Daily Archives: September 10, 2018

2018-09-10: News Headlines

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-09-10). Holding the Line on Torture One Organization at a Time. truthout.org Sometimes the good guys do win. That's what happened on August 8th in San Francisco when the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) decided to extend a policy keeping its members out of the US detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. | The APA's decision is important — and not just symbolically. Today we have a president who has promised to bring back torture and " load up" Guantánamo "with some bad dudes." When healing professionals refuse to work there, they are standing up for human rights and against torture. | It wasn't always so. In the early days of Guantánamo, military psychologists contributed to detainee interrogations there. It was for Guantánamo that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved multiple torture methods, including among others excruciating stress positions, prolonged isolation, sensory deprivation, and enforced nudity.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-09-10). Nike's Bad Air. counterpunch.org The place is in Honduras, a so-called free-trade zone or maquiladora—little more than a ragged swath hacked out of the rainforest and ringed by a tall fence, tipped with razor-sharp wire. Inside a clump of factories produce cut-rate apparel for American companies. Armed guards, many of them veterans of the Honduran defense forces (accused by human right groups of assassinations, drug-running, and torture of political prisoners), patrol the borders. More

Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch (2018-09-10). American Psychologists Helped Design Torture Programs — Now They Want to End Them. alternet.org The American Psychological Association will extend its policy keeping its members out of Guantanamo Bay. | Sometimes the good guys do win. That's what happened on August 8th in San Francisco when the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) decided to extend a policy keeping its members out of the U. S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The APA's. . .

The Independent (2018-09-10). US Senator Claims Britain's MI6 Is Planning A Fake Chemical Weapons Attack On Syria. iranian.com Fresh off a sitdown with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Virginia state senator Richard Black turned up on Arab TV last week making an extraordinary claim about one of the US' closest allies. Mr Black said Britain's MI6 intelligence service was planning a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, which it would then blame on Mr Assad. "Around four weeks ago, we […]

wsws (2018-09-10). A week of crisis and deepening dysfunction in US politics. wsws.org There is no progressive or democratic side in the conflict between Trump and his opponents within the military-intelligence apparatus, the corporate media, and the Democratic Party.

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2018-09-09). The Amazon Business Model is A Job Killer: The Shift Towards E-Commerce. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 31 Million Jobs Destroyed. globalresearch.ca Prominent in the news this past week was the report that Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, reached record levels of market valuation and wealth. Amazon is now worth more than …

aclu (2018-09-09). An Insider's Account of the NFL Players' Take-a-Knee Movement. aclu.org I worked at the NFL. The players were never protesting the military, but racial injustice — police brutality, mass incarceration, and systemic racism. | I started my professional career in the communications department of the National Football League. It was a dream job right out of college. I grew up a passionate New York Giants fan, but more importantly, I recognized the invaluable experience I'd gain working for an organization that managed to draw more than 100 million viewers to the Super Bowl each year. | This is not a novel observation, but the NFL is more than a sports organization. Football is [md…

wsws (2018-09-08). Fifteen prisoners die in a month in Mississippi. wsws.org The sharp spike in prisoner deaths in Mississippi underscores the brutality and inhumanity of the prison system, which now holds over two million poor and working class people throughout the US.

wsws (2018-09-08). Facebook's partnership with the Atlantic Council. wsws.org The campaign against "fake news," "election meddling" and "disinformation" is emerging as the integration of the social media monopolies with the US military-intelligence apparatus.

aclu (2018-09-07). Repealing the Death Penalty in New Hampshire Is Personal. aclu.org The state's legislature has an opportunity to override the governor's veto and finally repeal the death penalty. | New Hampshire is the only state in New England that still puts people to death. The Northeast region, and much of the nation, has recognized capital punishment for what it is: a practice of a bygone era that is inherently unjust, often racially charged, and has resulted in the torture of individuals put to death. | This could change for New Hampshire on Sept. 13, when state legislators have an opportunity to override

