Monthly Archives: May 2018

2018-05-31: News Headlines

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-31). Hungary: Bill Makes Aiding Migrants a Crime. hrw.org An anti-immigration poster by Victor Orban's Fidesz party during Hungary's April 2018 elections, April 8, 2018, Gyongyos, Hungary. | © 2018 REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger | (Budapest) — A revised draft bill published by the Hungarian government on May 29, 2018, would criminalize efforts to help migrants and asylum seekers and curb their access to protection, Human Rights Watch said today. | The bill the government presented to parliament proposes amending nine existing laws related to asylum, the national border, and the police. It creates a new criminal offense in the Criminal Code of "enabling illegal immigration," which is defined to include helping asylum seekers who are "not eligible for protection," as well as to include border monitoring, producing and disseminating information, or "network building." If committed "regularly," or with the aim of "help[ing] several persons,"

Staff (2018-05-31). Avenatti Says 'Trump Tapes' Exist. truthdig.com Michael Avenatti, the outspoken lawyer who represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her suit against President Trump, says there are audio recordings of Trump's conversations with his embattled personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Comparing the recordings to the infamous " Nixon tapes" that sealed President Richard Nixon's political fate, Avenatti charges that the recordings might show a conspiracy "to commit one or more potential crimes." | Avenatti made his assertion Wednesday on the left-leaning cable channel MSNBC. He represents Daniels in a case concerning the actress' alleged 2006 affair with Trump and hush money that Cohen allegedly paid to silence her shortly before the 2016 election. | Avenatti has proved to be a virtual match for the president in hogging the media limelight. Earlier in the day, he withdrew a request to enter the criminal case against Cohen, in…

Johnny Hazard (2018-05-31). How Did AMLO Become the Frontrunner in Mexico's Elections? counterpunch.org The presidential election scheduled for July 1, 2018 in Mexico appears to favor Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), a center-left populist candidate who almost won in 2006 and 2012 and on both occasions accused "the mafia of the powerful" of having stolen the elections. The AMLO of 2018 is, verbally speaking, more moderate than the More

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-31). Hungary: Bill Makes Aiding Migrants a Crime. hrw.org An anti-immigration poster by Victor Orban's Fidesz party during Hungary's April 2018 elections, April 8, 2018, Gyongyos, Hungary. | © 2018 REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger | (Budapest) — A revised draft bill published by the Hungarian government on May 29, 2018, would criminalize efforts to help migrants and asylum seekers and curb their access to protection, Human Rights Watch said today. | The bill the government presented to parliament proposes amending nine existing laws related to asylum, the national border, and the police. It creates a new criminal offense in the Criminal Code of "enabling illegal immigration," which is defined to include helping asylum seekers who are "not eligible for protection," as well as to include border monitoring, producing and disseminating information, or "network building." If committed "regularly," or with the aim of "help[ing] several persons,"

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-31). Azerbaijan Chooses Not to Free Prominent Activists. hrw.org On May 24, President Aliyev signed the decree pardoning 634 people on the occasion of the centenary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. | © 2018 Azertag | Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on Friday to pardon 634 convicts, but included only 12 people local rights groups considered political prisoners. So while he pardoned several religious activists and opposition party members who had only a few days left behind bars, the move unexpectedly and disappointingly excluded dozens of prominent civil and political activists, bloggers, and journalists who remain jailed following politically motivated prosecutions. | Among those still imprisoned are journalist and blogger Mehman Huseynov, who is serving two years on charges of defaming a police station after he publicly described abuse he endured there; journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who was kidnapped a…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-30). McCabe Gave Mueller a Secret Memo that Could Contain Crucial Information About Trump Firing Comey: Report. alternet.org The memo details his conversation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. | Former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe gave special counsel Robert Mueller a memo documenting potentially critical conversations he had in the wake of the former FBI Director James Comey's firing, according to a new report from the New York Times. The memo reportedly contains a record of McCabe's conversation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after President Donald Trump fired Comey. After the firing, the White House released a letter from Rosenstein detailing what he viewed was Comey's mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email case, which the deputy attorney general believes was unfair to the former secretary of state. Rosenstein has since said that he did not intend his letter to be used to justify Comey's firing. According to the report, McCabe said that Rosenstein told him that the. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-30). Trump's Plan for Migrants Fleeing Violence: Blame Democrats and Expand Family Detention. truth-out.org The Trump administration is calling on Congress to close so-called loopholes created by protections for vulnerable migrant children and allow entire families to be held in immigration jails and detention camps while adults await to see a judge. Trump is also attempting to shift the blame for the migrant "crisis" on Democrats ahead of the midterms.An immigrant mother gives medicine to her sick child after a night's rest on an outdoor basketball court during a pause on their journey toward the US-Mexico border on April 22, 2018, in Hermosillo, Mexico. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images) | Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. | Facing heavy criticism for a new "zero-tolerance" policy that is separating migrant children from their parents on the southern US border, the…

Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos (2018-05-30). Trump Doubles Down on Nativist Fear-Mongering As GOP's Only Midterm Message. alternet.org Hate-filled immigrant bashing is all the GOP has left. | Donald Trump and the GOP have virtually nothing to sell the white working-class voters who helped elect him to office in 2016, other than his deep-seated racism and his commitment to immigrant bashing. It's an ugly populist playbook and Trump spent Tuesday night in Tennessee playing it to the hilt at a campaign rally for GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid. Here's a brief montage of Trump's anti-immigrant slurs from the Washington Post, including his broken campaign promise that Mexico will pay for wall that is clearly being funded by American taxpayers: "In the end, Mexico is going to pay for the wall," Trump said. [. . . ] "They're going to pay for the wall and they're going to enjoy it," Trump said. [. . . ]"The Democrats want to use [immigration] as a campaign issue, and. . .

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Daily Kos (2018-05-30). Study Shows Judges Appointed by Republicans Are Way More Racist Than Others. alternet.org The study reviewed 1,400 federal judges' sentencing practices over a 15-year period. | The study was sui generis: Two Harvard Law professors, Alma Cohen and Crystal S. Yang, set out to analyze 1,400 federal judges' sentencing practices over a 15-year period affecting more than 500,000 defendants. The results were predictable but disheartening. They unearthed a stunning number of influences on sentencing, from years of experience and level of racism in a state to the party of appointment. Its major finding: Republican-appointed judges give black defendants harsher sentences than their white counterparts. "Republican-appointed judges sentence black defendants to three more months than similar nonblacks. . . . These differences cannot be explained by other judge characteristics and grow substantially larger when judges are granted more discretion. "Three months' discrepancy accounts for 65 percent of the baseline racial sentence gap, meaning the average sentence disparity between similarly. . .

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-30). Feds Indict Brothers for Scam PACs That Bilked Over $50 Million from Gullible Republican Donors. alternet.org Scam PACs make pitches across the political spectrum, evading regulators. | Federal prosecutors have charged two brothers with bilking Republicans across the country of "more than $50 million" in a giant scam where they posed as conservative political action committees (PACs) dedicated to furthering right-wing causes like supporting law enforcement and opposing reproductive rights. "These nine PACS—which collectively raised more than $23 million between 2014 and 2017, and more than $50 million the last 10 years—were scams, operated to enrich the defendants and their co-conspirators," the federal indictment said. "The PACs targeted victims across the country, including in the Southern District of New York, raising funds on the fraudulent basis that donations would support education regarding, and the political campaigns of those who supported, 'autism awareness,' 'law enforcement appreciation,' and pro-life causes. ""In truth and fact, virtually all of the money raised was. . .

