Writing can be a transgressive and political act. At its best, a well-crafted and finely told story can point the reader in the direction of her healing, her power and her connection to the world and others.
The two met at Café Rue Dix, a French-Senegalese restaurant in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Aishah Shahidah Simmons: Nicole, first let me share that Born Bright is such a captivating and triumphant memoir. And congratulations, it has received so much well-deserved advance praise.
C. Nicole Mason: I was pulled in from the very first page where you introduce us to little Nicole and talk about removing the middle class mask to tell your story, your truth. And you did. You left no stone unturned in your masterful retelling of the first eighteen years of your life. I was on an emotional roller coaster. It was a real tear jerker. I could not put it down until I was finished reading.
One of many things I love about Born Bright is that it's not the egregiously painful "Pull yourself up from your bootstraps" narrative that has particular currency in today's literary marketplace. It is a story that has become all too familiar when we talk about the experiences of Black and Brown people in America.
In the book, you place your experiences at the center of the narrative and use them to challenge the racist, sexist and classist beliefs that poor and working class Blacks are impoverished because of bad choices or intergenerational pathologies such as out of wedlock births, crime and high rates of single motherhood. Instead, you place the onus and responsibility on systems and institutions -- the criminal-legal, education, and social welfare system -- that maintain and perpetuate the vicious, cycle of racialized and gendered poverty in America.
Thank you for you this incredible gift, particularly in our current social and political moment.
Let's get started. Why did you write Born Bright and what is the significance of you writing it in this political moment and time?
There's no doubt that we are living in bloody and tumultuous times -- from Ferguson to Baltimore to Chicago, and many other cities across the country, Black bodies and lives are under attack. What we are witnessing is the backlash and resistance to progress. However, I am not fearful, because historically, forward movement and gains have always been met with resistance in the form of bloodshed and in many instances death.
I wrote Born Bright because I believed I had something to say and contribute to the conversation about the experiences of Black girls, women and communities in America. The stories we are told about Black women and girls in dominant media and culture are not reflective of our lived experiences and of who we are. They are caricatures or distortions. In my own way, I am attempting to right the record. Born Bright is my song for Black girls.
How has being a Black Feminist influenced your writing and your work?
This is a good question. As a Black Feminist, I know writing is a political act. Every word, every sentence is intentional and has meaning. While a student at Howard, I devoured the writings of Zora Neale Hurston, Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, Beverly Guy Sheftall, Joyce Ladner, bell hooks and Angela Davis -- they were my first teachers. And before that, I sat at the feet of Toni Morrison (not literally), learning how to read and tell stories through the eyes of Black women. These Bad Ass Black Feminists writers and activists made me. Without them, there would be no Born Bright. Seriously.
In your opinion, what's the significance of being a Black woman writer and memoirist?
In general, I think that it's rare for a Black woman, woman of color, to be both the subject and the storyteller. We are either one or the other, but never both. Next to black men and white women, our stories are often treated as secondary or tertiary. In Born Bright, the Black girl and woman experience is primary and the lens out of which the reader is asked to view the world -- How fucking amazing is that?
It is so amazing and very, very timely, Nicole. Born Bright is a powerful part of an incredible continuum of those too few and far between Black women authors, from enslavement to present day, who place Black girl's and women's stories at the center of their narratives.
I also think writing a memoir is different from writing fiction -- the people and the interactions are real -- you can't pretend that the story is happening out there, in some fantasy, fictitious world. You must grapple with the grittiness, and the pain and meaning of the experiences and know that they happened to a person or a group of people that may be living.
You've been doing research and organizing around Black women and girls for nearly two decades, how does Born Bright align with that work?
Yes, and I believe we have known each other for nearly as long. I began my organizing work at Howard University. There, I founded the first feminist organization on campus–the Women's Action Coalition. And while I had some supporters, there was a lot of open hostility and resistance to feminism and organizing around issues of violence against women, reproductive justice and poverty.
I spent a lot of time (a waste of time) debating whether talking about gender was a distraction from issues of race. In one of my classes, I remember another student calling me a "real live feminist," like I was an alien or something.
Around that same time, I began volunteering at a local battered women's shelter where I met a group of radical queer, unapologetic feminists. Those two experiences changed my life.
For the first time, I had language for my experiences growing up as a Black girl and for the experiences of my mom, my aunts, my cousins and the many other girls that I had known or grown up with. It was then, that I decided that this–organizing, writing about, researching, documenting, and lifting up–the experiences of Black women and girls would be my life's work. Born Bright is an extension of this commitment.
I remember those days, Nicole. That's when our activist paths crossed and interlocked at the intersections of radical queer, race and gender theories and practice. You're right. Born Bright is definitely an extension of your commitment to women and girls of color.
I love the brothers, I truly do, and their stories need to be told, no doubt. However, I do not believe we have nearly enough memoirs or stories written by Black women where our experiences and analyses are central. It's the truth. When I think about memoirs written by Black women that have received national attention or acclaim -- I think about Maya Angelou's I know why the Caged Bird Sings, bell hooks' Bone Black, Elaine Brown's A Taste of Power, Staceyann Chin'sThe Other Side of Paradise, the recently a few others. However, they are too few and far between.
What I'm hoping is that Born Bright will open the doors for many other women to tell their stories in a public way. My story is only one of the many stories that need to be told -- there are so many others. I do not claim to be representative or have the definitive Black girl story. That would be wrong and misleading.
We live in a time where Black trauma is everywhere and on display. It is true upheaval and bloodshed. What appreciate about Born Bright is that you are able to simultaneously hold both black joy and pain without conflict. Can you talk about more about this?
Anyone who knows me knows that I thrive in the space that is not continuous, neat or without its own contradictions. Yes, it's true I've experienced tremendous amounts of pain, but I've also experienced copious amounts of joy and happiness in my life. And I wanted to write as though that was not only true for me, but for others as well.
In the book, I attempt to tell the story without judging the behavior or choices of the people I wrote about, including myself. I also enjoyed writing about the sharp edges, the darkness as well as the light.
What was the hardest thing to write or talk about in the book?
First of all, I cried nearly everyday writing the book. It was hard as shit -- the memories, the flashes of anger that crept in as I wrote, and trying to understand the actions and behavior of the people in my life through their eyes. I had no idea that it would be as difficult as it was.
For sure, the most difficult person and experience to write about was my mother and our relationship. It is a relationship that has troubled me in some shape or form for most of my life. She is beautiful and complicated, with very sharp edges. Her love was delayed and never spoken. It was a utilitarian love. It was also fleeting. Writing the book, I gained a deeper understand of her life because I had to see things from her perspective and give voice to her struggles.
For years, I kept tally of the many ways I was different from her. I told myself were nothing alike. However, after writing the book, I realized that I am without a doubt my mother's daughter.
There's one line in the book where you say -- "It was still hell…so I decided to save myself." Such a powerful line that will resonate with many. I know it resonated with me deeply. Can you talk about what that means and the larger significance of that line to Black women and girls?
In many ways, I did save myself. And I think many Black women and girls have had to do the same, out of necessity and survival. For a long time, I was always waiting to be saved -- by God, by the Church, by a teacher or whomever I thought was coming to rescue me, but they never came. And the knowing that comes from having to save one's self is what I wrap myself in during difficult times or when my knuckles are bare.
Who are some of your favorite writers?
Right now, I am loving Claudia Rankine. Her writing is crisp, truthful and reflective of the Black experience in America. I am also feeling Ingrid Burley, the woman who wrote Love Drought on Beyoncé's latest album Lemonade. She is brilliant and her writing is emotional, capturing life in its most vulnerable moments.
I hope readers enjoy the story and go on the journey with this little girl who is trying to make sense of her world. I hope that readers see themselves in her.
I also want readers to be curious about the journey of the person sitting across from them on the subway, in the classroom or in their office. It will humanize us all and shift how we relate to one another.
In closing, I want to celebrate that Born Bright is a heartrending praise song in honor of countless Black girls across the United States, who, because of their race, their gender, and their socio economics are severely marginalized and grossly disenfranchised in a myriad of ways. I will gift it to many and I will definitely teach it. I encourage everyone to either pick up or order a copy today.
The American empire required the erasure of Indigenous and Black humanity. Now both communities are standing up for self-determination -- against the contamination of Native land in North Dakota and for an alternative to the brutal police state in Chicago -- and finding common ground.
