Israeli Snipers Shoot 6 Children, 9 Women & 22 Other Unarmed Protesters in Gaza

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that at least 37 Palestinians were injured with Israeli live ammunition, including six children, nine women and one paramedic woman.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, 220 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of “The Great March of Return” on March 30th, while more than 24,000 others have been injured.

Israeli Snipers Shoot 6 Children, 9 Women & 22 Other Unarmed Protesters in Gaza

Israeli incursions into Gaza are the rule, not the exception | +972 Magazine

Illustrative file photo of Israeli troops deployed along the Gaza border. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The covert incursions we learned about Sunday night demonstrate something even broader, however. The raid came at the height of the most serious cease fire talks we’ve seen between Israel and Hamas since 2014. That it occurred just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu declared he was doing everything to avert another war, suggests that Israel did not intend for it to actually spark an escalation. In other words, there was nothing special about the cross-border raid other than the fact that it left seven people dead.

via Israeli incursions into Gaza are the rule, not the exception | +972 Magazine

Crucifying Julian Assange

Julian Assange’s sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship.

via Crucifying Julian Assange

Trump Largely Alone As World Leaders Take Aim At Nationalism | HuffPost

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L), Moroccan King Mohammed VI (3rd L) and his son Crown Prince Hassan Moulay (2nd L),

At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the president who proudly declares himself a “nationalist” stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise.

 

Trump Largely Alone As World Leaders Take Aim At Nationalism | HuffPost

French President Macron Condemns Nationalism In Front Of Trump

The Australian’s continued support of climate change denialism

This is despite the fact that, its then-editor, Chris Mitchell, said eight years ago: “for several years the paper has accepted man-made climate change as fact”.

But last week, the paper gave columnist Michael Asten more than 400 square centimetres, for an article of well over 900 words, to argue there are massive divisions about the science.

To be fair, he probably did not write the headline:

And why does The Australian continue to publish articles designed to raise doubts about anthropogenic climate change and the urgent need to tackle it when it does not provide similar support for tobacco lobbyists and flat-earthers?

It panders to the ridiculous right of the Liberal Party, typified by Tony Abbott and to the companies with a financial stake in climate change denial who donate to the Institute of Public Affairs.

via The Australian’s continued support of climate change denialism

‘We are under assault’: Major universities go to war with Morrison government over research cuts

The country’s biggest universities say they are “under assault” and have launched an extraordinary attack on the Morrison government over a fresh round of cuts to academic research.

Vice-chancellors are furious about a $134 million raid on research funding to pay for student places at regional universities – as well as other Coalition measures in the works including a free speech blitz, a “national interest test” for research grants and a new tax on enrolments.

via ‘We are under assault’: Major universities go to war with Morrison government over research cuts

NRA tells American doctors’ to ‘stay in their lane’

US doctors are breaking their silence on guns.

At first, Judy Melinek didn’t know how to respond when she learned about an NRA tweet last week telling doctors who dared enter the gun debate to stay “in their own lane.”

But two days later, when the forensic pathologist was on her way to the morgue to examine the body of one of the country’s many forgotten gunshot victims, the words came to her.
US doctors are breaking their silence on guns.

US doctors are breaking their silence on guns.

“Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn’t just my lane,” she tweeted on Friday. “It’s my [expletive] highway.”

Joseph Sakran, a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who suffers from a paralysed vocal cord after taking a stray bullet in the neck almost 25 years ago, refused to stay silent as the country’s latest mass shooting hit the news.

“I have Two Words for you Hell No! #Hell No for #ThousandOaks #Hell No for all black men that die & no one hears about it. #Hell No for all those that we still may be able to save,” Sakran wrote.

Melinek and Sakran are among countless medical professionals who have taken to Twitter in the past few days to fire back at the NRA – creating a viral response that has ricocheted around the Internet under the hashtags #thisisourlane and #thisismylane.

via NRA tells American doctors’ to ‘stay in their lane’

The Lessons of World War I– Don’t Trust Hateful Politicians like Trump

Trump went to celebrate 11,000,000 dead but cancelled because of rain. He hasn’t cancelled the rain of terror in the Yemen he’s assisted it. (ODT)

Technological innnovations lengthened the war and made it dangerous. In Iraq, the US faced roadside bombs, which killed or wounded thousands.

