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2018-05-13: News Headlines

INA (2018-05-13). Foreign Ministry Condemns Blocking of EU Statement Rejecting US Embassy Move. imemc.org EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference on May 27, 2015, at EU headquarters in Brussels (AFP, File) The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement, on Saturday, that strongly condemns the governments of Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic for blocking the release of […]…

Steven Hurst (2018-05-13). Why Does The American Right Hate Iran So Much? iranian.com Now Donald Trump has finally backed out of the Iranian nuclear deal, the rest of the world is trying to understand the thinking that went into his decision. High up the list of factors is a longstanding American unease about Iran in general. But while most Americans don't like the Islamic Republic of Iran, some dislike it […]

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-05-12). Is the Impeachment of Donald Trump Really Coming? Republicans Definitely Think So. alternet.org Republicans' main midterm strategy is to drive their voters out with impeachment-dread. How will Democrats respond? | On Thursday night in Indiana, President Trump made another one of his "jokes" about extending his presidency beyond eight years. He was talking about how he had wanted to move the U. S. embassy to Jerusalem and was told that might take 10 years. It's not the first time he has alluded to staying in office past 2024. (It goes without saying, in his world, that he will be re-elected in 2020. ) Speaking before a group of GOP donors last March he talked about Chinese president Xi Jinping saying, "He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll give that a shot someday. "It's always hard to know how to take. . .

Staff (2018-05-12). Sasha Abramsky on the Decline of Empathy and the Future of Democracy (Audio and Transcript). truthdig.com Robert Scheer speaks with the journalist and professor about his latest book, on how fear has contributed to demagoguery.

The Conversation (2018-05-12). Women on the 2018 Ballot are Busting Perceptions of Motherhood and Leadership. alternet.org Motherhood is taking center stage in US politics. | Sen. Tammy Duckworth, the first United States senator to give birth while in office has been seen on Capitol Hill with her newborn nestled in her lap. Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Maryland's Krish Vignarajah and Wisconsin's Kelda Roys, made waves with campaign ads that, in addition to touting their capabilities as leaders, also show them nursing their babies. A Democratic congressional candidate in New York, Liuba Grechen Shirley, was just granted permission from the Federal Election Commission to use campaign funds to cover the cost of child care while she runs for office. Plus, women are running for office in record numbers this year. Among their many experiences, roles and identities, many are emphasizing being a mom. What does this acknowledgment of motherhood tell us about U. S. politics today? As I have. . .

Dan Brook, Truthout (2018-05-12). Noam Chomsky Explains Exactly What Went Wrong in the 2016 Presidential Election in Brand New Interview. alternet.org "The Sanders campaign, the most remarkable feature of the '16 election by far, broke with the long-standing pattern of reliance on wealth and corporate power. " | Noam Chomsky is an exceptionally influential figure. Author of well over 100 books (as well as many articles, letters, speeches and interviews) published over the past 60 years, Chomsky is integral to cognitive science, modern linguistics, philosophy, mass media criticism and political analysis — especially of US foreign policy, the military-industrial complex, capitalism and imperialism. Chomsky is a defender of free speech and is one of the most cited authors. This interview first appeared at Truthout. com. Chomsky was kind enough to take some time out of his extraordinarily busy schedule to give what he described as "much too brief" responses to Truthout's questions. Dan Brook: Worker-owned cooperatives (co-ops) seem to be a hybrid between capitalism and. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-12). Congress Made It Harder to Give Teachers Raises. truth-out.org In these troubling and surreal times, honest journalism is more important than ever. Help us keep real news flowing: Make a donation to Truthout today. | In just a few months, we've seen teachers in five states walk out of the classroom to protest their abysmal pay. | Stingy state budgets are mostly to blame for low teacher pay and poor school conditions, but there's a federal tax connection, too. Unfortunately, last year's Republican tax plan could make keeping good teachers in the classroom more difficult than ever. | Raising teacher pay requires money, which at some point requires new state tax revenue. | Now, most state taxpayers will tolerate tax increases when they know those taxes will fund education. But in many places, state lawmakers have only so much room to raise taxes before voters express their displeasure come election time.

Nicole Karlis, Salon (2018-05-12). Watch: HBO's Bill Maher Confronts Rep. Duncan Hunter About McCain Insults. alternet.org Hunter is a military veteran and Maher was curious what he thought about a former Trump aide who said that John McCain was 'dying anyway. ' | Duncan Hunter, a California Republican House representative, braved a Bill Maher interrogation on Friday night. Indeed, on "Real Time with Bill Maher," Maher surprisingly decided not to interrogate him about the federal probe for alleged campaign-finance violations he's facing. Instead, he wanted to talk about President Donald Trump—and the insults that have been reportedly surfaced from the White House about Republican Arizona Senator, John McCain. "I'm very impressed that you showed up," Maher said to Hunter. "You're a Republican, you're one of Trump's first supporters. "Maher continued by taking Hunter's temperature about the insults that have been made about McCain who is currently battling brain cancer. Kelly Sadler, a White House aide, reportedly distastefully joked about Sen.

Whitney Webb (2018-05-12). GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC. mintpressnews.com Adelson's perspectives on U.S. foreign policy, particularly towards Iran, are alarming, given that his influence on U.S. politics is set to grow in the wake of his latest mega-donation to the Republican party.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-12). Cambodia: Release Ex-Radio Free Asia Journalists. hrw.org Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, former journalists of the Radio Free Asia (RFA), sit inside a police vehicle as they arrive for a bail hearing at the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on April 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Samrang Pring | (New York) — Cambodian authorities should drop fabricated espionage charges against former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin and immediately and unconditionally release them, Human Rights Watch said today. Their arrests six months ago on November 14, 2017, were part of Prime Minister Hun Sen's ongoing crackdown on the media, civil society groups, and the political opposition that have caused many former RFA and other journalists, activists, and opposition members to flee the country. | "Ahead of July's national elections, Prime Minister Hun Sen has…

RT (2018-05-12). Reps or Dems, all US govts are 'oppressive,' says Chelsea Manning. rt.com All US governments are oppressive, regardless of whether they're run by Republicans or Democrats, activist Chelsea Manning said during a rally for J20 defendants in Washington DC.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-12). Britain Should use Erdogan Visit to Speak out on Human Rights. hrw.org Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, January 28, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Despite the sharp deterioration in human rights under his leadership, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan, is being accorded a state visit to Britain next week, including a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May and with the Queen. Undoubtedly, May would prefer the discussion focus on investment, trade, and Syria, but the scale of repression underway in Turkey makes it impossible to ignore. She should use the moment to urge an end to the Turkish government's brutal crackdown on opponents and critics. | The visit comes ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 in which Erdogan seeks to renew his mandate with greatly enhanced powers. The elections…

wsws.org (2018-05-12). Colorado Democrats slash teacher and public employee pensions. wsws.org The cuts have been enabled by the unions, which shut down mass walkouts last month and are isolating the ongoing teacher strike in Pueblo.

