Priests & Politicians – the Mafia of the Soul

Priests & Politicians: The Mafia of the Soul

“These politicians and these priests have been constantly in conspiracy, working together hand in hand. The politician has the political power; the priest has the religious power. The politician protects the priest, the priest blesses the politician – and the masses are exploited, sucked; their blood is sucked by both.”1 Osho

See also:

Osho: Only One Thing Can Prevent Politicians From Destroying the World
Democracy – The Primary Fatal Flaw
Democracy – Towards a Democratic Meritocracy
Mother Teresa: Deceiver, Charlatan, and Hypocrite
Time to Move Over, Old Man
A Complete Democracy Is Impossible without Economic Equality – Osho

We are asking three questions:

  • One, if this is illegal, why is no one prosecuted?
  • Two, if it is legal, who made those laws?
  • Three, then whose action or inaction allowed those lawmakers to have that power?

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Jine 25, 2024
Newly identified tipping point for ice sheets could mean greater sea level rise
Small increase in temperature of intruding water could lead to very big increase in loss of ice, scientists say
“A newly identified tipping point for the loss of ice sheets in Antarctica and elsewhere could mean future sea level rise is significantly higher than current projections.” – The Guardian

June 24. 2024
Texas abortion ban linked to increase in infant deaths, new study finds
“A six-week abortion ban in Texas was linked to a 13% increase in the number of infants who died in their first year of life, a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics suggests. The study, published two years to the day since the US supreme court overturned Roe v Wade and permitted more than a dozen states across the country to outlaw almost all abortions, is one of the first glimpses into how strict abortion bans impact babies’ health.” – The Guardian

June 24, 2024
Louisiana Sued Over Law Requiring Ten Commandments Display In School Classroom
“The bill requires the religious text to be in a ‘large, easily readable font’ on a poster-sized display paid through donations. Louisiana is the first state to implement such a law in more than four decades…. Gov. Jeff Landry (R) signed H.B. 71 into law on Wednesday. “If you want to respect the rule of law, you’ve got to start from the original lawgiver, which was Moses,” Landry said at last week’s signing ceremony.” – HuffPost

June 21, 2024
Tourist accused of blasphemy killed by mob in Pakistan
A tourist has been dragged from a police station and killed by a mob in north-west Pakistan after being accused of blasphemy…. A tourist has been dragged from a police station and killed by a mob in north-west Pakistan after being accused of blasphemy…. Footage shows the man’s body being paraded through the streets and then set alight…. Malankand division’s regional police chief Mohammad Ali Gandapur accused the local mosque of encouraging people to gather after police first rescued the man.” – BBC

June 17, 2024
Global spending on nuclear weapons up 13% in record rise
States are on course to spend $100bn a year, driven by a sharp increase in US defence budgets
“All nine of the world’s nuclear armed nations are spending more, Ican added, with China judged to be the second largest spender with a budget of $11.9bn – though Beijing’s total is well below the $51.5bn attributed to the US. Russia is the third largest spender, at $8.3bn, followed by the UK ($8.1bn) and France ($6.1bn), although estimates for authoritarian states or the three countries with undeclared nuclear programmes (India, Pakistan and Israel) are all complicated by a lack of transparency.” – The Guardian

June 15, 2024
India: author Arundhati Roy to be prosecuted over 2010 Kashmir remarks
Official from ruling BJP party allows action against Booker winner under controversial anti-terrorism law
“The complaint concerned Roy’s comment that the disputed territory of Kashmir was not an ‘integral’ part of India, and accused her and others of giving speeches advocating the secession of Kashmir from India.” – The Guardian

June 14, 2024
‘Brazen corruption’: Donald Trump is selling policies for a second term to the highest bidders
“Desperate to return to the White House, Trump is selling off his legislative agenda to donors — even when that means reversing old promises.” – Independent

June 14, 2024
The Chilling Reason You May Never See the New Trump Movie
“A classic story of a mentor and his protégé, chronicling how Trump first learned from and later surpassed his brutal, Machiavellian fixer…. Unfortunately, you may not get a chance to anytime soon, at least in the United States…. It’s frightening, because it suggests that Trump and his supporters have already intimidated some media companies, which seem to be pre-emptively capitulating to him…. The fear seems to be twofold. Few want to end up in the MAGA movement’s cross hairs the way Bud Light and Disney did. And as one distribution executive told Variety, any company that wants to be sold or to merge with or buy another company would be hesitant to touch “The Apprentice” because of the possibility that, should Trump be re-elected, his ‘regulators will be punitive.'” – The New York Times

June 14, 2024
Prominent China #MeToo journalist sentenced to five years in jail, supporters say
“A Chinese court has sentenced prominent #MeToo journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin to five years in jail and labour activist Wang Jianbing to three and a half years, almost 1,000 days after they were detained on allegations of inciting state subversion, according to supporters.” – The Guardian

