2018-05-04: News Headlines

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-04). Trump Seriously Tells Reporters That 'Nobody Wants to Speak' to Mueller 'More Than Me&#039. alternet.org The president also claimed he's done "nothing wrong," despite everything he's overtly done wrong. | President Donald Trump is back to claiming that he would "love to" testify before Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but he'd have to "override" his lawyers because he won't get a fair hearing. "I would love to speak. I would love to. Nobody wants to speak more than me," Trump told reporters before departing from the White House to speak at the NRA convention in Dallas. "I would love to speak because we've done nothing wrong. "The President also falsely claimed that Robert Mueller's team is comprised entirely of Democrats, and threw a jab at Hillary Clinton, calling what would have been her 2016 victory night party a "funeral. " And he called his winning the election "a great day" for America. He also called the investigation into Russia's interference in the. . .

Jim Naureckas (2018-05-04). How Did Benghazi Become a Ruin? NYT Ignores US Role—in Multiple Media. fair.org New York Times Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh went to Benghazi, Libya, which is in ruins, to find out how it got that way. | "When I went to Benghazi, I was guided by one main question: How did the city come to this?" he declares in his multimedia presentation, which combines text, audio, video and large-format photography. One thing that's not conveyed via any medium, though: Seven years ago, the United States and its allies used military force to overthrow Libya's government. The country has been in almost continual civil war since then, which you would think would be crucial in explaining "how the city came to that." But apparently you don't think like a New York Times bureau chief. | The thing is, when President Barack Obama—egged on by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—called for an attack on Libya, the…

Paul Street (2018-05-04). Corporate Democrats: The 'Values' and 'Vision' of an Inauthentic Opposition. mintpressnews.com Average Americans, whose economic survival is threatened, have no political party to represent them, including deceptive Democrats who claim to be their champions and blame others when their deception fails.

Nick Pemberton (2018-05-04). Bush Ethics: The New Democrats. counterpunch.org Democrat Al Franken agreed to resign from his post as a Minnesota Senator after eight women accused him of sexual harassment. When Franken was ousted I remarked that I would shed no tears for him, and that remains the case. But Franken was perhaps the target of a Republican smear campaign. Donald Trump's former campaign More

truth-out.org (2018-05-04). How Net Neutrality Can Survive the Trump Administration. truth-out.org Senate Democrats will move next week to force a vote on a resolution that would undo the Federal Communications Commission's decision in December to scrap its own net neutrality rules. Even if the resolution fails to pass, the political fight is just beginning. Net neutrality may be on life support, but it's not dead yet.Protesters display signs at a rally to save net neutrality in San Francisco, California, on September 12, 2017. (Photo: Credo Action) | After becoming president, Donald Trump installed a Republican majority at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that has worked furiously to roll back a long list of consumer protections established under the Obama administration, including the 2015 Open Internet Order that set net neutrality rules for internet service providers. | Net neutrality is now on life support, but it's not dead yet. | Crucial portions…

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-04). House Republicans Don't Want to Talk About the Funding for Trump's Creepy Military Parade. alternet.org As many children in America go to bed hungry, the president wants to throw a parade to boost his fragile ego. | Donald Trump wants a military parade to make himself feel big and manly, and House Republicans are prepared to give him what he wants: The display in Washington would be authorized under the Republican-proposed draft for the annual defense policy measure, according to a bill summary released Friday. The measure is scheduled to be taken up by the House Armed Services Committee on May 9. Yay! Trump's pretensions to dictatorship are poised to come to life! One small issue, though: A committee Republican spokesman said Friday that specific funding for the parade isn't set in the legislation. Eh, funding is never a problem when it comes to Republican priorities. But you can bet that at the same time as the money for Trump's. . .

Media Matters Staff, Media Matters (2018-05-04). Right-Wing NRATV Guest Makes Racist Claim That Black People Have an 'Enslaved Mentality&#039. alternet.org His outrageous comments included a jab at the Democratic Party. | From the May 3 edition of NRATV's Stinchfield: GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): So what do you make of all this Kanye stuff? Truthfully, I was surprised, it was well thought out and you look at some of these liberal outlets. They called it a rant, they called it unhinged. I actually thought what he had to say was fairly interesting. BRANDON MORSE (REDSTATE): Most of what he had to say was actually really great to hear. It was just overshadowed by his slavery comments. The slavery comments, however, if you actually just — following what he was saying was, what he was talking about was the mentality of being enslaved and how that's a choice, that's something you can break free from. It was not easy to get that from what he was. . .

