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MintPress - 2018-06-23 - Original post - cached version

In a decision that digital rights advocates called “a groundbreaking victory for Americans’ privacy rights,” the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that police generally must obtain a warrant before collecting cellphone records that can be used to track a person’s movements.

The American...

MintPress - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA — Reality Leigh Winner — a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and linguist, and the first person to be charged with violating the Espionage Act on President Donald Trump’s watch — has signed a plea agreement, according to the Courage Foundation. Her plea hearing...

MintPress - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

The so-called “liberators” in Yemen are sexually and physically torturing detainees at secret prisons. Survivors recall disturbing stories laden with gruesome interrogation tactics for extracting false confessions. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen attempts to portray themselves as the...

MintPress - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

The Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi armed group in Yemen are hampering the delivery of aid to Yemen, a new briefing released by Amnesty International reveals today.

Amnesty International carried out research between December 2017...

MintPress - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Let us begin with the family separation issue. The separation of children from immigrant/refugee/asylum parents has caused such public outcry that President Trump has backed off his policy and signed an executive order terminating family separation.

The horror of children locked up in...

MintPress - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

In our previous report on the U.S. immigration enforcement regime, MintPress News looked at how the for-profit prison industry and anti-immigrant lobbyists have driven the U.S. government’s war on immigrants. In this report, we look at the factors that fueled the monstrous growth of the migrant...

MintPress - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

HADAR, SYRIA — Situated in the northern part of Quneitra governorate, with the towering Jabal al-Sheikh (Mt. Hermon) overlooking it and the region, Hadar is in both a beautiful area of Syria and a dangerous one.

The roughly 10,000 defiant villagers of Hadar are isolated and under constant...

MintPress - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Responding to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) call for the Trump administration take immediate action to address extreme poverty in the U.S. after a United Nations report found that tens of millions of Americans are suffering “massive levels of deprivation,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley...

MintPress - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order reuniting families who were being separated at the border is hardly what it’s cracked up to be. Advocates are warning that although it may free young children from their steel wire cages and allow them to rejoin their parents, it could...

MintPress - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. Congress has power over two very important things: money and information.

It can, in theory, and practice, end a war by refusing to fund it. It can — and has — compelled the leading architects of American foreign policy — CIA directors, national security advisors, secretaries of...

MintPress - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

HODEIDA, YEMEN — Lying in torn, blood-stained clothing on a bed in Hodeida Hospital’s emergency room, 25-year-old Mabkhout, who refused to provide his last name for fear of retaliation, recounted the events which led him there:

I got up early this morning for this chance to...

MintPress - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

MINNEAPOLIS – For much of the year, independent media has felt the sting of increased social media censorship, as the “revolving door” between U.S. intelligence agencies and social-media companies has manifested in a crackdown on news that challenges official government narratives. With many...

MintPress - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Nicaragua’s opposition paramilitary intimidation and media terror campaign have brought fear, insecurity, and hardship to around 30 of Nicaragua’s 153 municipalities. Only President Daniel Ortega’s commitment to peace has prevented an even worse conflict. Almost as disturbing as the extreme...

MintPress - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

As thousands of children remain in federal custody after being taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, federal court filings allege that children in at least one detention center in Texas have been forcibly given medications that have made them dizzy, lethargic, and even...

MintPress - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

This may not be about condos on North Korean beaches after all. Arguably, the heart of the matter in the Trump administration’s embrace of Kim Jong-un has everything to do with one of the largest deposits of rare earth elements (REEs) in the world, located only 150 km northwest of Pyongyang and...

MintPress - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Opinion polls in the United States and the United Kingdom have found that a majority of the public in both countries has a remarkably consistent belief that only about 10,000 Iraqis were killed as a result of the U.S.-British invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Estimates of deaths in Iraq actually...

MintPress - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

The numbers have long been a matter of dispute but, generally, experts believe that the United Nations’ blockade of Iraq between April of 1990 and August of 2003 was responsible for the deaths of more than a million Iraqis, roughly 567,000 of them children. This was no accident. Designed by the...

