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September 11, 2019

The Best Movie Ever Made About the Truth Behind the Iraq War Is “Official Secrets”  Intercept  

The Madness of James Mattis.  TruthDig  

“These Negotiations Have Not Been About the Afghan People”: Trump Calls Off Peace Talks with Taliban.  DemocracyNow  


Trump Attempts To Ease Tensions With Jewish Community By Noting He Also Would've Murdered Christ.  > Go  

Democrats Launch New ‘Listen Up, Hayseeds’ Campaign To Connect With Rural Voters.  > Go

Pentagon Awards Oscar Mayer $102 Million Contract For New Military-Grade Hot Dog With All The Fixings  > Go  

Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges. ... If you care about women’s rights, LGBTQ rights or voting rights — or about judges being fit to serve — you oughta read this.  HuffPost  

Predator of Our Public Lands.  CounterPunch

CAP Scraps ThinkProgress Relaunch After Firing Union Staffers. ... Center for American Progress accused of union busting.  Washington Free Beacon  

Chris Hedges on What it Takes to be a Rebel in Modern Times.   YouTube  

Why western liberals have long picked the wrong historical hero. ... A newly discovered text shows how the battles of the past are still being fought today.  Guardian  

The Debates Are Too Important To Be in the Hands of Corporate Media and the DNC. ... We need independently run debates that put substantive policy discussion first. In These Times  

Treasure Island: Leak Reveals How Mauritius Siphons Tax From Poor Nations to Benefit Elites. ... Based on 200,000 files, Mauritius Leaks exposes a sophisticated system that diverts tax revenue from poor nations back to the coffers of Western corporations and African oligarchs.   ICU  

September 10, 2019

The Capitalists Are Afraid. ... Capitalists seek to maximize profits and reduce the cost of labor. This sums up capitalism at its core. It is defined by these immutable objectives. It is not about democracy. It is not, as has been claimed, about wealth creation for the working class. It has nothing to do with freedom.  TruthDig/Hedges  

The Most Consequential Whistleblower Who Wasn't.  TruthDig  

Joe Biden’s New Foreign Policy Adviser Supported Iraq War and Dubbed Edward Snowden a “Traitor” 

US 'Complicit in This Nightmare,' Says Sanders, After Trump-Backed Saudi Coalition Kills Over 100 in Bombing of Yemeni Prison. ... "Congress has declared this war unconstitutional. We must now stand up to Trump and defund all U.S. involvement in these horrors."  CommonDreams    Related:  'Endemic Impunity': UN Report on Yemen Says United States, France, and Britain May Be Complicit in War Crimes .... "Five years into the conflict, violations against Yemeni civilians continue unabated, with total disregard for the plight of the people and a lack of international action to hold parties to the conflict accountable." 

No Joe: On Character, Quality and Authenticity.  CounterPunch  

We Are Living in the Wreckage of the War on Terror .  TruthDig  

Ohio Set To Remove More Than 200,000 People From Its Voter Rolls. ... Voting rights groups want the state to pause the removals, noting that thousands of eligible voters are at risk of having their voter registrations canceled.  HuffPost  

Secret Terrorism Watchlist Found Unconstitutional in Historic Decision.  Intercept  

FBI Tracking of Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo Foreshadowed Future Abuses.  TruthOut  

Two states admit bulk interception practices: why does it matter?  Privacy International  

September 9, 2019

Mugabe and the Continuing White Supremacist Narrative.  Craig Murray  

Progressives Can't Play Nice With Democrats Anymore.  TruthDig  

Embassy insider exposes CNN lies about Julian Assange. The Gray Zone

Ralph Nader: Chuck Todd Is Everything Wrong With U.S. Media.  TruthDig  

Climate deniers get more airtime than experts. ... There's fairness, and then there's craziness.
Big Think  

Trump Silences Tlaib and Omar for Revealing Human Toll of Occupation.  TruthOut  

Here’s How Much the Democratic Party Charges to Be on Each House Committee.  Intercept  

Koch’s America: the Rule of the New Robber Baron. CounterPunch  

Petition for Official International Observers for Next Scottish Independence Referendum. Craig Murray

After Climate Forum, Biden Heads to a Fundraiser Co-Hosted by a Fossil Fuel Executive.  Intercept   

Donald Trump is Marching America Towards Fascism. ...  nd Republicans Remain in Lockstep with Their Leader   Use Journal  

Nearly 2 Million People in India Could Lose Citizenship in Biggest Disenfranchisement in History.  DemocracyNow  

Weekend of September 6-8, 2019

War Is A Racket: Original Edition -  by General Butler ... a marine general, Butler's classic treatise on why wars are conducted, who profits from them, and who pays the price. Few people are as qualified as General Butler to advance the argument encapsulated in his book's sensational title. When "War is a Racket" was first published in 1935, Butler was the most decorated American soldier of his time. He had lead several successful military operations in the Caribbean and in Central America, as well as in Europe during the First World War. Despite his success and his heroic status, however, Butler came away from these experiences with a deeply troubled view of both the purpose and the results of warfare. Amazon

Report Reveals That 'Like Everything Else' About GOP Tax Scam, Program Purported to Help the Poor Really 'Just Another Handout to the Rich' ... "But we always knew that this was going to happen," noted one urban policy expert. "It's how the bill was written."  CommonDreams