War hasn’t been abolished, and the rise of hyper-nationalism in Hungary, Poland, India, Brazil and Russia and the US makes the world more dangerous and potentially deadly.

Trump’s own American nationalism is destabilizing for the world. Let’s hope he doesn’t stumble, in Yemen, Iran, or in East Asia, into a debilitating and fruitless war.

The Lessons of World War I– Don’t Trust Hateful Politicians like Trump

‘They can’t look the other way’: Scott Morrison turns up heat on Muslim leaders

As far back as 2005 with the Cronulla riots the biggest enablers of those riots were said to be the shock jocks of 2GB and Alan Jones was singled out back then as one of the loudest Nationalist voices at the time. Scott Morrison in fact saw political advantage to be had in encouraging the ultra-right-wing division of the them and us culture wars. However there were wiser heads than his in the Liberal Party at that time who saw the party and Australia in fact as a broad church.

However that all changed with the coming of  Tony Abbott and his Team Australia . Not until 2013 did we see the expanding dark cloud of Islamophobia form across Australia. Despite the miniscule number of domestic events defined largely by the media as terrorist the volume of noise devoted to Islamic hate and Islamophobia come to a crescendo that we haven’t let go of. Abbott took us to yet another war we couldn’t and won’t win, he increased National Security to a level never seen before and now Morrison is amplifying the same providing justification of hate despite the advice of all our experts.

It seems Politicians know better than experts these days on just about everything.. Conservatives have a historical record of drumming up danger that only they claim thay can manage and at times when they are particularly desperate. Wit the assistance of Andrew Bolt who can name 5 cases among 10 million people in Australia’s 2 largest cities as living proof of the danger we are living in. Forget the fact the rest of the world considers those 2 cities as the worlds most livable for their safety.  The fact that Morrison 10 pts down in the polls has re-introduced Abbott’s Team Australia, Them and Us onto the front pages of our conservative influencers for profit MSM media indicates one thing the LNP are not only desperate but incapable of managing themselves let alone the country. (ODT)

Tony Abbott, who oversaw a major strengthening of Australia’s counter-terrorism laws as prime minister, on Monday said Mr Morrison was “quite right to say on the weekend that there is a problem within Islam”.

via ‘They can’t look the other way’: Scott Morrison turns up heat on Muslim leaders

Women, assault and the vote-winning agenda of terrorism

60 women Andrew Bolt ignored he’s a victim of women’s verbal violence (ODT)

We as a society go into collective outrage when strawberries have needles put in them. Or when sharks kill or attack a swimmer. Or when Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, a possibly mentally unwell man, kills Sisto Malaspina, a loved Melbournian.

Without conclusive evidence, the mainstream media saw fit to label it a terrorist act.

Yet when a man kills his partner or former partner, our politicians remain quiet.

via Women, assault and the vote-winning agenda of terrorism

Alt-right infiltrators find soft targets in Australia’s moribund political parties | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

A security camera is seen outside Parliament House in Canberra, Feb. 16, 2015.

We discover the normality of these racist firebrands in our media today in Australia (ODT)

One the one hand, people such as Bowers advocated for an unapologetic embrace of the black-shirt role play that unmistakably marked Charlottesville out as a neo-Nazi gathering; the extremist ideology that underpinned the movement; and also the racist violence that is the only real endpoint of fascist politics.

On the other hand, more strategic or disingenuous white nationalists were urging a path of “normie” dress, less pointed advocacy and quiet entryism into ordinary, conservative politics (their opponents like to refer to them as “optics cucks”).

Those who dismiss the small numbers on the far right rarely consider how small the membership of modern political parties tends to be

On podcasts and social media threads, white nationalists from this latter faction argued that young white nationalists should keep a low profile, stay in school and work, and carry out their political activism within established political institutions.

