Friday, July 13, 2018

The Brutal Emmett Till Murder Case is Being Reopened. Here's What We Know

This report was published on YouTube on July 12. 

Source: PBS NewsHour

How the Fight Against Affirmative Action at Harvard Could Threaten Rich Whites

If preferences for black and Hispanic applicants are abolished, expect a backlash against admissions boosts for children of alumni and donors.

Perpetually in jeopardy, the use of racial preferences in college admissions is under greater threat than ever.

President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama-era guidelines that encouraged universities to consider race as a factor. He has proposed replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion in a 2016 case upholding affirmative action by one vote, with the more conservative Brett Kavanaugh. Meanwhile, a lawsuit challenging Harvard’s preferences for Hispanics and African Americans has uncovered the university’s dubious pattern of rejecting academically outstanding Asian-American candidates — who don’t qualify for a race-related boost — by giving them low marks for personality. Either the Harvard case, or a similar lawsuit against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, could put an end to affirmative action.

If it is abolished, though, there will undoubtedly be increased pressure to also eliminate admissions criteria that favor a very different demographic — children of alumni and donors. Colleges are reluctant to drop these preferences of privilege for fear of hurting fundraising. But the political price of clinging to them could be significant.

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Source: ProPublica

Mexico Opposes U.S. Plan to Make It Take Asylum Seekers - Document, Source

A Reuters Exclusive

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico is opposed to a U.S. request to make people seeking asylum in the United States apply in Mexico instead, according to a source and a briefing note, in a setback to U.S. efforts to deepen cooperation on immigration before a leftist president takes office.  

U.S. officials believe a deal known as a “Safe Third Country Agreement,” could prove a deterrent to thousands of Central Americans who travel through Mexico each year to seek U.S. asylum, clogging immigration courts and causing a headache for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

Yet despite growing U.S. pressure for it to accept the treaty, Mexico views the proposal as a red line it will not cross, according to the briefing note prepared for Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray for a meeting he had with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in Guatemala on Tuesday. 

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'Flashback Friday': College Kids Lesson on Racism in America (Via a 1940s Movie Clip)

This video was published on YouTube on September 30, 2017. 

Source: NehemiYAH

Violent Racism During Peaceful Protests in the Civil Rights Movement

Something to think about, given the current political, racial and social climate in the country. 


Trailblazers in Black History: Delores P. Aldridge

In 1971, Aldridge became the first African American woman faculty member of Emory University and founding director of the first African American and African Studies degree-granting program in the South, which she administered until 1990. 

In 1988 and 1992, she studied gender and race issues in the Soviet Union and Brazil. Aldridge served as national president of four separate national organizations including an unprecedented two terms as president of the National Council for Black Studies. She has been chairman of the board of a number of organizations including the International Black Women’s Congress (IBWC). 

As chair of the IBWC, she organized international conferences on issues related to the health of Africana women. Aldridge also published Toward Integrating Africana Women into Africana Studies in 1992 and co-edited River of Tears: The Politics of Black Women’s Health in 1993. She is popularly known for her 1994 work, Focusing: Black Male Female Relationships

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Source: The History Makers

Americans Choose Obama as Best President in Their Lifetime, Survey Says

Millennials aged 22 to 37 overwhelmingly backed the 44th president.

Barack Obama is the best president in their lifetime for nearly half of Americans, according to a new survey.

A Pew Research Center survey asked participants to reveal who they believe has done the best job and second best job in the executive office in their lifetimes; apparently the 44th president topped the list, with 44 per cent of Americans backing Mr Obama. Former presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan followed in popularity with 33 per cent and 32 per cent choosing them respectively.

Donald Trump, who has previously said his approval ratings were higher than Mr Obama’s, came in fourth with 19 per cent saying he has done the best or second best job in office thus far.

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Source: The Independent

As Eight Guantánamo Detainees Ask for Freedom, the Trump Administration Says It Could Hold Them for 100 Years


On Wednesday a federal court in Washington, D.C., heard the first major challenge to the Trump administration’s policy on Guantánamo Bay — a case arguing against the ongoing detention of eight of the 40 Muslim men still left at the island prison. The judge’s decision in the case could impact any future attempt to bring detainees to the detention center and torture site, and become a judgment on the United States’s endless war on terror.

