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"IT'S A SCAM!!!" Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's BRILLIANT Takedown of the Koch Brothers🦕🦖 & Donald Trump 🦀

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Environment / Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on the Antarctic Ice Sheet ⏳
« Last post by agelbert on Today at 06:06:54 PM »
Time to Wake Up: Polar Distress: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (June 2018)

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Marathon Man Newz / Re: The Potfolio
« Last post by agelbert on Today at 04:58:33 PM »
http://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/06/19/18/canada-lawmakers-vote-to-legalize-cannabis

Just the thought of this fellow below's reaction to that news makes my day.  ;D

Ah told the President of this here Republic that he should not have messed with them Canadians. Ah jes can't believe all those good=white folks in Canada would want to make legal smokin' that devil weed thing. Dad Gummit! Ah swear, they're jes' powerful mad about the President's ungentlemanly treatment of their Big Dog an now ah gotta deal with all this drug crime on our border. Hmmm. Ah wonder how many black folks live up there. We might be able to snag a few at the border. Gotta keep our MAGA prison guards employed, after all...
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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Classism In Cuba Today
« Last post by RE on Today at 04:42:24 PM »
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RE: Party for Freedom in the Netherlands,  AfD in Germany, Fidesz in Hungary and Golden Dawn in Greece are all much further to the right.

Because what THEY call for is no Muslim immigration , while in the US, Trump only calls for ... ?

The Demodopes don't call for no immigration.  You said BOTH parties were to the right of any party in Europe.

RE
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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Classism In Cuba Today
« Last post by Palloy2 on Today at 04:30:40 PM »
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RE: Party for Freedom in the Netherlands,  AfD in Germany, Fidesz in Hungary and Golden Dawn in Greece are all much further to the right.

Because what THEY call for is no Muslim immigration , while in the US, Trump only calls for ... ?
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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Classism In Cuba Today
« Last post by Palloy2 on Today at 04:23:27 PM »
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RE: Party for Freedom in the Netherlands,  AfD in Germany, Fidesz in Hungary and Golden Dawn in Greece are all much further to the right.

Because what THEY call for is no Muslim immigration , while in the US, Trump only calls for ... ?
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Yep. In the face of  U.S.  "Human Rights" reports 😇  ;), which routinely consist of amazingly selective condemnation of some countries, while others 😈 are ignored or given sainthood, China has countered with Human Rights Reports about the U.S., where China has a thing or two to say about the consistent U.S. Human Rights Violations REALITY. I live here. They are correct.  It has, if anything, gotten WORSE since 2014. Anyone who calls this "anti-U.S. commie propaganda" is in Capitalist Worshipping La La Land.

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2014 report

China published a report on the United States' human rights situation on June 26, 2015, hitting back at U.S. remarks about China.

The report, titled "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2014," was released by the Information Office of the State Council, China's Cabinet, in response to "the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" issued by the U.S. State Department on June 25 local time.

China's report states that the U.S. made comments on the human rights situations in many countries while showing not a bit of regret for or intention to improve its own terrible human rights record.

"The U.S., a self-proclaimed human rights defender, saw no improvements in its existent human rights issues, but reported numerous new problems," it says.

While its own human rights situation was increasingly grave, the U.S. violated human rights in other countries in a more brazen manner, and was given more "red cards" in the international human rights field, according to the report.

Ji Hong, a research fellow with Institute of American Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said America does not hold the moral high ground to tutor or judge others in that itself is also plagued by major human rights issues. According to Ji, who took part in drafting the report, US racial problems even deteriorated during the Obama presidency. "In the past, there were only implicit discrimination against ethnic minorities, but recent cases such as Charleston shooting spree reflected a more flagrant bias."

VIOLENCE & TORTURE

The U.S. was haunted by spreading guns, frequent occurrence of violent crimes, which threatened citizens' civil rights. The excessive use of force by police officers led to many deaths, sparking public outcry, the report says.

An unarmed 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, a town in Missouri. After the grand jury of both Missouri and New York decided to bring no charges against the white police officer, massive protests broke out in more than 170 cities nationwide, it cites cn.nytimes.com as saying.

