News Items – 02.20.17


Flynn resignation shows leaks under Trump are working. Keep ‘em coming.” by Trevor Timm — Executive Director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation — in Columbia Journalism Review.


Bureau of Investigative Journalism:

Yemen: Reported US Covert Actions 2017

Afghan airstrikes killed and injured record number of civilians in 2016

Obama’s covert drone war in numbers: ten times more strikes than Bush


Reuters: “Thai police order thousands of worshippers out of scandal-hit temple” — It’s “a rare institution in defying the military government.” Others have “been silenced since a coup in 2014.”

Reuters: “Thai police order thousands of worshippers out of scandal-hit temple

Reuters: “China stages another mass anti-terror rally in Xinjiang

Reuters: “Iran pushes for dialogue with Gulf Arab states

Reuters: “Trump administration drafts plan to raise asylum bar, speed deportations


A People’s History of the United States” (1980) by Howard Zinn — professor of American history at Boston University and former professor at Spelman College until he was fired for participating in the Civil Rights Movement:

Chapter 11: ROBBER BARONS AND REBELS

Chapter 12: THE EMPIRE AND THE PEOPLE

Chapter 13: THE SOCIALIST CHALLENGE


The Guardian: “EPA fears ‘unprecedented disaster’ for environment over Scott Pruitt pick” — Trump “said there would be just ‘little tidbits left’ of the EPA if he made it to the White House.”

The Guardian: “Iraq launches west Mosul offensive as torture videos emerge” — They threaten “potentially to undermine public support for the Mosul offensive,” furthering sectarian reprisals.


Glenn Greenwald: “The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies



What Did @realDonaldTrump Know About Russia and When Did Donald Trump Know It?

Carter Page, at Center of Trump Russian Investigation, Writes Bizarre Letter to DOJ Blaming Hillary Clinton

Her Father Championed Jewish Refugees. She Finances the Anti-Muslim Refugee Movement.”

Text Describing Federal Fracking Rule Disappears From Interior Department Website

Trump Official Obsessed Over Nuclear Apocalypse, Men’s Style, Fine Wines in 40,000 Posts on Fashion Site

Exclusive: FBI allowed informants to commit 5,600 crimes

The American Papers that Praised Hitler

While Nixon Campaigned, the F.B.I. Watched John Lennon

How Hitler suspended the right to mail and telephone privacy

U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement

Employers can use FBI database for real-time background checks

How Thousands Of Nazis Were ‘Rewarded’ With Life In The U.S.

The U.S. Government Turned Away Thousands of Jewish Refugees, Fearing That They Were Nazi Spies

In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis


Freedom of the Press Foundation: “Signal, the secure messaging app: a guide for beginners


The Nation Magazine:

The Trump-Bibi-Murdoch Love Triangle Puts Us All at Risk,” by Eric Alterman — Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at the City University of New York.

America’s Favorite Syrian Militia Rules With an Iron Fist

Nuclear Weapons Don’t Belong in Anyone’s Hands

Alternative Facts: A new book suggests Edward Snowden may have been a spy, but what it reveals is its author’s own duplicity.


Washington’s Blog: “Leading Progressives Kucinich and Greenwald: Even Americans Who Hate Trump Should Defend Him Against Attempted Coup by the ‘Deep State’ … A Coup Which Is Being Attempted ‘So That This Military Industrial Intel Axis Can Cash In‘”


Jamaica Observer: “Former Swedish PM asks ‘what has he been smoking?’ after Trump refers to non-existent terror attack


Here’s Democracy Now’s show for today. And here are selected interviews:

Undocumented Mother in Sanctuary in Denver Church: I’ve Paid Taxes for 20 Years, Why Hasn’t Trump?

‘For-Profit President’: A Look at How Trump Is Pushing Wholesale Corporate Takeover of the Gov’t

DHS Memos: Speed Up Mass Deportations & Prosecute Parents Who Help Undocumented Children Enter U.S.

George Takei on 75th Anniv. of Internment of Japanese Americans & Why Trump is ‘The Real Terrorist’


Here are two different videos of Mehdi Hasan at Oxford Union.

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