Daily Archives: September 2, 2018

2018-09-02: News Headlines

teleSUR/LJS (2018-09-02). Mexico Drops Corruption Case Against Former PRI Official. telesurtv.net Alejandro Gutierrez, a onetime PRI finance official, was arrested late last year in connection with the diversion of US$13 million in education funds to campaign coffers in 2016.

PASMC (2018-09-02). Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice Satellite Event in San Mateo. indybay.org Corner of Third and So. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402…

Impeach Ryan Zinke (2018-09-02). Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council. indybay.org Trophy hunters rarely hunt for meat but because they love to stalk terrorized animals, murder them, see them | gutted, arrange for their stuffing by taxidermists and nail their heads to a wall.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-01). In a Historic Move, Los Angeles Educators Vote To Strike. truthout.org Today teachers and education workers in Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the country (after New York), voted 98 percent to 2 percent to authorize their first strike in nearly 30 years. | Last spring's strikes and school walkouts by educators from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Arizona and more, took place in so-called red states. This school year, the strikes have moved to blue states, with teachers in Washington state school districts already on strike and Seattle teachers approving a strike vote earlier this week. The LA educators will likely go on strike, if they can't negotiate a settlement through mediation, in mid-to-late October. | They have been working under an expired contract for over a year, since June 30, 2017. At the top of the educators' list of demands are reducing class size; less testing and more teaching time; basics…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-01). Private Firms Pitch Dubious PTSD Treatments to Veterans Affairs. truthout.org After Wisconsin beer mogul Jake Leinenkugel was tapped by President Donald Trump in 2017 as a White House adviser on veterans' issues, he quickly identified mental health care as a top priority, alongside privatization of services. | That combination has touched off a behind-the-scenes race by private companies, some offering questionable — or at least unproven — treatments for the signature injury of modern war: post-traumatic stress disorder. | Last week, various alternative treatments were discussed at a hearing of the Creating Options for Veterans' Expedited Recovery Commission — also known as the COVER Commission — with Leinenkugel as chairman. The body's charter is to study the Department of Veterans' Affairs' own model for prioritizing evidence-based therapy and assess the "potential benefits of incorporating complementary and integrative health treatments available in non-Department facilities." | In a small ballroom in…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-09-01). Will the Democrats Catch a "Blue Wave"? truthout.org Within of the Andrew Gillum's upset Democratic primary win to become the first-ever African American candidate for Florida governor, his Trumpite Republican opponent Ron DeSantis warned Florida voters not to "monkey up" the state by voting for Gillum. | The Trump Republicans don't even try to hide their racism behind so-called "dog whistles" (meaning when politicians use coded language that their supporters understand as racism). | Instead, they reach for the bullhorn. | Championing Medicare for All and supporting calls to abolish ICE, Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, defeated a field of "centrist" favorites to win the Democratic nomination. He had the endorsement of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | Gillum will face a tough fight with DeSantis, who has already shown that he's willing to go into the gutter to defeat him. But his victory on…

Sara Flounders (2018-09-01). The Pentagon and Slave Labor in U.S. Prisons. globalresearch.ca This article was first published in June 2011 | Prisoners earning 23 cents an hour in U.S. federal prisons are manufacturing high-tech electronic components for Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missiles, launchers for TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) anti-tank missiles, and other …

Colin Todhunter (2018-09-01). The Globalisation of Bad Food and Poor Health: Sustainable Development or Sustainable Profits? globalresearch.ca Firsr published by Global Research on April 3, 2016 | The proportion of deaths due to cancer around the world increased from 12 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2013. Globally, cancer is already the second-leading cause of death …

Nora Fernandez (2018-09-01). The Monster in the Mirror… The US Network of Military Bases. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on January 3, 2018 | In 2007, the late Prof. Jules Dufour raised concerns about US global deployment of military personnel and its network of military bases. The US views the world, he said, "as a …

wsws.org (2018-09-01). Sharp rise in right-wing attacks on Palestinians and Israeli peace and rights activists. wsws.org The nationality law, enshrining Israel's status as the nation-state of the Jewish people, not the state of all its citizens irrespective of religion or ethnicity, is fanning the flames of racial hatred.

wsws.org (2018-09-01). Los Angeles teachers vote 98 percent for strike authorization. wsws.org For the first time in almost 30 years, Los Angeles teachers vote overwhelmingly for strike action.

wsws.org (2018-09-01). Further evidence of official criminality surfaces as Grenfell fire inquiry resumes. wsws.org The inquiry will not bring justice as it is the creature of the Conservative government and, under the provisions of the 2005 Inquires Act, has no powers to prosecute anyone.

