2018-09-04: News Headlines

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-04). As the School Year Begins, More Teachers Across the Country Could Soon Strike. truthout.org As teachers, school employees, and students head back to school, what's ahead for the #RedforEd movement? | This spring, teachers mobilized on an unprecedented scale in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, North Carolina, and Colorado. They protested, walked out, and even held statewide strikes — in states with limited to no collective bargaining rights, where school unions have traditionally focused on state politics. | The springtime actions, led by rank and filers, inspired educators and unionists across the country. It looks like the cusp of a labor upsurge that could spread beyond schools. | The mobilizers met with varying degrees of support or resistance from their own state union leaders. The militancy made leaders anxious, but many were also savvy enough to see that the uprisings were effective — and that they'd better not get in the way. | Teachers saw just how…

teleSUR /ef-MS (2018-09-04). Austerity, Corruption To Blame For Brazil National Museum Blaze. telesurtv.net Politicians and citizens say that corrupt authorities and funding cuts to arts, education, and infrastructure are to blame for the destruction of the historical museum.

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-09-04). Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights partners with Discovery Education to launch new education program. therealnews.com Khalilah Harris and Kerry Kennedy discuss RFK Human Rights' launch of the Speak Truth To Power education initiative; engaging young people in schools to be aware of and take action on global human rights issues; and, the need to support teachers with the right tools and resources to be effective in the classroom

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-09-04). The "We The World" Campaign, The Word War Is No Longer Mentioned. globalresearch.ca Today we received a PRESS RELEASE from We the World, announcing a Worldwide campaign "calling for Unity, Peace and Justice in Response to Global Tensions". | "We, The World and organizations worldwide are taking part in programs and calls to …

Patrick Cockburn (2018-09-04). If the Troubles Return After Brexit, It Won't Just be Because of the Irish Border Issue. counterpunch.org More>

George Payne (2018-09-04). Speaking Freely, John McCain Was No Peacemaker. counterpunch.org Senator John McCain was a powerhouse in American politics. His legacy is far reaching and impacts every facet of civil life in our country. I didn't always agree with him, especially on matters of foreign policy, but Americans always knew where he stood on the issues; and one always trusted that he arrived at his More

Linn Washington Jr. (2018-09-04). Judicial Bias Blocks Justice for Abu-Jamal. counterpunch.org In July 1987 Philadelphia's then District Attorney lashed out at local judges in an unusual verbal assault where that DA castigated what he said was the "historic" practice of judges in Pennsylvania's largest city to acquit police officers in cases where evidence clearly showed officers engaged in "egregious" brutality. That DA, Ronald Castille, told a More

Aída Chávez (2018-09-04). There Is No Grassroots Energy Rallying for Brett Kavanaugh. None. theintercept.com Last Sunday, several hundred protesters rallied in Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado, against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh. Local reporters were on hand, and the protest earned a two-minute segment on that night's local CBS broadcast. The "Unite for Justice" rally in Denver was just one of dozens held across the country that same day, and viewers of that evening's news learned that the rally-goers were taking a stand against confirming a justice who would be the fifth vote to repeal Roe v. Wade. | The network's attempt at balance, however, was foiled by advocates of Kavanaugh — or, more precisely, the lack of them. The anchor, at the end of the segment, deadpanned to the Denver metro viewership and said, "A pro-life rally was scheduled to run in opposition to the protest, but no one attended."pic.twitter.com/LZfe6dRoiw

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-04). Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Begin Despite Suppression of 100,000 Documents. truthout.org Confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. If he is confirmed, it would likely make the court the most conservative since the 1930s. Kavanaugh is 53 years old and could serve on the Supreme Court for decades to come. Critics warn his confirmation could lead to major rollbacks of civil rights, environmental regulations, gun control measures, voting rights and reproductive rights, including possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. We speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Last week the committee released a damning report on Kavanaugh's record on cases and issued a statement opposing Kavanaugh's nomination. She will attend the Senate confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh this week. | TRANSCRIPT: | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: Confirmation hearings begin today for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to…

Democracy Now! (2018-09-04). "What Are They Hiding?": Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Begin Despite Suppression of 100K Documents. democracynow.org Confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. If he is confirmed, it would likely make the court the most conservative since the 1930s. Kavanaugh is 53 years old and could serve on the Supreme Court for decades to come. Critics warn his confirmation could lead to major rollbacks of civil rights, environmental regulations, gun control measures, voting rights and reproductive rights, including possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. We speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Last…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-09-04). Hidden Victims: How the American Criminal Justice System Abuses Women of Color. therealnews.com In this series, TRNN explores the myriad of ways law enforcement marginalizes women of color in Baltimore and beyond

