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Do Western Nations Care about Yemeni Lives or Saudi Blood Money?

 How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen since March 2015, or to the Saudi’s western backers, particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons, military training, logistical support and diplomatic cover for its dirty interventionist war.

We got 8 years of change, but not much hope: President Barack Obama’s Crappy Legacy

By Dave Lindorff


Barack Obama came into the White House on a wave of passionate new voters, many of them black or young and white, becoming the nation's first black president and promising a new era of "hope and change."

Security Firm Guarding Dakota Access Pipeline Also Used Psychological Warfare Tactics for BP

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

G4S, a company hiring security staff to guard the hotly contested Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), also works to guard oil and gas industry assets in war-torn Iraq, and has come under fire by the United Nations for human rights abuses allegedly committed while overseeing a BP pipeline in Colombia and elsewhere while on other assignments.

Documents: How Big Oil Pushed to Make Dakota Access-Style Permitting a New Normal

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

In the two months leading up to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to issue to the Dakota Access pipeline project an allotment of Nationwide 12 permits (NWP) — a de facto fast-track federal authorization of the project — an army of oil industry players submitted comments to the Corps to ensure that fast-track authority remains in place going forward.

This fast-track permitting process is used to bypass more rigorous environmental and public review for major pipeline infrastructure projects by treating them as smaller projects.

A win and a loss, at least for now: Federal Judge finds 8th Amendment Violation in Pennslvania’s Refusal to Treat Mumia's Hep-C

By Dave Lindorff


Depending on how you look at it, lawyers for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Philadelphia journalist and political prisoner serving a life sentence in a Pennsylvania prison after a controversial 1982 conviction for killing a white Philadelphia police officer, won a huge victory, lost big or maybe won and will win again soon.

Obama Admin Moves Oil, Gas Lease Bids Online To Quell Protests

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On August 30, the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it would utilize Congress' blessing, given to it in the form of passed legislation, to proceed with online bidding for oil and gas located on U.S. public lands. 

Dakota Access Pipeline Tribal Liaison Formerly Worked For Agency Issuing Permit To Cross Tribal Land

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The Standing Rock tribe has filed a lawsuit against the U.S Army Corps of Engineers for using the controversial Nationwide Permit 12 to fast-track authorization of the hotly contested Dakota Access pipeline.

New York Times shames itself: Attacking Wikileaks’ Assange for Doing What Journalists are Supposed to Do

By Dave Lindorff


While I periodically have written commentaries dissecting and pillorying news articles in the New York Times to expose their bias, hypocrisy half-truths and lies, I generally ignore their editorials since these are overtly opinions of the management, and one expects them to display the elitist and neo-liberal perspective of the paper’s publisher and senior editors.

Turkey News - July 20, 2016

Turkey fires 21,000 teachers, 1,577 university deans and 15,000 education ministry employees in post-coup crackdown - Telegraph

Turkey's post-coup crackdown by numbers - About Croatia

Turkey's government fears second coup attempt as purge removes many army commanders - The Independent

President Erdogan refuses to rule out execution of Turkey coup plotters - Daily Mail Online

VIDEO: Interview with President Erdogan -

Turkey formally requests extradition of exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen from US, Prime Minister says - ABC News

Turkish cleric gulen urges U.S. to refuse extradition request - WSJ

VIDEO: Interview with Fethullah Gulen - BBC News

An interview with Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s minister of foreign affairs - The Washington Post

Turkish ambassador urges Greece to return coup plotters - Middle East Online

Turkish navy ships still missing since attempted coup – as it remains unclear which side admirals are on - The Independent

Two Turkish pilots who played a role in the downing of a Russian plane in November are in custody over the weekend’s failed coup in Turkey - Al Arabiya English

The Turkish military: In numbers - Forces TV

After failed coup, Erdogan vows to build barracks in Taksim square that sparked anti-government protests in 2013 - Reuters

It’s time for 'Erdogan’s coup': Threatened journalist expects widespread backlash in Turkey -

Turkish lira, stocks plummet as Erdogan widens purge - MarketWatch

Turkish cenbank says to stick to tight policy after cutting rates again - Reuters

