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Will the International Criminal Court Prosecute Israel for War Crimes?

Human Rights Advocates Demand Worldwide Arms Embargo as Gaza Protests Continue

On Wednesday afternoon in Tucson, on the eve of Arizona’s first ever statewide teacher walkout, every intersection along Broadway Boulevard became red.
For 20 miles, under a robin’s egg sky, teachers and public education supporters lined sidewalks and curbsides, parking lots and strip malls. They formed small seas of red shirts, hats, and beach umbrellas, and waved signs proclaiming...read more.

Israel's Massacres of Gaza Protesters Force Liberal Zionists to Face Oppressive Reality

Nurses Demand Johns Hopkins Halt 'Anti-Union Campaign'

Charlie Rose, #MeToo and the Eternal Possibility of White, Male Redemption

Deep down, even in the most jaded corners of our minds, I think we all knew that it wouldn't take long. That those celebrities accused of sexual harassment and assault during the #MeToo movement would inevitably find a way to re-enter the public sphere, and do so quickly. There would, of course, be claims of newfound humility. Lessons learned. A respect for "social boundaries" previously shrouded in the mysterious haze of generational difference, too many drinks, unfettered power and jokes that went too far. Lamentations about how "I love women…after all, my mother/wife/daughter is a woman, so how could I be sexist?" Things like that.  Read more.

Seeing Red: Teacher Walkouts Shut Arizona, Colorado Schools

A sea of teachers clad in red shirts and holding "Money for Schools" signs reached the Arizona Capitol to press lawmakers for action Thursday, a key event in an unprecedented walkout that closed most of the state's public schools and built on an educator uprising that bubbled up in other parts of the U.S.

Tens of thousands of teachers and their supporters headed through downtown Phoenix to a rally to demand...read more.

How the alt-right’s sexism lures men into white supremacy

In the wake of the election, perhaps no topic has been more widely discussed and debated than the self-described “alt-right” — the racist, sexist, meme-happy, mostly internet-based movement associated with radical white supremacy that has unexpectedly taken center stage in US politics after the election of Donald Trump. The recent disruptive violence of incels — a shortened form of “involuntary celibates” that refers to an online enclave of extreme misogynists — may seem like a lone outlier with little connection to the racialized politics of...read more.

Arizona Educators Stage First Statewide Walkout as Teacher Revolt Grows

Unlike West Virginia and Oklahoma, today's teacher walkout in Arizona is the first statewide strike ever held by educators in the Grand Canyon State. But the state still resembles others revolting this spring because educators there also lack collective bargaining rights under so-called "right-to-work" provisions, and their decision walk out over decades of low pay and cuts to education is technically illegal.  Read more.

Who gets to picture and narrate Africa?

The World Press Photo Foundation recently announced the participants selected for the 2018 Joop Swart Masterclass. It is the foundation's flagship education programme that "rewards the most talented emerging visual journalists and is designed to support and enhance diversity in visual journalism and storytelling".  Read more.

"A Complete Disaster": Noam Chomsky on Trump and the Future of US Politics

Just how bad are things with Donald Trump in the White House? And what does having a racist, misogynist, xenophobic and erratic president who continues to enjoy unquestionable support from his base tell us about the state of US politics and the dangers to the future of democracy in the US and in the world on the whole? Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on these...read more.

Russia and China slam Trump-Macron Push to Renegotiate Iran Deal

Russia and China are both putting their feet down about the talk in the US and France about renegotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 agreement on freezing and curtailing Iran’s nuclear enrichment program by the UN Security Council and Germany in return for lifting international sanctions. US President Trump is threatening to withdraw, while French President Emmanuel Macron urges that the deal be kept but renegotiated to widen restrictions on Iran.  Read more.

