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America’s True Role in Syria

Syria’s civil war is the most dangerous and destructive crisis on the planet. Since early 2011, hundreds of thousands have died; around ten million Syrians have been displaced; Europe has been convulsed with Islamic State (ISIS) terror and the political fallout of refugees; and the United States and its NATO allies have more than once come perilously close to direct confrontation with Russia.  Read more.

With Tacit US Support, Brazil's Right-Wing Senate Ousts First Female President, Dilma Rousseff

As expected, Brazil's Senate on Wednesday voted to impeach suspended President Dilma Rousseff.
The 61-20 vote to oust her from office means an end to 13 years of rule by the Workers' Party and the completion of her term by conservative Interim President and former Vice President Michel Temer, who, as the Guardian reports, "was among the leaders of the conspiracy against his former running mate."  Read more.

Abdul-Jabbar: Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his

During the Olympics in Rio a couple of weeks ago, Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks was sprinting intently in the middle of his pole vaulting attempt when he heard the national anthem playing. He immediately dropped his pole and stood at attention, a spontaneous expression of heartfelt patriotism that elicited more praise than his eventual bronze medal. Last Thursday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose not to stand with his teammates during the national anthem. To some, Kendricks embodies traditional all-American Forrest Gump values of patriotism, while Kaepernick represents the entitled brattish behavior of a wealthy athlete ungrateful to a country that has given him so much.
In truth, both men, in their own ways, behaved in a highly patriotic manner that should make all Americans proud.  Read more.

Maine's Governor Openly Calls for Race War Against People of Color

Calls are mounting for Maine Republican governor Paul LePage to resign after he doubled down Friday on openly racist statements he made by calling for a race war against people of color.
LePage made the remarks during a press conference at which he sought to defend himself against accusations of racism. During those comments, he indicated that people of color are the enemy and should be shot.  Read more.

A Turning Point for the Charter School Movement

A political battle is being waged over charter schools in Massachusetts right now, and it's a microcosm of the state of the charter debate across the country. In the lead-up to a November ballot measure in which voters will decide whether or not to lift the state's cap on charter schools, known as Question 2, Democrats passed a resolution this month opposing charter school expansion. The resolution states that the pro-charter campaign is "funded and governed by hidden money provided by Wall Street executives and hedge fund managers." In response, the pro-charter group Democrats for Education Reform drafted a letter to the coalition behind the resolution, called the "No on 2" campaign, claiming that they misrepresented Democrats' attitude towards charters.  Read more.

Venezuela's Maduro Accuses US of "Imperialist Attack" Against Latin America

Venezuela's leftist president Nicolas Maduro told a crowd of supporters Saturday that the turmoil of recent months in progressive Latin American countries are the result of "an imperialist attack on all," teleSUR reports.
In his speech, Maduro referred to the impeachment process against Workers' Party president Dilma Rousseff—widely decried as a "coup" by many observers—and the recent murder of a Bolivian vice minister by striking miners.  Read more.

Quake Exposes Italy’s Challenge to Retrofit Its Architecture

Romano Camassi, a seismologist, picked up a sand-colored speck as he surveyed the damage from this week’s earthquake on the green mountain crest where the village of Casetta, now ruins, once perched.
“This is just ground, soil,” he said, sadly. “In so many buildings in this area, that was the material used to keep together the irregular stones found in the surroundings which people used to build their homes.”  Read more.

Italy Earthquake Survivors Bury Loved Ones; Rescue Efforts Continue

A state funeral was held for dozens of the victims of this week’s devastating earthquake in Italy, as search-and-rescue crews continued to pull lifeless bodies from the rubble.
Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said the death toll from Wednesday’s quake rose to 290 people, as rescuers found more bodies overnight and early Saturday. A 6.2-Magnitude quake struck central Italy before dawn on Wednesday, razing several mountain towns and injuring hundreds. Read more.

Naomi Klein, Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, Others Condemn 'Coup' in Brazil

Naomi Klein, Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, Susan Sarandon, Arundhati Roy, and 17 other human rights activists, intellectuals, and public figures on Wednesday sent a letter to the Brazilian government condemning the impeachment of the country's President Dilma Rousseff, and demanding that Brazil's senate "respect the October 2014 electoral process which over 100 million people took part in."  Read more.

Pentagon unable to "account" for 1.4 million guns U.S. shipped into Iraq and Afghanistan

The U.S. government has shipped over 1.4 million guns to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, according a new analysis by the U.K.-based watchdog Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), but the Pentagon is only able to account for fewer than half of them.
AOAV released its analysis of publicly available data on...read more.

