July 12, 2017

Amnesty International calls for investigation into possible war crimes committed by IS and U.S./Iraqi coalition forces during battle for Mosul. “”Once they’d cleared an area from IS, they assisted in countless frontline rescues, digging bodies out of rubble … so it beggars belief that this didn’t go up the chain of command and somebody said ‘well hang on a second, we’re killing an awful lot of civilians’,” Mr Walsby said.”   http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-12/amnesty-accuses-is-us-led-coalition-of-mosul-war-crimes/8699524

Baton Rouge police officer sues Black Lives Matter activists over attack by man who thought protests were “a waste of time”. “The Washington Post reports that “an exhaustive investigative report determined (Gavin) Long had not attended any of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Baton Rouge” following the controversial police killing of Alton Sterling.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/a-lawsuit-against-black-lives-matter-targets-dissenters/533076/

Rights groups submit FOIA request for information on use of force during Trump inauguration protests, infiltration of protest groups by informants or police officers. “The police assaults included attacks on children, journalists, legal observers, medics, passersby, and protesters.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/rights-groups-file-foia-uncover-details-police-use-force-infiltration-inauguration-protests/

Officer who shot Philando Castile to receive $48,500 settlement to leave police force. “Since Officer Yanez was not convicted of a crime, as a public employee, he would have appeal and grievance rights if terminated.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/07/11/minnesota-officer-who-killed-philando-castile-formally-leaves-police-department/

Most conservatives say universities are detrimental to the country according to poll. “A Pew Research Center poll showed nearly 60% of Republican and conservative-leaning independents view colleges as having a negative influence on America.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/07/11/majority-republicans-say-colleges-have-negative-impact-country-poll-says/468869001/

Investigation reopened after witness video emerges of brutal police beating by DeKalb County, Georgia officer, who can be heard threatening to shoot the woman if she refuses to release his baton. “The 1-minute, 39-second video shows Officer P.J. Larscheid using his baton to gain control of 38-year-old Katie McCrary, who was suspected of solicitation at a Chevron gas station on Glenwood Road, according to a police report.”   http://www.ajc.com/news/local/video-shows-dekalb-officer-striking-woman-with-baton/P3S0UyzSPnEa76So0j1yLP/

Iranian cancer researcher and his family held at Boston airport, to be deported. “Boston Children’s Hospital had urged customs officials to release Dehnavi and his family and dispatched a lawyer to the airport.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/cancer-researcher-was-held-at-boston-airport-now-he-is-being-sent-back-to-iran/2017/07/11/7aedf3b0-6662-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html

House bill includes $1.6 billion for Mexico border wall. “House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) went so far as to tell Breitbart News that Trump would not sign a spending measure if a wall were not funded, though the White House has not commented on the matter.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/house/341527-bill-allocates-16-billion-for-trumps-border-wall   Guess who’s paying for the wall?

Former Anheuser-Busch CEO reportedly failed field sobriety test, not allowed to take off in his helicopter. “Taking the totality of circumstances into consideration, I believed (Busch) could be under the influence of a controlled substance. I advised (Busch) he was no longer allowed to get into his helicopter and fly away.”   http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article160736184.html

Chinese aircraft carrier reportedly enters Taiwan’s “air defense zone” for fourth time. “Earlier this month Taiwan scrambled jets to shadow the carrier as it made its way to Hong Kong.”   http://www.nasdaq.com/article/taiwan-says-chinese-carrier-sails-into-its-defence-zone-20170711-01364

Earth may be on the verge of “mass extinction event” due to human destruction of natural habitats. “From the common barn swallow to the exotic giraffe, thousands of animal species are in precipitous decline, a sign that an irreversible era of mass extinction is underway, new research finds.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/climate/mass-extinction-animal-species.html

Twitter says Trump’s violent body slam tweet targeting CNN does not violate its anti-harassment policy. “According to Twitter’s rules on harassment and abusive behaviour, users are prohibited from making “threats of violence or [promoting] violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism”. Twitter users are also not allowed to “incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others”.”   http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/trumps-cnn-wrestling-tweet-does-not-violate-rules-twitter-says-amid-calls-him-be-banned-1628703

Day of Action planned to support “net neutrality”. “The existing net neutrality protections put Internet users in the driver’s seat and keep big cable and phone companies from controlling what you see and do online.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/11/national-day-action-aims-save-internet-trump-and-his-cronies