June 13, 2024
Oklahoma court rejects Tulsa Massacre survivors suit
“The Oklahoma Supreme Court dismissed the suit, filed in 2020 by a trio of survivors, on Wednesday. An estimated 300 black Americans were killed when a white mob razed the Greenwood neighbourhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921. Only two known survivors – Viola Fletcher, 110, and Lessie Benningfield Randle, 109 – remain. The third, Hughes Van Ellis, died last year at 102. No-one has ever been held responsible for the violent events of 31 May 1921. In addition to the 300 estimated deaths, thousands of black residents were assaulted, arrested and left homeless.” – BBC

June 12, 2024
Why US is among world’s worst domestic human rights violators
It’s foreign policy when Washington slams others for alleged violations, but foreign propaganda when America is seen as being the culprit

“It takes chutzpah to attack others for human rights violations when you are guilty of breaching those of your own population. That’s why it’s both infuriating and amusing to listen to Washington’s lectures and sanctions against other countries, including China. When you were the biggest dog in the neighbourhood, your barks could bite. But that habit needs to change when your place at the top is starting to crumble.” – SCMP

June 3, 2024
The reich stuff – what does Trump really have in common with Hitler?
Comparisons between the ex-president and the 20th-century Nazi leader are controversial but a new book says they resemble each other as political performance artists
When Donald Trump shared a video that dreamed of a ‘unified reich’ if he wins the US presidential election, and took nearly a full day to remove it, the most shocking thing was how unshocking it was. Trump has reportedly said before that Adolf Hitler did ‘some good things,’ echoed the Nazi dictator by calling his political opponents ‘vermin’ and saying immigrants are ‘poisoning the blood of our country,’ and responded to a white supremacist march in Charlottesville by claiming that there were ‘very fine people on both sides.’ The Hitler-Trump analogy is controversial. ‘Some of Trump’s critics – including Biden’s campaign – argue that Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and authoritarian behavior justify the comparison,’ the Politico website observed recently. ‘Meanwhile, Trump’s defenders – and even some of his more historically-minded critics – argue that the comparison is ahistorical; that he’s not a true fascist.’” – The Guardian

May 30, 202
Nikki Haley sparks outrage with ‘finish them’ message on Israeli bomb
“Former US presidential hopeful Nikki Haley has sparked outrage by writing “Finish Them” on an artillery shell during a Memorial Day visit to the Israeli military near the border with Lebanon.” – Independent

May 29, 2024|
‘In the name of God’
“For decades, Catholic priests, brothers and sisters raped or molested Native American children who were taken from their homes by the U.S. government and forced to live at remote boarding schools, a Post investigation found.”– The Washington Post

May 24, 2024
Women Have Gotten ‘Too Mouthy,’ Says This Republican Senate Candidate
“By 2023, White was not just appearing on Jones’s show but also guest-hosting it. Bannon, Trump’s first chief strategist, had become a mentor to him, delighting in his unvarnished machismo. ‘Women have become too mouthy,’ White said on Bannon’s ‘War Room’ podcast. ‘As the Black man in the room, I’ll say that.’ Elsewhere, White denounced the ‘Jewish lobby’ and the ‘Jewish elite’ and called Israel ‘the linchpin of the new world order.’ He described the L.G.B.T.Q. movement as ‘Luciferian’ and wrote that it’s ‘the brainchild of radical feminists and their cucked men.’… On Saturday, delegates at Minnesota’s Republican convention voted overwhelmingly to endorse him for Senate.” – The New York Times

May 22, 2024
Uncovering the brutal career of a crucial American ally. And the hidden truths of the war in Afghanistan. America’s Monster. Who was Abdul Raziq?
“The scale of Raziq’s abuses, carried out with American support, was shocking…. Raziq’s story complicates the comforting belief that brutality always backfires and undermines the U.S. military’s claim to have fought according to international law. Raziq’s violence was effective because it had a logic particular to the kind of civil war that the United States found in Afghanistan, one where the people, and not the terrain, were the battlefield. The reasons for this are well documented by scholars of civil war and counterinsurgency but glossed over by our generals and politicians and obscured by the myths of American exceptionalism and our righteous war on terror. But Raziq saw those reasons clearly. He murdered and tortured because he believed it was the only way to win against the Taliban. And America helped him do it.” – The New York Times

May 14, 2024
Nearly 40% of dirty money is laundered in London and UK crown dependencies
“This is money often stolen from Africa and Africans by corrupt businessmen, bent politicians and war lords and so on.” – The Guardian

May 13, 2024
Ukraine Is Now a World War. And Putin Is Gaining Friends.
Global proxy conflicts were a constant in Cold War I, and Russia’s invasion marked the first of Cold War II. 
“The notion of the Ukraine war as a proxy war isn’t new, of course. From the outset, Kremlin officials have alleged that the US is using Ukraine as a battering ram against Russia. Two years ago, I explained that they were basically correct: In helping Ukraine defend itself, America is also imposing heavy costs on one of its fiercest enemies. What has changed since 2022 is that the proxy war has expanded — and been fully joined by both sides.” – Bloomberg

May 3, 2024
How Counterprotesters at U.C.L.A. Provoked Violence, Unchecked for Hours
“The New York Times used videos filmed by journalists, witnesses and protesters to analyze hours of clashes — and a delayed police response — at a pro-Palestinian encampment on Tuesday.”  The New York Times