Twenty-six prisoners at Guantánamo remain detained without charge or trial, including the eight men represented in court Wednesday, who have been at Guantánamo between 10 and 16 years. Two of them have been cleared for release by a government review panel. Lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights, along with other attorneys, are challenging the prisoners’ detention both as a violation of due process and also under the laws of war as dictated by the authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF.

Passed by Congress in 2001, the AUMF granted the executive branch license to “use all necessary and appropriate force” against individuals or groups responsible for the 9/11 attacks or those who helped them. Critics say the law is now being stretched beyond recognition to legalize military action around the globe, including against groups that did not exist in 2001.

While the government originally used the broad powers granted by the AUMF to justify the detention of their clients, CCR attorneys argued that this authority has since “unraveled.” Under the AUMF, limited detention was justified for the narrow purpose of preventing the return of the detainees to the battlefield. Calling today’s war on terror an “amorphous, interminable morass” and a “conflict disconnected from reality,” CCR urged the court to recognize the vastly different landscape from when the AUMF was passed by Congress.

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Source: The Intercept_

Man Held in ICE Custody Dies of Suspected Suicide

By John Bowden

A 40-year-old Mexican man detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at a Georgia facility died as a result of apparent suicide, ICE said Friday in a statement.

Efrain De La Rosa died Tuesday at an area hospital near the Stewart Detention Facility in Lumpkin, Ga., after he was found unresponsive in his cell as a result of a strangulation, according to the statement.

De La Rosa died of "self-inflicted strangulation" according to the statement which notes that his death will be investigated.

ICE added in the press release that it notified authorities at the Mexican consulate of De La Rosa's death, who notified his next of kin.

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Source: The Hill

NBC News Exclusive: Pentagon in 'Damage Control' Mode After Trump's NATO Threat

by Carol E. Lee, Courtney Kube and Geoff Bennett

WASHINGTON — Hours after President Donald Trump departed NATO headquarters Thursday, U.S. military leaders embarked on a full-scale “damage control” operation with calls to their counterparts across Europe to reassure them that America will abide by its defense commitments in the region.

The outreach, directed by the Pentagon leadership, came after Trump threatened to reassess those commitments during a gathering with NATO allies in Brussels, according to multiple current and former diplomatic and military officials familiar with the calls.

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Source: NBC News 

Judge Upholds Lawsuit Against White Supremacists Involved in Deadly Charlottesville Rally

A federal judge this week decided that a lawsuit against the racist organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally last August can go to trial. The judge dismissed some allegations but found that the suit falls under the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, which was designed to curb violence against African Americans after the Civil War. 

The trial in the case, brought by 13 people who were hurt or attacked by racists at the rally, is scheduled for July 2019.

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Source: The Southern Poverty Law Center

Illegal Guns from the US Fuel Mexico's Drug Cartel Violence

Cameroon Probes Video Showing Women, Children Being Shot Dead

Haitians Plan More Protests Despite Govt Scrapping Fuel Price Hike

Gaza Marks More Than 100 Days Since Mass Protests Began

The Zeldin report was published on YouTube on May 15, 2018.

Anti-Ortega Protesters in Nicaragua Launch General Strike

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Syrian, Russian Soldiers Enter Deraa, Raise Flag, After Deal with Rebels

Source: FRANCE 24 English

'Trump Baby' Balloon Takes Flight Over Parliament Square in London

Protesters fly a huge blimp depicting US President Donald Trump as a baby holding a mobile phone over Parliament Square to protest against his visit.

Source: euronews.

Donald Trump Said Boris Johnson Would Make a Great Prime Minister

Trump said he thought that May's Brexit plan would "probably kill" a trade deal with the US. He later went on to add that he thought Boris Johnson would make a great Prime Minister.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Black Man Told to Leave Pool at His Own Apartment Complex in Indianapolis

A black man says he was told to leave the pool at his own apartment complex where he has been renting a unit for more than a year in an incident he described as racial profiling.

Shayne Holland told the Indianapolis Star he was relaxing after a workout last Friday when he was approached by an off-duty police officer working as a security guard at his apartment complex. The woman, seen in a video Holland posted to Twitter, reportedly asked if he lived in the area then asked for his address without identifying herself. He showed her his apartment key, which gives him access to the pool, but declined to give his exact address.