Chicago organizer and co-founder of the grassroots group Assata's Daughters, Page May, expresses solidarity with #NoDAPL protesters. (Photo: Courtesy of Paige May)While the world watched the Olympics, and reporters echoed Donald Trump's latest absurdities, Black and Indigenous freedom fighters were holding space in revolutionary ways, and their struggles continue.
On the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, Natives have been encamped for 146 days, in an ongoing effort to thwart construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. In Chicago, Black organizers with the #LetUsBreathe collective have created a living, breathing community space in the shadow of the infamous Homan Square police compound -- a facility that some call a "black site," where people have been held for days on end without being able to contact loved ones or an attorney and where some have been tortured.
The camps in Standing Rock territory have brought my own people -- Native people -- together in a collective struggle beyond anything I've witnessed in my lifetime. With a full spectrum of our people in attendance, from elders who held Wounded Knee in 1973 to young families who've come with their children and pets in tow, our peoples have come together to thwart the construction of a 1,172-mile oil pipeline that would imperil the Standing Rock Sioux's drinking water and disturb sacred and cultural sites. Like many Natives around the country who are using up their vacation days and scraping together gas money to join this historic stand, I spent a few days in Standing Rock recently. It was overwhelming to not only see so many of my people, from so many walks of life, gathered together in common cause, but to also see so many faces from Native justice movements around the country. One after another, I would see old friends and co-strugglers, arriving and contributing whatever skills they could to strengthen the camps.
"We've been taught by the Oceti Sakowin Council here that this kind of gathering of the Seven Council Fires hasn't happened since the Battle of Little Big Horn, when the Lakota banded together to beat down General Custer," Miwok protester Desiree Kane told me in an interview.
With entire families and tribal elders gathered in prayerful camps now populated by over 2,000 demonstrators, some have expressed shock that the state has pulled out previously provisioned drinking water for the protesters. For those on the ground, the news was troubling, but unsurprising. "No one here is surprised the State pulled out clean water for the camp," said Kane. "This is all just a 2.0 version of the oldest fight on the continent."
In Chicago, where I returned home after my journey to the frontlines of #NoDAPL, the #LetUsBreathe collective has been maintaining its Freedom Square encampment for 34 days. Staffed by volunteers, Freedom Square provides free books, free meals and a wide variety of educational workshops and cultural programming in the over-policed, financially neglected community of North Lawndale. Originally formed in concert with a blockade organized by the Black Youth Project 100, Freedom Square is a testament to the kind of investments #LetUsBreathe organizers say the City of Chicago should be making in Black communities -- rather than spending four million dollars a day on Chicago's infamously violent police department.
As neighborhood children flocked to Freedom Square to partake in community meals and enjoy dance lessons and other workshops provided at the site, it became a place where self-determination, love and abolitionist ideology meet the struggle of real world expression. Instead of simply denouncing the police, #LetUsBreathe organizers have committed themselves to an exploration of what building safety and community looks like, without involving the state, while also endeavoring to improve the lives of those living in the community. With concrete demands around police brutality, a highly successful school supply drive for neighborhood youth, and ongoing cultural programming, Freedom Square is a celebration of Black life, Black love and Black resistance.
Native protesters Dean Dedman and Remy show their support for #FreedomSquare from the frontlines of #NoDAPL. Dedman has played a key role in documenting the #NoDAPL protests, while Remy, an arts trainer with The Indian Problem, has helped produce art on the front lines. (Photo: Desiree Kane)
Freedom Square has made a priority of improving the lives of Black people living in an oppressed community, but the occupation is clearly more than a neighborhood-based project. It is a direct action that models human potential in a moment of significant social unrest -- an aim that many of Chicago's Black Lives Matter protests have aspired to.
While many Black Chicago organizers are focused on defending the lives of their own people, expressions of solidarity and intersectional analysis have repeatedly emerged in the city's protest scene. Last month, the grassroots group Assata's Daughters devoted a section of a rally about anti-Black police violence to Indigenous issues, and the connectivity between state violence against Native peoples and Black people.
Chicago's Black organizers are aware that Natives are likewise struggling, both with police violence and threats to their life-giving water supplies. "The fight to prevent the pipeline from encroaching on Native land illustrates the ways in which the horrible legacy of genocide against our Indigenous family continues to be resisted," Black Lives Matter Chicago organizer, Aislinn Pulley explained in an interview. "Like the fight for Black lives, the fight for Indigenous rights reflects a struggle for self-determination," says Pulley. "The foundation of American empire required the erasure of both Indigenous and Black humanity. These fights for liberation are intrinsically linked, and [that] is why we continue to stand in unflinching solidarity with our Indigenous family."
Atena Danner, a Chicago organizer with the Lifted Voices direct action collective, shows support for #NoDAPL on social media. (Photo: Courtesy of Atena Danner)In North Dakota, the connectivity of these struggles is also on the minds of some of those resisting the pipeline. Kwavol Hi'osik is a 34-year-old Akimel O'otham #NoDAPL protester who organizes with the South Mountain Freeway Resistance in her native Arizona. Having travelled to the frontlines of #NoDAPL to join this collective moment of Native resistance, Hi'osik reflected on the connections between Native and Black struggle.
"These kinds of situations are always placed onto communities of color. Understanding the lack of food systems, environmental racism, all of these are connecting issues," Hi'osik told me in an interview. Seeing the leadership of women and femmes as a common element in Black and Brown struggles, Hi'osik noted, "As women, we organize ourselves daily between our communities and households. So, it's not uncommon for the women to offer solutions and to be doing the work."
Speaking to the uniqueness of the historical moment, when two encampments are slowly forcing an awareness of Black and Indigenous issues, Hi'osik suggested that both Black and Native movements are experiencing a different kind of propulsion in the age of social media. "We have instant connection at our fingertips and young people are using these tools in the war."
Hi'osik also sees connectivity in the spirituality of Black and Brown strugglers and organizers. "One connecting issue is the strong and heavy presence of spirituality and community," she said. "That is the basis of all of our struggles and the thing that unites us."
Cody Hall, a Cheyenne River Siouxorganizer and spokesperson for the Red Warrior Camp at Standing Rock had these words to offer to the organizers who are maintaining Chicago's Freedom Square: "Please, stand your ground and speak with your spirit, and never let the oppressors take the narrative from you, because peace is power."
Encampment, as a protest tactic, has deep historic roots. It means merging the freedom dreams of an oppressed people with the gritty, on-the-ground realities of holding space -- often in harsh conditions. Both encampments have held fast in the face of storms and excessive heat and both face possible, if not probable, state reprisal in the coming days. But as #LetUsBreathe organizer Kristiana Colón recently wrote, "Liberation is not some distant utopian goalpost where a journey of political struggle concludes."
Liberation, as both Black and Native strugglers are reminding us in real time, is the work of living our resistance and our freedom dreams as we create manifestations of both in the world.
Thanks to a National Labor Relations Board decision, workers employed by temporary staffing agencies may find it easier to organize and bargain.
The Board issued its long-awaited ruling last August in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI). The decision revamped the Board's test for what's considered a "joint employer," imposing new legal obligations on employers who hire through temp agencies and potentially also on giant corporate franchisors.
The new joint-employer standard provides a much more favorable legal framework for workers to form unions at temped-out warehouses, manufacturing and food processing plants, recycling facilities, hotels, and franchised janitorial services and fast food outlets.
Prior to this ruling, a factory that hired workers through a temp agency was not considered their employer and could not be compelled to bargain with the temps who worked at its plant.
The same standard would apply to a corporate franchisor like McDonald's, if it were found to be a joint employer along with the franchise owner.
Who Decides Conditions?
The NLRB applied the new joint-employer test in a union election at BFI's California recycling facility, where all 240 low-wage sorters and screeners were hired through Leadpoint, a temporary staffing agency.
The union argued that the temps should be considered jointly employed by both the temp agency and the recycling facility. As evidence, it pointed to contract terms that gave BFI control over the speed of the conveyor belts and the number of temp workers staffing the lines, as well as the right to discharge any agency worker.
Like many standard temp agency contracts, the agreement also limited the length of a temp's assignment to the facility, and capped the top wage the agency could pay. BFI argued that the temps were not its employees because they were supervised by onsite Leadpoint managers.
The Board sided with the union, finding that the temps' wages and conditions were co-determined by both businesses. It certified a bargaining unit that classified BFI and Leadpoint as joint employers, and ordered both bosses to negotiate with the union.
The BFI recycling facility is not unusual. In core industries and service sectors, staffing agency workers are everywhere.
Temp agencies accounted for more than 17 percent of net employment gains after the Great Recession of 2008.
