois: Getting More Bang for the State’s Bucks
Illinois is teetering on bankruptcy and other states are not far behind, largely due to unfunded pension liabilities; but there are solutions. The Federal Reserve could do a round of “QE for Munis.” Or the state could turn its sizable pension fund into a self-sustaining public bank.
by Ellen Brown


How the Food and Drug Companies Ensure that We Get Sick and They Make Money
by Paul Buchheit


Trump and the Christian Fascists
by Chris Hedges


The Real News Network
UK Banks Profit from Israeli Crimes against Palestinians
A new report from War on Want reveals that some of the UK’s top banks and financial institutions are investing in companies known to supply Israel with weapons and technology used in the oppression of Palestinians

*Banking on barbarity


Family Income’s Critical Role in Child Development
As Trump and the Republicans target vital social programs in their budget, a new study from the London School of Economics shows that poverty has a huge impact on children’s cognitive, social-behavioral and health outcomes

*Pols love to talk about “family values”

Except when it comes to the value of their income


No Justice No Pride
Break DC Capital Pride’s Ties with Police, Prisons and Pipelines!


WaPo Worships Principled, Humanitarian McCain That’s Never Existed
by Adam Johnson

*A man after their own dark heart


Reuters vs. UN Cancer Agency: Are Corporate Ties Influencing Science Coverage?
by Stacy Malkan

*Scientific method acting


Institute for Public Accuracy
How Trump Helps Netanyahu Push Palestinians into a Corner


Democracy Now!
Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns over the Cop Shooting of Unarmed Woman. Will the Mayor Be Next?

*Bullets belong to no party


Criminologist Phil Stinson: Police Kill Three People Every Single Day in the United States


Newly Declassified Documents Confirm U.S. Backed 1953 Coup in Iran Over Oil Contracts

*Cold War cover for a gold war grab


Epstein Barr Virus Connection to Breast Cancer & Autoimmune Disorders
by Elyn Jacobs


9 Strategies to Overcome a “Healing Crisis” During Detox & Treatments
by Dr. David Jockers


Your chances of choosing a cocoa product with lots of flavanols
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



Message to Democrats: Get on Board With Medicare For All or Go Home
For universal healthcare to become a reality, “it’s going to take a movement of movements, and it’s going to take the American people making it toxic for our elected officials not to get on board”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


How Budget Austerity Puts Public School Parents On Par With Criminals
by Jeff Bryant



And revulsive ‘rithmetic


It’s Not Only Necessary to Develop an Alternative to Globalization — It’s Entirely Possible
It was the left who diagnosed the ills of globalization. So why is the right eating our lunch?
by Walden Bello

*To have vision

We have to open our eyes


California Votes to Extend Landmark Cap-and-Trade Program—While Allowing Big Polluters to Get Away With Murder
The new legislation makes huge concessions to the fossil fuel industry
by Reynard Loki

*In Cali, it’s called “Brownwashing”


The Real News Network
Baltimore to Lose Two Progressive Media Outlets Just When It Needs Them Most
TRNN speaks to City Paper editors Brandon Soderberg, Rebekah Kirkman and Baynard Woods, as well as the Steiner Show’s Marc Steiner, about what Baltimore will lose when their outlets close

*Time will tell whether “a paper for the working class” emerges in Chicago, won’t it?

How “cool” will those “lefties” be?


Data, Algorithms & Artificial Intelligence: Where is AI Innovation Taking Society?
Safeguards need to be put in place so artificial intelligence can be used safely for everybody, says Catherine Saez of Intellectual Property Watch, reporting on events at the Artificial Intelligence summit hosted at ITU, the UN specialized agency for Information & Communications Technologies

*Artificial Intelligence

Isn’t that what the CIA produces?


Russiagate: Kooky Characters, Cold War Liberals
The media frenzy over Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with an eclectic group of Russian nationals was followed by another over an undisclosed private conversation between President Trump and Vladimir Putin. Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi and The Real News’ Aaron Mate discuss the latest Russiagate news, the story behind the Magnitsky Act, the Clintons’ $500,000 Russia conflict-of-interest question, and how the liberal fixation on Russia could have long-term consequences

*Enlightening segment, as opposed to much of what’s posted at “Democracy Now!” or Common Dreams (and I’m not saying that as an unalloyed booster of this outlet)

But I don’t know why Taibbi considers the Demorats’ strategy “strange” or “odd”, do you?

Obviously this Russia to judgment is in the MIC’s (Military-Industrial Complex) interest, as he himself points out, and that’s always been a bipartisan priority.