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Source: The Huffington Post

Investigation Into Emmett Till's 1955 Slaying Reopened

The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, a Black teenager whose brutal killing helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. The Justice Department told Congress in a report that it's re-investigating the 1955 killing after receiving new information. Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers have more.

Source: CBS News

Who are the Trinitarios?

This report was published on YouTube on June 26, 2018. 

The Trinitarios, many of them street-level drug dealers and enforcers, have made headlines in New York City since 2010, when then-U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara, indicted 50 alleged members in a racketeering, murder and narcotics conspiracy. Bharara noted the gang "brutally punished even its own members."

Source: PIX11 News 

Coal Miners Are Dying of Black Lung. A Kentucky Law Could Make It Harder to Claim Benefits

COAL RUN, Kentucky — Kentucky is at the center of what experts are calling the worst black lung epidemic on record. But instead of making it easier for miners to get access to health care, Kentucky’s lawmakers passed a law that may soon hinder miners’ ability to obtain workers’ compensation benefits.

Amnesty Calls for Probe of Torture Claims in Yemen Prisons

International Rights Groups Condemn Nicaragua Killings

John Legend on Honoring Mandela in South Africa's Global Citizen Festival

Global Citizen announced it will bring its festival to South Africa for the first time. John Legend, who has performed at the festival and is a longtime supporter, joins "CBS This Morning" from Los Angeles to discuss honoring Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday through the festival.

This report was published on YouTube on July 11. 

Source: CBS News 

Mandela Letters: New Collection Shows Prison Writing

Uganda Social Media Tax: Activists Arrested During Protests

What's Next for Iran Oil?

EU to Set Up Controlled Centres for Migrants

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Irish Ryanair Pilots Walk Out Over Low Pay, Poor Working Conditions

Source: FRANCE 24 English

US President Donald Trump Addresses NATO Summit

Source: FRANCE 24 English

NYPD Update: Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner O'Neill Discuss Latest Crime Stats

This video was published on YouTube on July 10. 

Source: NYC Mayor's Office

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

‘Anger and Disgust’ as Trump Blows Up NATO Summit

With the U.S. president set to meet Vladimir Putin next, current and former alliance officials wonder how the transatlantic military pact can be salvaged.

By Christopher Dickey and Spencer Ackerman

PARIS — The explosion was almost instantaneous—over breakfast, no less—at the beginning of this year’s NATO summit in Brussels. With cameras switched on, and no question they were recording, Donald Trump told his Atlantic Alliance counterparts that Germany is “totally controlled by Russia.” Berlin buys from Moscow more and more of the natural gas it uses. So, in one of his trademark versions of common sense, which commonly ignores basic history and fundamental facts, he asked why the U.S. should spend a lot of money to defend Germany from Russia if Germany was dependent on Russia for energy. Trump incorrectly inflated Germany’s reliance on Russian energy to convey, yet again, a picture of NATO as a protection racket and the U.S. demanding its envelope of cash be heavier.

What was surprising here to many Europeans was not the issue of Germany’s energy supplies or defense budget, which ought to be discussed, but the way it was raised, quite consciously, to be as rude and offensive as possible to America’s richest and most powerful ally on the continent. This after Trump turned the meeting last month in Canada of the G7 most economically advanced democracies into an acrimonious debacle. (He not only insulted German Chancellor Angela Merkel there, he threw a Starburst candy at her.)

If the trend continues, NATO officials present and past worried whether they will ever be able to pick up the pieces.

“The mood here is mix of concern, disappointment, anger and disgust,” said retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, who until October led the U.S. Army’s European contingent and who attended the NATO summit.

"I expected bad, and I kept telling people to expect bad, but it is still surreal to see,” one current NATO official told The Daily Beast

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Source: The Daily Beast

November 2018 Midterm Elections: Federal and State Officials Testify on Election Systems Security Preparedness

Homeland Security Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Christopher Krebs testified before the House Homeland Security Committee about the nation’s election infrastructure. He provided an update on federal efforts to increase resilience of voting systems, and explained coordination between his agency, the FBI, and state and local election officials. Joining Under Secretary Krebs as a witness was Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea (D) who provided her perspective from the state level and spoke about where Rhode Island stands in being ready for the November 2018 midterm elections. 

