2018-08-18: News Headlines

Staff (2018-08-18). District of Columbia Shoots Back in Tiff on Parade Cancellation. truthdig.com Mayor Muriel Bowser answers a presidential tweet with one of her own, and her irritation is clear.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-18). Over Half a Million Dollars From Trump-Related Donors has Flowed to Andrew Cuomo. truthout.org Donald Trump and Andrew Cuomo go way back. They have both been big players on the New York political scene for years and it's hardly a surprise that they share financial connections. | Early this month Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo's rival in the Democratic primary race for governor, criticized him for accepting $64,000 in donations from Trump between 2001 and 2009. | "Governor Cuomo cannot serve as a defense against Donald Trump when he's accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Donald Trump," read Nixon's Facebook ad. | In response, Cuomo said he would not return the donations. "I'm going to be deeply critical of him and keep the contributions," he said. Cuomo spokesperson Abby Fashouer later called Nixon's critique "a cheap distraction from a campaign gasping for air," and added, "No governor has fought harder against Donald Trump than Gov.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2018-08-18). US-Made Bomb Hit School Bus in Attack That Killed 40 Yemeni Children. truthout.org The United States carries direct responsibility for the school bus bombing that killed 40 children in Yemen last week, according to munitions experts who found that the bomb used was sold to Saudi Arabia by the State Department. | t.co/IfRrOXgmeU pic.twitter.com/b02l1R7w6a | — CNN (@CNN) August 17, 2018 | CNN reported late Friday that experts and Yemeni journalists had found that the bus exploded after being hit by a Lockheed Martin-produced laser-guided MK 82 bomb. | "This American-made bomb killed them, killed the innocent children," journalist Ahmad Algohbary said this week, even before CNN verified the report. "Most of these victims were children. Your bombs are killing victims here, are killing children." | Right from the attack scene in Dahian town #Saada, I got remnants of a guided bomb used in attacking the school bus, with #US

Sophie Mangal (2018-08-17). #TimeToBackHome: Syria Is Waiting for Its Citizens to Come Home. globalresearch.ca Recently, Syrian activists have launched an incredible campaign, called #TimeToBackHome. Users, among them popular bloggers, local politicians, analysts, and experts, are posting the image tagged #TimeToBackHome on their social media accounts….

Paul Edwards (2018-08-17). Totally Irrusianal. counterpunch.org Enough with accusations. Let's assume the worst. Or maybe you think of it as the best. Let's stipulate that Trump, never mind how, is the helpless tool of evil Putin. Putin posted social media attack rants to sow confusion and doubt in American minds about their country, and ordered the DNC hacking to expose and More

Joseph Natoli (2018-08-17). First Amendment Rights and the Court of Popular Opinion. counterpunch.org I am interested in the way in which First Amendment rights have descended into the court of popular opinion where it seems true and false are in the eye of the beholder and social media now has the authority to post or take down what those eyes can see. What is involved here is a radical change in mindset — though "mind" seems not at all to be involved here — contextualizing what both speech and authority might be in a cyberspace age. More

Thomas Knapp (2018-08-17). Murphy's Law: Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors. counterpunch.org In a recent tweet, US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) warned that "Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart." His solution: "These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it." More

Peter Van Buren (2018-08-17). Corporate Censorship Brought Us the America I Always Feared. globalresearch.ca When I was in Iran earlier this year, the government there blocked Twitter, deciding for a whole nation what they can not see. In America, Twitter purges users, deciding for a …

RT (2018-08-17). 'Career over!' Trump raps Gov. Cuomo over 'greatness' gaffe, compares it to Clinton's 'deplorables'. rt.com President Donald Trump has called out New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for saying that America was "never that great," asking his followers if it was as bad or worse than Hillary Clinton calling his supporters "deplorables" in 2016.

RT (2018-08-17). McCain death tweet gets anti-imperialist Aussie journalist banned from Twitter. rt.com Australian anti-war journalist Caitlin Johnstone was suspended from Twitter for several hours after a tweet blasting Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) as a warmonger and suggested that his death would make the world a better place.

wsws.org (2018-08-17). Facebook censors Telesur and Venezuela Analysis. wsws.org As the Trump administration escalates its onslaught against Venezuela, technology corporations are stepping up censorship of sites critical of US policy.

