2018-02-26: Social Media Postees

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Thailand: Activist Held Incommunicado in South.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-02-27
Aiman Hadeng, chair of the Justice for Peace Network, has been detained in a military camp in Thailand's Yala province since February 23, 2018. | © 2018 Justice for Peace Network | (New York) — The Thai government should immediately end the incommunicado military detention of a prominent ethnic Malay Muslim human rights activist, Human Rights Watch said today. Aiman Hadeng, chair of the Justice for Peace Network, has been detained in a military camp in Thailand's Yala province since February 23, 2018, without effective safeguards against mistreatment. | "The Thai military's incommunicado detention of a well-known rights activist should set off alarm bells given the army's long history of abuse in southern Thailand," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "The Thai government can address the growing concerns for Aiman's safety by immediately allowing…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/27/thailand-activist-held-incommunicado-south

Egypt: Arrests Escalate Ahead of Unfair Elections .
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-02-26
Chairman of Strong Egypt party, Abd al-Moneim Abu al-Fotouh, speaks during a news conference in Cairo, February 4, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | (Beirut, February 26, 2018) — Egyptian authorities carried out a series of arbitrary arrests in late January and February, 2018, in an escalating crackdown against political opposition, Human Rights Watch said today. Among those arrested is Abd al-Moniem Abu al-Fotouh, a 2012 presidential candidate and the head of the Strong Egypt Party. | The intensifying repression and the use of terrorism-related charges against peaceful activists are emblematic of a government strategy to silence critical voices ahead of the planned presidential elections on March 26-28. Human Rights Watch and 13 other rights organizations have said that they lacked "the minimum requirements for free and fair elections." | "Abu al-Fotouh's arrest…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/26/egypt-arrests-escalate-ahead-unfair-elections

Iran: Dozens of women ill-treated and at risk of long jail terms for peacefully protesting compulsory veiling.
Amnesty International | 2018-02-26
A warning by Iranian police that women could be jailed for up to a decade for joining protests against compulsory veiling has put dozens at immediate risk of unjust imprisonment and represents an alarming escalation of the authorities' violent crackdown on women's rights, said Amnesty International. | More than 35 women have been violently attacked and arrested in Tehran alone since December 2017 for taking part in ongoing peaceful protests against the discriminatory and abusive practice of compulsory veiling. In an official statement on 23 February, the police warned that women would now be charged with "inciting corruption and prostitution," which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. One of the protestors, Narges Hosseini, was today put on trial before an Ershad (Moral Guidance) court in Tehran on charges that include this new charge. | | "We want to send a message to Washington — there's a storm brewing and we're ready to stand strong for human rights. Our world leaders, including President Trump, need to know…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/02/amnesty-international-ads-rejected-by-washington-dc-metro/

Sum of All American Fears in Korea: Peace.
Tony Cartalucci | Global Research | 2018-02-25
North Korea has been depicted by the Western media as a dangerous rogue state, plotting the nuclear holocaust of America and holding global peace and stability hostage with its irrational aggression. It is the supposed threat North Korea poses to …
globalresearch.ca/sum-of-all-american-fears-in-korea-peace/5630250

Ethiopia: New State of Emergency Risks Renewed Abuses.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-02-23
Police officers patrol along a road in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 21, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Ethiopia's newly proclaimed state of emergency risks further closing the space for peaceful political activity, Human Rights Watch said today. The action dashed hopes that the release of key political prisoners days earlier was a first step toward more widespread political reforms. The government should promptly repeal or revise restrictions that violate the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association, and expression protected under international human rights law. | On February 17, 2018, following Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's resignation, Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa announced a countrywide six-month state of emergency. The Directive of the State of Emergency contains overly broad restrictions and vague language that will facilitate government abuses, Human Rights Watch said. During Ethiopia's
www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/23/ethiopia-new-state-emergency-risks-renewed-abuses