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-05-04). Roaming Charges: All the President's Lawyers. counterpunch.org + Rudy the Truth-Teller: Trump knew about the Stormy Daniels Non-Disclosure Agreement and repaid Michael Cohen on the installment plan; the NDA was meant to suppress the Daniels story prior to the 2016 election; James Comey is a pervert and pathological liar; Trump fired Comey because the FBI director wouldn't publicly clear him in Russia probe; More

Nino Pagliccia (2018-05-04). Venezuelan Consul: Transparency is at the Heart of the Electoral System for the May 20 Elections in Venezuela. counterpunch.org On May 20th Venezuelans will exert their right to elect their president and other local officials. It will be the 25thtime that election of any type, and the fifth presidential election to take place since 1999 when Hugo Chavez was elected president. Venezuelans take great pride in this fact in a region that has seen far More

George Ochenski (2018-05-04). Trump is Wrong About Tester and Montana's Veterans. counterpunch.org Late last week President Trump blasted Montana's senior U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for releasing damaging information on Ronnie Jackson, Trump's personal physician and his nominee to head the massive Veterans Administration. Jon Tester might lose his bid for re-election, just like any other politician, but it will not be because Montana's veterans turn on the More

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-05-04). Trump And Giuliani Try a New Strategy: Doubling Down on Total Idiocy. alternet.org Not knowing is the new knowing. | Donald Trump's most visible attorney was back on the air on Wednesday to "clarify" what he said the previous two days by throwing over them a blanket claim of ignorance. President Donald Trump only recently found out that he reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 nondisclosure agreement with adult performer Stormy Daniels just days before the 2016 election, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed Thursday. . . . "I don't think the president realized he paid him (Cohen) back for that specific thing until we (his legal team) made him aware of the paperwork," he said. Giuliani said the president responded, "'Oh my goodness, I guess that's what it was for. '"Which, of course, is a reversal of Giuliani's claims earlier that Trump was aware that Cohen was being paid back for the Daniels payments, and that. . .

Renee Parsons (2018-05-04). Florida's Senate Race: Does It Matter? counterpunch.org In recognition that the two party system is little more than an innocuous venue for the election of empty vessels on both sides of the political spectrum, the 2018 Senate race in Florida is one such prime example. Florida print media, in an effort to build readership, has referred to the race as the "clash More

Democracy Now! (2018-05-04). The Displaced: Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman & Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars & Resistance. democracynow.org As dozens of migrants from Central America remain camped out at the U.S.-Mexico border attempting to seek asylum in the United States, we spend the hour with two of the nation's most celebrated writers, both refugees themselves. Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1971. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he and his family fled to the United States. He is the author of three books, including "The Sympathizer," which won the Pulitzer Prize, and he teaches at the University of Southern California. He is also the editor of a new collection titled "The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives." We are also joined by the Chilean-American writer Ariel Dorfman, who has been described as one of the greatest Latin American novelists. Forty-five years ago, he fled Chile after a U.S.-backed coup displaced President Salvador Allende. Dorfman had served as…

wsws.org (2018-05-04). Inhuman conditions in Germany's largest refugee detention centre. wsws.org Germany's grand coalition of conservative parties and the Social Democratic Party is intent on stepping up the deportation of refugees and extending the country's system of deportation centres.

wsws.org (2018-05-04). Union betrays Arizona teachers strike, backs Republican state budget. wsws.org The deal orders teachers back to work while meeting none of the five demands for which 60,000 teachers walked out.

