Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Common Dreams:
"An investigation sparked by reports from concerned neighbors who suspected that immigrant children were being housed in a vacant office building in Phoenix, illustrated the secrecy surrounding the care of children by the U.S. government and defense contractors that have been hired to help enforce the Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy.

Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting reported this weekend on an empty commercial space in Arizona's capital, where neighbors had seen groups of Spanish-speaking children being taken in recent weeks. The children were not seen coming out until three weeks later, just after President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending his policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The building, which has 'dark windows, no kitchen, and only a few toilets,' had been leased to MVM, Inc.—a defense contractor which, as Common Dreams reported last month, won an $8 million five-year contract. ... Reveal reporters confirmed that according to the lease, 'the building is not allowed to be used for sleeping or cooking and can be used only for general business office purposes.' "
-->Substandard housing for kids. No wonder there is so much secrecy around  these private contractors. The NYT didn't print this story; it makes the US look too bad. Instead of saving children, the US is ripping them from their parents and locking them up in crude warehouses. 

"The carnage in Yemen drones on with no end in sight. More than 10,000 Yemenis have been killed since 2015 when the Saudis entered what was a civil war. So far two million people have been displaced as Saudi ground troops and air forces wage a one-sided assault, with U.S. help, against the poorest country in the region.

A Saudi blockade has prevented food, medicine and volunteer doctors from entering Yemen, resulting in what the United Nations now describes as the world’s greatest man-made humanitarian catastrophe; mass starvation and a cholera epidemic of epic proportions are on the horizon. Already more than 2,200 people have died from cholera and over 400,000 Yemeni children are severely malnourished. An estimated 17 million people do not have reliable access to food and 22 million people are in need of humanitarian aid."

-->The NYT's coverage of this story is typical of the empire's newspaper. In a story entitled "How Yemen Became a Humanitarian Nightmare: Untangling a Complex War," the NYT reporter doesn't even include the US in a section on "Who are the main parties to the conflict?" 


Common Dreams:
"Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Prominent Group 'End Citizens United' Called Out for Backing Democrats Drowning in Corporate Cash.

If their organization only supported candidates who firmly pledged no PAC money, their contributions could breathe much-needed life into grassroots campaigns. Instead it looks more like an intentional obfuscation. ...

In a detailed analysis of the ECU's recent endorsements, fundraising efforts, and campaign spending, Donald Shaw of Sludge—an outlet that covers political corruption—found that the group deploys 'a large part of their campaign contributions to re-elect corporate-financed Democratic incumbents.' "

-->The big story is how the Democrats use popular movements to harvest votes rather than to change the system. Because the Dems are part of the system, a truth you will never see in the NYT.

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