2018-07-14: News Headlines

amnesty.org (2018-07-14). Eritrea: Peace with Ethiopia must be catalyst for human rights change. amnesty.org Eritrea's improved relationship with neighbouring Ethiopia presents a good opportunity to advance the protection of the vast array of human rights that the Eritrean people have long been denied including the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, movement, and fair trial, Amnesty International said ahead of President Isaias Afwerki's historic visit to Addis Ababa this weekend. | Amnesty International calls on the Eritrean authorities to immediately end human rights violations and abuses, including persecution of religious minorities and forced military conscription. | | "The end of hostilities with Ethiopia is a joyous…

Anton Woronczuk (2018-07-14). "They've Been Doing This Massive, Anti-Democratic Model of Education Reform" truthout.org

| Janine Jackson: A new report from the RAND Corporation concludes that the multi-million-dollar teacher evaluation project, championed and partially bankrolled by Bill Gates, did not increase teachers' effectiveness or improve students' academic performance, including the low-income minority students that were presented as the initiative's major beneficiaries. | The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss, a generally critical assessor of what's called "education philanthropy," covered this new report. But most corporate media appear uninterested in this challenge to a set of ideas about "failing public schools" and how to fix them, that they themselves play a notable role in promoting. | Our next guest has critically engaged the Gates Foundation's educational forays

teleSUR/LJS (2018-07-14). Nicaragua: Protesters Torch University, Burn Medical Center. telesurtv.net Vandals forced their way into the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) on Friday, setting light to classrooms and burning educational equipment.

Prof. James Petras (2018-07-14). Trump Marches Onward and Downward. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Introduction | Journalists, academics, pundits and experts have ignored the complexity of President Trump's impact on the state of the US Empire. | To properly assess the geopolitical configuration of power, we will …

teleSUR/LJS (2018-07-14). Nicaragua: Ortega Renews Call For Peace In Anniversary March. telesurtv.net President Daniel Ortega addressed the assembled crowds of thousands of supporters on Friday and said: "We are here with open doors."

IMEMC News (2018-07-14). Israeli Police Bans Academic Conference In Jerusalem. imemc.org Dozens of Israeli police officers prevented, Saturday, Palestinian academics, intellectuals and religious leaders from holding a conference at a Palestinian college in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli officers also issued an order shutting the educational facility down. The officers, accompanied by security officials, surrounded the Arts Campus […]…

IMEMC News (2018-07-14). Soldiers Attack An Engagement Party In Jenin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at night, the town of Ya'bad, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and broke into an engagement party after installing a military roadblock in front of the celebration hall. Eyewitnesses said several army jeeps invaded the town, before installing the roadblock in […]…

Tana Ganeva, Raw Story (2018-07-14). White Woman Calls Cops on Black Man for Listening to Yoga CD in His Car. alternet.org Now yoga can be added to the list of normal activities black people might engage in that get the cops called on them. | Ezekiel Phillips claims that he was sitting in his car, resting before his yoga class and listening to a Bikram Yoga CD, when a white woman confronted him, telling him that he didn't belong in the area. "You're not supposed to be here. This is a good neighborhood," he recalled to FOX 11. "At that moment I'm like, 'wait hold up'. Have a good day ma'am. Namaste. And I rolled my window up," he said. She started taking video, and so did he. Then the woman called Long Beach police. In the 911 call, obtained by FOX 11, the woman can be heard grousing that the man was unfamiliar. "I noticed him two houses up from my parents' house and I'm like,. . .

Staff (2018-07-14). Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Joining Forces to Boost Progressive Agenda in Kansas. truthdig.com Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are joining forces next week as they both head to Kansas to give progressive contenders a lift as they run on a similar agenda of bold and progressive policies in that state's upcoming Democratic primary. | According to the Washington Post's Dave Weigel, "Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez will head to Kansas on July 20. They'll begin in Wichita, where James Thompson, who narrowly lost a special election in 2017, wants another chance to win the 4th Congressional District. They'll continue with an event in the Kansas City suburbs for Brent Welder, a former Sanders delegate now seeking the Democratic nomination in the 3rd Congressional District." | Speaking with Weigel in an interview, Sanders explained the importance of bringing the kind of agenda that fueled his 2016 presidential challenge—and also swept Ocasio-Cortez to her…

teleSUR/rg-LJS (2018-07-14). Mexico: Missing Ayotzinapa Students Would Have Graduated Today. telesurtv.net The graduating class of 73 students demanded justice for their missing peers: "They were taken alive, we want them alive!" they chanted at their graduation ceremony.