Brian Martin (2018-05-04). Is Antifa the Answer to an Effective Anti-Fascist Movement? mintpressnews.com In March, Richard Spencer, a prominent white supremacist, canceled his speaking engagements at U.S. universities, saying he was deterred by "antifa," a loose international network of radical anti-fascist groups that aims to shut down far-right talks and rallies. For antifa members and supporters, Spencer's capitulation was both vindication of their aggressive tactics and a sign of their success in opposing fascism. | These confrontations between far-right activists and antifa groups — on the rise since the election of Donald Trump — are often presented as involving two opposing values: free speech on one side and the danger of allowing fascists to appear in public on the other. What is missing in this framing, however, is an understanding of the dynamics of censorship and of nonviolent action as an alternative. | At the forefront of this clash of values is Mark Bray's…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-04). Headlines for May 4, 2018. democracynow.org White House Struggles With Trump's Explanations of Hush Money Payment, Trump's Shifting Accounts on Stormy Daniels Payment Sparks Backlash, President Trump and Vice President Pence to Address NRA Convention, NYT: Army Special Forces Are in Yemen, Contrary to Pentagon Claims, Syrian Rebels Evacuate Homs in Russian-Brokered Deal, Gaza: Palestinians Hit by Israeli Bullets as Mass Protests Continue, North Korea Set to Release Imprisoned U.S. Citizens Ahead of Summit, Former Volkswagen CEO Criminally Charged for Violating Clean Air Act, Arizona Public School Teachers Win 20 Percent Raise, Ending Strike, National Teacher of the Year Silently Protests as Trump Awards Prize, Hawaii: Mandatory Evacuation Ordered as Kilauea Volcano Erupts, India: Death Toll from Extreme Weather Rises to 127, Protesters Target Waffle House over Arrest of African-American Patron, After Long Silence by Trump, White House Reaches Out to "Waffle House Hero", Charlottesville, VA: White Nationalist Guilty of Beating Black Man, ProPublica: Active-Duty Marine Joined Violent Far-Right Protests, Georgia Set to Put Condemned Prisoner Robert Earl Butts Jr. to Death, New York City Mayor Backs Plan for Safe Drug Injection Centers, House Chaplain Rescinds Resignation Amid GOP Furor over Tax Bill Prayer, Plowshares Activists Indicted over Protest at Kings Bay Naval Base…

RT (2018-05-04). Facebook snags another Democrat lobbyist as govt affairs expert. rt.com Facebook has hired another top Democrat staffer to its lobbying team, in a year that's seen the social media giant spend $3.3 million on lobbying so far. |
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Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-03). The 'Values,' 'Vision,' and 'Democracy' of an Inauthentic Opposition. consortiumnews.com Average Americans, whose economic survival is threatened, have no political party to represent them, including deceptive Democrats who claim to be their champions and blame others when their deception fails, says Paul Street. By Paul Street Special to Consortium News… Read more →

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-03). MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Explains How Absurd Republicans' Efforts to Derail the Mueller Probe Have Gotten. alternet.org "The reason it feels like we're getting to the edge of a cliff," she said, "is because the Justice Department knows exactly what these members of Congress are up to. " | MSNBC's Rachel Maddow explained Thursday night what exactly appears to be going on with congressional Republican's efforts to intimidate the Department of Justice, and the conclusion is deeply troubling. "The reason it feels like we're getting to the edge of a cliff," she said, "is because the Justice Department knows exactly what these members of Congress are up to. "House Republicans have been aggressively demanding documents from top Justice Department officials in recent weeks and months, many of which relate to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. When the department has been slow or reluctant to comply, as it may be with active investigations, Republicans have charged the department leadership of violating the. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-03). House Chaplain to Remain at Work After Issuing a Scathing Letter to Paul Ryan. alternet.org Patrick Conroy said that when he was asked for his resignation, he was told, "Maybe it's time we had a chaplain that wasn't a Catholic. " | House Speaker Paul Ryan has accepted the un-resignation of House Chaplain Patrick Conroy, who issued the speaker a scathing letter withdrawing his previously tendered resignation. Conroy says that he never spoke to Ryan about his resignation or termination but that his chief of staff Jonathan Burks requested that the chaplain step down. Asked why, Burks reportedly responded, "Maybe it's time we had a chaplain that wasn't a Catholic. " Burks also reportedly mentioned a prayer Conroy led in November 2017 ahead of the tax reform vote. The chaplain had prayed for "balanced" tax reform that helps ameliorate income inequality. The tax bill that Republicans eventually passed added more than an estimated $1 trillion to the deficit while delivering. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-03). Retired General Explains Why the 'Extraordinary Number of Contacts' Between Trump's Campaign and Russia Needs an Explanation. alternet.org Gen. Michael Hayden gets to the heart of why special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is so important. | Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who has served under Republican and Democratic administrations as CIA director and NSA director, explained Thursday why special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation remains a vital investigation for the United States. Many — particularly those in right-wing media — have insisted that Mueller's investigation has gone on too long, that there's been of evidence of collusion, and that it would be better if the special counsel's team were simply disbanded. But Hayden insists that there is good reason that Mueller's investigation should be allowed to continue. "The Mueller investigation has gotten pretty broad now, but it's origins are in a counterintelligence investigation. It is: What were the Russians trying to do, and did anyone over here engage in helping them? " he. . .

