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After Brexit: Reckoning With Britain's Racism and Xenophobia

Theoretically, there was a progressive case to be made for Britain exiting the European Union via the referendum held on June 23, 2016. But the campaign for Brexit -- the infelicitous name given the political process -- was, from the very first, fought on the grounds of xenophobia and racism. Moreover, what has transpired in Britain since the Leave campaign won has only shown how easily the veneer of civility and conviviality can be peeled back to reveal the virulence of racism and xenophobia seething under the skin of British social life.   Read more.

All clear at Joint Base Andrews, after 'active shooter' lockdown

US military Joint Base Andrews, just outside of Washington, DC, was put on lockdown due to an active shooter reportedly barricaded inside the medical center. A "shelter in place" order went into effect at 9 a.m. local time. Known as "America's airfield," Andrews is the home base of Air Force One, the airplane used by US presidents. It is located in Maryland, four miles southeast of Washington, DC.   Read more.

"Transgender Troops" Should Be an Oxymoron

On July 1, 2016, the Pentagon will announce a lifting of the ban on trans people serving openly in the US military, according to a USA Today article widely cited in gay media outlets. While this has been hailed as a victory for trans rights, it's hard to imagine anything further from the truth. Allowing trans people to serve openly in the US military only furthers the violence of one of the central institutions of global oppression.   Read more.

The United States: Land of Terrorists and Massacres

The updated 2016 Roots historical chronicle finally got it right. Africans have resisted European/American terrorism from the moment it reared its ugly head to present day struggle against state sponsored police murders of African peoples. The current version of Roots reminds us that beheadings, lynchings, rapes, kidnappings, selling children, working and boiling people to death did not start with ISIL -- these perverted and psychopathic practices constituted the building blocks of the American empire.  The carnage in Orlando bleeds our hearts with the senseless murder of many innocent lives.  Our rapacious thirst for lethal weapons spells future dooms. Yet, we march on desensitized to the violence and injustice in our nation and world.   Read more.

Buenos Aires to Close 140-Year-Old Zoo, Saying "Captivity Is Degrading"

Buenos Aires is shutting down its zoo to give the animals a better life. Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, mayor of Argentina's capital city, said keeping wild animals in captivity and on display is degrading, The Guardian reported. The zoo's 2,500 animals -- 89 species of mammals, 49 species of reptiles and 175 species of birds -- will be moved to nature reserves... read more .

Two days after airport massacre claiming 41 lives, Istanbul airport's swiftly reopens

Walking through Istanbul airport to their planes hours after suicide bombers killed 41 people with gunfire and explosives, travellers could almost trace the steps of the attackers from the bullet holes and twisted metal still in full view. Workers replaced ceiling panels, cleanup crews swept up debris, and water trucks washed pavements outside, but blood stains and shattered windows were still visible as the departure halls filled again and armed police roamed in kevlar vests.   Read more.

Jesse Williams BET Speech

Wake Up Democrats, Warns Sanders, This Populist Unrest Cannot Be Ignored

Cast in a New York Times op-ed published late Tuesday evening, Sen. Bernie Sanders issued a stark warning to the Democratic Party leadership that if they don't wake up to the profound dissatisfaction of the poor and working classes in the United States, they may very well wake up to a similar shock experienced by many in the United Kingdom last week when a majority—fueled largely by financial frustrations—chose to leave the European Union.   Read more.

Michigan governor’s private lawyers withholding Flint crisis docs – attorney general

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s private attorneys withheld documents related to the Flint water crisis from state lawyers investigating the matter, the state’s attorney general said. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette told reporters Tuesday that his investigators are being stonewalled by Snyder’s private attorneys, who are set to receive more than $1.2 million in taxpayer funds for providing the governor with legal counsel.   Read more.

Standing In Our Own Blood

Bravo to actor, activist, former history teacher and Black Lives Matter supporter Jesse Williams, who lit up the BET awards with his searing speech about American racism and police brutality. The self-described "invisible man" as the  child of an activist white mother and black father, Williams was accepting a humanitarian award for his work on the documentary “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement,” the art project Question Bridge, the civil rights group Advancement Project, and other efforts aimed at achieving racial justice. Accepting the award, Williams fittingly argued it in fact belonged to "the real organizers...the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students realizing a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.   Read more.