Trump administration allegedly seeking proposals to use mercenaries instead of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. “Erik D. Prince, a founder of the private security firm Blackwater Worldwide, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a billionaire financier who owns the giant military contractor DynCorp International, have developed proposals to rely on contractors instead of American troops in Afghanistan at the behest of Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, and Jared Kushner, his senior adviser and son-in-law, according to people briefed on the conversations.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/world/asia/trump-afghanistan-policy-erik-prince-stephen-feinberg.html

Autopsy shows fleeing black suspect in North Carolina was shot in the back. “The report by the state medical examiner’s office found that 31-year-old Willard Scott was hit once in the lower back and once in the buttock in the shooting, which happened in Durham in February.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/11/police-shooting-north-carolina-willard-scott-autopsy

Source of Russia/Trump Jr. emails was reportedly publicist for Trump business partner in Russia. “…the elder Agalarov paid Trump handsomely to bring his Miss Universe contestants to Moscow, where they were required to swoon in a music video intended to launch Emin’s singing career.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/07/11/russian-oligarch-plotted-aid-trump-named-private-intelligence-dossier/

Battle for the Democratic Party’s soul in California. “(California) Democrats are facing allegations from progressive leaders that after a decade of promising to create a single-payer health care system, the party is now succumbing to the kind of corporate fealty that national party leaders routinely ascribe to Republicans and President Trump.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/california-health-care-fight-may-show-democratic-party-future-trump-era-2562684

Californians already spend $370 billion on health care annually, but a single-payer system would only cost $330 billion, according to one projection, and would cover everyone. “What businesses are paying now for health care is quite substantial and what I show is that they will be paying less.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/california-democrats-killed-bill-wouldve-saved-billions-dollars-says-economist

Study says sex with a jerk is better than no sex when it comes to women’s longevity. “The study, published online in Psychoneuroendocrinology, found that women who reported having sex at least once a week often displayed longer telomeres, the protective tips to our DNA that shorten with age… (and) this increased telomere length was not associated with relationship satisfaction, daily support or conflict, or perceived stress in the relationship.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/how-live-longer-have-sex-least-once-week-2564317

President Trump allegedly approved initial response to Trump Jr. email story. “The original statement, drafted aboard Air Force One by advisers and then approved by Mr. Trump, said only that the Russian lawyer had discussed adoption policy during the meeting, without mentioning that the meeting had been offered as a chance to provide information about Mrs. Clinton’s dealings with Russia.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/us/politics/russia-trump.html?_r=0

One British and two American YPG volunteers die in battle for Raqqa. “The YPG’s press office said that 28-year-old Robert Grodt of (Santa Cruz,) California and 22-year-old Luke Rutter of Birkenhead, U.K. were killed during an ISIS ambush late Wednesday in the suburbs of Raqqa, while 29-year-old Nicholas Warden of (Buffalo,) New York later succumbed to fatal injuries sustained the same day…”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/two-americans-one-british-die-in-isis-ambush-in-raqqa/

White House allegedly doing “opposition research” on journalists. “According to an anonymous member of the discrediting “team,” such efforts would include digging into the reporters’ past work “to exploit any mistakes or perceived biases” and “to demand corrections, trumpet errors on social media and feed them to conservative outlets, such as Fox News”.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/white-house-discrediting-team-conducting-opposition-research-on-reporters-to-smear-them-report/

Leaked Australian defense documents reveal special forces excesses. “In 2013, sparked by an incident the previous year in which Australians killed two unarmed Afghan men, a series of directives and memos was issued by the Defence Force hierarchy stressing the need to be certain that Afghans were “directly participating in hostilities” before shooting them.”   http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-11/killings-of-unarmed-afghans-by-australian-special-forces/8466642

Bomb goes off at Bixby, Oklahoma Air Force recruiting office after hours, no one injured. “One person was in custody Tuesday after an explosion struck a US Air Force recruiting office in northeast Oklahoma — the second time a recruitment center in the area was attacked in recent days, the FBI said.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/11/us/oklahoma-air-force-recruiting-office-explosion/index.html

Haiti to re-establish its army after 20 years without one. “For much of Haiti’s history, the army has been used to crack down on political dissent by a series of authoritarian presidents.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40576545

Only 100 companies responsible for 71% of the man-made “greenhouse gas” emissions according to climate activist report. “The Carbon Majors Report, published in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute, found that ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron are among the worst polluting investor-owned companies.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/11/headlines/report_100_companies_responsible_for_70_of_global_greenhouse_gas_emissions

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July 12, 2017

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