Climate deniers get more airtime than experts  
Think Big

Texas’ New Firearms Laws Are a Gift to the Gun Industry. TruthDig  

'That Corruption Needs to End': Biden Urged to Cancel Fundraiser With Fossil Fuel Executive Day After Climate Crisis Forum. ... "If Biden is serious about taking on the power of the fossil fuel lobby, why is he going to a fundraiser hosted by the co-founder of a natural gas company?"  CommonDreams  

Here’s How Much the Democratic Party Charges to Be on Each House Committee.  Intercept  

Revealed: Georgia Republicans use power of state to suppress minority vote. ... Top Republicans Brad Raffensperger and David Emadi are issuing subpoenas to opponents without showing evidence of wrongdoing. Guardian  

Tennessee Voting Rights Activists Fight New Registration Restrictions.  TruthOut  

School District ‘Secession’ Is Segregation By Another Name. ... Communities around the country are creating new, whiter districts.  HuffPost  

U.S. Journalist & Activist Brandon Lee Shot in Philippines After Being Called “Enemy of the State”.

Inside al-Hawl camp, the incubator for Islamic State's resurgence. ... Camp for Iraqis and Syrians fleeing caliphate flooded by families of Isis fighters, brewing deeper problems.  Guardian  

How the U.S. Shattered the Middle East. TruthDig

Pentagon Begins Plan To Fund Border Wall By Delaying Military Projects. ... About 127 military construction projects within the U.S. and abroad will be affected by this diversion of funds to build Trump’s wall along the Mexico border. HuffPost  

Pilots, Pedophiles, a Lingerie Model, & ‘The Pirate of Prague.  Hopsicker  

The Neoliberal Scam: Public Money for Private Playgrounds.  TRNN  

September 5, 2019

'Always About the Con': Ocasio-Cortez Says 'Virtually Every' Trump Policy Designed to Loot Public Coffers and Enrich His Cronies. ... "Since corruption isn't popular policy, racism works as the cover for the con. That's why addressing racism isn’t a 'distraction'—it's key to understanding the hustle against working people."  CommonDreams  

Wall Street's Worst Nightmare for 2020 Is Coming True.  TruthDig  

Yet Another Trump Tax Scam Has Been Exposed,  TruthDig  


True Crimes - Why it’s important to name names when discussing the climate catastrophe.  
Wen Stephenson

The Real Politics of the Planetary Crisis
We are all locked in a battle between disruptive climate action and predatory delay.  
The Nearly Now 

Climate Emergency with Roger Hallam, Extinction Rebellion.  RT video  

Chris Hedges on What it Takes to be a Rebel in Modern Times.  YouTube  

How Larry Fink, Joe Biden’s Wall Street Ally, Profits From Amazon Cattle Ranching, a Force Behind Deforestation.  Intercept  

How This Brazilian City Became Ground Zero For The Amazon’s Deforestation Crisis
Rampant corruption, environmental indifference and a thirst for growth helped Brazil ignore a brewing crisis in Altamira.  HuffPost  

US Sanctions Are Designed to Kill.  Jacobin  

America’s Forgotten Bullshit Bombing of Serbia.  CounterPunch  

Probe of Missing Georgia Votes Finds Extreme Irregularities in Black Districts.  TruthOut  
Related:  Revealed: Georgia Republicans use power of state to suppress minority vote. ... Top Republicans Brad Raffensperger and David Emadi are issuing subpoenas to opponents without showing evidence of wrongdoing.  Guardian  

Rami Khouri: The U.S. Is Erasing “The Palestinian National Reality from Our World”. DemocracyNow

(2018) Jair Bolsonaro’s Guru. ... Olavo de Carvalho might be the most important voice in Brazil’s incoming government. And he doesn’t even live there.  
Americas Quarterly

DeVos Denounced for Student Debt Relief Rule Change That Critics Say 'Takes a Scythe to Defrauded Borrowers' ... "With this policy overhaul, Secretary DeVos has cemented her legacy as best friend to predatory colleges and enemy to the students they rip off."  CommonDreams  

Texas Loosens Gun Restrictions One Day After Odessa Mass Shooting. ... Several new laws going into effect on Sunday will make it easier to carry firearms in public places, like schools and churches.  HuffPost  

September 4, 2019

Boris Johnson Suffers Major Defeat As Conservative MPs Stall No-Deal Brexit. ... Conservative members of Parliament on Tuesday risked their careers to form a “rebel alliance” and take the Brexit timetable out of the party leader’s hands.  HuffPost  

The Most Important Article You’ll Never Read? How Western Media Support State Terror, While Millions Die, and How this Article was Killed.  
Project Censored

Real News or Fake News?. ... You can’t make shit like this up. Well, sometimes you can make shit like this up.... CounterPunch  

Border Patrol Has Killed At Least 97 People Since 2003. Hear Some of Their Victims’ Stories.  DemocracyNow  


Trump Disavows Supporters Who Could Barely Keep Racist Chant Going For 10 Seconds. 
> Go

Tyson Foods Sends Cease-And-Desist To Trump For Using Slaughterhouse Recordings As Pump-Up Anthem At Rallies.  > Go  

Angela Merkel pissing herself laughing after sending new boy Boris on errand to get some elbow grease.  > Go  

From El Paso to Sarajevo. ... How White Nationalists Have Been Inspired by the Genocide of Muslims in Bosnia.  Intercept  

Violent White Supremacists Threaten Basic Civil Rights - and Our Lives.  CounterPunch  