Corporate Conquistadors Violate Indigenous Lands and Bodies

Recently, KWG Resources Incorporated, a Canadian mining company, posted a video online using women dressed in bikinis to promote the mining of chromite on Indigenous lands in northern Ontario, known as the Ring of Fire. KWG President Frank Smeenk defended his company's actions saying "sex sells." Perhaps this was the most honest statement of those in the industry.
Mining is about exploitation -- not just of the minerals in the ground, but of women as well.  Read more.

Nobel laurete and elder economist blasts Obama for "outrageous" and "absolutely wrong" TPP

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has reiterated his opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying on Tuesday that President Barack Obama's push to get the trade deal passed during the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress is "outrageous" and "absolutely wrong."  Read more.

Virginia's Govenor Announces Process for Full Restoration of Former-Felons’ Civil Rights

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that he and his team have begun restoring the civil rights of former Virginia felons in compliance with an order by the Virginia Supreme Court.
Speaking at a press conference at the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial in Richmond, the Governor announced that he has already restored the rights of nearly 13,000 Virginians who had ... read more.

How Frank Ocean's 'Blonde' Redefines Pop Queerness

The word "gay" shows up just once on Blonde, the long-awaited sophomore album from Frank Ocean. In the short interlude "Good Guy," Ocean describes a blind date with someone he met through a mutual friend. After this new acquaintance takes him to a "gay bar," their incompatibility becomes apparent. His date talks too much and is thinking short term. "I know you don't need me right now/And to you it's just a late night out," sings Ocean. The track, like the encounter, is fleeting, and it's the only explicit reference Ocean makes to a male partner or love interest over the course of the record's 60 minutes. But along with Endless, the visual album that preceded it, and Boys Don't Cry, the magazine that accompanies it, Blonde is the artist's boldest, queerest project to date.  Read more.

Tensions Rise as American Indian Tribes Move to Block a Pipeline

Horseback riders, their faces streaked in yellow and black paint, led the procession out of their tepee-dotted camp. Two hundred people followed, making their daily walk a mile up a rural highway to a patch of prairie grass and excavated dirt that has become a new kind of battlefield, between a pipeline and American Indians who say it will threaten water supplies and sacred lands.  Read more.

Lawmakers, Peace Groups Team Up to Block 'Disturbing' US-Saudi Arms Deal

Anti-war advocates are launching an 11th-hour bid to stop U.S. Congress from approving a $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia in its fight against Houthi rebels in Yemen, which was announced earlier this month.
Chief among them are the activist group CODEPINK and U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who are calling on Congress to block the sale at least long enough to give lawmakers time to "give these issues the full deliberation that they deserve."  Read more.

Postal Contract Narrows the Gap Between "Tiers" of Workers

They didn't end three-tier in a single blow. But in a new contract covering 200,000 members, the American Postal Workers Union made serious headway and fended off most concessionary demands, including the Postal Service's effort to create yet another tier.
The union entered bargaining with little obvious leverage. It was up against a management that's been openly collaborating with postal unions' Congressional foes to push a frenzy of cuts...read more.

Republicans say party can’t afford to cut ties to Trump

A sharpening debate has emerged in Republican circles over whether and when to cut ties with Donald Trump, who has shaken up his campaign team as his poll numbers have dropped.
While some in the GOP have called for Republicans to cut Trump loose sooner rather than later to avoid lasting damage, strategists concerned about control of Congress in 2017 say that would be disastrous.  Read more.

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars

The United States Army’s finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.
The Defense Department’s Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up.  Read more.

Milwaukee's War on Black People

Donald Trump supporter and Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke has built a national profile by openly declaring war on the Black Lives Matter movement, from the floor of the Republican National Convention to the pages of national media outlets, once even proclaiming on social media that racial justice protesters will "join forces" with ISIS.
Now that some Milwaukee residents have staged days of open rebellion against police violence following the cop killing of...read more.

Trump’s Empire: A Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties

On the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has sold himself as a businessman who has made billions of dollars and is beholden to no one.
But an investigation by The New York Times into the financial maze of Mr. Trump’s real estate holdings in the United States reveals that companies he owns have at least $650 million in debt...read more.