Jason Del Gandio (2018-09-07). Support Kaepernick, But Boycott Nike. counterpunch.org Yes, boycott Nike! But not for the reasons of compulsory patriotism. I unapologetically support Colin Kaepernick and his politics. Ending police brutality, mass incarceration, and the school-to-prison pipeline, challenging White supremacy, and uplifting inner-city youth are cornerstones of my own politics. I also support and respect his choice to become the face of Nike. I More

Democracy Now! (2018-09-06). The Kavanaugh Cover-up? Role in Torture & Domestic Spying Policy Remains Unknown as Papers Withheld. democracynow.org Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing enters its third day today. On Wednesday Capitol Police arrested 73 people protesting Kavanaugh's nomination. The protests began almost immediately when Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley tried to start the hearing. Protesters included Women's March organizers from 26 states. Among them was a teenager who stood on a chair and said, "I'm 18, and I'm here for the youth of the country. You're ruining my future." We speak to Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project, and Vince Warren, executive direct…

RT (2018-09-06). Pentagon has 'zero intelligence' on Syrian militants' chemical weapons capabilities — Mattis. rt.com Despite having a "fairly good penetration" of the Syrian opposition groups, the US has not seen any evidence suggesting that the militants in Idlib are capable of staging a chemical attack, the US defense secretary claimed. |

Robert Mackey (2018-09-05). U.K. Charges Two Suspected Russian Intelligence Agents in Nerve Agent Attack. theintercept.com Two suspected Russian spies were charged on Wednesday with smuggling a Novichok nerve agent into Britain in March and using it to poison a former spy.

Sam Biddle (2018-09-05). Sheryl Sandberg Misled Congress About Facebook's Conscience. theintercept.com Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg draped herself in the star-spangled banner of American principles before today's Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on social media. Sandberg proclaimed that democratic values of free expression were integral to the company's conscience. "We would only operate in a country where we could do so in keeping with our values," she went on. Either this was a lie told under oath, or Facebook has some pretty lousy values."We would only operate in a country where we could do so in keeping with our values." | Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., questioned Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about the fact that they are both ostensibly American companies, but also firms with users around the world — including in countries with legal systems and values that differ drastically from the United States. Rubio cited various governments that crack down…

RT (2018-09-02). Desperate for collusion proof, FBI 'tried & failed to recruit Russian oligarchs' — report. rt.com FBI agents tried to turn Russia's once-richest man into a US mole, according to an explosive NYT report. It claims that Oleg Deripaska was one of six oligarchs targeted for information in a Russiagate-related intelligence flop.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-31). Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara—A Rare Look Inside Africa's Last Colony. democracynow.org In this exclusive broadcast, Democracy Now! breaks the media blockade and goes to occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and Morocco's violent crackdown. Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the Moroccan occupation. A 1,700-mile wall divides Sahrawis who remain under occupation from those who fled into exile. The international media has largely ignored the occupation—in part because M…

RT (2018-08-31). US has already drafted list of targets for potential strike in Syria — report. rt.com The US military and intelligence have already compiled a list of preliminary targets they would strike in response to another chemical-weapons incident in Syria, CNN reported, citing US administration officials. |

Democracy Now! (2018-08-28). Headlines for August 28, 2018. democracynow.org U.N. Accuses U.S.-Backed, Saudi-led Coalition of Possible War Crimes in Yemen, North Korea Warns Denuclearization Talks in Jeopardy, Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina's Gerrymandered Voting Map, U.S. Student Loan Watchdog Accuses Trump Administration of Siding with Predatory Lenders, Facebook Bans Burmese Army Commander-in-Chief After U.N. Genocide Report, U.S. and Mexico Reach Agreement to Revise Portions of NAFTA | , Trump Breaks Near-Silence on Death of Sen. John McCain, Study Links Air Pollution to Reduction in Intelligence, Bloomberg Reassigns Journalist Who Exposed Wells Fargo's Ties to Gun Industry…