Temps are often paid as little as half of what regular employees make, with no benefits or paid holidays. For example, temps in the Chicago warehousing sector average $9 an hour, while direct hires average $12.48, almost 30 percent more. Thousands of employers now use temps this way, splitting their workforces into "core" and "contingent" segments.
Before the BFI decision, temps in these segmented workplaces were denied meaningful collective bargaining. They could not join the same bargaining unit as directly hired employees because, under federal law, they had two different employers.
Even in workplaces where temps made up a majority, the companies that actually controlled the terms and conditions of work weren't considered their employers, and therefore had no legal obligation to bargain.
And if temps engaged in concerted activity, the company could discharge them simply by requesting replacements from the staffing agency or by re-contracting with a different agency. Even if the workers were able to prove the temp agency committed an unfair labor practice, there would be no way to get rehired at the same company.
A New Day
Now -- assuming the ruling survives a federal court appeal -- all that has changed.
Temps can now organize along with direct employees and belong to the same bargaining unit or form a separate bargaining unit composed only of temps. In either case, if a union drive were successful, both the temp agency and the contracting employer would have to sit at the bargaining table.
Another important new NLRB ruling, Miller and Anderson, issued July 11, removes another legal obstacle that prevented temp workers and direct employees from belonging to the same bargaining unit, in workplaces where temps and standard employees work together. This decision eliminates the requirement -- reestablished by a Republican-controlled Board in 2004 -- that temp workers and direct hires could belong to the same bargaining unit only if the user employer and the temp agency both consented to that arrangement.
In addition, where joint-employer relationships exist, unions representing temps will now be able to take advantage of their right to picket and boycott both employers -- not just the temp agency. For instance, a union representing or campaigning to organize temps at Amazon distribution centers could picket Amazon facilities or corporate buildings, as well as the temp agency shape-ups where the temps are recruited, without being charged with secondary picketing.
Temps now have stronger legal protections against retaliation. Before BFI, if a certain temp at an auto plant was agitating for a union, the plant manager could simply order the temp agency to end the worker's assignment to this worksite -- and suffer no legal consequences, because the plant wasn't considered the temp's employer.
Now, the same action would be considered an unfair labor practice, permitting the Board to order the joint employers to rehire the temp worker with back pay and return him to his job at the auto plant.
Making use of the new ruling, immigrant Guatemalan temp workers won a union election last fall at a tire recycling business in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 328 now represents the temps in bargaining with the temp agency and the tire business.
The organizing campaign took off after the tire company fired three workers when they asked for a raise. Following a workplace protest, the three were rehired by the temp agency and tire business. One of the fired workers became a central leader of the organizing drive.
Fast Food Too
The Board's new joint-employer test may also be applicable to fast-food franchises, and to janitorial and hotel chains where the Board's control standard is met.
In the face of recent protests against low-wages, the fast-food giants have claimed that each local restaurant is the sole legal employer, even when the corporation dictates the particulars of the production process through franchise agreements and detailed manuals.
The Board's General Counsel has already issued unfair labor practice complaints naming McDonald's as a joint employer, along with a group of its franchisees, for retaliating against workers who protested against low wages and work conditions.
The complaints point out how McDonald's operations manual and computer system, which tracks labor costs and schedules employees, provide means of indirect, but substantial, corporate control over employment decisions. These have been consolidated into a massive case now being heard by an administrative law judge in the Board's New York office.
Going forward, the Labor Board will make joint-employer determinations on a case-by-case basis. Outcomes will turn on workers' and unions' ability to assemble a detailed picture of the mechanisms of control in the workplace.
This means that unions and worker centers will need to educate workers on the issue of control over the terms and conditions of employment. They'll need to gather evidence that the alleged joint employer co-determines such matters as schedules, overtime, the number of workers on the job, and the pace of work.
Further evidence will include franchise agreements and staffing agency contracts, which routinely set forth arrangements granting control over hiring, dismissal, work processes, and production standards to corporate franchises and businesses that hire temps.
These documents may also expose the hefty markups that temp agencies charge -- for instance, that the temp agency is receiving $20 an hour for an employee, and paying wages of just $10. Such information could be used to encourage temps and permanent employees to fight together for better wages and benefits.
Unions may now get access to these agreements at several points in the process of organizing:
in the context of proving joint employment, when the Board is determining the appropriate bargaining unit
when seeking evidence to prove an unfair labor practice
through information requests in the course of collective bargaining
The recycling center has appealed the BFI ruling to the federal circuit court in Washington, D.C. Whether or not this ruling survives appeal, many organizers agree that, to beat corporate divide-and-conquer, unions will need bring temps and direct employees together.
New questions have arisen this week over Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. On Tuesday, the Associated Press published a new investigation revealing that while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, more than half of the private citizens she met with had donated to the Clinton Foundation. The AP investigation comes after a three-year battle to gain access to State Department calendars. The analysis shows that at least 85 of 154 people Hillary Clinton had scheduled phone or in-person meetings with were foundation donors. This does not include meetings Clinton held with U.S. or foreign government workers or representatives, only private citizens. We speak to David Sirota of the International Business Times and Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly. He was President Bill Clinton's chief speechwriter from 1998 to 2001.
AMYGOODMAN: New questions have arisen this week over Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. On Tuesday, the Associated Press published a new investigation revealing that while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, more than half the private citizens she met with had donated to the Clinton Foundation. The AP investigation comes after a three-year battle to gain access to State Department calendars. The analysis shows that at least 85 of 154 people Hillary Clinton had scheduled phone or in-person meetings with were foundation donors. This does not include meetings Clinton held with U.S. or foreign government workers or representatives, only private citizens. These 85 donors contributed more than $150 million to the foundation combined. Calling into CNN's AC360 Wednesday, Clinton slammed the investigation.
HILLARYCLINTON: There's a lot of smoke, and there's no fire. This AP report, put it in context. It excludes nearly 2,000 meetings I had with world leaders, plus countless other meetings with U.S. government officials when I was secretary of state. It looked at a small portion of my time. And it drew the conclusion and made the suggestion that my meetings with people like the late great Elie Wiesel or Melinda Gates or the Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus were somehow due to connections with the foundation instead of their status as highly respected global leaders. That is absurd. These are people I was proud to meet with, who any secretary of state would have been proud to meet with to hear about their work and their insight.
AMYGOODMAN: The AP says it's been asking for the State Department schedules for three years and that what's been released thus far covers only half of her four-year tenure.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who himself has donated $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, has accused Clinton of selling access to the State Department.
DONALDTRUMP: We are going to end government corruption. Hillary Clinton ran the State Department like a failed leader in a Third World country. That's what it's run -- it's run like -- like a Third World country. She sold favors and access in exchange for cash. She sold it.
AMYGOODMAN: Questions have also arisen over what will happen to the Clinton Foundation if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, the Clinton Foundation will stop accepting corporate and foreign donations, but an exception may be made for the Clinton Health Access Initiative. The Journal also reports former President Bill Clinton will leave the board, but that Chelsea Clinton plans to stay on it.
Well, for more, we're joined by two guests. David Sirota is the senior editor for investigations at the International Business Times. His most recent article is titled "Was There 'Pay to Play' at the Clinton Foundation?" We're also joined by Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly. He was President Bill Clinton's chief speechwriter from 1998 to 2001.
We welcome you both to Democracy Now! Paul Glastris, let's begin with you. What's your reaction to these revelations of the Associated Press?
PAULGLASTRIS: Well, you know, I read the story very carefully. I think Secretary Clinton kind of got it right. This was a eyebrow-raising piece of math that said half of the private-sector people she met with in her first two years were Clinton donors. Let's -- basically, there's two -- there's two issues here. One, did she have special -- did people who gave to the foundation have special access? And, two, did the access get them anything? Right? On the special access part, that piece of math that the AP story shows suggests that. That's why people, I think, are paying attention. But it's -- actually, those 85 people are 1 percent of the Clinton Foundation donors. There are 7,000 Clinton Foundation donors; 85 got access.
And then you look at the individuals highlighted in the story. They're people like Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and human rights activist. They're people like Muhammad Yunus, who created the microfinance revolution that has lifted millions of the most destitute people out of poverty. They're people who are running AIDS campaigns in Africa. So -- and for the most part, these are people that have known Hillary Clinton for years, even decades. Muhammad Yunus and Hillary Clinton were doing microfinance in Arkansas in 1985. So, what these people seem to be, at least from the evidence of the story, are part of Hillary Clinton's longtime network. And they also happen to be people who gave to her foundation. They don't seem to be people who gave to her foundation in order to get to know Clinton. They're people who gave to her foundation because they know Clinton. And that's an important distinction.