"The U.S. used cruel tortures indiscriminately, notably those carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)," it says.


To acquire intelligence from suspects of terrorism and extremism, the CIA used brutal methods, such as sleep deprivation, waterboarding, long-term solitary confinement, slamming prisoners against the wall, lashing, death threat and even "rectal rehydration" or rectal feeding, according to the report.

DISCRIMINATION & ABUSE


"The U.S. is a country with grim problems of racial discrimination, and institutional discrimination against ethnic minorities continued," according to the report.

Serious racial bias persisted in the police and justice systems. Minority groups and indigenous people are subject to unfairness in environment, election, health care, housing, education and other fields, it says. In August 2014, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in its concluding observation on the periodic report of the U.S. on the latter's implementation of relevant convention, slammed the U.S. for violating the rights of ethnic minorities, indigenous people, immigrants and other minority groups.

It criticized the fact that members of racial and ethnic minorities continued to be disproportionately arrested, incarcerated and subjected to harsher sentences, according to the report.

"American women and children's rights were not fully protected," it says, adding that women were discriminated at workplaces, and domestic violence was prevalent.

The report quotes media reports as saying that 2.1 million American women on average were assaulted by men each year. Three females were murdered by their partner each day, and four females died each day as a result of abuse.

Also, "millions of American children were homeless." Three children died each day as a result of abuse. School violence and sex assaults were pervasive and gun shootings happened from time to time, it says.

MONEY POLITICS

"Money is a deciding factor in the U.S. politics, and the U.S. citizens' political rights were not properly protected," the report says.

Despite the highest midterm election spending in history, general election voter turnout for the 2014 midterms was the lowest since World War II, according to the report.

"Dark money" flowed into elections, and the voting rights of racial minorities and other groups were intentionally suppressed, it says, adding that a few interest groups with power were able to influence the government's decision-making.

The U.S. democratic system was experiencing a crisis of representation, it says.

"Ordinary citizens feel that their supposedly democratic government no longer truly reflects their interests and is under the control of a variety of shadowy elites," the report cites Foreign Affairs as saying.

INEQUALITY

"Although the U.S. is the most developed country in the world, it is hard for the economic and social rights of its citizens to be soundly ensured," the report says.

In the process of economic recovery, the income inequality continued to be enlarged, the basic living conditions for the homeless people deteriorated, the health care system operated terribly and the education rights of average citizens were violated, according to the report.

VIOLATIONS ELSEWHERE

In the field of international human rights, the U.S. has long refused to approve some core human rights conventions of the United Nations and voted against some important UN human rights resolutions, the report says.

National Security Agency and other intelligence-gathering apparatus of the U.S. for a long time have spied on world leaders and civilians, according to the report.

Moreover, the U.S. continued to go even further to violate human rights in other countries, including infringing the privacy of citizens of other countries with the overseas monitoring project, killing large numbers of innocent civilians of other countries in drone strikes, and raping and killing locals by U.S. soldiers garrisoned overseas, it says.

Friday's report was the 16th such annual report published by China in response to U.S. attacks. Li Daojun, a professor with Law School of Shandong University, said the U.S. and China should expand mutual exchange and recognition on human rights causes. "The U.S. puts political rights above all else while China seeks to focus more on ensuring people's economic opportunities and development. In essence, it's the same because the two are interdependent."

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The 2014 report stated:


On June 25 local time, the State Department of the United States released its country reports on human rights practices once again, making comments on the human rights situations in many countries while showing not a bit of regret for or intention to improve its own terrible human rights record. Plenty of facts show that, in 2014, the U.S., a self-proclaimed human rights defender, saw no improvements in its existent human rights issues, but reported numerous new problems. While its own human rights situation was increasingly grave, the U.S. violated human rights in other countries in a more brazen manner, and was given more "red cards" in the international human rights field.