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-03). 'Russian Talking Points' Look An Awful Lot Like Well-Documented Facts. consortiumnews.com Taking positions critical of U.S. foreign policy long antecedes RT but to protect themselves from legitimate criticism Western elites brand you a Moscow mouthpiece, argues Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone Things aren't looking great for the Democratic establishment, which recently admitted… Read more →

Jim Hightower, AlterNet (2018-05-03). Behind the Complex and Secretive Koch Conspiracy Against Democracy. alternet.org The word "vast" doesn't encompass the immensity of their offensive on our democratic system. | In 1933, a handful of wealthy Wall Streeters were upset that the newly elected president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had dared to tax the rich in order to fund programs to lessen the painful poverty people were experiencing due to the Great Depression. They were so upset that they came up with a ridiculous plan to overthrow Roosevelt and install a military government. Due to their own ineptitude and hubris, their plan failed, and important poverty-busting programs of the New Deal like Social Security, the Works Progress Administration and the Tennessee Valley Authority put people to work, pulled them out of desperate poverty and propelled the country into the 20th century. It's tempting to brush off 1933's bumbling fat cats — we can just picture them cloistered in their. . .

JSPB (2018-05-03). "It Can't Happen Here": Illiberal Democracy in Hungary and Wisconsin. counterpunch.org In Europe there is much alarm at the return of right-wing populism, previously unseen since the 1930s. A common thread connecting right-wing populist governments together is the economic dislocation experienced by the working and middle classes of the post-Soviet bloc since the 1990s. Parts of Europe see "illiberal democracy," an oxymoron coined by Hungary's Prime More

True Publica (2018-05-03). Rio Olympics 2016 — The Mainstream Media Con About Russian Athletes. globalresearch.ca Before anyone shouts us out for being a Russian supporting apologist Putinbot, it is important to get some facts right. Our position is that there's no doubting that Russia has been undermining Western democracies with "active measures" such as propaganda …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-03). Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Says the $130K Hush Money Payment from Trump's Lawyer Was Explicitly Tied to the 2016 Election. alternet.org The newest revelation implies that the Michael Cohen's $130,000 payment was a form of campaign spending. | Michael Avenatti revealed for the first time Thursday night that the $130,000 hush money his client received from President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen was explicitly tied to the 2016 election, suggesting that the payment raises serious questions about campaign finance law. Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stephanie Clifford (better known as Stormy Daniels), made the comments on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with host Lawrence O'Donnell. "Are you aware of any communication with your client, or your client's counsel, in October of 2016 as they were closing this settlement agreement, that involved the timing of the campaign? ""I've never been asked this question, and it's perhaps one of the most important questions, " "There were extensive communications between Michael Cohen and [Clifford's then-lawyer] Keith Davidson in October. . .

Richard Galustian (2018-05-03). Explosions Rock Tripoli Election Commission: Who's Trying to Prevent the Vote? globalresearch.ca To underscore the dire situation in Libya and the extent to which extremists will go, on Wednesday at around noon two huge explosions occurred at the HNEC, the Higher National Election Commission's HQ, in Tripoli, killing over 15 people and …

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-03). Here's the Real Reason Giuliani and Trump Are Admitting to Paying Off Stormy Daniels. alternet.org This is a bait-and-switch to divert attention from more troublesome issues. | The professional election law world is aghast that President Trump's latest attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News that Trump reimbursed his legal fixer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 payment that Cohen made to silence Stormy Daniels about their alleged affair just before the 2016 election. Giuliani's admission, which was confirmed by Trump in a tweet, has prompted media outlets like the New York Times to report that Trump was caught in another lie, and that the president and Cohen could be fined by the Federal Election Commission for breaking laws intended to inform voters about their candidates for high office. "Trump's admission that he later repaid Cohen for the hush money destroys any argument Cohen could have made that the payment was out of his own money as an independent. . .

Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-03). Legal Marijuana Runs Right Over Maine's Obstructionist Tea Party Governor. alternet.org The legislature voted to override the veto. | Paul LePage, Maine's irascible Tea Party Republican governor, is no friend of marijuana. He opposed the state's successful 2016 marijuana legalization initiative, and, once it won, vetoed the legislature's bill to implement the will of the voters. That was last year. That left the state with pot possession and personal cultivation legal, but no way to buy or sell legal marijuana. This year, the legislature once again passed a bill to implement the initiative's taxed and regulated sales provisions, LD 1719. It even incorporated some of LePage's previous criticisms, resulting in a bill more restrictive than what voters approved. Again, LePage vetoed the bill. But this time, the legislature had had enough. On Wednesday, the House voted 109-39 and the Senate voted 28-6 to override LePage's veto, poking a thumb in the governor's eye and. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-03). Outlandish GOP Senate Candidate Launches Racist Attack on Mitch McConnell's 'China Family&#039. alternet.org Much of the GOP leadership has expressed worries about Don Blankenship's West Virginian candidacy. | A racist Republican Senate candidate released a repugnant attack on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday, calling the GOP leader "cocaine Mitch" and lambasting his "China family. "The 30-second video ad continues Don Blankenship's racist attacks on McConnell, who is married to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan. Blankenship, running in the West Virgina Republican primary on May 8, attacked Chao's father as a " Chinaperson," despite that fact that, as McConnell points out, her father is an American. Blankenship continues to use the derogatory word to refer to people from China in his new ad. He says: "Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for Chinapeople. While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich. In fact, his China family has given. . .

Stephen Lendman (2018-05-03). War on Iran Coming? globalresearch.ca VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | If launched, war on Iran could threaten world peace more than any other post-9/11 conflict. | The Islamic Republic is far stronger militarily than …