AMYGOODMAN: David Sirota?
DAVIDSIROTA: Well, my reaction to it is that I think that if you look at some of these individual examples, I think Paul is right that it's hard to argue that their donations to the foundation got them access. They are -- a lot of these people in the AP story are people who knew her.
But I think we should pull back and look at not just what the AP reported, but at the nexus between the donors to the Clinton Foundation -- major corporate donors, major foreign government donors -- and what business they had with the State Department. Look, the Clinton team, the foundation and the campaign, is saying that this is not going to happen if she is president. The question then becomes: Why was it then allowed to happen when she was secretary of state? The secretary of state has a huge amount of power over a huge number of issues and policies and contracts, for instance, that many of these donors had an interest in. And we did a series on, for instance, arms exports and how many of the governments that gave big to the Clinton Foundation saw huge increases in arms export authorizations from the State Department, and the State Department is the chief regulator of arms exports. There have been stories about foreign governments giving, like Algeria gave $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation at a time when it was lobbying the State Department on human rights issues. You had a situation, that The Wall Street Journal reported, where Hillary Clinton herself intervened in a case dealing with taxes with UBS, a Swiss bank, and then, suddenly, after that, UBS began donating big to the Clinton Foundation. So there are many examples of -- I mean, there's oil companies -- that's another one I should mention right now, which is that oil companies were giving big to the Clinton Foundation while lobbying the State Department -- successfully -- for the passage of the Alberta Clipper, the tar sands pipeline.
So, again, there are many of these examples where the people and corporations that were lobbying the State Department were giving huge to the Clinton Foundation. Do we know that that money made those deals and those -- and access about those deals happen? I don't think we know. But here's the key point. The key point is that ethics rules have typically been in place in states and at the federal level that have said we want to prevent the appearance or the potential for conflicts of interest, because we understand that if the appearance or the potential for a conflict of interest is there, we can't know if those conflicts are operationalized, that there are so many ways for them to be operationalized that we need to prevent the potential and appearance of a conflict of interest or potential appearance of a conflict of interest. And that is really what's at issue here.
AMYGOODMAN: So, can you respond to that, Paul Glastris?
PAULGLASTRIS: Well, that was a -- that's a whole lot of examples, and I can't respond to, you know, each one individually. But I think we have now two big investigations -- one by the AP, the other as a result of the conservative Judicial Watch lawsuit that showed various members of the -- ex-members of the Clinton Foundation and others trying to get meetings with Secretary Clinton. And in virtually every case, the secretary's people made the right choice. So, when an ex-Clinton Foundation official wanted a visa granted to a soccer player who had committed a felony, the answer became no. When the crown prince of Bahrain wanted a special meeting with Senator Clinton -- Secretary Clinton, they said, you know, "Let's have it go through official channels," and she got -- he got the meeting, which is, of course, what he should have done. When Muhammad Yunus then asked for help because the government of Bangladesh was sort of destroying his leadership team at the bank that he created, and the entire international community said that that was wrong, she did act. So, in each of the situations where we have these internal records of what she did and who she met with, she did the right thing. And I don't think there's a lot of dispute about that. So, we don't know what happened in these other instances, but we have had this kind of deep forensic now from some very, very -- with some very, very good data, and it's shown a very tight ship and a very ethical set of choices. So, you know, you can always raise these issues, but the facts we have from this reporting pretty strongly shows that there were not favors granted for any of this.
AMYGOODMAN: No favors --
DAVIDSIROTA: But can I just -- I mean, the --
AMYGOODMAN: David, go ahead.
DAVIDSIROTA: The Bahrain example is a very good example. I mean, that is a very -- I'm glad you brought it up. The Bahrain example, we saw that the email came in from the Clinton Foundation. The crown prince of Bahrain has given the Clinton Foundation $32 million. And I don't think anybody is going to sit up and say the crown prince, one of the top leaders in a dictatorial regime, is giving money -- we haven't heard anyone argue that money from dictators typically comes because dictators want to reduce poverty in the world. So, money is coming into the Clinton Foundation from the crown prince of Bahrain. The Clinton Foundation reaches out to the State Department and says, "He is a good friend of ours," this person from this autocratic regime, head of the military there. The State Department says that the crown prince had already reached out to them and that Hillary Clinton wasn't sure she wanted to have a meeting with him. And then, subsequently, the meeting happens.
And what happens after, if that -- we don't know if that meeting actually happened, but there was a -- the State Department said it was going to happen. Subsequently, after that, what happened is that Bahrain saw a major increase in U.S. arms export authorizations from the Clinton State Department, at a time that Bahrain was facing the Arab Spring uprisings and was accused of human rights violations in crushing those protests. So, did the money and the Clinton Foundation relationship ultimately lead to those arms export deals? We don't know. Did it potentially get access for that leader at that time? There's certainly evidence that that could have happened.
And again, the question that this all revolves around is: Why was the potential for a conflict of interest allowed to exist at the State Department, when the Clinton campaign and the Clinton Foundation now says it's now unacceptable if Hillary Clinton would be president? What is the difference there?
PAULGLASTRIS: OK, well -- well, can I address that particular point?
AMYGOODMAN: Go ahead, Paul Glastris.
PAULGLASTRIS: So, the rules of Hillary Clinton and the existence of the foundation and what they could and couldn't do were hashed out by the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton. So the rules she lived under were the Obama administration rules.
Moreover, the decision to sell arms to this or that country, though the State Department is the regulator, the ultimate regulator, these are made in interagency discussions pushed more by the Pentagon and the White House and other parts of the government than anywhere else. So, there's no indication that Bahrain was -- by putting money into the Clinton Foundation, it was influencing the Defense Department, that wanted to sell these weapons. So, you can question whether they should or shouldn't have. They were right in the middle of orchestrating the Iran thing, and they had restive Sunni nations, so this was all -- you know, if you like the Iran deal, you know, you have to balance that out. So -- but this is -- so, this is a function of what the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative is. And their basic business model is --
DAVIDSIROTA: But here's the question, Paul. I mean, the question becomes --
AMYGOODMAN: David Sirota.
DAVIDSIROTA: Why were these leaders -- let's say, of these Middle Eastern dictatorships -- why were they giving that money? I mean, these are sophisticated, politically sophisticated donors, them and corporations. They are repeatedly giving money to the Clinton Foundation. And I don't think you're arguing, and I haven't heard anyone argue, that, you know, the Saudi regime or another dictatorial regime is giving money to the Clinton Foundation because they really -- in the deep well of their heart, they want to solve poverty or help poor children. They are repeatedly giving money to the Clinton Foundation at a time they are seeking highly controversial -- in this instance that we're talking about, highly controversial arms deals. There was a Saudi deal where the State Department said it was Hillary Clinton's personal top priority to get one of the biggest Saudi arms deals through. The Israelis were raising concerns about it.
DAVIDSIROTA: It went through. And again, the money flowed into the Clinton -- had flowed into the Clinton Foundation. So, why were those donors giving? What did they think they were getting?
PAULGLASTRIS: OK --
DAVIDSIROTA: And again, the critics of this say that what it ended up being was potentially a way that donors saw a way to curry favor with the State Department on controversial issues.
PAULGLASTRIS: Right. OK, two points. One, the reason the Clinton State Department and the entire Obama administration was willing to give a lot of arms to the Saudis and the Bahrainis was that they were tubing the Saudis and the Bahrainis by trying to open negotiations with Iran. Everybody knows this. It's not -- we don't need to kind of find some nefarious payoff in order to understand the policy. You can agree with the policy or disagree with the policy, but if you're in favor of the opening of Iran, it's hard to say they shouldn't have sold these arms to the Sunnis. They were trying to keep a balance of power going in order to bring some kind of peace and resolution of these nuclear issues.
Now, on the Clinton Global Initiative, the point I was trying to make is, the whole business model of this thing is: Get rich people and governments to empty their wallets in order to help poor Africans who can't afford AIDS drugs. Eleven million -- that Bahraini money and that Saudi money was spent on things like training midwives in Ethiopia or lower-priced AIDS drugs for 11 million people. So, you know, that was the business model. You could say that's a terrible business model, they shouldn't have set it up. Fine, I understand, it looks bad. But that's what the money went for. And, you know, it certainly leaves open questions as to whether that money bought influence. All I'm saying is, the deepest investigations we've had, this AP story and the Judicial Watch story, showed that that's not the case.
