2018-05-06: Social Media Postees

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The "Arab NATO" to Make Syria's "Internal Partition" a Reality
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-06
The possible deployment of Saudi-led GCC and other fellow "coalition" troops to northeastern Syria would formalize the de-facto "internal partition" of the Arab Republic and represent the fulfillment of the RAND Corporation's plans to "contain" Iranian influence in the region, …

Norman Solomon: The Democratic Party in Crisis
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-05
Truthdig contributor Norman Solomon speaks at the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies in Seattle about the Democratic Party and issues that he explores in his latest piece for Truthdig. | Watch the full video in the player above. | –Posted by Emily Wells | The post Norman Solomon: The Democratic Party in Crisis appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Devin Nunes Calls for John Kerry to Be Arrested By the FBI: 'Send In the G Men'
Bob Brigham, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-05
Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) made his demand to imprison the former Massachusetts Democrat under the Logan Act, | The chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is calling for former Secretary of State John Kerry to be the very first person every arrested under a constitutionally dubious 1799 law. Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) made his demand to imprison the former Massachusetts Democrat under the Logan Act, which could theoretically result in three year in federal prison. The allegations followed a new Boston Globe report on former Secretary of State Kerry working to save the Iran nuclear deal.

2018: When Orwell's 1984 Stopped Being Fiction
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-05
This is the moment when a newspaper claiming to uphold that most essential function in a liberal democracy — acting as a watchdog on power — formally abandons the task. This is the moment when it positively embraces the role …

Israel's Racist Nation-State: Codifying Apartheid into Basic Law
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-05
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | A nation affording rights to its favored people over others is profoundly hostile to democratic values — what apartheid is all about. | Arabs …

Five Questions and Answers Concerning the Presidential Elections in Cuba
Salim Lamrani | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-05
1. Who is the new Cuban President and how was he elected? | The new Cuban President is 58 year-old Miguel Díaz-Canel. He was born on April 20th, 1960, one year after the advent of the Cuban Revolution. After graduating …

Freedom No More. England's Local Elections
Craig Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-05
As I write, with over 75% of all yesterday's English local election results in, Labour has a net gain of 55 councillors compared to the high water mark of the 2014 result in these wards, while the Tories have a …

Mueller Team Questions Trump Friend Tom Barrack
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-05
The California real estate investor is interviewed as part of the federal investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election. | The post Mueller Team Questions Trump Friend Tom Barrack appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

May 20 Elections: The Structure of Venezuela's Electoral System
Wilfredo Perez Bianco | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-05
On May 20th Venezuelans will exert their right to elect their president and other local officials. It will be the 25th time that election of any type, and the fifth presidential election to take place since 1999 when …

The Israeli Nuclear Elephant in the Room
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-05
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Iran and Israel are polar opposites on the nuclear issue — what's rarely acknowledged in Western capitals or publicly discussed. | The Islamic Republic …

Who is Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas?
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-05
The Democratic politician who claims to represent the people of California's 51st congressional district is really a loyal servant of Wall Street and the Pentagon.

Top Republican Plans to Use Fossil Fuels to Make Puerto Rico "the Energy Hub of the Entire Caribbean"
Kate Aronoff | theintercept.com | 2018-05-05
Puerto Rico could become "the energy hub of the entire Caribbean area" under a vision laid out by Rob Bishop, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, who visited the island. | Bishop is not thinking of wind or solar. | In a press conference held in San Juan on Friday, with Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón — a nonvoting representative to the U.S. House — Bishop, R-Utah, said he had been consulting with oil and gas companies in Washington about how to bring more natural gas to the island. | "Puerto Rico could be a headquarters for the entire Caribbean area," Bishop said in response to a question from The Intercept. "That could be a source of energy not just for Puerto Rico, but it could be a source of export for that kind of energy to other places as…

Local elections confirm growing class polarisation in UK
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-05
Polling took place in around 4,300 council seats across England in the first electoral test since last year's general election.

How Did Benghazi Become a Ruin? NYT Ignores US Role–in Multiple Media
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2018-05-04
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…

How Net Neutrality Can Survive the Trump Administration
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-04
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…

Trump Makes Ridiculous Comparison Between Gun and Car Safety During His NRA Speech
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-04
The president said we'd have to outlaw motor vehicles if we "outlaw" guns. | Speaking before a gathering of the National Rifle Association, President Donald Trump tried to defend gun rights Friday by comparing firearms to automobiles — but he actually demonstrated the exact opposite point of the argument he was trying to make. "It seems that if we're going to outlaw guns, like so many people want to do — Democrats! " he said. "Then we are going to have to outlaw, immediately, all vans and all trucks, which are now the new form of death for the maniac terrorists. "Aside from the fact that no mainstream Democratic figures have even come close to advocating for abolishing gun ownership, and aside from the fact that trucks and vans serve many beneficial purposes while guns' primary purpose is to injure and kill, this argument actually. . .

Bush Ethics: The New Democrats
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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…

The RNC Has Already Started Rigging the 2020 Primary in Trump's Favor
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-04
The party is throwing in behind the president. | Are you a Republican who would like to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020? Good luck with that. The Republican National Committee just voted to get rid of the body that organizes presidential primary debates, so if you want to debate other GOP presidential candidates, including President Trump, you'll have to do it on your own. (And don't expect Trump to agree to a debate. )CNN calls it "a small but meaningful change signaling that Republicans do not plan to sanction any primary debates in the upcoming presidential election cycle. " It's also "a warning to would-be Republican rivals of President Donald Trump about his strong support among party loyalists. "Ohio's John Kasich and Arizona's Jeff Flake are among the disgruntled GOP politicians who oppose Trump's leadership and might challenge him for the. . .