RT (2018-05-03). GOP colleagues nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize for 'single-handedly resolving' Korean crisis. rt.com Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize by House Republicans, who believe his threats of sanctions and war is the "only reason" why Pyongyang is reconciling with Seoul and moving towards denuclearization.
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RT (2018-05-03). 'Blaming interns is so 1990s': Monica Lewinsky blasts Rubio over GOP tax 'flip-flop'. rt.com Monica Lewinsky has thrown a generous amount of shade on Marco Rubio after the Florida Republican hit out at a Politico intern for penning an article accusing the lawmaker of "walking back" his criticisms of the GOP tax bill.
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RT (2018-05-03). Cyber-bomb Russia, McCain begs in new book. rt.com The US should cyber-attack Russia in retaliation for all its election meddling, John McCain has argued in a new book. The senator has an excellent track record when it comes to peddling pre-emptive strikes based on dubious claims.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-03). EU Looks to Rein in Funding to Abusive EU Governments. hrw.org European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, October 28, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | It's not every day the European Commission proposes something truly ground-breaking. | But yesterday, when the EU announced a new plan to link EU funds given to member states to the health of their judiciary, it did just that. The plan calls for states receiving funds to uphold judicial independence, functioning courts, and the rule of law. | Historically, richer EU countries have transferred money to poorer ones through cohesion funds. Hungary is one of the largest net per capita recipients of EU funding, and Poland is the largest overall net recipient. But their governments have recently weakened democratic checks and balances, undermined judicial independence, and sought to curb civil society groups and independent…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-03). Kenyan Media Has Little to Celebrate on Press Freedom Day. hrw.org An anti-riot police officer aims a teargas canister while journalists cover an anti-corruption protest in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. November 3, 2016. | © 2016 REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya | Kenya joined the rest of the world to celebrate freedom of the press this week under a hostile and uncertain environment for the media. Despite numerous public promises by President Uhuru Kenyatta to safeguard press freedom, the situation has continued to deteriorate as police and senior state officials increasingly get away with physical attacks or open threats to journalists writing on sensitive issues. | The period around August 2017's disputed presidential elections was particularly challenging for the media. But while political tensions have eased, the ability of journalists to report and comment freely continue to be undermined by state officials. | On March 26, 2018, Kenyan media reported…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-03). Mozambique's Veteran Opposition Leader Afonso Dhlakama Dies. hrw.org Afonso Dhlakama, head of Mozambique's opposition party Renamo, addresses an election rally in Matola, near Maputo, on the last day of campaigning October 25, 2009. | © 2009 Reuters/Grant Lee Neuenburg | Afonso Dhlakama, the leader of Mozambique's main opposition party and former rebel group, Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), died today after an illness, party sources have confirmed. | Dhlakama, 65, had been living in the Gorongosa mountains, in the central province of Sofala, since October 2012. In Gorongosa, he had set up a camp for hundreds of his followers and former militia to fight the government if his political demands were not met. He called for free and fair elections, a better share of the country's resources, control of some Mozambican territory, and the appointment of Renamo members to senior positions in…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-03). Headlines for May 3, 2018. democracynow.org Rudy Giuliani Says Trump Reimbursed Stormy Daniels Hush Money Payment, Trump Denies Affair, Accusing Stormy Daniels of Extortion, Trump Hires Lawyer Who Defended Bill Clinton Against Impeachment, Guantánamo Prisoner Ahmed al-Darbi Transferred to Saudi Arabia, Libya: 12 Dead as Suicide Bombers Strike Tripoli Electoral Office, U.S. Returns Looted Iraqi Artifacts Acquired by Hobby Lobby, Chilean Survivors of Clerical Sexual Assault Meet with Pope Francis, 9 Dead as Aging Puerto Rico Air National Guard Plane Crashes, Puerto Rico Anti-Austerity Protests Continue, Defying Police Violence, Iowa Lawmakers Approve Ban on Most Abortions, 27 More Women Accuse Charlie Rose of Sexual Abuses, Cambridge Analytica to Shut Down After Facebook Privacy Scandal, Two Black Men Who "Trespassed" at Philly Starbucks Settle Lawsuits, Harvard University Will Negotiate with Student Labor Union, Arizona Teachers' Strike Continues as State Budget Talks Stall…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-03). Arundhati Roy's Latest Novel Takes on Fascism, Rising Hindu Nationalism in India & Abuses in Kashmir. democracynow.org We spend the rest of the hour with the legendary, award-winning author Arundhati Roy. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel "The God of Small Things." In 2017, 20 years after the publication of her first novel, she published another work of fiction, just out in paperback, titled "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness." The novel was longlisted for the Booker Prize and nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book has been hailed as "an elegy for a bulldozed world." Arundhati Roy received the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize, and her journalism and essays have been collected in several books, including "The End of Imagination," "Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers" and "Capitalism: A Ghost Story."

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-03). Rising Hostility to Media Threatens Real Democracy. hrw.org A member of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines has her mouth covered with duct tape during a protest outside the presidential palace in Metro Manila, Philippines January 17, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | "Enemy of the people" is how more than 50 percent of Republicans see the media, according to a US poll. Two reporters are detained in Myanmar for investigating a massacre, one of two independent daily newspapers in Hungary closes, and in Afghanistan , nine journalists are killed covering a bombing. Animosity toward journalists is growing worldwide as we mark World Press Freedom Day. | Governments the world over want to control the media — without an inconveniently free press, officials find it easier to do what they want. They can claim almost 100…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-03). As Caravan of Migrants Begins Entry at U.S.-Mexico Border, Trump Admin Attacks Legal Asylum Process. democracynow.org A standoff continues on the U.S.-Mexico border, where scores of asylum seekers are attempting to cross into the United States after taking part in a month-long caravan that began more than 2,000 miles away in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Many of the caravan participants are migrants fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Around 100 have been accepted for processing, but scores remain camped out by the border near San Diego, California, as officials claim the border entry point has limited capacity. President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have attacked the migrants in statements and tweets. "It's very clear that President Trump and Attorney General Sessions do not understand this section of federal law," says attorney Nicole Ramos, director of the Border Rights Project of Al Otro Lado, who represents members of the caravan. "The caravan members that are camped out at the border are trying to access a legal process which has existed for decades." We speak with Ramos, who is in Tijuana, Mexico, and with Tristan Call, a volunteer with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, just back from spending time with the caravan.

wsws.org (2018-05-03). US denies right to asylum. wsws.org The decision to block nearly 200 Central American immigrants from applying for asylum marks a turning point in the attack on democratic rights.