How Animal Researchers Stay Out of the News.  CounterPunch  

ACTION ALERT: NYT Presents Murder of a Palestinian Boy as ‘National Trauma’—for Jewish Israelis FAIR

September 3, 2019

The Last Act of the Human Comedy TruthDig

The Crazed, Rogue Leader is in Washington Not Tehran. CounterPunch  

War Is a Racket.  Jacobin  


DHS Blocks House Oversight Staff From Visiting Migrant Detention Centers. ... Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings said DHS is blocking staff from visiting facilities after previous inspections revealed mistreatment of migrants.  HuffPost  

How Solitary Confinement Kills: Torture and Stunning Neglect Ends in Suicide at Privately Run ICE Prison.  Intercept  

“All-Out Attack”: Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies Target Children, Cancer Patients & Servicemembers.  DemocracyNow  

Justice for José Antonio: Family Demands Accountability for Mexican Teen Killed by U.S. Border Agent.  DemocracyNow  

Over 1,100 Congregations Have Agreed to Provide Sanctuary to Migrants.  TruthOut  

The Death of Arms Control  TruthDig/Ritter   

Bankrupt and Irrelevant: the Presidential Debates and Four Recent Studies on Pentagon Spending. 

NYT Steers Dems Away From the Obvious Formula for Defeating Trump. FAIR  

White Supremacy Is as American as Apple Pie  TruthDig/Sheer  

"Scariest Thing You'll Read All Day": Report Sounds Alarm Over Brain-Reading Technology and Neurocapitalism. ... "Your brain, the final privacy frontier, may not be private much longer." CommonDreams

Monsanto Emails Show Employees Wanted to “Beat the Shit” Out of Concerned Moms. TruthOut

Is it Cynical to Believe the System is Corrupt?

September 2, 2019

Just Ahead of Labor Day, Trump Floats Tax Cut Condemned as 'Pure Giveaway to Wealthy'. ... "Apart from just sending millionaires checks, it's hard to think of a tax cut more targeted to the ultra-rich."  CommonDreams

Russiagate skeptics are vindicated, but conspiracy theorists are rewarded (w/ Glenn Greenwald). Greenwald on Robert Mueller’s disappearance; how Andrew McCabe has become the latest former US intelligence official to join either CNN and MSNBC; and the absence of accountability for those behind the “moronic, irrational, baseless, conspiracist narrative” of Donald Trump as a Russian asset.  
The Gray Zone  


Cattle Grazed on Deforested Amazon Land Fatten BlackRock. ... How Larry Fink, Joe Biden’s Wall Street Ally, Profits From Amazon Cattle Ranching, a Force Behind Deforestation.  Intercept  

Tipping Point: UN Biodiversity Chief Warns Burning of Amazon Could Lead to 'Cascading Collapse of Natural Systems'. ... "If we don't work together, we are going to die together."  CommonDreams  

Trump Administration To Undo Limits On Methane, Ignoring Environmental Concerns. ... Even some oil and gas companies oppose the EPA plan to loosen regulation of the potent greenhouse gas. HuffPost  

EPA Moves to Loosen Methane Rules as Trump Opens Alaskan Rainforest  TruthOut  

Related:  (2018) Unexpected future boost of methane possible from Arctic permafrost  

Outlook For The Great Barrier Reef Is Now ‘Very Poor,’ Australian Government Says
Climate change remains the greatest threat to the Australian natural treasure, and things are not looking good..  HuffPost  

'Even Worse Than the DCCC Blacklist': Schumer Accused of Effort to Hamstring Progressives Trying to Unseat GOP Senators. ... "Schumer is blackballing progressives in open primaries for GOP-held seats."

Racial Inequality Is Rooted in Denial of Home and Land Ownership... The racial wealth gap in the US is directly linked to the ways in which Blacks were prevented from home and property ownership, while the government gave whites many opportunities for such ownership. We discuss the issue with Mehrsa Baradaran, author of "The Color of Money" TRNN

How Slavery Shaped American Capitalism. ... The New York Times is right that slavery made a major contribution to capitalist development in the United States — just not in the way they imagine.

Trump’s Corruption Is Now More Brazen Than Ever. ... From his G-7 Doral heist to Bill Barr’s Christmas Party to steering wall-building contracts to GOP cronies, it’s grift all the way down.  The Nation  

For Incarcerated Workers, Summer Heat Can Be a Death Sentence.  In These Times  

Weekend of August 30 - September 1, 2019

Weekend Read:  American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism - by Henry A. Giroux.   As white supremacy, ultra-nationalism, rabid misogyny and anti-immigrant fervor coalesce, a new and uniquely American form of fascism looms. Could our current moment actually bring about the end of democracy in the United States? Are Americans willing to surrender their freedom and dignity, along with their ongoing struggle for equality, justice and mutual respect in the face of the rising tide of political and ideological extremism?   Amazon

The Queen’s Active Role in the Right Wing Coup.  Craig Murray  

When Ilhan Omar Is Accused of Anti-Semitism, It’s News. When a Republican Smears Muslims, There’s Silence.  Intercept  

Boris Johnson Crosses the Rubicon: We Must React Now.  Craig Murray  

The New Politics of the White (Supremacist) Evangelical Republican Party.  CounterPunch     Related:  Conservative Evangelicals Aren’t Hypocrites, They’re Sadists.  Rewire 


“Kochland”: How David Koch Helped Build an Empire to Shape U.S. Politics & Thwart Climate Action.  DemocracyNow  

The Koch brothers tried to build a plutocracy in the name of freedom ... The Kochs have always believed that rich people had the right to rule over everyone else, democracy be damned.  

