2018-06-18: News Headlines

Staff (2018-06-18). Light From Plant Growth Shows Carbon Budget. truthdig.com For the first time, light from plant growth may let humans see — almost at a glance — how greedily the planet's vegetation sucks carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. | US-based researchers have confirmed that they can detect the same glow — invisible to the human eye — from trees, grasslands, crops, mangroves, marches and desert plants as the green things put chlorophyll to work and photosynthesise leaves, flowers, fruits and roots from atmospheric carbon. | The pay-off is simple: an easier and potentially more accurate way of calculating the global carbon budget and assessing the climate cost of human exploitation of fossil fuels. | But the same information will help biologists and geoscientists advance what is sometimes called earth system science: how carbon-based lifeforms make their living from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide in a continuous trafficking that has fuelled 3bn…

Steve Early (2018-06-18). Requiem for a Steelworker: Mon Valley Memories of Oil Can Eddie. counterpunch.org In progressive circles in the upper mid-west today, if you've heard the name Sadlowski, it's probably because you were involved in the Wisconsin labor uprising of 2011, where you might have linked arms with AFSCME organizer and state capitol occupier Edward A. Sadlowski. Or maybe you applauded the electoral victory of his sister, Susan Sadlowski More

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-18). EU: Summit Leadership Needed on Migration. hrw.org A girl holds a placard during a protest held by migrants and refugees to call for the reopening of the borders at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on March 23, 2016. | © 2016 ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images | (Brussels) — The failure by European Union governments and institutions to develop an effective and rights-based policy response to migration causes real suffering and fuels a sense of political crisis around migration, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. EU heads of state will meet in Brussels on June 28-29, 2018, to discuss migration and asylum policy. | The report, " Toward an Effective and Principled EU Migration Policy: Recommendations for Reform," contains concrete recommendations to ensure EU global leadership on refugee protection, uphold the right to…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-18). 'Whatever' — What Happens to Kids Taken from Families at US Border. hrw.org A U.S. Border Patrol facility for children and families in McAllen, Texas, pictured in September 2014. | © 2018 John Moore/Getty Images | I've had a chance over the past few days to see what happens to kids right after they're separated from their parents by US immigration officials. White House chief of staff John Kelly said we shouldn't worry about these kids because they'll be " put into foster care or whatever." | "Whatever" seems to be what they're aiming for, judging from my time interviewing children and their parents in McAllen, Texas. There are no specific services for kids at US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facilities there — both the short-term holding cells known informally as the "freezers" because they are kept so cold and the larger processing center.

Staff (2018-06-17). Immigrant Protections Eroded After Trump Took Office. truthdig.com Since then, the administration has issued at least half a dozen changes affecting immigrant children, many of them obscure revisions. The cumulative effect is a dramatic alteration of immigration policy and practice.

Staff (2018-06-17). Rescue Ships Spotlight Europe's Migrant Debate. truthdig.com VALENCIA, Spain—Ships in the Aquarius aid convoy docked Sunday at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a weeklong ordeal for hundreds of people who were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea only to become pawns in Europe's fight over immigration. | The Italian coast guard vessel Dattilo was the first of the three boats bearing the 630 migrants to touch land just before 7 a.m. Sunday. The 270 migrants on board soon began to disembark after medical staff had made a preliminary inspection. | The rescue ship Aquarius came in four hours later with another 106 migrants. Aid workers awaiting their arrival clapped and cheered as the first migrants walked down the gangway. Another Italian navy ship, the Orione, came in shortly after 1 p.m. | The Aquarius, operated by the aid groups SOS Mediterranee Sea and Doctors Without Borders, was stuck off the…

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-06-17). CNN Panel Derails After Rick Santorum Defends Trump's Barbaric Immigration Policy — And Is Promptly Reminded He Has Seven Kids. alternet.org "You could drive nails through my hands and whip me on my back, but do not take my children away," Jennifer Granholm said. | CNN panel on immigration officials ripping children away from their amnesty-seeking parents and placing them in detention facilities, went quickly off the rails this morning when former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) attempted to defend the Trump administration policy that is roiling the country. With State of the Union host Jake Tapper asking the conservative Santorum to weigh in on the religious aspect of taking children while the Trump administration is citing the Bible as a defense, panelist Ana Navarro cautioned him, "Careful Rick, it's Sunday. ""It is gut-wrenching to see the images and understand what is going on," Santorum stated before beginning his defense. "At the same time, governmental officials have to look back and look at the consequences of. . .