Nation's First Solar Roadway Coming to Historic Route 66

Missouri’s Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced plans to install solar panels at a rest stop alongside the iconic Route 66 as part of the department’s “Road to Tomorrow Initiative.” The Historic Route 66 welcome center in Conway, Missouri will receive the nation’s first solar roadway panels on a public right of way.   Read more.

Clinton allies block bans on Israeli occupation, fracking & TPP in party platform ahead of DNC

Democrats aligned with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blocked a number of motions proposed by the small Sanders contingent on the DNC platform committee, including a call to end Israel’s illegal settlements and military occupation of the Palestinian territories. After hours of debate between the neo-liberal and progressive members, Arab American Institute President James Zogby introduced an amendment to change language used in the platform.   Read more.

Brexit vote sends new shocks through markets; political chaos deepens

Britain's vote to leave the European Union sent new shockwaves through financial markets, with the pound falling despite the country's leaders' attempts to ease the political and economic turmoil it has unleashed. Finance minister George Osborne said on Monday the British economy was strong enough to cope with the volatility caused by Thursday's referendum... read more.

Clinton, Warren team up to trash Trump

Hillary Clinton and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday appeared on the trail together for the first time, embracing each other and gesturing to fire up the Cincinnati crowd as the two stood behind a lectern that aptly read “Stronger Together.” And together, their latest attack — a tag-team on Donald Trump — was just that: stronger.   Read more.

The Hypocrisy of the Democrats' Sit-In Stunt

It's an election year, and the Democrats need a new fundraising peg. So what better way to represent their constituents than to abandon their soft leather chairs for a soft thick carpet in a camera-ready show of solidarity against all the poor slobs being swept up willy-nilly in the Homeland Security surveillance dragnet? We have to keep guns out of the hands of those "potential" terrorists, dontcha know. They're guilty until proven innocent.   Read more.

Greg Palast on US Election Fraud and Neoliberalism Gone Amok

Greg Palast says "In 2000, George W. Bush was first elected, but he really wasn't elected. He lost the vote. The nasty secret of American democracy is that we don't count all the votes. By all modern measures, we have one of the most corrupt and least trustworthy voting systems in the Western world. For example, in 2000, I discovered that the person in charge of counting the votes in Florida [Katherine Harris] was a Republican official who was also the chairwoman of Bush's election campaign. Before the election, she removed 56,000 African Americans from the voter rolls. She said they were convicted of crimes and therefore they couldn't vote. In fact, none of these people were criminals. But they all lost their right to vote. Almost none of them were going to vote for Bush, so that's how Bush became president. People have to understand, out of over 100 million votes, Bush won by just 537 votes."   Read more.

7 stabbed at neo-Nazi event outside Capitol in Sacramento

The white nationalists and skinheads, clad in black, began to arrive a little before noon Sunday for their planned march on the state Capitol grounds. They were met by hundreds of protesters toting signs that denounced “Nazi scum.” Violence began almost immediately, authorities and witnesses said, and by the time the clashes ended 20 minutes later, at least seven people had been stabbed, nine were hospitalized and many more suffered bruises, scrapes and cuts.   Read more.

‘Mass surveillance doesn't work’: Snowden lashes out at Russia’s new anti-terror bill

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has criticized Russia's new anti-terrorist legislation draft that’s related to communications security. He stressed that the bill endangers liberty “without improving security.” The former CIA employee, now residing in Russia as a temporary asylum holder, spoke against the legislation, which is part of a package of anti-terrorism bills prepared by a group of lawmakers... read more.

Arizona says it has no more drugs left to carry out death penalty executions

The US state of Arizona says it doesn’t have any more lethal drugs left to carry out executions after a lawsuit was filed by seven inmates on death row, who say the state is using harmful drugs that violate a ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The Arizona Department of Corrections says its supply of midazolam, which is a sedative that has been linked to botched lethal injections, ran out on May 31. State lawyers say they have been unable to find replacements as they filed proceedings at Phoenix’s US District Court.   Read more.