AMYGOODMAN: David Sirota?
DAVIDSIROTA: Well, I mean, look, again, I think you're right to say that the Clinton Foundation has done projects and is involved in efforts that are laudable and philanthropic. But again, the deeper policy question here goes back to whether a potential conflict of interest, whether the appearance of a conflict of interest, should have been permissible at the State Department and what this money potentially bought.
And I want to go to the -- one other point about the appearance of a conflict of interest, because I've heard a lot of pundits out there defending the Clintons with sort of the same talking points, saying, "Oh, well, there was a -- there's an appearance of a conflict of interest, and there was only a potential, and that's all that can be proven." And, of course, if a lot of these same pundits, these Democratic pundits, were looking at a Republican situation, they would be screaming about how this is a huge scandal. But the key on the appearance of a conflict of interest is, if we want people to believe that their government is doing things in the right way in a democracy, that access isn't being sold, that contracts aren't being given out on the basis of preference and money going into a private foundation, appearances actually do matter. It is not something to throw -- to pooh-pooh. Appearances really matter. The optics are not just some talking point. The optics matter in a democracy, when people -- the public is asked to believe that its government is acting on behalf of the public interest. And in this case, all of these questions swirling around -- the Clinton people seem to understand that those questions cannot exist when she was president, but why was it allowed to exist when she was in such a powerful position as America's top diplomat?
AMYGOODMAN: We're going to talk about --
DAVIDSIROTA: That's the central question.
AMYGOODMAN: We're going to talk about what should happen with the Clinton Foundation, if Hillary Clinton became president. We're speaking with David Sirota of the International Business Times, who has long covered the Clinton Foundation, and Paul Glastris, who was a President Bill Clinton speechwriter for a number of years and is now the editor of the Washington Monthly. Stay with us.
South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy appeared on Fox News today and disclosed new details about the Clinton email scandal that seem to indicate intent to destroy evidence. Per the clip below, Gowdy reveals that Clinton used "BleachBit" to erase the "personal" emails from her private server.
For those not familiar with the software, BleachBit is intended to help users delete files in a way to "prevent recovery" and "hide traces of files deleted." Per the BleachBit website:
Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster.
During his appearance on Fox, Gowdy clearly indicates that Clinton's use of BleachBit undermines her claims that she only deleted innocuous "personal" emails from her private server.
“If she considered them to be personal, then she and her lawyers had those emails deleted. They didn’t just push the delete button, they had them deleted where even God can't read them.
"They were using something called BleachBit. You don't use BleachBit for yoga emails."
"When you're using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see."
Gowdy also questioned whether Hillary considered "Clinton Foundation" emails to be "personal" and, if not, asked why the FBI's investigation revealed minimal emails about Foundation-related topics.
So Dear Reader, we leave it to you to decide whether - like FBI Director Comey - you see no "intent" to hide or obfuscate any of the deleted emails; or - like Rep. Gowdy - you see the facts as proving Hillary Clinton's intent to ensure no trace was left of these harmless emails about yoga routines or wedding plans.
With all eyes focused on the collapse in equity risk over the last few months, it seems Treasuries have been ignored. This week has seen intraday trading ranges for 10Y Treasury yields crash to 2016 lows. The last time the volatility was this compressed was early June, which pre-empted a major surge in risk, slide in stocks, and drop in rates...
As Bloomberg details, the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note traded Wednesday in a yield range of less than 0.03 percentage point, the tightest since June. It’s the second-smallest range of 2016, excluding days the market was closed for American holidays, as bond traders await Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s speech in Jackson Hole on Aug. 26.
They’ll be listening for clues as to whether policy makers will raise interest rates later this year... even though the yield curve seems convinced it's not going to happen...
Notably, both Bond and Equity risk is massively distorted from a seasonal norm perspective...
However, the last time bond trading was this compressed marked a notable bottom in risk...
And while the unusual situation where equity 'risk' is less than bond 'risk' remains, it is clear that equities are catching up... as spot VIX catches up to the futures curve's expectations.
When it came to BREXIT, the computer correctly forecast that the leave side would win and there would be a big turnout.
I personally stated that I “believed” they would rig the election as they had done with every other European election from Austria and Scotland all the way to Italy and Spain.
I also stated that the only way for BREXIT to win would be an overwhelming majority, which did happen.
Personally, I was wrong for I questioned whether they would really be able to win. This is what I mean that my “opinion” is not infallible. It’s just an opinion.
Looking at the Electoral College, yes it appears to be a close race again.
The population voting models only give Hillary a 25% chance of winning.
But the press is in all out war against Trump and the American people creating propaganda like we have never seen in American history...
Once again, I will say this. UNLESS there is a huge turnout, they will UNDOUBTEDLY rig the game for Hillary. You have the Republican Elite who behind the curtain are pushing for Hillary.
So I would also have to assume they will rig the election every which way possible.
There is far too much at stake to allow an OUTSIDER to go to Washington.
They stole state from Bernie to make sure Hillary won. Without that, Bernie would have been the candidate.
If the history of the Roman Empire has any guidance, Hillary will take the throne and her corruption is all that is needed to end Western Civilization much like Maximinus.
This was the crooked emperor who declared all wealth belonged to the state. He paid spies to report people with wealth who were hiding anything. That was the tipping point and Hillary has always preached socialism.
What happened was unbelievable. When you attack the people in such a manner as will Hillary, they will contract, hoard, and not invest. Obama has the worse economic growth of any president since the Great Depression. Hillary will beat that.
So I believe they will rig the game. The cannot afford a Trump victory.
IF THERE IS A HUGE popular turnout that puts Trump in that 60% category, I believe they will assassinate him. He would tear the bankers apart and has already stated he will end nation-building, which is the life-blood of neoconservative.
Maybe I am wrong and Trump will win. That remains to be seen for my opinion is not worth much – it’s just opinion.
At long last, the presidential race between Trump and Hillary has devolved to its to its lowest common denominator: mutual accusations of racism, paranoia, neonazism, conspiracy theories, and of course the Ku Klux Klan.
Earlier today, a video released by Hillary Clinton’s campaign suggested that Donald Trump is the candidate of racists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis. “The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in,” a robed man identified as the Imperial Wizard of the Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan says at the top of the video, followed by images of a Confederate flag fluttering in the wind, Trump waving after a speech, and a man performing a Hitler salute at what appears to be a Trump rally.
The video’s release comes on the same day that Clinton is scheduled to deliver a speech on the so-called “alt-right” political movement, which according to Politico, "has formed much of Trump’s base from the beginning of his campaign" even if the Trump base would likely beg to differ.
In the video, an unidentified voice labels the alt-right as “the sort of dressed-up-in-suits version of the neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements.”
The clip attacks newly hired Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon over his previous job running Breitbart News, widely considered to be the most prominent alt-right media outlet. An unnamed member of a CNN panel attacks Bannon as “a campaign chair that ran a website that has become a field day for the alt-right, which is racist and all sorts of other ‘ists.’” Trump's campaign quickly issued a statement in response to the video from Mark Burns, a pastor with close ties to the campaign who spoke at the Republican National Convention last month in Cleveland. Burns said the video represented a "disgusting new low" for Clinton and her campaign.
"Hillary Clinton and her campaign went to a disgusting new low today as they released a video tying the Trump Campaign with horrific racial images," Burns said in the statement emailed out by the Trump campaign. "This type of rhetoric and repulsive advertising is revolting and completely beyond the pale. I call on Hillary Clinton to disavow this video and her campaign for this sickening act that has no place in our world."
The video runs just over a minute and 10 seconds and wraps with a black and white image of the White House as audio from a Trump rally of attendees chanting the real estate mogul’s name plays. The Clinton campaign video closes with a warning that “If Trump wins, they could be running the country.”
So, aware of what Hillary's rally topic today would be, Trump ripped Hillary Clinton for playing the race card on Thursday, calling her a bully seeking to distract voters from her own controversies by accusing others of racism.
“She lies, she smears, she paints decent Americans as racists,” Trump said at a rally in New Hampshire on Thursday. “She bullies voters, who only want a better future, and tries to intimidate them out of voting for change.” He said, Clinton's accusations of racism were "the oldest play in the Democratic playbook."
