Category Archives: Special Reports

‘F-ing horrifying’: Sessions outlines immigration crackdown in ‘Trump era’

Meanwhile, Trump appoints immigration hardliners to key agency posts

In “the Trump era,” as Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it last Tuesday, immigration officials will undertake a harsh crackdown on undocumented migrants—a campaign one veteran federal prosecutor described as “fucking horrifying.” Continue reading

Cutting off ‘fly-over’ states, Trump to axe Amtrak for 220 cities

President's so-called "skinny budget" will eliminate all federal funding for Amtrak's national train network

In addition to slashing funding for the arts, education programs, climate change research, and worker protections (among many other things), another lesser known casualty of President Donald Trump’s “morally obscene” budget proposal: Amtrak. Continue reading

North Korea wasn’t first to pursue nuke weapons on the Korean peninsula

North Korea was not the first power on the Korean peninsula to pursue the acquisition of nuclear weapons. That distinction goes to U.S. ally South Korea under the dictatorship of Park Chung Hee. Ironically, as the U.S. corporate media joins the Pentagon in rattling war sabers against North Korea, the daughter of the South Korean leader who gave the green light to a South Korean nuclear arsenal, Park Geun-hye, was recently placed in prison on criminal fraud charges following her impeachment and removal from the South Korean presidency. Continue reading

Federal judge blocks Pence’s ‘extreme’ anti-abortion Indiana law

Vice President Mike Pence signed the draconian legislation 'with a prayer' as governor of Indiana last year

A federal judge on Friday blocked a core provision of Indiana abortion legislation that Vice President Mike Pence lauded when he signed it into law “with a prayer” last year, the Associated Press reported Monday. Continue reading

Gorsuch could not have come this far without the plutocrats

In Neil Gorsuch, the corporate class have their perfect manservant for the Supreme Court. Continue reading

Rwanda indicts French generals for 1994 genocide

Late in 2016, the Rwandan government indicted several senior French Army generals for crimes against humanity, including genocide for their role in the 1994 Rwandan holocaust. Continue reading

Trump’s new plan: Govt as company, citizens as customers, Kushner as CEO

Presidential son-in-law to head new innovation office tasked with reforming and privatizing federal government

Bringing President Donald Trump’s notion of government as corporate enterprise to fruition, the White House on Monday announced that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will be leading a sweeping government overhaul, leaning on business leaders to solve pressing national issues while looking to privatize key government functions. Continue reading

Saudis on buying spree for islands. Why?

An Egyptian Constitutional Court case and protests in Egypt and Maldives are the results of a Saudi Arabian initiative to acquire islands near and far from the radical Wahhabist-ruled kingdom. Last year, the Egyptian government agreed to transfer to the Saudis sovereignty over the Egyptian islands of Tiran and Sanafir, located at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba. The move came after an official visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud to Cairo. Observers believe the deal was a result of a large infusion of Saudi cash—estimated to be billions of dollars—into Egypt in order to bolster a sagging economy. Continue reading

Trump pal Larry Silverstein wants to build new FBI HQ

Some members of the 9/11 Truth movement may be sorely disappointed now that a major bête noire of the events of September 11, 2001, is one of four finalists to build the new FBI building and associated campus. The current FBI building on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington is no longer suitable for the bureau due to a host of problems, including concrete falling from its facade and an often-times failing and putrid-smelling sewage system. Continue reading

CIA: From extraordinary rendition to expedited removal

WMR has learned from informed sources in the nation’s capital that the Department of Homeland Security has, on the orders of the Trump White House, reactivated the Central Intelligence Agency’s old extraordinary rendition airline fleet to conduct expedited removal from the United States of undocumented immigrants. During the George W. Bush administration, a network of CIA front companies that managed a fleet of aircraft conducted kidnapping and torture operations known as “extraordinary rendition.” The targets of these operations were alleged terrorists. A number of innocent people were caught up in the CIA’s dragnet. Continue reading

‘Medicare for All’ only way for Trump to keep healthcare promises

Plans put forth by House Speaker Paul Ryan and HHS Secretary Tom Price are 'unlikely' to fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign promises—'but single payer could'

Cut the bureaucratic mess. Continue reading

Groups file suit to block Trump’s pro-corporate deregulation scheme

A coalition of progressive groups filed suit on Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s executive order instructing federal agencies to roll back two regulations for every new one implemented. Continue reading

Trump chief adviser was aide to two CNOs during the largest pedophile crime in U.S. naval history

President Trump’s powerful political adviser Stephen Bannon served as an aide to two chiefs of Naval Operations, Admirals Thomas Hayward and James Watkins, during one of the largest pedophile crimes that ever took place within naval ranks in the then-207 years of the history of the U.S. Navy. Continue reading

Trump ‘not fully briefed’ on order elevating Bannon to Security Council

New York Times reports the lapse was a 'greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban'

President Donald Trump reportedly did not realize he was promoting chief strategist Steve Bannon to the National Security Council (NSC) Principals Committee when he signed the executive order dropping intelligence and defense officials from the top government panel and elevating the former Breitbart News chair in their place. Continue reading

Green card holders not safe from Trump’s immigration ban

Trump’s anti-Muslim order caused a firestorm of outrage nationwide, from relatives of affected individuals, activists, human rights groups, as well as state and local officials. Continue reading

‘Unprecedented’: Trump adds Bannon to National Security Council, kicks out intelligence officials

'To reiterate, the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been removed from the National Security Council and replaced with a white nationalist. Worry.'

