Daily Archives: 2018-05-03

2018-05-03: News Headlines

Clark T. Scott (2018-05-03). Fool That I Am: Bernie, Jill and the Democrats. counterpunch.org Two years ago I decided to try to do something which I had long ago decided was a foolish thing to do and which I had, up until 2016, sworn to actively oppose in an effort to cling to a small semblance of integrity between my desires for justice, equality, a healthy environment, and the More

Jim Hightower, AlterNet (2018-05-03). Behind the Complex and Secretive Koch Conspiracy Against Democracy. alternet.org The word "vast" doesn't encompass the immensity of their offensive on our democratic system. | In 1933, a handful of wealthy Wall Streeters were upset that the newly elected president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had dared to tax the rich in order to fund programs to lessen the painful poverty people were experiencing due to the Great Depression. They were so upset that they came up with a ridiculous plan to overthrow Roosevelt and install a military government. Due to their own ineptitude and hubris, their plan failed, and important poverty-busting programs of the New Deal like Social Security, the Works Progress Administration and the Tennessee Valley Authority put people to work, pulled them out of desperate poverty and propelled the country into the 20th century. It's tempting to brush off 1933's bumbling fat cats — we can just picture them cloistered in their. . .

truth-out.org (2018-05-03). Puerto Rico Needs Help: Unelected Fiscal Board Pushes Austerity as Island Continues Slow Recovery. truth-out.org It's been almost eight months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and at least 30,000 homes in Puerto Rico still lack power. As anti-austerity protests hit San Juan, we speak to Giovanni Roberto, director of the Center for Political Development in Puerto Rico. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: Well, from those streets to our New York studio, we're joined by Giovanni Roberto. He's director of the Center for Political Development in Puerto Rico, an umbrella organization that sets up community kitchens after Hurricane Maria and now has 10 mutual aid centers throughout the island. He's on tour now to raise awareness and meet with members of the Puerto Rican diaspora. | Giovanni, welcome to Democracy Now! | GIOVANNI ROBERTO: Thank you. | AMY GOODMAN: It's great to have you with us. | GIOVANNI ROBERTO: Thank you very much. | AMY GOODMAN: It must…

True Publica (2018-05-03). Rio Olympics 2016 — The Mainstream Media Con About Russian Athletes. globalresearch.ca Before anyone shouts us out for being a Russian supporting apologist Putinbot, it is important to get some facts right. Our position is that there's no doubting that Russia has been undermining Western democracies with "active measures" such as propaganda …

JSPB (2018-05-03). "It Can't Happen Here": Illiberal Democracy in Hungary and Wisconsin. counterpunch.org In Europe there is much alarm at the return of right-wing populism, previously unseen since the 1930s. A common thread connecting right-wing populist governments together is the economic dislocation experienced by the working and middle classes of the post-Soviet bloc since the 1990s. Parts of Europe see "illiberal democracy," an oxymoron coined by Hungary's Prime More

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-03). Here's the Real Reason Giuliani and Trump Are Admitting to Paying Off Stormy Daniels. alternet.org This is a bait-and-switch to divert attention from more troublesome issues. | The professional election law world is aghast that President Trump's latest attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News that Trump reimbursed his legal fixer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 payment that Cohen made to silence Stormy Daniels about their alleged affair just before the 2016 election. Giuliani's admission, which was confirmed by Trump in a tweet, has prompted media outlets like the New York Times to report that Trump was caught in another lie, and that the president and Cohen could be fined by the Federal Election Commission for breaking laws intended to inform voters about their candidates for high office. "Trump's admission that he later repaid Cohen for the hush money destroys any argument Cohen could have made that the payment was out of his own money as an independent. . .

Juan Cole (2018-05-03). If Rudy Giuliani's Hush Money Claim Is True, Should Trump Be Trusted on Iran? mintpressnews.com Rudy Giuliani's so-called defense of Donald J. Trump on Sean Hannity's nightly One Hour of Hate involved outing the president's money laundering deal with Michael Cohen whereby he paid him a regular retainer for undisclosed services and then expected him to spend from his own bank account on fixer jobs for Trump. This arrangement helps explain why Cohen maintained he was not reimbursed for his hush money of $130,000 to Stormy Daniels. He was reimbursed, but it was via a supposedly unrelated retainer. | Since the retainer functioned to repay Cohen for intervening in a matter that could have otherwise have thrown the election, it may have been illegal under election campaign laws, regardless of Giuliani's denials. Ms. Daniels' attorney alleged that the arrangement itself was illegal, inasmuch as it involved falsified invoices and receipts between a lawyer and client. I'm not qualified…

Richard Galustian (2018-05-03). Explosions Rock Tripoli Election Commission: Who's Trying to Prevent the Vote? globalresearch.ca To underscore the dire situation in Libya and the extent to which extremists will go, on Wednesday at around noon two huge explosions occurred at the HNEC, the Higher National Election Commission's HQ, in Tripoli, killing over 15 people and …

Philip M. Giraldi (2018-05-03). Congress Fails to Discover Collusion to Subvert the 2016 Election — Again. mintpressnews.com There are daily newspaper reports explaining how Mueller's noose is tightening around Trump, though no one quite explains how that is so. What is clear is that Trump is an immoral man and that a lot of his friends were engaged in activity that might be described as sleazy. But sleazy does not equate to a deliberate attempt to fix a national election and subvert the Constitution of the United States of America.

Stephen Lendman (2018-05-03). War on Iran Coming? globalresearch.ca VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | If launched, war on Iran could threaten world peace more than any other post-9/11 conflict. | The Islamic Republic is far stronger militarily than …

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-03). Congressional GOP lets business lobbyists rewrite labor law. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Using a bill almost literally written by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the anti-worker Republican majority on an ideologically polarized House Education and the Workforce subcommittee launched yet another attempt to trash the nation's basic labor law. The business lobby's attempt was so brazen that its representatives, from the notorious anti-worker, anti-consumer Berman PR firm, […]…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-03). Reviving MLK's Poverty Campaign, New Poor People's Campaign to Kick Off with Mass D.C. Rally. mintpressnews.com The GOP Trump administration and Congress' Republican majority have launched wars on both workers' rights and the poor. The latter war includes proposed cuts in food stamps, federally subsidized housing and so-called "work requirements" at poverty wages to stay eligible for aid.