Global Witness (2018-05-30). Not for Sale: Congo's Forests Must be Protected from the Fossil Fuels Industry. globalresearch.ca As we have previously revealed, the Democratic Republic of Congo government is attempting to reclassify swathes of two UNESCO protected World Heritage Sites — Salonga and Virunga National Parks — to allow oil exploration to take place. In our …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-30). Trump 'Continues to Obstruct Justice in Broad Daylight': Democratic Lawmaker Explains How Mueller's Case Keeps Getting Stronger. alternet.org Rep. Eric Swalwell said, "I do think that his efforts to try and shame Attorney General Sessions does amount to obstruction. " | Rep. Eric Swalwell (R-CA) argued Wednesday that President Donald Trump's recent efforts to undermine Attorney General Jeff Sessions and derail the Russia investigation constitute continual obstruction of justice, further building a case that special counsel Robert Mueller may be pursuing against the president. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he wishes he had picked someone other than Sessions to be attorney general. Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Swalwell said that Trump just wants an attorney general who will be "a loyalist to him, not somebody who's going to be a loyalist to our Constitution. "He also said that he believes a recent report that Trump demanded that Sessions withdraw his recusal from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential. . .

South Front (2018-05-30). Video: Israel Carries Out Massive Strike on Gaza, Protest Against US-backed Forces in Syria. globalresearch.ca Tensions between the local population and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are growing. Protests against the SDF have recently erupted in the cities of Manbij, Hasakah and Raqqah. | The predominantly Arab local population protested against behavior and policies, including …

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-30). Democracy be damned: Trump orders cancellation of union contracts. peoplesworld.org

Staff (2018-05-30). Journalism Watchdog Blasts DNC Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks. truthdig.com As President Donald Trump continues to wage war on journalism with " violent anti-press rhetoric," the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) published a scathing analysis on Tuesday arguing that the Democratic National Committee's recent lawsuit against WikiLeaks could set the stage for even more alarming attacks on press freedom by empowering the U.S. government to penalize media outlets that publish leaked information. | Citing the concerns expressed by numerous First Amendment experts and journalists, CPJ's Avi Asher-Schapiro contends that the DNC's suit—which accuses WikiLeaks of conspiring with Russia and the Trump campaign to tilt the 2016 election by publishing a trove of hacked DNC emails—"goes against press freedom precedents going back to the Pentagon Papers and contains arguments that could make it more difficult for reporters to do their jobs." | "What the language in this suit is calling 'conspiracy'

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-30). 'They Can Just Have a Cartoon': New Book Reveals Obama's Real Reaction to Trump Election. alternet.org A top aide to the former president is set to publish a book that offers a glimpse inside a devastated White House after Trump's victory. | President Barack Obama felt self-doubt and disappointment after Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 election, Ben Rhodes reveals in a new book previewed in the New York Times on Wednesday. The passages paint the picture of a devastated White House in shock over the election result and reveal the range of emotions Obama endured through the transition period. It notes, for instance, that Obama did his best to cheer up his aides in the days following the election. But he soured in the days that followed. "Maybe this is what people want," Obama reportedly said about Trump's win. "I've got the economy set up well for him. No facts. No consequences. They can just have a cartoon. "Rhodes. . .

Ricardo Vaz (2018-05-30). Venezuelan Elections: Chavismo Still in Power, US Still Belligerent, Media Still Dishonest. counterpunch.org Incumbent president Nicolás Maduro won in a landslide, taking nearly 68% of the vote, while his closest rival Henry Falcón could only muster 21%. With all the votes tallied, Maduro totalled a little over 6.2M votes. Amidst a devastating economic crisis and increasing imperialist aggression this is a very significant victory, but it nevertheless falls very More

Kevin Zeese (2018-05-30). Venezuela Defeats US in Election. counterpunch.org Upon returning to the United States from Venezuela and reading the terrible media reporting of the election, it was evident that the people of the United States are being lied to. The Intrepid News Fund and Venezuela Analysis invited me and others to come to Venezuela for the election to see first hand what actually More

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-30). Ex-Con Coal Baron Who Lost Primary Is Still Running for Senate — How 'Sore Loser' Election Laws Backfire Bigtime. alternet.org Will others follow in 2018's elections? | Don Blankenship, the coal baron imprisoned for a fatal mine explosion who lost West Virginia's recent U. S. Senate GOP primary, may become a 2018 political footnote for the unlikeliest reason: He is the first high-profile candidate to flaunt a state's "sore loser" law barring failed candidates from running in the fall as another party's nominee. "They [the state legislature] wrote another law just a couple of months ago that takes effect in June trying to clarify their sore loser law. They obviously weren't comfortable with the sore loser law," Blankenship told Fox News, when asked about the legality of his continued candidacy after the Constitution Party made him its Senate nominee. Blankenship stands a thin chance of prevailing, which was unusual when it comes to the 47 states that have "sore loser" laws, election experts. . .

Frederico Fuentes (2018-05-30). Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution Wins the Battle, But is It Losing the War? counterpunch.org Even before Venezuela's May 20 presidential vote had taken place, the United States —headed by a president who lost the popular vote in an electoral system that systematically disenfranchises millions of poor and non-white voters — rejected the elections as "neither free nor fair". The Lima Group, a coalition of 13 right-wing Latin American countries More

David Bacon (2018-05-30). Iraq elections: A step toward rebuilding popular power. peoplesworld.org The U.S. media quickly dismissed the results of Iraq's national elections on May 12. Journalists were puzzled by what the followers of Muqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) might have in common, and even more, by why they garnered more Iraqi votes than any other electoral list. Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army fought the U.S. […]…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-30). CNN's Jake Tapper Rips Trump 'Trail of Lies' Apart After Key Republican Refutes 'Spying' Claims. alternet.org "[The] president and his minions have painted this as the Obama administration having sent political 'spies' to gather political dirt on the Trump campaign. " | CNN's Jake Tapper is clearly frustrated with President Donald Trump's continuous assault on the truth and trust in American institutions. He made that obvious Wednesday as he used the words of a presidential ally to rip apart Trump's latest conspiracy theory. "A key conservative Republican [is] disputing President Trump's trail of lies about a confidential FBI source who talked to some Trump campaign staffers in 2016," Tapper said on "The Lead. " "Now, as you may recall, the president and his minions have painted this as the Obama administration having sent political 'spies' to gather political dirt on the Trump campaign. "He continued: "But, Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, the House Oversight Committee chairman, who also serves on the. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-30). GOP pushes through law allowing auto loan discrimination. peoplesworld.org

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-05-30). 'I'm Going to Use the Word Liar': Stephanie Ruhle Offers Brutal Fact-Check of Trump Tennessee Rally Speech. alternet.org "He was in his element at that rally and he lied to the people in that arena and to America several times. " | MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle repeatedly used the word "lie" to characterize the claims that President Donald Trump made in a combative campaign rally in Tennessee on Tuesday. "During a campaign rally in Nashville for Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn — running for Bob Corker's seat — he told the crowd they need to turn out for the midterms or risk the safety of the nation," Ruhle noted. "He also defended his use of the word animals to describe gang members. ""President Trump used the word animals, I'm going to use the word liar," Ruhle said. "He was in his element at that rally and he lied to the people in that arena and to America several times," Ruhle noted. "So for fact's sake,. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-05-30). Greenwald: FBI Informant in Trump Campaign Once Ran CIA Spy Operation Helping Reagan Win in 1980. democracynow.org A top House Republican has defended the FBI against a series of attacks by President Trump, who's claimed without evidence that the bureau planted a spy in his 2016 presidential campaign. Rep. Trey Gowdy, chair of the powerful House Oversight Committee, said Tuesday that the FBI was acting properly when it deployed a confidential informant—Stefan Halper—to investigate Russian attempts to interfere in the election. We talk to Glenn Greenwald about Halper's involvement in the CIA and the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan.

RT (2018-05-30). Democrat campaign ad compares Trump to Osama bin Laden. rt.com A Democrat running for congress in this year's midterm elections has released a bizarre campaign ad, in which he compares President Trump to Osama bin Laden. |
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Democracy Now! (2018-05-30). Glenn Greenwald on Julian Assange, Ecuador & Threats to Press Freedom. democracynow.org WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange is at risk of being removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has taken refuge for nearly six years, CNN reports. If he is forced out of the embassy, Assange could face arrest by British authorities and extradition to the United States. The Ecuadorian government cut off Assange's internet in March. Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa told The Intercept that the government has also blocked Assange from receiving visitors, calling the tactic "torture." Correa said that Ecuador was not maintaining "normal sovereign relations with the American government—just submission." In other Assange news, last month the Democratic National Committee sued WikiLeaks for its role in publishing hacked materials relating to the 2016 election. We speak with Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro, who wrote last month for The Intercept that "the DNC'S lawsuit against WikiLeaks poses a serious threat to press freedom."