Making Illegal Legal: Obama aides and abets Bush crimes, provides immunity

Glenn Greenwald @ Salon - In August, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder -- under continuous, aggressive prodding by the Obama White House -- announced that three categories of individuals responsible for Bush-era torture crimes would be fully immunized from any form of criminal investigation and prosecution:  (1) Bush officials who ordered the torture (Bush, Cheney, Rice, Powell, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld); (2) Bush lawyers who legally approved it (Yoo, Bybee, Levin), and (3) those in the CIA and the military who tortured within the confines of the permission slips they were given by those officials and lawyers (i.e., "good-faith" torturers).  The one exception to this sweeping immunity was that low-level CIA agents and servicemembers who went so far beyond the torture permission slips as to basically commit brutal, unauthorized murder would be subject to a "preliminary review" to determine if a full investigation was warranted -- in other words, the Abu Ghraib model of

Here’s What We Want

As we head toward the Democratic National Convention, I often hear the question, “What does Bernie want?” Wrong question. The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political revolution want.   Read more.

Assault Weapons Are Called Assault Weapons for a Reason

If the goal is to cause both sides of the political spectrum to quiver and twitch and shiver and shake like a raccoon clinging to the outside of a cement mixer speeding through a railroad yard, just casually throw out the term, "gun control," and step back. The left considers all guns the reprehensible tool of warriors, criminals and primitives, while in most of red state America, the definition of gun control is using two hands and hitting the target.   Read more.

Brexit and the New Global Rebellion

Things are changing. A major crack has appeared in the edifice of globalization, and the neoliberal order that has dominated the world’s economy since the end of World War II is now in danger. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, by any means. But poisonous weeds are just as... read more.

Oil Spill in California: Broken Pipeline Leaks 30,000 Gallons of Crude in Ventura County

A leak in an oil pipeline in Ventura County, California, was detected Thursday morning around 5:30 a.m. By 8:45 a.m., the spilled crude oil flowed from Hall Canyon a half-mile down Prince Barranca Valley, about one mile inland from San Buenaventura State Beach. Early estimates put the spill at around 5,000 barrels, which was later adjusted down to 700. One barrel of oil contains 42 gallons, so nearly 30,000 gallons of crude may have been spilled.   Read more.

Pope Francis to visit genocide memorial in Armenia

Pope Francis is expected to avoid using the word “genocide” when he visits a memorial to the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians this weekend. His notable change of tone from a statement last year that the wholesale killing of Armenian Christians between 1915 and 1923 was the “first genocide of the 20th century” is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the ensuing diplomatic rift between Turkey and the Vatican.   Read more .

Nine Killed in Police Crackdown on Oaxaca Teacher’s Strike

What Happens When You Can't Afford Self-Care

For the last year, I have been keenly aware of my dire need for two things: therapy and exercise. But for those who struggle to make ends meet like I do, it's normal to live a life without these perks -- even though many consider them necessary elements of a healthy lifestyle. Instead, self-care comes down to the very basics such as feeding yourself, showering, and attending to medical issues -- that is, keeping yourself alive.   Read more .

UN Report: A Record 65.3 Million Displaced

The Return of Lesser Evilism

Jonathan Chait of New York magazine wrote a column about Ralph Nader earlier this week that uses some interesting language. Noting that it's now been 16 years since Nader ran for president and garnered enough dissenting votes to help elect George W. Bush... read more.

Nurses Say "No" to Staffing by Robot: 5,000 Strike in Minnesota

Sometimes solidarity comes shaped like a popsicle. That's what one nursing assistant, on her way in for the evening shift at United Hospital in St. Paul, delivered to nurses picketing in blazing 95-degree heat. Five thousand members of the Minnesota Nurses (MNA) walked out June 19, kicking off a weeklong strike at five Allina hospitals in the Twin Cities.   Read more.

Solar-Powered Plane Takes Off for Historic Odyssey Across the Atlantic

The Solar Impulse 2 took off earlier this morning from New York City for its historic, sun-powered flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The multi-day odyssey will be the longest and perhaps the most difficult leg in the solar plane's journey around the world. The aircraft left John F. Kennedy International Airport at 2:30 a.m. and is being piloted solo by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard.   Read more .

Naomi Klein on the US Elections, the Democratic Party, and What the Movement Does Next

The Great Seed Piracy

A great seed and biodiversity piracy is underway and it must be stopped. The privateers of today include not just the corporations — which are becoming fewer and larger through mergers — but also individuals like Bill Gates, the “richest man in the world”.   Read more.