China unveils world’s longest & highest glass bridge

The long-awaited, awe-inspiring glass bridge in China’s picturesque Zhangjiajie mountains, which can make heads spin after just one look, has been officially opened to all those eager to test their nerves a bit.
The fully-glass structure connecting the two peaks that inspired James Cameron’s movie, Avatar, was officially unveiled to visitors on Saturday.  Read more.

Killing the Homeless in California

A man experiencing homelessness in San Diego, Angelo De Nardo, died after being attacked on Moreno Boulevard on July 3, 2016. The assailant had set De Nardo on fire after driving a spike into his head and chest.
Another homeless man was critically injured in San Diego's Midway District the next morning. A few hours later, on July 4 ("Independence Day"), Shawn Mitchell Longley, an unsheltered homeless man, was found dead in Ocean Beach. Two days later, a flaming towel was thrown on Dionico Derek Vahidy; a witness grabbed the towel off the 23-year-old homeless San Diego resident, but Vahidy died of burns four days later. On July 15, on 1800 C Street, Michael Joseph Papadelis, 55, one of the approximately 866 homeless individuals in San Diego's East Village neighborhood, suffered severe injuries from apparent blunt force.  Read more.

Aetna Shows Why We Need a Single Payer

The best argument for a single-payer health plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next year from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans.
Aetna’s decision follows similar moves by UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest insurer, and Humana, one of the other giants.  Read more.

NYC Agrees to Pay Over $4 Million to Family of Akai Gurley

After an NYPD officer accidentally killed an innocent, unarmed man inside a dark housing project stairwell, the city and the New York City Housing Authority have recently agreed to pay Akai Gurley’s family more than $4.1 million to settle their wrongful death lawsuit. Although the officer was fired and initially convicted of manslaughter, a judge reduced the charge and sentenced him to community service instead of serving jail time.  Read more.

Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor, Kathleen Kane, found guilty on nine criminal charges

Calls for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to immediately resign are mounting after the first-term Democrat was found guilty late Monday of nine criminal charges, including two felony perjury charges.
Kane, who was elected in 2012, was accused of leaking information to the media about a 2009 grand jury probe in order to get back at Frank Fina, a political rival and former state prosecutor.  Read more.

A Post-Racial Society With a Racial Wealth Divide?

Father & 7yo daughter held at gunpoint by ‘insane & violent’ police officer

A father and his young daughter claim they were terrorized by a highway patrolman in Arizona while they were en route to the Grand Canyon on Friday.
Ken Walton, who is from California, described the horrifying ordeal in a lengthy Facebook post where he and his 7-year-old daughter were held at gunpoint after being pulled over by the out-of-control highway patrolman.  Read more.

Disaster declared for Louisiana floods that have killed five

U.S. President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration on Sunday for flood-ravaged Louisiana, where at least five people have died and emergency crews have rescued more than 20,000 people stranded by unprecedented flooding.

Governor John Bel Edwards said residents had been pulled from swamped cars, flooded homes and threatened hospitals across the southern part of the state.  Read more.

The "$500 Million Club" of Colleges Tends to Be Stingy With Aid to Low-Income Students

Call them the top four percent: elite private colleges and universities that together sit atop three-quarters of the higher education terrain's endowment wealth.
Among that group of 138 of the nation's wealthiest colleges and universities, four in five charge poor students so much that they'd need to surrender 60 percent or more of their household incomes just to attend, even after financial aid is considered.  Read more.

Father & 7yo daughter held at gunpoint by ‘insane & violent’ police officer

A father and his young daughter claim they were terrorized by a highway patrolman in Arizona while they were en route to the Grand Canyon on Friday.
Ken Walton, who is from California, described the horrifying ordeal in a lengthy Facebook post where he and his 7-year-old daughter were held at gunpoint after being pulled over by the out-of-control highway patrolman.  Read more.

After the bombing deaths of 10 children in Yemen, new arms sale to Saudi Arabia encounters senate resistance

Citing concerns over Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, Republican Senator Rand Paul says he’s looking for ways to stop a $1.15 billion weapons deal with Riyadh that would include the sale of 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored vehicles, and other military equipment.  Read more.

Milwaukee Sheriff Provokes Outrage, Blames 'Urban Pathology,' 'War on Police' for Police Brutality

Days of demonstrations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin following Saturday's fatal police shooting have shined a national spotlight on the city's segregation and police practices—and the city's infamous right-wing sheriff provoked further outrage Sunday when he blamed the community of the shooting victim for the police violence that ended his life.
Clarke decried "urban pathologies" and a "war on police"—popular right-wing catchphrases—in impoverished, largely black communities for the demonstrations and the shooting that provoked them.  Read more.

