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 Who Let the Saudi Fox in the Hen House?

Medea Benjamin


It’s hard to sink to a greater depth of hypocrisy than voting Saudi Arabia onto a UN Commission charged with promoting women’s equality and empowerment. And yet, on April 23rd, that is precisely what the UN Economic and Social Council did. Of the 54 countries on the Council, 47 of them agreed to add Saudi Arabia to a four-year term on the UN Commission on the Status of Women.


Truth defenders: Two Men Who Made Their Mark on History

By Linn Washington, Jr.


One man enhanced the legacy of a legend revered around the world.

Accomplishments of the other man include his involvement in a seminal court battle where the trial judge issued a pivotal ruling about racism that sparked enraged denials among authorities in that nation.

New Gary Lindorff poem in ThisCantBeHappening!: What am I shouting?

I saw a photo of an elephant in a concrete cell


so alone.

Ryancare wreckage: Don the Con's Health Care Pushes Serious Problems Aside

fdsBy Linn Washington, Jr.


The desperate scramble of President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress to salvage a cure for their ailing health care proposal to replace Obamacare completely ignores correcting a deadly problem plaguing the very heart of America’s health care system.

The Sessions stench: Trump AG Jeff Sessions is Trapped in the Malodorous Maelstrom of an ‘Alabama Hurricane’

By Linn Washington, Jr.


U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the target of demands for resignation due to his triggering yet another Trump Administration scandal related to lying under oath in the Senate about contacts with Russian officials, finds himself in an ‘Alabama Hurricane’ of his own making.

Bigot boy business: Trump Exposes His Ignorance and Intolerance -- Again

By Linn Washington Jr.


Twice in recent weeks President Donald Trump reinforced his image of ignorance on African-Americans with astounding statements. Those statements amplified concerns about this president who rose to the Oval Office through a campaign tarred by brazen bigotry from his surrogates, his supporters and himself.

Big win for Hep-C infected inmates: Federal Judge Orders Pennsylvania to Provide Anti-Viral Hep-C Treatment to Mumia Abu-Jamal

By Dave Lindorff


            In a stunning conclusion to a year-and-a-half legal drama, a federal judge in Scranton, has ordered the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to quit stalling and to begin treating prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal with the latest available and highly effective anti-viral drugs for curing him of a raging and life-threatening case of Hepatitis C.

About that legacy, Mr. President: Obama Has a Small Window to Go Out with Some Flair and Excitement

By Dave Lindorff


            There is a lot of talk going on among the pundits about how President Obama is leaving no enduring legacy -- that his progressive actions as president, few and small that they may have been, were written in the sand of executive orders, which can and likely will be erased within days of Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Focus: Turkey - Nov 12, 2016


Note: I strongly disagree with General Flynn opinion on Turkey and Gulen: Under Erdogan, Turkey is not an ally in the fight against ISIS; Gulen is not a 'masked source of terror.'


Erdogan asks U.S. to extradite Gulen without prior judicial due process, says 'was there such a decision-taking process with (Osama) bin Laden?' -

Lawyers to Trump: Do not to pressure judges in Turkey extradition case of Gulen, 'The extradition process is a serious one...clear about the steps that need to be taken' - POLITICO

Turkish media lights up with Gen. Michael Flynn's call to extradite Gulen - Breitbart

General Flynn op-ed: Turkey is our strongest ally against ISIS, Gulen is a 'masked source of terror and instability' - TheHill

Trump adviser Michael Flynn is lobbying for company with ties to Turkish government - The Daily Caller

Opinion: Setting the record straight on Turkey, Flynn’s op-ed on Turkey and Gulen is 'appalling and alarming' - TheHill

Opinion: Flynn gets Erdogan wrong, whitewashes recent Turkish behavior, fails the logic test, and proposes a policy prescription that would make matters worse - AEI

Egypt's foreign ministry condemns statements by Turkish President Erdogan -

Greece concerned Trump administration may show favoritism to Turkey -

Baghdad proposes Ankara handover of Bashiqa camp to Iraq, rejects Turkey’s proposal to run the camp under the auspices of the coalition forces -




Turkey halts activities of 370 groups as purge widens, More than 110,000 people have been sacked or suspended from their jobs and 37,000 arrested - Reuters

Turkey closes human rights and civil liberties lawyers′ groups as thousands languish in jail in post-coup crackdown - DW.COM

Turkish police arrest pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party advisors amidst ongoing crackdown - ARA News

Turkey arrests head of opposition newspaper - AFP

Turkey seeks long jail terms or life sentences for nine staff of a pro-Kurdish newspaper: state media - Reuters

