2018-08-21: News Headlines

teleSUR / mv-MH (2018-08-21). Social Movements To Guatemela Gov't: Stop Murdering Human Rights Defenders. telesurtv.net In a statement, the groups said that during the Jimmy Morales government the criminalization of social leaders who defend their land and resources has been expanded.

teleSUR / md-MS (2018-08-21). Brazil Poll Shows Lula Extending Lead for October Election. telesurtv.net It was the first major poll since candidacies were officially registered last week, but it did not provide results for the likely scenario of a race without Lula.

Max Blumenthal (2018-08-21). Inside America's Meddling Machine: The US Funded Group that Interferes in Elections Around the Globe. grayzoneproject.com Filmed inside the Capitol, this Grayzone special explores the National Endowment for Democracy, a taxpayer funded organization that has interfered…

teleSUR /ef-MS (2018-08-21). US Backs Down on Key NAFTA Negotiation, Farmers in Agreement. telesurtv.net After months of lobbying by U.S. agricultural lobbies, the Trump administration backs down from crucial clause to not tariff seasonal fruits and vegetables from Mexico.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-21). Venezuela's New Economic Program: Will it Stop Hyperinflation? therealnews.com President Maduro is introducing a series of deep economic reforms, to put an end to hyperinflation and to re-start the economy. But this can only happen if faith is restored in the currency and if US financial sanctions come to an end, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot

Labor Video Project (2018-08-21). SF Mayor Breed & DPH Garcia Still Pushing Lennar Hunters Point Project "It's Safe" indybay.org At a community meeting on August 15, 2018, San Francisco Department of Public Health "Environmental Engineer" Amy Brownell told community residents that the Hunters Point Shipyard is safe and can be further developed. | Brownell whose salary is funded by the developer Lennar has been involved in the criminal cover-up of the falsification of testing in the billion dollar eco-fraud at Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island. Mayor London Breed and DPH director Barbara Garcia are also aware of the criminal retaliation of OSHA health and safety whistleblowers and have colluded with the developers to cover up the m…

wsws.org (2018-08-21). Prime minister barely survives leadership challenge in Australia. wsws.org The constant factor in the turmoil of official Australian politics has been political tensions arising from ever more volatile international geo-strategic and economic conflicts.

wsws.org (2018-08-21). As Greece exits bailout, EU demands further austerity. wsws.org The conclusion of the bailout is a vote of confidence from financial markets that the pseudo-left Syriza government will continue looting the people to pay off the banks.

wsws.org (2018-08-21). Teamsters local meeting erupts in anger as union official calls UPS workers' poverty wages "subjective" wsws.org Teamsters official Andy Marshall told the room of 100 UPS workers that "in a perfect world" workers would get what they wanted, but "when I was a kid, I wanted a pony."

wsws.org (2018-08-21). Judge orders top Michigan health official to stand trial for Flint deaths. wsws.org Nick Lyon will face two counts of involuntary manslaughter for deaths due to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Flint related to the city's polluted water crisis.

RT (2018-08-21). Michigan cops taser man holding 2-month-old baby (VIDEO). rt.com A local police department in Michigan is under scrutiny for tasering a suspect who was holding a two-month-old baby. While the child was left unharmed, social media users criticized the department's use of excessive force.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-20). Retirement Income in the 21st Century. truthout.org Last week marked the 83rd anniversary of Social Security. The program has been an enormous success by any measure. | It has lifted tens of millions of retirees out of poverty and provides the bulk of retirement income for most people after they stop working. It also provides disability insurance to workers unable to work and survivors' insurance to the families of workers who die at an early age. | The program is extremely efficient, with administrative costs that are just 0.6 percent of the money paid out in benefits each year. By comparison, privatized systems often have costs that are 15-20 percent of annual benefits. | There is also a minimal amount of fraud. Incidents of fraud are so rare that the Washington Post decided to make a major front-page story out of the fact that 0.006 percent of benefits were…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-20). Lula da Silva: "Brazil is Undergoing a Right-Wing Coup" therealnews.com The unraveling of Brazil's social safety net, put in place by the PT, combined with the legislative manipulations and extreme neoliberal austerity, constitutes a right-wing coup, explains Mark Weisbrot of CEPR.

Charles Redvers (2018-08-20). Una respuesta a la desinformación sobre Nicaragua: fue un golpe, no una 'masacre'. grayzoneproject.com Por: Charles Redvers Para un resumen de la historia de trabajo de Mary Ellsberg con las agencias del gobierno de…

George Wuerthner (2018-08-20). Why the Gallatin Range Deserves Protection. counterpunch.org The Gallatin Range that lies south of Bozeman, Montana is the largest unprotected wildlands in the northern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). The Gallatin Range is highly scenic with glaciated cirques, grassy meadows, and subalpine lakes. Biologically it is one of the more diverse and important areas in the entire Yellowstone ecosystem. The range is critical More