The U.S. was haunted by spreading guns, frequent occurrence of violent crimes, which threatened citizens' civil rights. Statistics showed that the use of firearms in the U.S. was behind 69 percent of murders, while for robberies, the figure was 40 percent, and for aggravated assaults, 21.6 percent (edition.cnn.com). The excessive use of force by police officers led to many deaths, sparking public outcry. An unarmed 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, a town in Missouri. After the grand jury of both Missouri and New York decided to bring no charges against the white police officer, massive protests broke out in more than 170 cities nationwide (cn.nytimes.com, November 25, 2014).

The U.S. used cruel tortures indiscriminately, notably those carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). To acquire intelligence from suspects of terrorism and extremism, the CIA used brutal methods, such as sleep deprivation, waterboarding, long-term solitary confinement, slamming prisoners against the wall, lashing, death threat and even "rectal rehydration" or rectal feeding. United Nations human rights convention institutions such as the UN Human Rights Committee and the Committee Against Torture had raised their concerns over issues in the U.S., including terrible detention conditions for convicts awaiting execution, abuse of brutal methods, secret detention, indefinite arbitrary detention, and illegal wire-tapping which infringed citizens' privacy. These institutions called on the U.S. to conduct swift, effective and fair investigations into all brutal behaviors and abuse of forces of the police force (www.un.org).

The U.S. is a country with grim problems of racial discrimination, and institutional discrimination against ethnic minorities continued. Serious racial bias persisted in the police and justice systems. Minority groups and indigenous people are subject to unfairness in environment, election, health care, housing, education and other fields. In August 2014, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in its concluding observation on the periodic report of the U.S. on the latter's implementation of relevant convention, slammed the U.S. for violating the rights of ethnic minorities, indigenous people, immigrants and other minority groups. It criticized the fact that members of racial and ethnic minorities continued to be disproportionately arrested, incarcerated and subjected to harsher sentences (tbinternet.ohchr.org).

Money is a deciding factor in the U.S. politics, and the U.S. citizens' political rights were not properly protected. Despite the highest midterm election spending in history, general election voter turnout for the 2014 midterms was the lowest since World War II. "Dark money" flowed into elections, and the voting rights of racial minorities and other groups were intentionally suppressed. A few interest groups with power were able to influence the government's decision-making. As a renowned scholar pointed out sharply, the U.S. democratic system was experiencing a crisis of representation. "Ordinary citizens feel that their supposedly democratic government no longer truly reflects their interests and is under the control of a variety of shadowy elites (Foreign Affairs, September/October 2014)."

Although the U.S. is the most developed country in the world, it is hard for the economic and social rights of its citizens to be soundly ensured. In the process of economic recovery, the income inequality continued to be enlarged, the basic living conditions for the homeless people deteriorated, the health care system operated terribly and the education rights of average citizens were violated. In October 2014, the United Nations Special Rapporteurs criticized the unprecedented water shut-offs in Detroit disproportionately affected the most vulnerable and poorest people, violating their right of access to drinking water and other international human rights.

American women and children's rights were not fully protected.
Women were discriminated at workplaces, and domestic violence was prevalent. Each year, 2.1 million American women on average were assaulted by men. Three females were murdered by their partner each day, and four females died each day as a result of abuse. In the U.S. military, reports of female soldiers getting harassed were on the rise, and more faced repercussions for reporting assaults. Millions of American children were homeless. Three children died each day as a result of abuse. School violence and sex assaults were pervasive and gun shootings happened from time to time.

National Security Agency and other intelligence-gathering apparatus of the U.S. for a long time have spied on world leaders and civilians. The U.S. has not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The U.S. government 🦍 often takes an evasive or uncooperative attitude toward the criticism of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of UN, the council's working groups and special rapporteurs.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Rights_Record_of_the_United_States
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https://www.rt.com/news/430060-fake-russia-dog-cull/
Fake news: Russia dog execution image actually shot in Pakistan (PHOTO)
18 Jun, 2018


The carcasses of dead dogs in Karachi, August 4, 2016. ©Akhtar Soomro / Reuters

A picture circulating online of an alleged dog cull in Russia actually depicts Pakistan, during an attempt to reduce the number of stray animals on the streets of Karachi in 2016.