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/

Ethiopia: New State of Emergency Risks Renewed Abuses.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-02-23
Police officers patrol along a road in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 21, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Ethiopia's newly proclaimed state of emergency risks further closing the space for peaceful political activity, Human Rights Watch said today. The action dashed hopes that the release of key political prisoners days earlier was a first step toward more widespread political reforms. The government should promptly repeal or revise restrictions that violate the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association, and expression protected under international human rights law. | On February 17, 2018, following Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's resignation, Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa announced a countrywide six-month state of emergency. The Directive of the State of Emergency contains overly broad restrictions and vague language that will facilitate government abuses, Human Rights Watch said. During Ethiopia's
www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/23/ethiopia-new-state-emergency-risks-renewed-abuses

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

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

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.
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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/

Christine Hong on North Korean Peace Threat, Lee Fang on Opioid Lobby.
CounterSpin | FAIR | 2018-02-16
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Bank of America to SEC: Cryptocurrency Creating Pressure To Lower Prices.
Justin Szilard | MintPress News | 2018-02-26
The second largest bank by total assets, Bank of America, detailed in an annual report to the SEC that cryptocurrencies pose a threat to their business model. | The bank detailed credit, liquidity, market, geopolitical, and operational risk factors moving into the future, but the threat of cryptocurrencies was a surprising addition to the list. The report touched on the commonly accused threat that cryptocurrencies would "limit [BoA's] ability to track the movement of funds" and to comply with KYC and AML regulations. | However, the most surprising threat assessment was the realization that crypto could threaten the bank's overall service business model. BofA outlined that "clients may choose to conduct business with other market participants who engage in business or offer products in areas we deem speculative or risky, such as cryptocurrencies," which would "negatively affect [BoA's] earnings by creating…

Bank of America to SEC: Cryptocurrency Creating Pressure To Lower Prices

Donald Trump's Foreign Policy: Made in Israel?
Philip M. Giraldi | MintPress News | 2018-02-26
It was refreshing to hear then aspirant to the GOP nomination for president Donald Trump tell a gathering of Republican Jews in New York City that he didn't need their money. It was, of course, a lie, like so many other lies that came out of the electoral campaign, but it seemed to open the door on a new era for American foreign policy. Combined with Trump's pledge that he would not rush headlong into any new wars in the Middle East, linked to a robust condemnation of what had gone wrong in Iraq, it seemed to indicate that the Israel Lobby would no longer be defining the playing field for U.S. engagement in the region and that a Trump presidency just might take office with considerable wariness about Jewish power in the United States. Or so it seemed. | Two years later,…

Donald Trump's Foreign Policy: Made in Israel?

'I know my father': Ivanka Trump's TV riposte about sexual misconduct sets Twitter on fire.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-26
Ivanka Trump took offense to a question by a TV interviewer about accusations by several women that her father engaged in sexual misconduct. Her response has caused a flame war on Twitter. | Read Full Article at RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/419881-ivanka-trump-sexual-misconduct-interview/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Top 10 Signs the U.S. Is the Most Corrupt Nation in the World (2018 Ed.).
Juan Cole, Informed Comment | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-24
American democracy is being corrupted out of existence. | Those ratings that castigate Afghanistan and some other poor countries as hopelessly "corrupt" always imply that the United States is not corrupt. This year's report from Transparency International puts the US on a par with Austria, which is ridiculous. All kinds of people from politicians to businessmen would go to jail in Austria today if they engaged in practices that are quite common in the US. While it is true that you don't typically have to bribe your postman to deliver the mail in the US, in many key ways America's political and financial practices make it in absolute terms far more corrupt than the usual global South suspects. After all, the US economy is worth over $18 trillion a year, so in our corruption a lot more money changes hands. 1. A sure. . .
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DCCC Goes Nuclear, Slams Democratic Candidate as Corrupt for Same Behavior It Engages in Regularly.
Lee Fang | The Intercept | 2018-02-23
On Thursday evening, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took the extraordinary step of publicly attacking a prominent Democratic candidate in a contested Texas primary. The party committee's move was made all the more jarring given the background of the candidate, Laura Moser, who in 2017 became a hero of the Trump resistance movement as the creator of Daily Action, a text-messaging tool that channeled progressive anger into a single piece of activism per day. | "Voters in Houston have organized for over a year to hold Rep. [John] Culberson accountable and win this Clinton district," DCCC Communications Director Meredith Kelly told the Texas Tribune. "Unfortunately, Laura Moser's outright disgust for life in Texas disqualifies her as a general election candidate, and would rob voters of their opportunity to flip Texas' 7th in November." | The comment followed the release of an
theintercept.com/2018/02/22/national-democrats-go-nuclear-publicly-slam-a-dem-candidate-as-corrupt-for-far-less-than-its-own-officials-do/