And while this likely will not achieve the intended political effect (we can only hope, if there is to be any hope, for through the Dems lies nothing but the road to ruin), the DNCistas are desperately clinging to it to avert any authentic shift to the “left”, however woefully inadequate it might be.

I’d like to think this will be a self-inflicted wound that proves fatal

But predicting the political future in these here United States is an errand best left to the fools populating our putrid punditry.


Color of Change
Justice for Jasmine
First Black valedictorian in 110 years denied honors

*As someone who grew up in apartheid Miss’ssippi in the ’60s, I’m not surprised that “old times there are not forgotten”

Because they’ve never really left, have they?

Of course, in many ways that applies to the whole of these here United States, don’t it just?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Wray for FBI: Russia Obsession Eclipses Other Issues


(of two or more people) fully in agreement.
“the doctors were unanimous in their diagnoses”
synonyms: united, in agreement, in accord, of one mind, of the same mind, in harmony,

concordant, undivided, as one
“doctors were unanimous about the effects”
(of an opinion, decision, or vote) held or carried by everyone involved.
synonyms: uniform, consistent, united, concerted, congruent
“a unanimous vote”


Democracy Now!
Has Jared Kushner’s Failed Deal with Qatar Fueled Trump’s Stance on Gulf Diplomatic Crisis?


Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support from GOP Senators



NYT Trump Interview Makes Waves, But Did Reporters Go Too Easy?
Critics demand accountability from Trump for lies on healthcare
by Julia Conley, staff writer

*Seen the corpress ads proclaiming the essential need for a free press in a democracy?

Seen the corpress behave like one?


Condemnation Grows for Bipartisan Attack on Free Speech Rights of BDS Supporters
Lawmakers urged to reject bill that would punish Americans for supporting boycotts of Israel
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Hypocrisy is the most bipartisan of policies


The Public Option – Doomed From the Start
There’s a significant danger that a public option would not only fail to improve the ACA, it could undermine the movement for Medicare for All
by RoseAnn DeMoro

*Demorats will try to coopt the surge for “single payer” (see Gore, Albert Arnold, Jr.), only to “pragmatically” offer this “public option” in the end.

We’ve seen this movie so many times

And damn us if we can’t recall the ending.


Trump’s Action Plan With China Puts Global Agribusiness First
by Ben Lilliston


Organics: Ferreting Out the Fraudulent Few, While Demanding Higher Standards, Better Enforcement
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins


The Real News Network
Morgan State Students Give Back to the Community
Morgan State University students conducting research on the African Diaspora worked with Eddie Conway and the Coalition of Friends on the urban farm in Gilmor homes


Ex-Cops Say Harsher Sentences Won’t Stem Murder Epidemic
As the Baltimore City Council prepares to debate a proposal for one year mandatory sentences for firearm possession, some say the move could do more harm than good


Trump Can’t Vote Down Obamacare, so He’s Strangling It Instead
Republican governors aren’t ‘letting Obamacare fail,’ they’re actively sabotaging it, says Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy

*The ACA isn’t a “step forward”

It’s a “stop forward”.

As someone who’s covered by it, I speak from bitter experience. If I didn’t qualify for the United Way’s Health Connect premium subsidy, which covers the balance of my payment after the tax credit, I’d be fucked royal.

But speaking on the macro scale, reform like the ACA offers some benefit, often a meaningful one, in order to forestall that next step, in this case to universal care.

The Demorats may well adopt the rhetoric of “single payer”, but in the end what will be on offer will be unrecognizable from what other developed nations have long had

All in the name of the “pragmatism” that Baker promulgates.

As with climate change, half steps only slow our march over the cliff.

We must turn ’round, and take long strides from the abyss.


Yemen Needs Aid, But US Aids Saudi-Led War
As Yemen’s cholera epidemic deepens the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes prevent international organizations from getting aid to massive numbers of people in desperate need, says Anas Shahari of Save the Children

*The gruesome gist of geopolitics


Rising Sea Levels Put Coastal Cities At Risk
With the current rate of sea level rise roughly twice as fast as it was over the course of the 20th century, coastal cities should brace for more flooding, says climate policy scholar Robert Kopp

*Drowning in dawdling


‘How Can the Arsonists Be the Firefighters Today?’
Interview with Maurice Carney on Congo’s crisis
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
David Cay Johnston: GOP Budget Redistributes Money to the Rich & Helps Make U.S. a “Police State”


Rights Advocates: Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity Set Up as a Pretext for Voter Suppression


“Trump and the Russian Money Trail”: Trump’s Ties to Oligarchs Go Back Decades


Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia

*Facts are one thing, and what’s being related here may well be reality.

Conclusions from those facts are another.

Trump is dirty. There’s no doubt about that. But whether that translates into Russian “control” is a topic on which I’d like to see another, reasoned, perspective.

