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Anita Hill Says Joe Biden Apology Not Good Enough

In a lengthy Washington Post interview with Anita Hill and five female Democratic lawmakers who supported her during the historic confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991, Hill criticized former Vice President Joe Biden's recent apology regarding how he and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee handled her allegations that Thomas sexually harassed her.  Read more.

Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained

To the casual visitor or tourist driving through the occupied West Bank or Jerusalem, Israeli settlements may appear as just another set of houses on a hill.
The middle-class suburban style townhouses, built fast and locked in a grid of uniform units, stand like fortified compounds, in direct contrast to the sprawling limestone Palestinian homes below.  Read more.

Civilian Death Toll in Iraq 31 Times Higher Than US Claims

Saudi Financial Crisis at Heart of Princely Rage

60 Minutes Paints US as Savior in Yemen Genocide

In one of the most glaring, power-serving omissions in some time, CBS News’ 60 Minutes (11/19/17) took a deep dive into the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and did not once mention the direct role the United States played in creating, perpetuating and prolonging a crisis that’s left over 10,000 civilians dead, 2 million displaced, and an estimated 1 million with cholera.  Read more.

'Slaughterbots' short films shows the danger of weaponized artificial intelligence

Harvey Weinstein Hired Israeli Spies to Silence His Victims

Turmoil in Zimbabwe May Present New Opportunities

Russia gives unique 3D Palmyra model to Syria to help restore ancient city (VIDEO)

Russian researchers have created a model of the ancient city of Palmyra, based on thousands of drone images. Unveiled at the St. Petersburg cultural forum, it will be given to Syria to help restore and preserve the UNESCO World Heritage site ravaged by ISIS.
The 3D model has been created by scientists from the Institute for more.

We Supported Their Dictators, Led the Failed ‘War on Drugs’ and Now Deny Them Refuge

President Donald Trump has tied his executive order giving Congress six months to “fix” DACA to constructing a wall between the US and Mexico as well as a rapid and massive deportation of unaccompanied children and families entering the US without a visa.
Trump claims this will stop Central American and other undocumented immigrants from entering the United States. These policies might make it more difficult, but they will not stop the flow of migration because the United States is not the pull factor of migration. Violence in Central American countries is the push factor today, just as it was in the late 20th century.  Read more.

Anti-Defamation League: Stop Pretending to Be a Civil Rights Organization

I am an African-American Jew by choice, who grew up in Chicago in the '60s and '70s. My father fled racial terror in the deep south; my mother worked on civil rights and peace initiatives in Europe after World War II. For both of them, Jews and Jewish organizations like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) -- founded in 1913 to fight a rising tide of anti-Semitism and bigotry against Jewish immigrants -- represented hope for racial justice in their lifetimes. Throughout the 1960s and '70s, the ADL helped mobilize support for civil rights and voting rights legislation, marching in Selma and supporting the end of segregation in schools.  Read more.

Celebrity Sexual Abuse Scandals Highlight Everyday Sexism

Film mogul Harvey Weinstein’s case felt like a watershed moment. After decades of whispers within the Hollywood community, the high-profile movie producer’s sexual misconduct was brought into the light by a scathing report by New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Even more amazing, a powerful man actually faced consequences for his actions, being fired from the company he helped found and being booted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Read more.

Mysterious Radiation Cloud Over Europe Isn't "Harmless" at Source

An airborne plume of radioactive ruthenium 106 from a nuclear accident was detected "in the atmosphere of the majority of European countries," from late September through mid-October, according to France's Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute (IRSN) — but the source is still unknown. As of November 10, 2017, the manmade element has been identified in at least 28 countries.  Read more.

Getting Rid of New York's Fake Democrats

The Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) is a coalition of eight State Senators in New York who carry the Democratic label, but caucus with the Republican Party. Since its inception in 2011, this group has essentially given Republicans majority rule in the State Senate, and participated in actively obstructing efforts to enact progressive policies in the state legislature.  Read more.

How the U.S. Poisoned its Veterans

Fight the Disease, Not the Symptoms

The disease of globalized corporate capitalism has the same effects across the planet. It weakens or destroys democratic institutions, making them subservient to corporate and oligarchic power. It forces domestic governments to give up control over their economies, which operate under policies dictated by global corporations, banks, the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund. It casts aside hundreds of millions of workers now classified as “redundant” or “surplus” labor. It disempowers underpaid and unprotected workers, many toiling in global sweatshops, keeping them cowed, anxious and compliant.  Read more.

