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Party favors: Should parties pick candidates before voters do? 9.12.2019 High Country News Most Recent
The 2018 battle over New Mexico’s most conservative district shows just how undemocratic politics can be.
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Following news site's critical reports, Kenney hints at retaliation as PressProgress fires back 24.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Apparently the stenographic efforts of Postmedia's Alberta newspapers as a virtual wing of the United Conservative Party campaign team were not enough for the victorious Jason Kenney, Alberta's premier designate. Journalists and publications that provided less obsequious coverage of the campaign leading up to the April 16 election will be attacked and, by the sound of it, silenced if possible. Buried deep in a rambling paean to Kenney in Monday's edition of the National Post, the flagship of the Postmedia newspaper chain, is a revealing attack on PressProgress . It turns out Kenney is shocked and appalled the progressive news site broke a series of important hard news stories that detailed corruption, bigotry and extremism within UCP ranks. He is threatening to do something about it. Meanwhile, PressProgress quickly shot back, comparing Kenney's threats to those of Donald Trump and standing by "our fact-based, independent, reporting in Alberta." Have no doubt about it, the damning ...
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Justice and security for Palestinians is the way to peace in Gaza 18.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
World Christians the world over look to the Holy Land this week as they celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Jesus, while Jews around the globe observe Passover, recalling their exodus from slavery in ancient Egypt. Current events in Israel and Palestine, though, are no cause for celebration, and are adding fuel to racial and political fires here in the United States. Benjamin Netanyahu secured an unprecedented fifth term as Israel's prime minister, despite facing possible indictment on corruption charges. Netanyahu successfully energized his base with promises to annex Israel's many, illegal West Bank settlements, narrowly defeating his main challenger, Benny Gantz. President Donald Trump amplified Netanyahu's reelection chances, first by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, then by formally endorsing Israel's annexation of the occupied Golan Heights, land Israel seized militarily from Syria in 1967. Israel's domestic politics have consistently veered further and further to the right, ...
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Scheer's approach gives Trudeau opening in SNC-Lavalin affair 5.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada Conservative leader of the Official Opposition Andrew Scheer has demanded that Justin Trudeau resign as prime minister. Trudeau responded by saying that Canadians would have an opportunity to judge his government in the general election this October 21. Scheer accuses Trudeau of corruption and obstruction of justice; and has written RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, calling on her to investigate any potential criminal activity. A group of five former attorneys general (four Conservatives, one NDP) have also written to the RCMP commissioner, pointing to the lobbying efforts made by SNC-Lavalin and the subsequent pressure on the justice minister, who was also the attorney general of Canada, as evidence of interference by the prime minister in an ongoing criminal prosecution. In his letter Scheer alleges that Trudeau contravened Section 423.1(1) of the Criminal Code "by conduct with the intent to provoke fear in the attorney general."  Calls for the prime minister to resign are not usually ...
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New fine levied in Callaway Kamikaze Campaign Case for illegal pass-through donation 1.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Another fine has been levied in the Callaway Kamikaze Campaign Case -- as Jeff Callaway's 2017 campaign to lead the United Conservative Party has been characterized -- this time for an illegal pass-through donation. Karen Brown was handed the $3,500 administrative penalty yesterday by the Office of Alberta's Election Commissioner. She has been identified as a former United Conservative Party financial officer. In a characteristically terse notification, the Office of Election Commissioner Lorne Gibson said only that Brown contributed $3,500 to Jeff Callaway's campaign to lead the UCP in 2017 "with funds given or furnished by another person." Under Alberta's Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act, a person may only donate their own money to a party leadership campaign. Under the same law, the Election Commissioner is severely restricted in what can be said when reporting penalties. Brown had little to say beyond that she had no comment when contacted by the Toronto Star's ...
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Under Trumpism, truth is under relentless attack 24.12.2018 Current Issue
Two books warn against the rise of alternative realities.
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Alternative realities, propaganda and doublespeak. Oh my! 24.12.2018 High Country News Most Recent
Without facts, we’re tumbling through a kaleidoscope of realities.
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Wife of Malaysia’s Najib Razak questioned by anti-graft agency 5.6.2018 World – The Indian Express
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Spain: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy admits defeat ahead of no-confidence vote 1.6.2018 World – The Indian Express
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Spain PM admits defeat ahead of no-confidence vote: What has happened so far 1.6.2018 World – The Indian Express
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Spain finds its comeback kid in new leader Pedro Sanchez 1.6.2018 World – The Indian Express
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Donald Trump and the Next Crash: Making the Fed an Instrument for Disaster 26.4.2018 Truthout.com
Donald J. Trump speaks during a State Dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron at the White House on April 24, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images) Truthout is fiercely independent yet uncompromisingly committed to justice, equality and truth. Support ethical journalism: Make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout now! Warning: What you are about to read is not about Russia, the 2016 election, or the latest person to depart from the White House in a storm of tweets. It's the Beltway story hiding in plain sight with trillions of dollars in play and an economy to commandeer. While we've been bombarded with a litany of scandals from the Oval Office and the  Trump family , there's a crucial institution in Washington that few in the media seem to be paying attention to, even as President Trump quietly makes it his own. More obscure than the chambers of the Supreme Court, it's a place where he has already made substantial ...