Andrew Stewart (2018-08-31). Grappling With the Racism of the DSA's Founders. counterpunch.org More>

Jesse Hagopian (2018-08-31). Seattle Teachers Poised to Strike Draw Solidarity from Their Brothers and Sisters In Puerto Rico. progressive.org To prepare for what we are likely to face in our struggle for a just contract, Seattle educators recently organized a panel that included a representative from the Puerto Rico Federation of Teachers.

Rich Gibson (2018-08-31). School Workers: What Did Our Unions Do on Our Summer Vacation? counterpunch.org Our Unions and Capital The two school worker unions, the huge National Education Association (NEA) and the smaller American Federation of Teachers (AFT), met in conventions in mid-summer, the NEA over the July 4th weekend, AFT shortly thereafter. NEA, with about 3 million members, is the nation's largest union by far. It's also a $300 More

Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute (2018-08-31). This 'Breaking Bad' Candy Shaped Like the Show's Blue Meth Is a Really Bad Idea. alternet.org The sugary tribute to Walter White is raising eyebrows. | A shop in Provo, Utah—of all places—has been outed for selling packages of rock candy marketed as the infamous "Blue Sky" methamphetamine cooked up by chemistry teacher turned meth maker Walter White in the hit TV series "Breaking Bad. "The series, which aired for five seasons on AMC, told the story of White, an Albuquerque high school teacher who turned his talents to the lucrative ta. . .

Miko Peled (2018-08-31). Israeli Nation State Law Hallmark of an Unfree People Living in Fear. mintpressnews.com From its very inception, the State of Israel passed laws that limit the rights of Palestinians in all areas of life — from citizenship rights to the right to political participation, land and housing rights, education rights, cultural and language rights, religious rights, and due-process rights.

Don Weimer (2018-08-31). What Educators Can Do to Make College More Affordable. progressive.org It's not just tuition—the cost of textbooks and other curricular materials is unnecessarily high.

Chris Welzenbach (2018-08-31). Strange Affinity: How David Foster Wallace Became Enamored With John McCain. counterpunch.org The recent passing of John McCain at age 81 resulted in the usual mass media panegyrics, but this time with an odd addition: references to David Foster Wallace and his 2000 essay for Rolling Stone about the late senator and the Straight Talk Express McCain had chartered for his unsuccessful presidential run. Passages from Wallace's essay More

Stephen Lendman (2018-08-31). UN Chief Sides with Aggressors in Syria. globalresearch.ca With rare exceptions, UN secretaries general serve US-led Western interests, supporting aggression by failing to denounce it, disgracing the office they hold, breaching UN Charter principles. | Since installed as UN secretary …

Staff (2018-08-31). U.S. Ends $300 Million Funding of U.N. Agency for Palestinian Refugees. truthdig.com The move comes as President Trump and his Middle East point men, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, prepare for the rollout of a much-vaunted but as yet unclear peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians.

Reuters (2018-08-31). Iran Rejects French Call For Further Negotiations. iranian.com Iran's foreign ministry on Friday dismissed a French call for more negotiations with Tehran over the international nuclear accord and said some of France's partners are "bullying and excessive," a seeming reference to the United States. "French and international officials know well that Iran's regional policy is in pursuit of peace and regional and international […]

Masud Wadan (2018-08-31). Confrontation of Superpowers in Afghanistan: China Envisages Military Presence in Strategic Wakhan Corridor. globalresearch.ca Masud Wadan reporting from Kabul. | To mark the legitimacy of US military in Afghanistan, Washington recently declined participating in a Russia-led peace talks on Afghanistan which had been scheduled for September …

Staff (2018-08-31). AP Sources: Lawyer Was Told Russia Had Trump 'Over a Barrel'. truthdig.com Senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr tells lawmakers of a potentially explosive exchange of information with former British spy Christopher Steele in 2016. The president has relentlessly sought to discredit both men.