Janine Jackson (2018-05-02). 'We Are Talking Billions of People Displaced by Sea Level Rise'. fair.org Janine Jackson interview Dahr Jamail about melting Antarctic ice for the April 27, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-02). Journalists Watch from Prison as Myanmar Backslides. hrw.org Detained and handcuffed Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo carries his daughter Moe Thin Wai Zin while arriving for a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar on May 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Ann Wang | There's little cause for celebration this World Press Freedom Day in Myanmar, where freedom of the press is under threat and the space for independent and critical reporting is collapsing. In the last year, despite an ostensible transition toward democratic rule under de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's government has intensified arrests and prosecutions of journalists. According to Reporters without Borders, Myanmar is now ranked 137 out of 180 in the world in terms of press freedom, slipping six places from the previous year's ranking. Journalists are now facing the kinds of threats they faced under…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-02). With Labor & Immigrant Rights Under Attack, May Day Protesters Rally in New York City. democracynow.org Tuesday was May Day, or International Workers' Day, and hundreds of thousands of workers took to the streets worldwide. Major mobilizations were held across the globe, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Paris to Jakarta. We hear from May Day protesters here in New York.

RT (2018-05-02). Generation gap? Democrats losing support among millennials. rt.com The Democratic Party is losing ground with millennial voters, all while their interest in the Republican Party is creeping up, according to a new poll. |
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Democracy Now! (2018-05-02). Detained and Then Deported: U.S. Human Rights Lawyers Barred from Entry into Israel. democracynow.org Two U.S. human rights lawyers were detained Sunday for 14 hours at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport before being deported back to the United States. Columbia University's Katherine Franke and Center for Constitutional Rights executive director Vincent Warren were repeatedly questioned about their associations with groups critical of Israel. They were part of a delegation of American civil rights activists heading to Israel and Palestine to learn about the human rights situation and meet with local activists. They arrived back in New York City early Monday. This comes just days after Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinian protesters and wounded hundreds more on Friday, when the soldiers and snipers opened fire during the Palestinians' weekly nonviolent protest near the Gaza border. On Saturday, a fourth protester died after succumbing to his wounds. The nonviolent protests demanding the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their land began on March 30. Since then, the Israeli military has killed at least 42 Palestinians, including two journalists, and injured thousands more. For more, we speak with Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Katherine Franke, professor of law, gender and sexuality studies at Columbia University.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-02). Headlines for May 2, 2018. democracynow.org EPA's Scott Pruitt Faces New Scandals over Ties to Lobbyists, Spending, Foreign Trips, 17 States Sue to Block EPA from Weakening Fuel-Efficiency Car Standards, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Leader Thomas Homan Resigns, Texas & Other States Sue Trump Administration to Force End of DACA, About 2 Dozen Caravan Members Allowed to Apply for Asylum in United States, Nigeria: Dozens Killed in Suicide Bombing Attacks on Mosque in Mubi, Central African Republic: Thousands Protest & Mourn Attack on Church That Killed 15, Armenia: Widespread Anti-Government Protests Continue, Official Autopsy for Stephon Clark Contradicts Family's Independent Autopsy, Kanye West Causes Widespread Outrage with Comments About Slavery, California Supreme Court Ruling Deals Blow to "Gig Economy" Companies, Workers March in Cities Across the World to Mark May Day, Martín Espada Becomes First Latino Poet to Win Prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize…

wsws.org (2018-05-02). Democrats maintain silence over persecution of Central American immigrants at US-Mexico border. wsws.org The delay in processing the immigrants is a flagrant violation of international laws and conventions guaranteeing the right to political asylum.

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