Staff (2018-05-03). Congress Offers a Bipartisan Blank Check to Trump for War. truthdig.com It may be too late. The president of the United States is now a veritable autocrat in the realm of foreign policy. He has been since at least 1945, when the last congressionally declared war finally ended. Wars in Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen (among other places) were all waged via executive fiat or feeble, open-ended congressional authorizations for the use of military force, aka AUMFs. So it has been with increasing intensity for 73 years and so, most likely, it will remain. | Along with many others, this military officer has repeatedly decried the no-longer-new normal of congressional acquiescence to presidential power to no avail. When, in September 2017, Republican Senator Rand Paul sought to repeal (and replace within six months) the existing 2001 AUMF, which had authorized the president to use…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-03). Rising Hostility to Media Threatens Real Democracy. hrw.org Afghan journalists seek cover in Kabul on Jan. 18, 2010 during a series of co-ordinated attacks by Taliban militants in the Afghan capital that killed at least 10 people and injured 32. | © 2010 Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images | "Enemy of the people" is how more than 50 percent of Republicans see the media, according to a US poll. Two reporters are detained in Myanmar for investigating a massacre, one of two independent daily newspapers in Hungary closes, and in Afghanistan , nine journalists are killed covering a bombing. Animosity toward journalists is growing worldwide as we mark World Press Freedom Day. | Governments the world over want to control the media — without an inconveniently free press, officials find it easier to do what they want. They can

Democracy Now! (2018-05-03). As Caravan of Migrants Begins Entry at U.S.-Mexico Border, Trump Admin Attacks Legal Asylum Process. democracynow.org A standoff continues on the U.S.-Mexico border, where scores of asylum seekers are attempting to cross into the United States after taking part in a month-long caravan that began more than 2,000 miles away in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Many of the caravan participants are migrants fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Around 100 have been accepted for processing, but scores remain camped out by the border near San Diego, California, as officials claim the border entry point has limited capacity. President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have attacked the migrants in statements and tweets. "It's very clear that President Trump and Attorney General Sessions do not understand this section of federal law," says attorney Nicole Ramos, director of the Border Rights Project of Al Otro Lado, who represents members of the caravan. "The caravan members that are camped out at the border are trying to access a legal process which has existed for decades." We speak with Ramos, who is in Tijuana, Mexico, and with Tristan Call, a volunteer with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, just back from spending time with the caravan.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-03). Headlines for May 3, 2018. democracynow.org Rudy Giuliani Says Trump Reimbursed Stormy Daniels Hush Money Payment, Trump Denies Affair, Accusing Stormy Daniels of Extortion, Trump Hires Lawyer Who Defended Bill Clinton Against Impeachment, Guantánamo Prisoner Ahmed al-Darbi Transferred to Saudi Arabia, Libya: 12 Dead as Suicide Bombers Strike Tripoli Electoral Office, U.S. Returns Looted Iraqi Artifacts Acquired by Hobby Lobby, Chilean Survivors of Clerical Sexual Assault Meet with Pope Francis, 9 Dead as Aging Puerto Rico Air National Guard Plane Crashes, Puerto Rico Anti-Austerity Protests Continue, Defying Police Violence, Iowa Lawmakers Approve Ban on Most Abortions, 27 More Women Accuse Charlie Rose of Sexual Abuses, Cambridge Analytica to Shut Down After Facebook Privacy Scandal, Two Black Men Who "Trespassed" at Philly Starbucks Settle Lawsuits, Harvard University Will Negotiate with Student Labor Union, Arizona Teachers' Strike Continues as State Budget Talks Stall…

RT (2018-05-03). GOP colleagues nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize for 'single-handedly resolving' Korean crisis. rt.com Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize by House Republicans, who believe his threats of sanctions and war is the "only reason" why Pyongyang is reconciling with Seoul and moving towards denuclearization.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-03). EU Looks to Rein in Funding to Abusive EU Governments. hrw.org European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, October 28, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | It's not every day the European Commission proposes something truly ground-breaking. | But yesterday, when the EU announced a new plan to link EU funds given to member states to the health of their judiciary, it did just that. The plan calls for states receiving funds to uphold judicial independence, functioning courts, and the rule of law. | Historically, richer EU countries have transferred money to poorer ones through cohesion funds. Hungary is one of the largest net per capita recipients of EU funding, and Poland is the largest overall net recipient. But their governments have recently weakened democratic checks and balances, undermined judicial independence, and sought to curb civil society groups and independent…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-03). Rising Hostility to Media Threatens Real Democracy. hrw.org A member of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines has her mouth covered with duct tape during a protest outside the presidential palace in Metro Manila, Philippines January 17, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | "Enemy of the people" is how more than 50 percent of Republicans see the media, according to a US poll. Two reporters are detained in Myanmar for investigating a massacre, one of two independent daily newspapers in Hungary closes, and in Afghanistan , nine journalists are killed covering a bombing. Animosity toward journalists is growing worldwide as we mark World Press Freedom Day. | Governments the world over want to control the media — without an inconveniently free press, officials find it easier to do what they want. They can claim almost 100…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-03). Arundhati Roy's Latest Novel Takes on Fascism, Rising Hindu Nationalism in India & Abuses in Kashmir. democracynow.org We spend the rest of the hour with the legendary, award-winning author Arundhati Roy. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel "The God of Small Things." In 2017, 20 years after the publication of her first novel, she published another work of fiction, just out in paperback, titled "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness." The novel was longlisted for the Booker Prize and nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book has been hailed as "an elegy for a bulldozed world." Arundhati Roy received the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize, and her journalism and essays have been collected in several books, including "The End of Imagination," "Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers" and "Capitalism: A Ghost Story."

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

RT (2018-05-03). Cyber-bomb Russia, McCain begs in new book. rt.com The US should cyber-attack Russia in retaliation for all its election meddling, John McCain has argued in a new book. The senator has an excellent track record when it comes to peddling pre-emptive strikes based on dubious claims.
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RT (2018-05-03). 'Blaming interns is so 1990s': Monica Lewinsky blasts Rubio over GOP tax 'flip-flop'. rt.com Monica Lewinsky has thrown a generous amount of shade on Marco Rubio after the Florida Republican hit out at a Politico intern for penning an article accusing the lawmaker of "walking back" his criticisms of the GOP tax bill.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-03). Kenyan Media Has Little to Celebrate on Press Freedom Day. hrw.org An anti-riot police officer aims a teargas canister while journalists cover an anti-corruption protest in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. November 3, 2016. | © 2016 REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya | Kenya joined the rest of the world to celebrate freedom of the press this week under a hostile and uncertain environment for the media. Despite numerous public promises by President Uhuru Kenyatta to safeguard press freedom, the situation has continued to deteriorate as police and senior state officials increasingly get away with physical attacks or open threats to journalists writing on sensitive issues. | The period around August 2017's disputed presidential elections was particularly challenging for the media. But while political tensions have eased, the ability of journalists to report and comment freely continue to be undermined by state officials. | On March 26, 2018, Kenyan media reported…

Janine Jackson (2018-05-02). 'We Are Talking Billions of People Displaced by Sea Level Rise'. fair.org Janine Jackson interview Dahr Jamail about melting Antarctic ice for the April 27, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

JLGC (2018-05-02). From Brazil to Ecuador to US, Mexico's Labor Unions Learn Lessons of Trusting "Progressive" Presidents. mintpressnews.com Mexican teachers, organized through the National Coordinator of Education Workers, are preparing to fight for the interests of the working class, regardless of who wins the upcoming presidential election.