Democracy Now! (2018-08-20). Headlines for August 20, 2018. democracynow.org CNN: Bomb That Killed 40 Yemeni School Children Was Made by U.S. | , California: ICE Arrests Man Driving His Wife to the Hospital to Give Birth, ICE Agents Forcibly Reseparate Fathers from Sons at Karnes Detention Center | , Ex-CIA Director John Brennan May Sue Trump over Stripped Security Clearances | , NYT: White House Counsel Donald McGahn Cooperating with Mueller Probe | , Israeli Troops Kill 2 Palestinians and Injure Hundreds More During Friday's Protests, Longtime Israeli Peace Activist Uri Avnery Dies at 94 | , Afghan President Offers Conditional Ceasefire with Taliban | , U.N.: Brazil Can't Bar Lula from…

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-08-20). Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Wanted to Ask President Clinton These Sexually Explicit Questions. alternet.org Brett Kavanaugh was serving as an associate counsel for independent counsel Ken Starr. | Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, wrote a memo in 1998 insisting then-President Bill Clinton should not be given any breaks by the independent counsel investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair. Included in his memo were astonishingly. . .

Staff (2018-08-20). #MeToo Activist Asia Argento Settled Sex Assault Complaint, Report Finds. truthdig.com Court filings allege the Italian actress abused an actor and musician when he was just 17 years old.

Special to PeoplesWorld.org (2018-08-20). This week in history: The Oslo Accord, 1993. peoplesworld.org

Dan Glazebrook (2018-08-20). Trump's New Financial War on the Global South. counterpunch.org Trump's attack on the Turkish lira, combined with recent Federal Reserve moves to choke off dollar supply, are pushing the world towards a rerun of the 1997 currency crisis. This may well be the whole point. Last Friday, Donald Trump announced new sanctions on Turkey — comprising a doubling of the steel and aluminium tariffs More

Leo W. Gerard, Independent Media Institute (2018-08-20). Here's How Workers Get Scammed in the New Economy — As Corporations Get Richer and More Powerful. alternet.org As corporations embraced the notion that their only responsibility was to fill the pockets of shareholders, workers' wages stagnated. | The stock market is effervescent. Unemployment seems inexorably descendent. On financial news shows, someone always is singing, "Happy Days are Here Again. "But the chorus isn't so cheery on factory floors. There are no Happy Days at the Harley plant to be shuttered in Kansas City, Shared by Merula Furtado (2018-08-20). Creating a Public Bank in the Financial Capital of the World. truthout.org Is a public bank in the financial capital of the world even possible? The way our attitudes around public and common institutions have been going, it seems unlikely that the answer could be a yes. Yet in New York City, a coalition of groups is pushing for just that. With support from students, tenants and workers, Public Bank NYC has launched a campaign to press the city to create a municipal public bank as part of a broader effort toward solutions for economic and racial justice. Ideas like these challenge existing structures — not just who's in them but how they're fundamentally designed. | Deyanira del Río from the New Economy Project, Linda Levy of the Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union and Enlace's Cindy Martinez recently joined me for a conversation on the Laura Flanders Show to discuss…

Staff (2018-08-20). Politics Is Propping Up Our Capitalist System. truthdig.com Until their contradictions explode, coexisting economic and political systems sustain one another. "Normal" politics includes precisely the process of working out social conflicts such that the economic system is sustained. Whatever its form, the state's tasks include that sustenance. When politics and the state can no longer perform adequately, the system totters. Only then can movements for system change seriously contest the existing system and press for transition to another. | Capitalism displays this pattern in general and particularly in the United States. To see this, we divide the US population into three groups. The first comprises the 1 % richest, mostly corporate directors, etc. The second is the 9% below them who are mostly professional assistants and servants to the 1%. Below them, the third group includes 90% of the population split between the poorest 45% and the remaining 45%. (henceforth the…

Andy Rowell (2018-08-20). BP and Big Oil Drive Society Over the "Climate Cliff" globalresearch.ca At the end of July, as the American wildfires began to take hold in California, British oil giant BP made its biggest financial deal in nearly twenty years. | In retrospect it …

Rick Nagin (2018-08-20). The difference between socialism and reformism. peoplesworld.org The fact that capitalism arose within the framework of feudalism has caused many to search for ways to establish socialism within the framework of capitalism. But historical experience and scientific theory has shown this is not possible. Socialism involves a radical restructuring of the whole of society and requires that the new ruling class of working people have control of the government, all of its coercive apparatus as well as all the main features of the economy and the main civil institutions affecting health, education, culture, etc. | Such a change cannot come about in a gradual, spontaneous way, but requires a fundamental break with the prevailing capitalist society and the formation of a revolutionary working-class state. This state must first suppress any effort of the capitalists to regain power, then govern on behalf of the interests of the working class, while actively…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-08-20). Ex-White House Counsel Jack Quinn Says Trump's Advisers Could Flock to Mueller After Bombshell McGahn Report. alternet.org "Nobody wants to be the last one standing. " | CNN is reporting that White House Counsel Don McGahn, who has agreed to cooperate in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russian investigation, spent more than 30 hours speaking to Mueller's team. And during an interview with CNN's Brooke Baldwin today, CNN senior legal analyst Jack Quinn and former deputy assistant secretary of policy at the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Paul Rosenz. . .

