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Maxine Waters Just Tore Up Trump’s Threats in a Fiery Speech at the LA Immigration Rally

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) hit back hard on Saturday against the president and her critics during a speech at the Families Belong Together rally in Los Angeles, asserting that she’s not afraid and that “if you shoot me, you better shoot straight—there’s nothing like a wounded animal.”  Read more.

Federal Judge Blocks Kentucky's Trump-Backed Medicaid Work Requirements

Kentucky's Medicaid work requirements—which were enabled and enthusiastically approved by the Trump administration—would have stripped healthcare from around 100,000 people, but a federal judge on Friday decided to block the new restrictions from taking effect, arguing that the White House's approval of the rules did not adequately account for the "deprivation" they would cause.  Read more.

Jewish extremists taunt ‘Ali’s on the grill’ at slain toddler’s relatives

Far-right activists chanted slogans cheering for the death of an 18-month old Palestinian outside a courthouse in central Israel as the late toddler’s family walked near them following a hearing Tuesday.
Referencing toddler Ali Saad Dawabshe, killed in a 2015 arson attack carried out by Jewish terrorists...read more.

John Lewis gives stunning speech at Atlanta #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch

Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) gave an emotional speech against President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies at the “Families Belong Together” rally in Atlanta on Saturday.

Rep. Lewis has represented Georgia in Congress for three decades. In his youth, as chairman of the...read more.

The Racism of the Supreme Court’s “Janus” Decision

What comes next now that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority has upended over 40 years of labor law?
Erica Smiley, an organizing director at Jobs With Justice, told Truthout that in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME ruling on Wednesday, which means that public sector unions can no longer require workers to pay dues, activists must work toward...read more.

Over 600 Women Face Arrest for Protesting US Immigration Policy

In Washington, DC, 630 women were arrested Thursday during a massive nonviolent civil disobedience action on Capitol Hill protesting the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Protesters, chanting “We care” and “Abolish ICE,” and wearing mylar emergency blankets like those given to immigrants imprisoned in US detention centers, flooded the...read more.

Ocasio-Cortez Explains to Colbert What a 'Moral' Economy Would Look Like

Since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stunning primary win over Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday, interest in democratic socialism—the label Ocasio-Cortez unabashedly uses to describe her platform and political outlook—has surged exponentially, prompting corporate TV networks to feature segments on the term and driving a record-breaking membership boost for the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).  Read more.

Maxine Waters and the trope of the “angry black woman”

After U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., implored Americans of good conscience to publicly confront White House officials over their policies, leading Democrats joined with Republicans to denounce Waters’ comments as uncivil.
It was one of the few acts of bipartisanship that Democrats have engaged in since the advent of the Trump administration, and it was by far the most harmful.  Read more.

Explaining Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s Next President

Tens of millions of Mexican voters will go to the polls Sunday to vote in more than 3,000 races—none more important than the one to choose the country’s next president. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (or AMLO, as he’s commonly called) has held a healthy lead in polling for months and is widely expected to succeed Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s unpopular current president.  Read more.

Turkey's Erdogan Expands Authoritarian Powers with Fascist Coalition Election Victory

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins Landslide Over Wall Street Favorite Joe Crowley

Overcoming a flood of corporate money and New York's powerful establishment machine with tireless grassroots organizing and an ambitious progressive agenda of Medicare for All, housing as a human right, and abolishing ICE, 28-year-old democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez toppled Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's 14th congressional district on Tuesday in what is being hailed as the biggest political upset of 2018.  Read more.

The History of Race and Labor in the USA

Supreme Court Preserves GOP Gerrymanders in Texas and North Carolina

In a victory for "GOP racial gerrymanders everywhere" and a significant loss for voting rights, the Supreme Court's conservative majority on Monday overturned a lower court ruling and revived electoral districts drawn by Texas Republicans that many experts say are blatantly designed to discriminate against minorities.  Read more.

