Trump and his Cuban promises | Cuba | Al Jazeera

Obama came and went, the baseball game was a success, and within weeks the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana became as congested as any airport can be, largely thanks to the several new flights arriving from the United States on a daily basis. Havana and the rest of the island saw an almost immediate economic boom, chiefly fuelled by American tourists arriving in droves, to bathe in the sun of Cuba’s Caribbean beaches and to degust mojitos and daiquiris in their places of birth. All appeared to be rosy. Then, Trump happened.

Source: Trump and his Cuban promises | Cuba | Al Jazeera

Our politicians show an alarming ignorance of the separation of powers | Josh Bornstein | Opinion | The Guardian

Three Turnbull ministers have expressed regret but refused to apologise for their criticism of terror sentencing when hauled before the Victorian supreme court

Source: Our politicians show an alarming ignorance of the separation of powers | Josh Bornstein | Opinion | The Guardian

Sorry, centrist liberals, the politics of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are the progressive path forward – Salon.com

Blairites and Clintonites must bring themselves to admit that “third way” centrism is a relic of the past

Source: Sorry, centrist liberals, the politics of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are the progressive path forward – Salon.com

Enough with “the Colbert Defense”: Why criminals, bigots and jerks cry “satire!” when exposed – Salon.com

The cry of “it was just satire” is more and more common. Why it’s on the rise and why it’s not a real defense

Source: Enough with “the Colbert Defense”: Why criminals, bigots and jerks cry “satire!” when exposed – Salon.com

Red Symons: Indigenous MP wants presenter pulled into line by ABC over ‘racist’ interview – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The ABC is called on to give veteran broadcaster Red Symons a very severe disciplining after he asked a colleague if she was yellow in an interview.

Source: Red Symons: Indigenous MP wants presenter pulled into line by ABC over ‘racist’ interview – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

I was a poor kid at a wealthy private school. It gave me social mobility, but also a sense of shame | Education | The Guardian

Scholarships at private schools might be highly sought after, but they cause otherwise progressive people to support institutions that maintain structural inequality in society

Source: I was a poor kid at a wealthy private school. It gave me social mobility, but also a sense of shame | Education | The Guardian

How Trump uses Twitter to show his love for Fox News

The mutually beneficial relationship between President Donald Trump and Fox News has been readily apparent for a while, partly because of the network’s Trump mania during the campaign. But after nearly 150 days of Trump’s presidency, Fox — and in particular Trump’s favorite morning show, Fox & Friends — has essentially become a propaganda outlet for the president. In return, Trump has praised Fox and echoed claims made by the network, while also attacking Fox News’ competitors as “fake news.”

Source: How Trump uses Twitter to show his love for Fox News

Media’s fatal gambit – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This was glaringly apparent during the election campaign and final outcome in the United Kingdom. Jeremy Corbyn was mercilessly savaged and smeared relentlessly. Phrases such as ‘being dirty’, ‘scruffy’, a ‘dangerous Marxist’, and even an ‘IRA terrorist sympathizer’ were used.. Rich words coming from the press when Theresa May is now in bed with a little known terrorist group from Ireland. Of course, media won`t talk about this though! That narrative is not for public ears!

Source: Media’s fatal gambit – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fox host: Shooter at Congressional baseball practice “was essentially radicalized by the left-wing media”| Even Fox claims the media enables radicalization. So Why is Andrew Bolt allowed to be a recruiter of violence?

Fox host: Shooter at Congressional baseball practice “was essentially radicalized by the left-wing media”

Source: Fox host: Shooter at Congressional baseball practice “was essentially radicalized by the left-wing media”

Staggering number of alleged crimes in massive tax scam – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

What is phoenixing? When a director strips cash and assets before hiding them and liquidating the company, then restarting Usually restarted under a different name, “like a phoenix from the flames” Done to deny creditors and ATO the money owed to them

Source: Staggering number of alleged crimes in massive tax scam – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US Coalition Admits Using Chemical Weapons Against Civilians in Iraq — Media Silent

Earlier this month, multiple reports surfaced of US-led coalition forces in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria, using the incendiary chemical weapon, white phosphorus, on civilians. For over a week, the US government and the coalition at large have remained silent on the issue — until now.In an error that will likely get him much backlash, in an interview with NPR, New Zealand Brig. Gen. Hugh McAslan, and member of the US-coalition has admitted — for the first time — to using white phosphorus during operations in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Source: US Coalition Admits Using Chemical Weapons Against Civilians in Iraq — Media Silent

Battle for Raqqa: 300 civilians killed in US-led air strikes since March, war crimes investigators say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US coalition air strikes have killed at least 300 civilians in the battle for Raqqa since March, UN investigators say.

Source: Battle for Raqqa: 300 civilians killed in US-led air strikes since March, war crimes investigators say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Terrorism has changed. Blaming Islam is blinding us to the new reality | Joumanah El Matrah | Opinion | The Guardian

Terrorism by Muslims has traditionally been a type of guerrilla warfare when one side was greatly overwhelmed by the force and power of the other. It was a strategy of war. Muslim terrorism was never and, I would argue, still is not about furthering Islam.