Democracy Now! (2018-09-04). Indigenous Activists Win "David vs. Goliath" Victory as Court Rejects $4.5B Trans Mountain Pipeline. democracynow.org Canada's Federal Court of Appeals has rejected the government's approval to triple the capacity of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in a major victory for indigenous groups and environmentalists. On Thursday, Justice Eleanor Dawson nullified licensing for the $7.4 billion project and brought construction to a halt until the National Energy Board and the federal government complete court-ordered fixes. Her ruling cited inadequate consultations with indigenous peoples affected by the project, and found the National Energy Board's assessment of the expansion was so flawed that the federal Cabinet should not…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-04). Canadian Court Rejects $4.5 Billion Trans Mountain Pipeline. truthout.org Canada's Federal Court of Appeals has rejected the government's approval to triple the capacity of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in a major victory for indigenous groups and environmentalists. On Thursday, Justice Eleanor Dawson nullified licensing for the $7.4 billion project and brought construction to a halt until the National Energy Board and the federal government complete court-ordered fixes. Her ruling cited inadequate consultations with indigenous peoples affected by the project, and found the National Energy Board's assessment of the expansion was so flawed that the federal Cabinet should not have relied on it during the approval process. Just minutes after the court's decision, Kinder Morgan's shareholders agreed to sell the existing pipeline and the expansion project to the federal government for $4.5 billion. Prime Minister Trudeau had announced in May that Canada would purchase the pipeline. This means the government…

The Conversation (2018-09-04). Why Putin Is an Ally for American Evangelicals. alternet.org Once upon a time, American evangelicals saw the Soviet Union and other communist countries as the world's greatest threat to their faith. | The close relationship between American evangelicals and Russia has lately been discussed widely in the news media. In particular, the Justice Department unsealed a criminal complaint in July against a Russian woman, Maria Butina, for trying to use the National Prayer Breakfast, a star-studded affair, as a "back channel of communication" with prominent American religious and political leaders. Among them is Franklin Graham, son of the well-known evangelist, Billy Graham, and head of the influential Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. In 2015, Graham famously visited Russia, where he had a warm meeting with President Vladimir Putin. On that trip, Putin reportedly explained that his mother had kept her Christian faith even under communist rule. Graham. . .

teleSUR / md-MS (2018-09-04). Palestine Activists Hopeful as Bachelet Takes Office at UN. telesurtv.net The U.N. Human Rights Council, which opens a three-week session on Sept 10, is due to hold a debate on extending the mandate of its investigators on Yemen. It will also examine the next steps toward ensuring justice in Myanmar.

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-09-04). A Right-Wing Musician Cut Up His Nike Socks To Protest Kaepernick — And Was Immediately Mocked by the Internet. alternet.org Country musician John Rich apparently does not understand how boycotts work. | In response to Nike's new ad campaign featuring NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for the 30th anniversary of their "Just Do It" campaign, Republicans opposed to his protest of police brutality and civil rights injustice are fu. . .

Jason Holland (2018-09-04). She's Not There. counterpunch.org "Our culture is now one of masculine triumphalism, in which transhistorically feminine expressions — empathy, sweetness, volubility, warmth — are seen as impediments to a woman's professional trajectory in many sectors." ‚Äï Antonella Gambotto-Burke, Mama: Dispatches from the Frontline of Love "Femininity is depicted as weakness, the sapping of strength, yet masculinity is so fragile More

Manlio Dinucci (2018-09-04). VIDEO — Un'Italia sovranista senza sovranità. globalresearch.ca Il polverone politico-mediatico sollevato dallo scontro tra «europeisti» e «sovranisti» nasconde quella che invece è la realtà: un europeismo senza Europa e un sovranismo senza sovranità. | A innalzare strumentalmente la bandiera dell'europeismo è in questo momento il presidente Macron, per …

Pierre Krähenbühl (2018-09-04). Open letter From UNRWA Commissioner-General to Palestine Refugees and UNRWA Staff. globalresearch.ca Background | UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA …

Stephen Lendman (2018-09-04). Trump Regime Aiding Kiev Plot, Escalated War on Donbass? globalresearch.ca Something is brewing after a relatively quiet period. According to a Kiev military source named Karapinka on Ukrainian television last month, the country's forces are planning to attack Donbass at an …

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-09-04). The Himalayas: Literature Can Displace Anthropology. asia-pacificresearch.com