Death and destruction: this is David Koch's sad legacy. ... Anarcho-capitalism was the real cancer plaguing the billionaire libertarian. And it spread across universities, halls of Congress and the White House.  Guardian  

Viral Video of Mississippi Voting Machine Changing Man's Vote Prompts Calls for Paper Ballots and Election Security Reformiral Video of Mississippi Voting Machine Changing Man's Vote Prompts Calls for Paper Ballots and Election Security Reform.  CommonDreams  

How Bolsonaro’s Climate Change Denial & Anti-Indigenous Policies Led to Massive Fires in the Amazon.  DemocracyNow  

CEOs Say Shareholders Won’t Be No. 1 Anymore. Turns Out They Already Weren’t. CounterPunch

How Joe Biden’s privatization plans helped doom Latin America and fuel the migration crisis.  
The Gray Zone

Beto O’Rourke Built His Career on Driving Out Low-Income Mexican Communities.  TruthOut  

Incoming Harvard Freshman Deported After Visa Revoked.   The Crimson  

Land transfer advocate and longtime agency combatant now leads BLM. ... William Perry Pendley has been tasked with overseeing 245 million acres of public lands he’s argued the federal government shouldn’t own.  High Country News  





Weekend of September 20-22, 2019
1939 : Following the outbreak of war in Europe FDR goes before Congress and asks that the Neutrality Acts, a series of laws passed earlier in the decade, be amended to lift an embargo against sending military aid to countries in Europe facing the onslaught of Nazi aggression during World War II.

Weekend Read:  Permanent Record by Edward Snowden.  Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.  
Indie Bound

Justice Department Sues Edward Snowden For Book Proceeds. ... The government says the former CIA and NSA official’s new book, “Permanent Record,” violates his nondisclosure agreements. HuffPost  

Revealed: how US senators invest in firms they are supposed to regulate.  Guardian  

Beneath Contempt. ... The ruling caste of Saudi Arabia present the most striking example in world history of the extreme combination of avarice and personal cowardice. They are gagging for a war with Iran so long as somebody else fights it for them  Craig Murray

'Total Massacre' as U.S. Drone Strike Kills 30 Farmers in Afghanistan. .... Amnesty International said the bombing "suggests a shocking disregard for civilian life."  CommonDreams  

John Bolton is out, but neocon agenda stays. ... Lawrence Wilkerson, who served alongside John Bolton in the Bush administration, discusses the ouster of the “ruthless” neoconservative war hawk as Trump’s National Security Adviser.  The Gray Zone   

Saudi Oil Refinery Attack Raises Fears of “Wider Regional War” Involving U.S. & Iran.

The Saudi Crown Prince Plans to Make Us Forget About the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi Before the US Election. CounterPunch

Once Again in Afghanistan, the U.S. Proves It Can’t Be Trusted. CounterPunch  

The Incredible Belief That Corporate Ownership Does Not Influence Media Content.  FAIR  

From Voice of America to NPR: New CEO Lansing’s Glass House.  CounterPunch  

Naomi Klein: The Climate Crisis Demands Radical Change. Paper Straws Are a Distraction, Not Solution.  DemocracyNow  

The Military Has Done Little to Prepare As Climate Change Threatens Guantánamo.  Intercept   

$1m a minute: the farming subsidies destroying the world - report. ... ‘Perverse’ payments must be redirected to measures such as capturing carbon, report says.  Guardian  

September 19, 2019

Saudi First: Trump Wants to Start a War With Iran When MBS Gives the Order.  Intercept  

'A Goddamn Terrifying Time to Be Alive': Naomi Klein Explains Why a Global Green New Deal Comes First and Being Hopeful Comes After. ... "How do we earn the hope that we could actually do this?" asks author of new book. "That's the only discussion that matters."  CommonDreams  

Ecofascism: Naomi Klein Warns the Far Right’s Embrace of White Supremacy Is Tied to Climate Crisis.  DemocracyNow  

The silenced: meet the climate whistleblowers muzzled by Trump.  ... Six whistleblowers and ex-government scientists describe how the Trump administration made them bury climate science – and why they won’t stay quiet.  Guardian  

Fears of 'Collateral Damage to Democracy' as Trump Weighs Withdrawing From Global Postal Pact.  ... Election officials fear thousands of votes could go uncounted if the president leaves the Universal Postal Union   CommonDreams  

The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police.  .... The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies.  Intercept   Related: (2016) Obama administration arms sales offers to Saudi top $115 billion: report.  Reuters  

Outing of CIA’s Kremlin mole echoes Iraq WMD hoax. ... The outing of a CIA informant inside of the Kremlin raises new questions about the Russia investigation and the intelligence officials behind it.Gray Zone 

Trump’s Acting National Security Adviser Said Nuclear War With USSR Was Winnable. ... Questioning “mutual assured destruction,” Charles Kupperman called nuclear conflict “in large part a physics problem.”  HuffPost  

From Voice of America to NPR: New CEO Lansing’s Glass House.  CounterPunch  

September 18, 2019

Abraham Lincoln in a debate with Stephen A. Douglas states, "I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races.