Eight Years After BP Oil Spill, Sick Cleanup Workers Still Waiting for Day in Court

On the eighth anniversary of the BP oil spill, Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré stood in front of the New Orleans Federal Court House and called "bullshit" on the court's handling of claims made by those who participated in the cleanup efforts. 
Thousands of workers BP hired to clean up the spill that polluted the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 have...read more.

Golfing While Black: Club apologizes for calling cops on black members

A golf club in Pennsylvania has apologized for calling police on a group of black women after the co-owner and his father said they were playing too slowly and refused requests to leave the course.
“I felt we were discriminated against,” one of the women, Myneca Ojo, told the York Daily Record. “It was a horrific experience.”  Read more.

Iran's Rouhani Says Trump Has 'No Clue' About International Treaties or Law

"The nuclear deal is the nuclear deal," said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in response to comments by both U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House a day earlier in which Macron suggested that changes could be made to (or alongside) a multi-lateral nuclear agreement in order to save it from sabotage by the Trump administration.  Read more.

New York Governor Restores Voting Rights to Parolees

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order yesterday (April 18) that restores voting rights for state parolees. It’s a move that bypasses the Republican-led New York State Senate, which has previously rejected similar legislative measures.

An estimated 35,000 formerly incarcerated people stand to benefit from the order, which will...read more.

New Aristocrats Divided Over Trump

Texas Charter School Asked Students to List "Positive Aspects" of Slavery

An enraged father was in disbelief when he saw his eighth grader's homework assignment. The student was given a paper with two columns to fill out by listing the "positive aspects" and the "negative aspects" of life as a slave.
The worksheet was titled: "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View."
"What the hell is this revisionist history lesson trying to achieve here?!?" asked father Roberto Livar in a furious Facebook post.  Read more.

Kanye West "Keep America Great" Posters Appearing All Over NYC, Chicago & LA

Less than 24 hours after Kanye West was reportedly quoted saying “I Love Donald Trump” during a private discussion with Hot 97’s Ebro Darden, “Keep America Great” posters with West’s face are now popping up all over New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. The mysterious posters use President Trump’s 2020 campaign slogan along with the hashtag, “#KANYE2024.” The Kids See Ghosts rapper acknowledged the posters himself by tweeting a photo of it out with the confused emoji, but quickly deleted it.  Read more.

Black woman left topless as Alabama police throw her to floor in Waffle House arrest

A video of police officers exposing a woman’s breasts as they brutally arrested her in a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama, has been widely shared on social media. The Saraland Police Department is now looking into the case.

Police launched an internal inquiry into the arrest of 25-year-old Chikesia Clemons in the middle of the...read more.

Infamous Mercenary Erik Prince Being Considered to Build Trump's Foreign Army for Syria

US-Backed Coalition Bombs Wedding Party in Yemen, Killing Dozens

Weeks after President Donald Trump thanked Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince for his country's use of U.S. military power, the U.S.-backed coalition bombed a wedding party in Yemen, killing at least 20 civilians including the bride. The number of casualties is expected to rise.
On social media, journalist Glenn Greenwald reminded readers of the U.S. connection to...read more.

Starbucks' epic fail after an epic fail

Days ago, the United States was shaken by yet another racism scandal. The manager of a Philadelphia Starbucks branch called the police on two black men because they were waiting for a friend in the store and hadn't ordered anything. Police officers arrived and thought it necessary to take the men out in handcuffs. 
In a move of spectacular ignorance and tone-deafness, Starbucks' idea of restoring their image was to partner with the notoriously racist, pro-police, pro-Apartheid, pro-Israel, Islamophobic Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to conduct "sensitivity training" for...read more.

Students as Debt Slaves

Periodically the so-called deficit hawks—a club whose membership includes prominent members of both parties—warn us of the dire consequences of burgeoning government debt. Many propose such harsh remedies as balanced budget amendments. Yet while these warnings and draconian responses are commonplace, one of the gravest problems receives far less attention, student debt. Although some candidates in the upcoming off year election have made student debt and or free college planks in their platforms, the depth of the problem, its human consequences, and the pathologies that underlie it receive all too little attention.  Read more.