May 1, 2024
Number of writers jailed in China exceeds 100 for first time, says report
“Freedom to Write index says there are 107 people in prison for published content in China, with many accused of ‘picking quarrels.’… With the total number of people imprisoned globally for exercising their freedom of expression estimated to be at least 339, China accounts for nearly one-third of the world’s jailed writers. There are 107 people behind bars because of their published statements in China, more than any other country on the index.” – The Guardian

April 3o, 2024
Saudi Arabia activist sentenced to 11 years in prison for ‘support’ of women’s rights
“A young women’s rights activist in Saudi Arabia was secretly sentenced to 11 years in prison by an anti-terrorism court after being arrested for ‘her choice of clothing and support for women’s rights.’ Saudi officials confirmed in a statement to the United Nations high commissioner for human rights that Manahel al-Otaibi was sentenced on 9 January for what the Saudi government called ‘terrorist offences.’ Al-Otaibi, who was sentenced in a secret hearing before the counter-terrorism court, was found guilty of charges related to a Saudi anti-terror law that criminalises the use of websites to ‘broadcasts or publishes news, statements, false or malicious rumors, or the like for committing a terrorist crime.'” – The Guardian

April 28, 2024
Columbia crisis: Another massive failure of liberalism
Columbia’s president capitulated to the right-wing witch hunt — and only made things worse. Maybe that’s a lesson?… America’s extraordinary narcissism creates a global distortion effect whereby the massacre of at least 34,000 people in a conflict on the other side of the world is transformed into a domestic political and cultural crisis…. This spectacular abdication of any pretense of academic integrity made her look like a liberal of the most craven and spineless kind, the kind who would rather surrender to a police state than stand up for the frequently uncomfortable principles of free speech.” – Salon

April 17, 2024
Political Warfare and Congress
“On social media, CCP (Chinese Communist Party) propaganda demeans the Biden administration. But China’s social media campaign on behalf of Trump in 2024 looks like a copy (a poor one) of Russia’s on behalf of Trump in 2016…. The CCP’s internet propaganda is posted on X (Twitter). Likewise, Russia’s denazification meme did not need a Russian or a Chinese channel to reach Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene. Nor did she need a Russian or Chinese platform to spread the disinformation trope further. She and her American followers used X (Twitter). Marjory Taylor Greene is not the only member of Congress to have presented the Russian “denazification” trope in public debate. In the case of Matt Gaetz, we know that the transmission belt was Chinese, because he cited a Chinese state propaganda source in congressional debate. It is not clear in what sense X is an American platform; in any event, its owner, Elon Musk, has removed prior safeguards identifying state propaganda outlets, driving much higher viewing of Russian and Chinese propaganda.  Under Musk, X (Twitter) has been particularly lax in policing known Chinese propaganda accounts, ignoring their flagging by government and other platforms. Musk has also personally spread specific Russian propaganda tropes.” – Timothy Snyder

April 16, 2024
‘Pregnancy is not a disease’: why do so many women die giving birth in Nigeria?

“More than 80,000 Nigerian women died from pregnancy-related complications in 2020, a statistic activists say reflects a lack of political will to fix a broken medical system…. Nigeria’s rate of 1,047 deaths per 100,000births in 2020 is the third-highest maternal mortality in Africa and far from the UN goal of 70 deaths per 100,000 to be reached globally by 2030.” – The Guardian

April 10, 2024
Meet the ‘pursuer of nubile young females’ who helped pass Arizona’s 1864 abortion law
“…this lecherous caricature of a man — a man whose compatriots in the 19th century recognized that he was problematic…. While Jones lived in Arizona, he was elected to represent Tucson in the 1st Arizona Territorial Legislative Assembly. And then, when that legislature convened in 1864, he was elected speaker of the House. And it was that legislature — the one Jones presided over in 1864, after he had already abandoned his first wife, and married a 12-year-old and was just weeks away from marrying a 15-year-old, though still a few years away from marrying a 14-year-old — it was that legislature that passed a law reading, ‘Every person who shall administer or cause to be administered or taken, any medicinal substances, or shall use or cause to be used any instruments whatever, with the intention to procure the miscarriage of any woman then being with child, and shall be thereof duly convicted, shall be punished by imprisonment in the Territorial prison for a term not less than two years nor more than five years.’ And it was that piece of legislation that, earlier this week, was reinstated as law of the land in Arizona.” – The Washington Post

April 7, 2024
Christian nationalists embrace Trump as their savior – will they be his?
A thrice-married man who refers to the Eucharist as a “little cracker”, was apparently unable to name a single Bible verse and says he has never asked God for forgiveness was always an unlikely hero for the most conservative Christians in the US…. Indeed, the former US president’s relationship with the religious right has deepened so much that Trump is now comfortable with comparing himself to their messiah.” – The Guardian

April 7, 2024
Journalist removed from Colorado Republican event for ‘unfair’ reporting
Sandra Fish, who has covered politics since 1982, was asked to leave by security about an hour into the state party assembly
“A politics reporter from the Colorado Sun was removed from the state Republican party assembly this weekend because the state party chair Dave Williams claimed her reporting on the party was “very unfair.’… Video of the removal was captured by other journalists in attendance.” – The Guardian