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-08-20). 177 Former Officials Issue Joint Warning About Trump's Security Clearance Abuses. alternet.org The letter expresses "strong opposition to actual or threatened removal of security clearances from former government officials. " | After Donald Trump stripped former CIA director John Brennan of his security clearance over Brennan's outspoken criticism of Trump, 177 former national security officials have signed on to a letter expressing "strong opposition. . .

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-08-20). Trump Considered Excluding Obama from Presidential Intelligence Briefings: Report. alternet.org John Brennan was small potatoes compared with one other drastic measure Trump considered. | President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan due to resentment over personal criticism and his role in the Russia investigation was an egregious violation of his office's power. But as it turns out, Trump has considered an even more astounding measure: go after former President Barack Obama hi. . .

Eric A. Gordon (2018-08-20). 'Yiddish Glory' CD records Jewish pain and resistance in World War II. peoplesworld.org A newly released CD, Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II, includes the wartime Soviet leader's name in at least five out of 17 tracks (there are 18, but one is a reprise), and each time he is heaped with thankful praise. The 1945 "Nitsokhn lid" (Victory Song) by Kh. Urintsov ends: "Drink yet another l'chaim [toast] for the Red Army | And give a toast to them all | That they should be healthy and well, | And toast the comrade Stalin, | May he have many years before him, | Because in the whole wide world | There is no other like him! | Americans generally have little appreciation for the fact that the Soviet Union bore the brunt of the Nazi behemoth. An estimated 25 million Soviet citizens lost their lives in what from their point of view…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-20). In Memoriam: David McReynolds, the Gay Socialist Pacifist Who Twice Ran for President, Dies at 88. democracynow.org Longtime pacifist and socialist David McReynolds died Friday at the age of 88. Known to historian Howard Zinn and many others as a "hero of the antiwar movement," McReynolds was a staff member with the War Resisters League from 1960 to 1999. There, he focused on counter-recruitment and helped organize one of the first draft card burnings. He went on to play a key role in some of major demonstrations against the Vietnam War and campaign for nuclear disarmament. McReynolds ran for president in 1980 and 2000 as an openly gay man. For more, we speak with two of his close friends. Ed Hedemann worked with McReynolds fo…

Javier Sierra (2018-08-20). La gran purga de votantes. peoplesworld.org Hoy, en los Estados Unidos de Donald Trump, a solo tres meses de las elecciones generales del 6 de noviembre, nos enteramos de que antes de los comicios de 2016, los estados purgaron a unos 16 millones de votantes de las listas electorales del país. | Según un estudio del Brennan Center for Justice (BCJ), estos votantes purgados —en su mayoría gente humilde o miembros de minorías— fueron víctimas de inexactitudes e incluso decisiones ilegales de la burocracia estatal. El reporte enfatiza que entre 2014 y 2016, el incremento en la purga de votantes fue de un 33% con respecto al periodo anterior. | Las burocracias estatales solo pueden eliminar nombres de la listas electorales en caso de que la persona sea menor de 18 años, no sea ciudadana, si ha cometido algún crimen mayor, si es enferma mental, si se…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-20). Why White House Counsel Don McGahn Has Donald Trump Extremely Worried. truthout.org Reading President Trump's Twitter feed over the past week, it's hard not to conclude that he feels the walls are closing in. It started with his former adviser and fellow reality TV star Omarosa's new book. She accused him of being a racist and, even more unsettlingly, revealed that she has been taping conversations with people in the campaign and the White House, including the president himself. | Meanwhile, Paul Manafort's trial was coming to a conclusion. Trump seemed so unnerved by that spectacle that he went before the cameras and hinted strongly to any supporters on the jury that he thought they should acquit his former campaign chairman because the whole trial is "very unfair." | In what seems to have been a blatant attempt to change the subject, Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, ostensibly for…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-08-20). North Carolina Legislature's Power Grab Disregards Basic Principles of Democracy. truthout.org When political pundits talk about "post-truth" politics, they tend to focus on national debates, and particularly on a certain public official's Twitter feed. But we shouldn't forget that the trend is also gaining momentum at the state level. | The closely divided state of North Carolina is (once again) the canary in the coal mine. Its GOP-dominated Legislature is seeking to expand its own power — including the power to change electoral rules for partisan advantage, as it has repeatedly tried to do — by misleading voters into changing the state's constitution. Whether it succeeds will depend on the willingness of both courts and the public to stand up for democratic values. | North Carolina Republicans first won large legislative majorities in the 2010 GOP wave. They used their power to pass aggressive gerrymanders, awarding themselves 10 of the state's 13…

Matthew Chapman, AlterNet (2018-08-20). Lt. Col. Ralph Peters Says Trump Is 'Signaling' to Russia That He Wants to Lift Sanctions: 'Putin's Got a Grip on This Man'. alternet.org "All those goofy remarks by Giuliani and Kellyanne Conway — they're not funny. They're deadly serious. " | Despite the fact that it would likely speed up the Mueller investigation, President Donald Trump is still unwilling to commit to an interview with the special counsel and continues to accuse investigators of trying to put him in a "perjury trap. "

Dr. Trita Parsi (2018-08-20). On Iran, Is It Trump Versus His Own Neocons? globalresearch.ca Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement of the creation of a new Iran Action Group at the White House–almost exactly on the anniversary of the CIA-led coup against Iran's elected …

wsws.org (2018-08-20). Political warfare deepens as Democrats, ex-spies circle the wagons around Brennan. wsws.org The intervention by Brennan and other ex-intelligence officials on the Sunday talk shows demonstrates the degree to which the spy agencies have become a dominant political force.

