February 18, 2018

Former classmates of Nikolas Cruz claim he was a member of white nationalist militia group, was seen with the group’s leader. “Three former classmates told ABC News that Cruz was seen with Jereb and was part of the (Republic of Florida group).”   http://www.newsweek.com/republic-florida-nikolas-cruz-808296   Cruz was taking medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, may have been prescribed anti-depressants. “He was regularly taking medication for the A.D.H.D. It was unclear whether he was taking anything for the depression, according to the report.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/17/us/nikolas-cruz-florida-shooting.html   Trump blames Russia investigation for Florida school shooting. “Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign…”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/trump-fires-off-bizarre-late-night-tweet-blaming-fbis-russian-investigation-parkland-massacre/

U.S. claims clear evidence that Assad regime in Syria is using chemical weapons. “In recent weeks, rescue workers, aid groups and the United States have accused Syria of repeatedly using chlorine gas as a weapon against civilians in Ghouta and Idlib.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/public-reports-clearly-show-assads-use-of-chemical-weapons-mcmaster-idUSKCN1G10HH

An estimated 2,000 people march for peace in Munich, which is hosting European Security Conference.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6p1tGkgnPY

Green Party calls for release of arrested Green leaders in Turkey. “The Green Party of the United States has joined Green Parties throughout the world in demanding the immediate release of Eylem Tuncaelli and Naci Sönmez, co-chairs of the Turkish Green Left Party (Yeşil Sol Parti), after special forces raided their homes in Istanbul on Feb. 9.”   http://www.gp.org/demand_release_of_turkish_green_cochairs

New York City’s Penn Station becomes a refuge for the homeless on winter nights. “Men and women of indeterminate ages could be seen leaning, lying and sitting all over the station — a jarring sight next to a line of storefronts stocked with luxury items.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/penn-station-transforms-homeless-encampment-winter-nights-article-1.3826863

West Virginia teachers announce two-day, state-wide strike. “Public employees, including teachers, have been pushing for higher wages and greater stability for the Public Employees Insurance Agency.”   http://wvmetronews.com/2018/02/17/statewide-strike-of-wv-teachers-this-thursday-and-friday/

Health insurance company sticks woman who thought she was having a stroke with huge bill for emergency room visit. “The company isn’t factoring in the symptoms that prompt you to go the ER, as most insurers have long done, but rejecting claims based on the final diagnosis reached only after tests and a doctor’s exam in the hospital.”   https://www.consumerreports.org/healthcare-costs/patients-getting-stuck-with-big-bills-after-er-visits/

Corruption and mismanagement of Iraq’s oil resources have left the country’s people in poverty. “According to a report by a former Brookings analyst, corruption and mismanagement could have cost Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan $20 billion just in 2013. Since the toppling of Saddam, estimates put the total number as high as $100 billion.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-banco-iraq-oil_us_5a6fb51be4b0a52682fed6bc

Mayor of Miami-Dade, Florida vetoes civilian oversight board for county’s police.  “The measure to reinstate civilian oversight board passed 7-5 despite loud complaints from Miami-Dade County Police Director Juan Perez.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/miami-dade-mayor-takes-advantage-parkland-tragedy-quietly-veto-police-oversight-panel/

Syrian groups accuse Turkey of using chemical weapons in Afrin. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group, said six people were wounded in Turkish shelling in Al-Sheikh Hadid in the Afrin region on Friday had difficulties breathing and had their pupils dilated.”   https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/turkey-denies-chemical-weapons-syria-afrin-180218082237109.html

Mainstream media give new United States of Care group, which seeks to avoid “increasingly volatile swings in health policy”, an uncritical welcome to the health care debate. “Neither the USA Today piece, the Forbes piece nor the United States of Care website mentions single-payer, Medicare for All or anything related to government-guaranteed universal healthcare.”   https://fair.org/home/media-embrace-new-reform-group-as-bulwark-against-guaranteed-healthcare/


February 18, 2018

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