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  • In They are Slaughtering Us like Animals, Daniel Berehulak offers a blood-chilling account of the rash of extrajudicial killings rocking the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, which has claimed thousands of lives of rumored street dealers in the last several months.

    According to Duterte, who has boasted of his murderous policy and approvingly compared himself to Hitler, Trump assured him during a phone conversation a few days ago that he was handling the drug problem “the right way.” If that is not accurate, Trump has yet to contradict him. It’s hard to see how that doesn’t constitute a White House endorsement of overt mass murder.

    From Berehulak’s article:

    I witnessed bloody scenes just about everywhere imaginable — on the sidewalk, on train tracks, in front of a girls’ school, outside 7-Eleven stores and a McDonald’s restaurant, across bedroom mattresses and living-room sofas. I watched as a woman in red peeked at one of those grisly sites through fingers held over her eyes, at once trying to protect herself and permit herself one last glance at a man killed in the middle of a busy road.

    Not far from where Tigas was killed, I found Michael Araja, shown in the first photo below, dead in front of a “sari sari,” what locals call the kiosks that sell basics in the slums. Neighbors told me that Mr. Araja, 29, had gone out to buy cigarettes and a drink for his wife, only to be shot dead by two men on a motorcycle, a tactic common enough to have earned its own nickname: riding in tandem.

    In another neighborhood, Riverside, a bloodied Barbie doll lay next to the body of a 17-year-old girl who had been killed alongside her 21-year-old boyfriend.

    “They are slaughtering us like animals,” said a bystander who was afraid to give his name.

  • Trump announced Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as his pick to run the EPA, signaling his probable intention to dismantle President Obama’s clean energy policy and to withdraw from the Paris Accord, an international agreement aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions to below critical levels.

    How bad is the choice? Well, a state attorney general is typically responsible for suing corporations to push compliance with EPA regulations, but Pruitt routinely took the other side, working with companies to push back against regulations intended to protect water, soil, and air. In 2014, the New York Times ran a story on Pruitt detailing how he wrote a letter to the EPA accusing them overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by gas well drilling. According to the article, “The three-page letter was written by lawyers for Devon Energy, one of Oklahoma’s biggest oil and gas companies, and was delivered to him by Devon’s chief of lobbying.”

    According to the Washington Post, on his LinkedIn page, Pruitt boasts of being “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.”
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Written by Mesocosm

December 7, 2016 at 10:15 pm

Posted in News

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