Elizabeth Rowley (2018-05-11). Kinder Morgan pipeline: Who will fight Big Oil in Canada's tarsands? peoplesworld.org Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley walk together after a meeting in Edmonton, Alberta, Feb. 3, 2016. | Jason Franson / The Canadian Press via AP | That raises the question of the federal NDP's position on the pipeline. Federal leader Jagmeet Singh speaks about 'democracy' being a wonderful thing, with two NDP Premiers each keeping their promises to constituents. Singh has not spoken out against the pipeline, and avoided the recent protests when in Vancouver. What will his position be in the federal election? What will it be in Parliament? | In point of fact, nobody speaks for the public interest in Parliament today, with the possible exception of Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who was arrested at the pipeline protests in Burnaby that Singh didn't attend. The problem with May is that working people can't count on…

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-05-11). Republicans Are Scrambling to Find Votes for Their Farm Bill—It's Probably Doomed. alternet.org The votes just aren't there. | The Republican House leadership is intent on forging ahead with a farm bill that isn't guaranteed at this time to pass the House, and almost certainly cannot pass the Senate. Vulnerable Republicans don't like it because it will open them up to a charge that they're trying to make more people go hungry. Nihilistic Republicans—and the interest groups that amplify them—don't like it because it either helps farmers who aren't their constituents to much, or doesn't help their own farmers enough. But Speaker Paul Ryan and team are plowing ahead with a vote planned for next week: As of Thursday afternoon, Conaway had not secured support from a number of Republican lawmakers after several days of meetings. But he told reporters that he is convinced that they will come around. The date of the floor debate. . .

Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos (2018-05-11). House Republicans Want to Straight-Up 'Break' the Actual System of Law Itself. alternet.org They're trying to dismantle the legal system. | House Republicans are attacking the Department of Justice and by extension the special counsel's Russia probe on so many fronts it's impossible to keep track. Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows's new tact is to push for a federal audit of Robert Mueller under the guise of oversight in order to get an unredacted copy of the "scope memo," which lays out the boundaries of his Russia investigation. The Washington Post writes: Meadows, speaking Thursday during a taping of C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" that is to air Sunday, said he believed the audit is required under federal law and could not be completed without an unredacted copy of the memo written in August 2017 by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. [. . . ]Meadows and fellow Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has pushed for weeks to. . .

Katherine Krueger (2018-05-11). WaPo Positions Support for Torturer as Vote for Feminism. fair.org As the war over Gina Haspel's nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency has waged on this week, we've been gifted an incredible batch of corporate media apologias for the CIA's decades-long legacy of torture, extrajudicial killings and civil liberties violations. Perhaps most remarkably, these outlets have spent hundreds of words arguing that Haspel should be confirmed as the next director of the CIA—despite having overseen a black site prison where detainees were brutally tortured, and directing the destruction of evidence of this illegal and inhumane practice—because it's the feminist thing to do. | This was the perfect line for the Trump administration's Haspel push—a notion informed both by the Republicans' elementary understanding of identity politics and their obsession with calling out perceived liberal hypocrisy: After all, how could any self-respecting Democrat vote against a woman to usher the United States' international spying…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-11). Sanders: Make card-check the law, outlaw "right to work" peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Bernie Sanders, Mark Pocan and their congressional allies want to make joining unions and funding them a lot easier. Which is why the Independent senator from Vermont and the Democratic U.S. representative from Wisconsin, a Painter, introduced — or in Sanders' case, reintroduced — the Workplace Democracy Act. The bill, dropped in the hopper on […]…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-11). 'F— the NRA': Here's How A Democratic Candidate Forced a TV Station to Air His Daring Gun Control Ad. alternet.org The station said it was required by federal law to run the ad, despite Pat Davis' swearing. | Democratic congressional candidate Pat Davis wants you to know he does not like the National Rifle Association, and he has found the most straightforward way to make that fact clear to voters. In an ad he forced the local New Mexico TV station KRQE to run on Friday, Davis has a strong opener. "F— the NRA," he says straight to camera. "Their pro-gun policies have resulted in dead children, dead mothers, and dead fathers," he goes on. "I'm Pat Davis, and I approve this message. Because if Congress won't change our gun laws, we're changing Congress. "Davis is currently an Albuquerque city councilor. KRQE General Manager Bill Anderson issued a statement explaining that he believes federal law required him to run the 15-second ad. "We received. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-11). Immigration Officials Are Using Pseudoscience to Justify Jailing Teenage Asylum Seekers With Adults. truth-out.org This week, the Trump administration announced it will detain asylum seekers and separate them from their children at the border. A case in California shows how some minors who arrived alone to seek asylum have been put in adult detention. Immigration authorities in California are refusing to release an Afghan asylum seeker from an adult detention center, even though a federal court had determined he is a child. His lawyers say the teenager, who has been held in adult detention for five months, is 17 years old. But ICE used a disputed "pseudoscience" age test based on a dental exam to insist he is over 18. The teen, who uses the name Hamid for privacy and protection, says he fled Afghanistan using a forged passport after the Taliban murdered his father. On Tuesday, Hamid spoke to Democracy Now! in his first phone interview…

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-11). Haley, Pence Convey US Message on Venezuela: Only Election Worth Holding is One that Results in Regime Change. mintpressnews.com "On May 20, without fail, presidential elections will take place in Venezuela and the people will defend their right to decide with votes, without interventions of any kind. The whole world will witness a new popular expression which will reaffirm the democratic character of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela."

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-11). Here's Why Trump Doesn't Fight Back Against Stormy Daniels' Lawyer. alternet.org Trump prides himself on going after his critics — but he leaves Michael Avenatti alone. | Michael Avenatti has become a near-ubiquitous presence on cable news in recent weeks and months, so much so that speculation has inevitably arisen suggesting he may get his own network show. This week he even broke a major story in his own right, revealing that President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen used a shell company since the election to take payments from major companies, including one backed by a Russian oligarch. But while Avenatti attracts substantial attention and has created serious problems for the president, Trump largely ignores the media-savvy attorney. Since Trump prides himself on "counterpunching" and going after his critics, it is suspicious that he remains silent on the man representing Stephanie Clifford, who is better known as Stormy Daniels. Clifford is suing Trump and Cohen. . .

Richard Moser (2018-05-11). The People Made the First New Deal. Can the People Make Another? counterpunch.org The kind of electoral victories we need will take far more than standard electioneering and Facebook debates. Let's look at what it took to create the New Deal so we can see just how challenging the task ahead is. During the Great Depression massive organizing efforts and protest movements were necessary just to reform the two-party system. New Deal history strongly suggests that the current dementer v. demexit debate is largely a waste of time until we organize movements powerful enough to upset the existing order. More

Barry Barnett (2018-05-11). An Urgent Appeal to Try Preventing War. counterpunch.org Of all the "mistakes" that Donald Trump has made since being selected president (not elected — see articles, books and films by Greg Palast, Harvey Wasserman and myself on how the Republican Party, Robert Mercer and others stole the 2016 election for Trump — not any Russians), the withdrawal of the United States from the More

Franklin Lamb (2018-05-11). Palestinian Refugees Suffer Setback in Lebanon's Parliamentary Election. counterpunch.org Shatila Camp, Beirut Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have no right to vote and that has never been a significant issue with them. As refugees they are not citizens of Lebanon and have never sought naturalization. Rather, their focus continues to be on acquiring at least some elementary civil rights pending full return to their own More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-11). Conservative Writers Have Found a Weird New Argument to Claim that They're Oppressed. alternet.org What on earth is the "Intellectual Dark Web? " | Despite the fact that Republican politicians are in charge of Congress and the White House while a conservative-leaning majority reigns in the Supreme Court, conservatives are nevertheless convinced that "the Left" is using political correctness to quash their ideas. This pattern of thought is nowhere more evident than in the writings of National Review writer David French, who Friday published a story defending a recent article — written by the New York Times' Bari Weiss — about the "Intellectual Dark Web. "The web is a "network" of iconoclastic thinkers who include people like Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, and Ayan Hirsi Ali. Despite these individuals' relative success, the idea of the Intellectual Dark Web is that they are somehow kept down by oppressive political correctness and excluded from legacy media outlets. French argues,. . .