Land Grabs Continue to Destroy Uganda's Forests

Uganda is considered one of the most beautiful countries in the African continent because of its diverse ecosystems that include natural forests, savanna woodlands, wetlands, lakes and rivers. Early European explorers branded it the "Pearl of Africa." Much of Uganda lies on the African plateau between 900-1,500 meters above sea level. Its tropical highland forests are divided in three distinct geographical zones, characterized by rainfall regimes -- the eastern rim of the Western Rift Valley in the west, the broad belt around the northwestern shores of Lake Victoria, and the spectacular mountains in the east.  Read more.

Surveillance Isn't Colorblind

During the 1960s, the FBI and NSA followed, wiretapped, and bugged Martin Luther King Jr. -- all under the veil of proper legal process. Today, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security spy on Black Lives Matter activists under the guise of "counterterrorism" and "situational awareness."
"Everyone is being watched, but not equally," Georgetown Law's Alvaro Bedoya noted in a recent panel discussion in Washington, DC.  Read more.

The Invisible Man: George W. Bush and a Hole in History

After Donald Trump blew into his dog saxophone and invited "Second Amendment people" to assassinate Hillary Clinton before she could appoint any judges, American politics went into China Syndrome meltdown mode in a way not seen since Preston Brooks beat Charles Sumner very nearly to death in the well of the Senate, 160 years ago almost to the day. Republicans who had endorsed Trump immediately fled en masse to Outer Mongolia to become anonymous yak herders, and witnesses reported seeing House Speaker Paul Ryan climb a large oak tree while muttering...read more.

Washington County Shocks Big Oil With Ban on Fossil Fuel Exports

In an unprecedented gesture hailed by environmentalists, Washington's Whatcom County enacted an emergency 60-day moratorium on fossil fuel exports late Wednesday.
Environmentalists and industrialists were both shocked by the move from the coastal county once known as...read morehttp://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/11/washington-county-shocks-big-oil-ban-fossil-fuel-exports.

In Texas, a man who didn’t kill anybody is about to be executed for murder

Terri Been’s voice shook as she read a long text message from her niece.
“I had a nightmare about my dad last night,” Paige Rowan told her aunt in the text.
Rowan described a dream in which she watched helplessly as the execution needle pierced her father’s skin.
She woke up screaming, panicking and feeling hopeless, she told Been.
Then, she said, she dropped to her knees and prayed.
“Please don’t allow this to happen,” Rowan wrote. “Don’t take my father away.”  Read more.

Asheville Art Museum exhibits BMC Artwork and Epic Installations

A popular resurgence of interest in Black Mountain College (BMC) continues to grow nationally.  There are numerous exhibitions happening this year recalling the school’s rich historical past while holding high its living legacy, with a show entitled  Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College opening on August 6th at the Asheville Art Museum in North Carolina.  Read more.  Read more.

Social Media Blackout of Korryn Gaines Shows Law Enforcement's Cronyism With Facebook

Baltimore County police did not want Korryn Gaines in contact with her Facebook audience when they served a warrant at her home last week. So they asked the company to deactivate her account. In the moments leading up to her death from police gunfire, Facebook complied.
The deactivation of Gaines' account cut her off from her only means of communicating with the public...read more.

America’s Racial Wealth Divide Is Nothing Short of Shocking

Most media coverage of racial injustice has understandably focused on our country’s unfair policing and criminal justice system. But to fully understand the current reality of racial inequality in America, we also need to take an honest look at our nation’s shocking wealth disparities.
Wealth — the total assets a family owns after the bills are paid — is the...read more.

Federal Lawsuit Charges Some Missouri Cities "Terrorizing" Poor Through Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons

A new federal class-action lawsuit accuses 13 St. Louis-area municipalities of "terrorizing" poor, primarily African-American people through a "deliberate and coordinated conspiracy" by "creating a modern-day police state and debtors' prison scheme that has no place in American society."
The non-profit ArchCity Defenders and the law firm Arnold & Porter filed the suit Tuesday, the same day as demonstrators were marking the two-year anniversary of...read more.

Here’s How Racial Bias Plays Out in Policing

With its searing rebuke of the Baltimore Police Department, the Obama administration has added another chapter in an expanding catalog of investigations that reveal systemic patterns of racial bias in police departments around the country. Each of the nearly two dozen investigations conducted by the Justice Department has uncovered...read more.