President Donald Trump signed memorandums on Saturday that kicked the nation’s top military and intelligence advisers off the National Security Council’s (NSC) Principals Committee and elevated his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, in their place. Continue reading

The Netherlands to counter Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ with international abortion fund

Fearing for women's health, Dutch government steps forward to ensure reproductive healthcare programs around the world remain funded

The world has responded with fear and outrage to many of President Donald Trump’s repressive actions since taking office, and the Dutch government immediately announced plans to counter one: the reinstatement of the “global gag rule” which cuts off U.S. funding to any NGO around the world that mentions abortions. Continue reading

‘Billion-year’ Gambian president was installed by the CIA

Gambian President and dictator Yahya Jammeh, facing a combined military force composed of Senegalese army troops, the Nigerian air force, and troops from Mali, Ghana, and Togo, has agreed to relinquish the presidency of Gambia. On December 1, 2016, Jammeh was defeated for re-election in a surprise upset by his little-known rival Adama Barrow. Jammeh received only 45 percent of the vote. Continue reading

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s sentence

Whistleblower to be released from military prison in May

President Barack Obama has commuted noted whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence, and Manning will be released on May 17 of this year. Continue reading

Rise of right-wing demagogues threatens democracy worldwide: HRW

President-elect Donald Trump's scapegoating of immigrants, minorities, and women exemplifies "politics of intolerance," Human Rights Watch's Kenneth Roth says

The rise of political populists threatens democracy worldwide, a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) released Thursday says. Continue reading

Protests in Mexico push country to brink of revolution and nobody’s talking about it

(ANTIMEDIA) San Diego, CA—Long-simmering social tensions in Mexico are threatening to boil over as failing neoliberal reforms to the country’s formerly nationalized gas sector are compounded by open corruption, stagnant standards of living, and rampant inflation. Continue reading

GOP further eviscerate oversight by changing little known records rule

Some documents are no longer the property of the U.S. government, giving lawmakers the ability to hide critical information from an investigation

Amid the uproar over the Republican Party’s attempt to cripple the Office of Congressional Ethics, a little-noticed rule change was passed that guts an essential element of government oversight. Continue reading

A presidential campaign did collude with a foreign nation to sway a U.S. election: in 1980

Senior officials of a Republican presidential campaign committed outright treason against the United States when they secretly met with envoys of a foreign government to lay the groundwork for the defeat of the Democratic presidential candidate. We are not referring to the unsubstantiated charges about the 2016 presidential campaign leveled against Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government. Continue reading

Urging millions to rise up, Trump foes issue call to ‘resist fascism’

Thousands of activists, journalists, scientists, entertainers, and other prominent voices took out a full-page call to action in the New York Times on Wednesday making clear their rejection of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence with the simple message: “No!” Continue reading

A David and Goliath story in Iraq

An interview with filmmaker David Ritter

The Iraqi village of Havresc (originally called “Hay Vrej,” the Armenian words for “revenge through survival”) was once populated with Armenian Genocide survivors and their descendants. Continue reading

Waivers and pardons? Mounting ethics concerns for Trump’s ultra-wealthy cabinet

One hundred million dollar waivers? Presidential pardons? With yet another billionaire appointed to a key position within the Donald Trump administration this week, speculations abound about what the president-elect intends to do about his cabinet’s unprecedented wealth—and their unprecedented conflicts. Continue reading

U.S. authorizes jihadists to shoot down Russian aircraft over Syria

While Senator John McCain has called an alleged, but in no way proven, CIA report that Russia “hacked” the U.S. presidential election in favor of Donald Trump a form of warfare, he and his neo-con colleagues are secretly supporting the CIA’s covert operation to provide shoulder-launched missiles to jihadists fighting in the Syrian civil war. Continue reading

Where’s the proof? Calls grow to declassify evidence of alleged Russian hack

“Let’s have some proof.” Continue reading

Grab bag of valid U.S. visas available overseas

State Department officials are pretending to scratch their heads over the bust of a “fake” U.S. embassy operating in the Ghanaian capital of Accra that was issuing valid U.S. visas to Ghanaians, Togolese, Ivorians, and others for a whopping $6,000. After Ghanaian authorities rolled up the fake embassy, said to have been operated by Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime syndicates, State Department officials claimed that the criminals who ran the “embassy” paid off corrupt officials to “look the other way.” However, corrupt Ghanaian government officials do not issue valid U.S. visas, U.S. State Department foreign service officers are responsible for the control and issuance of visas. WMR exposed U.S. visa fraud involving U.S. foreign service personnel in a series of articles beginning ten years ago. Continue reading

Emboldened by Trump, Ohio GOP pass extreme attack on abortion rights

Ohio lawmakers approved a bill late Tuesday that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill is now headed to Governor John Kasich’s desk. If signed, it will be one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. Continue reading

DAPL construction completion permit denied

After months of peaceful protests, withstanding militarized police state viciousness, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members and supporters won a glorious, though perhaps temporary, victory. Continue reading

Save the Children Norway trialed anti-malaria drug Larium in Mozambique—1993–1994

Roche AG, a Swiss multinational health-care company, needed to trial a new anti-malaria drug, Mefloquine, also known under the brand name Lariam, in malaria-prone areas of Africa. This was despite known serious side effects, including long-term health problems such as depression, hallucinations, anxiety and neurological effects such as poor balance, depression and impaired mental health. Continue reading