2018-02-23: News Headlines


WSWS (2018-02-23). Nova Scotia teachers vote massively in favour of "illegal" strike. World Socialist Web Site The province's Liberal government is seeking to ram through changes to the education system that will enhance its managerial power over teachers and facilitate further spending cuts.

TRNN (2018-02-23). The Nation's Strongest Charter School Regulations Are Under Attack. The Real News Network Loyola University's associate dean of education, Rob Helfenbein, says corporate-backed forces have long targeted troubled school systems for privatization…

Amnesty International (2018-02-23). Iran: Young human rights defenders at risk of torture: Shima Babaee and Dariush Zand. Amnesty International Young Iranian human rights defenders Shima Babaee, who is campaigning against compulsory veiling, and her husband Dariush Zand are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Both have been detained in Tehran's Evin prison, without access to family and lawyer following their arrest by the Ministry of Intelligence on 1 February in connection with their peaceful human rights work. They are prisoners of conscience.

Truthout Stories (2018-02-23). Masha Gessen: Did a Russian Troll Farm's Inflammatory Posts Really Sway the 2016 Election for Trump? Truthout Stories The Justice Department recently indicted 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The indicted are accused of orchestrating an online propaganda effort to undermine the US election system. The indictment claims the Russians spread negative information online about Hillary Clinton and supportive information about Donald Trump, as well as Bernie Sanders — but some are warning against overstating what Russia accomplished. For more, we speak with award-winning Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Her recent piece for The New Yorker is titled "The Fundamental Uncertainty of Mueller's Russia Indictments." | TRANSCRIPT | AMY GOODMAN: We begin today's show looking at the Justice Department's recent indictment of 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The indicted are accused of orchestrating an…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-23). Masha Gessen: Did a Russian Troll Farm's Inflammatory Posts Really Sway the 2016 Election for Trump? Democracy Now! The Justice Department recently indicted 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The indicted are accused of orchestrating an online propaganda effort to undermine the U.S. election system. The indictment claims the Russians spread negative information online about Hillary Clinton and supportive information about Donald Trump, as well as Bernie Sanders—but some are warning against overstating what Russia accomplished. For more, we speak with award-winning Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Her recent piece for The New Yorker is titled "The Fundamental Uncertainty of Mueller's Russia Indictments."

Ajamu Baraka (2018-02-22). Venezuela: Revenge of the Mad-Dog Empire. Global Research Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation …

Democracy Now! (2018-02-22). "The Time to Act Is Now": Florida School Shooting Survivors Confront Trump, Rubio on Gun Control. Democracy Now! "The time to act is now." That's the message of survivors of last week's school shooting in Florida. On Wednesday, the nation witnessed grieving students, parents and teachers powerfully confront the president and lawmakers over gun control in pointed—and often tense—televised exchanges. The day began with students across the United States—from Minnesota to Colorado to Arizona—walking out of class to demand stricter gun laws. Meanwhile, survivors of the shooting descended on the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee to demand lawmakers pass legislation addressing gun violence before the legislative session ends. In the afternoon, President Trump—along with Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos—hosted a listening session with survivors of recent shootings, including students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Wednesday evening, survivors of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School sparred with politicians during a town hall hosted by CNN.

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-02-22). Betsy DeVos is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried.. The Intercept Many in Puerto Rico worry that the government is treating this more as an opportunity to disrupt education, rather than stabilize it. | The post Betsy DeVos is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried. appeared first on The Intercept.

WSWS (2018-02-22). Growing opposition to public education cuts in Oklahoma. World Socialist Web Site Teachers are calling for a statewide "sickout," while students at two schools have staged recent walkouts.

Eric Ortiz (2018-02-22). School Threatens to Suspend Students Protesting Gun Violence (Video). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists A Texas school district has threatened to punish students for protesting gun violence. Students in the Needville Independent School District will be suspended for three days if they take part in any demonstrations during school hours in response to the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting, said Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes. | According to KHOU11, Rhodes made the announcement in a statement posted on Facebook: The Needville ISD is very sensitive to violence in schools including the recent incident in Florida. Anytime an individual deliberately chooses to harm others, we are sensitive and compassionate to those impacted. There is a "movement" attempting to stage walkouts/disruptions of the school through social media and/or other media outlets. | Please be advised that the Needville ISD will not allow a student demonstration during school hours for any type of protest or awareness!! Should students choose…

Human Rights Watch (2018-02-22). Bahrain: 5 More Years for Jailed Activist. Human Rights Watch News | Expand | Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | (Beirut) — The Bahrain High Criminal Court on February 21, 2018, sentenced the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison for criticizing torture in a Bahrain prison and Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. The new sentence is in addition to the two-year sentence that Rajab is already serving on other charges related to peaceful expression. | "The new prison sentence for Nabeel Rajab is only the latest chapter in years of persecution and efforts to silence an activist solely for his efforts to sound the alarm on human rights abuses," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Rajab…

Joseph Thomas (2018-02-22). Confirmed US Meddling in Thailand's Upcoming Elections. Global Research As the United States intensifies its accusations against Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, the United States itself is found engaged in confirmed political interference worldwide. | This includes in Southeast Asia where Washington is attempting to …

Amnesty International (2018-02-21). Bahrain: Shameful attack on freedom of expression as Nabeel Rajab sentenced to five years in prison for tweets . Amnesty International | The sentencing of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison today for peacefully expressing his opinions online illustrates the Bahraini authorities' utter contempt for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. | The sentence relates to posts on his Twitter account in 2015 as well as retweets about alleged torture in Bahrain's Jaw prison, and the killing of civilians in the Yemen conflict by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. | "The conviction of Nabeel Rajab today is a slap in the face to justice. This sentence demonstrates the authorities' ruthless determination to…

TRNN (2018-02-21). What's Behind the Taliban's Call for Talks? The Real News Network The Taliban's letter, which urged the American people to pressure Trump to begin peace talks, is "more of a reflection of internal Taliban politics than a very meaningful and sincere request to talk," says Thomas Johnson, former advisor to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Michael Welton (2018-02-21). 1980s: From Star Wars to the End of the Cold War. counterpunch.org Throughout the 1980s until the fall of the Soviet Union and the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the world still shivered in the edgy cold war air. The global yearning for world unity and peace appeared to be cast far off into a never-never land. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists report of More

Democracy Now! (2018-02-21). Headlines for February 21, 2018. Democracy Now! Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Gov't Bombing in Eastern Ghouta, Florida Lawmakers Vote Down Debate on Assault-Style Weapons Ban After Parkland Massacre, Trump Calls for Rule Change to Ban "Bump Stocks" After Parkland Shooting, Woman Accusing Trump of Sexual Assault in Trump Tower Demands Release of Security Camera Footage, Woman Accusing Justice Clarence Thomas of Sexual Harassment Calls for His Impeachment, Guess Co-Founder Steps Down After Kate Upton Accuses Him of Groping Her, NYT: Kushner and Kelly Face Off over Security Clearances, Mahmoud Abbas Calls for International Conference to Restart Peace Process, Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison, U.N.: Hundreds of Thousands Flee Violence in Southeast Democratic Republic of Congo, Minnesota Reaches $850 Million Settlement with 3M over PFCs, Polk Awards Honor Weinstein Exposé, Revelations on U.S. Raid in Yemen…

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-02-21). War Preparations on Venezuela as Election Nears. counterpunch.org Since we published "Regime Change Fails: Is a Military Coup or Invasion Next," we received more information showing steps toward preparing for a potential military attack on Venezuela. Stopping this war needs to become a top priority for the peace movement. Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) published a newsletter that reported "troubling news of an impending More

WSWS (2018-02-20). Iowa state government preparing mid-year budget cuts. World Socialist Web Site For the second year in a row, Iowa's legislature is preparing to enact budget cuts slashing funding for public education and social services.

TRNN (2018-02-20). Empire Files: In the Deadliest Country for Unions & Social Leaders. The Real News Network In 2017, murders of social leaders, union organizers and indigenous activists in Colombia hit a new high since the historic peace agreement. Empire Files' Abby Martin goes to Colombia to document the increasingly deadly situation for human rights activists. Watch more on teleSUR…

Human Rights Watch (2018-02-20). What "Meaningful Progress" in Kazakhstan? Human Rights Watch News Shuttering media outlets. Allowing attacks on journalists. Severely limiting peaceful assembly. When it comes to ensuring an "enabling environment" for civil society, Kazakhstan is far from the ideal. | | Expand | A worker walks past oil tanks in southern Kazakhstan. | © 2016 Reuters | So it's unfortunate the board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a coalition of governments, companies, and nongovernmental groups meant to foster open public debate about the use of resource revenues, chose to gloss over the chilling effects of Kazakhstan's heavy restrictions over civil society, and in doing so, ignore calls by its own board members to include tougher language on Kazakhstan. | When it met last week in Oslo, the EITI finalized an assessment of Kazakhstan's compliance with its standards, which requires member governments to "refrain from actions which result in…

Amnesty International (2018-02-20). Iran: Human Rights Council should renew the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran amid worsening human rights record. Amnesty International Written Statement to UN Human Rights Council thirty-seventh session: Amnesty International is concerned at the scale of human rights violations in Iran perpetrated against the backdrop of the country's improving relations with the international community. The Iranian authorities have continued to use the death penalty against juvenile offenders at a pace that appears to be accelerating; heavily suppressed freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly; and imposed increasingly harsh prison sentences against peaceful activists and human rights defenders. Torture is committed with widespread impunity; and floggings, amputations and other cruel punishments continue to be imposed and carried out.

Binoy Kampmark (2018-02-20). The Caring Profession: Peacekeeping, Blue Helmets and Sexual Abuse. counterpunch.org It's the sort of thing to turn many an otherwise calm stomach, but the revelations that UN peace keeping staff have been involved in sexual assault has done its fair share of upsetting. Legislators in the United States, many sceptical of the body to begin with, are taking note. Such revelations draw out the worst More

Whitney Webb (2018-02-20). Cindy Sheehan and the Women's March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest. MintPress News Sheehan was taken aback by how some prominent organizers of the recent Women's March were unwilling to express anti-war positions and argued for excluding the issue of peace entirely from the event and movement as a whole. | The post Cindy Sheehan and the Women's March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest appeared first on MintPress News.

WSWS (2018-02-19). West Virginia teachers denounce education cuts, social crisis. World Socialist Web Site Teachers and other workers described the impact of decades of attacks on wages and conditions and the need for a broad fight by the entire working class.

Sheldon Richman (2018-02-19). 'Peace Through Strength' is a Racket. counterpunch.org Donald Trump has embraced the popular "peace through strength" doctrine (PTSD) with his characteristic panache: "I'm going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody — absolutely nobody — is gonna to mess with us," Trump says. On other occasions he's said similar things: "We want to defer, avoid and prevent conflict through More

TRNN (2018-02-19). Colombian Peace Agreement with FARC on the Brink of Collapse. The Real News Network The peace agreement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed last year is on the verge of collapse, as violence against social leaders and former FARC fighters continues unabated…

WSWS (2018-02-16). The political issues facing West Virginia teachers. World Socialist Web Site Thousands of West Virginia teachers, school employees, state workers and supporters are protesting today to demand the right to a decent standard of living and high-quality public education.

CounterSpin (2018-02-16). Christine Hong on North Korean Peace Threat, Lee Fang on Opioid Lobby. FAIR Media…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-14). Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Trump's Immoral Budget Punishes the Poor, Sick & Elderly. Democracy Now! President Trump's $4.4 trillion budget proposes deep cuts to education, healthcare and social safety net programs—while massively increasing the Pentagon's budget. Trump's plan would slash the Department of Education's budget by more than 10 percent. It would sharply reduce income-based student loan repayment plans, while ending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Trump's budget would cut more than $17 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—or SNAP—barring food stamp recipients from buying fresh fruit and vegetables, and instead providing only a boxed food delivery program. The budget would also phase out federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public and community radio and TV stations. This comes as McClatchy reports the Trump administration is considering a plan that would not only impose work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, but which would also put a lifetime limit on adults' access to Medicaid. Meanwhile, Trump's budget would see a 13 percent rise in spending on weapons and war, bringing the Pentagon's budget to $686 billion. We speak to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), vice ranking member of the House Budget Committee and vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Adam Johnson (2018-02-14). US Media Turn to 'Superhero' Pence to Combat Korean Olympic Peace Threat. FAIR North Korea, like virtually every country on earth, is using the Olympics this week as an opportunity for political theater, and this has greatly upset many in US media. Ostensibly this is because North Korea, marching with South Korea in the opening ceremonies and sending a squadron of cheerleaders to the Winter Games, is getting a pass on human rights abuses. But if one scratches the surface of the widespread outrage, it's clear the real objection is that North and South Korea are having bilateral peace talks without the permission of—much less the participation of—the United States. Not shown: the US military, whose budget is roughly 100 times the size of North Korea's. | Leading the charge were four pieces by Atlantic Media—an outlet that last year plastered the cover of its magazine ( 7—8/17) with a cartoonish depiction of a North…

PSR Press Releases (2018-02-06). In Memoriam: Dr. Victor W. Sidel, PSR Founding Member. Physicians for Social Responsibility Victor W. Sidel, MD, a visionary medical leader and founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), died on January 30, 2018 at his children's home in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Dr. Sidel's 60 years of advocacy invigorated the American medical and public health communities for the cause of peace and nuclear disarmament.