When I do, be assured I will post it here.



“Fundamental Existential Threat”: Lawmakers Warned of the Risks of Killer Robots
Top U.S. general and inventor Elon Musk join those sounding alarm on artificial intelligence
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*My concern is that robots would display the same consideration for “moral and ethical issues” as our “leaders”.


Spying, surveillance and sabotage – what will it take to bring an end to political policing?
Is it possible to hold undercover policing to account? Not without redistributing wealth and power within society.
by Mohamed Elmaaz

*Have you noticed that motto omits just whom they’re sworn to “serve and protect”?


Bernie and Jesse Jackson vow to stop Crosscheck
by Greg Palast

*I have qualms about any involvement by the Reverend Jackson, given his less than honorable history, but the intel regarding the duplicity of the Repugnancan SoS’s is welcome, and I hope it garners attention at “alternative” outlets, to counter the accepted narrative, among them as well as the corpress, that there’s this broad rejection of the commission’s data requests.


Global Justice Ecology Project
USDA Receives Near Unanimous Public Rejection of Genetically Engineered Trees

*Not saving the forests for the trees


The Real News Network
Marking the 140th Anniversary of the Great Railroad Strike of 1887
Labor historian Bill Barry tours viewers through a B&O Railroad Museum exhibit honoring the strike in which over 100,000 workers participated, and over 100 people were killed

*If you don’t know your past

You can’t claim your future


Corporate Media Silence Helps Maintain Warfare in Syria
Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron made important remarks about the Syria ceasefire that the corporate media ignored in favor of Russiagate, says Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford


Trump Jr. Took a Meeting, Bill Clinton Took $500K
Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian nationals, apparently about Magnitsky Act sanctions, has caused a frenzy. But the Clintons might have a Magnitsky-tied conflict of their own, says journalist Michael Sainato

*It will be interesting to see how other “alternative” outlets deal with this, don’t you think?

Maybe “interesting”‘s not the right word …


Institute for Public Accuracy
Lawmakers Seek to Prohibit Criticism of Israel


Corporate Media Largely Silent on Trump’s Civilian Death Toll in Iraq
by Adam Johnson

*Word crimes trump war crimes


‘There’s an Effort Around the Country to Curtail People’s Fundamental 1st Amendment Rights’
CounterSpin interview with Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on the right to protest
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Guardian Investigation of Ivanka Trump Factory in Indonesia Reveals Worker Abuse, Deplorably Low Pay

*A “work-life balance”

On the backs of the exploited


Activist & Father of Four Faces Deportation to Devastated Haiti Because of Decades-Old Conviction


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)



The post-IS proxy war
The defeat of the Islamic State is inevitable. But the next conflict has already begun, with Iran in the gunsights of U.S.
by Vijay Prashad


The Coastal Elite Is Real. I’m Part of It.
Progressive circles are still not equipped to wrestle with imbalances of political power
by Linda Tirado

*The difference between claiming to fight for the oppressed

And actually fighting with them


Trump Team, ALEC, Koch Industries Debate Gerrymandering the U.S. Senate in Denver
by Mary Bottari and David Armiak


The Real News Network
New York Times Joins Trump and Saudi Arabia in Targeting Iran
Prof. Sabah Alnasseri and Paul Jay discuss a front page NYT article that blames ‘Iranian expansionism’ for sectarian war in Iraq and the region; says the U.S. invaded Iraq to establish democracy

*All the news that fits the prince


New York Times Beats War Drums Against Iran
Vijay Prashad and Trita Parsi join Paul Jay to discuss the New York Times article, ‘Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over”

*Empire always has a ticket to both parties


Israeli Restrictions at Al-Aqsa Mosque Spark Protests
Western media is missing important context behind the deadly gunfight at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, says journalist and filmmaker Dan Cohen


Help Stop the Epidemic of Guard Violence in Prisons


Democracy Now!
Amnesty Accuses U.S. Coalition of War Crimes in Mosul: Scale of Death Much Higher Than Acknowledged

*”Liberated” from their lives


Still Not Free: New Documentary “Life on Parole” Follows Former Prisoners Navigating Early Release



To Block Pipeline, Nuns in Court to Defend Cornfield Chapel
‘We’re not looking for money. We want to preserve this land.’
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Planet Is Warming. And It’s Okay to Be Afraid
Why being fearful can be part of a healthy, heroic response to the climate crisis
by Margaret Klein Salamon

*While we can’t live in fear

We have to live with it


How to Sustain Perpetual War? Easy: Hide the Bodies
by Peter Van Buren


Eugene Debs and the Kingdom of Evil
by Chris Hedges

*Our charge is to think for ourselves

And act for others


Time for the “International Left” to Take a Stand on Venezuela
by Gregory Wilpert