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Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions 20.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an encampment outside the prison where Lula is being held in the the southern city of Curitiba. We speak to former Brazilian ...
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From Stephon Clark to Voter Suppression, the Attack on Black America Intensifies 6.4.2018 Truthout.com
Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets in response to the police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California on March 28, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images) Republicans have enacted voter ID laws, purged voter rolls, shut polling places and enthusiastically embraced mass incarceration of Black people under different pretexts to deny them voting rights. Both Republicans and Democrats have maintained open season on Black bodies for law enforcement. The message couldn't be clearer: In this country, Black citizenship and Black lives have never mattered. Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets in response to the police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California on March 28, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images) It's hard to watch. Guns aimed at the dark. Loud yells. Loud salvo. Night drizzle in the tactical lights. Cops mistook his cell phone for a gun. I know already, he's dead. I finished watching the video of Stephon Clark's murder. ...
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Brazil's Popular Ex-President Lula Ordered to Prison After Politically Motivated Trial and Conviction 6.4.2018 Truthout.com
A judge on Thursday ordered former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to turn himself in to police within 24 hours and begin serving a 12-year sentence for a controversial corruption conviction, effectively removing him from Brazil's presidential election later this year, where he was the front-runner. Lula is a former union leader who served as president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. During that time, he helped lift tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty. His supporters say the ruling against him is a continuation of the coup that ousted Lula's ally Dilma Rousseff from power last year. We play excerpts from our recent interview with Lula and get an update from Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and president of Just Foreign Policy, who argues "the investigation is political, and that everything [Judge Moro is] trying to do is political, including the latest order that Lula surrender today." TRANSCRIPT AMY GOODMAN: We begin today's show in Brazil, ...
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US-Backed Regime Criminalizes Protesters in Honduras 4.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Honduran activists protesting fraud in the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernández are being held in military-run maximum security prisons and tried by military-style courts. But the US, which backed the 2009 coup that ousted President Manual Zelaya, is continuing its close relationship with the transnational-business-friendly administration despite its repressive policies. Relatives of political prisoners arrested during protests against the disputed reelection of President Juan Orlando Hernandez demand their release, in the surroundings of the Public Ministry in Tegucigalpa, on March 19, 2018. (Photo: Orlando Sierra / AFP / Getty Images) This story wasn't funded by corporate advertising, but by readers like you. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? On March 19, activists across the world carried out a day of action demanding the freedom of the more than 20 political prisoners held by the administration of Juan Orlando Hernández, who was recently re-elected president of ...
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March on Harrisburg Barnstorms Across Pennsylvania to Restore Democracy 28.3.2018 Truthout.com
This month, the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th District made national headlines when the Democratic candidate for the state legislature, Conor Lamb, beat incumbent Republican Rep. Rick Saccone in a district that President Trump won by 20 points in 2016. Lamb's victory was considered by many a potential sign of Republicans losing their stronghold in conservative districts with possible implications for the midterm elections in November. Behind these front page stories, however, a grassroots movement is gaining ground, paving the way for much more transformative change in Pennsylvania by pressuring for legislative reform in both parties. Leading this charge is a group called March on Harrisburg, a grassroots movement to restore democracy in Pennsylvania through lobbying state legislators and engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience. Headed by 27-year-old rabbi Michael Pollack and comprised of a decentralized, creative network of 20 core organizers around the state, March on Harrisburg has ...
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Brazilian Presidential Candidate Lula on Facing Jail as He Runs for President Again 19.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
We continue our conversation with former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the highly popular former union leader who is running for president in this year's election even as he is facing a possible prison term on what many believe to be trumped-up corruption charges tied to the sprawling probe known as "Operation Car Wash." Lula was convicted of accepting a beachside apartment from an engineering firm vying for contracts at the state oil company Petrobras. But many of Lula's supporters say the conviction was politically motivated. President Lula responds to the charges against him. "We're awaiting for the accusers to show at least some piece of evidence that indicates that I committed any crime," he notes. TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report, as we continue our exclusive, a conversation with Brazil's former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, popularly known as Lula. The ...
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Mueller Probe Heats Up: Thirteen Russians Indicted, Ex-Trump Aide to Plead Guilty, Focus on Kushner Grows 20.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
There have been a number of significant developments in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump administration. CNN is reporting Mueller is now investigating Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and his attempts to secure financing for his family's business while working on the president's transition team. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times is reporting former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates has agreed to plead guilty and testify against Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager. Under the deal, Gates will plead guilty to money laundering and illegal foreign lobbying. These developments come just days after the Justice Department indicted 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election by orchestrating an online propaganda effort to undermine the US election system. We speak to Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She runs the website EmptyWheel.net. TRANSCRIPT JUAN GONZÁLEZ: ...
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"We're Living in a Rigged System": Ari Berman Says GOP Uses Gerrymandering to Stay in Power 29.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles

We speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones and a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute, about his new for piece for Rolling Stone titled "How the GOP Rigs Elections." "We like to think in this country, if you get the most votes, you’re the winner. But that’s not how it works, because of gerrymandering right now," Berman notes.

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