Joe Sims (2018-01-29). Communist Party replies to Trump's State of the Union. Article — Communist Party USA Watch the CPUSA reply to Trump here. John Bachtell, national chairman of the Communist Party USA, will replied yesterday to Trump's State of the Union on Facebook Live. Bachtell said: In his speech, Trump offered no constructive solutions to addressing social and economic inequality, health care and education needs, the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico […]…

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Iran: Young human rights defenders at risk of torture: Shima Babaee and Dariush Zand.
Amnesty International | 2018-02-23
Young Iranian human rights defenders Shima Babaee, who is campaigning against compulsory veiling, and her husband Dariush Zand are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Both have been detained in Tehran's Evin prison, without access to family and lawyer following their arrest by the Ministry of Intelligence on 1 February in connection with their peaceful human rights work. They are prisoners of conscience.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/7949/2018/en/

Iran: Young human rights defenders at risk of torture: Shima Babaee and Dariush Zand.
Amnesty International | 2018-02-23
Young Iranian human rights defenders Shima Babaee, who is campaigning against compulsory veiling, and her husband Dariush Zand are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Both have been detained in Tehran's Evin prison, without access to family and lawyer following their arrest by the Ministry of Intelligence on 1 February in connection with their peaceful human rights work. They are prisoners of conscience.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde13/7949/2018/en/

Masha Gessen: Did a Russian Troll Farm's Inflammatory Posts Really Sway the 2016 Election for Trump?
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-23
The Justice Department recently indicted 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The indicted are accused of orchestrating an online propaganda effort to undermine the U.S. election system. The indictment claims the Russians spread negative information online about Hillary Clinton and supportive information about Donald Trump, as well as Bernie Sanders–but some are warning against overstating what Russia accomplished. For more, we speak with award-winning Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Her recent piece for The New Yorker is titled "The Fundamental Uncertainty of Mueller's Russia Indictments."
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/23/masha_gessen_did_a_russian_troll
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Masha Gessen: Did a Russian Troll Farm's Inflammatory Posts Really Sway the 2016 Election for Trump?
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-23
The Justice Department recently indicted 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The indicted are accused of orchestrating an online propaganda effort to undermine the US election system. The indictment claims the Russians spread negative information online about Hillary Clinton and supportive information about Donald Trump, as well as Bernie Sanders — but some are warning against overstating what Russia accomplished. For more, we speak with award-winning Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Her recent piece for The New Yorker is titled "The Fundamental Uncertainty of Mueller's Russia Indictments." | TRANSCRIPT | AMY GOODMAN: We begin today's show looking at the Justice Department's recent indictment of 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The indicted are accused of orchestrating an…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43647-masha-gessen-did-a-russian-troll-farm-s-inflammatory-posts-really-sway-the-2016-election-for-trump
www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-fundamental-uncertainty-of-muellers-russia-indictments

The Nation's Strongest Charter School Regulations Are Under Attack.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-23
Loyola University's associate dean of education, Rob Helfenbein, says corporate-backed forces have long targeted troubled school systems for privatization…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21196

Nova Scotia teachers vote massively in favour of "illegal" strike.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-23
The province's Liberal government is seeking to ram through changes to the education system that will enhance its managerial power over teachers and facilitate further spending cuts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/23/nova-f23.html

Venezuela: Revenge of the Mad-Dog Empire.
Ajamu Baraka | Global Research | 2018-02-22
Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation …

Venezuela: Revenge of the Mad-Dog Empire

Bahrain: 5 More Years for Jailed Activist.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-02-22
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | (Beirut) — The Bahrain High Criminal Court on February 21, 2018, sentenced the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison for criticizing torture in a Bahrain prison and Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. The new sentence is in addition to the two-year sentence that Rajab is already serving on other charges related to peaceful expression. | "The new prison sentence for Nabeel Rajab is only the latest chapter in years of persecution and efforts to silence an activist solely for his efforts to sound the alarm on human rights abuses," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Rajab…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/22/bahrain-5-more-years-jailed-activist
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Growing opposition to public education cuts in Oklahoma.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-22
Teachers are calling for a statewide "sickout," while students at two schools have staged recent walkouts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/22/okla-f22.html

"The Time to Act Is Now": Florida School Shooting Survivors Confront Trump, Rubio on Gun Control.
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-22
"The time to act is now." That's the message of survivors of last week's school shooting in Florida. On Wednesday, the nation witnessed grieving students, parents and teachers powerfully confront the president and lawmakers over gun control in pointed–and often tense–televised exchanges. The day began with students across the United States–from Minnesota to Colorado to Arizona–walking out of class to demand stricter gun laws. Meanwhile, survivors of the shooting descended on the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee to demand lawmakers pass legislation addressing gun violence before the legislative session ends. In the afternoon, President Trump–along with Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos–hosted a listening session with survivors of recent shootings, including students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Wednesday evening, survivors of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School sparred with politicians during a town hall hosted by CNN.
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/22/the_time_to_act_is_now
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Betsy DeVos is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried..
Rachel M. Cohen | The Intercept | 2018-02-22
Many in Puerto Rico worry that the government is treating this more as an opportunity to disrupt education, rather than stabilize it. | The post Betsy DeVos is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried. appeared first on The Intercept.
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Confirmed US Meddling in Thailand's Upcoming Elections.
Joseph Thomas | Global Research | 2018-02-22
As the United States intensifies its accusations against Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, the United States itself is found engaged in confirmed political interference worldwide. | This includes in Southeast Asia where Washington is attempting to …

Confirmed US Meddling in Thailand’s Upcoming Elections

1980s: From Star Wars to the End of the Cold War.
Michael Welton | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-21
Throughout the 1980s until the fall of the Soviet Union and the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the world still shivered in the edgy cold war air. The global yearning for world unity and peace appeared to be cast far off into a never-never land. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists report of…

1980s: From Star Wars to the End of the Cold War

What's Behind the Taliban's Call for Talks?
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-21
The Taliban's letter, which urged the American people to pressure Trump to begin peace talks, is "more of a reflection of internal Taliban politics than a very meaningful and sincere request to talk," says Thomas Johnson, former advisor to NATO forces in Afghanistan.
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21185

Headlines for February 21, 2018.
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-21
Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Gov't Bombing in Eastern Ghouta, Florida Lawmakers Vote Down Debate on Assault-Style Weapons Ban After Parkland Massacre, Trump Calls for Rule Change to Ban "Bump Stocks" After Parkland Shooting, Woman Accusing Trump of Sexual Assault in Trump Tower Demands Release of Security Camera Footage, Woman Accusing Justice Clarence Thomas of Sexual Harassment Calls for His Impeachment, Guess Co-Founder Steps Down After Kate Upton Accuses Him of Groping Her, NYT: Kushner and Kelly Face Off over Security Clearances, Mahmoud Abbas Calls for International Conference to Restart Peace Process, Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison, U.N.: Hundreds of Thousands Flee Violence in Southeast Democratic Republic of Congo, Minnesota Reaches $850 Million Settlement with 3M over PFCs, Polk Awards Honor Weinstein Exposé, Revelations on U.S. Raid in Yemen…
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/21/headlines
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/21/headlines/syria_200_killed_in_two_days_of_govt_bombing_in_eastern_ghouta

Bahrain: Shameful attack on freedom of expression as Nabeel Rajab sentenced to five years in prison for tweets .
Amnesty International | 2018-02-21
| The sentencing of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison today for peacefully expressing his opinions online illustrates the Bahraini authorities' utter contempt for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. | The sentence relates to posts on his Twitter account in 2015 as well as retweets about alleged torture in Bahrain's Jaw prison, and the killing of civilians in the Yemen conflict by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. | "The conviction of Nabeel Rajab today is a slap in the face to justice. This sentence demonstrates the authorities' ruthless determination to…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/02/bahrain-shameful-attack-on-freedom-of-expression-as-nabeel-rajab-sentenced-to-five-years-in-prison-for-tweets/

War Preparations on Venezuela as Election Nears.
Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-21
Since we published "Regime Change Fails: Is a Military Coup or Invasion Next," we received more information showing steps toward preparing for a potential military attack on Venezuela. Stopping this war needs to become a top priority for the peace movement. Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) published a newsletter that reported…

War Preparations on Venezuela as Election Nears

Regime Change Fails: Is A Military Coup Or Invasion Of Venezuela Next?

Bahrain: Shameful attack on freedom of expression as Nabeel Rajab sentenced to five years in prison for tweets .
Amnesty International | 2018-02-21
| The sentencing of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison today for peacefully expressing his opinions online illustrates the Bahraini authorities' utter contempt for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. | The sentence relates to posts on his Twitter account in 2015 as well as retweets about alleged torture in Bahrain's Jaw prison, and the killing of civilians in the Yemen conflict by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. | "The conviction of Nabeel Rajab today is a slap in the face to justice. This sentence demonstrates the authorities' ruthless determination to…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/02/bahrain-shameful-attack-on-freedom-of-expression-as-nabeel-rajab-sentenced-to-five-years-in-prison-for-tweets/

Headlines for February 21, 2018.
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-21
Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Gov't Bombing in Eastern Ghouta, Florida Lawmakers Vote Down Debate on Assault-Style Weapons Ban After Parkland Massacre, Trump Calls for Rule Change to Ban "Bump Stocks" After Parkland Shooting, Woman Accusing Trump of Sexual Assault in Trump Tower Demands Release of Security Camera Footage, Woman Accusing Justice Clarence Thomas of Sexual Harassment Calls for His Impeachment, Guess Co-Founder Steps Down After Kate Upton Accuses Him of Groping Her, NYT: Kushner and Kelly Face Off over Security Clearances, Mahmoud Abbas Calls for International Conference to Restart Peace Process, Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison, U.N.: Hundreds of Thousands Flee Violence in Southeast Democratic Republic of Congo, Minnesota Reaches $850 Million Settlement with 3M over PFCs, Polk Awards Honor Weinstein Exposé, Revelations on U.S. Raid in Yemen…
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/21/headlines
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/21/headlines/syria_200_killed_in_two_days_of_govt_bombing_in_eastern_ghouta

What's Behind the Taliban's Call for Talks?
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-21
The Taliban's letter, which urged the American people to pressure Trump to begin peace talks, is "more of a reflection of internal Taliban politics than a very meaningful and sincere request to talk," says Thomas Johnson, former advisor to NATO forces in Afghanistan.
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21185

What "Meaningful Progress" in Kazakhstan?
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-02-20
Shuttering media outlets. Allowing attacks on journalists. Severely limiting peaceful assembly. When it comes to ensuring an "enabling environment" for civil society, Kazakhstan is far from the ideal. | A worker walks past oil tanks in southern Kazakhstan. | © 2016 Reuters | So it's unfortunate the board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a coalition of governments, companies, and nongovernmental groups meant to foster open public debate about the use of resource revenues, chose to gloss over the chilling effects of Kazakhstan's heavy restrictions over civil society, and in doing so, ignore calls by its own board members to include tougher language on Kazakhstan. | When it met last week in Oslo, the EITI finalized an assessment of Kazakhstan's compliance with its standards, which requires member governments to "refrain from actions which result in…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/20/what-meaningful-progress-kazakhstan
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The Caring Profession: Peacekeeping, Blue Helmets and Sexual Abuse.
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-20
It's the sort of thing to turn many an otherwise calm stomach, but the revelations that UN peace keeping staff have been involved in sexual assault has done its fair share of upsetting. Legislators in the United States, many sceptical of the body to begin with, are taking note. Such revelations draw out the worst…

The Caring Profession: Peacekeeping, Blue Helmets and Sexual Abuse


www.express.co.uk/news/world/920390/Sexual-abuse-UN-peacekeeper-accused-612-cases

Cindy Sheehan and the Women's March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest.
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-02-20
Sheehan was taken aback by how some prominent organizers of the recent Women's March were unwilling to express anti-war positions and argued for excluding the issue of peace entirely from the event and movement as a whole. | The post Cindy Sheehan and the Women's March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest appeared first on MintPress News.

