Daily Archives: November 28, 2019

WATCH: Trump makes surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan

Published on Nov 28, 2019
On a surprise visit to Afghanistan, President Donald Trump thanked U.S. and Afghan troops for the work they are doing, saying the reason the Taliban is seeking a peace deal is because the militaries are “doing a great job.” “There’s nowhere I’d rather celebrate this Thanksgiving than right here with the toughest, strongest, best and bravest warriors on the face of the earth,” Trump said, standing in front of U.S. Army soldiers and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Bagram Airfield. During his speech, Trump touted an increase in defense spending, the U.S. economy and the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In the U.S., 30 to 40 percent of food is wasted. California aims to change that

Published on Nov 27, 2019
In the U.S., 30 to 40 percent of food produced never makes it to a dining table. Much of that waste ends up in landfills. But some companies are pursuing new techniques to reduce and redistribute surplus — plus process discarded food in environmentally friendly, sustainable ways that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. NPR’s Allison Aubrey reports from California, which is leading the charge.

How America fails its whistleblowers

Vox Nov 27, 2019

Whistleblowers who work with classified information have a few options. All of them are bad.

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“Whistleblowing” is when someone exposes a secret in their organization. And in the US, it’s often hailed as a heroic act. But within the government, whistleblowing is often perilous—especially when it involves classified information.

If a whistleblower goes to the media with classified information, that’s illegal. And since the Obama administration, it’s become common for the government to prosecute people who do it by charging them under a law from 1917 that was originally intended to prosecute spies for helping foreign governments. If a whistleblower files a complaint through internal channels instead, the complaint has to go through the head of the intelligence community before it can see the light of day—and after that, there are few protections against disclosing the whistleblower’s identity, and only weak recourses against retaliation.

In August 2019, a CIA officer filed a complaint about an alleged quid pro quo between President Trump and the President of Ukraine. The complaint made it to Congress, and kicked off impeachment proceedings. But the existing laws don’t guarantee that this whistleblower will be protected, either.

Eddie Conway Talks Indigenous Peoples Day and Political Prisoners

The Real News Network

Nov 28, 2019

TRNN Replay: Eddie Conway, Real News host and producer, talks about his perspective of “Thanksgiving” as a former political prisoner and current community activist.

Indigenous Peoples’ History is More Complicated Than a Holiday Myth

The Real News Network

Nov 28, 2019

TRNN Replay: Tara Houska, tribal rights attorney and co-founder of NotYourMascots.org, discusses often omitted nuances of Indigenous peoples’ history and outlines some current struggles being waged

Melania Trump Loudly Booed At Opioid Summit In Baltimore | Craig Melvin | MSNBC

MSNBC

Nov 26, 2019

At a youth summit for opioid awareness in Baltimore, Maryland, First Lady Melania Trump took the stage to a chorus of some applause — but mostly loud boos. Aired on 11/26/19.

Trump distances himself from Giuliani in O’Reilly interview

CNN

Nov 27, 2019

President Trump distances himself from Rudy Giuliani in an interview with Bill O’Reilly, denying that he directed Giuliani to push for a Biden investigation in Ukraine.

Trump Retreats On Impeachment: Won’t Send Lawyer To Hearing After Complaining Lawyer Wasn’t Included

MSNBC Nov 27, 2019

Trump’s reportedly considering boycotting the Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings as The New York Tims reports Trump knew about the whistleblower complaint before changing his Ukraine plot and released that country’s military aid. Margaret Carlson argues the Trump impeachment case is “the opposite of Watergate” saying “It’s as if Nixon delivered the tapes before The Supreme Court hearing.” Aired on 11/27/19.

Leaked Documents Give Chilling Look Inside Chinese Muslim Detention Camps | NBC Nightly News

NBC News

Nov 24, 2019

Chinese authorities claim its centers holding Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are vocational centers. Leaked records show the re-education camps are run more like prisons. NBC News is reporting on the previously undisclosed documents, obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, together with 17 news organizations around the world.

China strongly urges U.S. to change course


CGTN

Nov 28, 2019

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, in today’s press conference, urged the U.S. to change its course and refrain from putting the HK bill into practice.