Justice Department releases blistering report of racial bias by Baltimore police

The U.S. Justice Department has found that the Baltimore Police Department for years has hounded black residents who make up most of the city's population, systematically stopping, searching and arresting them, often with little provocation or rationale.
In a blistering report, coming more than a year after Baltimore erupted into riots over the police-involved death...read more.

Clinton blasts Trump for 'casual inciting of violence,' Republicans shaken

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday accused Republican opponent Donald Trump of inciting violence with his call for gun rights activists to stop her from nominating liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices.
Clinton's comments added to a growing outcry over Trump's remarks on Tuesday at a North Carolina rally, which some interpreted as ... read more.

Sanders Campaign Declares Creation of 'Our Revolution'

Announcing the creation of a new organization whose mission will be to carry forth the 'political revolution' through the general election and beyond, the Bernie Sanders campaign on Monday issued a call to action for those inspired by the historic primary challenge and a message aimed at its detractors: We're not done yet.  Read more.

Trump’s Economic Team Is a Who’s Who of What’s Wrong

“I hear America singing,” Walt Whitman wrote, “the varied carols I hear.” Donald Trump hears America singing, too. But where Whitman heard men and women, masons and carpenters, Trump hears only the unvarying monotone of rich white males like himself.
Trump’s tone-deafness was in full effect last week, when he announced his team of economic advisers in advance of what is being...read more.

465 slain in July: Drug pushers purged in Philippines after presidential plea

The Philippines president’s appeal to eliminate all drug-related suspects has so far reaped a bloody harvest of hundreds of victims. The criminal world is ready to pay over $1 million for Rodrigo Duterte’s head, but his popular support remains huge.
Statistics published twice a week in the national Philippine Daily Inquirer have counted 465 deaths of drug dealers, pushers and addicts, killed by vigilantes in July alone. This means that on average, 15 people have lost their lives extra-judicially every day for alleged links to drug trafficking.  Read more.

Nagasaki Mayor: 'Come Find Out What Happened Under the Mushroom Cloud'

To mark the grim anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima 71 years ago, the mayor of Nagasaki on Tuesday urged leaders of nuclear powers to visit the cities and see what their weapons are capable of.
"I appeal to the leaders of states which possess nuclear weapons and other countries, and to the people of the world: Please come and visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima," Mayor Tomihisa Taue said during a ceremony for the occasion.  Read more.

Google Maps Just Completely Erased Palestine

Google drew the ire of the internet after it decided to enter the Israel-Palestine conflict in the shadiest possible way. The area, previously labeled "Palestine" or "Palestinian Territories" on Google Maps now reads "Israel."

This appears to have been a move made several months ago, but has picked up traction after some observant people took note of the omission.  Read more.

50 G.O.P. Officials Warn Donald Trump Would Put Nation’s Security ‘at Risk’

Fifty of the nation’s most senior Republican national security officials, many of them former top aides or cabinet members for President George W. Bush, have signed a letter declaring that Donald J. Trump “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president and “would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.”
Mr. Trump, the officials warn, “would be the most reckless president in American history.”  Read more.

Cornel West Speech at Green Party Convention

Louisiana parishes launch court battles against oil companies as contamination spreads

Amid three oil spills along the Louisiana coast in two weeks, the state's Vermilion Parish decided to join three other local governments that are suing oil and gas companies for damage done during drilling operations.
In late July, Vermilion Parish announced it was suing 49 oil and gas companies for violating regulatory and permitting guidelines while instigating alleged land loss via marsh erosion, radioactive water discharge, and salt water intrusion into local ecosystems.  Read more.

Roger Ailes Used Fox News Budget to Finance ‘Black Room’ Campaigns Against His Enemies

As Rupert Murdoch seeks to stabilize Fox News in the wake of Roger Ailes’s ouster, a crucial question remains unanswered: How was Ailes able to spend millions of dollars to settle sexual-harassment claims without setting off alarm bells?
According to three highly placed sources, part of the answer is that there were few checks on Ailes when it came to the Fox News budget.  Read more.  Read more.

Black churches bring coding classes to the Bay Area and beyond

The smartwatch on the little girl’s wrist is off by about four hours. She’s not sure how to fix it, but that’s OK. She only uses it to count her steps.
In the three-bedroom home she shares with six people in Daly City, there is no computer. There used to be one, the 9-year-old said, but her parents sold it.
Just a few years ago, Kimberly Ceras learned English at school. Now, she’s learning coding at church.  Read more.

