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text Department of Justice says Americans can’t challenge the legality of U.S. aid to Israel by Grant F. Smith
The U.S. Department of Justice once again insisted that individual citizens do not have standing to sue the U.S. federal government over foreign aid to Israel. Several Americans from Fagan Dickson in 1975 to author Isaac Asimov in 1991 have tried. But their claims, based on Establishment Clause separation of church and state appeals, failed. But what about challenges to U.S. foreign aid to Israel through the Administrative Procedure Act? IRmep has filed a case that breaks into new territory....
Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:15PM
text Republicans against the Poor and the Sick by Detlef Umbauch and Constanz Weinberg
The US is experiencing a dramatic deterioration of its public health. President Trump is now trying to make the ACA "implode" through decrees. The GOP declares cruelty as its main virtue. As expected, the insured are reacting to the Trump decrees and to their drastically higher premiums. A series of states have filed actions against the decrees. To take the edge off, Trump plays the advocate of the victims of the neoliberal madness and promises jobs and safe housing....
Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:21AM
text "The Public Trust Doctrine," Wealth Inequality, and Iraq by Mary Wood, Gabriel Zucman, and S Plapperta
The Public Trust Doctrine is a fundamental precursor to modern environmental law and continues to be an integral principle of national resource management. The doctrine has often been characterized as an attribute of sovereignty that carries constitutional force....
Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:13PM
text US brands RT a “foreign agent:” A chilling move against free speech by Andre Damon (WSWS repost)
Under pressure from the US government, RT America has announced that it would register as a “foreign agent” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). This sets a precedent for delegitimizing RT as a news source, to intimidate its journalists and guests, and for taking similar actions against other news outlets. It also lays groundwork for labeling a much broader range of news outlets to blacklist and criminalize them based on their political views....
Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:30PM
text Benjamin Tucker American Mutualist: Mutual Banking Part 3 and Final Conclusion Part 4 by .
"The abolition of compulsory taxation would mean the abolition of the state as well, Tucker asserted, and the form of society succeeding it would be on the line of a voluntary defensive institution... There were two methods of government...The other was the anarchist method of 'leadership', inducing the individual to the 'goal of an ideal civilization' through persuasion and 'attraction'...Two aims of anarchist activity, the abolition of compulsory taxation and the abolition of legally-protec...
Posted: Wed Nov 8, 2017 10:01AM
text US Military Illegally Detains US Citizen & Denies Lawyer by repost
The ACLU reports that "For nearly two months, the U.S. military has been detaining an American citizen at a secret jail in Iraq, denying him access to a lawyer and even refusing to release his name. " See https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/detention/trump-administration-keeping-us-citizen-secretly-locked-without?redirect=blog/trump-administration-keeping-us-citizen-secretly-locked-without-charges...
Posted: Mon Nov 6, 2017 8:33PM
text US and China: International Policy as a Zero-Sum Game by Ilka A.
After a half-year in office, a coherent foreign policy strategy under Donald Trump is not in sight. The US and China have very different ideas about creating prosperity and security in Asia and globally. Approximately 600 million Chinese gained relative prosperity in the last 40 years. China is an attractive model for many states of the global South....
Posted: Mon Nov 6, 2017 7:03AM
text Paradise Papers Expose Trump-Russia links by Lynda Carson
Wilbur Ross is affiliated with the Republican Party, and is registered to vote in Palm Beach, County, Florida....
Posted: Sun Nov 5, 2017 8:43PM
text US congressional hearings on “extremist content” prepare assault on free speech by Andre Damon (WSWS repost)
The alarm must be sounded! The campaign to mount a drive to criminalize political opposition within the United States will reach a new milestone when officials from Facebook, Twitter and Google testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House and Senate intelligence committees. What is involved is nothing less than the greatest attack on the First Amendment since the Second World War....
Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:08AM
text KPFA WorkWeek Radio On Puerto Rico Labor Action By US Unionists And Jones Act by KPFA WorkWeek Radio
WorkWeek radio looks at the role of the NNU-CNA nurses to support healthcare efforts in Puerto Rico and what the conditions are for the people. WorkWeek also looks at the role of the Jones Act and how it is affecting Puerto Rico....
Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:11AM
text Petition to Free Rose Maria Hernandez, age 10, from ICE detention by Sign Now
The latest outrageous racist act perpetrated by the immigration authorities, ICE, was to detain a 10 year old girl, who is mentally about 4 years old, with cerebral palsy, after an emergency gall bladder removal operation in Texas instead of reuniting her with her family because she happens to be undocumented. The petition is at http://dreamactivist.org/national/rosamaria/...
Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:25PM
text Pacifica Radio Board Secretly OKs Bankruptcy Filing & Seeks NY Signal Swap by Pacifica Whistleblower
In secret meetings on Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, the Pacifica Foundation National Board, which governs the 5-station nonprofit progressive radio network, voted over strong opposition to authorize its executives to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and initiate an effort to make a lucrative deal to swap the frequency of iconic New York station WBAI with another station holding a less desirable signal position....
Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:03PM
text In Praise of Taxes by Nicola Liebert by Nicola Liebert
Our tax system promotes private wealth and impoverishes the community. Even if no one pays them gladly, most are aware taxes int he interest of the community are sensible. "Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society," said Oliver Wendell Holmes, the former Supreme Court justice. The principle of progressive taxation is normally in force for financing state expenditures. Whoever is wealthy should pay more. The wealth of the higher-paid is ultimately based on their profiting from the communi...
Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:42PM
text Widespread embezzlement occurring in Fraternal Order of Police by Lynda Carson
As large as the FOP is with around 325,000 members, and 2,100 local chapters (lodges) across the nation, according to public records and media reports, there appears to be widespread embezzlement occurring in the Fraternal Order of Police!...
Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:23PM
text Trump is More than "Silly Tricks" by Daniel Tanuro
Trump will run the US as a big business. Trump did not come out of nowhere. Trumpism is an expression of a reactionary revolt of those angry about the global neoliberal "governance" because they were politically stripped of power. Trump turns reality upside down. The "captains of industry" are now regarded as bringers of salvation. How can one not think of "Germany over all" in "America first"?...
Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:30AM
text David Duke campaign contributor Roger Grigsby reopens O’mei restaurant by Lynda Carson
Reportedly last Friday in This Small Planet, during the past week there has been an “Open” sign at the O’mei restaurant in Santa Cruz, in addition to a “Now Hiring” sign....
Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:34AM
text The Fairy-tale of the End of the Financial Crisis by David Stein
Between 2008 and 2010, the EU Commission approved state aid of 4.3 trillion euros. The potential crisis of the global econnomy has grown and not declined. A system crash was prevented by the concerted actions of central banks and states. The challenge of the left is to free the state treasury from captivity as a hostage of the banks. The financial institutes must be regulated as causal agents of the crisis and saddled with the bill....
Posted: Mon Oct 9, 2017 5:15AM
text Outing the KKK and more fascist David Duke campaign contributors by Lynda Carson
White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and hate groups are active all across the nation, and they are supporting the fascist Trump regime in Washington D.C.!...
Posted: Sat Oct 7, 2017 12:04AM
text Monarch butterflies disappearing from western North America by The Xerces Society
New study reveals that western monarch decline is more severe than decline in East...
Posted: Fri Oct 6, 2017 1:32AM
text State Indebtedness as a Power Strategy by Mohssen Massarrat
Contracting debts exploded under neoliberalism since the 1980s - unlike the state debts in the Keynesian era from the 1950s to the 1970s - and produced a structural debt bondage for the overwhelming majority. The financial sector arose parallel to the "indebted state." In the past, increasing state indebtedness was often instrumentalized as a bogeyman for attacking the social state....
Posted: Wed Oct 4, 2017 1:06PM