North Korea calls latest UN sanctions an act of war

According to North Korea’s foreign ministry, the latest round of UN sanctions are “an act of war,” and threatened to punish those who supported the measure. The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday due to its recent ICBM test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil along with its earnings from workers abroad.

The new resolution seeks to ban nearly 90% of refined petroleum exports by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and demands the “repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months”. The US-drafted resolution also caps crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year and commits the Council to further reductions if the North conducts another ICBM/nuclear test.

In a statement, North Korea’s foreign ministry said the US is “terrified” by its nuclear force and was getting “more and more frenzied in the moves to impose the harshest-ever sanctions and pressure on our country”.

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US Could Become Single-Party State by 2024

Many of us would like to agree that the Democratic and Republican Party are two sides of the same coin. They are old political institutions that have dominated local, state, and federal politics for decades, and we can never seem to get a third party into the fray.

We’ve managed to elect and nominate progressives in the Democratic Party, mainly in local and state levels, and for the Republicans, they have done the same with far-right candidates.

It wasn’t until the election of Barack Obama in 2008 when we saw how divided our country is, and our politics became violently polarized. I say it started to get bad in 2008 because of the horrible racism and hate thrown at our first African American President. The Republican Party has begun moving to the right, they did not believe he was born in the US, and the Democrats have significantly moved to the right as well (from the political center). Democrats have become more and more complicit to Republicans, as seen in the second term of Barack Obama’s presidency when the Republicans gained a majority in Congress. When it came to any political fight over a vote or piece of legislation, they hesitated, they complained, and barely pushed at their opponents in both houses of Congress.

Democrats have also lost their touch. First, they’re making the mistake of categorizing us: the women vote, the white vote, the black vote. No, it’s supposed to just be the American vote. All of us. Identity politics is a part of the problem of why Democrats have lost touch with hard-working Americans. How can you preach about unity and preach about countering Trump’s divisiveness when this same party is categorizing its own supporters?

So, where does this leave us? I don’t want to vote Democrat if they continuously neglect our progressive wants and needs, and I’m sure millions more don’t either. I voted for Jill Stein in the 2016 presidential general election because I did not feel comfortable with either. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton did not represent me or my dreams or my hopes. (Cue neo-liberals blaming me for Trump).

And, to know that more Democrats are up for re-election in the Senate than Republicans, worries me. If more people are discouraged with the Democrats because of their lack of change, that leaves Republicans as the continuous winner. Sure, Donald Trump might be impeached or resign, or replaced by another Republican. But what we’re seeing is a rapid growth of conservatism and backwards thinking because of Trump. He made people think it’s okay to be hateful, racist, and downright rude. Now, if Democrats can’t hop on board and move left, we’re going to see more Republican victories.

But wait, I said polarization is the problem. Moving farther left would thus fan that fire. So, how do we prevent more Republican victories, where people are voting against their interests such as Medicaid/Medicare cuts, and cuts to Social Security? We need to show people the pros of big government. We all like those programs. We all want to retire in peace, we want to be taken care of when sick, and we want our families to be taken care of. It’s time to end the stigma of big government equals no liberty. This isn’t 1776. This isn’t 1812. We aren’t desperately fighting for our freedom from an imperial colonizer. It

is 2017. 40,000 veterans are homeless. 1.2 million children are homeless. 93 people die every day due to gun violence. If the Democratic Party doesn’t change, the Republicans will have a ploy to gain votes because they come off as helping everyday Americans. If the Democratic Party doesn’t change, it will die. The Republicans will maintain control of our government and continue to fool the American populace until our voices are heard.


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Hawaii judge blocks latest travel ban

A United States federal judge from Hawaii has blocked the latest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban which was set to effect eight different countries. Judge Derrick Watson said that the ban “plainly discriminates based on nationality”.

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Studios head Roy Price steps down amid harassment claims

This announcement comes five days after he was suspended for sexual harassment allegations. This all started last week when Isa Hackett the Producer of ‘The Man in A High Castle’, accused Price of coming onto her in 2015, also telling her that she would ‘love my “d***”.

Roy Price comes after the newest scandal involving Harvey Wein Stein, who has been accused of multiple sexual harassment charges. Weinstein has since been fired from his own company and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has stripped Weinstein of his membership.

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‘Woman arrested in connection to Manchester bombing’ Via The War Files


Via The War Files –  A woman was arrested with alleged connection to the Manchester suicide bombing, making it the sixth person to be arrested. “These searches are connected to Monday’s horrific attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage,” police said in a statement. “A woman has been arrested at an address in connection with the investigation.” The police made the arrest during a raid on a block of flats. Meanwhile, the both terrorist’s father and brother were both arrested in Libya. Libyan security forces said the brother “was aware of all the details of attack plans.”

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The second (detonator) and third (battery, power source) picture are parts of the IED used in the bombing.  

‘Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was part of a terror network and not a lone wolf attacker’ – Via Atlast News


Via Atlas News  –  Authorities believe that suspected Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was part of a terror network and not a lone wolf attacker. UK interior minister Amber Rudd told BBC that Abedi was known to intelligence before the attack. It is believed that he traveled to Libya for three weeks and returned just days before the blast that killed 22. Right now, intelligence agencies are looking into whether he met with Islamic State or AlQaeda while in Libya. 

“Death toll in the Manchester Arena bombing in the United Kingdom has risen to 22 people, with 59 wounded.” Via UBC News

Via UBC News – Death toll in the Manchester Arena bombing in the United Kingdom has risen to 22 people, with 59 wounded. A suicide bomber carried out the attack late Monday night in Manchester, England, as people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at the arena. Children are among the dead. UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and other candidates for the UK’s general election have suspended campaigning.

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