MintPress - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Asylum seekers moving to Europe have raised their adopted nations’ economic output, lowered unemployment and not placed a burden on public finances, scientists said on Wednesday, reports the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

An analysis of...

MintPress - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — According to Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, Israel has indicted Gonen Segev, former energy minister, on suspicion of spying for Iran and assisting in its alleged activity against Israel.

Segev reportedly sent information to his contacts in Iran regarding...

MintPress - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

NEW YORK — In April, in the days after Western diplomats, aid workers, and reporters yet again accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons against his own people, the renowned foreign correspondent Eva Bartlett found herself watching a video clip of Democracy Now’s Amy...

MintPress - 2018-06-21 - Original post - cached version

NEW YORK – In a move that the UN’s human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, called “disappointing, if not really surprising, news,” the United States announced on Tuesday that it would be withdrawing from the international body’s Human Rights Council in protest of what it called the “...

MintPress - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

What’s becoming ever clearer is that Democratic Party establishment and its media surrogates are no longer part of ‘the Left’ as it was once traditionally known.

Whether it’s egging on increased tensions between the US and Russia, or a violent proxy war and regime change in Syria, (Obama’...

MintPress - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

On Tuesday, June 19, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) now meeting in Geneva. The UNHRC is stacked with human rights abusers including Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and, till now, the US itself, but this is still an ugly gesture, like...

MintPress - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

This article originally appeared on Truth Dig.

We live in a state of perpetual war, and we never feel it. While you get your gelato at the hip place where they put those cute little mint leaves on the side, someone is being bombed in your name. While you argue with the 17-year-old at the...

MintPress - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Murder Incorporated is a three-book series by Mumia Abu Jamal and Stephen Vittoria, which I can highly recommend based on the first book. The other two are not out yet.

Book One, “Dreaming of Empire,” is a critique of U.S. imperialism, a debunking of U.S. nationalist myths, a corrective...

MintPress - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Israel is behind an attack on the Iraq-Syria border that left dozens of militia fighters dead, CNN reported yesterday, citing a US official.

An airstrike on Sunday night targeting pro-Assad forces fighting Daesh was initially blamed on...

MintPress - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been talking to members of Congress about using DNA testing to verify whether children crossing the southern U.S. border are biologically related to adults they arrive with, or if they are being smuggled into the country by human traffickers, Tony Perkins,...

MintPress - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Presently, some $2 billion worth of arms deals are hitting a snag over how settlement is to be made for defence transactions between Russia and India as US sanctions stand in the way. The issue has led to the US Dollar being dropped as a means of payment, with the Ruble and Rupee being...

MintPress - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

BEIJING – Tremendous; great, incredible and tremendous; very historic, and very, very comprehensive. Such were the terms U.S. President Donald Trump used to praise last Tuesday’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and he was far from alone in welcoming what appeared to be a major...

MintPress - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

There are few places that can be as vibrant as a school, as creative and colourful or as full of energy and youthful enthusiasm. For children growing up in conflict zones, schools should be places in which they can seek refuge from the violence of daily life. The...

MintPress - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

While some corporate media outlets have portrayed the violent protest movement gripping Nicaragua as a progressive grassroots upswell, the country’s own student leaders have suggested otherwise.

In early June, Nicaragua’s leading young activists went on a junket to Washington, DC, on the...

MintPress - 2018-06-20 - Original post - cached version

In what critics framed as Orwellian ‘up-is-down, down-is-up’ remarks from the State Department on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from its participation in the U.N. Human Rights...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

An 18-month-old died in Palestine Friday. The cause of death was teargas inhalation from an Israeli invasion of his village two months ago.

It wasn’t a major invasion; just another of the routine ones that happen almost every day in the West Bank. U.S. media call these “incursions,” when...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

LONDON  (Opinion) – Today marks the sixth anniversary of Julian Assange’s ascent to the position of the world’s most well-known political refugee after daring to be the public face of the ground-breaking transparency organization WikiLeaks. Arbitrarily detained in the Ecuadorian Embassy in...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

HODEIDA, YEMEN — For two years now, 28-year-old Hafedh Hassan has made the wearying trip — 80 miles each way, on bad roads — from his village in the coffee-growing Haraz region to this city on Yemen’s west coast, where a brilliant red sun meets the dazzling Red Sea.