War on the World. ... Industrialized Militaries Are a Bigger Part of the Climate Emergency Than You Know.  Intercept  

Trump’s Acting National Security Adviser Said Nuclear War With USSR Was Winnable. ... Questioning “mutual assured destruction,” Charles Kupperman called nuclear conflict “in large part a physics problem”

Trump is seriously, frighteningly unstable – the world is in danger. ... It is almost too late for impeachment. The 25th amendment is untested. The ballot box offers our only remaining hope.  Guardian  

Threatening New War for Oil, Donald Trump Calls His Own Offer of Iran Talks “Fake News”  Intercept   


John Bolton Consoles Self That At Least He Didn’t Help To Make World Safer Place.  > Go  

Bolton Calls For Forceful Iranian Response To Continuing U.S. Aggression.  > Go 

On Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela, It’s Bolton vs. Trump.  > Go  

Russia Has ‘Oligarchs,’ the US Has ‘Businessmen’. ... In 150 NYT, CNN and Fox articles, ‘oligarch’ seems reserved for Slavic billionaires.  FAIR  

Joe Biden’s Stunningly Racist Answer on the Legacy of Slavery Has Been Overlooked.  Intercept  

Ralph Nader: Trump Learned His Tricks From Corporate America.  TruthDig/Nader  

The Only Way to End ‘Endless War’. ... First, America has to give up its pursuit of global dominance.  
NY Times

The Magnitskiy Myth Exploded. Craig Murray  

September 17, 2019

Our Invisible Government - There are two forms of government in the United States. There is the visible government—the White House, Congress, the courts, state legislatures and governorships—and the invisible government, or deep state, where anonymous technocrats, intelligence operatives, generals, bankers, corporations and lobbyists manage foreign and domestic policy regardless of which political party holds a majority.  TruthDig/Hedges  

Yemen Continues Its Descent into Hell. ... There are really only two sides to the war in Yemen. There are the unarmed civilians. And there’s everyone else. The civilians are losing. Badly.  CounterPunch  


The man whose state surveillance revelations rocked the world speaks exclusively to the Guardian about his new life and concerns for the future  Guardian  

Edward Snowden on 9/11 and why he joined the army: ‘Now, finally, there was a fight’  In an extract from his memoir, the US whistleblower shares his experiences on the day the twin towers fell – and the aftermath that led him to join up.Guardian

Permanent Record available at Indie Bound  

The U.S.-Backed Coalition Can’t Agree on Why It’s Bombing Yemen. ... As Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates clash over their goals, the people of Yemen are paying the price.  In These Times  

The FBI Was Deeply Involved in CIA Black Site Interrogations Despite Years of Denials, Guantánamo Defense Lawyer Says.  Intercept  

Empire, the Deep State, and the Doomsday Machine.  Project Censored

Profiles in Absurdity: Remembering the ‘Terror’ Wars. ... The 'Gated Communities' of Afghanistan: An All-American Euphemism.  

The Age of Constitutional Coups. CounterPunch  

30 million acres of public land in Alaska at risk of being developed or transferred
‘The size and scope is simply staggering.’  HCN  

As Amazon Rainforest Burns, Brazil's Environment Minister to Meet US Group That Denies Climate Crisis at EPA Headquarters. ... A Greenpeace Brazil campaingner says the Bolsonaro government "makes efforts to deny the problems, not to face them."

Koch Data Mining Company Helped Inundate Voters With Anti-Immigrant Messages.  Intercept  

September 16, 2019

The World’s Most Important Political Prisoner.
 Craig Murray    Related:  Julian Assange to remain in jail pending extradition to US. ... WikiLeaks founder’s custody will be extended after current prison terms comes to end. Guardian  

Ex-CIA analyst on why he predicted John Bolton’s firing. ... ... who might replace him; and the Democratic leadership’s anemic response.  The Gray Zone  

John Bolton’s Living Obituary  TruthDig  

Trump’s Acting National Security Adviser Said Nuclear War With USSR Was Winnable. ... Questioning “mutual assured destruction,” Charles Kupperman called nuclear conflict “in large part a physics problem.”  HuffPost  

The Dogs in the Street Know. ... There are some very obvious facts in British politics which nobody seems to be saying.  Craig Murray  

How the FBI Increased Its Power After 9/11 and Helped Put Trump in Office. Intercept  

(9/11/06 Oldie but Goldie) NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel. ... Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis... Only official US government communications protected...
Agency insists it complies with rules governing privacy.  Guardian  

Meet the Latest Predator to Join Trump's Team  TruthDig  

Put an End to the Endless War Inflicted Upon Our National Forests. CounterPunch  

‘Under the Trump Administration, the [NLRB] Appointees Have Been Extremists’. ... interview with Kate Bronfenbrenner on Trump's anti-labor Labor Board.  FAIR  

Trump Administration To Revoke Obama-Era Water Protection Rule. ... Environmentalists say the move would leave millions of Americans with less safe drinking water and damage wetlands that prevent flooding.  HuffPost  

Weekend of September 13-15, 2019

Weekend Read: The Terror of the Unforeseen - by Henry A. Giroux.  The book tackles the resurgence of fascism in the age of Trump’s presidency. Through the mendacious exchange of facts for “fake news,” Giroux examines the language of hatred that activates neoliberal fascism, complete with state-sanctioned racism, casino capitalism, and fear-mongering at federal and local levels. In this “age of disposability,” Trump’s rhetoric eschews reason and democratic principles in favor of impetuous politics rooted in bigotry, all to injuriously catastrophic effect. Purchase from Larb Books  

