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2020 Feb 17 - 11:14pm
In Yemen, 31 people were killed in U.S.-backed Saudi airstrikes over the weekend, including women and children. The strikes in the northern al-Jawf province came just hours after the Houthis said they had shot down a Saudi fighter jet in the same area. The United Nations called the drone strike “shocking.” The deadly strike follows a recent uptick in violence in northern Yemen and comes as the war there hits a five-year mark. More than 100,000...
Tags: Interview, Airstrikes, Drone Strikes, houthis, prisoner swap, Saudi Arabia
2020 Feb 17 - 11:13pm
More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials called on Attorney General William P. Barr on Sunday to step down after he intervened last week to lower the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s longtime friend and political crony Roger J. Stone Jr. “It is unheard of for the Department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Department of Justice (DOJ), donald trump, mueller investigation, Roger Stone, sentencing
2020 Feb 17 - 10:48pm
Soon after Michael Bloomberg took office in 2002, 40 of the 51 members of the New York City Council sponsored legislation aimed at curbing the growth of predatory lending practices by banks. According to the Daily News, “thousands of homeowners” had been taking on “subprime mortgages that have hidden charges, fees and conditions that are essentially designed to force homeowners into foreclosure.” In May 2002, New York’s two most prominent black...
Tags: News Analysis, great recession, homeowners, michael bloomberg, NYC, predatory lending
2020 Feb 17 - 10:17pm
Unconventional natural gas development has transformed American energy over the past decade. Hydraulic fracturing, often popularly referred to as “fracking,” is a process used in extracting oil or gas resources from underground formations such as shale or sandstone. In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, this has been an industrially intensive method, and wells are often drilled a mile or more beneath the ground and a mile or more horizontally along the...
Tags: News Analysis, Fossil Fuels, fracking, pennsylvania, schools
2020 Feb 17 - 10:13pm
As the presidential election campaign picks up, almost every top candidate has released a plan for higher education that addresses college affordability and student debt issues. But there’s only one candidate who’s already in the White House — Donald Trump — and last week he released his plan in the form of a proposed education budget for fiscal year 2021. If Congress were to approve it, some higher education experts say, low-income...
Tags: News Analysis, 2021 Budget, donald trump, education inequality, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, financial aid
2020 Feb 17 - 10:12pm
The Trump administration is seeking extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States for trial on charges carrying 175 years in prison. On February 24, a court in the U.K. will hold a hearing to determine whether to grant Trump’s request. The treaty between the U.S. and the U.K. prohibits extradition for a “political offense.” Assange was indicted for exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is a classic...
Tags: OP-ED, chelsea manning, Convention Against Torture, Espionage Act, extradition treaty, Julian Assange
2020 Feb 17 - 10:04pm
The “need” to strip benefits from poor and working people to help maintain the lifestyles of the Mar-a-Lago set is one of the fundamental principles of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. The rich always “need” more tax cuts, so when budget deficits get in the way, those at the middle and bottom are just going to have to sacrifice. This is the reasoning behind the large budget cuts that the president has proposed for Medicare, Medicaid and...
Tags: OP-ED, Ableism, Budget, disability, disabled, donald trump
2020 Feb 17 - 10:03pm
The first time doctors saw Laginne Gianina Walker’s ultrasound, they accidentally read it backwards. They told her the boy’s organs were all upside-down. An ob-gyn counseled her to consider an abortion. It was a frigid day in early February 2016 in downtown Manhattan. Walker, a 36-year-old computer science teacher, drove home to her studio apartment on the 21st floor of a building on Grand Concourse in the Bronx, and sat on her couch. She spent...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Black Women, doula, Low Income, Maternal Mortality, medicaid
2020 Feb 17 - 9:30pm
Kelly Hayes talks with L.A. Kauffman, a longtime grassroots organizer and author of the book Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism, about the history of protest movements and what the current political moment demands of us. Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity.Copy may not be in its final form. Kelly Hayes: Welcome to Movement Memos, a Truthout podcast about things you should know if...
Tags: Interview, Activism, American Radicalism, civil rights, Direct Action, How to Read a Protest
2020 Feb 17 - 2:54am
A bill before the Alaska House Tribal Affairs Committee is simple: “The state recognizes all tribes in the state that are federally recognized …” The legislation gets more complicated after that line. There are disclaimers about what the legislation doesn’t do. There would be no changes to state jurisdiction. Or the status of land. And it does not create any new state responsibilities. Nor does the proposal diminish the...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Alaska, federal recognition, tribal peoples, Tribal Rights, Tribal Sovereignty
2020 Feb 17 - 2:54am
A senior South African health official has today vowed action as openDemocracy reveals how vulnerable women and girls are being fed misinformation in US-backed “crisis pregnancy centres” across the world. Supported by US Christian campaigners who claim close links to the Trump White House, around the world these centres appear to offer pregnant women unbiased “advice”. But, openDemocracy’s investigation found that staff at some of these centres...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Anti-Abortion, assaults on reproductive rights, christian conservatives, Christian Right, South Africa
2020 Feb 17 - 2:19am
The more than $34,000 in medical bills that contributed to Darla and Andy Markley’s bankruptcy and loss of their home in Beloit, Wisconsin, grew out of what felt like a broken promise. Darla Markley, 53, said her insurer had sent her a letter preapproving her to have a battery of tests at the Mayo Clinic in neighboring Minnesota after she came down with transverse myelitis, a rare, paralyzing illness that had kept her hospitalized for over a...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Health Care, health insurance, health insurers, Medical Bills, patients

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