Where's the Beef Stroganoff? Eight Sacrilegious Reflections on Russiagate.
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
Neo-McCarthyite liberals and other dismal Democrats are clucking about how Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 untouchable Russians for "defrauding" the U.S. by buying some Facebook ads and employing some Internet trolls to "say horrible things" (imagine!) about Hillary Clinton (a horrifically bad politician who was accurately described as a "lying neoliberal warmonger" by a leading U.S. left intellectual trying to get leftists to hold their noses and vote "for" her as the lesser evil) "proves" that Russia engaged in relevant meddling to undermine U.S. "democracy" on Donald Trump's behalf during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
counterpunch.org/2018/02/23/wheres-the-beef-stroganoff-eight-sacrilegious-reflections-on-russiagate/

8 Better Things in France for Trump to Emulate Than a Military Parade.
Elliott Negin, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-26
From the environment and health care to gun control and education, France is outdoing America. | President Trump was so impressed by the military parade he saw in Paris on Bastille Day last July that he ordered the Pentagon to plan a bigger one for Washington, D. C. "It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen," Trump told reporters when he met with French President Emmanuel Macron in New York in September for the opening of the UN General Assembly. "It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France. We're going to have to try to top it. "Of course Trump wants to top it. All things Trump are always "huge," from his inauguration day crowd to his nuclear button to his tax cut. But. . .
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Tuition fees review will escalate marketisation of higher education in UK.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-24
At the center of discussions is the introduction of market-based pricing for degree courses, based on likely graduate earnings.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/24/fees-f24.html

8 Better Things in France for Trump to Emulate Than a Military Parade.
Elliott Negin, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-23
From the environment and health care to gun control and education, France is outdoing America. | President Trump was so impressed by the military parade he saw in Paris on Bastille Day last July that he ordered the Pentagon to plan a bigger one for Washington, D. C. "It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen," Trump told reporters when he met with French President Emmanuel Macron in New York in September for the opening of the UN General Assembly. "It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France. We're going to have to try to top it. "Of course Trump wants to top it. All things Trump are always "huge," from his inauguration day crowd to his nuclear button to his tax cut. But. . .
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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

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…
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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.
theintercept.com/2018/02/22/puerto-rico-schools-betsy-devos/

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

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

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

Bernie Sanders bashed for spreading 'false story' while deflecting blame for being 'Kremlin-backed'.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-26
Bernie Sanders, who was attacked for the alleged support his campaign received from "Kremlin trolls," is now accused of supporting a false story about how his campaign worked with that of Hillary Clinton against those trolls. | Read Full Article at RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/419832-bernie-bashing-russian-trolls/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

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

For 2018, Top Democrats Follow the Big Money.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-23
Heading into the 2018 midterms, Democratic leaders are favoring corporate-friendly candidates — even though Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign showed them a different path, Aaron Mate reports…
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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

Video: Glenn Greenwald and James Risen Debate the Trump/Russia Investigation.
Intercepted | The Intercept | 2018-02-22
James Risen and Glenn Greenwald have both won Pulitzer Prizes. They both have found themselves in the crosshairs of the U.S. government for their journalism. And they both write for The Intercept. But Jim and Glenn have taken very different approaches to covering the Trump/Russia story. In this one-hour special video edition of Intercepted, they go head-to-head in a debate. Glenn is one of the most high-profile critics of the official story bolstered by the U.S. intelligence community, the Democrats, and many media outlets, including some of this country's most powerful papers and news channels. Jim battled both the Bush and Obama administrations — under threat of imprisonment — for refusing to name his sources in some of the most sensitive national security reporting of the modern era. Jim recently broke a key story on a secret NSA channel to Russia and his first column for The Intercept, about the Trump/Russia investigation, posed the question: Is Donald Trump a traitor? | The post Video: Glenn Greenwald and James Risen Debate the Trump/Russia Investigation appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/02/21/video-glenn-greenwald-and-james-risen-debate-the-trumprussia-investigation/