Alt-right infiltrators find soft targets in Australia’s moribund political parties | Jason Wilson | Opinion | The Guardian

Firefighters hit back at Trump, who blamed wildfires on ‘gross mismanagement’

 

Ignorance of Trump is manifest in his kneejerk remarks on the Californian fires. This POTUS races to the cliff of stupidity. (ODT)

Los Angeles: Californian firefighters have slammed President Donald Trump for a tweet in which he asserted that this week’s devastating fires were the result of poor forest management.

Firefighters hit back at Trump, who blamed wildfires on ‘gross mismanagement’

and

Mr. President, with all due respect, you are wrong’

'Mr. President, with all due respect, you are wrong'

President Trump threatens to withhold aid from victims as authorities confirm 23 people killed in Californian fires.

 

 

Donald Trump to award biggest campaign donor’s wife medal of freedom | The Independent

Sheldon Adelson poses with his wife Miriam, who is set to receive the Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump

Donald Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to seven “distinguished individuals,” including the wife of the Republican party’s largest donor, the White House announced.

Philanthropist Miriam Adelson, the wife of billionaire Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, is set to be honoured at a ceremony later this week.

via Donald Trump to award biggest campaign donor’s wife medal of freedom | The Independent

Dutton threatens councils over Australia Day date change | SBS News

Threatening Australian councils does Peter Dutton ever stop? He sees himself as the exemplary defender of the Liberal Right one day to the dumb ass goofball of boom gate offering to resign the next. (ODT)

Dutton threatens councils over Australia Day date change | SBS News

‘Unacceptable’: Peter Dutton demands more co–operation from Muslim leaders on terrorism

Dutton criticises encrypted messages

Currently Australia’s most openly vile and incompetant Politician since Tony Abbott put his head down in his no longer certain seat of Warringah  is Peter Dutton. As a politician Dutton has absolutely no redeeming features whatsoever that align him to any Australian values or ethos. The man has promoted culture wars, advocated collective punishment of Muslim and African Australians, and declared white Christian males to be the victims of  these minorities from otherwise shithole countries despite all the data indicating the opposite. Dutton with MPs bullhorn in hand is forever calling for further upgrades to surveilence tests on all Australians under the pretext that the mentally ill if black or raised in Islam are in fact examples of radicalized terrorists among us.

Does the owner of a coffee house who was in the wrong place at the wrong time really need a State funeral? Politicians one and all really have grabbed the ball and changed the game. What Australians need are Services in this State yes but for all of us. As long as mental health prevention isn’t made a priority and remains hidden some people will continue to get messages from god think their Christ and unwittingly create mayhem by endangering themselves or others. Politicians like Dutton however do it as a matter of course.  (ODT)

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has thrown down the gauntlet at the Muslim community to work more closely with police to prevent terrorist attacks, appearing to accuse Islamic leaders of withholding information from authorities.

Unacceptable’: Peter Dutton demands more co–operation from Muslim leaders on terrorism

Bourke st attack: Lone wolf attacks harder to prevent but so are simplistic reactions

Hassan Khalif Shire Ali lunge at police with a knife before he was shot in the chest.

The role of mental health remains in the background in these discussions surely what we have heard is that it was a major factor in this case as it was with Haider and Man Monis. (ODT)

source of confusion, in an age in which much ugly politicking has been conducted using shameless fear-mongering targeting vulnerable communities, is the belief that some communities, such as the Somali community, are rife with extremism. This is simply not true.

There is a limited problem with youth within the Somali diaspora being targeted by recruiters for terrorist networks like al-Shabaab, IS and al-Qaeda. But it is simply not the case that police and community leaders are failing to properly monitor dangerous individuals.

The risk of terrorism, from whatever quarter – and the continued threat of right wing extremism in the United States is a reminder of future threats that may come to Australia – is not going away any time soon.