RT (2018-08-17). Trump asks pastor jailed in Turkey to be 'great patriot hostage' for US. rt.com President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that the US will "pay nothing" for the release of a jailed American Pastor in Turkey, but would punish Ankara if he is not released. |

RT (2018-08-17). Trump slams hefty price tag for DC military parade, will spend $900k on flight to Paris instead. rt.com The city of Washington DC wanted an obscene amount of cash to host a now-shelved military parade, Donald Trump has tweeted. Instead, the president will honor the troops with a fiscally responsible $140k per hour flight to Paris.

Eric Alterman (2018-08-16). The Right Is Working the Ref Yet Again. This Time on Facebook—and It's Working. thenation.com The Right Is Working the Ref Yet Again. This Time on Facebook—and It's Working. appeared first on The Nation.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-16). Hatewatch Headlines 8/17/2018. splcenter.org Portland police chief boasts of aggressive tactics; 'QAnon' posts made promoters a bundle; Twitter's dealing with Alex Jones don't add up; and more.

Middle East Monitor (2018-08-16). The Story Behind Netanyahu's Video Messages To Iranians. iranian.com It has been a few years since the Israeli prime minister chose to "speak directly" to Iranians. From speaking to BBC Persia in 2013 on how he wants the Iranian youth to wear jeans — which led to a mockery of his words on Twitter by Iranians — to his recent messages on how Iranians are manipulated by their government because, […]

RT (2018-08-16). Fake news media is 'opposition party' & bad for America – Trump. rt.com US President Donald Trump has tweeted that the "fake news media" is the "opposition party," while calling it "very bad" for the US. In true Trump style, he followed that up by saying "we are winning" the fight.

RT (2018-08-16). Is this sultry sister of 'Hot Felon' Meeks? Woman's mugshot sparks theory (POLL). rt.com A woman reportedly arrested for driving without holding a valid licence could soon become the next criminal to strike it rich after seeing her mugshot go viral.

RT (2018-08-16). Power outage holds flights at Reagan National Airport, Washington DC (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Inbound and outbound flights were bogged down for over an hour in the US capital's primary airport, as it experienced a complete power outage. Stranded travelers have been posting images of the sudden blackout on social media.

RT (2018-08-16). Punctured batteries, massive waste: Whistleblower accuses Tesla of sloppy production (PHOTOS). rt.com A former Tesla technician took to Twitter to detail what he says is extensive evidence of malpractice and waste at the electric carmaker's factories, and potentially deadly battery defects in its cars. |

RT (2018-08-16). 'Full of itself': Facebook using Russia as excuse to censor information online, says Steve Malzberg. rt.com Facebook is using false claims against Russia and its supposed "bots" and "trolls" as justification to shut down pages of news outlets it doesn't agree with, conservative commentator Steve Malzberg told RT's "Watching the Hawks."

PBS (2018-08-15). How The Internet Has Changed Life In Iran (video). iranian.com In this clip, explore how the internet has changed life in Iran, meet a woman who participated in the headscarf protests that went viral across social media, and see footage of the religious police in action as they arrested women who publicly violated the country's dress code.

RT (2018-08-15). Five examples that show internet censorship is as much a threat to the left as the right. rt.com The banning of right wing controversialist Alex Jones from multiple social media platforms last week was a cause of celebration for many liberals, but should those on the left really be so complacent about creeping censorship? |

RT (2018-08-15). From 'menace' to assets: Soros now buying social media shares. rt.com Months after denouncing social media as a "menace to society," controversial billionaire George Soros is again investing into Facebook, Twitter and streaming services Spotify and Pandora, while scaling back his Google holdings.

RT (2018-08-15). Alex Jones suspended from Twitter after tweet calling to end censorship. rt.com Controversial right-wing commentator Alex Jones has been banned from tweeting after he posted a link to a video of himself calling on President Trump to "take action" against tech companies censoring his content. |

RT (2018-08-15). Twitter shouldn't silence Proud Boys — right & left agree during heated debate on RT. rt.com Despite a fiery live debate on RT, both the spokesman for right-wing group Proud Boys and his leftist opponent from Code Pink shared the view that the group shouldn't have been banned by Twitter.