RT (2018-08-20). Treason or no treason? Ex-CIA chief Brennan now not so sure about famous Trump/Putin 'Treason' tweet. rt.com When ex-CIA chief John Brennan said last month's Trump/Putin summit was "nothing short of treasonous," he earned thousands of retweets and became a #resistance hero. But he didn't actually mean treason. Confused? You should be. |

RT (2018-08-20). Ex-CIA deputy chief & Republican trade barbs in furious row over security clearance claim (VIDEO). rt.com Former CIA Deputy Director Philip Mudd and GOP strategist Paris Dennard exchanged stinging barbs during a heated debate on CNN over John Brennan's security clearance being revoked.

wsws.org (2018-08-20). Israel steps up harassment of prominent critics of anti-Palestinian and racialist agenda. wsws.org Israel's government is criminalising those protesting its policies on the basis that they represent "the de-legitimisation of Israel," a "threat to state security" or are "anti-Semitic."

wsws.org (2018-08-20). Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) to hold online forum: Lessons of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's sellout. wsws.org The SEG urges health workers to attend this online forum on September 1 to discuss the NZNO's betrayal and the way forward in the fight against the Labour Party government's austerity measures.

RT (2018-08-20). Clapper vs Brennan: Ex-DNI chief says ex-CIA head's attacks on Trump becoming 'an issue'. rt.com John Brennan and his inflammatory rhetoric aimed at Donald Trump's "treasonous behavior" are becoming "an issue in and of itself," James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, has said of the ex-CIA chief. |

wsws.org (2018-08-20). Teacher hostility grows to Michigan Department of Education's curriculum changes. wsws.org The Michigan Department of Education has proposed new social studies standards which remove references to essential democratic rights and aim to censor the study of history.

wsws.org (2018-08-20). Inequality and the crisis of American democracy. wsws.org Ever-increasing social inequality in the United States is incompatible with democratic forms of rule.

RT (2018-08-20). Lockheed Martin receives bloody images instead of cool weapons photos in failed Twitter campaign. rt.com Lockheed Martin's social media appeal to send them the best photos of its products went horribly awry, as unimpressed Twitterati responded with gruesome images of the horrors of war.

wsws.org (2018-08-20). Growing interest in socialism in Downriver Detroit area. wsws.org The industrialized area has been the core of the congressional district dominated by the Democratic Party and the Dingell family for more than 80 years.

Stephen Lendman (2018-08-19). Torture and Abuse in America's Global Gulag. globalresearch.ca Societies are best judged by how they treat children, the elderly, the infirm, their most disadvantaged and prisoners. | America fails on all counts under Republicans and undemocratic Dems — violator of …

Fariba Amini (2018-08-19). A Rebuttal: Mohammad Mossadegh vs. Mohammad Reza Shah. iranian.com "Those who have experienced solitary confinement and have dealt with it know how excruciating and hard it is to any prisoner who is innocent and faultless." -Mohammad Mossadegh "For many years I have realized that Iranian oil is the cheapest oil in the world. Twenty years ago, we knew that we could extract Iranian oil […]

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-08-19). Dollar Hegemony, Financial Warfare: Russia, China and Turkey Build up their Gold Reserves. globalresearch.ca The price of gold is notoriously unstable. US financial institutions can act against Russia and China without actually possessing physical gold. They are able to influence the gold and forex markets through various speculative instruments including naked short-selling.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-08-19). Religious Divisions Threaten to Further Inflame Ukrainian Civil War. consortiumnews.com Not admitting the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to Kiev is like barring the Pope from Rome, but that is just what the U.S.-backed Ukrainian government has done, explains Dmitry Babich. By Dmitry Babich in Moscow Special to Consortium… Read more →

Global Research News (2018-08-19). Selected Articles: Turkey's Financial Crisis, Sanctions, Dollar Hegemony. globalresearch.ca For almost seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the …

2018-08-21: Social Media Postees

US Backs Down on Key NAFTA Negotiation, Farmers in Agreement
teleSUR /ef-MS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-21
After months of lobbying by U.S. agricultural lobbies, the Trump administration backs down from crucial clause to not tariff seasonal fruits and vegetables from Mexico.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/US-Backs-Down-on-Key-NAFTA-Negotiation-Farmers-in-Agreement-20180819-0020.html

Social Movements To Guatemela Gov't: Stop Murdering Human Rights Defenders
teleSUR / mv-MH | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-21
In a statement, the groups said that during the Jimmy Morales government the criminalization of social leaders who defend their land and resources has been expanded.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Social-Movements-To-Guatemela-Govt-Stop-Murdering-Human-Rights-Defenders-20180820-0025.html

Inside America's Meddling Machine: The US Funded Group that Interferes in Elections Around the Globe
Max Blumenthal | grayzoneproject.com | 2018-08-21
Filmed inside the Capitol, this Grayzone special explores the National Endowment for Democracy, a taxpayer funded organization that has interfered… | The post Inside America's Meddling Machine: The US Funded Group that Interferes in Elections Around the Globe appeared first on Grayzone Project.
grayzoneproject.com/2018/08/20/inside-americas-meddling-machine-the-us-funded-group-that-interferes-in-elections-around-the-globe/

