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The Real News - 2017-09-06 - Original post - cached version

By Dimitri Lascaris / dimitrilascaris.org.

On September 4, 2017, Moscow-based reporter John Helmer published his latest in a series of articles on Canada’s Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland. Entitled “Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland Hid Light Under Bushel Until Toronto...

The Real News - 2017-09-05 - Original post - cached version

By Nick Cunningham / Oilprice.com

The EIA has once again undercut its previous estimates for U.S. oil production, offering further evidence that the U.S. shale industry is not producing as much as everyone thinks.

The monthly EIA oil production figures tend to be more accurate...

The Real News - 2017-09-04 - Original post - cached version

By Don Quijones / Wolf Street.

It’s hard to do business without banks.

The first country to fully legalize the recreational use of marijuana, Uruguay, has suddenly found itself facing an unexpected obstacle: the international banking industry.

It all began a few...

The Real News - 2017-09-04 - Original post - cached version

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / PopularResistance.org

Above: Telephone Road in Houston, August 27, 2017, during Hurrican Harvey floods.  By Thomas B. Shea for AFP-Getty

Climate breakdown, as George Monbiot calls it, is happening before our eyes at the same time the...

The Real News - 2017-09-03 - Original post - cached version

By Marianne Lavelle , John H. Cushman Jr., Georgina Gustin

With the Texas home of the U.S. oil industry now in distress, Congress and the president may have to rethink their federal budget-slashing strategy.

Even as the floodwaters continue to rise in East Texas, it's...

The Real News - 2017-09-03 - Original post - cached version

By Dena Sokolow

The Obama administration's controversial overtime rule is now dead in the water. Yesterday, a Texas federal court ruled in favor of the 55 state and business plaintiffs who challenged the rule.

How did we get here?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the...

The Real News - 2017-09-03 - Original post - cached version

By David Z. Morris / Portside.

Leaked emails show that white terrorist groups planned violence in advance of August 12 in Charlottesville. They planned on inciting racial violence and hatred. They even planned on driving motor vehicles into the crowd demonstrating...
The Real News - 2017-09-01 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine


The last time Confederate symbols were Topic A was two summers ago, when a deeply troubled twenty-one year old named Dylann Roof murdered nine members of a Bible study group at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  A photograph of Roof...

The Real News - 2017-09-01 - Original post - cached version

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers.

At the start of the August congressional recess, Senator Bernie Sanders announced that he will introduce a senate bill this September “to expand Medicare to cover all Americans.” Since the election, the movement for improved Medicare for all, has...

The Real News - 2017-08-31 - Original post - cached version

The emergence of contemporary political Islam, or “Islamism”,1 from the late 1970s onwards, has confronted the Left with an enormous challenge. While standing in opposition to secularism and women’s rights, Islamist movements in the Middle East have coopted standard left-wing causes, such as...

The Real News - 2017-08-31 - Original post - cached version

By Vijay Prashad.

The picture above is remarkable. It comes from the neo-Nazi and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that took place earlier this month. The combination of the Nazi flag and the Confederate flag is a standard feature of the Right's iconography...

The Real News - 2017-08-29 - Original post - cached version

By Richard Roman and Edur Velasco Arregui / Socialist Project.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks started on August 16 with very little of the fire and fury Donald Trump had promised during his campaign. His pledge to abolish the deal has largely been replaced with...

The Real News - 2017-08-29 - Original post - cached version
By Vijay Prashad / AlterNet.

A battlefield for an endless American war.

Photo Credit: David Axe/Flickr Creative Commons

On August 21, President Donald Trump announced that he plans to send more thousands of U.S. troops to Afghanistan to extend the American...

The Real News - 2017-08-28 - Original post - cached version

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers / www.PopularResistance.org

A quagmire is defined as a complex or unpleasant position that is difficult to escape. President Trump’s recently announced war plans in Afghanistan maintain that quagmire. They come at a time when US Empire is...

The Real News - 2017-08-28 - Original post - cached version

By Neena Satija / Propublica.

Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone.

...
The Real News - 2017-08-25 - Original post - cached version

By Megan Darby / Climate Change News.

Sovcomflot vessel cut through thinning sea ice on the northern sea route to carry its cargo of fuel from Norway to South Korea in record time

The Christophe de Margerie is capable of sailing through ice up to 2.1 metres thick (Pic:...

The Real News - 2017-08-25 - Original post - cached version

By Jeff Faux / Democracy Journal.

Simply because Trump said NAFTA was bad for American workers, doesn’t mean it wasn’t. Just don’t look to him for a fix.

Photo by Presidencia de la República Mexicana via CC 2.0

In mid-August, Donald Trump began his promised...

The Real News - 2017-08-25 - Original post - cached version

By Ryan Mallett-Outtrim / Venezuela Analysis.