A Man Who Went to War and Realized His Side Was the Enemy

The soldier’s tale is as old as war. It is told and then forgotten. There are always young men and women ardent for glory, seduced by the power to inflict violence and naive enough to die for the merchants of death. The soldier’s tale is the same, war after war, generation after generation. It is Spenser Rapone’s turn now. The second lieutenant was given an “other than honorable” discharge June 18 after an Army investigation determined that he “went online to promote a socialist revolution and disparage high-ranking officers” and thereby had engaged in “conduct unbecoming an officer.” Rapone laid bare the lie, although the lie often seems unassailable.  Read more.

Suppressing US War Crimes: The Cold War Denial Machine Lives On

A shadowy chapter of US Cold War history involving germ warfare allegations in 1952 recently played out in the New York Review of Books: In February, Michael Ignatieff, former Canadian politician and international political scholar, wrote a movie review of Errol Morris’s recent six-part Netflix docudrama, “Wormwood.”

“Wormwood” investigates the mysterious 1953 death of a top US germ war scientist and CIA employee, Frank Olson. Olson was...read more.

General Motors Held Responsible for Abuses in its Plant in Colombia

Poor People's Campaign Caps Off 40 Days of Action

Thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday where the Poor People's Campaign capped off 40 days of action with a rally and march to further energize its call for a "moral revival" and intention to "move forward together, not one step back."
Twin banners declaring "Fight Poverty Not the Poor" flanked the stage, where rousing speeches by...read more.

Fox News segment blows up after Trump advisor tells black Democrat he’s ‘out of his cotton-picking mind’

Fox News host Ed Henry had to shut down a discussion on President Donald Trump’s immigration policies on Sunday morning when White House adviser David Bossie told a black Democratic consultant that he was out of his “cotton-picking mind.”
During the segment, Democratic communications expert Joel Payne railed at the Trump administration racist policies. Read more.

Why Is the Anti-War Movement Still so Weak Under Trump?

Giacometti Institute Opens in Paris with Reconstruction of Artist’s Studio

In 1926, when Alberto Giacometti moved into his studio in an unassuming atelier in the Parisian neighborhood of Montparnasse, he thought it was tiny. “But the longer I stayed, the bigger it became,” the artist later recalled. “I could fit anything I wanted into it.” He would remain in the dimly lit space—which had a leaky roof and, often, no running water—for nearly 40 years.  Read more.

Ralph Nader Asks Former First Ladies: Why No Concern for Children Killed by Their Husbands' Wars?

Noted consumer advocate and author Ralph Nader on Friday offered a sharp retort to Laura Bush and Michelle Obama in response to the former first ladies levied criticism at the Trump administration's cruel immigration policy that separated immigrant children from their families.
"Would be nice if Laura Bush and Michelle Obama had expressed similar heartfelt concern for the tens of thousands of children killed or seriously maimed by the wars of their husbands in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere," he tweeted.  Read more.

31-Car Oil Train Derails Into Iowa Floodwaters

Adding to the mountain of evidence that "oil trains are a disaster for our health, our safety, and our climate"—an argument environmentalists have been making for years—a 31-car freight train derailed in Iowa and started leaking crude oil into floodwaters on Friday morning, forcing evacuations of nearby homes and raising concerns about drinking water contamination.  Read more.

‘Space Force’, $716B Defense Bill Take Wasteful Military Spending to New Heights

World to Refugees: Go to Hell

It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough.
The 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner, was recounted in a 1974 book and a 1976 film (both titled Voyage of the Damned) as well as a 1994 opera. This history is not forgotten. Yet so many...read more.

'I Refuse to Let This City Sweep My Son's Death Under the Rug'

Barbara Lee Urges UN to Probe Trump's Human Rights Abuses at Border as Violation of International Law

Even as breaking news reports on Thursday indicated Trump may soon backtrack on his so-called "zero tolerance" policy, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) has responded to evidence of grave abuses of children at immigrant detention facilities by urging the United Nations to investigate the Trump administration's treatment of asylum seekers and the conditions that children are...read more.