Asa Winstanley (2018-09-04). Israel's Smear Campaign Will Not Stop Until Jeremy Corbyn Fights Back. globalresearch.ca I am one of very few journalists on the left to have covered the Labour Party's supposed "anti-Semitism crisis" from its beginning three years ago, if not the the only one. …

Stephen Lendman (2018-09-04). Will the Trump Regime Clash with Russia and Iran Over Syria's Offensive to Liberate Idlib? globalresearch.ca Idlib province, Syria is controlled by US-supported Al-Nusra and other Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists. | So-called "rebels" or "opposition forces" are mercenary hired guns — used by Washington, NATO, Israel and regional …

Joseph Fitsanakis (2018-09-04). US or Russia? The Mystery Airstrikes Against Tajikistan. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Bridge along Afghan- Tajik border (Source: TruePublica) | Russia, the United States and Tajikistan have all denied that they were behind a series of mystery airstrikes that took place along …

Shane Quinn (2018-09-04). Planet Has Been Heating Up for Almost Two Centuries. globalresearch.ca The Irish scientist John Tyndall, one of the most distinguished physicists in modern history, provided evidence in 1861 that human-generated gases such as carbon dioxide and ethylene transmit enormous volumes …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-09-04). VIDEO — Eingestürzte Brücken und bombardierte Brücken. globalresearch.ca « Das Bild ist wirklich apokalyptisch. Es sieht so aus, als sei eine Bombe auf diesen Straßenabschnitt gefallen, der eine Hauptschlagader ist" — so beschrieb ein Journalist die Morandi-Brücke in Genua kurz nach ihrem Einsturz, der das Leben von Dutzenden …

Yves Engler (2018-09-04). Canada's "Progressive" Left and US Imperialism: Why on This Despoiled Earth Would NDP Leaders Praise John McCain? globalresearch.ca The NDP hierarchy's response to noted war hawk John McCain's death is shameful. Even worse, it reflects a general hostility towards the victims of Western imperialism. | After the U.S. Senator …

Mustafa Saadoun (2018-09-04). Basra Residents Reeling From Contaminated Drinking Water. globalresearch.ca Human rights advocates and health officials estimate that 17,000 to 18,000 residents of Basra province have been poisoned by heavily polluted and salty drinking water. On Aug. 26, hundreds of residents …

Rep. Ron Paul (2018-09-04). Can't We Just Leave Syria Alone? globalresearch.ca Assad was supposed to be gone already. President Obama thought it would be just another "regime change" operation and perhaps Assad would end up like Saddam Hussein or Yanukovych. Or maybe …

Arnold August (2018-09-04). Trump Accuses Cuba of "Sonic Attacks" against US Diplomats: Havana's "Sonic Incidents" and the University of Edinburgh: The "40%" Mystery. globalresearch.ca On August 15, 2018, the U.S. State Department announced yet another measure toward reducing its Havana embassy staff and its effectiveness by limiting the diplomats' stays to one year. This extremely …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-09-04). Uma Itália Soberana, sem Soberania. globalresearch.ca A confusão político-mediática originada pelo choque entre "europeístas" e "soberanistas" esconde aquela que, pelo contrário, é a realidade: um europeísmo sem Europa e um soberanismo sem soberania. | A erguer prontamente a bandeira do europeísmo está, neste momento, o Presidente Macron, …

Kevin Ryan (2018-09-04). Evidence for "Informed Trading" on the Attacks of September 11, 2001. globalresearch.ca Just after September 11th 2001, many governments began investigations into possible insider trading related to the terrorist attacks of that day. Such investigations were initiated by the governments of Belgium, …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-09-04). What Happened on the Planes on September 11, 2001? The 9/11 Cell Phone Calls. The 9/11 Commission "Script" Was Fabricated. globalresearch.ca This article was first published on August 10, 2004 under the title More Holes in the Official Story: The 9/11 Cell Phone Calls | "We Have Some Planes" | The 9/11 Commission's Report

Philip Giraldi (2018-09-04). Israel's Fifth Column. globalresearch.ca Referring to Israel during an interview in August 1983, U.S. Navy Admiral and former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Thomas Moorer said: | "I've never seen a President — …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2018-09-04). The Myth of Rising Wages in America. globalresearch.ca This Labor Day 2018 marks yet another year of declining living standards for American workers. If one were to believe the media and press, rising wages belie that statement. The Wall …