How the military coup attempt may change Turkey, The violent bid to oust President Erdoğan has exposed weaknesses in his divisive rule (VIDEO) -

Insight: Turkey's Erdogan beats foes for now, but at high cost to stability - Reuters



Obama presses Erdogan in phone call to respect rights as he responds to the coup that almost forced him from power - Bloomberg Politics

Kerry urges Turkey to maintain democratic principles after coup attempt - The Washington Post

VIDEO: John Kerry urges Turkey to 'respect rule of law' - YouTube

'No excuse' for Turkey to abandon rule of law: EU's Mogherini - Reuters

VIDEO: EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the impact of possible reintroduction of death penalty in Turkey - Veblr

Turkey won’t get visa-free travel this year: EU - The Journal of Turkish Weekly

Turkish air base stationed by US troops used by coup plotters - Worldbulletin News

Turkish police search air base used by US military storing NATO nuclear weapons - Daily Mail Online

America’s nukes aren’t safe in Turkey anymore - Foreign Policy

Expert: Turkey too dangerous for nuke storage -

Turkey and NATO: What comes next is messy - Foreign Policy

WikiLeaks releases 300k Turkey govt emails in response to Erdogan’s post-coup purges - RT News

WikiLeaks: Search the AKP email database - WikiLeaks

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The ultimate attribution error fuels war: The Post-Dallas Kumbaya Window Begins to Close

By John Grant


Someone's crying, Lord, kumbaya

- From the Gullah song meaning, Lord, come by here and help us


Initiative-873 gives small flicker of hope: Seattle’s ‘Liberals’ Get Chance to Finally Start Addressing Police Brutality

By Jess Guh, MD


Seattle, WA -- Ever since moving to Seattle it’s become clear to me that though most of its inhabitants identify as liberals, the dominant white culture enables a culture of armchair liberals. When it comes to LGBT rights, Seattle will stand up, but when it comes to addressing issues that actually threaten the comfortable, largely white and privileged population of the Seattle, it’s another story.

Internet divide issues persist: An Emancipation Proclamation for the Digital Age

By Alfredo Lopez and Jackie Smith


We just celebrated "Juneteenth" (the start of the end of slavery in the U.S.) amid tumultuous and sometimes confusing politics and what appears to be an increase in racist mobilization. For internet activists the situation begs the question: what, at this moment in our history, is the relationship between technology and black people?

Total Recall: New poem by ThisCantBeHappening! resident poet Gary Lindorff

(Prefacing remarks: My dealer writes to thank me

for letting them fix the airbag on my Suby Outback.

Apparently I was driving my car for many years with

a defective airbag that was a potentially lethal weapon.

Supreme Hypocrisy in Pennsylvania: US High Court Opens Door to New Appeal by Mumia Abu-Jamal of His 1982 Conviction

By Linn Washington, Jr.


One unintended consequence of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a death penalty case that rebuked actions of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice and prosecutors in Philadelphia for conflict of interest was to open a new avenue for activist-journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal to appeal his own 1982 murder conviction in a trial that was tainted by the same exact type of conflict of interest.

Republican presidential candidate’s true colors: Trump’s Bashing of Hispanic Judge Defines Bigotry

By Linn Washington, Jr.


When Donald Trump announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in June 2015 he unleashed a tirade against illegal immigrants from Mexico, libeling most of those immigrants as criminals and “rapists.”

America’s party-line corporate media: The Democratic Primary Race Has Been Called Before 15% of the Country Votes

By Dave Lindorff


            Reading the papers and listening to the radio about the Democratic primary race, which is reaching its climax tomorrow in California, New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota, I’m having a powerful sense of deja vu harking back to my years living and working as a journalist in China in the 1990s.

It’s happening right under our noses!: Let’s Stop Google from Gobbling Up Our Schools

By Jackie Smith and Alfredo Lopez


(The following article was co-written by Dr. Jackie Smith -- of the International Network of Scholar Activsts -- and TCBH member Alfredo Lopez. It is being published here and in other places.)


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