Activist Walked From Sweden to Palestine to Protest Occupation

By the third day, blisters were beginning to form on his feet. But Benjamin Ladraa continued his trip. For another 11 months, the 25-year-old Swedish activist walked through 13 countries in an effort to raise awareness for human rights issues facing Palestinians. Although his journey to Palestine ended more than nine months ago, Ladraa is far from being finished with promoting the cause.

Workers With Disabilities Are Making Cents Per Hour -- and It's Legal

For many Americans, the idea of earning just cents per hour for one's labor is appalling, but for thousands of people with disabilities, it's an all too familiar reality. That's because a section of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act makes it legal for disabled workers to be paid subminimum wages under the assumption that they are not as productive as non-disabled workers.

Trump's EPA is Letting "Forever Chemicals" into Our Food, Experts Say

A growing chorus of environmental groups and public health experts are slamming the Trump administration for its milquetoast response to the widespread problem of PFAS, toxic "forever chemicals" that are linked to serious diseases and have contaminated food products and drinking water across the country. Public health watchdogs said previously unreleased FDA findings demonstrate that the government must take swift action.

In Media’s Looking Glass, US Doesn’t Threaten Iran But Merely Responds to Iranian Threats

US leaders have been threatening Iran for years, but US corporate media persistently and wrongly paint US escalations against Iran as defensive countermeasures.

New Evidence Exposes GOP Census Rigging

Common Cause has obtained new evidence confirming how political operatives have spent years plotting to rig our democracy with a Census citizenship question.

The New York Times has publicized this shocking document, written by the GOP’s chief gerrymandering mastermind Thomas Hofeller, that lays out a plan to add the citizenship question on the Census. Their purpose? Manipulating our Census and redistricting process to be, in Hofeller’s words, “advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites.”

Press freedom advocates and news outlets strongly condemn new charges against Julian Assange

In a truly shocking development, Trump’s Justice Department has indicted WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange for publishing secret government documents under the Espionage Act of 1917.

62 groups send letter urging Congress to ‘fulfill its constitutional duty’ and stop Trump from launching ‘unauthorized’ war with Iran

"Trump and his National Security Advisor John Bolton are taking this country to the brink of a completely avoidable military confrontation."

The White House is continuing its march to war with Iran, but resistance is growing—most recently by a group of 62 organizations that issued an open letter to Congress on Tuesday calling for the representative body to exercise its power and stop U.S. aggression.

How one of Trump’s signature broken promises cost US taxpayers 255 times his annual donated salary

Donald Trump’s golf outings have cost U.S. taxpayers $102 million in expenses — which, according to HuffPost, is “255 times the annual presidential salary he volunteered not to take.” 

Donald Trump’s golf outings have cost U.S. taxpayers $102 million in expenses — which, according to HuffPost, is “255 times the annual presidential salary he volunteered not to take.”

Media Stenography Turns Beheaded Saudi Protesters Into ‘Terrorism’

by Esha Krishnaswamy 

Time: Saudi Arabia Executes 37 People For Terrorism-Related Crimes

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams low wages and stressful jobs: 'Working people are set up to fail'

Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat representing New York, is no stranger to politics that hold the wealthy accountable.

ACTION ALERT: WaPo Must Acknowledge CIA Role in Pakistan Polio Crisis

 In commenting on what’s holding back the conquest of polio, the Washington Post (5/10/19) didn’t mention the humans at the CIA.

Trump regime exaggerated Iran threat, and lied about carrier task force's deployment to Persian Gulf

Samuel Johnson said in 1758, “Among the calamities of war may be jointly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages.” Sen. Hiram W. Johnson of California made that point more succinctly in 1916 when he said, "The first casualty when war comes is truth.

The Contented Classes – When Will They Rebel?

For all the rhetoric and all the charities regarding America’s children, the U.S. stands at the very bottom of western nations and some other countries as well, in terms of youth well-being. The U.S.’s exceptionalism is clearest in its cruelty to children. The U.S. has the highest infant mortality rate of comparable OECD countries.

Trump gives oil companies $1.5B gift by removing regulations that protect against oil spills

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded in April 2010, it not only immediately killed 11 workers; it also spilled an eventual total of more than three million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. That record spill destroyed the fishing and tourism industry in the area for years, and left an environmental scar that’s still visible. It took more than three months to cap the well and staunch the flow.

