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Inside the Trump Administration's War on UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees

The Trump administration’s decision to drastically slash American contributions to the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) has sent shockwaves through the organization and left millions of Palestinian refugees wondering if the basic ingredients for their survival will soon disappear. “This is the worst financial crisis in UNRWA’s history,” Chris Gunness told the Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah.

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U.S. Boosts Support for Saudi War on Yemen as Cholera and Mass Hunger Spiral out of Control

As Yemen's cholera epidemic spirals out of control and millions face famine, AlterNet reporter Ben Norton says the U.S. is complicit in the humanitarian crisis caused by Saudi-led war.

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How G20 Governments are Financing Climate Disaster

Climate change is said to be high on the agenda as the leaders of the G20, the nations with the worlds biggest economies, gather in Hamburg, Germany on July 7th and 8th. Leading up to the G20 Summit, German leader Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have not been shy about criticizing President Donald Trump's stance on climate change. President Trump has alarmed many by withdrawing the United States government from the Paris Climate Accord to limit the global temperature increase to well below two degrees Celsius. But a new report called, "Talk is Cheap: How G20 Governments are Financing Climate Disaster" shows that despite the lip service on fighting climate change, G20 governments are providing nearly four times more public finance to fossil fuels than to clean energy. Joining us from Washington, D.C. is the author of the report, Alex Doukas. Alex is a senior campaigner at Oil Change International. His work focuses on ending international subsidies and public finance for fossil fuels, and shifting public resources toward building a clean energy future. Previously, Alex worked with the World Resources Institute where he focused on making international climate finance more effective.

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New Report Exposes Direct Israeli Support for Al Qaeda-Allied Forces in Syria

AARON MATÉ: It's The Real News. I'm Aaron Maté. Of all the foreign countries involved in the Syrian proxy war, one that does not get much attention is Israel. We've known for years Israel has provided at least some support to anti-Assad Sunni fighters. This includes offering medical treatment to wounded Al-Qaeda fighters. Well, now a new report reveals a whole lot more. According to Syria Deeply, Israel has carried out an extensive operation backing militant groups near the border with northern Israel. This includes the provision of supplies and even direct financial aid. The report is called Israel's Quiet Campaign to Gain a Foothold in Southern Syria. It's by Nour Samaha, a freelance journalist based in Beirut. I spoke to her earlier today. Nour, welcome.

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The U.S. Has Interfered in More Elections Than Any Other Nation

This Monday, the House Intelligence Committee held it's hearing on the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 Presidential Election. In the opening remarks to this much-awaited hearing, the Democratic Congressman from California, Adam Schiff, set the tone; establishing the case for why Russia is America's adversary, and how they're interfering in American democracy, and democracies across the world. He laid out the case for Russian interference in the election. 

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Trump Admin Ramping up Tension, Hurtling Toward War with Iran

The administration of President Donald Trump appears to be reviving a neoconservative dream: war with Iran.

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Developer Welfare: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

While protestors and police were clashing on the inaugural parade route in Washington, D.C., the newly sworn-in president of the United States was lunching with the establishment in Washington—some of the very people he called out in his inaugural address.

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WATCH: Obama and Congress Just Made It Easier to Arm Syrian Rebels With Heavier Weapons

AlterNet's Ben Norton joined The Real News Network to discuss two recent developments that make it easier for the US to arm Syrian rebels with heavier weapons.

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People's Tribunal on the Iraq War Unifies Peace Movements

After 14 years of costly war based on lies, it’s time for truth and accountability. The People's Tribunal on the Iraq War will unify the global antiwar/peace movements with other justice movements by uplifting testimonies of the costs of this war. The Tribunal, organized by CodePink, will bring the lies that created the war on Iraq into public awareness, while demanding President Obama act on them. It will build and inspire the antiwar movement that we will need after the inauguration of the next administration in 2017. It will be a tool all groups can use to build, inspire and enliven their organizations and communities.

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Bernie Sanders' National Engagement Director Insists Obama's Intervention Has Not Halted the Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Desiree Kane is currently working on a fully-funded pilot leadership development program that aims to train young activists and organizers digital organizing techniques with an emphasis on social media engagement and skills applicable to campaign and advocacy efforts. She is also the National Engagement Director for The People for Bernie Sanders.

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Korryn Gaines Family Announces Lawsuit Against Baltimore County Police

Earlier today, the family and legal team representing Korryn Gaines, the 23-year-old mother killed by Baltimore County Police in August of this year, gathered to announce the filing of a lawsuit against the police department before the completion of an investigation of the incident by state authorities.