George Eliason (2018-09-04). Beyond The DNC Leaks — Funding the Hacks and Sedition. mintpressnews.com Any DNC server leak in 2016 could have been a patriotic act to counter Ukrainian Intel operators access inside the DNC and US Government servers at the State Department. | The big take away from the part 1 article is Ukrainian Intelligence was hired as opposition research by Alexandra Chalupa and they hacked the DNC. And they hacked the RNC. They were probably given the passwords to US Dept of State Top Secret information just as a matter of course to do their jobs. Clinton kept six State Department password slots from 2013 to 2016 for her researchers. Ukrainian Intel hackers included Russian traitors Shaltai Boltai. And they hacked. | If Chalupa didn't give the hackers access, getting it was as simple as doing your job using someone else's login. This means someone with the password physically typed it in and the…

South Front (2018-09-04). Video: Syria War Report. Iran Provides Popular Mobilization Units in Iraq with Ballistic Missiles. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has repelled an attack by the Lions of the East Army militant group on the ancient city of Palmyra from the direction of the US-occupied area …

Craig Murray (2018-09-04). New Labour's Irrational Adoration of Margaret Thatcher. globalresearch.ca When Michael Crick embarrassed Theresa May by quizzing her on her non-existent opposition to apartheid as she visited Mandela's old cell, the response of New Labour was to defend May by …

Edward Curtin (2018-09-04). A Diabolic False Flag Empire. globalresearch.ca The past is not dead; it is people who are sleeping. The current night and daymares that we are having arise out of murders lodged deep in our past that have …

Lowell B. Denny, III (2018-09-04). The Russian Revolution through the eyes of the Global South. peoplesworld.org In Walter Rodney Speaks: The Making of an African Intellectual (African World Press), the Marxist historian (1942-1980) reflects on activism: "I've always made the point that one's political contribution should come out of one's principal work activity, whatever that happens to be, insofar as that is possible. Presumably, if one is a factory worker, it is on the factory floor that one's politicization, one's consciousness, comes out in day-to-day struggle. And if I am an academic, and so long as I remain an academic, I must attempt to make the most important political input during those very many hours that I spend contributing to teaching and researching or whatever other aspects of academic life may come into play." | Rodney's mission was always to effect radical change in whatever capacity. As a young scholarship student in Guyana, he was warned off writing about…

Andrew Korybko (2018-09-04). The "Security Crisis" in Cameroon Aims to Destabilize the West-Central African CPEC. globalresearch.ca The multisided security crisis unfolding in Cameroon is intended to preemptively destabilize the West-Central African CPEC well in advance of its construction and might even catalyze another Migrant Crisis to Europe …

Greenpeace USA (2018-09-04). Rise for Climate: Greenpeace Ship hosts Art & Sign Build for SF March. indybay.org Pier 19, San Francisco, CA 94111…

RT (2018-09-04). No more science for you: Liquid nitrogen experiment fail caught on camera (VIDEO). rt.com The Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Arkansas is beloved by locals and known for its hands-on approach to science education. However, things got a little out of hand at a recent event combining magic and science.

wsws.org (2018-09-04). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Teachers in Buenos Aires province struck for three days last week for pay and infrastructure improvements, while Buenos Aires area bus drivers struck against arbitrary dismissals and the generally poor shape of transport facilities.

PGU (2018-09-04). Protect the Protest: Speaker Event on Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise Ship in San Francisco. indybay.org The Arctic Sunrise, Pier 19, San Francisco, CA 94111…

Greenpeace (2018-09-04). Tours of Greenpeace Activist Ship at Pier 19 in San Francisco (FREE). indybay.org Pier 19, San Francisco, CA 94111…

PASMC (2018-09-04). Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice Satellite Event in San Mateo. indybay.org Corner of Third and So. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402…

wsws.org (2018-09-04). Seattle Education Association orders teachers to work without contract vote. wsws.org The move comes after teachers in Washington's largest district voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike last week.

Robert Reich, AlterNet (2018-09-03). Watch Your Wallets — The Next Crash Is Coming. alternet.org Trump and his Republican enablers are now reversing regulations put in place to stop Wall Street's excessively risky lending. | September 15 will mark the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and near meltdown of Wall Street, followed by the Great Recession. Since hitting bottom in 2009, the economy has grown steadily, the stock market has soared, and corporate profits have ballooned. But most Americans are still living in the shadow of the Great Recession. More have jobs, to be sure. But they haven't seen any rise in their wages, adjusted for inflation. Many are worse off due to the escalating costs of housing, healthcare, and education. And the value of whatever assets they own is less than in 2007. Last year, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one basic need — food, health care, housing or. . .

Philip A Farruggio (2018-09-03). The Audacity of Super Wealth. globalresearch.ca As a transplanted New Yorker living in what I call 'Death Valley USA' or Daytona Beach, Florida, I like to keep up with my old sports town. The only NYC paper …

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