News Items – 02.08.17


St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board:

Look at the graph at the 2008 marker.

Stephen Cohen – professor emeritus of Russian history/studies at Princeton University and New York University:

Pepe Escobar:

“Trump described the ex-general, who rights groups criticize as authoritarian and repressive, as a ‘fantastic guy.'”

“The incomplete data could go back to October 2001, according to the Military Times…”

It’s over “the purchase of a Nigerian oilfield by Eni and Royal Dutch Shell for about $1.3 billion.”

“Some 5,500 cases of sex trafficking were reported to the center’s hotline nationwide last year, according to its website. Globally, nearly 21 million people are victims of human trafficking, according to the U.N.’s International Labour Organization. An estimated 4.5 million of them are forced into sex work.”

They’re contemplating “creat[ing] a chemicals, fertilizer and oil giant with almost $100 billion in annual revenue.”

“So we are defending democracy… Are these serious times? Yes they are.”

“Pope Francis said then-candidate Trump’s view about building walls was ‘not Christian.'”

Trump’s using his presidency to complain about his daughter’s company losing 0.2% share value over his xenophobia.

“About 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims live in apartheid-like conditions in northwestern Myanmar… The government led by Aung San Suu Kyi said last week it would investigate the allegations in the report. It has previously denied almost all accusations of killings, rapes and arson. But mounting evidence of atrocities by the army puts Suu Kyi, who has no control over the armed forces under a constitution written by the previous military government, in a difficult position, Myanmar-based diplomats say.”

They “were accused of using excessive force while arresting a 22-year-old man, including raping him with a baton.”

“Falwell is president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, which bills itself as the world’s biggest Christian university. … Falwell also wants to cut federal rules on investigating and reporting sexual assault under Title IX, the federal law that bars sexual discrimination in education, according to Stevens. The Liberty University head believes on-campus sexual assault investigations are best left to police and prosecutors, Stevens said. … Falwell told the Associated Press he turned down an offer from Trump to become education secretary, in part because Falwell did not want to move his family to Washington.”

“…these programs were officially kept running at least until the early 1990s.”



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