RT (2018-08-14). Trump calls fired Omarosa a 'dog' in new furious tweet. rt.com US President Donald Trump has again lashed out at former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Twitter, calling the ex-White House staffer a "dog" and thanking his Chief of Staff John Kelly for firing her. |

Democracy Now! (2018-08-13). Former Iranian Ambassador: Trump's Reimposed Sanctions Against Iran Are an Act of Warfare. democracynow.org Tensions are escalating between the U.S. and Iran after the Trump administration reimposed economic sanctions against Iran last week. This news followed Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Trump has threatened other countries seeking to trade with Iran, tweeting, "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States." Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned the sanctions as "psychological warfare," saying last week he would not begin negotiations until the sanctions are withdrawn. We speak with Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Middle East security and nuclea…

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-13). Hatewatch Headlines 8/13/2018. splcenter.org ADF goes on hate radio to attack hate-group status; White nationalists' message permeates mainstream right; Twitter gives Proud Boys the boot; and more.

RT (2018-08-13). Trump feuds with former 'apprentice' Omarosa in White House drama fit for reality TV. rt.com Donald Trump has taken time out of his busy presidential schedule to tweet insults at ex-White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, amid a rapidly-escalating feud between the two estranged reality television prima donnas.

RT (2018-08-12). Omarosa's tape from inside the Situation Room fuels massive freakout over security. rt.com Former White House aide Omarosa Onee Manigault-Newman has unleashed a collective freak-out on Twitter after she revealed she recorded a conversation with chief of staff John Kelly from inside the White House Situation Room.

RT (2018-08-12). Democrats hire 'battle station organizers' to shape midterm elections public debate. rt.com The Democratic Party in the US is making an effort to use social media in its favor ahead of midterms, using those tactics it claimed 'Russian trolls' used during the 2016 elections, leading the party to lose.

RT (2018-08-12). Police brutally smash window and drag man from car for seat belt violation (VIDEO). rt.com A viral video showing New Mexico State Police smashing a car window and pulling a man from the vehicle sparked outrage online. Officers have responded by releasing their own video of the incident.

RT (2018-08-11). 'Nuclear attack': Investors sue Musk over 'misleading' tweet on making Tesla private. rt.com Two investors accuse Elon Musk of manipulating Tesla's share prices by teasing on Twitter that he might pull the company from public markets, and hurting short-sellers. He then took to Twitter to mock them.

RT (2018-08-11). Trump blames 'clowns and losers' Comey & co for loss of FBI's 'stellar reputation'. rt.com US President Donald Trump branded ex-FBI executives James Comey and Andrew McCabe as "clowns and losers" in a tweet criticizing them and other officials for ruining the once "stellar reputation" of the FBI.

RT (2018-08-11). On anniversary of Charlottesville clashes, Trump condemns racism, says he 'fights for' minorities. rt.com The US President has spoken out against racism and violence ahead of a fresh Unite the Right rally on Sunday, and has trumpeted his own achievements that he says have benefitted African-Americans and Hispanics.

RT (2018-08-11). Conservative Twitter voices say they are being attacked with malicious 'abusive speech' complaints. rt.com Several prominent journalists raised alarm at baseless complaints being sent to Twitter over stories on sensitive topics, such as the activities of British spy Christopher Steele, and links between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and China.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-08-10). Hatewatch Headlines 8/10/2018. splcenter.org Jones brings Facebook's global demons home; Gab threatened with hosting loss; Ingraham's nationalist rant targets even legal immigrants; and more.