'Decades of Progress Are at Stake' as Trump Reaches 150 Lifetime Judicial Appointments and Right-Wing Court Takeover Accelerates. ... "Every network should be covering this. Trump's dangerous takeover of our courts will last a generation."  CommonDreams  

Democratic Think Tank Center for American Progress Isn't Fooling Anybody  TruthDig  

The Dust From 9/11 Has Yet to Settle. ... A federal judge recently declared the government's terrorism watchlist unconstitutional, but the violation of civil liberties and US wars abroad continue.  TRNN  

Populism Is Not the Answer to Neoliberal Fascism. ... We have entered an ominous age of political conformity. Support is growing for a right-wing populism that views liberal democracy as both an anachronism and a curse. TruthOut/Giroux  

Mugabe’s Rule Led Many to Dismiss Nationalism, But That Opened the Door to Something Much Worse.  CounterPunch  

30 million acres of public land in Alaska at risk of being developed or transferred. ... ‘The size and scope is simply staggering.’  HCN  

A Close Look at Kamala Harris’ Hawkish Foreign Policy. ... Harris has little to say on the subject. But her record speaks volumes.  In These Times  

A Memoir From Hell: Samantha Power Will Do Anything for Human Rights Unless It Hurts Her Career

A quick guide to threatened terrestrial and freshwater species in your state. ... New rules would weaken protections for plants and animals listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  HCN  

Is Killing Peasants Protecting America’s Interests?  CounterPunch  

Afghanistan May Never Recover From the U.S. Invasion  TruthDig  

September 12, 2019

John Bolton Tried His Best to Draw the U.S. Into a War. Luckily, He Failed.  Intercept  

Henry A. Giroux: The Terror of the Unforeseen.  Interview - TruthOut  

Ahead of Israeli Election, Netanyahu Vows to Annex Large Swathes of West Bank 'In Maximum Coordination With Trump'. ... "A reminder that Israel is a state where apartheid policies are used to appeal to voters."  CommonDreams  


Climate Chaos Descends on Europe.  CounterPunch  

World Has Never Seen a Threat to Human Rights of This Scope,' UN Rights Chief Says of Climate Emergency. ... "The window of opportunity for action may be closing—but there is still time to act."  CommonDreams  

Chaos, chaos, chaos': a journey through Bolsonaro's Amazon inferno. ... A 2,000km road and river odyssey in Brazil reveals consensus from all sides: Bolsonaro has ushered in a new age of wrecking.  Guardian  

Alaska’s Sea Ice Completely Melted for First Time in Recorded History  TruthOut  

NOAA Will Investigate Why Agency Supported Trump’s False Dorian Claims. ... The agency, which oversees the National Weather Service, issued a statement Friday supporting the president’s false claims about the path of Hurricane Dorian.  HuffPost  

Hurricane Dorian Was Fueled by Climate Change. Why Isn’t the Mainstream Media Making the Connection?  DemocracyNow 

New Report: ABC, CBS, NBC Covered Climate Crisis Connection to Hurricane Dorian Only Once in 216 Segments on Storm. ... "Climate change is fueling storms like Hurricane Dorian. But you wouldn't know that from watching broadcast TV news."  CommonDreams  

Really a Right Wing Coup.  Craig Murray  

US Media Keep Saying Iran is ‘In Violation’ of a Nuclear Agreement the US Withdrew From.  CounterPunch  

As AOC and Ayanna Pressley Demand Answers on Trump Policy That Would Deport Sick Kids, ICE Officials at Hearing Refuse to Talk. ... "This is a threat to the rule of law."  CommonDreams  

Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges. ... If you care about women’s rights, LGBTQ rights or voting rights -- or about judges being fit to serve -- you oughta read this.  HuffPost  

Afghanistan Is Both Stalemate and Quagmire.  TruthDig  

Are Jeffrey Epstein’s secrets buried with him?
The prison death of convicted pedophile and financier Jeffrey Epstein raises concerns that the mysteries surrounding his case -- including whether he worked with US intelligence, who his criminal accomplices were, and whether anyone will be held to account for his crimes -- will be resolved.  The Gray Zone  

Populism Is Not the Answer to Neoliberal Fascism.  TruthOut  


September 30, 2019

Neoliberalism Paved the Way for Authoritarian Right-Wing Populism.  TruthOut  

Heroes, Villains and Establishment Hypocrisy.
 Craig Murray  

Angry De Niro Says ‘F-ck ’em’ to Fox News and Trump on Sunday News Show. ... “He’s been worse than I ever could have imagined,” the actor said, “I think he’s just crazy… This guy is crazy. We gotta get him out”  RollingStone


Full Document: Trump’s Call With the Ukrainian President.  NYTimes  

August 12, 201 -
Whistlerblower complaint. Download   

August 26, 2019 -
ICIG Letter to Acting DRI.  Download

September 24, 2019 - Memorandum of Telephone Conversation. Download  

The Trump Whistleblower Scandal Is Proving Edward Snowden Right. ... Snowden should’ve gone through “official channels,” his critics yelped. Here’s what happens when you do. HuffPost  

James Risen: Whistleblower Complaint Shows “Trump Is a Habitual Criminal” Abusing His Office.  DemocracyNow   Related:  James Risen: I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine in 2015. The Right-Wing Media Twisted My Reporting. DemocracyNow

(December 2015) Joe Biden, His Son and the Case Against a Ukrainian Oligarch. NYTimes  