Yet Another Failed Attempt to Discredit Bernie Sanders, Courtesy of the New York Times

Democratic Party liberals have made quite a show of their desire for Bernie Sanders to leave the presidential race so that, the story goes, Hillary Clinton can focus her energy solely on the looming threat of Donald Trump. But, judging by their behavior, and by the writings of pundits and analysts, it is these very same liberals who cannot resist a daily whack at the Sanders campaign... read more.

Judge who issued Stanford rape sentence removed from unrelated sex assault case

The California judge who faced criticism for giving what many called a too-lenient sentence to a Stanford University student convicted of sexual assault has been removed from an unrelated but similar case. Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky found himself amid a national controversy at the beginning of June, when he sentenced 20-year-old Stanford student Brock Turner to only six months in prison... read more.

Hollande threatens to ban demos as French anti-labor law protests grow

On Tuesday, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Paris, shouting slogans against the new labor law being imposed by the government and carrying placards that read: “For new rights.” Some protestors torched a police car at the Place de la Republique in the heart of Paris. Staff working at the Eiffel Tower announced the closure of the city’s iconic landmark, saying they “would join the protest.” They also warned that sites near it would be unsafe.   Read more.
Fifty years ago this week, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee chairperson Stokely Carmichael made the famous call for “Black Power.” Carmichael’s speech came in the midst of the “March Against Fear,” a walk from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, to encourage African Americans to use their newly won right to vote. But while almost every middle and high school student learns about the Civil Rights Movement, they rarely learn about this march—or the related struggles that continued long after the Voting Rights Act.   Read more.

Days After Orlando Hate Crime, House GOP Blocks Vote on LGBTQ Protections

Just days after a gunman opened fire at an iconic LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando—an act of violence described by many as a hate crime—House Republicans blocked a vote on a bill that would bar anti-LGBTQ discrimination by federal contractors. This is the third time anti-gay GOP lawmakers have squashed a version of the bill in recent weeks.   Read more.

Hostage situation ends, shooter killed at Walmart in Amarillo, Texas

An active shooter situation has ended at a Walmart in Amarillo, Texas after a SWAT team shot the gunman, local police say. The shooter had hostages. The suspect has been shot by Amarillo police SWAT Team and "is apparently dead," police said. Amarillo police identified the suspect on Tuesday afternoon as Mohammad Moghaddam, 45, adding that one of the hostages was a manager “with whom the suspect had a work related dispute.”   Read more.

The Net Neutrality Verdict Is In: We Won!

Today a panel of judges ruled in favor of the FCC's Net Neutrality rules — agreeing with the overwhelming majority of internet users that this agency can and must protect everyone's rights to connect and communicate. This outcome proves what we've known all along: that the FCC chose the right legal path to defend our internet freedom.   Read more.

Let Bernie Be

Am I living in the same country as the current editors of the mainstream media and the high-placed officials of the Democratic Party? Do we speak the same language?   Read more.

Germany: Thousands Surround US Air Base to Protest the Use of Drones

Demonstrators have formed a human chain near a US air base in western Germany to protest against lethal drone strikes. The demonstration was organized by the alliance "Stop Ramstein - No Drone War", which says the Ramstein base relays information between operators in the US and unmanned drone aircraft on missions over Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria and other places.   Read more.

Was the Democratic Primary Just Manipulated, or Was It Stolen?

The debacle that was the 2016 primary season is nearly over, but the primary system itself may have destroyed faith in American democracy. Certainly it has divided the Democratic Party. The Internet is awash with accusations that the Democratic primary was rigged; anger, confusion, and fault-placing are running wild, and so are the online right-wing "trolls" who feed the fires of discord between the two camps of the Democratic Party through misinformation and divisive invective. With buyer’s remorse sweeping the GOP, election fraud lawsuits pending, millions of Bernie Sanders supporters crying foul and some vowing "Bernie or Bust," many are even forecasting the breakup of the two-party system.   Read more.

Mary Magdalene – 'Apostle to the Apostles' – gets upgraded feast day

Faithful to the wish of Pope Francis, a new decree has bumped the liturgical celebration honoring St. Mary Magdalene from a memorial to a feast, putting her on par with the apostles. The reason, according to Archbishop Arthur Roche, is that she “has the honor to be the first witness of the Lord’s resurrection.”   Read more.