Patrick Soon-Shiong Brings Hope to the Los Angeles Times.
Bill Boyarsky | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-24
The new owner has a chance to do a great public service by reviving the civic treasure, battered by years of dictatorial and incompetent regimes. But he'll soon learn that running a newspaper is not science or showmanship. | The post Patrick Soon-Shiong Brings Hope to the Los Angeles Times appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Lawsuit Reveals How Paid Expert Helped 3M "Command the Science" on Dangerous Chemicals.
Sharon Lerner | The Intercept | 2018-02-23
On Tuesday, 3M settled a suit filed by the state of Minnesota for $850 million, averting a much-awaited trial over the company's responsibility for massive amounts of waste containing perfluorinated chemicals, which it had dumped in the state for more than 40 years. | The suit charged that the Minnesota-based company, which made the perfluorinated chemicals for use in Scotchgard, firefighting foam, and other products, "acted with a deliberate disregard for the high risk of injury to the citizens and wildlife of Minnesota." | The complaint details how chemicals from the plant seeped into Minnesota's drinking water and accuses the company of covering up the knowledge that its perfluorinated products, including PFOA, PFOS, PFBA, and FPBS, accumulate in people's bodies and present a health hazard. According to expert testimony filed in the case, tens of thousands…
theintercept.com/2018/02/23/3m-lawsuit-pfcs-pollution/

The Great Danger of Anthropocentricity.
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
Evincing an almost unbelievable ignorance of environmental science, last week Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, told reporters…
counterpunch.org/2018/02/23/the-great-danger-of-anthropocentricity/

Philippines: Detained Duterte critic must be freed immediately.
Amnesty International | 2018-02-23
The Philippines authorities must immediately drop all charges and release prisoner of conscience Senator Leila de Lima, an outspoken critic of President Duterte who has been jailed on politically motivated drug charges, Amnesty International said ahead of the anniversary of her arrest. | Senator Leila de Lima was arrested on 24 February 2017 on three separate spurious charges under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. In the lead up to her arrest, President Duterte and other supporters had led a vicious campaign of harassment and intimidation against the Senator and falsely tried to implicate her in the drug trade. | | "The…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/02/philippines-detained-duterte-critic-must-be-freed-immediately/

Venezuela: Further information: Prisoner of conscience gets medical care: Villca Fernández.
Amnesty International | 2018-02-22
Prisoner of conscience Villca Fernández finally received medical care after having been denied urgently needed medical treatment since June 2017. Since 26 January 2018, prison authorities have transferred Villca Fernández to a military hospital on several occasions for continued treatment.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr53/7943/2018/en/

Venezuela: Further information: Prisoner of conscience gets medical care: Villca Fernández.
Amnesty International | 2018-02-22
Prisoner of conscience Villca Fernández finally received medical care after having been denied urgently needed medical treatment since June 2017. Since 26 January 2018, prison authorities have transferred Villca Fernández to a military hospital on several occasions for continued treatment.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr53/7943/2018/en/

Six Months After Harvey, Environmental Justice & Climate Change Absent from Houston's Recovery Plans.
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-26
This week marks six months since Hurricane Harvey caused historic flooding in Houston, Texas, the most diverse city in the nation and one of its largest. Houston is also home to the largest refining and petrochemical complex in the country. As federal money for rebuilding trickles in, Houston's chief "recovery czar" is the former president of Shell Oil, Marvin Odum, whose past experience includes rebuilding Shell's oil and gas facilities after Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, immigrants and fenceline communities who suffer from pollution along Houston's industrial corridor are still largely absent from much of the discussion about how the city plans to recover. For more, we host a roundtable discussion with Dr. Robert Bullard, the "father of environmental justice"; Bryan Parras of the Sierra Club; undocumented immigrant activist Cesar Espinosa; and Goldman Environmental Prize winner Hilton Kelley in Port Arthur, Texas.
www.democracynow.org/2018/2/26/six_months_after_harvey_environmental_justice

