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26 Sep

Elizabeth Warren Just Gave Hillary Clinton a Big Warning But Beholden to AIPAC’

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Elizabeth Warren Just Gave Hillary Clinton a Big Warning

The McGlynn: But Beholden to AIPAC’. See Letter to President Obama below.

Warren is ready to fight any Wall Street–linked cabinet members in a Clinton administration.

Senator Elizabeth Warren fired an unmistakable warning shot to Hillary Clinton and her advisers last Wednesday, cautioning against appointing cabinet or administration members who are linked to Wall Street while name-checking a firm closely tied to Clinton and the Democratic Party.

Warren’s speech, delivered at the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund, cast the upcoming presidential election in stark economic terms. She described the tax-slashing, deregulatory approach laid out by Donald Trump and contrasted it to a laundry list of populist economic policies embraced by Hillary Clinton. Clinton has faced criticism recently for focusing too heavily on Trump’s competency and not enough on fundamental economic issues, and so Warren’s speech was well-timed and well-received.

But towards the end of her remarks, Warren noted that “personnel is policy,” and continued:

When we talk about personnel, we don’t mean advisors who just pay lip service to Hillary’s bold agenda, coupled with a sigh, a knowing glance, and a twiddling of thumbs until it’s time for the next swing through the revolving door, serving government then going back to the very same industries they regulate. We don’t mean Citigroup or Morgan Stanley or BlackRock getting to choose who runs the economy in this country so they can capture our government. No. 

Citigroup and Morgan Stanley are certainly household names, as two of the top four largest banks in the country. But BlackRock? It’s safe to say relatively few people have heard of the asset-management firm—unless they are in Hillary Clinton’s orbit.

BlackRock’s chief executive, Lawrence Fink, has been repeatedly mentioned as a possible Treasury secretary under Clinton. (“Fink is a natural choice for any Democrat,” one analyst told Fortune earlier this year.) Fink is a major Democratic donor, and has recently been speaking out against “short-termism” in the financial sector, directly echoing a key policy plank of Clinton’s.

BlackRock appointed Clinton’s former chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, to its board in 2013, and as David Dayen noted at The Intercept in March, several top BlackRock officials have already been through the revolving door at the Treasury Department—Fink has effectively formed a Treasury-staff-in-waiting at his firm. At least one top BlackRock official, Michael Lyle, was advising the Clinton campaign on economic policy last year. Another senior director, Matthew Mallow, is a “Hillblazer,” meaning he raised $100,000 or more for the campaign.

Warren’s office would not comment whether the inclusion of BlackRock was a direct reference to these ties, but it’s hard to imagine any other reason she would decide to mention the firm. Notably, CAP President Neera Tanden has been tapped as a co-chair for Clinton’s transition team and introduced Warren’s remarks.

Fink has no doubt embraced some worthwhile reforms of the financial sector, like advocating against short-term incentive structures. But BlackRock has a lot to gain from a takeover at Treasury.

In 2014, BlackRock obtained a confidential Federal Reserve presentation that argued the firm—which manages $4.7 trillion in assets—might pose system-wide risks to the economy, and suggested the Federal Stability Oversight Council might designate BlackRock a “systemically important” institution, which would open the firm to a wide array of tougher regulatory requirements.

When BlackRock obtained this memo, it “galvanized the firm around a crusade to elude more aggressive oversight from the Fed,” The Wall Street Journal reported this year. The secretary of the Treasury serves as chairman of the FSOC.

If Hillary were to appoint Fink or any of his underlings to an administration post, it would no doubt spark a huge battle with Warren, who successfully derailed Obama’s nomination of Antonio Weiss for a top Treasury spot in 2014. (Weiss now serves as a counselor to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.)

Appearing as a friendly force and high-profile supporter, Warren fired a preemptive shot in that battle Wednesday. “You better believe I’m working my heart out to elect Hillary Clinton President this November,” Warren said. “But we also need to remember that it’s not just on us to make Hillary a successful candidate. It’s also on us to make her a successful president…. [That] means helping surround Hillary Clinton with a cabinet and team of advisors who believe in the agenda she has outlined.”

‘Beholden to AIPAC’ — progressive senators Warren, Murphy, Brown sign letter seeking to limit Obama’s actions

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Note: The brave senators who did not sign this letter include Democrats Patrick Leahy of VT, Bernie Sanders, Tom Carper of Delaware, and Dick Durbin of Illinois, along with Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky.

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26 Sep

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

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Trump, Clinton meet with Netanyahu, pledge support to Israel

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On Sunday, the Israeli prime minister, Benyamin Netanyahu has seperately met with the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, as well as the Democratic Hillary Clinton in New York.

During the visit, Trump reportedly pledged to recognize Jerusalem as the “undivided capital” of Israel if elected president.

