Todd Miller, an Izzy winner for his work in 2017 will be speaking on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 22.  

In case you are looking for some summer reading or articles for your syllabi, he has a feature article in the July issue of In These Times titled “How Border Patrol Occupied the Tohono O’odham Nation.” 

His new book, “Empire of Borders” comes out in July.

In recent months we’ve seen escalation between Trump and Iran, which has been inching us ever closer to war, due in large part to provocations by the US. Despite the many facts that should clue news in on what Trump and his administration has been doing, many news outlets, as the Nation reports, have been doing a poor job at contextualizing why tensions with Iran have been rising. 

Mike Pompeo Iran

The use of propaganda by the US is not a new phenomenon, dating back over a hundred years, and efforts by the Trump administration to shine up their Israel-Palestine deals is more of the same. What is different however, as the Middle East Eye reports, is that one of the people being used in that propaganda, farmer Osama Abu al-Rub in the West Bank, spoke out about his picture being used to promote the goals of the Trump administration with regards to Palestine. 


While it didn’t receive much attention at Wednesday’s Democratic debates, the issue of ICE and their detainment of those trying to cross the border is something that has recently picked up more steam with an increase in the harrowing conditions that kids in detention centers are dealing with. What sees less play in the conversation surrounding ICE is their use of solitary confinement and its affect on those that they detain, as the Intercept attempts to explain, along with the lack of Congressional action on the matter. 
ADELANTO, CA - NOVEMBER 15: A guard escorts an immigrant detainee from his 'segregation cell' back into the general population at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. Most detainees in segregation cells are sent there for fighting with other immigrants, according to guards. The facility, the largest and newest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention center in California, houses an average of 1,100 immigrants in custody pending a decision in their immigration cases or awaiting deportation. The average stay for a detainee is 29 days. The facility is managed by the private GEO Group. ICE detains an average of 33,000 undocumented immigrants in more than 400 facilities nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

In the ever-evolving story of what Trump and his administration are doing to the people of Venezuela, the sanctions that were imposed by Trump in January have been wrecking havoc on Venezuela. Something that doesn’t see as much play in large US outlets, as FAIR reports, is how many deaths these sanctions have caused, as the national discourse has moved on from the South American country. 

So Who Is Reporting That Trump Sanctions Have Killed Thousands of Venezuelans?

As Joe Biden prepares for the Democratic debate tonight, there continues to be questions surrounding his previous support for issues that make those on the left uneasy, to say the least. While there have been attempts by large outlets like the New York Times to address these issues, as Truthdig reports, they don’t go far enough in examining the kinds of policies Biden supported and what they still say about the Democratic candidate today. 

Joe Biden, Tiffany Cabán and Democrats' Two Paths Forward

Going into the first Democratic debate, there were many issues that people wanted to see covered in greater detail, but one that has received particular attention is the calls for more talk surrounding climate change. As Democracy Now! reports, the seven minutes or so that put climate change in the spotlight was not enough, and many are still hoping for a debate focusing on only that issue. 

The fear of possible terrorists hiding in the US has been used often to strike fear into the hearts of many, and push people into supporting policies that they may not otherwise believe in. Stoking these fears, as CounterPunch reports, is the story of Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, who may have been set up by the FBI when he was convicted of attempting to bomb a church. 

Many like to think of the affects of climate change as a far off issue that doesn’t merit attention. At the same time, there are many across the world that have to deal with the impact of climate change right now. As the Real News Network reports, India is having to address the heat waves across the country which are causing water shortages for millions of people. 


The relationship between the US press and the US government is one that most people would like to think of as non-existent, but the truth of the matter is more complicated than that. While it is useful for journalists to be able to get an inside scoop on the goings on of the government, as the Grayzone reports, that relationship has a tendency of becoming something a little more sinister. 

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Jess Mcintosh with this weeks Tweet of the Week:

When it comes to discussions surrounding primaries or policies, it is easy to get lost in the minutia of the matter, and lose sight of the bigger picture that these all encapsulate, and what might take precedent over these comparatively minor issues. This is what the Ghion Journal wants people to see, they want the reader to understand how society truly operates, and how many refuse to acknowledge the reality of the world we live in. 

Eric Trump claims waitress who allegedly spat on him was a Democrat
1. Eric Trump spat on by bar worker: ‘It shows we’re winning’ (The Independent)2. Democrats Wrestle Over What Their Party Stands For (The Atlantic)

3. Supreme Court OKs Excessive Partisan Gerrymandering (HuffPost)

4. Germany’s Angela Merkel seen shaking again in Berlin (BBC)

5. Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal claims rubbished by Guy Verhofstadt (The Guardian)