Special to PeoplesWorld.org (2018-08-31). Big League Labor Day: Timeline of major sports strikes and lockouts. peoplesworld.org Ah… Labor Day. The one public holiday we have to celebrate and honor our labor movement, its proud history, and consistent determination fighting on behalf of all working people. | This year's celebration will have a more personal feel for this sportswriter and all working people in the state of Missouri. Why? Because together we beat back right-to-work (Prop A). | We've sure as hell taken a few beatings recently, but, the spirit and determination of all working people to fight together, to fight for better workplaces, to fight against all forms of injustice, and to fight for a better nation, can never be legislated away. | Have a great three-day weekend. | From the People's World Sports Desk, | Al Neal | Major League Baseball: | February 21, 1968: (CBA-1) The players and clubs agree to a first-ever Collective Bargaining Agreement, covering…

MBGP (2018-08-31). Undercover Documentary Shows Israel Lobby Groups Organizing "Fake Protests" mintpressnews.com Exclusive leaked scenes from Al Jazeera's "The Lobby — USA" documentary show how Emergency Committee for Israel Executive Director Noah Pollak and the Hoover Institution astroturfed an inflammatory protest against the 2016 Students for Justice in Palestine national conference.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-31). Trump's Disapproval Hits Record High After Manafort and Cohen News. truthout.org President Donald Trump's disapproval rating has reached a record high — and the number of Americans who support special counsel Robert Mueller over Trump is now greater than those who do not. | A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that three out of five Americans (60 percent) disapprove of Trump's performance as president, with only 36 percent approving of how he has performed so far. Similarly 49 percent of Americans believe that Congress should start proceedings that might ultimately lead to Trump's removal from office, with only 46 percent saying they should not do so. Finally a whopping 53 percent of Americans believe that Trump's efforts to interfere with the Mueller probe counts as obstruction of justice, while only 35 percent say that this isn't the case. | Even on the issue of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Trump has repeatedly…

Stephen Lendman (2018-08-31). US Department of Justice (DOJ) Accuses Harvard University of Racial Bias in Admissions. globalresearch.ca In November 2014, a Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) accused Harvard of "employing racially and ethnically discriminatory policies and procedures in administering the undergraduate admissions program" — citing harm to Asian-American …

Prof. John McMurtry (2018-08-31). Global Poverty: How the Rich Eat the Poor and the World. globalresearch.ca 62 individuals – 388 in 2010 – now own more wealth than 50% of the world's population. More shockingly, this share of wealth by half of the world's people has collapsed by over 40% in the last five years.

IFMEU (2018-08-31). Israeli Crimes Against Humanity: Remembering the Sabra and Shatila Massacre. globalresearch.ca First published on September 17, 2012 | The Gaza massacre is part of longstanding process of Israeli crimes against humanity. This article describes one of the worst atrocities in modern Middle Eastern history committed against the people of Palestine. This article …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-08-31). Video: 9/11 and the Global War on Terrorism. globalresearch.ca 9/11 marks the onslaught of the "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT), used as a pretext and a justification by the US and its NATO allies to carry out a "war without borders", a global war of conquest. A far-reaching overhaul of US military doctrine was launched in the wake of 9/11.

Jon Queally (2018-08-31). 'Great Victory for Indigenous Communities Everywhere': Canadian Court Rescinds Trans Mountain Approval. globalresearch.ca "This is the consequence of the unholy alliance between the federal government and corporations taking shortcuts through consultation," declared Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. "My faith in the judicial system is …

Oil Change International (2018-08-31). Oil Change International Responds to Canada's Federal Court of Appeal's Quashing of Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline's Cabinet Approval. globalresearch.ca Today, Canada's Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline's Cabinet approval was fatally flawed in not one but two ways: in failing to properly consult Indigenous peoples …

Freedom Flotilla Coalition (2018-08-31). Israel's Criminal Blockade of Gaza: Day 30 – Israeli Military Has Still Not Released 114 Boxes of Medical Supplies for Gaza. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Some of the 114 boxes of urgently needed medical supplies being loaded onto the flotilla boat, Al Awda | It is 30 days since the Israeli military stopped the Freedom …

Middle East Monitor (2018-08-31). US Envoy Haley: Palestinian Right of Return Should be 'Off the Table'. globalresearch.ca Featured image: US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States [Atılgan Özdil/Anadolu Agency] | US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has …

Peter Koenig (2018-08-31). Trump Threatens WTO Exit. globalresearch.ca US President, Donald Trump, has threatened to withdraw from the World Trade Organization. | Trump, in an interview with Bloomberg News, said he will pullout from the organization if it "does not …