RT (2018-06-17). MSM talk coup in Venezuela because it sits on oil US empire wants — Abby Martin. rt.com The American empire and its media openly talk coup in Venezuela because it sits on vast — and nationalized — oil resources, and this is US expansionism at its finest, The Empire Files host Abby Martin told Lee Camp.
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Debbie Nathan (2018-06-16). Desperate Asylum Seekers Are Being Turned Away by U.S. Border Agents Claiming There's "No Room" theintercept.com U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are systematically violating U.S. and international law by blocking immigrants at international ports of entry on the southern border from entering the country so they can claim asylum. Immigration civil rights advocates have been documenting this illegal behavior since late 2016, from Texas to California. It was sporadic then, and appears to have been based at least in part on CBP's difficulties with handling large numbers of people. | Even so, the practice of turning immigrants away has suddenly become routine, creating chilling scenes of immigrants and children camped out near the bridges, exposed to sun, wind, and rain, amid make-do bedding, scattered clothing, and trash. A few times a day, the immigrants walk to the middle of the bridges and ask to be admitted to the port of entry building on the U.S. side so…

Louisa Willcox (2018-06-15). New Information on 2017 Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Deaths Should Nix Trophy Hunting in Core Habitat. counterpunch.org Wyoming officials are barging ahead with a September hunt of Yellowstone grizzly bears despite new information about bear deaths that shows that no hunting should occur this year. This according to protocols adopted by the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho when 2017 federal endangered species protections were removed ("delisting"). The considerable confusion among state More

Mona Younis (2018-06-15). We're the Wealthiest Country on Earth, But Over 40 Percent of Us Live in or Near Poverty. counterpunch.org Are we Americans unworthy? That's certainly the message we're getting from our government. Over 40 percent of us are poor or low-income. How is that possible in the wealthiest country in history? "The United States is alone among developed countries in insisting that while human rights are of fundamental importance," explains UN rapporteur on poverty More

Natasha Lennard (2018-06-15). The Misogynistic Logic of Jeff Sessions's Horrifying New Asylum Policy For Domestic Violence Victims. theintercept.com When the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 1993, it gave long overdue recognition to the fact that gendered domestic violence is not a private issue, but a public health and human rights concern for the international community. Attorney General Jeff Sessions's decision this week to stop giving asylum protections for domestic violence victims stands in grim conflict with this principle. | On Monday, Sessions reversed an immigration court's ruling that granted asylum to a woman from El Salvador whose husband had repeatedly abused her physically, sexually, and emotionally. The court ruled in 2014 that domestic violence victims constitute a social group when it comes to asylum considerations. But in a 31-page ruling with profound implications for immigration policy, Sessions wrote that "generally" claims on domestic and gang violence will no longer qualify for asylum…

RT (2018-06-14). Slam dunk: Flat-Earther logic obliterated by Reddit basketball stunt (PHOTO). rt.com A Reddit user has poked major holes in flat-Earther 'logic' with a clever — and easy-to-replicate — experiment deploying a digital camera with a macro lens, plenty of light… and a basketball. |
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RT (2018-06-13). Volcanic eruptions may sap oxygen from oceans, lead to 'mass extinction' of life on Earth — study. rt.com Devastating volcanic eruptions, caused by excess carbon in the atmosphere, could one day lead to the mass extinction of all marine animals, and possibly all life on Earth — so says a new study.
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Hatewatch Staff (2018-06-12). Anti-LGBT, anti-Islam, anti-immigrant rhetoric featured alongside racist dog-whistles and Trump cabinet officials at WCS 2018. splcenter.org The ostensible headliners of the Western Conservative Summit in Denver on June 8 and 9 were embattled Trump cabinet members Attorney General Jeff Sessions (still under fire from the president for not recusing himself from the Russia investigation) and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt (under fire from everyone but the president for having government aides and his Secret Service detail run embarrassing personal errands for him).