There are no easy answers but what is clear is that simplistic responses only increase the threats and hand to the terrorists a victory they should never be given.

via Bourke st attack: Lone wolf attacks harder to prevent but so are simplistic reactions

Apartheid: Israel’s Netanyahu wants Death Penalty Solely for Palestinians

The Israeli parliament is scheduled to discuss a bill that would ease requirements on the death penalty for Palestinians next week.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supported a bill that would allow the imposition of the death penalty for Palestinians charged with attacking Israelis. Debate on the bill is scheduled to restart next week.

via Apartheid: Israel’s Netanyahu wants Death Penalty Solely for Palestinians

Morrison ‘Cried & Prayed’ For Asylum Seekers, Just Wished He Was In A Position To Do More – The Shovel

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told an event in Sydney that he ‘cried on his knees’ over the plight of children in Nauru, and just wished he was in a position to directly effect change.

“You think about these children and you pray, you cry, and you pray some more. But there’s only so much you can do. It’s frustrating because you feel so powerless,” Morrison said, asking the audience whether they knew anyone who worked in immigration.

“I can’t tell you the number of times I wished I had connections with a government minister or someone in the immigration department with some sort of influence over the situation’,” he said.

via Morrison ‘Cried & Prayed’ For Asylum Seekers, Just Wished He Was In A Position To Do More – The Shovel

Half Million Killed by America’s Global War on Terror ‘Just Scratches the Surface’ of Human Destruction

A new study from Brown University's Costs of War Project found that the U.S. "War on Terror" has killed half a million people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. (Photo: Spc. Phillip McTaggart/Flickr/cc)

“This new body count signals that, far from diminishing, the war is only intensifying.”

The United States’ so-called War on Terror has killed about half a million people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, according to a new estimate from the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute.

Half Million Killed by America’s Global War on Terror ‘Just Scratches the Surface’ of Human Destruction

How a Sri Lankan student’s arrest on terror charges exposes a system built to suspect minorities

Nizamdeen was not released because he was proven innocent. He was released because the system could not prove him guilty. This is the logic of how counter-terrorism policing and the law works against Muslims and people of colour who are policed as suspect communities.

Nizamdeen was charged with making a document connected to the preparation of a terrorist act. The sole piece of evidence was a notebook found in his workplace desk at the University of New South Wales. Despite denying the handwriting in the notebook was his, and the fact Nizamdeen had not used the office space for a month, he was arrested, deprived of access to a lawyer for six days and denied communication with his family for a month.

He was also classified as an “AA extreme high risk restricted” inmate, the highest classification under NSW’s corrective services system.

Mick Sheehy, NSW police’s detective acting superintendent, told the media that Nizamdeen had “affiliated” with ISIS, but less than two months later, the charges were dropped.
Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen has called the AFP investigation ‘irresponsible’ and ‘biased’. LinkedIn
How ‘extremist identities’ become motive

 

via How a Sri Lankan student’s arrest on terror charges exposes a system built to suspect minorities

Latest & Breaking News Melbourne, Victoria | The Age

Has anybody been to the psych ward of a public hospital? It’s not unusual to find people with severe mental health issues to be telling you they are Jesus or getting messages from god,being paranoind an a danger to themselves an others. We don’t instantly label them as ‘radicalized’ or even self-radicalised terrorist Christians. However if a Muslim has these mental issaues we don’t describe them as severely mentally ill. Why is it politician’s and the conservative right-wing media jump the gutter and immediately declare we are all in danger. The problem being is that we have buried the issue of menal health so that none of us recognize it and if we do we do nothing about it and often allow it to escallate and then excuse it for something else and that’s not a religious issue. Christians with severe mental illness exiist and have done extreme  criminal things that have take them to Thomas Embling the hospital for the criminally insane and even under the most strict supervision serious incidents have even occurred there. Our issus isn’t “Muslim radicalisation” our problem is we refuse to recognize the increasing mental health problems our youth are suffering. We refuse to recognize that our politicians and media politicize events for their opportunity disregarding experts who tell them they are wrong. Currently we see White Right-Wing Christian terrorists week after week in the USA killing more Americans than Muslims ever did since 9/11. In that case politicians readily look for the mental health issues and avoid the “radical right” narrative. Our politicians need to stop politicizing the division between religions and calling it a National Security issue when it’s clearly a mental health one. Ali like Garoulos both were criminally insane both terrorized but neither were terrorists. Not a word mentioned about mental health here

(ODT)

Terrorist created havoc on Bourke St and died after being shot by police

A 31-year-old man known to ASIO, was fatally shot by police after he set fire to a ute, stabbed three people killing one, and then turned on police.