Bruce E. Levine (2018-05-02). Hopeless But Not Broken: From George Carlin to Adderall Protest Music. counterpunch.org George Carlin, in his book Brain Droppings, told us that his motto had come to be: "Fuck Hope." In his autobiography Last Words, Carlin recalled, "The election of Ronald Reagan might've been the beginning of my giving up on my species. Because it was absurd." | We can only imagine how Carlin, who died in 2008, would have described the 2016 presidential election, in which Americans were given a choice between two of the most disliked people in the entire nation. If Carlin thought that the election of Reagan was absurd, what would he have called the election of Trump? More

Richard E. Frankel, History News Network (2018-05-02). Donald Trump's Latest Attack on Americans With Disabilities Isn't Just Atrocious Bigotry — Look At the Policies He's Enacted. alternet.org The Trump administration has adopted policies that appear to be nothing short of a concerted attack on the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). | Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, Adolf Hitler began a program that involved the selection of a particular group of people for extermination. They were people he considered undesirable and dangerous. First, they were transported to special facilities. Upon arrival, they were told to undress and then led into a room designed to look like showers. Once they were all inside, the doors were sealed and carbon monoxide gas was released into the chamber until all were dead. Afterward, the bodies were removed and burned. What I've just described was not the Holocaust. The population targeted for extermination in this case was not German Jews. Instead, the targets for this program were German Christians —those. . .

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-05-02). Watch: Stephen Colbert Discovers Why Trump May Not Be Able to Pardon Michael Cohen. alternet.org Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti presented Colbert with a copy of the incoming $130,000 wire payment made to Daniels by Cohen | During Wednesday night's "Late Show," host Stephen Colbert spoke with Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti about the ongoing legal battle ensnaring Donald Trump and his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen—and learned of a significant development in the adult film star's case against Cohen. Avenatti presented Colbert with a copy of the incoming $130,000 wire payment made to Daniels by Cohen, which Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday admitted the president personally repaid. As Avenatti explained, the wire transfer was made via the First Republic Bank in San Francisco, CA from Cohen's "fabricated" entity—and that's where the Trump team appears to have erred. "That's an important piece of evidence for the following reason," Avenatti said. "There's a certain attorney general in. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-02). Journalists Watch from Prison as Myanmar Backslides. hrw.org Detained and handcuffed Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo carries his daughter Moe Thin Wai Zin while arriving for a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar on May 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Ann Wang | There's little cause for celebration this World Press Freedom Day in Myanmar, where freedom of the press is under threat and the space for independent and critical reporting is collapsing. In the last year, despite an ostensible transition toward democratic rule under de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's government has intensified arrests and prosecutions of journalists. According to Reporters without Borders, Myanmar is now ranked 137 out of 180 in the world in terms of press freedom, slipping six places from the previous year's ranking. Journalists are now facing the kinds of threats they faced under…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-02). Detained and Then Deported: U.S. Human Rights Lawyers Barred from Entry into Israel. democracynow.org Two U.S. human rights lawyers were detained Sunday for 14 hours at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport before being deported back to the United States. Columbia University's Katherine Franke and Center for Constitutional Rights executive director Vincent Warren were repeatedly questioned about their associations with groups critical of Israel. They were part of a delegation of American civil rights activists heading to Israel and Palestine to learn about the human rights situation and meet with local activists. They arrived back in New York City early Monday. This comes just days after Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinian protesters and wounded hundreds more on Friday, when the soldiers and snipers opened fire during the Palestinians' weekly nonviolent protest near the Gaza border. On Saturday, a fourth protester died after succumbing to his wounds. The nonviolent protests demanding the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their land began on March 30. Since then, the Israeli military has killed at least 42 Palestinians, including two journalists, and injured thousands more. For more, we speak with Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Katherine Franke, professor of law, gender and sexuality studies at Columbia University.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-02). Headlines for May 2, 2018. democracynow.org EPA's Scott Pruitt Faces New Scandals over Ties to Lobbyists, Spending, Foreign Trips, 17 States Sue to Block EPA from Weakening Fuel-Efficiency Car Standards, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Leader Thomas Homan Resigns, Texas & Other States Sue Trump Administration to Force End of DACA, About 2 Dozen Caravan Members Allowed to Apply for Asylum in United States, Nigeria: Dozens Killed in Suicide Bombing Attacks on Mosque in Mubi, Central African Republic: Thousands Protest & Mourn Attack on Church That Killed 15, Armenia: Widespread Anti-Government Protests Continue, Official Autopsy for Stephon Clark Contradicts Family's Independent Autopsy, Kanye West Causes Widespread Outrage with Comments About Slavery, California Supreme Court Ruling Deals Blow to "Gig Economy" Companies, Workers March in Cities Across the World to Mark May Day, Martín Espada Becomes First Latino Poet to Win Prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-02). With Labor & Immigrant Rights Under Attack, May Day Protesters Rally in New York City. democracynow.org Tuesday was May Day, or International Workers' Day, and hundreds of thousands of workers took to the streets worldwide. Major mobilizations were held across the globe, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Paris to Jakarta. We hear from May Day protesters here in New York.

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

Democracy Now! (2018-05-02). Puerto Rico Needs Help: Unelected Fiscal Board Pushes Austerity as Island Continues Slow Recovery. democracynow.org It's been almost eight months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and at least 30,000 homes in Puerto Rico still lack power. As anti-austerity protests hit San Juan, we speak to Giovanni Roberto, director of the Center for Political Development in Puerto Rico.