Juan Cole (2018-05-11). Why There Isn't Likely To Be A Conventional War Between Israel And Iran. iranian.com It is understandable that observers are alarmed about an Iran-Israel conflict in the aftermath of the violation by Trump of the 2015 Iranian nuclear enrichment treaty. Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu worked hard to undermine the treaty in the US, using cut-outs such as allegedly corrupt casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who bought the Republican Party […]

Bob Lord (2018-05-11). Congress Made It Harder to Give Teachers Raises. counterpunch.org In just a few months, we've seen teachers in five states walk out of the classroom to protest their abysmal pay. Stingy state budgets are mostly to blame for low teacher pay and poor school conditions, but there's a federal tax connection, too. Unfortunately, last year's Republican tax plan could make keeping good teachers in More

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-11). Protesters Detained in Kazakhstan. hrw.org Masked law enforcement officers detain protester at a May 10 rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan. | © 2018 Mariya Gordeyeva/Reuters | Kazakh police yesterday detained dozens of people in cities across the country who were protesting the use of torture and politically motivated imprisonment. | People appear to have rallied in response to a call by opposition movement Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK), which a Kazakhstan court in March declared "extremist" and banned, a move seen by some simply a means to repress the opposition group. | Videos posted on Facebook show groups of people gathered in squares, a pedestrian walkway, and outside city administration buildings holding signs reading "No Torture" or calling for "Freedom for political prisoners." | People gathered in Almaty, the country's largest city, and in Astana, Kazakhstan's capital. Smaller protests…

wsws.org (2018-05-11). Podemos calls for alliance with right-wing Citizens Party in Spain. wsws.org Errejón insists Podemos drop its "original sin" of rejecting agreements with other parties in favour of an alliance "democratic forces" in the PSOE and Ciudadanos.

wsws.org (2018-05-11). Malaysian election: A political shock in South East Asia. wsws.org The ousting of the 61-year UMNO-led government will have ramifications beyond Malaysia.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-11). Laleh Khalili: Palestinian "Gandhis" Are Marching Every Day for Freedom from Israeli Apartheid. democracynow.org For the seventh week in a row, Palestinian protesters are gathering in Gaza near the Israeli border as part of an ongoing nonviolent protest called the Great March of Return. Since the protests began, Israeli forces have killed at least 47 Palestinians and wounded nearly 7,000. The protests are leading up to a massive rally next week timed to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, known as the Day of Catastrophe to Palestinians, when more than 700,000 Palestinians were forced to flee or were expelled from their homes. Still with us is Laleh Khalili, professor at SOAS University of London. She's the author of a number of books, including "Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies."

Democracy Now! (2018-05-11). Headlines for May 11, 2018. democracynow.org U.S. and North Korea Set for June 12 Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore, Yemen: At Least 11 Civilians Killed in U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes, Dick Cheney Urges Restart to Torture Program, Saying, "I'd Do It Again", CIA Director's Confirmation in Doubt as Sen. McCain Cites "Disturbing" Torture Role, Britain Formally Apologizes to Libyan Rendition Victims, AT&T Paid Trump's Lawyer $600K to Advise on Time Warner Merger, Rudy Giuliani Leaves Law Firm Amid Criticism of Hush Money Payments, U.S. Apologizes After Canadian Minister Ordered to Remove Turban, NYT: Kirstjen Nielsen Nearly Resigned over Trump's Reprimand, ICE Agents Raid San Diego Home, Mocking Demands to See Warrant, Hawaii Prepares Mass Evacuation Plans as Volcanic Eruption Grows, Beaumont, Texas: Bomb Explodes on Steps of Church, Sudan: Death Penalty for Teen Bride Who Killed Husband During Rape, Flight Attendants' Survey Finds Sexual Harassment Rampant on Flights, Junot Díaz Resigns as Pulitzer Prize Chair Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims, Spotify to Drop R. Kelly over Sexual Assault Accusations, FEC to Allow Candidates to Use Campaign Funds for Child Care, Mexico: Mothers of the Disappeared March for Drug War Victims…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-11). If Gina Haspel Is Confirmed at CIA, the U.S. Would Be Giving Other Nations Green Light to Torture. democracynow.org Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday that the U.S. should restart torture interrogation tactics. Cheney's comment comes a day after President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, repeatedly refused Wednesday to call the CIA's post-9/11 treatment of prisoners "torture," and declined to state whether she believes torture is immoral. Haspel's prospects for confirmation remain in doubt, after Republican senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona issued statements opposing her nomination. We speak to Laleh Khalili, professor at SOAS University of London and author of "Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies."

Democracy Now! (2018-05-11). Trump Withdrew from Iran Nuclear Deal. Now Israel May Be Trying to Provoke War. democracynow.org Tension is mounting between Israel and Iran in Syria. On Thursday, Israel bombed dozens of Iranian targets inside Syria in the largest attack by Israel since fighting began in Syria in 2011. Israeli authorities said the attack was in response to Iranian forces firing 20 rockets at Israeli forces in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had "crossed a red line," though Israel has offered no evidence the rocket attacks were carried out by Iran. Earlier today, Iran's Foreign Ministry said Israel's claim about an Iranian rocket attack is "freely invented and baseless." Meanwhile, more evidence is emerging that it was Israel—not Iran—that began the escalation this week. The New York Times reports an Israeli missile strike on Wednesday hit a village in the Syrian Golan Heights. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reports Israel carried out…

RT (2018-05-11). Worst meddler ever? 'Russian' Facebook ads 'trolling US election' went completely unseen. rt.com As US politicians accuse Russia of planting divisive Facebook ads during the election, they're unwilling to acknowledge that many of those ads weren't seen by a single soul, or were mere reprints of reports in US mainstream media.
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Democracy Now! (2018-05-11). Immigration Officials Are Using Pseudoscience to Justify Jailing Teenage Asylum Seekers with Adults. democracynow.org This week, the Trump administration announced it will detain asylum seekers and separate them from their children at the border. A case in California shows how some minors who arrived alone to seek asylum have been put in adult detention. Immigration authorities in California are refusing to release an Afghan asylum seeker from an adult detention center, even though a federal court had determined he is a child. His lawyers say the teenager, who has been held in adult detention for five months, is 17 years old. But ICE used a disputed "pseudoscience" age test based on a dental exam to insist he is over 18. The teen, who uses the name Hamid for privacy and protection, says he fled Afghanistan using a forged passport after the Taliban murdered his father. On Tuesday, Hamid spoke to Democracy Now! in his first phone interview from the Mesa Verde detention center in Bakersfield, California. We speak to his attorney Mariel Villarreal in New York.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-11). Black Mama's Bail Out Is Freeing Black Women from Jail for Mother's Day & Taking Aim at Cash Bail. democracynow.org It's Mother's Day this weekend, and racial justice groups around the country are bailing black women out of jail so they can spend the holiday with their families. For the second year in a row, "Black Mama's Bail Out Day" is raising money to bail out as many black women from jail as possible. The effort is taking place in dozens of cities to call attention to the injustice of cash bail. We speak to Mary Hooks, co-director of Southerners on New Ground and an organizer of National Black Mama's Bail Out Day.