Intercepted (2018-05-30). White Fear: As the GOP Veers Toward Fascism, Establishment Democrats Face a Grassroots Insurgency. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have become authoritarian shock forces, operating with impunity, ripping children from their parents' arms, and enforcing the anti-immigrant edicts of Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions. But the horrors did not start with Trump. This week on Intercepted: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old former waitress, is challenging one of the most powerful Democrats in the country for his congressional seat. She is running on a platform of social and economic justice and she has called for ICE to be abolished. Ocasio-Cortez explains why she wants to unseat the "King of Queens," Rep. Joseph Crowley, who portrays himself as Nancy Pelosi's rightful successor. Princeton professor Eddie Glaude Jr. joins Intercepted to talk about white supremacy and law enforcement, the "rot" in the establishment Democratic Party, and Trump's obsession with black athletes. | Transcript coming soon.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-30). Deadlier than Katrina & 9/11: Hurricane Maria Killed 4,645 in Puerto Rico, 70 Times Official Toll. democracynow.org A stunning new study by researchers at Harvard has revealed the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria may be 70 times higher than official count of 64. The new research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, says the death toll is at least 4,645—and perhaps as many as 5,740. President Trump has so far not responded to the new study. But in October, during a visit to Puerto Rico, Trump boasted about the low official death count. With a death toll of at least 4,645, Hurricane Maria would become the second-deadliest hurricane in U.S. history—behind only the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 which killed as many as 12,000 people in Texas. The Harvard study found that "interruption of medical care was the primary cause of sustained high mortality rates in the months after the hurricane, a finding consistent with the…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-30). Glenn Greenwald: Why Did ABC Ignore Roseanne Barr's Hateful Tweets Against Arabs & Palestinians? democracynow.org On Tuesday ABC canceled its hit show "Roseanne", after its star, Roseanne Barr, fired off a series of racist comments on Twitter. In one tweet, Roseanne wrote, "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." It was a reference to Valerie Jarrett, longtime adviser to President Obama, who's African-American. Roseanne also accused billionaire George Soros, who's Jewish, of being a Nazi collaborator and attacked Chelsea Clinton. The decision to cancel Roseanne was made by Channing Dungey, the first African-American president of a major TV network. The reboot of the hit 1980s sitcom Roseanne last year drew huge audiences and praise from President Trump, who once called Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on the show's success. We speak with Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro.

RT (2018-05-30). Shouting 'witch hunt' is a Kremlin tactic? RT dives into Democrat double standards (VIDEO). rt.com Repeating the same, tired mantra ad nauseam in order to score political points is a textbook Kremlin tactic, Congresswoman Maxine Waters says. But what about the Democrats' own year-long droning about 'Russian meddling'?
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Democracy Now! (2018-05-30). Headlines for May 30, 2018. democracynow.org Study: Hurricane Maria Deaths 70 Times Higher Than Official Count, Israel Launches Airstrikes in Gaza, Blocks Flotilla Seeking to Break Blockade, Poor People's Campaign: Hundreds Arrested Across U.S. in Nonviolent Protests, NYT: Trump Ordered Sessions to Un-Recuse Himself from Russia Investigation, GOP House Oversight Chair Says FBI "Acted Properly" Using Trump Campaign Informant, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to Resign Amid Sexual Misconduct & Corruption Scandal, ABC Cancels "Roseanne" Amid Outcry Over Roseanne Barr's Racist Tweets, Arkansas Left with One Clinic for Medication Abortions as Supreme Court OKs Anti-Choice Law, French Police Evict 1,000 Migrants as Macron Welcomes Malian "Spiderman" Rescuer to Élysée Palace, Hungary: Offering Food, Water, Legal Advice to Migrants to Become Criminal Offense, Russian Journalist Arkady Babchenko Admits Faking His Own Death | , Justice Dept. Approves $66B Takeover of Monsanto by German Pharma Giant Bayer, Canada to Buy, Expand Trans Mountain Tar Sands Oil Pipeline, New Mexico: Trans Woman Seeking Asylum in U.S. Dies in ICE Custody…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-30). Bred to Suffer: Glenn Greenwald on the "Morally Unconscionable" U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation. democracynow.org Animal experimentation is on the rise in the United States. The Department of Agriculture reports that nearly 61,000 dogs were used in the U.S. for experimentation in 2016 alone, and the total reported number of animals used for experimentation was more than 820,000. A major new investigation by The Intercept examines the poorly regulated and highly profitable industry of breeding dogs for the sole purpose of experimenting on them in the U.S. The investigation reveals the horrors of the dog experimentation industry at one of the three largest firms in the U.S. that sells beagles to research labs: Ridglan Farms. We speak with The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro to discuss his in-depth investigation, headlined "Bred to Suffer: Inside the Barbaric U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation."

wsws.org (2018-05-30). Corruption crisis prompts demand for snap elections in Spain. wsws.org New elections in Spain would represent the third since December 2015, all of which produced hung parliaments.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-30). 39 Arrested Protesting Industrial Farm Supplying So-Called "Cage-Free" Eggs to Amazon & Whole Foods. democracynow.org On Tuesday, hundreds of people with the group Direct Action Everywhere marched to an industrial shed housing chickens in Petaluma, California, that is owned by Sunrise Farms, which supplies cage-free eggs to Amazon and Whole Foods. Activists say they removed 37 chickens and took them to get veterinary care. Police arrested 39 people for trespassing. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, who just addressed the Animal Liberation Conference this weekend in Berkeley, California.

Frederico Fuentes (2018-05-29). Election Observer: 'The Majority Have Chosen the Path They Want for Venezuela'. counterpunch.org More than 300 international representatives from organisations such as the African Union, the Caribbean Community and the Electoral Experts Council of Latin America, as well as former heads of states, parliamentarians, trade unionists and solidarity activists, were present for Venezuela's May 20 presidential vote. Among them was Eulalia Reyes de Whitney, a Venezuelan-born activist with the Australia Venezuela Solidarity More

Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-29). 9 Ways Authoritarianism Is Taking Hold Under Trump. alternet.org The president and his neo-authoritarian acolytes are following an ancient playbook. | As our country slides into an ugly Americanized form of neofascism, there's good news: nonviolent protest, when in the service of progressive, egalitarian goals, almost always wins out when it reaches a national critical mass. And we may well be on the verge of that right now. But we must understand what we're up against. Donald Trump and his neo-authoritarian acolytes are following an ancient playbook. Part Machiavelli, part Caesar, part Mugabe/Duterte/Mao, it always includes a few simple and primary elements of seizing and subverting normal political power. Here's how the president is building authoritarian institutions. 1. Lie Often — Lie Big. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt pointed out, the Big Lie technique wasn't invented by Hitler but was essential to his success, and in the 1944 election, the Republican Party began to turn. . .