In an official statement, the Trump administration said:

“Mr. Trump acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish People for over 3,000 years, and that the United States, under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing Congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel.” 

Apart from the Israeli-Palestinian issue, RT reported that Trump and Netanyahu also discussed “at length” Israel’s “successful” experience in building a border fence, a 708-kilometer long security barrier in the West Bank along the Green Line, which Palestine criticized as an “apartheid wall.”  The Republic nominee is eying to build a similar kind of wall at the border with Mexico, the construction of which he says would be financed by Mexico.

Following  that, Netanyahu paid a visit to Hillary Clinton, who to her part said she would oppose BDS and UN meddling.

The Israeli PM’s meeting with Clinton, who was also attended by her advisor Jake Sullivan and Israel’s Dermer, lasted about 50 minutes.

“Secretary Clinton stressed that a strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States because we share overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism,” says a campaign statement, released after the meeting by her campaign. The McGlynn Note: Pure garbage!

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Accusations centre on widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on civilians in rebel-held eastern Aleppo

in London and in Beirut

Britain’s ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, US ambassador Samantha Power and French ambassador Francois Delattre walk out of an emergency security council session on the conflict in Syria on Sunday when the Syrian ambassador begins speaking. Before the protest Rycroft addressed the meeting and accused Russia of war crimes

Russia has been directly and repeatedly accused of war crimes at the UN security council in an unusually blunt session, as hopes of any form of ceasefire were flattened by the scale and ferocity of the Syrian regime’s assault on eastern Aleppo.

The war crimes accusations centred on the widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on the 275,000 civilians living in the rebel-held east of the city, weapons that Moscow’s accusers say were dropped by Russian aircraft.

“Bunker-busting bombs, more suited to destroying military installations, are now destroying homes, decimating bomb shelters, crippling, maiming, killing dozens, if not hundreds,” Matthew Rycroft, the UK ambassador to the UN said during the emergency security council session on Syria on Sunday.

“Incendiary munitions, indiscriminate in their reach, are being dropped on to civilian areas so that, yet again, Aleppo is burning. And to cap it all, water supplies, so vital to millions, are now being targeted, depriving water to those most in need. In short, it is difficult to deny that Russia is partnering with the Syrian regime to carry out war crimes.”

Rycroft later walked out of the chamber with his US and French counterparts before the Syrian government representative began speaking, in protest at the regime’s bombing campaign.

The bombardment of Aleppo entered a fifth consecutive day on Monday, after 95 people were killed in the east of the city on Sunday, according to doctors. A tally from local hospitals put the number of wounded at 398, including 61 children.

“What has happened over the last three days is indescribable,” said Mohammad Abu Rajab, a doctor in one of the largest medical centres in eastern Aleppo. “Words fail, pictures fail, everything fails.”

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Senior police were happy to admit the practice of ‘encounter killings’, in which about 2,000 people died in 2015, Human Rights Watch says

Police often said criminal or terrorist suspects were shot after they resisted arrest or tried to ambush officers.

Police often said criminal or terrorist suspects were shot after they resisted arrest or tried to ambush officers. Photograph: Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images

Police in Pakistan may be illegally executing hundreds of people each year in fake “encounter killings”, human rights investigators have warned.

The term “encounter” is a widely understood euphemism for extra-judicial killings in Pakistan. Police accounts often say that criminal or terrorist suspects were shot after they resisted arrest or tried to ambush officers.

In reality many are killed in police custody, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday.

The group said it was concerned that many, “if not most”, of the 2,108 people reported by the media to have been killed in encounters in 2015 died in circumstances that were “faked and did not occur in situations in which lives were at risk”.

The report said: “In the vast majority of these cases, no police officer was injured or killed, raising questions as to whether there was in fact an armed exchange in which there was an imminent threat to the lives of police or others.”

Senior officers admitted the practice to researchers from HRW, who also found that Pakistan’s ill-equipped and poorly trained police regularly resort to torture to extract confessions.

Such practices have helped make the police “one of the most widely feared, complained against, and least trusted government institutions in Pakistan”, HRW said.

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  • Release of footage comes after protests and demands to see video
  • Attorney: ‘I don’t see anything … that would lead to him losing his life’

WARNING: this video of the shooting of Kevin Scott contains distressing scenes. In two sets of video, cameras recorded altercation between officers and Scott

Charlotte police on Saturday released footage of the fatal police shooting of Keith Scott, a 43-year-old African American man whose death precipitated both riots and peaceful protests in North Carolina this week.

In two sets of video of the incident on Tuesday, one from a body camera and another from a police cruiser dashboard, cameras recorded the altercation between officers and Scott.

At a press conference on Saturday evening, members of Scott’s family welcomed the release of the footage but argued it offered no concrete evidence that the 43 year-old was armed at the time he was killed.