Center for Biological Diversity
Republicans Push Bill to Delay Reducing Ground Level Ozone
Latest in String of Trump Administration Delays Cleaning Up Air Pollution


The Real News Network
Ida B Wells Speaks Through Her Descendants on Trump’s War on the Media and Black Lives Matter
In the second part of the series celebrating Wells’ 155th birthday, her great grandson explores how Wells would have reacted to Trump’s hostility to the media and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement


Ida B Wells: The Story of America’s First Black Female Investigative Journalist
In Part One of our series celebrating her 155th birthday, the great grandson of Wells tells the story of how the pioneering reporter risked her life to report on lynchings and racism during the tumultuous period of Reconstruction


How US-Russia Ceasefire in Syria Impacts Iran
The ceasefire agreement reached by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in southwest Syria appears aimed at weakening Iran and containing its influence inside Syria, says Alternet reporter Ben Norton


Real Media: Big Pharma & Brexit
Community activist Emma Friedmann explains the caution needed regarding Pharma, Brexit and regulation


Gaza Crisis, Global Silence
After 10 years of Israeli siege, the UN warns Gaza is becoming ‘unlivable.’ Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Israel, with the Palestinian Authority’s help, is responsible for the crisis, as most of the world looks on in silence.


Local Community ‘Put Their Bodies On the Line’ to Protest UK Fracking Site
Anti-fracking activists have joined the local community in Lancashire for a ‘rolling resistance’ month of direct action protests, after the UK government overruled the local government’s ban on fracking


Trump, Putin and Russiagate Collide at G20
Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss the long-awaited first meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, where Syria and Russiagate topped the agenda

*Somehow I missed this from a week back.


Democracy Now!
In Precedent-Setting Trial, Lawyers Say Arizona’s Ethnic Studies Ban is Discriminatory & Illegal


From Pence to Price: How Big Tobacco Gained Massive Influence Under Trump, Plans to Expand in Africa


Does Smoking Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer?
by Ty Bollinger


Natural Allergy Relief: Supplements & Lifestyle Tips to Combat Seasonal Allergies
by Dr. David Jockers



Labor’s Legitimacy Crisis Under Trump
by Barry Eidlin


by Andrew Levine

*As salient a synopsis as I’ve seen so far


Americans for Tax Fairness
The 8 Largest Health Insurance Companies Will Get a $72 Billion Tax Cut From GOP Health Care Repeal Over Next Decade
Top insurers’ profits are up one-third since Obamacare kicked in, to $25 billion


The Real News Network
War & Cholera Decimate Yemen, But Saudi Bombing Gets More US Help
As Yemen’s cholera epidemic spirals out of control and millions face famine, Alternet reporter Ben Norton says the U.S. is complicit in the humanitarian crisis caused by Saudi-led war


New Rules for Banks: ‘Honest Bankers Please Step Forward
Former financial regulator Bill Black offers bankers a challenge: Step forward if you support the new rule issued by The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allowing consumers to bring about class-action litigation against banks who defraud them

*Is “honest banker” an oxymoron?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump and Macron Meet, Clinging to Nuclear Weapons


Democracy Now!
Citizen Lab’s Ron Deibert Exposes How Nations Use Cyberwarfare to Target Activists & Journalists

*Deibert has no doubts about Russiagate.

He could be correct, but I’ll remain agnostic, given the contradictory intel I’ve encountered elsewhere.


New GOP Healthcare Bill Still a Huge Tax Cut for the Rich, Gutting Women’s Care & Slashing Medicaid

*The Grim Reaper of ever more riches


Justice Neil Gorsuch Ends First SCOTUS Term Voting Consistently on Court’s “Most Conservative Side”


“Care in Chaos”: New Documentary Uncovers Rising Tide of Attacks on Abortion Clinics Under Trump

*In Jesus’ name …


Oscar-Nominated Actor James Cromwell Speaks Out Before Jail Time for Peaceful Anti-Fracking Protest

*”Not all environmentalists do [take on capitalism]. Can you comment on that?”

I find Goodman’s inquiry ironic, given that “Democracy Now!” so very rarely does so. You can bet scared money on Cromwell’s comments being the exception to the rule on a program that bills itself as “the exception to the rulers”.

And that’s one reason why so few members of “the #Resistance” echo Cromwell’s critique.

Knowledge is power. When the sources we rely on for that knowledge shirk their responsibility (and “DN!” is no outlier here) to provide us with what we need to clearly see the way the world works, those who work that world in the name of profit and power benefit from our ignorance.