Brazil Poll Shows Lula Extending Lead for October Election
teleSUR / md-MS | telesurtv.net | 2018-08-21
It was the first major poll since candidacies were officially registered last week, but it did not provide results for the likely scenario of a race without Lula.
www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Brazil-Poll-Shows-Lula-Extending-Lead-for-October-Election-20180820-0036.html

SF Mayor Breed & DPH Garcia Still Pushing Lennar Hunters Point Project "It's Safe"
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2018-08-21
At a community meeting on August 15, 2018, San Francisco Department of Public Health "Environmental Engineer" Amy Brownell told community residents that the Hunters Point Shipyard is safe and can be further developed. | Brownell whose salary is funded by the developer Lennar has been involved in the criminal cover-up of the falsification of testing in the billion dollar eco-fraud at Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island. Mayor London Breed and DPH director Barbara Garcia are also aware of the criminal retaliation of OSHA health and safety whistleblowers and have colluded with the developers to cover up the m…
indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/17/18816950.php

As Greece exits bailout, EU demands further austerity
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-21
The conclusion of the bailout is a vote of confidence from financial markets that the pseudo-left Syriza government will continue looting the people to pay off the banks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/21/gree-a21.html

Prime minister barely survives leadership challenge in Australia
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-21
The constant factor in the turmoil of official Australian politics has been political tensions arising from ever more volatile international geo-strategic and economic conflicts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/21/turn-a21.html

Michigan cops taser man holding 2-month-old baby (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-21
A local police department in Michigan is under scrutiny for tasering a suspect who was holding a two-month-old baby. While the child was left unharmed, social media users criticized the department's use of excessive force.
rt.com/usa/436442-police-taser-man-holding-child/

Judge orders top Michigan health official to stand trial for Flint deaths
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-21
Nick Lyon will face two counts of involuntary manslaughter for deaths due to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Flint related to the city's polluted water crisis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/21/flin-a21.html

Teamsters local meeting erupts in anger as union official calls UPS workers' poverty wages "subjective"
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-21
Teamsters official Andy Marshall told the room of 100 UPS workers that "in a perfect world" workers would get what they wanted, but "when I was a kid, I wanted a pony."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/21/team-a21.html

177 Former Officials Issue Joint Warning About Trump's Security Clearance Abuses
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-08-20
The letter expresses "strong opposition to actual or threatened removal of security clearances from former government officials. " | After Donald Trump stripped former CIA director John Brennan of his security clearance over Brennan's outspoken criticism of Trump, 177 former national security officials have signed on to a letter expressing "strong opposition. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/177-former-officials-issue-joint-warning-about-trumps-security-clearance-abuses

Retirement Income in the 21st Century
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-20
Last week marked the 83rd anniversary of Social Security. The program has been an enormous success by any measure. | It has lifted tens of millions of retirees out of poverty and provides the bulk of retirement income for most people after they stop working. It also provides disability insurance to workers unable to work and survivors' insurance to the families of workers who die at an early age. | The program is extremely efficient, with administrative costs that are just 0.6 percent of the money paid out in benefits each year. By comparison, privatized systems often have costs that are 15-20 percent of annual benefits. | There is also a minimal amount of fraud. Incidents of fraud are so rare that the Washington Post decided to make a major front-page story out of the fact that 0.006 percent of benefits were…
truthout.org/articles/retirement-income-in-the-21st-century/

In Memoriam: David McReynolds, the Gay Socialist Pacifist Who Twice Ran for President, Dies at 88
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-20
Longtime pacifist and socialist David McReynolds died Friday at the age of 88. Known to historian Howard Zinn and many others as a "hero of the antiwar movement," McReynolds was a staff member with the War Resisters League from 1960 to 1999. There, he focused on counter-recruitment and helped organize one of the first draft card burnings. He went on to play a key role in some of major demonstrations against the Vietnam War and campaign for nuclear disarmament. McReynolds ran for president in 1980 and 2000 as an openly gay man. For more, we speak with two of his close friends. Ed Hedemann worked with McReynolds fo…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/20/in_memoriam_david_mcreynolds_the_gay

Trump Considered Excluding Obama from Presidential Intelligence Briefings: Report
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-20
John Brennan was small potatoes compared with one other drastic measure Trump considered. | President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan due to resentment over personal criticism and his role in the Russia investigation was an egregious violation of his office's power. But as it turns out, Trump has considered an even more astounding measure: go after former President Barack Obama hi. . .
alternet.org/trump-considered-excluding-obama-intelligence-briefings

The difference between socialism and reformism
Rick Nagin | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-20
The fact that capitalism arose within the framework of feudalism has caused many to search for ways to establish socialism within the framework of capitalism. But historical experience and scientific theory has shown this is not possible. Socialism involves a radical restructuring of the whole of society and requires that the new ruling class of working people have control of the government, all of its coercive apparatus as well as all the main features of the economy and the main civil institutions affecting health, education, culture, etc. | Such a change cannot come about in a gradual, spontaneous way, but requires a fundamental break with the prevailing capitalist society and the formation of a revolutionary working-class state. This state must first suppress any effort of the capitalists to regain power, then govern on behalf of the interests of the working class, while actively…
peoplesworld.org/article/the-difference-between-socialism-and-reformism/