Zaid Jilani (2018-05-11). West Virginia Republican Said Teachers Won't "Have Any Significant Effect" On Elections. Then They Voted Him Out. theintercept.com In West Virginia, a Republican state senator who opposed labor rights predicted the teacher strike would have little political impact. Then came primary day.

RT (2018-05-11). Democrats' lead melting ahead of midterms as Trump turns hawkish. rt.com President Donald Trump campaigned on anti-war talking points, but a recent hawkish turn has not hurt him in the polls. Quite the opposite: recent figures show the Democrats' lead melting ahead of the 2018 midterms.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-11). Philippine Chief Justice Ouster an Assault on Rights, Democracy. hrw.org Ousted Philippine Supreme Court Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks to supporters at a rally outside the Supreme Court building on Taft Avenue, metro Manila, Philippines May 11, 2018. | The Philippine Supreme Court's unprecedented and nefarious removal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno constitutes a frontal assault on human rights protections and democratic rule. | The court, by an 8 to 6 vote, approved a government-filed petition questioning the validity of Sereno's appointment. But Sereno's ouster was about much more. Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Sereno an " enemy" and called for her impeachment for her criticism of his murderous "war on drugs" and other abusive policies. | Sereno, 57, is just the latest in a growing list of institutions and individuals — including Philippine media outlets and

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-10). War Clouds Gather Around Iran. consortiumnews.com With Israel and Iran exchanging direct fire, Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and John Bolton promoting regime change in Tehran, Inder Comar offers four reasons why the US may be close to attacking the Islamic Republic. By… Read more →

wsws.org (2018-05-10). Republican reactionaries, CIA Democrats win primary nominations. wsws.org Democratic and Republican nominees were chosen Tuesday for three governorships, three Senate seats, and 41 congressional districts.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-10). Coming of Age in the Syrian War: Memoir by Journalist Marwan Hisham & Illustrator Molly Crabapple. democracynow.org Israel has bombed dozens of Iranian targets inside the country in the largest attack by Israel since fighting began in Syria in 2011. The bombing raid came a day after Israel accused Iranian forces in Syria of firing 20 rockets at Israeli forces in the occupied Golan Heights, a part of Syria that Israel has occupied since 1967. We spend the rest of the hour looking at the war in Syria with a Syrian journalist and a New York artist who have worked together for years. Marwan Hisham is a Syrian journalist from Raqqa, now living in exile in Turkey. He became a journalist after first taking part in the initial protests against Bashar al-Assad in 2011. His new book is illustrated and co-authored by the award-winning artist Molly Crabapple. They first started collaborating in 2014, when Hisham was still living in ISIS-occupied Raqqa. He would send her photographs of life under ISIS, and she would draw illustrations of them. Their book is titled "Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War" and is out next week.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-10). Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable. democracynow.org On Capitol Hill Wednesday, President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, announced she would not restart the CIA's interrogation program. But she repeatedly refused to call the CIA's post-9/11 treatment of prisoners "torture," and declined to state whether she believes torture is immoral. Haspel's comments came in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, as she made her case to become the first woman to head the agency. Haspel is a 33-year CIA veteran who was responsible for running a secret CIA black site in Thailand in 2002, where one prisoner was waterboarded and tortured in other ways. Haspel also oversaw the destruction of videotapes showing torture at the black site. At least two Republican senators have come out against her—Rand Paul and John McCain, who said her "role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing & her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying." But Haspel may still be confirmed with the help of Democratic lawmakers. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has already announced he will back Haspel. We speak with Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept and host of the weekly podcast "Intercepted."

RT (2018-05-10). 'Red Alert': Democrats file bid to restore net neutrality rule. rt.com Senate Democrats have filed a petition to restore the recently repealed 2015 net neutrality rule. The campaign is supported by Reddit, Imgur, Vimeo, Mozilla, Tumblr, Tinder and PornHub, among others.
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Democracy Now! (2018-05-10). Headlines for May 10, 2018. democracynow.org Israel Launches Massive Airstrikes on Syria, Targeting Iranian Forces, CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel Won't Say If Torture Is Immoral, North Korea Releases 3 U.S. Citizens as Mike Pompeo Meets Kim Jong-un, U.S. Prepares Iran Sanctions After Trump Withdraws from Nuclear Deal, Hopes Fade for Release of U.S. Citizens Held in Iran, Michael Cohen Promised White House Access to Win $4.4 Million in Payments, Afghanistan: At Least 15 Dead in ISIS, Taliban Attacks, Nicaragua: Thousands Protest Bloody Crackdown on April Demonstrations, Argentines Protest as President Macri Prepares to Take on IMF Loans, Malaysia: Opposition Wins First Election Since Independence in 1957, Sen. Bernie Sanders' Workplace Democracy Act Would Strengthen Unions, California Will Require Most New Homes to Install Solar Panels…

John Thomason (2018-05-09). A North Carolina Sheriff Doubled Down on Cooperation With ICE — So Voters Gave Him the Boot. theintercept.com On Tuesday night, voters handed a decisive loss to the incumbent sheriff of North Carolina's largest county, which includes Charlotte, garnering a win for grass-roots efforts to oppose hard-line immigration policies. The central issue that emerged in the Mecklenburg County race was Sheriff Irwin Carmichael's cooperation with the Trump administration's deportation policy. | "Camichael [sic] shouldn't be surprised," tweeted Lorella Praeli, the director of immigration policy and campaigns at American Civil Liberties Union. "He chose to facilitate Trump's deportation force. Sheriffs around the country, take notice." | Carmichael's department had participated in a controversial program launched by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to form partnerships with state and local law enforcement. The 287(g) program, which delegates immigration roles to state and local authorities, has become a lightning rod political issue since Donald Trump's election to the presidency. | According to ICE, the…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-09). ASEAN Lawmakers Decry Indonesia's 'Rising Tide of Intolerance'. hrw.org Muslim protesters hold an anti-LGBT rally outside a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia on February 2, 2018. | © 2018 Antara Foto / Irwansyah Putra | The Indonesian government's failure to address growing intolerance for religious minorities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has drawn renewed criticism from Southeast Asian lawmakers. | The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), a nongovernmental grouping of current and former elected representatives from Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries, warned this week that a "rising tide of intolerance" against those vulnerable minorities "threatens Indonesia's democratic success." The organization called on the Indonesian government "to put human rights at the center of efforts to address religious hatred and vigilantism." | The APHR's criticism comes at a time…

RT (2018-05-09). More Americans now believe Russia investigation is 'politically motivated' — poll. rt.com A majority of Americans now say that the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election is politically motivated, according to a new poll. |
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Foreign Ministry Condemns Blocking of EU Statement Rejecting US Embassy Move
INA | imemc.org | 2018-05-13
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a press conference on May 27, 2015, at EU headquarters in Brussels (AFP, File) The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement, on Saturday, that strongly condemns the governments of Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic for blocking the release of …
imemc.org/article/foreign-ministry-condemns-blocking-of-eu-statement-rejecting-us-embassy-move/

Why Does The American Right Hate Iran So Much?
Steven Hurst | iranian.com | 2018-05-13
Now Donald Trump has finally backed out of the Iranian nuclear deal, the rest of the world is trying to understand the thinking that went into his decision. High up the list of factors is a longstanding American unease about Iran in general. But while most Americans don't like the Islamic Republic of Iran, some dislike it […] | The post Why Does The American Right Hate Iran So Much? appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/05/12/american-right-hate-iran-much/