The disease cannot be confronted until it properly diagnosed. Whatever useful –
indeed vital – information we glean from “Democracy Now!” and other “alternative outlets” is viscerally diminished if it isn’t placed in the context of the struggle for the transformation – not reformation – of capitalism.

It’s a matter of our lives

And its death



‘Slap In the Face’: DeVos Under Fire for Including Fringe Men’s Rights Group in Sexual Assault Talks
Betsy DeVos equates the experiences of sexual assault survivors with those of the accused, critics say
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Tenants March to Stop Giveaways to Wall Street Landlords
While Republicans are proposing severe cuts to low-income housing assistance, they are continuing to subsidize Blackstone and other private equity housing profiteers
by Aditi Katti

*Bleeding us out of house and home


Physicians for a National Health Program
Medicare ACOs Won’t Tell How They Pay Doctors: American Journal of Public Health Study
Organizations contracting to care for millions of Medicare enrollees won’t disclose whether they penalize doctors for ordering tests, referrals or other expensive care

*First do no harm

To the bottom line


Global Justice Now
Campaigners Warn ‘Great Repeal Bill’ in UK Could Have “fundamental long-term effects on rights, poverty and the environment”


The Real News Network
Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets the Venezuelan Opposition
Abby Martin goes on the deadly front lines of the anti government protests in Venezuela and follows the evolution of a typical guarimba — or opposition barricade. Watch more on TeleSur

*A valuable, and brave, exposé of the opposition violence rendered invisible by the corpress, but Martin seems to take government supporters’ assertions at face value, and I’d like to see her evince more skepticism of their declared allegiance to “dialogue” and “reason”.

I don’t mean to be equating the sides, but no one’s Jesus on a stick here, and an honest appraisal of that reality is required, to my mind.


Lula Expected to Appeal Conviction: What Does It Mean for the 2018 Election?
Judge Sergio Moro presented no hard evidence in convicting former President Lula on corruption charges and his family’s political connections renders his judgment questionable, says Independent Journalist Mike Fox


Massive Iceberg Breaks Free in Antarctica: How Worried Should We Be?
The iceberg, which is about the size of Delaware, is an important reminder that ice on Earth is changing–and not just in Antarctica, says Dr. Twila Moon, a glacial expert with the National Snow and Ice Data Center


Weapon Corruption Scandal Threatens Netanyahu’s Administration
Israeli police investigate three corruption cases involving the prime minister


Mass Arrests of Protesters: Outrageous in Russia, Barely Worth Mentioning in US
by Adam Johnson


NPR’s ‘Varied Mix’ Spotlights Right-Wing Advocacy, Not Progressive Populism
by Glen Frieden

*N o
P lace for a
R adical


‘There Is Myopia in Western Media Covering the Refugee Crisis’
CounterSpin interview with Vijay Prashad on displaced people
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald: Donald Trump Jr.’s Emails Aren’t a “Smoking Gun” or Evidence of Criminal Collusion


Whistleblowers Shouldn’t Be Prosecuted Like Spies: Greenwald on Alleged NSA Leaker Reality Winner



Trump’s Worst Collusion Isn’t With Russia — It’s With Corporations
The billionaires who backed Trump are making out a lot better than Putin
by Peter Certo

*Collusion begins at home


The Real News Network
Seattle Answers Trump’s War on Workers by Taxing the Rich
The measure faces an imminent legal challenge, but co-sponsor Kshama Sawant says the Tax the Rich movement will persevere

*That’s the key, innit?

You can’t reform rot

You can only replace it.

I hope Councilmember Sawant believes that as fervently as her words suggest.


Why Israel Doesn’t Want UNESCO to Recognize Hebron
International law practitioner and researcher Dr. Valentina Azarova discusses the politics involved in UNESCO’s decision to rule Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage Site in danger


Jerry Brown: Climate Champion or Big Oil Ally?
California Gov. Jerry Brown poses as an anti-Trump climate-change savior, but his policies support Big Oil’s agenda, says Adam Scow, California director at Food & Water Watch

*Isn’t it refreshing to hear someone call these Democratic “climate heroes” (or any other type) what they truly are?

Remember the old Monty Python skit about dead bishops?

I imagine if you checked, you’d find “Hypocrat” tattooed on the back of Jerry’s neck.