wsws.org (2018-05-29). Leading Democratic activists accidentally share photos of immigrants detained under Obama administration. wsws.org Former Obama administration officials shared 2014 pictures of immigrant children sleeping in cages in immigration prisons in a hypocritical attempt to discredit Trump for his anti-immigrant policies.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-29). Ecuador: Meeting with President Moreno. hrw.org (Quito) — President Lenín Moreno of Ecuador met on May 29, 2018 with a Human Rights Watch delegation in Quito to discuss the status of human rights in the country and his government's foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said today. | "During his first year in office, President Moreno has set a new tone and direction for the government that has generated a climate that allows for the exercise of basic rights and an open debate," said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. "But more needs to be done to repair the systemic damage suffered by the country's democratic institutions under the previous administration." | Human Rights Watch representatives shared with President Moreno their findings and assessment on a range of issues, such as free speech, freedom of association, judicial independence, and judicial harassment of…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-29). Wheels of Justice Turning in Bangui. hrw.org Residents of Bossangoa shelter from gunfire as FOMAC move to try to protect the population from anti-balaka attacks on Seleka forces in the town. | © 2013 Marcus Bleasdale/VII for Human Rights Watch | Last week I was in Sibut, a town north of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. People displaced by recent violence in Bambari, in the center of the country, were making their way to Sibut and told me what happened to them. | Fighters from the rebel group Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC), attacked Bambari on May 14, killing civilians, they said. One man, "Olivier", told me how his 7-year-old brother was shot as they tried to flee. "We ran down to the Ouaka River," he said. "We tried to swim across, but the…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-29). Meet Two of the Activists Behind Ireland's Historic Vote to Repeal a Ban on Nearly All Abortions. democracynow.org "Free, safe and legal." That was the slogan for the Abortion Rights Campaign launched by Irish women in 2012 that led to a historic, landslide vote Friday to liberalize the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Two-thirds of those who went to the polls voted yes on a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of Ireland's constitution, which was added in 1983 to give equal rights to a woman and an unborn child. By voting yes, supporters also backed legislation, which must still be introduced, to allow women to seek an abortion during the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy. The referendum was sparked, in part, by the high-profile death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar, who suffered a miscarriage in an Irish hospital in 2012. Doctors refused her repeated requests for an abortion, because they could detect a fetal heartbeat, and she contracted a fatal infection. We go to Dublin, Ireland, where we speak with Grainne Griffin, co-director of the Together for Yes campaign and co-founder of the Abortion Rights Campaign. We also speak with Annie Hoey, the canvassing coordinator for Together for Yes and former Union of Students in Ireland president.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-29). After Ireland's Historic Abortion Vote, Calls Grow for Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland. democracynow.org In a resounding win for reproductive rights, the Irish electorate voted in overwhelming numbers to liberalize the country's highly restrictive abortion laws on Friday. Two-thirds of those who went to the polls voted yes on a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of Ireland's constitution, which granted equal rights to a woman and an unborn child. But Friday's vote will not change abortion access in British-ruled Northern Ireland, where 19th century laws barring the procedure remain in place. We go to Dublin, Ireland, where we speak with Grainne Griffin, co-director of the Together for Yes campaign and co-founder of the Abortion Rights Campaign. We also speak with Annie Hoey, the canvassing coordinator for Together for Yes and former Union of Students in Ireland president.

wsws.org (2018-05-29). The abortion vote in Ireland: A blow against reaction. wsws.org The referendum vote demonstrates that working people, and broad sections of the middle class, are fully prepared to fight for the extension and expansion of democratic rights.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-29). "Don't Treat Us Like Animals": Outrage Builds After Border Agent Kills Indigenous Guatemalan Woman. democracynow.org In Guatemala, family members are demanding justice for Claudia Gómez González, the 19-year-old indigenous woman whom a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot in the head and killed last week in Texas near the U.S. border. Border Patrol initially claimed that the shooting occurred after an agent "came under attack by multiple subjects using blunt objects." The original statement described González as "one of the assailants." But later the agency changed its story, saying the agent opened fire after "the group ignored his verbal commands and instead rushed him." However, a resident who lives near where the shooting occured said she never heard the agent yell anything. The Guatemalan Consulate in Del Rio, Texas, is calling for an investigation into González's death, criticizing the "violence and excessive use of force by the Border Patrol." At the time of her death, González was headed to Virginia to reunite with her boyfriend. For more, we go to Houston, where we speak with Astrid Dominguez, director of the ACLU's Border Rights Center. We also speak with Sarah Macaraeg, an award-winning investigative journalist, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-29). Headlines for May 29, 2018. democracynow.org In Historic Referendum, Ireland Votes to Repeal Abortion Ban, Top North Korean General Heads to U.S. as Officials Try to Salvage June 12 Summit, Israeli Military Jets Bomb Gaza After Mortar Rounds Fired Toward Israel, Family of Claudia González, Guatemalan Woman Killed by Border Agent, Demands Justice, Ellicott City, Maryland, Hit by Second "Once-in-a-Thousand-Year" Flood in 2 Years, Colombia: Presidential Election Heads to Runoff as Peace Deal Hangs in Balance, Mexican Journalist Alicia Díaz González Killed, Brazil: Nationwide Truckers' Strike Shuts Down Businesses, Transportation, Schools, Pakistan Passes Historic Protections for Transgender People & Residents of Tribal Areas, European Commission Seeks to Ban Plastic Plates, Cutlery and Straws, Starbucks Closing 8,000 Stores Today for Anti-Racial Bias Training, "I'm Never Plugging That Device In Again": Alexa Records & Sends Private Conversation by Accident, NYC Taxi Drivers Mourn Apparent Suicide of Driver Yu Mein Chow…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-29). Maldives: Opposition Candidates Barred From Election. hrw.org A supporter shouts slogans during a protest calling for the release of opposition political prisoners in front of the Maldives embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 6, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (New York) — The Maldives' Election Commission should end its politically motivated exclusion of opposition party candidates from the September 2018 presidential elections, Human Rights Watch said today. | The Election Commission announced in May it would reject the presidential candidacy of anyone convicted of criminal charges, effectively banning the four main opposition leaders from running. The commission also threatened to dissolve the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) if its sole candidate, former President Mohamed Nasheed, contested the party's May 30 primaries. The joint opposition accused the commission of being "hopelessly politicized" after it left only the incumbent president, Abdulla Yameen…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-29). Paris Summit: Work Towards Fair Elections in Libya. hrw.org French President Emmanuel Macron walks with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), before a meeting for talks over a political deal to help end Libya's crisis in La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris, France, July 25, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | (Paris, May 29, 2018) — French President Emmanuel Macron should ensure that four Libyan leaders meeting in Paris on May 29, 2018, pledge to improve human rights and ensure conditions conducive for a free and fair vote ahead of any planned elections, Human Rights Watch said today. | The new French initiative is the second attempt by Macron to reach consensus among some key figures in Libya. It builds on a July 2017 meeting that led to no discernible results between General…

wsws.org (2018-05-28). Rapper Kendrick Lamar wins the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music. wsws.org Pulitzer's choice to recognize the rapper cannot be viewed as anything but a nod to identity politics and the Democratic Party.

wsws.org (2018-05-28). Bipartisan hostility to Trump deal on Chinese telecom firm ZTE. wsws.org Moves are underway in the US Congress, supported by leading Republicans and Democrats, to extend bans on Chinese telecos regarded as a threat to "national security."

Democracy Now! (2018-05-28). 1968: A Look Back at the My Lai Massacre, MLK's Assassination, Columbia Protests & Catonsville Nine. democracynow.org Today, in this holiday special, we look back at 1968—a pivotal year in modern American history. It was a year that saw the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, historic student strikes from Columbia to San Francisco State, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Chicago Democratic convention protests and the escalation of the Vietnam War. Over the next hour, we will air highlights from our recent coverage of four key events: the My Lai massacre, the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Columbia student strike and the Catonsville Nine.