Philip A Farruggio (2018-07-14). The Callousness of the Corporate Military Empire. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Sharon Lerner recently did a great piece for The Intercept Website on a DuPont Corporation armaments factory in southern New Jersey. This location had been contaminating the area around it since …

South Front (2018-07-14). Video: Syrian Army Liberated Daraa City. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | In the evening of July 12th, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Military Police entered the southern, militant-held part of Daraa city de-facto restoring the …

Anton Woronczuk (2018-07-14). How the EPA and the Pentagon Downplayed a Growing Toxic Threat. truthout.org The chemicals once seemed near magical, able to repel water, oil and stains. | By the 1970s, DuPont and 3M had used them to develop Teflon and Scotchgard, and they slipped into an array of everyday products, from gum wrappers to sofas to frying pans to carpets. Known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, they were a boon to the military, too, which used them in foam that snuffed out explosive oil and fuel fires. | It's long been known that, in certain concentrations, the compounds could be dangerous if they got into water or if people breathed dust or ate food that contained them. Tests showed they accumulated in the blood of chemical factory workers and residents living nearby, and studies linked some of the chemicals to cancers and birth defects. | Now two new analyses of drinking water data and the science…

wsws.org (2018-07-14). Literacy and education for all is a social right! wsws.org Niles Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Michigan's 12th Congressional District, issued a statement condemning the June 29 court ruling in Detroit that there is "no right to literacy."

Thomas H. Greco, Jr. (2018-07-13). Confronting the Global Power Elite. globalresearch.ca The world today is controlled by a small elite group that has been increasingly concentrating power and wealth in their own hands. There are many observable facets to this power structure, including the military security complex that president Eisenhower warned …

Janine Jackson (2018-07-13). 'It Is Really Crucial That People Stand Up for What They Believe In'. fair.org On its July 6, 2018, episode, CounterSpin reaired Janine Jackson's interview with Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the right to protest, originally heard on the July 14, 2017, broadcast. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Yuri Rubtsov (2018-07-13). History of World War II: Nazi Germany was Financed by the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | First published in May 2016 | More than 70 years ago was the start of the greatest slaughter in history. | The recent resolution of the parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE fully equalizes …

Prof. David Kotz (2018-07-13). What's Behind the Trade War? Lashing Out At Allies, Confronting China. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | President Trump slaps tariffs on imports from many of the US's traditional allies, condemning their leaders for unfair treatment. The mainstream media warns of the erosion of the global order. |

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Human Rights Watch (2018-07-13). US: Government Has Planted Spy Phones With Suspects. hrw.org Excerpt from 2014 court document describing US Drug Enforcement Administration's undercover distribution of compromised phones. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch | (Washington, DC) — United States law enforcement has used undercover distributions of phones to monitor suspects' activities, raising rights concerns, Human Rights Watch said today. The Justice Department should disclose its policies regarding the tactic and whether it is currently being used. | Human Rights Watch has identified two forms of this technique that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has used or, evidence suggests, has contemplated using. One involved the undercover sale of BlackBerry devices whose individual encryption keys the DEA possessed, enabling the agency to decode messages sent and received by suspects. The second, as described in a previously unreported internal email belonging to the surveillance software company Hacking Team, may…

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-13). East African Bishops Should Support Education for Pregnant Teens. hrw.org "Angela," 20, walks with her son near her home after returning from school in Migori county, western Kenya. She is a Form 4 student at a girls-only school. Angela became pregnant when her trainee teacher offered to pay some of her primary school fees in return for sex. Her father tried to marry her off to suitors after she gave birth, but Angela's mother fought against this and supported her return to school. She wants to go to college and study nursing. | © 2018 Smita Sharma for Human Rights Watch | Representatives of the Catholic church in Eastern Africa will meet in Addis Ababa later this week to discuss "vibrant diversity, equal dignity, and peaceful unity" in the region. | A good place to start would be to change the way the Church…

Federico Pieraccini (2018-07-13). The Globalist Elite Fears Peace, Wants War. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The announced meeting between Trump and Putin has already produced a good result by revealing the hypocrisy of the media and politicians. The meeting has been branded as the greatest danger …

Michael S. Rozeff (2018-07-13). Trump Is Seeding War Clouds Over Iran. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Trump and Pompeo are squeezing Iran where it hurts. They are trying to prevent Iran from selling oil internationally. They are applying maximum pressure upon Iran. This is overt. It is …

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-13). In DR Congo, Speak Out and Get Arrested. hrw.org Activists from the citizens' movements Filimbi and LUCHA RDC Afrique peacefully protested on July 13, 2018 in Goma for the release of fellow activists detained in the capital Kinshasa since December 2017. Police arrested seven of them and held them without charge for a few hours before releasing them. | © 2018 Private | Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrested seven activists on Wednesday in the eastern city of Goma after a sit-in in front of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo. The activists read out a memorandum demanding the release of their fellow activists in the capital, Kinshasa, sang protest songs, and displayed banners with messages such as "Release Our Friends" and "Activism is Not a Crime." | "We were peacefully singing in front of MONUSCO," an activist from the…

