2018-05-14: Social Media Postees

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Democrats Have a Plan to Save Net Neutrality That Will Force Republicans' Hand
Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-14
Our GOP-controlled Senate is expected to vote in favor of net neutrality, putting the conservative House in the hot seat. | The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to reverse any federal regulation within 60 legislative days of enactment. On May 16, the Senate will vote on a Democratic Party initiative to stop Verizon shill and FCC chairman Ajit Pai's net neutrality rollback. Part of this effort by Democrats is to force the Republican Party to face the world and say, in no uncertain terms, what their positions are on a free and open internet. "By passing my CRA resolution to put net neutrality back on the books, we can send a clear message to American families that we support them, not the special interest agenda of President Trump and his broadband baron allies," Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass. ) said in an. . .

Workfare for the Private Equity Crew?
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-14
(Photo: PeopleImages / Getty Images) | Truthout doesn't have billionaire underwriters or the endless budget of corporate news studios — we depend on your support. Click here to donate to independent media! | The Republicans in Congress are again pushing the idea that we have to make people work for benefits like food stamps and Medicaid. Since most people who get these benefits are already working, caring for young children or ill family members, or are themselves disabled, this seems like needless harassment of lower-income families. But, the Republican Party specializes in needless harassment of people without power. | What if, instead of imposing work requirements on people who are struggling to get by on a $126 a month (the average food stamp benefit), we focused on whether the people at the top are working for their money? | Specifically,…

Republican Efforts to Unify the Party After Painful Senate Primaries Are Going Quite Terribly
David Nir, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-14
This party is not getting it together ahead of the midterms. | Sure, if you look at the calendar, Republicans hosted their first set of Senate primaries last week. But that election was just a technicality, because the intra-party warring that dominated all three races has continued to blaze unabated. The most uncontrolled fire rages in West Virginia. There, ex-con Don Blankenship, who spent millions of his own money to run lunatic racist ads attacking "Cocaine Mitch" McConnell and "China people," is eager to light the man who beat him in the GOP primary aflame (so sayeth Blankenship's campaign manager): "I think the one thing he is going to make sure doesn't happen is that Patrick Morrisey becomes a U. S. senator. "Blankenship wasn't the only loser in the Mountain State last week. As a result of his defeat, Rep. Evan Jenkins saw his. . .

Documented Errors by Voting Officials May Be Reason Why Republicans Still Control Virginia House
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-14
A disturbing failure in our democratic system. | Republicans maintained control of the Virginia House of Delegates, 51 to 49, when a race was decided for Republicans by picking a name out of a bowl after a judicial panel had changed how a single vote was counted, resulting in a tie. If the panel had left that single vote as it was originally counted or if Democrat Shelly Simonds' name had been picked out of the bowl, the entire state House would have been tied. That's why what might in another race have seemed like a small error likely decided control of the state House: an analysis by the Washington Post finds that 26 votes were cast by voters assigned to the wrong district, thanks to local elections officials. What's more: The misassigned voters lived in a predominantly African American precinct that. . .

Venezuelans Value Peace and Democracy
Frederico Fuentes | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-14
'Venezuelans have time and again shown the world how much they value democracy and free elections', said Venezuelan activist Eulalia Reyes de Whitney. Campaigning is well underway for Venezuela's May 20 national vote to elect the nation's president and representatives to municipal councils and state legislatures. The elections are being held in the context of…

Reporters Cash in White House Access for Lucrative Cable News Deals
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-05-14
After the 2016 elections, several publications encouraged Americans to pay for their content, framing a newspaper subscription as an act of resistance against a lying, media-bashing president. | It's paid off handsomely for legacy publications. The New York Times surpassed 500,000 new subscribers between November 2016 and April 2017, and The Washington Post told us "Democracy Dies in Darkness," and crossed the 1 million mark for paid digital subscriptions at the end of 2017. | It's also been a financial windfall for individual White House reporters who can spin their access into lucrative side jobs as cable news analysts and speakers. | Buzzfeed News reported on Monday that high-profile White House reporters can earn tens of thousands from television appearances and speaking engagements, doing so even as other newspapers and websites are slashing budgets, laying off staff and shrinking the…

Why I Support Russia Today (and So Should You)
Dennis Morgan | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-14
It's not about whether you "agree" or "disagree" with the Russia Today broadcast; more importantly, the principle of fair play in media access and reach is crucial for the health and future of democracy. | The post Why I Support Russia Today (and So Should You) appeared first on MintPress News.