PFSR (2018-08-31). California Votes to Support U.N. Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, Restrict Presidential Authority for Nuclear Strike. globalresearch.ca On Tuesday, August 28, the California Senate voted to approve AJR 33, a resolution introduced by Assembly member Monica Limón that urges the U.S. to embrace the U.N. Treaty on …

Prof. Tim Anderson (2018-08-31). Statement on Impending US, UK and French Military Intervention in Syria. globalresearch.ca We, members of the Global Network for Syria, are deeply alarmed by recent statements by Western governments and officials threatening the government of Syria with military intervention, and by media reports …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-08-31). Jorge Mario Bergoglio: ¿El Papa de Washington? Papa Francisco y la "Guerra Sucia" en Argentina. globalresearch.ca Este articulo fué publicado por Global Research el 19 de marzo 2013 | La version original en inglès con una nota introductoria (Agosto 2018) por el autor | *** | El cónclave del Vaticano ha elegido el Cardenal Jorge Mario Bergoglio como Papa …

Dr. Helen Caldicott (2018-08-31). The Malfeasance of the US Military. Fallible and Negligent Men Armed to the Teeth with Missiles and Nuclear Bombs. globalresearch.ca In 2015, 92 U.S missile officers were suspended because they had been cheating, taking drugs, or sleeping in the missile silos. These men are employed to guard and operate 150 nuclear missiles at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming that stand "on hair trigger alert" 24 hours a day…

William Blum (2018-08-31). "Fake News" Is Fake News. globalresearch.ca The people who created Facebook & Google must be smart. They're billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world. But all these smart people, because of Congressional pressure, have swallowed the stories about "fake news". Facebook hired a very large staff of people to read everything posted by users to weed out the fake stuff.

Arkady Savitsky (2018-08-31). US Military Presence in Africa: All Over Continent and Still Expanding. globalresearch.ca Around 200,000 US troops are stationed in 177 countries throughout the world. Those forces utilize several hundred military installations. Africa is no exemption. On August 2, Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier …

South Front (2018-08-31). Video: War in Syria, The Terrorists in Idlib Must be Fully Defeated. globalresearch.ca On August 28, ISIS militants carried out several positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the al-Azraq oil field area in eastern Deir Ezzor. According to the Syrian Observatory …

Global Research News (2018-08-31). Selected Articles: Fake Narratives, Indigenous Rights, Dollar Economy. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | With constant changes being made to the way search engines and social media reference and display articles from independent media, making sure we do everything in our power to …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-08-31). Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development in Southern Africa. globalresearch.ca Featured image: SADC 38th Summit with outgoing chair President Cyril Ramaphosa and his successor President Hage Geingob of Namibia. | Perhaps the most consistent regional organization on the African continent recently completed …

Granma (2018-08-31). Cuba, The US Economic Blockade: A Hostile Policy More Harmful Than a Hurricane. globalresearch.ca The main obstacle to the development of the Cuban economy's potential is not related to nature but to an immoral way of doing politics: the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-08-31). Banning Chelsea Manning: The Dubious Tests of Character. globalresearch.ca National security advocates have been crotchety ever since the release of Chelsea Manning for a sentence they hoped would go the full, crushing 35 years. Her sins were intimately tied up …

Elliott Negin, Independent Media Institute (2018-08-31). The World's Largest Publicly Traded Oil Company Continues to Fund Climate Deniers. alternet.org ExxonMobil just released its 2017 charitable giving report and it's terrible news for the planet. | A decade after pledging to end its support for climate science deniers, ExxonMobil gave $1. 5 million last year to 11 think tanks and lobby groups that reject established climate science and openly oppose the oil and gas giant's professed climate policy preferences, according to the company's wsws.org (2018-08-31). Abolish student debt! Public education is a social right! wsws.org Everyone should be able to attain a college education without being required to enter the modern equivalent of indentured servitude.

wsws.org (2018-08-31). Growing poverty in cities and growing wealth at the top. wsws.org The research presented in The Divided City discredits the claim that promotion of upscale urban downtowns will bring improvement to the lives of workers in post-industrial urban America.