RT (2018-05-02). Generation gap? Democrats losing support among millennials. rt.com The Democratic Party is losing ground with millennial voters, all while their interest in the Republican Party is creeping up, according to a new poll. |
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wsws.org (2018-05-02). Democrats maintain silence over persecution of Central American immigrants at US-Mexico border. wsws.org The delay in processing the immigrants is a flagrant violation of international laws and conventions guaranteeing the right to political asylum.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-02). Arizona Joins Red State Revolt: Teachers' Strike Reaches Day Five. democracynow.org Schools are closed for a fifth day in Arizona, as thousands of teachers continue to strike demanding better funding for education. Crowds of striking teachers dressed in red T-shirts have rallied at the state Capitol this week and last to demand a 20 percent pay raise for educators and decreased class sizes, among other demands. The strike began Thursday, with teachers protesting the $1 billion funding cuts to education in the state since the 2008 recession. The teachers' strikes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona have been described by some as a "red-state revolt." In 2016, Donald Trump won all four states. The Arizona Legislature is expected to vote on a budget today, which organizers say will now include additional funding for education. If the budget passes, teachers say they will return to class tomorrow. We speak to Noah Karvelis, an elementary and middle school music teacher in Phoenix and one of the leaders of #RedForEd and Arizona Educators United. He helped start the teachers' protests in Arizona.

Barbara G. Ellis (2018-05-01). 41 Good Reasons Trump May Be Mulling for Resigning Now While He's Still Ahead. counterpunch.org Silently accused by thousands of Republicans of tainting the November mid-term elections, President Trump has to be weighing the personal and public cost-benefits of resigning now while he's still ahead. It would be his most spectacular, imaginative, and unexpected showmanship on the nation's political stage. It would top the worldwide publicity accorded President Richard Nixon's precedent-setting resignation August More

David Macaray (2018-05-01). Where It All Began: The Dawn of "Fake News" counterpunch.org It has long been suggested that the first full-blown example of "fake news"—where patently false information is intentionally presented in a phony but utterly believable "news media" format in order to sway public opinion—occurred during the watershed 1934 California gubernatorial election. The two principals were Republican incumbent, Frank Merriman, and his Democratic challenger, Upton Sinclair. More

CP Editor (2018-05-01). Senior Democrat Caught on Tape Pressuring Progressive Congressional Candidate to Drop Out of Race. counterpunch.org

Janine Jackson (2018-05-01). 'These Are Sanctions Directly Aimed at the Civilian Population'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Joe Emersberger on Venezuela for the April 27, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

wsws.org (2018-05-01). Arizona strike enters second week as teacher union president opposes calls for nationwide strike. wsws.org Asked about growing calls by teachers for a nationwide strike, the American Federation of Teachers president said the union wanted to turn the walkouts into a "walk-in to the voting booth" for the Democrats.

wsws.org (2018-05-01). Unions, Democrats promote deal to suppress struggle by Colorado teachers. wsws.org After teachers walked out last week to demand higher wages and school funding, the unions are backing a plan by state Democrats that will do little to address a decade of school cuts…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-01). Headlines for May 1, 2018. democracynow.org Afghanistan: 10 Journalists Killed in Deadliest Day for Reporters Since 2001, South Korea Dismantles Propaganda Loudspeakers in Latest Step Toward Peace, Netanyahu Claims, Without Evidence, Iran Violated 2015 Nuclear Deal, 8 Migrants from Caravan Allowed to Enter U.S. and Seek Asylum, Reuters: EPA Granted Billionaire Carl Icahn a Financial Hardship Waiver for Refinery, NYT Obtains Mueller's List of Questions He'd Like to Ask Trump, NBC: John Kelly Repeatedly Called Trump an "Idiot", Stormy Daniels Sues Trump for Defamation, After Tweet, Roy Moore Sues 4 Women Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault, Harassment, #MuteRKelly: Women of Color Demand Companies Cut Ties with R. Kelly over Rape Claims, Arizona Teachers and Workers Across the World Set to Strike, Scholar and Activist Joel Kovel Dies at 81 in New York City…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-01). "Talking About History Is Way We Liberate America": New Memorial Honors Victims of White Supremacy. democracynow.org The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened last week in Montgomery, Alabama—a monument to victims of white supremacy in the United States. The memorial's centerpiece is a walkway with 800 weathered steel pillars overhead, each of them naming a U.S. county and the people who were lynched there by white mobs. In addition to the memorial dedicated to the victims of lynching, its partner site, the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, also opened last week. For more, we speak with Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, the nonprofit behind the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the country's first-ever memorial to the victims of lynching in the United States.

wsws.org (2018-05-01). How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 2. wsws.org The US military-intelligence apparatus is integrating the largest technology and Internet companies to tighten the US stranglehold over Latin America.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-01). Worldwide Mourning as 10 Journalists Killed in Afghanistan's Deadliest Day for Reporters Since 2001. democracynow.org In Afghanistan, the funerals have begun for the 10 journalists killed on Monday—the deadliest day for journalists since the Afghan War began in 2001. Nine journalists died in a double suicide bombing attack in Kabul, including Agence France-Presse's celebrated photographer Shah Marai. Survivors of the bombing said the suicide bomber was posing as a cameraman. ISIS has claimed responsibility for that attack. A 10th journalist was shot dead Monday in the eastern city of Khost. For more, we speak with Ali Latifi, a freelance journalist based in Kabul, and Phil Chetwynd, editor-in-chief at Agence France-Presse.

Danny Haiphong (2018-04-30). "Cruise Missile Left" Complicit in American Escalation Toward World War III. globalresearch.ca "The cruise missile left has aligned with the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies against Trump and have dropped any anti-war, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist tendencies in the process." | The US-led alliance of imperial nations has waged war on Syria for …

Joachim Hagopian (2018-04-30). Peaceful Protests in Armenia Bringing Democracy or East vs. West Showdown? globalresearch.ca On April 23rd, 2018, the eve of the 103rd anniversary of Armenian Remembrance Day, Armenia's president recently turned Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned from his newly created post after over a decade in control leading the Yerevan …

