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John McCain: The Hawkish Voice of Military-Industrial Complex Helped Pave Way for Trump

Paul Taylor: One of the most influential creators in modern dance

Uri Avnery, a Dissident Israel Voice of Non-Racist Zionism

New Book Concludes Trump is Compromised by Russian Mafia

Canadian Court Rescinds Trans Mountain Approval

Indigenous peoples and climate campaigners scored a major victory in Canada on Thursday as the Federal Court of Appeals ruled that the government's review of the controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline, a project of Kinder Morgan, did not adequately consult with First Nations before greenlighting the project.  Read more .

White Privilege 101: How To "Survive" Killing An Unarmed Black Man

Betty Shelby, the white Tulsa police officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher for being a big black guy and then claimed he “caused his own death,” is back - not just free and still in law enforcement, but teaching a course to other cops on "Surviving the Aftermath of a Critical Incident." In 2016, Shelby shot Crutcher, an unarmed father of four with his hands in the air, as he walked back to his stalled SUV on an empty road. The encounter was filmed both by dashcam and from the... read more.

Reverend Adam Taylor critiques the evangelical Faustian bargain with Trump

Is there anything more applicable today than these familiar words of a poor Palestinian Jew who conquered sin, injustice, and death on our behalf? We should take note that our savior had a consistent habit of critiquing and challenging the hypocrisy and corruption that he saw displayed by the Pharisees and Sadducees, the religious leaders of his time.  Read more .

Sanders vs. Amazon Intensifies as Senator Stands With Struggling Workers Against World's Richest Man

After Amazon issued a rare blog post on Wednesday denouncing Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) recent criticism of the retail behemoth as "inaccurate," Sanders quickly responded with a statement accusing Amazon of being "less than forthcoming" about how much it actually pays its workers and highlighting the fact that Amazon warehouses are considered some of the "most dangerous places to work in the United States."  Read more .

Nuns On the Bus to Mar-A-Lago: A Fiesta For the Common Good

With midterms approaching, the rogue Nuns on the Bus are hitting the road on their sixth cross-country tour, this time to call out GOP members of Congress who voted for the abhorrent 2017 tax cuts. Part of the Catholic social justice advocacy group Network, which focuses on wealth disparity along with health care, immigration and other issues, the nuns will host 54 events in 21 states in a month-long tour that they hope will be "a study in contrasts."  Read more .

Soy boom devours Brazil’s tropical savanna

Industrial farming in South America’s largest savanna has turned Brazil into an agricultural powerhouse. And it has lured producers away from the Amazon rainforest. But destruction of the so-called Cerrado biome is hastening global warming, damaging watersheds and putting wildlife at risk.  Read more .

Trump Privately Urges Pastors to Help Him From the Pulpit in Midterms

In remarks to evangelical ministers in the White House State Dining Room on Monday night, President Trump spoke in high-minded tones about religious liberty, abortion and youth unemployment. He noted a John Adams quote carved into the room’s fireplace: “I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house.” But once reporters and television cameras were ushered out of the room, Mr. Trump turned to the... read more .

Obama and the Oligarchs

In his post-presidency, Barack Obama has mostly tried to stay out of politics, spending a lot of time goofing off with billionaire friends, writing a book, creating TV shows, and collecting vast sums in buckraking speeches. But he has finally started to dip his toes back into the political waters, recently releasing endorsements for the 2018 election and cutting his first ad spot of the election cycle for the billionaire Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker.  Read more .

French Open bans Serena William' catsuit

Social media users have slammed a decision to ban a catsuit worn by US tennis champion Serena Williams as part of changes to the dress code at the French Open. French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli singled out Williams' black and red outfit, which she wore at... read more .

Ex-Obama Official: We Fueled the Syria War Rather Than Stopping It

Trump tweets about white farmers while indigenous peoples face annihilation

The first time Donald Trump tweeted about Africa, he agonised over white people. After watching Fox News’ coverage of the South African land debate last week, the President of the United States instructed his secretary of state to look into the “large scale killing of farmers”. Followers of Peter Dutton’s nine months tenure at Australia’s home affairs ministry will recognise the lie, peddled by the “alt-right”, that black South Africans are targeting white farmers.  Read more .

Is Rupert Murdoch the biggest threat to democracy in the world?

Beneath the sound and light show that passed for Australian politics last week, there is a much deeper question of what underlying forces have been at work that have brought us this low. The uncomfortable truth is, since the coup of June 2010, Australian politics has become vicious, toxic and unstable. The core question is why?  Read more.

Burning hatred of Donald Trump motivates so many to crowdfund crooks & undesirables

There may be little more grotesque than a man who has just pled guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud and breaking election laws asking the public to pay his legal fees – but former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is a man without shame. Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis set up a GoFundMe page last week, so that the American public has... read more .

Accusing Trump of 'Naked Economic Aggression,' Iran Urges UN High Court to Halt US Sanctions

Amid reports of the "devastating" impact U.S. President Donald Trump's newly reimposed sanctions are having on ordinary Iranians' ability to afford basic necessities and life-saving medicines, Iran accused the U.S. of "naked economic aggression" before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday and called on the United Nations body to order the suspension of the penalties.  Read more .