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Empire Files: In the Deadliest Country for Unions & Social Leaders.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-20
In 2017, murders of social leaders, union organizers and indigenous activists in Colombia hit a new high since the historic peace agreement. Empire Files' Abby Martin goes to Colombia to document the increasingly deadly situation for human rights activists. Watch more on teleSUR…
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Iowa state government preparing mid-year budget cuts.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-20
For the second year in a row, Iowa's legislature is preparing to enact budget cuts slashing funding for public education and social services.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/20/iowa-f20.html

Colombian Peace Agreement with FARC on the Brink of Collapse.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-19
The peace agreement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed last year is on the verge of collapse, as violence against social leaders and former FARC fighters continues unabated…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21154

'Peace Through Strength' is a Racket.
Sheldon Richman | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-19
Donald Trump has embraced the popular "peace through strength" doctrine (PTSD) with his characteristic panache: "I'm going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody — absolutely nobody — is gonna to mess with us," Trump says. On other occasions he's said similar things:…

‘Peace Through Strength’ is a Racket


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West Virginia teachers denounce education cuts, social crisis.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-19
Teachers and other workers described the impact of decades of attacks on wages and conditions and the need for a broad fight by the entire working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/19/inte-f19.html

Christine Hong on North Korean Peace Threat, Lee Fang on Opioid Lobby.
CounterSpin | FAIR | 2018-02-16
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Christine Hong on North Korean Peace Threat, Lee Fang on Opioid Lobby


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The political issues facing West Virginia teachers.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-16
Thousands of West Virginia teachers, school employees, state workers and supporters are protesting today to demand the right to a decent standard of living and high-quality public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/16/west-f16.html

US Media Turn to 'Superhero' Pence to Combat Korean Olympic Peace Threat.
Adam Johnson | FAIR | 2018-02-14
North Korea, like virtually every country on earth, is using the Olympics this week as an opportunity for political theater, and this has greatly upset many in US media. Ostensibly this is because North Korea, marching with South Korea in the opening ceremonies and sending a squadron of cheerleaders to the Winter Games, is getting a pass on human rights abuses. But if one scratches the surface of the widespread outrage, it's clear the real objection is that North and South Korea are having bilateral peace talks without the permission of–much less the participation of–the United States. Not shown: the US military, whose budget is roughly 100 times the size of North Korea's. | Leading the charge were four pieces by Atlantic Media–an outlet that last year plastered the cover of its magazine ( 7–8/17) with a cartoonish depiction of a North…

US Media Turn to ‘Superhero’ Pence to Combat Korean Olympic Peace Threat


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Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Trump's Immoral Budget Punishes the Poor, Sick & Elderly.
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-14
President Trump's $4.4 trillion budget proposes deep cuts to education, healthcare and social safety net programs–while massively increasing the Pentagon's budget. Trump's plan would slash the Department of Education's budget by more than 10 percent. It would sharply reduce income-based student loan repayment plans, while ending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Trump's budget would cut more than $17 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–or SNAP–barring food stamp recipients from buying fresh fruit and vegetables, and instead providing only a boxed food delivery program. The budget would also phase out federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public and community radio and TV stations. This comes as McClatchy reports the Trump administration is considering a plan that would not only impose work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, but which would also put a lifetime limit on adults' access to Medicaid. Meanwhile, Trump's budget would see a 13 percent rise in spending on weapons and war, bringing the Pentagon's budget to $686 billion. We speak to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), vice ranking member of the House Budget Committee and vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/14/rep_pramila_jayapal_trumps_immoral_budget
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In Memoriam: Dr. Victor W. Sidel, PSR Founding Member.
PSR Press Releases | Physicians for Social Responsibility | 2018-02-06
Victor W. Sidel, MD, a visionary medical leader and founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), died on January 30, 2018 at his children's home in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Dr. Sidel's 60 years of advocacy invigorated the American medical and public health communities for the cause of peace and nuclear disarmament.
www.psr.org/news-events/press-releases/in-memoriam-dr-victor-w-sidel.html

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2018-02-22: News Headlines


Human Rights Watch (2018-02-22). Bahrain: 5 More Years for Jailed Activist. Human Rights Watch News | Expand | Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | (Beirut) — The Bahrain High Criminal Court on February 21, 2018, sentenced the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison for criticizing torture in a Bahrain prison and Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. The new sentence is in addition to the two-year sentence that Rajab is already serving on other charges related to peaceful expression. | "The new prison sentence for Nabeel Rajab is only the latest chapter in years of persecution and efforts to silence an activist solely for his efforts to sound the alarm on human rights abuses," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Rajab…

WSWS (2018-02-22). Growing opposition to public education cuts in Oklahoma. World Socialist Web Site Teachers are calling for a statewide "sickout," while students at two schools have staged recent walkouts.

Eric Ortiz (2018-02-22). School Threatens to Suspend Students Protesting Gun Violence (Video). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists A Texas school district has threatened to punish students for protesting gun violence. Students in the Needville Independent School District will be suspended for three days if they take part in any demonstrations during school hours in response to the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting, said Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes. | According to KHOU11, Rhodes made the announcement in a statement posted on Facebook: The Needville ISD is very sensitive to violence in schools including the recent incident in Florida. Anytime an individual deliberately chooses to harm others, we are sensitive and compassionate to those impacted. There is a "movement" attempting to stage walkouts/disruptions of the school through social media and/or other media outlets. | Please be advised that the Needville ISD will not allow a student demonstration during school hours for any type of protest or awareness!! Should students choose…

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-02-22). Betsy DeVos is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried.. The Intercept Many in Puerto Rico worry that the government is treating this more as an opportunity to disrupt education, rather than stabilize it. | The post Betsy DeVos is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried. appeared first on The Intercept.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-22). "The Time to Act Is Now": Florida School Shooting Survivors Confront Trump, Rubio on Gun Control. Democracy Now! "The time to act is now." That's the message of survivors of last week's school shooting in Florida. On Wednesday, the nation witnessed grieving students, parents and teachers powerfully confront the president and lawmakers over gun control in pointed—and often tense—televised exchanges. The day began with students across the United States—from Minnesota to Colorado to Arizona—walking out of class to demand stricter gun laws. Meanwhile, survivors of the shooting descended on the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee to demand lawmakers pass legislation addressing gun violence before the legislative session ends. In the afternoon, President Trump—along with Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos—hosted a listening session with survivors of recent shootings, including students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Wednesday evening, survivors of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School sparred with politicians during a town hall hosted by CNN.

Joseph Thomas (2018-02-22). Confirmed US Meddling in Thailand's Upcoming Elections. Global Research As the United States intensifies its accusations against Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, the United States itself is found engaged in confirmed political interference worldwide. | This includes in Southeast Asia where Washington is attempting to …

Ajamu Baraka (2018-02-22). Venezuela: Revenge of the Mad-Dog Empire. Global Research Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation …

Michael Welton (2018-02-21). 1980s: From Star Wars to the End of the Cold War. counterpunch.org Throughout the 1980s until the fall of the Soviet Union and the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the world still shivered in the edgy cold war air. The global yearning for world unity and peace appeared to be cast far off into a never-never land. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists report of More

Democracy Now! (2018-02-21). Headlines for February 21, 2018. Democracy Now! Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Gov't Bombing in Eastern Ghouta, Florida Lawmakers Vote Down Debate on Assault-Style Weapons Ban After Parkland Massacre, Trump Calls for Rule Change to Ban "Bump Stocks" After Parkland Shooting, Woman Accusing Trump of Sexual Assault in Trump Tower Demands Release of Security Camera Footage, Woman Accusing Justice Clarence Thomas of Sexual Harassment Calls for His Impeachment, Guess Co-Founder Steps Down After Kate Upton Accuses Him of Groping Her, NYT: Kushner and Kelly Face Off over Security Clearances, Mahmoud Abbas Calls for International Conference to Restart Peace Process, Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison, U.N.: Hundreds of Thousands Flee Violence in Southeast Democratic Republic of Congo, Minnesota Reaches $850 Million Settlement with 3M over PFCs, Polk Awards Honor Weinstein Exposé, Revelations on U.S. Raid in Yemen…

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-02-21). War Preparations on Venezuela as Election Nears. counterpunch.org Since we published "Regime Change Fails: Is a Military Coup or Invasion Next," we received more information showing steps toward preparing for a potential military attack on Venezuela. Stopping this war needs to become a top priority for the peace movement. Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) published a newsletter that reported "troubling news of an impending More

TRNN (2018-02-21). What's Behind the Taliban's Call for Talks? The Real News Network The Taliban's letter, which urged the American people to pressure Trump to begin peace talks, is "more of a reflection of internal Taliban politics than a very meaningful and sincere request to talk," says Thomas Johnson, former advisor to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Amnesty International (2018-02-21). Bahrain: Shameful attack on freedom of expression as Nabeel Rajab sentenced to five years in prison for tweets . Amnesty International | The sentencing of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison today for peacefully expressing his opinions online illustrates the Bahraini authorities' utter contempt for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. | The sentence relates to posts on his Twitter account in 2015 as well as retweets about alleged torture in Bahrain's Jaw prison, and the killing of civilians in the Yemen conflict by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. | "The conviction of Nabeel Rajab today is a slap in the face to justice. This sentence demonstrates the authorities' ruthless determination to…

Amnesty International (2018-02-20). Iran: Human Rights Council should renew the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran amid worsening human rights record. Amnesty International Written Statement to UN Human Rights Council thirty-seventh session: Amnesty International is concerned at the scale of human rights violations in Iran perpetrated against the backdrop of the country's improving relations with the international community. The Iranian authorities have continued to use the death penalty against juvenile offenders at a pace that appears to be accelerating; heavily suppressed freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly; and imposed increasingly harsh prison sentences against peaceful activists and human rights defenders. Torture is committed with widespread impunity; and floggings, amputations and other cruel punishments continue to be imposed and carried out.

TRNN (2018-02-20). Empire Files: In the Deadliest Country for Unions & Social Leaders. The Real News Network In 2017, murders of social leaders, union organizers and indigenous activists in Colombia hit a new high since the historic peace agreement. Empire Files' Abby Martin goes to Colombia to document the increasingly deadly situation for human rights activists. Watch more on teleSUR…

Whitney Webb (2018-02-20). Cindy Sheehan and the Women's March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest. MintPress News Sheehan was taken aback by how some prominent organizers of the recent Women's March were unwilling to express anti-war positions and argued for excluding the issue of peace entirely from the event and movement as a whole. | The post Cindy Sheehan and the Women's March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest appeared first on MintPress News.

Binoy Kampmark (2018-02-20). The Caring Profession: Peacekeeping, Blue Helmets and Sexual Abuse. counterpunch.org It's the sort of thing to turn many an otherwise calm stomach, but the revelations that UN peace keeping staff have been involved in sexual assault has done its fair share of upsetting. Legislators in the United States, many sceptical of the body to begin with, are taking note. Such revelations draw out the worst More

Human Rights Watch (2018-02-20). What "Meaningful Progress" in Kazakhstan? Human Rights Watch News Shuttering media outlets. Allowing attacks on journalists. Severely limiting peaceful assembly. When it comes to ensuring an "enabling environment" for civil society, Kazakhstan is far from the ideal. | | Expand | A worker walks past oil tanks in southern Kazakhstan. | © 2016 Reuters | So it's unfortunate the board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a coalition of governments, companies, and nongovernmental groups meant to foster open public debate about the use of resource revenues, chose to gloss over the chilling effects of Kazakhstan's heavy restrictions over civil society, and in doing so, ignore calls by its own board members to include tougher language on Kazakhstan. | When it met last week in Oslo, the EITI finalized an assessment of Kazakhstan's compliance with its standards, which requires member governments to "refrain from actions which result in…

WSWS (2018-02-20). Iowa state government preparing mid-year budget cuts. World Socialist Web Site For the second year in a row, Iowa's legislature is preparing to enact budget cuts slashing funding for public education and social services.

TRNN (2018-02-19). Colombian Peace Agreement with FARC on the Brink of Collapse. The Real News Network The peace agreement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed last year is on the verge of collapse, as violence against social leaders and former FARC fighters continues unabated…

Sheldon Richman (2018-02-19). 'Peace Through Strength' is a Racket. counterpunch.org Donald Trump has embraced the popular "peace through strength" doctrine (PTSD) with his characteristic panache: "I'm going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody — absolutely nobody — is gonna to mess with us," Trump says. On other occasions he's said similar things: "We want to defer, avoid and prevent conflict through More

WSWS (2018-02-19). West Virginia teachers denounce education cuts, social crisis. World Socialist Web Site Teachers and other workers described the impact of decades of attacks on wages and conditions and the need for a broad fight by the entire working class.

CounterSpin (2018-02-16). Christine Hong on North Korean Peace Threat, Lee Fang on Opioid Lobby. FAIR Media…

WSWS (2018-02-16). The political issues facing West Virginia teachers. World Socialist Web Site Thousands of West Virginia teachers, school employees, state workers and supporters are protesting today to demand the right to a decent standard of living and high-quality public education.