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Fool That I Am: Bernie, Jill and the Democrats
Clark T. Scott | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-03
Two years ago I decided to try to do something which I had long ago decided was a foolish thing to do and which I had, up until 2016, sworn to actively oppose in an effort to cling to a small semblance of integrity between my desires for justice, equality, a healthy environment, and the…
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Rio Olympics 2016 — The Mainstream Media Con About Russian Athletes
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-03
Before anyone shouts us out for being a Russian supporting apologist Putinbot, it is important to get some facts right. Our position is that there's no doubting that Russia has been undermining Western democracies with "active measures" such as propaganda …
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Behind the Complex and Secretive Koch Conspiracy Against Democracy
Jim Hightower, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-03
The word "vast" doesn't encompass the immensity of their offensive on our democratic system. | In 1933, a handful of wealthy Wall Streeters were upset that the newly elected president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had dared to tax the rich in order to fund programs to lessen the painful poverty people were experiencing due to the Great Depression. They were so upset that they came up with a ridiculous plan to overthrow Roosevelt and install a military government. Due to their own ineptitude and hubris, their plan failed, and important poverty-busting programs of the New Deal like Social Security, the Works Progress Administration and the Tennessee Valley Authority put people to work, pulled them out of desperate poverty and propelled the country into the 20th century. It's tempting to brush off 1933's bumbling fat cats — we can just picture them cloistered in their. . .
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"It Can't Happen Here": Illiberal Democracy in Hungary and Wisconsin
JSPB | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-03
In Europe there is much alarm at the return of right-wing populism, previously unseen since the 1930s. A common thread connecting right-wing populist governments together is the economic dislocation experienced by the working and middle classes of the post-Soviet bloc since the 1990s. Parts of Europe see "illiberal democracy," an oxymoron coined by Hungary's Prime…
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Congress Fails to Discover Collusion to Subvert the 2016 Election — Again
Philip M. Giraldi | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-03
There are daily newspaper reports explaining how Mueller's noose is tightening around Trump, though no one quite explains how that is so. What is clear is that Trump is an immoral man and that a lot of his friends were engaged in activity that might be described as sleazy. But sleazy does not equate to a deliberate attempt to fix a national election and subvert the Constitution of the United States of America. | The post Congress Fails to Discover Collusion to Subvert the 2016 Election — Again appeared first on MintPress News.

Congress Fails to Discover Collusion to Subvert the 2016 Election — Again

If Rudy Giuliani's Hush Money Claim Is True, Should Trump Be Trusted on Iran?
Juan Cole | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-03
Rudy Giuliani's so-called defense of Donald J. Trump on Sean Hannity's nightly One Hour of Hate involved outing the president's money laundering deal with Michael Cohen whereby he paid him a regular retainer for undisclosed services and then expected him to spend from his own bank account on fixer jobs for Trump. This arrangement helps explain why Cohen maintained he was not reimbursed for his hush money of $130,000 to Stormy Daniels. He was reimbursed, but it was via a supposedly unrelated retainer. | Since the retainer functioned to repay Cohen for intervening in a matter that could have otherwise have thrown the election, it may have been illegal under election campaign laws, regardless of Giuliani's denials. Ms. Daniels' attorney alleged that the arrangement itself was illegal, inasmuch as it involved falsified invoices and receipts between a lawyer and client. I'm not qualified…

If Rudy Giuliani's Hush Money Claim Is True, Should Trump Be Trusted on Iran?

Explosions Rock Tripoli Election Commission: Who's Trying to Prevent the Vote?
Richard Galustian | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-03
To underscore the dire situation in Libya and the extent to which extremists will go, on Wednesday at around noon two huge explosions occurred at the HNEC, the Higher National Election Commission's HQ, in Tripoli, killing over 15 people and …
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Here's the Real Reason Giuliani and Trump Are Admitting to Paying Off Stormy Daniels
Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-05-03
This is a bait-and-switch to divert attention from more troublesome issues. | The professional election law world is aghast that President Trump's latest attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News that Trump reimbursed his legal fixer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 payment that Cohen made to silence Stormy Daniels about their alleged affair just before the 2016 election. Giuliani's admission, which was confirmed by Trump in a tweet, has prompted media outlets like the New York Times to report that Trump was caught in another lie, and that the president and Cohen could be fined by the Federal Election Commission for breaking laws intended to inform voters about their candidates for high office. "Trump's admission that he later repaid Cohen for the hush money destroys any argument Cohen could have made that the payment was out of his own money as an independent. . .
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War on Iran Coming?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-03
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | If launched, war on Iran could threaten world peace more than any other post-9/11 conflict. | The Islamic Republic is far stronger militarily than …
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Congress Offers a Bipartisan Blank Check to Trump for War
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-03
It may be too late. The president of the United States is now a veritable autocrat in the realm of foreign policy. He has been since at least 1945, when the last congressionally declared war finally ended. Wars in Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen (among other places) were all waged via executive fiat or feeble, open-ended congressional authorizations for the use of military force, aka AUMFs. So it has been with increasing intensity for 73 years and so, most likely, it will remain. | Along with many others, this military officer has repeatedly decried the no-longer-new normal of congressional acquiescence to presidential power to no avail. When, in September 2017, Republican Senator Rand Paul sought to repeal (and replace within six months) the existing 2001 AUMF, which had authorized the president to use…
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Reviving MLK's Poverty Campaign, New Poor People's Campaign to Kick Off with Mass D.C. Rally
Mark Gruenberg | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-03
The GOP Trump administration and Congress' Republican majority have launched wars on both workers' rights and the poor. The latter war includes proposed cuts in food stamps, federally subsidized housing and so-called "work requirements" at poverty wages to stay eligible for aid. | The post Reviving MLK's Poverty Campaign, New Poor People's Campaign to Kick Off with Mass D.C. Rally appeared first on MintPress News.

Reviving MLK's Poverty Campaign, New Poor People's Campaign to Kick Off with Mass D.C. Rally

Congressional GOP lets business lobbyists rewrite labor law
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-03
WASHINGTON–Using a bill almost literally written by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the anti-worker Republican majority on an ideologically polarized House Education and the Workforce subcommittee launched yet another attempt to trash the nation's basic labor law. The business lobby's attempt was so brazen that its representatives, from the notorious anti-worker, anti-consumer Berman PR firm, …

Congressional GOP lets business lobbyists rewrite labor law

Cyber-bomb Russia, McCain begs in new book
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-03
The US should cyber-attack Russia in retaliation for all its election meddling, John McCain has argued in a new book. The senator has an excellent track record when it comes to peddling pre-emptive strikes based on dubious claims. …
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GOP colleagues nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize for 'single-handedly resolving' Korean crisis
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-03
Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize by House Republicans, who believe his threats of sanctions and war is the "only reason" why Pyongyang is reconciling with Seoul and moving towards denuclearization. …
www.rt.com/usa/425689-trump-nominated-no…