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Source: C-SPAN 

Canada to Lead NATO Training Mission in Iraq

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that he will send 250 troops to Iraq as part of a NATO training mission in Iraq and will command the mission for the first year. The troops will be deployed to the Baghdad area in the fall and is expected to last several years. 

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Bank of Canada Raises Interest Rate

Source: CBC News

Indy Brexit Debate from Central London

Source: The Independent

Mark Weisbrot: Trump’s Threats to Invade Venezuela Are Part of U.S. Strategy of Regime Change

Source: Democracy Now!

Governor Cuomo: New York Will Sue to Protect Roe v. Wade

Source: NYGovCuomo

In Memoriam: Beverly Alston, Harlem Icon and Lifelong NAN Member

NEW YORK — Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights leader and President of National Action Network (NAN) released the following statement on the passing of Beverly Alston: 

“National Action Network (NAN) and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Beverly Alston. Ms. Alston joined NAN the first year we formed and her unwavering dedication to NAN’s mission and overarching goals remains unparalleled. We are heartbroken by her passing and she will forever be missed. Therefore, this Saturday, we will dedicate our Saturday rally in her honor.” 

Source: Mercury 

Note: The video of Ms. Alston's retirement party was published on YouTube on December 6, 2016.

Source: mrreggiej4210

Racial Intimidation by the Ku Klux Klan, 1960s Film Clip

This video was published on YouTube on January 15, 2018.

Dimbleby interviews a Black couple outside their house in Alabama. Whilst holding a burnt cross left on their property, they detail their experiences of racial intimidation. 

Source: HuntleyFilmArchives 

Trailblazers in Black History: Gladys Knight and the Pips

In 1966, Gladys Knight And The Pips signed to Motown Records’ Soul subsidiary, where they were teamed up with producer/songwriter Norman Whitfield. Knight’s tough vocals left them slightly out of the Motown mainstream, and throughout their stay with the label the group was regarded as a second-string act. 

Between 1967 and 1968, they had major R&B and minor pop hits in America with ‘Everybody Needs Love’, ‘The End Of The Road’, ‘It Should Have Been Me’ and ‘I Wish It Would Rain’, but enjoyed most success with the original release of ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, an uncompromisingly tough performance of a song that became a Motown standard in the hands of its author Marvin Gaye in 1969. Gladys Knight And The Pips’ version topped the R&B chart for six weeks at the end of 1967 and also reached number 2 on the US pop charts. 

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Tyler Perry Warns Fans Not to Fall for Facebook Scams Using His Name

Source: CBS News

Ex-FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Will Not Appear Before Lawmakers

Source: CBS News

Fears for Journalists, Activists as Most of Deraa Under Regime Control

First Video Showing Rescued Thai Boys Recovering in Hospital

Germany Jails neo-Nazi Gang Member for Life Over Racist Killings

Haiti Protesters Call for President Moise to Step Down

Greece to 'Expel Russian Diplomats' Over FYR Macedonia Deal

Source: euronews.

Dozens Still Missing in Japan After Deadliest Floods in Decades

Source: euronews.

Trump Ramps Up China Trade War with More US Tariffs

Source: euronews.

NATO Chief Warns Against Isolating Russia

Source: euronews.

President Trump Slams Germany, Russia During Bilateral Breakfast with NATO Sec. Stoltenberg

Source: Latest World News Updates

Humanitarian Corridor to Italy Brings Hope to Eritrean Refugees

Source: FRANCE 24 English

New York Has World-Class Hospitals. Why Is It So Bad for People in Need of Transplants?

By Ted Alcorn

Kehinde Majekodumi does not look desperately ill. A vibrant 24-year-old, she bears little outward sign except a scar beneath her collarbone where a catheter was once inserted.

But three times a week she deviates from her regular commute between the apartment she shares with her twin sister and her job in a university admissions office to a dialysis center in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

There she spends four hours hooked up to a machine that substitutes for her failing kidneys. As it removes waste products from her bloodstream, it can induce terrible cramps, and each session leaves her weary and nauseated. But it is all that is keeping her alive.

“Unless I tell people, they don’t know,” Ms. Majekodumi said. “I don’t mind telling people, but I don’t want that to be the thing they know me for.”

She is one of around 8,500 New Yorkers with organ failure who are currently awaiting the only treatment that can meaningfully change their lives — an organ transplant.