Adam Johnson (2018-02-14). US Media Turn to 'Superhero' Pence to Combat Korean Olympic Peace Threat. FAIR North Korea, like virtually every country on earth, is using the Olympics this week as an opportunity for political theater, and this has greatly upset many in US media. Ostensibly this is because North Korea, marching with South Korea in the opening ceremonies and sending a squadron of cheerleaders to the Winter Games, is getting a pass on human rights abuses. But if one scratches the surface of the widespread outrage, it's clear the real objection is that North and South Korea are having bilateral peace talks without the permission of—much less the participation of—the United States. Not shown: the US military, whose budget is roughly 100 times the size of North Korea's. | Leading the charge were four pieces by Atlantic Media—an outlet that last year plastered the cover of its magazine ( 7—8/17) with a cartoonish depiction of a North…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-14). Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Trump's Immoral Budget Punishes the Poor, Sick & Elderly. Democracy Now! President Trump's $4.4 trillion budget proposes deep cuts to education, healthcare and social safety net programs—while massively increasing the Pentagon's budget. Trump's plan would slash the Department of Education's budget by more than 10 percent. It would sharply reduce income-based student loan repayment plans, while ending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Trump's budget would cut more than $17 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—or SNAP—barring food stamp recipients from buying fresh fruit and vegetables, and instead providing only a boxed food delivery program. The budget would also phase out federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public and community radio and TV stations. This comes as McClatchy reports the Trump administration is considering a plan that would not only impose work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, but which would also put a lifetime limit on adults' access to Medicaid. Meanwhile, Trump's budget would see a 13 percent rise in spending on weapons and war, bringing the Pentagon's budget to $686 billion. We speak to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), vice ranking member of the House Budget Committee and vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

PSR Press Releases (2018-02-06). In Memoriam: Dr. Victor W. Sidel, PSR Founding Member. Physicians for Social Responsibility Victor W. Sidel, MD, a visionary medical leader and founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), died on January 30, 2018 at his children's home in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Dr. Sidel's 60 years of advocacy invigorated the American medical and public health communities for the cause of peace and nuclear disarmament.

Joe Sims (2018-01-29). Communist Party replies to Trump's State of the Union. Article — Communist Party USA Watch the CPUSA reply to Trump here. John Bachtell, national chairman of the Communist Party USA, will replied yesterday to Trump's State of the Union on Facebook Live. Bachtell said: In his speech, Trump offered no constructive solutions to addressing social and economic inequality, health care and education needs, the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico […]…

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2018-02-22: Social Media Postees

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Venezuela: Revenge of the Mad-Dog Empire.
Ajamu Baraka | Global Research | 2018-02-22
Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation …

Venezuela: Revenge of the Mad-Dog Empire

Confirmed US Meddling in Thailand's Upcoming Elections.
Joseph Thomas | Global Research | 2018-02-22
As the United States intensifies its accusations against Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, the United States itself is found engaged in confirmed political interference worldwide. | This includes in Southeast Asia where Washington is attempting to …

Confirmed US Meddling in Thailand’s Upcoming Elections

Bahrain: 5 More Years for Jailed Activist.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-02-22
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | (Beirut) — The Bahrain High Criminal Court on February 21, 2018, sentenced the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison for criticizing torture in a Bahrain prison and Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. The new sentence is in addition to the two-year sentence that Rajab is already serving on other charges related to peaceful expression. | "The new prison sentence for Nabeel Rajab is only the latest chapter in years of persecution and efforts to silence an activist solely for his efforts to sound the alarm on human rights abuses," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Rajab…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/22/bahrain-5-more-years-jailed-activist
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Growing opposition to public education cuts in Oklahoma.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-22
Teachers are calling for a statewide "sickout," while students at two schools have staged recent walkouts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/22/okla-f22.html

Betsy DeVos is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried..
Rachel M. Cohen | The Intercept | 2018-02-22
Many in Puerto Rico worry that the government is treating this more as an opportunity to disrupt education, rather than stabilize it. | The post Betsy DeVos is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried. appeared first on The Intercept.
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"The Time to Act Is Now": Florida School Shooting Survivors Confront Trump, Rubio on Gun Control.
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-22
"The time to act is now." That's the message of survivors of last week's school shooting in Florida. On Wednesday, the nation witnessed grieving students, parents and teachers powerfully confront the president and lawmakers over gun control in pointed–and often tense–televised exchanges. The day began with students across the United States–from Minnesota to Colorado to Arizona–walking out of class to demand stricter gun laws. Meanwhile, survivors of the shooting descended on the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee to demand lawmakers pass legislation addressing gun violence before the legislative session ends. In the afternoon, President Trump–along with Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos–hosted a listening session with survivors of recent shootings, including students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Wednesday evening, survivors of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School sparred with politicians during a town hall hosted by CNN.
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/22/the_time_to_act_is_now
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1980s: From Star Wars to the End of the Cold War.
Michael Welton | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-21
Throughout the 1980s until the fall of the Soviet Union and the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the world still shivered in the edgy cold war air. The global yearning for world unity and peace appeared to be cast far off into a never-never land. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists report of…

1980s: From Star Wars to the End of the Cold War

What's Behind the Taliban's Call for Talks?
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-21
The Taliban's letter, which urged the American people to pressure Trump to begin peace talks, is "more of a reflection of internal Taliban politics than a very meaningful and sincere request to talk," says Thomas Johnson, former advisor to NATO forces in Afghanistan.
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21185

Headlines for February 21, 2018.
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-21
Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Gov't Bombing in Eastern Ghouta, Florida Lawmakers Vote Down Debate on Assault-Style Weapons Ban After Parkland Massacre, Trump Calls for Rule Change to Ban "Bump Stocks" After Parkland Shooting, Woman Accusing Trump of Sexual Assault in Trump Tower Demands Release of Security Camera Footage, Woman Accusing Justice Clarence Thomas of Sexual Harassment Calls for His Impeachment, Guess Co-Founder Steps Down After Kate Upton Accuses Him of Groping Her, NYT: Kushner and Kelly Face Off over Security Clearances, Mahmoud Abbas Calls for International Conference to Restart Peace Process, Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison, U.N.: Hundreds of Thousands Flee Violence in Southeast Democratic Republic of Congo, Minnesota Reaches $850 Million Settlement with 3M over PFCs, Polk Awards Honor Weinstein Exposé, Revelations on U.S. Raid in Yemen…
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/21/headlines
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/21/headlines/syria_200_killed_in_two_days_of_govt_bombing_in_eastern_ghouta

Bahrain: Shameful attack on freedom of expression as Nabeel Rajab sentenced to five years in prison for tweets .
Amnesty International | 2018-02-21
| The sentencing of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison today for peacefully expressing his opinions online illustrates the Bahraini authorities' utter contempt for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. | The sentence relates to posts on his Twitter account in 2015 as well as retweets about alleged torture in Bahrain's Jaw prison, and the killing of civilians in the Yemen conflict by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. | "The conviction of Nabeel Rajab today is a slap in the face to justice. This sentence demonstrates the authorities' ruthless determination to…
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War Preparations on Venezuela as Election Nears.
Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-21
Since we published "Regime Change Fails: Is a Military Coup or Invasion Next," we received more information showing steps toward preparing for a potential military attack on Venezuela. Stopping this war needs to become a top priority for the peace movement. Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) published a newsletter that reported…

War Preparations on Venezuela as Election Nears

Regime Change Fails: Is A Military Coup Or Invasion Of Venezuela Next?

Bahrain: Shameful attack on freedom of expression as Nabeel Rajab sentenced to five years in prison for tweets .
Amnesty International | 2018-02-21
| The sentencing of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison today for peacefully expressing his opinions online illustrates the Bahraini authorities' utter contempt for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. | The sentence relates to posts on his Twitter account in 2015 as well as retweets about alleged torture in Bahrain's Jaw prison, and the killing of civilians in the Yemen conflict by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. | "The conviction of Nabeel Rajab today is a slap in the face to justice. This sentence demonstrates the authorities' ruthless determination to…
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Headlines for February 21, 2018.
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-21
Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Gov't Bombing in Eastern Ghouta, Florida Lawmakers Vote Down Debate on Assault-Style Weapons Ban After Parkland Massacre, Trump Calls for Rule Change to Ban "Bump Stocks" After Parkland Shooting, Woman Accusing Trump of Sexual Assault in Trump Tower Demands Release of Security Camera Footage, Woman Accusing Justice Clarence Thomas of Sexual Harassment Calls for His Impeachment, Guess Co-Founder Steps Down After Kate Upton Accuses Him of Groping Her, NYT: Kushner and Kelly Face Off over Security Clearances, Mahmoud Abbas Calls for International Conference to Restart Peace Process, Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison, U.N.: Hundreds of Thousands Flee Violence in Southeast Democratic Republic of Congo, Minnesota Reaches $850 Million Settlement with 3M over PFCs, Polk Awards Honor Weinstein Exposé, Revelations on U.S. Raid in Yemen…
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/21/headlines
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/21/headlines/syria_200_killed_in_two_days_of_govt_bombing_in_eastern_ghouta

What's Behind the Taliban's Call for Talks?
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-21
The Taliban's letter, which urged the American people to pressure Trump to begin peace talks, is "more of a reflection of internal Taliban politics than a very meaningful and sincere request to talk," says Thomas Johnson, former advisor to NATO forces in Afghanistan.
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21185

What "Meaningful Progress" in Kazakhstan?
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-02-20
Shuttering media outlets. Allowing attacks on journalists. Severely limiting peaceful assembly. When it comes to ensuring an "enabling environment" for civil society, Kazakhstan is far from the ideal. | A worker walks past oil tanks in southern Kazakhstan. | © 2016 Reuters | So it's unfortunate the board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a coalition of governments, companies, and nongovernmental groups meant to foster open public debate about the use of resource revenues, chose to gloss over the chilling effects of Kazakhstan's heavy restrictions over civil society, and in doing so, ignore calls by its own board members to include tougher language on Kazakhstan. | When it met last week in Oslo, the EITI finalized an assessment of Kazakhstan's compliance with its standards, which requires member governments to "refrain from actions which result in…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/20/what-meaningful-progress-kazakhstan
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Cindy Sheehan and the Women's March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest.
Whitney Webb | MintPress News | 2018-02-20
Sheehan was taken aback by how some prominent organizers of the recent Women's March were unwilling to express anti-war positions and argued for excluding the issue of peace entirely from the event and movement as a whole. | The post Cindy Sheehan and the Women's March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest appeared first on MintPress News.

Cindy Sheehan and the Women’s March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest


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The Caring Profession: Peacekeeping, Blue Helmets and Sexual Abuse.
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-20
It's the sort of thing to turn many an otherwise calm stomach, but the revelations that UN peace keeping staff have been involved in sexual assault has done its fair share of upsetting. Legislators in the United States, many sceptical of the body to begin with, are taking note. Such revelations draw out the worst…

The Caring Profession: Peacekeeping, Blue Helmets and Sexual Abuse


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Empire Files: In the Deadliest Country for Unions & Social Leaders.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-20
In 2017, murders of social leaders, union organizers and indigenous activists in Colombia hit a new high since the historic peace agreement. Empire Files' Abby Martin goes to Colombia to document the increasingly deadly situation for human rights activists. Watch more on teleSUR…
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Iowa state government preparing mid-year budget cuts.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-20
For the second year in a row, Iowa's legislature is preparing to enact budget cuts slashing funding for public education and social services.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/20/iowa-f20.html

Colombian Peace Agreement with FARC on the Brink of Collapse.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-19
The peace agreement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed last year is on the verge of collapse, as violence against social leaders and former FARC fighters continues unabated…
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'Peace Through Strength' is a Racket.
Sheldon Richman | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-19
Donald Trump has embraced the popular "peace through strength" doctrine (PTSD) with his characteristic panache: "I'm going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody — absolutely nobody — is gonna to mess with us," Trump says. On other occasions he's said similar things:…

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West Virginia teachers denounce education cuts, social crisis.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-19
Teachers and other workers described the impact of decades of attacks on wages and conditions and the need for a broad fight by the entire working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/19/inte-f19.html

Christine Hong on North Korean Peace Threat, Lee Fang on Opioid Lobby.
CounterSpin | FAIR | 2018-02-16
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The political issues facing West Virginia teachers.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-16
Thousands of West Virginia teachers, school employees, state workers and supporters are protesting today to demand the right to a decent standard of living and high-quality public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/16/west-f16.html

US Media Turn to 'Superhero' Pence to Combat Korean Olympic Peace Threat.
Adam Johnson | FAIR | 2018-02-14
North Korea, like virtually every country on earth, is using the Olympics this week as an opportunity for political theater, and this has greatly upset many in US media. Ostensibly this is because North Korea, marching with South Korea in the opening ceremonies and sending a squadron of cheerleaders to the Winter Games, is getting a pass on human rights abuses. But if one scratches the surface of the widespread outrage, it's clear the real objection is that North and South Korea are having bilateral peace talks without the permission of–much less the participation of–the United States. Not shown: the US military, whose budget is roughly 100 times the size of North Korea's. | Leading the charge were four pieces by Atlantic Media–an outlet that last year plastered the cover of its magazine ( 7–8/17) with a cartoonish depiction of a North…

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Trump's Immoral Budget Punishes the Poor, Sick & Elderly.
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-14
President Trump's $4.4 trillion budget proposes deep cuts to education, healthcare and social safety net programs–while massively increasing the Pentagon's budget. Trump's plan would slash the Department of Education's budget by more than 10 percent. It would sharply reduce income-based student loan repayment plans, while ending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Trump's budget would cut more than $17 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–or SNAP–barring food stamp recipients from buying fresh fruit and vegetables, and instead providing only a boxed food delivery program. The budget would also phase out federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public and community radio and TV stations. This comes as McClatchy reports the Trump administration is considering a plan that would not only impose work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, but which would also put a lifetime limit on adults' access to Medicaid. Meanwhile, Trump's budget would see a 13 percent rise in spending on weapons and war, bringing the Pentagon's budget to $686 billion. We speak to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), vice ranking member of the House Budget Committee and vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
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In Memoriam: Dr. Victor W. Sidel, PSR Founding Member.
PSR Press Releases | Physicians for Social Responsibility | 2018-02-06
Victor W. Sidel, MD, a visionary medical leader and founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), died on January 30, 2018 at his children's home in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Dr. Sidel's 60 years of advocacy invigorated the American medical and public health communities for the cause of peace and nuclear disarmament.
www.psr.org/news-events/press-releases/in-memoriam-dr-victor-w-sidel.html

Communist Party replies to Trump's State of the Union.
Joe Sims | Article — Communist Party USA | 2018-01-29
Watch the CPUSA reply to Trump here. John Bachtell, national chairman of the Communist Party USA, will replied yesterday to Trump's State of the Union on Facebook Live. Bachtell said: In his speech, Trump offered no constructive solutions to addressing social and economic inequality, health care and education needs, the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico […]…

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Bibliography: Anti-racist (page 01 of 01)

This annotated bibliography is reformatted and customized by the Center for Positive Practices for the Educators website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Joaze Bernardino-Costa, Elena Papamichael, Allyson Livingstone, Radiah Harper, Sharlene Swartz, Dane Isaacs, Tianlong Yu, Michalinos Zembylas, Jaana Pesonen, and Deanna M. Blackwell.

