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MintPress - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

The Seventh Circuit handed a victory to the Libertarian Party on Friday, declaring an Illinois requirement that third parties run a full slate of candidates to get on the ballot unconstitutional.

“We have little difficulty concluding that the full-slate requirement severely burdens the...

MintPress - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

Last September, the people of the Potlotek First Nation, located in Canada’s Nova Scotia, began to protest the quality of their water. The community’s water supply has been an issue for over a decade when reports of black, thick, foul-smelling tap water first became commonplace. Over that entire...

MintPress - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

No matter what crazy stuff Trump is up to now let’s keep in mind Puerto Rico really needs our attention and help.

Those are the words of Mark Ruffalo this weekend as the actor and social justice activist echoed the concerns of many that the president’s incendiary comments over recent days...

MintPress - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

A majority of British people support racial profiling against Arabs and Muslims for security reasons, according to a new poll, which also reserves criticism for British foreign policy in the Arab world.

The YouGov poll which looks at UK attitudes to the Arab world, reveals differences...

MintPress - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

The Russian Defense Ministry has released aerial images allegedly showing ISIS, the SDF, and US special forces working side-by-side on the battlefield against Syrian and Russian forces in Deir el-Zour, Syria.

MintPress - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

Nine months after Trump introduced a controversial travel ban widely panned as discriminatory and anti-Muslim, the White House has issued new regulations that add North Korea, Chad and Venezuela to the list.

“Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our...

MintPress - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

France’s draft counterterrorism bill is now in its final stretch before becoming law. The fast-tracked bill is widely expected to pass a vote in an extraordinary session of the National Assembly on October 3 – despite concerns that it encroaches on people’s rights.

The bill doesn’t...

MintPress - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

While the official Pentagon reports on civilian deaths claim far fewer deaths, NGOs have been consistently documenting a massive number of civilian bystanders killed in America’s air war in Iraq and Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the total at 2,617 civilians killed in...

MintPress - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

HOMS, SYRIA — In the last year, the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Madaya have become familiar to the international community as they have become subjects of heavy propaganda amid corporate media coverage to justify a so-called “humanitarian” war. Another area used in the war propaganda was al-Waer...

MintPress - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

Eight years into the deepest economic depression that an industrialized country has ever experienced, we are now being told that Greece is a “success story.” Having accepted the “bitter medicine” prescribed by the “troika”—the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International...

MintPress - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Spain’s increasingly public crackdown on the planned October 1 secession referendum in Catalonia appears to be bringing the population of the northeastern region together. Reports say that the social indignation toward police action is spreading far from just the pro-secession crowd.

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MintPress - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

US President Donald Trump is seeking to loosen some Obama-era limits on drone attacks and ground raids outside conventional warzones US media reports have said.

The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Thursday that Trump’s top national security advisers have proposed...

MintPress - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

Civil libertarians, racial justice advocates, and NFL players from across the league expressed outrage overnight after President Donald Trump called on owners of professional football teams to fire players who express their political views.

In a veiled reference to quarterback Colin...

MintPress - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

For decades, many groups have fought against the inclusion of fluoride in publicly supplied water, arguing that the risks of mass fluoride consumption outweigh the purported benefits. Now, a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has added to the scientific literature that...

MintPress - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

With the September 25th scheduled Kurdish Referendum in Iraq less than a week away, nations worldwide including; the US, UK, France, UN, Iran, and Iraq have expressed their objection and dissent and are calling for its suspension.

All except for Israel, a lone supporter, and longtime...

MintPress - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are attending mandatory training sessions this week to reinforce their compliance with laws and rules against leaking classified or sensitive government information.

It is part of a broader Trump administration order for...

MintPress - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin dealt another blow to the flagging petrodollar system – a crucial component of U.S. economic “superiority” that creates artificial demand for the U.S. dollar by pricing oil and other goods on the international market in that currency. Putin instructed...

MintPress - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

The Israeli government and its allies are mobilizing to try and thwart a United Nations list of companies complicit in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

These efforts are taking place in parallel to...

MintPress - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

On Thursday, rescuers in Mexico City continued to dig through the rubble of many downed buildings, attempting to pull survivors out of the wreckage from the deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked the city on two days earlier.

First responders and volunteers dug through the rubble of...

MintPress - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

In a move no one expected, and which puts them squarely at odds with the US, South Korea yesterday announced the provision of a new $8 million aid package for neighboring North Korea. The provision of humanitarian aid is directly in contrast with US calls for “more pressure.”

South Korea’...

MintPress - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

U.S. Companies are planning on taking a larger role in extracting Afghanistan’s enormous reserves of valuable rare earth minerals, Reuters reported after U.S. President Donald Trump met with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani on Thursday.

According to a White House statement, the...

MintPress - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

For the third time in as many weeks Israel has reportedly bombed positions inside Syria. Syrian state media along with multiple regional outlets showed fires burning at a facility near the Damascus international airport in the early hours of Friday.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that...

MintPress - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

Over 40 days have passed since the forced disappearance of Argentinian activist Santiago Maldonado. President Mauricio Macri’s government appears to be more preoccupied with protecting the impunity of the Argentine Military Police, also known as the gendarmerie, than with listening to the...

MintPress - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Though Hillary Clinton has blamed numerous factors and people for her loss to Donald Trump in last year’s election, no one has received as much blame as the Russian government. In an effort to avoid blaming the candidate herself by turning the election results into a national scandal,...

MintPress - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Nearly three-quarters of American adults think their science news is subject to media distortion, a study published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center says.

Though the media took the lion’s share of blame for muddying the waters when it comes to science news, the 91-page report says...

MintPress - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

The city of Chicago plans to build a massive multi-million dollar training center for police and firefighters in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. But a coalition of community organizations contend the center will compound President Donald Trump’s “multi-pronged attack” on communities of...