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Source: The New York Times

Daily News Exclusive: New York Lawmaker Earns Extra Money Working for a Political Party in Bermuda

By Glenn Blain

Bermuda is more than just a vacation spot for Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake – it’s a source of income.

Blake, who’s considered a rising star in Democratic Party circles, has a side job working as a “consultant” for the One Bermuda Alliance, an opposition political party in the island territory, according to a financial disclosure statement made public Tuesday.

The One Bermuda Alliance paid Blake between $20,000 and $50,000 in 2017 for work dealing in “communications strategy,” the lawmaker revealed in his annual financial disclosure statement.

“It’s highly unusual, if not unprecedented,” said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group about a state lawmaker working for a foreign political organization.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Blackwater Founder's Plan to Privatise America’s $76 Billion, 17-Year War in Afghanistan

In a rare interview, Erik Prince speaks in depth about his pitch to Trump and Pompeo to slash costs by shifting military operations to an international team of 'contractors'.

Donald Trump is expected to ask European countries at this week’s Nato summit, one of the most crucial and contentious in the history of the alliance, to step up and contribute more troops for the war in Afghanistan.

Other member states, already facing an onslaught from the US president over their shortfalls in defence spending, and facing the threat of funding cuts, are likely to acquiesce. Britain, for example, is expected to double the size of its force to just over 1,200.

But Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, probably the most well-known private security company in the world, which is now known as Academi, is adamant that increasing troops in Afghanistan is the worst thing the United State’s allies can do. 

“It will be reinforcing a strategy which is a failure – something which has not worked, will not work and needlessly cost lives,” he wanted to stress.

The billionaire, who currently heads a private equity firm, has his own plans for turning around the Afghan war – one which he described to The Independent.  

Click here for the full article.

Source: The Independent

The Power of Poetry: Smokey Robinson, 'A Black American'

This video was published on YouTube on October 5, 2017. 

Mr. Robinson performed this spoken word piece during the third season of "Def Poets", May 16, 2003.

Source: Upfront

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Writes to President Trump Before the Helsinki Summit with Putin

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, sent an urgent letter to President Donald Trump as he departed for summits in Europe this week. The letter stated that as the President prepares to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, “the Ukrainian American community will look to our Commander-in-Chief to not only live up to the United States’ public and binding security guarantees to Ukraine, but clearly state that the people of Ukraine will make up their own minds with regards to national policy.”

In 2014, the United States reaffirmed its commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and the inviolability of borders with the passage of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, which declared as official state policy that the United States will “assist the government of Ukraine in restoring its sovereignty and territorial integrity in order to deter the government of the Russian Federation from further destabilizing and invading Ukraine and other independent countries.”

UCCA’s open letter states in plain terms that “Vladimir Putin is not an ally of the United States.” At the Helsinki Summit, UCCA urges the President to demand the release of Oleh Sentsov and the over sixty other Ukrainian political prisoners currently being held in Russian custody. Furthermore, UCCA’s letter reminds the President that a United States citizen was among the 298 innocent men, women and children killed by Russian forces when they downed a civilian airliner, MH17, over Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America has maintained that the United States’ sanctions regime against the Russian Federation must be maintained or strengthened until they fully comply with their international obligations regarding Ukraine – including the Helsinki and Minsk Accords and the Budapest Memorandum. This act of compliance must include Russia openly renouncing any territorial claim over the Crimean peninsula, as well as meeting the standards of United States law as currently defined in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act and the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, among others.

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the representative organization of the over 1.5 million Americans of Ukrainian descent, is united in our support for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. As Americans, we believe that a democratic and independent Ukraine is in the national security interests of the United States. Thus, we would like to raise a few concerns regarding your upcoming summit with Vladimir Putin.

The stakes for the United States, and the larger democratic world, could not be higher. Russia’s continuing efforts to destabilize Ukraine, and its illegal occupation of Crimea - sovereign Ukrainian territory - threatens the peace, predictability and security that the West created together through our victory in the Cold War.  The UCCA is deeply concerned that any agreement with Russia that undermines Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity will endanger this historic achievement. The Ukrainian American community will look to our Commander-in-Chief to not only live up to the United States’ public and binding security guarantees to Ukraine, but clearly state that the people of Ukraine will make up their own minds with regards to national policy, including their open and democratic decision to demand basic human rights, economic freedoms and closer integration with Europe and NATO.