Pesonen, Jaana (2013). Anti-Racist Strategies in Finnish Children's Literature: Physical Appearance and Language as Signifiers of National Belonging, Children's Literature in Education. This article examines anti-racist strategies employed in Finnish children's literature. The examples from four stories illustrate that certain physical characteristics and cultural markers can become strong signifiers of nationality, that is Finnishness. The characters in these stories have to cope with experiences of exclusion and loneliness before the people around them learn that difference and diversity do not change the fact that all humans are worth the same. However, the paper argues that the intended positive outcome of books with a strong anti-racist agenda threatens to be lost as heavily accentuated moral lessons often become counterproductive. The paper demonstrates some of the changes that have taken place in Finnish children's literature during the past two decades and addresses significant cultural and societal issues that affect children's everyday lives.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Childrens Literature, Racial Bias, Physical Characteristics

Zembylas, Michalinos; Papamichael, Elena (2017). Pedagogies of Discomfort and Empathy in Multicultural Teacher Education, Intercultural Education. To show the potential and limitations of pedagogies of discomfort and empathy in anti-racist and multicultural teacher education, this paper engages in an in-depth analysis of two "critical moments" that are drawn from a series of teacher workshops. The purpose of the analysis is to show how discomfort and empathy may be combined together pedagogically in the context of multicultural and antiracist teacher education. The contribution to the literature is to highlight the importance of foregrounding attention to teachers' discomfort and its pedagogical implications in multicultural teacher education.   [More]  Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Workshops, Teacher Education, Multicultural Education

Arber, Ruth (2015). Deconstructing Religious Identity, Difference, and Belonging: Implications for Anti-Racist Pedagogy, Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education. Increasing numbers of Australians identify with a multiplicity of religion groups or have no religious affiliation. Despite this, the representation of religious groups other than Christian–and the implications of this for anti-racist pedagogy in Australian schools–is seldom explored. This article interrogates the ways in which the most prominent of these minority religious groups (Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish) were spoken about in two Melbourne newspapers and considers the implications of this interrogation for multicultural pedagogy in globally integrated local school contexts, such as those in Australia. Methodologies of social cultural theory and critical discourse analysis (CDA) are used to investigate newspaper discussions from the different viewpoints of their experiential, systemic, and normative focus. I find that notions of religious identity described in the media are stylized in form and an almost-silent normative self-identity is defined against clichéd typologies made within a crucible of race, identity, and belonging.   [More]  Descriptors: Religion, Self Concept, Racial Bias, Discourse Analysis

Yu, Tianlong (2012). "What Is It that I Don't Know": Learning with White Teachers in Anti-Racist Education, Multicultural Education. In this article, the author shares reflections on a difficult learning journey. Tianlong Yu first describes the difficulties and resistance students demonstrated in understanding anti-racist education in general. He then shares his attempt to understand such student difficulty and resistance through an analysis of the social and educational contexts that situate and confine students. Finally, a discussion of the pedagogical efforts that were made to help students learn in anti-racist education. An emphasis on autobiographical examination was adopted which, the author believes, has great potential to assist students and teachers in the growth process.   [More]  Descriptors: Whites, Resistance (Psychology), Social Justice, Racial Bias

Blackwell, Deanna M. (2010). Sidelines and Separate Spaces: Making Education Anti-Racist for Students of Color, Race, Ethnicity and Education. The way in which anti-racist education is currently conceptualized and practiced holds very few benefits for students of color. By using whiteness theory and the politics of identity and difference, many educators have developed pedagogical interventions that are concerned with bringing white students into a consciousness about racism and white privilege, and examining the effect of racial-identity politics on classroom interactions. Their aim to cultivate an anti-oppressive educational environment for all students is undermined by their preoccupation with identity politics, whiteness and white students. Thus, in both theory and practice, students of color are often rendered invisible on the sidelines or their personal stories are used to benefit white students and white educators. Scholar-practitioners in this field have not adequately considered what counts as anti-racist education for students of color. In this paper, I tell stories about my own experiences as a black woman graduate student as a way of "talking back" to the disjunctures between pedagogical intentions and the disappointing realities of anti-racist classrooms. I identify the pedagogical obstacles that block instructors from positioning students of color as a central educational concern alongside their white classmates, and argue that anti-racist educators must reexamine their principles and practices from the standpoint of students of color. Finally, I turn to black feminist standpoint theory to discuss the importance of racially separate spaces as a pedagogical intervention that can make education anti-racist for students of color.   [More]  Descriptors: Graduate Students, Educational Environment, Personal Narratives, Minority Groups

Acosta, Melanie M.; Hudson-Vassel, Charisse; Johnson, Bridgette; Cherfrere, Gernissia; Harris, Michelle G.; Wallace, Jana; Duggins, Shaunté (2017). Beyond Awareness: Black Studies for Consciousness and Praxis in Teacher Education, Equity & Excellence in Education. Critical Studyin' is a Black Studies-inspired, morally engaged pedagogy. With roots in anti-racist teaching, it is focused on race, ideology, and education. This study explores the learning experiences and outcomes of seven, preservice educators after taking a course that was based on Critical Studyin' and offered in a College of Education at one university in the Southeastern region of the United States. Researchers employed constructivist grounded theory techniques to the analysis of semi-structured interviews and course documents. Findings highlight the development of students' critical consciousness and agency as they engaged in critical interrogation of the complex relationships among race, culture, and classroom teaching. This study highlights the potential of Black Studies as a pedagogy teacher educators can enact to orchestrate disruptive learning experiences and environments necessary for anti-racist teaching. It adds further support for culture-centered approaches in educator preparation that scaffolds preservice educators in their development of justice-oriented perspectives and practices in education.   [More]  Descriptors: Black Studies, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Schools of Education

Davis, Ashley; Livingstone, Allyson (2016). Sharing the Stories of Racism in Doctoral Education: The Anti-Racism Project, Journal of Teaching in Social Work. Across-racial group of social work doctoral students engaged in an Anti-Racism Project. Through shared journaling and group discussions, participants explored and interrogated experiences of racism related to doctoral education. A thematic analysis of qualitative data surfaced several themes: experiences with racism as a doctoral student, noticing the presence of White privilege, learning to teach as an anti-racist educator, and anticipating the job market. Through critical reflection, participants identified ways that schools of social work can better support doctoral students and prepare leaders committed to promoting racial justice.   [More]  Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Racial Bias, Social Work

Lynch, Ingrid; Swartz, Sharlene; Isaacs, Dane (2017). Anti-Racist Moral Education: A Review of Approaches, Impact and Theoretical Underpinnings from 2000 to 2015, Journal of Moral Education. Racism is a moral issue and of concern for moral educators, with recent social movements such as #BlackLivesMatter highlighting how far we are from obliterating racial oppression and the unearned privilege whiteness confers. To contribute to a more formalised approach to anti-racist moral education, this article systematically reviews 15¬ years of peer-reviewed scholarship concerned with anti-racist education, to establish the definitions and aims of anti-racist education drawn on, the theoretical frameworks underpinning these, the methods used in education efforts, and their intended impact. It also considers the geo-political aspects of knowledge production in the field, such as author country location and implementation context of empirical studies. It concludes with implications for moral education in classroom and community contexts and advocates for anti-racist moral education that comprise three interconnected components–making visible systemic oppression (visibilising), recognising personal complicity in oppression through unearned privilege (recognising) and developing strategies to transform structural inequalities (strategising).   [More]  Descriptors: Racial Bias, Multicultural Education, Moral Development, Literature Reviews

Rampal, Michelle (2015). Practical Pluralism: Toward Anti-Racist Competencies in Music Educators, Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education. The specialized curricula of music education degree programs afford relatively few opportunities to cultivate educators' abilities to recognize, acknowledge, and incorporate students' multiple lived realities within the music classroom. This is especially problematic in an age where public schools serve an increasingly diverse population of students. While many researchers are challenging established curricula and traditional music education practices, arguments stop short of outlining specific competencies that may be helpful for music educators to acquire. This paper examines and synthesizes literature between domains of educational sociology and music education in an effort to introduce anti-racist pedagogy into a music education setting. Through these efforts, I propose music educators consider adopting anti-racist competencies that could engage and promote the unique identities of all students in their classrooms. In doing so, music educators can assume a powerful role in shaping school culture, providing a space to explore the intersections of culture, power, and identity.   [More]  Descriptors: Music Education, Music Teachers, Cultural Pluralism, Racial Bias

Bernardino-Costa, Joaze; De Carli Blackman, Ana Elisa (2017). Affirmative Action in Brazil and Building an Anti-Racist University, Race, Ethnicity and Education. This article highlights the black movement's centrality to building anti-racist universities in Brazil. It examines the questioning of the racial democracy myth within Brazilian universities as well as in the Brazilian mainstream media since the beginning of the new millennium. This debate was referred to the Supreme Court, which affirmed the constitutionality of racially oriented affirmative action measures. After the Supreme Court pronouncement, the Federal Government approved Law 12.711/2012 that instituted affirmative action within every federal university in the country. Even if it seems to be a victory in the anti-racist struggle, in this new law the racial dimension is a category tagging along behind that of social class. Considering that, the article concludes by calling for the need to redeem the original meaning of the debate, namely the anti-racist struggle.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Blacks, Social Justice, Affirmative Action

Da Costa, Alexandre Emboaba (2016). The Significance of Post-Racial Ideology, Black Political Struggle, and Racial Literacy for Brazilian Anti-Racist Education Policy, Policy Futures in Education. This paper furthers current analysis of anti-racist, critical multicultural, and decolonial educational reforms in Brazil through a focus on the significant role played by post-racial ideology, black politics, and racial literacy in policy design and implementation. The paper first details the ways in which post-racial commonsense and anti-black racism have been central to the Brazilian social formation and continue to constitute crucial obstacles to fundamentally reshaping the curriculum, educational institutions, educators' racial literacy, and classroom pedagogies. The article then contends that understanding the politics of race and education in Brazil necessitates acknowledging emergent anti-racist policies and discourses as the product of decades of black political struggle by activists, educators, and community organizations to make racism and racial inequality public issues. In this way, the policy documents and discourses shaping recent educational reforms in Brazil should be understood as political interventions within a particular historical conjuncture and racial formation. Such an analysis reveals contemporary black Brazilian efforts in education as mobilizations that go beyond a "politics of identity," recognition and apolitical multiculturalism and towards building more transformative anti-racist and decolonial proposals that directly challenge the nature and effects of anti-black racism in society.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Racial Attitudes, Racial Bias, Ideology

Zembylas, Michalinos (2015). Rethinking Race and Racism as "Technologies of Affect": Theorizing the Implications for Anti-Racist Politics and Practice in Education, Race, Ethnicity and Education. This article draws on the concept of race and racism as "technologies of affect" to think with some of the interventions and arguments of critical affect studies. The author suggests that critical affect theories enable the theorization of race and racism as affective modes of being that recognize the historically specific assemblages which are practiced in schools and the society. It is also argued that rethinking race and racism as technologies of affect, a vision of anti-racist politics and practice in education can be formed in ways that go beyond recognition or resistance, but rather attend to the production of pedagogical spaces and practices that create ways of living differently. The education implications of this idea are discussed in relation to how teachers and teacher educators can begin not only to analyze the affective mobilizations of race and racism, but also to engage in political struggles that harness the affective forces of anti-racist action in everyday life.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Racial Bias, Critical Theory, Race