"Now, I've not seen what Hillary is going to say, but I've heard about it. And, in a sense, I don’t want to dignify her statements by dwelling on them too much, but a response is required for the sake of all decent voters that she is trying to smear. When Democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument. 'You're racist, you're racist, you're racist,' they keep saying it, 'you're racist.' It's a tired, disgusting argument, and it's so totally predictable. They're failing so badly. It’s the last refuge of the discredited Democrat politician. They keep going back to the same well, but you know what? The people are becoming very smart. They've heard it too many times before. The well is dry."
The GOP presidential nominee said it is clear Clinton is simply changing the subject from questions about donors to her family’s foundation paying for access to the Clintons.
“Now, as all of these revelations have been discovered this week, Hillary Clinton has been hiding,” Trump said. “But she’s emerging not to take responsibly for her unethical and criminal conduct, but instead to make one of the most brazen attempts at distraction in the history of politics.
“The news reports are that Hillary Clinton is going to try to accuse this campaign, and all of you and the millions of decent Americans at record levels...and going to accuse decent Americans who support this campaign, of being racists,” he continued. “It’s the oldest play in the Democratic playbook.
“When Democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument. It’s a tired, disgusting argument and it’s so totally predictable and they’re failing so badly."
The, moments ago, Hillary responded with her own attack, saying "Trump launched his own campaign with another racist lie, that Mexican immigrants are rapists and murderers. Trump has continued pushing discredited conspiracy theories with racist undertones" adding that "Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He’s taking hate groups mainstream."
Hillary Clinton: "Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice & paranoia. He’s taking hate groups mainstream." pic.twitter.com/c5KBM5rlJ6
Her onslaught continued: "Trump is someone who retweets white supremacists online" and "famously posted an anti-Semitic image", then proceeding to equate accusations of her ill health with paranoia: "His latest paranoid fever dream is about my health. All I can say is, Donald, dream on."
"Someone detached from reality should never be in charge of making decisions that are as real as they come"
Her punchline: "it seems Donald Trumps' real message is "Make America Hate Again", a recurring bullet point in her attack arsenal.
With that the mudslinging campaign may have reached its pinnacle. What happens next is anyone's guess, however some have suggested that now that he has succeeded in dragging Hillary into a debate sporting a "low" level of his choosing - something Hillary has so far refused to do - Trump effectively controls the narrative, even if it is one that is not even worthy of kindergarten.
And while we doubt many Americans still remains "on the fence" about their choice of presidential candidate, we doubt their mind will be made up by this unapologetic pandering to the basest of emotions by both campaigns.
A dozen Turkish tanks rolled across the Syrian border as part of a military operation backed by jets and US-led coalition warplanes after heavy Turkish shelling of an area held by Daesh [Arabic acronym for "ISIS" / "ISIL"].
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The US presidential election this November will tell whether a majority of the US population is irredeemably stupid. If voters elect Hillary, we will know that Americans are stupid beyond redemption.
We don’t know much about Trump, and anti-Trump propaganda…
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So Turkish President, a.k.a. Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan is about to make a high-profile visit to Tehran – the date has not yet been set - to essentially kick start the ATM (Ankara-Tehran-Moscow) coalition in Syria. Trends Anyone as much as hinting at such a massive geopolitical tectonic shift a few weeks ago would be branded a madman. So how did the impossible happen? A major strategic game-changer – Russia using an airfield in Iran to send bombers against jihadis in Syria – had already taken place, with its aftermath spectacularly misreported by the usual, clueless US corporate media suspects. Then, there’s what Turkey’s Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, said last Saturday in Istanbul: “The most important priority for us is to stop the bloodshed [in Syria] as soon as possible.” The rest are irrelevant “details.”
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian China says it will provide the Syrian military with “medical and nursing professional training,” urging a political solution to the conflict in the Arab country. In an apparent move in support of the Syrian government, the Chinese Defense Ministry announced Thursday that the military will provide training for Syrian […]
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If the West in general and the United States in particular, left the Arab and Muslim world alone and in peace, we would most likely never see all those terrorist attacks, which are rocking the world from Indonesia to France. There would be no Mujahedeen and its mutation into al-Qaida; in Afghanistan or elsewhere. There […]
Head of a right-wing think tank says the existence of ISIS serves a “strategic purpose” in the West’s interests According to a think tank that does contract work for NATO and the Israeli government, the West should not destroy ISIS, the fascist Islamist extremist group that is committing genocide and ethnically cleansing minority groups in […]
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nsnbc : The Colombian government and the FARC-EP finalized a peace agreement on Wednesday. A referendum on the accord will be held on October 2. Should the agreement be adopted, the FARC will take part in the 2018 elections with a minimum of seats in the Senate and House guaranteed. The government and the largest […]
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TC : The Appenines region of central Italy has been struck by a deadly earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.2. The quake, which had an epicentre roughly 10km southeast of Norcia, Italy, occurred just over seven years after the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake that killed more than 300 people only 90km away. The latest earthquake occurred […]
The implication is clear. “You want a favor from the State Department? Pay the Clinton Foundation.” The Hillary email scandal and the Clinton Foundation scandal have been slithering, segment by segment, into public view. And now we have “pay to play.” The latest revelation, from the Associated Press: “More than half the people […]
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Instead of flying between New York and Washington, DC, like a common traveler, Hillary Clinton wanted the Air Force to fly her — because she didn’t feel well enough to fly commercial, newly released emails show. An exchange from May 4, 2009, between Clinton and her closest aide, Huma Abedin, show the former secretary […]
There’s a big difference between the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Family Foundation, or at least we’re told. Who says words don’t mean anything? Like somebody, maybe Mark Twain, once said, a word can mean the difference between a lightning bug and lightning. Cheers to the Clinton Family Foundation, which found its way to […]
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A home in Washington is flattened and the homeowners sent to the hospital after what authorities are calling an overnight "explosion". It happened in the 24,000 Block of Farmdale Road in rural Washington just before 2:00AM Wednesday morning.
Now neighbors are describing what they saw and heard. "We were woken up about a quarter til 2 with just a loud boom and the whole house shook." Next-door-neighbor, Barbara Slagel, said. Tim and Barbara Slagel live next door to the home. "I said 'What's that?' And he said 'Must be thunder.'"
Slagel said. "But then we waited just a little bit thinking this is a pretty nasty storm and it never thundered again for a couple of minutes...looked over there and the entire house was engulfed in flames."
"We got a call around 2 o'clock this morning for a house that had exploded we arrived to find the house fully involved in fire." Northern Tazewell Fire Chief Rick Ragan, said.
Chief Ragan tells us the homeowners were outside of the home when they got there. Investigators won't tell us how they were able to get out, but neighbors say the blast blew them out. "They were in bed, they were sleeping, and they were blown out of the house." Tim Slagel said.
Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has vowed to stop the government triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the official process to bring Britain out of the EU, unless a second referendum is held on the final Brexit deal.
The leadership challenger said on Wednesday the party wants to stay in the EU and that he will hold a second referendum if he becomes prime minister.
Smith's comments have sparked a backlash among Brexiteers, who described it as a snub to the 35 percent of Labour members who opted to leave the EU.
Britain voted to leave the EU by 52 percent to 48 percent on June 23 after a heated referendum campaign which exposed sharp divisions throughout the country.
Russian Army units as well as the Air Force, Airborne Troops and the Navy's Northern Fleet have been put on high alert as part of a large-scale snap exercise which the Defense Ministry says will check troops' readiness to tackle emerging crises.
"According to the decision of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces [President Vladimir Putin], a regular snap exercise begins today," Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at a briefing with top military commanders on Thursday.
"Troops in the Southern Military District, some units of the Western and Central Military Districts, as well as the Northern Fleet, the Air Force and the Airborne Troops, are to be put on full alert starting from 7.00am [local time]," the minister added.
The exercise will last until August 31, Shoigu said, ordering the deputy defense minister - who is in charge of military-to-military cooperation - to inform foreign defense attachés of the war games.
The plan to establish a homeless shelter in the parking lot of a police station in Ward 3 in the District has run into a lawsuit by a group of residents.
The D.C. Council approved a 50-bed shelter in the parking lot of the 2nd District Station, on Idaho Avenue, without consulting the Advisory Neighborhood Commission on the location, NBC Washington reports.
David Brown, a lawyer for the neighbors of the proposed shelter site, tells NBC Washington that they want to "go back to the drawing board and give the (Advisory Neighborhood Commission) an opportunity to presents its issues and concerns." The suit adds that such input is required by D.C. law.
The shelter has been proposed under the 2016 Homeless Shelter Replacement Act, which aims to replace the D.C. General Family Shelter with a series of smaller shelters in each ward. In May, NBC Washington reports, the effort changed its goal from establishing shelters on private property to public property.
