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New York City police show support of Colin Kaepernick

Dozens of current and former New York City police officers, including famed corruption whistleblower Frank Serpico, turned out Saturday at a rally in support of getting free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the National Football League.
The former San Francisco 49ers player became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem in what he called a protest against oppression of people of color.  Read more.

Lawrence Wilkerson: Under Trump, Al Qaeda is Flourishing

Marijuana Becomes a Player in California Politics and It's Putting Its Money on Gavin Newsom

Marijuana is already a multibillion-dollar-a-year business in California, and with recreational sales to adults coming online next year, it's about to get even bigger. Now, the legal pot industry is beginning to throw its weight around in state office-level politics, and it's doing it the old-fashioned way: with a checkbook.  Read more.

Trump Attacks Boston Anti-Racism Demonstrators as 'Anti-Police Agitators'

After declaring during a press conference on Tuesday that there were many "very fine people" in attendance at the white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to launch an attack on the thousands of anti-racist demonstrators in Boston, labeling them "anti-police agitators."  Read more.

Campuses, cities reject far right after Charlottesville

Public outrage in the wake of a white supremacist rally turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, has left far-right groups facing a wave of cancellations across the United States as they plan their next moves.

Backlash grows against Trump's comments on Charlottesville violence.  Security concerns have prompted at several universities to...read more.

Trump fires controversial chief strategist Bannon

President Donald Trump on Friday fired Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist in the latest high-level White House shake-up, removing a powerful and controversial figure known for far-right political views.
Bannon was a force behind some of Trump's most contentious policies, including a travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority nations, and has fought with more moderate factions inside a White House riven with rivalries and back-stabbing.  Read more.

Elizabeth Warren Says Days of 'Lukewarm' Policies Are Over

In a wide-ranging and fiery keynote speech last weekend at the 12th annual Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) relentlessly derided moderate Democratic pundits calling for the party to move "back to the center" and declared that Democrats must unequivocally "fight for progressive solutions to our nation's challenges."  Read more.

An Open Letter From Great, Great Grandsons of Stonewall Jackson

Dear Mayor Stoney and Members of the Monument Avenue Commission,
We are native Richmonders and also the great, great grandsons of Stonewall Jackson. As two of the closest living relatives to Stonewall, we are writing today to ask for the removal of his statue, as well as the removal of all Confederate statues from Monument Avenue. They are overt symbols of racism and white supremacy, and the time is long overdue for them to depart from public display. Overnight, Baltimore has seen fit to take this action. Richmond should, too.  Read more.

Iran Will Change When the US Changes

Donald Trump wants to kill the Iran nuclear deal. Exactly why he aims to destroy a perfectly functioning arms control deal that has prevented both an Iranian nuclear option and war with Iran remains unclear. Despite Iran's confirmed adherence to the deal, Trump claims Iran is in violation of its "spirit."  Read more.

BPA Breakthrough: New Treatment Takes Controversial Chemical Out of Water

As water treatment plants struggle to keep up with the chemical cocktail heading into our pipes, researchers say they've come up with a solution to remove one of the most ubiquitous contaminants -- BPA.
Chemists were able to remove about 99 percent of bisphenol A (BPA) from water using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide...read more.

20-Year-Old Deandre Harris Speaks Out About Being Assaulted by White Supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.

Twenty-year-old aspiring hip-hop artist Deandre Harris moved to Charlottesville, Va., from Suffolk, Va., two years ago for a job opportunity as an instructional assistant in the special education program at a local high school. But nothing could prepare him for what he experienced Saturday afternoon, when he took part in a counterprotest against the Unite the Right white supremacy marches that took place in the city.  Read more.

‘Not a true Italian’: Black teen barred from singing in Verona music festival

A black Italian teenager says she was prohibited from participating in a music festival because the color of her skin meant she wasn't a "true Italian," despite being born in the country.
The 15-year-old, identified only as Dora B., enjoys singing and wanted to take part in the Canta Verona festival in Verona, the town where she was born.  Read more.

