‘Wave of destruction’: Columbus monument vandalized in Baltimore (VIDEO)

Activists in Baltimore, Maryland took a sledgehammer to one of the oldest monuments to Christopher Columbus in the US, blaming the European explorer for racism, murder, genocide and slavery in the Americas.

Signs that read “Racism: Tear it down” and “The Future is Racial and Economic Justice” were left next to the monument, originally erected in 1792 and moved to its current location in 1964. The plaque that said “Sacred to the memory of Chis Columbus Octob XII MDCC VIIC” was smashed in with a hammer.

The perpetrators filmed the deed and posted the video on the YouTube channel Popular Resistance.

“Christopher Columbus symbolizes the initial invasion of European capitalism into the Western Hemisphere. Columbus initiated a centuries-old wave of terrorism, murder, genocide, rape, slavery, ecological degradation and capitalist exploitation of labor in the Americas,” says the narrator who introduced himself as a resident of Baltimore named ‘Tye’.

“That Columbian wave of destruction continues on the back of indigenous, African-American and brown people,” the narrator continues.

Activists can be seen holding up the two handwritten signs, before pulverizing the engraved tablet at the base of the 44-foot-tall obelisk.

Between the footage of activists attacking the monument are illustrations of Columbus and his men observing dogs attacking the indigenous population, or watching the natives being mutilated.

“Racist monuments to slave owners and murderers have always bothered me. Baltimore’s poverty is concentrated in African-American households, and these statues are just an extra slap in the face,” the narrator adds. “They were built in the 20th century in response to a movement for African Americans’ human dignity. What kind of a culture goes to such lengths to build such hate-filled monuments? What kind of a culture clings to those monuments in 2017?”

The 225-year-old monument is said to be the oldest in the country, and possibly even in the world, dedicated to Columbus that is still standing. The Genoan-born explorer led the first expedition to the Caribbean on behalf of the Spanish crown in 1492, believing he was sailing around the world to India.

There are two other monuments to Columbus in Baltimore, one located at Druid Hill Park, the other at the edge of Little Italy.

“Part of our evolution… requires tearing down monuments to destructive forces and tearing down systems that maintain them,” the narrator adds, ending the video with a call to “build a new economy.”

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Last week, Baltimore removed four monuments to the Confederacy under the cover of night. There has been a renewed push across the US to dismantle monuments dedicated to the losing side in the 1861-65 Civil War, driven by activists who see them as an endorsement of slavery and racism.

What started with Confederate monuments has since expanded to city parks and places named after slave-owners – including US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.

ONE YEAR LATER, JOURNALISTS EXPOSED BY WIKILEAKS CARRY ON AS BEFORE

“Tell me if I fucked up anything.”

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PETER HASSON
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One year after WikiLeaks began publishing emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta that exposed prominent journalists as partisans, many of those journalists are continuing their careers without, it seems, any serious consequences.

Take Glenn Thrush, for example. Thrush, now with the New York Times, was exposed sending stories to the Clinton campaign for approval while at Politico.

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“Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to [you],” he wrote in an April 30, 2015 email to Podesta, including five paragraphs from a story later titled “Hillary’s big money dilemma.”

“Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this,” Thrush added. “Tell me if I fucked up anything.”

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On April 17, 2015, Thrush sent an email to Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri with the subject line: “pls read asap — the [Jennifer Palmieri] bits — don’t share.”

Palmieri forwarded Thrush’s email to other Clinton campaign staffers, writing: “He did me courtesy of sending what he is going to say about me. Seems fine.”

Thrush’s career doesn’t appear to have been harmed by the fact that he sent stories to Clinton staffers for approval. If anything, his career trajectory has continued upward: Thrush joined the New York Times in December as a White House correspondent.

While covering the Trump administration for the NYT, Thrush has often co-authored stories with fellow White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, whom an internal Clinton campaign memo described as a “friendly journalist.” The memo added: “We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed.”

The leaked DNC emails also revealed CNBC editor at large John Harwood as clearly biased against Republicans — especially Trump.

Harwood repeatedly displayed clear partisanship while emailing with Podesta. In one May 2015 email, for example, Harwood warned Podesta to “watch out” for Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson.

“Ben Carson could give you real trouble in a general,” Harwood wrote, including relevant video clips of Carson on topics including gay marriage.

In December 2015, Harwood claimed “vindication” at the Republican party “veering off the rails.” In the same email, Harwood bragged to Podesta about provoking Trump during a Republican primary debate that Harwood moderated as an ostensibly neutral journalist.

Harwood titled the email, “I imagine…” before continuing in the body: “…that Obama feels some (sad) vindication at this demonstration of his years-long point about the opposition party veering off the rails.

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Harwood was referring to the October 2015 debate he moderated, where he asked Trump if he was running a “comic book version of a presidential campaign.”

Harwood has played a central role in his network’s coverage of the first six months of the Trump White House.

Harwood has — like much of the news media — covered the Russia probe with bombastic language, comparing it to the Watergate scandal that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation.

In a story last week, Harwood lay the blame for Republicans’ health care struggles at Trump’s feet.

New York Times Magazine’s chief political correspondent, Mark Leibovich, gave the Clinton campaign veto power over what parts of an interview he could and couldn’t use, WikiLeaks revealed. (Internal campaign communications described him as “sympathetic.”)

Leibovich emailed Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s communications director, following a July 7, 2015 interview with Hillary Clinton. Leibovich told Palmieri she could “veto what you didn’t want,” including parts of the interview that he wanted to use.