La gran purga de votantes
Javier Sierra | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-20
Hoy, en los Estados Unidos de Donald Trump, a solo tres meses de las elecciones generales del 6 de noviembre, nos enteramos de que antes de los comicios de 2016, los estados purgaron a unos 16 millones de votantes de las listas electorales del país. | Según un estudio del Brennan Center for Justice (BCJ), estos votantes purgados –en su mayoría gente humilde o miembros de minorías– fueron víctimas de inexactitudes e incluso decisiones ilegales de la burocracia estatal. El reporte enfatiza que entre 2014 y 2016, el incremento en la purga de votantes fue de un 33% con respecto al periodo anterior. | Las burocracias estatales solo pueden eliminar nombres de la listas electorales en caso de que la persona sea menor de 18 años, no sea ciudadana, si ha cometido algún crimen mayor, si es enferma mental, si se…
peoplesworld.org/article/la-gran-purga-de-votantes/

On Iran, Is It Trump Versus His Own Neocons?
Dr. Trita Parsi | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-20
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement of the creation of a new Iran Action Group at the White House–almost exactly on the anniversary of the CIA-led coup against Iran's elected …
globalresearch.ca/on-iran-is-it-trump-versus-his-own-neocons/5651213

Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Wanted to Ask President Clinton These Sexually Explicit Questions
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-08-20
Brett Kavanaugh was serving as an associate counsel for independent counsel Ken Starr. | Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, wrote a memo in 1998 insisting then-President Bill Clinton should not be given any breaks by the independent counsel investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair. Included in his memo were astonishingly. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trumps-supreme-court-nominee-wanted-ask-president-clinton-these-sexually-explicit

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters Says Trump Is 'Signaling' to Russia That He Wants to Lift Sanctions: 'Putin's Got a Grip on This Man'
Matthew Chapman, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-20
"All those goofy remarks by Giuliani and Kellyanne Conway — they're not funny. They're deadly serious. " | Despite the fact that it would likely speed up the Mueller investigation, President Donald Trump is still unwilling to commit to an interview with the special counsel and continues to accuse investigators of trying to put him in a "perjury trap. "
alternet.org/ralph-peters-trump-signaling-russia-he-wants-lift-sanctions

'Yiddish Glory' CD records Jewish pain and resistance in World War II
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-20
A newly released CD, Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II, includes the wartime Soviet leader's name in at least five out of 17 tracks (there are 18, but one is a reprise), and each time he is heaped with thankful praise. The 1945 "Nitsokhn lid" (Victory Song) by Kh. Urintsov ends: "Drink yet another l'chaim [toast] for the Red Army | And give a toast to them all | That they should be healthy and well, | And toast the comrade Stalin, | May he have many years before him, | Because in the whole wide world | There is no other like him! | Americans generally have little appreciation for the fact that the Soviet Union bore the brunt of the Nazi behemoth. An estimated 25 million Soviet citizens lost their lives in what from their point of view…
peoplesworld.org/article/yiddish-glory-cd-records-jewish-pain-and-resistance-in-world-war-ii/

Why White House Counsel Don McGahn Has Donald Trump Extremely Worried
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-20
Reading President Trump's Twitter feed over the past week, it's hard not to conclude that he feels the walls are closing in. It started with his former adviser and fellow reality TV star Omarosa's new book. She accused him of being a racist and, even more unsettlingly, revealed that she has been taping conversations with people in the campaign and the White House, including the president himself. | Meanwhile, Paul Manafort's trial was coming to a conclusion. Trump seemed so unnerved by that spectacle that he went before the cameras and hinted strongly to any supporters on the jury that he thought they should acquit his former campaign chairman because the whole trial is "very unfair." | In what seems to have been a blatant attempt to change the subject, Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, ostensibly for…
truthout.org/articles/why-white-house-counsel-don-mcgahn-has-donald-trump-extremely-worried/

Creating a Public Bank in the Financial Capital of the World
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-08-20
Is a public bank in the financial capital of the world even possible? The way our attitudes around public and common institutions have been going, it seems unlikely that the answer could be a yes. Yet in New York City, a coalition of groups is pushing for just that. With support from students, tenants and workers, Public Bank NYC has launched a campaign to press the city to create a municipal public bank as part of a broader effort toward solutions for economic and racial justice. Ideas like these challenge existing structures — not just who's in them but how they're fundamentally designed. | Deyanira del Río from the New Economy Project, Linda Levy of the Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union and Enlace's Cindy Martinez recently joined me for a conversation on the Laura Flanders Show to discuss…
truthout.org/video/creating-a-public-bank-in-the-financial-capital-of-the-world/