April 3, 2024
Pakistani judges say intelligence agency threatened them over Imran Khan
“The letter from the six high court judges alleged the abduction of family members, torture, installation of cameras in their bedrooms and threats from the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI). In one case the judges said they were forced to hear an appeal against Khan even after the majority of judges had decided it was not maintainable.” – The Guardian

April 2, 2024
Trump’s Threats Against Opponents Are Getting Increasingly Violent
“The former president’s rhetoric is characteristically over the top. But his agenda for a second presidential term targets an array of personal enemies…. Over on the right, meanwhile, the tone-policers at National Review ludicrously warn that the chief threat stemming from a second Trump administration would be a wave of left-wing political violence.” – The Nation

April 2, 2024
The Republican party has become a full-fledged anti-sex movement
The conservative obsession with purity and control is being achieved by increasingly punitive means
The US supreme court justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas cited the Comstock Act, named after the 19th-century anti-vice campaigner Anthony Comstock, in last week’s case about access to the abortion pill mifepristone. If you don’t know who Anthony Comstock was or what his law did, that might not have alarmed you. But it should have….. Comstock was reputed to be driven by religious shame over masturbation to become his era’s most extreme anti-sex crusader…. in the early 1870s, when he convinced Congress to make it a crime to advertise, sell or mail contraceptives or give out contraceptive information, even orally, or to mail anything ‘immoral’ – a term whose vagueness allowed widespread prosecution, including of a feminist newspaper reporting on sexual abuse whose prominent publishers, Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Claflin, he got sent to prison. Like modern-day rightwingers he was a book-burner, and he boasted that he had driven 15 people to suicide. ‘When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross’ is a handy quote and it does seem to describe well Donald Trump, who has hugged a lot of US flags onstage and last week was hawking Christian nationalist Bibles.” – The Guardian

March 31. 2024
Congressman rebuked for call to bomb Gaza ‘like Nagasaki and Hiroshima’
Civil rights group denounces US House representative Tim Walberg’s calls to ‘get it over quick’ as a ‘clear call to genocide’
“Rather than provide humanitarian aid in Gaza, the US should ensure it is subjected to nuclear bombing the way that ‘Nagasaki and Hiroshima’ were at the end of the second world war, a Republican congressman said in shocking remarks that were recorded recently at a gathering with a relatively small group of his constituents…. ‘It should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima,’ Walberg said, alluding to the Japanese cities where the US dropped atomic bombs at the end of the second world war, killing hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom were civilians. ‘Get it over quick.’” – The Guardian

March 31, 2024
A Russian Defector’s Killing Raises Specter of Hit Squads
“The men who killed Maksim Kuzminov wanted to send a message. This was obvious to investigators in Spain even before they discovered who he was. Not only did the killers shoot him six times in a parking garage in southern Spain, they ran over his body with their car. They also left an important clue to their identity, according to investigators: shell casings from 9-millimeter Makarov rounds, a standard ammunition of the former Communist bloc. ‘It was a clear message,’ said a senior official from Guardia Civil, the Spanish police force overseeing the investigation into the killing. ‘I will find you, I will kill you, I will run you over and humiliate you.’” – The New York Times

March 30, 2024
Nazism and the Journal
“Between 1935 and 1944, the Journal remained all but silent regarding the heinous motives of Nazi science and medicine. What is the nature and significance of silence in the face of such oppression?” – The New England Journal of Medicine

March 28, 2024
There’s Trouble Inside Pakistan’s Military
“For decades, Pakistan’s military has been the country’s most vital institution. Although it frequently intervened to oust elected governments, many Pakistanis saw this as salvation from the country’s blundering politicians. The army, it was thought, was the only force capable of holding the country together. The question now is whether the generals can keep themselves together. The military has suffered a catastrophic loss of prestige after the populist former prime minister Imran Khan directly challenged its influence. In response, Mr. Khan was ousted, jailed and his party — despite winning the most parliamentary seats in a divisive February election — was shut out of a new civilian government that took power this month with the blessing of the military leadership. The country remains deeply polarized. But an even greater concern for Gen. Syed Asim Munir, the army chief, is that the polarization extends into the military itself.” – The New York Times

March 27, 2024
UN picks Saudi Arabia to lead women’s rights forum despite ‘abysmal’ record
“’Saudi Arabia’s election as chair of the UN Commission on the Status of Women shows shocking disregard for women’s rights everywhere,’ Louis Charbonneau, UN director at the Human Rights Watch (HRW), said. ‘A country that jails women simply because they advocate for their rights has no business being the face of the UN’s top forum for women’s rights and gender equality. Saudi authorities should demonstrate that this honor was not completely undeserved and immediately release all detained women’s rights defenders, end male guardianship and ensure women’s full rights to equality with men.’”