2018-09-02: Social Media Postees

Mexico Drops Corruption Case Against Former PRI Official
teleSUR/LJS | telesurtv.net | 2018-09-02
Alejandro Gutierrez, a onetime PRI finance official, was arrested late last year in connection with the diversion of US$13 million in education funds to campaign coffers in 2016.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-Dr…

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council
Impeach Ryan Zinke | indybay.org | 2018-09-02
Trophy hunters rarely hunt for meat but because they love to stalk terrorized animals, murder them, see them | gutted, arrange for their stuffing by taxidermists and nail their heads to a wall.
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/31/1881722…

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice Satellite Event in San Mateo
PASMC | indybay.org | 2018-09-02
Corner of Third and So. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/09/01/1881724…

In a Historic Move, Los Angeles Educators Vote To Strike
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-09-01
Today teachers and education workers in Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the country (after New York), voted 98 percent to 2 percent to authorize their first strike in nearly 30 years. | Last spring's strikes and school walkouts by educators from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Arizona and more, took place in so-called red states. This school year, the strikes have moved to blue states, with teachers in Washington state school districts already on strike and Seattle teachers approving a strike vote earlier this week. The LA educators will likely go on strike, if they can't negotiate a settlement through mediation, in mid-to-late October. | They have been working under an expired contract for over a year, since June 30, 2017. At the top of the educators' list of demands are reducing class size; less testing and more teaching time; basics…
truthout.org/articles/in-a-historic-move…

Private Firms Pitch Dubious PTSD Treatments to Veterans Affairs
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-09-01
After Wisconsin beer mogul Jake Leinenkugel was tapped by President Donald Trump in 2017 as a White House adviser on veterans' issues, he quickly identified mental health care as a top priority, alongside privatization of services. | That combination has touched off a behind-the-scenes race by private companies, some offering questionable — or at least unproven — treatments for the signature injury of modern war: post-traumatic stress disorder. | Last week, various alternative treatments were discussed at a hearing of the Creating Options for Veterans' Expedited Recovery Commission — also known as the COVER Commission — with Leinenkugel as chairman. The body's charter is to study the Department of Veterans' Affairs' own model for prioritizing evidence-based therapy and assess the "potential benefits of incorporating complementary and integrative health treatments available in non-Department facilities." | In a small ballroom in…
truthout.org/articles/private-firms-pitc…

Will the Democrats Catch a "Blue Wave"?
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-09-01
Within of the Andrew Gillum's upset Democratic primary win to become the first-ever African American candidate for Florida governor, his Trumpite Republican opponent Ron DeSantis warned Florida voters not to "monkey up" the state by voting for Gillum. | The Trump Republicans don't even try to hide their racism behind so-called "dog whistles" (meaning when politicians use coded language that their supporters understand as racism). | Instead, they reach for the bullhorn. | Championing Medicare for All and supporting calls to abolish ICE, Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, defeated a field of "centrist" favorites to win the Democratic nomination. He had the endorsement of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | Gillum will face a tough fight with DeSantis, who has already shown that he's willing to go into the gutter to defeat him. But his victory on…
truthout.org/articles/will-the-democrats…

The Monster in the Mirror… The US Network of Military Bases
Nora Fernandez | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-01
First published by Global Research on January 3, 2018 | In 2007, the late Prof. Jules Dufour raised concerns about US global deployment of military personnel and its network of military bases. The US views the world, he said, "as a …
globalresearch.ca/the-monster-in-the-mir…

The Pentagon and Slave Labor in U.S. Prisons
Sara Flounders | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-01
This article was first published in June 2011 | Prisoners earning 23 cents an hour in U.S. federal prisons are manufacturing high-tech electronic components for Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missiles, launchers for TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) anti-tank missiles, and other …
globalresearch.ca/the-pentagon-and-slave…

The Globalisation of Bad Food and Poor Health: Sustainable Development or Sustainable Profits?
Colin Todhunter | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-01
Firsr published by Global Research on April 3, 2016 | The proportion of deaths due to cancer around the world increased from 12 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2013. Globally, cancer is already the second-leading cause of death …
globalresearch.ca/the-globalisation-of-b…

Los Angeles teachers vote 98 percent for strike authorization
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-09-01
For the first time in almost 30 years, Los Angeles teachers vote overwhelmingly for strike action.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/01/late…

Further evidence of official criminality surfaces as Grenfell fire inquiry resumes
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-09-01
The inquiry will not bring justice as it is the creature of the Conservative government and, under the provisions of the 2005 Inquires Act, has no powers to prosecute anyone.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/01/gren…