Sign language fluent gorilla Koko dies at 46

Koko, a western lowland gorilla said to have mastered American Sign Language, has died aged 46, the California institute which studied her said on Thursday.

"The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko," the research centre said in a statement, adding she passed away in her sleep.  Read more.

An Open Letter to Jeff Bezos by Ralph Nader

You’ve come a long way from being a restless electrical engineering and computer science dual major at our alma mater, Princeton University. By heeding your own advice, your own hunches and visions, you’ve become the world’s richest person – at $141 billion and counting.  You must feel you are on top of the world.  Read more.

New York Times Hires Michelle Alexander as Full-Time Columnist

In a refreshing break from its recent streak of awful opinion page hires—one that included neoconservative climate-denier Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss, a reliable apologist for Israeli atrocities—the New York Times announced on Thursday that it has hired author, civil rights lawyer, and criminal justice reform advocate Michelle Alexander as a full-time columnist.  Read more.

Outspoken U.S. Army Lieutenant Resigns Over Capitalism and Empire

Once his eyes were opened and he later became committed as a "revolutionary socialist," it wasn't easy for Spenser Rapone—a West Point graduate—to maintain conformity with the ideological strictures most valued by the U.S. Army, among the numerous military branches tasked with acting as the muscle of U.S. imperalism and projecting strength on behalf of American capital and corporate interests abroad.  Read more.

Canada just legalized marijuana

Canada has become the first wealthy nation in the world to fully legalize marijuana.
The Senate approved Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act, on Tuesday. The measure was already approved by the House of Commons, so the Senate’s approval means it’s now set to become law.  Read more.

Bitcoin Does Not Protect Against Fraud

Israel Turns Gaza into ‘Arms Race’ Laboratory

LA Woman’s Building Awarded Cultural Monument Designation

After 45 years on the radar, the Woman’s Building is finally also on the map. On June 8, the L.A. Conservancy architectural preservation society formally announced that the L.A. City Council had approved the building’s Historic Cultural Monument designation. Besides protecting the building's 1914 Beaux Arts design against the future development going on all around it, this move also resoundingly acknowledges what generations of artists and feminists in L.A. and around the world have known for decades: The Woman's Building is one of the most significant cultural heritage sites of the last 50 years.  Read more.

Mega media mergers and the loss of social consensus

Thanks to a federal judge's decision this week to approve AT&T and Time Warner's $85 billion merger—which, if allowed to stand by the Trump Justice Department, will spawn a "massive media-telecom behemoth"—anti-monopoly advocates are ominously warning that a flood of major corporate acquisitions once considered "unthinkable" due to their potentially disastrous effects on consumers could be coming in the very near future.  Read more.

The Betrayal by the Black Elite

Georgia County Commissioner Takes Oath on Malcolm X’s Autobiography

Poverty Wages Make Affordable Housing a Myth

A new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) shows that "affordable housing" is virtually nonexistent—and that in many states, even efforts to institute a minimum wage of $15 per hour would still leave many American workers struggling to find suitable housing that they could easily afford.  Read more.

Trump’s Made-for-TV Singapore Summit

Probably the most vapid phenomenon in modern American politics is something known as “winning the news cycle.” The thinking goes that if your version of events dominates the media coverage during a given news cycle, you “win” that day. Stack up enough days, continues the theory, and you win the week, the month, the year, the next election, and so forth.  Read more.

Maine Voters Demand Ranked-Choice Voting in Statewide Elections...Again

Voters across Maine reiterated their support for ranked-choice voting (RCV) in the state's primary election, with 74 percent of precincts reporting that more than 54 percent had voted in favor of the system—an even higher approval rating than the system got in November 2016 when it first appeared on ballots.  Read more.