March 23, 2024
It’ll be bedlam’: how Trump is creating conditions for a post-election eruption
“As the ex-president fans the flames of violence, experts and insiders say November will be a brutal test for US democracy. A bloodbath. The end of democracy. Riots in the streets. Bedlam in the country. Donald Trump has made apocalyptic imagery a defining feature of his presidential election campaign, warning supporters that if he does not win – and avoid criminal prosecution – the US will enter its death throes.” – The Guardian

March 23, 2024
Medieval Christian misogyny shapes how we judge women today, says scholar
“Some called the women who put on makeup and dyed their hair, deceptive and artificial. Others said women who wore jewels and fine clothes could not be trusted, even by their husbands. But they all agreed: if a man ever encountered one of these unchristian women, and wanted to rape her, it was her fault – not his. According to a talk at the University of Cambridge, it was in the third century that the Christian idea that ‘real’ beauty is within was first used by influential male writers to try to control how women dressed. ‘Many of the ideas that govern how we perceive women’s appearance today have their roots in the middle ages,’ said Cambridge scholar Alexandra Zhirnova who is giving her talk on 23 March as part of the Cambridge Festival – a showcase of the research under way at the university.” – The Guardian

March 18, 2024
It’s Looking a Lot Like World War II Out There
“America Firsters seem unaware of just how quickly and completely the international order can collapse. Our world resembles the 1930s more than we might think. Now, as then, the balance of power is shifting ominously. Violent autocracies are seeking expansive empires. Ties between authoritarian states are growing stronger; regional conflicts are becoming interwoven. Democracies are threatened from without and within. The US is, once again, tempted by a doctrine that pursues unilateralism and retrenchment, in the guise of ‘America First.’” – Bloomberg

March 17, 2024
How Trump’s Allies Are Winning the War Over Disinformation
“Their claims of censorship have successfully stymied the effort to filter election lies online.” – The New York Times

March 17, 2024
Trump says US will see ‘bloodbath’ if he’s not re-elected…: LiveX/Twitter

March 8, 2024
Putin’s big message on International Women’s Day: Your job is to make babies
“‘You, dear women, are capable of transforming the world with your beauty, wisdom, and generosity of spirit. But most of all, thanks to the greatest gift bestowed on you by nature — childbirth,’ he said…. ‘Family remains the most important thing for any woman, no matter what career path she chooses or what professional heights she attains,’ he added, per an official Kremlin translation.” – Business Insider

March 8, 2024
Oil industry has sought to block state backing for green tech since 1960s
“Kenner documented dozens of examples of the oil industry pressuring governments to hold back support for renewable energy, restrict funding for the development of clean technologies and weaken environmental rules that favoured their uptake. Lobbyists on both sides of the Atlantic argued that government subsidies for clean technologies distorted free markets. Activists say their position is ‘dishonest’ because the oil industry benefits from tax credits and other financial help from governments, and pays for only a fraction of the damage its fuels do to people and the planet. In 2022, the total subsidies for fossil fuels – including costs to society – came to $760bn (£592bn) in the US and €310bn (£264bn) in the EU, according to the International Monetary Fund. The revelations were ‘outrageous but frankly unsurprising,’ said Shira Stanton from the campaign group Beyond Fossil Fuels, who was not involved in the analysis.” – The Guardian

March 6, 2024
Mark Robinson’s Bizarre Ramble: ‘I Absolutely Want To Go Back To The America Where Women Couldn’t Vote’
“In a newly unearthed video, North Carolina’s GOP nominee for governor says America was better then because Republicans ‘fought for real social change.'” – HuffPost

March 5, 2024
Hitler-quoting candidate wins North Carolina Republican gubernatorial primary
“Robinson has a history of controversial statements. He has described Covid-19 as a ‘globalist’ conspiracy to destroy Donald Trump. In 2021, he criticized efforts to teach LGBTQ+ issues in sex education, referring to transgender and homosexual people as ‘filth’. He has also said people who are gay are equivalent to ‘what the cows leave behind’ as well as ‘maggots’ and ‘flies.’ He implied at a campaign event last month that transgender women should be arrested if they use women’s restrooms. He once described the movie Black Panther as ‘created by an agnostic Jew and put to film by [a] satanic marxist.’ He then said it ‘was only created to pull the shekels out of your Schvartze pockets.'” – The Guardian

March 3, 2024
Faith and conspiracy: Study shows religiosity is related to belief in COVID-19 conspiracies
“Prior research has covered the human tendency to cling to conspiracy narratives, suggesting a deep-rooted inclination to find patterns and intentions in world events — and attributing them to the actions of malevolent groups. This present research extends this understanding by exploring how religiosity — characterized by a belief in a higher power without empirical proof, correlates with the endorsement of conspiracy narratives through a shared framework of unwavering conviction.” – PsyPost

March 1, 2024
Trump echoes Nazi propaganda and pushes lie that ‘no one speaks languages’ of migrants in wild border speech
“’We have languages coming into our country, nobody that speaks those languages. They’re truly foreign languages. Nobody speaks them.’ The national language of Mexico is Spanish. Census figures from 2019 showed that there were almost 42 million people that speak Spanish in US homes.” – Independent

March 1, 2024
UK and US accused of obstructing inquiry into 1961 death of UN chief
“The participants said the US and UK had been dragging their feet in handing over potentially vital information…. Hammarskjöld, a Swede, died on 18 September 1961 on the way to negotiate a ceasefire between UN peacekeepers in the Congo and separatists from the breakaway Congolese region of Katanga. His Douglas DC-6 airliner crashed near Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), killing Hammarskjöld and the 15 other passengers. The first inquiry carried out by Rhodesian authorities returned a verdict of pilot error, but the finding was controversial. People on the ground said they saw another plane and flashes in the sky. Belgian mercenary pilots were reported to be in the area at the time as well as French and British intelligence officers. US intelligence officers were monitoring communications from Cyprus and reported hearing communications consistent with the UN plane coming under fire.” – The Guardian