Paul Dobson (2018-06-07). Maduro & Workers Push to Stimulate Venezuela's Oil Industry amid Collapsing Production. venezuelanalysis.com It is alleged that PDVSA does not possess sufficient stocks to fulfill its June export orders.

Cira Pascual Marquina (2018-05-22). Venezuela Slams New US Sanctions as Washington Hints at Oil Embargo. venezuelanalysis.com The latest measures fly in the face of international concern about the living conditions of Venezuelans.

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2018-06-18: Social Media Postees

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ICE Killed Roxsana Hernandez
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-06-18
The war on refugees claimed another victim on May 25. Roxsana Hernandez, a 33-year-old transgender woman from Honduras, died in a New Mexico hospital from health complications due to pneumonia after being denied proper medical care for a week in a detention cell run by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in San Ysidro, California. | Roxsana was seeking asylum and arrived at the US border as part of the well-publicized caravan of more than 1,000 Central American migrants. | While traveling with the caravan, Hernandez told Adolfo Flores of Buzzfeed that she had fled Honduras due to the violence and discrimination she experienced as a trans woman. Months earlier, she was assaulted by MS-13 gang members. | "Four of them raped me, and as a result, I got HIV," she said. "Trans people in my neighborhood are killed and chopped…
truthout.org/articles/ice-killed-roxsana-hernandez/

Light From Plant Growth Shows Carbon Budget
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-18
For the first time, light from plant growth may let humans see — almost at a glance — how greedily the planet's vegetation sucks carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. | US-based researchers have confirmed that they can detect the same glow — invisible to the human eye — from trees, grasslands, crops, mangroves, marches and desert plants as the green things put chlorophyll to work and photosynthesise leaves, flowers, fruits and roots from atmospheric carbon. | The pay-off is simple: an easier and potentially more accurate way of calculating the global carbon budget and assessing the climate cost of human exploitation of fossil fuels. | But the same information will help biologists and geoscientists advance what is sometimes called earth system science: how carbon-based lifeforms make their living from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide in a continuous trafficking that has fuelled 3bn…
truthdig.com/articles/light-from-plant-growth-shows-carbon-budget/

Requiem for a Steelworker: Mon Valley Memories of Oil Can Eddie
Steve Early | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-18
In progressive circles in the upper mid-west today, if you've heard the name Sadlowski, it's probably because you were involved in the Wisconsin labor uprising of 2011, where you might have linked arms with AFSCME organizer and state capitol occupier Edward A. Sadlowski. Or maybe you applauded the electoral victory of his sister, Susan Sadlowski…
counterpunch.org/2018/06/18/requiem-for-a-steelworker-mon-valley-memories-of-oil-can-eddie/

EU: Summit Leadership Needed on Migration
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-06-18
A girl holds a placard during a protest held by migrants and refugees to call for the reopening of the borders at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on March 23, 2016. | © 2016 ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images | (Brussels) — The failure by European Union governments and institutions to develop an effective and rights-based policy response to migration causes real suffering and fuels a sense of political crisis around migration, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. EU heads of state will meet in Brussels on June 28-29, 2018, to discuss migration and asylum policy. | The report, " Toward an Effective and Principled EU Migration Policy: Recommendations for Reform," contains concrete recommendations to ensure EU global leadership on refugee protection, uphold the right to…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/18/eu-summit-leadership-needed-migration

'Whatever' — What Happens to Kids Taken from Families at US Border
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-06-18
A U.S. Border Patrol facility for children and families in McAllen, Texas, pictured in September 2014. | © 2018 John Moore/Getty Images | I've had a chance over the past few days to see what happens to kids right after they're separated from their parents by US immigration officials. White House chief of staff John Kelly said we shouldn't worry about these kids because they'll be " put into foster care or whatever." | "Whatever" seems to be what they're aiming for, judging from my time interviewing children and their parents in McAllen, Texas. There are no specific services for kids at US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facilities there — both the short-term holding cells known informally as the "freezers" because they are kept so cold and the larger processing center.
www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/18/whatever-what-happens-kids-taken-families-us-border