Leaders of China and Japan to Meet -- Could Be a Game Changer

7-Year-Old Havana Edwards on Why She Joined the National School Walkout

As groups of students from across the United States participated in the National School Walkout, one 7-year-old stood alone at her elementary school in protest of continued violence in schools.

Havana Edwards, a 7-year-old student from Washington, D.C., was the only one at her school to walk out of classes on Friday, April 20. She posted an image from...read more.

EPA Recommends Transitioning Away From Animal Testing

Good news from federal agencies can feel like a rarity these days, but this dispatch from the Environmental Protection Agency is an excellent reminder that staffers deep in the government are hard at work to build a better world. In draft guidance on skin allergy testing for pesticides and industrial chemicals, the EPA is encouraging researchers to move away from the use of animal models.  Read more.

Genesis Prize cancels ceremony after 2018 winner Natalie Portman said she won’t visit Israel

The Genesis Prize announced it was canceling its prize ceremony in Israel in June after 2018 recipient Natalie Portman said she would not take part in light of “recent events.”
On Thursday, the Genesis Prize Foundation, which awards what it calls the “Jewish Nobel,” said it was “very saddened” that the Israeli-American actress...read more.

Natalie Portman Says, Enough!

The Gaza killings have hurt Israel’s image in the world, and tonight the damage got even bigger. In an astonishing move, the Israeli-American film star Natalie Portman, 36, informed an Israeli foundation she would not show up at the awards ceremony for Israel’s equivalent of the...read more.

House Raid Illustrates How Baltimore Police Refuse to Take Black Residents Rights Seriously

On Monday, April 16, Baltimore City Police stormed into a home full of grieving friends and family on the 400 block of East Lanvale Street, looking, they said, for two people who had just been involved in a shootout a short distance away on Preston Street and subsequently ran into the Lanvale St. home.

Video of the raid recorded by a resident and broadcasted by ABC Channel 2 shows police in S.W.A.T. gear slinking up to the home, rifles out, and one officer giving the family orders, asking some of them to slowly crawl out of the home....read more.

Native Language Schools Are Taking Back Education

For more than 150 years, the Wôpanâak language was silent. With no fluent speakers alive, the language of the Mashpee Wampanoag people existed only in historical documents. It was by all measures extinct. But a recently established language school on the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's reservation in Massachusetts is working to bring back the language.
The threat of extinction that faces the Wôpanâak language is not uncommon for indigenous languages in the...read more.

Court Rules California Can List Glyphosate as Probable Carcinogen

In a development heralded as "a win for science and democracy" and for "all Californians," an appeals court on Thursday backed the state's listing of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, as a probable carcinogen.
"This is a huge win for all Californians—and a huge loss for Monsanto—as it upholds our right to protect ourselves and our environment from...read more.

Global Warming's Impact on Ocean Currents to Amplify Sea Level Rise (VIDEO)

There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria

Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma.
Now, the Syrian regime’s brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there’s a lot about this that’s simply fishy.  Read more.

House Republicans call for prosecutions of Clinton, Comey, Lynch, and others

Eleven House Republicans — Ron DeSantis, Andy Biggs, Dave Brat, Jeff Duncan, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, Andy Harris, Jody Hice, Todd Rokita, Claudia Tenney, and Ted Yoho — have signed a joint letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for the criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton and a variety of other Obama administration appointees, career FBI officials, and even Trump appointee Dana Boente, who is currently the FBI’s general counsel.  Read more.

Saudi Dictator Dines with French President as Yemenis Starve

Wall Street Banks Have Already Pocketed $2.5 Billion From Trump Tax Scam

As most Americans report that they have seen little to no paycheck boost thanks to the Trump-GOP tax cuts, the very biggest Wall Street banks are reporting quite the opposite: record profits.
Thanks to the Republican law's drastic reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, the combined earnings of...read more.