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Trade Unions and the Fate of the American Left

One of the very interesting things, I think, so far in the U.S. elections, and I'm talking more about the Democratic Party primary, is the role of the trade unions in the Democratic Party, and where various unions stood and what difference they made. I'm particularly interested in how a few unions, one of which, particularly the nurses that were behind Bernie Sanders, what a significant difference it made to the Sanders campaign having a union behind it, with the resources and money that a union has. And I think that doesn't get discussed very much, and now we are going to talk about it. And joining me now from Pennsylvania, from just outside Philadelphia, is Adolph Reed, Jr. He's a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in race and American politics.

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Anti-Muslim Policies Are Already in Place - Trump Just Makes It Explicit in Rhetoric

In a speech delivered in the vital swing state of Ohio on Monday, Donald Trump said that in implementing his call for a temporary ban on Muslims immigrating to the country he would institute "extreme vetting," and develop a new screening test to try to catch people who intend to do harm to the United States.

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Trump Economic Advisor Took Billions In Auto Industry Bailout

Last year on CBS Face the Nation, Donald Trump said: The hedge fund guys didn't build this country. These are guys that shift paper around, and they get lucky. Look, they're energetic, they're very smart, but a lot of them it's like they're paper pushers. They make a fortune. They pay no tax. It's ridiculous, okay? Well, today Donald Trump announced his 13 economic advisers, and yeah, most of them are hedge fund guys. Now joining us to talk about this is Greg Palast. Greg joins us from Los Angeles. Greg's an investigative reporter. You can read his reports at GregPalast.com. He's the author of all kinds of books, including bestsellers like Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. He has a 2016 film coming out: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits.

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Movement For Black Lives Releases a Political Agenda That Stretches Far Beyond Police Violence

Just days after the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention, the movement for black lives released a detailed political agenda. Some of the demands focused on ending the war on black people, reparations for slavery, investing into black communities and away from corporations, and finally community control and political power. Now the coalition was made up of over 50 different grassroots organizations representing thousands of black lives matter activists from across the country. In the upcoming weeks, the Real News will host in depth debates and discussions about each demand and we look forward to having those conversations. But now joining me to discuss todayÂ’s released are two guests who played an integral part in creating this political agenda. Our first guest is Janae Bonsu, the national public policy chair of BYP100. She is a black feminist, activist, organizer, and scholar based in Chicago. Our second guest is Montague Simmons. HeÂ’'s with the organization for black struggle who is heavily involved in the Ferguson uprisings and the movement for black lives policy table.

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CAIR Protests Trump's Islamophobia at RNC

The Council on American-Islamic Relations - CAIR -  is very concerned about the rise of Islamophobia and the stigmatization of Muslims in America. The organization believe it's unconstitutional and harmful to the fabric of American society. CAIR also believes that islamaphobia feeds into the narrative of our opponents that the West is in a war with Islam - and prevents unity.

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To End Racist Policing, Tackle Unjust Laws and Poverty, Says Director of LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Obviously this is not the happiest of times in this country and in the debate that has been going on for several years now about policing and violence. And it seems that no matter what happens, or what kind of reforms or what sort of dialog, it always seems to come back to violence. And I think while the country was convulsing from two extremely disturbing police-involved shootings. The Real News has covered the Black Lives Matter in detail, and now TRNN's Paul Jay and Stephen Janis are speaking with former policeman Neill Franklin about recent police shootings of civilians and the civilian killing of police officers in Dallas on Baltimore radio program "First Edition with Sean Yoes."

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60 Black Democrats Sign Letter in AIPAC-Backed Effort to Discredit Cornel West and BDS

The Democratic Party Drafting Committee will be meeting this week in Orlando to finalize the party platform before the convention in Philadelphia. Several progressive measures proposed by Sanders appointees on the committee have been rejected, one of which was ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Cornel West put that argument to the committee most articulately, and here's a clip of what he had to say.

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How the ISIS Terror Attack Will Affect Turkey's Relations in the Region

It’s difficult to say exactly what happens with these groups because ISIS doesn’t lay out the nature of its relationship either with the Turkish government. Turkish government doesn’t talk about its relationship, so its hard to say what has changed. But what one can interpret is that certainly we know that since about 2012 if not earlier than that - in 2011 - the Turkish government porous border. It, in fact, encouraged people to land at Martin airport, to land at other airports, Gaziantep airport, in southeastern Turkey and take buses across the border to join various rebel outfits inside Syria.

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Oakland Puts a Big Stop on Massive Coal Project

On June 27, the Oakland, California City Council voted unanimously to block the handling and storage of large shipments of coal at a new proposed portside terminal. Joining us now to discuss the environmental justice victory in Oakland is Irene Gutierrez. She is an attorney in Earthjustice's California regional office, and much of her work has involved this issue.

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Sanders Delegate: People Understand that the System Is Rigged in Favor of the Billionaire Class

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is the alderman for Chicago's 35th Ward. HeÂ’'s also going to be a delegate at the convention for Sanders. Running for city council, he's kind of in the trenches every day with people in the city. The district is very progressive and voted for Sanders. But sections of the working class clearly are supporting Trump.