Puebla, Mexico, August 18, 2017 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) approved Friday a decree that will allow it to legislate on national security issues.

Under the decree, the ANC will be empowered...

The Real News - 2017-08-24 - Original post - cached version

By Juan Carlos Monedero / The Dawn.

Credit: teleSUR

Monedero, leader of Podemos, is a studious and old man familiar with the processes of change in Latin America, responds to the most common concerns about the process led by Maduro in Venezuela, including the Constituent...

The Real News - 2017-08-24 - Original post - cached version

By Nick Filmore / A Different Point of View.

During CBC Radio’s 81 years the public broadcaster has been the country’s most important life-line, unifying the nation and helping us understand each other and the important issues of the day.

I am lucky to have worked at the CBC for...

The Real News - 2017-08-23 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Orin Zebest | CC BY 2.0

The Doomsday Clock has been edging closer to midnight since Donald Trump got his hands on the nuclear codes – not for ideological reasons, as would have been the case had Hillary Clinton not blown her chance to...

The Real News - 2017-08-23 - Original post - cached version

By Josep Maria Antentas / Socialist Project.

In June 2017 a referendum on Catalan independence was announced by the Government of Catalonia, formed by members of the Junts pel Sí coalition, supported by the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), for October 1 2017.

The Spanish...

The Real News - 2017-08-19 - Original post - cached version
By Vijay Prashad / AlterNet.

From Yemen to Haiti and everywhere in between, the poorest citizens are punished for unknown crimes.

Humanitarian food for poor children in refugee camp
Photo Credit: Zurijeta/Shutterstock

Raoul Peck, the Haitian filmmaker,...

The Real News - 2017-08-19 - Original post - cached version

By Vincent DeCesare / Socialist Project.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing for a tax on the rich to fund desperately needed improvements to the crumbling subway system run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). De Blasio's plan would raise city income taxes on...

The Real News - 2017-08-19 - Original post - cached version

By Megan Darby in Khulna / Climate Change News.

When Cyclone Aila hit the coast of Bangladesh in May 2009, water swelled over embankments along the Kholpetua river.

The home Sirajul Islam (pictured) shared with his wife and four children in Kolbari village was flooded,...

The Real News - 2017-08-18 - Original post - cached version

By Robert Kuttner / The American Prospect.

Trump’s embattled strategist phones me, unbidden, to opine on China, Korea, and his enemies in the administration.

(Rex Features via AP Images)

Steve Bannon on the phone, December 9, 2016

You might think...

The Real News - 2017-08-18 - Original post - cached version

By Mark Weisbrot / Center for Economic and Policy Research.

A Congressional board’s remedy for Puerto Rico’s financial ills will only deepen the island’s impoverishment for decades.

The United States invaded Puerto Rico in 1898 and took it from Spain. Although the residents became...

The Real News - 2017-08-16 - Original post - cached version

By David Suzuki / Ecowatch.

Wildfires are sweeping BC. Close to 900 have burned through 600,000 hectares so far this year, blanketing western North America with smoke. Fighting them has cost more than $230 million—and the season is far from over.

It's not just...

The Real News - 2017-08-14 - Original post - cached version

"Bernie Bros" and the "Alt-Left" are terms increasingly used by conservatives and neo-liberals to discourage, disempower, and discourage activism on the left in favor of complacency in support of the status quo.

By Michael Sainato

The 2016 Presidential Primaries ended more than a...
The Real News - 2017-08-12 - Original post - cached version

By Scott Ritter / Truthdig.

Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., in June 2016. (Paul Holston / AP)

Editor’s note: The writer is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), but he was not a signer of the July 24 memorandum that...

The Real News - 2017-08-12 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Marc Nozell | CC BY 2.0

Donald Trump’s slogan “America First” is vile; it smacks of nativism and appeals to the insularity and anti-intellectualism of an appallingly large segment of the public.  It has always been clear too that Trump’...

The Real News - 2017-08-11 - Original post - cached version
By Trita Parsi / The Intercept.

Photo: Gali Tibbon/Press Pool/AP

“This was never about enrichment.” The academics and officials in the room were taken aback. For a former senior Israeli official to deny the importance of the nuclear issue was unusual, to say the least. The...

The Real News - 2017-08-11 - Original post - cached version
By Vijay Prashad / AlterNet. Yemen is at the brink of cholera and famine driven mass death.

Air strike on Sana'a in May 2015
Photo Credit: Ibrahem Qasim/Wikipedia

One year ago, on August 9, 2016, Saudi Arabia’s air force bombed the Sana’...

The Real News - 2017-08-11 - Original post - cached version

By Norman Solomon / TruthDig.