Una respuesta a la desinformación sobre Nicaragua: fue un golpe, no una 'masacre'
Charles Redvers | grayzoneproject.com | 2018-08-20
Por: Charles Redvers Para un resumen de la historia de trabajo de Mary Ellsberg con las agencias del gobierno de… | The post Una respuesta a la desinformación sobre Nicaragua: fue un golpe, no una 'masacre' appeared first on Grayzone Project.
grayzoneproject.com/2018/08/20/una-respuesta-a-la-desinformacion-sobre-nicaragua-fue-un-golpe-no-una-masacre/

Lula da Silva: "Brazil is Undergoing a Right-Wing Coup"
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-08-20
The unraveling of Brazil's social safety net, put in place by the PT, combined with the legislative manipulations and extreme neoliberal austerity, constitutes a right-wing coup, explains Mark Weisbrot of CEPR. | The post Lula da Silva: "Brazil is Undergoing a Right-Wing Coup" appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/lula-da-silva-brazil-is-undergoing-a-right-wing-coup

North Carolina Legislature's Power Grab Disregards Basic Principles of Democracy
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-08-20
When political pundits talk about "post-truth" politics, they tend to focus on national debates, and particularly on a certain public official's Twitter feed. But we shouldn't forget that the trend is also gaining momentum at the state level. | The closely divided state of North Carolina is (once again) the canary in the coal mine. Its GOP-dominated Legislature is seeking to expand its own power — including the power to change electoral rules for partisan advantage, as it has repeatedly tried to do — by misleading voters into changing the state's constitution. Whether it succeeds will depend on the willingness of both courts and the public to stand up for democratic values. | North Carolina Republicans first won large legislative majorities in the 2010 GOP wave. They used their power to pass aggressive gerrymanders, awarding themselves 10 of the state's 13…
truthout.org/articles/north-carolina-legislatures-power-grab-disregards-basic-principles-of-democracy/

#MeToo Activist Asia Argento Settled Sex Assault Complaint, Report Finds
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-20
Court filings allege the Italian actress abused an actor and musician when he was just 17 years old. | The post #MeToo Activist Asia Argento Settled Sex Assault Complaint, Report Finds appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/metoo-activist-asia-argento-settled-sex-assault-complaint-report-finds/

Why the Gallatin Range Deserves Protection
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-20
The Gallatin Range that lies south of Bozeman, Montana is the largest unprotected wildlands in the northern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). The Gallatin Range is highly scenic with glaciated cirques, grassy meadows, and subalpine lakes. Biologically it is one of the more diverse and important areas in the entire Yellowstone ecosystem. The range is critical…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/20/why-the-gallatin-range-deserves-protection/

Trump's New Financial War on the Global South
Dan Glazebrook | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-20
Trump's attack on the Turkish lira, combined with recent Federal Reserve moves to choke off dollar supply, are pushing the world towards a rerun of the 1997 currency crisis. This may well be the whole point. Last Friday, Donald Trump announced new sanctions on Turkey — comprising a doubling of the steel and aluminium tariffs…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/20/trumps-new-financial-war-on-the-global-south/

Ex-White House Counsel Jack Quinn Says Trump's Advisers Could Flock to Mueller After Bombshell McGahn Report
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-08-20
"Nobody wants to be the last one standing. " | CNN is reporting that White House Counsel Don McGahn, who has agreed to cooperate in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russian investigation, spent more than 30 hours speaking to Mueller's team. And during an interview with CNN's Brooke Baldwin today, CNN senior legal analyst Jack Quinn and former deputy assistant secretary of policy at the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Paul Rosenz. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/ex-white-house-counsel-jack-quinn-says-trumps-advisers-could-flock-mueller-after

This week in history: The Oslo Accord, 1993
Special to PeoplesWorld.org | peoplesworld.org | 2018-08-20
peoplesworld.org/article/this-week-in-history-the-oslo-accord-1993/

Politics Is Propping Up Our Capitalist System
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-20
Until their contradictions explode, coexisting economic and political systems sustain one another. "Normal" politics includes precisely the process of working out social conflicts such that the economic system is sustained. Whatever its form, the state's tasks include that sustenance. When politics and the state can no longer perform adequately, the system totters. Only then can movements for system change seriously contest the existing system and press for transition to another. | Capitalism displays this pattern in general and particularly in the United States. To see this, we divide the US population into three groups. The first comprises the 1 % richest, mostly corporate directors, etc. The second is the 9% below them who are mostly professional assistants and servants to the 1%. Below them, the third group includes 90% of the population split between the poorest 45% and the remaining 45%. (henceforth the…
truthdig.com/articles/american-politics-are-propping-up-our-capitalist-system/

BP and Big Oil Drive Society Over the "Climate Cliff"
Andy Rowell | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-20
At the end of July, as the American wildfires began to take hold in California, British oil giant BP made its biggest financial deal in nearly twenty years. | In retrospect it …
globalresearch.ca/bp-and-big-oil-drive-society-over-the-climate-cliff/5651219

Israel steps up harassment of prominent critics of anti-Palestinian and racialist agenda
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-20
Israel's government is criminalising those protesting its policies on the basis that they represent "the de-legitimisation of Israel," a "threat to state security" or are "anti-Semitic."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/20/isra-a20.html