Venezuelanalysis (2018-08-09). Venezuelanalysis: Official Statement on Facebook's Removal of Our Page. venezuelanalysis.com VA's Facebook page was arbitrarily removed by the social media tech-giant on Thursday morning.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-07). Headlines for August 7, 2018. democracynow.org U.S. Reimposes Sanctions Against Iran, Brazil's Workers' Party Nominates Lula as Presidential Candidate, Rick Gates Testifies He and Manafort Committed Crimes, Voters Head to Polls in Missouri, Kansas, Michigan & Washington State, Tennessee Democrats Celebrate "Blue Wave" That Swept Shelby County, Massive Student Protests Sweep Bangladesh Demanding Safer Roads, Canada Criticizes Saudi Arabia over Arrest of Feminist Activists, Mendocino Complex Now Largest Fire in California History, Social Media Platforms Remove Alex Jones, Citing Hate Speech, The Dream Defenders Organize National Protests Against GEO Group, Gunm…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-06). Headlines for August 6, 2018. democracynow.org Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Survives Apparent Assassination Attempt by Drone, Trump Tweet Reveals He Lied Last Year About Son's 2016 Meeting with Russian Lawyer, Mendocino Complex Fire Now Fourth Largest in California History, Indonesia: 7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Kills 91, Death Toll Expected to Rise, Zimbabwe: Crackdown Against Opposition Activists Continues After Elections, South Sudan President & Rebel Leader Reach Peace Deal, Israeli Military Kills 2 Palestinian Protesters at Latest Gaza Demonstrations, In Racist Attacks, Trump Insults LeBron James, Don Lemon & Maxine Waters, Randy Moss Honors Victims…

Democracy Now! (2018-08-06). Meet Ahed Tamimi, 17-Year-Old West Bank Activist Jailed for 8 Months for Slapping Israeli Soldier. democracynow.org Seventeen-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi has been freed from Israeli prison after eight months behind bars. Known to some as the Rosa Parks of Palestine, Tamimi became a hero to Palestinians and people around the world last year after a viral video showed her slapping a heavily armed Israeli soldier near her family's home in the occupied West Bank. The incident came just after Tamimi learned her cousin had been gravely wounded by an Israeli soldier who shot him in the head using a rubber-coated steel bullet. Video of Tamimi confronting the soldier went viral, elevating her into a symbol of Palestinian…

2018-08-18: Social Media Postees

Over Half a Million Dollars From Trump-Related Donors has Flowed to Andrew Cuomo
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-08-18
Donald Trump and Andrew Cuomo go way back. They have both been big players on the New York political scene for years and it's hardly a surprise that they share financial connections. | Early this month Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo's rival in the Democratic primary race for governor, criticized him for accepting $64,000 in donations from Trump between 2001 and 2009. | "Governor Cuomo cannot serve as a defense against Donald Trump when he's accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Donald Trump," read Nixon's Facebook ad. | In response, Cuomo said he would not return the donations. "I'm going to be deeply critical of him and keep the contributions," he said. Cuomo spokesperson Abby Fashouer later called Nixon's critique "a cheap distraction from a campaign gasping for air," and added, "No governor has fought harder against Donald Trump than Gov.
truthout.org/articles/over-half-a-million-dollars-from-trump-related-donors-has-flowed-to-andrew-cuomo/

District of Columbia Shoots Back in Tiff on Parade Cancellation
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-08-18
Mayor Muriel Bowser answers a presidential tweet with one of her own, and her irritation is clear. | The post District of Columbia Shoots Back in Tiff on Parade Cancellation appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/district-of-columbia-shoots-back-in-tiff-on-parade-cancellation/

US-Made Bomb Hit School Bus in Attack That Killed 40 Yemeni Children
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-08-18
The United States carries direct responsibility for the school bus bombing that killed 40 children in Yemen last week, according to munitions experts who found that the bomb used was sold to Saudi Arabia by the State Department. | t.co/IfRrOXgmeU pic.twitter.com/b02l1R7w6a | — CNN (@CNN) August 17, 2018 | CNN reported late Friday that experts and Yemeni journalists had found that the bus exploded after being hit by a Lockheed Martin-produced laser-guided MK 82 bomb. | "This American-made bomb killed them, killed the innocent children," journalist Ahmad Algohbary said this week, even before CNN verified the report. "Most of these victims were children. Your bombs are killing victims here, are killing children." | Right from the attack scene in Dahian town #Saada, I got remnants of a guided bomb used in attacking the school bus, with #US…
truthout.org/articles/us-made-bomb-hit-school-bus-in-attack-that-killed-40-yemeni-children/