Hafedh’s kidneys are...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

UPDATE 6/19/18: On Monday, President Donald Trump finally made good on his promise to carve out a sixth branch of the military: the so-called “Space Force.” In his comments, he highlighted the need not only for national defense through a mere presence in the cosmos but through “American...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

The American empire and its media openly talk coup in Venezuela because it sits on vast – and nationalized – oil resources, and this is US expansionism at its finest, The Empire Files host Abby Martin told Lee Camp.

Venezuela’s oil – nationalized by Nicholas Maduro’s socialist government...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

Indian Country remembers. This is not the first administration to order the forced separation of families.

The Trump administration has initiated a zero-tolerance policy on the border. Zero tolerance means that people caught crossing the border are treated as criminals.

On Friday,...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

Norway has announced that it has invited the U.S. to expand the contingent of Marines it sent to the country last year to 700, and to post troops closer to the Russian border. Russia protests that this undermines trust between Oslo and Moscow. Why is this important?

In 1949 Norway joined...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

During World War II Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty was a huge critic of fascism and wound up in prison. In Oct. 1945 he became head of the Church in Hungary and spoke out just as strongly against Communist oppression. He wound up back in prison for eight more years, including long periods of...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

NEW YORK—The United Nations Commission on Human Rights will open debate June 21 on a special report by its lead investigator, who said the U.S. not only “is the most unequal society in the developed world,” but that Trump administration policies – notably the $1.5 trillion tax cut for the rich...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

A recent survey conducted by Reuters shows how many Americans base their support or opposition to a given political stance not on the soundness of the policy, but based on whether or not it comes with the backing of a favored or disfavored political authority.

The present situation...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like they’re crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream “Mami” and “Papá” over and over...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — As the Maryland lawyer remembers it, the call came from his mother a few years back. After a few financial setbacks, the lawyer’s younger, adult brother had moved back in with his mother but he hadn’t been himself of late. He slept away much of the day, and when he was awake,...

MintPress - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version

The European Union is funding a project to prosecute Israel Defence Forces (IDF) officers for committing violations against Palestinian civilians, according to Israel Hayom, which quotes a local human rights organization.

The pro-...

MintPress - 2018-06-18 - Original post - cached version

HODEIDA, YEMEN — Yemen’s Navy, loyal to the Houthi government, captured a French naval vessel, the M/Y Jehol ll, off of the coast of Hodeidah on Saturday, according to statements made by senior military officials to MintPress News. The vessel, which was carrying foreign fighters, was engaged in...

MintPress - 2018-06-18 - Original post - cached version

With the United Nations warning that millions of civilians could die from violence or starvation from the ongoing military siege of the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, there is no other way to describe what is happening except as “genocide”.

The more than three-year war on Yemen waged by a...

MintPress - 2018-06-18 - Original post - cached version

SANA’A, YEMEN — “My mom said we don’t have enough money to buy new clothes this Eid because of the war,” proclaims Nassem, a young Yemeni girl. Instead, her hands are adorned with hena’a — a black liquid applied to form intricate designs to the skin. “I want dad to see my hands, he’ll like it,...

MintPress - 2018-06-18 - Original post - cached version

VALDIVIA, CHILE – Last Tuesday, in the wake of recent victories for the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement elsewhere in Latin America, Valdivia, a relatively small city in southern Chile, became the first city in all of Latin America to officially join the boycott against Israel for its...

MintPress - 2018-06-18 - Original post - cached version

Although the U.S. State Department’s direct role in stoking the Maidan conflagration and toppling a democratically elected president is widely accepted as part of the historical record of the political and civil upheaval in Ukraine, little is reported about the initial and ever evolving U.S....

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