Truthout

2019 Dec 9 - 2:34am
This article is co-published with The New York Times. Just days after he took office in 2017, President Donald Trump set out to make good on his campaign pledge to halt illegal immigration. In a pair of executive orders, he ordered “all legally available resources” to be shifted to border detention facilities and called for hiring 10,000 new immigration officers. The logistical challenges were daunting, but as luck would have it, Immigration...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Deportation, Detention Centers, Ice, migrants
2019 Dec 9 - 1:35am
Into the late afternoon hours, the blistering light gave way to soft, horizontal rays that crisscrossed over Lebanon’s Beqaa valley. The rays played with the children, casting long silhouettes of their forms, while they chased each other. As the temperature subsided, the elders of the community descended to the lowest level of the mosque-turned-refugee shelter. Amid the cacophony, Abu Hassan paced back and forth along the dried-up marble...
Tags: OP-ED, climate crisis, displaced communities, Lebanon, migrants, Refugees
2019 Dec 9 - 1:27am
As Democratic presidential contenders gear up for the next debate on December 19, they are addressing many issues around foreign policy. However, it seems that all of them are neglecting to even discuss one major issue. Roughly one in eight overseas U.S. troops are in Okinawa, Japan. The U.S. maintains 31 military facilities there, all without securing Okinawa’s consent. A new base — supposedly replacing Marine Corps Air Station Futenma,...
Tags: OP-ED, 2020 election, Bernie Sanders, Democrats, Military Bases, Okinawa
2019 Dec 9 - 12:58am
Anyone who has walked past a nail salon is familiar with the noxious odors that emanate from acrylic nails, polishes and removers. Customers getting manicures and pedicures endure the smell temporarily, but manicurists who inhale these evaporating chemicals for hours expose themselves to health risks. The smells come from volatile organic compounds, or VOCs – compounds that easily become vapors or gases. These substances have been linked to...
Tags: News Analysis, Carcinogens, Chemical Exposure, chemical safety, cosmetics industry, nail salons
2019 Dec 8 - 11:49pm
A new report on ocean oxygen loss released Saturday should serve as the “ultimate wake-up call” to take bold action to rein in planet-warming emissions and save the world’s “suffocating seas,” researchers said. The publication from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) shows how the problem known as ocean deoxygenation, driven by global warming and human-caused nutrient pollution, is expanding,...
Tags: junktag (ignore), climate change, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Marine life, Ocean Deoxygenation, Oceans
2019 Dec 8 - 11:22pm
Problems continue to mount for one of Trump’s fiercest defenders in the House, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California). On December 3, the House Intelligence Committee revealed in its impeachment report that Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Giuliani’s indicted associate Lev Parnas made calls to Nunes on April 10 and April 12. The report only states the existence of the calls, not their content, but highlights that they occurred four...
Tags: News Analysis, devin nunes, donald trump, impeachment inquiry, lev parnas, Rudy Giuliani
2019 Dec 8 - 10:41pm
When powerful players in politics and media gather in secret and their meeting is exposed, is it any wonder that people would see straight through the stagecraft to the leading actors rehearsing their parts? In today’s growing political authoritarianism, there is little doubt that control and consolidation of communications is necessary to manage an agenda and major narratives. In light of the recent meeting between President Trump and Facebook...
Tags: OP-ED, Big Tech, capitalism, facebook, Google, Mark Zuckerberg
2019 Dec 8 - 10:37pm
On Jan. 3 of this year, the first day of the 116th U.S. Congress, the new Democratic majority in the House introduced as its first bill a sweeping reform of the country’s elections. H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a bold package of measures aimed at improving voting access, tackling Big Money’s corrupting influence in politics, and bolstering ethics rules. The Washington Post called it “perhaps the most comprehensive political-...
Tags: junktag (ignore), democracy, Dominion Energy, Election Spending, north carolina, reforms
2019 Dec 8 - 2:13am
This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast. Samir came to the United States from India in 2006 as a graduate student. He got a master’s degree in environmental engineering, and after a few internships where he picked up...
Tags: junktag (ignore), green card, H-1B visas, immigrant labor, India, temporary visa
2019 Dec 8 - 1:18am
After the 2016 presidential election, many people in the United States sought to understand the rise of Trump through stories of rural America. Books like “Hillbilly Elegy” and “Strangers in Their Own Land” examined conservative communities as a way to explain the rise in right-wing politics. But for historian Jessie Wilkerson, who grew up in eastern Tennessee, there is something important missing from the stories that gained a spotlight after...
Tags: Interview, Appalachia, Appalachian Voices, Coal Mining, labor history, Social Movements
2019 Dec 8 - 1:05am
What began over a public transportation fare hike in Chile grew into a massive protest movement against inequality and abuse. The protest demanded a profound social change. On October 19, former Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick, along with President Sebastián Piñera, declared a state of emergency, flooding the country’s streets with police and military officers to limit popular mobilization. Human Rights Watch recently reported on the police...
Tags: OP-ED, Augusto Pinochet, Chile, dictatorship, History, militarized police
2019 Dec 8 - 12:22am
For many well-connected Washington lobbying firms, business is booming after President Donald Trump’s 2016 election. At least 22 lobbying firms saw revenue more than double in the Trump era compared to the previous three years, with many signing high-dollar contracts with big-name clients, an OpenSecrets analysis found. The reasons for the revenue spikes vary. Some lobbying firms simply received a bigger check from existing clients or took on...
Tags: junktag (ignore), donald trump, facebook, Lobbying, Pharmaceutical Lobby, Revolving Door

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