Totally Irrusianal
Paul Edwards | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
Enough with accusations. Let's assume the worst. Or maybe you think of it as the best. Let's stipulate that Trump, never mind how, is the helpless tool of evil Putin. Putin posted social media attack rants to sow confusion and doubt in American minds about their country, and ordered the DNC hacking to expose and…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/17/totally-irrusianal/

First Amendment Rights and the Court of Popular Opinion
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
I am interested in the way in which First Amendment rights have descended into the court of popular opinion where it seems true and false are in the eye of the beholder and social media now has the authority to post or take down what those eyes can see. What is involved here is a radical change in mindset — though "mind" seems not at all to be involved here — contextualizing what both speech and authority might be in a cyberspace age.
counterpunch.org/2018/08/17/first-amendment-rights-and-the-court-of-popular-opinion/

#TimeToBackHome: Syria Is Waiting for Its Citizens to Come Home
Sophie Mangal | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-17
Recently, Syrian activists have launched an incredible campaign, called #TimeToBackHome. Users, among them popular bloggers, local politicians, analysts, and experts, are posting the image tagged #TimeToBackHome on their social media accounts….
globalresearch.ca/timetobackhome-syria-is-waiting-for-its-citizens-to-come-home/5650960

Murphy's Law: Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-17
In a recent tweet, US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) warned that "Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart." His solution: "These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it."
counterpunch.org/2018/08/17/murphys-law-big-tech-must-serve-as-censorship-subcontractors/

Corporate Censorship Brought Us the America I Always Feared
Peter Van Buren | globalresearch.ca | 2018-08-17
When I was in Iran earlier this year, the government there blocked Twitter, deciding for a whole nation what they can not see. In America, Twitter purges users, deciding for a …
globalresearch.ca/corporate-censorship-brought-us-the-america-i-always-feared/5650951

Facebook censors Telesur and Venezuela Analysis
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-17
As the Trump administration escalates its onslaught against Venezuela, technology corporations are stepping up censorship of sites critical of US policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/17/tele-a17.html

McCain death tweet gets anti-imperialist Aussie journalist banned from Twitter
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-17
Australian anti-war journalist Caitlin Johnstone was suspended from Twitter for several hours after a tweet blasting Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) as a warmonger and suggested that his death would make the world a better place.
rt.com/usa/436243-caitlin-johnstone-twitter-mccain/

'Career over!' Trump raps Gov. Cuomo over 'greatness' gaffe, compares it to Clinton's 'deplorables'
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-17
President Donald Trump has called out New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for saying that America was "never that great," asking his followers if it was as bad or worse than Hillary Clinton calling his supporters "deplorables" in 2016.
rt.com/usa/436244-trump-cuomo-clinton-tweet/

Trump asks pastor jailed in Turkey to be 'great patriot hostage' for US
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-17
President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that the US will "pay nothing" for the release of a jailed American Pastor in Turkey, but would punish Ankara if he is not released.
rt.com/usa/436172-trump-turkey-patriot-hostage/

Trump slams hefty price tag for DC military parade, will spend $900k on flight to Paris instead
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-17
The city of Washington DC wanted an obscene amount of cash to host a now-shelved military parade, Donald Trump has tweeted. Instead, the president will honor the troops with a fiscally responsible $140k per hour flight to Paris.
rt.com/usa/436234-trump-military-parade-dc-paris/

The Right Is Working the Ref Yet Again. This Time on Facebook–and It's Working
Eric Alterman | thenation.com | 2018-08-16
The Right Is Working the Ref Yet Again. This Time on Facebook–and It's Working. appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/the-right-is-working-the-ref/

The Story Behind Netanyahu's Video Messages To Iranians
Middle East Monitor | iranian.com | 2018-08-16
It has been a few years since the Israeli prime minister chose to "speak directly" to Iranians. From speaking to BBC Persia in 2013 on how he wants the Iranian youth to wear jeans — which led to a mockery of his words on Twitter by Iranians — to his recent messages on how Iranians are manipulated by their government because, […] | The post The Story Behind Netanyahu's Video Messages To Iranians appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/08/16/netanyahus-video-messages-to-iranians/