February 29, 2024
Trump gave top US firms staggering tax cuts, with some paying $0 or less – report
“Some of the US’s most profitable corporations, including General Motors, Citigroup and Netflix, have slashed their tax bills in the years since the passage of the Trump tax cuts, with nearly a quarter paying rates in the single digits and 23 paying nothing, a report has found. The 2017 law cut the top corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%. But the new assessment of corporate tax avoidance, published on Thursday by the non-profit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (Itep), found that during the first five years the law was in effect, many profitable public companies in the US paid a far lower rate in practice. Together, the 342 corporations studied by Itep paid an average effective tax rate of just 14.1%. Eighty-seven companies paid an average of less than 10%; 55 of those firms paid less than 5%; and 23 corporations, including T-Mobile US and Xcel Energy, paid zero (or less) federal income tax over the five-year period – even though they made a profit each year.” – The Guardian

February 28, 2024
The Kinsey Institute, the world’s top sex research center, faces existential threat from conservative attacks
“What happens to the institute may signal if conservative US lawmakers can dictate the bounds of research on sexuality? The future of the Kinsey Institute, the world’s premier sex research center, is in limbo. Last April, lawmakers in Indiana’s Republican-dominated state legislature voted to block the Kinsey Institute from receiving any state funds through Indiana University (IU), which houses the institute.” – The Guardian

February 28, 2024
Priest accused of abusing Inuit children in Canada will not be dismissed by church
“A French clergyman dubbed the “devil priest” who stands accused of sexually abusing Inuit children in Canada’s north will not be dismissed from his congregation after senior church officials in Rome declined to act, citing the nonagenarian’s declining health.” – The Guardian

February 27, 2024
NBC Journalist Shows CPAC Head Matt Schlapp The Nazis Who Attended
“Despite denials from the top, there was clearly a white supremacist presence at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The head honcho of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) went scorched-earth on an NBC News report that noted the number of Nazis at its annual gathering this weekend. But Matt Schlapp’s furious denial of a Nazi presence at CPAC seemed to fall apart after the reporter who wrote the article brought the receipts.” – HuffPost

February 27, 2024
Let them eat Flakes: Kellogg’s CEO says poor families should consider ‘cereal for dinner’
“The multimillionaire chief executive officer of the US food processing giant Kellogg’s has drawn scorn from some quarters after recently suggesting that families with strained finances could cope by eating ‘cereal for dinner.’ Gary Pilnick was speaking live on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street on 21 February when he delivered the remarks in question, which some have compared to the ‘let them eat cake’ phrase frequently attributed without evidence to Marie Antoinette before her execution during the French Revolution.” – The Guardian

February 24, 2024
Reactions to state senator calling LGBTQ+ ‘filth’: ‘Words have power, and consequences’
“Oklahoma Sen. Tom Woods is receiving strong backlash after he was quoted calling the LGBTQ+ community ‘filth’ during an event in Tahlequah on Friday. ‘I represent a constituency that doesn’t want that filth in Oklahoma,’ Woods, R-Westville, was quoted by the Tahlequah Daily Press. Woods comments came during a legislative forum sponsored by the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce. Woods and other lawmakers at the forum were asked questions by a woman in the audience, according to the Daily Press. The woman’s questions related to State Superintendent Ryan Walters’ ‘bullying’ of school districts and …why does the Legislature have such an obsession with the LGBTQ citizens of Oklahoma.’ According to the Daily Press, the woman also referenced the death of 16-year-old Nex Benedict, who recently died a day after being involved in a fight that broke out in the Owasso High School bathroom.” – The Oklahoman

February 23, 2024
Amid Florida’s Measles Outbreak, Surgeon General Goes Against Medical Guidance
“Dr. Ladapo, a former clinical researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, has played a prominent role in the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, appearing with the governor at events that mainstream public health experts have repeatedly criticized as spreading dangerous falsehoods…. About one in five unvaccinated people in the United States who get measles ends up in the hospital, according to the C.D.C. People can develop pneumonia, which is the most common cause of death from measles among young children; their brains can also swell, leading to deafness or intellectual disabilities, the agency reported.” – The New York Times

February 19, 2024
Alexei Navalny death latest: Putin critic’s ‘bruised body seen in morgue’ as family demands it is returned
“Vladamir Putin believes that he is ‘untouchable’ after years of an iron grip on Russia, the wife of jailed opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza has said, as she accused the autocrat of murdering Alexei Navalny. Speaking to the BBC, Evgenia Kara-Murza said: ‘All that impunity that lasted for decades has led [Putin] to believe he’s somehow untouchable.’ It comes as an independent Russian newspaper cited an anonymous source claiming that Mr Navalny’s body had been delivered to the Salekhard District Clinical Hospital. The unnamed source, identified as an experienced paramedic, said the body was bruised and had been transported from the nearby town of Labytnangi.” – Independent