Wisconsin dairy farms have been hit hard by Republican governance. Now there's 1,400 fewer of them

The New York Times’ write-up on Wisconsin's struggling dairy farmers reads like a case study in how conservatism works to screw over its own constituents as much as or more than any of the people conservatism promises to screw over.

The Atlantic Illustrates Everything That’s Wrong With Media Coverage of Venezuela Sanctions

“Trump’s Venezuela Policy: Slow Suffocation,” an Atlantic report (4/17/19) by Uri Friedman and Kathy Gilsinan, passed up a rich opportunity to expose the humanitarian pretexts for economic intervention, and instead exhibited the worst tendencies of corporate media coverage of US policy in Latin America.

‘These Sanctions Amount to Collective Punishment Against the Entire Iranian Population’

NYT: U.S. to Clamp Down on Iranian Oil Sales, Risking Rise in Gasoline Prices

From James Comey in NY Times, 5/1/2019

Amoral leaders have a way of revealing the character of those around them. Sometimes what they reveal is inspiring. For example, James Mattis, the former secretary of defense, resigned over principle, a concept so alien to Mr. Trump that it took days for the president to realize what had happened, before he could start lying about the man.

Dramatically Capture the Climate Change Crisis

Life After Warming
By David Wallace-Wells

A Climate History 
By Nathaniel Rich

We Thought It Was Merely a Stone, But It Carried Away Our Wealth: The Eighteenth Newsletter (2019).

In Venezuela, the political leadership of the oligarchy beg for the men in green to set aside the Constitution, as Juan Guiadó and the Venezuelan right-wing opposition attempted a military coup in Venezuela this Tuesday. By nightfall, it was clear that the coup – one of many attempted in Venezuela – had failed. What prevented the coup – despite the difficult conditions inside Venezuelan society – was the mass mobilisation in the streets and people determined to protect the sovereignty of their country, determined to allow the Bolivarian process to stumble along against all odds.

Most Restaurant Workers Don’t Earn Enough to Feed Their Own Families

According to Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a nonprofit organization and worker center that supports and connects restaurant workers throughout the country, more than 13 million U.S. residents, the majority of them women of color, are employed in restaurants. In 18 states, they earn a base pay of $2.13 an hour plus tips, a sub-minimum wage that has been frozen since 1991.

The Last Time There Was This Much CO2, Trees Grew at the South Pole

[...] The signs of our overheated planet abound, and another collection of recent reports and studies shows things are only continuing to accelerate as human-caused climate disruption progresses.

A recently published study showed that Earth’s glaciers are now melting five times more rapidly than they were in the 1960s.

The Number of Giant Companies Paying $0 in Corporate Taxes Doubles

JPMorgan Chase’s attempt at Twitter humor failed Monday morning.

Free Speech For The “Right” Ideas

Michelle Goldberg recently focused her column in the New York Times on yet another inexcusable decision of the Trump Administration. (I know, there are several every day…)

For NYT, Israel Is Always Nearing ‘Apartheid,’ but Never Quite Gets There

Following Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election as Israeli prime minister earlier this month, the New York Times’ editorial board (4/11/19) wrote:

Why Robert Reich sees hope in Trump’s darkness

Some plain facts and hard truths: The top one percent of Americans own 40 percent of the country’s wealth and 90 percent of its income.

Robert Reich: Here’s how Mitch McConnell is killing the Senate

Congress has recessed for two weeks without passing a desperately-needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t want to anger Donald Trump by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump doesn’t want.

America used to have a Senate. But under McConnell, what was once known as the worlds greatest deliberative body has become a partisan lap dog.

Time to Break the Silence on Palestine

On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The United States had been in active combat in Vietnam for two years and tens of thousands of people had been killed, including some 10,000 American troops. The political establishment — from left to right — backed the war, and more than 400,000 American service members were in Vietnam, their lives on the line. 

Rabbinic Letter in Support of Professor Michelle Alexander

Over 100 rabbis from across the liberal Jewish movements joined together to applaud Professor Michelle Alexander for writing “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine,” which was published in the New York Times on January 20.

FBI Chief Christopher Wray Warns Of ‘Persistent, Pervasive’ White Supremacy Threat

Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress on Thursday that white supremacy is a “persistent, pervasive threat” to U.S. security — despite President Donald Trump’s indications to the contrary.


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