Latest & Breaking News Melbourne, Victoria | The Age

‘This Is Not a Drill’: Demonstrations in Over 1,000 US Cities Against Trump’s Assault on Democracy, Rule of Law

Demonstrations are taking place in more than 1,000 U.S. cities and towns on Thursday evening—beginning at 5:00 PM (local time)—in response to President Donald Trump “installing a hack” to oversee the ongoing investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“We’re not shedding any tears for, nor are we protesting for, Jeff Sessions. He’ll likely be remembered as the worst Attorney General in American history. We’re protesting Trump installing a hack to obstruct Mueller’s investigation.” —Public Citizen

By forcing Attorney General Jeff Session to resign and appointing Matthew Whitaker—a hostile critic of Mueller’s probe into election meddling—progressive organizers say the emergency nationwide #ProtectMueller protests are designed to raise the alarm about the “existential threat” Whitaker poses to the investigation and to let Trump know in no uncertain terms that “nobody is above the law.”

‘This Is Not a Drill’: Demonstrations in Over 1,000 US Cities Against Trump’s Assault on Democracy, Rule of Law

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‘Constitutional Crisis Already Here’: With Mueller at Risk and Free Press Attacked, Warnings Trump Era ‘Entering Dangerous New Phase’

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Huckabee Sanders Should Resign, Critics Say, After ‘Orwellian’ Distribution of Doctored Video

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Hero bar customer helped rescue dozens in California shooting

Where are News Corp’s “Left-wing Terrorists” ? (ODT)

Authorities later identified the gunman as Ian David Long, 28, a Marine veteran, who was found dead inside after apparently killing himself.

Earlier this year, Long was cleared by a mental-health specialist after an encounter with police.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said on Thursday morning that investigators had not been able to determine a motive.

Hero bar customer helped rescue dozens in California shooting

The truth about power prices and generation – big sticks don’t work but renewables do – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A few days before he was rolled from the top job, Malcolm Turnbull said “We will not hesitate to use a big stick, as we did with gas, to make sure the big companies do the right thing by you, their customers.”

Well the latest quarterly update from the AEMO shows just how effective that “big stick” was with the gas companies.

Wholesale gas prices increased across all markets compared to Q3 2017 despite a year-on-year reduction in demand (largely due to reduced gas-powered generation (GPG) demand). Average quarterly gas prices in the Declared Wholesale Gas Market (DWGM) in Victoria and Brisbane’s Short-Term Trading Market (STTM) were the second highest on record.

And it doesn’t look like getting better any time soon.

via The truth about power prices and generation – big sticks don’t work but renewables do – » The Australian Independent Media Network

ACCC intervenes in troubled NBN project

Lest we forget Tony Abbott aborted the NBN before birth (ODT)

For numerous broadband experts, not to mention millions of hapless NBN customers, this might be seen as a classic “no shit, Sherlock” moment. However, it is probably the most significant recent development in the long-running saga that began with Labor’s 21st century fibre-based national broadband network, only to end in tears for so many when former Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered his heavily-wedged communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to “destroy the NBN”.

via ACCC intervenes in troubled NBN project

World News – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Trumpsters are no accident and it will always be supported by Fox News because that’s where the cash flow is (ODT)

Sarah Sanders accused of sharing ‘doctored’ video to justify CNN reporter’s suspension

The White House press secretary — who is upfront in accusing media of sharing “fake news” — tweets a video which analysts claim contains extra frames to make it appear Jim Acosta struck a female intern.

via World News – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Q&A reaction: Mathias Cormann concedes Coalition was ‘in a more competitive position’ when Malcolm Turnbull knifed

Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann

Corman now agrees with Turnbull again but still blames him for the coup?( ODT}

Senator Cormann blamed Mr Turnbull for calling a “surprise” leadership ballot on Tuesday August 21, essentially sealing his own fate by revealing a high degree of support (35 votes) for Mr Dutton.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann – whose shift in support was crucial in the coup against former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull – has conceded the Coalition had improved its electoral position just before his colleagues knifed their leader.