David Yearsley (2018-07-13). Ducks and Études. counterpunch.org In early 1746 the parfumier and glovemaker Pierre Dumoulin left his native Lyon and headed north towards Germany, on his way to foreign lands to exhibit three remarkable objects constructed by the celebrated maker of automata, Jacques de Vaucanson. This unlikely trio was made up of two robotic musicians and a mechanical duck. One musical More

RT (2018-07-13). Sanders slams Disney CEO for taking home millions and paying 'poverty wages'. rt.com Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is taking on Mickey Mouse and company, blasting Disney CEO Bob Iger for taking home a seven-figure paycheck while some of his workers struggle to make ends meet. |

Edward S. Herman (2018-07-13). The Srebrenica Massacre was a Gigantic Political Fraud. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | 23 Years ago: 11 July 1995, The Srebrenica Massacre | First published by GR in February 2013. | Renowned author Dr. Edward Herman spoke with John Robles of the Voice of Russia regarding …

Hugo Turner (2018-07-13). Empire of Misery: America Sees War as the Solution. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The empire of Chaos (America) is in full advance across the globe but has suffered yet another humiliating defeat in Syria along with its criminal ally Israel whose endless threats and …

Democracy Now! (2018-07-13). Headlines for July 13, 2018. democracynow.org Amid Protests, Trump Meeting with Theresa May After Criticizing Her over Brexit, Trump Falsely Claims He'd Convinced NATO to Increase Military Spending, Trump Admin Couldn't Reunite a Dozen Migrant Kids Because Parents Already Deported, New Asylum Guidelines: Reject at Border All Gang & Domestic Violence-Based Claims, Mexican Immigrant Efrain De La Rosa Dies by Suicide in Stewart Detention Center, Report: Over 600 Migrants Have Drowned Crossing Mediterranean over Last 4 Weeks, FBI Agent Peter Strzok Faces Off with Lawmakers in Contentious Hearing, Ireland to Be First Country in the World to Divest from Fossil Fuels, Justice Dept. Reopens Investigation into Emmett Till's Murder, Carlos Russell, Key Figure of Black Liberation Movement, Dies in New York…

Helena Norberg-Hodge (2018-07-13). Localization: a Strategic Alternative to Globalized Authoritarianism. counterpunch.org For those who care about peace, equality and the future of the planet, the global political swing to the right over the past few years is deeply worrying. It has us asking ourselves, how did this happen? How did populism turn into such a divisive and destructive force? How did authoritarianism take over the political More

Chris Cole (2018-07-13). Falling Short: An Analysis of the Reporting of UK Drone Strikes by the MoD. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Drone Wars is today publishing ' Falling Short: An analysis of the reporting of UK drone strikes by the MoD'. Since the beginning of air attacks against ISIS in Iraq …

MintPress News Desk (2018-07-13). This Hurricane Season, Puerto Ricans Are Imagining a Sustainable Future. mintpressnews.com Nine months after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean island faces another potentially devastating hurricane season, while much of its infrastructure and land still remain in tatters. | The category-5 hurricane that ripped through the Caribbean last fall not only caused nearly 5,000 deaths, but also exposed the fragility of the island's social, political, and economic underpinnings. The truth behind Maria's devastation and the United States' laggard response to the hurricane lies in centuries of colonial exploitation — first by Spain and then by the United States — and in its perpetual subjugation to the whims of American elite. | There is little that distinguishes Puerto Rico from an American colony. Since its acquisition of the island in 1898, the United States has gradually stripped Puerto Rico of any…

Olivia Alperstein (2018-07-13). Kavanaugh and the Supremes: It's About Much More Than Abortion. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Why should you care? Because everything from reproductive rights to voting, education, and health care is now at stake. Kavanaugh, a judicial ideologue committed to pulling the Court further to the right, may also reverse decades of key rulings More

Graham Peebles (2018-07-13). Education and the Mental Health Epidemic. counterpunch.org Across the western world June is exam time in secondary schools; in Britain, written tests taken halls of silence and tension have triggered a mini-epidemic of anxiety-rooted conditions. Pupils have reported mental exhaustion, panic attacks, crying, nosebleeds, sleepless nights, hair loss and outbreaks of acne. Over the past 25 years, depression and anxiety amongst teenagers More

Ajamu Baraka (2018-07-13). Cultural and Ideological Struggle in the US: a Final Comment on Ocasio-Cortez. counterpunch.org There is no question that there is an acute, ongoing social, political, and economic crisis in the United States and the colonial/capitalist world. Liberal democracy along with the institutions and ideological justifications for the neoliberal order are under tremendous strain in the U.S. In the cultural and ideological sphere commonsense assumptions that provided meaning and More