Sharp rise in right-wing attacks on Palestinians and Israeli peace and rights activists
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-09-01
The nationality law, enshrining Israel's status as the nation-state of the Jewish people, not the state of all its citizens irrespective of religion or ethnicity, is fanning the flames of racial hatred.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/01/isra…

School Workers: What Did Our Unions Do on Our Summer Vacation?
Rich Gibson | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
Our Unions and Capital The two school worker unions, the huge National Education Association (NEA) and the smaller American Federation of Teachers (AFT), met in conventions in mid-summer, the NEA over the July 4th weekend, AFT shortly thereafter. NEA, with about 3 million members, is the nation's largest union by far. It's also a $300…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/school-worke…

Israeli Nation State Law Hallmark of an Unfree People Living in Fear
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-31
From its very inception, the State of Israel passed laws that limit the rights of Palestinians in all areas of life — from citizenship rights to the right to political participation, land and housing rights, education rights, cultural and language rights, religious rights, and due-process rights. | The post Israeli Nation State Law Hallmark of an Unfree People Living in Fear appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/israel-nation-state-la…

What Educators Can Do to Make College More Affordable
Don Weimer | progressive.org | 2018-08-31
It's not just tuition–the cost of textbooks and other curricular materials is unnecessarily high.
progressive.org/dispatches/how-colleges-…

This 'Breaking Bad' Candy Shaped Like the Show's Blue Meth Is a Really Bad Idea
Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-08-31
The sugary tribute to Walter White is raising eyebrows. | A shop in Provo, Utah–of all places–has been outed for selling packages of rock candy marketed as the infamous "Blue Sky" methamphetamine cooked up by chemistry teacher turned meth maker Walter White in the hit TV series "Breaking Bad. "The series, which aired for five seasons on AMC, told the story of White, an Albuquerque high school teacher who turned his talents to the lucrative ta. . .
alternet.org/drugs/breaking-bad-candy-sh…

Seattle Teachers Poised to Strike Draw Solidarity from Their Brothers and Sisters In Puerto Rico
Jesse Hagopian | progressive.org | 2018-08-31
To prepare for what we are likely to face in our struggle for a just contract, Seattle educators recently organized a panel that included a representative from the Puerto Rico Federation of Teachers.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/…

UN Chief Sides with Aggressors in Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
With rare exceptions, UN secretaries general serve US-led Western interests, supporting aggression by failing to denounce it, disgracing the office they hold, breaching UN Charter principles. | Since installed as UN secretary …
globalresearch.ca/un-chief-sides-with-ag…

Strange Affinity: How David Foster Wallace Became Enamored With John McCain
Chris Welzenbach | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-31
The recent passing of John McCain at age 81 resulted in the usual mass media panegyrics, but this time with an odd addition: references to David Foster Wallace and his 2000 essay for Rolling Stone about the late senator and the Straight Talk Express McCain had chartered for his unsuccessful presidential run. Passages from Wallace's essay…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/31/strange-affi…

Iran Rejects French Call For Further Negotiations
Reuters | iranian.com | 2018-08-31
Iran's foreign ministry on Friday dismissed a French call for more negotiations with Tehran over the international nuclear accord and said some of France's partners are "bullying and excessive," a seeming reference to the United States. "French and international officials know well that Iran's regional policy is in pursuit of peace and regional and international […] | The post Iran Rejects French Call For Further Negotiations appeared first on The Iranian
iranian.com/2018/08/31/iran-rejects-fren…

U.S. Ends $300 Million Funding of U.N. Agency for Palestinian Refugees
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-31
The move comes as President Trump and his Middle East point men, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, prepare for the rollout of a much-vaunted but as yet unclear peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians. | The post U.S. Ends $300 Million Funding of U.N. Agency for Palestinian Refugees appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/u-s-ends-300-milli…

Confrontation of Superpowers in Afghanistan: China Envisages Military Presence in Strategic Wakhan Corridor
Masud Wadan | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
Masud Wadan reporting from Kabul. | To mark the legitimacy of US military in Afghanistan, Washington recently declined participating in a Russia-led peace talks on Afghanistan which had been scheduled for September …
globalresearch.ca/confrontation-of-super…