The Battle Over West Virginia’s Coal Country

On August 21, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its latest blow to environmental regulations: they plan to roll back regulations of coal-fired power plants. On the same day, President Trump held a rally in West Virginia. Supporters celebrated the move because he plan is expected to boost the coal industry, but environmentalists say that the use of coal must be phased out to curb climate change and protect public health.  Read more .

John McCain: The impossible man

On August 25, senator and former presidential candidate John McCain died aged 81. In the obituaries that poured in, "war hero" and "maverick" were the most frequent epithets used to describe him. Both these terms, however, frame the irreconcilable paradox of... read more .

Horrific Sound of Gunshots Captured Live on Social Media During Mass Shooting at Gamer Event

In a nation where lawmakers continue their refusal to do anything that would curb the occurrence of mass shootings and overall gun violence, it appears that an online streaming and social media service Twitch on Sunday afternoon captured live the sound of multiple gun shots during a competitive video-gaming event at a large downtown complex in Jacksonville, Florida.  Read more .

How Flint Was Gentrified Through its Water Crisis

NSA Leaker Reality Winner’s 5-Year Term is An Attack on Whistleblowing

2 Men Sentenced To Prison For Beating Black Man During Charlottesville Rally

The two men convicted of maliciously wounding a black man after last year's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., have been sentenced to prison time. Jacob Scott Goodwin has been sentenced to serve eight years in prison for his role in the beating, while Alex Michael Ramos has been sentenced to six.  Read more .

Greece Exits its Bailout but Remains Shackled by Debt and Austerity

Venezuela’s New Economic Program: Will it Stop Hyperinflation?

Elizabeth Warren Intensifies Anti-Corruption Calls After Manafort and Cohen's Day in Court

Hours after unveiling a major anti-corruption proposal, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pointed to the intensifying cases of President Donald Trump's close associates, former lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign manager Paul Manafort, as well as Republican congressman Duncan Hunter, as perfect examples of why such legislation must be passed.  Read more .

Trump is an illegitimate president whose election is tainted by fraud

Donald Trump probably would not have become president without his victory in seven of the 11 primaries held on Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Now his presidency is in danger of being undone by Terrible Tuesday – Aug. 21, 2018. This was the day when his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was convicted of eight felony counts in a Virginia courtroom and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eight felony counts in a New York courtroom.  Read more.

Beto O'Rourke Gains National Attention With Viral Video Defending NFL Players Who Take a Knee

The race for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) Senate seat has won occasional national attention as polls have shown an increasingly close competition between the right-wing lawmaker and progressive challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas)—but a viral video of O'Rourke speaking passionately about civil disobedience, police violence, and racial justice has put the national spootlight on the Democrat.  Read more.

Inmates who volunteer to fight California's largest fires denied access to jobs on release

As California struggles to contain the largest fire in state history, more than 2,000 inmates have volunteered to fight the flames. Offering just $1 an hour, the state has long  encouraged low-level prisoners to risk their lives and serve alongside professional firefighters, who earn nearly $74,000 a year on average. Firefighting, along with less life-threatening trades like plumbing, welding, and cosmetology, is one of ... read more.

Beijing’s Bid for Global Power in the Age of Trump

As the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and sixth of Xi Jinping’s draws to a close, the world seems to be witnessing one of those epochal clashes that can change the contours of global power. Just as conflicts between American President Woodrow Wilson and British Prime Minister Lloyd George produced a failed peace after World War I, competition between Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and American President Harry Truman sparked the Cold War, and the rivalry between Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and President John F. Kennedy brought the world to the brink of nuclear war, so the empowered presidents of the United States and China are now pursuing bold, intensely personal visions of new global orders that could potentially reshape the trajectory of the twenty-first century -- or bring it all down.  Read more .

Lula da Silva: “Brazil is Undergoing a Right-Wing Coup”

Donald Trump's Enemies List

Reacting to The New York Times’ story that White House Counsel Don McGahn has been speaking with Robert Mueller’s team, President Donald Trump tweeted out that McGahn is not a “John Dean type ‘RAT,’” and that the story was “fake news.” It’s odd that Trump should bring up Dean this weekend, for it was only this week that we also learned Trump has an enemies list... read more.

Elizabeth Warren Unveils Bold Anti-Corruption Legislation

Confronting the "rot" of corruption that has poisoned every corner of the American political system and rigged government to work solely in the interests of the rich and well-connected, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would address the flagrant ethics abuses of the Trump White House while also taking on the systemic crisis that gave rise to the thoroughly crooked status quo.  Read more .

Torpedoing Africa, and then complaining about 'migration'

Out of the 67 coups in 26 African countries in the last 50 years, 61 percent took place in former French colonies. Fifty percent of the monetary reserves of 14 African countries are still today under full French control: none of them has any control over its macroeconomic and monetary policy. France makes billions of euros from Africa annually under the form of... read more .

