February 1, 2017

Third British man dies fighting with Kurdish leftists. “Ryan Lock, 20, from Chichester, West Sussex, died last month during an offensive against the Isis-held city of Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital.”   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/british-chef-ryan-lock-killed-fighting-isis-syria-raqqa-kurdish-ypg-a7506371.html   Although fighting against IS, he had apparently been previously wounded in a Turkish airstrike.   http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-chef-killed-syria-fighting-9733350

Germany Chancellor rejects Trump appointee’s accusation that Germany manipulates the euro. Germany “continues to exploit other countries in the EU as well as the US with an ‘implicit Deutsche Mark’ that is grossly undervalued,” claimed Peter Navarro, head of Trump’s National Trade Council.   http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38811461

Third wave of bomb threats hits Jewish community centers in 11 states.   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jewish-community-centers-face-third-wave-bomb-threats-nationwide-n715086

Foreign leaders reach out to Trump at their peril. “If you rush to the White House to offer a weak hand of friendship, you guarantee exploitation.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/world/europe/donald-trump-us-alllies.html?_r=0

Amnesty International accuses Philippine police of systematic killings of suspects. “Police officers routinely bust down doors in the middle of the night and then kill in cold blood unarmed people suspected of using or selling drugs.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38823938

Democrats accused Trump nominees of lying to Congress. “We have great concern that Sen. Hatch is asking us to vote on two nominees today who have out-and-out lied to our committee.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/31/what-resistance-looks-dems-boycott-key-committee-votes

White House spokesman accuses press of confusing Trump into calling his “extreme vetting” executive order a “ban”. “I think that the words being used (by the president) to describe it are derived from what the media is calling this.”  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/31/spicer-travel-ban-not-travel-ban-even-if-trump-calls-it-travel-ban

Senior Trump aide: “The environmental movement is, in my view, the greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/31/top-trump-aide-calls-environmental-movement-greatest-threat-freedom

President of EU includes U.S. in list of threats to their alliance. “European Union President Donald Tusk’s diplomatic bombshell listed the Trump administration as a threat alongside China, Russia, terrorism and radical Islam…”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/31/politics/european-union-trump/

Comedian: “At Dulles Airport, a 5-year-old Iranian boy was detained for hours and kept from his mother. Or as Kellyanne Conway calls it, “alternative day care”.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/01/31/late-night-hosts-skewer-trumps-immigration-order-with-airport-jokes-and-riffs-on-finding-dory/

Four states reportedly suing federal government over travel ban. “The executive order is harmful, discriminatory and unconstitutional. It discriminates on the basis of religion and national origin.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/31/trump-travel-ban-state-lawsuits

L.A. charter school reportedly under investigation. “When I asked for basic supplies, I couldn’t get those things, yet you have money for this expensive party? … For a public school it was not normal.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-celerity-charter-20170127-story.html

Reuters poll: Only 31% of Americans say Trump travel ban makes them feel safer, while 26% say they feel less safe.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-poll-exclusive-idUSKBN15F2MG

Trump Supreme Court nominee allegedly an even stricter constructionist than Scalia. “Scalia generally approved of the idea that statutory ambiguity should be resolved in favor of (government) agencies, a principle known as Chevron. But Gorsuch takes a far less charitable view of this idea.”   https://qz.com/899622/trumps-us-supreme-court-nominee-neil-gorsuch-is-a-lot-like-scalia-with-one-key-difference/   Gorsuch reportedly the only dissenter against a decision that upheld the arrest of a 13 year-old student for burping in gym class. “My colleagues suggest the law permits (the handcuffing and arrest of the student) and they offer ninety-four pages explaining why they think that’s so. Respectfully, I remain unpersuaded.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/02/01/judge-gorsuchs-dissent-in-case-of-13-year-old-arrested-for-making-fake-burps-in-physical-education-class/

White House allegedly boycotting CNN. “The last time an administration official was on CNN’s Sunday public affairs show “State of the Union” was Conway on January 8.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-cnn-press-234455

Approximately 900 State Department employees have allegedly signed “dissent memo” on Trump travel ban.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/about-900-state-department-officials-sign-dissent-memo-source/

White House spokesman says U.S. will never target its citizen abroad, but statement released later says, “US policy regarding the possible targeting of American citizens has not changed” which means the assassinations are back on.    http://news.antiwar.com/2017/01/31/white-house-sends-mixed-signals-on-whether-theyll-assassinate-us-citizens/

Post-coup attempt purge has hit 94,867 Turks says labor minister. “…critics say (the purge) has broadened to target any political opposition to President Tayyip Erdogan.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-minister-idUSKBN15F12G

New York City cab drivers were on strike during travel ban protest, Uber accused of not honoring the strike.   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/30/nyc_taxi_drivers_stage_airport_strike

 

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February 1, 2017

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