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Avenatti Says 'Trump Tapes' Exist
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-31
Michael Avenatti, the outspoken lawyer who represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her suit against President Trump, says there are audio recordings of Trump's conversations with his embattled personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Comparing the recordings to the infamous " Nixon tapes" that sealed President Richard Nixon's political fate, Avenatti charges that the recordings might show a conspiracy "to commit one or more potential crimes." | Avenatti made his assertion Wednesday on the left-leaning cable channel MSNBC. He represents Daniels in a case concerning the actress' alleged 2006 affair with Trump and hush money that Cohen allegedly paid to silence her shortly before the 2016 election. | Avenatti has proved to be a virtual match for the president in hogging the media limelight. Earlier in the day, he withdrew a request to enter the criminal case against Cohen, in…
truthdig.com/articles/avenatti-incriminating-trump-tapes-exist/

How Did AMLO Become the Frontrunner in Mexico's Elections?
Johnny Hazard | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-31
The presidential election scheduled for July 1, 2018 in Mexico appears to favor Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), a center-left populist candidate who almost won in 2006 and 2012 and on both occasions accused "the mafia of the powerful" of having stolen the elections. The AMLO of 2018 is, verbally speaking, more moderate than the…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/31/how-did-amlo-become-the-frontrunner-in-mexicos-elections/

Hungary: Bill Makes Aiding Migrants a Crime
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-31
An anti-immigration poster by Victor Orban's Fidesz party during Hungary's April 2018 elections, April 8, 2018, Gyongyos, Hungary. | © 2018 REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger | (Budapest) — A revised draft bill published by the Hungarian government on May 29, 2018, would criminalize efforts to help migrants and asylum seekers and curb their access to protection, Human Rights Watch said today. | The bill the government presented to parliament proposes amending nine existing laws related to asylum, the national border, and the police. It creates a new criminal offense in the Criminal Code of "enabling illegal immigration," which is defined to include helping asylum seekers who are "not eligible for protection," as well as to include border monitoring, producing and disseminating information, or "network building." If committed "regularly," or with the aim of "help[ing] several persons,"
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/31/hungary-bill-makes-aiding-migrants-crime

Azerbaijan Chooses Not to Free Prominent Activists
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-31
On May 24, President Aliyev signed the decree pardoning 634 people on the occasion of the centenary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. | © 2018 Azertag | Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on Friday to pardon 634 convicts, but included only 12 people local rights groups considered political prisoners. So while he pardoned several religious activists and opposition party members who had only a few days left behind bars, the move unexpectedly and disappointingly excluded dozens of prominent civil and political activists, bloggers, and journalists who remain jailed following politically motivated prosecutions. | Among those still imprisoned are journalist and blogger Mehman Huseynov, who is serving two years on charges of defaming a police station after he publicly described abuse he endured there; journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who was kidnapped a…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/31/azerbaijan-chooses-not-free-prominent-activists

Hungary: Bill Makes Aiding Migrants a Crime
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-31
An anti-immigration poster by Victor Orban's Fidesz party during Hungary's April 2018 elections, April 8, 2018, Gyongyos, Hungary. | © 2018 REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger | (Budapest) — A revised draft bill published by the Hungarian government on May 29, 2018, would criminalize efforts to help migrants and asylum seekers and curb their access to protection, Human Rights Watch said today. | The bill the government presented to parliament proposes amending nine existing laws related to asylum, the national border, and the police. It creates a new criminal offense in the Criminal Code of "enabling illegal immigration," which is defined to include helping asylum seekers who are "not eligible for protection," as well as to include border monitoring, producing and disseminating information, or "network building." If committed "regularly," or with the aim of "help[ing] several persons,"
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/31/hungary-bill-makes-aiding-migrants-crime

McCabe Gave Mueller a Secret Memo that Could Contain Crucial Information About Trump Firing Comey: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-30
The memo details his conversation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. | Former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe gave special counsel Robert Mueller a memo documenting potentially critical conversations he had in the wake of the former FBI Director James Comey's firing, according to a new report from the New York Times. The memo reportedly contains a record of McCabe's conversation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after President Donald Trump fired Comey. After the firing, the White House released a letter from Rosenstein detailing what he viewed was Comey's mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email case, which the deputy attorney general believes was unfair to the former secretary of state. Rosenstein has since said that he did not intend his letter to be used to justify Comey's firing. According to the report, McCabe said that Rosenstein told him that the. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/mccabe-gave-mueller-secret-memo-could-contain-crucial-information-about-trump

Trump Doubles Down on Nativist Fear-Mongering As GOP's Only Midterm Message
Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-30
Hate-filled immigrant bashing is all the GOP has left. | Donald Trump and the GOP have virtually nothing to sell the white working-class voters who helped elect him to office in 2016, other than his deep-seated racism and his commitment to immigrant bashing. It's an ugly populist playbook and Trump spent Tuesday night in Tennessee playing it to the hilt at a campaign rally for GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid. Here's a brief montage of Trump's anti-immigrant slurs from the Washington Post, including his broken campaign promise that Mexico will pay for wall that is clearly being funded by American taxpayers: "In the end, Mexico is going to pay for the wall," Trump said. [. . . ] "They're going to pay for the wall and they're going to enjoy it," Trump said. [. . . ]"The Democrats want to use [immigration] as a campaign issue, and. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-doubles-down-nativist-fear-mongering-gops-only-midterm-message

Trump's Plan for Migrants Fleeing Violence: Blame Democrats and Expand Family Detention
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-30
The Trump administration is calling on Congress to close so-called loopholes created by protections for vulnerable migrant children and allow entire families to be held in immigration jails and detention camps while adults await to see a judge. Trump is also attempting to shift the blame for the migrant "crisis" on Democrats ahead of the midterms.An immigrant mother gives medicine to her sick child after a night's rest on an outdoor basketball court during a pause on their journey toward the US-Mexico border on April 22, 2018, in Hermosillo, Mexico. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images) | Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. | Facing heavy criticism for a new "zero-tolerance" policy that is separating migrant children from their parents on the southern US border, the…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44629-trump-s-plan-for-migrants-fleeing-violence-blame-democrats-and-expand-family-detention

Study Shows Judges Appointed by Republicans Are Way More Racist Than Others
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-30
The study reviewed 1,400 federal judges' sentencing practices over a 15-year period. | The study was sui generis: Two Harvard Law professors, Alma Cohen and Crystal S. Yang, set out to analyze 1,400 federal judges' sentencing practices over a 15-year period affecting more than 500,000 defendants. The results were predictable but disheartening. They unearthed a stunning number of influences on sentencing, from years of experience and level of racism in a state to the party of appointment. Its major finding: Republican-appointed judges give black defendants harsher sentences than their white counterparts. "Republican-appointed judges sentence black defendants to three more months than similar nonblacks. . . . These differences cannot be explained by other judge characteristics and grow substantially larger when judges are granted more discretion. "Three months' discrepancy accounts for 65 percent of the baseline racial sentence gap, meaning the average sentence disparity between similarly. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/study-shows-judges-appointed-republicans-are-way-more-racist-others

Feds Indict Brothers for Scam PACs That Bilked Over $50 Million from Gullible Republican Donors
Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-05-30
Scam PACs make pitches across the political spectrum, evading regulators. | Federal prosecutors have charged two brothers with bilking Republicans across the country of "more than $50 million" in a giant scam where they posed as conservative political action committees (PACs) dedicated to furthering right-wing causes like supporting law enforcement and opposing reproductive rights. "These nine PACS–which collectively raised more than $23 million between 2014 and 2017, and more than $50 million the last 10 years–were scams, operated to enrich the defendants and their co-conspirators," the federal indictment said. "The PACs targeted victims across the country, including in the Southern District of New York, raising funds on the fraudulent basis that donations would support education regarding, and the political campaigns of those who supported, 'autism awareness,' 'law enforcement appreciation,' and pro-life causes. ""In truth and fact, virtually all of the money raised was. . .
www.alternet.org/election-03918/feds-indict-brothers-scam-pacs-bilked-over-50-million-gullible-republican-donors

Trump 'Continues to Obstruct Justice in Broad Daylight': Democratic Lawmaker Explains How Mueller's Case Keeps Getting Stronger
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-30
Rep. Eric Swalwell said, "I do think that his efforts to try and shame Attorney General Sessions does amount to obstruction. " | Rep. Eric Swalwell (R-CA) argued Wednesday that President Donald Trump's recent efforts to undermine Attorney General Jeff Sessions and derail the Russia investigation constitute continual obstruction of justice, further building a case that special counsel Robert Mueller may be pursuing against the president. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he wishes he had picked someone other than Sessions to be attorney general. Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Swalwell said that Trump just wants an attorney general who will be "a loyalist to him, not somebody who's going to be a loyalist to our Constitution. "He also said that he believes a recent report that Trump demanded that Sessions withdraw his recusal from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-continues-obstruct-justice-broad-daylight-democratic-lawmaker-explains-how