Rising Hostility to Media Threatens Real Democracy
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-03
Afghan journalists seek cover in Kabul on Jan. 18, 2010 during a series of co-ordinated attacks by Taliban militants in the Afghan capital that killed at least 10 people and injured 32. | © 2010 Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images | "Enemy of the people" is how more than 50 percent of Republicans see the media, according to a US poll. Two reporters are detained in Myanmar for investigating a massacre, one of two independent daily newspapers in Hungary closes, and in Afghanistan , nine journalists are killed covering a bombing. Animosity toward journalists is growing worldwide as we mark World Press Freedom Day. | Governments the world over want to control the media — without an inconveniently free press, officials find it easier to do what they want. They can
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Rising Hostility to Media Threatens Real Democracy
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-03
A member of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines has her mouth covered with duct tape during a protest outside the presidential palace in Metro Manila, Philippines January 17, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | "Enemy of the people" is how more than 50 percent of Republicans see the media, according to a US poll. Two reporters are detained in Myanmar for investigating a massacre, one of two independent daily newspapers in Hungary closes, and in Afghanistan , nine journalists are killed covering a bombing. Animosity toward journalists is growing worldwide as we mark World Press Freedom Day. | Governments the world over want to control the media — without an inconveniently free press, officials find it easier to do what they want. They can claim almost 100…
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Headlines for May 3, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-03
Rudy Giuliani Says Trump Reimbursed Stormy Daniels Hush Money Payment, Trump Denies Affair, Accusing Stormy Daniels of Extortion, Trump Hires Lawyer Who Defended Bill Clinton Against Impeachment, Guantánamo Prisoner Ahmed al-Darbi Transferred to Saudi Arabia, Libya: 12 Dead as Suicide Bombers Strike Tripoli Electoral Office, U.S. Returns Looted Iraqi Artifacts Acquired by Hobby Lobby, Chilean Survivors of Clerical Sexual Assault Meet with Pope Francis, 9 Dead as Aging Puerto Rico Air National Guard Plane Crashes, Puerto Rico Anti-Austerity Protests Continue, Defying Police Violence, Iowa Lawmakers Approve Ban on Most Abortions, 27 More Women Accuse Charlie Rose of Sexual Abuses, Cambridge Analytica to Shut Down After Facebook Privacy Scandal, Two Black Men Who "Trespassed" at Philly Starbucks Settle Lawsuits, Harvard University Will Negotiate with Student Labor Union, Arizona Teachers' Strike Continues as State Budget Talks Stall…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/3/headlines

As Caravan of Migrants Begins Entry at U.S.-Mexico Border, Trump Admin Attacks Legal Asylum Process
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-03
A standoff continues on the U.S.-Mexico border, where scores of asylum seekers are attempting to cross into the United States after taking part in a month-long caravan that began more than 2,000 miles away in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Many of the caravan participants are migrants fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Around 100 have been accepted for processing, but scores remain camped out by the border near San Diego, California, as officials claim the border entry point has limited capacity. President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have attacked the migrants in statements and tweets. "It's very clear that President Trump and Attorney General Sessions do not understand this section of federal law," says attorney Nicole Ramos, director of the Border Rights Project of Al Otro Lado, who represents members of the caravan. "The caravan members that are camped out at the border are trying to access a legal process which has existed for decades." We speak with Ramos, who is in Tijuana, Mexico, and with Tristan Call, a volunteer with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, just back from spending time with the caravan.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/3/as_caravan…

Arundhati Roy's Latest Novel Takes on Fascism, Rising Hindu Nationalism in India & Abuses in Kashmir
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-03
We spend the rest of the hour with the legendary, award-winning author Arundhati Roy. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel "The God of Small Things." In 2017, 20 years after the publication of her first novel, she published another work of fiction, just out in paperback, titled "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness." The novel was longlisted for the Booker Prize and nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book has been hailed as "an elegy for a bulldozed world." Arundhati Roy received the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize, and her journalism and essays have been collected in several books, including "The End of Imagination," "Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers" and "Capitalism: A Ghost Story."
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/3/arundhati_…

Kenyan Media Has Little to Celebrate on Press Freedom Day
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-03
An anti-riot police officer aims a teargas canister while journalists cover an anti-corruption protest in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. November 3, 2016. | © 2016 REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya | Kenya joined the rest of the world to celebrate freedom of the press this week under a hostile and uncertain environment for the media. Despite numerous public promises by President Uhuru Kenyatta to safeguard press freedom, the situation has continued to deteriorate as police and senior state officials increasingly get away with physical attacks or open threats to journalists writing on sensitive issues. | The period around August 2017's disputed presidential elections was particularly challenging for the media. But while political tensions have eased, the ability of journalists to report and comment freely continue to be undermined by state officials. | On March 26, 2018, Kenyan media reported…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/03/kenyan-media…

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

'Blaming interns is so 1990s': Monica Lewinsky blasts Rubio over GOP tax 'flip-flop'
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-03
Monica Lewinsky has thrown a generous amount of shade on Marco Rubio after the Florida Republican hit out at a Politico intern for penning an article accusing the lawmaker of "walking back" his criticisms of the GOP tax bill. …
www.rt.com/usa/425773-lewinsky-rubio-tax…

EU Looks to Rein in Funding to Abusive EU Governments
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-03
European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, October 28, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | It's not every day the European Commission proposes something truly ground-breaking. | But yesterday, when the EU announced a new plan to link EU funds given to member states to the health of their judiciary, it did just that. The plan calls for states receiving funds to uphold judicial independence, functioning courts, and the rule of law. | Historically, richer EU countries have transferred money to poorer ones through cohesion funds. Hungary is one of the largest net per capita recipients of EU funding, and Poland is the largest overall net recipient. But their governments have recently weakened democratic checks and balances, undermined judicial independence, and sought to curb civil society groups and independent…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/03/eu-looks-rei…

From Brazil to Ecuador to US, Mexico's Labor Unions Learn Lessons of Trusting "Progressive" Presidents
JLGC | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-02
Mexican teachers, organized through the National Coordinator of Education Workers, are preparing to fight for the interests of the working class, regardless of who wins the upcoming presidential election. | The post From Brazil to Ecuador to US, Mexico's Labor Unions Learn Lessons of Trusting "Progressive" Presidents appeared first on MintPress News.