The Voting Rights Act, 2.0

The Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965, helped enfranchise millions of African-Americans over the decades. Speaking before a bipartisan gathering of members of Congress, his Cabinet, civil-rights leaders and the press, Johnson said of African-Americans: “They came in darkness and they came in chains. And today we strike away the last major shackle of those fierce and ancient bonds.”  Read more.

I Support Hillary Clinton. So Should Everyone Who Voted for Me

The conventions are over and the general election has officially begun. In the primaries, I received 1,846 pledged delegates, 46% of the total. Hillary Clinton received 2,205 pledged delegates, 54%. She received 602 superdelegates. I received 48 superdelegates. Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee and I will vigorously support her.  Read more.

Amid Zika Scare, FDA Clears Way for GMO Mosquito Trial in Florida

In a move that public health advocates are calling "irresponsible and frightening," the U.S. Food and Drug Association on Friday cleared the experimental release of genetically modified mosquitoes in Key Haven, Florida.
Pivoting off of the recent news that there is an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has infected over a dozen people in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood...read more.

The $100,000-Per-Year Pill

Don Reichmuth survived prostate cancer once before, back in 2007, so his physician was concerned when tests recently revealed the cancer had returned. Reichmuth's physician prescribed a drug called enzalutamide, marketed by the Japanese company Astellas Pharma, Inc. under the brand name Xtandi. But when the physician sent the prescription to the pharmacy, the managers of Reichmuth's insurance plan sent back an immediate refusal to approve it.  Read more.

Files Released on American Role in 'Horror' of Argentina's Military Dictatorship

In Buenos Aires on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he would hand over declassified documents relating to America's role in the 1976-83 military coup and dictatorship in Argentina—often referred to as the "Dirty War"—during which tens of thousands of leftist activists and dissidents were murdered and imprisoned.  Read more.

Black Lives Matter movement declares war on 'Israeli Apartheid'

The radical “Black Lives Matter” movement released a formal platform on Monday, singling out Israel for what it calls the “genocide” against Palestinian Arabs and “Israeli Apartheid”.
BLM, which emerged in the summer of 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a Hispanic man who shot and killed an African American teenager in self-defense, aims to combat what it calls the “War on Black People”.  Read more.

Rivers of wine flood streets of French city

Several streets in the southern French port-town of Sete nearly drowned in wine overnight after the contents of five enormous tanks of the liquid were spilled onto the streets by unidentified assailants.
The criminally wasted wine was spilled onto Marechal-Juin avenue, flooding several adjoining streets as well. When the fragrant fluid reached nearby underground cellars and parking lots, locals called the firefighters, reported by the local Midi Libre newspaper.  Read more.

Montana town wins back municipal water supply from private company

The city of Missoula, Montana won a state Supreme Court case to exercise eminent domain powers to seize water from private utility companies, ending a lengthy and expensive legal battle.
On Tuesday, the Montana Supreme Court ruled 5-2 in favor of Missoula to turn over control of the municipal Mountain Water Company’s water infrastructure from a private company.  Read more.

Cities Need More Public Transit, Not More Uber and Self-Driving Cars

New transportation technologies -- self-driving cars, electric vehicles and ride hailing services like Uber -- promise to revolutionize transportation, especially in cities. While there are certainly potential benefits to these technologies, they have been called "solution[s] in search of a problem" because many of the benefits touted by advocates of these technologies are benefits that public transportation, walking and cycling already offer in abundance.  Read more.

Pope Francis: Capitalism is 'Terrorism Against All of Humanity'

Pope Francis surprised reporters on a flight from Krakow to the Vatican late Sunday when he blamed the "god of money" for extremist violence in Europe and the Middle East, saying that a ruthless global economy leads disenfranchised people to violence.
"Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and as long as the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person," the pope told reporters, according to the Wall Street Journal. "This is fundamental terrorism, against all humanity."  Read more.

Declining Green Party VP Offer, Nina Turner to Keep Fighting for Soul of Democratic Party

Former Ohio state senator Nina Turner, a prominent figure in Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, has declined the offer to run as the Green Party's vice presidential candidate because she said she wants to continue to fight for progressive ideals within the Democratic Party.
"I'm going to keep fighting in the party, even though I'm disappointed," Turner said in a telephone interview with Cleveland.com. "I'm a Democrat, and that's worth fighting for."  Read more.