Palmieri instructed Leibovich to remove a joke Clinton made about Sarah Palin, as well as Clinton saying that “gay rights has moved much faster than women’s rights or civil rights, which is an interesting phenomenon somebody in the future will unpack.”

Leibovich complied: neither the Palin joke nor Clinton’s “gay rights” line were included in his July 15 feature titled, “Re-Re-Re-Reintroducing Hillary Clinton.”

Leibovich noted in the piece that Clinton’s campaign “at first declined to make her available for an interview.” He did not note that he gave the campaign veto power over what parts of the interview he could use.

Leibovich is still writing long-form pieces for NYT Magazine, which are often met with effusive praised from other journalists on Twitter.

His most recent piece, a July 11 feature titled, “This Town Melts Down,” explored what has and hasn’t changed about D.C. politics in the age of Trump. One thing that apparently hasn’t: the prominence of known partisans in the media.

‘For high crimes and misdemeanors’: Dem Congressman submits resolution to impeach Trump

Representative Brad Sherman (D-California) has introduced a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” including obstruction of justice over the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

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The initiative, submitted to the House of Representatives, claims the president has “prevented, obstructed and impeded” a federal investigation into his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn.

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Trump “sought to use his authority to hinder and cause the termination of such investigation(s) including through threatening then terminating James Comey who was until such termination the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” reads the proposed resolution.

In May, Trump abruptly fired Comey as the FBI director was leading an investigation into potential collusion between Trump’s aides and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential race.

A month later, Comey testified in Congress on the conversations he had with the president, which he said led him to believe that Trump asked him to stop looking into Flynn.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy,” Comey remembered Trump saying, according to Comey’s written notes of their meeting.

The conversation took place on February 14, according to Comey’s memos ‒ the day after Flynn was fired over misleading Vice President Mike Pence about contacts he had with Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

However, when asked during the June Congressional hearing if Trump “at any time” asked him to stop the FBI investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 US elections,” Comey replied: “Not to my understanding, no.”

Even though many Democrats have accused Trump of obstruction of justice, party leaders seemed reluctant to formally back an initiative to impeach him when the calls first came in May.

Currently, the only co-sponsor on Sherman’s proposed House resolution is Representative Al Green (D-Texas). 

Green was the first Congressman to call for Trump’s impeachment from the House floor in May.

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“President Trump is not above the law. He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged,” Green said in a statement.

“Our mantra should be ‘I.T.N. – Impeach Trump Now,’” he said.

Impeachment is a three-part process outlined in the Constitution. It begins in the House of Representatives, where a simple majority can vote to impeach a federal official for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

The definition is vague and has long been debated. In 1970, then-House Minority Leader Gerald Ford defined an impeachable offense as “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”

Once the House has voted to impeach, the issue heads to the Senate, which holds a trial. If the official in question is the president, then the chief justice of the US Supreme Court is the presiding judge, otherwise it is the vice president in his role as president of the Senate. The Senate needs a two-thirds majority, or 67 out of 100 votes, to find an official guilty and remove that person from office.

Only two presidents ‒ Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999 ‒ have ever been impeached by the House, both of which history has judged to be highly partisan proceedings. Neither was convicted by the requisite two-thirds majority in the Senate. President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, rather than go through an impeachment vote in the House.

TRUMP’S LAWYER ASKED IMPORTANT QUESTION

Published on Jul 12, 2017

THE DEMS WILL SAY OR DO ANYTHING DIRTY POLITICS AT IT’S WORSE – BUT THEY GET AWAY WITH IT BECAUSE OF CNN ZUCKER!

HILLARY’S CONCLUSION IS MIND BLOWING BUT IT GETS IGNORED… YOU HAVE TO GOGGLE IT TO FIND IT…BURIED

ken Quinn 

I’m so sick of hearing this shit!
Speedster1919 

The DEMS are the best at being crooked…
C M 

Washington is so corrupt they will do anything to get to Trump. The establishment fears Trump because he is exposing them.
 The Dog Tutor 

it was a SECRET meeting on the plane, a lucky reporter caught it otherwise no one wouid know
Dennis Janda 

Doesn’t the news media need a standard to have a double – standard ??????…..Just Askin’ !!!!!!!!
2012saviourofstaffs 

I listen to American news a lot because I’m living in Mexico and wow 😳 it’s not even news!!! I mean seriously out of everything that happens in the world they report on things like this
Real American Patriot 

The LIBERAL Political SCUMBAGS and their Propaganda Service, the Highly Biased and Dishonest Liberal Mainstream Media are DESPERATE in finding anything negative to smear President Trump. We the GOOD, SMART and CONCERNED People of this nation are fully aware of their tactics. They have done a great DISSERVICE to this country by MISLEADING the American public with FAKE, FALSE and DISHONEST political news geared to undermine the duly elected President of the United States. The FORCES-of-EVIL (Radical Liberal SCUMBAGS) are hard at work in their mission to destroy the Presidency and this country. They will FAIL as the GOOD People of America unite to SHUTDOWN this SCOURGE upon America. IN TRUMP WE TRUST! AMERICA 1ST! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
William Keys 

NO CRIME, NO EVIDENCE, NO COMPLAINANT, NO DAMAGE. The liberal fascists are low information and low IQ.
Jay Velcamp 

If Donald trump, Jr. had anything to hide, he has had a year to delete his emails, hire professionals to wipe his servers clean, and bash all of his computers, cell phones, Ipads, etc. with hammers. Had he done those things, he’d be eligible to be nominated as a candidate for President, but he didn’t.