Corporate Media Still Waiting for Trump to Knock Over a Bank.  FAIR  

Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine.  CounterPunch    Related:  Israel votes for occupation, no matter who prevails. ... Diana Buttu says that whatever the outcome of their election stalemate, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz are “virtually identical” when it comes to the illegal occupation of millions of Palestinians.  The Gray Zone  

Brazilians blame Rio governor's shoot-to-kill policy for death of girl. ... Hundreds protest over favela killing of Ágatha Félix, eight, allegedly shot in back by police.  Guardian  

Day After Trump Said 'Inequality Is Down,' Federal Data Shows US Income Inequality Highest Since Census Began Measuring. ... "The separation between rich and poor from 2017 and 2018 was greater than it has ever been."  CommonDreams  

Author Kamila Shamsie stripped of literary award over BDS support. ... German city rescinds Nelly Sachs Prize from British Pakistani author, citing her support of the pro-Palestine movement.  AlJazeera   

Weekend of September 27-29, 2019

Weekend Read: On Fire The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal - by Naomi Klein.   In lucid, elegant dispatches from the frontlines of contemporary natural disaster, she pens surging, indispensable essays for a wide public: prescient advisories and dire warnings of what future awaits us if we refuse to act, as well as hopeful glimpses of a far better future. Indie Bound  

The Problem With Impeachment.  TruthDig/Hedges

“Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship”: Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him.  DemocracyNow  

Edward Snowden Condemns Trump’s Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal.  DemocracyNow  

Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State.  DemocracyNow  

There's No Chance Corporate Elites Will Fix Inequality,  CounterPunch  

Media Continue to Push Misinformation About Venezuela and Drug Trafficking.  FAIR  


Secretary of the Interior transfers jurisdiction of five parcels of land to the Department of the Army to secure the southwest border  BLM

Related:  Hikers, Trump, and the Capitalist Conspiracy to Ruin Public Lands  Intercept  

UN Climate Report on Oceans, Frozen Regions Warns 'Unprecedented Transitions in All Aspects of Society' Needed to Sustain Life on Earth. ... Describing scientists' latest warnings as "chilling and compelling," environmentalists called for "enacting radical policies" that protect marine ecosystems and fully phase out fossil fuels.  CommonDreams  

Hikers, Trump, and the Capitalist Conspiracy to Ruin Public Land  Intercept  

World’s Ice And Oceans Under Dire Threat, Shocking UN Report Warns Hundreds of millions of people in coastal areas would be threatened if climate change continues unabated, the UN’s climate body warned.  HuffPost  

Powerful Forces Cause Fires in Brazil, Beyond the Amazon. ... The policies of Brazil's right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro are provoking more forest fires and deforestation, not only in the Amazon rainforest. Environmental activists are now trying to counter the trend by engaging in reforestation.

Brazilians Blast Bolsonaro's UN Speech Denying Amazon Devastation as a Total 'Scam'. ...Critics of his environmental agenda warn that "Bolsonaro's policies bring an immediate risk to all humankind."  CommonDreams  

As The Amazon Burns, Brazil’s Best Ally In Climate Denial Is The United States. ... Presidents Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro have forged a nationalist alliance based on the idea that climate change is a hoax. HuffPost 

We Need Biodiversity-Based Agriculture to Solve the Climate Crisis.  TruthOut  

The Drone Strikes on the Saudi Oil Facilities Have Changed Global Warfare.  CounterPunch  

The Disaster of Negative Interest Rates   TruthDig

Empire, the Deep State, and the Doomsday Machine.  Project Censored  

September 26, 2019

Why the House Democratic Caucus Was Able to Move So Rapidly Toward Impeachment.  Intercept  

Johnson Enters Neo-Con Heaven. ... My reading of Trump is that he is as contemptuous of brown-nosers as he is of opponents, but let that play out. What is plain is that, if Johnson survives as PM and Brexit goes through, Trump is going to have an unquestioning acolyte in Johnson.  Craig Murray  

What is the Trump-Ukraine scandal about and how is Joe Biden involved? ... What you need to know about the whistleblower’s complaint that the White House is refusing to release to Congress.  Guardian  

How the Trump administration is silencing science. ... Six ex-government scientists explain how they were made to bury climate science and why they decided to blow the whistle. HCN  

Billy Bragg: What the U.K. Supreme Court’s Historic Ruling Against Boris Johnson Means for Brexit.  DemocracyNow  

What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She’s Not Bernie Sanders.  FAIR  

Sanders Unveils Plan to Wipe Out All Medical Debt in US, Declaring, 'The Very Concept Should Not Exist'. ... "In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, one illness or disease should not ruin a family's financial life and future."  CommonDreams  

States, 2020 Candidates Push Back Against Facial Recognition Technology.  TruthOut  

Why is New York's most famous library getting into bed with the Saudi crown prince?. ... Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is going to be sponsoring an event at the iconic New York Public Library. This reputation-laundering shouldn’t be allowed to happen.  Guardian  

US troops in Saudi Arabia defend hegemony, not security. ... The Trump administration is sending US troops to Saudi Arabia as it continues to threaten Iran. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says the US-Saudi relationship is “not based on strategic interest so much as it is based on money, money, and money.”  The Gray Zone  

Dedicated to David Allen Green, Joshua Rosenberg, Joan Smith, Hadley Freeman, Jess Phillips, David Aaronovitch and the entire staff of the Guardian/Observer. Craig Murray  