“There is no definitive evidence in this video as to whether or not there is an object in his hand, and if there is, what that object is,” said attorney Justin Bamberg. “I don’t see anything there, in my opinion that would lead to him losing his life.”

Peaceful protests continued in Charlotte into the early hours of Sunday morning as police reported at least four arrests made overnight in relation to the rioting and looting that gripped the city earlier in the week.

According to a Charlotte police statement issued with the videos of the Keith Scott incident on Saturday, two plain-clothes officers in an unmarked car were preparing to serve an arrest warrant on an unrelated subject when Scott parked his SUV beside them.

Those officers saw that Scott was “rolling what they believed to be a marijuana ‘blunt’,” the police department said in a statement released with the video on Saturday, but “did not consider Mr Scott’s drug activity to be a priority”.

Then an officer “observed Mr Scott hold a gun up”, the department said. “Due to the combination of illegal drugs and the gun Mr Scott had in his possess

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The Dakota pipeline protests have drawn indigenous people from across the Americas. But everyone else needs to understand it’s their fight too

‘The indigenous way of life is more immediately dependent on the natural world, and when nature is damaged, indigenous people are damaged.’
‘The indigenous way of life is more immediately dependent on the natural world, and when nature is damaged, indigenous people are damaged.’ Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

“I’m here until January,” said a man sitting with his arms crossed in the backseat. The six of us had piled into an old Ford Taurus, hitching a ride back to camp from a prayer ceremony at the site in North Dakota where protests against the now infamous pipeline project had been met with riot police and attack dogs only days before. “The long haul.”

“Right on,” said a woman in the front. “That’s dedication.”

He was from the Navajo Nation, where he was studying business management at Diné College on the reservation. She was from the Cherokee Nation and had arrived at 3am that morning. Everyone in the car, it turned out, was from a different tribe. That’s not unusual for Red Warrior Camp near Cannonball, North Dakota, where nations and tribes from around the world have united behind a common purpose: stop the Dakota Access pipeline.

The campsites, Sacred Stone and Red Warrior, have swelled to well over 2,000 people. A seedling camp has sprung up on the road close to where construction on the pipeline is taking place about an hour south of Bismarck. Together, they constitute a sustainable community, complete with kitchens, donation centers, schools and legal counseling. The scope of the gathering is unprecedented, with over 280 tribes represented at the camps.

This combining of forces has been spurred on by the urgent nature of the crisis. For indigenous people, climate change and pollution aren’t the battles of tomorrow. They are very real, very present issues that have already dramatically impacted everyday life. The Inuit residents of Shishmaref, Alaska, are voting to relocate their village due to rising sea levels. The Navajo Nation is suing the EPA over a toxic mine spill that contaminated the San Juan River, which the Navajo depend on to water their crops and livestock. Last March, the Lenka people in Honduras lost civil rights leader and environmentalist Berta Cáceres, an ardent opponent of the privatization of the river Río Gualcarqueque, to assassination.

Historically, oil transportation has been bad news for indigenous populations. Last June, a train carrying tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil derailed and caught fire near Mosier, Oregon, contaminating the Columbia River, which the Yakama Nation in Washington depends on. In South Dakota, the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota peoples fought off the Keystone XL pipeline that bisected treaty lands and, the tribes said, would lead to more pollution.

So when pipeline construction began on land just outside the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, and sacred burial sites were bulldozed in the process, it became a lightning rod for a broader struggle. “Water is life” is a rallying cry of the protests, and it’s a message that resonates as much with the Inca in South America as it does the Ojibwa in Canada.

“Cut the heads from the snakes!” said a man speaking at the prayer ceremony at the protest site, referring to oil pipelines everywhere. He wore camouflage pants and a feathered headdress. “Today, we hear about the Colonial pipeline.” He pauses. “That’s a good name for it, isn’t it?” He was referencing a recent eruption in the Colonial pipeline in Alabama that resulted in a massive oil spill.

The indigenous way of life is more immediately dependent on the natural world, and when nature is damaged, indigenous people are damaged. When the rivers are poisoned, indigenous people are poisoned. This immediacy is what has drawn so many indigenous people together to fight. But it’s time for non-indigenous people to understand that this is their fight too. Their livelihoods also depend on the success of the battle indigenous people are fighting right now.

This was the hottest summer on record, and global temperatures continue to rise. Earth’s biodiversity is under threat and so long as corporate profits continue to be prioritized over the planet, we will continue to slide into conditions that are increasingly inhospitable to life.

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26 Sep

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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GUARD: Russia accused of war crimes in Syria at UN security council session

Accusations centre on widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on civilians in rebel-held eastern Aleppo

Russia has been directly and repeatedly accused of war crimes at the UN security council in an unusually blunt session, as hopes of any form of ceasefire were flattened by the scale and ferocity of the Syrian regime’s assault on eastern Aleppo.