Mary Cheh, the Council member for Ward 3, tells NBC Washington that the ANC will get its chance to have input when the zoning change for the shelter is formally made.
Traditional whitening practices have proven to be quite harmful to the longevity of our teeth.
Dental specialist Linda Greenwall has thoroughly investigated the harmful use of teeth whitening treatments, especially ones which include chlorine dioxide, and argues "these chlorine dioxide treatments are advertised as safe for teeth. It is certainly not the case."
It remains difficult for people to find an effective and safe alternative to traditional teeth whitening practices — practices that cause serious and irreversible damage to our tooth's enamel, which is what protects it to begin with. Greenwall explains that chlorine dioxide whitening treatments can cause serious damage, including: etching of teeth, loss of tooth luster, teeth appearing more discolored, teeth absorbing more stains than before (due to loss of protective enamel), teeth feeling rough, and increased sensitivity (sometimes permanent).
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Did you know that our planet will be hit by more than 100,000 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater this year alone? Earlier today, I came across a report that contained this amazing fact, but it was so incredible that I felt that I had to go and verify it myself. So I went to the [...]
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(Free Beacon) Outstanding federal debt is projected to hit $28.2 trillion over the next decade, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. At the end of this year, outstanding federal debt is expected to climb to $19.4 trillion and to rise by $8.8 trillion in the next ten years. The federal government’s budget [...]
(Free Beacon) Millions of workers lost jobs they had held for at least three years due to business closings and failings from 2013 to 2015, according to data released Thursday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Displaced workers are defined as persons 20 years of age and older who lost or left jobs because their [...]
(Free Beacon) Estée Lauder executive Nancy Mahon was appointed to a government council and received special government employee status after donating to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Executives at Estée Lauder were among those who got face time with Secretary Clinton after they donated to the Clinton Foundation, according to [...]
(Christian Science Monitor) One day before the centennial anniversary of America’s National Parks Service, President Obama has kicked off the celebration by adding one more national park. Approximately 87,500 acres of land in Maine’s North Woods will be protected under the new designation of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The land was donated to [...]
(Bloomberg) Lamberto Frescobaldi sets two wine glasses atop a wooden barrel in the spacious cellar of his company’s winery in a 1,000-year-old castle not far from Florence. Uncorking a bottle of Nipozzano, he takes a sip and nods. The red that his family supplied to Michelangelo and Pope Leo X still tastes pretty darn good. [...]
After touring Chevron’s oil pollution in the Ecuadorean Amazon, Abby Martin sits down for an exclusive interview with Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, about the legal battle against the corporation and push to decolonize the country from Western powers. They discuss Ecuador’s new constitution that grants legal rights to nature for the first time in history, the country’s proposed ban against individuals using tax havens … Read More
Among the many terrible features of the Trans Pacific Partnership, twelve countries are crafting something that would give corporations unprecedented power: a secret court for capitalist enterprises to sue any country that infringes on profits.As it stands, with investment treaties skewed in their favor, multinational corporations enjoy the freedom to pillage developing countries–when people suffer disease, death and environmental devastation … Read More
Few journalists know the cruelty of government censorship as well as James Risen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the New York Times, targeted for several major stories implicating criminality by the US war machine and its national security state. Risen was not only relentlessly attacked under the Bush administration for his coverage of warrantless wiretapping but was subpoenaed by the Obama … Read More
In case you were wondering how Philadelphia police compared to those in Cleveland, journalist Abby Martin was willing to share the details of her own arrest at the Democratic National Convention this week. “They use this tactic of unlawful mass detainment where they can just sweep people up for hours,” Martin revealed, regarding the police at the DNC. “They do this … Read More
One the latest Media Roots Radio, Abby and Robbie Martin talk about the insane, cringeworthy pageantry of the RNC and DNC and behind-the-scenes dissent, Abby’s story about being unlawfully arrested and manhandled by Philly PD, and the absurd hype that Putin is directly behind the hack on the DNC. ** If you want to directly download the podcast, click the down arrow … Read More
A number of health experts are calling into question why exactly U.S. officials have been turning to highly toxic pesticides that are known to cause cancer and birth defects to try to combat the Zika virus, which is being spread by mosquitoes. By James Spounias On Aug. 4,
A PERSONAL NOTE . . . FROM PETE PAPAHERAKLES On Monday morning, I received a phone call that completely turned my world upside down. Nothing could have prepared me for it. The call was from Victor’s son, Josh, informing me that Victor had just committed suicide. I felt
• Prosecution of sailor reveals glaring inequity of U.S. judicial system. By the Staff at AFP — In a shocking legal case that underscores the fact that there are at least two sets of rules in the United States, one for us and one for them, a U.S.
• Professor suspended for posting thoughts on 9-11, Israel. By John Friend — Dr. Joy Karega, an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition at Oberlin College, a prestigious liberal arts college in Ohio, has been placed on paid administrative leave following an investigation related to her social media
• More than 250,000 people killed every year by doctors’ mistakes in U.S. alone. By James Spounias — Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to Dr. Martin A. Makary, a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
A tally of 22 retired general and flag officers have endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate is seizing the national security agenda from her Republican rival Donald Trump. John Allen, the marine general and former NATO commander known for keeping away from politics, is Clinton’s highest-profile endorsement from the military thus far...
With the surprise announcement from No.10 Downing Street that after all the ups and downs of the Hinkley Point C venture there now would be a further delay for the new administration of Theresa May to review the project, Mrs May has played up to all the worst aspects and stereotypes regarding the English political class and how they conduct their government and politics, peculiarly after the world witnessed one of the greatest collective national examples of this with the Brexit vote...
In 2015, 1.83 million migrants arrived in Europe, of which 1.1 million officially wanted to seek asylum in Germany. And that’s not all – there are also the illegal immigrants, of which there are hundreds of thousands in the country, according to Alternative for Germany leader Frauke Petry. It was hoped that Europe would get some respite after such a powerful migration explosion that would allow the situation to get back to normal, but the findings of researchers are discouraging...
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s surprise Aug. 12 visit to Turkey may always be remembered in Ankara, as well as in Tehran, for having opened a new chapter in regional cooperation between the two neighbors. The visit was the first by an Iranian official since the failed July 15 coup to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As such, it was part of Tehran's show of solidarity that began during the coup attempt, with phone calls from Zarif, Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, and Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) external operations wing, the Quds Force...
A Glastonbury man says has been secretly growing cannabis in the town’s prize-winning public flower displays, which are watered by the local council, for the last 18 years. Business owner and campaigner Free Cannabis, who changed his name by deed poll in 1997, revealed he and others were planting the cannabis seeds outside his shop, […]
Heavily-criticised Jean-Claude Juncker has claimed the EU is an antidote to rising nationalism in Europe and raged there are grave consequences when countries put themselves first. The top Brussels Bureaucrat quoted former French president Francois Mitterrand as saying nationalism added to nationalism would end in war. He said: “This is still true so we have […]
Federal aviation authorities are about to drop the ban on commercial drone use, opening the door to private UAV operators across the US. Getting approved and certified may still take a while, however, so hold off on those drone pizza deliveries. After years of allowing commercial drone operations only under special dispensation and very strict […]
Secretary of State John Kerry was in Africa earlier this week. He visited Nigeria and promised more US military aid to the country as it struggles with an increase of activity by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Of course it was the 2011 US attack on Libya that provided a windfall of weapons for Boko […]
The US government has threatened the European Commission (EC) with retaliation if the body decides to proceed with its plan to demand millions of dollars in unpaid taxes from technology giant Apple. The US Treasury Department issued a rare warning on Wednesday, accusing the Brussels-based body of becoming a “supranational tax authority” that poses a […]
Hillary Clinton hasn’t held a press conference in over 260 days, and while the mainstream media is looking the other way, they are also going out of their way to cover up another topic related to the Democratic nominee: her health. The corporate media has tried to bury the story by acting like it’s none of […]
Appearing on talk show host Jimmy Kimmel Live Hillary denied and laughed off the health rumors saying that she is in good health. Wikileaks which released emails and a document says otherwise. Hillary is not in good health.
Hillary Clinton, who famously risked national security with her use of a private email server to send and receive classified documents, will receive her first classified intelligence briefing on Saturday.