Trump's Disapproval Hits Record High After Manafort and Cohen News
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-31
President Donald Trump's disapproval rating has reached a record high — and the number of Americans who support special counsel Robert Mueller over Trump is now greater than those who do not. | A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that three out of five Americans (60 percent) disapprove of Trump's performance as president, with only 36 percent approving of how he has performed so far. Similarly 49 percent of Americans believe that Congress should start proceedings that might ultimately lead to Trump's removal from office, with only 46 percent saying they should not do so. Finally a whopping 53 percent of Americans believe that Trump's efforts to interfere with the Mueller probe counts as obstruction of justice, while only 35 percent say that this isn't the case. | Even on the issue of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Trump has repeatedly…
truthout.org/articles/trumps-disapproval…

US Department of Justice (DOJ) Accuses Harvard University of Racial Bias in Admissions
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
In November 2014, a Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) accused Harvard of "employing racially and ethnically discriminatory policies and procedures in administering the undergraduate admissions program" — citing harm to Asian-American …
globalresearch.ca/us-department-of-justi…

AP Sources: Lawyer Was Told Russia Had Trump 'Over a Barrel'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-31
Senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr tells lawmakers of a potentially explosive exchange of information with former British spy Christopher Steele in 2016. The president has relentlessly sought to discredit both men. | The post AP Sources: Lawyer Was Told Russia Had Trump 'Over a Barrel' appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/ap-sources-lawyer-…

Undercover Documentary Shows Israel Lobby Groups Organizing "Fake Protests"
MBGP | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-31
Exclusive leaked scenes from Al Jazeera's "The Lobby — USA" documentary show how Emergency Committee for Israel Executive Director Noah Pollak and the Hoover Institution astroturfed an inflammatory protest against the 2016 Students for Justice in Palestine national conference. | The post Undercover Documentary Shows Israel Lobby Groups Organizing "Fake Protests" appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/the-lobby-fake-israel-…

