2018-05-15: News Headlines

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-15). Here's How White House Staffers Are Defying a West Wing's Phone Ban to Leak About The President. alternet.org The administration installed lockers for cell phones, and two men conduct surprise sweeps for unauthorized devices — but staffers still leak. | As a candidate, Donald Trump loved leaks—once even invoking the self-described "transparency" site WikiLeaks in an effort to find dirt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ("no collusion"). As president, leaks—which have come from top White House aides and even Trump himself—are less impressive; in a tweet Monday, he likened leakers who speak with reporters to "traitors. "As CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported Tuesday, the Trump administration is trying to frame the latest White House leak scandal, which features a top official joking about the death of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), as a "leaking problem" as opposed to a character void in the West Wing. "Over the last 16 months, the Trump administration has gone to great lengths to stop. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-15). Laborers' O'Sullivan: "No single answer' to funding U.S. infrastructure needs. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Saying "there's no single answer" to funding U.S. infrastructure needs, Laborers President Terry O'Sullivan endorsed a variety of approaches — some pushed by GOP President Donald Trump and Congress' ruling Republicans and others long-time union and Democratic favorites — to raising funds to rebuild the nation's crumbling roads, bridges, subways, airports and bus systems. O'Sullivan […]…

truth-out.org (2018-05-15). Rejection of Gerrymandering in Ohio Suggests the US Wants Fairer Elections. truth-out.org Last week's primary elections drew a lot of interest, primarily because of some high-profile races for US senator in West Virginia and governor in Ohio. But a little-known ballot measure approved by the voters in Ohio may have greater long-term political effects. | The measure, which passed with an overwhelming 75 percent of the vote, aims to curtail gerrymandering in drawing Ohio's congressional districts. | Ohio is known to have one of the most gerrymandered congressional maps in the nation. In 2011, Republicans controlled the state legislature and the governor's office when it came time to redraw congressional district maps. They used powerful computer modeling to create districts precisely shaped to ensure that Republicans would win the maximum number of congressional seats. Their gerrymander worked. In the 2012 election, Republicans won only 52 percent of the votes cast for the US congress,…

John Steppling (2018-05-15). The Anti-Imperialism of Fools. counterpunch.org "God never spoke to an Arab." — Benjamin Disraeli, 1847 "Remembrance is, so to speak, interwoven with forgetfulness. That is why the Jewish historian Yosef Yerushalmi has pointed out that the opposite of "forgetfulness" is not really "remembrance" but "justice". — Carlo Ginzburg "We don't care who will win the election, Palestinian or Israeli. We More

Conn Hallinan (2018-05-15). Turkey's president: Short term victory, long term trouble. peoplesworld.org When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a presidential and parliamentary election June 24—jumping the gun by more than a year—the outcome seemed foreordained: the country is under a state of emergency, Erdogan has imprisoned more than 50,000 of his opponents, dismissed 140,000 from their jobs, jailed a presidential candidate, and launched an attack […]…

Kavaljit Singh (2018-05-15). Argentina's Peso Crisis, Capital Flows and Financial Fragility in Emerging Markets. counterpunch.org On May 4, the Banco Central de la Republica Argentina, the country's central bank, raised policy interest rates to a whopping 40 percent to stem the rapid depreciation of the national currency, the peso. The surprise rate increase was the third in a week after the central bank failed to halt the decline in the More

Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos (2018-05-15). Trump Seriously Follows Pence Around Just to Make Sure VP Doesn't Get More Media Attention. alternet.org The president's schedule is primarily about adulation. | If anyone ever harbored the notion that Donald Trump's travel schedule had anything to do with international diplomacy or even helping the Republican party through the midterms, forget about it. The chief motivation behind public appearances of the pettiest and most pitiful of all presidents primarily revolves around making sure he upstages his vice president, Mike Pence. When Pence was slated to keynote the National Rifle Association convention that Trump never even planned on attending, for instance, Trump suddenly wanted in, writes Politico. That led to a change of plans in the West Wing, according to two people familiar with the arrangement, and nearly a week after the NRA announced Pence would speak, the president was added to the schedule to speak moments after Pence. It wasn't the first time Trump has changed his. . .