Is the Impeachment of Donald Trump Really Coming? Republicans Definitely Think So
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
Republicans' main midterm strategy is to drive their voters out with impeachment-dread. How will Democrats respond? | On Thursday night in Indiana, President Trump made another one of his "jokes" about extending his presidency beyond eight years. He was talking about how he had wanted to move the U. S. embassy to Jerusalem and was told that might take 10 years. It's not the first time he has alluded to staying in office past 2024. (It goes without saying, in his world, that he will be re-elected in 2020. ) Speaking before a group of GOP donors last March he talked about Chinese president Xi Jinping saying, "He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll give that a shot someday. "It's always hard to know how to take. . .
www.alternet.org/impeachment-donald-trump-really-coming-republicans-definitely-think-so

Women on the 2018 Ballot are Busting Perceptions of Motherhood and Leadership
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
Motherhood is taking center stage in US politics. | Sen. Tammy Duckworth, the first United States senator to give birth while in office has been seen on Capitol Hill with her newborn nestled in her lap. Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Maryland's Krish Vignarajah and Wisconsin's Kelda Roys, made waves with campaign ads that, in addition to touting their capabilities as leaders, also show them nursing their babies. A Democratic congressional candidate in New York, Liuba Grechen Shirley, was just granted permission from the Federal Election Commission to use campaign funds to cover the cost of child care while she runs for office. Plus, women are running for office in record numbers this year. Among their many experiences, roles and identities, many are emphasizing being a mom. What does this acknowledgment of motherhood tell us about U. S. politics today? As I have. . .
www.alternet.org/women-2018-ballot-are-busting-perceptions-motherhood-and-leadership

Sasha Abramsky on the Decline of Empathy and the Future of Democracy (Audio and Transcript)
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-12
Robert Scheer speaks with the journalist and professor about his latest book, on how fear has contributed to demagoguery. | The post Sasha Abramsky on the Decline of Empathy and the Future of Democracy (Audio and Transcript) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/sasha-abramsky-on-the-decline-of-empathy-and-the-future-of-democracy-audio-and-transcript/

Noam Chomsky Explains Exactly What Went Wrong in the 2016 Presidential Election in Brand New Interview
Dan Brook, Truthout | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
"The Sanders campaign, the most remarkable feature of the '16 election by far, broke with the long-standing pattern of reliance on wealth and corporate power. " | Noam Chomsky is an exceptionally influential figure. Author of well over 100 books (as well as many articles, letters, speeches and interviews) published over the past 60 years, Chomsky is integral to cognitive science, modern linguistics, philosophy, mass media criticism and political analysis — especially of US foreign policy, the military-industrial complex, capitalism and imperialism. Chomsky is a defender of free speech and is one of the most cited authors. This interview first appeared at Truthout. com. Chomsky was kind enough to take some time out of his extraordinarily busy schedule to give what he described as "much too brief" responses to Truthout's questions. Dan Brook: Worker-owned cooperatives (co-ops) seem to be a hybrid between capitalism and. . .
www.alternet.org/noam-chomsky-explains-exactly-what-went-wrong-2016-presidential-election-brand-new-interview

GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-12
Adelson's perspectives on U.S. foreign policy, particularly towards Iran, are alarming, given that his influence on U.S. politics is set to grow in the wake of his latest mega-donation to the Republican party. | The post GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC appeared first on MintPress News.

GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC

Watch: HBO's Bill Maher Confronts Rep. Duncan Hunter About McCain Insults
Nicole Karlis, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-12
Hunter is a military veteran and Maher was curious what he thought about a former Trump aide who said that John McCain was 'dying anyway. ' | Duncan Hunter, a California Republican House representative, braved a Bill Maher interrogation on Friday night. Indeed, on "Real Time with Bill Maher," Maher surprisingly decided not to interrogate him about the federal probe for alleged campaign-finance violations he's facing. Instead, he wanted to talk about President Donald Trump–and the insults that have been reportedly surfaced from the White House about Republican Arizona Senator, John McCain. "I'm very impressed that you showed up," Maher said to Hunter. "You're a Republican, you're one of Trump's first supporters. "Maher continued by taking Hunter's temperature about the insults that have been made about McCain who is currently battling brain cancer. Kelly Sadler, a White House aide, reportedly distastefully joked about Sen.
www.alternet.org/watch-hbos-bill-maher-confronts-rep-duncan-hunter-about-mccain-insults

Colorado Democrats slash teacher and public employee pensions
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-12
The cuts have been enabled by the unions, which shut down mass walkouts last month and are isolating the ongoing teacher strike in Pueblo.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/12/colo-m12.html

Cambodia: Release Ex-Radio Free Asia Journalists
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-12
Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, former journalists of the Radio Free Asia (RFA), sit inside a police vehicle as they arrive for a bail hearing at the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on April 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Samrang Pring | (New York) — Cambodian authorities should drop fabricated espionage charges against former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin and immediately and unconditionally release them, Human Rights Watch said today. Their arrests six months ago on November 14, 2017, were part of Prime Minister Hun Sen's ongoing crackdown on the media, civil society groups, and the political opposition that have caused many former RFA and other journalists, activists, and opposition members to flee the country. | "Ahead of July's national elections, Prime Minister Hun Sen has…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/12/cambodia-release-ex-radio-free-asia-journalists

Reps or Dems, all US govts are 'oppressive,' says Chelsea Manning
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-12
All US governments are oppressive, regardless of whether they're run by Republicans or Democrats, activist Chelsea Manning said during a rally for J20 defendants in Washington DC. …
www.rt.com/usa/426552-manning-us-governments-oppressive/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Britain Should use Erdogan Visit to Speak out on Human Rights
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-12
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, January 28, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Despite the sharp deterioration in human rights under his leadership, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan, is being accorded a state visit to Britain next week, including a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May and with the Queen. Undoubtedly, May would prefer the discussion focus on investment, trade, and Syria, but the scale of repression underway in Turkey makes it impossible to ignore. She should use the moment to urge an end to the Turkish government's brutal crackdown on opponents and critics. | The visit comes ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 in which Erdogan seeks to renew his mandate with greatly enhanced powers. The elections…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/12/britain-should-use-erdogan-visit-speak-out-human-rights

Kinder Morgan pipeline: Who will fight Big Oil in Canada's tarsands?
Elizabeth Rowley | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-11
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley walk together after a meeting in Edmonton, Alberta, Feb. 3, 2016. | Jason Franson / The Canadian Press via AP | That raises the question of the federal NDP's position on the pipeline. Federal leader Jagmeet Singh speaks about 'democracy' being a wonderful thing, with two NDP Premiers each keeping their promises to constituents. Singh has not spoken out against the pipeline, and avoided the recent protests when in Vancouver. What will his position be in the federal election? What will it be in Parliament? | In point of fact, nobody speaks for the public interest in Parliament today, with the possible exception of Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who was arrested at the pipeline protests in Burnaby that Singh didn't attend. The problem with May is that working people can't count on…

Kinder Morgan pipeline: Who will fight Big Oil in Canada’s tarsands?