Journalism Watchdog Blasts DNC Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-30
As President Donald Trump continues to wage war on journalism with " violent anti-press rhetoric," the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) published a scathing analysis on Tuesday arguing that the Democratic National Committee's recent lawsuit against WikiLeaks could set the stage for even more alarming attacks on press freedom by empowering the U.S. government to penalize media outlets that publish leaked information. | Citing the concerns expressed by numerous First Amendment experts and journalists, CPJ's Avi Asher-Schapiro contends that the DNC's suit–which accuses WikiLeaks of conspiring with Russia and the Trump campaign to tilt the 2016 election by publishing a trove of hacked DNC emails–"goes against press freedom precedents going back to the Pentagon Papers and contains arguments that could make it more difficult for reporters to do their jobs." | "What the language in this suit is calling 'conspiracy'…
truthdig.com/articles/journalism-watchdog-blasts-dnc-lawsuit-against-wikileaks-in-scathing-report/

Video: Israel Carries Out Massive Strike on Gaza, Protest Against US-backed Forces in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-30
Tensions between the local population and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are growing. Protests against the SDF have recently erupted in the cities of Manbij, Hasakah and Raqqah. | The predominantly Arab local population protested against behavior and policies, including …
globalresearch.ca/video-israel-carries-out-massive-strike-on-gaza-protest-against-us-backed-forces-in-syria/5642356

Not for Sale: Congo's Forests Must be Protected from the Fossil Fuels Industry
Global Witness | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-30
As we have previously revealed, the Democratic Republic of Congo government is attempting to reclassify swathes of two UNESCO protected World Heritage Sites — Salonga and Virunga National Parks — to allow oil exploration to take place. In our …
globalresearch.ca/not-for-sale-congos-forests-must-be-protected-from-the-fossil-fuels-industry/5642318

Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution Wins the Battle, But is It Losing the War?
Frederico Fuentes | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-30
Even before Venezuela's May 20 presidential vote had taken place, the United States –headed by a president who lost the popular vote in an electoral system that systematically disenfranchises millions of poor and non-white voters — rejected the elections as "neither free nor fair". The Lima Group, a coalition of 13 right-wing Latin American countries…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/30/venezuelas-bolivarian-revolution-wins-the-battle-but-is-it-losing-the-war/

Venezuelan Elections: Chavismo Still in Power, US Still Belligerent, Media Still Dishonest
Ricardo Vaz | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-30
Incumbent president Nicolás Maduro won in a landslide, taking nearly 68% of the vote, while his closest rival Henry Falcón could only muster 21%. With all the votes tallied, Maduro totalled a little over 6.2M votes. Amidst a devastating economic crisis and increasing imperialist aggression this is a very significant victory, but it nevertheless falls very…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/30/venezuelan-elections-chavismo-still-in-power-us-still-belligerent-media-still-dishonest/

Ex-Con Coal Baron Who Lost Primary Is Still Running for Senate — How 'Sore Loser' Election Laws Backfire Bigtime
Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-05-30
Will others follow in 2018's elections? | Don Blankenship, the coal baron imprisoned for a fatal mine explosion who lost West Virginia's recent U. S. Senate GOP primary, may become a 2018 political footnote for the unlikeliest reason: He is the first high-profile candidate to flaunt a state's "sore loser" law barring failed candidates from running in the fall as another party's nominee. "They [the state legislature] wrote another law just a couple of months ago that takes effect in June trying to clarify their sore loser law. They obviously weren't comfortable with the sore loser law," Blankenship told Fox News, when asked about the legality of his continued candidacy after the Constitution Party made him its Senate nominee. Blankenship stands a thin chance of prevailing, which was unusual when it comes to the 47 states that have "sore loser" laws, election experts. . .
www.alternet.org/election-03918/coal-baron-and-ex-con-loses-primary-still-running-senate-how-sore-loser-election-laws

Iraq elections: A step toward rebuilding popular power
David Bacon | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-30
The U.S. media quickly dismissed the results of Iraq's national elections on May 12. Journalists were puzzled by what the followers of Muqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) might have in common, and even more, by why they garnered more Iraqi votes than any other electoral list. Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army fought the U.S. …

Iraq elections: A step toward rebuilding popular power

'They Can Just Have a Cartoon': New Book Reveals Obama's Real Reaction to Trump Election
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-30
A top aide to the former president is set to publish a book that offers a glimpse inside a devastated White House after Trump's victory. | President Barack Obama felt self-doubt and disappointment after Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 election, Ben Rhodes reveals in a new book previewed in the New York Times on Wednesday. The passages paint the picture of a devastated White House in shock over the election result and reveal the range of emotions Obama endured through the transition period. It notes, for instance, that Obama did his best to cheer up his aides in the days following the election. But he soured in the days that followed. "Maybe this is what people want," Obama reportedly said about Trump's win. "I've got the economy set up well for him. No facts. No consequences. They can just have a cartoon. "Rhodes. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/they-can-just-have-cartoon-new-book-reveals-obamas-real-reaction-trump-election

Venezuela Defeats US in Election
Kevin Zeese | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-30
Upon returning to the United States from Venezuela and reading the terrible media reporting of the election, it was evident that the people of the United States are being lied to. The Intrepid News Fund and Venezuela Analysis invited me and others to come to Venezuela for the election to see first hand what actually…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/30/venezuela-defeats-us-in-election/

'I'm Going to Use the Word Liar': Stephanie Ruhle Offers Brutal Fact-Check of Trump Tennessee Rally Speech
Bob Brigham, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-30
"He was in his element at that rally and he lied to the people in that arena and to America several times. " | MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle repeatedly used the word "lie" to characterize the claims that President Donald Trump made in a combative campaign rally in Tennessee on Tuesday. "During a campaign rally in Nashville for Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn — running for Bob Corker's seat — he told the crowd they need to turn out for the midterms or risk the safety of the nation," Ruhle noted. "He also defended his use of the word animals to describe gang members. ""President Trump used the word animals, I'm going to use the word liar," Ruhle said. "He was in his element at that rally and he lied to the people in that arena and to America several times," Ruhle noted. "So for fact's sake,. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/im-going-use-word-liar-stephanie-ruhle-offers-brutal-fact-check-trump-tennessee

CNN's Jake Tapper Rips Trump 'Trail of Lies' Apart After Key Republican Refutes 'Spying' Claims
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-30
"[The] president and his minions have painted this as the Obama administration having sent political 'spies' to gather political dirt on the Trump campaign. " | CNN's Jake Tapper is clearly frustrated with President Donald Trump's continuous assault on the truth and trust in American institutions. He made that obvious Wednesday as he used the words of a presidential ally to rip apart Trump's latest conspiracy theory. "A key conservative Republican [is] disputing President Trump's trail of lies about a confidential FBI source who talked to some Trump campaign staffers in 2016," Tapper said on "The Lead. " "Now, as you may recall, the president and his minions have painted this as the Obama administration having sent political 'spies' to gather political dirt on the Trump campaign. "He continued: "But, Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, the House Oversight Committee chairman, who also serves on the. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/cnns-jake-tapper-rips-trump-trail-lies-apart-after-key-republican-refutes-spying

Glenn Greenwald on Julian Assange, Ecuador & Threats to Press Freedom
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-30
WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange is at risk of being removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has taken refuge for nearly six years, CNN reports. If he is forced out of the embassy, Assange could face arrest by British authorities and extradition to the United States. The Ecuadorian government cut off Assange's internet in March. Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa told The Intercept that the government has also blocked Assange from receiving visitors, calling the tactic "torture." Correa said that Ecuador was not maintaining "normal sovereign relations with the American government–just submission." In other Assange news, last month the Democratic National Committee sued WikiLeaks for its role in publishing hacked materials relating to the 2016 election. We speak with Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro, who wrote last month for The Intercept that "the DNC'S lawsuit against WikiLeaks poses a serious threat to press freedom."
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/30/glenn_greenwald_on_julian_assange_ecuador