Baltimore removes 4 Confederate statues overnight amid fears of violence

Baltimore authorities tore down and hauled away four Confederate monuments hours after the city’s council voted for the move. The Baltimore mayor said she wanted to avoid violence.
Within hours of Tuesday night’s decision, crews had removed statues of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, who led the...read more.

The Roots of the Philippines Trafficking Epidemic

Police Stood by as Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville

There was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted today in this bucolic town in Virginia's heartland. At about 10 a.m. today, at one of countless such confrontations, an angry mob of white supremacists formed a battle line across from a group of counter-protesters, many of them older and gray-haired, who had gathered near a church parking lot. On command from their leader, the young men charged and pummeled their ideological foes with abandon. One woman was hurled to the pavement, and the blood from her bruised head was instantly visible.  Read more.

Africa-Israel summit 'justifies colonialism, apartheid'

A group of Palestinian activists, academics, and civil society organisations have launched a campaign to deter African nations from partaking in the upcoming Africa-Israel summit, slated to take place in Togo in October.
Several African countries, including South Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritania, have already decided to boycott the summit, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to...read more.

Trump Cut Funds for Group Fighting White Supremacy

A few weeks before Heather Heyer was murdered and many others were injured after a coalition of hate groups gathered violently in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Trump administration—under guidance from trusted aides such as Katharine Gorka—revoked a $400,000 federal grant from a U.S. nonprofit dedicated to rehabilitating former white supremacists and other extremists.  Read more

California to sue Trump administration over sanctuary policy

California plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over federal restrictions on some law enforcement grants to so-called sanctuary cities, a spokesperson for California's attorney general office said on Monday.
The city of San Francisco filed its own lawsuit against the department late last week, saying the...read more.

Let Me Remind You Who Jeff Sessions Is

For the past several weeks, media coverage of Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a sympathetic turn. In article after article, the “beleaguered” Sessions is described as a victim of bullying, under Twitter assault by the president who appointed him. Meanwhile, Trump—angry that the law-and-order man he chose did not live up to his idea of loyalty—seems to be taking some joy in Sessions’s discomfort.  Read more.

Media Downplays Wells Fargo's Latest Scandals

Charlottesville is America everywhere

On Friday evening in Charlottesville, a coordinated group of white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia campus holding torches, shouting "white lives matter", and setting the stage for the Unite the Right rally on Saturday. The rally, which protested against the removal of Confederate monuments and sculptures within the city, galvanised white supremacists from various groups, most notably Ku Klux Klan sympathisers, Neo-Nazis, and leaders of the so-called "alt-right" movement. 
With their faces unmasked and identities uncloaked, the protesters raised their arms and chanted "blood and soil", in the Nazi tradition, not fearing their association with the...read more

Rethinking Schools: How to Talk About Nuclear War and Donald Trump with 2nd-Graders

Recently, a Rethinking Schools editor was a chaperone on a field trip when he overheard a 2nd-grade student talking about how he wanted to “nuke the world.”
Taken aback, he asked the child what he meant.
“Everything is just so bad. We should just nuke the world and start over.”
When pressed further, the student mentioned Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. The editor was left wondering how...read more.

David Duke Blasts Trump’s Call for Unity: ‘It Was White Americans Who Put You in the Presidency’

Former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke blasted Donald Trump on Saturday for the president’s tweeted call for unity following the violent protests by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one dead and more than 30 injured.

Two Virginia State Police troopers were also killed when a police helicopter assisting with the melee crashed outside of Charlottesville.  Read more.

Trump’s Remarks on Charlottesville Violence Are Criticized as Insufficient

President Trump is rarely reluctant to express his opinion, but he is often seized by caution when addressing the violence and vitriol of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and alt-right activists, some of whom are his supporters.
After days of genially bombastic interactions with the news media on North Korea and the shortcomings of congressional Republicans, Mr. Trump on Saturday condemned the bloody protests in Charlottesville, Va., in what critics in both parties saw as...read more.