From Brazil to Ecuador to US, Mexico's Labor Unions Learn Lessons of Trusting “Progressive” Presidents

Hopeless But Not Broken: From George Carlin to Adderall Protest Music
Bruce E. Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-02
George Carlin, in his book Brain Droppings, told us that his motto had come to be: "Fuck Hope." In his autobiography Last Words, Carlin recalled, "The election of Ronald Reagan might've been the beginning of my giving up on my species. Because it was absurd." | We can only imagine how Carlin, who died in 2008, would have described the 2016 presidential election, in which Americans were given a choice between two of the most disliked people in the entire nation. If Carlin thought that the election of Reagan was absurd, what would he have called the election of Trump?
counterpunch.org/2018/05/02/hopeless-but…

Donald Trump's Latest Attack on Americans With Disabilities Isn't Just Atrocious Bigotry — Look At the Policies He's Enacted
Richard E. Frankel, History News Network | alternet.org | 2018-05-02
The Trump administration has adopted policies that appear to be nothing short of a concerted attack on the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). | Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, Adolf Hitler began a program that involved the selection of a particular group of people for extermination. They were people he considered undesirable and dangerous. First, they were transported to special facilities. Upon arrival, they were told to undress and then led into a room designed to look like showers. Once they were all inside, the doors were sealed and carbon monoxide gas was released into the chamber until all were dead. Afterward, the bodies were removed and burned. What I've just described was not the Holocaust. The population targeted for extermination in this case was not German Jews. Instead, the targets for this program were German Christians –those. . .
www.alternet.org/donald-trumps-latest-at…

Watch: Stephen Colbert Discovers Why Trump May Not Be Able to Pardon Michael Cohen
Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-02
Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti presented Colbert with a copy of the incoming $130,000 wire payment made to Daniels by Cohen | During Wednesday night's "Late Show," host Stephen Colbert spoke with Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti about the ongoing legal battle ensnaring Donald Trump and his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen–and learned of a significant development in the adult film star's case against Cohen. Avenatti presented Colbert with a copy of the incoming $130,000 wire payment made to Daniels by Cohen, which Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday admitted the president personally repaid. As Avenatti explained, the wire transfer was made via the First Republic Bank in San Francisco, CA from Cohen's "fabricated" entity–and that's where the Trump team appears to have erred. "That's an important piece of evidence for the following reason," Avenatti said. "There's a certain attorney general in. . .
www.alternet.org/watch-stephen-colbert-d…

Journalists Watch from Prison as Myanmar Backslides
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-02
Detained and handcuffed Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo carries his daughter Moe Thin Wai Zin while arriving for a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar on May 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Ann Wang | There's little cause for celebration this World Press Freedom Day in Myanmar, where freedom of the press is under threat and the space for independent and critical reporting is collapsing. In the last year, despite an ostensible transition toward democratic rule under de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's government has intensified arrests and prosecutions of journalists. According to Reporters without Borders, Myanmar is now ranked 137 out of 180 in the world in terms of press freedom, slipping six places from the previous year's ranking. Journalists are now facing the kinds of threats they faced under…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/02/journalists-…

Puerto Rico Needs Help: Unelected Fiscal Board Pushes Austerity as Island Continues Slow Recovery
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-02
It's been almost eight months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and at least 30,000 homes in Puerto Rico still lack power. As anti-austerity protests hit San Juan, we speak to Giovanni Roberto, director of the Center for Political Development in Puerto Rico.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/2/puerto_ric…

Democrats maintain silence over persecution of Central American immigrants at US-Mexico border
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-02
The delay in processing the immigrants is a flagrant violation of international laws and conventions guaranteeing the right to political asylum.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/02/cara…

May Day in Puerto Rico: Police Attack Anti-Austerity Protesters with Pepper Spray & Tear Gas
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-02
In Puerto Rico, thousands marked May Day by joining a general strike in the capital of San Juan to protest austerity measures, from the closing of public schools to increases in university tuition. When protesters tried to converge on the building where the federal oversight board has its offices, police fired tear gas and pepper spray. The board has called for the implementation of 10 percent pension cuts, eliminating mandatory Christmas bonuses, reducing required vacation and sick time, and allowing businesses to fire employees without having to first prove a just cause. This comes as at least 30,000 people still lack power almost eight months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Last month, an excavator downed a transmission line, blacking out the entire electrical grid. We air a report from the streets of San Juan filed by Democracy Now! correspondent Juan Carlos Dávila.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/2/may_day_in…

Arizona Joins Red State Revolt: Teachers' Strike Reaches Day Five
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-02
Schools are closed for a fifth day in Arizona, as thousands of teachers continue to strike demanding better funding for education. Crowds of striking teachers dressed in red T-shirts have rallied at the state Capitol this week and last to demand a 20 percent pay raise for educators and decreased class sizes, among other demands. The strike began Thursday, with teachers protesting the $1 billion funding cuts to education in the state since the 2008 recession. The teachers' strikes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona have been described by some as a "red-state revolt." In 2016, Donald Trump won all four states. The Arizona Legislature is expected to vote on a budget today, which organizers say will now include additional funding for education. If the budget passes, teachers say they will return to class tomorrow. We speak to Noah Karvelis, an elementary and middle school music teacher in Phoenix and one of the leaders of #RedForEd and Arizona Educators United. He helped start the teachers' protests in Arizona.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/2/arizona_jo…

With Labor & Immigrant Rights Under Attack, May Day Protesters Rally in New York City
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-02
Tuesday was May Day, or International Workers' Day, and hundreds of thousands of workers took to the streets worldwide. Major mobilizations were held across the globe, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Paris to Jakarta. We hear from May Day protesters here in New York.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/2/with_labor…

Headlines for May 2, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-02
EPA's Scott Pruitt Faces New Scandals over Ties to Lobbyists, Spending, Foreign Trips, 17 States Sue to Block EPA from Weakening Fuel-Efficiency Car Standards, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Leader Thomas Homan Resigns, Texas & Other States Sue Trump Administration to Force End of DACA, About 2 Dozen Caravan Members Allowed to Apply for Asylum in United States, Nigeria: Dozens Killed in Suicide Bombing Attacks on Mosque in Mubi, Central African Republic: Thousands Protest & Mourn Attack on Church That Killed 15, Armenia: Widespread Anti-Government Protests Continue, Official Autopsy for Stephon Clark Contradicts Family's Independent Autopsy, Kanye West Causes Widespread Outrage with Comments About Slavery, California Supreme Court Ruling Deals Blow to "Gig Economy" Companies, Workers March in Cities Across the World to Mark May Day, Martín Espada Becomes First Latino Poet to Win Prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/2/headlines

Generation gap? Democrats losing support among millennials
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-02
The Democratic Party is losing ground with millennial voters, all while their interest in the Republican Party is creeping up, according to a new poll. …
www.rt.com/usa/425676-democrats-losing-m…

Detained and Then Deported: U.S. Human Rights Lawyers Barred from Entry into Israel
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-02
Two U.S. human rights lawyers were detained Sunday for 14 hours at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport before being deported back to the United States. Columbia University's Katherine Franke and Center for Constitutional Rights executive director Vincent Warren were repeatedly questioned about their associations with groups critical of Israel. They were part of a delegation of American civil rights activists heading to Israel and Palestine to learn about the human rights situation and meet with local activists. They arrived back in New York City early Monday. This comes just days after Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinian protesters and wounded hundreds more on Friday, when the soldiers and snipers opened fire during the Palestinians' weekly nonviolent protest near the Gaza border. On Saturday, a fourth protester died after succumbing to his wounds. The nonviolent protests demanding the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their land began on March 30. Since then, the Israeli military has killed at least 42 Palestinians, including two journalists, and injured thousands more. For more, we speak with Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Katherine Franke, professor of law, gender and sexuality studies at Columbia University.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/2/detained_a…