February 17, 2024
Pakistan elections: Rawalpindi commissioner resigns admitting to tampering results
“He claimed the country’s two top officials – the chief election commissioner and the chief justice – were also involved in rigging.” – Independent

February 16, 2024
‘Brutally murdered’: World reacts to Alexey Navalny’s death in prison
“Leaders say Putin critic ‘paid for his courage with his life’ and that they hold Russia responsible for his death.” – Aljazeera

February 14, 2024
Senior US official warns of security threat amid reports of Russian nuclear capability in space
“ABC News and the New York Times cited unnamed sources as saying that the security threat Turner was referring to involved the Russia’s potential deployment of a nuclear anti-satellite weapon in space.” – The Guardian

February 13, 2024
Global defence spending jumped to record $2.2 trillion last year: Report
“’The current military-security situation heralds what is likely to be a more dangerous decade, characterised by the brazen application by some of military power to pursue claims,’ read the annual report which the IISS has been compiling annually for the past 65 years…. The report comes days after Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said he had previously told an unspecified NATO member’s leader that he would “encourage” Russia to do “whatever the hell they want” in that country if it had not met its financial obligations to the military alliance.” – Aljazeera

February 1, 2024
A White Supremacist Killed Her Dad In El Paso. Now GOP Politicians Sound Like The Shooter.
“Meg Jaurez’s father was among 22 people killed by a man who wanted to stop the ‘Hispanic invasion.’ Now she hears that language everywhere…. Now, when Meg Juarez checks the news, almost every Republican politician and right-wing pundit sounds like the man who shot her parents. They’re talking about an ‘invasio’ at the border and the ‘great replacement’ of white voters wrought by immigration…. Last month, Abbott boasted, ‘The only thing we’re not doing is shooting people,’ he said, because ‘the Biden administration would charge us with murder’ — a winking admission that he’d permit extrajudicial killings if it didn’t mean going to prison.” – HuffPost

January 29, 2024
Prisoners in the US are part of a hidden workforce linked to hundreds of popular food brands
“The goods these prisoners produce wind up in the supply chains of a dizzying array of products found in most American kitchens, from Frosted Flakes cereal and Ball Park hot dogs to Gold Medal flour, Coca-Cola and Riceland rice. They are on the shelves of virtually every supermarket in the country, including Kroger, Target, Aldi and Whole Foods. And some goods are exported, including to countries that have had products blocked from entering the U.S. for using forced or prison labor…. Some prisoners work on the same plantation soil where slaves harvested cotton, tobacco and sugarcane more than 150 years ago, with some present-day images looking eerily similar to the past. In Louisiana, which has one of the country’s highest incarceration rates, men working on the “farm line” still stoop over crops stretching far into the distance…. Willie Ingram picked everything from cotton to okra during his 51 years in the state penitentiary, better known as Angola…. Some days, he said, workers would throw their tools in the air to protest, despite knowing the potential consequences. “They’d come, maybe four in the truck, shields over their face, billy clubs, and they’d beat you right there in the field. They beat you, handcuff you and beat you again,” said Ingram, who received a life sentence after pleading guilty to a crime he said he didn’t commit. He was told he would serve 10 ½ years and avoid a possible death penalty, but it wasn’t until 2021 that a sympathetic judge finally released him. He was 73…. Now, with about 2 million people locked up, U.S. prison labor from all sectors has morphed into a multibillion-dollar empire,” – The Associated Press

January 28, 2024
‘I don’t see how it ends’: expert sounds alarm on new wave of US opioids crisis
“There had been other opportunities to slow the crisis before it evolved from prescription pills to illicitly-produced fentanyl and other drugs that together have claimed 800,000 American lives over the past quarter of a century with predictions of another million deaths by the end of the decade. But federal regulators and prosecutors failed to seize the moment. Perhaps most disturbing of all, Van Zee said the US is still failing to learn the lessons of a uniquely American catastrophe to break the influence of corporate money over medicine, drug regulation and political accountability.” – The Guardian

January 20, 2024
Report Claims Inflation Woes Driven Largely By Corporate Greed
The paper boosts the controversial progressive argument that corporations are squeezing American households just because they can.” – HuffPost

January 18, 2024
Why The American West Is A Hotbed Of Extremism And Misinformation
“A new book breaks down myths about the Western U.S., and examines why it’s an increasingly welcoming space for far-right extremism to take root.” – HuffPost

January 17, 2024
Closing the women’s health gap: A $1 trillion opportunity to improve lives and economies
“Investments addressing the women’s health gap could add years to life and life to years—and potentially boost the global economy by $1 trillion annually by 2040.” – McKinsey

January 15, 2024
Trump shares bizarre biblical video saying God made him to be America’s ‘caretaker’
“Republican gives full vent to messiah complex on eve of Iowa caucuses. Donald Trump has shared an eerie video on the eve of the Iowa caucuses in which he appears to proclaim himself God’s chosen emissary on Earth – sent to deliver America back to prosperity. The three-minute clip, posted to Truth Social on Sunday evening, opens on grainy footage of an LP turning on a record player, broadcasting an apparently ancient sermon in which a preacher intones: ‘And on 14 June 1946, God looked down on his planned paradise and said: “I need a caretaker.” ‘So God gave us Trump,’ the voiceover adds.” – Independent