Winning By Destroying: Trump and Gingrinch

When I was a boy and lost just about every sporting event I tried, my father told me, “What counts isn’t whether you win or lose but how you play the game.” Most parents told their kids this. It was part of the American creed. But I doubt Fred Trump passed on the same advice to little Donald, who seems to have learned the opposite: It’s not how you play the game but whether you win or lose.   Read more.

Father of reported Orlando shooter: Son possibly motivated by seeing two men kiss

The father of the man who reportedly shot up an Orlando, Fla., nightclub early Sunday morning claims his son, Omar Mateen, became "very angry" when he saw two men kissing in downtown Miami a few months ago and thinks it may have been part of his son's motivation. At least 50 people were killed and more than 50 injured at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, overnight.   Read more.

Millions of Ballots in California Remain Uncounted

More than 2.5 million ballots from California's June 7 primary are still uncounted, sparking questions about the results of the presidential contest in which Hillary Clinton emerged the winner and leaving the fate of local races in the air as poll workers continue to grapple with reports of voter difficulties. According to the Los Angeles Times, the uncounted ballots would put the total voter turnout at around 8.5 million, or around 47 percent of all registered voters. While the results are unlikely to impact Clinton's win in the state, Bernie Sanders said Thursday he expected the final tally would show a closer race... read more.

Environmental Justice Activists in Alabama Fight $30 Million Defamation Lawsuit

Free speech is enshrined in the American ethos. It is a core principle of the Constitution, protected by the First Amendment, and has been defended for centuries in the courts. In Uniontown, Alabama, however, a group of concerned citizens-turned-environmental justice activists are facing a challenge to their basic right to speech, for the simple act of speaking out against the disposal of millions of tons of coal ash in a local landfill.   Read more.

Amazing Grace: The Gift of a Transgender Child

When I saw the number of Sam’s therapist pop up on my phone, I was invaded by a familiar sense of dread. “What’s happened this time,” I thought. I took a deep breath while my ringtone (Gangnam Style, a popular song then) persisted. When I finally answered, the therapist cut straight to the point: “Kay,” he said, “you don’t have a gay son, you have a heterosexual daughter.”   Read more.

Calling Out Drone War as a War Crime

Leading the charge against the U.S. “drone war” — now a key part of the Pentagon’s forward fighting strategy — is an unlikely individual, Colonel Ann Wright, who spent most of her adult life as a diplomat, working in the U.S. State Department. Colonel Wright reopened the U.S. embassy in Kabul in 2001. But in 2003 she took an action that would transform her life. She resigned her position in opposition to the then-impending U.S. invasion of Iraq. Since then, she has become a full time global peace activist.   Read more.

Why America Needs a National Rape Monument for its Countless Victims

The nameless survivor of former Stanford student Brock Taylor’s hideous sexual assault won an extraordinary victory with her letter to him, now read by millions of people. It’s as though she erected a statue that said: this is who you are – a vile and despicable person. This is what you did—a violent and repulsive series of acts. And this is who I am—someone who is more than what you did and who you failed to destroy.   Read more.

Five officers convicted of beating inmate at NYC’s Rikers Island prison

Five corrections officers at New York City’s Rikers Island prison were convicted of felony charges related to the beating of an inmate that resulted in fractures to his skull. A jury in state Supreme Court found former Assistant Chief for Security Eliseo Perez and four officers under him guilty on all counts on Tuesday, including the most serious charge of first-degree gang assault.   Read more.

Pair charged in 3-day torture, killing of homeless man in SF

Two men, along with numerous other unknown assailants, tortured a 66-year-old homeless man over a three-day period, eventually killing him and dumping his body in a Golden Gate Park pond two weeks ago, officials said Tuesday. The brutal assault began on May 22, when a group of people, including Nikki Lee Williams — who goes by the nickname “Evil” — pulled the homeless man into the park’s Alvord Lake, where he was repeatedly struck and dunked into the water, according to court records. The next day, three blocks away on a street in the Haight, Stephen Billingsley, also known as “Pizza Steve,” and others stomped on and struck the victim, rendering him seriously injured and unconscious, according to records. On day three, the pair and others beat the victim unconscious once more, and Billingsley dragged his body into Alvord Lake, court records said.   Read more.

