2018-02-27: Social Media Postees

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In Pre-Dawn Raid, Israel Arrests Badly Wounded Cousin of Ahed Tamimi, Jailed Protest Icon.
Robert Mackey | The Intercept | 2018-02-26
Early Monday morning, Israeli forces detained a teenage Palestinian boy who has been missing part of his skull since December, when he was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier during a protest against the occupation of his West Bank village. | The boy, Mohammed Tamimi, 15, was one of 10 Palestinian residents of the village of Nabi Saleh arrested in a pre-dawn raid. Tamimi's 17-year-old cousin, Ahed, has been in an Israeli military prison since December, when she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier outside her family home about an hour after Mohammed was shot. | Mohammed was arrested in the middle of the night, and taken away for interrogation, despite the fact that his medical condition has been widely reported on in the Israeli press, and his head remains badly deformed.@OrenZiv1985 / @activestills pic.twitter.com/ZMGdYtBUx0 | –…
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In Pre-Dawn Raid, Israel Arrests Badly Wounded Cousin of Ahed Tamimi, Jailed Protest Icon.
Robert Mackey | The Intercept | 2018-02-26
Early Monday morning, Israeli forces detained a teenage Palestinian boy who has been missing part of his skull since December, when he was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier during a protest against the occupation of his West Bank village. | The boy, Mohammed Tamimi, 15, was one of 10 Palestinian residents of the village of Nabi Saleh arrested in a pre-dawn raid. Tamimi's 17-year-old cousin, Ahed, has been in an Israeli military prison since December, when she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier outside her family home about an hour after Mohammed was shot. | Mohammed was arrested in the middle of the night, and taken away for interrogation, despite the fact that his medical condition has been widely reported on in the Israeli press, and his head remains badly deformed.Breaking: This is Mohammad Tamimi, 15, who was…
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Israel Extracts "Confession" From Badly Wounded Cousin of Ahed Tamimi, Jailed Protest Icon.
Robert Mackey | The Intercept | 2018-02-26
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5: 54 a.m. EST | Early Monday morning, Israeli forces detained a teenage Palestinian boy who has been missing part of his skull since December, when he was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier during a protest against the occupation of his West Bank village. | The boy, Mohammed Tamimi, 15, was one of 10 Palestinian residents of the village of Nabi Saleh arrested in a pre-dawn raid. Tamimi's 17-year-old cousin, Ahed, has been in an Israeli military prison since December, when she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier outside her family home about an hour after Mohammed was shot. | Mohammed was arrested in the middle of the night, and taken away for interrogation, despite the fact that his medical condition has been widely reported on in the Israeli press, and his head remains badly…
theintercept.com/2018/02/26/pre-dawn-raid-israel-arrests-badly-wounded-cousin-ahed-tamimi-jailed-protest-icon/

The advent of "pop-up" schools in Australia: Yet another assault on public education.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-27
"Pop-up" schools are temporary replacements for the huge shortage of public schools capable of providing their students with the classrooms and other facilities they require.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/27/popu-f27.html

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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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

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

Washington has Engaged in Information Warfare, Including Fake News and Trolling, for Years.
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-27
The howling in government and the corporate media and among many liberals about an alleged Russian information war, with bots, trolls and fake news being placed in social media to mislead and incite Americans against each other, might lead one think, like Sen John McCain, that we are practically at war with Russia. Yet it's…
counterpunch.org/2018/02/27/washington-has-engaged-in-information-warfare-including-fake-news-and-trolling-for-years/

'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

Col. Wilkerson: Trump's N. Korea Diplomacy Absurd.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-26
By refusing to engage in diplomacy with North Korea, the Trump administration could be leading South Korea to break away from its strategic alliance with the US says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson…
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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?

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
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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.
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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

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

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…
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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/

Maldives: Release peaceful protestors immediately and unconditionally.
Amnesty International | 2018-02-27
The Maldivian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release all people who have been arbitrarily detained under the state of emergency solely for exercising their human rights and halt attacks on peaceful protestors, Amnesty International said today. | The human rights organization has documented several arbitrary detentions on the island nation under state of emergency laws, mainly of peaceful protestors and journalists. Members of the judiciary and political opponents have also been held arbitrarily since the state of emergency was imposed on 5 February, and the organization has called for their immediate release unless promptly charged with a recognizable criminal offence. | "Those who were peacefully protesting against the state of emergency should never have been detained in the first place and must be released immediately and unconditionally. The Maldivian government is using the state of emergency as a licence for repression, targeting members…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/02/maldives-release-peaceful-protestors/

