OCCUPYICEPDX – Today 6/28/18 at approximately 6am federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Portland Police Bureau (PPB) swept the driveway at the 4310 SW Macadam ICE detention facility in Portland. No protesters at the camp are armed. Officers came in full riot gear and tactical weapons.
ARUN GUPTA – Thwarting Donald Trumpâ€™s war on immigrants and dismantling the vast deportation machine is possible. It wonâ€™t be easy, but it has to be done.
JOANNE LUCAS CVAR – Is a world beyond the barbaric practice of war only a romantic dream?
LAWRENCE WITTNER – Although the U.S. mass media are awash with stories about Americaâ€™s â€œbooming economy,â€ the benefits are distributed very unequally, when they are distributed at all.
MEL GURTOV – Whatever substantive agreements were reached took place between Trump and Kim alone, without any top advisers. And hereâ€™s where the trouble begins: the contrary claims that are bound to emerge about who promised what.
DAVID SWANSON – We should be very grateful to Francesco Duina for his new book, Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country. He begins with the following dilemma. The poor in the United States are in many ways worse off than in other wealthy countries, but they are more patriotic than are the poor in those other countries and even more patriotic than are wealthier people in their own country. Their country is (among wealthy countries) tops in inequality, and bottoms in social support, and yet they overwhelmingly believe that the United States is â€œfundamentally better than other countries.â€ Why?
ROBERT KOEHLER – Weâ€™re stuck, at least here in the USA, with a pseudo-democracy partially but not completely controlled by certain special interests. We possess a fair amount of freedom of thought and action. Maybe itâ€™s not enough to dislodge the entrenched, money-blessed military-industrialism that is our ruling god â€” but maybe it is, if we can foment a Great Waking Up and start undoing the harm we have been inflicting on ourselves for so long now. The collapse of the Republican Party may signal that change is underway. So is the message from a few millennia back: Love thy enemy as thyself.
BRANKO MARCETIC – As much of the world celebrates a modest step towards peace in Korea, Western pundits seem to be panicking.
DR. KENT D. SHIFFERD – We need to uproot the “tree of war.” That means to persuade people that the myths we hold about war are just that, that War makes us less secure, and that there are other ways to manage conflict that make us more secure. It means to stop saying â€œNoâ€ and to start saying â€œYes.â€ It means to place before them a positive peace system. And that is a long-term project so the sooner we all focus on that, the sooner we end War.
JACK F. MATLOCK JR. – “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.â€ That sayingâ€”often misattributed to Euripidesâ€”comes to mind most mornings when I pick up The New York Times and read the latest â€œRussiagateâ€ headlines, which are frequently featured across two or three columns on the front page above the fold. This is an almost daily reminder of the hysteria that dominates our Congress and much of our media.
KHARI JOHNSON – Weâ€™re roughly halfway through 2018, and one of the most important AI stories to emerge so far is Project Maven and its fallout at Google. The program to use AI to analyze drone video footage began last year, and this week we learned of the Pentagonâ€™s plans to expand Maven and establish a Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. We also learned that Google believed it would make hundreds of millions of dollars from participating in the Maven project and that Maven was reportedly tied directly to a cloud computing contract worth billions of dollars. Today, news broke that Google will discontinue its Maven contract when it expires next year.
REV. DR. STEPHEN P. BOUMAN – This weekâ€™s focus of the Poor Peopleâ€™s Campaign is about the resources dedicated to military strength and its relationship to mitigating poverty.
LINDA J. BILMES – Humpty Dumpty famously cannot be â€œput back togetherâ€ again. For those who care about the environment, every day since Donald Trump took office is a Humpty Dumpty day â€” with something being broken beyond repair.
PROJECT 21 – Law enforcement agencies focus too much on revenue-generating activities that have a negative impact on poor and minority communities, further straining the relationship between police and the communities they serve, according to the black leadership network Project 21 . As part of its “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America,” Project 21 recommends 10 criminal justice reforms.