Six Months After Harvey, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Absent From Houston's Recovery Plans.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-26
This week marks six months since Hurricane Harvey caused historic flooding in Houston, Texas, the most diverse city in the nation and one of its largest. Houston is also home to the largest refining and petrochemical complex in the country. As federal money for rebuilding trickles in, Houston's chief "recovery czar" is the president of Shell Oil, Marvin Odum, whose past experience includes rebuilding Shell's oil and gas facilities after Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, immigrants and fenceline communities who suffer from pollution along Houston's industrial corridor are still largely absent from much of the discussion about how the city plans to recover. For more, we host a roundtable discussion with Dr. Robert Bullard, the "father of environmental justice"; Bryan Parras of the Sierra Club; undocumented immigrant activist Cesar Espinosa; and Goldman Environmental Prize winner Hilton Kelley in Port Arthur, Texas. | Please check back later for full transcript.
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43669-six-months-after-harvey-environmental-justice-and-climate-change-absent-from-houston-s-recovery-plans

Gorsuch Silent as Divided Supreme Court Spars Over Unions.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-26
The justices hear arguments in a case that could undermine the financial footing of labor unions that represent more than 5 million government workers. | The post Gorsuch Silent as Divided Supreme Court Spars Over Unions appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Supreme Court Stalls Trump's Bid to End DACA.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-26
WASHINGTON–The Supreme Court is rejecting the Trump administration's highly unusual bid to get the justices to intervene in the controversy over protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. | The justices on Monday refused to take up the administration's appeal of a lower court order that requires the administration to continue accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. What made the appeal unusual is that the administration sought to bypass the federal appeals court in San Francisco and go directly to the Supreme Court. | In a brief unsigned comment, the justices they assume "the court of appeals will proceed expeditiously to decide this case." | A judge in New York also has ruled in favor of immigrants challenging the end of DACA, and that case is expected to proceed to the federal appeals court in…
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At US Supreme Court, political power of unions hangs in the balance.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-26
Protesters gathered before the US Supreme Court as the nine Justices considered a controversial labor union case. The decision could damage unions' finances and their impact on elections, in which they tend to back Democrats. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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The Supreme Court Just Dealt Trump a Major Blow in His War on Immigrant Youth.
Gabe Ortiz, DailyKos | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-26
DACA renewals will continue, even if Dreamers remain incredibly vulnerable. | In a major win for undocumented immigrant youth, the Supreme Court will not hear the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court decision that partially reinstated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA program). This means that some DACA renewals can continue, for now: The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to bypass the court of appeals and hear an appeal directly from a trial court decision reinstating DACA. Such requests to circumvent the intermediate appeals court — known as a "petition for writ of certiorari before judgment" — are almost never granted, and Monday's order is no exception. Nevertheless, it is also very uncommon for the Justice Department to make such a request of the Court. Monday's order is an indication that there are limits to the Court's. . .
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Dr. Strangelove in the Pentagon: Lowering the Nuclear Threshold and Other Follies of the New Nuclear Posture Review.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-26
(Photo: Sykono / Getty Images) | In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout. | If you're having trouble sleeping thanks to, well, you know who… you're not alone. But don't despair. A breakthrough remedy has just gone on the market. It has no chemically induced side effects and, best of all, will cost you nothing, thanks to the Department of Defense. It's the new Nuclear Posture Review, or NPR, among the most soporific documents of our era. Just keeping track of the number of times the phrase "flexible and tailored response" appears in the 75-page document is the equivalent of counting (incinerated) sheep. Be warned, however, that if you really start paying attention to its actual subject matter, rising anxiety will block your journey to…
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Even As a Student Movement Rises, Gun Manufacturers Are Targeting Young People.
Lee Fang | The Intercept | 2018-02-25
A movement of young people, led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, captured the nation's attention with gun control activism following a Valentine's Day shooting at the school. But, even as the students appear in national media and flood the streets, state legislatures, and Capitol Hill, the gun industry is enjoying a growing following of young people of its own. | For years, gun manufacturers and industry-supported associations have focused their energy on transforming young Americans into the next generation of shooters. Using the appeal of a real-word version of the video game-style experience, the industry is pursuing young people to bolster revenue amid slumping sales. While the industry soars under Democratic governance — for fear that imminent regulations will make purchases more difficult — gun sales have been down since President Donald Trump's election. | Amid…
theintercept.com/2018/02/25/young-people-guns-marketing-video-games/