Democracy Now!
Trump White House in Crisis as Emails Confirm Campaign Embraced Russian Effort to Defeat Clinton


122 Countries Overcome U.S. Opposition and Pass Landmark U.N. Global Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons



UAW Files For Historic Union Vote at Nissan in Mississippi
Today, the United Auto Workers filed a petition with the NLRB asking for a vote for the 6,500- worker plant in Canton, Mississippi
by Mike Elk
Payday Report


CNN’s Man of the ‘Resistance’ Is the Person Most Responsible for Trump Being President
Blame Trump on Jeff Zucker, and throw in Morning Joe and Mika while you’re at it
by Adam Johnson


A Resistance Movement for the Planet
Climate change is out of control. It is already too late to avoid soaring temperatures, scarce water, and extreme weather. But the financial structure of capitalism is tied to fossil fuels. Market-based solutions are ineffectual. John Bellamy Foster, a professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and the editor of Monthly Review, speaks about the kind of program necessary to stop this catastrophe.
by Juan Cruz Ferre

*To avoid the abyss, we must first unflinchingly acknowledge it


The Real News Network
G20 Protestors Call for An Alternative To the Neoliberal Order
South African activist Patrick Bond says beyond the media focus on burning cars in Hamburg, tens of thousands of protestors called for the G20 to adopt policies that tackle inequality and climate change


World’s Largest Tuna Company Commits to Major Fishing Reforms
Greenpeace USA’s Ocean Director John Hocevar discusses the success of an intense two-year campaign to reform Thai Union’s fishing practices, and what the big victory means for oceans on the brink of collapse


Do Trump Jr.’s Russia Emails Live Up to the Hype?
Journalist Marcy Wheeler says Donald Trump Jr.’s newly released emails are a big development, but we should be careful to distinguish normal opposition research from collusion

*For me, at this point this whole situation is as clear as mud, and I wouldn’t wager scared money either way.

What I do know is that hypocrisy hangs heavy over this whole affair, and that while the air’s being sucked out of the room by Russiagate, the life and death issues are being suffocated.

I’m not saying to dismiss it, but let’s put it in proper perspective. Even if it leads to His Travesty’s demise, we still have a world of trouble to tend to.


Baltimore Man Starts Hunger Strike to End Violence, City’s Addiction to Policing
City resident Kevin McCamant says he will not eat until the killings stop and the city emphasizes methods other than policing to cure violence



Nation “Too Broke” for Universal Healthcare to Spend $406 Billion More on F-35
There always another $27 billion or lying around, it seems, when Lockheed Martin needs more money for expensive weapons system
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’m sure Bernie will stand strong against this deathly boondoogle.

Won’t he … ?


Eating Our Way to Disease
by Chris Hedges

*When “making chicken salad out of chicken shit” departs the realm of the metaphorical


Stunning Truths about the Bloated Safety Net for the Wealthy
by Paul Buchheit


Rahm Emanuel Imposes Military Draft on Chicago
by David Swanson

*Be all we compel you to be


U.S. PIRG Statement on the CFPB’s New Arbitration Rule
“CFPB Rule Will Prevent Wells Fargo and Other Wrongdoers from Blocking Groups of Consumers from Taking Them to Court”


The Real News Network
A Brief History of the KKK with Gerald Horne
As the KKK rallies in Charlottesville, VA, author and historian Gerald Horne charts its history from Reconstruction to the rise of Donald Trump


Israelis Demand Truth on Violations Against Yemeni Immigrants
Richard Silverstein discusses Israel’s silenced history of racially motivated medical malpractice


Real Media: Grenfell, Housing & Local Councils
At the #NotOneDayMore rally on July 1st, Green Party’s Sian Berry called on Jeremy Corbyn to deal with Labour councils who continue to treat social housing tenants with disdain


Max Blumenthal on How the Media Covers Syria
As the U.S. and Russia reach a new ceasefire in Syria, Max Blumenthal of Alternet’s Grayzone Project and TRNN’s Aaron Mate discuss foreign involvement in the Syrian war and how Western media across the political spectrum has covered it

*”Democracy Now!”‘s contradictions extend beyond Syria, as a look at its guest list should make plain. How often is someone on who could be considered a “radical” opponent of capitalism and imperialism?

Yes, it’s capable of doing very good work, which is why I continue to click on its link. But I find myself electing to read fewer and fewer segment transcripts, as my time could be better spent elsewhere.

Common Dreams … ditto.

Not that TRNN is without its own faults, but it does provide a platform for folks who I’d deem fit the above description to reach a wider audience, like Glen Ford and Rania Khalek (misnamed “Rani Ahalik” here – poor transcription being one of those flaws).

In the end, we all have to think for ourselves, and then act for others, but we can disagree with an analysis, yet still have trust in its presenter’s honest attempt to get at the truth.

That’s all I ask from any “alternative outlet”.