Ahead of the World Cup there were fears that Russia would try to exterminate stray dogs in time for the arrival of fans. However, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the animals would be captured and placed in shelters.

A Twitter user has now posted an image that purports to show scores of dogs lying dead in a street somewhere in Russia. But while the picture does show more than 50 dead dogs, it was actually taken two years ago in Pakistan.

Another Twitter user by the name of Fabio also hit out at use of the Pakistan picture which was used in a Reuters article in 2016. The story in question revealed how more than 700 dogs in Karachi had been tracked and poisoned over the course of a few days.

“The picture you used is indeed the illustration of a crime in my honest opinion, but it is not from Russia,” they said.
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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Classism In Cuba Today
« Last post by Eddie on Today at 04:11:16 PM »
There used to be a Socialist Party in the US. They ceased to exist when the Democrats adopted every plank in their platform. I'm not just saying that. The guy who ran for POTUS on the socialist ticket multiple times said that. But it's changed a lot since then.

More lately the Democratic Party has been captured by the corporate interests. So yes, they are not socialist anymore. They are Corporatist. Maybe not exactly Nazi, but close enough. And the Republicans (The party of Abraham Lincoln, the anti-slavery party, if you will) are Corporatist too.

There are NO real party planks at all anymore. It's whatever the moneybags people want. The people have no say. Nobody in power cares about the interests of the people.

We have these fake party planks. Anti-immigration. Anti-drugs. Anti-gun control Anti- whatever the polls say will attract a drooler vote, basically.

Social programs are being gutted and we call it "privatization" and chalk it up to saving taxpayers money.

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This will stop Qatar invading Saudi Arabia except over bridges (if there are to be any).  Also it would stop Saudi Arabia invading Qatar without first airlifting troops to the Qatari side of the canal, where they would be very exposed.  I imagine Qatar would be relieved and amused by this idea.

https://www.rt.com/news/430252-saudi-arabia-qatar-canal/
Saudi Arabia to turn Qatar into an island by digging massive canal – report
19 Jun, 2018

Saudi Arabia will reportedly hold bidding among foreign engineering firms in order to dig a huge canal that will separate it from Qatar and basically turn the neighboring state into an island, a local paper reports.

Five companies have expressed a desire to participate in the tender, which is scheduled to take place on June 25, sources told Saudi Makkah newspaper. The winner of the bidding, which will be announced within three months, will start construction of the canal immediately, the paper wrote.

Riyadh plans for the so-called Salwa Canal to be dug within a year in order to create a water barrier between itself and Qatar as relations between the two nations continue to deteriorate.

According to the sources, the new waterway along the Qatari border in eastern Saudi Arabia will be 60 kilometers in length and 200 meters wide. The estimated cost of the project is 2.8 billion Saudi riyals (around $746 million), they added.

Saudi media earlier reported that the canal will be built at a distance of between one and five kilometers from the country’s border with Qatar, with the remaining land to be assigned to the needs of the military and border guards.

Luxurious hotels and private villas with piers for yachts will be built on the shore, as well as other infrastructure for leisure and water sports. The 15-to-20-meter-deep canal is also expected to host three seaports, capable of accepting large cruise liners.

If the move is implemented, Qatar, which is located on a peninsula and only has a land border with Saudi Arabia, will effectively be turned into an island state.

A year ago, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt accused Qatar of “supporting terrorism,” meddling in the affairs of other nations in the region and allying itself with Riyadh’s archrival, Iran. Diplomatic relations have been cut, with the Arab nations imposing a trade blockade against Doha.

The Saudis and their allies also issued an ultimatum, threatening to maintain the economic pressure until Qatar agrees to shut down its state broadcaster Al Jazeera, expels Turkish troops from its territory, scales back ties with Iran and curbs relations with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement. However, Doha rejected the demands as “unrealistic” and continues seeking closer relations with Tehran and Ankara.
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