Report: French journalist detained in Turkey - AP

Turkish dissident journalist Can Dündar granted citizenship of Paris -

UN’s arrested Turkish justice denies Gülen links, says he is a Freemason -

Turkey complaints pile up at European rights court -

Ankara denies torture accusations as prisons fill with dissenters -

Erdoğan appoints rector for first time to Istanbul’s university, after he was given the authority to directly appoint rectors following the emergency decree - hurriyetdailynews

Erdogan makes veiled threat to unleash 3 million refugees into the EU - Greek Reporter

20,000 Anti-Turkish Govt Protesters Demonstrate in Cologne - ABC News

VIDEO: Clashes break out as thousands rally against Turkey’s Erdogan in Cologne - RT News

Focus: Turkey - Nov 9, 2016

Turkish opposition CHP defends pro-democracy declaration on arrest of pro-Kurdish HDP lawmakers, vows to fight ‘fear and darkness’ -

President, PM slam Turkish main opposition CHP for criticizing arrests of HDP deputies -

Erdogan files criminal complaint against the main opposition CHP for insulting him at a party meeting criticising a relentless crackdown - Middle East Eye

AK Party to finalize constitution proposal this week which outline a full executive presidential system, says PM Yıldırım - Daily Sabah

Turkish President Erdogan: 'I don't care if they call me a dictator...It goes in one ear, out the other' - Breitbart

HDP Co-chair Demirtaş: Kurdish MPs taken hostage to consolidate one-man rule in Turkey, Erdogan's 'empire of fear' will collapse soon - ARA News

HDP Co-chair Demirtaş in solitary confinement since last week, lawyer says - Turkish Minute



Declaration by the High Representative Mogherini on behalf of the EU: ‘Grave concern' on the latest developments in Turkey - EU Consilium

EU's Mogherini comments on Turkey 'unacceptable': foreign ministry - Reuters

EU rapporteur calls for freezing accession negotiations with Turkey after crackdown on Kurds - ARA News

EU report: Turkey backslides in fundamental rights and rule of law - Turkish Minute

Key findings of the EU 2016 Report on Turkey (full report included) - European Commission

Ankara rebuffs EU’s harsh progress report -

Turkish government criticizes EU envoys at HDP meeting -

In response to criticism which compared Ankara's post-coup crackdown to acts committed by the Nazis, Erdogan says Europe are ‘real Nazis’ - Middle East Eye

PM Yıldırım blasts Germany for supporting terrorist organizations against Turkey - POLITICS

Erdogan threatens to ‘open the gates’ for refugees in EU dispute -

Turkey urges Trump to extradite Gulen - Al Arabiya English

Turkey arrests 55 more pilots in post-coup investigations: NTV - Reuters

UN judge under detention in Turkey in aftermath of coup - Fox News

Reporters Without Borders representative on trial in Turkey for ′terror propaganda′ - DW.COM




Turkey, U.S. backed Syrian Kurds at loggerheads over Raqqa offensive - The Boston Globe

US-led coalition says current SDF operation aimed to isolate Raqqa, Turkey to play role in long-term plan 'for seizing, holding and governing Raqqa' - ARA News

Turkey says Raqqa operation to starts in weeks, stresses Kurdish forces will not enter the town - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English


Turkey FM says 200 YPG terrorists remain in Manbij, calls on US to fulfill pledge - Daily Sabah

Why Turkey's hostile stance doesn't worry PYD leader -

US rejects cooperating with Russia or Assad in Raqqa operation - ARA News

Iraq ‘ready for war’ with Turkey over who should control Mosul after Isis – Global Affairs Press

Trump, Turkey's Erdogan discuss boosting ties, fighting terrorism: sources - Reuters

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How a Company With Ties to a Dakota Access Pipeline Owner Flew Over Protests in the No Fly Zone

Photo Credit: Richard Bluecloud Casteneda | Greenpeace USA

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Lobbyist for Dakota Access Formerly Led Army's "Restore Iraqi Oil" Program

Photo Credit: C-SPAN Screenshot

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Robert Crear, one of the lobbyists working for Dakota Access pipeline co-owners Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, formerly served as a chief of staff and commanding general for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

This Natural Disaster Assistance Law Is Why Other States Are Policing Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Almost exactly 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill creating an interstate agreement for emergency management. That inconspicuous law has opened the door for the current flood of out-of-state law enforcement agents present at the continuing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota.

Lost drug war: Pot Decriminalization Yields $9-million in Savings for Philadelphia

By Linn Washington, Jr.


A vivid example of value from decriminalization of possessing small amounts of marijuana occurred at the Philadelphia airport recently, a few days after the release of a report from two prominent organizations that called for the national decriminalization of personal use/possession of marijuana and other illicit drugs.

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."

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