Whitten, Amanda; Sethna, Christabelle (2014). What's Missing? Anti-Racist Sex Education!, Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning. Contemporary sexual health curricula in Canada include information about sexual diversity and queer identities, but what remains missing is any explicit discussion of anti-racist sex education. Although there exists federal and provincial support for multiculturalism and anti-racism in schools, contemporary Canadian sex education omits crucial anti-racist work, and foundational anti-racist education frameworks are silent about the sex education curriculum. To show how race is discussed in sex education, a content analysis based on a keyword search of Ontario public secondary school health provincial curricula and federal sex education policy was conducted. English language curricula created within the same nine-year range (1999-2008) were selected from Ontario and Canada to maximise the congruency of politics and country of origin. Content analysis findings point to major deficiencies and provide the basis for future anti-racist sex education policy recommendations. As anti-racism critically examines the institution of education, and sexual health curricula are an increasingly politicised example of potentially transformative education, anti-racism must be incorporated into future sex education work.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sex Education, Social Justice, Racial Bias

Harper, Radiah; Hendrick, Keonna (2017). Doing the Work: A Discussion on Visioning and Realizing Racial Equity in Museums, Journal of Museum Education. As museum educators move forward to promote racial and cultural equity in the field, it will be critical to consult those who have been doing this work to learn from their experiences. In this discussion, Radiah Harper and Keonna Hendrick reflect on Ms. Harper's experience advocating for racial and cultural inclusion in museum education, while considering the tools museum educators will need to employ to make immediate and long-term changes in their practice and institutions to support anti-racist work.   [More]  Descriptors: Museums, Nonschool Educational Programs, Advocacy, Inclusion

Hornung, Rebecca (2012). Whiteness in Social Work Education Authentic White Allies, ProQuest LLC. This dissertation is guided by the following questions: How do People of Color define and experience White people as "authentic" allies? What does a White ally look like to People of Color? How do White allies view themselves as "authentic" White allies? What experiences lead White people to anti-racism and anti-racist praxis? How do White people translate what they know about racism into an active and courageous anti-racist praxis in their own lives? What kinds of educational experiences in the social work classroom might foster or hinder students from learning how to translate anti-racist knowledge into anti-racist praxis? Using narrative methods, I explore some of the answers to these questions. Findings from this study offer ways to design deeper and more meaningful social work/social justice pedagogy that will better prepare social workers to be active, anti-racist practitioners and allies in all aspects of their work. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.%5D   [More]  Descriptors: Social Work, Social Justice, Teaching Methods, Minority Group Students

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2017-08-15: News Headlines

counterpunch.org: Three Steps to Restore Our Democracy 2017-08-14 In a democracy, the people rule through representative government. Yet in our last federal election 40% of eligible U.S. voters chose not to cast their ballots. Such opting out by citizens should come as no surprise given the systemic flaws that breed skepticism and distrust. Do we have a democracy in America when corporations, billionaires,

Detroit Metro Times: ICYMI: Expert on Detroit's 'illegal foreclosures' featured on 'Democracy Now' 2017-08-10 Michael Jackman | | | | |: If we've been talking about Bernadette Atuahene a lot recently, it's because the researcher has uncovered a pattern of inflated assessments and just-out-of-reach exemptions now…

counterpunch.org: Why I Cannot be a Zionist: an Open Letter to Emmanuel Macron 2017-08-11 As I began reading your speech on the commemoration of the Vel d'Hiv round-up, I felt grateful toward you. Indeed, in the light of the long tradition of political leaders, both Left and Right, past and present, who have denied France's participation and responsibility in the deportation of Jewish-origin people to the death camps, I

Truth-Out: When It Comes to Police Brutality, Trump Preaches What Sessions Practices 2017-08-09 Ebony Slaughter-Johnson |: In a recent speech, President Trump encouraged police brutality. Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is creating the conditions to make it happen.

Truth-Out: Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Under Investigation for Trumpcare Threat 2017-08-15 s.e. smith |: Zinke suggested Alaska might come to regret voting against Trumpcare.

The Ledger: Shapiro: Why the Left protects Islam 2017-08-02 Ben Shapiro Creators Syndicate |: Richard Dawkins is no friend to conservatives. | The atheist author has spent much of his life deriding Judaism and Christianity. He once stated, An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor or Baal or the golden calf. Dawkins says that even moderate religious people make the world safe for extremists.

counterpunch.org: Gone Are the Ties That Bind: We All Live in a Cut-and-Paste World 2017-08-14 Business is the main driver of social change in the current period, and flexibility and agility are today's catchwords, taking precedence over continuity. The marketplace puts a premium on short term relations in business since they favor the bottom line.

rabble.ca: When Trump threatens nuclear war, we need to take him seriously 2017-08-13 President Donald Trump threatened nuclear war this week, just six months into his presidency. Speaking from his luxury golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump warned: North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.

Truth-Out: On Guam, Resistance Grows to US Military Presence as North Korea Threatens Missiles Off Island's Coast 2017-08-11 Amy Goodman |: Advocates for Guam discuss escalating tensions.

counterpunch.org: Trump's "Fire and Fury" Wouldn't Be the First for North Korea 2017-08-11 Leave it to Donald Trump to threaten to rain "fire and fury" on the North Korean people the same week the world observed the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. government's vindictive atomic bombings of Japanese civilians. In case anyone missed the message, Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis warned that the Kim Jong-un regime's actions

Kankakee Daily Journal: Why the Left protects Islam 2017-07-29 |: Richard Dawkins is no friend to conservatives. The atheist author has spent much of his life deriding Judaism and Christianity.

counterpunch.org: The Obvious Frame-up of Zach Randolph 2017-08-14 NBA star Zach Randolph, 36, was arrested in Watts August 9 "on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman." So said the NY Times account of the arrest. The charges are preposterous on their face. Zach Randolph, who just signed a $24 million contract with the Sacramento

Truth-Out: Is Foxconn a Fantasy? The High Cost of Bringing Manufacturing Jobs to Wisconsin 2017-08-11 Sarah Newell |: Who are the real winners of Foxconn's investment in Wisconsin?

Truth-Out: Ten Years After Financial Crisis, Our Elites Have Learned Nothing 2017-08-14 Dean Baker |: Turning the story of the housing bubble into a story about the financial crisis is an effort to make issues that are quite simple seem very complicated.

counterpunch.org: Donald's Fury and North Korea's Fire 2017-08-11 "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." President Donald Trump, August 8, 2017 So: the day after . . . . "The Korean People's Army strategic force is now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping

Huffington Post Canada: Free Speech Means Allowing All Ideas A Place In Our Society 2017-07-28 It is only then that we can have thoughtful, rational conversation and debate to determine a universal truth that we can all live by.

counterpunch.org: Trump Versus the Venezuelan Revolution 2017-08-14 Trump's threats against Venezuela escalated recently from the economic to the military: after announcing sanctions he threatened that all military options were "on the table." Trump's actions were perfectly timed to lend support to the U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela, whose ongoing violent rebellion aims to topple the government of democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro.

counterpunch.org: Why Israel and Saudi Arabia are United Against Al Jazeera 2017-08-14 When Qatar's Al Jazeera satellite channel has both the Saudis and the Israelis demanding its closure, it must be doing something right. To bring Saudi head-choppers and Israeli occupiers into alliance is, after all, something of an achievement. But don't get too romantic about this. When the wealthiest Saudis fall ill, they have been known

counterpunch.org: Does It Really Matter If Netanyahu Ends Up Behind Bars? 2017-08-11 "Background noise," was the way Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterized the decision of his former chief of staff, Ari Harow, to become a state witness. The following day, the prime minister's press officer declared-for the hundredth time-that "Nothing will happen, because nothing happened." Despite the relentless effort to paint a business-as-usual atmosphere, this time

counterpunch.org: How Capitalist Central Banks Have Been Creating the Next Financial Crisis 2017-08-11 As central bankers, finance ministers, and government policy makers head off to their annual gathering at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this August, 24-26, 2017, the key topic is whether the leading central banks in North America and Europe will continue to raise interest rates this year; another topic high on the agenda is when the three

counterpunch.org: Religion: a Source of Solidarity or Division? 2017-08-15 Religion is commonly seen as a positive force, and it is for countless people. As a hospital chaplain, I witnessed many people whose faith provided comfort, strength and connectedness in the face of illness, injury and death. Religious belief is certainly a source of empowerment and community for all kinds of people. But much of

Press Sun-Bulletin: Don't let Trump start a nuclear war 2017-08-12 President Donald Trump threatened nuclear war this week, just six months into his presidency. | Speaking from his luxury golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump warned: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

counterpunch.org: Venezuela Agonisties 2017-08-14 It is truly heartbreaking to watch what is occurring in Venezuela. After the calamity has swept through, the history of events will be explained by a narrative that mostly will be wrong. All kinds of things will be blamed: socialism, communism, capitalism, Chavezism, and a host of other misdiagnoses. The combination of actual causes will

Truth-Out: Economic Update: Faith and Labor Fight Inequality 2017-08-15 Richard D. Wolff |: How faith and labor could undo inequality and more.

counterpunch.org: Despite Media's Claims, North Korea Can't Strike Continental US 2017-08-15 Last month, North Korea conducted two missile tests that were designed to demonstrate that the isolated country had achieved a major advancement in its missile technology. North Korea's missile tests on July 3 and July 28 were immediately declared by the mainstream press to be successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which puts part or all of the US in range of a strike. Hawkish "experts"

counterpunch.org: The Tempest of American Power 2017-08-11 In Shakespeare's late masterpiece, The Tempest, Antonio proposes murdering Alonso, the King of Naples, and seizing the throne. He remarks that he and his co-conspirator, Alonso's son Sebastian, had been, cast again (And by that destiny) to perform an act Wherof what's past is prologue; what's to come, In yours and my discharge. (The Tempest

counterpunch.org: 'Bernie Bros' and 'Alt-Left' Are Propaganda Terms Meant to Disempower 2017-08-15 The 2016 Presidential Primaries ended more than a year ago, but the divisive and destructive rhetoric that was developed during it remains prevalent. During the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the Bernie Bros narrative, a resurfacing of the Obama Boys narrative used during the 2008 Primaries by Clinton supporters, became a novelty for political opponents of Bernie Sanders. It served as

Truth-Out: I Grew Up in Tom Price's District: The Sex Ed He Promotes Is Dangerous 2017-08-14 Anusha Ravi |: When it comes to pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and domestic and sexual violence, luck and privilege shouldn't be what we rely on.

Truth-Out: Donald Trump's Slander Against Syrian Refugees 2017-08-13 Mark Karlin |: A new book presents Syrian refugees' testimonials.

counterpunch.org: Venezuela: Target of Economic Warfare 2017-08-11 Most people are horrified to watch Venezuela seemingly on the verge of outright civil war, or worse, an invasion by U.S. military forces. The death toll continues to rise in the violent street protests led by the right-wing opposition, following the July 30 vote on a Constituent Assembly to rewrite the constitution. U.S. President Donald

Truth-Out: We Need a Mass Movement to Prevent Nuclear Conflict in the Korean Peninsula 2017-08-10 Simone Chun |: Let's mobilize to stop Trump's moves toward war.

counterpunch.org: 'The Palestine Exception': War on BDS is now a War on American Democracy 2017-08-11 There is something immoral in Washington D.C., and its consequences can be dire for many people, particularly for the health of US democracy. The US government is declaring war on the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The fight to defeat BDS has been ongoing for several years, but most notably since 2014. Since

Truth-Out: White Supremacy in the Age of Trump 2017-08-15 Keri Leigh Merritt |: Never forget that the US has a long history of upper-class whites using racism to their advantage.

New York Magazine: A Week of Reckoning 2017-07-28 Consider the violence the president has done to the structures of American democracy in just the past seven days.

counterpunch.org: Dispelling Nostalgic Nationalist Myths 2017-08-15 Historically, the Partition of 1947 fragmented the writing community by redistributing its members into two separate territorial nations. One of the significant consequences of the Partition was the migration of Urdu writers of Muslim origin to Pakistan. So the chime of Independence was, as Aijaz Ahmad observes, "experienced the whole range of Urdu literature of

counterpunch.org: Overcoming Nuclear Crises 2017-08-11 Prefatory Note This jointly authored essay was initially published in The Hill on May 30, 2017 under the title, "Averting the Ticking Time Bomb of Nukes in North Korea." We did not choose such a title that is doubly misleading: our contention is not that North Korea is the core of the problem, but rather

Truth-Out: Ta-Nehisi Coates on How Cities and Municipalities Are Winning Reparations for Slavery at Local Levels 2017-08-15 Amy Goodman and Juan González |: Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses reparations after Charlottesville.

counterpunch.org: Fascism Here We Come: the Rise of the Reactionary Right and the Collapse of 'The Left' 2017-08-15 The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over this last weekend is an important moment in American politics, symbolizing the ascendance of the reactionary right and showcasing the dangers of its toxic assault on democracy, equality, and the rule of law. News outlets on early Sunday reported that one person was killed on August 12th

counterpunch.org: Capitalism and Its Discontents: What Are We Living For? 2017-08-11 "Whoever is not prepared to talk about capitalism should also remain silent about fascism?" -Max Horkheimer, from the essay "The Jews and Europe", December 1939 Aren't we all tired of capitalism? Haven't most of us gotten sick of the drudgery, the monotony, the exploitation, sucking up to our bosses and management who pretend to care

Truth-Out: Eleven Steps for States to Rein in Health Care Costs While Building Toward Single-Payer 2017-08-11 Steven Rosenfeld |: The biggest cost drivers are drug prices and the medical billing industrial complex.