Sanders Supporters Cry Foul over Clinton's Suspicious "Secret Win" Email

Twitter blew up on Tuesday after it was revealed that an email sent to Hillary Clinton supporters—one celebrating Monday's premature and controversial nomination call—contained an image labeled "secret win" which gave many the impression that the campaign was ready to pounce even before the Associated Press and other outlets made their surprise announcements on the eve of Tuesday's primaries.   Read more.

Perfect End to Democratic Primary: Anonymous Superdelegates Declare Winner Through Media

Last night the Associated Press — on a day when nobody voted — surprised everyone by abruptly declaring the Democratic Party primary over and Hillary Clinton the victor. The decree, issued the night before the California primary in which polls show Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a very close race, was based on the media organization’s survey of “superdelegates”: the Democratic Party’s 720 insiders, corporate donors, and officials whose votes for the presidential nominee count the same as the actually elected delegates. AP claims that superdelegates who had not previously announced their intentions privately told AP reporters that they intend to vote for Clinton, bringing her over the threshold. AP is concealing the identity of the decisive superdelegates who said this.   Read more.

Establishment Media Commit Massive Act of Malpractice And Claim Clinton ‘Clinched’

The Associated Press and NBC News inappropriately reported Hillary Clinton made history and “clinched” the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. It spurred other media organizations, such as CNN and the New York Times, to follow suit and splash their home pages with big headlines indicating Clinton was the nominee. In engaging in this act, establishment media improperly influenced five primaries scheduled for June 7, including the California primary, one of the biggest contests in the presidential race thus far. They collectively stooped to a new sycophantic low.   Read more.

Voters Outraged as Media Accused of Falsely, Preemptively Crowning Clinton

The Bernie Sanders campaign and progressives across the nation expressed mixtures of frustration and contempt Monday night after major news outlets—following declarations by the Associated Press and NBC News—ignored the explicit instructions about how primary delegates should be tallied and declared that Hillary Clinton has won the nomination of the Democratic Party.   Read more.

Ahead of California, Sanders Warns Media Against Preemptive Coronation of Clinton

Addressing concerns that the media may preemptively announce his rival Hillary Clinton as the "presumptive Democratic Party nominee" even before she has won the requisite numbers of pledge delegates, Bernie Sanders over the weekend indicated that such reporting would be both wrong and irresponsible and held to his commitment to take his campaign all the way to the national convention when so-called superdelegates will finally—and for the first time, in fact—be able to cast their vote for who they believe will make the best nominee.   Read more.

Temer Convicted of Breaking Election Laws As Thousands March for Democracy in Brazil

Upheaval in Brazil continued this week as a court handed down a conviction against right-wing president Michel Temer, who took over after the ouster of leftist president Dilma Rousseff, and banned him from running in elections for the next eight years. A regional elections court in Temer's hometown of São Paulo on Thursday "issued a formal decree finding him guilty and declaring him... read more.

The Nation's Poisonous Water Problem Is Far Worse Than You Think

It's a day of the week ending in "y", so yes, there's another story about how fcked the American infrastructure that services our drinking water really is. This time, it's The Guardian, which has demonstrated that Flint was not the only American city that was fudging the test results regarding how much lead was in its water supply.   Read more.

The Legacy of the Obama Administration: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Anyone looking attentively at contemporary developments in the United States will surely notice that the country is undergoing a profound crisis of purpose and institutional legitimacy under a neoliberal regime in overdrive. And this is occurring less than eight years after the election of Barack Obama, whose political campaign raised hopes for a shift away from the neoconservative fallacies and imperial crimes that characterized the administration of George W. Bush.   Read more.

French deluge: Louvre closes down, thousands flee homes amid state of emergency

Torrential rains and severe flooding across France have forced thousands of people to flee their homes amid a state of emergency. Paris’ iconic Louvre museum will stay closed on Friday to be ready to remove artworks if the River Seine rises too high. French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency on Thursday due to the flooding, which has been caused... read more .

19yo woman in Pakistan burned alive for turning down marriage proposal

A 19-year-old Pakistani girl who was beaten, had petrol poured over her and was put on fire for refusing a marriage proposal, succumbed to the wounds in hospital after a day of struggling for life. Maria Sadaqat, the victim, was taken to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) reportedly after being tortured by the family of the... read more.