A Case of Selective Justice.
Eric Ortiz | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-25
The FBI is busy. | Over the last year, the feds have been conducting two big investigations. One involves NCAA basketball violations and dozens of high-profile characters (players, schools, agents and businesses) exchanging money that violate college sports' amateurism rules. The other involves allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. | Both stories are treated as A-1 scandals of biblical proportions. They make mere mortals wonder where these superhero crime fighters find the time. Perhaps not investigating mass shooters frees up some hours? | In the NCAA case, the news that college basketball players are getting under-the-table benefits is not a groundbreaking revelation. Everybody knows everybody is getting paid in college basketball. | In the Russia meddling case, the idea of foreign electoral intervention is not the scoop of the century. The United States itself has…
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Even After Gun Violence Occurs, the Government Often Fails Survivors.
Liz Posner, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-25
A new investigation shows that victim's compensation funds aren't working very well. | The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week claimed 17 lives and resulted in 14 gunshot injuries. As a heightened national conversation around gun control unfolds, we should stay focused on ensuring that the injured students and faculty are adequately provided for. But as a new report by the Trace reveals, in addition to doing a lousy job of preventing gun violence, state governments are doing a poor job of caring for the victims of mass shootings when they occur. Seven-hundred-and-fifty-thousand Americans were injured by gunfire in the past decade, and 430,000 survived. Surviving gun violence is expensive, and too many victims end up paying for the costs out of pocket. Dr. Robert Sege, who has studied the topic extensively, told NPR, "the direct medical costs that. . .
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Amnesty International Annual Report 2017/18.
Amnesty International | 2018-02-25
Amnesty International's report, The State of the World's Human Rights 2017-18, covers 159 countries and delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world today.
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/research/2018/02/annual-report-201718/

'We're not the pizza department': San Antonio police on dumbest 911 calls (VIDEO).
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-25
The San Antonio Police Department released a video of the strangest reasons people call 911. The video aims to remind people not to call the number unless it's a real emergency. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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Proposed Arizona Law Could Promote Embryonic Personhood.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-25
A new bill in Arizona has some reproductive rights advocates worried that the state is trying to set a precedent that would establish embryonic personhood — a first in the United States. | Proponents argue that the bill "protects a parent's right to his or her in vitro embryos in a divorce proceeding," and is simply a necessary clarification in the law. But because they're backed by national conservative interests that have historically lobbied against reproductive freedoms, critics are viewing their claim with a grain of salt. | SB 1393 might sound innocuous, and like a much-needed fix to a heartbreaking problem: What happens when a couple divorces and they can't agree on what should happen with embryos they froze while they were married? | This…
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As the Trump Administration Retreats on Climate Change, US Cities Are Moving Forward.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-25
You'll never see a paywall at Truthout and we'll never artificially restrict your access to the news. Can you pitch in to help keep it that way? We rely on our readers to keep us online, so make a one-time or monthly donation today! | Despite almost universal scientific consensus that climate change poses a growing threat, President Donald Trump's recent infrastructure plan makes no mention of the need to build resilience to rising global temperatures. Instead, it actually seeks to weaken environmental reviews as a way of speeding up the infrastructure permitting process. | This proposal flies in the face of scientific evidence on climate change. It also contradicts the priorities of many local leaders who view climate change as a growing concern. | During the summer of 2017, we and Boston University's Initiative…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43655-as-the-trump-administration-retreats-on-climate-change-us-cities-are-moving-forward

California Democrats Deny Dianne Feinstein Their Endorsement for Senate.
David Dayen | The Intercept | 2018-02-25
SAN DIEGO — Despite over a quarter-century representing California in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein in a humiliating setback was denied the endorsement of the California Democratic Party on Saturday, signaling a shift away from moderates at the highest levels of the state political infrastructure. | State Sen. Kevin De León, offering the strongest challenge to Feinstein since her election, garnered 54 percent of the vote of nearly 3,000 delegates gathered here at the state convention, compared to just 37 percent for Feinstein. The state party endorsement gives candidates coveted placement on state party mailers and can raise the profile of candidates who may have a deficit in fundraising. It's not like Feinstein has a need to raise her profile in the state, and has plenty of money to get her message out. But denying the party endorsement to a sitting U.S. Senator is…
theintercept.com/2018/02/25/california-democrats-deny-dianne-feinstein-their-endorsement-for-senate/