When DNC Chair Tom Perez, right, speaks at an event also featuring Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, there’s a stark contrast between establishment cliches and progressive populism. (Matt York / AP)

Nine months after losing the presidency, the...

The Real News - 2017-08-11 - Original post - cached version

By Ben Leet / Economics without Greed.

It is instructive to view the entire spectrum of wealth and income, between individuals and nations. About half of humanity live on less than $5 a day, according to the Pew Research Center. In the U.S. the average income per day per capita is $...

The Real News - 2017-08-11 - Original post - cached version

By Mark Weisbrot / The Nation.

Lula da Silva and his Workers’ Party are an affront to the country’s traditional elite — which is itself mired in corruption — so they want to destroy him by any means necessary.

“Former Brazil President Lula faces sixth trial for corruption...

The Real News - 2017-08-09 - Original post - cached version

By Margaret Flowers / Health Over Profits.

7 Aug 2017   | Campaign Updates

On August 2, 2017, The Nation published an article by Joshua Holland, “Medicare for All isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care,” chastising Improved Medicare for All supporters because, in his view...

The Real News - 2017-08-08 - Original post - cached version
By Philip Weiss / Mondoweiss. General H.R. McMaster

Updated. Last night President Trump issued a statement affirming his support for National Security adviser H.R. McMaster in the face of a storm of criticism from rightwing outlets. The statement is a sign that Trump and his new chief of...

The Real News - 2017-08-08 - Original post - cached version
By Michael Sainato / Observer.

One of her former aides tried to flee the country to Pakistan

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former IT aide, Imran Awan, was detained last week while trying flee the...

The Real News - 2017-08-05 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Middle East Soccer.

A French investigation into possible corruption in business deals related to Qatar’s winning of World Cup hosting rights moved the 2022 tournament a step closer to becoming enmeshed in the two- month-old Gulf crisis.

Taken together with the...

The Real News - 2017-08-05 - Original post - cached version

By Tony Burman.

The outlines of the end are becoming more clear, as Robert Mueller’s investigators dig away. Expect things to be vicious

How will the Donald Trump presidency end? It will end badly, so let me count the ways:

1. America is hurtling towards a constitutional...

The Real News - 2017-08-04 - Original post - cached version

By Andrew Levine / Counterpunch.

Photo by Kristoffer Trolle | CC BY 2.0

Donald Trump is guilty of something, guilty as sin.  Nobody outside his innermost circle knows yet what he is guilty of, and all the evidence is circumstantial.  But guilty he surely is.

Is it that...

The Real News - 2017-08-04 - Original post - cached version

By David William Pear, August 4, 2017

[US Regime Change Project, Photo From Flickr Photos Commons Search]

When the U.S.A. wanted a regime change it used to be done in secret by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), especially when...

The Real News - 2017-08-03 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Middle East Soccer.

Source: Wikimedia

As US President Donald J. Trump gropes with a set of bad options for responding to North Korea’s rapidly expanding nuclear and ballistic missiles program, he risks creating a similar, potentially explosive...

The Real News - 2017-08-03 - Original post - cached version

By Vijay Prashad / AlterNet.

These deaths are not tragedies, they are crimes.

Photo Credit: Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com

Last Thursday, the head of the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, arrived in Amman, Jordan after a heart-wrenching tour of...

The Real News - 2017-08-02 - Original post - cached version
By Yves Smith / Naked Capitalism.

In a noteworthy first, a large-scale study in Italy has found that following the so-called Mediterranean diet reduced heart disease risk only for those in top of the educational and income cohorts. Even more disconcerting, the researchers pushed the data...

The Real News - 2017-08-02 - Original post - cached version
By John Scott-Railton, Bill Marczak, Bahr Abdul Razzak, Masashi Crete-Nishihata, and Ron Deibert / The Citizen Lab. Key Findings Two prominent lawyers representing the families of three slain Mexican women were sent infection attempts with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware The infection attempts...
The Real News - 2017-08-02 - Original post - cached version

By Nick Cunningham / Oilprice.com

Last week, crude oil rallied the most so far this year, gaining more than 8 percent, or $4 per barrel. Oil traders are much more optimistic than they were just a month ago, and the market is on the upswing. However, the rally could run out of steam in...

The Real News - 2017-08-01 - Original post - cached version

By James M. Dorsey / Mid East Soccer.

Saudi Arabia, with the Islamic State on the ropes in Iraq, is forging ties to Iraqi Shiite leaders and offering to help fund reconstruction of Mosul and other predominantly Sunni Muslim cities that were devastated in the military campaign...

The Real News - 2017-08-01 - Original post - cached version

By James S. Henry / The American Interest.

Congress should consider taking another look at Christopher Wray, President Trump’s pick to head up the FBI.

On June 8, about twenty million Americans, plus many more incredulous spectators around the globe, tuned in to daytime TV and...

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