February 21, 2017

Son of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar claims his father told him CIA helped him ship cocaine into the United States. “He had direct relations with the CIA… the person who sold the most drugs to the CIA was Pablo Escobar.”   http://www.inquisitr.com/3995210/did-pablo-escobar-work-for-the-cia-u-s-media-quiet-as-sons-memoir-says-yes/

Thousands turn out across the country for “Not My President Day”. “The events on the federal holiday didn’t draw nearly as many people as the million-plus who thronged the streets following the Republican president’s inauguration a month earlier, but the message was similar.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/thousands-of-demonstrators-across-us-say-not-my-president/2017/02/20/4c2a6f2a-f7b0-11e6-aa1e-5f735ee31334_story.html

Writer claims 4chan brought the world memes, Anonymous, the Gamergate backlash against feminism, Milo Yiannopoulos, the alt-righting of Pepe the Frog and President Trump. “It is a culture of hopelessness, of knowing “the system is rigged”…. For these young men, voting Trump is not a solution, but a new spiteful prank.”   https://medium.com/@DaleBeran/4chan-the-skeleton-key-to-the-rise-of-trump-624e7cb798cb#.y41jy7icg

Enemy number one for some Democrats: Susan Sarandon. “On February 15, Sarandon tweeted a question to Deray McKesson, who interviewed DNC chair candidate Tom Perez, asking if Perez supported re-enacting the ban on donations from lobbyists that former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz rescinded to help Clinton’s fundraising efforts…. Sarandon’s question was met with abrasive responses from McKesson, Clinton’s supporters, Clinton propaganda hit man Peter Daou, The Nation’s Joan Walsh, and Center for American Progress CEO Neera Tanden.”   http://observer.com/2017/02/susan-sarandon-corruption-clinton-supporters-meltdown/

11 more Jewish community centers targeted by bomb threats. “The FBI and Department of Justice have said they are “investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with the threats”…   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bomb-threats-jewish-community-centers_us_58ab56a5e4b0f077b3ecfec4

Thousands of anti-Trump demonstrators hit the streets… in London. “With thousands of people demonstrating against President Trump outside Parliament, British lawmakers on Monday debated whether to deny him a formal state visit because — in the eyes of nearly two million Britons in an online petition — it would “cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the queen”. ”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/world/europe/britain-trump-state-visit.html?_r=0

Secretary of Defense seeks to reassure Iraqi government after Trump comments. “We’re not in Iraq to seize anybody’s oil.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/world/middleeast/jim-mattis-iraq-oil-trump.html

Afghan Taliban is not on the government’s list of terrorist groups. “There is no doubt that the Taliban occasionally attacks civilians intentionally, not accidentally, and that’s the definition of terrorism.”   http://www.voanews.com/a/afghan-taliban-us-list-foreign-terror-groups/3732453.html   Even though Greenpeace, PETA and the Thomas Merton Center (peace group) were. “…the FBI, without due reason to believe that Greenpeace or PETA were going to engage in violent activity, were devoting government resources to monitoring both of them — and in the case of Greenpeace, actually putting its members on the Terrorist Watch List.”   http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/greenpeace-peta-improperly-put-on-fbi-terrorist-watch-list.html

Trump lawyer reportedly met with former Trump business associate Felix Sater and representative of pro-Russia Ukrainian party pushing “peace plan”. “The Times reported that the meeting was called to discuss a peace plan being pushed by a Ukrainian lawmaker, Andrey Artemenko, who is associated with a former Ukrainian leader backed by Russian president Vladimir Putin and advised by Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-lawyer-confirms-meeting-ukrainian-denies-carrying-peace-plan-n723386   Ukrainian ambassador protests secret peace plan. “We are not trading our territories. We are not going to say, ‘Let us abandon Crimea and in return let us see peace in Donbas’.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/20/ukraine-ambassador-attacks-trump-aides-secret-peace-plan   Cohen reportedly has said he did, and didn’t, deliver the secret peace plan to the White House.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/busted-trump-attorney-michael-cohen-caught-giving-conflicting-statements-about-secret-ukraine-deal/

CPAC cancels Yiannopoulos speech after alleged pedophilia comments emerge. “Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-cpac-milo-yiannopoulos-tape-235204