California Gov. Jerry Brown delivers a blunt climate change message in Germany

Taking his crusade against climate change to the capital of Germany’s car-making heartland on his whirlwind tour of Europe, Gov. Jerry Brown warned Wednesday the whole world needs to wake up to the perils of warming temperatures and promised the United States would one day be back to work on global solutions with the international community.  Read more.

Remembering Mulugeta Seraw and All Those Killed by the Far Right

November 13 marks the 29th anniversary of the murder of Mulugeta Seraw. Seraw, an Ethiopian immigrant, was killed in 1988 when a gang of Nazi skinheads crushed his head with a baseball bat on a small side street in Portland, Oregon. His death became the best known of dozens of murders that were part of the last popular wave of organized racist groups before the current resurgence of white supremacy driven by the "alt-right."  Read more.

Saudi's 'War on Lebanon' Backfires

Cambridge slammed for 'censoring' Palestine BDS event

The University of Cambridge is facing accusations of censorship after it allegedly threatened to ban a meeting about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement unless the Palestinian academic chairing it was removed and replaced with its own choice.
Ruba Salih from the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) was set more.

The Hidden History of How California Was Built on Genocide

History professor Benjamin Madley has written the first comprehensive investigation of the catastrophe that befell California's Indigenous population from 1846 to 1873: a catastrophe that was entirely man-made. An American Genocide catalogs the killing of tens of thousands of Native people during those years, and proves just how complicit the Californian and United States government were in the slaughter. Read more.

Americans Are Stressed About the Future. Here’s Why That’s Promising

Americans are really stressed out, according to a new poll by the American Psychological Association. That’s not news, but what’s surprising is that we are slightly more stressed out by the future of our country (63 percent) than by the usual stressors—money (62 percent) and work (61 percent). In fact, well over half of all Americans, 59 percent, believe this is “the lowest point in our nation’s history.”  Read more.

Nation That Says It Can't Afford Medicare for All Has Spent $5.6 Trillion on War Since 9/11

A new analysis offers a damning assessment of the United States' so-called global war on terror, and it includes a "staggering" estimated price tag for wars waged since 9/11 -- over $5.6 trillion.
The Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Center says the figure -- which covers the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan from 2001 through 2018 -- is the equivalent of more than $23,386 per taxpayer.  Read more.

Papa John's CEO Blames NFL Protesters for Really Bad Pizza

Freedom of speech? Pizza sales? Freedom of speech? Pizza sales? For John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John's International Inc., the hell with freedom of speech when business is down 8.5 percent. In 2010, Schnatter, a significant donor to President Donald Trump, a combatant in the administration's war against government regulations, and a vigorous critic more.

The US Southern Command's Silent Occupation of the Amazon

Brazil, Colombia and Peru share a triple borderland separating north from south on the South American continent. Located deep in the Amazon forest, this is the theater of operations in which more than 30 military companies test their services and merchandise. The multinational military exercise known as AmazonLog2017, is organized by the Armed Forces of Brazil. More than 1,500 members of the Brazilian military and military members from invited countries participated with high-caliber weapons and munitions, boats, aircraft, helicopters, information technologies, nautical and energy intelligent equipment, radars and sensors.  Read more.

Millions on Brink of Death in Yemen, But Members of Congress Can't Be Bothered With Questions

Despite warnings about the intensifying humanitarian crisis in war-ravaged Yemen, members of the U.S. Congress dodged questions from an Intercept reporter this week about why lawmakers haven't voted on U.S. support for the Saudi-led military coalition that is bombing the impoverished country while also imposing a blockade of urgently needed aid.  Read more.

After Mass Murder in Texas, Republicans and Democrats Echo Familiar Refrains

The nation is trying to make sense of yet another mass murder, this time in the rural Texas town of Sutherland Springs, where a gunman dressed in black tactical gear attacked a service at a small Baptist church with a Ruger AR assault rifle on Sunday. The attack left at least 26 men, women and children dead, and 20 others wounded.
The suspect in the shooting, a 26-year-old former Air Force member more.

Greek Oligarch Evangelos Marinakis Faces Criminal Charges After Expanding his Media Empire

The only one punished since Eric Garner's killing is the person who recorded it

When we went to a New York state prison to visit Ramsey Orta, the young man who filmed a police officer choking Eric Garner to death on a Staten Island sidewalk in 2014, we didn’t even make it past the metal detectors.
Last year, members of El Grito de Sunset Park, an NYC-based group that more.

