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Protests Erupt as Honduras Presidential Election Results Reversed

Indictment Links Drugs Planted by Dirty Cop to Slain Baltimore Detective

New federal charges were filed Thursday against Wayne Jenkins, a sergeant in the Baltimore Police Department’s corrupt Gun Trace Task Force. The charges are related to a 2010 case about which slain detective Sean Suiter was scheduled to testify a day after his death in Baltimore’s Harlem Park neighborhood on Nov. 15.  Read more .

US government has Black Lives Matter under full-time surveillance according to documents

Black Lives Matter protests have been monitored by the US government and have been seen as a potential threat, according to recently released documents from the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The documents, which include internal emails and field reports, were circulated among... read more .

Saudi Arabia's Role in 9/11

Democrats Urged to Return Money From Donor Involved In Death of Black Male Escort

Last week, the Chair of the California Democratic Party African-American Caucus Darren Parker and Chair of the California Young Democrats Black Caucus Devin T. Murphy announced they will be introducing a resolution to the California Democratic Party calling on all Democrats to return donations from wealthy donor Ed Buck, and to formally recognize Gemmel Moore and all of Buck’s other victims who have come forward.  Read more.

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt

Why we are suing the Norwegian government

For the first time ever, a government is being brought to justice for opening new areas for oil and gas extraction after signing and ratifying the Paris Agreement.  This historic court case is set to begin in Oslo, Norway, on November 14. Greenpeace and Norwegian environmental organisation Nature and Youth are challenging the Norwegian government in court for allowing oil companies to drill for new oil in the Arctic.  Read more .

The death of the Russian far right

On November 4, a few hundred people gathered for the annual ultranationalist "Russian march" in Moscow. With chants like "Glory to Russia" and "Freedom for political prisoners", the demonstrators tried to march through the Lyublino neighbourhood of Moscow, before the police dispersed the crowd, arresting dozens.  Read more.

Overthrowing Assad and the Neoconservative Agenda in Syria

Ibram X. Kendi on Recognizing 21st Century Racist Ideas and Policies

Ibram X. Kendi has written a book that is vitally important for several reasons. It is unapologetic in its debunking of racist ideas and its willingness to call them just that. It reveals the extent to which those racist ideas have arisen out of the need to justify existing racist policies, not vice versa, thus making efforts to end racism by changing public attitudes alone doomed to fail.  Read more .

Europe's White Supremacists Have Powerful Allies

Wall Street Stands to Make a Killing From Building Trump's Border Wall

The border wall with Mexico, Donald Trump's proposed monument to nativism and bigotry is, according to an October story from NBC News, at least 10 months away from "meaningful construction." It currently has no funding from Congress nor from Mexico, contrary to reports from Trump's fever dreams. This reality hasn't dimmed the visions of dollar signs in the eyes of America's largest corporations, which, according to a new report from Make the Road New York, the Center for Popular Democracy, New York Communities for Change, and the Partnership for Working Families, are behind a company making one of the wall prototypes and stand to benefit handsomely.  Read more .

Working to End Racism in Our Unions

An electrical workers local in San Francisco found itself in a mortifying situation: one of its members was outed as an active white supremacist. Wireman John Ramondetta had traveled to Charlottesville this August to march alongside Nazis and the KKK.  Read more .

Overthrowing Assad and the Neoconservative Agenda in Syria

FCC Commissioner Makes Passionate Plea to Stop GOP Colleagues From Killing Net Neutrality

After one commissioner called the FCC's newly-released plan to roll back net neutrality "worse than one could imagine," a second commissioner is now calling voters to make sure the proposal by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai does not go through. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed published Thursday—entitled "I'm on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality"—Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel points to the ... read more .

Anita Hill Says Joe Biden Apology Not Good Enough

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

Israel’s settlements: 50 years of land theft explained

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

Civilian Death Toll in Iraq 31 Times Higher Than US Claims

Saudi Financial Crisis at Heart of Princely Rage

60 Minutes Paints US as Savior in Yemen Genocide

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

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

Harvey Weinstein Hired Israeli Spies to Silence His Victims

Turmoil in Zimbabwe May Present New Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrity Sexual Abuse Scandals Highlight Everyday Sexism

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

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

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

Getting Rid of New York's Fake Democrats

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

How the U.S. Poisoned its Veterans

Jerry Brown's holy war on Donald Trump

California has opened a new front in its war on Donald Trump — the Vatican, where Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday sought to enlist the Catholic Church in his effort to undermine the president’s climate policies abroad. Brown, addressing a somber gathering of scientists, politicians and... read more .

Fight the Disease, Not the Symptoms

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

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

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

Remembering Mulugeta Seraw and All Those Killed by the Far Right

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

Saudi's 'War on Lebanon' Backfires

Cambridge slammed for 'censoring' Palestine BDS event

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

The Hidden History of How California Was Built on Genocide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The US Southern Command's Silent Occupation of the Amazon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holding onto Your Humanity in Solitary Confinement

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

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

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

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

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

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

Detroit: From Motor City to Housing Incubator

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

A call for restricted maximum income

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

'Paradise Papers' Reveal Tax Avoidance of the Global Aristocracy

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

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

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

Spanish Judge Orders Arrests of Catalan Independence Leadership

St. Louis Rises Up Against Police Violence Again

A grassroots uprising responding to police violence in Ferguson, Missouri, gripped the world's attention in 2014. In September 2017, a former St. Louis police officer was acquitted of the 2011 murder of Black driver Anthony Lamar Smith. In response, local residents have staged continuing protests now stretching into their... read more .

Donna Brazile Confesses that DNC Rigged Primaries

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

The Prelude to the Russian Revolution of 1917