Who is Served by Militarized Aid to Palestine?
Nora Lester Murad warns that aid to Palestine serves the Israeli occupation

*Strangling with the strings attached


Join The Dots: The Deregulators
In Real Media’s new show Join The Dots, senior editors Ranjan Balakumaran and Kam Sandhu discuss the meaning and role of deregulation in the UK

*From “red tape” to yellow tape



Institute for Public Accuracy
122 Nations Vote to Outlaw Nuclear Weapons, U.S., Russia Collude Against Effort

*Sometimes cooperation between Russia and the US isn’t such a positive development.

I’d also place bombing the shit out of Syria in the name of the GWOT ™ in that queue.


‘All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People’
CounterSpin interview with Dan Zukowski on climate disruption
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Devastation in Mosul: Iraq Seizes City from ISIS, But Battle Left Thousands Dead & 700,000 Displaced


Award-Winning Journalist Amy Wilentz on Just How Little Jared Kushner Knows About Foreign Politics


Why Good Posture Matters & 3 Key Strategies to Improve Posture
by Dr. David Jockers


Restoring Your Sense of Smell After Cancer Treatment (+ Recipe)
by Ty Bollinger



A World in Trouble: Drought, War, Food, Flight
The disruptions of climate and conflict are sparking perilous global insecurity
by Paul Rogers


The Fortress World of Capitalism vs. the Beautiful Possibilities of Cooperation
Building a sustainable world in these very quickly changing times requires that we understand clearly what we are up against
by Cynthia Kaufman


Trump’s Majesty
by Andrew Levine


Instead of Trying to Sabotage the Trump-Putin Meeting, Democrats Should Support Vital Proposals
by Norman Solomon


The Real News Network
Trump Fumbles Syria, and So Does the Media
Historian and author Vijay Prashad discusses the Trump administration’s apparent policy shift on Syria and how Western media often get it wrong on the Middle East


Secret Memo Reveals How Trump Plans to Deport Millions of Immigrants
ProPublica’s Marcelo Rochabrun discusses an internal ICE memo that instructs officials to ramp up deportations of undocumented immigrants, including those without criminal records


How G20 Governments are Financing Climate Disaster
The G20 nations provide four times more public financing to fossil fuels than to clean energy, according to a new report from Oil Change International’s Alex Doukas

*Left unmentioned are the subsidies for nuclear energy, without which the industry, at least in the US, couldn’t survive.


Trump Tells Russia to Stop ‘Destabilizing’ Ukraine, But What’s Really Going On?
Western powers fuel the Ukrainian conflict — and wider tensions with Russia — by treating Ukraine as a strategic prize, says Nicolai Petro, Silvia-Chandley professor of Peace Studies and Nonviolence at the University of Rhode Island


Did Clinton’s Pro-War Record Cost Her the Election?
A new study ties Hillary Clinton’s election defeat to a backlash from voters directly impacted by wars she supported, with Trump gaining key votes in communities where military casualties were highest

*Certainly an angle to be analyzed, but Shen’s allusion to recruiting veterans as candidates seems contradictory, as that would be playing to patriotism and the exaltation of the military, rather than any indication of a commitment to ending the carnage that’s caused so much grief domestically (but far more intensely abroad), don’t you think?


‘Welcome to Hell’: 100,000 Protesters Aim to ‘Kettle’ G20 Over Inequality, War and Climate Change
TRNN speaks to demonstrators and South African activist Patrick Bond, who say tens of thousands are taking to the streets to challenge corporate power at the G20 summit


Stigma Over Solutions
How corporate media are enabling the opiate epidemic
by Michael Corcoran

*Hooked on heartless hype


Democracy Now!
Dystopian Nightmare: Eyewitness Decries Police Repression at G20 Summit as 100,000 Take to Streets


Srećko Horvat on “Democracy in Europe Movement” & Uniting Leftists Against Failed Policies of G20


Berta Cáceres’s Daughter Speaks Out After Surviving Assassination Attempt in Honduras



The Enemy of My Enemy Is My…?
The Saudi-American-Iranian-Russian-Qatari-Syrian conundrum
by Dilip Hiro


Global Justice Ecology Project
Overwhelming Opposition to USDA Proposal to Legalize Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees
A Quarter of a Million People Say NO to First-Ever GE Forest Tree


Center for International Environmental Law
Report: CETA Threatens European Union Pesticide Protections


The Real News Network
Trump Talks Tough Instead of Talking to North Korea
North Korea’s latest missile test underscores the need for direct negotiations with Pyongyang, not the bellicose rhetoric coming out of the White House, says journalist Tim Shorrock


Modi’s Israel Trip Continues India’s Rightward Drift
Historian and author Vijay Prashad says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel underscores the Indian government’s shift to the right and abandonment of the Palestinian cause


Democracy Now!
Embraced by Far-Right Govenment in Poland, Trump Claims Future of Western Civilization is at Stake

*”Right at home” takes on a whole new meaning, don’t it?