Treason or no treason? Ex-CIA chief Brennan now not so sure about famous Trump/Putin 'Treason' tweet
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-20
When ex-CIA chief John Brennan said last month's Trump/Putin summit was "nothing short of treasonous," he earned thousands of retweets and became a #resistance hero. But he didn't actually mean treason. Confused? You should be.
rt.com/usa/436392-brennan-trump-not-treason/

Teacher hostility grows to Michigan Department of Education's curriculum changes
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-20
The Michigan Department of Education has proposed new social studies standards which remove references to essential democratic rights and aim to censor the study of history.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/20/curr-a20.html

Political warfare deepens as Democrats, ex-spies circle the wagons around Brennan
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-20
The intervention by Brennan and other ex-intelligence officials on the Sunday talk shows demonstrates the degree to which the spy agencies have become a dominant political force.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/20/trum-a20.html

Lockheed Martin receives bloody images instead of cool weapons photos in failed Twitter campaign
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-20
Lockheed Martin's social media appeal to send them the best photos of its products went horribly awry, as unimpressed Twitterati responded with gruesome images of the horrors of war.
rt.com/usa/436381-lockheed-martin-tweet-backlash/

Clapper vs Brennan: Ex-DNI chief says ex-CIA head's attacks on Trump becoming 'an issue'
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-20
John Brennan and his inflammatory rhetoric aimed at Donald Trump's "treasonous behavior" are becoming "an issue in and of itself," James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, has said of the ex-CIA chief.
rt.com/usa/436387-clapper-brennan-rhetoric-treason-trumo/

Ex-CIA deputy chief & Republican trade barbs in furious row over security clearance claim (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-20
Former CIA Deputy Director Philip Mudd and GOP strategist Paris Dennard exchanged stinging barbs during a heated debate on CNN over John Brennan's security clearance being revoked.
rt.com/usa/436410-cnn-debate-security-clearance/

Inequality and the crisis of American democracy
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-20
Ever-increasing social inequality in the United States is incompatible with democratic forms of rule.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/20/pers-a20.html

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) to hold online forum: Lessons of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's sellout
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-20
The SEG urges health workers to attend this online forum on September 1 to discuss the NZNO's betrayal and the way forward in the fight against the Labour Party government's austerity measures.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/20/foru-a20.html

Growing interest in socialism in Downriver Detroit area
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-20
The industrialized area has been the core of the congressional district dominated by the Democratic Party and the Dingell family for more than 80 years.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/20/camp-a20.html

Torture and Abuse in America's Global Gulag
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-19
Societies are best judged by how they treat children, the elderly, the infirm, their most disadvantaged and prisoners. | America fails on all counts under Republicans and undemocratic Dems — violator of …
globalresearch.ca/torture-and-abuse-in-americas-global-gulag/5651101

Religious Divisions Threaten to Further Inflame Ukrainian Civil War
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-08-19
Not admitting the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to Kiev is like barring the Pope from Rome, but that is just what the U.S.-backed Ukrainian government has done, explains Dmitry Babich. By Dmitry Babich in Moscow Special to Consortium… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/08/19/religious-divisions-threaten-to-further-inflame-ukrainian-civil-war/

A Rebuttal: Mohammad Mossadegh vs. Mohammad Reza Shah
Fariba Amini | iranian.com | 2018-08-19
"Those who have experienced solitary confinement and have dealt with it know how excruciating and hard it is to any prisoner who is innocent and faultless." -Mohammad Mossadegh "For many years I have realized that Iranian oil is the cheapest oil in the world. Twenty years ago, we knew that we could extract Iranian oil […] | The post A Rebuttal: Mohammad Mossadegh vs. Mohammad Reza Shah appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/08/19/mohammad-mossadegh-vs-mohammad-reza-shah/

Dollar Hegemony, Financial Warfare: Russia, China and Turkey Build up their Gold Reserves
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-19
The price of gold is notoriously unstable. US financial institutions can act against Russia and China without actually possessing physical gold. They are able to influence the gold and forex markets through various speculative instruments including naked short-selling.
globalresearch.ca/us-dollar-hegemony-russia-china-and-turkey-build-up-their-gold-reserves/5651160

Selected Articles: Turkey's Financial Crisis, Sanctions, Dollar Hegemony
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-19
For almost seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner independent media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-turkeys-financial-crisis-sanctions-dollar-hegemony/5651136

'Truth isn't truth': Bizarre Giuliani quote sends Twitter into frenzy
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-19
Rudy Giuliani spouted some rather confusing words on Sunday, telling NBC's 'Meet the Press' that "truth isn't truth." The strange comment has sent social media into a frenzy.
rt.com/usa/436334-giuliani-truth-quote-twitter/

US govt doesn't think people have intelligence to decipher news, hence censorship — Keiser
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-19
As Twitter and Facebook are criticized over censorship and constant finger-pointing at Russia, RT's Max Keiser speaks to the senior editor of the Grayzone Project, Max Blumenthal, who sums up the reality of the situation.
rt.com/usa/436326-us-government-social-media-censorship/

Trump calls Mueller probe 'McCarthyism at its worst' lashing out at 'fake' New York Times
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-19
US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to launch another scathing attack on the New York Times and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, calling it "McCarthyism at its WORST."
rt.com/usa/436330-trump-times-mueller-mccarthy/