Big League Labor Day: Timeline of major sports strikes and lockouts
Special to PeoplesWorld.org | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-31
Ah… Labor Day. The one public holiday we have to celebrate and honor our labor movement, its proud history, and consistent determination fighting on behalf of all working people. | This year's celebration will have a more personal feel for this sportswriter and all working people in the state of Missouri. Why? Because together we beat back right-to-work (Prop A). | We've sure as hell taken a few beatings recently, but, the spirit and determination of all working people to fight together, to fight for better workplaces, to fight against all forms of injustice, and to fight for a better nation, can never be legislated away. | Have a great three-day weekend. | From the People's World Sports Desk, | Al Neal | Major League Baseball: | February 21, 1968: (CBA-1) The players and clubs agree to a first-ever Collective Bargaining Agreement, covering…
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The Malfeasance of the US Military. Fallible and Negligent Men Armed to the Teeth with Missiles and Nuclear Bombs
Dr. Helen Caldicott | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
In 2015, 92 U.S missile officers were suspended because they had been cheating, taking drugs, or sleeping in the missile silos. These men are employed to guard and operate 150 nuclear missiles at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming that stand "on hair trigger alert" 24 hours a day…
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California Votes to Support U.N. Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, Restrict Presidential Authority for Nuclear Strike
PFSR | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
On Tuesday, August 28, the California Senate voted to approve AJR 33, a resolution introduced by Assembly member Monica Limón that urges the U.S. to embrace the U.N. Treaty on …
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"Fake News" Is Fake News
William Blum | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
The people who created Facebook & Google must be smart. They're billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world. But all these smart people, because of Congressional pressure, have swallowed the stories about "fake news". Facebook hired a very large staff of people to read everything posted by users to weed out the fake stuff.
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Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development in Southern Africa
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
Featured image: SADC 38th Summit with outgoing chair President Cyril Ramaphosa and his successor President Hage Geingob of Namibia. | Perhaps the most consistent regional organization on the African continent recently completed …
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Global Poverty: How the Rich Eat the Poor and the World
Prof. John McMurtry | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
62 individuals – 388 in 2010 – now own more wealth than 50% of the world's population. More shockingly, this share of wealth by half of the world's people has collapsed by over 40% in the last five years.
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Cuba, The US Economic Blockade: A Hostile Policy More Harmful Than a Hurricane
Granma | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
The main obstacle to the development of the Cuban economy's potential is not related to nature but to an immoral way of doing politics: the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed …
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Video: 9/11 and the Global War on Terrorism
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
9/11 marks the onslaught of the "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT), used as a pretext and a justification by the US and its NATO allies to carry out a "war without borders", a global war of conquest. A far-reaching overhaul of US military doctrine was launched in the wake of 9/11.
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Oil Change International Responds to Canada's Federal Court of Appeal's Quashing of Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline's Cabinet Approval
Oil Change International | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
Today, Canada's Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline's Cabinet approval was fatally flawed in not one but two ways: in failing to properly consult Indigenous peoples …
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US Envoy Haley: Palestinian Right of Return Should be 'Off the Table'
Middle East Monitor | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
Featured image: US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States [Atılgan Özdil/Anadolu Agency] | US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has …
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Selected Articles: Fake Narratives, Indigenous Rights, Dollar Economy
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
Dear Readers, | With constant changes being made to the way search engines and social media reference and display articles from independent media, making sure we do everything in our power to …
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Trump Threatens WTO Exit
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
US President, Donald Trump, has threatened to withdraw from the World Trade Organization. | Trump, in an interview with Bloomberg News, said he will pullout from the organization if it "does not …
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Israel's Criminal Blockade of Gaza: Day 30 – Israeli Military Has Still Not Released 114 Boxes of Medical Supplies for Gaza
Freedom Flotilla Coalition | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
Featured image: Some of the 114 boxes of urgently needed medical supplies being loaded onto the flotilla boat, Al Awda | It is 30 days since the Israeli military stopped the Freedom …
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US Military Presence in Africa: All Over Continent and Still Expanding
Arkady Savitsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
Around 200,000 US troops are stationed in 177 countries throughout the world. Those forces utilize several hundred military installations. Africa is no exemption. On August 2, Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier …
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Banning Chelsea Manning: The Dubious Tests of Character
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
National security advocates have been crotchety ever since the release of Chelsea Manning for a sentence they hoped would go the full, crushing 35 years. Her sins were intimately tied up …
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Video: War in Syria, The Terrorists in Idlib Must be Fully Defeated
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
On August 28, ISIS militants carried out several positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the al-Azraq oil field area in eastern Deir Ezzor. According to the Syrian Observatory …
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Jorge Mario Bergoglio: ¿El Papa de Washington? Papa Francisco y la "Guerra Sucia" en Argentina
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
Este articulo fué publicado por Global Research el 19 de marzo 2013 | La version original en inglès con una nota introductoria (Agosto 2018) por el autor | *** | El cónclave del Vaticano ha elegido el Cardenal Jorge Mario Bergoglio como Papa …
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Statement on Impending US, UK and French Military Intervention in Syria
Prof. Tim Anderson | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
We, members of the Global Network for Syria, are deeply alarmed by recent statements by Western governments and officials threatening the government of Syria with military intervention, and by media reports …
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'Great Victory for Indigenous Communities Everywhere': Canadian Court Rescinds Trans Mountain Approval
Jon Queally | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
"This is the consequence of the unholy alliance between the federal government and corporations taking shortcuts through consultation," declared Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. "My faith in the judicial system is …
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Israeli Crimes Against Humanity: Remembering the Sabra and Shatila Massacre
IFMEU | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-31
First published on September 17, 2012 | The Gaza massacre is part of longstanding process of Israeli crimes against humanity. This article describes one of the worst atrocities in modern Middle Eastern history committed against the people of Palestine. This article …
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Growing poverty in cities and growing wealth at the top
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
The research presented in The Divided City discredits the claim that promotion of upscale urban downtowns will bring improvement to the lives of workers in post-industrial urban America.
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Abolish student debt! Public education is a social right!
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-31
Everyone should be able to attain a college education without being required to enter the modern equivalent of indentured servitude.
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NYC DSA, Ocasio-Cortez Stand by State Senate Candidate Julia Salazar, Despite Story Disputing Her Biography
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-08-30
The state Senate campaign of Julia Salazar, a prominent member of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America, was jolted last week when Tablet Magazine published a story casting doubt on several parts of the candidate's biography — from self-describing as an immigrant to her claim of Jewish lineage. | The controversy represents a new chapter for DSA, as it grows from a marginal player on the fringes of politics into an organization with serious political clout. The group grew during the 2016 primary campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders and then surged in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, as activists looked to take down not just the agenda of the new president, but also the political and economic system that created him. The June victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cemented the organization's place in New York politics, leading Cynthia…
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Venezuela Denounces Regional Anti-Migrant 'Xenophobia' as Brazil Militarises Border
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-08-30
The Maduro administration contrasted the recent attacks against Venezuelan migrants to its own open door policy which has seen foreigners benefit from free health, housing, education, and food programs.
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