A New Landmark in CEO-Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-25
Honeywell has become the first large US corporation to report the ratio between its CEO and median worker compensation, in compliance with a new Securities and Exchange Commission regulation based on the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation. | Honeywell, a Fortune 100 company that concentrates on manufacturing technologies, included the pay ratio information in a preliminary proxy statement posted on the SEC web site after 5 p.m. on Friday, February 16. | Two particularly noteworthy revelations stand out in the Honeywell disclosure. | The first: Honeywell CEO Darius Adamczyk, with only nine months of experience in his chief executive job, made 333 times as much in 2017 as the median Honeywell worker. | Adamczyk replaced long-time Honeywell CEO David Cote in April 2017. To calculate the CEO-worker pay ratio, Honeywell annualized Adamczyk's compensation, coming up with a total of $16.5 million. The…
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Claims of drug ring at US Naval Academy selling cocaine, LSD on dark web trigger probe.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-25
US Navy investigators are looking into claims of a drug ring that was selling illegal substances over the dark web, including cocaine, LSD, and ketamine — a powerful sedative, local media reports. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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Trump: 'We Have to Come Together as a Nation' (Video).
Eric Ortiz | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-25
In an interview with Judge Jeanine on Fox News, the president discusses the Democratic memo, the Nunes memo, allegations of Russian collusion and more. | The post Trump: 'We Have to Come Together as a Nation' (Video) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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What's smoked in Vegas, stays in Vegas: Sin City airport installs weed bins.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-25
Las Vegas airport introduced weed disposal boxes so tourists enjoying the state's legal marijuana don't smuggle drugs across the border. The boxes are a 'blunt' way to ensure stoners on the ground aren't also high flyers. | Read Full Article at RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/419783-vegas-airport-weed-disposal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Koch Document Reveals Laundry List of Policy Victories Extracted from the Trump Administration.
Lee Fang | The Intercept | 2018-02-25
In the backdrop of a chaotic first year of Donald Trump's presidency, the conservative Koch brothers have won victory after victory in their bid to reshape American government to their interests. | Documents obtained by The Intercept and Documented show that the network of wealthy donors led by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch have taken credit for a laundry list of policy achievements extracted from the Trump administration and their allies in Congress. | The donors have pumped campaign contributions not only to GOP lawmakers, but also to an array of third-party organizations that have pressured officials to act swiftly to roll back limits on pollution, approve new pipeline projects, and extend the largest set of upper-income tax breaks in generations. | "This year, thanks in part to research and outreach efforts across institutions, we have seen progress on many regulatory priorities…
theintercept.com/2018/02/25/koch-brothers-trump-administration/

Florida inmate denounces governor, screams "Murderers!" before lethal injection.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-24
Despite briefs filed by a group of former judges, Florida Supreme Court justices and other professionals, the US Supreme Court denied a stay of execution.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/24/exec-f24.html

Young Courage vs. White Male Rage.
Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-24
The gun-toting right may have met its match in a new generation. | Gun violence in the United States is so routine, and the responses that follow a mass shooting so scripted, that the political response emerging in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. , school shooting last week have caught the nation off guard. It is never easy to predict when a spark will catch fire, when just the right set of circumstances will turn a miscarriage of justice into the birth of a movement. We have all become so used to tiptoeing around the supposedly sacred right of Americans to arm themselves to the teeth that we expect nothing to change in the wake of gun violence, and we rejoice over the most minuscule measures that chip away at the power of the gun industry. But now the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. . .
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Congress Releases Redacted Democratic Memo.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-24
Read the full memo here. | WASHINGTON–After weeks of discussions with the Justice Department, Democrats on the House intelligence committee released Saturday a classified memo that counters GOP allegations that the FBI abused U.S. government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference. | The release comes after weeks of back and forth over how much of the document would be redacted. The White House on Feb. 9 objected to its release, citing national security concerns. That sent the Democrats back to negotiations with the FBI over how much of the memo needed to be blacked out. | President Donald Trump had no such concerns about an earlier classified memo written by Republicans, which he declassified Feb 2 over strong objections from the FBI. In that memo, Republicans took aim at the FBI and the Justice Department over the use of…
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