Hatewatch Headlines 8/17/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-08-16
Portland police chief boasts of aggressive tactics; 'QAnon' posts made promoters a bundle; Twitter's dealing with Alex Jones don't add up; and…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/08/17/hatewatch-headlines-8172018

Power outage holds flights at Reagan National Airport, Washington DC (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-16
Inbound and outbound flights were bogged down for over an hour in the US capital's primary airport, as it experienced a complete power outage. Stranded travelers have been posting images of the sudden blackout on social media.
rt.com/usa/436068-reagan-airport-power-outage/

Fake news media is 'opposition party' & bad for America – Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-16
US President Donald Trump has tweeted that the "fake news media" is the "opposition party," while calling it "very bad" for the US. In true Trump style, he followed that up by saying "we are winning" the fight.
rt.com/usa/436115-fake-news-media-is-opposition/

Punctured batteries, massive waste: Whistleblower accuses Tesla of sloppy production (PHOTOS)
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-16
A former Tesla technician took to Twitter to detail what he says is extensive evidence of malpractice and waste at the electric carmaker's factories, and potentially deadly battery defects in its cars.
rt.com/usa/436067-tesla-batteries-waste-whistleblower/

'Full of itself': Facebook using Russia as excuse to censor information online, says Steve Malzberg
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-16
Facebook is using false claims against Russia and its supposed "bots" and "trolls" as justification to shut down pages of news outlets it doesn't agree with, conservative commentator Steve Malzberg told RT's "Watching the Hawks."
rt.com/usa/436128-malzberg-facebook-censorship-russia/

Is this sultry sister of 'Hot Felon' Meeks? Woman's mugshot sparks theory (POLL)
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-16
A woman reportedly arrested for driving without holding a valid licence could soon become the next criminal to strike it rich after seeing her mugshot go viral.
rt.com/usa/436103-hot-felon-jeremy-meeks/

How The Internet Has Changed Life In Iran (video)
PBS | iranian.com | 2018-08-15
In this clip, explore how the internet has changed life in Iran, meet a woman who participated in the headscarf protests that went viral across social media, and see footage of the religious police in action as they arrested women who publicly violated the country's dress code. | The post How The Internet Has Changed Life In Iran (video) appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/08/15/internet-iran/

Alex Jones suspended from Twitter after tweet calling to end censorship
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-15
Controversial right-wing commentator Alex Jones has been banned from tweeting after he posted a link to a video of himself calling on President Trump to "take action" against tech companies censoring his content.
rt.com/usa/435974-alex-jones-banned-twitter/

Five examples that show internet censorship is as much a threat to the left as the right
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-15
The banning of right wing controversialist Alex Jones from multiple social media platforms last week was a cause of celebration for many liberals, but should those on the left really be so complacent about creeping censorship?
rt.com/news/436058-censorship-left-right-facebook-google/

Twitter shouldn't silence Proud Boys — right & left agree during heated debate on RT
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-15
Despite a fiery live debate on RT, both the spokesman for right-wing group Proud Boys and his leftist opponent from Code Pink shared the view that the group shouldn't have been banned by Twitter.
rt.com/usa/436061-proud-boys-twitter-ban-debate/

From 'menace' to assets: Soros now buying social media shares
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-15
Months after denouncing social media as a "menace to society," controversial billionaire George Soros is again investing into Facebook, Twitter and streaming services Spotify and Pandora, while scaling back his Google holdings.
rt.com/usa/436059-soros-buying-social-media-shares/

Trump calls fired Omarosa a 'dog' in new furious tweet
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-14
US President Donald Trump has again lashed out at former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Twitter, calling the ex-White House staffer a "dog" and thanking his Chief of Staff John Kelly for firing her.
rt.com/usa/435916-trump-omarosa-crazed-dog/

Former Iranian Ambassador: Trump's Reimposed Sanctions Against Iran Are an Act of Warfare
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-13
Tensions are escalating between the U.S. and Iran after the Trump administration reimposed economic sanctions against Iran last week. This news followed Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Trump has threatened other countries seeking to trade with Iran, tweeting, "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States." Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned the sanctions as "psychological warfare," saying last week he would not begin negotiations until the sanctions are withdrawn. We speak with Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Middle East security and nuclea…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/13/former_iranian_ambassador_trump_s_re