House Republicans Don't Want to Talk About the Funding for Trump's Creepy Military Parade
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-04
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. . .

Right-Wing NRATV Guest Makes Racist Claim That Black People Have an 'Enslaved Mentality&#039
Media Matters Staff, Media Matters | alternet.org | 2018-05-04
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. . .

Here's Why the New Bombshell About Trump's Attorney's Stockpile of Credit Will Look So Suspicious to Law Enforcement
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-04
"I think they're going to be looking into . . . bank fraud, about whether Cohen was misstating the reasons he needed [the money]. " | Late Friday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen secured $774,000 worth of cash as the 2016 campaign progressed — funding that is likely tied to the hush money payment made to Stephanie Clifford. Cohen has said he paid Clifford, a porn star better known as Stormy Daniels, $130,000 just days before the election, which some argue raises serious questions about campaign finance laws. The Journal reports that Cohen obtained this credit "as he sought to fix problems for his boss," first in December 2015 and then again in February 2016 — a point at which it was becoming clear that Trump was a serious contender for the presidency. If, as seems possible, Cohen. . .

Russian Billionaire Who Attended Trump's Inauguration Was Questioned by Mueller's Team: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-04
Viktor Vekselberg's business partner also reportedly donated a large amount to Trump's campaign. | President Donald Trump's inauguration crowd may not have been the biggest in history, but it did feature some interesting characters, including, according to the New York Times, an influential and Kremlin-tied Russian billionaire named Viktor Vekselberg. On Friday, the Times reported that Vekselberg has been stopped and questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. The billionaire was stopped at an airport in the New York area while he was leaving from his own private plane, the report said. The reporters saw no indication that Vekselberg is suspected of wrongdoing; however, he has at least two curious connections to the world of Trump. First, he reportedly attended a dinner in 2015 with former Trump. . .

Roaming Charges: All the President's Lawyers
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
+ 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;…

Trump is Wrong About Tester and Montana's Veterans
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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…

Florida's Senate Race: Does It Matter?
Renee Parsons | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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…

Is Antifa the Answer to an Effective Anti-Fascist Movement?
Brian Martin | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-04
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…

Is Antifa the Answer to an Effective Anti-Fascist Movement?

Venezuelan Consul: Transparency is at the Heart of the Electoral System for the May 20 Elections in Venezuela
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
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…

Facebook snags another Democrat lobbyist as govt affairs expert
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-04
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. …

Pennsylvania Primary Pits a One-Time Trump Democrat Against Bernie Sanders and EMILY's List
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-05-04
The most well-known candidate in a Democratic primary in a district carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016 pursued a job with Donald Trump's administration during its transition into the White House. | John Morganelli, a Lehigh Valley prosecutor, made his bid for the gig in the most pitiful way imaginable — by tweeting at @realDonaldTrump. | The substance of his politics doesn't get any better from a Democratic perspective. He opposes legal abortion and has teamed up with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to target sanctuary cities, part of a broadly hostile immigration record. He is a longtime opponent of gun control. "I believe in my party's principles, you know, 80 percent of the time," he told the Morning Call, a local newspaper. | He even sent a tweet offering to represent Ivanka Trump after her high-profile airline…

Headlines for May 4, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-04
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…

Inhuman conditions in Germany's largest refugee detention centre
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-04
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.

'C'mon man!' Judge accuses Mueller investigation of overreach with Manafort
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-04
A federal judge in Virginia has questioned Special Counsel Robert Mueller's case against Trump's election campaign manager Paul Manafort, saying the indictments have nothing to do with the Mueller investigation's official purpose. …

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

The Displaced: Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman & Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars & Resistance
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-04
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…

The 'Values,' 'Vision,' and 'Democracy' of an Inauthentic Opposition
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-03
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 ?…

The Ghosts of 'New Democrats' Are Haunting Us
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-03
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'Russian Talking Points' Look An Awful Lot Like Well-Documented Facts
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-03
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 ?…

'Blaming interns is so 1990s': Monica Lewinsky blasts Rubio over GOP tax 'flip-flop'
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-03
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. …

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

EU Looks to Rein in Funding to Abusive EU Governments
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-03
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…

Headlines for May 3, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-03
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…

Rising Hostility to Media Threatens Real Democracy
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-03
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…

Kenyan Media Has Little to Celebrate on Press Freedom Day
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-03
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…

Arundhati Roy's Latest Novel Takes on Fascism, Rising Hindu Nationalism in India & Abuses in Kashmir
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-03
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."

Cyber-bomb Russia, McCain begs in new book
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-03
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. …

Mozambique's Veteran Opposition Leader Afonso Dhlakama Dies
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-03
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…

GOP colleagues nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize for 'single-handedly resolving' Korean crisis
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-03
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. …

As Caravan of Migrants Begins Entry at U.S.-Mexico Border, Trump Admin Attacks Legal Asylum Process
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-03
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.

Detained and Then Deported: U.S. Human Rights Lawyers Barred from Entry into Israel
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-02
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.

May Day in Puerto Rico: Police Attack Anti-Austerity Protesters with Pepper Spray & Tear Gas
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-02
In Puerto Rico, thousands marked May Day by joining a general strike in the capital of San Juan to protest austerity measures, from the closing of public schools to increases in university tuition. When protesters tried to converge on the building where the federal oversight board has its offices, police fired tear gas and pepper spray. The board has called for the implementation of 10 percent pension cuts, eliminating mandatory Christmas bonuses, reducing required vacation and sick time, and allowing businesses to fire employees without having to first prove a just cause. This comes as at least 30,000 people still lack power almost eight months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Last month, an excavator downed a transmission line, blacking out the entire electrical grid. We air a report from the streets of San Juan filed by Democracy Now! correspondent Juan Carlos Dávila.

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