Senator Cormann said he had not seen internal party polling showing the Coalition ahead 52 to 48 in key marginal seats – polling Mr Turnbull revealed in his appearance on the ABC’s Q&A program on Thursday night.

via Q&A reaction: Mathias Cormann concedes Coalition was ‘in a more competitive position’ when Malcolm Turnbull knifed

‘Blew up the government’: Malcolm Turnbull challenges plotters in defence of his government

Turbull is a citizen Abbott is still there that’s a big difference. Murdoch is the head of a mega media org News Corp beyond just  influencers and is a member of the IPA an even bigger difference (ODT)

Malcolm Turnbull has challenged his Liberal enemies to reveal why they “blew up the government” in the move against him 11 weeks ago, naming the plotters in an interview that shed new light on the chaotic leadership spill.

Mr Turnbull also relayed an extraordinary statement from News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch that “Malcolm’s got to go” and backed claims that MPs were bullied and intimidated to vote for the change.

The insurgency was led by Peter Dutton, was obviously strongly supported by Tony Abbott and others. Scott did not support it and he’s said that publicly,” he said.

He named Mr Dutton, Mr Abbott, Mathias Cormann, Mitch Fifield, Michaelia Cash, Greg Hunt, Steve Ciobo, Michael Keenan and Angus Taylor for the spill.

via ‘Blew up the government’: Malcolm Turnbull challenges plotters in defence of his government

Trump claims ‘big victory’ despite losing control of the House

It’s a Game and it’s withour rules despite 5 bankruptcies and a life of liars poker ” The film “Oh Lucky Man” Sell Sell Sell (ODT)

George W. Bush saw a “thumpin’.” Barack Obama saw a “shellacking.” Donald Trump sees a “Big Victory.” Never one to admit defeat, even in the face of a major setback, President Trump wasted little time on Wednesday morning trying to frame his party’s election losses as a win even though Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives.

But even as he claimed victory, he quickly went on the offence against the newly elected Democratic House, threatening to retaliate if the opposition uses its new subpoena power to investigate him for corruption and obstruction of justice in an early foreshadowing of the bitter partisan warfare that could dominate the next two years.

via Trump claims ‘big victory’ despite losing control of the House

House Dems Already Have Their List of Trump Scandals to Investigate. Here It Is. – Mother Jones

You can read the whole list. But here is a sampling of the topics Cummings and his Democratic colleagues have set their sights on:

White House security clearances (involving Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, national security adviser John Bolton, and others)
The controversial addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census
The Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban
The State Department’s decision to close its cyber office
The Environmental Protection Agency’s use of a political loyalty list
The possible participation of Cambridge Analytica’s foreign employees in US elections
The deadly ambush in Niger that left four American soldiers dead
The use of private email by White House officials
Trump’s response to the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico
The dealings of the Trump Foundation
Potential conflicts of interest between Kushner’s business actions and his policy advice
Payments the Trump Organization received from foreign sources
Russian intervention with state voting systems
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with foreign officials

via House Dems Already Have Their List of Trump Scandals to Investigate. Here It Is. – Mother Jones

Trump Says He Won’t Turn Over His Tax Returns. It’s Not Up To Him Anymore. | HuffPost

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he doesn’t want to let Democrats see his tax returns.

You can now ask but you won’t get them so what can be done?(ODT)

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he doesn’t want to let Democrats see his tax returns once they assume control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year.

But that’s actually not up to the president ― according to the law, at least.