Tulsa's Race Massacre That History Books Turned Into A Race "Riot"

Lessons from the past: Last week marked the 97th anniversary of Tulsa, Oklahoma's 1921 Race Massacre, wherein mobs of white vigilantes, abetted by complicit government and law enforcement officials, looted, burned, bombed from the air and virtually destroyed the black, thriving, middle-class Greenwood community widely known as Negro Wall Street, in the process killing at least...read more.

Moby compares Morrissey to a ‘weird drunk uncle’

Last month, Morrissey made headlines when he discussed accusations of racism and alleged connections between Halal meat and ISIS. He also referred to Hitler as ‘left wing’ and said that London Mayor Sadiq Khan “can not talk properly”.
His divisive comments caused much furore online. Now, Moby has said that while he remains a fan of much of his music, he does not agree with his political views.  Read more.

From DeNiro's "Fuck Trump" to Parkland's "Seasons of Love": An Inspiring Night at the Tony Awards

Award-winning actor Robert DeNiro received a standing ovation at the Tony Awards on Sunday night for his dramatic delivery of the phrase "Fuck Trump," but it was students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—where a gunman earlier this year killed seventeen people—who brought down the house as they offered...read more.

Embarrassing Defeat for the U. S. in Its Efforts to Expel Venezuela from the OAS

Protesters in India Are Massacred as Environmentally Destructive Corporations Have Impunity

The Borderline Personality President: Trump Doubles Down on Reckless Tariffs

After U.S. President Donald Trump doubled down on his belligerent and incoherent trade threats during the G7 summit in Quebec City on Saturday—at one point suggesting the U.S. would "stop trading" altogether with Canada, Europe, and Japan—Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he would...read more.

Debunking John Oliver on Venezuela

Warren and Wyden Call for Insider Trading Probe After Trump's "Reckless" Jobs Report Tweet

After President Donald Trump's tweet last week touting the May jobs report before it was officially unveiled—triggering speculation that he may have tipped off his rich pals about strong employment numbers—three Democratic senators on Friday demanded an investigation into whether any of Trump's "Wall Street cronies" obtained the numbers in advance and used them for personal enrichment.  Read more.

"Money is going to drown our democracy" says Elizabeth Warren

Several Senate Democrats were deeply offended when their colleague Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) publicly called them out by name for backing a bank deregulation bill that will heighten the chances of yet another devastating financial crisis, but that hasn't deterred the Massachusetts senator from continuing to denounce members of her own party for cozying up to corporate power.  Read more.

Argentine Soccer Team Cancels Match With Israel Over Gaza Killings

Bigmouth strikes AGAIN! Morrissey is blasted for defending jailed ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson

The outspoken singer sparked outrage online by describing the jailing of English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson as 'shocking'.
The former Smiths frontman from Manchester was discussing what he feels is a lack of diversity in opinion in mainstream politics during an interview. 
He said right-winger's jailing for breaking contempt laws by filming outside a court was an example of how Britain's biggest political parties are against freedom of expression.  Read more.

Red Cross Forced to Leave Yemen

In a development revealing just how dire the situation is for Yemeni civilians and threatening to compound the catastrophe, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday announced it is pulling 71 of its staffers out of Yemen—a move the organization admits will cripple its humanitarian efforts.

In response, Amnesty International said it marked a "bleak" new low in the ongoing conflict.  Read more.

A Look at Dinesh D’Souza

Dinesh D’Souza, the best-selling author and documentarian who received a presidential pardon for a felony conviction of making illegal campaign contributions, has spent almost four decades in a cycle of provocation and controversy that has made him, at times, a hero of the right.

His books and movies attacking liberal ideologies and politicians have had great commercial success, but he has promoted conspiracy theories and his work has been criticized as inaccurate and...read more.