Terror in Charlottesville: Car Rams into Anti-Racist Protesters at White Supremacist Rally

In what appears to be a deliberate move, a car plowed into a large group of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Multiple injuries were reported Saturday afternoon. The injuries range from minor to life-threatening, authorities said. According to Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, one person has been killed.  Read more.

Charlottesville: man charged with murder after car rams counter-protesters at far-right event

A man has been arrested and charged with murder after a car rammed into a group of people peacefully protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, killing one person and injuring 19.
In a separate incident, two police officers were killed when their helicopter crashed.  Read more.

Why Pakistan and India remain in denial 70 years on from partition

On 3 June 1947, only six weeks before British India was carved up, a group of eight men sat around a table in New Delhi and agreed to partition the south Asian subcontinent.
Photographs taken at that moment reveal the haunted and nervous faces of Jawaharlal Nehru, the Indian National Congress leader soon to become independent India’s first prime minister, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, head of the Muslim League and Pakistan’s first governor-general and Louis Mountbatten,the last British viceroy.  Read more.

Clashes Break Out as Virginia Declares State of Emergency

As community members, faith leaders, and defenders of the common good operated valiantly on Saturday to drown out and confront white supremacist factions who descended on the city of Charlottesville this weekend, Virginia suspended a permitted rally and declared a State of Emergency as anti-fascists clashed violently with neo-Nazi elements.  Read more.

Venezuela: Trump Threat of US Military Intervention "Madness" of US Imperialism

In response to comments from President Donald Trump that he wouldn't "rule out" a "military option" against Venezuela—currently embroiled in domestic political conflict as neoliberal forces challenge the socialist-led government of President Nicholas Maduro—the nation's top officials characterized Trump's remarks as "madness" coming from the "imperial" and "extremist elite that rules the United States."  Read more.

Charlottesville prepares for a white nationalist rally on Saturday

For the second time in six weeks, Charlottesville is bracing for a protest of its decision earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. White nationalists, white supremacists and members of alt-right groups will gather in the city at noon Saturday for the Unite the Right rally to voice opposition to the decision and assert itself as a movement.  Read more.

China in Africa: Old powers sidelined as Beijing follows economic ties with first military base

The opening of China’s first military base in Africa gives an additional foothold in a region where it already has much sway, thanks to economic ties. Some commentators see Africa as Beijing’s chance to preserve its manufacturing dominance for future generations.
In a joint ceremony with a local honor guard, Chinese troops last week opened their new naval base in Djibouti, a tiny nation in East Africa which already leases land to several facilities of foreign militaries. The Chinese troops are stationed right next to the Pentagon’s only permanent base in Africa, as well as Japanese, French and Italian forces.  Read more.

French jobs market springs to life under Emmanuel Macron

For years Seeb, a small French company that installs electric wiring in commercial property, has been laying off workers. Franck Dattée, its chief executive, is at last able to do the opposite.
“Since June we have had extraordinary demand . . . I am recruiting many people on many levels: managers, workers, team leaders,” says Mr Dattée, who is adding 10 people to his team of 40. Compared with last year, his company is bidding on twice as many tenders for jobs and the number of new projects has grown rapidly.  Read more.

Fearing Trump Censorship, Govt. Scientists Leak Alarming Climate Report

A leaked draft of an extensive federal climate change report is causing alarm on Tuesday—both because of its findings, which make clear that the U.S. is currently experiencing the effects of climate change, and because of statements by the report's authors, who say they're concerned President Donald Trump will try to suppress the paper.  Read more.

U.S. to relax rules protecting sage grouse in favor of oil drillers

The U.S. Interior Department on Monday launched an overhaul to an Obama-era plan to protect sage grouse that it says aims to both preserve the species of bird while expanding opportunities for oil development in western states where they live.

The move is a win for the drilling industry which had long argued that the plan developed by...read more.

Blackballing Kaepernick: Fear of the black athlete

Sport is romanticised as a safe haven from the troubles and turbulence of society. But, in fact, it is a mirror of what is unfolding beyond the pitch, and in the case of American sport, beyond the lines of play. 
This is particularly true for the National Football League (NFL), as illustrated by the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback effectively blackballed from the league for protesting the national anthem during the 2016 regular season. In August of last year...read more.