The leaders of key congressional committees can ask the IRS for anybody’s tax returns. Republicans simply did not want to do so. Democrats said in October that they would ask the IRS for Trump’s returns if they regained control of the House, which they did on Tuesday night.

Trump said Wednesday that he would hand over his tax returns if he weren’t being audited ― an excuse he has made since his 2016 campaign, even though nothing about an IRS audit prevents a candidate or a president from disclosing his returns.

via Trump Says He Won’t Turn Over His Tax Returns. It’s Not Up To Him Anymore. | HuffPost

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns

The blood letting continues (ODT)

US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions was fired on Wednesday after unrelenting criticism from President Donald Trump over his recusal from an investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential race.

Sessions told the president in a one-page letter that he was submitting his resignation “at your request.”

Sessions’ departure was widely expected to come soon after Tuesday’s congressional elections in which Republicans retained their majority in the Senate but lost control of the House of Representatives.

via Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns

The limits of Trump’s politics of race

That leakage started in 2016, but it wasn’t fatal because Trump managed to offset it with those working-class gains in the Midwest. Now he’s handed back those gains, and the suburbs have continued to desert. Trump’s Republican Party is now a rural one, capable of consolidating its rural support in the most Republican territory, but right now, not much else. The result is defeat in the House of Representatives despite a Republican-friendly gerrymander and a concerted effort in several Republican states to suppress the vote of Democrat-leaning minorities. It might not be the landslide the Democrats were hoping for, but we’re still talking about a win in the popular vote of around 9 per cent.

via The limits of Trump’s politics of race

US support for Israel eroding, but not among Trump voters, poll finds | The Electronic Intifada

Israel’s propaganda messaging targeting the left includes greenwashing – falsely marketing Israel as environmentally friendly – and pinkwashing, a strategy that deploys Israel’s supposed enlightenment toward LGBTQ issues to deflect criticism from its human rights abuses.

Regard for Israel remains reasonably high overall – 62 percent view Israel as either an ally or friendly, according to the poll – especially when compared with the results for states that are routinely demonized in US media, including Turkey, Iran, China, Russia and North Korea.

But as Shalev notes, Israel’s standings “pale in comparison” to those of Canada (81 percent “ally” or “friendly”) and the United Kingdom (80 percent), and Israel’s position is lower than Germany (68 percent), Japan (69 percent) and South Korea (68 percent).

This poll confirms long-term trends about the profound change in the profile of support for Israel, which includes a dramatic erosion of support among younger American Jews.

It also suggests that the tens – perhaps hundreds – of millions of dollars Israel and its lobby are spending on shoring up that support has been a very poor investment.

via US support for Israel eroding, but not among Trump voters, poll finds | The Electronic Intifada

Beware the Trumpification of our politics

Mark Latham’s announcement today that he is to lead One Nation to the next NSW election in March, and to seek a seat in the Upper House, reeks as the next stage in the “Trumpification” of the fringes of Australian politics.

via Beware the Trumpification of our politics

Tony Abbott and conservative MPs campaign to take back control of Liberal party | Australia news | The Guardian

Tony Abbott campaigning on Manly wharf in the 2016 election

It’s on again by Tony Abbott for his own sake “let’s make Abbott Great again”(ODT)

Tony Abbott and like-minded conservatives are in the midst of a concerted push to claim back the heart and soul of the Liberal party and potentially reinstall him as leader should the party find itself in opposition after next year’s federal election.

The tight-knit group, which includes Abbott, the MP for Hughes, Craig Kelly, the MP for Canning in Perth, Andrew Hastie, and the New South Wales senator Jim Molan have embarked on a series of events at rightwing branches exhorting conservatives to take back control of the Liberal agenda.

On Thursday night Abbott will hold a gala fundraiser for his campaign to retain the seat of Warringah, where he is almost certain to face a significant challenge from an independent in next year’s federal election.

via Tony Abbott and conservative MPs campaign to take back control of Liberal party | Australia news | The Guardian