Hatewatch Headlines 8/13/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-08-13
ADF goes on hate radio to attack hate-group status; White nationalists' message permeates mainstream right; Twitter gives Proud Boys the boot; and…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/08/13/hatewatch-headlines-8132018

Trump feuds with former 'apprentice' Omarosa in White House drama fit for reality TV
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-13
Donald Trump has taken time out of his busy presidential schedule to tweet insults at ex-White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, amid a rapidly-escalating feud between the two estranged reality television prima donnas.
rt.com/usa/435866-omarosa-trump-twitter-feud/

Police brutally smash window and drag man from car for seat belt violation (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-12
A viral video showing New Mexico State Police smashing a car window and pulling a man from the vehicle sparked outrage online. Officers have responded by releasing their own video of the incident.
rt.com/usa/435767-new-mexico-cop-smash-window/

Democrats hire 'battle station organizers' to shape midterm elections public debate
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-12
The Democratic Party in the US is making an effort to use social media in its favor ahead of midterms, using those tactics it claimed 'Russian trolls' used during the 2016 elections, leading the party to lose.
rt.com/usa/435796-dccc-bots-software-propaganda/

Omarosa's tape from inside the Situation Room fuels massive freakout over security
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-12
Former White House aide Omarosa Onee Manigault-Newman has unleashed a collective freak-out on Twitter after she revealed she recorded a conversation with chief of staff John Kelly from inside the White House Situation Room.
rt.com/usa/435788-situation-room-recording-omarosa/

Conservative Twitter voices say they are being attacked with malicious 'abusive speech' complaints
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-11
Several prominent journalists raised alarm at baseless complaints being sent to Twitter over stories on sensitive topics, such as the activities of British spy Christopher Steele, and links between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and China.
rt.com/usa/435729-twitter-conservatives-false-complaints/

Trump blames 'clowns and losers' Comey & co for loss of FBI's 'stellar reputation'
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-11
US President Donald Trump branded ex-FBI executives James Comey and Andrew McCabe as "clowns and losers" in a tweet criticizing them and other officials for ruining the once "stellar reputation" of the FBI.
rt.com/news/435731-trump-fbi-clowns-losers/

On anniversary of Charlottesville clashes, Trump condemns racism, says he 'fights for' minorities
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-11
The US President has spoken out against racism and violence ahead of a fresh Unite the Right rally on Sunday, and has trumpeted his own achievements that he says have benefitted African-Americans and Hispanics.
rt.com/usa/435736-trump-charlottesville-racism-tweet/

'Nuclear attack': Investors sue Musk over 'misleading' tweet on making Tesla private
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-11
Two investors accuse Elon Musk of manipulating Tesla's share prices by teasing on Twitter that he might pull the company from public markets, and hurting short-sellers. He then took to Twitter to mock them.
rt.com/usa/435726-investors-sue-musk-tesla/

Hatewatch Headlines 8/10/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-08-10
Jones brings Facebook's global demons home; Gab threatened with hosting loss; Ingraham's nationalist rant targets even legal immigrants; and…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/08/10/hatewatch-headlines-8102018

Venezuelanalysis: Official Statement on Facebook's Removal of Our Page
Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-08-09
VA's Facebook page was arbitrarily removed by the social media tech-giant on Thursday morning.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13990

Meet Ahed Tamimi, 17-Year-Old West Bank Activist Jailed for 8 Months for Slapping Israeli Soldier
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-06
Seventeen-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi has been freed from Israeli prison after eight months behind bars. Known to some as the Rosa Parks of Palestine, Tamimi became a hero to Palestinians and people around the world last year after a viral video showed her slapping a heavily armed Israeli soldier near her family's home in the occupied West Bank. The incident came just after Tamimi learned her cousin had been gravely wounded by an Israeli soldier who shot him in the head using a rubber-coated steel bullet. Video of Tamimi confronting the soldier went viral, elevating her into a symbol of Palestinian…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/6/meet_ahed_tamimi_17_year_old