Immigrant Protections Eroded After Trump Took Office
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-17
Since then, the administration has issued at least half a dozen changes affecting immigrant children, many of them obscure revisions. The cumulative effect is a dramatic alteration of immigration policy and practice. | The post Immigrant Protections Eroded After Trump Took Office appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/immigrant-protections-began-eroding-with-trump-inaugural/

CNN Panel Derails After Rick Santorum Defends Trump's Barbaric Immigration Policy — And Is Promptly Reminded He Has Seven Kids
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-06-17
"You could drive nails through my hands and whip me on my back, but do not take my children away," Jennifer Granholm said. | CNN panel on immigration officials ripping children away from their amnesty-seeking parents and placing them in detention facilities, went quickly off the rails this morning when former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) attempted to defend the Trump administration policy that is roiling the country. With State of the Union host Jake Tapper asking the conservative Santorum to weigh in on the religious aspect of taking children while the Trump administration is citing the Bible as a defense, panelist Ana Navarro cautioned him, "Careful Rick, it's Sunday. ""It is gut-wrenching to see the images and understand what is going on," Santorum stated before beginning his defense. "At the same time, governmental officials have to look back and look at the consequences of. . .
www.alternet.org/cnn-panel-derails-after-rick-santorum-defends-trumps-barbaric-immigration-policy-and-promptly

Rescue Ships Spotlight Europe's Migrant Debate
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-17
VALENCIA, Spain–Ships in the Aquarius aid convoy docked Sunday at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a weeklong ordeal for hundreds of people who were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea only to become pawns in Europe's fight over immigration. | The Italian coast guard vessel Dattilo was the first of the three boats bearing the 630 migrants to touch land just before 7 a.m. Sunday. The 270 migrants on board soon began to disembark after medical staff had made a preliminary inspection. | The rescue ship Aquarius came in four hours later with another 106 migrants. Aid workers awaiting their arrival clapped and cheered as the first migrants walked down the gangway. Another Italian navy ship, the Orione, came in shortly after 1 p.m. | The Aquarius, operated by the aid groups SOS Mediterranee Sea and Doctors Without Borders, was stuck off the…
truthdig.com/articles/rescue-ships-spotlight-europes-roiling-migrant-debate/

MSM talk coup in Venezuela because it sits on oil US empire wants — Abby Martin
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-17
The American empire and its media openly talk coup in Venezuela because it sits on vast — and nationalized — oil resources, and this is US expansionism at its finest, The Empire Files host Abby Martin told Lee Camp. …
www.rt.com/usa/430034-venezuela-us-lee-camp/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Desperate Asylum Seekers Are Being Turned Away by U.S. Border Agents Claiming There's "No Room"
Debbie Nathan | theintercept.com | 2018-06-16
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are systematically violating U.S. and international law by blocking immigrants at international ports of entry on the southern border from entering the country so they can claim asylum. Immigration civil rights advocates have been documenting this illegal behavior since late 2016, from Texas to California. It was sporadic then, and appears to have been based at least in part on CBP's difficulties with handling large numbers of people. | Even so, the practice of turning immigrants away has suddenly become routine, creating chilling scenes of immigrants and children camped out near the bridges, exposed to sun, wind, and rain, amid make-do bedding, scattered clothing, and trash. A few times a day, the immigrants walk to the middle of the bridges and ask to be admitted to the port of entry building on the U.S. side so…
theintercept.com/2018/06/16/immigration-border-asylum-central-america/

New Information on 2017 Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Deaths Should Nix Trophy Hunting in Core Habitat
Louisa Willcox | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-15
Wyoming officials are barging ahead with a September hunt of Yellowstone grizzly bears despite new information about bear deaths that shows that no hunting should occur this year. This according to protocols adopted by the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho when 2017 federal endangered species protections were removed ("delisting"). The considerable confusion among state…
counterpunch.org/2018/06/15/new-information-on-2017-yellowstone-grizzly-bear-deaths-should-nix-trophy-hunting-in-core-habitat/