Vladimir Putin is not an ally of the United States.  He neither is a trustworthy international partner, nor is he committed to peace. Over the course of the past four years, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has claimed over 10,000 lives, displaced over 2 million civilians (the largest wartime displacement in Europe since WWII), and bears the responsibility for downing a commercial airliner over Ukraine, killing 298 innocent men, women and children, including one confirmed American citizen.

Therefore, it would be UCCA’s earnest hope that during your summit with Vladimir Putin you will consider our concerns and:

Stand firm and openly denounce Russia's attacks on American democracy and our NATO partners, as well as Russia’s invasion and occupation of America’s strategic ally, Ukraine;

Forcefully and publically reaffirm the United States’ recognition of and support for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders, including rejecting any form of recognition of Russian rule over Crimea;

Strongly condemn the Russian Federation’s continuing war against Ukraine – a country that is currently on the frontlines of defense for  the Western world - and demand the immediate withdrawal of all covert and overt Russian forces and military equipment from Ukraine;

Underscore that the United States’ sanctions regime against the Russian Federation will be maintained or strengthened until they fully comply with their international obligations regarding Ukraine – including the Helsinki and Minsk Accords and the Budapest Memorandum. This act of compliance must include Russia openly renouncing any territorial claim over the Crimean peninsula, as well as meeting the standards of United States law as currently defined in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act and the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, among others.

Publically condemn Russia’s illegal imprisonment of Oleh Sentsov and the over sixty other Ukrainian political prisoners currently being held in Russian custody, and demand their immediate release.

As the bastion of democracy in the free world, the United States bears a moral obligation to take the lead in promoting international norms, defending basic human rights and freedoms and charting a course of geopolitical stability. The Ukrainian American community believes that the national security interests of the United States lie in the fulfillment of that obligation.


Andrew Futey Michael Sawkiw, Jr.
President Vice-President


Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State
Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations

Source: UCCA

Funeral Service for New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark

The service was conducted on July 8 and begins at the 30-minute mark. 

Source: News 8 WROC

Kavanaugh Meets with Pence and GOP Leaders

Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) meet with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill.

Ethiopia Touts Good Conditions in Factories for Brands Like H&M, Workers Scrape By On $1 a Day

This report was published on YouTube on July 8. 

Source: The Intercept

Rick Santorum Turns On Trump: He ‘Just Bowed To The Washington Elite’

Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum called out President Donald Trump for nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“I think that Donald Trump said he was going to energize the base with this pick. I don’t think he did that,” Santorum told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. 

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Source: The Huffington Post

How the Mueller Probe Could Complicate Kavanaugh's Confirmation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller

by Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann

WASHINGTON — By making federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court pick, President Donald Trump selected someone who already once secured votes from GOP swing Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (back in 2006). What’s more, key Democratic red-state senators like Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., released statements Monday saying they’d keep an open mind about Kavanaugh.

Add it all up and it’s very possible that, in the current 51-49 Senate, Kavanaugh could match the 54-45 confirmation vote that Neil Gorsuch got in 2017.

But there’s one significant wild card to Trump picking Kavanaugh: the Mueller probe.

And if there’s a big development in the investigation — we haven’t really had one since April, when the FBI raided Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s offices — then Kavanaugh’s 2009 law review article could be an impediment to confirmation.

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Source: NBC News 

Analyzing Trump's Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

President Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court at the White House. CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford joins CBSN to discuss what distinguished Kavanaugh from some of the other front-runners as well as some of the obstacles he will face in getting confirmed.

Source: CBS News 

SPLC President: Take Action Now on SCOTUS — Everything Is At Stake

The following statement was submitted by Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

President Trump has just nominated another right-wing ideologue to the Supreme Court – and it's hard to overstate the implications.

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, we'll no longer be able to rely on the federal judiciary to protect the rights of the most vulnerable people in our country.

Even worse, much of our progress toward economic, social and racial justice could be rolled back in the coming years.

Everything is at stake – marriage equality ... voting rights ... access to health care ... reproductive and privacy rights ... racial equality ... religious freedom ... more.

We can't take our basic rights for granted.

Trump announced his choice on the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment. Enacted just after the Civil War, it guaranteed citizenship to all people born in the United States in addition to equal protection of the law and due process.