Bernie Sanders and his supporters have launched a new political organization called Our Revolution. It seeks to support the next generation of progressive leaders, empower millions to fight for progressive change and elevate the nation's overall political consciousness. More than 2,600 watch parties were held across the country last night to witness Sanders launch the new organization. But reports have emerged of political tumult within Bernie Sanders's own team. Over the weekend, eight key staffers abruptly resigned in a dispute over the group's leadership and legal structure. For more, we speak with Larry Cohen, incoming board chair of Our Revolution, and with Claire Sandberg, former digital organizing director for Bernie Sanders's campaign, who resigned as the organizing director for Our Revolution.
According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, the Clinton Foundation will stop accepting corporate and foreign donations—although an exception may be made for the Clinton Health Access Initiative. The Journal also reports that former President Bill Clinton will leave the board, but that Chelsea Clinton plans to stay on it. But some have called for the Clinton Foundation to be shut down entirely if Clinton wins. For more, we speak to David Sirota, the senior editor for investigations at the International Business Times. His most recent article is titled "Was There 'Pay to Play' at the Clinton Foundation?" We also speak with Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly. He was President Bill Clinton's chief speechwriter from 1998 to 2001.
New questions have arisen this week over Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. On Tuesday, the Associated Press published a new investigation revealing that while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, more than half of the private citizens she met with had donated to the Clinton Foundation. The AP investigation comes after a three-year battle to gain access to State Department calendars. The analysis shows that at least 85 of 154 people Hillary Clinton had scheduled phone or in-person meetings with were foundation donors. This does not include meetings Clinton held with U.S. or foreign government workers or representatives, only private citizens. We speak to David Sirota of the International Business Times and Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly. He was President Bill Clinton's chief speechwriter from 1998 to 2001.
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Last week, Donald Trump once again upended his campaign team and named Stephen Bannon, the head of Breitbart Media, to be his campaign chief. Breitbart regularly sparks controversy with headlines such as "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy," "Trannies Whine About Hilarious Bruce Jenner Billboard" and "Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew." In a new article published by Mother Jones, investigative journalist Sarah Posner writes, "By bringing on Stephen Bannon, Trump was signaling a wholehearted embrace of the 'alt-right,' a once-motley assemblage of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, ethno-nationalistic provocateurs who have coalesced behind Trump and curried the GOP nominee's favor on social media." For more, we speak to Sarah Posner and Heather McGhee of Demos.
No normal human being can accept to see his children suffer – consequently, they make good subjects for war propaganda. Thierry Meyssan takes a look at the use of children by the International Coalition during the war against Syria.
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For 30 years, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has been sub-contracting the legal part of illegal CIA operations. Without rousing suspicions, it has put in place the biggest network of corruption in the world, bribing trade unions and management syndicates , political parties both on both the Right and Left so that they defend the interests of the United States instead of their members. In this article, Thierry Meyssan describes the extent of this system.
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Sticks and stone may break my bones, but names will never hurt me — and they may come back to haunt the name-callers. In finding anti-Semites behind every challenge to Canadian complicity with Israeli colonialism, mainstream Jewish organizations are emptying the term “anti-Semitism” of its historical weight. “The Green Party of Canada’s vote in favour […]
I can’t believe it, but then I can believe it, or I must believe it. These are compliant times, where people in the US workforce are kowtowed and then for years these multiple generations in the workforce have thrown in the towel and been so bullied by the Politically Crap Corrective Collective Group-Think that they […]
The world is in bad shape. Every reasonably intelligent, aware, objective person in the world knows, if only intuitively, that something is very, very wrong. There should not be this many armed conflicts, this much anger, this much violence, this much unemployment and underemployment, this much debt, this much homelessness, hunger, poverty, this ever widening […]
In this sedition we bring you an exclusive interview with prison inmate Melvin Ray, secretly filmed inside Holman Prison in Alabama. Melvin is a member of the Free Alabama Movement, a national organization against mass Incarceration and prison slavery. They have teamed up with the IWW’s Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, to organize the largest prison […]
In penning this review, the primacy of Israel in North America’s hegemonic cultural circles limits my expectation of a sympathetic Western readership. The recent furor in Israeli government circles over the public broadcasting of Mahmoud Darwish’s poem is only a warning signal. Thugs and war criminals take on the mantel of literary critics to attack […]
I constantly struggle with having enough energy to get everything done. Instead of loading myself up with coffee all day, I am taking a healthier approach and started giving my body what it really needs – natural vitamins and nutrients. Juicing is a great way to add essential nutrients to the body and in return, ...
Quite a stir occurred with the academic presentation, How Technology Is Destroying Jobs, by Brynjolfsson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his collaborator and coauthor Andrew McAfee. Both “have been arguing for the last few years that impressive advances in computer technology—from improved industrial robotics to automated translation services—are largely behind the sluggish ...
The Oxford English Dictionary defines hygiene as: “Conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness.” During or following a disruptive event, life will be tough enough without having to worry about maintaining health and preventing disease. Why then, do I find the topic of a survival hygiene kit taking a ...
How ironic it would be for the most prized food of Western culture — wheat — to be at the root of the global epidemic of depression? The powerful neurotoxic and psychoactive properties of wheat have only recently come to light. For many decades the near exclusive focus was on gluten’s life-altering gastrointestinal adverse effects ...
Fats are a highly varied macronutrient group and they’re present in both animal and plant-derived foods. At 9 calories per gram, fat is the most dense source of calories required by the human body. However, not all fats are created equally and it’s crucial to pay attention to which types of fat you include in ...
President Obama and many in Congress have taken recent employment numbers and twisted them into something positive, meaning that because unemployment figures have fallen over the past 2-3 years, the economy has “dramatically” improved.
It’s a lie of epic proportions. The real reason why unemployment is dropping is because record numbers of Americans are either discouraged with trying to find a decent job or have landed on the government dole.
And yet, at the same time, Congress and the Obama administration are collecting a record amount of taxes, meaning more money is coming out of the economy so there is less in private hands to invest in, and expand, businesses (and thus, create jobs).
Though millions of parents around the world don’t believe in feeding their children animal products from factory farms, which are fed genetically modified corn and soy, and are often full of antibiotics and artificial hormones, an Italian member of Parliament has penned a law that would jail parents for feeding their children a vegan diet.
If this “occult ritual” was indeed some kind of “sick joke”, what was the motivation?
Have you seen the video of the “mock human sacrifice” that was conducted right outside the entrance of CERN?
A spokeswoman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (more commonly known as CERN) has told the public that this ritual happened without their permission and that they are looking into the matter.
If this “occult ritual” was indeed some kind of “sick joke”, what was the motivation? This new video continues a long string of bizarre events related to CERN and the Large Hadron Collider that is housed there.
Throughout the week, the city of Boston has been hosting Homeland Security training exercises that include helicopters flying extremely close to buildings, but police refuse to inform residents about the particulars of the drills.
New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said in a Thursday speech to the Institute of International Affairs in Wellington that his country’s security ties with China and the US are not “mutually exclusive.”
Western propaganda operations have tried to obfuscate well-documented claims of foreign intelligence involvement in chemical attacks in Syria to boost the opposition and undermine President Bashar Assad’s government, former CIA officer Larry Johnson told Sputnik on Thursday.
“Colin Powell made me do it”, or so says presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in her latest defense of an illegal US State Department email fiasco. Isn’t it amazing how Clinton’s every dishonest, extreme, or slipshod move is excused in such a way? If news the Clintons took cash bribes from child sex pornographers, CNN would […]
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, recently condemned US policy for destabilising the Middle East. The Phnom Penh Post in an article titled, “US policy destabilised Middle East, says Hun Sen,” would report that: Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday lauded his own government’s efforts of bringing “peace” to Cambodia without “foreign interference” while calling out the […]
On August 17, the Japanese Kyodo News Agency reported that the graphite reactor in Yongbyon had resumed processing nuclear fuel for the production of weapons-grade plutonium, referring to the Nuclear Energy Research Institute of North Korea. According to the Institute’s report, North Korea is not a member of the Non-proliferation Treaty, and the USA constantly […]
In civil war situations, such as the conflict in Syria, sides routinely make conflicting claims. It is hard to see who is telling the truth unless you have access to actual intelligence and a front row seat. But it becomes easier to see what is really happening by watching the mainstream news and comparing it […]
Hillary Rodham Clinton seems to surround herself with more scandals than you can shake a stick at, as we said when I was growing up in Texas. We had the Mena, Arkansas scandals when her husband, Bubba, otherwise known as William Jefferson Clinton, was Attorney General and then Governor. Ambrose Evans Pritchard, the British Telegraph […]