The war crimes accusations centred on the widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on the 275,000 civilians living in the rebel-held east of the city, weapons that Moscow’s accusers say were dropped by Russian aircraft.

“Bunker-busting bombs, more suited to destroying military installations, are now destroying homes, decimating bomb shelters, crippling, maiming, killing dozens, if not hundreds,” Matthew Rycroft, the UK ambassador to the UN said during the emergency security council session on Syria on Sunday.

“Incendiary munitions, indiscriminate in their reach, are being dropped on to civilian areas so that, yet again, Aleppo is burning. And to cap it all, water supplies, so vital to millions, are now being targeted, depriving water to those most in need. In short, it is difficult to deny that Russia is partnering with the Syrian regime to carry out war crimes.”

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ALJ: Jets pound Aleppo as UN discusses Syria escalation

Scores killed in intensifying Aleppo air strikes as UN Security Council members denounce Russia for role in Syria war.The United States called Russia’s action in Syria “barbarism”, while Moscow’s UN envoy said ending the war was “almost an impossible task”, as government forces relentlessly bombed the besieged city of Aleppo.

The United Nations Security Council met on Sunday at the request of the US, Britain and France to discuss the escalation of fighting in Aleppo following an announcement on Thursday of a fresh offensive by the Syrian army to retake the northern city, once the country’s most populous before the war.

“What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counterterrorism, it is barbarism,” the US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, told the 15-member council.”Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war. Instead of helping get life-saving aid to civilians, Russia and Assad are bombing the humanitarian convoys, hospitals, and first responders who are trying desperately to keep people alive,” Power said.

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REU: Air strikes pound rebel-held Aleppo districts overnight

Dozens of air strikes hit the northern Syrian city of Aleppo overnight, a monitor and defense worker said, continuing a fierce air campaign by Syrian government and allied forces since a ceasefire broke down almost a week ago.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of air strikes had hit the rebel-held half of the divided city overnight, killing and wounding a number of people.

The air attacks follow a week of escalating bombardment after a week-long ceasefire broke down. On Thursday the Syrian army said it launched a fresh offensive in the city which has become the main battle ground of the conflict, now in its sixth year.

Bebars Mishal, a civil defense worker in rebel-held Aleppo, told Reuters the bombardment continued overnight until 6 a.m. (11:00 p.m. EDT).

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REU: U.S., Russia trade blows over Syria as warplanes pound Aleppo

UNITED NATIONS/AMMAN The United States accused Russia of “barbarism” in Syria on Sunday as warplanes supporting Syrian government forces pounded Aleppo and Moscow said ending the civil war was almost “impossible”. | Video

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ISIS suicide attack in Baghdad kills six and injures 18 civilians

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – Six people were killed and 18 others injured after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt on Sunday in Baghdad- the capital of Iraq. Source…

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Security forces liberate Mashak village and raise Iraqi flag over its police station

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Deadly attack foiled in Kabul, suicide bomber shot dead, car bomb seized

A deadly suicide attack plot was thwarted in Kabul city earlier today after the Afghan security forces shot dead a would-be suicide bomber in the outskirts of the city. According to the security sources, the bomber was shot dead in Hussain Khel village of Bagrami district as he was looking to ram a Vehicle-borne Improvised

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Alokozay Group ready to invest $300 million on Surobi-2 water dam

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UNAMA shared findings about attack on Kabul protesters that killed 85 people

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) shared the mission’s findings regarding a deadly attack on protesters in Kabul which left at least 85 dead. The report was shared during a meeting with the representatives of the Hazara community, a statement by UNAMA said, adding that “As part of its good offices mandate, UNAMA

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Iraq Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

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The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Warrant Officer Travis R. Tamayo, 32, of Brownsville, Texas, died Sept. 16 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in a non-combat-related incident. The incident is under investigation. Tamayo was assigned to the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Christopher A. Wilbur, 36, of Granite City, Illinois, died Aug. 12 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from a non-combat-related injury. The incident is under investigation. Wilbur was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Carson, Colorado.

Iraq Occupation Confirmed U.S Casualties – Since June 1, 2009

Afghanistan Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

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Recent Casualties

Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, 28, of Irvine, California, died Aug. 23 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by an improvised explosive device that detonated near his patrol while conducting dismounted operations. The incident is under investigation. Thompson was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Afghanistan Occupation Confirmed U.S Casualties – Since June 1, 2009

 

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25 Sep

A McGlynn Moment – Laura Bretan

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Moments like this gives one, especially me, hope.

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Laura Bretan – Pie Jesu

Laura Bretan and Grandfather

Growing up my grandfather used to live with us. Every day I come home from school he would be waiting for me on the doorstep.

We would listen to opera and he really encouraged me to sing to him and he was like my best friend

Last year he got really sick I would hold his hand and let him know that everything was gonna be okay and he would just say keep on going to dream and do what you love to do.

In January he passed away.

 

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