MintPress - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

There is no shortage of overtly ideological internet publications and websites in 2017—Breitbart for the alt-right, National Review for the so-called “respectable” conservatives, Jacobin for the socialist left.

But what about an online home for the dedicated centrists: for those who...

MintPress - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version
Facebook has asked its moderators to remove the content “by or praising” the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.

Facebook has come under fire for stifling voices reporting crimes against humanity in the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.

The backlash comes after the social media network labeled...

MintPress - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

A new report from British NGO Airwars estimates that US airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa in August killed at least 433 civilians.

They reported 5,775 bombs, shells, and missiles dropped in the city in that period.

Airwars said that the level of US-led coalition...

MintPress - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

A US drone strike on Friday, September 15th, killed three men in the tribal area of Kurram, which lies on the border with Afghanistan, according to government and security officials as well as tribal sources.

The attack is the first since President Trump announced his new strategy for...

MintPress - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Erik Solheim, the world’s leading environment diplomat, has a message for Donald Trump: he’s not as important as he thinks he is.

President Reagan did not start the digital economy. Nor did politicians in the UK start the industrial revolution. It was the power of business,...

MintPress - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Israeli forces have notified residents of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar that they are at risk of imminent forcible transfer from their lands, weeks after Israeli Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman reportedly announced that plans were underway to expel Khan al-Ahmar’s residents...

MintPress - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Trump more or less threatened to wipe out the 25 million people of North Korea in his speech at the UN.

Then he turned to the Middle East, where he again pledged to undermine the Iranian nuclear deal.

In other words, he put forward a plan to turn Iran into North Korea as a...

MintPress - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

A federal judge refused to dismiss a case accusing District of Columbia Metropolitan Police of illegally searching a private home and pointing a gun at an 11-year-old girl who was taking a shower.

U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss allowed five of eight claims to remain, dismissed...

MintPress - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

YANGON, MYANMAR – (Analysis) In recent years, Myanmar (formerly Burma) has only rarely been in the news. The quiet treatment owed much to the assumption that the country’s fledgling democracy was in “good hands” once the U.S-backed 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi gained renewed...

MintPress - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

As communities nationwide grapple with opioid addiction, Texas and a coalition of 40 other states have served investigative subpoenas and other requests to eight companies that manufacture or distribute prescription painkillers, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday.

It’s...

MintPress - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

The first U.S. military base in Israel has been officially inaugurated. It’s located within the confines of the Aerial Defense Division in the south of the country.

A few dozen U.S. soldiers will live and work on the base, situated inside the school of the of the Israeli Air Force, in the...

MintPress - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

The Iraqi Supreme Court has ordered that the referendum on independence planned for September 25 be halted.

The problem is that the Iraqi Supreme Court’s decision will not be recognized or honored by the elites in the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Kurdish super-province. The Kurds...

MintPress - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Britain and Saudi Arabia signed a framework deal on military and security cooperation, Saudi state news agency SPA said on Tuesday, redoubling efforts to counter Iran in the Gulf region and defeat the Islamic State (IS) group.

Prime Minister Theresa May said in December that Britain would...

MintPress - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Early after taking office, President trump visited CIA headquarters, and among the topics discussed was the global drone war. President Trump came out of the tour, as he has so many tours, “impressed” with what he saw and wanting more of that.

In this case, Trump told CIA Director Mike...

MintPress - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nations on Wednesday began signing the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact backed by over 100 countries but spurned by those with nuclear arms.

The U.N. treaty office said 51 countries are expected to attach their names on the opening day for signatures....

MintPress - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations in a speech that served as a kind of appendix to Donald Trump’s controversial, bellicose declaration that was delivered hours earlier.

Both speeches predictably focused on Iran and both leaders told a great deal...

MintPress - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Perhaps in an attempt to refute recurring allegations that it has traditionally focused on exposing only US state secrets if not being an outright covert and subversive Moscow front, today Wikileaks released a new cache of documents which it claims detail surveillance apparatus used by the...

MintPress - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

A federal appeals court rejected claims from about 125 Seattle police officers that a consent decree or “use of force” policy violates their Second Amendment rights to use firearms for “self-defense.”

Previously, a district court ruled against the complaint filed by officers against the...

MintPress - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Despite an estimated 140 arrests over the past weekend, demonstrators in St. Louis aren’t letting up in their protests against police violence. They have taken to the streets for the fourth consecutive day to denounce the not-guilty verdict given to a former officer for the 2011 fatal shooting...

MintPress - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Where were the pundits and elected lawmakers who complain about the cost of providing healthcare to all Americans when the Senate voted to spend $700 billion on the military?

Many critics were raising this question Monday after the Senate—in what was portrayed as yet another indication...

MintPress - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

MEXICO CITY– In the last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made Israeli political history by being the first sitting prime minister to visit Latin America, traveling to Argentina, Colombia and Mexico during his brief tour. While his first two stops largely focused on his attempts...

MintPress - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

The long-awaited deal has taken place. A deposit has already been paid. Turkey has finally signed the $2.5bn (£1.9bn) contract with Russia to buy S-400 advanced missile defense system. With a range of 400 kilometers (248 miles), the system can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming...

MintPress - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

So what do you do when you fail to elect your chosen candidate and your former political allies and mainstream media turn against you by painting you not as the ‘progressive’, open-minded, friendly tech company that you used to be but as an evil, racist, Russian-colluding corporate villain...

MintPress - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

In an interview with Christiane Amanpour on Monday, President Rouhani discussed the possibilities that US President Donald Trump could come through on a campaign promise to shred the nuclear agreement negotiated under the Obama administration.

Our position has been very clear...

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