Remove ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ as national anthem, California NAACP urges

When California lawmakers return to the Capitol in January, the state chapter of the NAACP will be seeking their support for a campaign to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem.
The organization last week began circulating among legislative offices two resolutions that passed at its state conference in October: one urging Congress more.

California NAACP proposes removing 'Star-Spangled Banner' as national anthem

"The Star-Spangled Banner," most recently caught up in the contentious NFL kneeling debate, is once again in the spotlight. This time the California NAACP wants it removed as the national anthem.
The group has said it wants to introduce a resolution to state lawmakers that proposes removing the Francis Scott Key production as the nation's official song.  Read more.

Holding onto Your Humanity in Solitary Confinement

Prison mirrors society, surrounded by a landscape of electrified barbed wire fences, warning signs for trespassers and gun towers are concrete structures of pathological incubators which breed psychological trauma. This experience was especially true for thousands of men subjected to decades of prolonged isolation and sensory deprivation in a restrictive environment. Not a single individual was unaffected or immune from the state's repressive program of behavior modification. In its extremity, the mind is decapitated from the body, the body decapitated from the spirit.  Read more.

Most of Congress 'Likes War' and Opposes Ending US Support for Saudi War in Yemen

Donna Brazile Sheds Further Light on the Arrogance That Brought Down Clinton Campaign

On November 7, former DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile released “Hacks,” her memoir of the 2016 election. In the book, Brazile details the dismal state of the Democratic National Committee that she inherited as interim chair, and the challenges she faced coordinating with the Hillary Clinton campaign during the general election.  Read more.

Case Is Dropped Against Activist Who Laughed at Jeff Sessions’s Hearing

The Department of Justice this week dismissed its case against a human rights protester who, clad in pink as Lady Liberty, was arrested after she laughed during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s confirmation hearing in January.
“What a relief,” the protester, Desiree A. Fairooz, posted on Twitter on Monday night.  Read more.

Detroit: From Motor City to Housing Incubator

Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, the country’s two largest banks, trace their roots in Detroit back decades, when they helped finance the city’s once-booming auto industry.
These days, Detroit is still struggling to recover from the 2008 financial crisis, and the two banks have pledged to help resuscitate the city and its crippled housing market.  Read more.

A call for restricted maximum income

Late Thursday afternoon, multi-billionaire Trump donor Joe Ricketts shuttered the Gothamist and DNAinfo media empire he conglomerated in March. Ricketts closed the sites a week after staffers voted to unionize. In the process, he also made a stellar case for a $1 million maximum income.
What is a maximum income? Taxing every penny someone makes over a million dollars by 100 percent and putting it back into public coffers.  Read more.

'Paradise Papers' Reveal Tax Avoidance of the Global Aristocracy

Some of the world's wealthiest and most powerful people will be waking up on Monday to discover that some of their best kept secrets—how they hide their vast wealth and avoid paying taxes—are now being read about in newspapers across the world after the release of a trove of offshore legal and banking documents were leaked to journalists and published Sunday as a joint project called the 'Paradise Papers.'  Read more.

Woman fired for ‘obscene’ gesture aimed at Trump’s motorcade

A woman has been fired from her job after a photo of her making a rude gesture at President Donald Trump’s motorcade went viral. The government contractor she worked for called it ‘obscene.’ 
As the presidential motorcade headed out of the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on October 28, a cyclist “saluted” it more.

Spanish Judge Orders Arrests of Catalan Independence Leadership

Donna Brazile Confesses that DNC Rigged Primaries

On November 2, Donna Brazile published an excerpt from her upcoming book, “Hacks,” in Politico. In the passage, Brazile outlines how she first discovered the joint fundraising agreement between Hillary Clinton's campaign and the DNC that created the Hillary Victory Fund. The agreement is the most overt evidence that the DNC rigged the 2016 Democratic Primaries for Hillary Clinton. Essentially, Brazile claims that the fund was used to launder money to the Clinton Campaign, and in exchange the DNC received  help in clearing out its debt. The catch was that former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the entire apparatus of the DNC was at the control of the Clinton Campaign, serving as an extension of it under the false pretense of neutrality.  Read more.

The Prelude to the Russian Revolution of 1917

The Makings of a More Human Economy

There's a point in every struggle when momentum shifts behind you. Optimism becomes ambition.
I recall those moments in our resistance to overcome our dictator in Uganda. I felt a perseverant optimism, as a young refugee, that got me through customs at Heathrow Airport. In Beijing in 1995, I saw hope surge globally for women's rights.  Read more.