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Trump Faces a Major Deadline in the Stormy Daniels Case–And All of His Options Look Really Bad
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-14
Trump is supposed to file a financial disclosure form Tuesday. There are just a few problems with that. | On Tuesday, May 15, President Donald Trump is required to file his official personal financial disclosure form with the Federal Election Commission. And according to Adav Noti, the senior director for the Campaign Legal Center, this deadline will force Trump to make a decision on the Stormy Daniels case about which he has no good options. Noti, who wrote an op-ed about the issue with former Director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub, explained what's going on to CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday night. The central problem revolves around Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen's hush money payment to Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with the president in 2006. Cohen said he paid Clifford $130,000. . .

Here's How Trump Is Planning to Undermine Mueller's Investigation
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-14
John Heilemann, an MSNBC analyst, explained how in one sense, Trump is a strong opponent for Mueller. | MSNBC analyst John Heilemann explained what he takes to be President Donald Trump's strategy for undermining and legal case that special counsel Robert Mueller may bring against him as a part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In Heilemann's view, the president's strategy is not based around any legal considerations but around public relations. "What happens in court matters a lot, clearly, and the legal realm is super important," Heilemann said. "But the reality is, as we saw with [President Bill] Clinton and other cases, this ultimately could be a political process. Impeachment is a political process, a quasi-legal process, but not a fully legal process. So what the court of public opinion thinks matters a lot. "He continued: "And what Donald Trump. . .

President Putin Is Syria's Savior, but Don't Go "Worshipping" Him!
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-14
President Putin's decision to military involve his country in the anti-terrorist struggle in Syria saved the Arab Republic from its assured destruction irrespective of the criticisms that can be levelled against it throughout the course of this campaign, but sincere …

How the Religious Right is Shrinking Itself: Overzealous Christianity is Driving People Away
Amanda Marcotte, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-14
New study suggests that as the religious right grows ever more radical, it drives ever more people out of church | The story of the religious right and political power seems a straightforward one: White evangelicals, by using religious guilt and white identity politics, have organized in a way that allows them to punch above their weight. Only about one in four Americans identify with this group, and yet they control the Republican Party and played a huge role in electing Donald Trump president. In effect, they have gotten their hands on the levers of power. But does the religious right's apparent success have unintended consequences? For years now, some political scientists have argued that there's a backlash effect to all this conservative Christian organizing: It's causing many people, especially young people, to get fed up with religion and quit altogether. Last. . .

Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Kill 50+ Palestinians Protesting Nonviolently as U.S. Opens Jerusalem Embassy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-14
We go to Gaza for a live update from Sharif Abdel Kouddous as tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered near the heavily fortified border with Israel for nonviolent protests against the U.S. Embassy's opening in Jerusalem. At the time of our broadcast, the Israeli military had killed at least 30 Palestinians, and least 1,000 had been injured. "No one is carrying any weapons here. There are no bullets being fired by Palestinians on Israeli soldiers. … And yet these killings continue," Kouddous says. This comes as senior members of the Trump administration have gathered in Jerusalem for the embassy's opening.

Hillary Clinton demands Australia and New Zealand act against "Chinese interference"
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-14
Clinton's whipping up of anti-Chinese sentiment in Australia and New Zealand was accompanied by her appeals to affluent feminist layers.

"It's Time for Moral Confrontation": New Poor People's Campaign Stages Nationwide Civil Disobedience
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-14
On Mother's Day 50 years ago, thousands converged on Washington, D.C., to take up the cause that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been fighting for when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968: the Poor People's Campaign. A little more than a week after her husband's memorial service, Coretta Scott King led a march to demand an Economic Bill of Rights that included a guaranteed basic income, full employment and more low-income housing. Half a century later, Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis have launched a new Poor People's Campaign. Starting today, low-wage workers, clergy and community activists in 40 states are participating in actions and events across the country that will culminate in a mass protest in Washington, D.C., on June 23. We speak with Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chairs of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Israel marks 70th anniversary amid war crimes and deepening social crisis
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-14
Washington's ripping up of the Iran nuclear treaty and moving of its embassy to Jerusalem have given the Israeli state a green light for war with Iran and violent suppression of the Palestinians.

