Chicago Democratic Socialist Vote to Endorse BDS

Séralini’s Revenge: Monsanto Rocked by New Court Documents

by James Corbett, Corbett Report

Previously in these pages I discussed how the trial of Monsanto currently taking place in the California Northern District Court—technically known as “Multidistrict Litigation,” with the formal title of “In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2741)“—is airing some of the agrichemical behemoth’s dirtiest laundry. In my article “Monsatan On Trial For Roundup Cancer,” I revealed how dozens of lawsuits filed against Monsanto for its role in causing the non-Hodgkin lymphoma of thousands of people across the US had been rolled into one dramatic court case, and how discovery from that case had yielded the remarkable deathbed testimony of EPA whistleblower Jess Rowland.

Then new documents emerged from the case confirming what many had long suspected: Monsanto has an entire internal corporate program (appropriately entitled “Let Nothing Go”) employing an army of internet trolls who spam the company’s propaganda on every social media post, forum and online comment board where its products and practices are being discussed.

Just this week, one of the law firms working on the trial released an equally explosive collection of “Monsanto’s Secret Documents,” proving another long-suspected claim against the world’s most evil company: That it has in fact ghostwritten many of the key articles defending its products in the mainstream press—articles that were supposedly written by “independent” journalists. When the embarrassing details of the story came to light, including a suggested “draft” of an article written by Monsanto for Forbes “journalist” Henry Miller in 2015 that was exactly identical to the article that appeared under his name, Forbes pulled the piece from its website and ended Miller’s employment…

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Massive Rally in Support of Venezuela’s New Constituent Assembly

Iraqi PM rules out dismantling of Hashd al-Sha’abi (death squads)

(“The U.S. Is Providing Air Cover for Ethnic Cleansing in Iraq Iran’s Shiite militias aren’t a whole lot better than the Islamic State.” Foreign Policy)

from Press TV

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has categorically ruled out the dismantling of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), commonly known as Hashd al-Sha’abi.

Abadi said on Saturday that the PMU operated under the supervision of the Iraqi government and religious leadership and was recognized by the state, making it clear that the group would not be dissolved.

Hashd al-Sha’abi is a group of Shia and Sunni fighters that was formed after the emergence of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in Iraq in 2014. In the early days of Daesh’s terror campaign, the then-volunteer fighters played a major role in reinforcing the Iraqi army, which had suffered heavy setbacks in the face of lightening advances by the terrorists.

Last November, the Iraqi parliament recognized Hashd al-Sha’abi as an official force with similar rights as those of the regular army.

The Hashd al-Sha’abi forces are now actively cooperating with Iraqi forces in operations to rid the whole country of Daesh elements.

Coalition hits Raqqah hospital with white phosphorus: Red Crescent official

from Press TV

The US-led coalition purporting to be targeting Daesh in Syria is said to have hit the National Hospital in the northern city of Raqqah with internationally-banned white phosphorus bombs.

Dina al-Asa’ad, who is the deputy director of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent’s branch in the city, said coalition warplanes had struck the hospital on Thursday, the country’s official Syrian Arab News Agency said.

She said the aircraft also released more than 20 apparently conventional shells against the facility, which hit its interior, electricity generators, and ambulances.

The facility, she said, catered to the needs of more than 100,000 patients.

Al-Asa’ad also blamed the coalition, which has been bombing Syria-based targets since 2014, and the US-backed anti-Damascus so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for leading a “scorched earth” policy against the city, rather than trying to liberate it.

She said the coalition and the SDF had laid waste to all of the city’s schools, mosques, bakeries, its sugar factory, and governmental buildings.

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UNSC’s inability to condemn terrorists’ acts in Syria encourages them to carry out new attacks

(U.S., Britain and France refuse to allow UNSC to condemn Jabhat al-Nusra mortar attacks on Russian embassy because Jabhat al-Nusra (al Qaeda) is still being run by the CIA.)

from SANA

Russian Foreign Ministry affirmed that the inability of the UN Security Council to condemn the acts of terrorists encourages them to carry out new provocations and terrorist attacks.

In a statement published on Friday, the ministry said that Moscow is outraged that the UN Security Council has not condemned the recent shelling of the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus.

“Let the unwillingness to show diplomatic solidarity with us remain on the conscience of these delegations. The most outrageous thing is that the inability of the Security Council to condemn the acts of terrorists encourages them to carry out new provocations and terrorist attacks, makes them feel impunity. These barbarians should not have the conviction that someone in the Security Council is at one with them,” the ministry said.

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Jeff Sessions’ Tough Talk On Leaks Heightens Fears Of Jailing Journalists

(This move was triggered by the “leaking” of two phone calls the president made to leaders of other nations. The transcripts were “prepared” by the White House and sounded like a campaign speech. Nothing was particularly embarrassing for the president and for the most part they showed he was trying to do what he said he would do during the campaign which led me yesterday to conclude that these were leaked by the White House themselves much like the tax return Rachel Maddow got her hands on months ago. Now we have Sessions leading the charge to lock up journalists along with leakers. Sounds like someone had a plan all along, doesn’t it? If you recall, back in the Obama days, they crafted a law which many of us worried could be used to target journalists for simply doing their jobs.)

from Huffington Post

Journalists were alarmed Friday after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice was revisiting guidelines for handling media subpoenas in leak investigations and said there needed to be limits on press freedom.

“Are you saying you will jail journalists, Mr. Attorney General?” a reporter asked as Sessions exited the room. “Do you plan to prosecute journalists?”

Sessions didn’t answer that question, or any, at the press conference. He “tells room of reporters he may make it easier to jail them if they don’t reveal sources,” MSNBC host and attorney Ari Melber tweeted, and “leaves without taking any press questions.”

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein took questions from reporters after the news conference but wouldn’t give any assurances that journalists would not be prosecuted, which would be a major departure from how DOJ traditionally deals with the press in leak cases. Rosenstein said he didn’t “want to get into hypotheticals.”

The Obama administration was particularly aggressive in targeting leakers, and its use of the Espionage Act to prosecute officials accused of disclosing classified materials to the news media was unprecedented…

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