The Modern Automobile Must Die

Germany was supposed to be a model for solving global warming. In 2007, the country’s government announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020. This was the kind of bold, aggressive climate goal scientists said was needed in all developed countries. If Germany could do it, it would prove the target possible.  Read more .

U.S. Court Delays Keystone XL Pipeline Construction by Ordering Environmental Review

Aretha! Unapologetically Black, Unapologetically Woman

Paul Krugman on the GOPs Slippery Slope of Complicity

When was the last time centrist talking heads declared, “Donald Trump just became president” (because he bombed someone, or something like that)? I think it’s been more than a year. At this point, you have to be a truly fanatical practitioner of bothsidesism not to see that Trump is every bit as terrible a human being, and every bit as much a menace to the... read more .

Elaine Mokhtefi in Algiers With the Black Panthers

Few veteran US radicals discussing the 1960s seem to remember how Algeria’s independence from France in 1962, after eight years of relentless guerrilla war, resounded throughout the Global South. Algiers, the nation’s capital, became a center of hope and political organizing for revolutions brewing in Africa, Latin America, Asia – and in the US for revolutionary groups like... read more .

World leaders react to Kofi Annan's death

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the first black person to head the organisation, died in the Swiss city of Bern after a short illness. The Ghanaian career diplomat served as chief of the organisation between 1997 and 2006, having been elected to head the organisation twice.  Read more .

Newly Released FBI Files Expose Red-Baiting of Woody Guthrie

There is a long-standing controversy about singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie’s exact association with the Communist Party, with some describing him as a free-spirited sympathizer and others representing him as a party member. For its part, the FBI, which had difficulty establishing Guthrie’s membership bona fides, settled on the view that, card-carrying or not, Guthrie was to be treated as a communist. This is what sustained and defined the files that the FBI kept for more than a quarter of a century on Guthrie, the Oklahoma-born folk musician whose pro-labor and anti-fascist songs played a defining role in the folk movement starting from the 1940s until his death in 1967.  Read more .

Democrats Choose Not To Hold FCC Chair Ajit Pai Accountable Over Net Neutrality Cyberattack Lies

Anyone who was expecting Democrats to aggressively and intelligently grill FCC chair Ajit Pai over his egregious lies about his agency's fabricated "cyberattack" story or his deeply unpopular net neutrality repeal was disappointed after the Senate Commerce Committee's much-anticipated oversight hearing on Thursday, which ultimately ended up being a "complete joke" that produced little of substance and few answers to important questions.  Read more .

John Brennan: President Trump’s Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash

When Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s internal security service, told me during an early August 2016 phone call that Russia wasn’t interfering in our presidential election, I knew he was lying. Over the previous several years I had grown weary of Mr. Bortnikov’s denials of Russia’s perfidy — about its mistreatment of American diplomats and citizens in Moscow, its repeated failure to adhere to cease-fire agreements in Syria and its paramilitary intervention in eastern Ukraine, to name just a few issues.  Read more .

Hundreds of US newspapers denounce Trump's attacks on the press

Hundreds of US newspapers have run editorials denouncing US President Donald Trump's attacks on media, in a coordinated effort to promote press freedom. More than 350 news outlets heeded the Boston Globe's call to runs the editorials on Thursday to promote "press freedom in light of President Trump's frequent attacks on the media".  Read more .

The British Museum’s “Looting” Problem

This weekend, headlines across the internet announced that the British Museum was to “return looted antiquities to Iraq.” Eight tiny artifacts, some of them 5,000 years old, were handed to Iraqi officials in a ceremony on Friday, to be transported to the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad. But the antiquities were not, as the headlines implied, a part of the British Museum’s own collection; they were just identified there after police seized them from a dealer.  Read more .

German Police Attack a Jewish Professor, and Blame it on “a Palestinian”

Republicans can’t confront Donald Trump’s racism — unless they face their own

Is Donald Trump’s naked embrace of racism a template for how the Republican Party should win and keep political power? Or is Trump’s strategy more like a poison pill that will give the Republican Party a temporary high before they come crashing down to Earth? Last weekend in The New York Times, conservative columnist Ross Douthat argued that “the white strategy” will lead to... read more .

A nation ripe with police problems also has a police shortage

Before he became chief of the Floyd County Police Department last December, Mark Wallace investigated a murder where a man killed his elderly neighbors “just to get himself out of hock.” Recently, a 911 call from the other side of the spectrum reached Chief Wallace’s dispatcher: a mom requesting an officer to talk to her 7-year-old, who refused to go to school.  Read more .

Kris Kobach, Trump’s Top Vote Suppressor, Wins Kansas Primary

The Hour When Children Die—What Is Going On in Yemen?

A busload of young boys was on a field trip. They were excited. Their summer session of school was over. This was to be the outing to celebrate the end of school. The boys jostle on the bus. It is noisy. One of them covers his ears. They are all laughing. One of their friends is taking a video (which was shown this week on Yemen’s al-Massira television). The video shows the universal joy of being an adolescent, of being filled with anticipation at the field trip.  Read more .