Further Information: Russian Federation: Defender's detention renewed again: Oyub Titiev
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-05-14
The pre-trial detention of Oyub Titiev, a prisoner of conscience and head of the Grozny office of the Russian human rights group Memorial, has been extended for another month, until 9 June. The Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic rejected an appeal against the extension.

Headlines for May 14, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-14
Israeli Soldiers Kill Dozens of Palestinians as U.S. Opens Embassy in Jerusalem, Trump Admin Threatens to Sanction European Firms Doing Business with Iran, In Reversal, Trump Trying to Save Chinese Company Hit by U.S. Sanctions, Report: Trump Admin Eliminates NASA Program to Monitor Carbon & Methane, Afghanistan: Taliban Kill More Than 100 Afghan Soldiers & Police in Last Week, Pakistan Prevents U.S. Diplomat from Leaving, After He Killed 1 in Car Crash, Burundi: 26 Killed in Attack on Village, Days Before Controversial Referendum, Iraq: Early Election Results Show Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Lead, Indonesia: ISIS Claims Responsibility for String of Attacks on Churches, 1974 CIA Memo: Brazil's Former Dictator Personally Approved Summary Executions, White House Refuses to Apologize for Aide's Comments Mocking John McCain, American Bishop Michael Curry to Deliver Sermon at British Royal Wedding, Trump Admin Rolls Back Protections for Transgender Prisoners…

Yanis Varoufakis on Lost U.S. Credibility in Middle East, from Iran Deal to Israel Embassy Move
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-14
In the latest economic fallout from President Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the landmark Iran nuclear agreement, top White House officials said Sunday that the Trump administration is prepared to impose sanctions on European companies that do business with Iran. We get response from former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varifoufakis, who was the chief negotiator of Greece's bailout with the European Union and International Monetary Fund. He also discusses the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and calls it a "civil rights catastrophe." His new book is titled "Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: Or, How Capitalism Works–And How It Fails." Varoufakis served as finance minister in Greece in 2015, before resigning from the Syriza government. He is also co-founder of Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, known as DiEM25.

Rev. Barber Slams Anti-Muslim, Anti-Semitic Pastors Trump Chose to Open U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-14
While tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered near the heavily fortified border with Israel for nonviolent protests against the U.S. Embassy's opening in Jerusalem Monday, a new Poor People's Campaign launched in the United States. Rev. Dr. William Barber II, a co-founder of the movement, is bringing together low-wage workers, clergy and community activists around the country to advocate for the rights of the poor. People in 40 states are participating in actions and events starting today that will culminate in a mass protest in Washington, D.C., on June 23. We are joined by Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of Repairers of the Breach and distinguished visiting professor of public theology at Union Theological Seminary, to discuss human rights from Gaza to Washington, D.C., and the anti-gay, pro-Trump pastor from Dallas chosen by the Trump administration to lead the prayer at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

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.

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…

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.

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. …

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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. …

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."

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.

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

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.

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."

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…

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.

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. …

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.

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…

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 ?…

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."

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…

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.

'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. …

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.

More Americans now believe Russia investigation is 'politically motivated' — poll
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-09
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. …

Trita Parsi: I Was Targeted by Black Cube in Dirty Ops Effort Attacking Supporters of Iran Deal
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-09
Trita Parsi, head of the National Iranian American Council, says he was targeted by an Israeli private intelligence agency over his support for the Iran nuclear deal. The agency, Black Cube, was hired to orchestrate a "dirty ops" campaign against members of the Obama administration who negotiated the nuclear agreement. The Guardian reports Trump's aides hired Black Cube; The New York Times says it's not yet clear who hired the intelligence firm. Among those Black Cube was hired to investigate and discredit were Obama's top national security aide Benjamin Rhodes and Vice President Joe Biden's national security adviser Colin Kahl. Black Cube is made up of former officials from the Mossad and other Israeli agencies. It is the same firm hired by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to stop publication of articles that exposed him as a sexual predator.

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