Suspiciously Black in Starbucks

Over the weekend, a video circulated on the Internet of police handcuffing and removing two black men from a Starbucks in Philadelphia last Thursday, April 12. The incident is illustrative of what pains many African Americans about the threats of gentrification: The men were reportedly charged with trespassing, and for a neighborhood like Philly’s Rittenhouse Square, where the trespassed Starbucks is located, that may have been true in the eyes of a cafe manager trying to interpret the motives of...read more.

Trump’s Impotent Rage

Something very fishy happened last week. On Friday, we were treated to almost hourly rumors that President Donald Trump’s firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was imminent. This was to be followed by a scheme to either fire or drastically limit the authority of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Read more.

Starbucks and the Criminalization of Blackness

Martin Luther King Jr.: The Prophet as Healer

In August 1967, in a sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King Jr. observed that he and the congregation were living in “evil times.” His remark was brutally punctuated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, when King was assassinated. What should we focus upon in marking the 50th anniversary of this somber landmark? I suggest three things: the particulars of King’s achievements as a liberal dissident; the trying circumstances he faced at the...read more.

The right's insane sliming of David Hogg

If Republicans are trying to alienate themselves from a generation of voters, they're doing a bang-up job. Polls shows that young people, and especially young women, are fleeing to the Democratic Party in large numbers. And who can blame them? Too many politicians in the GOP, and their media mouthpieces, have insulted them, smeared them and pawned their futures in exchange for short-term gain.  Read more.

Robert F. Kennedy: Teachings for Today

An emblem of Robert Kennedy’s capacity to reach across racial lines was the way he campaigned in the steel town of Gary, Indiana, when he ran for president in 1968. He made a point to appear together with Mayor Richard Hatcher, the first post-Reconstruction African American mayor of a large city, and Tony Zale, a white local hero who was the middleweight boxing champion of the world. That reach has often been noted over the years, with the added note that many of the city’s white residents who voted for RFK went on to vote for Governor George Wallace in the general election after Kennedy died.  Read more.

Laura Flanders Show: After Hurricane Maria

Trump Moves to Gut the Post Office

Some may be inclined to think that Donald Trump’s executive order Thursday night establishing a task force to recommend reforms for the U.S. Postal Service reflects another salvo in the president’s war against Amazon. Trump’s attack on Amazon, a clear byproduct of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s ownership of...read more.

Seven Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on the American Empire

Noam Chomsky is an expert on many matters -- linguistics, how our economy functions and propaganda, among others. One area where his wisdom especially shines through is in articulating the structure and functioning of the American empire. Chomsky has been speaking and publishing on the topic since the '60s. Below are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the American empire taken from his personal site and from a fan-curated Web site dedicated to collecting Chomsky's observations.  Read more.

Israel's mass murder of Unarmed Gaza Protesters enters 3rd Week

Petition by Former DOJ Officials Denounce Trump

Nearly 250 former Justice Department officials have signed a letter posted on Medium, denouncing President Donald Trump's months of attacks on the department and the investigation it is carrying out to determine whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election—and whether Trump's campaign was involved in the interference—and called on Congress to protect the rule of law.  Read more.

Trump's Attack on Syria Violates International Law

Palestinians gather for mass protests along Gaza-Israel border

On Friday, a 28-year-old Palestinian man died due to Israeli military gunfire in the third consecutive mass protest along the border fence east of Jabalia just north of Gaza City, Gaza's Health Ministry said.
Over 950 Palestinians were wounded on Friday — including 223 who were hurt by live ammunition — while the rest were wounded by...read more.

TV host's show canceled for tweeting murderous sexual threat at teen David Hogg

A conservative commentator who sent a violent and vulgar tweet saying he would use "a hot poker" to sexually assault a 17-year-old survivor of a Florida high school shooting has resigned from a St. Louis TV station after several advertisers withdrew from his show. KDNL-TV has canceled "The Allman Report" and accepted Jamie Allman's resignation, according to a brief statement from Ronn Torossian, a spokesman for the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which operates the TV station.  Read more.