Republicans Are Scrambling to Find Votes for Their Farm Bill–It's Probably Doomed
Joan McCarter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
The votes just aren't there. | The Republican House leadership is intent on forging ahead with a farm bill that isn't guaranteed at this time to pass the House, and almost certainly cannot pass the Senate. Vulnerable Republicans don't like it because it will open them up to a charge that they're trying to make more people go hungry. Nihilistic Republicans–and the interest groups that amplify them–don't like it because it either helps farmers who aren't their constituents to much, or doesn't help their own farmers enough. But Speaker Paul Ryan and team are plowing ahead with a vote planned for next week: As of Thursday afternoon, Conaway had not secured support from a number of Republican lawmakers after several days of meetings. But he told reporters that he is convinced that they will come around. The date of the floor debate. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/republicans-are-scrambling-find-votes-their-farm-bill-its-probably-doomed

WaPo Positions Support for Torturer as Vote for Feminism
Katherine Krueger | fair.org | 2018-05-11
As the war over Gina Haspel's nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency has waged on this week, we've been gifted an incredible batch of corporate media apologias for the CIA's decades-long legacy of torture, extrajudicial killings and civil liberties violations. Perhaps most remarkably, these outlets have spent hundreds of words arguing that Haspel should be confirmed as the next director of the CIA–despite having overseen a black site prison where detainees were brutally tortured, and directing the destruction of evidence of this illegal and inhumane practice–because it's the feminist thing to do. | This was the perfect line for the Trump administration's Haspel push–a notion informed both by the Republicans' elementary understanding of identity politics and their obsession with calling out perceived liberal hypocrisy: After all, how could any self-respecting Democrat vote against a woman to usher the United States' international spying…
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House Republicans Want to Straight-Up 'Break' the Actual System of Law Itself
Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
They're trying to dismantle the legal system. | House Republicans are attacking the Department of Justice and by extension the special counsel's Russia probe on so many fronts it's impossible to keep track. Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows's new tact is to push for a federal audit of Robert Mueller under the guise of oversight in order to get an unredacted copy of the "scope memo," which lays out the boundaries of his Russia investigation. The Washington Post writes: Meadows, speaking Thursday during a taping of C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" that is to air Sunday, said he believed the audit is required under federal law and could not be completed without an unredacted copy of the memo written in August 2017 by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. [. . . ]Meadows and fellow Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has pushed for weeks to. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/house-republicans-want-straight-break-actual-system-law-itself

Haley, Pence Convey US Message on Venezuela: Only Election Worth Holding is One that Results in Regime Change
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-11
"On May 20, without fail, presidential elections will take place in Venezuela and the people will defend their right to decide with votes, without interventions of any kind. The whole world will witness a new popular expression which will reaffirm the democratic character of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela." | The post Haley, Pence Convey US Message on Venezuela: Only Election Worth Holding is One that Results in Regime Change appeared first on MintPress News.

Haley, Pence Convey US Message on Venezuela: Only Election Worth Holding is One that Results in Regime Change

Sanders: Make card-check the law, outlaw "right to work"
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-11
WASHINGTON–Bernie Sanders, Mark Pocan and their congressional allies want to make joining unions and funding them a lot easier. Which is why the Independent senator from Vermont and the Democratic U.S. representative from Wisconsin, a Painter, introduced — or in Sanders' case, reintroduced — the Workplace Democracy Act. The bill, dropped in the hopper on …

Sanders: Make card-check the law, outlaw “right to work”

'F— the NRA': Here's How A Democratic Candidate Forced a TV Station to Air His Daring Gun Control Ad
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
The station said it was required by federal law to run the ad, despite Pat Davis' swearing. | Democratic congressional candidate Pat Davis wants you to know he does not like the National Rifle Association, and he has found the most straightforward way to make that fact clear to voters. In an ad he forced the local New Mexico TV station KRQE to run on Friday, Davis has a strong opener. "F— the NRA," he says straight to camera. "Their pro-gun policies have resulted in dead children, dead mothers, and dead fathers," he goes on. "I'm Pat Davis, and I approve this message. Because if Congress won't change our gun laws, we're changing Congress. "Davis is currently an Albuquerque city councilor. KRQE General Manager Bill Anderson issued a statement explaining that he believes federal law required him to run the 15-second ad. "We received. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/f-nra-heres-how-democratic-candidate-forced-tv-station-air-his-daring-gun-control

The People Made the First New Deal. Can the People Make Another?
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
The kind of electoral victories we need will take far more than standard electioneering and Facebook debates. Let's look at what it took to create the New Deal so we can see just how challenging the task ahead is. During the Great Depression massive organizing efforts and protest movements were necessary just to reform the two-party system. New Deal history strongly suggests that the current dementer v. demexit debate is largely a waste of time until we organize movements powerful enough to upset the existing order.
counterpunch.org/2018/05/11/the-people-made-the-first-new-deal-can-the-people-make-another/

Here's Why Trump Doesn't Fight Back Against Stormy Daniels' Lawyer
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
Trump prides himself on going after his critics — but he leaves Michael Avenatti alone. | Michael Avenatti has become a near-ubiquitous presence on cable news in recent weeks and months, so much so that speculation has inevitably arisen suggesting he may get his own network show. This week he even broke a major story in his own right, revealing that President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen used a shell company since the election to take payments from major companies, including one backed by a Russian oligarch. But while Avenatti attracts substantial attention and has created serious problems for the president, Trump largely ignores the media-savvy attorney. Since Trump prides himself on "counterpunching" and going after his critics, it is suspicious that he remains silent on the man representing Stephanie Clifford, who is better known as Stormy Daniels. Clifford is suing Trump and Cohen. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/heres-why-trump-hasnt-fought-back-against-stormy-daniels-lawyer-michael-avenatti

An Urgent Appeal to Try Preventing War
Barry Barnett | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
Of all the "mistakes" that Donald Trump has made since being selected president (not elected — see articles, books and films by Greg Palast, Harvey Wasserman and myself on how the Republican Party, Robert Mercer and others stole the 2016 election for Trump — not any Russians), the withdrawal of the United States from the…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/11/an-urgent-appeal-to-try-preventing-war/

Palestinian Refugees Suffer Setback in Lebanon's Parliamentary Election
Franklin Lamb | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
Shatila Camp, Beirut Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have no right to vote and that has never been a significant issue with them. As refugees they are not citizens of Lebanon and have never sought naturalization. Rather, their focus continues to be on acquiring at least some elementary civil rights pending full return to their own…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/11/palestinian-refugees-suffer-setback-in-lebanons-parliamentary-election/

Why There Isn't Likely To Be A Conventional War Between Israel And Iran
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2018-05-11
It is understandable that observers are alarmed about an Iran-Israel conflict in the aftermath of the violation by Trump of the 2015 Iranian nuclear enrichment treaty. Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu worked hard to undermine the treaty in the US, using cut-outs such as allegedly corrupt casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who bought the Republican Party […] | The post Why There Isn't Likely To Be A Conventional War Between Israel And Iran appeared first on The Iranian.
iranian.com/2018/05/11/isnt-likely-conventional-war-israel-iran/

Conservative Writers Have Found a Weird New Argument to Claim that They're Oppressed
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
What on earth is the "Intellectual Dark Web? " | Despite the fact that Republican politicians are in charge of Congress and the White House while a conservative-leaning majority reigns in the Supreme Court, conservatives are nevertheless convinced that "the Left" is using political correctness to quash their ideas. This pattern of thought is nowhere more evident than in the writings of National Review writer David French, who Friday published a story defending a recent article — written by the New York Times' Bari Weiss — about the "Intellectual Dark Web. "The web is a "network" of iconoclastic thinkers who include people like Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, and Ayan Hirsi Ali. Despite these individuals' relative success, the idea of the Intellectual Dark Web is that they are somehow kept down by oppressive political correctness and excluded from legacy media outlets. French argues,. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/conservative-writers-have-found-weird-new-argument-claim-theyre-oppressed