January 15, 2024
‘It’s difficult to survive’: China’s LGBTQ+ advocates​ face jail and forced confession
“Trans and queer people and their supporters suffer ‘systemic persecution’ as country pushes increasingly conservative values.” – The Guardian

January 12, 2024
Florida school district pulls dictionaries and encyclopedias as part of “inappropriate” content review
“The Escambia County school district has included five dictionaries, eight encyclopedias and “The Guinness Book of World Records,” in its list of more than 1,600 books that could soon be banned.” – CBSNews

January 12, 2024
Greg Abbott Says the Only Thing Stopping Texas From Shooting Migrants Is the Headache of Potential Murder Charges
Otherwise they’d apparently go for it. As governor of Texas, Greg Abbott has a horrific record when it comes to immigration, from sending more than 100 migrants to a freezing-cold DC on Christmas Eve to a ‘hold-the-line’ operation on the border that could lead to more drownings. Yet he’d like credit for one thing, and that’s the fact that he hasn’t given local officials the greenlight to literally shoot migrants crossing into Texas—but only because he doesn’t want to deal with being charged with murder. – VanityFair

January 12, 2024
Former LA sheriff’s deputy gets 30 days in jail for 2019 killing of Ryan Twyman
“Andrew Lyons and another sheriff’s deputy shot at Twyman 34 times while he was inside his car in south Los Angeles…. The criminal conviction and jail time for the 39-year-old is an exceptionally rare outcome for an on-duty killing by a law enforcement official.” – The Guardian

January 11, 2024
A Black Woman Called 911 For Help, And Police Killed Her In Front Of Her Daughter
“Niani Finlayson called police for help during a domestic incident. They fatally shot her within seconds.” – HuffPost

January 10, 2024
Forty-four of 50 US states worsen inequality with ‘upside-down’ taxes
“New research found that poorest fifth pay a tax rate 60% higher, on average, than the top 1% of households.” – The Guardian

January 9, 2024
The Idea of the Nation-State Is Synonymous With Genocide
“‘Neither Settler Nor Native’ by Mahmood Mamdani To challenge the thesis that nationalism and colonialism are two separate things—that nationalism is the good side, colonialism the bad side; that nationalism came first, colonialism later, or vice versa. I wanted to show that they were twins joined at the hip. And I also wanted to show that from the outset, the nation-state project could not be achieved without ethnic cleansing and extreme violence.” – The Nation

January 8, 2024
Trump refuses to sign Illinois pledge not to overthrow government: Live
“Republican’s refusal to sign loyalty oath emerges on third annivery of Capitol riot.” – Independent

January 8, 2024
2023 saw record killings by US police. Who is most impacted?
“The deadliest year for homicides by law enforcement in over a decade, data shows…. Police violence is increasing as murders are falling… ‘Violence is trending downwards at an unprecedented rate, but the exception to that seems to be the police, who are engaging in more violence each year,’ said Samuel Sinyangwe, a policy analyst and data scientist who founded Mapping Police Violence. ‘It hits home that many of the promises and actions made after the murder of George Floyd don’t appear to have reduced police violence on a nationwide level.’… In 2023, Black people were killed at a rate 2.6 times higher than white people.” – The Guardian

January 8, 2024
Republican Elise Stefanik declines to commit to certifying 2024 election votes
“Welker said: ‘Just to be very clear, I don’t hear you committed to certifying the election results. Will you only commit to certifying the results if former president Trump wins?’ Stefanik said: ‘No, it means if they are constitutional,’ before expressing her claim that the 2020 presidential race ‘was not a fair election’ despite multiple legal reviews solicited by Trump and his allies confirming that it was…. She also delivered a tirade about how the true threat to democracy was ‘attempting to remove … Trump from the ballot because Joe Biden knows he can’t win.’… The notable exchange between Welker and Stefanik, the fourth-highest ranking Republican in the House, came after the latter woman played a prominent role in the recent ouster of the presidents of two Ivy League universities.”  – The Guardian

January 3, 2024
Ugandan LGBTQ+ activist in critical condition after brutal knife attack
Human rights defenders have been warning about the risk of attacks on members of the LGBTQ+ community after Uganda last year adopted what is considered one of the harshest anti-gay laws in the world…. In May last year, Uganda adopted anti-gay legislation containing provisions making “aggravated homosexuality” a potentially capital offence and setting out penalties for consensual same-sex relations of up to life in prison.” – The Guardian

January 2, 2024
Inside Trump’s ‘fascist’ dreams for a second term
“Donald Trump seeks revenge with a second-term agenda more extreme than his first.” – Independent

January 1, 2024
‘Stakes are really high’: misinformation researcher changes tack for 2024 US election
“Kate Starbird says attacks have made research difficult, and claims of bias arise because of prevalence of lies from the right. A key researcher in the fight against election misinformation – who herself became the subject of an intensive misinformation campaign – has said her field gets accused of ‘bias’ precisely because it’s now mainly rightwingers who spread the worst lies.”  – The Guardian

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