Hope On This Hiroshima Day

Seventy-two years after the U.S dropped the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and three days later on Nagasaki, there is hope that we will finally see the abolition of these most deadly weapons of mass destruction, for this year on July 7 an historic treaty banning nuclear weapons, like every other weapon of mass destruction, was adopted at the United Nations. Recognizing and responding to the medical and humanitarian consequences of nuclear war, the world has come together and spoken.  Read more.

Court Throws Out Blackwater Guards' Sentences for 2007 Baghdad Massacre

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out lengthy prison sentences of three former operatives for private mercenary firm Blackwater Worldwide—and ordered a retrial for a fourth operative who had received a life sentence—for their roles in the notorious 2007 Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad, which left 14 unarmed Iraqis dead and another 17 wounded.  Read more.

Maduro inaugurates new Venezuela assembly

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has sworn in a controversial new Constituent Assembly that has the power to rewrite the constitution, despite massive protests and state prosecutors vowing to block it.
The 545-member assembly, including Maduro's wife and son, held its inaugural session under tight security in the capital Caracas on Friday.  Read more.

Florida Will Battle Coastal Pollution by Eliminating Old Septic Tanks

Florida's got a big nutrient loading problem in its rivers and estuaries. Too much phosphorous and nitrogen can trigger algae blooms that choke the oxygen right out the water and cause incalculable damage to riverine ecosystems.
This problem is not news, really. It's happening in waterways all over the United States. Why? Agricultural runoff and sewage top the list of culprits.  Read more.

Meat industry blamed for largest-ever 'dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico

The global meat industry, already implicated in driving global warming and deforestation, has now been blamed for fueling what is expected to be the worst “dead zone” on record in the Gulf of Mexico.

Toxins from manure and fertiliser pouring into waterways are exacerbating huge, harmful algal blooms that create oxygen-deprived stretches of the gulf, the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, according to a...read more.

Why Are "Activist Investors" Silent on Corporate Social Responsibility?

Once known by terms like "asset strippers" or "corporate raiders," activist investors -- shareholders who take large stakes in a company and pressure or replace its management in order to raise share prices -- have now entered the mainstream and are spreading like wildfire. Hundreds of companies are being singled out by activist investors, who are hungrily adding European firms to their target list after having nearly saturated the US market. Most recently, financier Nelson Peltz set his eyes on Proctor & Gamble (P&G), disclosing a $3.5 billion stake in the consumer goods behemoth and announcing that he's vying for a seat on the board. The move came a few weeks after...read more.

Asylum Seekers, Fleeing Trump's Hostility, Overwhelm Quebec's Refugee Resources

So many asylum seekers are pouring over the Canadian border from the United States that authorities opened Montreal's Olympic stadium—a 56,000-seat arena and one of the city's most famous landmarks—as a temporary welcome center on Wednesday.
Between January and June 2017, more than 4,000 people hoping to attain refugee status crossed the U.S.–Canadian border at remote locations, with nearly 80 percent of them entering Quebec.  Read more.

‘We are ready': If US sanctions hurt European interests, EU can react ‘within days’ says EU leader

Europe will come up with an “adequate” response and “within days” if the newly-signed US anti-Russian sanctions law hurts the interests of European companies working with Russia, European Commission Head Jean-Claude Juncker has warned.

European interests should be always taken into account when it comes to enabling new US sanctions, Juncker said in an interview to the...read more.

Land Taken From Freed Slave’s Descendants for Amazon Data Center?

This is a story about property: real and imagined, legitimate and illegitimate. It’s a story about who gets to decide who can own what, and whom.
It’s a story of reality, both physical and virtual. It’s a story that begins with humans in chains, moves through Disney’s desire to make a theme park out of our most painful history, and ends with the...read more.

The myth of American 'greatness'

As the world has by now been made painfully aware, Donald Trump's preeminent goal as president of the United States is to "make America great again".
But for many students - not to mention victims - of international history, the burning question remains: when exactly was America great?  Read more.