Congress Made It Harder to Give Teachers Raises
Bob Lord | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
In just a few months, we've seen teachers in five states walk out of the classroom to protest their abysmal pay. Stingy state budgets are mostly to blame for low teacher pay and poor school conditions, but there's a federal tax connection, too. Unfortunately, last year's Republican tax plan could make keeping good teachers in…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/11/congress-made-it-harder-to-give-teachers-raises/

Trump Withdrew from Iran Nuclear Deal. Now Israel May Be Trying to Provoke War
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
Tension is mounting between Israel and Iran in Syria. On Thursday, Israel bombed dozens of Iranian targets inside Syria in the largest attack by Israel since fighting began in Syria in 2011. Israeli authorities said the attack was in response to Iranian forces firing 20 rockets at Israeli forces in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had "crossed a red line," though Israel has offered no evidence the rocket attacks were carried out by Iran. Earlier today, Iran's Foreign Ministry said Israel's claim about an Iranian rocket attack is "freely invented and baseless." Meanwhile, more evidence is emerging that it was Israel–not Iran–that began the escalation this week. The New York Times reports an Israeli missile strike on Wednesday hit a village in the Syrian Golan Heights. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reports Israel carried out…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/11/trump_withdrew_from_iranian_nuclear_deal

Laleh Khalili: Palestinian "Gandhis" Are Marching Every Day for Freedom from Israeli Apartheid
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
For the seventh week in a row, Palestinian protesters are gathering in Gaza near the Israeli border as part of an ongoing nonviolent protest called the Great March of Return. Since the protests began, Israeli forces have killed at least 47 Palestinians and wounded nearly 7,000. The protests are leading up to a massive rally next week timed to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, known as the Day of Catastrophe to Palestinians, when more than 700,000 Palestinians were forced to flee or were expelled from their homes. Still with us is Laleh Khalili, professor at SOAS University of London. She's the author of a number of books, including "Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies."
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/11/laleh_khalili_palestinians_gandhis_are_marching

Immigration Officials Are Using Pseudoscience to Justify Jailing Teenage Asylum Seekers with Adults
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
This week, the Trump administration announced it will detain asylum seekers and separate them from their children at the border. A case in California shows how some minors who arrived alone to seek asylum have been put in adult detention. Immigration authorities in California are refusing to release an Afghan asylum seeker from an adult detention center, even though a federal court had determined he is a child. His lawyers say the teenager, who has been held in adult detention for five months, is 17 years old. But ICE used a disputed "pseudoscience" age test based on a dental exam to insist he is over 18. The teen, who uses the name Hamid for privacy and protection, says he fled Afghanistan using a forged passport after the Taliban murdered his father. On Tuesday, Hamid spoke to Democracy Now! in his first phone interview from the Mesa Verde detention center in Bakersfield, California. We speak to his attorney Mariel Villarreal in New York.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/11/immigration_officials_are_using_pseudoscience_to

Democrats' lead melting ahead of midterms as Trump turns hawkish
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-11
President Donald Trump campaigned on anti-war talking points, but a recent hawkish turn has not hurt him in the polls. Quite the opposite: recent figures show the Democrats' lead melting ahead of the 2018 midterms. …
www.rt.com/usa/426517-trump-war-republicans-democrats-poll/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Protesters Detained in Kazakhstan
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-11
Masked law enforcement officers detain protester at a May 10 rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan. | © 2018 Mariya Gordeyeva/Reuters | Kazakh police yesterday detained dozens of people in cities across the country who were protesting the use of torture and politically motivated imprisonment. | People appear to have rallied in response to a call by opposition movement Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK), which a Kazakhstan court in March declared "extremist" and banned, a move seen by some simply a means to repress the opposition group. | Videos posted on Facebook show groups of people gathered in squares, a pedestrian walkway, and outside city administration buildings holding signs reading "No Torture" or calling for "Freedom for political prisoners." | People gathered in Almaty, the country's largest city, and in Astana, Kazakhstan's capital. Smaller protests…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/11/protesters-detained-kazakhstan

Malaysian election: A political shock in South East Asia
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-11
The ousting of the 61-year UMNO-led government will have ramifications beyond Malaysia.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/11/mala-m11.html

West Virginia Republican Said Teachers Won't "Have Any Significant Effect" On Elections. Then They Voted Him Out
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-05-11
In West Virginia, a Republican state senator who opposed labor rights predicted the teacher strike would have little political impact. Then came primary day. | The post West Virginia Republican Said Teachers Won't "Have Any Significant Effect" On Elections. Then They Voted Him Out. appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/05/11/west-virginia-primary-teacher-strikes/

Philippine Chief Justice Ouster an Assault on Rights, Democracy
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-11
Ousted Philippine Supreme Court Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks to supporters at a rally outside the Supreme Court building on Taft Avenue, metro Manila, Philippines May 11, 2018. | The Philippine Supreme Court's unprecedented and nefarious removal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno constitutes a frontal assault on human rights protections and democratic rule. | The court, by an 8 to 6 vote, approved a government-filed petition questioning the validity of Sereno's appointment. But Sereno's ouster was about much more. Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Sereno an " enemy" and called for her impeachment for her criticism of his murderous "war on drugs" and other abusive policies. | Sereno, 57, is just the latest in a growing list of institutions and individuals — including Philippine media outlets and
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/11/philippine-chief-justice-ouster-assault-rights-democracy

Headlines for May 11, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
U.S. and North Korea Set for June 12 Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore, Yemen: At Least 11 Civilians Killed in U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes, Dick Cheney Urges Restart to Torture Program, Saying, "I'd Do It Again", CIA Director's Confirmation in Doubt as Sen. McCain Cites "Disturbing" Torture Role, Britain Formally Apologizes to Libyan Rendition Victims, AT&T Paid Trump's Lawyer $600K to Advise on Time Warner Merger, Rudy Giuliani Leaves Law Firm Amid Criticism of Hush Money Payments, U.S. Apologizes After Canadian Minister Ordered to Remove Turban, NYT: Kirstjen Nielsen Nearly Resigned over Trump's Reprimand, ICE Agents Raid San Diego Home, Mocking Demands to See Warrant, Hawaii Prepares Mass Evacuation Plans as Volcanic Eruption Grows, Beaumont, Texas: Bomb Explodes on Steps of Church, Sudan: Death Penalty for Teen Bride Who Killed Husband During Rape, Flight Attendants' Survey Finds Sexual Harassment Rampant on Flights, Junot Díaz Resigns as Pulitzer Prize Chair Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims, Spotify to Drop R. Kelly over Sexual Assault Accusations, FEC to Allow Candidates to Use Campaign Funds for Child Care, Mexico: Mothers of the Disappeared March for Drug War Victims…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/11/headlines

Black Mama's Bail Out Is Freeing Black Women from Jail for Mother's Day & Taking Aim at Cash Bail
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
It's Mother's Day this weekend, and racial justice groups around the country are bailing black women out of jail so they can spend the holiday with their families. For the second year in a row, "Black Mama's Bail Out Day" is raising money to bail out as many black women from jail as possible. The effort is taking place in dozens of cities to call attention to the injustice of cash bail. We speak to Mary Hooks, co-director of Southerners on New Ground and an organizer of National Black Mama's Bail Out Day.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/11/black_mamas_bail_out_is_freeing