We're the Wealthiest Country on Earth, But Over 40 Percent of Us Live in or Near Poverty
Mona Younis | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-15
Are we Americans unworthy? That's certainly the message we're getting from our government. Over 40 percent of us are poor or low-income. How is that possible in the wealthiest country in history? "The United States is alone among developed countries in insisting that while human rights are of fundamental importance," explains UN rapporteur on poverty…
counterpunch.org/2018/06/15/were-the-wealthiest-country-on-earth-but-over-40-percent-of-us-live-in-or-near-poverty/

The Misogynistic Logic of Jeff Sessions's Horrifying New Asylum Policy For Domestic Violence Victims
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2018-06-15
When the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 1993, it gave long overdue recognition to the fact that gendered domestic violence is not a private issue, but a public health and human rights concern for the international community. Attorney General Jeff Sessions's decision this week to stop giving asylum protections for domestic violence victims stands in grim conflict with this principle. | On Monday, Sessions reversed an immigration court's ruling that granted asylum to a woman from El Salvador whose husband had repeatedly abused her physically, sexually, and emotionally. The court ruled in 2014 that domestic violence victims constitute a social group when it comes to asylum considerations. But in a 31-page ruling with profound implications for immigration policy, Sessions wrote that "generally" claims on domestic and gang violence will no longer qualify for asylum…
theintercept.com/2018/06/15/domestic-violence-asylum-jeff-sessions/

Pundits Worry Threat of Nuclear War Is Being Reduced
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2018-06-14
Media outlets don't want America to negotiate with North Korea; they want the US to hold North Korea for ransom. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow (6/12/18) appears dismayed by the manifestation of a US president meeting with an Official Enemy. | On MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, the host was aghast (6/12/18) that the US says it will halt the annual war games it conducts with South Korea on North Korea's doorstep, because doing so is "an absolute jackpot for the North Korean dictator," "one of the things he wants most on earth," and now Washington "has just given them that for free, for nothing." | Maddow implied that Trump has taken this step out of fealty to Russia, and complained that pausing war games that threaten North Korea benefits Russia and China. She twice called the Kim/Trump summit a "wedding," twice said that the…
fair.org/home/pundits-worry-threat-of-nuclear-war-is-being-reduced/

Slam dunk: Flat-Earther logic obliterated by Reddit basketball stunt (PHOTO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-14
A Reddit user has poked major holes in flat-Earther 'logic' with a clever — and easy-to-replicate — experiment deploying a digital camera with a macro lens, plenty of light… and a basketball. …
www.rt.com/usa/429775-flat-earth-basketball-experiment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Volcanic eruptions may sap oxygen from oceans, lead to 'mass extinction' of life on Earth — study
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-13
Devastating volcanic eruptions, caused by excess carbon in the atmosphere, could one day lead to the mass extinction of all marine animals, and possibly all life on Earth — so says a new study. …
www.rt.com/usa/429588-volcano-study-mass-extinction/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Anti-LGBT, anti-Islam, anti-immigrant rhetoric featured alongside racist dog-whistles and Trump cabinet officials at WCS 2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-06-12
The ostensible headliners of the Western Conservative Summit in Denver on June 8 and 9 were embattled Trump cabinet members Attorney General Jeff Sessions (still under fire from the president for not recusing himself from the Russia investigation) and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt (under fire from everyone but the president for having government aides and his Secret Service detail run embarrassing personal errands for him).
www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/06/12/anti-lgbt-anti-islam-anti-immigrant-rhetoric-featured-alongside-racist-dog-whistles-and

Maduro & Workers Push to Stimulate Venezuela's Oil Industry amid Collapsing Production
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-06-07
It is alleged that PDVSA does not possess sufficient stocks to fulfill its June export orders.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13864

Venezuela Slams New US Sanctions as Washington Hints at Oil Embargo
Cira Pascual Marquina | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-05-22
The latest measures fly in the face of international concern about the living conditions of Venezuelans.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13833

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