Ken Levy (2018-07-13). The McConnell Rule: Nasty, Brutish, and Unconstitutional. counterpunch.org On Feb. 13, 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced what is now referred to as the "McConnell Rule": "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice." Between mid-February 2016 and mid-January 2017, McConnell used this rule to deny Pres. Obama's SCOTUS nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, the More

Robert Fisk (2018-07-13). Will Those Killed by NATO 19 Years Ago in Serbia Ever Get Justice? counterpunch.org The bridge is new, of course. And of the shrapnel and blood we found here 19 years ago — and the bicycle draped with human remains and the decapitated priest — there is little trace. Sanja Milenkovic, the 15-year old girl and potential mathematics genius who died when Nato returned to bomb the narrow, crowded bridge a More

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-07-13). These 6 Crucial Details in Mueller's Latest Indictments Show There Are Many Shoes Left to Drop. alternet.org This is a major development in the case. | Friday afternoon Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein unveiled that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe has just led to a grand jury indicting 12 Russian government officials for criminal hacking related to the 2016 presidential election. They successfully hacked the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, various state government offices and the election systems of several states. 500,000 voters' data was accessed, according to Rosenstein. The indictment itself, which can be read via the Dept. of Justice website, makes even more stunning revelations, like these: On July 27, 2016, then-candidate Trump made his now-infamous and very public request to hack Hillary Clinton's email accounts: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. "Via the indictment, the Russian officials that same evening. . .

Kim C. Domenico (2018-07-13). Outing the Dark Beast Hiding Behind Liberal Hope. counterpunch.org By doing what had to be done (disobey) in the only way it could be done (collectively) survivors kept their social being, and therefore their essential humanity, intact. — Terrence Des Pres, The Survivor: An Anatomy of Life In the Death Camps(1976) "White liberals are not seeking justice…they're seeking absolution. Anything that absolves them of More

Staff (2018-07-13). 12 Russians Accused of Hacking DNC, Clinton Campaign in 2016 Elections. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Twelve Russian intelligence officers hacked into the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign in the run-up to the 2016 election and released tens of thousands of stolen communications in a brazen effort by a foreign government to meddle in U.S. politics, according to a grand jury indictment announced Friday. | The indictment stands as the clearest Justice Department allegation yet of Russian efforts to interfere, through illegal hacking, in the U.S. presidential election before Americans went to the polls — and the first to implicate the Russian government directly. It had been sought by special counsel Robert Mueller and comes days before President Donald Trump holds a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. | U.S. intelligence agencies have said the meddling was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Philip Linder (2018-07-13). Haiti Fights On. Rising Fuel Prices Trigger Mass Poverty. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Media blackout? | As much as the Mainstream Media (MSM) loves to feast upon sensational stories of chaos and unrest, little coverage has been allotted to the ongoing crisis in Haiti except …

Aidan O'Brien (2018-07-13). Ireland's Intellectuals Bow to the Queen of Chaos. counterpunch.org "It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and to expose lies." — Noam Chomsky (1967) Ireland's oldest university — Trinity College Dublin — gave Hillary Clinton an honorary doctorate in late June. It was one big love in. Clinton was paraded and praised like a people's champion. And in return Clinton fawned More

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F. William Engdahl (2018-07-13). EU Not Ending Greek Crisis, They End Greece. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | With great fanfare at the end of June, the 19 EU Eurozone finance ministers announced the end to the eight-year-long Greek debt crisis that brought the entire Euro structure into its …

Jonathan Cook (2018-07-13). Israel Is Bulldozing Khan Al Ahmar — and with It the Two-State Solution. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan Al Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But the only vehicles allowed along it are …

Andrew Korybko (2018-07-13). Trump's Trying to Save Brexit by Provoking a "Deep State" Coup Against May. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Trump's direct intervention in the domestic political affairs of the UK is as naked, obnoxious, and unavoidable as the Trump baby balloon that Sadiq Khan allowed to fly over the city …

Global Research News (2018-07-13). Selected Articles: Global Economic and Geopolitical Crisis. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

South Front (2018-07-13). Video: Syrian Army Retakes More Villages in Southern Syria. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies regained the areas of Tafas, Yadudah and Tal Ashary in the northwestern countryside of Daraa after militants there had surrendered. Units of the …

Craig Murray (2018-07-13). The Holes in the Official Skripal Story. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | In my last post I set out the official Government account of the events in the Skripal Case. Here I examine the credibility of this story. Next week I shall look …

Stephen Lendman (2018-07-13). Trump Regime 10% Tariffs on $200 Billion Worth of Chinese Goods. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | On Tuesday, his trade representative Robert Lighthizer released a list of $10% tariffs to be imposed on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. | A senior Trump regime official falsely said it's …

Kit O'Connell (2018-07-13). School of the Americas: Training Torturers & Secret Police for US-Backed Dictators Since 1946. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Featured image: A guest instructor debriefs students from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation and Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School after a field training exercise. (U.S. Navy …

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