If Gina Haspel Is Confirmed at CIA, the U.S. Would Be Giving Other Nations Green Light to Torture
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday that the U.S. should restart torture interrogation tactics. Cheney's comment comes a day after President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, repeatedly refused Wednesday to call the CIA's post-9/11 treatment of prisoners "torture," and declined to state whether she believes torture is immoral. Haspel's prospects for confirmation remain in doubt, after Republican senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona issued statements opposing her nomination. We speak to Laleh Khalili, professor at SOAS University of London and author of "Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies."
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/11/if_gina_haspel_is_confirmed_at

Podemos calls for alliance with right-wing Citizens Party in Spain
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-11
Errejón insists Podemos drop its "original sin" of rejecting agreements with other parties in favour of an alliance "democratic forces" in the PSOE and Ciudadanos.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/11/pode-m11.html

Worst meddler ever? 'Russian' Facebook ads 'trolling US election' went completely unseen
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-11
As US politicians accuse Russia of planting divisive Facebook ads during the election, they're unwilling to acknowledge that many of those ads weren't seen by a single soul, or were mere reprints of reports in US mainstream media. …
www.rt.com/news/426496-russia-facebook-us-election/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

War Clouds Gather Around Iran
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-10
With Israel and Iran exchanging direct fire, Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and John Bolton promoting regime change in Tehran, Inder Comar offers four reasons why the US may be close to attacking the Islamic Republic. By… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/05/10/war-clouds-gather-around-iran/

Coming of Age in the Syrian War: Memoir by Journalist Marwan Hisham & Illustrator Molly Crabapple
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-10
Israel has bombed dozens of Iranian targets inside the country in the largest attack by Israel since fighting began in Syria in 2011. The bombing raid came a day after Israel accused Iranian forces in Syria of firing 20 rockets at Israeli forces in the occupied Golan Heights, a part of Syria that Israel has occupied since 1967. We spend the rest of the hour looking at the war in Syria with a Syrian journalist and a New York artist who have worked together for years. Marwan Hisham is a Syrian journalist from Raqqa, now living in exile in Turkey. He became a journalist after first taking part in the initial protests against Bashar al-Assad in 2011. His new book is illustrated and co-authored by the award-winning artist Molly Crabapple. They first started collaborating in 2014, when Hisham was still living in ISIS-occupied Raqqa. He would send her photographs of life under ISIS, and she would draw illustrations of them. Their book is titled "Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War" and is out next week.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/10/coming_of_age_in_the_syrian

Headlines for May 10, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-10
Israel Launches Massive Airstrikes on Syria, Targeting Iranian Forces, CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel Won't Say If Torture Is Immoral, North Korea Releases 3 U.S. Citizens as Mike Pompeo Meets Kim Jong-un, U.S. Prepares Iran Sanctions After Trump Withdraws from Nuclear Deal, Hopes Fade for Release of U.S. Citizens Held in Iran, Michael Cohen Promised White House Access to Win $4.4 Million in Payments, Afghanistan: At Least 15 Dead in ISIS, Taliban Attacks, Nicaragua: Thousands Protest Bloody Crackdown on April Demonstrations, Argentines Protest as President Macri Prepares to Take on IMF Loans, Malaysia: Opposition Wins First Election Since Independence in 1957, Sen. Bernie Sanders' Workplace Democracy Act Would Strengthen Unions, California Will Require Most New Homes to Install Solar Panels…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/10/headlines

'Red Alert': Democrats file bid to restore net neutrality rule
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-10
Senate Democrats have filed a petition to restore the recently repealed 2015 net neutrality rule. The campaign is supported by Reddit, Imgur, Vimeo, Mozilla, Tumblr, Tinder and PornHub, among others. …
www.rt.com/usa/426309-net-neutrality-bill-democrats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-10
On Capitol Hill Wednesday, President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, announced she would not restart the CIA's interrogation program. But she repeatedly refused to call the CIA's post-9/11 treatment of prisoners "torture," and declined to state whether she believes torture is immoral. Haspel's comments came in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, as she made her case to become the first woman to head the agency. Haspel is a 33-year CIA veteran who was responsible for running a secret CIA black site in Thailand in 2002, where one prisoner was waterboarded and tortured in other ways. Haspel also oversaw the destruction of videotapes showing torture at the black site. At least two Republican senators have come out against her–Rand Paul and John McCain, who said her "role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing & her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying." But Haspel may still be confirmed with the help of Democratic lawmakers. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has already announced he will back Haspel. We speak with Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept and host of the weekly podcast "Intercepted."
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/10/jeremy_scahill_obama_paved_way_for

Republican reactionaries, CIA Democrats win primary nominations
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-10
Democratic and Republican nominees were chosen Tuesday for three governorships, three Senate seats, and 41 congressional districts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/10/prim-m10.html

Trump Pulls United States Out of Iran Nuclear Deal, Dramatically Escalating Threat of War with Iran
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-09
European nations are scrambling to save the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, one day after President Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran. The 2015 agreement was worked out by the United States, five other world powers and Iran. Former President Obama described Trump's decision to withdraw as a serious mistake and warned it could lead to another war in the Middle East. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded by saying Iran would continue to abide by the agreement and would not renew its nuclear program for now. For more, we speak with Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council. His most recent book is titled "Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy." We also speak with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink. Her latest book is titled "Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran." She is also the author of "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection."
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/9/trump_pulls_united_states_out_of

Democrats in a New York County Refuse to Pledge Loyalty to Candidates Just Because Party Endorses Them
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2018-05-09
Progressives on the Chemung County Democratic Committee viewed the proposed loyalty oath as an attempt by establishment Democrats to silence dissent. | The post Democrats in a New York County Refuse to Pledge Loyalty to Candidates Just Because Party Endorses Them appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/05/09/new-york-county-democratic-party-cuomo-loyalty-pledge/

'Mistake of historic proportions': Trump takes heat from Dems & Republicans for quitting Iran deal
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-09
President Donald Trump has come under fire from both his political opponents and fellow Republicans for pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear deal, with lawmakers arguing the move will embolden Iran and make the US less secure. …
www.rt.com/usa/426217-trump-iran-withdrawal-reaction-senate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Oppose the brutal police crackdown on refugees in Germany
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-09
The brutal police assault on a refugee camp in Ellwangen in the German state of Baden-Wàºrttemberg marks a step in the direction of a police state and undermines core democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/09/refu-m09.html

ASEAN Lawmakers Decry Indonesia's 'Rising Tide of Intolerance'
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-09
Muslim protesters hold an anti-LGBT rally outside a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia on February 2, 2018. | © 2018 Antara Foto / Irwansyah Putra | The Indonesian government's failure to address growing intolerance for religious minorities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has drawn renewed criticism from Southeast Asian lawmakers. | The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), a nongovernmental grouping of current and former elected representatives from Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries, warned this week that a "rising tide of intolerance" against those vulnerable minorities "threatens Indonesia's democratic success." The organization called on the Indonesian government "to put human rights at the center of efforts to address religious hatred and vigilantism." | The APHR's criticism comes at a time…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/09/asean-lawmakers-decry-indonesias-rising-tide-intolerance

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