2018-09-10: Social Media Postees

Holding the Line on Torture One Organization at a Time
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-09-10
Sometimes the good guys do win. That's what happened on August 8th in San Francisco when the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) decided to extend a policy keeping its members out of the US detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. | The APA's decision is important — and not just symbolically. Today we have a president who has promised to bring back torture and " load up" Guantánamo "with some bad dudes." When healing professionals refuse to work there, they are standing up for human rights and against torture. | It wasn't always so. In the early days of Guantánamo, military psychologists contributed to detainee interrogations there. It was for Guantánamo that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved multiple torture methods, including among others excruciating stress positions, prolonged isolation, sensory deprivation, and enforced nudity.
truthout.org/articles/holding-the-line-o…

American Psychologists Helped Design Torture Programs — Now They Want to End Them
Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch | alternet.org | 2018-09-10
The American Psychological Association will extend its policy keeping its members out of Guantanamo Bay. | Sometimes the good guys do win. That's what happened on August 8th in San Francisco when the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) decided to extend a policy keeping its members out of the U. S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The APA's. . .
alternet.org/american-psychologists-help…

Nike's Bad Air
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-10
The place is in Honduras, a so-called free-trade zone or maquiladora–little more than a ragged swath hacked out of the rainforest and ringed by a tall fence, tipped with razor-sharp wire. Inside a clump of factories produce cut-rate apparel for American companies. Armed guards, many of them veterans of the Honduran defense forces (accused by human right groups of assassinations, drug-running, and torture of political prisoners), patrol the borders.
counterpunch.org/2018/09/10/105150/

A week of crisis and deepening dysfunction in US politics
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-10
There is no progressive or democratic side in the conflict between Trump and his opponents within the military-intelligence apparatus, the corporate media, and the Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/10/pers…

The Amazon Business Model is A Job Killer: The Shift Towards E-Commerce. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 31 Million Jobs Destroyed
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2018-09-09
Prominent in the news this past week was the report that Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, reached record levels of market valuation and wealth. Amazon is now worth more than …
globalresearch.ca/the-amazon-business-mo…

An Insider's Account of the NFL Players' Take-a-Knee Movement
aclu | aclu.org | 2018-09-09
I worked at the NFL. The players were never protesting the military, but racial injustice — police brutality, mass incarceration, and systemic racism. | I started my professional career in the communications department of the National Football League. It was a dream job right out of college. I grew up a passionate New York Giants fan, but more importantly, I recognized the invaluable experience I'd gain working for an organization that managed to draw more than 100 million viewers to the Super Bowl each year. | This is not a novel observation, but the NFL is more than a sports organization. Football is [md…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/insiders-ac…

Facebook's partnership with the Atlantic Council
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-08
The campaign against "fake news," "election meddling" and "disinformation" is emerging as the integration of the social media monopolies with the US military-intelligence apparatus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/08/atla…

Fifteen prisoners die in a month in Mississippi
wsws | wsws.org | 2018-09-08
The sharp spike in prisoner deaths in Mississippi underscores the brutality and inhumanity of the prison system, which now holds over two million poor and working class people throughout the US.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/08/miss…

Repealing the Death Penalty in New Hampshire Is Personal
aclu | aclu.org | 2018-09-07
The state's legislature has an opportunity to override the governor's veto and finally repeal the death penalty. | New Hampshire is the only state in New England that still puts people to death. The Northeast region, and much of the nation, has recognized capital punishment for what it is: a practice of a bygone era that is inherently unjust, often racially charged, and has resulted in the torture of individuals put to death. | This could change for New Hampshire on Sept. 13, when state legislators have an opportunity to override
aclu.org/blog/capital-punishment/repeali…

Support Kaepernick, But Boycott Nike
Jason Del Gandio | counterpunch.org | 2018-09-07
Yes, boycott Nike! But not for the reasons of compulsory patriotism. I unapologetically support Colin Kaepernick and his politics. Ending police brutality, mass incarceration, and the school-to-prison pipeline, challenging White supremacy, and uplifting inner-city youth are cornerstones of my own politics. I also support and respect his choice to become the face of Nike. I…
counterpunch.org/2018/09/07/support-kaep…