11 passengers reportedly walked through unmanned TSA checkpoint at JFK and boarded their planes, none of whom were apparently terrorists. “What you have is 11 people, unscreened, who boarded unknown flights to unknown destinations.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/tsa-jfk-passengers-bypass-security-checkpoint-article-1.2977418

13 arrested at anti-Trump protest in Portland, ACLU rep says police used excessive force during arrests. “(People performing acts of civil disobedience) are people who are intentionally breaking the law with the hope of getting arrested. What they’re not hoping for is to be beaten by the police at the same time.”   http://katu.com/news/local/13-arrested-during-notmypresidentsday-protest-in-portland

FEC chairwoman announces resignation. “…what we are left with is an agency mandated to ensure transparency and disclosure that is actually working to keep the public in the dark.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/20/fed-dysfunction-and-deadlock-former-fec-chair-will-resign

British teacher on school trip with students blocked from flying to U.S. “Juhel Miah and a group of children and other teachers were about to take off from Iceland on 16 February on their way to the US when he was removed from the plane at Reykjavik.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/20/british-muslim-teacher-denied-entry-to-us-on-school-trip   And yes, he’s Muslim.

Pence to Europeans: “Both the president and I strongly support a free and independent press. But you can anticipate that the president and all of us will continue to call out the media when they play fast and loose with the facts.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/mike-pence-embarrassingly-tells-eu-trump-attacks-media-when-they-play-fast-and-loose-with-facts/   Like when they call out the president for playing fast and loose with facts?

Fatal police encounters reportedly setting records in 2017. “At least 181 people were killed by police as of Monday, compared to 162 in 2016, 154 in 2015 and 126 in 2014 (during the same period), according to the Killed By Police database, which appeared to be slightly more up to date than one maintained by the Washington Post.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/police-shootings-killings-soar-2017-statistics-new-year-pace-break-records-2484915

Turkish airstrikes reportedly kill 34 Kurdish leftists in Iraq. “The strikes targeted militants in Iraq’s Zap region and were conducted shortly after midnight and before noon, the military said in a statement.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-kurds-iraqiraq-idUSKBN15Z17F

Austerity not working in Greece. “Rescue funds from the European Union and International Monetary Fund saved Greece from bankruptcy, but the austerity and reform policies the lenders attached as conditions have helped to turn recession into a depression.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eurozone-greece-poverty-idUSKBN15Z1NM

Influx of refugees from the United States reportedly straining Canadian immigration system. “Asylum seekers cross illegally because Canada’s policy under the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement is to turn back refugees if they make claims at border crossings.”    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-canada-border-idUSKBN15Z26N

New Homeland Security guidelines reportedly to facilitate mass deportations.   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/20/headlines/dhs_head_signs_new_mass_deportation_guidelines

Watchdog group warns of corporate takeover of federal government. “When he says he’s deregulating every industry in America, he means it, and it’s been a remarkable gift from the administration to corporate America.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/20/for_profit_president_a_look_at

Judge refuses to release Washington Dreamer accused of gang affiliation.   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/20/daniel_ramirez_medinas_lawyer_absolutely_no

Man reportedly files lawsuit claiming he was tortured in Montgomery County Jail in Dayton, Ohio. “You cannot find any training manual that will tell you it is allowable to pepper-spray somebody who is restrained.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/15/video-shows-ohio-officers-pepper-spraying-a-person-in-a-restraint-chair-again/

Israeli solider sentenced to 18 months for executing wounded Palestinian. “The Palestinian, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, was lying on the ground and already unarmed when Azaria shot him in the head.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/military-court-set-hand-sentence-israeli-soldier-45625939

Some states reportedly passing electric vehicle fees proposed by fossil fuel interests. “Wyoming, Colorado, Virginia, Nebraska, Missouri, Washington, North Carolina, Idaho, Georgia, and Michigan have all implemented yearly fees on electric and hybrid vehicles that vary from $50 to $300 per driver per year.”   http://www.sierraclub.org/compass/2017/02/flurry-state-bills-introduced-likely-backed-oil-industry-penalize-electric-car

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February 21, 2017

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