Zaid Jilani (2018-05-15). No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer Defends Israeli Military Actions in Gaza. theintercept.com Amid a growing chorus of condemnation of Israeli violence by American lawmakers this week, the House's second-highest ranking Democratic, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, defended Israel's violence against Palestinian protesters and stood by the Trump administration's controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. | "Israel's in a tough situation. It's trying to defend its borders," Hoyer said in response to a question from The Intercept at a pen-and-pad session on Tuesday with reporters on Capitol Hill. "All the world would hope that it would be done so in a peaceful manner, but when you have a terrorist organization in front of you, that is historically and continuing to use violence, that makes it very tough." | Hoyer, the minority whip, was referring to a threat he claimed Israel faces from Hamas. But it was unarmed civilian protesters, not militants,…

Cora Currier (2018-05-15). Gina Haspel and the Fiction of a Feminist CIA. theintercept.com Since the announcement of Gina Haspel as the Trump administration's nominee to lead the CIA, the White House, the agency, and its defenders have leaned heavily on the fact of Haspel's gender, singling out its historic significance, and suggesting that she ought to be supported because of it. They use it to undermine critics who believe that the most salient thing to consider about Haspel is her role overseeing a CIA black site prison in Thailand, where people were tortured, and her role in the destruction of videotapes of interrogation sessions. | White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted last weekend that "any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite," while Trump's tweets often mention she's "a woman." | There's obvious hypocrisy in the Trump administration claiming to support…

truth-out.org (2018-05-15). While US Refuses to Blame Israel, International Court Could Launch War Crimes Probe Into Gaza Killings. truth-out.org The Israeli military's massacre of Palestinians Monday has sparked widespread international condemnation. South Africa has recalled its ambassador to Israel. Turkey has recalled both its ambassadors to Israel and the United States and has declared three days of mourning starting on Friday. Palestinian leaders have accused the Israeli military of committing war crimes, but the United States has blocked a UN Security Council statement calling for an independent investigation into the killings. Meanwhile, Israeli officials have tried to claim Hamas is behind the protests in efforts to justify the killings. For more, we speak with Tareq Baconi, author of the book Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance. He is a policy member at Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network and a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org. Our…

RT (2018-05-15). 'Ultimately done damage': Haspel condemns CIA torture in attempt to win over Democrats. rt.com Gina Haspel, US President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next CIA director, has penned a letter admitting that the spy agency should not have carried out the post-9/11 torture and detention program. |

Democracy Now! (2018-05-15). While U.S. Refuses to Blame Israel, Int'l Court Could Launch War Crimes Probe into Gaza Killings. democracynow.org The Israeli military's massacre of Palestinians Monday has sparked widespread international condemnation. South Africa has recalled its ambassador to Israel. Turkey has recalled both its ambassadors to Israel and the United States and has declared three days of mourning starting on Friday. Palestinian leaders have accused the Israeli military of committing war crimes, but the United States has blocked a U.N. Security Council statement calling for an independent investigation into the killings. Meanwhile, Israeli officials have tried to claim Hamas is behind the protests in efforts to justify the killings. For more, we speak with Tareq Baconi, author of the book "Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance." He is a policy member at Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network and a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-15). For Palestinians, New U.S. Embassy Is a Symbol for Gaza Protests—But Mass Oppression Is Root Cause. democracynow.org While the Israeli military was carrying out a massacre against Palestinian protesters in Gaza, senior members of the Trump administration gathered in Jerusalem for the opening of the U.S. Embassy. Among those who attended were President Trump's daughter, White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump; her husband, senior adviser Jared Kushner; and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. The Trump administration's decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem has sparked widespread condemnation, including in the city of Jerusalem itself, where demonstrators gathered Monday to protest the ceremony. For more, we speak with Budour Hassan, a Palestinian writer and project coordinator for the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights.

RT (2018-05-15). Dark transparency: How accountability tool turned into instrument of corruption. rt.com Transparency in politics is usually seen as a crucial element to a functioning democracy, but the flip side to that openness and accountability is the corruption that it inadvertently enables. |

wsws.org (2018-05-15). Election result in Iraq portends further political and social conflict. wsws.org No grouping of parties has won anywhere near the support needed to form a government.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-15). Palestinians Mark 70th Anniversary of Nakba After Israel Kills 61 & Wounds 2,700 Protesters in Gaza. democracynow.org The Israeli military killed at least 61 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded 2,700 more for protesting Monday's opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Israeli occupation. It was the deadliest day for Palestinian protesters since they launched the nonviolent Great March of Return on March 30. Palestinian leaders are accusing the Israeli military of carrying out war crimes during Monday's crackdown. More protests and a general strike across the Palestinian territories are planned for today. We get an update from Gaza with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