Afro-Brazilian Trans Women Fight Pervasive Racialized Misogyny

Dália Costa, a transgender college student, was attending an event centering on LGBT inclusivity at the Federal University of Pernambuco’s Recife campus in Brazil this past March. As she was walking to the bus stop with some friends after the event, she was berated by a cis man who constantly asked her and her friends if she was a woman. Disliking Dália’s response, when she walked away, the man threw a stone at her and punched her face. She said the man was joined by other attackers, who during the...read more.

The U.S. is in serious violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Swedish Activist Makes Third Attempt to Break Israel’s Suffocating Gaza Blockade

Paris, A Divided City: What does it mean to be French?

The high-profile case of the death in police custody of French teenager Adama Traore in 2016 sparked widespread protests across the whole of the greater Paris region.
The young black man was planning to celebrate his 24th birthday that evening but he never made it home. He was dead only a couple of hours after his arrest. A second autopsy confirmed that Adama died from suffocation.  Read more.

California Progressive Alison Hartson Challenges Party Elite Dianne Feinstein

Guatemala's Fuego volcano disaster

Authorities in Guatemala say the death toll from the devastating volcano eruption has climbed to 75.
The national disaster agency, Conred, says 192 people are missing after the Fuego volcano erupted for the first time in more than four decades on Sunday.
The seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute, Insivumeh, heightened its...read more.

Misleading Unemployment Numbers and the Neoliberal Ruse of “Labor Flexibility”

Poverty is deepening and the standard of living is declining in the US, even as the national unemployment rate has hit historically low levels. Meanwhile, wages remain stagnant and inequality is worsening with every passing year. What explains this anomalous state of the US economy, and what can be done about it? In this exclusive interview with Truthout, economist Robert Pollin, co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, analyzes the perverse and extreme nature of the neoliberal economic landscape in the US.  Read more.

Argentina Calls Off #NotFriendly Soccer Match With Israel

In a development hailed as a win for human rights and the boycott movement, Argentina on Tuesday canceled a controversial exhibition soccer match against the Israeli national soccer team scheduled to take place in Jerusalem.
"Congratulations to all the activists around the world who helped make this happen!" tweeted the U.S.-based group Jewish Voice for Peace.  Read more.

The Siege of Qatar

On June 5, 2017, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties with the state of Qatar.

Accusing it of funding "terrorism" and fermenting regional instability, all land, air and sea links to the country were severed.

National carriers declared they would be suspending flights to and from Qatar the following day, and those from Qatar were banned from even transiting through their countries.  Read more.

The $2 Billion Bail Industry Is Facing an Existential Crisis

Directly across Tulane Avenue from the criminal district courthouse in New Orleans, two bail bond offices sit side by side, hinting at how costly a trip to jail can be in a city where 85 percent of people who enter the criminal legal system are too poor to afford a lawyer. In New Orleans, bail agents take up to a 13 percent cut (plus fees) of whatever it costs to win a prisoner’s freedom from the city’s infamous jail lurking just blocks away, leaving low-income families scrambling for extra cash before loved ones miss a day of work and lose their jobs.  Read more.

The Taking of Millennial Wealth By Rich White Boomers

Ten years after the recession, most Americans, including Baby Boomers, are still struggling with finances. The Wall Street Journal, cheerleader for capitalist-driven recoveries, noted that Millennials, Gen-Xers, and Boomers are all still poorer than in 2007. But the incredible prosperity of about 10% of the Boomers is beyond dispute, as the numbers below will show. Most of those lucky people are older whitemales.  Read more.

How Israel Devoured the Rest of Palestine

More than 50 years ago, the state of Israel shocked the world when it seized the remaining Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, as well as the Syrian Golan Heights and the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, in a matter of six days.
In a war with Egypt, Jordan and Syria, known as the 1967 War, or the June War, Israel delivered what came to be known as the "Naksa", meaning setback or defeat, to the armies of the neighbouring Arab countries, and to the Palestinians who lost all what remained of their homeland.  Read more.