Patheos: The Briefing: Dawkins' Free Speech, Chinese Atheism, and New York's Judges of Love 2017-08-07 Christian Podcast Central: I'm Albert Mohler and this is The Briefing, a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview. | Today we're going to find out why atheist Richard Dawkins was disinvited from an event with a California radio station, why the Chinese Communist Party is so determined that communists be atheists, and why a group of retired New York State judges has formed itself as judges for love.

Patheos: 'Why Is It Fine to Criticize Christianity But Not Islam?' 2017-07-28 Cranach: New Atheist Richard Dawkins, banned from Berkeley for offending Muslims, asks, Why am I allowed to criticize Christianity but not Islam?

counterpunch.org: Holocausts R Us 2017-08-15 Late last century, I spent a few years teaching what is quaintly called 'Social Studies' at a small private high school in Southern California. High school subject matter is ordained by the State and is organized by grade: thus tenth grade is World History and eleventh is American History.

Truth-Out: Tar Sands Pipeline Companies Oversee Hundreds of Oil Spills 2017-08-12 Tim Donaghy and Lawrence Carter |: Companies behind proposed pipelines have spilled 63,000 barrels.

AlterNet: Don't Privatize the Afghan WaróJust End It 2017-08-15 Trump's mercenary supporter Erik Prince has a self-serving proposal for Afghanistan. It must be condemned and rejected. Erik Prince, the notorious founder of the military contracting company formerly known as Blackwater, has been making the rounds of media outlets to promote his idea for privatizing the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Prince, whose company was renamed Academi, and who now chairs a Chinese-owned company named Frontier Services…

counterpunch.org: Social Justice Quiz 2017: Children — Ten Questions 2017-08-15 Question One. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 14.8 percent or 46 million people are living in poverty in the US. How many of those people living in poverty are children? 1/ 4 million 2/ 8 million 3/ 12 million 4/ 14 million Question Two. What percentage of children live in a poor family in

The Daily Banter: 56% of Republicans are Ready to Suspend the 2020 Elections 2017-08-10 The only thing shocking about this number is that it's so low.

counterpunch.org: India Celebrates Democracy, Kashmir Cries Hypocrisy 2017-08-15 India wants to reap the benefits of Islamophobia from which the world is suffering. the Indian government has to reconcile its own people to body bags coming from Kashmir. If the Indian people were told the truth that Kashmiris don't want to be with India, and the struggle here is sustained by them primarily. the

counterpunch.org: Racism and Capitalism: the Barriers to Decent Health Care 2017-08-15 Most discussions assessing the effects of racism on health attempt to suggest solutions, ranging from combatting provider bias, to changing the insurance system, to reducing income inequality. However, we should start by asking a fundamental question: Is it possible to erase the inequalities and deficiencies in health and health care in our capitalist system? Is

counterpunch.org: The De-Putin-Nazification of America 2017-08-11 Sometime circa late July, as the hundreds of thousands of de facto vassals that cater to the needs of New York City's simulated aristocracy were navigating the sweltering hell that subway system has recently become, approximately one hundred miles to the east, deep in the heart of Resistance territory, where villas rent for up to a

legal Insurrection: Far left uses 'intersectionality' to defend indefensible Islamism 2017-08-09 Andrew Sullivan on far leftists: "anything that is predominantly 'of color' is preferable to anything, like Judaism and Christianity, that can usually be described as 'white'" | We are seeing this strange far left love affair with Islamism in many places, all under the banner of intersectionality.

The Objective Standard: Richard Dawkins, KPFA, and the Illiberal, Un-American Left 2017-08-02 Treating ideas as beyond criticism is anti-liberal, and shaming people—such as Dawkins—for identifying evils inherent in Islam is un-American.

counterpunch.org: The Practical Libertarian's Case for Single Payer Healthcare 2017-08-14 This year, there have been serious discussions about healthcare policy in America. The Republicans' attempt to repeal Obamacare generated much backlash. The images of disability activists protesting in Congress circulated the world. For many foreigners, it's a surprise that the richest country in the world doesn't have any form of universal healthcare. In fact, many

New York Daily News: The story of Nelson Rockefeller's death and the spin that kept the (sexy) truth out of the headlines 2017-08-14 Nelson Rockefeller had met a 22-year-old reporter named Megan Marshack, who seemed to have won his interest by plying him with cookies.

Truth-Out: Is Provoking a Nuclear War With North Korea Grounds for Impeachment? 2017-08-09 Amy Goodman |: Allan Nairn discusses US-North Korea tensions.

counterpunch.org: Bakke, Fisher, Sessions, and the Future of Affirmative Action 2017-08-14 To fully understand the actions of the Trump administration vis-a-vis affirmative action in college admissions, two legal cases need to be considered. In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the University of California v. Bakke that while affirmative action was legal as a way to address racial segregation in higher education, a quota that set aside

Berkeleyside: Opinion: Canceling Richard Dawkins' talk violates KPFA's claim to 'free speech radio' 2017-08-02 KPFA has taken Dawkins' comment about Islam out of context; he is critical of all religions. Despite KPFA's mistake, the author will continue to support the radio station. | Marg Hall is a Berkeley resident, a former student of theology, a lifelong progressive activist and, despite everything, a supporter of KPFA. | When KPFA canceled their scheduled benefit speech by Richard Dawkins, I was deeply unsettled. Why the intense reaction?

counterpunch.org: Fire and Fury: Six Places the US Could Invade That Aren't North Korea 2017-08-15 Historians rarely like to predict the future. Nobody likes to be proven wrong, and saying I told you so is often cold comfort. But with mainstream media outlets in hysterics over the imminent threat of war in the Western Pacific, a little perspective would not go astray right now. The US is not about to invade North Korea.

counterpunch.org: A Dangerous Nuclear Ignorance 2017-08-15 Michael Shermer's recent piece in Scientific American recalls the "necessity" of using atomic weapons against Japan and makes comparison to the current US-North Korea conflict. Rather than actually examine the roots of this conflict and the moral issues surrounding nuclear issues today, Shermer reduces Korea to four sentences and spends the remainder of the article

Inquirer.net: AFP chief says Maute Group acknowledged by Islamic State 2017-05-26 Frances Mangosing | |: Gen. Eduardo Año, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)

Entrepreneur: Why an Anonymous Messaging App Might Land you in Trouble 2017-08-11 Many people don't take criticism positively and that'

counterpunch.org: Bluefin Tuna at the Brink 2017-08-14 Bluefin tuna at 3%, that's it! Pacific bluefin tuna has unique worldwide status as one of the most awe-inspiring remarkable creatures on the planet. They grow to 12 feet and 1,500 pounds and live up to 35 years whilst swimming super-fast, crossing the entire ocean in 21 days. They are the essence of nature's wonderful

Truth-Out: London's "Land Banking" Ventures Expose Startling Wealth Inequality 2017-08-10 Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead |: No place is feeling the bite of the UK housing crisis quite as savagely as London.

counterpunch.org: Top 10 Misconceptions About Charlottesville 2017-08-15 1. Let's start with the obvious. Charlottesville, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are actually two completely different places in the world. The flood of concern and good wishes for those of us here in Charlottesville is wonderful and much appreciated. That people can watch TV news about Charlottesville, remember that I live in Charlottesville, and

Truth-Out: The US Military's Bloody "Successes" : Training Foreign Militaries to Start Coups 2017-08-10 Nick Turse |: US-trained foreign military officers are often found to have committed human rights abuses.

counterpunch.org: Anyone But Bibi: the Corruption of Netanyahu 2017-08-14 The vultures are circling. They can see the wounded man on the ground, and are waiting for his end. So are the human carnivores — the politicians. They sing his praises, swear to defend him with all their heart — but in their heads they are already calculating who might be his successor. Each of

Truth-Out: Pentagon Ready for 'Full Range' of Options, Despite South Korea Pleas to Rule Out War 2017-08-15 Sam Knight |: The president of South Korea urges peace.

Truth-Out: Republicans Consider Relaxing Constraints on Telecom Giants 2017-08-11 Sam Knight |: This is a move to reclassify mobile internet access.

Truth-Out: Charlottesville Survivor: There's No Question, This Was Terrorism 2017-08-14 Amy Goodman |: Brandy Gonzalez, who survived the car rampage, weighs in on the weekend event.

counterpunch.org: Education and Ideology 2017-08-14 Education is one of those words that has a positive connotation for almost everyone – usually generating a warm and fuzzy feeling that suggests a richer and brighter future. But that is just an idealization of the concept. As I have stated before, as far as the state is concerned, education has two major purposes: to

Truth-Out: When All the World's a War — And All the Men and Women Merely Soldiers 2017-08-15 Rebecca Gordon |: When we declare war we limit our understanding.

counterpunch.org: The Terrorism of Moral Indignation 2017-08-11 To be sure, the whole of Western culture is complicit, but what astounds is the complicity of what defines itself as left. Notably, the complicity of those among the left's comfortable and intellectual "tendencies," usually called "liberals." But in general, a whole language has vanished from the Western left's vocabulary: class struggle, international solidarity, peace among peoples, social justice, exploitation, poverty.

counterpunch.org: Trump & Sex: From Up-Market Hedonist to Down-Market Moralist 2017-08-11 President Donald Trump's July 26th Tweets calling for the reinstatement of the ban on transgender Americans serving in the U.S. military caught many by surprise. Over a period of 13 minutes, he proclaimed: After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow .Transgender individuals

Express.co.uk: If it doesn't offend somebody it's not free speech, says FERGUS KELLY 2017-08-03 Fergus Kelly |: PROFESSOR Richard Dawkins divides opinion. Lots of people delight in his clinical dismissal of a belief in God.

Sunbury Daily Item: Challenging Richard Dawkins 2017-08-04 Kerry Walters Faith Matters |: Celebrity atheist Richard Dawkins was back in the news recently when public radio station KPFA in Berkeley, CA, cancelled an interview with him.

counterpunch.org: White Skin Privilege 2017-08-14 White privilege is a thing. It's just not the same thing the corporate Democrats use to boss us around with. The concept of white privilege was not invented by some liberal university professors. In fact, the concept of white privilege was created by a white man: a radical activist and historian who barely attended college.

Christian Daily: Berkeley radio station scraps Richard Dawkins event over 'abusive' Islam comments 2017-07-30 A radio station in Berkeley, California, has canceled renowned atheist Richard Dawkins' speaking engagement to promote his latest book on Aug. 9 over an "abusive" comment on Islam which caused a stir among the public.

counterpunch.org: Eye-Gouging and Redneck Punching: White Privilege From Calhoun to Trump 2017-08-11 The oft-misrepresented "working class white" and the much mythologized "hillbilly"ódifferent groups linked culturally due to their mutual associations with economically-insecure whitenessóhave taken hard hits of late. This new flurry of blows arrived during last November's alleged "Rust Belt Rebellion" that led to the election of Donald Trump, as well as J. D. Vance's diagnosis of

MENAFN.COM: No-platforming Richard Dawkins: how a US radio station stuck its head in the sand 2017-08-10 MENAFN |: A notoriously vocal critic of religion and the author of, Dawkins' invite was rescinded because,, his comments on Twitter and elsewhere had 'offended and hurt… so many people' in relation to their religious identity.

Patheos: Richard Dawkins' Canceled Event in Berkeley Has Been Rescheduled Nearby 2017-07-27 Friendly Atheist: Days after a Berkeley (CA) radio station canceled an event with him for daring to criticize Islam the same way he criticizes Christianity, Richard Dawkins has found a new venue to talk about his forthcoming book Science in the Soul.

counterpunch.org: The Rise of Neoliberal Culture and the Making of an Indecent State and Society 2017-08-11 Maybe it was in the 1990s and the chaos of Somalia when the notion of "failed-states" made its way into the headlines. Somalia's public institutions collapsed under the turmoil of corruption and warlords competing for turf and power. Any semblance of social justice withered under the horrors of civil conflict and exploitation. The criteria associated

counterpunch.org: The Clintons, Trump and White Backlash 2017-08-11 In the mid-1980s Klan leader, White nationalist and one-term Representative from Louisiana David Duke traded in his KKK garb for a business suit and a corporate haircut in order to merge his version of White nationalism with then resurgent capitalism. Neoliberalism links a malleable conception of freedom as what those with social power want to circular social apologetics.