Soon after, however, the Supreme Court gutted the amendment, ignoring its principles of equality for nearly a century as it upheld racial segregation. All of that changed in a fundamental way when the Court in 1954 resurrected the 14th Amendment's promise of racial equality in Brown v. Board and subsequently dismantled Jim Crow.

Since then, the Court has cited the 14th Amendment to extend the rights of citizens in landmark decisions, including Roe v. Wade and the more recent ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

All of this could change once again.

Trump has chosen his nominee from a list compiled by the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. Without question, these groups are committed to a hard-right agenda.

Our country deserves better.

Make your voice heard today! Contact the following six key senators – whose votes could make the difference – and tell them not to be a rubber stamp for the Federalist Society. Tell them to vote "no" on this Supreme Court nomination.
Joe Manchin (WV)
Phone: (202) 224-3954
Twitter: @Sen_JoeManchin

Joe Donnelly (IN)
Phone: (202) 224-4814
Twitter: @SenDonnelly

Heidi Heitkamp (ND)
Phone: (202) 224-2043
Twitter: @SenatorHeitkamp

Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Phone: (202) 224-6665
Twitter: @lisamurkowski
Susan Collins (ME)
Phone: (202) 224-2523
Twitter: @SenatorCollins

Doug Jones (AL)
Phone: (202) 224-4124
Twitter: @SenDougJones

Monsanto on Trial Over Roundup Poisoning Case

Jos: Nigeria's Epicentre of Unrest Over Land, Resources

NATO Summit: Poland Seeks Permanent US Military Presence

NDP MPs Not Running in 2019 Federal Election

This report was published on YouTube on July 9. 

Source: CBC News

Trudeau Extending Latvia Mission to Deter Russian Aggression

This report was published on YouTube on July 9. 

Source: CBC News

Greyhound Cancels Bus Service in Most of Western Canada

This report was published on YouTube on July 9.

Source: CBC News

Stage Set for Heated NATO Summit in Brussels

Source: euronews.

Brexit Turmoil: EU Leaders React to Latest Fallout

Source: euronews.

All 12 Boys, Football Coach Rescued from Thailand Cave

Source: FRANCE 24 English

Gov. Cuomo Discusses Effort to Protect Women's Reproductive Rights

This video was published on YouTube on July 9. 

Source: NYGovCuomo

The Christians Should Be Upset With Cuomo, Not the Gay Community

What You Should Know
By Councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz
District 18 County Bronx, New York

You should know that Governor Cuomo is facing a democratic primary from a member of the LGBTQ community by the name of Cynthia Nixon, an actress and a well-known community activist.

It is important for you to know that Cynthia Nixon and many other members of the LGBTQ community in New York State are married to another member of the same sex thanks to Governor Cuomo and Senator Thomas “Tom” Duane.

If there is same sex marriage in New York State, it’s owed to the direct intervention of that duo – Governor Cuomo and Senator Tom Duane. Believe me, I know, I was there and I was the only Democrat in NY Senate that for four years, because of my religious belief, I voted against same sex marriage.

The Senate needed 32 votes to pass the legislation and we were only 32 Democrats. Governor Cuomo and Senator Tom Duane worked day and night to convince every single Democrat in the NYS Senate to vote for same sex marriage. They did convince everyone else, but me.

You should know that Governor Cuomo went out of his way to sway 4 Republican Senators – Senators Stephen M. Saland, Jim Alesi, Mark Grisanti and Roy J. McDonald - to vote in favor of same sex marriage. How did he do it? What did he promise them? What were the negotiations? Who knows? But, the fact of the matter is Governor Cuomo and Senator Duane achieved the task of having same sex marriage approved in New York State.

Now, a member of the LGBTQ community and other leaders of the community are going all the way out to kick Governor Cuomo out of the Governorship. After what he did, this is what he is getting in return? It is mind-boggling.

I could understand them getting angry at me, spending their money trying to get me out and shooting all kind of political diatribes against me. Because as a pastor and minister, I was the one opposing gay marriage. But attacking Governor Cuomo and going after him? I don’t understand that.

It is us, the religious community that should be angry at Governor Cuomo, but we are not! Gay marriage is already a law; we have learned to live with it and to respect it, even though we disagree with it.

I am Councilman Rev Ruben Diaz, Sr. and this is what you should know.