41 Good Reasons Trump May Be Mulling for Resigning Now While He's Still Ahead
Barbara G. Ellis | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-01
Silently accused by thousands of Republicans of tainting the November mid-term elections, President Trump has to be weighing the personal and public cost-benefits of resigning now while he's still ahead. It would be his most spectacular, imaginative, and unexpected showmanship on the nation's political stage. It would top the worldwide publicity accorded President Richard Nixon's precedent-setting resignation August…
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Where It All Began: The Dawn of "Fake News"
David Macaray | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-01
It has long been suggested that the first full-blown example of "fake news"–where patently false information is intentionally presented in a phony but utterly believable "news media" format in order to sway public opinion–occurred during the watershed 1934 California gubernatorial election. The two principals were Republican incumbent, Frank Merriman, and his Democratic challenger, Upton Sinclair.
counterpunch.org/2018/05/01/where-it-all…

Unions, Democrats promote deal to suppress struggle by Colorado teachers
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-01
After teachers walked out last week to demand higher wages and school funding, the unions are backing a plan by state Democrats that will do little to address a decade of school cuts…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/01/colo…

Arizona strike enters second week as teacher union president opposes calls for nationwide strike
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-01
Asked about growing calls by teachers for a nationwide strike, the American Federation of Teachers president said the union wanted to turn the walkouts into a "walk-in to the voting booth" for the Democrats.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/01/ariz…

Worldwide Mourning as 10 Journalists Killed in Afghanistan's Deadliest Day for Reporters Since 2001
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-01
In Afghanistan, the funerals have begun for the 10 journalists killed on Monday–the deadliest day for journalists since the Afghan War began in 2001. Nine journalists died in a double suicide bombing attack in Kabul, including Agence France-Presse's celebrated photographer Shah Marai. Survivors of the bombing said the suicide bomber was posing as a cameraman. ISIS has claimed responsibility for that attack. A 10th journalist was shot dead Monday in the eastern city of Khost. For more, we speak with Ali Latifi, a freelance journalist based in Kabul, and Phil Chetwynd, editor-in-chief at Agence France-Presse.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/1/worldwide_…

Headlines for May 1, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-01
Afghanistan: 10 Journalists Killed in Deadliest Day for Reporters Since 2001, South Korea Dismantles Propaganda Loudspeakers in Latest Step Toward Peace, Netanyahu Claims, Without Evidence, Iran Violated 2015 Nuclear Deal, 8 Migrants from Caravan Allowed to Enter U.S. and Seek Asylum, Reuters: EPA Granted Billionaire Carl Icahn a Financial Hardship Waiver for Refinery, NYT Obtains Mueller's List of Questions He'd Like to Ask Trump, NBC: John Kelly Repeatedly Called Trump an "Idiot", Stormy Daniels Sues Trump for Defamation, After Tweet, Roy Moore Sues 4 Women Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault, Harassment, #MuteRKelly: Women of Color Demand Companies Cut Ties with R. Kelly over Rape Claims, Arizona Teachers and Workers Across the World Set to Strike, Scholar and Activist Joel Kovel Dies at 81 in New York City…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/1/headlines

"Talking About History Is Way We Liberate America": New Memorial Honors Victims of White Supremacy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-01
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened last week in Montgomery, Alabama–a monument to victims of white supremacy in the United States. The memorial's centerpiece is a walkway with 800 weathered steel pillars overhead, each of them naming a U.S. county and the people who were lynched there by white mobs. In addition to the memorial dedicated to the victims of lynching, its partner site, the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, also opened last week. For more, we speak with Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, the nonprofit behind the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the country's first-ever memorial to the victims of lynching in the United States.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/1/talking_ab…

How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections–Part 2
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-01
The US military-intelligence apparatus is integrating the largest technology and Internet companies to tighten the US stranglehold over Latin America.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/01/mexi…

Peaceful Protests in Armenia Bringing Democracy or East vs. West Showdown?
Joachim Hagopian | globalresearch.ca | 2018-04-30
On April 23rd, 2018, the eve of the 103rd anniversary of Armenian Remembrance Day, Armenia's president recently turned Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned from his newly created post after over a decade in control leading the Yerevan …
globalresearch.ca/peaceful-protests-in-a…

"Cruise Missile Left" Complicit in American Escalation Toward World War III
Danny Haiphong | globalresearch.ca | 2018-04-30
"The cruise missile left has aligned with the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies against Trump and have dropped any anti-war, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist tendencies in the process." | The US-led alliance of imperial nations has waged war on Syria for …
globalresearch.ca/cruise-missile-left-co…

Laura Flanders Show: Bringing the Public Back to Public Art
TRNN | therealnews.com | 2018-04-30
Art as a private commodity is the preserve of the very rich. But what about the rest of us? Laura is joined today by three guests who make it their job to figure out how we'll democratize access to art and art making. Betty Yu, of the Chinatown Art Brigade; Amin Husain, of MTL Collective; Charlotte Cohen, of the Brooklyn Arts Council…
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Kanye West and the Two Party Stranglehold
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-30
Kanye West tweeted his support of Donald Trump last week and nobody was happy about it. The reasons for his betrayal to the Hollywood/Democrat consensus were unclear to many. Some said it was mental illness. Some said it was a publicity stunt. Some called him an Uncle Tom. Supporting Donald Trump has become bad enough…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/30/kanye-west-a…

Whether America Can Afford a Job Guarantee Program Is Not Up for Debate
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-04-30
Sen. Bernie Sanders's endorsement of a guaranteed job for anyone who wants one, joining previous supporters such as Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, reinvigorated a debate that has been roiling within economics Twitter and academic circles for a long time. Those more partial to a universal basic income untethered to work clash with job guarantee supporters from the left; those who see the job guarantee as a dangerous slip into socialism attack from the right. And mainstream Democrats not running for the presidency don't really want to talk about it. | Those fresh to the debate, meanwhile, instinctively ask what feels like an intuitive question: How on earth can we pay for that? | But if we're going to have an honest debate about whether the government should be spending hundreds of billions of dollars so…
theintercept.com/2018/04/30/federal-job-…

Appellate court panel narrowly upholds Texas voter ID law
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-30
The requirement that individuals produce specific photographic identification to cast ballots, disenfranchises impoverished voters, who tend to vote Democratic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/30/vote…

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