Source: Terrorism has changed. Blaming Islam is blinding us to the new reality | Joumanah El Matrah | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump’s birthday celebrations marred by historically low approval rating | The Independent

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But multiple polls showed Mr Trump’s approval ratings dropped to just 36 percent over the weekend, close to the all time 35 per cent low he achieved in March.

Source: Trump’s birthday celebrations marred by historically low approval rating | The Independent

Trump ally Michael Savage calls for government takeover of the media following shooting at GOP baseball practice

Trump ally Michael Savage calls for government takeover of the media following shooting at GOP baseball practice

Source: Trump ally Michael Savage calls for government takeover of the media following shooting at GOP baseball practice

Why Saudi Extremism, Instability is an Argument for EVs, Wind and Solar Energy | Informed Comment

The obvious solution to this problem, of instability, extremism and climate change emanating from Riyadh, is electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels. They should be adopted as quickly as humanly possible.Cambridge Econometrics concluded that Europe could make its energy supplies secure by “decarbonization,” that is, getting off gasoline/ petrol, coal and natural gas. Transport & Environment, reporting on the study, added, “A shift to electric vehicles would lead to a 1% increase in EU GDP, create up to 2 million new jobs and reduce emissions from cars and vans 83% by 2050, according to the study.”

Source: Why Saudi Extremism, Instability is an Argument for EVs, Wind and Solar Energy | Informed Comment

Extremist rabbi indicted for incitement against Palestinians | +972 Magazine

The indictment, which was approved by Israel’s attorney general, was the result of a years-long petition demanding the state take action. Israel’s quasi-constitution has no explicit protection of free speech. A extremist Israeli settler rabbi who has published articles and books on the permissibility of killing non-Jews was indicted for incitement to violence on Tuesday, years after penning his most notorious work, “Torat Halmelech.” [tmwinpost] The indictment of Rabbi Yosef Elitzur was the result of a petition filed two years ago by the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), and Tag Meir, demanding that the state take criminal action against him.…

Source: Extremist rabbi indicted for incitement against Palestinians | +972 Magazine

Day to Day Politics: They still think it’s about them. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

”With 10 years now elapsed no party in the history of Australian politics has been so pathetically incompetent with its policy failure on climate change than the Liberal, National parties. Policy failure of this magnitude in some other countries would invoke street protests.

Source: Day to Day Politics: They still think it’s about them. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Channel Ten’s voluntary administration: What does it mean for viewers?

In the firing line is Ten’s news division. Staff fear their local weeknight bulletins will be replaced by a national news hour, produced by Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News. Sydney newsreader Sandra Sully is tipped to host the new service, which may retain the Eyewitness News branding. Share on Facebook SHAREShare on Twitter TWEETPopular Ten programs such as The Project will continue unchanged. For now.Popular Ten programs such as The Project will continue unchanged. For now. Photo: TenIt’s possible this bulletin will feature local news “windows”. Even so, viewers will see a drop in state-specific stories. Any cuts to news will affect Studio 10 and especially The Project. Every day, it uses Eyewitness News footage. Sometimes, it even borrows its equipment.

Source: Channel Ten’s voluntary administration: What does it mean for viewers?

Netanyahu vows to occupy the West Bank forever | +972 Magazine

If Israel is not willing to relinquish military control over the West Bank, then it is saying that there can be no two-state solution. Benjamin Netanyahu last week promised that Israel will never relinquish security control over the West Bank, even as part of a two-state peace deal, which is to say that the Israeli army will occupy the Palestinian territory forever. [tmwinpost] “[I]n any agreement, and even without an agreement, we will maintain security control over the entire territory west of the Jordan River,” the prime minister said at an event marking 50 years since Israel conquered the West…

Source: Netanyahu vows to occupy the West Bank forever | +972 Magazine

Neo-Nazi with explosive materials, framed picture of Timothy McVeigh deemed “not a threat” and granted bail – Salon.com

Brandon Russell leads a neo-Nazi group and had bombmaking materials, but a judge granted him the option of bail

Source: Neo-Nazi with explosive materials, framed picture of Timothy McVeigh deemed “not a threat” and granted bail – Salon.com

Next time you read your increased power bill, blame Tony Abbott | Matt Grudnoff | Opinion | The Guardian

For the last four years we’ve had a fact free zone of bad politics and no interest in understanding energy policy. The biggest losers are electricity consumers

Source: Next time you read your increased power bill, blame Tony Abbott | Matt Grudnoff | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Enough is enough’: Malcolm Turnbull blasts ‘glib’ slogans, calls for national climate plan

A frustrated Malcolm Turnbull has taken an apparent swipe at his predecessor, Tony Abbott, for reducing climate policy debate to “glib” slogans.

Source: ‘Enough is enough’: Malcolm Turnbull blasts ‘glib’ slogans, calls for national climate plan