The Trump administration has consistently flouted environmental regulations. The courts have attempted to block them but it has not deterred the government. The most recent example was reported by The Nation, which talks about the EPA trying to push through a rule that would enable it to repeal many regulations because they use ‘secret science.’



In the era of the Trump administration, many people feel the need to engage in more widespread protest as a means of resisting and showing support for the oppressed and groups that are affected by policies of the administration. As protests increase, The Intercept reports, a string of bills that criminalize protesters have been tabled.


Democratic candidates are demonstrating their intent to address inequality and climate change. The most elaborate plan has been announced by Bernie Sanders, who promises to invest $16.3 trillion to fight climate change. But as FAIR reports, mainstream outlets, like the New York Times, are not impressed.

New York Times depiction of Bernie Sanders at a climate rally

While there was much that Obama hoped to accomplish during his two terms as president, there was one goal that he failed to achieve, i.e., the closing of Guantanamo Bay. The facility was established due to the war on terror, but after 18 years it hasn’t stopped running. As Truthdig reports, there are still 40 people detained there and while their stories can’t be told, that of former detainees can be.

The Stain on America’s Soul That Will Not Wash Away

Protests across the globe continue especially in Latin America against iniquitous economic policies. Democracy Now! reports on Colombia, where people are protesting against the attempts by the U.S. backed president to initiate labor reforms and implement cuts to pensions.


Just as Columbia is dealing with a U.S. backed president, Bolivia is also grappling with a recent change to its elected leader Evo Morales, through a coup that apparently had the backing of the United States. This coup has reignited the debate on the repeated U.S. interventions, as CounterPunch mentions the never ending cycle of U.S. interference with South America ironically when Russian meddling in 2016 Presidential election is still being debated within the country.


The Real News Network comments on a new study on the cost of U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Pakistan that presents a harrowing picture of the cost exacted in lives and taxpayer dollars.


The Grayzone published an article that describes how Hong Kong opposition leaders are collaborating with regime-change neoconservatives in Washington while claiming to fight for “self-determination.” The aim could be to “preserve the US’s own political and economic interests.” A new DC lobbying front has become their base of operations.

Alex Cole with this week’s tweet of the week:


The problem with pipelines, besides their tendency to leak oil onto Native American reservations, are the people that support them. More importantly, as The Ghion Journal reports, the Democratic party, which despite trying in the past to push against such environmental blemishes, has continued to take money from those that construct these pipelines.



Members of the public wait in line hoping to get into the hearing room as former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives to testify.

1. Latest accuser sues pedophile financier’s estate and says she was ‘perfect victim’ for sexual abuse (The Independent)2. Democrats Know Trump Won’t Be Removed. They’re Still Amped About Impeachment. (The Atlantic)

3. Trump Pushes Debunked Ukraine Theory In Long, Rambling Call To ‘Fox & Friends’ (HuffPost)

4. Chagos Islands dispute: UK misses deadline to return control (BBC)

5. Bolsonaro is turning back the clock on Brazil, says Lula (The Guardian)