Silencing Our Veterans: a Bridge Too Far.  CounterPunch  

September 25, 2019

An Excellent Study Of The Manufactured Labour “Antisemitism Crisis”.  CounterPunch  

UK worsens Julian Assange’s persecution as US seeks extradition. ... UK authorities are holding Assange in worse conditions than accused terrorists and ‘making it impossible’ for him to fight US extradition (and) has been ordered to remain behind bars until hearings over a US extradition effort begin next year.  
The Gray Zone  

Judicial Blowback.  Craig Murray 

Interview With Tom Secker: Exposing Influence Of Military, Security Agencies On Hollywood.  
Shadow Proof

American History for Truthdiggers: The Obama Disappointment  TruthDig  


Trump Inadvertently Saves Life Of Yemeni Family After Appropriating Pentagon Money For Border Wall.  > Go  

Putin Denies Mitch McConnell Is Russian Asset: “He Has Never Been an Asset to Any Country”  
> Go  

Trump Confirms That It Was Iran Or Some Country Like That Behind Saudi Oil Attacks.  > Go  

On Iran, Trump Is All Talk, and Thank God. ... For whatever reason, Donald Trump seems reluctant to go to war — and in moments like the Iran crisis, we should be glad  Rolling Stone  

How Animal Researchers Stay Out of the News.  CounterPunch  

Chasing The Methane Dragon That Lurks In The Deep Sea. ... We went into the depths of the ocean with a scientist seeking to understand how frozen gas deposits might respond in a rapidly warming world. HuffPost 

GOP Leadership Huddles With Fossil Fuel Industry During Climate Week.  Intercept  

Oldie but Goldie - 2018 - The Pentagon Failed Its Audit Amid a $21 Trillion Scandal (Yes, Trillion)  TruthDig

September 24, 2019

Saving the Planet Means Overthrowing the Ruling Elites. ... Friday’s climate strike by students across the globe will have no more impact than the mass mobilizations by women following the election of Donald Trump or the hundreds of thousands of protesters who took to the streets to denounce the Iraq War.TruthDig/Hedges

Reporters Should Stop Helping Donald Trump Spread Lies About Joe Biden and Ukraine.  Intercept  

What George Carlin Taught Us about Media Propaganda by Omission.  CounterPunch    Related:  How liars create the "illusion of truth"  Guardian And:  How Chicago Police Created a False Narrative After Officers Killed Harith Augustus.  Intercept  

Central Bankers' Desperate Grab for Power.

On Climate and Food, What’s the Lesson We Insist on Missing?  TruthOut/Frances Moore Lappé  

Dedicated to David Allen Green, Joshua Rosenberg, Joan Smith, Hadley Freeman, Jess Phillips, David Aaronovitch and the entire staff of the Guardian/Observer  Craig Murray  

Naomi Klein on How Climate Change Fuels the Rise of White Supremacy. ... The author and activist speaks on Greta Thunberg, climate barbarism and why she’s not your lifestyle advisor.  In These Times  

How the White Nationalists Who Love Trump Found Inspiration in the Group That Gave Us Narendra Modi.  Intercept  

Healthcare Ad Spending Exceeds $65 Million in 2019 as Insurance Industry Ramps Up Effort to Kill Medicare for All. ... "The insurance companies are working hard to shift the blame and stop the movement for Medicare for All." CommonDreams  

The Military Has Spent $184,000 At Trump’s Scottish Golf Resort In 2 Years. ... It remains unclear whether the military exceeded its own limits on lodging expenses to put service members up in the president’s hotel.  HuffPost  

The Key to a Sustainable Economy Is 5,000 Years Old,  TruthOut

Climate Researchers Warn of Potential 7 Degree Temperature Rise by 2100.  DemocracyNow  

September 23, 2019

Disputing Trump Claims, Japan Says No Evidence Iran Was Behind Saudi Attack. ... "We are not aware of any information that points to Iran," said Japanese defense minister Taro Kono.  CommonDreams  

Wise Crack: The last time the US based troops in Saudi Arabia, it became the basis for Osama Bin Laden’s 1996 fatwah,”Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places,” where he vowed to remove them with “a rain of bullets.” Osama: "... for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples."

Burning Amazonia, Denying Climate Change, Devastating Syria, Starving Yemen, and Ignoring Kashmir.  CounterPunch  

The climate crisis explained in 10 charts. ... From the rise and rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to possible solutions. Guardian

Only a Green New Deal Can Douse the Fires of Eco-Fascism.  Intercept/Klein  

'Less Space to Breathe.' How Palestinians Are Responding to Netanyahu’s West Bank Annexation Plans.  Time  

Operation Amazon Redux. .... Brazil’s Army Wanted to “Occupy” the Amazon Before. Leaked Audio Reveals Their Plan to Try Again.  Intercept  

U.S. Negotiators Are Closing In On A Limited Deal With The Taliban. NPR  

'We're losing the race': UN secretary general calls climate change an 'emergency' ...António Guterres cites ‘fantastic leadership’ of young activists and is counting on public pressure to compel governments to honor the 2015 Paris Agreement  Guardian  

'What the Hell Is Going On Here'?: Alarm Raised as Trump's Intelligence Director Refuses to Give Whistleblower Complaint to Congress. ... Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire informed the House Intelligence Committee chairman that he'd been directed by "a higher authority" to withhold the complaint.  CommonDreams  

On Climate and Food, What’s the Lesson We Insist on Missing?.  TruthOut  

Central Bankers' Desperate Grab for Power  TruthDig