Berkeleyside: Opinion: KPFA should not have canceled Richard Dawkins' speech 2017-08-02 Dawkins' criticism of religion in general and Islam, in particular, is rational and measured. Don't censor him; let the public hear and question him. | Adam DeAvilan is a Berkeley resident and a middle school teacher in Oakland. | I am quite disappointed and concerned that Richard Dawkins was disinvited from speaking at the KPFA event that was to be held Aug. 9 in Berkeley. My partner and I were looking forward to attending.

Green Left Weekly: Charlottesville survivor: 'There's no doubt this was terrorism' 2017-08-15 Democracy Now!'s show on August 14 takes an in-depth look at the Unite the Right white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 that erupted into violence, resulting in three deaths. After a torchlit march of hundreds on the University of Virginia campus, more than 1000 white nationalists descended on the city on August 11 to oppose a plan to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.

Truth-Out: When Deportation Is a Death Sentence: One Domestic Worker's Fight for Survival 2017-08-13 Sheila Bapat |: Reina Gomez needs to be in the US to live; the US needs her labor.

counterpunch.org: Argument as Life: Notes on My Father 2017-08-11 As my plane climbed into the sky over Portland on its way to Indianapolis, the pilot tilted the jet so that we could all get an Instagram-perfect view down on our local volcano and I flashed back to an afternoon in 1992 when my mother, Doreen, and father, TH St. Clair, had made one of

counterpunch.org: Trump's End 2017-08-11 "He's not going anywhere." — Michael Moore Some are hopefully expecting the Trump Days to end before he tweets us into a nuclear blitz with North Korea. President Trump's declaration that "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States" of course resulted in another threat from North Korea. The New York

counterpunch.org: Fascists Fall for Trump, Their Nazi Dream Date 2017-08-14 The Metroplex was a beautiful abandoned building turned into a thriving punk rock club and the de facto Island of Misfit Toys in the 1980s. I saw shows there by the Dead Kennedys, the Circle Jerks and a million others (including, oddly, Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones). I did my first interview with a

counterpunch.org: Minority Rule in Trump's America 2017-08-11 Donald Trump's slogan "America First" is vile; it smacks of nativism and appeals to the insularity and anti-intellectualism of an appallingly large segment of the public. It has always been clear too that Trump's eagerness to get along with Russia stems from more than common sense; that it involves some sort of cover up of

counterpunch.org: Whether India or Elsewhere, to Give up Is to Give In: To Give in Would Be to Let Them Win 2017-08-14 It would be easy to say, "fuck India." It is easy to say, "fuck India." Fuck the whole squalid scene of humanity crawling through its own sludge. From Theni, across the southern belt with its searing heat, with its endless advertisements for cement across to Madurai and beyond. Yes, the multi-billion-rupee cement industry hellbent on

counterpunch.org: Name the System: Some Semi-Random Summer Reflections 2017-08-11 Every once and awhile a moment of political insight breaks out on the "P"BS NewsHour — a de facto outpost of Wall Street's think-tank the Council on Foreign Relations. One such instant occurred two nights with the following dialogue between Weekend "NewsHour" host Hari Sreenivasan and the show's special correspondent Jeff Greenfield.

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Trump’s change of heart on Syria isn’t reassuring, it’s profoundly disturbing


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The response to a horrific crime is too important to be dictated by the president’s vanity, as seems to be the case – and the consequences could spin out of control
Trump with King Abdullah II of Jordan on 5 April.
Trump with King Abdullah II of Jordan on 5 April. ‘There are ominous rumblings … Mike Pence is now insisting that ‘all options are on the table’.’ Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

‘Iwill tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me – big impact.” Those were the words of Donald Trump following the use of chemical weapons in Idlib province. With them, he sent the diplomatic world into a spin: had the president changed his mind on one of the most urgent foreign policy issues of our times?

As far as it’s ever possible to discern method in his madness, Trump’s attitude towards the war in Syria has been relatively straightforward. Destroying Isis is the priority, he has stated time and again, and if that means in bolstering Assad as a side-effect, so be it. This has been the logic of his benign attitude towards Russia, too: Vladimir Putin is a Christian leader willing to use hard power against jihadist Islam, so he’s one of the good guys. Also, Iraq was a mess, and no one wants to start World War Three. Or, as he memorably put it back in November, “I had to listen to [Republican Senator] Lindsey Graham talk about, you know, attacking Syria and attacking, you know, and it’s like you’re now attacking Russia, you’re attacking Iran, you’re attacking.”

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  • The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays – February 23, 2018
    Donald Trump delivers a campaign style speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference. Prisoner rights attorneys return to federal court to say California authorities are violating the terms of an agreement that was supposed to end most solitary confinement.
  • The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays – February 22, 2018
    The longtime leader of the National Rifle Association comes out swinging against the F.B.I.  and what he calls Democratic party and media elites he says are smearing the NRA in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school massacre. The family of Sahleem Tindle and supporters attend a BART Board meeting to demand justice for the African American man slain last month by a BART police officer. Featured Stories: https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/state-senator-resigns-after-sexual-harassment-report https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/sf-court-delays-decision-on-deportation-of-floricel-ramos-lodi-mother-of-3-in-detention-for-11-months https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/family-demands-justice-after-the-death-of-man-shot-by-bart-police-officer
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    Donald Trump holds listening session at the White House with those affected by school massacres; he suggests arming school teachers. California mayors and lawmakers seek 1.5 billion dollars in state funds to tackle the homelessness crisis. https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/mayors-lawmakers-seek-15-billion-for-homelessness
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    Comprehensive coverage of the day’s news with a focus on war and peace; social, environmental and economic justice.
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    Survivors of the Florida high school massacre throw down the gauntlet on gun control — challenging Donald Trump and other Republicans. Washington State youth file suit against the state for failing to take measures to protect them against the ravages of climate change.
  • The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays – February 16, 2018
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russians for interfering with 2016 presidential campaign.  South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, promises to work to attack the problems of poverty and unemployment. Bay Area lawmakers introduce statewide tenant protection measures. https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/three-california-assembly-bills-introduced-to-halt-evictions https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/politicians-try-to-implement-gun-safety-laws-because-thoughts-and-prayers-are-not-enough
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    The fate of hundreds of thousands of the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers remains in limbo after the Senate defeated three measures yesterday. Officials charge accused Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz with 18 counts of premeditated murder. https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/daca-in-limbo-as-senate-votes-down-immigration-proposals https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/the-americans-with-disabilities-act-could-be-reformed
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    On a voice vote, the Senate agrees to proceed to formal debate on measures that variously would protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, spend money on border security, punish sanctuary cities, end diversity visas and restrict family based immigration.   Kaiser healthcare workers protect the health care giant's plan to outsource dozens of jobs.
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    Three of the nation's top intelligence officials testify their agencies have detected Russian activity aimed at interfering in the upcoming midterm elections. Civil rights attorney John Burris announces a lawsuit in the fatal BART shooting of an African American man last month. https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/california-ag-gives-guidance-on-immigrant-worker-protections https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/berkeley-may-become-a-sanctuary-city-for-adult-use-marijuana-city-council-to-vote-on-resolution-tonight https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/family-of-sahleem-tindle-killed-by-bart-police-call-for-bodycam-footage-release
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    The Senate begins open-ended debate on immigration to protect Dreamers from deportation and other immigration issues. San Francisco State Senator Scott Wiener proposes legislation to make it easier to force conservatorships for homeless mentally ill people living on the streets. Featured Stories: https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/foodworkers-protest-low-wages-in-oakland https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/senate-opens-immigration-debate-dreamers-fate-at-stake https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/senator-wiener-introduces-legislation-to-let-cities-decide-on-behalf-of-mentally-ill-homeless-people
  • The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays – February 9, 2018
    Donald Trump nixes release of the Democratic version of a House Intelligence Committee memo on the investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Prisoners seek to keep alive their lawsuit against sleeping deprivation in California prisons. https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/prisoner-lawsuits-against-sleep-deprivation-in-ca-prisons   https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/trump-signs-massive-budget-deal https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/court-documents-show-police-collaborated-with-neo-nazis  
  • The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays – February 8, 2018
    The Senate and House debate budget measures as a midnight deadline looms to avert another government shutdown. Berkeley police roust a homeless encampment on the grounds of Old City Hall. Featured Stories: https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/berkeley-sweeps-homeless-encampment-at-old-city-hall https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/judge-rules-a-baker-can-refuse-to-bake-a-cake-for-a-lesbian-wedding https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/troubled-waterfix-seeks-to-build-one-tunnel-at-a-time
  • The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays – February 7, 2018
    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi holds the floor for hours to dramatize her demand that Republican Speaker Paul Ryan agree to allow debate on a plan to protect young undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers."  The California Nurses Association makes its case for single payer health care at the State Capitol.
  • The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays – February 6, 2018
    The White House says Donald Trump was only kidding when he said that Democrats who failed to applaud during the State of the Union may have been committing treason — New York Democrat Hakeem Jeffries says treason is not a laughing matter. San Francisco and Alameda County residents may have the opportunity to vote on intiatives to fund child care, as wait lists grow to more than 1,000 names long. https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/alameda-county-board-of-supervisors-approve-child-care-ballot-initiative https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/doctors-rally-for-daca-immigrants https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/criminal-justice-fees-could-be-abandoned-in-sf-city-and-county
  • The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays – February 5, 2018
    Donald Trump calls Congressional Democrats who didn't applaud his State of the Union speech "UnAmerican" and treasonous. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra steps in to provide oversight of SFPD reforms after the federal Justice Department abandons its Obama-era role. https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/poor-peoples-campaign-launches-moral-campaign-on-poverty-environment-racism https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/california-doj-will-review-sfpds-effort-to-improve-its-relationship-with-the-public


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The day before the Senate Intelligence Committee holds its first open hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, commitee Democrat Ron Wyden says he wants a thorough review of the financial relationships between Russia and President Donald Trump and his associates. California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announce a long-awaited bridge and road repair package. San Francisco State Senator Scott Wiener introduces legislation that would force any future presidential candidates to release their tax returns as a condition for appearing on the California ballot.

The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays March 28, 2017 President Donald Trump signs an order to begin to unwind President Obama's clean power plan curbing emissions by coal-fired power plants. The order also affects coal leasing on public lands, methane missions and more. A California legislative committee rejects a Republican bill aimed at overturning the "Trust Act" which protects undocumented immigrants from federal detainer requests. Congressional Republicans successfully push back at Democratic attempts to force Donald Trump to produce his tax returns.

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The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays March 27, 2017 Vermont Independent Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announces a new push for Medicare for All in the wake of the failure of the Republican drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Senate Democrats force a one week delay in the confirmation vote for Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein says she's troubled by the millions of dollars in dark money spent by outside groups to promote Gorsuch and defeat President Obama's pick Merrick Garland, who Republicans refused to even consider. NFL owners approved the move of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas on a nearly unanimous vote of 31-1.

The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays March 24, 2017 The House pulls out on the vote for its repeal and replace legislation after President Donald Trump says he's through negotiating on the bill. The Trump Administration gives the OK to the Keystone XL pipeline, with a State Department finding that its construction will serve the U.S. national interest. San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu introduces legislation to protect the state's undocumented workers.

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The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays March 23, 2017 Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan engage in furious lobbying to win over enough House Republicans to assure passage of a bill to repeal and replace the seven year old Affordable Care Act. Top Senate Democrat Charles Schumer says he will lead a filibuster against appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch, charging that Gorsuch "almost instinctively favors the powerful over the weak." Legislation put forward by state lawmakers would make California a sanctuary state for marijuana use.

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The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays March 22, 2017

British security officials say four people are dead, including the assailant, in what they're calling a terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge and outside the British parliament. President Donald Trump and House Republican leaders crank up pressure on recalcitrant conservatives and other Republican lawmakers a day before the House is set to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Richmond files suit against Donald Trump's executive order to punish sanctuary cities. Immigrants rights and labor groups protest outside the offices of Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston over his cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

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The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays March 21, 2017

Day two of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsch. He's pressed on abortion, torture and whether corporations have the same free speech rights as people. Donald Trump pays a rare visit to Capitol Hill to rally wavering Republicans ahead of Thursday's scheduled vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act and put in place the Republican alternative. San Francisco and Oakland may join the city of Berkeley in voting to bar contracting with companies that help to build Donald Trump's wall along the border with Mexico. S.F. Mayor Ed Lee signs an ordinance pledging noncompliance with any future Muslim registry that the Trump Administration might order.

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The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays March 20, 2017 FBI Director James Comey publicly confirmd for the first time that the FBI is investigating Russia's alleged efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including any potential coordination between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government. The Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearings into Donald Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat left vacant on the U.S. Supreme Court when Antonin Scalia died eleven months ago and Republicans refused to consider President Obama's pick. Juvenile justice reform on the agenda at the State Capitol as two lawmakers introduce legislation to keep young children out of the juvenile justice system. San Francisco Assemblymember Phil Ting joins with other Democrats to introduce legislation that would force the nation's two largest pension systems, CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest from companies that build Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico.

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