Education Advisory Board Member Compares Anti-Violence Teen Activist David Hogg to Nazis

Ever since Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior David Hogg began pushing for gun control in the wake of the massacre at his high school, he's been a target for conservatives. An aide to Republican state Rep. Shawn Harrison called Hogg a crisis actor. Laura Ingraham blasted him for "whining" after being rejected from several California colleges. Talk-show host Jamie Allman said he had been...read more.

Miscarriage of Justice: Ex-President Lula's Imprisonment in Brazil

A president in prison won't solve the crisis in Brazil

The Portuguese word "golpe" has a polysemy that is lost in English: It means at once coup d'etat, swindle and physical blow. One needs all three meanings to make sense of what has been happening in Brazil since Dilma Rousseff's impeachment in 2016.
Unlike the military takeover of 1964, this is not a clean break with a pre-existing institutional order, but the...read more.

US Attack on Syria Would Be Illegal Under International Law

Teacher Strikes Are About a Lot More Than Paychecks

Teachers across the United States are having a moment.
Educators are building on the momentum from West Virginia, where striking teachers won a 5 percent pay raise for state employees. Now the protests have spread to Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and the nation’s capital.
The educators are winning broad public support, but some politicians aren’t pleased.  Read more.

As Fascists Infiltrate Colleges, Students Want Cops and Racists Out

College campuses around the United States have lately been inundated with local and state police forces, in addition to the schools' own cops. From Berkeley to the University of Florida to Michigan State University, hordes of police have been deployed during and in some cases, leading up to talks by Richard Spencer, president of the white nationalist think tank, the National Policy Institute. Wherever Spencer (who recently announced a hiatus from his campus tour) and his posse of...read more.

Trump Pardons Cheney Sidekick Scooter Libby

Donald Trump pardoned Lewis "Scooter" Libby on Friday.
Libby was chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney and was convicted in 2007 of lying under oath and obstruction of justice during the investigation into the leaking of the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose husband , an ambassador, challenged the Bush-Cheney narrative for invading Iraq. Bush later commuted Libby's sentence.  Read more.

#ShellKnew: Green Group Sues Oil Giant Over Climate Impact

Kentucky Teachers to Hold Sick-Out Friday Despite Threats from Governor

Israel Massacres Unarmed Gaza Protesters Again as International Community Shrugs

When Your Lawyer Needs a Lawyer: Trump, Cohen and the FBI Raid

Donald Trump's personal lawyer needs a lawyer. That lawyer will also need a lawyer, who in turn will also need a lawyer. If this keeps up, a friend noted, we'll have to change "MAGA" to "My Attorney Got Arrested."
Michael D. Cohen, Trump's long-time consigliere and Man Who Knows All Secrets had his world turned inside out like a laundered sock on Monday morning when the FBI basically raided every place he's ever spent more than five minutes.  Read more.

Video shows fatal police shooting of black woman

Elgin, Illinois, police officers tried for more than an hour to get a woman they believed was suicidal and possibly armed with a steak knife out of her car on the side of Interstate 90, including threatening her with arrest.
Authorities say she refused, and at one point she set something on fire and threw it into the back seat.  Read more.

Major Banks Ramp Up Fossil Fuel Financing Despite Climate Crisis

Poor People's Campaign Unveils Agenda to Combat Poverty, Racism, and Militarism

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s original campaign against poverty that kicked off 50 years ago next month, leaders of the Poor People's Campaign (PPC) on Tuesday announced plans to revive Dr. King's radical moral vision with mass action nationwide and unveiled a series of ambitious demands aimed at combating the economic, racial, and environmental injustices that afflict tens of millions of people in the world's wealthiest nation.  Read more.