Two NYPD detectives charged with handcuffing and raping 18 year-old woman

Two detectives threatened an 18-year-old woman with arrest over a bottle of prescription pills, handcuffed her, drove her around in their police van and then raped her, authorities said Monday in announcing charges against the two.
The detectives, Eddie Martins and Richard Hall, were arraigned Monday on a 50-count indictment that more.

'Both Sides' of Slavery Argument Latest Proof John Kelly Is No Moderating Force

Those who have repeatedly tried to dispell the myth—popular in some circles—that White House chief of staff John Kelly is somehow a "moderating force" on President Donald Trump are being widely vindicated after his appearance Monday night on the show of right-wing firebrand Laura Ingraham in which the former U.S. Marine general argued that it was "lack of ability to compromise" that led to the Civil War as he praised Robert E. Lee as a "noble man" and offered a very Trumpian "both sides" argument about the conflict that erupted centrally over the nation's institution of slavery.  Read more.

Hollywood actors speak of 'rampant' problem of male abusers targeting men

Hollywood has a “rampant” and “pervasive” problem of men sexually abusing boys and young men, according to actors and lawyers who are speaking up about misconduct and harassment in the wake of an allegation against actor Kevin Spacey.

“It’s a very taboo subject,” said Alex Winter, an actor and director who said he was sexually abused as a pre-teen child actor. Read more..

Fears of Radiation Leak Soar After North Korea Nuclear Site Collapse Kills 200

Experts are issuing urgent warnings of a possible radiation leak following the collapse of a tunnel at North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site, an accident that reportedly killed at least 200 people.

"Should [the Punggye-ri site] sink, there is a possibility" that hazardous radioactive gas could be released into the atmosphere, warned South Korea weather more.

The Life Force of Harry Belafonte

Activist and artist Harry Belafonte could be sitting or standing when you meet him, but he’s usually the only true giant in the room. Meeting Mr. Belafonte and his wife, Pamela, in the green room of the Carnegie Music Hall last Friday was a perk resulting from having interviewed him by phone the week before.  Read more.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Openly Criticizes DNC For Casting Out Progressives

On October 30, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) posted a video on her social media accounts, criticizing the Democratic National Committee for its recent DNC appointments. Gabbard made headlines during the 2016 Presidential Primaries as DNC Vice Chair when she openly called the former DNC Chair to add more debates. She resigned from the DNC in February 2017 to serve as a surrogate to the Bernie Sanders Campaign.  Read more.

What comparing black NFL players to prisoners reveals

Rob McNair, the owner of the Houston Texans NFL team, last week said: “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.” It was a reference to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality in the United States.

After his private comments became public, McNair issued an apology:  Read more.

Women's Convention: 'Millions of Women Coming Together to Stand Up and Fight Back'

Nine months after the Women’s March, a sell-out crowd of 4,000 people, mostly women, gathered in Detroit's Cabo Center this weekend for the Women’s Convention.

The Women’s Convention was organized by the leaders of the Women’s March, the January 21 protest that turned became the largest mass demonstration in US history.  Read more.

Catalonian Independence: What are the Economic Stakes?

Twitter Bans RT and Sputnik Ads, Who's Next?

Neo-Nazis Target College Campuses in Recruitment Drive

The messages are not subtle: "Make America White Again"; "Imagine a Muslim-Free America"; "Are You Sick of Anti-White Propaganda in College? You Are Not Alone. Take Your Country Back."

They're signed by a handful of neo-Nazi groups -- Identity Evropa [sometimes spelled Europa], The Right Stuff and Vanguard America -- and they aim more.

The Role Race Plays in the War On Drugs

Every year, hundreds of thousands of family and friends bury loved ones because of the ongoing opioid overdose crisis happening across the Unites States— a crisis that could have been largely prevented. Researchers and health professionals link today’s predicament to the explosion of opioid prescriptions in the 1990s when there was an increased prescription drug usage of medications to treat more.

The Proud Boys and the Alt-Right

After last week’s column, we got a cease and desist letter from the Proud Boys’ lawyer, complaining that we described the “western chauvinist”™  “far right”™ “fraternity” as “alt-right.”

He took issue with  this sentence: “Western civilization” is often code — for people like Bannon and the alt-right fraternity the Proud more.