The Kavanaugh Cover-up? Role in Torture & Domestic Spying Policy Remains Unknown as Papers Withheld
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-09-06
Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing enters its third day today. On Wednesday Capitol Police arrested 73 people protesting Kavanaugh's nomination. The protests began almost immediately when Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley tried to start the hearing. Protesters included Women's March organizers from 26 states. Among them was a teenager who stood on a chair and said, "I'm 18, and I'm here for the youth of the country. You're ruining my future." We speak to Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project, and Vince Warren, executive direct…
www.democracynow.org/2018/9/6/the_kavana…

Pentagon has 'zero intelligence' on Syrian militants' chemical weapons capabilities — Mattis
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-06
Despite having a "fairly good penetration" of the Syrian opposition groups, the US has not seen any evidence suggesting that the militants in Idlib are capable of staging a chemical attack, the US defense secretary claimed.
rt.com/usa/437734-mattis-evidence-chemic…

Sheryl Sandberg Misled Congress About Facebook's Conscience
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2018-09-05
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg draped herself in the star-spangled banner of American principles before today's Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on social media. Sandberg proclaimed that democratic values of free expression were integral to the company's conscience. "We would only operate in a country where we could do so in keeping with our values," she went on. Either this was a lie told under oath, or Facebook has some pretty lousy values."We would only operate in a country where we could do so in keeping with our values." | Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., questioned Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about the fact that they are both ostensibly American companies, but also firms with users around the world — including in countries with legal systems and values that differ drastically from the United States. Rubio cited various governments that crack down…
theintercept.com/2018/09/05/facebook-sen…

U.K. Charges Two Suspected Russian Intelligence Agents in Nerve Agent Attack
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2018-09-05
Two suspected Russian spies were charged on Wednesday with smuggling a Novichok nerve agent into Britain in March and using it to poison a former spy. | The post U.K. Charges Two Suspected Russian Intelligence Agents in Nerve Agent Attack appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/09/05/u-k-charges-…

Desperate for collusion proof, FBI 'tried & failed to recruit Russian oligarchs' — report
RT | rt.com | 2018-09-02
FBI agents tried to turn Russia's once-richest man into a US mole, according to an explosive NYT report. It claims that Oleg Deripaska was one of six oligarchs targeted for information in a Russiagate-related intelligence flop.
rt.com/usa/437449-trump-fbi-dossier-russ…

Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara–A Rare Look Inside Africa's Last Colony
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-31
In this exclusive broadcast, Democracy Now! breaks the media blockade and goes to occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and Morocco's violent crackdown. Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the Moroccan occupation. A 1,700-mile wall divides Sahrawis who remain under occupation from those who fled into exile. The international media has largely ignored the occupation–in part because M…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/31/four_days…

US has already drafted list of targets for potential strike in Syria — report
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-31
The US military and intelligence have already compiled a list of preliminary targets they would strike in response to another chemical-weapons incident in Syria, CNN reported, citing US administration officials.
rt.com/usa/437374-us-strike-target-list-…

Headlines for August 28, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-28
U.N. Accuses U.S.-Backed, Saudi-led Coalition of Possible War Crimes in Yemen, North Korea Warns Denuclearization Talks in Jeopardy, Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina's Gerrymandered Voting Map, U.S. Student Loan Watchdog Accuses Trump Administration of Siding with Predatory Lenders, Facebook Bans Burmese Army Commander-in-Chief After U.N. Genocide Report, U.S. and Mexico Reach Agreement to Revise Portions of NAFTA | , Trump Breaks Near-Silence on Death of Sen. John McCain, Study Links Air Pollution to Reduction in Intelligence, Bloomberg Reassigns Journalist Who Exposed Wells Fargo's Ties to Gun Industry…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/28/headlines

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