wsws.org (2018-05-15). Two Senate Democrats assure Haspel's confirmation as CIA director. wsws.org Joe Donnelly of Indiana joined Joe Manchin of West Virginia to give the former torture supervisor a seemingly unassailable margin in the Senate.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-15). "The Disaster of My Life": Nakba Survivor on the Day Israelis Bombed & Invaded His Village in 1948. democracynow.org Palestinians are staging a new round of protests in Gaza today to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or the Day of Catastrophe, when more than 700,000 Palestinians were forced to flee or were expelled from their homes. Today's protests come after the Israeli military killed 61 unarmed Palestinian protesters on Monday. In total, since the Palestinians launched the Great March of Return protests on March 30, the Israeli military has killed at least 109 Palestinians and wounded 12,000 people. For more, we speak with a Nakba survivor: 86-year-old Mahmoud Salah, who was born in a village just outside of Jerusalem that was bombed and invaded when he was a teenager in 1948.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-15). Gazan Writer: Protesters Are Seeking Freedom from World's Largest Concentration Camp. democracynow.org Funerals are being held across Gaza today for the 61 Palestinians killed by the Israeli military, which opened fire into crowds of unarmed demonstrators protesting the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the ongoing Israeli occupation. Among the victims shot dead by an Israeli sniper was 30-year-old Fadi Abu Salmi, who used a wheelchair and had both his legs amputated. Another victim was 8-month-old Laila al-Ghandour, who died early this morning after inhaling tear gas fired by the Israeli military, including tear gas dropped by Israeli drones. For more, we speak with Muhammad Shehada, writer and activist from Gaza and a student of development studies at Lund University, Sweden. He writes for Haaretz, The Forward and other publications. His latest article for The Forward is titled "All We in Gaza Want Is That Israel Recognize Our Humanity."

RT (2018-05-15). All aboard the deportation bus! Georgia governor candidate launches campaign tour. rt.com A Republican candidate in Georgia unveiled his "Deportation Bus Tour," a campaign gimmick that will see him tour the US state's sanctuary cities drumming up support for his tough immigration policies. |

Democracy Now! (2018-05-15). Headlines for May 15, 2018. democracynow.org Death Toll in Gaza Rises to 61, After Israeli Military Massacres Protesters, South Africa & Turkey Recall Ambassadors to Israel over Murder of Palestinians, Jewish Activists March in D.C. to Protest Opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Hundreds Arrested in Nationwide Day of Action for New Poor People's Campaign, NYT: DeVos's Education Dept. Stalls Probes into For-Profit Schools, Catalan Parliament Elects Pro-Independence Candidate as President, Report: Colombian Army Executed Up to 10,000 Civilians, Claiming They Were Rebels, NYT: Two Dozen People Killed by Carbon Monoxide After Leaving on Keyless Cars, Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Death Row Prisoner Robert McCoy…

David Nir, Daily Kos (2018-05-14). Republican Efforts to Unify the Party After Painful Senate Primaries Are Going Quite Terribly. alternet.org 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. . .

Frederico Fuentes (2018-05-14). Venezuelans Value Peace and Democracy. counterpunch.org '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 More

Dennis Morgan (2018-05-14). Why I Support Russia Today (and So Should You). mintpressnews.com 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.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). Trump Faces a Major Deadline in the Stormy Daniels Case—And All of His Options Look Really Bad. alternet.org 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. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-14). Chicago Tribune gives card-check recognition to Chicago News Guild. peoplesworld.org

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). Here's How Trump Is Planning to Undermine Mueller's Investigation. alternet.org 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. . .

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-14). President Putin Is Syria's Savior, but Don't Go "Worshipping" Him! globalresearch.ca 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 …

Democracy Now! (2018-05-14). Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Kill 50+ Palestinians Protesting Nonviolently as U.S. Opens Jerusalem Embassy. democracynow.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-14). Yanis Varoufakis on Lost U.S. Credibility in Middle East, from Iran Deal to Israel Embassy Move. democracynow.org 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.

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

wsws.org (2018-05-14). Israel marks 70th anniversary amid war crimes and deepening social crisis. wsws.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-14). Headlines for May 14, 2018. democracynow.org 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…

amnesty.org (2018-05-14). Further Information: Russian Federation: Defender's detention renewed again: Oyub Titiev. amnesty.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-14). "It's Time for Moral Confrontation": New Poor People's Campaign Stages Nationwide Civil Disobedience. democracynow.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-14). Rev. Barber Slams Anti-Muslim, Anti-Semitic Pastors Trump Chose to Open U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. democracynow.org 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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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). 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."

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). 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.

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.

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."

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