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Nina Turner: The Oligarchy Must Be Challenged by Everyday People

Senator Sanders has called on his supporters, his movement, really for two big things. One is a fight at the party convention. Two, wage the fight downticket. Congress, state legislatures and so on. LetÂ’s start with the fight in the convention. The Democratic Party is really a united front, if you will, of different class forces, right. From hedge fund operators to Silicon Valley billionaires and Hollywood billionaires and such.

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Imagine a Decentralized Bernie Movement, Independent of the DNC, with a Hundred Times the Fundraising and Volunteer Power

The People's Summit in Chicago showed progressive forces arriving at a consensus of "not wanting to see Trump elected, but wanting to maintain our independence from the Democratic Party" said Charles Lechner, co-founder of People for Bernie, a grassroots organization supporting Bernie Sanders.

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How Union Contracts Shield Police Departments from DOJ Reforms

Last winter the Chicago Police Department came under fire when the city released a video of officer Jason Van Dyke killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The US Department of Justice opened an investigation of the police department to determine whether or not it exhibits patterns or practices of abuse. If so, the DOJ can impose measures of reform. But, as a 2015 Washington Post report shows, results of this process have been mixed. A new report in the July issue of In These Times uncovers a reason for these mixed results. The DOJ issued reforms are often thwarted by police unions. Joining us from Chicago to discuss these findings is Adeshina Emmanuel. Adeshina is an independent, Chicago-based journalist and an Ida B. Wells Fellow with the investigative fund at the Nation Institute. He's the author of this new report, "How Union Contracts Shield Police Departments from DOJ Reforms.

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RoseAnn DeMoro: Sanders Campaign a Historic Source of Political Education

RoseAnn DeMoro is the executive director of National Nurses United. So, when Bernie Spoke Thursday Night he had two big calls to action, and much of this is what's being talked about at the People's Summit in terms of what comes next. One was the fight at the convention and two down ticket fights for Congress and such. Neither Bernie nor this conference has talked all that much, actually, about the presidential election. And so, before we get to the other two things, what about the presidential election in this sense: There's a lot of people talking about, we do not want to vote for Hillary under any conditions. I'm not saying everyone,but we're hearing a lot of that. And they feel, obviously, in this kind of box, and in some ways I think they would have liked that talked about a little bit more here. 

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Danny Glover: Will the Sanders Movement Develop as an Independent Force?

"We are certainly on the same page—without a doubt—about defeating Donald Trump," Danny Glover told The Real News Network.

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Sleep Deprivation Leaves No Physical Scars, But It's Torture - How California Prisons Are Dehumanizing Inmates

Sleep. It's a basic human function. And experts say it's the key to good health. But sleep is in short supply for prisoners in secure housing units in the supermax Pelican Bay prison in Crescent City, California. That's because authorities have been conducting loud and disruptive cell checks 24 hours a day. We heard from family members of 13 inmates who told us since August prisoners have been denied adequate sleep due to 48 guard cell checks per day. As a result, these prisoners are getting much less sleep, persistently interrupted sleep, and significantly lower quality of sleep than before these checks started. It's a practice that is raising concerns from both families of inmates and advocates who say this is just another example of how our country's massive prison-industrial complex dehumanizes inmates. On this episode of Rattling the Bars, we speak with people who are fighting to stop this irrational prison policy. Carol Strickman is a lawyer with legal services with prisoners with children. She has been directly involved in trying to eliminate the policy.

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Greenpeace Leaks Secret Pro-Corporate Trade Agreement

 On Monday Greenpeace Netherlands released secret TTIP negotiation documents. Greenpeace says that the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership, a trade deal between Europe and the United States, would considerably lower food safety and environmental standards. On the website, ttipleaks.org, it states that they have leaked the document to provide much-needed transparency and trigger an informed debate on the treaty. This treaty is threatening to have far-reaching implications for the environment and the lives of more than 800 million citizens in the EU and the US. Greenpeace not only held a press conference on Monday to expose the negotiations, but also projected experts from the leaked TTIP documents on the German parliament building. They also set up a glass box reading room in front of the iconic Brandenburger Gate where the public could read the TTIP papers. Negotiations have been notoriously done in secret, behind closed doors, as they have with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With us to discuss the leaked document and why we should be concerned is Jorgo Riss. He's the Greenpeace EU director. He is joining us from Brussels. Jorgo, so good to have you with us today.

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Watch: Detroit Teachers Shut Down Schools for Second Day Over Lack of Pay

It’s illegal for teachers to go on strike in Michigan—so, by the hundreds they began calling in sick Monday—after city officials said they might not get paid because the cash-strapped city will soon run out of money to pay its employees.

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