Democrat campaign ad compares Trump to Osama bin Laden
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-30
A Democrat running for congress in this year's midterm elections has released a bizarre campaign ad, in which he compares President Trump to Osama bin Laden. …
www.rt.com/usa/428286-democrat-campaign-trump-osama/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

39 Arrested Protesting Industrial Farm Supplying So-Called "Cage-Free" Eggs to Amazon & Whole Foods
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-30
On Tuesday, hundreds of people with the group Direct Action Everywhere marched to an industrial shed housing chickens in Petaluma, California, that is owned by Sunrise Farms, which supplies cage-free eggs to Amazon and Whole Foods. Activists say they removed 37 chickens and took them to get veterinary care. Police arrested 39 people for trespassing. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, who just addressed the Animal Liberation Conference this weekend in Berkeley, California.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/30/39_arrested_protesting_industrial_farm_supplying

Greenwald: FBI Informant in Trump Campaign Once Ran CIA Spy Operation Helping Reagan Win in 1980
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-30
A top House Republican has defended the FBI against a series of attacks by President Trump, who's claimed without evidence that the bureau planted a spy in his 2016 presidential campaign. Rep. Trey Gowdy, chair of the powerful House Oversight Committee, said Tuesday that the FBI was acting properly when it deployed a confidential informant–Stefan Halper–to investigate Russian attempts to interfere in the election. We talk to Glenn Greenwald about Halper's involvement in the CIA and the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/30/greenwald_fbi_informant_in_trump_campaign

Corruption crisis prompts demand for snap elections in Spain
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-30
New elections in Spain would represent the third since December 2015, all of which produced hung parliaments.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/30/spai-m30.html

Shouting 'witch hunt' is a Kremlin tactic? RT dives into Democrat double standards (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-30
Repeating the same, tired mantra ad nauseam in order to score political points is a textbook Kremlin tactic, Congresswoman Maxine Waters says. But what about the Democrats' own year-long droning about 'Russian meddling'? …
www.rt.com/usa/428201-witch-hunt-double-standards-democrats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Bred to Suffer: Glenn Greenwald on the "Morally Unconscionable" U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-30
Animal experimentation is on the rise in the United States. The Department of Agriculture reports that nearly 61,000 dogs were used in the U.S. for experimentation in 2016 alone, and the total reported number of animals used for experimentation was more than 820,000. A major new investigation by The Intercept examines the poorly regulated and highly profitable industry of breeding dogs for the sole purpose of experimenting on them in the U.S. The investigation reveals the horrors of the dog experimentation industry at one of the three largest firms in the U.S. that sells beagles to research labs: Ridglan Farms. We speak with The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro to discuss his in-depth investigation, headlined "Bred to Suffer: Inside the Barbaric U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation."
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/30/bred_to_suffer_glenn_greenwald_on

Deadlier than Katrina & 9/11: Hurricane Maria Killed 4,645 in Puerto Rico, 70 Times Official Toll
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-30
A stunning new study by researchers at Harvard has revealed the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria may be 70 times higher than official count of 64. The new research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, says the death toll is at least 4,645–and perhaps as many as 5,740. President Trump has so far not responded to the new study. But in October, during a visit to Puerto Rico, Trump boasted about the low official death count. With a death toll of at least 4,645, Hurricane Maria would become the second-deadliest hurricane in U.S. history–behind only the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 which killed as many as 12,000 people in Texas. The Harvard study found that "interruption of medical care was the primary cause of sustained high mortality rates in the months after the hurricane, a finding consistent with the…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/30/deadlier_than_katrina_9_11_hurricane

White Fear: As the GOP Veers Toward Fascism, Establishment Democrats Face a Grassroots Insurgency
Intercepted | theintercept.com | 2018-05-30
Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have become authoritarian shock forces, operating with impunity, ripping children from their parents' arms, and enforcing the anti-immigrant edicts of Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions. But the horrors did not start with Trump. This week on Intercepted: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old former waitress, is challenging one of the most powerful Democrats in the country for his congressional seat. She is running on a platform of social and economic justice and she has called for ICE to be abolished. Ocasio-Cortez explains why she wants to unseat the "King of Queens," Rep. Joseph Crowley, who portrays himself as Nancy Pelosi's rightful successor. Princeton professor Eddie Glaude Jr. joins Intercepted to talk about white supremacy and law enforcement, the "rot" in the establishment Democratic Party, and Trump's obsession with black athletes. | Transcript coming soon. | The post White Fear: As the GOP Veers Toward Fascism, Establishment Democrats Face a Grassroots Insurgency appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/05/30/white-fear-as-the-gop-veers-toward-fascism-establishment-democrats-face-a-grassroots-insurgency/

Glenn Greenwald: Why Did ABC Ignore Roseanne Barr's Hateful Tweets Against Arabs & Palestinians?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-30
On Tuesday ABC canceled its hit show "Roseanne", after its star, Roseanne Barr, fired off a series of racist comments on Twitter. In one tweet, Roseanne wrote, "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." It was a reference to Valerie Jarrett, longtime adviser to President Obama, who's African-American. Roseanne also accused billionaire George Soros, who's Jewish, of being a Nazi collaborator and attacked Chelsea Clinton. The decision to cancel Roseanne was made by Channing Dungey, the first African-American president of a major TV network. The reboot of the hit 1980s sitcom Roseanne last year drew huge audiences and praise from President Trump, who once called Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on the show's success. We speak with Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/30/glenn_greenwald_why_did_abc_ignore

Election Observer: 'The Majority Have Chosen the Path They Want for Venezuela'
Frederico Fuentes | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-29
More than 300 international representatives from organisations such as the African Union, the Caribbean Community and the Electoral Experts Council of Latin America, as well as former heads of states, parliamentarians, trade unionists and solidarity activists, were present for Venezuela's May 20 presidential vote. Among them was Eulalia Reyes de Whitney, a Venezuelan-born activist with the Australia Venezuela Solidarity…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/29/election-observer-the-majority-have-chosen-the-path-they-want-for-venezuela/

9 Ways Authoritarianism Is Taking Hold Under Trump
Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-05-29
The president and his neo-authoritarian acolytes are following an ancient playbook. | As our country slides into an ugly Americanized form of neofascism, there's good news: nonviolent protest, when in the service of progressive, egalitarian goals, almost always wins out when it reaches a national critical mass. And we may well be on the verge of that right now. But we must understand what we're up against. Donald Trump and his neo-authoritarian acolytes are following an ancient playbook. Part Machiavelli, part Caesar, part Mugabe/Duterte/Mao, it always includes a few simple and primary elements of seizing and subverting normal political power. Here's how the president is building authoritarian institutions. 1. Lie Often — Lie Big. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt pointed out, the Big Lie technique wasn't invented by Hitler but was essential to his success, and in the 1944 election, the Republican Party began to turn. . .
www.alternet.org/right-wing/9-ways-trumps-authoritarianism-taking-hold

Maldives: Opposition Candidates Barred From Election
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-29
A supporter shouts slogans during a protest calling for the release of opposition political prisoners in front of the Maldives embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 6, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (New York) — The Maldives' Election Commission should end its politically motivated exclusion of opposition party candidates from the September 2018 presidential elections, Human Rights Watch said today. | The Election Commission announced in May it would reject the presidential candidacy of anyone convicted of criminal charges, effectively banning the four main opposition leaders from running. The commission also threatened to dissolve the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) if its sole candidate, former President Mohamed Nasheed, contested the party's May 30 primaries. The joint opposition accused the commission of being "hopelessly politicized" after it left only the incumbent president, Abdulla Yameen…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/29/maldives-opposition-candidates-barred-election

Leading Democratic activists accidentally share photos of immigrants detained under Obama administration
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-29
Former Obama administration officials shared 2014 pictures of immigrant children sleeping in cages in immigration prisons in a hypocritical attempt to discredit Trump for his anti-immigrant policies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/29/immi-m29.html

The abortion vote in Ireland: A blow against reaction
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-29
The referendum vote demonstrates that working people, and broad sections of the middle class, are fully prepared to fight for the extension and expansion of democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/29/pers-m29.html