Tens of Thousands of Protesters Plan to Protest Trump at G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany



by Robert Jensen

*”Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”

I’ve always felt Samuel Johnson got the sequence backward, as amply illustrated by the current chief executive, not that he’s an anomaly by any means.


Moral Injury of War and the Invisible Wound of Empire
“Every time we shield memories of our own aggression upon our fellow man through historical revisionism, denial and deflection, we forsake the young whom our society sacrificed in its self-righteous suicide”
by Nozomi Hayase

*The soul is as fragile as flesh and blood


The Real News Network
A Small City’s Big Lessons About Progressive Organizing
“Over the last 10 to 15 years, we’ve seen the emergence of a broad-based, working-class oriented, multiracial progressive movement in Richmond that has challenged Chevron’s long-time dominance over municipal affairs,” says author and labor activist Steve Early

*A hopeful story, but if the Progressive Alliance in Richmond and movements elsewhere aren’t willing to go beyond the limits of Sandersismo, ultimately it will be one without a gratifying ending.


Empire in Decay: Federal Government Falling Apart as Spying Allegations Fly
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says there is a theory circulating in the intelligence community that the CIA asked the British to spy on Trump on behalf of the Democratic Party; the politicization of the intelligence agencies is a reflection of a dying empire


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Russia * Poland * Korea

*Keeping the beat on the drums of war


Democracy Now!
Will Trump Seek Talks with North Korea or Counter Missile Test with More U.S. Military Aggression?


44 States Say No to Trump: Resistance Grows as Trump’s Election Commission Seeks Private Voter Data


Ari Berman: Kris Kobach Is Helping Trump Lay Groundwork for Nationwide Voter Suppression Effort



The Qatar Crisis
by Adam Hanieh

*Recommended reading


How sexual assault becomes ‘normal’ in patriarchy
by Robert Jensen

*Male pattern barbarism


Now is Not the Time to Come to the Aid of the Party
by Andrew Levine

*Neutering the party animals


EU Urged to Honour Paris Agreement, Withdraw Support for Gas Mega-Pipeline

*TAPping into an inexhaustible reserve of hypocrisy


The Real News Network
The New NRA Video and Trump’s Media Attacks Are Symptoms of America in Decline
Historian and author Gerald Horne says if we are not armed with history, we’ll be unable to stop right-wing efforts to turn back the clock

*Missing out on the chance of a just future

By mything out on the acknowledgment of an unjust past


£1.5BN Tory-DUP Deal Could Rupture the Northern Ireland Peace Pact
The way the money is actually being spent could create greater rift in an already divided community in Northern Ireland


Venezuelan Opposition Largely Responsible for the Rising Death Toll and Violence in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com says the death toll and violence are on the rise but according to the Attorney General’s reports more of these deaths are being instigated and attributed to opposition supporters


UK Judge Rules: Illegal to Ban Palestine’s BDS Movement
Palestine Solidarity Campaign wins case against the UK Government as judge rules government acted unlawfully by restricting local councils from pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel, says Hugh Lanning


Indigenous Activists See Canada’s 150th as ‘Celebration of Colonization’
“The past 150 years have been some of the most brutal, violent, and lethal genocidal years in all of indigenous history,” says Pamela Palmater, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University


Trump Places Drinking Water on the Deregulation Block
The Trump Administration’s plan to rescind federal regulation safeguarding drinking water will mean more Flint-like disasters, says Scott Edwards of Food & Water Watch


Wailing Wall of Exclusion and Orthodoxy
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s misguided policies of “trading the long-term strategic interest of the Zionist movement and the state of Israel in exchange for short-term political gains, is a mistake”, says TRNN correspondent Shir Hever


Brazil’s Labor Unions Stage Second Strike Against Neoliberal Labor Law Reform
The new labor law would disempower unions and lower standards of living more generally. Meanwhile, President Temer faces unprecedented charges for corruption, explains Michael Fox from Brazil


Real Media: Syria, Anarchism & Visiting Rojava
In the last part of Real Media’s interview, a special discussion with anthropologist David Graeber about anarchism, Syria, the bureaucracy of activism and his visit to Rojava where a new kind of society is developing

*I’ve only seen a couple of things on Rojava – both by persons supportive of what’s occurring there – and I’d like to see someone take a more objective look at this experiment, not least as concerns US support for its military aspect.

What’s the quid pro quo for “having to back” them?


Viatical Settlement: A Little Known Way to Finance Your Alternative Cancer Treatment
by Ty Bollinger



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