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

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/

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

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/

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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Christine Hong on North Korean Peace Threat, Lee Fang on Opioid Lobby.
CounterSpin | FAIR | 2018-02-16
Media…
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Duck and Cover.
Winslow Myers | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-27
Once those articulate Florida high school students, God love them, are finished exposing the craven emptiness of politicians like Marco Rubio and others subverted by the NRA, they might want to turn to nuclear weapons as another sacred cow ripe for the "we call B.S." treatment. The acute dangers of gun violence and nuclear weapons…
counterpunch.org/2018/02/27/duck-and-cover/

The Second Amendment.
David Stansfield | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-26
It's quite understandable that you want to be able to defend your loved ones by exercising your God-given Second Amendment right to shoot any bad guy who invades your home. But please make sure you stick to what the 1791 Second Amendment actually says:…
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The Second Amendment.
David Stansfield | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-26
It's quite understandable that you want to be able to defend your loved ones by exercising your God-given Second Amendment right to shoot any bad guy who invades your home. But please make sure you stick to what the 1791 Second Amendment actually says:…
counterpunch.org/2018/02/26/the-second-amendment/

'I don't understand why civilians need military weapons' — Condi Rice.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-26
Condoleezza Rice doesn't "understand why civilians need to have access to military weapons." The former Secretary of State's comments are seemingly at odds with her support for the 2nd Amendment. | Read Full Article at RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/419802-condoleezza-rice-military-gun-debate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Tell the Greek Prime Minister that refugees deserve a future .
Amnesty International | 2018-02-26
These people, including families with young children, have fled war-torn countries, leaving everything behind. Some have lost their loved ones. All they wanted was a new home and a safe future. But right now, they are stuck on the Greek Islands in unsafe conditions. What's worse, many are forced to sleep in summer tents, they are right now exposed to cold and rain and are not safe. | We need to act now before it gets any worse. | Greece needs to bring refugees to safety on the mainland. | Tell the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to move asylum-seekers to the mainland where they can be better looked after, access better accommodation and services. | Your tweet can help make a difference. When we raise our voices together, people in power do listen. | | "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/

Singapore style: Trump 'loves' idea of executing drug dealers.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-26
As America grapples with its endemic drug problem, Donald Trump reportedly has a soft spot for Singapore's no-nonsense method of handling offenders. But would such draconian measures fly in the US? | Read Full Article at RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/419865-singapore-trump-drugs-death/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

'US generals would love it!': Trump vows to hold 'reasonably' cheap parade with 'lots of flyovers'.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-26
President Trump is relentless in his dream of boosting his country's "spirit" with a grand military parade in Washington DC. He said US generals, and he personally, would love to showcase American might, if the budget allows. | Read Full Article at RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/419807-trump-military-parade-love/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Did the CIA Sabotage Russia at the Olympics?
Rick Sterling | Global Research | 2018-02-26
There is something very fishy about the Anti Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) pinned on the Russian curler and Russian bobsledder during the final week of the Peyongchang Winter Olympics. | It makes no logical sense that an athlete would do a …
globalresearch.ca/did-the-cia-sabotage-russia-at-the-olympics/5630315

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…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43667-dr-strangelove-in-the-pentagon-lowering-the-nuclear-threshold-and-other-follies-of-the-new-nuclear-posture-review

'US generals would love it!': Trump vows to hold 'reasonably' cheap parade with 'lots of flyovers'.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-26
President Trump is relentless in his dream of boosting his country's "spirit" with a grand military parade in Washington DC. He said US generals, and he personally, would love to showcase American might, if the budget allows. | Read Full Article at RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/419807-trump-military-parade-love/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

'US generals would love it!': Trump vows to hold 'reasonably' cheap parade with 'lots of flyovers'.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-26
President Trump is relentless in his dream of boosting his country's "spirit" with a grand military parade in Washington DC. He said US generals, and he personally, would love to showcase American might, if the budget allows. | Read Full Article at RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/419807-trump-military-parade-love/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Teachers speak out on the struggle in West Virginia.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-26
Educators in Michigan, New York and Arizona, as well as West Virginia, spoke to the World Socialist Web Site in support of the striking West Virginia teachers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/26/inte-f26.html

Haunting Ourselves.
Martin Billheimer | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-26
"My drug is myself." — Henri Michaux The Oriental style+ in drugs died a long time ago. Today's fentanyl crowd has no use for the Old Man of the Mountains or the Kufic smoke of a wistful nargila. Ritual has evaporated into a simple base price and narcotic love-death visions add up to a clerical…
counterpunch.org/2018/02/26/haunting-ourselves/

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