Wheels of Justice Turning in Bangui
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-29
Residents of Bossangoa shelter from gunfire as FOMAC move to try to protect the population from anti-balaka attacks on Seleka forces in the town. | © 2013 Marcus Bleasdale/VII for Human Rights Watch | Last week I was in Sibut, a town north of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. People displaced by recent violence in Bambari, in the center of the country, were making their way to Sibut and told me what happened to them. | Fighters from the rebel group Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC), attacked Bambari on May 14, killing civilians, they said. One man, "Olivier", told me how his 7-year-old brother was shot as they tried to flee. "We ran down to the Ouaka River," he said. "We tried to swim across, but the…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/29/wheels-justice-turning-bangui

Ecuador: Meeting with President Moreno
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-29
(Quito) — President Lenín Moreno of Ecuador met on May 29, 2018 with a Human Rights Watch delegation in Quito to discuss the status of human rights in the country and his government's foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said today. | "During his first year in office, President Moreno has set a new tone and direction for the government that has generated a climate that allows for the exercise of basic rights and an open debate," said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. "But more needs to be done to repair the systemic damage suffered by the country's democratic institutions under the previous administration." | Human Rights Watch representatives shared with President Moreno their findings and assessment on a range of issues, such as free speech, freedom of association, judicial independence, and judicial harassment of…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/29/ecuador-meeting-president-moreno

Meet Two of the Activists Behind Ireland's Historic Vote to Repeal a Ban on Nearly All Abortions
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-29
"Free, safe and legal." That was the slogan for the Abortion Rights Campaign launched by Irish women in 2012 that led to a historic, landslide vote Friday to liberalize the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Two-thirds of those who went to the polls voted yes on a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of Ireland's constitution, which was added in 1983 to give equal rights to a woman and an unborn child. By voting yes, supporters also backed legislation, which must still be introduced, to allow women to seek an abortion during the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy. The referendum was sparked, in part, by the high-profile death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar, who suffered a miscarriage in an Irish hospital in 2012. Doctors refused her repeated requests for an abortion, because they could detect a fetal heartbeat, and she contracted a fatal infection. We go to Dublin, Ireland, where we speak with Grainne Griffin, co-director of the Together for Yes campaign and co-founder of the Abortion Rights Campaign. We also speak with Annie Hoey, the canvassing coordinator for Together for Yes and former Union of Students in Ireland president.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/29/meet_two_of_the_activists_behind

Paris Summit: Work Towards Fair Elections in Libya
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-29
French President Emmanuel Macron walks with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), before a meeting for talks over a political deal to help end Libya's crisis in La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris, France, July 25, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | (Paris, May 29, 2018) — French President Emmanuel Macron should ensure that four Libyan leaders meeting in Paris on May 29, 2018, pledge to improve human rights and ensure conditions conducive for a free and fair vote ahead of any planned elections, Human Rights Watch said today. | The new French initiative is the second attempt by Macron to reach consensus among some key figures in Libya. It builds on a July 2017 meeting that led to no discernible results between General…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/29/paris-summit-work-towards-fair-elections-libya

"Don't Treat Us Like Animals": Outrage Builds After Border Agent Kills Indigenous Guatemalan Woman
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-29
In Guatemala, family members are demanding justice for Claudia Gómez González, the 19-year-old indigenous woman whom a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot in the head and killed last week in Texas near the U.S. border. Border Patrol initially claimed that the shooting occurred after an agent "came under attack by multiple subjects using blunt objects." The original statement described González as "one of the assailants." But later the agency changed its story, saying the agent opened fire after "the group ignored his verbal commands and instead rushed him." However, a resident who lives near where the shooting occured said she never heard the agent yell anything. The Guatemalan Consulate in Del Rio, Texas, is calling for an investigation into González's death, criticizing the "violence and excessive use of force by the Border Patrol." At the time of her death, González was headed to Virginia to reunite with her boyfriend. For more, we go to Houston, where we speak with Astrid Dominguez, director of the ACLU's Border Rights Center. We also speak with Sarah Macaraeg, an award-winning investigative journalist, in St. Louis, Missouri.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/29/dont_treat_us_like_animals_outrage

After Ireland's Historic Abortion Vote, Calls Grow for Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-29
In a resounding win for reproductive rights, the Irish electorate voted in overwhelming numbers to liberalize the country's highly restrictive abortion laws on Friday. Two-thirds of those who went to the polls voted yes on a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of Ireland's constitution, which granted equal rights to a woman and an unborn child. But Friday's vote will not change abortion access in British-ruled Northern Ireland, where 19th century laws barring the procedure remain in place. We go to Dublin, Ireland, where we speak with Grainne Griffin, co-director of the Together for Yes campaign and co-founder of the Abortion Rights Campaign. We also speak with Annie Hoey, the canvassing coordinator for Together for Yes and former Union of Students in Ireland president.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/29/after_irelands_historic_abortion_vote_calls

1968: A Look Back at the My Lai Massacre, MLK's Assassination, Columbia Protests & Catonsville Nine
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-28
Today, in this holiday special, we look back at 1968–a pivotal year in modern American history. It was a year that saw the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, historic student strikes from Columbia to San Francisco State, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Chicago Democratic convention protests and the escalation of the Vietnam War. Over the next hour, we will air highlights from our recent coverage of four key events: the My Lai massacre, the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Columbia student strike and the Catonsville Nine.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/28/1968_a_look_back_at_the

Rapper Kendrick Lamar wins the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-28
Pulitzer's choice to recognize the rapper cannot be viewed as anything but a nod to identity politics and the Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/28/lama-m28.html

Bipartisan hostility to Trump deal on Chinese telecom firm ZTE
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-28
Moves are underway in the US Congress, supported by leading Republicans and Democrats, to extend bans on Chinese telecos regarded as a threat to "national security."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/28/ztet-m28.html

How Identity Politics Has Divided the Left: An Interview With Asad Haider
Rashmee Kumar | theintercept.com | 2018-05-27
Identity politics has something for everyone — but not in a good way. In her 2016 election campaign, Hillary Clinton invoked "intersectionality" and "white privilege" as a shallow gesture of allyship to young liberal voters. Richard Spencer and members of the "alt-right" refer to themselves as "identitarians" to mask that they are, in fact, white supremacists. And for some "woke" people, wearing a shirt that says "feminist" and calling out celebrities for being vaguely "problematic" is the extent of political participation. | What was once intended as a revolutionary strategy to take down interlocking oppressions has become a nebulous but charged buzzword co-opted across the political spectrum. A new book, " Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump," undertakes a rigorous analysis of race politics and the history of race in the United States to grapple with the shifting…
theintercept.com/2018/05/27/identity-politics-book-asad-haider/

How Two House Democrats Defended Helping the GOP Weaken Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-05-26
Legislators from both parties came together this week to put the finishing touches on a sweeping measure to weaken bank regulations put in place to respond to the 2008 financial crisis. | In a shock to some observers, 33 House Democrats and 17 Senate Democrats ultimately joined with nearly every Republican to send the bill to President Donald Trump's desk. Only one GOP legislator, Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., voted against it. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., a co-author of the bill, stood next to Trump at the signing ceremony on Thursday. | The repeal bill was a major priority for industry. As The Intercept has reported, the bill loosens an array of regulations, including reporting requirements used to counter racial discrimination in lending practices. The bill also crucially shrank the amount of capital reserve banks must maintain and raised the threshold…
theintercept.com/2018/05/26/dodd-frank-repeal-senate-democrats/

Turkey's petty-bourgeois left lines up behind bourgeois pro-NATO opposition
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-26
Turkish pseudo-left parties and organisations are lining up behind the pro-NATO and pro-EU bourgeois opposition parties in the upcoming election.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/26/turk-n08.html

Australian government delays by-elections for nine weeks
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-26
Four of the five by-elections result from the latest "dual citizenship" disqualifications–a witch-hunt that is ousting from parliament anyone deemed to lack sole loyalty to the nation.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/26/turn-m26.html

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